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After exactly 26 from ordering the product and unpacking the Ninja QB1004 box, I found the following inside:
- The Master Pod (400 Watts)
- Ninja® Blade Shaft
- One 16 oz. chopper
- One 40 oz. bowl
- One oz. pitcher
- Lids for the containers
- Instruction manual & Guarantee Card
Durability & Assembly
I was a little worried about the fact that the pitcher / bowl / chopper are made from plastic, but as it turned out I didn’t have to; the plastic is really durable, thick, and I’m pretty sure I could drop the thing from 5 feet onto the ground a hundred times and it would never break (I didn’t try it though :)).
With all the parts that came in the box, I was wondering how hard they would be to assemble and whether there was going to be any leakage. Again, I was pleasantly surprised here for such a relatively cheap product – simply put the blade into the pitcher / container, place the lid at the top, attach the motor / master pod and it’s ready. There was no struggle involved in the process and everything fit just perfectly, just like in the QB900B.
Performance & Use
I bought the QB1004 because I was in need for a small, portable blender for making smoothies. I’m an amateur bodybuilder and so I eat a lot of fruits and veggies on a daily basis, and I needed to have something small enough to carry to work with me and which would do the work properly.
So the first thing I did was loading up the 48 oz. pitcher with ice cubes, frozen strawberries, a bit of milk and some yogurt. I attached the motor and turned the blender on fully expecting it to make a racket. It didn’t though, and that’s despite the ice cubes being there! The blades seemed to glide through the ingredients very smoothly and it took me exactly 30 seconds (yes, I timed it) to achieve a smoothie of perfect consistency. There were absolutely no bits or pieces of ice cubes / frozen fruit in the final product, the blades did not get stuck on any of the foods, and I could easily drink the smoothie through a straw – it was just thick enough that it didn’t feel like drinking juice, and just smooth enough that I didn’t have to chew anything. Exactly how I like it!
I also noticed that the bottom of the pitcher is made from an anti-gliding material of some sorts. I didn’t know this when I was testing out the blender at first, but I took a look after making the first smoothie because the QB1004 was surprisingly easy to handle I didn’t have to use too much force at all to keep it in place.
The great thing about this blender is that the blades can be taken out, so it’s exceptionally easy to scrub out anything that is stuck to them – nothing went to waste and I didn’t feel like I was throwing away half a cup worth of a smoothie 🙂 Speaking of the blades, they are laid out in a way that Ninja refers to as their “patented blending technology.” The way it basically works is that all the contents of your pitcher get blended evenly, regardless of whether you load the pitcher only 1/5 the way through or fill it up almost to the very top. This is true for all Ninja Blenders, but it’s good to know that they use it even in their cheaper products and not just the ones that cost $100+.
The Blades (Ice Test)
Extremely, and I mean EXTREMELY sharp. I’ve loaded the entire pitcher with ice cubes; and I don’t mean those tiny ice cubes you can make in your freezer, but some of those large ones you can get in a supermarket (where they are so big you wouldn’t be able to close your palm with even one of them inside it). The QB1004 chopped it all up in around 15-20 seconds and the result was pure snow, not bits or chunks of ice whatsoever. I use this blender to make LOTS of smoothies and so far, after a year of use, I haven’t noticed any wear signs on the blades – they work just as well as they did when I first bought the machine.
I’m pretty sure one of the reasons for their durability is that the blades are arranged in pairs across the stem; this means that the “workload” is divided evenly across many different blades. Not sure if this makes sense, it’s just a theory of mine.
Because all the elements are made of durable plastic, and because the blades are so easy to take out, cleaning the whole thing is really simple and easy. Simply pour a bit of warm water and brush gently – you can even put some soap on your fingers and use that to clean it, no need for a real brush. Everything comes off quickly and leaves no trace whatsoever. Just please, don’t use your fingers to clean the blades themselves – always use a brush for that as the blades are very sharp.
The chopping blades, bowls, pitcher and lids are all dishwasher safe by the way, so if you have one at home the clean up process will be even simpler. Personally though even if I owned a dishwasher I probably wouldn’t use it because the blender elements would take up too much space inside the dishwasher, and to be honest it’s so easy to clean by hand that I’d rather use the dishwasher for other things like plates and such. Up to you though.
Products I’ve Blended
I thought you’d be interested to find out what kind of products I’ve blended using the QB1004, so here is a list of what I can remember. The blender made quick work of every single one of these:
- BIG ice cubes
- Frozen strawberries and other berries
- Apples, bananas, fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries
- Cucumbers, carrots, spinach, bell pepper, onions, parsley, broccoli
- Salsa ingredients, fondue ingredients
I have found the master pod to be somewhat heavy, though I only mention this because I take this blender with me often to and back from work – you probably won’t notice it at all if you are going to only use it at home.
Other than that, and I’m not even sure if this is a con, but… the blades are EXTREMELY sharp, like I’ve already mentioned. I’ve actually read a customer review of this blender wherein a person mentioned that they had their finger deeply cut by accident while unpacking the blender. So yeah, just keep this in mind and be cautious every time you assemble the blender for use, and when cleaning it of course.
- Very sharp blades, pulverizes everything very quickly.
- Probably the best blender for making snow out of ice in this price range.
- Very easy to assemble and disassemble.
- Easy to clean, both by hand and with a dishwasher.
- The perfect product if you’re looking for a smoothie or milkshake maker, though it handles other products very well too (read above for more info).
- Ninja’s® patented blade technology simply rocks; everything is blended smoothly and evenly.
- No wasted food; simply remove the shaft with the blades and use a spoon to quickly scrape off any remains.
- Excellent quality-to-price ration.