As someone who relies on her daily smoothie, I refuse to be held back by a blender that can’t keep up. I never have to worry about that with my Nutri Ninja® Ninja® BlendMax DUO™ Drink System with Auto-iQ Boost™ (referred to as the Ninja here on out). This 1600-watt, 88 ounce blender was thoughtfully designed to make my life easier, which is the mission that SharkNinja is “hell-bent” on pursuing.
Some details before we get started:
What comes in the box:
- 1600-Watt Motor Base
- 88 ounce Total Crushing® blender pitcher with Lid and Pour Spout
- Total Crushing Blades
- Two 24 ounce Tritan Nutri Ninja Cups
- 2 spout lids
- Pro Extractor Blades®
- 75-recipe cookbook
- Instruction book
- Quick start guide
Measures 17.75″ L x 8″ W x 10″ H
All containers, blades and lids are BPA free
1-year manufacturer’s warranty
Price $199.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond
For three years I used the 1560-watt Blendtec Total Blender (retail $569.99) and fought with it nearly every morning. Either it overheated and started to smoke, gave me an “overload” error message, or just created air pockets preventing the fruit from being blended properly. Not to mention, I had to use (no joke) all my strength to hold it into place so it didn’t bounce around on the counter. Can you tell I’m not a fan of this blender?
So my husband and I did some research and decided to give the Ninja a try. I was a little skeptical that this $200 blender would be able to handle all the frozen fruit when even the Bendtec couldn’t. It’s been about 3 months since we purchased our Ninja and we couldn’t be happier.
What’s great about the Ninja:
We were initially drawn to the design of the blades. It seemed so common sense to have six blades positioned through the center of the container rather than the standard two blades sitting at the bottom. This allows all of the contents to be blended at the same time, which means you’re not left with unblended ingredients at the top.
The Ninja is also 40-watts more powerful than our sad little Blendtec. More power is always better. You can feel it, too. 1600-watts paired with 6 blades turns smoothie prep into a powerful dance. It’s actually quite mesmerizing to watch this piece of machinery work.
On top of having a genius blade design and more power than you could ask for, this blender feels like it was made with quality materials. There is no part of this blender that feels cheaply made or just slapped together. Every element is on purpose.
The Ninja comes with 9 different settings:
- Frozen Drink
- Total Crush
The different settings not only blend at varying speeds but some also incorporate a few pulses. This is a benefit of their Auto IQ® technology. On top of the Auto IQ®, this Ninja comes with Boost that you can use to get the smoothest results. Why is this important? The Boost will make sure you don’t have any chunks of fruit or veggies in your drink so all the flavors are evenly dispersed. For me, there’s nothing worse than having to chew a chunk of kale because my blender didn’t do its job.
Another unexpected benefit of the Ninja is the 4 incredibly strong suction cups on the bottom of the base so you never have to worry about it bouncing off the counter.
What’s not so great about the Ninja:
I’ll be honest, I love this blender. And for the price, you can’t beat it. So the comments under this section are more indifferences than actual negative marks toward the blender.
The biggest indifference or “almost negative” about the Ninja is that sometimes if I use too much frozen fruit, I will need to run it through 2 or 3 cycles to make it a pourable and sippable consistency. It’s not because the fruit is not blended (it definitely is), it’s just because it’s too thick. I feel like this is probably my fault for making such hefty smoothies but at the same time, I feel like a blender should be able to handle anything.
Clean up is pretty easy, though you have to be careful. The blades are not securely fastened to the container and need to be removed for proper cleaning. This means you’re handling 6 very sharp blades. Now, any responsible adult shouldn’t have any trouble with this so you probably won’t need to stock up on band-aids, but accidents do happen.
The next piece of criticism is directed at the Ninja blenders as a whole. The reason we chose this specific blender is because it was the most powerful option. We did, however, go back and forth between this one and the 1,500-watt Nutri Ninja® Blender System with Auto-IQ™, which has the food processor. We opted for the extra 100-watts but I didn’t like having to choose. It would be ideal if they created a system that included the best of the best: highest wattage and all the bells and whistles.
This blender was designed to make life easier and it accomplishes just that. The Ninja is perfect for anyone who makes smoothies or frozen drinks on even a semi-regular basis. It makes such a huge difference to have a blender that can perform well every time you use it. If you’re someone who has a smoothie maybe once a month, you probably don’t need to shell out $200 bucks for 12 smoothies a year.
The blade design is one of its best features and is really what makes this blender stand out from the rest. Even though I do sometimes have to run it through 2 or 3 cycles to thin it out, not once has it over-heated, over-loaded, or not blended everything perfectly.
Note: This is my honest review. I have not been compensated by SharkNinja to write this review.