There appears to be a substantial amount of confusion and consternation regarding the effectiveness and performance of these two bullet blenders. If you are considering purchasing one of these bullet blenders, as well as one of the other high-send blenders, you need all the information you can get. The Nutribullet and Magic Bullet are two similar bullet blenders which use cyclonic blending action. They have different purposes and significant differences in performance capabilities.
The Nutribullet’s main claim to fame is that it is an extractor, not a juicer. A juicer removes only the juice; an extractor liquefies the tougher pulp, skin, seeds and other nutritious plant parts that would otherwise be inedible. The folks that enjoy their NutriBullet are those that want to get the most nutritional benefit out of their smoothies. The NutriBullet claims to emulsify the normally inedible parts, in order to “unlock” the nutrients hidden deep within.
The NutriBullet is able to accomplish this in two ways: 1) Power. It has a 600-800 watt motor (depending on the model) and two specialized stainless steel blades. One blade is for emulsifying and the other blade is for milling. The milling blade is flat, and can be used to process raw grain into flour, and to finely grind seeds and other hard components such as coffee beans. Both blades are removable. Even though the NutriBullet is larger than the Magic Bullet, it is easy to store and takes up little counter space, and all the components (except the base) are dishwasher safe.
The NutriBullet boasts an easy-to-use control panel and intuitive design feature which allow even appliance-challenged individuals to use it easily. The plastic cups that come with the NutriBullet are both BPA and phthalate-free. The basic NutriBullet model comes with the following components:
24 oz. Plastic Cup
1 year warranty
With all those specialized features, the NutriBullet appears to have its disadvantages. Many customers familiar with high-end blenders are concerned about the 1 year warranty, stating that competitor VitaMix has a standard 7 year warranty. NutriBullet customers that have had to replace parts have been able to easily, however they’ve stated that the NutriBullet is prone to repeated problems. Difficulties cited were 1) cracked base, 2) faulty bearings causing noisy operation, 3) difficulty cleaning, 4) plastic cups instead of glass, and 5) leaking. Customers who experience defective or broken components of the NutriBullet reported no difficulties in obtaining replacements from the manufacturer. They also stated that they continued to have difficulties with the faulty replacements throughout the warranty period, and eventually decided to use another brand of emulsifier. There is a paucity of information concerning the ratio of frustrated NutriBullet customers to satisfied owners.
Most cases of leaking appear to be due to operator error. Leaking is common when the cup is filled even slightly over the 24 oz. limit. When leaking occurs, customers report that parts of the NutriBullet are impossible to clean thoroughly, leading them to avoid subsequent uses due to fear of contamination. A number of customers complained that the “flimsy” plastic cups were not able to handle the full 24 ounces without spilling, and health-conscious consumers note that plastic cups cannot be used for hot liquids, such as soups, or to store liquids, due to leeching concerns. The NutriBullet is less expensive than other high-end mixers with glass pitchers and cups.
While the NutriBullet is a highly specialized extractor, the Magic Bullet is designed for versatility. The Magic Bullet has a power base with a 250 watt motor, 2 BPA-free 24 oz. cups and the following components:
2 stainless steel blades
4 plastic mugs
4 colored comfort lip rings
2 sealed lids
2 vented lids
The Magic Bullet’s main selling point is its versatility. It’s able to do many things that other blenders in this price range are just not capable of. With the Magic Bullet’s emulsifying and milling blades, it’s capable of making soups, sauces, smoothies, milkshakes, ice cream, whipping cream, chopped fruits and veggies, and more. Many users find that the Magic Bullet is a convenient way to prepare fluffy scrambled eggs and omelets.
Many Magic Bullet users are pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to clean. One user reported that she was even able to easily remove fruit juice from the base by holding the base under running water (not recommended).
Problems seem to arise when users expect NutriBullet results from the Magic Bullet. Because of the Magic Bullet’s smaller motor, its chopping abilities are limited. The Magic Bullet appears to handle fine chopping jobs with ease, while recipes requiring larger chunks seem to overwhelm it. There is also a tendency for the bottom portion of the mixture to be more thoroughly processed than the top portion. This can be remedied by putting the larger, heavier ingredients into the Magic Bullet prior to adding lighter components.
Users have been disappointed in the consistency of smoothies made with tougher ingredients, stating that the Magic Bullet leaves behind pulp, and that their smoothies aren’t totally smooth due to the uneven processing. This is because of the smaller, and thus less powerful, motor. The Magic Bullet also has a couple of leaking issues. The gasket rings of the Magic Bullet seem to be the most frequent cause of returns. Many customers have reported that ill-fitting gasket rings have resulted in leaks into the base unit, resulting in a burned motor. Other leaking problems have been reported which were the result of incorrectly following the enclosed instructions. The cups of the Magic Bullet are also BPA-free plastic, which means that they are going to be on the flimsy side, and shouldn’t be used for hot liquids or for storage if you have concerns about chemicals leeching into your food.
All things considered, the Magic Bullet seems to be an extremely versatile, easy-to-use, and easy to care for bullet blender with a few specific issues. The NutriBullet appears to deliver on its claims as an extractor. Which one you choose depends on whether you’re in need of versatility, or obtaining the most natural nutrition possible from your smoothies.