I’ve had a Vitamix for years – back in 2009 the company sent me one to review. I fell in love from day one and promptly donated my previous Cuisinart blender that always left ice chunks in my smoothies. The Vitamix has yet to disappoint and has mixed everything from salsa to soup. Nothing can puree greens quite like a Vita-mix…right?
Recently Ninja emailed me to see if I’d like to try out the Ninja Ultima. I started to say no, that I was happy with my Vitamix, until I realized this blog platform would be a good place to battle the blenders. What if the Ninja was better? I was curious to see for myself, so I said yes. The Ninja and the Vitamix feel very similar to me. They both feel like big high-power blenders with sturdy bases and high-volume capacity. I think the new Vitamixes fit under counters much better, but the Ninja is a lot lower than my older Vitamix. It just barely makes it under the cabinets with the lid closed. The biggest difference off the bat is that the Ninja comes with a long stick of blades that climb up the center whereas the Vita-mix has just the standard bottom blades and a plunger (aka the tamper) that you can use to stir what you’re blending. The stick of blades is removable in the Ninja for when you want to puree. I love the versatility. Both have variable speeds (on my models) and both have nice lids. The Ninja lid has several extra layers of lock protection and a release button, which did make me feel pretty safe. As for blending, the Ninja was impressive. It was definitely better than my old Cuisinart from college. And I think it really stood up to the Vitamix. It had no trouble pureeing this Romesco sauce for a Cook Smarts meal, including the raw almonds inside. It was quite loud and might be the loudest of all. If I had to give a leg up on the ability to puree, I would give a slight edge to the Vitamix. I felt there were still a few tiny flecks of food in my Ninja blend. But the Ninja is only a negligible distance behind. With the price difference between the two – really the Ninja wins. The Vitamix is over $500 (unless you find it on sale) and the Ninja Ultima is $259 – but you can get it for $200 with a Bed, Bath and Beyond 20% off coupon. There is one HUUUUGE perk to the Ninja – it comes with single serve cups and blade. This bonus has won over my vote. The Ultima comes with 3 single serve cups and a single serve blade. Snap on the blade, blend… And then add a to-go lid and you have a Magic Bullet and blender in one. I can’t tell you how many times I have made smoothies for Mazen and me since we got the Ninja because all of the parts are small and dishwasher safe. If your objection to smoothies is washing the blender, this is your answer. With 3 to-go cups, we always have a clean one ready to go. The blend power isn’t quite as strong as the regular blender, but it’s pretty darn good! I love this option!
The Vita-mix is still royalty. But the Ninja won the crown for versatility and price.
Here’s your chance to do your own battle of the blenders. Win a Ninja Ultima! Giveaway runs for 7 days. USA only please.