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Ninja 3-in-1 food processor

Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with Auto-IQ review

Published: March 10, 2022 at 12:33 pm

Read our full review of the intuitive Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with Auto-IQ.

Pros

  • intuitive, with fast and excellent results across the board

Cons

  • lacks a storage box

First impressions of the Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with Auto-IQ

As we unwrapped the Ninja 3-in-1 from its recyclable packaging, we were quite taken aback by the number of accessories we unwrapped. This could easily have been overwhelming, but things fell into place quickly thanks to the comprehensive, easy-to-follow manual.

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The three main parts are the substantial 1.8-litre food processor, a 2.1-litre blender, and a personal blender with a to-go cup, which has many functions for the price. The base is a little heavy, but it does have a 1200W motor. It is sturdily built with a utilitarian look that we liked and strong suckers on the base meant the machine didn't move during use.

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How easy was the Ninja 3-in-1 food processor with Auto-IQ to use?

The stacked four-blade knife is a ferocious looking blade and needs to be approached with some care. For chopping, it was impressive and, surprisingly, not as noisy as would be expected from a motor of this size.

Though the machine initially looks confusing with its digital interface and five performance options, it is very intuitive, helped by the “IQ” of the device, which chooses the relevant operations based on the jug attached to the motor and stops when the food is chopped or blended enough.

Our testing was straightforward on this machine, mainly because it is so simple to operate, and though scarily fast at first, we liked it once we got used to the speed. Chopping was a breeze with excellent, even results. Though there is only one size for slicing, we liked the thickness and size of the potatoes, thanks in part to the large feeder tube. Slicing onions achieved the best results tests from all of our food processor tests, as the tube took half of a large onion in one go, so it sliced beautifully.

We made pesto in the 2.1 blender jug and were pleased with the results of a bright green, evenly blended texture with the pine nuts, making this the best of all the pesto. Making basa gede did not fare too well in the jug, so we made it again in the single-serve blender with better results. The dough blade made short work of our pizza dough, again with the best results on the test.

Conclusion

Overall, the Ninja isn’t the prettiest food processor, but its functionality is outstanding. There are many built-in safety features, it is easy to clean, and what it does, it does so well. There’s nothing not to like.

Specifications

Dimensions: 19 x 25.5 x 48 cm
Weight: 4.3 kg
Bowl size: 1.8L and 2.1L
Wattage: 1200W
Materials: plastic, stainless steel
Dishwasher safe components: yes, except the motor base
Recyclable: yes

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