Nutribullet vs Magic Bullet Review – What is the best bullet blender ?
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 thought I would share my personal thoughts comparing 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 bullet blender model for your needs.
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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 original 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 are not including in 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 – MagicBullet cups and accessories are NOT interchangeable with Nutribullet as Nutribullet blenders are wider with larger blades.
|Nutribullet 600 Original||Magic Bullet|
|POWER||600 watts||250 watts|
|CAPACITY||24 ounces||18 ounces|
|CONTROLS||Single Speed||Single Speed|
|BLADES||Milling blade & Extractor blade||4-prong Cross blade|
|SIZE||13" Tall x 5.25" Wide||12" Tall x 4.75" Wide|
|BEST USE||Stronger motor and more versatile. Great for green smoothies.||Good for small tasks and basic food prep.|
Magic Bullet Review
Magic Bullet offers multiple accessory packages. If you buy direct from from the company 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 package at most large retailers as well as a couple other variations.
The other variation are the 17 piece Express Mixing set package (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 recipes to give you an idea of what you can make with the blender.
All of the 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 nice to have.
Positives: 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 very 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 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 MB 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.
Nutribullet Product Review
The Nutribullet product line was introduced as a 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 both in performance and build quality. It is just slightly larger in size than the Magic Bullet.
The Nutribullet 600 is the original Nutribullet model and is the lowest powered Nutribullet blender with 600 watts and 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 blender 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 have 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 both in blending results and in 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 is 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 blender 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 blender.
For all the reasons listed above, I feel that the Nutribullet 600 is the best bullet blender especially if you will be making smoothies.
SIDE NOTE – If will be mostly making healthy smoothies then you might want to consider a more powerful bullet blender model which we discuss in our Nutri Ninja versus Nutribullet comparison guide.