The Ninja Professional has the power, but not the price tag, of its big-name competitors. It's an affordable, well-designed blender with its own cult following.
While a blender is a very versatile appliance, let's be honest. Most people use their blenders for two things: making smoothies, and crushing ice for frozen drinks. The Ninja Professional delivers on both counts.
The 1,000-watt motor is nearly as powerful as some of the more expensive blenders on the market. That, coupled with a unique stacked blade design, help it perform.
The design of the blender jar is tall and slender and formed of one piece, rather than a detachable base like some - which means there's no chance of leaking. The 72-ounce pitcher might not fit under most cabinets, which is a deal-breaker for some. The blade extends the length of the blender. It consists of three pairs of blades staggered along a long stem. This design helps process all the food evenly, since it doesn't just puree what's on the bottom of the jar. It sits on the mount in the base and then is locked in place when the lid is attached. The user has to be careful that the blade is in place before operating.
As for the lid, it lacks an opening to add ingredients like most blenders, but it does have a pouring spout. In order to operate the blender, you must place the jar on the base and swivel it into place until it clicks, and then push the lid down until it, too, is in place.
Unlike some other blenders, which might require a few tries to mount the jar onto the base, this blender is easy to lock everything into place, a click tells you that you've done it right.
In terms of performance, the Ninja Professional really measures up to blenders that are four or five times its price.
I was particularly impressed with how well it crushed ice; I threw a few handfuls of cubes in, and a press of the button yielded evenly crushed, snowy-fine ice in just a few moments. Pureeing cucumbers and yogurt together for a chilled soup was equally as effective; the mixture came out perfectly smooth in a short time.
The caveats: The Ninja Professional is extremely loud, probably a little more so than some other blenders. And the blades are extremely sharp – As I was washing the blade component, I sliced my finger quite deeply. While the company claims that the blades can be washed in the dishwasher, I'd recommend against it, partly to avoid cutting yourself while you're unloading the dishwasher and partly because I think the abrasive action of a dishwasher would quickly dull their sharpness.
- Effective blade design thoroughly mixes all ingredients
- Powerful enough to finely and quickly crush ice
- Oversized pitcher
- Easy to lock onto base
- Sharp blades can cause injury
- Pitcher lacks opening in lid to add ingredients
- Too tall to fit under many cabinets
- 72-ounce blender jar is made of BPA-free plastic
- 1000 watts of power
- Pitcher, lid, and blade are dishwasher safe
- Three speeds: Mixing, blending, and ice crushing, plus pulse
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