I have owned each of these blenders at some point in my life. Which one would I buy if I had the chance to do it all over again?
I used a Vitamix for 20 years. It was even in the company’s database when I called them for parts a few years before the motor went out. That surprised me. It was just for the base of the container. For that repair, it only cost me, maybe, $20. That was the only time I serviced it. For the amount I paid for it, I felt that I got my money’s worth.
So why did I switch to a Ninja blender? When the motor went bad, I had a decision to make. I could either ship the unit to the company to let them refurbish it, buy a new Vitamix, buy a refurbished Vitamix, or purchase a different blender all together. My husband and I deliberated and I did some research.
1. The Vitamix. It would cost me shipping to and from the company around $60 each way, and about $200. Total=approx. $320. Cheaper than a brand new one.
2. A new Vitamix comparable to the one I had would cost around $500.
3. A refurbished one would cost about $450 plus shipping.
4. A Ninja Blender 1500 W would cost around $179.
We bought the Ninja 1500W 72 Ounce Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ and Cups | BL642W. We bought it at Walmart. If you shop around you could get it cheaper, and get more accessories than what we got which was two 32 oz cups. We didn’t want to wait. My husband thought it was a powerful blender for the price, and if it broke down, we could get another one and still be ahead than buying a Vitamix.
We have had it now for a year and a half. It has been a good blender. I like the cups that came with it and have used them just as much as I have used the large container. WE have never had any issues like the motor getting too warm or blades sticking. It is on the loud side, but so was the Vitamix. It blends well and makes hot soups nicely. The cups blend even finer. I have used it to grind down nuts and seeds as well.