If you’re lucky you escaped with just a major clean-up. If you’re not so lucky you may have received serious burns and potential injury from exploding plastic or glass.
Getting the right blender for your needs is about more than just power. You need to make sure that it is capable of doing the things you need it to do safely.
This means something able to handle hot soup, a blender that will cope with raspberry seeds, something with blades which will crush ice, and a machine able to make the best nut butter.
In the world of high cuisine, this means comparing Vitamix vs ninja blenders. Which is best for you?
Assessing The Vitamix vs Ninja Blender Differences
The biggest difference between the Vitamix Explorian and the Ninja Professional is the build quality. The Ninja Blender has a plastic build with 1,100 watts of power producing average results. The Vitamix Explorian has a metal build with 1,380 watts of power producing restaurant grade results.
You’re looking at two powerful machines, with the Vitamix powering through to crush ice using its 1380 watt motor while the Ninja Blender pulverisers nuts into a smooth butter. But otherwise, you have two quite different blenders. So, let’s have a look at the different features.
|The Ninja Professional Blender will inspire healthy living for your entire family|
|3 Speed + Pulse|
|Up to 72 oz|
|1 Year Warranty|
|From meal time to snack time - explore new ingredients and create the classics!|
|10 Speed + Pulse|
|Up to 48 oz|
|5 Year Warranty|
|Recipe + Guide Book|
The first thing that stands out is that the Vitamix blender has blunt blades, while the Ninja mega has sharp blades. Vitamix says that this is the reason why their machine is able to use friction to create hot soup from lukewarm ingredients.
Of course, Ninja says that their sharp blades are how nutrients are fully extracted from the food you blend.
Size-wise in the Vitamix vs Ninja debate, the Ninja blender wins hands down, with its 72-ounce mixing pitcher compared to the Vitamix blender with its 48-ounce mixing pitcher.
However, the Vitamix has far more flexibility in speed control, with 10-speed settings plus pulse, whereas the Ninja Professional limits users to just three speeds and a pulse. Does this really matter? It will depend on what you are wanting to blend.
The super fast blending that the Vitamix is capable of allows it to create enough heat to actually heat food. This obviously isn’t something you really want if you are making ice cream or frozen smoothies – which is why having the low-speed settings and pulse control is a bonus.
But, then you look at the Ninja blender, and it’s ability to crush ice and turn it into fluffy snow in just seconds… and you’ll realise you need to decide if you’re a hot or cold person.
While both will blend hot soup, crush ice, and create your normal blended drinks and meals, it certainly seems that the Vitamix is better at warm food while the Ninja Blender excels at cold food.
If you’re making smoothies or nut butter regularly clean-up is one of the most important aspects of any blender. Comparing the clean-up of the Vitamix vs Ninja, the Ninja is dishwasher safe, so just pop the unit into the top shelf of your dishwasher and walk away.
On the other side, Vitamix is handwash only. However, before you use that to completely right it off your shopping list, they also call the machine ‘self-cleaning’.
Using a couple of drops of dishwashing detergent, a bit of warm water, and 30 seconds on full blast is enough to clean it. Add a bit of vinegar if it needs to be sterilised.
Ninja And Vitamix Blender Concerns
No product can be 100% perfect all the time, but when it comes to the various complaints and concerns between the blenders, some things you may be able to live with, others not so much.
One of the biggest complaints around this blender is the noise level. While a certain loudness should be expected because of the motor size, and will certainly change depending on what you are blending, for many it is just really loud.
If you are making anything that is almost purely liquid, the very powerful motor can create such a strong vortex that the liquid gets pushed against the spout in the lid and causes leaks.
In fact, leaking is probably the biggest complaint with this mixer – both the pitcher jug and the bullet cups. With the cups, the issue is more with an apparent gasket failure which can cause leaking into the housing.
While this isn’t a universal issue, for the small percentage of people that encounter this, it is obviously very frustrating. To make matters worse, often it appears to happen outside of warranty conditions, so if your one leaks, get hold of the company immediately.
Another downer is the apparent lack of love for Spinach or Kale. Again, this is something that is not going to affect everyone, but for those that are buying this machine specifically for green smoothies, you would be wise to look at the workarounds. The texture of the leaves can make it difficult for the blender to blend them smoothly, so you may need to chop them up a bit before you add to your mix.
Our tests show that when creating smoothies, food items can get caught up in the higher blades when creating large batches. If making smoothies is your primary goal, you might want to consider a dedicated smoothie creator. See our Ninja vs NutriBullet comparison for more info.
- Larger capacity
- Less bulky
- More accessories
- Dishwasher safe
- Plastic drive socket
- Spout cover leaks
- Loud to operate
- Sharp blades
- 1 Year Warranty
One of the bugbears with this machine is that you really need to hold on to it when you’re blending certain ingredients. Although it has a pretty solid base with good rubber feet, the mixing pitcher itself can get a little shaky.
However, while some of the complaints focus on the shaking issue when using the blender past level 5, Vitamix suggests that if the blender is shaking it may be an issue with the drive socket, and you should contact customer support.
While the addition of the tamper means that scraping anything stuck to the sides is a breeze, certain foods can be left unblended under the blades, which you can’t easily access (and certainly not while the machine is on!).
A related issue is the number of air bubbles that form when blending thicker liquids such as thick smoothies or cold soups. These air bubbles mean that things don’t blend properly, and you will need to bring out your tamper.
Because of a 2002 research paper published in Food Additives & Contaminants that showed toxins from plastic fast food containers may be released into food when the plastic is heated, there are some people concerned by the use of PBA free plastic rather than glass.
- Durable construction
- Consistent results
- Dull blades
- Half as loud
- 5 Year Warranty
- Handwash Only
- More expensive