Review Of The Best Ninja Coffee Bar

ninja coffee maker guide

It's hard to beat a cafe experience when it comes to the rich, full-bodied flavor of a specialty coffee drink. Steam-powered espresso shots and milk that is frothed to creamy, foamy perfection require a good deal of expert machinery and a deft hand to get just right.

Enter the Ninja Coffee Bar. This brand wants to put all the power of a cafe experience into your hands at home.

Through their own blend of modern technology and traditional methods, these brewing devices work as a system to deliver a variety of options.

How well do they succeed? We'll take you through each model's features and functionality to show you how they compare to each other, how they stack up against competitors, and where they ride the line between setting trends and bucking standards. 

First, let's talk about some pointers when it comes to deciding if a Ninja Coffee Bar is right for you. 

This model proves all our favorite points about why a Ninja Coffee Bar system works so well for at-home specialty drinks.

The four brew sizes, which range from a single cup to an extra-large multi-serve setting, can be made according to four different taste profiles.

Classic fits the needs of anyone who loves the standard drip-brew flavor. Rich allows for a bolder flavor.

Choosing Over-Ice tells the machine to recalibrate so that the strength of the brew it serves up compensates for ice and prevents that watered-down taste other methods leave behind.

Then there are the Specialty and Cafe Forte options, which give you the closest to an espresso-strength cup that any drip-brew is likely to achieve. Froth milk to pour into any of these for a creamy, smooth finish. 

Check out our reviews of the other popular Ninja models if you're looking for more versatility. 

What to Consider When Buying a Ninja Coffee Bar 

These machines have a lot to offer the beginner and the expert barista alike. Read through our considerations, then check out the comparison chart and reviews for each Ninja Coffee Bar to see which one has all the features you'd like best.

1. Unique features and settings
Versatility is one of this brand's biggest selling points. Even in models that function primarily as a single-serve brewer, there are many serving size choices and strength adjustments that allow for a consistent and satisfying range of brews. 

The brand touts a specifically calibrated thermal component, the Auto-iQ one-touch Intelligence technology, that measures the exact amount of pre-heated water for each setting for an accurate brew every time. This includes an iced brew option, which isn't common for many other brands. 

2. Aesthetics and countertop space
The Ninja Coffee Bar systems aim to provide a miniature version of a barista's station, so even the single-serve models tend to take up a bit of space on the counter. This can be an important detail to consider for those who have a limited area for their brewing accessories. 

Models that include a frothing wand tend to need at least a little clearance on that side so the wand can swing out when in use, though it can be tucked away after for simple storage.

Cabinet height matters when it comes to condensation and refilling the water reservoir, though models where the reservoir detaches make that step easier.

As we show you what we love about our top choice and the best option for a budget-buy, consider the space you have and how likely you are to use all the versatility any Ninja Coffee Bar model provides. Later on, we answer some frequently asked questions to wrap everything up. 

Comparison Chart 

auto iQ coffee maker
Brew Types: Classic, Over-Ice, Rich, Specialty, Cafe Forte
Serving Size: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve 
Frother: Wand 
black/silver coffee makers
Brew Types: Classic, Over-Ice, Rich, Specialty, Cafe Forte
Serving Size: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Cup, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, Full Carafe
Milk Frother: Wand 
programmable drip coffee maker
Brew Types: Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty, Cafe Forte 
Serving Size: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve, Half Carafe, Full Carafe 
Frother: Wand 
with glass carafe
Brew Types: Classic brew, Rich brew, Over-Ice, Specialty
Serving Size:
Cup, Travel Cup, Half Carafe, Full Carafe
Frother: Beaker 
built in hot milk frother for making cappucino
Brew Types: Classic, Over-Ice, Specialty,  Rich, Cafe Forte
Serving Size: Cup, XL Cup, Travel Mug, XL Multi-Serve 
Frother: Wand 
with brew basket
Brew Types: Classic, Rich, Over-Ice, Specialty 
Serving Size: Cup, Travel Cup, Half Carafe, Full Carafe
Frother: Beaker 

How They Perform 

This brand includes a lot of feature-rich options for most of its models, which means there's a great option for every kind of shopper. It comes down personal preference and a few minor details as to which one works best for you.

Budget Pick: CF091 

Although cheaper than our single-serve top pick, the CF091 offers more versatility and so it may be a better buy for anyone who wants the entire range of brew options and styles.
  • Full range of brew options 
  • All five available brew methods 
  • Frothing wand powered by machine 
  • Large size requires equally large countertop space