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NutriBullet Blender Review

This budget blender holds its own with the top-tier products fairly well
NutriBullet Blender
Credit: NutriBullet
Best Buy Award
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Price:   $100 List | $98.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butter
Cons:  No presets, digital timer
Manufacturer:   NutriBullet
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Jun 22, 2021
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80
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SCORE


RANKED
#5 of 12
  • Smoothies - 30% 8.3
  • Ice - 20% 10
  • Convenience - 20% 5.2
  • Pureeing - 15% 10
  • Grinding - 15% 6.7

Our Verdict

Earning our Best Buy Award, the 1200-watt NutriBullet Blender (ZNBF30400Z) is our top recommendation for anyone shopping for a new blender on a budget. It's a fantastic value option that holds its own with blenders that cost significantly more and we had a hard time finding any major issues with it. It made silky-smooth smoothies and blended drinks, pureed nut butter with ease, and even ground hard cheeses without too much difficulty. Unfortunately, it does lack some of the convenience features the top-tier models have, such as the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series, but we think the NutriBullet more than makes up for it by retailing for so much less.

Editor's Note: this review was updated on June 22, 2021 to include additional testing results and information on competing products worth considering.

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Pros Great blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butterFantastic smoothies, great at crushing ice, silky-smooth pureesFantastic at crushing ice, very convenient, great valueGreat price, excellent at crushing iceVery inexpensive, solid for smoothies
Cons No presets, digital timerBlade showed signs of wear and tearMotor felt underpowered for pureeing nut butterNot terribly convenient to use, substandard green smoothie skillsCan catastrophically leak if base isn't attached, struggled with grating hard cheese
Bottom Line This budget blender holds its own with the top-tier products fairly wellThis is one of our all-around favorite kitchen appliances and we highly recommend it for all of your blending needsIf you are searching for a solid blender on a budget, the Ninja Chef should be your first choiceThe KitchenAid does well across the board and is a solid valueIf you are shopping for a blender on the tightest of budgets, then this is a great choice
Rating Categories NutriBullet Blender Cuisinart Hurricane... Ninja Chef High-Spe... KitchenAid Diamond... Hamilton Beach 58148A
Smoothies (30%)
8.3
9.0
8.3
5.7
5.9
Ice (20%)
10.0
10.0
9.0
9.4
7.3
Convenience (20%)
5.2
6.9
7.1
5.4
5.5
Pureeing (15%)
10.0
10.0
7.9
5.7
6.1
Grinding (15%)
6.7
8.4
8.2
7.0
2.7
Specs NutriBullet Blender Cuisinart Hurricane... Ninja Chef High-Spe... KitchenAid Diamond... Hamilton Beach 58148A
Model Number ZNBF30400Z CBT-2000 CT805, CT810, CT815 KSB1575MC 58148A
Power 1.6 HP Peak 3.5 HP Peak 2 HP Peak .7 HP Peak .94 HP
DImensions 16.5" x 9.8" x 7.5" 10.05" x 8.50" x 17.55" 17.99" x 9.72" x 8.46" 8.5" x 16.5' x 9" 14.7" x 6.5 " x 8.7"
Jar size 64 oz 64 oz 72 oz (64 oz max liquid capacity) 60 oz 40 oz
Dishwasher safe Pitcher; top rack only Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accessories Tamper None Tamper None None
Digital Timer No Yes Yes No No
Presets None Yes,
  • Clean
  • Soup
  • Smoothie (Fruit and Green)
  • Ice Crush
Yes, 10
  • Flour/Mill
  • Frozen Drink
  • Extract
  • Smoothie
  • Soup
  • Ice Cream
  • Puree
  • Dip/Salsa
  • Dressing
  • Nut Butter
None None

Our Analysis and Test Results

The main features that this blender lacks compared to some of the premium models are its lack of preset blending functions and a digital timer. While this does mean you have to manually control the speed and duration when blending, we didn't think that it was too much more work. Additionally, you can also get a combo pack that includes some personal smoothie cups if you want an easier way to take your smoothies on the go.

Performance Comparison



The NutriBullet made some excellent smoothies.
The NutriBullet made some excellent smoothies.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Smoothies


Accounting for 30% of the NutriBullet's final score, our Smoothie metric consisted of four different beverages: green, berry, and a fruit & oat smoothies, as well as an Oreo malt. It did very well but our judges did rate it just behind the top models in terms of taste and texture.


