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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Some Good Ideas, But still Gimmicky

    Posted
    zboot
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    This is a 2in-one blender system. There's a normal blender base with blender cup/blade and a smaller cup with it's own blades for smoothies or drinks that will end up being maybe one or two servings. Additionally, there's a freshvac system that when attached to either the small cup or main blender cup, will suction all the air out. Ninja argues that this will help keep foods fresher (assuming you blend then refrigerate, leaving the food within the unopened blender cup) and reduce air bubble formation in general. The blade quality and performance are pretty good as one would expect from the ninja line. The connection between the base and cups is plastic, so there's some concern of this component wearing out but otherwise everything is tough and well built. The freshvac attachment is pretty easy to use. Powered from six AA batteries, there are attachment points on the blender cups which once you've added everything you need to blend, you can then remove air. The instructions says that it removes oxygen but I doubt it is sophisiticated enough to target only that gas. Once you push the power button, the freshvac operates on automatic. It runs until it detects it has extracted air. I think it essentially runs until the pressure it's exerting reaches a particular set point. Theres a plastic like valve which allows you to remove the freshvac without introducing additional air back into your blender cup. Of course, if you subsequently open the cup, you'll add air back in. The pictures suggest you can store food after it has been vacuumed either before or after blending. I'm not in the habit of preparing food and leaving it overnight in a blender cup in the fridge so I'm not sure the pre-blended use will be a function I use. There are times when I may blend food ahead of time and refrigerate overnight, the problem however is that I typically do this for meals where I need to blend either multiple things or quantitites larger than could be handled by the blender cup. Furthermore, I like to clean my tools once I'm done and not need to deal with additional cleanup later during the cooking stage. So, I'm unlikely to use the freshvac in this case as well. For me, there's just not a compelling use case. The blender base is interesting. It has a touch screen and will auto detect the cup that's placed upon it. From there, you'll get the option of selecting from three or four different blend modes. For example, the regular blender cup and smaller single serving cup will both have a frozen drink and smoothie program while the regular blender cup also has puree. These are just pre-programmed applications of the pulse, low, and high buttons which are present for all the cups. It's pretty cool that the blender can automatically settle and blend things for each mode. So far, I've always had to figure out a manual way of ramping things up with my previous blenders. Even though touch screens have been present on kitchen appliances for a while, based on the instructions, care will need to be taken to keep this one clean so that it remains responsive over the lifetime of the blender. The blending capability is pretty good. So is the food processor operation. This matches my previous experience with Ninja blenders. I'm a bit concerned with not having multiple speed/power settings for manual mode operation. Maybe that's not really needed but I've appreciated in the past the ability to ramp up the blender speed both as a way of managing food being processed and to minimize noise. Like other Ninjas, the blender base is not very quiet at the high or pulse output. Cleaning everything except the small blender cup is pretty straightforward. because of its size and only opening at one end, you'll need a cleaning implement that can reach inside for best results. It seems the major selling points are the freshvac and intelligent touch screen base. I think the freshvac is overrated and in practice will not be that useful. The touch-screen base's ability to provide different programs based on the attached cup is cool but the lack of fine tuned controls for the blend speed may turn some off. Unfortunately, the touchscreen's longevity is cause for concern here as well.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great step up from the previous Generation ...

