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- Ninja Professional Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups has 1100 watts of professional performance power with 3 speeds, pulse, and single-serve functions.
- 72 oz. Total Crushing Pitcher pulverizes ice to snow in seconds for creamy frozen drinks and smoothies.
- Two 16 oz. Nutri Ninja Cups with To-Go Lids are perfect for creating personalized, nutrient-rich drinks to take on the go.
- Dishwasher-safe and BPA-free parts.
- Includes one 1100-watt base, 72 oz. Total Crushing Pitcher, and two 16 oz. Nutri Ninja Cups with To-Go Lids.
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|Item Dimensions||12 x 9.25 x 16.38 in||8.19 x 10.63 x 15.75 in||8.25 x 9.5 x 17.75 in||6 x 6 x 15.5 in||6 x 6 x 14 in||10 x 7 x 17.5 in|
|Item Weight||9.96 lbs||9.51 lbs||9.2 lbs||5.6 lbs||—||10.1 lbs|
The Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups is a professional, high-powered kitchen tool with 1100 watts of power. Its XL 72 oz.* Blender Pitcher features Total Crushing blades that blast through ice and frozen fruit in seconds for perfect ice crushing, blending, and controlled processing. Plus, its 16 oz. Nutri Ninja Cups with To-Go Lids make it easy to take delicious, nutrient-rich juices on the go. All parts are BPA free and dishwasher safe.
*64 oz. max liquid capacity
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I also liked that it came with the single serve option, because not only can we get rid of our Magic Bullet, but sometimes blending is a hassle because we don't feel like cleaning the pitcher. But with the single serve, it is a lot less hassle to clean, plus there isn't anything wasted because we can make just the right amount. Basically it has all the same benefits that the Magic Bullet does. And yes, even the single serve pitcher has no problem with blending ice.
This blender is by far the best blender I have ever used. You can *easily* tell the difference between this blender and regular, non-high end blenders. But I also noticed that a lot of people seem to be comparing this to a Vitamix or Blendtec, and I'll say it's just not going to stack up compared to those blenders (there is a reason those blenders cost more than 3x the amount this blender does). So if you've got your heart set on a Vitamix or Blendtec, and for you having the absolute smoothest drinks are worth that kind of money, then you might as well take the plunge and get what you want. But if you're like me and simply wanted to have great smoothies, but you're not expecting Jamba Juice level quality, then this is a really great blender.
A few things need to be said though:
-The six blade technology seems great on paper, and has its advantages. But one downside is it makes it so you cannot fit as much into the pitcher as it takes up some room. That is probably why Europro gave this thing an extra large pitcher. But on the plus side, I've noticed a lot of cheaper blenders have problems with the contents getting stuck at the bottom near the blades while everything else above it doesn't get blended. That's usually because the cheaper blenders simply don't have the power to make a powerful enough vortex like the Vitamix does. Also, because of the Ninja's blades being shaped more like a food processor's blades, it makes it easier to make things like salsa using the pulse option. A regular blender tends to blend too much, even when using the pulse option.
-The description is wrong, this unit is 1100W, not 1000W.
-It makes AWESOME fruit smoothies. But I tried a green drink that was nothing but spinach, carrots, apples, and a cucumber. Aside from the fact that it was the nastiest drink ever, it was too pulpy to drink. I'm not sure how a Vitamix would have handled this disgusting concoction, but I've heard a lot of complaints that the Ninja doesn't handle green drinks very well. But I have found that if I essentially make a fruit smoothie, made of things like banana, strawberries, or blueberries, and then throw in a handful of leafy greens, it handles it very well.
I'd recommend this blender to anyone who wants to have a good, heavy duty blender, but cannot afford to spend $400+ on a Vitamix. It's stylish, it makes the best smoothies I've had from a home blender around this price, and it's got a lot of power for a reasonable price.
UPDATE 2/8/2013: My wife and I have been using this blender just about every single day, two to three times a day since getting it. So far it is still doing very well and working as good as new. But with more experience with it, I just wanted to give a little more details.
If you're reading this review and wondering whether or not you should get this model of the Ninja or the regular $99 Ninja Pro without the single serve, I would say you should really get this Ninja. Because one problem I have found with the big pitcher is that it cannot grind flax seeds because the blade sits about an inch from the bottom of the pitcher. This means that if you put flax seeds (or some other grains) into the pitcher the blades will spin above the seeds and they won't get get ground. The only way around this is to put in enough flax seeds so that they can reach the blades. Or a better way is to use the single serve cups. The single serve cups have a more traditional blender blade set up that sits at the bottom of the cups and this makes grinding flax seeds a breeze.
