There has been a huge rise in the number of nut milk makers on the market recently. Most of them don’t have anything that really sets them apart—they mix your ingredients and turn them into milk.
Then came the Nutr.
A single-serving machine that can make plant-based milk in five minutes. The brand has grown in popularity thanks to social media and an appearance on Shark Tank.
It’s fair to say the Nutr has found a way to stand out among other nut milk makers.
But does it live up to the hype?
I decided to buy one and put it to the test.
After three weeks of using the Nutr and making various recipes, I have some thoughts…
Here’s my honest review of the Nutr.
What’s in The Box?
I ordered the black and rose gold Nutr, which comes with:
- The Nutr machine
- Two scoops (15 ml and 30 ml)
- A strainer
- Cleaning brush
- Recipe book
- Get started sheet
You can check out my full unboxing video here.
The included “How to use Nutr” card gives you simple and straightforward instructions. One missed opportunity though, was the QR code.
I expected to be taken to a “Get started” video when I scanned it. Instead, it just takes you to their YouTube page, where you need to search to find the video yourself.
Looking at the Nutr machine itself, it’s pretty sturdy. The outer shell is made of some kind of hardened plastic and the inside is stainless steel.
However, it doesn’t feel like a bulky stainless steel appliance. It only weighs 2.6 pounds, so it’s very lightweight.
All the included accessories also have a high-quality feel to them.
The measuring spoons and the strainer are both made of stainless steel. And the cleaning brush isn’t like the cheap plastic ones you can get at the dollar store.
Overall, I give the Ntur a thumbs up for the quality of the materials they used.
How The Nutr Works
Here’s a quick overview of how to use the Nutr:
- Add your ingredients. Add one scoop (1 or 2 tbsp) of your nut or grain of choice into the Nutr. You can also add other ingredients like dates, cinnamon, or other flavor boosters.
- Add water. Fill the basin with water. There’s a minimum and maximum line marked in the basin.
- Blend. Press the “Start” button to choose the temperature setting (room temperature, warm, or hot). The Nutr will grind and mix all your ingredients with a stainless steel blade for five minutes.
- Strain (optional). If you want a smoother consistency, you can strain out the pulp using the included straining cup. As you’ll see from our tests, you probably don’t want to skip this step.
Here’s a video that shows the process.
How is The Nutr Different Than a Blender?
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how the Nutr is different from a blender.
Here’s a quick comparison table of the Nutr vs. a blender for making plant-based milk:
Let’s get into details on each of these.
Soaking is Optional
If you’re making nut-based milk with a blender, most people recommend soaking the nuts first (including us).
The Nutr says that soaking is optional. However, it has a Delay feature that allows you to pre-soak your nuts for up to 18 hours and then the machine will run automatically.
The Nutr has a self-cleaning feature. While it doesn’t do the best job, the feature does exist.
It’s More Compact Than a Blender
This is both a good and a bad thing.
It’s good because the Nutr is much smaller than most high-powered blenders. It’s about the size of a small tea kettle. I store mine in a cabinet.
If you’re someone who doesn’t like to have a bunch of bulky kitchen appliances cluttering your countertops, the Nutr won’t be a problem.
The downside is that since it’s so small, it only makes a single serving of milk (roughly 8 oz).
If you’ve seen our almond milk recipe videos, we typically get around 32 oz of milk when we use the blender.
A blender gives you a lot more control over how much milk you want to make, as well as the ratio of nuts to water.
That means you also have more control over the consistency of your milk (creamy vs watery).
Testing The Nutr
The first recipe I tested was almond milk. Since I’ve made almond milk before with a blender, that’s my benchmark for comparison. I was curious about the texture and flavor the Nutr could produce.
I followed their recipe exactly, which includes:
- 2 tbsp of almonds
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla
- A date
- 1.5 cups of water
- Pinch of salt
I loaded up all the ingredients and then let the machine run on the Room Temp mode. The machine ran automatically for five minutes crushing and mixing the ingredients together.
This little machine does get pretty loud. In fact, I tested it to see just how loud it was.
The Nutr registered at 97.8 decibels.
I tested my Nutribullet to compare, and that registered at 98.1 decibels.
So, the noise level is comparable to a high-power blender, which shouldn’t be a problem for most people.
However, if you live in an apartment with thin walls, I could see it being an issue for your neighbors if you use it for your early-morning coffee.
Here’s a video of the Nutr in action so you can hear exactly how it sounds.
After the five minutes were up, I popped the top to see the results.
At first glance, all you can see is a layer of bubbles/foam.
To get a full picture of how well the Nutr mixed the ingredients, I poured it into a glass mug.
