And now for something completely blendy

I know nothing about this blender, other than that it’s made by the Ninja Kitchen people, and you know how much I love my Ninja cooker. Wait, I lied—I also know that the retail price is $170.

But right now at Amazon, the Ninja Extreme Kitchen System Pulse Blender with Accessories (in red! pretty!) is just $150 shipped.

Now: Is that a tad spendy for a blender? I think so, unless you’re going whole hog and buying a professional model like a Vitamix or a Blendtec. But this particular blender isn’t just a blender; I am giggling over them calling it an “extreme kitchen system,” of course, but it is a blender as well as a food processor, plus it comes with a couple of blend-and-go cups if you want to run out the door with your smoothie. And this machine runs on a 700 watt motor, which should be sufficient for anything you might need to throw at it. (Please note: Do not actually throw things at your blender.)

If you just need a blender, I stand by my previous recommendation for a KitchenAid as the best intersection of price and functionality. (Mine has been running strong for two years of constant use, and I got it for under $70, shipped.) But if you need a blender and you don’t have a food processor, I could see this being a good compromise with one machine instead of two… and in that case, the price becomes a lot more reasonable.

6 Responses to “And now for something completely blendy”

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    Janet January 21, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I am in the market for a blender and am curious if you bought a refurbished Kitchen Aid?

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    Mir January 21, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Janet, yes, if you go back to my blender post linked in this post, I did indeed grab a refurb and two years later it’s still going strong! I love it.

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    Deb January 21, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    FWIW, the Ninja blender (just the blender, not the blender/food processor combo) is the match of the Vitamix level blenders in our experience — it can blend or juice ANYTHING. Very, very powerful. We love ours, and I’m still eyeing that Ninja cooker!

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    Lucinda January 21, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Wow! If I didn’t already have a Vitamix and a food processor I would be all over this just for the counter space it would save. If only this had been out a year ago….sigh.

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    Mir January 21, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Deb, that’s good to know about the blender, thanks!

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    Nicole January 21, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    not sure it’s quite as good as the fancier ones, if you want to blend kale for example. but i love mine. rarely use accessories but got at costco for $100.