When traveling with kids, particularly if flying with a baby or a weaning 6 month old, finding favorite baby foods may be harder and worrying if you have a fussy eater or allergies to avoid. In which case, making your own food on the go can be easier with a portable blender for travel. They are compact, easy to use out and about or in your hotel room and perfect for rustling up a fresh meal or even a fruit smoothie for you!
As with any cordless appliance, you can’t expect the same sort of power levels with a portable blender that you would get with a countertop mains powered blender. However, instead you get convenience and ease and lower pries than full size blenders.
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What To Look For When Buying A Travel Blender
Compact and Lightweight: A lightweight and compact travel blender is needed if it is going to fit in your suitcase with the other baby and toddler paraphernalia needed when traveling. Most travel blenders are compact in size with carry straps which can be added to a rucksack whilst out for the day.
Easy to Clean: Hotel rooms mean no dishwasher, so a portable cordless blender needs to be easy to clean with limited cleaning products available.
Power and Voltage: As mentioned previously, portable blenders are less powerful than mains powered but even with this travel blender category, the actual performance power can vary. Some can only manage liquids and powders and small chunks of cut up fruit, whilst others can accommodate ice cubes and frozen fruit. If you freeze cubes of baby food then this will be something to consider.
USB powered, battery or mains cable only? A USB powered cable means additional convenience as you can use a power bank to charge it when out and about, whereas battery powered generally means less power.
Tips For Blending Baby Food & Blending Whilst Traveling.
Remember plane rules! Blenders must be go in your suitcase and be checked in. With sharp blades they will confiscated in your hand luggage. If you need home made baby food on the plane, dispense it into appropriate containers before arriving at the airport.
Bring a USB power bank: This will need to be in your hand luggage or your person due to plane safety rules. If you are flying to another country you may need an adaptor too. Check the voltage in that country too, as if it is different, it may not charge properly.
Choose accommodation with a fridge or minibar:
Noisy blender & kids sleeping? Wrap a small hand towel around to mask the sound.
Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender is the perfect small blender for on the go parents because of its compact design and travel lid that lets you 'blend and run'. Its simple one-touch blending design and durable stainless-steel blades make for fast and consistent results. The jar is BPA free, comes with measuring lines, is dishwasher safe and fits in most car cup holders.
Pros: Very easy to use and small
Cons: Need to have a power supply to charge but great for hotel or accommodation use. Power struggles with frozen items.
One of the most popular portable blenders is PopBabies Personal Blender - it is made of BPA free food-grade material and 304 stainless steel blade. Its jar can hold up to 14 oz of liquid and since its detachable from the motor it makes it the perfect blender for travel. This sturdy blender is strong enough to crush mini ice cubes, frozen fruits so making baby food is quick and easy to do. This travel blender is dishwasher safe so clean up is a breeze. It is USB rechargeable so no need to worry about plug issues when travelling. Another cool feature is you can use the blender when it is charging.
Pros: Can you use anywhere when fully charged.
Cons: Some bits can be a bit trickier to clean
Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.2 x 10.2 inches
Weight: 1.3 lbs
Capacity: 17oz for bottle size and 14oz /414ml for available volume
Power supply: Lithium rechargeable battery USB 5V
Material: BPA free food-grade material (cup), 304 Stainless Steel Blade
Number of uses with full charge; Varies but can manage at least 4 blends.
Nutribullet is well known for its main countertop blender but how does the portable version fare?
It's quiet and quick. Fast to charge up. Easy to clean- just add washing liquid and water. Be careful if you need to give the blade a deeper clean -since it is combined with the entire unit. There is no way to remove and clean it separately. The travel Go blender comes with a cup and a handle
Pros: Up to 20 blending cycles before needing to be recharged
Cons: The NutriBullet GO is not recommended for ice.
It's compact, easy to clean, recharges via USB cable in a couple of hours, and has no problem with frozen, sliced banana. The charge last for about 4 or 5 blends and more if the blades do not deal with frozen fruit or cubes. Comes with a travel lid and can hold 16oz.
Pros: Small and powerful
Cons: Can not use whilst charging and on the higher price point.
Weighing 4.62 pounds, the Modern Comfort BlenderX Cordless Portable Blender is more on the heavier side of portable blenders, but it is also one of the most powerful as some of the users claim that it performs as well as their countertop blenders.
No cord is required while operating the blender and aside from shakes and smoothies, it's also great for chopping nuts, grinding coffee beans, and grating hard cheeses. The 20 oz BPA free jar comes with convenient measurements and an on-the-go travel lid. The blender also comes with a water-resistant shoulder bag for storage and travel.
The Togala Personal Blender features an efficient motor that offers reliable blending power and can be used about 20 times when fully charged, which is about 3 to 4 hours.
Perfect for baby food and purees and more. It is made of eco-friendly, food-grade material, has a non-slip silicone bottom and has a built-in LED power indicator. When it is not assembled correctly, the LED power indicator will flash and the blender will automatically stop working. Usage is easy with its one-button operation - double-click to start blending and single-click to stop it.
Pros: Non slip base
Cons: If base gets dirty, can be hard to clean since the blades don't come out.
This easy to use portable blender is made of food-grade PCTG cup material and food grade 304 stainless steel blades and is powered by a built-in 4000 mAh battery that is USB rechargeable. Compared to other blenders with just 3 or 4 blades, Aoozi Portable Blender has 6 powerful zigzag blades that make blending smoothies more quickly. It also has a Magnetic Safety Protection that identifies when the cup and base are taken apart and stops the blender.
Pros: Can be used anywhere when charged and easily cleaned
This multifunctional portable blender from Mulli was just launched last year and promises to bring users a satisfying wireless blending experience. It has unique safety designs including a resistance sensing automatic stop feature, a silicone protected charging port and a non-slip, shock absorption base. It is equipped with 6 stainless steel blades and an easy-clean BPA free jar that are easily cleaned by just adding water and long-pressing the power button to start the self-cleaning mode. This mini blender is just a little over one pound so it's easy to carry around when you are travelling.
Pros: Can manage liquids and small pieces of fresh fruit well
The PHISINIC Personal Size Blender can easily make juice, smoothies and baby food. Using its waterproof magnetic contact charging port, It can be fully charged within an hour and thirty minutes and is compatible with any power device with a USB port so there will be no problem with charging when you bring this with you on your travels.
Also, the cup belt design allows you to carry it more conveniently or hang it where you need it without taking up space. This blender has safety features including a non-slip silicone sleeve and base and a double-click start function to avoid accidentally turning on the blender.
Pros: Can make about 15 cups of juice with one charge
Cons: but may only last for one charge if needs heavier duty blending
Dimensions: 8.78 x 4.92 x 4.84 inches
Weight: 1.26 lbs
Power supply: 1600 mAh USB Rechargeable Battery
Material: food-grade, eco-friendly Tritan materials and 304 stainless steel blades