I’ve always wanted a Ninja Ultima Blender ever since I seen how effortlessly it blended ice beverages at a friends house. My current 15 speed blender didn’t blend ice all the way, which made me realize I needed to upgrade in order to have my morning smoothies ice chunk free. I have mainly just used the Ninja Ultima for my smoothies, but I am interested in trying out other things like salsa, guacamole, puree baby food (when the time comes), almond butter (not sure if its capable, but I am surely going to try since this stuff is pretty spendy at the store), ice cream using frozen bananas, soups, and much much more. As you can see, the possibilities in creations are endless with this fabulous blender.
I loved that it came with 3 personal 16oz travel cups with sip & seal™ to-go lids, which means my husband and I can make a smoothie of our choice in the morning and not fight over whose using the to-go cup when we leave the house. The best part about them is that they have a screw on blade attachment for when you need/want to make a single sized serving. Just screw on the blade attachment and lock it into the ninja blender and press pulse. I noticed that the personal travel cups don’t work on the regular blend setting, you have to use pulse and it CAN be pretty loud (24,000 rpm). At first I was a bit scared by how loud it was, since I wasn’t expecting it. I mean, it does have 1500 watts in this bad boy, which is equivalent to 2.5 horse power. (Think table saw or air compressor.. lol)
The blender features a 72 ounce pitcher, but for my morning smoothies, I find it more efficient to just use the smaller 16oz travel cups. Less clean up and less wasted ingredients. The pitcher is one of the biggest blender pitchers I have ever seen and can accommodate quite a bit of items. It has a convenient pour spout for easy pouring and less mess. I don’t know how many times I have had the smoothies pour down the side of the pitcher in my previous pitcher since it didn’t have that great of a pour spout. It is definitely convenient.
I have used frozen fruits, ice, yogurt, protein powder, milk and juice in this blender and have had every smoothie be absolutely creamy and ice-chunk free. The blades are sharp, so I advise being awfully careful when cleaning this device. I recommend rinsing it out right away and letting it soak if extra messy that way the contents can soak away before you start scrubbing away at the blades.
I love love love this blender.
There is one thing, however, that I wish was different and that’s probably its size. This thing is tall and huge! I can’t fit it on my counter underneath the cupboards since its too tall. I have probably average sized space between the counter and cupboards so take that into consideration if you have no room. I just store it on my fridge. A little annoying to pull it down from there every morning, but I’ll live.
It also has convenient suction cups on the bottom so it doesn’t slide everywhere while its powerful motor blends away. The lid I found to be kind of awkward to get off. It has suction so you have to pull a little bit to get it off, which may or may not result in a messy facial explosion from the inside contents if they happen to be sprayed on the underside of the lid. This happened to me once. lol
If you’re a smoothie fanatic and looking for the perfect blender, this is it and at a fraction of the cost of Vitamix.
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