Nutribullet vs juicer vs blender: fresh fruit smoothies
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In this post we’re considering the Nutribullet vs Juicer vs blender, as we know that many people wonder about the differences, particularly if they’re debating which gadget they should buy.

What’s the difference between a Nutribullet and a juicer?

It’s fair enough to wonder about what the differences between the types of gadget are, after all both a Nutribullet and a juicer will create a juice won’t they?
Well the answer is no – no really. If we were to compare the Nutribullet to another type of kitchen gadget, it is probably closer to a blender than a juicer – but even this doesn’t describe it exactly.

How does the Nutribullet work?

Let’s start by looking at how Nutribullet works. Its manufacturers call it a food extractor, not a blender or a juicer. The reason for this is that the Nutribullet doesn’t remove any of the parts of the food as it blends, but instead pulverises everything including seeds, stalks, skins and pulp – all the parts of fruit and vegetables that contain the most nutrients.

The Nutribullet manual describes the Cyclonic action which creates the extracting power of the Nutribullet as unique, and claims that more nutrition is exacted from the food using this method than by chewing, juicing or blending.

What are the nutritional benefits of the Nutribullet

So what are the nutritional benefits of all this extraction? The Nutribullet manual gives as an example the zinc and magnesium that are contained in watermelon seeds and the anti-oxidants in broccoli stems as being the type of nutrients that we wouldn’t otherwise be benefiting from in the usual course of events. After all, we often spit out watermelon seeds and stick to broccoli florets rather than stems don’t we?

(Incidentally, it also mentions some seeds and stones that shouldn’t be used because they contain a chemical that releases cyanide into the body – these include apple seeds, and apricot, cherry, plum and peach stones).

Nutribullet makes many health claims about the benefits of enjoying Nutriblasts alongside a healthy diet rich in whole foods. These include a decreased risk of chronic disease, improved sleep and digestion and lower blood pressure.

Whilst most experts seem to agree that eating this type of diet rich in fruit and vegetables is beneficial, and indeed there have been recent scary stories about the dangers of consuming processed foods such as bacon and ham, nevertheless there is some debate amongst nutritionists about whether or not extracting is the best way to get our nutrients.

For example the Daily Mail has quoted nutritionist Jackie Lynch who says that consuming whole foods is the most healthy way to take in your fruit and vegetables, rather than extracting, blending or juicing.

However we feel in the Nutribullet’s defence, that if you feel it’s unlikely that you will actually get around to eating the right amount of fruit and veg in day, this is a great way to help you get additional portions into your diet.

After all, we now regularly have spinach and kale in our breakfast smoothies, and it’s highly unlikely that we’d be touching greens at 7am if not in a delicious smoothie!

Nutribullet vs juicer: mixed fruit
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What does a Nutriblast consist of?

As we have already discussed, The Nutriblast (the name given to a drink created in the Nutribullet) therefore contains seeds, pith and in some instances the skin of fruit and vegetables. This means that the resulting smoothie tends to be thicker than a juice, even if you add water to the max line. Inevitably having all this extra fibre in the drink will give it a more substantial consistency than juice.

Can you make juice in the Nutribullet?

If you are seeking a thinner, more juice like consistency then the best way to do it is to take your Nutriblast and pour it through a sieve or strainer. We have demonstrated how to do this in our Carrot juice recipe article for example.
However, if you do this you should remember that you will be removing many of the nutrients that the Nutribullet has extracted, which perhaps defeats the object of using it in the first place.

Nutribullet vs blender: which is better?

As we said previously, the Nutribullet is in reality very similar to a blender, but it has a couple of advantages. The most important is that the cyclonic action and high RPM of the Nutribullet does create a significantly more appetising drink than most blenders which simply can’t break down harder foods such as cashews and flax seeds to the same degree.

This can be seen in the following video, although this is part of Nutribullet’s publicity machine so it’s unsurprising that the machine comes out the obvious winner!

The second advantage of the Nutribullet is that because the cup that you blend with doubles up as a drinking vessell, you’re left with less washing up to do! If you want to find out more about how to clean your Nutribullet then read our article ‘Is the Nutribullet dishwasher safe’.

Thirdly, the Nutribullet 600 series comes with a milling blade that enables you to grind down seeds and nuts into fine powders, useful for example if you want to freshly grind your own flax seed or make gluten-free flour. A regular blender would not be able to do this. For more information, check out our review of the Nutribullet 600 series.

