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Ninja Professional Blender 1000 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Review updated Sep 15, 2023 at 01:04 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 26, 2024 at 10:05 am
Ninja Professional Blender 1000 Picture
6.5
Multi-Purpose
7.4
Smoothies (Single Serving)
7.6
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.7
Ice Crushing
4.7
Soups
7.2
Professional Use

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is a sturdy full-size blender with a 72-ounce pitcher. It has a simple design, with three speed presets and a pulse mode. The lid for the jar has a pouring spout, but it doesn't come with a tamper or 2-part lid. The jar, lid, and removable blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe.

Our Verdict

6.5 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is adequate for multi-purpose use. It's sturdy and comes with a 72oz capacity (or 64oz liquid capacity) main pitcher for big batches. It excels at crushing ice, making slushies and crushing ice cubes in smoothies with no problem. It can also produce good results with thicker recipes, like nut butter, hummus, and dips, although it's not very convenient for that purpose since you have to remove the lid and stir a few times during the process. Unfortunately, it doesn't make a completely smooth blend with fibrous ingredients, which is a big downside for smoothies. It can't hot blend and has very sharp blades that make it hard to clean by hand. On the plus side, its components are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Limited controls.
7.4 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is decent for making single-serve smoothies. It can make a good-textured single-serve drink with fibrous ingredients like kale, but you must blend for a long time to get the best results. The very sharp blades make it difficult to clean by hand, but on the plus side, it's dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • No personal jars for smoothies.
7.6 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

The Ninja Professional Βlender 1000 is good for making multiple servings of smoothies. It has a big 72oz main pitcher, so you can easily serve a crowd from one batch. It's sturdy and has a lid with a pouring spout, making it easier to pour from the jar. However, it struggles to make a completely smooth blend with fibrous elements like leafy greens and fruit skin, so your smoothie may be a bit grainy or leafy, depending on your recipe. The sharp blades make it hard to clean by hand, but it's dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Makes a grainy puree with bigger batches of fibrous ingredients.
9.7 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is outstanding for crushing ice. It has a good build quality, with a sturdy-feeling motor base, and its 72oz jar is ideal for multiple servings of slushies or big batches of ice for parties. It takes about 30 seconds to make snow-like crushed ice using' Pulse' mode.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • No preset for automatic ice crushing.
4.7 Soups

According to the manufacturer, the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 isn't meant for hot blending because steam can't escape from the jar. You have to let your ingredients cool before using it for recipes like soup, but on the plus side, its 72-ounce main pitcher fits most recipes in one batch. However, if you're working with fibrous ingredients like kale and broccoli, it won't make a completely smooth puree.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Makes a grainy puree with bigger batches of fibrous ingredients.
7.2 Professional Use

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is decent for professional use. It has a sturdy build quality and a big 72-ounce (or 64-ounce liquid) capacity. It's not too loud when running and does a fantastic job of crushing ice. It can handle thicker mixtures like hummus, nut butter, or pesto but doesn't include a tamper, so you must remove the lid and stir a few times. It also struggles to completely puree fibrous ingredients like kale or broccoli, which isn't ideal for silky smoothies. You also can't use it to blend hot ingredients.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.
  • 64-ounce liquid capacity.
  • Makes very smooth, spreadable nut butter.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • 6.5 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.4 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 7.6 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 4.7 Soups
  • 7.2 Professional Use
  1. Updated Feb 26, 2024: Added a note that the Oster Master Series Blender with Texture Select Settings includes a personal jar for single-serves in fibrous ingredients (small batches).
  2. Updated Feb 14, 2024: Compared its jar/beaker materials with the newly-review Brentwood 12-Speed Pulse Blender with Glass Jar's.
  3. Updated Jan 11, 2024: Compared its performance for fibrous ingredients (full capacity) with the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Multi-Function's.
  4. Updated Jan 04, 2024: Compared the fibrous ingredients (full capacity) performance with the Black+Decker Quiet Blender with Cyclone Glass Jar's.
  5. Updated Dec 20, 2023: Compared its controls and programs with the Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro's.
  6. Updated Sep 15, 2023: Made minor edits to the text to bring it up to date.
  7. Updated Dec 02, 2022: Compared its controls to the Ninja Professional Plus Blender DUO with Auto-iQ's.
  8. Updated Sep 23, 2022: Revised text to match results updated to Test Bench 1.0.
  9. Updated Aug 24, 2022: The score for 'Fibrous Ingredients (Small Βatches)' changed from 6.1 to 7.2 because a longer blending time results in a better texture. The 'Texture' score changed from 6.5 to 7.5 and the 'Processing' score from 8.5 to 6 because of the extra time required. The 'Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)' score also changed, from 4.8 to 6.4. The 'Texture' score changed from 4 to 6 and the 'Processing' score from 8 to 6.
  10. Updated Jul 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  11. Updated Feb 02, 2022: Review published.
  12. Updated Jan 28, 2022: Early access published.
  13. Updated Jan 24, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  14. Updated Jan 04, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  15. Updated Dec 17, 2021: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 comes in one variant with a black and silver color scheme. You can see the label for the unit we tested here.

