Need to know
- Our experts tested the Pro 1000, Pro 1200 and Select 1200 models
- Reviews assess ease of use and blending performance with different ingredients
- We rate a range of blenders for all budgets to help you find the one that's right for you
The NutriBullet first appeared on TV infomercials, promoted as a miraculous health-boosting machine that could transform regular fruits and vegetables into superfoods.
While some of these claims were over the top, the NutriBullet's user-friendly design and high-powered blending performance have made personal blenders more and more popular. Now there are a number of similar products out there from competing brands. We put them to the test to find the best in our latest reviews.
NutriBullets are great for making smoothies.
What is a NutriBullet and what can it do?
A NutriBullet is a single-serve blender, most commonly used for smoothies. But they can also make dips, salad dressings, sauces and cocktails.
While traditional blenders have a large jug with a lid that sits on top of the base, NutriBullets have a cup which locks into the base to activate the blender.
Basic models have only one speed and no buttons or controls, making them simple to operate. Once your smoothie is blended, you can drink directly from the blending cup, cutting down on washing up.
Which NutriBullet is best to buy?
In our latest blender reviews, our kitchen lab experts tested the NutriBullet Pro 1000, Pro 1200 and Select 1200. We asked them about each model's performance, key features and limitations.
The NutriBullet Pro 1200 (pictured) and the Pro 1000 look near identical. The main difference is their power (wattage).
NutriBullet Pro 1000 and NutriBullet Pro 1200
Price: both $169
The Pro 1000 and Pro 1200 models are both single-speed blenders that come with three cups. Both models can purée and crush frozen fruit and ice, but they can't mill dry ingredients.
CHOICE kitchen tester Chantelle Dart says the main difference between the two is power, measured by wattage. "The 1200-watt model is slightly more powerful than the 1000-watt model, but interestingly this doesn't translate into better performance," she says.
"They scored identical results for soft frozen smoothies, green smoothies and ice. But the higher-powered Pro 1200 actually performed significantly worse in our kale test, which rates how it processes fibrous vegetables."
The Pro 1200 model is also slightly heavier and louder than the Pro 1000.
The NutriBullet Select 1200 comes with control buttons.
NutriBullet Select 1200
The NutriBullet Select 1200 is a step up from the Pro in terms of features – it has three different speed settings and a vented pitcher for blending warm liquids. It performed almost identically to the Pro range for smoothies and ice, but scored much lower than the Pro 1000 on the kale test.
Unlike the entry-level NutriBullets, the Select 1200 comes with control buttons, which Chantelle says makes the machine easier to use.
"There are two speed settings, plus an extract mode, which alternates pulses with continuous blending to achieve a smooth result," she says. "There's also an on-off switch, which is slightly more convenient than the traditional design."
Verdict: is a NutriBullet worth it?
Our testing has shown NutriBullets consistently produce good smoothies, easily processing fresh and frozen fruit, as well as vegetables such as cucumber, celery and green spinach. For some, these capabilities justify the price tag.
But our experts also found that the Pro 1200 and Select 1200 struggled with blending coarser vegetables, and all models performed poorly in the ice-crushing test. These results may give some people pause for thought before they lay down their hard-earned money.
"Unlike some other single-serve blenders, NutriBullets can only blend ice if there's also liquid in the jug," says Chantelle. "But they have no problem processing frozen ingredients in smoothies."
Importantly, our tests did find blenders from other brands that performed better than the NutriBullet overall, including some with much lower price tags. So do look closely at features and check our full reviews before you buy.
Other things to consider before you buy
Can you make juice in a NutriBullet?
No. NutriBullets are often compared to juicers, but they work very differently. While a juicer extracts the liquid from fruits and vegetables and discards the pulp, a NutriBullet liquifies the entire fruit or vegetable.
Can you blend hot liquids in a NutriBullet?
With most models, it's best not to.
It may be tempting to whizz up a quick soup in your NutriBullet, but most models aren't capable of processing hot liquids.
In fact, Chantelle says blending hot liquids in a NutriBullet cup is dangerous: "The cups are sealed, so the pressure and heat have nowhere to escape, which could result in hot liquid exploding out of the blender, causing serious injury."
The NutriBullet Select 1200 included in our most recent test comes with a vented pitcher, meaning it's capable of processing hot foods such as soup. But Chantelle says you should still let the liquid cool down before blending.
Can you mill nuts and seeds?
Only with certain models. None of the NutriBullets we tested are appropriate for milling. If you want to use your NutriBullet to blend dry ingredients such as nuts, seeds and herbs, you'll need to buy either the 600 Series or the 900 Series – and pay extra for the milling blade attachment.
Single serve vs full size
While the compact, single-serve size was part of the unique appeal of the original NutriBullet, the brand has now expanded to add full-sized blenders to its range.
The NutriBullet Blender Combo 1000 and 1200 both come with a full-sized pitcher, as well as the signature NutriBullet cups, so you can switch between single-serve and large-capacity blending. The full-sized pitcher is capable of blending hot ingredients, so it would be useful if you want to blend soup for the whole family.
For many people, a so-called 'single-serve' blender may actually be enough
Chantelle says that, for many people, a so-called 'single-serve' blender may actually be big enough. "The larger cups generally make enough smoothie to serve two people," she says.
You may expect a smaller blender to be quieter, but we've found most single-serve blenders to be just as loud as their full-sized counterparts.
The NutriBullet Pro 1200 and Select 1200 were particularly noisy. By contrast, the Pro 1000 was the quietest single-serve blender in our test.
How long do NutriBullets last?
NutriBullets come with a one-year warranty, but the company recommends replacing the blades every six months. Our tester Chantelle says limiting blending to one minute at a time and hand-washing your NutriBullet can extend its lifespan.
NutriBullet vs Ninja – which is better?
Ninjas generally outperform NutriBullets in our tests, scoring significantly higher for ice crushing and kale processing. But NutriBullets are usually a little easier to use and there are a wider variety of models to choose from.
NutriBullets (left) are generally outperformed by Ninjas, but are usually easier to use.
In terms of design, NutriBullets and Ninjas are very similar. The standard models of both brands have just one speed, plus a pulse function, and they come with a few different cup sizes. Both brands have more premium models that offer extra features and accessories such as hot blending and full-sized jugs.
While NutriBullet and Ninja are the leading brands on the market, we've tested cheaper products that receive higher CHOICE Expert Ratings.