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When it comes to kitchen blenders, there are several brands that do a job that’s ‘good enough’, but only a few that truly stand out. In terms of reliability combined with affordability, the NutriBullet brand stands amongst the best. It’s in fact one of the most popular blender brands of all time. And with millions of loyal followers around the globe, they’re certainly doing a few things right.
But NutriBullet has so many models to choose from. Each with its own advantages and drawbacks. So which is the right one for you? Below we will review two of the most popular models to come out of the NutriBullet production lines: the Nutribullet vs Nutribullet Pro. So read on to discover the best blender to suit your culinary needs.
What comes with the blender?
At a GlanceNutriBullet - aka NutriBullet 600
600-watt cyclonic action motor
Two separate sets of blades
The NutriBullet (also known as the NutriBullet 600 depending on where it’s sold) comes with a powerful motor and plenty of mixing containers for easy and fast blending. Powered by a 600-watt motor, the single-serve blender has a sleek and compact design that fits in every kitchen. Unlike other models, this one makes the least noise which you’ll appreciate especially when craving that smoothie in the middle of the night. However, if you’re looking for THE quietest blender possible, make sure you check this out.
It comes with two separate extractor and milling blades. The extractor blade is a refined blade that’s optimized for nutrient-extraction. It works well on frozen fruits and vegetables, although due to the relatively small motor some jobs needed noticeably longer blend times to get the optimal smoothness.
The dedicated milling blade is a favorite of ours. It has a patented design for tough dry ingredients, and does a fantastic job of pulverizing dry ingredients such as oats, spices, and nuts..
The NutriBullet 600 consumes less power and comes with a relatively low price tag. This makes it a good choice for someone on a budget.
WHAT WE LIKE
- Two types of blades for blending and grinding
- Compact (small apartment friendly)
- Cheaper than the NutriBullet Pro
- Makes less noise and consumes less electricty
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
- Smaller motor than competition
- Requires longer blend times
- Known to leak at times
NutriBullet Pro Overview
What comes with the blender?
At a GlanceNutriBullet Pro - aka NutriBullet Pro 900
Pulverizes frozen fruit easily
900-watt cyclonic action motor
The NutriBullet Pro offers more power and capacity than it’s smaller sibling. Its 900-watt motor has enough power to effectively break down, pulverize, and emulsify whole fruits and vegetables. It comes as part of a 13-piece package that includes handy to-go cups and lids, as well as a hardcover recipe book.
Thanks to its higher speed and 25,000 rotations per minute, this model produces smoothies with a silky-smooth consistency no matter what you throw in it. We found the stainless steel extractor blade coupled with the cyclonic action motor made quick work of everything from smoothies and shakes to even nut butter. That said, when it comes to crushing ice the NutriBullet Pro’s broad blade design doesn’t do as good a job as say, the Nutri Ninja.
In fact, we would say that the NutriBullet Pro can be more than just a blender. Thanks to its beefier motor, we found it worked quite well as a multipurpose mixer. We used it to make everything from juices and dips, to hummus and homemade flour, and it handled all these things quite well.
Our main gripe has to do with the blender’s design, as the base of the unit would leak at times. This has unfortunately been something consistent throughout a lot of the NutriBullet models we’ve tested.
Much like the NutriBullet 600, this model doesn’t have control buttons. Operating the blender by pressing down the cap and then twist it to the right. To switch off, just twist it back in the opposite direction.
WHAT WE LIKE
- Great multi-purpose blender
- Powerful motor
- 32oz blend capacity
- Integrated extractor and milling blades
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
- Not the best at crushing ice
- Known to leak from the base at times
- Build quality not as durable as competitors
Now that you have a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of each blender, it’s time to bring them to the ring and have our showdown. We’ll compare their features and functionality and see how they fare in this face-off.
As their names suggest, each model uses a different motor. The NutriBullet uses a modest 600-watt motor to get the job done. For the most part, that motor will be enough to make your single-serve smoothie or shake. Although the consistency of the smoothie might suffer if you happen to add tough, small ingredients such as blackberry seeds.
