Ease of Use
When you’re in the market for a new blender, it’s important to get it right. Since they can be quite an investment, you’ll want to make sure you do enough research and find the one that has it all (for the right price). Whether you’re brand new to the nutrition world or you’re a seasoned veteran looking for an upgrade, your research will inevitably point you to two products: the Magic Bullet and the NutriBullet.
These two vitamin-grinders are generally accepted to be the best on the market for making you a shake or smoothie that tastes as good as it makes you feel. However, it can be difficult to spot the meaningful differences without having access to both for comparison. Fear not, for we have done the comparison for you on 5 of the most important points of consideration:
The first thing to note when comparing these two products is that they are actually made by the same manufacturer. The Magic Bullet was the first product of its kind, sparking a new era in food processors that is continuing to evolve today. The NutriBullet was developed a few years after to be used specifically for making smoothies. They are both technically considered “single-serve blenders” as opposed to being juicers. This means that they do not separate or filter out any part of the food you put in them, they simply grind them into fine particles.
The hallmark of the Magic Bullet is its versatility; it can do anything a normal blender can do and then some. Intended to perform a wide variety of tasks in the kitchen such as mixing, chopping, blending, grinding, and even whipping, the Magic Bullet can do it all. It also comes with both a small and large cup, as well as 4 party mugs. The Magic Bullet is the most versatile and cost-efficient blender on the market.
When the NutriBullet hit the scene, it introduced the phrase “nutrient extraction” by using a unique blade shape and process to break open fibrous cell walls and release the extra nutrients that normally pass right through you without being fully digested. More than the Magic Bullet, it has the ability to blend rough, fibrous material into a silky-smooth form. If you’re just looking to make the silkiest, smoothest blended drinks, you can’t beat the NutriBullet. But if you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades, versatile machine that can do it all, the Magic Bullet was made specifically for you.
One of the primary differences between the two blenders is in their power. While the Magic Bullet is a surprisingly powerful blender for its size and is able to perform most jobs in 10 seconds or less, the NutriBullet really takes the shake. The Magic Bullet comes with a respectable 250-watt motor that will make daily kitchen tasks disappear, but the NutriBullet boasts a Herculean 600-watt motor that will pulverize even frozen fruits and vegetables like butter. In fact, the NutriBullet can even reduce dry foods like nuts and oats into a fine powder.
When it comes to power, there is no question that the NutriBullet reigns supreme. If power is what you need, look no further!
Ease of Use
One of the most important aspects of both blenders is how easy they are to use and to clean. This highly-important but often-overlooked detail was built into the design of these appliances from the get-go. To use them, you simply add your ingredients to the blender’s reservoir and then turn one of the included cups upside-down on top of it, twisting to lock it into place. Then press down on the cup to start blending and you’re in business.
All of the accessories are dishwasher safe (top rack) and the main unit can be cleaned by pouring warm water and a drop of dish soap into the chamber, then pulsing a few times to make sure the soapy water gets in all the nooks and crannies. Then simply rinse and overturn on a drying rack. This means you can spend more time enjoying your creations and less time worrying about how to get that stubborn piece of cilantro out of your blender blade.
Since these two machines are practically identical in this regard, we’re calling it even.
Both blenders come with a 1 year limited warranty with which you can replace any malfunctioning units, but the company does not sell replacement parts separately. If you happen to lose or break any of the parts for your blender after your warranty has passed, you must find a reputable company to buy them from.
Luckily, there are several reputable companies that sell authentic replacement parts for the Magic Bullet and NutriBullet. That being said, you won’t likely have to use them for a long time. Many people report owning a Bullet for 4 years or longer with no problems, because they are built so durably and with high-quality materials.
The final important piece of information to know before buying your blender is the price. What the Magic Bullet lacks in power over the NutriBullet it makes up for in price. You can get a brand new Magic Bullet (17-piece set) for only $52.99, while the newer NutriBullet costs $79.99. This puts the Magic Bullet more in line with the price range of other, less capable blenders. The NutriBullet is a bit pricier, but it will do the job better than any other.
While it’s pretty obvious which blender is better for making smoothies (the NutriBullet was made for this purpose), many people will be happier with the Magic Bullet. If you want your blender to do cooking tasks for you, for example, you’ll want to go for the more versatile Magic Bullet. If you’re looking for a powerful blender that makes powerful beverages, we recommend paying a little extra and springing for the NutriBullet.
If you’re not sure which to try, you may want to start with the cheaper Magic Bullet and see how it works for your blending needs. If you find that you would prefer something a little more powerful because you’re making more smoothies than salsas, upgrade to the NutriBullet. Regardless of which product you choose, you will be happy with your new Bullet blender for years to come.