Breville’s Smart Ovens have been quite a popular choice, and we’ve compared many of their models before in case you missed them:

Now, there’s a new addition that we need to add to the list: Breville BOV900BSS The Smart Oven Air.

What Is New In Breville BOV900BSS The Smart Oven Air?

Just by looking at the photo, you’d think Breville keeps releasing the same oven over and over again. That is of course NOT the case, the Breville Smart Oven Air packs new amazing features that you’ll want to check out.

  • It has a large 1 cu. ft capacity. It is large enough to fit a 12-peice muffin pan, 13″ Pizza pan or 9 slices of toast.
  • It has 6 independent Quartz heating elements that move power where it is needed the most, above or below the food.
  • It has a fan with two speeds: regular or Super. Super moves air rapidly for  quicker and more even roasting.
  • It has Air Frying and Dehydrate functions.
  • 13 preset functions include: toast, bagel, broil, bake, roast, warm, pizza, proof, air fry, reheat, cookies, slow cook and dehydrate.
  • LCD screen with dial knobs for easy control and programability.
  • Dials: Function, Time, Temperature Conversion.
  • Buttons: Frozen Food Defrost.

Included Accessories:

  • 13” nonstick pizza pan
  • 13”x9” enamel baking pan
  • Stainless steel roasting rack
  • (2) Heavy duty oven racks
  • AirFry/Dehydrate mesh basket

Dimensions:

  • 16 x 13.5 x 7 in

Click here to learn more about the Breville Smart Oven Air, Read The Customer Reviews and Buy It.

Breville Smart Oven Air vs. Pro (BOV845BSS), What’s The Difference Between Them?

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TitleBreville BOV900BSS The Smart Oven Air, SilverBreville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ, 1800 W, Stainless Steel
FeatureIncluded Accessories:- 13-Inch nonstick pizza pan, 13"x9" enamel baking pan, Stainless steel roasting rack, (2) Heavy duty oven racks, AirFry/Dehydrate mesh basket
Capacity:- 1 cu.ft., 16 x 13.5 x 7 in : Fits standard 9" x 13" baking pan, 12-cup muffin tray and 9 slices of toast.
Warranty 2 Year Limited Product Warranty
1800 W - 5 Quartz Elements with Element IQ move the heat where and when it's needed
Slow Cook Function designed for long cook times at low temperatures
Interior Oven Light with replaceable 25W G9 halogen bulb
Convection fan for fast & even cooking
Dutch oven capacity
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The biggest difference between the two models is:

Smart Oven Air (BOV900BSS) has air frying and dehydrate functions. Which adds a lot to its functionality.

Other differences:

  • Smart Oven Air has 6 heating elements, while the Smart Oven Pro has 5.
  • Smart Oven Air is larger in capacity, it can take up to 9 slices of toast. The Smart Over Pro on the other hand takes up to 6 slices of toast. However, both can accommodate a 13″ Pizza pan.
  • On the Smart Oven Air, the convection fan has 2-speeds which gives you more control over your cooking. You can choose from regular speed or Super speed. The Smart Oven Pro has a fan, but it works at one speed only.
  • Both ovens have Slow Cooking feature.

What Is Air Frying and Dehydrate Features?

You’ve probably heard of an Air Fryer, an appliance that allows you to recreate fried food but in a much healthier way. With Breville’s Smart Oven Air, you have an air fryer built into your oven, no need for an additional appliance! Air Frying uses high heat and super convection to maximize air flow and cook delicious and crispy food that is similar to fried food but without all the fat.

Another appliance used for making healthy snacks in a food dehydrator, which is another thing you won’t need to buy because it’s built in to your Smart Oven Air. With the Dehydrate option, you can create delicious snacks like dried fruit (banana chips, for example), beef jerky, dried tomatoes and more!

What Is Elements IQ Technology?

Elements IQ is one of the feature that make Breville’s Smart Ovens, SMART! The ovens have independent elements on the top and bottom of the oven. How many elements depends on the model you choose. These elements power up where they are needed the most to give you the best results possible. For example: if you choose the Broil function, Elements IQ will concentrate the heat on the top elements so it melts and browns the food for the best Broiling results. Toast function will activate the top and bottom elements for evenly crisp toast and so on. But that’s not all, depending on what you’re cooking, the elements can operate at different power, too. You have the control over the temperature, too. So if you’re not happy with the pre-sets, you can change them as you please.

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Why Buy a Breville Smart Oven Instead of a Regular Convection Oven?

Since you’ve reached this far into our article, you’ve seen what a Breville Smart Oven can do. But what exactly distinguishes a smart oven from a convection oven?

Automatic Adjustment: Using a convection oven, you have to manually adjust the timer, temperature and other elements to get your food to cook just right. With a smart oven, there’s no guess work (most of the time). Using the pre-sets, all elements are adjusted for you automatically to cook your food just right.

Save Your Settings: A smart oven will also save your settings so you can use them on the spot every time.

Elements IQ Technology: This one is specific to Breville smart ovens, but you might an equivalent technology in other brands. Elements IQ ensures your food is evenly cooked and allocate power where it is needed most to get the best results.

Multi functional: a smart oven is a multi functional appliance. If you want to replace multiple appliances in your kitchen, choose a model with features like Slow Cook, Dehydrate, Proof (dough proofing), and Air Fry. This will make your smart oven your go-to appliance for every meal.

Can I Replace My Microwave with a Smart Oven?

No, a smart oven is NOT a microwave. It is meant to replace a convection oven. It can be used for baking, toasting, broiling as well as other features that will depend on which model you choose. So it can replace your toaster and convection oven, for example, and it can do some of the tasks a microwave does like reheating food, for example, but you can’t use it to reheat a cup of milk or coffee.

Can I Switch Off The Fan (Convection) in a Breville Smart Oven?

Yes, this can be done. Your Breville Smart Oven can be used as a regular oven or convection oven. The fan feature can be shut off manually, or using some of the pre-sets will shut it off automatically if it’s not needed.

 

Features of Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL:

  • Newly designed 3.5 inch extra wide chute allows you to add in whole fruits and vegetables without the need to prep and cut them.
  • Cold spin technology with less than 2F degrees of heat transfer. This technology allows juice to flow up through the stainless steel cutting disc to ensure only very little heat increase or transfer.
  • Variable speed settings with noise reduction technology. Choose Quiet setting to reduce noise by 40%.
  • Fast setting extracts up to 70 oz of juice 5x faster than a Cold Press juicer.
  • Includes a 70 oz jug which you can juice directly into then keep sealed in the fridge.

Specifications:

  • Material: Stainless steel juicing basket – Italian Micro Mesh Filter – Titanium reinforced cutting disk .
  • Dimensions: 13.4” x 13.2” x 17.4”
  • Chute: 3.5” extra wide chute
  • Power: 1200 Watts.
  • Type of Juicer: Centrifugal
  • Included Accessories: XL 70 oz juicing jug – cleaning brush – Juice nozzle to juice directly into a glass.

Click here to learn more about Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is Cold Spin Technology and Why Is It Important?

As we know, there are two types of juicers. Centrifugal juicers, which are the type of juice extractors that we’ve all used at one time or another. And then there are Masticating juicers, which are also known as Cold Press juicers or slow juicers.

One of the cons of centrifugal juicers was that when they operated, the spinning of the cutting disc would transfer heat onto the ingredients, making them lose some of their nutrients. That’s when slow or cold press juicers came along to save the day. A Slow juicer does not have a disc like a Centrifugal juicer does, it works slowly and has no heat transfer. That’s why cold press juicers have been quite popular, as of late.

The Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL is a centrifugal juicer. Does that mean that you’ll losing nutrients as you juice due to heat transfer? No, because that’s where Breville’s Cold Spin technology comes in…

The stainless steel cutting disc surrounded by Italian made mesh filter allows the juice to flow through the disc, which brings down the heat transfer down to less than 1.8°F. So, while the Juice Fountain Cold XL is not a slow juicer, it has much less heat transfer than your average centrifugal juicers.

Comparisons

Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL vs. Juice Fountain Elite, What’s The Difference?

