Review: Ninja Juicer

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The Ninja Juicer will not sneak into residences under the cover of darkness and seek retribution for wrongdoings, but it will give you more juice for a lower price. It will not adorn itself entirely in black, but it makes short work of fruits and vegetables. The Ninja juicer will not dispense justice without asking for any thanks, but it will be happy in the shadows like a Ninja—discreetly, among other countertop appliances. Is the Ninja juicer a master of disguise that only wears black? Not exactly, but this appliance calls itself a juicer and acts more like a blender, is small enough to blend in, and will offer protection from unwise dietary choices.

What Is the Ninja Juicer?

The Ninja juicer disguises itself effectively and perplexingly as a blender. Ninja blenders have developed an innovative juicer-blender feature: a to-go cup that is a mini-blender. The cup doubles as a mini-blender that can be flipped to use as a drinking container. For car travel or a single serving of juice, the Ninja cup has become legendary.

The Ninja Juicer Pulsating Food and Drink Maker requires extra straining for juice, yet it’s high powered blades and pourability mean juice is possible.

Product Specs

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Ninja offers a product very similar to Vitamix, Blendtec or Cleanblend: a blender that is so powerful it produces an integrated smoothie, sauce, batter, nut milk, or juice. Making your own milk, such as almond, hazelnut or coconut, or juice requires additional straining using the Ninja Juicer. But since this juicer-blender can do it all, it’s a one-stop shop for those who drink smoothies for the fiber and juices for the concentrated, refreshing nutritional punch. 

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare in ease of use, methods of juice extraction, design quality, price, and warranty.

  • Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain
  • Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Electric Juicer
  • Gourmia GJ1250 Wide Mouth Fruit Centrifugal Juicer

The name Ninja Juicer is perplexing, but considering it’s called a Ninja, the stealth factor seems pre-ordained. Make no mistake, this is a blender than can provide juice because it crushes everything in its path.

Ease of Use

As a blender, drink maker, and food processor the ease of use rating is ideal. Since this unit combines juicing and blending capability, it is the one countertop appliance that will serve the best variety of vegetables and fruits. Not powerful enough to heat food and make soups like the pricey Vitamix, but plenty powerful to crush fruits or nuts for straining into juice or nut milk. Steel blades and a lightweight container make it stable when running and easy to pour.

Cleaning can be managed in a minute or two by soaping down the pitcher.

Method of Juice Extraction

The method for extracting juice from the Ninja requires two steps. Blend fruit with some ice or cold water until liquified, then strain through a metal strainer or cheesecloth to get juice. While this requires more work than a dedicated juicing machine, the clean up is easier. The amount of juice isn’t as generous as high powered juicers like twin-blade or cold-press systems, but will rival centrifugal juicer designs.

Design Quality

As a blender, this affordable unit hits all its marks and reaches five stars, but as a juicer it’s in the three to four star range and the same goes for its value as a food processor. However, juicers are notoriously hard to clean and the more powerful twin-gear models are counter space hogs. This compact blender with juicer capability is a great addition to basic kitchen appliances.

At only 11 inches wide and 12.3 inches tall, the container still produces up to 48 ounces of juice. The splash guard and all washable parts are dishwasher safe. This blender-juicer is also powerful enough to use a food processor, saving appliance space.

Warranty

Ninja products come with a range of warranties from one year to five years depending on where the product is purchased. The five-year warranty covers products purchased directly from Ninja.

Pros

  • Affordable 
  • Blends and juices
  • Compact design
  • Doubles as food processor
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Juicing requires a two-step process
  • The name is misleading
  • No Ninja cup with this model

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor
  • Heavy duty compact juice fountain with centered knife blade assembly
  • 700 watt motor operates at 14,000 RPM for maximum extraction ; Safety Locking Arm: Juicer will not operate without...
  • Extra large 3 inch centered feed tube; Heavy Grade Polymer Body, Stainless steel cutting disc surrounded by Italian made...

Breville advertises this machine as a compact juice fountain While it doesn’t offer the soothing sounds of a found, this juicer save spaces and looks fantastic.

Ease of Use

The locking arm on this unit is a plus; like a food processor, it keeps the user from any contact with a spinning blade. This juicer is a top loader and somewhat higher than standard juicing machine designs. The wide mouth, centered chute is easy to get to. We like the simple on/off switch on the lower front panel, and the measuring cup carafe for collecting juice.

The unit is smaller but still built with a sturdy feel. It can easily be tucked under a counter. All parts are ready to throw in the dishwasher and the Breville comes with a cleaning brush to help with the arduous chore of cleaning (any) juicers.

Method of Juice Extraction

We’ve discussed the limitations of centrifugal juicers; they can’t hold a candle to the juice extraction efficiency of cold press models. Still, the 700-watt motor and excellent 14,000 RPM maximizes the power capacity for this type of juicer.

Design Quality

At 9.5 x 8.75 x 16 inches and with the pulp collector near the top, this machine has the smallest footprint of all pure juicers on our list. It doesn’t quite compete with the Ninja JUICER model but for a classic juicer it’s a clever design.

The look of this machine also out classes competitors with a sleek silver color. The extra large 3″ feeder chute means whole apples are not a problem. A great looking juicer that will fit in nicely with stainless steel appliances, the Brevlle has a classy and functional design. This design combines space saving, looks and functionality.

Warranty

A three-year, limited warranty comes with the Breville.

