In this Ninja Professional Professional blender review, I’ll go over what makes this model one of the best blenders for green smoothies on the market, how it works, and all the extra features it has to offer. This model features total crushing technology and pro-grade power, making it tough, versatile, and easy to use. Read on to find out exactly why this model is dominating the market, and whether or not it has the power you need to make the smoothies you love.
Our Verdict: This is a model that seems to be able to handle it all. It includes a powerful stacked blade system that can make short work of any type of fruit and veggies, however, there are issues when it comes to blending leafy greens. Many people have reported that making a green smoothie in this model often leads to a gritty texture, which may be a huge drawback for some potential buyers. Overall, the variable speed controls, crushing technology, large capacity pitcher, and powerful motor definitely make this low-priced blender worth a closer look.
Overview and Features
This is a powerful, 1000-watt blender that can handle even the toughest ingredients, pulverizing them in a matter of seconds. While it falls in the mid-price range, it offers the type of versatility and power that you would expect from a higher priced blender. If you’ve never made a green smoothie before, then this model is also a great buy considering it comes loaded with a wide range of features that are designed to make the entire juicing process a cinch.
Durability is one of the biggest selling points for every blender, especially if you’re someone who is trying to make healthier dietary choices and you need a model you can use daily. Fortunately, this latest blender from ninja is built tough and designed to handle heavy-duty use.
This model weighs in at seven pounds and comes with a pitcher capacity of seventy-two ounces, allowing you to make a huge pitcher of smoothies for the whole family, in one shot. The pitcher is made out of plastic that’s BPA-free. Because the blender is tall, it can be difficult to fit it under low-hanging cabinets, which may be a deal-breaker for some buyers.
The blender’s motor base is compact and sleek, equipped with large buttons that are easy to read. The top buttons control the pulse and power, while the other four buttons found along the bottom of the base control the speed. The built-in cord keeper on the base will allow you to neatly store the cord, minimizing clutter.
The blender features six blades with a triple stacked design. The blades are ant-corrosive and rust-resistant, made out of stainless steel, so you know they’re durable.
This model is equipped with four speed options. You’ll use the lowest setting to handle gravies, marinades, batter, and other types of liquids with a thinner consistency. The medium setting is perfect for blending sauces and spreads, grinding nuts, thorough chopping jobs, mixing dips, and grating hard cheeses. The third setting option is designed for liquefying thick mixtures, mixing smoothies, and blending whole fruits and veggies.
The pulse control can be used to control processing and chopping. Using this feature, you can spin the blades as long as needed.
As I mentioned earlier, this appliance comes with a large capacity pitcher that’s made out of BPA-free plastic. The larger capacity allows you to whip up smoothies, shakes, and other drinks for up to nine people. The pitcher comes with a pour spout and a locking lid for pouring that’s mess-free. The handy pour spout can also be used to easily add more ingredients as you blend, preventing you from having to shut the blender off in order to do so. The pitcher’s large handle allows you to easily move a full pitcher from surface to surface. Both the pitcher and lid are dishwasher safe, so cleanup is fast and simple.
This latest model by Ninja is more than just your average blender. This machine also works as a food processor. It allows you to chop up fruits and veggies, crush ice, and pulverize a variety of ingredients. This is due to its Total Crushing Technology. The multiple blade design is what makes this appliance so efficient. The blades are incredibly sharp and durable and will not quickly become dull or bend, even if you normally grind up tough fruits and veggies. Because the blades are so tough, it’s important that you use the correct setting since these sharper than average blades can easily and quickly turn your food into liquid.
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This blender comes with a couple of built-in safety features. The first is a failsafe that prevents the blender from turning on, should the user place the pitcher on incorrectly. You’ll be notified that it’s not put together correctly by a blinking red power light. The pitcher must be placed correctly on the base in order for the blender to operate. When you put the pitcher on the base, listen for the loud clicking sound. The lid must also be placed securely on the pitcher to prevent it from popping off during use. The arrows found on the lid must be lined up correctly, with the handle snapped in a down position. You’ll need to release the locking mechanism for the lid by placing the handle up and twisting. This can be difficult for some users to do the first few times.
Maintaining this model is pretty simple, however, it can be difficult to clean the lid by hand since food particles can easily become trapped in the locking mechanism. If you’re struggling to remove debris from the lid, use a scrub brush to clean out the tight grooves.
Recipe Booklet and User’s Manual
This model comes with a standard user’s manual that will go over how to set up, clean, and use the blender. It also comes with a great recipe book that includes a variety of smoothies and thick smoothie bowls you can create, so you can get the most out of this powerful blender.
Thanks to the Total Crushing Technology, this model does a great job of pulverizing ingredients in seconds. However, you may find that green smoothies and berry-loaded smoothies can be difficult to make, since the ingredients may not be entirely pulverized, leaving the smoothie with a texture that’s somewhat gritty.
This model can also handle making:
- Baby food
- Nut milks
- Nut butters
However, this blender should never be used to make hot drinks or food.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Comes with Total Crushing Technology
- Easy to use
- Variable speed settings
- Built-in safety features
- High pitcher capacity
- May struggle blending leafy greens
- Locking lid can be difficult to remove
Ninja Professional Versus Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
The competing model, the Vitamix E310 Explorian blender features ten speed options, up against the Ninja’s three, but it has a much smaller pitcher capacity of forty-eight ounces, compared to the ninja’s seventy-two ounces. This model comes with a higher power rating, for an easier blending performance and more consistent results. While the Ninja tends to struggle with completely pulverizing green veggies, for the more powerful Vitamix, it’s hardly a challenge. However, in terms of price the Vitamix is available at nearly three times the price, making it a poor choice if you’re on a tight budget and you’re in search of a tough blender that’s affordable. While the Vitamix is well-built and feature heavy, it may be overkill for the family that only uses their blender to whip up smoothies on rare occasions. However, for the daily smoothie drinker, if you can afford it, then the competing model by Vitamix is worth a second look.
Conclusion and Rating
The Ninja Professional blender is perfect for anyone who loves to make their own frozen desserts, juices, purees, shakes, and smoothies. It’s affordable, so even the family on the tight budget can enjoy creating their own smoothies and healthy juices, right in the comfort of their own kitchen. However, this model can struggle at times to smoothly blend tough leafy greens, an issue many models in this price bracket have. Overall, the blender is well-built, beginner friendly, and can turn out impressive results, when used correctly. I gave this model a rating of five out of five stars.