The Good The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender performs as well as models that cost twice as much.
The Bad The Ninja Ultima looks bulky and you may not like having to keep track of the various accessories.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for a blender that can replace a lot of your small appliances without breaking the bank, you can't go wrong with the reasonably priced Ninja Ultima.
The Ninja's value slices through the competition
My knowledge of actual ninjas is limited to obscure pop-culture references, but I generally think of them as being two things: quiet and lethal. The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender is hardly quiet, but as far as the other goes, if "lethal" means "ridiculously effective" in blender-speak, the Ninja is aptly named. It was a consistent top performer and kept pace with its more expensive competitors like the Vitamix 7500 and Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender, for half the price.
I own the Ninja Kitchen System 1100, which retails for $159. The 1100 features different accessories than the Ultima. For example, it comes with the standard, 72-ounce pitcher as well as a 40-ounce "processing bowl," which is identical to the main pitcher, only smaller. It also comes with a blade for each, as well as whisk, dough hook, and dough paddle attachments. The 800 only comes with one pitcher, but has a removable quad blade and two single-serving cups that hook directly onto the blender base for easy, quick smoothie making. My 1100 is a great blender and I've never had a problem, but I can admit to having blender envy. Afraid of having a subpar blender, I put the Vitamix on my Christmas list and begged my family to all pull together because it's all I wanted in the entire world. It made me resent my perfectly functional Ninja blender, thinking that while, yes, it could make my delicious smoothies, it could make them better if it were a Vitamix.
When we received these blenders to review, I couldn't help but feel drawn to the Vitamix. We decided that I should test the Ninja because I already had one. I fully expected the Ninja to underwhelm me next to the Vitamix. As testing progressed, however, I grew more and more surprised.