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Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender vs LINKChef Hand Blender 800W Side-by-Side Comparison

Despite its claims of versatility, the LINKChef quite disappoints with its subpar blending capabilities, in stark contrast to the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System which shines noticeably across a wide range of ingredients.

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Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender vs LINKChef Hand Blender 800W

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On paper, the LINKChef appears to be a jack-of-all-trades, promising to handle a vast array of food preparation tasks. However, our hands-on testing suggests that this blender is only suitable for simple tasks like making mayonnaise and blending fresh, soft ingredients. For more complex preparations such as creating silky smoothies with frozen fruits or finely pureed soups, it often leaves much to be desired in the final product.  

In contrast, the Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System stands out with its exceptional blending capabilities. Its powerful motor and hardened stainless steel blades effortlessly take on tough ingredients, from frozen fruits to fibrous vegetables. Indeed, the LINKChef’s performance is no match, and even subpar, compared to this Ninja. As such, if the budget allows, investing in Ninja Foodi would provide a more comprehensive blending solution.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality construction with upscale feel 
  • A generous set of included accessories 
  • A lot of user-friendly features 
  • Excels at a wide range of tasks
  • Sufficient motor power suitable for basic tasks
  • Extensive selection of speed options
  • Solid, mid-level construction quality
  • Array of adaptable accessories
  • Larger-than-average blending wand’s head 
  • Rather heavy
  • Susceptibility to scratches
  • Overwhelming suction strength

Key Specs

Dimension
H 16 x W2.9 inches
H 16 x W2.8 inches
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Number of speeds
2
20
Pulse/Turbo option
Yes
Yes
Accessories
A beaker, beaters, and a whisk attachment
A beaker, ice crush blade, storage bracket, whisk, food processor, and milk frother attachments
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$94.10
$30.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.4
5.2

Hot Soup Purée

10
6.5
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 30 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 30 seconds.
A batch of soup pureéd by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup produced by the LINKchef from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup produced by the LINKchef from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
A batch of soup pureéd by the LINKchef immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Result
Exceptionally Smooth
Chunky
Suction
No
Tightly

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

6.8
0.0
Scooping a spoon of frozen fruit smoothie from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 2 minutes 40 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of frozen fruit smoothie from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 2 minutes 40 seconds.
After finishing blending, the green smoothie made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender was spread evenly throughout a white paper to check for solid chunks.
A hand holding a spoonful of a chunky, unevenly blended green and orange mixture above the LINKchef immersion blender, demonstrating the results of a failed frozen fruit smoothie test with the LINKchef blender.
A hand holding a spoonful of a chunky, unevenly blended green and orange mixture above the LINKchef immersion blender, demonstrating the results of a failed frozen fruit smoothie test with the LINKchef blender.
Top-down view of a partially blended mixture in a glass container.
Blending Time
2 mins 40 secs
Failed
Result
Velvety
Failed
Suction
No
Slightly

Mayonnaise

7.8
9.0
A bowl of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X blender in 1 minute 45 seconds.
A bowl of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X blender in 1 minute 45 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X immersion blender.
A mayonnaise preparation using a LinkChef immersion blender, with a timer tracking the blending duration.
A mayonnaise preparation using a LinkChef immersion blender, with a timer tracking the blending duration.
A Close-Up  of The LINKchef Mayonnaise
Emulsifying Time
1 min 45 secs
1 min 35 secs
Result
Smooth
Smooth
Suction
Yes
Yes

Almond Milk

8.0
7.5
The Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender beside its bowl of almond milk and the corresponding almond pulp produced in 1 minute 01 second.
A white plate of almond pulp and a bowl of milk produced by theLINKchef stick blender within 1 minute and 20 seconds.
Grinding Time
1 min 01 secs
1 min 20 secs
Result
Fine
Smooth
Suction
No
Tightly

Whipped Egg-Whites

10
9.0
The Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender stands next to a glass of whipped egg whites forming stiff peaks, with a digital timer showing "1:46" in the foreground.
The plastic beaker containing beaten egg-white of the LINKchef immersion blender is put upside down on the table;  a smartphone displaying 1 minute and 45 seconds by its sides.
Beating Time
1 min and 45 secs
2 minutes
Result
Stiff
Stiff
Suction
No
No

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.6
7.5

In the Box

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System displayed with its box, various attachments including a whisk, beater, and a blending cup, and instructional materials laid out on a gray countertop.
The LINKchef immersion blender and its accessories.

Dimensions

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System standing on a table, with the length of its blending shaft being noted to the side as 9.5 inches, and the total length of the unit as 16 inches.
The LINKchef hand-held blender standing on a table, with the length of its blending shaft being noted to the side as 8.2 inches, and the total length of the unit as 16 inches.
Height
16.0" (40.6 cm)
16.0" (40.6 cm)
Width
2.9" (7.4 cm)
2.8" (7.1 cm)
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Length
Shaft Length
9.5" (24.1 cm)
8.2" (20.8 cm)

Build Quality

9.5
7.0
A close-up of the blending shaft and motor housing of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of the blending wand, milk frother, and motor housing of the LINKchef immersion blender.

Speed and Controls

A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of the LINKchef’s front buttons
A close-up of the LINKchef’s front buttons
A close-up of the LINKchef’s top-mounted dial.
Activation
Press-button
Press-button & speed dial
Min Speed
N/A
N/A
Max Speed
N/A
N/A
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
N/A
N/A
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Blending Shaft

9.5
7.5
A close-up of the blades of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the LINKchef Blade Assembly
Material
 Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Blade Count
4
2
Removable
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Beaker

10
10
A close-up of the beaker of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-up of the LINKchef beaker.
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
24 oz
27 oz
Measurements
Yes
Yes
Weight
Height
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Tamper Included
No
No

Power Cord

10
10
A close-up of the power cord of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-up of the LINKchef power cord.
Cord Length
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Detachable
No
No

Extra Accessories

Someone is attaching the whisk attachment to the motor housing of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System Power Cord.
A close-up of the LINKchef whisk attachment.
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Removable
Yes
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.4
7.1

Ease of Use

8.1
6.3

Handling

9.0
8.0
 Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Mixer.
 Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Mixer.
Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Immersion Blender.
Someone is holding the LINKchef’s handle.

Blade Assembly

9.5
8.5

Cleanability

8.0
8.5