One of the Best Smoothie Makers On the Market
I recently started the P90X workout and found that I was having a real hard time of getting enough calories to keep up with my workout requirements. Because of my job, it is real hard to maintain the food requirements that are necessary with such a physically demanding workout. My solution was to increase my protein with protein supplements. The best way to do this is to make protein shakes or smoothies. Unfortunately, our old blender wasn’t cutting it. Or to be more exact it wasn’t cutting the ice cubes that I put into the blender in order to build the shake-like consistency of the drink. After two or three minutes of banging around the bottom of the blender, the ice cubes still came out in the shake as just slightly smaller and more roundish versions of the cubes that they once were; which invariably meant that when I tipped my glass of protein shake, the cubes would come spilling out and splash the bridge of my nose with chocolate shake residue. I spending as much time cleaning up as I was making the shake. Not very productive.
So I set out to find the best smoothie maker on the market. There are all kinds of makes, models, and price points out there, but I was looking for something that wouldn’t exactly break the bank, but could get the job done. There were two that I was initially interested: the Back to Basics SE 3000 Smoothie Express LIfestyle Smoothie Maker and the Magic Bullet. I decided not to hold off on the Back to Basics model because it didn’t look very sturdy as the construction seemed to be mostly plastic. At $24.97, It wouldn’t break the bank, but it might just break.
I found the Magic Bullet, and I remember it from infomercial days, which immediately made me skeptical, but for under $50 (for the 17-Piece Express Mixing Set) the price seemed right, so I went ahead and ordered it from Amazon.
When the packaged arrive about a week later, I was a little bit underwhelmed. There was a lot of stuff that came with it:
- The Power Base
- 2 Blades
- 2 Cups
- 4 Mugs
- 2 Sealed Lids
- 2 Vented Lids
- A Recipe Book
But it just seemed so small. This really can’t be as good as the bigger type blenders. Boy was I wrong.
I started off by putting four ounces of water in one of the mugs, then dumped in a serving of Isalean Shake Mix (from Isagenix), four ice cubes, a serving of whey protein, a banana, and a tablespoon of peanut butter. That’s a lot of stuff to fit into the large size mug (which can hold 16 oz. of water to the top). I then took the crossblade attachment and screwed it to the top of the mug. I really like this feature. It creates a secure seal and reduces the general mess that can sometimes happen when you are making a shake or smoothie. With the crossblade attachment firmly in place, you turn the mug upside down and fit the blade attachment gear to the the power base and align the tabs of the mug with the grooves in the power base and simply press down for ten seconds. After ten seconds you have a rich and creamy shake. I unscrewed the blade attachment, and if you want there are “Comfort Lip Rings” that can be screwed on so that you aren’t drinking from the screw grooved top of the mug, but that was too much work for me. Unlike making my shake with our old blender, the ice cubes were completely mixed into the shake which created the perfect consistency for a shake. Clean up was also easy as I just put the blade attachment in the dishwasher. You could just as easily wash the blade attachment by hand if you aren’t as lazy as I am.
The Magic Bullet is unique in it’s construction when compared to regular blenders because of it’s simplicity. The power base provides amazing power and torque to drive the unit and the operation is as uncomplicated as possible, you just press the entire thing down and hold for ten seconds. There aren’t an array of various buttons to press, which never seem to really change anything anyway. With the standard blender, I always end up pressing every button, and I really can’t tell the difference with the final outcome. Also, this simplicity means there are no complicated manuals to read. Which is a life saver for me, because I never read the manuals anyway.
The Magic Bullet is also shipped with two different blades. The one I use the most is the Cross Blade which does all the blending, chopping, and grating functions. But there is also a Flat Blade that is designed to handle jobs like grinding whole coffee beans, whipping cream, and chopping spices. The blades are durable as they are made of stainless steel and they are basically maintenance free as they don’t require resharpening. Also, a huge bonus is that the blades are safe to be cleaned in the dishwasher.
According to the Magic Bullet website within the shape of the cups is the secret to the effectiveness of the machine, and I can only assume that it has something to do with its cylinder shape and smaller size as opposed to my experience with larger sized blenders. Regardless of the mysterious magical shape, the cups are both microwavable and dishwasher safe. Additionally, the package comes with Re-sealable lids that are designed to keep leftovers fresh.
Even though I was initially skeptical of the size of the Magic Bullet, this has proven to be one of it’s greatest benefits. My wife can’t stand to have appliances on the counter, so she always ends up moving things around into the cupboards underneath. Which, to be honest, creates such a hassle to pull out that most of those appliances never get used. However, the Magic Bullet fits easily on any shelf and all of the attachments combined go right into a large plastic container which takes up hardly any space at all. It is easy to pull out, use, and replace with out creating a huge mess. It probably gets used more often than any of our other appliances combined.
I am still interested in trying out the Back to Basics SE 3000 Smoothie Express LIfestyle Smoothie Maker in the future and perhaps do a comparison, but for now The Magic Bullet has made eating healthier a simple and uncomplicated process. It literally takes me less than five minutes from start to cleanup to create a nutritious shake or smoothy without any mess.