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This is a great product and does pretty much anything that is required in a kitchen. It makes smoothies and juices which was my main reason for purchasing but since buying it I have discovered it does things such as cut onions which is really useful as it doesn't put you through the pain of crying every time. It has a lot of attachments and does a variety of things. It is easily to clean, however I have made the mistake once of not attaching the bottom tightly enough and this caused the smoothie to leak out into the bottom (my bad!!) - this is not so easy to clean! Overall it is a really good product and really good value for money. It is very similar to the Nutribullet and I would recommend if the Nutribullet is out of your price range.
I have seen this advertised on shopping channels many times and always thought they looked good but never purchased one as they seemed a bit expensive. About 3 months ago I got an email from Wowcher and they were selling the magic bullets at a good price so I decided to buy my hubby one for Christmas.
It arrived in a nice little box with many different pieces to it. It has drinking cups with rims and lids, a blender jug, a couple of bullet shaped mixing pots plus different blades and a recipe book. I loved how compact it is so takes up no space at all on your work top. The first thing my hubby made was a fruit juice blending up carrots, banana, apple etc and we were both amazed at how quickly it blending it all up with no massive chunks left behind. Since then we have made many soups, sauces, juices, smoothies and the bullet never fails to deliver what you want. I wish I had purchased one when my children were babies as making purees would have been so much easier with this little blender! We would certainly recommend one of these to anyone that does a look of chopping or making sauces, smoothies etc.
Another crazy online shopping buy in the heat of the moment, but this time it worked out to be an amazing bargain! I saw the offer giving my something like 70% discount if I brought it now. So I thought "well hey, I might as well". When it came I was very impressed, not only with the quick delivery but just how amazing the product is. Along with all the parts for this blender, which already makes it the perfect buy, you get a cooking guide which shows you exactly what you can do with the blender, which is pretty much everything! You can blend up cheese, and then bang the pot straight into the microwave to have runny cheese! The pots are microwave save, refrigerator save and even dishwasher safe! You also get a variety of lids for the pots, one having holes in making it the perfect shaker for ground chocolate of a coffee, or grated cheese on pasta. An essential kitchen buy!
Yet another essential impulse purchase, but what a wonderfully useful one at that. They call it the MAGIC BULLET which it is, even looks like a bullet with its rounded top and base. It's flipping brilliant - an all in one high speed blender! And comes furnished with all the accessories that you'll need to get started.
Comes with 100 page instruction booklet which include lots of tasty receipes. Wish it would have had the quality stainless steel look, but that wasn't to be. Will prepare your food in approx. 10 - 15 seconds, one simple button to press for operation. Operated by a cross blade which chops, blends, whips, grinds and grates. Comes with 4 mugs of varying sizes which you can store all of your efforts in, this is a brilliant idea and they can all be transferred straight to your fridge, or microwave if you need to heat anything up. I do believe that you can get bigger sets that include even more assessories if you wish to pay a bit more.It's practically built like a bullet too. Pastic containers are of great quality too.
Once assembled which was dead easy, load up all of your ingridients whether you're making a cool salsa, drinks, juice, soup, baby food, smoothies, cocktails, dips etc. It comes with it's own handy base which is sits neatly on. If you're wanting to puree baby food, then hold down the button for 10 secs, if you want to obtain a pulse effect then press the button 4 or 5 times to create desired effect. I also grate loads of cheese in bulk which can store well in the fridge for about 3-4 days if properly sealed. But ensure you use the correct blades depending on what result you want to acheive - the booklet will provide advice on this.
Becare when cleaning the sharp blade. Simply rinse the blades under a warm tap and that's it, and obviously wipe any additional messes up.
Purhased from Amazon for £45.99
I first saw this advertised on a shopping channel and didn't really take much notice of it, but I would say that's more due to the incessant ''buzz-words'' being used by the american host & his, virtual, exclamation that this product would change your life.
Although this is a rather dramatic statement, I would agree that it is VERY useful. Its compact, comes with a simple yet comprehensive (and non-exhaustive to the imaginative foodie) recipe book & enough ''add-ons'' that means all other food-processors/blender products will be obsolete.
