Vitamix vs Ninja Blender: Will Ninja Take The Throne Away From Vitamix?
- 1 Vitamix vs Ninja Blender: Will Ninja Take The Throne Away From Vitamix?
- 2 How Do Their Motor and Base Compare?
- 3 What About Their Containers and Covers?
- 4 What Are the Differences in Their Blades?
- 5 Are Their Control Panels Different in Design, Too?
- 6 What Are the Accessories and Warranty for Each Blender?
- 7 Let’s Take a Look at Their Overall Performance
- 8 Final Verdict
The Vitamix and Ninja brands are fierce competitors in the blenders sector. Both assert that their blenders are the best blenders for use in home kitchens and restaurants. Both also highlight the advanced features and functions of their blenders and we have to say that many of these aspects are similar.
But in any competition, there will always be winners and losers for, indeed, that’s what competitions are for. In this case, we will look at two blenders, namely, the Ninja Professional Blender BL660 and the Vitamix 5200. We chose these blenders because of their similarities in terms of motor power, jar capacity and blending functions.
How Do Their Motor and Base Compare?
While the motor is hidden inside the base, it should be the first consideration when choosing a blender. Don’t be taken in by the sleek beauty of the jar or the sophisticated controls on the panel. Do check the watts and horsepower of the motor first since it’s the heart of the blender.
In the case of Ninja professional BL660, it has 1,100 watts of power, a sufficient amount for most home blending tasks. It’s the kind of motor that can withstand several years of regular whirring, even daily use for thick smoothies and whole juices. It’s powerful enough to allow the blades to pulverize hard ingredients like ice, apples and pears, too.
The stainless steel base is extremely durable than plastic, not to mention that it’s easier to clean with a clean, dry cloth. It even has rubber feet underneath to reduce the risk of the blender moving across the counter when in operation. Its digital control panel is also level with the base resulting in easier cleaning (i.e., no buttons and switches where dirt can accumulate).
The Vitamix 5200 blender has a 1,380-watt Swedish-built motor capable of 37,000 revolutions/minute. It’s significantly more powerful than the BL660’s motor and, thus, it’s more suitable for heavy-duty use. It’s also more durable because every part is made of metal and its ball-bearing design reduces friction between the parts.
In contrast, Ninja blenders usually have more plastic parts and less metal parts in their motors. With proper care, nonetheless, their motors can last for a few years.
Yet another feature that makes Vitamix 5200 superior is its advanced cooling system. Basically, it cools off the motor during operation and automatically shuts down the blender in case of an overheated motor. It’s a safety feature for heavy-duty tasks, such as blending large batches successively.
The Vitamix 5200 base is also larger and wider so it stays put on the counter, so to speak. But the control panel can become problematic in terms of cleaning since the toggle switches and dial protrude from the base.
The winner: Vitamix 5200 because of its more durable and powerful motor with an overheating protection feature. We are willing to overlook the analog control panel for this reason.
What About Their Containers and Covers?
Most blenders come with just one jar but Ninja BL660 is an exception and, in this regard, it wins over Vitamix 5200. The former comes with three containers, namely, one 72-ounce pitcher and two 16-ounce single-serve cups. Both the pitcher and the cups come with lids to keep the blended beverage inside the container and keep it fresh.
In terms of container capacity, the BL660 has a larger capacity so it can be used for making larger batches. The single-serve cups are great, too, for making single-serve batches.
But attaching the container to the base requires more steps with the BL660. You must first lock down the handle and align the two triangles for a secure fit; otherwise, the motor won’t turn on.
In fairness, the container is easy to clean either through its self-cleaning function or by placing the removable parts in the dishwasher. It also has a flip spout for easy pouring.
In contrast, the Vitamix 5200 isn’t as dishwasher-friendly but it has a self-cleaning function. Just make sure to clean it immediately after using to prevent the build-up of dirt, debris and mold in the jar. If deep cleaning is necessary, just wash it by hand with mild detergent and warm water.
Its 64-ounce clear container is smaller than then BL660. But it’s still great for making medium to large batches and its thick BPA-free Tritan Copolyester material will withstand several successive batches.
The winner: The Ninja BL660 because of its larger jar and smaller cups, even if the former can be a bit of a hassle to attach to the motor base.
What Are the Differences in Their Blades?
The Ninja BL660 has six sharp blades attached to a long shaft, said blades of which can pulverize hard and soft ingredients in less than a minute. With the 1,000-watt motor, the blades are efficient at the job!
But there’s a catch with the blades. When the blended beverage has to be poured into another container, the blade shaft has to be removed carefully. There’s the risk of cutting your finger on the sharp blades in the process of getting the blade shaft. But once it’s removed, it can be cleaned under running water but, again, be extra careful about handling it.
In contrast, the Vitamix 5200 has a traditional 4-prong hardened stainless steel blades. These are dull blades so there’s little risk of cutting your finger on them – unless, of course, you place your fingers inside the jar while the blades are whirling.
