Ninja Master Prep QB900B Review
The Ninja Master Prep QB900B (starting at $30, Amazon) is something of a hybrid. Instead of a base, like a traditional countertop blender, it has a pulse-controlled "power pod" that fits on top of the pitcher or an included work bowl for food processing. A master ice crusher and food chopper, this model draws accolades in hundreds of user reviews. It earns an average of 4.6 stars in ratings on the Walmart website and similar scores on Amazon and the Sears Marketplace.
There's little that users don't like about this unconventional small kitchen appliance. Although it seems to be most commonly used for slushy drinks, reviewers call on it for multiple purposes, from crushing ice and blending green smoothies to dicing onions, smashing guacamole, and turning oatmeal into flour. Despite a peak of just 400 watts, proponents crow about the power in Ninja Master Prep reviews. Some assert that it outperforms countertop blenders for puréeing fruits and vegetables and liquefying powdered drinks. Likewise, some users say it beats food processors for small shredding and chopping tasks.
A few complaints are aired in Ninja Master Prep reviews. One user reports that tomatoes lodge in the blade, making it hard to clean. Others say chunks of frozen fruit remain in blended drinks, foods are unevenly chopped, raw cauliflower presents an insurmountable challenge, and pesto is a no-go with this machine.
The Ninja Master Prep QB900B comes with a 48-ounce pitcher and a 16-ounce work bowl, each with its own blades. The plastic containers are BPA-free and used with the designated set of two stackable blades, each of which has two stainless steel tips. There are splash guards to use while operating the appliance and lids to cover the contents once the job is complete. (Unlike regular blenders, the Ninja has containers designed for food storage.) All parts, except the power pod, are dishwasher-safe.
This blender alternative may take some getting used to (How much do you pulse? How long do you hold down the pulse pad?), but sticking with it yields rewards.