Smoothies are healthy, affordable, and delicious alternatives to the typical carbohydrate filled breakfast. Instead of grabbing a packet of food that is full of sugar and sweeteners that will force you to crash later in the day, consider a smoothie that will keep you energized and on top form throughout the day.
Having said that, we know that many people don’t have the time to make and drink a smoothie before they leave the house, which is why we’ve created this list of the top five smoothie cups for people on the go.
Modern blenders take mere minutes to create your smoothie, and some are even compatible with smoothie cups to maximize the efficiency of the smoothie making process. You can store smoothies in these cups, or simply take them out and drink them on the go.
Below we’ve listed the top five smoothie cups that we have found on the market so that you can determine which is the best for you. They are all high-quality but they offer individual features, which is why we’re sure that you’ll find your perfect new smoothie cup within this list.
Let’s get right into finding you the best smoothie cup possible by taking a look at the best models’ notable features. Out of the five cups we’ve found to be the best, only one is single-walled – the Tritan Nutri Ninja smoothie cup. This is because it works directly with the Ninja blender system and can be attached straight onto the machine.
Single-walled cups don’t allow for any control over the temperature of your drink and therefore should only be used when you’re going to drink the smoothie quickly. No one likes a warm smoothie, which is why the rest of the cups we’ve found are double-walled.
The fact that the rest of the smoothie cups on our list – Vitamix To-Go Cup, Simply Green Solutions Stainless Steel Drink Tumbler, MIRA Insulated Double Wall Steel Water Bottle, and Tervis “Big T” Tumbler – are all double-walled means that you can take your smoothies out with you without having to worry about them getting warm or melting.
This also allows you to use hot drinks in each of the cups as well. Double-walled cups also do not sweat as much condensation, so your cup won’t be dripping while you’re trying to enjoy your drink.
All of the five cups we’ve found are made from either plastic or stainless steel, which are both good insulating materials. They’re also rather durable and won’t be too difficult to clean and maintain. But let’s now review each of the cups and see which is the most beneficial to you.
First off is the Big T Tumbler from Tervis, who offers this cup in a range of different sizes. IT is made from durable plastic and is double-walled to keep your smoothie nice and cool during your commute. Tervis does not manufacture any blenders, but rather simply offer cups of all sizes for blended beverages.
The Big T caught our attention in particular due to the large 24-ounce size, but you can also choose between 9, 10, or 16-ounce alternatives. There are wine and beer glasses to choose from, and you can also get cups with lids too. All of this, while the price remains reasonably low.
There are a number of colors to choose from so that you can customize your Big T to look exactly how you want it. The lids are also available in different colors, and these help significantly with preventing you from spilling your drink while out in public.
All of the cups on offer are made from co-polyester BPA and Melamine, making them microwavable and freezable. Imagine drinking a smoothie out of a frozen Big T Tumbler. Now wipe the drool from your mouth!
Tervis offers a lifetime guarantee to ensure your money is protected in case of any manufacturing issues. This large cup will keep your smoothie cool for a long time, especially if you freeze it beforehand.
What’s more is that the Big T fits in most car holders, which makes it perfect for commuters. Overall, this smoothie cup is excellent value for money and allows you to take your refreshing drinks almost anywhere without them turning warm and spoiled.
A close second is the Tritan Nutri Ninja Cup, which is very highly reviewed due to the fact that they can be used with any Ninja Kitchen System Bullet Blenders. Simply attach the cup, blend your smoothie up, and you’re ready to go! No transferring the liquid from one jug to another, saving both on time and washing up.
This cup actually comes in pairs, making this purchase excellent value for money. Moreover, you’ll be able to share the cups with other people in your family so that you can both have a smoothie cup for on the go. Sharing is caring, after all.
As we mentioned before, you attach these cups straight onto the blender, maximizing the efficiency and making this an ideal option for busy on the go people. These cups also come with lids that are equipped with Sip and Seal technology, preventing you from spilling any of your drink down your clothing.
This cup, like the Big T, holds up to 24 ounces of smoothie which is quite generous and ensures that you’ll have enough smoothie to last your journey. The only downside of the Tritan Nutri Ninja Cup is that it is single-walled, which prevents it from keeping your smoothie cool. This means that you’ll have to drink it as soon as possible if you want to enjoy it properly.
Both the plastic cup and the lid can be washed in a dishwasher, and they are BPA free. The price has been reduced quite dramatically since its initial release, making these cups great value for money as long as you have the compatible blender.
