July 10, 2014 at 6:54 AM ET
The NutriBullet Pro 900's claims to transform ordinary food into "superfood" aren't the only thing about this blender that's tough to swallow. Blades on the device cracked or broke on two separate units in a newly released Consumer Reports durability test. That's especially a concern as it's designed so you can drink straight from the container, posing a risk of ingestion.
"We’ve judged the NutriBullet Pro 900 a Don't Buy: Safety Risk. If you already own the product, we suggest you stop using it," wrote Consumer Reports.
A spokesman for NutriBullet said the maker hadn't received any broken blade or injury complaints from consumers and found the Consumer Reports test results "puzzling."
Mark Suzumoto, a lawyer for the company, said the NutriBullet Pro 900 used the same blades as a previous version of the blender. That model has passed the Consumer Reports durability test results for several years.
"We ran their identical test protocol," said Suzumoto. "We didn't have any damage they report."
He said the company is always improving the product and would be issuing a response to the report the testing organization filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
After a blade assembly broke in Consumer Reports test of the Calphalon XL 9-speed blender, the company, in conjunction with the CPSC, recalled the product.
On the plus side, Consumer Reports said the NutriBullet Pro 900 made an excellent pina colada and soup puree.
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