Product Type: Magic Bullet blenders
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Magic Bullet- for bullet families!
Magic Bullet blender
Member Name: aksram
Magic Bullet blender
Advantages: compact, easy, microwave safe and dishwasher safe
Disadvantages: leaks, heats easily
I bought my magic bullet blender 2 years back for £25. It is now available for nearly £40.
I was looking for a cheap but small blender mainly to make chutneys and purees. When my friend recommended me the magic bullet, I loved its concept. It comes compact with a small base and many jars which are interchangeable. Its ad seemed quite appealing too- just make everything in seconds!!
-The base unit- which consists of the motor
-2 blades- flat and cross. Cross blade is mainly used for chopping and blending. Flat blade is used for whipping and dry powdering.
-2 Blender cups- called the bullet cups- one short and one tall.
-Blender jar- similar to the juicers much more compact
-Juicer attachment- to be attached into the blender jar and it separates the pulp from the juice. but this is a little difficult to work with- too much hassle.
-4 mugs with colourful detachable rings- they are transparent mugs which can be used on the blades for making shakes or smoothies and can be directly served in them.
-2 lids- help to keep any remaining mixtures fresh in the fridge.
- Recipe book
-2 tops for the cups- one steamer ans one shaker. The steamer lid basically has holes in them to help steam food in microwaves. I never used this lid. But the shaker lid is handy - this lid is divided into 2 halves- one half has big holes for grating cheese and the other half has smaller holes- more like a sprinkler.
How to use it-
This was the most simple blender I ever saw. Just attach the mugs or cups on the bladed portion and then invert it onto the base. Just press and hold for a few seconds- and the mixture is ready. there were no buttons. But the downside is that if you hold the machine down for longer, then the motor gets overheated and starts smoking. I saw this happen a few times in mine. Although if you want to make a smoother paste, just press and release for a few times with time intervals in between.
What can you make in it?-
You can apparently chop, grind, blend, whip, mince etc etc. But i have to admit that the chopping option is completely useless. The chopped onions or peppers comes out more like a juicy salsa! But the grinding is very good. I have made many dips and chutneys with this. Even made masalas for curries. It is quick and easy to do. Sometimes the liquid can slightly leak out of the cups as they are inverted. The liquid sometimes leaks into the base unit which can be wiped out but the base has small parts attached to it and they tend to dismantle.
You can mince meat or chicken easily in it. It is very easy to make soups in this too.
Easy to operate
Does everything very quickly
All mugs, cups, blades, and lids are dishwasher safe
Mugs and cups are microwavable
Leakage when cups/mugs are inverted
Motor overheats and smokes- if continued overheating- then the unit breaks down. Because I saw the smoke a few times, one day it just gave up- saw the inside mixture had some melted rubbery bits and it started smelling burnt. Apparently, smoking of the base unit is quite a common complain in this. My friend who recommended this to me had the same problem too. Its motor is very small and can't take high pressures.
Once the base unit is gone, all the other components are useless. And you cannot buy the base unit for cheap. So it might be worth buying the whole unit than just the parts.
All in all, it is a great little machine but just cannot take too much! very ideal for small families or students.
Summary: Good buy - lots of uses.