Also, there has been concerns with the Ninja making green smoothies. In general, fruit smoothies turn out very smooth in the Ninja blender. Green smoothies can also be done. However, it partly depends on what you consider a good smoothie. The Ninja can blend green smoothies to a drinkable consistency, and you'll never have a "chunk" to chew if you let it blend long enough (at least for a minute or two on speed 3) but it will often be gritty. However, the single serve cups are the key to make the green smoothies into a "Vitamix-like" consistency. In general the single serve cups make better smoothies than the big pitcher does. Also please see the comments on this review where I give a link to the basics of making a green smoothie. I think it can help people out a lot, as it really helped me.
So what is the big pitcher good for aside from the obvious (more volume)? It can make great fruit smoothies, it can make drinkable green smoothies (but not as good as the single serve cups) and I use it to make homemade peanut butter! I just go to Winco and buy some dirt-cheap bulk peanuts and put them into the blender. Then I blend it on 3 for a few minutes and before I know it, I have a real, home-made peanut butter. Also, as I said before, because of the big pitcher's food processor-like blades, it does a really good job of chopping food without blending them. I use it all the time to "shred" cabbage for coleslaw, or chop onions. And of course, if I want a large volume of smoothies (even green ones) I'll use the big pitcher.
Overall, if not for the single serve cups, I would probably give this blender a 4 out of 5 stars. But the single serve cups make up for the deficiencies of the pitcher. The main point is that the single serve cups can make fantastic smoothies while the big pitcher can only make great smoothies. But the big pitcher is good when used as a food processor, which the small cups cannot do. And the small cups are better for grinding grains like flax seeds.
Final Update (10/9/2015): Since writing this review, there have been other blenders that are better choices and are much more affordable than a Vitamix. I would suggest looking into: Omniblend V, Oster Versa or even the Ninja Ultima. Each of those blenders will do a much better job than this blender, and any one of them are significantly cheaper than Vitamix (although you can get a refurb Vitamix for a pretty good price).
This blender was good for the time, but as with most technology, time brought us better, more affordable (than Vitamix) options.
We got this several months ago and have used consistently it for at least two smoothies per day. Ingredients range from really tough (ice) to leafy and insubstantial (kale), and of course a plethora of fruit, and it blends it all down to tiny, consistent pieces within seconds. I think ten seconds on this blender with the small cup is overkill. It is very fast and very strong. Flavor is important to me, so if I could taste or had to chew on the kale, I wouldn't include it.
Before this, I had the Bella Cucina (a knock off of the magic bullet). I loved it until its untimely death but the contrast in quality is stark. The cups are much thicker and clearer, their lids taller and more useful, and they are worlds apart on their blending capabilities. Every piece in this thing just feels like great quality and makes the Bella cucina look worse than ever by comparison.
I LOVE having the option of the large pitcher or two two smaller cups. I wanted another small-cup blender like the magic bullet but also need a bigger one occasionally, and who has room for two appliances that do the same thing? The fact that every piece is dishwasher safe is a huge bonus and a must for me. The instructions say "top rack preferred" but the huge large blender cup is way too tall for the top rack.
I just wish there were more cup attachments/cup blades sold separately. As of now (late 2012/early 2013), they're not. This comes with two cups but only one blade that fits the cups. That's certainly not enough for me to knock down a star, though. ***UPDATE: EXTRA CUPS/PITCHER NOW SOLD SEPARATELY AND AVAILABLE AT BED BATH AND BEYOND.
We fill the cups with the ingredients the night before, then fill them up with juice in the morning, blend, and we each have a healthy breakfast in under ten seconds. We both have experienced a lasting energy boost from the smoothies.
Update: I've now had this blender for six months and I can't imagine living without it. Actually, I'm pretty sure I'd be on my way to an early grave without it. This thing is a godsend, and so is kale. After discussing superfoods with a knowledgeable Whole Foods employee, I started adding acai berry powder, chia seeds/psyllium husk, wheatgrass, and some protein powder. This is the perfect way to get a huge portion of your daily nutrients, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting goodness in a delicious smoothie. I feel better than I have since I was a kid!
Tips for green smoothies: with this ninja, the kale is easy chopped into such tiny pieces you really won't taste it. However, if adding other greens with a stronger flavor, a bit of green apple/green apple juice or a whole kiwi will wipe that flavor right out. Orange juice also helps a lot if you use it as your base. I've found the best, though, to be a very ripe banana.
Update again: We are on blender #3. If you're going to use it daily like we do, I STRONGLY recommend buying it from Macy's or someplace else with an excellent return policy. Macy's allows us to keep replacing it every time it breaks with nothing more than the sticker on the outer box from the original purchase.