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Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System [CO351B, SS351] Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Review updated May 29, 2023 at 10:07 am
Latest change: Writing modified Mar 01, 2024 at 11:20 am
Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System [CO351B, SS351] Picture
7.6
Multi-Purpose
8.9
Smoothies (Single Serving)
9.0
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.7
Ice Crushing
5.3
Soups
7.9
Professional Use

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is a well-built full-size blender with extra jars and accessories. There's a personal jar for smoothies, a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker', and a 72oz pitcher for big batches. These extra accessories help it perform well for recipes like single-serve smoothies and nut butter, but its main pitcher doesn't offer great performance. It can crush ice but isn't ideal for multiple servings of smoothies or soups. This blender is also on the loud side and isn't ideal if you want a lot of control over your blend since it doesn't have a big range of blending speeds.

Our Verdict

7.6 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is good for multi-purpose use. It comes with a personal jar for single-serve smoothies and a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' that makes blending thick mixtures like nut butter easy. The main jar is fantastic for crushing ice and even comes with a dough blade to help form dough. However, it's not ideal for big batches of smoothies or soups since it doesn't make a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients in its main pitcher. It's unsafe to use for hot blending and has a limited range of blending speeds, hurting its versatility.

Pros
  • 24oz personal jar for smoothies.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Doesn't smoothly blend fibrous ingredients in main pitcher.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Quite loud.
8.9 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is amazing for single-serve smoothies. It comes with a 24oz personal jar intended for single-serves, and if you use that jar, it makes a very smooth blend with common smoothie ingredients like kale and blueberries. The jar has a to-go lid, so you can use it as a travel cup. However, some blenders can process the ingredients more quickly and make an even silkier blend with tough ingredients.

Pros
  • 24oz personal jar for smoothies.
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Quite loud.
9.0 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is fantastic for multiple servings of smoothies. You can blend big batches in its 72oz jar, and it easily blends ice cubes and stubborn fibrous elements like kale and fruit skin. There's an automatic blending program for smoothies, so you can step away from the blender while it runs. However, blending can take several minutes to get the best results. It's fairly loud, and the main pitcher's sharp blades are difficult to clean by hand.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Doesn't smoothly blend fibrous ingredients in main pitcher.
  • Quite loud.
9.7 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is outstanding for crushing ice. This well-built blender makes snow-like crushed ice in seconds in its main pitcher, which is ideal for frozen drinks like slushies or blended margaritas.

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

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System isn't safe for hot blending, so you must let your ingredients cool down before adding them to the jar. It also struggles to make a smooth blend with fibrous vegetables like kale or broccoli in its main jar, which isn't ideal for pureed soups and sauces. However, its 72oz main jar can fit a full recipe in one batch.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Doesn't smoothly blend fibrous ingredients in main pitcher.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Quite loud.
7.9 Professional Use

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is good for professional use. It's well-built and well-suited for crushing ice in its main jar, so you can use it for big batches of slushies or blended cocktails. The 14oz 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar helps it blend recipes like nut butter or hummus efficiently. However, it can't make a smooth blend with big batches of fibrous ingredients or hot blend, so it's not ideal for multiple servings of smoothies or pureed soups.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Doesn't smoothly blend fibrous ingredients in main pitcher.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Quite loud.
  • 7.6 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.9 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 9.0 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 5.3 Soups
  • 7.9 Professional Use
  1. Updated Mar 01, 2024: Updated the product name since the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System and the Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System are variants of the same model. Added details about the differences between models to Differences Between Sizes and Variants.
  2. Updated May 29, 2023: Updated text to match Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Aug 24, 2022: The score for 'Fibrous Ingredients (Full capacity)' changed from 7.0 to 8.5 because a longer blending time results in a better texture. The 'Texture' score changed from 6.5 to 9.0, while the 'Processing' score changed from 8.5 to 7.0 because of the extra time required. We've also corrected the result for 'Power'. The blender has a 1,200-watt motor, not 1,400 W.
  4. Updated Aug 11, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  5. Updated Oct 26, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Oct 20, 2020: Early access published.
  7. Updated Oct 14, 2020: Our testers have started testing this product.
  8. Updated Oct 14, 2020: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  9. Updated Sep 27, 2020: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is also called the Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System. It comes in one color: silver. You can see its label here. Our unit has a 24oz personal jar, 14oz 'Smoothie Bowl Maker,' and 72oz main pitcher.

