The Most Comprehensive Blendtec Vs Vitamix Review

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes

Blendtec vs Vitamix – COST
 - Payment Plans
Blendtec vs Vita Mix – NOISE
Blendtec vs Vitamix – DESIGN Blendtec vs Vitamix – BLENDING CONTAINERS/JARS
Blendtec vs Vitamix – PERFORMANCE
- SMOOTHIE MAKING
- JUICING
- SOUP
- CHOPPING
- GRINDING
- MIXING
- ICE CREAM
Blendtec vs Vitamix – CLEAN UP
Blendtec vs Vitamix – WARRANTY and DURABILITY

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A considerable purchase such as this justifies an excellent review. There are plenty of blender models on the market these days, however after research the majority of people seriously interested in blending realize it is a face off between Blendtec and Vitamix. This Blendtec vs Vitamix review explains the similarities and differences between the two of these superior high-speed performance blenders. Blender Babes will provide a thorough comparison of the two best blenders currently available to help you determine: Which blender is most beneficial for you personally, your family, and/or your lifestyle. 

Vitamix vs Blendtec – COST

We’re going to start with the biggest (and pretty much ONLY) con regarding these two blenders – their initial cost.  Yes, each blender will take a chunk out of your wallet, there is no doubt about that – thankfully both have less expensive refurbished options which are LIKE NEW. The base housing, jars, cookbooks, tamper (vitamix only) – everything is replaced. Plus you get FREE SHIPPING + a FREE $20 Amazon Gift Card for purchasing from Blender Babes (that goes for ALL blenders). Learn More.

BLENDTEC BLENDERS

Get the BEST DEALS (i.e. BETTER THAN COSTCO!) on Blendtec’s Refurbished model options  (**CURRENT BLENDTEC PRICE – GET THE TOTAL BLENDER CLASSIC FOR $279 OR THE DESIGNER FOR $379!!!) From the manufacturer website popular new Blendtec blenders cost anywhere between $649 for their newest Designer 725 model, $449 price for their sleek Designer Series model, and $399 for both their Total Blender Classic and  Signature Series models. Their uber quiet Stealth commercial model is now available for home use, however it’s a whopping $1,500.

VITAMIX BLENDERS

Vitamix blenders cost between $689 for their newest (with the most features) Professional 750 Series and $449 for their popular Standard models such as the Vitamix 5200. Get the BEST DEALS (i.e. BETTER THAN COSTCO!) on Vitamix Refurbished models (See our review on refurbished Vitamix models).  The most widely used Vitamix models are the standard models with full manual control such as the Vitamix 5200 and the Vitamix Turboblend VS both for $449 – with less expensive refurbished option for $329 . Vitamix has recently come out with models which include automatic features such as the Vitamix 6300 and Vitamix 500, both for $649 (both of these have a less expensive refurbished option for $379) and also the “next generation” models which have more powerful/quieter motors and shorter compact jars such as the Vitamix 7500 and Pro Series 300 for $529 (the refurbished next generation are $439). Finally, the current top-of-the-line Vitamix 750 is the next generation features but also includes 5 automatic settings for $689 (its refurbished option is $519). Keep in mind that with the Vitamix dry jar “needed” for grinding (read about GRINDING later in this review!!) the price is about $100 additional. All in all, most of the Vitamix models are a little more expensive than the Blendtec models, unless you get them certified refurbished.

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1.) ACCESS 3 PAYMENT PLAN: Both Blendtec and Vitamix offer a 3-Payment Plan which you can order with a credit or debit card.  Both charge a $15 non refundable fee for offering this service, however this option makes it much easier for many people than paying one big chunk at once.

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3.) ACCESS LESS EXPENSIVE REFURBISHED BLENDTEC and REFURBISHED VITAMIX: Only by purchasing direct from Vitamix or Blendtec and its affiliates (such as Blender Babes!) can you purchase a much less expensive, LIKE NEW, refurbished blender. These are not available through any other avenue, and you can be 100% assured to receive a genuine Vitamix or Blendtec unit carrying with it a complete manufacturer’s 5-8 year warranty.  If anything should go wrong or you have questions, Blendtec and Vitamix’s renowned customer service team are available by phone or email to answer any warranty, technical or operational questions. You may then return the unit per their instructions if you change or your mind or for repair/replacement under their 7 year warranty (read more about later in this review).

