Nutri Ninja vs NutriBullet Personal Blender – Which is Better ?
Updated 2017: Originally this article was a comparison of Nutribullet vs Ninja Nutri Ninja(BL450) which was the 1st version (NOTE- BL450 was recently discontinued and replaced with similar BL456) from Ninja but this review now includes added information for the newer NutriNinja Pro Auto IQ blender models.
The big matchup in personal blenders seems to be Nutribullet vs Nutri Ninja Pro, probably because they both run a LOT of advertising through infomercials.
I write a lot about blenders and it can be a little confusing trying to figure out if the 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 selling point is that they will make quick and easy smoothie drinks to improve your health, improve energy, and lose weight.
If you are like most of our readers then you just want to start drinking healthy smoothies because you realize how beneficial they are to your health and you simply want to know if the Nutribullet or Ninja will work better in helping you make smoothies.
In this review, I will answer all your questions about the big Nutri Ninja vs Nutribullet personal blender debate.
Understanding Ninja and Nutribullet Brands
Ninja is a sub-brand of SharkNinja LLC which makes blenders, food processors, and coffee makers. Whereas, Nutribullet is really just focused on manufacturing compact blenders when they started with Magic Bullet blenders and then added the Nutribullet product line.
When comparing Ninja vs Nutribullet brands, it can get a little confusing because they each have multiple models.
Nutribullet has 3 similar models (See article: Nutribullet 600 vs 900 vs RX) and Nutri Ninja has 4 Models (Nutri Ninja BL450, BL 451, BL 455, BL 456).
Nutribullet blender models have different motors, blending capacity and features so they are more varied among models than the Nutri Ninja.
Nutri Ninja Pro has 4 models (BL450 / BL451 / BL455 / BL456) which are very similar with some different accessories like cups and recipe book.
Then Nutri Ninja added their Auto IQ personal blender line (BL480 / BL481 / BL482) to try to one-up Nutribullet. The 3 AutoIQ models offer the same blender with the BL480 as the base model and the BL481 adds 1 32 oz Jar and the BL 482 adds 1 32oz Jar + extra Recipe book.
Originally this review focused on comparing the Nutri Ninja Pro vs Nutribullet Pro 900 since they have the same speed motors and pricing. Now we have added the Nutri Ninja Pro IQ BL482 in this comparison.
Nutribullet Pro 900 Review
Positives: Has 32 ounce capacity. Capacity is worth considering because it means it holds more raw ingredients for blending down to a smoothie. 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.
Negatives: Some people don’t like the removable washer which can trap food under it if you don’t clean it after use (I’ve never had a problem with the washer).
Overall Opinion: We’ve used the Nutribullet Pro everyday for years and love it. It comes with a nice set of accessories and we love their easy recipe book. They have sold millions of blenders and have a good overall rating on Amazon. There are 3 accessories packages offered:Click here for 13 piece Nutribullet Pro Set * (CURRENTLY MOST POPULAR)
(*13 Piece set couple extra accessories and 15 piece set has 1 more extractor blade and 2 more cups/lids for slightly higher price)
Nutri Ninja Pro BL450 Review
August 2017 Update – The BL450 was discontinued and essentially replaced with the BL456 and are same price. Only difference is BL456 has larger recipe book.
Positives: Nice motor and some people prefer the Ninja blade design versus Nutribullet’s blade. For actual blending results most comparison reviews between the two blenders are pretty balanced on which one blends better so Nutribullet Pro and NutriNinja Pro are pretty equal.
Negatives: The jar is smaller(24 ounce) which I didn’t like. I don’t like how you have to hold the cup down on the Ninja blender the entire blending time versus the Nutribullet you just lock it down and it blends. Comes with a tiny recipe book(only 30recipes). Has slightly less motor speed than Nutribullet although we aren’t sure if it was enough to effect blending results.
Overall Opinion: Overall, the Nutri Ninja Pro is a good compact blender. It is a more basic version of their Auto IQ model. It has 4.5 star rating on Amazon. It comes down to more personal preference if you care about the cup size and having to hold the cup while blending. The NutriBullet comes with a much better nutrition/recipe book and guide. For about the same price I would go with the Ninja AutoIQ(see review below) if you want the automated features or the Nutribullet 900 for ease of use.Click Here for Nutri Ninja Pro BL456 Pricing
NutriNinja Auto IQ BL 482 Review
Positives: They improved on the issues I had with the original BL450 by adding a 32oz cup which is the same as Nutribullet Pro 900. The other improvement with the Auto IQ line is you lock in the cup to the base when blending so you don’t have to hold it. The big differentiating feature of the Auto IQ is the pre-programmed settings which the Nutribullet and original Nutri Ninja line don’t have.
