Best Blenders For Smoothies: Ninja vs Vitamix

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Green smoothie with strawberries: Best Blenders for Smoothies: Ninja vs VitamixKickstart your day the healthy way! By combining a plethora of fruits, vegetables, and superfood extras into a quality blender for a few minutes, you will have the energy you need to make it through your workday.

Caution, by using one of these high-end blenders you’ll have a well-blended, delicious and nutritious smoothie that will leave you feeling amazingly energetic, ready to take on your day’s activities (even on a Monday!). A quality blender can truly change your life; I know it changed mine! Read on to find our picks for best smoothie blender.

What Are The Best Blenders For Smoothies?

At one point, I lived with a roommate who owned (insert golden, angelic halo here), a Vitamix. I know it sounds extreme, but it was a life changer.

Here’s why: Before using her magical blender to craft smoothies, juices, salsas, nut butters and soups, I was using my parents’ Osterizer Blender, which was a gift from their wedding in the 1970’s… tres vintage. Adorable in look, but not great at pulverizing harder vegetables (like beets).

There are of course so many other blenders on the market, but the best blenders for smoothies are definitely ones in either the Ninja or the Vitamix family.

Ninja Blender Review

Ninja BlenderView on Amazon

When I moved into a new home recently, I had to purchase several kitchen appliances. You probably guessed (and were right!) that I spent the most money on my blender. I ended up buying a Ninja Ultima Blender*, solely because it was $200+ less than a Vitamix (which is still on my wishlist).

There are many different versions of this product. The Ninja Ultima* was the “middle of the line” model.

I will caution you that if you are making soup in your Ninja, exercise patience while doing so. Let the vegetables cool a bit beforehand because the blender is powerful enough that when pureeing already hot vegetables, it can easily explode everywhere (or maybe that is because I had too many boiled sweet potatoes in the blender at one time).

The Ninja is a warrior nonetheless, definitely the best blender for the money, holding its own in the smoothie blending war with its Vitamix counterpart.

*The Ninja Ultima’s replacement is the Ninja Professional.



  • Great for blending softer fruits and vegetables
  • Can come with tons of accessories (depending on the package you choose)
  • Good safety features
  • Great for smoothies and shakes
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Blade is challenging to keep clean (I recommend soaking the blade every few uses in very hot water, then scrubbing with a small brush)
  • Blade dulls over time
  • Not the best for blending seeds or beets; we even had trouble blending greens into smoothie consistency

Pricing and Features [Ninja Professional BL660]

  • Price: $99.99
  • 72 oz. blender jar
  • 1100 watt motor
  • Total crushing technology to break down ice whole fruits, ice and vegetables
  • Multi-speed range with pulse capability
  • Comes with two 16 ounce to-go cups

Vitamix Blender Review

VitamixView on Amazon

The Vitamix is wonderful for blending smoothies. It has four series: Ascent, Explorian, Personal and Legacy. These blenders are composed of quality, durable materials and come with a great warranty (5-7 years).

Unlike the Ninja blending system, the Vitamix doesn’t pride itself solely on a sharp blade. It does use an aircraft grade stainless steel blade, but what really makes it so effective is its metal drive system that connects right to the base of the motor. This makes for better blends and gives the blender a longer lifespan.

The blending containers of the Vitamix are engineered to efficiently rotate ingredients as the user changes the speed/power/torquing of the motor.



