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You probably know NutriBullet — that adorable mini-blender that pulverizes your food right inside the upside-down container that then becomes your cup — thanks to the TV infomercials that catapulted the company to fame back in 2015. In fact, based on the number of Facebook fans alone (ahem, 1.8 million), it's seemingly everyone's go-to appliance for whipping up a single-serving smoothie.
Well, the company's first full-size blender is officially here and ready to make you think less about "that blender from TV" and more about it becoming your new favorite kitchen appliance.
Introducing the NutriBullet Blender Combo, a brand-new appliance from NutriBullet and the first full-sized blender option from the brand — and we got to test it out.
First things first: It's a genius idea. It features a two-for-one set that includes a full-sized blender base, a 64-ounce pitcher, a 32-ounce cup, and a 24-ounce cup, and allows for seamless interchangeability depending on the portion size you're looking to make.
The base is fairly compact at 6 inches in diameter and includes a simple suite of controls: a power button, plus buttons for low, medium, high, pulse, and extract. The pitcher and cups are all made from BPA-free plastic, and everything — save the motorized base, obviously — is dishwasher-safe. And, just like the OG bullet blender, both sizes include NutriBullet's trademark Smart Extract Program, which automatically gauges the time and speed needed to blend up tough fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds effortlessly. The big batch blender also includes a vented lid to accommodate hot ingredients for warm soups, sauces, and beverages.
And it really is worth calling out how convenient all of this is. It's super easy to swap between the pitcher and cups, meaning you can make a pair of smoothies and then blend something more fun — like a one-ingredient banana ice cream, which was the very first thing I made in the pitcher — without washing a single thing until the very end. And even then, you can throw everything into the dishwasher.
The overall build quality was great. The base, with its membrane-style buttons, is super easy to clean with little more than a sponge. It has suction cups on the bottom that keep it firmly anchored to the counter, and everything snapped and twisted into place so solidly, leaks seemed pretty much out of the question.
As far as the Smart Extract Program goes, I'm not sure if there's any real science behind the company's claim that it is a "nutrition extractor" that breaks down the cell walls of the food you blend. However, the cup's screw-on base has "extractor blades," which are shaped a little differently than the pitcher's blades, and the "Extract" button runs a special program that performs a sequences of pulses and blends for exactly this purpose.
Science-based or not, I found it, combined with the cup's blades, to be highly effective at making my morning smoothie silky-smooth. (My go-to recipe, which you are free to copy, is some kale, apple, banana, and strawberry, a toss of almonds and walnuts, almond milk, and cinnamon.)
I put both the pitcher and cups through their paces by making a handful of recipes throughout the week I was testing it, and in every case I was pleased with the power and efficiency of the Blender Combo, which chewed up all the fresh and frozen fruits and veggies I threw in, even without taking the time to chop stuff up. I suppose that's not surprising, considering the 1,200-watt motor driving the blades.
One thing I was not super in love with? The built-in blades. It was sometimes more trouble than it should have been to extract the finished product out of the pitcher and into the serving container. Liquids, like soup and pesto, were fine. But when I made something thick, like almond butter, I had to battle the blades with a scraper to get half of it out. I would have much preferred that the pitcher was designed with a detachable blade, like the way the blade and cups come apart.
There aren't a lot of accessories in the box, which is fine — I generally find most appliance accessories to be pretty pointless. You do get to-go lids for the two cups and a tamper tool to help stubborn chunks. Plus, it also includes a recipe book with easy versions of smoothies, soups, sauces, cocktails, and more to get you started.
But the best part: The NutriBullet Blender Combo comes in at $140, and at that price, it's a great addition to your kitchen.