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Ninja became popular with its line of mid-priced blenders that were powerful enough to compete with some of the high-end brands. The kitchen appliance brand then introduced personal blenders, designed to make convenient single-serving portions and drinks you can take on the go. The Ninja product line now includes an extensive line of blenders designed to handle everything from smoothies to soups to sauces and more.
To find the best Ninja blender for your kitchen, determine your priorities when it comes to power rating, features, and included accessories. From simple personal blenders and food prep choppers to multi-tasking blender-processor combo systems, there’s sure to be a fit for your needs, counter space, and budget.
Read on for the best Ninja blenders in each category.
Best Overall: Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)
All accessories are dishwasher-safe
Makes both large batches and single servings
Plastic pitcher may be less durable
This blender, a cross between a traditional pitcher blender and a personal blender, features a 1,100-watt motor and six blades that can crush ice and blend frozen cocktails, smoothies, and sauces. Simple to operate, it has three manual speed settings and a pulse button.
In addition to the 72-ounce, BPA-free plastic pitcher, which is great for making a large batch of drinks, the set includes two 16-ounce cups with lids for on-the-go, single-serve smoothies. The cups screw onto the motor base so you can use it as a personal blender for making individual batches.
Power Rating: 1,100 watts | Maximum Pitcher Capacity: 72 ounces (64 fluid ounces) | Automatic Programs: 0 | Manual Programs: 4 | What's Included: (2) 16-ounce cups with lids
Best Blender-Only: Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ (BN701)
Pitcher and blades are dishwasher-safe
Easy to use
Plastic pitcher may be less durable
For smaller kitchens without tons of storage space for extra parts and accessories, sometimes simpler is better. This high-powered blender comes with a single 72-ounce pitcher that can hold up to 64 ounces of liquids. The motor base has up to 1,400 Watts of power for crushing ice and pulverizing hard foods, like nuts, with ease. The manual programs buttons are easy and intuitive, with low, medium, and high speeds along with a pulse button for perfect control of the blending process. In addition, it has three preset programs for making smoothies, crushing ice, or creating ice cream from pre-frozen ingredients.
Power Rating: 1,400 watts | Maximum Pitcher Capacity: 72 ounces (64 fluid ounces) | Automatic Programs: 3 | Manual Programs: 4
- Use frozen fruit instead of adding ice. Ice dulls the flavor and can make your smoothie separated and watery as it melts. Frozen fruit is easy to keep on hand so you can make smoothies whenever you want.
- Add a pinch of salt. Just an ⅛ teaspoon of salt will amplify the fruit flavor.
- Add a squeeze of lemon. A spritz of fresh lemon juice will also help to balance the flavor of your smoothie and keep the ingredients fresh and colorful, as it helps to prevent oxidation.
Best Blender/Processor Combo: Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ (BN801)
Easy to use and clean
No slicing or shredding capabilities
A true kitchen multi-tasker, this kitchen system combines a traditional countertop blender, a personal blender for individual drinks, and a food processor all in one. It can handle classic blending tasks like crushing ice and making milkshakes and cocktails, but it also has two 24-ounce cups that screw on to make individual smoothies for busy mornings.
On top of that, it also comes with a 64-ounce processor bowl, which can be used for chopping vegetables for salsa, making purees, and even for kneading up to 2 pounds of bread dough using the included dough blade.
The system has five different Auto-iQ preset programs for making smoothies, crushing ice, making juices, chopping, and kneading dough. Manual controls include settings for low, medium, and high speed, as well as pulsing.
Power Rating: 1,400 watts | Automatic Programs: 5 | Manual Programs: 4 | What's Included: (1) 72-ounce blender pitcher, (1) 64-ounce processor bowl, (2) 24-ounce cups, plus lids
Best for Small Spaces: Ninja Compact Kitchen System with Auto-iQ
Easy to store
No manual speed controls
No slicing or shredding capabilities
If you want all the multi-tasking functionality of a blender-processor combo system but don’t have a lot of kitchen storage space to spare, this compact hybrid system could be the perfect solution.
Like the larger Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System (BN801), it can crush ice, chop ingredients, knead dough, and make smoothies and frozen drinks. In addition to the full-size 72-ounce pitcher, which can hold up to 64 ounces of liquids, it comes with a 5-cup processor bowl and an 18-ounce single-serve cup.
The streamlined controls include three preset programs for making smoothies, blending frozen drinks, and mixing batters or dough, plus a manual pulse button.
Power Rating: 1,200 watts | Automatic Programs: 3 | Manual Programs: 1 | What's Included: (1) 72-ounce blender pitcher, (1) 5-cup processor bowl, (1) 18-ounce cup with lid
Best Personal: Ninja Nutri Blender with Auto-iQ (BL480D)
Fast and powerful
Easy to use and clean
Short one-year warranty
Though compact, this 1,000-Watt blender is fast and powerful. It comes with an 18-ounce cup and a 24-ounce cup, both with tight-sealing sipping lids, so it’s perfect for making individual smoothies on the go. The intelligent preset programs mean you can put your ingredients in the cup, press the button, and walk away. All of the removable parts are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.