 

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On occasion you may find slightly better deals on brand new Blendtec Blenders on Amazon as well as Vitamix Blenders.  Blenders are also offered at other distributors such as Whole Foods, Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, and warehouse locations.  Purchases at all other locations other than direct from the manufacturer DO NOT have the 3 payment plan or refurbished options and WILL NOT receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card from Blender Babes.  Only purchases made using Blender Babes’ free shipping links/code and confirmation email to us will receive our $20 free Amazon giftcard. THANK YOU AGAIN, WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!! 

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Vitamix vs Blendtec - NOISE

The other only con regarding both blenders is the noise they make.  Both blenders are loud compared to a common kitchen blender, however they are almost 5 times more powerful than most.  After evaluation, Blendtec is slightly louder at its highest speed* which is speed 10, and when making ice cream.  Other than that they are both equally noisy machines. It’s important to remember that most items are blended in approx 1-2 min. so they are not causing a racket for too long! :) Note that the  Designer Series Blendtec model and the Vitamix Pro Series 750 are quieter than their predecessors. We have recently had a chance to test out the latest home offering from Blendtec, an actual commercial blender which is known to be the QUIETEST blender in the world – The Stealth. We have to say it’s everything the other Blendtec blenders are and more – and definitely quiet – for more than a pretty penny – however if quiet is REQUIRED, the Stealth is the way to go.

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Vitamix vs Blendtec - DESIGN

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesPower: Vitamix’s standard home models draw less power at 11.5 amps/1380 watts and 2 peak horsepower motor vs Blendtec’s 13 amps/1560 watts and 3 peak horsepower motor.  Vitamix’s newest next generation models are more powerful than their predecessors, with a 2.2 horsepower motor. Having said that, they each have plenty of power and torque to easily blend any food product.  The truth is, you will not find virtually any foods the Blendtec can blend which the Vitamix can’t. Nevertheless the popular Will It Blend? youtube videos that demonstrate a Blendtec Total Blender pulverizing an iphone, ipad, golf balls, marbles, etc. proves the Blendtec IS a more powerful machine.

Speed capacity: Blendtec has 10 speeds with a minimum of 4,080 revolultions per minute (RPM) and a maximum of 28,000 RPM’s, however the blade can spin up to 310 miles per hour (MPH).  Vitamix’s variable 10 speeds with high power has a greater RPM range from 500 to 37,000 enabling more control at slower speeds, which is most helpful for chopping (see chopping). The various speeds on both the Blendtec blender & Vitamix blender will enable you to achieve different textures with a variety of ingredients.

Size: The Blendtec Total Blender and Signature Series are 6 pounds while the Designer Series is 8 pounds. All of them are a low 15 inches tall.  The standard Vitamix models are approximately 13 pounds and 21.5 inches tall.  Blendtec’s compact size will fit underneath most kitchen cabinets, and its lighter weight makes it easier to move around and travel with (i.e. road trips, vacations, to gatherings, etc.) Vitamix recently produced shorter jars (making them 17 inches tall) to compete with this particularly desirable attribute of their biggest competitor.  For a heavy job, such as making ice cream, sometimes the Blendtec will move around or shift on your countertop, usually if it’s tiled and not a smooth surface.  This can be somewhat alarming to new users, but it’s nothing to be too concerned about. With its heavier weight, Vitamix will not move on your counter.

Controls and User friendliness:

They both have simple to operate controls however their functionality is different. Most of the popular Vitamix models offer full manual control of your blending with a variable 10 speed dial together with a Hi/Lo switch. The NEWEST (and most expensive) Vitamix model – The Professinoal Series 750 – also includes five pre-programmed settings (smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, puree recipes, and self cleaning) as well as a Pulse switch. They have two others, the Professional Series 500, and 6300 that have 3 pre-programmed settings (smoothie, frozen yogurt, soup) which we LOVE. Our most recommended models are the Vitamix Standard and Vitamix Standard with programs (6300/500), which you can get via their less expensive refurbished models.
The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes

