150 of 165 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price if you just want a baby food processor!
I normally don't write reviews, but there weren't any for this product and being a first time mom myself, I want to make sure someone finds mine very imformative.
So far, I enjoy using my baby magic bullet. I was contemplating between this product and the Baby Baeba and I am so glad I saved the extra money! (I went to Buybuy Baby and used the 20% coupon so 20% off...
Published on July 24, 2011 by LKay
348 of 373 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality!
First, let me say I was looking forward to start using the baby bullet for my daughter at about 4 months. I knew it was going to be a gimmick, but I figured it looked pretty convenient, and my 4 year old niece saw it and wanted us to get it so she could "help" with making the baby food. It truly is easy enough that a supervised four year old can put the short cup into the...
Published on September 25, 2011 by T. Caudle
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348 of 373 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality!,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)First, let me say I was looking forward to start using the baby bullet for my daughter at about 4 months. I knew it was going to be a gimmick, but I figured it looked pretty convenient, and my 4 year old niece saw it and wanted us to get it so she could "help" with making the baby food. It truly is easy enough that a supervised four year old can put the short cup into the unit and turn it on and off.
What is included? (in my set anyway)
Six small containers with date dials and lids
A freezer tray/lid for six servings
A batch bowl for larger batches/blender lid
A short cup for smaller batches and use with the milling blade/storage lid
A milling blade for rice/grains/oatmeal
A regular blade for fruits/veggies/protein
A thin spatula
At first, using the short cup and regular blade, everything was great. The bullet is easy to use, offers helpful suggestions for different foods for each stage, and VERY easy to clean. The storage system is cute, and the dating on the little storage cups was handy when my daughter wasn't eating as much food each day as she is now. I had thought I had found the perfect baby shower gift for my friends and family from now on. Unfortunately, the bubble burst.
When I tried to use the milling blade, it was obvious pretty quickly that when it had been manufactured the plastic on the side of the blade casing had warped and cracked. This made the milling blade unusable, and tore up the sealing gasket when I did attempt to use it.
I contacted baby bullet for a replacement. They gave me a very difficult time about my proof of purchase, as it had been purchased online. Finally I got them to agree to send me a new milling blade (after receiving a lecture about the gasket causing all the problems... what?), and they insisted I pay $3.99 for shipping to replace the milling blade. Uh... no. We discussed the value of good customer service... and let's just say I didn't pay for shipping for the blade. I did receive it about a week after my last call to them.
Now, shame on me for this... but at the time that happened, I didn't check the rest of the pieces. I was annoyed enough at that point and the runaround I was getting, and it simply didn't occur to me.
My daughter is just shy of seven months, and is eating far more food at a sitting. This morning, I decided to try to use the batch bowl for the first time. As soon as I tried to put the lid on the top of the batch bowl, I knew there was a problem: It wouldn't seal. A quick look, and sure enough, both the lid and batch bowl were warped as the milling blade had been, so the lid cannot possibly connect securely to the bowl. This isn't just annoying - it's dangerous.
They'll be getting ANOTHER call from me tomorrow. If they replace the parts, I will admittedly keep using the bullet. It earned its two stars from being convenient and easy to use when the products are made properly.
Sorry Baby Bullet... but you need to work on quality assurance on the manufacturing lines. If your product arrived in a usable condition, you'd get a four or five star review from this first time mom. But having to fight with customer service to replace what you just didn't care to make correctly the first time? Yeah... I'll take my business elsewhere, and will be instructing my friends and family not to waste their money, no matter how cute and convenient this product may seem.
New Moms: GET A GOOD QUALITY FOOD PROCESSOR AND STORAGE CONTAINERS THAT WORK FOR YOU! Skip this product. There are enough alternatives out there that will meet and exceed your expectations, don't waste your money.
If you do purchase it, check everything immediately, and before you get rid of the box. Test it all out, and if you have a problem, return the whole thing.
***Update 13 October 2011***
The day after this review was posted, and prior to my calling their customer service, I received a call on my cell phone from Baby Bullet Customer Service. We discussed this issue, as well as another I had discovered -after- posting the review: I found that a couple of lids for the dial cups were beginning to show signs of breaking down, i.e. warping (common trend...) and chipping on the inside lip. The CS rep did say that there were some issues with people putting pieces in the dishwasher, and my set had stated it was dishwasher safe (since changed), that was probably the issue? ...all of the bullet pieces I have have been handwashed only, never in the dishwasher. The product I received is just... poor quality.
