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Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 23, 2020 at 09:12 am
Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Picture
6.6
Multi-Purpose
7.6
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.2
Ice Crushing
5.5
Soups
7.0
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
1000 W

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a personal blender meant for making smoothies. It comes with two differently sized jars so you can take your blends with you on-the-go. These jars are also easy to clean as they, their lids, and the shared blade assembly are all top-rack dishwasher-safe. That said, it only has one speed. It can also leave some ingredients intact, especially if they get stuck to the jar's sidewalls. Still, it can make bar-quality ice in about a minute and its smoothies are creamy, even if it also adds a bit of air into the mix.

Our Verdict

6.6 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is alright for multi-purpose use. Due to its two personal jars, it's best suited for making smoothies. However, while it produces a decent smoothie, some ingredients may not be fully processed. Making almond butter isn't any better as this blender struggles to fully incorporate nuts back into the blend. On the upside, it can make bar-quality ice in about a minute.

Pros
  • Produces outstandingly quick bar-quality ice.
  • Two differently sized personal jars.
  • Easy to clean.
Cons
  • No hot blending.
  • Can leave chunks of food unblended.
  • No different speeds, only different durations of time blending.
7.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is good for smoothies and protein shakes. It comes with two differently sized jars so you can take your blends on the go and they're dishwasher-safe, which makes them easy to clean. This blender also makes a creamy but slightly bubbly and gritty smoothie. It can miss blending some ingredients, whether it's kale or banana.

Pros
  • Two differently sized personal jars.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Quick at making smoothies.
Cons
  • Can leave chunks of food unblended.
  • No different speeds, only different durations of time blending.
9.2 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is outstanding at ice crushing. It's able to make bar-quality ice in about a minute, which is handy for making margaritas. Although it has a plasticky build quality, it's still decently built overall.

Pros
  • Produces outstandingly quick bar-quality ice.
  • Easy to clean.
Cons
  • No different speeds, only different durations of time blending.
5.5 Soups

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ isn't recommended for making soups as it can't hot blend.

7.0 Professional Use

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is satisfactory for professional use. The biggest challenge is that its jars are meant for personal-sized blending, which may not be big enough if you're looking to feed several people at a time. It also struggles to create smooth almond butter and it can miss chunks of food altogether. It also can't hot blend. That said, it still makes a decent smoothie and it's able to make bar-quality ice in about a minute.

Pros
  • Produces outstandingly quick bar-quality ice.
  • Easy to clean.
Cons
  • No hot blending.
  • No different speeds, only different durations of time blending.
  • 6.6 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.2 Ice Crushing
  • 5.5 Soups
  • 7.0 Professional Use
  1. Update 10/5/2020: We've updated this blender's blade count.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
14.1" (35.9 cm)
Width 6.3" (15.9 cm)
Depth 6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480 isn't very tall or wide but it still takes up a bit of space on your counter. You can store it away in a pantry or cupboard, though.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480 has a decent build quality. While the motor base is made from plastic, it doesn't feel as well-built as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. Parts of it feel decently sturdy, like the transmission gear, but the parts like the base feel a little cheap. While the transmission gear may wear down over time, it has overheat protection to prevent burn out damage to your blender.

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

The main jar holds 24 oz so you can take your smoothie with you on-the-go. It's top-rack dishwasher-safe too, which helps lower your cleanup time.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
18.0 oz (532.3 ml)
Weight
0.8 lbs (0.3 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja Nutri Ninja BL480 comes with an additional jar that's a little smaller than its main jar. It's also top-rack dishwasher-safe.

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

Update 10/05/2020: We've changed the blade count from four to six.

This blender has six blades attached as its blade assembly. It's not removable but you can place the entire blade assembly in the top rack of your dishwasher.

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

The lid screws onto the jar and can be placed in your dishwasher's top rack for cleaning.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
2.7 ft (0.8 m)

This blender has a power cable that should be long enough to reach an outlet on your kitchen counter. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a stowaway compartment to hide the power cord when not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • 1x 18 oz jar
  • 1x 24 oz jar
  • 2x to-go lids
  • Extractor blade assembly
  • User guide

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
17600 RPM
Max Speed
17600 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
97.6 dB
On/Off Toggle
No

This blender has a couple of controls. Both the 'BLEND' and 'ULTRA BLEND' settings have the same amount of power, but they blend for different amounts of time. There's also a pulse button if you need shorter blending bursts.

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

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480 makes alright almond butter. When blending, almonds get pushed to the side of the jar due to its shape, and you may need to give them a bit of a push or tap to loosen them. The pulse mode is more effective at making almond butter. Unfortunately, the almond butter's texture is still crunchy, gritty, and not very sticky.

