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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    NINJA Goes Parcours

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    greenrita
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    About 7 years ago, I purchased a NINJA as a gift to my partner. We’ve had many good years of use from the 1100 rpm driven machine but have a separate wet bar that will inherit the ‘old’ while the new 1400 rpm NINJA System will serve as our kitchen’s upgrade with expanded capabilities. In an effort to reduce the footprint of our many counter top appliances, the NINJA multi tasks like the ‘leatherman’ of food prep. Offering options to puree, chop, extract as well as to do frozen drinks, ice cream and smoothies, the base boasts a powerful torque without the weight of my 40 year old Cusinart whose tool kit is a severely diminished analog to my new update. The design of the base offers a slick and futuristic flat screen; so, there are no buttons and levers that, over time, become a depository of microbial gunk and a cleaning headache. At HQ, NINJA designers made a big effort to protect consumers from injury. The quick start manual and the more in depth guide to recipes asks that you READ before start up. After goofing up in the past, I learned that with next gen technology, it’s best to be mindful. Familiarity with operational details prevents frustration when trying to assemble interlocking parts, a signature feature of the NINJA product line. I tried all blades and functions in order to establish a basis for comparison with my old NINJA and a really old VITAMIX to determine if the system was a keeper. At start up, you will notice that the footings are true suction cups that ensure a stable, immovable platform when the engine is underway….the toughest suction I have ever experienced. Since I do a daily smoothie, I first explored the Single Serving Travel Mug with a carafe design similar to the BULLET’s but more slender and maybe taller. And, similarly, you fill up the cup with fruit, veggies and liquids to the fill line, twist on the blades and insert blade side down into the base for a quick blend. The value-added tool is the FRESHVAC System that attaches to the top of the travel cup. The promotional flyer states that the unit creates an unrivaled “smooth texture and rich taste… less foam and separation than traditional blending”. After the oxygen is drawn out before blending, I noticed all of the aforementioned as well as an increase in flavor; but, found it odd that the NINJA promotional text in the box doesn’t mention the most important motivator that compelled me to purchase. As a holistic practitioner, priority is that when oxygen is removed, the vitamins are protected from oxidation. Freshly blended fruits and veggies rapidly lose a high percentage of their nutritional value almost immediately after exposure to the air and heat of the blending process. In my estimation, this trick is what makes the system worth the extra bucks. The FRESHVAC Tech is built into the system’s large pitcher that accommodates larger volumes of smoothies, soups and dips. Generous that NINJA affords the consumer six batteries to drive the FRESHVAC; but, an A/C cord for the unit can be purchased a la cart. Must check the cord rating in the event I already have a match to avoid duplication of an item that can be repurposed. We already have too much post-consumer waste. I also noticed a significant feature in the design of the single serve travel cup’s rim. In contrast to the BULLET and other competitors, there are no ridges on the outside lip where the top screws down. Instead, the ridges are situated on the inside below the point where the mouth touches the rim. Voila! no need for an additional rim cover to eliminate uncomfortable encounters with a ragged edge while drinking your smoothie. One note of caution partly covered in the manual. If you have to add items you forgot on the first round, be careful that the FRESH VAC is seated correctly when blending in your adjustments on the second round of blending. The smoothie liquid could travel into the FRESH VAC but the manual says that a quick rinse and dry is the remedy. When I noticed leakage on the second round, I stopped the engine then made a note to call NINJA Customer Service to verify whether damage would have occurred had I continued blending without noticing that product was oozing out. Or, maybe additional guidance is required for using the FRESH VAC on a second round of blending. Next, I used the large pitcher for another trial smoothie. Once I discovered how to align the top with the pitcher, I was able to make a fast and furious smoothie. So, heads up to previous NINJA owners, matching the white arrow of the lid to the white arrow of the handle is no longer the key to align the cap with the pitcher to lock down the unit before blending. With this new (to me) version, match the curve of the pouring spout with the pouring spout of the top. But, interestingly, when I set out to lock down the large squat pitcher to puree and chop, I found a subtle gray toned arrow on the lid to match with a white arrow on the carafe. So, those with weaker vision who might miss the markers to be matched, be patient and look more closely with your kitchen lights on full blast. I caught the markings because I wore my new neck lamp that illuminated the manual and the details of the parts as I moved into unfamiliar territory. Finally, I proceeded to switch blades between tasks to handily make a very hard butternut squash into a fluffy mound similar to a mound of smashed sweet potato. I minced carrot for a salad then thinly sliced a batch of carrot rounds for a lentil soup as well as a blended ‘mole hill’ of chopped carrot, ginger and onion for a frittata. Bottom-line, since the machine can easily reduce a rock hard butternut squash, transforming chicken breast to burger (see recipe book) and almonds to milk will be a cinch. As well, looking forward to my own gourmet nut butter blends with chocolate nibs, vanilla/maple extracts, dried fruits and mix-ins that are now de rigeur but outrageously priced at our local health food stores. In the chop mode, I also mixed walnuts into a fig paste for an energy bar layered with raw tahini, sea salt and coconut shreds. And, don’t forget to do the riced cauliflower recipe for gluten free, low calorie sides and/or pizza crust. Emulate what you like then make your own and save! One last major benefit of the NINJA design is that clean-up is super easy since blades can be removed, allowing large hands to reach the very bottom of each pitcher. Easy blade removal means no crevices for harmful microbes to multiply. A (1) Year Limited Warranty is what you get. A longer warranty would be appreciated and/or options to extend the warranty, especially since competitors are at (3-7) Year warranties for blenders. Also, I will ask NINJA to consider defining a post-consumer waste recycling program

