Appearance & Size
These machines are around the same size with the nj600 measuring 10.90 x 16.30 x 9.30 and the bl610 measures about 15.80 x 10.90 x 8.20. They both weigh about 7 or 8 pounds. You’ll easily be able to find a space for either of them. They are the perfect size and weight to store on your counter underneath the cabinet or in the cabinet.
Ninja BL610 Blender
The nj600 is black and silver and the bl610 is black. While the appearance isn’t the most important aspect to consider when it comes to these kinds of machines, it is however, worthy of your consideration as well.
I think that both of these machines would make a good-looking addition to your countertop because they are sleekly designed. Neither would be a big ugly eyesore.
Power and Performance
Both of these blenders have a good amount of power. Although 1000-watts or about 1.34 horsepower. They will power through most things but you will not get the same results with either of these models as you would with a high-performance blender like Vitamix or Blendtec.
They both have what is referred to as 6-blade total crushing technology.
Both of these models reportedly perform very well with ice. Some have even reported that they effectively turn ice into snow, a feat that my Vitamix fails at (not because of power but because of the design of the blades and pitcher, it still blends ice into smoothies well though).
Both of these machines have 3-speeds, low, medium, and high plus the pulse button.
So, your morning smoothies will be “pretty smooth, for the most part” with “very few chunks”, as some customers have proclaimed.
But, how will they perform with items like chia or flaxseeds? Well, after searching around a bit, I think that they won’t do the best with seeds. Some customers report that they still experience a “crunch” when they make their smoothies. Before we got our powerhouse blender, we used a $20 Oster blender that would leave seeds behind and it sucked.
There is no difference in how either of these machines will perform. I think that you can trust both of them to blend frozen and fresh fruits as well as well as ice very easily.
How does it perform with hot liquids? After doing some research, I wouldn’t place hot liquids in this machine. Warm, sure. But hot liquids could potentially damage the machine. In fact, there is even a warning label on the safety instructions that reads warning “Caution: Do Not Blend Hot Liquids.”
Only the bl610 comes with a dough blade. Surprisingly, a lot of customers actually say that this blender does well with making dough.
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Pitcher and Capacity
The pitcher is made out of bpa-free plastic. The capacity for both of these blenders is 72 ounces. This is a very large capacity blender which means that you can make smoothies for the whole family in one batch.
Some users mentioned that these blenders are incredibly loud. And that is completely true. These are both 1000-watt machines and there is no built-in noise dampening technology.
Easy-to-Use and Clean
Both of these units are easy to use with just 4 buttons (the orientation of the buttons is a little different). Cleaning is simple, as long as you do it right after you use it, all you do is fill the machine up half-way with water, add a few drops of soap and turn on one of the blending speeds. You can use the dishwasher as well if you choose. The pitcher, lids, and blades are all dishwasher safe parts.
Ninja NJ600 Blender
Both of these machines come with a 1-year warranty.
Pros and Cons
These blenders are so similar that a lot of the pros and cons are the same. If there is a pro or con that applies to just one of them, it will be notated in parenthesis.
- Both of these models have large pitchers
- Each blender is easy-to-use and clean
- Each are powerful with 1000-watt motors
- Both can turn ice into snow
- The bl610 comes with a dough blade
- Both are budget-friendly
- The warranty is short for both models at just one year
- Both models struggle with seeds