There's also a variant that only comes with a 72oz main pitcher and 24oz personal jar (SS300C). We expect our results to be valid for that variant, except it may perform differently for recipes like nut butter since the 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' is helpful for thicker recipes.

If you encounter a Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System with different features, please let us know, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is a full-size blender that comes with extra jars and blades to help with different recipes, including a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' (or 'Power Nutri Bowl'), which helps with recipes like nut butter. The 12oz personal jar is fantastic for blending single-serve smoothies, and it comes with a dough blade for use with the main jar, like other 'Foodi' blenders from Ninja. However, the main pitcher doesn't offer a very versatile performance since it can't hot blend and makes a grainy blend with fibrous ingredients. If you want a full-size blender that can do more in its main pitcher, check out the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender or the KitchenAid K400.

Check out our recommendations for the best Ninja blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders for crushing ice.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System [BL770, BL770AMZ, BL771]

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System and the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System have different strengths. The Ninja is better for single-serve drinks like smoothies: it comes with more personal jars and makes a smoother blend with a small amount of fibrous ingredients. The Foodi comes with a jar that makes it easy to use for recipes like nut butter. It also includes an extra blade for forming dough.

Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate 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 Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better for most purposes than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. The Foodi makes significantly better nut butter in its 'Smoothie owl Maker' jar and a silkier, more uniform blend with fibrous ingredients in its main pitcher and personal jars.  It also comes with a few extra blade assemblies, including a dough blade. On the other hand, the Professional Plus is just as good for ice crushing. It's sturdier and quieter when it's running. 

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ for most purposes. The Foodi makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale in its main jar. It comes with a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' that makes it much easier for thick mixes like nut butter. There's also an extra blade for forming dough. On the other hand, the Kitchen System comes with a separate food processing bowl. It's also quieter.

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System and the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO perform similarly, and you may prefer either one depending on what type of blender you're looking for. The Pitcher System is a full-size blender equipped with a speed dial. It comes with a large capacity 72-ounce main pitcher as well as a couple of smaller personal jars. On the other hand, the Nutri DUO is a more compact single-speed blender that comes with three personal jars. It makes crushed ice with a better texture and takes less time to blend a smoothie. 

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better full-size blender than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients. It's safe to use for hot blending and has a much wider range of speed settings. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with more extra accessories, including a personal jar for single-serve smoothies and a dough blade for forming dough. 

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System for most purposes. It's better built, can hot blend, and makes a smoother puree with fibrous ingredients like kale. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with a pair of personal jars for single-serve smoothies in addition to the main jar. There's also a blade to help with forming dough and a jar specially designed for thicker recipes like smoothie bowls or nut butter.

Ninja DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is a better full-sized blender than the Ninja DUO. The Foodi Power Pitcher System comes with three jars, including one that has manually rotating arms to help get food stuck on the jar's sides back into the blade's vortex, and it's easier to clean. It has a speed dial and can make better almond butter and smoothies with its jars. However, the DUO comes with a juicer attachment and a vacuum pump.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

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.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo for most purposes. The Ninja has a better build quality and somewhat bigger capacity. It can crush ice and it's easier to use to make nut butter. There's also a dough blade included for forming dough. Ηowever, the NutriBullet makes a smoother blend of fibrous ingredients, and you can use it for hot blending.

Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System for most purposes. The Duo comes with more personal jars, and its 'Auto-iQ' feature allows it to detect what size of jar you're using. It also makes crushed ice with a better texture. On the other hand, the Foodi is much easier to clean.

