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Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 28, 2020 at 08:13 am
Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ Picture
6.8
Multi-Purpose
8.7
Smoothies (Single Serving)
7.5
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
9.7
Ice Crushing
4.6
Soups
7.4
Professional Use
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Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,400 W
Hot Blending
No

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

6.8 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.
8.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)

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
7.5 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
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
4.6 Soups

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

7.4 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.
  • 6.8 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 7.5 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 4.6 Soups
  • 7.4 Professional Use
  1. Updated Dec 02, 2022: Added a note that the Ninja Chef Blender is better for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients.
  2. Updated Aug 25, 2022: The score for 'Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)' changed from 4.7 to 6 because a longer blending time results in a better texture. The 'Texture' score changed from 4 to 6 and the 'Processing' score from 7.5 to 6 because of the extra time required.
  3. Updated Aug 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  4. Updated Sep 28, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Sep 21, 2020: Early access published.

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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 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 the blenders are similar, the Kitchen System comes with more attachments, including a food processor and personal jars. It also produces much silkier smoothies in its 24-ounce personal jars. It has a few more preset modes and a digital blending time indicator, unlike the Auto-iQ. 

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is better than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. They come with similar accessories and perform similarly overall. However, the Mega Kitchen System does a better job of processing fibrous ingredients in its main jar, which is important if you're blending a big batch of fruit smoothies or pureed vegetable soup.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is better than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Ninja makes significantly better almond butter, silkier smoothies, and snow-like crushed ice. It's easier to clean and comes with a food processing attachment, although we don't test that currently. On the other hand, the NutriBullet can hot blend.

Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642

The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is better for most uses than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. The Duo makes much better smoothies and produces smoother, more spreadable almond butter. It also comes with three personal jars, while the Professional Plus Kitchen System comes with two. However, the Kitchen System also includes a food processing attachment, although we don't currently test it.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System is better for most purposes than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. The Foodi produces much better smoothies and almond butter. On the other hand, the Ninja makes crushed ice with a significantly better texture. It also feels more sturdy.

Ninja Professional Blender 1000

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 Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is better than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ for most purposes. The Professional is a full-size blender that comes with a 72-ounce main pitcher, a pair of smaller personal jars with to-go lids, and a food processor bowl, although we don't test that currently. It makes better-blended smoothies in its personal jars and crushed ice with a better texture in its main jar. It's also much easier to clean by hand. However, the Ninja is a more compact personal blender, and it's much better for making almond butter. 

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ is better for most purposes than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The Kitchen System is easier to clean and has a significantly better build quality. It comes with two personal jars with matching to-go lids as well as a food processor bowl, although we don't test that attachment currently. However, the Foodi Power Pitcher makes significantly smoother, more spreadable almond butter.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is better for most purposes than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. The KitchenAid is better built and does a better job of pureeing fibrous ingredients like kale and broccoli. It can hot blend. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with a food processing bowl plus a pair of personal jars for single-serve smoothies, so you may prefer it for its accessories.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

The Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender and the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ have different features, and you may prefer either depending on what you're looking for. The Foodi can hot blend, heat ingredients, and it's much more suitable for blending big batches of fibrous ingredients for recipes like smoothies or soup. Meanwhile, the Ninja comes with a pair of personal jars with resealable lids, so it's better-suited for single-serve smoothies. It also comes with food processing accessories like a dough blade and a chopper blade. 

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ for most purposes. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and can blend hot ingredients for soups and sauces. It's much better for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients and making nut butter. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with personal jars for single-serve smoothies. It's quieter when it's running and has automatic blending programs. 

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is better for most purposes than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. It has a much better build quality and delivers a more versatile performance. It's also much easier to clean by hand. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with extra accessories, including a food processor bowl and personal jars for smoothies.

KitchenAid K150

The KitchenAid K150 and the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ have different strengths, and you may prefer either depending on your needs. The KitchenAid is much better for making almond butter and can be used for hot blending. On the other hand, the Ninja makes crushed ice with a better texture. It's easier to clean by hand and comes with extra accessories, including a food processing bowl and single-serve jars. 

NutriBullet Smart Touch Blender Combo

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ  is better than the NutriBullet Smart Touch Blender Combo for most purposes. The Ninja can crush ice and makes much better, smoother nut butter. On the other hand, the Nutri is much better for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients in its main jar. It can hot blend, so it's more suitable for making soups and sauces.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is better than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ. The Vitamix has a better build quality and does a better job of processing fibrous ingredients. You can use it to hot blend and it's easier to clean by hand. Ηowever, the Ninja comes with more accessories, including smaller blending jars for single-serve smoothies and a food processing bowl.

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 DUO with Auto-iQ

You might prefer either the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ or the Ninja Professional Plus Blender DUO with Auto-iQ, depending on what accessories and features you want. In addition to a 72-ounce pitcher, the Kitchen System comes with a food processing attachment for chopping, slicing, and grating, along with a pair of personal jars with to-go lids. The DUO has the same pitcher but only includes one personal jar and lid.

Calphalon ActiveSense

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ has an edge over the Calphalon ActiveSense. The Ninja has a significantly better build quality and comes with two 24-ounce jars for making smoothies, while the Calphalon only comes with one. The Ninja also makes better-blended smoothies. On the other hand, the Calphalon is better for making almond butter, and you can use it for hot blending. It's also quieter when it's running at maximum speed.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
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.

9.8
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
72.0 oz (2,129 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
24.0 oz (710 ml)
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
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
Two-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
9.3
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Additional Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
8.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.5

The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ does a fantastic job of processing fibrous ingredients in its 24-ounce personal jars. It takes about two minutes to make a silky single-serve smoothie.

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

The Ninja BN801 is mediocre for processing big batches of fibrous ingredients. If you fill the jar to its full capacity, it makes a grainy puree with ingredients like kale. It also takes nearly 10 minutes of blending to get the best possible texture. If you want to make multiple batches of smoothies or process a full recipe as soup, the Ninja Chef Blender can achieve a smoother texture.

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

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

8.3
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
6.5
Nut Butter Texture
9.5

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. If you're looking for a blender that can make smooth, spreadable almond butter, take a look at the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 or the Ninja Professional Blender 1000.

7.4
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
91.5 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
4,100 RPM
Max Speed
5,200 RPM
Power
1,400 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

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.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
3
Speed Dial
No
Hot Blending
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
5
Blending Time Indicator
Yes
Programmable Timer
No

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.

6.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

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.

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