As you may know, I’m much a fan of high-performance blenders for their amazing blending capabilities and, well, durability. But it’s not all the time you’ll need a smoothie for three or four people. So, a single-serve blender like Nutribullet Pro and Nutri ninja IQ can always be a great addition to your cabinet.
Of course, there are many other compact personal blenders in the market, but the two are the most compared models. They both are powerful for soft and tougher ingredients, plus they have a commendable performance in the market.
Regardless, Nutribullet Pro is what I would first recommend if you asked my opinion.
The #4 Reasons Why I would Choose Nutribullet Pro
- First and foremost, Nutribullet Pro delivers a smoother smoothie than the Nutri Ninja
- The Nutribullet can grind seeds with its pro extractor blade pretty well. The Ninja blender tends to struggle, especially with small seeds
- With the Nutribullet, you get to save about $32 that you would have otherwise used on the Nutri Ninja
- The Nutribullet has numerous colorful variations to choose, whereas the Nutri Ninja has only one color option
Nutribullet Pro vs Nutri Ninja Auto iQ:
|Facts||Nutribullet Pro||Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ|
|Dimensions (inches)||6.0 by 6.0 by 15.0||5.0 by 5.0 by 15.0|
|Available Colors||10 color options
[Blue, Champagne, Coral, Green, Pink, Purple, Red, Rose Gold, Silver, & Teal]
|Single color option
|Capacity||32 Ounce||32 Ounce|
|Weight||4.7 lbs||5.6 lbs|
|Motor Size||900-watts, 1.2 HP||1000-watts, 1.3 HP|
|Maximum Speed||25,000 RPM||21,000 RPM|
|Included Accessories||1x motor base
2x 32-oz cups
2x to-go lids
2x regular lip ring
2x lip rings with handle
1x extractor Pro Blade
1x User manual
1x Recipe Book One Pocket Nutritionist Guide, and
3x sip & seal lids
1x Pro extractor blade
1x 18-oz blending cup
1x 24-oz blending cup
1x 32-oz blending cup
1x instruction book
1x Getting Started Guide with recipes
|Warranty||1 Year||1 Year|
On our last Nutribullet 600 vs 900 comprehensive reviews, we talked about the recreation of the famous Magic bullet from the 2000s. The model 900, another name for the Nutribulllet Pro, was the second release after the Nutribullet 600, in which case the manufacturer wanted to improve the blending power.
Anyway, Nutribullet Pro is one of the bestselling personal blenders, tiny but powerful enough for most small blending tasks. It has some lovely stainless steel extractor blade that breaks down the ingredients while imitating the movement of a tornado. The blade assembly has two of the six cutting edges slightly raised, and that’s what creates that cyclonic action-like style.
Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ
Meanwhile, the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ also does blend with the tornado action-like style. The blades, however, are more upright, an approach that the maker hoped to ensure a better pull of the ingredients into the blades.
The personal blender comes with three containers of different capacities, but they all use one extractor blade assembly. Each of the cups has sip-and-seal lids that make it easier to travel with your refreshment drink.
Unlike many of its kind, the Nutri Ninja blender has a tiny control board that carries buttons for various blending functions. It even has a built-in timer that counts up the seconds while working on your recipe.
Despite the smart design, however, the Ninja personal blender didn’t deliver everything I would need for my quest. I’m more of a smoothie person and after comparing it with the Nutribullet Pro, the latter has a better nutriblast.
More on that, let’s jump to our full review and see what we can learn about the Nutribullet Pro and Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ.
Nutribullet Pro vs Nutri Ninja Auto iQ: The 6 Main Differences Between the Blenders
Pricing: Is the Cost Really Worth It?
When you compare Nutribullet Pro vs Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ at affordability, they both should win as they range around a low price-point. However, the Nutribullet is some dollars, $32 to be exact, cheaper than its counterpart.
Of course, we can agree the Ninja has advanced components at the core and also an extra blending cup. But again, a fancy look or controls, in my opinion, are not exactly helpful if the blender doesn’t deliver good results. Or are you not interested in a smoother and consistent smoothie?
If it’s grainy ingredients, the Nutribullet Pro can pulverize them to a much finer texture, all thanks to the blade design. You could even use it to make fresh powders from grains, even though the maker has recently warned against blending without enough liquids.
All the two blenders come with various accessories to bring you the best blending experience. However, Nutri Ninja has a better choice of blending cups that allows you to make different amounts of blends. As was mentioned, each of the containers comes with a sip-and-seal lid for easier sipping and traveling with your drinks.
On its end, the Nutribullet also does come with sip-and-seal lids. It even has the lip rings (with and without a handle) that you use to drink from the blending containers while at home. However, what I find not making sense at all is the way the provider packages the unit with two cups of similar capacity. They do have the 18-ounce and 24-ounce blending containers that came with the Nutribullet 600. So, there they failed their consumers in the attempt to have them buy the other cups separately.
Styling: Which Looks Best
If you would want to compliment your kitchen with a uniform setting, the Nutribullet has up to ten color options to choose from. This includes both the simple and colorful finishes, not limited to sky blue, violet, clover green, Onyx black, and white.
