Ninja blenders are some of the most popular kitchen appliances in the country. They are powerful, technologically advanced, and backed by superb customer service. But have you ever wondered what Ninjas could be used to make hot soup?
If you have, then this article is for you. Here we will explore which Ninja machines are safe for hot foods, Why not all blenders are suitable for hot foods, and how to make soup in a Ninja machine.
Let’s jump right in.
Warning About Putting Hot Liquids in the Wrong Blender!
Before we begin, understand that not all blenders can be used with hot ingredients. Placing hot liquids in blenders that are not specifically designed for them can be very dangerous.
Heat causes things to expand, and if a blender is not properly vented, pressure can build up and cause it to explode. Never place hot food in a blender unless you are 100% sure it is designed for them.
When in doubt, err on the side of caution.
Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick summary of the products we recommend.
|Ninja HB152 Foodi Heat-iQ Blender||A+|
|Ninja Chef Blenders CT815, CT810, CT805||A|
|Ninja SS401 Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System-iQ||A+|
|Ninja HB100 Foodi Cold & Hot Blender||A|
Which Ninja Blender Makes Hot Soup?
Here is a listing of our top choices from the Ninja Kitchen family that can be used to make hot soups.
Ninja HB152 Foodi Heat-iQ Blender
The Ninja HB152 is a precision heat cooking blender, but beyond its ability to heat soups, sauces, and other recipes, it is a professional-grade blender that can perform almost any blending task you could ever hope to perform.
Whether you want to make hearty or smooth soups, delicious nutrient-rich smoothies, nut butter, or melt chocolate for dessert fondue, it will perform flawlessly.
Equipped with an 800-watt heating unit with independent controls, this blender can simmer flavorful sauces or create piping hot soups and even feature a heated self-cleaning cycle.
In total, there are 12 pre-programmed cycles, including different modes for soup lovers depending on the consistency they prefer.
Pros and Cons
- Can make delicious smoothies, flavorful soups, and anything in between.
- 1400 peak watt motor base
- Comes with a tamper and cleaning brush.
- 12 smart programs for walk-away convenience.
- 64 oz glass pitcher is heavy, especially when full of liquids.
Ninja Chef Blenders CT815, CT810, CT805
The 800 series from Ninja Kitchen Appliances was first introduced in 2017 and intended to give the company a foothold in the premium blender sector previously dominated by Vitamix, Blendtec, and similar companies. Since then, they have established themselves as one of the highest quality and most capable blender lines to be found.
Offering built-in blade systems, powerful motors, tough Tritan Copolyester Jars, LCD control panels, cont-down timer, and Smart Vessel Recognition, the 800 series has a sleek look that compliments all but the rustic kitchen decor and corrects many of the complaints that the company often heard about its older blender lines.
The new lighter Tritan blending jug, in particular, was welcomed by potential users who found the older glass pitcher designs that the company considered standard to be too heavy and cumbersome to handle easily.
The entire line comes with:
- 72 oz. Tritan copolyester pitcher
- 1500-watt base
- Vented cap
- Quick assembly & instruction manual
The CT810 and 815 include the addition of a 24 oz double-walled To-Go cup and screw-on sippy lid, and the CT815 alone includes a Pro extractor blade assembly.
Pros and Cons
- These are very versatile machines that can be used to make soups, resort-style frozen drinks, smoothies, sauces, baby food, and many other recipes.
- Their built-in blade assembly is very easy to clean with the automatic cleaning cycle.
- They only have a short 1-year warranty.
- The 800 series offers manual controls as well as up to 10 preset cycles.
- Compared to other blenders in this class, they are heavy and take up a large amount of counter space.
- All 800 series blenders come with a tamper to make blending tough ingredients easier.
- Preset programs don’t always deliver the best results.
Ninja SS401 Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System-iQ
The Ninja SS401 Foodi Kitchen System can be used to make hot soup but not in the way you may expect. With the blending blades and lid in place, it should not be used for hot liquids of any type as this is a closed system that doesn’t allow for proper venting. Even the seams around the built-in tamper should not be counted on to provide sufficient venting to avoid danger and possible injury.
That being said, The food processor lid does have a feed shut that provides more than enough space to prevent pressure from building up to unsafe levels. Unfortunately, having to use the SS401 in this manner makes it better suited to hearty soups than smooth soup, but it is ideal for rustic style Butternut Squash soup, tomato soup, and similar dishes.
The base unit itself features a 1600-watt motor with sufficient power to blend excellent smoothies, crush ice into snow even without liquids and perform almost any blending or food processor task you are likely to need. This high-speed motor is capable of spinning the blades at 18,000 RPMs providing very quick blending times and the efficient cutting and shredding of vegetables.
