Nutri Ninja vs NutriBullet Review – Our Test Results
The big matchup in personal blenders continues to be Nutribullet versus Nutri Ninja Pro. It can be a little confusing trying to figure out if their fancy marketing terms like “Auto IQ”, “Pro Extractor Blades”, or “Nutri Blast” actually mean anything.
To be honest, both are really just personal blenders so they are smaller than a typical countertop blender and their main job is to make smoothies. Yes, they claim to crush ice, nuts, seeds, make nut butter, etcetera…..but let’s be honest….most people use them for smoothies.
The big question is do Nutribullet or Ninja bullet blenders work better in helping you make smoothies ?
In this review, I will answer all of your questions when comparing Ninja and Nutribullet personal blenders. I have personally used both blenders and share my thoughts in the review below.
Table of Contents
Ninja vs Nutribullet Brand
It can get a little confusing when comparing the two brands as they each have multiple models, so here is a quick overview of the two brands.
Nutribullet started with the Magic Bullet blender and then added the more powerful Nutribullet product line.
The company has rotated through various designs over the years and we’ve reviewed at least a dozen Nutribullet models. In this article we focus on the best-selling Nutribullet 900 Pro, as it is the most comparable model to the Ninja bullet blender. (related article: Nutribullet 600 vs 900 vs RX)
Nutribullet blender models have different motors, blending capacity and features so they are more varied among the models compared to Nutri Ninja.
Ninja is a sub-brand of SharkNinja LLC which makes blenders, food processors, and coffee makers. Some people refer to the Nutri Ninja product line as Ninja bullet blenders because of the design shape and similar look to Nutribullet blenders.
Ninja has 3 Personal Blender lines:
1. Nutri Ninja Pro line has 4 models (BL450 / BL451 / BL455 / BL456) which are very similar with some different accessories like cups and recipe book.
2. Nutri Ninja Auto IQ personal blender line (BL480 / BL481 / BL482). The 3 AutoIQ models all use the same exact blender. The BL480 is the base model, the BL481 adds 1 32 oz Jar, and the BL 482 has an extra Recipe book.
3. Nutri Ninja BL580. Introduced in 2019, this blender is an updated BL480 Auto IQ blender with new design and the addition of their FreshVac Technology.
Originally I reviewed the Nutri Ninja Pro versus Nutribullet Pro 900 since they have the same speed motors and pricing. We have now added the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ blender into this comparison.
Comparison of Nutribullet vs Ninja Blenders
|Feature||Nutribullet 900 Pro||NutriNinja Pro||NutriNinja AutoIQ|
|Motor Strength||900 Watt/1.2 HP||900 Watt/1.2 HP||1000 watt/1.2 HP|
|Speeds||1 + Manual Pulse||1 + Manual Pulse||2 + Automatic Pulse|
|RPM||25,000 RPM||21,000 RPM||21,000 RPM|
|Blend Capacity||32 oz||24 oz||32 oz|
|Warranty||1 year||1 year||1 year|
Nutribullet Pro – TOP PICK
Positives: In our blending tests, the Nutribullet Pro performed better than the Ninja. Another positive of the Nutribullet is that it has a large 32 ounce capacity. Capacity is worth considering because it means it can hold more raw ingredients for blending down to a finished smoothie. Nutribullet’s unique blade design works very well for grinding, chopping, and blending.
Nutribullet comes with many jars and a very nice recipe book for easy use. (We love the Nutribullet nutrition book and recipe guide). It has more RPM(rotations per minute) 25,000 compared to Ninja BL450 RPM of 21,000. Ranks at the top of personal blender comparison tests for blending performance. Good consumer reviews.
Negatives: Blades are not designed for blending ice only. The blade isn’t dishwasher safe so the blade’s rubber gasket can trap food under it if you don’t clean it after use.
Overall Opinion: I have used the Nutribullet Pro for years and love it. It comes with a nice set of accessories and I love their easy recipe book. Nutribullet has sold millions of blenders and the 900 Pro is the most popular model with a good overall rating from independent tests and consumers.
