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 60 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best bullet blenders. Check out our recommendations for the best personal blenders, the best mini blenders, the best cheap blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies.
The best bullet blender that we've tested is the Breville Boss To Go Sport. This incredibly well-built blender comes with a 23-ounce single-serve jar and 15-ounce dual-walled jar meant to keep your drink cold. They each come with to-go lids, so you can easily blend up a smoothie and bring it with you on the go.
You can use either jar to make very well-blended smoothies quite quickly. This blender also produces bar-quality crushed ice and smooth, spreadable almond butter. It's easy to clean by hand after making something liquidy like a smoothie, and you can also put the blade assembly, jars, and lids in your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, if you're working with sticky ingredients, it can be difficult to clean by hand, and you may need to let the blades and jar soak beforehand. You also can't safely use this blender for hot blending, and it has only one speed setting, like most bullet blenders. Otherwise, it's a very well-built and versatile option if you're looking for a simple, compact blender.
If you mostly want a blender for smoothie-making, you may prefer the NutriBullet Pro+. This bullet-style blender isn't as sturdily built as the Breville Boss To Go Sport and can't be used to crush ice on its own, but it blends a fantastic smoothie in less time in its 32-ounce main jar. It also makes incredible smoothies in the 24-ounce jar, although the result is foamier. Unlike the Breville, it has a button for dedicated pulse mode. There are also lip-rings and to-go lids for each jar, so it's easy to drink directly from them or bring your drink with you to work or the gym. It's a very easy blender to clean by hand, and the jars and lids can also go on the top rack of your dishwasher.
If you want a blender with better build quality, go for the Breville. However, consider the NutriBullet if you want something even better for making smoothies, and don't mind that it's a bit less versatile.
The best bullet blender we've tested in the budget category is the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro. This model comes with three personal jars in different sizes: 24-ounce, 18-ounce, and 12-ounce. There's also a matching to-go lid for each jar, so you can easily use any of them to take your single-serve drink with you on the go.
Using the 12-ounce jar, it makes a decent smoothie in less than a minute, and the other two jars produce adequate smoothies. This blender makes incredible, snow-like crushed ice quickly, which is great if you like making slushies and other frozen drinks. It's very easy to clean by hand, even if you've been working with sticky ingredients like almond butter, and the jars, lids, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it's not the most well-built blender since the plastic motor base feels flimsy. It also makes mediocre, dry almond butter. That said, if you're looking for an affordable bullet blender, it's a solid option for single serves. It's even one of the best mini blenders we've tested.
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.
If you want a cheap bullet blender with better build quality, try the Oster MyBlend instead. This affordable model makes a worse smoothie than the Magic Bullet Mini, but it feels much more sturdy and durable. It comes with a tall 20-ounce jar shaped like a water bottle with a matching to-go lid. While it struggles to fully process leafy greens like kale, it can make crushed ice with an okay texture, which is nice if you like to add it to frozen drinks. It's easy to clean by hand after making a smoothie, and the blades, jar, and lid are dishwasher-safe. Unfortunately, the narrow jar can be tricky to clean when you're working with sticky ingredients.
If you want the cheap bullet blender with a better smoothie performance, go for the Magic Bullet, but if you prefer something that feels better-built, the Oster is a solid alternative.
Sep 24, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that they represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to picks.
Jul 27, 2021: Replaced the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO with the Breville Boss To Go Sport as the 'Best Bullet Blender' since it's a better fit for the category and added the NutriBullet Pro+ as an alternative because of its smoothie performance. Added the Oster MyBlend as the 'Better-Built Alternative' to the Magic Bullet Mini.
May 28, 2021: Checked to make sure that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.
Mar 29, 2021: Verified picks to make sure the best products are being recommended and that they're in stock.
Jan 28, 2021: Checked that we're still recommending the best products for our users and that they're in stock.
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.