Ninja CREAMi review and overview

Pacojet Alternative? Ninja CREAMi Overview

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This article provides a first-glance comparison between the Pacojet and Ninja CREAMi ice cream maker with pint containers; two pieces of kitchen equipment that appear to be built and operate in a similar manner. I am hoping to provide a thorough Ninja CREAMi review once I get my hands on a unit.

I first learned about the Pacojet while reading Modernist Cuisine, which lists it as a top-ten “must-have tool for the modernist kitchen.”

The Pacojet is an expensive Swiss manufactured piece of commercial kitchen equipment, coveted by many professional chefs and food enthusiasts, that will quickly make incredibly smooth ice cream, sorbet, mousses, and sauces from frozen food. It works by freezing ingredients in a stainless steel canister; the canister is then attached to the machine and a very powerful blade spins at a 2,000 RPM and works its way to the bottom of the canister—a process that Pacojet calls “micro-pureeing” and “pacotizing”. This differs from traditional ice cream machines that rely on the churning method.

A big obstacle to obtaining the Pacojet for the home kitchen is the price tag of several thousand dollars, which is out of reach for many home cooks. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I learned about the Ninja CREAMi which appears to operate in a very similar way to the Pacojet.

The Ninja CREAMi advertises itself as an ice cream, sorbet, and milkshake maker and is reasonably priced. The Ninja CREAMi uses the same process as the Pacojet to turn canisters of frozen food into smooth and creamy creations. Ninja says the CREAMi can turn almost anything into an ice cream, sorbet, or milkshake; enabling you to make low sugar, keto, dairy-free, and vegan versions of your favorite frozen treats.

The Ninja CREAMi: Could this be a Pacojet alternative?
  • Turn almost anything into ice cream, sorbet, milkshakes, and more.
  • Create completely customizable treats. With the Ninja CREAMi, you can have total control of your ingredients for low sugar, keto, dairy-free, and vegan options.
  • From sweet to savory and healthy to indulgent, there's a CREAMi treat for everyone. Create flavors and mix-in combinations that you can’t find in the store​.
  • (7) one-touch programs allow for the perfect combination of speed, pressure, and time to completely shave through your frozen pint. Choose between Ice Cream, Sorbet, Gelato, Milkshake, Smoothie Bowl, Lite Ice Cream​, and Mix-in.
  • Create a CREAMi treat in three easy steps. Simply prep your base, freeze overnight, process, and enjoy!
Ninja CREAMi process ice cream similarly to the Pacojet
The Ninja CREAMi comes with 7 different programs (Ice Cream, Sorbet, Gelato, Milkshake, Smoothie Bowl, Lite Ice Cream, and Mix-In) that vary in speed, pressure, and time. The programs can easily be accessed via its touch screen. You can also take advantage of a “re-spin” function to produce creamier and softer textures.

Ninja CREAMi vs. Pacojet

When you look at the blade system on the Ninja CREAMi and compare it to the blade on the Pacojet, you can see that they are very similar. Ninja labels one of their blades as a “smoothing blade” and another one of their blades as a “shaving blade”. When you compare this to Pacojet’s blades in the picture below, you can see that they are designed in a very similar way.

One has to wonder about the durability of Ninja’s blades compared to Pacojet’s blades because the Pacojet is built for the commercial kitchen while the Ninja is made for home kitchens.

Commercial quality can also be seen in Pacojet’s stainless steel containers, while the Ninja has plastic containers. Additionally, the Pacojet’s blades are advertised to spin at 2,000 RPM; I can’t find a published blade speed for the Ninja CREAMi. While these quality differences are obvious, I’m left wondering if the difference in quality is worth thousands of more dollars.

The Ninja CREAMi comes with 3 pint sized containers and lids. The containers, lids, and paddle are all dishwasher safe.

I would love to get my hands on this piece of equipment so that I can provide a thorough Ninja CREAMi review. Have you purchased the Ninja Creami? Let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.
The Ninja CREAMi: Could this be a Pacojet alternative?
  • Turn almost anything into ice cream, sorbet, milkshakes, and more.
  • Create completely customizable treats. With the Ninja CREAMi, you can have total control of your ingredients for low sugar, keto, dairy-free, and vegan options.
  • From sweet to savory and healthy to indulgent, there's a CREAMi treat for everyone. Create flavors and mix-in combinations that you can’t find in the store​.
  • (7) one-touch programs allow for the perfect combination of speed, pressure, and time to completely shave through your frozen pint. Choose between Ice Cream, Sorbet, Gelato, Milkshake, Smoothie Bowl, Lite Ice Cream​, and Mix-in.
  • Create a CREAMi treat in three easy steps. Simply prep your base, freeze overnight, process, and enjoy!
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