Today I am going to be breaking down NutriBullet blenders, Magic Bullet blenders, and Ninja blenders. These are the three most popular blenders in the world. There are at least 100,000 positive reviews spread between these products, there are countless units sold, and there is something here for everyone.
As you might already know, the Magic Bullet is made by the same company that builds the NutriBullets, but they are a little different. We will get more into that later. And while this is a comparison article, it’s also important to know that neither blender is really better than the other. Ninja blenders and NutriBullet blenders are just a little different.
NutriBullet and Magic Bullet blenders are great for personal use. If you want to make a quick smoothie in the morning, if you don’t like a lot of cleanups, and if you want hands-free technology in your blending, NutriBullet blenders are fantastic. However, there are some more expensive models that allow you to do family blending as well.
With Ninja blenders, you can do everything. These are typically more expensive than the competition, but they are professional countertop blenders with more features and more capabilities. If you’re looking for something a little more stable with variable speeds, LCD displays, and maximum versatility, you might want to go with a Ninja blender.
But no matter what your choice, keep in mind that each blender is built with quality parts, excellent features, and durable components.
Overview of NutriBullet Blenders
NutriBullet is an extremely popular brand. They make some of the best blenders in the world. In fact, the NutriBullet system is the fastest and simplest solution for making smoothies that are packed with nutrients. You can use any kind of ingredient to make a quick smoothie at any time of the day.
Nuts, berries, spinach, banana, cucumber, and every other type of food can be blended in a handful of seconds to deliver you a perfect smoothie. Make no mistake, these machines are specifically designed for quick beverages. Specifically, these machines are made to help you live a healthier lifestyle by delivering your smoothies packed full of nutrients.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make other things in a NutriBullet. You can make milkshakes, baby food, smoothies, soup, and so much more. And the greatest thing about this system is that it works by simply pushing and twisting the container into the motor base. You can drink your smoothie directly from the cup!
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Different Models Of NutriBullet
There are a lot of different models to choose from in the NutriBullet lineup. Each one offers a little more at a slightly higher price. Which one is best for you really depends on what you’re looking for in a blender.
- The NutriBullet: The standard NutriBullet is the original nutrient extracting blender that is great for healthy eating. It works to make a quick smoothie, it has a total wattage of 600, and it has a maximum capacity of 24 ounces. This is the cheapest and weakest model, but it is absolutely perfect for people who live a busy life and don’t have time to mess around with a huge blender.
- The NutriBullet Pro: The Pro 900 model is basically the same as the original, but it has a lot more power and a larger capacity for blending. Instead of 600 watts, this blender has 900 watts. That makes it more powerful to blend even better. You also get a full capacity of up to 32 ounces, allowing you to make larger batches of smoothies.
- The NutriBullet Rx: The Rx is extremely powerful. This blender has absolutely no limitations. It has a 1700-watt motor and a full blending capacity of up to 45 ounces. It also introduces heated blending, which allows you to turn cold soup into hot soup with an extra-long blending time.
- The NutriBullet Blender Combo: The Combo is definitely the most versatile of all the NutriBullet models. You can switch between a single-serving container and a full blending container. And while it has a slightly weaker motor than the Rx, it boosts the total blending capacity from 45 ounces to 64 ounces. It also comes now with pulse control and multiple speed options.
The NutriBullet: Final Thoughts
The NutriBullet System is super popular for a reason. These blenders are simple to use, they don’t require any knowledge, and you can use them to make a wide variety of healthy beverages. For singles or couples who just want an easy blender for making their protein shakes and smoothies, this is the ideal system.
And still, it has great options for families who want a little bit more out of their blender.
Overview of the Magic Bullet Blender
The Magic Bullet is unique in a very special way. Yes, it’s actually owned by the same company that makes NutriBullet blenders, but it is kind of its own entity. It certainly has its own brand image. And part of this might be because it is the original personal blender. This amazing system came out way back in 2012, and it is still relevant today. In fact, to date, there are over 40 million Magic Bullets sold worldwide.