Blendtec is known for their patented Smart-Touch Tec-nology™ enabling you to press a button and walk away.  The automatic program cycle with fluctuating various speeds will stop when the program time is completed.  The microprocessor technology features a digital display that shows you blending times and cycles. (The older model by Blendtec – the HP3A series – allows you to assign your own program buttons, however the pre-programmed models we feel are easier for most people to use. Don’t let the dealers out there fool you who are trying to move old product! Get the Classic, Designer Series or Signature Series).  There is also a pulse button which is great for chopping and mixing in additional ingredients without pulverizing.  We find it keeps certain recipes “chunkier” than with our Vitamix, such as in our skinny guacamole recipe. In addition to the program cycles, there are also 10 speeds, which also automatically shut off after 50 seconds of continuous blending.  You can stop both the program cycles and adjustable speeds at any point by pressing any button while it’s running.
The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes

The automatic programmed cycles are our favorite thing about the Blendtec blender.  That said, while the program cycles are incredibly handy for most applications, we sometimes find the need to continue blending after the program completes to finish the job to our satisfaction. For this we like to use our manual SPEED and PULSE buttons to cycle through its 10 speeds as needed.  Or we’ll just press a programed cycle a second time.

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One thing we especially appreciate (and has come in handy for extra tough recipes) is Blendtec’s built in computer detects Overheat, Overload, and Jammed blade situations, preventing damage that the Vitamix cannot sense to protect itself. The Vitamix does have overheat protection but not the other protections the Blendtec has.  A Vitamix will continue to run until you manually power off or until the thermal protection kicks in to prevent overheating.

 Vitamix vs Blendtec – BLENDING CONTAINERS/JARS

Containers: All current Blendtec and Vitamix containers are BPA-Free copolyester plastic. These containers are lightweight and are EXTREMELY TOUGH to break in case you drop it (our favorite Will It Blend? videos come to mind here!).  For the most part both do not absorb the odors of the ingredients that are put in, however it is important to clean the jars right away to eliminate any unwanted smells (see easy clean up).  That said, spices and their strong odors have been known to leave a scent and/or discolor jars. Both blenders’ standard package comes with a “64oz” container, however other options and combos are available.  Vitamix has a much smaller 32oz wet jar, a recently introduced a 48oz wet container AND (our favorite) a 64oz wet container with a more desirable larger capacity, but is short enough for their blender to fit under the average kitchen counter – which was one of the largest complaints that our Vitamix owners have (too large so people put away and therefore don’t use it as much). The 64oz wet container is currently only available with certain NEXT GENERATION blender models, which include the Professional Series 300, and Pro 750. A Vitamix wet jar can perform hot, cold, and wet, however for blending dry goods, they have a special 32oz dry grains container (see dry blending).  Blendtec recently came out with their new “Twister” jar and WE LOVE IT! It makes certain types of dishes, such as peanut butter, baby food & other purees, dips, etc. in seconds – much faster and easier than the other Blendtec jars, with only the Vitamix 32oz wet jar coming in close second.  Blendtec also has an extra large 90oz “Wildside” container that is widely believed to be “the best” with its larger capacity and superior blending performance.

Vitamix container options include:
The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes64 oz Container - standard container used by most – totals 20.5″ tall
•64 oz Container – NEWLY DESIGNED compact 64oz container that fits under most kitchen cabinets (currently only avail w/ blender purchase)
48 oz Compact Container - smaller capacity compact container -totals 17.5” tall
32 oz Container - smallest wet jar
32 oz Dry Grains Container

Blendtec container options include:
The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes•”2 qt” 64 oz. FourSide Jar - container
•”3 qt” 90 oz. Wildside Jar - largest capacity with bigger 4 inch blade.
Twister Jar - a new smaller container used for smaller amounts and dishes/purees.

CAPACITY/VOLUME: Both blenders offer a variety of containers to match your needs. While both blenders’ standard large containers are “2 qt” the Vitamix container is UL rated to blend at a 64 oz capacity. The Blendtec jar is recommended not to operate when at capacity; For our Blendtec to operate best we usually fill it no more than 2/3rds full, while our Vita-Mix we can fill to the 64oz top since the lid on the vitamix offers a little extra room. Blendtec’s larger “3 qt/90 oz” wildside jar has a longer 4 inch blade, and we find this jar not only emulsifies ingredients faster and is ideal for larger capacities, but it is easier when using these high powered blenders as “mixers” for dough and other baked goods.  Of course each jar is marked with easy measuring volume units in oz & cups.  All of the Blendtec jars have their capacity measurements marked in black and in addition to oz & cups, the newest jars have ml, and cl.  Some of the Vitamix jars have clear markings that are harder to see and only in oz & cups.

