When you’re traveling, it can be a little difficult to find the things you use every day in a hotel or restaurant. Things like hair dryers and soap can be found pretty easily, but what happens when you try to make a healthy smoothie for breakfast and can’t find a blender?
Blenders can be used for many things, so it’s a wonder a travel blender isn’t as common as you’d expect. While there are many brands and types available online or in stores, it can be difficult to choose the best option when you don’t have much experience with them.
Tenswall’s portable blender is easy to charge and operate. It comes with a USB cord for easy charging and can be charged in the car, with a power bank, or by a power outlet. It features a non-slip silicone pad on the bottom to prevent the blender from sliding around on a counter surface and it is super easy to clean.
This travel blender includes both a bottle and a lid for easy, on the go meals. It’s a bit smaller, only 13 oz, but still a good size for traveling meals. The bottle is also BPA free and is safe for all ages to drink from.
Unlike large blenders and other portable blenders, this blender cannot blend frozen fruit and ice cubes as easily. It can power through crushed ice, but it is not recommended you use a lot of frozen items.
- Easy, self-cleaning blender
- Can be charged by any power source with USB connection
- Includes a BPA free bottle
- Cannot blend frozen food very easily
This blender is great for those who are always on the go. It’s rechargeable with a USB for convenience and can be used up to 24 times per charge. It does take 3 hours to fully charge and it’s not recommended you use it during charging, but it packs a powerful punch and can blend any frozen fruit or ice cube smoothly.
The LOZAYI blender comes with a bottle and lid for easy transport. Once you’ve blended your smoothie, flip the blender upside down, unscrew it, and pop on the lid. The bottle can hold up to 15 oz, but as with all travel blenders, it’s advised you don’t fill it more than ⅔ of the way full. The BPA free bottle ensures you aren’t exposed to harmful chemicals and makes your food safe even for making baby food.
- Comes with a BPA free bottle
- Cordless and easy to charge
- Powerful enough to break up ice cubes
- Can take a while to recharge
This travel blender is available in a number of fun colors such as purple, green, pink, and blue. It is also cordless and charges with a USB cord into any power source, but it has quite the punch. This blender can break through ice cubes and frozen fruit if you give it a minute and can make smooth drinks.
OBERLY’s travel blender includes not only a bottle, filter, and lid, but also an ice tray. Unfortunately, this bottle can’t be detached for easy carrying, but it is easy to clean and carry around in any bag. This blender can be used 10-15 times per charge and only takes two hours to fully charge, unlike the other two options shown. It holds 13 oz of drink and is done in 90 seconds.
- Includes an ice tray
- Powerful enough to blend ice and frozen fruit
- Available in a variety of colors
- Bottle cannot be detached from the blender base
Features to Look For in a Travel Blender
When buying a travel blender, there are a few things you should consider. Most travel blenders will be about the same size and shape with many of the same features. Before shopping around, determine what features are the most important for you and what you’re willing to live without.
Size and Weight
This would be the most obvious factor to consider. If you’re planning on taking your blender with you when traveling, finding a compact blender that won’t weigh a ton is vital, especially if you have spent a lot on decent lightweight suitcase. No one wants to carry around a clunky machine when sleeker, more lightweight options are available for the same price.
Some travel blenders are battery powered and don’t use cords. This can be handy if you don’t want to fill precious luggage space with an awkward cord. The downside to battery powered blenders is that you’ll have to purchase new batteries when they die unless you’re using rechargeable ones.
If you don’t mind a blender with a cord, then you’ll find more available options. You may have to work a little harder to fit the cord into your already full suitcase, but knowing your blender won’t possibly die while abroad can save you a lot of worry.
Because travel blenders are smaller, they’ll have less power behind the blades. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, as these small blenders are designed to work harder and can blend your smoothie for longer. It may take a minute or so extra, but if you look for a blender with 250 watts or so, it should be powerful enough to blend smoothly.
Many travel blenders come with a few extra trinkets. Some may include extra bottles or special blades. When shopping around, consider finding a blender with extra items included. You could get a good deal on blender bottles by choosing to spend a few extra dollars on a travel blender with some extra little goodies.
Travel blenders can make meals and snacks a whole lot easier. You don’t need to take a long trip overseas to get one and these nifty little blenders can work to make daily life smoother. There are many options available that have various strengths and weaknesses, so if you didn’t feel an instant connection with any of the three above, just do a little more research. Your perfect portable blender is out there.