If you've ever stayed up late watching informercials or taken a stroll down the kitchen aisle at Target, you'll be familiar with Ninja. And if you're not acquainted with the ubiquitous brand, Ninja specializes in affordable and efficient small kitchen appliances. Ninja has a lot of good marketing surrounding it, but are the products worth your time? We've been testing out a number of Ninja products to find out, and these are the three so far that we like. We'll be updating this page with more reviews as we publish them.
Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker
Not everyone can afford the luxury of getting cafe-quality coffee at home every day. But somehow the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker delivers something close enough. The coffee maker brews coffee, either a full carafe or a single serving, in a jiffy, and speed doesn't mean you lose out on quality. You can't make espresso with it, but you can make an espresso-strength coffee because the coffee maker allows you to brew six sizes in four brew strengths. Into iced coffee? You can get that too without waiting hours to make cold brew or oxidizing hot coffee for minutes in the fridge.
The built-in frother aerates and froths milk so you can make drinks like lattes or cappuccinos, all without having to step into a snooty coffee shop. It's not the perfect machine, however. It promises a lot, and it delivers, though no coffee will blow your mind. After all, it's drip coffee, so don't expect it to beat a taste test against a pour-over coffee.
Ninja Foodi Power Blender & Processor System
Blenders and food processors are not the same thing. In very few cases, they're interchangeable, but most of the time, each has its own set of uses. That's where the Foodi Power Blender & Processor System comes in. By utilizing a single motorized based with numerous accessories, you can essentially use it as either a blender or a food processor. And if you're one of those who want single-serve smoothies, the system can do that, too.
It's packed with settings that adjust the motor speed and frequency to achieve the correct consistencies for whatever you're blending or processing – whether it's hummus or a smoothies — and you can easily adjust those settings manually. The biggest issue we have with the system is how loud it gets, though it is convenient to have both a blender and food processor on hand whenever the occasion arises for either.
Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill
Not everyone is blessed with an outdoor space in their home. That, of course, means a lot of people don't have the luxury of owning a grill, and honestly, it really sucks. The Foodi grill attempts to bring the grilling fun indoors, while promising a little extra. While the grill won't impart any of that fire-licked flavor, it does give the sort of sear you crave from a grill. And what's more, the grill is essentially a tabletop oven, too. And in true infomercial fashion: "Wait, there's even more!" Yes, the grill also happens to be an air fryer. The Foodi grill does everything it promises, but there's a huge caveat — it's not really a grill. Go into the appliance with that constant reminder, and you'll be a fan.