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TitleBreville Juice Fountain Cold XL BJE830SIL Electric Juicer, Silver PearlBreville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite Juicer w/ FREE "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" DVD
FeatureCOLD SPIN TECHNOLOGY: Cold Spin Technology allows juice to flow up and through the stainless steel cutting disc surrounded by an Italian-made mesh filter to ensure an insignificant temperature increase.
SHORTENED PREP TIME: The newly designed 3.5 inch extra large wide chute feed allows you to juice whole fruits and vegetables without pre-cutting.
NOISE REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY: Juicing on quiet setting reduces mechanical noise by 40%
FAST SETTING: Extract up to 70 fl.oz. of delicious, nutrient rich juice up to 5x faster than a 'cold press'.
XL JUICING CAPACITY: Juice and seal in a XL 70 fl. oz. jug for the whole family or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
You get this great product.... Breville - ikon 800JEXL Die-Cast Juice Fountain Elite
Plus, you get: A Free Breville - Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead DVD (A value of $19.99 for FREE!)
Get the best blend for your buck. Over 40,000 filtering pores ensure smooth and delicious refreshment. Makes an 8 oz (250 ml) glass of juice in 5 seconds. Centered dual knife blade assembly. Titanium cutting disc
1000 watts power up to 13,000 RPM for up to 30% more juice than traditional juicers. Materials Heavy grade die-cast metal body, Stainless steel micromesh filter Innovations 3" (7.6 cm)
DVD provides inspirational juicing stories as well as juicing techniques and recipes.
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The Juice Fountain Elite is perhaps Breville’s most popular juicer. This is the juicer that was used in the famous Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary. It’s been a while since the Juice Fountain Elite was released. It’s still going strong, however, new technologies have been introduced since then. So let’s have a look at the difference between it and the newer Juice Fountain Cold XL:

Cold Spin Technology: this is obviously one of the important features to come to the Juice Fountain Cold XL. This technology is what is going to ensure that your juice keeps as much nutrients as possible, which still operating in fast speed. The Juice Fountain Elite does not have Cold Spin technology.

Speed: Juice Fountain Elite operates at two speeds, low or high, using a simple switch button to choose either speed. The Juice Fountain Cold XL has a dial knob and variable speeds to choose from: These speed settings are labeled as QUIET: which is slowest and works at 40% noise reduction, works perfectly for soft ingredients. FAST: this setting can extract up to 70 oz of juice up to 5x faster than a cold press juicer. Then there’s BOOST setting: which is the fastest and works best for hard ingredients.

Capacity: Juice Fountain Elite includes a 40 oz jug while the Juice Fountain Cold XL includes a 70 oz jug with a seal.

Chute Size: The Juice Fountain Elite has a 3” wide chute. The Juice Fountain Cold XL has a 3.5” chute. Both are wide chutes and don’t need ingredient prep for most fruit and vegetables.

Power: Juice Fountain Elite has 1000 Watts power, Juice Fountain Cold XL operates at 1200 Watts power.

Which One To Buy?

As of the time of writing this post, I see a price difference of only $49 between these two juicers. This looks about a fair price to pay for Cold Spin technology, an XL jug capacity, an XL chute and variable speed settings. All that makes the Juice Fountain Cold XL a much better choice.

Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL vs. Breville Fountain Crush:

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TitleBreville Juice Fountain Cold XL BJE830SIL Electric Juicer, Silver PearlBreville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer
FeatureCOLD SPIN TECHNOLOGY: Cold Spin Technology allows juice to flow up and through the stainless steel cutting disc surrounded by an Italian-made mesh filter to ensure an insignificant temperature increase.
SHORTENED PREP TIME: The newly designed 3.5 inch extra large wide chute feed allows you to juice whole fruits and vegetables without pre-cutting.
NOISE REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY: Juicing on quiet setting reduces mechanical noise by 40%
FAST SETTING: Extract up to 70 fl.oz. of delicious, nutrient rich juice up to 5x faster than a 'cold press'.
XL JUICING CAPACITY: Juice and seal in a XL 70 fl. oz. jug for the whole family or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Masticating juicer extracts maximum juice yield from soft fruits and vegetables
Ultra quiet 240-watt motor
Direction control ensures fruit or vegetables can be dislodged from juicing screw
Filter basket with auto purifying for maximum yield and easy cleaning between juicing
Measures 8-1/2 by 7-1/2 by 16-inch, 1-year limited warranty
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The Fountain Crush is another popular choice for a juicer from Breville. However, there’s a big difference between it and the Juice Fountain Cold XL:

  • Juice Fountain Cold XL is a centrifugal juicer.
  • Fountain Crush is a masticating (slow) juicer.

So, it’s quite different how both juicers operate:

  • Juice Fountain Cold XL operates at high speed with a 1200 Watts motor to yield juice in fast manner, all without transferring heat to the juice, thanks to Cold Spin Technology.
  • Fountain Crush works very slowly with 240-watts motor to extract as much juice as possible from each ingredient.

Juice Fountain Cold XL, being a fast juicer, is designed to juice more and as quick as possible, that’s why it includes a large 70 oz jug that you can juice directly into. A juicer like Fountain Crush, or any slow juicer for that manner, includes a small jug that is not meant to use for storing, but only to collect the juice when juicing.

The chute on the Fountain Crush is small, so prepping your ingredients is required unlike with the extra wide chute of the Juice Fountain Cold XL which can accommodate full size ingredients without the need for cutting.

Which One To Buy?

As these two are different kind of juicers, the question is, what juicer type would you prefer? Slow juicer or centrifugal juicer? If you’re not sure, read our article on the difference between them here. Once you’ve figured out your preferred method of juicing, you’ll be able to pick between these two models.

Breville Fountain Juice Cold XL vs. Fountain Juice Cold:

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TitleBreville BJE430SIL The Juice Fountain ColdBreville BJE830BSS1BUS1 Juice Founatin Cold XL, Brushed Stainless Steel Centrifugal Juicer
FeatureControl Style: Features a 3 position switch FAST, OFF, and SLOW
Speed: Low speed-6500rpm High speed_ 13000rpm
Quieter operation. Extra Wide-Whole Fruit Feed Chute
Seal & Store 70 Fluid Ounce Juice Jug
Pulp Container Capacity: Extra Large capacity 3.6 qt. (3.4 L) pulp container. Juice Jug Capacity: Seal & Store 70 fl. oz. (2L) Juice Jug with froth separator. Feed Chute Size : Extra large 3" wide (7.6 cm) feed chute maximizes efficiency and cuts down prep time.
COLD SPIN TECHNOLOGY: Cold Spin Technology allows juice to flow up and through the stainless steel cutting disc surrounded by an Italian-made mesh filter to ensure an insignificant temperature increase.
SHORTENED PREP TIME: The newly designed 3.5 inch extra large wide chute feed allows you to juice whole fruits and vegetables without pre-cutting.
NOISE REDUCTION TECHNOLOGY: Juicing on quiet setting reduces mechanical noise by 40%
FAST SETTING: Extract up to 70 fl.oz. of delicious, nutrient rich juice up to 5x faster than a 'cold press'.
XL JUICING CAPACITY: Juice and seal in a XL 70 fl. oz. jug for the whole family or store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Now this is a model that is quite similar to the Cold XL model. It has:

  • Cold spin technology
  • 70 oz jug capacity
  • 3″ wide chute – almost as big as the Cold XL’s chute.

So, what’s the difference between them?

Material: The Cold XL has Titanium Reinforced Cutting Disk. Italian Micro Mesh Filter. Stainless Steel Juicing Basket. The Juice Fountain Cold has Stainless steel micro mesh filter basket and Stainless steel cutters.

Speed Settings: The Cold XL has variable speed settings with QUIET setting which reduces mechanical noise by 40%. The Juice Fountain Cold has only two settings, Low for soft fruit and High for hard fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I juice any type of fruit and vegetables in Breville Juice Fountain Cold XL?

Yes! Anything from hard to soft fruit to leafy greens.

Does it work with celery?

It does. Celery or any similar greens should work just fine.

Are the juicer parts dishwasher safe?

Yes, most parts like the jug, pulp container and cutting discs are dishwasher safe.

What’s Included with the juicer?