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ninja Smart Screen Is a Smart Choice

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    Kelby
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    ---- Summary ---- Pros: - Nine pre-set Auto-iQ programs - Three different types of containers for blending - Touchscreen and modern design - Easy to use and clean - FreshVac pump really works Cons: - None ---- Review ---- Design: The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System with FreshVac is well built from the inside out. All the components are hefty and sturdy, so I have no worry about anything breaking anytime soon. With a simple touchscreen, it is easy to select the appropriate program for whatever I am making or blending, and the touchscreen also adds to the already visually appealing modern design. Although I usually have it stored in a cabinet when not in use, it looks great on my kitchen countertop. In many ways, the Ninja Smart Screen is a well-designed blender. Features: The nine different pre-set Auto-iQ programs are phenomenal, so I would definitely consider the programs a standout feature. Auto-iQ makes it easy to crush, blend or process just about anything effectively and efficiently, and the FreshVac technology is a perfect complimentary feature. Using FreshVac truly does make a difference. I have tested it out by making a smoothie with and without using FreshVac, and now I will never go back to not using it because the smoothies are exceptionally smooth and full of flavor. If you love smoothies, I am confident that you will love this blender. Other than smoothies, there is much more that this blender can do, and that is facilitated by the different programs and three different containers, which are the FreshVac pitcher, FreshVac cup and the precision processer. This truly is a kitchen system and not just a blender because it comes with everything you could need. Performance: As I mentioned above, the Auto-iQ programs work very well. I have owned several blenders over the past few years and felt that they were of decent quality, but I am impressed with the performance and versatility of this Ninja Smart Screen System, and I am confident that it is one of the best blenders on the market. Verdict: If you are reading this review, my guess is that you are in the market for a blender or thinking about getting one as a gift. There are many blenders on the market, but I think this one should be atop the list of the best, and I would highly recommend it over the alternatives.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Some Good Ideas, But still Gimmicky

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    zboot
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    This is a 3-in-one blender system. There's a normal blender base with blender cup/blade. A smaller cup with it's own blades for smoothies or drinks that will end up being maybe one or two servings, and a food processor cup/attachment also with it's own blades. 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. The food processor also has puree and chop which neither of the other two get. 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. That said, this is a pretty nice kitchen package and the functionality available with the blender cup, regular blender, and food processor is tough to beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of All Worlds

