NutriBullet Juicer NBR-12 Review

The NutriBullet Pro is not exactly a juicer, but it is very similar. It breaks down whole fruits and vegetables to make them drinkable, but doesn’t produce traditional, froth-free, thin liquid.

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Our Verdict

The NutriBullet Pro is best suited for simple drinks like smoothies. Complex juice blends take a lot of work and produce too much pulp.

For

  • This compact machine takes up very little counter space.

Against

  • It’s difficult to strain juice from the pulp made by the NutriBullet.
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The NutriBullet Pro is not exactly a juicer, but it is very similar. It breaks down whole fruits and vegetables to make them drinkable, but doesn’t produce traditional, froth-free, thin liquid. However, many people consider a machine like this on their way to buying a more traditional juicer or vice versa. It is really perfect for what it is – a personal blender – but not as a juicer.

This juicer did not perform particularly well in our tests. The NutriBullet doesn't have the parts to efficiently make juice from the variety of fruits and vegetables and ingredients we assembled. It takes a long time to strain juice from the pulp made by this machine.

This juicer is very easy to use. The machine starts blending the moment you press down on the cup – there are no buttons or switches. This makes blending fast and convenient. The cup does lock into place but the blender also works without the lock. You just need to press it down to activate it. You fasten the blade onto a NutriBullet cup filled with produce, put it on the base to blend, and then drink your juice out of the same cup.

This juicer breaks down fruits and vegetables without extracting pulp, and that makes very thick juice, which is not for everyone. You could strain the juice afterward or keep the pulp. There are, of course, health benefits to drinking pulp. When we tried to strain the juice out of the pulp, there wasn’t a lot of pure juice. For the kind of juice we tested you would almost be better off drinking the froth and pulp rather than trying to strain it. If you want more general juicing options from a juicer, try the Breville Juice Fountain Plus.

Even though the daily setup and cleanup are relatively easy with the NutriBullet, the produce preparation times are longer compared to other juicers. That's because the largest cup is only 24 ounces, meaning you have to cut up your fruits and vegetables more than you do with other juice makers. In our tests, we had to blend the ingredients in sections because we couldn’t fit them all in one cup.

While other units can gobble up whole apples, you end up cutting and chopping much more with the NutriBullet. In our apple test we were ultimately able to get an entire apple ground up, but it took a long time and came out more like apple shreds. When we poured it into a strainer we got very little juice.

While this juicer is little, its noise levels are pretty high. We recorded 95 decibels during most of the time we were testing, making it one of the noisier juicers in our reviews.

This juicer is frankly pretty terrible at making juice. But in its defense, the other juicers in the lineup are terrible at making smoothies. The NutriBullet Pro is great if you are hoping to make smoothies, salsa and similar items with a lot of the same healthy fruits and vegetables that go into making more traditional juice.