The Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 is part of the blender
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, blender
models like the Master Prep Professional QB1004 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Icy drinks (Smoothies):
Sensory panelists judged the smoothness and thickness of non-alcholic pina coladas made by each model. Blenders that do well for icy drinks also do well for smoothies.
Judgements on ease of cleaning and replacing blade; clarity of controls and jar markings; pouring ease; and jar balance, etc.
How well the blender pureed soup.
Features & Specs - Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004
Glass jar Heavy and stable, can be put in the dishwasher, and don't get cloudy or stained.
Plastic jar Lighter and easier to handle than glass, but that makes them more likely to wobble or tip over.
Stainless-steel jar Stylish, sturdy, lighter than glass, and often dishwasher-safe, but you can't see the contents.
Removable blade A blade that can be removed makes cleaning easier.
Controls Indicates the type of controls the blender has.
Pulse Identifies that the blender has a pulse feature, which provides the user with greater control during use and prevents overblending.
I used it every day to make fruit smoothies for myself for breakfast. Had to keep taking it off the motor, shake it to redistribute the fruit and put it back on. Annoying. But the most annoying part was when it broke after 6 weeks and I couldn't get a refund or even an exchange. Very disappointing. I now use a $19.99 GE blender that works much better.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Cheap Natural Foods Grinding Queen
from Los Angeles, CA
For the price its great!
Easy To Clean
This is awesome for hot butter & garlic mashed potatoes; making fruit-ice cream; grinding nuts, rice, & oatmeal into flour; salsa, guacamole, applesauce, smoothies, etc. Grinding up whole chopped lemons into lemon juice, not just lemonade (looks like milk-strain if you dont like pulp); simple syrup, cake mix... basically anything liquid or dry. It is really a great blender for the cost.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Rick in GA
from Georgia, USA
All we need
Hard to Clean
We took a chance when we bought the Ninja. We read a lot of reviews that called it flimsy. We use it mostly to make healthy smoothies and salsas. I think it will last a good while if used as instructed. Don't run over 15 seconds per pulse, don't overload, and make sure the motor is well seated on the lid. It is a pleasure to use, it's quiet, comes with a bunch of containers, and is perfect for a retired couple like us. We don't need a $500+ machine to keep up with the Jones' or try to impress our friends. It is what it is. An affordable, quiet, and convenient appliance for making refreshing and healthy drinks. We'll have to wait and see about the longevity of the Ninja, but I'll bet it'll last if we use it in a sensible manner. If it doesn't last, we'll buy another at 1/10 the price of some of the others.