Nutri Ninja vs NutriBullet Personal Blender – Which is Better in 2018?

Ninja vs Nutribullet Blender

Updated 2018: 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 continues 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 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 Nutri Ninja vs Nutribullet personal blenders…..let’s get started !

Ninja vs Nutribullet Brand

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 (related article: Nutribullet 600 vs 900 vs RX) and Nutri Ninja has 4 Models (Nutri Ninja BL450, BL 451, BL 455, BL 456). Some people also refer to the Nutri Ninja product line as Ninja bullet blenders because of the design shape and similar look to Nutribullet blenders.

Nutribullet blender models have different motors, blending capacity and features so they are more varied among the models compared to Nutri Ninja.

Ninja has 2 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 are the same exact blender with the BL480 as the base model and the BL481 adds 1 32 oz Jar and the BL 482 has 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 Auto IQ line in this comparison.

Nutribullet Pro 900 Review

NutribulletPositives: Has large 32 ounce capacity. Capacity is worth considering because it means it can hold 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: I have 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. Nutribullet has sold millions of blenders and the 900 Pro is the most popular model with good overall rating on Amazon. The 900 Pro has 3 accessory packages offered:

(*13 Piece set has a couple extra accessories and the 15 piece set has 1 more extractor blade and 2 more cups/lids for slightly higher price)

Nutri Ninja Pro Review

Ninja or Nutribullet - Nutri Ninja BLl450 reviewPositives: 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 most tests 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 can really limit how much smoothie you make. 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. Has slightly less motor speed than Nutribullet although but that reflects the smaller 24oz capacity versus Nutribullet’s 32oz capacity.

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. 24oz cup will make about 1 pint size glass of finished smoothie. The NutriBullet comes with a better nutrition/recipe book and guide.

For about the same price I would go with the Ninja AutoIQ(see review below) which has more features and larger capacity….or the Nutribullet 900 for ease of use.

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NutriNinja Auto IQ BL 482 Review

Ninja or Nutribullet comparison- Nutri Ninja Auto IQ reviewPositives: Comes with a large 32oz cup as well as an 18oz and 24oz cup. The main 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 BL482 is a great 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 solid blender and about 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 great blender and a good Nutribullet alternative.

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Do you need Auto IQ ?

Some people really like the Auto IQ function but personally I don’t. It really is a personal preference.

The reasons I don’t is that 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 for me.

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.

If you want more details and specifics on the 3 blenders then read on below.

Comparison of Nutribullet vs Ninja Blenders

FeatureNutribullet 900 ProNutriNinja ProNutriNinja AutoIQ BL482
Motor Strength900 Watt/1.2 HP900 Watt/1.2 HP1000 watt/1.2 HP
Speeds1 + Manual Pulse1 + Manual Pulse2 + Automatic Pulse
RPM25,000 RPM21,000 RPM21,000 RPM
CapabilityPuree,Blend,Grind,ChopPuree,Blend,Grind,ChopPuree,Blend,Grind,Chop
Blend Capacity32 oz24 oz32 oz
Warranty1 year1 year1 year

Blade Design

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 bullet blenders have 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.

nutribullet vs ninja blades

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.

Accessories

Below I list all of the accessories that come with the two Nutribullet Pro packages, the comparable Nutri Ninja Pro 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)

2018 Update – The Nutribullet Pro 900 13 Piece set is the most popular Nutribullet 900 set which includes: 900 Watt Motor / 2 Flip-top Lids / 2 Colossal Cups / Hard Cover Recipe Book / 2 Handled Lip Rings / 2 Comfort Lip Rings.

This 13 piece set is popular but the Nutribullet Pro 15-piece set (see below) is also worth considering if you can get it. The 15 piece set includes an extra blade and 18 oz cup. Otherwise the Nutribullet Pro 9-piece set below is the lowest priced option.


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

2018 UPDATE: 13 Piece Nutribullet Pro is currently the most popular package.

See 9 Piece Pro Current Pricing

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

2018 UPDATE: 13 Piece Nutribullet Pro is currently the most popular package.

See 15 Piece Pro Current Pricing

NutriNinja Pro

Included in the Nutri Ninja Pro Set
– 900 Watt Motor Base
–  2 Jars: 12oz and 24 oz. Jar
– 2 Sip and Seal Lids
– Ninja Pro Extractor Blades
– Instruction Book
– 75 Recipe and Wellness Guide.

See Current Pricing and Reviews on this Blender

NutriNinja with Auto IQ BL482

Included in the Nutri Ninja AutoIQ BL482
– 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

See Current Pricing and Reviews on this Blender

Final Thoughts

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.

Here are the 2 specific models I would suggest:

The entry level models from each company (Ninja BL456 & Nutribullet 600) are slightly cheaper but if making smoothies is your focus then 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.

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Supriya guptaa

I was given a Nutri ninja IQ as a gift over a year ago ,I would have barely used it 15 times and all of a sudden it stopped working . I don’t have a receipt either . Is there anywhere I can get it fixed or is it cheaper to buy another one ?

