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Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender vs Mueller Ultra-Stick Side-by-Side Comparison

The Ninja CI101 Foodi reigns supreme in this match-up, offering a higher level of performance and quality than the Mueller Ultra-Stick.

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Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender

Mueller Ultra-Stick

Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System Blender vs Mueller Ultra-Stick

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Usability30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Usability Ninja Foodi Power M...Mueller Ultra-Stick8.68.49.68.47.27.36.87.4
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In our tests, the Ninja CI101 Foodi distinctly outperformed the Mueller Ultra-Stick in all of their tasks. From crushing frozen fruits to seamlessly emulsifying mixtures and achieving perfect consistency in smoothies and soups, this blender got the job done with ease and precision. 

On the other hand, the Mueller Ultra-Stick, powered by a 500-watt motor, is more suited for light-duty tasks. It efficiently handles small batches of soups, smoothies, and baby food, but struggles with tougher ingredients, like frozen fruits or fibrous greens. Additionally, while the Mueller's build is adequate for its price bracket, it doesn't quite reach the durability or the sleek design of the Ninja. Regarding its ease of use, this blender does offer straightforward operation, but it lacks the Ninja’s advanced ergonomic features and user-friendly controls, which significantly enhance the blending experience.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality construction with upscale feel 
  • A generous set of included accessories 
  • A lot of user-friendly features 
  • Excels at a wide range of tasks
  • It’s budget-priced but loaded with accessories 
  • The stainless steel exterior is corrosion resistant 
  • The handle is uniquely-designed with a comfortable grip 
  • Wiping it down is not so difficult
  • The whole blender can be hung on a hook with other kitchen tools
  • Larger-than-average blending wand’s head 
  • Rather heavy
  • The low-quality construction cannot ensure durability 
  • The blade isn’t good at preparing frozen smoothies or pulverizing solid ingredients 
  • The whisk attachment doesn’t provide consistent performance

Key Specs

Dimension
H 16 x W2.9 inches
H15.6 x W2.8 inches
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
2.2 pounds
Number of speeds
2
8
Pulse/Turbo option
Yes
Yes
Accessories
A beaker, beaters, and a whisk attachment
12,550 RPM
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
14,640 RPM

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$94.10
$36.17

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.4
7.3

Hot Soup Purée

10
7.0
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 30 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 30 seconds.
A batch of soup pureéd by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
The Mueller Ultra-Stick Soup Test
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from a full batch  in a plastic beaker made by the Mueller Ultra-Stick hand blender.
A batch of soup pureéd by the Mueller Ultra-Stick immersion blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Result
Exceptionally Smooth
Slightly chunky
Suction
No
Tightly

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

6.8
7.0
Scooping a spoon of frozen fruit smoothie from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 2 minutes 40 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of frozen fruit smoothie from a full batch in a plastic beaker made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender in 2 minutes 40 seconds.
After finishing blending, the green smoothie made by the Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender was spread evenly throughout a white paper to check for solid chunks.
A plastic beaker containing a batch of green smoothie whose parts are scooped with a stainless steel spoon is between the Mueller’s motor body and a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute and 15 seconds).
A plastic beaker containing a batch of green smoothie whose parts are scooped with a stainless steel spoon is between the Mueller’s motor body and a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute and 15 seconds).
Mueller Ultra-Stick Smoothie Test
After finishing blending, the green smoothie made by the Mueller immersion blender was spread evenly throughout a white paper to check for solid chunks.
Blending Time
2 mins 40 secs
1 min 15 secs
Result
Velvety
Chunky
Suction
No
Slightly

Mayonnaise

7.8
8.5
A bowl of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X blender in 1 minute 45 seconds.
A bowl of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X blender in 1 minute 45 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise made by the Braun MQ7035X immersion blender.
A white bowl of mayonnaise made by the Mueller immersion blender with a stainless steel spoon inside.
A white bowl of mayonnaise made by the Mueller immersion blender with a stainless steel spoon inside.
The whisk attachment of the Mueller is immersed in a plastic beaker containing egg yolks.
Emulsifying Time
1 min 45 secs
1 mins 45 secs
Result
Smooth
Smooth
Suction
Yes
No

