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OBERLY Portable Blender vs iCucina Portable Bullet Side-by-Side Comparison

OBERLY Portable Blender vs iCucina Portable Bullet comparison. We break down their quality, efficiency, and more to help you find the best suited personal blender.

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OBERLY Portable Blender vs. iCucina Portable Bullet

Specifications

Price at publication
$35.35$40.41
Dimension
H9.2 x W3.2 inchesH13.6 x W5 inches
Weight
1 pounds2.5 pounds
Number of speeds
11
Pulse/Turbo option
NoNo
Dishwasher-safe wand
YesYes
Accessories
Cup FilterAn extra blending cup, two to-go lids
Max noise
65 dB97 dB

Design

Blades
Build Quality
Blending Cup
Overall Design Scoring

Our Oberly didn’t score big on quality and design. It's difficult to find a more portable design than this blender’s, which provides extreme blending comfort and convenience. Without this great mobility, however, most shoppers may hardly give it a second glance since there is a lack of sturdiness and overall quality here.

We aren’t much impressed with this blender’s quality, but overall, built materials are fine for a machine at this price and we really like the simplicity the iCucina provides. Nevertheless, the mid-range segment is a tough market to compete in, simply because there’s so many products to choose from, and therefore it’d be better if iCucina emphasized on eye-catching style. Some improvements on the blade assembly would help increase its appeal as well.

Usability

Hands-Free Operation
Assembly
Cleanability
Overall Usability Scoring

We like the straightforward approach of a control panel that consists of a single button, a light indicator, and a . That being said, it doesn’t make the blender more enjoyable to use or easy to maneuver. Due to the weak motor, our OBERLY cannot draw the ingredients toward its blade on its own. To produce a smooth blend, It requires lots of manual interference for shaking and food dislodging. Cleaning and assembling can be bothersome in some cases, too.

Locking the cup with the blade attached in the motor base may be disruptive and requires a bit of practice. Otherwise, the iCucina doesn’t disappoint too much when it comes to ease of use. Cleaning it is also not much of an issue especially when the cups, lids, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe.

Performance

Protein Shake
Frozen Fruit Smoothie
Fibrous Greens
Crushed Ice
Overall Performance Scoring

In our months of testing, this blender has often underperformed relative to our prediction. It struggled a lot to deliver its promises on efficiency, but there wasn’t even a successful effort in the end. None of the testing results it brought to the table was smooth enough. Some of them even came out very chunky, such as the protein shakes. If you were fortunate enough to own a decent personal blender, you may find the OBERLY less likely an alternative you want. Certainly, this blender is not like what is marketed on paper.

We were more than a little surprised at the results yielded by this iCucina since they didn’t come out as good as we expected. The 300-watt motor and fast spinning blades weren’t enough to help it overcome our challenges. 

In the protein shake test, it was among the worst, leaving a mass of partially unblended food chunks. It also failed to power through whole ice cubes or create a smooth mixture of fibrous greens. And as weak as it was in processing frozen fruits, we assure this blender is only suited to blend softer ingredients.

Overall Scores

Performance
Design
Usability
Overall Scoring

Pros & Cons

  • Cordless design provides excellent mobility. 
  • Quite convenient for small batches of baby food and fresh fruit smoothies.
  • It’s very easy to charge the battery.
  • 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.
  • The 175-watt motor is too weak to ensure quick, smooth blends.
  • In exchange to its cheap price is a relatively flimsy construction. 
  • For a thorough blending process, it requires cutting the food into tiny particles. 
  • Some may find it annoying to shake the blender while it is blending.
  • The lack of versatility. 
  • Short power cord.

Conclusion

Despite the claims from many brands, including OBERLY, that their cordless personal blenders can handle a wide range of textures, we have yet to find a model that can truly live up to those claims. In our testing, the OBERLY's performance was lackluster, producing mediocre results across a variety of blends, from protein shakes to frozen fruit smoothies to fibrous mixtures.

Similarly, the iCucina Portable Bullet delivered only moderate results in our trials, failing to meet our expectations from testing some of its peers. Nevertheless, in comparison to the OBERLY, the iCucina model was able to produce more evenly blended drinks, which had an acceptable level of smoothness that should please the majority of home cooks.

Behind the Comparison

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Tina PhamReviewer

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 PhamProfessional Chef

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.

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Lap VoTest Lead

Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.

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