Ninja Kitchen System Pulse
The Ninja Kitchen System Pulse lacks the power to live up to its claims and is bound to disappoint consumers in search of a dependable hybrid blending system.
As you will see in this article, though this blending system appears to have many great qualities, its weak motor causes it to fall short on its ability to follow through on its promises. I cannot, with good conscience, recommend this blender. Still, I would like to take the time to explain the positive and negative qualities of this blending system, so that you will know what to look for in other hybrid systems.
Great For On-The-Go
>Let’s begin with some of the best qualities of this blending system. First, it can come in quite handy as an on-the-go personal blender. Two 16-ounce personal blending cups are included in this package, which means that you will be able to quickly and easily spin up a couple of smoothies before hitting the road in the morning.
Most other large blending systems, whether countertop or hybrid blenders, do not allow you such an option. They may come with an extra 16-ounce container – maybe even two – but very rarely are those containers capable of being placed atop the blender and used as a blending cup. The 16-ounce cups which come with this system include a blending blade lid as well as travel lids. You can place the blending lid atop a 16-ounce container, flip it over, fit it onto the power base and blend. Then you simply remove it from the power base, take off the bladed lid, replace it with the travel lid and you can go on your way. If you are hoping to have a travel cup for each member of your family and find that two cups just isn’t enough, it’s great to know that you can purchase extras online.
All the Accessories
Some hybrid blending systems simply allow you the option of turning a regular blender into a hybrid blender. They are built in such a way as to allow you to add on certain accessories, but neglect to include those accessories with the actual machine. You are forced to search online or in stores to find the extra bits and add them to your collection. That is not the case with the Ninja Pulse system.
As we have already discussed, this system comes with 2 single-serving 16-ounce blending cups, a bladed lid for those cups, and two travel lids. It also includes a 40-ounce “processing bowl”, which is basically a blending pitcher meets a mixing bowl. Personally, I would prefer not to have the two mashed together into one pitcher/bowl. I prefer a large pitcher (somewhere around 64 or 72 ounces) and a smaller bowl somewhat like this one. However, for those of you who lack storage space and prefer to keep things as compact as possible, this may be an excellent option.
This system also comes with a dough hook and a dough paddle to assist you in mixing dough for pasta, bread, pizza and cookies. All of these accessories are made of either stainless steel or BPA-free plastic and are dishwasher safe for added convenience.
Not Enough Power
So far, this system sounds rather impressive. Many people are probably saying to themselves, “Wow, this Ninja Pulse system can create all sorts of foods and beverages and it’s a fraction of the price I’ve seen other hybrid blenders listed for.” This all seems true. Unfortunately, although this system is much less expensive than many competing hybrid blenders, it is also much less powerful.
The 550-watt motor of this machine, while capable of breaking down soft fruits and vegetables, is meant mostly for beverages and other liquid-based concoctions. In fact, this motor would suffice for a small personal blender. Unfortunately, this is not a small personal blender. It is a large blending system which claims to be able to perform incredible tasks. Despite Ninja’s claims that this blender can cut through ice and other dense foods in a matter of seconds, I feel myself forced to doubt that it is possible to do so without overheating the motor.
The Ninja Mega System, a similar yet more expensive hybrid blender created by the same company, makes all the same claims but backs them up with a 1500-watt motor – it is almost three times as powerful at the Ninja Pulse and proves itself superior in performance.
As stated in the opening of this article, the Ninja Kitchen System Pulse fails to live up to its promises. Despite claims of being able to effortlessly liquefy almost any type of food, this Ninja system has proven itself incapable of properly breaking down foods containing stems, seeds, or skins. It is equally incapable of breaking down ice and other dense foods. Its 550-watt motor is simply unable to handle the speeds and length of time required for performing such tasks.
Consumer reviews have been mixed. Some people are rather satisfied with the system, whereas others are not. For the most part, those people who expected to use this hybrid blender to its full “abilities” were the ones most disappointed. Those who purchased the system for bragging rights but used it mostly as a typical countertop blender were slightly more impressed.
Although my review here has been quite dismal, I caution you against being deterred from hybrid blenders. Hybrid blending systems can be an excellent addition to any kitchen and are quite the space-saving appliances. In fact, you shouldn’t even allow this to deter you from Ninja hybrid blending systems. This inexpensive and cheaply-made product is not a representation of all that Ninja has to offer. In fact, an upgraded version of this blending system called the Ninja Mega System features an incredibly strong 1500-watt motor, comes with many of the same accessories, and is much less likely to disappoint.