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 40 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 Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best bullet blender that we've tested. This compact personal blender comes with two 24-ounce jars that are ideal for making single serves of your favorite foods. There's also a unique 14-ounce jar that has manually rotating arms so you can push ingredients towards the vortex for a smoother blend.
Overall, it has a very versatile performance. It's incredible for making smooth, spreadable almond butter and a silky, well-blended smoothie. You can also use it to crush ice cubes into a snow-like blend. When you're finished, a mix of soap and water can easily clean out most leftover debris, and you can even put the jars and the blades into your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, as with most personal blenders we've tested, you can't use it to blend hot ingredients for soups or purees. Also, its motor base feels a bit thin and not very premium. However, overall, it still has a good build quality and is a very good choice for mixed usage.
If you're looking for a bullet blender with outstanding build quality, consider the Breville Boss To Go Sport. While it isn't as versatile or as easy to clean as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, it has a metal base that feels very durable and sturdy. It comes with a 23-ounce and a 15-ounce jar, which also feel premium. It's great for making almond butter, and it makes an incredible smoothie. While it can also crush ice, it takes a little more time than the Ninja to fully process the cubes.
If you want a bullet blender with a better overall performance that's easier to clean, check out the Ninja. However, if you want something with a versatile performance that has a more durable build, consider the Breville.
The best budget bullet blender that we've tested is the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro. This affordable model offers a 12-ounce, 18-ounce, and 24-ounce jar so you can take a more suitable-sized blend with you on-the-go. It's also easy to clean since a rinse of soap and water can clean stickier foods such as almond butter from the blades and jar.
It makes outstanding snow-like crushed ice in around two minutes. It can also make a decently silky, although a bit foamy smoothie with its 12-ounce jar. Its performance drops a bit when using its other jars to make smoothies as it produces a blend with a foamy and grainy texture, but it's still alright overall. For a more convenient clean, you can also put the jars, lids, and blade assemblies into the dishwasher.
Unfortunately, it makes a dry almond butter and unprocessed food can cling to the jar's sides. While it has a decent build quality, its motor base feels plasticky and doesn't seem very durable. That said, if you're looking for a bullet blender at a more affordable price point, this is a suitable choice.
The Magic Bullet Mini is the best cheap bullet blender that we've tested. This compact model comes with one 13-ounce as well as one eight-ounce jar, which is well-suited for making smaller blends like dips. It also comes with a lip ring so you can drink smoothies and other mixes right after processing your ingredients.
It makes a good smoothie without any grains in less than two minutes, although it's a bit foamy in texture and you may need to shake or stir your mix to incorporate all the ingredients. Cleaning isn't too difficult since the jars and the lids can be put in the dishwasher. You can even purchase a variant that comes with more cups and lids if you need even more options.
Unfortunately, it's not designed to crush ice. It also takes several minutes to make sticky almond butter with a lot of unprocessed chunks. It can be a little tricky to clean after making nut butter since the blades aren't dishwasher-safe and must be washed by hand. Still, if you're looking for a bullet blender that won't break the bank, it can make a good-textured smoothie.
11/24/2020: Minor changes to the text; no changes in product picks.
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.