So how does the Magic Bullet differ from the NutriBullet? Well, there are no alternative blenders for starters. The Magic Bullet is the Magic Bullet and that’s that. But what people really love about this particular system is how small and convenient it is. The Magic Bullet comes as a full 13-piece set, included with all the accessories you need for personal blending.
The big draw with the Magic Bullet is that anyone who wants to try living a healthy lifestyle can do it really easily. It costs less than $40, it works amazing if you want to grind and blend organic ingredients, and it doesn’t take any special maintenance to operate, which can sometimes scare people away from a product. Basically, the Magic Bullet is the perfect doorway to a healthier lifestyle.
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What Makes the Magic Bullet so Magical?
There is no doubt about it, the Magic Bullet really is magical. But what makes it this way? What makes it stand out among all the other personal blenders?
Let’s take a look at the design. It’s small, it’s sleek, and it stores easily in your cupboard. There is nothing off-putting at all about this system. After use, you can wrap the cord around it and stuff it out of the way. And people really appreciate things that don’t become eyesores.
It also has just the right amount of power. The motor offers 250 watts of pure power, which gives enough torque for the blades to quickly blend any mixture in under 60 seconds. It’s fantastic for smoothies, you can use it to make a cocktail, a milkshake, or even to puree applesauce.
This is also one of the best systems for making baby food. There are billions of mothers in the world and they all want an easier way to make baby food. With the Magic Bullet, anyone can quickly put together a full week of baby food for convenience. And that’s really what this machine comes down to. It’s easy and it’s convenient.
People love the hassle-free cleanup. As someone who has used this machine (and the NutriBullet), I can say firsthand that there is nothing simpler than cleaning the containers. Simply pour your smoothie into your favorite cup and then quickly rinse the container. That’s literally all there is to clean up.
The Magic Bullet: Final Thoughts
As a full blending system, nothing is simpler than the original Magic Bullet. And as time goes on, this simplistic method of blending is going to continue to be popular. It’s like the baby NutriBullet, and it’s created its own brand of convenience and healthy living.
Overview of Ninja Blenders
Ninja is a slightly different brand from NutriBullet. The biggest difference is that they are not strictly makers of blenders. The Ninja brand spans dozens of different kitchen appliances, all the way from huge blending systems to extremely complex coffee makers. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t making quality products.
Ninja really puts all their best technology into creating unique blending systems not found anywhere else in the marketplace. And unlike the NutriBullet system, Ninja blenders vary dramatically. There are personal blenders, standard countertop blenders, and super expensive full kitchen systems.
Different Ninja Blender Models
There are honestly too many different ninja blenders to choose from. What I will do instead is narrow down the list to a few of their most popular and most useful machines. This will give you a solid idea of what the company is about and what kind of products they offer.
- Ninja BL642 Personal Countertop Blender: This standard Ninja blender is a simplistic system with a unique blade design that allows you to crush ice and blend frozen ingredients in an instant. It is powered by 1200 watts, it works with three different speeds, it has a pulse feature, and it comes included with a 72-oz pitcher and a pair of 16-oz to-go cups.
- Ninja Intellisense Kitchen System: This is the ultimate kitchen system. It’s super affordable, it looks great, and it comes included with all the attachments you could ever need for blending. It’s also jammed full of technology. There are smart programs, you have a touch screen display, Anna comes with a 72-oz blender pitcher, a 64-oz food processing bowl + processing blade, a 24-oz single-serve cup, an 8-cup precision bowl, an auto-spiralizer, and a huge recipe book.
- Ninja BL456 Nutri Edge Blender: This super simple blender is basically Ninja’s answer to the NutriBullet. It’s dirt cheap, it has a powerful 900-watt motor, and it works amazingly to blend you a delicious smoothie. It lacks all the usual features but makes up for them in sheer convenience. This is the best Ninja blender for singles who just want to make quick smoothies.
