This past week, I tested several smoothie blenders with all types of fruits, vegetables, and liquids. The Nutribullet Pro 900 was one of them. Comparing a set of smoothie blenders at the same time, with the same ingredients, I was able to see which ones really performed the best.
The Nutribullet Pro 900 did surprise me with the consistency of its smoothies, and the quick turnaround. 900 watts is a lot for a small machine! Unless you're wanting to crush a lot of ice (which the Nutribullet can't do) its a great buy, especially given the low price
Table of Contents
- What’s in the Box?
- How Does It Look/Feel/Sit?
- How Easy is it to Set Up?
- Test #1: Smoothie
- Test #2: Vegetable Puree
- Test #3: Green Leafy Vegetables
- Can you Crush Ice in a Nutribullet?
- About the Pulse Feature
- How Loud is It?
- How Easy Is It To Clean?
- How Would I Improve the Nutribullet Pro 900?
- What’s the Warranty?
- How does it Compare?
What’s in the Box?
The Nutribullet arrived at my house on time. The Nutribullet Pro was packaged well in between two heavy-duty cardboard inserts that fit the blender fairly well. The box itself was pretty flimsy which could be improved on.
What was inside the box took me completely by surprise. There were so many extras in the box that I didn't expect to come with the blender! Inside the box was the actual Nutribullet Pro Blender motor base with the attached cord, two large 32-ounce containers, two cup rings, two cup rings with attached handles, 2 flip-top travel lids, and 1 extractor blade.
There was also a starter guide on how to build a smoothie, a warranty registration card, and a user guide. The user guide went over the basics of the operations of the appliance, specific safety precautions when using the blender, and plenty of tips and tricks to help you along the way.
There was also a flyer in the box which gave you access to the Nutribullet app for free! The app can be downloaded to any apple or android device through the app store or play store. The app will give you hundreds of recipes, tips, and tricks for using the Nutribullet. It also allows you to connect with other people who use the Nutribullet Pro to trade recipes and tips.
You would think that this was plenty of material and information to get you started using the Nutribullet. They didn't stop there because they included a pocket nutritionist in the box. This little guide booklet is really cool. It goes into detail on how to build the perfect smoothie from start to finish. The types of ingredients that need to be used to structure the smoothie and select the perfect ingredient for blending. It also goes into detail about many specific types of fruit and vegetables and what benefit each will add to your smoothie in terms of vitamins, minerals, and energy boosts.
The last item that came with the Nutribullet Pro 900 really blew me away. It was a beautiful hardcover recipe book for optimum health while using the Nutribullet. This book would retail for a pretty high price in a book store so I was shocked to see it included. The book is loaded with instructions on how to use the Nutribullet, healthy eating lifestyle choices, tips and tricks to creating your own recipes, and helpful advice. The book is also filled with wonderful recipes for smoothies, soups, and sauces that will help you to lead a healthier lifestyle with a nutrient-rich diet.
How Does It Look/Feel/Sit?
The Nutribullet Pro looks great on any countertop. It has a polished stainless steel motor base that really shines in the kitchen. The containers are made of clear plastic and are quite large to fit more than a single serving within them. The smooth lip rings with or without handles make it easy to drink out of the container and easy to take on the go with the flip-top lids.
The bottom of the motor base has small rubber feet that act like suction cups when they are placed on the counter. They will keep the motor base in place while in use even if the counter is wet. Since the motor is very powerful, this feature comes in handy. The motor base has a good amount of solid weight making the entire Nutribullet very sturdy when operating.
How Easy is it to Set Up?
Even though the Nutribullet comes with many additional pieces that can be attached to the blending container, the setup was still very simple. Once the appliance was removed from the box and all the plastic wrapping had been removed there were only a few things to do before the Nutribullet was operational.
Inside the motor base are three separate connections that the extractor blade fits into when it is attached to a container. This is what makes the blades spin and where the power is derived from. Three small rubber pieces were placed in those holes to protect them during the packaging and delivery process. Those needed to be removed by simply pulling them out of the holes. The end of the 110v cord also had a plastic cover on it that needed to be removed as well.
Once those pieces were removed, the Nutribullet was pretty much ready to be used. All you really needed to do was fill one of the containers with your choice of ingredients and liquids, then screw on the extractor blade base tightly. The extractor blade base would then fit nicely into the motor and then locks into place by turning slightly. This is an added safety feature of the Nutribullet and will not operate if it is not locked into place.
Once the Nutribullet locks into place, the blending process begins. You do not need to hold it in place or press down on the container for it to blend.
