Hey there S & B readers and welcome to everyone finding this post on Google! Tony here, and first and foremost I just want to say thanks a ton for checking out our Ninja Ultima BL820 review. This post is actually a tad bit dated, okay, really dated LOL! As many of you all know, I’m a BIG advocate of getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to investing in your health with the purchase of a new blender.
With that said, I want to stress to everyone reading this that the Ninja BL820 is no longer that good of an investment at the price point of right around 300 bucks! There are a lot of other far superior blenders out there for less than this amount now. If you want to check some of them out, have a look at our top 10 blenders. If your heart is already set on the Ninja Ultima BL 820, then you can find more information on this blender below. Regardless, thank you for stopping by, and please come back when you have the time to check out some of our recipes, tips and tricks for blending, and more of our blender reviews, now I’m handing it back to Kary for her review of the Ninja Ultima BL820 below. Catch ya later!
Original Review Below!
Have you wondered lately if the Ninja Ultima is the right choice for you? If you have seen the infomercial, or seen other Ninja Ultima reviews, then you have more than likely been submerged with information on both sides of the fence as to how it compares to Vitamix. Honestly though, what you really need to know is how the blender stands on its own feet, well suction cups in this case. This in-depth review will take a look at just how well the Ninja Ultima BL820 Kitchen System performs all on its own.
What’s In the Box?
- Ninja Ultima Base Unit – This is where the magic happens so to speak. The base unit features a 1500 Watt 3.0 peak horsepower motor to power through the toughest ingredients.
- 72 Ounce Pitcher – This large container allows you to be certain you’ve made enough for everyone whether you are making milkshakes for the kids, smoothies for yourself, or mixed drinks for a small social gathering.
- 2 x 16 Ounce Pro Nutri Ninja Cups – These single serving cups will let you take morning smoothies and more on the go with ease.
- Nutri Ninja Blade System – Small blade system which connects to the individual serving cups allowing you to blend a single drink to take with you on the go.
- 2 x Nutri Ninja Sip and Seal Lids – These lids seal on tightly to help ensure that you get to enjoy drinking your on the go beverages rather than wearing them.
- 8 Cup Processor Bowel With Chopping Blade – This supple bowel lets you prepare fresh vegetables for salads, salsas, dips, treats, snacks and more. It also gives you the base for using some of the other attachments for your Ninja Ultima system.
- Reversible Slicer / Shredder Disc – Attaches to the chopping blade and allows you to shred or slice fresh toppings for pizzas, salads, and other menu items with ease.
- Grating Disc – This one also attaches to the chopping blade and allows you to grade foods quickly. Think of fresh grated parmesan cheese for pastas, fresh vegetables for coleslaw, and even fresh cheeses for soups.
- Drizzle Hole Lid – This lid attachment allows you to add in liquid ingredients while blending or mixing. This comes in handy especially when making dough.
- Feed Chute Lid – This attachment lets you take solid foods and slowly add them for chopping, grating, or slicing.
- Two Part Food Pusher – Used with the Feed Chute Lid, this is what allows you to slowly add your solid ingredients.
- Dough Blade – This blade lets you make fresh dough for breads, pastas, pizzas, and more very quickly without too much mess. 2 pounds of dough in 30 seconds, you can certainly tell why it is a wonderful little attachment to have.
There are a few other buzzwords that Euro-Pro likes to use in their marketing campaigns with the Ninja product line. Some of these can sound a bit confusing. Some also sound as though they are unique to Ninja, when in reality they are features that are included in many other blenders.
- Pro Variable Speed – Ninja states that the higher end models of the Ultima system features Pro Variable Speed. This is simply a speed adjustment dial on the base unit which increases your blending speed. This is certainly not a unique idea to ninja as many other companies in various price points offer varying speeds on their blenders. You can honestly find this feature on products ranging from $80 all the way into the $1000 price range. It is certainly not a unique selling point, however, it is certainly a nice feature to have as it allows you to start at slower speeds for chopping and slicing, and then increase speed for blending and pureeing.
- Patented Dual Stage Blending – This one really is a bit unique to Ninja. It refers to the blade sets within the blender and how they function together.
The first set of blades rotates at 5000 rpms and crushes hard fibrous fruits and vegetables, and also ice. The second set of blades in the bottom of the blender is designed to liquefy ingredients and create a cyclonic effect so that ingredients are pulled to the bottom of the blender and then mixed throughout the blending process.
- Offers a lot of versatility through various attachments and accessories
- Provides a fairly smooth blending for smoothies ( more on that in the breakdown )
- Offers a strong blender in the mid-line price range
- Offers personalized blending in travel size cups
- Does an amazing job with frozen ingredients
- Completes most jobs in less than 30 seconds
What’s Bad About the Ninja Ultima BL820
- Blade attachment is VERY sharp and can result in cuts while unpacking and cleaning
- Inability to add ingredients while blending liquids
- Very loud (honestly what blender isn’t though?)
