The Best Ninja Blenders of 2023
Ninja blenders are popular mainly because they are affordable and efficient for a wide range of tasks. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still afford a quality blender that will sneak more greens into your daily meals.
How We Test Our Ninja Blenders
We wanted our tests to bring real value to your kitchen so we developed them according to the most common use of the products. At the time of writing, Ninja lineup includes personal and full-sized blenders so we designed the tests and testing parameters differently among such two types. You may want to compare all the products under a single category side by side so we put them through the exact same series of tests to make this approachable.
To ensure the actual testing is the best version of it, we initially run a series of “trial tests”. That way, we could check for flaws and improve our perspective for logical adjustments. During the official testing procedure, we record and collate all data including photographic and video evidence.
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Recommendations are based upon the resulting scores of our testing procedures. We take into account the specialized strengths of a product, the situation it’s best suited for, or the personal circumstances it is likely to best match.
Reviews of the Best Ninja Blenders 2023
1. Best Overall: Ninja BL660 Professional Smoothie Blender
The Ninja Professional Blender is a proficient, high-powered kitchen appliance with 3 speeds, pulse, and single-serve functions. Powered by an 1100-watt motor, it is strong enough to literally turn ice into snow in a matter of seconds. Indeed, the blender works like a beast, crushing anything you throw at it with ease.
- Incredibly fast
- Clear blend options
- Includes single-serve cups
- Blade design can be a hazard
- Bulky lid
- Gimmicky suction cup feet
Still, the Ninja BL660 is not intended for dry blending. Processing dry ingredients without adding liquid to the container may result in a damaged motor or personal injuries.
Note also that Ninja’s plastic containers cannot withstand the pressure build-up from hot liquids. When pureeing sauces and soups, make sure they’re cooled to room temperature first or the contents could potentially explode out.
Unlike conventional blenders whose containers have fixed rotating blades at the bottom, Ninja’s blade assembly is not locked permanently in place. Instead, a blade shaft runs from the base to the lid. This unusual design ensures everything will be in contact with the blades, from top to bottom. But it also makes the blender itself a laceration risk if you forget to remove the blade assembly or if the lid is not locked in place correctly.
Since the blades are terribly sharp and awkward to hold, it’s best to cleanse them in hot, soapy water rather than hand-washing or risking damage in the dishwasher.
At around $100, the Ninja Professional BL660 is the least expensive countertop blender on our list, but it has all the features most people need in a decent blender. The no-frills interface allows you to switch between three different speed settings. It also has the option for “short pulse” which comes in handy for chopping or quickly pulverizing nuts into a fine texture.
Another great feature that makes the Ninja Professional BL660 stand out from the rest is the single-serve option. It lets you create single and double servings to take on-the-go with its 16 oz tight-sealing cups. There’s no need to make a big mess or waste ingredients using the large 72-oz pitcher.
We will admit we don’t like the suction cups on the base. They’re supposed to hold the unit in the right position, but they really aren’t necessary. And when you go to move the blender one will often pull itself right off the base. Although this doesn’t really affect the functionality of the machine, it is an unnecessary annoyance.
This new generation appears solid, sturdy, and well-made at an affordable price, satisfying even the most cynical buyers. Just make sure you don’t run the blender continuously for more than four minutes at a time. Though it’s safe to run longer than personal blenders, the prolonged operation may cause damage to the unit’s motor and drive system.
2. Best for Smoothies: Ninja BL770 4 Functions for Smoothies
Playing a role as a blender, a food processor, and a mixer, it is no surprise that the Ninja BL770 stands head and shoulders above many other models on the market.
- Powerful motor
- Eight-cup food processor bowl included
- Dishwasher safe and BPA-free containers
- Great versatility
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Quite loud
- Annoying blade shaft design
- Lacks an access port on the top of the food processor
If you’ve always wanted to add whole grains to your baking or to get creative with sourdough bread, your first thought may not be a blender. But prepare to be surprised. With a 1500-watt motor base, the Ninja BL770 has plenty of power to handle almost any task. It’ll give you a consistent blend on practically any ingredients.
As a Ninja, the blender’s blade system is fantastic, promising to provide a restaurant-style result every single time. But honestly, the way everything is assembled in the pitcher is a bit obnoxious.
The blades do not lock into the pitcher directly. Rather, they are only secured once the lid is fully seated. If you aren’t careful when removing the lid, the whole blade assembly may slide out with it. And since there is no storage container for the blades, you have to handle them with care when storing.
