3 thoughts on “Ninja Professional Blender (BL660)

  1. J.M.
    2,348 of 2,398 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing Blender!, December 28, 2012
    By 
    J.M.

    This review is from: Ninja Professional Blender (BL660) (Kitchen)

    I got this blender for my wife for Christmas. She always hated how our cheap, $50 blender couldn’t handle ice when making smoothies. I didn’t know anything about the Ninja, but it seemed to be gaining a lot of popularity so I decided to look into it. The thing that really sold me on this blender was simply the fact that it could handle ice like it’s nothing at all (it can quite literally turn ice into snow in a matter of seconds) and even though I wanted a Vitamix, I just couldn’t justify spending $400+ if this blender could do what we wanted it to do.

    I also liked that it came with the single serve option, because not only can we get rid of our Magic Bullet, but sometimes blending is a hassle because we don’t feel like cleaning the pitcher. But with the single serve, it is a lot less hassle to clean, plus there isn’t anything wasted because we can make just the right amount. Basically it has all the same benefits that the Magic Bullet does. And yes, even the single serve pitcher has no problem with blending ice.

    This blender is by far the best blender I have ever used. You can *easily* tell the difference between this blender and regular, non-high end blenders. But I also noticed that a lot of people seem to be comparing this to a Vitamix or Blendtec, and I’ll say it’s just not going to stack up compared to those blenders (there is a reason those blenders cost more than 3x the amount this blender does). So if you’ve got your heart set on a Vitamix or Blendtec, and for you having the absolute smoothest drinks are worth that kind of money, then you might as well take the plunge and get what you want. But if you’re like me and simply wanted to have great smoothies, but you’re not expecting Jamba Juice level quality, then this is a really great blender.

    A few things need to be said though:

    -The six blade technology seems great on paper, and has its advantages. But one downside is it makes it so you cannot fit as much into the pitcher as it takes up some room. That is probably why Europro gave this thing an extra large pitcher. But on the plus side, I’ve noticed a lot of cheaper blenders have problems with the contents getting stuck at the bottom near the blades while everything else above it doesn’t get blended. That’s usually because the cheaper blenders simply don’t have the power to make a powerful enough vortex like the Vitamix does. Also, because of the Ninja’s blades being shaped more like a food processor’s blades, it makes it easier to make things like salsa using the pulse option. A regular blender tends to blend too much, even when using the pulse option.

    -The description is wrong, this unit is 1100W, not 1000W.

    -It makes AWESOME fruit smoothies. But I tried a green drink that was nothing but spinach, carrots, apples, and a cucumber. Aside from the fact that it was the nastiest drink ever, it was too pulpy to drink. I’m not sure how a Vitamix would have handled this disgusting concoction, but I’ve heard a lot of complaints that the Ninja doesn’t handle green drinks very well. But I have found that if I essentially make a fruit smoothie, made of things like banana, strawberries, or blueberries, and then throw in a handful of leafy greens, it handles it very well.

    I’d recommend this blender to anyone who wants to have a good, heavy duty blender, but cannot afford to spend $400+ on a Vitamix. It’s stylish, it makes the best smoothies I’ve had from a home blender around this price, and it’s got a lot of power for a reasonable price.

    UPDATE 2/8/2013: My wife and I have been using this blender just about every single day, two to three times a day since getting it. So far it is still doing very well and working as good as new. But with more experience with it, I just wanted to give a little more details.

    If you’re reading this review and wondering whether or not you should get this model of the Ninja or the regular $99 Ninja Pro without the single serve, I would say you should really get this Ninja. Because one problem I have found with the big pitcher is that it cannot grind flax seeds because the blade sits about an inch from the bottom of the pitcher. This means that if you put flax seeds (or some other grains) into the pitcher the blades will spin above the seeds and they won’t get get ground. The only way around this is to put in enough flax seeds so that they can reach the blades. Or a better way is to use the single serve cups. The single serve cups have a more traditional blender blade set up that sits at the bottom of the cups and this makes grinding flax seeds a breeze.

    Also, there has been concerns with the Ninja making green smoothies. In general, fruit smoothies turn out very smooth in the Ninja blender. Green smoothies can also be done. However, it partly depends on what you consider a good smoothie. The Ninja can blend green smoothies to a drinkable consistency, and you’ll never have…

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  2. Orit
    648 of 690 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Blender Ever!, December 29, 2012
    By 
    Orit (95134) –

    This review is from: Ninja Professional Blender (BL660) (Kitchen)
    Quick update/note: the price seems to have increased here. Check out Bed Bath & Beyond. Last I checked, they had it for $129, less their 20% coupons, that’s $103.

    We got this several months ago and have used consistently it for at least two smoothies per day. Ingredients range from really tough (ice) to leafy and insubstantial (kale), and of course a plethora of fruit, and it blends it all down to tiny, consistent pieces within seconds. I think ten seconds on this blender with the small cup is overkill. It is very fast and very strong. Flavor is important to me, so if I could taste or had to chew on the kale, I wouldn’t include it.

    Before this, I had the Bella Cucina (a knock off of the magic bullet). I loved it until its untimely death but the contrast in quality is stark. The cups are much thicker and clearer, their lids taller and more useful, and they are worlds apart on their blending capabilities. Every piece in this thing just feels like great quality and makes the Bella cucina look worse than ever by comparison.

