- Performance (60%)4.7
- Design (25%)7.7
- Usability (15%)9.3
- Performance (60%)2.8
- Design (25%)7.5
- Usability (15%)6.9
iCucina Portable Bullet and Magic Bullet 250W are both mid-range personal blenders designed for simple recipes. They share similarities, such as hands-free operation mode, compact size, and affordable price. But when it comes to performance and capabilities, we notice some significant differences worth mentioning.
In our testing, we found that the iCucina had no difficulty grinding oats. However, the resulting drink lacked a robust flavor profile as some solid pieces of almonds and berries remained. Additionally, while the blender was able to break down all the frozen fruits in less than two minutes, the resulting smoothie lacked the desired thick, snow-like consistency.
On the other hand, the Magic Bullet performed slightly better in blending leafy vegetables and fibers, but struggled to blend through frozen fruits and nuts. As a result, the resulting drinks contained large chunks of unprocessed food, rendering them mostly undrinkable.
Additionally, both blenders experienced difficulty blending 6 ounces of ice cubes, which can be attributed to their relatively weak motor. However, after taking into consideration the overall performance, we would recommend the iCucina over the Magic Bullet.
Pros & Cons
- It’s good for simple plant-based blends.
- Built quality is mediocre but fine for the price.
- Simple design allows for straightforward use, cleaning, and storage.
- It stands stably, rather than jumping around, while working.
- Easy to use, assemble, and clean.
- Stainless steel extractor blades are pretty solid.
- Three extra blending cups are included.
- The lack of versatility.
- Short power cord.
- 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.
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Tina Pham is a staff writer and reviewer, with five years of experience in the industry. As a passionate amateur home cook, she loves to discover practical cooking solutions, and has made it her mission to bring her findings to every kitchen. Her ultimate goal is making cooking more of a pleasure for all.
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Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.