The Nutribullet Pro roars with a 900-watt and high-torque power base. That is more than adequate power to pulverize most things to come in contact with the stainless steel blades. The NutriBullet Pro is able to utilize its high-end motor to also act as a food processor in a pinch.
The only drawback to the 900’s more powerful motor is its high energy consumption. Electrical appliances and electronics consume a lot of energy If you’re a frequent blender, you will likely notice a slight increase in your electricity bill when using the NutriBullet 900, compared to smaller sibling.
The NutriBullet comes in a 12-piece package that includes two different blades. One is the extractor blade, and the other for milling. It also has two cups, the first is 24 ounces and the other is 18 ounces.
The NutriBullet Pro has 13-pieces out of the box. It only uses a single blade attachment but it integrates both extractor and milling blades into the unit. They also throws in a recipe book to get you started on some useful recipes – handy but nothing you couldn’t already discover through a quick Google search. The cups come in larger sizes than the NutriBullet, which is great for small families: 32 ounces and 24 ounces.
NutriBullet vs NutriBullet Pro
The size of the blender can play a major part in your decision to buy it. There’s a notable difference in size, between the NutriBullet and NutriBullet Pro blenders. The motor housing of both blenders is roughly the same size, however the NutriBullet Pro comes with a larger 32oz cup – ideal for couples or small families.
With its small cup sizes (18 and 24oz), the NutriBullet won’t take up as much space in your kitchen and can be tucked nicely in any corner. The downside is that it’s ideal as a single-serve shake or smoothie but nothing more.
Another factor to help you choose your blender is the color variety it offers. With the Nutribullet there’s only one standard color. It’s gray, so you don’t have much choice there.
Picking the right color for your kitchen is a great way to add some pop and personality to your space. To that end, the Nutribullet Pro offers a wide variety of colors to suit all tastes and kitchen designs. Select from berry, cobalt, champagne, coral, onyx, violet, and more. Our personal favorite? The berry color.
NutriBullet or NutriBullet Pro? Our Verdict
As far as getting the best bang for your buck, we say go for the older brother: the NutriBullet Pro 900. For a little bit extra dough, you get so much more blender. In addition to a more powerful motor that makes quicker work of blending jobs, the NutriBullet Pro comes with larger sized cups as well as a blade accessory that integrates both extracting and milling functions into one blade set.
That said, the original Nutribullet still has attributes that will appeal to some people. It doesn’t take as much space in the kitchen. It uses up less power and is quieter than the Nutribullet Pro. And if you’re budget-minded, it most importantly it comes in at a lower price point.
At the end of the day, which personal blender is the best choice for you is going to depend on what your priority is. Are you interested in the most budget-friendly option or one with more power?
For us, as far as comparisons go, this one was easy. If you’re absolutely on the fence between these two blenders, we say go for the NutriBullet Pro.
WINNER: NutriBullet Pro
With 900 watts of power, the Pro is faster and stronger than the original, but just as simple to use. Load it up with dense whole foods like nuts, seeds, hard fruits, and kale, then push, twist and blend your way to a healthier lifestyle.
An optimized 900-watt motor and refined nutrient extraction blades blend the toughest whole foods into nutritious shakes, smoothies, and nut butters.
Frequently Asked Questions
It depends on the model. The NutriBullet 600 is only good for a single serve, so you won’t be able to fit in a whole lot. But the NutriBullet Pro has a larger cup capacity. In our standard tests we were able to blend a cup of kale, a cucumber, another cup of berries, and throw in a green apple with no issues. You’ll still have to add in liquid of course. Water will do although you can always use juice, soy milk or any other liquid of your choice.
Generally speaking when the blender is switched on, it generates heat. The friction between the rotating blades and the chunks of food raise the temperature of the food. It is recommended to switch off the blender every 60 seconds to keep the food healthy and nutritious.