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    YourMainDude
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    The Ninja – Smart Screen 72-Oz. Blender DUO with FreshVac is massive unit with a generously sized pitcher, plenty of power for any demanding task and easy conversion to a nutritional shake station thereby eliminating the need for two different appliances. Anyone with a small kitchen and limited counter space should love this this appliance. Over the course of a few weeks of using the Blender DUO, it conquered every task we threw at it. From crushing ice, to blending down soups, to preparing frozen smoothie or veggie nutritional drinks – this thing worked flawlessly. Having three speeds is very handy, especially when you want to slow things down to add ingredients. The controls are pretty straightforward and after a simple read of the user’s manual, everything should be pretty easy to master. The inclusion of the Auto-IQ feature is a really nice touch and makes the final results near perfect every time. The automatic pulsing and stops to let things settle pretty much eliminates any need for the operator to pop the lid and use a spoon to move ingredients around. The frozen drink mode worked like a charm. The main pitcher is generous although a tad bit smaller in capacity compared to the previous generation and comes with a solid lid and a reassuring interlocking system. We really can’t imagine anyone needing more capacity that this thing provides. The big ‘new’ feature of this model beyond its stealthier looks and the smart-touch display is the inclusion of the FreshVac air removal component. Using it is simple and connects to the top of the pitcher with ease and solid snap-in action. It does make a world of difference in the consistency and smoothness of the blended product. An added bonus in the ability to use the FreshVac module with either batteries or by way of purchasing an external wall plug. Nice touch! The unit is pretty large overall which should be expected considering the size of the motor and the generous capacity but keep in mind that this thing gets moderately loud, even at the low speed. Also, on standard height counter tops – this beast stands tall which may feel awkward to some with prolonged periods of use. So again, it is large – heavy and because of the amount of power this thing harnesses, there are suction cup feet on the bottom that keep it in one position. This may present itself as a bit of an inconvenience for those that like to move things around. Just keep in mind that on a clean, smooth surface, these feet will grab with authority and you’ll need to free them up before moving the base to another spot on the counter or to another surface in your kitchen. In the simplest of terms, this blender should not be considered portable. If you’re thinking about paring down to one appliance for your various blending needs and nutritional drink endeavors, this system just may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Pros: Plenty of power for every task. Well-designed touch display that is bright & easy to master after reading the manual. The FreshVac feature is pretty ingenious and it makes a big difference. Combines two essential appliances in one, both functioning beautifully. Solid Ninja construction & quality and plenty of included accessories. Cons: Premium price. A slight reduction in the pitcher capacity vs. the previous Blendmax Duo with Auto-IQ model. Moderately loud even at low speeds. May stand too tall on standard countertops for some folks. Suction cup feet can make moving this beast around a bit awkward. As a side note: From the included recipe book, the Mango Tango smoothie is our favorite!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A smoothie lover’s dream machine

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    nickcal
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    This blender is a substantial upgrade to standard blenders. First of all, it’s a Ninja system so it has a 1400-watt motor that can be used to blend anything. I’ve had a couple of Ninja systems and can’t say enough about having the more powerful motor than standard consumer blenders. What makes this system so unique is the Freshvac technology that’s employed to make smoothies have less foam and a richer taste. The system consists of the 72-ounce blender pitcher, 2-20 ounce single serve Freshvac cups and the Freshvac pump. A couple of things to note about this system: the main pitcher and single serve cups are made out of heavy-duty plastic and the pump requires 4AA batteries in order to operate it. These are ‘cons’ in my opinion because if you want to blend hot liquids, you need to wait for them to cool down before blending them. I would be happy if at least the main 72-ounce pitcher was made from glass. The Freshvac pump needing batteries is more of an inconvenience to me. I would rather see it be a recharge able device than one that uses consumable batteries. You do have the option of using an optional AC power cord, but I’d rather it be a cordless, rechargeable device. Aside from those small issues with the design, I think the Ninja Duo Blender does a great job with mixing and blending drinks, purees, and anything else you throw at it. The Freshvac technology was a new adventure for me as I’d never even heard of it before I got this system. That said, I definitely can tell a difference with the finished product when I remove the oxygen from a smoothie versus when I leave it in. The texture was much smoother than when you don’t use the vacuum. This is a big win for me as texture is something that really bothers me — especially when it comes to blended drinks. Even though this is a sophisticated system with lots of parts (at least more than just a single blender), the Ninja Duo is well worth the time it takes to learn the system. I can recommend this system to anyone who likes to have blended drinks it can really enhance your experience. It’s easy to use with the pre-programmed modes and clean up is a breeze since the control panel is sealed and waterproof.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Powerful Blender & Smoother Smoothies!

