Vitamix vs Ninja

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Ninja versus Vitamix
Vitamix vs Ninja Review -  how do these two popular blenders TRULY compare? We have been asked many times how the ultimate Ninja compares to the Vitamix so we had to put the Ninja Mega Kitchen System side by side with the Vitamix 5200 to find out the truth. The result is the following comparison review.

Performance    |    Warranty    |    Best-Buys    |    Containers    |    Controls    |    Nutrition    |    Chart

Generally speaking, most every review that compares the Ninja and Vitamix reveals that TV commercials don’t tell the truth and they are not in the same class. Below you will find DETAILED reasons why. This is not to say that the Ninja is a poor product; not everyone wants or needs to take advantage of all that a Vitamix has to offer. It’s about finding the right blender for YOU and your needs.

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Vitamix vs Ninja Blender – Blending Performance.

Ninja UltimaThere is no doubt that the Vitamix and Ninja Blender can crush ice, blend fruits, blend vegetables, and make blended drinks. If you spend the extra for the Ninja Kitchen System then you are able to mix and knead dough similar to how you can in the Vitamix. If you want to make hot soup, or grind grains you will need a Vitamix.

Power: Both machines have great power, the Vitamix 1380 watts vs Ninja’s Mega Kitchen 1000-1500 watts (watts vary depending upon specific model – pay close attention to the model you are considering, we compare the 1500 watt version). Keep in mind that power is only one factor that affects performance, other factors such as blade speed, torque and design also play a large part in how well a blender performs.

The Vitamix quite literally is able to handle anything we put in it. The result is always a smooth and consistent texture. The Ninja blender handles fruit smoothies easily but obviously struggled with some of the more demanding tasks such as blending whole frozen fruit.

Speed: Vitamix is unique in the home blender world in that it has true variable speed control with an amazing range of 500 to 37,000 RPM. This allows you to efficiently accomplish a wide range of tasks that most blenders can not. When you have the Vitamix running at maximum speed its loud and you know it’s doing some serious work.

Most Ninja models have 3 set speeds only (and a pulse), speed 1 for dough making, speed 2 for blending and speed 3 for ice-crushing (frozen-drinks). We were unable to acquire information on the actual speed of the settings. The best we were able to acquire was a report that on speed setting 3, the highest speed, the Ninja blender can run up to 24,000 RPMs. (NOTE: The Ninja Ultima has a dial to change speeds. We find the dial to be “clunky” and the speed inconsistently jumps as it is dialed and therefore believe it offers no improvement over the 3-speed versions.)

ninja vitamix blade comparisonBlades and Design: Every Vitamix comes with a laser-cut four prong stainless steel blade. Two are blunt hammermill blades and two are sharp cutting blades. The entire blade and housing is metal.

The Ninja comes with a vertical 6 blade tower attachment. Six sharpened metal blades alternate up a center post. A big benefit of the blade attachment is that it is easily removed for cleaning. A negative is that the blades are sharp and can easily cut your hands.

We oftentimes found the need to stop the Ninja blender, remove the lid, scrape the inside of the container, replace the lid and continue blending. The Vitamix on the other hand practically never requires such additional effort.

The Ninja blade post does not allow the blender to create a Vortex, which is the main design factor that allows blenders to blend efficiently. We found that if you blend with the Ninja at full volume, the ingredients near the top do not get pulled down into the blades leaving you with larger chunks in the top of the blend. Also, areas between the blades do not get completely blended. The center post, or “tower” is made of plastic, and several consumer complaints mention that this part breaks under heavy use.

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Warranty and Durability.

A big factor in the Vitamix vs Ninja consideration is – how long will it last? The Vitamix is made in the USA. It is larger in size with a more industrial feel. Vita-mix blenders have the industry’s best warranty – 7-Years Full Use that covers everything. Recognized as a world leader in performance blenders, Vita-mix has proven themselves as an industry leader and have been making blenders since 1937.

The Ninja is made in China and comes with a 1-Year limited warranty. (We have found on occasion that a 2 or 5-Year warranty can be obtained.) The blender itself is lighter in weight with more plastic components. The Ninja blender entered the US market in 2009 from the Euro-Pro Operating LLC, a company founded in 2003 originally to make vacuums.

While there are plenty of well used Vitamix blenders still working in home kitchens after 20+ years of use, Ninja blenders are still too young to know how long they will last since they’ve only been in existence for less than 3 years.

Warranty Service: In the off-chance you do have an issue with your blender, Vitamix will cover shipping cost both ways – no cost to the purchaser; warranty service for the Ninja requires that you pay shipping both directions.

Vitamix Containers vs Ninja Pitchers.

All current Ninja and Vitamix containers are made from BPA-Free plastic. When purchasing a Vitamix you have several container options to choose from in 3 sizes. The Ninja comes with the standard 72 oz. pitcher and the Ninja Mega Kitchen System comes with an additional 40 oz. Bowl and 2 single serving cups.

Even though the standard Vitamix container is rated to do an adequate job of grinding grains, they also offer a separate specialty dry grains container designed just for making your own flour. While the Ninja can grind seeds and nuts to make nut butter it makes no claim to be able to grind grains to make your own flours.

You can easily make dough in either the Ninja or the Vitamix. The Ninja requires the Dough Blade and Dough Paddle attachments with the 40 oz. bowl to do so, which are available separately or with the Ninja Mega Kitchen System.

Both Vitamix and Ninja state that you can fill their containers to their full capacity and safely blend.

Ninja container options include: Ninja Containers

» 72 oz Pitcher
» 40 oz Bowl
» Single Serving Cups

Controls and Ease of Use.

Ninja vs Vitamix ease of use.

