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Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 08, 2020 at 08:37 am
Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Picture
8.4
Multi-Purpose
7.7
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
8.8
Ice Crushing
8.5
Soups
8.5
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1400 W

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a great multi-purpose blender. It has an excellent build quality and a powerful motor that can handle challenging tasks like crushing ice. It has a heating element built-in as well, allowing you to make hot foods like soups, sauces, and fondues. It struggles a bit to process finer particles, which results in a slightly grainy texture when making foods like nut butter. It has many programs and modes, including a heated cleaning cycle to make cleaning as simple as possible.

Our Verdict

8.4 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is great for most uses. It's excellent for breaking down hard ingredients like ice, but it has a hard time processing finer particles, so foods like nut butter have a grainy texture, and smoothies are thick and sludgy. It's fantastic for making soups and sauces, as it has a built-in heating element that heats up quickly.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Large-capacity jar.
  • Powerful motor.
Cons
  • Makes thick and sludgy smoothies.
  • Not dishwasher safe.
7.7 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is good for making smoothies and shakes. It's powerful enough to break down hard ingredients like ice easily, but it produces a thick and sludgy smoothie due to the smaller particles not getting processed. Cleaning is simple, as it has a dedicated cleaning mode that only takes a few minutes to complete.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Large-capacity jar.
  • Powerful motor.
Cons
  • Makes thick and sludgy smoothies.
  • Not dishwasher safe.
8.8 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is excellent for crushing ice. It's very well-built, with a powerful motor that can produce bar-quality ice in very little time.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Powerful motor.
Cons
8.5 Soups

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is excellent for making soups. Not only is it safe for hot blending, but it also has a built-in heating element that heats up in no time. It has more than enough power to handle the toughest ingredients and produce a smooth puree. It isn't dishwasher-safe or submergeable in water; however, cleaning is still easy thanks to its heated cleaning program.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Large-capacity jar.
  • Heating element.
Cons
  • Not dishwasher safe.
8.5 Professional Use

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is excellent for professional use. It's well-built, it has a large-capacity jar, and a motor powerful enough to handle the toughest ingredients. However, it has a harder time processing smaller particles, resulting in a grainy texture.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Large-capacity jar.
  • Powerful motor.
Cons
  • Makes thick and sludgy smoothies.
  • Not dishwasher safe.
  • 8.4 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.7 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 8.8 Ice Crushing
  • 8.5 Soups
  • 8.5 Professional Use

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.9" (45.5 cm)
Width 7.8" (19.8 cm)
Depth 8.7" (22.1 cm)
Weight
12.1 lbs (5.5 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja Foodi Cold and Hot Blender (HB152) is on the bulky side and quite heavy. Due to the blender's size and weight, it's best to leave it on the counter for storage to avoid carrying it around and potentially damaging it.

8.5
Design
Build Quality

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender's build quality is excellent. The base is made of plastic and feels well-built. The main jar is made of glass while the bottom portion of the jar is plastic and wrapped with a thin sheet of metal. Unfortunately, the rubber feet don't have enough friction to keep the blender from moving around when it's operating at its highest setting. There's also an annoying sound coming from the bottom of the jar, which is likely caused by friction between the metal and the surrounding silicone. However, this blender feels much sturdier overall than the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function, which also has a glass jar.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
Glass
Jar Capacity
64.0 oz (1892.7 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
No

The Ninja Foodi Cold and Hot Blender comes with a large jar. Unlike many other blenders that use a plastic design such as the KitchenAid K150, this jar is made of glass, which makes it feel a bit more premium. The bottom portion contains the heating element and isn't removable. Ninja recommends to only hand wash it or use the 'CLEAN' function. It isn't recommended to submerge the jar in water or put it in the dishwasher, as it'll damage the heating element.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

This blender doesn't come with any additional jars.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
6
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender's blades are fixed and aren't removable. There are six horizontal blades, plus two smaller vertical blades that sit on top of them.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Lock Mechanism

The lid comes in two pieces, the lid itself and the center cap. It has a locking mechanism and needs to be locked down to begin operation. The center cap is removable while operating the blender, allowing you to add ingredients or push the ingredients down towards the blades with the provided tamper.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)

The power cord is long enough for most people, and there's a small stowaway compartment on the back of the blender where you can tie the cord up for storage.

Design
In The Box

  • User guide
  • Motor base
  • 64oz glass pitcher with precision heating element
  • Tamper
  • Cleaning brush
  • Lid and center cap

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
13600 RPM
Max Speed
18500 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
98.2 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender has three manual speeds and a pulse mode. It gets fairly loud when operating at max speed, although not as loud as the Ninja DUO.

