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NutriBullet Blender Combo Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Aug 24, 2021 at 10:44 am
NutriBullet Blender Combo Picture
7.2
Multi-Purpose
8.3
Smoothies (Single Serving)
8.4
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
3.4
Ice Crushing
9.5
Soups
6.8
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,200 W
Hot Blending
Yes

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is a full-sized blender with a tamper to help redistribute food inside the jar. It makes good smoothies, but it struggles to process almonds, and you shouldn't use it to crush ice on its own, according to the manufacturer. On the upside, it can hot blend without a problem. Its additional single-serve cups and to-go lids also make it easy to take a blend with you on the go. While it can sometimes be tricky to clean by hand, the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher safe, making cleanup a little easier.

Our Verdict

7.2 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 almonds into a smooth butter. The manufacturer also doesn't recommend using it to blend ice by itself. If you're making something sticky like almond butter, it can also be a little more difficult to clean. However, it can easily process 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.
8.3 Smoothies (Single Serving)
8.4 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
3.4 Ice Crushing

The NutriBullet Blender Combo shouldn't be used to crush ice on its own, according to the manufacturer.

9.5 Soups

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is great for making soup. You can blend hot ingredients in the main pitcher. It does a good job incorporating ingredients into smoothies, although it doesn't fully process fibrous greens like kale. That said, it's decently well-built, usually easy to clean by hand, and most of its parts are dishwasher-safe.

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.
6.8 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 its own, and it can still be a little hard to clean sticky foods from it. On the upside, it can hot blend, which is suitable for making soups.

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.
  • 7.2 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.3 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 8.4 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 3.4 Ice Crushing
  • 9.5 Soups
  • 6.8 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 29, 2022: Compared its nut butter performance to the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ's.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: The score for 'Crushed Ice' changed from 10 to 0, because the blender's manual specifically says it shouldn't be used as an ice crusher.
  3. Updated Jul 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Aug 24, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  5. Updated Sep 08, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Sep 08, 2020: Early access published.

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 smaller than other full-sized blenders like 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 silicone. The to-go lids don't feel as durable, though, since they feel somewhat 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 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.

9.0
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
64.0 oz (1,893 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
32.0 oz (946 ml)
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Dull
Blade Count
6
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The NutriBullet Blender Combo's main blade assembly has six dull blades with tapered tips. You can't remove them from the main pitcher, but you can put the pitcher and blades in your dishwasher. The separate blade assembly that screws onto the single-serve jars isn't dishwasher-safe, however.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The NutriBullet Blender Combo comes with a two-part lid that uses friction to stay closed. The removable center piece allows you to use the tamper or add ingredients mid-blend and doubles as a two-ounce measuring cup. Unfortunately, though, if there's any moisture around the lid's seal, it's difficult to close and tends to pop off the jar.

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

The NutriBullet Blender Combo's power cord is long enough to reach most outlets. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a stowaway compartment to hide the cable 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
10
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
10
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10
9.8
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10
0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
N/A
Crushed Ice Texture
N/A

According to the manual, you shouldn't use the blender as an ice crusher without adding liquid to the jar. If you want a blender that can crush ice on its own, check out the NutriBullet PRO 1000 or the Vitamix 7500.

5.0
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
2.0
Nut Butter Texture
7.0

The NutriBullet Blender Combo makes disappointing nut 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 can rip a hole in your toast when you try to spread it. To get smoother nut butter, you'd need to blend it for more than 10 minutes. If you're looking for a versatile full-size blender, the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ is a better choice for nut butter.

7.0
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
94.2 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
14,100 RPM
Max Speed
20,300 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

The NutriBullet Blender Combo has five preset speeds and an on/off button. It's also pretty loud at max speed. If you're looking for a blender that has preset modes for different recipes, check out the Oster Pro 1200.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
3
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
1
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No
9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z is decently easy to clean. You can put the pitcher and lid on the top rack of your dishwasher, which is nice. You can also toss the personal jar into the dishwasher, but you have to wash its extractor blade by hand. If you want to wash everything by hand, it's best to use a sponge as the blades are dull. 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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The NutriBullet Blender Combo comes in one color, 'Dark Grey', but has a few variants with different accessories. The model we tested (ZNBF30550Z) comes with a 32 oz jar and a 24 oz jar. There's another variant (ZNBF50550Z) that seems to be identical, except its 24 oz jar has a handle. This model is sometimes called the NutriBullet 5-Speed Blender, and we expect our results to be valid for it as well.

If you come across another version, please 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 that comes with two single-serve jars so you can take your food with you on the go. It can also safely blend hot ingredients, which is nice if you like to make soups. Unfortunately, according to the manufacturer's guidelines, you shouldn't use it for processing ice as it can jam under the blades.

If you're looking for other options, check out the best blenders for smoothies, the best blenders for frozen drinks, and the best blenders.

Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is better than the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ. It makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale in its main jar. It can also hot blend and comes with two smaller jars for single-serves. Its blade design makes it easier to clean by hand. The Ninja is better for thicker mixtures like nut butter, but it's not ideal for that purpose either.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 is better for most purposes than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja makes very smooth, spreadable almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. It also produces significantly better smoothies. On the other hand, you can use the NutriBullet to blend hot ingredients for soups and sauces. Also, it comes with two personal jars with matching to-go lids.

Ninja Professional Blender 1000

The NutriBullet Blender Combo and the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The NutriBullet comes with a pair of personal jars with to-go lids for single-serve drinks and makes better blends with fibrous ingredients. You can also use its main jar to blend hot ingredients for recipes like soup. On the other hand, the Ninja is much more suitable for tough tasks like ice crushing and making nut butter.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. It's much sturdier and more versatile since it can hot blend and crush ice. It's better for processing tough ingredients like nuts and offers a wider range of speed settings. On the other hand, the NutriBullet comes with a travel cup for blending single-serve smoothies. Its main pitcher has a bigger capacity as well. 

Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better for most purposes than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja has a better build quality. It can make snow-like crushed ice and is much better-suited for processing hard ingredients like nuts. All of its components are dishwasher-safe. On the other hand, you may prefer the NutriBullet because it can hot blend. It's much easier to clean by hand and is much better for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients like kale. 

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ and the NutriBullet Blender Combo have different strengths. The Ninja is better-built, better for making nut butter, and it can crush ice, unlike the NutriBullet. However, the NutriBullet is much better for processing fibrous ingredient for recipes like smoothies. You can use it to process hot ingredients and it's easier to clean by hand.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. It has a much better build quality and it's more versatile, since you can use it to crush ice. It's also much more suitable for processing hard ingredients like nuts, and it's quieter. On the other hand, the NutriBullet comes with two personal jars with to-go lids for making single-serve smoothies. 

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja makes significantly better almond butter, silkier smoothies, and snow-like crushed ice. It's easier to clean and comes with a food processing attachment, although we don't test that currently. On the other hand, the NutriBullet can hot blend.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The KitchenAid K400 has a much better build quality and more speed settings. It can crush ice and does a much better job of making almond butter and blending smoothies. On the other hand, the NutriBullet comes with a tamper and two personal jars in addition to its main jar.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender and the NutriBullet Blender Combo have different strengths. The Ninja is more versatile, since it can heat up ingredients, crush ice, and does a much better job with tough tasks like making nut butter. On the other hand, the NutriBullet comes with a personal jar for single-serves and makes a smoother puree of fibrous ingredients, so you may prefer it for smoothie-making. It's also easier to clean by hand and dishwasher-safe.

Oster Pro 1200

The Oster Pro 1200 is better than the NutriΒullet Βlender Combo. The Oster can crush ice, makes much better almond butter, and it's easier to clean by hand. It offers a wider range of speed settings and comes with a glass 48-ounce main jar, which some may prefer. Ηowever, while both blenders make good smoothies, it only comes with one 24-ounce personal jar, while the NutriΒullet comes with a pair of 32-ounce jars for single-serves.

NutriBullet Smart Touch Blender Combo

The NutriBullet Smart Touch Blender Combo is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The blenders perform similarly and each come with personal jars for single-serves as well as a 64-ouce main pitcher. Ηowever, the Smart Touch has a better build quality. It has more automatic blending programs and a digital blending time indicator. On the other hand, the Combo is easier to clean by hand.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix 7500 is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Vitamix can crush ice. It has a much better build quality and does a better job of making almond butter and smoothies. It also has more speed settings and is easier to clean. On the other hand, the NutriBullet comes with two personal jars with to-go lids in addition to its main jar.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Foodi has a better build quality and is easier to clean. It can crush ice and makes significantly better almond butter and smoothies. On the other hand, the NutriBullet can hot blend.

Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender

The Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo for most purposes. The Hamilton Beach has a better build quality and does a better job of making almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice. It also comes with a noise dome that helps make it much quieter when it's running. On the other hand, the NutriBullet comes with a pair personal-sized jars with to-go lids.

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 with a micro-juicing attachment. It's also better at making almond butter. However, it's loud when blending. The NutriBullet, in comparison, has fewer cleaning needs, and it can make snow-like 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 personal jar than that of the Ninja.

Ninja Smart Screen

The Ninja Smart Screen and the NutriBullet Blender Combo have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The Ninja is much better-built and is easier to clean. It makes smoother almond butter as well as crushed ice with a better texture. On the other hand, the NutriBullet make better-blended smoothies in less time. It comes with a tamper, a two-part lid, and two personal jars with matching to-go lids in addition to its main pitcher. You can also use it to blend hot ingredients. 

Vitamix ONE

The Vitamix ONE is a better blender for smoothies than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Vitamix makes much better smoothies in its 32-ounce jar, and it's significantly easier to clean. On the other hand, the NutriBullet can blend hot ingredients. Its main jar has a bigger capacity, and it also comes with two personal jars and matching to-go lids.

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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