With its unique variable speed dial, the Vitamix allows for complete control of your blending tasks. There is also a Hi/Lo switch to change from manual variable speed (Lo) to Maximum speed (Hi). Every Vitamix blender comes with a tamper for those rare occasions when you need help to blend solid foods without stopping the blender. The tamper can be very helpful in when making thick frozen entrees and puddings with no to little liquid.

Vitamix controls

The Ninja provides a more limiting control with 3 set speeds and a pulse button (some models have an aditional single serve speed button). We have found that the speed dial on the Ninja Ultimate to be harder to use since it did not offer consistent speed control when tuning it (it simple has a dial and a pulse/power switch); we actually preferred the 3 set speeds on other models since they were consistent. (Perhaps this is due to being used to the precise variable speed control of the Vitamix.) Accessing contents in the container with the blade tower present, for tasting or testing is difficult.

Ninja controls

Preparing the Vitamix for use is simple. Place the container on the base, push the soft rubber lid on top and you are ready. While in no way complicated, the Ninja has a few more details/steps to prepare for use.

The Ninja container is aligned on the base and rotated left so that the safety tabs are pushed down and secure. The lid has a locking handle which must remain in an upright position until the lid is correctly aligned according to the printed arrows. Once correctly positioned and sealed, the locking handle is pushed down onto the container so that the lid latches fit snug under the container tabs.

One feature of the Ninja that easily goes unnoticed when shopping is the Lock-in lever. Positioned on the left side of the blender base, it is almost always hidden in all Ninja marketing images. This lever activates the suction feet for added stability which is required when making dough as the blender can easily roll around if there is not sufficient suction created to hold the blender in place.

Both the Vitamix and ninja will continue to run until manually shut off or until a thermal switch is activated to prevent overheating and damage. If this protection measure is activated you will need to wait about 15 minutes before the blender can be used again.

Nutrition and Phytonutrients.

Vitamix vs Ninja both blenders do a great job at turning out tasty fruit smoothies, protein shakes, dressings and sauces. But if you are looking to invest in a blender to get the best nutrition possible there is a difference.

Independent research has proven that the Vitamix 5200 is capable of sufficiently breaking down plant cell wall structure to increase the nutrition available for use in your body. This increases the availability of phytonutrients (aka phytochemicals). While the benefits of these plant-based nutrients is an ongoing area of research, studies have shown that they effectively act as antibacterial/antiviral agents, stimulate detoxifying enzymes, balance hormones and boost the immune system.

With an increased focus on health and nutrition, green smoothies have become very popular among those looking to boost their immune system and improve their well-being. Other Ninja reviews concur with our findings that the Ninja fails to make a smooth green smoothie. On the other hand, the Vitamix is known for making creamy, super smooth green smoothies no matter how much greens are added.

Research has proven that the Vitamix 5200 processes food sufficiently
to break down plant cell walls resulting in better nutrition

Clean Up.

Clean up is easy with both the Ninja and Vitamix. Unlike most kitchen blenders, the bottom blade housing of the Vitamix is not easily removed to access the blades for cleaning. To clean the Vitamix, after an initial rinse, add warm water and detergent to the container and place on the blender base. Blend on high for 5-10 seconds and finish cleaning with a quick rinse and hand wash as necessary.

You may clean your Ninja in the same manner as the Vitamix above using the pulse button. The Ninja also has another convenient cleaning method. All blades and attachments are easily removed for washing. It is even recommended that the pitcher, bowl, lids, blades, and attachments be put in the dishwasher on the top rack for washing.

Regardless of which blender you own, the most important factor for easy clean up is to rinse and wash your container immediately after use.

    Vitamix 5200   Ninja
Dimensions   20.5" x 7.25" x 8.75"   18.1" x 6.7" x 10.6"
Height   20.5 inches high
17.25 (with Compact container)
  18.1 inches high
Speed Controls   High/Low and Variable Speed   3 speeds (plus Pulse)
RPMs   ~500 – ~37,000 RPMs   Reported up to 24,000 RPMs
Green Smoothies   Super Smooth   Somewhat Chunky
Power   1380 watts   1500 watts
Containers
Available
  UL Approved
64 oz. BPA Free Copolyester
48 oz BPA Free Copolyester
32 oz BPA Free Copolyester
  40 oz BPA Free SAN plastic
72 oz BPA Free SAN plastic
Single Serving
Grain Grinding   Yes   Not recommended
Blade   4 prong Stainless Steel   6-blade attachment
3-blade attachment
User
Control
  Switches
Variable Speed Dial
  One-Touch Buttons
Warranty   7-year Full Use   1-year Limited (occasionally more)
Colors
Available
  Black, White, Red,
Brushed Stainless or Platinum
  Black/Silver

Vitamix vs Ninja Blender Bottom Line:

The Ninja Professional/Ninja Mega Kitchen System is a solid versatile blender for light to medium use. For the $190 or so price tag you are getting a very good blender that can accomplish most tasks required of any blender.

Ninja may serve you better if:

  • you are limited by budget
  • you will mostly be making fruit smoothies and frozen drinks
  • you do not plan on grinding grains
  • you do not plan on heavy use on a regular basis

The Vitamix is considered by many as the king of blenders. It is one of the most powerful and versitile blenders for the home market and is backed by the industry’s best warranty. This blender is a workhorse that can do most every kitchen task and take a beating doing them.

Vitamix may serve you better if:

  • you like total control over the speed
  • you value getting a Full Use 7-year warranty on everything
  • you like a more solid, industrial blender
  • you plan on grinding grains and making hot soup
  • you plan on using your blender a lot on a regular basis
  • your smoothies and blends must be very smooth

 

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