When shopping for a new blender to make smoothies, juices, and healthy meals, it’s not uncommon to run into problems. With so many choices available on the market and so many clever marketing ploys, finding the facts is nearly impossible. But never fear! I’ve done the hard part for you.
Below, you’ll find a comprehensive comparison of the NutriBullet vs blenders of all kinds. After reading this article, you should be able to choose a style that fits your budget and dietary needs.
How We’ll Compare NutriBullet and Blenders
Not everyone is looking for a compact or portable blending option, nor is everyone looking for something to fit in a tiny kitchen or dorm room. Some people are just looking for a blender, any blender, that can do everything they need and fit within their budget and lifestyle.
For those reasons, I’ll be exploring the differences between the popular NutriBullet personal blender and the most common types of standard blenders found in kitchens all over the world. I won’t focus only on portable or personal blenders either. Seeing how NutriBullet stacks up against all kinds of blenders should give you a better idea of what blenders will work for you and which are potential duds.
I’ll cover size, noise level, functionality, and flexibility, just to name a few aspects. I’ll look at cost, too, though it’s important to note that final costs will vary by model, location, and even time of year.
NutriBullet vs Blender: Size Matters
Many people look to the NutriBullet when first searching for a small blender. The company has done a phenomenal job of marketing this device for small kitchens, dorm rooms, office use, and even for travel. But it’s not the only small blender that can work in those situations. In fact, larger blenders might work well, too.
Personal Blenders, Portable Blenders, and NutriBullet Size Comparison
There are a handful of personal blenders marketed to travelers. These tend to be battery powered and weak compared to their countertop cousins, but they can get the job done. The travel blenders that come with a power cord are slightly more powerful, but with a stronger motor comes heavier weight.
For travel purposes, you want something lightweight and easy to pack into a bag, suitcase, or even a backpack or purse. Corded personal blenders are often quite heavy compared to the lightweight battery-powered blenders. Yet, even with their stronger motors, power cords, and heavier weight, they’re still compact and portable.
So, where does NutriBullet fall on this line?
NutriBullet actually comes in a variety of sizes, styles, and weights. Generally speaking, they are lighter weight than most other personal blenders, but still a bit on the heavy side for travel purposes. They fit well in a larger suitcase, but can still be tucked into a medium-sized suitcase. Personally, I find them too bulky to go in a purse or carry-on travel bag, but someone with a bigger bag might not agree.
As far as total weight, the NutriBullet Select weighs around five and a half pounds, while the NutriBullet Pro 900 weighs in at five pounds. Very similar, but half a pound difference can be a big deal in some situations.
Some other personal blenders: The Ninja Fit Personal Blender weighs four and a half pounds. The tiny Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender weighs a minuscule two and a quarter pounds. And then the Magic Bullet weighs about four and a half pounds, though it has a lot of attachments.
As with any personal or one-serving blender, the weight will vary depending on how many attachments you bring with you.
NutriBullet and Standard Blender Size Comparison
If you don’t need to bring your blender with you, then the overall size and weight shouldn’t be as much of a pain. Granted, if you have a small kitchen or dorm room, you do need to consider the overall size. You won’t be limited to just personal blenders though, as many standard blenders come in small sizes, too.
We know that NutriBullet is small. It has a compact and modern design that can sit pretty on your counter or tuck easily into any standard cabinet. But the exact measurements will depend on the model. The NutriBullet Pro is about 12 x 7.7 x 15.9 inches.
Other standard blenders come in around 6 x 6 x 14 inches for this Ninja offering. And then there’s a low-profile version of my favorite blender brand, Vitamix, which stands at 17.5 x 7.7 x 9.4 inches. There’s a lot of difference between these two examples, but that just goes to show you how varied the sizes can be. The NutriBullet Pro listed above is between these.
Power: NutriBullet vs Blenders
The power of a blender will depend on the size of the motor. A bigger motor is going to rev up faster and be strong enough to rip through the toughest ingredients.