Once the smoothie has been blended to your liking, you can remove the container and extractor blade from the motor base. Unscrew the extractor lid from the container and replace it with either a lip ring, lip ring with a handle, or a flip-top lid to take with you on the go. The process from start to finish is really pretty easy and self-explanatory to the point that you really don't even need to read the manual before operating it.
Test #1: Smoothie
I am not really a big smoothie drinker but my wife is a total nut for them. This usually means I am the one who is making them for her. In the past, I always just used our regular old blender. Nothing too special about the blender, but I did always have trouble trying to get a perfect consistency. Certain ingredients just don't blend very well in that blender. The frozen ingredients would never get completely broken down and the drink was just not as smooth as I wanted it to be after fishing out some of the bigger bits and pieces left over.
My experience with blending smoothies has been tarnished by that blender, so I was excited to actually use a machine that is made for making smoothies. Before I put anything in the Nutribullet Pro, I read all the booklets and information that came with the blender. I learned how to construct the smoothie with the correct amount of ingredients and many different recipes. Some of the ingredients in these recipes I would have never thought to put in a smoothie. After educating myself to the fullest with all the information provided by the Nutribullet pro guides and cookbooks I felt completely confident in my smoothie-making skills.
I decided to go with a very simple recipe that my wife likes to drink in the morning for breakfast. The Nutribullet Pro suggests that you use mainly frozen fruits when making a smoothie but fresh fruit is still ok. If you add frozen fruit then you don't have to add any ice to get the desired consistency of the drink and it will make it cold as well. I placed frozen strawberries, frozen blackberries, frozen blueberries, fresh raspberry, one fresh banana, a little bit of non-fat greek yogurt, and some almond milk in the container. I made sure to not overfill the container past the maximum suggested amount. Then screwed on the extractor base and placed it in the motor base, ready to be blended.
The Nutribullet Pro can be operated only when the container is locked into the motor base. Otherwise, it will just sit there. In addition, they recommend that the blender be used for no longer than one minute at a time. If after one minute you want to keep blending, then you need to wait 30 seconds before blending again. You can do this three times in a row for a total of three minutes of allotted blending time. After that, you need to let the blender rest for 10 minutes before using it again in the same routine manner. Since the blender is so small and the 900-watt motor is so powerful, it could overheat and damage the motor base permanently.
I locked the container into place and began the blending process. After about 10 seconds, the ingredients in the container got kind of clogged up which is pretty normal when making smoothies. I removed the container, added a little more almond milk, and stirred it up a bit. Then I placed it back on the motor base and began to blend a second time. This time is started to blend nicely after about 20 seconds.
I let it run for about 45 seconds total then removed it from the motor base. The smoothie had a great consistency and had actually blended everything perfectly. I didn't have to fish out any small pieces anymore! My life has changed for the better! I poured the smoothie into a glass and garnished it with some fresh fruit and almonds. In a matter of minutes, breakfast was ready without the headache of dealing with my old blender. Success!
The Nutribullet Pro did get the smoothie blended well after about 30 seconds but I did let it run a little longer just to be sure. This blender is very powerful and can make more than one smoothie at a time. When I filled up the ingredients just under the maximum capacity line, I was able to get almost three 12 ounce glasses full.
Test #2: Vegetable Puree
Let's get real, nobody likes vegetable puree, not even babies. That said, vegetable puree is used in several ways in the food industry and is an essential part of many different recipes. A vegetable puree can be the start or the base of a really great soup. Even though you may not eat vegetable purees by themselves, they are still necessary for cooking.
The most important aspect of a vegetable puree is how smooth the product turns out. The fewer chunks in the puree the better. One of my favorite recipes that starts with a vegetable puree is split pea soup. To start the recipe, you will need to start with a base of pureed English peas. You can buy them like this, but more often than not, they turn brown from the oxidization process of being canned or jarred. Fresh pureed peas will always be a better option.
Since peas are very soft in general, they really do not need to be cooked. I am talking about the frozen peas you find in the supermarket, not the peas that come in a can. The peas in a can will have a metallic taste and be fairly mushy. Always go with the frozen peas if you have a choice. All you need to do is just allow them to sit in hot water until they thaw and they are ready to be pureed. You don't need to cook them because they are already pre-cooked before they are frozen or canned.
Once the peas thawed out, I placed them in the Nutribullet Pro with just a tiny bit of water. The peas will already have some moisture in them so you will only need a touch of water to get the blender started. The problem with pureed peas is sometimes they don't get completely blended and smooth even though they are very soft. I was hoping the Nutribullet was up to the test.