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The Ninja Advantage
Through and through, these products are durable. All of them are convenient, and all of them have their own specific uses. There is also a huge range in price, making their blenders available for everyone. And unlike Vitamix blenders or Blendtec blenders, most of the products from Ninja are actually super affordable. There is no ridiculous pricing even with their most complex systems.
Perhaps the biggest bonus for going with a Ninja blender is that they all come very versatile. They don’t just do one thing. You can’t just make smoothies or milkshakes. With almost any Ninja countertop blender, you get more out of your machine.
What I mean is that you can use it for all kinds of different recipes. Yes, it works amazing for smoothies and milkshakes, but it also works great for light food processing, for making enormous batches of nut butter, almond milk, cashew milk, and even dough for cookies or batter for pancakes.
Main Differences: Ninja vs Magic Bullet vs NutriBullet
There are quite a few main differences between these three brands. For the sake of simplicity, I’m going to lump Magic Bullet in with the NutriBullet. They’re the same company and basically the same product, and so we can talk about the specific differences between the Magic Bullet and NutriBullet in the next segment.
The main difference here is in dedicated operations. The NutriBullet System is entirely dedicated to making delicious smoothies and quick milkshakes. Everything about the Magic Bullet and the NutriBullet screams convenience. It’s all about speed, no mess, and easy living.
The Ninja is more of an entire kitchen system. Yes, you can get a single Ninja blender, but most of the products are geared for complex blending. Yes, they usually come included with portable to-go cups for quick blending, but they also usually come with huge 72-oz containers for blending much more than just a simple green smoothie.
You can also get lots of Ninja products with food processing bowls. Ninja is trying to make it so that you can do everything in the kitchen by only using one of their blenders. Pick a random recipe out of your book – the Ninja blending system can do it.
To sum it up, the NutriBullet is for quick smoothies and quick drinks while the Ninja is for a wider range of cooking tasks, including beverage preparation, food processing, and quick smoothies.
Price & Design
NutriBullet blenders are cheap. The Magic Bullet itself is less than $40, and as you move up through the ranks of the NutriBullet blenders, the price only rises slightly. But while the Ninja blenders are more expensive, it’s only normal considering the design differences.
NutriBullet machines are super small and portable. The Ninja blenders are not very portable at all. These are huge appliances that take up quite a bit of room on your countertop. While you might be able to tuck a Ninja blender out of the way, they are way bigger than a NutriBullet.
Ninja blenders are also more complicated. You get special pre-programmed blending cycles, variable speeds, electronic displays, and a variety of other impressive features that you simply will never have with a NutriBullet.
A Spot of Redundancy
As much as I hate to admit it, a Ninja blender makes a NutriBullet blender completely redundant. Even if you get a cheaper version of the Ninja Countertop Blender, it still comes with a pair of durable to-go cups that you can use for blending quick smoothies in the exact same way you would do it with a NutriBullet.
Ninja blenders are bigger, they are generally stronger, they can get much more done, and they can do the exact same thing that a standard NutriBullet blender can do thanks to their included drinking cups.
But that doesn’t make NutriBullet blenders useless. It simply means that NutriBullet blenders are mainly used for people who only want to make a quick smoothie. Because they’re so much cheaper, NutriBullet blenders are more convenient for people who have an active life who don’t want a cluttered counter space. But if you see yourself needing a full-sized blender in the future, having both machines is super redundant.
Magic Bullet vs NutriBullet 600
When trying to compare the Magic Bullet Blender to the NutriBullet 600 Blender, it’s not much of a contest. The NutriBullet is stronger, faster, and it blends better. For anyone who wants to make serious smoothies without any difficulties, I would always recommend the NutriBullet over the Magic Bullet.
