Magic Bullet vs. NutriBullet: Which Personal Blender Is Better?

We tested and compared to find the best bullet blenders for smoothies, salsa and more. See which one we liked best.

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If you're on the hunt for a new blender, then you've probably come across these two popular brands and wondered: which is better, Magic Bullet or NutriBullet? They're both made by the same company, so there are bound to be similarities (which you can see from their bullet-shaped designs). But each blender also has some key differences that make it different from the rest.

To put together this in-depth comparison, we tested out the Magic Bullet, Magic Bullet Mini, NutriBullet Original and NutriBullet Pro over the course of a week. We made two types of smoothies to see how well they could blend leafy greens and frozen fruit, crushed ice to test their overall power and made homemade salsa to see if they could evenly chop ingredients.

Keep scrolling to read our full reviews on these Magic Bullet and NutriBullet personal blenders. We've even included a handy comparison table and FAQ section to help you decide which one to purchase.

Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set

Magic Bullet Blender

Available at Amazon, Walmart and Target.

Who it's best for: People on a budget who only need to make single servings.
What we like: It's a compact and affordable option.
What to know: It's not powerful enough to completely blend ice or seeds.

The Magic Bullet blender is one of the most popular choices on the market, and we had high expectations when it came to testing out this personal blender. It comes with three cups (one 16-ounce tall cup, a shorter 12-ounce cup and a large 22-ounce party mug). The wide array of optional sizes covers whatever size of single servings is desired, and the included to-go lid fits perfectly on any of them. The compact blender has a 250-watt motor, which is strong enough to grind coffee beans and make decent smoothies and dips (like hummus and salsa). It comes with a cross blade and a flat milling blade for chopping, blending, grinding and more. Pro tip: If you want a chunkier salsa, don't blend for too long or it'll turn into puree. Keep in mind that the motor is too weak to fully break down tough ingredients like berry granules, celery and ice.

Even though the Magic Bullet is a more affordable personal blender compared to others on the market, it's a workhorse. One editor on our team has owned it for over 15 years and plans to continue using it until it literally won't work anymore. She primarily uses it for smoothies but also says it makes excellent sauces and marinades.

Price at time of publishing: $40

Power: 250 watts | Capacity: 19 ounces | Dimensions: 13.19 x 6.93 x 10.63 inches | Cup Sizes: 12, 16 and 22 ounces

Magic Bullet® Mini 14 oz. Compact Personal Blender

Magic Bullet Mini Blender

Available at Amazon, Nutribullet and Walmart.

Who it's best for: Anyone extremely short on storage space in the kitchen.
What we like: It's a good option for making small portions (like baby food).
What to know: The cup is probably too small for everyday use for most people.

The Magic Bullet Mini is a good choice for anyone who needs a personal blender but doesn't have much space to work with. You could easily stash it in your desk drawer at the office, fit it on a tiny countertop in a dorm room or pack it in your luggage for travel. The blender comes with a 200-watt base, a blade, a resealable lid and two cups (one short cup for blending and a 14-ounce party mug with a comfort lip ring).

But there's one caveat to its portability and compact size: The 14-ounce blending cup fits a lot less than you'd expect. Due to the smaller-sized cup, we found it easier to cut the portions we wanted to blend into two separate tasks. Yet, put to the test, the Magic Bullet Mini managed to power through frozen fruit and ice in under a minute and handled making a small amount of salsa with ease. Our testers think this would also work well for making baby food, other purees and small portions of sauces and dips. It's also easy to clean up—the cups are dishwasher safe (top rack only), while the blades can be washed by hand with soap and water.

Price at time of publishing: $35

Power: 200 watts | Capacity: 14 ounces | Dimensions: 4.25 x 4.25 x 5.37 inches | Cup Sizes: 10 and 14 ounces

nutribullet Personal Blender for Shakes

NutriBullet Original Blender

Available at Amazon, Walmart and Wayfair.

Who it's best for: Someone who wants a reliable blender that's a good value.
What we like: It has a sleek appearance and a 600-watt motor.
What to know: It doesn't come with extra blending cups.

The NutriBullet Original is slightly larger and more powerful than the Magic Bullet blender without being too bulky to fit in your cabinet. Instead of two smaller cups, the NutriBullet comes with a larger 24-ounce cup, capable of blending much greater amounts (either one big serving or a few smaller servings).

