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Magic Bullet Mini Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 06, 2020 at 08:35 am
Latest change: Writing modified Oct 05, 2022 at 02:59 pm
Magic Bullet Mini Picture
5.3
Multi-Purpose
7.6
Smoothies (Single Serving)
6.0
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
1.0
Ice Crushing
2.8
Soups
3.9
Professional Use

The Magic Bullet Mini is a very small and compact personal blender with a simple design. It comes with a 13-ounce jar meant for single-serve smoothies and a cup ring so you can drink directly from the jar. There's no to-go lid included, which is a little unusual for a personal blender, but it does include an eight-ounce jar for preparing small batches of sauce or dip. The jar and lids are dishwasher-safe, but you should clean the blade assembly by hand.

Our Verdict

5.3 Multi-Purpose

The Magic Bullet Mini is a rather straightforward personal blender that isn't ideal for multi-purpose use. It does a good job of making smoothies with fibrous ingredients like kale, but it can't crush ice and can't hot blend. You can use it to make smooth nut butter, but it's a tedious process.

Pros
  • Makes a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Small capacity.
  • Can't be used for ice crushing.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Blades aren't dishwasher-safe.
7.6 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Magic Bullet Mini is good for making single-serving smoothies. It makes silky smoothies with fibrous ingredients like kale and includes a cup ring so you can drink out of the 13-ounce blending jar. However, it doesn't come with a resealable to-go lid. The jar and cup ring are dishwasher-safe, but you need to clean the blades by hand.

Pros
  • Makes a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
  • Personal jar and cup ring included.
Cons
  • Blades aren't dishwasher-safe.
6.0 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Magic Bullet Mini comes with a small jar that can only fit enough ingredients to serve one or two people. It takes longer than some personal blenders to make a smoothie and only comes with one jar, so it's not ideal for making several batches. That said, it makes a silky puree with ingredients like kale.

Pros
  • Makes a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Small capacity.
  • Can't be used for ice crushing.
  • Blades aren't dishwasher-safe.
1.0 Ice Crushing

You shouldn't use the Magic Bullet Mini to crush ice without also adding liquid to the jar, according to the manufacturer.

Pros
Cons
  • Can't be used for ice crushing.
  • Blades aren't dishwasher-safe.
2.8 Soups

You can't safely use the Magic Bullet Mini for hot blending, so you need to use room temperature ingredients if you use it for soup. The jar's small capacity is limiting since it won't fit most recipes in one batch. That said, if you want to occasionally blend a few servings of soup, it makes a silky blend with vegetables like kale.

Pros
  • Makes a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Blades aren't dishwasher-safe.
3.9 Professional Use

The Magic Bullet Mini is pretty bad for professional use. It's designed as an affordable and compact personal blender. Its build quality is mediocre and quite plasticky, it can't crush ice, and since it only comes with small personal jars, you can't make big batches of food.

Pros
  • Makes a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Small capacity.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Blades aren't dishwasher-safe.
  • 5.3 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.6 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 6.0 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 1.0 Ice Crushing
  • 2.8 Soups
  • 3.9 Professional Use
  1. Updated Oct 05, 2022: Revised text due to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: The result for 'Blades - Removable' changed from 'No' to 'Yes' because the blade assembly lid is removable from the jar.
  3. Updated Aug 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Oct 06, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Oct 01, 2020: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Magic Bullet Mini is a seven-piece assembly without any variants. It comes with a 14oz jar, an 8oz cup, a resealable lid, and a cup ring, plus the motor base. Unlike other Magic Bullet blenders like the Magic Bullet Essential, you can't currently buy it with a different set of accessories, and the manufacturer doesn't sell extra jars or lids. You can see our unit's label here

Compared To Other Blenders

The Magic Bullet Mini, as its name implies, is a small blender for personal use. It doesn't stand out from other options on the market, but it makes good smoothies and is easy to clean. Unfortunately, you can't crush ice with it, and it feels very plasticky compared to other personal blenders like the Oster MyBlend or Ninja Fit.

For other options, take a look at our recommendations for the best personal blenders, the best budget blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies.

BlendJet 2

The Magic Bullet Mini is a better blender for most uses than the BlendJet 2. The Magic Bullet makes a smoother puree of fibrous ingredients, more spreadable nut butter, and comes with a small additional jar. On the other hand, the BlendJet can crush ice and feels more sturdy.

NutriBullet Pro 900

The NutriBullet Pro 900 is a better blender than the Magic Bullet Mini. The NutriBullet is better built and more powerful. It does a better job with tough tasks like making nut butter and pureeing fibrous ingredients like leafy greens and fruit. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet is smaller and comes with an 8-ounce jar for blending small amount of things like salsa or dip.

Magic Bullet Blender MBR-1101

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 Nutri Ninja Pro

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro is a better personal blender than the Magic Bullet Mini. The Ninja is better built and comes with to-go lids for its jars. It's easier to clean by hand and all of its components are dishwasher-safe. 

NutriBullet GO

The Magic Bullet Mini is a better blender than the NutriBullet GO for most purposes. It makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale, meaning it can produce silkier smoothies. It's also more capable of processing hard ingredients like nuts. On the other hand, the NutriBullet is a battery-powered blender, so you may prefer it if you're looking for something portable.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a much better blender than the Magic Bullet Mini. It's more powerful and performs better at making nut butter. It's also remarkable at crushing ice, which the Magic Bullet can't do without liquid in the jar. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet makes a slightly better smoothie, with fewer grains coming from leafy ingredients like kale.

