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Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Review updated May 29, 2023 at 12:26 pm
Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 Picture
6.3
Multi-Purpose
6.7
Smoothies (Single Serving)
7.3
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.6
Ice Crushing
4.6
Soups
7.3
Professional Use

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 is a full-size blender with a 10-speed dial and various preset modes. It comes with a 72oz jar and a dough blade meant for forming dough, like other 'Foodi' blenders from Ninja. It's best suited for crushing and making frozen drinks but isn't that versatile since it doesn't make a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients and can't hot blend.

Our Verdict

6.3 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher is mediocre for multi-purpose use. It struggles to smoothly blend fibrous ingredients, so recipes like smoothies with kale or blueberries have a grainy texture. It's not safe to use to blend hot ingredients. That said, it's a fantastic ice crusher and decently easy to use to make nut butter. It has several blending programs, so you can multi-task while the blender runs.

Pros
  • Large capacity main jar.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice quickly.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Doesn't come with any additional jars.
6.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher is excellent for smoothies and protein shakes. It quickly processes ingredients like frozen banana and kale with its 'Smoothie' preset and produces a uniform but grainy drink. You can also use it to make outstanding, snow-like crushed ice. It's decently well-built and easy to clean, although you may need a sponge if you've been working with sticky ingredients.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice quickly.
Cons
  • Doesn't smoothly blend fibrous ingredients.
7.3 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher is decent for multiple servings of smoothies. It has a 64oz blending capacity, so you can make multiple servings in one batch, and it has no problem breaking down ice cubes. However, it will be very grainy if your smoothie recipe includes stubborn fibrous ingredients like kale or blueberries.

Pros
  • Large capacity main jar.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice quickly.
Cons
  • Doesn't smoothly blend fibrous ingredients.
9.6 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher is incredible for crushing ice. Using the dedicated 'Crush Ice' program, it makes snow-like crushed ice in seconds. Then again, it's decently well-built, but if you plan to do a lot of ice-crushing, you may want a sturdier blender.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice quickly.
Cons
  • Somewhat plasticky motor base.
4.6 Soups

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher isn't safe to use with hot ingredients, so it's unsuitable for making soup. Its jar can fit multiple servings in one batch but can't make a smooth blend with fibrous vegetables like kale or broccoli.

Pros
  • Large capacity main jar.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice quickly.
Cons
7.3 Professional Use

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher is decent for professional use. It has a decent build quality, and its 72oz jar is well-suited for crushing ice and making frozen drinks like slushies. It's quite easy to use for thicker mixtures like nut butter or hummus. However, it can't hot blend make a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients, so it's not ideal for fruit smoothies or pureed soups and sauces. It's also difficult to clean by hand, although its jar, lid, and blades are all dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Large capacity main jar.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice quickly.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Somewhat plasticky motor base.
  • 6.3 Multi-Purpose
  • 6.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 7.3 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 9.6 Ice Crushing
  • 4.6 Soups
  • 7.3 Professional Use
  1. Updated May 29, 2023: Updated text to match Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Dec 02, 2022: Compared its performance with fibrous ingredients to the Ninja Professional Plus Blender DUO with Auto-iQ's.
  3. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Added the Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System as an example of a similarly-designed blender that comes with personal jars.
  4. Updated Aug 11, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Feb 16, 2021: Review published.
  6. Updated Feb 12, 2021: Early access published.
  7. Updated Feb 03, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  8. Updated Feb 02, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  9. Updated Jan 30, 2021: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ninja SS201 comes in one color variant, 'Silver'. You can see the label for the model we tested here. It's sometimes sold with a 24-ounce 'Nutrient Extraction Cup', a personal jar advertised for making smoothies and frozen drinks, and a 14-ounce 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' advertised for mixing frozen food with less liquid. We haven't tested those accessories. If you come across another variant or your model is different, please let us know in the discussions below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja SS201 Foodi Power Pitcher is a versatile full-size blender with a large capacity. It's similar to the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System but has no additional jars. It can't hot blend, but it makes outstanding crushed ice and nut butter. It doesn't feel as well-built as other Ninja blenders, like the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770.