At first, I thought that this may have been a novel item but I've had one for 6 months now & still use it regularly. It's not like a blender that has to sit on a surface or is an effort to pull out of the cupboard, it sits neatly in a small space and fits into the dishwasher perfectly.
It's seals mean you can store things conveniently in the fridge and being part of a cheese-loving household, all you have to do is throw in a square of cheese & its grated in less than 30 seconds.
Overall: utterly convenient, easy to use & worth every penny. Now discard all your older, bulker products & replace them with this. Highly recommended.
Listing what this kitchen gadget CAN do would take forever. Listing what it can NOT do when it comes to kitchen tasks wouldn't take much time at all.
It's a small, compact machine that looks (as it name suggests) like a bullet. It comprises of a strong motorised base with different blades and a clear see through section. There are also cups supplied with this unit and the cleaver thing is the cups are where you place the food or drink that you want the bullet to work on. They then turn into perfect drinking cups and are colour coded so you know exactly which cup is yours. Once you pop in the cross blade then pop in your food. Lets say I was to use some red peppers, onion and herbs you then just attach it to the base and to make the bullet work you simply press down on the top of the cup. The bullet is powerful and will crush ice without any strain. So for vegetables like this I just pulse the bullet. To do this I just push and let go, push and let go. This on, off way will result in a chunky chop. Keep your finger on the top of the bullet and it will pulverise the contents in no time at all. There Is only one speed setting but this doesn't matter because you decide how long you leave it running for. I love how this machine really puts me in control. There is no situation where I would be panicking to find the button to stop it. All I have to do is lift my hand and it stops straight away. If I want to whip cream which lots of kitchen appliances can do, I sometimes use the magic bullet. For this task I need to use the flat blade, this is super simple to install and as you would expect this comes with a detailed user manual.
The cups / party mugs also come with lids and if you have made some soup but want to keep it for later just screw on the lid and pop it in the fridge or freezer. Then for the best part... They can go straight from the refrigerator or freezer right to the microwave and then to the dishwasher. This is so handy, this means I can prepare, store, cook and consume and clean my food all using the one container. This really cuts down on the washing up which is always a bonus. There is also a lid included with this that screws on to the cups like the others but this one is different in that in had lots of holes in the lid. This one is great if you want to great some cheese in the bulled and then use the mug and lid as a cheese dispenser on the table. It's great if I have made some pasta and some pasta sauce in the bullet to then be able to shake my freshly grated cheese over my dish.
I like to use the one litre blending jug when making sauces for the whole family this is a much larger jug like attachment that I use just like the cups and it attaches in the same way.
There is also a fantastic juicer attachment that is used with the jug that turns the bullet into a juicer. This works well but I find using my own juicer to be better as I can produce an endless stream of juice from it. This can grind fresh coffee too which is great if you have a coffee machine that doesn't do that for you. I make lovely alcoholic slushies
using the bullet and they are great for party's. You can make milkshakes, sauces, dips, fresh juice, Whipped cream, chocolate moose, and if you use your imagination it literally endless. This is a great machine, I can't say I use it every day or even every week, but it does get used by at least once a day by someone in my family and I use it a few times a month so it has definitely found a place in our kitchen.
I originally got my first Bullet when I lived in America, having to leave it behind when I moved here I was so happy to find that JML sold it. My husband and I bought one and we are very pleased with it. I find it to be a very handy tool in the kitchen, I use it to make an assortment of different dishes. I have used it to make curry, salsa, dip, soup, smoothies, omelettes and much much more. I love the compact size, it is easy to hide away and keep out of sight. The cups it comes with are great for drinking out of and the different colored rings to go on them help tell who's drink is who's when we have guests! I find the bullet chops most things nicely, though with ice it will leave a few bits. One problem we had was the motor seems to be on it's way out, and after repeated washings the cups are starting to deteriorate and some of the nodules on the cups that make the bullet blend when you lock it in place have broken off...our Bullet is several years old though and has really taken a heavy beating from repeated use.
I will definitely be buying another one when ours finally surrenders.
