The extract function is perfectly capable now of chopping seeds and stems. The Smart Vessel Recognition technology is able to immediately recognize which attachment is on the base and the touchscreen, in turn, is able to reveal each vessel’s unique menu of pre-set programs.
The price is a bit stiff.
Ninja CT661V is the best that SharkNinja, the company behind Ninja blenders has to offer yet. It doesn't just make better drinks and different desserts. It isn't just a much more convenient and practical appliance. The appliance is more than just a blender at this point and we are not complaining here.
Pro Extractor Blades®
Total Crushing® stacked blades
72 oz. FreshVac™ pitcher
2 x 20 oz. single-serve FreshVac™ cups
7 pre-set Auto-iQ programs, 2 speeds, pulse
BPA-free plastic, metal
An 8-cup food processor bowl provides perfect, even chopping and allows the blender to make up to 2 lbs. of dough in less than thirty seconds. The Nutri Ninja cups are great for preparing personalized, nutrient-rich drinks. The to-go lids that come with these cups will also allow you to take those drinks with you to the gym or office.
The blender is relatively loud.
What we have here isn't just a simple kitchen appliance that can be used for preparing drinks but an actual kitchen system that is capable of making dough or serving a number of smoothies for as many people as you want. Sure, it isn't the cheapest option, but what it offers in return more than justifies the price.
Total Crushing™ blades
72 oz. Total Crushing Pitcher®
64 oz. Food Processor Bowl
2 х 16 oz. Nutri Ninja® Cups
3 speeds, pulse
BPA-free plastic, metal
Though the XL 72-ounce bowl capacity will prove to be great for making drinks and smoothies for the entire family, the blender also comes with a single-serve function, so you will just as easily be able to prepare a drink for yourself. The pulse function is also there, which is perfect for blending frozen ingredients and making things like salsa.
The lids are not entirely dishwasher safe.
Ninja BL660 Professional Blender certainly deserves the title of a professional blender. It is a powerful appliance that will allow you to make drinks for the entire family as well as prepare delicious smoothies for yourself.
Total Crushing™ blades
72 oz. Total Crushing® Pitcher
2 х 16 oz. Nutri Ninja® Cups
3 speeds, pulse
BPA-free plastic, metal
Between the 12 pre-set Auto-iQ® smart programs and 7 manual programs, the appliance lets you experiment with preparing the same ingredients, snacks, and meals differently. The 800-watt heating element melts cheeses and simmers sauces within minutes. The one-button controls streamline cooking and blending.
The appliance is quite heavy.
Using the Ninja HB152, you'll be preparing delicious snacks, healthy ingredients, even full-blown meals. The unit heats fruit, melts chocolate, toasts spices, easily prepares ice cream, protein shakes, soups, smoothies, dips, sauces, and more. It is also easy to upkeep/maintain.
1400 watts motor power, 800 watts heating element power
Total Crushing® extraction blades
64 oz. glass pitcher (56 oz. max cold liquid capacity)
12 pre-set Auto-iQ® smart programs, 7 manual programs
BPA-free plastic, metal, glass
Pro Extractor Blades® easily break down ice, whole fruits, vegetables, stems, and seeds, extracting nutrients and vitamins. The blender comes supplied with 4 different cups. Every cup comes equipped with a spout lid, meaning that you're able to take different nutritious drinks and smoothies on the go and enjoy them wherever and whenever you want.
The housing can sometimes vibrate when dealing with harder ingredients.
Ninja BL642 is really good for people who don't like to experiment with their drinks and smoothies and want a powerful, functional, but relatively simple tool. Now, you won't have to gag up different seeds or wait for ages for the blender to do its job.