Take note, too, that these are wet blades suitable for making smoothies, frozen desserts and drinks, and soup. There’s also the aftermarket option of dry blades for grinding coffee beans, milling flour and kneading dough.
The winner: Vitamix 5200 because its blades are safer to use, particularly since these don’t require pulling out when pouring the blended beverage. There’s also the fact that sharp blades are unnecessary. Dull blades are just as effective in pulverizing ingredients for as long as these are powered by a high-performance motor.
Are Their Control Panels Different in Design, Too?
Where the control panel is concerned, the Ninja BL660 comes out on top! There are no analog toggle switches and dial selector to deal with as the controls are digital in design, particularly with touchscreen design. There’s no learning curve since everything is already laid out, so to speak.
The control panel features a power button, three speed buttons and a pulse button as well as a single serve button for using the single-serve cups. Each of the speeds has their specific use – speed 1 for processing and mixing, speed 2 for blending and speed 3 for liquefying, pureeing and crushing ice. It’s just a matter of pressing the desired speed and letting the ingredients be processed until the desired consistency is reached.
As previously mentioned, the Vitamix 5200 has analog controls that can be more challenging to use for people used to digital controls. There’s no pressing on icons, an easier task, since the toggle switches have to be flipped up and down and the dial selector has to be turned. But the switches and selector dial are clearly labelled so there’s no guessing game here, too.
The control panel has an on/off switch, a high/variable switch and a dial for 10 speeds. In a sense, the blender has 11 speeds – the high/variable and the 10 speeds. There’s no pulse control but the high/variable speed switch can be used for this purpose.
The winner: The Ninja BL660 because of its digital controls. Let’s face it – in our digital world, we’re more drawn to touchscreen panels than to analog switches, dials and the like.
What Are the Accessories and Warranty for Each Blender?
The Ninja BL660 only has a 2-year standard warranty. Keep in mind that Ninja blenders aren’t exactly known for their long-term durability mainly because of their largely plastic parts. But if you’re looking for a fairly affordable yet reliable blender, then it’s a good choice.
The Vitamix 5200 comes with a tamper for mixing the blended ingredients while the blender is in operation, a useful tool for thick recipes. It also comes with a longer 7-year warranty.
The winner: Vitamix 5200, thanks to its longer warranty and reputation for long-term durability.
Let’s Take a Look at Their Overall Performance
Both the Ninja BL660 and the Vitamix 5200 can blend smoothies well with their results being thick, rich and creamy. But there’s are also significant differences between the two blenders that will influence your buying decision.
1. Which blender gives the better smoothies?
For one thing, it takes longer for BL660 to create the smooth consistency of smoothies made with the Vitamix 5200. While the difference is only 30 seconds or so, it can be significant when making several batches in quick succession. If both blenders are set to 30 seconds of blending time, the Vitamix 5200 creates a smoother smoothie while the BL660 has a grittier consistency.
For another thing, the Vitamix 5200 can handle harder and tougher ingredients better than the BL660. The former’s motor and blades don’t make as much sound during operation, a proof that it’s having an easier time processing the ingredients. We like that it can make not only smooth smoothies but also frozen drinks like margaritas without the slush and frozen desserts like sorbets.
2. Which blender is best for nut butters?
As for making nut butters, both blenders make creamy nut butters but the difference in blending time comes into the equation again. We placed a cup of roasted peanuts without oil into each of the blenders and set the timer to three minutes.
Afterwards, Vitamix 5200 produced creamy peanut butter while BL660 produced a chunkier version. Another three minutes on the BL660 and the peanut butter will be as creamy as the one made on the other blender.
There’s also the matter of mixing the thick peanut butter mixture to achieve the right consistency. You can easily mix the mixture with the tamper even as the Vitamix 5200’s motor is still running. But this isn’t so with the BL660 since you have to turn off the blender, scrape the sides of the jar with a spatula, and replace the lid before turning it on again.
3. Will both blenders make hot soups?
Yet another thing going for Vitamix 5200 is that it can be used in making hot soups. The extended blending time combined with the friction from the blades heats up the soup ingredients. You can also pour warm soup ingredients into the jar, replace its lid, and turn on the blender for three minutes or so.
The Ninja BL660 cannot handle hot liquids and generate heat from its blades. We don’t suggest using it to make instant warm or hot soup.
4. Which do we prefer for frozen drinks and desserts?
As for frozen desserts and drinks, Vitamix 5200 does a better job at crushing the ice and other ingredients in less time. This means that the crushed ice has a smooth consistency without the slush.
The Pros & Cons Of Ninja BL660
The Pro & Cons Of Vitamix 5200
Based on the specific features of these two blenders, we have come to the conclusion that the Vitamix 5200 blender is the better choice. While it doesn’t have the sophisticated digital touchscreen controls of the Ninja BL660, it’s still the more practical blender for home kitchen for many reasons.
It has a more powerful motor made mostly of metal parts so it will last longer even with regular use. Even its base is made of durable materials that will last for several years more than the other blender. Its analog controls may be old school but sometimes old school works better than digital!