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Kmart Anko vs NutriBullet vs Ninja – which is the best personal blender?

How does the budget buy stack up against the well-known brands? Do they really earn their bigger price tags?

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Last updated: 01 November 2021

As the days start getting warmer, are you considering a health kick? Perhaps you're thinking of jumping on the smoothie bandwagon as a way of packing more fruits and vegies into your diet. 

A personal blender is an easy, convenient way to blitz up a single-serve smoothie while cutting down on the washing up. NutriBullet and Ninja are the two best-known brands on the market, costing $160 and $130 respectively, or even more – but are they worth the money? How does a cheap and cheerful $59 personal blender from Kmart stack up?

We asked CHOICE kitchen expert Fiona Mair for her advice on what to look for when buying a personal blender, and for CHOICE members, we'll reveal her pick of the personal blender brands. 

How we test personal blenders

"Smoothie ingredients can include frozen fruits and vegetables, hard and soft fruits and vegetables, leafy greens such as spinach and kale and ice cubes," says Fiona. 

"A personal blender needs to be able to blend these types of foods, resulting in a smooth texture."

To put each personal blender through its paces, we test to see if the blender can manage several things:

  • Blending a soft frozen smoothie
  • Crushing ice
  • Blending a green smoothie
  • Blending kale in water.

"The kale in water is a harsh test, but we want to see how finely the blender can process the kale," says Fiona. 

"After blending, the kale is poured through a fine sieve and we weigh the amount that doesn't pass through to see how well the blender has processed it.

"If a personal blender can process kale, then it's one of the better ones."

What to look for when buying a personal blender

  • Running a personal blender for too long can cause the blender to overheat, which can damage it. Look for blenders with a pre-programmed setting that will turn the blender off after one minute.
  • If you're a solo smoothie drinker, then one blender cup will be more than enough. But if you're blending for a few people, look for a blender that comes with multiple cups or jugs. 
  • When using a standard blender, you can easily add to it during processing through the cap or lid. But personal blenders with the inverted cup generally have screw-on lids. This means you'll need to take them apart to add extra ingredients, which can get messy.
  • Consider how you'll clean the blender: is the cup so narrow that you'll need a bottle brush to clean it? Are the parts dishwasher safe? How easy is it to take apart and put back together?
  • If you're planning to drink your smoothie on the go, make sure the blender cup is leak-proof and will fit in your car's cupholder, or is easy to fit in your bag when you're done. 
  • Think about how else you might use your personal blender. They're great for whipping up small quantities of things such as dips, salad dressings, sauces and cocktails. 
  • Remember that blending causes friction, which can cause the ingredients you're blending to warm slightly. To prevent this, add either frozen fruit or ice cubes to the mix.
  • For more advice on choosing a blender, read our guide to how to buy the best blender

How does the Kmart personal blender compare with the Ninja and NutriBullet?

For simplicity's sake, we'll compare similar personal blenders: the Kmart Anko Nutritional Pro Blender ($59), the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro ($130), and the NutriBullet Pro 1200 ($169).

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Is the cheap Kmart blender a good option, or are you better off spending more for an established brand? Both the Ninja and NutriBullet come with a 12-month warranty and dedicated customer service, plus you can buy accessories and replacement parts for them, which Kmart doesn't offer. But do those factors justify the higher price tag?

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Kmart Anko Nutritional Pro Blender 207414.

Kmart Anko Nutritional Pro Blender 207414

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 85%
  • Performance score: 93%
  • Price: $59

This cheap and cheerful personal blender wowed our experts with its performance, receiving a perfect score on the green-smoothie test and 83% on the kale test. It also excelled at crushing ice and blending a soft liquid.

It received the highest ease of use score of the three personal benders we're comparing. Our expert testers found that its controls were easy to use, with written labelling and indicator lights. It's also easy to store and only has a few parts. 

This cheap and cheerful personal blender wowed our experts with its performance

In a product this cheap, you'd expect a few downsides. The blender's drinking lid isn't leakproof, so you'll need to keep it upright unless you want to wear your smoothie. It's very noisy and, despite its rubber feet, it can move on the bench while blending. 

