For you who loves to make green smoothies with high fiber veggies on your healthy diet needs, or you who prefers to make dish like pureed soups, dipping sauce, salad dressing, or even grind your own peanut butter with blender, having a powerful and durable blender is a must.
Recently, there are 2 famous blender brands in the market that caught some attentions from many customers. They are Vitamix vs Ninja. Both parties are making this as a serious competition in the market. They even don’t hesitate to make a clear statement claiming their product is better than their competitor straight forwardly. Especially for Ninja Kitchen.
Look at Ninja Ultima Blender box as shown below. It claimed, the Ninja Ultima Blender is better than Vitamix priced $600 (which refers to Vitamix Professional Series 750). Can you feel the tense of this competition?
With fact that Vitamix blender technology has been developed since 1949 doesn’t make Ninja Kitchen showing some lack of courages or determination to compete its rival. Ninja Kitchen does aware on how to build interest in this market by offering a high quality blender with cheaper price than Vitamix (it is about 1/3 the cost of Vitamix’s blender).
Vitamix could start its price from $349-$649, while Ninja comes with cheaper price, ranged $129-$349 depends on model.
The unbiased review is revealed – Vitamix vs Ninja
Price comparison only will put this competition into an unfair measurement. It’s obvious that Ninja blender is way cheaper than Vitamix. But then how about the quality of the materials, performances, durability, and product warranty? Are they generally equal in the same levels?
Vitamix vs Ninja blenders’ material
1. Materials are BPA free
Since blender is used to process food then we need to make sure they’re totally free from all chemical substances with hazardous nature for our body. Such as Bisphenol A (BPA). Especially for the container part which has direct contact to food or ingredient.
2. Plastic vs metal and rubber materials
Regarding the parts material there are some of negative feedback on Ninja blenders from their customers regarding the quality of material they have in their blender. Almost all of Ninja’s parts are made of plastic they can easily get scratch, crack, or even break.
Let discuss more about this! We will emphasize this material topic into 4 parts: the drive socket, blades, container lid, and body (blender base).
A. 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 plastic. 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 make them down with this issue, and now they also have blender with metal component on their driver socket. This only applied on Ninja Ultima Blender model.
B. Blades material
Every Vitamix uses hardened, laser-cut, stainless-steel blades with high technology that ensures every edge is powerful and unlikely 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 this Ninja blades design, we always need to pull out the blades every time we want to pour all out of the container. This is a risky step. You might get injured if you’re not careful enough when pulling the blades out from the container, or even when you wash them.
Regarding the blending quality between sharp blades and the blunt one, we actually don’t need sharp blades placed on a 300 mph speed motor. The power and speed occurred from the motor, is enough for the blunt blades to pulverize anything.
C. 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 Vitamix plastic lid comes with an 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 fruit or vegetable with ease while blending to adjust the texture.
D. Body material
Vitamix blender body 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 equipped with 1,380 watts power (they claim it can produce 2 HP speed on peak level) and Ninja Ultima Blender is equipped with 1,500 watts (they claim it can produce 2.2 HP speed on peak level) while other regular blenders in the market only provide 300-700 watts.
2. Blend green smoothies
Many people say that by using either Ninja or Vitamix blender, we can produce a smooth texture for green smoothies. But Vitamix makes it faster. To prove this issue, we 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. We set the blenders to 30 seconds long.
This quick test showed on how both amazing 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. Make homemade peanut butter with Vitamix vs 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 both blenders’ performance, we put roasted peanuts without any additional ingredients into both Vitamix and Ninja. We set both on highest speed level for 3 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. 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 leak out from your blender container.
What would be your caution is we found that Ninja blender has declared clearly in their website to not put hot liquid into their blender. This must be due to their container lid design which doesn’t leave any vent to release the steam, while 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, no exception with the blenders. The question is how long Vitamix and Ninja blenders will last? That will be vary depending on how you utilize and treat them.
We likely able to estimate the lifetime by looking on the materials. Blender with high quality materials should have longer lifetime than the cheaper one. Nonetheless, it’s just a standard logic, Let’s see from a differ point of view.
Which blender has 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. They definitely are having strict competition in this market. But keep in mind that we always get what we pay.
With higher price we spend for Vitamix blender, we get a better quality products, and also a better blended products than what Ninja can offer to us. But if you are in budget and only use blender to make your simple daily smoothies, then Ninja blender may become your good option.
Another option if you still want to have Vitamix blender but in tight budget, you may consider certified recondition Vitamix blenders.