What’s the Best Ninja Blender 2018? [Made Easy to Compare]

Looking for an easy way to compare all the different Ninja Blenders?

You're in the right place!

In this guide, you should expect to find...

  • All the major differences laid out in an easy to follow table.
  • Model vs model comparisons to help you understand the smaller differences.
  • Our pick for the Best Ninja Blender (and why).
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Overall Best Ninja Blender 2018

Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies (BL660)

Ninja Professional BL660

The Ninja BL660 was selected as our favorite Ninja Blender for 2018 for three main reasons:

  • It's in the low price range and doesn't include any unneeded accessories.
  • It has a good amount of power (1100W)
  • Has the option of using the to-go cups or large pitcher.

Easy to Follow Ninja Blender Comparison Chart

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Ninja Model

Base Power

Blending Jar/Cup Sizes

Auto IQ Technology

Personal or Counter-top

Included Blades

Other Accessories

1200-watts

2 x 24 oz cups

Yes

Personal

1 x Extractor Blade / 1 x Quad Bowl Blade / 1 x Dough Blade

2 x To Go Lids

900-watts

24 oz and 18 oz cups

No

Personal

1 x Extractor Blade

2 x To Go Lids

1000-watts

18 oz / 24 oz / 32 oz cups

Yes

Personal

1 x Extractor Blade

2 x To Go Lids

2 x To Go Lids

1200-watts

2 x 24 oz cups / 40-oz Food Processor Bowl / 72-oz pitcher

Yes

Counter-top

1 x Extractor Blade / 1 x Quad Bowl Blade / 1 x Dough Blade

2 x To Go Lids

1000-watts

72 oz pitcher

No

Counter-top

1 x Stacked Blade Assembly

N/A

1000-watts

72 oz pitcher

No

Counter-top

1 x Stacked Blade Assembly

N/A

1100-watts

72 oz pitcher / 2 x 16 oz cups

No

Counter-top

1 x Stacked Blade Assembly and 1 x Nutri Ninja Blades

2 x To Go Lids

1500-watts

8-Cup Food Processor Bowl / 
18 oz Cup / 24 oz Cup /  32 oz Cup / 72 oz Pitcher

Yes

Counter-top

1 x Extractor Blade / 1 x Dough Blade / 1 x Chopping Blade / 1 x Stacked Blade Assembly

3 x To Go Lids

1500-watts

8-Cup Food Processor Bowl / 
2 x 24 oz Cups /  32 oz Cup / 72 oz Pitcher

Yes

Counter-top

1 x Extractor Blade / 1 x Dough Blade / 1 x Chopping Blade / 1 x Stacked Blade Assembly

3 x To Go Lids

1100-watts

72 oz pitcher / 2 x 16 oz cups

No

Counter-top

1 x Stacked Blade Assembly and 1 x Nutri Ninja Blades

2 x To Go Lids

1500-watts

8-Cup Food Processor Bowl / 
2 x 16 oz Cups / 72 oz Pitcher

No

Counter-Top

1 x Extractor Blade / 1 x Dough Blade / 1 x Chopping Blade / 1 x Stacked Blade Assembly

2 x To Go Lids

1500-watts

8-Cup Food Processor Bowl / 3 Cup Mini Bowl /
2 x 16 oz Cups / 72 oz Pitcher

No

Counter-Top

1 x Extractor Blade / 1 x Dough Blade / 1 x Chopping Blade / 1 x Stacked Blade Assembly / 1x Mini Bowl Blade

2 x To Go Lids


Nutri Ninja Pro Ninja (BL456) vs Nutri Ninja Auto IQ (BL482)

There are three main differences between the Ninja BL456 and Ninja BL482…

  • Power: The BL456 has 900 watts of power while the BL482 has 1000.
  • Amount of Cups: The BL456 comes with 2 cups (1 x 24 oz and 1 x 18 oz cup). The BL482 comes with 3 cups (1 x 18 oz, 1 x 24 oz, 1 x 32 oz)
  • AutoIQ: The BL482 has AutoIQ which are pre-programmed cycles that blend different recipes with one button. The BL456 only has manual blending.