Here are some of my specifications i gathered up about it:
Blends liquids well
Grinds coffee beans
Easy to clean
Poor at chopping vegetables
Not suitable for more than one or two people
Motor can overheat
I remember seeing this on tv, and i sorta liked it at first. But theres all sorts of advertising on the TV, that use thier same excitement, pazass, etc. So be carefull. But for the most part, anything that is advertised on those infomercials over-promises or fails to deliver. I ordered a Magic Bullet anyway because it seemed to be just the sort of kitchen appliance that I needed...small, safe and useful. I crossed my fingers and ordered one. When the package arrived, it was packed nicely in a large case containing all the parts and accessories as advertised; mixing cups, drinking/mixing mugs, small blender attachment, juicer attachment, shaker cups, two receipe books, an instruction manual, blades and motor base. Basically, the Magic Bullet is a small compact blender that is turned on it's head. Instead of putting items from the top and blending/chopping them, you put the contents in a holding cup and twist on the cap/blade. This whole unit is then placed upside down on the base and you turn it on. After the contents are processed, you take the unit off the base and twist off the blade/cap. A great and ingenious idea. Anyway, all in all its a good tool for the kitchen.
I bought this gadget off the tv one night and regretted it instantly, as you do. But when it arrived and I a used it I was more than happily surprised. It's a great little thing. It is compact and can store away anywhere in a press or drawer. It comes with lots or bits and pieces to help it do the countless number of tasks you could use it for. It whip cream, it can crush ice, it can chop cheese, it can ground coffee.
You can use it to make cocktails, frozen cocktails, smoothies, chocolate mousse. It's great for making salsa for dips. put in a tomato some onion a clove of garlic and some basil into the Short Cup, Tall Cup, or Party Mug. These are clear plastic. Then just twist on the Cross, or Flat Blade until the blade and cup have a tight seal.
Then just place THE BULLET on the Power Base and press down on the cup to turn it on. And As long as you hold it down, the Magic Bullet will blend or chop. When you want the blades to stop, simply let go. If you press down and turn it clockwise it will work hands free.
This is a great little gadget to have in any house because it will replace much bigger appliances or stop you from buying them in the first place. It's looks good too, with it's rocket / bullet like shape. It has a silver bottom and the top is where the food goes and that I clear plastic. This is a really good buy.
One day, I was watching Ideal World and this product was advertised by the presenters. I thought I would buy the product as it would make chopping, mixing and blending easier as my previous gadget had recently broke. The magic bullet blender appeared to be more versatile than my large processor or manual chopping that I had to do.
When I opened the box, I was pleased to find that it looked the same in the flesh as it did on TV. Other things that I have bought off programs like Ideal World or QVC have appeared larger or smaller on TV than they actually were when they arrived.
I have found that it works well for blitzing foods, making it perfect for making soups, purées and sauces. However, I have found that if I want an onion finely chopped it does not do the chop effectively ... rather than getting evenly chopped onion, I get massive lumps or purée. Therefore, I have resorted to crying over the onions and chopping them by hand.
It is the best kitchen appliance in the world for chopping nuts and parmesan cheese, as the parmesan cheese moulds if touched by hand, however clean they might be.
VALUE FOR MONEY
I bought it a few years ago, so I cannot remember exactly how much I paid for the Magic Bullet Blender, but I think it was roughly £44. When I first used the blender I thought it was good value for money. But when I discovered the issues with finely chopping vegetables, I thought it was rather overpriced and would not have paid much more than £25 for it.
Is the magic bullet blender noisy?
Yes, it is quite noisy, I have found this especially when I am grating parmesan cheese, it sounds as though a Harrier Jump Jet is going off in your kitchen.
Any dishwasher safe parts?
Yes, all parts are dishwasher save other than the motorised unit, which should not be emerged in water at all due to electrical parts. I have never had a problem with this getting dirty, but a wipe over with a damp cloth would clean it right up as it is a smooth surface.
How good is the quality of the product?
It is very good quality, I have had it for a few years now (longer than 3 years) and it still works as well now as when I bought it back then.
Does it have a long or short cord?
The cord is at least a meter long, which is long enough for easy use in my kitchen.
I recently bought the Magic Bullet Blender as my other methods (traditional knife) took too long. The Bullet also attracted me by its continuous commercials on the television and from previous hype. The price was reasonable for a blender combo coming with it a few containers to switch from. Anyway, I am separating this review with pros and cons as their is not much to say for this blender.