That said, there is a lot going for the Magic Bullet. It’s smaller, it’s more portable, and it can still make a great smoothie. However, it lacks the power needed to do other types of tasks, such as grinding grains, breaking down coffee beans, and making larger servings.
When it comes to price, the Magic Bullet is way cheaper. When it comes to serving sizes, the NutriBullet has the edge. However, each one offers a quick blend that will save you time and make your life more convenient when trying to practice a healthy lifestyle.
Power & Ability
Like I already said, the NutriBullet definitely wins in terms of power. The NutriBullet works using 600 watts, while the Magic Bullet only offers 250. As you can imagine, this gives the NutriBullet a significant edge in what it can blend. If you want to add lots of ice to your recipe, lots of frozen vegetables, and even things like pumpkin seeds or almonds, it’s easier in the NutriBullet.
When blending with the Magic Bullet, you generally need to add a lot of liquid and use softer ingredients. There just isn’t enough power to consistently break apart harder things. You can certainly do it, but it’s simply not as effective. Still, the Magic Bullet is great for making softer recipes, such as salsas, sauces, green smoothies, and milkshakes.
But you get more room with the NutriBullet, and you also get more accessories. You can upgrade the Magic Bullet container to hold 22 ounces, but the NutriBullet is still bigger. The blades are also much stronger on the NutriBullet. Though the Magic Bullet does come available with flat milling blades for whole grains.
Durability & Professionalism
Yes, both machines are relatively durable. But because of the more robust motor on the NutriBullet, it’s going to last you longer. There is very little chance of your NutriBullet breaking down, even after years of use. It’s simply built much stronger to stand up against time.
The Magic Bullet is also designed to be strong, but it just doesn’t quite stand up to the professional construction of the NutriBullet. The NutriBullet is the same as the Magic Bullet, but designed to be bigger, better, stronger, and more like a professional blender. It comes included with larger cups, it has more powerful nutrition extraction blades, and it employs a more advanced form of cyclonic action to break down your toughest ingredients.
As an introduction to healthy living, the Magic Bullet is a great option. For under $40, anyone interested in starting a health journey by making daily smoothies can definitely benefit from the Magic Bullet. It’s cheaper, it’s not such a waste if you don’t end up using it consistently, and you can always upgrade to the NutriBullet down the road if you want an improved blender.
NutriBullet Rx vs Ninja BL642
The NutriBullet Rx Blender and the Ninja BL642 Personal Countertop Blender are like two peas in a pod. They are similar in price, they both make fantastic smoothies, and each machine is super popular. The blenders even have similar motors for maximum power output.
That said, these blenders are also lightyears apart. The NutriBullet is simplistic in its design, it only has a maximum blending capacity of 45 ounces, and it uses handsfree smart technology to complete all your favorite smoothie and shake recipes.
The Ninja BL642 employs a more complicated design with variable speeds, different settings, and a much larger container. The main container on the BL642 is 72 ounces, which is enough to make smoothies to satisfy your entire party. The BL642 also has a slighter weaker motor and a slightly larger price tag.
So, which is better?
Two Different Machines
Even with all their similarities, these are two very different machines. For example, the Ninja has a 1200-watt motor while the NutriBullet has a 1700-watt motor. It’s not a huge difference, but it’s big enough to mention. Those extra 500 watts can seriously help when blending a variety of tough ingredients.
And let’s talk about the general design of the machines. The NutriBullet is a classic personal blender. It uses handsfree technology to blend your mixtures directly in the drinking cups. It works the same as other NutriBullet blenders and the Magic Bullet. But when dealing with the Ninja BL642, we are talking about a fully professional countertop blender.
Yes, the Ninja can be used as a personal blender since it comes with so many great attachments, which you can fix directly to the blender blades to make your drink in a to-go cup. However, it is much larger than the NutriBullet, much heavier, and takes up way more space on your countertop.
