How is the Nutribullet Different from a Blender? (And how does it work?)

When you’re shopping for a new blender to make your juices, smoothies, and other healthy meals, you will run into problems trying to find the best blender for the job with so many choices available. If you’re looking for a small, easy-to-use, compatible blender that is affordable, the Nutribullet is a handy personal blender.

However, you might not be sure about how to use the Nutribullet. So, how is the Nutribullet different from a blender? First of all, the Nutribullet is smaller than your typical blender and is intended as a single-use blender. However, the blender is intended for a wide variety of uses with varied speed settings, larger capacity, and different blades. This single-serve Nutribullet blender comes with serving cups and lids while blenders don’t, instead, they use plastic pitchers and glass containers. Also how you clean a Nutribullet is very different from how you clean a typical blender.

What is a Nutribullet and how does it work?

A Nutribullet is a single-serve blender that is mostly used for making smoothies but can also be used in making juices, cocktails, sauces, salad dressing, and dips. It’s designed to quickly blend fruits and veggies at a high speed and is very easy to use and clean. You can use it to make quick and well-blended smoothies.

A Nutribullet is designed with a single-serve pitcher, a milling blade, an extractor blade, and a powerful motor. The extractor blade helps to pulverize any solid you put in the blender while the milling blade helps with the powder dry ingredients. The Nutribullet doesn’t remove any part of the food as it blends, it pulverizes all parts of the fruits and veggies that contain the most nutrients so you don’t need to sieve after blending. Instead of using a large jag with a lid, the Nutribullet uses a cup that locks into the base to activate blending.

Some of the models like the Nutribullet select are designed with 3 pre-programmed settings and variable speeds, while the basic models have one speed and no control buttons making them simple to use. You can blend and drink directly from the blending cup which reduces your cleaning.

Nutribullet vs blender


If you compare the size of a Nutribullet to most blenders, the Nutribullet is smaller because it’s designed as a single-serve blender that can contain between 24-32 ounces, while your typical blender is larger with a capacity of up to 64 ounces and is designed for a variety of uses from blending frozen drinks to food prep. The Nutribullet has a compact and modern design that can sit very well on your kitchen counter or store in any cabinet.


A Nutribullet is a versatile blender, even with its prices, since it can blend different fruits and veggies even nuts into a very smooth consistency. It will pulverize nuts and small seeds like flax seeds, stalk, skin, and pulp, all the parts that contain the most nutrients. If you intend to use your blender for other uses apart from making smoothies, then a full-sized blender would be a better option.


The size of the motor will determine the power of your blender, so some full-size blenders may have a large container, but it doesn’t have enough power to blend that large capacity. A blender with a big motor will have faster revolutions and be stronger to tear up even the toughest ingredients. The Nutribullet is a bit stronger than most personal blenders and compared with other countertop models, it can hold its own.

Blending speed

Nutribullet is a fast personal blender that will get the job done in a few seconds compared to other personal blenders that take about a minute or more, thanks to their impressive motor, but the ingredients will matter. Although the Nutribullet can make a soft smoothie in 30-60 seconds, it’s not as fast as a full-sized blender that can do a fast job. That doesn’t mean Nutribullet isn’t a fast blender, it just tends to choke a bit on tougher fibers and harder ingredients.

Cups and lids

The Nutribullet has a wide range of cups that can hold 1-2 normal servings with the tall cup holding 24 ounces and also lids so you can drink straight from the blending cup. However, a typical blender uses plastic pitchers or glass containers and doesn’t come with serving cups.

Noise level

The Nutribullet doesn’t run very quietly, but it’s quieter than a full-sized blender. It has a fairly powerful motor for its size that most personal blenders don’t have. You also need to consider what you’re putting in the blender, so if you’re blending soft berries and cream, it will be quieter than when your crushing ice.

Nutribullet other uses

Fruit ice cream
Add any frozen fruit like bananas or strawberry, 3-4 dollops of coconut cream or Greek yogurt, then pulse for 2 sec. repeatedly until smooth
Raw pasta sauce
Add fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs to the cup and pulse smooth, then heat until warm
Granola bars
Add nuts, dried fruit, seeds, and nut butter and quickly pulse
Ground coffee
Pour a cup of dried coffee beans and powder them using the milling blades

How long does a Nutribullet last?

A Nutribullet can serve you for about 1 year, but if you use it properly it can serve you for more than 5 years.

Here are some tips to extend the life of your Nutribullet.

  • Blend for under 1 minute
  • Don’t overfill the cup, it should be at least ½ full
  • Don’t blend hot liquids because the cups are sealed so the pressure can’t escape which can result in an explosion
  • Don’t put more ice than the other ingredients


A Nutribullet is very easy to use and is very good at making healthy blended drinks, but if you’re going to be using your blender frequently and for a variety of uses, you’ll need a more powerful blender.


Do you need to peel fruits before putting them in Nutribullet?

No, you don’t have to peel the skin of your fruits and veggies, but you should remove any pits and anything with very thick skin.

Can you use the Nutribullet to blend soup?

Yes, you can, but don’t put hot soup in the Nutribullet, so you’ll need to let it cool enough before you can blend it.

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