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on July 16, 2016
The Ninja Master Prep (QB1000) SharkNinja consists of a motor unit and two mixing containers, large and small, each with its own blade assembly and two lids, a mixing lid and a storage lid. Each blade assembly is on a shaft that protrudes through a hole in the mixing lid. This matters because there is no seal to hold the food in. While mixing, food pushes out through the hole and gets into the small crack of the motor unit where the shaft engages with the motor. This is impossible to clean. It's only the tiniest amount of food, but still seems like a bad design. There should be a seal there to prevent this.
I use the Ninja for making frozen desserts: I put frozen banana chunks, frozen strawberries, water or apple juice, and sometimes yogurt, into the Ninja to make a frozen fruit smoothie that comes out the consistency of soft-serve ice cream, but is 100% fruit, or fruit with yogurt. It is delicious. But it takes 5 or 6 runs to make it, because the frozen fruit chunks don't all get blended on the first few runs.
I put everything in, put on the lid and motor, and run it for a while. Then I have to remove the motor and pry off the lid, which sometimes sticks and is hard to remove, then use a spoon to force the still-solid chunks down to where the blades are, replace the lid and the motor, and run it again. It's still not all blended, so I repeat this process several more times before I finally have a smooth mix. It's a lot of work and a big nuisance.
On the plus side, it's easy to clean (except for that tiny space in the motor assembly!) and it makes really good fruit smoothies. And it only costs $40. If it cost $100 I'd rate it one star and send it back. But for $40 I give it three stars and I'll probably keep it.