The texture was pretty grainy, with a thick layer of foam on top. I wouldn’t consider it drinkable as-is, but it’d probably work for a smoothie.
Part of the reason the texture wasn’t as silky smooth as I hoped was that the Nutr didn’t break down the ingredients completely.
Here’s what was left in the machine.
There were a couple of date chunks and some almond residue. As I mentioned earlier, the Nutr comes with a strainer you can use to give your milk a smoother consistency.
I poured the milk through the strainer into a glass cup to see if it would help de-chunkify the almond milk.
Here’s a close-up of what the strained almond milk looked like.
I also noticed the leftover chunks in the glass I poured the original almond milk from.
Straining the mixture definitely got rid of a lot of the chunks, as evident by the leftover pulp from the strainer.
The pulp was pretty wet, which is a sign that the strainer didn’t extract as much milk as it could’ve.
The final result was decent. After straining the milk, I got about 8 ounces of fresh almond milk, which is exactly what the recipe promised.
As for the quality of the almond milk, I wasn’t overly impressed.
It wasn’t as creamy (or tasty) as my usual homemade almond milk I make with a blender.
Cleaning The Nutr
One of the features I was excited to try is the self-cleaning mode.
Cleaning blenders and other appliances isn’t always the best experience. And since the Nutr doesn’t come apart, you can’t just stick it in the dishwasher.
The self-cleaning feature is supposed to make cleanup a breeze (or at least that’s the way they make it seem in their video).
Here’s how it went for me.
First, I removed the date chunks that were left in the basin.
They were pressed underneath the blade, which meant I needed to do some tricky maneuvering. I used a skinny spatula to knock it loose and pull it out.
Then I followed Nutr’s directions and poured about a ¼ cup of water into the machine and a drop of dish soap.
I set it to self-cleaning mode and let the Nutr do its thing. It runs for 90 seconds.
After the 90 seconds was up, I opened the lid, and here’s what it looked like.
It gave the Nutr a decent rinse, but I did have to go back and swish more water around in the machine and scrub a little with the brush to clean out the leftover residue.
Honestly, the self-cleaning feature is pretty much just blending water and soap, similar to how you’d clean a blender.
You still need to apply a little manual effort, so I wouldn’t say it’s completely “self-cleaning”.
The strainer, however, was very easy to clean. Just rinsing it under warm water for a few seconds made it look almost brand new. I scrubbed it a bit with the cleaning brush as well.
Nutr Recipe Test
I wasn’t overly impressed with my initial test of the Nutr.
To fairly analyze how well the Nutr performs, I decided to try a few of the recipes from Nutr’s recipe book.
Here’s how it went.
Plant-Based Hot Chocolate
First on the list was hot chocolate.
Here are the ingredients the recipe called for:
- Coconut sugar
- Cocoa powder
- Vanilla extract
It also had marshmallows and Hershey’s syrup listed as optional, which I omitted.
I added all the ingredients to the Nutr
Next, I set the machine to warm and let it run.
It beeped after about five minutes, and I opened the top. Here’s what it looked like.
The hot chocolate didn’t need to be strained, as you can kind of tell from the video below.
If you don’t enjoy scolding hot chocolate, you’ll be happy to know that the temperature was drinkable right out of the machine (122.5°F).
Unlike my initial test with the Nutr, there weren’t any chunks left in the Nutr (probably because we only used nuts and powders).
As for the taste, it was delicious. However, what you’ll notice in this recipe and a lot of the other ones in Nutr’s recipe book, is they have A LOT of sugar.
There’s no way I could drink any of this on a regular basis. But all in all, not a bad experience.
Cookies n Cream Coffee
Next on the menu was the Cookies n Cream coffee.
I’ll preface this by saying I don’t enjoy coffee. However, I did enjoy this one.
Here are the ingredients:
- Oreos (without the cream)
- Sugar (I used coconut sugar)
- Instant coffee
I added all the ingredients to the Nutr (I crushed the oreos up a bit so they’d blend easier) and ran the machine.
After five minutes, here’s what the coffee looked like. There was a lot less foam and bubbles than the hot chocolate recipe.
This recipe specifically mentioned straining the drink. However, it was already pretty smooth without needing to strain it.
The Nutr seems to have blended this one very well, as evident by how clean the strainer was after pouring the coffee through it.
I poured the coffee into the mug (because it felt weird to drink from a glass measuring cup) and had a taste.
It was definitely sweet, but it tasted good and was very smooth. Here's a video of the pour.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Almond Milk
This was the worst of the four drinks I made.
I had high hopes because I love peanut butter, and chocolate milk is my favorite hot drink. But making this drink in the Nutr didn’t go so smoothly.