The blender works decently well for certain things such as for softer items. It definitely took less than 10 seconds to blend down to what I wanted and saved a great deal of time when cooking. It is relatively simple to use - just a simple plug-in, put what you want in the blender and screw it in and press the top for just a few seconds (not supposed to press it for long periods of time) and it should "magically" do the work. And well it did do the work so I am grateful for that.
The blender although definitely saves time and cuts well for certain things, does not cut well for others. I actually thought that the blender was broken when I put spinach and some almonds in it to make pesto and it would not cut! I do not know if it was because the spinach was semi-wet but I ended up having to get out another blender in order to do it. The blender also did not stand out from other blenders other than the fact you just had to press the top for a few seconds rather than hold.
Overall, I do not think I would suggest the blender as it did not stand out from any other blenders you could get for cheaper. The containers you did receive with it could justify the price.
My son (then aged 11) saw the Magic Bullet on a Sky shopping channel, he thought he wanted to be a chef and was mesmerised by this magic machine that did just about everything in the kitchen in a matter of moments.
I'm not usually taking in by ads, but the happy-go-lucky couple who were demonstrating this machine to a group of friends - who just happened to all be sitting around their breakfast bar - looked quite appealing.....and worth the money.
They showed us how to do a complete buffet for what looked like 250 people, in 10 minutes flat.
Place your fruit, milk, some ice cubes in the Magic Bullet.......bzzzzzzzz...magnificent milkshakes.
Place eggs, milk, butter seasoning in MB........bzzzzzzz......amazing omelette. While it's cooking how about putting a lump of cheese in MB......bzzzzzzz.....cheese omelette.
Hey!!! Why not put some ham and jalopinos (oh boy do they love their jalopinos) in MB.....bzzzzzzzz......cheese AND ham omelette.....with a twang of jalopinos.....
Err. not really. Unless you want all your food to be a frothy with big lumps concoction....I wouldn't bother.
The reality was: eggs whizzed in the MB are so frothy and full of air, they kind of melt in your mouth in a not-good way. The cheese would have to be grated before it was placed in the MB and the blades cut into the small chunks I'd put in there, which were then kind of wiped around the inside of the container. Took me ages to scoop out the mangled cheese....by which time my omelette was burning.
Had I bought a jalopino, it would have had the same fate, caught in the blades, taken on a merry fandango, then scooped out semi whole again.
I know! I'll ditch the omelette and make a nice fish spread (oh yes you can makes pates and spreads out of almost anything edible). Placed a can of pilchards in tomato sauce in the MB....bzzzz....frothy fish puree.
Maybe not a fair choice......put some quartered onion in........(suppose to save chopping, crying etc)..it came out half pureed, half in chunks (yes, you're getting the drift of this) cried my eyes out mainly because onion puree is very strong on the eyeballs, and half because I was thinking how much I'd paid for this wizard of a machine, that didn't work very well.
I eventually realised there's very little you can do in your MB, as the containers only hold half a pint of liquid, so unless you're Knobby No-Mates, always eat by yourself (and you're have a froth fetish)....you're not going to be using this at your next dinner party.
However I will say the milkshake with big lumps of ice wasn't bad at all (if you throw away the ice)
What it is good for....making breadcrumbs/making batter/making a tiny portion of soup/making baby food/making a noise.
When making anything solid - and I think Happy Couple told us this, you may have to keep removing container from power base and shaking contents....often. You really don't need to do this in a conventional food processor as there's room for the contents to whizz around the larger container bowl.
THE MAGIC BULLET
You can now buy a 21 piece set which includes
The Magic Bullet machine
2 blades - one flat for cream or grinding herbs and nuts, one tall for.......making things frothy and generally liquidising
2 cups - one short, one tall
4 party mugs with comforters (these are brightly coloured plastic rings which screw onto your mug..(so you know which one is yours) I have no idea why a fully grown adult would not know his own drink, or why it would comfort him/her to know their beverage would be easily recognised in a crowd.
2 tops - one shaker, and one steamer, you can put your liquidised soup in a microwave and the steam escapes through holes.
2 stay-fresh resealable lids
A recipe book and user guide which is actually very informative.
