NutriBullet Blender Combo Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 08, 2020 at 08:37 am
NutriBullet Blender Combo Picture
5.9
Multi-Purpose
6.3
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
3.1
Ice Crushing
8.3
Soups
5.7
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1200 W

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is a full-sized blender with a tamper to help redistribute food inside the jar. However, the blender struggles to process hard food like nuts or fibrous fruits and vegetables like kale. The manufacturer also doesn't recommend crushing ice in it. On the upside, it can hot blend without a problem. Its additional single-serve cups also make it easy to take a blend with you on the go. While oil can easily stick to the jar and can be difficult to remove, the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher safe, which makes clean up a little easier.

Our Verdict

5.9 Multi-Purpose

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is sub-par for multipurpose use. It produces a grainy-textured smoothie, and it has a hard time processing nuts and other hard food. The manufacturer also doesn't recommend using it to blend ice. If you're blending sticky foods like almond butter, it can be a little more difficult to clean too. However, it can easily handle hot food like soup.

Pros
  • Comes with two single-serve jars.
  • Can hold a lot of food in its main jar.
Cons
  • Disappointing for making nut butter.
  • Oils and sticky foods can be hard to clean.
  • Not recommended for crushing ice without liquid.
6.3 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is passable for making smoothies and protein shakes. This decently-built blender can blend up fruits and veggies, although it produces a liquid with a slightly grainy texture. The manufacturer also recommends not to use it if you're blending only ice. However, if you're mixing ice into your smoothie, you should be fine.

Pros
  • Comes with two single-serve jars.
Cons
  • Not recommended for crushing ice without liquid.
3.1 Ice Crushing

The NutriBullet Blender Combo isn't recommended for crushing ice as the blender needs liquid in order to blend properly.

8.3 Soups

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is great for making soup. It's able to process most fruit and vegetables well. However, if you're working with more fibrous produce, it produces a blend that has a grainy texture. That being said, it has no problem with blending hot food.

Pros
  • Can blend hot food.
  • Can hold a lot of food in its main jar.
Cons
  • Oils and sticky foods can be hard to clean.
5.7 Professional Use

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is disappointing for professional use. Although it has a decent build quality, it struggles to fully process hard foods like nuts or fibrous fruits and vegetables like kale. The manufacturer also doesn't recommend using this blender to crush ice. On the upside, it can hot blend, but it can still be a little difficult to clean sticky foods from it.

Pros
  • Can blend hot food.
  • Can hold a lot of food in its main jar.
Cons
  • Disappointing for making nut butter.
  • Oils and sticky foods can be hard to clean.
  • Not recommended for crushing ice without liquid.
  • 5.9 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.3 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 3.1 Ice Crushing
  • 8.3 Soups
  • 5.7 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
16.6" (42.1 cm)
Width 8.1" (20.6 cm)
Depth 8.2" (20.9 cm)
Weight
7.0 lbs (3.2 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is a bit smaller than other full-sized blenders such as the Vitamix Explorian E310 or the Ninja DUO. It's a little bulky, though, and you may need to make extra room for it on your countertop or in your cupboard.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The NutriBullet Blender Combo has a satisfactory build quality. There are clicky and easy-to-use buttons on its front, which make it easy to switch between modes. The transmission gear, the pitcher, and its additional jars are made from high-quality plastic, while the pitcher and extractor blade gearings are made from silicone. The to-go lids don't feel as durable though, as they're a bit brittle and could break more easily. The pitcher's handle is also a little loose, which can be a little annoying for some. Unfortunately, a part of our test unit's plastic base broke off, and while we assume that this breakage happened in transit, it feels like bumps or drops could easily damage parts of this blender.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
64.0 oz (1892.7 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

This blender's main jar has a large capacity for most needs, and it has a spout for easy pouring. However, the blades aren't very long, so if there's food like almond butter stuck to the side of your blender, you may have trouble reincorporating it with the rest of your blend.

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 NutriBullet Blender Combo comes with two additional single-serve jars: a 24 oz and a 32 oz jar. The cup and lid are both dishwasher-safe, but you have to hand-wash the blades.

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

The NutriBullet Blender Combo has blades that are filed down to a tapered edge. They don't feel particularly sharp, but they don't have a problem blending up food. Keep in mind that the main blade for the pitcher is dishwasher safe, but the extractor blade for the single-serve jars needs to be hand-washed.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The pitcher's lid uses friction to stay closed. However, due to this design, if there's any moisture on the lid's point of contact with the pitcher, it can be difficult for it to stay on, and it can pop out of place. The lid also has a removable center piece that acts as a 2 oz measuring cup, which is handy if you're making blended cocktails.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
3.3 ft (1.0 m)

This blender has a long enough power cord to reach most outlets. On the downside, it doesn't have a stowaway compartment to hide the cables when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Blender pitcher and lid
  • Motor base
  • Tamper
  • 24 oz personal jar
  • 32 oz personal jar
  • 2x to-go lids
  • Individual blade assembly (extractor blade)
  • User manual/recipe book

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
14100 RPM
Max Speed
20300 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
94.6 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The NutriBullet Blender Combo has five preset speeds and an on/off button, and that's about it. It's also pretty loud at max speed.