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    Indiaj0nes
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    What's in the box ----------------- 2 x 20 oz. Single-serve FreshVac cups with spout lids 72 oz. FreshVac pitcher FreshVac pump with 6 AA batteries Ninja CT661V 1400-Peak-Watt motor base Pro Extractor Blades assembly Recipe book Stacked Blade assembly Pros ---- 1. Its just beautiful. Looks good on my new kitchen 2. The Jar is BPA free plastic and not glass. Some people complain about it, but i have broken 2 glass ones, i am OK with plastic 3. powerful, can crush ice and make good smoothies 4. Touchscreen, no mess and its waterproof. Cons ---- 1. When using the fresh vac, i have to remember to release vacuum to open the Jar 2. Multiple blades, is it truly functional or hype? It is difficult to clean The Review ---------- I have a blendtec blender for some reason when i shake the motor, i feel some part is loose as i could hear something inside as if a coin got stuck. Hence i had to send it for repairs. As a temporary replacement, i got this. One important thing to note is that the motor which this one comes with is 1400 Watts as compared to the regular ninja blender which is 1000 Watt. So it is 1.4 times more powerful. The Blender has 7 Auto-iQ modes - 72 oz Jar (smoothie, Puree, frozen drink and ice cream) & 20 oz Jar (smoothie, frozen drink and extract). it also has 3 manual modes - Low, High and Pulse. I typically use the smoothie mode or the high mode and run it for a duration i would like to. I have to say that the smoothies made of ice, blueberry and strawberries came out fairly smooth. If not as smooth as the blendtec, i was very satisfied. I think the construction is also more sophisticated than the blentec and love the way the jar/pitcher locks in place with the blender motor. I also like the lid better than the blendtec. its looks like of very good quality. The touchscreen is waterproof and its a smooth surface and hence, cleaning is easier. Lets talk about the FreshVac gadget that you get with it. It uses 4 AA batteries which comes with the blender. It is primarily used for smoothies when you want to avoid the frosting on the smoothie. I am not big into smoothies but i tried it and works as advertised. I cook a lot of Indian food, we need to make batter with rice and pulses for an Indian dish called "dosa" and the batter came out to be very smooth almost same as what my blendtec would do. given the fact that the motor is 1400 watts as compared to 1500 Watt blendtec motor. Noise wise, i think it matches the blentec, not too loud but again, its a blender, i think the noise is proportional to blending power so i do not expect it to be quiet. Overall, i am satisfied with the blender and i will recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Smartest Blender You Could Possibly Imagine

    Posted
    RBrylawski
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    This Ninja Duo Smart Screen blender makes Smoothies, Purees or just about anything you could possibly think a blender capable of doing. It just does it better than you ever imagined a blender could do things. It includes a FreshVac system, which is truly unique and helps with nutrient and vitamin extraction during the blending process, by removing the air in the Pitcher or Single Serve cups. Simply place the battery operated FreshVac Pump on either the included Pitcher or Cups and touch a button. The FreshVac removes the oxygen in the canister, then just blend away and you'll be amazed at how effective and better looking your blended concoction will be. It's not just better looking, it's smoother, with less foam and it really does taste better than the smoothies I made with my NutriNinja (which this replaces). According to the manufacturer, the blade system better extracts vitamins and nutrients from fruits and vegetables. It comes really nicely packaged, with 2 20 oz. single serve FreshVac cups with lids, a 72 oz. FreshVac pitcher, 6 AA batteries (for the FreshVac Pump), the 1400 Peak Watt motor base, removable blade assembly and a recipe book. With Smart Screen Technology, at a touch of a setting on the screen, you get customized power and speed via 7 pre-set Auto-iQ programs to achieve the perfect result for the job with no guesswork. It's smart. It's effective. It just works! The feet on the blender are suction feet. This is great. With 1400 Watts of Peak power, you'll never have to worry about the blender walking around your counter top. All the parts are dishwasher safe. I've been a Ninja customer for a long time. Based on my personal experience, Ninja's are simply the best. They're versatile. They're well made. And they last and last. This new system is just a much more intelligent take on blending that will make my morning smoothies taste better and healthier. What more could one ask or hope for?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Making smoothies interesting!

