Ninja Professional Countertop Blender, 72oz

Last updated date: January 24, 2020

DWYM Score
9.7


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Overall Take

We like how the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender, 72oz is a kitchen tool with more than one job. The blender settings work great for making smoothies and the blades are designed to make crushed ice to whatever thickness you want, whether it be fine enough for a snow cone or more coarse for things like iced tea. In our analysis of 128 expert reviews, the Ninja Ninja Professional Countertop Blender, 72oz placed 1st when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 24, 2020:
Checkout The Best Crushed Ice Machine for a detailed review of all the top crushed ice machines.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
18 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
6,718 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If you’re the type who loves making your own juices, purees, shakes, smoothies, and frozen treats from all kinds of ingredients, then you will most certainly need a heavy-duty blender like the BL610.
- Healthy But Smart
July 11, 2019 | Full review
It’s amazing and super sharp blades especially crush the ice in powder form in no time.
- Kitchen Fact
March 2, 2018 | Full review
The Ninja BL610 has a robust, 1000 watt power motor that definitely takes it to a level of operational efficiency that’s several notches higher than that of any other blender of this price-range!
- Blender Critics
Due to the amazing Total Crushing Technology, Ninja BL610 indeed does the best job while crushing ice into snow in seconds.
- Juicers and Blenders 101
The motor base has a sleek look, with easy-to-read and use buttons. The buttons are flush with the base, making the unit easy to wipe down and surface clean. This is an awesome feature because it makes the cleaning process much more simple.
- The Cooking World
June 28, 2019 | Full review
You will love the consistency of the mixture as you pour them from the pitcher and into a glass.
- TenBestProduct
Both the motor base and pitcher are made from sturdy plastic, which makes the unit super lightweight. It’s a great set-up for RVing, parties, barbecues, and the like.
- Veg Byte
March 14, 2019 | Full review
On maintenance, the pitcher is dishwasher safe and this makes it very easy to clean. It is also BPA free, which means that it is very safe to use.
- Home Gear X
This machine has a three-speed control setting, total crushing blades and a pulse function for easy and effective home use.
- MyKitchenAdvisor
November 5, 2019 | Full review
The first thing we noticed is its simplicity. Some people will like that, others not so much. There's a power button, a pulse button to help with crushing ice/large chunks, and three buttons to control how strong the blender is running.
- Authority Adviser
February 5, 2019 | Full review
The total crushing blade of this blender is perfect for crushing ice, pureeing, blending, and controlled processing. You can make great drinks and smoothies because it comes with XL 72 oz jar.
- The Z8
September 3, 2019 | Full review
Also, the cleaning is easy with the removable parts being dishwasher safe. To clean the motor base, it’s great to use a damp cloth to clean it.
- Best Kitchen Guide
For your safety, it is a good thing that it has a feature that prevents the blade from spinning unless the pitcher has already been attached to the base.
- Think Eat Save
September 25, 2019 | Full review
The blades are one of the biggest plus points of the Ninja blender. They’re more than good enough for use with some of the things other blenders may struggle with, and allow you to put frozen fruit and ice into your drinks and not have to worry about the blades getting damaged.
- Wise Pick
November 10, 2019 | Full review
Ninja bl610 is very secure and It locks onto the base with a satisfying click. The lid locks down with a similar click.
- Best Ninja Blenders
July 15, 2019 | Full review
The powerful motor, the 6 stacked sharp blades and the intuitive panel justify its price. It definitely is one of the best lower-cost blenders.
- TechChef
The massive pitcher is perfect for a big family and anyone who loves to entertain.
- The Best Margarita Machines
What experts didn't like
However, we can’t fully recommend it if you’re looking for a durable and long-lasting blender. For the price (less than $100), you shouldn’t expect it to last a few years.
- Healthy But Smart
July 11, 2019 | Full review
Little pricey as a single blender.
- Kitchen Fact
March 2, 2018 | Full review
I’ll make no qualms about the fact that the Ninja BL610 is not as compact or lightweight as your average home blender.
- Blender Critics
Pitcher doesn’t have drainage if it’s kept upside down for drying and the moisture can enter the handle which is seemingly impossible to remove. A solution to this is to first wipe the pitcher after washing and keep it upright
- Juicers and Blenders 101
The pitcher design doesn’t have drainage when turned upside down to dry. This can result in condensation in the handle, which seems impossible to remove.
- Veg Byte
March 14, 2019 | Full review
No cup accessories
- Home Gear X
Noisy
- MyKitchenAdvisor
November 5, 2019 | Full review
With all that being said, there are a few negatives we wanted to mention. For one, there have been scattered reports of the plastic container cracking (and even one person that said a whole blew out while they were making a smoothie).
- Authority Adviser
February 5, 2019 | Full review
Blades can be Prone to Dislodging
- Think Eat Save
September 25, 2019 | Full review
Can overheat if used for a long time
- Wise Pick
November 10, 2019 | Full review
Every time we ran it, we detected a strong burning-motor smell. The jar was hard to get on the base, and the lid was finicky to clamp on. And the base was big and clunky as well as cheap feeling.
- New York Times Wirecutter
It does not have the auto pulse feature but for less money, you can simply perform a manual pulse
- Best Ninja Blenders
July 15, 2019 | Full review
However, we do have one complaint. Considering the price tag of this product the jar/pitcher should be glass and not plastic.
- TechChef
Unfortunately, the BL610 doesn’t come with a single serve pitcher for those times you want to make just one drink.
- The Best Margarita Machines

