By far the most popular line of blenders we’ve run across, the Ninja Professional series is a solid addition to any kitchen. With their unique stackable blades and generous power performance, they’re well equipped for even the most intense smoothie making, ice crushing tasks you can throw at them.
Let’s dive in and see what sets the BL660 apart.
Measuring in at 17 inches high, the Ninja Professional BL660 will fit under most standard kitchen cupboards. Believe it or not, this is a pretty big deal. While it did work well under ours (and several reviews on Amazon highlight similar successes), do measure yours first if you plan on keeping your blender on the countertop. Otherwise, it’ll most definitely fit into your cabinet for storage.
I really like the square look of the jar and the ergonomic handle. It’s easy to hold, easy to pour and feels nice and solid.
Otherwise, the front of the base has the control buttons you’d expect, showing a power button, 3 speeds and a pulse feature.
The manufacturer rates this appliance at 1100 watts. That’s pretty substantial. It’s unclear how much of that wattage is output, but our Ninja has handled nice sized chunks of ice with ease. If I had to nitpick, I’d guess that there might be potential problems with the plastic housing that holds the blades together. The twisting pressure seems like it might get the best of the plastic after a few years of heavy use. This hasn’t happened to us, nor any of the reviews we could find online, but it’s something to be aware of.
The Ninja BL660 feels pretty good and sturdy. I don’t envision any issues with tipping over or sliding around on the countertop. The jar is 72 oz, BPA free, and made of composite plastic that hasn’t whitened with fairly frequent use. I haven’t yet made any tomato sauce based recipes in it, but reports online suggest no staining occurs, as is the case with other, cheaper jars.
As far as drops, I’ve dropped the jar a handful of times with no issues. It feels good to pour out of and the handle makes cleaning a breeze.
This blender is super easy to clean. I normally just use my sprayer on the sink and some hot, soapy water to rinse it out as soon as I’m done with my recipe, but it is indeed dishwasher safe. I use mine too often to tie it up for a day or two in the dishwasher though 🙂
The stackable blades are both a positive and a negative for this device. While the performance is not to be downplayed, it’s a bit cumbersome and sometimes dangerous to clean. They’re really, really sharp. Use your head and don’t rush and you’ll be fine, or if you can, toss them in the dishwasher to avoid entirely.
Purchasing the blender on Amazon gets you the 72 oz jar, 2 ‘Nutri Ninja’ cups — which I really like. It’s nice to be able to spin out a smoothie and take the cup on the go. Straws work nicely too, which a nice added benefit.
I think this is a really good mid-range buy. Pricing in from $70-90 in various places, I haven’t seen much better value for the performance range.
The Bottom Line
The Ninja Professional BL660 is a nice mid-range countertop blender. I really like the stackable blades, and the generous 1100 watt power performance. I’ve made green smoothies, dips, ice cream shakes and everything with it and it’s always worked out great. The stackable blades can be a bit cumbersome to clean, not to mention slightly dangerous if you’re as clumsy as I am, but they do deserve a mention for being pretty darn good at what they do.
If you’re looking for a single serve blender, this is a good choice with a lot of power to top it off. What it lacks in cleaning convenience, it gains in ‘spin it and go’ convenience. I found myself using the to go cups more often than I thought. I often made 2 single to go servings instead of 1 big serving for my husband and I to split.
So there it is, a nice entry to mid level blender with a lot of cool features by a big name. Recommended!