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Evaluation: Ninja CREAMi Deluxe vs Unique Ninja CREAMi

Evaluation: Ninja CREAMi Deluxe vs Unique Ninja CREAMi


Learn the way the Ninja Creami Deluxe compares to the unique Ninja Creami. Get solutions on which model to purchase or whether or not to improve.

Ninja CREAMi Deluxe and the original Ninja CREAMi side by side
The Ninja CREAMi Deluxe (left) and the unique Ninja CREAMi (proper) facet by facet

In September of 2022, Ninja launched the upgraded “Deluxe” model of the favored Ninja Creami ice cream maker. As you’ll be able to inform from our Ninja Creami Recipes, we’re big followers of the unique Ninja Creami for making sugar-free, keto, and high-protein ice lotions, which aren’t attainable with a standard ice cream maker. So, when this model got here out, we needed to strive it out!

However which model do you have to purchase and is it well worth the improve? Learn on to seek out out.

What are the completely different Ninja CREAMi fashions?

Ninja has made 4 completely different variations of the favored CREAMi ice cream maker because it was first launched on Nationwide Ice Cream Day in July 2021

Image of Ninja CREAMi 5-in-1 (sometimes labeled NC300)

The Ninja CREAMi 5-in-1 (generally labeled NC300) is tough to seek out and infrequently bought with a steep low cost.

The Ninja CREAMi 7-in-1 (NC301) is the most typical mannequin with a retail record value of $229 however we’ve seen it beneath $200 when on sale (particularly now that the Deluxe model is out). 

Image Ninja CREAMi Deluxe 11-in-1

The Ninja CREAMi Deluxe 11-in-1 (NC500 / NC501) was launched September 2022 with a retail value of $249 and is the present high of the road mannequin.

The Ninja CREAMi Breeze (NC200) is out there as of Could 2023 and has the identical features as the unique Creami however lacks the newer features of the Deluxe. You possibly can learn our overview of the Ninja CREAMi Breeze right here however this submit will give attention to the highest of the road Deluxe mannequin.

The names “5-in-1”, “7-in-1”, and “11-in-1” confer with the variety of one-touch packages the mannequin helps. For instance, the 5-in-1 has 5 packages for several types of features: Ice Cream, Lite Ice Cream, Sorbet, Milkshake, and Combine-in. The 7-in-1 added new packages for Gelato and Smoothie Bowl to the unique 5. The 11-in-1 provides packages for Frozen Yogurt, Creamiccino, Frozen Drink, Slushie, and Italian Ice to the CREAMi’s repertoire whereas eradicating the Smoothie Bowl program. For many of this overview, we’ll be evaluating the Deluxe 11-in-1 to the 7-in-1 because the 7-in-1 is the most typical mannequin on the time of writing and it’s additionally the opposite mannequin of CREAMi we personal.

Watch out, it is exhausting to inform these fashions aside, particularly if you happen to’re a small image on an e-commerce web site. We’ve even generally seen each the 5-in-1 and 7-in-1 bought below the identical mannequin quantity. For instance, NC300 is the mannequin quantity for the 5-in-1 however in Canada the NC300C mannequin is a 7-in-1. Equally, Ninja’s assist web site makes use of “NC300 Sequence” to confer with all of the 5-in-1 and 7-in-1 machines. For the Deluxe fashions, the NC500 and 501 are an identical machines, however the NC501 accommodates extra equipment like further pint containers. The most effective and most dependable solution to inform which mannequin is which is by the variety of one-touch packages you see on the entrance panel. 

What are the variations between the common Ninja CREAMi and the Ninja CREAMi Deluxe?

