It seems like every time I turn around I see another ad or infomercial for the Nutribullet blender. Forbes even chose it as the best personal blender of the year.
Nutrition-extracting personal bullet blenders have become extremely popular. And the best thing about them is that they allow you to add a lot more fruit and vegetables to your diet.
But are they worth all of the hype? And do they really work?
I’m a big fan of smoothies. I’ve spent a small fortune buying them several times a week for lunch at my local smoothie shop. Two years ago I broke down and bought an expensive fancy-dancy juicer so that I could make my healthy drinks at home.
But my juicer is big and bulky and a pain in the neck to drag out of the cabinet. And don’t even get me started on the mess. As you can imagine, I hardly ever use it. So now I’m on a mission. I’m looking for a way to make smoothies at home that is quick and convenient and won’t cost me an arm and a leg.
What Does the NutriBullet Blender Do?
NutriBullet, sometimes called Nutri Bullet, was the first company to coin the term “nutrient extractor.” NutriBullet says that their bullet blenders break down the cell walls of high-fiber plant ingredients. This releases the vitamins and minerals in the food. The NutriBullet blender pulverizes fiber, seeds, pulp, and skins into a smooth drinkable texture, making food more easily digestible and more easily absorbed.
But there is some controversy on whether or not the NutriBullet blender and other bullet blenders can give you more nutrients than just eating the fruits and vegetables.
Bruce German, a food chemistry professor at the University of California, explains that nutrient extraction blenders can make some nutrients more available. But they can also cause other nutrients to be less available. “It has to be tested ingredient by ingredient,” he said. “A lot of the science that either substantiates or refutes this just hasn’t been done.”
NutriBullet Blender or Juicer? Which Is Better?
At first glance, a juicer and a NutriBullet blender may seem the same. But their difference lies in their output. With a traditional juicer, you only get the juice out of the produce you use. They extract out the insoluble fibrous pulp, leaving just the liquid. So you miss out on some of the nutrients from your fruits and vegetables. A NutriBullet blender, on the other hand, doesn’t extract anything out. Instead, it pulverizes the entirety of whatever you put into it.
4 Healthy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make With a NutriBullet Blender
The best thing about using a personal bullet blender like NutriBullet is that it’s an easy way to add fruit and vegetables to your diet. Not a huge fan of vegetables? You can make smoothies so delicious that you can’t tell any veggies are even in there. There are countless healthy recipes that you can make in a NutriBullet blender. You just need to find some that suit your taste. These are four of our favorites to get you started.
The Foundation of Youth
This smoothie is so delicious that you won’t even notice the veggies. And it will make you feel strong and healthy.
- 2 handfuls kale
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 nectarine
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 10 walnut halves
Add kale, avocado, nectarine, blueberries, and walnut halves to your NutriBullet blender. And then fill to the max line with almond milk or spring water and blend.
This smoothie is helpful if you’re having trouble sleeping.
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds
Add spinach, banana, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and one tablespoon of sunflower seeds to your NutriBullet blender. Then fill to the max line with spring water and blend.
The Beauty Blast
The Beauty Blast is good for healthy hair, skin, and nails.
- 2 handfuls of swiss chard
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1 Tbsp goji berries
- 12 cashews
Add swiss chard, pineapple, strawberries, goji berries, and cashew nuts. And then fill to the max line with spring water and blend.
The Skinny Blast
This smoothie is an excellent option for breakfast if you’re trying to lose some weight.
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 banana
- 1/8 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 orange
- 1 carrot
- hemp seeds (1 to 2 Tbsp if desired)
Add spinach, banana, pumpkin seeds, orange, carrot, and hemp seeds to your blender. Then fill to the max line with almond milk or spring water and blend.
Our Review Process
This analysis is an independent review of 4 different NutriBullet blenders. For comparison, we also looked at three other popular bullet blenders. We have no business or financial ties with any of these companies. During the review process, we researched professional and consumer reviews. We also compared the features of each blender.
Pros and Cons for the NutriBullet Blender
Here’s what we loved and didn’t love about the NutriBullet blender.
- The NutriBullet blender breaks food down into its most nutritious state
- It doesn’t take up much counter space
- The cups and lids are BPA-free and dishwasher safe
- The NutriBullet blender is extremely versatile
- They are very easy to use
- They clean up easily
- They tend to leak if you don’t tighten down all of the parts properly
- NutriBullet only offers a one-year warranty
- Customers complain that parts break too soon
The NutriBullet Blenders
In this review we looked at four Nutribullet blenders: the original NutriBullet blender, the NutriBullet Pro, the NutriBullet Balance, and the NutriBullet Rx. Each has their own unique features that make separate them from the others.
The NutriBullet Pro
The NutriBullet Pro is a step up from the original and features a 900-watt motor. And it has the same stainless steel blades for the cyclonic action. With this NutriBullet blender, you can get up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables per smoothie. It has a capacity of up to 32 ounces.