70 oz jug with a seal, a nozzle for juicing directly into a glass, a pulp container, a cleaning brush and a recipe book.

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Features of Breville The Steam Zone Food Steamer:

  • Multi functional cooker. Cook a single large item on the large steaming tray or use the two separate steaming baskets to prepare two different foods.
  • The two separate steaming zones can operate independently with different times and power, or can be set to finish cooking simultaneously.
  • Quick start up; reaches maximum steaming power in less than 30 seconds.
  • Available settings: high, low, split zone, keep warm up to 45 minutes, automatic keep warm up to 15 minutes.
  • Steam Zone cooks just above the water.
  • Sync finish features allows you to finish cooking different foods at the same time even if they require different steaming times and power.
  • Included accessories: 2 stainless steel steaming baskets with glass top lids, water hardness identification kit.
  • Materials: made from brushed stainless steel with some BPA-free plastic parts
  • Wattage: 1800 Watts.

Click here to learn more about Breville The Steam Zone Food Steamer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville vs. Cuisinart Cookfresh Steamer, How Do They Compare?

Features of the Cuisinart CookFresh Steamer:

  • 5-liter glass cooking pot allows you great cooking capacity while being able to observe food as it cooks.
  • Choose from 5 settings: seafood, poultry, grains, vegetables and manual.
  • LCD screen with 60-minute timer, manual settings Button controls include start/stop, reheat and pause.
  • 1-liter removable water tank.
  • Includes a stainless steel steaming tray and glass pot/lid with stainless steel rim.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart CookFresh Steamer, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What’s The Difference Between the Breville Steam Zone vs. Cuisinart CookFresh Steamer?

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TitleBreville BFS800BSS Steam Zone Food Steamer, Brushed Stainless SteelCuisinart STM-1000 Digital Glass Steamer, Stainless Steel
FeatureSteam zone cooking just above the water
Extra large steaming tray(40cm) steaming
Simultaneous cooking for foods that require different steaming times and power.
Sync on or off
Maximum steaming power in less than 30 seconds.
High, low, high keep Warm, low keep Warm & keep Warm
Powerful steam system with 5L dishwasher-safe glass pot
LCD control panel, Start/Stop, Pause & Reheat buttons & Audible alert
5 preprogrammed food settings: seafood, poultry, grains, vegetables, and manual
60 minute countdown timer
Stainless steel steaming tray, glass lid with stainless steel rim & glass lid with stainless steel rim
1L removable water tank
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Breville’s The Steam Zone comes with a major advantage over Cuisinart’s and that is the fact that The Steam Zone has two separate zones in addition to the single large zone. This means you can use it to steam a full size fish or chicken, or you can use the baskets to steam different foods separately using a timer and power dedicated to each zone individually. Another great feature is Synchro finish, which when chosen, it will work on finishing cooking both your baskets at the same time.

On the other hand, the Cuisinart works wonderfully as a digital steamer (without any separated zones). It has a large capacity of 5 liters, so it should hold plenty of food. And with a clear timer on display and simple button controls, it’s quite easy to use.

When it comes to programmability, both steamers have pre-sets and room for adjustability. The Cuisinart has 5 programs: seafood, poultry, grains, vegetables and manual – which allows you to set your own settings. The Breville using different kind of settings (which pretty much lead to the same results), you have your high setting, low setting, split- for using two zones in stead of one, and Keep warm. Then there’s the clever Sync option. Since the Breville comes with more advanced features, using it might require some learning curve to get all the settings right. But it shouldn’t be hard to use after you’ve got it all figured out.

Which One Do You Buy?

Picking between the Breville Steam Zone or Cuisinart CookFresh comes down to one thing:

Does the split zone feature of the Breville Steam Zone sounds like something useful to your cooking needs?

Eventually, that’s the one thing that truly sets these two steamers apart from each other.

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One of the easiest ways to top up your vitamin levels and keep hydrated is by consuming fresh-made smoothies and drinks loaded with fruits, vegetables as well as other healthy ingredients. Blenders (large and personal) are on the rise with popularity as people simply love their smoothies in the morning or as a pick-me-up nutritional treat in the afternoon. On the other hand, keeping your drinks fresh was always a concern. As it’s a wide known fact, once you keep ingredients like fruit or veggies out for too long after blending or juicing, they start to oxidize and lose flavor, texture or color. This problem can be a thing of the past, thanks to the new technology Ninja is introducing with their Smart Screen Blender Duo with FreshVac Technology.

Features of the Ninja Smart Screen Blender DUO with FreshVac Technology:

  • Smart Base with 1400-watt motor and automatic vessel recognition.
  • 72 oz pitcher with lid.
  • Includes two 20 oz single serve cups with spout lids (can be purchased without the single serve cups).
  • Touch screen controls. Displays menu based on the inserted vessel automatically.
  • 7 pre-set programs. Frozen Drink, Smoothie, Ice Cream and Puree for the pitcher, and Frozen Drink, Smoothie and Extract for single serve cup.
  • FreshVac Pump pumps out oxygen from the pitcher/cup before blending to lock in vitamins and keep drinks fresh overnight.
  • Pro Extractor Blades breaks down touch ingredients to extract the most vitamins and nutrients from whole veggies and fruits.
  • Stacked blades designed to crush ice as well as frozen ingredients to the perfect frozen drink.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Smart Screen Blender DUO with FreshVac Technology, read the customer reviews and buy it.

So, What Is FreshVac Technology, Exactly?

At the beginning of this post, I said that Ninja has introduced a new technology that works on eliminating quick oxidization of ingredients to keep your drinks fresh for a longer time. Now we understand that oxygen interaction with the ingredients for a period of time is what causes the change in texture and flavor of the drink, then the solution to the problem is getting rid of or keeping oxygen away from the drink. How do you do that? By using the FreshVac pump by Ninja, which is included with your blender.

FreshVac pump is placed on the lid of pitcher or the single serve cup. Before blending your ingredients, and with a simple push of a button, FreshVac will pump out oxygen out of the pitcher so it doesn’t interact with the ingredients as it blends.

So whether you’re blending large patches in the pitcher (smoothies, protein drinks, soup…) or a small patch in the single serve cup (smoothie, dips, dressing…) FreshVac works on pumping out oxygen and sealing in freshness.

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Ninja Smart Screen Blender DUO Compared to Previous Ninja Blender Models:

There are a number of Ninja Blenders out there and they all work just a great. I’ve created a Ninja Blender buying-guide that highlight popular models and who is it best for. So here’s a quick comparison with these models:

Ninja Smart Screen Blender DUO vs. Intelli-Sense Blender:

Intelli-Sense is similar to the Smart Screen Blender DUO in the way that both are equipped with Smart Vessel Recognition and have a touchscreen display that brings up menus in accordance to the used vessel. However, both are equipped with different programs and include different accessories that makes them geared toward different tasks.

Programs:

  • Smart Screen DUO has 7 programs in total. 4 work with the pitcher and 3 with the single-cup. These functions are: Frozen drink, smoothie, ice cream, Extract and Puree.
  • If you buy the Smart Screen DUO bundle with additional Precision Processor vessel, you’ll be able to use two additional programs: Chop and Puree. It will also include a dough blade and a chopping blade.
  • Intelli-Sense has 12 programs in total: smoothie, frozen drink, ice cream, snow cone, puree, chop, dough, dips, extract, refresher and dressing. Also, two additional programs will unlock if you use the auto-spiralizer attachment: fettucine blade and spaghetti blade.

So far, both Intelli-Sense and Smart Screen blenders can somewhat perform similar tasks if you get the right attachments, but here’s where the real difference is:

FreshVac Technology:

Only Smart Screen DUO blender attachments are compatible with the FreshVac pump. This means the lids of the pitcher and single-serve cup can accommodate the pump that pulls out oxygen to keep ingredients fresh overnight.

Power:

  • Smart Screen DUO: 1400-watt
  • Intelli-Sense: 1200-watts

Click here to learn more about Ninja Blender with Intelli-Sense.