- Only offers a limited 2 year warranty which doesn’t include normal wear and tear (more about this in the breakdown)
- Plastic body build makes the machine feel cheap
- You can’t put hot liquids in it
- Pulse function is always very fast
What about the Lead Content Warning!!??
If you have done any research about this product line online, there are many reviewers who state that there is lead on the blades of this blending system. This is certainly not true. There is a warning on the bottom of the box that states the unit does contain lead, but it is merely in the mixture of the plastic which coats the power cord of the unit. You can find a more detailed explanation about this fact here.
All in all, I believe that this is a pretty good blender for the price. The versatility that it offers with all of the attachments alone makes it a relatively good deal.
Having the ability to blend liquids, smoothies, and shakes in both a group size with the 72 ounce container as well as in smaller cups on the fly, makes it very nice as normally you would need two completely separate machines for this which will run you roughly $100 to $150 each.
This machine does all of the jobs that it is advertised to do pretty well, and its versatility offers you the ability to do many things with one device.
You can do several food processing jobs with this as well as, blending and mixing. While many individual devices can do these jobs better, you would be spending a lot more money in order to have each device present in your kitchen.
It completes most jobs in about 30 seconds. This gives you the ability to create some delicious treats for unexpected company, or to have some wonderful snacks quickly prepared at any time.
The amount of room that this blender takes up is pretty substantial though. It is 18 inches tall with the 72 ounce liquid pitcher installed and the base has a footprint of 9 inches by 8 inches. Many owners have stated that in order to store it on their countertops that it must be disassembled and the accessories stored separately from the base as it will not fit under many countertops assembled.
Another thing that should be mentioned here is that you need to be certain that there is no loose debris present on your countertops prior to using this unit. This is because there are suction cups which stick to your countertop while you are operating the blender. If there is any debris present under the suction cups, then you can risk them not making a full seal which may result in movement of the blender while in use.
It is a fairly loud unit when in use but what blender isn’t? If you are using a machine to crush ice and frozen fruits and vegetables, you would be a little over-expectant to not have some associated noise.
One concern that I really have with this machine, is that second set of blades. Since they are optional for many uses, they are removable, and potentially pose a risk to children as well as adults. They are extremely sharp, and can result in cuts while unpacking the unit and also when cleaning.
Another concern that I have is the warranty that comes with this product. It is a 2 Year Limited Warranty that doesn’t cover normal wear and tear. The issue I have with this is that pretty much anything could potentially be considered normal wear and tear. Not to mention the fact that if you need to use this warranty, you are required to pay the $20 shipping fee that goes along with sending it back to the factory.
The good news is that you can resolve this issue easily by purchasing an extended warranty for just a little bit more money at most retailers. Some examples of this are the Smart Guard and Assurant plans available at Amazon which are right around $20 for 2 years of coverage at the time of this review.
When making smoothies in this unit, many users have stated that it leaves a chunky, grainy texture to the smoothies. While with some blends this can certainly be true, many times it is simply improper blending that gives these results. In order to avoid making these same mistakes with your Ninja unit, you can see a more detailed explanation on just how to properly use your Ninja over here.
While making smoothies I found the one issue that perhaps irked me more than anything else about this unit was that in order to add more ingredients to my liquids or smoothies while blending required me to completely stop the blender, remove the lid, and then add ingredients.
I understand why this is the case though. With the loose additional blade system, it would be a major safety issue to be able to add additional ingredients while in use. Still, this makes for a slight inconvenience that for some reason really bothered me personally.
If you are looking for a great blender for the price that will do a lot of different jobs in the mid-line price range, then you will most likely be very satisfied with this unit.
By no means, is this the most powerful unit out there, or does it yield the best smoothie results. For more information on the top blenders that are currently on the market, click here.
However, this one is a great unit for all the jobs that it can do. If you want something that will give great results without breaking the bank, then you will most likely be happy with this one.
Where Can You Find The Best Price On The Ninja Ultima BL820?
While the Ninja Ultima Kitchen System is frequently advertised via television infomercial, you can find a much better price on it elsewhere saving you up to $150. The best consistent price that I’ve seen is over at Amazon. There are however, some occasional deals that other sites will post. Normally, these deals will only differ by about $20-$30 and they are normally only valid for a day or so.
Also, don’t forget to check out the extended warranty coverage that many retailers, including Amazon, offer on this. If your unit breaks down a couple of years down the road, you will want to make sure that your investment is properly covered so that you don’t have headaches while trying to get it replaced or repaired.
What Are Your Thoughts On The Ninja Ultima BL820?
Do you currently own a Ninja Ultima BL820? Are you thinking about getting one? What do you feel is the most important feature that a blender should offer? Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below, and thank you for taking the time to check out this review.