Ninja Compact Kitchen System

Ninja Compact Kitchen System

The Ninja Compact Kitchen System with Auto-iQ provides professional performance and power. Whether you’re using the 72 oz. Pitche, the Processor Bowl, or blending in a Single-Serve Cup, you can see, feel, and taste the difference. 64 oz. max liquid capacityEl sistema de cocina compacto Ninja con Auto-iQ proporciona rendimiento y potencia professionals. Ya sea que estés usando el 72 oz. Con lanzador, el cuenco del procesador o mezclarlo en una taza de un solo servidor, puedes ver, sentir y probar la diferencia. 64 oz. capacidad máxima del líquido.

Features & Specifications

  • POWERFUL CRUSHING: Stacked Blade Assembly and high-performance Pro Extractor Blades Assembly powers through frozen ingredients and ice with ease.
  • FOOD PROCESSING: Includes a 5-cup Precision Processor Bowl, Chopping and Dough Blade Assembly for added versatility and functionality.
  • 3 VERSATILE FUNCTIONS: Blender, ice crusher, and food processor combined that utilizes 1200 watts of performance power to truly customize your drink-making experience.
  • AUTO-IQ TECHNOLOGY: take the guesswork out of drink making with intelligent programs that combine unique timed pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns that do the work for you.
  • ON-THE-GO CONVENIENCE: Blend directly in the 18-oz. single-serve cup and attach spout lid to take your creations on the go.
  • BLADES FOR ANY RECIPE: Stacked Blade Assembly for the pitcher, Dough Blade and Chopping Blade for the processor bowl, and Pro Extractor Blades Assembly for single-serve cups.
  • DOUGH BLADE ASSEMBLY: Mix and knead wholesome ingredients into dough for pizzas, breads, and more.
  • RECIPE INSPIRATION: Includes 15-recipe Inspiration Guide to help create delicious smoothies, frozen drinks, and more.
  • DISHWASHER SAFE: BPA-free parts are easy to clean and dishwasher safe parts.
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: 1200-Watt Motor Base, 72-oz. Total Crushing Pitcher with Lid (64-oz. max liquid capacity), 5-cup Precision Processor Bowl with Lid, Stacked Blade Assembly, Dough Blade Assembly, Chopping Blade Assembly, Pro Extractor Blades Assembly, 18-oz. Single-Serve Cup, Spout Lid & 15-Recipe Inspiration Guide.
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.25 x 17.25 inches
  • Weight: 11.06 Pounds

Pros & Cons

Pros

Decent blender for the price. I have both a vitamix and a nutribullet so I was interested to see how this unit measured up. I like the fact that you have the small single serving cup to use in this unit, something my vitamix can't do. I like that the blades are removable, also not possible with my vitamix. I like the way the lid snaps on much easier to use than my vitamix. The motor, quieter than both my vitamix and my nutribullet. Smoothies: Not even close to the juice like consistency I get with the vitamix, similar though to the nutribullet. Pulse/chop: I felt it did a better job than the vitamix and quicker, probably because of the two levels of blades. That being said, you have to be very careful not to over chop, the IQ function can help by doing it for you. Pie dough: This unit did a better job faster, again probably because of the layers of blades. Getting your food out of the blender: Much easier with this unit over the vitamix because you can remove the blades. Clean up: Much easier again because the blades come out and because you have smaller vessels to blend in, my vitamix it too tall for my dishwasher to clean properly and the smaller vessels must be purchased separately and are quite expensive. So overall, if your looking for a juice like quality blending, this unit will disappoint. As a blender in general I feel it will out perform most standard blenders and with the single serve cup included it does a better job than my nutribullet. So for smoothie like consistency it did a good job and was quieter. I felt the price was a good value if you know the limitations of this unit.

