Jan. 10. 2014
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Vitamix 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 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

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.

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