Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 21, 2021 at 09:29 am
Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ Picture
7.1
Multi-Purpose
8.6
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.2
Ice Crushing
6.2
Soups
7.3
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
1,000 W

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ is a personal blender with a single speed setting and a few preset modes. It's decently well-built and makes excellent smoothies and bar-quality crushed ice in little time. It's also very easy to clean by hand, and the blade assembly, jars, and lids can all go in your dishwasher. However, it struggles to make smooth almond butter. It's also quite loud when it's running, and the mostly plastic build doesn't feel very premium.

Our Verdict

7.1 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro is decent for multi-purpose use. It takes less than a minute to blend an amazing smoothie and makes bar-quality crushed ice. The two 24-ounce jars conveniently come with to-go lids, and the blender is easy to clean by hand or in your dishwasher. It does an alright job of making almond butter but isn't ideal for that purpose, and unfortunately, you can't use it to blend hot ingredients.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Excellent smoothies.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Only one speed setting.
8.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro is excellent for smoothies/protein shakes. You can use either of its 24-ounce jars to make an amazing smoothie in less than a minute. It also makes bar-quality crushed ice, which is nice if you like to add it to your smoothies. It has a decent, although somewhat plasticky build quality, and both jars come with to-go lids, so you can easily make a drink and bring it with you.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Makes bar quality crushed ice.
  • Excellent smoothies.
Cons
  • Only one speed setting.
9.2 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro is fantastic for ice crushing. It doesn't take very long to make bar-quality crushed ice that you can use for frozen drinks. It's decently as well-built, although it's mostly made of plastic.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Makes bar quality crushed ice.
  • Excellent smoothies.
Cons
  • Only one speed setting.
6.2 Soups

You can't use the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro to safely blend hot ingredients, and it isn't suitable for making soups.

7.3 Professional Use

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro is satisfactory for professional use. The two jars have a relatively small, 24-ounce capacity, but the blender has a decent build quality and delivers fairly versatile performance. It makes amazing smoothies, bar quality crushed ice, and even does an okay job making almond butter. It's very easy to clean by hand, and you can put the blade assembly, jar, and lid in your dishwasher.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Excellent smoothies.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Only one speed setting.
  • 7.1 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.2 Ice Crushing
  • 6.2 Soups
  • 7.3 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 31, 2021: Updated 'Smoothie (Other Jar)' score from 0 to 8.5.
  2. Updated Jul 21, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jul 16, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Width 6.3" (16.0 cm)
Depth 6.8" (17.2 cm)
Weight
5.3 lbs (2.4 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro is about the same size as the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. It takes up a bit of space on your counter but should easily fit in a kitchen cupboard. You can remove the jar to make it shorter as well.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

This blender has a decent build quality. Similar to other personal blenders like the Nutribullet Pro 1000 and the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, its motor base is mostly made of plastic that doesn't feel premium. The transmission gear is also plastic, which may be less durable over time than metal parts. On the plus side, the bottom of the motor base has a small vent meant to prevent overheating. The motor base also has two small suction cups on its underside to help it stay in place on your countertop, but they aren't very grippy. The four buttons on the motor base are clicky, and there's a timer display that lights up when the blender is running. The jars seem to be made of good-quality plastic, and the blade assembly and lids screw on easily.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
24.0 oz (709.8 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

This blender comes with two identical 24-ounce jars. They each have measuring marks in ounces and milliliters and a 'Max Liquid' line at 24 ounces. Both jars are dishwasher-safe.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
24.0 oz (709.8 ml)
Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro comes with an additional 24-ounce jar identical to the main jar. The jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher-safe.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
6
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro has six blades, including two small ones in the center that point upwards. The design is similar to the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ's blades, and the assembly is dishwasher-safe.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Screw-On

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro blade assembly screws onto the jars like a lid. There are also two to-go lids included that have drinking spouts with flip-up covers.

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

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro has a power cable that should be long enough to reach an outlet near your kitchen counter. Unlike the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ, the underside of the motor base has a compartment where you can wrap the cord to stow it when not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • 2x 24 oz jar
  • 2x to-go lids
  • 'Pro Extractor' blade assembly
  • Recipe booklet
  • User guide

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
17,800 RPM
Max Speed
17,800 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
98.6 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro has a few controls. There are four buttons for different functions: 'Start/Stop', 'Pulse', 'Smoothie', and 'Crush'. The smoothie and crush buttons are for 'Auto-iQ' presets, which run the blender for different lengths of time but don't change the blending speed. The blender runs continuously when you hold down the 'Pulse' button and stops when you release it. It's quite loud when it's running.

6.5
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 6 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Ok
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro makes okay almond butter. It takes a little under six minutes to make dry almond butter with some unprocessed chunks. It tastes good on toast, but it's not very easy to spread. After starting the process with short pulses to break down the almonds, you may need to undock the jar and shake it every 30 seconds or so to dislodge ingredients stuck to the sides of the jar.

8.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Smooth

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro makes excellent smoothies. Using the 50-second 'Smoothie' preset followed by about 10 seconds of manual blending, it makes a cold, silky smoothie. There are a few small chunks of frozen banana leftover, but the kale is completely processed.

