Nutribullet 600 vs. Nutribullet Pro 900 vs. Nutribullet RX Review
If you are looking for a good comparison of Nutribullet blender models in 2017 then look no further. (We keep this post updated)
We have personally used Nutribullet blenders for over 3 years, so we can offer our experiences in comparing the Nutribullet 600 vs Nutribullet Pro 900 vs Nutribullet RX 1700 to help you decide on the best Nutribullet to buy.
First off, Nutribullet blenders are a higher-end version of the company’s popular Magic Bullet blenders and are intended as a single-serve compact personal blender that can shred, grind, chop, and blend in smaller quantities.
These blenders operate at very high speeds with specialized blades that extract the nutrients when it blends which the company claims to work differently than a traditional blender.
All of the Nutribullet models are good but they have their differences. Let’s get into the details so you can find the best Nutribullet model for your needs and budget.
Positives: Less noise than the other models but still offers good strength motor and adequate for most uses. Slightly cheaper than the other 2 models. Comes with a separate milling blade for grinding dry ingredients like nuts, oats, and spices.
Negatives: The 600watt motor is weaker than the other Nutribullet models and could affect the consistency of the smoothies depending on the ingredients used (it can have a harder time blending out things like Blackberry seeds vs. the stronger Nutribullet 900 or Rx models). Comes with only 1 extractor blade. Maximum capacity is 24oz jar.
Overall Opinion: The 600 model is the entry level model of the Nutribullet series. Overall a good model and an upgrade from the popular Magic Bullet blender series. Works great if you are just making smoothies.
Some users prefer the stronger motor of the 900 or RX models but this model is stronger than other single serve blender brands and still has very good overall reviews. A good blender for the price.Click here for Nutribullet 600 Current Price
Positives: This model was designed to improve blending and pureeing that some felt the 600w model lacked. It offers a higher strength 900 watt motor with higher RPMs allowing it to blend ingredients to a better consistency. The new extractor blade design and higher 900w power allow you to mill dry ingredients without the need for a specific milling blade.
Besides the higher strength motor, this model comes with 2 extractor blades(vs. the 600 comes with 1 milling blade & 1 extractor blade). Nutribullet Pro has a larger 32oz capacity.
Negatives: There were some initial complaints with leaking and this was fixed with the new base/blade design. Consumer reports did do a stress test among blenders and found that the Nutribullet 900 had issues with crushing ice but to be fair that isn’t really what Nutribullet is intended to do (Nutribullet manual says you can use ice as long as it’s not more than 25% of the total ingredients in your drink). Update- September 2016: ConsumerReports retested the Nutribullet and said it worked great in their durability test crushing ice and the new blades are stronger/thicker than original.
Overall Opinion: The Nutribullet 900 is our Top pick for performance and price. It is the most popular model with very high review ratings among consumers. TheSweetHome tested 20 different personal blender models and the Nutribullet 900 was their top pick.
It is a very versatile blender with a high strength motor than can compete with larger, more expensive blenders. Consider the 900 model as the new and improved version of the Nutribullet 600 with combined extraction/milling blade, higher strength, and larger capacity. The 32oz container is a good size to hold enough raw ingredients to make larger meal replacement drinks.
The 900 Pro blender comes in a 15 piece set (model NB9-1501) or 13 Piece Set (model NB9-1301) or 9 piece Set(model NB9-0901). The 15 piece set has an extra extra blade, cup, and accessories for slightly more than the 9 piece set. The 13 piece is like the 15 piece but has only 1 blade and one less cup. I think the slight extra cost for the 15 piece is worth it, but get the 9 piece if you are on a tight budget.
For ease of use, small size, and reliability the Pro 900 blender is hard to beat as a single serve blender and offers “the best bang for the buck”. (NEW UPDATE – The new Nutribullet Prime is very similar to the Nutribullet 900 and a good alternative.)
Positives: Very powerful 1700 watt motor that can turn pretty much any raw ingredients into purified form quite quickly. Its power almost competes with the more expensive Vitamix personal blender S30. The key unique feature of the Nutribullet Rx is its built-in heater to create soups. The Rx uses a pre-programmed blend cycle.
Negatives: It is louder and we personally didn’t like the pre-programmed feature. We like having control of how long we want to blend it and we didn’t feel comfortable being hands-free. There seem to be more complaints with this model vs. the 600watt or 900watt models but it still has very high ratings. The complaints are about the blade gasket getting chewed up by the blade and some felt it wasn’t designed well for how strong the motor is. Also, the Rx model does carry a higher price.
Overall Opinion: Overall the Nutribullet Rx model (Model N17-1001) was created to be a hands-free high speed single use blender with unique built-in heater. Blending capability is intended to compete with more expensive blenders and some users might like the convenience of making healthy soups with it but not sure how effective the heating function is. Overall reviews seem to be mixed on this model. It is very powerful and continues to get very high reviews.Click here for Rx Model Current Price
Our Personal Choice?