We also discussed the smell of the motor in the unit that others have mentioned in other reviews, but we agreed that I should wait to have that replaced, as the motorbase is still functioning well.
The woman who contacted me was very pleasant and helpful, and kept our conversation brief, which was appreciated, as I was at work. She stated that I should receive the items (batch bowl and lids) in the mail in 7-10 days. This was September 26th. Yesterday (2 1/2 weeks after I posted the review) I received the package. The batch bowl as promised, and... TWO dial CUPS. No dial cup LIDS. Sigh. Two of my lids have broken down thus far, it's only a matter of time before more do. I suppose I'll have to wait AGAIN for the two that they've decided I'm allotted this time around, and then as I notice the others break down, contact them and wait an additional two weeks per lid for the replacements?
I will say that it's very clear the quality of the product has improved significantly from my set to the new product; the plastic of the batch bowl is firmer, and is more clear; so some quality issues have been addressed between the production of my set and the production of the replacement parts that were sent. I'd really just like to be able to trust this product and have a set that is safe and... works?
I sent off an email a few minutes ago, and am hoping this is resolved quickly. By the time I have a fully functioning set, my daughter will have outgrown the product.
***Update 7 November 2011***
Emails with Baby Bullet resulted in my receiving four new lids, in two different shipments, a few days after the emails were sent. But, as predicted... my 8 month old daughter no longer wants anything to do with most pureed or blended food. AWESOME.
At least I have serving-size containers to store her chopped & cooked food?
I now have a pretty applesauce and sweet potato maker.
150 of 165 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price if you just want a baby food processor!,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)I normally don't write reviews, but there weren't any for this product and being a first time mom myself, I want to make sure someone finds mine very imformative.
So far, I enjoy using my baby magic bullet. I was contemplating between this product and the Baby Baeba and I am so glad I saved the extra money! (I went to Buybuy Baby and used the 20% coupon so 20% off of $59.95 is such a deal!) Granted, the Baeba is also a steamer, but I can steam my own food...the extra step is not a big deal to me as it may be for others. Besides, it's not like you have to use a huge pot...just a medium saucepan is suffice for a whole batch. The only precautions are:
1. Make sure you screw on the base very tightly. I must have not, and the bottom leaked into the actually blender. I didn't wipe it up right away and it dried up in the push-down mechanism of the blender causing it to stick easily. There are 3 "push-down mechanisms" along the rim of the bullet and the problem with it sticking is that, obviously, when you want to stop blending and let go, it can still keep blending until the "push down mechanism" slowly rises up. I just had to clean it up by using a screwdriver to push it up and down until it was "sticky free" again and now it works like new again! (I made sure it was unplugged of course while cleaning).
2. Make sure you DO NOT fill past the max line. There is not a line drawn out, but I must have overfilled it past this imaginary line and when I started to blend with the lid on, it initially spewed out the spout and the sides. this can be bad if the food is still hot. Therefore, I just made sure to wait until the food was cooled down. OR, just make sure you cut the food into small pieces (1/2" x 1/2"). I think when I cut the sweet potato, I sliced them thin rather than cubing them and perhaps that made the blades easier to cut through and causing higher speeds? I'm not sure, but cubing them worked without having to wait for it to cool down. I had a dishcloth over the top too, in case it spewed out.
FYI, for all the 1 stage food babies, make sure you strain the puree before feeding your baby. My pediatrician recommended that to me and I'm glad she did. At first, I didn't think I needed to strain it because the puree looked so smooth and perfect, but low and behold, when I did, there were strings from the pear or parts of the apple core that I though I cut out were filtered out with the strainer. (I used a small metal strainer, the kind you use to sift flour).
One last thing, although it does say that it is TOP RACK dishwasher safe, I haven't tried cleaning these in the dishwasher yet because of fear that my dishwasher will leave soapy residue as it typically does with my tupperware. Perhaps the other reviewer that complained of the materials being cheap, put their components on the bottom rack and that's why it melted? I just pre-rinse them as I put them in the sink so it's not difficult to wash.
Overall, I love this thing and I have fun making my daughter's food. She's been eating solids since 4 months and she eats all of it! I'm going to see if they sell the rubber tray separately so I can freeze more at one time.
86 of 102 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars May Contain Lead - No response from Baby Bullet, LLC,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)My son was diagnosed with lead poisoning,and a risk assessor was unable to determine a source in our home. Our water was tested, and we determined that to be a primary source. We tested some products used by our son with a hardware store lead test kit.