The Ninja BL770 is roughly the same size as our top pick, but it will certainly take up more storage space since it comes with several additional accessories. Besides a 1500-watt base with a touchscreen display and a 72 oz. pitcher, you also get a 64-oz. food processor bowl and two 16-oz. single-serve blender cups with lids. With the exception of the main housing, all parts are BPA-free and safe for the dishwasher’s top rack.
We found that the food processor works well for everyday prep tasks. Other than that, two specialized blade assemblies (dough and chopping blades) are included, so there’s more to the bowl than just chopping. You can also knead dough, grind whole-grain four, puree jams, and more.
Still, there is no access port in the food processor bowl lid for pouring in liquids. It's not a huge flaw, but it is an annoying shortcoming in the design of an otherwise convenient tool.
The other thing about this unit that we don't like: it makes a lot of noise. Of course, every variable-speed machine is going to be loud. The thing is, early morning blending can irritate the neighbors or wake your roommates up. However, that is a small price to pay for an appliance that can blast ice into snow in seconds.
This professional Ninja blender is a must-have tool for every high-end modern kitchen. Beyond providing versatility, its touchscreen display allows you to easily switch between different speed options. If you’re looking for the most adaptable blending machine, go for this model.
3. Best Professional: Nutri Ninja BL642 Countertop Blender
The Nutri Ninja BL642 delivers unbeatable power with blades that blend, mix, dice, and pulverize in a snap. Besides doing the work of a blender, it can also be used as a professional mixer to beat eggs or create cookie dough and cake batter.
- Multiple on-the-go cups
- Smart built-in programs
- Various speed control
- Relatively noisy
If you want a personal blender but want to avoid low-power motors, then this blender is definitely a top choice.
With three to-go cups with spout lids (18-, 24-, and 32-ounce), the Nutri Ninja BL642 is perfect for creating small batches of tasty frozen treats to take with you on the road. From making pre- and post-workout shakes to preparing healthy family meals, this blender will show you just how easy it is to get perfect results every time.
The innovative Nutri Ninja BL642 boasts “Auto IQ technology.” The name is a sales gimmick, but the long and short of it is that the machine has preset buttons for certain types of products. The presets will dictate how long and how fast it runs to make it easier to know when your food is properly chopped, blended, or pureed. Some pre-programmed options even insert pulses and pauses to the pattern — all with a single touch of the button.
The blender also has Vessel-Specific Smart programs. They will recognize what size vessel is attached and display the appropriate program to adjust speed, power, and torque when blending.
The only downside is that the blender is rather loud while working. It’s not on the same level as some other models, though, so you probably won’t annoy people in other rooms.
This model has a limited warranty that includes its accessories. It’s best not to depend on that, though, and to do regular maintenance checks on your blender.
The Nutri Ninja BL642 is very well built, sturdy, and unbelievably easy to clean. Still, it cannot be used to prepare hot cooked vegetables for soup, despite being advertised as a super versatile kitchen tool. We recommend letting the ingredients cool down before starting.
4. Best Personal: Ninja Fit Personal Blender
Things We Like
- A great tool for any quick blend that involves fibrous, frozen food, raw nuts, or even ice cubes.
- Compact, straightforward design makes it easy to use, assemble, and clean.
- The blending blade is attention to detail with 4 sharp, sophisticatedly-designed prongs.
- Coming with an affordable price is an above-average quality.
- Its final results were consistently smooth in all of our testing.
- There are extra blending cups included.
Things We Don’t Like
- It doesn’t allow for hands-free operation
- A little shaking is necessary for an even blend.
The Ninja Fit is one of the most basic models packing a decent amount of power to handle nearly all sorts of quick, simple blends. Among our top-rated personal blenders, it even works better than some larger blenders and is super fast at pulverizing fruits or greens vegetables, even when they’re frozen.
As proof of that, in our smoothie-making test, it performed like a beast, drawing all the solid fruits toward its blades entirely on its own. On top of this, the smoothie it produced was exceptionally smooth. There was a smattering of seeds remaining intact, but this didn’t compromise our taste buds. Not many personal blenders we tested could do that well; some did demand a little shaking to dislodge fruits clogged under the blades while others were simply not powerful enough to churn through frozen ingredients.
Regarding other tests, this blender delivered us perfect outcomes as well. The crushed ice came out with a snow-like texture, the protein shake was a chunk-free mix, and the leafy greens couldn’t be blended finer.
