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Ninja BL660 Review

A blender with a unique blade system, safety locking lid, suction-cup feet, and more extras, but can't handle hot liquids
Ninja BL660
Credit: Ninja
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Price:   $120 List | $119.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Top-performer, three-tier blade, safety mechanisms, and lots of extras
Cons:  Can't accommodate hot ingredients, blade can scratch pitcher
Manufacturer:   Ninja
By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 2, 2021
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  • Puree Quality - 35% 10
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8
  • Health/Safety - 20% 9
  • Ease of Cleaning - 15% 9
  • Durability - 0% 8
  • Portability - 0% 2

The Skinny

For making homemade baby food, the Ninja BL660 performs well, making it an attractive and compelling option. It has a unique blade system (three sets of blades!) to blend and pulverize ingredients and creates a puree acceptable for most babies. The machine sports convenience features, such as suction cup feet to keep it steady while blending and space for cord storage on the base's backside. However, the Ninja cannot blend hot ingredients. Therefore, you must allow food items to cool to room temperature. Also, the blades are sharp and can scratch the pitcher's inside if they accidentally brush against the pitcher's wall while removing or assembling. Despite these factors, you might appreciate the blender's unique blade system.

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Pros Top-performer, three-tier blade, safety mechanisms, and lots of extrasGlass, easier cleaning, above-average performance, and user-friendlyEasy to use, excellent purees, large batches, easy to cleanQuality puree, easy to clean, inexpensiveMinimal, small in size, compact, lid included, easy to clean, inexpensive, portable
Cons Can't accommodate hot ingredients, blade can scratch pitcherLoud on highest setting, trapped food chunks under bladeNo cooking feature, not portable, takes up spaceDoes not cookBelow-average puree quality, small amounts, requires effort, lid may pop-off, staining
Bottom Line A blender with a unique blade system, safety locking lid, suction-cup feet, and more extras, but can't handle hot liquidsA blender that performs decently and features a Boroclass pitcher that is durable and healthier for babiesA top-notch blender that consistently creates smooth purees and offers enough capacity to produce large batches of baby food but takes up kitchen counter real estateSimple, inexpensive, and versatile, this unit makes baby food in a snapA travel-friendly, manual food maker that mashes, but does not puree like machines
Rating Categories Ninja BL660 Oster Pro 1200 Blender NutriBullet Blender Sage Spoonfuls Pure... OXO Tot Food Masher
Puree Quality (35%)
10.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
3.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
8.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
6.0
Health Safety (20%)
9.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Ease Of Cleaning (15%)
9.0
10.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Durability (0%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Portability (0%)
2.0
2.0
2.0
9.0
10.0
Specs Ninja BL660 Oster Pro 1200 Blender NutriBullet Blender Sage Spoonfuls Pure... OXO Tot Food Masher
Capacity 72 oz. Pitcher (MAX Liquid Capacity : 64 oz./8 cups) 6 cups 8 cups Not Listed for Food Processor, N/A for Immersion Blender Not Listed
Footprint Large Large Large Small Small
Steam No No No No No
Settings Blend, Puree Blend, Puree Blend, Puree Blend, Puree Blend, Mash
Special Features None None None
Included Accessories (1) 72 oz. Pitcher, (2) 16 oz. Nutri Ninja Cups with Lids, and (1) Small Blade (1) 6 cup Pitcher, 24 oz. Smoothie Cup with Lid Tamper, Recipe Booklet HomeMade Essentials Package Available with (1) Recipe Book, (6) Glass 4oz Storage Jars, (60) Labels, (1) Immersion Blender with Food Processor Attachment and Pocket Guide (1) Lid
Available Accessories None None Yes Sage Baby Eco Steamer, Sage Spoonfuls - Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies; Sage Spoonfuls Pocket Guide, Assorted Storage Jars, Pouches, Snackie and Munchie Bag Sets None

Our Analysis and Test Results

Ninja is one of several house-care brands developed by SharkNinja Operating LLC, a well-established company in the housewares industry. They produce not only household appliances, including blenders, but also home cleaning products, like vacuums. Driven by innovation and ease of use, plus competitive pricing, the company strives to impact people worldwide with helpful products.

