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Are you thinking of buying a Nutribullet blender?

Here at A Juicy Blend, one of the most common questions that we get asked by people is how to rate the Nutribullet vs the Magic Bullet so they can decide which one to buy.

If you would like to understand more about the Nutribullet then please take a look at our Nutribullet 600 series review and also our Nutribullet 600 vs Nutribullet Pro 900 review. These will tell you everything you need to know about the mid-range machines in the Nutribullet family.

But what about the first kid off the block, the Magic Bullet – the one that even has its name on the power base of its bigger cousins? Well first of all, let’s take a look at the similarities between the Magic Bullet and the Nutribullet as there are plenty of them.

Nutribullet vs Magic Bullet – the similarities

The first thing to say is that both products are made by the same manufacturer – Homeland Housewares, with the Magic bullet coming first, and the Nutribullet arriving a few years later

The way that they function is also extremely similar. You can get step-by-step instructions on how to make a ‘Nutriblast’ (as the Nutribullet manual calls them) in our Nutribullet 600 series review. Essentially you choose a cup, fill it with ingredients such as fruit and veg (don’t forget your greens!) up to the max line, and then add liquid. This is important for the blender to function properly.

Next, screw the blade firmly to the top of the cup. It’s very important that the cup and blade are clean and dry otherwise the blade won’t tighten properly and this can lead to it coming loose during the blending process, and your smoothie spreading itself all over your kitchen!

Finally turn your cup and blade upside-down and lock it into the power base by gently twisting. Push down on the cup to start blending and twist to unlock when you’ve got the consistency you were looking for.

It’s very important that the cup and blade are clean and dry otherwise the blade won’t tighten properly and your smoothie could end up plastered all over your kitchen!

Up until this point you can see that the two are very similar to each other and in many instances, for example if you’re using soft fruits and vegetables to blend, then you probably won’t notice much of a difference in the resulting smoothie.
This video shows some very useful examples of the different blend qualities that you get when making different recipes using the Magic Bullet and NutriBullet.

Nutribullet vs Magic Bullet – the differences

UK NutriBullet pricing
When contemplating any purchase it’s likely that a primary consideration is going to be price.

We’ve shopped around and it seems that you’re likely to pay around the following amounts for the three machines we’re considering:

  • Magic Bullet: £39.99
  • Nutribullet 600 series: £69.99-£79.99 depending on colour
  • Nutribullet Pro 900 : £129.50

So you’re contemplating a difference of about £90 between the top and bottom models. Let’s take a look now at what you get for your money…

Power
One of the main differences that you need to consider when choosing between the Magic Bullet and either the Nutribullet 600 series or the Nutribullet Pro is power.The little Magic Bullet has a 200w motor, which is dwarfed by the 600w motor in the 600 series and the 900w one in the Pro.What this means in practical terms is that the Magic Bullet inevitably struggles to cope as well with tougher vegetables and for example frozen fruit. The resulting blend will not be as smooth as it is with either of the two more powerful machines. You can see this from the video above.

However, it’s fair to say that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It all depends on what you plan to spend most of your time making. If, for example, you’re looking to make chunky salsas and dips where you want a thicker consistency, then this is easier to achieve with the Magic Bullet, whereas the Nutribullet tends to pulverise everything – as it’s meant to.

Another bonus is that you can shave ice in the Magic bullet opening the doors to all sorts of iced concoctions (Margherita anyone?’), whereas the higher speed and resulting heat generated by the two Nutribullets means that any ice is reduced to a slush.

UK Nutribullet accessories

There is quite a difference between the accessories that come with the three blenders, and perhaps surprisingly considering the price-point, in this respect the Magic Bullet fares very well.In the UK, the Magic Bullet usually ships as an 11 piece set, the key components of which are a single stainless-steel cross blade (which can be used for ‘chopping, grating, grinding and blending’), a tall cup, a short cup and a ‘party mug’. These are topped with two stay-fresh resealable lids and a flip-top to-go lid. The cups are microwave and dishwasher proof according to the official website.This compares with the Nutribullet 600 series which comes with two blades: an extractor blade (which you’ll probably use 99% of the time) and a milling blade for those who want to grind nuts and seeds.Three cups are provided with the 600 series: two ‘short cups’ holding 380ml and a ‘tall’ cup of 680 ml.

The Nutribullet 900 Pro series in the UK comes with two extractor blades, a ‘Colossus’ cup which holds 946ml, as well as two tall cups and one short.

The cups and lids for the two Nutribullets are top-rack dishwasher proof, but should not be used in the microwave, so if you’re making soup or something hot then you’ll have to transfer to another container.

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Features

One of the most attractive features of all three of the Nutribullets is the beautiful simplicity in the way they function. There are no on/off switches, no buttons to press. All work in the same way, however because of the slower speed of the Magic bullet, it is slightly easier to achieve a ‘pulsing’ effect by pressing and releasing the cup as it sits on the power base. This is something that you might want to do when creating a salsa for example.This combined with the ability to shave ice already mentioned, means that it’s arguable that you can actually achieve a wider range of different functions with the Magic Bullet, even if it doesn’t achieve the main blend as well as the two Nutribullets.

So Magic Bullet vs NutriBullet – who wins?

When you’re weighing up what purchase to make, our recommendation is to think about what you are likely to use the machine for the most. If you want a good all-purpose kitchen blender that can also make the occasional smoothie, then it’s likely that the Magic Bullet is all that you need and it will serve you well. However if you’re embarking on a health and fitness regime where you are going to make regular smoothies and their consistency is very important to you, then you should consider one of the two Nutribullets.

If you’re trying to decide on which Nutribullet to go for then head over to our review where we put the two machines head to head.

We hope that this overview has been of help in your decision making, happy blending!