Ninja coffee maker is increasingly getting popular. So, let’s take a look at the best brewer Ninja has in line. And, what they can offer.
Let me start with a question: Why do we invest in a coffee maker?
Probably, your first answer will be for convenience. True enough, it is far less hustle to prepare our own coffee than to drive to the coffee shop, wait in line to order, and for it to be served. Secondly, to save. We undeniably save more of our hard-earned dollars by brewing our own coffee. Moreover, we save valuable time with our coffee maker. Basically, these are the main reasons why we choose to invest in a coffee machine at home.
In general, we can classify the different models of Ninja Coffee Makers into three categories, namely:
- Dual Brew – capable of brewing both grounds and coffee pods.
- Hot and Cold Brew System – can brew both grounds and tea.
- Specialty Coffee Maker – only brews grounds.
Best Ninja DualBrew Series
Ninja CFP301 DualBrew Pro System
This coffee machine gives you the flexibility to brew coffee grounds or coffee pods. If you are a K-cup fanatic, this coffee brewer will surely be on top of your list. It is the first Ninja coffee machine to brew a K-cup. On the side, I wonder what’s with “K-” that seems to make something that starts with “K-…” nowadays popular. We have K-pop, K-cup, K-Swiss. Haven’t you noticed that? Well, back to Ninja Dual Brew. You can brew from your favorite pod a 6, 8, 10, and 12 oz brew. And, as we always recommend, you can brew your favorite freshly ground coffee for the best coffee taste using this awesome brewer. Consequently, you can choose from Small Cup, Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Travel Mug, ¼ Carafe, ½ Carafe, ¾ Carafe, or Full Carafe. So, you’ll have more coffee or tea for everybody.
Moreover, Ninja CFP301 gives you the option to choose 4 brew styles. You can brew a Classic, Rich, Over Ice, or Specialty coffee from grounds or pods. Specialty Brew is a super-rich coffee concentrate. It’s not espresso. But, somehow close to it. However, we can say it’s Ninja’s espresso version as you can use it to create delicious lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and other coffeehouse-style drinks. It also has a built-in, fold-away frother to take your coffee or tea to a different dimension. Frothing takes your beverage to another level when making espresso-based drinks or shall I say specialty brew-based drinks for Ninja. It adds richness and texture to your milk. You’ll find very few home coffee makers with this kind of feature.
What I like more about the Ninja CFP301 is its independent water system. It has 2 temperature settings – hot and boil. This type of water system allows you to make coffee, tea, hot cocoa, oatmeal, instant soup, and more. Moreover, the removable 60-oz. reservoir (12 cups) can be placed on the side or at the back of the brewer to save on space.
Best Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
Ninja CP307 Hot and Cold Brewed System, Auto-iQ Tea and Coffee Maker
The Ninja CP307 brews both grounds and tea. And you can brew Classic, Rich, Over Ice, Cold Brew, and Specialty coffee. You also have the option to choose from the 6 brew sizes: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Travel Mug, 1/2 Carafe, and Full Carafe. Moreover, it has a Smart basket recognition: System recognizes the basket and displays coffee or tea drink options. The CP307 also has separate coffee and tea baskets. So, you can brew coffee or loose or bagged tea to keep flavors separate.
With the CP307, you can brew directly into a cup any brand of coffee or tea, loose-leaf, or bagged. Select your tea type and the system knows the temperature and number of steeps needed. Another cool feature of this coffee brewer is its Built-in, Fold-Away Frother. This coffee brewer doesn’t have a warming plate as it has a 50 Ounces (10 cups) thermal carafe that will keep your coffee and tea hot for up to 2 hours. So, it’s more economically friendly.
Ninja CP301 Hot and Cold Brewed System, Auto-iQ Tea and Coffee Maker
Ninja’s CP301 has the same features as the CP307. The only difference is the carafe and the warming plate. If CP307 has a thermal carafe, CP307 on the other hand uses a glass carafe. And, a warming plate to keep your coffee hot. But, of course, this coffee machine uses more electricity due to its warming plate. But, aesthetically more classic looking. So, if you’re conscious of design, you can go for CP301 as it will look better on your countertop as compared with a thermal carafe.