Nutri Ninja Pro Review
Positives: The Nutri Ninja Pro has a nice 900 watt motor which is plenty of power for a 24 oz jar. Some people prefer the Ninja blade design versus Nutribullet’s blade. For actual blending results I found that the Nutribullet Pro slightly outperformed the NutriNinja Pro for smoothie quality.
Negatives: The Nutri Ninja 900 comes with a smaller (24 ounce) jar which can be limiting. If needed, the 32oz jar is available for an extra cost. I don’t like how you have to hold the cup down on the Ninja blender during the entire blending time versus the Nutribullet you just lock it down and it blends. The Ninja comes with a small recipe book relative to Nutribullet’s. Nutri Ninja blender has slightly less motor speed than Nutribullet.
Overall Opinion: The Nutri Ninja Pro is a good compact blender and is reasonably priced. It is a more basic version of their Auto IQ model. It has 4.5 star rating on Amazon. I have experienced slightly better blending results for smoothies with the Nutribullet Pro compared to the Nutri Ninja and I prefer Nutribullet’s blade design for milling and chopping (see videos below).
Other minor issues of the Nutri Ninja are needing to hold the jar down to blend and the smaller 24 oz jar. 24oz cup will make about 1 pint size glass of finished smoothie. The NutriBullet comes with a better nutrition/recipe book and guide.
Overall the Ninja Pro is a simple low priced bullet blender that offers pretty good performance. For a little more money I prefer the blending performance and design of the Nutribullet 900(see review above). Also, there is the Ninja AutoIQ(see review below) which has more features and larger capacity than the Nutri Ninja model.
NutriNinja Auto IQ BL 480 Review
Positives: Comes with an 18oz and 24oz cup. The nice improvement in the Auto IQ line is the ability to lock in the cup to the base when blending so you don’t have to hold it. The biggest differentiating feature of the Auto IQ is the pre-programmed settings which the Nutribullet and original Nutri Ninja Pro blender that I reviewed above don’t have. Ninja blender can easily crush stand-alone ice cubes which Nutribullet’s blades are not designed to do.
Auto-IQ has 3 button functions: Blend, Ultra Blend, and Pulse. For smoothies, just press the Blend or UltraBlend button and let it go. For pulse, it is more for chopping not purifying.
- Blend is for blending fresh fruit, leafy greens, and yogurt.
- Ultra Blend is for frozen fruit and ice, harder vegetables like kale and carrots, and Nuts & seeds
- Pulse is when you want more control over the blending and don’t want to purify the ingredients like salsa or chopping nuts.
Negatives: Some users commented about the blades breaking on this blender but that seems to be a rare event. NutriNinja IQ has 1000 watt motor but the RPM(revolutions per minute) is still 21,000 so you don’t really notice a change in the slight increase of wattage compared to the Nutribullet 900 or NutriNinja BL450 which have 900 watt motors.
Overall Opinion: The BL480 is a solid blender and has very high consumer reviews. The Nutri Ninja Auto IQ adds some nice features that the original BL450 was lacking. It’s a good blender and about the same price as the Nutribullet 900. The Nutri Ninja BL480 is a good personal blender for the price with preset programs and works great for smoothies, but I feel the Nutribullet generates slightly better blending results.
Some people really like the Auto IQ function but personally I don’t. It really is a personal preference.
The reason I don’t is the Auto IQ is just a timed blending sequence and doesn’t adjust for the amount ingredients you are blending. Also, I sometimes add ingredients like protein/superfoods or adjust the liquid amount after the initial blend so using the timer isn’t really necessary.
In general, having the electronics and various speeds makes more sense to me on a full-size countertop blender where you are using it for more things. A personal blender is generally just for making smoothies and I don’t need extra speeds or fancy features to make a smoothie. Finally, I prefer to have less electronics on my blender so I have less chance of something breaking.
The BL482 works fine and is great if you follow recipes and just want a hands-off timed blender. It really is just a personal preference if you want programs or not.
2021 UPDATE – Ninja introduced a new Nutri Ninja model called the Nutri Ninja Freshvac BL580 which we already reviewed in another post. The BL580 is essentially the same as the BL480
We decided not to add it into the comparison table below because the FreshVac BL580 personal blender is essentially the same as the BL480 with similar AutoIQ and power but the BL580 has a new design and uses the new FreshVac 24oz cups. The blending performance is similar to the original Nutri Ninja models.
