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Magic Bullet Mini Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 06, 2020 at 08:35 am
Magic Bullet Mini Picture
4.2
Multi-Purpose
6.1
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
2.9
Ice Crushing
4.7
Soups
3.9
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
200 W

The Magic Bullet Mini is a very small and compact blender that doesn't perform the best. It's better-suited for making smoothies and protein shakes, but unfortunately, it can't crush ice. It also feels rather cheaply made, and its overall performance is disappointing. Its small jars only allow for single-serve portions. On the upside, most of its parts are dishwasher-safe, but you need to handwash its blades.

Our Verdict

4.2 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 nice smoothies, but it can't crush ice, can't hot blend, and doesn't fully process nuts if you're trying to make nut butter.

Pros
  • Makes good smoothies.
  • Fairly easy to clean.
Cons
  • Small capacity.
  • Can't be used for ice crushing.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Sticky and unprocessed nut butter.
6.1 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Magic Bullet Mini is passable for smoothies and protein shakes. It creates an enjoyable smoothie, although it can be a bit foamy. It's quite easy to rinse off as well, and the jars are dishwasher-safe. Unfortunately, you can't add ice to it as the manufacturer doesn't recommend using it for crushing ice.

Pros
  • Makes good smoothies.
  • Fairly easy to clean.
Cons
  • Sticky and unprocessed nut butter.
2.9 Ice Crushing

The Magic Bullet Mini can't crush ice, according to the manufacturer.

Pros
  • Fairly easy to clean.
Cons
  • Can't be used for ice crushing.
  • Sticky and unprocessed nut butter.
4.7 Soups

The Magic Bullet Mini can't do hot blends like soups.

3.9 Professional Use

The Magic Bullet Mini is pretty bad for professional use. It's really 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
  • Fairly easy to clean.
Cons
  • Small capacity.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Sticky and unprocessed nut butter.
  • 4.2 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.1 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 2.9 Ice Crushing
  • 4.7 Soups
  • 3.9 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
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 even easier.

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 out of plastic and the jars don't feel quite thick. On the upside, the blade assembly screws easily on the jars.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
13.0 oz (384.5 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Magic Bullet Mini's main jar is quite small with only 13oz of capacity, which is smaller than most personal jars. However, there's also a MAX line indicator on the jar at 10oz. On the upside, the cups, lids, and lip rings are all dishwasher-safe if you put them on the top rack.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
8.0 oz (236.6 ml)
Weight
0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Magic Bullet Mini comes with a very small 8oz additional jar. Just like the main jar, it has a MAX capacity line, which is set at 6oz. It's also dishwasher-safe for an easier clean.

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

This blender comes with a 4-blade assembly that's quite sharp but unfortunately can't be put in the dishwasher. You'll need to use soap and water to clean the blades.

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

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

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 shouldn'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
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
21400 RPM
Max Speed
21400 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
91.2 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

The Magic Bullet Mini has a single speed, which is quite fast and fairly loud. 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.

4.5
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 10 min
Texture
Sticky
Spreadability
Ok
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The Magic Bullet Mini isn't good for producing almond butter. It takes a very long time to create sticky butter, and even then, there are a lot of unprocessed chunks. You often need to stop the blend and shake the mix vigorously to make sure everything makes its way down to the blades.

7.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy

This blender makes good overall smoothies. It does a better job of fully processing ingredients like leafy kale and bananas than the BELLA Rocket Blender, and the result is a grainless blend. However, it's a bit foamy and you might need to stop to shake your mix to push all the ingredients towards the blades.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Not Intended Use
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
Not Intended Use

The small 8oz jar is considered to be a bit too small for making smoothies; therefore, we haven't tested it.

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

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

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

This blender doesn't have any specific programs or modes.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Difficult

The ease of cleaning the Magic Bullet Mini really depends on what you make with it. A simple water rinse can get rid of most liquidy blends like smoothies, while you'll need soap, water, and a sponge to get rid of more sticky messes. While the jars are dishwasher-safe, you need to hand-wash the blades, which can be a pain when there's residue underneath them. If you want a blender that's easier to clean, check out the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender.

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 any extra features, which might disappoint those who'd like to make hot blends. It only comes with a very small 8oz jar, which is great to make salsa or dips.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Magic Bullet Mini is a 7-piece assembly that doesn't really have variants. There's also the 11-piece and 17-piece Magic Bullet Personal Blender, which look almost identical, but come with more cups, lids, and the 17-piece model also comes with a whipping blade assembly. We tested the more bare-bones model, and you can see our unit's label here. We can't comment on the performance of the other models, as we haven't tested them. Let us know if you have a different Magic Bullet Mini so we can update our review accordingly.

Compared To Other Blenders

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

NutriBullet Pro

The NutriBullet Pro is a better overall blender than the Magic Bullet Mini. the NutriBullet is much more powerful, is better built, and makes a better nut butter and a silkier smoothie. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet has a dedicated pulse button, and it has a small 8oz jar for smaller mixes.

BELLA Rocket Blender

The Magic Bullet Mini is a better personal blender for making smoothies than the BELLA Rocket Blender. Although both blenders have plasticky build quality, the Magic Bullet produces a less grainy smoothie. It's also easier to clean and it can even make almond butter, although it takes a long time and there's still some unprocessed almonds left behind. However, the BELLA comes with two personal jars, which some users may prefer.

Magic Bullet Kitchen Express

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.

Oster MyBlend

The Oster MyBlend is better for multi-purpose use than the Magic Bullet Mini. The Oster is better-built, and it can crush ice, unlike the Magic Bullet. It also does a better job making almond butter, though it still doesn't produce a smooth blend. However, the Magic Bullet makes a better-blended smoothie, and it comes with an additional jar for making dips and salsas.

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 it comes with an additional jar. Unlike the Hamilton Beach, it can make almond butter, though it isn't very good at it. The Magic Bullet also makes a better smoothie. That said, the Hamilton Beach is easier to clean by hand.

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 it makes a more spreadable almond butter. Unlike the Magic Bullet, it can crush ice, and it's easier to clean. However, the Magic Bullet makes a better smoothie.

NutriBullet PRO 1000

The NutriBullet PRO 1000 is a better blender than the Magic Bullet. The NutriBullet feels slightly better-built and is more powerful. It can crush ice, which the Magic Bullet can't do, and is much easier to clean. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet does a slightly better job at processing nuts to make nut butter, but the result is still quite disappointing. On the bright side, it has a very easy to use pulse function.

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 does a better overall job at making nut butter. It's also remarkable at crushing ice, which the Magic Bullet can't even do. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet makes a slightly better smoothie, with fewer grains coming from leafy ingredients like kale.

Breville Boss To Go Sport

The Breville Boss To Go Sport is a much better blender than the Magic Bullet Mini. The Breville feels extremely well-built, can crush ice, and produces a much better smoothie and nut butter. Its blades are also dishwasher safe, which is nice. However, the Magic Bullet has an easier-to-use pulse mode, and it comes with a small jar for salsas and dips.

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