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.
Snapshot: The NutriBullet 12pc set 600W has just one speed. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The George Foreman 21820AU has four speeds and comes with a blending jug. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The Magic Bullet 21pc set MBR2107M has just one speed. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The Cuisinart CPB-300RA Compact Portable Blender has three speeds. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ BL480 has two speeds. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The NutriBullet Pro 5pc set 900W has just one speed. How does it rate?
Snapshot: The Vitamix S30 has 10 speeds and comes with a blender jug. How does it rate?
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If it’s just smoothies you want, a single-serve blender is a good option as it will usually be lighter and take up less room in the cupboard. But another factor is how much smoothie you’re wanting to make at one time. A benchtop blender would be a better option if you’re wanting to make enough for the whole family. Some single-serve blenders also come with a jug for making larger quantities.
Juicers separate the juice from the pulp so you miss out on the fibre, whereas single-serve blenders keep all of the ingredients in the drink. Juicers can be a hassle to clean while most of the single-serve blenders in our test could go in the dishwasher.
Anyone who has seen an ad for single-serve blenders knows some of them 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.
One blender – the NutriBullet Pro – extracted more than the average for all the nutrients. The Nutri Ninja extracted below average amounts for all nutrients. This test was not conducted on the NutriBullet Select N9C-0907 which was tested in a different batch.
As for the claim about being able to turn ordinary food into “superfood”, a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about that line wasn’t upheld earlier this year. The complaints board said there was no standard definition of what a superfood was, given it’s not a medical or technical term but a marketing one, so it didn’t deem the line misleading.
|Blender||Vit C (mg/250ml)[sort;desc]||Calcium (mg/250ml)[sort;desc]||Iron (mg/250ml)[sort;desc]||Magnesium (mg/250ml)[sort;desc]|
|Cuisinart CPB-300RA Compact Portable Blender||61||56||1.3||43|
|George Foreman 21820AU||53||51||1.1||39|
|Kambrook Blitz2Go Active Personal Blender KBL63||50||51||2.1||41|
|Magic Bullet 21pc set MBR2107M||42||48||1.7||34|
|Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ BL480||38||44||1.4||29|
|NutriBullet Pro 9pc set 900W||59||58||2.0||45|
|Nutribullet 12 pc set 600W||51||54||1.4||44|
|Oster OPB2000 FitBlend||63||61||1.7||45|
|Sunbeam PB1000A GoBlend Apple Green||37||52||1.5||39|
|Ultramaxx Nutritional Extractor||47||56||2.0||44|
We have also tested hand-held blenders, benchtop blenders and super blenders.