Let me start by saying we had a blender. An ancient one. You know, the kind you have to keep stopping and stirring or shaking to get it going again? Yeah, a pain in the butt!! It got the job done eventually, but we've been doing our fair share of smoothie and baby food making recently, so I knew the time had come to upgrade and I knew where to turn... NINJA, baby!!
I'd heard good things about Ninja, namely great products with an easy to swallow price points. Holla! I ended up going with the Nutri Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-IQ, and spoiler alert, it's awesome!!
It comes with a huge pitcher (i.e. margaritas for your home party) with a pouring spout, as well as 3 sizes of cups (18, 24, & 32oz) that you can drink right out of (you use the lid with blending blades to blend and then just switch to a to-go lid for drinking). When you snap in the blending container, the machine automatically lights up the appropriate blending options for that device. You can choose from several pre-set blending options (which uses set speeds and pauses so you can just sit back and let it do all the work for you), or you can blend manually choosing from low, medium, and high settings.
So far we've put it to the test with smoothies and baby food, throwing in everything from frozen strawberries and ice cubes to chia seeds and spinach, and it crushes and purees the heck out of anything within seconds! It's loud, of course, I mean I wouldn't do it while the babies are napping in the next room, but it's not deafening or anything beyond normal. My toddler LOVES to operate it and squeals out in delight when it's in auto mode and surprises him with its stopping and starting automatically.
All of the containers are plastic but BPA-free, and all parts (except the electronic base, of course) are dishwasher safe! Though, I got a tip from a friend that for a quick and easy clean you just rinse it out, then add some water and a squirt of soap and blend! SO easy and fast, love it!! Here's a video of my toddler helping me clean it:
The base has 4 suction cups on the bottom so it stays put, which is good and bad... if you have a huge kitchen and just leave it in one spot it's great!! But I have to take it out and put it away in the cupboard each time so it's a tad annoying but great safety-wise, especially when operating with my mini kitchen "helper".
The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo also comes with a great recipe book featuring over 75 delicious and nutritious recipes, including juices, smoothies, infused teas & waters, breakfasts, soups, sauces, entrees, and desserts! I can't believe some of the things you can make in your blender - buckwheat pancakes and tomato basil scramble!? YUM! I'm definitely going to start working my way through these! One section they missed, to my disappointment, is baby food. I need some help in that department, my girls are a bit sick of carrot / sweet potato and mango / banana purees LOL!!
So, if you're in the market for a new blender, definitely check out the Ninja Kitchen lineup. Say goodbye to shaking and stirring your frustrating old blender and say hello to quick, easy, and simply put, perfection!!
You can get the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo for about $170 on Amazon, and with the food processor for about $230. Other amazing Ninja Kitchen products include the Ninja Coffee Bar, Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System, and Nutri Ninja Pro Complete Blender System.
So what do you think? Do you have a Ninja, or another blender, you love? Ready to switch? Have an amazing blender recipe? Share in a comment below!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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