Ninja BL480D Nutri vs Ninja QB3001SS Fit Side-by-Side Comparison

Tina Pham
Tina Pham
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 4, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 29, 2022
Ninja Nutri Auto-iQ Personal Blender Review
Ninja Fit Personal Blender In-depth Review
Blender type
personal
personal
Power
1000W
700W

Our Verdict

9.2
Overall Score
  • Performance (60%)
    8.8/10
  • Design (25%)
    9.7/10
  • Usability (15%)
    9.7/10
9.4
Overall Score
  • Performance (60%)
    9.6/10
  • Design (25%)
    9.5/10
  • Usability (15%)
    8.5/10

Of all the blenders we tested, the Ninja BL480D Nutri is the strongest one, but it is also the loudest and the most bulky. It  has all the best features and tech, which you won’t find anywhere else and yet we don’t find all the extras really helpful. 

In terms of performance, we wanted the Ninja BL480D Nutri to beat the Ninja QB3001SS Fit since it appears more solid for stable efficiency, and was the unlikely underdog.  Surprisingly, it turned out to be a loser in every test. Whilst the results were more than enough to satisfy our expectations, they were still not as good nor the blender itself didn’t work as fast.  

In conclusion, the greater overall performance, combined with its cheaper price tag, makes the Ninja QB3001SS Fit a slightly better buy, but if you want to experience a fancy blending experience and can afford the extra cost, the Ninja BL480D Nutri is more than a good enough choice.

Performance

8.8
Performance Scores
  • Protein Shake (40%)
    8.8/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    9.5/10
  • Fibrous Greens (20%)
    8.0/10
  • Crushed Ice Cubes (10%)
    8.0/10
9.6
Performance Scores
  • Protein Shake (40%)
    9.6/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    10/10
  • Fibrous Greens (20%)
    9.5/10
  • Crushed Ice Cubes (10%)
    9.0/10
8.8

Protein Shake

9.6
Ninja BL480D Nutri Protein Shake
Ninja BL480D Nutri Protein Shake 1
  • Blending Time: 1 min 10 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth

The Ninja Nutri is essentially a single-serve blender but refinements to its blades and motor’s power have brought it many advantages over the competition. 

You might notice the blade assembly looks like nothing else in the market. Design-wise, it is attention to detail with four sharp, sophisticated prongs. Beyonds spinning extremely speedy, the prongs are towards various sides to allow for more food contact at a time. And such combos did make our Ninja Nutri among the fastest blenders in this test, taking one minute and ten seconds to yield a serving of protein shake. Not to mention the 1000-watt motor which helped churn through ingredients like almonds, dried berries, oatmeal, with super ease. 

As efficient as it was, this blender still underperformed by a few seconds against two top competitors (the Ninja Fit and the NutriBullet), though. The texture it delivered also had room for improvement since while the oatmeal was completely broken down, small amounts of almonds and berries remained solid. Considering the price, we had wished for a chunky-free texture which was exactly similar to those we got from its counterparts. 

Overall, unless you’re really interested in its professional look and hi-tech features, there are some alternatives that can actually blend your drink better and do so at less than half the price.

Ninja QB3001SS Fit Protein Shake
Ninja QB3001SS Fit Protein Shake 1
  • Blending Time: 50 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth

No matter what ingredients you have on hand for your protein shakes, the Ninja QB3001SS Fit will quickly turn them into a chunk-free mix. Its impeccable performance in this test is evidence of that. Consisting of the toughest-to-blend ingredients, our recipe presents a high level of difficulty, but it still didn’t give this blender any trouble.

Our Ninja took only 50 seconds to churn out the desired result. The oatmeal was completely broken down while almonds and berries were blended to their finest state. After straining the drink through a strainer, we found a smattering of partially blended chunks, but we don’t think it's enough to turn off many folks. Given such a result, this machine is a worthy competitor to the NutriBullet — our favorite personal blender at the time of writing.

9.5

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

10
Ninja BL480D Nutri Frozen Fruit Smoothie
Ninja BL480D Nutri Frozen Fruit Smoothie 1
  • Blending Time: 1 min 5 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth
  • Suction:

The Nutri Ninja was excellent at this test. Again, its distinctly-designed blades and higher-powered motor were good things for a quick, even outcome. They allowed the blender to power through all the frozen mango, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to perfection in just over one minute. And we remember everything was very easy and simple here, which you will rarely experience with other weaker personal blenders. Just noting that the process was fifteen seconds slower than that of the NutriBullet, but this wasn’t a huge gap. You might be willing to wait a bit longer as long as you get good results. 

