I was in Bed, Bath & Beyond one day just looking around when I came across the Magic Bullet Express. I had seen the infomercials on TV talking about this blender/mixer and it looked really cool and easy to use and curiosity got the better of me, so I just had to have it.
I brought it home, set it up and decided that I would make me a mixed drink for my first trial run. So, after getting out the ingredients, I began crushing some ice for the drink. First thing I noticed that was while it crushed up some of the ice, once the ice got compacted near the blades, it didn't crush anymore. I tried hitting it on the counter some to loosen up the compacted ice, but it didn't really help. I ended up having to use my regular blender.
Just to try something else, I decided to mix up some leftover chicken & mayo & spices to make my husband a sandwich for dinner. I added all the ingredients like the instructions said and put in the correct blade and started mixing. It mixed that pretty good, but again, once the ingredients got compacted near the blade, then mixing/chopping function got really bad.
In the infomercials, you never see the demonstrators having to loosen any food or scooping out chunks of food in order to properly mix ingredients. It all looks so simple on tv when it just isn't in reality. Also, with so many different parts (2 mixing cups, 2 blades, 4 party mugs, 4 lids, shaker lid & steamer lid) it can be a bunch of things to stuff inside a cabinet or drawer.
On the good side, setting everything up to start mixing something is a snap. Just choose a container size and blade, stick in your ingredients and mix. For the most part, it works well, but it definitely is not quite as simple and straightforward as they'd like you to believe on the informercials and for the money, you are better off just sticking with your regular blender.