Last year I bought a Breville juicer. This year, I'm using a Ninja. Is it a downgrade? (Hint: No)
I'll use the term Ninja, Ninja Blender, or the Ninja throughout this post. What I mean is the model I bought, the Ninja Ultra Kitchen System 1200 (BL780CO).
Any of these other models should work equally well:
Juicer vs Blender
First, a brief comparison of juicers versus blenders.
Juicers such as the Breville JEXL800 remove most of the pulp from a machine, placing it in a separate container from the juice. You can use that pulp:
- As an ingredient when cooking
- As mulch in your garden
- As waste (throw it in the trash)
Blenders such as the Ninja mix everything up in the same container and no pulp is removed.
Which is better: juicing or blending?
Juicing and blending are both good for you. You may find that the pulp from blending adds too much fiber to your diet. If that's the case, try a juicer like the Breville JE98XL or the slightly more expensive (but also slightly better rated) Breville 800JEXL. You can read my 800JEXL review for details on why you should buy the 800JEXL.
Should I buy a juicer or a blender?
It depends. Some people like and own both. Initially, I preferred the juicer but found a few drawbacks to the juicer:
- Juicers are loud
- Juicers take a lot of prep work to get them ready (cutting the fruit/vegetables)
- Juicer cleanup can be time consuming. Most juicers have a fine wire mesh to strain the pulp which you must clean (the Breville included a toothbrush!) immediately after juicing
- Juicers are only good at once thing: juicing (you can't make margaritas in your juicer!)
I've owned the Ninja for a month now and I use it multiple times per week. I prefer the blender to the juicer because:
- The Ninja is easy to clean (fill the cup up, include a drop of soap, and blend!)
- The Ninja Blender includes convenient 32 oz. cups so I can make the perfect size drinks
- The Ninja lets me make more kinds of drinks. I've made dessert smoothies & healthy smoothies
Difference between blender & juicer
The main difference between a juicer & a blender is the amount of pulp left in the mixture once complete. A juicer removes the majority of the pulp while a blender leaves the pulp mixed in with the juice.
Ninja vs Breville
Hands down, I recommend the Ninja Blender over the Breville, unless you have too much fiber in your diet
Breville vs Ninja
The Breville JEXL does do one thing better than the Ninja: it makes nearly pulp-free juice. If you're squeamish about pulp and don't mind the excess cleanup, stick with the Breville.
Ninja vs Vitamix
I used to own a $500 Vitamix blender blender as well. I used it twice. The one feature I love about the Ninja are the 32 oz. cups that let you quickly & easily make a single serving smoothie or dessert.
The Ninja crushes ice easily and quickly turns a half container of ice or frozen fruit mixed with other ingredients into an ice cold slush.
Can you juice with a Ninja Blender?
Yes, you can do juicing with a blender. The only difference is that you'll have the pulp mixed in with your juice. Juicing with a Ninja is totally doable.
Which Ninja should I buy?
I own the 1200 watt Ninja Ultra Kitchen System 1200 (BL780CO) and highly recommend it. If you want the latest and greatest you can spend a little bit more money and buy the 1500 watt Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770) or if you want to go all-in you can buy the more expensive 1500 watt Ninja Ultima Kitchen System (BL820).
All three Ninja systems include what I consider to be the main selling point of the Ninja systems: a 32 oz. Ninja cup which allows you to make single serving desserts & smoothies.
Here's a few tips & recipes for some Ninja smoothies. All receipes are made in the 32 oz. cup.
This makes a green smoothie that doesn't taste terrible. As your palate adjusts to the smoothie, substitute the fruit with more greens.
- Fill 1/3 of your cup with frozen fruit
- (Hint: Costco and Sams Club sell a 5 lb. bag for $10).
- You can also use fresh fruit but you'll want to adjust & add ice
- I prefer a mixture of pineapple (because it's sweet) plus any other fruit
- Stuff 1/2 of the remaining space with fresh baby spinach
- Stuff the rest of the cup with fresh kale
- Pour some Vita Coco Coconut Water into the cup until it's 1/2 full
- Blend & enjoy!
Chocolate & Coffee Frappe
This is a perfect start to a hot summer morning.