Here are the ingredients for this drink:
- Roasted peanuts
- Coconut sugar
- Cocoa powder
I added all the ingredients to the Nutr.
Notice how far below the “Max” line it is. This is where I think it all went wrong.
I turned the Nutr on and let it run.
When it finished, I poured the mixture through a strainer. It was pretty much the exact opposite of my experience with the cookies n cream recipe.
The strainer got backed up almost immediately, and I had to use a spoon to push the liquid through, which took a while.
Here’s a video of the initial straining process.
After straining it as much as I could, here’s how much pulp was left.
I was only able to get 4 ounces of liquid from this recipe. According to the recipe, it’s supposed to make 8 ounces.
As for taste, this was my least favorite. I think it would’ve turned out better if I would’ve ignored the recipe and just filled the Nutr to the max line.
The extra liquid would’ve allowed the ingredients to mix better and not have as much pulp leftover.
The last recipe I tried was the Chai latte.
This was my first time using a setting other than Warm on the Nutr, so I was excited to see how it’d do.
First, here are the ingredients.
- Chai tea
- Coconut sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Hot water
This recipe also listed honey. But since it had 3 tbsp of coconut sugar, I skipped the honey.
The first step was to boil a cup of water to steep your tea. I poured my water, set it to boil, and waited for it to finish.
The water boiled in four minutes.
I went to pop the top and immediately realized that was a mistake.
The boil function on the Nutr gets extremely hot. When I opened the top, some of the steam hit my hand, and it felt like someone threw boiling water at me.
I’d recommend wearing an oven mitt to take the lid off if you use the Nutr to boil water, so you don’t risk burning yourself.
After that fiasco, I poured the water into a mug and added my tea bags.
While the tea was steeping, I added the rest of the ingredients into the Nutr and turned it on.
After taking the lid off, it was pretty frothy.
Next, I poured the milk through a strainer. I ran into the same issues as the previous recipe. It strained very slowly.
It also had the most leftover pulp of any recipe I tried. I thought this wouldn’t happen because I purposefully filled it to the max line.
Yet there I was, staring at a blob of wet nut milk pulp that was the consistency of apple sauce.
On the bright side, I was able to get almost 12 ounces of milk this time around.
The next step was to pour the milk into our tea. Check out the video below for a nice milk pour.
As far as flavor, this was pretty good. However, the serving size was huge. Even after sharing it with my wife, we weren’t able to drink it all.
For reference, it’s probably comparable to a venti-size drink at Starbucks.
Here are some of the benefits of the Nutr.
The Nutr is smaller than most blenders, so it won’t take up much space. This makes it a good option if you have limited kitchen storage.
The fact that it looks sleek also means you can leave it on your countertops without it being an eyesore.
It’s Easy to Use
I personally hate kitchen appliances that have a bunch of parts and random features.
For instance, I have a Breville Juice Fountain Elite juicer. It’s super high quality and extremely powerful.
But assembling/disassembling it requires some careful maneuvering. There are a lot of sharp edges and you have to align the parts correctly so everything locks into place.
On the other hand, The Nutr has two parts—the machine and the lid.
There’s no assembly required. No sharp edges. No need to twist things to lock them in place.
Plus, it only has one button.
All you have to do is add your ingredients, put the lid on, and press the start button to choose the right mode.
One of the main reasons people look for nut milk makers is convenience.
While making almond milk with a blender is easy, it does require a little manual labor to strain it with a nut milk bag or cheesecloth.
While I recommend straining most recipes you make with the Nutr, the smaller quantity makes the process easier. You can strain your drink right into your cup and drink it.
You Can Make a Variety of Drinks
From fancy lattes to hot chocolate and even tea, you can make a ton of different types of drinks.
It Can Save You Money
This is a big benefit if you’re the type of person who buys frappuccinos and lattes from coffee shops on a regular basis.
For instance, a basic grande Caffe Latte with almond milk costs $5-6 at Starbucks. You could make the same drink for about half the price in the Nutr.
While that may not seem like huge savings, consider the fact that 38.6% of Starbucks customers visit the store at least three times per week.
If you could cut the amount of money you spend at Starbucks by 30-50%, you can save hundreds of dollars every year.
The Nutr is far from perfect and has its flaws. Here are some things I didn’t like about the Nutr.
It’s A Single-Use Kitchen Gadget
Even though the Nutr can make a lot of different drinks, the reality is that it’s still a single-purpose kitchen appliance.
You won’t be able to use the Nutr to make smoothies, juices, or creamy sauces.
The Nutr serves one primary function—making plant-based milk drinks.
So if you’re looking for something with more versatility, you may want to stick with a good blender instead.
It’s Tricky to Clean
While the Nutr has a self-cleaning feature, I didn’t find it to be that great.