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    insomniak1
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    I have a traditional blender which has not motivated me in making smoothies for the most part. I love technology, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to see if using the Ninja - FreshVac Smart Screen Blender DUO would actually help me reach my health goals easier by making it “techy”. It comes with two 20oz cups with sip lids, one 62oz pitcher, a vacuum FreshVac (powered by included batteries) and a recipe book. The base is very cool-looking. I like the black finish base and the black accents on the pitcher. It does feel like it’s good quality. I would have liked to see glass containers instead of plastic ones, though. The base lights up nicely showing the options on the smooth screen. The “buttons” are touch-sensitive, so that gives it a sci-fi feel to it. Setting it up is rather easy and intuitive. The first thing I wanted to do, ironically, was to make a not-so-healthy smoothie with strawberries, bananas, coconut milk, and vanilla ice cream. I used the 20oz cup. I decided to do one serving without using the FreshVac and then do another with it to see if there was really any difference. Placing the cup in the base is easy and locks well. I selected "smoothie" and it begins an automatic process with a timer countdown. Next, I used the FreshVac on the next container. It is pretty cool, albeit a bit cumbersome, since you are adding extra steps. You simply turn over the 20oz container, open the lid and place the FreshVac on it. Press the power button on top and it will suck all the air out and a green light will tell you when it’s ready. Press the release button and voila. Place it on the blender and hit “smoothie”. From this test, I can certainly say that the difference is very noticeable. The “oxygenated” smoothie was a bit thicker, foamy, and lighter in color. The FreshVac one was more settled and darker. Any differences in taste were a bit more difficult to detect. I think the FreshVac smoothie felt more satisfying to drink as it went down. I can certainly feel the “air” or foam more with the non-FreshVac one. So, I guess it’s more about the look and feel rather than taste. Another feature of the FreshVac is that it is supposed to make the blends last longer in the fridge since there is less oxygen in the mix. I must admit that no shake made it past a point where I can say that this is true (although it does make sense). It is also supposed to “trap” in more nutrients. All in all, I think this is a great tool for the kitchen. I will admit that it is a bit on the pricey side and the FreshVac may seem a little gimmicky (since the taste wasn’t all that enhanced) and adds extra work (some might actually like this), but in the end, it all depends on how much you will be using it. I would recommend it to health enthusiasts and shake/smoothie lovers everywhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent quality with results to match

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    BillnMish
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    I have an older Ninja Ultima BL810, and while that has an slightly more powerful motor (1500w vs 1400w) it is little more than an on/off pulverizer when compared to this DUO w/Freshvac. Depending on which of the three included canisters/jars you attach to the base, the DUO will illuminate the options on the touchscreen panel. If a selection is grayed out it means you simply can't choose that for the canister you've installed. Swap it out for another and the base registers this change and presents you will whatever choices are available. Simple, easy, no guess work. Pros; - Options -- you can get any blender to blend with. This thing offers you options and makes it easy to go about achieving them, which is usually what keeps people from exploring new things; the guess work and lack of ease. (this is a semi double-edged sword, see "blades" in cons) - Strong motor -- while not as strong as other Ninja offerings (or other brands for that matter) it's plenty strong enough for 99.9% of what a household would plan on using this for - Interface -- the seamless touchscreen is not only sleek (when off it's completely blacked out for a nice stealthy appearance) but allows for zero-moisture to make it's way into any electronics. - Overall "Quality" -- the DUO feels nicely built. There's a solid feel to just about every component regardless of material you are touching. Everything has a nice notch, click, or slide to it. Cons; - Vacuum release on the jars -- you eventually (hopefully) remember to do this, but at first I forgot a handful of times. After a few times, though, it became muscle memory, so not *really* a big deal. - There's a few different blades which I've yet to really notice any difference given how much your contents are getting tossed around regardless of which canister/jar you're using. I get that depending on any number of variables that you may want something diced to a certain to degree more/less than in another application, hence offering multiple blades. But, I still don't know if it's necessary. To cap off the "cons" portion I'll add that prior to writing this review I noticed mine aligned with a few other reviews. Pretty much confirmed to me that, while being really insignificant to the overall performance of the blending, they were still worth mentioning again to point out to potential buyers that they aren't just one-off problems/issues. The only other thing I could even remotely add to it is "cleaning" -- but, until someone invents a blender that cleans itself (when they do, call me) that is something inherent to every. single. blender. on the market...unfortunately. All in all; an easy recommendation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It blends!

