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Baby Bullet Review
Price: $60.00 List | $59.98 at Amazon
Pros: Quality puree, inexpensive, easy to use
Cons: No cooking feature
Bottom line: Super easy puree blender with minimal parts and quick clean up for busy parents
The Baby Bullet is a puree only style of baby food maker that require pre-cooking the food before use. But don't let that dissuade you from considering this easy to use, easy to clean simple gadget that can make your life easier without the fuss, clean up, or descaling of an all-in-one product. This straightforward product is easy to use, easy to clean, has few health or safety concerns. It creates smooth puree consistently without the hassle of multiple parts to manage or steam tanks to clean. We think that busy parents will appreciate this basic puree device that does exactly what is required to make great baby food.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Baby Bullet, LLC is a subdivision of Homeland Housewares, LLC home of the original Magic Bullet made famous by late-night TV infomercials. The company makes a variety of versions of the Bullet under different names with slightly different takes on the original Magic Bullet, including Nutri Bullet, and Party Bullet. Baby Bullet LLC main goal is to make your life easier with everyday products for your home that are good quality and a good value.
The comparison chart shown below includes the overall scores for each product tested in this review including the Baby Bullet (in blue). With a first place rank, it is easy to see why the Bullet earned an Editor's Choice award.
The sections below provide details on how the Bullet performed compared to the competition during testing.
The Bullet earned a 9 of 10 for puree quality. This score is a high for the metric with the Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend and the Cuisinart BFM-1000 both earning 8s.
The Bullet is a puree only product so it's a good thing it does it well. You will need to precook most foods before putting them into the Bullet, but we think stove top steaming is often easier to manage with fewer parts to clean than the all-in-one baby food makers we tested.
With dual blades for different types of foods, this little powerhouse blends food smoothly and evenly every time. We liked that the Bullet can blend continuously for smoother first foods or it can pulse to create chunkier food for older babies. And the grain blade is one of the only we tested that truly creates smooth cereals without excessive intact grains or pasta in the final product.
The Bullet managed all of our 21 test foods with relative ease, even pureeing meat that other blenders merely shredded. While this blender had difficulty with the roughage type of foods like kale and broccoli, it did create a smoother blend than any of the competition. Overall, the consistency of the puree was predictable and most foods were smooth enough for baby's first foods.
Ease of Use
The Bullet earned an 8 of 10 tying with the Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend for ease of use. The Bullet is straightforward, uncomplicated and easy to use out of the box.
For ease of use, we consider how intuitive a product is to use and whether or not you will need to continue to review the manual to use it. While the Bullet comes with a variety of parts and pieces you only need to assemble two parts to puree the blade bottom and the food cup. It also only has one setting so there are no worries of choosing the wrong setting, the wrong cook time, or assembling the parts incorrectly.
You will need to pre-cook your food, but blending is a quick process with a motor that can be run up to a minute without a pause. parents have the option of a single serving cup of two ounces or a batch bowl that holds up to four cups so you can make more than one meal. Pureeing is quick and simple by adding food to the cup, screwing on the blade bottom and pressing down on the base. If the food is thick or lacks enough liquid you will need to remove the cup and shake it to finish the puree.
Health and Safety
The Bullet earned a 9 of 10 for health and safety, tying with the Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend.
While the food container is made of plastic, which we aren't big fans of, baby's food is not heated in plastic and therefore has less risk of being exposed to chemicals that could leach. If you make baby's food and feed it immediately it also isn't sitting in plastic for extended periods of time. The container is BPA-free plastic and we didn't experience any residual non-food taste in baby's food even with the first use.
The Bullet has no concerns of mold, rust, or other potentially harmful things hiding or growing in parts you can't see. All of the parts are exposed, open, and easy to check for cleanliness. Because there is no steam tank there is no concern for hidden areas or descaling.
The Bullet also has a safety mechanism that prevents it from being used unless the container is securely locked in place on the base. Also, with no steam, there is no concern for steam related burns.
Ease of Cleaning
The Bullet earned an 8 of 10 for ease of cleaning. This score is the high score for the group and once again ties with the Sage Spoonfuls Puree and Blend.
The Bullet only has two parts to clean if you make a one serving batch. Both parts can be placed in the dishwasher or hand washed and there are no special tools required, though a bottle brush will make the hand washing easier. Also, because there is no steam tank you do not need to worry about descaling or mineral deposits. And unlike some of the all-in-one products where you can't access the tank, there is nowhere for mold and bacteria to hide.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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