I love smoothies, don’t you?
I doubt you will find a more effective method to get an abundance of nutrition into your body.
Blenders make smoothies, and smoothies enrich our bodies. And not just as an alternative to juicing, but as a practice just as nutritionally effective, if not more.
In this review, we will compare four of the best blenders in the market, weighing their merits and demerits against one another. It will be a NutriBullet Pro vs Nutri Ninja Pro vs Vitamix S30 vs Cuisinart CPB-300 kind of review.
But first, let’s find out…
What is it about smoothies?
Kids hate veggies. We often have to drag them screaming to a healthy lifestyle. Some adults too hate the taste of vegetables. Well, smoothies make them more palatable.
Throw your veggies and fruits into the blender, make a smoothie, and drink. Easy. Fruits and vegetables come packed with a wealth of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, calories, fat, and antioxidants. This depends on the particular fruit or vegetable you are blending, because you have a variety of choices.
From fruits (apples, oranges) to hard roots (ginger, carrots), fibrous stalks (rhubarb, celery), leafy greens (wheat grass, kale), and nuts (peanut, cashew), your blender will do it all. Today we know that lacking fruits and vegetables in your diet can contribute to one contracting conditions like stroke, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer.
What’s the difference between blending and juicing?
Juicers squeeze the juice out of the fruit or veggie, and after that separate the juice from the pulp. Blenders don’t do that. They chop and blend the produce, but the fiber and pulp remain within the resulting drink: what we call the smoothie. That means a blended smoothie will have a closer affinity to the original fruit or vegetable than juice.
You see, juicing eliminates fiber. And fiber does have nutrients packed within it. So with juicing, you get a smoother drink, but at the cost of these nutrients.
Also, when gut bacteria absorb fiber, they produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). SCFAs inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, and increase absorption of minerals such as calcium.
The good gut bacteria also utilize fiber to keep bowel structure and function at normal operation, which prevents diarrhea.
So in juicing you lose all that, plus all the nutrients bound up with the fiber.
Are you beginning to see why smoothies may be preferable?
A Review to Compare the following Blenders:
First, we will look at each blender by itself, examine its individual strengths and weaknesses.
After that, we will bring them all together, and compare them.
And just to make sure it all sinks in, we will throw in a comparison table for good measure.
In addition to softer fruits and vegetables, the NutriBullet Pro 900 Blender can also do the tougher kind. Like nuts. A feat it accomplishes with the combination of two things: its exclusive cyclonic action and its extractor blade.
With these two, it generates enough power to break through and crush tough seeds, thick stems, and tough skin. Whatever nutrition hides within these toughest of foods, the NutriBullet will find it. This blender’s blade is made of stainless steel does not require sharpening.
The NutriBullet has a strong brand, and even has its own smoothie. Ever heard of NutriBlasts? NutriBlasts are tasty beverages, chock full of nutrients, made using the NutriBullet. Making one is simple. Throw in your fruits, vegetables, or boosts (seeds, nuts, herbs) into the blender, plus some water, and extract the ingredients into a deliciously smooth drink. Plus the NutriBullet Pro 900 comes with a super-size 32oz cup, so you can make super-size NutriBlasts.
That you can make a NutriBlast within mere seconds makes it attractive to super active/busy individuals constantly on the go, with little or no time to sit down and make something more patiently, yet who are at the same time proactive about their health. The NutriBullet Pro 900 allows them to have a yummy, filling, and super-nutritious meal, all at the cost of one minute or less.
Wait. Does the NutriBullet Pro only make NutriBlasts?
No. With your NutriBullet Pro 900, you will also make soups, desserts, dressings, all-natural ice creams, dips and more. And to crown this, it comes with a recipe book. All homemakers will thrill at this, because it is filled with tasty, nutritious recipes for you and your family or friends.
What surprised me most when I used the NutriBullet? That it utterly pulverized the produce to make a smooth, tasty smoothie.
The NutriBullet Pro 900 has a one year warranty.
Due to its cylindrical shape, the NutriBullet Pro 900 can be difficult to clean – squeezing a sponge into the blending cup is not easy, especially if you have large hands.
Most people often compare the Nutri Ninja with the NutriBullet. A Nutri Ninja vs NutriBullet completion. Most conspicuously, the Nutri Ninja is marketed as a blender that can make health-conscious smoothies, a claim that the NutriBullet too has made. They call it “nutrient extraction”.
The Nutri Ninja comes with a patented Pro Extractor Blade, which it uses to cut through seeds, skins, and stems, ensuring you can access all nutrition benefits offered by a variety of foods. This feature too it shares with the NutriBullet.
On hot days, you want a cold drink. To satisfy this need, the Ninja Pro’s Extractor Blades are designed to crush through and utterly pulverize ice and frozen fruit to make you cold, healthy smoothies.
Though small in size, Nutri Ninja Pro packs a considerable amount of power: 900 watts. Plus its blades spin at a speed of 21,000 RPM (Revolutions per Minute).
All parts of the Nutri Ninja Pro comprise BPA-free materials, which should be a relief, especially for parents of young children. BPA is an industrial chemical found in most plastics, which in recent years has fallen out of favor after it hit the headlines. Experts have said that BPA causes hormonal problems in young children.
