BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade vs NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Side-by-Side Comparison

Tina Pham
Tina Pham
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 7, 2022
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Personal Blender Review
NutriBullet Pro 900W Personal Blender Review
Blender type
personal
personal
Power
275W
900W

Our Verdict

6.6
Overall Score
  • Performance (60%)
    6.1/10
  • Design (25%)
    7.4/10
  • Usability (15%)
    7.0/10
9.8
Overall Score
  • Performance (60%)
    9.8/10
  • Design (25%)
    9.7/10
  • Usability (15%)
    9.7/10

As you’d expect with a high-powered personal blender, the NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro provided us with a testing smoothie that couldn’t be smoother. And the same was true for other tests, from making protein shakes, to crushing ice and extracting nutrients from leafy veggies. 

At around $30, the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade is quite a performance bargain. The lack of power was evident in the blending time in every test, but the results it churned out were nearly as smooth , except for the crushed ice. 

There aren’t many similarities between the two in terms of overall design. The NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro is a no-fuss personal blender with a larger base and more well-built components. Whereas the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade looks sportier and more compact, but it’s not as sturdy nor as pleasant to use.  

In conclusion, the NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro is a better personal blender and the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade is quite a good value in its market segment. Given the discrepancy in their price, the choice between the two may be more about your budget than any other factor.

Performance

6.1
Performance Scores
  • Protein Shake (40%)
    7.2/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    6.0/10
  • Fibrous Greens (20%)
    7.0/10
  • Crushed Ice Cubes (10%)
    0/10
9.8
Performance Scores
  • Protein Shake (40%)
    10/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    10/10
  • Fibrous Greens (20%)
    9.0/10
  • Crushed Ice Cubes (10%)
    10/10
7.2

Protein Shake

10
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Protein Shake
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Protein Shake 1
  • Blending Time: 2 mins
  • Result: Smooth

In this protein shake test, the FusionBlade came out as one of the best personal blenders. Its sturdy 2-prong blade, together with the 275-watt motor,  breaks down tough foods, including almonds and dried berries, without much problem. However, for some reason, it had a hard time with oatmeal, requiring up to 2 minutes — longer than the average blending time — to completely pulverize the oats. If you’re willing to spend a few extra seconds on prep, this may not matter much. Overall, the smoothness of its product was more than acceptable, with just a very tiny flake of almond remaining solid.

NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Protein Shake
  • Blending Time: 40 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth

The NutriBullet Pro is amazingly capable when it comes to preparing protein shakes. In this test, it was the fastest contender, mixing a silky-smooth workout drink in only 40 seconds. It blended well enough that we didn't need to shake the cup to promote contact between the food and blades. The blade spined extremely fast and together with the mighty motor, it allowed the blender to draw everything toward the blades and tear apart each at the same time without any struggle. You might notice there even wasn’t a time that food clinged to the sides of the cup.

6.0

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

10
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Frozen Fruit Smoothie
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Frozen Fruit Smoothie 1
  • Blending Time: 1 min 40 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth

If you've ever wondered how efficient a low-powered personal blender is in preparing frozen-fruit smoothies, the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade can give you an answer. Although this machine isn’t so powerful, it liquified the ingredients with little effort, though a few shakes were required to ensure the blending process went smoothly. 

The smoothie was churned into a smooth, chilly, and slushy consistency, though it lacked the perfect ice-cream-like texture we got from faster blenders. This was because frozen fruits thaw quickly at room temperature, diluting the overall consistency if you don’t blend fast enough. Simply put, the longer processing time of the FusionBlade means its smoothie came out thinner and less desirable than it should. 

Nevertheless, this machine is an adequate personal blender for making frozen-fruit smoothies. We found it’s better at this job than many other models within the same range, and the great smoothness of its product in this test reminds us of pricier blenders.

NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Frozen Fruits Smoothie 1
NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Frozen Fruits Smoothie
  • Blending Time: 50 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth
  • Suction:

The NutriBullet completed our smoothie in less than a minute, and its results were unparalleled. Our smoothie came out exceptionally velvety. Although there were still tiny flecks of raspberry skin and strawberry seeds, this is a common occurrence when it comes to processing such ingredients. 

