Ninja is a manufacturer that makes home appliances including 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. Many Ninja blenders are combined food processors and blenders or come with personal jars for smoothies along with a bigger main pitcher. These accessories can help a lot with certain recipes, but Ninja also makes more conventional full-size blenders without extras, which you might prefer if you're looking for a simple multi-purpose blender without a lot of jars and lids to keep track of.
For more recommendations, look at our picks for the best immersion blenders, the best Vitamix blenders, and the best budget blenders.
The best Ninja blender we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender. Unlike many Ninja blenders, it's a full-size blender with only one jar, so it's best suited for people looking for a conventional blender rather than one with extra jars and accessories. That said, it's one of the few Ninja full-size blenders that can hot blend, and its main jar even has a heating element built into it, meaning it can heat and cook ingredients. The jar is made of glass, which you might find is less prone to scratches and discoloration. There are a variety of blending programs like 'Saute' and 'Smooth Soup', as well as manual 'Blend' and 'Cook' modes.
Despite only coming with one jar, it's fantastic for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients in recipes like single-serve smoothies, as well as bigger batches for something like soup or sauce. It has no problem crushing ice and is fairly easy to use for dips and spreads like nut butter. Unlike most Ninja blenders, it has a two-part lid and tamper, which makes it easier to adjust your recipe as it blends, so it's a good option for dedicated home cooks. Also, instead of a very sharp blade stack, it has more conventional blades that are easy to clean by hand. However, overall it's not the easiest to clean since the heating element means you can't immerse it in water or put it in the dishwasher.
The best mid-range Ninja blender is the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System. This blender's design is more representative of Ninja blenders in general—it doesn't have a heating element, can't be used for hot blending, and has a narrow range of speed settings. Still, in addition to its 72oz main pitcher, it comes with a variety of extra accessories that you can use for different recipes. It includes a personal jar with a matching to-go lid for single-serve smoothies, as well as a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar intended to make it easier to blend thick mixtures. If you use that jar, this blender is much easier to use for recipes like nut butter or hummus compared to the Foodi Cold & Hot.
It takes a little longer to process ingredients in its main jar but makes a very smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like kale and blueberries, meaning you can use it for bigger batches of smoothies or frozen drinks. Unfortunately, even though it has ten speed presets, there's not a big difference between the minimum and maximum speed settings. Like most Ninja blenders (aside from the Cold & Hot Blender), its blade assembly is a column of very sharp blades, so you need to be careful not to cut yourself when cleaning them. On the plus side, all jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly blender, you might prefer the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. It's a very straightforward blender compared to the Foodi, but it's well-built and has a good performance. It only comes with basic accessories: a 72-ounce main jar, blade stack, and lid with a spout for pouring. While it can't blend hot ingredients, it's just as good as any Ninja blender we've tested for ice crushing, so it can quickly and easily make snow-like crushed ice for cocktails or drinks like slushies. It can also produce fantastic, smooth nut butter, although it's not the easiest process, partly because you need to remove the lid to stir thicker mixtures.
Although it doesn't come with personal jars, it does a good job of processing small batches of fibrous ingredients like kale, meaning it can produce a well-blended single-serve smoothie. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform as well with bigger batches. If you fill the jar with something like broccoli soup, you end up with a fairly grainy puree. That said, it's quiet for a blender, and its jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe. It's not easy to clean by hand because it's easy to cut yourself on the very sharp blades.
It's pretty common for Ninja blenders to come with extra accessories, like personal jars or dough blades. If you're interested in a blender that comes with food processing equipment, the best option we've tested is the Ninja Mega Kitchen System. This sturdy blender comes with a 72oz blending pitcher as well as a 64oz food processing bowl with its own blade assemblies for chopping and forming dough. Like the similarly-priced Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System, it includes at least one 16oz personal jar and to-go lid.
Using the personal jars, it makes a nearly perfectly smooth blend with fibrous elements like kale and fruit skin, which puts it among the best Ninja blenders for smoothies. It does a good job with bigger batches in the main jar as well, so it's great for multiple servings too. It's a superb ice crusher, like most full-size Ninja blenders. However, you can't use it for hot blending. Unlike the similarly-priced Power Pitcher System, it doesn't have a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar, which makes it less convenient for recipes like nut butter.
