Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Apr 16, 2021 at 09:43 am
Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 Picture
7.7
Multi-Purpose
9.0
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.7
Ice Crushing
8.2
Soups
9.1
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,200 W

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ is a full-size blender with a versatile performance. It comes with three differently-sized personal jars in addition to its 72-ounce main jar. You can use it to make fantastic smoothies, incredible almond butter, and snow-like crushed ice. Its Auto-iQ feature allows it to detect what size of jar you're using, which changes what presets you can select. It's amazingly easy to clean either by hand or in your dishwasher, but unfortunately, it can't hot blend.

Our Verdict

7.7 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja BL642 is good for multi-purpose use. It has a great build quality and a very versatile performance. You can use it to make fantastic almond butter, incredible smoothies, and snow-like crushed ice. The large-capacity main jar and three personal jars are all very easy to clean. However, you can't use it to blend hot ingredients.

Pros
  • Makes fantastic smoothies.
  • Various preset speeds and modes.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
9.0 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Ninja BL642 is amazing for smoothies and protein shakes. Using the 32-ounce jar, it easily processes leafy greens like kale and produces an outstanding smoothie. It can also make snow-like crushed ice, which is nice if you like to add it to your smoothies. However, if you use the main jar to make smoothies, the result is just okay.

Pros
  • Makes fantastic smoothies.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
Cons
  • Smoothies made in main jar aren't as good.
9.7 Ice Crushing

The Ninja BL642 is incredible for crushing ice. It has a great, sturdy build quality, and you can use the main jar to make snow-like crushed ice.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Great build quality.
Cons
8.2 Soups

The Ninja BL642 can't hot blend and isn't suitable for making soups.

9.1 Professional Use

The Ninja BL642 is fantastic for professional use. While it's entirely made of plastic, it has a great, sturdy build quality and its main jar has a large, 72-ounce capacity. You can use it to make smooth, spreadable almond butter, snow-like crushed ice, and incredible smoothies. It's really easy to clean, either by hand or in your dishwasher.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Makes smooth, spreadable almond butter.
  • Main jar has a large capacity.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • 7.7 Multi-Purpose
  • 9.0 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 8.2 Soups
  • 9.1 Professional Use
  1. Updated Apr 16, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Apr 13, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.8" (45.2 cm)
Width 7.6" (19.2 cm)
Depth 10.0" (25.5 cm)
Weight
8.8 lbs (4.0 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is a bulky full-size blender. It's best stored on your kitchen counter or in a large cupboard, and you can also remove the main jar for easier storage.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Ninja BL642 has an impressive build quality. While the motor base and transmission are made completely of plastic, they don't feel flimsy. It's easy to dock and undock jars from the base, and there are bright blue LED lights to indicate what presets are available for the jar you're using. The blender won't run unless it detects that a jar is properly docked. The jars are made of good-quality plastic, but unfortunately, the suction cups under the motor base don't seem to grip onto surfaces very well. The mirrored accents on the front of the blender are prone to fingertip smudges as well.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
72.0 oz (2,129.3 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja BL642 comes with a large, 72-ounce capacity main jar, although it has a maximum fill line for liquids at 64 ounces. The jar is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
32.0 oz (946.4 ml)
Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja BL642 comes with three differently-sized additional jars: 32 ounces, 24 ounces, and 18 ounces. Their maximum liquid capacities are 30 ounces, 22 ounces, and 16 ounces, respectively. There are two separate lines on each jar that indicate the total capacity and the maximum liquid capacity. There are also measuring marks to help you add the right quantity of ingredients to your blends, but they don't go all the way up the sides of the jars. For example, the largest personal jar's total capacity is 32 ounces, but the measuring marks only go up to 28 ounces.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
6
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja BL642's main blade assembly is similar to that of other Ninja blenders, such as the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. It's shaped like a column with six sharp blades that spiral around it. There's also a second blade assembly for the personal jars. Both are top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Lock Mechanism

The Ninja BL642's lid is made of plastic and has to be properly aligned to clip into place. There's a small window-like spout that can be used for pouring, but it's not a two-part lid and isn't intended for adding ingredients while blending.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)

The Ninja BL642's power cord should be long enough to reach an outlet near your counter. There's a place to wrap the cord on the back of the blender for easier storage.