The Ninja Fit is a lightweight, compact appliance so it will be easy to tuck away in your drawer. It measures 13.7 inches tall with the cup attached, 9.45 inches deep, and 6 inches wide. The quality of materials and overall construction is fine for the price, if not stand-out in the segment. There are a few complaints concerning leakage at the bottom of the machine, but so far, we’ve experienced this issue. Perhaps, it is the result of overfilling the blender cup, so to avoid it, you simply shouldn’t put too many ingredients into your cup.
Your personal blender doesn’t have a typical control panel, speed selector, or on/off button. It’s operated once you press the top of the cup against the base unit. You have to hold the cup down until the contents reach your desired consistency. We really like this feature, since we feel it is safer when you can control the blade action so easily. Also, you don't have to worry about a locking mechanism.
Price at time of publish: $60.22
For high-range personal blenders, we tested the Ninja BL480D Nutri. While the Ninja Fit is outfitted for simplicity, this blender is styled to offer an upscale, luxurious vibe with advanced technology and comfortably hand-free operation. Still, it doesn’t quite match the Ninja Fit performance. Although it passed all of our tests, its results mostly weren’t as smooth as those produced by the competition. Some small chunks of berries and almonds still remained solid in the final protein shake while its combination of fibrous greens left us behind with more leafy chunks.
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Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Ninja Blender
Below are some of the most important factors you should focus on when selecting the best Ninja blender for your situation.
1. Motor Power
Typically, Ninja blenders with higher-wattage motors work faster, producing more consistent results in a matter of seconds. They are countertop units, often built to run continuously without overheating the motor as quickly as a cheaper machine might. This, in turn, usually makes them bulkier and more expensive.
Blenders with high-powered motors of at least 1100 watts are great at heavy-duty tasks like blending frozen fruits and chopping vegetables. They can even crush ice into snow and blend nuts into spreadable butters — all without overloading the motor.
Blenders with less powerful motors — on the order of 600 to 900 watts — are known as personal blenders. These are designed for lighter tasks like making smoothies or protein shakes.
Since the power delivered by their motors is relatively low, these blenders shouldn’t be run continuously for more than one minute. That means they can’t process tough food that demands longer operating times. They are not intended for dry or hot blending either. Trying to do so will result in damaged motors and increase the risk of personal injuries.
2. Pitcher Size
Sit down and figure out how much food you’re planning to make with the blender. Be aware that a bigger jar often comes with a larger footprint, necessitating more storage space. They’re also usually more expensive. Choosing the wrong blender size can be a nuisance — too big and you overspend just to clutter up your countertop; too small and you won’t get the performance you need.
Everyone’s Goldilocks zone is unique. If you are using it for only yourself, personal blenders with small pitchers (between 16 and 24 oz) are more likely to fit the bill. As single-serve units, such blenders are perfect for prepping an individual portion. Plus, their plastic pitchers are as compact as travel mugs, fitting well in most cars’ cup holders. You can enjoy your drinks on the go without making a mess.
If you’re looking to cook for a whole family or for commercial applications, consider getting a countertop Ninja blender with at least a 64-oz capacity. These standalone machines offer more volume and power, but also take up more space and might not fit under your cabinets. You’ll probably have to clear some room on the counter or a large cabinet to store these units.
Higher-priced Ninja blenders are usually more solidly built with heavier-duty motors. As the cost goes up, you may also get more power, more accessories, and perhaps more advanced features.
The top-tier Ninja blenders are countertop models, frequently appearing in the $150 to $200 range. Known as multifunctional blenders, they are not only good at pureeing or blending hot foods, but also grinding hard foods such as nuts, meat, beans, and more. You don’t even need to chop the food into tiny pieces.
From $80 to $120, you’ll see less powerful Ninja countertop blenders, which are also able to whip up big-batch blends but at a slower rate. They will also, of course, feature less fancy displays.
Single-serve blenders are the least expensive Ninja options with prices ranging between $50 and $70. Compact yet efficient, their simple one-touch functionality makes them the easiest to use.
Despite the low price, Ninja personal blenders are quite durable. Depending on the model, your machine may come with one grinder attachment, one food processor, or multiple blending cups (usually two).
About your guide
Tina Pham is a staff writer and reviewer, with five years of experience in the industry. As a passionate amateur home cook, she loves to discover practical cooking solutions, and has made it her mission to bring her findings to every kitchen. Her ultimate goal is making cooking more of a pleasure for all.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lap Vo is head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (the RTR) at Healthy Kitchen 101. He is responsible for designing and overseeing the testing of kitchen tools and appliances.