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Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender In-depth Review

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender goes big on kitchen convenience. Its smooth operation, user-friendly features, and versatile attachment make it an exceptional choice for both novice cooks and culinary experts.

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A Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System with its accessories and a Quick Start Guide.

Overall Verdict

For a blend of efficiency, quality, and affordability, the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System is a compelling pick, especially for those on the lookout for a blender-mixer combo. Our hands-on experience reveals this blender excels in nearly every aspect. Its performance is top-notch, offering a smooth and efficient blending experience. From blending frozen fruit smoothies to mixing cookie dough, and even whisking up egg-white to stiff peaks, the Ninja CI101 does it all with precision and ease.

Things We Like

  • High-quality construction with upscale feel 
  • A generous set of included accessories 
  • A lot of user-friendly features 
  • Excels at a wide range of tasks

Things We Don’t Like

  • Larger-than-average blending wand’s head 
  • Rather heavy

Always something beyond the ordinary, the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System is a prime example of Ninja's exceptional and unconventional approach in the market. It borrows the practicality of standard hand-held blenders but elevates it with a touch of luxury. And while its sizable design may not suit your kitchen, imagine the convenience of effortlessly blending, whisking, and kneading with just a single, sleek appliance.

Key Specs

Dimension
H 16 x W2.9 inches
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
Number of speeds
2
Pulse/Turbo option
Yes
Accessories
A beaker, beaters, and a whisk attachment
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes

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Analysis and Test Results

8.4 Performance

The Ninja CI101 Foodi is a decent immersion blender that can provide heavy blending performance. Our extensive testing confirmed its exceptional capabilities. With a force so powerful that you can feel it in each rotation, this blender defied all challenges, be it rock-solid frozen fruits to high-fiber ingredients like celery and raw almonds. To harness its full potential, however, ensure you pair the blender's larger head with a suitably sized mixing container. 

10 Hot Soup Purée

Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 30 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 30 seconds.
A batch of soup pureéd by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
Result
Exceptionally Smooth
Suction
No

Our testing of the Ninja Foodi's pureeing performance delivered exceptional results. The machine's blades quickly created a flawlessly smooth purée in an astonishing 30 seconds. The final product was not just tactilely smooth but also impeccably uniform in texture. Straining revealed only trace amounts of solids. This suggested the Foodi's outstanding ability to thoroughly extract the essence and nutrients of the soup ingredients. Moreover, the entire process was a model of kitchen efficiency — clean, controlled, and free from any mess. 

6.8 Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Scooping a spoon of frozen fruit smoothie from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 2 minutes 40 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of frozen fruit smoothie from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 2 minutes 40 seconds.
After finishing blending, the green smoothie made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender was spread evenly throughout a white paper to check for solid chunks.
Blending Time
2 mins 40 secs
Result
Velvety
Suction
No

During our testing of the Ninja Foodi for preparing a frozen fruit smoothie, we achieved a blend with a velvety, creamy consistency. Even challenging ingredients like fibrous leafy greens, such as kale, were smoothly transformed into a fine puree with ease. This outcome, however, was not without its challenges. 

The entire blending process took nearly three minutes, significantly longer than expected and almost three times slower than our quickest blender—the Braun MultiQuick-5. This delay was partly due to the mismatch between the blender's large head and the narrow cup we selected for the test, which restricted the blades' movement and limited their ability to circulate and blend the fruits efficiently. 

Nonetheless, we believe that with a blending container more appropriately sized to match its head, the Foodi could not only continue to deliver high-quality blends but also could become an ideal solution for those in search of smooth and quick blending results.

7.8 Mayonnaise

A bowl of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X blender in 1 minute 45 seconds.
A bowl of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X blender in 1 minute 45 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X immersion blender.
Emulsifying Time
1 min 45 secs
Result
Smooth
Suction
Yes

In this test, we used the Ninja Foodi's whisk attachment to prepare mayonnaise and recorded a completion time of 1 minute and 45 seconds. While this wasn't the fastest time we've seen, it was still within a reasonable range. The resulting mayonnaise had a satisfactory emulsion, though it was somewhat greasier than ideal, likely due to the size of the oil droplets within the mixture. Plus, the texture was initially stable and maintained shape, but a few hours later, we noticed weeping, indicating a decline in emulsion stability over time.

