Tony has never been one to do holiday gifting well. Having to select an item and hold onto it until birthdays, anniversaries, or Christmases arise simply stresses him out. So over the years I’ve gotten used to never receiving a wrapped gift on a traditional special day, but rather getting random packages at just about any other time. In November, it was this AWESOME Ninja Professional Blender (the BL660 model with single serve cups).
First, let me tell you that I have been avidly against high-powered blenders because I simply can’t justify the price ($500 or more!) when I’m doing just fine with what I’ve got. I also don’t like regularly using equipment in my recipes that I know many readers don’t have or can’t afford. BUT, Ninja is taking those high-priced puree-ers on by offering equivalent quality at a fraction of the price. Tony managed to get this beauty on sale at Macy’s (he ordered online with coupons, but they are also sold in stores – see below for other availability) for only $80!! (yes, I think he also likes “gifting” things to me off-season so that he can also share what an insane deal it was).
At this price point, I consider this baby a more reasonable must for dairy-free living. It’s perfect for smoothies, homemade “milks”, pureeing soups, or anything else that involves making creamy deliciousness. We’ve been giving the BL660 Ninja Professional Blender a workout, every single day, and I tell you, I’m in love. Really, our whole family raves about it. Here’s why:
1000 Watts of Power: Yes, that is 3 zeros. It is powerful, pulverizing anything in its path – ice, frozen bananas, nuts – none of it stands a chance. If you want to turn anything into creamy bliss, this is the machine.
Perfect Sizes: One Big, Two Small: The large 72 ounce jar has it’s own blades and is perfect for soups, sauces and meals. But those awesome to-go cups (two 16-ounce single serves with separate blade and lids) handle the same power, but are perfect for making smoothies and small batches. We use the little ones every day, and the large jar several times a week.
BPA-Free Construction: These aren’t glass jars, but rather light, durable BPA-free containers – even better! They containers are dishwasher safe, too.
Simple Design with Good Details: The lid has a cool spout and lock-in feature, the machine has a simple touch pad with 1 (low), 2 (medium), 3 (high), pulse, and single serve settings. What more is needed?
Safety Features: I love the easy lock-in feature, separate power button, and lock-in lid on the Ninja Professional Blender – all super-easy to use and created to help prevent mishaps.
Counter Appeal: It looks good. I like the chrome finish – it goes with our stainless appliances but offers a neutral sleek finish for any kitchen, and the tall squared off construction means it doesn’t take up much precious counter space. Only drawback: it doesn’t fit under cupboard overhangs – you can’t unlock and pull it up and out if a cupboard looms over it.
As for the limitations, I still keep my spice grinder on hand for grinding small quantities of nuts, or making small quantities of thick items, like nut butter or pesto. As with any full-size blender or food processor, small quantities of non-liquid items can be tricky (they end up sticking to the container walls and can’t reach the blades). Fortunately, my little mini “mock Magic Bullet” with grinder attachment fills in the gaps (they’ve had these as low as $9.99 for the holidays! You can usually find them on sale at Amazon, Target, Macy’s, JCP, or otherwise for $20 to $30 at the most). My dream would be that Ninja adds a “grinder” blade to this set for the single serve – only one machine needed then!