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Ninja’s Twisti May Be the Best Smoothie Blender Ever. Here’s Why – CNET


You can do a whole lot with a powerful blender , but making smoothies is probably the most popular task asked of the average at-home machine. Even my favorite blenders for smoothies, including the beautiful (and pricey) Beast blender , have one recurring, albeit minor, hitch when churning out a typical frozen banana-strawberry breakfast. With chunky ice, dry powders and frozen lumps of fruit, your blends will inevitably get stuck and require a stop and shake or the use of a spatula or tamper to jostle the contents and get things spinning again. Ninja’s new $140 Twisti SS151 high-speed blender features a built-in twisting tamper that all but solves this clumping problem, and making it about as seamless a smoothie blender experience as I’ve had. Here’s what I learned about Ninja’s clever, new blender after test-driving it for two weeks. Editors’ Note: A larger 72-ounce version of the Ninja Twisti (product number SS351) is available for $200. CNET has yet to review this model. 9.0 Ninja Twisti SS151 $120 at Best Buy $120 at Amazon Like This built-in twisting tamper prevents you from having to stop and loosen ingredients manually Powerful, yet small enough to store in a cupboard Includes two single-serve blending cups Don’t Like Higher potential for breakage due to the extra plastic parts The base rocks a bit when blending at full speed What’s this twisting tamper all about? Most high-end blenders include a separate tamper tool intended to unclump ingredients inside the blender jar. To use them, you generally have to stop the blend and remove the lid or open the pour spout to agitate your concoction. The Twisti has two small tampers built into the lid that can be manually spun while the blender is running, saving you from having to stop and mix things up. It’s a small time-saver, but for a habitual smoothie, sauce or dip maker, it’s one you’ll appreciate. The Twisti with its built-in tampers had no trouble turning ice, nut milk and frozen fruit into a perfect smoothie in one go. David Watsky/CNET How well does it work? I found the twisting tamper did exactly what it was designed to do for every blending job I asked of the Twisti. From blending chunky smoothie ingredients to making thicker dips and sauces, the twisting tamper allowed me to complete every preparation without stopping and removing the lid. It also allows you to blend with less liquid overall, since the tampers will keep heavy and dry mixtures moving until they are fully blended. The only ingredients it can’t always reincorporate midblend are sticky nut butters and dense syrups or honey that may stick to the sides of the canister. The Twisti blended everything to a silky-smooth consistency without having to stop and jostle the ingredients inside. David Watsky/CNET The Ninja Twisti is small but powerful Despite a 1,600-watt motor, the Twisti is small compared to most other blenders sporting similar power. The base measures 6 by 6 inches, and the entire unit is just 14 inches tall with the 34-ounce canister and lid in place. Because of the unusual power-to-size ratio, it tends to rock a bit when blending. To remedy this, the Twisti is retrofitted with two suction cups and rubber traction on the bottom to keep it in place on the counter. The Ninja Twisti next to a full-size blender with a 64-ounce blending jar. David Watsky/CNET Other features of the Ninja Twisti In addition to the smoothie setting, which runs in long pulses, another tactic for keeping ingredients from clumping, the Twisti has settings intended to extract (juice), one for frozen drinks, another for spreads and a fourth for bowls. They all seem to do roughly the same thing — blend, stop and blend again — but for different lengths of time, which I suppose is intended to deliver optimal results for each type of recipe. There’s a small drizzle cap with a rubber stopper built into the lid for adding ingredients without removing it completely. The preset programs all mostly did the same thing — blend, pause, blend again — but for various lengths of time. David Watsky/CNET In addition to the 34-ounce blending cup, the Twisti includes one 18-ounce single-serve cup and one 24-ounce single-serve cup, both with spout lids. Overall blending ability Despite the propensity for smoothies to stick during blending, they don’t generally require much power to blend smoothly — but other jobs do. The Twisti has 1,600 watts of oomph, which is up there with bigger, premium blenders we’ve tested, so I expected it to perform comparably. At CNET, we have standard tests we run for any blender we evaluate, so I ran them on the Twisti. The small but mighty blender did exceptionally well, crushing ice cubes into smithereens. It also made quick work of turning almonds into almond flour and delivered smooth and clump-free pancake batter (in part thanks to the twisting tamper). The Twisti pulverized two cups of ice cubes in under 10 seconds. David Watsky/CNET Potentially greater likelihood of blender breakage One potential red flag for this blender is worth considering, especially for a heavy user. The built-in twisting tampers are made from plastic. They feel fairly sturdy, but it’s one more piece that could potentially break with rigorous use. However, if one of the two twisting tampers were to snap off, it wouldn’t render the blender unusable. You’d still have one tamper to help loosen ingredients. And if both were to break off, you’d still likely have a functioning blender, just without the advantage of the twisting tamper. Innovative as it may be, I’m slightly concerned about the lid’s protruding plastic tampers breaking over time. David Watsky/CNET In general, the Twisti feels well-built, although premium blenders from brands including Vitamix , Breville and Blendtec feel sturdier and use noticeably higher grades of plastic and rubber for the base, canister and lid. That said, most of those models will run you at least $250. The sleek Beast is still my favorite true personal blender, but it’s more limited than the Twisti in capacity and power. Beast Health Other smoothie blender options to consider Ninja makes a few other blenders with one spinning blade that runs up the center of the canister, like its Premium Plus Blender Duo and the Foodi Power Blender and Processor . Those also help keep blender contents moving but not as well as the double-bladed twisting tamper. Personal blenders including Ninja’s own Nutri Ninja and NutriBullets will get the job done for basic smoothies, dips and sauces, but they are limited in both power and capacity. The $155 Beast Health blender is still my favorite premium small blender with above-average performance, a sharp look and an unusually sturdy build for a blender of its size. More ways to level up your culinary skills Best Chef’s Knives for 2022 The 5 Best Air Fryers for 2022 Best Blenders in 2022 Best Portable Grill for 2022 Best Electric Kettle of 2022 Best Instant Pot for 2022 Best Cold-Brew Coffee Maker of 2022 Best Stainless Steel Skillet for 2022 Best Rice Cookers for 2022

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