Vitamix vs Ninja – how they really compare

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Vitamix vs Ninja
Vitamix vs Ninja Review – how do these two popular blenders TRULY compare? You have seen the Ninja info-mercials comparing themselves to Vitamix and they appear too good to be true. We have been asked many times how Ninja blenders compare to Vitamix so we put the Ninja Kitchen System and Ninja Pro side by side with a Vitamix 5200, Vitamix E310, and Vitamix ONE (the 3 lower-end models most similar to Ninja) to find the truth in our Ninja blender review.

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Generally speaking, most every fair review comparing the Ninja with Vitamix reveals that TV commercials and sales videos don’t tell the whole truth and these blenders are not in the same class. Below you will find DETAILED reasons why. This is not to say the Ninja blender is a poor product; not everyone wants or needs to take advantage of all that a Vitamix has to offer. It’s about getting what you expect and choosing the right blender for YOU and your needs the first time.

Vitamix vs Ninja – Blending Performance

There is no doubt that the Vitamix and Ninja Blenders can crush ice, blend fruits, blend vegetables, and make blended drinks BUT the results will differ. If you spend the extra for the Ninja Mega Kitchen System then you are able to mix and knead dough similar to how you can in the Vitamix without additional attachments. If you want super smooth blends or to make hot soup, or grind grains you will need a full-size Vitamix as the Ninja can not accomplish these tasks. The Vitamix ONE also can not make hot soup, nut butters, or grind grains.

Ninja vs Vitamix 5200 and E310.

Ninja Intelli-Sense
POWER: Both machines have good “power”, the Vitamix 1380 watts vs Ninja’s 1000-1500 watts. (*Ninja power / watts vary depending upon specific model – pay close attention to the model you are considering.) We tested the Ninja Professional NJ600 1000 watts (the best seller) and the Ninja Kitchen System and Ultima 1500 watts. Keep in mind that power is only one factor that affects true performance, other factors such as blade speed, torque, heat, friction, and design play a larger 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 struggles with some of the more demanding tasks such as blending whole frozen fruit, some vegetables, and nut butters.

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 it is loud and you know it’s doing some serious work.

Most Ninja models have 3 set speeds (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 get was a report that on speed setting 3, the highest speed, the Ninja blender can run up to 24,000 RPMs.

Ninja blender models come and go, like the discontinued Ninja Ultima which had a dial to change speed (We found the dial to be “clunky” and the speed inconsistently jumps as it is dialed.) The latest model is the Ninja Intelli-Sense.

Ninja Intelli-Sense controls The Ninja Chef Intelli-Sense has the same 1200 watt motor and design, still comes with a limited warranty (up to 2 years with some promotions) as the other Ninjas. The latest difference is that it has a set of programmed blend cycles depending upon the container that attaches. The idea is brilliant and the presentation with the flat-panel is very nice.

While the programs can be helpful we found that they just don’t function nearly to the level that you see in the commercials and videos. Ultimately using the high, low and pulse buttons produced better results than using the programs. We still feel if program cycles are what you are looking for then you should consider the blender that does it best – Blendtec.

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ninja vitamix blade comparisonBlades and Design: Every Vitamix comes with a strong laser-cut four prong stainless steel blade. Two are blunt hammermill blades and two are cutting blades. The entire blade and housing is metal. These blades are made to last and will not lose their edge after 1000s of blends.

The Ninja comes with a vertical 6 blade tower attachment. Six thin 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 fingers and hands. The Ninja depends on this sharpness to blend – and they do dull over time.

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 tall 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 and the bottom do not get completely blended. The center post, or “tower” is made of plastic, and some 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. They have the industry’s best warranty – 7-Years to 10-years 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 limited 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 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 a short time.

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 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 a great job of grinding grains, they do 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 farily adequately it makes no claim to be able to grind grains to make your own flours. Our attempt to grind wheat berries resulted in an unusable chunky flour.

