Blenders are so great for so many different uses. They’re great for making smoothies, soups, and even oat flour. With the number of people that use blenders on a daily basis, you definitely want something that is not only durable, high quality but also heavy-duty to be able to blend through the strongest ice and frozen bananas you throw its way. There are a lot of blenders that claim to be powerful, but sadly many of them actually lack in that department.
Today, we’re going to focus on the Nutribullet and the Nutri Ninja blender, two very popular blenders that are commonly compared to one another due to their similar design, nature, and features, and functions. If you’re debating between one or the other, chances are you’ve been looking at comparing the two blenders to see which one makes more sense for you and your needs and also price-wise. We’ve made your job a little easier today by going in-depth about each style of blender, the features, and functions of each, all to help you determine which one is best for you and your needs.
What is a Blender?
Before we dive right into comparing the two different types of blender, let’s talk about blenders in general and what exactly is a blender. A blender is a common kitchen appliance that is sometimes called a mixer or a liquidizer if you’re from England. It’s not only used in kitchens around the world but also common in laboratories as well because it’s able to puree and emulsify food and other substances.
A stationary blender consists of a blender container with rotating metal blades at the bottom and is powered by an electric motor that is installed at the base of the machine. The most powerful models are able to crush ice and other frozen food which makes them great for creating smoothies. There are a few different types of blenders including immersion blenders, but what we’re talking about today is all about stationary blenders.
A Countertop blender can using hold about 4-8 cups of material inside the blending container. They are made of plastic or more preferably, glass and offer around 3-16 different speed settings. The more the blender costs, the more speeds or functions it tends to have. The container rests upon a base that contains a motor that turns the blades and ends up blending the food. If your blender isn’t the strongest of blenders, you may have to stir your blender (when it’s turn off) or shake the contents to move any solids around and ensure that they hit the blade and break down.
Characteristics to Look For
There are many different characteristics that are useful when it comes to finding the right blender including:
- Large visible measurement marks
- Ease of use
- Power usable usually between 300-1000 watts
- Option for a quick ‘pulse’ action
- Ease of cleaning a
- Low noise
Since a lot of blenders are extremely loud and difficult to clean, those are two common characteristics that people focus on, along with the overall power of the machine as well.
What is a Bullet Blender?
Before looking at the Ninja and the Nutribullet, it’s important to specify exactly what a bullet blender is since that’s what we’ll be specifically looking at. A bullet blender is a compact size blender that consists of a power base and a cup that you can drink out of. It’s not only compact in size but designed for people on the go and has a busy lifestyle. The two most popular bullet blenders out there are the Nutri Ninja and the NutriBullet which is why we’re focusing on those two today.
Ninja is one of the most popular blender companies out there. Nutri Ninja is actually a sub-brand under the Shark brand which produces anything from food processors, coffee makers to vacuum cleaners. The Ninja and more specifically the Nutri Ninja is designed to make blending a hassle-free experience without any of the annoying duties like deep cleaning and difficulties when it comes to blending solids. It’s designed to meet the needs of a healthy lifestyle and provides a quick and easy solution when it comes to making your smoothies at home. The series comes with five different models, four of them feature the intelligent Auto IQ technology that helps to decide which blending sessions it should utilize to have the most perfect blending results.
On the other side of the blender world. Nutribullet is one of the most popular companies when it comes to blenders as well. Nutribullet is more of a fully encompassing brand that not only works with blenders but also promoting a better, healthier lifestyle. They position their blenders as being the tools to success when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle and adding it to your everyday routine can really make all the difference with Nutribullet Recipes books included in all of their Nutribullet blenders.
There are four different models in the Nutribullet family and each style is designed to ensure maximum nutrients from the ingredients you put in the blender and a variety of functions that make smoothies hassle-free. The different versions have additional features and functions and the prices reflect that as well.
Before we jump into individual models from the two companies, I think that it’s beneficial to go through some of the direct comparisons when it comes to accessories, features, and functions.
Both blenders have a variety of accessories that can elevate and improve your blending experience. There’s everything from different size cups, drinking lids, to other tools that are useful when it comes to blending. Both when it comes to accessories and what’s included is directly comparable and therefore can’t really be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing which blender is better for you and your needs.