Pro Extractor Blades®
Total Crushing® stacked blades
72 oz. Total Crushing® Pitcher
18 oz. Tritan™ Nutri Ninja® Cup
24 oz. Tritan™ Nutri Ninja® Cup
32 oz. Tritan™ Nutri Ninja® Cup
7 pre-set Auto-iQ programs, 3 speeds, pulse
BPA-free plastic, metal
Ninja blenders are pretty great in general but Ninja CT661V might just be the company's best model yet. On paper, there aren't that many things that separate this particular model from its predecessors but, as per usual, the creamy, smoothie devil is in the details here. What are these details?
Well, first and foremost, it is probably the Smart Vessel Recognition technology. There's a lot to like about its ability to immediately recognize which attachment is on the base and the touchscreen's following ability to reveal each vessel’s unique menu of pre-set programs.
The pre-set programs is another thing that the company has only recently introduced to their products and there aren't that many Ninja blenders out there that come equipped with it yet.
You can choose between these vessel-specific presets and different manual options using the sleek, streamlined touchscreen display that, despite its modern-day appearance, is as simple and straightforward as they come. These programs are great, using calibrated patterns of pulsing, pausing, and speed to create just about everything, from salsa and margaritas to shakes and decadent ice cream. You don't have to tinker with the settings, just choose the desired preset and you're good to go.
The Stealthiest Drinks
This is still a Ninja blender we're talking about though and that's not a bad thing. Among other things, it means that the one-touch FreshVac pump is still there, still excellent at removing oxygen from both the pitcher and single-serve cup. It gives you the freshest, tastiest, and smoothest drinks, full of vitamins but with less foam and separation.
As it is usually the case with the company's blenders, it doesn't matter how hard and solid the ingredients are. Using the Pro Extractor Blades, the appliance is able to break down the toughest ingredients and extract vitamins and nutrients from whole veggies and fruits.
You can't have a Ninja blender without the Total Crushing® stacked blades, well-equipped to crush ice and frozen ingredients in a snap for the most delicious homemade frozen drinks.
What else is there to add? We really weren't able to find any major issues with the model except that the price is a little stiff but that's beside the point. Even the extract function is improved here, perfectly capable now of chopping seeds and stems.
To put it differently, Ninja CT661V is the best that SharkNinja, the company behind Ninja blenders has to offer yet. It doesn't just make better drinks and different desserts. It isn't just a much more convenient and practical appliance. The appliance is more than just a blender at this point and we don't have any complaints with the direction these developments are taking.
1500 Watts of Power
People often downplay the importance of power when it comes to countertop blenders. And while that's understandable, the motor's power is arguably the most important characteristic of a blender. There's really no downside to having as much power as possible, especially since a less capable appliance simply won't be able to handle thick, frozen cocktails sorbets, and granitas. Following this train in thought, it doesn't really come as a particular surprise that Ninja Mega Kitchen System is one of the best-selling products of SharkNinja.
Though, as the name of the model suggests, what we have here isn't just a blender but an actual kitchen system, it isn't really the most interesting thing about this appliance. No, that title would have to go to the blender's 1500 watts of power. With that much firepower under the compact hood, the model will be able to simply demolish some of the sturdiest seeds and nuts. Naturally, that much power combined with Total Crushing™ blades and 72 oz. Total Crushing Pitcher® will allow the Ninja blender to crush loads of ice in a blink of an eye in order to prepare the most delicious smoothies and creamy frozen drinks.
The Right Design
Of course, in order to justify the title of a Mega Kitchen System, a single container simply won't do. Which is why, in addition to the aforementioned pitcher, the manufacturers have also included an 8-cup food processor bowl and two 16 oz. Nutri Ninja cups. The biggest advantage of the former is that it provides perfect, even chopping and allows the blender to make up to 2 lbs. of dough in less than 30 seconds. As for the Nutri Ninja cups, they're best used for preparing personalized, nutrient-rich drinks. The to-go lids that come with these cups will also allow you to take those drinks with you to the gym or office.
