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Ninja Nutri Pro Compact (BN401) vs. BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Personal Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

Tina Pham
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Updated
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Apr 6, 2023
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Apr 6, 2023
The Ninja Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender (BN401) and its additional accessories by its side, including an extra blending cup with lid, a spout lid, a paper carton box, and a user guide.
The Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender standing on a white table with its accessories, including a to-go lid, an extra blending cup with lid, a user’s manual, and a paper carton box, by its sides.
Blenders type
personal
personal

Our Verdict

9.5
Overall Score
  • Performance (60%)
    9.4/10
  • Design (25%)
    9.6/10
  • Usability (15%)
    9.7/10
6.6
Overall Score
  • Performance (60%)
    6.1/10
  • Design (25%)
    7.4/10
  • Usability (15%)
    7.0/10

The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Compact is undoubtedly a top-tier choice among personal blenders, outperforming the lower-priced competition such as the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade. In every test, the Ninja BN401 demonstrated superior blending capabilities, making quick work of even the most challenging ingredients to produce consistently smooth results. Its advanced Auto-iQ presets further enhance the blending experience, making it even easier to achieve the perfect blend every time.

While the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade didn't necessarily blow us away during testing, it still provided acceptable performance for its price range. It offers a budget-friendly option for those seeking a stylish and functional single-serving blender without sacrificing too much in terms of blending capabilities. While it may not be as quick as some of the higher-powered models we tested, including the Ninja BN401, we found that it was able to blend frozen fruit, leafy greens, and protein shakes with raw nuts to a nearly smooth consistency.

Top-Notch Efficiency

Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Personal Blender Performance

Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender Performance: Just Fine for Simple Blends
9.4
Performance Scores
  • Protein Shake (40%)8.8/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)10/10
  • Fibrous Greens (20%)9.5/10
  • Crushed Ice Cubes (10%)10/10
6.1
Performance Scores
  • Protein Shake (40%)7.2/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)6.0/10
  • Fibrous Greens (20%)7.0/10
  • Crushed Ice Cubes (10%)0/10
8.8

Protein Shake

7.2
Ninja BN401 Personal Blender Protein Shake Test
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Single-Serve Blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute) next to it.
Using a spoon to scoop a small smattering of dried blueberry chunks from a mesh strainer containing protein shake produced the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Blender.
  • Blending Time: 1 min
  • Result: Slightly Smooth

If your idea of a protein shake includes raw nuts or dried fruits, fear not! The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro won’t let you down. 

In this test, it took only 1 minute to turn all the oatmeal into liquid form, which was far faster than average. A quick blending time means you’ll always have a quick snack or protein shake at hand whenever you want. Note that quite a bit of the almonds and dried blueberries remained solid, making the final drink relatively lumpy. But overall, it was still much smoother than shakes produced by rivals such as the Magic Bullet

Most importantly, our chefs agree that you’ll get a more savory sipping experience if you let everything mix together a bit longer. Soaking the nuts prior to blending gives you a less chunky texture as well.

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Black and Decker PB1002 blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (2 minutes) next to it.
A tiny piece of dried blueberries scooped from a mesh strainer containing protein shake produced by the Black+Decker single-serve blender by a stainless steel spoon.
  • Blending Time: 2 mins
  • Result: Smooth

In this protein shake test, the FusionBlade came out as one of the best personal blenders. Its sturdy 2-prong blade, together with the 275-watt motor, breaks down tough foods, including almonds and dried berries, without much problem. However, for some reason, it had a hard time with oatmeal, requiring up to 2 minutes — longer than the average blending time — to completely pulverize the oats. If you’re willing to spend a few extra seconds on prep, this may not matter much. Overall, the smoothness of its product was more than acceptable, with just a very tiny flake of almond remaining solid.

10

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

6.0
Ninja BN401 Personal Blender Frozen Fruit Smoothie Test
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by theNinja BN401 Nutri Pro blender with a smartphone displaying the total blending time ( 59 seconds) next to it.
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender is spread throughout a white paper.
  • Blending Time: 1 min
  • Result: Silky Smooth
  • Suction:

For certain treats like icy smoothies, blending time is a significant factor. Frozen ingredients thaw quickly at room temperature, so if you don’t blend fast enough, your beverage will be thinner than expected. Fortunately, the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro is good enough to generate whichever texture you prefer. 

