Best Ninja Blenders (Aug.) 2017– Buyer’s Guide and Review

By Walter J. Farrell | COOKING

After spending 18 hours on research and evaluation. The Nutri Ninja Blender System BL682 emerged as our top pick among the blenders we reviewed. You will find this blender remarkable with its auto-iQ techonolgy, a feature which serves as an automated pulse option for blending. [Read more]

Ninja blenders are considerably a popular variety of blender in the market today. They come in different models which have their own specific merits and downsides.

Some Ninja blenders are better geared in grinding and pureeing to make smoothies while others can also function as a chopper and food processor. The pitcher sizes and other additional accessories such as cups and bowls also vary from one blender unit to another.

To help you better make sense of these nuances. We have put together a buyer’s guide covering some of the most important factors to consider so you could avoid making the wrong purchase.

We have also laid the list of products we have reviewed on a table highlighting the most important specs & features just to make your time easier as you decide which blender is right for you.

​"What To Consider Before Buying a Ninja Blender?"

There are a few things you need to look into before deciding to buy a ninja blender:

1. Power

A blender’s power or wattage is a good indicator of a blender’s overall capacity to blend, grind, and chop. Usually, the more powerful blenders you find on the market can grind or puree ingredients up to an extremely smooth and even texture have a wattage of at least 1,000 watts.

Which means there is noticeable difference between cheaper Ninja blenders and the more expensive ones. However, the grinding capacity of most Ninja grinders that are less costly should not be automatically discounted since most of them do a particularly decent job at grinding, pureeing, chopping and among other tasks.

2. Pitcher Size

As you may be expected, Size does matter when it blenders. If you are using for blending and chopping foods for family-sized meals, you have to look for a blender with a huge pitcher size. Otherwise, you would have to do the blending or chopping in batches, which can be tedious since it consumes more time and effort. However, if you are using a blender for personal use, that is for single-serving smoothies and other food that makes use of a blender, a blender with a modicum of capacity for one person will fit the bill. On the other hand, if you have are preparing for your entire family, you would mostly need a blender with at least 60 oz. of liquid volume capacity to prepare for 4 or more people.​

3.​ Multi-functionality

Before buying a blender, you have to be 100% clear as to what you are exactly using it for. Some users intend to secure a blender mostly for making purees and smoothies. If you are this kind of person,we highly recommended you to get blenders that are designed for grinding and pureeing. Other blenders, on the other hand, are designed to be multifunctional. Some blenders can also function as a food processor and as a chopper. However, blenders that are multi-functional tend to be more costly if you are looking for the type with a professional-grade performance. In the end, you would have to carefully consider your needs to be able to choose the right blender for yourself.​

How We Assessed and Evaluated These Products

Ninja is a specific brand of blenders that offer various models with different specifications and features. Initially, what we did was to look into the specific features and specifications that are unique to Ninja blenders. After informing ourselves with the unique features that Ninja blenders possess, we then proceeded to gather more information about Ninja blenders that are currently sold in the market.

There's a sizable number of Ninja blender varieties that are still out in the market these days. To evaluate these products, we closely looked into existing consumer opinions on them by reading through various cooking blogs and other product discussion threads. Blenders which received bad feedbacks will then be eliminated from our list.

After weighing in the consumer reviews, we then looked into the products' individual merits. We looked at specific features such as the presence (or absence) of Auto-IQ technology, their wattage, their volume capacity and their price. Upon careful consideration on their features, we were able to trim down our list from 25 products into 5.

After narrowing down to 5 products that fit our criteria. We managed to tested some of the blenders particularly on performance like the quality of the smoothie; and those which have multiple functions, we tried their ability to chop, mince etc. Only after factoring both qualitative and quantitative measures we then picked the top 3 products in our recommendation.

Our Top Picks

The first product in our list is the Ninja QB1005-FS Master Prep Professional.

The product is a multipurpose blender which you can use as a chopper and food processor.

You can use the blender as a versatile kitchen aid as it can shred ice into snow, chop, mince as well as cut and dice vegetables and fruits.

If you are into smoothies, then this blender might be a good choice for you as it is good in producing even and smooth fruit and vegetable purees.

The blender is powered by a 400-watt motor and has an ergonomic power pod that allows you to carry it without much strength. As it weighs only 8 pounds so no worries if you have elderly at home.

