Ninja Smart Screen Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 16, 2020 at 08:45 am
Ninja Smart Screen Picture
6.9
Multi-Purpose
7.5
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.7
Ice Crushing
7.2
Soups
8.5
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1000 W

The Ninja Smart Screen is a pretty straightforward blender with a few timed modes. It does an amazing job at crushing ice but isn't the best for single-serve smoothies. It's very well-built and is dishwasher-safe, which is nice if you don't have the time to hand-wash it. This blender does a great job at processing nuts and is great for larger portions thanks to its 72oz jar.

Our Verdict

6.9 Multi-Purpose

The Ninja Smart Screen is a decent multi-purpose blender. It's outstanding to crush ice with and is very well-built. It's easy to clean and is dishwasher-safe as well. Unfortunately, it isn't the best for smoothies since there's a lot of oxygen mixed into the drink and it creates a foamy and grainy drink. It also isn't recommended for hot blending, so it isn't suitable for hot mixes like soups.

Pros
  • Outstanding at crushing ice.
  • Very solid build quality.
  • Jar and blades are dishwasher safe.
Cons
  • Has trouble processing fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • No single serve jars.
  • Foamy and grainy-textured smoothies.
  • Can't hot blend.
7.5 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Ninja Smart Screen is good enough for smoothies and protein shakes, but won't be ideal for single serves. It blends a very foamy and grainy smoothie. However, if you want to crush ice with it, this blender does an outstanding job and is quite easy to clean after you're done with it.

Pros
  • Outstanding at crushing ice.
  • Very solid build quality.
  • Jar and blades are dishwasher safe.
Cons
  • Has trouble processing fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • No single serve jars.
  • Foamy and grainy-textured smoothies.
  • Can't hot blend.
9.7 Ice Crushing

The Ninja Smart Screen is outstanding at crushing ice. It's a very well-built blender and the blade assembly has no trouble crushing down a lot of ice cubes to snow-like quality in no time.

Pros
  • Outstanding at crushing ice.
  • Very solid build quality.
  • Jar and blades are dishwasher safe.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
7.2 Soups

The Ninja Smart Screen isn't suitable for this use. Hot blends aren't recommended because the heat causes too much of a pressure build-up inside the jar. The user manual specifically advises against hot blending.

8.5 Professional Use

The Ninja Smart Screen is a very good blender for professional use thanks to its large jar capacity and its great build quality. It also does exceptionally well when it comes to crushing ice for your favorite cocktails.

Pros
  • Outstanding at crushing ice.
  • Very solid build quality.
  • Jar and blades are dishwasher safe.
  • High capacity jar.
Cons
  • Has trouble processing fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • No single serve jars.
  • Can't hot blend.
  • 6.9 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.5 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 7.2 Soups
  • 8.5 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.1" (43.5 cm)
Width 7.4" (18.9 cm)
Depth 8.9" (22.6 cm)
Weight
8.1 lbs (3.7 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

This blender is quite bulky. It has to be stored directly on your kitchen counter or in a very large cupboard. On the upside, you can easily just detach the main jar from the base and store them separately.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

This Ninja blender, like most from this brand, is very well-built. Even though the base is made out of plastic, it feels sturdy and solid. The jar might not feel as premium as some others found on Vitamix blenders, but it still feels rigid. Unfortunately, the contact point between the bottom of the jar and the transmission feels cheap.

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

The Ninja CT650 has a very large 72oz main jar, although the advertised maximum liquid capacity is 64oz. Its handles feel nice and solid, but you need to orient the jar in a certain way for it to clip on the base. On the upside, the jar is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

This blender doesn't come with any additional jars. There are other variants of this blender that come with some, but we didn't test those.