8.5
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Identical Jar(s)
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Smooth

Update 08/31/2020: Updated the Smoothie (Other Jar) score from 0 to 8.5 to better reflect that we expect the additional jar to perform the same way as the main jar since they're identical.

The only other jar that comes with the blender is identical to the main jar, and we expect it to perform similarly.

10
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
2 min
Ice Quality
Bar Quality

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro is fantastic for ice crushing. It takes about two minutes to crush 12 ice cubes, working with four at a time. The result is bar-quality ice with a great texture for mixed drinks.

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

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro has a few preset modes that run the blender for different lengths of time. The 'Start/Stop' button is a 60-second cycle, the 'Smoothie' preset is 50 seconds, and the 'Crush' preset is 60 seconds. When you run one of these presets, the timer display counts down the time remaining. When you hold down the 'Pulse' button, the blender runs continuously until you release it. The timer counts up to display how long you've been blending.

9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro is incredibly easy to clean. If you're working with liquidy ingredients like for a smoothie, a rinse with water is enough to take care of residue on the jar and blade assembly. If you make something sticky like almond butter, you can run the blender with soap and water in the jar for a quick clean. The design of the jar and blades makes them easy to clean with a sponge when you need to. Also, conveniently, the jars, lids, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe.

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

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro doesn't have many special features. There are two 'auto-iQ' preset modes, which the manufacturer says run 'unique pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns' and are supposed to help you get the best possible blend. However, you can't use this blender to process hot ingredients.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are a few variants of the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ. There's an 1100 Watt variant with model number BN401 and a 1000W variant with model number BN400. We tested the 1000W version in 'Cloud Silver', and you can see its label here. Our results are only valid for the 1000W version. If you come across another variant or yours is different, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Note: The product we purchased is advertised to have a 1100W motor, but the label on the unit itself indicates 1000W. This seems to have been an error, and the manufacturer's website indicates that they sell both a 1100W version and a 1000W version of this blender. We report that our model's power is 1000W as this is what is labeled directly on the blender.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro is a personal blender with a couple of preset modes. It makes a much better smoothie than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro and the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ in either of its 24-ounce jars, and it's much easier to clean than many personal blenders that we've tested. It can also crush ice, unlike the NutriBullet Pro+ or the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express, but takes up more space on your counter than those models.

If you want to see other options, check out our lists of the best personal blenders, the best mini blenders, and the best bullet blenders.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ is better for most uses than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja makes significantly better smoothies, crushed ice with a better texture, and smoother, more spreadable almond butter. It's also easier to clean by hand. However, the NutriBullet has a larger capacity and can be used for hot blending. 

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is better than the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ. The Foodi has a much better build quality, comes with more jars, and does a much better job of making almond butter. It also makes significantly better smoothies and crushed ice with a better texture. 

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ and the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ have different strengths, and you may prefer either depending on what you're looking for. The Professional is a full-size blender with a much larger, 72-ouce main pitcher, and it also makes crushed ice with a better texture. On the other hand, the Nutri-Blend is a personal blender that comes with two 24-ounce jars with matching to-go lids. It makes much better-blended smoothies and more spreadable almond butter.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ is better for most purposes than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. The Nutri-Blender takes less time to make better-blended smoothies. It's easier to clean by hand, and it comes with a pair of 24-ounce jars, while the Nutri Ninja includes one 24-ounce jar and one smaller 18-ounce jar.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro

The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ is better than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro. The two models are very similar, but Nutri-Blender is significantly better for making smoothies, and it's much easier to clean by hand. It also comes with two 24-ounce jars rather than one 24-ounce jar and a smaller 18-ounce jar.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better for most purposes than the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ. The Foodi is a better-built full-size blender that comes with two personal jars with to-go lids in addition to a 72-ounce main pitcher. It has a dial with several speed settings and does a much better job of making smoothies and almond butter. On the other hand, the Nutri-Blender is a personal blender, so you may prefer it if you want something more compact for making single-serve drinks.

NutriBullet Pro

The NutriBullet Pro and the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The NutriBullet makes better-blended smoothies and comes with lip rings and cup rings as well as to-go lids for its two personal jars. However, the Ninja can make crushed ice. It's also easier to clean by hand when you're working with sticky ingredients, and its blade assembly is dishwasher-safe, unlike the NutriBullet's. 

Breville Boss To Go Sport

The Breville Boss To Go Sport is better for most purposes than the Nutri Blender Pro with Auto-iQ. The Breville has a much better build quality and makes better-blended smoothies and much smoother, more spreadable almond butter. On the other hand, the Ninja takes less time to make bar-quality crushed ice. It's easier to clean by hand and comes with slightly bigger jars.

Ninja Nutri-Blender Plus

You may prefer either the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ or the Ninja Nutri-Blender Plus. The Pro is a much better ice crusher, easier to clean by hand, and has a few preset modes that act as timers. On the other hand, the Plus is a much more compact and quiet blender that's significantly better for making smoothies and almond butter.

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