Ninja Professional Blender 1000

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 for most purposes. The Foodi comes with additional jars that make it better for nut butter and single-serve smoothies. It also makes a much smoother blend with fibrous ingredients in its main jar. It also comes with a few different blade assemblies for different purposes, including a dough blade. Βoth models are superb for crushing ice.

Ninja TWISTi High-Speed Blender DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System and the Ninja TWISTi High-Speed Blender DUO perform similarly. The Pitcher System is a bulkier blender, but its main jar has a much bigger 72-ounce capacity. It makes it more suitable for ice crushing and for preparing larger servings. It also offers a few different speed settings, and it's easier to clean by hand. You may prefer the TWISTi if you don't mind its smaller 34-ounce capacity since its more compact design takes up less space on your counter.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 and the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System have different strengths. The KitchenAid has a better build quality and makes a smoother blend of fibrous ingredients like kale. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with extra jars that make it easier to use for thicker recipes like nut butter. It also includes personal jars for smoothies and food processing accessories for forming dough, chopping, and slicing.

Ninja Smart Screen

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System and the Ninja Smart Screen perform similarly. The Power Pitcher is a bit better because it's quieter, and has a slightly bigger range of speed settings. However, the Smart Screen has a better build quality.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

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.

Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better for most purposes than the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ. The Foodi is a better-built full-size blender that comes with two personal jars with to-go lids in addition to a 72-ounce main pitcher. It has a dial with several speed settings and does a much better job of making smoothies and almond butter. On the other hand, the Nutri-Blender is a personal blender, so you may prefer it if you want something more compact for making single-serve drinks.

Blendtec Chef 600

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better for most purposes than the Blendtec Chef 600. The Ninja is sturdier and better-suited for making recipes like nut butter or hummus. It comes with a few extra jars, including a personal jar for single-serve smoothies. On the other hand, the Blendtec can hot blend. It's better at processing fibrous ingredients like leafy greens, so you might prefer it if you're looking for a smoothie or soup blender. 

Breville the Fresh & Furious

The Breville the Fresh & Furious is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System for most purposes. The Breville has a better performance in its main jar, especially for blending common smoothie ingredients like kale. It's also much quieter. However, the Ninja comes with a personal jar for single-serve smoothies, and a 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar that makes it easier to use for recipes like nut butter or hummus.

Calphalon ActiveSense

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System and the Calphalon ActiveSense have different strengths. The Ninja comes with an extra jar that makes it much easier to use for thick recipes like nut butter. It's better-built and has a greater number of speed presets. However, the Calphalon can be used for hot blending, so it's way more suitable for recipes like soup or sauce. Its main jar is easier to clean by hand than the Ninja's. 

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix 7500 is a better full-size blender than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System. The Vitamix is significantly better built and quieter. It can hot blend and does a much better job of pureeing big batches of fibrous ingredients, meaning it can make a smoother recipe of something like broccoli soup. On the other hand, thanks to its extra jars and accessories, the Ninja makes a better single-serve smoothie and is easier to use for nut butter. It also comes with an extra blade to help with forming dough. 

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Height
14.3" (36.4 cm)
Width 8.0" (20.2 cm)
Depth 8.3" (21.2 cm)
Weight
8.2 lbs (3.7 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is a full-size blender that's a bit smaller than the Ninja DUO but still fairly bulky. You can store it on your kitchen counter or inside a large cupboard. You can also remove the main jar to make it easier to store.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System has good build quality. This blender is mostly made from plastic, although the thickness of each part differs from one part to another. The motor base is plastic but doesn't feel premium or thick. However, the jars and lids feel better as they're a bit thicker. The Power Nutri Bowl jar also has a manually rotating arm mechanism, which is well-built. The base transmission is made of plastic but hooks onto the blade assembly's rubber transmission. There are also four suction cup feet to keep in place while blending.

