UPDATE 5/19/2015: A mere 2.5 years in, my NutriBullet died. It physically works in the sense the motor runs; but the inside of the base is coated in a red-rust powder with sticky patches of a thick, dark sludge similar to that of hot asphalt. It’s only leaked once or twice, and I thoroughly cleaned it, so it’s disgusting to me that this is the end result. I don’t believe this sludge ever got into my drinks (at least, that’s what I’ve convinced myself) because the issue seems to be the base of the blade. I did give my NutriBullet a daily workout by making smoothies, baby food, flours, and nut butter, but that’s still no excuse for how nasty it is now. I regret having to now rescind my review below because I truly loved this appliance for over two years! I still believe it is a fantastic STARTER blender for someone who is just beginning a healthy lifestyle and doesn’t want to commit to a high-price blender; but ultimately, it doesn’t seem to be built for the longevity of daily use. I have upgraded to a Nutri Ninja DUO with Auto-IQ (with a lifetime warranty!) and will be sure to post a review.
ORIGINAL SEPT 2012 REVIEW
Please see updated comments above
It’s shocking that it took this long, but I have finally been persuaded to purchase an item on an infomercial.
Last Friday night, my husband and I were lazing about and I happened to stumble upon an infomercial for the NutriBullet. I have been wanting to purchase a smoothie maker for quite some time but the highest rated ones–like VitaMix and Ninja–are very expensive, and/or have way too many parts. Plus, I always have to take into account the limited counter and cabinet space in my kitchen. My husband made fun of me as I got pulled deeper and deeper into the admittedly cheesy infomercial, but it seemed like a simple, affordable solution.
The site claims “this offer will NEVER be available in store” and they’re right–6 “easy installments” of $19.99 is more expensive than what you find in store, since it’s $99.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond. To make it even more affordable, I bummed a 20% off coupon from my mother-in-law, used a $30 gift card, and happily set off to purchase it on Tuesday for around $50.
What is NutriBullet?
NutriBullet is basically a small, convenient blender that grinds up your fruits, vegetables, and nuts to create naturally healthy smoothies within one minute. The sister of the MagicBullet, the NutriBullet has their trademark cyclonic technology which helps to completely grind up the ingredients. Or, to use their promotional language, “don’t juice it! Don’t blend it! Extract it!”
The NutriBullet comes with two types of blades–the extractor blade which can break through tough skin, stems and seeds (you will use this one most often), and the milling blade which grinds up herbs and chops up nuts. It also comes with 3 cups–the tall cup is best if your smoothie is for a meal replacement or if you’re sharing with a friend; and the two smaller cups are for individual or snack-size servings. No matter the cup size you use, they double as both the blender and your cup to drink from.
The NutriBullet also comes with a nutrition guide and recipe book, which despite some exaggerated language, is actually quite handy. It recommends that all NutriBlasts (their promotional name for the drinks you create) begin with 50% green, leafy vegetables such as fresh baby spinach, kale, mixed greens or Romaine lettuce. The other 50% is completely up to you. Choose from all sorts of delicious produce, nuts and seeds. This past week, I’ve been creating drinks from a combination of baby spinach, Romaine lettuce (preferred spinach or mixed greens as the 50% base instead), cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, kiwi, apple, strawberries, peaches, grapes, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts and bananas. For a thinner smoothie (which I like) include 1/4-1/2 cup of water. For a thicker, creamier smoothie they recommend skipping the water and adding banana or avocado.
Hands down, the best part of the NutriBullet is that the blender doubles as your cup, which means less clean up. I’m also a huge fan of the small size because it’s easy to store or even keep on your countertop. It’s also super easy to clean. As soon as your smoothie is done blending, you twist off the blade, wash it off with warm soapy water, and then drink from the cup. The cups can then go on the top shelf of your dishwasher, or be easily washed in warm soapy water.
From a nutrition standpoint, smoothies are much better for you than juice. With a juicer, you’re straining and removing all the pulp and mill, which is actually the fibrous, most nutritious part of produce. The NutriBullet grinds and extracts it all so you’re getting all the natural goodness.
Once you get over their cheesy marketing tactics, I can’t think of any downfall to this contraption. At least none that I have personally experienced this past week. If I’m going to get really nit-picky though, I have 3 comments. 1. I wish they would label the two different blades. I mixed them up at one point and used the milling blade for my regular drink. There was no noticeable difference in my drink but it’s easy to forget which is which even though they look different. I made my own label to prevent this from happening again. 2. I find it bizarre that the materials all include pictures of colorful vegetables like carrots and bell peppers, but the words say “50% green leafy vegetables and 50% fruits and nuts.” The nutritional guide doesn’t list vegetables in any of the recipes either. Weird. 3. They make no mention of how small the pieces of produce need to be or if putting, say, half a cored apple, would break the blades. I’ve been slicing up the apples, cucumbers and peaches, so I recommend cutting up your produce a bit just to be safe.
There are some reviews on bedbathandbeyond.com that complain about leaking, but there were several people who came to NutriBullet’s defense and said that the leaking is likely user-error, caused by people cramming in more ingredients than recommended. In each cup size, there is a fill level line. If you go above this line, you may experience leaking. People have also confused the purpose of this machine–it is to make smoothies of milkshake-texture and is not a juicer.
If I haven’t sold you yet…
Below is the infomercial demonstrating how this machine works. Final warning, it is super cheesy and makes me embarrassed to have experience in direct response TV on my resume but it does correctly show how this appliance works.
Overall, I definitely recommend this machine if you’re looking to make healthy smoothies and shakes. And if you’ve read my review on Yonanas (https://belowthefork.com/blog/product-review/product-review-yonanas/) I just can’t pass up anything that’s both nutritious and delicious from all natural ingredients! CHEERS!