I wanted to write a Vitamix vs Ninja article for you today. I know consumers have a tough choice between which blender brand or model to buy. I feel it’s really important to be happy with the product you choose, especially with these appliances costing up to a few hundred dollars. It’s a question I get asked quite often so hopefully this article will give more insight into each of the brands’ pros and cons. I’ll start by talking about the main models available and then go into a comparison between everything. I should note, you can scroll down to the “blender comparison” section to read a summary on how they generally compare directly.
When you consider a Vitamix blender for consumer use, you have many different options to choose from. Some of the most popular choices are the 5200, 7500, 6300 and the 750 models. I numbered them this way to give you a better idea of both price scale and feature scale. I really don’t know why the models are numbered in a way to be confusing. All of them include a 64-ounce container, have around a 2-HP motor, long warranty, and they’re all built in the USA. Now onto more specific details for this Vitamix vs Ninja discussion.
April 2017 Update: I’d like to recommend checking out a couple popular Vitamix blender offers on Amazon. These seem to be extremely popular and do tend to go in and out of stock. Click the links below to view the current running offers and prices.
One of the most affordable models offered from the company is their TurboBlend machine. The first thing you’ll notice when viewing this blender are the limited features. Most blenders have some sort of speed selection or automated modes, not this model though. You only have access to either an on/off switch or a low/high speed switch. This obviously limits the amount of control when blending. Still, some people may be fine with it and it does come in at a lower entry-point. In my opinion, spending a little more gets you a full-featured Vitamix and would recommend most people doing that. Click the following link for a full write-up: Vitamix TurboBlend review
The 5200 is the cheapest full-featured model at $449 MSRP and it’s without a doubt the most popular blender Vitamix makes. It’s really the one most consumers end up buying when they start looking for a high-end blender. It does perform extremely well overall and handles smoothies, nut butters, and more with ease. The 5200 does not have a pulse button though, which is a bit odd since it’s a really common feature, I found that it was easy enough to just flip the power switch on and off to emulate the pulse effect though. You can read my full review about that model here.
The 7500 model is the next step above the 5200 and has a retail price of $529. With this model you get a differently designed jar that’s a little easier to clean. There’s also a dedicated pulse button and a slightly more powerful motor. I thought this blender performed really well but I wouldn’t say its features are that much of an improvement over the 5200. I’d probably still recommend the 5200 over the 7500 at this point. Click the following link for a full write-up: Vitamix 7500.
Next is the radically different 6000 model, which comes in at $599. This is marketed as being extremely convenient to use and a time-saver for simple meals. The biggest difference is that there are no speed controls, yes you heard me correctly. There’s only a timer dial that automatically handles the blending process for you. The idea is that you add ingredients into the blending jar and can walk away while it works by itself. The machine then automatically turns off when finished. This is great if you’re looking for convenience specifically but I usually like to have more control over my blending process. It does handle everything it claims to pretty well though. It’s a machine made for very certain people. Click the following link for a full write-up: Vitamix 6000 review
Now here you have the pricey but very popular 6300 model, which retails for $599 and is one of the best Vitamix blenders in my opinion. The difference are the 3 preset modes which include settings for hot soups, frozen desserts, and smoothies. These automatic options can really help give you consistent blending results since they let the blender do all the work. It’s somewhat akin to the 6000 model, yet you still also get full manual control of the blender speeds. The frozen desserts I’ve tried were delicious and surprisingly easy to prepare.
The price is at the highest end of the spectrum, but its features may be worth it. Don’t miss out on the refurbished Vitamix 6300 offer above to get a lower price compared to a brand new model. I often recommend this model to most people during Vitamix vs Ninja conversations. Click the following link to read a full write-up on this blender for a more in-depth analysis: Vitamix 6300 review
If you’re a fan of the previous model but want a few more pre-programmed modes, you should definitely look into getting the 750 blender. Firstly, it uses the low-profile jar which has a few benefits over the standard sized jar. Namely it’s more likely to fit underneath most kitchen cabinets. On top of that you also get two additional presets: Purees and Self-Cleaning. The exterior comes in brushed stainless steel finishes as well which looks more high-end. Click the following link to read a full write-up on this blender for a more in-depth analysis: Vitamix 750 review
Finally on the Vitamix side is one of the newest and most feature-rich models, the Vitamix 780 blender. You’ll immediately notice the futuristic control panel which lights up and is touch sensitive. This differs greatly compared to previous models that have physical dials and switches. Everyone has a preference about this and I know some people prefer having real buttons to interact with. The five preset modes are: self-cleaning, puree, soup, frozen desserts, and smoothies. This blender does utilize the shorter container as well to make this a very solid choice at the top of the Vitamix line. Click the following link to read a full write-up on this blender for a more in-depth analysis: Vitamix 780 review
Rebadged Vitamix Models
Originally I wasn’t going to have every numbered variation in this article, but I know the model information can be confusing. To help make everything clearer, I thought I’d add them into this Vitamix versus Ninja discussion anyway. Honestly, the numbering system isn’t how you’d expect so I’ll try to put them in an order that makes some sort of sense. At least you can see where each model stands in comparison to each other then.