After running the self-cleaning mode, the inside still needs a thorough rinse and some scrubbing.
The problem is the Nutr is an all-in-one machine. You can’t detach the stainless steel basin (the part where you make the milk) from the outer shell.
That means you can’t just grab it and rinse it out in the sink like you would with a blender, or put it in the dishwasher.
You have to be careful not to get water all over the machine. Plus, the compact size makes it difficult to wipe the inside if you have bigger hands (like me).
The Nutr does come with a cleaning brush that helps, but the process is still a bit of a hassle.
It Only Makes Single Servings
This can be a pro or con depending on your circumstances. But the Nutr is a single-serve machine.
That’s great if you only need to make drinks for yourself. But if you want to make drinks for multiple people, you’re going to need to run the machine multiple times.
Tips For Using The Nutr
After using the Nutr for a few weeks, here are some tips to make it last longer and get a better final product.
Be Careful When Using The Boil Setting
As I mentioned earlier, I almost burned my hand when I opened the Nutr after using the boil feature.
If you’re using the Nutr to boil water, be very careful when you open it. I’d highly recommend using an oven mitt if possible.
Fill It to the Max
While I was testing the Nutr for this review, I followed their instructions exactly. I used the exact ingredients and amounts they listed in the recipe book.
Sometimes that meant not filling the water to the max line.
However, I found that when you don’t fill the Nutr to the max, the ingredients don’t blend as well, and it requires a lot more straining.
Clean it Immediately
One way to make the cleaning process easier is to clean the machine right away, so gunk doesn’t get stuck inside the machine.
After you’ve made your drink, run the self-cleaning mode and set it aside to dry.
Chop Larger Ingredients Into Pieces
If you’re making a recipe that calls for dates, large nuts, or any other ingredients larger than an almond, I’d suggest chopping it up before you put it into the Nutr.
It’ll help it blend together easier and reduce your chances of having large chunks of food left in the Nutr.
This is what I did with the Oreos for the cookies n cream recipe, and it came out very smooth.
Adjust Their Recipes
Don’t feel obligated to follow the Nutr recipes exactly. I did it for the purposes of this review, but I wouldn’t recommend it—especially when it comes to the amount of sugar they recommend.
Some of their recipes call for as much as three tablespoons of sugar!
For reference, 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons.
A single serving of sugar is one teaspoon.
So three tablespoons of sugar equal about nine servings of sugar.
That’s ~36 grams of added sugar (150 calories), or the equivalent of a can of Coca-Cola.
On top of that, some of the recipes recommend adding honey or other sweeteners on top of the sugar.
If you want to make healthier drinks, tweak the recipes as needed.
Who is The Nutr For?
The Nutr is good, but it isn’t for everyone. Here’s who I’d recommend the Nutr for.
People Who Spend A Lot of Money At Coffee Shops
If you like to try a variety of drinks from coffee shops (beyond plain coffee), but would rather make it at home to save money or control the ingredients, the Nutr could be a good solution.
People Who Always Let Their Plant-Based Milk Expire
While the Nutr isn’t ideal for people who want to make large batches of almond milk, it’s great for the person that uses plant-based milk occasionally and doesn’t want to buy full cartons of the stuff.
You can only make one serving at a time, so you don’t have to worry about having extra milk left that you’ll never drink.
People Who Don’t Have a ton of Storage Space
I like to watch YouTube videos of people who live in small SPACES. You know, the 200 sq ft apartment or tiny house tours.
The Nutr would be great for those scenarios since it’s so small and compact. You can easily store it away in a little nook or even leave it out on display since it doesn’t take up much space.
People With Hand Dexterity Issues
This is something that many people don’t consider. Admittedly, I hadn’t thought about it until recently.
But there are a lot of people who have issues with gripping and squeezing things with their hands (dexterity issues) due to age or health issues.
For those people, straining plant-based milk through a nut milk bag is difficult (if not impossible). With the Nutr, there’s not a lot of gripping, squeezing, or prying open required.
So if you have older people in your family who’d like to make nut milk or lattes, but can’t use the traditional blender method, the Nutr could be a great alternative.
Is The Nutr Worth It?
So, what’s my final verdict?
I look at the Nutr as a “drink maker” rather than a dedicated machine to make your own nut milk at home.
If all you want to do is make almond, oat, or cashew milk to use in other recipes (smoothie, soup, cereal, etc.) I wouldn’t suggest the Nutr. A blender works just fine and is more versatile.
However, if you want to make different types of lattes, creamers, hot cocoa, tea, and similar drinks, the Nutr is a more economical option than buying it from coffee shops (plus you can control what goes in it).