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Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 25, 2022 at 11:27 am
Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System Picture
7.3
Multi-Purpose
8.8
Smoothies (Single Serving)
8.1
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.7
Ice Crushing
4.9
Soups
7.8
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,200 W
Hot Blending
No

The Ninja Foodi Power Βlender Ultimate System is a full-size blender with a similar design to the Ninja Foodi Power Βlender & Processor System and the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System. Like the other 'Foodi Power' blenders, it comes with a 72-ounce main jar and a dough blade. This model comes with the biggest variety of extra jars and attachments, including blades for slicing and grating. There's also a personal jar for single-serve smoothies and a 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' for thicker recipes like nut butter.

Our Verdict

7.3 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System is decent for multi-purpose use. Its big 72-ounce main pitcher is great for large servings and crushing ice. It has various accessories that add to its versatility, like a personal jar for single-serve smoothies and a 'Smoothie Maker Bowl' that works very well for thicker mixtures like nut butter. However, you can't use it for hot blending. Also, while it can make a silky green smoothie in the 24-ounce personal jar, it makes a grainy puree with fibrous ingredients in the main jar.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Extra blades for dough, slicing, and grating.
Cons
  • Sharp blades can make cleaning by hand difficult.
8.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System is excellent for single-serve smoothies. It can make a silky smoothie with fibrous ingredients like kale using the 24-ounce main jar. There's a resealable lid included for the jar, so it's easy to bring your drink with you on the go. The jars and lids are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • 24-ounce personal jar included.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Noisy.
8.1 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System is great for making multiple batches of smoothies. The 72-ounce main jar can hold enough to serve a crowd. It does an adequate job of processing big batches of fibrous ingredients, although the results aren't as smooth as with the smaller personal jar. The main jar and its blade assembly are also hard to clean by hand, but the jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • 72-ounce capacity.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Not ideal for big batches of fibrous ingredients.
9.7 Ice Crushing

The Ninja SS401 is a fantastic ice crusher. It has a sturdy build quality and can make snow-like crushed ice very quickly in its 72-ounce main jar.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
Cons
4.9 Soups

The Ninja SS401 can't hot blend, so if you want to process ingredients for soup, they need to cool down first. The main jar also struggles to make a silky puree of fibrous ingredients, so recipes with vegetables like kale or broccoli have a grainy texture. That said, the 72-ounce main jar is a good size for big batches of soup or sauce.

Pros
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Not ideal for big batches of fibrous ingredients.
7.8 Professional Use

The Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System is very good for professional use. It has a large, 72-ounce capacity. It's well-suited for crushing ice and making small batches of nut butter. It's also okay for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients, although it doesn't produce a smooth puree in the main jar. Also, while it's well-built overall, it's not as sturdy as some other full-size blenders, which may be an issue if you plan to use your blender multiple times a day.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • 72-ounce capacity.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • 7.3 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 8.1 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 4.9 Soups
  • 7.8 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 12, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
14.4" (36.5 cm)
Width 7.9" (20.0 cm)
Depth 8.9" (22.5 cm)
Weight
8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja SS401 is a few inches shorter than full-size blenders like the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 or Ninja Professional Blender 1000. It's still quite bulky, so you need to store it on your counter or in a spacious cupboard.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Ninja SS401 has good build quality. The jars and blades feel thick and sturdy, and it's easy to fit the blades into the main jar. The buttons on the front of the motor base feel clicky, and there are suction cups on the bottom to help it stay in place when running. However, like other blenders we've tested in Ninja's 'Foodi' product line, the motor base is made of generic plastic, and the control dial feels cheap.

9.8
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
72.0 oz (2,129 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
18.0 oz (532 ml)

The Ninja SS401's main jar has a 72-ounce capacity. Also included is an 18-ounce 'Smoothie Bowl Maker with Built-in Tamper' with rotating arms inside of it to help with processing thicker recipes like nut butter, and a 24-ounce personal jar with a to-go lid intended for single-serve smoothies.

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

All of the Ninja SS401's jars are made of plastic and are dishwasher-safe, along with the lids and blade assemblies.

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

The Ninja SS401's main blade assembly has a spiral design, which is typical for Ninja blenders. There's a separate blade assembly for the smaller jars that fits on like a lid. There are also several extra blade assemblies that you can use with the main jar for food processing tasks: a dough blade for bread or cookie dough, a 'Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc' for chopping or shredding vegetables like carrots and onions, and a 'Grating Disk' for grating cheese.

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

The lid for the main pitcher locks into place when you press on the handle and releases with a button on top. It's not a two-part lid that lets you add ingredients mid-blend, but it does have a spout opening to make it easier to pour. There's a second lid for the main jar to use when you're shredding or grating ingredients with one of the 'disk' blades. It has a food chute, similar to a traditional food processor, that lets you add ingredients without taking off the lid. For the 24-ounce personal jar, there's a sealable to-go lid and a storage lid.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
3.0 ft (0.9 m)

The Ninja SS401's power cord is long enough to reach a nearby outlet on your counter. There's no place to stow or wrap the cable when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Ninja SS401 motor base
  • 72 oz main jar and lid
  • 24 oz. personal jar ('Nutrient Extraction Cup')
  • 18 oz 'XL Smoothie Bowl Maker with Built-in Tamper'
  • To-go lid
  • Storage lid
  • Stacked blade assembly
  • Dough blade assembly
  • Food Chute Lid and Two-Part Pusher
  • Reversible slicing/shredding disc
  • Grating Disk
  • Disk Spindle
  • Hybrid edge blade assembly (for smaller jars)
  • Owner's guide, 'Quick Start' guide, and recipe booklet

Performance
9.1
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.0

The Ninja SS401 is fantastic for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients. Using the 24-ounce personal jar, it can make a silky blend with ingredients like kale in just a few minutes. The texture is slightly grainy compared to the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO or the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System, but that shouldn't be an issue for most people.