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    underdog217
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    This is my second ninja blender and in my opinion, much better than previous generations. I used it once to make salsa but have primarily been using it to make smoothies for my roommate and I, all of which have turned out exceptionally. The two biggest selling points with this model is the vacuum pump and touch screen feature. The vacuum seal is great for storing foods air tight so that way they stay fresh longer. Want to make a smoothie in the morning that you can throw in the fridge for after you get back from the gym? Great! Want to make a soup on a Friday that you can heat up on Sunday? This is your machine. The smart touch display is real neat too. I hit the smoothie button, it runs for fifteen seconds, let’s the drink settle to the blades, runs again, repeats a couple times and bam! The perfect smoothie. I’ve been blown away by the consistency of the blend and how it’s neber too runny or chunky, no matter what variety of seeds, powders, or food I put inside. The container is plastic which some people stress about but I’ve had both plastic and glass work and break in the past. This seems sturdy and shouldn’t cause an issue. The only downside in my opinion is it’s louder than you’d expect. The multi blades are pretty hard to clean manually but everything is dishwasher safe so feel free to toss it in there and let it be cleaned automatically. Overall, this is a solid recommendation. Quick, easy, a good look, and a solid blend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful and Vacuum Feature Improves Taste

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    RalphHenry
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    This is a very powerful blender. It had no trouble with crushing ice or making a smoothie. The design is really simple and intuitive and that’s what I prefer for a kitchen appliance – you don’t really have to go to the manual to understand how to use it. The accessories were very useful and I found this blender handled all it’s functions really well. The key feature is the FreshVac pump. When you are making a smoothie, I found it best to first blend up all your pieces such as apple, banana, frozen berries and frozen peaches (which is a favorite of mine). Now you sit the pump in its spot on top of the blender. You do not twist it, just set it in place and hit the button on top. It is smart in that once it removes the air and creates a vacuum inside the pitcher, it stops itself. Now you can hit smoothie and it will run a program of blending till it is done. You can also hit Puree or Plulse as you see fit. Now you remove the pump by first pressing a button on the side of the pump and then lift it away. You can release the pressure inside the pitcher by lifting a small seal/flap that the pump had sat on top of. Now pour your smoothie. I had my wife test a version of the same smoothie without using the vacuum and with using the vacuum pump and she did say the smoothie that had the air removed was much better – same as my taste test results – so removing tha air does improve your smoothie taste as we found. You do need 4 AA batteries for the pump. In addition to the full size pitcher, the blender came with a ‘single serve’ Freshvac cup. You can use this right on the blender in place of the full size pitcher. You blend in it and then can pump the air from this special design ‘single serve’ cup. It turns out that this is a very nice accessory since many times you only want to make a single cup or so of your smoothie. The product comes with a complete user guide and also a very nice quick-start guide. It also comes with a great recipe booklet that includes recipes that have everything from kale, spinach, flaxseed and of course all kinds of fruit and more. I highly recommend this device and it now has a nice spot on our counter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Smoothie Maker!

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    dstracker
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    This is my very first Shark Ninja system. I’ve used many different brands of blenders, and this one is the best one of them all. I made my first smoothie with it, first without using the FreshVac and then with the FreshVac. I have to say that FreshVac makes a lot of difference in the texture and the taste. The FreshVac smoothie tasted more like the actual fruit and was much more refreshing. Pros – There are 7 preset settings which takes out all the guess work as to when the smoothie, puree, dips, etc. are done. I like that. The perfect smoothie or drink every time. The FreshVac is really a great invention. It holds in the flavors of the ingredients without all the excess liquid from them. The 20oz mug is very handy to blend and drink and go! The little menu book comes in very handy as it tells you how to load the ingredients for your drink or smoothie to get the best blend and flavor. The components are very well built and the base actually grips to the counter with 4 little suction cups to keep it from bouncing around. It also has a safety so that it won’t run until the containers are properly locked in place. It’s also perfect for mixed drinks and Holiday punches (using the pitcher yields about 4 servings). Cons – There’s only one that comes to mind, and that’s the fact that the pitcher is made of plastic, so soups and purees need to cool before blending and then re-heated. I wish the pitcher was glass so that could withstand hot liquid. The cord is very short, only about 24” so it has to be very close to an outlet. I’m still experimenting with different ingredients and getting used to the pre-programmed settings. I know I will be using this a lot! I donated my old blender with the old fashioned buttons. I recommend this to anyone that wants fresh tasting smoothies, mixed drinks and any other blending that need be done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome setup