8.5
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Good
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Ninja Foodi Cold and Hot Blender is excellent for making almond butter. There's no preset mode for making nut butter, so we used a combination of 'Low' and 'High' manual modes during our testing. We recommend starting on 'Low', as the 'High' setting would just send the almonds flying away from the blades. Once the almonds have been broken down into smaller pieces, you can increase the intensity to finish the job.

It doesn't take long to process all the almonds in our test, but it does require a bit of help to push smaller pieces of almonds back into the blades using the provided tamper. The resulting almond butter is smooth, with a bit of graininess, and although it's a little sticky, it's easy to spread.

7.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Grainy

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is decent for making smoothies. The 'Extract' mode is the recommended mode for making drinks that have leafy ingredients. Unfortunately, the blender's initial pulse is strong enough to make most of the ingredients stick to the upper portion of the jar, resulting in them not getting processed at all. Our test smoothie is thick and sludgy, with very little air or foam. It tastes okay, but there are small chunks of kale that are left unprocessed.

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Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This blender doesn't come with a smoothie jar.

8.5
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0.5 min
Ice Quality
Bar Quality

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is excellent for crushing ice. It takes about thirty seconds to make bar-quality ice using the manual 'High' setting. If you're looking for a better ice quality, check out the Ninja Smart Screen instead.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
Yes
Single Serve
No
Timer
Yes

The Ninja HB152 has many preset programs, and each program has a set duration:

  • Smoothie - 0:45
  • Extract - 1:05
  • Frozen drink - 0:55
  • Ice cream - 1:10
  • Saute - 5:21
  • Sauce/Dip - 20:30
  • Hearty soup - 20:00
  • Smooth soup - 20:00
  • Mixer - 10:30
  • Water - 10:30
  • Cocktail - 10:30
The manual 'Blend' mode has a 60-second time limit, after which the blender stops automatically.

9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

To clean the jar, Ninja recommends that you either hand wash it or use the 'CLEAN' function. It's important not to submerge the jar in water or put it in the dishwasher, as it can damage the heating element. The 'CLEAN' function is a six-minute cycle that uses the heating element to warm up the water, and quick pulses to dislodge debris.

Cleaning the blender of smoothie debris is relatively easy, as you only need to run a 'CLEAN' cycle, rinse the jar to remove any remaining debris, and wipe down the rim since it was sealed. Cleaning the jar of almond butter by hand is near impossible, as there's a lot of almond butter that gets stuck under the blades. The 'CLEAN' cycle does a good job of cleaning most of it, but you might need to use the provided cleaning brush to dislodge any almond butter stuck at the bottom of the jar.

The lid, the center cap, and the tamper are all dishwasher-safe.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
Yes
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
Yes
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is safe to use for hot blending. It also has an 800-watt precision heating element built into the main jar to make soups, sauces, fondues, and more.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a full-size blender with an 800-watt precision heating element built into its main jar. It's well-built and versatile, and can easily make smooth, spreadable almond butter and bar-quality crushed ice. However, it isn't dishwasher-safe, and it struggles a bit with leafy greens like kale.

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a more versatile overall blender than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. The Foodi can hot blend and it has a heating element. It's also better-built, and it can make smooth spreadable almond butter. It comes with a tamper and a brush, while the Professional Plus comes with a food processor and two personal-sized additional jars, which some users may prefer.

KitchenAid K150

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a better full-size blender than the KitchenAid K150. The Ninja is more powerful, it has a better build quality, and its glass jar holds more food. It comes with more presets, and it's able to produce better almond butter and smoothies. It's also easier to clean, it has a heating element for making soups, and it even comes with a tamper to help push food into the vortex.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender and the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System are two full-size blenders with different advantages. The Cold & Hot has a glass jar that can hot blend. Its body also contains a heating element, which is well-suited for making soup. However, the Power Pitcher System makes smoother almond butter and smoothies. It also comes with two personal jars, which is great if you like to make blends to take with you on-the-go.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

If you want to do blend hot mixes, the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a better option than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. On the other hand, the BL770 might be a better option if you don't plan on making soup or other hot mixes. The BL770 is better at crushing ice and comes with more jugs and accessories than the Foodi Cold & Hot.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is much better than the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender. The Vitamix's motor is more powerful, and it can handle smaller particles to create smoother nut butter and smoothies. It also has a better build quality. However, the Ninja has a built-in heating element to make hot foods and is easier to clean.

Ninja DUO

The Ninja DUO is a better blender for making smoothies than the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender. The DUO can make silky smoothies, it comes with a personal jar so you can take your drink with you on-the-go, and there's even a variant with a micro-juicer attachment available. It can also make snow-like ice. However, the Foodi is better if you're looking for something more versatile. It's better built, significantly easier to clean, and it can produce smooth almond butter in less time. 

Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a significantly better full-size blender than the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function. The Ninja has a better build quality with more controls. It makes almond butter as well as crushed ice, and it can make a better smoothie, although it's a bit grainy. It's also easier to clean.

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