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Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ (BN701) vs Black and Decker 10-Speed Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

Both the Ninja BN701 and the Black+Decker Crush Master deliver average performance overall, but their effectiveness varies depending on the specific task at hand.

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Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ (BN701) vs Black and Decker 10-Speed Blender

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In our tests, the Ninja BN701 and the Black+Decker Crush Master both delivered moderate capabilities, but the Ninja held a slight advantage. Its 1200-watt motor showed better efficiency in challenging tasks like crushing ice and blending frozen fruits. When it comes to making nut butter, liquifying fibrous greens, or preparing protein shakes, however, both blenders perform comparably, despite the Black+Decker less powerful 550-watt motor. 

Given its affordability and compact design, the Black+Decker Crush Master appears to cater to a more traditional or basic blending experience. However, you should be mindful of its lower-quality construction and some ergonomic challenges in its use.

For those seeking a blender that offers a bit more versatility and can handle a wider range of tasks, the Ninja BN701 would be the recommended choice, though not without its drawbacks.

Pros & Cons

  • Modern aesthetic design
  • Intuitive interface
  • Great for ice and nuts
  • Removal blade assembly for thorough cleaning 
  • Priced affordably, while still providing sufficient power for basic tasks
  • Compact and portable footprint
  • Green smoothies a challenge
  • Subpar build quality
  • Difficulty in removing the lid 
  • Stiff control buttons 
  • Noticeable smell of burning plastic

Key Specs

Dimensions
H17 x L6.6 x W9.3 inches
H15.8 x L8.3 x W6.3 inches
Weight
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)
6.7 lbs (3.0 kg)
Capacity
72 oz
48 oz
Motor Power
1400 watts
550 watts
Various Speed Settings
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$100.38
$33.47

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.6
6.4

Smoothie

4.6
7.8
Ninja Professional Plus Blender BN701 Smoothie Video
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features three distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
A white paper displays three smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender smoothies blended for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, 3 minutes, 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and 4 minutes.
Black and Decker 10 Speed Blender Smoothie Video
The Black+Decker Crush Master blender motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features three distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
A white paper displays three smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of the Black+Decker smoothies blended for 2 minutes 30 seconds, three minutes, 3 minute 30 seconds, and four minutes.
Blending Time
3 mins
3 mins 30 seconds
Result
Chunky
Silky Smooth

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

6.5
4.5
Ninja Professional Plus Blender BN701 Frozen Smoothie Video
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 3 minutes and 59 seconds.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender, spread on white paper.
Black and Decker 10 Speed Blender Frozen Smoothie Video
The Black+Decker Crush Master motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with the Black+Decker Crush Master blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
4 mins
5 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Chunky
Suction

Protein Shake

7.6
8.2
Ninja Professional Plus Blender BN701 Protein Shakes Video
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 3 minutes 49 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by theNinja BN701 Professional Plus, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Black and Decker 10 Speed Blender Protein Shakes Video
The Black+Decker Crush Master motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 2 minutes 30 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Black+Decker Crush Master, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
4 mins
2 mins 30 seconds
Result
Smooth
Slightly smooth

Almond Butter

7.8
7.8
Ninja Professional Plus Blender BN701 Almond Butter Video
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula, blend assembly, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 5 minutes.
A sample of almond butter created with the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender, spread on white paper.
Black and Decker 10 Speed Blender Almond Butter Video
The Black+Decker Crush Master is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 3 minutes and a half.
A sample of almond butter created with the Black+Decker Crush Master blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
5 mins
3 mins 30 seconds
Result
Smooth
Smooth

Crushed Ice

10
0.0
Ninja Professional Plus Blender BN701 Crushed Ice Video
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
Black and Decker 10 Speed Blender Crush Ice Video
The BLACK+DECKER  blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The BLACK+DECKER  blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
Ice Fineness
Very Fine
Coarse
Unblended Ice
0% of 12 oz
79% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.1
6.3

In the Box

A display of the  Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender blender and its accessories, including the user manual and a carton box, on a table.
Unboxing the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender
A display of theBlack+Decker Crush Master blender and its packaging box on a table.
Unboxing theBlack+Decker Crush MasterBlender

Dimensions

Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender  showing the height, length, and width in inches
Illustrated dimensions of the Black+Decker Crush Master showing the height, length, and width in inches.
Height
17.0" (43.2 cm)
15.8" (40.1 cm)
Width
9.3" (23.6 cm)
6.3" (16.0 cm)
Weight
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)
6.7 lbs (3.0 kg)
Length
6.6" (16.8 cm)
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Shaft Length

Build Quality

5.5
6.0
A closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender motor base and container
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender Motor Base and Container
A closeup of the Black+Decker Crush Master blender’s motor base and container
The Black+Decker Crush Master Motor Base and Container

Blades

6.0
7.0
A closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender stacked blade assembly
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender Stacked Blade Assembly
A closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender stacked blade assembly
A closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender stacked blade assembly
A closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s container, stacked blade assembly, and lid.
A close-up of the Black+Decker blender’s blade assembly
The Black+Decker Blade Assembly
A close-up of the Black+Decker blender’s blade assembly
A close-up of the Black+Decker blender’s blade assembly
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Stacked
Cross
Guard Material
Blade Count
6 sharp blades
4 sharp blades
Removable
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Motor Base

A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor
A close-up of the Black+Decker blender’s motor base
The Black+Decker Motor Base
A close-up of the Black+Decker blender’s motor base
A close-up of the underside of the Black+Decker blender’s motor base
Rated Voltage
120 Volts
120 Volts
Rated Power
1400 Wattages
550 Wattages
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
Yes
No
Weight
5.3 pounds
2.5 pounds
Cord Length
2.8 ft (0.9 m)
NaN ft (NaN m)
Extra Feature

Blending Container

Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender container showing the height and diameter in inches.
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender’s Container
Illustrated dimensions of the Black+Decker Crush Master showing the height, depth, and width in inches
Black and Decker 10-Speed Blender Blending Container
Illustrated dimensions of the Black+Decker Crush Master showing the height, depth, and width in inches
The blending container, blade assembly, lid, and lid-plug of the Black+Decker Crush Master blender on a table.
Material
Plastic
Glass
Capacity
72 oz
48 oz
Weight
2.7 pounds
3,5 pounds
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Large batches
Small to medium batches

Lid

A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s lid
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s lid
A close-up of the damage caused by blade assembly misalignment
A close-up of the Black+Decker two-part lid
The Black+Decker Two-Part Lid
Material
Plastic
 Plastic
Closing Type
Lock Mechanism
Friction
Features
Pouring Spout with Cap
Lid-plug

Control Panel

8.5
6.0
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s control panel
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender’s Control Panel
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s control panel
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Min Speed
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Max Speed
A close-up of the Black+Decker control panel
The Black+Decker Control Panel
A close-up of the Black+Decker control panel
the Black+Decker blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
the Black+Decker blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
Activation
Touch button
Press-button
Min Speed
4,269 RPM
13,003 RPM
Max Speed
5,101 RPM
18,373 RPM
Presets
Yes
No
Digital Display
No
No
Built-in Timer
No
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Extra Accessory

Material
N/A
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
N/A
Removable
N/A
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.7
7.0

Ease of Blend

6.0
7.0

Noise Level

7.1
6.5
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its recorded noise level. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender in Our Noise Level Test
The Black+Decker blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its noise level nearby. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
Max Level
99.3 dB
102.5 dB

Assembly

8.5
6.0

Cleanability

6.5
8.0