The Magic Bullet also comes with a blender (why???) and a juice extractor...which I have to confess I haven't tried yet but will give you an update if I do. I have had my MB for 7 years....so don't hold your breath in anticipation.....
When I purchased mine 7 years ago, from the JML shopping channel I paid £75 inc. postage (what was I thinking!!!!)
I see you can now buy it directly from JML for £59.99 + postage of £4.95
Rather a smart machine - black and silver plastic and it takes up no room at all on your worktop - so I would say this is it's biggest advantage over a food processor (but you have to be a really tiny eater!)
EASE OF USE
Say you're making an omelette, you just add the eggs, milk seasoning to the cup, place the blade unit on top of cup and screw down firmly, making sure no liquid is seeping out (you may not have screwed it on correctly), then turn the unit over and place in the MB power base, and simple turn to the right to engage the blade unit into the base.......and press down.
There are no buttons or switches....just the pressure of pushing down on the base starts the blades rotating. To finish, take your hand off cup, turn to the right (the cup, not you) to disengage - and there you have it. Frotharama Delight.
Cleaning really is a doddle, you just remove cup and blade unit from the power base and wash each separate item under the tap (it is dishwasher safe).......... (never place power unit in water)
Now this really must go under a separate heading...the noise is incredible!!!! But to be fair - so are quite a few food processors. But for some reason this small, unassuming gadget belts it out like a pneumatic drill!
Well, after the first few days of trying everything in our Magic Bullet, and not really enjoying the experience - it has sat looking very trendy, but unused for years. Occasionally I'll make the odd milkshake or smoothie in it....but to be honest, the noise and small size of cups really doesn't allow you to do anything other than tidbits of food....I vaguely remember the happy smiley couple making pastry in it....if so, it would have made 3 tartlets, if that.
And as I'm not really into jalopino frothy pate.........I can't say I'd really be over-enthusuastic about recommending it. I feel an absolute traitor to the couple in the ad whose whole day seem to revolve around the wonders of this little machine, but I'm sure they're over it by now and using a proper food processor.
My partner and I originally bought the Bullet when smoothies were becoming extremely popular and we thought we'd try and be a bit healthier and start to make our own.
We really didn't want anything that required too much cleaning, was easy to use and was cheap, so we bought the Bullet following a friend's recommendation when it was on sale about two years ago at our local supermarket.
For what we use it (i.e. blending some fruit - such as berries - or mixing eggs/making omelettes) it's a great appliance. It's small, straightforward, easy to use and easy to clean. It comes with a number of different containers and lids which are very handy, and the Bullet itself is very small.
I must admit the biggest selling point for me, as trivial as it may sound, was that you could put your fruit in the container (in the shape of a tall glass), screw the blades in, stick upside-down on the blender and when you're done drink straight from the container.
It only has one speed setting, however you can use a manual "pulse" (as the instructions called it) which is useful to avoid over-mixing your ingredients but also overheating the machine.
On the flip side, it's become very noisy and I am very weary of the fact that it can quickly overheat. The box did come with a warning advising you shouldn't have it on for more than a minute at a time, and whist we have always followed this instruction and never had problems, I still find it an annoyance.
I do make the occasional home-made curry and sometimes it's a definite struggle for the bullet to blend through some of the mixtures (which aren't that thick at all to be honest). It also claims it can be used for chopping (e.g. onions) however I can't see how it would do anything other than turn it into paste.
All in all, if you can get it for twenty-odd quid and you only want it for some light use like we did it then it is a good buy, but if you're looking for something a little bit sturdier and powerful this is probably not something worth investing.
A couple of years ago whilst watching many of the shopping channels my eye was caught by a miracle food processor that looked like it was the answer to my prayers if I ever lived in a small flat or house. The size of the Magic Bullet at around 30cm with its standard sized goblet on top was therefore a godsend since I was unable to get anything at the time that could beat it on size. So many uses and so many food prep work taken care of by a tiny little blender that belies its size on the capacities it can make in liquids and judging by the info-commercial, seemed to be a good idea at the time. At a cost of £129-99 and then later in the year at £79-99 I still wasn't too sure given that I could just as well buy a proper food processor at these prices or wait for a few years more until the price became a bit easier to swallow. Last year for example whilst scouring Ebay, I caught the Magic Bullet on sale at a reduced price of £39-99 with postage and packing thrown in for free. Brand new and with all the attachments as they would have been sold on the shopping network channels, it looked too good to be true.
