How to Use a Ninja Blender

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Ninja is a popular blender brand that has a huge customer base that adores its products. Everything from the design to the finishing of Ninja blenders is modern and will complement the décor of most kitchens.

When it comes to performance, Ninja units don’t disappoint. Their motors and blades are made from high-quality materials and can deliver jaw-dropping results.

Ninja blenders stand out from the crowd because they are easy to use. Most people don’t have to read the manual to figure out how to make smoothies with it.

That said, to get the most out of your Ninja professional blender or the single-serve unit, you may need a little help.

This article unveils the detailed information you need to use your Ninja blender properly and get the most out of its settings.

Key Takeaway
  1. You can use speed 1 to mix, speed 2 to blend, and speed 3 to chop ice with your ninja blender.
  2. The lid and blade should be washed under hot water after every use. The pitcher needs to be cleaned with hot, soapy water.
  3. Make sure the lid is closed and locked, the white arrows on the blender are lined up properly, and the pitcher is secured in the base of the blender.

Steps on How to Use a Ninja Blender

Whether you have a top-tier Ninja professional blender or a personal Nutri Ninja, you won’t have a hard time using it.

Unlike other brands, where one unit is entirely different from the others, Ninja blenders work the same way. So if you happen to upgrade your unit in the future, you won’t have a hard time figuring out how to use it.

Before you can use a Ninja blender to blend your favorite smoothies, be they portable or full size, you have to assemble them.

Here is how to assemble a Ninja blender

Assembly of a Ninja blender includes a manual on steps how to use it

Step 1: Pitcher

Ninja blenders have removable blades that you can remove to clean or sharpen. Before you can blend, you should place the stacked blade assembly under the pitcher.

Next, put the pitcher on the motor base of your unit and rotate the jar clockwise. You will hear a click sound when you do this.

Whether you are right-handed or left-handed, you won’t find it hard to insert the stacked base assembly under the jar and lock the pitcher in place.

Single-serve Cup

Ninja units come with portable single-serve cups, which are a lot easier to store than pitchers with full-size units, like the Ninja mega kitchen system.

The blade assembly that comes with Ninja units is super easy to install. All you need to do is to rest the blades on the cup. Be sure to align them with the opening and screw it tight so that their content doesn’t leak while you are blending.

Step 2: Plug it into a power source. 

It is a straightforward step. All you need to do here is plug your Ninja bullet or full-size unit into a power source. Don’t press the power button after doing this.

Step 3: Add your desired ingredients

Add the ingredients that make up your smoothie, shake, or soup recipes.

If you have the Ninja Mega kitchen system or other top-tier ninja units on the market, you may get your desired result even if you don’t cut the ingredients into sizable chunks.

However, if you have a Ninja and you want to work with tough ingredients, it is wise you cut your ingredients. This will help reduce the workload of the motor base.

Be careful not to overfill your pitcher or cup so that it doesn’t spill and make a mess when you are blending.

The pitcher that comes with Ninja blenders has filled the line. Resist the urge to fill above it.

Step 4: Close the lid

Use the lid to close the jar or pitcher after adding your ingredients.

Single-serve cup

After loading the cup with your ingredients, place the stacked blade assembly on the opening end of the cup and twist. This will lock in the blades.

Next, place the Nutri Ninja cup on the motor base. Don’t start the unit until you are sure that the cup and blades are secured on the motor.

Screw the Nutri Ninja cup clockwise until you hear a sharp click sound.


If you have a full-size unit like the Ninja Mega Kitchen System, press the release button located on top of the lid.

Next, place the lid on top of the pitcher. Ensure that the white arrows on the lid and the pitcher are aligned before locking it in place.

Make sure the lid is clean before using it.

Step 5: Choose your preferred blending speed

Ninja kitchen blenders have different speed settings that can help you achieve your desired texture and consistency.

On the motor base on most Ninja kitchen units on the market, you will find a dedicated control panel that contains any of the following settings.

Speed buttons (low, medium, and high)

The Ninja Mega Kitchen system and the portable Nutri ninja blender have 3-speed settings, which can help you achieve your desired result.

The low speed, which sits quite close to the power button, is excellent for blending soft ingredients like soft fruits. Your unit won’t make much noise when you are using the low speed.

The high speed, which is a lot more powerful and noisy, is perfect for working with tough ingredients like frozen fruits, nuts, ice cubes, and the like.

Make sure the lid is well-secured before blending so that the ingredients don’t spill over your kitchen.


This is a powerful setting that is great for crushing large ice chunks and frozen fruits.

Auto IQ Puree

This is one of the notable features found in many top-tier Ninja kitchen blenders. The setting is perfect for pureeing food. Granted, it isn’t as intense as the high-speed settings, but it is still great for transforming ingredients into pastes.

So, if you want to make soup or spreads or blend thick ingredients, you should use this feature.

Auto- IQ crush

Many of the new Ninja units on the market have Auto-IQ crush settings that utilize the total crushing technology to crush tough ingredients like frozen veggies, nuts, and seeds into tiny bits.

The total crushing technology is one of the features that make Ninja units stand out from the crowd.

Auto- IQ blend

This feature is only available in single-serve Nutri ninja units. The setting is great for working with tough ingredients and making different blends of smoothies.

My Ninja Blender Is Not Working?

Below are some reasons why your ninja blender may not be working.

Not plugged in

Your ninja blender isn’t working because you didn’t plug it into an electrical outlet. Before trying any of the steps below, you should ensure that your machine is properly plugged into a power outlet.

An unplugged ninja blender from socket

The lid isn’t properly closed

After loading your pitcher with your ingredients, you should ensure that the lid is closed before hitting the power button. If the lid is partly closed, your power button will flash a red light. The machine will also flash a red light when the pitcher isn’t sitting properly on the base.

If the red light continues to blink after the lid is closed, chances are, the arrows on the jar and the lid aren’t perfectly aligned.

Improper assembly

Your Ninja blender will not work if you don’t assemble it the right way. For example, if the stacked blade assembly in most Ninja blender models isn’t placed through the gasket, the unit won’t turn on.

Whether you just bought your first Ninja smoothie blender or you upgraded your present unit, you should carefully read the instructions that came with it. Also, you should clean the stacked blade, cups, lid, and base when you are done blending. This will make the unit continue to work well and last longer.

Is there a reset button on the Ninja blender?

Just like most blenders on the market, Ninja units don’t have a reset button that will reboot the machine and make it work properly. If you observe that your Ninja blender isn’t working because of an electrical issue, you should remove it from the power source, wait for a few seconds, and plug it back in again.

You should also check if you assembled the blender correctly. (It should be in this order- Cups, gasket, and blade assembly).

Can I use Ninja as a Food Processor?

If you have the Ninja Kitchen system or other top-notch Ninja Units on the market, you may not need to buy a food processor, as the unit can effectively carry out food processing tasks.

The food processor bowl that comes with the unit is perfect for slicing and chopping ingredients into tiny bits.

To get the best result, you should use the food processor bowl attachment, the high-speed settings, puree, or the pulse setting.


A Ninja blender is a powerful kitchen appliance that can make your life easier and help you get things done quicker. To get the most out of it, you have to learn how to use it properly.

Always remember that cleaning your Ninja blender after each use will help extend its life span and prevent it from deteriorating.

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