Guide To Buying A Ninja Blender NOTICE: Ninja blenders are a consideration for those on a budget where a $400-$600 machine is out of the question. There’s an old saying, “Cheap or Good, pick one.” To be fair, the Ninja is a good machine, but you have to understand what you’re buying and more importantly what you’re not.
If you think you’re somehow getting something as good as a $400-$600 machines at half off, you’re not. I’ll show you what to expect and what you can and can’t do. You shouldn’t compare these machines with high-end blenders because that’s not what they are.
However, I can still recommend a ninja. A ninja blender is what I initially used to help my grandmother reduce some of her medications and avoid taking insulin. I bought the cheapest Ninja I could buy. I have since moved on to a high-end blender, but Ninja makes it easy for anyone to get started on a path to a healthier life.
Guide To Buying A Ninja Blender – Best Models in 2017
The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo With Auto-IQ
For their models with no bottom blade, Ninja likes to use the term “Total Crushing.” The problem is that crashing isn’t the same as blending. The blades are an insert that you place in the middle of the container that has six (very sharp) blades attached to it.
The “Auto IQ” Technology is simply the blender starting and stopping again which essentially mimics starting the mixer, stopping it and then starting multiple times again. There is no “thinking” going on. This is a pre-determined start and stops routine called “Auto IQ.”
NO BOTTOM BLADES: The reason why it’s not ideal for a blender to not have bottom blades is that of how blenders work. They work by creating a cyclone that pulls ingredients towards the blades. The storm is formed in the center of the container.
However, Ninja has a tower of blades in the center of the tank where the cyclone should be. This results in inefficient blending leading to longer blend times to get a decent mix quality. With the ninja, there is a tendency to end up with a food processor blend quality.
If you take advantage of the “Nutri-Ninja” upgrade available on Amazon, the personal size containers do have bottom blades which may give you better blending results than the primary 72oz bottle alone.
Ninja Ultima Blender
The Ninja Ultima Blender offers an improvement over previous models with no bottom blades as it allows for better blending. Mixing results are not on the level you would get from high-end blenders such as VITAMIX or BLENDTEC, but it does a good enough job.
Keep in mind, that I used the lowest model Ninja (seen below) to transform my grandmother’s health; eliminating some medications and reducing others with doctor’s approval. While I recommend you get a Ninja Ultima Blender or a Nutri Ninja Blender Duo With Auto-IQ, you can improve your health with the base model Ninja.
You will, however, yearn for a more powerful unit after just a few weeks so keep that in mind. Overall it’s a good machine if budget is a consideration and you need to take your health back.
Base Model – Ninja Professional Blender
This is the base model unit I started with when deciding to eat healthier. It was around $100, and that’s all I had to spend on a blender at the time, so I started where I was instead of doing nothing.
Ninja sells replacement parts to the machine but I’ve never replaced a part after using it for almost a year, and it still looks practically new. If you always clean it immediately after use and are careful with how you use it, this can be a sound investment that pays off regarding better overall health.
Pros and Cons for All Ninja Blender Models
I sometimes recommend a Ninja over a Vitamix or a Blendtec blender because of the low barrier of entry into the healthy eating arena. Transitioning from a heavy meat diet to one more balanced with fruits and vegetables is difficult enough without trying to justify the price of a high-end blender.
If you haven’t been eating healthy for at least a few months straight, you don’t understand how it impacts the rest of your life.
If you have to start with a Ninja (because the high-end models are out of reach) then, by all means, do so. Once you start reaping the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and want to upgrade to a higher-end blender, you’ll understand the benefits of doing it and price won’t matter. At that point, you will only yearn for the convenience a high-end blender provides.