What Is Butter Bullet?
Take a stick of butter, place it inside Butter Bullet, and the manufacturer claims the device will melt it into a warm spray in seconds, which can be used on hundreds of different foods, including grilled cheese, lobster, pasta, waffles, toast, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, popcorn, and veggies.
Just press the button and cover your food completely and evenly.
We’re also told the cordless, rechargeable battery-operated Butter Bullet works with margarine and low-fat cooking oils, allows you to control the spray, rinses clean in seconds, and stores easily on the counter or in the fridge when you're finished.
Bottom line: Is this device as amazing as the manufacturer claims? Compared to the competition, will Butter Bullet deliver equal—or even more—value for the money? Let’s start with what you can expect to pay.
How Much Does Butter Bullet Cost?
One Butter Bullet device is priced at $29.99, plus $8.99 S&H. You’ll be able to purchase a second during checkout for an additional $8.99 fee.
Whether you order one or more, all Butter Bullets come with a 60-day money back guarantee from OnTel Products Corp., less shipping and any fees associated with the BOGO offer.
Requesting one can be accomplished by calling 866-446-4080.
How does this price compare to the competition? Is there even such a thing?
Butter Bullet vs. the Biem Butter Sprayer
The bottom line is that if you’re looking for a handheld device that directly turns sticks of butter (or margarine or oils) into a sprayable mist, your options are currently limited to Butter Bullet and a third-party product named the Biēm Butter Sprayer. How do they compare?
While we didn’t test either of these options firsthand, perhaps the elephant in the room is the price. Why? Because the Biēm will set you back $130, although you can pick up a Butter Bullet for $30—or obtain about four for the price of one of the competition. But does this price necessarily represent a better value?
According to the product’s website, we’re told that the Biēm model delivers features like:
- A height of 10" and a weight of 1.5lbs
- An accelerometer that automatically turns on the device as soon as it’s moved
- A sensor that monitors the position of the butter stick and turns the heating elements on and off accordingly, allowing only a small portion to melt at any one time
- An indicator that lets you know when you’re about to run out
- A front LED that helps you see where you’re spraying
- A patent-pending nozzle designed not to clog
- The ability to completely recharge in approximately 90 minutes
- An easy cleaning mode that works using only tap water and a drop of soap
Comparatively, what are Butter Bullet’s dimensions? Will it automatically turn on and off, avoid melting the entire stick all at once, and let you know when it runs out? Is there a front LED? What’s the recharging time? How are you supposed to clean it?
We reached out to customer support for answers to important questions like these and were assured a call back within 24-48 business hours. We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as a response is received.
How Do Devices Like Butter Bullet Work?
Just like with its specifications and features, the Butter Bullet website didn’t provide any insight into how the device does its job.
However, assuming it functions in basically the same manner as the Biēm model, it likely uses a heater (or perhaps a series of heaters) to melt the butter, which then travels into a reservoir. From there, the butter travels up a tube toward the nozzle, where it’s ejected using air.
This way, you’ll be able to spray butter without the use of pressurized CO2 canisters or other propellants.
Our Bottom Line About Butter Bullet
At face value and without having tested the device ourselves, the Butter Bullet seems to solve several real-world cooking problems in one fell swoop: It allows you to use real butter, versus margarine (which can contain high levels of trans fats, increase LDL, and decrease HDL levels); allows you to avoid hard pats of butter that can frustratingly damage the surfaces you’re applying them to, and provides an always-ready source.
On top of this, the device is priced much lower than its only competitor and comes backed by the manufacturer with a 60-day refund policy.
This way, if you find that it doesn’t deliver the level of value you were expecting, you won’t be out more than your original shipping, plus whatever it will cost to send it back to the OnTel.
Pro tip: Keep in mind this also relates to any fees associated with the BOGO offer during checkout.
However, despite the fact that the medical community might currently be more in favor of butter, writing for TIME, Alexandra Sifferlin notes that it’s “a “middle-of-the-road” food, nutritionally speaking—better than sugar, worse than olive oil.”
In this same article, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts in Boston provides some specific examples for perspective: “Vegetable oils and fruits and nuts are healthier than butter, but on the other hand, low-fat turkey meat or a bagel or cornflakes or soda is worse for you than butter.”
So, while applying real butter to your food using a device like Butter Bullet might currently be more favorable than using margarine—at least among many popular health organizations—it should still be used sparingly and in moderation.
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