Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Mar 05, 2021 at 09:47 am
Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 Picture
4.2
Multi-Purpose
5.2
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
2.9
Ice Crushing
4.2
Soups
4.3
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
250 W

The Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 is a single-speed personal blender that makes decent-textured almond butter. However, it isn't very versatile because it's not intended for crushing ice or blending hot ingredients. It also makes mediocre smoothies. That said, it comes 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. It's usually pretty easy to clean since its jars, lids, and cup rings are all dishwasher-safe. The blades should be hand-washed, though.

Our Verdict

4.2 Multi-Purpose

The Magic Bullet Blender is bad for multi-purpose use. It struggles to fully process fibrous greens like kale and makes a foamy, leafy smoothie. You can use it to make decent, crunchy almond butter, but it's not intended for crushing ice or blending hot ingredients. It has a mediocre, plasticky build quality and can be difficult to clean, depending on what you use it for.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe jars and lids.
  • Makes decent almond butter.
Cons
  • Makes leafy smoothies.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • Can't crush ice.
5.2 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Magic Bullet Blender is inadequate for smoothies and protein shakes. It has no issue processing frozen banana chunks but struggles with leafy greens like kale. According to the manufacturer, it shouldn't be used for crushing ice, which could be disappointing if you like it in your drinks. It's easy to clean if you've been working with liquidy ingredients, and its personal-sized jars and lids are dishwasher safe, but the build quality is mediocre overall.

Pros
  • To-go lid and lip rings included.
  • Dishwasher-safe jars and lids.
Cons
  • Makes leafy smoothies.
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • Can't crush ice.
2.9 Ice Crushing

The Magic Bullet Blender isn't intended for crushing ice, according to the manufacturer.

4.2 Soups

The Magic Bullet Blender can't be used for blending hot ingredients.

4.3 Professional Use

The Magic Bullet Blender is a poor choice for professional use. It makes decent almond butter, but it's hard to clean afterward and has a mediocre build quality. It's not very versatile, since it can't be used for hot blends or ice crushing, and it makes unremarkable smoothies. On the upside, its jars and lids are dishwasher safe, and it's easy to rinse out if you've been working with liquidy foods.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe jars and lids.
  • Makes decent almond butter.
Cons
  • Makes leafy smoothies.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • 4.2 Multi-Purpose
  • 5.2 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 2.9 Ice Crushing
  • 4.2 Soups
  • 4.3 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
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 should have no problem storing it in a cupboard, though.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Magic Bullet MBR-1101 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 should help prevent it from sliding around while in use.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
15.0 oz (443.6 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Magic Bullet Blender comes with a jar with a 15-ounce capacity indicated by a max fill line on the side. It's top-rack dishwasher-safe but shouldn't be put through a sanitize cycle.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
12.0 oz (354.9 ml)
Weight
0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

This model comes with an additional jar with a 12-ounce capacity. There's a max fill line on the side and it has a mug-like handle. It can be cleaned by placing it in the top rack of your dishwasher, as long as you don't run a sanitize cycle. There's also a third jar included that has a four-ounce capacity, but we don't currently test that one because it's so small.

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

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

Design
Lid
2 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 that has 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 should 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
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
20800 RPM
Max Speed
20800 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
86.4 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

This model has one speed setting. It's fairly fast and quite loud, but it's quieter than the Magic Bullet Mini and the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. You can simulate a pulse mode by pushing the jar into the motor base and releasing it in short intervals.

7.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 9 min
Texture
Crunchy
Spreadability
Good
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

This model is decent for making almond butter. It makes chunky but good-tasting and fairly spreadable almond butter. However, it takes nearly 10 minutes, and the motor base heats up noticeably during the process. Also, you may need to undock and shake the jar a few times to help ensure everything is caught by the blades, or use a spatula to scrape the sides.

6.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy and Leafy

This blender makes an acceptable smoothie. It has no issue with frozen banana chunks, and it doesn't warm up the ingredients. However, it has trouble fully processing leafy greens like kale, which results in a lot of non-uniform pieces. They aren't very visible but are quite noticeable when you drink the smoothie, which has a leafy texture.

6.0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy and Leafy

The smaller 12-ounce jar performs very similarly to the main jar when it comes to making smoothies. The result is a foamy, leafy drink.

0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0 min
Ice Quality
Not Intended Use

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

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No
7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Difficult

This blender is decently easy to clean, depending on what you use it for. If you're working with liquidy ingredients like for a smoothie, a quick rinse with water should take care of most messes. On the other hand, if you use it to make something sticky like almond butter, you need to run it with soap and water and then use a sponge to properly clean the gasket and possibly the blades, because they have small grooves that can trap food.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
No
Additional Jugs
1 Personal Jug
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

This blender doesn't have many extra features. It can't be used for hot blending. In addition to the 15-ounce and 12-ounce jars, it comes with a small four-ounce jar that you can use to make salsas, dips, and dressings, although we don't currently test it.

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, the Magic Bullet Mini and the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express, that we've tested separately. If you come across another variant or yours is different, please let us know in the discussions so we can 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. It's better at making almond butter than other blenders in the Magic Bullet line-up that we've tested, including the Magic Bullet Mini and the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. However, both of those make better smoothies. It also not intended to be used for ice crushing or hot blending. If you want to see more options, check out our lists of the best personal blenders, the best bullet blenders, and the best mini blenders.

Magic Bullet Mini

The Magic Bullet Mini and the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 are very similar, but the Mini is a better blender for smoothies. Neither blender is good for hot blending or crushing ice, but the Mini does a better job of incorporating ingredients like kale into a uniform smoothie. On the other hand, the MBR-1101 makes significantly better almond butter.

Oster MyBlend

While the Oster MyBlend offers a more versatile performance than the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101, you may prefer one over the other. The Oster feels more sturdy, it can make crushed ice with an okay texture, and it comes with a 20-ounce jar. However, the Magic Bullet makes better smoothies and almond butter. It also comes with three differently-sized jars that some users may prefer.

Magic Bullet Kitchen Express

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a better blender than the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 for most uses. The Kitchen Express has a better build quality, makes much better smoothies, and comes with a food processing attachment, although we don't test it currently. On the other hand, the MBR-1101 makes better, more spreadable almond butter.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro is a better blender than the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101. The Ninja makes better smoothies and does a fantastic job of crushing ice. It has a better build quality and cleaning it is easier. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet makes better almond butter and some users may prefer its more compact size and smaller jars, which also come with storage lids and lip rings, unlike the Ninja's.

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