When the Vitamix 5200 took the top prize in Consumer Reports’ most recent blender test, a feat it has accomplished multiple times in years past, it should have been something for the company to smile about. But it might be hard for Vitamix revel in what is only a partial victory; its $450 model shared its place on the first place podium with the $60 Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004.
Despite the $390 disparity in price, both appliances topped their field, each receiving 91 of a possible 100 points. Consumer Reports was quick to concede, however, that despite their matching level of quality the two blenders are not created equal. The Vitamix 5200 has multiple settings and is even capable of making hot soup, something not even the single-speed Ninja can accomplish. But what the Ninja lacks in settings, it makes up for in container choices; the Ninja comes with interchangeable 16-ounce, 40-ounce, and 48-ounce bowls.
In addition to the 5200 and Master Prep Professional QB1004, eleven other blender received Consumer Reports’ mark of approval including a second Vitamix model, the Professional Series 750.
Consumer Reports notes that blenders have become big business as of late, growing 11% last year to $673 million.