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 60 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best small blenders. See also our recommendations for the best immersion blenders, the best cheap blenders, the best blenders for frozen drinks, and the best personal blenders.
The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best small blender we've tested. This well-built blender is very versatile, especially for a personal blender. Its small size makes it easy to store in a cupboard or on your counter, and all of its jars, lids, and blade assemblies are dishwasher-safe.
It comes with two 24-ounce personal jars that you can use to blend fantastic smoothies and make snow-like crushed ice. They each come with a to-go lid, so it's easy to make a drink and take it with you to work or the gym. There's also a 14-ounce Power Nutri Bowl included, which has manually operated arms inside of it that help push ingredients towards the blades. You can use it to make very smooth, spreadable almond butter.
Unfortunately, it's one of the loudest blenders that we've tested. Also, like many personal blenders, it can't be used to process hot ingredients and has only one speed setting. There are a few preset modes that act as timers, which you can use to have the blender stop automatically after a set amount of time. Overall, it's a versatile choice if you're looking for a small blender.
If you're looking for a mini blender that feels more sturdily built, you may prefer the Breville Boss To Go Sport. This bullet blender doesn't perform quite as well overall as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, but it has a much better build quality, with a very sturdy, solid-feeling motor base and a metal transmission gear. The 23-ounce and 15-ounce jars feel durable too, and they also come with to-go lids. You can use the 23-ounce jar to make fantastic smoothies, bar-quality crushed ice, and excellent almond butter. The smaller jar is dual-walled to help keep your drink cold, and it also makes great smoothies, although they're much foamier. Unfortunately, while the jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe, this blender is more difficult to clean by hand than the Ninja.
If you want the blender that makes smoother almond butter and crushed ice with a better texture, go for the Ninja, but consider the Breville instead if build quality is more of a priority.
The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is the best small immersion blender that we've tested. It's decently well-built, with a 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. You can use this blender 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 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, meaning that you can use it for your favorite frozen drinks. 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 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 many 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 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 Magic Bullet Mini is the best compact blender that we've tested in the cheap category. This small, budget-friendly personal blender doesn't take up much space on a countertop. Its 13-ounce main jar comes with a lip ring to make it easier to drink out of, as well as a resealable lid so you can store what you make.
Using the main jar, it does a good job of incorporating raw kale and chunks of frozen banana into a smoothie. It's easy to clean since if you're working with liquid ingredients, a quick rinse with soap and water takes care of most of the residue. While it's a bullet-style blender with only one speed setting, you can pulse ingredients by repeatedly pushing down on the jar and releasing it.
Unfortunately, while the jars and lids are dishwasher-safe, the blade assembly needs to be washed by hand. It's also not very versatile since it struggles to make almond butter and isn't intended for ice crushing or hot blending. That said, if you're looking for an inexpensive mini blender for smoothie-making, it's a good choice.
Sep 17, 2021: Updated text and checked picks for accuracy and availability. There were no changes to recommendations.
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.
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.