Contrary to the protein shake test, all the ingredients came together quickly in this smoothie. We intentionally created a tough test containing all frozen ingredients, but we still received a perfect smoothness in only one minute. 

On a more pragmatic note, the Ninja BN401 operates very smoothly even on heavy-duty blends. While most other personal blenders, such as the Ninja Fit, clogged themselves up with accumulated ingredients under the blades, this unit ensures all the fruits can circulate freely. Sometimes, we noticed a couple chunks clinging to the cup’s sides, but they quickly dislodged themselves without our interference.  

All things considered, it’s apparent that the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro is a perfect way to turn your favorite healthy fruits into refreshing breakfast and post-workout smoothies, especially for a busy morning.

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Frozen Fruit Smoothie Video
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender is spread throughout a white paper with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute and 40 seconds) next to it.
 A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Black+Decker Fusionblade 12-Speed  Blender.
  • Blending Time: 1 min 40 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth
  • Suction:

If you've ever wondered how efficient a low-powered personal blender is in preparing frozen-fruit smoothies, the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade can give you an answer. Although this machine isn’t so powerful, it liquified the ingredients with little effort, though a few shakes were required to ensure the blending process went smoothly. 

The smoothie was churned into a smooth, chilly, and slushy consistency, though it lacked the perfect ice-cream-like texture we got from faster blenders, such as the Ninja Fit. This was because frozen fruits thaw quickly at room temperature, diluting the overall consistency if you don’t blend fast enough. Simply put, the longer processing time of the FusionBlade means its smoothie came out thinner and less desirable than it should. 

Nevertheless, this machine is an adequate personal blender for making frozen-fruit smoothies. We found it’s better at this job than many other models within the same range, and the great smoothness of its product in this test reminds us of pricier blenders, namely the Nutri Ninja Pro.

9.5

Fibrous Greens

7.0
Ninja BN401 Personal Blender Fibrous Greens Test
A glass of water and fibrous greens pulp produced by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Personal Blender sinking from its top to bottom.
  • Blending Time: 20 seconds
  • Result: Very Fine/Fine/Coarse/Very Coarse

The speed and power of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro makes it a useful personal blender when you want to incorporate more leafy greens into your daily meals. 

In this test, we aimed to create a smooth blend of celery, kale, and spinach. In just 20 seconds, this little Ninja delivered exactly that. 

Of all the machines we’ve experienced, the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro was among the elite few that could fully shred the leafy veggies so quickly, thus retaining all of their nutritious fiber and antioxidants. Very little pulp remained behind in the mesh strainer. That’s compared to some of its rivals that needed double the time and others that were too weak to grind the ingredients finely.  

The mixture would’ve had a finer consistency if we had blended it longer, but even so, there’s no way to make this blend completely free of pulp. If you prefer your drink to be perfectly smooth, you’ll need to strain it through a filtration bag to remove all the pulp.

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender sinking from its top to bottom.
  • Blending Time: 20 seconds
  • Result: Coarse

The FusionBlade didn’t struggle during the 20-second runtime (our time limit for this test). More impressively, of all the blenders we tested from this market segment, the BLACK+DECKER stood out with the best extraction of high-fiber foods. However, that doesn’t mean it did a complete job; there was still a considerable amount of coarse pulp left behind after we drained the mixture through a mesh strainer. It probably could have been better if we allowed our machine to blend longer. For sure, a quality green juice is worth a little extra waiting time.

10

Crushed Ice Cubes

0.0
Ninja BN401 Personal Blender Crushed Ice Test
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Personal Blender being on a table.
  • Ice Fineness: Very Fine
  • Unblended Ice: 0% of 6 oz

The blade spins very fast and is sturdily designed. This, combined with a mighty 1000-watt motor, allows the Ninja BN401 to tear apart the ice without a struggle. Believe it or not, six ounces of ice cubes came out with a snow-like consistency in just 14 seconds! Even the toughest ingredients like whole ice cubes won’t pose a problem for this blender. It will be easier than ever to entertain your guests with any icy-cold drinks!

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Crushed Ice Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade 12-Speed Personal Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.76 oz) of the Black+Decker Fusionblade single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
  • Ice Fineness: Chunky
  • Unblended Ice: 79% of 6 oz

It’s safe to say the BLACK+DECKER was not up to the heavy-duty task of crushing ice cubes. As Scotty might say, it just doesn’t have the power. That’s not a major hit to its value — we’ve learned that not many personal blenders are capable of producing fluffy, snow-like crushed ice (For instance, the Oster, the Hamilton Beach, or the KOIOS). If you insist on that sort of blend, you’ll need a more powerful motor. Most of this FusionBlade’s ice remained very chunky. 

