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Ninja Professional Blender 1000 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 02, 2022 at 10:25 am
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6.9
Multi-Purpose
7.4
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.6
Ice Crushing
7.1
Soups
8.5
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,000 W

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is a sturdy full-size blender with a 72-ounce pitcher. It only has three speed settings and a pulse mode, but it's fantastic for ice crushing and makes a very spreadable, smooth almond butter. It's also easy to clean by hand by running it with soap and water in the jar. Unfortunately, it makes grainy smoothies since the sharp blades tend to mince ingredients like kale instead of liquifying them. Some parts of the build, like the lid and the bottom of the jar, are made of plastic that feels a bit cheap. 

Note: Some users report that the blender's jar cracks or leaks after a few months of use and that the jar and lid aren't covered by the manufacturer's warranty. We didn't have this issue with our unit, and warranty can vary depending on where you live and buy your blender. Ηowever, if you own this blender, please let us know your experience in the discussions below.

Our Verdict

6.9 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is okay for multi-purpose use. It's well-built and makes smooth, spreadable almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. It's alright for smoothies, although it struggles to fully liquify ingredients like kale. It also can't be used for hot blending and doesn't offer very many speed settings or preset modes, which some may find limiting. Fortunately, it's very easy to clean by hand, and all of its parts are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Limited controls.
7.4 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is decent for making smoothies and protein shakes. It's well-built and has no problem with ingredients like a frozen banana. Ηowever, using its highest speed setting, it finely chops kale but doesn't fully liquify it, which results in a foamy, grainy drink. On the plus side, it's a fantastic ice crusher, which is nice if you like snow-like ice in your smoothies. It's also very easy to clean by hand.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • No personal jars for smoothies.
9.6 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is outstanding for ice crushing. It has a good build quality, with a sturdy-feeling motor base. Using 'Pulse' mode, it takes about 30 seconds to make snow-like crushed ice.

Pros
  • Makes snow-like crushed ice.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • No preset for automatic ice crushing.
7.1 Soups

You shouldn't use the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 to blend hot ingredients, according to the manufacturer, so it's not suitable for making soup.

8.5 Professional Use

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is excellent 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 it's running and does a fantastic job of crushing ice. It can handle tough jobs like making almond butter and makes okay smoothies, although it struggles to incorporate kale into a silky blend. Unfortunately, you can't use it to blend hot ingredients. The jar doesn't have a two-part lid, so there's no way to add ingredients mid-blend, and it doesn't offer a very wide range of speed settings, which is a bit limiting.

Pros
  • 64-ounce liquid capacity.
  • Makes very smooth, spreadable almond butter.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • 6.9 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.4 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.6 Ice Crushing
  • 7.1 Soups
  • 8.5 Professional Use
  1. Updated Feb 02, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 28, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
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

Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is a bulky full-size blender that needs to be stored on a kitchen counter or in a spacious cupboard. You can also remove the jar for easier storage.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 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 be twisted 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 that prevents the blender from starting without the lid on. The plastic base of the jar feels fragile and seems prone to shattering if it knocks against something.

Note: some users have reported that bottom of the jar cracks or leaks over time and that it isn't covered by the blender's one-year warranty. The manufacturer's website says that the jar and other 'wearable' parts like the blades and lid can be excluded from their one-year limited warranty. Ηowever, please note that warranty can vary or not apply depending on where you live and buy your blender. We also didn't experience this issue with our unit. If you own this blender, please let us know your experience in the discussions.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
72.0 oz (2,129.3 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 comes with a 72-ounce main jar with a 64-ounce liquid capacity. It's the same design as the pitcher that comes with other Ninja blenders like the Ninja Professional Plus Βlender with Auto-iQ. It needs to be oriented the correct way on the base for it to clip on and has a comfortable handle. The jar is dishwasher-safe along with the lid and blade assembly, but the blades and lid should go on the top rack only.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
6
Removable
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja Professional Blender1000's blade assembly has six very sharp blades that spiral around a center column. They're easy to remove from the jar. The blade assembly is top-rack dishwasher-safe but should be removed from the jar first.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Lock Mechanism

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000's lid is made of plastic with a rubber gasket on the bottom side. There's a spout-like opening on one corner with a clear plastic cover that flips open. This can help with pouring, but it's not considered a two-part lid because the opening is too small to use for adding ingredients. 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. The lid needs to be locked onto the jar before the blender will 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 Ninja Professional Blender 1000's 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
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
3,600 RPM
Max Speed
4,600 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
88 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Ninja BL610 has simple controls, with three speed settings and a pulse button. There's also a power button that acts as an on/off toggle. Similar to other full-size blenders from Ninja, there isn't a huge difference between the low and high speed settings, and the maximum speed isn't very fast compared to blenders like the Oster Pro 1200, so it may be less well-suited for making smooth purees with fibrous ingredients.

