Ninja Kitchen System Model BL700
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HOWEVER, smoothie wise, I don't think it's the best. It doesn't blend up everything smoothly so it's not a smoothie, you can always strain the pulp, I eat it in my juice. All in all, if you want a heavy duty blender but don't want to spend vitamix money, this is the way to go!
Like Any Other Appliance Brand, Ninja Blenders Needed to Earn my Approval Before I Could Make Any Claims, though I now Know my Time With the System Over the Few Months I Have Owned my own Unit was Just Enough Time to Make Good On Every Claim Advertiesed on the Ninja Systems Website (www.ninjakitchen.com). I Never Would Have Imagined That an Infomercial Advertising a Fancy Blender at 2 am Would be worth the money, however Ninja has pleasantly surprised me with the Best Blender I Have Ever Owned and Has Raised my Standards to the Next Level of What True 'Professional Quality' Kitchen Appliances Really Are. Rarely Will You Ever See Higher Quality Items of Any Type for a Bargain, but Somehow, Ninja Has Done it, Even Producing the Entire Mega Kitchen System Set to be Affordable Enough to Add Into Any Chef's Kitchen Arsenal.
Overall, the Ninja does a great job. The blender is powerful enough to turn a full carafe of ice into fine snow. I take frozen fruit (peaches, mixed berries) add a little fruit juice, ice, Splenda and yogurt to make awesome fruit sorbet for dessert - it comes out the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. It also makes some of the best frozen margaritas ever - smooth and icy, but you can use less ice because it is so powerful.
If you read some other reviews, you will see that there are complaints that the blender doesn't always blend everything perfectly smooth. The important word here is "perfectly" - it does sometimes leave small bits of ice or fruit. However, if "great" is what you are looking for instead of "perfect", you should be really happy with this purchase.
I started doing research when I decided to buy one of my very first blenders (I wanted to get healtheir.
After much hours researching here and there online, I decided to go with this blender.
Best idea I had in long time, best investment I made that year (3 years ago I bought my Ninja)
I use it every single day -I make healthy yummy smoothies with it, its a daily thing for me.
I also use it for variety of other uses that included is my famous Sykes banana bread, yes I use it to make the mixture with one of the many dif paddles included with the unit. It has a dough handle that moves around as the inner blade.
Also I use both the smaller and the bigger pitcher depends on what I'm mixing/blending at the moment.
It all washes up nicely, it has a very powerful motor on it, I was shocked first use when I used it first time. It is one of the best buys I honestly have made, and I cannot live without this wonderful machine! Its def changed my life for the better!