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    Tbeetles
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    I have had several Ninja systems. I started with a Pro Personal Blender for making smoothies - it quickly became a hit with my family and I had to upgrade to a Ninja Kitchen system with the blender, food processor and single serve cups. That system worked great for many years. When this system came out, I was extremely excited by its sleek design and the smooth, touch screen controls; one of the issues I had with my older model was that I felt like there were a lot of crevices that would get gunk in them and the base would never look clean, no matter how much I cleaned it. I have not had this issue with base at all - it wipes clean every time, with no streaks or smudges. Onto the blenders - they are as powerful as previous systems in the Ninja family, something that I’ve always been happy with. I’ve tried other blenders in the past and have never had the success in making smoothies and other blended drinks that I’ve had with my Ninjas. New to me and this system is the FreshVac technology - I’d be lying if I wasn’t slightly intimidated by this new gadget and a tad bit skeptical that it would be that big of a difference from previous Ninja blenders. Anyone that has ever made a smoothie, or any iced blended drink, you know that it will start to separate within 5 minutes of sitting, which is a bummer but still tasty nonetheless. With the Freshvac, you suck the air out of the blender or blending cup before you start the blender. Where it makes a fun “vacuum” noise, it doesn’t look like it’s doing much. I will say that my intimidation of the Freshvac was not warranted - you literally place it on the designated area and turn it on. It turns off on its own within about 10-15 seconds and you press the release button. Then you blend away!. With the new touch screen, you have options of what you’re making and how you want it blended (e.g. smoothie is 60 seconds of blending, with brief pauses during the allotted time for settling). This is true for the full size blender and the single serve cup - which in my opinion is one of its best features. My previous Ninja had the ability to do single serve cups as well as the larger blender, but you had to hold the button down when making the single serves. It was a huge pain on a busy morning getting my kids ready for school - now I can just put my single serve cup on the base, hit the smoothie option and walk away to finish packing up everyone for the day ahead. The Freshvac really is a marvel - this is the extra kick that takes your smoothie game from zero to hero. I’m talking about coffee-bar-expensively-over-price-smoother-than-anything smoothies. I was in total amazement of how well it worked and what a difference it actually made. There was no separations in the smoothie that you usually see in homemade smoothies. While I typically use my Ninja for smoothie making and food processing , I did try out some of the other features that it claimed to be able to do, such as ice cream and extract and I will say that I was very happy with the outcome and will use it in the future. While it’s not a feature I will use often, it is nice to know that it is capable to do what is says it can do and it does it well. The food processor works wonderfully too - it can slice and chop with ease. I was also able to make pasta dough in the processor. One huge pro to this version of the food processor bowl is that it has a feed chute. For me personally, this was a huge selling point, as my previous Ninja system food processor just had a flat top. This multi functional unit has become a central piece of my kitchen

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Genuinely smart blender with a pump.

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    Batlacit
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    The first time I’d ever heard of vacuum blending was when I saw this device. I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of the addition of a vacuum pump, but having had very good luck with Ninja appliances in the past and being in need of both a food processor and a better blender I was eager to try it out. After using it for a couple of weeks and drinking many, many smoothies I’m honestly still not entirely sure what to make of the FreshVac attachment, but the rest of the package has impressed me so much that I’m extremely satisfied regardless! First, I want to talk about build quality. Frequently devices like this which seek to fulfill multiple functions suffer from a variety of problems with parts being more fragile, complicated, or difficult to clean than what you’d get with a purpose built unit. I’m happy to say this is an exception to that rule. Everything you get is very sturdy, dishwasher safe, and built with an eye towards ease of use. The only thing I’m remotely worried about is the vacuum pump itself, as I’m not really sure how I’d go about cleaning it out if it ever sucked up some milk or other perishable liquid. The safety system built into it seems pretty good at preventing that, but it’s definitely had a couple of close calls that made me wonder if some of the maximum fill markings are a little too generous. Second, the features. While the FreshVac pump takes front stage here I actually found myself much more taken by the intelligent blending system. Whenever you insert one of the three vessels, the system automatically detects what it’s working with and presents you with a set of preset modes that do a better job than I can with manual settings. The smoothie function, for instance, starts things out with a series of short bursts that help mix the ingredients together and work free anything that might be stuck to the side or above the blades before gradually increasing speed to blend it all together. It works fantastically well, and thanks to the fact that the blending vessel has a locking lid you don’t even need to supervise it while it works. The FreshVac feature itself is a little harder to judge. The box promises brighter colors, more powerful tastes, and smoothies you can let sit in the fridge overnight. I can really only corroborate two of those claims. The colors are indeed a bit more vibrant when you use the pump – but not quite so much as the box would have you believe. And leaving the vacuum-pumped smoothies in the fridge for a few hours worked fine – but as you might expect didn’t do much to actually keep them from starting to separate. As for flavor… perhaps I just didn’t choose the right recipes, but the difference was so slight that I’m hesitant to rule out the placebo effect. It seemed to have more of an impact on texture than it did the taste. As you might expect, anything blended with the FreshVac is going to be a bit less frothy at the end of it for not having all that air being whipped into the food but I’m not sure how much of a difference that’s really going to make. I was also a little nervous about just how powerful the pump is when using it with the larger blender vessel – the sides of which visibly bowed inwards and let out an occasional creak as the pump pulled a vacuum. So, as I said at the start, I’m mixed there. There definitely is a difference between using the pump and not, but if you’re not a good enough cook/blender devotee to really understand when it is and is not called for I doubt it’s going to blow your mind. Overall, it’s still a fantastic appliance that I’m glad to have in my kitchen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome 3 in one (Blender, Bullet, Food Processor)