9.8
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
72.0 oz (2,129 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
24.0 oz (710 ml)

The main jar has a big 72oz capacity (64oz liquid). There's also a 24oz personal jar for recipes like single-serve smoothies and a 14oz 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' (or 'Power Nutri Bowl') meant for smaller batches of thicker recipes like nut butter or smoothies with a lot of frozen fruit.

Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
6
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System uses two sets of blade assemblies. The first is used with the full-size jar and has six sharp blades. These blades are removable so that you can wash them. The additional jars use 'Hybrid Edge Blades', which are made of eight sharp blades. They screw onto the additional jars. Both sets of blade assemblies are dishwasher-safe.

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

This lid locks into place. It has a small, window-like spout and a release button so you can remove the lid from the jar. The lid needs to be aligned with the spout corner of the jar to lock it into place.

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

The power cord is long enough to reach an outlet on your counter. Unfortunately, this blender doesn't have a stowaway compartment to help store the cable.

Design
In The Box

  • 72 oz blender pitcher and lid
  • Motor base
  • 24 oz jar
  • 14 oz Power Nutri Bowl
  • Spout lid
  • Storage lid
  • Hybrid edge blade assembly
  • Stacked blade assembly
  • Dough blade assembly
  • Cleaning brush
  • User manual and recipe book

Performance
9.4
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.5

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is fantastic for small batches of fibrous ingredients. It makes a very silky puree with ingredients like kale. Some small grains are in the mix compared to some blenders, like the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, and it takes a bit longer.

8.6
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
7.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.0

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is also excellent for processing fibrous ingredients in its main jar. It can make a silky blend with ingredients like kale with just a few small grains left over. However, you need to run the blender for a long time to get the best result.

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

This blender is outstanding for crushing ice. Using manual blending mode, it easily crushes ice cubes into snow-like ice in seconds.

9.5
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
9.5
Nut Butter Texture
9.5

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is fantastic for making nut butter in its 'Smoothie Bowl Maker'. This 14oz jar has rotating arms that you can activate with a knob on top. This saves you from undocking the jar to stir the mixture, which is necessary with similar blenders that only come with the main pitcher, like the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The smaller jar also helps keep the ingredients close to the blades. It produces very smooth, spreadable nut butter quite quickly without much effort on your part.

6.1
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
96.8 dB

It's on the loud side for a full-size blender. Blenders are almost always noisy, but it's possible to find quieter models, like the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
1,300 RPM
Max Speed
4,000 RPM
Power
1,200 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System has a speed dial with 10 different preset speeds. However, it doesn't have a wide range of blending speeds, so there isn't a huge difference between the slowest and fastest settings. The maximum speed setting isn't very fast, which isn't ideal for the smoothest purees with fibrous ingredients.

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
5
Blending Time Indicator
Yes
Programmable Timer
No

The blender has a dial that lets you select from 10 speed presets or a selection of blending programs, depending on your blending mode. You can toggle between blending modes using the iQ/manual button. When you're blending manually, the display will indicate which speed preset you're using (1-10), and if you're using one of the blending programs, it's a timer that shows how much time is left in the program.

  • Smoothie: 65 seconds
  • Bowl: 40 seconds
  • Spread: 75 seconds
  • Chop: 5 seconds
  • Dough: 45 seconds
  • Extract: 75 seconds (personal jar and 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' only)

There's also a pulse button that you can use for jobs like crushing ice. If you're using one of the smaller jars and want to blend manually, you can only choose speed preset 10 (maximum speed).

9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The cleaning process depends on what jar you're using. The 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar is very easy to clean by running the blender with soap and water in the jar. The rotating arms inside require some scrubbing after making something like nut butter, but the jar is wide enough to fit your hand into, and it's not an overly tedious process. However, the main jar's sharp blade assembly makes cleaning difficult. You need to be careful not to cut yourself, and the mechanism connecting the assembly to the bottom of the jar tends to trap food and isn't easy to clean.