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes

BLADE: In all Vitamix containers you can replace or exchange their sharp 4 blades if they become dull over time. In a Blendtec the patented  blade design is already dull, and you cannot remove the blade as the blade & container is essentially one piece.  In a single Blendtec jar, its patented dull one blade will do it all: hot, cold, wet, and dry blending.

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The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesTHE LID: Both the Blendtec and Vitamix have “gripper lids” and they each have a removable chute where you can add ingredients while processing is going on.  This way, there is no need to stop the blender to add more ingredients.  We find that the Vitamix lid is more secure than Blendtec’s, as the lid snaps onto the jar due to special “lips”. Their lid also adds extra room, while Blendtec’s lid suctions on flat.  For this reason, Blendtec recommends not filling their jar to the very top and we must say, this is accurate.  On more than one occasion, we have filled the jar to its brim and “pressed a button and walked away”.  As the highly fibrous contents were pulverized on high speeds, and the level of fluid increased, the lid was pushed off sending the contents of our green juice (happened twice) and almond milk (once we attempted a double batch!) ALL OVER.  After we cleaned up (and laughed!) we realized our error, and therefore make it a point to make sure to tell our readers. :) We chalk it up to Blender Babes Bloopers,  and now for larger batches of product, we stick with Blendtec’s larger wildside jar.

Every Vitamix blender comes with a perfectly sized patented tamper, to assist in blending solid and whole (uncut) foods without stopping the blender by pushing it through the removable chute in the lid. The tamper is not always necessary but is extremely helpful with super green smoothies, and making frozen treats and thicker dishes such as nut butters. With the Blendtec blender, large items sometimes need to be halved or quartered, or additional liquid is needed to blend completely without stopping the blender and pushing ingredients into the blades (this need is almost completely reduced when using the larger 90 oz. WildSide Jar due to its larger blade/volume).  The introduction of the Blendtec Twister Jar (Here at Blender Babes we LOVE the new Twister Jar! Watch a BLEND OFF with our Blender Babes between Blendtec & Vitamix making nut butter!) gives Blendtec owners the ability to make thick purees and dishes without stopping the blender and scraping towards the blade. With its unique “twister lid and tines” food can be directed into the blades while blending.  For example, using a Blendtec regular jar to make peanut butter takes approximately 3-5 minutes when stopping the blender and scraping towards center, however with the new Blendtec Twister Jar it takes about 40 seconds.

Vitamix vs Blendtec – PERFORMANCE

In the Vitamix vs Blendtec comparison, we can’t say one is the best smoothie maker. The BOTH are PHENOMENAL smoothie makers!! Additionally they both easily crush ice, make hot soups, nut butters, grind seeds, puree fruit and a whole lot more.

SMOOTHIE MAKING

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesWhich blender is the best smoothie maker?” is our most popular question. In the Blendtec vs Vitamix debate, there is no need to be concerned whether or not either blender can achieve the best smoothies you have ever tasted.  There is a reason that 90% of smoothie shops use one or the other of these two commercial grade machines!  There is no question that both blenders do an excellent job at turning out delicious fruit and vegetable smoothies.With our extensive recipe testing, Blender Babes has used our Blendtec blender literally thousands of times – (we can actually know for sure by its digital counte and many of our customers have experienced long life cycles of their Blendtec through thousands of uses, so we’re not alone!) We have found that on occasion when making super packed green smoothies, the WHOLE JUIC E program cycle will not ALWAYS complete the blending to its smoothest point upon the timed 50 second cycle. That said since every Blendtec offers manual buttons for added control over your blending desires, usually only a few more seconds at a high speed finishes the job. For example, sometimes with carrots and certain green smoothies packed with tons of fibrous vegetables, it may be necessary to do additional blending after running the Whole Juice cycle.  For common blends and fruit smoothies we find automatic program cycles to be a serious blessing and time saver by not having to stand next to and/or assist the blender.

