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13 blenders that make meal prep stress and messy cleanups a thing of the past

Easy to use, clean and take on the go!
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Kara Birnbaum/ TODAY ; Courtesy Stephanie Gravalese

Owning a cutting-edge blender can be a game-changer in the kitchen, but it can also take up a ton of shelf space and cause annoying and time-consuming cleanups. Also, has anyone noticed how heavy they can get? No one has time for that.

Enter the personal blender. They’re sleek, equally as powerful as a regular-sized machine and most of them are built to take on-the-go for maximum efficiency. Whether you’re a morning smoothie type of gal, a puréed pesto topping guy or anyone who enjoys a smooth daiquiri once in a while, one of these products might be the perfect addition to your kitchen appliance arsenal.

Best personal blenders, according to shoppers

Dash Personal Portable USB Blender

With a lockable lid, blade cover and to-go bottle, this personal blender is a great option for the person who doesn't have a minute to spare. One charge of the USB battery will give you up to 20 blends, and the powerful motor works to give you the perfect consistency, according to the brand. Choose from three colors, all under $50 each.

Zulay Kitchen Portable Blender

This personal blender had us at "built-in strainer." But we definitely don't mind the powerful 22,000 RPM motor, six stainless steel blades and lifetime guarantee. And did we mention it's just $32?

PopBabies Portable Blender

Ice, seeds and all kinds of foods are no match for the blades of this portable blender, according to the brand. It can perform over 20 blends per charge and is designed for on-the-go functioning. Plus, it comes with a funnel and ice cube tray to help you create your favorite recipes with ease.

Magic Bullet Blender

The Magic Bullet is Amazon's bestselling countertop blender with over 65,000 verified five-star ratings. It comes with a blending base, two different-sized cups, two lids, one to-go lid and a recipe guide. "For single people or small families, the magic bullet is the most versatile investment you can get," added one shopper who raved about the appliance's efficiency.

Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender

Hamilton Beach's personal blender might be a regular traveler’s best friend. Make any drink with a single touch, then take it anywhere with the blend-and-go jar and lid. The container is also dishwasher safe and perfectly sized for easy storage.

NutriBullet Pro 900

Turn your ordinary food into "superfood" with the NutriBullet Pro, created with special extraction blades to get the most nutrition out of every shake and smoothie. And say goodbye to checking your teeth for loose spinach bits — with 900 watts of power used in just 60 seconds, you’re guaranteed a thorough blend every time, according to the brand.

BlendJet 2

Breakfast shakes. Midday latte breaks. Margarita nightcaps. The BlendJet 2 can fulfill all your beverage needs throughout the day thanks to its powerful TurboJet technology and 15-blend charge. Its lightweight build and self-cleaning tool — one Shop TODAY contributor's favorite feature — will make this your go-to travel companion.

Zwilling Enfinigy Personal Blender

Developed in Germany, designed in Milan and soon-to-be blending in your own kitchen, this addition to Zwilling’s electrics line is giving your basic blender a massive upgrade. The cross-blade feature gets the job done on either of the smoothie or pulsing settings, and it’s built with safety systems in place for extra security. Don’t be fooled by the fragile-looking container; that 20-ounce bottle is made from BPA-free Tritan and is break-proof and heat- and cold-resistant.

Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Compact Blender

Whether you’re puréeing soups or fixing up your favorite protein shakes, Cuisinart’s compact personal blender has the power to do it all (literally — the EvolutionX is equipped with 7.4 volts of lithium ion). A USB cord is all that’s required to fully recharge the device for up to 20 minutes of consistent runtime. That can make a lot of soup!

Black + Decker FusionBlade Personal Blender

Wondering what sets this Black + Decker device apart from all the rest? Not only can it pack 20 ounces in one bottle, but this is the only personal blender made with stainless steel FusionBlade Technology, which is designed to evenly pulverize foods and liquids without fail (or lumps!).

Redmond Personal Blender

If you want a blender that looks as good as it runs, this vintage single-serve machine will make a stylish addition to your countertop. The Redmond comes in two soft colors, with two speeds and serrated blades to help you choose your level of texture and smoothness.

Oster MyBlend Plus Personal Blender

This all-in-one blender and sports bottle is great for anyone who is constantly on the move. The 500 watts of power deliver nutritious and chunk-free results, while the removable Tritan bottle, connecting carry hook and travel lid help make your commute a lot less messy.

Elite Gourmet Retro Personal Blender

Mix your smoothies, whip up salad dressings and create hearty homemade soups with the help of this elite gourmet machine. It has the retro look down, but also uses smart and modern technology, designed with a one-touch start and 300-watt motor. Plus, we are obsessed with the mason jar blending cup!