Bullet blenders are personal blenders that have 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 50 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best bullet blenders. Check out our recommendations for the best personal blenders, the best mini blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies.
The best bullet blender that we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. It's a compact personal model that comes with two 24-ounce jars with matching to-go lids and cup rings, so you can drink directly from the jars. There's also a 14-ounce jar with manually-operated, rotating arms that work to push food from the sides of the jar towards the blades.
You can use any of the three jars to make a fantastic, silky smoothie in less than a minute. It can crush ice into a snow-like consistency very quickly, and it makes incredible almond butter in the 14-ounce jar. The buttons act as timers, so you don't need to worry about how long to run it for. Also, when you're done using it, it's very easy to clean with soap and water.
Unfortunately, while the jars seem fairly sturdy, the motor base feels a little thin and flimsy. Also, like most bullet blenders, this model can't be used for hot blending. Those details aside, it's a very versatile option that's also one of the best blenders for smoothies we've tested.
If you prefer a sturdy-feeling blender, you may like the Breville Boss To Go Sport instead. This personal model doesn't perform as well as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, but it has a fantastic build quality. The base and transmission are made out of metal and feel very sturdy, and the included 23-ounce and 15-ounce jars seem high-quality as well. You can use the bigger jar to make a fantastic, silky smoothie, bar-quality crushed ice, and smooth, spreadable almond butter. The jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher-safe as well. Unfortunately, if you're working with sticky ingredients, it can be difficult to clean by hand, and you may need to let it soak in soap and water for a while beforehand.
If you want the bullet blender with the best overall performance, go for the Ninja. If you prioritize build quality and don't mind sacrificing some performance for something that feels more solid, consider the Breville.
The Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro is the best bullet blender that we've tested in the budget category. It comes with three personal jars in different sizes: 24-ounce, 18-ounce, and 12-ounce. They each come with a matching to-go lid, so you can use it to make single-serve smoothies to take with you to work or the gym.
It makes fantastic, snow-like crushed ice in about two minutes, which is great if you like to make slushies and other frozen drinks. You can use the 12-ounce jar to make a slightly foamy but silky smoothie in less than a minute. The other jars produce decent smoothies, and the unit easy to clean, even if you've been working with sticky foods. The jars, lids, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe as well.
Unfortunately, it struggles to process nuts and makes mediocre almond butter. The build quality is also not the best since its motor base is made of plastic that feels a bit flimsy. Otherwise, it's one of the best mini blenders we've tested, and it's a solid option if you're looking for an affordable bullet blender.
The best cheap bullet blender that we've tested is the Magic Bullet Mini. This affordable option is compact and won't take up too much room on your kitchen counter. It comes with a 13-ounce jar you can use for single-serves, plus a lip ring that makes it easier to drink from directly.
It has a simple design, with one speed setting. It's not intended for ice crushing, but it can incorporate frozen banana chunks and leafy greens like kale into a good smoothie. It comes with an additional eight-ounce jar, which is a bit small for smoothies but a good size for making dressings and dips. Clean-up is fairly easy since the jars and lids can go in your dishwasher.
However, it struggles to blend almonds into smooth, spreadable almond butter. Because the blade assembly isn't dishwasher safe, you may need to use a sponge to wash it by hand if you've been working with sticky ingredients. That said, if you're looking for a small, cheap blender for making smoothies, it's worth considering.
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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.