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Before discussing the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo or the Ninja Smoothie Blender in detail, let’s differentiate a regular shake and a smoothie bowl.
Here’s a thing:
A smoothie bowl is thicker, and it’s meant to be consumed using a spoon. Its consistency is closer to that of an ice cream.
I’m quite sure you’re familiar with a traditional smoothie. There’s a good chance you had one today, or perhaps this week.
Alright, I hope that’s pretty clear.
I’ve checked all the single-serve Nutri Bullet blenders, and there’s nothing there that’s as powerful as this one. It’s not just the best compact Ninja smoothie maker, but it has dominated the entire market in this class.
What makes the Ninja SS101 process thick blends is its powerful motor, the upgraded hybrid edge blades, and the Power Nutri Bowl.
We’ll talk about those features in a bit.
In the meantime, let’s check the Power Nutri Duo’s main advantages and, of course, what the brand isn’t telling you (the cons).
- Compact design
- Quieter than the old Nutri Ninjas
- 4 blend modes
- Digital control panel
- Pulse button
- Powerful motor with anti-stall technology (SmartTORQUE)
- It can process thick smoothies with the 14oz power nutri bowl
- Includes two 24oz cups with spout lid
- Improved blade design
- Dishwasher safe
- 1-year warranty
- Not designed for making hot soups
- The power nutri bowl has hard to reach areas, needs extra attention when cleaning
- The design isn’t that appealing (for me)
Ninja SS101 Smoothie Blender Features
The brand clearly states that the Ninja SS101 is a personal blender and a smoothie bowl maker. Well, it rightfully deserves that title. To begin with, it’s the only single-serve blending machine that can take on thick smoothies.
To make an ice-cream like consistency, you need more torque and need to keep your ingredients from sticking to the sides of your container. This product solved that problem with its SmartTORQUE technology, edged blade design, and the Power Nutri Bowl.
Aside from being a powerful smoothie bowl maker, it’s also good for:
Just keep in mind:
- Use the Power Nutri Bowl for thick blends.
- Don’t process hot items with any of the included containers.
- Keep the ingredients below or just right the maximum level.
Ease of Use
The Ninja Smoothie Bowl Maker works similar to the Nutri Ninja Blender. You’ll assemble the blade and cup the same way, but there are now four Auto-IQ modes—extract, smoothie, spread, bowl.
When making traditional shakes, use either the extract or smoothie button. The extract will run for about 72 seconds, while the smoothie option has a shorter duration of 55 seconds. If you need more thorough blending, go for the extract mode.
Making a smoothie bowl and nut butter is a bit complicated. First, you need to get familiar with the Power Nutri Bowl. The top part of this container has a rotary tamper/spatula. Twisting it constantly will prevent the ingredients from sticking at the sides for a smoother blend.
If you’re making nut butters, push the spread button. This cycle will run for about 45 seconds. And lastly, when the situation calls for the smoothie bowl mode, expect your Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo to run for 30 seconds.
Keep in mind: Work on your rotary tamper when processing dense recipes.
With respect to cleaning and maintenance, thankfully, all of the attachments are top-rack dishwasher safe. However, you’ll have to be more thorough with the Power Nutri Bowl after making oily recipes like nut butters.
See the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo in Action
Don’t take my word for it, here’s a quick demo video of this compact Ninja smoothie maker.
Ninja Power Nutri Duo Accessories
The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo comes with two complimentary 24-ounce ninja cups and a 14-ounce bowl specifically designed to make thick smoothies.
The good news is, all these accessories are BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
14 oz Ninja Power Nutri Bowl (Included)
Smoothie bowls are thicker than regular smoothies. To achieve the perfect scoopable consistency, you need to use this 14-ounce Power Nutri Bowl. It comes with paddles that will keep your ingredients away from the side of the cup, but you’ll have to rotate it manually.
Ninja 24 oz Cup with Spout Lid (Included)
If you need to make regular smoothies, keep your Power Nutri Bowl and use this 24-ounce Ninja Cup. You’ll get a pair of this container, plus it comes with a spout lid so you can enjoy your green smoothie or protein shake on the go.
|Brand/Series||Shark Ninja Foodi|
|Rating||4.3 out of 5|
|Speed||4 automatic blend settings|
|Container capacity||Up to 24oz|
|Dimensions||6.69 x 6.69 x 10.79 inches|
Among all the single-serve blender that I have reviewed, the Ninja SS101 Foodi Power Nutri Duo Smoothie Bowl Maker and Personal Blender has to be on top of the list. It’s the best, most powerful, compact single-serve blending machine that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
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