Is the Ninja Ultima Kitchen System the Best Choice?
Ninja Ultima Kitchen System Review
Ninja has definitely been making its mark on the world with their proprietary brand of blenders. It is a wildly popular blender.
But does their Ultima Kitchen System hold up to the hype?
Decide for yourself right here as I share my review of the system.
Ninja is a company that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. As a blender manufacturer, they began selling their products in the United States using infomercials.
Since many people view infomercial products as inferior, this cost Ninja many unnecessary years of time to pass before they gained traction in the US markets.
Who is the Company Behind the Ninja Brand?
SharkNinja Operations – Formerly Euro-Pro
Ninja is brought to you by the same people who make the Shark vacuums. They used to be called the Euro-Pro but recently changed their name to SharkNinja Operations. Part of my routine, when I research and write a review is to make sure I find out who makes the product.
I want to find the people behind the product.
The reason for that is I have found that some people like to hide behind what I call a corporate wall and never reveal who they are.
Typically, I find when the companies really believe in their products, they are much more transparent. I consider it a credential when the people behind the product tell the whole world they are.
Mark Rosen is one of those people who is not afraid to tell the world who he is and what he stands for.
His company is known for their infomercials – with Mark in just about every single one of them. He will not sit behind a desk and let someone else be the face of his own business.
That says a lot for a company.
SharkNinja Operations is the maker of three different brands – Shark, Ninja, and Bravetti. Each one is distinct in its own right.
If you have ever used a Shark Vacuum or a Bravetti kitchen appliance, then you know the kind of quality and effort they put into their products.
What to Expect from the Ninja Ultra
For a system priced under $400, I didn’t expect to get nearly as many conveniences put into one appliance as this one offers. Ninja is known for being cheaper priced – but that’s not always a bad thing.
They are known for making a decent quality product. And although one can caution against reinventing the wheel, Ninja has decided to tell the world, “Maybe the wheel needed to be reinvented.”
It was very easy to take out of the box and set up. I had reservations about all the plastic components, but that’s only because I grew up with the blender made out of a steel base with a glass jar.
Overall, it appears well-built, and the blender was easy to assemble.
I love the 2 smaller personal Nutri-Ninjas.
The system does come with a lot of different pieces, so expect to take some time to identify and become familiar with each part.
I would suggest separating the food processor parts from the blender pieces and the Nutri – Ninja pieces.
Any high-end blender, this one included, will have a learning curve in terms of figuring out how to best use it. The learning curve on this one is not very steep when you compare it to the Blendtec or Vita blenders.
Also, I found it to be very loud – much louder than I expected it to be. But I suppose that I should have anticipated the noise level as this is often the case with powerful blenders such as this one.
And powerful it was!
In addition to the power – it uses dual stages and different blades turning at different speeds. More about that later in this review…
Also, there are some important pointers to follow for using the blender jug. Like if you want to liquefy anything that is not high in moisture, or frozen, you must add water or other fluids. Otherwise, you can end up with a very flaky result and frozen ingredients will just turn in a flavored snow.
What Users Say they Like Most about this Ninja
Pretty Good Quality for the Price
Anyone who has experienced a Ninja Blender for themselves can vouch for their quality personally.
It appears Ninja has improved on the classic blender design and made a line of blenders so powerful it can crush just about anything – including ice – in a matter of mere seconds.
This Ninja offers a wide variety of features including:
- 10 speeds + Pulse
- Tons of power from a 2.5 HP motor
- Their own design of Total Crashing and High Cyclonic Blades made of Stainless Steel
- Food Processor Bowl Capacity – 64 oz. (8 cups)
- 72 oz. Blender Jug made from BPA free material
- 2 Nutri Ninja Cups (each 8 oz.)
- Cookbook – Ultima Delicious 90 Recipe Flipbook
- Cord Length – 3 feet
- Dishwasher Safe
This is blender is easy enough to operate successfully that anyone can do it.
One of the top reasons people purchase blenders is for their ability to make juices, smoothies, and baby food quickly and effortlessly. The splendor will crush through some of the toughest foods including celery, carrots, ice, and berries.
Dual Stage Blending Technology
This is Ninja’s patent pending gear system which offers high torque AND high-speed cyclonic blending in one jar to crush down ingredients and then liquefy them.
To help accomplish this, the blender has two sets of blades – the Total Crushing blades and the High Cyclonic blades. Each set of blades has a purpose.
The Total Crushing blades are designed to process larger chunks of food and then the High Cyclonic blades are intended to liquefy those smaller pieces.
The dual stage comes in play with each blade set operating at a different speed in order to first crush the larger ingredients and then quickly liquefy the resulting smaller chunks.
Total Crushing blades are also able to pulverize and crush through ice, whole fruits and vegetables in just seconds. High-speed cyclonic blades then puree the ingredients into a smoother, almost grit-free consistency.
Special 8 Cup Food Processor and More
It doesn’t stop there. The Ninja Ultima Kitchen System includes a food processor.