Ninja Smart Screen Blender DUO vs. Ninja Chef Blender:

Ninja Chef is another model that is equipped with the handy Smart Vessel recognition technology which makes it all easier to use the attachments correctly. However, it works a little differently than the Smart Screen Duo blender:

  • Ninja Chef has two attachments: 72 oz pitcher and the 20 oz single serve cup. No food processor attachment available for it.
  • It has 10 pre-set programs: smoothie, frozen drink, extract, ice cream, soup, dressing, puree, dip/salsa, flour/mill and nut butter.
  • It also has 10 manual settings which allows you to fine-tune each of those settings. That includes setting the speed and the time.
  • Ninja Chef’s base is 1500-watt power.
  • Controls are not touchscreen, but dial knob and push-buttons.

On the other hand, still no FreshVac compatibility for this one, too.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Chef Blender.

Ninja Smart Screen Blender DUO vs. Ninja Professional Blender:

The Ninja Professional Blender is a great basic blender with no pre set programs or additional attachments other than single-serve cups. It has three speeds and pulse option. One of the best features of this blender is its ability to crush ice perfectly thanks to Ninja’s Total Crushing blades.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Professional Blender.

 

What Is the Ninja Instant Cooker?

The Ninja Instant Cooker is a multi functional appliance that combines a pressure cooker with many other cooking functions like slow cooking, searing/saute, as well as other custom cooking programs.

Features of the Ninja Instant Cooker:

  • Cook your food in multiple methods using pressure cooking, slow cooking, sear/saute or steaming.
  • Cook food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods.
  • Dual pressure selection, choose from high, medium or low pressure.
  • Keep Warm function keeps your food warm until ready to eat.
  • Choose from 5 stovetop temperature settings perfect for simmering, searing or anything in between.
  • Easy to use one-touch control panel. Use pre sets or customize your settings.
  • Ceramic coated cooking pot that is dishwasher safe.
  • Also includes a stainless steel steaming rack.

Specifications:

  • 6 quart cooking pot capacity.
  • 1000-watts power.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Instant Cooker, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Can You Prepare Using the Ninja Instant Cooker?

Using a multi cooker like the Ninja Instant Cooker, you pretty much cook anything in it. Savory or sweet! You can steam or saute veggies, cook grains and rice, slow cook meats or stews, sear or braise meats or even bake cakes. Using the touch controls, simply select your function and set the temperature. The timer can be set for automatic shut off when you don’t want to overlook your cooker.

Ninja Instant Cooker vs. Ninja Multi-Cooker, What’s the Difference?

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TitleNinja Instant Cooker, 1000-Watt Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Multi Cooker, and Steamer with 6-Quart Ceramic Coated Pot & Steam Rack (PC101), Black/SilverNinja Multi-Cooker with 4-in-1 Stove Top, Oven, Steam and Slow Cooker Options, 6-Quart Nonstick Pot, and Steaming/Roasting Rack (MC950Z), Black
FeatureCooks food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods.* *Versus slow-cooked, braised, or low-simmer recipes
Digital, programmable control panel with 5 built-in cooking functions: Pressure Cook (High and Low), Slow Cook, Steam, Sear/Sauté, and Keep Warm.
5 Sear/Sauté settings allow you to sauté and sear from Low to High.
This pressure cooker includes a 6-quart ceramic-coated nonstick pot and steam rack (both dishwasher safe).
11 Levels of Safety: Passed rigorous testing to earn UL safety certification, giving you confidence and peace of mind while cooking.
1 pot with 4 cooking functions: Stove Top, Slow Cook, Oven, and Steam.
Unique heating elements let you sear, sauté, and slow cook-all in one pot-for easy cleanup.
Bake in oven mode. Dry Bake for chicken and roasts, and Steam Bake for delicious, moist cakes.
Steam delicious and healthy vegetables, fish, and other delicate foods.
Includes: 6 qt. nonstick cooking pot, glass lid, steaming/roasting rack, multipurpose pan, and cookbook.
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Ninja’s 4-in-1 Multi Cooker is another great option for a one-pot solution that allows you to cook a wide variety of meals. The cook has four main features: slow cook, stovetop, oven and steam.

So that makes the main difference between the ninja multi cooker and instant cooker is pressure cooking, which only the Instant Cooker has.

Settings and Temperature:

Using the Multi-cooker, you get two stovetop temperature settings and three slow cooking temperature settings. Oven mode, which is used for baking and roasting, has a temperature range from 250 to 425 F degrees. With the Instant Cooker, on the other hand, there are 5 temperature settings that you can use for different functions, that’s in addition to the Dual pressure settings which is useful for even more recipes.

Cooking Pot Capacity and Coating:

Both cookers have the same capacity of 6 quart. However, they have different coating:

  • Instant Cooker as a ceramic coated pot. Ceramic is more safe to use as it does not peel over time and its non-stick properties last longer.
  • The Ninja Multi Cooker has teflon coating. It works okay as a non-stick pan, but it will most likely start peeling after a while of use or with some misuse like constant scraping, for example.

Design:

The two cookers have different designs due to the difference in what they do. For example, the Multi Cooker has a glass lid which you can watch your cook through. But this isn’t possible with the Instant Cooker due to the fact that it’s also a pressure cooker, so it needs a fully covered lid with safety valve and stronger lock.

Controls:

  • Controls wise, the Multi-cooker has a dial knob for temperature and function settings, with a small digital display for the timer.
  • The Instant Cooker has a touch control panel with multiple pre-sets as well as customization buttons. The digital display is used for the timer.

Ninja Instant Cooker vs. Instant Pot Cooker:

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TitleNinja Instant Cooker, 1000-Watt Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Multi Cooker, and Steamer with 6-Quart Ceramic Coated Pot & Steam Rack (PC101), Black/SilverInstant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker 6Qt/1000W, Stainless Steel Cooking Pot and Exterior
FeatureCooks food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods.* *Versus slow-cooked, braised, or low-simmer recipes
Digital, programmable control panel with 5 built-in cooking functions: Pressure Cook (High and Low), Slow Cook, Steam, Sear/Sauté, and Keep Warm.
5 Sear/Sauté settings allow you to sauté and sear from Low to High.
This pressure cooker includes a 6-quart ceramic-coated nonstick pot and steam rack (both dishwasher safe).
11 Levels of Safety: Passed rigorous testing to earn UL safety certification, giving you confidence and peace of mind while cooking.
7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker--Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer
Large, easy to use control panel with 14 built-in Smart Programs, Dual pressure, Automatic keep-warm and 3 temperatures for saute and slow cook
UL and ULC certified with 10 proven safety mechanisms; Highly energy efficient and kitchen friendly
Include 3-ply bottom stainless steel cooking pot, stainless steel steam rack with handle & manual and recipes in English, Spanish, Chinese and French
Note: indeed it is recommended filling liquid no higher than the MAX line on the inner pot, but for dry food, such as a chicken, pot roast, or steaming vegetables, the inner pot can be filled with food over the MAX line. The inner pot capacity is rated 6Qt for the full size. Outer Rim is not made of stainless steel and coated with a thick heat-resistant paint.
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Instant Pot is a popular choice for a multi cooker with pressure cooking. In this comparison, I will refer to the Instant Pot model DUO60 as it’s the most popular as well as the most similar to the Ninja Instant Cooker in terms of features and price range.

Functions:

When it comes to functions, both Ninja Instant Cooker and Instant Pot have similar functions: pressure cooking, slow cooking, sear/saute, steaming and keeping food warm. The Instant Cooker has additional functions like Yoghurt maker as well as additional pre-sets like rice, soup, porridge and beans. While the Instant Cooker does not have those as presets, it can still make all those meals by programming your own settings.

Capacity:

The Ninja Instant Cooker has a 6 quart capacity, while the Instant Pot is available in three capacities: 3 quart, 6 quart and 8 quart.

Coating:

One of the great things about the Ninja Instant Cooker is the ceramic coating which is quite durable and safe. The Instant Pot has stainless steel pot, which does not need any type of coating.

Controls:

The Controls on both cookers are quite similar with touch panel and a number of pre-sets and a display for time or temperature settings. The Instant Pot does have more pre-sets available which makes it easier to start functions.

Which One To Buy?

