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JB BANNISTER Oct 11, 2013 01:14 PM

The commercials really look good but the huge price difference has me worried.

  1. drongo Oct 11, 2013 01:18 PM

    We have both a Ninja MasterPrep and a Vitamix. The Vitamix is definitely much more robust and versatile. You could blend dinosaur bones with that thing. But I use the Ninja more frequently for every day light-duty tasks.

    I wouldn't buy the Vitamix myself -- but my wife bought it when she was on a smoothie diet fix.

    Just today I saw this article... so the smoothie diet fad continues:
    http://www.eonline.com/news/468861/mi... Miranda Kerr and JB Bannister? Sounds like a good pair.....

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    1. re: drongo
      ohmyyum Oct 13, 2013 08:27 PM

      Can you make nut butters in the ninja?

    2. ChefJune Oct 11, 2013 01:22 PM

      Nothing is as good as a Vitamix. But you will pay through the nose...

      1. m
        mwk Oct 11, 2013 01:31 PM

        We recently purchased the Ninja at BJ's. I love it. Not only is it much more powerful than any blender I've had before, but it has the small, individual mixer bowls that have blades fitted in. These are perfect for pureeing small quantities, or hard to process things like basil for instance.

        1. JB BANNISTER Oct 12, 2013 06:43 AM

          Chow Mods. Suggested I look at the reviews for both of them. I did and I think the NINJA wins for what I want to do.

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          1. re: JB BANNISTER
            rasputina Oct 13, 2013 06:43 AM

            I hope you read the replies to the accompanying threads because the Chow review of the vitamix was highly inaccurate as to it's capabilities.

            1. re: rasputina
              JayL Oct 13, 2013 06:28 PM

              After being exposed to the handful of Chow reviews I've read, I wouldn't make any purchasing decisions based on them.

            2. re: JB BANNISTER
              unprofessional_chef Oct 13, 2013 10:08 AM

              The Ninja will NEVER be able to produce a fine texture like Vitamix and Blendtec blenders. #never

              These videos show the inedible gritty lumpy soups and smoothies from the Ninja:



              There are cheaper alternatives like the OmniBlend that is almost as good:


            3. eperdu Oct 12, 2013 07:59 AM

              I've never used a Ninja but wanted to throw my two cents in on a VM. I've had one for years. It's a tank. But, it is overkill for most of my needs. At one point I was eating raw and it was a godsend. Now? I only use it every 6 months or so. I have a generic blender that gets more use for the every day stuff. I don't regret owning it but it doesn't get used much. It's good you read through everything and decided the Ninja would be better---you are probably a blender user like I am that just doesn't NEED the amazing talent that a VM has.

              That said, you'd have to pry it out of my cold dead fingers. ;)

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              1. re: eperdu
                JB BANNISTER Oct 12, 2013 09:20 AM

                I am an "over kill" kinda guy but the price on a VM is a over kill to me.

              2. d
                dtremit Oct 12, 2013 10:39 AM

                They sell both at Costco -- I'd say the famed Costco guarantee might be a good hedge on the Ninja. If it dies prematurely, swap it for the VM.

                1. rmarisco Oct 12, 2013 06:17 PM

                  i'd go to you tube and check some video comparisons.

                  I think you're trying to compare apples and oranges. I need my blendtec (comparable to the vitamix) just for sheer volume alone. We use it anywhere from 3-5 times daily.. My daughter's needs are different - just smoothies, for 1 person. She could probably manage with a ninja for a while.

                  ...until it dies.. and then she would buy the vitamix...

                  1. d
                    dartmouth05 Oct 15, 2013 08:53 PM

                    You might want to take a look at the "Breville The Hemisphere Control". At $199, it's more than some Ninjas, half the price of the VitaMix, and highly recommended by America's Test Kitchen.

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