I received the Ninja Ultima Blender for review. Opinions Expressed are my own.
Ninja Ultima Blender Review
This is the Ninja Ultima Blender Item no. BL830. This consists of a 72 oz. blender jar and comes with three single serve cups with screw on lids and the blade assembly for use with the single serve cups. This blender has a 10 speed variable dial and is 1500W/ 2.5 peak horsepower.
I put this blender to the test by making smoothies and frozen drinks. For smoothies, I used a protein powder, ice cubes and 1 cup of light Vanilla Almond Milk. The single serve cup with just the bottom blades does a great job at blending smoothies with ice.
The single serve cups are great for me, as I am the only one who drinks smoothies. Here is my protein smoothie. This contains one of my smoothie must-haves which is Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. It’s a great milk swap and tastes great in smoothies. Did you know it has about half the calories of skim milk? It’s true! Each cup has only 40 calories each!
The single service cups may also be used for chopping and creating salad dressings. There is only one speed for single serve. I just pulsed until my smoothie was blended well.
For Smoothie no. 2, I used another smoothie must have, which is Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt. There are so many great flavors to choose from and whatever your fancy, it creates a nice thick creamy base for your smoothies. Each 6 oz. container has about 100 calories. For this smoothie I used Cherry Yoplait Light, three ice cubes, one small banana and 1/4 cup of almond milk. This smoothie is just about 200 calories. Again, I used the single serve cup to blend this up and it worked out great, chopped right through the ice and blended it all up beautifully.
The most important thing to me is to have a blender that can blend up ice for not just smoothies but frozen drinks. This blender really powers through ice no problem and I demonstrate this in this short video. I use the pulse to break up the ice and then let the blender run at about 7, which is a medium high setting.
Last year, I bought a small appliance to make my kids shaved ice drinks like this and it pales in comparison to this blender! It only made enough for one drink at a time and it took forever. The Ninja will blend up ice by the pitcher full!
So what else can this be used to make? This blender also comes with a nice recipe book that includes sides and sauces, soups, desserts, juices and smoothies. For the best puree results, it is recommended that I use the bottom blades only. I’m really enjoying this blender and plan on making salsa next. I’m thinking a nice thick chocolate frappe sounds good too – my boys would love that!
The only drawback is that it is a rather heavy, big and tall appliance that will take up a large amount of counter space or cabinet space, but that is the trade-off for such a power house of a blender at a fraction of the cost of a product like the Vitamix.
About the Ninja Ultima Blender
Ninja’s expansive speed range offers everything from gentle blending to total crushing to Nutrient Complete Juicing™. You can easily adjust to the correct speed without worry of over mixing or processing. This precision blending is backed by our 2.5 peak horsepower motor! For more information on the Ninja Ultima Blender visit their website, follow on Twitter and Facebook.
The Ninja Ultima Blender is available at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $259.99.
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