Initially, we intended to use the Auto-IQ Ultra Blend setting, but the testing trials then suggested us shifting to the regular one. When running on the Auto-IQ Ultra Blend mode, your blender will blend in short intervals in 60 seconds and there will be a unique pulsing and pausing pattern after each interval. This is meant to force all the clogged ingredients back down onto the blades to even out the blend. That being said, we don’t think this is highly necessary in making icy smoothies; frozen fruits need to blend as fast as possible, but the pausing intervals give them time to thaw and then dilute the consistency. Perhaps, the Auto-IQ technology is better for dry-grinding harder ingredients like whole ice cubes and raw nuts.

Ninja QB3001SS Fit Frozen Fruits Smoothie
Ninja QB3001SS Fit Frozen Fruits Smoothie 1
  • Blending Time: 1 minute
  • Result: Silky Smooth
  • Suction:

When it comes to preparing smoothies, this blender’s efficiency is something that we’ve all dreamed about, but never thought possible on a budget. In our test, it allowed for a quick preparation of frozen foods with very little effort thanks to its heavy-duty motor and sturdy blades. The compromise was that we had to pause now and then to shake chunks free from the blades.

The smoothie was ready to drink within 1 minute of blending, which was far faster than average. In fact, it was fully twice as fast as some other models like the Magic Bullet, the Hamilton Beach, and the Oster. You may think it doesn’t matter much to wait a bit longer, but actually, the difference in blending time between blenders did create a substantial discrepancy in the drink’s texture and temperature.

As a general rule of thumb, frozen foods thaw quickly at room temperature, especially when you start grinding them up. The faster your blender does its job, the thicker and less diluted your smoothie will be. 

Simply put, not only did the Ninja Fit blend smoothly, but its rapid operation also provided us with the thick, ice-cream-like consistency that we prefer in frozen fruit smoothies. If you’re craving icy-cold drinks on hot days, this blender definitely has the chops for it.

8.0

Fibrous Greens

9.5
Ninja BL480D Nutri Fibrous Greens
Ninja BL480D Nutri Fibrous Greens 1
  • Blending Time: 20 seconds
  • Result: Fine

The blender’s ability to process leafy vegetables was above average. The final drink came out acceptably uniform but with a gritty texture. We don’t think you’ll get too many complaints if you run everything through a mesh strainer before drinking. Given its high-end price tag, however, we expected better results with fewer leafy chunks.

Ninja QB3001SS Fit Fibrous Greens
Ninja QB3001SS Fit Fibrous Greens 1
  • Blending Time: 20 seconds
  • Result: Very fine

The Ninja Fit is quite capable of incorporating leafy vegetables and other fiber-filled foods into your drink. Of all the blenders we tested, this was one of the few that could break down almost all of kale, spinach, and celery in only 20 seconds. The greens were blended finely and had consistent-sized grounds. Not only that, but it left us with only a little pulp that was too big to pass through a strainer — better results than even the Nutri Ninja.

8.0

Crushed Ice Cubes

9.0
Ninja BL480D Nutri Crushed Ice
  • Ice Fineness: Coarse
  • Unblended Ice: 0% of 6 oz

As a personal blender, this Nutri Ninja didn’t perform half bad, grinding 6 oz of whole ice cubes in just 22 seconds. None of the other blenders we tested could do the same; some took longer to entirely break up the ice while others were simply not powerful enough to churn through such a solid ingredient. The crushed ice didn’t have a snow-like texture, but would be good enough for your cocktails.

Ninja QB3001SS Fit Crushed Ice Cubes 1
Ninja QB3001SS Fit Crushed Ice Cubes
  • Ice Fineness: Very Fine
  • Unblended Ice: 20% of 6 oz

In this task, this blender struggled quite a bit, and couldn’t quite power through all the ice cubes. A small amount of ice remained solid — accounting for 20% of the total — when it was all said and done. And again, we had to stop and shake the blending jar to promote the contact between the ice and blades.

Of all the blenders with small blending cups, however, the Ninja Fit was the only one that actually could perform that well. It even crushed ice as fluffily as its larger counterpart, the NutriBullet. With the Ninja Fit, you may no longer have to deal with whole ice cubes in your drink.

Design

9.7
design Scores
  • Blades (20%)
    10/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    9.5/10
  • Blending Cup (20%)
    10/10
9.5
design Scores
  • Blades (20%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    9.5/10
  • Blending Cup (20%)
    10/10

In the Box

Ninja BL480D Nutri In the Box
  • Motor base 
  • Extractor blade
  • Two blending cups 
  • Two to-go lids
  • Recipe book & user guide
Ninja QB3001SS Fit In the Box
  • Motor base 
  • Extractor blade
  • Two blending cups 
  • Two to-go lids
  • Recipe book & User guide

Dimensions

Ninja BL480D Nutri Dimension
  • Height:
    14.2" (36.1 cm)
  • Width:
    6.4" (16.3 cm)
  • Weight:
    5.4 oz (153 g)
  • Shaft Length:

The Ninja Nutri is larger and bulkier than your average single-serve blender. The motor section looks more like a full-sized countertop version, coming in at 14.5 inches tall by 6.2 inches wide. At 5.4 pounds, it’s also heavier than most, so you may find it difficult to move your blender in and out of storage.

