3 Best Ninja Blender Reviews for 2020 : Buyer’s Guide
I have created this website to provide you with top-notch, personalized Ninja blender reviews. What I mean by that is that every single review you read here has been either written by a person who owns the ninja blender in question, or otherwise has had access to it and been able to use it.
In a few very rare cases, the reviews posted here will be based on information and testimonials given by other users of these blenders. I will make you two promises right here and now though:
1. Nothing is held back. If a blender has a downside, I will mention it.
2. Each review accounts for how easy the blender is to use. We test the pitcher, the motor, the base assembly, how tightly the lid fits, and so on. If anything doesn’t perform well, we will know (and so will you).
|Ninja BL660||Touch-pad operations||Ninja® Technology 6 Blades||1100 WattsRead My Review||Safe to wash|
|Ninja NJ600||Durable Buttons||Ninja® Technology 6 Blades||1000 WattsRead My Review||Safe to wash|
|Ninja QB900B||One-touch pulsing||Ninja® Technology 4 Blades||400 WattsRead My Review||Safe to wash|
|Ninja BL660||1-touch Pulse||Ninja® Technology 6 Blades||450 WattsRead My Review||Safe to wash|
|Ninja NJ600||One-touch pulsing||Ninja® Technology 4 Blades||700 WattsRead My Review||Safe to wash|
Blenders 101 – How to Find the Best Kitchen Blender and more
Finding the right blender for your needs can seem complicated because there’s lots of models, different types of blenders and features which you may or may not need. But choosing the right blender really comes down to making decisions as to function and capacity – basically looking at what you will use it for. I’ll take you through the various types of blenders so you can better decide what’s best for your kitchen.
1. Types of Blenders
There are basically two types of blenders – the jug/jar counter blender which is the most common and the stick model which is also called a hand or immersion blender. Your first buying decision will be to decide which function better meets your needs. That being said, many households have both types of blenders. If you choose a jug blender, you’ll then need to decide on size amongst other features. And though there are similarities, blenders are not food processors, unless they are designed to handle this additional function.
Counter or Stand Blenders:
They are the most common style of blenders, have a stand-alone design with a jug/jar to blend the foods in. This type of blender comes in either a compact personal size for small batches or single servings, or in the more common 48 oz capacity, though you can find some in-between sizes. Some common uses include blending pancake batter, sauces, puddings, dressings, smoothies, frozen drinks.
- Pros: More functional; best for crushing ice (with proper blade) or making smoothies
- Cons: Awkward for blending hot foods or a much larger capacity; usually more expensive than stick blenders
Stick (Hand, Immersion) Blenders:
Hand blenders have become quite popular and though most are corded, there are some cordless models on the market. Stick blenders use a hand-held operation and are very handy for pureeing or blending small batches right in a bowl, or taking lumps out of the gravy by blending in the hot roaster. Some hand blenders come with chopping accessories which increases their function as a handy food prep tool.
- Pros: Best for small batches or blending right in the bowl, pot; single hand operation; cordless models offer lots of convenience, portability; easier to store
- Cons: Limited function, need care cleaning
2. Important Blender Features
It really depends on what you want to do with your blender, but these are the most important features to consider:
- Sufficient power to meet your needs. For blending sauces, dressings, dessert mixes, 300W is sufficient, but if you want to blend icy drinks, you’ll need a blender with at least 500 watts.
- Ice crushing blade – for blending/crushing ice in smoothies or other drinks
- At least three speeds (counter blender)
- Stainless steel blade assembly
- Direct drive motor operation is the most durable
- Designed for easy removal of blade assembly for cleaning
- Pulse operation
- A spout (counter blender) – read how a spout design can make pouring easier
- Blender Jug or Jar – Definition
3. Blender Bells and Whistles
- Drink from the jug design (personal blenders)
- Chopping accessories (hand blenders)
- More variety of speeds – puree, blend, mix, liquify
- Multi-function design with food processing functions
- Preset function for icy drinks
- Dispensing spigot can be handy, but it’s also another part to clean
- Blending enhancements to better move foods in and out of the blades
- Glass vs Plastic Blender Jugs
3 Best Ninja Blender Reviews
#1: Ninja BL660 Professional Blender with Single Serve Review
At its current price, the Ninja BL660 is among the most well-received blenders. It is currently my machine of choice, and I use it in my kitchen on a daily basis. What I particularly like about it is the versatility that it delivers: I use it to mix dough, make juices from all sorts of fruits (even the ones many other blenders have trouble with, such as bananas), and crushing ice. It handles all of those with ease, and I believe this can be attributed to one particular feature. I’m of course talking about the 6 blades Ninja technology. I’m not much of a geek when it comes to this sort of stuff, but I do know a sturdy piece of equipment when I see one. The blades are both big and sharp, and they are positioned in a way that no matter how much content you put in your pitcher (which by the way can take up to 72 oz.), you’ll feel comfortable that everything will get blended properly, even the contents near the very top of the pitcher. This is precisely the reason why we’ve included the BL660 at the very top of our Ninja blender reviews.
