As a food writer—and, well, a food lover—I’ve tried out my fair share of blenders over the years. NutriBullet’s original single-serving personal blender was one of the first that made its way into my kitchen. Now I also own a Vitamix, but the NutriBullet is still my preferred blender to make everything from smoothies to pasta sauces because it gets the job done and cleans up fast. Now, there’s officially a full-size version on the market. But how does it stack up to its competition?
NutriBullet’s newly-released NutriBullet Blender is pretty impressive—and not just because of the chic countertop-worthy design and $99 price tag. The full-size blender is 64 oz., letting you prepare much bigger batches than you could previously. And the 1200-watt motor blender (which is double the power of the Magic Bullet’s 600-watt motor) has multiple blending options: low, medium, and high speeds, a pulse function, and an extract button that’s specifically designed for blending smoothie ingredients, like ice, greens, and fruit. With one touch, it automatically blends everything up then shuts off once it’s done.
While smoothies are what the NutriBullet brand is best known for, this blender makes it easy to make multiple different types of food. Just like the Vitamix—which prices range from $350 to $720—it allows you to make creamy soups and sauces. It also has a vented lid cap that enables you to blend up hot foods, too. Reviewers say it’s powerful enough to create smooth nut butters in seconds, even though the motor doesn’t have quite as high of a wattage as its more costly competition. Vitamix’s most affordable model, for instance—the E310, which runs for $350—has a 2 HP (horsepower) motor, which converts to just over 1,600 watts. That’s a 400-watt and $250 difference between the two for essentially the same results.
The NutriBullet Blender also allows you to make things like guacamole, hummus, and sorbet. And if you still want the single-serve option, get the blender combo pack for $140, which adds in a 32-oz blending cup that attaches to the motor base, a 24-oz handled to-go cup, to-go lids, and a recipe book.
There’s one potential downside to the new product. Some reviewers say the extract mode is very loud, but I’ve found that to be true in many other blenders as well. When you need more power to get through tougher ingredients, noice is the tradeoff. Most people seem to agree that the normal blending speeds are similarly loud to other models on the market. All in all, it sounds like a great next step from a highly-respected brand—one that’s affordable, gets the job done, and looks good while doing it.