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NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watt Review – ZNBF30400Z and ZNBF30500Z Models

A NutriBullet is one of the most internationally established personal blender’ brand since 2003 when it came to the market with an idea of an upside-down bullet-like single-serve blender. The brand has been loyal to the concept for many years. To be precise until 2019 when the NutriBullet released two (2) countertop models – the Combo ZNBF30500Z blender (with a full-size jug and single-serve attachment) and the ZNBF30400Z blender (with a full-size jar only).

Given that the NutriBullet ZNBF30400Z and Combo ZNBF30500Z blenders press release claims “in terms of value, you’re getting a top-of-the-line blender the likes of Vitamix, for a fraction of the cost”, we decided to review these new machines and confirm or reject this very confident claim above.

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Functionality and Versatility

Smoothie: It can process soft and tough fruits and veggies like pineapple, carrot, dates, greens, spinach, kale, or stringy celery, and others. The bender also pulverizes chia seed, flax seeds, almonds, and able to obliterates fruit skin. Overall, it makes good shakes and smooth smoothies including the green ones.  However, it does not deal well with berry seeds like raspberry and blueberry seeds. It also may leave some chunks when processing hard veggies like carrot or pineapple and thus requires to blend them for longer (usually 2 minutes).

Ice crushing: The blender is able to crush ice in the smoothies but only if you add enough liquids for this recipe, the tamper that comes with these blenders is a great help for processing smoothies from frozen ingredients. Since this gadget is not able to process ice without liquid, it will not make snow cones or good-quality frozen desserts while it will mix slushes and alcoholic beverages at a medium speed that is perfect for this task. You can find a few recipes of margarita and daiquiris in the cookbook that comes with the blender set.

Juicing: No blender can make the classic juice that separates the fiber from liquid, while these models can process smooth enough smoothie to output a”whole juice”. 

Hot ingredients/Soup: The blender description claims it makes soups. it can make soup if only the user transfers cooked and cooled ingredients at the temperature of under 21 C/70 F degrees into the jug for content liquidizing. However, these machines are not able to heat food with frictions because they do not have enough speed for the task and they are designed for limited continuous running time (advised for maximum 1 minute).  These blenders also are not able to process hot ingredients in the jug simply because the containers cannot handle hot liquids.

Thus, the blender is not designed for making a bulletproof coffee or process any other hot liquids. 

Nut milk: The blender can process fairly good nut milk by blending nuts and water. For the best result, you are advised to strain the blended liquid through the nut bag to separate the fiber.

Nut butter: These blenders power, high speed, and tamper allow to make nut butter only from the roasted nuts, and with adding some oil, it is hardly able to achieve a good result without adding the oil. Be prepared to stop it a few times during the processing for scrapping the walls from stuck thick mixtures.

Pureeing/baby food: This machine is equipped with a tamper and has enough power to process a fairly thick mixture. It can puree cooled cooked veggies and make baby food.

Chopping/ mix food preps: It can process sauces, relishes, salad dressings, salsas, and marinades using a low speed and pulse function. With a help of tamper, it also makes pretty good quality spreads and dips including pesto and hummus. The pulse mode also allows users to chop food like onion or cabbage to prepare coleslaw.

Grinding: Although, these blenders can grind coffee (only to the medium ground for the French Press) or spices the manufacture does not recommend using a blender for processing dry ingredients such as grains, cereal, or coffee, as it may damage the motor and blade.

Speed Settings and Programs

Although the Combo ZNBF30500Z (with a full-size jug and single-serve attachment) and the ZNBF30400Z (with a full-size jug only) NutriBullet models look similar they have a slightly different control panel and the functionality.

The ZNBF30400Z (without personal blender) model control panel comes with the ON/OFF button, LOW, MED, HIGH speeds, and PULSE buttons.

The ON/OFF button turns the blender ON. The LOW, MED, HIGH controls are activated by pressing them, the speed cycle will run until you stop the blender by pressing the ON/OFF button or appropriate LOW, MED, HIGH speed the second time. However, the manufacturer advice to stop the blender ones it starts to heat the liquid with fictions.

