Hamilton Beach 51101BA Personal Blender with Travel Lid Review



For those who want to drink fresh juices and blended drinks in the morning but don’t have time to use big blenders, a personal blender is a great solution. The Hamilton Beach 51101BA lets you make smoothies and shakes in a small unit. It is a personal blender, also called a single serve blender that blends your drinks right into the portable cup. But it can also be used for making salad dressings, marinades and even baby formulas. This review will show you the important features that it offers and we will see how good its performance is for each function.

Important Features and Specs

This single serve blender is a good investment if you want to enjoy nutritious drinks on the go. It offers full portability. It is compact and lightweight yet it is fully equipped for versatile blending. It uses a powerful 175 Watt motor to provide fast and reliable performance. The stainless steel cutting blades evenly cut frozen and fresh fruit for blending smoothies and shakes.

It features one-touch operation with pulse action. Press the on/pulse button to blend your drinks or food in between short intervals for best results. It does have a lot of power for a small unit, as advertised. You can watch video demos to see how fast it blends fruits. It easily turned the strawberries and bananas into a smooth, fine drink.

The unit is quite slim. It has a black base and lid, and clear glass container. The cord conveniently wraps around a slot on the base for easy storage. You can tuck the cord in and bring your blender anywhere. The blender measures 5.2 x 4.2 x 11.9 inches, Width, Depth, and Height (WDH) and weighs only 3 pounds. It comes in black, white, bright red and green.

This compact unit blends your food and drinks right into the 14oz blending jar – which you can remove, and then it transforms into a portable travel cup. The cup fits most car drink holders and has a drinking lid with spout so you can enjoy your fresh drinks on the road or while traveling.

Both the jar and the lid are dishwasher safe. So cleaning is fast and super efficient. Just rinse them in clean water and put them in your dishwasher.

However, customers noticed one common problem on the the lid. It is a bit flimsy and has a tendency to spill. There can also be leaks through the blade on the bottom. To avoid this, make sure you only fill the container up to the line indicator. Also, watch out for a burnt smell after long uses. It is not recommended for heavy duty use. Some users also noted that when using thicker ingredients like yogurt, you have to push them down with a wooden spoon to get the blades to mix. So if you intend to use it for such ingredients, you might want to consider a different model or maybe, the regular type blender.


  • Easy to clean
  • Powerful motor; can chop frozen fruits
  • Blends smoothly, no chunks or unchopped fruits left
  • Consistent results
  • Cord storage
  • Portable
  • Very affordable price


  • Leaks on the base if overfilled
  • Has a tendency to spill on the lid
  • Burnt smell after long uses

Who Should Buy

If you need a portable single serve blender, the Hamilton Beach 51101BA is a great personal blender that allows you to enjoy fresh drinks on the go. This is perfect for working individuals who don’t have time for lengthy preparations in the morning. The portable cup comes with a drinking spout but is not spill proof. So if you think it is prone to spill in your car, you might want to just transfer your drink in a travel mug. This is not recommended for long uses. It is great for minimal use only.


The Hamilton Beach 51101BA Personal Blender with Travel Lid is an easy solution for busy people who want to make healthy food and drinks on the go. It is a portable single serve blender that is powerful and can be used to make different smoothies, shakes and salad dressings. For small servings, you can also make marinades and much more. It comes with a few quirks, like the burnt smell some users noticed after some use, and the leaks on the lid and base.

But if you can find a workaround for it, you might still consider this a good buy because of its blending performance. The price is exceptionally low for the power it offers so you just have to make sure not to overuse the unit and maybe buy a separate travel mug to address the leaks.We still recommend this product for light duty use.