Based on the number you might think this is an improved 5200, but it’s actually closer to the 7500 model. You have the expected manual speed dial and the dedicated pulse switch. The addition of a low-profile blender jar is a huge bonus. I’ve seen a few different people agree that this jar requires less tamping, is easier to clean, and is slightly quieter. The jar uses 4″ blades instead of 3″ ones which spin at a lower RPM. This is why it’s a bit quieter. It isn’t silent of course because of the giant motor inside but any improvement helps. Vitamix 5300 review
Vitamix Professional Series 500
This blender is basically just a rebadged 6300 with a different cookbook included. The Professional Series 500 has a control panel with 10 speed selections and the same 3 automated modes for preparing smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soups. It’s great for anyone that wants a bit more convenience, while still having complete control thanks to the manual settings. If you order a refurb unit that has these features you’ll either get this model or the 6300. Cookbook wise I wouldn’t say one is better than the other. Click the following link to read a full write-up on this blender for a more in-depth analysis: Vitamix 500 review
The 6500 is a mixture of the 6300 and 750 models in one. The controls are a copy of the 6300, so there are only 3 automatic presets to choose from. The motor is rated at 2.2-HP and 11.5 Amps, providing more performance compared to the 6300. This allows it to handle tougher ingredients a little easier. It’s another newer blender to use the shorter container, which is good news for people with low cabinets.
Unfortunately there isn’t really a cookbook included, just a quick start guide. There are many different websites offering recipes nowadays though so I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Much like the 6300, I recommend this model as well when going over all the Vitamix vs Ninja blenders. Especially because of the low-profile jar. Click the following link to read a full write-up on this blender for a more in-depth analysis: Vitamix 6500 review
The Ninja blender brand is a cheaper alternative that has been gaining popularity in recent years. You can find the Ninja models in most retail stores now including Walmart and the other major national chains. There are also four main blender models to choose from: the Ninja Professional Blender, Ninja Mega Kitchen System, Ninja Ultima Blender, and the Ninja Ultima Kitchen System. To be very specific I’ll Include the model numbers as well for some convenience because there are a lot of variations out there. They’re the NJ600, BL770, BL800, and the BL820 that I’ll be talking about.
The Ninja brand has a unique design for the blender blades, an important point in this Ninja vs Vitamix overview. Not only are there three blades located at the bottom of the blender jar, but there are also three more blades attached to a center rod halfway up the container. This allows, in theory, for a more thorough blending process to occur. Plus because of this feature, you won’t need to use a tamper as often as you would with a Vitamix.
Ninja Professional Blender
The standard Ninja Professional Blender is their most popular model among consumers. It retails for around $100 MSRP. It includes a giant 72-ounce container and 1,000 watt motor, but it only has 3 speeds to choose from. Fitting these blenders under cabinets is pretty unlikely. You’d have to remove the blender jar and set it next to the base, otherwise they’re just too massive.
Mega Kitchen System
The next jump up is to the Mega Kitchen System which retails for about $219. This upgrade includes a more powerful motor rated at 1,500 watts capable of 2-HP peak performance. There’s also 4 speeds instead of only 3 and a dough blade included. The biggest difference is the inclusion of multiple containers though. Two 16-ounce blender cups, a 64-ounce blender bowl, and the standard 72-ounce Ninja container. There are a lot of consumers that are thrifty, is a nice way to call it. On paper, the blenders seem evenly matched. It’s always about the power comparisons with some people. I really enjoyed using the various blender containers of the Mega Kitchen System though, especially the 16-ounce cups during parties. Only having 4 speeds might be a bit of a letdown, but it works well enough for most people though.
Ninja Ultima Blender
Next is the Ninja Ultima Blender with a 1,500 watt 2.5-HP motor. The standard model retails for $199 while the Blender Plus version is $259. The “Plus” model has a 10-speed variable dial while the standard one only has 3 speeds to choose from. The “Plus” also comes with two 16-ounce blender jars which might be important if you’re looking to make smoothies or single frozen drinks. Honestly if you’re looking at this blender line, I have to recommend going for the “Plus” model, the addition of the cups alone make it a better buy. Not to mention the 10-speed variable dial you can control. The final option is the Ninja Ultima Kitchen System which has the same 10-speed dial and includes the jars and bowls that I mentioned earlier with the “Mega System” model. Click the following link for a full write-up: Ninja Ultima review
Most of the Vitamix models have a 7-year warranty, the exception is the Vitamix 6000 which comes with a 5-year warranty. The company will also pay shipping both ways when dealing with repairs. The Ninja models only have a 1-year warranty, but extended ones are available for purchase. Unfortunately when a Ninja blender breaks they require you to send the entire machine in, not just the broken part and you must also include around $20 shipping and handling. If the machine breaks after the 1-year warranty you’re even more out of luck unless you buy an extended warranty.
