Whether you're making soups, smoothies, or other mixes, blenders are a useful tool in any cook's kitchen. However, if you're low on space, you may not want a bulky, full-sized appliance that takes up a lot of room on your kitchen counter. Fortunately, there are a lot of smaller-sized options on the market. Personal blenders have a smaller footprint than full-size models, and they let you make single serves of your favorite foods. Immersion blenders are ideal for blending hot ingredients, and they're easy to store in a kitchen drawer.
We've tested over 55 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best mini blenders. See also our recommendations for the best blenders, the best immersion blenders, and the best personal blenders.
The best mini blender that we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. This personal blender delivers very versatile performance for its fairly compact size. It's easy to store in a cupboard or on your counter and comes with a pair of 24-ounce personal jars with to-go lids, so it's a good choice for making single-serve drinks.
You can use either personal jar to make a fantastic smoothie in less than a minute. In the 14-ounce Power Nutri Bowl, which is equipped with manually operated arms that rotate to push food away from the sides of the jar, you can make very smooth, spreadable almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. This blender is also very easy to clean by hand, or you can put the jars, lids, and blades in your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, like many personal blenders, it can't be used to blend hot ingredients and only has one speed setting, which may be a little disappointing for some. It's also one of the loudest blenders that we've tested. That said, if you want a relatively small blender with versatile performance, it's a great choice.
If you want a mini blender that feels better built, you may prefer the Breville Boss To Go Sport. This personal blender comes with two jars rather than three, and it's more difficult to clean by hand than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, but it has a much better build quality. The base and gears are made of metal and feel sturdy, and the two jars feel durable. The smaller 15-ounce jar is even dual-walled to help keep your drink hot or cold. While it doesn't perform quite as well as the Ninja overall, it's still very versatile. You can use it to make fantastic smoothies, bar-quality crushed ice, and excellent almond butter. Unfortunately, it's more difficult to clean by hand when you're working with sticky foods since you may need to use a brush to clean the blades.
Go for the Ninja if you want something easier to clean by hand or don't mind sacrificing some build quality for the best blending performance. Consider the Breville instead if a very sturdy, well-built blender is a priority.
The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is the best mini immersion blender that we've tested. It's decently well-built, with variable speed dial and a slightly rubberized grip on its handle. It's quite compact, and you can detach its blending wand for easier storage in a drawer.
It's intended for blending hot ingredients like cooked vegetables into soups, sauces, and purees. It does a good job blending leafy greens like kale into smoothies and can make crushed ice with an okay texture. It also comes with a whisk attachment for making whipped cream, although we don't test it currently.
Unfortunately, the blades aren't dishwasher safe, although they're usually quite easy to clean by hand. There's also no beaker or jar included, which may be disappointing for some. That said, this affordable model is one of the best blenders we've tested.
If you're looking for a more compact immersion blender, consider the Bamix Mono M133 instead. Its blending shaft can't be detached from the motor base, unlike the NutriBullet Immersion Blender, but the blender's total length is shorter than most immersion models that we've tested. Even though it doesn't come apart, it's compact and should easily fit in most kitchen drawers. It's also easier to clean by hand, feels much more sturdy, and comes with a 20-ounce beaker that you can use for blending and storing what you make. There are whisk and beater attachments intended for making recipes like homemade mayonnaise, but we don't test them currently. This blender can be used to blend hot ingredients and also makes bar-quality crushed ice. Unfortunately, it makes a disappointing, leafy smoothie.
If you want the blender that makes the best smoothie and crushed ice, go for the NutriBullet, but consider the Bamix if you want a very well-built blender or want something a little more compact overall.
The best small blender in the budget category that we've tested is the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro. This affordable mini blender comes with a 24-ounce main jar, plus an 18 and 12-ounce jar. They each come with a to-go lid, so you can easily bring your drink with you to work or the gym.
It makes a decent smoothie quite quickly in its 12-ounce jar. It can also crush ice into a snow-like consistency in less than a minute, so you can use it for your favorite frozen drinks. When you're done using it, clean-up is easy since a rinse with soap and water should take care of most messes, even if you've been working with sticky food. The jars and lids are all dishwasher-safe, too.
Unfortunately, it's not safe to use with hot ingredients. Also, it struggles to fully blend almonds into smooth, spreadable butter. That said, if you're looking for an affordable mini blender for your smoothies, slushies, or shakes, it's a solid option.
If you're looking for a mini blender that you can easily fit into a bag or purse when you're on the go, consider the BlendJet 2. While it makes a foamier smoothie than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro, it's a lightweight, battery-operated blender. Unlike a lot of the other models on this list, you're meant to drink from its jar with the motor base and blade assembly still attached. It also has a screw-on lid with a carrying strap so that you can easily grab it and go. This well-built blender comes in a variety of colors, and its battery is advertised to provide over 15 20-second blends after one hour of charging. It's also easy to clean and makes decent crushed ice. However, it's only available through the manufacturer.
Take a look at the Ninja if you're looking for a more versatile mini blender that's meant to stay in your kitchen. However, check out the BlendJet if you want a portable option to take your protein shakes or smoothies with you wherever you go.
The best compact blender in the cheap category is the Magic Bullet Mini. This wallet-friendly personal blender is quite small, which is nice if you don't have a lot of room on your countertop or inside your cupboard. It also comes with a 13-ounce main jar and a smaller, eight-ounce jar, so you can find the size that works best for your blend.
Using its main jar, it can make a good-textured smoothie in under two minutes. Since the manufacturer includes a lip ring and a resealable lid in the box, you can easily take your single-serve drink with you on the go. It's also decently easy to clean since a quick rinse with soap and water should clear most liquid leftovers from the jar. It's easy to operate, and you can repeatedly push down the jar if you want to pulse your ingredients.
Unfortunately, it isn't intended to crush ice or hot blend, which doesn't make it very versatile. It also struggles to break down hard ingredients and can take up to 10 minutes to produce spreadable almond butter. That said, if you're looking for a small mini blender at a lower price point, it's a suitable choice.
Jul 20, 2021: Added the NutriBullet Pro and the NutriBullet Pro+ to Notable Mentions because of their smoothie performance. Checked other picks for accuracy and availability, but there were no changes to recommendations.
May 21, 2021: Replaced the Bamix Mono M133 with the NutriBullet Immersion Blender as the 'Best Mini Immersion Blender' because of its more versatile performance. Made the Bamix the 'Smaller Alternative' to the NutriBullet.
Mar 23, 2021: Added the BlendJet 2 as a 'Portable Alternative' to better meet the expectations of our users. Confirmed product availability and text accuracy.
Jan 22, 2021: Verified that we're still recommending the best products for our users and that they're in stock.
Dec 11, 2020: Added the Oster MyBlend to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best mini blenders for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for personal and immersion blenders. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no blender is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.