Perler Mini Beads vs Perler Midi Beads

5/19/2016 House of Geekiness 8 Comments

Perler Mini Beads are here! I've literally been waiting years for these suckers. I'd heard the Hama Minis weren't worth the cost to buy and ship from Europe, so this is the first mini bead I've used. I couldn't wait to review them.

Perler Mini Bead Review: When Ek Success Brands (the manufacturer of Perler Beads) told me they'd send me some mini perler beads to test for free, I had no idea they'd send me all this great stuff! They were generous enough to send me several mini bead trays, mini pegboards, and even some mini teezers to test for free! (Pictured above, full review below) 

Mini Beads Tray: Warm Colors 80-17525

Mini Beads Tray: Rainbow Colors 80-17529

Mini Beads Tray: Cool Colors 80-17526

Perler Mini Color Review: I love that the colors are an exact match for their perler midi (standard sized perler beads), and for being a new product, there are quite a few different shades. I REALLY hope they start selling the rest of the shades of mini beads that I get in midi size because I am truly addicted to perler mini beads now! 

Mini Beads Tray: Neutral Colors 80-17527

Perler Mini Tweezer Tool Review: I've tried other fine/needle tipped tweezers before (and they've been super sharp!), so it was a pleasant surprise to discover that these perler mini tweezer's tips are blunted but work extremely well. They're easy to use and I found myself even picking up and handling two mini perler beads at once (a feat that usually ends in beads flying everywhere when I try that with perler midis).

Perler Beads Mini Bead Pegboards (4 Pack)

Perler Mini Bead Pegboard Review: These mini pegboards are so cute and fun to use! Since the beads are so tiny and designing even basic patterns is very intricate work, I loved the fact that I could easily pick the board up and move it closer to see it better without disturbing the beads. I just have to be very careful of course. ;) The mini perler pegboards interlock shockingly well. At times, I was even hard pressed to separate them without disturbing the beads.

Perler Midi Beads vs Perler Mini Beads with mini pegboard
Baby Doctor Who inspired Tardis: Perler Midi Beads vs Perler Mini BeadsPerler Midi Bead Tweeze Tool vs Perler Mini Bead Tweezers
Nintendo Inspired Princess Peach in Perler Midi Beads vs Peach and Lakitu in Perler Mini Beads

League of Legends inspired Teemo and Panda Teemo in Perler Midi Beads vs Perler Mini Beads (Slight color differences in colors due to limited Perler Mini Beads shades available.)

Batman the Animated Series inspired Harley Quinn in Perler Midi Beads vs Perler Mini Beads

Doctor Who Inspired 11th Doctor with Mop and Fez in Perler Midi Beads vs 11th Doctor, Tardis, and River Song in Perler Mini Beads(Slight color differences in colors due to limited Perler Mini Beads shades available.)

Guardians of the Galaxy inspired Rocket Raccoon and Baby Groot in Perler Midi Beads vs Perler Mini Beads (Slight color differences in colors due to limited Perler Mini Beads shades available and because I accidentally used Brown instead of Light Brown for mini Baby Groot. Doh!)

My Little Pony inspired Rainbow Dash in Perler Midi Beads vs Perler Mini Beads
(Slight color differences in colors due to limited Perler Mini Beads shades available)
This is not a sponsored post. I received no compensation other than the free product for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

My Review Conclusions: 
I stinkin LOVE these Perler Mini Beads
  • I will still be using the midi (normal) sized beads to create my patterns because, while perler minis are super fun, they're a bit harder to see and handle
  • Color and shape are the high quality that I've come to expect from the Perler Brand
  • True to size: From what I can tell, the perler mini beads seem to be exactly half the size as the perler midi beads
  • The plastic of the perler mini beads seems a bit softer than the perler midis but it's still strong and flexible. 
  • Perler mini beads fuse really well together but they were a bit tricky to get the melting temperature right at first. I was surprised that the perler mini beads had a pretty high melting point for their size. I thought for sure the lowest setting would be too hot but it wasn't. 
  • The perler mini tweezers made the beads easier to handle and worked great without being sharp and dangerous.
  • The mini perler pegboards interlocked almost too well and were perfect for laying out and designing bead patterns. 
  • Fused perler mini beads are stronger and flexible than I'd anticipated! In some cases, they may be even more durable than the perler midi beads.

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    1. Hi, do you know if you can do circular shapes with the mini perler bead square pegboards?

      1. Anything you can do with the Midi (regular) size square pegboards you can do with the Mini boards (just on a smaller scale). I actually prefer to create a design in Midi beads before I'll make it with Mini because the smaller ones are harder to work with.

      2. Do you know if there are circle pegboards for the mini perler beads? If so, do you know where I can buy them?

    2. Hi there!
      Please Laura, i´d like to confirm what im affraid of: from what I just have seen on the Perler website, the colour chart of the mini ones is far more limited compared to the midi size. Am I right, or just haven´t "investigated" the web properly xD....Cause I think it doesn´t makes sense...given that if you can make much more detailed creations it should be as varied chart than the midi ones. Feel a bit disappointed bout that, cause I´ve recently sold my whole colection of colors (almost all of them) and pegboards from the brand hama.
      P.D.Sorry 4 my english...not good at all ;D and hope you catched the idea of what I tried to ask haha...BTW, big congrats for having a very cool blog. Keep up with it and I´ll wait for ur response. Big regards from Benidorm (Spain)

      1. Hi Andrés!
        You are correct. The Perler mini beads don't have many colors available yet. I'm hoping they fix that soon!


    3. In addition to the colors provided in the many sets above (which are part of a collection of 25 colors also availible from the main website in single packs of 2000 pieces,) there is a new 16 color "tray" that showcases many (if not all) completely new colors. The greens and reds are particularly noticeable since normally there is only one shade of red and no blue-greens!

    4. Also separate shout out to you Laura, as this and many of your other posts spurred me to looking for Perler as the answer for a project I've been desperately wanting to make for upwards of 6 years! Your review of the different brands saved me from buying a massive bulk order of Meltys,thank you so much!

      Good luck with your everything!

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