If you have ever thought about buying a mini blender, then you should find this article really helpful. Mini personal blenders have been designed for people in a hurry and on the go. Typically these are advertised as “Just Blend & GO!” One such product is a new one from Breville that is getting some great reviews. Thse are also referred to as mini choppers.
Why Buy a Mini Blender/Chopper?
You can of course buy a blender or even a food processor. The problem with those is that they are normally stored away and out of sight. If you are doing a big task in the kitchen, then most people don’t mind getting them out and setting them up.
However if you just need to do a smaller task then it can just be a lot of hassle. That is where owning a mini blender can come in very handy. So if you have a small kitchen with limited worktop space these are really useful.
Likewise if you want to make something like baby food these are equally handy. The Magic Bullet or the Nutribullet Pro 900 is probably one of the most popular personal mini blenders that is currently available.
These are particularly popular with those who love making smoothies and milk shakes. So they quickly want to make one of these, they do not want to have to pull out a food processor.
No 1 Blender – Nutribullet – The Original Magic Bullet
This is of course the best selling food processors but is also now classed as a really good quality mini blender. This one is made by the well known Nutribullet brand.
If you want to make quick and healthy meals around your kitchen, then by owning one of these that becomes highly possible.
These type of blenders allow you to chop, dice, grate, grind, blend and juice.
When you can do some or all of the above then you can make soups, smoothies, juices, snacks, desserts, dips and sauces.
Rather then use a full blown food processor, something like this takes up very little room in your kitchen, is fast to set up, easy to use, easy to clean and gets the job done.
Prices vary on this product from around £30-35. Buyers rate this blender highly at around 4.3 out of 5 stars.
No 2 Blender – Breville Blend-Active Pro Blender
Powered by a 300 watt motor this one not only blends very quickly but has enough power to be able to crush ice. This sort of mini blender is ideal for people who want to take a quick healthy drink to school, to the gym or even when on a day trip.
It comes with a sleeve which helps keep the drink you have prepared cooler for longer. The blending bottle is also very good and is of course BPA-free, which is always a good thing. It has been designed so that it will fit most car cup and bike cup holders.
You can use this to quickly make smoothies and shakes without all the fuss. One buyer said this:
I really like my Breville blend-active. It suits me perfectly. The base is very compact, the bottles good quality and the blade system perfect
It nicely summarises this product which costs around £35. Buyers rate this one as a 4.5 out of 5 stars product.
No 3 Blender – VonShef Personal Sports Blender
This mini blender costs around £15, depending on where you buy it and gets an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars which is a very good rating
The secret behind this product is that it allows you to quickly make drinks for work, to take to school or to take with you to the gym.
It is also very stylish as you can see and has a nice compact design. It comes with a 2 year warranty, and include are 2 BPA-Free lockable bottles, for those of us on the go.
It is also quick to clean and can be put in the dishwasher.
UPDATE : Please note as of January 2017 this one is currently not available at Amazon UK
No 4 Blender – Breville VBL062 Personal Blender
This one is the best seller on Amazon. Priced at a very competitive £20 this is probably the main reason for the vast amount of sales. As far as mini blenders go, this one has out sold all of the other by quite a distance.
You get the blender along with the bottle. It is BPA free and the bottle holds 600 ml and has a lockable lid.
It has an amazing average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Given that it has had close to 5,000 actual buyer reviews, you can see that this one consistently delivers, time and again.
So if you like your smoothies and don’t want to break the budget on an expensive blender or juicer, then this one should be a very good choice for you. Most people will know the Nutribullet, but many buyers state that this one does just as good a job.
There are certainly more than enough highly contented buyers for this Breville model.#
No 5 Mini Blender – Andrew James Green Sports Smoothie Maker
This mini blender from the highly popular Andrew James brand, is a very popular choice. The best news is though, that this blender costs under £10. That makes it an affordable choice for many buyers. It is also a good purchase for anyone who wants to try out making smoothies.
This can also be used to make protein shakes and other drinks of your own choice. This blender comes with two BPA free sport’s bottles, so plenty of value for your tenner.
The instruction manual is easy to understand, and it contains a few good smoothie recipes, that will help you get started. Buyers rate this product as 4.4 out of 5 stars, which is a steady and consistent rating.
It measures 11 x 36.5 x 11 cm and weighs just a little under 1.9 Kg. The motor has 250 watts of power. People who buy this product use it mainly to make drinks to take to the gym, or to work. For peace of mind this blender also has a 2-year warranty.
Mini Blender Buying Guide
The Motor Strength
As a general principle the bigger the motor the better the mini blender. That is simply because it is more powerful and can get through things like ice cubes or frozen fruits. They can also get through harder vegetables and that makes them handy for making soups. These mini blenders will all run off the normal UK electric supply.
Easy to Use
As you know many devices are very useful but can be a bit of a nightmare to set up and use. For a blender you want this to be as simple to use as possible. So when you think about that you want an on/off button, a few settings and an end result. Most mini blenders have simple to use controls on the base.
Juicer or Blender
Personally I think juicers get a lot of hype, and let’s face it they are not cheap. A simple blender does a very good job and generally they are less expensive.
You may already know that when you buy products, they will come with a user manual. For the most part these are useful enough to gets started. After that they are normally tossed away. With blenders, the better companies do include smoothie recipes. You should hold on to these, as they can be useful, when you run out of ideas.
Guarantees and Warranties
All good products and mini blenders should offer at the very least a 12 month guarantee. The better brands will offer 2 years, so that is always worth a look. I would highly recommend registering your purchase online as well. When you do that some brands may even extend the warranty. It is worthwhile looking into. Remember we normally never look at these things, until something goes wrong.