The Ninja Professional Plus is an excellent mid-priced food processor machine popular among consumers. Apart from performing well, typical food processor functions such as chopping veggies, shredding cheese, making smoothies and sauces, pureeing ingredients, and kneading dough, also features a stray of other excellent attributes.
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Motor Power and Base Unit
Ninja BN601 Professional Plus is equipped with a powerful 1000 Peak Watts and 750 Watts off-peak motor that quickly allows the process of even very tough ingredients. In addition, the machine has a safety system that automatically shuts off the food processor in case of overloading will and prevents motor and drive system damage. The unit comes with a well-built and solid silver-colored plastic body. The base unit suction caps keep it stable on the countertop during processing.
Container and Capacity Size
The machine comes with the 9‑Cup/2100 ml/72 oz. Bowl, bowl cover, and a pusher. The bowl is made from BPA-free, good-quality plastic and easy-to-read measuring marks in cups, ounces, and ml. The 9‑cup capacity bowl is designed to process small to medium batches of food. Its shape and size allow managing well not only an entire bowlful of ingredients but also a few cloves of garlic.
The bowl is equipped with a see-through cover with a silicone ring that allows a firm connection with the container.
The clear pusher is designed to push ingredients into the feeding chute. However, the pusher does not have any spikes to hold the vegetable, so the pusher design is not perfect and requires improvement.
This machine comes with a pretty standard set of attachments for the mid prices food processor that includes:
- Quad Chopping Blade Assembly is designed with two levels of the blender-like blade and is intended for chopping, mixing, blending, and pureeing food. The blade will make soup, pesto, salsa, baby food, chop veggies, and etc.;
- Dough Blade Assembly makes dough for cookies, pizza, and bread. The attachment is designed to handle 2 pounds of dough;
- Reversible Slicing & Shredding Disc and separate disc spindle. It is designed for slicing, shredding, grating, and crinkling veggies, cheese, or making bread crumbs.
There are a few extra attachments available to buy separately.
Food Tube Size
The Food Processor comes with a rounded food feeder tube 2“x 3” wide. Unfortunately, getting through medium-large pieces of veggies is quite narrow, and you have to cut most of them down to fit. For example, the regular carrot will go into it without problem; the potato needs to be cut in half or quarters.
Unlike typical food processors, Ninja BN601 Professional Plus comes with a proper control panel that includes the ON/OFF button, four (4) program buttons (CHOP, PUREE, DOUGH, DISC), 2 speed settings (low and high), and PULSE function. In addition, the buttons are of good quality, durable, responsive, and well-sealed with no hard-to-reach crevices.
The ON/OFF button is used for turning the unit power on and off.
The CHOP, PUREE, DOUGH, and DISC pre-settings combine running and pausing patterns and last from a few seconds up to a minute. All of the programs automatically stop when processing is complete. If you want to stop processing before the end of a program, just press the action button again.
Low and High-speed buttons run continuously for 60 seconds and stop automatically. However, they are not designed to work in combination with any pre-set programs.
PULSE function — works only when pressed and designed for quick food prep tasks.
CHOP – combines pulses and pauses and is designed for chopping veggies and fruits. It will need to run it once if you need coarse chop, twice if you need fine chop, and three times for the mincing result.
DOUGH — make perfect dough for pie, pizza, cookies, and other doughs. If you add later some adding to your dough, such as chocolate chips or raisins, you have to run PULSE after the dough program has been completed.
PUREE – is designed for preparing silky-smooth sauces, hummus, dips, and others.
DISC – the setting will slice or shred such ingredients as firm vegetables, cheeses, and others
Additional low and high-speed and PULSE functions will allow you more experiments with your recipes.
Chopping: Using chopping blades, the “CHOP” pre-set program, or use the “PULSE” function, the food processor will easily chop firm veggies like carrots, celery, beets, and others. However, some soft veggies like onion and tomatoes will not come to you in perfect pieces but still will do a good job. It will also chop meat or nuts.
Puree: “PUREE” pre-set with chopping blades will perfectly smash cooked veggies like potatoes, carrots, onions, or beetroot for soup. It can make the perfect mash potato if you have a little liquid to it. Using the Pulse function will also allow you to make delicious homemade dips, salsas, sauces, dressings, pesto, or hummus. It also will mix in the butter with extra ingredients to deliver herb, garlic, or other types of butter.
Smoothies: It can make smoothies from a variety of fruits or veggies; however, it cannot process it to a perfectly homogeneous consistency and will leave a lot of chunks no matter if you process soft or hard ingredients.
Ice processing: It is also not very good at processing ice, and you rather use a good blender for this purpose.
Nut butter: It is a challenging task to make nut butter for this food processor; however, you will be able to make it with some effort using chopping blades and a “HIGH” speed setting. However, you have to stop the machine many times, scrub the walls from sticky ingredients, and allow the machine to cool down for a few minutes while processing the nut butter.
Shredding: This food processor will shred cabbage for coleslaw, pepper, and cucumber for salads, carrots, and other firm veggies. It will also perfectly shred any hard cheese for your favorite recipes. Shredding disc actually beautifully grates veggies such as zucchini and others with shredding & slicing disc.
