Ninja Chef 1500 Review: Comparable Performance to a Vitamix Ascent
Let me introduce the Ninja Chef 1500. This 1,500 watt blender is Ninja’s most powerful and versatile product to date.
Not only is it almost as powerful as a Vitamix, it’s equally as versatile with 10 preset controls that do every kitchen task imaginable from making smoothies to mixing dough.
And like the Vitamix, this blender also comes with its own tamper for hard to make recipes like hummus and nut butter.
One unique feature that this blender has which other Ninja blenders don’t is a rotary dial at the middle.
This dial has two functions. First would be toggling the different preset controls. Second would be controlling the speed of the blender if you decide to go manual.
It’s also one of their first blenders that have a similar blade design as a Vitamix.
To help guide you in this review, I created a table of contents section…
- Features at a glance
- Pros & Cons
- What to expect from the Ninja Chef 1500?
- Recipes that this blender can make?
- What do consumers say?
- To wrap up
- May be the most versatile Ninja blender available right now with 10 preset controls
- First Ninja blender to use their next generation blades similar to a Vitamix
- Powerful 1,500 watt motor
- Variable speed control controlled through a knob at the middle
- 72 ounce Titan pitcher with a vented lid capable of handling hot recipes like soup
- Tamper allows this blender to do recipes with little to no liquid such as nut butter or frozen dessert
- Smart vessel recognition
- Full LED interface that’s easy to clean and read
- Suction cup feet
- Other modes include manual, timer, pulse and auto-IQ
- Selection dial makes it easy to toggle through different Auto-IQ settings
- 18” tall
- BPA free pitcher
- This blender is powerful and versatile at the same time thanks to the 10 Auto-IQ settings
- Large 72-ounce pitcher is great for big families
- New blades will perform better than other Ninja blenders and give the Vitamix Ascent a run for its money
- Easy to clean pitcher thanks to the cleaning preset
- Capable of making even the toughest to make recipes like hummus and nut butter
- Cheaper than a Vitamix
- Short 1-year warranty
- Some complaints about quality control issues
- Very loud
The Ninja Chef 1500 is a big change in direction from Ninja in terms of product design. Everything from the blade design to interface is different. And we’ll have a close look at all those features in this review.
Part of the overhaul would be the interface. Gone is the cluster of buttons that resemble an old Nokia phone.
In its place is a more sleek design that has a rotary dial in the middle and an LED background for the Auto-IQ presets.
At the bottom of the interface are six buttons that toggle between different modes:
- Auto-IQ (10 presets)
- Manual mode (where you can adjust the speed settings on your own)
The 10 Auto-IQ modes include the following:
- Frozen drink
- Ice cream
- Nut butter
All these features make this blender one of the most versatile options available right now.
Variable speed control
Press the manual button and you have option to control the speed setting manually if such a need arises for particular recipes.
Speed is controlled via the knob at the middle of the interface. This same knob also toggles between the different Auto-IQ settings.
Next generation blades
Whereas older Ninja blenders use blades that come from a food processor, this variant uses traditional blender blades that sit at the bottom.
The new design has a similar 4-prong design found in the Vitamix. Ninja says this new design pulls ingredients downward to maximize blade contact.
This will produce more consistent results and better performance than previous generation Ninja blenders.
Under the hood, is a 1,500 watt motor with enough torque to make recipes like frozen dessert and nut butter.
If you have a large family, this blender will be a great tool to have inside the kitchen because of the large 72-ounce container. It uses BPA-free plastic and you can make hot soup with it thanks to the vented lid.
This container is dishwasher safe which gives you more options on how to clean it. Remember to put it on the top rack.
Smart Vessel Recognition
The Ninja Chef series has this feature they call the “Smart Vessel Recognition” that automatically recognizes if you put the 72 ounce pitcher or single-serve cup.
This eliminates any guesswork since the motor automatically adjusts the speed setting to suit a particular container.
Automatic cleaning function
Cleaning the large 72-ounce pitcher will not be an issue thanks to Ninja’s built-in cleaning preset.
After blending, just fill up the container a quarter of the way with water then add a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
Press the “clean” button right beside the power switch and let the blender do the work for you.
Just make sure to rinse it throughroughly to remove any soupy residue.
Another improvement that Ninja brought to the table would be the addition of a tamper.
This tool will help the blender in pushing down ingredients towards the blade.
It is an absolute necessity if you’re making recipes with very little liquid such as hummus, nut butter and ice cream.
One of the strong suites of this blender is its versatility. Combine the 10 Auto-IQ presets, variable speed setting and pulse settings, this blender can pretty much make anything you can think of.
Ninja says that this machine is capable of making Almond milk, peanut butter, dressing, soup, ice cream, smoothie, salsa, frozen dessert, hummus and much more. The powerful 1,500 watt motor and blade is capable of grinding different types of beans like coffee or wheat berries.
Watch this video to see how this blender makes hummus (skip to the 2:53 mark)…
Hummus is one of the toughest recipes to make. And if you use a substandard blender, it can be a pain to make.
There are two things that consumers like about this blender – price and performance. If you compare it to the Vitamix Ascent that costs upwards of $400, this machine only costs a fraction. And the performance does not reflect on that price difference.
Consumers were able to make a variety of recipes with this ranging from smoothies to frozen dessert. You can even make homemade flour with it if you like making your own.
Some even say that this blender is better than a Vitamix and a great bridal gift.
One downside with the powerful motor would be noise. Several reviews say that this blender is very loud.
There are also complaints about quality control issues particularly with the plastics. Some consumers even sent in pictures, one of which looked like a broken plastic gear.
Take note that this blender only comes with a 1 year warranty. One consumer was upset because he thought it came with a 7 year warranty and found out otherwise when he saw the warranty card.
You can buy the Ninja Chef 1500 from Amazon for less than $180 and it’ll be eligible to their 2-day free shipping if you join Prime.
Amazon also sells extended warranties of up to 4 years if you want that extra peace of mind.
Another option would be buying direct from Shark’s website but it’ll be more expensive.
The Ninja Chef 1500 is another great alternative to the Vitamix blender if you don’t want to spend $$$ on such. It’s got comparable versatility and power thanks to the 10 presets, new blades and 1,500 watt motor.
You can virtually make any recipe inside the kitchen except for kneading dough. At less than $180, this is a pretty good deal for a full sized blender. Remember that this blender only comes with a 1 year warranty but you can purchase extended warranties from Amazon or Shark Ninja if you want longer coverage.
There are some issues with quality but most consumers were happy with how this blender performs which is a good sign.
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