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Hamilton Beach 51101AV vs Ninja QB3001SS Fit Side-by-Side Comparison

Hamilton Beach 51101AV vs. Ninja QB3001SS Fit comparison. We focus on the differences between the two in terms of specs, features, and performance.

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Hamilton Beach 51101AV

Ninja Fit

Hamilton Beach 51101AV vs Ninja QB3001SS Fit: Comparison Test

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%Usability Ninja FitHamilton Beach 5110...9.49.69.58.52.91.45.05.7
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The Hamilton Beach 51101AV is no match for the Ninja QB3001SS Fit, especially as it didn’t pass a single one of our tests. Its low-powered motor (175 watts)  struggled  to break down the ingredients, leaving behind a smattering of unprocessed chunks. Not to mention its longer-than-average blending time. Nonetheless, if you just require a blender for simple blending of soft ingredients, the Hamilton Beach 51101AV is quite acceptable for the price. 

The Ninja QB3001SS Fit however, is by far one of our best-to-buy blenders. In comparison to the Hamilton Beach 51101AV, it passed all the tests faster and easier. It even provided us with snow-like crushed ice in a matter of seconds.

The structure quality of the two personal blenders is incomparable too. While the Hamilton Beach 51101AV is cheaply made with flimsy materials, the Ninja QB3001SS Fit comes out top in both  design and overall quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Inexpensive and easy to use with one-touch blending. 
  • Blending cup features measuring lines. 
  • Compact design makes it perfect for use in small spaces. 
  • It is adequate for light blending performance.
  • A great tool for any quick blend that involves fibrous, frozen food, raw nuts, or even ice cubes. 
  • Compact, straightforward design makes it easy to use, assemble, and clean. 
  • The blending blade is attention to detail with 4 sharp, sophisticatedly-designed prongs.
  • Coming with an affordable price is an above-average quality. 
  • Its final results were consistently smooth in all of our testing. 
  • There are extra blending cups included.
  • The low-powered motor limits its capabilities. 
  • Poorly-built quality impairs the machine’s overall performance and durability. 
  • It works inconsistently 
  • The blades are too short, which affects the blending time and final results.
  • It doesn’t allow for hands-free operation 
  • A little shaking is necessary for an even blend.

Key Specs

Dimension
H12 x W3.8 inches
H13 x W4.5 inches
Weight
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
Number of speeds
1
1
Pulse/Turbo option
No
No
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
Yes
Accessories
A to-go lid
2 to-go lids, and an extra 16-ounce blending cup

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$20.48
$60.22

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
1.4
9.6

Protein Shake

3.4
9.6
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (3 minutes and 45 seconds) next to it.
Using a spoon to scoop a small smattering of dried blueberry chunks from a mesh strainer containing protein shake produced the Hamilton Beach blender.
Ninja QB3001SS Fit Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Ninja Small Blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (50 seconds) next to it.
A tiny unblended chunk of dried blueberry left behind by the Ninja QB3001SS Fit personal blender on a stainless steel spoon.
Blending Time
3 mins 46 secs
50 secs
Result
Coarse
Silky Smooth

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

0.0
10
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Frozen Fruit Smoothie Video
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Hamilton Beach portable blender is spread throughout a white paper.
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Hamilton Beach small blender.
Ninja QB3001SS Fit Frozen Fruits Smoothie Video
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Ninja blender is spread throughout a white paper with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute) next to it.
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Ninja Personal Blender.
Blending Time
2 mins
1 minute
Result
Failed
Silky Smooth
Suction

Fibrous Greens

0.0
9.5
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender.
Ninja QB3001SS Fit Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water combined with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Ninja Fit Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Ninja QB3001SS Fit Personal Blender sinking from its top to bottom.
Blending Time
20 seconds
20 seconds
Result
Failed
Very fine

Crushed Ice Cubes

0.0
9.0
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Crushed Ice Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Hamilton Beach Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.48 oz) of the Hamilton Beach single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
Ninja QB3001SS Fit Crushed Ice Cubes Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Ninja Fit Personal Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (1.17 oz) of the Ninja Fit QB3001SS single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
Ice Fineness
Faild
Very Fine
Unblended Ice
75% of 6 oz
20% of 6 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
5.0
9.5

In the Box

The Hamilton Beach personal blender lying on a table with a paper carton box and user guide by its sides.
Unboxing the Ninja QB3001SS Fit personal blender, from left to right: a paper carton box, a to-go lid, the unit’s motor base with its blending cup and blade assembly attached, an additional blending cup with to-go lid, and a user’s guide.

Dimensions

The Hamilton Beach 51101AV Personal Blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 5.8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 12 inches and 3.8 inches, respectively.
The Ninja Fit Personal Blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 7 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 13 inches and 4.3 inches, respectively.
Height
12.0" (30.5 cm)
13.0" (33.0 cm)
Width
3.8" (9.7 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Weight
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
Length
Shaft Length

Build Quality

5.0
9.5
The motor base and blending cup with blade assembly permanently attached of the Hamilton Beach blender.
The blending cup and motor base of the Ninja small blender lying on a white table.

Blades

5.0
9.0
A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 4 stainless steel prongs inside the blending cup of the Hamilton Beach personal blender.
A close-up of the blade assembly sporting 4 stainless steel prongs of the Ninja Fit single-serve blender.
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Cross
Guard Material
Blade Count
4 blades
4 blades
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Motor Base

The Hamilton Beach motor base standing on a white table.
The Hamilton Beach motor base standing on a white table.
A close-up of the front interface of the Hamilton Beach motor base.
A close-up of the power cord featuring a 2-plug in the underside of the Hamilton Beach motor base.
A close-up of the Ninja Fit personal blender motor base.
A close-up of the Ninja Fit personal blender motor base.
A close-up of the underside of the Ninja Fit motor base.
A close-up of the power cord featuring a 2-plug of the Ninja Fit personal blender.
Rated Voltage
120
110 - 120 V
Rated Power
175
700 Watts
Working Time
N/A
≤ 1 minute
Protection
No
Yes
Weight
1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
2.5 lbs (1.2 kg)
Cord Length
2.1 ft (0.6 m)
2.8 ft (0.9 m)
Extra Feature
Ventilation holes
Rubber grips on the bottom, cooling fan.

Blending Cup

5.0
10
The Hamilton Beach blender cup standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x8.2x2.4 inches).The Hamilton Beach blender cup standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x8.2x2.4 inches).
Two blending cups with lids of the Ninja Fit personal blender stand on a gray table, with the width of their top and bottom being noted to the side as 3.2 inches and 3.5, respectively, and the total length of the unit as 8 inches.
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
14 Oz
16.0 fl oz (473.2 ml)
Weight
0.4 oz (11 g)
0.6 oz (17 g)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
No
Suitable For
Small batches
Small batches
Accessories
No
2 to-go lids

Speed and Controls

Someone is measuring the noise level of the Hamilton Beach personal blender with the noise meter (98.8 dB).
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Ninja Fit personal blender with the noise meter (98.5 dB).
Activation
Button
Push
Min Speed
N/A
N/A
Max Speed
23,341 RPM
21,016 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
98 dB
98 dB
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.7
8.5

Hands-Free Operation

4.6
7.8

Assembly

6.0
10

Cleanability

8.5
9.0

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