[Amazon.ca] SharkNinja BL620C Professional Blender | $99.99 (Nearly the lowest ever, short by $5)
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My Ninja died after 5 years and I just replaced it a few weeks ago after doing a bunch of research. While the Ninja is great at crushing ice and makes a smoothie quickly, it leaves little bits of fruit and if you use something with seeds like pomegranate it doesn't get rid of them. So the smoothie is kind of gritty with certain ingredients. I decided I wanted I blender that would do a better job making a smoothie very smooth and that would hopefully last longer.
Jul 4th, 2020 12:54 pm
Thank you for the detailed response!althoma1 wrote: ↑ My Ninja died after 5 years and I just replaced it a few weeks ago after doing a bunch of research. While the Ninja is great at crushing ice and makes a smoothie quickly, it leaves little bits of fruit and if you use something with seeds like pomegranate it doesn't get rid of them. So the smoothie is kind of gritty with certain ingredients. I decided I wanted I blender that would do a better job making a smoothie very smooth and that would hopefully last longer.
What I ended up getting was a Cuisinart Hurricane Pro. It seemed comparable in performance to some Vitamix models and fits nicely under my cuboards with the lid off. The best price I found for it was $278 at Visions; considerably more than a Ninja, but less than a Vitamix. The Ninja is a great bang for your buck blender, but I do find the Hurricane Pro does a better job of making very smooth smoothies. The only downside so far is it can warm them up because it's so powerful; so I add a couple ice cubes to keep the smoothie cold.
I was hesitant to spend as much on a blender as I did, but do use a blender several times a week; so if it does last longer with better results then I can live with the expense. I looked at several sites and videos, thought about it a few days and then finally pried my wallet open and bought it.
This is one of the sites I used for research: https://www.techgearlab.com/topics/kitc ... re#compare
I liked the idea of a more powerful motor and all metal drive. I did wish it was available at Costco in case anything goes wrong with it (it does have a limited 3 year manufacturer warranty and a 10 year warranty on the motor), but the best deal I could find was at Visions and Costco doesn't carry it: https://www.visions.ca/catalogue/catego ... SVEALw_wcB
I'm happy with my purchase so far, but then came across this LivingBasics (same company as Primecables) Vitamix knockoff at Walmart.ca (third party seller) for $105 that has a 1500W motor and all metal drive a few days ago: https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/Variable-S ... UWCLO5URUR
There aren't many reviews of that one, but it's pretty powerful and has an all metal drive. If you want to stay at around the $100 price point, I'd go for the LivingBasics Vitamix knockoff over the Ninja. From a value standpoint, I'd probably go for that over a Cuisinart Hurricane Pro as well; although it's taller and won't fit under most countertops unless you take the jar off (not just the lid like the Cuisinart) and it doesn't look as high end with the black plastic vs. the gunmetal look, but I suspect the performance would be pretty good based on the specs.
If I were going to get a Ninja again, I'd go for one of the models with the non-removable blades. The tall removable blades are great for crushing ice, but not as good for smoothies. When I was making my decision, this Ninja was one of the ones I considered: https://www.costco.ca/ninja-chef-blende ... 90807.html. It's more powerful at 1500W (vs. the 1100W of the blender the OP posted) and has better reviews than the tall blade style Ninjas, but is double the price at $199. It still doesn't have an all metal drive though and the Hurricane Pro was only $80 more and had better reviews so I went with that. If I'd known about the LivingBasics 1500W model with the all metal drive for just over $100, then I I likely would've picked that up instead though.
I should note that while reading the various blender reviews, many reviewers commented that the big Ninja jars with long blades were great for ice crushing, but didn't make smooth smoothies (I agree with this based on my experience), however; the personal sized cups with the smaller blades did a much better job with smoothies. I didn't have these cups with mine (I had the 1000W model with just the one big container) and the one listed in the first post does have these personal sized containers with smaller blades.
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No problem. I noticed that the LivingBasics blender is actually $99 directly through living.ca (it was higher the other day; so is probably on sale right now): https://www.living.ca/p-371164-bl1015c- ... vingbasics
Jul 4th, 2020 7:48 pm
You make me want to switch over to the livingbasics model over the ninja. However, I came from an older nutri bullet, and the nutri ninja was working great. I ended up getting this model but will have to order the bigger 32 Oz cup. I have until Sunday to return my nutri ninja which im going to.althoma1 wrote: ↑ No problem. I noticed that the LivingBasics blender is actually $99 directly through living.ca (it was higher the other day; so is probably on sale right now): https://www.living.ca/p-371164-bl1015c- ... vingbasics
My hesitation with that one would be no professional reviews and there's no mention of any warranty. It's a good value based on the specs if it works well and you have no problems, but it'd be nice if it had at least a 1 year warranty (even the Ninja has that).
The Oster Versa 1400W has some good specs, but a bunch of people do seem to have a problem with the jar leaking after a while, but they do have a 7 year limited warranty (not sure what that covers though).