How To Choose A Ninja Blender (And the different Ninja blender series)

If you love making smoothies, milkshakes or protein shakes, then your best kitchen appliance is the blender. Having a Ninja blender in your kitchen has more health and practical benefits that far outweigh the extra coin you may have to pay.

Because this blender is a lifetime investment, how do you choose a Ninja blender? There are many factors you need to consider before buying your Ninja blender. You’ll need to factor in how much free space you have for storing the blender, its intended use, your budget, and how many people the blender will serve.

Ninja blender product series types

Shark Ninja has 4 main production series that include the countertop, kitchen system, drink system, and single-serve blenders.

Ninja countertop blenders

A traditional countertop blender without any attachments, however this type of blender won’t be compatible with a Nutri Ninja cup or any food processor attachments.

Ninja drink system

These blenders are dual purpose. They’re countertop blenders with personal cup attachments, so you can use them as a traditional blender and also a smoothie or protein shake maker.

Ninja kitchen system

These blenders aren’t cheap, but they come with different kitchen accessories which make them all on one blender.

Personal blenders

These are cheap, easy to use, and don’t take up much space on your kitchen counter. These are single-serve blenders that are generally used for making smoothies.

 
Countertop
Kitchen system
Drink system
Single serve blenders
Container capacity
64-72 ounces
72 ounces
72 ounces
16-32 ounces
Motor wattage
1000-1400 watts
1200-1500 watts
1100-1500 watts
700-1100 watts
Speed settings
3 speed setting with pulse control
5-11 walkaway blend settings
3-10 variable speed with pulse control
2-4 walkaway blend settings
Built-in timer
No
Some
No
Some

How to choose a Ninja blender

To ensure that you buy the right blender that suits your needs and to make it easier for you to choose from the wide variety of Ninja blenders, there are a few factors you’ll need to consider.

Capacity

There are different types of blenders with various capacities from a serving of 3-14 cups. If you’re serving a small-sized family, you can go for a blender with a 48-ounce pitcher, but if it’s for a large family, the 72-ounce pitcher will work very well. Some models come with different-sized containers that make it easier for you to choose the size you want to use for a specific serving.

Space

Although Ninja blenders don’t require a lot of space in your kitchen, the storage space available is also important. The blender may not take up much space, but you’ll also need enough space for preparing and processing your smoothies or dishes. The best place to keep your blender is at your countertop for easier use and access.

Power

A blender with a higher motor wattage, the more powerful it is, however, regular blenders have a power range of between 500-800 watts, and a Ninja blender will range between 900-1500 watts. The amount of power you’ll need will depend on the intended use of the blender. If you want a blender that will not only crush ice but make cocktails, grind nuts and shred whole fruits and veggies, a Ninja blender with 900 watts will be powerful enough to handle these tasks efficiently. A more powerful blender with 1000-1500 watts of power will be best suited for handling harder ingredients.

Speed

Most of the blenders have at least 2 speeds, high and low, but others may have 3 or more precise control of the texture and consistency. The pulse feature is also very handy. A blender with a series of buttons for speed will provide convenience and some models can handle similar functions using a rotary clicking dial. The settings on a blender don’t select the speed, but the type of blending you want or the food you’re making. Some high-end blenders have unique control interfaces that allow you to select the specific food you’re making, others have an automated system, touchpads, or digital displays to operate the blender. Most people find blenders with 3-5 speeds very sufficient.

Noise

A blade that is spinning 25,000 rpm or more means it’s moving at a speed of about 270 miles per hour so it’s bound to be noisy. The motor, blades, and the food you’re processing have to make some noise. The more power a blender has, the louder it is. Some high-performance blenders are designed with quality materials that can dampen the noise.

Function

Different blender models come with unique features like grating discs, food processor bowls, blades for chopping, shredding and dicing. All these features help to expand the functions of your blende and what you can cook. Ninja blenders are very versatile units with some models are designed with a digital timer that allows you to monitor the blending time, especially when you have other things to do. Most blenders with multiple features tend to be expensive, so if you’re on a budget, knowing the use of the blender will help you narrow it down to the one you want.

Budget

Some blenders can be expensive and the extra cost is mostly because of the added features like higher power and more speed options. You can find a model that best suits your budget, but if you want some extra features and accessories you’ll have to pay a bit more.

Conclusion

Ninja blenders are affordable, versatile, and suited for a wide range of applications depending on your intended use. By narrowing down what you need the blender for, your budget, and the number of servings, you’ll be able to find the right Ninja blender for you.

FAQ

How long does a Ninja blender last?

Ninja appliances come with a 1-year warranty which isn’t a guarantee that they will last that long with regular use. However, if you take advantage of the warranty and take good care of the blender, it can last for years.

Is the Ninja blender noisy?

Ninja blenders are very noisy but the noise will vary depending on the model you buy and the food you’re blending. You can reduce the noise by placing a towel or mat under the blender to absorb the noise.

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