Design
In The Box

  • 72oz blender pitcher with lid
  • Ninja BL642 motor base
  • Stacked blade assembly
  • 32oz jar
  • 24oz jar
  • 18oz jar
  • Pro extractor blade assembly
  • 3x to-go lids
  • Manual
  • Recipe book

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
3,200 RPM
Max Speed
4,600 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
90.6 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Ninja BL642 comes with several preset speeds and modes. At maximum speed, it's quieter than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770.

9.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 8 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Ninja BL642 is fantastic for making almond butter. It has no issue processing the nuts if you start with 'Pulse' mode to crush them, then run the blender on low speed for roughly two minutes. When the mixture starts to develop a good consistency, blend on high for a few more minutes to finish the process. The result is very smooth, spreadable almond butter.

9.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Smooth

The Ninja BL642 makes an incredible smoothie in its 32-ounce jar. After running the 'Ultra-Blend' preset twice, the result is a uniform, cold, silky smoothie with no bits of kale leftover.

8.0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Smooth

This blender also makes a great smoothie in its 18-ounce jar, although it has a somewhat worse, thicker texture than the smoothie made in the 32-ounce jar. We haven't tested the 24-ounce jar, but expect it to perform similarly to the 32-ounce jar. Unfortunately though, if you use the main jar, the result is just okay. After running the 'Frozen Drinks Smoothies' preset, the smoothie was cold but very thick with noticeable bits of kale leftover.

10
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0.5 min
Ice Quality
Snow Like

The Ninja BL642 is fantastic for crushing ice. It makes truly snow-like crushed ice very quickly.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
Yes
Timer
Yes

This blender has several preset modes and speeds. There are buttons for low, medium, and high speed, as well as one for pulse mode. The 'Auto-iQ' feature allows it to automatically detect what size jar you're using, which changes what preset modes are selectable. The 'Puree' preset is available with any jar, but the length of the blend changes depending on whether you're using the main jar or one of the personal ones. There are four different presets in all:

  • Frozen Drinks Smoothies (main jar only)
  • Nutri Ninja Blend (personal jars only)
  • Nutri Ninja Ultra Blend (personal jars only)
  • Puree (one minute with the main jar, 35 seconds with personal jars)

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

This blender is amazingly easy to clean. It's easy to rinse clean if you've been working with liquidy ingredients, and a quick blend with soap and warm water takes care of most stickier messes. The blade assembly is removable, which makes it easier and safer to clean out sticky food like almond butter, although you may need to occasionally use a brush to clean stubborn residue from the bottom of the jar. You should take care when cleaning the main jar by hand, though, as it has sharp edges around the rim where the lid fits into place. Luckily the main jar is also top-rack dishwasher-safe, along with all the lids, blade assemblies, and personal jars.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
No
Additional Jugs
3 Personal Jugs
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
Yes

This blender has an 'Auto-iQ' feature that allows it to detect what size of jar you're using, which affects what presets you can select and the length of some presets. However, it doesn't have many other extra features, and you can't use it to blend hot ingredients.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are a few variants of the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ available. We tested the BL642 model, and you can see its label here. Depending on the model number, this blender can come with several differently-sized personal jars. As we tested the model that comes with all three differently-sized personal jars, we expect our results to be valid for the other models as well. However, depending on which one you have, some of our tests may have been performed using a jar that isn't included with your blender.

Model Number Details
640 Two personal jars (2x 24 oz)
641 Two personal jars (32oz and 24oz)
642, 642W, 642W1 Three personal jars (32oz, 24oz, 18oz)
642Z Three personal jars (32oz and 2x 24oz)

If your model isn't listed here or you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 has a similar look and design as other full-size Ninja blenders, such as the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ and the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. It performs better for most uses than those blenders, though, and is particularly well-suited for making single-serves because of its three differently-sized personal jars. Using the 32-ounce jar, it makes a better smoothie than most blenders that we've tested. If you want to see more options, check out our lists of the best blenders for smoothies, the best blenders for crushing ice, and the best blenders for frozen drinks.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better for most purposes than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja has a much better build quality and is easier to clean. It makes snow-like crushed ice, more spreadable almond butter, and significantly better smoothies. It also comes with three personal jars, while the NutriBullet only comes with two. However, you can use the NutriBullet for hot blending. It also comes with a tamper.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better for most purposes than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. The Blender Duo has a significantly better build quality and comes with three differently-sized personal jars in addition to its 72-ounce main jar. It makes better-textured smoothies and crushed ice, as well as smoother, more spreadable almond butter. However, the Nutri is a much more compact personal blender.

