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The Ninja Foodi blender is having a moment. It’s currently the most popular blending machine from SharkNinja. In fact, it’s the flagship blender for their Foodi series.
There are two unique things about the Ninja HB152—it’s the only Ninja glass blender and it’s the sole machine in its class with a heating element.
Because of those features it can bring soups to a boil, and it can also help you sauté onion, garlic and other ingredients. Some brands can also make hot soups, but it won’t get past 158°F.
That brings us to its longer title—The Ninja Hot and Cold Blender.
IMHO, it really is a great product with a remarkable quirk. It’s an amazing smoothie maker and as well as a piece of versatile kitchen equipment.
The real question is, does it live up to the hype?
Let’s find out.
- Modern-looking design
- Budget-friendly AND multi-purpose (that’s rare)
- 64-ounce capacity for hefty servings
- Glass jar (non-reactive and doesn’t release toxins)
- A blender that can cook, literally
- 3-speed button with pulse
- 1400-watt motor, it’s powerful enough to crush ice
- 12 walk-away blend settings
- Labeled measurements on the pitcher
- Blend quality isn’t that impressive
- Too bulky and heavy
- While it has a self-clean function, it’s still not that easy to wash, and it’s not dishwasher safe
- Currently not upgradeable (no extra accessories)
- Only 1-year warranty
Ninja Foodi Blender Features
You can expect the Ninja HB152 Glass Blender to have many applications, considering it’s a multifunctional machine.
Let’s get right into it:
This Ninja Foodi Cold and Hot Blender is great for making hot piping soups. It’s the only blender in the market that can bring its contents to a boil, thanks to its built-in heating element.
That is probably its biggest difference to Vitamix or Blendtec as these competing brands use friction heat to get the blended mixture to 158°F. Since it doesn’t reach boiling point, the Ninja glass blender has a clear advantage.
And because the Ninja HB152 doesn’t rely on the machine’s blending speed, you have full control over your soup’s texture. If you prefer a chunky soup, you can do so by pressing the Hearty mode.
Besides soups, you can also make nut butter, dips and sauces, and healthy frozen treats with this machine.
Now, the question is:
Does this extra function affect its usability?
Ease of Use
In today’s world, everything is getting smarter, including kitchen appliances. However, advanced technology shouldn’t mean “complicated to use.”
The Ninja Foodi Hot and Cold Blender score 3 out of 5 in terms of usability. Essentially it’s not hard to use, but it’s also not super easy. It’s in the middle ground, per se.
For starters, the controls are labeled, which makes it straightforward. The Auto-iQ technology is the leading scorer for the ease of use factor. You only need a simple press of a button to get the machine going.
It also has 3-speed buttons and a pulse if you want to customize your own recipe. However, given that it only has three-speed selections, you don’t have full control.
NOT fun fact:
The most significant disadvantage of this product is it’s not dishwasher safe. Even with its self-clean preset, it’s not the easiest to clean.
If an unfortunate event happens, such as spills outside the glass pitcher, you have to clean it manually. Sounds easy? Since the heating element is fixed within the base of the container, you have to be extra careful not to put any water inside it.
Moreover, if there’s any persistent food inside the glass jar, you have to remove it with a brush. It can get frustrating. Fortunately, food debris getting stuck doesn’t happen too often.
So, if you’re not messy in the kitchen, you won’t have this cleaning problem.
While it is undoubtedly a versatile machine, it’s a break from the brand’s tradition. It doesn’t come with any accessories. There’s no food processor attachment nor a single-serve smoothie cup.
Fortunately, the Ninja HB152 Foodi Blender is not just for making smoothies. It’s a blender that can also cook. Who knew that you could sauté with your blender?
Now, let’s talk about its “Auto-IQ” technology, the brand’s fancy phrasing for its preprogrammed cycles. It’s a combination of continuous blending, pulsing, and stopping for a certain amount of time.
There are multiple settings for the most common recipes you might create—soups, smoothies, juices, frozen drinks, ice cream, sauté onions and garlic, sauces and dips, infused water, and cocktail.
These set-and-forget presets add an extra level of convenience and eliminates the risk of over or under-blending. While you’re making soup (that’s going to run for 20 minutes), you can leave your glass blender and work on other stuff.
See the Ninja Hot and Cold Blender in action:
Don’t take my word for it, here’s a quick video demo of Ninja’s one and only blender with a glass jar.*Product Images and Video Courtesy of Ninja
|Ratings||4.4 out of 5|
|Speed||11 automatic blend settings|
with 3 manual blending speed
800-watt for the heating element
|Max Capacity||54 oz|
|Dimensions||8.8 x 7.9 x 17.9 inches|
|Application||Home & Personal Use|
The Ninja HB152 remained true to its name. It really is a hot and cold blender; you can even sauté in it. If you’re looking for a powerful multipurpose blending machine, then the Ninja Foodi blender would be an affordable choice.
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