If you encounter another variant, please let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is a budget-friendly full-size blender. It excels at ice crushing, unlike many similarly-priced blenders we've tested, like the Oster Pro 1200 or the NutriBullet Blender Combo. However, it's not the most versatile option since it can't hot blend and doesn't make a very smooth puree with fibrous ingredients like kale or blueberries. A newer model, the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ, comes with a few automatic blending programs but isn't as sturdy.

Check out our picks for the best blenders for smoothies, the best blenders, and the best Ninja blenders.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The NutriBullet Blender Combo and the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The NutriBullet comes with a pair of personal jars with to-go lids for single-serve drinks and makes better blends with fibrous ingredients. You can also use its main jar to blend hot ingredients for recipes like soup. On the other hand, the Ninja is much more suitable for tough tasks like crushing ice and making nut butter.

Oster Pro 1200

The Oster Pro 1200 is more versatile than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. The Oster comes with a 48-ounce glass jar and an additional personal jar for single-serve smoothies with a matching to-go lid. It makes a much smoother blend with fibrous ingredients, so it's better for smoothies and soups. On the other hand, the Ninja is better for crushing ice. It has a much better build quality, and its main jar has a bigger capacity.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Βlender 1000 is slightly better than the Ninja Professional Plus Βlender with Auto-iQ, mainly because it makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale. The blenders perform similarly otherwise. However, some may prefer the Auto-iQ because it's sturdier and has a few automatic blending programs.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. The Vitamix has a significantly better build quality and a more versatile performance since it can hot blend. It's better at processing small and big batches of fibrous ingredients and easier to use to make nut butter. It's also much easier to clean by hand. However, the Ninja is quieter and does a slightly better job crushing ice in its main pitcher.

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ and the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 have different strengths. The Auto-iQ has more extra features, including personal jars and a food processing bowl. You can use the smaller jars to make significantly better single-serve smoothies. It has a few preset modes and a timer showing the time left during the blending cycle. The 1000 has a simpler design, but both blenders make snow-like crushed ice. The 1000 is also a bit quieter when it's running.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. The Vitamix has a much better build quality, comes with a 2-part lid and tamper, and offers a wider range of speed settings. It makes a much smoother blend of fibrous ingredients and can hot blend. Both blenders can make snow-like crushed ice quickly, and the Ninja's main jar has a bigger capacity.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

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 Blender NJ601AMZ

The Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ is the next generation of the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. The two have similar overall performances, but the 1000 has a slight edge because it's better built and quieter. The NJ601AMZ processes big batches of fibrous ingredients a little faster, but it's a marginal difference.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System [CO351B, SS351]

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 Detect Power Blender Pro

The Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. They come with similar 72oz jars, but the Detect makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients more quickly. It's easier to use for nut butter since you don't have to stop and stir. Its 'BlendSense' mode acts as an automatic blending program that stops automatically when your recipe is done, while the Professional only has manual blending modes. However, the Professional is much quieter.

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Multi-Function

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is better than the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Multi-Function for most purposes. The Ninja is sturdier and much better for crushing ice and easier to use for recipes like nut butter or hummus. However, the Hamilton Beach comes with a glass jar, which you might prefer. It can hot blend and make a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients, which is important for well-blended soups and smoothies. However, it has a sub-par build quality.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Height
17.1" (43.5 cm)
Width 6.4" (16.3 cm)
Depth 9.8" (24.8 cm)
Weight
7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

It's quite bulky, so it's best stored on your counter or on a shelf. It's smaller and lighter than some more expensive Ninja blenders, like the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

It has a good build quality. The motor base is made of plastic that feels sturdy and has rubber feet to help keep it from moving around on your counter. The black plastic platform that the jar sits on feels robust and holds the jar steady. The jar needs to twist into place and the lid locked on before the blender can operate.

Unfortunately, the control panel feels cheap, and the buttons, when pressed, lack proper clicky feedback. The 'Medium' button feels less clicky than the others. The jar lid feels flimsy, which isn't ideal since it contains the safety mechanism preventing the blender from starting without the lid. The plastic base of the jar feels fragile and seems prone to shattering if it knocks against something. While it's not something we experienced with our unit, some users have reported the pitcher cracking or leaking with regular use. Here's an example. You can see similar complaints in the user reviews here.

