The NBR 1201 is a high-speed bullet style blender by NutriBullet. It’s one of the top-selling blenders on the market, and it has a reputation for being one of the best blenders for green smoothies. But it can do so much more. If you need a blender that can shred, crush, grind, and chop, then this multitasking appliance should be at the top of your list. Compact, lightweight, and beginner-friendly, this model scored well with cooks of all skill levels. So, if you’re looking for a blender that’s quiet-running, easy to clean and maintain, and one that’s incredibly versatile, then read on to learn more about this popular model.
Overview and Features
If you’re looking for a model that can easily make green smoothies or handle pureeing tough fruits and veggies, spinach, and nuts, then this power-packing machine is a great choice. This is a twelve-piece package, so you’ll also get some great extras, not to mention a machine that’s low-maintenance, easy to use, and incredibly versatile. It can be used to make a wide variety of drinks, such as green juice, fresh fruit juice, and even milkshakes or mixed cocktails. If you’d like to learn more about green juice, click here to read my article about juicing recipes for beginners.
Unlike traditional countertop models, this model will quickly set to work expertly blending and mixing ingredients, so you won’t have to frequently stop the blending process when you’re making a smoothie, juice, or a milkshake. It’s a simple and fast process that will turn out a perfectly blended smoothie in under three minutes.
This model comes with:
- One milling blade
- Motor base
- One handled cup
- One twenty-four ounce cup
- One cup ring
- One eighteen ounce cup
- Recipe book
- Two resealable lids
- Stainless steel extractor blades
- Cup ring with handle
This model is packing six hundred watts of power, which is more than enough to blend even the toughest veggies. Six hundred watts is above average, although you’ll need a more powerful blender if you want to blend ice-heavy drinks, which is something this blender tends to struggle with. You can still add a little ice to your smoothie, but avoid filling the blending cup with more than forty percent ice at a time.
The blender’s container system allows you to easily whip up drinks for every member of the family, without having to first wash out the blender’s pitcher. Instead, you can use the included three blending cups, which are perfect for busy families on the go.
The changeable blending containers can be used to serve, or you can use one of the included resealable lids to store your smoothie for later or take it with you to the office. The lids and blending cups are also dishwasher safe, which will make clean up a breeze. These blending cups are durable, will not retain odors, and are dishwasher safe.
The bullet’s unique design makes it easy to clean and maintain. There are no buttons or switches to deal with, so just a simple wipe down of the base is really all you have to do to keep this model clean. The suction cup on the base of the blender keeps it locked into place during use. The included changeable blending containers are perfect for drinks on the go.
Weighing in at a little over seven pounds, the base of the blender is impressively durable and is made in compliance with the Canadian and US Electrical Standards. The blending cups are made out of a tough plastic that is BPA-free and incredibly durable.
Ease of Use
Large, high-performance blenders can be noisy and intimidating to use. This blender makes it easy to whip up any type of smoothie, juice, or shake. To make a smoothie, all you have to do is add liquid, fruits, veggies, and anything else you want to customize your smoothie, such as nuts, chia seeds, supplements, and more. Once you’ve added all the ingredients, you’ll screw the blade onto the cup to seal it and place it on the base.
When the cup is secure on the base the machine will automatically fire up. The ingredients will be liquified instantly. The blender also has a reputation for its quiet-running operation. This model is compact and highly portable, so you can take it with you when you travel or bring it along to the office.
Unfortunately, this model only comes with a one year warranty, which may be a drawback for some potential buyers.
Quick Start Guide
This model also comes with a quick-start guide which will not only walk you through the process of making your first smoothie, but it also answers pretty much any question you may have about this blender, how it works, and what you can use it for.
The recipe book is filled with recipes that focus on fifty percent fruit and fifty percent veggie-based smoothies, however, you’ll also find recipes for green smoothies, which consist of sixty percent veggies and forty percent fruit. The recipes are beginner-friendly and pretty simple, so you don’t have to have experience in the kitchen to make one of these flavor-packed smoothies.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Changeable blending cups
- Lightweight design
- Six hundred watts
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Can handle leafy green veggies easily
- Blending cups can be used for serving or storage
- Can struggle with crushing ice
- Can leak if the blade is not screwed on correctly
NutriBullet Versus Ninja Mega Kitchen System Blender
So, how does this model measure up to the competition? The Ninja Mega Kitchen System blender is quite different from this model. For starters, it’s more versatile and comes equipped with a large eight-cup pitcher, in addition to a food processor bowl, so you can make a variety of foods ranging from soup and smoothies to dough and milkshakes. The bowl is also dishwasher safe, so clean up is simple. However, while it can make a large pitcher or your favorite smoothie it doesn’t come with changeable blending cups like the Nutribullet. It also features a bulkier design, which can make it a bad fit if you don’t have the storage or counter space.
However, it packs a whopping fifteen hundred watts of power compared to this model’s six hundred, so it can easily crush ice and handle leafy green veggies. But for some, a blender of this size will be overkill. If you’re looking for a space-saving, quiet-running model that will allow you to make smaller servings, stick with the Nutribullet. If you need more power and a larger pitcher that allows you to make a huge batch of your favorite smoothie, then go with the Ninja.
Conclusion and Rating
This NutriBullet blender is durable, tough, and can crush, grind, and puree pretty much anything you throw at it. The included blending cups allow you to customize the size of your smoothie, plus they can be used to serve the drinks or add one of the resealable lids and store the leftovers for later. This is the blender you want if you’ve decided to make healthier food choices and you’re looking for a model that can easily handle a variety of leafy green veggies. I gave this model a rating of five out of five stars.