Nutribullet vs Ninja: which blender should you buy?

Nutribullet vs Ninja, which blender should you buy? We put these classic bullet blenders head to head to make your decision easier

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When on the hunt for a new blender, it often comes down to a question of Nutribullet vs Ninja. Both brands are known for great quality blenders that come in a range of different sizes and designs, but which should you go for? 

Both Ninja and Nutribullet feature in our best blender guide, and we have tried both brands hands-on in our rigorous blender testing process. Nutribullet is best known for its bullet-style blender design which comes with a single-speed, one-serving blending cup that is easily switched on and off with just a twist. Ninja is more commonly known for its smart range of pre-set blenders, which come with buttons you can press to make a smoothie, crush ice, or chop fruits and vegetables. 

When deciding between a Nutribullet and a Ninja, it's likely you're looking for a more portable blender, which is what Nutribullet is known for. Ninja also has a range of larger blending appliances that take up more space, and cost more. We'll talk you through the different product ranges below, and we have also directly compared two blenders to see how the brands compare, head-to-head. In our comparison, we tried out the NutriBullet Pro 900, and the Ninja Nutri 1000 Watt Auto-IQ blender.

Nutribullet vs Ninja: the quick answer

Ninja vs Nutribullet blenders

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Having tested Nutribullet vs Ninja blenders head-to-head, our Nutribullet came out on top. The Nutribullet Pro 900 also got a rare five-star rating in our Nutribullet Pro 900 Series Blender review, and while it is limited by its smaller single-serve capacity, it is the perfect choice for smoothies. 

For small or smoothie-sized blenders, choose a Nutribullet. 

However, if you want a larger blender, we would recommend turning to Ninja blenders. Designed to offer versatility and a selection of attachments to choose from, we really enjoyed the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ when we tested it. Nutribullet's largest blender, the NutriBullet Blender Combo, scored four stars in our review. Like the Ninja, it has a multi-serve and a personal cup, but it's only got three blending speeds to choose from. 

For large drinks or soups, choose a Ninja blender. 

Design differences

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, which is a feature you'll find in some of the best food processors alongside their top blenders. 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 warns that its Pro 900 blender cannot be used for more than a minute at a time, presumably out of fear that the engine can overheat. However, we have used it for over a minute in the past and it did not have any issues. Keep the time limit in mind, but we wouldn't list it as a deterrent. 

Nutribullet vs Ninja: making a smoothie

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 NutrbBullet, 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. The smoothie was creamier and every ingredient had clearly been broken down, whereas in the Ninja there were small specs of kale that could have used more blending. 

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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. 

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?

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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.  

Larger Nutribullet and Ninja blenders

Nutribullet Blender Combo

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We have reviewed a number of Nutribullet and Ninja blenders, and while we put two personal-sized blenders head-to-head, if you are looking for a large or multi-serve blender, our reviews can still come in useful. 

When we tried the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-IQ, the versatility was a big winner. It has a very powerful food processor attachment, with two levels of chopping blades that effectively cut through onion, dough, and more. Most importantly, the blending worked very well, even on soups.

The Nutribullet Blender Combo is the brand's attempt at a multi-serve, and while it's good value for money, we did feel that it lacked the range of pre-sets and speeds you'll find with a model from Ninja. 

Millie Fender is the Small Appliance and Cooking Editor on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. All of Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own kitchen, the way they're designed to be used. Millie is from Bath, England, and she grew up surrounded by classic Georgian architecture and interiors. She dreams of buying her own house and filling it with antiques, but for now, she lives in a sunny London flat with a very busy kitchen.