If you want one machine for anything from fixing a salad to making craft cocktails and spa waters, this is a very strong system that is worth taking a second look at.
Pros and Cons
- 18 oz Smoothie Bowl Maker with Built-in Tamper and Storage Lid and 24 oz Nutrient Extraction Cup with travel lid.
- Functions as both a blender and food processor
- Food processor lid can be used for making soups
- Not really suited to making smooth soups
- Is loud, heavy, and large for a kitchen system of these capabilities.
- Excellent build quality for a machine at this price point.
Ninja HB100 Foodi Cold & Hot Blender
The Ninja Foodi Cold Hot blender HB100 is an almost identical mole to the HB152 but with two fewer auto programs and no brush or tamper being included in the standard package.
It has the same 1400-watt motor, 800-watt precision heating element, 64 oz glass pitcher with a 56 oz max cold liquid capacity, and can perform all of the same Blend, Extract, Crush, Cook, and Smoothie functions of its slightly fancier brother but at a substantial discount from the HB152’s price.
Beyond this, some reviewers have reported that thermal safety shuts the machine down slightly quicker than a 152 and that the HB100 is marginally louder. Of course, these are subjective reviews and may or may not reflect your experience.
Pros and Cons
- 64 oz glass may be too heavy for some people with limited strength.
- Can make chunky or smooth soups.
- It has a sautee setting to simplify cooking many recipes.
- 10 smart programs greatly simplify the blending process for busy cooks.
- It is reported to be louder than its closest competition in the Ninja line.
Can I Put Hot Soup in a Ninja Blender?
You can put hot soup in a Ninja Foodi Cold Hot blender and similar models that are intended for that type of use. Be aware that not all Ninja machines are designed to handle hot foods.
Putting hot soup in a blender that is not vented can create a real risk of severe injuries. Always double-check the manufacturer’s recommendations and warnings before placing hot soup in a Ninja or any other type of blender.
How to Make Hot Soup in a Ninja Blender (Step by Step)
Many but not all Ninjas can be used to make hot soups. It is only the Ninja HB152 Foodi Heat-iQ Blender, though, that features an 800-watt heating element that actually allows you t cook in the blender itself.
Making soup in it is very simple. Add ingredients to your blender and grind to the desired consistency while adjusting the heat to cook the soup as you would like. The blender makes it very easy to keep the soup stirred and heating evenly.
For all other models, the process is slightly different and more involved.
- First, and always, make sure that your blender has a vented pitcher and is designed to handle the pressures that hot liquids can cause. If there is any doubt, don’t use it.
- Gather and prep your ingredients, be sure to wash all produce and proteins if you are using them. Since you are using a blender, you will not need to cut things as fine as you normally would, but they should be reduced to sizes that will cook evenly and Thoroughly.
- Sautee your vegetables and proteins, making sure all ingredients reach recommended food safety temperatures and season to your liking. It is usually best to slightly under season at this point. Additional seasoning can be added later if desired, but over-seasoned food can be difficult to recover.
- Preheat any water, stock, broth, or bullion that you plan to use as a base for your soup.
- Add warm ingredients, including base, to your Ninja Blender, being careful not to overfill the blending container. You should see two maximum fill lines on the blending jug, one for hot liquids and one for cold.
- Firmly secure the lid, and proper center cap, then blend to the desired consistency. Avoid touching the blending container or lid without an oven mitt or hot pad, as they can become very hot.
- Pour soup from the blender season to taste and serve.
Wrap-Up of Ninjas for Hearty or Smooth Soups
Any ninja blender can be used to make soups if you don’t mind cooking and cooling your ingredients before blending and reheating after you blend. But, to try and blend hot liquids in a blender that is not vented is not only asking for a big mess in your kitchen but inviting the possibility of suffering a severe injury.
While researching this article, we looked at all the Ninja blenders currently available and perused literally dozens of articles detailing what many experts considered the pros and cons of different Ninjas when it came to making soup.
In some cases, what we found was disturbing as we found many blenders we know are not safe for hot foods listed. For this reason, the list provided in this article is much shorter than most.
We left it off the list if it was not a blender we had personal knowledge of or could find verifiable proof that it was safe to use in making hot soups. Better to be a little short than to risk a reader’s safety.
If you have knowledge of any blender from Ninja that should be added, please note them in the comments below both for the benefit of other readers and our own knowledge.
Hey, I’m Joey. I’ve been cooking since I was a little kid and love everything about it. You can find my writing about food, kitchen appliances (such as blenders) and much more. Thanks for stopping by!