It’s worth noting here that no other personal blender we tested could produce such an ideal texture in the same time frame; some couldn’t even break down strawberries after a full minute. Again, this blender never demanded that we shake the cup or stir the contents, and we really couldn't be happier.

Aside from the high-speed rotation and powerful motor, we supposed the blade assembly is a factor creating this outstanding performance. Personal blenders typically feature a blade assembly with two or four prongs, but the NutriBullet is an exception. Made of first-grade stainless steel, its blade is a clear step above those of the competition. It isn’t super sharp, but looks thicker than most and has up to six prongs. More prongs allows for more food contact at the time so the final drink will come out faster and finer.

7.0

Fibrous Greens

9.0
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Fibrous Greens
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Fibrous Greens 1
  • Blending Time: 20 seconds
  • Result: Coarse

The FusionBlade didn’t struggle during the 20-second runtime (our time limit for this test). More impressively, of all the blenders we tested from this market segment, the BLACK+DECKER stood out with the best extraction of high-fiber foods. However, that doesn’t mean it did a complete job; there was still a considerable amount of coarse pulp left behind after we drained the mixture through a mesh strainer. It probably could have been better if we allowed our machine to blend longer. For sure, a quality green juice is worth a little extra waiting time.

NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Fibrous Greens
NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Fibrous Greens 1
  • Blending Time: 20 seconds
  • Result: Fine

Liquifying high-fiber whole food like leafy veggies is always a challenging task for personal blenders, but the NutriBullet’s performance really made it stand out from the rest. 

It could break all the ingredients down into their finest state in only 20 seconds. We drained the completed drink through a mesh strainer and noticed it left behind very few leafy chunks. It could produce an even better result if we blended longer. 

Actually, we didn’t expect such good results so quickly. Most of the machines we tested turned out very coarse blends on this test.

0.0

Crushed Ice Cubes

10
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Crushed Ice
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Crushed Ice 1
  • Ice Fineness: Chunky
  • Unblended Ice: 79% of 6 oz

It’s safe to say the BLACK+DECKER was not up to the heavy-duty task of crushing ice cubes. As Scotty might say, it just doesn’t have the power. That’s not a major hit to its value — we’ve learned that not many personal blenders are capable of producing fluffy, snow-like crushed ice. If you insist on that sort of blend, you’ll need a more powerful motor. Most of this FusionBlade’s ice remained very chunky. 

Overall, the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade’s performance was not all bad, and we really like this blender, but there are still a few good ice-crusher alternatives to choose from. For instance, try the Ninja Fit, the NutriNinja, or the NutriBullet instead.

NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Crushed Ice Cubes
NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Crushed Ice Cubes 1
  • Ice Fineness: Very Fine
  • Unblended Ice: 3% of 6 oz

The NutriBullet Pro is not only capable of crushing ice cubes, it excels at it! We tested a myriad of personal blenders, and so far haven't found a single machine that can crush ice as fluffy as this one. 

It finished the test in about 40 seconds. A couple of ice chunks still remained solid, but it didn’t look like the blades would be able to grab them. Nevertheless, this NutriBullet performed wonderfully and is very deserving of the top score.

Design

7.4
design Scores
  • Blades (20%)
    6.0/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    7.0/10
  • Blending Cup (20%)
    10/10
9.7
design Scores
  • Blades (20%)
    10/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    9.5/10
  • Blending Cup (20%)
    10/10

In the Box

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade In the Box
  • Motor Base 
  • Extractor Blade
  • Two Blending Cups
  • Two Travel Lids
  • Recipe Book & User Guide
NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro In the Box
  • Motor base 
  • Extractor blade
  • Two blending cups 
  • Two to-go lids
  • Two cup rings 
  • Two handled cup rings 
  • Recipe book & user guide

Dimensions

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Dimensions
  • Height:
    14.5" (36.8 cm)
  • Width:
    5.5" (14.0 cm)
  • Weight:
    2.3 oz (65 g)
  • Shaft Length:

As we learned from our research, the ideal weight of a personal blender is between 2 and 4 pounds, and at 2.3 lbs, the FusionBlade fits this metric. While it appears in pictures to be the roughly same size as others, it’s actually taller than average. Nonetheless, it’s still compact enough to easily find in your cabinet when not in use.

NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Dimension
  • Height:
    14.7" (37.3 cm)
  • Width:
    5.4" (13.7 cm)
  • Weight:
    4.6 oz (130 g)
  • Shaft Length:

This blender comes at an ideal size — small, portable, and easily storable. Although it’s bigger than some single-serving blenders such as the Ninja Fit, it won’t take up too much space on your counter or in your cabinet.

7.0

Build Quality

9.5
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Build Quality

This FusionBlade is powered by a motor encased in a simple plastic base. The overall quality and materials of the casing are inferior to premium models, but we haven’t experienced any durability issues so far. The same thing can be said about the blade assembly and plastic cup. Cheaply designed but otherwise sturdy, these pieces feel like they’ll be with you for years to come.

NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Build Quality

This blender has a flawless finish. Its build quality is better than most rivals. It is also more pleasing to the eye and neither the motor base nor the blending cups scratch easily. For the most part, after a careful inspection, we all agreed the NutriBullet Pro was a better product than it looked at first glance.

6.0

Blades

10
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Blade
  • Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Type:
    Dull Blade
  • Guard Material:
  • Blade Count:
    2
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The blade features two dull prongs rather than the more common sharp blades. This typically means the blender should be used for processing dry ingredients rather than wet mixtures, but the FusionBlade’s testing performance somehow suggests otherwise. And as mentioned above, the lack of extra prongs means this machine doesn’t blend as quickly as its counterparts that come with four or even six prongs.

NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Extractor Blade
NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Extractor Blade 1
  • Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
  • Blade Count:
    6
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    No

The blade is made of high-quality stainless steel and has 6 prongs. Solidly built, it is even more heavy-duty than it seems on paper. Still, the manufacturer recommends that it not be used for dry grinding or as a regular ice crusher since this may impair its efficiency and limit its lifespan.

Motor Base

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Motor Base
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Motor Base 1
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Motor Base 2
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Motor Base 3
  • Rated Voltage:
    120V
  • Rated Power:
    275 Watt
  • Working Time:
    N/A
  • Protection:
    No
  • Weight:
    1.9 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Cord Length:
    2.3" (5.8 cm)
  • Extra Feature:
    rubber feets

Despite the exterior being entirely plastic, the 275-watt motor base is on the robust side. It is wider at the bottom than the top to keep it steady, so the blender won’t walk around your counter while blending. There are also four rubber feet underneath to further help in this regard. They also help the blender avoid overheating by allowing some airflow to the motor. 

In general, personal blenders tend to have an operational time limit on their motors — usually between 1 and 4 minutes at a stretch. Beyond the limit, they may overheat and damage the motor. That said, there is no clear information about the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade in that regard. We recommend that you don’t run your device longer than 1 minute per interval to ensure the best long-term use. 

NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Motor Base 1
NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Motor Base
NutriBullet 900-Watt Pro Motor Base 2
  • Rated Voltage:
    110 - 120 V
  • Rated Power:
    900 Watt
  • Working Time:
    ≤ 1 minute
  • Protection:
    No
  • Weight:
    3.7 lbs (1.7 kg)
  • Cord Length:
    2.5 ft
  • Extra Feature:
    Silicon feet

Peaking around 900 watts, the motor is powerful enough to handle just about any blending project. However, be aware that it cannot run longer than 1 minute at a stretch. If more time is needed, you should allow the motor to cool down for 20-30 seconds before continuing with the next 1-minute interval. This will help protect your machine from being permanently damaged. 

There are four silicone feet on the bottom of the base to keep it steady during operation. So far, ours hasn’t tried to bounce around on the counter even while tackling intensive tasks like crushing ice cubes. 

The rubber gasket built around the top is also very helpful. It’s meant to hold the cup tightly to the base, reducing the risk of leakage. On the other hand, we’re quite disappointed about the power cord. It is so short that it often got pulled from the outlet while we were using it.

10

Blending Cup

10
BLACK DECKER FusionBlade Blending Cup
BLACK DECKER FusionBlade Blending Cup 1
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    20 oz
  • Weight:
    0.3 lb
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Measurement:
    Yes
  • Suitable For:
    Small batches
  • Accessories:
    Travel lids

The set we bought includes two blending cups, but you can purchase more at BlackAndDeckerAppliances.com. All the cups provided by the manufacturer can be used interchangeably with the extractor blade. They also fit tightly with the included flip-top lids so you can enjoy your drinks on the go without mess. Another convenience is that the lids are easy to screw on and remove from the cups.

