One of the trickiest parts of using and taking care of a blender is cleaning it. Thankfully, each of the Ninja blenders on this list has dishwasher-safe parts, which makes washing them a breeze. Find out more tips on how to clean a blender fast.
Ninja blender blades can be sharpened with a sharpening stone, similar to sharpening kitchen knives. However, before you begin, be sure to unlock the pitcher from the base and remove the blades from the pitcher. Move the blades away from you and swipe them against the sharpening stone. And consider wearing gloves to be extra safe!
Ninja is a manufacturer that makes home appliances including blenders and ovens. Generally, their blenders have impressive build quality, and although they're mostly plastic, they feel solid and durable. Most of their jars, lids, and blade assemblies can go right into the dishwasher for an easy clean. Many Ninja blenders are combined food processors and blenders or come with personal jars for smoothies along with a bigger main pitcher. These accessories can help a lot with certain recipes, but Ninja also makes more conventional full-size blenders without extras, which you might prefer if you're looking for a simple multi-purpose blender without a lot of jars and lids to keep track of.
The best Ninja blender we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender. Unlike many Ninja blenders, it's a full-size blender with only one jar, so it's best suited for people looking for a conventional blender rather than one with extra jars and accessories. That said, it's one of the few Ninja full-size blenders that can hot blend, and its main jar even has a heating element built into it, meaning it can heat and cook ingredients. The jar is made of glass, which you might find is less prone to scratches and discoloration. There are a variety of blending programs like 'Saute' and 'Smooth Soup', as well as manual 'Blend' and 'Cook' modes.
Despite only coming with one jar, it's fantastic for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients in recipes like single-serve smoothies, as well as bigger batches for something like soup or sauce. It has no problem crushing ice and is fairly easy to use for dips and spreads like nut butter. Unlike most Ninja blenders, it has a two-part lid and tamper, which makes it easier to adjust your recipe as it blends, so it's a good option for dedicated home cooks. Also, instead of a very sharp blade stack, it has more conventional blades that are easy to clean by hand. However, overall it's not the easiest to clean since the heating element means you can't immerse it in water or put it in the dishwasher.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly blender, you might prefer the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. It's a very straightforward blender compared to the Foodi, but it's well-built and has a good performance. It only comes with basic accessories: a 72-ounce main jar, blade stack, and lid with a spout for pouring. While it can't blend hot ingredients, it's just as good as any Ninja blender we've tested for ice crushing, so it can quickly and easily make snow-like crushed ice for cocktails or drinks like slushies. It can also produce fantastic, smooth nut butter, although it's not the easiest process, partly because you need to remove the lid to stir thicker mixtures.
Although it doesn't come with any personal jars, it does a good job of processing small batches of fibrous ingredients like kale, meaning it can produce a well-blended single-serve smoothie. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform as well with bigger batches. If you fill the jar with something like broccoli soup, you end up with a fairly grainy puree. That said, it's quiet for a blender, and its jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe. It's not easy to clean by hand because it's easy to cut yourself on the very sharp blades.
The best blender combo from Ninja is the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System. Ninja makes a lot of blenders that come with accessories for chopping, slicing, dough making, and smoothies, and if you're interested in a blender that can replace your food processor, it's a great option. Aside from a large-capacity pitcher, it comes with a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar that makes it much easier to use for making nut butter or hummus. There's a personal jar with a to-go lid included, so you can easily whip up a silky single-serve smoothie.
As part of the 'Foodi' line of blenders, it also comes with a dough blade that you can use to form dough in the main jar. There are blades for slicing, chopping, and grating ingredients like vegetables or cheese. It has a second lid for the main jar with a food chute, like a regular food processor. However, most Ninja blenders don't vary a lot in terms of basic design, and it has some of the usual limitations. There's a limited range of speed settings, it can't hot blend, and the main jar's very sharp blade assembly makes it tricky to clean by hand. It's also not ideal for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients in its main jar since it doesn't make a completely smooth puree, so you're better off using the personal jar for recipes like smoothies.