1. Variety of Applications

Within the Deluxe mannequin, Ninja eliminated the Smoothie Bowl (personally, our least used characteristic, so is not going to be missed) and added 5 new packages: 

  • Creamiccino: A signature program of the Deluxe, the Creamiccino program permits you to create Starbucks-like Frappacinos at house. It’s attainable to do that within the unique CREAMi, however the Deluxe makes this simpler with pre-filled markings on the pints and a customized setting on the machine.
  • Frozen Drink: This program is designed for frozen drinks and cocktails like Pina Coladas.
  • Frozen Yogurt: Whereas of us have used yogurt within the unique CREAMi with good outcomes, this program is customized tuned for making frozen yogurt from store-bought yogurts. 
  • Italian Ice: This program turns sweetened, fruit-flavored water like lemonade into scoopable, frozen Italian Ice.
  • Slushi: This program is designed for turning sweetened and fruity-flavored water right into a drinkable frozen dessert. In contrast to Italian Ice, which is scoopable, a slushie is designed to be sippable.

2. Measurement of Pint Containers & Ninja CREAMI

The Deluxe mannequin additionally makes extra ice cream per batch. As an alternative of the 16 ounce pints of the unique mannequin, the Deluxe mannequin makes ice cream in 24 ounce containers that Ninja refers to as “Deluxe pints” (although a pint is technically 16 ounces).

Surprisingly, it additionally permits you to make much less ice cream per batch due to a brand new setting that allows you to course of solely the highest or backside half of the pint in order for you. These are good conveniences, however not must-haves. If you would like extra ice cream within the unique mannequin you’ll be able to simply purchase further pints and it simply takes a number of further minutes to make. And in order for you much less ice cream within the unique mannequin, you’ll be able to at all times flatten and refreeze what you don’t eat for later.

The larger Ninja CREAMi Deluxe pint (left) and the original CREAMi pint (right) side by side
The bigger Ninja CREAMi Deluxe pint (left) and the unique CREAMi pint (proper)

Impacts of Pint Measurement
The change in pint dimension of the Deluxe has a lot of penalties.

  • As you’ll be able to inform from the picture above, one consequence of the bigger capability is that pints, blades, lids, and bowls are bigger and, sadly, not interchangeable between the Ninja CREAMi Deluxe and people of older fashions. That is necessary if you happen to’ve already invested in buying further Ninja CREAMi pint containers.
  • A much less apparent however necessary incompatibility is that most recipes you’ll discover on-line had been written for the unique CREAMi’s 16 ounce pints. You possibly can nonetheless use these recipes unchanged within the Deluxe however they gained’t fill the Deluxe’s 24-ounce pints which defeats one of many Deluxe’s signature advantages. If you wish to adapt a daily CREAMi recipe to fill a Deluxe pint, you’ll have to multiply the substances by 1.5. We’ve up to date all of our Ninja Creami recipes to have a 1.5x button to make the recipes simpler to adapt, as seen within the picture beneath.
Our recipe cards have a 1.5x button that adapts a regular CREAMi recipe to the CREAMi Deluxe
Our recipe playing cards have a 1.5x button that adapts a daily CREAMi recipe to the CREAMi Deluxe
  • One other situation is that the Deluxe model is a bit of taller as you’ll be able to see within the picture beneath, though it nonetheless matches below the cupboards on our counter.
The Ninja CREAMi Deluxe (left) is a tighter fit under the kitchen cabinets than the original CREAMi (right)
The Ninja CREAMi Deluxe (left) is a tighter match below the kitchen cupboards than the unique CREAMi (proper)

3. Working Processes

Working the Deluxe is similar to the unique CREAMi with solely slight adjustments. For instance, the method of inserting the outer bowl into the CREAMi is simpler. As an alternative of inserting the bowl diagonally as you needed to do with the unique CREAMi, on the Deluxe the insertion is straight from the entrance. One wonders if this transformation was impressed by the on-air QVC state of affairs the place the hosts had points inserting the bowl, nevertheless it’s straightforward to get the hold of the insertion course of on the unique when you’ve tried it a number of occasions. 

When you begin the CREAMi Deluxe it now asks you to pick out whether or not you’re processing the highest half, backside half, or full pint. From there you rotate the dial to pick out which program you need and press the dial to begin the machine. One useful comfort is that the Deluxe will let you know what number of minutes a program will take earlier than you run it after which depend down the variety of minutes left because it runs. Against this, the unique CREAMi had a easy 4 step progress indicator that allow you to know roughly how shut the CREAMi was to being carried out however not how a lot precise time was left.

