The minimalistic and very simple design of the Ninja BL204 Pulsing blender receives a good reception on Amazon and many review sites. It is a complete blending system that combines the functionality of a food processor, juicer and mixer into one compact design for optimal performance. The Pulse function requires only a push downwards on the jar that helps in crushing ice into a fine mist, or blend delicious drinks in a hurry. It is capable of processing fresh vegetables and other ingredients too without the need to dice up whole ingredients. The Ninja BL204 is also capable of kneading dough. It comes with a 16 oz serving cup and a 40 oz processor bowl that are both BPA free and compatible with a dishwasher.
Our Ninja BL204 Review
When was the last time that you had seen an inexpensive and very simple to use blender work right? Having used the Ninja BL204, we feel that this is the most ergonomically and intuitively designed blender mixer ever created with its compact size and single pulse blending function. First seen it in action on Amazon and on YouTube, we were excited by the Ninja BL204 simply because it had no messy buttons to choose from, no speed settings and other gimmicks. In fact, the very first day we received our Ninja, we quickly assembled the blender base and its 40 oz polycarbonate jar together, threw in a fresh batch of fruits and veggies to test out its pulse technology – it worked like a charm. All you have to do is press down on the lid gently to get the pulse blending process started. In fact, there is nothing else to do, just shut the lid onto the jar tightly and push down on it when ready to begin juicing, food processing or blending. Once satisfied with the overall consistency of the ingredients inside, release the pressure on the lid and stop the blending process.
There are no buttons or LCD display panel on the blender base. It is all pristine white with a large Ninja logo in silver at the front of the Ninja BL204. Construction wise, the base does feel quite heavy and sturdy giving assurance that a powerful commercial grade motor has been used. And the 30 oz processor bowl along with the single serve cup are both BPA free, dishwasher safe so they too feel ergonomic in their design. The lid is designed to lock onto each container with a tight seal, so at times it can be difficult releasing the lid after using the blender. We don’t think this is a design flaw rather it is an intentional design element introduced to ensure safety with children and pesky pets around. Without any buttons to accidentally set off and a air-tight lid, the chances of accidental start-up is minimal.
The instruction manual and even on Amazon, it says that the Ninja BL204 can knead dough, but we felt it best to not try this out since this is after all an affordable blender that probably lacks the raw power of other larger Vitamix or Blendtec blenders. Nevertheless, when we made peanut butter in it, the outcome was perfect (you have to use a tamper to push the ingredients down).
Ninja BL204 Features & Parts
- Compact and powerful, it is versatile as a juicer, blender and food processor.
- Pulse technology helps with juicing and grinding tough ingredients.
- Can knead dough as well.
- 40 oz processor bowl and 16 oz serving cup.
- All polycarbonate parts are BPA free and dishwasher safe.
Ninja BL204 Blender Conclusion
The Ninja BL204 has got everything cut down to size, starting from its compact base to its 40 oz polycarbonate container. However, size does not detract from its immense power capable of devouring through whole produce at once. We feel that this is an ideal blender for folks who either want a replacement for their expensive blown blender or wish to live a simpler life with a basic blending, grinding and processing type blender-mixer. The Ninja BL204 is affordable, well constructed and very easy to handle because of which we give it a cool 5/5 rating.