With so many must-have appliances on the market these days—from heralded air fryers to powerful stand mixers—it's quite possible that your kitchen has turned into a bonafide storage closet rather than a space to, well, cook. And while it may be easier said than done to streamline the fleet of tools, cookware, and appliances, one simple solution that doesn't involve tossing something in the trash is investing in appliances that serve more than one function.
Enter the Ninja Mega Kitchen System and Blender that doubles as a food processor. The mighty space-saving appliance is currently on sale at Amazon, slashed from $260 to $160—a steal for a blender that can do it all. One purchase of this Ninja blender includes the Total Crushing pitcher, an 8-cup food processor bowl, two dough blades, and two 16-ounce Ninja cups with to-go lids.
The 72-ounce pitcher, constructed with a 1,500-watt motor, crushes ice into snow in just seconds for a wealth of frozen drinks and smoothies. Replace the pitcher with the 8-cup food processor bowl to evenly blitz everything from nuts to vegetables for hearty soups and herbaceous dips. Plus, the bowl is large enough to knead up to 2 pounds of dough for the likes of cookies and homemade crackers thanks to the accompanying dough hook.
Want to just make a personal smoothie without having to wash an extra-large pitcher? Swap out the Total Crushing pitcher for one of the 16-ounce Ninja cups, fill with your desired ingredients, and blend. These smoothies can be sipped directly from the blending cup, and you can even take them on the go by twisting a lid on top.
To buy: Ninja Mega Kitchen System and Blender with Total Crushing Pitcher and Food Processor Bowl, $160 (originally $260) at amazon.com
This buzzy Ninja blender has picked up over 12,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, with shoppers loving the versatility, strength, and easy cleanup of the product. Some even say it compares to pricey Nutribullet and Vitamix versions—minus the hefty price tag.
"More bang for your buck!" one shopper reviews. "Less expensive than the other premium blenders in this power range, but with more accessories. I was debating on whether I bought this or the Vitamix. I've compared and compared. I finally decided that I don't need my blender to heat food; I just need it to blend. I wanted to make smoothies, and look at that, this came with TWO smoothie cups. I also wanted a food processor, and this Ninja comes with attachments for that as well. Between saving a couple hundred dollars AND getting accessories I desired, this was the top choice for me."
"Love the power of this baby and the ease of cleaning and the fact it doesn't chug along huffing and puffing smoke when I wasnt to make an ice smoothie," another shopper writes. "This is an athlete of blenders—bodybuilder in strength, I would say. Just get it—you will love it!"
Whether you're blending smoothies, kneading dough, or obliterating stale bread into breadcrumbs, this all-in-one appliance can do it—without taking up an absurd amount of space on the counter. Make the plunge and shop the Ninja Mega Kitchen System and Blender for $160 on Amazon.