So you do get some peace of mind knowing you’re covered for a long time with the Vitamix blenders if anything were to go wrong at least. In terms of warranty between Vitamix vs Ninja, obviously Vitamix gets bonus points here on the shear length of time that it’s covered and the fact that they pay two-way shipping for repairs.
The Ninja machines are produced in China while the Vitamix machines are actually made in America. Of course I know that’s important for some people in this discussion. Likewise I know some consumers could care less, but it’s something to note. The Vitamix machines themselves definitely do have a more solid, durable, feel to them. For build quality and reliability, the win goes to Vitamix.
The Ninja blenders are good at making large batches in their 72-ounce containers but they aren’t as good when you’re trying to blend a single smoothie in the 72-ounce jar. There’s just too much empty space involved. It’s perfect for families that all want the same thing, but otherwise you may have trouble with small batches. They do offer a 16-ounce blender jar specifically for that purpose though. If you have that accessory, it works infinitely better for single serve recipes.
I found that the Vitamix machines performed slightly better in most blender tasks I threw at them. For instance, Smoothies were nice and smooth in the Vitamix, I didn’t have any small bits of fruit or ice in my drink. The Ninja blender smoothies on the other hand still had small bits of vegetables or fruit. I personally don’t mind that but I never got drinks to be quite as smooth as they are in a Vitamix.
Both of the brands are a little bit of a pain to clean and rather loud on their highest setting. Noise is somewhat to be expected since the blenders have such large motors inside. I’d like to share a tip with you for making it easier to clean your blender, it doesn’t matter what brand, it works for all of them. After the recipe is finished, fill the jar halfway with water and add a very tiny drop of dish soap. Now turn your blender on for 30 seconds or so. It’s a quick way to remove some messes. While I’m at it, I’d like to show you a quick video of the Ninja blender blades that better explains their unique design.
A few other important aspects that you should consider for all this Vitamix vs Ninja talk. You can’t drop ingredients into a Ninja blender lid while you’re making a recipe. The customer is required to remove the lid completely to add more ingredients. This is different than the Vitamix which has a center area on the lid used for dropping in extra ingredients without stopping your blender. A minor annoyance for some and I’m sure it isn’t a huge deal for some people. You also can’t make soups as well in the Ninja blenders because their lids don’t have any
ventilation slits like on the Vitamix machines. This causes the steam from soups to “sweat” out from the lid.
It may seem like I’m a little harsh on the Ninja blenders, but really the things I’ve listed are minor annoyances more than major drawbacks. For this Vitamix vs Ninja comparison I’ll say that the Ninja brand works incredibly well for large batches and it’s perfect for families or parties with friends. If you get the 16-oz containers it’s also great for single serve recipes and I absolutely recommend them. The machines do handle a lot of recipes pretty exceptionally. Overall the Ninja blenders do perform better than many cheaper competing brands.
Now it comes down to the price and what you get for the products, which might be the most important part of your Ninja versus Vitamix decision. It’s true the Ninja blenders work better than expected, but the Vitamix blenders do perform better with thicker recipes and are a bit more consistent. All of these blenders have multiple uses though. They both can do the job of a mixer or a juicer as well. You have to ask yourself, how often will you be using this machine? If you want to make smoothies, fresh juice, and big batches of things; you’ll be perfectly happy with a Ninja blender. They offer a lot of power for a fraction of the cost of a Vitamix.
With the Vitamix you do get a product that has a long 5 to 7 year warranty. Their blenders are built in America which adds to the total cost. I listed the retail prices of everything but you can find all of the listed models for more affordable prices if you search around online, I’ll put some links below for you. If you’ve only ever had cheap blenders in your house before, the Ninja will still be a nice upgrade at a good price. The shorter warranty does become a concern but at the same time it’s a large amount cheaper.
Bottom line though, if you want the best performing product out of the two brands, something that will last and money is no object, you’ll want to look into the Vitamix models. It typically performs better and is a brand that has been around for a long time for a reason, people love them. Deciding whether to get a Vitamix vs Ninja will come down to price and the frequency of usage. Ask yourself what you’re looking for and what’s important to you.
Current Vitamix vs Ninja Deals
In addition to the certified reconditioned Vitamix machines, there are also great offers on brand new blenders for both brands. The prices can change very frequently so I’ll include a couple of direct Amazon links to those deals below. I’d recommend adding one to your shopping cart to see a total price.