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Are you trying to decide which way to jump?

It’s the battle of the Titans, the question that extractor fans everywhere are asking: if you were to pitch the Nutribullet vs the Nutri Ninja, which one would come out on top? Here at A Juicy Blend we are not ones to shy away from such an important question, so here we go with our head to head analysis that we hope will help you decide which one to plump for.

What do we mean by Nutribullet vs Nutri Ninja?

First of all we need to set a level playing field as both brands have different devices that vary in all key measures including price, power, accessories and capacity.

The Nutribullet range contains four machines and for the purposes of this review we are going to look at the Nutribullet Pro 900. (If you’d like to read about some of the other machines, please visit our reviews of the Nutribullet Magic bullet and the Nutribullet 600 series).

Nutri Ninja has a wider range of machines with less distinction between them, they are closer in power and price point. However for the purposes of this review, we wanted to compare like with like so we have chosen the Nutri Ninja BL450, which, like the Nutribullet Pro, has a 900 watt motor. If you want to look at a more powerful machine then you might want to consider the Nutri Ninja Pro Complete with Auto-iQ which packs a massive 1100 watts.

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So let’s compare these blenders side by side

No need to delay, let’s get stuck in and compare these two blenders – or rather these two extractors – bit by bit. Making this kind of purchase is a big investment so we want to get into the detail.

Price

Price-point is probably the biggest factor that separates these two machines. Obviously it’s always a good idea to shop around, but at the time of writing we find that the NutriBullet Pro 900 is selling for about £129.50 on amazon.co.uk. Incidentally, this is around £60 more than the NutriBullet 600 series, and about £70 less than the NutriBullet RX which is the most powerful machine in the range.

Coming in at what we consider to be a significantly lower price point is the Nutri Ninja, which is currently selling on Amazon.co.uk for a mere £69.99. Yes you’ve read that right – it’s selling for approximately £60 less than the NutriBullet 900 Pro.

As we get into the detailed comparison in this review, we’ll draw out the differences and similarities in features so that you can decide if think paying this extra money is worth it or not.

Winner: Nutri Ninja

 

Extractor blades

The Nutribullet 900 pro comes with two extractor blades. As discussed in our Nutribullet 600 vs Nutribullet Pro 900 review, it is also possible to buy a milling blade separately if you’re likely to want to mill seeds and nuts. This milling blade comes as part of the kit with the Nutribullet 600 series, but we find we don’t really use it.

The extractor blade is 4-pronged and made of stainless steel. It doesn’t go in the dishwasher and needs to be rinsed with hot soapy water to clean it. One thing to note, as you’ll see in the video further down this article, there is a thin rubber ring that forms part of the base of the blade. This is removable, as it needs to be in order to give it a thorough clean. However, after we put the blade by the dishwasher by mistake (please don’t do this!) we found that the ring came off next time we tried blending. We consider this to be entirely down to user error, but there are reports, as in the video, of the rubbing ring coming off by itself. We can only say that in months of using our NutriBullet, this has not happened.

The Nutri Ninja also has stainless steel blades, but there are 6 prongs, with four large angled blades projecting outwards and two smaller central blades pointing upwards. These blades have the added advantage of being suitable for the dishwasher, so in our book that’s a big bonus.

Winner: Nutri Ninja

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Accessories

The choice of cups that come with the Nutribullet Pro 900 series shows that it is probably aimed either at a couple or someone who is going to blend in batches, as the star of the show is the 946ml ‘Colossus’ mug. This is accompanied by two tall cups of 680 ml as well as a short cup of 380 ml.

A flip-top lid is provided as standard, perfect if you want to grab a smoothie to go, and there are also two screw-top travel lids. All are dishwasher proof and BPA free.

The basic package of the Nutri Ninja comes with a 500ml and  a 700ml beaker, which don’t give you the same volume as the ‘Colossus’ which comes as standard with the Nutribullet. If you want to accessorise up then it’s possible to purchase cups separately, for example a 900ml cup for around £10. At the time of writing you would spend just under £30 to add a similar amount of cups and volume to the Nutri Ninja as that which comes as standard with the NutriBullet 900.

The Ninja also comes with two sip n’ seal lids so that you can take your smoothie with you on the move.

All cups are dishwasher proof and BPA free.

Winner: Nutribullet Pro 900

Power

There’s no particular secret as to the Nutribullet’s power – as the name suggests, it’s equipped with a 900 watt motor.

As we’ve mentioned above, the Nutri Ninja BL450 also comes with 900 watts.