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The Vitamix makes super smooth fruit, vegetable, and green smoothies even when we pack the container to the brim.  There is a reason the Vitamix comes with its patented tamper and with certain to-capacity or highly fibrous green smoothies we need to push those ingredients down and into the blade.  Since you are controlling the machine you must shut off the power (except with the automated controls in the new Vitamix 6300 or 750 models!!) when you see a consistency that’s to your liking.

JUICING

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesOne of the most common question by those looking for a traditional juicer is “can it make juice?”.  Both the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders are not traditional juice EXTRACTORS, it is important to note that they ARE “juicers”. What they make is “wholefood juice”. The important difference is that traditional juicers extract the liquid from whole foods, separating out the pulp (fiber), seeds, and skin.  Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders do not remove anything from the whole food, so you get ALL the nutrition that is found in the skin and seeds, as well as the natural fiber (pulp) which is liquefied – thus a wholefood juice. Another important difference between a traditional juice extractor and a Blendtec or Vitamix juicer, is that a traditional juicer requires 4-10 times more produce to extract a small amount of juice.  The resulting juice has a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than what a Blendtec or Vitamix juicer will yield, however it can also have a much higher concentration of sugar, especially in fruit juices or vegetables juices such as carrots.  A Blendtec or Vitamix juice will use 100% of the produce (making your juicing costs much lower) as well as give you more whole food nutrition. Some illnesses and digestive diseases require the high concentration of vitamins and minerals without the fiber or anything else that the body has to digest.  Also if you want fresh squeezed fruit juices such as apple or orange juice, many people prefer the juice from a quality extract juicer.

SOUP

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesBoth blenders can whip up a raw soup in less than a minute or a super hot soup in mere minutes! Yes that’s right, these commercial blenders are powerful enough to HEAT SOUP due to the friction the blades cause when spinning.  Literally, steam will be coming out the top when you take the lid off! Due to the Blendtec being a more powerful machine, when starting with cold water or broth, it takes slightly less time by pressing the (90 second) SOUP button 3 times (4.5 minutes) to get super hot and the Vitamix 6 minutes on manual control speed 10/high or using their automated 6 min. soup setting on the new Vitamix 6300 or 750 models.  It is of course much healthier to make a fresh soup at home than to use a canned soup – which has a shelf life of 3 years thanks to hefty preservatives and are often extremely high in sodium.  We have many soup recipes and are constantly adding new ones, although one of our favorites and most requested recipe is our easy CHUNKY TORTILLA SOUP!

CHOPPING

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesBoth blenders claim to be food processors or choppers.  While neither blender is designed to be as good a chopper as a separate specific food processor, both have the ability to chop smaller quantities of food.  The low variable speed control of the Vitamix does allow for cleaner more precise chopping results than the Pulse feature of the Blendtec.  The Blendtec has a dull blade, so although it doesn’t allow for aesthetic chopping, it does get the job done.  Blender Babes uses the Blendtec Pulse feature and Vitamix chopping instructions quite a bit for certain recipes such as skinny guacamole, or to add chunks to our soup.  Both work very well, however if you need to chop large quantities of food, we recommend a true food processor.

GRINDING

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesAfter the better smoothie make question, by far the question we get this most is “Does this blender really make flour?” and “Is it necessary to get a Vitamix Dry Grains Container?” Both blenders definitely make flour and are considered to be “grain mills”.  The advatage Blendtec has over Vitamix is both their Fourside and Wildside jar also dry blend (meaning you do not have to buy any additional jars specifically for this purpose).  The Vitamix on the other hand has a special dry goods jar that they sell separately (or sometimes in a combo package) which adds to the price of an already expensive blender.  Many of our members tell us they use their standard wet jar to blend dry goods (such as flax seeds and wheat berries).  WE HAVE TESTED THIS.  Yes, the wet jar can grind grains.  That said, if used repeatedly for dry grinding, the sharp blade will dull and eventually wet blending performance will be compromised.  The dry goods jar is especially designed for grinding flour, because the BLADE is shaped differently and specific for creating an opposite vortex which pushes the dry goods against the jar, circulates differently, AND provides a slightly finer grind than the wet jar.  Bottom line: If you plan to do a lot of grinding (i.e you do a lot of baking and/or have a gluten free lifestyle – and would like to make your own inexpensive flours consistently) then you should probably purchase the dry goods jar if you have a Vitamix.  If you occassionally want to grind some flax seeds and make your own flax meal, then you may not want to spend the extra money NOW to get the dry jar, you can use your wet jar with the understanding that the whole jar or just the blade may need replacing sooner than normal. Also it is important to note: When grinding hard grains for both blenders, it will pit the BPA free jar interior, resulting in a “fogged” appearance.  With our Blendtec, Blender Babes uses one Fourside jar specifically for dry goods, and one for all else – since cosmetic alternations are not covered under warranty.

