Dash Chef Series and Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ are well-known gadgets with technical parameter close to high-end blenders. They both claim to compete with Vitamix and Blendtec. Although, there are no compelling reasons for this because they are both new to market and China outsourced machine without serious investment from manufacturer to engineering side of production. But these two machines can surely compete with each other and similar units.
Read our article to discover the best blender choice between these two machines.
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Dash Chef Series Digital Blender
The Dash Chef Series comes with high power 1400 watts motor, all-metal drive to blade coupling and fancy digital control panel. Hence, the Dash machine package includes:
- Motor base with 1400 watts motor and digital control panel;
- 64 oz. Tritan copolyester jar with irremovable blade assembly;
- 2-parts rubber lid with closed/measuring cap;
- Custom tamper;
- User Manual with few recipes.
The equipped with high quality 64 oz. shatter and temperature proofed Tritan copolyester jar and permanently inbuilt into it stainless steel which design is very similar to Vitamix. The blade assembly, drive shaft with meshing cogs and retainer nut are all made of metal.
The gadget also comes with tamper which a very useful tool to process thick ingredients like nut butter, frozen mixes and other. The machine also has the vented lid which not only allows to use tamper during blending without stopping the machine but also is designed to release an excess of heat accumulated during processing of hot ingredients.
The Dash digital control panel has 10 speeds, pulse function and 6 pre-set programs – Rinse, Puree, Soup, Smoothie, Crush and Frozen. The great option of speeds and pulse function allow a user a lot of flexibility when preparing different recipes. So, this machine is capable performing following tasks:
- Produce good quality smoothies including the green ones made from leafy and tough food;
- Blend frozen ingredients in drinks or crush ice into snow like consistency for making snow cones, ice cream and other frozen treats;
- Able to process hot food and heat them up to 170 F, so makes hot soups for scratch and suitable for producing bullet prod coffee;
- Puree cooked and raw veggies to prepare various mashes, dips, spreads and baby food;
- Capable making nut butter and nut milk;
- Chops food to produce salad sauces, mixes, marinades salsa and other, chops veggies for coleslaw and other recipes;
- Grinds coffee beans and herbs, produce baking quality flours for variety of grains;
Dash Chef Series comes with 1 years (2 years could be upgraded ones it is registered online with a manufacturer) and 7-year motor Limited warranty. The customer service is good and readily solve the problems including replacing the faulty parts and units.
Weak point – design fault in retainer nut make it wear out soon and develop pitcher cracks at its connection with retainer nut.
Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ (BL642/ BL642Z/BL682/BL682Z)
Ninja Duo with Auto-iQ is available in four different packages, all of them have the similar technical specs but differ by the selection of extra attachment included. The gadget comes with 1500 watts powerful motor, non-durable with many plastic parts drive to blade connection, plastic large pitcher, selection of single serve cups and/or food processor attachment. So the packages for this machine include:
- Base Unit 1500 Watts/2HP;
- XL 72 oz. (2.15 L) container with lid;
- Blades assembly for XL 72 oz. jar;
- 32 oz., 24 oz. and 18 oz. single serve cups;
- Blade assembly for Single Serve cups;
- Sip & Seal Lids;
- Food Processor Bowl with Lid and Drizzle Hole;
- Chopping Blade and Dough Hook;
- Instruction Book;
- Selection of recipe books.
This machine has multiple attachments and parts and all of them not very good quality. The blender’s main 72 oz. pitcher and single serve cups are made from a non-durable polycarbonate material which cracks easily and require to be replaced often. The main pitcher blade assembly, which is promoted to have unique construction for better food homogenizing, in fact quite ineffective in use. It has very bulky design with 6 very sharp stainless steel blades staggered around a plastic shaft. The plastic shaft is wears quickly and blades become dull within 1 year of use. The single serve blade system has a standard design, and although blends well but has a few issues with early wear out of gasket.
The gadget does not include tamper thus has a trouble to process thick food what require to stop it during the blending for the mixing ingredients and removing air pockets.
