Ninja Kitchen System Pulse Review: Too Weak?

The Ninja Kitchen System Pulse fits in between the Master Prep and Nutri Ninja in the Ninja product line. With 550 watts plus single serve cups, it’s actually very much like the Maser Prep (with similar pulse function) but with more power. In this way, it does act as both a blender and food processor. It comes with a 5-cup container, plus you get the 2 additional 16 oz. single serve cups. Both the pitcher and cups are made from BPA-free plastic and are dishwasher safe.

Ninja Pulse Video Review

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How Easy is it to Use?

This Ninja single serve system with pulse is extremely easy to use. It operates by pushing down the handle on the large blender container or by pushing down on the single serve cups. There are no extra buttons to push, but just make sure the container or cup is locked in place, or it won’t start for safety reasons.

It’s also easy to clean, as the cups and large container are all dishwasher safe, or you can just put in a little soapy water and pulse it a few times for really fast cleanup (A user who wrote a review came up with that one!). Like many of the Ninja products, the blades also pop out, so you can wash the containers by hand without risking a cut from the sharp blades.

What is it Best for?

  • Smoothies
  • Fresh baby food
  • Chopping nuts
  • Protein and weight loss shakes
  • Salsa
  • Turning ice into snow

How well does it work for juicing?

Ninja calls what this system does “complete juicing”; meaning it won’t separate the juice from the pulp. However, you can thin the constancy of the pulp considerably by adding extra liquid or ice or by just pulsing your drink a little longer. In this case it comes out like a thin smoothie rather than an actual juice.

How does it compare to other blenders like Vitamix and Nutribullet?

This system can’t really be compared to the powerful Vitamix line. Versus blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec, while this is a great system for everyday use, it just doesn’t have the power to do what those machines do. However, since it functions as a crossover between a blender and a food processor, it does have more versatility. If you’re looking for an appliance that functions more like those machines but a cheap cost in comparison, take a look and consider making a buy of one of the Ultima Blender systems, the Ninja Professional line or the Mega Kitchen System (which also has the food processor components if you need both).

As for both Nutribullet and Magic Bullet, this Ninja pulse blender blows both out of the water. Hands down, it’s a much more powerful system, though still not as powerful as the Nutri Ninja (but it only has single serve cups – not a full size pitcher). Since this one also functions as a food processor, it’s ahead of the game there as well.

How does the Ninja Single Serve Pulse Blender compare with other Ninja models?

This is a great question because there is so much overlap in the different models, which is great, because depending on which you choose, you can have a very close to custom kitchen solution at a very reduced price tag, as all the Ninja models have very reasonable prices vs machines with comparable power (especially if you have a coupon code or find one on sale). With one of these, however, you get much more versatility.

In short, this system has a little less power than the Nutri Ninja, but that unit doesn’t come with a full size blender container. However, it has much more power than the Master Prep, while keeping the same food processing duties. If you want to spend a little more or less, those are some good options to take a look at. If you like the Pulse Blender model, Amazon has it right now for $20 off.

Specs

  • Power: 550 watts
  • Speeds: Pulse only
  • Pitcher capacity: 40 oz. (approximately 5 cups)
  • Single serve cups included: 2 with lids
  • Plastic: BPA free
  • Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Attachments: Dough blade and paddle included

What comes with it?

  • 550 watt base motor
  • 40 oz. processing bowl
  • Total crushing blades
  • Dough paddle
  • Dough hook
  • 2 – 16 oz. Nutri Ninja cups
  • 2 Lids to go with cups
  • Pro extractor blades
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick start guide

Pros

  • Chops up anything
  • Great for smoothies with fruit, greens and other vegetables
  • Powerful enough to turn ice into snow and frozen fruit into liquid
  • Travel sized cups are very convenient since you can blend right in them with no extra mess

Cons

In some user reviews, it was claimed that smoothies don’t come out smooth enough, and sometimes there are bits of greens left floating. There are a few things to remember so this doesn’t happen to you. First, put your greens in last so they sit closest to the blade. Second, make sure you pulse it for long enough so there is plenty of time to take your greens from a food-processing chop to a liquid state.

Another thing to note is that it only works on pulse function. There is no lock, so you can’t turn it on and walk away. However, you wouldn’t need to do this anyway, because it works pretty quickly.

If you buy this machine for the express purpose of making dough, while it works, some review comments say it doesn’t work the best. You can certainly get it and give it a try, but if you’re a serious baker, you may be better off going with the Mega Kitchen System (review here) with nearly three times the power.

Overall Consumer Ratings

Overall, most customers who bought this machine report they are really happy with it. Since it incorporates a blender and a food processor function, it delivers much more versatility than the Nutri Ninja, Magic Bullet or Nutribullet. In other words, it’s fantastic for everyday uses like making smoothies, salsa, baby food or chopping up nuts for recipes. Amazon currently has the Ninja Pulse at 21% off through this link.