    I LOVE having the option of the large pitcher or two two smaller cups. I wanted another small-cup blender like the magic bullet but also need a bigger one occasionally, and who has room for two appliances that do the same thing? The fact that every piece is dishwasher safe is a huge bonus and a must for me. The instructions say “top rack preferred” but the huge large blender cup is way too tall for the top rack.

    I just wish there were more cup attachments/cup blades sold separately. As of now (late 2012/early 2013), they’re not. This comes with two cups but only one blade that fits the cups. That’s certainly not enough for me to knock down a star, though. ***UPDATE: EXTRA CUPS/PITCHER NOW SOLD SEPARATELY AND AVAILABLE AT BED BATH AND BEYOND.

    We fill the cups with the ingredients the night before, then fill them up with juice in the morning, blend, and we each have a healthy breakfast in under ten seconds. We both have experienced a lasting energy boost from the smoothies.

    Update: I’ve now had this blender for six months and I can’t imagine living without it. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’d be on my way to an early grave without it. This thing is a godsend, and so is kale. After discussing superfoods with a knowledgeable Whole Foods employee, I started adding acai berry powder, chia seeds/psyllium husk, wheatgrass, and some protein powder. This is the perfect way to get a huge portion of your daily nutrients, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting goodness in a delicious smoothie. I feel better than I have since I was a kid!

    Tips for green smoothies: with this ninja, the kale is easy chopped into such tiny pieces you really won’t taste it. However, if adding other greens with a stronger flavor, a bit of green apple/green apple juice or a whole kiwi will wipe that flavor right out. Orange juice also helps a lot if you use it as your base. I’ve found the best, though, to be a very ripe banana.

    Update again: We are on blender #3. If you’re going to use it daily like we do, I STRONGLY recommend buying it from Macy’s or someplace else with an excellent return policy. Macy’s allows us to keep replacing it every time it breaks with nothing more than the sticker on the outer box from the original purchase.

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  3. Jezebel
    2,574 of 2,818 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Does not blend to smooth consistency, November 28, 2010
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    Jezebel

    I drink a lot of smoothies that contain frozen fruit and various vegetables. I was using a standard blender that could be purchased anywhere for normal household use. It was not powerful enough to handle all of the frozen fruit and items that I threw in it and the motor burnt out very quickly. I purchased the Ninja Blender to replace it, and here is my feedback after using it daily for two weeks:

    Perks:

    It is very powerful. I can fill it full of frozen fruit, various vegetables and greens, and it blends them very quickly and effortlessly. For that, I love it! It has a large pitcher that is easy to pour from. It is easy to clean-no need to disassemble it, the design is brilliant in that the parts are solid and well constructed, and easy to remove from the base to wash.

    Downfalls:

    It DOES NOT blend to a smooth consistency! If the most important feature of a blender for you is that it blend the contents smoothly, this IS NOT the blender for you. It does break everything down quickly and efficiently-power is not a problem. But no matter how long you blend the contents, they will still be grainy or “minced” at best. In other words, I must still “chew” my smoothie a bit. I believe it is the shape of the blades that are the downfall of this blender.

    I also felt the blades were dangerous. I would not let my children operate this unattended.

    Because I blend daily and demand a lot from the blender, yet cannot afford the $300-400 units that would blend the way I need them to, I am opting to keep the Ninja. I am surrendering to the fact (for financial reasons) that it will not blend smoothly. I make my smoothies using a two-step process: cycle it through the Ninja first breaking everything up as much as possible, then pouring the amount I want to drink into my Magic Bullet and blending it again to a smooth consistency (I already owned the Magic Bullet, but rarely used it before because it simply wasn’t big enough to suit my needs). This works for me because I make a huge Ninja pitcher full in the morning and put it in the fridge, then pour out and blend small amounts to drink in the Magic bullet throughout the day, “fast food” if you will.

    It would be a benefit to the manufacturer of the Ninja Blender to construct an additional blade that will fit on the base of the current unit that blends to a smooth consistency.

    ***UPDATE***

    I decided to contact the manufacturer to find out if there was a better blade available for the Ninja Blender. I was unhappy that their customer support was a non-English speaking representative. I could barely understand what he was saying, he could not understand me…I THINK that I discovered there is not another blade available that will puree my food/smoothies to a smooth consistency.

    Ultimately, I returned the Ninja Blender. I grew tired of my two-step process described above, and felt it was not worth the money spent versus a less expensive blender that was perhaps not as powerful but would puree to a smooth consistency.

    Because of my unpleasant experience with the customer service, and the fact that the blender does not puree, I reduced the rating to 1-star, and would NOT recommend this product for the money spent.

    I would not recommend this product.

    ***SECOND UPDATE***
    Wow, I just saw all of the comments on this review. To answer a lot of questions, the extremely cheap, yet “1,000 times better than the Ninja blender” I used was an Oster. I paid $20 for it 3 years ago after posting my original review, have made delicious and perfectly blended smoothies pretty much daily since (as well as nut butters and whatever else you would typically use a blender for), and it is still going strong! The Model Number on the base is MP-B00. Here is a picture of it: […] It has a glass pitcher.

    It is older, so I’m not sure you can still purchase the exact same one. But here is what is KEY: metal-on-metal components for the moving parts that connect the base to the blades. Here is an image of what I’m talking about (I am embarrassed by the messy blender but am in a hurry and want to get this pic up. As I said I use it a LOT. And yes, that is green smoothie in there!) […] So, look for that when you choose a blender that is not a blendtec or vitamix.

    Happy blending everyone!

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