Single-serve blenders

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Can the NutriBullet stand up to its competitors?

There’s a kitchen gadget that’s taken the country by storm. Single-serve blenders let you whip up a smoothie in a cup and take that drink on the go with you.

From our test

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About our test

We tested performance by making two drinks – a green smoothie and frozen fruit smoothie – as well as blending kale and crushing ice. The green smoothie test used cucumber, celery, kiwifruit, pear, spinach, mint and water. We looked at how smooth the drink was and how finely blended the kiwifruit seeds were. Our frozen fruit smoothie test, which used frozen fruit and yoghurt, looked at how smooth the consistency was.

Our ease of use score was based on how small you had to cut the food before putting it in the cups, how easy it was to pour and drink from the cup, and whether it was easy to travel with the cup. We also looked at assembling and disassembling the parts, how easy the controls were to use and how easy it was to clean.

What we found

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Nutrition numbers

Anyone who has seen an ad for these types of blenders knows they don’t hold back on the claims. The NutriBullet, for example, claims to turn “ordinary food into superfood” and to “access the hidden nutrition inside”. So we sent our green smoothies to the lab to test how much iron, calcium and magnesium had been extracted. We also measured the vitamin C, but did this as soon as the smoothie was made because vitamin C immediately begins to oxidise.

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What about a normal blender or a juicer?

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We asked our members about their blenders to find out which brand is most reliable.

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What else to look for

  • If there are a few people in your household who will be using the blender, look for one that comes with more than one cup.
  • Noise – the noisiest single-serve blender in our test put out 84dBA, which is up there with some of the petrol lawnmowers we’ve tested. You wouldn’t want to whip up a smoothie in that while your family is having a sleep-in.

Our tips

  • Adding cubes of ice or frozen fruit to your smoothies help keep them cool while blending.
  • The rubber seals around the blade assembly need to be cleaned after each use so bacteria and mould don’t grow.
  • Don’t store blended mixtures in a sealed container for long periods of time as sugar in the fruit and vegetables can ferment. This causes pressure to build up so it sprays out when you open it.
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Recalled models

Some single-serve blender models have been recalled recently because their internal components aren’t made of suitable materials, which could cause a fire. They are:

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Other types of blender

We have also tested hand-held blenders, benchtop blenders and super blenders.

See the results