If you don't need a large-capacity jar, you might prefer the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, which offers a solid multi-purpose performance in a small package. It's arguably the best Ninja blender for smoothies since it quickly blends silky smoothies in its 24oz jars, even if your recipe is packed with ice cubes or fibrous ingredients like leafy greens. There are resealable lids included for each of the personal jars, so you don't need to transfer your smoothie into a separate travel cup.
This blender also comes with a smaller version of the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System's 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar, which makes it very easy to use for small batches of nut butter, hummus, and other thicker dips and spreads. Unlike many personal blenders, it has buttons for automatic blending programs, so you don't need to watch the machine while your smoothie blends. All of its components are dishwasher-safe, and its compact design makes it easy to store on your counter or on a shelf. However, despite its small size, it's the loudest blender recommended here.
If you're looking for a cheaper blender, the Ninja Fit is the best budget-friendly personal blender that we've tested from Ninja. It doesn't have as many features as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, but it's a great cheaper option for people just looking for a simple smoothie or protein shake blender. It's less bulky than the DUO and lighter, so it's easier to store in a cupboard and bring out when needed. There are two 16-ounce jars with to-go lids included. It smoothly blends tough-to-process fibrous ingredients, so smoothies with ingredients like spinach and blueberries won't have leafy bits or flecks of fruit skin left over.
It doesn't come with the 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar, so it's more tedious for tough tasks like making nut butter or crushing ice. You need to push down on the jar constantly to blend, which is inconvenient. Still, it produces a fantastic single-serve smoothie or shake in about a minute, so it's not that big of a deal if you're mainly going to use it for drinks. It's not as well-built as the DUO, but it's quieter, similarly easy to clean by hand, and comes with dishwasher-safe jars and lids.
Vitamix makes a variety of higher-end full-size blenders. Their best blenders are usually more versatile than comparable blenders from Ninja but also more expensive. Many Ninja blenders can't hot blend, don't come with a 2-part lid, and have limited speed settings, so they aren't ideal for soups or home cooks who want a lot of control over their blend. However, Ninja blenders are cheaper and more likely to come with accessories like food processors or personal jars for smoothies.
NutriBullet and Ninja both make a variety of personal blenders intended for single-serve drinks like smoothies. However, unlike NutriBullet blenders, most Ninja models can crush ice without liquid in the jar. NutriBullet's blade assemblies aren't usually dishwasher-safe, but most Ninja models come with dishwasher-safe jars, lids, and blades. Then again, the best NutriBullet blenders are quieter than Ninja's best personal blenders.
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 disappointing if you like to make purees or soups.
Ninja separates its blenders into 'Systems', which usually come with food processors and personal jars, conventional full-size blenders, and 'single-serve' or personal blenders. They use some naming conventions that can indicate the type of product and what features are included.
Foodi: a line of Ninja products that includes blenders as well as other products like pots and pans aimed at home cooks. Most full-size 'Foodi' blenders come with a dough blade that you can use for forming dough. The brand's only immersion blender, which converts into a hand mixer, is also part of the collection.
System: Blenders that include food processing accessories and personal jars for smoothies as well as a full-size blender base and pitcher.
Auto-iQ: Blenders with Ninja's 'auto-iQ' feature can detect the size of the jar you're using (personal or full-size), which sometimes changes what automatic blending programs you can use. 'Auto-iQ' blending programs automatically alternate between pulsing and regular blending.
Nutri: Personal blenders meant for single-serves.
Duo: Blenders that come with different types of jars. Usually full-size blenders with personal jars.
The blender names can give you an idea of what kind of blender you're looking at, but some products have unique names, like the Ninja Twisti (a small full-size blender) or the Ninja Chef (a full-size blender that only comes with a main pitcher).
Apr 21, 2023: Removed the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System because the Ninja Mega Kitchen System represents better value for most uses. Added the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System as the 'Best Mid-Range Ninja Blender'.
Feb 20, 2023: Separated the 'Best Blender' and 'Best Blender Combo' picks to make it easier to find what you're looking for. Added information about Ninja's blender lineup.
Dec 22, 2022: Made minor text updates and checked that the products are in stock.
Oct 31, 2022: Added the Ninja Fit as the 'Best Budget Personal Ninja Blender'.
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.
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 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.