Your Content Summary
- What do I like about it in particular?
- Construction & Performance
- Single Serve Cups
- Some Minor Con’s
- Blender Construction
- Some Pro’s
- What did I like about it in particular?
- Performance & Use
- No Waste
- The Blades (Ice Test)
- Products I’ve Blended
- Some Con’s
- Durability & Assembly
- Performance & Use
- The Blades
- Dough Blade & Cookie Paddle
- Some Con’s
Ninja blender reviews you read here has been either written by a person who owns best 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:
- Nothing is held back. If a blender has a downside, I will mention it.
- 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).
#1. Ninja BL660 Professional Blender – One of Best Ninja Blender Reviews
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 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. 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
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 5 reviews.
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.
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.
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. 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…
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.
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.
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.
With all the parts that came in the box, I was wondering how hard they would be to assemble and whether there was going to be any leakage. Again, I was pleasantly surprised here for such a relatively cheap product – simply put the blade into the pitcher / container, place the lid at the top, attach the motor / master pod and it’s ready. There was no struggle involved in the process and everything fit just perfectly, just like in the QB900B.
Performance & Use
I bought the QB1004 because I was in need for a small, portable blender for making smoothies. I’m an amateur bodybuilder and so I eat a lot of fruits and veggies on a daily basis, and I needed to have something small enough to carry to work with me and which would do the work properly.
So the first thing I did was loading up the 48 oz. pitcher with ice cubes, frozen strawberries, a bit of milk and some yogurt. I attached the motor and turned the blender on fully expecting it to make a racket. It didn’t though, and that’s despite the ice cubes being there! The blades seemed to glide through the ingredients very smoothly and it took me exactly 30 seconds (yes, I timed it) to achieve a smoothie of perfect consistency. There were absolutely no bits or pieces of ice cubes / frozen fruit in the final product, the blades did not get stuck on any of the foods, and I could easily drink the smoothie through a straw – it was just thick enough that it didn’t feel like drinking juice, and just smooth enough that I didn’t have to chew anything. Exactly how I like it!
I also noticed that the bottom of the pitcher is made from an anti-gliding material of some sorts. I didn’t know this when I was testing out the blender at first, but I took a look after making the first smoothie because the QB1004 was surprisingly easy to handle I didn’t have to use too much force at all to keep it in place.
The great thing about this blender is that the blades can be taken out, so it’s exceptionally easy to scrub out anything that is stuck to them – nothing went to waste and I didn’t feel like I was throwing away half a cup worth of a smoothie Speaking of the blades, they are laid out in a way that Ninja refers to as their “patented blending technology.” The way it basically works is that all the contents of your pitcher get blended evenly, regardless of whether you load the pitcher only 1/5 the way through or fill it up almost to the very top. This is true for all Ninja Blenders, but it’s good to know that they use it even in their cheaper products and not just the ones that cost $100+.
The Blades (Ice Test)
Extremely, and I mean EXTREMELY sharp. I’ve loaded the entire pitcher with ice cubes; and I don’t mean those tiny ice cubes you can make in your freezer, but some of those large ones you can get in a supermarket (where they are so big you wouldn’t be able to close your palm with even one of them inside it). The QB1004 chopped it all up in around 15-20 seconds and the result was pure snow, not bits or chunks of ice whatsoever. I use this blender to make LOTS of smoothies and so far, after a year of use, I haven’t noticed any wear signs on the blades – they work just as well as they did when I first bought the machine.
I’m pretty sure one of the reasons for their durability is that the blades are arranged in pairs across the stem; this means that the “workload” is divided evenly across many different blades. Not sure if this makes sense, it’s just a theory of mine.
Because all the elements are made of durable plastic, and because the blades are so easy to take out, cleaning the whole thing is really simple and easy. Simply pour a bit of warm water and brush gently – you can even put some soap on your fingers and use that to clean it, no need for a real brush. Everything comes off quickly and leaves no trace whatsoever. Just please, don’t use your fingers to clean the blades themselves – always use a brush for that as the blades are very sharp.
The chopping blades, bowls, pitcher and lids are all dishwasher safe by the way, so if you have one at home the clean up process will be even simpler. Personally though even if I owned a dishwasher I probably wouldn’t use it because the blender elements would take up too much space inside the dishwasher, and to be honest it’s so easy to clean by hand that I’d rather use the dishwasher for other things like plates and such. Up to you though.
Products I’ve Blended
I thought you’d be interested to find out what kind of products I’ve blended using the QB1004, so here is a list of what I can remember. The blender made quick work of every single one of these:
- BIG ice cubes
- Frozen strawberries and other berries
- Apples, bananas, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries
- Cucumbers, carrots, spinach, bell pepper, onions, parsley, broccoli
- Salsa ingredients, fondue ingredients
I have found the master pod to be somewhat heavy, though I only mention this because I take this blender with me often to and back from work – you probably won’t notice it at all if you are going to only use it at home.
Other than that, and I’m not even sure if this is a con, but… the blades are EXTREMELY sharp, like I’ve already mentioned. I’ve actually read a customer review of this blender wherein a person mentioned that they had their finger deeply cut by accident while unpacking the blender. So yeah, just keep this in mind and be cautious every time you assemble the blender for use, and when cleaning it of course.
- Very sharp blades, pulverizes everything very quickly.
- Probably the best blender for making snow out of ice in this price range.
- Very easy to assemble and disassemble.
- Easy to clean, both by hand and with a dishwasher.
- The perfect product if you’re looking for a smoothie or milkshake maker, though it handles other products very well too (read above for more info).
- Ninja’s® patented blade technology simply rocks; everything is blended smoothly and evenly.
- No wasted food; simply remove the shaft with the blades and use a spoon to quickly scrape off any remains.