The Nutribullet 600 is also a decent choice with a slightly lower price with less power and smaller 24oz capacity.
The Nutribullet 600 is also a decent choice with a slightly lower price with less power and smaller 24oz capacity.
Reader Tip – We have never had a problem with our Nutribullet blenders but you can get a very low-cost 3-year appliance warranty plan on Amazon.com if you were concerned about your blender breaking.
If you want more details about the different Nutribullet models then you can continue reading below………
New Blade Design
There are some old comments online about leaks and strength of blade on the original Nutribullet blade design from years ago. Nutribullet introduced a new blade and assembly in recent years that addressed those potential issues(it wasn’t that common). You can see the comparison below. The new blade incorporates the bent down lower blade that can handle milling capability on the 900 and the bottom assembly of the new blade is now steel reinforced and no leaks.
Washer Blade Issue
They have improved on their washer blade design so old reviews that talk about washer issue might be talking about the original 600 washer design. We have seen people make comments about Nutribullet blade washer coming out after use sometimes and thinking that is a problem, but they don’t realize that the washer is SUPPOSED TO COME OUT so that you clean it.
The rubber washer fits snugly so it won’t usually come out on its own but sometimes it does when you remove the lid after using the machine.
If you don’t remove the washer every so often(we usually do it after 5-6uses) then you will get bacteria and gross old food under it. CLEAN YOUR WASHER.
Here is picture on the right of what ours looked like after a couple uses before washing the washer by hand. You can see the little green residue from vegetables after using it. It is no big deal and takes 5 seconds to clean it in hot water.
Consumer Reports Nutribullet Confusion
Consumer Reports conducted an test in early 2014 on the Nutribullet 900 where they broke the blade crushing ice and said do not buy it. In prior years years the Nutribullet has passed the Consumer Reports durability tests with no issues and Nutribullet claimed they hadn’t received any broken blade complaints after selling them for years so they weren’t sure why Consumer Reports had issue with the blade. Also, Nutribullet emphasized that they don’t market their blenders for crushing ice without liquids or other ingredients.
In September 2016, Consumer Reports retested the Nutribullet Pro 900 doing a stress test crushing 7 large ice cubes 45 times to simulate rigorous use and found that the Nutribullet passed. They found that the newer Nutribullet 900 blades are thicker and improved.
Overall, the stress test is beyond what normal use would be for the Nutribullet blender but Nutribullet 900 passed. Nutribullet says that their blenders are not intended for crushing ice only and that ice should be blended with liquid and not be more than 25% of total ingredients.
Side note – If you are looking to buy a Nutribullet replacement blade later on, make sure you only buy authentic parts. Do not buy from a 3rd party company that makes a “Nutribullet compatible blades”.
For additional comparison of the 3 Nutribullet models you can read through the details below.
- How does the Nutribullet compare to Ninja personal blenders? We prefer the Nutribullet 900 but we wrote a detailed review comparing the Nutribullet Pro 900 vs Nutri Ninja personal blender
- For more answers, look at our Nutribullet Questions and Answers guide
1. Simple Operation
All three models have the same design and use the same procedures for blending. A slight difference with the Rx is that it uses pre-programmed hands free timing so you aren’t supposed to hold it(it made us a little nervous though)
To start if off you have to put all your ingredients in the blending cup and seal it up with the lid that has the blade attachment.
To set up your blender, you have to turn the blending cup upside down and attach the lid to the base where the motor unit is set up. The blades on the lid attaches to the motor at this stage.
To start blending, you have to push the cup down towards the base. As soon as you apply pressure on the cup, the motor starts spinning the blades. The blending stops as soon as you let go.
If you want to let the blender work on its own, press down and twist the cup to lock. If you want the blending to stop, simply twist the cup in the opposite direction to release the lock.
2. Powerful Blades
All three models have one speed setting but have different RPM (rotations per minute) capabilities.
All Nutribullet blenders can shred, blend, grind and chop all kinds of food and ingredients.
4. Easy to Clean
All cups have a wide mouth and are dishwasher safe. The base can be hand wiped and blades, hand washed.
5. Leak Proof
The cups and lids are designed to prevent spillage.
6. Durable Material
The cups and lids are made of BPA-free plastic which is microwave safe.
1. Motor Power
Nutribullet 600 comes with 600-watt / .8 horsepower motor than can produce 20,000 rotations per minute.
Nutribullet Pro 900 comes with a 900-watt / 1.2 horsepower motor that produces 25,000 rotations per minute.
And, Nutribullet RX comes with a 1,700-watt / 2.3 horsepower motor than can produce 30,000 rotations per minute.