The NutriBullet Pro comes with the power base, two “colossal” cups, and an emulsifying blade. It also comes with two flip-top lids and four lip rings. And it comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
This NutriBullet blender costs anywhere from $60 to $100. And like the original, it gets very high ratings. Most customer complaints about this blender are that the parts break too quickly which can cause it to leak.
The NutriBullet Balance
The NutriBullet Balance is another step up, and it includes smart technology. It features an even more powerful motor at 1,200 watts.
The best thing about this NutriBullet blender is that it uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your smart device, allowing you to calculate the exact nutritional value of your smoothie in real-time as you add each ingredient. You can get up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables per smoothie with this blender. And it has a capacity of up to 32 ounces.
The balance comes with a power base with a smart nutrition sensor, two “colossal” cups, and an extractor blade. It also comes with two flip-top to-go lids and two lip rings. And like the other NutriBullet blenders, it comes with a one-year warranty.
Most buyers love this NutriBullet blender. But some people complained that the app still needs improvement.
The NutriBullet Rx
The NutriBullet Rx is the mac-daddy of all of the NutriBullets. It is the most technologically advanced, and it features a crazy powerful 1,700-watt motor. And it has a heating cycle for hot soups. It’s also programmable and has a hands-free auto start/stop function.
With this NutriBullet blender, you can get a whopping 12 servings of fruit and vegetables per smoothie. It’s also more substantial than the other NutriBullets, with a capacity of up to 45 ounces.
The Rx comes with the power base, an extractor blade, and a pitcher with a two-piece lid. It also comes with a short cup, an oversized cup, a stay-fresh lid, and a lip ring. It also comes with a one-year warranty.
The NutriBullet Rx costs $100 to $260, depending on where you buy it, and it gets outstanding reviews. One of the complaints about it is that it leaks if you don’t tightly screw all of the parts down (but, really, whose fault is that?). Another complaint is that replacement parts and accessories are expensive.
How the NutriBullet Blender Stacks up to the Competition
For some comparison, we also looked at three other popular bullet blenders. Each of these is an excellent product in their own right so don’t ignore them just because they’re not made by Nutribullet.
Nutri Ninja BL455 professional 1000 watts personal blender
This Ninja blender has a powerful 1,000-watt motor. But it doesn’t come with any of the smart technology that the NutriBullet Balance and Rx have. It has a 24-ounce capacity, and it comes with the motor base, three cups, and pro extractor blades. It also comes with two sip and seal lids and a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. The accessories are BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
The Ninja blender costs $60 to $80, and it gets outstanding reviews. The Ninja is similar in price and wattage to the NutriBullet Pro. But in side-by-side comparisons, most people preferred the NutriBullet because it does a better job with substantial ingredients and produce that is still whole, with stems and skin intact.
Chulux Smoothie Bullet Blender Maker
The Chulux bullet blender is another moderately priced but powerful machine. It features a 1,000-watt motor, and it has a 35-ounce capacity. One unique thing about this blender is that it has overheating protection. If the motor is improperly used or overheats it shuts itself off to prevent damage to the machine.
Once it cools off, it can be activated again. Another nice thing about it is that you can use it as a grinder as well as a blender. So it can make a smoothie as well as grind your coffee beans. The Chulux blender comes with a power base, a six-leaf extractor blade, and a two-leaf grinding blade. It also comes with a large jar, a small container, two seal lids, and one travel lid. And like the NutriBullet blenders, it comes with a one-year warranty.
Vitamix S30 Personal Blender
The Vitamix S30 is considerably more expensive than any of the NutriBullet blenders. It has a 40-ounce capacity, but with a 790-watt motor, it’s not as powerful. The Vitamix does, however, have variable speed control and a pulse feature. It comes with the power base, a travel cup with a lid, and a larger pitcher with a lid. It also comes with a low-profile tamper and a stainless steel blade base.
And it has a 40-ounce capacity. One great thing about this blender is that it also comes with a 5-year full warranty and a 30-day guarantee. And unlike the NutriBullets, which they make in China, the Vitamix is made in the United States.
The Vitamix S30 is an excellent blender, but it will cost you a pretty penny. But like the other bullet blenders on our list, it gets very high customer ratings. When compared with the NutriBullet Rx, the Vitamix tends to win because of superior design and quality. But it costs twice as much.
It All Comes Down to This
Of the seven blenders that we reviewed, our favorite was the NutriBullet Pro because it gives you the best bang for your buck. And for the vast majority of people, it will do the job. But if you’re looking for the best of the best and price isn’t a concern, then you can’t go wrong with the Vitamix S30. We still prefer the NutriBullet Rx however because it’s half the price of the Vitamix and it has tons of cool technology. The NutriBullet blenders are very popular and with good reason. So are they worth all of the hype? I would say so, yes.
We’d love to hear from you. Tell us in the comments about your favorite bullet blender and share your favorite recipe.