It has the same push-down-and-twist blending operation, but the 600-watt motor means it produces much smoother and more consistently blended results. You'll barely be able to notice berry seeds in fruit smoothies or celery fibers in green smoothies, which we were pleased to see come out perfectly blended between 45 and 60 seconds. The uses don't stop there: The blender also crushes ice well without struggling or smelling like burning plastic, and one of our testers enjoyed making pesto and sauces in it.

We found that the NutriBullet was really easy to wash with soap and water, and because of the size, even people with large hands could clean the cup just fine. The cups are safe to put on the top rack of the dishwasher, too. Overall, it's a no-frills blender that gets the job done well.

Price at time of publishing: $58

Power: 600 watts | Capacity: 24 ounces | Dimensions: 11.61 x 6.85 x 12.28 inches | Cup Size: 24 ounces

NutriBullet ZNB30100Z Pro 1000 Personal Blender

NutriBullet Pro

Available at Amazon, Target, Nutribullet and Wayfair.

Who it's best for: Someone who needs a powerful personal blender that can handle any task.
What we like: It has a 1000-watt motor and suction feet on the base.
What to know: It's the most expensive option on this list.

The NutriBullet Pro (basically a more powerful version of the original) can handle just about any blending task thanks to its 1000-watt motor. Both have a very sleek appearance that would look nice on your countertop—but unlike the original, the Pro has suction feet on its base that keep it securely in place while you're blending. In addition to the 24-ounce cup, this blender also comes with an even bigger one that holds a whopping 32 ounces.

In our tests, we found that the NutriBullet Pro 1000 did the best job at making consistently chopped salsa with tomatoes, onion, garlic and more, while other blenders we tested turned the recipe into a puree. And for both types of smoothies, it blended the ingredients perfectly in under a minute. The brand also makes a similar 900-watt version of the Pro that comes in 12 different colors, and it's another one of our editors' go-to blenders.

Price at time of publishing: $60

Power: 1000 watts | Capacity: 32 ounces | Dimensions: 10.02 x 6.54 x 12.44 inches | Cup Sizes: 24 and 32 ounces

The Bottom Line: Is Magic Bullet or NutriBullet Better?

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You're probably thinking that all these blenders are very similar, and you're not wrong. They all have a few basic things in common, like the push-down-and-twist blending method and a one-year warranty. But after putting them to the test against each other, it was easy to see which stand out for certain uses.

We think the best choice for most people is the NutriBullet Original (view on Amazon) because it's the perfect balance of price and performance. It can handle all types of basic blending tasks (like smoothies and dips) without any signs of struggling, and you'll be pleased with the results. But if you don't mind spending a bit more and think it'd be nice to have something more powerful, then you'll probably be happiest with the NutriBullet Pro 1000 (view at Amazon) because of its impressive motor. The Magic Bullet set (view at Amazon) is great for anyone on a budget or short on space because it's so affordable and compact. It's also a good entry-level blender if you're just starting out with adding smoothies to your routine. It wasn't that much bigger than the Magic Bullet Mini (view at Amazon), so we think you're better off going with the original model even if your cabinets are nearly overflowing.

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Comparison Table

Magic Bullet Magic Bullet Mini NutriBullet Original NutriBullet Pro
Price $40 $35 $58 $60
Watts 250 200 600 1000
Cup Size(s) 12, 16 and 22 ounces 10 and 14 ounces 24 ounces 24 and 32 ounces
Accessories One to-go lid, two lip rings, two resealable lids and a recipe guide One lip ring, one resealable lid and a recipe book A lip ring, a to-go lid and a recipe book Two to-go lids and a recipe book

Common Questions

Which is more powerful: Magic Bullet or NutriBullet?

The NutriBullet Original and Pro blenders are more powerful than both of Magic Bullet's blenders, so they can crush ice and blend tough ingredients with ease. The Pro is the most powerful out of all four, with a 1000-watt motor.

Are Magic Bullet and NutriBullet blenders dishwasher-safe?

The cups and accessories can be placed on the top rack of your dishwasher, but the brands recommend hand-washing the blades and wiping the base clean.

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