PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The new version of the NutriBullet is supposed to be even more powerful for creating healthy drinks, but the problem is it could be dangerous.
In its informercial, the makers of the popular “As Seen on TV” product say its machines can turn “ordinary food into super food.”
But Consumer Reports is calling the NutriBullet Pro 900 a “don’t buy.”
A problem was discovered during Consumer Reports’ standard durability test for blenders. In that test, seven large ice cubes are placed in an empty container and crushed. That’s repeated 45 times. The blade on the NutriBullet Pro 900 either cracked or broke on two separate models.
“While we’re not aware of any injuries, a broken blade fragment could easily go undetected in a blended beverage and accidentally be consumed,” Consumer Reports’ Dan DiClerico said. “Especially since this product is designed so you can drink right from the container.”
NutriBullet says its product is not designed to operate as an ice crusher and says Consumer Reports’ durability test is a “misuse of the product” because it does not include any liquid.
But nowhere does the company caution users they must add liquid when using ice. Some major retailers like Target and Best Buy even say the NutriBullet Pro 900 can be used for crushing ice.
“Also, understand the purpose of our durability test isn’t to see how well a blender crushes ice,” DiClerico said. “It’s a stress test to see if blenders will hold up over time. Plenty of other blenders we tested didn’t have a problem with this test, including the original NutriBullet.”
If you own the NutriBullet Pro 900, Consumer Reports recommends you stop using it.
As for a personal blender that did well, Consumer Reports recommends the $90 Nutri Ninja. It performed well in all the tests, including durability.