Last updated on December 18th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
This particular model the Nutri Ninja Pro possesses the same blending power at a more affordable price.
This one comes with the large 24 ounce containers (smaller than the Nutribullet).
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And it comes with fewer containers but do you really need all those containers in the first place?
The blades are also designed differently instead of the flat design you see in the older Nutribullet, this one has curved blades that goes up and down.
Does this make a difference in the blending quality, well let’s find out in this review.
- 900 watt motor spins that blades at 21,000 rpm
- Comes with a 24 and 18 ounce cups (both are BPA free)
- Dishwasher safe
- 1 year warranty
- Has a 4 prong blade
- 15″ tall
- Strong motor that blends really quick
- Cheap – costs less than $100
- Capable of crushing ice
- Compact – will fit in any kitchen
- You need to hold down on to the cup for the motor to run, once you let go the motor shuts down (you’ll see what I mean later in this review) – but it’s really a non-issue because it literally takes a few seconds to make a smoothie
- Does not have a large 32 ounce container (the Auto-IQ includes it in the package)
- Can’t make large batches of smoothies
This blender is the definition of simplicity as it has no buttons or switches on it.
To use this just push and twist that’s it.
The downside is you cannot leave it on by itself you have to hold down for the motor to function.
If you’re making smoothies or salad dressings which only take a few seconds this will not be an issue.
In the package you’ll get two cup, 24 and an 18 ounce.
Those two cups also come with spill proof lids just in case you want to bring your smoothie to work or the gym.
There is another variant, the BL451 that includes a 12 ounce cup but that’s for an additional $12. For me the best value would be this specific model.
What you’ll get inside the box…
All the cups included are BPA free and dishwasher safe but make sure to place it on the top rack.
This machine is designed to make smoothies and that’s it. The blade used is stiff without any play unlike the old Nutribullet.
If you love to add frozen fruits to any smoothie recipe, this machine is very capable of doing so.
When you go to Amazon there are 5 variants. But there are two main variants – the Pro and Auto IQ series. The other models differ in the number of cups included but the motor remains the same.
Here’s an overview on how the Pro and Auto-IQ series are different…
The Pro has a 900 watt motor while the Auto-IQ has a 1,000 watt motor. The later also has preset buttons for “blend” and “ultra-blend” plus a pulse button so you don’t need to hold the cup down to keep the motor running. The Auto-IQ comes with a bigger 32-ounce cup.
This machine is primarily designed to make smoothies and protein shakes. It does a really good job because of the blade design. It also has a good seal that prevents leaks. The powerful motor will only need a few seconds to blend up smoothies.
Here’s a demo…
Remember when making any smoothie recipe to always add a little bit of water so that everything blends up will. This also prevents the motor from burning out.
Here’s another video comparing the Nutribullet to the Nutri Ninja Pro making smoothies (that includes frozen fruits).
The Nutri Ninja Pro came a little bit smoother based on the review but that can be subjective.
I’ve written a comprehensive comparison chart between the Nutri Ninja and Nutribullet here.
With regards to blending ice, ConsumerReports.org says that the Nutri Ninja Pro passed their stress test and they recommend this to consumers.
Check out this video on how it well this product crushes ice…
Compared to the Nutribullet 900 it did a better job crushing ice as it did not leave any ice cubes.
Here’s a green smoothie recipe with some ice in it.
One of the biggest struggles of small blenders is with berries. It will struggle a bit blending the seeds. Let’s see how this blends berries, specifically blueberry, raspberries and strawberries.
Even if the Ninja was able to blend berry seeds it wasn’t completely smooth. There were small bits of seeds floating around. If you blend a lot of berry seeds, you’ll need something bigger.
The compactness of this machine makes it very easy to clean. There are some ribs inside the walls of the cup that make it a bit difficult to wipe down but other than that it cleaning takes less than a couple of minutes.
Nutri Ninja will give consumers a 1 year warranty. There’s an optional extended warranty in Amazon for less than $9.
|Model||Nutri Ninja Pro|
|Jug capacity||1 - 24 ounce|
1 - 18 ounce
|Blade Type||4-prong blade|
|Preset blending cycles||None|
You can buy this compact blender from Amazon for less than $70. And if you’re concerned about the short 1 year warranty don’t because you can purchase up to 4 more years.
Another reason to buy in Amazon be the 2-day free shipping if you enroll in Prime.
People have mostly good things to say about this product in Amazon and NitriKitchen because it’s compact and light. This will fit in any kitchen big or small.
Consumers love these features
Also it has a strong 900 watt motor that will blend most fruits and vegetables, both soft and fibrous ones without any problem.
The blade design looks solid and able to crush large ice cubes without leaving any chunks behind.
Consumers love this because it was compact and yet powerful.
A lot of them would prefer this over the Nutribullet because it was cheaper.
Some even compared this with the larger Vitamix. While it was more powerful and can make more, it took longer to clean because of the sheer size of it compare to this compact blender.
Smoothies come out smooth and have good consistency and it won’t have any trouble going through frozen fruits.
The cup’s thread design got some complaints because liquid seeps through that area.
It’s a minor thing in my opinion after you drink the smoothie you’ll have to wash it any way so it is a minor issue for me.
There are also complaints about the motor burning out. Now remember what I told you earlier about putting a little bit of water to get things going right?
And Ninja has specifically mentioned this in the manual that you need to put water so ingredients will blend and the motor will not burn out.
Always add a little water
Not putting in any water is the main reason why the motor will burn out.
Speaking of blades there was one complaint about poor blade quality, according to the review there is some pitting. Check out the photos.
This could be a case of a lemon product that a lot of people don’t complain about.
Overall this compact blender does great work on a most fruits and vegetables whether it is soft or hard, it also does a pretty good job on berries.
If you’re blending something like an avocado please take off the seed because it will damage the blades and possibly burn up the motor.
This blender is a great and cheaper alternative for the Nutribullet if you’re not willing to spend over $100 for a compact blender. It also comes with a 900 motor but with fewer containers and one less blade.
The blade design at least in video reviews blends better and the smoothies will have a smoother texture. The ice crush test shows the difference in a nutshell. The Nutribullet was able to crush some of it but leave chunks behind in contrast the Nutri Ninja was able to crush all of the ice.
It comes with only one blade assembly but it looks to be sturdy and will be able to handle the stresses of blending hard stuff like frozen fruits so this shouldn’t be an issue.
This blender can only make smoothies and juices (well, maybe salsa dips) but nothing else. It cannot make frozen dessert, hummus or hot soup.
Don’t use this to make nut butter or almond butter or IT WILL BURN OUT the motor.