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Ninja Professional Blender NJ601AMZ Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 26, 2022 at 10:29 am
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6.4
Multi-Purpose
7.3
Smoothies (Single Serving)
7.7
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.6
Ice Crushing
4.7
Soups
7.1
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,000 W
Hot Blending
No

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.

Our Verdict

6.4 Multi-Purpose

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.

Pros
  • Βig capacity.
  • Superb ice crusher.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Not very good for processing fibrous ingredients.
  • No hot blending.
  • Few speed settings.
  • Hard to clean by hand.
7.3 Smoothies (Single Serving)

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.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Decent for small batches of fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • No personal jars.
  • Hard to clean by hand.
7.7 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

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.

Pros
  • Βig capacity.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Not very good for processing fibrous ingredients.
  • Hard to clean by hand.
9.6 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Professional Blender is fantastic for ice crushing. Like most Ninja blenders, it can make snow-like crushed ice very quickly.

Pros
  • Superb ice crusher.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Hard to clean by hand.
4.7 Soups

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.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Not very good for processing fibrous ingredients.
  • No hot blending.
  • Hard to clean by hand.
7.1 Professional Use

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.

Pros
  • Superb ice crusher.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Not very good for processing fibrous ingredients.
  • Few speed settings.
  • Hard to clean by hand.
  • 6.4 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.3 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 7.7 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 9.6 Ice Crushing
  • 4.7 Soups
  • 7.1 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 26, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 16, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.0" (43.2 cm)
Width 7.6" (19.2 cm)
Depth 7.2" (18.4 cm)
Weight
7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

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.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

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

The Ninja Professional Blender's jar has a big 72-ounce capacity. There's a 'max liquid capacity' mark at 64 oz.

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

The plastic jar and its lid are top-rack dishwasher-safe.

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

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.

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

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.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
3.0 ft (0.9 m)

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.

Design
In The Box

  • Ninja Professional Blender motor base
  • 72 oz pitcher
  • Pitcher lid
  • Blade stack assembly
  • Manuals

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

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.

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

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.

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

The Ninja NJ601 can crush a batch of 12 ice cubes into snow-like crushed ice very quickly.

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

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.

7.0
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
93.8 dB

It's not particularly loud for a full-size blender. It's significantly quieter than others, like the Vitamix Explorian E310 or the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System, but like most blenders, standing next to it for more than a few minutes is irritating.

Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
3,300 RPM
Max Speed
4,600 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

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.

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

Its controls are very similar to the Ninja Professional Βlender 1000, with buttons for the three speed presets, pulse mode, and on/off.

6.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

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.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

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.

Compared To Other Blenders

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.

If you're looking for other options, check out the best Ninja blenders, the best blenders for frozen drinks, and the best blenders for smoothies.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

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.

Ninja Professional Blender 1000

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.

Oster Pro 1200

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.

KitchenAid K150

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.

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