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    Bappy
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    This Ninja Smart Screen Blender in conjunction with the 20oz cup, 72oz pitcher and the air vacuum pump are a combination for creating great frozen drinks, purees or just plain blending. The first time I used this unit it was to create some fruit smoothies. Used frozen strawberries and bananas (they were fresh, but hold up better when blending if frozen). The blender base unit comes with several pre-programmed settings, I used the smoothie setting and it stopped and started the cycle automatically to maximize the blending process. in addition the feet of the blender have suction cups on them so the unit does not do a walk across your counter or prep area, very ingenious. In any case the end result of the blending process, was a perfect smoothie ! There is a function to remove the air from the blending process which yields different results and appearance, I didn't realize that this could be used on the pitcher to lessen the amount of air mixed into the smoothie, I thought it was just to preserve leftovers. In any case next time I will try taking the air out during the blending process. The pitcher comes with a lid that clamps down and becomes super secure (this is one of the few blenders I felt comfortable not holding the top on during the blending process. The blender unit is fairly loud, but not more than most, it has a separate opening for pouring whatever you made into cups, very handy. Also provided as part of the "duo" is a 20 oz cup that also has a blade that can be used for smaller portion, personal size concoctions. The vacuum pump attaches to either container and removes all the excess air, it can be powered by 6AA batteries or an optional AC adapter. Overall I am very happy with this setup and look forward to continued use. Pros: - powerful - pre programmed settings and modes that actually do something - smaller cup provided as part of the duo Cons: - loud

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Premium Blender

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    Beuge
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    The Ninja Blender DUO with FreshVac is a solidly built, versatile, premium blender that is easy to operate and performs fantastically. Upon unboxing, everything feels solid and well built. Much of the construction is plastic, including the 72oz pitcher, but none of it feels cheap. And the water-proof screen is a proper touch screen and not a flexible membrane, so it should last without fading or cracking. Assembly is logical and easy to follow with the included instructions. Lids and hatches close tightly and easily and vessels engage in the base smoothly and positively. Batteries for the FreshVac pump are also included, which is a nice touch. Once a vessel is mounted to the base, the base detects the vessel and provides you with applicable Auto iQ modes (‘Smoothie’, ‘Puree’, ‘Extract’, etc). The IQ modes adjust speed, power, and time and have seemed to work well. If those modes don’t fit your application, manual ‘High’, ‘Low’, and ‘Pulse’ modes are still available. The 1400 watt motor has made quick work of anything that I’ve thrown at it so far with very smooth results. And it is not overly loud, especially given its power. The FreshVac pump works quickly and quietly, pulling a vacuum on either the 72oz pitcher or 20oz cups. While I’ll need to test it more over the long term, it does at least seem to produce less foam when used for smoothies. The only cons to mention: The 72oz pitcher or 20oz cup being plastic limits use with hot liquids. Also, the FreshVac pump can be used with a corded AC adapter, but the adapter is not included and must be purchased separately. Overall, an excellent blender that produces great results quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's A Monster...

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    Cipher469
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    The name “NINJA Smart Screen Blender DUO with FRESHVAC Technology” is a monster of a name for a monster of a machine. It's big, bold, powerful, sturdy, and has many options for use. When you open the box, you’ll find lots of items to facilitate the Ninja’s many uses. There’s a 72oz. pitcher with some scary “Total Crushing” blades (Be very careful handling!), two 20oz. containers with lids for individual servings, a second blade set for use with the smaller containers, and an easy to use battery operated (also with cord for plug in operation) vacuum pump to vacuum-seal the various containers to keep contents fresh and flavorful when stored in the refrigerator. A very nice feature of all these parts, except the motor of course, is they are machine washable. The 1400W motor will pretty much pulverize any food type you put in it, including ice, hence those scary blades. Make some smoothies, chop some veggies, make beverages that include crushed ice, etc., this monster NINJA breezes through it. My first operation with it was to make smoothies, and it did the job probably 3x faster than my older conventional blender. From ingredients to smoothie in seconds! Another very nice feature is the base unit’s touch screen that has pre-sets for seven of the most common uses: smoothies, frozen drinks, shakes, etc. I found the pre-sets to be pretty much spot on. It may look like a monster, but don’t judge it by appearance. Once you’ve used it enough to be comfortable, you will see it’s your new best friend for any food processing job needed! This is my first NINJA experience, and it won’t be my last!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow Ninja

