This super-powered blender costs $400+ less than the premium models—but works just as well.

Karla Walsh
June 24, 2020
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The heat is on! Summer has officially arrived, and that means we'll resort to any means necessary to keep our cool. Cold brew? Yes, please! Smoothie bowls instead of a hot breakfast? Sign us up.

And come peak heat at happy hour, nothing is quite as refreshing as a frozen drink. Which is why when we spotted this crazy-powerful Ninja blender and food processor set with nearly 100 five-star reviews on Amazon, we instantly added it to our carts.

Ninja Blender and Food Processor System with 1200-Watt Auto-iQ Base
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While we adore and appreciate the power of chef-beloved Vitamix blenders, they're a bit more challenging to work into the budget. The basic blender itself starts at $350 on Amazon. Add accessories and you'll tack on at least $100, and some models top out at $670.

This multitasking Ninja is made for chopping up ice and other bevvie ingredients, even to the consistency of a full-bodied juice. That's thanks to the blender's Auto-iQ system that can detect how much to crush what's in the mixer, and the blades promise that they can break down whole fruits and veggies to release their nutrients and preserve them better than a juicer might. (More fiber FTW!)

After putting it through the paces in the kitchen, we also discovered that this Ninja system can also make quick work out of everything from pasta doughs to pizza sauces to applesauces. To make all of that possible, this set comes with a blender with an 8-cup capacity, a 5-cup blender bowl, three separate blades and two 24-ounce to-go blender cups with lids. To-go margaritas that can easily be toted over to the hammock sound pretty spectacular right about now.

But don't just take our word for it. "Where has this been all my life?! After using multiple blenders and food processors over the years, this one out-performed them all," says Terry R, who reviewed this model on Amazon.

Since we're fond of justifying purchases by working out the cost per use, we have made it our mission to use this blender both morning and night all summer long. Plus, frozen smoothies and margaritas made at home are guaranteed to save you major $ compared to those from a juice bar or regular bar!