Overall, the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade’s performance was not all bad, and we really like this blender, but there are still a few good ice-crusher alternatives to choose from.

Ninja Nutri Pro Personal Blender Design

Black and Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender Design: Everything Comes Standard
9.6
design Scores
  • Blades (20%)9.5/10
  • Build Quality (60%)9.5/10
  • Blending Cup (20%)10/10
7.4
design Scores
  • Blades (20%)6.0/10
  • Build Quality (60%)7.0/10
  • Blending Cup (20%)10/10

In the Box

In the Box of the Black+Decker Fusionblade Digital Blender
The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender lying on a white table with the accessories by its side, including a blending cup with lid, a spout lid, a paper carton box, a recipe book, and owner’s manuals.
  • Motor base 
  • Blade assembly 
  • Two 24-oz blending cups  
  • Two spout lids 
  • Recipe book & user guide
The Black+Decker Fusionblade lying on a table with its additional accessories, including an extra blending cup with lid, a to-go lid, a paper carton box, and owner’s manuals.
  • Motor Base 
  • Extractor Blade
  • Two Blending Cups
  • Two Travel Lids
  • Recipe Book & User Guide

Dimensions

The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 14.2 inches and 6.4 inches, respectively.
  • Height:
    14.2" (36.1 cm)
  • Width:
    6.4" (16.3 cm)
  • Weight:
    5.4 pounds
  • Shaft Length:

The 24-oz blending cup is similar in size to those of other personal blenders, but the motor base is roughly the same size as a typical full-sized blender’s. This means this Ninja is larger and heavier than average, but that’s the trade-off for power and sturdy construction. We don’t feel it is overly cumbersome.

The Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 6.8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 14.5 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively.
  • Height:
    14.5" (36.8 cm)
  • Width:
    5.5" (14.0 cm)
  • Weight:
    2.3 oz (65 g)
  • Shaft Length:

As we learned from our research, the ideal weight of a personal blender is between 2 and 4 pounds, and at 2.3 lbs, the FusionBlade fits this metric. While it appears in pictures to be the roughly same size as others, it’s actually taller than average. Nonetheless, it’s still compact enough to easily find in your cabinet when not in use.

9.5

Build Quality

7.0
The motor base and blending cup of the Ninja Bn401 Nutri Pro single-serve blender lying side by side on a table.

Many things visually distinguish the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro from its rivals and one of them is the overall build quality. 

For the motor base, the hard-touch plastics on the exterior combined with high-gloss finish and thoughtfully-designed trim look and feel good. With first-rate build quality, it also offers a pleasing aesthetic that many competitors lack. 

The blade assembly is part of the blender’s greatness as well. It comes across as one of the most well rounded, so we don’t anticipate it wearing out anytime soon.

The motor base and blending cup of the Black+Decker Fusionblade single-serve blender lying side by side on a gray table.

This FusionBlade is powered by a motor encased in a simple plastic base. The overall quality and materials of the casing are inferior to premium models, but we haven’t experienced any durability issues so far. The same thing can be said about the blade assembly and plastic cup. Cheaply designed but otherwise sturdy, these pieces feel like they’ll be with you for years to come.

9.5

Blades

6.0
A close-up of the blade assembly sporting 4 stainless steel prongs of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro single-serve blender.
  • Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Type:
    Cross
  • Guard Material:
  • Blade Count:
    4 blades
  • Removable:
    Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The blade is refined in ways you wouldn’t expect a budget-friendly brand to offer. With four expertly designed prongs made of hardened stainless steel, the attention to detail is spot-on. It isn’t razor sharp but instead looks thicker and more robust than most; it definitely won’t be damaged or succumb to wear and tear under daily use.

A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 2 prongs of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender.
  • Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Type:
    Flat
  • Guard Material:
  • Blade Count:
    2 blades
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The blade features two dull prongs rather than the more common sharp blades. This typically means the blender should be used for processing dry ingredients rather than wet mixtures, but the FusionBlade’s testing performance somehow suggests otherwise. And as mentioned above, the lack of extra prongs means this machine doesn’t blend as quickly as its counterparts that come with four or even six prongs.

