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Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Mar 05, 2021 at 09:47 am
Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 Picture
5.8
Multi-Purpose
7.7
Smoothies (Single Serving)
6.1
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
1.0
Ice Crushing
2.9
Soups
4.9
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
250 W
Hot Blending
No

The Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 is a single-speed personal blender with a 15-ounce jar and a 12-ounce jar you can use for single-serves, plus a very small, four-ounce jar better suited for making dressing or dips. There's a to-go lid included so you can take your drink with you on the go, along with cup rings and storage lids. The jars, lids, and cup rings are all dishwasher-safe, but the blades should be hand-washed.

Our Verdict

5.8 Multi-Purpose

The Magic Bullet Blender is inadequate for multi-purpose use. It's a personal blender, so it's best suited for making personal-sized smoothies or protein shakes. It can make a smooth puree of fibrous ingredients like kale, but it's not intended for crushing ice, and you shouldn't use it for hot blending. That said, it does an excellent job of making nut butter.

Pros
  • Fantastic for processing fibrous ingredients.
  • Dishwasher-safe jars and lids.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Small capacity.
7.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Magic Bullet Blender is good for single-serving smoothies. It comes with a couple of personal jars meant for single-serves and makes a very well-blended smoothie, even if your recipe includes fibrous ingredients like kale. There's a to-go lid included for one of the jars, so you can easily bring a smoothie or shake to work or the gym. It's decently easy to clean by hand. The jar and lid are dishwasher-safe, but you should clean the blade assembly by hand.

Pros
  • Fantastic for processing fibrous ingredients.
  • To-go lid and lip rings included.
  • Dishwasher-safe jars and lids.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
6.1 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Magic Bullet Blender's small jars can only fit enough ingredients for a single-serving smoothie, so it's not ideal for making multiple servings. That said, it comes with a couple of personal jars, which is nice if more than one person in your household makes a morning smoothie. It makes a very silky blend with fibrous ingredients like kale and is decently easy to clean by hand.

Pros
  • Fantastic for processing fibrous ingredients.
  • Dishwasher-safe jars and lids.
Cons
  • Small capacity.
1.0 Ice Crushing

According to the manufacturer, you shouldn't use the Magic Bullet Blender to crush ice without adding liquid to the jar.

Pros
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
2.9 Soups

The Magic Bullet Blender isn't good for making soup. You can't safely use it for hot blending, so you need to let your ingredients cool down first. The jars are too small to fit most recipes in one batch, so it's not convenient to use to make more than a single serving of soup. It does a good job of processing fibrous ingredients, meaning it can produce a smooth soup or sauce with vegetables like leafy greens.

Pros
  • Fantastic for processing fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Small capacity.
4.9 Professional Use

The Magic Bullet Blender is bad for professional use. Its design is best-suited for single-serve drinks like smoothies, and it's not very versatile since it has a small capacity, can't crush ice, and can't be used for hot blending. It's not very well-built, which isn't ideal if you rely on your blender daily.

Pros
  • Fantastic for processing fibrous ingredients.
  • Dishwasher-safe jars and lids.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Small capacity.
  • 5.8 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 6.1 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 1.0 Ice Crushing
  • 2.9 Soups
  • 4.9 Professional Use
  1. Updated Sep 29, 2022: Revised text due to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Compared this blender's jars to the Magic Bullet Essential's.
  3. Updated Aug 17, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Mar 05, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Mar 03, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Magic Bullet Blender comes in one color variant, Silver. We tested the 11-piece set, but it's sometimes sold as a 13-piece set, which comes with additional jars. We don't know how the additional jars would perform but expect the blender to otherwise perform similarly to our model.

You can see the label for the unit we tested here. There are other Magic Bullet models that we've tested separately: the Magic Bullet MiniMagic Bullet Kitchen Express, and the Magic Bullet Essential. If you come across another variant or yours is different, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Magic Bullet Blender is a small personal blender. It comes with a 15-ounce jar, a 12-ounce jar, and a small four-ounce jar you can use for dips and dressings. Its jars have a slightly bigger capacity than the Magic Bullet Mini's, and it's much better for demanding tasks like making nut butter. It performs similarly to the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express but doesn't come with a food processing bowl. Like other Magic Bullet blenders we've tested, it's not intended for use for crushing ice or hot blending.

If you want more options, check out our lists of the best personal blenders and the best bullet blenders.

NutriBullet Pro 900

The NutriBullet Pro 900 is better for single-serve smoothies than the Magic Bullet Blender MBR 1101. The NutriBullet is better built and comes with to-go lids for both of its jars. It also makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro is a little better than the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101. The Ninja comes with to-go lids for all of its jars, and it's more versatile since you can use it to crush ice without adding liquid to the jar. It's also sturdier and easier to clean by hand. All its components are dishwasher-safe, while the Magic Βullet's blade assembly needs to be cleaned by hand.

Magic Bullet Kitchen Express

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express and the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 perform similarly but come with different jars and accessories. The Kitchen Express includes a food processing bowl, along with personal jars for single-serve smoothies. On the other hand, the MBR-1101 doesn't come with any food processing accessories, but it includes a 4-ounce cup for blending small amounts of ingredients, along with a pair of personal jars for smoothies.