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    AFASOX
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    This blender is incredible. You don't realize what you are missing with a conventional blender until you use this Ninja blender. Amazed how it chews through ice with no hesitation. Try that with your run of the mill blender. You cannot do it. The look and feel says quality. The unit has a powerful motor but the suction feet make sure it doesn't walk on your counter. The blending action eats through frozen fruit leaving no lumps of fruit. The preset settings is a great feature. The touch screen is clean and the buttons are responsive. No raised buttons. An easy to use push panel of buttons is a great design. The big 72oz unit is ideal if using for family gatherings or for larger needs. The fresh vac feature is incredible. It gives a better taste. It is a cool feature. The fresh vac pump is run by AA batteries. You can buy an adapter and avoid batteries. I opted for batteries and it works fine. Ninja supplies the batteries! The fresh vac feature clearly reduces foam up while also adding quality to the taste. The 20oz cup gets the most use because it is enough for both my wife and I to share. Comes with 2 20oz cups. The unit cleans up nicely both by hand washing and dishwasher. Ninja has made another nice product here. It is a tad loud, but that is not a complaint just an observation. I have no complaints. This is a must buy if you are in the market for these types of products. Ninja is quality. I trust this unit will be in our house for many years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Blender - The Vac system really works

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    Nabob
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    I've been making smoothies in my Shark bullet for several years and wanted to move up to a bigger model. I was skeptical about the vacuum system which takes oxygen out of the blender/vessel so I tried creating a smoothie with and without the vacuum technology. I combined spinach and other veggies along with an apple and strawberries. I split the ingredients into two different batches and made one version with and one without the vacuum technology. I was impressed with the difference between the two versions. The version using the vac was much richer in color than the other non-vac version. I taste-tested it along with my wife and we both thought the vac-version was better. The other great aspect of the vac system is the smoothie maintains a better consistency when refrigerating it overnight. I only had to shake up the container the next day rather than blend it again. This was one of my biggest frustrations with my old Ninja. You basically had to make and consume what you created as it was never the same after it was in the fridge overnight. I also like the touchscreen technology. It's intuitive and cleanup is easy if there are any spills on the base unit. Like most blenders, this unit is loud, but clearly has a lot of power. I also don't know why blenders have to have such short power cords. This unit is packed with power, additional components for smaller batch concoctions and the vacuum technology is a differentiator over other brands. The value built into this Ninja is impressive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice blender

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    Marvlus
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    I'm very pleased with this blender. It does what it's supposed to do! Starting from the base up, which is solid and heavy enough to stay on the counter (thanks to suction cups on the bottom) without moving, regardless of whats being blended. It has a 'smart screen' with several preset options, such as smoothies, ice cream, extract and of course the option to choose your own blend. Next is the main pitcher, It's huge, big enough to blend several smoothies at a time. It has a removable blade stalk that has 3 sharp blades on it. They pulvarize anything you put into it and asks for more. The pitcher only fits onto the base one way. It has a handle on the top that can lay flush when not in use, you press a release button when you want to lift from the top. Also on top is a freshvac tab, this is where you can use the freshvac pump to take out all the air before blending. This is supposed to make all thats being blended fresh and last longer. I'm not sure if this this is kind of gimmicky, because once you pour the mixture into a glass, air is re-introduced anyway. It also comes with two large glass size jars and an additional smaller blade used with them. This is a loud blender, but not anymore than any other. If you entertain alot, or are trying for healthier options, need to puree or just want to blend a good margarita I highly recommend the Ninja Duo

