For those of you who may be contemplating buying the NutriBullet, I want to give you a few tips on how you could possibly extend this product’s lifespan.
Before I purchase anything I generally do a lot of research by reading as many reviews as I can find, and this was the same process I used when purchasing this product. However, I will sometimes bypass the reviews and buy an item to determine for myself if it just doesn’t work, or if a particularly bad lot got by quality control.
Needless to say I read many negative reviews about this item, but the majority of them seemed to have been about the same problems. I want to share a few tips on how I have avoided these problems and hopefully these tips will help extend the life of your NutriBullet.
Tip 1: Washing The Containers
The book you receive with this product tells you that the containers are dishwasher safe, but these containers are made of hard plastic and have three small tabs around the top that are used to secure them onto the blender.
To avoid breaking these tabs, or perhaps cracking the container, you can rinse them by hand, and when mounting them to the blender, always push down gently then twist the cups clockwise to snap the tabs into place.
Since these tabs are very small I’m always extra careful when handling the containers. I know what the book tells us, but I would rather be careful now and not end up with cups I can’t use.
Tip 2: Cutting Up Your Fruit
When cutting fruits or vegetables I make sure they are cut into small chunks or slices. The object of doing this is to prolong the life of the blades and the motor. I figure the less strain you put on these items the longer they will last.
Tip 3: Do Not Use Ice Cubes
Personally, using ice is something I could never understand, plus this is sure to dull your blades quicker than you want. Very cold water or almond milk is just as good as ice, then you won’t have to deal with your blades becoming dull in three months.
Tip 4: Length Of Blending Time
Well the book tells us not to let the machine run over 30 seconds, and I find this is very good advise. More good advise is to follow Tip 2 and cut your food into small pieces. When you do this, the blending is done perfectly in about 15 seconds, and you won’t have to worry about the motor over heating or seizing up.
Tip 5: Making Sure The Motor Is Completely Dry
During the rinsing, mixing and cutting process, you are bound to get a little water on the motor or the bottom part of the blades that connect to the motor. Be sure to check and dry any and all drops of water from these parts before connecting them together. I believe this will eliminate any smoke, electrical shortages, and damaged or seizing motors.
Tip 6: Using Seeds
This tip won’t necessarily help your machine last longer, but I wanted to address this anyway. The makers of this product tells us that the blades can easily chop up and blend seeds, but they are not talking about strawberry or blackberry seeds. Those seeds are too small for any blender to chop up! They are talking about seeds the size of pumpkin, sunflower or flax seeds.
They have also included a special blade for chopping and grinding seeds and nuts. However, I add a spoon full of sunflower seeds to my mixture and the regular blades do an excellent job of chopping and blending them. I don’t worry about them dulling the blade because they are relatively small and soft.
If you are concerned about other seeds or nuts dulling the regular blades, then grind them up using the blades that are included for that purpose.
Where To Purchase This Product:
I would suggest purchasing this item anywhere you can get the best deal and and to make sure it is covered by a warranty. When you do this, you should read the complete warranty so you are aware of what is and is not covered.
Other Things You Should Know:
– There is no on and off switch. You plug it in to blend and unplug it to stop
– If you run the blender for longer than 30 seconds you can smell the motor burning.
– This is not a juicer! The blended mixture will be thick and full of fiber, but delicious.
– Peel your apples if you don’t want teeny tiny bits of peel in your drink.
– The NutiBullet book tells us apple seeds are toxic and not to use them.
– Using seeds and nuts gives the drink a delicious nutty flavor.
– Let your frozen fruit or vegetables thaw a little before using them.
Can your Bullet last longer than 3 weeks or 3 months? I want you to know that I’ve had mine for 8 months now. I use it twice a day and I’ve never had any problems with it. In fact I love it! Try following the tips above and see if you can get the same results with yours. After all, you want to get your money’s worth out of this investment!