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Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Dec 20, 2023 at 09:29 am
Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro Picture
6.9
Multi-Purpose
7.8
Smoothies (Single Serving)
8.5
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.7
Ice Crushing
5.0
Soups
7.7
Professional Use

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is a budget-friendly full-size blender. It comes with a 72oz main pitcher and a lid with a pouring spout. Its default blending mode, 'BlendSense', is advertised to detect what you're blending and adjust the blend speed and time accordingly, so it's a good choice if you like your blender to stop automatically. It doesn't come with additional jars or attachments, unlike the similar Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro, which comes with a personal jar for single-serves.

Our Verdict

6.9 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is okay for multi-purpose use. It's good at blending fibrous fruits and vegetables for recipes like smoothies and soups, whether you're working with small or big batches. It's easy to use for nut butter or hummus recipes and has no problem crushing ice cubes. However, it's not meant for hot blending. It's also on the loud side and isn't easy to clean by hand, especially if you're working with sticky ingredients.

Pros
  • Good for blending fibrous ingredients.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Quite loud.
7.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is good for single-serve smoothies. Unlike the similar Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro, it doesn't come with a personal jar meant for single-serves, so you'll have to use the 72oz pitcher. Still, it does a good job of processing small batches of fibrous ingredients, so it can make a well-blended smoothie with fruit or leafy greens. It doesn't make a perfectly smooth blend, though.

Pros
  • Good for blending fibrous ingredients.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • No personal jar included.
  • Quite loud.
8.5 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is excellent for multiple servings of smoothies. Its 72oz pitcher can fit several batches at once, and at full capacity, it does a very good job of blending fibrous smoothie ingredients like leafy greens and fruit. It has no problem crushing ice, either. The main pitcher can be difficult to clean by hand, but it's dishwasher-safe, along with the lid.

Pros
  • Good for blending fibrous ingredients.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • 72oz capacity.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Quite loud.
9.7 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is fantastic for crushing ice. Using its 72oz jar and the default 'BlendSense' program, it can crush big batches of ice cubes into snow-like ice in under a minute.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Quite loud.
5.0 Soups

You can't use the Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro for hot blending, so you must let your ingredients cool down before blending. However, it has a 72oz capacity, so it can fit most recipes in one batch, and it can make a mostly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like kale or broccoli.

Pros
  • Good for blending fibrous ingredients.
  • 72oz capacity.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Quite loud.
7.7 Professional Use

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is good for professional use. It's well-built and has a big 72oz capacity. It does a good job of blending fibrous ingredients for recipes like smoothies, soups, and sauces and easily crushes big batches of ice for cocktails or blended drinks like slushes. However, it's not the most versatile. It can't hot blend and doesn't have a big range of speed settings. It can make fantastic nut butter, but it takes a while, so it's not ideal if you make a lot of thick recipes.

Pros
  • Good for blending fibrous ingredients.
  • 72oz capacity.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Quite loud.
  • 6.9 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 8.5 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 5.0 Soups
  • 7.7 Professional Use
  1. Updated Dec 20, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Dec 15, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Dec 13, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Nov 20, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Oct 12, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro comes in 'Silver', and you can see the label for the unit we tested here. We've also tested the Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro, which is a similar blender that comes with a personal jar and a 72oz pitcher. However, that blender's motor base is different, and this non-Duo variant isn't compatible with the personal jar even if you buy it separately.

If you encounter another variant, let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is a budget-friendly full-size blender. Unlike some similarly-priced blenders, including the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 and the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ, you can use its 'BlendSense' feature for automatic blending, so the blender will decide how long to blend your ingredients and stop when it's done. Like most full-size blenders from Ninja, it's fantastic for crushing ice. It also does a good job of blending fibrous ingredients. However, it only comes with a 72oz main pitcher, so if you're looking for a blender for single-serve smoothies, you might prefer one that comes with a personal jar, like the very similar Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro, the Oster Pro 1200, or the Calphalon ActiveSense.

If you're still looking for a blender, check out our recommendations for the best smoothie blenders, the best blenders under $100, and the best Ninja blenders.

Ninja Professional Blender 1000

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. They come with similar 72oz jars, but the Detect makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients more quickly. It's easier to use for nut butter since you don't have to stop and stir. Its 'BlendSense' mode acts as an automatic blending program that stops automatically when your recipe is done, while the Professional only has manual blending modes. However, the Professional is much quieter.

Calphalon ActiveSense

The Calphalon ActiveSense is better than the Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro for most uses. The Calphalon makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients, so it can make silkier smoothies, soups, and sauces. It comes with a personal jar that you can use for single-serve smoothies and protein shakes. It's also easier to clean by hand. However, the Ninja is much easier to use for recipes like nut butter and hummus since you don't need to remove the lid to stir during the process.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is better than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ for most uses. It makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients, whether you're working with small batches or filling the jar to full capacity. It's also easier to use for recipes like nut butter since you don't have to stop the blender to stir. They're both fantastic for crushing ice, and the Professional is quieter and sturdier.

Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is better than the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ. It has a better build quality and blending performance. It makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients in less time, so it's better for recipes like smoothies, and it's also easier to use to make thicker recipes like nut butter. Unlike the Professional, its 'BlendSense' mode acts as an automatic blending program that allows the blender to stop on its own when your recipe is done.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Height
17.4" (44.1 cm)
Width 8.2" (20.8 cm)
Depth 8.2" (20.9 cm)
Weight
8.6 lbs (3.9 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is a big, full-size blender. It's about the same size as the Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro, and you'll probably want to keep it on your counter rather than in a cupboard or on a shelf.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

It's well-built. The jar and blades feel well-made, and the buttons on the front of the motor base are clicky and responsive. A couple of suction cups under the motor base help keep it in place on your counter. However, it's made of plastic with a soft, non-premium feel. The dial is easy to turn but feels a bit wobbly and cheap, as you can see in a video here.

9.8
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
72.0 oz (2,129 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A

The jar has a 72oz overall capacity, with a 64oz max liquid capacity.

Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

It has a 72oz capacity, with a 64oz maximum capacity for liquid ingredients, so it's well-suited for big batches. There are measuring marks in ounces, milliliters, and cups printed on the side of the jar.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
6
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

Like most Ninja blenders, it has a stack of very sharp blades. The assembly is removable from the jar, and it's dishwasher-safe.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Lock Mechanism

The main jar's lid has no removable center piece to allow you to add ingredients or use a tamper without removing the lid. However, it has a pouring spout at one corner that helps with serving drinks from the pitcher without spilling.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)

The power cord is long enough to reach a nearby outlet, but there's no place to wrap it up when not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro motor base
  • 72oz pitcher
  • Lid
  • Blade assembly
  • Manuals

Performance
7.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
7.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
8.0

It's good for small baches of fibrous ingredients. If you're making something like a single-serve kale smoothie, it'll only have some very small, uniform grains left over. It doesn't take very long overall, but the default 'BlendSense' program isn't enough to get the best results, and you have to run a few 60-second programs at the maximum speed setting.

7.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
7.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
8.0

It's good at blending fibrous ingredients at full capacity. You have to follow the 'BlendSense' program with a few minutes of manual blending on high (setting 10), but overall, it's easy to use to blend multiple servings of kale smoothies or broccoli soup. However, it's not as fast as some blenders and doesn't make a perfectly smooth blend.

10
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
10
Crushed Ice Texture
10

It's a fantastic ice crusher. Using the default 'BlendSense' program, it takes less than 30 seconds to make snow-like crushed ice.

9.2
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
8.0
Nut Butter Texture
10

It's fantastic for making nut butter. If you use the default BlendSense program, you have to follow it with a few minutes of blending on low and then medium speeds, but you don't have to intervene with a spoon or spatula, so it's an easy process. The result is very smooth, spreadable nut butter.

6.9
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
94.3 dB

It's quite loud, so the noise will be irritating if you're using it for several minutes in a row. However, it's not as loud as some blenders, like the Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
3,800 RPM
Max Speed
5,300 RPM
Power
1,200 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

This blender doesn't have a huge range of speed settings. The maximum speed is quite slow compared to most full-size blenders. Slower speeds can be useful for thicker mixtures, but faster speeds are better for smoothly blending fibrous ingredients. Unlike the similar Ninja Detect Duo Power Blender Pro, it doesn't have a second set of gears to provide faster blending speeds with a personal jar.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
10
Speed Dial
Yes
Hot Blending
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
4
Blending Time Indicator
Yes
Programmable Timer
No

The default blending mode is 'BlendSense', which the manufacturer says allows it to detect what you're blending and adjust the blender's speed and the blending time accordingly. The dial lights up as it's 'detecting', then displays how much time is left in the blending cycle.

The speed dial also has ten settings for manual blending. Using the manual blending mode, it runs for 60 seconds at the selected speed before stopping automatically. There's also a dedicated button for pulse mode, which can be useful for breaking up big chunks of ingredients like ice cubes or frozen fruit. There are three blending programs for different purposes:

  • 'Large chop' (10 seconds)
  • 'Small chop' (10 seconds)
  • 'Mince' (13 seconds)

6.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

It's not easy to clean by hand because of the blade assembly, which is a column with very sharp blades attached. You have to be very careful not to cut yourself when handling it. A hole on the bottom of the assembly where it connects with the jar also traps food, and you'll need the help of a brush or similar tool to clean it properly. As with all blenders, it's easier to clean when working with liquid ingredients.