Ninja Blender 1200

Last updated date: May 22, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9

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We looked at the top 1 Ninja Blenders and dug through the reviews from 7 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Review Lab, Good Kitchen, Best Reviews Guide, Best Blender USA, Home Gear X and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Ninja Blender you should buy.

Overall Take

Suction pads help keep this powerful blender stable on your countertop. Its large pitcher with multi-cup capacity also means it's an excellent choice for health-minded families. Accessories, like convenient single-serve smoothie cups, come sold separately. In our analysis of 101 expert reviews, the Ninja Ninja Blender 1200 placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 3, 2019:
Checkout The Best Ninja Blender for a detailed review of all the top ninja blenders.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
273 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
A lightweight,full seized blender featuring Ninja's auto IQ automatic programming. Reliable,with plenty of power (1200 watts) and suction pads to keep the blender stable on your countertop.
- BestReviews
Large pitcher is great for large families.
- Juicing with G
March 1, 2019 | Full review
Auto-IQ technology. Auto-IQ technology provides intelligent programs that combine timed pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns that do the work for you.
- Review Lab
The Ninja 1200 blender claims to have 1200 Watts of power to drive the blades.
- Good Kitchen
Though it can't make nut-butter, the SharkNinja Blender 1200 is pretty impressive, and has a great deal of potential if you're looking for an affordable high-quality solution to blending and mixing.
- Best Blender USA
In terms of controlling the blender, Auto-IQ technology is used to run the smoothie, frozen drink and puree presets and this ensures that the process is done automatically while extracting the most nutrients from the fruits, vegetables or other ingredients inside the pitcher.
- Home Gear X
What experts didn't like
Doesn't come with additonal accessories like single serve cups. Might require a few cycles to blend harder foods to a smooth consistency.
- BestReviews
Some reports of quality control issues with the pitcher.
- Juicing with G
March 1, 2019 | Full review
The Ninja 1200 is 17.8 inches tall. It will get the job done, but you’ll need the extra counter space because it may not fit in the cabinet.
- Review Lab
A little fussy to reassemble after cleaning.
- Good Kitchen
Though it doesn't have the tamper required to make nut butters like a Vitamix.
- Best Blender USA
Does not come with Nutri Ninja cups.
- Home Gear X

From The Manufacturer

The Ninja blender 1200 is our first Auto-iQ standalone blender with more power than we have ever Delivered before. This blender provides 1200 watts of power making this our most powerful standalone blender yet. Auto-iq technology provides intelligent programs that combine timed pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns that do the work for you. It takes the guesswork out of drink making. Our XL 72 oz. Blender pitcher's total crushing technology delivers excellent professional power with blades that pulverize and crush through ice, whole fruits, and vegetables in seconds. No more need to Chew on your Chunky smoothies, with total crushing technology everything gets blended, so you will have a smooth and even consistency every time. The pitcher, blades, and lid are BPA free and dishwasher safe.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Nutri Ninja Blender w/ Auto-IQ
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 17
2. Ninja Pro Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 16
3. Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Ninja Blender 1200
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Ninja Ultima Blender Plus
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Ninja Master Prep Pro Blender
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
7. Ninja Chef Blender
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 10
8. Nutri Ninja Pro
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 10
9. Ninja Smart Screen Duo Technology Blender
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Ninja Kitchen System Pulse
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12

An Overview On Ninja Blenders

Maintaining your health is crucial, and it all starts in the kitchen. Through food, you can easily add beneficial nutrients to your diet, no matter what your health or fitness goals may be. Whether you want to bulk up, lose weight or just prioritize health, it all begins with food.

Perhaps the most efficient way to add a variety of nutrients to your diet is through smoothies. You can combine different fruits, vegetables (green smoothie, anyone?) or even seeds with liquid to make an exceedingly nourishing beverage, condensing a huge amount of essential vitamins into a snack-sized portion.

Ready to make one? You’ll need a blender first. Blenders utilize a motor and blade to blend solids together to create a drinkable beverage.

