If you’ve watched the NutriBullet infomercial on television, you’ll know it sells itself as much more than just a blender. It claims it will “supercharge your health in just seconds a day” and comes with recipes for concoctions that will supposedly help you “reclaim that youthful glow”, “drop some pounds” and “look and feel better than you have in years”.
Price: Up to $315 (including the initial 30-day trial)
We used the NutriBullet to make smoothies (or “NutriBlasts” as the NutriBullet people like to call them) with spinach, pear, banana, berries, celery, grapes, pineapple and almonds in various combinations. We also used the milling blade to grind almonds.
The NutriBullet did both tasks well. It produced a “pulpy” smoothie because it doesn’t separate pulp and juice like a juicer does. This means you get the benefit of the fibre from the pulp and also the skin, seeds and stems if you add them too.
The NutriBullet is essentially a blender but because of the shape of the cup and the high-speed blades, it can blend food to a very smooth texture. The consistency can be adjusted by adding more or less liquid. It took about 30 seconds of blending to achieve a smooth texture, but timing depends on what you’re blending.
Grape skins didn’t process well and nuts and seeds in smoothies didn’t process fully, so left a gritty feel in the mouth. Not all seeds are suitable for blending because of toxins and the instructions explain this.
We ground whole almonds using the milling blade and were pleased with the evenly ground almond meal it produced.
Ease of use
The NutriBullet is a compact and lightweight unit. It’s easy to store and assemble and easy to clean. It comes with two cup sizes – 400ml and 700ml.
You fill a cup with your chosen ingredients, screw on the cap, put it in the base unit, push down and twist to blend.
The only downsides are that the screw-on blade can be difficult to tighten and remove if you have weak wrists. The cups are dishwasher safe but the blades aren’t.
While we have no problems with the NutriBullet’s performance, we think its pricing is less than transparent. The only pricing information given on the infomercial is that a “30 day risk-free, money back trial” will set you back $14.99. You then call an 0800 number to order and find you’ll be charged a further $299.99 at the end of the trial. You can pay in three installments if you prefer or if you don’t want to keep the NutriBullet, you return it and won’t be charged.
But wait there’s more. If you buy the NutriBullet via the 0800 number you’ll also receive a “special offer”. At the time we called, it was a knife set and “StoneDine” frying pan.
There also seemed to be flexibility in the pricing. We called to confirm the full price and told the operator we’d “think about it” before buying. A few hours later, another operator called to offer a better price – $239. We suggest you don’t take the first offer.
The NutriBullet may also be available from online retailers, although you won’t get the 30-day trial, the “freebies” or possibly the aggressive sales tactics.
The NutriBullet was a handy appliance that does the job of a small food processor, juicer and blender. It blended, juiced and milled well and was easy to store and clean. But it’s noisy and expensive compared with other blenders, though much cheaper than a Vitamix.