Everyone loves smoothies, they’re just delicious! Whether you’re in it for the health benefits of crushing up multiple servings of fruits and vegetables and downing them in one gulp, or if you want pure flavor with ice cream and syrups, finding the best smoothie blender is essential to making your favorite drink. Most of the blenders here are personal, one-serving blenders that make it easy to portion your drink while ensuring it fits on the counter. These are the best blenders on the market because they are chock full of features while being affordable and easy on the wallet. So let’s take compare: NutriBullet vs. Ninja vs. Hamilton Beach.
This little wonder is perhaps the iconic personal blender that is perfect for blending up on-the-go smoothies. This blender is tiny, so small that you could easily put it on your counter or even on your desk at work. Don’t let the size fool you though, this thing has power. Equipped with a 175-watt motor, this thing can pulverize both fresh and frozen ingredients, which is essential to a good smoothie blender.
The 14-ounce blending jar doubles as a travel cup that you can bring with you wherever you go. There’s even an included lid so that you can seal the top when you’re going to work or just out of the house. Don’t worry about BPA, the blender jar is completely free of it.
Perhaps the only downside is that there are no blending speeds or controls. You have an on/off switch and that’s it. But, the button can be pulsed if you don’t want a consistent blend. If you’re looking for small, affordable and no-frills, then this is the ideal blender for you. The cup is also lightweight, making it easy to carry around during your day.
Ninja has billed itself as one of the most trusted names in blending technology, and they don’t disappoint with their Pro Blender line. Built in a bullet-like shape with the benefits of a personal blending cup, you’ll find that this unit is capable of blending even the hardiest ingredients. From frozen fruit to hard seeds, the powerful motor is more than a match for common (or even uncommon) smoothie additions.
Let’s talk about the blending jars first. Much like the Hamilton Beach unit, you get a jar that doubles as a cup, even with its own lid. The difference is that you get two cups with this unit, and they are both larger. You get a 24-ounce and 18-ounce cup, and both are thicker to ensure safety. The “sip and seal” lid is designed so that you can easily drink from and seal the cup.
The motor is insanely powerful. At 900 watts, you’ll find that you can blend just about anything without hesitation. There are no buttons here. Just seal the ingredients in the cup, screw on the blend top and then insert it into the blending unit. Touch down on the cup and blending will start. You can turn it to the side if you need longer blending, or just push up and down to pulse. There’s also a 75-page recipe guide with some very unexpected smoothies, soups, ice cream and other food.
You’ll find that the NutriBullet has a few trade-offs with the Nutri Ninja, but both are amazingly powerful and versatile blenders. You get a little less power, but a lot more accessories. Let’s start with the motor. The NutriBullet has a robust 600-watt motor that can pulverize just about anything. From frozen ingredients to fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll have no problem turning just about anything into liquid. And it doesn’t stop with smoothies. You can make soup, ice cream, sauce and much more.
Where this blender really shines is accessories. You get three cups, one tall and two short, with their own individual lip rings (for indoor use) and covers (for bringing the smoothies outdoors). You also get two different blades, an extractor blade and milling blade. The extractor is able to get every bit of goodness from every food, while the milling blade is great for breaking down grains, seeds, herbs and other harder ingredients.
The control mechanism for the NutriBullet is nearly identical to the Ninja. Just seal the ingredients in the cup, turn it upside down and place it in the blender base. From there, push down to either pulse or get a good, long blend.
While you are trading a little in power, the NutriBullet easily gives you enough to break down hard ingredients, and the laundry list of accessories makes this perfect for a family or those who truly value versatility.
It doesn’t get much better than this. While the Ninja Professional Blender doesn’t have any cups like the other blenders on this list, you’ll find that fulfills all of your other needs. If you thought the other Ninja was powerful, then you’ll be blown away by this unit. Equipped with a massive 1,000-watt motor, this unit is capable of busting through anything you throw in it. Ninja is known for strength, and you’ll see why with this smoothie blender.
The blending jar is massive, allowing you to blend up to 72 ounces of liquid at once. You’ll easily be able to make enough smoothies for you and the entire family in one go. It comes with three speed settings and a pulse feature, or you can just press “Power” and let it go for a good, long spin. From crushing ice to make smoothies, sauce and dip, you’ll find this blender can take care of all of your needs.
Another thing that separates Ninja from the competition is its Total Crushing Technology. This includes multiple blades throughout the core that spin at high speeds to obliterate anything you put in it. But don’t worry, there’s a safety feature that prevents the blender from spinning if the top isn’t secured.
All parts are BPA free, dishwasher safe. If you need to feed a whole family, or just really love making lots of smoothies, then you’ll find that this blender gets everything just right.