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Ninja Professional Food Processor Review

Offering all-around excellent performance given its price tag, this is one of our favorites to anyone shopping for a bargain buy
Ninja Professional Food Processor
Credit: Ninja
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Price:   $100 List | $100 at Amazon
Pros:  Great for shredding, slicing, good at chopping
Cons:  Little more difficult to clean
Manufacturer:   Ninja
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Mar 16, 2021
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  • Chopping - 20% 6
  • Mixing - 20% 6
  • Pureeing - 20% 7
  • Shredding - 15% 7
  • Slicing - 15% 7
  • Cleaning - 10% 5

Our Verdict

If you are looking for an all-around solid food processor that isn't going to cost you a ton of cash, then we highly recommend the Ninja Professional Food Processor. This bargain food processor held its own against considerably more expensive models in some of our more difficult tests, considerably impressing us when it came to slicing or shredding. It isn't the most convenient to clean but it's a great bargain option that won't break the bank or take up a ton of counter space

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Pros Great for shredding, slicing, good at choppingBest at chopping, mixing, and shredding, easy to cleanGreat at pureeing and slicingGreat at mixing, chopping, and shreddingGreat at pureeing, good at chopping, inexpensive
Cons Little more difficult to cleanExpensiveNo adjustability of shredding or slicingFails at slicingLeaky, not the best at mixing, loud
Bottom Line Delivering excellent performances in the majority of our tests, we think this is a great kitchen appliance for anyone shopping for quality on a limited budgetChops up the competition, but at a high priceBest overall performing model for the priceSolid performer and great for those who's main use isn't slicingIt won't slice down the competition, but will chop up its price tag
Rating Categories Professional Breville Sous Chef... Cuisinart Custom 14 Braun... Hamilton Beach...
Chopping (20%)
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9
6
7
7
Mixing (20%)
6
9
6
8
5
Pureeing (20%)
7
7
8
6
8
Shredding (15%)
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8
6
7
6
Slicing (15%)
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7
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Cleaning (10%)
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Specs Professional Breville Sous Chef... Cuisinart Custom 14 Braun... Hamilton Beach...
Model # BN600/BN601 BFP800CBXL DFP-14BCNY FP 3020 70730
Bowl Size 9 Cup 16 Cup and
2.5 Cup mini bowl
14 Cup 8 Cup and 1 Cup mini bowl 10 Cup
Dimensions W: 9.9"
H: 15.6"
D: 7.3"
W: 8"
H: 11"
D: 18"
W: 7.75"
H: 15"
D: 10.75"
W: 14.5"
H: 13.5"
D: 9'
W: 10.5"
H: 15.5"
D: 8.5"
Measured Weight of Base 4 pounds 8 ounces 15 pounds 8 ounces 12 pounds 6 ounces 4 pounds 10 ounces 3 pounds 1 ounce
BPA Free Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Motor 850 Watt 1200 Watt 720 Watt 600 Watt 450 Watt
Speed Control Chop/Puree/Dough/Disc/Low/High/Pulse On/Off/Pulse On/(Pulse/Off) Speed Selection/On/Off/Pulse High/Low/Pulse/Off
Cord Storage External Cord Wrap Internal None External Cord Wrap Internal
Feet Suction Cups Smooth Rubber (Non-Skid) Smooth Rubber Textured Rubber Suction Cups
Decibels at 3ft 80 67.5 61.5 79 96
Mini Bowl Blade N/A Yes Yes N/A N/A
Accessory Storage Case No Yes No No No
Slicing Disc Non adjustable Adjustable to 8mm Non adjustable Non adjustable Non adjustable
Shredding Disc Non adjustable Fine and Medium Medium Fine, Medium, and Grating Medium
Dough Blade Yes Yes No Yes No
Whipping Attatchment No Yes No Yes No
Citrus Juicer No No No Yes No
Dicing Kit No No No No No
Build in Bowl Scraper No No No No Yes
French Fry Disc No Yes No Select Models No
Julienne Disc No Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Our only slight complaint with this food processor is its multi-tiered stacked blades. This abundance of very sharp blades can make it a bit treacherous to wash by hand.

Performance Comparison



If you want a compact food processor that won't shred your budget...
If you want a compact food processor that won't shred your budget, we think this is a great choice.
Credit: Laura Casner

Chopping


We began our food processor assessment by looking at how well each of these products did when it came to chopping different types of food. We used onions, carrots, and almonds as our sample items to compare consistency with, as well as looked at the operation of the "pulse" button for each appliance. The Ninja Professional did quite well, earning an above-average score for its performance.


It chopped two quartered onions to a relatively uniform consistency after only two pulses. There were a few larger pieces but overall the results would be more than acceptable for plenty of different dishes in our minds. It did equally well when it came to chopping carrots, creating a very fine chop after 5 pulses. It again had a few larger outliers but the vast majority was very uniform in size.

This appliance chopped food quite cleanly.
This appliance chopped food quite cleanly.
Credit: Laura Casner

However, performance did drop a bit when it came to chopping up the almonds. It did struggle a bit to get rid of the larger pieces while not completely pulverizing other pieces into dust. All in all, it delivered fairly typical results in this test.

We didn't like that the pulse feature takes a little more than a second to spin down when the button is released, making it a bit more difficult to precisely control how much you want this food processor to chop your food.

The stacked blades gave us mixed results in different tests.
The stacked blades gave us mixed results in different tests.
Credit: Laura Casner

Mixing


We looked at how well the Ninja Professional can mix things for our next round of tests, specifically looking at pizza dough, pie crust dough, and mayo. It did alright, meriting a score just above average.


