Baby Bullet Reviews

Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System

This baby care system includes everything you need to make your baby healthy  food at home for the week ahead.  Included is a 200-watt power base, blades, a batch bowl, various storage cups, and even a tray for making baby food pops.  The storage cups also have dials so that you can keep track of expiration and freshness dates.

Features

  • High-torque 200-watt power base
  • Blending blade
  • Milling blade
  • 3-piece batch bowl with 8-cup capacity
  • 1 spatula for getting food out of the bowl
  • Batch tray with lid
  • 6 date-dial storage cups (about 2oz capacity per cup)
  • Storage tray with stay-fresh lid
  • User manual and cookbook included
  • BPA-free plastic construction

Pros

  • Convenient date dials on the storage cups
  • Adorable, fun design
  • Comes with nearly everything you need for baby food production
  • Popsicle makers are really nice and easy to use

Cons

  • Batch tray has strong plastic smell
  • Not actually dishwasher-safe despite the manufacturer’s claims
  • Motor heats up if you use it in rapid succession

This $60 set is a pretty good buy considering everything you get for your money.  Not only do you get the power base and mixing bowl, but you also get a variety of storage containers for keeping and refrigerating the batch of food you make.  This means you can use it to make all the food your baby needs for a week in a single sitting.  The best things about it are the 200-watt power base and the date-dial storage cups.  There is a slight tendency for the motor to heat up if you use it for a long time or repeatedly in quick succession, but it generally holds up well even so.

Comparison

There are a handful of other baby food processors on the market right now, even if the Baby Bullet is the most popular.  One example is the F900 from KidCo and another is Cuisinart’s BFM-100.  Whereas the Baby Bullet represents the middle ground price-wise, these two represent the other ends of the spectrum, with the former coming from the cheaper end and the latter coming from the pricier side.

Kidco Basic Natural Feeding System

This baby food processor has a stainless steel cutting blade and a strainer and is dishwasher-safe.  It has a secure, snap-on lid as well as a non-slip base and grip design.  The package also includes sample recipes and 2 cup sized bowls.  It is BPA-free and phthalate-free.

Features

  • BPA-free and phthalate-free construction
  • Non-skid mixing/pureeing bowl
  • Pulse operation via turbo button
  • 2 bowls included, with 1 cup capacity per bowl
  • Stainless steel strainer included
  • Stainless steel cutting blade
  • Top-mounted motor

Pros

  • Very easy to clean
  • Very affordable
  • Small footprint makes it easy to store
  • Top-mounted motor is protected from food leaks or drips

Cons

  • White plastic parts stain relatively easily
  • Small capacity
  • Only chops food finely if you do not add water

This $25 processor is basically a baby food mill—and like most of the true-blue food mills, it turns on as soon as it is plugged in.  The motor only starts working, though, when you press the lid (where it is mounted) into the bowl.  This can be very convenient besides being good for maintenance purposes: drops don’t fall onto the motor from the bowl and parents who make baby food regularly have fewer rituals to go through each time they want to use the processor.  It lacks durability, though, but that is perhaps what one gets for $25.  Still, it is a great budget buy and will work nicely for most parents on a tight budget.

Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer

This baby food maker also doubles as a bottle warming machine.  It has a 4-cup capacity as well as a blade-lock system to keep the blade in place even when the user is tilting the bowl to pour contents out of it.  It also has a steam blade to distribute steam evenly when in operation.

Features

  • 4-cup work bowl capacity
  • Can steam, chop, and puree
  • Can serve as a bottle warmer
  • Blade Lock system
  • Bowl seal
  • Recipe booklet included
  • Spatula included
  • 18-month warranty

Pros

  • Compact, with a small footprint
  • Efficient steamer and puree tool in one machine
  • Easy to use 3-position dial
  • Large batch capacity

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some have reported mold growing in their steam compartments

This is really a lovely concept, to have the steamer and the pureeing instrument in a single kitchen appliance.  It makes this Cuisinart model wonderfully convenient, with its baby bottle warmer function.  It is also extremely easy to use, so even those generally uncomfortable with electronic appliances will find it a simple tool.  The result is that most people will not mind the $100 price tag on the unit.  However, the fact that some people have been finding mold growing in their steam compartments does make this a bit of an iffy item.  Perhaps regular cleaning will void that threat, but where most parents are concerned, simply not having the risk at all would likely be the best resolution.

Conclusion

All in all, the best buy here is still the Baby Bullet.  The Cuisinart would give it a serious run for its money were it not for the threat of mold contaminating the Cuisinart model’s steamer—a threat no parent would want to dare.

What of the cheapest model, then? The KidCo is actually not a bad rival either, but its capacity pales to the Baby Bullet’s. There are some advantages that give it an edge: a top-mounted motor and low price tag as well as an included strainer are some of them.  Even so, you still get more for your money with the Baby Bullet.

The Baby Bullet wins against the other two by virtue of its ease of use, extensive array of item inclusions, ease of maintenance, and relative affordability.  It could do with a number of improvements—a less-prone-to-heat-up motor, for example—but as it is, it already manages to perform quite well for the price.

The Food Expert
 

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