Finally, and this only applies to the Nutribullet RX, rather than the Nutribullet 600 or 900 series pro, there is a heating element included. This enables you to make hot soups and sauces in the Nutribullet, which of course is not something that you could do with the average blender! Of course the average blender does not cost just under £200 like the Nutribullet RX, so it all depends on what you want to use the machine for. You can find out more about the Nutribullet RX in our review.

Nutribullet vs juicer: fresh juice
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How does a juicer work?

So now let’s turn our attention to juicers. There are a couple of different types to consider if you’re thinking of buying one.

A centrifugal juicer uses the power of centrifugal force to extract the juice from the fruit and vegetables. When using the juicer you feed the food you want to juice down a spout into the gadget. In some cases you can for example use whole apples.

There is a strainer inside the juicer which spins at a high speed of around 7000 RPM and uses flat cutting blades to separate the juice from the fibre. The leftover pulp is sent out into a container placed behind the juicer.

The plus sides of this type of juicer are that they are very easy to use and reasonably priced. However they can be quite noisy and also the centrifugal method can create a lot of foam in the juice.

Masticating juicers work by using sharp tools or augers that grind, mash and chew through fruits and vegetables, squeezing every last drop of juice out. In doing this they separate the juice from from the dry pulp. These juicers are slower than centrifugal juicers but are twice as efficient and effective having the ability to chew through greens, soft vegetables and fruit.

Nutritional benefits of juicing

Juicing has many celebrity advocates, including Jason Vale, aka the ‘Juice Master’ who has made his fortune extolling the nutritional and health benefits of juicing.

As with the Nutribullet, juice aficionados claim that consuming this nectar will convey physical and mental well-being, and a quick google will reveal many wonder stories about people who feel they have benefited greatly from juice diets or cleanses.

It must be said that drinking fresh juice from a juicer, where you have clearly not added any nasties such as refined sugar, is a great experience.

There is a smoothness and clarity to a home-made juice that you don’t get from a Nutribullet, even one as powerful as the 1700 watt RX. However this is partly because you’ve removed all the fibre and, as Nutribullet would claim, the additional goodness, contained in the fruit and veg.

Another reason that many people try juice diets or cleanses is for weight-loss. Here at A Juicy Blend, we tried a 3 day juice diet by Jason Vale and found it very doable. The juices had plenty of volume and we didn’t feel too hungry over the three day period. In fact the hardest bit of it was giving up our daily cappucino!

At the end of the three days we had lost between 3-5lbs (great) which unfortunately quickly came back on again once we started eating normally again (not so great!).

Experts have warned that this type of diet can become addictive if pursued for a long time, and therefore dangerous – citing the rise of ‘juicerexia’ as symptomatic of this. (Remember to always consult your doctor before embarking on a new type of eating regime). Also dentists have warned that excessive consumption of juices, particularly those rich in citric acid such as orange juice, can lead to tooth decay because of the concentration of (albeit natural, unrefined) sugars.

Nutribullet vs juicer vs blender: who wins?

So which device comes out on top? The answer to this, put simply is – it all depends on what you want to use it for.

If you are looking for a good all-purpose blender that you can use in a wide range of recipes including for example coarse-ground dips and milkshakes made from soft fruits, then a blender will fit your needs perfectly.

If you want to make freshly squeezed juice, appreciating all the pros and cons of regular consumption, then get a juicer – the Nutribullet simply won’t make the same type of smooth, clear drink for you.

Finally if you want to make smoothies a regular part of your diet and believe that the health benefits derived from keeping the pith, seeds, stalks etc are an important part of this, then definitely go for a Nutribullet or similar extractor like a Nutri Ninja.

The main thing to realise is that the three all perform similar but different functions, and so each is best for the main function it’s designed to complete.

If you have the cash to spare, then think about getting one of each! But if not and you have to choose one, then we would recommend the Nutribullet or Nutri Ninja as you can use it to make juices and dips and other types of food, albeit not as well as the specialist devices, whereas they just can’t make Nutriblasts.

Which Nutribullet should I buy

Have you decided to take the plunge, but are now uncertain as to which Nutribullet to try? Then please do check out our Nutribullet 600 series review, our Nutribullet 600 vs 900 Pro comparison, our Nutribullet vs Magic Bullet comparison, our Nutribullet vs Nutri Ninja face-off or our exploration of the pros and cons of the Nutribullet RX.