This appliance got off to a great start with the pie crust dough. It incorporated all the ingredients very well after 10-15 pulses, without any larger chunks of butter that were visible. The ball of dough was smooth and supple and should be easy to roll out after a brief stay in the fridge.

Unfortunately, the Ninja Professional struggled quite a bit more when it came to the pizza dough. It did form a cohesive mass of dough very quickly but then struggled when it came to kneading it. We could hear the motor struggling and the food processor actually shook quite violently during this process.

The push tube has a small hole for dispensing liquids slowly.
The push tube has a small hole for dispensing liquids slowly.
Credit: Laura Casner
We also found that it can be a bit more difficult to make homemade mayo with this food processor, at least in the smaller quantities that we use for testing. It does have an integrated dispenser to get the oil to slowly dribble in but the recipe we used successfully in other machines wouldn't work reliably without some tweaking with the tiered blades.

The rubber seal securely keeps liquids in.
The rubber seal securely keeps liquids in.
Credit: Laura Casner

Pureeing


Next, we looked at how perfectly each of these processors could puree, using hummus, nut butter, tomato sauce, and applesauce as our tests. We also did a leak test, filling up the bowl of each food processor to the maximum fill line with water and checking for leaks. The Ninja Professional's performance improved quite a bit in this metric, earning it one of the better scores of the bunch.


This food processor thoroughly impressed us when it came to making almond and peanut butter. It created a nice and creamy spread in considerably less time than many of the other products and didn't require additional oil, largely helped by its doubled blades. Quality did drop a bit with the tomato sauce, with a few larger chunks of tomatoes failing to get pureed.

We found the hummus to be so-so, as it definitely was a considerably chunkier dip than the velvety-smooth creations of some of the premium processors. It was a similar story with the applesauce, with plenty of larger chunks preventing it from getting to our desired consistency even with extra processing time.

However, this food processor did ace our leak test. We filled it to the 8-cup mark and ran it for a minute without any leaks at all.

We were overall impressed with how this product slices and shreds.
We were overall impressed with how this product slices and shreds.
Credit: Laura Casner

Shredding


Our next set of assessments looked at the performance of the included shredding disc. We used potatoes, carrots, and cheese as our test items and were thoroughly impressed with the performance of this product, particularly given its lower price tag. The Ninja Professional earned one of the top scores of the group in this metric, holding its own against considerably costlier models.


The carrots were shredded very cleanly, with only a small chunk of each carrot leftover that couldn't be shredded. It didn't sound like the motor struggled much at all and the resulting shreds were very uniform in size. We got similar results with the potatoes. The shreds were cut cleanly, keeping them from getting too soggy. The pieces were also very consistent in size, with only a few larger pieces — ideal for hash browns.

The performance of this appliance did drop a bit at shredding cheese. The actual shreds looked great but the shredding disc also created a lot of other crumbs and smaller particles in the process. It also sounded like the motor was struggling just a bit. The shredding disc also only has a single-size setting so you are out of luck if you are looking for anything finer or coarser than a medium shred.

This model has a dual slicing/shredding blade.
This model has a dual slicing/shredding blade.
Credit: Laura Casner

Slicing


Moving on to our slicing test, the Ninja Professional also did very well. We used zucchini, potatoes, and tomatoes, as our test items, with this food processor receiving another one of the top scores.


The slicing blade is on the back of the shredding disc, so you are again limited to just a single thickness. The Ninja Professional did get off to a bit of a rough start when it came to slicing tomatoes. The feed chute is on the smaller side so we had to pre-cut the tomatoes to fit, making them much more likely to get torn apart rather than yielding clean slices.

The feed chute on this model is a little on the small side.
The feed chute on this model is a little on the small side.
Credit: Laura Casner

It did much better with the potatoes and the zucchini. The potato slices were nice and even, with only a few showing any taper. The motor didn't sound like it struggled too much either. The zucchini slices were equally even — particularly impressive given that we had cut it in half lengthwise before slicing. Only a small amount remained above the slicing blade and only a minimal amount was splattered on the inside of the container.

This isn't our favorite when it comes to cleaning.
This isn't our favorite when it comes to cleaning.
Credit: Laura Casner

Cleaning


We rated and ranked the ease of cleaning of each of these appliances for our last metric. As mentioned before, this is one area where we found the Ninja Professional to fall a little short, earning it a lackluster score.


We found it to be rather unpleasant to try and clean the blade by hand, as the multitude of blades can make it hard to find a safe place to grab. The bowl and lid are much easier to clean, with only a handful of areas that have nooks and crannies that are prone to catching food. The bowl is a little on the small side though.

Fortunately, the bowl, lid, blades, and shredding/slicing disc all are rated as safe for a normal cycle in a dishwasher, recommended for the top-rack only. This is definitely our preferred cleaning method for this product.

Value


We think this food processor is a great value option, delivering respectable performance across the board while costing a lot less and occupying considerably less counter space than many of the premium products.

If you are looking for a bargain option, this is a great choice.
If you are looking for a bargain option, this is a great choice.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


If you are looking for a budget food processor that doesn't make too many concessions when it comes to performance, then we highly recommend the Ninja Professional Food Processor. It does a fabulous job of shredding and slicing, as well as chopping and mixing quite well. It's not the easiest to clean by hand but we feel this is mitigated by the components being dishwasher-safe, making it one of our favorite bargain options to recommend.

Austin Palmer and David Wise