NutriBullet vs Ninja: we compared two top bullet blenders

NutriBullet vs Ninja blender, which should you buy? We put two popular bullet blenders head-to-head to see which came out on top

NutriBullet vs Ninja
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NutriBullet vs Ninja blenders, which should you buy? Well, we put these two top bullet blenders to the test to see which one came out on top. While they both feature in our guide to the best blender, these two brands have a lot of different features that can make it tricky to decide between them.

The NutriBullet blender is famous for its bullet shape which works wonderfully when making personal-size smoothies, whereas Ninja makes a whole range of blenders from multi-serve pitchers to smaller and more affordable portable blenders.

We focused on two of the most comparable blenders from Ninja and NutriBullet when doing our tests; the NutriBullet Pro 900, and the Ninja Nutri 1000 Watt Auto-IQ blender. Here's how it went. 

NutriBullet vs Ninja: design differences

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NutriBullet blenders are known for their simplistic and effective design. The base is compact and lightweight, and it requires you to screw the blade base onto your smoothie cup, press it down into the base, and twist it to start the blending process. To stop blending, you just need to twist it back to a neutral position.

Ninja vs Nutribullet

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Ninja, however, has a preset mode called Auto-IQ. This allows you to twist the smoothie cup into place and press from one of multiple modes. With the Ninja Nutri 1000 this includes Blend, Pulse, and Ultra Blend. These are pre-timed, meaning you can simply press the button and leave it to blend and automatically shut off once the cycle is finished. 

Ninja vs Nutribullet

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NutriBullet vs Ninja: making a smoothie

Nutribullet

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I put my two blenders side-by-side to directly compare the results of two identical smoothies. I added the same amount of frozen mango, fresh pineapple (with the tough core included), curly kale, yogurt, and water to each cups, but because of the difference in cup sizes the Ninja blender cup filled up far more.

I added the blending lids and twisted both into the bases before pressing down the NutriBullet and twisting the cap into place, pressing the 'Blend' button on the Ninja as it seemed best suited to a smoothie of this type.

Ninja vs Nutribullet

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The Ninja had a preset time of 50 seconds, and it pulsed multiple times to incorporate the fresh and frozen ingredients with no difficulty. The NutriBullet, by contrast, simply had a continuous blend cycle which I also left for 50 seconds. 

Neither blender had any trouble in slicing through the kale, frozen fruit, and pineapple core, and they came out very similar in color.

Ninja vs Nutribullet

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However, there was a difference in the texture. The Ninja smoothie had more visible patches of green where the fibers of the kale had not completely been broken down, whereas the NutriBullet smoothie came out much more finely blended and it tasted very smooth. Overall, it was a better drinking experience. 

Ninja vs Nutribullet

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Other things to consider

While the NutriBullet produced a better smoothie, it really is designed to do only this. The Ninja BL480D Nutri 1000 Watt Auto-IQ Blender also has a pulse mode and a max blend mode, which I have used to make smoothie bowls in the past, and which is very effective on purely frozen ingredients. 

Nutribullet

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Looks-wise, I do think the NutriBullet has a more appealing color selection and overall appearance. The bullet design is extended down to the metallic base, and NutriBullet has also launched an exclusive range of fun colors with a matt base, which is perfect for strictly color-coordinated kitchens. 

NutriBullet vs Ninja blenders: which should you buy?

Ninja

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If you want a powerful bullet blender to make tasty smoothies, I would recommend picking up the NutriBullet Pro 900 blender. It has two 32 oz to-go cups and lids, as well as a screw-on handle for easy drinking. Despite its marginally less powerful battery than the Ninja BL480D, it still was able to cut through kale stems, tough pineapple core, and frozen chunks of fruit with absolutely no difficulty. 

However, if you do like the idea of the Auto-IQ settings you'll get with the Ninja BL480D, or if you are taken by the slightly lower price tag, it is also a top choice. The blender will allow you to leave your drink to blend hands-free, whereas the NutriBullet requires you to stand by and switch off the blender manually when you're happy with your drink's consistency. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie has been with the Homes and Gardens team since early 2021, bringing with her a love of cooking appliances and al fresco entertaining. She writes about stand mixers, blenders, and other small appliances, and loves putting barbecues and pizza ovens to the test. Millie thinks that the kitchen is the most important room in any home, but then, she is very biased.