Veggie Bullet Review – Is it Worth It ?
Updated June 2017 – With more blender brands adding in food prep functionality, Nutribullet has joined the market and introduced their Veggie Bullet.
I personally use Nutribullet personal blenders and have reviewed all the top Nutribullet blenders so I was really interested to see how the Veggie Bullet compared in quality and performance to other food processor appliances.
The Veggie Bullet’s key focus is trying to benefit from the craze over veggie spiralizers. Veggie spiralizers are typically simple handheld kitchen tools that make noodles from raw vegetables like zucchini and potatoes. Normally, the veggie spiralizers are handheld devices where you either crank the device or turn the vegetable through the blade to make the noodle shape.
While there are multiple new electric spiralizer products on the market now, Veggie Bullet tried to differentiate itself by making it a 3-in-1 tool. It functions as a:
- Spiralizer : Makes vegetable noodles using zucchini.
- Shredder : Grates vegetables and cheese.
- Slicer : Slices fruits and vegetables into thin slices.
The Veggie bullet is about the size of a typical food processor and comes with two attachments:
- Electric shredder/slicer for vegetables, cheese, meats and nuts.
- Electric spiralizer for making vegetable noodles.
Veggie Bullet in Action
Professional Chef Using Veggie Bullet
Does the Veggie Bullet Work ?
After watching the above videos of the Veggie Bullet in action, it looks so easy. The big question is does it really work ?
Honestly, the product is pretty new and there aren’t many user reviews of the product yet but the reviews are mixed about performance.
From my research, the spiralizer function works pretty well with softer vegetables and Epicuious test of the Veggie bullet found that is was able to spiralize zucchini, sweet potatoes, beets, and broccoli very well with little waste. Although, there are some complaints from users (See reviews #1 & #2) who found that the Veggie Bullet does not do well with hard vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets. On the other hand, there are some users who had no issues and love it. The varying opinions really come down to what vegetables you are using with the spiralizer and how you prepped the vegetables. Here is a user review from a Doctor comparing the Veggie Bullet versus a manual spiralizer.
The slicer/shredder blade is a disc that flips over to perform its specific task(slicing on one side and shredding on the other side). The design issue that customers have with the slicer/shredder blade is that there is a small gap(under 1 inch approximately) between the lid and blade that caused food to not go thru the blade and would just sit on top of the spinning blade.
Overall the Veggie Bullet slicer/shredder blade is similar to other food processor and works okay but the design is not as ideal as other popular, low-cost food processors like this one or the ever-popular, full strength Cuisinart.
It is important to point out that typical food processors are self-contained and keep the ingredients within the container. The Veggie Bullet uses a design like a juicer and shoots the ingredients out the chute/spout when using the shredding or slicing blade. It is a neat idea to have a chute for a food processor but the design isn’t perfect for some ingredients.
From the tests I read, the Veggie bullet did an OK job slicing/shredding some hard ingredients like carrots, beets, and nuts. Soft ingredients like meat or cheese can stick on the blades.
For the spout, there were some comments about difficulty cleaning it because of how it is hooked downward. The hooked spout is a single piece of plastic so it can be hard to clean certain ingredients from within it.
For more in-depth details on how the Veggie bullet components are put together, below are some useful videos that show the parts up close.
Veggie Bullet Shredder Assembly
Veggie Bullet Spiralizer Assembly
Veggie Bullet Slicer Assembly
Veggie Bullet Review
Positives: The Veggie Bullet works pretty well with spiralizing certain vegetables. The food processing works pretty well but the spout/chute isn’t perfect and you are probably better off with a proven food processor if that will be your main use.
Negatives: It is expensive at $150(some retailers have it for less with store coupons) and makes sense if you spiralize a lot of vegetables and are tired of using the typical handheld spiralizer. Otherwise, the price is high just for the slicing/shredding function. There isn’t any flexibility on speeds or thickness like some spiralizers provide. The chute is a nice idea but might have a hard time shooting out softer ingredients like grated cheese. User reviews are very mixed.
Overall Opinion: The Veggie Bullet seems like a creative idea but might be a little expensive for some and the user reviews are very mixed on its performance. The spiralizer feature is a neat idea but the results depend on which vegetable you use. The slicing and shredding function are OK and you might find them useful if you don’t already have a food processor or other similar kitchen device but could use some improvement.
If you are still undecided on the Veggie Bullet then read additional recent user reviews of the product at Amazon. The Veggie Bullet price is generally the same at all the retailers so shop at wherever is convenient to you.
Veggie Bullet Alternatives
You can certainly do the same slice and shred food processing functions with any food processor like the popular ones I mentioned above. Other food processor choices are the Oster 2-in-1 Salad Prep & Food Processor which is lower cost and has a similar chute as the Veggie Bullet but doesn’t do spiralizing. Another option is the popular Presto Salad shooter which shoots out sliced or shredded vegetables but doesn’t spiralize.
If you just like the spiralizer feature then there are other ones on the market for less and it depends on if you really want automatic or manual and if you want features like slicing thickness and number of blades. The manual spiralizers will give you more control and ability to adjust thickness.
For manual spiralizers, the top rated manual spiralizer is this one from OXO (It scored the highest in independent tests for performance, quality and features. Here is a thorough user review of the OXO). The second popular choice is this manual spiralizer which is slightly less expensive and performed a little poorer than the OXO one but still has 1000’s of excellent reviews.
Another option for an all-in-one type of appliance are some of the Ninja blenders that have accessories to blend, chop, dice, puree, and food prep but won’t spiralize. The popular all-in-one Ninja models are the QB1004 and Fullsize BL773co.
I hope the information in this overview helped. Please leave any questions or comments below.