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

The blade assembly can easily be removed for easy cleaning, and can even go in the dishwasher. The blades are very sharp so you might need to be extra careful when removing them.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Lock Mechanism

The Ninja Smart Screen's lid is a bit annoying to set as it needs to be in a specific orientation in order to be locked. It also doesn't allow you to put in any ingredients while you're mixing, unless it can fit in the small serving beak.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
2.9 ft (0.9 m)

The power cord is long enough to reach nearby outlets, but there isn't any stowaway compartment to hide it if you're storing the blender, which can be annoying for some.

Design
In The Box

  • 72oz jar
  • Lid
  • Motor base
  • Stacked blade assembly
  • Manual and Recipe Guide

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
3500 RPM
Max Speed
4700 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
95 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Ninja Smart Screen only has two different speeds, and a dedicated pulse button, which is nice. It's quite loud on its max settings, too.

8.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Sticky
Spreadability
Ok
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Ninja Smart Screen is very good for making almond butter. It processes nuts very well, though you might need to stop your blend and mix in some dry bits that made their way to the side of the jar. The result is a bit sticky and grainy and can be fairly well-spread. It also doesn't take too much time to make, which is nice.

6.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

When making smoothies with the main large jar, the result is just okay. The Smoothie Mode is a 70-second cycle that starts by three short pulses and then begins to make longer pulses afterward. Lots of ingredients like kale can be pushed to the side and need reprocessing at the end of the cycle. The result is a very oxygenated drink with a foamy, grainy texture. The overall texture is quite sticky and not very pleasant to drink.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This Ninja Smart Screen variant doesn't come with any additional jars.

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

This blender is outstanding for crushing ice. It takes no time at all to crush a lot of ice down to snow-like consistency.

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

This blender seems to have different modes in 'Smoothie', 'Frozen Drink', 'Puree', and 'Ice Cream', but these act more as timed modes. When using both the High and Low speeds, you'll start a stopwatch that lets you know how long you've been blending, but it'll stop if you use the pulse function.

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

Cleaning this blender is extremely easy. You can easily wash away smoothie and almond butter residue with soapy water, and you can even take out the blade assembly. However, you need to be very careful as the blades are very sharp. You can even put the jar and the blades in the dishwasher if needed.

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

This blender doesn't have any extra features or accessories.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Ninja Smart Screen is a pretty bare-bones blender on its own, but it has some variants with a lot more accessories like the Ninja Smart Screen DUO or the Ninja Screen Kitchen System with FreshVac Technology. While these products seem to have the same main blender base and jar, we don't expect our review to be valid for those as they come with more blades, jars, and accessories.

Compared to other blenders

The Ninja Smart Screen is a rather straightforward blender with four preset timed modes. It's fairly well-built like other Ninja blenders but doesn't quite feel as premium as some Vitamix blenders we've tested. It also doesn't come with single-serve sized jars so it might not be ideal for people looking for a blender to make smoothies.

Blendtec Classic 575
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Blendtec Classic 575 is a better blender than the Ninja Smart Screen if you're looking to do some hot blends. The Blendtec also has a 2-part lid that allows you to add some ingredients mid mix. On the other hand, if you're looking for a blender for smoothies or almond butter, the Ninja is a better option, even though it's not the best. However, the Ninja is outstanding when it comes to crushing ice down to snow-like quality.

Vitamix Explorian E310
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better overall blender than the Ninja Smart Screen. It gives a better smoothie and almond butter but doesn't quite create snow-like ice. However, the Vitamix is much better built and comes with a 2-part lid that allows you to mix in ingredients mid-mix. On the other hand, while both blenders are dishwasher-safe, the Ninja is easier to hand-wash.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is better than the Ninja Smart Screen thanks to its additional accessories. It comes with single-serve personal jars that are great for making smoothies, and it also blends nuts to make smoother almond butter.

Ninja DUO
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Ninja DUO is a better blender than the Ninja Smart Screen. The DUO creates a much more enjoyable smoothie than the Smart Screen and comes with a micro-juicer attachment. On the other hand, the Smart Screen is much easier to clean and crushes ice a bit better than the DUO.

Ninja Smart Screen Price

Black Smart Screen
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

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