You can 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. The Vitamix requires no additional accessories.

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
» 8 cup Food Processor bowl
» 24 oz Single Serve Cups

Controls and Ease of Use

With its unique true 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 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, nut butters, 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 simply has a dial and a pulse/power switch); we actually preferred the 3 set speeds found on their popular models since they were consistent. Accessing contents in the container with the blade tower present, for tasting or testing is difficult. Also, if you wish to add ingredients while blending, it is much more difficult to do so with the Ninja.

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. 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 vs 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 Taste.

Both blenders do a good 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 taste and most nutrition possible there is a difference.

Independent research has demonstrated that the Vitamix 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.

But that difference is not only seen with green smoothies, the Ninja simply can’t blend as smooth. Why is this important? Texture is everything. In addition to more nutrition, smoother, smaller particles creates a more homogenized result which in turn bring about more flavor as well as a more pleasing texture.

Research has demonstrated 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. All blades and attachments on the Ninja can also be removed for washing, but be careful not to cut yourself on the sharp blades.

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   1100/1500 watts
  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
Variable Speed Dial
  One-Touch Buttons
Warranty   7-year Full Use   1-year Limited (occasionally more)
  Black, White, Red,
Brushed Stainless or Platinum

Vitamix vs Ninja Blender Bottom Line:

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

Ninja may serve you better if:

  • you are limited by budget
  • you will mostly be making only fruit smoothies and 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 versatile 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 or 10-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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Paul Dreply
July 29, 2020 at 11:00 am

I have both machines and the Ninja will not make protein shakes that include spinach and oats. It just leaves a mash at the bottom of the blender. I think the ninja is ok for fruit only smoothies but thats it.

Got Greensreply
July 30, 2020 at 11:39 am
– In reply to: Paul D

Paul, thank you for sharing your experience!

March 24, 2020 at 11:40 pm

Great post.

Got Greensreply
March 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm
– In reply to: Justin

Thank you Justin. We are happy to be of service.

June 2, 2017 at 8:39 pm

We stack the Ninja Blender vs Vitamix and expose the hidden secrets the infomercials don t want you to know – in this tell all review.

Got Greensreply
September 6, 2017 at 3:44 pm
– In reply to: Bethany

We’d love to learn more about your review Bethany.

September 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm

I have had a ninja for 1 year and it’s not working as well as it did. Blades are dull and the motor doesn’t power up like it used to. I’m really kind of sad about it. It was a great device

Got Greensreply
September 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm
– In reply to: Nancy

Thanks Nancy for your feedback on your Ninja experience. I hope your next blender lasts longer and does everything you want it to.

July 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

I tried both. I did have problem with Vitamix though my smoothie ended up with chunks of veggies. But maybe I was not doing everything right. I just tried to do exactly how the Costco guy did, but I failed the results. Then I got to try Ninja. It felt more plastic and though seemed good quality , I was not abused it a such as vitamix. But for the frozen berry smoothie, it did a very good job..What is never mentioned is that Ninja Ultimate Kitchen system.also offers the chopping and slicing blades. And that really got me to buy Ninja. I love the additional.option. Vitamix is just the blender. I also liked the personal cup option. Very convenient. I did have money to spend on Vitamix, and liked it’s feel of.durability. But I wish Vitamix came up with additional options like Ninja did. I also think that Ninja was more sturdy than Vitamix machine.
One more thing that I liked in newer Vitamix is the automatic option, when the machine shuts off by itself when then smoot is ready
.they have it in newer models. NINJA does not have that feature.
And lastly, Vitamix has longer cord.. Ninja s cord is very short .
All that said, Please Vitamix, add a slicing blade. It will be awesome!

Got Greensreply
September 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm
– In reply to: ierst1976

Thank you for your input! Hopefully you’ll come back and share your experience using the Ninja after some time.

Happy Blending!