If you want other options, check out our lists of the best blenders, the best blenders for frozen drinks, and the best blenders for smoothies.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better blender than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The Vitamix is better built and makes a much smoother puree of fibrous ingredients. It can hot blend and it's easier to use for tough recipes like nut butter.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 and the NutriBullet Blender Combo have different strengths. The Ninja can crush ice and does a much better job processing hard ingredients like nuts. You may prefer it because it has a dough blade and more automatic blending programs. On the other hand, the NutriBullet can hot blend and makes a much silkier blend with fibrous ingredients like kale. It comes with personal jars meant for single-serve smoothies.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 and the Ninja Professional Plus Βlender with Auto-iQ perform similarly, so which you prefer depends on what you're looking for. The SS201 comes with an extra blade for forming dough. It has more speed presets, more automatic blending programs, and a digital blending time indicator. If you don't mind the Professional Plus' simpler design, it's sturdier and quieter when running.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The Vitamix has a better build quality. It can hot blend, make a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale or broccoli, and is much easier to use for tough tasks like making nut butter. It's easier to clean by hand. However, the Ninja can handle more ice at once. Its pitcher is dishwasher-safe, unlike the Vitamix's.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System [CO351B, SS351]

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 and the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System are very similar blenders, but the System is better for most uses. The System has a better build quality, makes a better smoothie, and comes with a pair of personal jars. On the other hand, the SS201 is better at crushing ice.

Oster Pro 1200

The Oster Pro 1200 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System. It has a 48-ounce main jar and a 24-ounce personal jar for single-serve smoothies. It's much better at processing fibrous ingredients, meaning it can make a silkier kale smoothie or broccoli soup. It's also easier to clean by hand. The Ninja is quieter and more suitable for making crushed ice for recipes like slushies or margaritas.

Ninja Professional Blender 1000

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 for most purposes. The Professional has a better build quality and makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients. It's also quieter when it's running. The Foodi comes with a blade for forming dough, so you may prefer it for that reason.

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is better for most purposes than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The Kitchen System can blend better smoothies, partly thanks to its personal jars. It also comes with a food processor bowl for chopping and slicing vegetables, and it's quieter when running.

Ninja Smart Screen

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 is better than the Ninja Smart Screen for most purposes. The Foodi has a speed dial and a few preset modes, including a self-clean cycle and a crushed ice program. It makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter and better-blended smoothies. On the other hand, the Smart Screen is much easier to clean by hand.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 for most uses. It's better built and makes a smoother blend of fibrous ingredients like kale and broccoli, so it's better for recipes like smoothies and soups. On the other hand, the Ninja is easier to use to make thicker mixtures like nut butter.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System [BL770, BL770AMZ, BL771]

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System is a better blender than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 for most uses. The Kitchen System is better built and easier to clean. It also makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale and comes with a pair of personal jars for smoothies and a food processor bowl for chores like chopping vegetables. The SS201 is a smaller, quieter blender.

Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The BL642 makes a smoother puree with fibrous ingredients like fruit and broccoli, especially in its personal jars. The Foodi doesn't come with any personal jars, but it comes with a dough blade in addition to its regular blade assembly.

Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System

The included accessories are the biggest difference between the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 and the Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System. 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 Professional Plus Blender DUO with Auto-iQ

For most purposes, the Ninja Professional Plus Blender DUO with Auto-iQ is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The DUO is better for single-serve recipes like smoothies, thanks to its 24-ounce personal jar. It's also somewhat better for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients like kale and much quieter when it's running. On the other hand, the Foodi comes with an extra blade for forming dough. It's easier to use for recipes like nut butter.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Height
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Width 8.3" (21.0 cm)
Depth 8.9" (22.5 cm)
Weight
7.9 lbs (3.6 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja SS201 is a fairly bulky full-size blender. It's roughly as tall as the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System, and its base is slightly bigger. You can store it directly on your kitchen counter or in a spacious cupboard.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Ninja SS201 has a decent build quality. The motor base is made of plastic that doesn't feel particularly premium and sits on four anti-slip suction cups. The jar twists into place and is made of thick plastic. Installing the blades, which must be fitted inside the jar, is easy. The blade assembly doesn't lock into place, but when the lid is on, the top of the assembly fits into a small hole on the underside of the lid. The control panel is simple but feels sluggish to respond. If you're looking for a full-size blender with a better build quality, check out the Breville the Fresh & Furious.

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

The jar has a 72oz total capacity and a 64oz max liquid capacity, so it's suitable for blending big batches and multiple servings.