The PULSE function is activated simply by holding the button down, it will continue running until you release it. The PULSE function is very useful for the momentary task and also allows the user to make chunky recipes.

The Combo ZNBF30500Z model control panel comes with the ON/OFF button, EXTRACT, LOW, MID, HIGH speeds, and PULSE buttons. So, it has only one EXTRACT extra button compared to the ZNBF30400Z model.

The ON/OFF, LOW, MID, HIGH speeds, and PULSE controls are functioning the same way as for the basic model. However, when you run the single-serve attachment the LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH speeds will shut off the unit automatically at the end of 1 min cycle to prevent heat and pressure build-up in the single-serve cup. If you need to blend for longer than start another 1-minute cycle. 

The EXTRACT button starts the 1-minute cycle and runs a few increasing speed cycles, it is designed for making smoothies. The blender will stop automatically at the end of the 1-minute EXTRACT cycle for both full-size jar or the singles serve cups. 

Warnings:

  • The singles-serve attachment is not interchangeable between Combo and Basic models, you cannot buy separately single-serve attachment and use it with the Basic model base unit. You have to buy a combo or basic model without a chance to use it with the personal blender attachment.
  • The control panel buttons feel flimsy and are not smooth to press.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

Operating: The NutriBullet ZNBF30400Z and Combo ZNBF30500Z blenders are both very easy to use.

The main 64 oz jar comes with the blades permanently inbuilt into the container. To start using it, you just have to add the ingredients to the pitcher up to the MAX lines (it has two MAX lines for solid and liquid ingredients), align the lid to the handle and press it into place, locate the pitcher onto the motor base and twist gently clockwise, so it locks in place (you can locate pitcher in any position BUT NOT the aligning the handle to the back). Now press the ON/OFF button and follow by pressing the needed speed, extract or pulse control, the blender will run.

To remove the blender from the base unit just turn it anticlockwise.

The Combo ZNBF30500Z personal blender attachment has an improved design compared to old NutriBullet 600 and 900 models and has the blade assembly in one piece without any gasket. For running the single-serve cup the use has to add ingredients to the NutriBullet cup up to the MAX line, twist tightly the blade assembly to the cup, turn the cup upside down, and place it onto the motor base and gently turn the cup clockwise to lock into the motor base. To start blending, select a speed or the EXTRACT program.

To disassemble the attachment just twist it anticlockwise until the click and remove the blade assemble from the cup.

Warning: The base unit-containers connection is very sensitive, the minimum touch is enough to shut off the blender. For example, if you add extra ingredients when it runs the slight pressure to the jar may stop the blending cycle.

Cleaning: The 64 oz. container and single-serve cup are dishwasher safe. However, the hand wash of self-cleaning will extend the container’s durability.  The 64 oz. the jar has the blades permanently inbuilt into containers, so you can use a self-cleaning procedure for cleaning it. You just have to rinse the container or use the dishwasher brush to remove obstinate ingredients if any, then add some water with the few drops of soap and run for 15-45 sec, then rinse and dry it. The best practice to wipe it dry with a cloth after cleaning and do not let it air-dry because over time the container will become cloudy.

Warning: The NutreBullet has very sharp blades, handle them carefully to avoid laceration injury.

Base Unit and Motor Power

NutriBullet 1200 Watts comes with a powerful 1200 watts motor and all plastic blade to motor drive coupling that substantially reduces the motor durability.

Nevertheless, it has nice features too. Both blender models base unit back and the bottom are equipped with the venting system and an internal thermal breaker that shuts off the motor when it overheats that make this machine safe to operate. The machine also comes with the suction cups on the base to reduce unit vibration and keep it stable while it is running.

Containers

nutribullet 64 oz containerBothe NutriBullet ZNBF30400Z and Combo ZNBF30500Z models set include the durable BPA-free plastic 64 oz./8cups/1800ml container with a blade assembly permanently integrated into a container. The pitcher equipped with the safety locking mechanism and will not start running if locked to the base unit incorrectly.

The container walls feature clear measuring marks in ounces, cups, and ml and MAX line marking for the solid (64 oz. /8 cups) and liquid (56 oz. /7 cups) ingredients. The container has a soft grip silicon rubber lining handle and easy-pour spout.

