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PopBabies Portable Blender vs. Ninja Nutri Pro Compact (BN401) Personal Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

Uncover the ultimate winner between the PopBabies Portable Blender and the Ninja Nutri Pro Compact (BN401) Personal Blender with our testing comparison.

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PopBabies Portable Blender

Ninja Nutri Pro Compact

PopBabies Portable Blender vs. Ninja Nutri Pro Compact (BN401) Personal Blender

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%Usability Ninja Nutri Pro Com...PopBabies Portable...9.59.49.69.73.62.36.14.6
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The Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro is an exceptional personal blender that stands out among the competition, including the PopBabies, with its unparalleled performance and versatile capabilities. During our testing, it delivered consistently outstanding results across a range of recipes, from frozen fruit smoothies to leafy greens extractions, protein shakes, and crushed ice. 

But the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro is not just about performance. It also boasts a premium construction with top-grade materials and a sturdy structure that ensures long-term durability. The thoughtfully-designed blade design adds to its reliability, while the two Auto-iQ presets proved to simplify the blending process and improve the overall user experience. 

The PopBabies appears to be an alluring choice with its cordless operation, but unfortunately, it fails to live up to the standard of a corded personal blender like the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro. Its limited power and suboptimal blade design make it only suitable for basic blending tasks with soft or cooked food. Not to mention that its overall build quality and durability are less than impressive.

Pros & Cons

  • The cordless design allows for blending on-the-go. 
  • It is pretty useful when it comes to making small batches of baby food and fresh fruit smoothies.
  • The battery is easy to charge.
  • 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’s inadequate for blending tough ingredients like frozen fruits and raw nuts. 
  • The cup’s small capacity limits the quantity of ingredients.
  • Food must be cut into very small pieces before blending.
  • The low cost of the blender is reflected in its flimsy construction.
  • The cup’s small opening makes it messy to add ingredients.
  • The need to shake the blender during operation
  • The motor base is roughly the same size as a standard full-sized blender. 
  • It’s relatively noisy.

Key Specs

Dimension
H10.2 x W3.3 inches
H14.2 x W6.4 inches
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
Number of speeds
1
4
Pulse/Turbo option
No
Yes
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
Yes
Accessories
a rubber funnel, ice cube tray
An extra blending cup, two spout lids

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$34.11
$84.93

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
2.3
9.4

Protein Shake

2.8
8.8
A batch of protein shake prepared by the PopBabies 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 20 seconds) next to it.
A batch of protein shake prepared by the PopBabies 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 20 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 PopBabies blender.
PopBabies Portable Blender Protein Shake Test
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.
Blending Time
3 mins 21 secs
1 min 01 sec
Result
Very Coarse
Slightly Smooth

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

4.0
10
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the PopBabies  portable blender with a smartphone displaying the total blending time ( 2 minutes and 01 seconds) next to it.
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the PopBabies  portable blender with a smartphone displaying the total blending time ( 2 minutes and 01 seconds) next to it.
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the PopBabies personal blender is spread throughout a white paper.
PopBabies Portable Blender Frozen Fruit Smoothie Test
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.
Blending Time
2 mins
1 min
Result
Smooth
Silky Smooth
Suction

Fibrous Greens

0.0
9.5
A glass of water and with fibrous greens pulp produced by the PopBabies Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water and with fibrous greens pulp produced by the PopBabies Single-Serve Blender.
PopBabies Portable Blender Fibrous Greens Test
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.
Blending Time
20 seconds
20 seconds
Result
Very Coarse
Very Fine

Crushed Ice Cubes

0.0
10
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.
Ice Fineness
Failed
Very Fine
Unblended Ice
100% of 6 oz
0% of 6 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.1
9.6

In the Box

The PopBabies  personal blender lying on a table with a paper carton box, user guide, charging cable, funnel, and ice cube tray by its sides.
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.

Dimensions

The PopBabies portable blender standing on a table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 4.2 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 10.2 inches and 3.3 inches, respectively.
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.
Height
10.2" (25.9 cm)
14.2" (36.1 cm)
Width
3.3" (8.4 cm)
6.4" (16.3 cm)
Weight
1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
Length
Shaft Length

Build Quality

6.5
9.5
The motor base and blending cup of the PopBabies blender.
The motor base and blending cup of the Ninja Bn401 Nutri Pro single-serve blender lying side by side on a table.

Blades

6.0
9.5
A close-up of the PopBabies’s blade
A close-up of the blade assembly sporting 4 stainless steel prongs of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro single-serve blender.
Material
Stainless steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Cross
Guard Material
Blade Count
4 blades
4 blades
Removable
No
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
No
Yes

Motor Base

The PopBabies’s Motor Base
The PopBabies’s Motor Base
A close-up of the PopBabies’s motor base
The underside of the PopBabies’s 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
Rated Voltage
N/A
120 V
Rated Power
175 Watt
1000 W
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
Yes
Yes
Weight
0.8 lb
4.5 lbs (2.0 kg)
Cord Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
2.6 ft (0.8 m)
Extra Feature
No
Rubber grips on the bottom, cooling fan.

Blending Cup

5.0
10
The PopBabies’s cup standing on a table, with its dimension being noted to the side as 2.3x8.6x3.2 inches
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
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
16.0 fl oz (473.2 ml)
24 oz
Weight
0.5 oz (14 g)
1 lb
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small batches
Small and Medium batches
Accessories
A funnel
Spout Lids

Speed and Controls

A close-up of the power button on the motor base of the PopBabies
A close-up of the power button on the motor base of the PopBabies
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Popbabies personal blender with the noise meter (86.4 dB).
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro personal blender with the noise meter (101.2 dB).
Activation
Button
Twist
Min Speed
N/A
N/A
Max Speed
17,234 RPM
18,996 RPM
Presets
No
Yes
Noise Level
86 dB
101 (db)
Digital Display
No
Yes
Pulse Mode
No
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
4.6
9.7

Hands-Free Operation

3.0
10

Assembly

7.0
9.5

Cleanability

7.0
9.0

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