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    Anna Powell

    Hi Supriya, Sorry to hear you had problems with your blender. Typically any manufacturer would require a proof of purchase to verify you are the original owner. You can try contacting Ninja to see if they will help you. Their warranty info is 1-800-798-7398 or http://www.ninjakitchen.com/warranty/

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David

I bought a nutrininja iq in February and blank oil began leaking from the blade assembly within a couple of months. Without the oil, the blades would run very hot and smoke would be inside the canister. Shark replaced the blade assembly and the replacement did the same thing within a month. Shark says they will only triplane the blades once but will now be happy to sell me blades for $40. The rep claimed she had never heard of oil leaking but there are many comments about this problem on various websites. I am done with Shark if this is the way they back their products.

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    Anna Powell

    Hi David, Thanks for the feedback about your experience with Ninja blender. Wow, smoke is a pretty serious issue. I actually have never heard about oil leaking out so I will look into that. A lot of people love Ninja blenders especially the personal blender line, but I prefer the Nutribullet because I have used them for so long and my friends all use them and I generally don’t have a need for the electronics/preset functions. I have used a Nutribullet over a 1000times and never had an issue.

    Ninja, Nutribullet, and many other blender manufacturers have a standard 1 year warranty. Generally I suggest getting an inexpensive extended warranty like on Amazon.

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Yakub

Bought Nutibullet 1000 w. The motor blew on me twice within 2 months.
It leaks and blows the motor. Terrible experience. Never recommend this to anyone

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    Anna Powell

    Sorry to hear about that Yakub. Where did it leak from ? From the center of the blade or our the edges where you screw on the container? When you saw 1000 watt model, was it the Nutribullet Prime model ?

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Adin

Hi, i was wondering about the quality, people complain about NutriBullet PRO stopping with work after one year, so my Question really is: How long is usually one used before it stops working, is NutriBullet really a machine for a year of everday use,, and how do they stack on frozen fruits being used,,especially NutriBullet PRO as they say its not meant for ice, so frozen berries smoothie is out of Question in regards it being stressful and accelerating the Destruction of the machine, and how how does nutri ninja pro stack with these questions also. Thank you very much

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    Anna Powell

    Hello Adin, It’s hard to say which brand is more reliable but go with the Ninja if you feel more comfortable with it. The more electronics there are on the blender the higher the liklihood it will have problems. If comparing the basic models (with no electronics) Nutri Ninja vs Nutribullet Pro(or Nutribullet 600) then I would think they both have similar reliability and both will perform well for you. Both brands offers a limited 1 year warranty but I prefer getting an inexpensive Square Trade Appliance appliance warranty on Amazon for extended warranty. I have used a Nutribullet blender for 4 years with almost daily use and never had any problems.

    You can use frozen fruit on either blender. You just don’t want to try blending large clumps of frozen ingredients. Make sure to use enough liquid and you should not have any problems. I use froze fruit and other hard ingredients like Nuts all the time with Nutribullet. I personally never use ice in my Nutribullet. The Nutri Ninja blades (point up like a traditional blade) should handle ice better over time than Nutribullet blade.

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Myriam

Hi, sorry about my English , I’m from France .
Don’t no wish one to buy as want one that do smoothie with carotte and zucchini.
Can you recommend one ?

Thank you.
Myriam

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    Anna Powell

    Hello Myriam. Both can handle those ingredients but the 900 would be better for hard vegetables..

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sierra

Hello there! Just wondering.. Is there a product that has the blending and juicing capability in one machine. I want a juicer, but I also want to make smoothies
I cant bring see it in my budget to buy two seperated machines at once.
So are thier any out there with both capabilities ? Or am I totally overlooking it?

Thanks!

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    Anna Powell

    Hi Sierra, Right now there aren’t a lot of combo units and their performance isn’t as good as individual units. Take a look at our detailed post about Juicer Blender combo machines. I feel blenders are more versatile because you can use more variety of ingredients and less waste. IF you get blender that is powerful enough to blend ingredients to a fine consistency you can just pour the blended drink through a mesh sieve for a close equivalent to juice.

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Amy

Hi – I have a Nutri Ninja Pro BL492, that I purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond a couple years ago. My question is regarding the noise while using it. Does it just go along with the territory, that using a blender with a 1200W motor is going to be extremely noisy? I have to leave the kitchen while it is blending because it literally “hurts” my ears! I thought that maybe I was just extra sensitive to noise, but others who have visited our home while my son was making his protein shake, have commented on how noisy it is and that they don’t think it is normal. Just thought I would ask, as I didn’t see anything about it in the manual that came with the blender. I looked at comments from other owners, on Amazon, and some people say it is noisy and others say they don’t think it is! If this is indeed “normal,” any ideas for dealing with this issue? It really is a huge problem for me! As well, I live in an apartment building with very thin walls. I am VERY surprised that no one has complained! I am moving very soon and don’t want to immediately make the others tenants angry! Any thoughts and/or ideas regarding this issue and how to deal with it?
Thank you so much!
Amy

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    Anna Powell

    Hi Amy, Yes it is loud like other with this power. Try watching a Youtube videos like this one from Ninja using the BL492 and see if yours sounds different. I am assuming your blender isn’t making any grinding noises or something unusual. Otherwise if noise a big issue for you I like the compact Jamba quiet blender

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