The NutriBullet performed well above average on all four of our individual smoothie tests.

Smoothies Test Score Comparison

 
NutriBullet Blender
This Product
NutriBullet Blender
AwardsBest Buy Award Editors' Choice Award   Best Buy Award 
Price$100 List
$98.99 at Amazon
$400 List
$379.99 at Amazon
$200 List$160 List$30 List
Smoothies Score
8.3
9.0
8.3
5.7
5.9
Berry Smoothie (30%)
8
9
9
6
6
Green Smoothie (30%)
9
10
9
4
6
Fruit Nut & Oat (25%)
8
7
6
7
5
Oreo Milkshake (15%)
8
10
9
6
7

For our green smoothie test, we ran the NutriBullet on high power for 70 seconds, which produced a very good, albeit foamy, drink. It was one of the best green smoothies in our testing.

It tasted great and this blender obliterated almost all of the frozen fruit, spinach, and kale aside from one small chunk.

This blender did a great job blending leafy greens, which many other...
This blender did a great job blending leafy greens, which many other products struggled with.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This blender performed just a little bit worse in our berry smoothie test. The beverage was well blended but it couldn't completely break apart all of the berry seeds, leaving plenty of seed bits behind after 60 seconds of blending. This was particularly noticeable after we let the drink sit for a bit, as the seed particles began to separate noticeably.

Unfortunately, the NutriBullet couldn't completely obliterate all of...
Unfortunately, the NutriBullet couldn't completely obliterate all of the berry seeds.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The fruit & oat smoothie is one of our harder blending tests, as there is hardly any liquid in the recipe, only strawberries, almonds, yogurt, oats, bananas, and maple syrup. The NutriBullet did struggle just a bit more with this beverage — as expected — but still produced an overall good showing. It did leave quite a bit of unblended material on the sides of the pitcher and the resultant mixture was a little grainy but our judges unanimously agreed that the smoothie was perfectly palatable.

It took a little persuasion to get going but the ZNBF30400Z...
It took a little persuasion to get going but the ZNBF30400Z eventually made a great malt.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The NutriBullet finished out this metric with a solid showing when it came to making a malt. It tasted great, with every judge emptying their glass, but we did notice that the texture was a little more grainy than the premium products and it took a little effort on our part with the tamper to get the mixture blending.

The ZNBF30400Z made some excellent blended cocktails.
The ZNBF30400Z made some excellent blended cocktails.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Ice


For our Ice metric, worth 20% of the NutriBullet's final score, we ranked and scored how well it did at creating a perfectly blended margarita and at crushing ice cubes alone. This blender is jam-packed with power and delivered a phenomenal performance in both of these tests, earning it one of the top spots overall in this rating category.


This blender didn't struggle at all when it came to demolishing the ice cubes, obliterating the cubes in about 10 seconds. The resulting crushed ice was fairly uniform and didn't have any large chunks that escaped the blades.

The NutriBullet mixed up a great blended margarita that had a very...
The NutriBullet mixed up a great blended margarita that had a very uniform texture.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The margarita was of uniform slushiness and had the correct texture for a blended cocktail earning it a tie for the top score.

Ice Test Score Comparison

 
NutriBullet Blender
This Product
NutriBullet Blender
AwardsBest Buy Award Editors' Choice Award   Best Buy Award 
Price$100 List
$98.99 at Amazon
$400 List
$379.99 at Amazon
$200 List$160 List$30 List
Ice Score
10.0
10.0
9.0
9.4
7.3
Straight Up Ice (35%)
10
10
9
10
6
Margarita (65%)
10
10
9
9
8

The motor weirdly sounded like it was struggling just a bit while running for the 60 seconds we took to blend the drink but it had no issues when we ran it for longer in our soup test and it didn't repeat this performance with other drinks, so it seems like something of an anomaly.

The minimalistic design of the NutriBullet makes it a little less...
The minimalistic design of the NutriBullet makes it a little less convenient to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


Our Convenience metric assessed how user-friendly and easy to operate each of these kitchen appliances are, which is also responsible for 20% of the final score. We awarded points based on how easy it is to clean each blender after use, how intuitive the interface is, and any other convenience features that it might have. The NutriBullet isn't the easiest to use kitchen appliance we have tested so far but still scored just above average.


