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Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 06, 2020 at 08:35 am
Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ Picture
6.5
Multi-Purpose
7.5
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.7
Ice Crushing
7.2
Soups
7.9
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1400 W

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is a full-size model with a 72-ounce main jar. Unlike the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ, it doesn't come with a lot of attachments. It's still incredible for crushing ice, but it struggles to fully incorporate fibrous ingredients and make spreadable almond butter. However, it's easy to clean, and its components are top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Our Verdict

6.5 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is fair for multi-purpose use. It has a durable build and it's easy to clean. It has a large capacity, 72-ounce main jar, and a few preset modes. While it's incredible at crushing ice, it struggles to fully blend smoothies and almond butter. It also can't hot blend ingredients.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Several preset modes and preset speeds.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Makes a dry nut butter that's tough to spread.
7.5 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is good for smoothies and protein shakes. It's well-built and makes a foamy, slightly grainy smoothie with its 'Smoothie' preset, as it has some trouble fully blending leafy greens like kale. That said, it's outstanding for crushing ice, which is great if you like to include ice in your smoothie. Also, it's pretty easy to clean by hand, and you can even wash the components in the top rack of your dishwasher.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe.
  • Several preset modes and preset speeds.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
9.7 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is remarkable for ice crushing. Thanks to the 'Ice Crush' preset, it can make snow-like crushed ice quickly, which is ideal for making frozen drinks on a hot day.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Several preset modes and preset speeds.
Cons
7.2 Soups

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ can't hot blend ingredients, so it isn't suitable for making soups.

7.9 Professional Use

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is very good for professional use. It's impressively well-built, and its 72-ounce main jar is ideal for making large batches of food. It's easy to clean, and it's fantastic for crushing ice. However, it struggles to make a silky smoothie and spreadable nut butter.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Top-rack dishwasher safe.
  • Several preset modes and preset speeds.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Makes a dry nut butter that's tough to spread.
  • 6.5 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.5 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 7.2 Soups
  • 7.9 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.4" (44.2 cm)
Width 7.2" (18.4 cm)
Depth 8.7" (22.2 cm)
Weight
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja BN701 is a large blender, so it takes up a lot of room on your counter. You can store it 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 BN701 has an impressive build quality. The body of the motor base and the transmission are made of plastic, which feels solid. The main jar is also made of plastic, and it also has a durable feel. There are two suction cups on the bottom of the blender to help keep it in place; however, there's still a bit of movement when blending.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
72.0 oz (2129.3 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The main jar has a large, 72-ounce capacity, so you can use it to make large batches of your favorite foods. The manufacturer advises that you shouldn't put more than 64 ounces of liquid into the jar, however. The jar only clips into place if it's oriented into the base correctly. It's also top-rack dishwasher-safe, but you should remove the blade assembly from the container before placing them both in the dishwasher separately.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A

This blender doesn't have an additional jar.

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

The blade assembly has six sharp blades, and you can remove them for cleaning. You can wash the blades in the top rack of your dishwasher, but you should remove them from the jar and wash them separately.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Lock Mechanism

The lid is made of plastic, and it has a small, window-like spout. It clicks into place, but only if it's in the proper orientation with the triangle symbol on the lid aligned with the triangle symbol on the handle. However, it isn't a two-part lid, so you can't add ingredients mid-blend without stopping the blender and removing the lid entirely.

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

The power cord is long enough to reach most outlets. You can wrap the cord on a stowaway unit on the back of the blender when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • 72 oz Total Crushing Pitcher with lid
  • Motor base
  • Blade stack assembly
  • Manual

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
3700 RPM
Max Speed
5000 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
95.8 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

This blender comes with several preset modes and preset speeds. There's also a dedicated Pulse mode.

5.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 8 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Bad
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The Ninja BN701 is disappointing for almond butter. Moving from the 'Low' to 'Medium' to 'High' settings, you get a dry butter that's very difficult to spread. Even if you stop the blender and use a spatula to scrape dry bits towards the blades, there are still unprocessed chunks in the mix.

6.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

This blender is adequate for smoothies. Using the 'Smoothie' preset, it blends a thick, foamy smoothie. You may need to stop it and scrape unprocessed ingredients towards the blades to get them incorporated into the mix. It also doesn't fully blend leafy greens like kale, so there are small bits that add a grainy texture to the smoothie.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This blender doesn't have an additional jar.

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

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender is fantastic for crushing ice. Using the 'Ice Crush' preset, it can easily make snow-like ice.

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

This blender has several preset modes: 'Smoothie', 'Ice Crush', 'Ice Cream', 'Low', 'Medium', 'High', and 'Pulse'. However, there isn't a timer, so you can't see how much time is left when using the presets.

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

This blender is incredibly easy to clean. Warm water and soap clean up most messes, and the removable blade assembly makes it easy and safe to scoop out stickier messes. The jars, lids, and blade assembly are all top-rack dishwasher-safe, too.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
No
Additional Jugs
No
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

It doesn't come with any extra features or attachments, and it can't hot blend. If you want a similar blender with more accessories, check out the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ninja BN701 is pretty much the same blender as the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. However, the Kitchen System comes with more accessories, including a food processor attachment, compatible blades, and two 24-oz personal jars. It also has a few more preset modes for the attachments. As it comes with a few more preset modes for the attachments, we don't know if its performance is similar to our test unit. You can see the label for the model we tested here. If you come across a variant that's different from our test unit, let us know in the discussion section so that we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is a straightforward full-size model with a 72-oz main jar and several preset modes and speeds. While it's well-built and easy to clean, it doesn't have the most versatile performance, and it isn't ideal for making almond butter or smoothies. It also can't hot blend ingredients. If you're looking for more, check out our recommendations for the best Ninja blenders.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is a better, more versatile blender than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja is better-built and easier to clean, and it can crush ice, unlike the NutriBullet. However, the NutriBullet comes with two additional personal-sized jars. It also makes a better-blended smoothie.

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is better for multi-purpose use than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. While both blenders are similar, the Kitchen System comes with more attachments, including a food processor and two 24-ounce personal jars. It also has a few more preset modes and a timer, unlike the Blender. The Kitchen System makes a more spreadable almond butter, and its personal jar can make a better-blended smoothie.

Ninja DUO

The Ninja DUO is a better full-size blender than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. The DUO comes with two additional 20-ounce beakers, more preset modes, and a timer, unlike the Professional Plus. It also makes a better, more spreadable almond butter and a better-blended smoothie. That said, the Professional Plus is easier to clean.

Ninja Smart Screen

The Ninja Smart Screen is a better full-size blender than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. Both blenders have a similar main jar and a similar overall performance, however, the Smart Screen makes a better, more spreadable almond butter. It also comes with a timer, unlike the Professional Plus.

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