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BLACK+DECKER BL6010 Performance Blender vs Ninja Professional Blender BL660

Con­sumers rav­ing about Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL660 because all the Nin­ja prod­uct infomer­cials are so entic­ing and per­sua­sive. How­ev­er, there are plen­ty of sim­i­lar machines on the mar­ket that has almost no adver­tis­ing but deserved the close atten­tion of cus­tomers. BLACK+DECKER Per­for­mance is one of them. It comes with a per­son­al blender attach­ment, has com­pa­ra­ble tech­ni­cal para­me­ters with the Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL660, and falls in a sim­i­lar price cat­e­go­ry of under $100.

Read our hon­est review to find out which blender is the best option for these two gadgets.

 Alter­na­tive­ly, check our arti­cle Best Coun­ter­top Blender Under $100. 

BLACK+DECKER BL6010 Performance Blender

Black+Decker BL6010 blender

The BLACK+DECKER Per­for­mance Blender BL6010 has pow­er­ful 1100 watts motor, a large con­tain­er with an inbuilt blade and sin­gle-serve attach­ment, dig­i­tal con­trol pan­el where BL6010. Hence, the BLACK+DECKER Per­for­mance Blender mod­els set includes:
  • Base Unit with 1100 watts motor and dig­i­tal or ana­log con­trol panel;
  • 64 oz. Tri­tan copoly­ester con­tain­er with inbuilt blade sys­tem and rub­ber vent­ed lid;
  • 20 oz. sin­gle-serve cup;
  • Remov­able blade assem­bly for the sin­gle-serve cup;
  • User Man­u­al;
  • Recipe Book;
  • Lam­i­nat­ed cards with instruc­tions on how to use the dig­i­tal con­trol panel.

These machines come with shat­ter and tem­per­a­ture proofed Tri­tan copoly­ester con­tain­ers. Both of them are of good qual­i­ty and have no leak­ing or sim­i­lar prob­lems. The large pitch­er 64oz. has an inbuilt blade sys­tem and vent­ed cup and designed to use with hot and cold liq­uids. The sin­gle-serve attach­ment cup comes with a remov­able blade assem­bly and to-go lid and is designed for pro­cess­ing sin­gle-serve drinks to be tak­en out in the same container.

Both of the machines are equipped with 5 speeds and pulse func­tions. The BL6010 has addi­tion­al 5 pre-set pro­grams — (1) soup, (2) nut but­ter, (3) per­son­al jar/half recipes, 4) dry goods, and (5) smooth­ies). Five speeds and pulse func­tion gives a user a decent con­trol over the blend­ing process and allows prepar­ing a large vari­ety of recipes. Thus, this blender is designed to accom­plish the fol­low­ing tasks:

  • Blend excel­lent smooth­ies with soft, hard, and leafy ingre­di­ents and suit­able for mak­ing green smoothies;
  • Process frozen ingre­di­ents and ice cubes in drinks with added liq­uid and also shave pure ice cubes into snow con­sis­ten­cy for mak­ing snow cones, frozen desserts, and drinks;
  • Designed to process hot liq­uids and suit­able for mak­ing bul­let­proof cof­fee and pro­cess­ing hot veg­gie for the soup;
  • Chops veg­gie and suit­able for such recipes as sal­sa, mari­nades, coleslaw, sauces, and sal­ad mixes;
  • Puree food well makes mash pota­toes, dips, and spreads;
  • Able to process nut milk and a lit­tle crunchy nut butter;
  • Suit­able for grind­ing herbs and cof­fee beans and milling bak­ing qual­i­ty flours.

The BLACK+DECKER Per­for­mance machine comes with 3 years lim­it­ed war­ran­ty and very nice and help­ful cus­tomer service.

BLACK+DECKER Per­for­mance Blender, via Amazon

Ninja Professional Blender BL660

ninja professional blender bl660

Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al Blender BL660 comes with a  large jar and sin­gle-serve attach­ment com­bin­ing coun­ter­top and per­son­al blenders in one gad­get and quite a pow­er­ful motor. So, the typ­i­cal BL660 pack­age includes:
  • 1100 watts motor base unit;
  • 72 oz. main plas­tic pitch­er with a lid;
  • Blades assem­bly for the 72 oz. pitcher;
  • 2 X 16 oz. sin­gle-serve cups with 1 sip­ping lid;
  • Sin­gle-serve blade assembly;
  • User man­u­al.

