Best Bullet Blender of 2021
Impeccable performance and quality construction earned the Ninja Fit the top spot in our review. The mid-range power of 700 watts hits the sweet spot of satisfying all your blending needs without going full-on pro. From drinks to dips, the Fit passed our blending test with flying colors. We are particularly fond of the exceptional quality and design of the dual blending cups, alongside the matching leakproof lids.
As for what we weren't fond of, there wasn't much. The one improvement we would recommend is incorporating an on/off switch. The current design requires you to press down the jar to operate, making it impossible to multi-task. Other than this minor detail, we recommend the Fit to anyone in the market for a bullet blender.
The La Reveuse features a similar design to the Bullet at an even more affordable price. While it may not have the brand name street cred, La Reveuse's performance is on par. Multiple blending cups are included so you can whip up different recipes or additional servings without needing to wash between each use.
The one flaw we found was the construction of the base. The plastic fitting where the blade plate and motor base attach seemed cheap and not very durable, leading us to question whether it will stand the test of time and repetitive use. Durability speculations aside, we recommend the La Reveuse for those who like the features of the Magic Bullet but are on a tighter budget.
Over the years, the Magic Bullet has built up a cult following and is one of the most recognizable bullet blenders on the market. After testing the Magic Bullet, we see what all the hype is about; it boasts a classic design, great performance, and an affordable price tag. The multiple blending cups are ideal for food prep, making this an excellent option for getting dinner ready when entertaining guests.
The drawback is the low wattage motor. This increased our blending time when attempting to reach a desired consistency. It does come at a cost, but it also comes with an array of additional accessories. We believe that the Magic Bullet is a solid buy that will stand up to repeated use.
If you need a bit more power to tackle larger serving sizes, the Nutri Ninja Pro Compact has you covered. Packed with 900 watts, the Ninja Pro comes with two large blending cups, 18 and 24 ounces. This means serious business for home chefs, food bloggers, and families alike. With big batches also comes big messes. The sloped blade plate makes life a little easier by allowing food to slide right off from under the blade, making it much easier to clean.
The downside to the larger capacity means it's harder to blend smaller batches. During our blending test, we found the height of the blade and larger cup capacity weren't ideal for blending a small batch of hummus. However, the increased capacity and blending power won't be a problem for the more serious home chef who's whipping up large servings.
The NutriBullet RX has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. This blender comes with a hardbound recipe book that features quizzes corresponding to color-coordinated recipes. While this is certainly a perk, the Nutri RX doesn't need a fancy book to convince us of its worth. This bullet blender is capable of producing hot or cold recipes, making it highly versatile. We loved how its high power pulverized ingredients with minimal effort and produced the creamiest smoothies of all the products we tested.
While we always appreciate versatility, there's a learning curve with figuring out how to operate the hot and cold functions and how all the gigantic pieces fit together. However, once you get the hang of it, we think you'll dig the temperature functions as much as we do.
The O'Yeet Personal Blender features a unique design that revolutionizes how we think of blenders. While looks alone made us skeptical, testing squashed any doubts we had. The powerful motor and durable construction are the ideal combination for smoothies on the go. We love the style of the lid and the solid grip of the bottle. More than that, we loved the consistency of our smoothie, which was on par with the Ninja Pro.
What we weren't so thrilled about was the marketing. A single glance at the recipe booklet and we noticed this product is heavily marketed towards a ripped abs gym crowd — this may distract from the quality and steer some people away. We also found the BPA-free silicone sleeve on the blending cup makes it almost impossible to watch your ingredients blend. Those two things aside, the O'Yeet is an outstanding blender.
Don't be fooled by the compact size; the Cincred Countertop Blender packs a punch. During our blending test, it produced exceptionally fine coffee grounds and velvety smoothies. The max fill lines were easy to read, and the blender was even easier to operate. The portable, slim design takes up virtually no kitchen counter space. This means you can leave it out, so it's more accessible for busy mornings.
The only complaint we have is the Cincred is not the most powerful option, and the blending cup capacity is minimal. However, if you want a compact option that whips up a mean beverage, you'll be pleased with what the Cincred has to offer.
We were pleasantly surprised by how well the Oster My Blend pureed hummus and blended frozen fruit for a personal-sized bullet blender. The portable cup is good for those on the go, while the capacity is ideal for a single serving.
While the operation process is straightforward, actually getting the Oster to blend was another story. The blender turns on by pushing and turning the blending cup into the motor base, which was somewhat finicky; we often had to try multiple times to get the blender to work. The sporty design is also not the most attractive option. That being said, the Oster will serve those who want a personal-sized blender.
The first thing we noticed with the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender was the cup design. This tapered wide mouth cup has a shape akin to tumblers and fits well in vehicle cupholders. We noticed how good the Hamilton Beach was at blending, especially given the price. We like the fast and easy setup along with the multi-color options.
On the downside, there are a few things the Hamilton Beach model is lacking. First, the lid is not the easiest to pop on and off. It also leaks. This is not due to a defect but rather the lid design. The quality and material are cheaper than other models, and the smooshed-together fill lines are not the most convenient for measuring. On the other hand, you can make a solid frozen beverage for a reasonable price.
Why You Should Trust Us
Carissa Stanz is our main tester for this review. From barista to product tester, she has spent over a decade working in the food and beverage industry, and she brings a wealth of knowledge to this review. When she's not testing products, you can find her in the kitchen testing her own recipes.
