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NutriBullet Blender Combo Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Updated Aug 24, 2021 at 10:44 am
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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

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is a full-sized blender with a tamper to help redistribute food inside the jar. Its main jar has a 64-ounce capacity, and it comes with a pair of personal jars for single-serve blends like smoothies. However, the manufacturer warns against using it to crush ice without liquid in the jar, so it's not the most versatile blender.

Our Verdict

7.2 Multi-Purpose

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is decent for multi-purpose use. It has a 64-ounce main jar for big batches and two personal jars for single-serving drinks. You can use the main jar to hot blend, and it makes a very smooth blend with ingredients like kale.

Pros
  • Comes with two single-serve jars.
  • Can hold a lot of food in its main jar.
Cons
  • Disappointing for making nut butter.
  • Not recommended for crushing ice without liquid.
8.3 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is great for making single-serve smoothies. You can use either of its personal jars to make a silky smoothie in about a minute, even if your recipe includes fibrous ingredients like kale. There's a resealable lid included for each of them, meaning you can bring your drink on the go. The personal jars and lids are also dishwasher-safe, but unfortunately, the blade assembly for the personal jars needs to be cleaned by hand.

8.4 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is great for making multiple servings of smoothie. The 64-ounce main jar can hold a big recipe, and even when it's filled to its full capacity, it makes an extremely smooth blend with ingredients like kale. It's very easy to clean by hand, and the main jar and its lid are dishwasher-safe. However, it's not as well-suited for making frozen drinks like slushies since it's not intended to process ice without liquid in the jar.

3.4 Ice Crushing

It's not recommended to use the NutriBullet Blender Combo to crush ice on its own, according to the manufacturer.

9.5 Soups

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is fantastic for making soups. You can use the 64-ounce main jar to process hot ingredients right from the pan. It produces a very smooth blend with fibrous ingredients, so it's very well-suited for making silky vegetable soup or sauce. It's easy to clean by hand, and the jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Can blend hot food.
  • Can hold a lot of food in its main jar.
Cons
6.8 Professional Use

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is okay for professional use. It's decently well-built and has a good 64-ounce capacity. You can use it to hot blend and smoothly puree fibrous ingredients, so it's best suited for making recipes like smoothies, soups, or sauces. However, it's not very versatile since it can't crush ice without liquid in the jar. Using it to process thick mixtures like nut butter is a tedious process. On the plus side, it's easy to clean by hand, and most of its components are dishwasher-safe, except for the blade assembly for the personal jars.

Pros
  • Can blend hot food.
  • Can hold a lot of food in its main jar.
Cons
  • Disappointing for making nut butter.
  • 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 Nov 04, 2022: Revised text to match results updated to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Aug 29, 2022: Compared its nut butter performance to the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ's.
  3. 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.
  4. Updated Jul 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Aug 24, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  6. Updated Sep 08, 2020: Review published.
  7. Updated Sep 08, 2020: Early access published.

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 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, it isn't meant to be used for processing ice without also adding liquid to the jar.

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 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.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 and the NutriBullet Blender Combo have different strengths. The Ninja can crush ice and does a much better job of processing hard ingredients like nuts. You may prefer it because it comes with a dough blade and has more automatic blending programs. On the other hand, the NutriBullet can hot blend and makes a much silkier blend with fibrous ingredients like kale. It comes with personal jars meant for single-serve smoothies.

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 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.

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 DUO

The Ninja DUO is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo for most purposes. The Ninja is better-built, can crush ice, and does a better job of processing hard ingredients like nuts. On the other hand, the NutriBullet can hot blend, so it's much better for recipes like soup. It's also easier to clean by hand.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo for most purposes. The Ninja has a better build quality and somewhat bigger capacity. It can crush ice and it's easier to use to make nut butter. There's also a dough blade included for forming dough. Ηowever, the NutriBullet makes a smoother blend of fibrous ingredients, and you can use it for hot blending.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix 7500 is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Vitamix has a better build quality and can crush ice. It also does a much better job of making nut butter. On the other hand, the NutriBullet does a better job of processing small batches of fibrous ingredients.

Oster Pro 1200

The Oster Pro 1200 is better than the NutriΒullet Βlender Combo for most purposes. The Oster is more versatile since it can crush ice, and it's easier to use for tough tasks like making nut butter. On the other hand, the NutriΒullet has a much bigger capacity and makes a smoother blend of fibrous ingredients.