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

The main jar has a 72oz capacity and a 64oz capacity for liquids, which is about as big as full-size blender jars get, making it a good choice if you usually serve a crowd.

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

The jar is made of plastic. It has measuring marks in cups, ounces, and milliliters and has a comfortable handle. You must orient the jar correctly on the motor base to clip it into place. If you're looking for a glass jar blender, check out the Brentwood Brentwood 12-Speed Pulse Blender with Glass Jar or the Oster Pro 1200.

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

Like many Ninja blenders, its blade assembly has a stem design with six sharp blades spiraling around it. Ninja calls this the 'Total Crushing' blade assembly; blenders we've tested with this design are all fantastic ice crushers. However, the blades are also very sharp, so you must be careful when handling them.

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

The lid is made of plastic with a rubber gasket on its underside. There's a spout-like opening on one corner with a clear plastic cover that flips open. It can help with pouring, but the opening isn't big enough to act as a 2-part lid and let you add ingredients mid-blend. You also can't fit a tool like a tamper through it to stir your recipe, although the stacked blades would get in the way and make it difficult to use a tamper anyway. You must lock the lid onto the jar before the blender can operate. To lock it, you need to align the triangle symbol on the lid with the triangle symbol on the jar's handle, then push it down on the lid's handle until it locks into place.

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

The power cord is long enough to reach an outlet near your counter. There's a ridge around the exhaust vents on the back of the motor base that you can wrap the cord around to keep it out of the way when the blender's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Ninja Professional Blender 1000 motor base
  • 72 oz pitcher
  • Lid with locking handle
  • Blade stack assembly
  • Manual

Performance
7.2
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
6.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
7.5

It does a decent job with small batches of fibrous ingredients. Blenders that can make a totally smooth blend with fibrous elements usually have much faster blending speeds, and if you use it for something like a single-serve smoothie with kale, it'll have some small unprocessed grains left over. However, a bigger downside is the process. It takes a long time, and since the mixture constantly splatters up the sides of the jar, you have to remove the lid and scrape them with a spoon or spatula a few times to get the best results.

If you want to use your full-size blender for single-serve smoothies, you might prefer a model that comes with a personal jar like the Oster Master Series Blender with Texture Select Settings.

6.4
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
6.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
6.5

It's okay for large batches of fibrous ingredients. However, even if you run the blender for a long time, it makes a grainy puree with ingredients like kale. There are more bigger, unprocessed bits than in the small batch. If you want a blender that can make a smoother blend with ingredients like leafy greens and fruit, you might prefer the Black+Decker Quiet Blender with Cyclone Glass Jar or the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Multi-Function.

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

Like most full-size Ninja blenders we've tested, it can crush a batch of 12 ice cubes in about 30 seconds using pulse mode. The result is snow-like crushed ice, ideal for drinks like slushies or frozen treats like snow cones.

8.1
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
6.0
Nut Butter Texture
9.5

It does a great job of making nut butter. If you use the 'Pulse' button to break up the ingredients and then blend on 'High', it makes a very smooth, very spreadable butter. There may be some unprocessed bits or powder caught around or under the blades. However, it takes a while to produce the best results, and since it lacks a 2-part lid and tamper, you have to stop the blender a few times to scrape the sides of the jar with a spoon or spatula.

7.6
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
90.7 dB

It's on the quiet side for a full-size blender. It makes much less noise than some blenders, like the Ninja Smart Screen, making it less irritating for recipes requiring a longer blending time.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
3,600 RPM
Max Speed
4,600 RPM
Power
1,000 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

There isn't a big difference between its slowest and fastest speed settings, which is typical of Ninja's blenders and means you have less control over the blending process. It also doesn't achieve the high speeds helpful for smoothly pureeing fibrous ingredients like kale.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
3
Speed Dial
No
Hot Blending
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No

The Ninja BL610 has simple controls, with buttons for three speed presets and a pulse mode. There's also a power button that acts as an on/off toggle. If you're looking for a blender with blending programs that stop the blender automatically, you might prefer the brand's updated version of this blender, the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ, or the Ninja Detect Power Blender Pro.

6.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The blade design makes cleaning by hand difficult. The blades are removable but very sharp, and you must be careful not to cut yourself when cleaning it. Running the blender with soap and water can take care of a good amount of residue in the jar and on the blades. However, there's a small hole on one end of the blade assembly stem that connects to the lid's locking mechanism. This opening traps debris and is difficult to reach unless you have something long and thin, like a pipe cleaner. You may also need to wipe the lid's gasket with a sponge and open the lid's spout cover to remove any remaining residue.