For this review, we conduct side-by-side testing to evaluate the attributes of each bullet blender. We used the same ingredients and quantities when we conducted our blending test and noted how easy each product was to use and clean. We carefully examined the quality and determined the versatility by assessing power, capacity, and performance.
Analysis and Test Results
We meticulously tested and evaluated each bullet blender in a side-by-side comparison. We rated each one according to quality and durability, blending performance, versatility, user-friendliness, and ease of cleaning.
The best bullet blenders can shred, dice, grind, pulverize, puree, and crush whatever you throw at them. We whipped up numerous smoothies, ground coffee, and made thick, creamy hummus to test the blending performance. At the top of the class was the Fit, which excelled at all three of these. The blades of this bullet sliced through all the ingredients with ease never seized up, and achieved the perfect consistency. Next was the Ninja Pro, Nutri RX, and O'Yeet. The Ninja Pro produced super creamy hummus, while the Nutri RX made the creamiest smoothies, hands down. This is mostly due to the ridiculously powerful motor.
The O'Yeet proved to be on the same level of exceptional performance as it tackled all three tests with desirable consistency. Astonishingly, the Cincred could grind coffee almost as fine as the Fit. This was unexpected given the super compact size and low power. While we love how the Magic Bullet gives us numerous cup options to suit our blending needs, we found the performance to be about average. Given the lower wattage, this is to be expected.
Ideally, a bullet blender is equipped with the capacity and power to handle everything from thin dressings to thick dips, making it incredibly versatile. There's no question the Nutri RX blew the competition out of the water in this category. This massive blender features hot and cold functions, which was not an option with any of the other products we tested. These temperature functions mean you can make creamy, effortless soups for dinner and blend big batches of frozen beverages, all with the push of a button. Blended margarita crowd, we're talking to you.
The Ninja Pro and the Fit can do everything else for foods that don't need to come out piping hot. The power and capacity of the Ninja Pro are ideal for more serious home chefs or families who need a machine that can handle persistent recipe tests and use. Meanwhile, the Fit is still powerful enough to make an array of recipes and yields excellent results.
The Magic Bullet is an honorable mention as it includes various sizes of additional blending cups, which increases its versatility. We liked how the smallest cup ground coffee while the largest cup was best for smoothies during our testing. The O'Yeet proved to be capable of blending all sorts of ingredients. However, the silicone rubber on the outside of the cup obstructs vision, leaving us to suspect most people would just use this bullet for beverages.
Quality and Durability
For this metric, we carefully examined the construction of all the blender components, how well they fit together, and the materials used to assess product quality and durability. The Fit, Ninja Pro, and Nutri RX stood out from the competition. Their blending cups are made out of thick plastic that is not likely to crack or break with persistent use. While all three have a solid motor base, the Fit and Ninja Pro design appeared to be the most durable. We especially loved the to-go flip-top lids. The majority of the competition had flimsy lids that are likely to break. These lids are made with quality material, fully leakproof, and highly durable.
The Magic Bullet is overall a quality product. This blender may not have super thick plastic cups, but it is well constructed and more than likely to keep chugging with repetitive use. The Cincred also has thin plastic cups but is very well crafted given the price. While we found the design to be questionable, the O'Yeet is exceptionally well crafted. The motor unit is stable and made from quality material. The silicone rubber on the blending cup offered more protection leaving us to think it could take some serious abuse when accidentally getting dropped, bumped, or knocked over.
The contenders we weren't too keen on were the Hamilton Beach and the Oster. Both of these models had blending cups that were on the cheaper side — especially the Hamilton Beach, which has a poorly constructed leaky lid.
The next metric we considered was user-friendliness. We measured this by determining how easy it was to follow directions, assemble, operate, and disassemble each bullet blender. The Fit, Ninja Pro, Magic Bullet, and Cincred were the top performers in this category. We found the operation to be intuitive and easy to navigate. Unfortunately, the O'Yeet didn't score as high as the top performers because of the obstructed vision. Part of reaching desired consistency is being able to see your ingredients while blending.
While we liked how the Nutri RX incorporated an on/off switch, figuring out the hot and cold functions took some education. They also have the potential to be problematic. The blender automatically shuts off after extraction; however, the blender remains in "on" mode unless you physically switch it off. Should you forget and place the blending cup into the blender without putting on the lid first, you'll wind up with a mess.
Ease of Cleaning
A blender that requires some serious elbow grease to clean can often dissuade use. This is why we included ease of cleaning as our last metric. We assessed this by how much effort was required to dismantle, scrub, wash, rinse, and dry each blender. The majority of products took the same amount of effort and time to clean. However, the Fit and the Ninja Pro stood out, but not by much. This was due to how easy it was to clean the blade plate. Even when blending hummus, we found most of the food slid right off when tilting the plate.
The lowest performers in this category were the Nutri RX and the Hamilton Beach. Food easily stuck to the grooves on the oversized blade plate of the Nutri RX. Unfortunately, the Hamilton Beach blades cannot be removed from the blending cup. This made it hard to clean underneath without the additional use of a cleaning brush.
A quality bullet blender takes all the frustration out of blending and opens up your kitchen to even more possibilities. We conducted rigorous testing to find you the best options and highlight the advantages of each product. We hope you find our results helpful in determining which bullet blender is right for your kitchen.
— Carissa Stanz