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    Indiaj0nes
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    What's in the box ----------------- 2x Single-Serve FreshVac Cups with Spout Lids Base with Touchscreen Display Chopping Blade Assembly Dough Blade Assembly FreshVac Pitcher with Lid FreshVac Pump Precision Processor with Feed Chute Lid Pro Extractor Blades Reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc, Recipe book Stacked Blade Assembly Pros ---- 1. Its a 3 in one. Replaced , my food processor, my magic bullet and my blendtec 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 ---------- This is a Truly a 3 in-one-device. I could replace my magic bullet, my faberware food processor and my blendtec blender. The 2 20 oz cups replaced my need for the magic bullet which i used to dice onions and puree tomatoes and make chutneys. I love the fact that i do not need to use my food processor and this Ninja will serve as a good food processor. I could cut my cabbages and carrots with ease and functions with the same performance of my faberware food processor. 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 9 Auto-iQ modes all together for the 72 oz Jar, 20 oz jar and the food processing jar. 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice 2 In 1 System blender/Food Processor

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    dstracker
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    Features - There are 9 preset Auto IQ settings which takes out all the guess work as to when the smoothies, purees, dips, etc. are done. I like that. The perfect smoothie, drink, soup or puree every time. The FreshVac is really a great invention. It holds in the flavors of the ingredients without all the excess liquid from them as well as maintaining the color and freshness of any fruit, especially bananas. It runs on 6 AA batteries included with the system. There is also and AC adapter, but I have yet to be able to purchase it on the Ninja site as it’s been sold out for a while. The Food processor (aka Precision Processing Tool) is great for chopping, bread dough and Pureeing. The only drawback is that, like the blender and 20oz mugs, it’s plastic and the mixture to puree has be cool before putting it in either the blender or the food processor. It’s perfect for making your own dips. I made my own Hummus and Spinach/artichoke dip and they both came out delicious. It also comes with a feed chute which makes it easy to add your ingredients. I like the Shredding/slicing disc which makes grating cheese and veggies a breeze. It also comes with a dough blade assembly, which I haven’t tried yet but will be soon. The 20oz mug is very handy to blend and drink and go. It comes with a handy drinking cover that locks so nothing spills out. 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. It also has recipes for the food processor for dips, purees, and soups. There are more recipes on the Ninja website as well. The base is very sturdy and 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 it’s properly locked in place. The suction cups grip so well, it’s sometimes a bit of a struggle to remove it from my granite counter. 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 and food processor container are made of plastic, so soups and purees need to cool before blending and then re-heated. I wish they were heat resistant glass so that they could withstand hot liquid. It only comes with a 1 year warranty, where most other kitchen blenders, food processors, etc. come with a 2-3 year warranty some of which can be extended. If you are looking for a blender, food processor all in one, especially to save space, this will work perfectly. Just keep in mind that hot ingredients must be cooled down before using the Ninja Kitchen system. I give it 4 stars only because the containers are plastic for the blender and food processor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So this is what a higher end blender can do

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    MadSquabbles
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    I've always had cheap bottom end blenders because they always did good enough and when they die after a few years I just grab another. So now's my chance to see what a higher end blender can do. The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System comes with a single serving cup (which I'm enjoying right now... we'll enjoyed), the humongous pitcher, a food processor and the Fresh Vac. When I unpacked I noticed suction cups on the bottom of the blender unit and thought, "what the heck are these for?" I cleaned everything up, cut up some strawberries, added some ice and heavy whipping cream (yeah, I don't do healthy smoothies), and sugar. Hit the power button on the touch screen and hit "Smoothie" setting. OH LORD! I though the thing was gonna take off from the counter. This blender vibrated the whole countertop and would have run off if it weren't for the suction cups. But with that power it pulverized the ice, fruit, and whatever might have been in that cup. 60 seconds to a nice cool smoothie. The smoothie setting pulses on its own to make sure the contents settle before spinning up again. The Ninja Smart Screen made the smoothest homemade smoothie I've ever had. No bits of ice, no chunks of fruit - just a nice thick, milkshake consistency. Second go I used the big blender with the array of blades. BE CAREFUL handling any of these blades. They're all extremely sharp! This time I whooped out the FreshVac. This time Orange Juice/Strawberry/Banana and Ice. I put the FreshVac and proceeded to remove the air from the blender - took maybe 30s - removed it and started my blend. You can definitely see the difference between a FreshVac smoothie and a normal blended smoothie. It looks "clean" and bright without the air bubbles. It may be a downside if you're sharing the smoothie since the air adds volume, but the upside is that without the air it's a more condensed flavor. It's not dramatically different, but there's a slight more compact flavor, and it's prettier, lol. I've only been able to use the FreshVac two times because there seems to be a drain issue. I used it last Friday and Saturday (only twice) and on Thursday the batteries were dead. I don't know if the included batteries are just low capacity or if there's an issue with drain on others' units. At 6 AA a time, this will become an expensive problem if you make a lot of smoothies. There is an option to use an external power adapter. You can grab one from Ninja or just get a generic one that will fit. I haven't gotten to use the food processor much but did use it to chop some garlic and ginger. No surprise it did well with those since it wasn't a big challenge. Hoping soon to give it a better go. We've still not used the blender to its full potential and haven't gone beyond making smoothies so far (which the Ninja Smart Screen blender does wonderfully) but given more time I'm sure I'll get to the other functions. I'm really getting to become a Ninja fanboi!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Smoothies

