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Magic Bullet Essential Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 17, 2022 at 11:46 am
Magic Bullet Essential Picture
5.4
Multi-Purpose
7.7
Smoothies (Single Serving)
6.1
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
1.0
Ice Crushing
2.9
Soups
4.1
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
250 W
Hot Blending
No

The Magic Bullet Essential is a no-frills personal blender. It's the base model of the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101, and it doesn't come with accessories like a cup ring or to-go lid. That means that only the necessary parts to make a single-serve blend are included in the box, so the versatility of this blender is quite limited. That said, it's compact and has a simple, one-speed design, like other Magic Βullet blenders.

Our Verdict

5.4 Multi-Purpose

The Magic Bullet Essential is disappointing for multi-purpose use. It does a fantastic job of processing fibrous ingredients, so it works well for single-serve smoothies. It can also handle thicker mixtures like nut butter as long as you take the time to pause and shake the jar. However, you shouldn't use it to blend ice alone or process hot ingredients. It's also not very well-built, and the motor base heats up if you use it to process hard ingredients like almonds.

Pros
  • Superb for fibrous ingredients.
  • Makes spreadable nut butter.
Cons
  • Not intended for ice crushing.
  • Not safe for hot blending.
  • Mediocre build quality.
7.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Magic Bullet Essential is good for single-serving smoothies. The 15-ounce jar can produce a silky smoothie with fibrous ingredients like kale. It's not too loud and decently easy to clean. According to the manufacturer, it can't crush ice alone, but you can add it if your recipe also includes liquid. However, it doesn't come with a to-go lid or cup ring to make it easier to drink from the jar, which is unusual for a personal blender. You can purchase a to-go lid and additional jars on Magic Bullet's website.

Pros
  • Superb for fibrous ingredients.
  • Jar is dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • No lid for jar.
6.1 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Magic Bullet Essential only comes with one 15-ounce jar included, so it's better suited for making smoothies for one. It can make a superb green smoothie even if you fill the jar to max capacity.

Pros
  • Superb for fibrous ingredients.
  • Jar is dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • One 15-ounce jar included.
1.0 Ice Crushing

The Magic Bullet Essential isn't intended for ice crushing. You can add ice cubes along with some liquid, but you shouldn't use it to process ice alone.

Pros
Cons
  • Not intended for ice crushing.
2.9 Soups

The Magic Bullet Essential isn't a well-suited for making soups. It has no issue processing fibrous ingredients like broccoli or kale, meaning it can produce a silky soup or sauce. Ηowever, it can't hot blend and only comes with one small jar, so you need to use cool ingredients and work with multiple batches if you're making soup.

Pros
  • Superb for fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Not safe for hot blending.
  • One 15-ounce jar included.
4.1 Professional Use

The Magic Bullet Essential is poor for professional use. It has a mediocre build quality, isn't intended for ice crushing, and using it for tough tasks like nut butter can overheat the motor. It can make a silky single-serve smoothie but can't stand up to the demands of a professional environment.

Pros
  • Superb for fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • One 15-ounce jar included.
  • 5.4 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 6.1 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 1.0 Ice Crushing
  • 2.9 Soups
  • 4.1 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 17, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 11, 2022: Early access published.

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 Essential has the same compact, round motor base as the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101. It's slightly taller and heavier than the Magic Bullet Mini but still doesn't take up much space in a cupboard or on a counter.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The Magic Βullet Essential has a mediocre build quality. Like other Magic Βullet blenders that we've tested, most of it is made of plastic that doesn't feel premium. If you use it for tough jobs like making nut butter, the motor can heat up and start to smell like warm plastic. The blade assembly gear is made of rubber that will be more durable, though. There are also four rubber feet to help it stay in place on your counter.

1.3
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
15.0 oz (444 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A

The Magic Βullet Essential comes with a personal jar meant for single servings.

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

The jar is made of plastic and can go on the top rack of your dishwasher.

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

The blade assembly isn't dishwasher-safe and should be cleaned by hand with soap and water.

