The NutriBuller Rx infomercials are so convincing that consumers simply rave about this machine. Its main selling point is its versatility — it makes nut butter, grinds things, makes frozen desserts, and even makes soup. The promos also emphasize the blender is extremely easy to use and clean. Is it just too good to be true for the brand that outsources engineering and manufacturing in China? Read our honest review to answer this question.
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Functionality and Versatility
Smoothie: This blender has enough power to make smooth smoothies from soft and tough ingredients, including leafy greens. Thus it suits well for making green smoothies. It also disintegrates reasonably well blueberry and raspberry seeds in the drinks. However, hard food like carrots and beetroot must be cut into smaller pieces before processing.
Crushing Ice: Despite being very powerful, this machine similar to any other NutriBullet model is not designed to handle frozen ingredients without liquid added. It blends well the frozen fruits and ice cubes with a considerable amount of liquid (as clearly stated in the user manual). But it is not able to crush ice to produce snow cones, frozen desserts, or ice cream.
Juicing: Although infomercials promote this blender as a juice extractor, it is not. It is just a blender that does not separate pulp and fiber from liquid to extract the juice. However, this machine can make smooth smoothies aka “whole juice”.
Soup: This blender is designed to produce hot soup from cold ingredients and heats it via friction up to 150 F. A special G button on the base unit activates a 7‑minute Soup-Making Mode. Since the blender is extremely loud, most consumers find that heating soup using the stove will do the job much quicker and more efficiently.
Nut milk: The blender is powerful enough to make nut milk by blending nuts with water and straining the mixture through the nut bag.
Nut butter: Although the NutriBullet Rx recipe book includes the nut butter recipes this machine can produce only mess instead of proper nut butter which usually requires the help of a tamper. But the blender is not designed to use the tamper.
Pureeing: This machine can process a thick mixture so it can make puree but only the runny ones with a lot of liquid added.
Chopping: It is not designed to chop food because it has one pre-set program that runs very fast. The machine is not even equipped with the pulse function which is very useful for food shopping and other food prep recipes. So this blender will hardly make any salsas, salad dressing, or marinades.
Grinding: The gadget can grind the herbs or coffee beans, but the pre-programmed cycle is too long, and the user will have to stop it manually. The machine also will hardly mill the baking quality flour.
Dough: This machine is not able to knead dough or mix cookies batter.
Basically, this NutriBullet Rx is not significantly more functional than the NutriBullet Pro 900 watts. It only makes good drinks, including green smoothies, and adds the soup function which is not very practical. As with all Nutribullet machines, it does not crush ice without liquids.
Speed Settings and Programs
NutriBullet Rx has a very primitive speed control design. It has no usual powerful blenders on/off button, speed settings, and pulse function. Instead, the gadget is turned on by dropping the cup with blade assembly on the base unit and automatically starts running a 1‑minute pre-set cycle. This cycle slows down and speeds back up until stops automatically. But mostly it runs at a very high speed of 25,000 — 30,000 rpm. According to the instruction, the user can stop the blender at any time during the cycle by simply lifting the cup of the blender. That could be useful to add extra ingredients to the container or shake it for helping vortex. The absence of an on/off button is a real drawback of this machine. The frequent interruption in the middle of the cycle may wear out the blender gear early and even could be not very safe for the user.
Still, this blender has one more pre-set for soup blending. This soup pre-set can be activated during the 1‑minute cycle by pressing the Green Button for 2 sec. And once it turns red the 7 minutes soup cycle starts (called SOUPERBLAST). The machine will stop automatically at the end of the Souperblast 7 minutes pre-set cycle.
Although, this machine has a powerful motor but does not give any control to the user over the blending process and allows the user to prepare only a limited range of recipes.
Ease of Using and Cleaning
Operating: The NutriBullet RX is very easy to assemble and operate. Fill the cup with all the ingredients, including liquid, screw on the blade assembly tight enough to avoid leaking (usual problem with the blender), and drop it on the base. The machine starts running automatically, initiating a one-minute program. It also shuts off automatically at the end of the cycle. The user can repeat the program if not satisfied with the result. It is also possible to stop the cycle in the middle of the program by lifting the cap from the motor base. When filling the container the user also has to remember not to exceed the Max line. Otherwise, the liquid inside the cup expands during liquefying and as a result may leak out.
After blending, the user has to disassemble the unit, which could often be a challenging task and requires some effort because the machine builds up a lot of pressure inside of the cup during the operation.
Cleaning: Customers believe that all bullet-type blenders are very easy to clean. But it is not true with the NutriBullet. Although the gadget is top-shelf dishwasher safe (according to the user manual), hand washing is highly recommended for this machine. Since cleaning it in the dishwasher may often cause damage to cups and blade assembly.
Besides, the blade assembly tends to accumulate mold under the gasket. Thus it is better to remove the gasket every time and clean it separately. The containers also are quite hard to clean since they have plastic vertical protrusions that tend to trap food.
Base Unit and Motor Power
NutriBullet Rx comes with a very powerful 1700 watts motor and a very fast blade rotation speed of 25,000–30,000 rpm, but it is poorly built and has few design flaws.
This blender has the plastic motor drive to blade coupling and the main shaft that goes into the friction gear. Unfortunately, all these substantially reduce the durability of the motor.
The gadget has one more design problem. It does not protect the motor from spilled liquids. The motor has a few ventilation holes that are placed at the top of the base unit. While with good construction, they should be located at the bottom or sides and derange the leaked liquid away from the electronic part. Now all spilled liquids go directly to the motor causing its premature failure and an average lifespan of around 1–1.5 years.
NutriBullet Rx comes with three (3) containers – 34 oz. (1L) SouperBlast pitcher, the short 32 oz. cup and the oversized 45 oz. cup. The SouperBlast pitcher is equipped with a two-piece vented lid which is supposed to release steam during soup blending. Unfortunately, all the NutriBullet Rx containers are made from cheap, non-durable plastic that easily scratches up and cracks. On average, they last around 6–9 months if used every day and hand cleaned (with a dishwasher, they will last much less).
The 32. Oz and 45 oz. cups require a lot of effort to tighten up properly when screwing to the blade assembly. Otherwise, containers have a chance to leak. It was also quite difficult to unscrew them due to the pressure build-up inside of the cups during blending. The machine comes with a special wrench which is supposed to help remove the blade assembly once it becomes very tight on the containers due to the accumulated pressure inside of the cup during the blending process.
Besides, both cups have quite serious design flaws, they spill out easily even when filled below the MAX line. The 32 and 45 oz. cups are supposed to be taken out and come with to-go lids but they have a handle on the sides that makes them impossible to fit into the car cup holders.
NutriBullet Rx comes with one blade assembly system that is interchangeable between all the containers. The 4‑prongs blades and shaft are made of stainless steel, while the rest of the assembly is made of plastic.
It turns out that the blade assembly has a major design flaw. The rubber gasket or o‑ring that goes between the blades’ assembly base and the cup tends to come off, wrapped around the blade, chopped up, and even can end up in the drinks. An insecure gasket often results in the contents leaking and spewing all over the place. The user, of course, can buy replacement o‑rings, but the opportunity to have the smoothie with a pulverized rubber gasket is not a very pleasant experience.
Also, the Magic Bullet Company recommends replacing the blade assembly every six months, which costs about $22-$30 including tax and adds up to the initial cost of this machine.
Color: NutriBullet Rx is available in black metal color only.
Certified Refurbished: This machine has the certified refurbished model available, and they sold at a considerably lower price than the original model.
Operation outside of USA/Canada: NutriBullet Rx sold in the USA and Canada comes with a 110–120 wattage system. Customers outside the region are recommended to buy the unit locally. The blender is available in many countries around the world. However, it may be used via a wattage transformer for those who travel with the machine.