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    PeboQuattro
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    I got the Ninja FreshVac Kitchen System to replace an older Ninja “Kitchen System” and for the most part I feel the newer model performs better. After unboxing I immediately noticed the smaller footprint of the 1400-Watt motor base. The drive system is smaller but the same design as the older unit, which has performed well over the years despite being made of plastic. Ninja also reduced costs by eliminated the suction release mechanism from the base in favor of smaller traditional suction feet. All of these cost saving measures make me question long term durability, though time will tell. The new base is all black with a nice selective touchscreen based on the vessel attached to the base. It works well and makes the blender simpler to use, which is nice. Beyond the variety of vessels including with blender (72oz pitcher, 40oz Processor, 20oz cup) Ninja is offering a unique vacuum feature under the guise of not just better texture but also locking in nutrients. The FreshVac system does create a smoother texture, without all of the unwanted foam. I found my usual spinach smoothie with almond milk to be easier to drink but slightly thin. After 2 weeks of daily use the batteries in the FreshVac pump had already died. “Fortunately” Ninja sells a cord that probably should have come with it in the first place. Beyond the FreshVac pitcher and blender cup, the Kitchen System includes a Precision Processor with a reversible slicing/shredding disc, chopping blades, and dough blade. At 40oz, I don’t expect it to hold much dough but I haven’t tried. I have used the slicing disc and chopping blades, both performed reasonably well. I wish it came with an additional disc blade that had a larger opening for thicker slicing but it gets the job done. After a month of daily use, the FreshVac cup blade assembly feels a little stiff and makes a squeaking noise when coming to a stop after blending. Despite this, I am still happy with the new Ninja as it still performs better than my previous Kitchen System. Overall, the Ninja FreshVac System is perfect for those looking for a multipurpose blender with a nice assortment of attachments but also looking to make fresh smoothies and extracts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Power in your Hand, The Ninja FreshVac Blender

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    stoptheclocks
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    This Blender set will change the way you look at blenders. It is very efficient for blending, smoothies, frozen drinks, puree and ice cream (9 pre sets in all). It also has that high tech look that is so appealing these days. The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System with FreshVac is the real deal. Also included is the powerful blender itself with a 72 oz FreshVac pitcher, a 20 oz FreshVac cup and a 40oz Precision Processor with a slicing and shredding disc. In the mix is the FreshVac cylinder to remove oxygen. The reason for this unique piece of equipment to preserve whatever you are blending to help keep fresh. Does this really make a difference? Yes it does. The mixes actually taste better than I have had from restaurants. It is really fresh and tastes that way too! Not only that, but it is simple to use. I put the bananas, Ice Cream, blueberries, strawberries and milk in the 72 oz pitcher. I locked it in the top of the blender by placing the pitcher on and turned a quarter to the left. It instantly set into place. Another cool feature is that the blender actually recognizes what container you place on it. The Ninja blender immediately recognized I had the 72 oz pitcher on it. A digital screen reveals the icon for pitcher and all options available. This is a very cool and useful digital panel on the front of the blender. No more guessing how long to blend certain drinks, the option you choose will allow the blender to perform the task. It is all digital so panel is easy to read. I wanted to make that smoothie from the ingredients I had just placed in the pitcher. So the next step is to put the lid on securely, no issue there and then use the FreshVac cyclinder. I placed it on top of the pitcher and turned it on. It ran for about 8-10 seconds then stopped. I pushed the release button and the FreshVac came off easily. I then pushed the icon button for smoothies. It starts a countdown that the blender creates in short bursts. At first I thought is wasn’t working but the Ninja blender was simply making the smoothie. After the designated time I pulled up the vent on the top of the blender. Air/Oxygen escaped from the pitcher. I removed the pitcher from the blender and took the top off. Lastly I poured smoothie into glass and had a drink. It was really good. The oxygen robbing FreshVac really did work, making the smoothie as good as possible. Now the Ninja blender itself is the best at what it does which is outstanding power and accurate options. The front panel is a tech wonder with the options and looks. It was very easy to make a smoothie and it tasted great. Now you can also make 15 receipes from a handy book that came with the Ninja blender. It does well with vegetable drinks not just fruit drinks. There are books of recipes you can get for the Ninja blender from the just about any food accessories store. The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System with FreshVac is very impressive. I was amazed for all the things it could do. After using the Ninja blender, I could never go back and use just a blender. The options, the digital screen, the cutting or blending of food make this system with the FreshVac a real winner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get this Blender Instead of That "Other" Brand