Although both Ninja Instant Cooker and Instant Pot are quite similar and you’ll pretty much be able to prepare the same type of meals using both brands, I do like the Instant Pot over the Ninja Instant Cooker for its presets. As it comes set with 14 smart programs to get you started with a push of a button, it makes it easier for both experienced cooks and beginners to get started right away. The fact that it is available in different capacities is also great for single users as well as larger families.

 

We’ve often heard of one pot wonder meals that require nothing of you more than tossing your ingredients in an electric cooker and come back to a nicely cooked meal. Although this is nice, those cookers often limit you to certain meals or certain quantities. There’s also the multi-cookers that offer different ways to cook your meals, but none seem to offer the combination the Ninja Foodi offers (not as of the time of writing this post, at least).

The Foodi Multi Cooker is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer and AirFryer all in one. With the all new TenderCrisp technology that cooks your ingredients then crisps it to the perfect golden crispy finish by combining pressure cooking with air frying.

Features of Foodi TenderCrisp Pressure Cooker:

  • Multi cooking functions include: pressure, slow cooker, steam, sear/saute, air crisp, bake/roast and broil. 1400 watts power.
  • 6.5 quart cooking pot.4 quart air frying basket.
  • Cooking pot is ceramic coated.
  • TenderCrisp technology uses pressure cooking and air frying combination for perfectly cooked and golden crisp food.
  • No need to thaw frozen food.Your ingredients can go from frozen to cooked evenly and crisped using pressure cooking then crisping.
  • Includes a crisping lid to use for air frying, baking/roasting, dehydrating and broiling.
  • Select from 5 stovetop temperature settings.
  • Easy to use touch control panel with pre-sets and customization options.
  • Stay Warm option allows to keep food warm for up to 12 hours.
  • Double your cooking capacity by using a layered that allows you to cook on bottom and top layers.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Foodi, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is TenderCrisp Technology?

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When you cook tough meats and ingredients using pressure cooking, it turns into delicious and tender food. Air frying, on the other hand, creates that beautiful crispy crust that we all love. TenderCrisp Technology in the Ninja Foodi makes these two functions work together to create a juicy and tender meal that is also crispy on the outside. So the process starts with pressure cooking, then your choice of Airfrying level for your desired crispiness.

Watch How It Works:

Ninja Foodi vs. Ninja Foodi Kitchen Collection, What’s The Difference?

The Ninja Foodi is available in two versions, Foodi and Foodi Kitchen Collection, both are the same appliance but the difference is in the included accessories.

Ninja Foodi includes:

  • Pressure and Crisping lids
  • 4-qt Cook and Crisp basket
  • Reversible rack, which can be used for steaming/pressure cooking vegetables and starches or can be flipped to use for broiling meat.
  • 45+ recipe book
  • 1 year VIP warranty.

Ninja Foodi Kitchen Collection includes:

  • Pressure and Crisping lids
  • 4-qt Cook and Crisp basket
  • Reversible rack.
  • 45+ recipe book
  • Ninja Express Chop, used for Chopping, Mincing and Pureeing ingredients into soups, sauces, dressings, toppings, dips & more.
  • Cook and Crisp layered insert
  • Silicone mitts.
  • Roasting lifters.
  • 3 years VIP warranty

Ninja Foodi vs. Foodi Deluxe:

Foodi Deluxe is a larger version that includes:

  • 8 quart cooking pot
  • 5.5 quart cook and crisp basket
  • 1700 watts power.

This is a better option for a larger family or for someone who needs to cook larger meals.

Ninja Foodi vs. Ninja Instant Cooker, What’s The Difference?

Like the Foodi system, the Instant Cooker by Ninja combines a multi cooker with a pressure cooker. However, it has less functions and capabilities:

  • The Instant Cooker does not feature TenderCrisp technology of Foodi which combines pressure cooking with air frying to crisp your ingredients.
  • Foodi has Airfrying functions for crisping, baking/roasting, broiling and dehydrating. Instant Cooker does not have this feature.
  • Frozen to Crisp feature which lets you cook food straight from the freezer without thawing is only available in Foodi.
  • Manual programs of Foodi are 8. For instant Cooker it’s only 4 programs.
  • Capacity wise, Foodi is available in either 8 or 6.5 quart capacity. Instant Cooker is available in 6 quart capacity.
  • Inner pots of both Foodi and Instant Cooker are ceramic coated.

Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker vs. Ninja Cooking System, What’s The Difference?

Ninja Cooking System is also a multi-cooker that allows you to prepare a large variety of meals. The biggest difference between it and the Foodi is Pressure cooking.

  • Ninja Foodi is a Pressure Cooker and Multi Cooker
  • Ninja Cooking System is a Multi Cooker with no capability of Pressure cooking or air frying function.

Let’s look at the details…

Functions:

  • Foodi: Pressure, slow cook, steam, saute, bake, broil, air fry/crisp. Frozen to Crisp which allows you to cook frozen food without thawing.
  • Cooking System: Steam, slow cook, bake, sear/saute, bake.

Manual programs:

  • Foodi has 8 manual programs in addition to the pre-sets.
  • Cooking System has 4 manual programs.

Capacity:

  • Foodi is available in two sizes, 6.5qt and 8 qt.
  • Cooking System is available in one capacity, 6 qt.

Coating:

  • Inner pot of the Foodi is ceramic coated. Ceramic is known to be more durable and doesn’t peel.
  • Inner pot of the Ninja Cooking System has non-stick coating.

Wattage:

  • Foodi is available in two models, one is 1400 watts and the other is 1700 watts.
  • Ninja Cooking System is 1200 watts.

Ninja Foodi Compared To Other Brands:

Ninja Foodi vs. Instant Pot DUO60:

Instant Pot is about the most popular multi cooker with pressure function available right now. It’s an affordable option that does not lack in features. In fact, it has some impressive features for the price. So how does the Ninja Foodi compare to it?

  • Instant Pot DUO60 has 7 functions: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, saute, steam, warm and yogurt maker.
  • It is available in three capacities: 3 quart, 6 quart and 8 quart.
  • Features 14 pre-set programs, dual pressure, and manual programs.
  • Stainless steel inner pot.
  • Timer with 24 hour delayed cooking.

So far, the Instant Pot looks like it might just have more functions and features than the Ninja Foodi, but it still lacks one of Foodi’s best features, the air fryer.

While the Instant Pot is a pressure and multi cooker, the Ninja Foodi is a pressure cooker, multi cooker and an air fryer. Air frying is important for a few things:

  • It’s an integral part of the TenderCrisp Technology which combines pressure cooking with air frying to make sure your food is thoroughly cooked and perfectly golden crisped.
  • When used alone, the air frying function is used for preparing usually fried meals but with 75% less fat. You can also use it for baking, roasting and broiling. Lastly, it can be used for dehydrating which is what you use for creating delicious fruit or vegetable snacks.

Which Cooker Do You Buy?

Making the right decision when it comes to a new appliance always comes down to breaking down your needs:

  • Is pressure cooking something you need from your cooker?
  • Are you trying to buy an appliance to replace multiple ones in your kitchen? What kind of meals are you trying to prepare?

The Ninja Foodi is a pressure cooker, multi-cooker and an Airfryer. It’s the only pressure and multi cooker with this capability (as of the time of writing), and this function is used on its own or in combination of pressure cooking, for tender yet crispy ingredients.

The Instant Pot, while it lacks the Air frying function, it still provides a whole lot of great features. It’s an excellent choice for the money, so if air frying is not a priority to you, it makes a great purchase.

If pressure cooking is not something you need, then you’re better off buying a multi-cooker.

 

A water cooler is a great appliance to have around in a kitchen or an office, but loading those heavy bottles has always been the worst chore. Those days are long gone thanks to bottleless water coolers. That’s one invention that I’m certainly thankful for!

What Is a Bottleless Water Cooler and How Does It Work?

Just like the name sounds, a bottleless water cooler is a water cooling machine that does not require any bottles, not top loading or bottom loading. Instead, it uses direct waterline to provide instantly cool or hot water. These machines also have a built-in filtration system that instantly purifies the water from any chemicals or impurities.

