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Magic Bullet Kitchen Express Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 20, 2020 at 09:28 am
Magic Bullet Kitchen Express Picture
5.9
Multi-Purpose
7.8
Smoothies (Single Serving)
6.2
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
1.0
Ice Crushing
2.9
Soups
5.1
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
250 W
Hot Blending
No

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a personal blender that comes with two 15-ounce jars and a food processing attachment. It's amazing for making smoothies, and it even has a to-go lid so you can bring your blend with you to work or school. Unfortunately, it isn't very versatile, and it can't crush ice or hot blend. However, it's decently easy to clean by hand, and you can even wash its components in the top rack of your dishwasher.

Our Verdict

5.9 Multi-Purpose

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is poor for multi-purpose use. This blender doesn't have the best build quality, and it isn't very versatile. It can't crush ice or hot blend, and it struggles to make almond butter. On the upside, it does an amazing job making smoothies, and its components are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Easy to clean and top rack dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Okay build quality.
7.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is fair for smoothies and protein shakes. It's amazing for smoothies, and it makes a smooth, silky blend without any unprocessed chunks of kale. You can easily rinse out the jar to clean it, and you can even put the components in the top rack of your dishwasher for an easier clean. However, the blender doesn't have the best build quality, and it feels a bit plasticky and cheap. If you like to add crushed ice to your blends, it also can't crush ice.

Pros
  • Easy to clean and top rack dishwasher-safe.
  • Easily processes fibrous ingredients like kale.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Okay build quality.
6.2 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
1.0 Ice Crushing

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is bad for ice crushing. According to the manual, the blender isn't recommended for crushing ice.

Pros
  • Easy to clean and top rack dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Okay build quality.
2.9 Soups

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express can't hot blend, so it isn't suitable for making soups.

5.1 Professional Use

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is poor for professional use. It doesn't have the best build quality, and its 15-oz main jar isn't ideal for making large batches of food. It can't hot blend, it can't crush ice, and it struggles to make almond butter. On the upside, it makes an amazing smoothie, and it's easy to clean.

Pros
  • Easy to clean and top rack dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Okay build quality.
  • 5.9 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 6.2 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 1.0 Ice Crushing
  • 2.9 Soups
  • 5.1 Professional Use
  1. Updated Sep 02, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Aug 31, 2021: Updated 'Smoothie (Other Jar)' score from 0 to 8.5.
  3. Updated Oct 20, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Oct 13, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
12.1" (30.7 cm)
Width 4.9" (12.5 cm)
Depth 6.5" (16.4 cm)
Weight
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a small, compact personal blender. You can store it on your kitchen counter, and you can even remove the jar for easier storage.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express has a fair build quality. The body is mostly made of plastic, and it sits on four pegs with suction cups to help it stay in place. The jars are also made of plastic. Unlike the BELLA Rocket Blender and the Magic Bullet Mini, it has a dedicated pulse button. Unfortunately, the motor fan is visible via a plastic vent under the blender.

1.3
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
15.0 oz (444 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
15.0 oz (444 ml)
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The blade assembly has four sharp, fixed blades. You can wash the lid and the blades in the top rack of your dishwasher, but you shouldn't use the sanitize cycle.

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

The lid is attached to the blade, and it screws onto the jar. There's also a to-go lid that screws on to the jar which has a covered drinking spout.

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

The power cord is long enough to reach most outlets, but there isn't a stowaway compartment to hide it when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • Blade assembly
  • 2x 15-oz cups
  • To-go lid
  • Reversible slice/shred disc
  • Chopping/work bowl with chopping blade
  • Bowl lid with feed chute and food pusher
  • Manual

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

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is excellent for smoothies. It makes a silky smoothie, and it processes fibrous ingredients like kale without any leftover chunks. You may need to shake the jar to get the ingredients closer to the blades.

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

Update 08/31/2020: Updated the Smoothie (Other Jar) score to 8.5 from 0 to better reflect that we expect the additional jar to perform the same way as the main jar since they're identical.

The additional jar is completely identical to the main jar, so it should produce similar results when used to make smoothies.

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

According to the manual, this blender isn't designed for crushing ice.

8.8
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
7.0
Nut Butter Texture
10

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is sub-par for almond butter. It makes a dry, grainy almond butter, with some unprocessed chunks of almonds left in the mix, even after ten minutes of blending. You may have to undock the jar and shake it to get unprocessed ingredients closer to the blades.

7.9
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
88.6 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
19,300 RPM
Max Speed
19,300 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

This blender only has one speed, which is quite fast and pretty loud. There's also a pulse mode. The manufacturer advises that you only run the blender continuously for a minute at a time and let it rest before starting it up again. We followed this recommendation during our tests.

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

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is decently easy to clean. You can rinse off liquid messes like smoothies using water. While soap and water clean sticky messes like almond butter, you may need to use a small brush to clean leftover residue around the assembly gasket. The lids, cups, and blades are also dishwasher-safe.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express comes in Silver, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. You may also see it advertised as the NutriBullet Kitchen Express.

If you come across another variant of this blender, let us know in the discussion section below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a personal blender that comes with lots of attachments, including a food processing attachment and an additional 15-oz jar. While it doesn't have a very premium build, it makes an amazing smoothie, and it processes kale better than other personal blenders like the BELLA Rocket Blender and the Magic Bullet Mini. If you're looking for other blenders, check out our recommendations for the best blenders and the best blenders for smoothies.

Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101

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.

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is better than the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. The Ninja makes better smoothies, more spreadable almond butter, and crushed ice with a better texture. It has a much better build quality and comes with two personal jars with to-go lids rather than one. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet comes with a food processing attachment.

Magic Bullet Mini

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a better personal blender than the Magic Bullet Mini. The Kitchen Express is better-built, as it has a dedicated pulse button rather than a simulated pulse function. It also comes with a food processing attachment, and it makes a better smoothie. However, neither blender can crush ice.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro is a more versatile personal blender than the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. The Ninja is better-built and easier to clean. It can crush ice, unlike the Magic Bullet. While the Ninja comes with an additional 12-oz jar, the Magic Bullet comes with a food processing attachment. The Magic Bullet also makes a better-blended smoothie.

Oster MyBlend

The Oster MyBlend is a more versatile personal blender than the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. The Oster is better-built, and it can crush ice, unlike the Magic Bullet. However, the Magic Bullet makes a better-blended smoothie.

BlendJet 2

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express and the BlendJet 2 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one depending on your needs. The BlendJet is a more portable battery-powered blender. It has a much better build quality, and its lid has a built-in carrying strap. You can use it to crush ice, and it’s much easier to clean by hand. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet can make a silkier smoothie with ingredients like kale. It comes with a greater number of jars as well as a food processing attachment.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a more versatile personal blender than the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. The Ninja is better-built, and it comes with more speed options and a timer. It's easier to clean, and it can crush ice, unlike the Magic Bullet. That said, the Magic Bullet comes with a food processing attachment, and it makes a better smoothie.

NutriBullet Pro

The NutriBullet Pro is a better personal blender than the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. The NutriBullet is better-built, and it's more versatile. It makes a smoother, more spreadable almond butter and a better-blended smoothie. However, the Magic Bullet comes with a food processing attachment.

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