The NutriBullet has a pitcher, lid, and a blade that is safe for the dishwasher and are fairly easy to clean manually. The pitcher has a nice wide mouth but it can take a little bit of work to clean under the blades. We missed bits of food trapped there multiple times throughout testing, so you definitely want to pay close attention when cleaning to ensure that no trapped food starts molding or rotting.

The pitcher of the NutriBullet takes a little more work to wash...
The pitcher of the NutriBullet takes a little more work to wash manually than some of the other products.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The lid is very easy to clean and remove from the pitcher but we did find that we needed a dish drainer to dry out the pitcher after washing, as there is no way to place it on the base to allow adequate airflow underneath to dry it out.

The ZNBF30400Z doesn't have any preset settings for different...
The ZNBF30400Z doesn't have any preset settings for different blending tasks.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The labels on this blender are easy to follow, as it has very simple controls: low, medium, high, and pulse. As mentioned before, this blender lacks any automatic presets, hurting its score slightly.

The NutriBullet did a great job in our pureeing tests, holding its...
The NutriBullet did a great job in our pureeing tests, holding its own against other products that cost significantly more.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Pureeing


Next, we moved on to some of the more difficult blending tasks for these products. In our Pureeing metric, we scored the performance of the NutriBullet when it came to making nut butter and tomato soup, as well as seeing if it can actually heat the soup while it pureed. It delivered another excellent set of results, earning top marks. Combined, these tests are responsible for 15% of the final score.


This blender did a great job of churning up some almond and peanut butter, creating a smooth and creamy spread in about eight minutes. The machine didn't seem to struggle too much but we did have to add about ½ tablespoon of oil to get the mixture going right at the start.

The tomato soup was even hot enough to serve after blending.
The tomato soup was even hot enough to serve after blending.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The NutriBullet also did very well at whipping up some tomato soup. We ran this blender for six minutes on the high setting and the resulting puree was extremely fine and very uniform, pouring through a mesh sieve like it was water. Even better, the NutriBullet heated it to pretty much a serving temperature while blending. The soup reached a temperature of 152.1°F and even had a bunch of steam exit the pitcher when we opened the lid.

The NutriBullet easily grated hard cheese but there were still some...
The NutriBullet easily grated hard cheese but there were still some larger chunks.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Grinding


For the remaining 10% of the total score, we pushed the NutriBullet to its limits with some of the hardest tasks you can set for a blender: milling corn flour, powdering sugar, and grinding hard cheese. It continued to impress in this metric, earning another great score.


After 60 seconds of blending, the NutriBullet reduced the vast majority of the granulated sugar to powder but the result wasn't quite as light and fluffy as some of the top appliances. Additionally, the sieve caught a decent amount of larger granules that escaped the blades. It did about the same when it came to the parmesan cheese. It did struggle a bit to get going but easily reduced the bulk of the cheese to fine particles once it did. There were a fair amount of larger chunks remaining but we doubt you would even notice them if serving on a pasta dish or similar.

A non-trivial amount of the corn kernels were still too coarse to...
A non-trivial amount of the corn kernels were still too coarse to pass through the sieve.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Unfortunately, the performance dropped a bit when it came to milling corn kernels. Only about 75% of the finished product made it through the sieve after 60 seconds of milling, with the remaining pieces being much larger and less evenly ground.

Should You Buy the NutriBullet Blender?


We would highly recommend the NutriBullet to anyone who is shopping for a new blender on a limited budget and yet doesn't want to make any huge concessions regarding performance. The lack of presets and a timer do make it just a bit harder to use but it costs so much less than the top-tier models that we think the NutriBullet is well worth the added effort.

What Other Blenders Should You Consider?


If you are budget-focused, then you might take a look at the Hamilton Beach 58148A, which sells for less than $40. It isn't a great blender in terms of overall performance and versatility, but it performs reasonably well on fruit smoothies and milkshakes, which for a lot of people is their #1 goal. And, given the low price, it definitely offers a compelling value for basic blending functionality.

If you do a lot of blending, or really value top-performance, then you might want to consider a blender that might offer you more over the long term. Based on our extensive testing, to get better performance than the NutriBullet, there is a significant step up in price, and we'd recommend you look at the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro and the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series, both of which are top-performing blenders which would make an excellent long-term investment.

Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman