Newest to the Nutribullet family comes the Nutribullet RX. Is the Nutribullet RX a rebadge of the previous Nutribullet 900 in a shiny new casing with a couple of added features? Have Nutribullet finally got it right this time and produced a blender worthy of taking on the big brand names such as Vitamix and Blendtec a lower price?
As the competition heats up between rivalling bullet blender producers – have Nutribullet brought a revolutionary blender to the table?
Find out in this review…
In The Box
The Nutribullet RX comes packed with:
- 1x 30oz Single Walled Cup
- 1x 45oz Single Walled Cup
- 1x 1 litre Blending Pitcher
- 1x set of Blades
- Blade Remover
- 2.3 HP, 1700watt Power Base
To see the Nutribullet RX in action against the Vitamix S30, be sure to see our vitamix vs nutribullet showdown.
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There is a lot of good to be said about the Nutribullet RX. Firstly, the results are quite impressive and equal those of the Vitamix S30 and Blendtec series. It does a great job of liquefying anything you put into the container including ice, frozen berries and breaking down seeds as small as linseeds.
The powerful 1700 watt motor creates green smoothies and soups with ease. You do need to add water or other liquids to frozen ingredients as the blender has no pulse feature, tamper or mechanism to get things moving should they become stuck.
The blender comes with two cups that screw directly onto the base allowing you to blend the smoothie, attach the provided lid – consume or take with you. The one litre pitcher is a great inclusion – useful if you have a small family or plan on creating large quantities.
A large improvement over previous models is the metal drive socket and gears on the blade housing. The metal makes the blender more durable over cheaper plastic that wears down easily with constant use.
The Nutribullet RX is extremely easy to use. You take your cup and fill it will the ingredients to make your master piece. You screw on the lid, tightening it with the provided hand tool and pop it on to the base. The base senses you have placed the cup onto the base and automates your blend for 1 minute.
If you are creating soup, you press the disguised button on the bottom of the base that will extend the blend cycle for 7 minutes. Once complete the blender will automatically turn off. The base has no locking mechanism to hold the cup or pitcher in place so it’s easy to insert and remove.
What so bad about that I hear you say – sound easy enough right? Sure, on the surface of things it looks easy. The first problem is that there is no On / Off switch. Ok.. I hear you say.. Well let’s say you are blending with minimal liquid and things become stuck as they often do in any blender. You’ll need to pull the cup / pitcher off the base whiles it running – give it a shake, then reinsert.
If you remove the cup or pitcher at a slight angle, you’ll notice a loud grinding noise – that will cause ware and tare over time. Once in a while is ok, but suppose you have some stubborn ingredients that need you to do this often with – it can become quite cumbersome. It also reset the automated timer.
The other complain here is the hand tightening tool. If you forget to use the tool and tighten by hand, you’ll end up with a sticky mess. No other blender requires the use of such a tool. Should you need to move the ingredients around with a spatula, you’ll need to use the tool. If you plan on using the machine all the time, you’ll need to use the tool… I think you get the point…
And The Ugly
There are two major issues that plague the Nutribullet RX. The first issue is caused by the gasket ring. The gasket ring is a rubber ring forms a seal between the cup and the blade housing – designed to stop leaks while blending. The gasket needs to be removed and cleaned after every use or you risk food contamination.
The problem with the gasket lies in its position. It’s located inside the blade housing next to the blades. To remove the gasket, you need to pry it lose with a dull knife. Once cleaned, reinserting it can be cumbersome as you need to stretch the rubber seal, working your fingers around it to get it back in place. Doing so is not easy and exposes your unprotected fingers to the blades.
The next problem lies with the cooling vent. The powerful 1700 watt motor in the Nutribullet RX can generate some serious heat. It needs dedicated cooling when blending tough ingredients that puts the blender through its paces.
The cooling vent is located half way up the body of the machine. It’s the grid of small holes below the warning messages. Should your blender leak during use, spilling liquid over the vent, it will be sucked in as there is no safe guard in place. This will cause serious damage to the motor.
In wrapping up this review of the NutriBullet RX, I can say the blender performs it job very well but has its obvious design flaws. If you’re not fazed by fiddling around with the gasket ring or removing the blade housing from the cup with the provided tool – this may be the blender for you.
The performance you get for the price you pay is quite reasonable – when compared to the major brands such as Vitamix and Blendtec. The strongest thing going for the NutriBullet RX is its ability to purify and pulverise anything you put before it – making it perfect for green smoothie and soups.
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