What do I like about it in particular?
My favorite part is just how well it handles ice when making smoothies. The fact that my previous blender was unable to handle such a basic task was exactly what made me go and have a look-around for a different blender, and the Ninja BL660 is what caught my attention – many buyer reviews seemed to point towards one thing in particular: it does a tremendous job at blending even the toughest ingredients.
The fact that it is a single serve also means that there really isn’t a whole bunch of cleaning up for you to do after you’ve finished using the blender. I’m sure you’ve had this problem: you really want to use your blender to make something, but you get deterred by the idea of having to wash it later on, and so ultimately the device is hardly ever used. This isn’t the case here – washing is extremely easy, the materials are such that everything comes off of them with ease with just a bit of water (no scrubbing at all involved). Plus, it’s dishwasher proof. I don’t own a dishwasher unfortunately, but many of you will undoubtedly do.
Construction & Performance
The BL660 also includes 4 suction cups at the bottom of the blender, making it stick really hard to your working surface. You could easily give it a gentle shake and it won’t move at all, so you won’t ever find yourself having to hold down the device with all your force during the blending process just to keep it in place. First time I bought it I thought I would be using it for smoothies only. But as soon as I realized just how powerful of a machine it was, I suddenly started using it for literally everything – coffee drinks, fresh sauces in just 10 seconds, even soups. I just started throwing things into it just for the sake of blending it and seeing what it would taste like.
After you use this Ninja blender for some time, you’ll also notice just how sharp the blades tend to stay despite use and even abuse. Like I said above, I love making smoothies, so blending ice as well as frozen fruit is something I do on a daily basis. And despite that, the blades have still remained amazingly sharp after many months of use – this really surprised me and I honestly didn’t expect it from a blender in this price range. But wait, there’s more. You might have gotten used to food getting stuck at the bottom of your pitcher near the bottom blades. In the case of the Ninja BL660, the blade layout seems to have been done very smartly, as I don’t remember a single instance of me having to reach down the pitcher with a spoon and spend a good minute trying to scratch out what’s left at the bottom.
These are the small details that you really should be paying attention to when buying a blender as they will ultimately determine how happy you’ll be using the equipment in the long run. One last thing I wanted to mention now, and you’ll find it exciting if you like to blend seeds of any kind.
In many blender models, the bottom blades are set at a height which makes it impossible to blend a small quantity of seeds (flax for example). This is because the blades are usually located an inch or so above the bottom of the pitcher, so if you were to put in a spoon or two of seeds, the blades would simply spin right above them and you’d need to manually give the blender a shake to have a chance of cutting through those seeds. With the Ninja BL660 this is not an issue – the blades are positioned low enough so that even the smallest quantity of contents will get properly taken care of.
Single Serve Cups
The Ninja BL660 comes with two single serve cups, at 32 oz. each. If you’re in the mood for making a small smoothie, simply load up a cup with the ingredients, close the lid, attach it to the blender in place of the main big pitcher, and you’re done in a few seconds.
Online customer ratings of this product are consistent with what I have written in this Ninja blender review. The majority of people praise it for how well it handles ice, fruit and dough, and point out how powerful the motor and how sharp the blades are.
Some Minor Con’s
All good Ninja blender reviews should contain a “con’s” section, so here it is. While I was able to list Pro’s without any difficulty, I actually had to pause for a good 10 minutes to figure out what to write in the Con’s section. If there is one thing I could mention it would be that the motor is very loud due to it being 1100 Watts and extremely powerful. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a con though, as I’m sure no one buys a blender hoping that it will be quiet. Plus, the noisiness in this case is very well justified. Perhaps one thing worth mentioning is that it isn’t that ideal for making green smoothies. In some cases the blender will leave small chunks of vegetables in despite you sincerely trying to get rid of them. I’m not sure what causes this, but I do know that a few other people have had the same problem with this blender. So if you’re primarily interested in making veggie smoothies, then I would most likely look at a different model that is reviewed on this website. Other than that though, the blades cut through everything with relentless force and provide you with a smoothie/desert of perfect consistency.
