1. My cheap blender isn’t working out as well as I had hoped.
I tried making a basic green smoothie with it this week, and it unfortunately didn’t handle the leafy greens or the frozen fruit very well… see those chunks? As a result, I had to literally chew my smoothie. (Until I gave up and threw it in the Vitamix– much better!)
In this case, you definitely get what you pay for.
2. Determined not to give up on the affordable blender front, my friend let me borrow her Ninja blender to experiment with.
It worked better than the cheaper blender above, but it still didn’t produce a silky-smooth drink. I’ve really come to enjoy my greens blending seamlessly into my smoothies, so after blending this smoothie in the Ninja, I threw it in the Vitamix to get it even smoother.
I think the Ninja would work well for simple fruit-based smoothies, if you don’t mind a drink with some texture, but for blending greens into a smoothie that can be easily sipped through a straw, the Vitamix is significantly better.
3. For other blending needs, the Ninja works great!
I used it to make a batch of Cauliflower Alfredo last night, and the sauce was perfectly smooth and creamy. I have a feeling it would work well for making pesto or hummus, too.
The next blender on my “to try” list is Ninja’s Professional model, which is supposed to be more comparable to the Vitamix. It’s price tag is still significantly cheaper, so here’s hoping it’s a real competitor!
Reader Feedback: Any other good blender recommendations? I’d love to hear what you guys have tried and liked.