Product Update: NutriBullet Blender

Nutribullet I’ve had my NutriBullet for about eight months now, so I thought I’d give an updated product review for those who might be weighing their options among juicers and blenders. You can read my initial review here.

Overall, I am still as happy as can be with the NutriBullet. I use it at least five times per week, and sometimes as often as twice a day. I highly recommend a high-power blender over a juicer, because the blender lets you keep the fiber, whereas juicers separate the fiber out and it becomes a waste product. So, with juice, you get all of the calories (mostly simple sugars) and none of the stuff that makes you feel full. Juice does win out over blended drinks in terms of speed and ease of nutrient delivery, so if you’re having a rough patch in terms of digestion, juicing can be a good way to restore health. The other thing I’ve noticed after eight months is that I make almost exactly the same blended drink every time I use my NutriBullet, whereas I used to really mix things up a lot more with my juicer. Still, the smoothie I make in the NutriBullet is packed with everything I need, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much.

The NutriBullet comes with a blender blade and a milling blade, and I use both pretty regularly. The milling blade is great for turning raw nuts into flour for baking, and though I haven’t gotten around to it yet, I mean to try milling my own whole wheat flour from wheat berries sometime. The blender blade is, of course, great for making smoothies and shakes, but also handles things like hummus and other dips pretty well. I recommend using the small cup attachment, though, or your dip is likely to get flung up to the top of the blender cup and stay there while you’re trying to mix your ingredients.

Though I have never tried one, I am sure a VitaMix blender would outperform the NutriBullet in terms of beverage smoothness and it would probably do hummus, dips and vegan cheese quite a bit easier. Serving size could also be a limitation of the NutriBullet – the most it can blend at one time is two 10-ounce smoothies. But in my opinion, the NutriBullet still wins big on size, price and ease of clean-up. It has never taken me more than thirty seconds to completely clean the NutriBullet after use, no matter what I made with it.

I’ve been impressed so far with the quality. The blades are still very sharp, and the motor handles whatever I throw at it. I have also never had any leakage or spillage, which some reviews say can be a problem. I was talking with a friend the other day, and she said she’d had a couple of NutriBullets a few years ago and they just didn’t last. I think the company revamped the motor shortly before I bought mine, and so far, it’s performing like a champ. We’ll see how it does once I’ve passed the warranty period. Still, at around $100, even if I had to replace it every year, I’d personally still go with the NutriBullet over a VitaMix simply because it takes up so little space on my counter and is so easy to use and clean.

I hope you’ve found this review helpful. As an extra, here’s the smoothie recipe I make nearly every day:

1 1/2 cups packed organic spinach, kale or chard
1 small banana
1 scoop vegan protein powder
1/2 cup frozen berries
1 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp walnuts
1 1/2 cups filtered water
3 ice cubes

Blend all for 45 – 60 seconds. Makes two 10-ounce smoothies. Approximately 200 calories and 11 g protein per serving.

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