Ninja Blender System w/2 Pitchers (72&40 oz.)& 18oz. Smoothie Cup -1200 Watts Power, Great Design! I absolutely love this setup! This is a quality machine that comes with 2 large bladed pour containers. The big square 72 ounce "Total Crushing" pitcher uses 3 levels of stacked blades to quickly reduce most anything including ice cubes and frozen fruit/veggies. It has a 64 ounce "max fill" and will whip up a big batch of frozen drinks FAST. The round pitcher is just a little smaller at 40 ounces and can process food. The controls are simple with different preconfigured options that turn the blender on and off to get best results. There's also a "Pulse" button. I simply loved the 18 ounce smoothie cup which has its own bladed base AND a cover to put on in place of the base with a flip open wide drinking spout. The last 3 Pictures show this in action. It didn't take me long to finish that off. I used fresh halved & hulled strawberries and 1/3 frozen blueberries with FF Half and Half. Presto, and let me say cleanup was super easy too with just a good rinse. All of this system has dishwasher safe parts. Naturally the parts are BPA Free. The pitchers are thick and very well made to lock into the blender base with a simple twist. The SAFETY measures are well marked because the blades are razor sharp, so don't remove a lid and pour out the contents (there are pour covered spouts) without carefully removing the stacked blades first. A natural reaction is to try to catch a falling object- these blades will do you some serious damage, don't neglect safety please! I know this from personal experience! They do not attach to the base inside the 2 bigger pitchers; they do on the smaller 18oz. one. This comes with good instructions, a recipe book, and a dough mixing (not sharp) blade insert. One excellent thing I saw was to release the 4 rubber feet that "stick" by vacuum, the sides at the bottom have built in hand spots that when I lift up will automatically break the vacuum of the base's 4 feet! No popping the feet off the counter top, just a smooth lift. Superb Design! I Highly Recommend this Ninja Store AMZ493BRN Compact Kitchen System with Auto-iQ, Blender Food Processor Combo. It is fully equipped and an excellent product that comes at a very good value! I hope you’ve found the information and my review helpful.

