This is a review for a product I use every single day.
Tada! The Ninja Blender NJ600.
It’s a high powered blender that packs a punch at a lower price tag than some other well known models. Smoothies, vegan cheese, blender muffins, pureed soup all start here in our home. I have used this blender every day, if not several times a day, for over 2 years.
First off, the Price is RIGHT. The Ninja Professional Blender NJ600 typically retails at Target for $99. Sometimes Target offers a $20 store gift card with purchase of the blender. Add an extra 5% off if you use a Target RedCard. All of these stars aligned when I purchased my Ninja Blender on tax-free weekend in August 2013. After discounts (and no tax!), the total was $ 75.99 Woo Woo!
Here are my thoughts:
- The blender comes with the base (1000 watt power), a 2.2 qt. plastic pitcher, the SHARP spiral blade, and locking lid with pour spout. The handle on the lid must lock into place before the blender will turn on. This is helpful in preventing my kids from turning on the blender and watching the ingredients go flying.
- The blender has 3 speeds and a pulse button. I use the low speed when I am processing ingredients (like nuts or salsa), and a higher speed when blending smoothies. I pulse frozen bananas into ice cream. There is no tamper (like Vitamix), but I sometimes stop blending to scrape down the sides.
- The Ninja makes a mean smoothie. This is my main use for the blender (our favorite smoothie recipes are below), and it does the job nicely. The only issue I’ve discovered in smoothie making is that my Ninja won’t blend kale. It chops it into small pieces, but never fully blends it. It pulverizes spinach, so I use that.
- The plastic cap the covers the pour spout on our blender broke off after 10 months of use. This is more of an annoyance than functional problem because now I can’t turn on the blender and leave it. I need to cover the spout hole or the smoothies goes all over my cabinets. And counters. Or so I would imagine…
- The Ninja Blender cleans up easily, as you can clean it by filling the pitcher with soap and water after use and turning the blender on. I have found that if you use it for something savory dishes (like vegan cheese sauce for quesadillas let’s say), you’ll need to scrub it to get rid of the garlicky taste.
- It understandably doesn’t blend quite as smooth as other more expensive blenders, but that’s not an issue for me. The carrots blend into smoothies, and cashews blend up into tasty cashew cheese.
- It’s not a juicer. The recipe book that comes with the Ninja suggests making juice, provides recipes, and argues that the pulpier juice it makes is healthier. I know some people tout the benefits of “chewing” their juice. I am not one of them.
- It is not as loud as other high powered blenders, but it is not quiet either (what blender it?). I let Logan press the “on” button when we use the blender so he is more prepared for the noise, but sometimes it is still too much.
All this is to say, the Ninja Blender NJ600 is a good high powered blender for this price point. No, it’s not the Vitamix, but the Vitamix retails for $350-$500. Plus, the Ninja fits under my cabinets and doesn’t hog the counter space (unlike my parents’ Vitamix.) If you want to make smoothies, pureed soups, applesauce, or nut cheese, this is a good blender. If you are looking for more, save your pennies for an expensive model.
Here’s a recipe for the smoothie I make for my kids every day. It’s almost beige, with a hint of orange. It’s name “The Orange ii” comes from Jackson’s interest in Roman numerals. The II (pronounced “ii” in our house) signifies that it was the first (and only) smoothie that Logan drank two days in a row. Now he asks for it by name. I sometimes add more strawberries to Ava’s smoothie and we call it “The Pink ii.”
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup orange juice
- handful (3-4) baby carrots*
- 5 chunks frozen mango
- ½ frozen banana (peeled)
- 2 frozen strawberries
- 1 tsp ground flax seed or hemp powder (more if kids will tolerate it)
- water (if thinner consistency is desired)
- Place all ingredients into blender. Pulse and then blend 1 minute until smooth.
- Serve in mason jars with fancy straws. Or however your kids like it 🙂
- *You may need to steam your carrots to soften them if you don't have a high speed blender.
***This post reflects my own opinions, and was not sponsored by any company. I did not receive compensation in any form for this review.