By the way, despite the model's nutrient and vitamin extracting capabilities and the ridiculous amount of power that makes the latter possible, the entire unit adds up to just about 9.5 x 8 x 18 inches in overall dimensions, so it won't really take away too much of your countertop space, especially considering what this Ninja blender offers in return. The control panel is also about as simple as it gets, with low, medium, and high speed setting buttons that are suitable for making dough, blending fruits and vegetables, and crushing ice, respectively. There's also a single serve button and a pulse button, both of which provide the functions that should be familiar to anyone who has ever used a countertop blender.
All things considered, what we have here isn't just a simple kitchen appliance that can be used for preparing drinks but an actual kitchen system that is capable of making dough or serving a number of smoothies for as many people as you want. Sure, it isn't the cheapest option, but what it offers in return more than justifies the price.
Pulverize Ice and Frozen Fruits
The Ninja BL660 Professional Blender, as you'd infer from the name, is being advertised as a professional blender. But what is it exactly that differentiates a professional blender from a regular one? Well, in the case of this Ninja blender, the difference mostly lies in the amount of power. Given that the model features precisely 1100 watts of professional performance power, it should probably go without saying that it is capable of crushing any food item in a matter of seconds.
Not dissimilar to the majority of high-end Ninja blenders, this nifty kitchen appliance comes equipped with the Total Crushing™ blades and a set of different containers. First off, there's the 72 oz. Total Crushing® Pitcher. Though the name is slightly bombastic, it is also not inaccurate as it takes the blades mere seconds to pulverize frozen fruits and solid chunks of ice. Suffice it to say, these blades are simply perfect when it comes to ice crushing, blending, and controlled processing, meaning that you will be able to enjoy creamy frozen drinks and smoothies. A couple of 16 oz. Nutri Ninja Cups, on the other hand, will prove to be more suitable for preparing personalized, nutrient-rich drinks that you can always take with you. To help with the latter, the manufacturers also made sure to include a couple of to-go lids.
For You and Your Family
Now, while we're still on the subject of performance, we would also like to mention that, just like any other really good blender, the model includes three different speed settings that will allow you to make drinks and smoothies according to your preferences. And though the XL 72-ounce bowl capacity will obviously prove to be particularly great for making drinks and smoothies for the entire family, the blender also comes with a single-serve function, so you will just as easily be able to prepare a drink for yourself. The pulse function is also there, which is perfect for blending frozen ingredients and making things like salsa.
As for the appliance's composition, all parts are BPA free and the blades are made out of durable metal. The whole thing features about 8 x 6 x 17 inches in overall dimensions, so it isn't the smallest blender out there but it won't take away too much of your countertop space either. Though the model is not particularly difficult to operate, the company behind it still recommends referring to the user manual before you use the blender for the first time.
To rephrase our earlier point, the Ninja BL660 Professional Blender certainly deserves the title of a professional blender. It is a powerful appliance that will allow you to make drinks for the entire family as well as prepare delicious smoothies for yourself.
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The Ninja Approach
Sometimes, you can say that Ninja blenders are overpriced and, to some degree, you would be right. At the very least, they're not the cheapest blenders, not even close. But, considering what these appliances are usually packing, we seldom believe that the folk at Ninja are being unreasonable asking as much as they ask for these blenders. Take the Ninja HB152, for instance.
Can you find a less expensive blending appliance? Sure, you can. Will that appliance be packing a 1400-peak-watt motor base delivering the company's signature total crushing and extraction blades that let you prepare mouthwatering smoothies, resort-style frozen drinks, and nutrient extractions? Unlikely. Will that appliance be also packing an 800-watt precision heating element that lets you cook hearty and smooth soups within minutes, simmer flavorful sauces, or melt chocolate and cheese into fondue? Not a chance. This is where Ninja blenders are different from the pack - they're unwilling to compromise, not something as important as blenders' core application.
Where the Magic Happens
Saying that this appliance is compromising form is a little misleading though since this is also one attractive model, even by the company's high standards. The stainless steel elements look sleek, with the black parts contrasting them but without making one part seem less important than the other one.
