Recently, I won Fit & Awesome‘s giveaway of a Nutribullet 600 system! We have a Vitamix (thanks, Costco), now that I’ve got a Nutribullet, it’s like I’ve been blessed twice! “You get a smoothie! And you get a smoothie! And everyone gets a smoothie!”
What’s a Nutribullet?
This is a Nutribullet! It’s a blender in bullet format! (They call it an extractor, but I call it a blender.) My prize was the original Nutribullet (600 watt motor) in grey. I noticed they come in different colors! (Yeah!) Included in the system are:
- power base – the motor
- extractor blade – you’re going to use this one the most
- milling blade – this is when you want to make your own flour
- 2 short cups – 1 with a handle
- 1 tall cup
- 2 lid rings – 1 with a handle
- 2 resealable lids
- user guide and recipe book
- pocket nutritionist (quick guide)
What Had Happened Was…
I made my morning coffee smoothie. Here’s what I used:
- Stumptown cold brew coffee (half a stubbie)
- coconut milk
- half a banana
- chia seeds
- 3 ice cubes
- 2 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
I threw everything in, popped it into the power base, and vroom! I left it on for about 35 seconds, trying to make sure everything was blended. I poured my concoction into my double-walled tumbler, and you’ll see that the short cup is equivalent to my (grande Starbucks) tumbler.
The recipe book recommends you add a liquid up to the max line, but for me, that just makes my drink too thin. Even with my eyeballing, I felt it was way too much liquid. Next time I’ll use less liquid and add more ice.
My two chopped up dates were still in teeny pieces at the bottom of my cup. I ended up chewing tiny bits of dates as I drank my smoothie. I’ll have to see if blending it longer will pulverize the dates more. Honestly, I think it will still have teeny chewy bits of date, so take note.
Then I made an afternoon smoothie for The Wife and me, so I used the tall cup! While the Nutribullet comes with a recipe book, I didn’t have certain ingredients on-hand, so I improvised:
- pineapple chunks
- an orange – peeled and chunked
- handful of blueberries
- almond milk – about half of the cup
- half an avocado
- 4 ice cubes
- 1/4 cup of water
Obviously, the more water I added, the better it helped blend. I’m not sure I could make a decent acai bowl with this. Have you tried it?
I bet I could make a mean orange juice, though!
What I Like About The Nutribullet
Single servings! The short cup is perfect for portion control – ie. smoothies for one. With our Vitamix, I have to watch really carefully how much stuff I put in the carafe or I end up with too much smoothie. By using the short cup, I’m not wasting my ingredients.
The blades are not sharp! Another plus! I’m not going to cut my fingers off. They’re easy to clean – nothing is sticking to them. (Have I ever mentioned that I cut my finger with a butter knife at the Old Spaghetti Factory many years ago? So you see, dull blades are good.)
Handles! Lids! You can drink right from the cup! You don’t have to pour it into another glass and add another thing to wash in the sink. I like that you can also SEAL the entire cup and throw it in the fridge for later.
Size matters. This thing is short enough to store in my cupboards. I live in an apartment – space is precious.
Verdict: Buy or Pass – Depends On Your Budget
I think the Nutribullet is a fantastic tool for those of you who are interested in blending and drinking your veggies and fruits. It is a lower price point than a Vitamix or Blendtec, which makes it easier on the wallet. Note – the horsepower isn’t as killer as the Vitamix or Blendtec, but if you’re like me and making smoothies for one or two, the Nutribullet does the job. (That said, I’m still keeping my Vitamix.)
My model – Nutribullet 600 – is about less than $100 on Amazon. The newest version – the Nutribullet Pro 900 – is about $100 on Amazon. Now there is an even bigger and meatier version called the Nutribullet Rx for $150.
If you end up ordering one or are already using one, I’d love to hear from you! What sort of smoothies have you made with you Nutribullet? Have you followed their recipe book?
Do you have a Nutribullet? What was your deciding factor to bite the bullet (get it? haha!) and buy a Nutribullet?
Disclosure: I won my Nutribullet! This is my honest opinion. Post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.