NutriBullet Pro 1000

The NutriBullet PRO 1000 is a better blender than the Magic Bullet Mini. The NutriBullet has a better build quality and bigger jars. It also delivers a somewhat better performance when it comes to making nut butter and processing fibrous ingredients. It's also quieter and easier to clean by hand. 

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is better than the Magic Bullet Mini. The Ninja can crush ice and is easier to use to make nut butter. It can make a smoother blend of fibrous ingredients and it's easier to clean by hand. It's also better built.

NutriBullet Pro+

The NutriBullet Pro+ is better than the Magic Bullet Mini. The NutriBullet has a significantly better build quality and comes with lip rings and drinking lids for both of its personal jars. It makes a silky smoothie with fibrous ingredients more quickly, and it's way more suitable for making thick mixtures like nut butter. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet is a smaller, lighter blender and can produce silky smoothies with ingredients like kale.

Breville Boss To Go Sport

The Breville Boss To Go Sport is a better blender than the Magic Βullet Mini. It's better built and offers a more versatile performance since it can crush ice without liquid in the jar and processes hard ingredients like nuts quite easily. On the other hand, the Magic Βullet is also very well-suited for single-serve smoothies and has a significantly smaller, lighter design. 

Oster MyBlend

The Magic Bullet Mini and the Oster MyBlend have different strengths, and you may prefer either. If you like to add fibrous ingredients like kale to your smoothies, the Magic Bullet will make a silkier blend. It also comes with a small additional jar that you can use to blend small amounts of sauce or dip. The Oster has a sportier design, and you can use it to crush ice without liquid in the jar. It's harder to clean by hand, but all of its components are dishwasher-safe. 

BELLA Rocket Blender

The Magic Bullet Mini is a better personal blender for making smoothies than the BELLA Rocket Blender. The Magic Bullet makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale and hard ingredients like nuts. The ΒELLA comes with a special grinding blade for processing spices or coffee beans, so you may like it for that reason.

Magic Bullet Kitchen Express

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.

Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender

The Magic Bullet Mini is a better personal blender than the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender. The Magic Bullet is better built and makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale. Unlike the Hamilton Beach, it can make smooth nut butter, but it's not easy to use for that purpose. 

PopBabies Portable Blender

The Magic Βullet Mini does a better job of processing fibrous ingredients than the PopBabies Portable Blender, meaning it can produce a silkier smoothie with ingredients like kale. On the other hand, the PopBabies is a battery-powered, portable blender that you can use to blend a smoothie at work or the gym.

Magic Bullet Essential

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.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Height
10.3" (26.2 cm)
Width 4.1" (10.3 cm)
Depth 5.0" (12.7 cm)
Weight
1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

As its name implies, this blender is quite small and compact. It's easy to store in a cabinet, and you can even detach the jar to make it easier. If you're looking for something even smaller and lighter, check out the BlendJet 2.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The build quality is quite mediocre. The body is made out of generic plastic that doesn't really feel durable and premium. The transmission gear is also made of plastic, and the jars don't feel thick. On the upside, the blade assembly screws easily on the jars. If you want a small personal blender with a better build quality, try the NutriBullet GO.

1.2
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
14.0 oz (414 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
8.0 oz (237 ml)

It comes with a 14-ounce jar for single-serve drinks like smoothies, which is quite small, even for a personal blender. There's also an 8-ounce jar you can use for blending small batches of salsa or dip.

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

The jars are 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

This blender comes with a four-blade assembly that's quite sharp, but unfortunately, you can't put it in the dishwasher. You'll need to use soap and water to clean the blades.

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

This blender comes with multiple different lids. The blade assembly is screwed on the jar when mixing, but once you're done, you can put on a to-go lid or the lip ring and drink directly from the jar.

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

The power cord is a bit shorter than some other blenders, but you won't have any trouble reaching nearby outlets, thanks to the blender's smaller size.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • 13oz jar
  • 8oz jar
  • 1x resealable lid
  • 1x lip ring
  • Blade
  • Manual and recipe guide

Performance
9.2
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
8.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.5

It makes a very smooth blend with small batches of fibrous ingredients. Smoothies with ingredients like kale have a silky texture with very few small grains left over. However, it takes longer than some personal blenders. It's a good idea to stop partway through and shake the jar.

9.2
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
8.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.5

The jar is too small to hold a bigger batch, so the results with it filled to full capacity are the same.

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

The manufacturer mentions in the manual that this blender isn't intended to crush ice if you don't also add liquid to the jar. If you're looking for a personal blender that can crush ice, check out the Oster MyBlend or the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro.

5.6
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
2.0
Nut Butter Texture
8.0

It's not good for making nut butter. While it can eventually produce spreadable nut butter with a good, crunchy texture, it's really tedious to use for that purpose. It takes around eight minutes of blending time and you need to stop the blender frequently to shake the jar so the ingredients keep moving. Also, by the end of the process the motor can overheat and create a plasticky smell.

7.6
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
90.2 dB

It's not very loud for a blender. Like virtually all blenders, it's not exactly quiet, but it makes less noise than other personal blenders, like the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro or the NutriBullet Pro+.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
21,400 RPM
Max Speed
21,400 RPM
Power
200 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

It has a single speed setting, like most personal blenders.

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

This blender has simple controls and no automatic blending programs. You can push down on the jar to activate its motor, and if you release it, it stops, which acts as a pulse mode. You can also push down and twist the jar, locking it in place for a continuous blend. If you prefer a blender with a dedicated pulse button, check out the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

It's decently easy to clean by hand. Running the blender with soap and water in the jar cleans away some residue, but you need to spend some time cleaning the rim of the jar and the blade assembly with a sponge or brush. It's more time-consuming to clean by hand than some other personal blenders like the Ninja Fit.