The appliance is held down by a base that contains an electric motor. On top of the base sits a container, typically made from plastic as in all Ninja models reviewed here, with a sharp metal blade inside. The motor on the base powers this blade, sending it spinning continuously when the blender is turned on. A lid sits on top to keep things in place. All components can be separated for easier cleaning and maintenance.

While making smoothies may be the most popular at-home use for blenders, they have a number of applications. You can make a number of blended beverages with ice, like frozen cocktails, and some models even allow cooks to make piping hot blended soups.

What you can whip up with a blender depends on how it’s built. Ultra-sharp blades, a powerful motorized base and a durable container are essential to a quality blender.

The brand Ninja makes high-quality blenders while maintaining affordability, making them a good choice for home cooks on a budget. Their models vary, so it’s important to compare them before making your choice.

The Nutri Blender, Intelli-Sense Kitchen System and Blender 1200 are all powered by 1200-watt motors while the brand’s Pro Blender model has an 1100-watt motor. Those wattage numbers are all on par with high-end, more expensive models. It’s enough to grind ice cubes into soft snow in seconds.

When searching for the perfect blender for your countertop, you must also consider size, weight and durability. Powerful blenders can be heavy and bulky, making them difficult to store. If you plan to use your blender to make a variety of things, like nut butter and flours, then you do need a big, powerful model (consider the Nutri Ninja). But if you plan to stick to making relatively simple smoothies with your blender, you may need a smaller machine that’s both easier to use and suitable for storing.

Some Ninja blenders come with the brand’s signature interchangeable components. For example, the Pro Blender comes with 16-ounce cups that can attach to the machine’s base for quick, grab-and-go smoothies. The Intelli-Sense Kitchen System comes with an array of containers — a large pitcher for blending large items, a food processor great for precise chopping and a blender cup for smoothies. The added components may help you decide which blender model is right for you.

DYWM Fun Fact

Blenders use physics to turn chunks of fruits, ice and veggies into a smooth, drinkable beverage. The machine first cuts the chunks up into smaller pieces. That leads to a process called cavitation when tiny air bubbles are combined with the chopped food and implode, further breaking up the chunks into tiny pieces. The longer you blend, the longer this process can continue and the tinier bits you’ll get. That’s what leads to an ultra-smooth texture.

The Ninja Blender Buying Guide

  • Always keep the lid on your blender when blending. Otherwise, the contents may very well splatter out, making a huge mess of your kitchen. Make sure your lid is secured tightly whenever the blender is powered on. When blending hot foods, steam will build up, which could blow the lid off. It’s important to release the steam when the blender is off, but always hold down the lid with your hands to help it stay on when blending.
  • Smoothies are a tasty and healthy snack for all ages. Not only do they pack a big nutritional punch, but they’re also fun to make. With the right ingredients, anyone and everyone can make a smoothie. Making smoothies is a fun way for kids to get involved with making their own food, too. Grab a variety of fruits (fresh or frozen), greens, yogurt and more and turn smoothie-making and snack time into family fun.
  • Before you make hot soup in your blender, be sure the machine is equipped for it. Not all models can handle the heat. If you want to make hot foods in your blender, look for ones with a vented lid that allows steam to escape and read the product’s instructions before use.
  • Keep noise in mind when choosing a blender, especially if you need to avoid disturbing your household during use. Making an early morning smoothie is a wonderful idea for your health, but your sleeping family may not appreciate it. Both the Pro Blender and Nutri Blender are notably noisy but are great blenders. Those are good choices for those who are more interested in power than a few minutes of commotion.
  • Make sure your blender gets squeaky clean between uses to avoid mold or debris build-up that prevent your machine from working smoothly. Blenders will usually come with maintenance instructions, but there’s an easy cleaning hack many pamphlets leave out. Fill your blender halfway with warm water, add a few drops of dish soap and blend away. This will help clean all those hard-to-reach spots in and around the blade.