i first saw this advertised on qvc. i think it might've been the latest model but i thought i could trust the brand. that and it is so DIRT CHEAP compared to other choppers/blenders/juicers. so i brought it home. no, i did not make snow first bc honestly, i wont be doing that much. so i used the bigger blender to make a smoothie. a smoothie that i would normally mash up bananas and chop spinach before it even making it to the blender. i put in ice, a banana that i just broke in half (no slicing or mashing), whole leaves of baby spinach, and milk. i pulsed a few times and then held the blend button down a little longer and i couldn't believe my ears or eyes. on the last pulse i heard no ice chucks flying around. i looked in mixed it a bit and i saw no ice or banana. it was awesome. i can't tell you how many times i had to shake my blender to make sure everything got crushed... and it never did. not with this. smoothies are SMOOTH with this blender. within the first 2 days i made 7 smoothies and 2 cups of ice cream. the best part is that you don't have to cut up fruit or anything else that you put in here. the blender does the work. ice cream was good. keep in mind you have to use frozen fruit (i reccommend frozen banana, some light coconut milk, skim milk, a packet or two of sugar, and coconut flakes). don't think that you can make some milk ice cubes, it won't work. i used the small blender to make salsa and it was chopped to perfection. i also made guacamole and i've never seen avacados so smooth. in addition i used it to make cake mix. i did half a box in the small one and it all fit fine and it took about three long pulses. i went a step further and then make the icing in it too; perfect! i really like that the motor is on the top, it makes it easier to control. i also love that you can take out the blade and you have a pitcher ready to bring outside to pour some frozen beverages.
the only cons i had was that it didn't come with a recipe book. you can get them online but still. not a big con bc i have plenty of ides but for others just know you have to go online. also, some spillage occurs where the lid meets the actual blender if you have a good amount of wet ingredients in there it might leak but it's truly minor. make sure you don't fill your blender too much or too little with ingredients because it won't mix properly. there have been a couple times i had too much in the smaller ninja and it didn't crush everything; user error.
also use CAUTION when handling and cleaning blades. i have cut myself several times, one was a gusher. my advice is to rinse the blender after every use. i have actually only used soap on it a couple times due to peanut butter.
based on the price, my pros, and cons, the ninja gets 5 stars from me. i can't compare it to any other blender or whatnto that i have had. it does the job and it replaces your blender, chopper, food processor, electric mixer, and mich more. yay for counter space!
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