Nutribullet - is it worth it?
By Aaron West
Nutribullet blenders have taken the UK by storm, but are they really the only blenders worth buying? Find out below.
The Nutribullet 600 burst onto the scene in 2014, and quickly became the most wished-for blender. But is this mini bullet-shaped blender, designed for making speedy one-portion smoothies, worth the hype? And what about the newer, more expensive, Nutribullet blenders? Below we explain what you get with the different Nutribullet models, and what your alternatives are.
There are now six Nutribullet blenders - the original Nutribullet 600, the Nutribullet 900, the Nutribullet Rx, the Nutribullet 1000 Series and 1200 Series, and the Nutribullet Balance. Each varies according to its power, capacity, price and array of accessories. But they all the retain the simple design that made Nutribullets so attractive.
More power and expense doesn't necessarily mean a better blend. We independently test and review rival blenders such as the Nutri Ninja, Nutri Pro, Nutrient blender, and more, revealing the best blenders around - including some brilliant options that will set you back less than any Nutribullet.
Head to our blender reviews to compare models and find out which blenders we recommend.
What you get with the Nutribullet
Each Nutribullet blender has just one blending setting, a variety of different-sized blending cups, and travel lids for taking your drink on the go. As you go up the range you get more features. Here's an overview of how the Nutribullet blenders compare:
- Nutribullet 600 - cheapest, has smallest capacity (one-portion blending)
- Nutribullet 900 - slightly larger capacity and more powerful motor
- Nutribullet 1000 Series - larger capacity (several portions in one go), more powerful motor, insulated steel travel blending cup, 'smart' blending programme
- Nutribullet 1200 Series - another step up from the 1000 Series with a more powerful motor, a bigger second cup and two pre-programmed cycles
- Nutribullet Rx - large capacity (several portions in one go), makes hot soup from scratch, 'smart' blending programme
- Nutribullet Balance - most expensive, same power motor motor and capacity as the 1200 Series, can connect via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet where you can track the nutritional content of your smoothies
Before you buy, make sure you check our Nutribullet blender reviews to see which Nutribullets we recommend. Logged-in members can see quick summaries of each Nutribullet review below, plus our top picks for Nutribullet alternatives, including some cheap blenders that punch above their weight. Not yet a member? Join Which? to get instant access.
Nutribullets at a glance
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The latest and most expensive Nutribullet, the Balance, is also the first with smart features. With nutrition tracking, Nutribullet claims you can keep a close eye on how many calories, vitamins and minerals are in your smoothie creations. Find out whether this feature lives up to expectations, and whether the Balance justifies its hefty price tag.
Nutribullet replacement parts
Nutribullet recommends that frequent users replace the blade unit every six months. This is because regular use and cleaning causes the rubber seal (or gasket) inside the blade unit to deteriorate. In worst-case scenarios, the seal can completely break and cause the Nutribullet to leak – which can be particularly dangerous if the motor base gets wet.
If your Nutribullet has begun to leak slightly, contact the retailer to see whether replacement blade units are covered by its guarantee. If not, you can order replacements from an official supplier, such as highstreettv.com. Nutribullet warns that you shouldn’t buy standalone replacement seals as these aren’t endorsed by the brand, and won’t offer the same tight seal that official parts do. For more advice see our guide to your rights on faulty products.
Best Nutribullet alternatives
You don't have to spend a lot to get a brilliant blender, and not all recommend regularly replacing parts. We've tested a range of cheap rivals to the Nutribullet, and found some great options for those on a budget.
Logged-in members can see our best Nutribullet alternatives below. Some of these cost less than £50, so you could make a real saving while still getting super smoothies and soup. Not yet a member? Join Which? for instant access.
This is the joint-best blender we've ever tested. It whizzed through all our tests with ease, making super-smooth smoothies, whatever the ingredients. It's brilliant at blending, crushes ice beautifully, and is a breeze to use and clean. It's a bit noisy, but it’s worth it for the flawless results.
While no blender will be quiet, this one’s great if you’re looking to make a quick smoothie in the morning without waking up the household. It might not be able to crush ice very well, but it’s great for smoothies, and for this price it’s one of the best blenders you can get. It’s super easy to use and clean, too.
Jug blenders, juicers and other healthy eating gadgets
If big batches of soup are your thing, a jug blender may suit your needs better. These bigger blenders can be super-pricey - we've tested one that will give you just £1 change from £500, but we've also found a Best Buy for £30. Head to our Best Buy blenders to find out which ones really impress.
If you aren't sure what you need, check out our advice on choosing a blender, juicer or smoothie maker.
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