7.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy

This blender makes decent smoothies. It takes around two minutes to blend everything but it can miss ingredients like kale or banana, especially if they cling to the jar's sides. The smoothie produced is creamy, but foamy and slightly bubbly. The kale isn't completely processed, which adds a bit of a gritty texture. If you don't like grains in your mix, check out the Magic Bullet Mini, the NutriBullet Pro+, or the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express.

7.0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Preparation Time
< 3 min
Texture
Foamy

The Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ's smaller, additional jar makes decent smoothies. It has a similarly thick, creamy, and foamy texture as the main jar. There's still few grains of kale that can be felt in your mouth too. However, it takes a little bit longer to prepare as there isn't a lot of space in the jar to allow the ingredients to easily flow together.

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

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480 makes outstanding crushed ice. It takes about two minutes to make bar-quality ice.

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

Unlike the BELLA Rocket Blender, the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480 has a start/stop timer that goes up to a minute. You should only use this mode when there's something in the blender; otherwise, its motor may overheat.

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

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480 is amazingly easy to clean. You can rinse the jar and pass a sponge against its walls to get off smoothie debris. Handwashing the blender after making almond butter is pretty easy. As long as you're careful around the blades, you should be able to get your sponge underneath them. Sticky debris can cling to the four ridges in the jar, but it's not too hard to get off. Luckily, the jars, lids, and blade assemblies 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 Ninja Auto-iQ BL480 only comes with a slightly smaller personal jar.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ with the model number BL480. However, this manufacturer lists the following additional model numbers for this blender: BL480D, BL481, BL481C, BL482, BL487, BL487Q, BL487T, and BL488W. It should be noted that this blender is listed as the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480EU in Europe. Since Ninja doesn't provide a list of differences between model numbers, we don't know if these models perform similarly to our test unit.

If you come across a Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ that's different from ours, let us know in the discussion and we'll update the review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a personal blender with two differently-sized jars to take with you when you're on-the-move. While it's handy if you mostly make smoothies, the resulting drink is foamy and a little grainy. It only has one speed but on the upside, its modes offer different durations of blend time.

NutriBullet PRO 1000

The NutriBullet PRO 1000 is a better personal blender for making smoothies than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. The NutriBullet produces a better overall smoothie and it comes with larger main and additional jars for you to take your blends with you on-the-go. The NutriBullet also feels better-built. However, the Ninja is a bit more versatile, can make bar-quality ice in around two minutes, and can produce a crunchy, spreadable almond butter. The Ninja's blades are dishwasher-safe and it has a control panel that allows you to pulse blend or set a timer.

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is a significantly better personal blender overall than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. The DUO feels better built and comes with two 24-ounce jars as well as one 14-ounce jar that has two manually rotating blades to help move food towards the blades. It makes significantly better almond butter as well as smoothies, and it's easier to clean.

NutriBullet Pro

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a more versatile personal blender than the NutriBullet Pro. The Ninja can crush ice and it comes with a timer and a dedicated Pulse button, unlike the NutriBullet. The Ninja is also easier to clean by hand. That said, the NutriBullet comes with a larger sized main jar, and it makes a better-blended, silkier smoothie.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ and the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro are both personal blenders with a similar design and a similar performance. The Pro comes with more jars, while the Auto-iQ comes with more preset modes and a timer. The Auto-iQ also makes a better almond butter.

Breville Boss To Go Sport

The Breville Boss To Go Sport is a better personal blender than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. The Breville has a better build quality, and it produces almond butter that has a better texture with no unprocessed nuts. The Breville makes better, silky-feeling smoothies. However, the Ninja is easier to clean and it can produce bar-quality ice in less time.

BELLA Rocket Blender

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a better overall personal blender than the BELLA Rocket Blender. The Ninja feels better-built and is easier to clean. It can also make almond butter as well as crushed ice, and its smoothies have a better texture as well. However, the BELLA comes with a flat blade and a small grinding cup for making sauces or salsa.

Magic Bullet Kitchen Express

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a more versatile personal blender than the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express. The Ninja is better-built, and it comes with more speed options and a timer. It's easier to clean, and it can crush ice, unlike the Magic Bullet. That said, the Magic Bullet comes with a food processing attachment, and it makes a better smoothie.

NutriBullet Pro+

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a more versatile personal blender than the NutriBullet Pro+. The Ninja can crush ice, unlike the NutriBullet, and it comes with more preset modes. However, the NutriBullet makes a better-blended smoothie.

Magic Bullet Mini

The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a much better blender than the Magic Bullet Mini. It's more powerful and does a better overall job at making nut butter. It's also remarkable at crushing ice, which the Magic Bullet can't even do. On the other hand, the Magic Bullet makes a slightly better smoothie, with fewer grains coming from leafy ingredients like kale.

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