Today I’m testing out a new As Seen on TV portable blender called the Bionic Blade and comparing it to one of the most popular portable blenders on the market, the BlendJet 2. Let’s take a closer look and see how these two compare.
Where to Purchase & Giveaway
You can enter my BlendJet 2 giveaway at this link. Giveaway ends on March 31, 2023.
Bionic Blade can be purchased from Amazon for about $30. You can also get it from the official website, buybionicblade.com, or in stores such as Walmart. As of this writing, BlendJet 2 does not appear to be sold on Amazon, but you can pick it up direct from the manufacturer at BlendJet.com, or in stores such as Target or even Best Buy.
Claims & Features
- Motor: The BlendJet 2 has a 5V, 2A motor that spins at 275 revolutions per second, while the Bionic Blade has a 100-watt motor that spins at 18,000 revolutions per minute.
- Capacity: The BlendJet 2 comes with a 16 oz container, but upgraded sizes are also available. The Bionic Blade’s instructions mistakenly state 26 oz in one place and 16 oz in another, but it’s stated to be half a liter in some other places. When the cup is measured to the MAX fill line, it holds about 17 oz, making “half a liter” (16.9 oz) the correct answer.
- Cleaning: Neither model is dishwasher safe, and both recommend adding a drop of soap to some water and running it through a cycle to clean it.
- Blends: The Bionic Blade can provide about 10 30-second blends on one charge, while the BlendJet 2 offers 15 20-second blends.
- Battery: The BlendJet 2 has a 4000 mAh battery, while the Bionic Blade’s battery is stated to be 1500 mAh.
- Charging: Both models use USB-C, but the BlendJet 2 takes 90 minutes to charge, while the Bionic Blade takes 3 hours.
- Lid: BlendJet 2 has a leakproof lid, while the Bionic Blade has a drinking lid that can be screwed on after blending.
Bionic Blade vs BlendJet 2
I recently received an email promoting a new portable As Seen on TV blender called the Bionic Blade. Since I’ve tried various blenders in the past, including the original BlendJet (which I didn’t like) and the BlendJet 2 (which I thought was a significant improvement), I was interested in comparing the Bionic Blade with the BlendJet 2. I found the Bionic Blade in the As Seen on TV aisle at a local Walmart for $30. To ensure that I was comparing two new models, I bought a brand-new BlendJet 2 from a local Best Buy store for $50.
For my first test, I used baby carrots in water, which is an excellent way to test the blending power of the units while offering a clear display of the blended results. I put 200ml of water in each blender along with four baby carrots and ran each through a single blending cycle. The results were nearly identical, with both blenders leaving a small amount of unblended carrot in the bottom.
My next test was blending a banana in orange juice, which required me to shake the Bionic Blade a little to prevent a banana from getting stuck. This “shaking” method was suggested in the Bionic Blade instructions. After blending, the Bionic Blade left one banana chunk, while the BlendJet 2 had no chunks at all. I’d give a very slight edge to the BlendJet 2 in this test, but the results were pretty close.
Next up I filled each unit with equal amounts of water, blackberries, strawberries, and pineapple chunks. At this point I realized that the wider shape of the Bionic Blade’s container allowed for more fruit to be placed in it. Although the BlendJet 2 has a capacity of only about 1 oz less than the Bionic Blade, its slender design does not facilitate the addition of as much fruit as the Bionic Blade. After blending the fruit in both blenders, I would say the Bionic Blade won, primarily because the BlendJet 2 left several large chunks behind, while the Bionic Blade did not. This, I believe, is due to the extra room the Bionic Blade had to blend during its cycle.
Both blenders claim to be good at chopping dry nuts, so I tried a half-cup of nuts in each unit. The Bionic Blade performed better, possibly due to its longer blending cycle.
For my final test, I made a candy bar milkshake recipe shown in the Bionic Blade commercial. Although there was no recipe provided for this milkshake, it appeared to be made with milk, ice cream, and a Snickers bar. I added a half cup of milk, a few scoops of ice cream, and a Snickers bar cut in half to each blender. Both blenders struggled with this one. The BlendJet 2 left a large half-Snickers behind but was able to finish its blending cycle. The Bionic Blade got stuck and stopped blending twice. After two full blending cycles for both blenders (and a few seconds of a third cycle in the Bionic Blade), I compared the results. The Bionic Blade’s milkshake appeared to have more Snickers mixed in with it than the BlendJet, but both blenders left behind about half of a candy bar. Overall, neither blender did a great job with this recipe.
Both blenders should be cleaned by adding a drop of soap and running them through a cycle but wiping them down with a sponge is still recommended. The BlendJet’s container can be detached from both ends, which makes cleaning a bit easier.
It’s challenging to determine a clear winner between the two blenders as they each have their own set of pros and cons.
Pros: The BlendJet 2 is more compact, charges in half the time, and is easier to clean. It is also far easier to align the arrows for proper operation than the Bionic Blade. On the other hand, the Bionic Blade is less expensive and has a wider container with a longer blending cycle, which delivers a superior end result in many cases.
Cons: The BlendJet 2 is more expensive, and its slender design may not be suitable for handling large quantities of items to blend. The Bionic Blade takes longer to charge, is a bit more challenging to clean, and is often difficult to properly align the arrows for the unit to work.
Which blender is better depends on how and where you intend to use it. My tests have hopefully provided some insight into which model is better suited for your needs. If you have experience with either blender, please share your thoughts in the comments below.