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- 72 oz. Pitcher with Lid
- 40 oz. Processing Bowl with Lid
- 5 Attachments to Make Everything from Cookies to Salsa to Margaritas
- Knead dough for pizzas, breads, pretzels and cookies!
- Grind seeds such as flax seeds, or nuts to make nut butter
What is it?
The Ninja Blender 1100 sells itself as a bit of a multi-tasker; it comes with an array of switchable components including a regular 72 oz pitcher, a 40 oz food processor bowl, two separate blade inserts (four-blade and six-blade), dough paddles and even a dough hook.
The Ninja blender itself is a fairly powerful unit – the 1100 in the model name refers to the base’s 1100 watts of power, which is in the higher range for counter-top blenders.
What we like:
The option of having two interchangeable bowls comes in handier than you would think on first pass – the versatility of being able to switch them out in the middle of food prep without having to stop and wash is great. If you need a smaller amount blended – it’s also simply easier to clean out the smaller 40 oz bowl when you’re done.
The Ninja 1100 blender is relatively inexpensive for it’s sheer processing power. The more powerful your blender is, the more likely it is to be able to handle whatever you throw at it (ice, frozen strawberries, etc) without burning out the motor.
Touch pad controls on the unit base also do more than look good, the flat surfaces are easy to clean off. Ninja blender parts excluding the base are dishwasher safe and the pitcher and bowl are BPA-free.
What we don’t:
Unlike some lower end blenders, the ninja blender is actually capable of crushing ice but many people find the consistency of their smoothie less than perfectly smooth. Graininess and frothiness were two complaints that came up over and over – if you’re looking for the consistency you would get from a commercial blender, this might not be it.
One of the selling points of the ninja kitchen system 1100 is being able to buy one all-purpose kitchen gadget that doubles as a dough mixer. You know how two-in-one shampoos and conditioners were all the rage in the 1980s? And how they never did a very good job at at least one of their roles? Yeah. We would recommend against trying to use this machine as a serious replacement for a kitchen mixer if you bake a lot.
If you are looking to get a juicer – this flat out isn’t one. There is no way for the Ninja blender to remove pulp from the fruits and vegetables you try to blend. Essentially, what you get will be a watered down smoothie. Now this might be perfectly drinkable and is probably healthier for you than the average cheeseburger, but just go in knowing what to expect.
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Should you buy it?
If you’re looking for a fairly powerful blender at a middle price range, the Ninja Blender 1100 is a pretty popular and reasonable choice, with some useful (40-oz bowl) and not so useful (dough paddle) attachments included. If you are a smoothie junkie googling “Ninja vs Vitamix”, there are reasons why this blender costs a quarter of what the Vitamix or Blendtec go for and it might be wise to either adjust your expectations or commit to buying a commercial grade appliance.