Lately, there are 2 famous blender brands in the market that have caught great attention of many customers. These are Vitamix vs Ninja!
Both brands are making this products that pose serious competition in the market. Funnily, they put it outwardly clear without any fear of contradiction how their respective products are superior than their competitors’, more specifically, Ninja Kitchen.
If you look at Ninja Ultima Blender box as shown below, the manufacturer claims that, the Ninja Ultima Blender is better than Vitamix priced $600 (which refers to Vitamix Professional Series 750).
Can you feel how intensive this competition is? The war has just started from here
The fact that Vitamix blender technology has been in the competitive market since 1949 doesn’t deter Ninja Kitchen from exuding high confidence and determination to compete with it as the major competitor.
Let’s reveal unbiased review – Vitamix vs Ninja
Subjecting the review to price would only place the competition into unfair hallmark. It’s obvious that Ninja blender far much cheaper than Vitamix.
But then how about the quality of these blenders in respect to the materials, performance, durability, and product warranty? Are they generally more or less similar?
At this point, I will breakdown their basic blender series Vitamix 5200 vs Ninja Professional Blender (BL660)
The materials: Vitamix compared to Ninja blender
1. Containers are BPA free
Since blender is used to process food then we need to make sure they’re totally free from all chemical substances that are hazardous in nature for our body, such as Bisphenol A (BPA). This is more specific on the container part which has direct contact with food or ingredient.
2. Driver socket material
As you can see from the picture above, even the most important component in the Ninja blender: the drive socket, comes all plastics. While Vitamix uses metal gear on its drive socket.
The mounting part that connects the container and the drive socket in Vitamix has an elastic and flexible pad made from rubber, while in Ninja its all from plastic.
Update: Ninja Kitchen seems won’t let their competitor to put them down with this issue, and now they also have blenders with metal component on their driver socket. This only applies on Ninja Ultima Blender model.
3. Blades material
Every Vitamix blender model uses hardened, laser-cut, stainless-steel blades with high technology that ensures every edge is powerful and unlikely to get rust over time. The blades’ housing is also made of metal. While Ninja’s sharp blades come with plastic shaft.
We also found that due to the design of Ninja blades you always pull out the blades every time you want to pour the mixed ingredients from the container. This is a risky step. You might get injured if you’re not careful enough since the blades might easily cut your fingers.
Comparing the quality of blade in terms of sharpness, we actually don’t need extremely sharp blades fitted on a 300 mph speed motor. The power and speed from the motor, is enough for the blunt blades to pulverize any kind of ingredient or food substance.
4. Container lid material
Vitamix has 2-Parts lid design and they are separable. The main lid body is made of rubber, and the other part is a vented lid made of plastic.
This vented lid is designed to be placed in the center of the main lid with an additional tamper to help you press the blended ingredient. While the Ninja plastic lid comes with a unique lid lock system, with vented lid on one side.
Since Ninja has blades extension that has to be placed in the middle of the container, they designed the vented lid on the side part. But the hole is not as big as Vitamix’s, so we can’t add large pieces of ingredients with ease while blending to adjust the texture.
5. Body material
Vitamix blender body is made of polycarbonate, dipped in liquid metal with brushed finish while Ninja blender has spray painted, and lacquered body along with a high polish plastic face.
Performance comparison: Vitamix vs Ninja Blender
1. Blender Machine (Motor)
Both Vitamix and Ninja blender have a great powerful machine that definitely can generate magnificent power to crush ices, blend fruits, vegetables, frozen fruits, and to get all benefits from the ingredients.
The quality of the machine reflected on the power generated by both brands. To be compared:
- Vitamix 5200 Standard comes with 1,380 watts power (they claim it can produce 2 HP speed on peak level)
- Ninja Ultima Blender comes with 1,500 watts power (they claim it can produce 2.2 HP speed on peak level)
- While other regular blenders in the market only provide in average 300-700 watts.
