Vitamix vs Ninja Blenders – A Complete Comparison for 2017
We already have extensive guides to Vitamix blenders and Ninja blenders where we review every model from each brand. However, a common question is “How do Vitamix vs Ninja blenders compare?”. This detailed guide is focused on answering that question.
In this guide, we analyze the most comparable models from each brand to help you decide. First let’s point out the main differences between Ninja and Vitamix.
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Ninja Blender vs Vitamix Blender Key Differences
Yes, Vitamix is priced 2-3x more than a Ninja blender so you have to consider cost when fairly comparing the two brands. Vitamix is better made and will last longer even with frequent use. To be fair though, Ninja has sold millions of blenders and they do make decent blenders for the price.
Vitamix offers a full warranty up to 10 years depending on the model and they even pay for shipping if you make a warranty claim. Ninja blenders offer a one year limited warranty.
Vitamix blenders are made in the USA and known for quality. Their blenders are made with long lasting motors and components. Vitamix blenders have been used in high-volume professional kitchens for decades and the brand has a passionate, loyal customer following.
Ninja blenders are made in Asia with more plastic components. Ninja products are definitely made more economically than Vitamix, but they aren’t necessary bad. Despite that difference in quality, some of the Ninja blenders have similar power to Vitamix and can easily handle popular blending tasks such as making frozen drinks and smoothies. Ninja really targets the mass market with their price points and they continue to be a top selling blender line.
Overall, Vitamix will outlast most blenders including Ninja so you pay more for that quality.
Ninja offers more choices for power, features, and price points with their blenders compared to Vitamix. Vitamix really just focuses on the full-size high powered blender market.
Also, Ninja offers more accessories for their blenders to do other tasks besides blending such as food prep.
Assuming you compare models with similar power, Vitamix will usually edge out any blender for performance including Ninja.
Ninja does perform well and can meet most users needs for everyday blending but Vitamix motors provide consistent torque and strength to blend even the most difficult ingredients.
Ease of Use
There are so many models between the brands that it’s hard to definitively say one brand is easier to use than the other. Both brands have been adding more electronics in recent years to make blending more hand-offs like pre-programmed blending modes, digital controls, electronic container recognition, and more.
Vitamix is known for its simple controls and popular variable speed controls. Ninja recently introduced their own variable speed control dial on new models and consumers like Ninja’s preset blending programs called Auto IQ. Ninja’s locking lid (on models with the total crushing blade) can be cumbersome sometimes but it is a safety feature.
Both brands are easy to clean although some models don’t have dishwasher safe containers so read the instructions for the blender model your choose. Personally, we would just rinse with warm water and soap rather than a dishwasher. On newer models, each brand now offers a preset “Cleaning” mode that you use with warm soapy water.
- How frequently will you be blending ?
- What types of tasks and recipes do you want a blender for ?(food prep, smoothies, milling flour, making nut butters)
- How large of portions will you typically make ?
- How much space do you have in your kitchen ?
- What is your budget ?
Now that you have a general idea of the main Ninja and Vitamix differences, let’s get into a comparison of the popular models.
Vitamix vs Ninja Model Comparison
Vitamix vs Ninja 1500 Mega
First up in the comparison is the Vitamix 750 vs Ninja Mega 1500. Vitamix G series blenders are “Next Generation” blenders(Models 7500, 750, 780) that use Vitamix’s new 2.2 Horsepower motor and design. The Vitamix 750 is the most similar to Ninja for comparison purposes because of the preset controls.
Features: Both blenders have preset blending modes but the Vitamix also has a more useful variable-speed dial which the Ninja Mega does not. With the Ninja Mega you have 3 preset speeds, pulse button, and single serve button.
A benefit of the Ninja Mega is that it includes their personal blender blade and containers for small portions which is a really nice feature. A negative of the Vitamix G series blenders is they can struggle blending small portions properly so you might need to buy another Vitamix container for small portions.
Performance: Ninja’s popular Mega 1500 Kitchen System blender has 1500 watt 2 horsepower motor. While the power seems similar, the Vitamix 750 will blend finer than the Ninja Mega because of the blade design and torque of the motor. Ninja uses their Total Crushing blade which is a series of vertical blades versus all Vitamix blenders use a traditional blade at the bottom to pull the ingredients down into a vortex.
The performance difference between the two might not be noticeable with some ingredients but the Vitamix will perform better in pureeing tougher ingredients like kale, celery, frozen fruits, and carrots.
Overall Thoughts of the Vitamix 750 vs Ninja Mega
The quality and performance of the Vitamix 750 is better. Also you get a full 7 year warranty with the Vitamix vs Ninja 1 year limited warranty. The Vitamix 750 costs about 4x the price of the Ninja Mega so it is a big difference. The only real negative on the Vitamix 750 is that the wide jar doesn’t do small blending batches very well so some users buy an extra, smaller Vitamix container.