October 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm
– In reply to: ierst1976

Please email Vitamix to add slicing blades. I did it and if more people do I think they will listen and take the input. This is their email You can also go on their website and get their phone number.

Got Greensreply
October 15, 2017 at 10:51 am
– In reply to: Kate

Thank you for your input Kate. There’s no harm in making requests of Vitamix.

Linda Magsamenreply
February 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm

I love your comparison. I have the Ninja and it is doing the job for me. In the future before I retire completely I will look to buy a Vitamix. I do have a question as I found on Craigs List a used Vitamix for $80. They said it was only used once. Comes with everything. It looks like a really old one. Are the old vitamix a good purchase. I am thinking of the old kitchenaid mixers and how the old ones still do the job.

Got Greensreply
February 19, 2015 at 8:43 pm
– In reply to: Linda Magsamen

Thank you Linda, we are happy to know that our comparison has been helpful!

Used Vitamix blenders can be a great way to get them for a good price, but it is important to know exactly what you are buying. It is not uncommon for them to “still do the job” for 20 + years. That being said, it is difficult to know how good the Vitamix is that you found on Craigslist. Some questions to ask are: what model? is it still covered under warranty? Can I have the serial number? (all Vitamix blenders are registered by serial number – you can call Vitamix with the serial number to get info specific to that particular blender.) If you have any further questions please let us know.

joe gadlerreply
July 21, 2014 at 4:16 pm

To compare these two machines is hard. A vitamix is a true work horse. The ninja is a inexpensive version of that. It’s like comparing a Cadillac to a Chevy. They will both get you there but, which one would you rather drive.

July 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm

I am not sure how fair it is to compare products that are not of a similar price. These products based on price should not even be close in terms of performance. I would rather know how the Ninja compares to similar priced blenders and the same for Vitamix. and please lets not try and compare rebuilt (used) units.

Got Greensreply
July 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm
– In reply to: easygoer13

Hello easygoer13,

Thank you for your comments. The reason we compare these products is because people ask how they compare – they want to know why a Vitamix costs so much more than the Ninja when Ninja advertizes that it “can do the same thing and better”. And they want to learn more about the difference to evaluate if the extra cost and benefits of a Vitamix is worth it to them personally. That is the purpose of this particular article.

June 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I bought a Ninja because I wanted to join the green smoothie bandwagon. I very much enjoyed it until the single serve blender attachment fell apart (the part that sits in the base). At which time I realized the the base was also falling apart. I contacted the company and they sent me a new blender base and a new blender attachment for the single serve (all without charge) – luckily I had this problem before the one-year warranty was up. Unfortunately, the replacement only lasted about 6 more months. The problem (non scientific) – I would use frozen banana pieces and frozen strawberries with my greens and water. Even with pulsing, the blade just once or twice needs to get hung up on a frozen fruit and it’s done. I was happy with my ninja. Aside from it breaking, a green smoothie still ends up with bits of leaves – so it is not completely smooth. I have had smoothies made by a vitamix at costco – now that is smooth. So if you have the money and texture is an issue – then save your pennies and get a Vitamix. If you are on a budget (and cut your frozen fruits into small pieces) and texture not an issue, then a ninja works.

BTW – thank you for the comparison btw the 2 systems.

Got Greensreply
June 25, 2014 at 7:33 am
– In reply to: Jeannine

You are welcome Jeannine!
Thank you for sharing your experience with the Ninja.

Do you still use your Ninja?

June 25, 2014 at 9:49 am
– In reply to: Got Greens

Short answer – just blended kale/spinach/strawberries/banana this morning. Since my ninja broke my sister-in-law gave us theirs. They scaled down to a nutribullet.