Once I locked the container into place and started to blend the peas, they pretty much instantly blended smooth right away. I did give it about 45 seconds just to make sure the mixture would be silky smooth though. Once I poured the mixture out into a bowl, I was very pleased with the outcome. The Nutribullet Pro worked great to create an excellently smooth vegetable puree. It was a perfect starting base for my split pea soup!
Test #3: Green Leafy Vegetables
Leafy greens like kale, mustard greens, and celery can be some of the toughest ingredients to blend until smooth. The cellular structure of the leaves is incredibly fibrous and very stringy when broken down. Most regular blenders will get the leaves caught up in the blades or leave plenty of small bits and pieces behind after the blending process. Celery is also very hard to break down even though it contains more water than any other vegetable.
The real problem with these vegetables is they have a very tough texture which is why they are so high in fiber. A fan favorite in the smoothie world is the mean green smoothie which does contain some leafy greens like kale or spinach but still has plenty of other veggies in the mix. A smoothie with lots of dense vegetables that are high in fiber will be the ultimate test. How the blender will be able to perform while blending these types of vegetables will set it apart from other blenders.
I wanted to add plenty of dense veggies to the Nutribullet Pro to really maximize the test and see how well it would deal with them. I used all fresh veggies so nothing was previously cooked or shredded beforehand. In the container, I placed kale, cucumber, celery, green apple, carrot, and asparagus. I added a little bit of water to the veggies, screwed on the extractor blade, and placed it in the motor base to be blended.
Once I locked the container into position, I blended everything for about 10 seconds and noticed that most of the veggies were stuck in the container and everything wasn't blending correctly. So I removed the container and shook it up a bit then place it back in the motor base. Once I began to blend again, everything was moving around in the container nicely. It looked like everything was well blended after 30 seconds but I decided to keep going for a full minute just to make sure the drink would be smooth.
When I removed the container and poured the mixture into a glass, there were no small bits and pieces leftover and the drink was completely smooth. The smoothie did separate fairly quickly, but that was expected to happen with such fibrous ingredients and only water as the liquid blending agent. The Nutribullet was able to rip through all the kale leaves, pulverize the celery ribs and crush the carrots all at the same time. The smoothie came out great, a little bitter tasting, but at least I got my fiber for the day!
Can you Crush Ice in a Nutribullet?
The Nutribullet is completely unable to crush ice by itself as many other blenders can do. The reason is that for the Nutribullet Pro 900 to work properly, there needs to be some kind of liquid present in the container. In the manual and the user guide, they do not recommend you even trying to crush ice in the blender. It could damage the container and the motor base could easily overheat.
With all of that being said, I still wondered about what the Nutribullet could do without any fluids in the mixture to be blended. If you really think about it, there have to be some ingredients where this is not always the case. I completely understand why it doesn't crush ice because of the solid form without the presence of liquid. But what about foods that contain a high amount of liquid in them, to begin with.
I decided to test this and started with something simple, fresh oranges. Oranges already contain a fair amount of juice, so I peeled the rind off of a couple and stuck them in the Nutribullet. Just like I thought, They blended up quite nicely and very quickly. The result was a glass of viscous orange juice with plenty of pulp from the flesh of the fruit. I also tried the same method with fresh tomatoes and the outcome was the same.
While the Nutribullet Pro 900 may not be able to crush ice or other solid and frozen ingredients without liquid, there are still plenty of ingredients it will do just fine with. You just have to make sure the ingredients you put in there are already very juicy, to begin with. Otherwise, you will have to add liquid to the mix if you want your Nutribullet to stay in great operational condition.
About the Pulse Feature
There really is not a pulse feature on the Nutribullet Pro 900 in a normal sense. The kitchen appliance really only has one speed which is "on". It blends everything at the same speed when it is turned on.
However, since the Nutribullet works only when it is locked into place, there still could be a pulse-like function. All you would need to do is set the container in the 900-watt motor base and turn the container in and out of the locking position to "pulse blend" the ingredients in the container. There is nothing in the manual that says to not do this, but after some consideration, it may not be healthy for the motor's performance over time. If you only need to blend something a little bit, then absolutely, do it like this. Otherwise, just stick to using the Nutribullet normally.
How Loud is It?
Considering the Nutribullet Pro has only one speed, it only makes one noise when it runs. While the noise it makes while running is fairly loud, it doesn't really matter all that much because all blenders are loud. It doesn't seem very plausible for a blender to be even remotely quiet. However the Nutribullet Pro is a fairly small blender with a 900-watt motor, so it is possible it could be louder than most other blenders.
