Nutribullet Combo Blender review
Nutribullet is known for its personal single-serve bullet blenders, so the 2019 introduction of its Nutribullet Combo full-size blender is a new concept for the company.
The big questions are:
- Does this new Nutribullet full-size model blend better than competing blenders ?
- Is it worth an upgrade from its popular bullet blender product line ?
In this Nutribullet Combo review, I answer all of your questions, analyze its performance, features and explain how it compares to other blenders on the market.
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Nutribullet Combo Overview
The biggest feature of this blender is the full-size 64 ounce pitcher which includes a built-in blade and vented lid with tamper. The containers are BPA-free and made from high impact TX1001 Tritan plastic. The blades are made of stainless steel.
It is powered by a 1200 watt motor and the base is designed with suction cups so it doesn’t slide around on the counter.
The Combo blender also includes 32oz and 24oz single serve containers which are ideal for making single serve smoothies, dips, dressings, and small batch recipes.
There are 2 packages offered for this blender. Blender with pitcher only (model # ZNBF30400Z) and the Blender with pitcher and ZNBF30500Z with the to-go single serve cups.
Nutribullet Blender Combo base model ZNBF30400Z comes with :
- One 64 ounce pitcher with integrated blade and 1 pitcher lid(with vent cap)
- One easy twist extractor blade (for use with Nutribullet cups)
- One tamper
- Recipe book with recipes for smoothies, smoothie bowls, soup, dips, and cocktails
** The ZNBF30500Z package comes with everything above and add in a 32oz cup, 24oz cup with handle cup, and Two to-go lids. Our review and demonstration is of this ZNBF30500Z package as we wanted to test all of the accessories.
The push button controls are simple to use and include:
- ON/OFF button
- EXTRACT button to blend fruits vegetables, and ice. It will shut off automatically when done.
- LOW SPEED button to mix thin batters, gravies, marinades, process cooked foods or uncooked fruits.
- MEDIUM SPEED button to cream soups, mix dips, grind nuts, and blend sauces, spreads, mixed drinks and milkshakes.
- HIGH SPEED button to liquefy thick mixtures and blend frozen fruits and vegetables.
- PULSE BUTTON: To chop ingredients.
* The Low/Medium/High speeds will run until stopped with the pitcher but if you are using the Nutribullet cup then the speeds will stop after 60 seconds.
Nutribullet Combo Review
Positives: As mentioned above, we tested this blender including the single-serve cup package (Model# ZNBF30500Z) in order to test out all accessories. A simple to use blender with added versatility of both single serve cups and full-size pitcher. The blender performed well in our tests and I was impressed by the smoothie results from the 64oz pitcher. The pitcher allows you to add ingredients while blending and the vented lid can accommodate hot ingredients which you can’t do with their bullet blender models.
Nice smaller size for a full size blender. The hands-free extract button is convenient for smoothies. Pitcher offers easy clean up using the Extract mode.
Negatives: The motor base and gear drive are made of plastic so long term durability could be a concern. It is LOUD. Doesn’t compete with more powerful blenders like Vitamix or Blendtec. Not designed to blend any dry ingredients or ice without liquid.
Overall Opinion: The Nutribullet Combo offers decent power and useful accessories for the price point. I was pleasantly surprised by the blending performance of the full size pitcher. It competes decently with other brands in this price point like Oster and Ninja. I didn’t notice a big difference in speeds on the Nutribullet Combo but the controls are simple to use for common blending jobs.
Overall a good model if you like making daily personal smoothies but want the added flexibility of the full-size pitcher for larger recipes and other blending tasks.
Video demonstration and blending tests :
Nutribullet Combo vs Ninja Blenders
Ninja has a lot of different blender models but the most comparable model to the Nutritribullet Combo 1200 watt is probably the Ninja Professional (a top pick in this post). The Ninja Professional BL660 offers 72 oz pitcher, 1100 watts of power, and 16oz single serve blending cups with extraction blade.
The main difference between the two are that Ninja uses its unique total crushing blade which is a tall multi-level blade versus Nutribullet Combo uses a 6 prong bottom blade. The Ninja blade pushes the ingredients out and does well at blending ice and frozen ingredients. Whereas, the Nutribullet blade creates a vortex and pulls the ingredients down to the bottom for even blending.
Both blenders have similar build quality using a lot of plastic and offer similar controls. Overall, if I had to make a choice I prefer the design of the Nutribullet blade and accessories for more consistent blending performance of smoothies and drinks.
Nutribullet Combo vs Nutribullet Pro
The Nutribullet Pro 900 has been the company’s best selling personal blender and is our favorite personal blender. It offers 900 watts of blending power with a 32oz jar compared to Nutribullet Combo 1200 watt motor which uses a similar extractor blade with 32oz or 24oz jar.
Both blender have similar blending performance but the Nutribullet combo is a good choice if you want more versatility. The advantages of the Combo are the multiple speeds and the top loading large pitcher with tamper.
Nutribullet Combo vs Vitamix
Honestly, a Nutribullet Combo versus Vitamix isn’t really a fair comparison. The Nutribullet does blend smoothies and drinks well but it won’t offer the durability and performance of a Vitamix.
Vitamix blenders are built to last with a much longer full warranty. Vitamix offers more power, full range of speeds, won’t overheat, and better results for a wider range of heavy duty blending tasks.
Don’t me wrong though, the Nutribullet combo performed well for us and not everyone needs the power of a Vitamix. The Combo blender is great for someone who wants to blend up smoothies, dips, and drinks.
Q: Does is make hot soups ?
A: NO, Nutribullet does not turn cold ingredients into hot soups from friction like Vitamix or Blendtec. Nutribullet combo will puree the ingredients and then you add the puree to a pot to heat up.
Q: Can I blend hard vegetables ?
A: The Combo blender can blend raw vegetables but will struggle with hard thick raw root vegetables or potatoes. It is recommended to precook those before adding to Nutribullet Combo blender. It did well though at blending raw ginger root and raw carrots for us.
Q: Is it dishwasher safe ?
A: Yes, the cups and containers are TOP RACK dishwasher safe but never use the dishwasher SANITIZE cycle as the heat is too hot. Personally, I would only wash the pitcher by hand or run water with soap in it to clean as I don’t like washing the attached pitcher blade in the dishwasher.
Q: What is the warranty on this blender ?
A: Nutribullet provides a 1 year limited warranty which DOES NOT cover normal wear and tear. It only covers defects.
I liked the Nutribullet Combo and was happy with its blending performance. It is a little more expensive than some competing blenders with similar power, but I liked the ease of use and convenience of having a full-size and single-serve accessories all-in-one.
Let me know if you have any questions !