Getting The Most From Your Bullet Blender
If you’re like many people, eating healthy is a big priority for you. One of the best ways to get adequate nutrition is through smoothies and protein shakes filled with healthy goodness.
A well-made personal blender is a great investment if you’re looking to eat healthy and you lead a busy life, because you can put your ingredients in, pulse, remove the cup, and get out the door!
The two biggest competitors in this market of grab-and-go blending are Nutribullet and Magic Bullet, and both companies make fantastic devices. What makes one better than the other is definitely a matter of preference and needs, and hopefully, you will have a better ability to make a decision after reading this!
Features & Benefits
Both the Magic Bullet and Nutribullet are straight-forwardly designed blenders, capable of drinking out of the same cup in which you make your final product. This design is exceptional because of the convenience it provides, along with the ease of cleanup entailed.
The primary features of each blender are as follows:
- 600 to 1700 watt motor, with up to 2.2 horsepower
- Max blender capacity of 45 oz (that’s a HUGE smoothie!)
- Multiple different cups included in the kit
- Variable speeds, one-touch settings
- Capable of heating liquids
- 250 watts, but only .335 horsepower
- 16 oz blender capacity
- 12 oz container and two 8oz containers included
Cleaning both the Nutribullet and the Magic Bullet is a dream. Since they are fairly standard, with no removable parts, you can conventionally clean them with ease. In addition, both systems are dishwasher-safe, and since they’re both smooth, round containers, they don’t have annoying nooks or crannies for food to get stuck within.
In addition, since both are BPA-free, there’s no worries about leaching of toxic chemicals from high heat into your food. The blades themselves are designed to be perfectly accessible to ensure ease-of-cleaning, and their stainless steel composition means they’re durable, even after repeated usage and high-heat cleaning.
While both blenders are great at what they do, both have some downsides that may or may not affect your decision, but should be evaluated all the same. The Magic Bullet is great if you make mostly quick, fruity smoothies that require less fibrous vegetation and less ice. Tossing your ingredients in, pushing it down on the base, and letting it do its thing, and then being able to remove the container and get out the door makes for ultra-convenient breakfasts.
The Nutribullet, while similarly useful and convenient, is of course more powerful, if a bit more cumbersome. Both have shared difficulties, but let’s compare them.
Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet
In terms of one versus the other, there are a handful of differences that can be significant, honestly.
- Nutribullet offers much larger blender capacity – 45oz versus Magic Bullet’s max 12oz container
- Magic Bullet has no variable speed. In fact, it has no buttons at all; just push it down and blend. This can be a pro or con, but less control is often a con
- The Nutribullet is significantly more powerful, with the lowest wattage being 350 watts higher than the max wattage of the Magic Bullet
- The Nutribullet can pull off 32,000 RPMs, which means it can really handle much more fibrous food than the Magic Bullet
Cons of the Magic Bullet
- The Magic Bullet, because its motor and wattage are lower, is not great for green smoothies or any other drink that includes of a lot of tough veggies or fruit
- It cannot heat liquids, which means it’s not a great one-stop-shop for making soups
- Smaller capacity can be a problem if you’re making something for several people (or even just 2)
Cons of the Nutribullet
- The Nutribullet system is more expensive by a wide margin than the Magic Bullet
- While cleanup isn’t terrible, the Nutribullet can be more difficult to clean than the Magic Bullet
- Blade problems are the number 1 negative review point on Amazon and Ebay
One downside to BOTH products is their inability to handle large pieces of ice. Because of this, frozen smoothies or milkshakes can be difficult. It’s less of an issue with the Nutribullet, however, because of the larger containers providing more space for the ice to move around within.
Alternatives to the Nutribullet and Magic Bullet are widely varied, but consist of either off-brand “bullet” model machines like them, or larger-capacity, more “traditional” blenders like the Ninja or the Vitamix series.
The Vitamix can create large amounts of delicious smoothies or shakes with relative ease. It can handle the toughest ingredients, obliterating them into a cohesive, smooth mixture. The downsides are numerous, though – it costs significantly more than either the Nutribullet or the Magic Bullet. It’s also much larger, taking up more counter space and requiring more effort to clean and store.
The Ninja is in the same vein as the Vitamix – it can handle almost anything you throw at it, from soups to frozen smoothies. The Ninja blender series offers significant power, like the Vitamix, but like the Vitamix, lacks the speed or the convenience of a bullet-type blender system. When you want a smoothie or shake quickly and want to take it to go, you cannot beat the Nutribullet or the Magic Bullet. Though they struggle with thicker, tougher concoctions, if you’re on the go, nothing will beat them for ease of use and access.
There is also the fact that the debate of Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet can come down to a view of their accessories.
The Magic Bullet accessories list is short, but absolutely fantastic. It includes a series of handled-mugs, lids, and variable cups (though they all run smallish, within the 8-12oz range). In addition, there are some blade upgrades that can increase the handling ability of the device when it comes to tougher foods.
The Nutribullet accessories are similar, offering a wide variety of blades to process different foods more efficiently, as well as various lids and cups for differing occasions. Nutribullet has a milling blade for spices, coffee, and nuts, as well as travel-lids and mugs.
Determining the best smoothie blender is a struggle, but if you’re looking to make quick, convenient smoothies every day or at least several times a week, a bullet-style blender is probably your best bet. They offer quick, easy access to reasonable power, simple clean-up, and a blend-and-go ability that’s difficult to match with a traditional blender system.
If the decision comes down to a Nutribullet vs a Magic Bullet, the systems each have their own pros and cons. Magic Bullet is better for the occasional fruit smoothie or protein shake, when you’re late and need a quick meal. Nutribullet can handle repeated blending of tough, fibrous ingredients and is actually an ideal system for a raw vegan, or anyone who makes a lot of “green” smoothies. It is, however, a more expensive unit, and both are not great at dealing with ice, so making anything with an ice base can be more difficult.
In the end, both are great products, and it’s up to you to decide what is most important when looking at cost, efficiency, and durability, but hopefully, this information can help make that decision a lot easier!