In third place is a cup from MIRA. Unlike all of the other cups that we have looked at, and will be looking at, the MIRA Steel Water Bottle is an excellent alternative for anyone who wants to keep a secure lid on their smoothie while they’re not drinking it. Alternatively, as this bottle is completely secured with a high-quality lid and double-walled insulation, you can keep a smoothie in it and drink it much later in the day without having to find a fridge.
MIRA states that they took inspiration from cola bottles for the shape of this bottle, and there are two sizes to choose from. You can either pick a 17-ounce bottle or a 25-ounce alternative, depending on how much smoothie you typically make.
Due to the bottle being made from stainless steel, the smoothie can be rinsed out easily, and then you can use the bottle for water for the rest of the day. This is great for the environment and will save you money in the long run. The vacuum insulated walls allow the bottle to keep your smoothie cool for up to six hours, and you won’t have to worry about the metal sweating, either.
The bottle should be hand washed and the shape is a little inconvenient, but this is a minor issue for such a helpful cup. The outside is covered in a range of different colors, and this covering has been known to scratch if the bottle is carried with any other metal item such as keys.
The lid made of plastic and is both free from BPA and Phthalates. Again, this is another bottle that is good value for money and can be used time and time again for smoothies and other drinks. The durability is great, particularly as the bottle is made out of stainless steel so it’s not going to crack like plastic could.
Next up we have another cup that fits right onto a blender, which is the Vitamix To-Go Cup. You can use this cup as either a container in which to blend things in, or a travel cup to carry your smoothie in. This cup comes with a travel lid with a spout to ensure that your smoothie does not spill anywhere while you’re on the go.
You can hold up to 20 ounces of liquid in this cup, which can either be hot or cold. This versatility is excellent when you want to take a refreshing smoothie one day, but a revitalizing hot coffee the next.
The shape of the cup actually thins towards the bottom so that you can store it in almost any car holder securely. This is a great additional benefit as how many times have you taken a drink to your car only to find that it doesn’t fit properly in any of the holders, forcing you to keep it on the passenger side seat while hoping it doesn’t leak all over your car?
The lid snaps shut after you finish taking a sip of your smoothie, helping to keep it spill-proof. The Vitamix To-Go Cup is double-walled to keep hot drinks hotter for longer, and cool drinks cooler for longer.
This cup works with the Vitamin S-Series blenders, although you buy the Vitamix adapter to use the To-Go cup with any “Classic” C series or G series Vitamix blender model. This plastic cup is BPA free and can be cleaned in a dishwasher, although you should only leave it on the top shelf to ensure it doesn’t melt.
Finally, we have the Simply Green Solutions Stainless Steel Drink Tumbler. This is one of the more attractive cups on our list, however, bear in mind that it only holds 18-ounces of liquid, which is a little less than the rest of the alternatives on our list. Having said that, it’s not that much of a difference and will suit people who actually don’t want to carry around as much liquid as the other cups.
While it may be a little smaller than the market average, this cup makes up for it in other ways. One of the main benefits of this cup is the very durable double walls. Instead of plastic, this cups inner wall is made from stainless steel to make it much more hardy and tolerant of accidental drops.
The lid is also made of stainless steel, and it comes with a plastic reusable straw. There is a little more maintenance needed with this cup, with the lid having to be hand washed along with the straw. Having said that, the main body of the cup can be washed in a dishwasher. It goes without saying that this cup is not suitable for a microwave, nor is it suitable for freezing.
The double-walled feature keeps your smoothies cooler to longer, and the stainless steel lid will also help keep the cold in. If you’re not a fan of plastic straws, you can also purchase stainless steel straws from Simply Green Solutions, which come in a set of six.
All of the cups that we’ve looked at above are of great quality and will serve you for a long time after your purchase. They’ll save you money in the long run and allow you to take your cold drinks out and about with you. Some even also allow you to use them for hot drinks, too. They’re all suitable for smoothies and keep them cool for a long time, so it’s really down to your personal preference as to which one you choose.
Take into consideration whether you need a lid or not, how many cups you need, and what material you’d prefer your cup to be made out of, before choosing the best option for your lifestyle. This will help you choose the best option for you, rather than simply going for the best looking cups. No matter which one you pick, you’re guaranteed to get a nice and dependable smoothie cup to take on the go.