NutriBullet Pro 900W Blending Cup
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    32 oz
  • Weight:
    0.8 lb
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Measurement:
    No
  • Suitable For:
    Small and medium batches
  • Accessories:
    2 to-go lids, 2 cup rings, 2 handled rings

There are two identical blending cups with lids included. They both have a capacity of 32 oz and can be used interchangeably with the extractor blade. The to-go lids feature flip-top spouts and screw on tightly to seal well; we got no leakage even when we turned the cups upside-down. As a nice bonus, this blender also comes with removable lip rings, which make the cups easier to sip from directly.

Speed and Controls

  • Control Type:
    Button
  • Min Speed:
    N/A
  • Max Speed:
    N/A
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

There is one button in the front, which you’ll use to switch the motor on. It has only one speed, and you simply hold the button down to keep it running. We found the button to be very responsive so you don’t need much force. The FusionBlade isn’t equipped with a pulse function, but you can still approximate it and get a chunky texture by pressing and releasing its button in short intervals.

  • Control Type:
    Twist and Push
  • Min Speed:
    RPM
  • Max Speed:
    RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

This blender has one speed and doesn’t need a control panel. Just attach the blending cup to the blade, place it onto the motor base, push it down to start the motor, and twist it to lock it in place. This makes this NutriBullet  a great choice for people who like simplicity and don’t care about advanced settings. You can also simulate pulse mode by pressing and releasing the cup in short intervals.

Usability

7.0
usability Scores
  • Hands-Free Operation (60%)
    5.3/10
  • Assembly (20%)
    10/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    9.0/10
9.7
usability Scores
  • Hands-Free Operation (60%)
    10/10
  • Assembly (20%)
    9.5/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    9.0/10
5.3

Hands-Free Operation

10

Although the design couldn't be simpler, the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade isn’t very comfortable to use. It requires that you press and hold the power button throughout the whole operation. Not only that, but you also cannot take your eyes off the blending cup in any sort of blend. This is because food often gets lodged under the blade and stops it from operating, which demands your timely intervention to resolve.

We awarded this blender maximum points for this category. It takes little effort on your part to get the job done. 

While several personal blenders demand that we hold the cup in place  throughout the operation in order to engage the motor, the NutriBullet Pro is more fun to use since you can take your hands off it once the cup is locked in place. 

And as mentioned earlier, it never needed extra shaking or stirring to dislodge chunks trapped under the blades; it created an even blend entirely on its own.

10

Assembly

9.5

Attaching the cup, the blade, and the motor base together is effortless. You’ll need to screw the extractor blade onto the top of the blending cup first, then turn the whole thing upside down and place it on the blender base. A quick, simple turn to the right will lock the cup into place and you can start blending securely. 

Disassembly is even easier. Simply take the cup out from the base and unscrew the extractor blade. You can then replace the blade assembly with the spill-proof travel lid if you want to sip your drink on the go.

Assembly is the easiest part of using the NutriBullet Pro. Just screw the blade section onto your blending cup, turn it upside-down, and push it down onto the motor base to start blending. Twist clockwise to lock it in if you wish. To remove it, just twist counterclockwise and lift.

9.0

Cleanability

9.0

All the removable pieces, including the blending cup, blade assembly, and travel lids, are top-rack dishwasher safe. We recommend washing them by hand with warm, soapy water, though, so they don’t wear down as quickly. We didn’t have any trouble scrubbing the blade’s undersides like we usually did with its competitors. Our only challenge was the blending cup, which was too narrow for even a small hand to get inside, so make sure you always have a bottle-cleaning brush available.

Cleaning this blender is easy. Simply place the pieces (except for the motor base and extractor blade) on the top rack of the dishwasher or hand wash with soapy water and rinse well. 

Regarding the motor base, you can use a non-abrasive sponge or dish cloth dampened with soapy water. Wipe down exposed surfaces until clean. You may occasionally need a small brush to remove sticky debris from the white actuator tabs.    

The extractor blade, on the other hand, is a little tricker to clean. We found it’s almost impossible to reach the blade’s underside unless you use a straw-cleaning brush.