Consumer Reports issues "don't buy" for NutriBullet Pro 900 blender

Consumer Reports has issued a safety warning for the NutriBullet blender.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Consumer Reports has partnered exclusively with 7 On Your Side to test the latest version of the NutriBullet Pro 900, and there's a potential danger.

In its infomercial, the makers of the NutriBullet say its machines can turn "ordinary food into super food." But Consumer Reports is calling the NutriBullet Pro 900 a "don't buy." A problem was discovered during Consumer Reports' standard durability test for blenders. In that test, seven large ice cubes are placed in an empty container and crushed. That's repeated 45 times. The blade on the NutriBullet Pro 900 either cracked or broke on two separate models.

"While we're not aware of any injuries, a broken blade fragment could easily go undetected in a blended beverage and accidentally be consumed, especially since this product is designed so you can drink right from the container," said Dan DiClerico, Consumer Reports.

NutriBullet says its product is not designed to operate as an ice crusher and says Consumer Reports' durability test is a "misuse of the product" because it does not include any liquid. But nowhere does the company caution users they must add liquid when using ice. And some major retailers like Target and Best Buy even say the NutriBullet Pro 900 can be used for crushing ice.

"Also understand the purpose of our durability test isn't to see how well a blender crushes ice. It's a stress test to see if blenders will hold up over time. Plenty of other blenders we tested didn't have a problem with this test, including the original NutriBullet," said DiClerico.

If you own the NutriBullet Pro 900, Consumer Reports recommends you stop using it.

If you're in the market for a personal blender, Consumer Reports recommends the $90 Nutri Ninja. It performed well in all of Consumer Reports' tests, including the durability test.

Consumer Reports is published by Consumers Union. Both Consumer Reports and Consumers Union are not-for-profit organizations that accept no advertising. Neither has any commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site.

(All Consumer Reports Material Copyright 2014. Consumers Union of U.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
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