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Ninja Professional Blender 1000 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Feb 02, 2022 at 10:25 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
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,000 W
Hot Blending
No

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.

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 the warranty can vary depending on where you live and buy your blender. However, if you own this blender, please let us know your experience in the discussions.

Our Verdict

6.5 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is okay for multi-purpose use. It's well-built and comes with a large-capacity main pitcher. It's fantastic for crushing ice and can produce smooth, spreadable nut butter. It makes a good single-serve smoothie in its main jar but struggles to make a smooth puree with big batches of fibrous 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.
  • No personal jars for smoothies.
  • 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 need to blend for a long time to get the best results. The jar isn't the easiest to clean by hand, but on the plus side, it's dishwasher-safe.

Pros
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 struggles to fully blend big batches of fibrous ingredients, so your smoothie will have a grainy texture if you add something like kale. However, it's well-built and has a big capacity. The sharp blades make it hard to clean by hand, but it's dishwasher-safe.

Pros
Cons
  • No personal jars for smoothies.
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. 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 personal jars for smoothies.
  • No preset for automatic ice crushing.
4.7 Soups

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 isn't safe for hot blending, so you have to let your ingredients cool before using it for recipes like soup. Its 72-ounce main pitcher fits most recipes in one batch, but it struggles to make a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like leafy greens.

Pros
Cons
  • No personal jars for smoothies.
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 it's running and does a fantastic job of crushing ice. It can handle tough jobs like making nut butter. However, it makes a grainy puree with fibrous ingredients like kale, so it's not ideal for making smooth soups or multiple servings of smoothies. 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.
  • No personal jars for smoothies.
  • 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 Sep 23, 2022: Revised text to match results updated to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. 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.
  3. Updated Jul 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Feb 02, 2022: Review published.
  5. 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

The 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 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 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. However, please note that the 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.

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

The main jar has a big 72-ounce capacity, so it's suitable for making big recipes and multiple servings.

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

The jar is made of plastic and needs to be oriented correctly on the motor base to clip into place. The jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.

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

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 has Ninja's typical blade design, with six very sharp blades that spiral around a center column. The blade stack is easy to remove from the jar and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

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

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000's 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 it's not considered a 2-part lid because the opening is too small 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 has 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
7.2
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
6.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
7.5

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is decent for small batches of fibrous ingredients. It makes a grainy puree with ingredients like kale, but the grains are small, and the texture is good overall. However, you have to blend for a long time to get this result.

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

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 is 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.

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

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 easily crushes ice cubes into snow-like crushed ice. Like most full-size Ninja blenders we've tested, it takes about 30 seconds to crush 12 ice cubes with 'Pulse' mode.

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

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 does a great job of making nut butter. If you use the 'Pulse' button to break up the almonds and then blend at 'Ηigh' speed, it makes a very smooth, very spreadable butter. Unlike with some blenders, like the Vitamix Explorian E310, there may be some unprocessed bits or powder caught around or under the blades. It's not the easiest blender to use for tough tasks like making nut butter since it takes a while, and you need 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 not very loud for a full-size blender. It still makes a lot of noise, like all blenders, but it doesn't become irritating as quickly as blenders like the Ninja Smart Screen or the NutriBullet Blender Combo.

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

Similar to other full-size blenders from Ninja, there isn't a huge difference between the low and high-speed settings. 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.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
3
Speed Dial
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.

6.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The Ninja Professional Blender 1000's extremely sharp blades make it hard to clean. The blade assembly is removable, but you need to be very careful not to cut yourself when you're 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 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.

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 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 running and is much better for making nut 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 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 ice crushing and making nut butter.

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 single-serve 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. It has a much better build quality, and its main jar has a bigger capacity.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

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 ice crushing. 

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 Βlender & Processor System

The Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System is better than the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. The Foodi does a better job of processing fibrous ingredients in its main jar. It also comes with a personal jar you can use to make silky single-serve smoothies. On the downside, it's a lot louder than the Professional.

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  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 that shows you how much time is 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.

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. Ηowever, some people may prefer the Auto-iQ because it's sturdier and has a few automatic blending programs.

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. That said, 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.

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 of crushing ice in its main pitcher. 

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