Can You Put Ice in a Nutribullet?

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Nutribullet is one of our favorite brands of blenders. For you smoothie fanatics out there, a common question that usually comes up is can you put ice in a nutribullet?  

A quick answer is yes a nutribullet can be used to crush ice and frozen foods when there is also a liquid ingredient (water, milk, juice, etc.) added to the ice or other frozen ingredients.

You need to keep in mind the nutribullet is not designed to blend dry ice.  In other words you need to add liquid to the container.  If you try to blend only ice you run the risk of damaging the extractor blade or the motor.

Secondly, it’s best to pick a nutribullet with high blending power.  In other words look at the blending capacity or watts of the blender.  A higher watt corresponds to more blending power. 

A few nutribullets that have a high blending power are listed below:

  • NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Blender Combo 1200 Watt
  • NutriBullet N12-1001 (1200 watts)
  • NutriBullet Pro 1000 (1000 watts)

If you want a more in depth knowledge of nutribullets or their smaller cousins magic bullets have a look a our comparison article.  

Does a Nutribullet crush ice? Well, lets see what the manufacturers say!

According to Nutribullets user guide it states that the cyclonic action of the Nutribullet requires the use of liquids to make smoothies and other nutritious beverages.  

The makers of the Nutribullet blender goes on to say that the Nutribullet is not intended to be used as an ice crusher or without liquids.  

So while you can crush ice Nutribullet says that you should always use liquid.  Nutribullet also suggests that you use crushed ice or smaller ice cubes.  Another alternative they suggest is that you use frozen fruit.  

The makers of nutribullet also recommend that if you are going to use ice it should only be for around 25% percent of your ingredients.

Which Nutribullet can you use to crush ice?

When selecting a nutribullet to crush ice look for the models that have a higher wattage and a larger blending container.  Our top choices are listed below:

  • NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Blender Combo 1200 Watt – This model has one of the most powerful motors in the nutribullet range of blenders at 1200 watts.  The blender comes with a variety of container sizes.  If you are blending large portions for your whole family you will love the 64 oz container.  If you want to blend on the go you have a 32 oz and 16 oz container.  A nice touch with this blender is the tamper that comes with it. 
  • NutriBullet N12-1001 (1200 watts) –  This is another nutribullet model that has a powerful motor at 1200 watts.  It differs from the Nutribullet ZNBF30500Z in that it is priced at a lower price point since it only has a 32oz and 16oz container. This blender is ideal for singles or for people who don’t plan to blend alot. 
  • NutriBullet Pro 1000 (1000 watts) – This single serve blender has a 1000 watt motor and is one of nutribullets more popular models.  This model is very similar to the N12-1001 model its just at a cheaper price point since it has less blending power.

There are other nutribullet models with lower blending power such as the 600 watts NutriBullet NBR-0601 model. 

This is one of the Nutribullets most popular brands, however, we would recommend models with a higher wattage for crushing ice.

I am also sure some of our readers are curious about nutribullets cousin the magic bullet.  We wouldn’t recommend the magic bullet for crushing ice since it has such low blending power at 250 watts. 

You can have a look at our comparison of the magic bullet and the nutribullet here. 

Which Nutribullet Blade for Ice? Is there actually one?

Nutribullet has introduced two blade accessories that help to make your existing nutribullet or magic bullet good for crushing ice.  

They have introduced a magic bullet ice crusher blade which is compatible with the original magic bullet.  This blade will help you to make fluffy snow cones, frozen beverages and other treats.

If you are looking for more power have a look at the nutribullet extractor cross blade.  This blade is compatible with the 600 watts nutribullet.

How should you add ice to a Nutribullet?

It is recommended that you add items to your nutribullet in the following order:

  • Add Greens
  • Add Fruits
  • Add powders, seeds and nut butters
  • Add liquids 
  • Add Ice

Can a nutribullet crush frozen fruit?

Yes, a nutribullet can crush frozen fruit.  The ideal models are the models that have blending power of 900 watts or more.  Remember to add liquids to make blending easier. 

Can nutribullet 600watts crush ice?

The nutribullet 600 watts is not ideal for crushing ice.  A work around to this is the special blades that nutribullet has designed for the 600 watts model.  You can learn more about the blades on the nutribullet website. 

Can a nutribullet 900watts crush ice?

A nutribullet 900 watts can crush ice.  However, you cannot just add ice alone into the nutribullet, you have to add liquids.  If you don’t do this you run the risk of damaging the extractor blade or the motor. 

Can you put ice cream in a Nutribullet?

Yes you can put ice cream in a nutribullet.

Other items you can put in a Nutribullet?

Nutribullets are essentially mini blenders.  They can blend frozen fruits or normal fruits, shakes, cocktails, vegetables, liquids, seeds, nuts or pastes.  You can puree fruits, soups and sauces. 

If you have special blades you can grind grains, seeds, and spices or grind coffee beans.  

On the flip side these are the items you should not put in a nutribullet. 

Do not put hot ingredients like coffee or carbonated ingredients like soda should not be blended in a nutribullet.


Nutribullet is one of our favorite blenders and is popular for its versatility, powerful motor and low price range.  Nutribullet along with the Ninja blenders  are some of our favorite models if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.

So  for a recap of your initial question:  Can a nutribullet be used to crush ice?

The answer is yes it can be used to crush ice however, you should add a liquid such as water, fruit juice, nut milks etc. 

If you have any comments please don’t hesitate to contact us, we would love to hear from you!

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