NutriBullet Blender Review
Pros: Easy to use blender that creates excellent purees, can make large batches, and is easy to clean
Cons: No cooking feature, takes up counter or storage space, and not portable
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|Pros||Easy to use blender that creates excellent purees, can make large batches, and is easy to clean||Quality puree, easy to clean, inexpensive||Bowl scraper accessory, large quantity||Minimal, small in size, compact, lid included, easy to clean, inexpensive, portable||Portable, fairly easy to clean, low-cost, free from BPA and PVC|
|Cons||No cooking feature, takes up counter or storage space, and not portable||Does not cook||Bowl scraper accessory scratches bowl, plastic doesn't feel high quality, larger footprint on countertop||Below-average puree quality, small amounts, requires effort, lid may pop-off, staining||Does not grind all foods, blade is dull, liquid can leak, and grinds small quantities of food|
|Bottom Line||Excellent blender that creates smooth purees, can make large batches, but can take up kitchen space||Simple, inexpensive, and versatile, this unit makes baby food in a snap||A food processor that we don't recommend as the removable bowl scraper leaves fine scratches on the plastic bowl, an issue that hurt its puree quality score||A muscle-powered food maker that mashes food and is portable, but does not produce puree quality like machines||A portable, no-frills baby food maker with a low price-tag|
|Rating Categories||NutriBullet Blender||5 Puree and Blend||Hamilton Beach...||OXO Tot Food Masher||Fresh Baby Food Mill|
|Puree Quality (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Health Safety (20%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||NutriBullet Blender||5 Puree and Blend||Hamilton Beach...||OXO Tot Food Masher||Fresh Baby Food Mill|
|Capacity||8 cups||Not Listed for Food Processor, N/A for Immersion Blender||10 cups
Manual states: 2 to 3 cup max for fruits and vegetables, .7 lb for meats
|Not Listed||1 Cup|
|Settings||Blend, Puree||Blend, Puree||Chop, Blend, Puree, Slice||Blend, Mash||Blend, Puree|
|Included Accessories||Tamper, Recipe Booklet||HomeMade Essentials Package Available with 1 Recipe Book, 6 Glass 4oz Storage Jars, 60 Labels, Immersion Blender with Food Processor Attachment and Pocket Guide||Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc||Lid||None|
|Available Accessories||Yes||Sage Baby Eco Steamer, Sage Spoonfuls - Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies; Sage Spoonfuls Pocket Guide, Assorted Storage Jars, Pouches, Snackie and Munchie Bag Sets||Crinkle Cut/Fine Shred Disc||None||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
NutriBullet products are owned and made by Homeland Housewares, a company manufacturing blenders since 2003. Their mission is to inspire and empower transformational nutrition through their products, plus make nutrition simple, easy, and impactful.
The NutriBullet outshines most of the competition with one of the highest scores in this metric. To assess performance, we tested various foods to examine puree quality and how consistently a product renders ideal puree results. Since a baby's first foods need to be smooth, it is essential to know if a product can achieve this or not.
There is no doubt that the NutriBullet Blender creates supreme purees. Of all the foods we tested, kale was the most challenging for this machine as it left behind tiny pieces, which is not ideal when striving for a smooth puree. However, most contenders struggled to blend kale, and the NutriBullet produced a puree better than most. So compared to the competition, it scored higher.
It exceeds at pureeing peas, rice, and pasta, a few foods that other contenders in our review could not match.
The NutriBullet Blender has more power and capacity than any other product in our review, making it great for parents with multiple or those interested in preparing large batches of baby food to freeze and store.
Ease of Use
The NutriBullet has one of the highest scores in this metric. For ease of use, we assess how immediate and intuitive a product is to use without the manual once unpackaged and the amount of prep time required before creating baby food.
The NutriBullet does not steam and process food, but it is easy to use. Out of the box, it is quick to assemble. The motor base has suction cup feet, which keep it stationary when blending. It includes a tamper to help push ingredients closer to the blade. The pitcher has an easy-pour spout, and the lid has a vented cap to release heat-if needed. Additionally, the top fits securely, keeping liquid from spitting out when blending.
The perks don't stop there. The NutriBullet's control panel is minimal and easy to use without needing the manual. It has a power button and multiple settings - low, medium, high, and pulse.
The manufacturer suggests blending up to one minute. Beyond this timeframe, friction from the blades can cause ingredients to heat and generate internal pressure inside the vessel. Also, the NutriBullet requires some liquid when blending, which helps create its signature cyclonic action. Grinding dry ingredients, such as grains, should be avoided.
Health and Safety
For health and safety, we consider concerns over plastic and parts that are troublesome to see and clean, which may result in mold, bacteria, or rust. We also assessed moving blades and potential burns.
The NutriBullet's pitcher is BPA-free, and we did not experience any non-food taste after first or succeeding use. Also, since it offers no cooking feature, we have no concerns over burns from steam escaping, and it does not have a steam tank for yuck to grow or hide. It does have sharp blades that you will need to mindful of when blending and cleaning. Overall, this unit should remain a healthy option.
Ease of Cleaning
This metric considers the amount of time and parts to clean appropriately. The NutriBullet's score was on the higher end.
For stubborn mess, fill the NutriBullet with some water, a dash of soap, and run on low for a few seconds as this will loosen debris and make the cleaning process more manageable.
Besides the motor base and tamper, the unit has dishwasher safe parts. However, we think it is better to hand wash all of the components, plus it can prolong the longevity of the product. For ongoing maintenance, the manual suggests inspecting all parts for damage or wear that may impair function or present a hazard.
— Molly Bradac