Ninja QB3001SS Fit Dimension
  • Height:
    13.0" (33.0 cm)
  • Width:
    4.5" (11.4 cm)
  • Weight:
    3.1 oz (88 g)
  • Shaft Length:

This blender isn’t as solid as the NutriBullet or the Nutri Ninja, but we appreciate its lighter weight and more compact dimensions. It is roughly the same size as a champagne bottle, so it should fit well into your cabinet. It also won’t occupy too much counter space and you can easily carry it around when you’re on the move.

9.5

Build Quality

9.5
Ninja BL480D Nutri Build Quality

Build quality does match the price point. It’s good, with many parts — to include the entire exterior — made of anti-scratch plastic. We haven’t had to deal with problems like discoloration, paint peeling, or inner components wearing out. Additionally, the construction is sturdy enough to hold up frequent use, so you will get stable performance and consistency for many years.

The Ninja Fit Build Quality

Our Ninja Fit looks fancier than we’d expect for the price. The part quality resembles that of much more expensive units. The main body’s exterior is eye-pleasing with a glossy finish capable of holding up against dings or scratches. The interior is mostly made of plastic, but it looks robust, reflecting the blender’s high-tech design. Much the same can be said for the blending cup and extractor blade, too. These parts aren’t new ideas, but they should be the benchmark for durability and refinement in this price range.

10

Blades

9.0
Ninja BL480D Nutri Blade
Ninja BL480D Nutri Blade 1
  • Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
  • Blade Count:
     6
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The blade features 6 hardened stainless steel prongs. It is super sharp and has a high-quality feel. Unfortunately, the blades can’t be removed from the base, so cleaning their undersides is pretty tricky.

The Ninja Fit Extractor Blade
  • Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
  • Blade Count:
    4
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The blade is constructed of hardened stainless steel. It features four prongs so you will get faster blending times and finer results compared than those that have only two. 

The base and blade assembly screws tightly onto the blending cup to prevent leaks while in use. It is designed for processing liquids, including juice, frozen mixtures, sauces, and hummus. It cannot be used to blend hot liquids or for grinding operations.

Motor Base

Ninja BL480D Nutri Motor Base
Ninja BL480D Nutri Motor Base 1
Ninja BL480D Nutri Motor Base 2
Ninja BL480D Nutri Motor Base 3
  • Rated Voltage:
    110 - 120 V
  • Rated Power:
    1000 Watt
  • Working Time:
    ≤ 1 minute
  • Protection:
    No
  • Weight:
    4.5 lbs (2.0 kg)
  • Cord Length:
    2.6 ft
  • Extra Feature:
    Silicon feet, cooling fan, anti-slip pads

The motor comes with many user-friendly components. They include a cooling fan to prevent overheating, suction feet to help the blender stand firm against heavy-duty tasks, and small anti-slip pads to minimize the risk of sliding on wet surfaces. We’re also impressed with the inner parts which are all well-made and detailed. 

Just be aware that the motor should not run for more than one minute continuously. If your recipes demand longer than this timeframe, blending for 1-minute intervals can help you avoid overheating. In the event your machine gets too hot, a built-in thermal switch will engage and stop the motor from running. To reset, you’ll have to unplug and let it cool down for 30 minutes before blending again.

The Ninja Fit Motor Base
The Ninja Fit Motor Base Bottom
The Ninja Fit Motor Base Power Cord
  • Rated Voltage:
    110 - 120 V
  • Rated Power:
    700 Watts
  • Working Time:
    ≤ 1 minute
  • Protection:
    Yes
  • Weight:
    2.5 lbs (1.2 kg)
  • Cord Length:
    2.8 ft
  • Extra Feature:
    Rubber grips on the bottom, cooling fan.

The Ninja Fit is powered by a 700-watt motor which is more than enough to blend most simple ingredients. That motor is even strong enough to turn your blender into a standalone ice crusher, though we don’t recommend doing so too often since it might limit the blender’s lifespan. 

The elegant yet sturdy exterior is a key selling point over its rivals, but the carefully constructed interior is what truly grabs our attention. In particular, despite being made of ABS plastic, the black actuator tabs are unlikely to break even when you press the cup down into them vigorously. The rubber and plastic liners inside the power base feel pretty durable too. 

There are also rubber grips on the bottom that keep things steady while in use and a cooling fan in the back to limit overheating. Still, though, it’s best not to run it for more than a minute at a stretch.

Speed and Controls

  • Control Type:
    Button
  • Min Speed:
  • Max Speed:
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

The front interface is intuitive, featuring four buttons that correspond to four different options. As a visual aid, this model also has a digital display which indicates the elapsed blending time or counts down to the end of a preset program. 