Winner: Tie

Ease of use

Both machines are exceptionally easy to use – they are both designed to be quick and easy to get going, just as you’d want in a gadget that you’re likely to use at least once a day.

If you’re prepping food in the Nutribullet Pro 900 series then you’ll follow these steps:

  • Select the size cup you want to use and fill it to the max line with fruit and vegetables (Nutribullet recommends at least 50% greens and then approximately 50% fruit).
  • You can add a ‘boost’ of nuts and / or seeds or another energy booster like goji berries
  • It’s essential that you top it up with liquid – virtually up to the max line. This could be water, milk or a non-dairy substitute like coconut milk. It doesn’t really matter what liquid you add but you must do this or the motor will jam and the lid will probably come off, sending the contents of the cup into the power base!
  • That’s it, you’re ready to go. Just screw on the extractor blade, and turn the whole lot upside-down.
  • Hook into the little grooves in the power base, and push down to start blending. You don’t have to keep holding onto the cup once it’s held in by the little grooves.
  • It’s worth noting that there is only one setting on the Nutribullet Pro 900 series. It’s possible to achieve a slightly thicker consistency (for example for a dip) by ‘pulsing’ manually. This technique can take a little practice as the motor is so powerful.

 

The process for the Nutri Ninja is very much the same, with one notable difference – you can’t let go in the same way as you can with the Nutribullet. It’s essential that you keep holding on and either push down for a consistent blend, or ‘pulse’ for a coarse finish. It’s no particular hardship to do this as you’re only looking at about a minute’s blending time in any case, but this might be an annoyance for some people.

Winner: Nutribullet Pro 900

Appearance

There’s no denying it, the Nutribullet 900 series is a nice looking gadget, sleek and slim with its champagne coloured trim, it will grace any kitchen worktop. The thing about these devices is that you’ll probably want them out all the time as you use them so often, so this aesthetic appeal is definitely part of the consideration process.

The Nutri Ninja is also a good-looking machine, but it’s slightly boxier and more functional in its appearance than the Nutribullet.

Winner: Nutribullet Pro

Functionality

Whilst both machines have the same 900 watt motor, nevertheless the Nutri Ninja has one definite advantage in that you can blend ice on its own – leading to a number of uses in drinks and chilled dishes. Whilst the instructions accompanying the Nutribullet say that it can handle ice, this is only as part of an overall blend, and should not take up more than 25% of cup space.

This video shows a demonstration of a side-by-side test of the two machines, and you can see that they conclude that the final smoothie made in the Nutri Ninja was slightly smoother and less gritty. We were not able to make this observation in our testing, but nevertheless because of the ice feature, the Ninja wins this category by a nose.

It’s worth adding that the NutriBullet does have the ability to mill ingredients to a powder if you purchase the milling blade (it doesn’t come as standard with the Pro 900), but we think that more people are likely to want to use the ice blending functionality of the Ninja than would want to go to the trouble of milling.

Winner: Nutri Ninja

And if you’re still interested in viewing comparisons, here is Bare Pantry Talk’s comparison of the two brands, although she is considering two different machines. She also favours the Nutri Ninja based on a taste test.

Nutribullet vs Nutri Ninja: a summary of the pros and cons

Nutribullet pros:

  • Ease of use and stylish appearance
  • Good selection of accessories as part of default package
  • Motor is powerful enough to tackle frozen fruit and nuts with ease

Nutribullet cons

  • Motor is very loud
  • It can’t crush ice-cubes very easily – has to be as part of a nutriblast
  • Considerably more expensive than the Nutri Ninja

 

Nutri Ninja pros:

  • All parts dishwasher proof and BPA free
  • Motor can easily crush ice on its own
  • Price price price!

Nutri Ninja cons:

  • Slightly boxy appearance
  • Not as well accessorised
  • Have to hold onto it whilst blending
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Conclusion

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this run-down of these two extremely efficient and accessible blenders.

In many ways it’s hard to separate the machines, with the pros and cons off-setting each other in most cases.

However in our opinion there is one factor that is too great to ignore, and that is price. There’s no getting away from it, the Nutri Ninja wins this category hands down and we can’t really find enough justification in performance differentiation to recommend the Nutribullet 900 given this price differential.

There is an argument to say that the Nutri Ninja needs around £30 of accessories to bring it in line with the Nutribullet, and that would also make them closer in price. However this still makes the Nutribullet 900 about £30 more than the Ninja.

So our overall recommendation between these two specific machines, is that the Nutri Ninja BL450 is the better deal. However if you can find the Nutribullet Pro 900 on sale for around the £100-£105 mark then there really isn’t much to separate them, and you will be able to create wonderful and healthy dishes with both.