NutriBullet Rx N17-1001 Blender Review
If a health enthusiast is looking for a bullet blender which can make cold smoothies and hot soups equally efficiently, they are in luck because NutriBullet has now come up with their Rx model.
Although it’s not the first to add the power to cook the ingredients, it’s certainly more compact than the similar-style professional machines and it’s also the most versatile and the most powerful in the NutriBullet family, as it has the ability to blend cold foods and put heat into sauces and soups while blending.
While Rx is a larger version of its smoothie-whipping predecessor, it has the same super-sized kit which includes a jug for popping together steaming hot soups at up to 70°C and two cups for making nut butters and cold drinks.
NutriBullet Rx N17-1001 - What's in the Box?
The package contains:
- The high-torque power base
- 1-L SouperBlast pitcher with a two-piece lid
- Extractor blade
- 30-oz short cup with comfort lip ring
- 45-oz oversized cup with easy pouring spout and stay fresh lid
- A tool to tighten or loosen blade assembly securely on the base
- User’s guide
- NutriBullet recipe book “Nature’s Prescription for Optimum Health”
Features of NutriBullet Rx N17-1001
While the basic NutriBullet blender has a 600-watt machine and the PRO version has a 900-watt machine, the Rx has a powerful 2.3HP 1700-watt motor which has the ability to break down the hardest of ingredients and also ice.
The motor is housed on the high-torque power base. The machine is designed to “pulverize” even the toughest vegetables and fruits to turn them into a delicious and nutrient-laden, yet finer, smoothies.
The Rx is considered to be the best NutriBullet model with its stylish looks.
Controls and Modes of Operation
The Rx is the bigger version of the well-known NutriBullet design. The unit has a power button on one side to switch the machine on and off, and one more button on the front to change programs, for example, from a minute-long smoothie program to a 7-minute soup heating program.
However, there is a change in the mode of operation. Now the blending is started by dropping the cup or jug with blades onto its base. The machine can be stopped by either removing or turning the power off.
Auto Start and Stop – Smart Technology
The “SMART” technology is one of the most amazing features of the Rx which facilitates hands-free operation.
Here’s how it works:
The user has to fill the jar and set it on the base and let it do its work. It will automatically start its cyclonic spinning and undergo the pre-programmed cycle. Once the smoothie is ready, it’ll automatically stop.
Thus users can do their other chores while the smoothie is being prepared – a useful feature for busy users.
The patented extractor blade of Rx has also undergone a makeover. In place of the four, quite safe-looking flat blades of earlier models, Rx has two blades out of the four angled upwards with a sharp point.
Cups and Pitcher
Rx has two cups of which one is short and the other is oversized both of which are for blitzing smoothies. Rx also has a pitcher named SouperBlast to handle soups. Both for the cups and the pitcher, blades screw onto them. The pitcher is topped with a two-part lid that can let the steam out.
The SouperBlast of Rx is a high-end feature which makes SouperBlasts (the term used by NutriBullet for ‘hot soups’) in only 7 minutes. Users just have to twist the extractor blade onto the SouperBlast pitcher, toss ingredients in it, add the vented, 2-piece lid cover, plug the power base and turn the power button on located on the left side of the base (it’ll turn Blue to indicate that the power is on).
Users have to place the SouperBlast pitcher with the blade side down on the power base due to which the base will be activated and the “G-button” will turn Green to indicate that it’s ready to begin. Now users have to press the G-button for more than 2 seconds till it starts glowing Red which indicates that the SouperBlast mode has started and it’ll start blending.
The SouperBlast mode will last for around 7 minutes (for NutriBlasts i.e. smoothies, it’s for around 1 minute). Users should never touch the powerbase or the pitcher during this time because it becomes extremely hot i.e. around 70°C (150°F). The heat is generated from the speed of the spinning blades.
The operation is hands-free unlike in the old NutriBullet models where users had to hold the appliances while green smoothies were being prepared. The cycle will automatically be stopped, thanks to the SMART technology.
The 1700-watt motor of the Rx makes is a bit noisy.
Ease of Cleaning
The Rx is very easy to clean. Users just have to rinse the blades with warm soapy water and keep for drying. The jars can be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher or can be hand-washed with warm soapy water.
Working with NutriBullet Rx
Using Rx becomes quite easy and uncomplicated because there’s a heap of information about how to operate it in the form of a user guide as well as a quick-start guide for making SouperBlasts along with a 165-page recipe and nutrition book.
Also, with its hands-free operation, it’s the best for those who are particularly busy, because they can fill the pitcher, set it on the base and let it run while finishing their other chores.
Does it Leak?
Since many users come across the problem of leakage, it’s important to consider some points.
In order to avoid leakage, the blade assembly should be securely tightened to the jar. The package of the Rx contains a special tool that helps with tightening or loosening the blade. Those with conditions like arthritis, tightening without the tool is difficult. Once users tighten the blade assembly with the tool, they don’t face the issue of leakage. If the blade is tightened by hand, it won’t be sealed properly and there would be leakage.
Another thing to remember is that if ingredients are filled in the jar past the fill line, users are going to have leakage almost always. The fill line is in place for a purpose. If users follow the guidelines properly, leakages can be avoided.
It’s also recommended to use the tool to remove the blade housing from the vessel because it ensures that the rubber gasket stays stable in place and doesn’t slip out.
NutriBullet Rx comes with a standard 1-year warranty that covers defects in workmanship and materials. An additional 4-year warranty can be purchased if users don’t want to take a risk.
Pros of NutriBullet Rx N17-1001
- Powerful 1700-watt motor that can easily handle hard ingredients and ice
- Multiple serving options from single cup to large pitcher with pour spout
- Hands-free operation
- Can make hot soups within minutes
- Easy cleanup – all parts dishwasher-safe on the top rack
- ¼th the price of similar high-end blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec
Cons of NutriBullet Rx
- No milling or grinding capabilities
- No pulse feature
- Sometimes gasket ring comes loose (though this can be avoided by using the blade tightening tool)
- Sometimes blade assembly cannot be reached securely
For users who are looking for handling hard vegetables, frozen fruit and ice, NutriBullet Rx is an excellent choice. Particularly its hands-free operation and SouperBlast feature are remarkable.
Ease of use and cleanup are other remarkable qualities of this blender. It also comes at a fraction of the price of other high-end blenders in the market with similar features.
However, if budget is the only criteria in the buyer’s mind, there are other less expensive machines in the NutriBullet’s blender series (e.g. NutriBullet Pro 900 and Lean) with the same level of power and nutrient extraction.
Some users can be sensitive to the loud noise it makes and some others may prefer a more manual operation so that they can control speeds etc. for whom NutriBullet 900 may be a great alternative because it’s not pre-programmed.
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