Speaking of performance, so far we have seen it does what it advertises. We liked the six-blade design as it ensures that any food item that is placed in it is evenly chopped, minced, or pureed. Notably, the purees produced have a really smooth and fine texture that you may love. Beside having a powerful grading capacity, you will also get a 48 oz. pitcher, a 40 oz. bowl, and two 16 oz. bowls. The smaller bowls have their own blades (4-blade design) so you won’t have to transfer blades in between containers which can be quite troublesome.

Just a caveat though in handling the blades – it’s sharp enough to hurt you so please be extra careful when you are handing it.

In term of Safety, it’s BPA-free. BPA (BIsphenol A), a chemical found in some blenders, is a toxic material that is harmful to the human body when ingested. Lastly, it’s dishwasher-friendly which spares most users the risk of cutting themselves by washing it manually.

Overall, this blender is reliable and versatile which makes it an indispensable kitchen appliance, especially for those who are into smoothies and purees.

What We Liked

  • Thorough and faster grinding/chopping/blending
  • Pulse control
  • Dishwasher-friendly
  • BPA-free
  • Comes with 3 containers (48 oz. pitcher, 40 oz. bowls, (2 pcs.) 16 oz. bowls)

What We Didn't Like

  • Pod and container alignment may be tedious at times
  • Containers are less spacious since the blades occupy a lot of space.

Another reliable kitchen aid that can help you in blending, pureeing and other kitchen tasks is the Ninja Professional Blender (BL660).

We find its 1,000-watt motor satisfactorily powerful to turn your ice cubes into snow with incredible ease.

Like other ninja blenders, the BL660 also has a six-blade technology that lets you to efficiently crush and blend any edible material.

We’d also like to warn you ahead that the blades are extremely sharp so you’ll have to be extra careful in handling it.

Also, while the six-blade technology sounds like an impressive feature, we found out that it consume a lot of space in the container.

Nevertheless, this blender can still hold a maximum of 64 oz. (liquid capacity), which still allows you to put more stuff in it than other blenders.

We love the performance of the blender because it is a great choice for health-conscious users who are a big fan of fruit smoothies.

When it comes to vegetable smoothies, which mostly includes spinach, carrots and other ingredients, the puree is decently fine but can be pulpy.

By and large, the juice extracted from the BL660 has a decently smooth texture although we still see a considerable difference to those that are produced by high-end blenders.

Apart from preparing smoothies, you can also use this blender’s large pitcher with six blades in chopping onions and other vegetables. You can use it in slicing cabbages until it’s coleslaw-ready.

In addition to the blender, you’ll also be getting two smaller single- serve cups which is a great tool you can use for making personalized, on-the-go smoothies.

What We Liked

  • Heavy-duty and reliable grinding/pureeing capacity
  • Above average volume capacity
  • Pulse control
  • BFA-free
  • Dishwasher-friendly

What We Didn't Like

  • Purees not as good as high-end blenders
  • Blades can cut through human flesh

Next up on our list is the Ninja Master Prep (QB900B), another reliable kitchen aid that shares a lot of common features with other Ninja blenders.

Like other Ninja blenders, the QB9000B is designed to help you in a wide variety of tasks such chopping, grinding, dicing and pureeing.

If you are looking for a blender that can produce decent smoothies, this blender may be a good choice for you. It’s capable of pureeing vegetables that are sufficiently smooth and fine.

You can also use this blender as an assistant in chopping large quantities of vegetables or onions.

We find its 400-watt motor sufficiently powerful to blast through most food items you throw at it.

Blending is relatively more convenient with this blender. You won’t have to worry about liquids splashing when you are blending and spilling when you transferring them since this product has an anti-spill splash guard and easy-flip pour spout.

When it comes to the blender’s package, you’ll have a 48 oz. pitcher for general usage and a 16 oz. chopping bowl which you can use for chopping and preparing single-serving smoothies.

Despite QB900B’s price tag and its versatile functionality, we found a few downside with this blender.

For starters, there’s a lesser of volume of food items you can put in it compared to other models.

Also, this blender is not exactly the most durable blender out there. After a certain period, depending on your frequency and intensity of usage, this blender may eventually break. Nevertheless, we still think this blender is a good choice given its value, especially considering its functionality and price.