The more number of rotations a blade can do in a minute, the finer and smoother the texture of the liquefied food will be. This can make a huge difference depending on the person’s taste and peculiarities.
On the contrary, the higher the wattage, the greater the electric consumption will be. But, considering that blending only takes a few seconds, this factor may well be negligible.
- Nutribullet 600 has a 24-ouce capacity.
- Nutribullet Pro 900 has a 32-ounce capacity.
- Nutribullet RX has a 45-ounce capacity.
In terms of capacity, it would seem that Nutribullet 600 was designed for a single person. The Nutribullet Pro 900 is for couples. And, Nutribullet RX is for couples with children.
The Nutribullet accessories that go along with the blenders differ from version to version. Here are the detailed lists.
Nutribullet 600 is a 12-piece set with all these things included in its box:
- One Power Base with a 600-Watt Motor
- One 24-Ounce Jar
- One 18-Ounce Jar with Handle
- One 18-Ounce Jar without Handle
- One Milling Blade
- One Extractor Blade
- One Lip Ring with Handle
- Two Lip Rings without Handle
- Two Re-Sealable Lids
- One User Guide and Recipe Book
- One Pocket Nutritionist
Nutribullet Pro 900 is a 15-piece set with these things included:
- One Power Base with 900-Watt Motor
- Two Extractor Blades
- One Flip Top to go Lid
- One 32-Ounce Jar
- Two 24-Ounce Jars
- One 18-Ounce Jar
- One Handled Lip Ring
- One Regular Lip Ring
- Two Re-Sealable Lids
- One User Manual/Cook book
- One Pocket Guide containing glossary of few ingredients, detailing their nutritional content, health benefits, seasonality, and preparation requirements.
- One Recipe Book
NOTE – There is a Nutribullet Pro 9-Piece Set (Click here for current pricing) that is priced slightly less than the 15-piece set. The 9-piece package removes the 24oz jar, provides just 1 extractor blade, 1 less resealable lid and no 18oz jar. If you don’t care about the extra blade and jars then the 9-piece set is a good choice. The Nutribullet Pro 13 piece is like the 15 piece but has one less blade and jar.
Nutribullet RX is a 10-piece set with the following inclusions:
- One High Torque Motor Base (1700-Watts)
- One 45-Ounce Oversized Jar with Handle
- One 30-Ounce Short Jar with Handle
- One “SouperBlast” Pitcher with a 2-Piece Lid
- One Extractor Blade
- One Comfort Lip Ring
- One stay-fresh Lid
- One Lip Ring without Handle
- One Blade removal tool
- One User Guide
- One Nature prescription Book containing Recipes
4. Soup-Making Mode
Only the Nutribullet RX has this feature where the blender can also function as a heater.
In this RX model, there is a “G” button located at the front of its base that will activate the heating function. Within seven minutes, it will turn your blended smoothie into a hot beverage.
The prices of these different versions of the Nutribullet blenders may fluctuate but, in general, the Pro 900 will be more expensive the Basic 600 model by about $40. And, the RX model will be more expensive than the Pro 900 by $70.
Compared to another brand, say on a Nutribullet vs. Magic Bullet Comparison, Magic Bullet might as well be selling jars because that’s its only advantage; more jars.
Magic Bullet suffers in blending quality with its 250-watt motor as compared to the weakest of the Nutribullet Models which at least has a 600-watt motor.
We prefer to use the Nutribullet Pro 900 because it has a stronger motor and we don’t like the hands free method that the Rx uses.
Also, we are not sold by the “Heat” feature of the RX as not only are your heating stuff in plastic cups but we feel the pre-programming just adds more chance for something breaking.
Many consumers feel the $40 difference between the basic Nutribullet 600 and Nutribullet Pro 900 is negligible and they like the strength of the Pro 900 motor.
For the $70 difference between the Pro 900 and the RX model we aren’t really sold by the convenience of “not having to transfer the cup to the microwave” and personally prefer having more control over how long to blend.
So if you consider features for value, it’s got to be the Nutribullet Pro 900.
- The LEAN model was introduced in late 2016 which takes some some nice features from the 900 Pro and Rx (see Nutribullet LEAN review) but we still prefer the Nutribullet 900 Pro or 600 model if you are on a budget.
- The Nutribullet Select is an updated blend of other models with the new variable speed/preset program controls. (See Nutribullet Select Review)
- The Nutribullet Prime is a slight upgrade to the 900 with similar price. In comparison to the 900 Pro, the Prime has 100 watts more power, extra to-go cup, and Auto-off program. (See our Nutribullet Prime review)
SUMMARY -We’ve researched them all and personally just stayed with our Nutribullet Pro 900, which we have used for 2 years and it still works great after over 1,000 uses.