This machine control panel has 3 speeds (Low, Medium, High), pulse function, 2 pre-set programs for main pitcher (Frozen Drinks/Smoothies, Puree) and 2 pre-set programs for single serve attachment (Blend, Ultra Blend). Such restricted selection of speeds does not allow much flexibility to a user over the blending process. However, this machine is designed to accomplish following duties:
- The 72 oz. pitcher makes pretty grainy drinks thus hardly can produce decent green smoothie; while the single serve attachment does a good quality drinks including those made from leafy and hard ingredients;
- Process frozen ingredients and ice well with and without any liquid added, perfectly suitable for making frozen desserts, margaritas and other concoctions;
- Does not handle a hot food or heat the liquids via frictions, so not suitable for preparing hot soups or for processing bulletproof coffee;
- Makes nut butter but not the smooth one;
- Able to chop and mince food to prepare salsa, coleslaw, marinades and other, the models with food processing attachment have very good chopping functionality;
- Makes fairly chunky purees, dips and spreads from cooked ingredients;
- Personal blender attachment grinds coffee beans and herbs, also mills soft grains such as oats only;
- Only BL682 and BL682Z models that come with food processing bowl and dough hooks will knead dough or mix batter;
Ninja Duo with Auto-iQ BL642, BL642Z, BL682, BL682Z comes with modest 1-year limited warranty what must reflect the durability of the machine and very ignorant and unhelpful customer service.
Weak point – crackable pitcher and cups, inefficient blade system for the main pitcher, non-durable blades for single serve cups. Very difficult to assemble, disassemble and use. The motor is not strong and many plastic parts make them wear quickly.
Dash Chef Series Digital and Ninja Duo with Auto-iQ (BL642/ BL642Z/BL682/BL682Z) Differences and Features
|Dash Chef Series Digital Blender||Ninja Professional Blender BL660|
|Motor||Well-made 1400 watt all-metal socket drive and other parts of blade to the motor connections;||Non-durable 1500 watt with nearly all plastic motor to the blade coupling;|
|Blades||Permanently built into container stainless steel 6-prongs blades with all-metal assembly;||Removable blade system for 72 oz. jar and personal blender attachment;|
|Containers||High quality shatterproof and temperature resistant 64 oz. Tritan containers and 2-parts vented rubber lid;||Low quality and easy breakable polycarbonate 72 oz. and single serve cups;|
|Using & Cleaning||Very easy to assemble, use and clean; not proofed for dishwashing and suitable only for hand and self-cleaning;||Difficult to assemble, use and disassemble, has lid and pitcher-base locking system; although, most parts are dishwasher safe but very sharp blades are unsafe to handle thus not easy to clean;|
|Control panel||Equipped with 10 speeds, pulse function and 6 pre-programmed settings – Rinse, Puree, Soup, Smoothie, Crush and Frozen;||Comes with 3 speeds (Low, Medium, High), pulse function, 2 pre-sets for main pitcher and 2 pre-sets for single serve attachment;|
|Warranty||1-year (or 2 years) on all parts and 7 years motor Limited warranty and helpful Customer Service.||1-year Limited warranty only; Customer service is not helpful;|
|Dimensions||Footprint is 8.75 inches in diameter, profile height is 21.5 inches with 64 oz. jar, so does not fit under standard kitchen cabinets. Weight is 11 pounds.||Footprint is 7 inches x 10 inches (with for a plastic guard in back), profile height is 17 inches with 72 oz. container on the top of the motor base. Needs a lot of room for storage because of many attachments. Weight is 10.1 pounds.|
|Price||Ranges from $189 to $229 depending on retailers.||Ranging from $160-$250 depending on model and retailer.|
How to Choose Between the Two Blenders
Dash Chef Series Digital and Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ both have powerful motors but the Dash blender is more versatile with better quality of blending. The Dash produces excellent smoothies including the green ones while the Ninja able to make only grainy drinks. The Dash handles hot ingredients and able to make hot soup from cold ingredients while Ninja not even able to handle hot liquids. The Dash makes baking quality flour when Ninja can handle only soft grains.
Dash Chef Series Digital similar to all high-end blender design performs all tasks with one pitcher with an inbuilt set of blades. While the versatility of Ninja achieved by the multiple attachments which not only the hassle to change for the each task but also require space to store them.
In addition, the Dash machine has a grate choice of speed what increase its versatility and very easy to use and clean.
Not doubts, the Dash blender wins this local the completion. Although, both machines are powerful but Dash is more versatile, easier to use and clean. However, the most important that the Dash Chef Series Digital is much better built than Ninja with all feature the premium blender like Vitamix has. Though, Dash has some problem with retainer nut it is still the more durable machine than Ninja with average life expectancy of 2.5-3 years as opposed to Ninja’s 1-1.5 years. Moreover, there is a chance if Dash manufacturer will correct retainer nut problem then the blender may become a real winner for the market of a cheaper alternative to high-end blenders.