Nutri Ninja Pro Blender Motor Base

Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender Motor Base
The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Motor Base
The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Motor Base
A close-up of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Motor Base
  • Rated Voltage:
    120 V
  • Rated Power:
    1000 W
  • Working Time:
    N/A
  • Protection:
    Yes
  • Weight:
    4.5 lbs (2.0 kg)
  • Cord Length:
    2.6 f
  • Extra Feature:
    Rubber grips on the bottom, cooling fan.

The motor is a very practical design. It peaks at around 1000 watts which is sufficient to create almost any blended meal. The whole device is mostly made of hard plastic, but it doesn’t feel cut-rate or flimsy. There is an eye-catching control panel in the front featuring a timer and four buttons corresponding to four different speed levels. We also particularly like the rubber grips on the bottom that keep things steady while in use and a cooling fan in the back to limit overheating.

The motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a white table.
The motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a white table.
A close-up of the motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender.
A close-up of the underside of the Black+Decker Fusionblade motor base.
A close-up of the power plug in the underside of the Black+Decker Fusionblade motor base.
  • Rated Voltage:
    120V
  • Rated Power:
    275 Watt
  • Working Time:
    N/A
  • Protection:
    No
  • Weight:
    1.9 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Cord Length:
    2.3" (5.8 cm)
  • Extra Feature:
    rubber feets

Despite the exterior being entirely plastic, the 275-watt motor base is on the robust side. It is wider at the bottom than the top to keep it steady, so the blender won’t walk around your counter while blending. There are also four rubber feet underneath to further help in this regard. They also help the blender avoid overheating by allowing some airflow to the motor. 

In general, personal blenders tend to have an operational time limit on their motors — usually between 1 and 4 minutes at a stretch. Beyond the limit, they may overheat and damage the motor. That said, there is no clear information about the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade in that regard. We recommend that you don’t run your device longer than 1 minute per interval to ensure the best long-term use. 

10

Blending Cup

10
The Ninja BN 401 Nutri Pro spout lid
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    NaN fl oz (NaN ml)
  • Weight:
    1 lb
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Measurement:
    Yes
  • Suitable For:
    Small and Medium batches
  • Accessories:
    Spout Lids

Our Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro came with two 24-oz blending cups. Both have the same excellent build quality and are designed to fit perfectly to the blade assembly. So far, we’ve experienced no leaks while blending. There are also two to-go lids with flip-top spouts included. They similarly screw on tightly and seal well, so we got no leakage even when we shook or turned the cups upside-down.

Two blending cups of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table, with the width of their top and bottom being noted to the side as 4 inches and 3, respectively, and the total length of the unit as 9 inches.
Two blending cups of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table, with the width of their top and bottom being noted to the side as 4 inches and 3, respectively, and the total length of the unit as 9 inches.
The blending cup of theBlack+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x9x3 inches).
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    20 oz
  • Weight:
    0.3 lb
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Measurement:
    Yes
  • Suitable For:
    Small batches
  • Accessories:
    Travel lids

The set we bought includes two blending cups, but you can purchase more at BlackAndDeckerAppliances.com. All the cups provided by the manufacturer can be used interchangeably with the extractor blade. They also fit tightly with the included flip-top lids so you can enjoy your drinks on the go without mess. Another convenience is that the lids are easy to screw on and remove from the cups.

Speed and Controls of the Ninja Auto iQ Blender

Speed and Controls
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender with the noise meter (101.2 dB).
  • Control Type:
    Twist
  • Min Speed:
    N/A
  • Max Speed:
    N/A
  • Presets:
    Yes
  • Noise Level:
    101 (db)
  • Digital Display:
    Yes
  • Pulse Mode:
    Yes

You’ll love this Ninja unless you prefer your blenders to be barebones machines. There aren't a lot of control buttons, but the four it has are enough to make this model feel more like a full-sized blender. After all, personal blenders typically have one speed and no control panel. The Ninja’s digital display showing blending time or a countdown is a significant departure. 

Of the four control buttons, two are for the Auto-iQ preset programs, with Crush and Smoothie labels. Once either of them is selected, your blender will start to blend and automatically stop when the program estimates the contents should have reached optimal consistency. Simply put, you don’t have to make your own predictions; the blender is programmed to do that for you instead. 