A bottleless water cooler usually has two water reservoirs on the inside, one for cool water and another for hot water. It keeps the water ready for use at those temperatures at all time so you get it instantly whenever you need it.

Why Choose a Bottleless Water Cooler Over a Traditional One?

  • One of the best benefits of having one of those coolers is that there’s no need to load up those heavy gallons of water to the top of a cooler anymore.
  • You’ll Save a lot of money on purchasing bottles.
  • Storing those large bottles is not an issue anymore.

Best Bottleless Countertop Coolers:

Comfee Bottleless Water Cooler:

  • Sleek and stylish design that fits on any countertop.
  • Select from two temperature settings: Chilled water or room temperature.
  • Offers two type of filtration: PP and Carbon filter to improve taste and eliminate odors.
  • Touch screen controls for choosing serving size, temperature and dispensing water.
  • Choose from three serving sizes: 4, 8 or 24 oz. All sizes can be reprogrammed to your liking.
  • Filter reminder will notify you when it’s time to change the filters.
  • Approximate filter lifetime: 6 months, 3000L.

Click here to learn more about Comfee Cooler, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Drinkpod Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser:

  • Serves water in three temperatures: cool, hot or room temperature.
  • Uses Ultra+3 filtration system to purify and disinfect water.
  • Touch screen panel with glass illumination.
  • Eco mode saves on power during downtime.
  • Filter cartridge provides up to 6  months of use.
  • Available in black or white design.

Click here to learn more about Drinkpod Bottleless Water Cooler Dispenser, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Avalon Countertop Self Cleaning Bottleless Water Dispenser:

  • Features paddle spouts for cold or hot water dispensing.
  • Self cleaning feature sanitizes and purifies the dispenser to prevent accumulation of bacteria.
  • Built-in nightlight makes the spouts visibly clear at night or dark areas.
  • Uses two filters, one sediment filter and another carbon block filter. Each last about 6 months.
  • Available in three colors.

Click here to learn more about Avalon Bottleless Water Cooler, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which One To Choose?

  • First thing to look into is that do you need your water cooler to provide hot water (for tea, coffee prep)? The Comfee dispenser is the only one out of the three that doesn’t provide hot water. On the other hand, the Avalon doesn’t provide room temperature water. The only cooler with all three temperature settings is the Drinkpod.
  • Second is the design: the Comfee and Drinkpod coolers have a nice touchscreen panel and several settings to choose from. The Comfee has pre-set serving sizes that can be programmed, which is quite nice if you don’t want to keep holding on the dispense button to fill up a glass, bottle or jug. The Avalon cooler has a traditional paddle design, so it doesn’t offer much in that sense.
  • All three coolers include filters that approximately last for 6 months.

Common Questions About Bottleless Water Coolers:

What Do I Need To Install a Bottleless Water Bottle?

An installation kit is included with your cooler, so most likely, you don’t need to buy any additional tools. You simply have to clear up some space near a pipeline to setup the cooler.

Can I Use a Bottleless Cooler in an Office?

Sure, I can’t see why not. The cooler is designed to deliver water on demand at anytime, as long as you have a water line available to connect at your office, you should be good to go.

Are There Any Ongoing Costs to a Bottleless Water?

When buying a bottleless cooler, you’ll certainly save hundreds of dollars per year on water bottle usage. The only ongoing cost to a bottleless cooler is the filters, which should replaced every 6 months or so.

Is There a Bottleless Water Cooler That Is Not a Countertop Design?

Yes, definitely! If you don’t have enough countertop space, you can still buy a standing water cooler that is also bottleless. Check out this model by Avalon:

This standing bottleless cooler has three temperature settings: cold, hot and room temperature. The dispensing buttons sit on top of the machine. Just like the countertop model, this machine has self cleaning feature and built-in light for spouts. Click here to learn more about it.

 

What Is a Variable Temperature Kettle And How Is It Different From a Regular Electric Kettle?

Variable temperature kettle works like any other electric kettle, it brings your water to boil whenever you need it. What makes it different though is that with a variable temperature kettle, you get to choose to which degree you want your water boiled. A variable temperature kettle, also referred to as temperature control kettle, allows you to pick from 160, 180, 195 and 200 Fahrenheit and so on. As with a traditional electric kettle, your water is boiled at 200F or so by default.

Why Do You Need To Choose The Water Temperature?

You might be wondering, do you really need your water boiled at different temperatures? Does it really make a difference or is it something that you need?

Variable temperature kettles are especially popular among manual brew coffee lovers because it allows them to make the variety of their coffee beans at different temperatures to get the best flavor out of it. Tea lovers use it too, as different type of teas require different temperatures for the best results. But choosing the temperature of your boiled water can be useful for a lot of things, one of them would be making baby formula, for example. You can boil the water at an exact temperature that wouldn’t be too hot for your baby without having to guess if the water is at the correct temperature.

What To Look For In a Variable Temperature Kettle?

  • Available Settings: Different brands offer different settings. You’ll want to know before hand that the kettle you’re buying has a pre-set of the temperature you’ll want to use the most.
  • Design: How the buttons are located, LCD display that will show you the temperature settings, and overall build of the kettle.

Best Variable Temperature Kettles To Consider:

Below, I’ll list my recommendations for best variable temperature kettles. These are mostly designed for any use including coffee, tea and more… however, they’re not the best for manual brew coffee (chemex, manual drippers and so on) as you’ll want a gooseneck kettle for that.

Secura Cool Touch Precise Temperature Control Kettle:

This kettle is the best choice for someone who is looking to get a variable temperature kettle at a reasonable price. It has a lot of great features:

  • 8 temperature settings ranging from 100F to 212F. Click on the Temp button to set your desired temperature.
  • Quick boil setting brings your water to full boil degree without going through all settings.
  • Keep Warm setting holds the temperature of your water for up to 4 hours.
  • Double walled design with stainless steel interior and plastic exterior (BPA-FREE).
  • Kettle remains cool to touch even when boiling.
  • Small LCD display shows you temperature settings.
  • Safety lock and grip lid design keeps water inside even if accidentally knocked off.

The Secura kettle has almost everything you want in a kettle. My only problem is the plastic exterior, which I don’t like very much, but it’s an understandable design decision that is reflected on the price of the kettle. Another downside to the design is that is does not have an exterior window that shows you the level of water you’ve filled in, only markings on the interior.

Click here to learn more about the Secura Precise Control Kettle, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Cuisinart CPK-17AMZ Perfect Temp Cordless Programmable Kettle:

The Cuisinart has a nice design that looks a lot like other stainless steel kettles, but of course,this one comes with variable temperature settings. The handle of the kettle features individual button for each of the temperature settings, which are labeled by temperature number and what it’s usually used for.

  • It has 6 presets starting at 160F and up to 200F for variable temperatures. A ‘Boil’ setting for boiling water at over 200F.
  • Keep Warm setting holds temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Backlit window for water level indication.
  • 1.7 Liter water capacity.
  • Memory function allows you to lift the kettle off the base without it losing its boiling process.
  • Stainless steel interior, exterior as well as lid.

In comparison to the Secura, the Cuisinart kettle has a better design. It’s a one-touch operation, fully stainless steel and has a water level indicator. However, it has different temperature settings and holds temperature for less time. And, it’s not a double-wall insulation design, so it is not cool to touch while boiling. Also, according to some customers, the labels on buttons tend to wear off after a while due to handling.

Click here to learn more about the Cuisinart Perfect Temp Kettle, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle:

Breville are always thoughtful with their appliance design, and this kettle has to be my favorite out of the three. Instead of Secura’s single setting button or Cuisinart’s buttons on the handle, Breville has placed its buttons on the base, which is the most comfortable design to use.

  • It has 5 pre-set temperature settings, starts at 175F and up to 212F.
  • Keep Warm settings holds water temperature for 20 minutes.
  • Stainless steel interior and exterior. Clear plastic lid on top.
  • Water level indicators on both sides.

This kettle is the most expensive out of the three, yet it has less temperature settings than previous two models (Cuisinart and Secura). The only reason you can justify its price is for the design. Although I don’t like the fact that it has a lid with a clear plastic window, the rest of it is made of solid brushed stainless steel. The base is nicely designed, too. The labels are written on top of the buttons and not directly on them, which means there’s little to no chance of labels getting wiped out after a while.

