View Full Version : Magic Bullet or Tribest blender
Sharon in Colorado
02-16-2005, 09:23 AM
Any opinions on either of these? Anybody try these?
02-16-2005, 09:29 AM
Sharon, I don't have much time before I have to leave, or I'd go check for you, but see if www.CNet.com has reviews on these. They review just about everything and seem to be quite reliable.
02-16-2005, 09:45 AM
I have the tribest. It works really well. I like it! I have never used a bullet. I do understand that it comes with a lot of extras though. You can get extra cups and blades for the tribest if you would like them. It does blend well!
02-16-2005, 09:49 AM
I just got the magic bullet and I am very impressed with it.
02-16-2005, 11:13 AM
I went back and forth on buying the Magic Bullet because I was so disappointed with the Ultimate Chopper. I read the same reviews you did and decided to get it. So far I have made salsa, ground nuts and a personal size smoothie. I really like it. I haven't tried nut butters. And it does help reading the book. I do believe many people that were unhappy with it were using it like a regular blender.
The main bonus is it's so little and everything but the base is dishwasher safe. I'm not a big kitchen person so the easy way is best. I do have an old vita-mixer that I am really appreciating now that I'm raw but the bullet is great for quick small jobs.
Sorry to write so much. Hope it helps.
Sharon in Colorado
02-16-2005, 11:24 AM
Thanks for all the replies! :) It sounds like you can't be too dissapointed with either one, you just have to get the one that has the features you like.
Kelly, I tried that review site, and I think it's limited to computers, etc. because it didn't have a review for either.
The more I think about it, the more I'd like to get the Magic Bullet (heh - accidentally typed "Silver Bullet" in my search engine last night and you don't wanna know what it came up with :eek: :o ) .
What I like is that the magic bullet has a higher wattage so it would probably handle ice and frozen fruit a lot better. And I like all the multi-color mug comfort tops so that my kids can have fun with it, which will keep them away from the big expensive blender. That chocolate mousse recipe they did on the informercial looked pretty cool for kids, even though it's dairy and SAD, it's better and cheaper than going out for ice cream or getting a nasty package of pudding mix! Maybe I'll try doing it with silken tofu or something!
Now all I have to do is find the cheapest source for it. No way am I gonna pay $20 shipping, is that crazy or what. I might check out Tuesday Morning or go to one of those "As Seen on TV stores" or sites, or check E-bay.
I'm excited about this....it'll give me a good reason to start making my own salad dressings! And my kids will be able to start making more food for themselves, safely!
Yay! I have a funny feeling this is going to be a raw fooders next best friend! :D
02-16-2005, 01:27 PM
FYI-Bed Bath and Beyond has "As Seen on TV" products. It's great b/c you can try it and return it if you do not like it. I intended to purchase the Magic Bullet but found the Power Chopper, which is very similar on sale for 19.99 and I had a coupon for 20% off. I have had it for a month and save for the waste factor if it broke today I would still be completely satisfied. It is fantastic. It makes food prep so much easier. I use it to puree not only smoothies but food for my baby.
Sharon in Colorado
02-16-2005, 05:39 PM
Oh really? I'm going to check it out the next time I go over there with my 20% coupon. Thanks!
The cheapest place I saw it (besides E-bay, which I'm not sure about buying that kind of thing from) is www.hsn.com for 59.95 + 12.95 s/h. I saw one place that was a few bucks cheaper shipping at the same price, but it only had 17 pieces. Even though I probably wouldn't use the blender and juicer, it would be nice just to have it, especially if it doesn't cost me anymore.
When I looked at HSN, there was a lot of commentary about a plastic piece breaking. I wonder what that is all about. Makes me a little apprehensive! Also lots of people writing that it doesn't chop anything evenly, meaning the stuff at the top remains big while the stuff near the blades gets pureed. Don't know if I want that happening with onions and nuts and what-not.
02-16-2005, 10:39 PM
I read a lot of reviews on both before deciding and I decided to get the Tribest. I liked the personal carrying case it came with. I really liked the reviews from epinions, which gave me a link to the site I got mine from. I have not had any problems with it and LOVE it! It has a car adapter, so we can use it while traveling. I have extra accessories I need to sell as I don't use everything it came with (I got bonus stuff from them by sweet talking to the person I was ordering from).
Anyways, you might try searching google for reviews on both. That is how I finalyl came to decide upon the Tribest.
Sharon in Colorado
02-16-2005, 11:07 PM
Thanks! That sounds great. I'd love to check it out! Have you used it in your car as well? Do you use it on a regular basis? I was hoping to have something I can use daily, for dressings and such intead of the big blender, which we already use daily to begin with!
I just found a coupon code here for HSN for $15 off my order. So now as it stands I'm only paying about $57 total for the whole thing, including the recipe book. That's $63 dollars less than what they are charging on the informercial. I can't believe it! Here's the link...there's also a free shipping coupon but the $15 is more than the cost of shipping.
