Bullet blenders are blenders with a single-serving jar shaped like a bullet. This jar is flipped upside-down to connect with the motor base, and you usually need to push the jar down to blend. Thanks to the generally included lip ring or to-go lid, you can drink directly from a bullet blender's jar. Although Magic Bullet and NutriBullet are the brands most associated with this design, several other manufacturers produce similarly shaped and sometimes even better-performing blenders.
We've tested over 95 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best bullet blenders. The blenders listed here are the best NutriBullet and Magic Bullet models and options from other brands with similar designs. If you're not set on that style, you can find a few more options for compact, single-serve blenders on our list of the best personal blenders. You might also be interested in our breakdown of the differences between Ninja and NutriBullet, both popular bullet blender brands, and our list of the best NutriBullet and Magic Bullet blenders.
The NutriBullet Pro 900 is the best bullet blender that we've tested. This blender is worth considering if you make smoothies and shakes with ingredients like leafy greens, fruit, and seeds. Even if you use stubborn fibrous ingredients, your drink will have virtually no grains or unprocessed bits left over. It comes with two 32-ounce jars with matching cup rings and to-go lids to drink your smoothie from the jar. It's also a great option for making small batches of recipes like nut butter, hummus, and other spreads and dips.
It's easy to operate since you simply push down on the jar and rotate it to blend. However, you can't use it to crush ice without liquid in the jar, so it's not suitable for making crushed ice for cocktails or slushies, but a few ice cubes in your smoothie or shake recipe are fine. The blender is easy to clean by hand, and the jars and lids are dishwasher-safe. However, you have to clean the blades by hand. That's typical for NutriBullet blenders, but if you want a blender with dishwasher-safe parts and like the 900's design, the NutriBullet Ultra is a similar blender whose blade assembly you can put in the dishwasher. However, it doesn't blend fibrous ingredients quite as well and is more expensive.
You might prefer the Ninja Fit if you want to spend less and don't need as many jars. This compact personal blender can make smoothies without leaving leafy bits and grains in the final mix in either of its 16oz jars. It has a simple design, and you operate it by pushing down on the jar constantly. This design is less convenient than the NutriBullet Pro 900, which you can let go of while it runs. However, unlike that blender, it crushes small batches of ice without much effort and isn't a bad option for small batches of nut butter or hummus.
It's quite small and lightweight, making it easy to store on a shelf or in a cupboard. It's decently well-built and has resealable lids for each of its 16oz jars. It's also very easy to clean by hand, and unlike the other blenders on this list, you can put the blade assembly along with the jars and lids in your dishwasher. Unfortunately, it's the loudest blender on the list at this point.
The Magic Bullet Blender is a great option if you're looking for a small, inexpensive blender. It's lighter and more compact than the Ninja Fit, so it's worth considering if you don't have much space in your kitchen. Despite the lower price, it makes smooth blends with fibrous ingredients, so it can make fantastic smoothies and shakes with ingredients like kale. It takes about the same amount of time as the Fit, and you don't need to hold the jar to blend, so making a smoothie is a more convenient process overall.
However, it doesn't quite match the Fit's performance with fibrous ingredients; something like a kale smoothie won't be as smooth. It's not meant for ice-crushing without liquid in the jar, so unlike the Fit, you can't use it to make crushed ice for cocktails or frozen desserts. It comes with 13oz and 15oz jars suitable for smoothies, plus a 4oz container for small amounts of dip or dressing. One of its biggest downsides versus the Fit is that it only comes with one to-go lid, although it comes with cup rings to drink from the jars at home.
If you're looking for the cheapest good option, try the Magic Bullet Mini. This simple blender isn't the most versatile but performs well for recipes like smoothies. It comes with slightly smaller jars than the Magic Bullet Blender, with 13oz and 8oz capacities, and does a fantastic job of processing fibrous ingredients like fruit and leafy greens. It's quieter than the previous pick, so it's not a bad option if you have roommates that you don't want to wake up with early-morning smoothie blending.
Like other blenders from the brand, it's not meant for crushing ice without liquid in the jar. This model also struggles to process thicker recipes, so it takes a lot of time and effort to use for something like nut butter. Also, unlike the other blenders on this list, it doesn't have a to-go lid for either of its jars. However, there's a cup ring included, so you can drink directly from the 13oz jar at home, and a storage lid if you want to keep leftovers fresh in the fridge.
Jan 08, 2024: Removed the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' pick because it's unavailable. Removed the category because nothing is available in that price range worth recommending. Added the Magic Bullet Mini as the pick in a new 'Best Cheap' category.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best bullet blenders for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for personal blenders. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no blender is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.