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Ninja Ultima Blender Plus (Ninja BL830) Review

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Ninja Ultima Plus Blender, black
Ninja Ultima Blender, black

The Ninja Ultima Blender is dubbed as the most powerful blender by the brand. It’s their answer to Vitamix’s Pro 750 Series, for less than half the price.

With that said, it’s quite a primitive product. It’s one of the oldest blenders from Ninja that I have the chance to review. The look and design will take you back to the nineties.

In fact, the company is only selling a refurbished model of the Ninja Ultima Blender+. Unfortunately, it’s currently out of stock (at the time I’m writing this review).

The closest alternative that I can think of is the newest Ninja Kitchen System. That is going to be the perfect choice if you want extra functionalities for your blender.

Don’t get me wrong, though; it’s still as powerful as it once was. If you really want this classic blender, let’s get to its positive and negative sides.

PROS

  • Classic design
  • Create more with its unique Dual-stage blending
  • Comes with 3 travel cups
  • Powerful 2.5 HP motor (1500-watt)
  • More control with variable 10 speed levels and pulse
  • 72-ounce pitcher for substantial portions
  • Crush ice in less than a minute
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA-free

CONS

  • A great blender with a premium price point
  • Can’t make hot soups
  • It can be a bit bulky for some
  • Not the easiest to use
  • A powerful motor means it’s louder
  • Short warranty coverage (refurbished product)

Ninja Ultima Blender Features

Application

With its robust motor, it can be pretty versatile. Ninja even advertised it as “the most powerful blender.” Simply put, they tried to compete with Vitamix Pro 750 (when this came out).

Let’s see what type of application it is suitable for:


Smoothies
crushed ice
Crushed Ice
baby food
Baby Food
salad dressing
Salad Dressing
almond milk
Nut Milk
salsa sauce
Sauces & Dips
frozen dessert
Frozen Dessert
Strawberry Cocktail
Cocktail
nut butter
Nut Butter
flour
Flour

The Ninja Ultima Blender+ has an excellent blade design. It has a dual blade system—there’s a fixed blade at the bottom of the pitcher, and there’s also a secondary blade that you’ll have to stack on top of the primary blade.

It’s unique to this model, and maybe it’s the predecessor of the Total Crushing Blades that you’ll see in the brand’s newer product line. I’ll show it to you in the subsequent paragraph.

With its blade design and the 2.5 HP motor, nothing can stand in the way of this ultimate blender. It’s an excellent machine for making protein shakes and green smoothies with a silky smooth consistency.

However, despite its raw power, it has its limitations.

You can’t make hot soups with this machine. It’s not built for processing hot ingredients. You can puree your soup recipe with it, but you have to use a separate pot for heating.

If you’re keen on making soups with your blending machine, check the Ninja Foodi blender. It’s equipped with a heating element that can bring its contents to a boil.

Ease of Use

Here is the major disappointment of this blender:

Yes, even placing the pitcher and blade assembly needs its own “how-to” video. Following those steps will prevent the blades from flying off your Ninja BL830. It’s sharp, and I can’t even imagine going through that kind of situation.

It isn’t that hard, really, but when you compare it to most blenders (cheap or expensive), you won’t have this problem. A simplistic twist-and-go or stack-and-go locking mechanisms are more common to competing brands.

You also need to know that some recipes only require the primary blade.

Fortunately, it’s only at the beginning. You’ll get used to it in no time.

ninja ultima blender+ control panel

Now:

The control is “truly” simple with the Ninja Ultima Blender. You only have to work with a speed dial and a dual-purpose lever that serves as a power switch and pulse control.

Here’s another kicker:

Although the Ninja Ultima Blender+ came out years ago, all parts (excluding the motor base) are dishwasher safe.

See the Ninja Ultima Blender in action:

Don’t take my word for it, watch this quick video demo to learn more about the Ninja Ultima Blender+.

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The Ninja Ultima Blender is a blast from the past product. It was advertised as the most powerful blender with a 1500-watt motor (2.5 HP) which was accurate at the time. Nonetheless, it features a variable 10-speed dial with pulse and dual blade system. Better yet, the Ninja Ultima also includes three 16 oz (473 mL) cups.

Ninja BL830 Accessories & Replacement Parts

When you purchase this blender you’ll get not two but three of these 16-ounce Nutri Ninja cups with sip and seal lids.

Personal Cups

16 oz cups

One of the best things about this product is it comes as a bundle. Three Personal cups go with it and an extractor blade. Unfortunately, this is also a variable for a higher price.

But wait, let me tell you something:

When you have smoothies in your morning routine, this is going to be perfect. Instead of using and cleaning up the big pitcher, you can use the travel cups directly onto the base.

By having so, you can save some of your precious time. Plus, there’s less cleanup, so that’s awesome.

Consequently, this was a winning factor against Vitamix.

In case you lost it, you can get it at Amazon →.

*Product Images and Video Courtesy of Ninja

Technical Specifications

TypeCountertop Blender
Brand/SeriesShark Ninja Ultima Series
Model #BL830
Price$$$
Ratings4.3 out of 5
Speed10 variable speed control with pulse feature
Wattage1500 Watts
BladesDual-blade system
Container capacityUp to 64 oz (1.89 L), 16 oz (473 mL) for the cups
Dishwasher safeYes
BPA FreeYes
ColorsBlack
Cord length2 ft.(61 cm)
ApplicationHome & Personal Use
Warranty2 Years
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Verdict

As great as the Ninja BL830 Ultima Blender+ may have been, it’s not a reliable choice this time around. As I’m writing this, it’s even more expensive than the cheapest Vitamix blender. Yet, it’s not as versatile.

There are also newer models such as the Ninja Professional Blender or Ninja Kitchen System that are cheaper but more functional.

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