It is hard to believe that the Magic Bullet came into the world close to 20 years ago and is still a popular mini blender for home use. Nutribullet has sold over 40 million of these units around the world and continues to be the go-to brand for people looking for healthier ways to eat.
Since the introduction of the Magic Bullet, the brand has gone on to develop many other iterations — with greater capacity and more buttons. This Magic Bullet blender review should help to bring the model back into the spotlight — cementing quality and ease of use to its low price and small size.
- Material – Stainless steel, rubber, and BPA-free black polymer.
- Blade – Stainless steel double action quad-blade.
- Motor – 200 watts, 10,000 rpm.
- Modes – Pulse, Lock-on.
- Weight – 4.7 pounds (2.13 kg).
- Dimensions – 13.2 × 6.9 × 10.62 inches (33.5 × 17.5 × 27 cm).
- Capacity – 0.16 gallons (0.6 l).
- Warranty – 1-year.
Magic Bullet Blender Review
A 200-watt motor sounds small, but then this unit is for light use and making some sauces. For a family, you would need to get something larger. The Magic Bullet will break blending hot coffee and baking powder, and the manufacturer recommends against trying it.
Having said that, this is a great little unit for making smoothies in when you get back from the gym and are looking for something quick and healthy to eat. And the motor will not have any trouble with berries and leafy greens.
Each of the three cups provided with the unit is free of BPA. BPA is the chemical present in old types of plastics, with links to infertility and may cause cancer. Note: All plastics can pose health risks, especially when exposed to repetitions of heating and cleaning.
Each cup comes with an interchangeable lid, and all three cups fit on to the blade attachment. The lip ring is to make drinking from the cups a little more comfortable when screwed on. There is one sealable lid so that you can take a smoothie with you, without wondering if it will explode in your bag some point.
There is a flip-lid so that you can take a sip and re-close the cup while you are walking or driving. And a steamer lid, which means that you can put the cup into a microwave without it making a mess. Or use it to filter out the ice from a cocktail as you pour it into a glass.
The blades are stainless steel and angled; to cut in vertical and horizontal orientations. Users fill up their cup of choice and screw the quad-bladed attachment on to the cup. The operator can then flip the cup upside down and placed on to the base.
There is a molded gasket on the blade accessory, to prevent leaks. It is no possible to swap or replace this gasket, and the manufacturer recommends buying a new blade every 6-months to avoid issues. Some owners have had a problem with leaking seals, and other owners have not.
Whoever cleans the blade attachment, should do so with warm soapy water, and be careful about how they clean it. Nutribullet makes a range of other blades for the unit, including specific ones for crushing ice, and another for milling seeds.
Once the cup and blade are together, the blending can begin. You can do this with one hand if needed. Pushing the cup down, into the base, powers the motor. If you want to perform short-pulsed blends, it is a simple case of releasing and applying the pressure to the cup.
It is also possible to lock the motor to ON by twisting the cup into the base. This helps to add an extra pair of hands to the process of blending. And you can make fine pastes and soups, while you continue to prepare other food in the kitchen.
The Magic Bullet mini blender is around the size of a large bottle of water and weighs about the same. There is a power cable, so you cannot have it too far from a wall socket. But because of its small size, you will not feel the need to clear it away between uses.
And if you want to tidy it up each time, this machine is small enough to fit in a kitchen drawer. You can reduce the storage size even further by separating the Bullet from its accessories. The aim of the machine to replace some utensils and cups that you would otherwise use on their own.
For such a small unit, it is surprising how much liquid it can hold, 0.16 gallons. And the capacity is even greater when you use all three cups — each cup is quick to attach to the blender. Using these small cups, rather than a big jug, has the advantage that they are easier to fit on the top rack of a dishwasher.
- Recipe book — 101 recipes.
- Containers — smoothie mug, short cup, tall cup.
- Lids — resealable lid, 2 x lip rings, steamer lid, flip-flop lid.
- The small size makes it a great kitchen companion, which can stay on the counter while taking up little space.
- Quick to use. Put the ingredients in, push it down, and it is ready to go.
- Easy to clean. The cups and accessories are dishwasher safe, but the manufacturer recommends hand washing the blade.
- There are owners that have had an issue with leaking cups and the rubber gaskets giving up.
- The power is much less than a full-sized blender, as you would expect.
The Magic Bullet is for a specific type of person that wants a blender that will assume little space. Larger blenders are fine if you know that you will use them. But a large unused blender that takes up workspace will end up in storage, and never seen again.
The main issue that owners have had is the gasket. The best advice is to be careful about how you clean the blending lid and replace the blade twice a year. Nutribullet does say that their machines can grind coarse material, such as seeds and coffee, but it may be detrimental to the unit’s lifespan.
Because of the excellent value, the Magic Bullet blender 11-piece set is a smart choice for a first-time owner. The package also comes with a recipe book that has 101 recipes to keep you busy. And for some, this machine will be the incentive they need to eat healthier.