CNET First Look
Jarring results from this promising Ninja blenderMissteps hold the Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ blender back from fulfilling its potential.
[MUSIC] This is the $160 Ninja Auto IQ compact system. It boasts of fancy sounding features like nutrient Extraction and one touch intelligence, it's really similar to the $90 Nutra Ninja but it comes with a bunch more pieces and has an 1,100 watt motor as opposed to a 900 watt motor. All these features together should make a really awesome blender. In fact, when I reviewed the Nutri Ninja I thought it would be really great if it had a bigger jar, almost exactly like this one. Except this main 48 ounce jar really isn't any good, at all. [SOUND] It's poorly designed. Even thick smoothies are gonna get stuck in here and not be able to create a flow. With thicker stuff like pesto you're gonna find untouched pieces of food under the blades, stuck on the sides and you can't Can't actually reach in and help the blender by mixing things up, because the openings on the bottom. Scraping the side becomes an act of futility, and as for that one touch intelligence, it's really just referring to these buttons here, which are preset programs that aren't actually going to change depending on what's in your blender. There's no sensing going on. For example, the smoothie button didn't actually help the strawberries get any smoother, it's just to mix the speeds and pulses. The food processor set is a nice addition to the Nutri Ninja family. It handles tougher stuff like pesto and a big block of cheese really easily, but it still couldn't complete our toughest stress test And turn whole almonds into almond butter. For full size blending, I miss the tower blades of the Ultima. Without them, even with 1,100 watts at its disposal, this is a surprisingly wimpy Ninja. [MUSIC]