Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Nutribullet Blender review

Well known for its wide range of powerful personal blenders, Nutribullet now adds the stylish multi-use Nutribullet Blender to its line-up. 

This design offers all the benefits of Nutribullet’s blade technology and powerful motor with a traditional blending jug design that can be used for hot and cold ingredients. The control panel features two speed settings and a pulse function, providing plenty of flexibility from crushing ice, breaking down nuts and creating silky smoothies, soups and delicious dips, making for a solid addition to any kitchen top.

Nutribullet Blender

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Price and availability

At the time of writing, the Nutribullet Blender is priced £99.99 over on the Nutribullet and Amazon websites, making it a well-priced entry point for those looking to get in on the blending action.

Nutribullet’s traditional blending range also offers the Nutribullet Combo, priced £149.99, which is similar in style, but comes with three iconic bullet cups in addition to the jug blender.

Design and key features

Compared to Nutribullet’s entry-level 600 series, the Nutribullet Blender is 400W more powerful at 1,200W, resulting in a smoother consistency when preparing hot and cold ingredients. Similar to Nutribullet’s existing personal blender designs, the Nutribullet Blender comes with a unique stainless-steel extractor blade that’s designed to pulverise ingredients to their finest form for optimal nutrition. However, what this new blender adds is volume. 

Nutribullet Blender

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Sporting a curvaceous design, with a 1.6-litre jug and grey base, the Nutribullet Blender will look attractive on your kitchen work surface. Its jug comes with a lid that features a vented lid cap, which can be easily removed for adding cold (not hot) ingredients mid-blend. There’s also a tamper in the box that allows you to scrape any rogue ingredients towards the blade during a blend; we found this particularly useful for nudging spinach leaves to the bottom of the cup when making a smoothie. 

Suction cup feet hold the blender securely in place on the worktop, which is particularly reassuring when the blender is working at its highest speed. We found the easy-pour spout resulted in minimum spillage down the side of the jug when pouring out a smoothie. 

Nutribullet Blender

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Since the Nutribullet’s jug is large, it’s easy to clean with warm soapy water – although note that it is dishwasher-safe. To clean, we simply added a few drops of washing-up liquid and warm water to the blender and ran it on the Low setting for 20 seconds. This helped to dislodge any ingredients stuck behind the blades; we then simply gave it a wash and rinse by hand thereafter to leave the jug perfectly clean. 

Performance

The Nutribullet Blender features three easy-to-use settings, for low- and high-speed blending, as well as pulsing. The control panel is within easy reach and is foolproof. Note that you can’t use the pulse setting if you’re liquidizing hot ingredients, so this blender is best suited for smooth soups, as opposed to chunky ones.   

Nutribullet Blender

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The Nutribullet Blender’s USP is its ability to “crush ice, blitz vegetables, blend sauces, smoothies, dips and dhals”. A recipe booklet isn’t included in the box, but you can visit the Nutribullet website for recipe inspiration. Choose from detox smoothies, black-bean dips, tzatziki dressings and more. 

Nutribullet Blender

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To discover the effectiveness of Nutribullet’s blade technology, we prepared two snacks in the blender. First, we made a guacamole dip using onions, tomatoes, red chilli pepper, avocado and lemon. We placed an onion in two halves into the jug, along with roughly sliced avocado and chilli, and whole cherry tomatoes. To create a textured guacamole dip we used the Pulse setting, holding it down for around 20 seconds. While the majority of ingredients were finely sliced after this period, the onion didn’t chop as well, with larger chunks becoming lodged around the blade. As such, we’d advise that you begin with onion that’s more finely chopped. Overall, however, the resulting guacamole was delicious, and super-quick to make.  

Our next attempt was smoothie using mango, spinach, banana with coconut water. Unlike blenders with pre-set functions, the Nutribullet Blender’s design features manual settings to provide greater control over the results. Placing all the ingredients into the jug, we set the blender running on the High setting for around 30 seconds. We used the tamper to encourage the ingredients closer to the blade – in particular, the spinach leaves that were stuck to the sides of the jug. Obviously, we suggest you do this with the blender turned off, to avoid the contents splashing out of the jug and creating a mess. 

Nutribullet Blender

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In terms of noise, we measured the Nutribullet Blender at 98dB in use through the Decibel Meter app. Although this was a little out of our comfort zone for first thing in the morning, it was worth it for the impressively fast and smooth results.   

Should I buy the Nutribullet Blender?

Buy it if...

You’re after a powerful, super-quick blender for traditional kitchen tasks. A versatile model, the Nutribullet Blender isn’t only a great solution for smoothies but can pulse ingredients to create textured dips and sauces, or blitz hard ingredients for smooth nut milks and more.

You want to blend hot and cold ingredients: As well as creating ice-cold smoothies, milkshake and coolers, the Nutribullet Blender can handle hot ingredients for making silky-smooth soups.

Don't buy it if...

You’re expecting to find bullet cups included in the kit: If you want the benefit of both Nutribullet’s bullet cups and a traditional jug in one compact design then you may want to consider the Nutribullet Combo, which is slightly more expensive at £149.99. 

You’re looking for the most powerful Nutribullet design: At 1,200W, the Nutribullet Blender is efficient at breaking down ice and blitzing vegetables, smoothies and soups. However, it isn’t the most powerful design in the Nutribullet range. That accolade goes to the 1,700W Nutribullet Rx, priced at £129.99.

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