Thursday, December 13, 2018

Ninja© Coffee Bar™

Ninja© Coffee Bar™ Review

Coffee Makers

Product Grade
Report Card Grade
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Best Feature:
Drink variety; convenience
Worst Feature:
Expensive
Best Uses:
Daily home brewing with drink options
Pricing:
$199.80
Manufacturer:

Where to Buy

Store Name
Price
$166.45
$169.00
$199.99
$199.99
$199.99

Overview

The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ offers the most bells and whistles of any machine that we tested. You can make a single cup of coffee or an entire pot. You could also brew iced coffee or vary the concentration of your coffee for a specialty drink. If you purchase directly from Ninja, it comes with a lifetime warranty, a significant added value in our opinion. We think it is pretty expensive for the quality of the coffee produced, but overall we feel it was worth it for the coffee drinker who values convenience and variety.

The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ offers a variety of strength and size options.
The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ offers a variety of strength and size options.
Credit: Mary Griffin
You can compare the Ninja© Coffee Bar™ to other coffee makers in the Coffee Maker Review.

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The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ offers a variety of strength and size options.
The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ offers many features to make your coffee routine convenient.
This Ninja© model features a permanent Gold Tone cone filter. You can use paper filters if you prefer.
The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ features a stainless steel thermal carafe.
The Ninja© utilizes a brew-through lid and internal mixing tube.
The Coffee Bar™ offers a single serve brewing option.
This model is one of the most programmable machines that we tested.
The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ in action.
The Ninja© Coffee Bar reached the ideal temperature window with a recorded brew temperature of 201°F.
Getting ready for a cup of coffee!

 
This Product
Overall Winner
Overall Score
89%
94%
93%
Our Awards
Date Reviewed
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
Pros
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; programmable; drink variety; removable water tank; strength options; brew-through lid has internal mixing tube
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; SCAA certified; excellent warranty; brew-through lid and internal mixing tube
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; SCAA certified; programmable; includes pre-infusion step; brew-through lid has internal mixing tube
Cons
Expensive; manual brew stop can get hot
Very expensive; not programmable; no auto-off
Expensive
Brewing Quality (30%)
Taste Test Results (35%)
Construction and Design Quality (20%)
Ease of Setup/Cleanup (15%)
Bonus Points - Extra Features (+10)
Type
Automatic Drip
Automatic Drip
Drip and Pour Over Technology
Brewing Capacity
43 oz
40 oz
45 oz
Price (MSRP)
$199.80
$340
$199.99
Warranty
1-year Limited (Lifetime if purchased from Ninja)
5-year Limited
2-year Limited
Product Width
10.4"
12.8"
14.2"
Product Depth
10.8"
6.8"
6.7"
Product Height
14.8"
15.3"
15.2"
SCAA Certified
No
Yes
Yes
Tested Brew Temperature
201°F
198°F
198°F
Tested Brew Time Until Empty Water Tank
7 minutes and 12 seconds
5 minutes 30 seconds
7 minutes and 45 seconds
Carafe Temperature After Brewing
181°F
177°F
177°F
Carafe Temperature After 1 Hour
165°F
163°F
167°F
Filter Design
Can accommodate a reusable Gold Tone cone filter or a #4 disposable filter
Recommends using a #4 disposable, cone-shaped filter
Recommends using a #4 disposable, cone-shaped filter
Carafe Style
Thermal
Thermal
Thermal
Programmable
Yes
No
Yes
Automatic Brew Strength Settings
Yes - Classic, Rich, Iced Brew, or Specialty
No
No
Automatic Off
Yes
No
Yes
Brew Stop
Yes
Yes
Yes
Built-In Water Filter
No
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
No
No

Product Background

The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ offers a number of ways to enjoy your coffee. First, you can select how much coffee to brew: a cup (9.5oz), travel mug (14oz), half carafe (19oz), or full carafe (38oz). Next, you can choose the strength of your coffee. Ninja offers a "classic" or "rich" intensity, as well as an "over-ice" option and a "specialty" drink option for layered or espresso-type drinks. The removable water tank is self-metered, so you don't have to worry about how much water you put in the reservoir. The Ninja utilizes a system called "Thermal Flavor Extraction™" that helps adjust the water, temperature, and saturation to automatically deliver within the parameters of your choices.