Since personal and travel blenders are smaller, they often have weaker motors. This doesn’t mean they can’t blend well, it just means you won’t be hitting those top speeds you’ll find in bigger countertop models.
As far as small blenders go, the NutriBullet isn’t too bad. It’s a bit stronger than other personal blenders, but it’s not the strongest. If I had to place it on a scale, it would be dead center as far as power in a personal blender.
Compared to countertop models, the NutriBullet can’t hand a candle to them. It wasn’t really meant to go up against a full-sized Ninja or Vitamix though, so the comparison isn’t entirely fair. I only add it to be thorough.
If you need power, stick with a countertop model.
Noise Levels: NutriBullet vs Blenders
NutriBullet wants you to believe their products run very quietly. I can tell you from experience, that’s not entirely true. While they can be quieter than a full-sized Vitamix, they’re not exactly silent.
That said, they are on the quieter side if you’re comparing them to a standard blender. Compare them to another personal blender or one made for travel and this is where the NutriBullet falls behind. However, it’s for a good reason.
NutriBullet has a fairly powerful motor for the size of the machine. Some other personal or travel blenders don’t have that kind of power and therefore don’t make that kind of noise. You also need to consider what you’re putting in the blender in the first place.
Put ice in any blender and it could wake the dead with all that noise. Blend up some soft berries and cream and it’s going to be so much quieter.
Speed of Blending: Blenders vs NutriBullet
There is no metric more important than the speed at which a smoothie can be made (if you ask me anyway). If your blender is slower than molasses in the winter, you’re not likely to keep up with your new and improved healthy eating habits. You need speed and convenience. NutriBullet promises all that and more. But did it stand up to the test?
In my opinion, yes. NutriBullet is a fast personal blender. It gets the job done in a few seconds compared to a minute or more for other personal blenders. It wasn’t the fastest (that honor goes to the Nutri Ninja), but it was still fast.
Again, this has to do with that impressive motor. But ingredients matter, too. NutriBullet takes a bit more time to blend down ice than I would like, though it’s still faster than some other personal blenders.
As far as blending speed compared to standard blenders, sorry, NutriBullet. You just can’t hang with the big boys. While the NutriBullet can certainly make a simple soft smoothie in about 30 to 60 seconds, it’s still not as fast as a full-sized Vitamix or Ninja in that regard. In fact, even the lower-end Oster blenders can get the job done faster than the NutriBullet.
That is not to say that it isn’t a speedy device. I don’t doubt you’d be happy with it, but it seems to choke a bit on harder ingredients and tougher fibers.
Blending Ice: NutriBullet vs Blenders
Yeah, we have to talk about this. I know that the NutriBullet fanboys are going to get their panties in a twist over this, but it needs to be said. NutriBullet cannot handle ice. It may be able to crush it after some time and with some liquid added, but it cannot handle ice alone.
This may not be a big deal to some people, so if this is you, ignore this bit. However, most people I know who make smoothies, juices, and other healthy meals in their blenders, think this is a huge deal. NutriBullet isn’t totally worthless for ice, but it’s definitely not in my top list. Phil, the owner of this site, happens to agree, too.
If you want a blender that can crush or even powder plain ice, skip the NutriBullet and go with a bigger model. You need a powerful motor and blades designed for the job. Phil likes the Nutri Ninja and I like my Vitamix. You can pick something that works well for you. Personal and travel blenders may not be able to do it, but a big countertop behemoth can.
Functionality and Flexibility: NutriBullet vs Blenders
You’re not going to get a lot of added functionality in personal and travel blenders. They serve a very specific purpose. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have any flexibility.
Stronger motors in higher-end personal blenders will allow you to blend more types of ingredients, while larger or multiple travel containers will help you make a variety of drinks in advance. Many travel blenders and personal blenders come with multiple blending cups or travel cups. NutriBullet, depending on the model, comes with two cups.
Most travel and personal blenders don’t have any speed options. If they do happen to have any, there aren’t a lot. You get fast and faster, but that’s it. Many don’t even have a pulse setting which can mean disaster for certain recipes. If you don’t need precision in your smoothie adventures, a travel blender is probably just fine for you.
