The Ninja Ultima Blender truly seems to be a force all its own in the kitchen. With powerful 1500-watt, 2.5 peak horsepower motor (actually much more power versus the latest Vitamix, which has 1380 watts and 2 peak horsepower), the Ninja Ultima not only offers brute power but also flexibility.
First, this machine has dual blades that rotate at 24,000 RPM, which is more than enough heartiness to pulverize whole vegetables and fruits and even ice in a matter of seconds. If you’ve ever struggled with getting food to break down in a regular blender, you’ll be pleasantly surprised here. You’ll have no trouble at all getting the prep done for delicious soups, smoothies, dips and even healthy juices.
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What Makes the Ninja Ultima Blender So Different?
First, it has 10 speeds plus a pulse function, so you have maximum control to get just as much power you need. Start it out slow, and increase the speed as you need until you get the desired result, or use the pulse if you want more of a chopping motion.
Second, and very important, is that it has 2 blade systems. Most blenders only have one blade, making them (and you) struggle much harder to get the job done. If you’ve used units like this, you know you usually need a tamper or something to stick in the top to shove the food down to the blade. Some of us have even destroyed a wooden spoon or two this way! This powerful machine is different: It has a blade at the base which rotates at 24,000 RPM and 2 more blades up the center that rotate at 5,000 RPM. Combined with the 1500 watts of power driven to the blades, this blender can do the job in spades, without any elbow grease from you.
How Easy is it to Use?
One of the coolest things about this ultimate blender is that you can take the blade out to wash it. This makes cleaning so much easier. If you’ve ever had a blender with a non-removable blade base, you know what it’s like to try to scrape food out of the bottom. Here, you just unscrew it and toss it in the dishwasher. This not only saves on food (because you’re getting all of it out of the container), but it also means you can really get it clean without digging around inside the pitcher, risking a serious cut or two.
Another nice thing is the XL 72 ounce container. Many machines (like the Vitamix) have a 64 oz. pitcher, so this one actually holds quite a bit more at one time. If you’ve ever had to make soups in batches due to a small blender container, you’ll really appreciate this feature.
It also comes with 2 single serving cups, which you can also use on the base if you want to make a smaller amount. It’s kind of like having a full size blender plus Magic Bullet all in one.
As for cleanup, the pitcher, blades, lids and cups are all dishwasher safe, which makes cleanup a breeze. The plastic is also BPA-free, so you can feel more comfortable making meals for your family in this appliance.
Since Ninja is a fairly new company in the scheme of things, some people have concerns about how long this product will last. It’s good to know that reviews from actual customers (people who use the heck out of their Ninja blender) brag about how sturdy and heavy-duty it is. It feels really solid – much more so than you would expect for the price.
What is it Best for?
- Liquid and creamy soup bases
- Grinding ice for frozen beverages (mashes it nearly into snow!)
- Homemade ketchup
- Creamy salad dressings
- Grinding spices or making flour
- Making almond milk
- Making peanut butter from fresh peanuts
The only thing this appliance does not do is act like a food processor. Anything you put in is going to be pulverized to smooth creamy mush (actually a good thing!). If you love the Ultima blender idea but need a food processor element, you’ll want to get the Ninja Ultima Kitchen System, which also comes with a food processor bowl.
- Power: 1500 watts / 2.5 HP
- Speed: 10 speeds plus pulse function
- Container Capacity: 72 oz. main container plus 2-16 oz. cups – All plastic is BPA free
- Cord Length: 3’
- Warranty: 2 years
- Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
What Do I Get in the Box?
- Motor / Blender Base
- 72 oz. Pitcher
- Pitcher Lid
- Removable Blade Assembly
- (2) 16 oz. Cups with Sip and Seal Lids (3 cups with selected models)
- Instruction Book
- Inspiration Guide
- 34 oz. Food processing bowl, reversible shredding/slicing disc, grating disc and 150 recipe cookbook (with Ultima Kitchen System model)
What is the Difference in the Models?
The Ultima Blender line actually comes in 5 different models – yes 5! It can be confusing to decide which one to buy, which is why you’ll find a chart below showing the differences. It’s important to know they’re all the same base unit, and the only difference is the accessories included in the package. If you just need the blender, you can buy just that. However, if you need more versatility, you’ll find models with cups and/or a food processor that can also make cookie dough if that’s what you need.
Ninja Ultima Blender Models
|Model Details||Ninja Ultima Kitchen System BL820||Ninja Ultima Blender with Nutri Ninja BL830CB||Ninja Ultima Blender Plus BL830||Ninja Ultima Blender BL810|
|User Manual||BL820 Manual||BL830CB Manual||BL830 Manual||BL810 Manual|
|Best Sale Price (approximate)||$299||$240||$199||$199|
|BPA Free & Dishwasher Safe|
|1500 Watt Motor Base|
|72 oz. Blender Container|
|Dual Stage Blending|
|2- 16 oz Nutri Ninja Cups with Sip and Seal Lids|
|3- 16 oz Nutri Ninja Cups with Sip and Seal Lids|
|Ultima Creations Cookbook with 150 Recipes|
|Ultima Delicious Cookbook with 90 Recipes|
|64 oz. Food Processing Bowl (Big enough to make 2 pounds of dough!)|
|Reversible Shredding / Slicing Disc with Grating Disc|
- Massive power
- Ability to easily make really smooth and creamy soups, dressings, dips and smoothies
- It grinds up ice until it’s nearly snow
In a review of this machine, one user complained that it was really noisy. It’s true that it’s not a quiet machine, but have you ever used a quiet blender?
The only other thing that seems to bother a few users is that it’s too tall to fit under the top kitchen cabinets. The pitcher is XL, so this is true. The best thing to do here is to store the container beside the base instead of on top of it.
The Bottom Line in Ninja Ultima Blender Reviews
Overall, customers are really happy with this machine. Review after review boasts of its power and ability to really do the job it claims. While it is noisy, that seems to be a small concession to make to have all that versatility and power. Some say in their review that the container is too large, and they just use the single serve cups that come with it. Others say it’s just the perfect size!
Where Can I Get it on Sale?
Many major retailers sell the Ninja line of small appliances. While you could stop at Target, Walmart or Costco to see if they have the one you want in stock, shopping online will nearly always get you the best deal, sometimes with free shipping, and the best part is you don’t have to waste gas or haul it home. In fact, Amazon currently has these blenders up to $92 off with free shipping.