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    CMCMom29
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    My family loves smoothies. However, my current blender wasn’t up for the job to make a proper smoothie. I had the opportunity once to watch a demonstration of the leading brand-name blender and I was impressed by what a smartly designed blender could do. However, I did not have the $500 that the store wanted for that brand. The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System with Fresh Vac first caught my eye because the pitcher has a very similar design to that pricier blender but was much more budget-friendly. I was also intrigued by the touch screen element. I’m a pushover for touch screens and sleek designs. One thing I’d like to point out here. PLEASE take care when unpacking your blender! I didn’t and ended up cutting myself on the food processor blade. It wasn’t bad, but unexpected. The unit came with recipes to get started but I didn’t have the ingredients at home. It’s frustrating when new appliances come with recipes that don’t have (at least what I consider to be) common ingredients. Once I picked up what I thought I needed, I realized that I had forgot an ingredient, so I decided to make up my own. I used four cups of frozen strawberries, some agave syrup, and a container of Oui brand vanilla yogurt. I used the Fresh Vac attachment per the instructions. I found it very easy to use; it vacuumed all the air our of the pitcher and then automatically turned off when complete. The smoothie came out quite thick, but delicious. I look forward to trying more recipes. The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System with FreshVac is a great blender.

    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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    **This blender bundle is identical to the other Ninja FreshVac but substitutes one of the drink containers for the food processing unit. I received both bundles and they are identical aside from this.** 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 gets the job done

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    NBCTeach05
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    My overall impression of this Ninja Blender System is that it’s a very solid system with several unnecessary add-ons. This system consists of a base, a blender, a food processor, a tall cup for blending, several attachments, and a vacuum pump. Made of relatively cheap plastic, the vacuum pump does not make a discernible difference. The touch screen is wholly superfluous making it hard to recommend this system over one of Ninja’s previous systems. MATERIALS: The cups are made of a relatively thin plastic, which I can’t promise will stand up to years of dropping and staining. The lids and the blade, however, are quite solid and sturdy. I enjoyed how complex the lids were (no sarcasm) because they gave me the peace of mind that it wouldn’t make a mess. One problem is the flexible, silicone, built-in attachments that inevitably leak if you fill the cups all the way with food to blend. TECHNOLOGY: The major two tech upgrades of this system are the vacuum and the digital touch screen. I have to say they are completely unnecessary because they actually make things worse. The touch screen gets greasy and smudges very easily. The options that you cannot use in that moment don’t appear, but that for me makes it slightly confusing about which functions exist in general. Maybe it’s just a learning curve. The real dud is the vacuum pump. It doesn’t seem to make any difference when blending, and it actually causes the plastic cups to buckle. If you fill the blender up past a certain point, the liquids will probably be sucked into the pump. Finally, the silicone that is inserted into the single serving/to go cup can cause leaks. FUNCTION: This is where the blender system shines. The blender just plain works. All of the settings are good, especially the smoothie and frozen drink settings which take all the hard work out of getting it smooth every time. Even the grinder/slicer wheel has worked well. The base suctions very well to the counter so it doesn’t move from vibrations. So bottom line, it gets the job done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, Smart, Unique

