The Ninja Master Prep is a very affordable compact blender that offers admirable performance and a nice variety of container sizes. It’s perfect for anyone that wants a basic blender for smoothies, cocktails, and single serve recipes. There are 4 different models to choose from: NJ110GR, QB900B, QB1000, and the QB1004. I’ll clarify their differences in this article so you can decide which one is right for you.
The compact size of the machine will let you leave it on your counter while taking up minimal space. This is great for people living in a house where counter space is lacking. My feeling is that you’re more inclined to use an appliance every day if it’s available to use all the time. Let’s take a closer look at the details of this blender line.
It should be obvious that the motor is a very important factor to consider when purchasing a new blender. The stronger the motor, the better it can handle tough ingredients. This is slightly less of an issue when buying a single serve blender since the containers are typically much smaller. This helps focus the power to handle small batches.
The company claims they can turn ice into snow within seconds. It’s great if you’re looking for a solid smoothie machine or land on preparing frozen desserts. The motor will offer enough performance to deal with most things you throw at it.
The model line can get a bit confusing though because most of the models use different motors. I’ll try something a little different and break down each model variation into its own section.
Ninja Express Chop
Starting at the low-end in terms of accessories and price, the Ninja Express Chop NJ110GR only comes with a 200-watt motor. This is a bit of a limiting issue at times depending on what you plan on preparing with it. In fact, it’s about half of what the other models come with.
It utilizes a 4-blade design to ensure thorough mixing. It’s definitely different than a traditional blender blade design. The only jar that’s included is a 16 ounce one, which is probably the perfect size for the power and doing singe serve recipes.
Ninja Master Prep
The next step up actually comes in two different variations, even though both have the same name. Their technical identification is QB900B and QB1000. The first is rated at 400 watts, while the second one offers 450 watts of power. They’ll both perform better than the Express Chop. The QB1000 is just capable of a little more.
They each come with the same accessories. You’ll receive one 16 ounce container, which will be used with the included 4-blade piece. You also get a larger 48-ounce jar, which comes with a 6-blade piece.
The bigger jar is great since it offers 3X the size of the 16 ounce one. This allows you to make cocktails for multiple people, or a really big cocktail if you had one of “those” days. The 6-blades help incorporate all of the ingredients evenly. These are the ones that will turn ice into snow. I’d recommend either of these to most people.
Ninja Master Prep Professional
The final choice only has one variation, the QB1004 model. It’s equipped with a 450-watt motor. That should be able to handle most any recipe, even if the ingredients are tough. Turn that ice into fluffy snow. It’s similar in many ways to the QB1000, so what is the difference?
Well, you get all of the same accessories. One 4-blade and a 6-blade set to use with the multiple containers. You also get a 16-ounce jar, a 40-ounce jar, and a 48-ounce jar. This gives you some flexibility compared to the other models. You’re able to make a bit more with these. I should mention that the 4-blade fits the 16/40 ounce containers, while the 6-blade only fits on the 48 ounce one. I thought that was a bit odd.
NJ110GR – 200 Watts
QB900B – 400 Watts
QB1000/QB1004 – 450 Watts
Only 1 Speed
Up to a 16oz, 40oz, 48oz jar set
All jars are BPA free
Dimensions: About 11 x 12.2 x 7 inches
Weight: Around 1 lb
All of the models would fit well for anyone that wants to prepare small batches of things. These are definitely simplified machines and couldn’t replace a Ninja Ultima or something similarly higher-end. You only get one speed to choose from and there aren’t any automatic presets available. I do think these offer admirable performance for a fair price though.
They can devour ice, frozen fruit, and other tough ingredients. Plus the unique blade design helps everything get incorporated a bit more evenly. It’s kinda like a condensed Ninja blender that’s really convenient to have on your counter to use.
There are some pros and cons that you’ll have to consider before making your decision. In my opinion, I think most people would be happier with the extra power from the Master Prep models over the Express Chop choice. It’s double the performance and you get the larger blender jar accessory. If you’re looking for current prices and any offers I’d recommend checking out the section below and seeing what’s available on Amazon.
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