No. 1: Ninja Professional Blender
The Ninja Professional Blender is a powerful, well-constructed and sleek multi-tasking blender its the first of two popular ranges well give you the lowdown on in our Ninja blender reviews.
This machine has a good looking flat control pad – easy to clean – featuring three number speed buttons, plus a pulse option. Along with smoothie making it can be used for blending, pureeing and processing – so you could use it for lots of tasks including grinding nuts, chopping onions, making peanut butter, soups, sauces and dips, and it will pulverize ice into a kind of snow if that’s your thing.
The Ninja Professional range, which clocks with a healthy 4 stars garnered from over 1,000 reviewers on Amazon, comes in a couple of different models. The 1000 watt NJ600 model, and the 1100 watt single serve BL660 model are the most popular.
Two Models Different Container Sizes
Essentially the difference between them is that the BL660 comes with two 16 ounce containers – called single serve cups. This model’s control panel has an extra single serve button to use in conjunction with these cups, plus this machine comes with a bit more umph with 100 watts extra power.
Fans of the Ninja Professional Blender range say they make awesome smoothies – blending whole fruits and vegetables in seconds – including the green variety. Not all reviewers agree however, with some saying they end up with grainy and gritty smoothies, and it’s not so great with kale.
Both models come with a 72-ounce BPA free sturdy plastic pitcher – that holds nine cups. The square-shaped pitcher features helpful measurement lines on one side, and its lid has a corner pour spout.
Serious Six-Blade System
This large pitcher has a serious looking stacked six-blade system – rather than sitting at the bottom of the pitcher the blades shoot out along a tall removable tower which runs up the middle of the pitcher. Be careful handing the assembly – including when you are cleaning it – these are sharp blades. Some love the vertical blade assembly, some don’t.
The blender’s safety system means it won’t work unless the pitcher and its lid are locked into place. The downside of that is that you can’t add ingredients while it’s running.
To fit the lid to the pitcher you need push the button marked release and that releases the lid’s flip up handle. Then to lock the lid in place line up a small arrow on the lid with the arrow on the top of the pitcher handle, and push the lid handle back down.
To remove the lid you push the release button again, and holding onto the pitcher handle with one hand, pull up the lid handle with the other hand.
Easy to Clean, Not Too Loud
Plus as we mentioned if you fork out a bit more and get the BL660 model it comes with two 16-ounce containers – which equal two cups apiece – each of which has its own to-go lid. These cups share a different single blade system that screws onto their top – to blend you then flip the cup upside down and click it into place on the motor base. The single serve cups are a great addition, and if you are pushed for time easier to clean than the pitcher.
The Ninja Professional is a tall machine and stands 17 inches high, by 9.25 inches wide and 14.4 inches deep. With the single serve cup on top it sits about 14 inches high. The motor base features suction cups to keep it securely in place on your kitchen counter or workbench.
Users say when its in action the Ninja Professional, which weighs in at 10 pounds, isn’t too loud. It’s an easy to clean machine and the parts – except the motor base, of course, you know that – are dishwasher safe. This blender comes with a one-year warranty.
No. 2: Ninja Master Prep
The Ninja Master Prep is another popular blender and all-in-one kitchen tool this is the second popular range we recommend in our Ninja blender reviews. Along with being a great smoothie maker, this machine will crush ice, blend, mince, puree and chop for you.
This is a top down blender, so the motor pod sits on top of whatever Ninja Master Prep pitcher or bowl you are using. On the top of the motor pod is a large one touch and one speed pulsing button, which means you have total control here and you decide how long to process for – the machines stops when you take your hand off the pulsing button.
This affordable blender comes in a few different variations – the 400 watt motor QB900B model, which retails around the $40 mark and the 450 watt Professional QB1004, which sells for around $60, are the most popular. The Master Prep family rakes up very healthy 4.4 stars and more than 1,300 reviews on Amazon.
Two Models To Choose From
There’s two key differences between this pair – the Professional comes with an extra 40 ounce pitcher and it has a bit more grunt, with 50 watts more power.
Fans of the Ninja Master Prep range says they’re easy to assemble and easy to use – just make sure you fit all the parts together correctly, click the motor pod in place, and away you go. Like any blender it does make some noise – remember it got a powerful job to do, you can’t expect silence.
They make a nice smoothie quickly, free of chunks or lumps – they’re great with spinach, kale, carrot, fruit. They’re a versatile multi-tasking tool – good for also:
- Whipping up a pesto
- Whizzing up a guacamole
- Pulverizing ice
- And plenty more
Top Down Blender Design
The range wins points with fans who say they’re super easy to clean – be careful of the sharp blades though. The staggered level blades which fit inside the containers – there’s a different set of blades for the pitcher and the bowl – are removable, and so food can’t get trapped inside.
Another plus with this ‘top down’ blender design is you don’t have to worry about leaks occurring because the base isn’t screwed on tight enough.
Add to that some of the features of the pitchers and bowl:
- They come with storage lids so you can keep leftovers and extras in the fridge
- Have non-slip bases and anti-spill splashguards
- Have nice big handles on the side
- All the attachments can go in the dishwasher – always a bonus
The Ninja Master Prep has a 48-ounce pitcher and 16-ounce chopping bowl – 48 ounces is 6 cups and 16 ounces is 2 cups. Plus, as we mentioned, if you go for the Professional model you will also get the extra 40 ounce pitcher, that will hold 5 cups. The pitchers and bowl are BPA free plastic.
Comes With Pitcher and Chopping Bowl
The multiple bowls can be a time saver allowing you can do a couple of things at the same time – in one you could be chopping onions and garlic, in another whipping up a sauce, and in a third bowl blending frozen fruit. Great if you’re in a hurry and have a hundred-and-one jobs to do in the kitchen.
Remember to read the instruction manual though, which says not to hold down the pulse button for more than 20 seconds without a pause.
The QB900B model weighs about 5.4 pounds and measures 11 inches by 12.2 inches x 7 inches, while the Professional is 7.1 pounds with dimensions of 19 inches by 7.1 inches by 11.1 inches. It also comes with a one-year warranty.
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