A bottle blender / ボトルブレンダー is a whizz. It has a funky blending tumbler which doubles up as an on-the-go portable flask. Also called a bottle juicer / ボトル ジューサー, it’s basically a single-serving blender with an upside down design. First, you pop in your smoothie goodies, screw on the blade head, flip over into the motor bracket, and blend away. A minute later, you simply flip it out and replace the blade head with a screw-on cap, rinse, and off you go. It’s a quick and easy way to start your day or to zip off to the gym.
How to Pick Your Bottle Blender
If you’re new to bottle blending, or got juiced on your first try, here are a few buying tips to set you right. If you love what you buy, you’ll be motivated to get the most out of it.
Know your size – waste not want not:
One of the best things about a bottle blender or juicer is that there is no measuring, no guessing, and no left overs. That’s why, when you choose a bottle blender, it’s best to go with how many milliliters you’re comfortable drinking in a day. Of course, if you’re not heading out, you can always pour your juice into a glass or share with someone else.
Fat or thin – the best fit for your bag:
The volume you choose will also determine the size of the tumbler and whether it’s a good fit for your bag. Some people don’t mind pudgier types of tumbler, other’s prefer a longer and thinner tumbler that slip more easily into a work bag.
Blending basics – how to do it in a tumbler:
Most blenders can blend continuously for a minute, some longer, and smaller blenders around 45 seconds. Usually that’s enough time, but if your juice isn’t done, you have to wait around 1 to 2 minutes before you blend again. Typically there’s only one speed, but our top pick has the usual three. Some bottle blenders use a button, while with others you either press the inverted tumbler down, or twist it to start blending. Of course, you can blend with ice, but you should only use small ice cubes 2.5cm to 3cm, and 3 to 4 cubes at the max made in a home refrigerator.
Two’s company – but three’s a crowd:
A bottle blender can come with two usually different sized tumblers. Kind of like a big kid, small kid, or his & hers blender. And, just like a traditional countertop blender, you can get a grinder set. Depending on the blade design and power, a bottle juicer can often just double up as a grinder.
Forever together – USB portables:
A small bottle juicer is the perfect candidate for a portable appliance, and there are more and more options for USB powered and rechargeable cordless juicers. These are nice for having juice blended fresh when you need it. The other advantage is you can take your blender travelling or back home if Japan is not forever.
Your Perfect Bottle Blender Line UP
See our selection of various-sized bottle blenders ranges from 280ml to 600 ml. A couple of blenders include a grinder, while a few are powerful enough to double up as a grinder. There are different styles and flavors to suit all, including USB powered portable blenders.
- Monochrome vs LinkChef 400+600 ml
- Koizumi USB 280ml vs Hismile 280ml
- Michiba Kitchen 400ml
- Vitantonio 400ml
- Zwilling 550ml
- Recolte 300/400 ml
- Angashion 450 vs 500 ml USB portable
- 450ml novelty foldable silicone juicer
Monochrome vs LinkChef 400+600ml
2 speeds +Pluse
300 ml Grinder
PCTG Plastic tumblers
Tritan Plastic tumbler
Simple screw cap
Handle + nozzle flip cap
If you’re interested in a package deal, Monochrome and LinkChef make two worthy comparisons. The Monochrome is the only bottle blender that has 2 typical countertop blending speeds and pulse. It also has the longest continuous usage time of any bottle juicer.
LinkChef comes with a 300ml grinding cup and and an additional custom grinding blade. It’s more powerful by an extra 80W (220 vs 300W), and even with just one speed, it’s particularly good at grinding. LinkChef also has better quality Tritan plastic tumblers compared to Monochrome’s PCTG plastic.
Furthermore, LinkChef generally sells for less meaning you get more for your money.
Koizumi 280ml vs Hismile 280ml
Cordless / USB
Cord: 1.5 m
8.5D x 8.5W x 29H cm
6.8D x 6.8W x 26.5H cm
Blending: 40 sec
Blending: 1 min
4-hrs recharge 4W
Grinder option available
Titanium coated blade
For a small tumbler bottle blender, there’s a lot to choose from. We like the Hismile for its high-quality titanium coated blind. The Koizumi impresses with its USB power portability. The optional grinder for the Koizumi is good enough to grind beans while camping, but the power is limited. The Hismile is often around ￥500 cheaper.
Michiba Kitchen 400ml Juicer – Made in Japan
- 2 x 400ml bottles
- Tritan plastic
- WDH: 15×15×33 cm
Many well-known Japanese brands have their bottle blender thrown into mix – including Yamazen, Panasonic, and Hitachi. However, only Micha Kitchen by Yamamoto Denki have a product that is actually manufactured in Japan. These blenders get consistently good ratings for quality and performance and they cost more than the average bottle blender made in China. The black color is considerably cheaper than the red.
Vitantonio 400ml Bottle Blender
- Bottle: Tritan plastic
- WDH: 12×12×31cmm
- Cord: 1m
- Automatic 40 sec cycle
Vitantonio is a Japanese company that makes a range of Italian design inspired small household appliances. These bottle blenders often sell at competitively cheaper prices than other 400ml juicers. They’re more affordable, but their lifespan tends to be shorter. You insert and press the bottle to blend or twist to lock in an automatic 40-sec cycle.
Zwilling 550ml Bottle Blender
- Automatic mode
- 1 speed + Pulse
- Recipe book
- WDH: 13.9×15.6×36.2 cm
- Cord: 80cm
Zwilling is a tall and well-sized bottle blender. It is, of course, rather posh with a price tag to match. The clip cap with a nozzle is very well-designed, and you can buy a separate cap without a nozzle. Apart from a super power house of 500W, the blades also have a special serrated design. One would except this machine to last much longer than the average two to three years.
Recolte Retro 400ml Bottle & 300ml Jug
- 300ml glass mason jug
- WDH jar: 11×10.5×26 cm
- 400ml Tritan plastic tumbler
- WDH tumbler: 10×10.5×28 cm
- Plastic flip cap
- Blending: 1-min
- Additional aluminum lid
Recolte is Japanese designer brand also famous for its retro designs. You can use the mason jar type jug for drinks at home. It has an aluminum cap with a neat straw hole and a silicone flip cap. The Tritan plastic tumbler has a plastic flip cap with a drinking nozzle. The tumbler is more pudgy than slender. There are 5-colors to choose from an also a Minions special edition.
Angashion USB Portable Juicers
- 304 stainless blade
- 6-star serrated blade
- Type-C USB connection
- 4000 mAh / 20 blends
- 450ml tumbler
- 500 / 350 ml tumblers
- Cont. blending:1min
- PCTG resin tumblers
- 18000 / 22000 rpm
There are quite a number of portable USB powered type juicers trying their moves out. Most don’t warrant much attention, but these blenders by Angashion manage to make the grade. Particularly the 6-star blade with two serrated blades does a good job.
Only the larger 500 ml blender comes with an additional (300ml) tumbler. The smaller blender does not separate into a portable tumbler, so you drink from it as it is. The larger juicer is slightly more powerful (22000 rpm) and you can use the 300ml tumbler as a grinder cup. A USB cord is included but not an adapter.