The 7 Best Ninja Blenders in 2022

Our top choice is the Ninja BL660 Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups

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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.

The Spruce Eats Top Picks

The power and versatility of this blender had our experts choosing the Ninja BL660 Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups as the winner for best overall. For a compact and personal blender, the Ninja Nutri Blender with Auto-iQ is a great choice. 

To find the right 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 multitasking 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 BL660 Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups

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What We Like
  • All accessories are dishwasher-safe

  • Makes both large batches and single servings

  • Includes lidded to-go cups

What We Don't Like
  • Plastic pitcher may be less durable

The best blenders are also the most versatile. This blender, a cross between a traditional pitcher blender and a personal blender, features an 1100-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. When it's time to clean up, everything, except for the base, is dishwasher safe. If you're new to the world of Ninja blenders, this also includes a 28-page recipe guide to get you started.

Power Rating: 1100 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 BN701Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

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What We Like
  • Very powerful

  • Pitcher and blades are dishwasher-safe

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like
  • 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 1400 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: 1400 watts | Maximum Pitcher Capacity: 72 ounces (64 fluid ounces) | Automatic Programs: 3 | Manual Programs: 4

Tips for Better Smoothies
  • 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 BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ (BN801)

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What We Like
  • Very powerful

  • Versatile accessories

  • Easy to use and clean

What We Don't Like
  • No slicing or shredding capabilities

A true kitchen multitasker, 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: 1400 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

What Our Experts Say

“Look for equipment with minimal accessories as it can become just too much to clean and store. I also suggest a machine with variable speeds and a pulsing function to help to initially break up larger ingredients like chunks of frozen fruit or ice cubes.”Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC


Best for Small Spaces: Ninja Compact Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

Ninja Compact Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

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What We Like
  • Easy to store

  • Dishwasher-safe parts

What We Don't Like
  • No manual speed controls

  • No slicing or shredding capabilities

If you want all the multitasking 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: 1200 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 BL480D Nutri Blender with Auto-iQ

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Ninja Nutri Blender with Auto-iQ (BL480D)

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What We Like
  • Fast and powerful

  • Compact

  • Easy to use and clean

What We Don't Like
  • Noisy

  • Short one-year warranty

Though compact, this 1000-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 (1000 watts instead of 900) and it features buttons for both automatic and manual programs.

Power Rating: 1000 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 SS401 Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System

Ninja SS401 Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System

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What We Like
  • Very powerful

  • Includes multiple containers and attachments

  • All parts are dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Plastic containers aren’t as durable

Popular for making smoothies and gazpachos, blenders are also great for making hot foods like soups, stews, and other hot liquids. Blending hot foods can pose safety hazards, however. Hot foods expand and will create pressure inside the blender. If you blend in large batches or for long amounts of time, the lid may pop off, creating a mess and hazard. So, be sure to blend in small batches.

This pick, the new Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System, has an extra-large container, so you can safely blend larger batches without filling the container all the way. It also makes meal prep easy. If you need to chop lots of veggies for your soup, this model comes with a shredding disc and grating disc. The smoothie bowl attachment is also a fun accessory that features a built-in tamper so less liquid is required.

"The variable speed control helps ensure you control the speed to prevent hot foods from splattering and blending evenly," says White. "I also like the design of the feed chute, which allows for optimal circulation for some of the steam created from blending hot food to escape."

Power Rating: 1600 watts | Maximum Pitcher Capacity: 72 ounces (64 fluid ounces) | Manual Programs: 7 | What's Included: (1) 72-ounce BPA-free container, (1) 18-ounce smoothie bowl baker, (1) 24-ounce cup, (1) feed chute lid, (1) dough blade, (2) discs for shredding and grating

What Our Experts Say

“I love thick and velvety smoothies and smoothie bowls and getting all my favorite ingredients perfectly blended takes power. I like to blend harder ingredients like oats, nuts, seeds, and even granola into my smoothies to boost the nutrients so a powerful blender that will hold up to these types of ingredients is a must.”Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC

Best for Food Prep: Ninja QB1004 Master Prep Professional Blender

Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender (QB1004)

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What We Like
  • Jars are dishwasher safe

  • Non-slip bases

  • Versatile

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Final Verdict

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. For an on-the-go smoothie maker that doesn't take up much space, we recommend the Ninja Nutri Personal Blender with Auto-iQ.

What to Look for in a Ninja Blender

Power and Speeds

When shopping around for a new blender, power is one of the most important criteria. A typical high-speed blender can have anywhere from 450 to 1600 watts of power. Most hover between 800 to 1200 watts, but you should aim for a minimum of 1000 watts if you plan on using it daily to crush frozen foods, nuts, seeds, and ice.

White mentions that her personal Ninja blender has 1200 watts of power, which is around what high-speed blenders like Vitamix models offer. She has no problem blending harder foods like granola and oats into her smoothies with it.

Power and speed go hand-in-hand when choosing a blender. A powerful blender is usually one that can reach fast speeds, which refers to how fast the blade in the container can spin around. Choose a model that has multiple speed settings because faster isn’t always better. Having control over the blender speed allows you to adjust the speed as you go. Always start with the lowest speed and gradually increase it as needed.

Special Features

A blender’s main purpose is pretty simple—pulverize food into a liquid. But special features and accessories can add an element of excitement, convenience, and efficiency in the kitchen.

White notes that a smoothie bowl attachment is "the most amazing accessory I never knew I needed." Smoothie bowls are a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack, but they can be difficult to master. With a regular blender container, you usually have to add a lot of liquid to get the ingredients to blend, which alters the texture of a thick smoothie bowl. A smoothie bowl attachment helps you achieve the perfect consistency of a smoothie bowl since you don’t have to use as much liquid to get a smooth blend. If you make smoothies often, this is a feature that may be worth looking into.

Other features to consider include variable speed control, pulse button, preset controls, and slicing or shredding capabilities. These features give you more versatility and control, which come in handy when making anything from salad dressings to frozen desserts.

Capacity

Ninja blenders include a main container, which ranges from 64 ounces to 72 ounces. Some models include other containers for smoothie bowls, individual cups, chopping bowls, or slicing and grating. These smaller cups and containers can range from 12 ounces to 24 ounces.

If you like to take your liquids on the go, opt for a model that includes a 12-ounce cup with a lid. If you make large batches at a time, the 72-ounce container is a wise choice.

Many Ninja cups and containers are compatible with other models. However, you’ll want to check to make sure.

Tamper

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.

Glass vs. Plastic

Only a few Ninja models include 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. 

FAQs

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.  

This article was updated by Lacey Muinos, a food and wellness writer who uses a blender every day for her morning smoothie. Her first-ever blender was a Ninja. She recalls marveling at its ability to pulverize frozen fruits, nuts, and seeds.

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