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For the health-conscious individual, a NutriBullet isn’t far away. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Touted for extracting nutrients from whole foods, this brand focuses heavily on plant-based recipes to treat yourself right.
To make that possible, they engineered the NutriBullet Pro 900 Series to get the best results in the least amount of work.
At a Glance:
- Easy to use
- Sleek design
- Small countertop footprint
- Pulverizes tough food
- Colossal 32-ounce BPA-free blending cups
- Several users report leaks
- Wish the travel lids had handles
- Not worth repairing; cheap manufacturing and parts make for a disposable appliance
The Bottom Line
NutriBullet is all about healthy, clean living. In addition to their impressive line of personal bullet blenders, they also host their own wellness website, NutriLiving.
Straight out of the box, you’ll receive a small recipe book with tips and tricks to immediately reap the benefits this blender has to offer.
The blades are the star of this show. The specific stainless steel extractor blades create a cyclone effect that pulls the ingredients down into the blending cups.
Of course, a shake or two of the container doesn’t hurt to help the ingredients along. The blades pulverize edible seeds, fruit skins, and plant stems into a smooth, tasty concoction.
Since the NutriBullet 900 blends up the entire fruit or vegetable, the resulting drink retains all the fiber as well. This is the touted benefit of personal blenders over juicers, as the pulp from the produce is discarded as a byproduct when it’s processed in juicing machines. Here, the NutriBullet delivers the nutrients and the filling fiber that your digestive system needs.
Why the Pulp?
A diet high in fiber can help maintain a healthy weight, as the bulky nature of fiber in the digestive system fills us up. It is also linked to reducing the likelihood of diabetes, high LDL cholesterol, and gallstones (1). If you hear of people losing weight by switching to smoothies made by a NutriBullet, this filling factor may have played a role.
I also like the recipes included in the Blasting for Optimum Health recipe book and on the website. They only include whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts. They also suggest using water or coconut water as the liquid, which lends credit to their nutrition focused marketing.
Not only does this device offer the opportunity to conveniently prepare healthy smoothies and shakes, the 900 Series produces 30% more power than its predecessor, the NutriBullet PRO. The high torque power base puts that 900-watt motor to work to engage the Cyclonic Action this brand is known for!
A big win for this personal sized blender is how small it is. It doesn’t take up much room on the counter, so it’s great for tiny city kitchens.
The two colossal 32-ounce blending cups are perfect for morning smoothies, and they’re significantly larger than what other brands have to offer. Either drink your smoothie on the go by using one of the two included flip-top lids, or enjoy it at home with a comfort lip ring or handled lip ring popped on top. Two of each of these are included as well, so you have options!
Not Just for Smoothies
This machine is so versatile. I encourage you to experiment with the 900-watt motor to your benefit by creating nut butters, non-dairy milks, dressings, sauces, and desserts – all of this is possible with the NutriBullet 900.
Check out some of Foodal’s blender recipes, or you can try the recipes in the included book.
One Thing I Don’t Recommend…
I strongly discourage you from blending anything hot. Some people talk about making their bulletproof coffee in the NutriBullet by filling it only a little bit, adding their butter or coconut oil, emulsifying it, and then adding more coffee to that.
I do not love this idea, nor do I endorse it. The bulletproof coffee is okay – you do you – but blending hot or even warm liquids in a confined space with no means of letting the steam escape is potentially dangerous. If the pressure builds it can be difficult to open after blending, or when it does, it can potentially splatter, causing burns or other injury.
In Case of Leaking or Sticking
There is one consistent problem you might read about the NutriBullet, and that’s possible leakage. It doesn’t pop up often, but when someone does have a complaint, that seems to be it. The second most popular problem is that the container jams in the motor base.
I didn’t experience either of these issues, but if you go on YouTube, it’s real and not always the result of user error.
My own recommendation? Register the product as soon as you get it.
Real talk: I register everything. The one time I thought my luck would hold was the one time it didn’t. So, it’s back to taking the few minutes to register anything I don’t want to replace within the warranty time for me. Better safe than sorry.
If a problem appears within the first few months of regular use (as the complaints say, that’s usually when the issues reveal themselves), take advantage of that 1-year warranty and switch out the unit.
