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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ninja Foodi Cold and Hot Blender comes with a large jar. 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.
This blender doesn't come with any additional jars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This blender doesn't come with a smoothie jar.
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.
The Ninja HB152 has many preset programs, and each program has a set duration:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.