NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender Review

Is it worth upgrading to the more powerful NutriBullet?

Sharon Basaraba

There's ample evidence that nutrient-dense fresh produce full of dietary fiber and phytochemicals can boost your longevity: in its Choose My Plate eating guidelines, the US Department of Agriculture recommends that half of every meal you eat be made up of fruits and vegetables.  Getting even more fresh produce - up to 7 servings a day - can lead to a lower risk of death from any cause, according to a large review published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2013.


Further, regular consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the main steps you can take to prevent a first heart attack, and one of the first moves people take when trying to build a healthier lifestyle.

But how to work in all that greenery and fruit?  Condensing it into green smoothies (blends of green, leafy vegetables and various fruits) and sauces are some of the quickest ways to consume several servings of produce at a time, and the new kid on the block from the MagicBullet and NutriBullet family of blenders promises to extract the maximum nutrition from your fresh food.

What it is:  Compared to its slightly less powerful cousin NutriBullet, the NutriBullet Pro 900 Series features a 900-watt motor to pulverize fruits and vegetables into beverages and sauces.  Both models are designed with a clear plastic cup that you fill and then turn upside down to screw onto the blade mechanism which fits into a power base.

   Pushing down on the cup engages the motor to pulse and blend until the mixture within appears fully blended. 

It's a design I prefer compared with more traditional blenders which sit on the blade mechanism and are loaded from above, since those require a lot of scraping of the contents off the blades at the bottom of the jug.

  It also saves using an additional drinking container: with the NutriBullet Pro 900, you simply flip the cup over, unscrew the blade housing and sip your smoothie.

What comes in the package:  The NutriBullet Pro 900 includes:

  • A silver power base
  • 2 tall cups (18 fl oz/550 ml), with additional screw-on rims
  • 2 extractor blades
  • 2 cup lids
  • 1 extra large cup (24 fl oz/750ml) with a flip-top lid that can accommodate a wide straw
  • 1 short cup
  • Smoothie recipe book
  • User manual

How is it different from the regular NutriBullet?  There are three main differences between the two models: the 900 Series has a more powerful motor (900 watt vs 600 watt), an additional large capacity cup that can hold up to 24 fl oz (750 ml) rather than the smaller 18 fl oz (550 ml) size with a lid to take your smoothie to go, and a hefty book of recipes for everything from lentil soup to chocolate pudding as well as fruit and vegetable beverages. 

How it works:  Fill the cup with ingredients no higher than the maximum capacity indicated.

  The instructions recommend 50% leafy greens, 50% other vegetables or fruit, and add water to the maximum fill line.

Screw the blade housing onto the cup, tip upside down to fit into the power base, and push down to engage the motor.  When you stop pushing, the pulse action ends.  Blend for no longer than one minute at a time, and if more blending is required, wait a full minute before continuing.  If you need to blend more than 3 cycles, wait a few minutes for the power base to cool down before another 1-minute run.

How well does it make a green smoothie?  In my world, a smoothie isn't appealing unless it's truly, well,  smooth.  That's a challenge if you're blending tough greens like the nutritional powerhouse kale.  Fortunately, the NutriBullet 900 Series does a fine job of breaking down kale and other sturdy greens in a smoothie so the mixture is neither gritty nor lumpy.  A green smoothie should not have the texture of a salsa, and I was impressed that the 900 Series with its relatively modest price tag of $125-$180 does almost as good a job as my much more expensive Vitamix and Blendtec blenders.

The bad news:  The only real challenge I had with this blender was the need to slap it around a bit.  The instructions recommend shaking the cup and blade assembly if the contents are sticking too close to the top, and I have to do this quite often with chunky ingredients like ice and frozen fruit.  Tapping the container on the counter is also recommended but I've had to resort on occasion to banging it pretty firmly on a flat surface to get the items inside to re-engage with the blades.

Once I've tapped, shaken, banged and whacked the container through a few rounds of blending, I inevitably have a lovely smoothie as a result.

I already have a NutriBullet; should I spend more and upgrade?  I think the 900 Series is worth the additional $40-$60 above the base model if you're making an initial purchase.  It has a slightly more powerful motor - although the original NutriBullet blender is an impressive performer for its price range.  I'm also a fan of that bigger blender cup.  When I make a smoothie with 2 cups of kale, 1/2 cup each of frozen raspberries and mangoes and add some juice or water, I need a large-capacity container or I'm past the maximum fill line and blending takes longer (and more 1-minute cycles) to achieve a smooth consistency.

In addition, online forums suggest that the original NutriBullet had some mechanical issues, with noisy motors and inconsistent performance, while the more powerful model fares better in user reviews.

If you already have a NutriBullet, I'd suggest waiting until its warranty runs out before upgrading; you can contact the company directly to order the larger cup if your smoothies tend to run large.

Bottom line:  I feel this is a very effective and powerful blender in the mid-range price of $100-$150, for its ability to handle some tough vegetables and fruit and create a very smooth consistency.  It's easy to clean and not any louder than more powerful and much more expensive models.


Fruits and Vegetables: How Much Are Needed? United States Department of Agriculture Public Information Sheet.

Leenders Max, Sluijs Ivonne, Ros Martine M, et al. "Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Mortality: European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition." American Journal of Epidemiology 2013;178(4):590-602.

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