Dimensions and Specs
Included with the NutriBullet Pro 900 Series:
- High Torque Power Base
- 2 32-Ounce Cups
- Emulsifying Extractor Blade
- 2 Flip-Top Lids
- 2 Handled Lip Rings
- 2 Comfort Lip Rings
- Pocket Nutritionist Guide
- Blasting for Optimum Health Recipe Book
- User Manual
The dimensions are 7.72 x 12.01 x 15.94 inches and it weighs about 5 pounds, so it’s relatively portable and good for traveling.
The manufacturer includes a 1-year limited warranty, and provides the option to purchase an additional 4-year warranty on their website.
Care and Cleaning
The cups and lids are top shelf dishwasher safe. The extractor blade must be hand washed to maintain its integrity. Immediately rinse the emulsifying extractor blade after use to prevent food from drying or sticking under the blades. For particularly stubborn pieces, use a kitchen brush – not your fingers.
To keep the power base clean, unplug the motor, and use a damp cloth to wipe it down.
To clean any possible leaks, refer to the user manual.
Techniques, Tips, and Tricks
As far as techniques go, the NutriBullet 900 handles most ingredients amazingly well, but you can always help it along for top performance.
Cutting produce into roughly 1-inch pieces is a great practice, and never blend frozen fruit or ice without a liquid. Dry blending frozen fruit or ice can risk dulling or damaging the blades.
A great tip is to try NutriBullet’s NutriBlast! (As always, if you’re taking medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist about negative food interactions).
Their branded NutriBlast is packed full of nutrients from the ingredients. The recipe follows a standard formula: fill the cup 50% with leafy greens, 50% with fruit, and anywhere from 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup seeds, nuts, or “super boost” (their shake mix). Ideally, that little bit will fall between the fruit bits to keep it under the max fill line. Add enough water to cover the ingredients and blend. It’s that easy! Makes for a quick and healthy breakfast beverage.
For tricks, NutriBullet actually has that covered in their user manual. There are charts that reference how much time it takes to process coffee beans and grains, and diagrams about what method to use for any situation – pulse, shake, or tap.
The manual also includes a bunch of whole food recipes that will provide all the veggies you know you need, masked with flavors you love. It’s also the brightest, most fun user manual I’ve ever come across, so definitely check it out. I think you’ll like it!
If you’re looking for something that can offer just a little bit more, head over to our review of the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ (coming soon!). Another personal blender focused on nutrition retention, the Ninja Auto-iQ features specialty program settings that the NutriBullet lacks.
Push a button and keep going with your morning routine – the Ninja will blend up your smoothie in the appropriate amount of time. In addition to that, all components (aside from the motor base) are dishwasher safe.
A (Huge) Step Up
If you want to step up your game with a much longer lasting and better constructed option (with much more power as well), then you may want to consider the Vitamix S55.
These machines have powerful motor bases, come with a 5-year warranty, and the manufacturer should have plenty of parts available for decades. See our complete review of the Vitamix S55 now.
Foodal’s Rating of the NutriBullet Pro 900
- Build Quality
- Future Proofing
Although this machine is powerful for its size and low in cost, we have concerns about long-term durability. We'd expect about two years of regular use from the Nutribullet given its price point and construction. This is more of a "use it until it burns out and add it to the landfill" model, as compared to more expensive options like the Vitamix S55 or the Breville Boss To Go offerings. It is worth considering at its price point if you are on a budget. However, when it comes to kitchen tools and appliances, we'd rather "buy once, cry once" and get the best product available. Bottom line, it's a decent option if you need a smoothie blending machine at a inexpensive price.
The NutriBullet Pro 900 Series is a great upgrade from the NutriBullet PRO and produces delicious smoothies with lots of available nutrients. The powerful motor and extractor blades do an excellent job pulverizing seeds, ice, fruits, and vegetables. Start reaping the benefits of leafy greens and root vegetables without the bitter taste. No need to bite the bullet, just drink from it!
Have any questions about the NutriBullet not answered here? Ask in the comments! We’d love to help out. If you’re still looking at other options, be sure to check out our comparison guide to the best personal sized blenders for smoothies, frozen treats, and more (coming soon!)
(1) Wardlaw, Gordon M. and Jeffery S. Hampl. Perspectives in Nutrition. 7th Edition, McGrawHill Higher Education, 2007, p. 162-163.
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About Taylor Shaw-Hamp
Taylor Shaw-Hamp has loved food ever since she can remember. The more she grew, the more she discovered, and the more she had to know. Now she loves to write about her food adventures through recipes, product reviews, and blog posts. She can be found at local coffee shops across the world, so if you see her, stop by the table and say hi!