The console is where the magic happens though, with the Auto-iQ® setup presenting 12 intelligent programs using automated pulsing and pausing patterns with precision temperature control. In other words, you press one button and the unit delivers almost unrivalled blending and cooking programs, making protein shakes, preparing ice cream, heating fruit, melting chocolate, toasting spices, and more.
In closing, the Ninja HB152 is all about streamlining cooking and blending. With this appliance, even the laziest, most uninspired bachelors can prepare not just tasty snacks and healthy ingredients but complete nutritional meals.
A Few Good Cups
Ninja BL642 makes things simple. You don't have to be a culinary genius to put a blender like this one to good use. Now, the model isn't simple but its controls are. There's a straightforward control panel with different buttons for 7 pre-set Auto-iQ programs, 3 different speed settings, and the usual pulse function.
The Auto-iQ programs is a fairly recent addition to the company's products but we can tell it is here to stay. These timed, intelligent blending programs do everything for you, taking the guesswork out of the equation.
All in all, the blender is great and we're definitely not done with it yet. But we would also like to mention that, in addition to the appliance, the company supplies you with a 72 oz. Total Crushing® Pitcher, 18 oz. Tritan™ Nutri Ninja® Cup, 24 oz. Tritan™ Nutri Ninja® Cup, and a 32 oz. Tritan™ Nutri Ninja® Cup. As you would imagine, with so many different containers, you'll always be able to prepare the right serving without making too much or too many.
Plus, every cup comes equipped with a spout lid, meaning that you're able to take different nutritious drinks and smoothies on the go and enjoy them wherever and whenever you want.
Of course, the best part is the company's trademark 72 oz. Total Crushing® Pitcher. Using the pitcher, you'll be able to easily crush through ice and frozen ingredients in a snap, creating creamy frozen drinks.
No Seeds in Sight
Pro Extractor Blades® is another component that puts different Ninja blenders and this particular model ahead of the curve. The blades are the reason this little appliance is able to easily break down ice, whole fruits, vegetables, stems, and seeds, extracting nutrients and vitamins.
Sure, it isn't a perfect product. It's a powerful blender but it wasn't necessarily designed that well considering its power. For example, the housing can sometimes vibrate when dealing with harder ingredients. Admittedly, not a huge issue but definitely something that the company could fix in a future model.
Some find the blender a little noisy but it really isn't any louder than any other modern-day Ninja model, so we wouldn't hold it against the blender.
Simply put, Ninja BL642 is really good for people who don't like to experiment with their drinks and smoothies and want a powerful, functional, but relatively simple tool. Now, you won't have to gag up different seeds or wait for ages for the blender to do its job.
What Is a Ninja Blender?
In order to live a healthy life, we all need a number of nutrients that vegetables, fruit, greens, nuts, and seeds are full of. The only problem with those food items is that it is seldom easy to extract all of those nutrients without additional help. And that is where blenders come in. As you probably know, a blender is a kitchen appliance that is used to mix, purée, or emulsify food and other substances. And even though SharkNinja, the company behind Ninja blenders, is one of the leading manufacturers of kitchen appliances, the core principles remain the same.
With the help of a Ninja blender, you will be able to consume all of the healthy and useful vitamins and minerals without having to waste your time on meal preparation. Furthermore, drinking the deliciously nutritious smoothies instead of gorging on food is not a bad way to lose some weight.
So, given that these blenders don't really cost that much, take far less time than preparing your own meal, and offer a much healthier alternative to the regular way people consume their food, we can't think of a reason not to give them a try.
What Features to Compare
Even though you wouldn't really describe any Ninja blender (or any kind of countertop blender, for that matter) as a particularly complicated appliance, there are still a few things you need to keep in mind when you go looking for the right model.