If you want continuous blending, press the Start/Stop button. To avoid chopping ingredients too finely, use the Pulse function. For fresh or softer ingredients, the Auto-IQ Blend button will help you create consistent results without relying on guesswork. There is also the Auto-IQ Ultra Blend button, which runs the blender at its fastest speed tobreak ice cubes, fibrous greens, whole grains, or frozen mixtures down to a lump-free consistency. 

We found that the speed settings work very well. Each step gives you a noticeable change in power level. For the most part, however, we agree with some reviewers that it feels a bit gimmicky because single-speed blenders generally work just as well.

Note that regardless of the speed setting, this Nutri Ninja is terribly noisy. If noise is a major factor in your buying decision, this one’s not for you.

  • Control Type:
    Push
  • Min Speed:
  • Max Speed:
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

Because the Ninja Fit doesn’t have any switches or buttons, you only get a single speed. The motor is activated by simply pressing the cup down into the base. Your blender will then run until you take your hand off it. You can also simulate pulse mode by pressing and releasing the cup in short intervals.

10

Blending Cup

10
Ninja Nutri Auto-iQ Blending Cup
Ninja Nutri Auto-iQ Blending Cup 1
Ninja Nutri Auto-iQ Blending Cup 2
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    18- and 24-oz
  • Weight:
    0.5- and 0.58-lb
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Measurement:
    No
  • Suitable For:
    Small and medium batches
  • Accessories:
    2 to-go lids

This set includes two blending cups which can be used interchangeably with the extractor blade. Each cup comes with a tight-seal lid featuring a flip-top spout for mess-free drinking on the go.

The Ninja Fit Blending Cup
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Capacity:
    16
  • Weight:
    0.6 oz (17 g)
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Measurement:
    No
  • Suitable For:
    Small batches
  • Accessories:
    2 to-go lids

This set includes two blending cups with lids. Each has a 16-oz capacity and can be fitted to the blade assembly. The lids seal tightly to the cups, locking all the ingredients inside even when you turn them upside down. As a nice bonus, each lid has a flip-top spout.

Usability

9.7
usability Scores
  • Hands-Free Operation (60%)
    10/10
  • Assembly (20%)
    9.5/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    9.0/10
8.5
usability Scores
  • Hands-Free Operation (60%)
    7.8/10
  • Assembly (20%)
    10/10
  • Cleanability (20%)
    9.0/10
10

Hands-Free Operation

7.8

This blender is more convenient to use than others because the cup can be locked in place; you won’t need to hold the cup continuously to engage the motor. Additionally, once activated, it draws almost everything toward its blades, creating a homogeneous mixture without extra shaking or stirring.

This blender doesn’t allow for hands-free operation; you’ll need to hold the cup in place throughout the operation to activate the motor, but this is true with most personal blenders. On the upside, it doesn’t demand too much extra shaking or stirring to dislodge chunks trapped on or around the blades. For the most part, each batch only needs a little shake to achieve a smooth consistency.

9.5

Assembly

10

To set up the blender, simply attach the extractor blade to the cup, turn the whole assembly upside down, and place it on the motor base. Once the display reads “0,” press one of the buttons to start blending. When your drink is complete, simply pull the cup out from the motor base and serve. Note that you must pull with quite a bit of force compared to other blenders we tested, so it may be tougher to remove when your hands are wet or oily.

This blender is a cinch to set up. To blend, you’ll need to seal the blade tightly to the cup, then turn the cup upside down and place it on the motor base by aligning its tabs with the motor’s slots. Once your cup is correctly positioned, push it all the way down so it can begin blending. Removing the cup is even easier, simply lift it up from the motor base. You won’t need much practice to operate the machine smoothly — we figured it all out before even opening the user manual.

9.0

Cleanability

9.0

We cleaned the cups, lids, and blade manually with soapy water, but they’re also safe to put in the dishwasher. Of all those parts, the blade’s backsides were the trickiest to clean, so make sure you have a straw-cleaning brush available. 

The motor base only took us a couple of minutes to wipe down. Unplug the device and use a dish cloth dampened (but not soaked) with soapy water to wipe down exterior surfaces and the inside of the cup receptacle. We never had any leakage during our tests, so we didn’t have to contend with stubborn food on the actuator tabs or other components.

All the parts are dishwasher safe except for the motor base, but note that they must be separated from each other before being placed in the dishwasher.

To clean them manually, simply pour warm water into the cup, add a bit of soap, and run the blender for 30 to 60 seconds. After dumping out the cleaning solution and rinsing the pitcher thoroughly, your blender will be ready for a new batch of smoothies. 

If you  don’t want to do it that way, we recommend using a dishwashing utensil dampened with soapy water to scrub out any stains. Getting under the blades can be tricky; be careful not to slice your fingers!