8.0 Almond Milk

The Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender beside its bowl of almond milk and the corresponding almond pulp produced in 1 minute 01 second.
Grinding Time
1 min 01 secs
Result
Fine
Suction
No

Starting with soaked almonds, we introduced them to our Ninja Foodi along with water. The blender's TURBO feature activated a vigorous, yet controlled whirl, turning the almonds into a finely milled mixture in above one minute. Upon straining, the pulp was a bit coarser compared to what you might get from the likes of the Braun MQ7035X, yet the almond milk itself was delightfully creamy.

10 Whipped Egg-Whites

The Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender stands next to a glass of whipped egg whites forming stiff peaks, with a digital timer showing "1:46" in the foreground.
Beating Time
1 min and 45 secs
Result
Stiff
Suction
No

Outfitted with its whisk attachment, the Ninja Foodi shifts its role from immersion blender to a competent hand mixer. This versatility shone through during our egg-white whipping test, where it effortlessly achieved stiff peaks in just under 2 minutes. Given that perfection, the Ninja Foodi is clearly an excellent choice for the culinary minimalist who values versatility and functionality without the clutter of numerous gadgets. 

9.6 Design

The Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System combines high performance with a sophisticated design. Its build quality is excellent, with a catchy, luxurious visual and a finer refinement than typically seen in this category. However, its larger size does mean that it requires more storage space, and it may not conveniently fit in a drawer, especially considering the array of accessories it includes. It might also make your blender less maneuverable for quick, small tasks or when blending in smaller containers. 

In the Box

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System displayed with its box, various attachments including a whisk, beater, and a blending cup, and instructional materials laid out on a gray countertop.
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • Whisk attachment
  • Food processor
  • Beaker   
  • User manual

Dimensions

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System standing on a table, with the length of its blending shaft being noted to the side as 9.5 inches, and the total length of the unit as 16 inches.
Height
16.0" (40.6 cm)
Width
2.9" (7.4 cm)
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
Shaft Length
9.5" (24.1 cm)

The Ninja Foodi, measuring 16 inches in total height with its 9.5-inch shaft, is perfectly designed for blending in large or deep containers, providing ample reach without being unwieldy. At a weight of 2.3 pounds, it feels substantial enough to indicate solid build quality while remaining lightweight enough to ensure comfort during extended use.

9.5 Build Quality

A close-up of the blending shaft and motor housing of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.

The Foodi’s exceptional build quality is evident in every aspect, from the careful selection of materials to the precision of its engineering, complemented by its aesthetic appeal and thoughtful ergonomic design.

The main body is crafted from a combination of high-quality plastics and metals, giving it an upscale feel and adequate robustness. The blending shaft is engineered to fit securely into the motor body, guaranteeing stable operation without any unwanted vibrations. Additionally, the blades are crafted from hardened stainless steel, a choice that ensures they maintain their sharpness over time and resist corrosion. 

After a few months of usage, we noticed the white paint along the trim has started to show signs of chipping and wear. Nonetheless, this is purely a cosmetic concern and doesn’t impact the blender's performance.

Speed and Controls

A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
Activation
Press-button
Min Speed
N/A
Max Speed
N/A
Presets
No
Noise Level
N/A
Digital Display
No
Pulse Mode
Yes

In blender mode, the Foodi provides a standard speed for routine blending tasks and a Turbo option for tougher challenges. However, as a hand mixer, it features a gradation of five distinct speed levels, each delivering a discernible increment in velocity to accommodate diverse tasks, from gentle folding to vigorous whisking.