The remaining controls are Start/Stop and Pulse buttons. If you want continuous blending, press the Start/Stop button. To avoid chopping ingredients too finely, the Pulse function gives you greater control; use short presses for short pulses and long presses for long ones. 

This Ninja BN401’s personality reminds us of the Ninja BL480D Nutri, another product in the Ninja personal blender lineup that costs about $40 more. The two are broadly similar in capability, efficiency, and purpose, but we like the Ninja BN40 better. The Ninja BL480D Nutri doesn’t outperform its cheaper cousin to the degree that it’s worth the extra money.

Someone is measuring the noise level of the Black+Decker personal blender with the noise meter (89 dB).
  • Control Type:
    Button
  • Min Speed:
    N/A
  • Max Speed:
    N/A
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    88 dB
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

There is one button in the front, which you’ll use to switch the motor on. It has only one speed, and you simply hold the button down to keep it running. We found the button to be very responsive so you don’t need much force. The FusionBlade isn’t equipped with a pulse function, but you can still approximate it and get a chunky texture by pressing and releasing its button in short intervals.

Ninja Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender Usability Review

Black and Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender Usability Review
9.7
usability Scores
  • Hands-Free Operation (60%)10/10
  • Assembly (20%)9.5/10
  • Cleanability (20%)9.0/10
7.0
usability Scores
  • Hands-Free Operation (60%)5.3/10
  • Assembly (20%)10/10
  • Cleanability (20%)9.0/10
10

Hands-Free Operation

5.3

The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro offers outstanding comfort since it doesn’t demand that you hold the cup in place throughout the blending process the way so many others do. The existence of a locking mechanism means you can take your hands off your blender while it’s operating.

That is not the only thing that dominates the blender’s ease of use, though. This Ninja turns out great results with no drama. It rarely, if ever, needs extra shaking or stirring to even out the blend. That's probably a result of the powerful motor and well-rounded blade assembly. 

The underside of the motor base has two silicone feet and three anti-slip plates to provide stability. Our blender stands and works steadily on any surface, so we didn’t need to hold it throughout the blending process—even at high speeds, it never tried to jump around the way some others did.

Although the design couldn't be simpler, the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade isn’t very comfortable to use. It requires that you press and hold the power button throughout the whole operation. Not only that, but you also cannot take your eyes off the blending cup in any sort of blend. This is because food often gets lodged under the blade and stops it from operating, which demands your timely intervention to resolve.

9.5

Assembly

10

We’d award the Ninja BN401 a maximum score in this section if it demanded less force when locking and removing the cup from the motor base. Overall, though, assembling this blender is a breeze. 

First, you’ll need to seal the cup with the blade assembly, then turn it upside down and install it on the motor base by aligning the tabs on the cup with the slots on the base. The programs will illuminate and your blender will be ready for use once you lock the cup properly to the base. To do so, rotate it clockwise until you feel them click together. 

To remove the cup, turn it counterclockwise and lift it up. Note that you have to pull with quite a bit of force compared to other blenders we tested, so it may be tough to remove or lock when your hands are wet or oily.

Attaching the cup, the blade, and the motor base together is effortless. You’ll need to screw the extractor blade onto the top of the blending cup first, then turn the whole thing upside down and place it on the blender base. A quick, simple turn to the right will lock the cup into place and you can start blending securely. 

Disassembly is even easier. Simply take the cup out from the base and unscrew the extractor blade. You can then replace the blade assembly with the spill-proof travel lid if you want to sip your drink on the go.

9.0

Cleanability

9.0

The cups, lids, and blade assembly are safe to put in the dishwasher, but we recommend hand-washing them. It’s very easy to do and will help preserve all the parts’ original quality.

Because no leakage occurred in the course of operation, it didn’t take much time or effort to wipe the motor base clean. The blade assembly, on the other hand, has many nooks, grooves, and crannies so it required much more care. For the blending cup, we thoroughly cleaned it under the tap with a soapy sponge. The cup’s wide opening gave us no difficulty getting our hands inside, so all the tailings rinsed off easily.

All the removable pieces, including the blending cup, blade assembly, and travel lids, are top-rack dishwasher safe. We recommend washing them by hand with warm, soapy water, though, so they don’t wear down as quickly. We didn’t have any trouble scrubbing the blade’s undersides like we usually did with its competitors. Our only challenge was the blending cup, which was too narrow for even a small hand to get inside, so make sure you always have a bottle-cleaning brush available.