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO and the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on your needs. The DUO is a personal blender that comes with three jars suitable for single-serves. You can make a better-blended smoothie in any of its jars, and it's easier to clean when you're working with sticky ingredients. On the other hand, the Blender Duo with Auto-iQ is a full-size model that comes with a 72-ounce main jar in addition to three differently-sized personal jars. It has a much better build quality and makes snow-like crushed ice more quickly.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better for most purposes than the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender. The Duo makes much better smoothies, more spreadable almond butter, and crushed ice with a better texture. It also comes with three personal jars in addition to its 72-ounce main jar. On the other hand, the Foodi has a heating element, so you can use it to warm up cold ingredients. Its main jar is also made of glass instead of plastic, which some may prefer.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is a better blender than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. They have a similar appearance, but the Duo makes significantly better smoothies and almond butter. It also comes with three personal jars in addition to its main jar. On the other hand, the Professional Plus Blender is easier to clean.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 perform similarly for many purposes, and which you may prefer depends on your needs. Both models produce fantastic smoothies and incredible almond butter, but the Ninja makes crushed ice with a better texture. It's also better suited for making single-serves because it comes with three personal jars in addition to the main jar. On the other hand, while the Vitamix doesn't have any additional jars, it's quieter and has a much better build quality. It can also hot blend, unlike the Ninja.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The BL642 has a much better build quality, is easier to clean, makes snow-like crushed ice. It blends a silkier smoothie if you use its 32-ounce personal jar. However, the SS201 produces a much better smoothie in its 72-ounce main jar than the BL642 does in its main jar.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 and the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one, depending on your needs. You can use the Vitamix for hot blending. Its main jar comes with a tamper and a two-part lid, and it has a significantly better build quality. In addition to its main jar, the Ninja comes with three differently-sized personal jars with matching to-go lids. It also makes crushed ice with a better texture.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 and the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The Duo is much better for making almond butter and comes with three personal jars and to-go lids, while the Kitchen System only comes with two. On the other hand, the Kitchen System includes a food processor attachment, although we don't test it currently.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System for most purposes. The Duo comes with more personal jars, and its 'Auto-iQ' feature allows it to detect what size of jar you're using. It also makes crushed ice with a better texture. On the other hand, the Foodi is much easier to clean.

Ninja DUO

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better for most purposes than the Ninja DUO. The Blender Duo with Auto-iQ makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter and a silkier smoothie in its 32-ounce personal jar. It also makes crushed ice with a better texture. However, the DUO comes with more extra features, including a juicer attachment and a vacuum pump, although we don't test them currently.

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better for most uses than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. The Duo makes much better smoothies and produces smoother, more spreadable almond butter. It also comes with three personal jars, while the Professional Plus Kitchen System comes with two. However, the Kitchen System also includes a food processing attachment, although we don't currently test it.

KitchenAid K400

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better for most purposes than the KitchenAid K400. The Ninja makes smoother almond butter, significantly better smoothies, and crushed ice with a better texture. It comes with three personal jars with to-go lids in addition to the main pitcher, and it's easier to clean when you're working with sticky ingredients. On the other hand, the KitchenAid 400 is better for making soups, since you can use it to blend hot ingredients. It has a significantly better build quality and a much faster maximum speed too. 

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is better for most purposes than the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642. The Vitamix has a significantly better build quality and comes with a tamper. It makes great smoothies in its 64-ounce main jar and can hot blend. On the other hand, the Ninja is better for single-serves because it comes with three personal jars. You can use the 32-ounce personal jar to make a fantastic smoothie.

Blendtec Designer 725

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is a better blender than the Blendtec Designer 725. The Ninja makes significantly better smoothies, much better almond butter, and comes with more additional jars. On the other hand, the Blendtec has a much better build quality. Also, while neither can blend hot ingredients, the Blendtec has a Hot Soup preset meant to warm up cold ingredients.

KitchenAid Diamond

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better than the KitchenAid Diamond. The Ninja has a much better build quality and makes significantly better-blended smoothies. It makes more spreadable almond butter, crushed ice with a better texture, and it's much easier to clean by hand. It also comes with three differently-sized personal jars in addition to its 72-ounce main pitcher. Nevertheless, you can use the KitchenAid Diamond to blend hot ingredients, so it's better for making soups.

Vitamix A2300

The Vitamix A2300 and the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on your needs. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and can be used to blend hot ingredients. It also comes with a tamper, has a greater number of speed settings, and takes less time to make smooth almond butter. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with three personal jars with to-go lids in addition to its main jar. It makes much better smoothies and crushed ice with a better texture.

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