Also, all its parts are dishwasher safe, which means they have been treated during manufacturing to ensure that they can withstand the prolonged high temperatures of the dishwasher, and the strong detergents, without getting compressed or damaged.
It has a one year warranty.
It does not have many features. If you want a multipurpose blender, this isn’t it.
Some blenders cater to the needs of families, and others cater to the needs of individuals. The Vitamix S30 belongs to the latter. It targets busy people, with non-stop schedules. But busy people have to eat too, right?
It offers convenient small-batch blending for busy commuters. It comes with a 40oz mixing jar, a 20oz container, and matching flip-top lid.
This blender scores highly on usability. With an uncomplicated design, the S30 keeps its various parts controls to a minimum. The blender is both simple to comprehend and easy to start using immediately after purchase.
No need to pore over training manuals for days. All its mixer functions are handled by a circular dial on its front face. When you twist the dial to the right, you push the control mechanism through blending speeds which range from 1 to 10.
Its powerful 790-watt motor pulverizes whole food with ingredients with ease, as well as crushing ice. With the S30, you can make yummy, nutritious, smoothies, soups, and other blended beverages.
Finding a spot for your blender can get hectic, especially if you live in a small space, and don’t have much room for extra things. You won’t struggle to find a place for S30. It has a less than average footprint: you only need six inches of space on your countertop, that’s all.
It comes with a five-year warranty.
Its simple design prevents the blender from having fancy blending modes, for instance, it does not have special buttons for smoothies or iced drinks like other blenders.
Its motor does not pack as much power (350 watts) as the other three mixers discussed in this review. However, the Cuisinart CPB-300 comes with a sleek electronic touchpad and LED indicator lights.
Its cups (that is the parts of it that come into contact with food) are made of Tritan. Tritan is a BPA-free plastic made by the Eastman Chemical Company.
It makes the cleanup process easier. Simply squirt some dishwashing liquid into the blender jar or cups, then fill to the halfway point with warm water. Attach blade assembly. Run it on low for about 15 seconds. Repeat the process using clean tap water. Then disassemble parts with care and empty the blender jar or cups. Use a damp cloth to remove any residue, then dry thoroughly.
The CPB-300 is very compact. Much narrower than most blenders, which means it has a small footprint. It won’t be a pain finding space for it on your countertop.
Numerous reviewers have raved about the CPB-300’s ice crushing capabilities. It just mows through it, utterly pulverizes it. A small piece of advice: don’t just put the ice in and start blending. No, pulse the ice a few times before switching the blender on full immediately.
Customers have noted that the Cuisinart CPB-300 makes good green smoothies. You would be surprised to find out how many blenders disappoint in this regard.
You can easily find Cuisinart blender parts on Amazon, including spare blender cups and blades.
It comes with a five-year warranty.
Some users have complained that the blender has the tendency to run hot. You can remedy this by waiting for it to cool down in between recipes, or by starting it with a few pulses.
Blender Comparison Table
Nutribullet pro 900
Editor's 1st Choice
- Its NutriBlasts are blended to a smooth consistency
- Can make soups, desserts, dressings, all-natural ice creams, dips and more
- Can be difficult to clean due to cylindrical shape.
1 year warranty
nutri ninja pro
- It packs a lot of power for a machine its size
- Can withstand the prolonged high temperatures of the dishwasher, and the strong detergents
- Not multipurpose
1 Year Warranty
- Simple design makes it very user-friendly
- Very compact and won’t be a pain finding space for it on your countertop.
- Does not have many innovations because of simple design
5 Years WArranty
- Easy to clean
- Has BPA-resistant parts
- Can run hot after continuous blending
5 YEars warranty
A cursory glance at this table will suffice to tell you that clearly the NutriBullet 900 is a superior blender. Not only does its motor pack more power than the other three mixers, the Pro 900 also operates at a faster speed. Add that to its ability to crush the toughest ingredients into a smooth, consistent drink. However, it has a rather short warranty period.
Coming in close at second is the Nutri Ninja Pro. In everything, it trails closely behind the NutriBullet. Its motor has the same power, but RPM is lower than the NutriBullet's. People often interchange these two blenders. They are natural competitors. A small sized machine, it packs a lot of power. As a single-serve blender, it’s powerful and efficient. Unfortunately, it’s not multipurpose. Its warranty period is also as short as the NutriBullet’s.
Third in line is the Vitamix S30. The main unique benefit is its user-friendliness. One can begin to use it immediately after purchasing it. However, its greatness strength seen in a different light becomes its greatest weakness. Its simple design bars it from having unique, “fancy”, innovations. Its warranty period is longer than the NutriBullet's and Nutri Ninja's.
Last is the Cuisinart CPB-300. Its motor’s power is very low (350 watts). It has a high RPM. It does not have any stand-out features. It’s just a competent blender, with ordinary advantages such as BPA-free materials and ease of cleaning. Customers have noted that it makes good green smoothies. Its warranty period is also better than the NutriBullet’s and Nutri Ninja’s.