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Ninja BL480D Nutri vs Magic Bullet 11 Piece Set Side-by-Side Comparison

Ninja BL480D Nutri vs. Magic Bullet 11-Piece Set comparison. How does the lower-range personal blender hold up against its stronger rival?

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Ninja Nutri Auto-iQ

Magic Bullet 250W

Ninja BL480D Nutri vs Magic Bullet 11-Piece Set: What Makes Their Efficiency Difference?

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%Usability Ninja Nutri Auto-iQMagic Bullet 250W9.28.89.79.74.62.87.56.9
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Of all the personal blenders we tested, the Ninja BL480D Nutri is a top-tier contender, given its high-powered motor and sturdiest overall construction.

 The Magic Bullet 11-Piece Set is   a low-range model with mediocre performances in our hands-on testing. The smoothies and protein shakes it produced were quite acceptable, but they were not as smooth nor as quick as those of the Ninja BL480D Nutri. Their crushed ice and fibrous greens extractions were incomparable too.

Other advantages of the Ninja BL480D Nutri over the Magic Bullet 11-Piece Set in exchange for the higher price tag include a built-in timer and the Auto IQ technology featuring intelligence programs. 

In conclusion, our pick for people requiring an all-around personal blender would be the Ninja BL480D Nutri. But consider your budget too. If you’re short of money and willing to make a compromise on the heavy-duty side of performance, it’s reasonable to switch to the Magic Bullet 11-Piece set.

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
  • Easy to use, assemble, and clean. 
  • Stainless steel extractor blades are pretty solid. 
  • Three extra blending cups are included.
  • 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
  • It doesn’t allow for hands-free operation. 
  • It is not suitable for blending frozen fruits or raw nuts. 
  • Motor base jumps around while operating. 
  • Build quality is not good. 
  • Its performance is inconsistent.

Key Specs

Dimensions
H14.2 x W6.4 inches
H12 x W4.5 inches
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
2.0 lbs (0.9 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
An extra blending cup, a to-go lid, a party mug, two lip rings, two resealable lids

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$56.94
$40.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.8
2.8

Protein Shake

8.8
3.9
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.
The Magic Bullet Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake packed with dried blueberries, oatmeal, and almonds prepared by the Magic Bullet Personal Blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (2 minutes and 11 seconds) next to it.
Scooping a spoon of solid chunks including dried blueberries and almonds that the Magic Bullet 11-Piece personal blender was unable to pulverize in the test of preparing protein shake from a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Blending Time
1 min 10 secs
2 mins 12 secs
Result
Silky Smooth
Very 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.
The Magic Bullet Frozen Fruits Smoothie Video
After finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Magic Bullet MBR 1101 personal blender is spread throughout a white paper with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (2 minutes) next to it.
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Magic Bullet Personal Blender.
Blending Time
1 min 5 seconds
2 minutes
Result
Silky Smooth
Failed
Suction

Fibrous Greens

8.0
6.0
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.
The Magic Bullet Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water combined with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Magic Bullet Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Nutribullet Pro 900-watt Personal Blender sinking from its top to bottom.
Blending Time
20 seconds
20 seconds
Result
Medium-FineMedium-Fine
Coarse

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.
The Magic Bullet Crushed Ice Cubes Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Magic Bullet Single-Serve Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.98 oz) of the Magic Bullet single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
Ice Fineness
Coarse
Chunky
Unblended Ice
0% of 6 oz
83% of 6 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.7
7.5

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.
Our Magic Bullet Blender Small Silver 11-Piece Set includes a motor base, a to-go lid, three blending cups, a party mug, two lip rings, two resealable lids, a paper carton box, and a user & recipe book guide.

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 Magic Bullet Smoothie Maker personal blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 6.8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 12 inches and 4.5 inches, respectively.
Height
14.2" (36.1 cm)
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Width
6.4" (16.3 cm)
4.5" (11.4 cm)
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Length
Shaft Length

Build Quality

9.5
7.0
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 of the Magic Bullet 11-piece personal blender lying flat on a gray table.

Blades

10
6.5
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 sporting 4 stainless steel prongs of the Magic Bullet 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

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 Magic Bullet motor base standing on a gray table.
The Magic Bullet motor base standing on a gray table.
A close-up of the underside of the Magic Bullet motor base.
A close-up of the Magic Bullet motor base.
Rated Voltage
110 - 120 V
120
Rated Power
1000 Watt
250
Working Time
≤ 1 minute
≤ 1 minute
Protection
No
Yes
Weight
4.5 lbs (2.0 kg)
1.6 oz (45 g)
Cord Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)
2.2" (5.6 cm)
Extra Feature
Silicon feet, cooling fan, anti-slip pads
Silicon feet

Blending Cup

10
10
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).
Three blending cups on a table, with dimension measurements written to the side. The first cup is measured 3.5x4x2.8 inches, second cup is 3.5x6.5x2.8 inches, third cup is 3.5x5.6x2.5 inches.
Three blending cups on a table, with dimension measurements written to the side. The first cup is measured 3.5x4x2.8 inches, second cup is 3.5x6.5x2.8 inches, third cup is 3.5x5.6x2.5 inches.
The blending cup of the Magic Bullet personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (3.5x6.5x2.8 inches).
The blending cup of the Magic Bullet personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (3.5x5.6x2.5 inches).
The blending cup of the Magic Bullet personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (3.5x4x2.8 inches).
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
18- and 24-oz
12-,16-, and 22-oz
Weight
0.5- and 0.58-lb
0.18-, 0.33-, and 0.25-pound
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
No
No
Suitable For
Small and medium batches
Small and medium batches
Accessories
2 to-go lids
2 lid rings, 3 lids

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 Magic Bullet personal blender with the noise meter (97.8 dB).
Activation
Button
Push
Min Speed
N/A
N/A
Max Speed
18,637 RPM
22,215 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
103 dB
97 dB
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.7
6.9

Hands-Free Operation

10
5.8

Assembly

9.5
10

Cleanability

9.0
7.0

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