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Nutri Ninja Duo Review

The Nutri Ninja Blendmax Duo, our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner, is a cost-effective way to get the convenience of a single-serving personal blender with the power of a full-sized, high-power blender.

Our Verdict

It only got the soup warm and not hot, but this blender is convenient for most other uses and is particularly good at crushing ice for frozen drinks.

For

  • The single-serve pitcher is so convenient for a smoothie on the go.

Against

  • The automatic blending feature presents a bit of a learning curve at first.

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Nutri Ninja image: This is one of a few competitors that have both a single-serving jar and a pitcher.

Nutri Ninja image: This is one of a few competitors that have both a single-serving jar and a pitcher.
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Nutri Ninja image: Flat controls make this blender easy to clean.

Nutri Ninja image: Flat controls make this blender easy to clean.
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Nutri Ninja image: The handle has to snap into place securely before the blender can be used.

Nutri Ninja image: The handle has to snap into place securely before the blender can be used.
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Nutri Ninja image: A pour spout on the pitcher makes it easy to keep things tidy.

Nutri Ninja image: A pour spout on the pitcher makes it easy to keep things tidy.
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Nutri Ninja image: An 80-ounce jar allows you to get large quantities of food when you want them.

Nutri Ninja image: An 80-ounce jar allows you to get large quantities of food when you want them.
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Nutri Ninja image: An included recipe book can offer good ideas for what to make with your new blender.

Nutri Ninja image: An included recipe book can offer good ideas for what to make with your new blender.
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Nutri Ninja image: The single-serve pitcher comes with a lid so you can blend and drink out of one dish.

Nutri Ninja image: The single-serve pitcher comes with a lid so you can blend and drink out of one dish.
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Nutri Ninja image: A cord wrap on the base helps keep countertop clutter to a minimum.

Nutri Ninja image: A cord wrap on the base helps keep countertop clutter to a minimum.
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Nutri Ninja image: Suction cups on the base keep this blender in place even if the countertop is wet.

Nutri Ninja image: Suction cups on the base keep this blender in place even if the countertop is wet.
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Nutri Ninja image: We made frozen fruit smoothies with each machine during testing.

Nutri Ninja image: We made frozen fruit smoothies with each machine during testing.
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Nutri Ninja image: The Auto-IQ feature is designed to sense when foods are not fully broken down and to turn the blender back on automatically.

Nutri Ninja image: The Auto-IQ feature is designed to sense when foods are not fully broken down and to turn the blender back on automatically.
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Nutri Ninja image: This blender was very good at breaking down ice into small and evenly sized pieces.

Nutri Ninja image: This blender was very good at breaking down ice into small and evenly sized pieces.
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Nutri Ninja image: The crushed ice you get from this machine is the perfect consistency for frozen drinks.

Nutri Ninja image: The crushed ice you get from this machine is the perfect consistency for frozen drinks.
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Nutri Ninja image: This blender works well for traditional juicing in addition to smoothies and soups.

Nutri Ninja image: This blender works well for traditional juicing in addition to smoothies and soups.
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Nutri Ninja image: You can use the 10 different speed settings and preset buttons to get just the right level of blending power for each recipe.

Nutri Ninja image: You can use the 10 different speed settings and preset buttons to get just the right level of blending power for each recipe.
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Nutri Ninja image: Vegetables and fruit can be placed in the blender whole or cut up.

Nutri Ninja image: Vegetables and fruit can be placed in the blender whole or cut up.
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Nutri Ninja image: A digital display includes preset buttons for frozen drinks and dough.

Nutri Ninja image: A digital display includes preset buttons for frozen drinks and dough.
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Nutri Ninja image: Nuts and seeds can be completely broken down in this blender to become part of smoothies or nut butters.

Nutri Ninja image: Nuts and seeds can be completely broken down in this blender to become part of smoothies or nut butters.
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Nutri Ninja image: Ninja support options include an online contact form.

Nutri Ninja image: Ninja support options include an online contact form.
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Nutri Ninja image: An online version of the manual is easy to find if you have questions about operating the blender.

Nutri Ninja image: An online version of the manual is easy to find if you have questions about operating the blender.

The Nutri Ninja Blendmax Duo, our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner, is a cost-effective way to get the convenience of a single-serving personal blender with the power of a full-sized, high-power blender. This unit comes with one base but three pitchers for blending, two of which can be used for drinking, too. This blender was good at most of our test recipes for smoothies and at crushing ice, though it was less strong at making fresh soup. If you want to use your blender for piping hot soup, check out the Cuisinart Hurricane.

We used the preset buttons when that was an option on the machines in our blender reviews. For the smoothie test we used the Ninja Duo's smoothie button and got good results, though this blender did seem to heat up the smoothie slightly in the process. We were looking for perfectly smooth consistency and we found a few larger chunks here and there in Ninja Duo's smoothies, but they were generally excellent.

Both of the Ninja brand products in our comparison do a really good job of crushing ice so that the pieces are all small and roughly the same size, the way you want them for frozen drinks. Ninja Duo has a specific button for ice that makes it very easy.

This was not the best blender for soup, though. It came out smooth enough but was not heated much, even after the full four minutes recommended in the recipe. There is no preset button for soup, so the Ninja Duo is not really even designed to excel at making it. We prefer to have the option, though. The soup we got out of this blender had decent texture and flavor, but you will definitely want to heat it in the microwave to get the best results.

This is a relatively quiet blender, especially when you consider how much power it has. With 1,600 watts it is second in our review in blending power so it would have the right to be really loud, but it is the fourth quietest, averaging 93.5 decibels when it was making smoothies. This blender falls in the middle of the pack when it is fully assembled but it should fit under most overhead kitchen cabinets for easy storage.

The Ninja Duo really stands out for the safety of its non-slip base. The suction cups help ensure that it will not slip, slide or tip over, even on a wet countertop. In fact, this blender almost takes that too far because it can be difficult to slide it over when you want. The suction cups on the base are that strong.

This blender has an Auto-IQ feature that is designed to sense when a recipe is under-blended. If it is, The Ninja Duo will automatically turn itself on again to further break down the food in question. This is a nice capability once you get used to it, but there is a learning curve at first. The Duo is not the most intuitive machine because of it. The pre-programmed buttons for smoothies and frozen drinks are one feature that adds to ease of use, though, and you get used to the Auto-IQ feature.

This machine features flat controls that are easy to clean, and you can clean out the pitchers in the dishwasher if you are pinched for time. Hand washing them can be even faster, though. This blender's cord wrap is nice for keeping your countertop in order when you have it positioned close to the outlet.

The warranty is relatively short and that is disappointing. There are some online deals for this unit that come with an enhanced warranty, but the basic one out of the box is just one year. That's not much, especially when you compare it with the eight-year warranties on some competing products.

Even with a short warranty and an underwhelming performance on soup, the Nutri Ninja Blendmax Duo is a strong contender when comparing high-power blenders. You basically get a personal and family-sized blender in one box so you can make and take your smoothie in the morning or make a bigger batch of frozen drinks to share later in the day without having to stop and specifically wash everything.

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