The Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ is a straightforward full-size blender that's the next generation of the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. It's a lot more basic than similarly designed yet more expensive models like the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642, as it comes with a similar 72-ounce pitcher and spiral blade design. However, compared to higher-end models, it has fewer speed settings and lacks additional jars or blades. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer any improvements over its predecessor, and its build quality is a slight step down.
The Ninja Professional Blender is adequate for multi-purpose use. The 72-ounce pitcher is fantastic for ice crushing, but it's not as well-suited for processing fibrous ingredients or making nut butter. It's also not safe to use for hot blending and has limited speed settings. It's not as well-built as the older model, the Ninja Professional Blender 1000.
The Ninja Professional Blender is decent for making single-serve smoothies. It doesn't come with any personal jars, but it can make a single-serve smoothie with a good texture in the 72-ounce main jar. However, you need to run the blender for more than eight minutes to get the best result, and even then, there are grains of kale or fruit skin left over.
The Ninja Professional Blender is good for making multiple servings of smoothies. You can make enough to serve several people in the 72-ounce pitcher. It doesn't struggle to crush ice, so it's well-suited for frozen drinks, but it makes a grainy puree if you use fibrous ingredients like kale. It's also hard to clean by hand.
The Ninja Professional Blender is fantastic for ice crushing. Like most Ninja blenders, it can make snow-like crushed ice very quickly.
The Ninja Professional Blender isn't safe to use for hot blending, so you can only use it to process ingredients for soup once they're cool. It has a large capacity, meaning you can blend a big recipe in one batch, but it can't produce a completely smooth puree with fibrous ingredients like kale.
The Ninja Professional Blender is decent for professional use. The main pitcher has a 72-ounce capacity and is well-suited for making big batches of crushed ice or frozen drinks. However, you may want something sturdier if you use your blender every day for ice crushing. It doesn't perform as well for other purposes like pureeing fibrous ingredients or making nut butter and isn't safe to use for hot blending.
The Ninja Professional Blender is a bulky full-size blender. It may not fit in a cupboard, and it takes up some space on a counter.
The Ninja Professional Blender has a decent build quality. It's a small step down from the Ninja Professional Blender 1000. The plastic used for the motor base doesn't feel premium and the control panel feels cheap. The plastic transmission feels sturdy, and the jars and lids are solid. The jar doesn't wiggle around once it's twisted into place, and the blender won't start unless the lid is on. Even though there are no suction cups under the motor base, it doesn't move around on the counter when it's running.
The Ninja Professional Blender's jar has a big 72-ounce capacity. There's a 'max liquid capacity' mark at 64 oz.
The plastic jar and its lid are top-rack dishwasher-safe.
Like most Ninja blenders, its blade assembly is a column with blades that spiral around it. You can remove it from the jar for cleaning, but you need to handle it very carefully because the blades are so sharp. It's also top-rack dishwasher-safe.
The lid is easy to put on and remove. The handle needs to be locked into place before the blender will start. It doesn't have a removable center piece, so you can't add ingredients mid-blend, but there's a spout opening on one corner, which allows you to pour from the pitcher with the lid on.
The power cord is long enough to reach a nearby outlet. There's a compartment to keep it out of the way when it's not in use, but it takes a bit of effort to tuck the cord inside.
The Ninja is decent for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients. It makes a slightly grainy puree with ingredients like kale, and you need to run the blender for a long time to get that result.
If you use the main jar's full capacity, it makes a grainy puree with ingredients like kale. You need to run the blender for a long time to break down fibrous ingredients, but unfortunately, even with the long blend time, there are more visible grains than in the smaller batch.
The Ninja NJ601 can crush a batch of 12 ice cubes into snow-like crushed ice very quickly.
The Ninja is great for making nut butter. It's not the most convenient process since you need to stop the blender a few times, take the lid off, stir the mixture and scrape the sides of the jar. It takes a while but makes fantastic, smooth nut butter.
Like the Ninja Professional Βlender 1000, it has fewer speed settings than most Ninja blenders. There isn't a huge difference between its minimum and maximum speeds, so you have limited control over the blending speed.
Its controls are very similar to the Ninja Professional Βlender 1000, with buttons for the three speed presets, pulse mode, and on/off.
Its very sharp blades make the Ninja Professional Blender blender difficult to clean by hand. You need to be careful not to cut yourself when you're handling them. There's also a hollow space at the bottom of the blade column where it connects to the jar. This small space tends to trap food residue and is hard to get completely clean, even with a brush.
Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ comes in Black/Gray or Black/Silver. We tested it in Black/Gray and you can see the label here. If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions.
The Ninja Professional Blender is a less expensive full-size blender from Ninja and only comes with the basics, a 72-ounce pitcher and lid. It's a newer version of the budget-friendly Ninja Professional Βlender 1000 and performs the same way. Unfortunately, the biggest difference between the two is the newer version has a slightly worse build quality. Like most Ninja blenders, it has a standout ice crushing performance, but the 72-ounce pitcher isn't ideal for fibrous ingredients or nut butter. It's still reasonably versatile, but if you make a lot of smoothies, the Ninja TWISTi or Oster Pro 1200 are better choices.
The NutriBullet Blender Combo is better than the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ. It makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients like kale in its main jar. It can also hot blend and comes with two smaller jars for single-serves. Its blade design makes it easier to clean by hand. The Ninja is better for thicker mixtures like nut butter, but it's not ideal for that purpose either.
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.
The Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ is a little better than the Oster Pro 1200, mainly because the Ninja has a better build quality. It's also better for ice crushing and quieter. The Oster is a better choice for some purposes, like making smoothies. It does a better job of processing ingredients like kale in its main jar and comes with a personal jar for single-serves. It's safe for hot blending and much easier to clean by hand.
The KitchenAid K150 is better than the Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ. The KitchenAid has a better build quality and comes with a 2-part lid. It can hot blend and does a better job processing fibrous ingredients like kale. It's quieter and has more speed settings. The Ninja has a bigger capacity and can crush ice more uniformly and more quickly, but the KitchenAid is also great for ice crushing.