Is it Easy to Use?
This little unit is actually very easy to use. To make your smoothie, protein shake, salsa or myriad of other concoctions, just put your ingredients into one of the included cups, screw on the blade, and place the container on the base. After your ingredients are blended, unscrew the blade, screw on a lid if you prefer, and there you go! The cups and blades are interchangeable between the Pro and Basic models.
As far as performance, this little personal blender is strong enough to grind up apple and pepper seeds, and you won’t have to peel your fruit before you put it in. It’s strong enough to chop ice and frozen fruit too, so you can make frozen drinks in a snap.
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In Ninja blender reviews, buyers also say the unit is not very noisy and certainly not as loud as a regular sized blender. Also remember that you’ll only be using it for about 20 seconds at a time, so any noise it does make won’t make you suffer for long!
As for cleaning, the BPA-free cups and lids are all safe to put in the dishwasher. Of course, you can also wash them by hand. One buyer wrote in their review that it’s easiest to squirt a bit of dish soap into the cup with some water, then pulse it a few times. Sounds like a great idea!
If you need recipe ideas, it even comes with a book that has some of the best recipes, and you can get many more online for free once you have a chance to play and get used to how it works.
What’s the Power Like versus Nutribullet and Vitamix?
The bottom line on this one is that this unit has nothing vs a Vitamix. You’re looking at the difference between a 1300+ watt motor vs only 900 watts. If you’re looking for something comparable or even better, you’ll want to take a look at the Ultima line or Mega Kitchen System line of blenders, which have 1500 and 1000 watts, respectively.
As far as the Nutribullet and Magic Bullet (which has a much smaller capacity), this unit is pretty comparable to the Pro version, as they both have 900 watts of power. Both perform the same jobs and do a good job living up to their promises. Some users do say the Ninja seems a little more durable (they have replaced their Nutri bullet with the Ninja when it broke), and there have been some claims of the older Bullet models having pieces of the blades come off, but it seems the manufacturer has taken care of those problems.
What Can I Make with it?
Wow – This is a long list. In fact, you can make pretty much anything you would normally blend if you want a smaller single or double serving. Cleanup is also easier than when you use a full size blender.
Here’s a short list:
- Creamy smoothies
- Iced drinks
- Frozen daiquiris
- Hot or frozen coffee drinks
- Chopping whole ice cubes into snow
- Grinding coffee beans and herbs
- Ice cream or frozen yogurt
- Salad dressings
- Protein shakes
- Dosa batter
Can I Juice with it?
The true answer – it’s not the best choice for making juice. This is more of a personal smoothie maker than a juicer. It just doesn’t have the power of a system like the Ultima Blender models or Mega Kitchen Systems. If you’re looking for a Ninja that will do juicing, you’ll want to take a closer look at one of those.
It does, however, work great for pulverizing / liquefying fruits and vegetables of all types, making them come out really smooth. One note, though: If you put in veggies that have very little water content like carrots or spinach or kale, you’ll need to add some sort of liquid (or toss in a cucumber, tomato or other juicy veggie) to get it going.
- Base: 5.5” x 5.5”
- Power: 900 watts
- Speeds: 1 (You can also pulse)
- Cleaning: Cups and lids are dishwasher safe (top rack)
What do I get?
- Base unit
- 1 – 18oz. BPA free cup and 1- 24 oz. cup
- 2 Lids
- Ninja Pro extractor blades
- Instruction Book
- Wellness guide with 30 recipes
Pro Deluxe Model:
- Everything above PLUS
- 1 – 12 oz. cup (so you get 3 cups total)
- Does fantastic job of turning fruits and veggies into smooth green drinks
- Ability to quickly turn ice cubes to snow for frozen drinks
- Great power for such a small blender
One thing mentioned in a review from a user of this product mentioned that the included lids do not seal completely. In other words, you won’t want to toss the cup in your gym bag when you’re on the go. However, they’re perfect for holding your drink in your car’s cup holder without having it splash out.
Consumer Ratings – The Bottom Line
Overall, the Nutribullet and Nutri Ninja are both good machines. However, customer reviews rate the Ninja just a little bit higher. It seems to be a bit of a Pepsi / Coke situation. Both are good, and people who have purchased either are generally very happy they made the purchase. The only thing to remember to make either work effectively is not to overfill the cup containers. Just leave enough space for the blending to take place, and you’ll be just fine. Amazon currently has the best prices on both models with free shipping – you don’t even need a coupon code.