Reviews for Ninja BL610 Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender with 1000-Watt Base and Total Crushing Technology for Smoothies, Ice and Frozen Fruit, Black, 9.5 in L x 7.5 in W x 17 in H
People say Ninja is really similar to Vitamix.
Comparison to Vitamix
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.
Great and very affordable!
First of all, this is my first blender that was manufactured later than the 70s (thanks Mom for the hand-me-down Osterizer)! I am a product of the 80s, so yeah. Obviously, much improved. I've been excited to get up this past week to make my coffee smoothies before work! It is loud, I hope that my neighbor doesn't hear it downstairs, but I don't know if there is such thing as a blender that can quietly chop up ice. One of my cats watches me prep my smoothie but runs when I turn it on, and the other cat runs over to see what is making that noise, so it's tolerable for a non-fraidy cat. I've read reviews of complaints that the blade doesn't snap in and people have cut their hands, so I was nervous about that. But I sat down and read the instruction manual all the way through and it states it a bunch of times that the blade doesn't snap in and to lift it out before you pour with the lid off, so I've paid very close attention to that! Always be sure to read instructions! Reviews have complained that the blender somehow broke within weeks of purchasing it. If you read the instructions, you'll see to register it within 10 days and they have a one year warranty. I highly recommend this blender and it's super affordable! My Mom said her Vitamix heats up whatever she puts in it, so I was worried my smoothie might come out warm, but it stays cold. Maybe it's a better blender for 1/4 of the cost? Pro-tip (from Mom): After using, fill the blender with warm water a little bit away from the... Read More
Great powerful blender for smoothies - blends iced veggies excellently - big capacity - tight lock
It crushes frozen vegetables excellently and has a big 72 oz capacity. The design is excellent and super easy to clean. The long blade is easily removed and can be washed separately. The design is great - there is a "twist and lock" process where you place the blender "pitcher" (what do you call it?) on top of the base unit and twist to lock it in place. Very solid sure fit. Similarly, the blade is stabilized and "locks" into the lid which also has its own way of locking into the top of the pitcher. A friend has a supposed state of the art $400 Vitamix and the design and ease of use of this Ninja are superior. Don't know the longevity compared to Vitamix or Blendtec but the motor seems strong and unstrained so far - after two months it is working smoothly. (Don't forget to add liquids before blending!)The pitcher itself is also easy to clean and hasn't stained - I wash it right away and don't leave the veggies, etc in there. I've noticed that Ninja is now being sold in Costco - they have a couple of versions - perhaps made specifically for Costco - one is with an attachable food processor. I like th Costco e one I got at Amazon better - the blender seems a little lower powered and aimed at hitting a lower price point. But that is a good endorsement if Costco carries the brand - they are pretty selective.
Powerful blender at an affordable price
This is a pretty good blender for the price. Sure it's not going to have the power of a Vitamix or other $500 blender, but it gets the job done. It has 3 settings for different speeds, depending on what you're mixing. It does equally well with smoothies, soups, and milkshakes. I've seen some reviews where people complained about it not mixing well or that it doesn't crush ice as well. I've found that insufficient liquid with the solids decreases its blending capabilities. All parts are dishwasher safe. The lid has a nifty locking mechanism and a really useful pour spout. The blender also comes with a recipe book. Overall, this is a great value blender.
that video of them powderizing ice into snow in like half a second? complete fact. This thing just does not give a damn about anything you put in it. fit and finish is amazing for what it costs. I know it's a slightly atypical design, but I've mostly been using it for standard blender work for a few days now and it's not put a foot wrong. It honestly does smoothies better than a vitamix, which has a propensity to suck in a bubble if you rev it too high , whereas this just has blades all the way up, so it doesn't care and happily beats the crap out of your smoothie. I like that the lid locks down and can be used as a pitcher with a sealed lid, and has a flip up pour spout that you can use to add things or pour out of. I like the simple controls of High, medium, low, pulse. You don't need any more than that. No. you don't. Noise levels are impressively low. I'd argue it's quieter than a vitamix. It's a slightly different riff on a high power blender (I've yet to see if this can do the heating under drive trick of a vitamix but I suspect it can) without the little stampey middle piece and the different blade arrangement, but it's a beast and I've yet to find a task that it doesn't just laugh at.
This is the Blender you've been looking for!
This is the blender I was looking for! I wanted something better than the $25-35 Oster, Hamilton Beach or Black & Decker, but I didn't want or need the expensive Breville or Vitamix. It's multi-blade spindle makes quick work of fruit or ice, blending everything completely. An extremely simple control panel - Low, Medium and High, plus Pulse - what more could anyone want? Do be warned, the blades are crazy sharp - but I clean mine the way I've cleaned every blender I've ever owned - adding a few drops of dish soap and some warm or hot water to the blender jar, run it for a few seconds and rinse it out! Only handle the blade spindle by the very top and you will never lose another drop of blood!
It's the bomb! Super powerful blender!
This blender was purchased because my old Oster's motor finally quit after 16 years. I ordered this one because, #1: it has a large capacity (the previous blender I had I could only make 2 large (tall) glasses of smoothies for my family, thus having to do it twice to create 4); #2: the 3 blades! This thing can whip up smoothies in seconds flat! Cleaning is scary because even though everything just rinses off just fine, those three blades that are twisted all around that spindle are incredibly sharp (or so I assume -- haven't be cut yet because I've been very careful). They recommend using a dish brush with a long handle to clean it and therefore, I do! I gave the noise level a 2 because when I make my smoothies I use frozen fruit (hence, no need for ice shards to make it cold) and the crunching of that solid frozen fruit makes it incredibly loud. But, this thing does such a fantastic job that you only need it in on literally for seconds -- maybe 10 or less! So, would I recommend to a friend - heck yes! Would I buy another if this one suddenly crapped out -- heck yes (after I cried, wondered & researched why it failed)! It is awesome and all the reviews stated it is the next best thing to the raved Vitamix - which I've "heard" of but have never tried and probably won't because it cost something like 400 dollars or something crazy like that.
My Vitamix was worn out, and I wanted something less expensive and with a smaller pitcher than the huge pitcher that we had with our Vitamix. The pitcher is still a good size. I love this appliance. The pitcher came chipped, and as soon as I submitted the form to return the whole thing for a new one, they started the process of shipping a replacement. I'm a very happy customer. Obviously be careful cleaning those blades, but sometimes we need extra warning.
This is THE BEST blender I have had
I have used this now for a few months before writing a review. This is THE BEST blender I have had. I can't afford the vitamix, so I bought this. I juice protein powder with frozen fruit almost everyday now, and only because this makes it so easy. Blends ice/water/frozen fruit/and powder so well. My husband loves me having it because we both benefits with the protein drinks. This is and affordable amazing blender.
I was so sick of my $20 blenders that never really blended anything. I pondered getting a Vitamix but just couldn't stomach the price. I went for this instead and boy it's what I've been missing my whole life. It pulverizes frozen things. I love the locking lid function--don't have to worry it will fly off. I love the food processor type blade. It can be removed and then you scoop out all the goodness without cutting your spatula. I'll never go back to cheapo blenders.