The gad­get has a fair­ly pow­er­ful 1100 watts motor but is not very well made and durable and the cou­pling which con­struct­ed with too many plas­tic parts. The unit base is also made from quite cheap plas­tic that tends to break easily.

The main prob­lem with this machine is the “unique” design of the main pitch­er blade assem­bly which is con­struct­ed the same as the proces­sor blade sys­tem. This blades assem­bly is designed as a tow­er with 6 very sharp stain­less steel blades stag­gered around it. The sharp blades usu­al­ly become dull with­in 1 year of use. And such com­pli­cat­ed con­struc­tion of the blade sys­tem makes this machine quite dif­fi­cult to use and clean.

The cheap poly­car­bon­ate con­tain­ers are anoth­er weak side of the blender. The main pitch­er and sin­gle-serve cups are not made to last and often devel­op crack with­in 1 year of use.

This machine con­trol pan­el has only 3 speeds and pulse func­tion. The sin­gle-serve attach­ment is oper­at­ed only at one speed. Such a lim­i­ta­tion of speeds does not allow much con­trol to a user over the blend­ing process. Any­way, this machine can per­form the fol­low­ing tasks:

  • Fair­ly tex­tured smooth­ie espe­cial­ly from tough and leafy food, while the sin­gle-serve attach­ment pro­duces decent qual­i­ty smoothies;
  • Crush­es ice well with and with­out added liq­uid to snow con­sis­ten­cy and abil­i­ty to make frozen desserts and drinks;
  • Able to make crunchy nut but­ter and not able to liq­ue­fy decent nut milk;
  • Make a vari­ety of food prep recipes such as chop­ping and minc­ing ingre­di­ents for sal­sa dips and marinades;
  • Purees only cooked food and able to pro­duce only chunky purees and spreads;
  • Only sin­gle serve attach­ment can grind cof­fee beans and herbs and mill soft grains only.

In addi­tion, the Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al Blender BL660 comes with a mod­est 1‑year lim­it­ed war­ran­ty and not very sup­port­ive cus­tomer service.

Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al Blender BL660, via Amazon

BLACK+DECKER BL6010 Performance and Ninja Professional BL660 Blenders Differences and Features

 BLACK+DECKER BL6010Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL660
MotorWell-made 1100 watt with some plas­tic (but anchored by met­al) the blade to the motor dri­ve couplings;Non-durable 1100 watt with the plas­tic motor to the blade connections;
Blades

Per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt into 64 oz. jar blade assembly;

Remov­able blade sys­tem for 20 oz. per­son­al blender attachment;

Remov­able blade assem­blies for both main jar and sin­gle-serve attachment;

The main jar blade assem­bly is bulky and not able to process well some of the ingre­di­ents. The per­son­al blender blade sys­tem is rea­son­ably well designed.

