Instant Pot Ace Nova Review (2022) Multi-functional Cooking Blender

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Instant Pot Ace Nova Blender, silver
Instant Pot Ace Nova Blender, silver

Instant Pot Ace Nova Blender is a budget-friendly 2-in-1 cooking blender. In context, you’ll be getting more from this product compared to buying a regular one.

Here’s the deal:

The Ace Nova Blender is easily one of the best blenders for hot soups and non-dairy milk alternatives because of its built-in heating element. More than that, it has several other valuable features, which is what we’ll be talking about in a bit.

Before we begin, please note that there’s a more recent version of this—Instapot Ace Plus Blender. If you want the latest iteration, feel free to check it out.

Otherwise, let’s discuss the Ace Nova blender, beginning with the advantages and disadvantages.

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Included accessories (tamper, measuring cup, strainer
  • Features a shorter and more appealing profile
  • 56-ounce capacity
  • Non-toxic glass jar
  • A blender that can cook, literally
  • 10-speed button with adjustable pulse
  • 8 automatic blend settings
  • 1000-watt motor
  • Digital timer
  • Self-clean function
  • Automatic “keep warm”
  • Temperature indicator (both Fahrenheit and Celcius)

CONS

  • The pitcher is uncomfortably heavy
  • The arrangement of controls could have been better
  • Cleaning the exterior of the pitcher is cumbersome
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • You can only change the temperature on the keep warm setting
  • Only 1-year warranty

Ace Nova Blender Features

What can you make with Instant Pot Ace Nova Blender?

With the blender’s one-touch programs, there are already eight recipes you can make. Considering its 1000-watt power, that’s already fantastic if you ask me.

Anyway, here’s what you can create with the Ace Nova Blender:


a glass of green juice
Smoothies
crushed ice
Crushed Ice
hot soup
Hot Soup
frozen dessert
Frozen Dessert
baby food
Baby Food
salsa sauce
Sauces & Dips
salad dressing
Salad Dressing
almond milk
Alternative Milk
coffee grounds
*Cofee Grounds
Strawberry Cocktail
Cocktail

One point I really like about this blender is that you can easily blend chunky hot soups. It is simply not possible with high-performance blenders since they rely on friction to heat soups.

Another thing is the soy and rice milk. The soy milk has to be cooked afterward, whereas the rice needs to soak in hot water. So, using the Ace Nova Blender will make it a lot easier since the blender can directly heat up the milk (or water). Therefore, less transfer and more minor cleanup!

Here’s the catch:

You can’t make advanced recipes with the Instant Ace Nova, such as nut butter or thick smoothie bowls. In that case, you should check out more powerful blenders—such as Vitamix E310, Blendtec Total, Breville Fresh and Furious, or Ninja Foodi Blender (with a built-in heating element too).

Is Instant Pot Ace Nova Blender easy to use?

Coming from someone who regularly uses Vitamix blending machine, the user interface of the Instant Nova Blender is undoubtedly intimidating. It comes with 16 buttons which eclipse traditional blender controls by a wide margin.

Instant Pot Ace Nova Controls

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that it’s that difficult to use. There’s a learning curve, but it’s not that steep. Once you get used to it, you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to use.

It comes with eight automatic blending presets. There’s a shortcut for making smoothies, purée, crushing ice, frozen desserts, soy milk, rice milk, nut/oat milk, and soups. You can make these fantastic recipes at a press of a button.

Since it has a glass container with a base housing the heating element, it’s a little heavy to move around. Perhaps another big disadvantage of the Instant Pot Ace Nova is it can’t be submerged. In short, it’s not dishwasher safe.

The best way to clean it would be to fill it up with water and dishwashing soap mixture, run the self-clean mode, then rinse the inner part of the container without getting the base wet. Afterward, you can wipe the outer portion of the container and the motor base with a clean damp cloth.

So, all in all, using and maintaining this product is a little bit challenging than your average blender. If you have mobility issues, you should get a blender with a lighter pitcher such as a Vitamix blender or a Blendtec model.

See the Ace Nova Blender in action:

Don’t take my word for it, here’s a quick video demo of the Ace Nova Blender.

Instant Pot Ace Nova Blender is a robust 1000-watt blender with an 800-watt heating element. Simply put, it’s a 2-in-1 kitchen appliance. It highlights a 56 oz (1.6 L) glass pitcher for hefty servings. More importantly, it has 12 automatic settings, including the self-clean, that maximizes its ease of use. 

Instant Ace Nova Blender Technology

Even though it’s advertised as “adjustable programs,” you can actually only adjust the duration. The temperature for hot blends can’t be modified. Therefore, making recipes beyond the available presets won’t be easy.

Luckily, the more recent Ace Plus blender has already addressed this issue.

Now: 

For the Instant Ace Nova, the other excellent innovative function is to keep warm.

Here’s the kicker:

Your hot blends will automatically be kept warm for a maximum of 2 hours. This is incredibly helpful if something comes up or if you simply forgot about it. Additionally, you can adjust the “keep warm” temperature as to not overcook your recipe.

*Product Images and Video Courtesy of Instant Brands

Technical Specifications

TypeCountertop Blender, Cooking Blender
Brand/SeriesInstant Pot
Model #140-1003-01
Price$$
Ratings4.4 out of 5
Speed8 one-touch settings
with 10 manual blending speeds
Wattage1000-watt motor
800-watt for the heating element
Max Capacityup to 56 oz (1.6 L)
ContainerGlass Pitcher
Dishwasher safeOnly the lid and accessories
BPA FreeThe glass container is BPA-free and the lid is is comprised of an FDA-approved polypropylene
ColorsSilver
Dimensions (LxWxH)9.37 x 8 x 16.9 inches (23.8 x 20.3 x 42.9 cm)
ApplicationHome & Personal Use
Warranty1 Year
Related ProductsNinja Foodi Blender, Nutribullet Soup Blender, Instant Ace Plus Blender, Instant Pot Ace Blender, Pampered Chef Deluxe Cooking Blender
This table shows the technical specifications of Instant Pot 140-1003-01 Blender.

Is Instant Pot Ace Nova Blender worth it?

The Instant Pot Ace Nova Cooking Blender is a promising product. If you’re looking for a blender that works with hot and cold items, then I wouldn’t stop you from getting this machine. However, you might want to consider checking out its newer sibling—Instant Pot Ace Plus Blender—before making the final decision.

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