All blenders are created equal, right? Admittedly many of us tend to think so.
Apart from the different brands, how much difference could there really be between, say the Nutribullet 600 vs 900 vs RX? The reality is that all blenders are not necessarily just color or shape variations of the same basic Machine.
Which Magic Bullet Is Right For You ?
Some brands are simply better than others, and as is the case with the Nutribullet, some brands are more than just blenders.
Before we get into comparing and contrasting these three models with each other, lets look at what they have in common:
All models come with a feature where the blender vessel also acts as a cup for holding your smoothie, recipe books and are dishwasher safe.
They all tend to be a bit louder than expected and have only a single speed at which it operates. The single speed should however not be an issue if you bought it for what it is marketed as, which is not a blender per se, but a “Nutrient Extractor”.
A very important note is to avoid over filling the cup, something that is easy to avoid, as the cup itself does indicate what the maximum level to which it should be filled is.
Also, adding a bit of water or milk to assist the blending process is practically mandatory for all these products, as you my eventually end up burning out the motor otherwise.
Lastly, a nice convenient feature that all models share is that you do not have to keep the cup pressed down in order for blending to continue, as it locks into place on blending mode, which frees you up to quickly rinse the cutting board and knives whilst it is doing its work.
Now, on to the differences.
The Nutribullet 600 vs 900 vs RX Review
First of all, let us start with the entry-level model.
Obviously this is the smallest of the three, and it is easy to see where the “bullet” part in its name derives from if you look at its sleek, bullet shaped design.
It is not a tiny, carry-it-in-your-pocket style device, however it is still small enough to easily be accommodated in smaller kitchens.
The cup part of the blender functions as a sort of cartridge, where the food items you wish to blend are place in the cup with its opening facing upwards, the lid fitting that houses the blades being tightly screwed on top to create a seal, and the whole unit being turned upside down and slotted into the actual motorised part of the blender.
Simply pressing down and twisting it slightly to slot into place then activates the motor that starts the blending process.
Consumer reports do state some issues with the 600 series’ ability to blend larger pieces and quantities of ice, which is definitely something to look out for if that is your intended use.
Pros And Cons
In comparison to other products in the range, this model’s best feature is certainly it’s price.
If you are an early morning active person who would like to prepare a quick and easy meal whilst the rest of the family is still asleep, the other inhabitants of your house would certainly appreciate that with the 600 watt motor, this is the quietest model in the range.
If interior design is your thing and matching the colour of your appliances to the colour scheme of your kitchen, this model is your most versatile option. It allows you to choose between grey, blue and red options, which is two more than the other two models discussed in this article.
As mentioned above, it only comes with a 600 watt motor. Now why this make it just okay and not really a drawback is the fact that 600 watt is more than enough for the average person’s daily requirements, especially considering the compact size and intended use.
It may not always be capable of completely pulverising smaller, harder fruit and especially berry seeds into a super smooth drink.
- What make it less desirable ?
The 24oz capacity offered by this model is arguably quite small and can be a drawback if you are trying to get your whole family prepped with goodness for the day.
This model is slightly larger, but with the same sleek, bullet-like design. Filling it functions exactly the same as the 600 and RX models as well.
For those who intend to use their Nutribullet in regular blending of large amounts of ice, this motor is going to offer you a better job and struggles way less to accomplish the task than the 600 model does.
You can get a 50% stronger motor to really macerate those pesky little bits that thought they could resist the awesomeness of your new blender. A 900 watt motor will certainly be capable of handling the vast majority of your blending and smoothie needs.
The larger 32oz capacity will easily get more meal substitutes or supplements out of a shorter time span. This has dual benefits when you consider it will also take up less space in the dishwasher or drying rack.
The noise level is dependent on what you will be putting into the blender, but all other variables being equal, it is going to be a bit louder than its smaller brother. It is still less noisy than the big daddy in this review, the RX. You also get an additional extractor blade and due to its power it is capable of dry-milling without a specific attatchment.
- What makes it less desirable ?
Initial consumer complaints pointed out some worrisome flaws, however none of these need be mentioned, as they have since been fixed with subsequent releases.
Something that bodes well for us as the buyers, as a company that responds to complaints by rectifying their faults means you still have their support long after they have received your money.
Ultimately the biggest problem you will face is the lack of variety in colour options, which might be less of an issue for the majority of us.
The first thing you will notice is that it is much bigger, but just like the other two it retains the overall shape that has proven so popular with all previous versions.
It also comes with a reworked blade design as an upgrade from the other two models mentioned in this review. Interestingly it also comes with a blade remover device, for switching out blades from the blending attachment should you need to do so.
It also comes with three different cups, two for standard blending, just in different sizes, and one for soup.
(Note: the soup attachment functions as a heater as well, and hot liquids should not be added before blending it.)
Another interesting variation on the other models is that the cup does not have to be pressed down and slotted into place in order for blending to start.
The moment the cup slides into the motor, it automatically starts its own one minute blending cycle, which can be stopped at any time simply by lifting the cup, although this is not advisable in terms of preserving the integrity of the gears.
RAW POWER! It comes with a monster of a 1700 watt motor, which will basically turn anything you are capable of eating into a smooth-as cream liquid. If you need more power than this, you are a robot that needs to blend car parts for sustenance, which I don’t think any of us are.
The 45oz capacity is very close to double the capacity of the entry level model, giving you a lot more meal at the cost of surprisingly little more bulkiness. Something else to consider is how much less cutting you have to do in order to fit parts of larger fruits and vegetables inside.
If you want soup instead of a smoothie, what do you do? You heat it up! And this version allows you to do that in the blender itself as it has a built in heater. This is not really a game changing feature, but it certainly is a nice-to-have convenience.
- What makes it less desirable ?
The price tag on this one is quite a bit more hefty, which is unfortunately what you end up sacrificing for the ability to puree bricks (note: this claim is hyperbolic with humorous intent. I do not recommend trying to blend bricks or any other material not suggested by the manufacturer.)
Noise level is also highest with this model, as a motor that powerful will not be the quietest thing in your house.
Further consumer complaints relate to the construction of the blender itself not being of sufficient integrity to adequately handle the amount of power it puts out, thus speeding up wear and tear.
It is possible that the manufacturer is aware of this and has tried to curb potential damage by giving it pre-programmed blending settings, which would stop people from running it longer than necessary, but not being able to choose how long it runs for is yet another aspect consumers have complained about.
So considering all this:
What is the verdict and ultimately the best Nutribullet?
In the case of Nutribullet 600 vs 900 vs RX, our choice would have to be the Nutribullet 900.
It gives you more than enough power for a comparatively decent price, has reasonably low noise levels and although its capacity is not overwhelming, it is more than just functional for its intended purposes for larger requirements and you will not find yourself repeat blending as many times as with the 600.
Obviously the entry level model has its charm, and there is a part of us all that just want the raw power of the RX model standing on our kitchen counter, but for the reasonable middle ground, the 900 is more than sufficient.