If you want a device that can perform all the tasks of a juicer, blender, and mixer, but are confused between Magic Bullet and NutriBullet, then look no further. This HomeQuicks article will compare the two and help you be the judge of which one is really better.
Did You Know?
The popular Magic Bullet has been duplicated by other companies several times, prompting its manufacturer to create a consumer watch web page to spread awareness about counterfeiters.
Magic Bullet and NutriBullet are both products made by Homeland Housewares, which is a branch of an American company called Alchemy Worldwide. NutriBullet is in fact a newer product as compared to Magic Bullet. These appliances come in sets of a specific number of parts, such as a 15-piece set, 26-piece set, and so on. One can also separately buy attachments like blades, cups, mugs, lids, and other accessories. Both products are designed to be an all-in-one device that can perform various tasks like blending, mixing, crushing fruits and vegetables, just to name a few.
The most basic difference between both is that, while NutriBullet comes with a more powerful motor of 600 Watt capacity, Magic Bullet has lesser motor power. Because of the manufacturing company being the same, it has led to a significant amount of confusion among users regarding which device is really better. The crux of the issue is that the two are very similar, with only a couple of differences. Here is a point-by-point comparison between Magic Bullet and NutriBullet.
|Motor||250 Watts||600 Watts|
|Pitcher Capacity||18 oz||24 oz|
|Blades||2 (1 cross, 1 flat)||2 blades (1 extraction, 1 milling)|
|Cups||2 cups||3 cups (1 tall, 2 short)|
|Lids||4 (with 1 steamer and 1 shaker lid)||2|
|Physical Dimensions||13″ × 8.5″ × 10.5″, 6 lbs||12.9″ × 9″ × 13″, 7.4 lbs|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year|
|Parts Included||Power base, cups, mugs, blades, resealable lids, nutritionist and recipe book||Power base, blades, cups, mugs, comfort lip rings, sealed lids, vented lids, recipe book|
|Price||$48 – 55 + shipping||$100 – 115|
|Money-back Guarantee||Within 30 days||Within 30 days|
Key Advertised Features
★ See-through structure
★ Ultra-durable design
★ Capability of chopping, mixing, and blending NutriBullet
★ High power 600 W motor
★ Specially designed, patented extraction blades
★ Cyclonic cutting action
★ Free nutrition and recipe book
Both devices are used for mixing, cutting, chopping, and blending fruits and vegetables, and preparing juices and smoothies. These devices can also be used to prepare desserts, coffee, baby food, and ice creams. However, NutriBullet is more aptly designed to extract precious vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the fruits or vegetables, and provide it to the user in a form that can be readily absorbed by the body. Generally, the body has to expend some energy to absorb these nutrients from the food. But NutriBullet ensures that no extra energy is required to digest these nutrients, since they are already well-extracted by the device.
Also, research has shown that more nutrients are present in the seeds, stems, and tougher parts of fruits and vegetables which cannot be extracted by conventional juicers and blenders. But NutriBullet can crush these parts to draw out the precious nutrition from them.
On the other hand, Magic Bullet, having a less powerful motor, also comes with a special blade for scraping ice into a powdery form that can be used in desserts. NutriBullet tends to liquefy ice due its high-power motor producing a higher RPM, which gives a plus point to Magic Bullet. NutriBullet can also be used to grind harder items like coffee beans, seeds, and nuts, owing to its milling blade, something which is not possible with Magic Bullet.
How to Operate
The operation of both devices is the same. First, the blade assembly has to be fixed in the pitcher, following which, it is filled with cut pieces of fruits or vegetables. Then, the pitcher is fixed upside-down to the power base, which starts the motor, and processing of most items is done within 10 seconds. The motor starts when pressure is applied by the user. The user can also ‘lock’ the pitcher to the base and leave the device running. To stop the mixer, the pressure should be reduced.
Both Magic Bullet and NutriBullet come with dishwasher-suited attachments, making cleaning quite convenient. The cups, lids, and mugs can be easily dishwashed, but the power base and blades cannot. Even dishwashing may not always be necessary, since cleaning the attachments can be easily done by hand, using simple soap and water.
Pros and Cons of Magic Bullet
✓ Has a powerful structure with a decent weight, and doesn’t look cheap
✓ Occupies less space due to its compact design
✓ Easy to operate due to simple instructions given in user manual
✓ Processes in very little time
✓ Has low cost
✓ High-powered motor for its small size, despite being smaller than NutriBullet
✓ Mixing cups can be used to mix drinks
✗ Some chances of leakage due to the structure of its gasket lids
✗ It performs the task of a simple juicer, and may turn certain items to mush when not desired (like baby food and starchy items)
✗ Contains some plastic parts that may melt on overheating
✗ It only crushes ingredients that are near the blade, making it necessary to mix the ingredients while operating the device
Pros and Cons of NutriBullet
✓ It’s a good choice for health-conscious people
✓ It produces thicker drinks instead of just crushing the fruit into pulp, making it a good choice where consistency of finished product is important
✓ It does the work of a food processor and blender at just a fraction of the cost of each
✗ The low variety of cups makes it necessary to clean the mixing cup before reusing it
✗ Exaggerated claims advertised
✗ Comparatively higher cost
✗ It is more difficult to clean than Magic Bullet
✗ Requires a tight fixing of the lid to avoid any mess
✗ More complex to use than Magic Bullet
✗ Moisture can affect durability of outer joints
✗ Overfilling the pitcher can clog the blades
Making the Final Decision
Both devices are pretty similar in their functioning, barring the difference in cost and power. When choosing one over the other, it is better to keep your requirements in mind, rather than choosing a device solely on cost or speed. If you require a simple juicer or blender without any consideration of health benefits, then Magic Bullet would be a good choice. If you have cost constraints, then go with Magic Bullet. But if health is an important consideration for you, and you want all the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals of the ingredients to be extracted, then go in for NutriBullet. If you can wait, then it may be a good idea to save up for that NutriBullet. It may be worthwhile to remember that it comes with a milling blade, allowing users to grind harder ingredients.
The differences between Magic Bullet and NutriBullet aside, both adhere to strict quality checks and performance standards, so that aspect is not an issue while having to make a choice between the two.