Story last updated: 23 October 2018
Nutribullet is launching its Balance blender in the UK this summer. Dubbed as a ‘smart nutrition system’, the brand says that the Balance is its most advanced blender to date.
So what’s special about it? The blender works with an app on your phone or tablet, via Bluetooth, to track the nutritional make-up of your blends, from counting calories to listing the breakdown of protein, carbohydrate, fat and sugar for pre-programmed recipes.
The idea is that this system makes it easier to track your nutrient consumption as well as helping you make smoothies that are tailored to your specific dietary requirements.
Costing £150, the Balance will be exclusive to John Lewis and High Street TV when it launches in the UK at the end of June.
Head to the full Nutribullet Balance review to get our full test verdict of this blender. Alternatively, read on to see how the Balance measures up on spec to other Nutribullet blenders, and get our nutritional expert’s verdict on the app features.
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What sets the Nutribullet Balance apart?
The Balance looks almost identical to previous Nutribullet blenders. It has the same 1,200W motor used in the Nutribullet 1200 Series, and comes with two big 900ml blending cups, each with a flip-top lid, so you can take your drinks out and about with you.
Here’s how it stacks up against other Nutribullet blenders:
|Nutribullet Balance||£150||0.9 litres||1,200W||Smart nutrition monitoring via app|
|Nutribullet Rx||£128||1.3 litres||1,700W||Soup-making program|
|Nutribullet 1200 Series||£117||0.9 litres||1,200W||Insulated stainless steel blending/travel cup|
|Nutribullet 1000 Series||£100||0.9 litres||1,000W||Insulated stainless steel blending/travel cup|
|Nutribullet Pro 900||£79||0.7 litres||900W||More power and capacity than the Nutribullet 600|
|Nutribullet 600||£50||0.6 litres||600W||Smallest and cheapest option|
Its main selling point, though, is the app and the blending advice it offers. Older Nutribullet blenders include a comprehensive recipe booklet, but the Balance takes this to the next level.
The app includes special recipes that cater to personal wellness goals such as weight-loss or heart health, as well as dairy-free, vegan, nut and other allergen-free recipes. In fact, whatever specialised diet you wish to follow, from low-carb to high-protein to lactose-free, the Balance aims to cater to your needs.
The smart nutrition sensor weighs what you put in the blending cup and adjusts the nutritional information accordingly, so you know precisely what your smoothie contains.
You can even add your own recipes to keep track of favourite blends more easily.
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Nutribullet Balance – do you need a smart blender?
We’ve seen an increase in smart home appliances in recent years, from smart kettles to smart washing machines, but not everything is made better by connecting it to your phone.
However, if you’re blending as part of a healthy eating regime, this feature could be a useful way to keep track of your food intake. It’s easy to forget how calorific and high in sugar smoothies can be – with many reaching more than 500 calories.
Shefalee Loth, Which? nutrition expert, says: ‘Look for recipes that contain a higher proportion of vegetables. Once blended, the sugar from fruit counts as ‘free sugar’ and is damaging to your teeth.’
‘Blending also breaks down some of the fibres, so a smoothie is not as beneficial as consuming the fruit or veg whole. This is why a 150ml smoothie or juice is only counted as one portion of your five a day, regardless of how much you drink’.
£150 is quite pricey, too. If you aren’t fussed about keeping tabs on the exact nutritional make-up of your smoothies, check our Best Buy blenders for options from around £30 that will blend brilliantly.
*All prices correct as of 30 May 2018