Not everyone needs a full-size blender. Maybe you live alone and have limited counter space. Maybe nobody else in the family goes in for smoothies. Whatever the case, if your blending needs aren’t too large, Ninja’s BL480-model Auto IQ blender may be right for you.
The Ninja brand has become synonymous with high-powered (some might say overpowered) kitchen blenders. Their larger near-industrial-level units are famous for being able to liquefy anything. But they’re not about to let the “bullet-style” blender market pass them by. That’s where the Ninja Auto IQ fits in.
Ninja IQ Blender Review: Main Features
Many bullet blenders offer only one speed— it’s either on or off. Ninja’s Auto IQ, on the other hand, has two speeds and two manual programs. They allow for the right pattern of pulsing and pureeing to give you the right consistency every time. Plus, the LCD screen tells you how much time is left on your program.
Individual Serving Cups
One of the defining characteristics of a personal-size blender is the container that doubles as a usable cup. In the case of this BL480 model, you get two. One clocks in at 18 ounces, and the other at 24. Ninja also offers a 32-ounce version for purchase as an extra accessory.
To ensure their ease of use, the Auto IQ pack also includes two sip-and-seal lids that attach to the cups. Whip up your favorite smoothie, screw on the lid, and take it with you wherever you need!
The motor on the Auto IQ is not quite as hefty as Ninja’s more famous blenders, but it’s no slouch. 1000 watts is more than enough to puree your favorite vegetables and crush ice. The problem is that it’s extremely loud. We don’t recommend making smoothies when your roommate is sleeping.
The other downside to that brawny motor is the price. Part of the appeal of most bullet blenders is simply that they’re cheap. The Auto IQ is not as pricey as a full-size Ninja, but 1000-watt motors are not dime-store fare.
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All of Ninja’s blenders are BPA-free and made using durable plastics. Nevertheless, the powerful motor can do a number on plastic parts, so ensure everything is seated properly before switching it on.
All parts with the exception of the base are dishwasher-safe, so cleanup is rarely a problem.
The base features suction cup feet to help keep it in place. If it doesn’t stick well to your countertop, though, you’ll need to hold onto it while the motor runs. Also note that at 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) tall, it’s not the smallest blender out there. This unit won’t tuck away quite as quaintly as some lower-powered bullets.
The Ninja Auto IQ is covered under a one-year warranty.