Best smoothies ever! I have to say that my feelings about this set are somewhat mixed, but, having tried upwards of a dozen blenders this year, to include some very expensive ones which do nothing but smoothies, and theirs can not hold a candle to what the Ninja does. In fact, I di not think there was all that much difference in terms of what they produced, once you've got a machine with enough power, but Ninja proved me wrong. The smoothies I have made with this machine are so much better than any of the others that I have got to call it a five star product. Where my mixed emotions come in is that it is quite large and requires a fair bit of storage space, which would be fine *IF* I could replace other things with it, and I am not even 100% sure that I can replace my blender (but, I very well may be able to do that)....but will need to talk to the folks at Ninja because I do not want to ruin it using it in a way it shouldn't be. I do not mean to be mysterious here. Having tried a number of high power belnders what I use them for, as often as anything else, is to grind grains. Many can not be used without liquids, and so I do need to inquire before I risk ruining it, because as a blender for things with liquids, it is one of the very best, and absolutely the best in this price range. The large pitcher, which uses the extractor blade, also has limited utility beyond smoothies and purees, It does reduce even frozen fruit to the smoothest puree you have ever seen in seconds, as did the personal blender size. In fact I used a very basic recipe which was in the recipe booklet for another blender that actually choked on one of their demo recipes (and that too is a very popular and expensive blender.... costing double what this one does) but the Ninja did a much much better job of it. Where I have an issue is that while it can chop and puree (fruits and vegetables) it can not slice, dice etc. It will not replace my Cuisinart food processor (which actually worried me, given what I have spent on specialty blades). In truth I use my Cuisinart as much for making cole slaw as I do for anything else, but I can not do that in the Ninja. I am sure I can use it for cranberry sauce, but not for slicing potato chips, or even shredding cheese... so the Cuisinart is staying. The Ninja Kitchen center also has a dough blade, but I thought, there are other things I use my stand mixer for which it can't do, like whipped cream or merangue. I tried the dough blade today, just making a preferment, and I am actually not all that impressed with the dough blade, or it's ability to make dough. For one thing, the pitcher which uses the dough blade is too small to make a reasonable amount of dough. I had to deviate from my preferred recipe because I could not even mix up the right quantity of pre-ferment (which is less than half the bulk of the dough). It just would not fit. So, I made it with a cup of starter and a cup of flour, half a cup of water, just to check it out, and even with that small amount, It did not mix thoroughly, even when I added a bit more flour to get a better consistency, which meant running the dough program a second time. It still left flour at the bottom, and this was a loose, wet dough. It never balled up. I needed to scrap down the sides. Ultimately it was more work than doing it by hand, and my mixer would have made very fast work of it. (I do not, however, know which takes longer to clean). It also ran at a very high speed (much higher than I use in my stand mixer) and came out the consistency of hummus. That said, the stand mixer is staying too. The Kitchen center uses different blades in different pitchers, each lighting up the programs it will run. There are 3 programs: smoothie, frozen and dough. It can also be used without the programs by pressing start or pulse, and the programs can be stopped by pressing the active light if you like the consistency at that stage. What I do not like about the way it operates is that you can not control the speed, like I can with both my mixer and most other high power blenders... However, it does do an excellent job of mixing/ blending, making purees, chopping, and i5t may well be that I can use it for grains. The extractor blade looks like it could demolish a brick, and it does turn frozen ingredients into a smooth puree in seconds. (The smoothies I made on program took 14 seconds). All that said, for basic blender functions it does a better job than almost anything I have used and for a substantially lower cost than other blenders with anywhere near as much power. It has a 1200 watt motor, which is one of the most powerful, and they use it well. I do wish there was a blade holder though. Their blades are fiercer than most, and unlike most high power blenders, they are removable. When removed though, they are dangerous, more so than most because of the number of blades and angles. Ninja has a lot of safety features though, and there is something like a handle so they can be removed from the pitcher easily. The only safe way to store them is in the pitcher, with the dough blade (which is not actually a blade) out. If you mostly use your blend3er for smoothies or margheritas, this is the one to get. It does the best job of any I have tried (and, no, I have not tried the iconic restaurant blender which costs like a small car ;) In sum, this will be better for some people than others, depending on your needs. It is versatile, but is not a replacement for a stand mixer, or a food processor, or mixer attachments, or a mandoline. It requires a lot of counter or cabinet space without replacing other machines. What it does, it does very very well, and it does do more than most blenders. Pros: Very powerful Lots of safety features Very reasonably priced for such a powerful (1200 watt) and capable machine Blades can easily be replaced if damaged or worn out, and the replacements are very reasonably priced. Excellent build quality and materials. Light up digital read, and 3 programs to take the guesswork out of it, as well as the ability to start and stop it manually (or use pulse). Cons: Not a replacement for either a stand mixer or food processor (can not whip or slice). Requires a lot of counter and/ or cabinet space (see the first point. If it could replace one or both of those, this would be less of an issue). I wish it had variable speeds, ideally with a dial No self-cleaning function (but is top rack dishwasher safe) Does not necessarily do some of the things other high power blenders do (grind grains into flour, cook soup with the heat of the motor). It may, in fact, do those things but they were not specifically mentioned and so I will call to ask, and then update my review when I know.. I do consider this a 5 star product. It makes better, smoother smoothies than any of a dozen other blenders I have tried, and it does so in seconds. It blows my very expensive Cuisinart out of the water, and at less than half the price. I try to write honest, objective reviews, and do not give everything five stars. I rated the Ninja Kitchen center 5 stars because I believe it is not only the best in it's price range but also the safest and most efficient. There may be some things it can not do as well as other appliances, but neither can the other blenders. Most don't even try. When I took it out of the box I told my husband that all that was missing was a robotic lawnmower which charged on the motor base. With this kind of power, it could easily take care of my lawn ;)

Perfect. Very sharp be careful while washing it if washing with hands.

The Best Gift My Wife Ever Got. If another man had bought this for my wife before I did, she would have left me for him. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I did my research before buying this for my wife. I'm fairly certain she appreciates it more than her engagement ring.

Brutally powerful blender. I bought this to be a nutritional drink blender and it doesn't disappoint. I even cut my finger taking the blades out of the dishwasher on the first day not realizing they weren't kidding about how sharp they are. I don't do food processing but you can tell it doesn't chop things. It won't replace a mixer or a food processor but it does both things decently for a blender. This is the best home blender I've ever used though. It made a perfect protein smoothie in the single serve cup in under 30 seconds. It made a big batch of frozen fruit and standard size ice cubes into a smoothie mix in under a minute. My old blender would struggle with this. But the biggest plus with this beast is how easy it is to clean. Everything comes apart with ease and cleans perfectly in a dishwasher. As long as you don't expect this to replace other appliances it won't disappoint you.