Lid: It is equipped with a rubber lid that seals snugly into the jar and a removable venting cap. The user can remove the cap and add extra ingredients to the opening during the blending without stopping the machine or for inserting tamper.

Tamper:  The blenders also come with a hollow plastic stick/tamper designed for preventing air-pockets during the processing of thick mixtures.

The ZNBF30500Z Combo model comes with an additional BPA-free plastic 32-oz and 24-oz (handled) single-serve cups, removable blade assembly, and two (2) to-go lids. Cups feature two MAX lines for solid ingredients (higher line) and liquids (lower line) and no measuring marking.

Blades

The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z/ZNBF30400Z full-size 64 ounces pitcher comes with a blade assembly permanently integrated into the container, this design is typical for the high-end blenders and known for excellent sealing that eliminates leakage problems. The blades are made from stainless steel and designed with 4 long heavy-duty prongs and 2 sharpened short ones for creating effective with cyclonic vortex

The Combo ZNBF30500Z model comes with an additional removable set of the blade assembly (easy-twist extractor blade) that is interchangeable for 24 oz. and 32 oz. cups for running single-serve blender attachment. The easy-twist extractor blade has a 4-prongs design and is made of stainless steel. The easy-twist extractor blade system features an improved version of NutriBullet 600 and Pro 900 models as they constructed in one piece without the O-ring that makes the blade assembly easy to screw on, and less prone to the leakage.

Warning: The integrated and removable sets of blades are very sharp and must be handled with care. The sharp blades tend to lose sharpness over time. So, the manufacture recommends replacing the easy-twist extractor blade every 6 months for the best performance. 

Special Features

Color: Both NutriBullet Combo ZNBF30500Z and NutriBullet ZNBF30400Z blenders come in dark gray color only.

Certified Refurbished: Both models are available in renewed condition (certified refurbished) while they are just marginally cheaper than the original models.

Operation outside of USA/Canada: NutriBullet Combo ZNBF30500Z and NutriBullet ZNBF30400Z are sold in the USA and Canada and equipped with 110-120 voltage system. Manufactures discourage to use the unit in the countries with a 220-240 voltage system even via the voltage transformer as it may compromise the blender warranty.

Noise

Nutribullet Combo ZNBF30500Z and NutriBullet ZNBF30400Z are noisy machines. The noise depends on a variety of parameters – the food you blend, the surface the blender sitting, the distance to the wall, etc. Approximately the unit release about 100 dB. To reduce the noise coming from the blender the user can place it on the rubber mat that usually helps to lower the sound.

Warranty and Customer Service

Both Combo ZNBF30500Z and ZNBF30400Z Nutribullet blenders are equipped with the only 1-year LIMITED warranty that covers any defects in materials and workmanship for this period from the date of retail purchase. The warranty is not transferrable and applied only to the original purchaser. The blenders come with 30 days trial period. However the NutriBullet charges shipping and processing fees for returns, replacements, and/or refunds that include around $30 restocking fee plus applicable shipping fees.

Customers can register the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z and ZNBF30400Z warranty online or contact the NutriBullet Company via the phone 1-800-523-5993. You have to keep safe the original purchase receipt with a description of the product, purchase date, and the appropriate NutriBullet serial number to apply the warranty.

The NutriBullet customer service has not the best reputation in the industry and they are usually very reluctant to replace or repair faulty products.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z/ZNBF30400Z pitcher, cups and single serve attachment blades (easy twist extractor blades) are not compatibles with other NutriBullet models.

The replacement containers, blade system, and additional accessories for the ZNBF30500Z/ZNBF30400Z models are available soon from the manufacture website and other retailers:

  • The 64 oz. replacement pitcher; 
  • The smaller 56 oz. full-size container;
  • The replacement 24 oz. Handled Cup;
  • The replacement 24 oz. Cup; 
  • The Combo Easy Twist replacement Extractor Blade;
  • NutriBullet 4-Pack Stainless Steel Straws.

So, there is only an additional 56 oz. jar available for the blender. However, it does not offer the 32 oz. Combo replacement cup, you can replace it with an option of 24 oz. cups instead.

