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Hamilton Beach 51101AV vs Magic Bullet 11 Piece Set Side-by-Side Comparison

Hamilton Beach 51101AV vs. Magic Bullet 11-Piece Set. If you are unsure about which option is better, this comparison is designed to help.

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Hamilton Beach 51101AV

Magic Bullet 250W

Hamilton Beach 51101AV vs. Magic Bullet 11-Piece Set: Which Better Meets Your Expectations?

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%Usability Magic Bullet 250WHamilton Beach 5110...4.62.87.56.92.91.45.05.7
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In our test, we noticed the Magic Bullet 11-Piece Set was slightly better than the Hamilton Beach 51101AV, but neither  really lived up to our expectations. They were simply too weak to handle our recipes, which mostly consisted of hard ingredients like frozen fruits, raw nuts, and leafy veggies.

Both blenders have similar quality and design issues. The motor base is cheaply made; it looks somewhat flimsy and cannot stand steadily while in operation. Their blending cups are also far from satisfactory; they can have problems with leakage, and the glass around the spigot is prone to break if handled roughly.

Nonetheless, if you have to choose between the two, the Magic Bullet 11-Piece Set is absolutely a better value, especially given the fact that this blender comes with slightly higher quality features and more extra accessories.

Pros & Cons

  • Inexpensive and easy to use with one-touch blending. 
  • Blending cup features measuring lines. 
  • Compact design makes it perfect for use in small spaces. 
  • It is adequate for light blending performance.
  • Easy to use, assemble, and clean. 
  • Stainless steel extractor blades are pretty solid. 
  • Three extra blending cups are included.
  • The low-powered motor limits its capabilities. 
  • Poorly-built quality impairs the machine’s overall performance and durability. 
  • It works inconsistently 
  • The blades are too short, which affects the blending time and final results.
  • It doesn’t allow for hands-free operation. 
  • It is not suitable for blending frozen fruits or raw nuts. 
  • Motor base jumps around while operating. 
  • Build quality is not good. 
  • Its performance is inconsistent.

Key Specs

Dimension
H12 x W3.8 inches
H12 x W4.5 inches
Weight
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Number of speeds
1
1
Pulse/Turbo option
No
No
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
Yes
Accessories
A to-go lid
An extra blending cup, a to-go lid, a party mug, two lip rings, two resealable lids

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$20.48
$40.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
1.4
2.8

Protein Shake

3.4
3.9
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (3 minutes and 45 seconds) next to it.
Using a spoon to scoop a small smattering of dried blueberry chunks from a mesh strainer containing protein shake produced the Hamilton Beach blender.
The Magic Bullet Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake packed with dried blueberries, oatmeal, and almonds prepared by the Magic Bullet Personal Blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (2 minutes and 11 seconds) next to it.
Scooping a spoon of solid chunks including dried blueberries and almonds that the Magic Bullet 11-Piece personal blender was unable to pulverize in the test of preparing protein shake from a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Blending Time
3 mins 46 secs
2 mins 12 secs
Result
Coarse
Very Coarse

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

0.0
0.0
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Frozen Fruit Smoothie Video
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Hamilton Beach portable blender is spread throughout a white paper.
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Hamilton Beach small blender.
The Magic Bullet Frozen Fruits Smoothie Video
After finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Magic Bullet MBR 1101 personal blender is spread throughout a white paper with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (2 minutes) next to it.
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Magic Bullet Personal Blender.
Blending Time
2 mins
2 minutes
Result
Failed
Failed
Suction

Fibrous Greens

0.0
6.0
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender.
The Magic Bullet Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water combined with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Magic Bullet Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Nutribullet Pro 900-watt Personal Blender sinking from its top to bottom.
Blending Time
20 seconds
20 seconds
Result
Failed
Coarse

Crushed Ice Cubes

0.0
0.0
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Crushed Ice Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Hamilton Beach Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.48 oz) of the Hamilton Beach single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
The Magic Bullet Crushed Ice Cubes Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Magic Bullet Single-Serve Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.98 oz) of the Magic Bullet single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
Ice Fineness
Faild
Chunky
Unblended Ice
75% of 6 oz
83% of 6 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
5.0
7.5

In the Box

The Hamilton Beach personal blender lying on a table with a paper carton box and user guide by its sides.
Our Magic Bullet Blender Small Silver 11-Piece Set includes a motor base, a to-go lid, three blending cups, a party mug, two lip rings, two resealable lids, a paper carton box, and a user & recipe book guide.

Dimensions

The Hamilton Beach 51101AV Personal Blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 5.8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 12 inches and 3.8 inches, respectively.
The Magic Bullet Smoothie Maker personal blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 6.8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 12 inches and 4.5 inches, respectively.
Height
12.0" (30.5 cm)
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Width
3.8" (9.7 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Weight
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Length
Shaft Length

Build Quality

5.0
7.0
The motor base and blending cup with blade assembly permanently attached of the Hamilton Beach blender.
The motor base and blending cup of the Magic Bullet 11-piece personal blender lying flat on a gray table.

Blades

5.0
6.5
A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 4 stainless steel prongs inside the blending cup of the Hamilton Beach personal blender.
A close-up of the blade assembly sporting 4 stainless steel prongs of the Magic Bullet blender.
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Cross
Guard Material
Blade Count
4 blades
4 blades
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Motor Base

The Hamilton Beach motor base standing on a white table.
The Hamilton Beach motor base standing on a white table.
A close-up of the front interface of the Hamilton Beach motor base.
A close-up of the power cord featuring a 2-plug in the underside of the Hamilton Beach motor base.
The Magic Bullet motor base standing on a gray table.
The Magic Bullet motor base standing on a gray table.
A close-up of the underside of the Magic Bullet motor base.
A close-up of the Magic Bullet motor base.
Rated Voltage
120
120
Rated Power
175
250
Working Time
N/A
≤ 1 minute
Protection
No
Yes
Weight
1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
1.6 oz (45 g)
Cord Length
2.1 ft (0.6 m)
2.2" (5.6 cm)
Extra Feature
Ventilation holes
Silicon feet

Blending Cup

5.0
10
The Hamilton Beach blender cup standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x8.2x2.4 inches).The Hamilton Beach blender cup standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x8.2x2.4 inches).
Three blending cups on a table, with dimension measurements written to the side. The first cup is measured 3.5x4x2.8 inches, second cup is 3.5x6.5x2.8 inches, third cup is 3.5x5.6x2.5 inches.
Three blending cups on a table, with dimension measurements written to the side. The first cup is measured 3.5x4x2.8 inches, second cup is 3.5x6.5x2.8 inches, third cup is 3.5x5.6x2.5 inches.
The blending cup of the Magic Bullet personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (3.5x6.5x2.8 inches).
The blending cup of the Magic Bullet personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (3.5x5.6x2.5 inches).
The blending cup of the Magic Bullet personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (3.5x4x2.8 inches).
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
14 Oz
12-,16-, and 22-oz
Weight
0.4 oz (11 g)
0.18-, 0.33-, and 0.25-pound
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
No
Suitable For
Small batches
Small and medium batches
Accessories
No
2 lid rings, 3 lids

Speed and Controls

Someone is measuring the noise level of the Hamilton Beach personal blender with the noise meter (98.8 dB).
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Magic Bullet personal blender with the noise meter (97.8 dB).
Activation
Button
Push
Min Speed
N/A
N/A
Max Speed
23,341 RPM
22,215 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
98 dB
97 dB
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.7
6.9

Hands-Free Operation

4.6
5.8

Assembly

6.0
10

Cleanability

8.5
7.0

Behind the Comparison

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