Ninja Hot And Cold Brew System CP301 & CP307 Coffee Maker Review 2021

Our Rating:

Our Rating:

4.2

Build Quality
4
Features
4
Brew Anatomy
4
Ease of Use
4.5
Brand & Warranty
4
Value for Money
5

Material:

Stainless Steel

Brew Type:

Drip

Cup Capacity:

12 Cups

Price:

$$

Pros

  • Able to brew both coffee and tea
  • Able to brew both hot and cold
  • Very fast hot coffee brewing
  • A partial enclosure secures the carafe in its place
  • Customizable time and temperature

Cons

  • Prone to water leakage
  • Tend to also emit smoke
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There are millions of coffee consumers around the world and this number is unlikely to drop anytime soon. Other than ‘drinking coffee,’ no one expects them to absolutely agree which kitchen technology does the best in terms of brewing the greatest Cup of Joe on earth. 

Thanks to the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System you have the option to determine how you like your coffee best and which appliance delivers. 

It is important to understand there is more to this claim than idle boasting. Ninja coffee maker reviews are never lacking a solid fan base online. When it comes to versatility and performance, many patrons would consider this model to be the best of all coffee makers produced by Shark Ninja LCC – and for a few unique watertight reasons. 

Design and Construction

Judging strictly from its overall design and construction, the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System is not something that immediately catches shoppers’ eyes when looking around the kitchen appliances aisle. In fact, this coffee maker looks ordinary. Consumers who are prone to judge machines based on appearance surely would not know any better at all.

The models Ninja Coffee Bar CP301 and CP307 seem to join the dissimilar design concepts reminiscent of the OXO Brew 9 Cup and the Keurig K-Duo 2 Way Coffee. Just like the former, the brew basket dispenser hangs side-by-side with the controls and water reservoir. But like the latter, the machine looks rigid and compact.  

Size

This coffee maker does not joke around when it comes to its size. 

When you buy a machine that spans 2 digits on all three sides, you can forget about buying this piece of technology if you do not have enough space in your kitchen. This coffee maker measures 11.81 x 10 x 15 inches.  

Surprisingly, this coffee maker is not as heavy as it looks. There is no weight difference between the Ninja CP301 and Ninja CP307 as both machines weigh 11.7 pounds.

Material

Just like most of the coffee makers manufactured by Shark Ninja LCC, this machine is a masterpiece made from a combination of steel, plastic, and rubber. The removable water reservoir is made of see-through polymer and the fact that it sports visible finely trellised portions reminiscent of a vintage blender container.  

Both the Ninja CP301 and CP307 are exact replicas of each other. But the one very obvious point of distinction is the coffee pot that goes with them. CP301 has a glass carafe while CP307 comes with a double-walled stainless steel coffee pot. 

Safety Features

Similar to other smart coffee makers, the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System also has a fail-safe method that prevents accidental first-degree burns. This machine has a drip-stop button that allows you to interrupt the brewing process if you are in a hurry to pour some hot black brew into your cup.  

As far as Ninja coffee maker reviews are concerned, you may have to choose the CP307 steel carafe model if your preference leans more towards general safety. Unlike the glass carafe, you are pretty much off the hook if you accidentally drop the coffee pot.  

Accessories Included

With its capability to brew both hot and cold coffee or tea, you can expect the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System to have a number of extra features in it – and indeed it has. 

Apart from the basic brewing components like the filters and baskets (more of that will be featured later) and the foldable frother, you also get an inspiration guide that features up to 40 recipes. This can be very handy if you’re a novice to the insular world of brewing.

CP301 & CP307 Auto IQ one touch intelligence technology

Since this machine can brew 6 different sizes, it also comes with a foldable tray that holds a mug or cup directly under the brewer’s dispenser. 

However, certain models have accessories that are unique only for them. For instance, the Ninja Coffee Bar CP307 does not have a warming plate since it has a steel carafe. If you are keen on controlling the time to keep your coffee or tea warm, choose the Ninja thermal carafe model instead.

Brew Time

It is important to take note that this coffee maker can serve both hot and cold beverages. This means brewing time will be relative to the preferred temperature. If you go for the good old hot coffee or tea, you can expect to be served in roughly 4 minutes. 