- Excellent quality-to-price ration.
- Main blade shaft with 4 Ninja® razor-sharp blades.
- Bread blade
- Cookie dough paddle
- Personal blade for use with the individual glasses
- 3 single-serve individual glasses, each with a storage lid
- 40 oz. pitcher / bowl with storage lid
- A small cook-book with recipes for your blender
- Instruction manual & warranty card
Everything was packed neatly and individually. Taught by my own experience, I was very careful when unpacking the main 4 blades; they are REALLY sharp as with all other Ninja products, so take care not to cut yourself by accident.
Durability & Assembly
From taking a look at the pictures you might think that the personal cups and pitcher are made from glass, but it is not so – they are made from plastic. This does NOT mean that they aren’t sturdy – this is the “thick” type of plastic that you could kick around your kitchen for ages and it would never brake. It’s kind of similar to the materials used in the QB1004, although a little tougher and more durable I would say. Every single part is reasonably heavy (good balance between durability and easy handling), and the lines and edges are well polished – nothing feels rough to the touch.
Assembly is really easy regardless of whether you’re using the 40 oz. pitcher or the personal cups. I’ve found that the lids close and open very easily, and that the blades are easy to attach and never shake or “pop out” during the blending process. I never really felt like attaching or closing anything was a struggle as with other blenders I’ve use; everything pops into place easily, and yet is still tight enough to prevent any leaking.
Performance & Use
I decided that my first test would involve the individual cups, as I was mostly going to use the BL204 to make single servings of smoothies and ice coffee. The individual cup attached firmly and effortlessly to the main unit. I put in some some ice cubes and berries and yogurt – didn’t even add any water or milk to “water” things down. Used the personal blade for everything
Since this blender is pulse-based, it means that you need to hold down the power button for as long as you want to keep blending. The great thing about this is that it allows you to bring your smoothie/product to the exact consistency that you like – gives you a lot of control over the process basically.
It took me around 25 seconds to make my smoothie, and I really loved the result. The blending was equal all the way across the cup – contents at the top weren’t blended any less than those at the bottom. Since I was able to control the blending process accurately with the pulse action, it came out just as I like it – a little rough with very small bits of ice. But I wanted to make sure that I can get it even smoother than that, so after drinking a little I put the whole thing back and blended it for another good 15 seconds – this time, there were no chunks of ice or anything – perfectly smooth just like the smoothie you’d get at Coffee Heaven. Thick and creamy in texture.
Then I went ahead and tried something completely different. Salsaaaa! Put in a few different veggies including bell pepper, tomatoes and onions, some garlic and… mango (I’m weird, I know). This time I used the main 40 oz. pitcher to see how it would perform in comparison to the smaller cups. Again, everything was really easy to attach, and a light “pop” sound indicated that everything was firmly set in place and ready for use. I held the button and let it rip!
Again, great results. The whole contents of the pitcher were perfectly blended together, and it didn’t feel like the blades were struggling to get the job done – no considerable shaking or jumping at all. I ate the salsa with some grilled chicken I had prepared a little earlier and absolutely loved it.
I’m pretty sure Ninja uses the same blades in all of their blenders, which I think is a great thing. As I’ve already mentioned they are REALLY sharp, which is one of the reasons the appliance performs so great – just be careful when cleaning and handling the BL204 as things can backfire easily if you aren’t careful.
I have probably made over 300 milk shakes, iced coffees, smoothies and protein shakes in this blender so far (I drink them a few times a day). All of these things involve the use of at least SOME ice cubes. Despite that, the blades are still very sharp. My previous blender would easily get scratch marks from the ice cubes inside the pitcher, but it’s just not the case with the BL204 blades. I’m pretty sure they will last at least another few years, unless I decide to start blending rocks for some reason.
Nothing easier. You basically need to clean the pitcher (or the personal cups) and the blades. There are basically three ways you can clean it:
- Rinse it with some warm water and gently scrub it with a brush. Most of the time I don’t even need to scrub anything as all the waste comes off real easy from the water alone.
- Add in some water plus a few drops of dish-soap, attach the pitcher / glasses with the blade inside to the motor, and hod the power button for 10 seconds. This will clean everything to perfection.
- If you have a dishwasher, you can safely throw in all the parts (except for the motor of course) into it and have all the cleaning done automatically for you.
Dough Blade & Cookie Paddle
Personally I haven’t had the chance to use these parts because I have a regular mixer that I use when making pastry, however I did do some research online to see what other customers had to say about them.
Overall and from what I have read, it seems that the Ninja BL204 was designed with primarily blending in mind, and the dough/cookie blades are just there as an extra. So if making cookies and pastry is your main goal, I would most likely go with something different. If you are primarily interested in blending though, then you won’t be disappointed.
The only con I can think of is that the personal cups are not somewhat larger; it would have been awesome if it was just 2 or even 1 oz. larger, because as it is right now I sometimes find myself having to limit myself in the amount of ingredients I put in when making a smoothie for example. However, I’m a pretty big guy and I like my smoothies BIG too. For most of you this will most likely not be an issue at all. Plus, you can always just use the main 40 oz. pitcher, in which case you definitely won’t be complaining about anything.
- Sturdy and durable.
- Very easy to clean; no nooks or hard-to-access places. Dishwasher safe as well.
- A very powerful motor for a blender in this price range. Makes quick work of ice cubes, frozen foods, and all kinds of fresh vegetables and fruits. No chunks or uneven blending.
- Pulse operation gives great control over how smoothly blended your final mixture will be.
- The personal single-serve cups are an awesome addition.
- The lids for both the personal cup and the 40 oz. pitcher are durable and perfectly seal the contents of the container.
- Evenly blends the contents of your pitcher/cup, from top to bottom.
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!