Nutribullet - is it worth it?
Ever since the original Nutribullet 600 burst onto the scene in 2014, Nutribullets have become a popular choice for smoothie fans. But there are plenty of rival options now, so how does Nutribullet measure up?
Unlike traditional jug blenders, Nutribullets have a small bullet-shaped blending cup instead of a jug. You fill the cup, screw on the blade unit, and flip it onto the base to blend. Most models also come with 'sports lids' that allow you to convert the blending cup into a travel mug so you can take your smoothie on the go.
The range varies from compact single-portion models to full-sized jug blenders, but as Nutribullet has expanded, so has its competition, so you may find an alternative brand suits your needs better.
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How good are Nutribullet blenders?
We've tested all the Nutribullet blenders, so you can see how they fare against each other and the competition with our impartial reviews. Every blender goes through the same barrage of tough tests, including blending tricky ingredients such as frozen fruit, nuts and leafy greens.
Nutribullet vs Nutri Ninja, Sage, Breville and other brands
Rival brands, such as , , and sell both personal blenders in the style of the original Nutribullets, as well as multi-tasking larger blenders with features such as vacuum blending, claimed to keep ingredients fresher and make smoothies smoother.
Others focus on quiet blending, or include attachments for other jobs, making them more like a mini food processor.
Nutribullet claims its blenders do a more thorough job than other blenders of breaking down foods, but we've found some rivals that scored better in our tough blending tests, as well as some excellent cheap alternatives for less than £50.
Best Nutribullet alternatives
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Are cheap blenders worth considering?
In a word, yes. We've seen some budget blenders sail through our tests with high marks and become Best Buys. Some of the cheapest blenders on test have out-blended much pricier rivals whilst also being quiet and easy to use. However, not all cheap blenders are a good bet, we've also uncovered some real duds too.
Jug blenders, juicers, and soup makers
Mini blenders such as the Nutribullet have boomed in popularity over the last decade, but they won't be the best option for everyone. It's worth considering your needs before you buy, such as how much you want to make in one go, and whether you just want to make simple smoothies, or more elaborate creations.
Some alternatives include:
- Jug blenders - able to whip up smoothies, sauces, dips, crushed ice and whatever other blended produce you desire. Loaded from the top and operated using buttons on the base, they tend to have a larger capacity, so you can make a whole round of smoothies, rather than just one or two servings.
- extract the liquid from fruit and veg to make a fresh drink. They can be good if you want to squeeze in more veg such as carrots into your drinks, but you do lose the fibre.
- have a heating element which cooks the food that you blend in the jug. They're good for hands-off soup making and many can also make smoothies too.