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 50 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 Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best mini blender we've tested. This well-built personal model is short and compact, making it easy to store on your kitchen counter or in a cupboard without taking up a lot of space. It comes with three jars: two identical 24-ounce jars and one 14-ounce Power Nutri Bowl that comes with manually rotating arms to help push food into the vortex.
Overall, it has a very versatile performance. It makes incredibly smooth, spreadable almond butter and a fantastically silky smoothie. You can even use it to crush ice cubes into a snow-like blend for slushies and other frozen drinks. It's very easy to clean by hand, but you can also put the jars, lids, and blades into your dishwasher for an easier clean-up.
Unfortunately, like most of the personal blenders we've tested, you can't use it to blend hot ingredients for soups or purees. Also, its controls offer one speed setting, which may be disappointing for some users. That said, this small model packs a big punch, and it ranks among the best personal blenders we've tested.
If you prefer a mini blender with better build quality, try the Breville Boss To Go Sport. While it's more difficult to clean and comes with fewer jars than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, it feels much more solidly-built. The base is made of metal that feels sturdy, and the two jars that are included, a 23-ounce main jar and a dual-walled 15-ounce additional jar, feel quite durable. It can make a fantastic smoothie, bar-quality crushed ice, and spreadable almond butter. Unfortunately, while a quick rinse with water should take care of most liquidy foods, you may need to use a brush to clean stickier foods like nut butter off the blades.
Go for the Ninja if you want something easy to clean and don't mind trading off build quality for the best blending performance. However, if a sturdy, premium-feeling build is a priority for you, the Breville is worth considering.
The Bamix Mono M133 is the best small immersion blender that we've tested. This very well-built model is small enough to easily fit in a kitchen drawer. It comes with a 20-ounce heat-proof beaker and lid, so you can easily store whatever you make.
It has two speed settings and is one of the quietest blenders that we've tested. You can use it to blend hot ingredients for soups and sauces, and it produces bar-quality ice in about four minutes. It even comes with a whisk attachment and a beater attachment, which are advertised for making foods like whipped cream or mayonnaise, although we don't currently test those. When you're done using it, it's easy to clean by rinsing with soap and water.
Unfortunately, it's not ideal for making smoothies, since it tends to leave unprocessed chunks of frozen fruit and leafy greens even after a few minutes of blending. Also, while the beaker is dishwasher-safe, the blades aren't. That said, this compact model is one of the best immersion blenders we've tested.
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-ounce jar, and a 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 liquidy 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.
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.