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The 5 best blender bottles we tested in 2021 for easy protein shakes

Table of Contents: Masthead StickySummary List Placement Protein shakes are an essential part of a daily routine for many, no matter if they're looking to gain muscle, replace a meal for an on-the-go option, or supplement their daily nutritional intake. Shakes can be prepared via something like a Vitamix blender, hand-stirred in a glass, or, more commonly, mixed in a blender bottle.  When I started using blender bottles to mix and drink my own shakes, I found that although the main task is simple — an evenly blended shake that won't leak in my gym bag — not all bottles could actually...

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Protein shakes are an essential part of a daily routine for many, no matter if they’re looking to gain muscle, replace a meal for an on-the-go option, or supplement their daily nutritional intake. Shakes can be prepared via something like a Vitamix blender, hand-stirred in a glass, or, more commonly, mixed in a blender bottle. 

When I started using blender bottles to mix and drink my own shakes, I found that although the main task is simple — an evenly blended shake that won’t leak in my gym bag — not all bottles could actually handle that. As I started consuming more brands of powders and flavors, I also began exploring different bottles and realized that just like the drinks I was making, some are simply better than others.

Not only do these bottles come in different sizes and styles but there’s also a range in performance. Some leave your drinks colder for longer while others offer easy-open caps and leak-proof tops. Most attempt to thoroughly mix your shakes so you don’t get a mouth-full of clumps and there are even those that have built-in storage compartments to keep snacks organized.

Though shopping for a blender bottle may seem like an easy task — i.e. just grab the first you see in the most appealing color — it’s important to invest a little time into finding one that fits you best. Otherwise, you might just be as disappointed as I was with a leaking, hard-to-clean bottle that retained every single smell it came in contact with.

With so many options on the market across varying price points and features, it can be difficult to narrow down which bottle is worth the money. To help, I rounded up five of my absolute favorites below, each perfect for a variety of use cases. At the end of this guide, I’ve also included some insight into what to look for when shopping for a blender bottle to help streamline the process.

Here are the best blender bottles

The best blender bottle overall

BlenderBottle’s Strada insulated stainless steel shaker bottle keeps protein shakes chilled and evenly mixed long after the first sip with a surgical-grade stainless steel BlenderBall whisk and locking lid.  

Pros: Easy-open cap with push button, locking lid that prevent spills, and a double-wall insulated stainless steel cup

Cons: Although the lid is dishwasher safe, the cup is hand-wash only and can’t be used with hot liquids

Whether you’re taking your protein shake out with you on a hot summer day or are hoping for a refreshing drink after an intense workout, this double-wall insulated stainless steel cup keeps drinks cold up to 24 hours. This dependable, BPA- and phthalate-free bottle can be used as a water bottle or for protein shakes depending on your needs on a given day and holds 24-ounces of chilled liquid.

The BlenderBottle Strada easily opens with the push of a button and then snaps shut with a secure-lock lid. It also has a leak-proof seal so you can effortlessly get to your drinks without having to worry about spills after, especially if you plan on throwing it back in your bag. There’s also clear plastic “peepholes” on the top so you can see your progress and how much shake you have left.

In addition to the easy-open button, I also liked how the top features a flexible carry loop so I could easily grab it while on the run or attach it to my gym bag. The stainless steel interior offers measurement markings that allowed me to quickly make shakes that had the right proportions without any guesswork. It also has a rounded base that works with the surgical-grade stainless steel BlenderBall whisk to prevent powder clumps, even if I sometimes put powder in first, and it creates surprisingly smooth shakes.

The best budget blender bottle

With room for 28-ounces, a stainless steel BlenderBall wire whisk, and leak-proof lid, the BlenderBottle Classic V2 is ideal for those looking for a simple, no-frills bottle. 

Pros: Curved bottom for better mixing, fits in most cup holders, has a 28-ounce capacity

Cons: It’s not insulated so it won’t keep your shakes cold for long

This bottle is a great value and my go-to for making protein shakes on the run. I use it consistently for months at a time whenever I’m on a shake kick and I admit, there’s been more than once when I’ve accidentally neglected a leftover drink in there longer than I should have and the smell is beyond jarring. But this BPA- and phthalate-free bottle has never held onto the foul smell or taste that comes from old protein shakes and has always been immediately good to go after just one wash.

The BlenderBottle Classic V2’s leak-proof threaded lid has a SpoutGuard that allows you to easily flip it open without germy hands touching where you sip from. It also has an adjustable carry loop and wide mouth which helps prevent messes if you want to add ingredients. The bottle itself holds 28 ounces of fluids and features measurement markings on the side up to 22 ounces.

This budget-friendly yet dependable bottle is an upgraded take on the original BlenderBottle Classic model and offers a rounded base that works with the stainless steel BlenderBall wire whisk to break up clumps of powder that might otherwise collect for a more thorough mix. Both top and bottom pieces are also top-rack dishwasher safe, making everything about this bottle low-maintenance.

The best glass blender bottle

The Ello Splendid Glass Shaker Bottle won’t hold onto the potent smell or taste of old drinks and the easy-grip silicone sleeve adds grip while also protecting the glass from getting scratched overtime. 