Click here to learn more about the Breville Variable Temperature Kettle, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Which Of Kettles These Do You Choose?

As you can see, each of these kettles has its own pros and cons:

  • The Secura kettle gets you the most value for your money. It has the most temperature settings, long Keep Warm time and a double walled design. On the downside it has a plastic exterior and no water level indication.
  • The Cuisinart has a great quality and design. Only downside is that the labels are on the handle, which are bound to wipe out after a while.
  • Last but not least is the Breville. It’s the most expensive, yet it has less temperature settings. But the price is reflected in its premium design for sure.

If you know exactly what you’ll want to use your kettle for (for tea brewing mostly, or just the usual tasks?) make sure the kettle has a pre-set for your most required task. That’s the most important aspect to keep in mind.

 

Ninja Kitchen has a range of blenders available on the market. Each blender comes with its own range of features, capacities and accessories to perform different tasks. Choosing the right Ninja blender for yourself will depend on what you need it for:

  • Is it going to be for smoothies only? Will you use it for cooking?
  • Do you need it to crush ice?
  • Do you need a full size blender or a personal size?

Knowing exactly what you need out of a blender is the best start for choosing the right one and narrowing your options. In this post, I’ll be listing Ninja’s blenders, what each blender does and who is it best for. We’ll look at the difference between Ninja blenders, which blender is best for smoothies and more!

Ninja Blenders – The Models:

Starting with full size blenders:

  • Ninja Intelli-Sense Series: a full system that allows you to change vessels to do more tasks. Available vessels include a blender, food processor, personal size blender and spiralizer.
  • Ninja Chef: High-speed blender with manual or automatic modes for fine tuning your recipes.
  • Nina Professional Blender: Powerful blender with Total Crushing technology that crushes ice and frozen fruit in seconds.

Personal Size, Single-Serve Blenders:

  • Nutri Ninja: Made especially for creating delicious and nutrient smoothies directly into the cup. Can perform few other tasks, too.

Ninja Intelli-Sense Series:

Intelli-Sense is not just a blender. It’s an entire system that can perform almost all tasks using the same smart base and different attachments. It can run on up to 12 auto programs as well as some manual modes.

Features:

  • Motor base with touchscreen control.
  • 12 pre-set programs: smoothie, frozen drinks, ice cream, snow cone, puree, chop, dough, dips, extract, refresher, dressing, spiralizer.
  • Automatic vessel recognition brings up the appropriate program for each vessel.
  • Includes different accessories – read below for more information.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Intelli-Sense, read the customer reviews and buy it.

The systems consists of:

The smart base:

This is the base that does everything for you. It has a touchscreen display that allows you to select from pre-set programs like smoothie, extract, dressing, frozen drink, chop, puree and a lot more. The base is designed with Smart Vessel Recognition; a technology that allows the base to automatically recognize the vessel you’re using and bring up the correct programs on the display accordingly.

The Vessels:

Like I’ve already mentioned, the Intelli-Sense system has different vessels for variety of tasks. Available vessels are: Total Crushing blender, Food Processing, Single-serve blender cups and Spiralizer. Which vessels are included with your purchase will depend on your model choice.

Intelli-Sense Models:

Intelli-Sense Blender Duo (model number: CT641& CT640C) includes the 72 oz blender vessel and two 24 oz single-serve blender cups with spout lids. This model set unlocks 8 smart programs:

Smoothie Blender, Smoothie cup, Extract, Frozen Drink, Snow Cone, Refresher, Dressing, Dips.

Intelli-Sense Kitchen System unlocks all 12 smart programs: Smoothie-Pitcher, Smoothie-Cup, Extract, Frozen Drink, Snow Cone, Ice Cream, Refresher, Dressings, Chop, Dips, Puree, Dough.

The included accessories will depend on your model choice:

Model # CT680W: 72 oz blender pitcher, an 8-cup food processor, one 24 oz single serve cup with one spout lid, dough blade, precision processing blade, stacked blade, 75-recipe book.

Model # CT680SS: 72 oz blender pitcher, 8-cup food processor, one, 24 oz cup and one spout lid, stacked blade, dough blade, pro extractor blade, reversible slicing/shredding disc and disc spindle, precision processing blade, 35-recipe book.

Model #CT680A: 72 oz blender pitcher, 8-cup food processor, one, 24 oz cup and one spout lid, stacked blade, dough blade, pro extractor blade, 35-recipe cook book.

Model #CT680: 72 oz blender pitcher, 8-cup food processor, one, 24 oz cup and one spout lid, stacked blade, chopping and dough blade, pro extractor blade, 35-recipe book.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto Spiralizer (model # CT682SP), it includes: 72 oz blender pitcher, 8-cup food processor, one, 24 oz cup and one spout lid, stacked blade, precision blade, chopping and dough blade, pro extractor blades, auto-spiralizer with two discs (spaghetti and Fettuccine), spiralizer cleaning brush and 35-recipe book.

What Is The Difference Between Ninja Intelli-Sense Models?

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TitleNinja CT682SP Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer, BlackNinja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Smart Vessel Recognition CT680ANinja Intelli-Sense BlenderDuo
FeatureSmart Base, 4 high-performance attachments.
12 Smart Programs: Chef-designed automatic recipe creations at the tap of a touchscreen.
Smart Vessel Recognition: Smart Base recognizes each attachment and automatically displays pre-set Smart Programs
Intuitive Touchscreen: Easy to use, easy to clean, durable.
Includes a 1200-Watt base with a Touchscreen Display, 72 oz. Total Crushing Pitcher, 24 oz. Single-Serve Blender Cup, 8-cup Precision Processor Bowl, Auto-Spiralizer, and 35-Recipe Inspiration Guide.
Attachments are BPA free and dishwasher safe
Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Smart Vessel Recognition
Ninja Intelli-Sense Blender Duo features Smart Vessel Recognition, which automatically recognizes which vessel is attached to the base and displays a customized menu of pre-set programs on the touchscreen
8 Smart Programs are designed by chefs so you can create the perfect recipe with one touch
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Smart Programs: Chef-designed automatic recipe creations deliver optimal results every time
Precisely calibrated patterns of pulsing, pausing, and speed create everything from fresh salsa and pizza dough to margaritas and decadent ice creams?all it takes is a simple touch
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As you can see, there’s lots of model numbers and variations of the Intelli-Sense system. It can get quite confusing. But here’s the breakdown of these models:

  • The Intelli-Sense Duo is the base model, which includes the pitcher and single-serve cups.
  • After that comes the Intelli-Sense System, which has the most variations. All models include the pitcher, single serve cup and a food processor. The difference in each model comes in the included blade for the food processor. This is where you’ll have to pay attention because you’ll want the blade for the task you plan on performing with your processor.
  • The last variation of models is the one that has it all, the Intelli-Sense system with the food spiralizer. This one has all the above PLUS the auto spiralizers.

Which Do You Choose?

  • The Intelli-Sense Duo is the perfect choice for smoothies and small tasks like crushing ice, making a dressing or dips.
  • If you’re looking for more than just blending, the Intelli-Sense kitchen system combines two appliances in one.

Can I Buy the Vessels Separately?

Yes, absolutely! Let’s say you bought the Intelli-Sense Duo but later decided you need a food processor too. All you have to do then is buy the food processor attachments and use it with the same motor base you have. Since it’s a smart system, it will automatically recognize the new attachment and unlock the additional programs.

You can also buy additional blades, single-serve cups and more accessories.

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Ninja Chef Series:

The Ninja Chef is a high-speed blender with automatic programs as well as manual mode. It has a wide range of variable speeds, this is great for at home chefs who want to fine tune their recipes and get to very specific textures when blending.

Features of Ninja Chef Blender:

  • 10 pre-set Auto iQ programs: Soup, nut butter, flour/mill, extract, dressing, puree, frozen drink, smoothie, dip/salsa and ice cream.
    10 manual modes with variable speed control for full customization of your blending.
  • Self clean program allows for easy cleaning of your pitcher. Simply add hot water and dish soap and run the program.
  • Powerful 1500 watts motor base.
  • Smart vessel recognition automatically adapts between the pitcher and single-serve cup to bring up the right programs for each vessel.
  • Includes a 72 oz pitcher, tamper, lid with vented cap and 50-recipe book.