This model is one of the most programmable machines that we tested.
This model is one of the most programmable machines that we tested.
Credit: Mary Griffin

ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review


Specifications

Performance Comparison

Brewing Quality

The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ uses automatic drip brewing technology to produce a variety of coffee styles. The water is self-metered, which is nice, you can fill the tank and brew a cup without worrying it will overflow, and all you need to do is select the size and strength of the coffee you want. During our test, we used the reusable Gold Tone filter, although you can use #4 cone filters if you prefer. We measured the brewing temperature as hot as 201°F, and it took just over 7 minutes to brew a full carafe. We like that it has a convenient brew-through lid featuring a destratification tube to help with mixing. The temperature in the carafe after brewing was 181°F, and after sitting for an hour was 165°F.

The Ninja© Coffee Bar reached the ideal temperature window with a recorded brew temperature of 201°F.
The Ninja© Coffee Bar reached the ideal temperature window with a recorded brew temperature of 201°F.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Taste Test Results

We conducted a blind taste test using 31 coffee drinkers to rate samples of black coffee on overall taste, flavor, body, acidity, and color. The Ninja Coffee Bar came in 6th out of the 10 machines that we tested. It did well in body and color, and scored its lowest marks for acidity. To learn more about how we tested the Ninja Coffee Bar against other coffee makers, please read our How We Test section.

Getting ready for a cup of coffee!
Getting ready for a cup of coffee!
Credit: Mary Griffin
Design Quality

We felt that the Ninja© Coffee Bar™ was constructed of adequate quality material. Although we didn't think the overall construction was excellent, it certainly gets the job done. We did feel like the thermal carafe was well designed and made with high quality materials. We also appreciated the internal mixing tube and that the pour spout worked well.

The Ninja© utilizes a brew through lid and internal mixing tube.
The Ninja© utilizes a brew through lid and internal mixing tube.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Ease of Set Up and Clean Up

We were very impressed with the user-friendly Ninja© Coffee Bar™. This highly programmable machine is surprisingly simple to operate. It also features a removable water tank and brew basket that make it convenient for filling and cleaning.

Bonus Features

The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ is a highly programmable machine. In addition to being able to choose the strength and amount of coffee you want, you can also program the Ninja to brew up to 24 hours in advance. We also love that it has a drip stop so you can sneak a cup of coffee before the brew cycle has finished.

This Ninja© model features a permanent Gold Tone cone filter. You can use paper filters if you prefer.
This Ninja© model features a permanent Gold Tone cone filter. You can use paper filters if you prefer.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Best Uses

Daily coffee brewing that is highly programmable with several beverage options.

Value

You can purchase the Ninja© Coffee Bar™ for $200, and it comes with a 1-year limited warranty. However, if you purchase it directly from Ninja, you'll get a lifetime warranty, which we think is a great value.

Conclusion

The Ninja© Coffee Bar™ offers a great variety of choice when it comes to brewing coffee. Although we love the "ice-brew" option and the ability to pick our strength and beverage size, our taste testers ranked the quality of the coffee as average compared to the other machines in our test. However, the highly programmable interface won this machine some extra points, as did the lifetime warranty. Overall, we do think you are getting a good value. If you love the choices, and are into iced coffee or specialty drinks, this very well may be the machine for you. For more information about our award winners, please visit our Coffee Maker Overview.

Alternatives

OXO On Barista Brain

  • $200
  • SCAA Certified Home Brewer
  • Programmable

Bonavita BV1900TS

  • $190
  • SCAA Certified Home Brewer
  • Manual Operation

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Maker KCM0801

  • $170
  • SCAA Certified Home Brewer
  • Glass Carafe and Warming Plate System
We suggest that you check out our Buying Advice for Coffee Makers to get an idea for what machine will best suit your needs.

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