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May 17, 2012 06:06 PM

Vitamix or the Ninja?

Both got top results in Consumer Reports, but the former is something like 4x the price of the latter. Justifiable?


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  1. thought it might be relevant to indicate that I will be using one of the above to make dips like hummus and baba ghanoush, pureed soups, sauces, and the occasional smoothie.

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    1. re: noya

      If you can afford it, the vitamix will without a doubt be superior. It will last longer, it won't have any problems and it will blend anything you put inside of it. I have heard some good things and a few bad things about the ninja, but I'd not group the two together to be honest. If you do a search you'll find plenty about the vitamix on chowhound. The price hurts, but not as much as buying a $100 blender every other year. The vitamix will be the last blender you purchase.

      Hummus and baba ghanoush might be more suited for a food processor though. Its likely possible in either blender, but any experience I have had making it uses a food processor.

      1. re: TeRReT

        thank you so much!
        is there a specific Vitamix model most appropriate for home use? Or are any suitable?

        1. re: noya

          The Professional 300 and the Creations Elite models are smaller and more compact and even more powerful. They can fit under a cabinet at 17.25" high and are 40% quieter, and have a pulse feature that the others don't have. The Professional 300 has a 64 oz. jar while the Elite has a 48 oz. one. The machine itself looks the same. A bit scaled down from the 5200 which looks huge in a small kitchen.

    2. I love my Ninja! I use it primarily to make shakes and smoothies though.

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      1. re: Njchicaa

        I would buy the Ninja now, but also the Vitamix later. I was skeptical about the Ninja until I had used it. The Ninja's sharp double blade trajectories work like no other. It easily grinds ice as fine as powdered snow, easy to clean, and lightweight (which may be a good thing, or a bad thing). My only complaint about the Ninja, is that the nickel sized plastic shaft washer/seal is easily lost.

        1. re: jbermo

          I have the Ninja. I rather sucks for green smoothies. (smoothies made with leafy greans and fruit) Probably works well for chunky types of blending.
          If you have the money, I would go with the Vitamix (though I have the Blentec). Go on you tube and watch the blender reviews. Vitamix and Blendtec does wonderful smoothies and hummus. Nut butters, grain meals and warm soups.

      2. Vitamix is the best on the market. The main complaint has been the will not fit under most cabinets. They have just released a new lower profile model. The good news would be the former taller models should become somewhat cheaper, and hardly ever seen Vitamix resales will appear on E-Bay.

        1. Unfair comparison. The Ninja is made of cheap plastic, 450 watt motor, made in China, 1 year warranty. I broke the machine in about 10 minutes testing it in the local Bed, Bath and Beyond.

          The Vitamix is heavy duty throughout, 1200 watt motor, 2.2 horsepower, made in the USA, 7 year warranty. Larger containers, variable speed. makes smoothies, peanut butter, hummus, margaritas, ice cream, hot soup, etc., etc. etc.

          And the newly redesigned models (750 and 300 pro) fit under the kitchen cabinets.

          You get what you pay for.

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          1. re: 1marcus4

            Absolutely great post 1marcus4, that's puttin it straight!

            1. re: Royboy1256

              I concur. The VitaMix has stood the test of time. Here is a nostalgic look at an early infomercial.. Just click on the TV.


              1. re: dcrb

                I was thinking of buying the Ninja .Would I be better off just buying another Black and Decker with the ice crusher ?????

                1. re: scunge

                  I use my Ninja to make shakes with ice 1-2 times per day every day. I received it as a Christmas present and it is still working perfectly.

                  1. re: scunge


                    I cannot say. Certainly your budget has to be considered as well as what you intend to use the machine for. I've no experience with either of the machines. We have an ancient Osterizer that served us we'll for many years (almost 40) and it still works. The Vitamix took its place and is phenomenal. But, it was expensive.

                    The Ninja gets good reviews and some bad. Look at what you want to use the machine for, look at your budget, and buy accordingly. A friend of mine has the Montel Williams blender and swears by it and says it compares favorably with the Vita Mix for all manner of grinding and blending tasks. I have seen reviews of that machine where it bombed.

                    It comes down to durability, intended use and budget. I wish you luck and good shopping.

                      1. re: scunge


                        You are most welcome.

              2. re: 1marcus4

                The Ninja Pulse is 700 watts. It can do everything the Vitamix can do except heat soup. The Ninja model at QVC can also shred, slice and make dough and has individual smoothie containers. It won't hold up anywhere as well as the Vitamix but you can buy 5 of them for that price. About 265 reviews on QVC, and a 4 3/4 star rating out of 5. Several of the reviews are from people who own a Vitamix and prefer to use the Ninja as it's easier and more fun to use and it's much easier to get all the food out of the container as the blade comes out.

                1. re: blondelle

                  How does it do with veg smoothies, ground fiaxseed, fresh hummus, and nut butters?


                  1. re: 1marcus4

                    I haven't received mine as yet. I heard the green smoothies aren't quite as smooth as the Vitamix. I wanted to see if they would still work for me. Some people say it doesn't grind flax seeds but the company says it can. Maybe you have to do them alone before you blend the smoothie as it won't do them I don't think in blending. Hummus should be fine. Not sure about the nut butters. Someone said trying to make peanut butter broke the 450 watt machine.

                    I'm still interested in the Vitamix but I want to see first if the Ninja will meet my needs.

                2. re: 1marcus4

                  @1marcus4 I do agree in that it's an unfair comparison, but not everyone has the cash to afford a $400 blender when a $100 blender will do just fine. Also, I'm not sure where you got your info from, or maybe you are looking at a low end/older model, but my Ninja has a 1000 watt motor and a 2 year warranty. Yes, still less than the Vitamix, but double what you quoted. I've also been using my Ninja 4-5 times per week for the past year and a half without issue.

                  1. re: 1marcus4

                    1marcus4 - wait, so you used the ninja IN BB&B? Did you bring your own blending ingredients? Or did they supply them? It's funny I've never been offered blending foods in BB&B. Maybe I've just been unlucky. And you did this for a full 10 minutes IN the store? No one came by and asked why you were blending in the store?? That is awesome man.

                    1. re: 1marcus4

                      ninja has a 7 year warranty and also has the option to pay 24 extra to get a lifetime warrenty. Vitamix is 7 years

                      1. re: 1marcus4

                        My Ninja Ultima Pro is durable and reliable when I'm juicing,blending,making assorted butters and also great for dips. Not sure where you seen the Ninja specs, but mine is a 1500 watt 2.5hp motor capable of doing all my dietary needs. Yes you can spend the extra $300 for a vitamix if you need it to heat soup. I simply blend my ingredients and pour into a pot and heat. Mine also came with a 5 year warranty at no extra cost. Not saying Blendtec or Vitamix are not quality machines, just can't justify the cost difference for a less powerful machine with less container capacity to boot. Another advantage to the Ninja is there is no need for a Tamper stick to "help" the process along. The vortex cylinder blades along with the bottom blades means you simply lock the lid and enjoy the view no need to assist whatsoever.

                        1. re: Barron4u

                          There is not blender, including the Vitamix, that juices. Unless, of course, you're straining what you blended.

                      2. I've used both and definitely prefer Vitamix over Ninja. Vitamix blenders are very heavy-duty and the included stir stick works like a charm.