The blender has a compact and portable design that you can take with you on vacation to continue your healthy-nutrition routine. But you might find the power base a bit heavy from the motor and the heavy-duty plastic housing.
Meanwhile, the Nutri Ninja also has a durable and portable design, with a sturdy plastic motor base. However, the blender might not serve your flash interests as it’s only available in a modest black finish. But there’s a silvered touch that can help it blend with your few stainless steel kitchenware.
Power: Which Is Stronger Or Faster
When it comes to power, both the Nutribullet Pro and Nutri Ninja can confuse you if new to blenders. While the Ninja has a higher motor rating, its overall speed is slower than its rival with slightly lesser power.
However, the speed of a blender usually depends on two main features: motor and blade assembly. Just like with Vitamix E310 and 5200, the size of the blades and even the stiffness of the drive system could affect the speed.
In any case, the nutribullet still delivers a finer smoothie and in a shorter timer. It can also produce a runny and spreadable nut butter from roasted almonds, even though the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it because of pressure build-up.
As for the Nutri Ninja, the machine can still make a good smoothie but not as smooth as the Nutribullet. However, the issue is not with power, rather the nature of the extractor blades.
Container: Can It Blend Enough?
Like all personal blenders, our two models usually rely on single-serve blending cups to work. Unlike the full-size jars, these containers lock to the base while the lid is upside-down. So, you can’t add ingredients or help push them into the spinning blades. This makes it pretty frustrating if you wanted to make thick purees or sticky blends like nut butter.
If patient, however, a Nutribullet has well-designed blades that could make you a good-looking nut butter. You can also make fresh ground coffee and fine flour, but as I said, the company has recently warned against milling, which I believe is because of dulling the blades.
Still, the blending container has a 32-ounce capacity that you can make about 24-28 ounces of blend when you maintain the maximum line. That should give you two or two-and-a-half cups of green or frozen smoothie.
On the other hand, the Nutribullet is not that good at handling nuts and seeds, especially the tiny ones like raw strawberries. The reason for this is somehow a design flaw with the blade, whereby it pushes the ingredients towards the wall. But the blade edges are very sharp, which can come in handy during chopping tasks.
Moreover, the ninja personal blender has three blending cups that you can use to make one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half cups of smoothie. It does handle frozen fruits pretty well when there’s enough liquid, thus you can also make some delicious, cold dessert.
Technology: How Smart Is It?
Well, when it comes to smart features, the Nutri Ninja wins easily and square from its exclusive auto-iQ technology. If it’s the “Blend” feature, you can make fresh green smoothies, whereas the “Ultra Blend” processes frozen desserts. For an even more amazing experience, the Ninja even has s built-in timer that counts down and up as your recipe processes. However, there are no buttons for the timer, thus you can set it like with the Vitamix v1200 or A3500.
It’s also worth noting that the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ has a start/ stop button and a dedicated pulse switch. So, you can’t go any wrong with salads, salsas, or any other dish that doesn’t need complete pulverization.
As for the Nutribullet Pro, there’s no built-in timer or presets for automated blending. So, you’ll have to rely on manual control for all your processing tasks. But then, the blender also doesn’t have physical buttons that you can use. To blend, you press down the cup, then twist to lock the motor on. If you want to blend in short pulses, you will only need to press down the cup as you release without the twist and locking.
Notes: Blending Container Safety Instructions
While using either Nutri Ninja or Nutribullet Pro, neither machine has a channel for the blending cups to breathe. For this, you should never process hot liquids as it could cause pressure build-up, which could result in a fatal incident. The two providers have even explained in the user manual that the maximum extraction time is one minute. Should your mixture need further pummeling, you should stop the motor, wait for one minute, then repeat the extraction process.
Sad to say, though, many of us never bother to read the whole pamphlet once we know how to start and stop the machine. Hence, the reason some have experienced issues like the motor burning out and the container bursting.
As for the issue of leaking, the rubber seals are usually not the issue as many of the affected owners express. The blending cups (both Ninja and Nutriibullet) have a “MAXIMUM” fill line your ingredients should never exceed. Once exceeded, the pressure from the “excess” ingredients forces the container to look for spaces to relieve itself.
If the seals are the weak link, the liquid will leak from there. In many cases, however, the little drips you see after surpassing the maximum line often pass through the part connecting the blade to the lid.
But again, this is hardly the manufacturer’s fault, rather the user’s for ignoring the demanded safety instructions.
Nutribullet Pro vs Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ: My Pick
If we’re shopping for the fanciest personal blender, Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ would take the lead with 9 points while the Nutribullet has 7 out of 10. It’s more like a baby blender of the full-size Ninja 1200-watts Auto-iQ, with the count-down timer and smoothies intelligent blending programs.
But then, the main reason for you needing a personal blender is to make your morning smoothies in less time. And the Nutribullet Pro has a perfect blade for that, despite not having the control buttons. If careful enough, you could even make fine rice flour for pancakes or ground coffee. You only have to remember the all-purpose blade isn’t like the milling blade provided with the Nutribullet 600. So, it would dull up pretty fast if you process dry grains frequently.