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Smoothie Blender Recommendations and Warning from Consumer Reports

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Smoothies are a great way to lose weight and keep it off. But who wants to take the time to clean a large, full-scale blender for one quick healthy drink? The solution is a personal mini-model blender that can save on cleanup time and help with your fight against belly fat.


Here is a summary of two smoothie blender recommendations from Consumer Reports as well as a warning about one model that they say is a safety risk and should be avoided.

Smoothie Blender #1: The Vitamix S30 ($400)

According to Consumer Reports, the Vitamix S30 is more of a hybrid smoothie blender than it is a personal mini-model. It features a 40-ounce blender container and comes with a double-walled 20-ounce tapered travel cup that will keep your smoothie cooler longer and fit most vehicle cup holders.

Performance-wise it does well as a full-size blender, but only so-so as a personal blender with smoothie texture not coming out as thick and creamy as you would like. However, for larger batches and the versatility of a larger blender, it is a recommended choice by CR.

Smoothie Blender #2: The Nutri Ninja ($90)

Touted as making a better smoothie, the Nutri Ninja has a 24-ounce container that comes with a Sip & Seal lid for leakage protection. The experts at Consumer Reports rate the Nutri Ninja as a better choice for making small-batch smoothies and note that it is quieter than the Vitamix 30S.

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Smoothie Blender “Don’t Buy” Product Warning

One of Consumer Reports’ blender tests is a stress test that measures and observes how well a tested blender crushes 7 large ice cubes during 45 runs to simulate rigorous use.

When this stress test was performed on the NutriBullet Pro 9000, the researchers at Consumer Reports reported that a blade either cracked or broke on two separate units tested. Because of the risk of a user accidently ingesting a metal blade fragment, they determined that the blender poses a safety risk and merits their “Don’t Buy” ranking.

When CR approached the manufacturer of the NutriBullet Pro 9000 with their test results, CR was told that the ice cube stress test is a misuse of their product because it was not intended to be used as an ice crusher without the presence of water or other liquid. However, the owner’s manual does compare the product to other blenders and there is no warning not to use their blender as an ice crusher.

Consumer Reports maintains their original safety risk findings and rating of the NutriBullet Pro 9000.

For more about potential health risks, find out why Consumer Reports on Health believes that an annual physical exam may shorten your lifespan.

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Reference: Consumer Reports, September 2014 issue