Slicing: it comes with a slicer and will slice the potato, carrot, zucchini, eggplant, or cucumber for baked veggies, salads, and other recipes. Although cucumber slices can come out very thin depending on the firmness of the cucumber, firmer ones deliver the perfect result. The firmer veggies are much better quality slices than the softer ones.
Making dough: Using dough blades and pre-set program, this machine is designed to make up to 2 lbs of perfect dough for bread, pizza, cookies, and a variety of baking recipes.
Assembling and Cleaning
The food processor setup is fairly intuitive and easy.
Assembly: The machine comes with a safety feature, so if it is not assembled properly, you will not be able to lock the lid in position. So for proper assembling, place the bowl onto the motor base and rotate clockwise until it clicks into place.
Then place the Chopping Blade Assembly onto the drive gear inside the bowl. Note that the Chopping Blade Assembly will fit loosely on the drive gear. The same procedure carries on for the dough assembly.
When assembling the reversible Slicing/Shredding Disc, you must remember to use the side labeled “Slicer” for slicing and the side labeled “Shredder” for shredding. The same disc works for both functions; you just need to flip it over to use it for another function. Use only the DISC program or LOW setting when using the Slicing/Shredding Disc. First, place the disc spindle onto the drive gear inside the bowl. Then, use the finger holes to grasp the reversible slicing/shredding disc and place it over the spindle, with the side you would like to use facing up.
After you assemble the attachment, place the feed chute lid on the bowl and turn clockwise until you hear a click, indicating the lid is locked in place. Press the Power button to turn it on. Next, select the program that best suits your recipe using an Auto-IQ program.
It has been a bit of a learning curve at first. It performs beautifully.
Clean: The Food Process could be washed manually or in a dishwasher; all parts of the machine are dishwasher safe. For manual washing, just add 1–2 drops of dish soap and half full of warm water and pulse to clean the bowl and blades. You have to handle blade assemblies with care as they are very sharp and may be dangerous to handle. However, the bowl bottom spinner is permanently fixed and cannot dissemble, so it may cause some hassle to clean it properly. Likewise, the quad chopping blade is very sharp and should be handled with great care.
When washing the parts in the dishwasher, place the bowl, lid, disc, and blade assemblies on the top rack of the dishwasher ONLY. However, be aware that the bowl handle has a hollow two-part construction with an opening on each side, so it is better to hand wash it as it can be built into a mold inside when washing in the dishwasher.
Ninja BN601 Professional Plus Food Processor is equipped with the one (1) year limited warranty that is not transferrable and only applies to the original purchaser and if you buy it from an authorized retailer. The owner also can Return and get Refunds within 60 days of purchase (less stocking, shipping, and handling fee).
Since the item comes with a short warranty, you are advised to buy the extended warranty from Amazon.
- Food Processor unit base with 1000 watts motor and Auto-iQ Control Panel;
- 9‑Cup Bowl, Lid, and Food Pusher;
- Quad Chopping Blade;
- Dough Blade;
- Reversible Slicing & Shredding Disc;
- Disc Adapter;
- Inspiration Guide that includes 20 creative recipes;
- User Manual and Quick Start Guide.
The Ninja BN601 Professional Plus is a compact food processor and has a moderate footprint of 7.32″ L x 9.88″ W, so it will not occupy much of your kitchen counter space or take a lot of storage space. The x 15.55″ profile will easily fit under most of the kitchen cabinets.
It also comes with a 2.5 ft. cord length.
In addition to the chopping blade, dough blade, and reversible slicing/shredding disc, the manufacturer offers a set of following attachments that you can buy separately:
Grating Disc is designed to grate everything from firm veggies like carrots and hard cheeses to ginger and onion.
Crinkle-Cut Disc – it can be used for cutting vegetables into fun shapes for salads or cutting potatoes for homemade chips.
Disc Storage Case – it will keep up to three discs for easy storage and organization.
Colors: The manufacturers offer this food processor in 5 colors – stainless steel finish, silver, black, cinnamon, and white. However, the color options are rarely available from most retailers. The most common is the stainless steel finish.
Voltage: Ninja BN601 Professional Plus Food Processor available in USA and Canada come with 110–120 voltage system. However, these machines could be used via voltage transformer in the regions with 110–120 voltages system but not recommended. Thus should be purchased via local retailers.
The machine comes with a 1000 Watts motor, which is quite loud. On average, it releases 80–110 dBs while operated. However, it is a fast machine and, so the sound does not last for a long time.
Pros and Cons
- It comes with powerful 1000 watts motor that allows processing ingredients fast;
- Equipped with proper Control panel;
- Available at a reasonable price;
- Sturdy and well-built machine;
- Extra attachment available, which expands the food processor functions;
- Very narrow feed chute;
- Not easy to clean (similar to most food processors).
Ninja BN601 Professional Plus Food processor is a value for money machine; it is available at a very reasonable price from most retailers.
Ninja BN601 Professional Plus is a good value-for-money food processor. It is well made, powerful, and functional. It can prep many ingredients such as chopping, slicing, shredding, grating, mixing, blending, and so on for cooking a large variety of recipes. Additionally, it is designed to quickly process dough with one-touch using the dough blade.
Unlike most food processors on the market, it has a proper control panel with different speed options that make the food preparation process easy. Overall, it is an excellent food processor and would be an outstanding contribution to the small-medium household kitchen.