8.5
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 7 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is excellent for making almond butter. If you use the 'Pulse' button to break up the almonds and then blend at 'high' speed, it makes a very smooth, very spreadable butter that seems almost liquified. It has a stickier texture than almond butter made in blenders like the Vitamix Explorian E310 and takes quite a while to make. That said, we only had to stop the blender once to scrape the sides of the jar, so even though it takes a few minutes, it's a mostly hands-free process.

6.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

The Ninja BL610 is okay for smoothies. It takes about a minute and a half of blending on 'high' speed to make a foamy, grainy smoothie. Like other Ninja blenders like the Ninja Professional Plus Βlender with Auto-iQ, it chops the kale into tiny pieces but doesn't liquify it, meaning you can taste grains in the mixture. The smoothie is also pale in color instead of dark green.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar
10
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0.5 min
Ice Quality
Snow Like

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 easily crushes ice cubes into snow-like crushed ice. It takes about 30 seconds to crush 12 ice cubes with 'Pulse' mode.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

The Ninja BL610 doesn't have any programs or modes aside from 'Low', 'Medium', and 'Ηigh' speed settings and a 'Pulse' button.

9.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is very easy to clean. The removable blade assembly makes it easy to scoop leftover food out of the jar without cutting yourself. If you give the jar a quick rinse first, running the blender with soap and water for about 60 seconds is enough to get the jar and blades clean, even after making something sticky like almond butter. Ηowever, there's a small hole on one end of the blade assembly that connects to the lid's locking mechanism. Debris can accumulate there 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 take care of any remaining residue.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
No
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

The Ninja BL610 doesn't come with any extra features like personal jars. You shouldn't use it to blend hot ingredients.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 comes in one variant with black and silver color scheme. You can see the label for the unit we tested here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is a budget-friendly full-size blender. It comes with the same 72-ounce jar as Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 and Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ, but it's much quieter when it's running and is much better for making almond butter. It also has simpler controls, with no preset modes or extra accessories like personal jars. It does a fantastic job crushing ice, but unlike the Oster Pro 1200 or KitchenAid K150, you can't use it for hot blending.

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 two personal jars with to-go lids for single-serve drinks and makes better-blended smoothies. You can also use its main jar to blend hot ingredients for recipes like soup. On the other hand, the Ninja can crush ice and does a much better job of making almond butter. It's also much easier to clean by hand.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Βlender 1000 is better than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. The two blenders have a very similar design, but the 1000 does a much better job making almond butter. It's also a bit quieter when it's running at maximum speed. On the other hand, the Plus has much better build quality since the 1000's control panel feels cheap. The Plus has a few timed preset modes, including 'Smoothie' and 'Ice Crush'.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 for most purposes. The Vitamix has a significantly better build quality, can blend hot ingredients, and does a better job of making smoothies and almond butter. However, the Ninja makes crushed ice with a more snow-like texture, which you might prefer for recipes like slushies or frozen desserts. It's also significantly easier to clean by hand.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 for most purposes. The Foodi takes less time to make smooth, spreadable almond butter and makes better-blended smoothies in its main jar. It has preset modes for different recipes and has a separate blade assembly for making dough. On the other hand, the Professional is much easier to clean by hand.

Oster Pro 1200

The Oster Pro 1200 is a more versatile blender than the Ninja. The Oster comes with 48-ounce glass jar and an additional personal jar for single-serve smoothies with a matching to-go lid. It makes much better smoothies in its smaller jar, and you can use the main jar for hot blending. It also has a few preset modes for different recipes. On the other hand, the Ninja is better for ice crushing and almond butter. It has a much better build quality, and its main jar has a bigger capacity.

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 comes with more extra features, including two personal jars and a food processing bowl. You can use the smaller jars to make significantly better smoothies. It has a few preset modes and a timer that shows you how much time is left during the blending cycle. The 1000 has a simple design, with just three speed settings and a pulse button, but it makes much smoother, more spreadable almond butter. It's also a bit quieter when it's running.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 for most purposes. The Foodi is better for making almond butter and produces better-blended smoothies in its personal jars. There's a to-go lid included for the personal jar as well as a few different blade assemblies for different purposes, including a dough blade. On the other hand, the Professional makes snow-like crushed ice, and it's quieter when it's running at max speed.

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO and the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 are different types of blender, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The Foodi is a personal blender with a couple of personal jars with to-go lids. It's also much better at making smoothies and almond butter. On the other hand, the Professional is a full-size blender with a much larger 72-ounce main jar. It's significantly quieter when it's running at maximum speed.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and is better for making smoothies and almond butter. It offers a wider range of blending speeds, which helps make it more versatile, and it has a few preset modes for different recipes. Both blenders can make snow-like crushed ice quickly, and the Ninja is easier to clean by hand. Its main jar also has a bigger capacity.

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