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Ninja Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender with 1000-Watt Base and Total Crushing Technology for Smoothies
  • The Ninja professional blender 1000 features a sleek design and outstanding performance with 1000 watts of professional power 64 ounce maximum liquid capacity
  • Ninja total crushing blades gives you perfect ice crushing, blending, pureeing, and controlled processing crush ice and frozen fruit in seconds
  • The 72 ounce professional blender jar is perfect for making large batches of creamy, frozen drinks and smoothies for the entire family also perfect for large batches of delicious margaritas and daiquiris
  • Blast ice into snow in seconds and blend your favorite ingredients into delicious sauces, dips and smoothies

23592 ratings


Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72 Oz Total Crushing Pitcher
  • Ninja professional blender with Nutri Ninja Cups has 1100 watts of professional performance power with 3 speeds, pulse, and single serve functions
  • 72 ounce total crushing pitcher pulverizes ice to snow in seconds for creamy frozen drinks and smoothies
  • Two 16 ounce Nutri Ninja cups with to go lids are perfect for creating personalized, nutrient rich drinks to take on the go
  • Dishwasher safe and BPA free parts single serve blade assembly
  • Includes one 1100 watt base, 72 ounce total crushing pitcher, and two 16 ounce Nutri Ninja Cups with to go lids note: Refer user manual before use

23383 ratings


Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System and Blender with Total Crushing Pitcher, Food Processor Bowl
  • 72 ounce total crushing pitcher pulverizes ice to snow in seconds for creamy frozen drinks and smoothies; 2 horsepower
  • Eight cup food processor bowl provides perfect, even chopping and makes up to 2 pounds of dough in 30 seconds
  • Two 16 ounce Nutri Ninja cups with to go lids are perfect for creating personalized, nutrient rich drinks to take on the go
  • Dishwasher safe and BPA free parts
  • Includes: 1500-Watt Motor Base, 72-Oz. Total Crushing Pitcher, 8 Cup Food Processor Bowl, Dough Blade, (2) 16-Oz. Nutri Ninja Cups with To-Go-Lids

16472 ratings


Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base
  • 700-watt power pod with pulse technology. Cord length: 36 inches
  • Nutrient & vitamin extraction extracts hidden nutrition from whole fruits and veggies
  • Frozen blending – Crush through ice and frozen fruit for cold drinks and smoothies
  • Two 16-ounce. Nutri Ninja cups, 2 Sip & Seal lids & 30-recipe inspiration guide
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Model Number: QB3001SS, voltage 120, frequency 60 hertz

15503 ratings


Ninja Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender, with 18 Oz. and 24 Oz. To Go Cups, in a Black and Silver Finish
  • 900 watts of professional power breaks down fruits and vegetables for nutritious juices and smoothies
  • The Nutri Ninja: Pro provides you with powerful nutrient & vitamin extraction performance to extract hidden nutrition from whole fruits and veggies
  • Twist on the spout lids and take your drinks with you for easy on the go sipping
  • Manually pulse to easily crush ice, seeds, skins, stems and frozen ingredients for a smooth, even consistency
  • All parts are BPA free and dishwasher safe

10299 ratings


Ninja BL480D Nutri 1000 Watt Auto-IQ Base for Juices, Shakes & Smoothies Personal Blender
  • Auto IQ technology optimizes ninja: Pro extractor blades and power to deliver powerful nutrient and vitamin extraction
  • Powerful nutrient and vitamin extraction provides great tasting, nutritious beverages
  • 1000 watt motor has the power to crush through whole fruits, vegetables and ice in seconds
  • Nutri Ninja pro extractor blades rotate at high speed to liquefy ingredients into smooth nutrient juices, smoothies and purees. Use a damp cloth to wipe the motor base clean. Never submerge the motor base in water

10256 ratings


Ninja Blender/Food Processor with 450-Watt Base, 48oz Pitcher, 16oz Chopper Bowl
  • Interchangeable 450-watt power pod
  • 48 oz. pitcher for frozen blending and smoothies
  • 40 oz. bowl for food processing and meal preparation
  • 16 oz. chopper bowl for even chopping
  • All jars include convenient storage lids, are dishwasher safe, and are BPA free
  • Includes: 450-Watt Power Pod, 48 oz. Pitcher, 16 oz. Chopper Bowl, and a 40 oz. Processor Bowl with Splash Guard and (2) Storage Lids

10189 ratings


Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ
  • The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ features a new modern design and a more powerful motor than Ninja’s original Professional blender. Versus BL610, based on operating wattage
  • Ninja Total Crushing Blades give you perfectly crushed ice for your smoothies and frozen drinks with 1400 peak watts of professional power.
  • The 72 oz. Total Crushing Pitcher is great for making large batches for the whole family. 64 oz. max liquid capacity
  • 3 preset Auto-iQ programs allow you to create smoothies, frozen drinks, and ice cream, all at the touch of a button

3977 ratings


I’ve been getting many questions about the kind of blender I use for making smoothies, so I thought it would be a good idea to write an article about blenders and smoothie makers to shed some light onto the many machines out there on the market.
Let me start by defining what a blender actually is. A blender is a kitchen machine that is used to mix liquid-based food into smooth drinks, purees or pastes. The difference between a food processor and a blender is that a blender needs liquid to run smoothly, while a food processor does not need a liquid base to function properly.
My definition of the two is quite simple: I use my blender to make smoothies or any other drinks = liquids, and I use my food processor to make more solid things like hummus, energy balls or any kind of dough. 


When you want to invest in a blender, there are four questions that help you determine which one is best for your personal needs:

  1. How often are you planning on using it?
  2. How much money do you want to invest?
  3. How much kitchen storage do you have?
  4. How many people are you serving?