Click here to learn more about Ninja Chef, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Ninja Chef Blender Models:

Chef Blender series is available in three model numbers, and same as the Intelli-Sense, the only difference is the included accessories:

Model # CT805: Includes the pitcher, tamper, vented lid with cap and recipe book.

Model # CT810: Includes pitcher, tamper, vented lid with cap, one 24 oz to-go double walled tumbler and one spout lid, as well as a 35-recipe book.

Model # CT815A: Includes pitcher, tamper, vented lid with cap, 24 oz single-serve blending cup, one spout lid and 35-recipe book.

Which One Do You Choose?

Simply select the model with the accessories you need. If you don’t plan on drinking your smoothies on the go, the CT805 model should be a good choice. The difference between models CT810 vs. CT815A is that the first one has a tumbler, so you’ll blend your ingredients in the pitcher than transfer it to the tumbler, where with the second model, you’ll blend directly in the single-serve cup.

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Nutri Ninja Series:

This series is the perfect choice for smoothie lovers, although it’s not just what it does, it is one of its main purposes. This compact blender is made for blending in single-serve cups of different sizes. The base is set with programs that will do the work for you with a simple press of a button.

There are two models in this series:

Nutri Ninja Pro:

This blender is as simple as it gets. It includes two cups, an 18 oz cup and 24oz cup with two spout lids. It has no programs, so it works on one speed only. This is the quickest way to make your smoothie.

Click here to learn more about Nutri Ninja Pro, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Nutri Ninja with Auto-iQ:

This model feature’s Ninja’s Auto iQ, which is pre-set programs that take the guess work out of making anything from smoothies to chopping small ingredients or crushing ice.

Models numbers for the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ:

BL480D: includes one 18 oz cup, one 24 oz cup, 2 spout lids

BL481: Includes one 18 oz cup, one 24 oz cup, one 32 oz cup and three spout lids.

BL490: Includes a 72 oz pitcher, one 24 oz cup, one 24 oz stainless steel cup, 2 spout lids.

Click here to learn more about Nutri Ninja with Auto iQ, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Are Ninja Blenders Good for Juicing?

Ninja blenders are not meant to juice. They blend ingredients together so they’re more for making smoothies than juices. Juice is made from extracting the juice out of fruit/vegetable and leaving the fiber or pulp out. That’s the work of a juice extractor rather than a blender. With a blender, you’re using every part of the fruit or vegetable, so the consistency of the drink is heavier.

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I first came across Breville’s stand mixers at a late night Netflix binge watching shows like Nailed It and Sugar Rush. The mixers looked easy to use for beginners and experienced bakers alike. That’s when I decided to dig deeper into the brand’s stand mixers. What I found is two models: The Scraper Mixer Pro (BEM800XL) and the Bakery Chef (BEM825BAL). In this post, I’ll look into the features of each of these models, and how a Breville mixer would compare to KitchenAid’s.

Breville BEM800XL The Scraper Mixer Pro:

  • 12 speed electronic control – adjust the speed control to the action you want to perform (aerating, beating, light mixing…) for the best speed to match your recipe.
  • Planetary mixing action.
  • 5-quart stainless steel bowl with handles.
  • Die-cast metal housing keeps the mixer stable, more secure and easier to clean and maintain.
  • Count up and down timer with pause function.
  • Load sensing technology will automatically detect heavy batters and will automatically adjust the power to maintain the selected speed.
  • Included accessories:
  • Wire whisk, Scraper beater, flat beater, dough hook, spatula, splash guard and pouring shield.
  • Dimensions: 7.9” x 15.8” x 13.8”
  • Power: 550 Watts.

Click here to learn more about Breville BEM800XL, read the customer reviews and buy it.

Breville BEM825BAL The Bakery Chef Stand Mixer:

  • 12 speed settings with dial control.
  • Planetary mixing action.
  • Includes two bowls: 5 quarts borosilicate glass bowl and a 4 quarts stainless steel bowl.
  • Die-cast metal housing.
  • LCD for count up or down timer with pause function.
  • Load sensing technology for automatic heavy batter detection.
  • Included accessories:
  • Wire whisk, scraper beater, flat beater, dough hook, splash guard, pouring shield, spatula.
  • Power: 550 Watts.
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 15.8″ x 14″

Click here to learn more about Breville BEM825BAL, read the customer reviews and buy it.

What Is The Difference Between Breville BEM800XL vs. BEM825BAL?

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  • There’s not much difference between the two models except for the included bowls:
  • The BEM800XL includes a 5-quart stainless steel bowl only.
  • The BEM825BAL includes two bowls: a 5-quart glass bowl and a 4-quart stainless steel bowl.
  • The Scraper Mixer Pro is available in three colors: brushed aluminum, cranberry red and black sesame.
  • The Bakery Chef is available in brushed stainless steel only.

Breville vs. KitchenAid, Which Stand Mixer Is Right For You?

There’s no doubt that KitchenAid’s stand mixers are the champions of all mixers. For many years, KitchenAid has been preferred by lots of bakers around the world. But does that make it the right choice for you? Not necessarily. Let’s compare Breville and KitchenAid’s mixers features to find out which is the best choice for you. And for this comparison, I chose the KitchenAid KSM105 Artisan Series to the Breville BEM825BAL since they’re most comparable in features, capacity and price. You can also see a detailed review of KitchenAid vs. Breville BEM800XL mixer here.

Power:

KitchenAid: 325 Watts             Breville: 550 Watts

Capacity:

KitchenAid: 5-quarts                Breville: 5-quarts and 4-quarts

Speed:

KitchenAid: 10 speeds              Breville: 12 speeds

Controls:

KitchenAid: number selector   Breville: LED light selector with task selection

Included Accessories:

KitchenAid: four                         Breville: seven

As you can see, it looks like the Breville has more speed and includes more accessories than KitchenAid. It also has more power. But here are few more things to consider:

KitchenAid:

– KitchenAid’s stand mixers are actually multi-functional. It is famous for its detachable accessories that expand the use of the machine to do tasks like make fresh pasta, slice, dice, shred, meat grinder attachments and a lot more. Although it’s very handy in theory, those attachments can be quite expensive. Also, relying on your stand mixer for all your coffee tasks can be quite risky, if it break, then you’ll end up with no appliance to do any task with.

– When it comes to design, KtichenAid is known for its retro design and incredible colors. The appliance itself is quite sturdy and stable. But some of the attachments can be a hit or miss. For example, The flat beater and dough hook are coated aluminum, which is good until the coating starts to peel.

– The speed settings on the KitchenAid are as classic as any settings on any stand mixer. You’ll go through the numbers gradually until you find the perfect speed. This is something experienced bakers are used to, but can take sometime for a beginner to learn.

Breville:

– On the other hand, the Breville mixer isn’t as multi-functional as the KitchenAid. It doesn’t have a hub to accommodate attachments for doing things other than baking. And that’s totally okay, because it does everything its supposed to do baking wise and that’s what you need from a stand mixer.

– The Breville mixer is more powerful wattage wise, and it has more speeds. It’s a better choice for beginners, I believe, because its speed control is not numbered. Instead, it has an LED light with indications for each task. Do you want to knead or fold? Slide the light indicator to match the task. Tasks indicated are folding/kneading, Aerating/whipping, Creaming/beating and Light mixing. The timer (down or up count) is another great feature that makes your baking tasks easier.

– The die-cast housing of the Breville mixer makes it quite sturdy and secure, yet, it’s still less heavy than a KitchenAid mixer, which makes it easier to move around if needed. The attachments included are all stainless steel, so there’s no coating to worry about. Contrary to the KitchenAid mixer, the Breville design is quite sleek and modern.

The Breville has more accessories included, and two of the best are the splash guard and pouring shield. The fact that is has two bowls is also a major plus (the BEM825BAL model).

Watch The Mixers in Action:

Full Comparison Between Breville vs. KitchenAid Mixers:

 
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