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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What about a normal blender or a juicer?

Vs a blender

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.

Vs a juicer

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.

Nutrition numbers

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.

BlenderVit 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 Blender61561.343
George Foreman 21820AU53511.139
Kambrook Blitz2Go Active Personal Blender KBL6350512.141
Magic Bullet 21pc set MBR2107M42481.734
Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ BL48038441.429
NutriBullet Pro 9pc set 900W59582.045
Nutribullet 12 pc set 600W51541.444
Oster OPB2000 FitBlend63611.745
Sunbeam PB1000A GoBlend Apple Green37521.539
Ultramaxx Nutritional Extractor47562.044
Vitamix S3048581.544

Reliability

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