And there are a few limitations in terms of what you can blend: it's not suitable for dry blending, so you'll always need to add liquid, and it's not suitable for blending hot liquids either. 

Aside from those few drawbacks, the Kmart personal blender performs very well for the price and either outperforms or is on par with more expensive models. It's recommended by our expert testers.

Read the full Kmart Anko Nutritional Pro Blender 207414 review

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Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro BL450ANZMN 30.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro BL450ANZMN 30

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 87%
  • Performance score: 100%
  • Price: $130

It may cost more than twice as much as the Kmart blender, but does the Nutri Ninja Pro deliver a better experience? Well, it blitzed all of our tests, receiving perfect scores for green smoothies, kale, soft liquids and crushing ice – giving it an overall performance score of 100%. 

It blitzed all of our tests, receiving perfect scores for green smoothies, kale, soft liquids and crushing ice

However, it was a little let down by its ease of use score, receiving just 68%. It can be fiddly, with the blade assembly being difficult to remove from the cup after blending. And to operate it, you need to manually press down on the blender jug. 

It doesn't have an on indicator light either, but considering that it's noisy and has a tendency to move on the bench during blending, there's zero chance you won't know it's on!

Read the full Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro review

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Nutribullet Pro 1200 NB07100-1208DG.

NutriBullet Pro 1200 NB07100-1208DG

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 72%
  • Performance score: 73%
  • Price: $169

Let's be honest: a 72% rating isn't bad at all. It's just that you can get better performance for a cheaper price than the NutriBullet's $169 price tag. And $169 is just the starting price – expect to pay more if you want extra features.  

Although the NutriBullet aced the green-smoothie and soft-liquid tests, it was really let down by its scores on the kale test and crushing-ice test. Our experts also noted that it's very noisy (even more so than the Ninja and Kmart blenders). 

You can get better performance for a cheaper price than the NutriBullet's $169 price tag

Plus, the manufacturer recommends replacing the extractor blades every six months, depending on how heavily it's used, so you'll be continuing to pay for the privilege of owning one. 

If you're dead set on the NutriBullet brand and won't consider anything else, make sure you check our personal blender reviews before you buy – some NutriBullets perform better than others. 

Experts' verdict

So, the Ninja is double the price of the Kmart Anko blender but scores just two percentage points more – is it worth it? And the NutriBullet is the most expensive of the lot, but doesn't perform as well. Which is the best one? 

"Overall, the Kmart Anko and Nutri Ninja models stand out for performance, while the NutriBullet struggles with ice and kale," says Fiona. "If you're wanting a blender just to make soft smoothies, then the NutriBullet will do the job.

"Pricewise, the Anko is a bargain at $59, whereas NutriBullets and Ninjas are all more than $100 and up to $300."

Overall, the Kmart Anko and Nutri Ninja models stand out for performance, while the NutriBullet struggles with ice and kale

Fiona Mair, CHOICE kitchen expert

In the end, it all depends on how often you'll be using your blender and how long you want it to last. The Kmart model may be cheaper, but it may not last as long, and the Ninja and NutriBullet blenders both come with a one-year warranty. If things go wrong with your blender, you may have better luck with customer service from an established brand rather than a discount retailer. 

NutriBullet outclassed by cheaper products

But even with a warranty, the NutriBullet is well and truly outclassed by both the cheaper products. So if you're prepared to spend $100-plus on a personal blender, the Ninja is a better option. 

Plus, the NutriBullet manufacturer recommends replacing the blades every six months (depending on use), so you'll be paying more than just the upfront cost. 

Sucker for a smoothie?

If you're a diehard smoothie enthusiast who likes to pulverise fruit and vegies once or twice a day, you'll probably see the value in spending extra on the Ninja. There's no denying its excellent performance, and it's an established brand that's backed by a warranty. (But remember that you still have consumer rights even if a product is out of warranty.)

Less frequent use

On the other hand, if you're new to the smoothie scene or only want to use your blender once or twice a week, the Kmart is a great buy: it performs well and, because it's relatively cheap, you won't feel so guilty leaving it in the cupboard. 

Perhaps the most telling thing is which blender Fiona has in her own kitchen: "I actually have the Kmart Anko one," she reveals. "It's noisy but it does the job."

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