Ninja auto iq: Ninja BL491 Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System review: This blender is not a Ninja star

Ninja BL491 Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Compact System review: This blender is not a Ninja star

One of my main complaints in my positive review of the original Nutri Ninja was the lack of a bigger jar with measurement lines. The new Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Compact system not only has that, it also a more powerful motor as well as a food processor attachment, a dough blade, and a stainless steel cup. At $160, it’s more expensive than the $90 Nutri Ninja, but the price is still more than reasonable, especially compared to $400+ Vitamix and Blendtec blenders.

The Ninja Auto-IQ should be a home run, but it’s not. The main 48-ounce jar isn’t very well designed, and as a result, its blending performance is sub par. The other pieces work fine, and the food processor attachment is a nice addition to the Nutri Ninja package. The Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Compact System is still a fine blender, but it’s not as special as it could have been.

Unmasking the Ninja

With an 1,200-watt motor, you get plenty of power for your dollar with the Ninja Auto-IQ Compact System. The base works with the various attachments, and has suction cups for feet that helps it stay upright as it blends your food.

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The pieces of the Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Compact System.

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You can buy this powerful Nutri Ninja with all of its attachments from the company site for $160, as well as Best Buy, Sears, Target, Amazon and other small appliance retailers. If you don’t want the food processor attachment, you can save $30 and go with the $130 Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Complete, which is the same system otherwise.

Both models are available in the UK, though unfortunately not in Australia at the moment. The international versions are called the Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Pro Compact and Pro Complete respectively. On, the Compact is priced at £180 and the complete at £150. The US price converts to approximately AU$215 for the Compact and AU$175 for the Complete.

Blending on the go

A single-blade attachment fits into both to-go cups and the 48-ounce food jar. With the to-go cups, that makes for an easy process of blending, swapping out the blades for the lid and walking out your door with your smoothie. It’s a nice design that Ninja’s employed for some time, both on the Nutri Ninja, and the to-go cups of the great Ninja Ultima.

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The blade attachment fits on both to-go cups and the main 48 ounce jar.

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It works quite well for smoothies in particular, but having the lid on the bottom still causes some annoyances, as I noted in the Nutri Ninja review. You won’t be able to scrape the sides or help your blender in any way during tougher assignments.

The food processor

Other annoyances include the finicky food processor lid. I like the food processor attachment in general, it adds versatility to the package in terms of what you can blend, but it takes some skill to get the lid exactly in the right spot so you can push down the lever and seal it.

Get the lid on correctly, and the food processor will make pesto within seconds and even pulverize a full 8 ounce block of cheddar. The food processor did quite well on most of our stress tests, while the to-go cups held their own, as expected, on the basics like smoothies.

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The lid of the food processor attachment proves tricky to put in place.

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The main jar

Both results help redeem this Nutri Ninja system, as the main jar doesn’t do either the heavy lifting or the fundamentals particularly well. The blades don’t reach low enough or wide enough. Not only does that inhibit flow, but I consistently found small, untouched pieces of food stuck under the blades or pushed away to the sides.

At top speeds, the blades will push thick ingredients up and away, while keeping small particles trapped underneath, creating a cavity and causing them to spin fruitlessly.

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At top speeds, the blades create a gap in the mixture you’re trying to blend, and spin fruitlessly.

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Both the low speed and the Auto-IQ buttons help with this issue, but they don’t fix the problem, and it shows that the poorly designed main jar doesn’t know how to harness this Ninja’s 1,200 watts for truly powerful blending. This jar is sorely missing the tower blades of the Ninja Ultima.

The blades for the food processor look similar to those, and it handles tough blending much better as a result. Neither the food processor nor the main 48-ounce jar could complete our toughest stress test, though – turning raw almonds into almond butter. It’s a tall order, but the best of the best, including the Ninja Ultima, pull it off.


Put any blending jar onto the base, and the display lights up letting you pick your options and start blending. You’ll twist the jars to lock them in, and I liked how secure they felt once in place. The blending options themselves aren’t as impressive.

The Auto-IQ feature refers to the Extract, Blend, and Chop buttons along with the Smooth Boost add-on. All three just run a preset schedule of pulses varying in length and speed. None of them actually change based on what’s in the jar.

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The buttons don’t adapt to what you’re trying to blend, they just run preset programs.

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According to a Ninja representative, the settings are “optimized by an internal culinary team to break down ingredients based on program. For example, Extract is developed to break down whole fruits and vegetables which require longer blending time because of fibrous ingredients.”

In practice, that means the Extract program is 10 seconds longer than the Blend program. The programs allow you to hit a button and walk away for a minute, and the different speeds and pulses will get the ingredients down towards the blades better than just leaving it on straight for that same minute. But I’m disappointed the machine doesn’t sense torque or do anything else that actually adapts to your particular mixture. That’s what I imagined when I see the Auto-IQ feature claiming “One touch intelligence.”

The buttons also don’t guarantee results, as I still had chunks of strawberry left in the mixture of frozen strawberries and OJ after hitting the Blend button. The buttons add a little convenience, but they don’t unlock the secret potential of the blender any more so than staying by it and pulsing the blades yourself.

The Verdict

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The main jar took awhile to pulverize a big block of cheese.

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Take away the disappointing elements of the Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Compact System — primarily the lackluster 48-ounce jar and the unintelligent one-touch intelligence — and what remains are the to-go cups of the original Nutri Ninja and a solid food processor attachment. Paying an extra $70 for this package over the $90 standalone Nutri Ninja feels like a steep increase since the food processor is the only worthwhile part of the upgrade.

