This Blending Powerhouse Is Great for Crushing Frozen Ingredients — And It’s Only $62 Today

updated Apr 30, 2019
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If your blender has ever burned out, jammed, or left you with chunks when you’ve tried to blend frozen ingredients or ice, today is your chance to upgrade to a blender that was designed specifically for this task. Amazon’s Deal of the Day is on this Ninja Smart Screen Blender from their Total Crushing line, and until midnight PST it’s only $62.

The difference between this and other blenders is Ninja’s patented stacked blade design. Powered by a 1000-watt motor, the multi-tiered blades crush through ice and frozen ingredients — even things like frozen strawberries, bananas, and blocks of açaí puree. And since it doesn’t rely only on a small bottom blade, you can use less liquid to get things moving, allowing you to make extra-thick smoothies and cocktails if that’s your preference.

The touch screen has four presets: smoothies, frozen drinks, dips, and ice cream. Each program blends and pulses for the optimal amount of time for whatever you’re making. It also has manual speed and pulse settings if you prefer to do the work yourself. For example, the pulse button is great for making a chunky salsa, something most blenders can’t do. You can whip up a healthy frozen dessert by throwing in some frozen strawberries, almond milk, and honey. Or try replacing some of the ice in your favorite cocktail recipe with frozen mangoes or berries. Of course, not everything you make needs to be healthy. We’re not judging.

One note: If you’re looking for a blender to make green smoothies or juices with fibrous veggies and leafy greens, this probably isn’t the choice for you. But if you have a stash of frozen fruit or ice in your freezer that you want to transform into thick smoothies, cocktails, or frozen treats, the Ninja was created to do just that. If you do want a powerful blender for leafy greens, check out our guide from earlier this month.