Nutribullet vs Magic Bullet Review – Which one do we recommend ?
I have written extensively on this site about all the Nutribullet blender models on the market after using their product for the last 4 years. My first introduction to bullet blenders was the Magic Bullet years ago and I realized that I have never really compared Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet blenders.
In this Nutribullet vs Magic Bullet review, I will cover all the details you need to know to help you decide on what is the best model for you.
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Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet Brands
Both products are made by the same company, Homeland Housewares. The Magic Bullet was the first bullet blender and became hugely successful through its popular infomercials.
Years later the company introduced its more powerful Nutribullet blender line.
There is one main Magic Bullet blender model but there are many Nutribullet blender models. I will limit this comparison to the Magic bullet versus the lowest powered Nutribullet model called the 600. (The other blenders in the “Magic Bullet” product line are the Mini Bullet , Juice Bullet, and Baby Bullet which we aren’t getting into this review as they don’t offer the same functionality as the main Magic Bullet blender)
Magic Bullet and Nutribullet blenders essentially perform the same tasks such as food prep, dicing, smoothies, and blending shakes, but there is a noticeable difference in performance which I discuss below.
NOTE – Magic Bullet cups and accessories are NOT interchangeable with Nutribullet as Nutribullet blenders are wider with larger blades.
Magic Bullet Review
The Magic Bullet is advertised as a blender and food processor in one. It is powered by a 250 watt motor and has similar design features as the Nutribullet. It is designed to be compact and simple to use.
Magic Bullet offers multiple accessory packages. If you buy direct from Magic Bullet they sell the 11 piece set (Model: MBR-1101) which comes with one blade and three blending cups(12oz and 18 oz capacity). You can find the same Magic Bullet package at most large retailers as well as a couple other variations.
The other variation are the Magic Bullet 17 piece Express Mixing set (Model: MBR-1701) which comes with an additional blade(flat milling blade) and more cups. The Magic Bullet has a standard 1 year warranty and a recipe book. Here is the manual with various Magic Bullet recipes to give you an idea of what you can make with the blender.
The various Magic Bullet cups are the same and just differentiated by their capacity. The two blades are the (1) Cross blade for blending, grating and chopping and (2) Flat Blade for milling, whipping, and grinding. If you will be milling or grinding then the flat blade is definitely worth having.
Positives: The Magic Bullet is very compact (12 inches tall with cup x 4.75 inch diameter) and fine for small food prep and simple blending jobs. Ideal for the occasional user who wants a small appliance for simple food prep, grinding coffee or nuts, and basic blending jobs. Affordably priced.
Negatives: The 250 watt motor can limit the performance when blending smoothies or purees. For example, it will struggle to properly blend frozen fruits, seeds, fibrous vegetables, and ice. The capacity of the tall cup is 18 ounces which can be limiting when you are making smoothies. User reviews are mixed about reliability as the Magic Bullet’s design is lighter grade compared to the Nutribullet so parts can break. The performance for blending smoothies can be inconsistent.
Overall Opinion: The Magic Bullet was unique when it was first introduced and there are now other similar inexpensive competitors like the Bella Rocket blender, but the Magic Bullet continues to be a consumer favorite at a decent price. The Magic Bullet infomercial makes it look pretty amazing but consumers should understand that the motor and capacity is limited. When you compare the Magic Bullet to the Nutribullet 600 you can really see the difference in build quality and performance. Overall, the Magic Bullet is fine for simple blending tasks and small food prep jobs but personally I would choose the Nutribullet 600 which I review below.Click Here for Popular Magic Bullet Package.
The Nutribullet product line was introduced as a more powerful upgrade to the Magic Bullet. Both blenders work exactly the same with similar design. Yet, the Nutribullet provides a noticeable improvement over the Magic Bullet. It is just slightly larger than the Magic Bullet.
The Nutribullet 600 is the lowest powered Nutribullet blender with 600 watts which is about 2.5 times more powerful than the Magic Bullet.
The more powerful Nutribullet 600 has a larger capacity 24 oz cup versus the Magic bullet and also comes with an extractor blade and milling blade. The Nutribullet NBR-12 is a 12 piece set that comes with 2 blades, one Tall 24oz cup, two 18oz short cups, recipe book and various cup accessories.
Positives: The Nutribullet 600 outperforms the Magic Bullet when it comes to pureeing foods for smoothies or grinding hard ingredients. It continues to be a top selling Nutribullet model and it is the only Nutribullet model that includes their popular flat grinding blade which can easily mill grains, nuts, and seeds (Related video: Nutribullet grinding flaxseed).
Negatives: While the reviews are generally good on the Nutribullet 600, there are some complaints about leaks and about the tabs on the jars breaking over time. I have used a Nutribullet 600 for many years and never had any issues. Typically problems can occur if you overfill the jar with too much liquid, don’t screw the blade on tight, and don’t keep the motor base clean and free of dried food. NOTE – Nutribullet updated the washer design on the blades since the initial introduction of this model so some older reviews might not be relevant.
Overall Opinion: The Nutribullet is a big improvement over the Magic bullet for blending results and the quality of construction. Also, Nutribullet’s larger 24oz container is more useful for meal-size smoothies versus Magic Bullet’s small 18 oz jar.
For performance, the Nutribullet can handle blending hard vegetables, nut butter, seeds, and frozen fruits, whereas the Magic Bullet will struggle at finely blending those ingredients. The 600 model continues to be a consumer favorite and offers nice performance for the price.Click Here for Nutribullet 600 Current Price.
Demonstration of Nutribullet 600 vs Magic Bullet
Below is a video showing the performance results between the two models that I reviewed above. You can see how the Nutribullet 600 blended better than the Magic Bullet across multiple blending tests.
The Magic Bullet if fine you want a small blender to do simple blending tasks like pureeing baby food, light food prep, and soft ingredient smoothies. Whereas, the Nutribullet offers a serious improvement in blending performance and capabilities.
The Magic Bullet feels a little “dainty” to me for a blender and build quality just isn’t as good as the Nutribullet blender line, but there are many consumers who like the Magic Bullet.
For all the reasons listed above, I would go with the Nutribullet 600 over the Magic Bullet especially if you will be making smoothies.
SIDE NOTE – If will mostly be making smoothies then you might also want to consider the more powerful bullet blender models, read our Nutribullet vs Ninja review