Greg Hammondreply
May 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

I’ve been watching a Ninja infomercial this morning, and I found this site by searching for comparative reviews. I am a long-time Vitamix owner. I bought my first one back in the early 90s, after seeing a Vitamix infomercial, direct from their Cleveland store. A big stainless and chrome beast. It never failed, through smoothies, flour, but butters, hot soups and frozen desserts. I finally have it away in 2012, when I decided to get a more modern unit and wanted to be able to see the ingredients and blending, as I moved more into green smoothies and juicing (I use an Omega 350 Vert zero concentrated juicing, but much less so than I used to). I got the C500 Pro. Great machine. Recently, as colleagues at work got into green smoothies, I decided to donate the 500 to the office. It still has 8 years left on its 10-year warranty. Used every day, often several times per day. So easy to clean. Because I make my smoothies very early in the morning, I started looking for something quieter. I found the BlendTec Stealth, but some of their QC issues discouraged me. Then I found the Vitamix commercial products, and learned the Quiet One was designed for Starbucks and other places where the machines need to be a little less noisy. Amazing machine. Makes fantastic creamy smoothies, and it does so without waking up the kids. It’s only downsides are the typical 3-year commercial warranty and a more complicated user interface. I still got a Vitamix 750 for the food processor/cooking side of the functionality, and because it’s easier for the kids to use and clean (the Vitamix recipe book is geared to the home machines, and my kids love to use it). Expensive? Heck yeah. Maybe ridiculously so. But as I get closer to retirement, and think about the things I like to do in the kitchen, I will be set.

What I like about the Ninja. Is that it encourages people who might be put off by, or unable or unwilling to afford, the Vitamix or BlendTec’s higher prices, to really try and get into whole food smoothies. That’s one of the great things about the infomercial too. It truly encourages it. But if you really want a Vitamix, and are willing to stretch a little for it, I wholeheartedly recommend their refurbished units. They come packed in an original branded box with full warranty [unlike, say, Nikon, that puts its refurb cameras and lenses in plain unmarked boxes and warrants them only for 90 days], with all accessories, including the recipe/cookbook.

P.S. This site’s “comment civility” rocks. Great to see people offerings different perspectives civilly and without flaming.

P.P.S. I am a coffee nut, and suggest that coffee bean grinding in a blender is not a good thing. Be nice to your coffee beans and they will reward you!

Got Greensreply
June 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm
– In reply to: Greg Hammond

Greg, thank you for sharing your experience with Ninja and Vitamix. Your feedback is very helpful!

February 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

You seem to have mixed up the specs for 2 different Ninja models. You give the power of the Ninja as 8 amps/1500 Watts. Assuming you are reviewing models that run on American house current ( 120 volts),this cannot be correct. Watts are amps * volts, so 8 amps = 960 watts. According to the Ninja webstie, the Kitchen Mega line has 1500 Watts, The Ninja Professional Blender is listed as 1000 Watts, which is 8.33 amps. That may be where the other figure came from. I found this review very helpful, though, but I think it is important to be accurate.

Got Greensreply
February 11, 2014 at 4:58 pm
– In reply to: Martin

Thank you for your input Martin.
As mentioned, the power of the Ninja varies based on specific model (not the name). The Ninja Professional was first released with 800 watts then changed to 1000. They added the additional accessories and called it the Kitchen System (still at 1000 watts) then later called it the Ninja 1100 Complete Kitchen (11oo watts), etc, etc. All these models are still sold today.

We try not to include amps as a comparison because neither company provides that measurement anymore. As stated we are comparing the Mega Kitchen System (1500 watts) with the Vitamix 5200.

The inclusion of power has been edited for better clarity. We aim for accuracy. Thanks again for the feedback.

November 28, 2013 at 7:36 am

don’t own either yet, Have looked extensively at reviews of both. One thing stands out to me personally; Made in America, I am willing to spend the extra $$ for Vita Mix just to support mfg. in America, silly as that may seem.

March 23, 2014 at 11:23 pm
– In reply to: moung

I agree , we are trying to buy only made in USA in our home. My kid completed a project in school and our household had 95% non- USA made items. The products need to be made well and have a warranty. Based on this review we are picking up the Vitamix

May 29, 2014 at 10:19 am
– In reply to: moung

NOT SILLY ! Made in USA is such a worthwhile priority.

