I had a very bad experience with another manufacturer's blender which was supposedly made for making smoothies, which I had bought at Target. It failed on the very first use and I returned it to Target for a prompt and easy refind.
In contrast, the Ninja is phenonominal and works better than I had expected. Whether making a frozen smoothie or whipped protein shake or whatever, this device rocks! Fast, efficient, easy to clean and reassemble, this device surpasses my best expectations. Now I know why the leading consumer reports organization rated it a best buy.
Don't waste your money on anything else.
I purchased this on the black friday weekend sale for a great price! It performs well and chops effortlessly! Everything comes out quite small, so it's not great for chopping, but the blades are sharp, precise and easy to clean. My biggest complaint is the amount of veggies that get stuck up in the lid, even if you are just dicing garlic.
I would buy it again!
This blender is amazing- easy to use, very easy to clean as compared to the conventional kitchen blender, and works amazingly.
The small cup is great for personal sized smoothies/shakes, chopping up veggies for salsa, etc. The larger one is the big kahuna. It can chop up anything you put in there. The multiple blade technology is genius and makes for a smooth drink with long pulses or even chopped foods with the pulses. Would definitely recommend this product to anyone!!
[...]The steamer is very easy to use once I get the fruit or veggies in there and it works well to get them soft so I can either mash them up into a puree or feed as finger foods.
The pieces come apart and it comes with a little comb I thought I would never use but it is actually very helpful in getting the food unstuck after chopping. I was worried about the plastic staining when I used it to chop up spaghetti but I rinsed it right after I used it and it came clean.
I very much enjoy making fresh baby food for my little one and think this product is awesome to have at Grandma and Grandpas house. I rely on my big food processor at home but tired this at Grandmas the other day when I want to puree some fresh veggies and fruit for dinner and it worked great! I used my munchkin steamer first to get my carrots and apples soft then put them into the grinder and in minutes...puree! Happy baby! I would recommend this product for on the go, it comes apart easily and is quick to use.
This grinder is good for its intended purpose. I have used it to grind cooked apples, banana, avocado, and even spaghetti for my baby. It does not have any sharp cutting surfaces, it just purees the food by pushing it through a grate with holes in it and doing so works pretty well. [...]
The entire thing comes apart which really makes cleaning it a lot easier than if it didn't come apart.
There is a rubber seal around the plunger part of the grinder and I have not had any problems with it leaking out of the bottom.
I would definitely recommend this product, it makes it easy to feed baby the same fresh, homemade, and healthy food that the rest of the family eats on a daily basis.