What We Liked

  • Reliable blending, chopping, pureeing capacity
  • Convenient Spout and anti-spill splash guard
  • Less costly
  • All parts are BPA-free
  • Dishwasher friendly

What We Didn't Like

  • Limited volume capacity
  • May break after a considerable amount of time

We also have a high-end variety of Ninja blender in our list - the Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto-IQ (BL682).

When it comes to performance, you’ll notice that this blender is both powerful and convenient to use.

With its 1,500-watt motor, you’ll be able to enjoy top-grade multifunctionality from this high-end blender.

While this multifunctionality is a common feature among most Ninja blenders, what you’ll find unique in the BL682 from most blenders is its Auto-iQ technology.

The Auto-iQ technology features a countdown timer which provide you with smart options for timed pulsing, blending and pausing patterns.

This feature makes a great difference in the quality of purees and smoothies you prepare, since it allows the blades to run, then pause (according to time duration set) and run again, which essentially allows your food to fall back down to evenly grind through it.

Instead of waiting for seconds to push a button again after pausing, you can just press a single button and wait for your smoothie to be ready.

Lastly, we also how generous the accessory set that comes with this blenders. You’ll enjoy its mega-sized 72 oz. pitcher, nutri-ninja cups which comes in 3 different sizes (18, 24 and 32 oz.) and a 64 oz. food processor bowl. All of these cups have sip and seal lids which make them very handy in preparing your personalized nutri-drinks.

What We Liked

  • Powerful in chopping, grinding, and pureeing
  • Use auto-iQ technology
  • Comes with Nutri ninja cups and food processor bowl
  • All parts are BPA-free
  • Dishwasher friendly

What We Didn't Like

  • Nutri ninja cups may be too wide to hold
  • Costly

5. Nutri Ninja Pro (BL451) - 1st Runner-up

The last item on our list a blender that caters largely to the needs of health buffs – the Nutri Ninja Pro (BL451).

Fans of smoothies and green juices will find this blender, which is run by a 900-watt motor, effective in blasting through ice, frozen fruit and vegetables.

The first thing we noticed with the BL461 is its limited volume capacity. You can only use three, small jars (12 oz., 18 oz. and 24 oz.) in blending.

Along with these jars are sip and seal lids which lets you carry the juice you prepared whenever and wherever you go.

You’ll be able to enjoy extra smooth purees and smoothies using this blender which is powered by a 900-watt motor.

This extra evenness and smoothness in the smoothies processed by the BL451 can be attributed to the combination of the motor power and the limited volume capacity this blender has.

However, we also found out that this blender lacks the versatility that other models have. You cannot chop or mince using this product. If you try to do so, you’ll end up with a liquid, mushy mess.

What We Liked

  • Great in grinding and pureeing
  • On-the go jars with sip and seal lids
  • All parts are BPA-free
  • Dishwasher friendly

What We Didn't Like

  • Limited capacity
  • Can’t be used for chopping, dicing and other functions

Our Recommendations:

Editor's Pick: Nutri Ninja Blender System with Auto-IQ (BL682)

Among the 25 Ninja blenders we’ve reviewed, we were impressed the most with what the Nutri Ninja BL682 has to offer. We loved its powerful capacity to grind, chop, puree, dice and mince different ingredients, which makes it a premium ‘one-size-fits-all’ kind of blender. You’ll be able to enjoy using this blender, regardless if you a health buff or just a regular user preparing something for the entire family. Also, you’ll be grateful for the blender’s 72 oz. capacity which allows you to put more stuff in it compared to other units. Lastly, what we most loved about this product is its auto-iQ technology which allows you to just push a single button for automatic pulse blending. If you are looking for a professional-grade blender with an excellent performance and volume capacity, this product will a great fit for you.

Runners Up: Nutri Ninja Pro (BL451) and Ninja QB1005-FS Master Prep Professional

Placing as a runner-up on our list is the Nutri Ninja Pro (BL451). We highly recommend this for any serious health buff looking for a device that can efficiently puree and blend. You’ll enjoy evenly blended smoothies and purees processed by this blender’s 900-watt power and its sharp blades. We also love the combination of a powerful motor and a small-sized Ninja cup, since its crushing power is thoroughly concentrated which produces the best smoothies a blender can produce.

Lastly, we awarded the Ninja QB10005-FS as the best budget choice blender in our list. This is a great option if you’re on a tight budget and also looking for a multi-purpose blender. We found out that this despite the it is at the lower end, it is still a decent blender, chopper and food processor.

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About the Author

Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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