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Ninja Professional Blender for Home – Best Affordable Gift Ever!

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in *Other Products, Product Reviews with 6 Comments
Version:
BL660 (Full-size Blender with 2 Personal-size Blending Cups)
Price:
$129.99

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On December 16, 2013
Last modified:September 15, 2014

Summary:

Finally, a manufacturer is taking on those high-priced, high power blenders. This Ninja Professional Blender set for home has 1000 watts of power to turn almost any dairy-free food into creamy bliss, BPA-free construction, great safety features, a large “shark-like” container and blade plus single serve blender cups, and it works like a dream.

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).

Ninja Professional Blender BL660 for Home - Review - Must Have Gift

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.

Ninja Professional Blender BL660 for Home - Review - Must Have Gift

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!

Where to Buy: Amazon, Macy’s, and Walmart are just a few of the retailers for the very well-distributed BL660 Ninja Pofessional Blender.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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6 Comments

  1. Milk Allergy MomDecember 16, 2013 at 7:36 pmReply

    I got a good deal on a Ninja once. But when I got it home, it was huge! It didn’t fit under my kitchen cabinets, either. I was so disappointed. You must have a better spot for one than I did. I wanted something high powered that looked “normal”. So after doing more research, I found the Breville was chosen by America’s Test Kitchen and went with that. It was under $200, maybe $160? I know, still double the price of the Ninja. But still not $500 like some. We’ve been really happy with it and I like that it fits under my cabinet. ;) It’s the little things…. I love hearing what others love and recommend!

    • Alisa FlemingDecember 16, 2013 at 7:47 pmReplyAuthor

      I hear you on this! The Ninja we got is actually rather narrow, but it is tall. I was nervous at first that it would be awkwardly placed in the kitchen, since it didn’t fit under the cabinets, but we fortunately found the perfect spot.

      Good to hear about the Breville though – I didn’t realize they had a high power blender, let alone such a highly rated one!

  2. Sarita CDecember 16, 2013 at 8:31 pmReply

    We bought a Ninja Mega Kitchen System about a year ago & it was the best kitchen purchase I have made other than my Kitchen Aid mixer. It is 1500 watts & has a food processor insert, 2 sizes of pitchers & 2 single serve cups. It does everything we need & you can put all the components in the dishwasher except the base. It is big but we found a great spot for it on our counter. We bought it on sale for $200.00 (we are in Canada) & have no regrets. Enjoy your Ninja!

  3. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free DessertsDecember 16, 2013 at 10:16 pmReply

    Go, Tony! What a deal! Sounds like you’re really having fun with this Ninja, Alisa. :-) I love getting great gifts any time of year vs waiting for Christmas or my birthday. ;-)

    Shirley

  4. JohannDecember 19, 2013 at 3:03 amReply

    Hi Alisa,

    I am all about blenders! Nice review!

    I have a blender website in which i do all kinds of blender reviews and articles!

    Now, when i was trying to decide which blender i was going to buy for my mother in law, i struggled a lot in between the Ninja BL660 and the Ninja BL770. In the end, i bought the Ninja BL770 because i thought it was a better deal for your money.

    Anyways, the Ninja BL660 is also an amazing machine!

    Have an awesome week!

    V/R

    -Johann

  5. Deanna MartinDecember 21, 2013 at 11:04 amReply

    I have the Ninja blender and I love using it for so many different recipes. Especially now during the Holidays.

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