Ninja is a manufacturer that makes home appliances like blenders and ovens. Generally, their blenders have impressive build quality, and although they're mostly plastic, they feel solid and durable. Most of their jars, lids, and blade assemblies can go right into the dishwasher for an easy clean. Some of their blenders include a couple of unique attachments and accessories, like a food processor or a micro-juicer. However, most can't hot blend, which is disappointing if you want to puree soup.
The Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System is the best Ninja blender we've tested. The main reason to consider this pricier option is if you're interested in a full-size blender that can also act as a food processor. Aside from a large capacity pitcher, it comes with a 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' that makes it well-suited for processing thick mixtures and tough ingredients like nuts. There's a personal jar with a to-go lid; it makes a very silky puree of fibrous ingredients, making it a great choice for smoothies, even if your recipe includes leafy greens or seeds. As part of the 'Foodi' line of blenders, it also comes with a dough blade that you can use to form dough in the main jar. There are blades for slicing, chopping, and grating ingredients like vegetables or cheese. It comes with a second lid for the main jar with a food chute, similar to a conventional food processor.
Most Ninja blenders don't vary a lot in terms of basic design, and this one has some of the usual limitations. There's a limited range of speed settings, it can't hot blend, and the main jar's very sharp blade assembly makes it tricky to clean by hand. It's also not ideal for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients in its main jar since it doesn't make a completely smooth puree. Its build quality is also a step down compared to other models on this list, like the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender and Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770.
If you don't want to spend as much on a blender, the next best option is the Ninja Foodi Cold & Ηot Βlender. It's the only full-size blender we've tested from Ninja that can hot blend, and it also offers the best performance in its main jar, so it's particularly worth considering if you're not interested in our main pick's food processing accessories. Its main jar is fantastic for processing small and big batches of fibrous ingredients, so it's a great choice for smooth purees, sauces, and smoothies. The jar has a built-in heating element, so you can use it to make hot soup.
It's very well-built and comes with a two-part lid, so you can add ingredients mid-blend when you're trying to perfect the consistency of a sauce or season a soup. Its blade design is different from most Ninja blenders, but unfortunately, it's still difficult to clean since you can't immerse the main jar in water. It doesn't come with a 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' and isn't as well-suited for processing thick mixtures as our top pick, but it's still reasonably easy to use the main jar to make nut butter.
The Ninja Mega Kitchen System ΒL770 is the best mid-range full-size blender we've tested. This blender/food processor combo is a good alternative to the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System if you're looking to spend a bit less. While it doesn't come with a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' or a grating blade, it includes a food processing bowl with a 64-ounce capacity, along with chopping and dough blades. It's also one of the best Ninja blenders for smoothies, thanks to the two personal jars that make silky blends with fibrous ingredients like kale.
Aside from single-serve smoothies and food processing jobs like slicing onions, it's also great for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients in its main pitcher, meaning it can make smooth broccoli soup or a big batch of green smoothies. However, since it also doesn't come with a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' intended for thick mixtures, you have to use the 72-ounce main pitcher for thicker recipes like nut butter or hummus. It's not that easy of a process since you need to stop the blender several times and remove the lid to stir the ingredients.
If you're on a tighter budget, consider the Ninja Professional Βlender 1000 instead. This full-size model is pretty basic since it doesn't come with personal jars or food processing accessories and can't hot blend. However, it's well-built and just as good for crushing ice as any Ninja blender, so it's worth considering if you use your blender for big batches of crushed ice or frozen drinks. It can also make smooth, spreadable nut butter in its 72-ounce main pitcher, but it takes a lot of time and effort.
If you work with small batches, it can produce a good smoothie in its main jar. However, it struggles to produce a smooth texture with bigger batches of fibrous ingredients like kale or broccoli and doesn't perform as well as other models when it comes to producing a silky puree. Like many other Ninja blenders, the very sharp blades make it hard to clean by hand, but its jar, lid, and blades are dishwasher-safe.
The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best personal blender that we've tested. Like most personal blenders, its smaller capacity and single-speed setting limit its versatility compared to the full-size blenders on this list. Still, it offers versatile performance in a small package. It's worth considering if you're looking for the best Ninja blender for smoothies, as it makes an incredibly silky puree of fibrous ingredients like leafy greens in its 24-ounce personal jars. It also produces snow-like crushed ice, ideal for frozen drinks or cocktails. There are to-go lids included for the personal jars, meaning you can take your drink with you on the go. Finally, it stands out from Ninja's other personal blenders since it comes with a slightly smaller version of our top pick's 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' that you can use for thick recipes like nut butter.
However, despite its small size, it's the loudest blender on this list. It's among the pricier personal blenders we've tested, too. It's worth getting if you want a multi-purpose personal blender, but if you're mainly focused on single-serve smoothies, the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ and Ninja Fit are cheaper options that are also among the best personal blenders we've tested. Βoth can produce an equally silky smoothie but aren't as good for making nut butter or crushed ice.
Ninja produces a few full-size and personal blenders that excel at making silky smoothies. Most models tend to offer additional jars that are smaller, so you can easily take them on the go. Some of them also have unique attachments like a dough blade or a micro-juicer for more versatility, which sets them apart from most other blenders. However, they have limited speed settings, and most can't hot blend, which is a bit disappointing if you like to make purees or soups.
Sep 01, 2022: Reorganized the picks and added the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System, the Ninja Foodi Cold & Ηot Βlender, Ninja Mega Kitchen System ΒL770, and the Ninja Professional Βlender 1000.
May 26, 2022: Removed the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender as the 'Best Ninja Blender For Professional Use'.
Mar 30, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.
Jan 28, 2022: Made the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 the 'Best Ninja Blender For Smoothies' instead of the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO and made the DUO the 'Best Personal-Sized Ninja Blender'.
Nov 23, 2021: Checked picks to ensure they still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Ninja manufactures a variety of full-size and personal blenders that feel well-built and sturdy. Most come with an additional jar to take your smoothies or other blends with you on the go. Some also come with unique attachments or accessories that give you even more versatility when processing food. However, they tend to favor preset speeds rather than a speed dial. Most Ninja blenders can't hot blend, either.