Nearly every blender brand has different types of blenders, varying in motor power, container volume and height. The stronger and larger you want your blender to be, the more money you typically need to invest.

There are many different models on the market, and it might be a bit confusing what actually distinguishes the quality brands from low-quality brands. To find out if a blender is worth investing in, you need to look at four different criteria: number of rotations per minute, motor power, the container, and the blade. The number of rotations is important, because it determines how well a blender can break down plant fiber in order extract minerals and vitamins. Good high performance blenders should have a minimum of 25,000 rotations per minute. However, it is not always easy to find out this number as many brands do not provide this kind of information. They do, however, provide the motor power of their machines. I would recommend looking for a blender with a motor power of at least 900 W if you’re planning on using your blender frequently. If you only use your blender occasionally then 600 W is also fine, and if you’re just starting out, and do not want to spend a lot of money then 300 – 600 W is a good start. However, the more powerful your blender is, the better it will be able to blend smoothies and other drinks, and it won’t break as easily. Another important aspect is the container. Did you know that powerful blenders need to have square containers and not round ones? The reason for that is that round blenders simply stir the ingredients around, whereas square blenders provide a counter-flow of the liquids, which results in better blending of the ingredients. The containers of high performance blenders should also be made out of BPA-free plastic and not glass, mainly due to safety reasons. Blenders with less power usually have glass containers though. The final criterion is the blade, which should be made of stainless steel to be able to withstand strong pressures.


I am quite lucky to have been given a Vitamix*, which is one of the strongest blenders currently found on the global market. I honestly have to say that this blender has completely changed my perception of smoothies. It’s truly the best blender I have ever used, and I now know why smoothies are called smoothie: because they are actually smooth! Even when you use greens like kale or spinach, you won’t ever taste pieces of them, because the Vitamix really transforms everything into an incredibly smooth texture. I have been using the Vitamix Pro 750, which is the strongest model on the European market so far. It has a 2 liter container, which is exactly what my smoothie-loving household needs. We use it every day, and are still amazed by its power. What I also love about the Vitamix is that it cannot only make smoothies, but it also makes great nut milks, soups, purees and pastes. It can even heat up the soups, which is a unique feature for a blender. That’s why I personally consider the Vitamix to be a hybrid – a mix between a blender and a food processor. I am not getting paid to say this, I just wanted to share my honest opinion on the Vitamix. Unfortunately the Vitamix is not exactly cheap, it ranges from 499 to 899 Euros, which is quite a heavy price tag, and I am fully aware that not everyone can afford a Vitamix.

Fortunately, there are cheaper alternatives on the market that even students like me can afford.


My mother has been using a blender of the Phillips Avance collection for quite a while now. It costs around 100 Euros and is available across Europe. With 900 W, the Philips blender makes great smoothies, that come quite close to the quality of the Vitamix. I also really like its feature for crushed ice, and I’ve even used it to crush vegetables, too. The 2 liter container is large enough to serve a family, and it is easy to clean. The only thing that I dislike about this blender is that the container is made out of glass, because I consider BPA-free plastic containers as safer options. But all in all, the Philips Avance blender is probably the best blender in terms of quality and price.

The other brand that has been recommended to me is the Nutribullet, which is quite popular in the United States and the U.K. I have not tested this blender yet, but I have heard many great things about it. Its price ranges between 100 and 300 Euros depending on the model, so it is more affordable than the Vitamix. It has a small glass container than that serves 1 – 2 people. What I like about this blender is that you can use the container as a to-go-bottle, which is pretty handy, when you are in a morning rush. Another plus is that it is rather small, so it easily fits under the kitchen counter.

Both the Philips and the NutriBullet are not available in the U.S., so for my American readers, I can recommend the Nutri Ninja Series, which starts at around 150 Dollars. It is a very powerful blender with 1200W, and it makes heavenly creamy smoothies according to my American smoothie-loving best friend. I believe that the Nutri Ninja is one of the best first investments before upgrading to the Vitamix.


I have tested many blenders throughout my life, and I have to say that a higher price usually pays off. There are many cheap blenders on the market, but most of them simply do not have the power to make great smoothies. If you are just starting to drink smoothies, and are not sure if a healthy lifestyle is for you, then I can recommend the brand Russell Hobbs, which is available across Europe. Its blenders start at 50 Euros, and which is very affordable. My best friend has been using hers for many years now, and she has been very content with its results. What she really likes is that it comes with a bottle-to-go so you don’t need to fill your smoothie in a different container when you’re in a rush.

I  have not tested a lower price segment blender that is available in the U.S., so if you have any recommendations for more affordable brands in the U.S., I would love to hear about them in the comments below.


And then finally, there is of course the Thermomix. The thing with the Thermomix is that it is actually not a blender, but a complete kitchen machine. I love my Thermomix, because it has so many features like a build-in steamer or food processor. However, like I said at the beginning of this article, food processors are just not meant to create great smoothies. Thermomix promotes that it can also make smoothies, and it absolutely can. However, in my opinion, you can still taste little pieces of kale or other greens in its smoothies, something that I just don’t like. I love you Thermi, but you’re just not a smoothie maker.

To sum up, finding the right blender is a question of what you need and how much you are willing to spend on it. If you are a big fan of smoothies and you make them every day, I would highly recommend investing in a stronger model like the Vitamix. It’s simply the best blender on the market, and it will give you great joy for a long time. There is a reason why many smoothie bars use this brand, because it simply creates the best results. If you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a blender though, I highly recommend the Phillips blender, or the Nutri Ninja which are the best buys in terms of price and quality.


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