Just wanted to be able to make healthy shakes. Does the job great!
Bought this for my wife, she's one of those that eats ice 3-4 times every day and was tired of the standard types of blenders we had bought. So far the ninja does just what it's says it will do to ice cubes and you don't have to add any water to make it do the job. How long the blades will last is yes to be seen but i'm sure with my wife using it so much everyday I'll be buying replacements for it :-)
This blender works very well and is a great price. Pros: handles ice and frozen fruit easily, simple controls, pour spout; Cons: the blade assembly wobbles a bit and it needs to fit into the hole on the underside of the cover for the blender to work. It is rather massive for my counter top and the blades are lethal so take extreme care when washing. It took some getting used to, but I am happy with this product.
Let me start my review with what I blend daily: Banana, (frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and black berries), kale, spinach, flaxseed, and chia seeds. I have been doing this for the better part of 20 years. I have done with using the following brand blenders: Oster Kitchen Aid Ninja All these blenders were 500-watt blenders or better. None of the motors have ever burned out. As already stated, the blenders were used everyday, a minimum of 2 times a day but up to 4 when my wife makes her smoothies. My issue has always been the blades leaking through the bottom of the jar. The Oster and Kitchen Aid blended everything to a smooth consistence with no detectable grit. The Ninja had grit that would settle to the bottom making the smoothie unpleasant at the end. Below I will explain why I think this occurs. The Oster blades seemed to start leaking the quickest. However, it was the easiest and cheapest to fix because you can get a replacement blade and gasket every easily. My wife was not a fan of it because it did turn out to be loudest of the three brands. The Kitchen Aid blades lasted longer than the Oster before they started leaking. The blades in the Kitchen Aid were incorporated into the jar/carafe and were not replaceable. You need to buy a whole new jar which in my case turned out to be the same price of what I paid for the whole thing, because I bought it as a remanufactured unit. I continued to use it for over a year dealing with the leak until it got so bad that it was leaving a puddle under it. So needing a blender ASAP, I got the Ninja. I cannot speak of its durability because I returned it because for the money, it did not blend my ingredients to a smooth consistency as my other two previous brands and it was the most expensive of the three. The Ninja has a totally different blade design than the Oster and Kitchen Aid. The Ninja has parallel blades that run from the bottom of jar up to the top. The blades are also single twin blades. The bottom blade sits near the bottom not at or in the bottom. The Oster and Kitchen Aid as almost all other blenders have their blades at/in the bottom of the jar. The blades are double twin blades perpendicular to each other with one set pointing up, and one set pointing down. It is this design that I feel allows it to blend better. I also did not like, but not a deal breaker, the Ninja for the other following reasons: 1. I drink straight from the jar, why create more dishes to clean. You cannot take the top off the Ninja and drink from it. The top holds the blades in place. There is a flip up pour spout but I do not like drinking from it. 2. You cannot remove the top while blending to add additional ingredients or spatula the sides. Using a spatula would be dangerous on a Ninja because the blades come up high. You had to stop it and remove the top.
I bought this blender because of all the rave review about the ninja products etc. its really noisy but that aside what I am most unhappy about is the fact that it doesn't make 'smoothies'. smoothies are supposed to be smooth right but this blender just chops into tiny bits...well this blender doesn't make anything smooth. I hope to return mine or sell it soon. Ninja for smoothies pls stick to the traditional blade at the bottom of the blender.
I have had this blender for over a year, and I am not impressed with its performance at this price. It doesn't crush ice well enough in the blended drinks and smoothies I make. Also, it moves around the counter when on high(3). The quality of its construction is fair and the plastic parts aren't wearing well. I don't suspect this blender will last.
My wife purchased this for me last Christmas to make smoothies which is about all it does. It has one speed... liquefy. I did not use it until about three months ago when I went on a diet and started making protein and fruit smoothies. I tw worked well for a month then it started to get a little iffy when pressing it down to start. Now it won't start at all. very poor quality. It should last mopre than just three months use. Don't buy.!!!!
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