The Ninja Mega offers pretty good performance and power at a much lower price but the blending quality is not as fine as the Vitamix. It is a good smoothie blender and will blend well for recipes that use liquid. The Ninja Mega 1500 can do difficult tasks like making dough but the Vitamix will perform better overall and is designed to last longer with frequent use. One benefit of the Ninja Mega is the option to have a food processor bowl and personal-size smoothie cups.
If you are going to be an active user and blending a wide range of ingredients then it is worth paying more for the Vitamix 750 for durability. If you just want an affordable high-powered blender that works well for blending smoothies, crushing ice, and basic blending tasks then the Ninja Mega is a good option for getting started.
TIP – If you don’t care about the food processing components of the Ninja Mega Kitchen system then take a look at the new Ninja Chef below which is the closest competing model to Vitamix that Ninja offers in 2017.
If you want to see more details comparing the Ninja 1500 vs Vitamix then watch this video:
Ninja Ultima vs Vitamix
The Ninja Ultima was Ninja’s first main attempt to make a professional blender to compete with Vitamix at the high-end market. The Ultima offered a powerful 2.5 peak HP motor and Ninja’s first variable speed dial which is a very popular feature on Vitamix blenders.
The big differentiation that Ninja Ultima advertised was its dual-stage blending that used a unique gear system to blend the ingredients in stages.
Also, the Ninja Ultima performed well in head to head tests with Vitamix for blending performance and had excellent reviews.
But….Ninja discontinued the Ultima in 2017. It never came out with a new model that uses that same dual stage motor, but in Fall 2017 Ninja introduced their new Chef blender which we review below….
Vitamix vs Ninja Chef
For 2017 the new Ninja Chef blender CT805 is the brand’s main competing model to Vitamix blenders based on design, features, and power. The Chef has a 1500 watt motor with Ninja’s new bottom blade design and they got rid of the vertical total crushing blade tower that is common on other Ninja models.
In our Ninja Chef review we mentioned the similarities of the Ninja Chef to new Vitamix models with variable speed knob, LED control panel, smart jar recognition, 4 prong bottom blade, and tamper.
The Ninja Chef is marketed as a blender for serious cooks who want to use their blender for a wide range of foods not just making smoothies. Since the Ninja Chef is very new, there are not any independent comparison tests that we know of using the Chef blender CT805 or CT810 models.
The Chef is priced much lower than any Vitamix model but again the Ninja only has a 1 year warranty compared to Vitamix 7 or 10 year warranties.
Overall, the Chef is a powerful blender with Ninja’s latest innovations. It is powerful enough to handle most tasks and is well priced. Thousands of users have done difficult tasks like making dough, soups, and nut butters with weaker Ninja blenders so the new Chef should be fine for most users. The downside is that the Ninja Chef is a new blender so there are no reviews on longevity and durability over time.
If you want a heavy duty blender that is designed for frequent use for any task then go with a reliable Vitamix which has a longer warranty and quality components. For Vitamix models to consider, take a look at the popular classic Vitamix 5200 or the newer Vitamix 7500 or Ascent A2500. See our summary about “ Which Vitamix to Buy ”.
Ninja Professional vs Vitamix 5200
The Ninja Professional is continually one of Ninja’s best-selling countertop blenders. The Vitamix 5200 is Vitamix’s classic blender that ranks at the top in many independent blender tests.
While these two blenders have been mentioned in various Ninja vs Vitamix comparisons it should be noted that the Vitamix 5200 costs 4x the Ninja Professional. The Vitamix 5200 has more power at about 1400 watts and will outperform the Ninja Professional 1100 watt motor.
The biggest difference is that Ninja uses their Total crushing blade compared to Vitamix’s 4 prong blade. The Vitamix blade will pull the ingredients down into a vortex for consistent blending results. Whereas, the Ninja total crushing might struggle with pureeing certain ingredients since it doesn’t pull the ingredients down.
For features, the Ninja Professional has a 72oz container vs the Vitamix 64oz container. The Ninja uses preset blending programs for adjusting speed versus Vitamix 5200 has their popular variable control dial.
Overall, the price difference is dramatic between the two blenders. The Vitamix will outperform the Ninja Professional for blending results. The Ninja Pro blender though is extremely popular with strong reviews and is an affordable blender for making frozen drinks and smoothies. If you don’t have the budget for the Vitamix 5200 but want more power than the Ninja Professional then take a look at the new Ninja Chef (see review above) which is similar to the Vitamix 5200.
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Nutri Ninja vs Vitamix Personal Blender
The Nutri Ninja is Ninja’s popular line of personal blenders. The models range in power and features. Vitamix’s personal blender line is called the S-Series blender.
The base model line of personal blenders from Ninja is called the Nutri Ninja Pro (BL450 / BL451 / BL455 / BL456). The Nutri Ninja Pro doesn’t have any controls and uses a 900 watt motor. The next level up is the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ (BL480 / BL481 / BL482) personal blender line which uses a 1000 watt motor and offers preset blending functions. For even more power there is the Nutri Ninja Auto iQ BL490 with 1200 watt motor and top loading pitcher.