MIXING

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesAnother unique application of these blenders is using them as a mixer.  You can quickly create batters, quick breads, and yeast breads with either blender.  The Blendtec has a specific BATTERS button, and both easily blend up pancake and waffle batters.  With the Vitamix most cakes, cookies, and bread instructions call for you to blend the wet ingredients and then pour them into a bowl containing the dry ingredients and mixing it by hand from there.  What we like about the Blendtec is, you can blend the wet ingredients in the Fourside or Twister jar, then add them to the dry ingredients that you have sifted in the larger Wildside jar (if you have it).  If you have a simple cake, cornbread, or brownie mix, such as our Healthy Brownies recipe, you can just blend it all together in the Wildside Jar then easily pour it directly into your baking dish!  Blendtec definitely has an advantage with this purpose.  When it comes to yeast breads in the Blendtec and Vitamix, both require a little finesse and know-how of baking bread – as there are a lot of other factors to making good fresh bread than just mixing it.

ICE CREAM

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesWho would have EVER thought they would see ice cream made in 45 seconds?!?!  Well, it takes that short of time if you use the Blendtec ICE CREAM button!  The Vitamix usually takes a few seconds longer, but they both equally make fabulous fresh and healthier ice cream!  We find that with ice cream, the Blendtec needs to have fairly exact measurements of liquids to ice (which our recipes provide) or the ice causes cavitation around the blade, so you must stop the machine, shake it out, and use your manual keys to reblend.  With the Vitamix, you don’t have this problem because the handy tamper will push the ice into the blade, so even if you have a little more ice than needed you just keep blending until the four mounds and star shape forms at the top.  The ice cream from both of these blenders is more of a soft serve – not like traditional hard ice cream.  You CAN however add it to an ice cream maker to get that traditional texture. Aside from yeast breads, ice cream is probably the trickiest thing to make but once you have made it a few times, it’s a piece of cake! Er, ICE CREAM!  CLICK HERE for Blendtec and Vitamix ICE CREAM TIPS.

Vitamix vs Blendtec – CLEAN UP

The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabesWe have to say that HANDS DOWN one of the best features about both of these blenders is the SUPER EASY CLEAN UP!! Most regular kitchen blenders have a separate blade, gasket, and jar – and therefore must be taken apart to clean and sanitize after each blend.  With all of the current models of the Vitamix and Blendtec, you CANNOT remove the blade from the jar, which results in faster and easier cleanup AND prevents leaky or broken seals. When it comes to cleaning, both the Blendtec and Vitamix are considered SELF CLEANING (yup, that’s what we said!) For most blended concoctions, all you have to do is add some hot water with a little bit of dish soap and blend for several seconds then rinse.  This will remove any gunk around the blade.  That said, stickier jobs such as nut butters and bread doughs usually require additional scrubbing after first self cleaning.  In these cases we do find the Blendtec slightly easier to clean. We do not worry about cutting ourselves on its dull 2 prong blade and its square design is easier for both small and larger hands to reach in and clean with a sponge.  Most of the Vitamix jars (except their newest 64oz compact jar) are more narrow and ALL have a super sharp 4 prong blade, so you must be more careful if additional cleaning is required.  For both, not having to disassemble and reassemble the jar & blade is an easy time saver.  Also, make sure to clean right after blending – believe us you’ll THANK US LATER. ;)

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Dishwasher machine use: Blendtec states that it’s safe to put their jar in the dishwasher (we do it and we LOVE THIS!) while Vitamix states that their jars are NOT dishwasher safe. We recommend that you DO NOT put older Blendtec containers that are not BPA-Free in the dishwasher, however the most important factor for easy clean up is to wash your container immediately after use.

