Vitamix vs. Blendtec

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Vitamix vs. Blendtec | nutritionstripped.comVitamix vs. Blendtec, it’s one of the most common questions I receive from readers about which blender to purchase when making their awesome smoothies. The vitamix and I go way back… about 8 years back! My Vitamix was a Christmas gift from my parents in college that I begged them to get for me, which made the happiest girl in the world when I opened it up that Christmas morning. It’s been a part of my daily meal planning and preparing whether in the form of making my Stripped Green Smoothie every morning, nut butters, homemade almond milk, hummus, salad dressings, soups, and much more.

You could see my loyalty with Vitamix and why I’ve loved this machine for all my cooking needs throughout the years. Today I wanted to share with you, my opinion (as un-biased as I could be), with the two most well known high speed blenders- the Vitamix and Blendtec. Blendtec was incredibly generous to offer me the Blendtec model to try since I’ve never tried any other high speed blender besides the Vitamix with success for my blending needs. Let’s just say, I was a very happy tester.

The blender models I’ve tried include: Ninja, Magic Bullet, Hamilton Beach, and Osterman. All of these brands mentioned never passed my test with the Stripped Green Smoothie, which is packed full of greens and can be hard to completely blend smooth with most blenders. This is where high speed blenders come into play- they create the most smooth, velvety, green smoothies you can get. Standard blenders can certainly work for you, but the best results with be with high speed blenders. Trust me, I used a Magic Bullet for the first 3 years of drinking my green smoothies and let me tell you, they were not as pleasant as they are today with my Vitamix or the Blendtec.

So let’s first break it down into what each model offers and then followed by my personal opinions on the pros/cons of each model. Again, these are just my honest personal opinions and neither of these companies had any say in what I share with you all.

Vitamix

VITAMIX 5200 model

The specs: it includes a 4 blade unit, manual knob for increasing speed of blender, pulse button, 64 ounce container [BPA free], 2 peak HP motor, and AMPs 11.5.

Pros //

  • Quiter in comparison to Blendtec
  • Manual knob to control pulsing and mixing/blending with ease
  • Basic knob set up
  • Easy to use
  • Powerful
  • Strong lid
  • Tamper available for making sure all contents are blended
  • Strong base that doesn’t move around when blending

Cons //

  • Takes longer time to completely smooth the batter/smoothie/etc.
  • Taller [hard to store in small spaces]
  • Heavier base (which can also be a good thing if you’re blending a large volume)
  • Scraping out food content is more difficult by the blades in comparison to Blendtec (i.e. nut butters, etc.)
  • May not be as visually appealing

Blentec

BLENDTEC designer series, wildside model

The specs: 2 blade unit, wide container, touch screen- screen gives you options of what you’re blending (i.e. juices, batters, smoothies, ice creams, etc.), timer for blending duration, and Watts 1560, AMPs 13.

Pros //

  • Quick
  • Easy to use with navigation buttons for specific mixing styles
  • Easy to clean
  • Wide mouth container makes for easier scraping of food contents
  • Sleek design
  • Shorter [saves space in storage]

 

Cons //

  • Louder in comparison to the vitamix
  • Less weight means the blender jumps around sometimes without having a steady hand on the machine
  • Less manual control with the preprogrammed buttons
  • Need to add more water to initially blend whole fruits and vegetables
  • Sometimes there are frozen fruit chunks left in the mix
  • No tamper
  • Lid must be held on or else the content may come out (I learned this the hard way with my smoothie!)

To test the Blendtec for the first time, I used it to re-blend my Stripped Green Smoothie. The Blendtec passed the test and was able to re-blend it quicker than my Vitamix, but not as smooth as the Vitamix does. Both the Vitamix and Blendtec created a smooth and velvety texture in the end- just what I’m after. From start to finish making the Stripped Green Smoothie (i.e. starting out with whole fruits and vegetables), the Vitamix excelled. It’s able to blend whole fruits and vegetables with less water and leaving no chunks. The clean up was much easier in the Blendtec since the sides are more straight and angular, meaning no nooks and crannies for the smoothie to get stuck into.

blended green smoothie

So which one I will use? BOTH! The Vitamix is still fantastic for all my blending needs and I love that machine! Blendtec has an amazing small container perfect to use for all my nut butters, nut flours, and grinding things effortlessly more so than the Vitamix (I also can’t speak for the nut container for the Vitamix because I don’t own that).  I will continue to use both interchangeably and depending on what I’m making- but overall Blendtec has surprised me with it’s power and ease of use.

I know that purchasing a high speed blender is an investment for most of you (as it is for me), but I promise if you’re in the kitchen as much as I am or even half the amount and using your blender once a day, this machine will pay itself off in no time. It’ll make some of your kitchen/recipe tasks much more efficient and they’re fun to use! I hope this review helped compare these two models well enough for you all to help guide you to what machine may work best for you.

Feel free to share this post with your friends and families! Also, visit Blendtec and Vitamix for more model details, pricing, and more pictures!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

xo McKel

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  • Cynthia

    This post is right on time for me. I had been searching the internet for reviews for a blender and also so both blenders demonstrated at the Costco in my area. I had pretty much decided on the Blendtec, so I like that you came to a similar conclusion. Since I’m new to the smoothies, I’ve decided to continue using my current blender for a few more weeks before making the big purchase. Thanks!