- An extremely powerful, almost industrial-quality motor. Some websites lists the power of the BL660 motor as being 1,000 Watts, but that’s in fact not true – it’s 1100 which is clearly stated on the box and the instruction. If you’re looking for POWER, then this is where it is at.
- A total of 6 modes of operation you can switch between. Whether you want to crush ice, mix dough, or blend fruits of various shapes and sizes – there’s a mode of operation which was designed with your goal in mind.
- The touch-pad controls are very convenient and responsive. Whether you want a margarita, smoothie, or a desert – all it takes is one touch of your finger.
- The pitcher, despite being very large and durable, is actually really light-weight. Very easy to move around, clean, and handle in general. A great plus.
- SUPER sharp blades. Go through ice as if it were nothing but soft fruit, and I’m not exaggerating.
- Perfect for making fruit smoothies, dough, deserts.
- Dishwasher-approved and very easy to clean by hand.
Now, let’s move on to the next Ninja blender in our Top 3 reviews.
#2: Ninja NJ600 Pro Blender Review
The Ninja NJ600 Professional Blender is another solid product that made it to my top 3 reviews list. As you might know, the best way to determine whether a blender is worth it’s price is to see just how well it manages to crush ice. I do not own the NJ600, but I have used it on over a dozen occasions. I was particularly interested to see what would happen if I loaded the whole 72 ounce blender jar with ice cubes and then turned on the 1,000 Watt motor for no longer than 10 seconds. Here is what the results look like (click the picture to enlarge):
Beautiful isn’t it? The entire bag of ice cubes was crushed into perfectly fine ice, exactly like what you would find in your backyard on Christmas eve. The ice had perfect consistency with no lumps whatsoever. The smoothies you can make with this are absolutely delicious and on par with what you’d expect to have served in the finest restaurants, assuming you choose your ingredients well of course.
None of the other Ninja blender reviews here have as great a picture as the one above, which is something I hope to fix in the future.
As is the case with the BL660 reviewed further above, the NJ600 features Ninja’s patented 6-blade technology. The blades are divided into 3 pairs, situated at different heights across the stem. The beauty of this design is that all the contents of the pitcher get blended evenly across, so you won’t have to worry that only what’s on the bottom will get the sharp-blade treatment. Other than the ginormous size of the pitcher, I appreciated just how few elements there are in this blender. You might ask why this is good, and here’s the answer: the fewer elements there are, the lower the chance of any leakage occurring or any part breaking. Once mounted, all the elements fit very tightly and there is no shaking or instability involved. I never found myself having to worry that once I fire up the powerful 1,000 Watt motor, I’d have parts or bits of food flying around the kitchen. The whole construction of this Ninja blender is very sturdy, from top to bottom. If you were to read the top Ninja NJ600 customer reviews at Amazon, you would be able to learn even more than I already told you.
What I particularly enjoyed about the NJ600 is that you can make equally good green AND fruit smoothies. A few other Ninja blenders reviewed on this this will do well with only either of these two, but this particular model will do a great job regardless of the ingredients of your smoothie. I found it can handle ice, frozen fruits, fresh carrots / celery / spinach, and all types of fresh fruits equally as well. There are never any bits in the final product and the smoothie is neither too watery nor too thick for my taste – just where it should be. How about the lid?
As I’ve already mentioned, all the pieces of this Ninja blender fit very tightly together. The lid is very easy to attach to the top of the pitcher and won’t cause you any trouble – simply line up the two / shaped markings together and the thing will close-down very firmly. Regarding speed, the blender doesn’t disappoint either: You get to choose from across three different speed modes. Granted this isn’t as complex as the 6 various modes in the Ninja BL660 reviewed above, however I honestly can’t think of a situation where you’d find yourself wishing this blender had more than three modes. In fact, 2 modes are more than enough for the vast majority of uses. My friend who owns this blender, and at who’s house I used it, had an interesting thing to say. He basically stated that since he got the NJ600, he’s been buying a ton more vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. Before his purchase, he would never buy anything fresh simply because he knew it would go to waste as he didn’t like to eat raw fruits and/or vegetables. He always preferred smoothies, but figured he’d need to spend at least a $250 for a blender if he wanted good results. Guess Ninja proved him wrong
Let me quickly summarize the good things about this Ninja blender:
- Very powerful motor, will cut through anything.