5.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 11 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Not Spreadable
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The NutriBullet Blender Combo makes disappointing almond butter. The manual suggests using its medium speed to process nut butter, but this speed produces a dry and crunchy paste that isn't very spreadable. Its rough texture has a lot of big almond chunks left behind, which not only makes the blend bland, but it can rip a hole in your toast as it isn't very spreadable. To get smoother nut butter, you'd need to blend it for more than 10 minutes.

7.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Grainy

The NutriBullet Blender Combo can make good smoothies when you use its additional personal jar. Kale is evenly processed, but it's still a bit gritty in texture. That being said, it mixes everything else well, resulting in a smooth pour. With the 'Extractor' mode, the blender has a harder time breaking up a frozen banana, but it produces a thick smoothie with a slightly foamy texture.

7.5
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Foamy

The main pitcher is also good for smoothies. Although the blender has a hard time fully processing kale leaves, the rest of the ingredients are thoroughly blended through. The result is a thick and slightly clumpy smoothie that's less gritty than the personal jar but is a little bubbly and foamy.

0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0 min
Ice Quality
Failed To Crush

The NutriBullet Blender Combo isn't recommended for crushing ice as it requires liquids to work properly. If you want a blender that can crush ice, check out the NutriBullet PRO 1000 or the Vitamix 7500.

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

This blender has a single-serve mode called 'Extractor Mode', which is specifically designed for smoothies. However, it doesn't have a self-clean program like that of the Blendtec Classic 575.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Difficult

The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z is decently easy to clean. You can put the pitcher and lid into the top rack of your dishwasher, which is nice. You can also toss the personal jar into the dishwasher, but its extractor blade needs to be washed by hand. If you want to wash everything by hand, it's best to use a sponge as the blades are dull. However, kale and other leafy greens can get stuck underneath the blades or along the rim of the jar where the blades are screwed in. Cleaning up after making nut butter can also be a pain since it gets underneath the blades, and you need to scrub vigorously to remove all the oil. If you want a blender that's easier to clean, check out the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ.

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

This blender has a couple of extra features. With the main pitcher, you can blend hot food like roasted carrots for a smoother soup. There's also a tamper for the pitcher so that you can help move food around for better blending.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We've reviewed the NutriBullet Blender Combo (ZNBF30550Z), but there's another variant of this product called the NutriBullet 5-Speed Blender (ZNBF50550Z). NutriBullet describes this variant as having extra cups and accessories: a 24 oz handled cup, a 32 oz cup, and two to-go lids. However, it seems that the only difference between both variants is that the 24 oz cup has a carrying handle. If you come across a NutriBullet Blender combo that's different from ours, let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is a full-size blender. Unfortunately, according to the manufacturer's guidelines, this blender shouldn't be used for processing ice as it can jam under the blades. That being said, it can hot blend and it comes with two single-serve jars so you can take your food with you on-the-go.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

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.

NutriBullet PRO 1000

The NutriBullet Blender Combo and the NutriBullet PRO 1000 aren't the most versatile blenders, so depending on your use, you may prefer one over the other. The Blender Combo is a full-size blender that comes with a 32-oz additional jar, while the PRO 1000 is a personal blender with a 32-oz main jar and a 24-oz additional jar. The Blender Combo can hot blend, so it's better for making soups and sauces, and it comes with different speed settings and a pulse mode. However, unlike the PRO 1000, it can't crush ice.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is a better full-size blender overall than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja has a better build quality and it can produce almond butter and smoothies with better consistency. It can also make snow-like crushed ice and cleaning it is significantly easier. However, the NutriBullet produces a silkier smoothie with its own personal jar than that of the Ninja.

Ninja DUO

The Ninja DUO is better for making smoothies than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja can produce silkier smoothies in less time, and you can pick up a variant that has a micro-juicing attachment. It's also better at making almond butter. However, it should be noted that it's very loud when blending. The NutriBullet, in comparison, has less cleaning needs, and it can make snow-like ice.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a significantly better full-size blender overall than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Vitamix feels much better built, and it can produce almond butter and smoothies with better consistency in less time. It can also make bar-quality crushed ice and it's easier to clean. However, the NutriBullet comes with an additional jar that you can take with you on-the-go.

Blendtec Classic 575

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is better for making smoothies than the Blendtec Classic 575. The NutriBullet feels better built, it comes with two personal jars so you can take your drinks with you on-the-go, and it produces a significantly better smoothie in less time. It's also much better for making soups. However, the Blendtec is easier to clean.

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