Product: Ninja NJ600 Pro Blender
Price Point: $70 – $100
Purchase Outlets: Amazon.com, Target, and Walmart
I’m visiting with my mother and she recently purchased a Ninja blender from Belks here in South Carolina. This is her way of stepping up her blender game in order to blend more fruits and vegetables for smoothies and easy consumption.
This is my first time using it and I have heard great things about it. So of course being here I had to try it to see what all the fuss was about.
I went to remove the top and I had a little trouble. To actually pull off the top you have to hit the release button, lift the handle and PUUUUULL to open it up. Once I got the top off I filled it with the almond milk, spinach, frozen fruit and sliced apples. The blade is in the center of the blender and is about the height of the pitcher so I had to be careful placing the items in the blender as not to hit my hand on the center blade pole (it isn’t sharp but who wants to hit their knuckles against plastic?)
I figured out how to refasten the top, locked, loaded and BLEND! I blended the ingredients for about 2 minutes. While everything did eventually blend together, I did not find the mixture as smooth as I ordinarily prefer. The spinach did not blend down into a nice smooth texture as I am used to with other blenders but it was acceptable. Yes I was chewing on some bits of spinach.
When I blend smoothies, sometimes I like to add more ingredients especially if additional liquid is needed. I was worried about doing that with this blender because I had so much trouble with removing the top at first. My mom told me I could add moe ingredients through the pour spout. It works! I’m not picky.
I blended going from 1, to 2, to 3 (the highest setting) and back down. I even used the pulse feature just to check it out. When done I poured out the mix and my mother and I went to town. I even had my children try it which my picky eaters totally ENJOYED!
- Great value for the price point
- Gets the job done
- Good safety features to ensure proper use (if arrows on the top are not lined up exactly with the one on the pitcher, blender will not start)
- A little difficult to maneuver the top (I struggled getting it off and back on)
- Center blade pole is a little disruptive when adding ingredients
- Did not blend to as smooth a texture as other premium blenders
On a scale of 1 (the worst) – 10 (absolute fab best) I would give this blender a strong and solid 7. Overall this blender got the job done, is a great value for the price point and definitely helps you get your green smoothies made with minimum mess and fuss. I say purchase this to get you started and once you become an expert and consistent with the green smoothies think about graduating to a more premium model.
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