I have owned a Vitamix for over 20 years and use it multiple times daily. The container is a bit cloudy, but beyond that … it works just as wonderful as on day one. A few years ago when my Dad passed, I inherited his 18+ year old Vitamix … another machine with many years of use ahead.

I found the dry/grain container to be worth the investment. I grind coffee and grains for flour. No other machine could take the wear and tear these two Vitamixes have endured. HIGHLY recommend.

maria lungoreply
September 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

I have a ninja and do love it! But when using whole fruits and veggies it does not grind them down enough… Does the Vitamix grind the pulp smooth or will i be straining the pulp like i do with the Ninja?Anyone have the answer!

Got Greensreply
September 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm
– In reply to: maria lungo

Yes, the Vitamix blends fruits and vegetables to be very smooth. There is no need to strain after blending but do remember that it is a blender and not a juicer.

February 18, 2013 at 10:19 am

I have both and hands down, we are using our Vitamix daily. It is much better appliance and helps us maintain a very healthy diet. One problem is that my husband put Vitamix container in sink and now there is some water in bottom area. Kind of frustrating to fix.

Ken Lillyreply
November 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

I bought my Ninja on Black Friday at a Big Lots $49 (reconditioned). Awesome machine, for smoothies and stuff most people use them for, considering the price diffference it’s a no brainer. I have a friend that has Vitamix and likes it too but for what he paid, the difference is absolutely not worth it. Unless you are using it for a (ice cream/smoothie) business or in a restuarant kitchen, I would not even consider the Vitamix because of cost.

Bruce McDonaldreply
November 7, 2012 at 6:54 am

I have the Ninja. For me it is perfect and is 1/4 the cost of Vitamix.
After all, how many times a week or month will you actually use it. I use it for shakes and smoothies, so the Ninja is the perfect one for me

November 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm
– In reply to: Bruce McDonald

Thats fine if you only use it a couple times a month. I am wanting a blender that can stand up to me using it every single day for many years to come. That’s why I am going with a Vitamix. Thank you for the great info!!

August 27, 2012 at 8:07 am

I recently returned a Vitamix within the 30 day free trial period, and purchased the Ninja 1200. I am happy with my decision. While the Vitamix performed well, I did not feel the difference between the performance of the two machines was worth the difference in price. Certainly agree one should determine how they plan to use the machine before purchasing. I decided I wouldn’t use the Vitamix to make flour, and found while the Vitamix did a better job with green smoothies, they weren’t completely smooth with kale and a few other greens. Although not as smooth as the Vitamix, I fine the green smoothies made in the Ninja are very acceptable.

In summary, if you don’t mind spending the $500-$600 for the Vitamix it is probably the machine for you, it does everything, but if you don’t think you would use the Vitamix to it’s full potential, I would strongly consider the Ninja 1200 you won’t be disappointed, MHO. I purchased Ninja for a little over $100 with coupon.

Got Greensreply
August 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm
– In reply to: Nancy

Thank you for sharing your review Nancy. You don’t necessarily need to spend $500-600. A Reconditioned Vitamix is currently $329

Di Jensreply
February 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm
– In reply to: Got Greens

Refurbished? $329? Still too high, I’m sure it’ll be be just the base plus a basic blender container. Remember, even $200 is a lot of money to spend on luxury items for most of us in this economy! If you poo poo me on this comment, you poo poo most hard working Americans who can afford neither of them!

March 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm
– In reply to: Di Jens

Poo poo

May 29, 2014 at 10:26 am
– In reply to: Di Jens

I opted for not putting a price tag on my health … and 20+ years later, my Vitamix is still going strong with multiple daily uses. And at 60 years old … I take NO medications .. not even a multi-vitamin. If you “can” afford it … I would highly recommend it, and I do realize a Vitamix is not in everyone’s price range. I am not poo poo’ing you ~ just sharing my experience.