Both brands have a variety of cups including 3 different sizes. 18-oz cups, 24 oz cups, and a larger 32 oz cup. The Nutribullet cups are a bit more wider cup and the Nutri Ninja are taller and slimmer. Both are made from BPA-free plastic that makes them strong and durable. They’re also both dishwasher-safe which makes it ideal for quick and easy cleaning expereinces.
Power is one of the most important factors when it comes to blenders. You want something that will make the hardest ice smooth as can be. To achieve that, you need something with a lot of power. Both blenders are intended mostly for making smoothies, although you can create a variety of other things with the blenders, that’s their intended purpose and therefore their motor power reflexes that. The NutriBullet blender combo, depending on the model you choose, varies from 600 W to 900W to even an impressive 1700 W. The lowest power model is ideal for making simple smoothies and the highest power model is great for creating smoothies with a lot of ingredients, sauces, shakes, cold drinks, ice cream to a variety of different desserts. The higher the power, the quicker the blending session and therefore can reduce the amount of nutrients in your smoothie significantly if blended for too long.
Nutri Ninja blenders start at a higher rate of 900 W and go all the way up to 1500 W. They are similar in power but the Nutribullet definitely has a wide range when it comes to the power available.
The blades are some of the most important aspects when it comes to blenders. It is one of the most essential aspects when it comes to the act of blending. Without sharp and powerful blades, your blender will…not blend. Both blenders have highly durable and long-lasting blades made from first-grade stainless steel. This not only makes them ideal for cutting through everything from greens to fruit to even ice but for long-lasting blending as well.
The NutriBullet blender combo actually has a blade system that they have patented called the extractor blade. This blade features four-prong blades that are flat and have square-speed tips. This with a high-torque rotation allows the blade to create almost a strong cyclonic action and smoothing even the toughest of materials.
The Nutri Nija blade on the other hand, although similar to the Nutribullet, has 4 prongs with sharp tips. Two of the prongs are tilted down and the other two are pointed up. This style is more ideal for chopping and shredding.
Now coming down to the overall performance of the two different types of blenders. The two different types of blenders are very similar when it comes to all out of their characteristics which you may still find difficult to decide between the two different styles.
When it comes to making smoothies, both blenders are successful at completing the job at hand, however, when it comes to blending other specific ingredients, there are some differences between the two. The NutriBullet blender combo is hard to beat when it comes to both juicing and liquefying. It produces smoothies that are completely smooth and silky and without any grit or chunks in it. We noticed that the Nutri Ninja may contain some unbeaten pulp and large seeds along with skin and nuts. When it comes to juicing the Nutribullet can deliver thick juice which is similar to traditional juicers on the market today. The Ninja will produce a foamy and fibrous pure that separates the liquids and the foam at the top. The Ninja also delivers better results when it comes to chopping ingredients like making your own homemade salsa.
When it comes to deciding which blender is right for you – it just depends. Either one is a great pick when it comes to making smoothies and both are very powerful and efficient when it comes to blending. The NutriBullet blender combo is definitely a cult favorite when it comes to healthy diet enthusiasts but the Ninja is definitely a preferred option when it comes to those who like to use blenders for other parts of cooking and not just smoothies. So depending if you’re looking to use your blender mostly for smoothies or other ingredients, if you go with either blender, we are sure that you’ll be very satisfied with your result.
NutriBullet Blenders Available
NutriBullet 600 W
- 600 Watt
- 1 24 oz cup
- 1 to go lid
- 1 lip ring
- Stainless steel extractor blades
- Hassle-free cleaning
- NutriBullet recipes book
4.0 out of 5.0 stars
NutriBullet Pro 1000
- 1000 Watt
- Easy twist extractor blade
- Easy-grip handles
- 32-ounce BPA-free cup
- Sleek Design
- Nutribullet Recipes book
4.5 out of 5.0 stars
NutriBullet Pro Plus
- 1200 Watt
- Pre-Programmed pulse cycle with automatic shutting off
- High Torque power base
- Auto-off that’s hands-free
- Features comfort lip rings, flip-top lids, Nutribullet recipes book
4.5 out of 5.0 stars
Nutri Ninja Blender
- 900 Watt
- Twist on spout lids
- Manually pulse
- Great for crushing ice
- BPA Free
- Dishwasher safe
4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Nutri Ninja 1000 Watt
- High-Quality Materials
- Powerful 1000 Motor
- 90-da Money Back Guarantee
4.5 out of 5.0 stars