NutriBullet doesn’t have speed settings either. This is the part that makes me leery of the company, and it has nothing to do with the product itself. See, I think their marketing is a bit scammy. They claim it’s not a blender, it’s extracting nutrients. I call bull on that. It’s a blender. There is nothing about this machine that’s different from any other blenders. It works the same and produces the same stuff.
They try to get away with a lack of speed settings on this blender by calling it a nutrient extractor. A clever marketing ploy, but not entirely truthful. NutriBullet is a blender. Call it what it is, guys!
Weird marketing choices aside, NutriBullet personal blenders can get the job done.
Cleaning a NutriBullet vs Blender
Everyone wants to know how easy something is to operate and clean. Since we’ve already covered the operation aspects of NutriBullet vs blenders, let’s look at cleaning.
Not surprisingly, NutriBullet is pretty easy to clean. It’s dishwasher safe like most travel and personal blenders. Most countertop blenders are dishwasher safe, too. Always check the packaging though.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, happen to be traveling or at work, or you just don’t want to run the dishwasher, you’re still going to find washing a blender easy. Many companies will market their blenders, including NutriBullet, as so innovative to wash with just a drop of soap and warm water. But that’s not really a new thing. Nearly all blenders can safely be washed this way.
In the case of the Vitamix line, they can actually heat the water as it washes, so I think they score a heck of a lot of points for that. For NutriBullet and other blenders, you have to start with hot water to get a good clean. That’s not a bad tradeoff for the lower price though.
Loading: NutriBullet and Blenders
One aspect that’s usually missing from other comparison articles is how easy the blenders are to load. A wider top is easier to load up than a narrow one, of course. But how’s this look for the NutriBullet?
If you have small hands like me, the NutriBullet is an okay size. Food goes in easily and pours out in a snap. Larger blenders are no problem then. If you have larger hands or you’re using big leafy ingredients, the NutriBullet is going to cause you some problems. The mouth isn’t tiny, but I wouldn’t call it wide either.
Besides, I’ve read some reviews where NutriBullet didn’t handle leafy veggies very well anyway. I didn’t have that problem myself, but I also didn’t use the NutriBullet past the testing phase.
A Word on Prices
It’s tough to write about prices in this day and age. Prices fluctuate rapidly. By the time an article is researched, written, edited, and posted, prices on a specific product could have changed three or four times. It’s a bit nuts, really. For that reason, it’s hard for me to say what the best prices will be when you go looking. What I can do is give you some estimates and some tips on getting a good price, whether you pick a NutriBullet, Vitamix, Ninja, or something else.
Online Shopping for the Best Prices
Online shopping will get you the best prices on just about everything, including blenders. We do have some links in our articles which makes it a little more convenient for you to look at the products we recommend. You can also search outlet websites, overstock sites, and clearance websites.
Wait for Sales
The same wisdom that applies to in-person shopping applies to online shopping—wait for sales. You can usually find a sale happening multiple times a year. Some are better than others, but any sale is a good sale. Look for the biggest ones like Black Friday, Christmas Eve blowouts, and right after big holidays when retailers are trying to unload overstocked items.
A little known fact is that some companies will charge different prices for the same products sold on different websites or in stores. The lower-priced version almost always has a shorter or more limited warranty. Check the terms before you snatch up an item that seems to be on sale in one place and not the others.
Hopefully, you found this comparison article detailed and helpful. There are plenty of shorter articles on this topic out there, but I always felt like they lacked the details I needed to make a smart choice. I still had so many questions. So, I wrote my own article with more details and answers to the questions I think most shoppers have about NutriBullet vs blenders.
Remember, this is my personal experience with these blenders. Your experiences may differ. I’m only sharing what I saw with my own eyes and what I gathered from exhaustive research into each model, too. I’d love to hear from you though. Did you try a NutriBullet, Ninja, Vitamix, or another blender listed here? What do you think? Do you have recommendations of your own? Let’s work together to help everyone become more vibrant, happy, and healthy!