Cons

Beware - Broke in less than a week! While the blending feature was exactly what I wanted, the quality of the pitchers is a horrendously poor. I used both pitchers twice within a week of my purchase. After the 2nd hand-washing I noticed cracks all throughout the bottom of both. I’ve included pictures and circled some of them, but if you look closely you can see many more. Since I do like the blender I called Ninja support directly and asked if they would offer to send replacements for the pitchers. They told me that the warranty doesn’t cover “accessories” and that include all the pitchers. I am not sure how the company could only guarantee (and even then it’s partial warranty) the machine- what good is the machine without the pitchers? Extremely disappointed in Ninja. I will never buy their products or recommend them to anyone. Save yourself a return trip to the post office and DO NOT WASTE your money on this product.

Not for the casual smoothie drinker. For hardcore blender users, this unit may be a great bargain. I'm writing from the perspective of an average middle-aged woman who occasionally needs a blender. I like to make fruit smoothies with my daughter in the summer. My 7 speed, 700 watt Hamilton Beach died last month, at 24.5 years (I know precisely because it was a wedding present.) I had no idea that blender purchasing had gotten so complex in the intervening years. I wanted something that was at least as powerful as my retired HB, multiple speeds, pulse, reliable, not overly expensive. Oster seemed like the best bet but I didn't like that they don't sell replacement parts. The HB models that were in stock were mostly lower wattage and got poor reviews. So I went with this one, thinking it was an upgrade but still practical. And it was on sale at the time. I have to admit I packed this up and returned it without ever turning it on. I'll trust others to attest to its power. My first reaction was that it's huge. Too high to fit under my cabinets with the jug in place, and twice the footprint of my old HB. And something I didn't see mentioned in any review - there are suction cups on the bottom. I suppose they hold down the relatively light blender when it's working at full speed, which sounds good, except my intention was for this blender to live under the cabinet and be slid out when I wanted to use it. The only way to get the suction cups to let go was to get my hands around the blender on both sides and stick my fingernails underneath them - not practical with my limited, crowded counter space. Also, that blade looked deadly. Not good for a clutz like me, or a tween learning to "cook." I was also turned off by the number of parts that comprised the jug and lid, which would need to be disassembled to wash, unlike my HB (unscrew the top and bottom and good to go.) Finally, the plastic jug parts seemed cheap and I was concerned they would easily chip or break. I sat the blender on the counter for about 30 minutes to try to get used to it, but I was totally intimidated. I realized that I would find myself avoiding the blender because it represented "too much bother". Back in the box it went. I purchased a 950 watt Hamilton Beach blender with similar accessories that took a few weeks to arrive, but it's much more user-friendly :).

Stopped working after 6 weeks. My unit stopped working after only 6 weeks. I was Beyond Amazon return period, so I called Ninja. I explained that I purchased this blender to prepare food for my 3yr old son that has an eating disorder and he is 100% dependent on tube feedings. Ninja told me that my unit had to be replaced and it would take 2 to 3 weeks for me to receive a new one. I asked what was I supposed to do for that extended period of time for my son. The supervisor told me it was nothing that they could do to get me a unit sooner due to Ninja's policy and made it sound like I should be grateful that he gave me free shipping! I had to go out and purchase another blender so that my son wouldn't starve because Ninja clearly didn't care. They could have replaced my unit with a similar model they had in stock.

Performs Well. I waited a few weeks to write a review after seeing reviews about cracked accessories that aren't included in the warranty. The crushing pitcher and stacked blade assembly are the ones I use daily, and I have checked for signs of cracking. I am happy to say there are none thus far, and I am using it to crush dog kibble. I am giving only three stars, because the replacement pitcher, when shipping and sales tax are added, cost more than half the price of the food processor. A three-month warranty would be appropriate. When the pitcher wears out, I will likely replace the whole processor with a good coffee grinder to do the same job. I won't spend money replacing a ridiculously expensive plastic pitcher.

NOT GREAT FOR SMOOTHIES. If you like your smoothies puréed smooth then this blender is not for you. I’ve been using the nutri bullet for my morning smoothies for six years now and it started to give up on me. I decided to try the ninja since it was on sale. However the consistency of my smoothies specially when I add nuts to it, its not smooth. I do like the oversize blender cup. I will be returning and buying the newer version of nutri bullet.

Good, but loud and broke first use. The large cup broke the first time being used. Very disappointing and the unit is loud, louder than the older model we were using. Overall I am not too happy with the product.

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