9.5 Blending Shaft

A close-up of the blades of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
Material
 Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Stainless steel
Blade Count
4
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The blending arm features a four-pronged blade design. The prongs are complemented by two additional notches or fins on opposite sides of the blade housing. These are likely designed to help with the circulation of ingredients and to reduce suction at the bottom of the container, enabling easier movement and better blending. The entire blade assembly is encased within a shroud featuring built-in pan guards. These guards serve as a buffer between the blades and your cookware, allowing you to blend directly in pots and pans without the risk of scratches or damage.

10 Beaker

A close-up of the beaker of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
Material
Plastic
Capacity
24 oz
Measurements
Yes
Weight
Height
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja Foodi includes a handy 3-cup blending cup (24 fl. oz), outfitted with a tightly-sealing storage lid for effortless refrigeration or storage of your blended creations. This cup is ideally proportioned for small servings of sauces, dressings, or dips, offering a practical solution for rapid blending tasks without the need for larger pots or bowls.

10 Power Cord

A close-up of the power cord of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
Cord Length
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
Type
2-prong plug
Detachable
No

The 5.1 ft power cord provides ample length for easy maneuverability around the kitchen workspace.

Extra Accessories: Whisk Attachment

Someone is attaching the whisk attachment to the motor housing of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System Power Cord.
Material
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Removable
Yes

With the included whisk attachment that works under a range of speed level, your Foodi can precisely control your mixing, from slow stirring of dry goods to quickly whipping creams or egg whites to stiff peaks.

Extra Accessories: Beaters

A close-up of the beater of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of the beater of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of the beater of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
Material
Plastic and Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Removable
Yes

The Ninja Foodi also comes with a set of beaters as part of its attachment repertoire.  Made from durable materials, they are designed to tackle everything from light batters to more substantial doughs.

8.4 Usability

Despite being on the heavier side, the Ninja CI101 is still ranked as our most user-friendly immersion blender. If you're considering this blender, you're choosing a model with straightforward controls, easy-to-change attachments, and a hassle-free cleaning process – all key factors for excellent usability."

8.1 Ease of Use

Our experience with the Ninja CI101 Foodi highlighted its impressive ease of use. One of its most remarkable features is the vortex action, which effortlessly pulls ingredients toward the blades, ensuring a consistent blend without the need for manual mixing. This is particularly beneficial for thicker mixtures where uniform blending can be challenging.

Another aspect we appreciated was the bell-shaped guard around the blades. This clever design significantly cuts down on the mess, especially when blending liquids, making the process cleaner and more efficient. It's also a boon for reducing the suction effect, often a nuisance with immersion blenders, especially in deeper vessels.

The blender's blade guard is made of a non-metal material. It means you don’t have to be overly cautious about scratching your pots and pans, a common concern with metal-bladed immersion blenders.

However, we did notice that the size of the blender head is somewhat larger than typical models. This can be a bit of a hurdle in smaller containers or when working with limited quantities. But, with a bit of practice and adjustment, we assure that you’ll quickly adapt and find it manageable.

9.5 Blade Assembly

The Ninja immersion blender sets itself apart with dual ejection buttons designed for immediate response. A gentle press is all it takes to release attachments smoothly, eliminating the common struggle with forceful detachment.

When it comes to reassembling, the process is just as user-friendly. The design ensures that you don't need to wrestle with alignment; the parts naturally orient themselves correctly. With a gentle push, the attachments slide into place and a reassuring click signals a secure and stable connection, ready for your next blending task.

9.0 Handling

 Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Mixer.
 Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Mixer.
Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Immersion Blender.

We commend the ergonomic design of the Ninja Foodi Immersion Blender for its comfortable grip, which effectively combats the hand fatigue associated with continuous kitchen tasks. The thumb-accessible power button is another plus Yet, Nevertheless, it's worth mentioning that the hefty weight of the blender could be a drawback for those with weaker hand strength. 

8.0 Cleanability

Rinsing the blender under the tap generally removes most residues like soup or smoothie leftovers effectively. However, for stickier substances such as mayonnaise, manual cleaning with dish soap was essential for a more thorough cleanse. During this process, we encountered difficulty in reaching and cleaning the backside of the blades. The challenge stemmed from the narrow space between the blades and their housing, which restricted the movement of a sponge or cloth. 

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