Vitamix ONE

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is better than the Vitamix ONE. The NutriBullet has a better build quality, its main jar has a bigger capacity, and it comes with personal jars for making single-serve smoothies to-go. It's also quieter and easier to clean by hand.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 and the NutriBullet Blender Combo have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The Ninja has a better build quality, can crush ice, and does a much better job with thicker mixtures like nut butter. However, the Nutri is quieter and easier to clean by hand. It's better for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients and can hot blend, so it's the better choice for recipes like soup.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The KitchenAid K400 has a much better build quality and offers a better performance for processing fibrous ingredients, making nut butter, and crushing ice. It has more automatic blending programs and a wider range of speed settings. The NutriBullet is easier to clean by hand and comes with a personal jar for making single-serve smoothies.

Ninja Smart Screen

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is better for smoothies than the Ninja Smart Screen. It comes with personal jars for blending single-serve drinks and it's much better for processing fibrous ingredients, so kale smoothies come out silky-smooth. It can hot blend, so it's also a better choice for recipes like soup. It's quieter and easier to clean by hand. On the other hand, the Ninja can crush ice. It's also much better for making nut butter.

Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender

The Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender and the NutriBullet Blender Combo have different strengths. The Hamilton Beach is better-built, much quieter, and more suitable for ice crushing and making nut butter. owever, it has a small 32-ounce capacity for a full-size blender. On the other hand, the Nutribullet has a 64-ounce main jar. It's also safe to use for hot blending.

Blendtec Classic 575

The Blendtec Classic 575 and the NutriBullet Blender Combo have different strengths. The Blendtec's main jar has a bigger capacity and it can crush ice. It has a wider range of speed settings, more automatic programs, and a digital blending time indicator. On the other hand, the NutriBullet is quieter, and includes a pair of personal jars for blending single-serve smoothies.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
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 not very heavy either, but you may need to store it on your counter instead of in a 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, making 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 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)

The main jar has a big 64-ounce capacity, which is typical for full-size blenders. There's also a 24-ounce and a 32-ounce personal jar included.

Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The jars and lids are made of plastic and are dishwasher-safe.

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 the blades in your dishwasher. The separate blade assembly for the single-serve jars isn't dishwasher-safe, however.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The NutriBullet Blender Combo has 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, 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

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is fantastic for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients. Using the 'Extract' automatic blending program and the 24-ounce personal jars, it makes a nearly perfectly smooth blend with ingredients like kale. Using the same amount of ingredients, you get similar results in the 64-ounce main jar and the 32-ounce personal jar, although that jar produces a slightly grainier blend.

9.8
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10

It's superb for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients. If you fill the 64-ounce jar to its full capacity, it makes an extremely smooth puree with ingredients like kale. Unlike when making a single-serve blend, you need to run the blender manually for about half a minute on 'High' after using the 'Extract' program, but it's still a very easy process.

0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
N/A
Crushed Ice Texture
N/A

According to the manual, the blender isn't meant to be used 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 isn't well-suited for making nut butter. It can make decent, spreadable nut butter, but it takes a lot of time and effort. You need to stop the blender frequently to scrape the sides of the jar and stir the mixture around the blades so that the ingredients continue to blend. In the end, there are no unprocessed chunks, but the nut butter is dry and sticky compared to what you can make in blenders like the KitchenAid K150.

7.0
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
94.2 dB

It's not particularly loud, but like virtually all blenders, it's noisy enough to be irritating if you're using it for more than a few minutes. You can find quieter options, like the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
14,100 RPM
Max Speed
20,300 RPM
Power
1,200 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

The NutriBullet Blender Combo has a somewhat narrow range of speed settings. The lowest speed is fast compared to a lot of blenders, which can be inconvenient if you want to avoid over-processing a certain recipe.

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

The NutriBullet Blender Combo has buttons for three different speed settings. There's an 'Extract' program you can use to puree ingredients for something like a smoothie, as well as a 'Pulse' button that you can hold down to pulse continuously.

9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z is very easy to clean by hand. Running the blender with soap and water in the jar does most of the work for you, even if you're working with sticky ingredients. You need to quickly wipe the jar, lid, and blades to remove any leftover residue. Since the blades are sharp and non-removable, you probably need a brush with a handle to clean them, but it's a very easy process overall.

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