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One of the main reasons for investing in a high powered blender is to make your own green juice!
Not much compares to drinking a raw, vibrant green drink full of enzymes and nutrients, and blenders make it super simple.
These energizing drink provide a boost of plant-based nutrition (and these days there are many recipes that incorporate fruit, masking the ‘green’ taste).
For this blend-off I like to use one of the most popular recipes on our site: Dr. Oz’s New Green Juice since it’s a highly fibrous juice recipe that “regular” blenders typically can’t handle.
Since I often get asked “does the Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ make juice” I tested it compared to another popular and powerful cost-effective blender – both of which claim to do a great job breaking down cell walls of fruits and vegetables: the NutriBullet Rx and the Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ.
A quick definition: Whole Food Juice vs Juice
High powered blenders make whole food juice. This means:
- The whole plant is incorporated
- Nutrients and fiber stay intact
- Texture will be a little thicker than traditional juice
- Fast and easy to make (with the right blender)
Many people are accustomed to juice made with a traditional juicer. This is:
- “Thinner” and more concentrated; fiber and pulp are completely removed
- Higher in sugar (due to the concentration) so you may wish to dilute it
- More produce required per serving
- Takes longer to make / more of a manual process
Which type of juice you prefer comes down to personal choice, but if you’ve never tried whole food juice I suggest giving it a shot – I think you will love it!
And, you need MUCH less produce (and manual labor) than you would with a juicer.
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The Lineup: NutriBullet Rx vs Nutri Ninja Duo with Auto IQ
NutriBullet Rx Features
- New NutriBullet Rx Retails for $179.99 (Get it for $149.99 with promo code “RXBLENDER30”), including free shipping when you join NutriLiving.com for free
- 2.3 HP / 1700-watt base
- Hands-free “SMART” technology with auto Start/Stop functionality
- Stainless steel extractor blade
- Single servings and family-sized servings
- SouperBlast Pitcher with 2-Piece Lid
- 30-oz Short Cup
- 45-oz Oversized Cup
Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ Features
There are several options for the Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ and the price increases as you add more accessories, features and/or power. We chose Nutri Ninja model BL642 since it has a more comparable 1500-watt motor (the maximum power Ninja models have) however this model is only available refurbished (aka renewed).
- Price ranges from from $129-$159 for Nutri Ninja Duo with Auto IQ
- 2 HP / 1500-watt base (note some less expensive 1200 watt models also available)
- Auto-IQ technology (1-touch, timed blending)
- Interchangeable extractor blade for cups
- Ice crushing blades for pitcher
- 3 Nutri Ninja Cups: 20 oz., 24 oz., and 32 oz.
- 72 oz. Blending Pitcher
Time to test a green juice
For this green juice test, I used this Dr. Oz Green Juice recipe but adjusted the process based on each blender’s functionality (details below).
I blended for 90 seconds total with both machines which is the minimum amount of time required for a whole food juice recipe made with a power blender.
Ingredients for Dr. Oz’s Green Juice:
- 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) filtered water
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup cucumber
- 1 celery stalk
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 1/2 cup mint
- 1/2 cup carrots
- 1 apple (cored)
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/4 cup orange
- 1/4 lime
- 1/4 lemon
- 1/2 inch ginger
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup ice
Quick note: I highly recommend this recipe! I like to make a bunch in the morning and save some for later (this is a natural energy burst and a great alternative to reaching for sugar and/or caffeine).
NutriBullet Rx Green Juice Results
I started by placing all ingredients in the order listed into the NutriBullet Rx’s 45-ounce Oversize cup (which is included). This is a nice large container and the whole recipe fit with no issues.
To make my juice I then selected the NutriBlast automatic setting, which is 1 minute in duration, then blended again for an additional 30 seconds to equal the 90 second blend time.
After 90 seconds, I was happy with the results: I had a green juice that was very close to a traditional juice consistency – much like what I get with a Vitamix or Blendtec machine.
*Note: I have also performed this test for only 1 minute. The NutriBlast setting was able to make the same Green Juice consistency in only 60 seconds.
NutriBullet Rx taste and smear test results:
- Completely smooth and homogenous
- No texture
- No chunks or fruit / veggie pieces
Nutri Ninja with Auto-iQ Green Juice Results
For this test I used the 32 oz Nutri Ninja Blend and Go cup. Even though this is the Nutri Ninja’s largest cup, I could only fit between 1 /2 – 2/3 of the Dr. Oz New Green Juice recipe as the full recipe would not fit.
*Note: because the recipe would not fit in the 32 oz cup, I also tested out this recipe in the 72 oz. pitcher. However the green drink turned out MUCH better with the Blend and Go cup. When I tried the 72 oz pitcher, the results were similar to our previous Blendtec vs Vitamix vs Ninja green juice test we did with the 1000 watt Ninja professional model.
Even though this Ninja is more powerful (1500 watts) than the Ninja Professional (1000 watts), the center blade design in the Total Crushing Blender fails to fully pulverize highly fibrous green juices and smoothies. Definitely stick with the Nutri Ninja cups; they do a much better job.
To make the juice, I blended up the ingredients for 90 seconds on the HIGH speed.
Note: there is an Ultra Blend automatic setting but I did NOT use it for this test – because when I previously attempted to use the Ultra Blend preset, the Nutri Ninja stopped after 1 minute which is the time of this setting. Using the HIGH speed I manually shut it off after 90 seconds.
Nutri Ninja taste and smear test results
- The Blend and Go cup worked better than the pitcher, but was still not completely homogenous
- I saw no bigger pieces on the side of the jar
- I did see small pieces of texture
The NutriBullet Rx won me over for its smear test results, container size, and efficiency. It made a homogenous, smooth green juice in 90 seconds (and I was also able to achieve the same result in less time, using the convenient 1-minute preset).
I got a high quality green juice – the kind I expect with much more expensive blenders. I feel this is a great value and a good option for those who wish to make juice at home but aren’t ready to invest in a Vitamix or Blendtec.
The Nutri Ninja is a powerful blender and a great value, but with green juice it doesn’t shine.
The blend and go container is a bit narrow and the smear test showed a less-then-perfect consistency: not the ideal texture I look for in a green juice. The preset shut off before I could finish the recipe so I had to keep track of time and shut the blender off myself.
To see 5 other tests between these two blenders, see my full comprehensive Nutri Ninja vs NutriBullet Rx Review.
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