Modern life is undeniably hectic. Learning how to maintain a balanced, healthy diet when your schedule is always full has become a real challenge for many people. It’s easy to fall into the habit of stopping at a drive through and buying something cheap and convenient, but food that has been designed specifically to be “fast” is very rarely the healthiest choice you can make. If you want to break the fast food cycle, but don’t want to give up the speed and convenience it offers, you do have an unexpected option – the bullet blender.
These low maintenance, versatile little blenders can be perfect for anyone looking for an easily prepared, delicious and healthy meal that can be enjoyed anytime – even if you’re on the go. Most currently available models are sturdy, simple to clean and come with enough power to blend almost any fresh produce you might want into a nutritious smoothie.
Bullet blenders are widely available, but there are two time tested stand outs – the NutriBullet and the Ninja. While either of these blenders would be useful if added to your kitchen, taking a closer look at what each machine has to offer may help you determine which would suit your own needs the best. For this comparison, we’ll be looking specifically at the NutriBullet Pro 900 and the Nutri Ninja Pro models.
The NutriBullet Pro 900 blender and mixer system has a 900 watt motor, making it fifty percent more powerful than the original NutriBullet. This extra horsepower makes the Pro 900 extremely capable when it comes to processing the fresh fruits and vegetables that will make up the main ingredients of your smoothies. It comes with two stainless steel Extractor blades that can shred, grind, chop and blend ingredients into a consistently smooth drink. The blades are strong enough to emulsify the seeds, stems and tough outer rind of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens, eliminating the need to meticulously prepare your ingredients before they go into the blender, and can even mill nuts, seeds and whole coffee beans.
The cups that come with it are made of a non-toxic, high impact plastic that will resist shattering if dropped and are BPA free. The larger of the two cups has a 32 ounce capacity, and the other is taller and holds 24 ounces. The system also comes with convenient flip top lids for taking your smoothies on the go. This machine comes in a variety of colors ranging from a sleek, sophisticated gray to an array of bright, more modern colors.
The Nutri Ninja Pro also has a 900 watt motor, making it comparably capable to the NutriBullet Pro 900 in terms of the kind of ingredients that it can blend. The Ninja is also very adept at handling ice and frozen fruit, making it a good choice if you intend to make cold, creamy desserts in addition to more health conscious smoothies. The Ninja Pro comes with three very convenient, dual purpose blending and travel cups with “sip and seal” lids, in sizes of 12 ounces, 18 ounces and 24 ounces.
If you are new to the blending scene, I can highly recommend the NutriBullet Pro 900. In my opinion, it’s the best blender for smoothies due to it power and price.
Although the motor in the NutriBullet Pro 900 is powerful, it still may be necessary to stop it periodically and allow it too cool down. The instruction manual recommends that sixty seconds should be the maximum amount of time that the blender should be running, but pausing for a moment as soon as thirty seconds before resuming may be better both for extending the life of the motor in general, and for achieving the proper consistency of some tougher to blend ingredients.
Some parts are shaped in a way that makes them slightly difficult to keep clean without being hand washed, especially if you are using ingredients that are prone to stickiness, but hand washing could also extend the longevity of the machine. Due to normal wear and tear that can occur with very frequent daily use, it could be worth the effort to research sources for replacements of the most frequently used parts for the NutriBullet Pro 900, particularly the Extractor blade and the blending cups. This machine does come with a one year product warranty that might cover certain parts free of charge, but that would not cover the cost of shipping and handling charges, making the purchase of replacement parts as needed potentially more economical.
The parts for the Nutri Ninja Pro are dishwasher safe, but as with the NutriBullet, hand washing is obviously easier on them and this alone could extend the life of your most frequently used components. Something else worth noting with the Ninja Pro is that while it can very efficiently break up and blend ice into fluffy, snow like texture, if the pieces of ice initially placed in the blender are too large, you might end up with a few small chunks remaining at the end of blending. To achieve the best range of texture when making smoothies using frozen fruit instead of fresh, it will be necessary to check for large pieces that could interfere with the blades before blending.
Both blenders operate at only one speed, with no range of adjustment to match the ingredients you put into them, though users can achieve a little more finesse by pulsing their ingredients in shorter bursts until they reach the preferred consistency. If you are looking for a blender with more flexibility, you might look at other, larger models, which typically come with a variety of speed settings.
The price of both the NutriBullet Pro 900 and the Nutri Ninja Pro systems can vary from one retailer to the next, and it’s not unusual for one or both to be included in ongoing sales during different parts of the year.. A little research and a watchful eye could yield a very good price on either machine. However, the best price for either model seems to be found most often on Amazon. Because multiple sellers can offer these units via Amazon, either new or only slightly used, the pricing can be more competitive than a brick and mortar outlet could offer and as with many products sold or fulfilled by Amazon, you may be able to get free shipping on the blender you choose to purchase.
In comparing the Nutri Ninja Pro and the NutriBullet Pro 900, it seems clear that each one has strengths that could suit your specific purpose. Ninja brand systems are ideal for creating side dishes, smoothies, and frozen dessert recipes, which will tend to call for softer kinds of ingredients that are best suited to the Ninja system.
The NutriBullet is a better choice for creating juice based smoothies and also for preparing heartier dishes like soups, that use more substantial ingredients like broccoli or carrots. It also does better with produce that is still whole, with skin and stems intact, resulting in juices and soups that retain all of the nutrients found in fresh ingredients.
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If you’d like to see how the Nutribullet fairs against the Magic Bullet, be sure to see our magic bullet reviews.