The Ninja Ultima looks nice, but lacks in quality, safety
Not good things: The Ninja Ultima falls short in quality, usability and safety.
All things considered: With the Ninja Ultimate Blender, you get what you pay for. It’s a China-made, vastly inferior take on the Vitamix Pro 750. With safety hazards, design concerns and limited useful life, there are several things to note before buying. If you’re considering this model, I’d read this review carefully. Then, view my take on the Vitamix Pro 750.
In this Ninja Ultima review, I’ll be as thorough as possible. Even if it’s something that doesn’t portray this product kindly, I will make note. My goal is to help products like this get designed better. At any price, nobody likes buying a poorly designed product? Nor does anyone deserve to be misinformed or misled.
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In this review of the Ninja Ultimate, you’ll find some highlights. Cost and appearance are the only ones. The rest of the highlights in this review of the Ninja Ultimas are actually lowlights.
I found the Ninja Ultima to have:
- Inferior quality.
- Significantly poorer performance.
- Shorter useful life.
- Wasteful and careless packaging.
- Several safety concerns.
If it isn’t obvious, I think the Ninja Ultima is a pile of garbage. But don’t take my word for it. See for yourself.
In these massive reviews, I’ll open up the box and explore what’s inside. Credit to my friend Ray Maker for showing me how enjoyable these unveilings are. Here it is.
The front of the Ninja Ultima box. The packaging screams “vacuum.”
Side of the box showing cold and hot power. The bottom blades can heat soup and the top blades will crush ice.
Power and versatility. Sorta.
I love breaking the seal. This one felt a little different, though.
Sharp and flimsy. Not that packaging matters. But it does.
While there are a million warnings on the packaging, there aren’t any for the box. The box is really sharp.
If you put family at the end of your brand it makes it better. But it doesn’t give you a real family.
Warning number one.
The “Inspiration Guide.” There are a couple recipes in this 13 page pamphlet.
First look inside.
Beginning of a lot of plastic. Packaging first.
Another warning and more plastic wrapped plastic.
The last warning. This one is right above the Top Blade.
Here’s the top blade. I got it out without hurting myself.
Then I set it down and forgot all the warnings. Blood smoothie anyone?
A snapshot of what’s inside the box. Lots of plastic.
All together now. The Ninja Ultima, single-serve container, to-go cups and warnings.
“Isn’t the Ninja Ultima like 1/3 the price of it’s competitor”
The simple answer is, “Yes.” You can get a Ninja Ultima for $200-300. I just picked one up at Bed Bath and Beyond for $259. Simple math says that’s about 1/3 the price.
But the simple answer is not the right answer.
Ninja’s come with a two year warranty. 730 days / $259 = 35 cents per day.
The competition comes with a seven year warranty. 2,555 days / $649 = 25 cents per day.
And that doesn’t even consider the cost of using the warranty. Ninja owners are responsible for paying $19.95 for return freight. The competition’s owners get their units serviced for free.
The Ninja Ultima has other hidden costs.
- Processing takes more time.
- Cleaning takes is not as fast or easy.
- Poor energy efficiency.
Euro-pro, the makes of Ninja can’t even do the math themselves. Is it 1/3 of the price of 1/2 the price?
“Isn’t the Ninja Ultima designed just as well as the competition?”
Nah dude. The Ultima is designed to appear well designed. The design, itself, is shoddy.
The Ninja Ultima is designed to look like the Vitamix Pro 750. It’s says so on the box. And, it’s plain to see. From the controls to the color, it’s a deliberate knockoff.
It’s similar appearance to the Vitamix Pro 750 is where the design similarities end.
The Ninja Ultima is designed to appear like its quality. It’s like a Chrysler 300 to a Bentley. It looks are flashy and familiar. But if you look under the hood and kick the tires, you’ll notice the inferiority.
The lid has a locking handle.
The container looks similar. Four sides and a four-pronged blade. But that’s before adding the Ninja Star blade.
Crushing ice in a Ultima is easy with the crazy blade. The problem is that you have to use the crazy blade! It’s clumsy, sharp and heavy.
Container and base connection
The container on the Ninja Ultima locks in place with a twist. At first glance, this is a nice feature. But it’s only there for your protection. If the container is not locked down, it can fly off and, well, kill you.
The handle on the Ultima looks just like the competition. But one quick feel leaves you wanting more.
Like the rest of the Ninja Ultima, the handle is made of hollow plastic. It’s a subtle difference from the competition’s rubber handle. But once again, it looks similar but is very different.
The Ultima has controls just like the Pro 750. Variable speed control, on/off switch and pulse. They are all designed to work the same as the controls on the Pro 750.
The big difference in the controls is the lack of preset programming. If you want your Ultima to make a smoothie or soup, you must operate it manually.
“A Ninja Ultima is the same quality as the Vitamix Pro 750, right?”
Not so much. The Ninja Ultima is built like a toy. It’s mostly hollow plastic. You know, like an old VHS tape? One flick of the motor base and you’ll hear it. You would never that sound on a Vitamix.
