Okay, kids. Let’s talk blenders.
A blender is an essential tool for any kitchen. I use mine on pretty much a daily basis–smoothies to start with, and then pureed soups, sauces, jams, hummus, homemade nutella. I even make my own nut milk sometimes.
But here’s the thing about blenders: good ones are really expensive. And there’s a wide gap between the not-good ones (read: cheap) and the good ones (read: expensive).
About a year ago, I was struggling with this question. I had a Magic Bullet, which I’d never been super happy with, but it was convenient. It made smoothies (mostly) okay, but when it came to tougher ingredients like chickpeas, it floundered. Maybe, I thought, it was time for me to bite the bullet and invest in a good blender, and by good, I mean a Blendtec or a Vitamix (which will run you anywhere from about $400-700). But the money! I knew they’d be good, they’d last, etc, but I still had a really tough time justifying (and finding) that kind of cash.
I went online and polled my friends, and one of them suggested a new blender on the market called a Ninja. I did some online research, and the recommendations were really high. So, I bought one, at Canadian Tire, for about $79 (I got it on sale–it’s regularly around $100). And I immediately was happy. First off, it had 1100 Watts of power–as opposed to the 300 of the Magic Bullet. Secondly, it has a very different kind of blade than normal blenders. Most blenders have a blade just at the bottom, this one had blades on a pole going all the way up. I recommended it to everyone.
Then, in September, I attended the International Food Blogger’s Conference in Seattle. The Ninja people were there. I gushed to them about how much I loved their blender, and they offered to send me their newest model.
I’ve had the Nutri Ninja Blender with Auto IQ for about a month, now, and I love it even more than my old one.
One reason is because it comes with smoothie cups. Now, I loved my old Ninja Blender, but it came with just the blender jar, and that was it. So I had to wash it all the time, every day. My new Ninja came with the blender jar and two smoothie cups (in two different sizes). The smoothie cups also have their own blender blade, so it works exactly like a Magic Bullet. Although I was really frustrated with my Magic Bullet all the time, you can’t deny those little cups are really convenient. Well, now I have that same convenience in a powerful blender. No more frustration. All the convenience. I very seldom have to hand-wash them now, because I have enough to go around that I can run them through the dishwasher every 3 days.
The second thing I love about my new Ninja Blender are the variety of settings. My old Ninja basically had one speed: on. It was a good on. A powerful on. But just on (you could also pulse, of course). This new blender has tons of different settings, and it also has this cool feature called Ninja IQ. Basically, it’s a built-in setting that pulses at first to break everything up, then blends for a period, then pulses again at the end. It’s super cool, one-touch blending that works every time.
Thirdly, kids, is the power! Mwhahahahaha!! I love power, and this baby has it. It’s actually changed the way I juice. I started juicing about a year ago, and I have a really good juicer. What I used to do was juice the hard veg, like carrots and beets, and then add that juice into my smoothie for extra nutrients. What you’re missing if you do this, though, is the fibre, because the juicer extracts that. Now, I can actually juice right in my blender. Yeah, I’m throwing carrots in my smoothies. A whole, raw carrot. And by the time the blender is done with it, you’d never know. It’s as smooth as silk. At 1300 watts, this baby can handle anything you throw at it–hummus, nut butters, the works.
What do I not like about it? Well, it’s a bit loud, but that’s to be expected when you have such a powerful engine. Secondly, you have to be really, really careful when cleaning the blade. They are very sharp, and because of how they are positioned, it’s easy to cut yourself. Which I learned the hard way. Other than that, I don’t have anything but good to say about this blender.
I really can’t recommend it enough. And remember–while the most recent version may have been sent to me to review, I purchased my first one with my own hard-earned cash, and I would do it again! If you’re in the market for a blender, I think you should get a Ninja in your kitchen.