Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 28, 2020 at 08:13 am
Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ Picture
7.0
Multi-Purpose
8.4
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.7
Ice Crushing
7.8
Soups
8.4
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1400 W

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is a full-size blender with a large 72-ounce main jar. It comes with several preset modes and some additional attachments, including two 24-oz personal-sized jars that are ideal for bringing smoothies on-the-go, and a food processor attachment. This blender performs well at crushing ice and making smoothies, but it struggles to make almond butter. It also can't be used to hot blend ingredients, and it doesn't have a lot of extra features. However, thanks to its removable blade assembly, it's easy to clean, and its components are also top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Our Verdict

7.0 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is decent for multi-purpose use. This well-built blender can easily crush snow-like ice and make a well-blended smoothie. It's easy to hand-wash, and its components can be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher. It comes with lots of attachments, including two 24-oz additional jars and a food processor attachment. However, it can't hot blend, and it struggles to make smooth, spreadable almond butter.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Comes with two 24-oz additional jars.
  • Food processor attachment.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Makes a dusty, chunky almond butter.
8.4 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is impressive for smoothies and protein shakes. It comes with two personal-sized, 24-ounce jars so you can bring your smoothie on the go. The personal-sized jars are also compatible with the 'Extract' preset mode, which makes a silky, well-blended smoothie. It can easily blend leafy greens like kale, too. When you're finished, the jars are easy to hand-wash using soap and hot water, and the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are also top-rack dishwasher safe.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Comes with two 24-oz additional jars.
  • Fully blends leafy greens like kale.
Cons
9.7 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is fantastic for crushing ice. This well-built blender can make snow-like ice in less than a minute, which is ideal for enjoying frozen drinks on a hot day.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
Cons
7.8 Soups

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ can't hot blend, so it isn't suitable for making soups.

8.4 Professional Use

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is great for professional use. It feels durable and well-built, and its main jar is large enough to make big batches. It also comes with a lot of attachments, including two personal-sized jars and a food processor attachment. It can easily crush ice and make a well-blended smoothie, and all its parts are top-rack dishwasher-safe for an easy clean. Unfortunately, this blender does struggle to make smooth, spreadable almond butter, and it can't hot blend.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Comes with two 24-oz additional jars.
  • Food processor attachment.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Makes a dusty, chunky almond butter.
  • 7.0 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.4 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 7.8 Soups
  • 8.4 Professional Use

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Black/Stainless Steel BN801
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
18.0" (45.7 cm)
Width 7.3" (18.5 cm)
Depth 9.6" (24.4 cm)
Weight
9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Ninja BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is a large, bulky blender. It's best stored on your kitchen counter or in a large cupboard, but you can also remove the main jar for easier storage.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Ninja BN801 has an impressive build quality. The motor base is made of plastic, which isn't as thick as we see on more premium models, but still feels solid and durable. On the bottom of the blender, there are four suction cups to help keep it in place while blending. The main jar is made of plastic, which also feels solid.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
72 oz (2129 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The main jar has a large, 72-ounce capacity that's suitable for making large batches, though the manufacturer advises that the maximum amount of liquid you should put in the jar is 64 ounces. The jar has to be oriented into the base correctly, or else it doesn't clip into place. All of the attachments are top-rack dishwasher safe. The manufacturer advises that you remove the blade assemblies from the jar before placing them both in your dishwasher separately.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Capacity
24 oz (709 ml)
Weight
0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Ninja BN801 comes with two additional jars that can be used to bring smoothies on the go. When you attach these jars to the blender, it automatically detects them so you can use the single-serve Extract preset. These jars, lids, and blade assemblies are top-rack dishwasher safe, though you need to remove the blade assembly from the jar before placing them both in the dishwasher.

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

The main blade assembly is made up of six sharp blades that can easily be removed for cleaning in the top rack of your dishwasher. This blade assembly is only meant to be used with the 72-ounce main jar, and the processor bowl and 24-ounce additional jars have their own blade assemblies.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Lock Mechanism

To secure the lid on the jar, you have to align the triangle symbol on the lid with the same symbol on the main jar's handle. Then, press down on the handle until the lid clicks into place. It's not a two-part lid, so you can't add ingredients to the mix while you're blending without stopping the blender and removing the lid entirely.

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

The power cord is long enough to reach most outlets. When not in use, you can wrap the cord around a stowaway unit located on the back of the blender.

