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This model of Ninja wins on price and on not needing a pusher when you are blending thick stuff: the multi-level blades do help blend the stuff at the top.Both are pretty powerful, and rarely stall. Neither will handle super thick stuff.In other ways the Vitamix is better: it's easier to clean, you don't need to sharpen the blades, and it's easier to get thick blends out of the blender. The Ninja instructions tell you to scrub the blade unit by hand: that's awkward to do, but I've not cut myself (yet). In contrast the Vitamix instructions tell you to run the machine with soapy water in it - much easier. Vitamix tells you that you don't need to sharpen the blades at all, and I've not noticed any decrease it its performance. Ninja performance noticeably decreased after a month of daily blending smoothies containing lots of ice cubes. To get your finished blend out of the Ninja, you can either pull the blades (and adhering delicious glop) out of the blender (messy), or hold the blades in place and scoop the glop out (taking pains to avoid the blades) - not really a big problem, but it takes more effort than getting the glop out of the Vitamix.So it's really a messy trade-off. Personally, I've gotten used to the long ago up-front cost of the Vitamix, and easier cleaning more than makes up for needing to use the pusher to coax food from the top down to the blades.
My old blender was a cheap 350W model that could barely process a smoothie even if left running for a full minute since it would choke even if I started with crushed ice, so I decided to upgrade to this Ninja Blender. Just received it today and put it through a few tests:Dishwasher test: Cleans up really easily, no distorting of the container, blade, or lid. All good here!Ice test: I replicated the test in the demo video and can confirm it really will turn ice into a pile of snow in no time flat. Good!Smoothies: And now the real reason I bought it, smoothies! It made short work of the fruit and ice even when the container was completely full. Not shocking after the ice test but still good to see.Other notes:1. This blender is as loud as it is powerful. Of course you won't have to run it very long to get your desired results. Definitely worth the trade off of noise to power in my opinion but still a consideration depending on your living situation.2. Make sure you leave the lid on while pouring/open the pouring tab to serve. The blade isn't locked in place and will come out easily if the lid is off. This is by design and very convenient for cleaning. Alternatively if you must remove the lid for some reason, gently remove the blade by hand before pouring.3. The container/blade/lid are all dishwasher safe, but according to the manual the blade and lid need to go in the top rack. My dishwasher test was based on this and it came out just fine.Would definitely recommend this if you're looking for an upgrade from cheaper models commonly found at big box stores.
After years of using and burning out cheap blenders I finally decided to upgrade to this quality blender and I am so, so glad I did. This has a very sturdy base which does not shift while blending. The carafe locks into place with ease and does not shift at all while blending either. The lid also locks into place and does not move while blending or pouring so there is no need to hold the top of the blender while it is going. The carafe holds a ton of stuff as well so fewer batches are needed when pureeing large recipes such as soup.The blades are super sharp and slide into place quickly and easily. They are not mounted to the bottom (similar to a food processor blade) so it is easiest to keep the lid on and pour through the pour hole on the corner and then remove the lid and blade unit for washing afterwards. Contrary to other reviews it does not "pop out" for no reason. It does, however, fall out if you hold the unit upside down with the lid off (due to gravity).This is incredibly powerful as well. I very rarely need to process anything for more than 30 seconds no matter what it is. I puree soups and make smoothies and milkshakes all in under thirty seconds of blending. Ice simply gets eaten up and there are no large chunks as I've found with other brands and models. I also use this to puree food scraps for my worm composting unit and it fully purees a full carafe of eggplant peels, pepper insides, and celery ends (along with some water) into a V8 consistency in thirty seconds.Overall, this is one of the best additions to my kitchen this year and worth every single penny. I highly, highly recommend it.
I’ve had my Ninja for nearly four years and it’s still going strong. My average use is about 3 times/week. It still blends great, I’ve never had the plastic break, I’ve never been cut by the blades. Handle it with care and you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of this investment.
2 oz white rum (don q cristal), 1 oz coco lopez coconut cream, 1 oz heavy cream, 6 oz pineapple juice, 1 cup of ice, 1 spoonful of unsweetened coconut shreds. Put aforementioned ingredients ONLY in a NINJA blender on medium blend for 11 seconds. garnish with a cherry, pineapple and cocktail umbrella and BLAAAAM! a perfect pina freakin colada brah
There are some products that just change your life. I wanted to get in on the smoothie thing, and there simply is no other way to do it than with a blender, and no better blender to do it with.The blender is mostly plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap. It is very secure. It locks onto the base with a satisfying click. The lid locks down with a similar click. Unless you have heard both clicks, the blender won't start. And good thing. The blades are very sharp. They are angled to create a vortex that instantly turns any fruits and vegetables inside into viscous liquid.I like that the spout has a lid that locks open so you can pour easily. The blades come out so that they can be cleaned easily, along with the inside of the decanter. I saw that another buyer was cut when the blades "flew out" during cleaning. I have looked carefully and my blade assembly does not appear to be capable of flight or even mild levitation. Nonetheless I lift it out carefully, and if I am going to use the blender again I just rinse the blades; if I want the blades completely clean I use the dishwasher and not my hands.It has been a long time since I used a blender. I stopped because they sucked. Old blenders leaked out the bottom. They were hard to clean. They had a ton of different buttons for blending speed with labels that required a thesaurus next to the cookbook. And however I parsed the gradations of perturbation between "emulsify" and "macerate", they didn't actually blend. What was at the bottom of the blender became angry and confused while whatever was in the top two thirds of the decanter remained beatifically serene. This blender has high, medium, and low settings. You can pulse. It is loud, which I take to be a feature and not a drawback. Even more than my espresso machine, this blender is extremely effective at ending unwanted conversations. For particularly persistent interlocutors, use the pulse setting.Neither my kids nor I particularly like fruits and vegetables and as a result we don't get nearly enough. And yet I can put in 10 bananas, two cartons of strawberries, two of blueberries, a bag of spinach (yes, spinach!), a cup of plain Greek yogurt, one interrupted conversation ... and: ambrosia! The decanter is huge, and yet between the three of us we can and do empty it in one meal. Yay!