NutriBullet Blender Review
Pros: Easy to use, excellent purees, large batches, easy to clean
Cons: No cooking feature, not portable, takes up space
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|Pros||Easy to use, excellent purees, large batches, easy to clean||Glass, easier cleaning, above-average performance, and user-friendly||Quality puree, easy to clean, inexpensive||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, not portable, takes up space||Loud on highest setting, trapped food chunks under blade||Does not cook||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||A top-notch blender that consistently creates smooth purees and offers enough capacity to produce large batches of baby food but takes up kitchen counter real estate||A blender that performs decently and features a Boroclass pitcher that is durable and healthier for babies||Simple, inexpensive, and versatile, this unit makes baby food in a snap||A travel-friendly, manual food maker that mashes, but does not puree like machines||A no-frills baby food maker that is good for those seeking portability at a low-cost|
|Rating Categories||NutriBullet Blender||Oster Pro 1200 Blender||Sage Spoonfuls Pure...||OXO Tot Food Masher||Green Sprouts Fresh...|
|Puree Quality (35%)|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Health Safety (20%)|
|Ease Of Cleaning (15%)|
|Specs||NutriBullet Blender||Oster Pro 1200 Blender||Sage Spoonfuls Pure...||OXO Tot Food Masher||Green Sprouts Fresh...|
|Capacity||8 cups||6 cups||Not Listed for Food Processor, N/A for Immersion Blender||Not Listed||1 Cup|
|Settings||Blend, Puree||Blend, Puree||Blend, Puree||Blend, Mash||Blend, Puree|
|Included Accessories||Tamper, Recipe Booklet||(1) 6 cup Pitcher, 24 oz. Smoothie Cup with Lid||HomeMade Essentials Package Available with (1) Recipe Book, (6) Glass 4oz Storage Jars, (60) Labels, (1) Immersion Blender with Food Processor Attachment and Pocket Guide||(1) Lid||None|
|Available Accessories||Yes||None||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||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 from soft to raw 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.
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 better puree than most.
It excels at pureeing peas, blueberries, rice, and pasta, a few foods that most other contenders in our review could not match.
We appreciate that the NutriBullet Blender accommodates warm ingredients, unlike some of the competition, because it can be time-consuming to wait for food items to cool down to room temperature. Plus, it has the power and capacity to create large batches of baby food to freeze and store.
Ease of Use
The NutriBullet has one of the highest scores in this metric. We assess how intuitive a product is to use without the manual and the amount of prep time required before creating baby food for ease of use.
Out of the box, the NutriBullet is quick to assemble. The motor base has suction cup feet, which keep it stationary when blending. The labels on the control panel are easy to follow, thanks to simple buttons: On/Off, Low, Medium, High, and Pulse. Besides the pitcher (64 oz. capacity) and lid, it includes a tamper to help push ingredients closer to the blade. The pitcher has a wide mouth and an easy-pour spout, and the lid has a vented cap to release heat. Additionally, the top fits snugly into the pitcher, keeping liquid from spitting out while blending.
The perks don't stop there. The NutriBullet's control panel is minimal and easy to use without the manual. It has a power button and multiple settings.
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. Therefore, 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, resulting in mold, bacteria, or rust. We also assessed moving blades and the potential for 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. Again, the NutriBullet's score was on the higher end.
For stubborn mess, fill the NutriBullet with some water, a dot 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 extend the product's longevity and durability. For ongoing maintenance, the manual suggests inspecting all parts for damage or wear that may impair function or present a hazard.
— Molly Bradac