From The Manufacturer

The Ninja professional blender 1000 features a sleek design and outstanding performance with 1000 watts of professional power. Ninja total crushing blades gives you perfect ice crushing, blending, pureeing, and controlled processing. The XL 72 oz. Professional blender jar is great for making drinks and smoothies for the whole family. Brand Story By Ninja

Overall Product Rankings

1. Ninja Professional Countertop Blender, 72oz
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 18
2. VIVOHOME Electric Ice Shaver/Crusher
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 19
3. ZENY Electric Ice Shaver Machine
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 21
4. Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 15
5. Hawaiian Shaved Ice Snow Cone Machine
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 20
6. Waring Professional Ice Crusher
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 12
7. Gourmia Manual Ice Shaver and Crusher
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Crushed Ice Machines

Ice cubes are great for keeping drinks cold in the summertime, but they have limitations that are hard to look past when you want smaller chunks of ice, whether it be for a slushie or simply because you don’t like having an avalanche of ice cubes hit you in the face every time you get near the bottom of your drink. Crushed ice machines are a great feature for those of us who like to mix up various cold beverages in the summer and want the perfect ice for the job. Ice crushing machines vary in their size, construction qualities and even portability, so let’s look into some of the features that stand out in the current ice crushing machines that are on the market.

There are portable ice crushing machines and there are electric ones. The obvious benefit of a portable unit is that you can take it on a boat or to your campsite in the summer and crush up ice cubes for your slushies and refreshing cocktails. The caveat of a portable crushed ice machine is that the energy needed to crush the ice comes from your very own arm and after crushing up ice for dozens of people at your family reunion or your annual pool party, you’ll be feeling quite a lot of fatigue in your arms. The portable, manual crushed ice machines are best if you have fewer people to serve, or maybe if you have some younger people in your group that you can task with the tiring task of crushing ice by hand, but the benefits are fantastic when you can have the luxury of crushed ice wherever you travel. These are simple and fairly cheap to purchase.

“Manual models are best for small amounts of ice,” says Vicki Liston, who writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Electric crushed ice machines are much more common and tend to be located in places with electricity like your kitchen or RV. An electric crushed ice machine can be as simple as a blender that has a good speed-setting for crushing ice and can also double as a blender for smoothies when you want to get more functionality out of it.

Stand-alone crushed ice machines can be more effective at crushing ice since they are specifically designed to do so. You can alter the settings to get the chunks of ice exactly the size that suits your needs. Using the crushed ice machines is very straightforward as well: you generally will pour full-sized ice cubes into a spout and watch as it produces the perfect crushed ice to chill your summertime sun tea.

Some models have rubber under their feet and this is a great feature to look for. Without rubberized footpads, the ever-grinding machine will start dancing around on the counter and eventually work itself to an edge where it might take a tumble onto the floor or into your sink. This non-slip functionality can’t be understated as it really helps with the ease-of-use of the machine and will be a simple feature that you won’t regret having.

There is an additional benefit to the rubber feet when you have the manual crushed ice machine. “If your unit is manual, the non-slip bottom will help keep it in place so you don’t have to hold it still while you crank,” Liston says.

When it comes to durability and your crushed ice machine, the materials are a key factor.

“I’ve actually had a plastic machine’s housing explode and send ice flying everywhere after one too many uses, which was only a few months after I bought it,” Liston recalls. “I highly recommend purchasing a crushed ice machine with a metal body as these are much higher quality and should last for years.”

DYWM Fun Fact

Crushed ice cools your drink faster than large ice cubes. This phenomenon is due to the amount of surface area of ice that is directly touching the liquids in your cup. Adding crushed ice will surely help you cool down that tea or soda in the summer, but be aware that your ice will melt much faster when it’s in a crushed form so make sure you don’t take too long enjoying that beverage.

The Crushed Ice Machine Buying Guide

  • Avoid machines that recommend pre-crushing the ice before running it through the machine. This sounds like a bad joke, but there are models that won’t work well with full cubes of ice, which is likely due to them being designed poorly for their one-and-only task.
  • Figure out how much crushed ice you will want from your machine. There are varying sizes that will help you narrow down your choices. If you think the equivalent of 12 ice cubes is a reasonable volume then you can focus on one of that size, but if you’re supplying ice for a bar or large party, you might look to something a bit bigger.
  • If you like the idea of having a portable crushed ice machine for camping or other outdoor activities, you can opt for a combination of an electric crushed ice machine with a power-inverter that runs from the 12V plug in your vehicle. The pros are that you can crush ice using your car if you are willing to run the engine for a few minutes, but the cons are that you still need a vehicle nearby so this might not work at the beach or on a boat.