A NutriBullet has been one of the most internationally established personal blender brands 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 claim “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, stringy celery, and others. The bender also pulverizes chia seeds, flax seeds, and almonds and is able to obliterate fruit skin. Overall, it makes good shakes and smooth smoothies, including 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 carrots or pineapple and thus requires blending them for longer (usually 2 minutes).
Ice crushing: The blender can 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 cannot 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 margarita and daiquiris recipes 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 smoothies 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 under 21 C/70 F degrees temperature into the jug for content liquidizing. However, these machines cannot heat food with friction because they do not have enough speed for the task and are designed for limited continuous running time (advised for a maximum of 1 minute). These blenders cannot process hot ingredients in the jug simply because the containers cannot handle hot liquids.
Thus, the blender is not designed to make bulletproof coffee or process any other hot liquids.
Nut milk: The blender can process fairly good nut milk by blending nuts and water. You are advised to strain the blended liquid through the nut bag to separate the fiber for the best result.
Nut butter: These blenders’ power, high speed, and tamper allow them 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 to scrap 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/mixing food preps: It can process sauces, relishes, salad dressings, salsas, and marinades using a low speed and pulse function. It also makes good-quality spreads and dips with tamper’s help, 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 manufacturer 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 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, and HIGH controls are activated by pressing them; the speed cycle will run until you stop the blender by pressing the ON/OFF button or the appropriate LOW, MED, or HIGH speed the second time. However, the manufacturer advises stopping the blender once it starts to heat the liquid with fiction.
The PULSE function is activated simply by holding the button down; it will continue running until you release it. The PULSE function is beneficial 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 function the same way as the basic model. However, when you run the single-serve attachment, the LOW, MEDIUM, or HIGH speeds will automatically shut off the unit at the end of 1 min cycle to prevent heat and pressure build-up single-serve cup if you need to blend for longer, then 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 the full-size jar and the singles serve cups.
- The single-serve attachment is not interchangeable between Combo and Basic models; you cannot buy separately single-serve attachments and use them 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. So to start using it, you 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, 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, turn it anticlockwise.
The Combo ZNBF30500Z personal blender attachment has an improved design compared to the old NutriBullet 600 and 900 models and has the blade assembly in one piece without any gasket. For running the single-serve cup, the user has to add ingredients to the NutriBullet cup up to the MAX line, twist the blade assembly tightly to the cup, turn the cup upside down, 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, 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 jar’s slight pressure may stop the blending cycle.
Cleaning: The 64 oz. Container and single-serve cups are dishwasher safe. However, hand washing or 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 to clean it. You have to rinse the container or use the dishwasher brush to remove obstinate ingredients, if any, then add some water with a few drops of soap and run for 15–45 sec, then rinse and dry it. The best practice is to wipe it dry with a cloth after cleaning and not let it air-dry is that the container will become cloudy over time.
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’s durability.
Nevertheless, it has nice features too. Both blender models’ base unit back and bottom are equipped with a venting system and an internal thermal breaker that shuts off the motor when it overheats, which makes this machine safe to operate. The machine also comes with suction cups on the base to reduce unit vibration and keep it stable while it is running.
Bothe 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. In addition, the pitcher is equipped with a 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 inserting a tamper.
Tamper: The blenders also come with a hollow plastic stick/tamper designed to prevent air pockets during thick mixture processing.
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. In addition, cups feature two MAX lines for solid ingredients (higher line) and liquids (lower line) and no measuring marking.
The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z/ZNBF30400Z full-size 64 ounces pitcher comes with a blade assembly permanently integrated into the container; this design is typical for high-end blenders and is 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 an effective cyclonic vortex.
The Combo ZNBF30500Z model comes with an additional removable set of 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. In addition, the easy-twist extractor blade system features an improved version of the NutriBullet 600 and Pro 900 models as they are constructed in one piece without the O‑ring, making the blade assembly easy to screw on and less prone to 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 manufacturer recommends replacing the easy-twist extractor blade every 6 months for the best performance.
Color: Both NutriBullet Combo ZNBF30500Z and NutriBullet ZNBF30400Z blenders only come in dark gray color.
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 a 110–120 voltage system. Manufacturers discourage to use of the unit in countries with a 220–240 voltage system, even via the voltage transformer, as it may compromise the blender warranty.
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 is sitting on, 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, which usually reduces the sound.
Warranty and Customer Service
Both Combo ZNBF30500Z and ZNBF30400Z Nutribullet blenders are equipped with only a 1‑year LIMITED warranty covering any defects in materials and artistry during this period from the date of retail purchase. The warranty is not transferrable and is applied only to the original purchaser. In addition, the blenders come with 30 days trial period. However, NutriBullet charges shipping and processing fees for returns, replacements, and/or refunds, including around a $30 restocking fee plus applicable shipping fees.
Customers can register the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z and ZNBF30400Z warranty online or contact the NutriBullet Company via phone at 1–800-523‑5993. You have to keep the original purchase receipt safe with a description of the product, purchase date, and the appropriate NutriBullet serial number to apply the warranty.
NutriBullet customer service does not have the best industry reputation, 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 incompatible with other NutriBullet models.
The replacement containers, blade system, and additional accessories for the ZNBF30500Z/ZNBF30400Z models are available soon from the manufacturer’s 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 32 oz. Combo replacement cup; you can replace it with an option of 24 oz. cups instead.
- 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;
- User guide;
- Recipes guide with some health-related information;
- Warranty registration card;
- Quick start guide.
You can find additional recipes on the NutriBullet website.
NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z/ZNBF30400Z Blender has a moderate base unit footprint of 7.75” X 8.07” and a 16.97” profile that will not occupy much of the counter space and will easily fit under a standard kitchen cabinet. In addition, the gadget features a 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
- 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 suitable for complete healthy lifestyle beginners;
- The Combo model comes with Extract pre-set cycle that allows the user to set and go away while the blender shut-off automatically;
- This blender cannot crush ice without plenty of liquid;
- Comes with non-durable plastic motor-to-blades couplings;
- Equipped with only a 1‑year Limited warranty;
- The manufacturer recommends replacing the single-serve attachment blade assembly every 6 months, which will result in extra cost to the customer;
- Comes with a poorly designed tamper that is too short for 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 top-rated, thanks to the professional and appealing advertisement. Since the Combo ZNBF30500Z and Basic ZNBF30400Z models seem to be of better quality than very popular older NutriBullet models, these new blenders will fight for their share of the mid-range full-size blender niche.
The NutriBullet machines are very popular, thus slightly higher priced than other similar quality blenders. However, both models are available for under $$-$$$, with most of the retailers for most of the time. You can grab a bargain quite often, though.
The Combo ZNBF30500Z (with a full-size jug and single-serve attachment) and ZNBF30400Z (with a full-size jug) are 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 cannot perform the full range of Vitamix tasks, are considerably less powerful, have much lower highest-speed RPMs, have a weaker torque, and certainly, they are not as well-built as Vitamix machines. Finally, the Vitamix blenders come with a 5–10 years Full warranty compared 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. However, they have a limited range of speeds (only three (3) speeds) but are powerful enough for basic to medium-range tasks. They blend smooth smoothies, including green ones, make dips, do basic food prep tasks well, and are even able to prepare nut butter, though with some effort. With all this, they are good-quality “simple” blenders.
If you decide to go for one of the Nutribullet blenders, 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 model attachments are incompatible, you cannot 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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