You will get the following:
- 8 cup food processor bowl
- chopping blade
- dough blade
- reversible slicer/shredder disc
- grating disc
Attach the chopping blade and process ingredients or install the dough blade and make up to 2 lbs of dough in as little as 30 seconds.
You can grate soft or hard cheeses with the grating disc.
The complete kitchen system is everything you need to start making your own sauces and, soups, and even jams and preserves.
Making nut Butter and Other Things Easy
This machine makes perfect almond flour that can then be processed into an excellent almond butter in a jiffy. Most users claim it takes just 6 minutes. It can also make perfect whipped cream from scratch.
3 in 1 Appliance Ease
There is not a separate motor base for the blender and the food processor. In fact, it is called a system because it uses one motor base for the:
- food processor
- large blender
- the Nutri Ninjas
It essentially combines three of their top quality kitchen appliances into one.
The Nutri-Ninja cups are individual blending cups that you can put on your blender base, mix the ingredients, place the lid on it, and take the whole thing with you.
It is the ideal system for blending while on the go. You don’t need to blend anything in the big blender just to put in a to-go cup.
What to You Should Watch Out For
Size and Pieces
Many people have commented that the Ninja Ultima has a very large and bulky base – plus they didn’t like having to keep track of the so many accessories.
Takes Long to Process Frozen Things
Frozen items will naturally take longer to process and they might not break down as well. This is part of the learning curve required for higher in blenders. This is not a blender with a simple on/off switch. It is a sophisticated machine with different settings and multiple blades.
Blades are Super Sharp
Use common sense and don’t reach your hand in the blender for any reason, even if it is unplugged. The blades are extremely sharp, and people get cut. Be sure to handle them with great care.
Food Sticks to the Sides
Some people complained that they have to bang the blending container on the counter in an attempt to unstick the food from the sides. However, this is part of the learning curve with thes machine.
Once you discover that you don’t need to use the high setting for most foods, you can eventually use the blender like a pro. Most people use the medium to low settings unless they’re dealing with a thicker food material.
The Noise Factor
Although it is loud, this blender was not any louder than any of the commercial blenders you might find in a smoothie shop, like Jamba Juice. You might just feel that the power of this blender more than makes up for the noise it can make.
Warranty, Parts and Servicing the Unit
The Ninja Ultima comes with a 2-year warranty. But you’ll find on Ninja’s Web site that there is a comprehensive parts replacement section so you can replace some cracked or broken pieces out of your own pocket.
One of the low points I found with this blender is that it is not user-serviceable. Since I am handy, I don’t mind having to repair my own products or even replace a broken piece. The attachments are the only parts the end user can replace. This is only a concern because the amount of plastic used in the in the construction of this machine. Generally, plastic is not repairable. It must be replaced.
Note that the top blender brands like Vitamix & Blendtec offer 7 years of coverage. Just keep in mind that some (not all) models can be twice the price.
What Others Have Said
This is a very economic decision if you compare it to other high-end blenders of the same class.
Here’s what others have to say about the Ninja Ultima Kitchen System.
I LOVE THIS BLENDER. I mainly use the blender for blending vegetables for my morning drink. The consistency after the vegetables are blended is a little thinner than a milkshake and is drinkable. I get my vegetable juice, and I do not lose the fiber since I do not need to strain the contents. My smoothies come out nicely blended as well, not chunky. Worth the money!
– By Lisa on October 24, 2013
It is Darth Blender. It will crush and blend anything. It lurks ominously on your counter, with its little glowing red eye, waiting to pulverize anything that drops into its death chamber. The force is strong with this one. Seriously, bag the Vitamix; this does the same thing for a third of the price. Oh, and order more of the little cups because you’re going to use them for, like, EVERYTHING.
– By Leslie A. Holbrook on February 18, 2015
After reviewing many blenders, we chose this model and were very pleased with it. As long as you’re careful the multiple sharp blades are not a problem. I noted there were complaints from some reviewers about the noise level, but It does not seem significantly more noisy than other blenders. I do use frozen fruit or vegetables instead of ice cubes when preparing smoothies so perhaps that makes a difference. It’s easy to clean and does a fine job. In any case, it was a good purchase, and we love it.
– By G-ma on June 7, 2015
If you’re going to buy this exceptionally economical blender system – either in a store or online- I’d suggest you check the price on Amazon first. This blender can really vary in price, but I find Amazon consistently shows the best deals.
Also, Amazon sets the industry standard when it comes to customer service. They know what they’re talking about, and they treat their customers right.
Ninja has a solid idea when it comes to this kitchen system. They have combined three different appliances into one – including a single serve, on-the-go blender.
While other devices must be purchased separately, this will not only save you money but it saves you space from having several base units. Simply plug in this one base unit and you’ve essentially plugged in three different appliances.
At under $400, you will not find another blender that delivers this kind of bang for the buck. As long as you don’t mind that it is not made in America and that you may need to replace some parts over the years after the warranty runs out. Otherwise, this is a pretty good value for the price.