Ninja CM401 Review: The Flexibility Has It All!

Ninja CM401 Review

Ninja CM401 was introduced to the coffee maker industry in late 2018 and quickly became its signature model. The Ninja CM401 review I will present to you today will point out all the factors that make this machine such a loved product, from the design to the advanced features. 

Besides that, I will also recommend some changes and adjustments for the machine so that Ninja can improve their products in the future. Let’s not waste any more time and check out all of its features!

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Ninja 10-Cup Specialty Coffee Maker, with 50 Oz Glass Carafe, Stainless Steel
Model name
Ninja CM401
Weight
13.4 pounds
Dimensions
12" L x 8.8" W x 15" H
Color
Black/stainless steel
Brew Size
6
Touch panel
Number of presets
4
Water capacity
50 ounces
Warranty
1 year
Wattages
1,550
Cord length
2.5 feet
User rating
Price
$169.99
More info
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Ninja 10-Cup Specialty Coffee Maker, with 50 Oz Glass Carafe, Stainless Steel
Model name
Ninja CM401
Weight
13.4 pounds
Dimensions
12" L x 8.8" W x 15" H
Color
Black/stainless steel
Brew Size
6
Touch panel
Number of presets
4
Water capacity
50 ounces
Warranty
1 year
Wattages
1,550
Cord length
2.5 feet
User rating
Price
$169.99
More info

Who Will Benefit The Most From Buying The Ninja CM401?

When I first have this machine brewed a cup of cappuccino, I immediately notice that this coffee maker is perfect for those who love coffee pot. With such a reasonable price, CM401 allows users to create various batch sizes and drink types just by the press of a button.

Unlike the luxurious Jura products, Ninja machines focus more on how to bring coffeehouse-style drinks for buyers. Therefore, my Ninja CM401 review is dedicated to those who prefer an affordable option in the market and love the rich flavor of the coffee pot. 

The first part of the Ninja specialty CM401 coffee maker review will highlight its three notable features: brew settings, the fold-away frother, and the cleaning process.  They are all the crucial points that bring awards and favor from worldwide critics.

Brew settings 

When brewing a cup of coffee, the image of a hot steaming cup of espresso always pops up in our minds. For all the time, we rarely notice how important cold drinks are until this coffee maker exists. 

The CM401 model has various brewing styles, which can make both hot and cold coffee drinks. The options go on from the classic brew, rich brew, and over-ice brew. It does not stop from that. The model is equipped with a signature brew function where it builds a super-concentrated blend for 4 ounces of coffee to unlock the higher punch of coffee flavor.

Some people claim that the specialty blend is closest to the espresso-quality brew, while others suggest that this function can be used for lattes, macchiatos, and cappuccinos.

The Ninja CM401 manual also shows that it’s quite versatile in brewing sizes. By rotating the dial, you can control the amount of ground coffee and brewing sizes. The mode offers 6 different capacities: a 9.5-ounce small cup, 11.5-ounce large cup, 14-ounce travel mug, 18-ounce large travel mug, half carafe, and full carafe. 

Ninja CM401 Review

Fold-away frother

Its built-in frother can combine super-rich coffee concentrates with hot or cold frothed milk. The texture coming out from it will then have a nice silky-smooth and foam nature. Given the size of 12 inches depth, ít foldable frother saves the kitchen corner’s space, allowing free movement and limiting the possibility of frother’s damage.

Ninja CM401 Review

The hidden frother has been the favorite part for many customers due to the ease of maintenance. It’s convenient to clean since you can remove it for the sake of compactness. In the end, this Ninja model looks sleeker without all the whistles and bells. 

However, do not mistake that the frother will heat the milk itself. It only transforms the cold and hot milk to the thickest stiff foam for your drinks.

Cleaning process

We all understand how important it is to have our coffee machine cleaned every month, even weeks or days. Since the clogged milk frother or spouts might affect the coffee taste and texture, regular cleaning is a must. But it’s not an easy job when there are so many parts needed to be cleaned.

Unlike Jura, which you can only clean by buying descaling tablets, the CM401 has several removable parts that are dishwasher-safe.  After cleaning all the important parts, users can wash the machine by running the mixture of water and vinegar, removing all the stubborn dirt build-up inside the Ninja.

Ninja CM401 Review

What Can Be Improved?

There are two disadvantages that I would love to point out in my Ninja specialty CM401 review. The machine itself is very fantastic with lots of great features; however, I believe Ninja can improve some of this. 

One Minor drawback 

Unfortunately, the model is not designed to boil water for tea function. In addition, it’s quite noisy while operating. When the engine starts to work for the first few seconds, you will notice a loud run coming off from the machine. 

I put it in the minor drawback since it’s not very loud. But it can be annoying for someone who requires a quieter gadget.

One Major Drawback

The frother is the part that Ninja should improve more. Yes, we all like the foldable frother, but it’s built to be too fragile.  It’s not a steaming frother, and the process of frothing milk is a little bit weak compared to other models in the market. 

Besides, it’s always better to have a frother that can heat milk up as users froth it.

Ninja 10-Cup Specialty Coffee Maker, with 50 Oz Glass Carafe, Stainless Steel
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Ninja 10-Cup Specialty Coffee Maker, with 50 Oz Glass Carafe, Stainless Steel
  • SPECIALTY BREW: Brew super-rich coffee concentrate that you can use to create delicious lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and other coffeehouse-style drinks.
  • ICED COFFEE: Brew fresh over ice for flavorful iced coffee that's never watered down.
  • 6 BREW SIZES: Brew anything from a single cup or travel size to a half carafe or a full carafe in your coffee maker
  • NO PODS REQUIRED: Up to Dollar-200 in annual savings using grounds vs pods Based on a 2.5-cup daily average consumption of popular coffee brands
  • FOLD-AWAY FROTHER: Turns hot or cold milk into silky-smooth froth

The Alternatives For Ninja CM401

I have the perfect alternative options for those who prefer to have a gadget with the same price range or eliminate the drawbacks of our reviewed  model.

As for the brewing tea function, I highly recommend the Ninja CP301. It can pair coffee and tea to create a mixed drink. The machine also incorporates separate coffee and tea baskets. 

And if you want to have a machine where the frother’s construction is more quality, the Ninja Coffee Bar CF097 with the hot and cold frother is your perfect substitute.