You've seen the ads. You've seen the demos. You've looked at both longingly at the store. But you haven't made the jump because you don't know if you'll regret springing $500 on a blender you won't use to its full potential or spend $200 on a blender that won't do what you need well enough.

Yes, we are talking about the Ninja vs. the Vitamix.

"So when I had the chance to test out a Ninja, I welcomed the opportunity. I want to be able to recommend a blender that performs comparably but is easier on the budget."

WHAT TO BUY?

I have a lot of clients that ask me what blender they should buy. I've been a Vitamix devotee for five years now and I do everything with it - from making nut milks to smoothies to ice cream and nut butters. Let it be known: I love my Vitamix. I bring it with me on vacations that don't require me to ride a plane. And those vacations that do? I think really hard whether I want to pay the extra luggage. It's a close call each time!

But I sometimes hesitate to ask my clients to spring $500 for one. Especially if I know that it's not going to be easy for them. I think a good blender is one of the things that you need to have in your kitchen if you want to incorporate healthy eating into your daily life. It's not entirely necessary but it would make the process easier. For one, making a smoothie in the morning would easily give you a dense source of fruit, nuts and even greens. Just imagine all the fiber and nutrients in one glass. It's magical. It's hard to get that much in one meal – especially in the morning, where our meals are often relegated to a piece of toast or slice of bagel – hardly ideal.

So when I had the chance to test out a Ninja, I welcomed the opportunity. I want to be able to recommend a blender that performs comparably but is easier on the budget.

"At almost $300 cheaper, I would recommend the Ninja anytime. It's a great blender that would allow more people to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their lives. I'm all for that."
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THE TEST

For the test, I made two things that I typically make in my Vitamix: nut milks and smoothies.

I set the stage.

It took a little bit of a learning curve to set up the Ninja (by little bit - I mean a few minutes to read the manual and assemble). The Ninja has a locking base, a receptacle with a built-in blade, an extra blade and a cover that locks. It certainly requires a little more finagling to set up. The Vitamix has a cover and a base that you just - well, plunk in.

When I make smoothies, I make the nut milk base first. I place cashews and water in both and pressed start. I typically let my Vitamix run for about 30 seconds. Both did fairly well with the milk with the Ninja producing a milk with a little bit more silt. I ran the Ninja a little more and after about 20 more seconds, the milk smoothness was comparable to the Vitamix.

Then I added the fruits. I was making a chocolate cherry smoothie - a house favorite. Frozen bananas, frozen cherries, a couple of dates, a couple of ice cubes, and some raw cacao powder. I pressed start and ran both for 30 seconds.

Both did their job and produced smooth, um, smoothies. The Vitamix was a little bit airier than the Ninja but both smoothies were great. Kids certainly couldn't tell.

I didn't test the Ninja for its ice cream and nut butter making capabilities. The Ninja manual also says it can make flours but I didn't get to test that either. But smoothies are my daily thing and most people will only use their blenders for that.

CLEANING

What about cleaning? Here's a tip: clean your blenders right after you use it. In fact, clean it even before you drink your smoothie. When you make that a habit, you're going to have a much easier time. Way easier. Every. Single. Time. Otherwise, it takes 10 times more work to clean a blender with smoothie remnants caked in. That's what makes people give up on their blenders. It takes just a few seconds if you clean it right after.

THE VERDICT

So what's the verdict? Both are amazing.

The Vitamix is more elegant in terms of design. It has fewer parts and the fact that it does the job of the Ninja's two blades with just its built-in blade, makes you understand the design's power and elegance. The Ninja's cover gets a little hard to take on and off but I think if you use it daily that wouldn't be a problem. I am not a fan of the multiple blades either.

BUT at almost $300 cheaper, I would recommend the Ninja anytime. It's a great blender that would allow more people to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their lives. I'm all for that.

 

Ninja Ultima Blender+ (BL810)

  • Model - BL810
  • Power - 1500 Watts/2.5 HP
  • Speeds - Pro Variable Speed, 10 Speeds + Pulse
  • Blender Pitcher Capacity - 72 oz. (9 cups)
  • Blade Technology - Dual Stage Blending (Total Crushing and High Speed Cyclonic Technology)
  • Blade Material - Stainless Steel
  • Nutri Ninja Cup Capacity - 16 oz. (2 cups)
  • Cord Length - 3 Feet
  • Warranty - 2 Years
  • BPA Free
  • Dishwasher Safe

What's Included?

1500 Watt Motor Base, 72 oz. Blender Pitcher, Blender Pitcher Lid, Removable Total Crushing Blade Assembly, (2) Nutri Ninja Cups, Nutri Ninja Pro Extractor Blade, (2) Nutri Ninja Sip and Seal To Go Lids, Instruction Book, Inspiration Guide