Bullet blenders are personal blenders with a single-serving jar shaped like a bullet. This jar is flipped upside-down to connect with the motor base, and you push the top of it down to blend. You can then drink directly from a bullet blender's jar, thanks to the usually included lip ring or to-go lid. Although Magic Bullet is the brand most associated with this design, several other manufacturers produce similarly shaped and sometimes even better-performing blenders.
We've tested over 80 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best bullet blenders. Check out our picks for the best personal blenders, the best cheap blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies.
The best bullet blender that we've tested is the NutriBullet Rx. This full-size bullet blender is bigger than other bullet blenders we've tested, which are personal blenders, but it offers a better, more versatile performance. It's a good choice if you like the bullet-style design or want a compact full-size blender since you can use it to heat ingredients, blend a nearly perfectly smooth puree with fibrous ingredients like kale, and crush ice. It also easily processes hard ingredients like nuts.
There are three jars included: a 32-ounce jar that you can use for warming ingredients, a 40-ounce jar, and a 24-ounce jar. There's a storage lid and a cup ring so you can drink directly from the jars, which all have handles. It also comes with a tool included to help make it easier to unscrew the blade assembly from the jars, which can be difficult otherwise. Unfortunately, there are no to-go lids included, so it's not a convenient choice if you want to make a smoothie and bring it to work or the gym. The jars and lids are dishwasher-safe, but you should clean the blade assembly by hand.
The NutriBullet Pro+ is the best upper mid-range bullet blender we've tested. Compared to the NutriBullet Rx, it's a smaller personal blender with a less versatile performance. While it can't heat ingredients or crush ice on its own, it's a great choice for single-serve drinks like smoothies and protein shakes. It comes with 24 and 32-ounce jars that you can use to make very silky smoothies with ingredients like kale. The Rx can achieve an even smoother texture, but both blenders do an exceptional job with fibrous ingredients. This model can also produce smooth, spreadable nut butter, but it takes much longer than our top pick.
It has a button for pulse mode, and you operate it by twisting the jar, so you don't need to hold it down to blend. It comes with cup rings and to-go lids for the jars, so you can easily bring a smoothie on the go. Unfortunately, it's not as well-built as the top pick, but it still feels decently sturdy. NutriBullet advises against using it to blend ice on its own, but you can add ice cubes to the jar with some liquid. Like many blenders from this manufacturer, you should clean the blade assembly by hand, but the jars and accessories are dishwasher-safe.
If you're looking to spend less and don't mind a slightly less convenient design, you may prefer the Ninja Fit. This compact personal blender can make very silky smoothies with ingredients like kale, just like the NutriBullet Pro+. However, you need to press down on the jar constantly for the blender to run. It also takes longer to process ingredients, so overall it's a bit less user-friendly. The two jars also have a smaller, 16-ounce capacity. That said, it's decently well-built and has resealable lids for each jar.
The blender is easy to clean by hand, and unlike the other blenders on this list, you can put the blade assembly as well as the jars in your dishwasher. If a 16-ounce jar is too small for your usual smoothie recipe, the Ninja Nutri-Blender Plus is more expensive but has a similar design and performance and comes with three 20-ounce jars. However, the Fit's jars are better built and don't feel as prone to opening accidentally.
If you're looking for a cheap, small blender, the Magic Bullet Mini is a great option. It's a few inches shorter than the Ninja Fit and lighter by about a pound, so it's easy to store in a cupboard and take out when you need it. The main downside of this blender compared to our mid-range pick is its mediocre build quality. The motor body doesn't feel very durable, and the plastic jars don't feel thick. It makes extremely silky blends with fibrous ingredients, meaning it can make fantastic smoothies with ingredients like kale. It takes longer to make a single-serve smoothie than the Ninja Fit, but you don't need to push down on the jar to blend.
It only comes with one jar suitable for smoothies, with a relatively small 13-ounce capacity. There aren't any to-go lids included, but it does come with a cup ring, meaning you can drink directly from the jar. There's also an eight-ounce cup included that's too small for smoothies, but you can use it to make small amounts of dip or salad dressing. Like most other blenders we've tested from this brand, it's not meant for ice-crushing. It can make spreadable nut butter, but it's not ideal for tough tasks like that because it takes a long time. The jars and lids are dishwasher-safe, but you should clean the blades by hand.
Sep 27, 2022: Updated text for accuracy and to help make it easier for users to find what they're looking for.
Jul 29, 2022: Reorganized the picks and added the NutriBullet Pro+ as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Bullet Blender'.
May 27, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Mar 29, 2022: Made the Magic Βullet Mini a 'Cheaper Alternative' to the Ninja Fit and moved the Oster MyΒlend to Notable Mentions.
Jan 27, 2022: Replaced the Ninja Nutri-Βlender Plus with the Ninja Fit as the 'Best Budget Bullet Blender' because the Fit is cheaper and has a better build quality.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best bullet-style 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.