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Ninja BL480D Nutri vs Hamilton Beach 51101AV Side-by-Side Comparison

Ninja BL480D Nutri vs. Hamilton Beach 51101AV. Our comparison reveals the pros and cons of each of these two personal blenders.

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Ninja Nutri Auto-iQ

Hamilton Beach 51101AV

Ninja BL480D Nutri vs Hamilton Beach 51101AV: An Unequal Battle

Overall Verdict

From delivering to the health-conscious community on the path to a well-balanced life, to creating pre-and post-workout shakes for sports enthusiasts, the high-powered motor of the Ninja BL480D Nutri will make all the difference.

And the high power isn't the only element that makes this blender a better option. There are other luxury features including the intelligent programs aimed at giving you a quick way to get healthy beverages into your routine.

The Hamilton Beach 51101AV however, feels really inferior, from the flimsy blending cup, to the dull four-pronged blade assembly. In addition, we often found it a misery to use and clean this blender.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%UsabilityNinja Nutri Auto-iQHamilton Beach 5110...9.28.89.79.72.91.45.05.7
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Pros & Cons

  • A powerful motor allows for heavy-duty blending 
  • Stainless steel extractor blades are exceptionally tough
  • Hands-free operation offers greater convenience 
  • Sturdy motor base ensures stable performance 
  • Blending cups are included with to-go lids
  • 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.
  • It’s heavy and quite bulky
  • The control panel is gimmicky 
  • The feets’ suction is so strong making it challenging to remove the base
  • The premium price tag might be a high barrier for many people
  • 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.

Key Specs

Dimensions
H14.2 x W6.4 inches
H12 x W3.8 inches
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Number of speeds
4
1
Pulse/Turbo option
Yes
No
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
Yes
Accessories
2 to-go lids, and an extra 18-ounce blending cup
A to-go lid

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$56.94
$20.48

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.8
1.4

Protein Shake

8.8
3.4
Ninja BL480D Nutri Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake packed with dried blueberries, oatmeal, and almonds prepared by the Ninja BL480D is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute and 10 seconds) next to it.
Scooping a spoon of solid chunks including dried blueberries and almonds that the Nutri Ninja 1000-watt personal blender was unable to pulverize in the test of preparing protein shake from a stainless steel mesh strainer.
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.
Blending Time
1 min 10 secs
3 mins 46 secs
Result
Silky Smooth
Coarse

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

9.5
0.0
Ninja BL480D Nutri Frozen Fruit Smoothie Video
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Nutri Ninja single-serve blender is spread throughout a white paper with a smartphone displaying the total blending time ( 1 minute and 5 seconds) next to it.
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Nutri Ninja single blender with Auto-IQ.
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.
Blending Time
1 min 5 seconds
2 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Failed

Fibrous Greens

8.0
0.0
Ninja BL480D Nutri Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water combined with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Ninja BL480D Nutri 1000-Watt.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Ninja BL480D Nutri personal countertop blender sinking from its top to bottom.
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender.
Blending Time
20 seconds
20 seconds
Result
Medium-FineMedium-Fine
Failed

Crushed Ice Cubes

8.0
0.0
Ninja BL480D Nutri Crushed Ice Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Nutri Ninja Personal Blender being on a table.
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.
Ice Fineness
Coarse
Faild
Unblended Ice
0% of 6 oz
75% of 6 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.7
5.0

In the Box

The Ninja Nutri Auto-IQ 1000-Watt lying on a gray table with its accessories, including two to-go lids, an additional blending cup, a recipe book & user guide, and a paper carton box, by its sides.
The Hamilton Beach personal blender lying on a table with a paper carton box and user guide by its sides.

Dimensions

The Ninja Nutri 1000-watt personal blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 8.2 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 14 inches and 6.5 inches, respectively.
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.
Height
14.2" (36.1 cm)
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Width
6.4" (16.3 cm)
3.8" (9.7 cm)
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)

Build Quality

9.5
5.0
The motor base and blending cup of the Ninja BL480D Nutri single-serve blender lying side by side on a white table.
The motor base and blending cup with blade assembly permanently attached of the Hamilton Beach blender.

Blades

10
5.0
A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 4 stainless steel prongs of the Ninja BL480D Nutri Auto-IQ personal blender.
A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 4 stainless steel prongs of the Ninja BL480D Nutri Auto-IQ personal blender.
The blade assembly featuring 4 stainless steel prongs of the Ninja BL480D Nutri Auto-IQ personal blender being on a gray table.
A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 4 stainless steel prongs inside the blending cup of the Hamilton Beach personal blender.
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Cross
Blade Count
4 blades
4 blades
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Motor Base

A close-up of the front interface of the Ninja BL480D Nutri Motor Base.
A close-up of the front interface of the Ninja BL480D Nutri Motor Base.
A close-up of the Ninja BL480D Nutri Motor Base.
A close-up of the underside of the Ninja BL480D Nutri Motor Base.
A close-up of the power cord featuring a 2-plug of the Ninja BL480D Nutri countertop blender.
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.
Rated Voltage
110 - 120 V
120
Rated Power
1000 Watt
175
Working Time
≤ 1 minute
N/A
Protection
No
No
Weight
4.5 lbs (2.0 kg)
1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
Cord Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)
2.1 ft (0.6 m)
Extra Feature
Silicon feet, cooling fan, anti-slip pads
Ventilation holes

Blending Cup

10
5.0
Two blending cups of the Ninja BL480D Nutri on a table, with dimension measurements written to the side. The first cup is measured 3.7x9x2.5 inches, and the second cup is 3.7x7.3x2.5 inches.
Two blending cups of the Ninja BL480D Nutri on a table, with dimension measurements written to the side. The first cup is measured 3.7x9x2.5 inches, and the second cup is 3.7x7.3x2.5 inches.
The blending cup of the Magic Bullet personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (3.7x9x2.5 inches).
The blending cup of the Magic Bullet personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (3.7x7.3x2.5 inches).
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).
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
18- and 24-oz
14 Oz
Weight
0.5- and 0.58-lb
0.4 oz (11 g)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
No
Yes
Suitable For
Small and medium batches
Small batches
Accessories
2 to-go lids
No

Speed and Controls

Someone is measuring the noise level of the Ninja BL480D Nutri personal blender with the noise meter (103.6 dB).
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Ninja BL480D Nutri personal blender with the noise meter (103.6 dB).
A close-up of the control panel of the Ninja BL480D Nutri which features the Start/Stop, Pulse, Auto-IQ Blend, and Auto-IQ Ultra Blend button.
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Hamilton Beach personal blender with the noise meter (98.8 dB).
Activation
Button
Button
Min Speed
N/A
N/A
Max Speed
18,637 RPM
23,341 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
103 dB
98 dB
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.7
5.7

Hands-Free Operation

10
4.6

Assembly

9.5
6.0

Cleanability

9.0
8.5

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