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 70 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best bullet-style options. Check out our recommendations for the best personal blenders, the best cheap blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies.
The NutriBullet Pro+ is the best bullet blender for smoothies that we've tested. This compact blender comes with a 24-ounce jar and a 32-ounce personal jar well-suited for single-serve drinks. You can use either one to make fantastic, silky smoothies in little time.
There are to-go lids and cup rings included for both jars, making it easier to take your drink with you to work or drink directly from the jar. You can push down on the jar to blend, and there's also a button for pulse mode. It's also very easy to clean after making a smoothie since you can rinse it with water or put the jars and lids in your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, the manual says you shouldn't use this blender to crush ice on its own. Also, the blade assembly isn't dishwasher-safe and needs cleaning by hand. If you're looking for a straightforward blender for smoothies, it's a great choice.
The Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro is the best multi-purpose bullet blender we've tested. This blender has a simple, push-to-blend design and delivers versatile performance. Unlike many bullet blenders, it can make snow-like crushed ice, which is great if you like making frozen drinks or want to add it to your smoothies.
It takes less than a minute to make a decent smoothie and can also make passable almond butter. There are three differently-sized personal jars included: 24-ounce, 18-ounce, and 12-ounce, meaning you can make smoothies as well as small batches of recipes like salsa or dip. Each of the jars comes with a flip-top lid, so you can easily bring a smoothie with you on the go. It's very easy to clean by hand, even if you're working with sticky ingredients, and all of its parts are dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it's not very well-built since the motor base feels plasticky and not very durable. It leaves behind some unprocessed pieces if you use it to make almond butter. Otherwise, it's worth considering if you're looking for a bullet blender with versatile performance.
The Ninja Fit is the best budget-friendly bullet blender that we've tested. This blender is decently well-built and has a compact design, so it doesn't take up much space on your counter. There's a pair of 16-ounce jars included, well-suited for making smoothies. They come with matching to-go lids.
You can use either jar to make a fantastic smoothie. It does a good job of processing fibrous ingredients, meaning that if you add raw greens like kale, the smoothie is only slightly grainy. It can handle tougher ingredients, which means it can make very smooth, spreadable almond butter. The jars, lids, and blade assembly are all dishwasher safe.
Unfortunately, the jars are small compared to the ones that come with other budget-friendly blenders like the Ninja Nutri-Blender Plus, which may be disappointing for some. It's also not very good for ice crushing since the narrow shape of the jar prevents some of the ice cubes from reaching the blades. That said, if you're looking for something to make small batches of smoothies, it's a great choice.
If you want an even cheaper bullet-style blender, look at the Magic Βullet Mini. This small blender isn't as versatile as the Ninja Fit since it can't crush ice or make smooth almond butter. Ηowever, you may prefer it if you're looking for a cheap blender for smoothies. It comes with a 13-ounce jar with a matching to-go lid and cup ring to make it easier to drink from. It can fully liquify kale, so green smoothies have a silky texture with no grains, although it makes foamier smoothies. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre build quality. Also, while the jars and lids are dishwasher-safe, the blade assembly needs cleaning by hand.
Go for the Ninja if you want the blender with better build quality or a more versatile performance, but consider the Magic Βullet if you're looking for a less expensive option for smoothies.
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.
Nov 23, 2021: Removed the Breville Boss To Go Sport as the 'Best Bullet Blender' because it's not currently available. Made the NutriBullet Pro+ the 'Best Bullet Blender for Smoothies' and the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro the 'Best Multi-Purpose Bullet Blender'. Also added the Ninja Nutri-Βlender Plus as the 'Best Budget Bullet Blender'.
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.
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.