Would using the pulse and a setting of 1 or 2 let you chop onions or do a chopped salad without making mush? I had wanted the model with the 48 oz. container instead of the 64 oz, but then I was thinking that because the 64 oz. has a wider base it would be better for chopping. The wider base might also make it easier to get food out of the container. Would those be accurate assumptions? I'm trying to decide between models too.
I tried the Ninja Pulse and while it's an awesome machine it didn't get carrots or kale smooth enough when blended. It did spinach great though. Blended it very smooth. It's comparable to the Vitamix if you just want fruit smoothies, and want to use softer greens and veggies in your green smoothies. And it works like a champ with ice or frozen fruit.
BTW, Consumer Reports tested blenders again in their upcoming Oct. issue and Vitamix 5200 came out on top with a model of the Breville Hemisphere blender behind it. The Ninja was a 1/2 point behind the Vitamix on fruit smoothies but rated a 1 compared to the Vitamix 3, on green smoothies. I'm just going by what someone posted.