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    RalphHenry
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    This is a very powerful blender. Right away I liked the rubber suction feet that ensure it stays in place nicely. This version comes with both the ability to make smoothies and all the functions of a normal blender plus the kitchen chopper/dough mixer and its blades. A smaller pitcher/mug is included and this is very handy for making a small batch. It mounts on the mixer with its own blade - you can remove the blade and use the included screw-on lid to take this mug with you as it fits in the cup holder in your car. The mixer customizes its blending based on what attachment you use: 72 oz. pitcher, small mug, or kitchen processor/chopper. A small icon of the attached container pops up on the touchscreen. This blender has a capability that I had not seen before. You can place a small cordless pump called the Freshvac on top of the blender to remove air from your concoction. You don't need to screw it in, just set the Freshvac on top in its designated place atop of a vacuum seal. You can blend the contents a little before you vacuum but if you have filled the pitcher really high you may notice the juices may rise close to the top as you vacuum so I do the vacuum work before I do the blending just as the directions say to do. Note that all you need to do is press a green button on the side of the Freshvac pump and then it releases its pressure and you can then lift it off. Before you serve your smoothie, you also need to pull up on a small flap on top of the pitcher to release the pressure inside. The resulting smoothie does taste better as now it is all smoothie and no air bubbles - so the taste is more intense. The chopper also works top notch, and is so smooth. The cutting disk is reversible for slicing or shredding. Cleaning is a breeze; I put some water and a very little amount of dish-washing liquid into any of the accessories and let the blender clean it. You will love the quick start guide, and a complete user guide is included for more details. You also get a very nice recipe booklet. Note there are several built in programs, so take advantage of these. They are accessible via a very solid and well-constructed touch screen. The blender will change speeds and stop as needed to ensure the optimal mixing. These pre-sets were nicer than you might at first think, because for example - you can go make some toast and don't have to stop the blender and rearrange contents etc., in order to get things mixed properly. You just come back and the blender has everything mixed perfectly. All the parts are very sturdy and Ninja has designed the blades correctly for optimal mixing - well done. I do highly recommend this blender/food-processor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cutting Edge Blending

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    Daddio
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    At one time blenders were only good at making milkshakes and soup puree. Now they can slice, dice and make delicious smoothies among many other things. The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System has control and finesse over the process that old blenders never had. FEATURES: - “Smart Vessel Recognition” sets the LCD display and options depending on which mixing apparatus is set on top of the motor base. - The Touch Screen display lets you select the automatic programs or operate the blender in manual mode. The bright LCD screen resists moisture and is easily wiped clean. - The 9 pre-set auto programs are calibrated with patterns of pulsing, pausing and various speeds to blend different things like dips, smoothies, juice, pizza dough, shakes and make ice-cream with just one button touch. - The package includes a vacuum system that can extract much of the air from the container before blending starts. This reduces foaming in finely chopped liquids like juice and also helps stop air currents flinging materials like herb leaves up under the lid during blending. - Comes with three difference blending containers; a 20 oz. smoothie travel drinking cup, a wide 40 oz. container for slicing items like cucumbers for salads or potatoes for frying into potato chips and a 72 oz. pitcher shaped container for mixing liquids. - Includes a 10 recipe “Inspiration Guide”. - 1-year limited warranty. PROS: - Attractive styling looks good on the counter. - Simple controls allow different repeatable degrees of chopping and blending. - Has a POWERFUL 1400-Peak-Watt motor base. CONS: - Has a LOUD 1400-Peak-Watt motor base. Unfortunately, it seems you can’t have one without the other. If you try to make a crushed ice smoothie to take to work in the morning and you’re up before everyone else, it will wake everyone in the house. CONCLUSION: I know from years of use that I am a person who will use a blender regularly. The Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System blender is top notch and I get a lot of use out of it. It has earned the space it takes up on my kitchen counter. However, if you are not the type who uses a blender regularly, the great utility of this blender means it takes up a lot of counter space and storage under the counter as well. It’s overkill for chefs who only use a blender every few months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    power and versatile

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    Bappy
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    This Ninja Smart Screen Kitchen System with FreshVac consists of a 1400 watt motor base with touchscreen display with 9 preset programs, a FreshVac Pump, 72 oz. FreshVac Pitcher, 20 oz. Single-Serve FreshVac Cup, 40 oz. Processor module, Stacked Blades which enable you to chop, puree, mix, and make dough, a slicing/shredding disc for the 40 oz. Processor module. This setup has several different type of blades and basically takes the place of two separate devices a blender and food processor. 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 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: - Versatile - Preprogrammed modes that work for your use case - Suction cup feet - Powerful - Multiple blades Cons: - loud

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Most Complete Multipurpose Blender!!