But if you fancy a cold drink, this machine may take up to 15 minutes to finish its task. The Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System might be the fastest and slowest brewer there is. 

Brew Quality

CP301 & CP307 different basket and filter for coffee and tea

Several of the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System reviews you may find online would say that this machine also earned the admiration of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). Nonetheless, this claim is a bit disputed. What is certain, however, is that this machine does an amazing job of brewing coffee and tea – beverages that prove to be bitter rivals of each other.

You will be using a different basket and filter for coffee and tea. Furthermore, the Smart Basket Recognition program tells you the required temperature for a specific type of tea.  

Ease of Use

Not all of the Ninja coffee maker reviews that circulate online would agree that this particular machine is user-friendly. But for a coffee maker that is able to far exceed other brands by serving a different temperature and/or beverage, it is only natural for any beginner to climb a steeper learning curve. This technology is simply extraordinary by comparison.

Even between the models Ninja CP301 and Ninja CP307 do not have the same level of user-friendliness. If you are using a glass carafe, you will need to program the time required to warm the heating plate. 

Clean-Up

It takes a total of 60 minutes to complete the cleaning cycle for both Ninja CP301 and CP307 models. All removable components are safe to put in the dishwasher. But as always, everything is different between the two when it comes to the carafe. One can say that the Ninja thermal carafe proves to be a more convenient choice because glass carafes are just plain hazardous inside the dishwasher. 

Brand & Customer Service

Shark Ninja Operating LLC (1) was founded in 2015 as a successful transition of a seasoned company called Euro-Pro, a Canadian manufacturer of home cleaning appliances since 1993. This major shift of focus from the living room to the kitchen devices brought an enormous positive change. 

The makers of the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System excel in terms of product excellence and their customer service can certainly catch up. Consumer Affairs gave this company 3 out of 5 stars based on the recent 170 reviews published on their website. You can contact this brand at 1-877-646-5288 for product assistance and/or warranty claims.

Value for Money

It might surprise potential buyers that the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System do not always have the same price for both models. By comparison, the Ninja CP301 is a whole lot cheaper by nearly half the price of the CP307. Needless to say that any of these is a very good investment since there are far fewer coffee makers capable of serving hot and cold tea on top of the 5 different coffee brewing styles. Not bad for a product with 1-year limited warranty (2)

Downsides

Versatility and perfection rarely go together. For a machine that is capable of brewing both coffee and tea, the usual standard of excellence expected of coffee makers is not met in this case (hence the disputed SCA accolade). It simply could not hold a candle against the superb coffee quality produced by the Ninja CM401 and CM407 batch. 

Another inconvenience that most Ninja coffee maker reviews are keen to point out is that water tends to leak onto the counter when brewing. Perhaps this effect comes from the fact that the reservoir seems a bit narrow.

Who Should Buy this Coffee Maker? 

Obviously, this machine is the ideal choice for those who value its special capability to brew both hot and cold tea. Having this major additional function would also mean being able to do away with the need or actual ownership of a tea maker.

Other than its versatility, anyone can also appreciate broader customization options for Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System. Anyone who is used to handling coffee makers with complex programming would find this item to their liking.

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Final Verdict

The ability to brew both coffee and tea in varying temperatures serves to be the crowning achievement of this machine. This capacity comes with a level of sophistication that anyone would expect in successfully operating it.  

While there is nothing particularly special about its overall design, it helps to notice how the partial enclosure around the carafe’s placement provides a higher level of security than other coffee makers that seem too loose (like the OXO Brew 9 Cup). I would give a rating of 4.2/5 for this Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System review.

Our Rating:

Our Rating:

4.2

Specifications

Ninja Hot And Cold Brew System CP301 & CP307 Coffee Maker Specifications
BrandNinja
ModelCP301 and CP307
MaterialSteel, plastic, and rubber
Brew TypeAutomatic Drip (5 styles)
Cup Capacity10 Cups
Warranty1 Year Limited
Price$

Frequently Asked Questions

References

  1. https://www.ninjakitchen.com/about-us/
  2. https://www.ninjakitchen.com/warranty/1-year-limited-warranty/
James Kilpatrick

Article By:

James Kilpatrick

I’m James, a self-professed coffee enthusiast in pursuit of finding the perfect daily brew and likes to live by the motto ‘Just brew it”.