Con­tain­ersPre­mi­um qual­i­ty shat­ter and tem­per­a­ture proofed 64 oz. and 20 oz. copoly­ester containers;Low qual­i­ty and easy break­able poly­car­bon­ate 72 oz. and two X 16 oz. containers;
Using & CleaningSim­ple to use and clean; all part (apart of base unit) are dish­wash­er proofed; could be also self-cleaned or washed by hands;Quite com­pli­cat­ed to use due to a very unusu­al blade assem­bly, jar lid, and jar lock­ing sys­tem design. Clean-up is also quite dif­fi­cult and could be even unsafe because of very sharp blades;
Con­trol panelComes with 5 speeds and pulse func­tion; the BL6010 mod­el equipped with addi­tion­al 5 pre-pro­grammed set­tings; sin­gle-serve attach­ment oper­ates using 3 speeds and pulse function;Equipped with 3 speeds and pulse func­tion. The sin­gle-serve attach­ment is oper­at­ed only on one sin­gle puls­ing speed;
War­ran­ty3‑year Lim­it­ed war­ran­ty and sup­port­ive Cus­tomer Service.1‑year Lim­it­ed war­ran­ty with not bad rep­u­ta­tion Cus­tomer Support.
Per­for­mance
  • Makes qual­i­ty smooth­ies includ­ing green ones from tough and leafy ingredients;
  • Process well ice cubes and frozen ingre­di­ents in smooth­ies, shave ice for frozen desserts and alco­holic drinks;
  • Able to han­dle hot liquids;
  • Per­form well any chop­ping and minc­ing tasks;
  • Purees raw and cooked veggies;
  • Makes nut milk and crunchy nut butter;
  • Grinds herbs, cof­fee beans, and mills bak­ing qual­i­ty flours.
  • Only sin­gle serve attach­ment can make good qual­i­ty drinks includ­ing green smooth­ies, the main jar pro­duces chunky drinks and not suit­able for mak­ing green smoothies;
  • Crush­es ice well  in drinks; able to make snow cones and frozen desserts;
  • Makes crunchy nut but­ter and not able to make nut milk;
  • Purees only cooled vegetables;
  • Chops well ingre­di­ents for food prep recipes;
  • Grinds cof­fee and herbs only with a per­son­al blender attach­ment which also could mill only soft grains.
  • Does not han­dle hot liquids.
Dimen­sionsThe foot­print is 11 X 12 inch­es, pro­file height is 18 inch­es with 64 oz. jar and 14 inch­es with 20 oz. cup on the top of the base unit. Weight is 10.3 pounds.The foot­print is 9.2 x 12 inch­es, pro­file height is 14.6 inch­es with 72 oz. con­tain­er on the top of the motor base. Weight is 7.6 pounds.
PriceRanges from $74 to $99 depend­ing on the model.Rang­ing from $84 to $115 depend­ing on the retail­er and avail­able spe­cial price offers.

How to Choose Between the BLACK+DECKER BL6010 and Ninja Professional BL660

BLACK+DECKER BL6010 and Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL660 both have sim­i­lar motor pow­er and com­bine two blenders (coun­ter­top and per­son­al) in one. How­ev­er, the B+D makes excel­lent qual­i­ty smooth­ies even from the tough­est ingre­di­ents with both attach­ments while the Nin­ja pro­duces decent drinks only with a sin­gle-serve attach­ment. The B+D is a well-made machine with good qual­i­ty pitch­ers, a well-con­struct­ed motor, blade assem­bly designed sim­i­lar to the high-end blenders, and five speeds option. While Nin­ja has low-qual­i­ty con­tain­ers, a faulty blade sys­tem design, a non-durable motor, and only 3 speeds and thus less ver­sa­tile than B+D machine. As a result, B+D makes a wider vari­ety of food prep, dips, and spreads recipes, bet­ter qual­i­ty nut but­ter, and most impor­tant, it is able to process hot liq­uids. While Nin­ja is not designed to han­dle hot liq­uids at all.

In addi­tion, B+D is the qui­etest blender among the pow­er­ful machines under $100. And it is very easy to use and clean while the Nin­ja prob­a­bly the most com­pli­cat­ed machine to assemble/disassemble and clean on the cur­rent blenders market.

Summary

Although, Nin­ja Pro­fes­sion­al BL660 is very pop­u­lar while BLACK+DECKER Per­for­mance is hard­ly known to the major­i­ty of con­sumers. It is clear, that B+D is a much supe­ri­or machine. It has not only a fine inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or design but also will last for over 3 years while the aver­age Nin­ja life expectan­cy is about 1–1.5 years. So, flashy adver­tis­ing is not always mean a bet­ter product.

Thus the cus­tomers who are look­ing for durable and qual­i­ty gad­gets will def­i­nite­ly choose the B+D between these two machines. While those who opt for trendy and pop­u­lar gad­gets may go for the Nin­ja. Besides, B+D has a cheap­er price which also adds attrac­tion to this machine.

How­ev­er, if you are not sure about these blenders you can alter­na­tive­ly check our arti­cle Best Coun­ter­top Blender Under $100. 

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