If you want more details and specifics on the 3 blenders then read on below.
Bullet Blender Blending Test
You can see in the Nutribullet vs Ninja blending test video above that despite having a similar 900 watt motor, the blending results do vary between the brands. Some of this performance variation is because of the blade design difference.
You can see the blade design difference in the picture below. Ninja has a conventional 4 prong blender blade design whereas Nutribullet has a 6 prong design. The 2 lower blades on the Nutribullet blade are very useful for milling and grinding dry ingredients. It seems that Nutribullet’s longer, wider blades mix the ingredients better when blending.
A small difference worth mentioning is that the Nutri Ninja has reverse threads compared to the Nutribullet. The Nutri Ninja cup is threaded on the inside versus the Nutribullet has the threads on the outside of the cup. If you use the cups to drink from (and not just blend with) then you might not like having the Nutri Ninja’s grooved threads on the inside of the cup.
Performance wise, we have experienced slightly better blending results with the Nutribullet blender and Nutribullet blade design.
Below I list all of the accessories that come with the various Nutribullet Pro packages, Nutri Ninja Pro package, and the Ninja AutoIQ BL482. (UPDATE- See unboxing video below where we show what comes with the popular Nutri Ninja Pro BL456 and Nutribullet Pro Deluxe packages)
The extra accessories in the 15 piece Nutribullet pro versus the 9 piece are in bold with an * for quick reference.
(The 9-piece Nutribullet & NutriNinja are about the same price. The 15-piece Nutribullet pro is slightly more and the Ninja AutoIQ is more than the Nutribullet)
The 15 piece set is not as common but it includes an extra blade and 18 oz cup. The 9 piece set has fewer cups and lids.
Accessories for each model
Nutribullet 9 Piece (Model NB9-0901)
Included in the 9-piece Set
– 900 Watt High-torque Power Base
– Extractor Blade
– 32 oz Colossal Cup
– 24 oz Tall Cup
– Handled Lip Ring
– Regular Lip Ring
– Flip Top To-Go Lid
– Life Changing Recipes Book and User Manual
– Pocket Nutritionist
Nutribullet 15 Piece (Model NB9-1501)
Included in the Nutribullet 15-piece Set
– 900 Watt High-torque Power Base
– 2 x Extractor Blade *
– 32-oz Colossal Cup
– 2 x 24 -oz Tall Cup *
– 18-oz Jar
– Handled Lip Ring
– Regular Lip Ring
– Flip-Top To-Go Lid
– 2 x Resealable Lids *
– User Manual and Cookbook
– Pocket Nutritionist
– Recipe Book
Included in the Nutri Ninja 900 Pro Set
– 900 Watt Motor Base
– 2 Jars: 18oz and 24 oz. Jar
– 2 Sip and Seal Lids
– Ninja Pro Extractor Blade
– Instruction Book
– 75 Recipe and Wellness Guide.
NutriNinja with Auto IQ BL480
Included in the Nutri Ninja AutoIQ BL480
– 1000 Watt Motor Base
– 24 oz Jar
– 18-oz Jar
– Pro Extractor Blade
– 3 Sip and Seal Lids
– Inspiration Guide
– Rachel Beller 3-Day Jump-Start Plan
– Rachel Beller’s Book Eat to Lose, Eat to Win
Ninja BL456 and Nutribullet Pro Deluxe Package Unboxing
Overall, I prefer the Nutribullet Pro because it offers better performance and more solid feel.
The entry level models from each company (Ninja BL456 & Nutribullet 600) are slightly cheaper but I would go with the Nutribullet Pro if your focus is on making smoothies.
Regarding Ninja’s Auto IQ, I personally prefer keeping it simple with the manual control of the Nutribullet and less risk of the electronics going bad on the Ninja IQ but many people LOVE the Auto iQ and the Ninja Auto IQ continues to be a top seller.
Both companies have a standard 1 year manufacturer warranty. If you decide to buy the Ninja Auto IQ blender then an inexpensive extended warranty is a good idea because it has electronics (especially if you are going to be using it a lot).
I hope you found this Nutri Ninja vs Nutribullet review helpful. Please share and comment below if you have any questions.