Countertop or Personal Blender: Which should I buy?

Last updated on June 14th, 2023 at 07:20 am

Blenders are one of the essential kitchen appliances. Do you want to turn the fresh ingredients of your kitchen into a breakfast smoothie?  You’ll need a blender. Are you craving for a frozen cocktail to beat the summer heat? A blender will help you out. Do you know what do the bartenders, geneticists, and chefs have in common? All of them use blenders to do their jobs. If you are a regular cook, you might be aware of the fact that a kitchen is incomplete without a blender. There is a wide variety of food that can be prepared using a blender.

You might be surprised to know that the blenders are not new; the first blender was invented in the early years of the 1900s. It was specifically designed to make milk drinks that were believed to have certain strength-building factors. As soon as the blenders were invented, they made their way towards the soda fountains; people used blenders to whip the ice creams. It is fair to say that blenders are a revolutionary invention that has reduced the workload of chefs to a great extent. With the recent advancements in technology, just like other appliances, blenders also underwent evolution. When it comes to design, blenders have come a long way. These days you will find different types of blenders available in the market.

In this article, we will discuss countertop and personal blenders. Most people face a dilemma while choosing between these two types of blenders. We will help you understand each of these blenders so that you may easily decide which type of blender is perfect for fulfilling your blending needs. Go ahead and read the article thoroughly.

Countertop or Personal Blender

Countertop Blenders

The countertop blenders are known to have a large size and capacity. Such blenders feature a large jug (around 1 to 2 liters), and this jug sits above the base of the blender (the base houses its motor). Most of the countertop blenders are designed to blend drinks and smoothies. Apart from that, the countertop blenders can be cleaned very easily. All you have to do is add a few drops of liquid soap and run the blender for some minutes.

As the name suggests, the countertop blenders are made to sit on the ample countertops; because of its large construction, the blender requires ample space in the kitchen countertop. They range from $20 to $450. The lower-priced countertop blenders do not come along with many attachments, while the higher end countertop blenders come with numerous beneficial accessories. A high-end countertop blender is known to be very powerful and has a longer lifespan as compared to the lower-priced ones. If you love crushing ice with your drinks, then investing in a high-end countertop blender will save you a lot of money in the longer run. This is because the cheaper blenders possess a less powerful motor and dull blades while the blades and motor of the high-end blender are much stable and durable.

The countertop blenders come in a wide variety of shapes, models, colors, and sizes. As we know, the countertop blenders are large-sized as compared to the other types of blenders; they are not travel-friendly. If you want a sturdy and highly functional blender for your kitchen countertop, then a countertop blender is a big yes for you.

Personal Blenders

As the name suggests, a personal blender is created for your own blending purposes. If you live alone in your flat and you are obsessed with shakes and smoothies, then a personal blender is enough to fulfill your blending needs. Notably, a personal blender has two parts; the upper part consists of an inverted cup while the lower base consists of the motor. After blending your drink, all you have to do is turn the blender upside down, and your shake/ smoothie is ready to drink. The power consumption of a personal blender ranges from 200 watts to 700 watts.

We would also like to inform you that the personal blenders are also known as single-serve blenders. If you like adding ice cubes in your shakes/smoothies, then we suggest you opt for a higher wattage blender. Apart from that, personal blenders are not very expensive compared to other types of blenders. They are also so simple to use and easy to clean that it will save so much of your effort as well as time. Furthermore, because of the compact size, personal blenders are portable. For the same reason, such blenders are also very easy to store. If you are planning to go on a solo weekend trip, you can carry your very own personal blender and satisfy your taste buds with a delicious shake wherever you are. After considering all the above points, a personal blender fits perfectly for a loner.

Should you get a Personal or a Countertop Blender?

Now, the question arises ‘Which type of blender should you choose from between the countertop and personal blenders?’ the rest of the article will give the answer to all your questions.

The single-serve or personal blenders are new in the market; on the other hand, the countertop blenders are a well-known kitchen appliance that you will find in the kitchens of most of the large families. If you live alone in a non-spacious apartment, then a single-serve blender could be a perfect choice for you. Let us understand why.

Ease of storage: As we have discussed above, the personal or single-serve blenders possesses a vertical size and a compact footprint. Because of the same reason, personal blenders occupy a very limited space on the kitchen counter. Such blenders do not need much room for their storage. This means if the blender is not in use, you can tuck the blender inside a drawer or keep it in the spare corner present in the kitchen cabinet.

On the other hand, the countertop blenders have quite a large footprint. It can be as tall as 25 inches. And the same reason prevents the countertop blenders from being stored in standard-sized cabinets. Such blenders need separate storage space on the kitchen countertops. Sometimes, people keep these blenders inside the cupboard and forget that they own any such appliance.

Ease of cleaning and usage: Countertop blenders are usually equipped with pre-set functions and speed buttons. The first time users need to make little effort in order to get familiar with the functions of these traditional blenders. Generally, such blenders require extra effort for cleaning and assembly. This may be because the countertop blenders have a complicated assembly, as well as a bigger size.

On the other hand, personal blenders are quite easy to clean, use, and assemble. This kitchen appliance operates at a single pulse mode to fulfill all the blending needs. But that does not mean its blending speed cannot be expanded. One can easily enhance the blender speed by using various blade attachments. The single-serve blenders are so easy and safe to operate that even your children will be able to operate these blenders without any problem. It is fair to say that personal blenders are the best appliance for people who prefer the ease of usage over versatility.

Versatility and Power: Usually, the countertop blenders are considered more powerful. Such blenders often come with motors that are capable of consuming up to 3500 watts of power. One of the notable features of the countertop blenders is that they have the capability of performing heavy-duty tasks. And this is the reason why you will find such blenders inside the kitchen of professional chefs.

Talking about personal blenders, some of the top models of such blenders have the capability of working at 1000 watts. Personal blenders are not made to perform heavy-duty tasks, but one can easily blend smoothies, vegetables, and ice in such blenders. The single-serve blenders are specifically created to prepare quick shakes/ smoothies. And that is sufficient for a person living alone. One of the notable things about the personal blenders is that they come along with numerous accessories from lids, cups, rims, and what not?

Who should purchase a personal blender?

If you have a small space in the kitchen (not enough to store a countertop blender), but you love sipping smoothies in the breakfast, then a personal blender could make your life easier. Personal blenders also prove to be helpful for people who are health-conscious and follow special diets. For such people, personal blenders work like a miracle, especially during their travel. It doesn’t matter wherever you are; you can always follow your special health diet.

Since the personal blenders have a compact size and convenient usage, it could be a perfect choice for young professionals or students who do not have much time to make their breakfasts but also want to eat healthy meals. You can keep your blender in your workplace or hostel.

Apart from that, personal blenders are also good for new mothers who cannot afford countertop blenders but need to prepare baby food for their precious child. You can keep it in your handbag, carry it inside your luggage or store it inside a small cupboard. All in all, it is an excellent product that comes at an affordable price range.


The demand for personal blenders is increasing day by day. This could be due to the fact that people these days live away from their homes to work and do not have much time to prepare their meals. Health enthusiasts love sipping healthy smoothies with their breakfasts and evening snacks.

We have seen many people struggling to select between the countertop and personal blenders. Therefore, we wrote this article. You should select the blender which possesses all the features that you are searching for. We hope you select the best and efficient blender for yourself. Happy blending!

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