All prices being equal, we’d obviously recommend the BL482, but if you can score the BL456 a bit cheaper, we don’t think you’ll miss the Auto-IQ cycles too much. It’s easy enough to blend things manually.

As someone who’s used a Nutribullet 900 for a long time, I never really wished that I had any pre-programmed functions.

Some users swear by them, but as someone who’s been blending things for over 5 years, I’ve never found it necassary.


Ninja BL610 vs NJ600

The BL610 and NJ600 are virtually the same in every way besides for the look of the interface. The BL610 has more modern looking buttons that are square while the BL600’s buttons are smaller and rounded. 

As for our recommendation, we’d go for whichever one you can find cheaper.

At the time of writing this, the NJ600 is discontinued, but you still may be able to find it here for sale.


Ninja BL660 vs BL610

There are three main differences between the BL660 and BL610…

  • Power: The BL660 is slightly more powerful with 1100 watts of power compared to the BL610’s 1000 watts.
  • Included Accessories: The BL660 also comes with (2) 16 oz cups that can be used for single serve blending while the BL610 doesn’t.
  • Interface: As a result of the single serve option, the interface is slightly different on the BL660 as it boasts the “Single Serve” option.

Ninja BL450 vs BL456

There really weren’t any technical differences we could find between the BL450 and BL456.

Some users report that the BL456 has a larger recipe book and slight differences in how the blenders “lock in” and stablize while they’re blending.

However, we couldn’t really confirm anything from the manufacturer websites or through video demonstrations. It all seems to be the same.

At this point, the BL450 seems to be discontinued and not available through most retailers.

So you’re best bet is to just go with the Ninja BL456.


Ninja BL660 vs BL740

There’s really no difference between the Ninja Pro BL660 and BL740 besides for the slightly different look of the interface.

The BL740 has more of a square look while the BL660 is more rounded.

They both come with the same power, accessories and functions on the interface.

In fact, you can look at both manuals and see the same exact parts laid out in the parts section.

It’s confusing to us too.


Ninja BL682 vs BL770

The only difference between the BL682 and the BL770 is the amount of accessory cups that they come with.

  • The BL682 comes with 3 cups: 18 oz, 24, and 32 oz.
  • The BL770 comes with 2 cups: both 16 oz.
  • Each cup comes with it’s respective Ninja sip lid.

They both have 1500 watts of power, the food processor bowl (with chopping and dough blades) and the 72 oz pitcher.

Both of these models are at the higher-end of the Ninja blender price range.

That being said, while the extra cup is nice both machines will do virtually all the same tasks.

We’d recommend whichever one you can afford.


Ninja BL770 vs BL771

The only difference between the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 and BL771 is the addition of the mini 3-cup food processor bowl. The 771 comes with the 8-cup bowl and the mini bowl while the BL770 only has the mini bowl.

In my opinion, the mini bowl just adds too many parts to keep track of. For me, I wouldn’t pay a higher price for an accessory I probably wouldn’t use.

So I’d rather keep it simple and get the BL770.

As of writing this, it’s also the more popular of the two.

The rest of the accessories and the power are all the same.


Ninja Supra vs. Mega Kitchen System

The only difference we could find between the Supra and Mega Ninja Kitchen Systems is the wattage. The Supra has a 1200-watt base will the Mega has a 1500-watt base.

At this point, the Supra isn’t really available as new – only as certified refurbished.

For that reason (and because of the extra power) we’d recommend just going with the Mega Kitchen System..


What's the Best Ninja Blender for the Money?

Personally, I think that the Best Ninja Blender for the money is the BL660.

Because it’s got a large 72 oz pitcher and the (2) 16 oz cups, it’s the perfect balance between power, size and convenience.