  • Customers say it can smoothly blend most anything
  • Easy to clean
  • Operates smoothly
  • Tamper helps process thicker mixtures
  • Great customer support
  • Expensive (price varies by color)
  • Some customers complain of a slight burning smell during the first month of use

Features and Pricing [Vitamix 5200 Series Blender]

  • Price: $397.47
  • 64 oz. blender jar
  • 2 peak horsepower motor, 120 volts, 60 Hz, 11.5 amps
  • High-efficiency radial cooling fan
  • Low-friction ball-bearing motor
  • Hide-away safety cord extends 19″ to 6′ and has a grounded 3-prong plug
  • Accelerator tool that makes it easier to process thicker mixtures

There are several Vitamix models, colors and versions from which to choose. But here's an overview of each series, starting price and what they offer.
SeriesPriceFeaturesColor Options
Ascent$389.00Bluetooth connectivity, self-detect containers, auto-stopBlack, slate, white, graphite, red,
ExplorianCheck on AmazonMultiple container options, high powerBlack
PersonalCheck on AmazonSingle and double serving containers, compact baseStainless steel, red, apple red, black
Legacy$598.95High performance, various control optionsBlack, white, stainless steel, red, onyx, platinum

Recipe For Clean Food Dirty City’s Green Warrior Bowl

Morning smoothies, or smoothie bowls, make breakfast the meal I look forward to most as I lay down to bed each night. I often dream about this recipe from Clean Food Dirty City as it’s one of my absolute favorites! I definitely recommend trying it out with your new blender!


  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango (optional)
  • 2 handfuls of greens (kale, spinach, romaine, whateva’ you’ve got!)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein
  • 1 tablespoon soaked flax seeds (ground flax seeds don’t require soaking)
  • Small piece of ginger (grated if not using a high-speed blender)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Dash turmeric

Optional Toppings

  • Fresh fruit
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Nuts and/or seeds


  1. Pour coconut water (starting with ¼ cup) and lemon juice in the blender.
  2. Add flax seeds and hemp protein. Then add all other ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Note: if you aren’t using a high-speed blender start with more coconut water and grate the ginger.
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with any fresh fruit or superfoods that you have on hand.
  4. Enjoy!

Infographic: 3 Healthy And Easy Smoothie Recipes

Here’s a handy infographic with three more recipe ideas for your new blender!

Infographic: 3 Healthy and Easy Smoothie Recipes

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Ninja vs Vitamix Video

Watch this live-action video below to see how the Ninja and the Vitamix compare. Jaden, from Steamy Kitchen, crushes ice, blends a smoothie and even makes peanut butter in this video to help show you how the two match up.

Which Is Better, Ninja Or Vitamix?

Vitamix logoOverall, we’d recommend the Vitamix over the Ninja. Both are strong enough to crush ice and frozen fruit but the Vitamix is easier to clean and operate. Sadly, the Ninja’s blade can dull over time and it is rather tricky to clean. However, if the price is a concern, the Ninja is a good step up from the typical KitchenAid blender.

Put Your Blender To Work With Our Lower Sugar Protein Smoothie!

Our Low Sugar Protein Smoothie Recipe is a hit with our readers. It pretty much requires a Vitamix or Ninja to break everything down successfully. It’s the perfect, delicious start to your day and a great way to test your new blender’s power. There are various flavor combinations that you’ll be able to tweak to create a unique and healthy smoothie. For those that prefer bowls, we’ve got a recipe for you as well.

If you are seeking more variety, check out these smoothie home delivery services.

What do you love to make with a blender?

About The Author:

Suzie Blackman was born and raised in Bethesda, MD and recently moved to Winston-Salem, NC. Suzie is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and is a lover of all things health and wellness related. Growing up an athlete and dancer, Suzie has always been mind body oriented, but more recently she has seen the impact that a mindfulness practice has had on every aspect of her life. Suzie is especially passionate about food and nutrition because she views food as 'our most ancient form of medicine'. She hopes to evoke a sense of passion in you too, guiding you to think more about/question not only your food choices, but about how it is that you approach eating. What we put in, is what we get out. Let's treat ourselves compassionately, and with balance in mind.

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Karmin makes the best blender in my opinion 🙂
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Blair, thanks for sharing and happy blending!
Give the blender by Karmin a try, you`ll love it!♥
Sabrina J.
I personally love my blender by Karmin 🙂
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Sabrina, that’s great to hear thanks for sharing and happy blending!