NutriBullet Combo Blender – ZNBF30500Z model, via Amazon

NutriBullet Blender – ZNBF30400Z model, via Amazon 

Set Includes

  • 1200 Watts motor base;
  • 64 oz. pitcher with the inbuilt blade system;
  • Pitcher lid with vented lid cap;
  • 32-oz single-serve cup with to-go lids;
  • 24-oz single-serve handled cup with to-go lids;
  • Removable and interchangeable Easy-twist extractor blade;
  • Tamper;
  • User guide;
  • Recipes guide with some health-related information;
  • Warranty registration card;
  • Quick start guide.

You can find additional recipes on the NutriBullet website.

Dimensions

NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z/ZNBF30400Z Blender has a moderate base unit footprint of 7.75” X 8.07” and 16.97” profile that will not occupy the much of the counter space and will easily fit under standard kitchen cabinet. The gadget features the 3.5 ft. long power cord. 

Although, the Nutribullet’s base is made of lightweight plastic and weighs only 9.35 pounds suction cups on the bottom prevent unit vibration when you blend thick and hard ingredients.

NutriBullet Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • A powerful machine that makes fairly smooth drinks including green smoothies;
  • It fits under the standard kitchen cabinet;
  • The blender is very easy to use and suite for complete healthy lifestyle beginner;
  • The Combo model comes with Extract pre-set cycle that allows user set and go-away while blender shut-off automatically;

Cons:

  • This blender cannot crush ice without plenty of liquid;
  • Comes with the non-durable plastic motor-to-blades couplings;
  • Equipped with only 1-year Limited warranty;
  • The manufacturer recommends replacing the single-serve attachment blade assembly every 6 months that will result in extra cost to the customer;
  • Comes with a poorly designed tamper that is too short its purposes;
  • The Combo and Basic models are not compatible, so you cannot buy the singles serve attachment for the basic model and use it as Combo.

NutriBullet Consumer Reviews

All NutriBullet blenders are very popular, thanks to the professional and appealing advertisement. Since the Combo ZNBF30500Z and Basic ZNBF30400Z models seem to be better quality than very popular older NutriBullet models, these new blenders will fight for its share of the mid-range full-size blender niche.

Amazon rating – 4.7-4.9

Price

The NutriBullet machines are very popular thus slightly higher priced than other similar quality blenders. Both models are available for under $$-$$$ with most of the retailers for most of the time. You can grab a bargain quite often though. 

NutriBullet Combo Blender – ZNBF30500Z model, via Amazon

NutriBullet Blender – ZNBF30400Z model, via Amazon 

Summary

The Combo ZNBF30500Z (with a full-size jug and single-serve attachment) and ZNBF30400Z (with full-size jug) are the decent mid-range machines. However, the NutriBullet commercials are misleading customers with the claim that NutriBullet’s new models are comparable to the high-end Vitamix blenders. They are not. They are not able to perform the full range of Vitamix tasks, considerably less powerful, have much lower highest speed RPMs, a weaker torque, and certainly, they are not as well-built as Vitamix machines. Finally, the Vitamix blenders come with 5-10 years Full warranty compare to the NutriBullet 1-year Limited warranty.

Nevertheless, the Combo ZNBF30500Z and ZNBF30400Z are pretty versatile and certainly the most successful NutriBullet models that are very simple to use and clean. Although, they have a limited range of speeds (only three (3) speeds) but powerful enough for basic to medium-range tasks. They blend smooth smoothies including green ones, make dips, basic food preps tasks well, and even able to prepare nut butter though with some efforts. With all this, they are good quality “simple” blenders.

If you will decide to go for one of the Nutribullet blenders just remember that you have to choose between the basic model (ZNBF30400Z) or the Combo one (ZNBF30500Z) with the single-serve attachment before buying.  Since the two models attachments are not compatible you will not be able to upgrade later and buy a single-serve attachment to use with the basic ZNBF30400Z model.

So…. If you are an aficionado of the NutriBullet and loyal to the brand then it is the best Nutribullet blender and certainly worth considering. If you are not so keen on NutriBullet and considering other options then you may be interested in our other reviews:

 

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