Ninja Creami Deluxe (left) counts down the minutes for a program while the original Ninja Creami (right) does not
Ninja Creami Deluxe (left) counts down the minutes for a program whereas the unique Ninja Creami (proper) doesn’t

One of many frequent surprises with the CREAMi is how loud it will get when processing a pint. To our ears, the Deluxe does sound barely completely different than the unique CREAMi however each appear equally loud.

Which Ninja CREAMi Ought to You Purchase?

In our opinion the Ninja CREAMi is a must have system for keto and low-carb ice cream followers. The Ninja CREAMi Deluxe provides lots of refinement and conveniences to the unique however none of them are must-haves.

So, the underside line is if you happen to do not already personal a Ninja CREAMi then it is positively price spending a bit of extra to get the Ninja CREAMi Deluxe.

However, if you have already got one it is in all probability not price upgrading until you actually need one of many new packages (most of that are for drinkable desserts) or the bigger dimension. It is sort of like once they launch a brand new, bigger cellphone mannequin yearly: it’s not well worth the improve if you happen to had final yr’s mannequin. The truth is, as with telephones, “final yr’s mannequin” is a good deal once you issue within the reductions you’re prone to discover now that there’s an improve possibility. Finally, we don’t assume of us will go fallacious with both mannequin.


What’s the distinction between the Ninja CREAMi fashions?

Ninja has launched three variations of the CREAMi which will be exhausting to inform aside. The unique “5-in-1” and “7-in-1” Ninja CREAMI fashions could make 5 and 7 completely different frozen treats in 16 ounce containers. The “11-in-1” Deluxe CREAMi, is the most costly however makes the best number of frozen treats in bigger 24 ounce containers. The Ninja CREAMi Breeze is the latest mannequin and has the identical packages because the “7-in-1” and is simpler to make use of however lacks a number of the packages solely discovered within the 11-in-1 Deluxe. See our information above for tips on how to distinguish between the completely different fashions and our overview of the Breeze.

How is the Ninja CREAMi completely different than a blender?

Whereas each have a spinning blade and can be utilized for smoothies, a Ninja CREAMi can not substitute a blender and vice-versa. The CREAMi is constructed for the only goal of turning frozen substances into an ice cream like texture. A blender doesn’t do as effectively at creating ice cream however has a broader number of makes use of together with making juices, sauces, soups, nut butters, purees, bread crumbs, and grated cheeses.

Is the Ninja CREAMi like a Pacojet?

The Ninja CREAMi is actually a Pacojet at a tenth the fee and designed for infrequent use within the house. The Pacojet was designed to be used in knowledgeable kitchen like a restaurant the place sturdiness and reliability throughout repeated fixed use are necessary.

Modernist Pantry (a retailer of modernist cooking provides together with the Pacojet) and Chris Younger (co-author of the guide Modernist Delicacies) have each in contrast the Pacojet to the Ninja Creami. The Modernist Pantry workforce discovered that the Pacojet produced a superior texture in much less spins and permits for extra versatile settings however the Creami was nonetheless fairly good, particularly if you happen to’ve by no means had the fortune of attempting the $6500 Pacojet. Chris Younger declared the Creami “a screaming deal”. He acknowledged that the Pacojet has a greater capability to inject air (overrun) into the combination, and is stronger, quicker, and extra sturdy however these benefits do not matter within the house kitchen. He concluded the Creami had efficiently tailored the Pacojet for the house market, making it less complicated, cheaper (1/thirtieth the fee), and added distinctive options like unbiased motors that allow the mix-in functionality.

Do it’s a must to freeze Ninja CREAMi for twenty-four hours?

Ninja’s official directions are that you need to freeze your pint for a full 24 hours. Nevertheless, some customers have reported success freezing for much less time. You’ll have to experiment because the actual quantity of freezing time is dependent upon a lot of elements together with your freezer temperature and the substances in your ice cream combine.



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