NutriBullet Pro 1000

The NutriBullet PRO 1000 is better for single-serve smoothies than the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101. The NutriBullet has a better build quality and comes with resealable lids for both of its jars. It's also quieter and easier to clean by hand. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet is easier to use to make nut butter. It's also very well-suited for single-serve smoothies, and you may prefer it for its smaller, lighter design.

Magic Bullet Mini

The Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 is better than the Magic Bullet Mini. The MBR-1101's jars have slightly bigger capacities. There's a resealable lid included, so you can take your smoothie to go. It's also much easier to use to process hard ingredients like nuts.

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is better than the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101. The Ninja has a better build quality and overall performance. It makes a smoother blend with ingredients like kale and is much easier to use for tough tasks like making nut butter. You can also use it to crush ice. It's easier to clean by hand, and all its parts are dishwasher-safe.

BlendJet 2

The Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 and the BlendJet 2 have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on your needs. The BlendJet is a portable, battery-powered blender. It’s smaller, quieter, and its lid has a built-in carrying strap. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet is a conventional personal blender that comes with a greater number of jars. Unless you're looking for a portable blender, it's better for most uses.

Magic Bullet Essential

The Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 and the Magic Βullet Essential come with different accessories. The MBR-1101 has two jars for smoothies and a smaller container for mixing things like salsa or salad dressing. There are also storage lids and a to-go lid included. On the other hand, if you like to make smoothies with ingredients like kale, the Essential produces a silkier blend.

Oster MyBlend

The Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 is better for single-serve smoothies than the Oster MyBlend. The Magic Bullet comes with a couple of jars you can use for personal-sized smoothies and makes a silkier blend with fibrous ingredients like kale. It's better for making nut butter and easier to clean by hand. On the other hand, the Oster has a better build quality. You can use it to crush ice without adding liquid to the jar, although it doesn't make snow-like crushed ice.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Height
11.9" (30.2 cm)
Width 4.4" (11.3 cm)
Depth 5.0" (12.8 cm)
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Magic Bullet MBR-1101 is a compact personal blender. It's a bit taller than the Magic Bullet Mini, but not by much, and its footprint is somewhat bigger, so it requires a bit more room on your counter. You'll have no problem storing it in a cupboard, though.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Magic Bullet Blender has a mediocre build quality that's very similar to the Magic Bullet Mini. It's almost entirely made of generic plastic, including its round motor base, transmission gear, jars, and lids. It sits on four small rubber feet, which will help prevent it from sliding around while in use.

1.3
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
15.0 oz (444 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
12.0 oz (355 ml)

There's a 15-ounce and a 12-ounce jar included. Also included are two storage lids, two cup rings to make it more comfortable to drink from the jar, and one resealable to-go lid. The Magic Bullet Essential is a more basic model with only a 15-ounce jar.

Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The plastic jars are dishwasher-safe, along with the lids and cup rings.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

The Magic Bullet Blender's blade assembly has four sharp blades. Two bend downward, and the other two are angled upwards. They aren't dishwasher-safe and should be hand-washed.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Screw-On

In addition to the screw-on blade assembly, this blender comes with a to-go lid for its main jar with a covered drinking spout. There are also screw-on storage lids for each of the bigger jars, so you can easily store whatever you make, as well as lip rings so you can drink from the jar directly.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
3.3 ft (1.0 m)

This blender has a power cord that'll be long enough to reach a power outlet near your kitchen counter, but it doesn't have anywhere to stow the cable when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • 15oz jar
  • 13oz jar
  • 4oz short cup
  • 2x resealable lid
  • 2x lip ring
  • 1x to-go lid
  • Cross blade assembly
  • Manual and recipe guide

Performance
9.4
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.5

It's fantastic for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients. If you're making a smoothie with ingredients like kale, it has a silky texture with just a few grains left over. Some blenders process the ingredients faster, and you need to stop and shake the jar for the best results, but it's an easy process overall.

9.4
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.5

The Magic Bullet Blender's jar can only hold a small batch, so it performs identically at full capacity.

0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
N/A
Crushed Ice Texture
N/A

This blender isn't intended for crushing ice, according to the manual.

8.5
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
7.0
Nut Butter Texture
9.5

It's excellent for nut butter. It's not the easiest blender to use for thick mixtures like this since it takes a while, and you need to stop and shake the jar. That said, it's a lot less tedious than with some personal blenders, and the result is superb nut butter with very few unprocessed pieces.

7.4
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
91.9 dB

It's not particularly loud for a personal blender, so you won't find it overly loud when you're blending a smoothie for a few minutes. That said, models like the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express and the Magic Bullet Mini make less noise at maximum speed.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
20,800 RPM
Max Speed
20,800 RPM
Power
250 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

This model has one speed setting, like most personal blenders, so you can't fine-tune the speed to suit different recipes.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
No
Speed Presets
1
Speed Dial
No
Hot Blending
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
No
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No

You turn the blender on by pushing down on the jar and twisting it into place. There's no power button or other controls, but you can easily press and release to simulate pulse mode.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The Magic Bullet Blender is blender is decently easy to clean by hand. After running it with soap and water in the jar, you still need to use a sponge to clean the inside of the jar and the ridges around the rim. The blade assembly also requires extra scrubbing to remove residue caught around the blades. Since they're sharp, you need to use a brush with a handle for that part of the process.

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