Nevertheless, I still wanted to see how loud it was while operational. I used an app on my tablet that recorded the level of the sound it made while in use. The app measures noise in decibels. Most blenders will range anywhere between 80-110 decibels when operational. The Nutribullet Pro 900 registers at 89 decibels firmly. It doesn't go up or down on the scale while in use, it just stays at a steady 89 decibels. This is pretty normal for a blender running at high speed.
How Easy Is It To Clean?
The cleaning process was very simple and took hardly any time at all. Normally I just hand wash kitchen appliances like blenders because I can get them cleaner than a dishwasher would. Especially if you don't rinse the containers or any of the other pieces after using them. When a smoothie has been left in a container for a period of time without rinsing, it will need a little extra elbow grease from the user.
Either way, I did wash them by hand and it was very easy. They said that the blades on the extractor were very sharp and to be careful. Honestly, they were not sharp at all. In fact, they were pretty dull with a blunt edge. Even with the blunt-edged blades they still performed well, but cleaning them was not a worry of mine. I just soaked them in warm soapy water for about 10 minutes then everything pretty much rinsed away.
I did try them out in the dishwasher as well. All of the pieces except for the motor base are completely dishwasher safe. They do recommend that you rinse them clean of food debris and place them in the top rack before running the dishwasher. After running the cycle on heavy pots and pans, everything was fairly clean, but I still needed to rinse them again afterward. I recommend that you just wash the pieces by hand to save on time and money by running them in the dishwasher.
How Would I Improve the Nutribullet Pro 900?
Even though the Nutribullet worked really well and lived up to my expectations, there are a couple of things I would change about the product.
The Nutribullet is a smaller size blender and is marketed to be used for one person. This is why I think that one of the containers could be a bit smaller. The two containers that come with the blender are very large at 32 ounces. This is way too much volume for one person when making smoothies. An additional smaller container would add convenience.
This brings me to my next point about the containers. The bottom base of the container is very wide. If you wanted to take the container on the go with one of the flip-top lids, it would prove difficult to find placement for the container. If you were traveling in a car, the container would not fit into any of my cup holders in the SUV. I also have oversized cup holders in my truck and it would not fit in them either. This problem could be easily solved with a smaller container as well.
The Nutribullet does work well to blend drinks and make smoothies very smooth. I just wish that the blender had other speeds than just the one speed. It seems like it should have other speeds considering the cost of the appliance. The added accessories, cookbook, and information given with the blender do make up for the fact it only has a one-speed setting. It would just be really great to adjust the speed.
What’s the Warranty?
The Nutribullet Pro 900 comes with a standard 1-year limited warranty. This warranty protects the kitchen appliance from damages or defects during the packaging or delivery process. It does not protect the product in the event the consumer damages the blender while in use or for any other reason.
The warranty is good for up to one year from the original purchase date. To redeem the warranty, the original purchaser needs to return the product with all the packaging intact and they must have the original receipt. To find out more information about the warranty on this product please visit the Nutribullet website which can be found here: https://www.nutribullet.com/warranty/.
If you are looking for an optimized personal blender then the Nutribullet pro may be one of the best options for you. It really was able to do everything it said it would do and then a little more. It can even crush and bust open small seeds from fruits and veggies that most other blenders will not accomplish.
The Nutribullet Pro also comes with many accessories and added information to help you on your way. This is the major selling point for me. While it may be the same as some other products in terms of performance, it really does make up for that with everything that comes with the product. All of the additional information will definitely help to educate yourself on living a healthier and better lifestyle while using the Nutribullet Pro.
How does it Compare?
Nutribullet Pro 900
Oster Pro 1200
Ninja Personal Blender
Nutri Ninja Pro
|Watts:||900 watts||1200 watts||700 watts||900 watts|
|Capacity:||32 ounces||6 cups||16 ounces||18 ounces and 24 ounces|
|Speeds:||Blend||Green Frozen Smoothies, Food Chop Salsa, Milkshakes, Low, Medium, and High.||Blend||Blend|
|Accessories Included:||two 32-ounce containers, two lip rings, two lip rings with handles, two flip-top travel lids, 1 nutritionist booklet, one recipe cookbook, free Nutribullet application.||A 24-ounce smoothie travel cup with a lid||Two 16 Oz. Nutri Ninja Cups, Two Sip & Seal Lids, 50-Recipe Inspiration Guide||two flip-top travel lids, recipe booklet|
|Height:||13 inches||14.25 inches||13 inches||14 inches|
|Warranty:||1-year limited warranty||10-year limited warranty||1-year limited warranty||1-year limited warranty|
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The Oster Pro 1200 is a pretty good blender, but it is hard to compare to the Nutribullet because it is a blender and not an extractor. While it can make smoothies and frozen drinks, it is not built for that specific type of application. It is a blender and can do a wider range of things like crushing ice, chopping salsa, and mixing drinks. While it can make smoothies, it is not built to make smoothies and therefore will not be able to measure up to the Nutribullet in that aspect.