Best Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker
Ninja CM401 Specialty 10-Cup Coffee Maker
The Ninja CM401 is only for coffee grounds. So, if you’re not a tea drinker, this coffee machine might be best for you. You can easily brew Classic, Rich, Over Ice, and Specialty coffee with its easy-to-use dial selector. Cold coffee lovers can brew flavorful iced coffee that’s never watered down. And, you can brew Ninja’s espresso-style coffee concentrate to create delicious lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and other coffeehouse-style drinks. It also has a removable 50-oz. (10 cups) water reservoir for easy filling.
CM 401 has a glass carafe and a warming plate that automatically shuts down after one hour of inactivity. This coffee brewer will take your coffee to a different level with its Built-in, Fold-Away Frother for that silky-smooth froth. There’s no need for pods with the Ninja CM401. Just your favorite coffee grounds.
Ninja CM407 Specialty Coffee Maker
CM407 has the same features as the CM401. Except that this coffee machine has a thermal carafe that will keep your coffee hot for hours after brewing. Thermal carafes are also more durable as compared with glass carafes. While they are more initially expensive than glass carafes, we find the increased cost worth it.
Overall, glass carafes are more beautiful to see on the countertop than thermal carafes. If you’re the type of coffee drinker who usually drinks your coffee after brewing, then go for the CM407. On the other side, if you are the type of coffee drinker who usually loves brewing a pot of coffee in the morning for your full-day consumption or for a bigger number of coffee drinkers, go for CM401.
Always remember, while glass carafes have a warming plate to keep coffee hot, they usually produce a burnt or bitter taste over time while your coffee sits on the warming plate for a longer time.
Best Basic Ninja Coffee Brewer
Now, let’s get down to the basic models of Ninja coffee makers. The CE251 and CE201 resemble each other in features. And, has a striking resemblance in looks. So, let’s talk about their similarities and differences.
Hotter Brewing Technology
They have an advanced broiler for a perfect cup of coffee.
Programmable Delay Brew
You can program the CE251 and CE201 24 hours in advance to brew your favorite cup of coffee. So, wake up revitalized from the aroma and taste of a perfectly brewed coffee.
Adjustable Warming Plate
Keep your coffee fresh and hot for up to 4 hours without the taste of burnt coffee. The Warming Plate auto-shutoff after 2 hours.
I like this feature so much as it circulates coffee while brewing. This process ensures uniformity in the taste of every cup of coffee as it mixes the coffee while brewing. It’s like stirring your coffee while brewing it until it pours in your cup. A brilliant feature that is present on Ninja Coffee Makers.
Removable Water Reservoir
A 60-oz. removable water reservoir is removable. You can conveniently take it to your sink for easy filling.
Small Batch Setting
Both the CE251 and CE201 were designed to brew small batches (1-4 cups) of coffee that is as flavorful as a full carafe.
The carafe can hold 12 cups of great-tasting coffee. So, you’ll have enough coffee for your guests or the whole family of coffee lovers.
Are you in a rush and can’t wait for the brewer to finish brewing a full carafe? Don’t worry, you can just pull out the carafe and pour yourself a cup or your favorite coffee.\
You don’t have to spend on disposable coffee filters. The easy-to-clean permanent filter makes both the CE251 and CE201 more economical for long-term use.
There’s not much difference in looks aside from the entirely black panel of the CE201. The major difference is in the materials that were used for these coffee makers. The CE251 is entirely made of plastic. While the CE201 is made of plastic, metal, and rubber.
Ninja CE251 Programmable Brewer
The CE251 is made of plastic. This makes it lightweight compared to CE201.
Ninja CE201 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
CE201 is made of plastic, metal, and rubber. This makes it more durable compared to CE251.
There you have the Best Ninja Coffee Makers. As we always say, the best coffee maker is the one that fits your needs. Ninja coffee makers have been proven to be durable and versatile coffee machines. Their all-in-one features not only save valuable space on your countertop. It is also more economical as you don’t have to buy a lot of coffee machines for different brewing styles.