I decided against Yonanas and figured I could buy this for juicing, smoothies, ice cream making, etc. Made a smoothie this morning with it celery, carrots, Asian pears, bananas, ice, orange juice, protein powder, and yogurt. The consistency I got was very much that of a well blended salsa. I took out my 450 watt Oster blender with 12 speeds, threw in the exact same ingredients from this morning. What I got from the Oster 450 watt blender was a very smooth consistency smoothie without any bits to chew or feel. I blended both at the same amount of time and would venture to say that I blended the items a few minutes more in the Ninja to see if the ingredients would smooth out. They did not. So needless to say, there is an engineering flaw with the way the blades are positioned in that they do like the chopper and are very capable of chopping into bits (watch those fingers). But, because there is something lacking with the vortex action, you just won't get a super smooth texture from this even with the high powered motor in it. Even my son, who is almost 5 years old, wouldn't drink the smoothie from this morning, but he finished an entire cup of the one I made in the Oster 450 Watt 12 speed blender without any prompting. So if you are looking to make smooth textured smoothies, this is not your blender. If you like pulpy chewy bits, then this is for you.
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