Whatever price you pay, the Magic Bullet is a really good idea based and taken from a standard food blender or liquidiser but "minified," to a small size. Kenwood copied the idea with their "on the go" mini smoothie maker a few years ago and the design is a motor on the base with a compacted jug on the top. But! Before you buy, consider the following information - the commercials you see on TV are nothing like the experiences I've had. The power on the Magic Bullet is a meagre 250 watt sealed motor against what the company call "High Torque," for example and included with the machine are three sizes of goblet cups that you get such as small, medium and large goblet cups with two types of slicing and whipping blades, or the "cross blade" for processing and the "flat" blade for whipping and grinding on offer. The blades screw onto the bases of the goblet before being pushed onto the base of the Magic Bullet and when switching on from the plug, a series of spring activated locks ensures that the motor is engaged and all you do is push the cup downwards to get the motor going. This immediately gives you a manual "pulse" action although the machine does give you the facility to jam the cup on and push slightly clockwise so that the motor keeps going without pulsing all the time. Sadly there is only one speed offered on this machine, which is why the pulse function is very important and needed. The cups and lids are however air tight and fairly well made so that no leaks ever happen. They are easy to screw on and to take off too thanks to their all plastic design and can also be used in the microwave but only with the perforated "shaker" lids screwed on to release air during cooking or warming up.
Alongside the reasonably well made metal bodied Magic Bullet with a plastic base to give it a level base, you also get a set of five different coloured plastic rings which can fit onto four additional large dishwasher and freezer proof "party mugs" that have handles set on them individually. The red, blue, green, black and yellow bands just clip onto the tops and ensure a smoother lip when drinking out of. Nothing new here and fairly similar to the kinds of rings that you'd find on Braun's Oral B electric toothbrushes but I like the idea and their function all the same. The party mugs are designed primarily to offer the function they are so aptly named for, even though they can also handle hot drinks and are made out of thick clear heat insulated PVC. Apart from the cups you also get a perforated lid for supposedly shaking freshly grated parmesan cheese out of, or anything else such as ground chocolate, coffee or cinnamon and two spare lids for sealing up food, fit for storing in the fridge. All of the 3 goblet cups and the 4 party mugs have screw threads on them, making them fairly versatile on the basis that they can be used straight on the machine and transferred to the desired customer for consumption or owner for versatile prep work. This is the most versatile part of the purchase. Lastly you'll also receive a one litre blender jug which is perfect for blending soups and a removable optional juicer which mimics a design that Philips have been using for years of pressing fruit downwards through a mesh filter that doesn't spin. You are left with the pulp inside the plastic chamber and the juice on the outside which makes pouring out the actual juice quick and efficient and only leaves you to deal with cleaning out the filter and the pulp inside the middle chamber.
So when all is ready to go, things aren't as they appear. For a start you really need to read the user manual because, whilst the attachments and fittings look the same, unless you have ever used a MB machine before, you'll be quite kept in the dark to get the best performance out of it. Sadly this is where the first downside comes in - there is no user manual with this machine - I had to download mine off the Internet in Adobe PDF format and since it includes "10 Second Recipes," you're looking at printing out (optionally of course) 53 pages in total! Message me if you need the manual sent to you, by any means!
My first prep test was to see if the Magic Bullet could do onions. I hate cutting onions and up until buying my Argos Value mini chopper, didn't think that a machine like the MB would fail - according, again to the commercial. I had no interest in the blending side of liquids since I have a hand blender already and it does a great job without ever being messy but don't think I didn't test the blending action, regardless! On with the cross blade then, cutting the onions in half and taking the tip from the user manual that suggests the skin has to be taken off completely (when the commercial clearly showed a garlic or onion skin could be left on since the MB appears to leave it behind, magically without slicing or dicing through it) before inserted into the small cup and the base cross blade ring screwed onto the base. This is fairly easy to do since the cups have permanent plastic feet ridges on the tops so that the cups can be placed in reverse with the food prep sticking out before the blade is screwed on. Then you're supposed to fit both the goblet cup and the desired blade together before transferring the complete locked unit into the Magic Bullet before pressing down to get the motor going. This is not a problem since the engaging locks that the blade meets are fairly easy to do - it's the desired result that is disappointing.
