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Magic Bullet Kitchen Express Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Review updated Jan 31, 2023 at 03:54 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Jan 31, 2023 at 03:54 pm
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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

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a combo personal blender and small food processor. It comes with a pair of 15-ounce jars meant for drinks like smoothies, as well as a food processing bowl with its own chopping blade assembly. There's one to-go lid included, meaning you can bring a smoothie on the go, and all of its components are dishwasher-safe.

Our Verdict

5.9 Multi-Purpose

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is disappointing for multi-purpose use. It's not very well-built and, as a personal blender, has a limited capacity and can't hot blend. It's also not intended for ice crushing. It can puree fibrous fruits and vegetables and process hard ingredients like nuts. There's a bowl and blade included for food processing chores like slicing onions.

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

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is good for making single-serve smoothies. It comes with a pair of 15-ounce jars meant for making personal drinks like smoothies and protein shakes. It easily processes fibrous ingredients, so your drink will be free of leafy bits of kale and specks of fruit skin. However, it's not very well-built and only comes with one to-go lid.

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

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a single-serve bullet blender, so it's not the best choice if you're looking to serve up more than one smoothie at a time. With one of its 15-ounce jars filled to full capacity, it doesn't take very long to make a very smooth blend with common smoothie ingredients like kale and blueberries.

Pros
  • To-go lid included.
Cons
  • Can't produce multiple servings.
1.0 Ice Crushing

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express isn't intended for crushing ice without liquid in the jar, according to the manual.

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. It has a small capacity but can smoothly blend room-temperature fibrous ingredients like kale and broccoli.

Pros
  • Easily processes fibrous ingredients like kale.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Okay build quality.
  • Can't produce multiple servings.
5.1 Professional Use

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is poor for professional use. It's not very well-built, which is a particular concern if you need your blender often. It's also not very versatile since it can't hot blend like most personal blenders and isn't intended for ice crushing without liquid in the jar. It can blend up a silky smoothie with stubborn ingredients like leafy greens, and it performs well for making small batches of nut butter or hummus.

Pros
  • Easy to clean and top rack dishwasher-safe.
  • Easily processes fibrous ingredients like kale.
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 Jan 31, 2023: Revised text to match Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Sep 02, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Aug 31, 2021: Updated 'Smoothie (Other Jar)' score from 0 to 8.5.
  4. Updated Oct 20, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Oct 13, 2020: Early access published.

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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. There's also the Magic Bullet Kitchen Prep, which has a similarly-designed motor base. However, it only includes the food processor jar (and related accessories), but not the blending blades or jars, so our results aren't valid for that model. 

If you come across another variant of this blender, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a personal blender with a food processing bowl and blade assembly. While it doesn't have a premium build quality, it can smoothly blend fibrous ingredients, which is important for silky smoothies, and help with small recipes of thicker blends like nut butter. Unlike many bullet-style blenders, it has a control dial with a dedicated pulse mode, and you don't need to hold down the jar to blend.

If you're looking for other blenders, check out our recommendations for the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best NutriBullet and Magic Bullet blenders.

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.

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is better than the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. The Ninja is better built and more versatile since you can use it to crush ice. It's also easier to use for tougher blends like nut butter. The jars and blades are easier to clean by hand. However, the Magic Bullet is much quieter, and it's a blender/food processor combo, so it comes with a bowl and blades for slicing and chopping.

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.

Oster MyBlend

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is better than the Oster MyBlend. The Magic Bullet makes a silkier smoothie with ingredients like kale and comes with a pair of jars for single-serves. It also includes extra attachments, including a food processing bowl and extra blades for slicing and chopping.

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.

ZWILLING ENFINIGY Personal Blender

The ZWILLING ENFINIGY Personal Blender is better than the Magic Bullet Essential. Both are meant for making smoothies, and the Magic Bullet makes a smoother blend with common ingredients like kale and blueberries. However, it's not a huge difference, and the ZWILLING blender has a few other benefits that make it better overall. It's much sturdier and comes with a resealable lid for its jar. It's also more versatile since it's much more suitable for small batches of nut butter and hummus.

Magic Bullet Mini

The Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is a more versatile personal blender than the Magic Βullet Mini. The Kitchen Express comes with two jars for smoothies as well as a food processing bowl for tasks like slicing vegetables. It's better built and has a much better performance when processing tough, thick mixtures like nut butter.

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 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 900

The NutriBullet Pro 900 is a better personal blender than the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. The NutriBullet is better built and comes with to-go lids for both jars. It's a better choice for single-serve smoothies since it makes a smoother puree with fibrous ingredients like kale. However, the Magic Bullet is a blender/food processor combo, so it comes with a separate bowl and blade for slicing and chopping.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Personal Blender
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 personal blender. You can store it on your kitchen counter and remove the jar for easier storage.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

It has an okay build quality. The body is mostly made of plastic and sits on four pegs with suction cups to help it stay in place. The jars are 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)

The jars each have a 15-ounce capacity, which is a good size for single-serve smoothies.

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

The jars and lids are made of plastic and are top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The blade assembly has four sharp blades. Unlike most Magic Bullet blades, it's top-rack dishwasher-safe, along with the other components, except for the motor base.

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

Since it's a personal blender, the blade assembly screws onto the jar for blending. There's also a to-go lid included, meaning you can take a smoothie on the go.

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

It's fantastic for small batches of fibrous ingredients. It takes around thre minutes of blending to make a very smooth puree with ingredients like kale. Unlike blenders like the NutriBullet Pro 900, there may be some tiny grains left over.

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

The additional jar is identical, so it performs the same way if you fill it to its full capacity.

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

According to the manual, it isn't meant for crushing ice.

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

It's excellent for making nut butter. Pulse mode helps break up the nuts at the beginning of the process. However, the manufacturer says not to run the blender for longer than one minute continuously without allowing it to rest. You need to shake the jar during these breaks to keep the ingredients moving. The final result is flawless nut butter, but it could be a quicker process, and the motor base heats up a bit by the end.

7.9
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
88.6 dB

It's quiet for a blender. It makes less noise when running than other personal models like the Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101, which is nice if you like to blend a smoothie in the morning without waking up your housemates.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
19,300 RPM
Max Speed
19,300 RPM
Power
250 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

There's only one speed preset, like most personal blenders, so you can't fine-tune the speed to suit your recipe.

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
Yes
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No

It has a small dial on its motor base that you can set to 'on', 'off', or 'pulse'. When using pulse mode, you need to turn the dial to the right and hold it to pulse continuously since it will automatically turn back to 'off' when you let it go. There's no need to keep hold of the dial when you're using the regular blending mode, though (with the dial turned to 'on').

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

It's decently easy to clean. Running it with soap and water in the jar removes some residue, but you still need to spend some time scrubbing the rim of the jar and blade assembly to get rid of any food caught in the ridges.