Forget peeling your fruit or picking those grapes off the stem. Just throw it all into the NutriBullet – an all-in-one juicer/blender/mill, and away you go. With claims like "supercharge your health in seconds", and supplied with recipes for "Toxin Cleansing", "Fountain of Youth" and "Free-Radical Fighter", we looked forward to testing out some of the more verifiable claims.
So how does it perform?
Essentially the NutriBullet juices and mills; and our home economist Fiona Mair found it does both well. It produces a pulpy juice because there's no separation of pulp and juice – and you'll undoubtedly get more fibre from a juice with pulp rather than not as it includes all the fibre from pulp, skin, seeds and stems in some cases. For nutritional yield see our juicers test.
It's similar to a blender but due to the shape of the cup and the high speed blades it can blend the food to a smooth texture, which can be thick or thin depending on the amount of liquid added. The blending takes approximately 30 seconds to achieve a very smooth consistency – it'll depend on the type of fruit and vegetables or if you're adding nuts or seeds. It also has a mill blade that can dry mill nuts, oats and seeds.
The claim to be able to blend seeds and stems comes with some caveats – not all seeds are recommended due to toxins, and it points these out. We found that skins from grapes didn't tend to process well, and when processing nuts and seeds, these aren't processed fully and tend to leave a gritty feel in the mouth.
If blending to a drinking juice, most of the recipes call for 50% leafy greens, 50% fruits, and a ¼ cup of seeds or nuts to add what their marketing department calls a "super boost". After the ingredients it's a short fill with water to the indicator line. With the usual mention of "superfoods" such as goji and acai, we recommend avoiding these expensive in preference for everyday superfoods you can get from the supermarket.
Ease of use
The NutriBullet is a small, lightweight unit that can be stored easily, is easy to assemble and very easy to clean. It comes with two cup sizes (400mL and 700mL). To start it up, all you do is fill up the cups to the prescribed limits, screw on a cap, place it in the blender mechanism and push down and twist to start.
The only downside is that the screw-on blade extractor can be difficult to tighten and remove if you have weak wrists, and while the cups are dishwasher safe, the blades are not. The blades require a warm soapy wash only.
We thought the NutriBullet was a handy juicer that can replace a small food processor, juicer and blender. Mostly it blends, juices and mills well and is easy to store and clean. But it's reasonably expensive compared to other blenders and pretty noisy.