Ninja blenders are high-quality machines known for their excellent power, durability, and versatility – they can blend up pretty much anything. But after blending, when it’s time to clean up, the question is: is a Ninja blender dishwasher safe?
When it comes to cleaning your blender, you probably want it to be as quick and hassle-free as possible. And one of the most hassle-free ways of cleaning is, of course, the dishwasher.
The thing is, not all blenders and not all blender parts are dishwasher safe. To keep your Ninja blender running properly and for as long as possible, it is important to know if and what parts of your Ninja blender can go in the dishwasher.
So let’s take a look…
Is a Ninja Blender Dishwasher Safe?
In general, yes, most Ninja blenders have dishwasher-safe parts.
However, cleaning instructions can vary between different models, so whenever you are thinking of putting your blender in the dishwasher, make sure you have consulted your specific blender’s user manual for cleaning instructions and warnings.
Even if your Ninja blender is dishwasher safe, there still may be specifications on what rack, detergents, or cycles you can or should use when washing in the dishwasher.
Which Ninja blender parts are dishwasher safe?
The pitchers, blending cups, lids, blades, blade assemblies, and gaskets of Ninja blenders are dishwasher safe.
It is generally recommended that these parts (except for large pitchers) should stay on the top rack of the dishwasher where it is the least hot, in order to minimize the wearing down of these parts over time.
Important note: the motor base of a blender is never dishwasher safe!
Many Ninja blenders have a standard blender design with the blades attached to the bottom of the pitcher with a gasket wedged between. You typically will just wash these parts altogether instead of disassembling.
However, if you are able to disassemble and reassemble the parts (blades, gasket, etc.) this allows for more thorough cleaning. This is usually easily done with personal, bullet-style Ninja blenders. As always, consult your blender’s manual on this as you don’t want to end up with handful of blender parts that you can’t put back together!
Many Ninja blenders come with the stacked blade assembly that is positioned vertically in the centre of the pitcher. In this case, you want to make sure that the blade assembly is removed from the pitcher before putting them in the dishwasher.
Which Ninja blenders are dishwasher safe?
Dishwasher safe Ninja blenders (where all parts except for the motor base can go in the dishwasher) include the BL610 Series, BL660Q Series, NJ600 Series, Ninja NJ601AMZ Professional Blender, Ninja Foodi Power Blender Ultimate System, Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System, Ninja TWISTi, Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro, and many others.
However, not all Ninja blenders are dishwasher safe.
Different Ninja blender models may come with unique features or parts that cannot go in the dishwasher.
For example, the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is not dishwasher safe because it has a heating element incorporated in the base of the pitcher.
Other Ninja Blender Cleaning Methods
While Ninja blenders are mostly dishwasher safe, these machines are actually made to be powerful enough to essentially self-clean.
All you need to do is fill the blender container most of the way with soapy water and blend it up on high. This will help clean out food remnants from the blades and pitcher. Most Ninja blenders are so powerful that, at the high speed settings, the blades are spinning so fast that they generate friction and heat. This heat helps dislodge any stubborn food particles or clumps. It’s almost like a mini dishwashing cycle!
Some models will come with a pre-set cleaning setting where you push the button and the blender will run at the right speed and time for optimal cleaning with this blending method.
For more information on the blending method, see this guide on how to clean a blender.
Other than blending soapy water, another classic method of cleaning your blender is good ol’ hand washing! Washing by hand is actually my go-to method because it’s just so quick and effective, especially when combined with the blending method above!
See this guide for more information on how to hand wash a blender.
How to Clean a Ninja Blender
Here is the best method to follow when cleaning your Ninja blender:
- Immediately after use, give your blender container a quick rinse to get out the food remnants.
- Fill the container up to 3/4 full with warm water and a drop of dish soap.
- Blend on high for around 30-60 seconds. You can also use a pulse or self-clean button if your blender has one.
- If further cleaning is needed at this point, either wash by hand or put in the dishwasher. Hand washing: Gently wash all parts (if possible, disassemble the parts to wash individually) with a non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Rinse out and let drain. Reassemble parts once dry. Dishwasher: Check if your blender is dishwasher safe, and if so, what parts. Also note any specific instructions (generally, stick to the top rack, use a non-abrasive detergent, and use a gentle cycle). Disassemble the dishwasher-safe parts and place in the dishwasher according to the instructions.
- Wipe down the outside of the motor base with a damp cloth or sponge.
Ninja blenders are amazing machines that have the added bonus of being easy to clean! Most Ninja blenders are almost fully dishwasher-safe, meaning all parts except for the blender base can go in the dishwasher.
Whenever putting your Ninja blender in the dishwasher, be sure to consult any specific instructions such as what rack, detergent, or cycle to use. In general, keep the smaller parts on the top rack of the dishwasher, and use mild detergents and cycles. Also, not putting the blades in the dishwasher can help preserve them in the long run.