Auto-IQ has 3 button functions: Blend, Ultra Blend, and Pulse. For smoothies, you just press 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: We read some review about the blades breaking on this blender but doesn’t seem to be common. 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 vs. the Nutribullet 900 or NutriNinja BL450 which have 900watt motors.
Overall Opinion: The Nutri Ninja Auto IQ adds some nice features that the original BL450 was lacking. It’s a solid blender and the same price now as the Nutribullet 900. Overall a good personal blender for the price and will work great for smoothies. If you want the preset programs, then the Ninja BL482 is the best Nutribullet alternative. Also, some people really like the Auto IQ function but personally I don’t for the same reason I didn’t like the Nutribullet RX auto function. Let me explain….
Many times when I use a personal blender I will add ingredients like protein/superfoods or adjust the liquid amount after the initial blend. Depending on the ingredients you use, you might have to adjust the liquid needed to make sure it blends correctly. With the Nutribullet I can just pulse it quickly or take it off and quickly adjust the liquid or ingredients. I personally don’t really find the different button and electronics on the Auto IQ very useful and would rather keep it simple(and less risk of electronics breaking). 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. Whereas a personal blender is generally just for making smoothies and I don’t need extra speeds or fancy features to make a smoothie. The BL482 works fine but it is a personal preference if you want programs or not.
If you want more details and specific on the 3 blenders then read on below.
Feature Comparison of Nutribullet vs Ninja Blenders
|Feature||Nutribullet 900 Pro||NutriNinja Pro BL450||NutriNinja AutoIQ BL482|
|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|
Considering that both blender companies have similar motor power it is worth looking at the blade difference to see if it affects how well they blend.
Both companies use a similar 4 blade design as can be seen in the picture below. There have been some reviews that complained about the Nutribullet rubber gasket coming out but people need to understand that it is supposed to do that so you can clean it.
I pull the rubber gasket up after every couple uses to quickly rinse it and keep old food off of it. Nutribullet does now sell a sealed gasket blade but we haven’t used it (Sidenote- We’ve seen some companies selling a knock-off version of the new Nutribullet sealed gasket but we suggest only buying the Nutribullet brand so you know it meets their safety standards).
Whereas, Nutri Ninja has a concealed gasket with a deep groove. While the gasket doesn’t come out, I read some complaints that the deep groove allows food to build up and you can’t get it out so you must clean the lid right after use.
The other difference is the Nutri Ninja has reverse threads compared to the the Nutribullet. This means the inside of the Nutri Ninja cup is threaded vs. 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.
Overall, there are some design differences between the two blenders and based on reviews we don’t see any common complaints except the issues mentioned above.
Below I list all of the accessories that come with the two Nutribullet Pro packages, the comparable Nutri Ninja Pro BL450 package, and the Ninja AutoIQ BL482.
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)
This 13 piece set is popular but I like the Nutribullet Pro 15-piece set (see below) if you can get it as it sells out sometimes. The 15 piece set includes extra blade and 18 oz cup. Otherwise the Nutribullet Pro 9-piece set below is the lowest priced option.
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 Pro Set
– 900 Watt Motor Base
– 12 oz. Jar
– 18 oz. Jar
– 24 oz. Jar
– 2 Sip and Seal Lids
– Ninja Pro Extractor Blades
– Instruction Book
– 30 Recipe and Wellness Guide.
NutriNinja with Auto IQ BL482
Included in the Nutri Ninja AutoIQ BL482
– 1000 Watt Motor Base
– 32 oz Jar
– 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
OK, you now have a full understanding of all features and differences of the Nutribullet Pro vs Ninja Auto IQ blenders. Honestly, you would probably be fine using either a Ninja or Nutribullet for making smoothies as they all blend pretty similar. They are all about the same price +/- $20 depending on the accessories.
The entry level models, Ninja BL456 & Nutribullet 600 are slightly cheaper but the smaller 24oz cup used in both models is harder to fit enough raw ingredients to make anything larger than 12-16ounces of finish smoothie. Also, on the Ninja BL450 I don’t like having to hold the cup down during the entire blending process.
I feel Nutribullet offers better “getting started” materials and more comprehensive recipe book/nutrition guide than Ninja but Nutri Ninja Auto IQ feature is something that people really love.
Regarding the 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 BL482 continues to be a top seller.
If you want to compare the Nutri Ninja personal blender to other Ninja blender models then visit my Best Ninja Blenders post which is a HUGE resource guide analyzing every single Ninja model.
Both companies have a standard 1 year manufacturer warranty but you can also look into getting a very affordable extended warranty on Amazon.com which I haven’t personally tried but is very, very popular. If you decide to buy the Ninja Auto IQ blender, then an extended warranty is probably a good idea since 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.