2017 is going to be your year. Remember how you promised yourself that? It’s not too late. If you want this to be the year you finally eat all your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, there’s no easier way than to drink them. A green smoothie a day keeps the doctor away, so it’s time to get a blender. If you aren’t interested in the bulky blenders of the yesterday, then a bullet blender is the choice for you. Bullet blenders have all the same capabilities of their larger counterparts, but in a compact package. The two best-selling brands on the market right now are the Magic Bullet and the Nutribullet. While the same company manufactures both, each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
The Magic Bullet first came onto the scene around 2006 and revolutionized kitchens all over the world. Once just an infomercial gimmick, this little appliance can now be found on shelves just about anywhere. The product promises to do it all – blending, food processing, juicing. It seems perfect: compact, easy, and affordable. But can it live up to the hype?
Following the success of the Magic Bullet, Homeland Housewares began producing the next evolution in bullet blending. This new blender was branded the Nutribullet. This new product had a new promise. The Nutribullet didn’t just blend, it extracted. According to the official Nutribullet website, this means that the blades of the Nutribullet break down the cell walls of plant foods and release the nutrients, giving you the full health benefits of your food. Is extracting the way to go?
If you’re in the market for a bullet blender, read on to see who is the winner in a head-to-head competition of the bullets.
Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet: Price
Both bullets feature different models and accessories. At its very basic, the Magic Bullet includes a blender base, 3 different styles of cups, and a recipe book. This kit costs around $39.99. The largest kit includes 26 pieces, which means more cups and variety. The large kit costs, depending on where you purchase, anywhere from $90 to $120. The Magic Bullet Mini is the second model option for the Magic Bullet. The Mini features the same parts, such as the blender base, party mug, cup, and lids. While the motor size is the same as the original, the containers only have a 12-ounce capacity. It’s a great budget option, especially for consumers who only need a single-serving blender.
Meanwhile, the Nutribullet offers 4 distinct models, with gradually increasing capacities and wattages. The original Nutribullet blender starts at $69.99. The later models, the Nutribullet Pro, Nutribullet Lean, and Nutribullet Rx, range from $79.99 to $179.99. The Rx model features a 45-ounce capacity and 1700 watts, over double of what the original model provides. Even so, the Nutribullet Pro is the best-selling model. It’s the mid-range model and costs under $100 for three times the power of the Magic Bullet. However, it is also three times the price of the Magic Bullet Mini. On price alone, Magic Bullet Mini wins.
Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet: Quality
In basic construction, both the Magic Bullet and Nutribullet are rather similar. Both feature high-torque blender bases with stainless steel cross blades. Also, comparable attachments and additional cups and mugs can be purchased for either blender. For easy cleanup, containers from both blenders are dishwasher safe. Bullet blenders also are quieter than larger blenders.
The main difference lies in wattage and capacity. The original Magic Bullet is smaller than the Nutribullet. It only has a 250-watt motor and an 18-ounce capacity. 18-ounces is a perfectly acceptable smoothie size. The small motor, though, affects the consistency of that smoothie, though. This bullet only includes one cross blade, but an ice blade can be purchased separately.
The Nutribullet’s smallest model starts out with a 600-watt motor and a 24-ounce capacity. The largest Nutribullet, the Nutribullet Rx, features a whopping 1700-watt motor and promises “best-in-class nutrient extraction.” The Nutribullet includes two different blades: a two-pronged milling blade for grinding ingredients like herbs or nuts, and a four-pronged extraction blade for pulverizing fruits and veggies. While both bullets are similar, Nutribullet manages to squeak ahead due to its versatility and power.
Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet: Best Budget Option
If you want good nutrition on a budget, bullet blenders are the best choice. If you’re only a casual user, looking for simply a breakfast smoothie in the morning without breaking the bank, then a smaller model is a great choice for you. Most the models of these bullet blenders would be overkill for your purposes.
The Nutribullet, with prices averaging over $100, make it rough on the wallet. The Magic Bullet may have a smaller motor, but it does what it promises. For those on a budget, that’s the most important aspect. In this case, less is more. The original Magic Bullet model will set you back $39.99. If you want to start even smaller, and cheaper, you can even go with the Magic Bullet Mini. It retails for $29.99 and is a great beginner and budget option. If you want to save money and be healthy, go with the Magic Bullet Mini.
Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet: Best Mid-Tier Juicer
Today, it seems like everyone is juicing. Every time you turn around, there’s a new juicing trend or cleanse. Juicing is a great way to get essential vitamins and nutrients, but it can be a pricey endeavor. At its very basic, a juicer can be just a couple of bucks, but basic is basic. These juicers are usually manual, meaning you are juicing that orange with your own elbow grease. On the other end of the spectrum, high-end juicers can cost several hundred dollars.
Bullets are a great option for a mid-range juicer. The Magic Bullet is capable of juicing plant foods, thanks to a juicer attachment. This attachment is sold separately, but with it, the Magic Bullet is able to juice anything, including carrots, which are notoriously low in the juice department. The attachment costs around $15.
The Nutribullet does not juice, at least not in the traditional sense. In fact, it may juice better than an actual juicer. Generally, juicers leech out the liquid from the plant, leaving the rinds and pulp. The Nutribullet includes the rinds, pulp, and other bits left behind by juicers. It blends up the entire fruit or vegetable, allowing it to include the nutritional benefits juicers can leave behind. Since the entire plant is used, there’s no leftover pulp or rind to clean up afterwards, like with a traditional juicer. The Nutribullet is faster and easier than a juicer – what’s not to like? For juicing purposes, you can stay mid-range for price as well. We’d recommend the Nutribullet Pro for the juice lovers. It has larger cups than the original Nutribullet and includes to-go lids for added ease. The Pro model retails for $99.99, making it a great mid-range juicing option.
Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet: Best Performance Juicer
The performance quality of these two blenders comes down to what you personally want to use this bullet for. In the end, the performance quality comes down to motor size.
First and foremost, these bullet blenders are tremendously convenient. The blending container removes and becomes a cup you can throw a lid on and head out the door. Both also cut down the blending process significantly. These bullets can blend up your beverage in seconds. The Magic Bullet even promises it “does any job in 10 seconds.” Both the Magic Bullet and Nutribullet win points in ease and speed.
The Magic Bullet, with its smaller motor, can have difficulty blending large pieces of food. It has also gained a reputation of leaving chunks in blended beverages. This thicker consistency ends up a benefit for some recipes. For example, milkshakes and salsa, both of which can be created using the Magic Bullet, are often preferred thicker and chunkier. The Magic Bullet is also hugely popular amongst the fitness crowds who prefer protein shakes.
The Nutribullet has a large cult following thanks to its superior performance. It, too, boasts the efficient convenience and clean up of the Magic Bullet. While it has the same shape and blades as its predecessor, its motor makes the difference. The Internet has yet to find something the Nutribullet can’t blend. Most notably, it can completely blend nuts, seeds, and ice cubes, unlike the Magic Bullet. Both bullets make life easier, but the Nutribullet is more reliable, thanks to its stronger motor.
Specifically, the Nutribullet Rx model is the best all-around. Along with the 1700-watt motor, it has a 45-ounce capacity and a heating cycle for soups. One feature makes the Rx model the clear winner, though: the hands-free “walk-away” feature. Every bullet blender, Magic and Nutri alike, require the user to press down on the container to blend. The Rx model blends automatically, no hands required, making it the most advanced model yet.
Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet: Best for making smoothies
Smoothies are an easy solution for the busy and health conscious. In a side-by-side comparison of both bullets, with the same ingredients, the bullets produced different smoothies.
The original Magic Bullet’s small motor and capacity creates a thicker smoothie. It doesn’t blend as thoroughly, leaving a heavier consistency. The motor struggles, though, with larger pieces of food and ice cubes. No one likes the idea of a surprise strawberry or ice chunk mid-smoothie. Smoothies typically involve blending ice cubes, but the Magic Bullet’s motor and blade are not well suited for crushing ice. A separate ice-crushing blade can be purchased separately.
The Nutribullet offers a far smoother product. All of its models include a motor of 600-watts or higher, which is more than adequate for a smooth, thinner beverage. Dry ice doesn’t blend well in the Nutribullet, but with a little bit of liquid, this bullet can blend with the best of them. The best model for smoothies is the Nutribullet Pro. The 900-watt motor easily blasts through smoothie ingredients and the included to-go lids make for an easy breakfast on-the-go.
Magic Bullet vs Nutribullet: Our Verdict for the best juicer
We believe both models have their virtues, and it can truly depend on each unique customer. The Magic Bullet is the best option for those on a budget or beginners who want to test the waters before a full investment. However, all around, the Nutribullet is the clear winner. It performs better, offers high-powered motors, produces smoother consistencies, and features nutrition extraction. If you are serious about your blending and food preparation, shell out the cash for the Nutribullet. Quality is worth the price.