Nutribullet: the Real Low-Down on This Glorified Blender
When the company first sent me a Nutribullet for review, I unpacked it with excitement and immediately started loading the tall, bullet-like plastic cup with kale, carrots, ginger, berries, and a bunch of other produce I had in the crisper. Instead of reading the instructions, I followed the lead of the brightly colored pictures on the box and the handbook, dumping in chunky vegetables and fruits until the contents reached the top of the extractor cup.
My failure to read turned out to be a mistake. I figured out how to screw the blade-equipped cover onto the tall cup and lock the vessel onto the base, allowing the blending process to start. But the contents barely shifted, let alone liquified, and I started to detect the scent of burning plastic as I continued to watch the frustrated blades whirring inside the cup. This is because I neglected to add any water, I discovered when I became confused enough to crack open the instructions booklet. When I did add the liquid and blended again, I ended up with a concoction that was about as tasty as you might imagine. The Nutribullet, it turns out, does not have the power to make liquified ginger, berries, and carrots taste very good.
When I deigned to read a little more, the booklet gave specific instructions on how to create a "Nutriblast." Too specific for my tastes, in fact. It suggested one fill the base of the container with two cups of leafy greens, adding an equal-sized layer of fruit on top of that, and then topping it off with a "boost," like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds before adding water to the fill line of the cup. Spoiled by the flexibility of my traditional single-serve blender, I lacked the patience to read more about the ins and outs of this new machine, so I put it back on the shelf until the breakdown of my standard blender forced me to resurrect it.
Camille Lamb The Nutribullet and its many parts and blades. Camille Lamb A Nutribullet blend with bok choy, frozen organic strawberries, raw vegan protein powder, spirulina, and chia. We topped it with unsweetened almond milk for a delicious drink.
With a renewed curiosity, I did a YouTube search and found a video in which a woman compares the blending capacity of the Nutribullet to the popular Ninja blender. Impressed by her results (the Nutribullet blend was noticeably creamier, more consistent, and more appetizing-looking), I started reading the Nutribullet handbook a bit more closely, to find that it made a compelling argument for the device.