2. Blend green smoothies
With both using either Ninja or Vitamix blender, you definitely can produce a smooth texture for green smoothies. But Vitamix makes it faster.
To prove this, I made a quick simple test by putting kiwi, baby spinach, apple, celery and pineapple for making a green smoothies into both Vitamix and Ninja blenders. To be fair I set the blenders to 30 seconds long for both of blenders.
This quick test showed on how these machines blend a high fibers veggies (celery) and a kiwi with its seeds in a short time.
The result was pretty amazing as we never had any doubt that both blenders with such high power can produce a smooth green smoothies. But Vitamix blended the ingredients into smaller cell pieces with smoother texture than Ninja.
3. Peanut butter result from Vitamix compared to Ninja blender
For you who likes to make your own peanut butter, this test might give you an idea about how these two blenders make a creamy peanut butter.
To test the performance for both blenders, we put roasted peanuts without any additional ingredients into both Vitamix and Ninja. We set both on highest speed level for 5 minutes.
During the process, the peanut in both blenders needed some help to get moving around, but the Vitamix was much easier to handle because they provide a tamper that can help us push the peanut to the bottom part near the blades, while with Ninja blender we had to turn off the machine and scrape the sides down very carefully due to a very sharp blades placed in the middle of container, and then run the blender again.
For the end result, we can say both blenders can make peanut butter in 3 minutes, but Vitamix made a very creamy peanut butter while Ninja made a chunky peanut butter. I would run another 3-5 minutes with Ninja to make the same level of creamy peanut butter.
4. Make hot soup in the blender
Have you experienced any explosion or leaking issue when you blend a pureed hot soup with your blender?
Yes! Be careful! When you blend hot liquids with your blender, please be aware that the container pressure can build up and sometimes can create a little explosion that make the ingredients to leak out from your blender container.
As a matter of caution, I realized that Ninja blender has clearly stated that hot liquid should not be put into the container of the blender.
This must be due to the fact that the container lid design doesn’t have any vent to release the steam. On the contrary, Vitamix container lid has a vent in their standard container lids.
5. Clean up the blenders
Cleaning up is pretty easy with both Vitamix and Ninja blender. To clean these blenders, just soak them with warm water and drop a little liquid soap to the blender container, put the lid on, then you just need to set the blender to the highest level speed.
For some blender models you can also press the pulse button to burst the power that will make more water round during the cleaning process. It helps to release all residues left from the ingredients that you used before.
Even better on some Vitamix models, it has a built-in auto-cleaning system option on the switch control to help you clean up the containers, lid, and the blades.
After run the auto-cleaning system, just remove the water from the container and rinse under running water to remove the soap from the blenders. That’s all and wait until the blender dry.
Product durability and warranty
Every electronic product has its lifetime, blenders have no exception either! The question is how long can Vitamix and Ninja blenders last? That will vary depending on how you utilize and maintain them.
We are likely able to estimate the lifetime on the basis on the materials. Blender with high quality materials should ideally, have longer lifetime than the cheaper one. Nonetheless, it’s just a standard logic, let’s see from a different point of view.
Which blender has a longer product warranty? Ninja blenders are covered with 2-years limited warranty (we found 5-years warranty can be obtained at certain condition) while Vitamix blenders are covered with 5-years or 7-years warranty depends on the model. Plus there is a 3-years extended warranty (optional with some additional charge) for all of them.
Regarding the procedure to claim warranty, both provide an easy way for warranty verification by calling their customer services, then they will explain how to get your replacement.
Both Vitamix and Ninja blenders are good products. There is no doubt about that!
They definitely have strict competition in this market. But keep in mind that we always get what we pay for! At times, the cheap can literally be expensive.
With higher price we spend for Vitamix blender, we get better quality products, materials, and also better blended products than what Ninja can offer to us.
But if you are working in a tight budget and only use blender to make your simple daily smoothies, then Ninja blender may be a better alternative for you.
Another option if you still want to have Vitamix blender but you are low in funds, then you may consider certified recondition Vitamix blenders.