Pros: Dishwasher safe, FDA food-grade silicone, odor-free glass bottle

Cons: Isn’t intended for hot drinks, feels a bit heavier, and isn’t microwave-safe

Although some plastic protein bottles have a reputation of trapping foul smells from past powders or supplement drinks, you don’t have to worry about that with this 20-ounce glass option. It can also be used as an everyday water bottle without bringing any of those old odors or tastes with it after you make the switch to plain water.

The silicone elements are all made of FDA food grade silicone, including the lid seal and protective sleeve that makes for an easy, no-slip grip. Whimsical measurement markings on the Ello Splendid Glass Shaker Bottle add a playful feel while encouraging you to drink more shake or water and a silicone blending ball quietly mixes powders for smooth shakes.

There’s also a leak-proof flip lid and carry loop, but I’m happy (and so are my floors) to say that the bottle won’t shatter if you accidentally drop it. Plus, all parts of this bottle are dishwasher safe without having to remove the silicon sleeve first, but the wide mouth also makes for easy cleaning with a sponge. 

The best electric blender bottle

With stainless steel blades, the BlendJet 2 can work with hard ingredients like fruit or ice for fancy shakes on the go in 20 seconds.

Pros: Portable, mini blender-meets water bottle with powerful blending abilities 

Cons: It needs to be charged periodically and doesn’t hold as much as others in this guide

If you’re looking to upgrade your shake game but don’t want the hassle of breaking out (and cleaning) a large blender each day, the BlendJet 2 is the blender bottle to invest in. Although some electric bottles evenly mix protein shakes, you’re limited in what ingredients you can use due to their plastic blades. That’s not the case with this personal-sized blender-meets-protein shake bottle with stainless steel blades. This portable blender holds 16-ounces and brings power on the go and lasts for 15 blends per charge.

For those who may want to swap their protein shake for a blended margarita, you’ll also appreciate the versatility of this bottle. The BlendJet 2 can be used for more than just mixing protein powder; from blending baby food and cocktails to turning into a mini food processor for nuts and veggies, you’ll get use out of it both in and out of the kitchen.

Clean-up is also surprisingly simple. Just pour some water and soap into the bottle, press the blend button, and rinse. The USB-C charging port is also water-resistant so you don’t have to worry about spills and you don’t need to dirty measuring cups since it has convenient side markings.  

The best blender bottle with added storage

As an all-in-one protein bottle option, the BlenderBottle ProStak has a compartment to hold powder if you don’t want to mix until you’re ready to drink as well as room for nuts and pills.

Pros: Interlocking storage compartments can be used with or without the main bottle

Cons: Won’t keep drinks cold for as long as a stainless steel bottle

This model combines a reliable bottle with storage for snacks — what more could I ask for? In addition to its 22-ounce capacity bottle, the ProStak system has two additional storage jars that are completely independent of each other and the main bottle but they all twist together. The stackable containers are 1500 cc and 100 cc — ideal for storing extra protein powder, almonds, or something like peanut butter. There’s also an optional pill tray to keep supplements (or post-workout Advil) separate.  

Whether you’re keeping hydrated and starting with water while storing powder until you’re ready for a protein shake or prepping snacks for a busy day ahead, this shaker-storage combo keeps everything you need together. Plus, the stackable containers come with their own lid so you can also use them with the bottle or on their own. And you can buy additional jars to expand your stack if needed. 

The 22-ounce main bottle has side measurement marking and is BPA- and phthalate-free. All of the pieces are top-shelf dishwasher safe and the surgical-grade stainless steel wire BlenderBall whips clumps out of drinks. You don’t have to worry about spills either as it features a leak-proof flip cap and screw-on lid complete with a looped handle.

How to shop for blender bottles

When breaking out a new blender bottle for the first time, the last thing you want is a leaking, clump-filled experience that leaves a stomach-turning smell the next time you use it. To avoid these blender-bottle fails that will leave you regretting your new purchase, these are some aspects you want to take into consideration.

Material: The most common bottle materials you’ll come across are glass, stainless steel, and plastic — and the kind you opt for depends on your personal needs. Plastic can be less expensive and lighter weight, but it won’t keep drinks cold as long as insulated stainless steel. It can also absorb some really awful old smells. Stainless steel keeps your shakes colder for longer periods of time (depending on the brand this can be for up to an entire day). Glass won’t hold onto gross smells from past drinks but it is heavier and you have to be careful not to drop it.

Maintenance: Not all shake blender bottles are machine washable. Some require washing all parts by hand while others allow for part of it to go in the dishwasher while the other part is hand-washed only. If you know that dishwasher-safe is a must, make sure to look into care instructions.

The drink top: Of course each brand has their own features but you want a leak-proof lid with a cap or spout that’s easy to open while also being able to close securely. An adjustable carry loop is a bonus for being able to quickly grab it or being able to attach the bottle to your bag or keys.

Additional features: Other small perks include internal or external measurement marks, a durable whisking ball for heavy-duty shaking that won’t rust, no-slip grips so you can easily grab the bottle, and a rounded curve bottom that works with the blender ball to whisk away any stubborn powder clumps. For electric models, you also want to consider the blade material (stainless steel is strongest), charging options, battery life, and cleaning options.

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