6.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
8.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
6.5

It's okay at processing fibrous ingredients in the main jar. It processes ingredients like kale evenly, but they aren't totally liquified, so the end result is grainy. You may also need to stop partway through to clear any ingredients stuck to the sides of the jar with a spatula or spoon.

Note: Some blenders with a similar design, like the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System, can achieve a smoother texture with a longer blending time. We'll be retesting this blender to check if running the blender for longer improves the texture.

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

The Ninja SS401 is fantastic for ice crushing. It takes less than 30 seconds to pulverize 12 ice cubes into snow-like ice.

9.3
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
9.0
Nut Butter Texture
9.5

The Ninja SS401's 18-ounce jar is superb for making nut butter. If you use the knob on top to rotate the 'built-in tamper', it doesn't take very long to create smooth nut butter.

6.7
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
95.0 dB

Like most blenders, the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System is noisy. It's louder at maximum speed than other full-size models, like the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
1,500 RPM
Max Speed
4,900 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
Yes

You can adjust the Ninja SS401's speed to 10 different levels when using the main jar. However, if you're using the smaller jars, the speed is automatically set to the maximum, and you can't adjust it.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
10
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
5
Blending Time Indicator
Yes
Programmable Timer
No

This blender offers a different set of blending programs depending on if you're using the main jar or one of the smaller jars. These 'iQ' programs automatically alternate between blending and pulsing. When you're using the main jar, you also have access to 10 different speed presets for manual blending. There's a dedicated button for pulse mode and a power button. The blender turns itself off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity.

Main jar programs:

  • Smoothie (65 seconds)
  • Chop (5 seconds)
  • Dough (45 seconds)
  • Bowl (40 seconds)
  • Spread (75 seconds)

Additional jar programs:

  • Smoothie (55 seconds)
  • Extract (75 seconds)
  • Bowl (30 seconds)
  • Spread (45 seconds)

The control scheme is almost the same as the Ninja Foodi Power Βlender & Processor System's, except that this blender has 10 speed presets instead of 8, and offers one additional blending program ('Dough').

9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The 18-ounce jar is very easy to clean. Running the blender with soap and water in the jar takes care of a good amount of residue. The blade assembly and jar just require a bit of scrubbing afterward. However, if you're working with the main jar, it's harder to clean. The blade stack is tricky to clean because the blades are so sharp, and food tends to get caught in the small hole for the blade assembly. This jar isn't the easiest to clean by hand and is comparable in terms of cleaning performance to Ninja blenders like the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 or Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System comes in one color, 'Silver'. You can see the label for the unit we tested here. If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja SS401 is similar to the Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processing System and the older Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 and Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System. This model comes with the most accessories and attachments, including blades meant for slicing vegetables and grating cheese. It also comes with a 24-ounce jar that makes silky smoothies and a 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' that works well for making nut butter. Like most Ninja blenders, it can't safely blend hot ingredients. Its blade design makes it difficult to clean the main jar by hand.

If you're looking for a full-size blender, check out our lists of the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders for crushing ice.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 and the Ultimate are both full-size blenders that are meant to act as food processors. They both include personal jars for single-serve smoothies. The ΒL770 is a little better for making single-serve smoothies since it makes a silkier puree with ingredients like kale using its personal jars. It also has a better build quality. The Ultimate is more convenient to make nut butter if you use its 18-ounce 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' jar and comes with a blade for grating cheese.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System and the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System perform similarly, but the Ultimate System comes with more accessories for food processing. Βoth models come with a personal jar you can use for silky smoothies and an 18-ounce 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' that works well for thick mixtures like nut butter. They each come with a dough blade for forming bread or cookie dough, but the Ultimate System also includes blades for slicing and grating things like vegetables and cheese.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

The biggest difference between the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 and the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System is the included accessories. The SS201 includes only a 72-ounce pitcher and a lid, along with a regular blending blade assembly and dough blade. The Ultimate System comes with a similar 72-ounce jar, plus a variety of extra jars and attachments that make it better suited for single-serve smoothies and nut butter. In addition to the dough blade, it has blades for shredding and grating.

Ninja Foodi Power Βlender & Processor System

The Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System for pureeing big batches of smoothies or other recipes with fibrous ingredients. Its main jar makes a silkier puree with ingredients like kale. Otherwise, the two blenders perform similarly. You may prefer the Ultimate if you're looking for a blender that can work as a food processor because it has special blades for grating and shredding.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 and the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System have different strengths. The Ultimate System is meant to act as a food processor as well as a blender. It comes with blade assemblies for forming dough and for slicing and shredding. It also includes a personal jar for single-serve smoothies. The KitchenAid only comes with the basics: a full-size blender, a 56-ounce pitcher, and a lid. However, it has a significantly better build quality, and unlike the Ninja, it can hot blend.

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