We aren’t much impressed with this blender’s quality, but overall, built materials are fine for a machine at this price and we really like the simplicity the iCucina provides. Nevertheless, the mid-range segment is a tough market to compete in, simply because there’s so many products to choose from, and therefore it’d be better if iCucina emphasized on eye-catching style. Some improvements on the blade assembly would help increase its appeal as well.
The Ninja Fitand its accessoriesare a solid set. It’s not built with the highest-quality materials, but the compact footprint and charming curves give it an oddly appealing look. It’s attractive in its own way, and you may find its user-friendly features hard to resist as well.
Locking the cup with the blade attached in the motor base may be disruptive and requires a bit of practice. Otherwise, the iCucina doesn’t disappoint too much when it comes to ease of use. Cleaning it is also not much of an issue especially when the cups, lids, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe.
Efficiency aside, we also love the Ninja Fit for its ease of use. Its usability comes from a simple operating system: blending starts once the cup and blade assembly are aligned and pressed down on the motor base. Cleaning and assembly are also very easy. Here’s a quick rundown of each.
We were more than a little surprised at the results yielded by this iCucina since they didn’t come out as good as we expected. The 300-watt motor and fast spinning blades weren’t enough to help it overcome our challenges.
In the protein shake test, it was among the worst, leaving a mass of partially unblended food chunks. It also failed to power through whole ice cubes or create a smooth mixture of fibrous greens. And as weak as it was in processing frozen fruits, we assure this blender is only suited to blend softer ingredients.
Most kitchen blenders around this price strive for nothing more than basic nutrition-extraction, but the Ninja QB3001SS Fit wants to give you more. A standout in its class, it passed all of our tests — to include crushing ice cubes — with peerless results. It even performed as well as its higher-priced counterparts, such as the Ninja Nutri Auto-iQ. Still, it has a few shortcomings you should know about.
Pros & Cons
- It’s good for simple plant-based blends.
- Built quality is mediocre but fine for the price.
- Simple design allows for straightforward use, cleaning, and storage.
- It stands stably, rather than jumping around, while working.
- A great tool for any quick blend that involves fibrous, frozen food, raw nuts, or even ice cubes.
- Compact, straightforward design makes it easy to use, assemble, and clean.
- The blending blade is attention to detail with 4 sharp, sophisticatedly-designed prongs.
- Coming with an affordable price is an above-average quality.
- Its final results were consistently smooth in all of our testing.
- There are extra blending cups included.
- The lack of versatility.
- Short power cord.
- It doesn’t allow for hands-free operation
- A little shaking is necessary for an even blend.
The two personal blenders exhibit significant differences in their power ratings and this inherently impacts their efficiency. The Ninja QB3001SS Fit, with its 700-watt motor, proved more than adequate at pulverizing solid ingredients, effortlessly crushing 6 ounces of ice cubes to a snow-like consistency. It also excelled in preparing frozen fruit smoothies, protein shakes, and extracting fibrous greens. In contrast, the iCucina Portable Bullet gave a subpar performance, failing to impress in every test conducted. We recommend the blender for simple blending tasks alone.
The disparity between the two blenders also becomes apparent in the quality of their build. While the iCucina is constructed from low-quality plastic parts, the Ninja QB3001SS Fit is not, giving it an overall better appearance and a more high-tech look. For an affordable all-purpose blender, the Ninja QB3001SS Fit is the more favorable option.
Behind the Comparison
Tina Pham is a staff writer and reviewer, with five years of experience in the industry. As a passionate amateur home cook, she loves to discover practical cooking solutions, and has made it her mission to bring her findings to every kitchen. Her ultimate goal is making cooking more of a pleasure for all.
Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef passionate about delicious and healthful foods. At HealthyKitchen101, she develops recipes and collaborates with our Research, Testing, and Review lab to evaluate the performance of cooking appliances. Her assessments add a strong authoritative voice to our product scoring process.