Nutribullet Rx is an extremely noisy machine, and it also shakes and travels over the counter when running. This is not surprising because the even less powerful NutriBullet models are also very noisy.
Warranty and Customer Service
Nutribullet Rx comes with only a 1‑year LIMITED warranty. It covers only faults in the machine and repair and does not cover machine wear and tear and shipping for repair and replacement. The warranty is not transferable and valid only to the original consumer. The unit comes with 30 days trial period, but the company charges $30 restocking plus applicable shipping fees.
The Magic Bullet customer service has a bad reputation for its clueless employees and reluctance to replace or repair faulty products.
Optional Accessories and Attachments
There are not any additional attachments available for the NutriBullet Rx machine. The model containers and blades are also not interchangeable with Nutribullet 600 watts and 900 watts models. The Rx has a much larger cup opening and blade assembly than other NutriBullet models. However, it is possible to buy replacement containers and blade assembly for this machine from manufacturers and many online retailers.
- 1700 watts Power Base;
- One blade assembly;
- 1‑liter SouperBlast pitcher and 2‑Piece Lid (max. fill 35 oz.);
- Short Cup and Comfort Lip Ring 32-oz.;
- Oversized Cup 45-oz;
- Resealable Lid;
- Blade remover wrench;
- User Guide
- 150-page Natures Prescription Recipe Book
The user guide and recipe books also include a lot of health-related information and hype material.
NutriBullet Rx is a great deal bigger unit than other Nutribullet models. The base unit has a footprint of 5 1/2 inches in diameter, 10 1/2 inches in height, and weighs about 14.7 pounds.
It very tall blender. Its height is 17 3/8 inches with 45 oz. cups and 18 ¾ inches with the soup pitcher on the top of the base unit. The machine will occupy significant space on the counter. It hardly fits under a typical kitchen cabinet and needs a lot of room to store all its multiple accessories.
NutriBullet Rx Pros and Cons
- NutriBullet Rx has so enticing commercials that are able to persuade a few people to start a healthy lifestyle;
- The blender is very easy to use and could suit complete smoothies beginners.
- It is a powerful machine and makes fairly smooth drinks, including green smoothies;
- NutriBullet Rx has a primitive design without any speed control and even pulse function, thus allowing very limited user control over the blending process;
- It is a huge machine and requires a lot of space for storage;
- The blender comes with very bad quality containers that easily crack, leak, and must be replaced often;
- The blade assembly has the design fault thus requires efforts to screw it to the cup, may leak if not connected tight enough and blades sealing gasket often ends ups pulverized in the drinks;
- The manufacturer recommends replacing the blade assembly every 6 months, which will result in extra cost to the customer;
- The machine is not easy to clean because of many cavities in blade assembly and cups;
- The blender comes with only a 1‑year limited warranty and a bad reputation for customer service;
- This blender is cheaply made and not durable, with an average life expectancy of about 1–1.5 years.
NutriBullet Rx Consumer Reviews
Despite multiple design flaws, this blender has fairly enough positive reviews. This fact could be only explained by the power of very professional and appealing commercials for this machine.
It has a good price for the blender with the 1700 Watts motor and the ability to heat the liquids with friction. However, considering the few design flaws it has, the short life span, and only a 1‑year limited warranty, this machine is rather overpriced.
Nutribullet Rx has a powerful motor and makes good smoothies but is much less functional than advertised. It hardly handles ice and is not able to crush it without liquid. The blender comes with only one speed and has very limited control over the blending process, so not suitable for preparing a large variety of recipes. Even the heavily promoted soup-making function turns out to be very unpractical. It also has multiple cups and blade design flaws that make this machine non-durable. Simply, this product is way over-priced, and its powerful motor only turns out to consume a lot of energy without adding any functionality to this machine.
The bottom line, as the alternative to the NutriBullet Rx the customer will be better off if they consider the less expensive blenders; they do the same job. Those who look for a very powerful and functional personal type blender should look at the Vitamix s30, S50, or S55 models.