The NutriBullet does not claim to be a juicer or a blender, but does claim to be better than both. Juicers and blenders both have their tragic downfall, but the NutriBullet claims to extract vitamins and minerals from food on a cellular level.
At first glance, the NutriBullet looks very similar to a Magic Bullet. Like the Magic Bullet, what the NutriBullet produces looks very similar to a juicer. However, the NutriBullet is trying to carve out a category for itself as an extractor that brings out the vitamins that we do not get through regular digestion.
Let's be honest here, you can't exactly trust every review on the internet. It's pretty easy for a company to pay people to give their product a shining recommendation. I'm here to be real with you today. I got my NutriBullet second hand off my sister who is a wee bit of an impulse buyer. So I got to try it completely risk free.
NutriBullet has a deal where you can try their product "risk free" for 30 days, but they kind of hammer you on the shipping fees.
Nutri Bullet Product Features
When you buy the NutriBullet it comes with the following:
1 tall cup, which is where you put all of the ingredients for your drink
1 High-torque Power Base
1 Milling Blade
1 Extractor Blade
2 Resealable lids for the cups
1 user manual/recipe book
1 pocket nutritionist book
Milling V. Extracting
As you can see above, there are two different blades. The NutriBullet markets itself as an extractor, so what is that milling blade for? The milling blade is for grinding up dry foods. I will admit, this is perhaps my favorite part because I can make my own brown rice flour, which has a nice nutty flavor but it goes bad quickly because of the oils in grain. You can also use it to powder just about anything. I won't lie, I may have put a few random things in there to powder just because I could, like pasta, a dried clump of sugar, and a couple dried dates (the dates didn't powder, too wet).
The extracting blade is the blade you would want to use with your juices. Where blenders and juicers fail is that they leave a whole bunch of pulp in your smoothies, or in the juicers case, out of it. A surprisingly lot of people drain the pulp, but what they do not know is that they are throwing away all the fiber and good parts. The Nutribullet grinds everything all up into a fine juice, or so it claims.
Good news! It makes juice!
Yes, the NutriBullet's claim to make all the food into a fine pulp-free juice is relatively accurate. There was a few occasions where it missed something, but nobody is perfect. I was sincerely surprised that it really did grind up flaxseed pretty completely. The juice will still have that gritty feel to it if you add the flaxseed, but not nearly as bad as having whole flaxseeds sinking to the bottom of your smoothie.
The best part of all this, is that you are getting all the great fiber that you are supposed to get when eating fruits and vegetables. Trust me on this, it really makes a difference. I've been drinking a smoothie of fruits and a few vegetables for breakfast for two weeks and I have become quiet regular.
Like any product like this, there are some costs that people don't think of. Buying fresh fruits and vegetables, especially organic ones, can get particularly pricey. Most people don't realize this and think they got ripped off for some reason.
The downside, like I said previously is that it can miss grinding sometimes. I've read some reviews that have said it was terribly loud, but I really do not think so. A blender is much louder. The noise is ignorable unless you are using it in your bedroom right by a sleeping person.
Also, the taste is kind of an issue for me. Some of the recipes call for Kale and other greens and the taste is as you would expect it to be. It is a little gross, but you don't have to use the leafy greens unless you want to. I just have a sensitive stomach in the mornings. Luckily, a lot of the recipes are primarily fruit based so you can either add the leafy greens just a little bit or leave them out entirely.
The real downside I have found it that it leaks a bit. I've tried on filling it as full and tightening the cap so hard I had problems getting it off, but still it find a way to leak whenever it feels like it. It's very strange as it only leaks sometimes.
So does it work?
Long story short, I would say it works quite well. It's no $400 vitamax blender, but for the price it works magnificently. I've been getting the clear and focused sort of energy boost in the morning that coffee just can't give. I personally can't vouch for any weight loss though, but I have a terrible diet otherwise.
If you are considering going on a juice fast though, this would be perfect of that. This way you are only getting natural sugars and nutrients and not starving yourself. I imagine if you did a juice fast on this, you would get amazing results as you could fast for longer periods.
For a bonus, I will leave you folks with a few recipes right from the book.
Toxin Cleaning Blast
1-2 handfuls of rinsed spinach
1 cored pear
1 cored apple
1 cup of pineapple
2 handfuls of rinsed spring greens
1 cup red grapes
1 cored pear
1/8 cup of walnuts
Free Radical Fighter
2 handfuls of Swiss chard
1 cup of watermelon
1 cup of blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/8 cup flaxseed
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(price as of Jun 5, 2013)