Almond Milk

8.0
7.5
The Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender beside its bowl of almond milk and the corresponding almond pulp produced in 1 minute 01 second.
Grinding Time
1 min 01 secs
1 mins 5 secs
Result
Fine
Coarse
Suction
No
Tightly

Whipped Egg-Whites

10
7.0
The Ninja CI101 Foodi immersion blender stands next to a glass of whipped egg whites forming stiff peaks, with a digital timer showing "1:46" in the foreground.
Mueller Ultra-Stick Whipped Egg-Whites
Putting a plastic beaker containing beaten egg-white of the Mueller Ultra-Stick upside down on a gray table.
Inside the plastic beaker containing a batch of beaten egg-white prepared by the Mueller Ultra-Stick immersion blender.
Beating Time
1 min and 45 secs
2 mins 37 secs
Result
Stiff
Stiff
Suction
No
No

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.6
6.8

In the Box

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System displayed with its box, various attachments including a whisk, beater, and a blending cup, and instructional materials laid out on a gray countertop.
The Mueller Immersion Blender milk frother attachment, motor body, blending wand, whisk attachment, paper carton box, and user manuals lying side by side on a table.

Dimensions

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System standing on a table, with the length of its blending shaft being noted to the side as 9.5 inches, and the total length of the unit as 16 inches.
The Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick Immersion Blender standing on top of its blending shaft on a gray table, with the length of the blending shaft being noted to the side as 7.7 inches, and the total length of the unit as 15.55 inches.
Height
16.0" (40.6 cm)
15.6" (39.6 cm)
Width
2.9" (7.4 cm)
2.8" (7.1 cm)
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Length
Shaft Length
9.5" (24.1 cm)
7.7" (19.6 cm)

Build Quality

9.5
7.0
A close-up of the blending shaft and motor housing of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of the immersion blending wand, motor body, and whisk attachment of the Mueller Stainless Steel Hand Blender.

Speed and Controls

A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A Close-Up of the Controlling Buttons of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of 8 speed settings and a speed dial of the Mueller Hand Blender.
Activation
Press-button
Press and Rotate
Min Speed
N/A
12,550 RPM
Max Speed
N/A
14,640 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
N/A
78 dB
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Blending Shaft

9.5
7.0
A close-up of the blades of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
A close-up of the blade assembly of the Mueller Immersion Blender.
Material
 Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Blade Count
4
2
Removable
Yes
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Beaker

10
0.0
A close-up of the beaker of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
Material
Plastic
N/A
Capacity
24 oz
NaN fl oz (NaN ml)
Measurements
Yes
N/A
Weight
NaN oz (NaN g)
Height
NaN" (NaN cm)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
N/A
Tamper Included
No
N/A

Power Cord

10
10
A close-up of the power cord of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System.
The Mueller Ultra-Stick Immersion Blender on a gray table with its power cord rolled up next to it.
Cord Length
5.1 ft (1.6 m)
4.8 ft (1.5 m)
Type
2-prong plug
2-prong plug
Detachable
No
No

Extra Accessories

Someone is attaching the whisk attachment to the motor housing of the Ninja CI101 Foodi Power Mixer System Power Cord.
The Mueller Ultra-Stick Immersion Blender Whisk Attachment lying flat on a gray table.
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Removable
Yes
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.4
7.4

Ease of Use

8.1
7.3

Handling

9.0
6.5
 Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Mixer.
 Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Mixer.
Someone is holding the Ninja Foodi Immersion Blender.
Someone uses two hands to control the Mueller Ultra-Stick immersion blender: one for holding the handle and pressing the power button at the same time, the other for rotating the speed dial.

Blade Assembly

9.5
8.5

Cleanability

8.0
8.5

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