It’s also extremely affordable for everything that it offers.

The BL660 is currently one of Ninja’s most popular models for this reason.

It’s backed by tons of positive user reports of people who use it for sauces, smoothies, chopping and more.

The stacked blade system is also great for making cauliflower rice as I’ve talked about in the past.

ninja bl660 blade system

What's the Best Ninja Blender for Smoothies?

When it comes to making smoothies, I think that the Ninja BL660 wins again.

You get the large pitcher for making multi-serve smoothies, the to-go cups to take on your commute and a powerful base.

It’s got everything you need for your morning smoothie without adding extra expense with all sorts of fancy functions and bowls.


Whats the Best Ninja Blender for Baby Food?

If you’re looking to make baby food, then we’re going to recommend the BL494 Ninja Kitchen system.

It comes with the 8-cup food processor bowl which is convenient for purees.

In fact, it’s got it’s very own dedicated puree function as part of the Auto-IQ system.

But – you can also use one of the standard Ninja blenders like the BL660 without the fancy stuff.

Here’s a great tutorial on how to do so (just be sure to refer to the manual for the maximum temperature of ingredients)…

Making Baby Food in a Ninja


Whats the Best Ninja Blender for Protein Shakes?

Because protein shakes aren’t really that power-demanding, I’d recommend the Ninja Pro BL456.

It’s not a weak blender by any means at 900 watts, but you simply don’t need anything else for dissolving powder into liquid. And if you want to add some ice cubes or frozen fruit, it’s powerful enough to do that.

Additionally, it has two handy to-go cups for bringing your shake to the gym if you so choose.

ninja blender protein powder tip

What is the Best Ninja Blender for Juicing?

Let’s be clear that none of the Ninja Blenders can actually “juice”. They blend ingredients which leaves the fiber and pulp intact as part of the beverage.

If you want to turn this into a “juice” you’ll need to use some sort of fine mesh strainer or a nut milk bag.

The Ninja BL660 yet again gets our pick for the best Ninja for juicing because of it’s power, large capacity, to-go cup compatability and price range.

There’s no need for the extra Auto-IQ functions here.

You can use the 72 ounce pitcher for making large blends which will save you time if you decide to drain the pulp. You also have the option of blending and drinking right in the to-go cups if you decide to leave everything in tact.


What is the Best Ninja Blender for Crushing Ice?

If you want to crush ice in a Ninja Blender, I’d recommend going for any of the models with the multi-blade system.

It’s going to be far easier than with one of the person models.

Many users find the models with the bowl and quad blades great for crushing ice and turning it to snow, but the pitcher is also great (see video below).

It makes it easy to temporarily store the ice and use it for slushy drinks.

User using a Ninja 72 oz pitcher to crush ice


Can a Ninja Blender Grind Coffee?

Yes! It’s easy to grind coffee in a Ninja. 

To be honest, I’d probably get one of the personal Ninja blenders like the Nutri Pro Blender BL456.

Unless of course you were grinding tons of coffee at once.

Ninja Blender Grinding Coffee

You can even go for a Ninja Master Prep which we featured as a top nut and spice chopper.

Can a Ninja Blender Make Hot Soup?

To date, none of the Ninja blenders can make hot soup in the same way that a Vitamix or Blendtec can.

These blenders use friction to heat ingredients inside the jar.

With a Ninja, you can puree cooled ingredients and put them on the stove to heat afterwards.

Be sure to check the manual of your specific Ninja for temperature guidelines. It's advised to let ingredients cool before blending them.

Final Verdict on Ninja Blenders

At the end of the day, the Ninja line is a solid choice if you can’t afford a Vitamix or Blendtec.

The warranties on their blenders are typically only one year long, but that’s really their only major downside.

Otherwise they are powerful, affordable and most users are happy with their purchase. Even Consumer Reports says Ninja’s are an economical option.

As we’ve already said – we believe the Ninja Pro BL660 offers the best all around value out of the entire line.

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