I love my Ninja CREAMi. It makes homemade ice cream making a breeze! Not only is it easy to use, but it creates a dense and creamy texture that I have not been able to replicate on other consumer ice cream makers.
Recently, Ninja came out with the CREAMi Deluxe (NC501), which promises more features and larger capacity. But is it really worth the upgrade?
In order to help you make a decision between the different versions of the Ninja CREAMi out there, I’ve created a handy comparison table below. Be sure to reference it before making your final decision!
The Original Ninja CREAMi
While many think the popular Ninja CREAMi 7-in-1 was the original CREAMi, there was a 5-in-1 (NC300) model that is now discontinued. This model was short lived and was soon replaced by the Ninja CREAMi 7-in-1 (NC301). Be sure to check out my in-depth Ninja CREAMi 7-in-1 review.
The Ninja CREAMi Deluxe
In September 2022, Ninja released the Ninja CREAMi Deluxe 11-in-1, which promises more functionality than the previous 7-in-1 and 5-in-1 versions.
Ninja CREAMi Deluxe vs. Regular Ninja CREAMi 7-in-1 vs. Original Ninja CREAMI 5-in-1
|Ice Cream Program||✅||✅||✅|
|Lite Ice Cream Program||✅||✅||✅|
|Milk Shake Program||✅||✅||✅|
|Smoothie Bowl Program||❌||✅||❌|
|Container Size||24 ounce (50% larger than other models)||16 ounce||16 ounce|
|Process Half the Container at a Time||✅||❌||❌|
|Buy Now||Buy Now||N/A|
Final Verdict: Is the Ninja CREAMi Deluxe Worth it?
All in all, the Ninja CREAMi 7-in-1 is a fantastic machine that has served me well. If you currently own a Ninja CREAMi 7-in-1 it may be worth upgrading if you want to take advantage of the larger container size to make larger quantities of ice cream; it may also be worth upgrading to if the extra preset programs are worth it to you. Do keep in mind though that the Deluxe version of the Ninja CREAMi is missing the Smoothie Bowl program; otherwise, the Deluxe version contains all the same programs as the 7-in-1 and then some more.
If you are brand new to the Ninja CREAMi world, then I suggest splurging on the Deluxe for the added capacity and features; however, you won’t go wrong with the 7-in-1 if you need to save the money.
I hope this overview of the Ninja CREAMi 5-in-1, 7-in-1 and Deluxe 11-in-1 was useful. Be sure to leave comments below letting us know which one you own and how it works for you!
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