If you stay abreast on the latest kitchen gadgets, odds are you've heard of the Veggie Bullet. The Veggie Bullet is the latest product from the Magic Bullet / Nutribullet brand and its claim to fame is being able to slice, shred, and spiralize vegetables quickly and easily. For those of us who love to use spiralizers, but hate the labor that's associated with them, it is very tempting to pick up a machine that claims to do all that work for you! The same goes for those who do a lot of general vegetable prepping. We explore the upsides and pitfalls of this new product below!
Veggie Bullet Product Summary
- Allows you to do a variety of cuts really quickly - great for bulk prep.
- Can make spiralized noodles (or zoodles) of the right veggies - namely softer ones such as zucchini.
- Does a good job shredding and slicing tougher vegetables.
- Is dishwasher safe - which speeds up the clean up.
- Stays sturdy with suction cup blades that stick to the counter.
- Spiralizer function works really well if the vegetable is the right size and texture.
- Not all blades work well for all types of vegetables.
- A lot of parts to keep track of - not ideal for small spaces or limited storage.
- Spiralizing function may not function well on harder veggies or veggies that aren't the proper shape.
- Larger veggies will have to be prepped anyway to fit in chute.
- Works quicker, but some may find it less accurate than hand-crank spiralizers.
Veggie Bullet vs. Food Processors
Technically speaking any machine with a motor (such as a food processor) can perform similarly to the Veggie Bullet as long as it has a spiralizer attachment.
There are tons of different food processors out there, but we couldn’t find any exact spiralizer attachments for them. However, we did come up with a few Veggie Bullet alternatives that may be a good choice if it’s not going to overlap with kitchen equipment you already own. These are food processor hybrids which can do most of the food processing tasks you need among other things.
The Ninja 4-in-1 Kitchen system acts like a counter-top blender, personal blender, food processor, and spiralizer. Although it generally commends a higher price point than the Veggie Bullet (prices vary*), it does pack in a ton of value as it grants you the ability to do a multitude of kitchen tasks.
The spiralizer attachment on this machine works similarly to the Veggie Bullet. You put the zucchini or carrot into the chute, push down, and let the blades do the work. The advantage is that just by switching the top you can turn it into a blender or food processor that’s ideal for making things like salsas.
The other solution we came up with involves the Kitchenaid which is actually a lot more versatile than one might think. Many are familiar with its dough and batter making capabilities, the Kitchenaid actually has a number of attachments including a spiralizer and food processor.
Obviously, you’re going to need the entire Kitchenaid unit, but after all – who doesn’t want one? With its countertop aesthetics, it is probably one of the most sought-after kitchen appliances.
That’s the bonus you get with both of these units compared to the Veggie Bullet. They’re both worthy of countertop display while the Veggie Bullet is such a niche item that you’ll probably end up putting it away when its not in use. If you’re going to spend the money – its important to consider the overall value for years to come.
What We Like About the Veggie Bullet
The Veggie Bullet is an excellent tool for several reasons. If you need something that can spiralize vegetables super easy and quick, we think it is worth the investment. Given that the Veggie Bullet functions as a motor-powered spiralizer, it's naturally going to be way faster than doing it with a hand held or tabletop spiralizer.
It's also great at old fashioned cutting and shredding, assuming you're using the right vegetables (more on that below). Just like with the spiralizer function, this machine can cut and shred far quicker than anyone could do manually - a great time saver if you're cooking for a lot of people or making a bunch of meals in advance.
When it comes to cleaning, you're better off cleaning this machine by hand. Because shreds of vegetables will get stuck, throwing it directly in the dishwasher may not always be appropriate. However, it does come with a brush to help out. If you're looking for something you can throw directly in the dishwasher without any initially cleaning, this may be an issue.
What We Don't Like About It
The fact is, this tool is not going to be an absolute solution for all your kitchen needs.
The first flaw that we wanted to point out is that the spiralizing is not going to be perfect. This is the case with most spiralizers, but many users of this machine have been disappointed that they had trouble spiralizing harder and less uniform shaped vegetables. However, if you're meal prepping a bunch of zucchini or squash noodles for the week - it's going to be a great fit.
Thrive Cuisine Tip on Spiralizers
Having a Julienne Peeler on hand is a great way to make cuts similar to spirals on odd shaped or one-off vegetables. It allows the user a fair amount more dexterity than using a manual or electric spiralizing machine such as the bullet, but is obviously going to be a lot slower!
Another great option is an Oxo Hand Held Spiralizer.
Given the range of functions that this machine has, there's going to be a lot of moving parts which means that you'll need some extra storage space. For some individuals this may be fine, but others may have overflowing cabinets already. If the latter is the case, you want to make sure that this is a machine you're going to use rather than just something that's going to get lost in the abyss of your kitchen cabinets or collect dust in your garage.
Finally, with most chopping and shredding machines, there is going to be at least some food loss. This probably shouldn't come as a surprise, but for those who have an aversion to wasting food, it is definitely something to consider. Food loss will not be massive, but smaller pieces and shreds can get stuck in the machine.
To turn this into a positive, we recommend saving the food scraps when you clean the machine and make a veggie stock with it!
Who is the Veggie Bullet Ideal For?
Given the Pros and Cons of the Veggie Bullet - we've narrowed down what types of people the machine is perfect for:
People Who Cook for Larger Groups of People
If you're cooking for a big family or entertaining, having a machine like the Veggie Bullet is going to be invaluable. If you trying to get your kids to eat carrots, shredding them could be a great way to make the texture more fun and interesting. Having to do this by hand can be a total drag, but getting a whole bunch of carrots and throwing them in the Veggie Bullet will make everything much easier .
However, if you're only cooking for one or two people, it may not be worth the hassle to get the machine assembled for a smaller job.
People Who Prepare in Advance
If you like to prepare a bunch of food in advance - either for a few days or the entire week - this machine is going to be a huge time-saver. If you're into making zucchini noodles, for example, you can spiralize a bunch of zucchinis on a Sunday and have the zoodles ready to cook throughout the week with very little fuss.
People Who Utilize Shredded Foods in Dishes
If you like making things such as potato pancakes, then you know the horror of having to shred a bunch of potatoes. Instead, this machine can easily shred potatoes to a perfect consistency, and theprocess is going to be a heck of a lot easier.
Veggie Bullet vs. Spiralizer: What to Consider
If you're thinking about the Veggie Bullet just for spiralizing purposes and don't think you'll be spiralizing that often or in huge quantities, it may be worth checking out some of the manual and handheld spiralizers available on the market. This gives you the advantage of not having to dedicate yourself to such a large and possibly non-budget friendly machine.
If you want to go down this route, we recommend the Mueller Spiralizer listed below. It's obviously not going to be as quick and easy for large batches of food, but is going to be perfect if you're not doing massive amounts of spiralizing and don't want to make the commitment for a larger and electric machine.
The Veggetti Pro is also a great alternative.
Wrap Up on the Veggie Bullet
The Veggie Bullet is great for certain things and certain people, but its not for everyone. Consider your routines and habits when assessing if this unit is worth the investment. It's great at spiralizing things like squashes and zucchinis and great at prepping other vegetables such as potatoes. Now that you have all of the pros and cons, it's up to you to make the final decision!