Nutri Ninja vs NutriBullet – What is the best bullet blender brand in 2018 ?
Updated 2018: Originally this article was a comparison of Nutribullet vs Ninja Nutri Ninja(BL450) which was the 1st version (NOTE- We link to the BL456 below which is the exact same blender as the BL450) 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 !
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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
Positives: 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:
- Click here for 9 piece Nutribullet Pro Set
- Click here for 13 piece Nutribullet Pro Set * (CURRENTLY MOST POPULAR)
- Click here for 15-piece Nutribullet Pro Set *
(*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
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 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.Click Here for Nutri Ninja Pro Current Price
NutriNinja Auto IQ BL 482 Review
Positives: 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.Click Here for Ninja BL482 Current Price
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
|Feature||Nutribullet 900 Pro||NutriNinja Pro||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 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.
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 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 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
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
– 2 Jars: 12oz and 24 oz. Jar
– 2 Sip and Seal Lids
– Ninja Pro Extractor Blades
– Instruction Book
– 75 Recipe and Wellness Guide.
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
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 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.