Comparison shopping before you buy a personal blender or food processor—especially one of the pricier, higher-end options—is essential. It makes it easier to narrow down your selection and consider the features that matter most to you in a blender to make that perfect green smoothie or freshly squeezed mixed fruit juice and get you on that health kick or road to weight loss. Two of the most popular blenders on the market—the Nutri Ninja and the Magic Bullet—are compared here.
What should you know about each before you buy?
The Nutri Ninja is the blender that claims to avoid “chunky sludge” when blending solid foods into liquids.
Its speedy 900-watt motor with 21,000 RPMs and powerful blades, produce a smooth, well-blended texture and is able to break down whole fruit and vegetables, as well as ice, in just a few seconds, making it perform like a professional blender.
In addition to blending smoothies and other beverages, this variable speed blender is also able to chop ingredients, make salad dressings, and liquefy fruits and veggies by extracting as much of the essential vitamins and nutrients as possible when juicing.
Good news for those who want to keep as much of the fiber content and other beneficial aspects of fresh veggies and fruit. The Nutri Ninja is made from BPA-free plastic components and most of it is dishwasher safe—you shouldn’t put the electrical component of any blender or appliance in the dishwasher. The Nutri Ninja is not designed for grinding dry products—spices and rubs, coffee, nuts, etc.—and you should only use it to blend room temperature or cold ingredients.
What’s included with the Nutri Ninja?
Nutri Ninja is sold at a variety of popular retail stores including Walmart, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Pricing varies from store to store, but you get the variable speed blender, both 24 oz and 18 oz cups, two sip and seal lids, and a recipe and wellness guide. The sip and seal lids make it especially easy to drink your blended beverage on the go without dirtying another cup.
There is a 60-day refund policy offered by the manufacturer, and you’re also protected by whatever return policy the retailer offers. You also get a one-year limited manufacturer’s warranty that includes defects and workmanship.
It’s important to keep in mind that no blender is going to achieve every last thing it claims to offer. Most advertise a variety of health and fitness benefits and unless your diet and exercise are exactly as they should be—and even if they are—your blender can only do so much.
Most Nutri Ninja users are happy with the product if their intention is to blend fruit and some vegetables like leafy greens into smoothies. If you’re looking for a heavy-duty blender that can handle tougher foods, like broccoli or cauliflower, or foods that need to be ground instead of blended, this isn’t the blender for you. And, like many other blenders in the Ninja line, one of the most common complaints about the Nutri Ninja is that it’s noisy.
So, how does the Nutri Ninja stack up to the Magic Bullet?
The Magic Bullet is a compact “do everything” countertop blender. According to Magic Bullet marketing, this is a blender, as well as a food processor and juicer. This should make it rise above the Nutri Ninja, but according to user reviews, the blender doesn’t quite accomplish what it claims to accomplish.
What’s included with the Magic Bullet?
The Magic Bullet is sold with the blender, two cups with lids, rings to seal the lids, and an owner’s manual. The product is easy to keep tidy, even in small kitchens and can be stored with the cord wrapped around the bottom foundation of the blender. It’s also easy to transport whatever liquid you’ve made, so you don’t need to dirty another cup after blending your beverage.
However, unlike the Nutri Ninja, the Magic Bullet does not feature sip and seal lids, and you need to completely remove the lid to drink—increasing the likelihood you’ll spill. Some of the reasons a consumer might opt for this blender over others—grinding dry ingredients, chopping vegetables—are actually not as easy as the Magic Bullet claims they should be.
There are other users who even claim it’s tough to get the Magic Bullet to blend fruits and liquids into a smooth-like consistency—one of the primary reasons most people invest in blenders. Some report that shaking the Bullet makes it easier to blend, but most people don’t want a blender that needs manual blending when it claims to do everything.
This is not to say the Magic Bullet is useful and it might be the right blender for some, depending on their needs. It’s very small, so if you have limited space and some of the larger options just don’t fit into your kitchen, this compact little “bullet” is a decent option. It does blend liquids well, as long as there isn’t too much solid material mixed in. Many users also report it’s also able to handle coffee beans.
And perhaps it’s greatest attribute? It’s much easier to clean than some of its bulkier counterparts. Of course, if you are investing in a blender for chopping denser items or you need to blend more than cup or so of liquid at a time, this isn’t going to work for you. There are also reports from consumers that the motor tends to overheat if it runs for too long.
Which Blender is the Right Option for You? Nutri Ninja or Magic Bullet?
Ultimately, which of these two blenders is going to be the right one for you? It all depends on your goals. If you absolutely must have a blender that can do double duty as a coffee grinder, the Magic Bullet is your only option.
And if you prefer a blender that can blend fruits into a smooth, even consistency without any extra manual help, the Nutri Ninja is likely your better option.
So your decision comes down to size and price. The Magic Bullet is more compact than the Nutri Ninja, though both are smaller than a standard blender. The cost of Nutri Ninja is generally higher than the Magic Bullet, but that depends on where you make your purchase. Final verdict on both? They’re decent compact blenders and you get fairly good value for what you spend, but you need to consider your goals before making your final purchase.