August 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I recently purchased the Ninja System and I got 5 years guarantee so not sure where that 1 year here mentioned comes from. Also I’ve had no issues so far blending frozen fruit, let’s hope it stays that way! 🙂

Di Jensreply
February 11, 2014 at 11:10 am
– In reply to: Barbara

Yes, the ninja 1500 from their website, has a 5 year warranty. Fruit and greens are pulverized!

Got Greensreply
May 19, 2014 at 10:33 am
– In reply to: Barbara

1 year is the standard warranty – it’s what you will find when purchasing at retail stores. As we mentioned, you can find longer warranties on occasion – 3-years or 5-years limited

July 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I find it hard to believe that an 1100 watt blender cannot smoothly blend fruits and veggies when my cheap, low wattage $25 hamilton beach can do an ok job of making a no chunk spinach smoothie. Be wary of people that use that argument.

Got Greensreply
July 6, 2012 at 7:33 am
– In reply to: HeatherB

Thanks for your feedback Heather. It’s not a matter of being smooth or not, it is a comparison of how smooth. If you were to do a side-by-side comparison of actual smoothies with the different blenders you will notice a difference.

January 24, 2017 at 7:48 am
– In reply to: Got Greens

Thank you for this. I purchased my Ninja 2.5 years ago on sale for $100.00. I have been pleased. Recently, I had a smoothie from a friend who has sung the praises of her vita mix for about 2 years. When she raved about the machine, I was perplexed. After all, it is a blender; what was the hype about. I tasted her smoothie and I was AMAZED at the smooth quality of the drink. Yesterday I put a banana, fresh, unpeeled, quartered pear and apple, pineapple, ginger ( 1inch chunk) and kale in my ninja. The snoothy was tasty but way more texture than I imagine the vita mix produces. For some it would have been ” too chunky.” I can’t say I will trash the ninja but there is INDEED a difference in the quality of the beverage ‘s smooth consistency. Thank you for this site.

Got Greensreply
January 24, 2017 at 10:33 am
– In reply to: Kennise

How wonderful Kennise! You are welcome, it is our pleasure to provide information.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
Happy Blending

Debi Stuartreply
June 28, 2012 at 8:05 am

I’ve had my VitaMix for over 6 years… I lOvE it and, oh, by the way… There’s nothing I’ve not been able to make or create in it. I believe my VitaMix has more than paid for itself just in “smoothie” making, let alone the savings by making my own almond butter, peanut butter, “gourmet” frozen mocha drinks or soups. I promise, you, too, will be so glad you invested in a VitaMix! PS: you’ll end up ridding your cupboards of all of your other prep appliances, except your food processor and KitchenAid mixer!

May 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm

the difference… oh my goodness… SMOOTHNESS!!! before my 12yo son, would not even consider taking a sip, now he has an 8oz green smoothie everyday! this is the kid who had no veggies in his diet before the Vitamix 🙂

LR Smithreply
May 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Thank you for the best comparison I’ve read to date. I was initially leaning toward the VitaMix and now I’m going to make the investment by purchasing it. Thanks Again!

Got Greensreply
May 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm
– In reply to: LR Smith

It is our pleasure to help LR. Enjoy your Vitamix!

sena rosereply
April 7, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Thanks so much for the comparison and information on Vitamix and Ninja. I have been searching for this kind of information before I make a purchase.

I believe simply for financial reasons, at this time, I will purchase the Ninja system. When I am in a position to upgrade, the vitamix is what I want. In the meantime, I will play with my Ninja and see how it meets my needs (or Not). I will happily give you feed back. I have very specific needs right now, it will be fun to see how it goes. Thanks again, great site:)

Got Greensreply
May 19, 2014 at 10:35 am
– In reply to: sena rose

I’m happy to know that our review was helpful. Enjoy your Ninja!

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