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Overly Complicated & Messy Blender

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    mdh4pennstate
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    I am giving this Ninja - Smart Screen 72-Oz. Blender DUO with FreshVac 2 out of 5 stars for the following reasons. First, this starts off like a regular blender in the preparation of a traditional smoothie. The traditional aspect goes south with the introduction of a vacuum attachment. The vacuum is to remove the air from the smoothie cup to allow for the ingredients to blend into a very smooth mixture to allow for easy drinking. The problem is the vacuum sucks a portion of the liquid into its overflow reservoir. This adds an extra level of mess to clean not to mention the vacuum itself having liquid in the pump chamber. Since my smoothies are dairy based I wonder over time is there a concern of food poisoning with the potential of bacteria growing in the pump. Second, the blender has a difficult time processing nut butters which required two passes of the smoothie setting to purify all the ingredients. The smoothie is given a consistency not of a smoothie but more like watery flavored milk...YUK! I prefer the smooth texture of a milk-shake like smoothie and NOT the end result of this overly complicated smoothie blender. The introduction of its vacuum creates, extra mess, requires additional cleaning, along with the potential for bacteria growth. Pros: None Cons: Messy Difficult to clean Potential for bacteria growth in the vacuum pump Smoothie too watery in consistency Mouth opening on lid too small

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FreshVac is genius!!

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    jago
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    The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen blender with FreshVac has 1400-watts of power and it looks very modern with the nice responsive touch screen. This package comes with two 20 oz. single-serve cups that you can take to go, two lids for those cups, a 72 oz. FreshVac pitcher, along with the FreshVac pump that attaches to either the single serve cups or the 72 oz. pitcher. What this does is suck out all of the air in the container, similar to what a food saver vac does. When you remove the air, say when you make a smoothie, the color is richer, and it does taste smoother than when I made one without taking the air out. Both tasted great but the color of the freshvac one was superior. All the components are well built and feel sturdy and the blades are sharp and work well. Washing them in the dish washer is ok to do and I just put them on the top shelf with no problems. There are 7 pre-programmed settings that the blender has are a very welcome addition and take a lot of the guess work out of blending for drinks, smoothies and shakes. This blender replaces my old trusty 1100-watt ninja blender that has served us well, but this is leaps and bounds better and more advanced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The latest in blending!

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    Emeraldskye
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    I found out about the benefits of vacuum blending recently, and decided to purchase some type of vacuum blender. Many of the ones I found are extremely expensive, and I was discouraged, because I wanted the benefits of this type of blending: less oxidation of food, better texture, lasts longer if blended under vacuum, tastes better, etc. When I found this set by Ninja, I was very excited, purchased it, and absolutely love it! The base is plenty strong - 1400 watts! It has the large blender pitcher and the smaller personal size ones, which I use more often, The vacuum device is awesome, and pulls a nice vacuum on the cups or pitcher before you blend. You have to buy the power adapter for the vacuum pump device separately, but I ran it on batteries for a month without having to change them, so it isn't a deal breaker. Of course, you can use it as a standard blender, if you want, so you don't have to use the vacuum feature, but why wouldn't you? I am very impressed with Ninja products! I really love this unit, and definitely would recommend it as a very good deal, and a way to get into vacuum blending for a very reasonable price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Vacuum pumps out excess air from blended foods

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    JerryZ
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    Air wreaks havoc on almost everything. Oxygen to be precise. From air that gets in your brake fluid to wines to frozen food. The NINJA blender applies this vacuum technology to your blended drinks and foods. I instantly liked the touch screen controls. Easy to use and keep clean. Bright lit display is easy to read. The NINJA blender jar is a large 72-ounce capacity. Here is a video of me making peach puree for peach jam. https://youtu.be/k1GdCoshWhc The vacuum pump comes with six (6) AA batteries but can also be powered by an optional AC power adapter. Especially great idea once you start to see the benefit of the vacuum prepared drinks. Easy instructional stickers are included to guide you through the first time use of the vacuum items that make this a step above the standard Ninja Blenders. Well built bearings on the blender jars and strong motor plows through even the toughest items and ice.

    I would recommend this to a friend