The only items to test positive were the Baby Bullet and a lead fishing sinker, which we used as a control. From what I have read, home test kits may give false positives a majority of the time and just a few times may give false positives.
The parts that tested positive were the nuts on the bottom side of each blade component (the green units that insert into the power base) as well as a space between the blades and green plastic, which may come into contact with food.
I got my BB in December 2011. I wonder if it is possible this system could have helped elevate my son's blood lead level?
I called BB and asked how I could get an answer as to whether or not lead parts are used to manufacture the system. I was told to email customer service in order for my concern to be addressed by someone who would know more about the manufacturing process. Several days later, I have not receieved a response. I have been blocked from BB's Facebook page for asking the question: does your product contain lead components?
Several moms I know are very concerned. I'd like an answer. I don't know if all these units were made the same, but I never would have used it had I have known it was made with any lead components.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: THE PLASTIC SHREDS,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)After using this for 3 months, we noticed that the plastic around the blade is shredding into pieces. This is beyond disappointing-- here we were, thinking we were doing the best for our baby, making our own food, and we were feeding her plastic all the time.
We always cool down the veggies/fruits before using the machine. We use steamed, mushy vegetables, so nothing difficult to blend, that would cause the blade to overheat.
Other than feeding your baby plastic, there are other disappointing aspects:
- The 2 oz containers last 2-3 months. Your baby will soon begin to eat much more than that, so the longevity of these tiny
jars is very limited.
- The blending container is too small. To fill the (6) 2 oz jars, we need to make 3 batches in the blender.
- The ice cube tray- the cubes don't fit into the jars! Why not make 2 oz cubes? Instead, it takes ~1.25 cubes to fill a jar.
Don't bother buying this. Its very clever and manipulative marketing directed at parents who would do anything for their child.
53 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DANGEROUS PLEASE DONT BUY,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)I've NEVER written a review on a product before. I just found out AFTER feeding my 7 mo old son 3 jars of food from the last batch I made that a piece of the plastic (silicone?) blade disconnected and got chopped up in the food! He's EATEN THIS. I noticed when I was feeding him tonight there was a piece of something hard in his food and I went to check the baby bullet and the ring that connects the base to the blade was all wrapped up around the blade and chopped up. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love our baby bullet!!!,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)I first saw the BB on an infomercial when I found out I was 3 months pregnant. The price they had was over $80 for shipping and such, which I thought was a bit much. Enter Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and even Babies R Us who sell it for a whole lot cheaper, plus they always have sales or coupons going on you can watch for. In reading about commercial baby foods, I learned that even "organic" or natural baby food jars are that way because they have been heated to such high temperatures that no bacteria can survive. Well you know what else can't survive? The vitamins and minerals IN the food. So you really don't know what you're getting.
The BBullet is so small and compact, even when we go over to Grandma's I just stick it in our bag, take some of whatever we're having for dinner there and make her dinner and she eats with everyone. It's so easy.
As far as loudness... I expose the baby to loud noises throughout the day which include the washer, vacuum, hair dryer, dog barking, etc. It's just noise! And it's not so "overly loud" like some reviews say. When I take the baby out and there's construction or loud noises, she doesn't shrink away or cry! Again, it's just noise, it's from a blender, deal with it!
One tip I learned from other reviews is to just PULSE the blender. You don't ever need to leave it on for more than 15-20 seconds at a time. There's no need to. It does a fine job as long as your fruits/veggies/etc are either softened, boiled or steamed first..which is how baby food is supposed to be. The grinder blade makes it easier for later on grinding cereal or grains.
People just need to please read and FOLLOW the directions. Don't just assume it's a "blender" and you know how to use it. The instruction booklet is such a fun read, and the recipes and serving sizes are immensely helpful. I am so glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews and that I got the Baby Bullet.
Another point is the washing in the dishwasher. Yes, it is instructed that it can be placed in the top shelf of the dishwasher, but seriously people - isn't it a little lazy to have to use the dishwasher every time? Of course if it's sitting in there with food stuck to it and exposed to high amounts of heat it's going to start warping. Even in a busy family, you can find a moment to RINSE it out in the sink, and wash it in some hot soapy water later if it still needs more cleaning. The directions even indicate that the little rubbery connectors will warp over time if not properly taken care of, or just because of normal wear and tear (mine came with two replacements which I thought was very nice.) But we live in a society where you can't even take a minute to wash something IN THE SINK, I mean..wow. There are countries where people can't even BUY food in a store, and here we are in America and complain about "the dishwasher warped it." Good grief!
