Do you measure your blender’s capabilities in horsepower? Ninja does. Have a look at the Ninja Ultima Blender with us!
The Ninja brand has become synonymous with high-powered (some might say overpowered) kitchen blenders. The Ultima has a 2.5-horsepower motor, far surpassing that of “ordinary” kitchen units (and even some lawnmowers). Whether or not you consider that overkill, it certainly does allow for a wide range of uses.
Ninja Ultima Blender Review: Main Features
Variable Speed and Pulse Settings
In keeping with the overkill factor, the Ultima features ten speed settings as well as a pulse option. Ten may not really be necessary, but whatever consistency you’re after, you should be able to achieve it. And pulsing is a great way to do just a little chopping.
Perhaps more interesting is the fact that the Ultima’s multiple sets of blades spin at different speeds. The upper blades pulverize the contents while the faster-spinning lower blades are better at slicing and pureeing. Even tough things like ice and whole vegetables shouldn’t give you a problem.
The downside of all this? It’s loud! With lawn-mower power comes lawn-mower volume. Don’t expect to hold a conversation when you’re using the Ninja.
Individual Serving Cups
The main pitcher can hold 72 ounces worth of liquid, but nobody needs that much capacity all the time. So, Ninja has also included two individual 16-ounce cups that use a different blender attachment. Like other “bullet” style blenders, you can quickly make a single serving. Then pop on the included to-go lid and be on your way with a tasty smoothie in hand!
Note that the cups do not lock in place the way the pitcher does. While blending, you must hold the cup down on the motor unit.
Design and Material Quality
The materials on the Ultima seem to be a mixed bag. Everything is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe (minus the motor unit— don’t put that in the dishwasher). All the parts seem to work very well initially, but some customers report breakages to the plastic parts over time. We certainly recommend you carefully and properly seat the pitcher every time before switching it on.
One design choice we question is the square pitcher. It looks nice, but its corners offer food a place to ‘hide’ from the blades. A round pitcher wouldn’t have this problem. The unit is also very tall, so it may not fit well under low cabinets.
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For some reason, Ninja has doubled down on the buzzwords, “vitamin extraction.” To be clear, blending your food cannot pull more nutrients from it. Your body extracts the vitamins from those vegetables – all the blender does is liquify them.
The Ninja Ultima is covered under a two-year warranty.