Last updated on December 10th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
When Nutri Ninja came into the scene, their goal at the time would be challenging Nutribullet as market leader in the compact blender segment.
But as the years went by, you’ll notice that their blenders seem to get bigger and bigger.
Their products are more versatile with more options and preset controls and any Nutribullet.
And we’re having a look at one prime example right now. Let me introduce to you the Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo NN102.
This variant combines a blender and food processor in one package.
The blender side obviously would be great for making single serve smoothies thanks to the two 24-ounce cups that come in the package.
Another functionality not found in most other blenders would be the food processing bowl.
But the question is, can it replace an actually food processor?
Or is this just a gimmick?
We’ll answer those questions and more in this review.
Let’s start off by look at the features…
- This compact blender comes with a 4-cup Nutri Bowl various function such as chopping, mixing, pureeing and mixing dough
- It also has two 24-ounce Nutri Ninja Cups that’s great for making single serve smoothies or juices on the go
- All of these components are BPA free
- Has the Auto-IQ feature that combine auto-timed pulsing, blending and pausing patterns for hands free convenience
- Dishwasher safe
- A 1,200 watt motor makes all of these functions possible
- No need to worry about recipes as this comes with a 75-recipe cookbook
- 5 preset controls – smoothie, extract, fusion mix, fusion chop and fusion dough
- 1 year warranty
- Compact and yet versatile capable of not just making juices but also food processing
- Cheaper than a Nutribullet RX and Vitamix E310
- AutoIQ and preset options offer hands free convenience
- Powerful motor is capable of even mixing dough
- Small cups and interface are easy to clean
- Short warranty
- You can’t make large quantities of juice
What to expect from the Nutri Bowl Duo NN102?
Staying true to their roots, the Nutri Bowl Duo is a compact blender at heart. But the difference is, this variant comes with a food processing bowl.
Don’t let the “compact blender” title think fool you this blender has lots of power.
Out of the box you’ll get the items you’ll see above. The mixing and cutting attachment are interchangeable depending on what recipe you’ll make.
For recipes like salads, you will need to use the chopping attachment. If you’re mixing cake batter or dough then use the mixing attachment.
Powering this small blender is a powerful 1,200 watt motor that allows it not just to make smoothies but also other functions as well.
The motor base is a little bit bigger in order to accommodate the wider food processing cup.
But take note that the food processing cup isn’t big. It can only hold 4-cups so do not expect this to replace a full sized food processor.
It also comes with two 24-ounce cups that will allow you to make single serve smoothies.
The small smoothie cups are great like bringing your smoothies to work or gym. It frees you up from having to wash a larger container. And it comes with a sip-and-go lid so that you can bring it anywhere.
The Auto IQ technology is Nutri Ninja’s version of preset controls. What it does is automatically start, stop and start the blend cycle for specific recipes like frozen dessert or mixing dough.
So after activating the Auto IQ and selecting the preset, it’s basically hands free. You can walk away and do other things inside the kitchen.
It has 5 presents and it includes:
- Fusion mix (for mixing cake recipes)
- Fusion chop (chopping salad)
- Dough mixing (for mixing pizza or bread dough)
What can this make?
Nutri Ninja had one thing in mind with this blender – versatility. This machine can make different types of recipes. And if you like to do any of these recipes then this would be a great addition inside your kitchen.
I’ll show you a few videos to show the capability of this machine.
Smoothies and Salsa
The Auto IQ function takes out the guesswork in making recipes. It does the work for you, starting and stopping the motor in set intervals.
In the video, it was able to make smoothie and salsa with good consistency. The salsa isn’t over blended and the smoothie does not have any chunks.
If you like salad then the Nutri Bowl will be your best friend inside the kitchen.
Check out the video below and see how easy it is to make salad.
What it does is save you time because you don’t have to chop because the machine will do it for you.
Another recipe that you can make would be this carrot cake recipe from the Ninja recipe book.
Just add all the ingredients inside the bowl then use the Auto IQ and Fusion Mix preset and you’re set.
This next recipe is a Pear Rosemary Flatbread. Again, using the Nutri Bowl, making bread or pizza dough is possible.
The Nutri Bowl is capable of making up to a pound of dough. It isn’t a lot but it’s great for small servings for 2 to 3 people.
You can find all of these recipes in the 75 page recipe book that comes in the package.
Is it easy to clean?
All three bowls being compact are easy to clean. Obviously, you’d want to clean the bowl immediate after using it so that it doesn’t dry up. The two cups and mixing bowl is dishwasher safe if you prefer using that to wash dishes.
Shark Ninja says that this blender will come with a lifetime warranty if you purchase it direct from their website. But the warranty does not cover the two 24 ounce cups and mixing bowl.
|Jug capacity||2 - 24-ounce cup|
1 - 4 cup Nutri Bowl (for slicing & mixing)
|Blade Type||Stainless steel|
|Preset blending cycles||Smoothie|
What consumers say?
The first thing that consumers like about this 2-in-1 blender and food processor is how powerful the motor is.
Bigger blades than the Nutribullet
It is fully capable of blending smoothies and processing food. When you put this side by side against the Nutribullet 600 or Pro, you’ll immediately notice the blades of the Ninja are bigger, thicker and sturdier.
One downside would be blade design. Two blades are pointed upwards and the other two downwards. This means you’ll have to chop ingredients into smaller bits. But it’ll pulverize everything you put in it into a smooth consistency.
Just remember to put the hard ingredients near the blades for the best results.
Unlike the earlier Nutribullet blenders that were plagued with leaking issues, this will not be an issue with the Ninja because the seal is deep inside the lid and fit flush. So it won’t get loose easily and will not gather food particles.
The Nutri Bowl really works like a mini food processor. It is not a gimmick by any means. And the compact design is nice because it’s easy to store away. Unfortunately, it won’t be able to make a big serving.
It is also capable of mixing bread and cake dough. All the information you need is inside the recipe book.
Lastly, the Auto IQ brings it all together. It takes away the guesswork making the perfect smoothie or mixing batter. Just press the preset and Auto IQ and the blender does the rest. It’s completely hands free after that.
Where can I buy this?
You can buy this blender from Amazon for less than $95! And it’s eligible for the free 2-day shipping if you enroll in Prime.
Amazon also offers extended warranties up to 4 years if you want extra peace of mind.
To wrap up
This blender is great for folks looking for a versatile machine that can make smoothies, sauces, salsa dips and even mix dough.
The compact design will fit inside any kitchen. But it’s got enough power to blend chunk free smoothies, slice, mix, the whole nine yards.
What this blender cannot do is make hot soup and nut butter. Considering the cost of this machine, I’d take this over the Nutribullet Pro anytime because of the Nutri Bowl feature that brings a lot of versatility on the table.