  • I want a blender so badly! I’m not sure if I’m ready for this investment, but I’ll be collecting your smoothie recipes until I get one 🙂

    • Hi Audrey,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post- yes it’s an investment, but if you’re cooking a bunch and making smoothies often it’s completely worth it and pays for itself 😉

  • Thanks for this! My trusty blender of nearly 10 years is on its way out and will soon need to be replaced, so the timing of your review is very useful 🙂

  • I want to invest in a blender so badly and this has helped me so much! I think a Blendtec will be perfect for me. Thanks for your honest and very helpful review!

    • HI Laura,
      I’m so glad it was helpful! Yes, having a high speed blender especially if you’re cooking in the kitchen a lot, is a helpful too that pays for itself in time 😉

  • Sam

    This is great info! Thanks! I’m excited to get my first high speed blender…one day…

  • Loved reading the comparison. I honestly adore my Vitamix and if it broke on me today I would replace it immediately. It is such a workhorse in the kitchen

  • Deneen Caprenter

    I just replaced my Vitamix of 15 years with the new Vitamix 750 and I am in love! My old Vitamix was still working great, {I gave to my college age daughter who is thrilled to have it} but I wanted an upgrade and the new 750 address the cons you stated above.
    Taller [hard to store in small spaces] -Now fits under standard counters.
    Harder to clean – Now wide bottom base super easy to clean
    Scraping out food content is much more difficult by the blades in comparison to Blentec (i.e. nut butters, etc.)- resolved with wide bottom
    Not as visually appealing as the Blendtec – Now is stainless steel and pretty:)

  • Taylor

    Do both of these blenders have like a lifetime warranty at all?

  • Deborah

    What a terrific analysis, thank you! I have had my Vitamix for a couple of years now and I use it all the time (probably about 4 times today even!). It even makes a terrific almond flour in mere seconds. My only tiny complaint is that I can’t quite scrape out all the hummus or smoothies because the goodies are hiding under the blades. Otherwise I love it and find it easy to clean. I usually fill it halfway with warm water, then add dish soap and then blend for a minute and it is good to go!

  • Thank you for this comprehensive data!

    I have exactly the same opinion. My (now former) boyfriend bought the VitaMix, and when I knew I had to have one too, I opted for the BlendTec, mostly because of the size (my kitchen is TINY) and that it was $100 cheaper.

    For months I wondered if I’d cheaped out and given that I use the machine almost every day (!), should I have just gone for the VitaMix instead? Oddly, the question comes up over and over, whenever anyone asks me if they should get a VitaMix.

    SO glad to see you agree with me that the BlendTec is the better choice! Thank you!

    • Hi Ruth,
      I like both machines equally the same- although I was surprised by how well the Blendtec did! I’m glad you found which one works for you 😉

  • Chris Nelson

    Thank you for the comparison review. One question I have is whether the Blendtec works well with smaller quantities. Some reviews have suggested that it works better with volume recipes and does not perform as well as the Vitamix with smaller portions. I am considering a refurbished Blendtec, which comes with the three-quart WildSide jar. I like the extra size, but do not always make large portions. What has your experience been with smaller quantities, say, a 16-ounce serving? Thanks in advance!

    • Overall, vitamix is my favorite- both offer smaller size containers to use for smaller items, regardless I use the big container for everything and it’s the best. I can’t say enough how much the Vitamix adds value to cooking and making recipes that much better! Check out my kitchen tools page for a direct link to vitamix with a warranty and free shipping coupon code built in too 🙂

  • Shyla

    I was wondering if you had any opinion about the low-profile containers that Vitamix offers on their newer machines? I’ve read some different websites that say the wider base the container has makes it harder to blend all the contents. I thought you might have some first hand advice on how well the taller container works for you! Storage won’t be a problem for me, so that’s not something I’m concerned about. Just curious about size and your preference! Any help is greatly appreciated!

    • I really like the taller containers, but anytime you have a wider/shorter container with a tamper, it works great still!

      • Shyla

        Alright, thank you very much! I was leaning a little more towards the taller container anyways. I appreciate the help!

  • Brian

    Terrific review, thank you. I haven’t decided which to get yet. I like some of the features of the Blendtec, but I keep reading reports of how the jars break down after about a year, something to do with the seals. Under warranty, they are replaced, but out of warranty, that could start getting expensive. Noise is another issue, but they’re all loud. Is it worth it buy the newest Vitamix 750 models? Is the extra cost worth it for less noise, or is the noise reduction not that great? Who knows. The Vitamix seems to need more attention, with the tamper, but it’s more sturdy. I’ve seen Blendtecs jump around. I would not use a preset and walk away, or I’ve read where the lids pop off and a huge mess happens. Thanks again.

    • McKel Hill

      I’m partial to the Vitamix, but I heard KitchenAid is coming out with a pretty amazing one for under both of those prices, stay tuned for that review when it comes out!

  • Kylie

    Hi Mckel, Have your blades have gotten any sort of discoloration at all from using turmeric and/or cinnamon and if you have had to replace them at all?

    • McKel Hill

      Yes, my containers get yellow but a good wash with hot water, soap, and baking soda keep it clean and I really don’t mind it staining for a couple days!

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