Design
In The Box

  • 72 oz blender pitcher with lid
  • Motor base
  • Stacked blade assembly
  • Chopping blade assembly
  • Dough blade assembly
  • Pro extractor blade assembly
  • Processor bowl with lid
  • 2x 24 oz Single-Serve cup with spout lid
  • Manuals

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
4100 RPM
Max Speed
5200 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
95.4 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Ninja BN801 comes with several preset speeds and several preset modes. There's also a Pulse mode. This blender gets loud, but not as loud as the Ninja DUO.

6.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 6 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Ok
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is mediocre for making almond butter. It produces powdery, dry butter, and there are still some chunks of almonds that aren't fully processed. You may also need to stop the blender and use a spatula to scrape unprocessed almonds from the sides of the jar to incorporate them into the mix.

8.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Smooth

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ produces an impressive smoothie using its 24-ounce personal jar. Using the Extract preset, it makes a smooth, airy smoothie. It can blend leafy greens like kale, though there may be small bits of unprocessed fruit like banana.

6.5
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy

The Ninja BN801 is okay for smoothies using its main jar. The Extract mode is only compatible with the personal jars, and using the 'Smoothie' preset, it makes a foamy smoothie. There may be small bits of leafy greens like kale in the mix, making the texture slightly grainy.

10
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0.5 min
Ice Quality
Snow Like

The Ninja BN801 is outstanding for crushing ice. It makes snow-like ice in about half a minute.

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

The blender has several preset modes: 'Smoothie', 'Ice Crush', 'Chop', 'Dough', 'Pulse', 'Low', 'Medium', and 'High'. The timer tells you how much time is left when using each of the modes. The 'Extract' mode can be used with each of the 24 oz jars for a single-serve.

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

This blender is exceptionally easy to clean. You can easily clean out liquidy messes like smoothies and stickier messes like almond butter using warm water and soap. The removable blade assembly makes it easy and safe to clean out sticky foods, too. You can also clean the jars, lids, and blade assemblies in the top rack of your dishwasher.

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

This blender has several attachments, including two personal-size jars and a food processing attachment. However, it doesn't have a lot of extra features and it can't hot blend, so you can't use it to make hot soups or sauces. If you prefer a similar blender with less attachments, check out the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is pretty much the same blender as the more bare-bones Ninja Professional Plus with Auto-iQ but comes with more accessories like the food processor attachment and compatible blade attachments, and two 24-oz personal jars. It also has a few more preset modes for the attachments, and their performances might not be similar.

Compared to other blenders

The Ninja BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is a full-size blender with a lot of additional attachments, including a food processor and two 24-oz personal jars. While it can easily make smoothies and crush ice, it can't hot blend, and it isn't as versatile as some of the more premium Vitamix full-size blenders that we've tested. That said, if you're looking for a blender with a lot of extra jars, this is a solid choice.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is a more versatile overall blender than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. The BL770 can make smooth, spreadable almond butter, and it can make a well-blended smoothie in less time. Both blenders come with similar attachments, but the BL770's personal jars are only 16 ounces, while the Professional Plus's personal jars are 24 ounces. The Professional Plus also comes with more preset modes, preset speeds, and a timer.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is a more versatile overall blender than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. The Foodi can hot blend and it has a heating element. It's also better-built, and it can make smooth spreadable almond butter. It comes with a tamper and a brush, while the Professional Plus comes with a food processor and two personal-sized additional jars, which some users may prefer.

Ninja Smart Screen

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ has more attachments than the Ninja Smart Screen. The Professional Plus comes with two additional 24-oz personal jars and a food processor attachment. Thanks to its personal jars, it also makes a better-blended smoothie. That said, the Smart Screen makes a smoother, more spreadable almond butter.

Ninja DUO

The Ninja DUO and the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ are very similar blenders, and depending on your usage habits, you may prefer one over the other. Both come with two personal-sized additional jars, but the DUO's are each 20 ounces while the Professional Plus' are each 24 ounces. The Professional Plus comes with a food processor while the DUO comes with a microjuicer attachment and a vacuum pump. The DUO is better for almond butter, and its main jar makes a better smoothie. However, the Professional Plus isn't as loud, and it's easier to hand wash.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is better for multi-purpose use than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. While both blenders are similar, the Kitchen System comes with more attachments, including a food processor and two 24-ounce personal jars. It also has a few more preset modes and a timer, unlike the Blender. The Kitchen System makes a more spreadable almond butter, and its personal jar can make a better-blended smoothie.

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