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 55 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 want something better-built, you may prefer the Breville Boss To Go Sport instead. This bullet blender has worse performance than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, but it has an incredible build quality. The metal motor base and transmission feel very solid, and the base is more compact than the Ninja's, so it takes up less space on your counter. The included 23 and 15-ounce jars feel sturdy as well. The bigger jar produces incredible silky smoothies, spreadable almond butter, and bar-quality crushed ice. The smaller jar makes a great smoothie as well, and each jar comes with a matching to-go lid, so you can bring your drink with you on the go. The jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher-safe, but unfortunately, this blender can be difficult to clean by hand if you work with sticky ingredients like almond butter.
If you want the option with the best overall performance, go for the Ninja, but if you don't mind sacrificing some performance for a blender that feels very well-built, try the Breville instead.
The best bullet blender that 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 quite 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 a bit 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.
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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.