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

The jar is made of plastic and is dishwasher-safe, along with the lid and blades. It doesn't have a 2-part lid, so you can't add ingredients mid-blend, but it has a pouring spout at one corner. The jar must be oriented correctly on the motor base to clip into place.

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

The Ninja SS201's blade assembly is shaped like a column, with six sharp blades at different heights. This design is typical for Ninja blenders and means you can't use a tamper. While most Ninja blenders are fantastic for ice crushing, the design doesn't offer any particular benefit over blenders with more conventional blades at the bottom of the jar. The blades are very sharp, so you must be careful when handling the assembly, like when cleaning it by hand. A dough blade assembly is also included, which is meant for forming dough.

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

The plastic lid locks onto the jar with a button on top to release it. It's not a two-part lid, but there is a small opening on the spout corner of the lid. There's a metal bar across the opening that'll prevent bigger chunks of food from coming out if you're pouring from the jar. You can use the opening to add more ingredients to the blender without removing the lid, but it may not be big enough unless you add small pieces of food or liquid.

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

This blender's power cord isn't particularly long, but it'll reach an outlet near your counter. Unfortunately, there's no stowaway compartment to help store the cable when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • 72 oz 'Power pitcher' and lid
  • Motor base
  • Stacked blade assembly
  • Dough blade assembly
  • Cleaning brush
  • Manual and recipe book

Performance
6.1
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
6.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
6.0

The Ninja SS201 is mediocre for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients. It takes a while, and ingredients like kale aren't fully processed, resulting in a grainy puree. Unlike many Ninja blenders, like the Ninja Foodi Power ฮ’lender & Processor System or theNinja Professional Plus Blender DUO with Auto-iQ, it doesn't come with any personal jars that might do a better job of processing smaller amounts of ingredients.

5.8
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
7.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
5.5

It's disappointing at processing fibrous ingredients at full capacity. Even if you run the blender for several minutes, it can't make a smooth blend with fibrous fruits and vegetables like kale. Some Ninja blends with similar jar and blade designs do a much better job, like the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System. However, they aren't identical blenders. The jars have different gear designs and don't work with each other's motor bases. This blender sometimes suddenly gets louder and seems to blend faster for no apparent reason, as if it suddenly has more power.

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

This blender is fantastic for crushing ice. The 'Ice Crush' preset runs the blender for one minute, but making very fine, uniform, snow-like crushed ice doesn't take long.

8.8
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
7.0
Nut Butter Texture
10

It's excellent for making nut butter. If you start at a low speed and slowly ramp up, it's a decently easy process, and the result is very smooth, spreadable nut butter. However, it takes several minutes, and you need to stop partway through to scrape the sides of the jar, so you can find full-size blenders that are easier to use for this purpose, like the Vitamix Explorian E310.

6.9
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
94.4 dB

It's fairly loud. You can find much quieter models like the Ninja Professional Plus Blender DUO with Auto-iQ if you want a blender that makes less noise.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
1,200 RPM
Max Speed
4,000 RPM
Power
1,400 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

This blender has a small range of speed settings, like most Ninja blenders. While you can select from 10 different speed presets, the difference between the lowest and highest speeds is relatively small compared to blenders like the KitchenAid K400 or Vitamix Explorian E310. The highest speed isn't as fast as most full-size blenders', which isn't ideal for making smooth purees, and you don't have many options for fine-tuning the speed to suit different recipes.

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
6
Blending Time Indicator
Yes
Programmable Timer
No

The Ninja SS201 has a manual mode and an 'Auto-iQ' mode. You can use the 10-speed dial to fine-tune your blend in manual mode. The blender runs for 60 seconds before shutting off. You can also select 'Auto-iQ' mode to use the various presets or push and release the 'Pulse' button to run the blender in short intervals. There are six automatic blending programs:

  • Smoothie: 65 seconds
  • Bowl: 40 seconds
  • Chop: 5 seconds
  • Ice Crush: 60 seconds
  • Dip: 75 seconds
  • Dough: 45 seconds

According to the manual, the 'Bowl' setting doubles as a cleaning cycle if you run it with hot water and soap in the jar.

6.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

It's not easy to clean. The very sharp column of blades is removable, but you need to handle it carefully to avoid cutting yourself. It's also very difficult to properly clean some parts of the blender, like the hole at the bottom of the blade assembly where it fits into the jar.