02-16-2005, 11:41 PM
I would agree about the reviews for uneven chopping. My chopper does not make "salsa" as presented on the infomercial. It blends and purees really well. I worry about the plastic parts and am extra careful as I am sure they will eventually fail. Does the Tribest or any other have glass containers.
02-17-2005, 09:51 AM
thanks lvg4him...you have now sold me on the tribest...which i have been considering for awhile anyway. the car adapter is what did it for me? will you email me and let me know what accessories you have that you would like to sell and for what price? i may be interested in that.
Sharon in Colorado
02-17-2005, 11:36 AM
I found this Tribest site interesting:
There is a streaming video, and in the video, you see him making salsa. It doesn't show him making it all the way, because in the video, it doesn't chop up everything on top. It cuts it off before he's done making the salsa. Hmmmm... something to think about. It cut off some other stuff he was blending that wasn't doing it all the way as well.
Also I read that you have to buy a separate car adapter, that it doesn't already come with one. The price of the Tribest is 69.95, which is $10 more than the Magic Bullet on HSN, $25 more if you use the online coupon.
Paula, do you remember how much you paid for the extra attachments and the whole thing together? Do you recall if you paid extra for the car adapter? Do you use the car adapter? Do you find that it uniformly chops? Sorry so many questions, just curious! :)
The car adapter sounds great to me as well. I will probably pick up one at Radio Shack or something if I intended to really use it in the car. I'm not sure how much I'd actually use it in the car, though. Although I could see loading up a cup with ingredients for a smoothie and buzzing when someone wanted a smoothie.
The Magic Bullet's base looks a lot smaller to me, so it'd be easier to take on trips as well.
I liked the idea of the carry case too. Although I usually place stuff that has a lot of parts in a zip lock bag. I also have tons of bags and cases around here that I'm sure I could use for it. I intend to use it everyday on my countertop anyway!
I think for the lesser price I'll try the Magic Bullet and return it if it doesn't work out for me.
This reminds me of my constant struggle with my K-tec blender, and the problems I also had with the Vitamix I had borrowed from a friend. They were both great, but each had it's own sets of challenges!
02-17-2005, 01:21 PM
The more I think about it, the more I'd like to get the Magic Bullet (heh - accidentally typed "Silver Bullet" in my search engine last night and you don't wanna know what it came up with :eek: :o )
Haha. Good quality!! That made me laugh out loud. :D
02-17-2005, 06:55 PM
I have both and they are both good. I do use my tribest the most though. Although when I ordered mine I got two blades and 3 or 4 cups with it. The magic bullet juicer is not really all that great in my opinion. The rest of it is though. And when I ordered the bullet I got a second one free so I gave one to my son who is leaving the nest very soon. :)
Sharon in Colorado
02-18-2005, 08:12 AM
Thank you Alice! I'm so glad somebody responded who actually owns both! I think personal experience can't replace any review on a product, you know?
I am really glad I ordered it and am excited about all the neat things I'll be doing with it!
Oh, by the way, from everything I read on the Tribest, there are 2 models. One model comes with 1 blade and 2 cups with lids, the other with 2 blades and 4 cups and lids. But everything else is extra. The case, the 'sports tops', the converter...none of that is included. If anyone else knows differently, please respond!
02-18-2005, 09:28 AM
Your correct on that Sharon. I ordered mine from www.discountjuicers.com
I got a few free items with it because they were having a special around Christmas time. I actually ordered my juicer, dehydrator, and sprouter from them to. No shipping charges either. :)
05-02-2005, 08:07 PM
I have the Magic Bullet and think it's great...I still use my regular blender for smoothies, but I think the Bullet works very well for smaller jobs (and easy to clean!)
05-02-2005, 08:53 PM
I have the Magic Bullet as well, and love it! It doesn't do well with just making bigger chunks (for example cutting up tomatos for a chunky salsa), you most likely will end up closer to a puree, if you are not careful.
But for the raw food chef, it is wonderful! I use it a lot! ;)
05-03-2005, 01:27 PM
I got my bullet long before going raw. I got the 2 for 1 so I gave one to a friend who went raw right after and swears by hers. I later found out that my mom and soon to be mother-in-law also had bullets and love theirs as well.
My raw friend is in the process of moving and I think she packed up her bullet and took it to the new place even before the bed went LOL!
08-15-2005, 05:53 PM
I wanted to bump this up to see if anyone else has tried the Magic Bullet, and if so, how it's held up after a few months of use. I'm still trying to decide on either the Bullet or the Tribest.
08-15-2005, 07:03 PM
Autumn, I've had my bullet for a few months now, I use it almost every day... I made mock Salmon pate in it last night...I make smoothies almost every day...I like to make sunflower seed dip in it also. I almost never use my blender. I LOVE it. My boyfriend likes to tease me...I tell everyone about my magic bullet. I also know a few other raw foodist that have them...they swear by them.
Hope I helped
08-16-2005, 08:52 AM
That is one of my best tools for raw - all the attributes are so on point. Why did I wait so long to get it, I keep asking my self. It is great for single serve items! Buy one, you won't feel deprived.
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