Most kitchens are crowded with appliances for every need, taking up a lot of space on counters and inside cabinets. Ninja claims that it can solve this problem with its multi-purpose Intelli-Sense Kitchen System. Does it live up to the hype? In this post, we’ll review its features and weigh the pros and cons.
The Ninja CT682SP Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer is manufactured and sold by SharkNinja Operating LLC. The company is based in Needham, MA, and was founded in 2003. They have produced several popular kitchen devices and generally have a good reputation.
The Intelli-Sense shares some features with other blenders and processors. All of its parts are BPA-free, and most of the parts are dishwasher-safe, making it safe to use and easy to clean. But what sets it apart is its diverse functions. It is intended to replace a kitchen’s ice crusher, processor, blender, juicer, and spiralizer with one machine. It also has some new features, such as a touchscreen.
The Intelli-Sense features a Smart Base with four attachments: a crushing pitcher, a food processor, a high-speed blender cup, and an auto-spiralizer. It has six speeds available.
The base also has a feature called Smart Vessel Recognition. When a new attachment is placed on the base, it instantly recognizes the attachment and displays a unique menu of options and pre-set programs. It also adjusts the speed, power, and torque required for efficient operation of the attachment.
The Total Crushing Pitcher is larger than most blender pitchers at 72 ounces, equivalent to nine cups. It will crush anything, from ice to whole fruits, for a variety of recipes, including frozen drinks, ice cream, and much more. It utilizes stacked blade assembly and includes a lid.
The Precision Processor Bowl provides 64 ounces, equivalent to eight cups. It’s very versatile, allowing you to chop, puree, and garnish with nothing more than a tap on the touchscreen. It comes with the 64-ounce bowl and blade, plus a smaller bowl with blade and lid.
The blender cup provides a single serving of 24 ounces. It can create smoothies, juices, and more, and can also grind through all seeds from berries used in smoothies. It’s a small cup only intended for one person, but comes with a spout lid, so you can take your creation on the go. It utilizes Pro Extractor Blades assembly, which is solid and durable.
The Auto-Spiralizer features a three-inch feed chute that allows you to create fresh noodles from ingredients like fruits and vegetables. This lets you turn pastas and salads into healthier versions with lower carbs. It includes two attachments: a spaghetti blade and a fettuccine blade. It also includes a food pusher and bowl.
The touchscreen is easy to use. It features 12 Smart Programs which provide recipes that were designed by professional chefs. Each program includes a specific pattern of pulses, pauses, and speed. These recipes include:
Two types of smoothies (depending on the blender attachment you use – total crushing pitcher or high-speed cup)
- Frozen drinks
- Ice cream
- Snow cones
- Refreshers (for adding natural flavors to water)
This provides twice as many options as the previous Ninja 4-in-1 Kitchen System (AMZ012BL) model.
Each program is simple to operate. Pressing the same command again will pause the process, including the digital time and countdown. Pressing it again will resume. There’s no need to press stop – the machine knows when its job is done and shuts itself off. You can switch from one program to another with ease. You can also switch to manual options for customization. There are three manual settings: low, high, and pulse. The touchscreen is easy to clean – simply wipe it down. It is also very durable, withstanding most normal wear and tear.
All blades can be removed for easy food removal and clean-up. There is also a steel cleaning brush included for extra help with cleaning.
The Intelli-Sense Kitchen System comes with a 35-Recipe Inspiration Guide, instruction book and Quick Start Guide.
The product comes with a one-year warranty, though a lifetime warranty is available from Ninja’s website for an additional cost. Free shipping and a 60-day money-back guarantee are also provided through the website.
The Intelli-Sense measures 9.8 inches by 7.0 inches. It is 17.6 inches tall. This is small enough for most kitchens, though you may want to measure the space under or inside your cabinet. It may be too tall for some cabinets. You will also need space for all the attachments and components.
It is lightweight at 10.4 pounds.
The base provides 1200 watts of power. Crushing ice typically requires about 500 watts, so this is more than sufficient.
It utilizes a plastic drive system. The jar and attachments (except blades) are also made of plastic.
A 2.5-foot power cord is included.
The Intelli-Sense is lightweight, so you can move it from one location to another easily.
Its many features and components make it very versatile and it’s very simple to use. Even consumers who are not especially adept in the kitchen will be able to create just about any dish, dessert, or drink they can dream up.
Ninja also provides excellent customer service. According to the Better Business Bureau, the company has resolved more than 300 complaints and 100 negative reviews, mostly regarding service issues or obtaining replacement parts, by having a representative respond directly to the consumer with a solution.
The Intelli-Sense Kitchen System is also an affordable option when compared to other models. It costs around $300 (compare to more expensive $600 devices). This cost can be split up into monthly installments of $60.
The appliance is available at a wide variety of retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar stores. Chances are, you’ll be able to find it locally, wherever you live.
In addition to the Smart Programs, the Intelli-Sense can make shakes, nut butters, syrups, fondues, batters, sauces, and salsas.
The appliance is very loud and not recommended for those in apartments. The trade-off is that it runs very quickly and only needs a few minutes.
Hot foods, such as soups, are not recommended. This is due to the plastic drive system that powers it.
Slicing blades, grating discs, and shredding discs are not included. They can, however, be purchased from Ninja as accessories.
It may be too tall for some cabinets or spaces. All the attachments can also take up extra space. The lids and blades may be easily lost, so you’ll need to find a way to keep everything together. Ninja does not include a storage container for these smaller components.
Parts and accessories from other Ninja models, such as single-serve blender cups from a Nutri-Bullet, do not seem to be compatible with the Intelli-Sense Kitchen System.