As Reviews Editor, I've spent the past couple of years testing every kind of blender for Homes & Gardens. In that time, I've tried out every well-known brand, and some lesser known ones, and have become something of a specialist, learning to discern not just quality designs, but those that are easy to use, do exactly what they claim (sometimes more), and are durable.
One of the best blenders I've tested, and which makes our list of top buys is the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ which is on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond (opens in new tab) today at almost half price. It's the lowest price you'll find it for, and it's a true bargain.
Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with AutoiQ|
$219.99 $127.49 at Bed Bath & Beyond (opens in new tab)
For those looking for tons of blending versatility, this Ninja blender isn't really just a blender, but a whole Kitchen System, with the functionality to also work as a food processor and a single-serve blender.
It's a serious deal at just $127.49. You can read my review of the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ, but let me tell you a little more here about what you get for your money and why I rate it so highly.
The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ is a three-in-one appliance with a smart Auto-IQ base. In English? That means it has a selection of both blender and food processor modes, with chopping discs and blades that can tackle everything from smoothies to making pastry to shredding and chopping. The 'Auto-IQ' is Ninja's system of preset functions for different tasks. These include one for smoothies, crushing ice, kneading dough, chopping vegetables, and extracting the most nutritional value out of your smoothies and soups. There are also manual buttons for either low, medium, high, or pulse blending or chopping.
In other words, it's a breeze once you get going to ensure consistent, high quality results every time you use it.
During testing, I used it for everything from making soup (the jug, above, is big enough for four generous bowls) to chopping and shredding vegetables as prep for a sauce (as you can see below); the food processor bowl is 8 cups, large enough for family-sized portions.
But as well as being one of the best food processor combinations I've tried, it surprised me by working as a portable blender, too (the lovely lady below shows how it looks on the base to give you an idea of the proportions).
Some blenders/food processors are a pain to clean, but I'm happy to report that this Ninja is easy: all removable attachments can go through the dishwasher.
The Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ is on the larger size, so if you are looking for a family-sized appliance and have storage for the attachments, this one is for you. I rate it highly, and it this price, it's not to be missed.
Millie is our Reviews Editor, and has been testing product and writing for Homes & Gardens since the beginning of 2021. Millie specializes in small appliances, but as a lover of al fresco dining, she's also always on the hunt for the best grills and pizza ovens for entertaining friends and family.