Thursday, July 11, 2013

Product Worth the Price: Ninja Pulse Blender

Living in a New York City apartment doesn't usually mean there's much kitchen counter space, and our apartment is no exception. Because of this, we have to be very careful about the choices we make with appliances. In fact, I can easily think of three small appliances we've lived with in this particular apartment, and later decided were not worth the space they took up.

The small square footage of our counters is also why I was initially against buying a blender at all. I didn't want a large blender taking up precious real estate every day, and in my experience, small blenders tend to not last as long as I would like, and need to be replaced too frequently to be worth their cost.

After much research of reviews by both my wife (online) and my father (asking friends), we decided to buy the Ninja Pulse. We've now had it for over a year and a half of near-daily ice crushing, and it is still going strong.

My favorite feature about the Ninja Pulse is that the blades are accessible. Instead of being stuck at the bottom of a plastic container, they twist into each of the small containers in the place where a lid would normally be found. When the container is opened up, the exposed blades can be cleaned very easily.

It is also very strong. We mostly use it for crushing ice and fruit into smoothies, and it handles the ice easily. Ice-crushing capability is probably the most useful way to determine if a blender is worth its cost, and this one does not disappoint.

I also like that we can store the parts we don't use very often -- actually, we've never had a need to use the larger container or most of the lids -- way in the back of a cabinet, and just keep the smaller pieces we use regularly at hand. For us, these are just the base, the blade, and two of the small containers, so these parts don't take up much space at all.

It comes with a few small containers and lids so one is able to mix up exactly what she needs, and take it to go. The one thing I'm not happy with is that, by design, the travel lids do not close airtight, so one must be very careful if traveling with them. But even considering that, I would absolutely purchase this blender again, and I am happy to share space with it in our small kitchen.

Image from Ninja Pulse website

(I test a lot of products. In order for it to be a Products Worth the Price, it must be an item I've lived with for a while and absolutely will purchase again.)

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