First things first, you should always pay attention to the amount of power that the model comes equipped with. Simply put, the more powerful the blender is, the better it is when it comes to pulverizing some of the harder food items and things like ice and frozen fruits. Of course, it also comes down to the kind of servings that you're going to be dealing with. If you don't plan on making drinks and desserts for an entire family, there's really no reason to overpay for a more powerful model and you can just as easily stick with the kind of appliance that features a lower wattage.
That said, it isn't just the amount of power that determines the blender's blending and grinding capabilities but also the kind of blades that the particular product comes with. Fortunately enough, that isn't really that much of an issue with Ninja blenders. The more professional models from the said company usually come equipped with Total Crushing™ blades that are capable of crushing and pulverizing just about anything that you throw into the jar. Since the less professional appliances do not require that kind of power, you would usually find one of these models packing Nutri Ninja Pro Extractor blades. As the name suggests, these blades are perfect for extracting the healthy nutrients out of the fruits and vegetables.
Of course, whether you decide to go with a smaller unit or a professional blender, make sure to check the bowl capacity of the containers that come with the package. As you would imagine, it doesn't really matter how powerful your model is or how capable its blades are if it doesn't include a jar that will allow you to put all of that power to good use.
Finally, try to keep in mind the number and the type of settings that the blender incorporates. While some may only include the pulse function, certain models come equipped with different speed settings. Generally speaking, the low speed setting is reserved for chopping softer ingredients while the medium and the high one are needed for dealing with harder food items, crushing ice, and preparing smoothies.
Did you know?
A blender seems like a relatively basic kitchen appliance with a fairly simple idea behind it. You throw some fruits or vegetables into the jar, you mix them together, and, et voila, you have yourself a smoothie or a refreshing drink full of nutrients. However, you may be surprised to know that even the most basic kitchen blender presents far more options than one would expect. On that note, we thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to share with you some of the things that you can make using a standard countertop blender.
Now, it may sound a bit absurd, but you can actually make a freshly milled flour without putting in a ton of effort and with no fancy equipment by your side. Simply put about two cups of wheat berries into the jar and let the blender do its thing. After that, sift and repeat until the job is done. By the way, the particular method can also be used with oats.
Almond milk isn't just a delicious substitution to the regular milk but an absolute necessity for lactose-intolerant individuals that like to put milk in their coffee or mix their cereal with it just like the rest of us mortals. And, fortunately enough, a regular blender is all the equipment you need to make delicious homemade almond milk. What you will need to do is get some almonds and soak them overnight in water. With that out of the way, throw the almonds into the blender, blend them well and strain what's left of it. The result will be a jar full of the most delicious nutty milk. Just keep in mind that fresh almond milk doesn't last more than a few days in the fridge, so try not to go overboard and make only as much milk as you need.
Whether you have a few houseplants at home or a small garden, there's a good chance you have always wanted to make compost but never really got around to it since the whole thing seems messy and complicated. Well, it may certainly be the case if you're not willing to be creative with your kitchen appliances. All it takes is a bunch of soft food scraps and a blender. Just throw the former into the latter and blend them up. The leftovers will easily break down, meaning that they'll be able to serve as an instant compost that you can use to fertilize your plants.
You may be under the impression that the only thing your blender is good for is making liquid food and drinks. Well, given that we're talking about a kitchen appliance, that isn't necessarily the worst guess. However, that isn't entirely correct. For instance, all it takes is an all-natural olive oil, sea salt, and citrus to produce the kind of refreshing scrub that will make you look as delicious as a fresh smoothie. Furthermore, the whole thing takes less than five minutes, meaning that you can make some for yourself or prepare a gift for your loved ones.
Other than that, any Ninja blender can be used to make all kinds of things, from powdered sugar and salad dressings to fresh butter and lotion. Heck, you can even use one of these models to make soup or turn it into a lamp if you feel so inclined. Now, that's not too bad for a seemingly simple kitchen appliance if we do say so ourselves.