Last Updated: Sep 8, 2020 @ 10:46 am.

Need to take a stapler on the road? Or in a backpack? A mini stapler is the best solution. To find the best one, we tried out 9 models from different brands. Here are the ones that made the cut.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Great for backpacks
Less than 5" long, this stout but sturdy stapler is perfect for small jobs (less than 12 pages—more like 5-8 in the real world). Includes 1000 staples.
$3.43

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Best Budget-Friendly: Swingline Mini Stapler Tiny Tot

A mini-stapler has to be easy to use and fit in a backpack or bag. Swingline’s Mini Stapler Tiny Tot (so cute!) hits all the right notes—at a price that is easy on the wallet.

What We Liked

• Includes 1000 staples. 

• 12 sheet capacity. In reality, it is less than that in our real world tests—we’d say 5-8 pages, depending on the paper weight.

• Easy to use.

• Affordable.

What Needs Work

• Occasionally jams.

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Best For Bigger Projects

Compact, sturdy and lightweight
Loved this palm-sized mini stapler—yes it is bigger than other mini models . . . but it can staple two dozen pages. That's great for heavier duty use.
$9.76

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Best For Bigger Projects: Bostitch Office Heavy Duty 40 Sheet Stapler

Most mini staplers are for just a few pages—even those that claim they can staple 12 pages really can only do 5-8 pages in the real world.

What if you need a mini-stapler but need to actually staple 12 pages? We’d recommend Bostitch’s Office Heavy Duty 40 Sheet Stapler.

What We Liked

• Compact.

• Sturdy. We liked the non-skid rubber base.

• Can be stored horizontally or vertically.

• Staples are flatter than others.

• 40 sheet capacity. Ok, in reality it is more like 25 page maximum . . . but that is much more than other mini staples!

What Needs Work

• Must use Bostitch’s own brand staples. It doesn’t work well if you use other brand staples.

• No staples included.

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Best For Students

Super cute—and it works well!
Excellent mini-stapler that can staple 10 pages together, yet is super compact at just 2.5" long. Includes 1000 mini staples. Easy to load.
$7.99

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Best For Students: PraxxisPro Mini Staplers

We have to admit—these mini staplers are darn cute. We like this two-pack for students—they are easy to pop in a bag or backpack. Here’s more:

What We Liked

• Great for travel.

• Good value—two-pack at a decent price.

• Bright colors: easy to see in a backpack.

• Can handle up to 18 sheets at once.

• Includes 800 staples.

What Needs Work

• Occasionally jams.

• Not for heavy-duty use. If you need a more robust model for bigger projects, we’d recommend the Bostitch model discussed earlier.

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Best For Salespeople

Great for road warriors
Excellent mini-stapler that can staple 10 pages together, yet is super compact at just 2.5" long. Includes 1000 mini staples. Easy to load.
$3.99

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Best For Salespeople: Bostitch Office Mini 10 Stapler

If you are a travelling salesperson, you probably need to staple a few pages together . . . but don’t have much room in your travel bag. We’d suggest Bostitch’s Office Mini 10 Stapler for this use—good performance at a decent value.

What We Liked

• Easy to load.

• Includes 1000 mini staples!

• Also functions as a staple remover.

• Also good for students, vehicles, school bags and more.

• Handles about 10 sheets of paper.

What Needs Work

• Works best if you have a flat surface (table) to staple on. Not as effective to staple free-style in the air!

• Occasionally jams.

• Have to push down rather hard to staple. Hence, this might not be best for smaller kiddos for school use.

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