The desired effect of onions diced and done in seconds turns to mush. I wasted an onion that was not left in the fridge and then wasted an onion taken from the fridge - both in equal measure - but no difference in the mushy, lumpy consistency that has been left behind. So much for diced onion! Now the user manual does warn this - true to the brand - but unless you press down in milliseconds, the ferocious speed of the blade is enough to turn onions into mush without really chopping or dicing them. Tomatoes were also put into the small goblet with the likewise cross blade and these didn't turn out any better, with only a few tomatoes diced swimming about in a lot of juice and lumpy tomatoes; not my idea of Salsa dip! The noise of the motor is also loud and has a high whine when in operation. The machine can only be used for a minute at a time before it cuts out: not my idea of reliable machine for long term blending.
Thinking however that I may have got it wrong through reading the heavily worded user manual, I took a look online to several review site videos including one company that I have seen before for watching and gleaming info from American owned products that have been sold on UK network shopping channels. Even their test reveals poor onion "dicing," and as the user manual also points out, the less than a kilogram Magic Bullet can be shaken whilst in use! This is something that admittedly I never tried, but really wouldn't do because one hand has to be pressed on the goblet cup when dicing onions - and how you can do that when the machine needs to be shaken in the air at the same time when it is switched on is like employing the use of three hands instead of two - not my idea of safety!
In terms of grinding or whipping, the Magic Bullet does a better job but it is here that the whipping blade really remains true to its word - partly. When making home made mayonnaise, the blade turns the prep into thick cream that won't fall out of the goblet cup. Making a smoothie is also fun using either the 1 litre total capacity plastic jug blender or trying out one of many drinks recipes from the user manual such as a frozen margarita. Like a standard blender, you get gradients in litres as well as an open central top pusher cap to insert ingredients on the go when the blender is in use. When it came to blending yogurt or ice cream based drinks in the summer, I wasn't surprised to find different results - one drinks mug I tried that had previously been used for a hot drink didn't seal properly putting all the drink all over the worktop when reversed onto the machine! This was not just because the party mug had been used previously to carry a hot drink but also as I realised when looking at the blessed user manual yet again, that the cups and lids are top rack only in a dishwasher. Oops!
At least the blender jug is a better bet in this respect. Choosing smooth ingredients means a smooth result but choosing chunky fruits with yogurt for a healthy drink turned out to be a disaster with water based fruits being the worst of the Magic Bullet's problems - it just won't break down the fruits properly when a smooth cream base is added - unless you go over the "holy one minute" use time and then the motor cuts out! When it comes to crushing ice, it fairs better in the blender for a better balanced result but done in one of the cups it isn't uniform and no surprise to find that the cross blade did poorly in this respect leaving a chunk like bit of ice at the top of the cup in use whilst giving a snow like effect of crushed ice where the turning blade is located. How do you serve that in a cup to someone successfully?
The problem with the Magic Bullet is that it is a small mini blender which tackles liquids very well and feels well made for the price of $40 and then realise that UK buyers are nearly being charged £80 for the privilege. Granted whilst I managed to get a £40 "half price," from an Ebay seller and despite it being reasonably well made, it does seem strange that the fittings, accessories and blender jug seem to be better designed than the motor it is supposed to be used with. Lousy at chopping yet fine at blending, the only additional fun factor are the party mugs, coloured rings and juicer with the additional blender jug. If you can look past that then you've got a good drinks smoothie maker that handles just enough drink amounts for one or two people. But! On the basis that it cuts out or overheats after a minute means it is not suitable for the party of five who hope for a smoothie or cocktail at the same time and coupled with shaking the machine for better performance means it simply isn't as reliable as a standard smoothie maker or as safe. Nice idea but when it comes to actual performance for all round food prep, the only magic factor the Magic Bullet seems to possess is being small enough to fit into a kitchen bin and this is exactly where mine went into! Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010
Comes with recipe book.