What it does have is power. The motor base of the Oster Pro is a powerful 1200 watts that will blend through most ingredients like ice and frozen fruits. Since it does have several different speeds it is able to make an array of other recipes that only require minimal chopping or blending. The larger pitcher allows the blender to make more smoothies, puree, or mixed drinks than the Nutribullet. The Pitcher is also made of glass which gives the blender a decent amount of weight to the overall structure for added stability. This also makes the pitcher easier to clean, keeps liquids colder while blending, and prevents cracking or damages over time for misuse.
The blender is much larger than the Nutribullet in terms of size so it will take up more counter space. The Oster Pro 1200 does come with a 16-ounce plastic cup with a travel lid for making smoothies and taking them on the go. All of the pieces are dishwasher safe and very easy to clean. The blender also comes protected by a 10-year limited warranty which blows the other warranties out of the water, so they must be confident in their product. The Oster Pro 1200 is a solid and quality product for blending just about anything, but it still can't stand up to the Nutribullet when it comes to making smoothies alone.
The Ninja Personal Blender is basically a smaller version of the Nutri Ninja Pro Blender. The Personal blender has many of the same features but with a smaller capacity and less power. The Ninja Personal Blender is intended to be used for a single person to make smoothies and veggies purees.
The Ninja Personal Blender comes with a 700-watt motor base that is able to extract nutrients and vitamins from fruits and veggies. These extractions will give you the energy boost you need to take on the day without having to chow down on a plateful of food. The blender makes it easy to creates wonderful smoothies, soups, and veggie purees or frozen alcoholic drinks to enjoy as well!
The Personal Blender comes with two 16 ounce containers that are perfect for one person. The containers easily turn into cups once the drink has been created by placing one of the two sip and seal lids on the container, making it easy to take your drink in the car, out for a walk in the park, or just store it in the fridge. The blender also comes with a small inspiration booklet that contains 30 delicious recipes to create in your blender. The guide is very helpful with tips and tricks to try when creating a smoothie or a sauce to pair with a protein at dinner time.
The Ninja Personal Blender operates by placing the container in the motor base and pressing firmly on top of the container. This begins the blending process, and when you release the pressure from the top of the container, the blender will stop. This is also how the pulse function works. All of the pieces are dishwasher safe and easy to clean by hand as well. The Ninja Personal Blender is perfect for someone who is on a budget and really doesn't need all the bells and whistles. The Ninja Personal Blender is a small, compact, and reliable blender that will deliver smooth drinks every time!
The Nutri Ninja Pro is really great little blender for one or two people. The small blender is able to blend fruits and veggies easily with little to no effort. With its powerful 900-watt motor base it can extract nutrients and vitamins from whole fruits and veggies whether they are fresh or frozen.
The Blender comes with two different-sized containers for blending all of your smoothies or recipes. The large container can hold up to 24 ounces which is more than enough to create two large smoothies at one time. The smaller 18-ounce container is great for creating smoothies for one person or smaller batches of food puree. The smaller container also works well because of the volume capacity. The smaller volume area in the container allows the fruits and veggies to be blended faster by passing through the extractor blades more often than with the larger container.
The blender also comes with two flip-top lids that screw on either of the containers after a smoothie or drink has been created. This makes it easy to make a smoothie and take it with you in the car or on the go. You can also store food that has been pureed in the containers in the fridge since the lids will keep the food fresh and airtight.
The Nutri Ninja only has one speed like most other nutrient extractors and smoothie blenders. Once the container has been placed in the motor base, all you need to do is press down on the top of the container and it will start blending. However, if you stop pressing on the container, the blender will stop. So you do need to keep constant pressure on the top of the container for it to operate. This is also how the pulse feature works on the blender. A series of small presses on the container and will pulse blend the contents of the container.
The Nutri Ninja also comes with a small recipe booklet that is filled with plenty of recipes, tips, and tricks to help you create delicious drinks and smoothies. All of the pieces are dishwasher safe and very easy to clean. This small little blender is great for anyone who is on a budget but still would like to have the same amount of blending power as some of the more expensive models on the market.