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Ninja Nutri Pro Compact (BN401) vs. BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Personal Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

Ninja Nutri Pro Compact (BN401) vs BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Personal Blender. The choice between the two will depend on your budget and preference.

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Ninja Nutri Pro Compact

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade

Ninja Nutri Pro Compact (BN401) vs. BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Personal Blender

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%Usability Ninja Nutri Pro Com...BLACK+DECKER Fusion...9.59.49.69.76.66.17.47.0
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The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Compact is undoubtedly a top-tier choice among personal blenders, outperforming the lower-priced competition such as the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade. In every test, the Ninja BN401 demonstrated superior blending capabilities, making quick work of even the most challenging ingredients to produce consistently smooth results. Its advanced Auto-iQ presets further enhance the blending experience, making it even easier to achieve the perfect blend every time.

While the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade didn't necessarily blow us away during testing, it still provided acceptable performance for its price range. It offers a budget-friendly option for those seeking a stylish and functional single-serving blender without sacrificing too much in terms of blending capabilities. While it may not be as quick as some of the higher-powered models we tested, including the Ninja BN401, we found that it was able to blend frozen fruit, leafy greens, and protein shakes with raw nuts to a nearly smooth consistency.

Pros & Cons

  • This blender is an all-arounder that works without a fuss. 
  • Nearly all of its capability is outstanding—it’s very well equipped to crush ice and make smoothies. 
  • The 1000-watt motor provides heavy-duty blending performance. 
  • Smart preset programs are designed to deliver excellent consistency. 
  • There are solid design details throughout the blender.
  • It offers consistent performance.
  • There is an extra blending jar with twist-on travel lids included.
  • The motor is more than sufficient for light-duty tasks. 
  • It has a fetching, well-finished, and simple design.
  • The motor base is roughly the same size as a standard full-sized blender. 
  • It’s relatively noisy.
  • It doesn’t allow for hands-free operation
  • A better blade assembly could make blending more efficient.

Key Specs

Dimension
H14.2 x W6.4 inches
H14.5 x W5.5 inches
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
Number of speeds
4
1
Pulse/Turbo option
Yes
No
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
Yes
Accessories
An extra blending cup, two spout lids
Two to-go lid, an extra blending cup

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$84.93
$28.47

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.4
6.1

Protein Shake

8.8
7.2
Ninja BN401 Personal Blender Protein Shake Test
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Single-Serve Blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute) next to it.
Using a spoon to scoop a small smattering of dried blueberry chunks from a mesh strainer containing protein shake produced the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Blender.
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Black and Decker PB1002 blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (2 minutes) next to it.
A tiny piece of dried blueberries scooped from a mesh strainer containing protein shake produced by the Black+Decker single-serve blender by a stainless steel spoon.
Blending Time
1 min 01 sec
2 mins 01 sec
Result
Slightly Smooth
Smooth

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

10
6.0
Ninja BN401 Personal Blender Frozen Fruit Smoothie Test
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by theNinja BN401 Nutri Pro blender with a smartphone displaying the total blending time ( 59 seconds) next to it.
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender is spread throughout a white paper.
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Frozen Fruit Smoothie Video
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender is spread throughout a white paper with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute and 40 seconds) next to it.
 A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Black+Decker Fusionblade 12-Speed  Blender.
Blending Time
1 min
1 min 40 seconds
Result
Silky Smooth
Silky Smooth
Suction

Fibrous Greens

9.5
7.0
Ninja BN401 Personal Blender Fibrous Greens Test
A glass of water and fibrous greens pulp produced by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Personal Blender sinking from its top to bottom.
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender sinking from its top to bottom.
Blending Time
20 seconds
20 seconds
Result
Very Fine
Coarse

Crushed Ice Cubes

10
0.0
Ninja BN401 Personal Blender Crushed Ice Test
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Personal Blender being on a table.
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Crushed Ice Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade 12-Speed Personal Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.76 oz) of the Black+Decker Fusionblade single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
Ice Fineness
Very Fine
Chunky
Unblended Ice
0% of 6 oz
79% of 6 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.6
7.4

In the Box

The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender lying on a white table with the accessories by its side, including a blending cup with lid, a spout lid, a paper carton box, a recipe book, and owner’s manuals.
The Black+Decker Fusionblade lying on a table with its additional accessories, including an extra blending cup with lid, a to-go lid, a paper carton box, and owner’s manuals.

Dimensions

The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 14.2 inches and 6.4 inches, respectively.
The Black+Decker Fusionblade 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 14.5 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively.
Height
14.2" (36.1 cm)
14.5" (36.8 cm)
Width
6.4" (16.3 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
Length
Shaft Length

Build Quality

9.5
7.0
The motor base and blending cup of the Ninja Bn401 Nutri Pro single-serve blender lying side by side on a table.
The motor base and blending cup of the Black+Decker Fusionblade single-serve blender lying side by side on a gray table.

Blades

9.5
6.0
A close-up of the blade assembly sporting 4 stainless steel prongs of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro single-serve blender.
A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 2 prongs of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender.
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Flat
Guard Material
Blade Count
4 blades
2 blades
Removable
Yes
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Motor Base

The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Motor Base
The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Motor Base
A close-up of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Motor Base
The motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a white table.
The motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a white table.
A close-up of the motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender.
A close-up of the underside of the Black+Decker Fusionblade motor base.
A close-up of the power plug in the underside of the Black+Decker Fusionblade motor base.
Rated Voltage
120 V
120V
Rated Power
1000 W
275 Watt
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
Yes
No
Weight
4.5 lbs (2.0 kg)
1.9 lbs (0.9 kg)
Cord Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)
2.3" (5.8 cm)
Extra Feature
Rubber grips on the bottom, cooling fan.
rubber feets

Blending Cup

10
10
Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender’s cups showing the height, depth, and width in inches
Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender’s cups showing the height, depth, and width in inches
The Ninja BN 401 Nutri Pro spout lid
Two blending cups of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table, with the width of their top and bottom being noted to the side as 4 inches and 3, respectively, and the total length of the unit as 9 inches.
Two blending cups of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table, with the width of their top and bottom being noted to the side as 4 inches and 3, respectively, and the total length of the unit as 9 inches.
The blending cup of theBlack+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x9x3 inches).
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
24 oz
20 oz
Weight
1 lb
0.3 lb
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small and Medium batches
Small batches
Accessories
Spout Lids
Travel lids

Speed and Controls

Someone is measuring the noise level of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender with the noise meter (101.2 dB).
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Black+Decker personal blender with the noise meter (89 dB).
Activation
Twist
Button
Min Speed
N/A
N/A
Max Speed
18,996 RPM
21,386 RPM
Presets
Yes
No
Noise Level
101 (db)
88 dB
Digital Display
Yes
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.7
7.0

Hands-Free Operation

10
5.3

Assembly

9.5
10

Cleanability

9.0
9.0

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