If you're looking for a combo blender for less, you might prefer the Ninja Mega Kitchen System. This full-size blender is very well-built and comes with a 72-ounce main pitcher and a separate 64-ounce food processing bowl. There's a chopping blade for slicing vegetables like onions and a dough blade to help form bread or cookie dough. Thanks to its personal jars, it's one of the best Ninja blenders for smoothies, making extremely well-blended single-serve smoothies without bits of kale or unprocessed raspberry seeds left over.
The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best personal blender from Ninja that we've tested. If you don't need a big jar capacity, it offers versatile performance in a small package. It's worth considering if you're looking for the best Ninja blender for smoothies, as it makes an incredibly silky puree of fibrous ingredients like leafy greens in its 24-ounce personal jars. It also produces snow-like crushed ice, ideal for frozen drinks or cocktails. There are to-go lids included for the personal jars, meaning you can take your drink with you on the go.
Finally, it stands out from Ninja's other personal blenders since it comes with a slightly smaller version of our top pick's 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' that you can use to process thick mixtures like nut butter with ease. However, despite its small size, it's the loudest blender listed here. It's also among the pricier personal blenders we've tested, so if you're looking for a smoothie blender, you may want to check out a less expensive option.
If you're looking for a cheaper blender, the Ninja Fit is the best budget-friendly personal blender that we've tested from Ninja. It doesn't have as many features as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, but it's a great cheaper option for people just looking for a simple smoothie or protein shake blender. It's less bulky than the DUO and lighter, so it's easier to store in a cupboard and bring out when you need it. There are two 16-ounce jars with to-go lids included. It smoothly blends tough-to-process fibrous ingredients, so smoothies with ingredients like spinach and blueberries won't have leafy bits or flecks of fruit skin left over.
Most full-size Ninja blenders aren't as well-built or versatile as the Vitamix blenders we've tested. Many Ninja blenders can't hot blend, don't come with a 2-part lid, and have limited speed settings, so they aren't ideal for soups or home cooks who want a lot of control over their blend. However, Ninja blenders are usually less expensive and more likely to come with accessories like food processors or personal jars for smoothies.
NutriBullet and Ninja both make a variety of personal blenders intended for single-serve drinks like smoothies. However, unlike NutriBullet blenders, most Ninja models can crush ice without liquid in the jar. NutriBullet's blade assemblies aren't usually dishwasher-safe, but most Ninja models come with dishwasher-safe jars, lids, and blades.
Ninja produces a few full-size and personal blenders that excel at making silky smoothies. Most models tend to offer additional jars that are smaller, so you can easily take them on the go. Some of them also have unique attachments like a dough blade or a micro-juicer for more versatility, which sets them apart from most other blenders. However, they have limited speed settings, and most can't hot blend, which is disappointing if you like to make purees or soups.
Ninja separates its blenders into 'Systems', which usually come with food processors and personal jars, conventional full-size blenders, and 'single-serve' or personal blenders. They use some naming conventions that can indicate the type of product and what features are included.
Foodi: a line of Ninja products that includes blenders as well as other products like pots and pans aimed at home cooks. Most full-size 'Foodi' blenders come with a dough blade that you can use for forming dough. The brand's only immersion blender, which converts into a hand mixer, is also part of the collection.
The blender names can give you an idea of what kind of blender you're looking at, but some products have unique names, like the Ninja Twisti (a small full-size blender) or the Ninja Chef (a full-size blender that only comes with a main pitcher).
Ninja manufactures a variety of full-size and personal blenders that feel well-built and sturdy. Most come with an additional jar to take your smoothies or other blends with you on the go. Some also come with unique attachments or accessories that give you even more versatility when processing food. However, they tend to favor preset speeds rather than a speed dial. Most Ninja blenders can't hot blend, either.
Ninja blenders are known for their automated programs that make life easier. These preset programs are called Auto-iQ and are designed to do the thinking for you when it comes