For comparison purposes let us look at the the base model Vitamix S30 vs the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ BL482 .
Features: The Ninja Auto IQ has a 1000 watt motor vs Vitamix s30 has a 790 watt motor. The Vitamix comes with a 20oz and 40 oz container with 10 speed variable control and pulse.
The Ninja has 320z, 24oz, and 18oz containers with 2 pre-programmed blending programs and pulse button. The Ninja has a 1 year warranty vs Vitamix’s 5 year warranty.
Performance: Both blenders have a similar 4 prong blade that pulls the ingredients down into a vortex so blending results won’t vary dramatically between blenders. Both have motors with plenty of power for their container sizes.
Vitamix S30 Thoughts: A unique positive for the Vitamix is the variable speed dial which is nice for food prep but not necessarily needed for smoothies and pureeing. The other Vitamix positives are the longer warranty and overall quality.
Nutri Ninja Thoughts: Plenty of power for making smoothies and normal blending but doesn’t have the variety of speeds that the Vitamix S30 offers. Users like Ninja’s Auto IQ hands-off blending programs but you should understand that Auto IQ is just a timed program and doesn’t know what ingredients you are blending. This means that you might have to blend longer than the program runs depending on the ingredients used. You would use the pulse button for chopping and food prep where you don’t want to puree the ingredients.
Nutri Ninja vs Vitamix S30 Final Opinion: The Vitamix S30 is well built but the price can be hard to justify for a small capacity blender as it costs as much as a full-size refurbished Vitamix 5200. The Nutri Ninja will provide similar blending performance at a lower cost but realize that it might not last as long as the Vitamix.
Overall, in deciding on the Vitamix S30 vs Ninja personal blender we would just go with the Nutri Ninja for making smoothies because of price and you could always just buy a cheap extended warranty if you are going to be a frequent user.
The Vitamix S30 is excellent quality and perfect for small portions and small spaces but we think a full size high-powered blender will offer more versatility for a similar price.
Vitamix vs Ninja Duo
We compared the Nutri Ninja personal blender above but another comparison is the full-size Nutri Ninja Duo vs Vitamix S30 because both offer a top loading pitcher and single serve container. The Ninja DUO blender is a full size countertop blender that also works with their Nutri Ninja single-serve cups.
Features: The Duo is larger than the Vitamix S30 and comes with various containers – Full size 64oz pitcher and 3 Nutri Ninja cups(18oz, 24oz, and 32oz). The Vitamix S30 is more compact and comes with a 40oz pitcher and 20oz personal smoothie cup.
The controls are very different between the two blenders with the Ninja DUO using pre-set Auto IQ blending programs and the Vitamix S30 providing a 10-speed variable dial. The Vitamix S30 has 790 watts of power vs the Ninja DUO blender has 1300 watts. The Vitamix has a 5 year warranty vs Ninja DUO has a 1 year warranty
Performance: The Vitamix S30 matches Vitamix’s reputation of consistent blending and reliability. The S30’s variable control knob allows nice versatility for blending different ingredients.
The Ninja Duo pitcher uses their total crushing blade which can struggle with some ingredients because it doesn’t pull the ingredients down into a vortex like a conventional blender. The DUO does pretty well with smoothies, frozen drinks and recipes that use liquid but not as great with dry recipes. In head-to-head comparisons, despite the lower power, the Vitamix S30 will provide better results because of the blade and pitcher design.
Overall Thoughts: In comparing the Vitamix S30 vs Ninja Duo, the Vitamix will generally outperform in head-to-head tests for a range of tasks but the Vitamix does cost twice as much. The Ninja DUO pitcher works pretty well for recipes that use liquids and the Nutri Ninja Cups blend better than the pitcher.
The negatives on the Ninja DUO are the reliance on Auto IQ programs which don’t account for amount of ingredients you are blending and the total crushing blade can be inefficient with dry ingredients and recipes without liquids. The negatives on the Vitamix are that it is expensive and limited in capacity.
The user reviews are quite good for the Ninja DUO but there are other alternative Vitamix blenders worth considering if you want a full size blender.
The Vitamix s30 can be expensive for a small blender but it does provide excellent performance as well as dual containers. As mentioned earlier, if you don’t care about size then we would go with a full-size Vitamix which has more power, versatility and is close in price to the S30.
Hopefully this Vitamix vs Ninja blender guide gave you a better understanding of how the two companies compare. Generally, with frequent use, Vitamix will last longer and provide a consistent blending performance over time but you will pay more. For choices, take a look at our favorite Vitamix Models.
Whereas, Ninja blenders can offer similar power with excellent results at a lower price but they are built more economically and might not last as long with continued use. If you are on a budget then a Ninja blender can be a good option and you can always get an extended warranty for peace of mind.
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