Given that the $130 Auto-IQ Complete doesn’t even have that, I recommend passing on the Complete system since it won’t offer any elements above and beyond the Nutri Ninja that aren’t lackluster. The Compact System sits more in the middle ground. It’s not a bad buy if you like the brand, and want a Nutri Ninja with a little extra versatility. Alternatively, consider the similarly priced $150 Oster Versa or KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender or the slightly more expensive $200 Breville Hemisphere Control Blender.

Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Personal Countertop Blender, 1200-Watt

Comes with 72 ounce pitcher and several serving bowls. Powerful, sturdy and versatile. Patented technology will determine just the right amount of blending time for your drink.

– BestReviews

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The large 72 ounce container is made of BPA-Free Plastic and is Dishwasher Safe, for blending a variety of ingredients.

– Smart Review

May 18, 2018 | Full review

All jars, blades, and lids are BPA free and dishwasher safe.

– Blender Reviews US

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An Auto iQ Ninja blender that can pulverize ice (and turn it into snow!) and can break down whole fruits and vegetables while extracting vitamins.

– Best Seekers

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Unlike the usual blenders, you don’t have to guess when the blending is done. Its Auto-IQ technology includes timed blending programs to make your job even easier.

– Consumer Online Report

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The Pro Extractor blade assembly takes out the most nutrients that are possible out of the fruits, vegetables and seeds. Besides the 3 blending speeds and pulse, Auto-IQ programs are available with timer to perform the blending task in the best manner without your help.

– Blender Reviews

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Includes a ton of extras like tumblers and recipe books.

– Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes

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All containers are BPA free and dishwasher safe. At the bottom of the base are 4 suction cups which are designed to stick the blender onto the table while you blend. This will make sure the blender won’t move during blending.

– Everything Smoothie

| Full review

The pro extractor blades blend nutritious beverage.

– Solid Gold Eats

| Full review

It actually has 2 sets of blades to help you get the right consistency each time. There’s the “total crushing” blades which are great in turning ice into snow quickly and the “pro extractor” blades that are great in breaking down seeds, vegetables, and fruits so you can enjoy their maximum benefits.

– Juicing Nation

| Full review

Display timer shows you exactly when your recipe will be ready.

– Best Blender USA

| Full review

It has Auto IQ technology that features timed, intelligent blending programs that do the work for you, taking away the guess work completely.

– Cooking Detective

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It provides enough power for hard to blend food items like nuts, grains but it also offer the delicate cycle if you just want to pulse, chop or mix. Making smoothies and frozen drinks was a breeze.

– The Afropolitan Mom

March 6, 2015 | Full review

Large 72oz blender pitcher is enough to make a large batch of smoothies and purees at a time.

– Greeny Kitchen

| Full review

We liked the six-blade design as it ensures that any food placed in the pitcher/cup is evenly chopped, minced, or pureed.

– Authority Adviser

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Ninja Countertop Blenders

Ninja countertop blenders come in several different styles. Some models are full-size, professional appliances while others are primarily for smaller blending jobs, like smoothies. They have black or dark gray bases and tops that make them tasteful additions to any kitchen.

Are Ninja blender pitchers plastic or glass?

The primary containers as well as the single-serve cups of Ninja blenders are made of BPA-free plastic. The containers and lids may all be safely washed in your kitchen dishwasher.

How powerful are Ninja countertop blenders?

The wattage of the Ninja motors varies from 900 to 1500, depending on the model. They are all designed to have the power to pulverize fruits and vegetables, including skins, and crush ice. You can make things like soups, nut butters, ice cream, frozen cocktails, and baby food in these appliances.

What are the power levels on a Ninja countertop blender?

This varies by model. Some models have full manual control while others feature an Auto-IQ function. To use the automatic setting, you simply push the button that corresponds to what you are making, like “smoothie.” The blender then automatically pulses and pauses in the right pattern and for the right time to produce the ideal mix for a smoothie.

What other features are there to choose from?

The blenders may have from two to 12 Auto-IQ settings, depending on the model. Most also have a manual option in case you want to control the blending cycle yourself. You can choose a model with a wide manual range that gives you precise control of the blending process.

Ninja blenders have a number of handy features that vary by model.

  • Many models come with single-serving cups included. You may get one or two 24-ounce containers or two of different sizes. They have spout tops that make it easy to drink right from the cup.
  • The pitchers hold up to 72 ounces, depending on the model. They may have a top with a pour spout or a vented top.
  • There are several varieties of blades available, including stacked, “Next-Generation,” or “Pro Extractor.” The stacked blades are located along a vertical post in the middle of the container. They provide powerful crushing action that is particularly suited for ice and icy drinks. The Next-Generation blades are located at the bottom of the container. They provide cyclonic action to keep the food smoothly churning through the blades. This produces a well-mixed result. Pro-Extractor blades are designed to tear through things like fruit peels and leafy greens to make creamy-smooth beverages.
  • Some models come with a food processor attachment or a spiral-cutting attachment.

How do you use the locking lid?

Your model may have a locking lid for safety. In order for the blending to start, the top must be properly aligned with the handle. Look for markings, like small arrows, on the top and handle, and make sure they are lined up. To release the lid, push the release button on its top.

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