Ninja BL480D Nutri Personal Blender Review

Tina Pham
Reviewer
Tuyet Pham
Culinary Consultant
Lap Vo
Test Lead
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Ninja BL480D Nutri Personal Blender Review
Blender type: personal
Power: 1000W

Overall Verdict

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

The Ninja BL480D Nutri is special, but it’s not particularly efficient. It passed our tests but didn’t blow our minds. For a machine that costs this much money, we had hoped for smoother results with almost no unblended leftovers. If you love the simplicity and compact footprints of personal blenders, you may not be wild about the Ninja BL480D Nutri. It is bulky, demands some time to learn, and leans heavily on gimmickry. To be fair, however, it does function better than most personal blenders out there; we just don’t think it is a good value for money.

Things We Like

  • 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

Things We Don’t Like

  • It’s expensive 
  • The control panel is gimmicky
  • Updated Aug 18, 2022:

    Review published

The Ninja BL480D Nutri is meant to provide powerful performance and consistent results in a single-serving blending cup. On paper, it’s so strong that it can even pulverize ice to a snow-like consistency without difficulty, to say nothing of simpler tasks like juice, frozen mixtures, sauces, and icy desserts. But how does it perform in the real world? We put it through our rigorous tests to find out.

Ninja BL480D Nutri Personal Blender In-depth Review

Performance

How We Tested

While the Ninja Nutri is advertised as a personal blender, it actually features a powerful motor worthy of a full-sized blender. As such, in our hands-on testing, it was more efficient than most rivals. Still, its outcomes were not always the best. Ultimately, we don’t think you need to fork over so much cash for a personal blender when there are cheaper, smaller, and better options like the NutriBullet and the Ninja QB3001SS Fit.

8.8

Protein Shake

Ninja BL480D Nutri Protein Shake
Ninja BL480D Nutri Protein Shake 1
  • Blending Time: 1 min 10 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth
  • Unprocessed Chunks: No

This Ninja Nutri was among the fastest blenders in this test, taking one minute and ten seconds to yield a serving of protein shake packed with almonds, dried berries, oatmeal, and protein powder. However, it couldn’t create the silky texture we got from the Ninja Fit or the NutriBullet. While the oatmeal was completely broken down, small amounts of almonds and berries remained solid. So, unless you’re really interested in its professional look and intelligent programs, the NutriBullet or the Ninja Fit can actually blend your drink better and do so at less than half the price.

9.5

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Ninja BL480D Nutri Frozen Fruit Smoothie
Ninja BL480D Nutri Frozen Fruit Smoothie 1
  • Blending Time: 1 min 5 seconds
  • Result: Silky Smooth
  • Unprocessed Chunks: No

The Nutri Ninja excelled at this test. It puréed our frozen strawberries, mango, raspberries, and blueberries to perfection in just over one minute. Although it was fifteen seconds slower than the NutriBullet, this wasn’t a huge gap. For the most part, we’re willing to wait a bit longer as long as we get good results.

8.0

Fibrous Greens

Ninja BL480D Nutri Fibrous Greens
Ninja BL480D Nutri Fibrous Greens 1
  • Blending Time: 20 seconds
  • Result: Fine
  • Unprocessed Chunks: Yes

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.

8.0

Crushed Ice Cubes

Ninja BL480D Nutri Crushed Ice
  • Ice Fineness: Coarse
  • Amoun Tof 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. The crushed ice didn’t have a snow-like texture, but would be good enough for your cocktails.

The Ninja Nutri is a very capable blender, so it scores well in most of our evaluations. The trouble is that it is very expensive and far bulkier and more complex than any personal blender should be. If you are short on cooking space, don’t want to fuss with settings, and expect to get your money’s worth, then those are issues.

In the Box

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

Dimension

Ninja BL480D Nutri Dimension
  • Height
    14.2" (36.1 cm)
  • Width
    6.4" (16.3 cm)
  • Weight
    5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
  • 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.

9.5

Build Quality

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.

10

Blade

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.

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
  • Rated Working Time
     ≤ 1 minute
  • Automatic Overload Protection
    No
  • Weight
    4.5 lbs
  • Power 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.

Speed and Controls

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  • Control Type
    N/A
  • Min Speed
    RPM
  • Max Speed
    RPM
  • Presets
    No
  • Max Noise Level
    dB
  • LED Display
    No
  • Pulse Turbo 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.

10

Blending Cup

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  • Material
    Plastic
  • Capacity
    18- and 24-oz
  • Weight
    0.5- and 0.58-lb
  • Dishwasher Safe
    Yes
  • Measurement Marks
    No
  • Suitable For
    Small and medium batches
  • Extra 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.

Usability

How We Rated

The Ninja Nutri is kind of impressive in that it looks fussy and technical, but is easy to figure out in practice. Once you get used to it, cleaning and assembling are simple as well.

10

Hands-Free Operation

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.

9.5

Assembly

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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.

9.0

Cleanability

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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.

Compared to Other Personal Blenders

If the higher cost of the Ninja BL480D Nutri is beyond your means, we recommend considering the Ninja QB3001SS Fit. Actually, this blender isn’t the only heavy-duty performer, nor is it the most efficient you’ll find on the market, but its combination of price, quality, and performance is more balanced than any personal blender we tested. 

The KOIOS Bullet lacks the necessary power to become an all-arounder like the Ninja BL480D Nutri, but we were quite impressed with its testing performance. It did a fine job of making protein shakes and frozen fruit smoothies. While its extraction of leafy veggies needed to be blended longer than our benchmark (20 seconds) in order to achieve a smoother texture, it was better than those produced by its peers in the segment. 

Like the Ninja BL480D Nutri, the NutriBullet Pro 900 is an all-purpose blender that performed well in all of our tests. However, in the same testing procedure, its results were churned out faster and with more desired consistency—even the crushed ice. Due to the simpler overall design, it was also more comfortable to test, too. 

For additional details, read our full guide to Best Personal Blenders.