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    Jaydozrock
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    I have had a normal regular blender for a long time as well as a juicer/ food processor and was interested in seeing an instruments that combines the best part of each into one system and I must say I am very pleased. The system is well made and the multiple parts included seem to be very durable. The blades are super sharp and the components are numerous but easy to store and utilize. There are many many settings accessed through the responsive touch screen and some are pretty clear but for those that are not , the manual carefully explains each setting which is much appreciated. When it comes to blending it is superb. Inside the box we have two different sized containers (a cup and a pitcher) with effective seal to keep out as much air as possible with the Airvac system which seems to work quite effectively as it removes most of the frothiness from your mixtures. When it comes to food processing, once some things are pre cut, the Ninja shreds, chops and slices everything well and will be just as handy as any other food processor. The only possible cons I have is that although all parts are capable of being washed in a dishwasher, you might find that to carefully wash some parts you will need to wash them by hand. Also there are some very smalls parts utilized in sealing the cup or pitcher that can be easily lost if you’re not careful and there are no replacement parts included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a machine!

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    Andy
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    We have been using the same old blender for so long, we can't remember when we got it! This was such a huge change from what we had, it isn't even hardly comparable! We love to make homemade shakes with fresh fruit or fruit we buy in bulk and freeze. This blender works great with frozen fruit and ice. We have also used it to make individual shakes with the smaller jar. Both have been very powerful and easy to use. The presets make it so easy... just press a button, it already knows which container is being used, so it pulses and runs all on its own. I am getting the ratio down pretty well now, so the shakes turn out perfect every time. Our old machine had to have everything cut up very small and nothing could be too hard or frozen or it would choke. This one doesn't even slow down for frozen stuff and seems to be pretty decent quality. The vacuum accessory takes the air out and completely changes the texture of the drinks. I was a little skeptical, but after the first use, it is definitely a huge improvement. I am not sure that I would pay the normal price for the blender alone, but when all the add-ons and features are figured in, it becomes a pretty decent deal. We are looking forward to using the dough attachment as well as the food processor. Maybe we can replace a few of the many small appliances with this one system. I've heard all the hype about the Ninja brand for years, but am finding that it may not just be hype after all! I'm really looking forward to using all the features this machine has. Every time we begin to pull one of the other appliances out, we are finding we are looking to see if the Ninja can do it and it usually does, only better!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice blender with nice touchscreen display!

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    ZBMILLER
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    The Ninja System was a really big upgrade for me since I don't typically use a blender very often, because of that, I usually go with a product much lower in cost. I pretty much use blenders for Shakes and Smoothies but it's nice to have the functionality to do more once I get around to playing with some of the other features. The touchscreen has to be one of my favorite parts of this machine, while it is off, you simply have the power icon on the top left corner, top right will show you the icon for the three blending containers that come with the machine. Once you attach any one, the screen will switch to only show options used with this container, you have Two speeds and Pulse on the right hand side of the screen, the rest is pre-configured blending cycles that will blend with a countdown timer telling you how long until it's complete. The vacuum is a nice little touch, it has an indicator that that is white while vacuum is in progress, turns green when complete. I don't know at this time if it's just the included batteries, but they did not last very long at all before I would get the alternating green/white flashing light telling me to replace. Just put in some new ones, see how long it lasts. It does have the option to be used with an AC adapter, I feel for the price of the machine they could have easily included it , instead of slapping a sticker telling you it's available for purchase online for 14.99. Overall though I am really happy with this product, I would definitely recommend anyone looking to buy highly consider this machine!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ninja IQ 1400 Watts

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    BiggE
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    I am a Ninja Fan i really like there products for blenders. I have a smoothie blender at home and to upgrade for a Full Blender and food processor is great. I really like the style of this new model not having the push buttons on it but only show up when plugged in is really clean looking. I like it when it knows what you are using as a smoothie or food processor to the blender.The extra nice addition to this new Ninja is the food save option to seal whatever you have blended or getting ready to blend is nice to have. All the attachments that come with the food processor is nice. My wife have enjoyed using them to make salads or guacamole and to keep that fresh is awesome. Nobody likes brown guacamole.. The fresh vac pump is easy to use just place it on the top and press the button and it will suck the air out and let you know when it's done. The extra blades for the food processor are clean and all you will need. It does come with only 1 smoothie cup witch is kinda bad but you can't have it all. Overall this has to be one of the best looking and performing blenders i have. Give it up to Ninja great product.

    I would recommend this to a friend