The Ninja Ultima is made entirely in China. That, alone, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. China makes some great products, like Apple. But the Ultima isn’t the exception to the rule. It is a China-made piece of trash.
Let’s get into the specifics of the Ninja Ultima design:
The lid is made entirely of hollow plastic. Putting it on the container felt like assembling a vacuum. It clicks in and locks in place. It holds the Ninja Star Blade, so doesn’t have a hole for adding ingredients. It also has a handle, which doubles as the lock handle.
Overall, the Ninja Ultima is designed like a vacuum. And a cheap vacuum at that. Everything locks in place and is always at risk of coming lose.
The Ninja Ultima comes with a 2-year, limited warranty. It does not cover normal wear and tear. That’s basically saying “all sales final!”
“The Ninja Ultima is pretty safe, right?”
Nope. Not at all. The Ninja Ultima is the most unsafe blender I’ve ever tested. It’s ironic, actually, because the Vitamix Pro 750 is the safest blender I’ve ever tested.
The Ninja Blade of Death
The Ninja Ultima can’t crust ice on its own. It needs the help of a heavy, bladed insert. They call it the “Top Blade.” When opening the Ninja Ultima, you have to be really careful. There are at least ten warnings on the packaging. But even if you take caution, the blades are still dangerous as hell. I learned the hard way.
I sliced my finger when opening the Ninja Ultima. I was honestly trying to avoid it.
The power cord
The Ninja Ultima uses a thin, two-prong plug. It’s flimsy and thin. Reminded me of the cord on an alarm lock.
Compared to the Vitamix Pro 750’s heavy-duty, 3-prong, grounded cord, the difference is clear.
There are suction cups on the bottom of the unit. They’re used instead of hard-rubber feet. The suction cups actually seemed like a nice feature at first. Then I realized why they’re there. It’s because they need to be. Without being suction cupped to the counter, the Ninja Ultima becomes a true Ninja warrior. Quick and dangerous.
Aside from the inherent danger of needing suction cups, I found them to be annoying. A blender is not a static appliance. You slide it from under the counter. Closer to the stove. Having to “unsuction the cups” was a giant pain.
The Ninja Ultima has a safety feature to preven tit from overheating. It’s a basic feature. It’s similar to a hair dryer blowing a fuse. Except the fuse is built into the motor base.
If the Ultima overheats and shuts off, you just need to wait 15 minutes.
Summary of Safety
Overall safety hazards are the grand irony of the Ninja Ultima. It’s supposed to be a product that improves health and wellness. Yet, it’s a product that carries several health and wellness risks.
Maintaining the Ninja Ultima will be sure to bring you some pain.
The Ninja Ultima comes with a 2-year, limited warranty. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear. You are required to pay $19.95 return shipping.
On the whole, the Ninja Ultima warranty is as good as toilet paper. If you care about a good warranty with the products you buy, go with a Vitamix. Vitamix’s come standard with a 7-year, unlimited warranty covering normal wear and tear. Plus, they pay for two-way shipping.
The Ninja Ultima must be cleaned by hand. It’s pretty easy if you can avoid slicing your fingers.
“Why would I get a Vitamix when the Ninja performs just as well?”
You wouldn’t. But it doesn’t.
The Ninja Ultima performs like you should expect it to. Like a cheap knockoff made by a vacuum cleaner company.
Compared to the Vitamix Pro 750, the Ninja Ultima performs:
- Less efficiently
- More loudly
- Less precisely
- Less powerfully
By now, that shouldn’t surprise you, right?
The Ninja Ultima performs like you should expect it to. Like a cheap knockoff made by a vacuum cleaner company.
Making food with this the Ninja Ultima takes more time. For example, nut butters take an extra six minutes in the Ultima vs the Vitamix.
The Ultima will crush ice, but it requires adding the Ninja Star blade.
And if you want to add ingredients as you go, forget about it. There is no hole in the Ultima lid. To add ingredients during processing is quite the process. Stop the motor, release the lid, add ingredients, secure the lid, start the motor.
The Ninja Ultima is incredible loud. Yes, the comparable Vitamix Pro 750 is no mute. But at both low and high speeds, the Ninja Ultima is significantly louder.
It’s very difficult to be precise with the Ninja Ultima blender. The variable speed control is just a glorified on / off switch. Try to chiop with the Ninja Ultima and you’ll get a puree.
No matter what speed it’s set on, it runs about the same. High or really high.
The Ninja Ultima has a 2.5 peak horsepower motor. Pretty significant. Much of the power, though, is used to run its massive cooling fan.
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The Ninja Ultima is a crappy knockoff of the Vitamix Pro 750. It’s poor performance, inferior design and major safety concerns make it a questionable product. Not to mention, it is actually more expensive than the comparable Vitamix.
I tested the Ninja Ultima for a couple weeks and do not recommend it. 1 star.
Bottom line recommendation. Do not buy.
P.S. If you read all the way to the bottom, congratulations. It means you’re serious about your health. And it means you are a smart buyer.
Reviewed by Lenny Gale on
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