Can You Put Ice in a Nutribullet? – (Test & Result)

Smoothies are a fantastic way to kickstart your day or refuel after a workout, and Nutribullet has become a popular choice for blending up a variety of ingredients. However, if you’ve ever encountered difficulties blending frozen fruits or ice cubes in your Nutribullet, you’re not alone.

Today, With the Nutribullet, we’re going into ice-crushing. While this personal blender has been a trusty companion for various culinary adventures, I’ve never put it to the ultimate test of crushing ice.

Can You Put Ice in a Nutribullet


  • Yes, you can put ice in a Nutribullet, but it works more effectively when combined with liquid for smoother blending.
  • Nutribullet can crush ice, but it struggles without added liquid to create a vortex for efficient blending.
  • Adding frozen fruits without enough liquid may result in a clumpy mixture; adding liquid is crucial for smooth blending.
  • It’s advised not to exceed 25% of total ingredients with ice cubes in a Nutribullet to prevent overburdening the blender.
  • To tackle frozen ingredients’ resistance, let them thaw slightly before blending to achieve a more cooperative mixture.

After being impressed by the results from the Nutri Ninja Pro, I decided it was high time to see how the Nutribullet handles the chilly challenge.

Read More – Nutribullet vs. Ninja Blender

Can You Put Ice in a Nutribullet

Yes, you can put ice in a Nutribullet. However, the effectiveness of crushing ice in a Nutribullet may be limited, as it works better with added liquid to create a vortex for efficient blending.

Can Nutribullet Blend Ice?

So does nutribullet crush ice? Yes, the Nutribullet can blend ice, but it may work more effectively when combined with some liquid to create a smoother blending experience.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the ice crush test.

Ice Crush Test

Ice Crush Test
Ice Crush Test

Before we get into the results, the Nutribullet Pro 900 doesn’t come with pre-programmed settings. It’s a simple push-and-twist operation to get it going. Now, let’s fill it up with ice—about halfway, just like we did with the Nutri Ninja Pro in the previous test.

As we hit the blend button, you’ll notice that, unlike blenders with liquid content, the Nutribullet struggles to create a vortex, preventing the ice from efficiently reaching the blades.

The issue isn’t a lack of power; the Nutribullet Pro 900 can chop ice. However, with becomes less effective without any liquid to draw the ice towarmorehe blades.

The Frozen Fruit Problem

Recently, I stumbled upon a handy trick while making a frozen fruit smoothie using my Nutribullet. The initial attempt led to a clumpy and stubborn mixture that refused to blend smoothly.

After adding milk to the recommended level and initiating the blending process, the contents seemed stuck, and the blender’s blades struggled to move through the frozen mass.

Ice Cubes in a Nutribullet

Ice Cubes in a Nutribullet
Ice Cubes in a Nutribullet

Now, what about the question of adding ice cubes to your Nutribullet? While my experience has been primarily with frozen fruits, the consensus is that using ice cubes is indeed possible, but with a few caveats.

It’s generally advised not to exceed 25% of your total ingredients with ice cubes. This ensures that the blades can effectively break down the ice without overburdening the blender.

The Tip: Thaw and Blend

If you find yourself facing a similar situation with frozen fruits, the key is to allow them some time to thaw before attempting to blend.

By giving the frozen ingredients a chance to warm up slightly, they become more pliable and easier for the blender to process.

This simple yet effective tip can save you from the frustration of dealing with a clumpy, uncooperative mixture.

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Can Nutribullet Handle Ice Cubes and Frozen Fruit?

Prestigious_Cat27 asked on reddit:

“So I’m wanting to make banana ice cream (since my emergency stash in freezer has been wrongfully eaten by someone else). Anyway, I don’t have food processor which is what I’ve done it in previously and all I have is nutribullet. If I add some milk to the frozen banana is this safe enough to do? Ie it won’t break it? Also, are ice cubes safe enough to use in smoothies?”

ttrockwood replied:

“Yup totally fine! Add just a little splash of milk/nondairy milk in the bottom first, then the frozen banana and blend. Idk if you would also want ice cubes involved though

For smoothies with ice cubes and other frozen stuff it’s best first add liquid, then small portion of frozen stuff and blend. Then add more ingredients, blend again. This way is best with any blender to make sure you get a smooth finished smoothie”



So, the next time your smoothie seems stuck in a frosty dilemma, remember to let it thaw and watch your Nutribullet work its magic! There are some limitations of personal blenders like the Nutribullet, which lack features such as a tamper found in larger models like the Vitamix.