Pros

  • Great looking
  • Small countertop footprint
  • Wide mouthed chute
  • Decent enough power
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to pour from
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Pulp collector hard to clean
  • Relatively expensive

Hamilton Beach Juicer Machine, Big Mouth 3" Feed Chute, Centrifugal,...
  • HEALTHY, HOMEMADE JUICE IN SECONDS. Juice a variety of fruits and vegetables. Juicer is easy to assemble with extra...
  • EXTRA LARGE 3 INCH FEED CHUTE FITS WHOLE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Fit a whole apple, a peeled orange or a handful of kale....
  • EASY TO CLEAN. Removable parts are dishwasher safe and BPA free

The Hamilton Beach company has decades of experience manufacturing both juicers and blenders, and their entry-level centrifugal action juicer comes at a great price while providing the quality components and excellent warranty for which Hamilton Beach is famous.

Ease of Use

Standard juicing design with a wide mouthed chute feed and handy tamper to push fruits and veggies into the machine, the Hamilton Beach hits all its marks for use. This juicer doesn’t over-complicate the juicing experience and the pulp catcher is both roomy and easy clean. The only downside is that the spout comes with no dedicated juice catcher, so users need a glass that fits. This creates more spillage but saves on clean-up.

Our only caveat is the pulp collector is more difficult to use since it’s round on top design means you can’t simply pour the pulp but have to scoop it out.

Method of Juice Extraction

Centrifugal juices are less powerful and efficient than cold press or twin-gear engineering. The only upside to centrifugal juicing is it isn’t as noisy as twin gear and these juices tend to be less expensive and less noisy. The efficiency of juicing doesn’t meet cold-press models but returning pulp to the feeder for a second round of juicing will get the most out of the fruits or vegetables.

The 800-watt motor improve efficiency but it has the usual limits of centrifugal design.

Design Quality

This is a standard juicer design. It’s not ugly, but it doesn’t win any beauty contests at first glance. It’s relatively easy to disassemble for cleaning and the BPA free parts are a plus. All parts are dishwasher safe. Not the easiest juicer in the world to clean but not irritating either.

The size of this juicer is a little heftier than average and many users may place in the cupboard to save space. The components are high quality and for the price this well-built machine is a good value.

The large and round design of the feed chute is a plus. It will take up more counter space than is ideal, but expecting flair for around $50 is a pipe-dream.

Warranty

Limited parts and labor warranty of five years in Canada and three years in the US.

Pros

  • Large feed for whole fruits
  • Handles fibrous vegetables
  • Large pulp bin
  • Powerful motor
  • User-friendly design
  • Cleaning efficiency is decent
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Only juices, doesn’t blend
  • Centifugal limitations
  • Hogs counter space
  • Its looks are so-so

Gourmia GJ1250 Wide Mouth Fruit Centrifugal Juicer - Juice Extractor...
  • WIDE MOUTH: No need to spend time cutting, slicing, and prepping. Throw in your fruits and veggies whole!
  • 1000 WATTS: Simple dial with two quiet, max extraction settings. Turn low for soft fruits like oranges, tomatoes or...
  • LARGE CAPACITY: Designed with a sleek stainless steel exterior and cutting blade. Holds 32 ounces of juice and boasts an...

At a low price, this juice delivers on power, with a quiet ride and straightforward design.

Ease of Use

For an affordable juicer, the Gourmia offers a lot of power and therefore juicing whole apples and carrots doesn’t slow this beast down. The wide mouth feature also leads to a tall, deep feed chute, so you can power through the pile of veggies or fruits on your cutting board. This is a juice extractor like two of the others we’ve reviewed so it will separate pulp efficiently.

It’s a centrifugal design so even though it’s built for power the design has limitations. For usability, the however, the Gourmia delivers on its large juice carafe, nearly 9 cup pulp carafe, and wide-mouth, top loading features.

Method of Juice Extraction

To keep costs down, centrifugal is the order of the day and Gourmia has elected to use this popular design. This juicer, however, claims a 1000-watt motor which means its potential for efficient separation of juice from pulp is higher. We don’t notice an impressive difference, but the pulp from this model is somewhat drier.

For a high-powered juicer, the Gourmia is fairly quiet.

Design Quality

Although the look isn’t revolutionary, its stainless steel face gives it the image of a more expensive machine. But the reason we give five stars on design is how easy it is to clean the Gourmia. While some might say this is an “ease of use” issue we’ve found that clever design makes disassembly and hand washing the fastest way to clean, and this machine can be scrubbed and ready to reuse in two minutes.

The wide mouth is terrific, and so is the 1000-watt motor. There are no real issues. The design makes jigsaw part reassembly a thing of the past with this well-designed juicer.

Warranty

Comes with a 1-year, non-transferrable warranty.

Pros

  • Powerful
  • Efficient juice extraction
  • Quick cleaning
  • Easy to assemble, disassemble
  • Nice looking
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Somewhat large
  • Pulp is hard to get to
  • Pricy for a centrifugal unit

Conclusion

We prefer blending with the option of juicing, so we prefer the Ninja JUICER for its versatility. But for pure juicing, the Gourmia checks all the important boxes.

One advantage of a blender over a juicer is how easy and quick the cleaning process is. No pure juicer will clean up as quickly as washing out a blender, but the Gourmia impressed with its rapid disassembly capabilities.

For a juicer only, we endorse Gourmia – but for a versatile machine that can provide a great cup of citrus juice or nut milk we prefer the Ninja JUICER.

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