- Sharp blades. WARNING! Do not touch (seriously, just a slight direct touch of the blade could injure your finger)
- Very solid and large pitcher.
- Cuts through the entire contents of the pitcher evenly thanks to the 3×2 innovative blade placement system.
- Delivers great, even consistency. No grains.
- Safety mechanism: the motor will not run unless the lid of the pitcher is firmly locked into place.
- Makes you want to live healthier due to just how much fun making a smoothie becomes thanks to it.
- Hummus, green smoothies, fruit smoothies, nuts, ice – it’ll blend it all, and blend it good.
Let us now move on to Ninja Blender Review #3, which is…
#3: Ninja QB900B Master Prep Revolutionary Food & Drink Maker Review
The Ninja QB900B isn’t exclusively a blender. It’s a blender slash food processor, however I decided to review it because it’s blending potential is absolutely outstanding for such a cheap product. I know that not everyone is willing to pay $150+ for a blender, so I thought this review was appropriate to write.
What did I like about it in particular?
Simply put, this is the best Ninja product in its price range if what you are looking for is primarily making veggie or fruit smoothies. Of course this doesn’t mean that it can’t handle other types of tasks – it’s just as good if you are making waffles, some deserts like muffins, sandwich spreads etc. While the consistency is not picture-perfect (that would be hard to expect from such a cheap blender), it really is good enough that you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your money. It’s extremely durable as well for such a tiny little thing – read some customers reports to see what others have to say.
When you open your package, you’ll see four separate elements:
- The main 400 Watt motor unit.
- The “Quad Blades”
- Blender Container
- The lid, which you can also use for storing your blended food/product inside the container/pitcher.
Apart from the blades, which are made from metal obviously, everything else is made from solid, durable plastic. The good thing about this is that it makes the Ninja QB900B very to clean. And no, don’t worry – the plastic parts are NOT easy to break. When you hear “plastic” you probably think of some cheap materials. This really isn’t the case here – we’re dealing with the “tough” type of plastic, so providing you don’t throw your blender around your kitchen, it’ll serve you for years.
As I’ve already mentioned this is quite a piece of equipment for the price you’ll be paying. It was very easy to assemble, and I encountered no frustrating loose parts whatsoever, which again I found surprising for a blender in this price range. The motor is also decently strong despite it being “only” 400 Watts. What can you use it for though?
Don’t let it’s small size fool you. This is a surprisingly strong and capable blender, and it’ll handle everything you throw at (into) it. Whether it’s ice, veggies / onions, bananas, ingredients for a lasagna sauce, garlic or tomatoes. There’s one thing I want you to keep in mind though. If the ingredients you are trying to blend need a lot of working, you might need to use a spoon to scrape the insides of the container once or twice in order to make sure everything is evenly cut. This won’t always be the case, however be aware that the size of the blades on this unit isn’t on the high end of things, so the blades can’t really reach that which is stuck to the walls. This is pretty much the only con of the QB900B that I can think of.
As I’ve already mentioned, all the parts are made from solid plastic, except for the four blades. That’s why I never encountered any problems during clean up – in most cases it was enough to just rinse the inside and the lid with water and some soap on my hands – didn’t even need a brush. One piece of advice I’d like to give you at this point is to always clean it right after using it. Don’t let the parts soak in water for a few hours, as in some cases (and with some foods) this can lead the plastic soaking up a bit of the smell, particularly when onions or garlic are involved. This has never happened to me personally with this blender, but I’ve heard of a few people experiencing the problem, who later got rid of the odor anyway, though it required some pretty serious brushing / soaking in soapy water. Just make sure to wash the unit within 30 minutes tops of being finished with it and you’ll never have to deal with this problem.
If you’re looking for a cheap yet powerful and capable blender, go for the QB900B. If, however, you can spare a little more, then you can get a far more powerful piece of equipment by simply purchasing one of the other Ninja Blenders reviewed on this website.
Ninja Blender Reviews – Summary
I hope you enjoyed reading those reviews just as much as I enjoyed writing them. If you’re simply looking to buy a Ninja blender but don’t want to spend too much time doing research, you’ll be safe by going for any of the three models I’ve went over above. If you would like more options, however, then feel free to browse through my other reviews on this website, where I go over a few more models that could be more suited to your needs. Did you like my reviews? Then please support this website by sharing its content through social media. Your help is greatly appreciated!