Fully Featured vs Simple
The Ninja is also equipped with way more features. The control panel has nine buttons on it. It has three different speeds, a usable pulse function, two presets that are designed for the extra-large pitcher when making huge batches of smoothies, and two other presets that are designed for use with the single-serve drinking cups. The NutriBullet has none of these features.
Magic Bullet vs Ninja BL456 Personal Blender
The first thing you might notice when comparing the Magic Bullet Blender and the Ninja BL456 Nutri Pro Blender is the price. The Magic Bullet is significantly cheaper, about half the price of the Ninja. But the differences don’t end there. There’s a huge discrepancy in power, the size is different, and the settings are different.
While these machines may look relatively similar, and I’ll admit they are very close in what they can accomplish, there is a pretty vast space between them. I love the Magic Bullet as a product, it works amazingly to blend smoothies. But the Ninja BL456 is simply more advanced. In fact, I would say the Ninja BL456 is closer to the upgraded NutriBullet Pro.
There are some huge discrepancies between these two items. Let’s start with the power. The Magic Bullet uses a motor that can only offer 250 watts. In comparison, the Ninja BL456 is almost 4x as strong. It uses 900 watts of power to professionally break down your fruits and vegetables to create nutritious and delicious smoothies and juices.
The Ninja blender can simply do more than the Magic Bullet can. Yes, both blenders advertise nutrient extraction technology, and so it’s a little difficult to say which really does extract nutrients better. I don’t have the kind of scientific equipment to figure that out. However, I can say that the Ninja breaks apart ice and frozen ingredients quicker and more efficiently.
Plus, you can manually pulse your recipe with the Ninja blender. It has a single manual program that allows you to control the speed of your blend. With the Magic Bullet, you don’t have any control. You push and twist and the blender activates, and that’s the only speed you’re going to get.
Big & Small
Even though these are both personal blenders, you’ll get more from the ninja. It comes complete with an 18-oz to-go cup and a 24-oz to-go cup. The drinking cups that come with the Magic Bullet are only 12 ounces, though there is a unique 22-oz mug with a flip-top lid that can be purchased as well if it doesn’t come with the package.
The Ninja is also slightly larger and slightly heavier than the Magic Bullet. This is mostly due to its heavier motor. But the Ninja is also more durable. It has tough blades, strong cups, and a solid base that will last for years to come. The Magic Bullet is also reliable with high-impact plastic cups – but it’s not the same. You can really feel the difference in quality when you hold the blenders in your hands.
Still, the Magic Bullet is a fantastic product. It’s just a slightly bit lesser than the Ninja, and this discrepancy in quality and features is reflected in the price.
NutriBullet Vs Magic Bullet Vs Ninja: Final Thoughts
At the end of the day, all three of these blenders are amazing products. There is something here for everyone, even if you’re on a tight budget. As we’ve learned, the Magic Bullet is essentially the smallest version of the NutriBullet, and the NutriBullet has many different variations ranging in price, size, and application.
And as for the different Ninja blender systems, there is even more variety. You can get personal blenders, you can get standard countertop blenders that come complete with portable to-go cups, and you can get entire kitchen systems that allow you to blend, process food, and make awesome recipes.
It really comes down to what you’re after. If you want a reasonably priced personal blender for making smoothies, I highly recommend the NutriBullet Pro 900. It’s the sweet spot out of all these personal blenders. It has loads of power, it has all the accessories you need, and it’s super affordable.
If you’re looking for a complete blending system that can make smoothies, mix dough, and grind dry grains, you are looking for the Ninja BL642 Countertop Blender. Again, it’s affordable, you can use it for any kind of blending with any kind of ingredients, and it’s the best middle ground between something crazy expensive like a Vitamix and something a little too small and fragile like the Magic Bullet.
However, if you don’t want to spend any money at all but still want a cool blender that can make baby food, sauces, personal smoothies, and iced desserts, you definitely want the Magic Bullet. As you can tell, it’s all going to boil down to your personal needs. All three brands are fantastic and worth the price!