For people on-the-go, the affordable and compact NutriBullet Pro 900, in which “even the toughest ingredients don’t stand a chance,” blends a quick and easy meal, but Consumer Reports says the machine is now a safety risk and officially labeled it a “don’t buy.”
During a rigorous “stress test” blending large chunks of ice, Consumer Reports found that the blades on two separate models of the NutriBullet 900 either cracked or broke off completely.
While there haven’t been any reported injuries, possible broken blade fragments could cause serious injury considering they could easily go undetected in blended food and then consumed.
NutriBullet, confused and surprised at the findings, argued that the Pro 900 uses the same blades as the previous version of the blender, and that the device is not meant to be an ice crusher.
They said the durability test was a “misuse of the product,” because it did not include liquid. But many major retailers like Amazon.com, Target and Best Buy advertise that the NutriBullet Pro 900 can crush ice, and the owner’s manual even compares it to “other blenders,” giving no explicit warning against blending ice without liquid.
Even though Consumer Reports admits that an “an earlier generation of this model has been in our blender ratings for several years; it made it through our durability test without any trouble”, they strongly recommend that if you already own the Pro 900, stop using it immediately.
If you’re in the market for a personal blender, Consumer reports recommends the $90 NutriNinja. It preformed well in all of Consumer Report’s durability testes.