I was in the mood for a coffee smoothie this morning, so I grabbed for my NutriBullet.
But before I could start blending, a thought popped into my head, are NutriBullets heat-proof? Can you blend hot liquids in a NutriBullet?
I’ve done some research and here’s what I’ve found out:
No, you can’t blend hot liquids in a NutriBullet. You should never blend hot ingredients like soups, sauces, or coffee in your NutriBullet because of safety reasons. Hot liquids could damage your blender or build up pressure and cause injuries.
I’m glad I did the research before blending hot ingredients in my NutriBullet.
I found some terrible stories about people who have seen their NutriBullets exploding and causing serious injuries!
So, I’ll repeat it one more time, DO NOT EVER blend hot liquids in your NutriBullet, it’s outright dangerous.
There are a few NutriBullets that are specially designed to blend hot stuff, but the regular NutriBullet 600 and the NutriBullet Pro 900 are not. I’m going to show you the NutriBullets that can blend hot ingredients later.
Also, there are a few things you should do to avoid injuries. We’ll be going through some safety steps as well.
Let’s dive deeper into the world of NutriBullets!
Can you put hot things in NutriBullets?
I’ll say it one more time, just to get my point through:
No, you should not put hot ingredients in a NutriBullet blender. Your blender could blow up and badly burn and injure you.
If you want to blend soup, sauces, coffee, or other hot liquids, you’ll need to let them cool down completely before blending.
Why NutriBullets aren’t heat-resistant
If you’re making sauces or hot soup and you need to blend or purée cooking ingredients, you should not grab for your NutriBullet.
The original NutriBullets just weren’t designed to blend hot liquids. The NutriBullet doesn’t have a pressure release valve and the steam can’t escape resulting in pressure building up inside the cup.
Putting hot liquids in your NutriBullet (or any other blender that’s not designed for hot ingredients) can result in a huge mess all over your kitchen, or even worse, injure you.
How to blend hot liquids
While your NutriBullet is out for blending hot foods, there are still ways to blend hot foods. The easiest way would be an immersion blender.
You could either get a corded or cordless immersion blender. I’ve written about it in detail here: are immersion blenders cordless?
With an immersion blender, you can purée soups directly inside the pot without having to transfer them into a blender. It’s super convenient.
NutriBullet also just came out with an immersion blender, you can check it out here.
What happens if you blend hot liquids in a NutriBullet?
When you put hot liquids in your NutriBullet, steam will build up inside the cup. The steam can’t escape because the cup is closed, and pressure will naturally build up inside your NutriBullet.
The steam in combination with the fast-spinning blades can create enough pressure to potentially let the NutriBullet explode. It happened in some cases, and there are several lawsuits against NutriBullet.
Are NutriBullets safe to use?
Now that sounds scary, doesn’t it?
But before you throw your NutriBullet away, keep in mind, that every day millions of people use the NutriBullet to blend smoothies or other drinks. And in most cases, people are happy with their devices.
While there are cases where the blender exploded, most incidents probably happened because of misuse.
There are a few steps you must follow to use your NutriBullet more safely:
- Make sure that you got an original NutriBullet blender, there are many counterfeit products on the market. Here’s how to spot a fake NutriBullet.
- Read the manual and the safety instructions carefully before blending.
- Never blend hot liquids in your NutriBullet.
- Never blend carbonated drinks.
- Don’t overfill the cup, as it could increase pressure inside the cup.
- Do not let your NutriBullet run for longer than 60 seconds at a time. If you blend for longer it could cause the contents to overheat and the NutriBullet cup to explode!
- Check the rubber seal around the blades often, if it’s damaged, replace it immediately. You can get a new one from NutriBullet.
Can you use your NutriBullet for hot soup?
I love making healthy, homemade soups. I usually use my cooking blender for making hot soups, because it’s so convenient. You can learn more about it here: are cooking blenders worth it?
But if you don’t have a cooking blender or an immersion blender, there are still ways to enjoy hot foods made with a NutriBullet.
Basically, there are two ways you can use a NutriBullet for making hot soup.
- You either get one of the NutriBullet models that are designed for blending hot liquids and you can blend inside the jar.
- You blend cold soup with your regular NutriBullet and heat it in your microwave or on the stove.
If you like the idea of having a blender that can handle hot liquids or even cook ingredients for you, I got great news for you. NutriBullet just released a few blenders that can make hot soup or sauces for you.
Which NutriBullet blenders can handle hot liquids?
There are a few NutriBullet models that can handle hot liquids without exploding. I’m going to introduce you to them here shortly.
NutriBullet blender combo
First, there’s the NutriBullet blender combo, it’s a full-size counter blender, you can check it out here.
This blender comes with both a multi-serving pitcher as well as a single-serve cup. Its powerful 1200-watt motor lets you make hot soups, sauces, smoothies, or nut butters with ease.
It’s one of the few NutriBullet blenders that come with a tamper. The pitcher has a vented lid cap that allows you to blend hot liquids. Keep in mind, however, that the smaller smoothie cup can’t handle hot ingredients.
The NutriBullet Rx is what a NutriBullet should look like. It’s a compact blender in the typical NutriBullet design with a powerful 1,700-watt motor. But unlike other NutriBullets, this model works completely hands-free.
The NutriBullet Rx was made for soups and sauces. It has a built-in heating cycle and can create perfectly silky smooth soups, sauces, smoothies, and more. It comes with a 30 oz cup as well as a 1-liter pitcher.
The built-in heating element is genius!
When you want to make hot soup, just push one button, and the NutriBullet RX will cook it for you. It only takes this blender 7 minutes and the soup is steaming hot!
But you’re not limited to hot soups or sauces, the NutriBullet also makes ice-cold smoothies or frozen drinks like a champ.
For more information about blenders that can handle hot liquids, check these best blenders for sauces.
Are NutriBullet cups microwave safe?
Now, we know that you should never blend hot liquids in your NutriBullet, but are NutriBullet cups microwave safe? Can you at least heat soup inside the NutriBullet cups in your microwave?
I wasn’t sure either, so I contacted the NutriBullet customer service, and they referred me to their website’s FAQ. Here’s their answer:
“No, the NutriBullet cups are not microwave safe. Do not place the NutriBullet cups or other accessories in the microwave as this may damage your appliance.”
If you’re blending cold ingredients in your NutriBullet and want to heat them in your microwave, simply transfer them into a microwave-safe container first.
Did I cover everything you wanted to know about whether NutriBullets can handle hot liquids?
I was glad I did the research if a NutriBullet can handle hot liquids before I was making a hot coffee smoothie. And I’m glad you did, too!
While NutriBullets aren’t designed for blending hot liquids, there are some newer and more advanced NutriBullet models that can not just blend ingredients, but they can cook soup or sauces for you!
When you’re using your standard NutriBullet blender, make sure to read the manual and safety instructions carefully. As I did the research for this article, I was shocked to hear some of the stories.
Misusing this device can result in serious injuries and burns, so please don’t take this advice lightly!
NutriBullet says the blender can be safely operated for up to 1 minute. While I have exceeded that in the past sometimes, I won’t ever go over 60 seconds again after reading some of those stories.
If you have any questions about (NutriBullet) blenders, please leave me a message in the comments section below. I can’t wait to hear from you. Stay safe!