Magic Bullet Blender Product Review

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Do you need something that can do a ton of food prep without taking up a ton of kitchen space? That is what the Magic Bullet blender says it can do. Late night infomercials have shown that this little blender can make everything from salsa, smoothies, and margaritas all in a few seconds.

The Magic Bullet blender bills itself as a kitchen magician, doing the job of a food processor, a blender, a grinder, and a mixer all in a small, easy to use package. But can the Magic Bullet blender work the magic of combining all your favorite kitchen appliances into one?

What is the Magic Bullet Blender?

The Magic Bullet blender is a personal blender, made by Housewares Inc. The standard 11 piece set comes with three different sized cups with various lids, a blade assembly, and the base. It comes in silver with black trim though there are green and red trim variants available.

Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set - Amazon

It is easy to use, just put your ingredients in one of the cups and then screw on the cross blade assembly. Next, you invert the cup onto the base and press down. The motor will then engage and blend your ingredients. Stop pressing down to turn off the blender. You can then unscrew the top and enjoy whatever you have mixed.

The Magic Bullet blender even comes with several different lids that you can use to either store your prepared food or enjoy it directly from the container. The blender comes with a recipe book that includes a variety of recipes for blended drinks like smoothies and margaritas as well as mixed dips like hummus and guacamole.

Product specs

The Magic Bullet blender is an 11-piece set with a base, cross blade, and various cups. The high-torque power base houses the 200-watt blender motor. The blender comes with three cups: one tall cup (18 oz), one short cup (12 oz), and one party mug (18 oz). The tall and short cups are handleless, designed to mix, store, and cook ingredients.

Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set
  • 17-piece high-speed mixing system chops, whips, blends, and more. Cups are made out of high-impact plastic
  • Includes power base, 2 blades, 2 cups, 4 mugs, 4 colored comfort lip rings, 2 sealed lids, 2 vented lids, and recipe...
  • Durable see-through construction; press down for results in 10 seconds or less

The cups include comfort lip rings which screw on over the threaded tops to making drinking more comfortable. The Magic Bullet blender set also comes with two different lids: one flip top lid and two resealable lids. The cups and lids are top-rack dishwasher washable and microwave safe. The party mug features a handle and is designed to serve drinks. It is dishwasher safe but is not microwave safe.

The Magic Bullet blender comes with a one-year warranty that will replace your blender if it stops working due to defects in the manufacturing process. Typically, the manufacturer's warranty does not cover standard wear and tear, and that is the case here. You can, however, buy an extended four-year warranty on your Magic Bullet Blender

Comparison to Other Brands

The blender has some direct competition in the personal blender category. For our purposes, we have chosen a few mixers that match the overall footprint and usage style as the Magic Bullet Blender.

Ninja BL456 Blenders - Countertop, 24 oz, Silver/Black
  • 900 watts of professional power breaks down fruits and vegetables for nutritious juices and smoothies
  • The Nutri Ninja Pro provides you with powerful Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction performance to extract hidden nutrition...
  • Twist on the Spout Lids and take your drinks with you for easy on the go sipping

The Nutri Ninja Pro is very similar to the Magic Bullet blender in styling. It comes with several cups and lids that are BPA free and dishwasher safe. It features a similar push down to use design as the Magic Bullet blender.

The most significant difference is in the power base. The Nutri Ninja Pro has a 900-watt power base compared to the Magic Bullet blender which has a 200-watt base. The cups that come with the Nutri Ninja Pro are also bigger as it includes a 24 oz cup.

This blender has a 4.4 out of 5-star rating on Amazon. However, there are some complaints. The primary problem customers had is that it did not last long enough. Some of them broke after just a few months.

BELLA (13330) Personal Size Rocket Blender, 12 Piece Set, Stainless...
  • HANDHELD BLENDING POWER: This powerful & compact blender has a 240 watt power base with a stainless steel blending blade...
  • SIMPLE & VERSATILE: The Rocket Blender comes with 2 tall blending cups & 1 small grinding cup for various quantities of...
  • BLENDERS FOR EVERY PURPOSE: Fancy a smoothie? Or how about guacamole? Simplify kitchen prep and make healthy, delicious...

The Bella Personal Size Rocket Blender is another personal blender that is similar in size, shape, and usage as the Magic Bullet blender. It comes with three cups and various lids which are BPA free and dishwasher safe.

The main differences between the Bella Personal Size Rocket Blender and the Magic Bullet blender are the power bases and blades. The Bella blender is slightly more powerful at 240 watts. It also comes with both a cross blade designed for blending and mixing and a flat blade for grinding. The Bella Personal Size Rocket Blender has a 3.5-star rating. Critical reviews note the blender’s lack of durability on the rubber coupling pieces on the base and the blender blade.

Hamilton Beach Personal Blender for Shakes and Smoothies with 14oz...
  • Compact design and BPA free: great for home, office and travel with on the go portability
  • Blend and go: blend and drink from the 14 ounce jar and lid which are both dishwasher safe
  • One touch blending: makes great smoothies, shakes, baby formula, marinades, salad dressing and more

The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is a compact blender with a small footprint much like the Magic Bullet blender. It comes in an assortment of colors and includes one 14 oz jar made of BPA free plastic that comes with a travel lid.

The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender has a slightly different design than the Magic Bullet blender. The blade is attached to the blending jar itself, and you push a button on the base to begin the blending process. It also has less power than the Magic Bullet blender with a 175-watt motor. The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender has a 3.5-star rating. While positive reviews like the price and ease of use, critical reviews note the lack of interchangeable cups and low powered motor.

Pros & Cons

Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Small cups
  • Low power

The Magic Bullet blender is very compact and easy to store, making it a perfect option for someone who does not have a lot of room to spare. The lids make it easy to store leftovers or prepare servings in advance.

The tall and party cups that come with the Magic Bullet blender can only hold up to 18 oz of liquid which is just a bit more than two cups worth which may be a little small if you have a big appetite for smoothies.

At 200 watts, the Magic Bullet is on the lower power end of the personal blenders we compared. Amazon customers report that the blender sometimes struggles to crush and blend ingredients smoothly despite ample amounts of liquid in the container. Consumer Reports also discovered that it tends to blend unevenly, leaving unblended pieces of food in the final product.

Ratings

The Magic Bullet blender is a recognizable entry in the personal blender category. It is an Amazon bestseller and rated 4.5 stars. Many customers note that they are happy with their Magic Bullet blender. While it is not one of the more powerful personal blenders, it does everything that it says it can do: chopping, blending, grinding. While not a real kitchen magician, the Magic Bullet blender is a valuable kitchen appliance for the price.

Our Verdict

Overall, this blender is pretty great. If you want something to make smoothies, simple recipes, and other various drinks, it is worth a try. The product is relatively affordable, and it has pretty good ratings. There are similar products, but ultimately what you choose depends on how much you want to spend and the accessories you want with it. While not a real kitchen magician, the Magic Bullet blender is a valuable kitchen appliance.

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