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

When you're blending something, the blade assembly screws onto the jar like a lid. Unlike most personal blenders, it doesn't come with a to-go lid or cup ring for the jar. However, Magic Βullet sells one on their website.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
2.2 ft (0.7 m)

The Magic Bullet Essential's power cord is a bit shorter than the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101's. The blender's small size will make it pretty easy to find space near an outlet, though.

Design
In The Box

  • Magic Bullet Essential Motor base
  • 15oz jar ('Tall Cup')
  • Stainless steel cross blade assembly
  • User guide and warranty registration card

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

The Magic Βullet Essential is fantastic for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients. If you use it to make a personal smoothie with ingredients like kale, it produces a smooth drink with only small particles leftover. It's not as quick as some other personal blenders like the NutriΒullet Pro, but it's an easy process.

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

The blender's full capacity is reached with the 'small batches' recipe, so the results here are the same as the previous test. While you can't make more than one smoothie at a time, this blender can still process fibrous ingredients very well.

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

The manual says you shouldn't use the Magic Bullet Essential to crush ice.

6.2
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
5.0
Nut Butter Texture
7.0

The Magic Bullet Essential does a passable job of making nut butter. It produces a tasty butter with a pleasant, crunchy texture, but it takes a lot of time and effort. You need to stop the blender several times during the process to shake the jar or scrape the sides with a spatula. After about nine minutes of blending, the motor base starts to heat up and smell like warm plastic, so it could damage the motor to process too many batches of hard ingredients like nuts.

7.5
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
91.3 dB

The Magic Bullet Essential's noise level is good. Like all blenders, it's noisy when you're near it, but it's on the quieter side compared to many other personal blenders we've tested, including the Ninja Fit and NutriBullet Pro+.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
20,500 RPM
Max Speed
20,500 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

Like most personal blenders, the Magic Bullet Essential has one speed setting. It's simple to use but doesn't allow you to adjust the speed when you're trying to achieve a specific texture.

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

Magic Bullet Essential is a bullet-style blender and doesn't have buttons or controls. You push down on the jar to blend and push again to stop.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The Magic Bullet Essential is decently easy to clean. You can partially clean the jar by blending soap and water for a few seconds, but you'll need to use a sponge or brush to scrub the grooves of the blade assembly to get it completely clean.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Magic Βullet Essential has the same silver, 250-watt motor base as the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101 but only comes with one 15-ounce jar and no to-go lids or other accessories. You can see the label for the unit we tested here. You can also buy extra jars, special blade assemblies, and lids from the manufacturer's website.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Magic Βullet Essential stands out from other Magic Bullet blenders since it only comes with a 15-ounce jar and blade assembly. It's a great choice for single-serve smoothies but isn't very versatile since it can't crush ice, and using it for nut butter strains the motor. That said, even though it mostly performs similarly to the Magic Bullet Mini, it's still less tedious to make nut butter. Some slightly more expensive blenders, like the Ninja Fit, feel better built and come with accessories like to-go lids.

If you're looking for other options, see our lists of the best personal blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best bullet blenders.

Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101

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.

Ninja Fit

The Ninja Fit is a better personal blender than the Magic Bullet Essential. The Fit is sturdier and comes with two jars instead of one. There are also to-go lids for the jars. The two blenders are both fantastic at processing fibrous ingredients like kale, but the Fit also performs well for making nut butter and crushed ice.

Magic Bullet Mini

The Magic Bullet Essential and the Magic Bullet Mini are similar blenders, but the Essential has a more powerful motor and has an easier time with tough tasks like making nut butter. The Mini is slightly smaller, and you may prefer it if you want accessories like a lid and cup ring for the jar. It also comes with an 8-ounce jar for mixing small batches of sauce or dressing.

Oster MyBlend

The Magic Bullet Essential is better for smoothies than the Oster MyBlend. It does a better job processing fibrous ingredients, meaning it can make a silkier drink. The Oster is a sturdier blender with a slightly bigger capacity. Unlike the Magic Βullet, you can use it to make crushed ice, but it's not ideal for that purpose. It also comes with a resealable lid, so you may prefer it if you want to take your drink to go.

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