Ninja BL660 Professional Countertop Blender
Although a great improvement on some of Ninja’s less-expensive blending systems, the center blade design of the 1200-watt BL660 Professional Countertop Blender appears to hinder its ability to effectively and efficiently break down dense foods.
In this article, we will judge the Ninja BL660 by comparing it to other Ninja systems as well as countertop blending systems built by different companies. We will look closely at the effect of motor wattage, blade design, and speed settings on the effectiveness and efficiency of the blending process. We will also discuss a variety of extra features and their value in your blending experience.
It is always important to view any type of product information through a lens designed around your needs. If you aren’t sure exactly what it is you are looking for in a blender, you may want to wander over to our informational pages, which describe what types of blenders and extra features are available, so that you may decide which ones will best suit your needs.
I encourage you to compare the information presented in this article with your own list of preferences. I hope you are able to use this information to help you narrow down your possible choices as you continue to search for your perfect blender.
Built To Endure
The 1200-watt motor of this blender is quite strong and, thankfully, is built to endure the stress of running for long periods of time. If you have read any of the other reviews on this website or have been researching blenders for a little while, you may have noticed that their motors come in a wide range of wattage, from 200 watts to 1400 watts. The 1200-watt motor included in this blender is, clearly, built to perform among the best of them.
It is, of course, very fortunate that this blender includes such a strong motor. As you will see, the center blade design, unique to Ninja systems, requires the motor to run for longer periods of time and work harder to break down food than most other blending systems. The stronger the motor, the better it is able to handle running for such long periods of time.
Center Blade Design
The center blade design of most Ninja blending systems is quite unique. Built to resemble the appearance of a ninja star, this design incorporates blades onto a center rod which extends from the bottom of the blender pitcher all the way up to the top. Unfortunately, this appears to actually hinder the Ninja’s ability to perform tasks as well as other, bottom-bladed blending systems.
For comparison sake, let’s take a quick look at the differences between the Ninja’s center blade design and the typical bottom blade design of other blenders. Other blenders create an environment within the blender whereby the forces of moving air and the spinning blades at the bottom of the blender are able to pull food down and through the blades before pushing it back up to the top to begin the process all over again. Food and juices inside a typical blender are constantly moving from top to bottom and back again, getting sliced and diced by the blades in the process. This is all thanks to the air vortex created in the middle of the pitcher by the spinning blades at the bottom of the blender.
Of course, in a Ninja the center blades are still able to spin fast enough to create somewhat of a vortex, and both solids and liquids are pulled to the bottom, through the blades, and pushed back up to the top again. In theory, it actually seems like the Ninja system would work better, since there are more blades for the food to pass through as it moves from top to bottom.
Unfortunately, those blades and the rod which holds them sit directly in the area which usually becomes a vortex of air in typical blenders. This means that the vortex created inside the Ninja isn’t as strong and, therefore, Ninja systems take much longer to break down foods and blend them together.
Three Speed Settings Mean Increased Control
Although it still takes longer to break down foods than most typical blenders, the BL660 has a major advantage over many other Ninja systems – it has adjustable speed and pulse settings. Typical Ninja systems include only one speed setting, controlled by holding down a button on the power source. In the same way, the user is able to control pulse, by releasing pressure then pressing back down.
In actuality, utilizing the pulse control is really the only way that the user is able to control the degree to which food is broken down in a typical Ninja blender. As someone who has tried and failed on multiple occasions, let me tell you it is difficult to stop salsa from becoming tomato soup by using pulse control instead of a low speed.
You can now see why I was so happy to see that this Ninja includes three different speed settings and a pulse control button. The three settings will allow you to adjust the speed based on what you are planning to create. From salsa to smoothies to soup – you can create it all (it just might take you a little while).
A Personal Blender In Disguise
The Ninja BL660 boasts a large 72-ounce pitcher capable of creating, for example, four and a half 16-ounce beverages, or filling nine 8-ounce glasses. Although it is not as durable as a glass pitcher, this large plastic pitcher is BPA-free and includes measurement markings and an easy-grip handle for added convenience.
What really makes this system interesting is that it also comes with two personal single-serving blending cups. Although many other blending systems include travel cups with lids, they aren’t often capable of being used as blending cups. Usually, you need to blend your drinks inside the large pitcher then pour it into the smaller cups. With this Ninja system, you can replace the large pitcher with either of the smaller cups, blend directly inside it, slap on a travel lid (which is also included in the set) and carry it with you on your way.
If you are looking for a unique blending system which is capable of being both a large-capacity countertop blender and a single-serve personal blender, the Ninja BL660 may be the right choice for you, as long as you do not mind waiting a little longer for it to accomplish tasks.