Performance Comparison


The Ninja BL660 comes with some extras, such as two 16 oz. Nutri...
The Ninja BL660 comes with some extras, such as two 16 oz. Nutri Ninja cups with lids, suction cup feet, and cord storage.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Puree Quality


We blended various foods from soft to raw, including frozen, to compare the puree quality of each machine. Equipped with an 1100 watt motor and unique blade system (amping up the blending efficacy), this machine certainly has enough power and an innovative design to blend most foods. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that this machine was a top performer in this metric.


This machine excels at blending soft foods, like bananas and avocados, and prepared a puree of meats and grains that can work for most babies. Although kale and uncooked foods can cause issues for most machines, the Ninja BL660 did a fine job with these ingredients, only leaving behind tiny pieces like skins.

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The container's design does not accommodate hot blending, so you'll need cool ingredients to room temperature. We consider this a drawback as food items are often hot while preparing baby food ingredients or family meals, so it can be inconvenient to wait for ingredients to cool. Despite having top scores in this metric, this drawback kept it from receiving an award.

The Ninja BL660 features a unique blade system that is unlike any...
The Ninja BL660 features a unique blade system that is unlike any other contender in our review.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


If a machine is easy to set up and use, it is more likely that you'll use it for your baby food-making adventures. Fortunately for the Ninja, it scored high in this metric. Out of the box, the machine is easy to set up and has a short learning curve before you start blending. You will need to cook or steam ingredients depending on what you'd like to prepare. But, once ingredients are ready to go and cooled, the blending task is quick.


Besides the base and BPA-free pitcher (72 oz. capacity, but MAX liquid capacity is 64 oz), you get two Nutri Ninja cups (16 oz.) and a blade unit to use with the cups. The Nutri Ninja smoothie cups work well to blend smaller portions, and they come with to-go lids so that you can stick them in the fridge. However, the to-go lids are not travel-friendly, with open drinking holes that are not sealable. So, if you prep a smoothie for the road and it falls over, a mess is unavoidable.

This blender has a few features of convenience that we appreciate, such as suction-cup feet and space for cord storage, which is handy when striving to keep your countertop tidy.

The Ninja BL660 has multiple safeguards. For the machine to operate...
The Ninja BL660 has multiple safeguards. For the machine to operate, lock the lid and twist and lock the pitcher into place. It also has a motor thermostat, meaning the motor will turn off if overheated.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Health and Safety


Among other competitors, the Ninja has a rather high score for health and safety as it features a fair amount of safety mechanisms. For instance, the lid's handle locks down for the blender to work, and the two arrows must point towards each other, showing the cover is on correctly.


According to the user manual, you should not run the appliance beyond four minutes to prevent overheating of the machine. There is an internal motor thermostat, and if the appliance is being overloaded, the motor will stop. However, as a good rule of thumb, be mindful of how long you are using the blender.

The blade system on this Ninja is very sharp. While testing, we noticed that the blade rod scratched the inside of the pitcher, despite our best efforts to remove or place it without touching the pitcher (kind of reminded us of the game Operation). If this occurs, we worry about plastic entering the food. Therefore, we advise users to be extremely careful when handling the blades, and if you plan on handwashing it, use a bottle brush.

If you prefer to prepare a small batch of homemade baby food, a...
If you prefer to prepare a small batch of homemade baby food, a blade is included with the Nutri Ninja cups.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Cleaning


If a machine is easy to clean and maintain, it will positively influence your food-making experience. Again, the Ninja ranks high in this metric.


Contrary to all-in-one machines with steam tanks, this machine is much easier to clean with fewer concerns about potential mold growth. Also, The benefit of selecting a blender is that it cleans itself by blending water with a small drop of soap. Finally, keep in mind, washing the pitcher as soon as possible while food is moist will help ease the overall cleaning process as dried-on food can be stubborn and difficult to remove.

According to the user manual, all of the removable parts are dishwasher safe. However, we suggest handwashing plastic products for longevity and to avoid the potential of plastic leaching chemicals.

Molly Bradac