Compared to the earlier BL455 and BL456 models of the Nutri Ninja Pro Blender (The Spruce Eats tested the BL456 model), this upgraded version has received a power boost (1,000 Watts instead of 900) and it features buttons for both automatic and manual programs.
Power Rating: 1,000 watts | Automatic Programs: 0 | Manual Programs: 1 | What's Included: (1) 12-, (1) 18-, and (1) 24-ounce cups with lids
Best for Hot Foods: Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender (HB152)
Comes with tamper
Heavy glass pitcher
Pitcher isn't dishwasher safe
The 800-watt heating element in this high-powered blender means it can both blend and heat foods, so it can infuse hot drinks and make either chunky or smooth soups as well as hot sauces and dips. This blender features 12 different preset programs for automatically making smoothies, frozen drinks, juices, ice cream, sautéing, dips and sauces, chunky soups, smooth soups, and infusing mixes, water, and cocktails. It also has manual controls for blending, cooking, pulsing, and low, medium, and high speeds.
The hands-off functions are impressive: It can chop and sauté ingredients and then cook and blend them into a smooth or chunky soup. You can throw some ingredients into it, press a button, walk away, and come back later to a ready-to-eat soup. It also has a keep-warm function so you can prepare your soup ahead of time and keep it piping hot until you’re ready to serve it.
In addition to hot foods, it makes smoothies, cocktails, and all the other things a usual high-speed blender can. The nonstick glass pitcher is a bit heavy and tricky to clean (due to the heating element, it can’t be immersed in water or cleaned in a dishwasher), but the blender does feature a “self-clean” function: Just put some water and a few drops of dishwashing soap in the blender, and it will run at high speed for a minute to clean itself (though it might need a bit more scrubbing by hand with the included cleaning brush). Another plus: The blender also comes with a tamper.
Power Rating: 1,400 watts | Automatic Programs: 12 | Manual Programs: 6 | What's Included: (1) 64-ounce glass pitcher
Best for Food Prep: Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender (QB1004)
Jars are dishwasher safe
Not very powerful
Jars have small capacities
Great for small kitchens that don’t have counter space for a full-size blender and food processor, this handy mini appliance can handle everything from frozen blending to food prep for meals. It has a 48-ounce pitcher that’s designed for blending drinks, a 40-ounce bowl for food processing jobs like making salsas, sauces, and smooth purees, and a 16-ounce chopper bowl for chopping vegetables. All of the containers have non-slip bases so they won’t slide around on the counter during use. Two storage lids are included, so food can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until it's needed.
Unlike blenders that have a heavy motor base onto which the containers are attached, this set has an interchangeable 450-watt power pod that sits on top of each of the containers. One large button turns the power pod on and off for easy pulsing and blending.
Power Rating: 450 watts | Automatic Programs: 0 | Manual Programs: 1 | What's Included: (1) 48-ounce blending pitcher, (1) 40-ounce processing bowl, (1) 16-ounce chopping bowl, plus storage lids
Our overall top choice is the Ninja BL660 Professional Countertop Blender because it's powerful and versatile and can handle individual servings or full-pitcher batches (view at Amazon). For an on-the-go smoothie maker that doesn't take up much space, we recommend the Ninja Nutri Personal Blender with Auto-iQ (view at Amazon).
What to Look for in a Ninja Blender
The motors of the different blender models vary in power, but if you are looking for hefty blending strength, anything over about 1,100 Watts can be considered high-powered.
If you plan to use your blender often for making single servings of to-go drinks, choose a model that comes with at least one single-serve cup.
Glass vs. Plastic
Of the models we’ve featured here, only the Foodi Hot & Cold Blender (HB152) has a glass jug, while all the others feature a BPA-free plastic jug. There are pros and cons to both materials, so which is best depends on your needs and preferences. Glass jugs are heavier, but they are less likely to retain odors and stains than plastic jugs. Another minor issue: Over time, blending hard things (like ice or nuts) at high speeds can scratch the inner surface of a plastic jug, so it grows cloudy, but that shouldn’t affect performance.
Some models come with a tamper, while others offer them as an optional, sold-separately accessory. When making smoothies and smooth soups, a tamper can be an important accessory that lets you safely push stubborn chunks of fruit or vegetable toward the blade without having to remove the lid.
Are Ninja blenders dishwasher safe?
All detachable parts (pitchers, cups, and lids) are usually dishwasher-safe for most Ninja blenders. A notable exception is the pitcher for the heated blender (HB150), which has a built-in heating element that can’t be immersed in water, so it needs to be hand-washed.
Where are Ninja blenders made?
Ninja blenders are designed in the U.S.A. and assembled in China.
Are Ninja blender parts interchangeable?
Some accessories, such as cups, lids, blades, and some pitchers, are compatible with more than one model of blender, while others can only be used with one model. Check the Ninja Kitchen website to see which accessories can be used with each blender.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This article was written by freelance food writer Danette St. Onge, formerly the Italian Food Expert for The Spruce Eats and a features editor at Cook’s Illustrated magazine (part of America’s Test Kitchen). In addition to writing articles for The Spruce Eats, she develops recipes and does product testing for SharkNinja.