I purchased ours from the company with the "bullseye" logo, and got a $10 instant gift card which made it really about $45. Just watch for a sale or a promotion if you can. We also got a "2 year replacement" no hassle policy for $7 so we can always exchange or get our money back if the motor goes out or anything. That peace of mind is awesome. I bought myself a second set of the little date jars and a silicone tray from Babies R Us because I had a 20% off coupon and they are a great addition. I also use a little $4 strainer on some things like sweet potatoes or avocados, just to be sure there's no stringys. It's just a little extra precaution that takes less than a minute.
We love our baby bullet and I am sad to see the harsh reviews for it. I think partially what makes the BB so fun IS how cute it is! Who wants to go in to make baby food from a boring ole food processor? This little set up is so cute and entertaining for me, my husband and the kids! Why shouldn't life be a little more fun?? Changing diapers and following feeding schedules can be more than a bit draining...so moms, I say give yourself something fun and cute and something you'll look FORWARD to using.
97 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love My Little Bullet!,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)I was fortunate enough to recently attend a demonstration of the Baby Bullet as they are being slowly rolled out for sale in stores and although the demo was informative, it was nothing compared to getting the little guy home and putting him to work.
I have two six months old babies in my house who are raring to go for solid foods! So far, thanks to the Baby Bullet, we've hit a bull's eye with avocado, pears and sweet potato. I can't wait to have them try the zucchini I made and froze yesterday for them to try when their three days of sweet potato is done. The bullet is so easy to use and clean up is a breeze. I tried using my food processor, but at this point with the small batches I am making, as they are just trying new foods, it just wasn't up to par. It was too big for the job.
The current retail price, now that they are available in stores (sans the $40 shipping and handling mentioned in the other review), allowed me to purchase two sets for $60 each and if I do come across a problem I'm confident that I can simply return it to the store I purchased it at.
The pop-out freezing molds for storage are just as easy to use as they say. I definitely recommend popping them out into a large bowl or pan. They are slippery little things! They also mentioned in the demo that you can put the little containers in warm water for 20 minutes and they will thaw and be ready to serve, but it took a bit longer. I will go with their other advice of moving the containers intended for the next day into the fridge the night before from now on.
All in all, in the four days I've had my Baby Bullet I have been very pleased. I even used it to make myself some whipped cream for my cocoa, and a fruit smoothie with my four year old! :-)
47 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars $60 at Bed Bath and Beyond!,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)Such a great product, but it's much cheaper at Bed Bath and Beyond. You can also use the popular BBB 25% off coupons and it ends up being just under $50! My wife had been wanting one, but we weren't willing to pay $100. We can handle $50 though!
34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST product EVER!!!,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)I got this as a gift from a friend in December 2011 for Christmas. I opened the box for the very 1st time on Saturday March 17, 2012. I decided to make purées for my 5 month old daughter. I used it ONCE!!! The motor is no longer working after the 1st use!! Yes, i read the manual & it states not to use for more than a minute. I followed the instructions....what a horrible product. I am incredibly choked. I was really excited to use the Baby Bullet. The only good thing is that I did not pay for it. But, can't even return it because I got as a gift. If I could rate this product a zero...I would have!!
Baby Bullet, you really need to make better quality products!!
Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System
March 21, 2011 - I contacted Baby Bullet's Customer Service (and just like other reviewers) they provided the worst customer service. The representative was soft spoken & apologetic, but it doesn't make amends for the lack of support from the company. Baby Bullet stated that they would not replace the motor (even after 1 use) because it was MANUFACTURED over a year ago according to the serial number. Seriously, how are customers supposed o know when a produced was manufactured by looking at a serial number??? Baby Bullet you need to improve your customer service and actually stand behind your product!!!
60 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap materials.,
This review is from: Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System (Kitchen)My wife and I love the idea and the convenience of the Baby Bullet system; however, the plastic is of the cheapest quality possible and after 4 months of use, the base and covers have already warped. This product is not dish washer safe, even if it claims to be. The heat from our dishwasher warped several of the jars and now they cannot close properly. The $80 we paid for a motor and some cheap plastic jars seems like a total waste. Don't fall for the cute bullet jars like my wife did, the Baby Bullet system in general is utter garbage.
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