Vitamix vs Blendtec – WARRANTY and DURABILITY

One of the greatest advantages of owning either one of these commercial blenders is their superior product warranty over typical 1 or 2 year “regular” blender warranties (you know, the kind that almost ALWAYS burn out) The quality construction for both of these blenders means you will use these blenders for YEARS (life expentancy is 15 to 20 years) without problem.  For added peace of mind, Vita-mix comes with a complete 7-Year Full Use warranty. Blendtec’s warranty is also a 7-year warranty. Extended warranties are also available direct from both companies at an additional cost. Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are Made in the USA, however per Blendtec’s website there is a special notice that says “it is required by law to say it is ‘designed and assembled in USA’ due to a California law prohibiting companies from making the ‘Made in the USA’ claim if any part of thre blender comes from a foreign country and Blendtec’s products do contain some foreign-made components.”

In our experience and we have heard from many of our members, both blender companies have exceptional customer service and make it easy to fix or replace under warranty without headache. You can feel safe in your purchase with either blender.

Blendtec vs Vitamix – SO… Which of these two blenders is better for YOU?

You may be a BLENDTEC Blender Babe if:The Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes
You want a slightly more economical All-In-One Blender
You prefer 100% automation plus pre-programmed cycles
You want your blender on the counter, under the kitchen cabinet
(Vitamix now offers a shorter jar, see Compact Vitamix)
You travel and would like to bring your blender
You prefer computer controlled – digital display blenders
You need a large “3qt”, 90 oz. WildSide Jar You want to be able to put your jar in the dishwasher
You want less expensive jars when they need replacing or additional.

You may be a VITAMIX Blender Babe if:Vitamix_AdThe Most Comprehensive Blendtec vs Vitamix Review by @BlenderBabes
You prefer to manually control all aspects of blending
(New Professional 750 series has most used automated controls)
You need the greater RPM range for very specific recipes
You like a heavier blender
You blend a lot of small volumes and thick purees
(Blendtec offers TWISTER jar with built in scrapers)
You believe the manual vs. automatic control is more reliable.

Blender Babes wants you to look at your purchase as a positive investment toward your own health! These blenders PAY FOR THEMSELVES typically in less than a year, and over time you will actually SAVE thousands of dollars.  Of course you must USE the blender to do that, and our goal with our video recipes is to show you exactly how to do that AND more easily eat a much healthier lifestyle.  However, the price is in the (chia) pudding!  We are sure you will see for yourself!

TELL US! WHICH BLENDER ARE YOU?! Vitamix or Blendtec?

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THESE TWO BLENDERS AND/OR THIS REVIEW IN THE COMMENTS.  

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Tarashaun Hausner Tarashaun Hausner

Tarashaun founded Blender Babes in 2011, after discovering Blendtec and Vitamix blenders and realizing their massive potential to help people eat healthier AND heal their chronic illnesses through food. Her desire is to create a MOVEMENT: to encourage and teach people how to make inexpensive, fast and healthy meals and snacks at home, and to test, review and share an abundance of healthy living products and advice. See ALL our videos on YouTube, chat with BB on Twitter, Join the Fun on Facebook, Share Hers and Their Recipes on Pinterest, Go Behind the Scenes on Instagram, and Add me on Google+


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  1. Marcus says

    Your post, Blendtec vs. Vitamix blender comparison review, is really well written and insightful. Glad I found your website, warm regards from Marcus!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      THANK YOU, and welcome Marcus! We are so happy to hear that! :) We really aim to be the BEST most COMPREHENSIVE Blendtec vs Vitamix review on the web! VIDEO WITH THE BLENDER BABES COMING SOON!!!! :)

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thank you David!! We appreciate you pointing that out :) Hope you enjoy the site! Subscribe for new recipe updates and share your blender recipes! Luv, Blender Babes

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello there! Good question! :) The members of our team use both, HOWEVER a couple of team members do use the Blendtec more. They really prefer the 100% automatic features over manual control.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Elke. Both blenders provide 220V options, you have to speak with customer service and their international department. Usually the 220V is more $$. We have had several customers purchase a standard 110V and use a transformer. Some successfully, some unsuccessfully. Hope that helps!

  2. bobbie says

    thanks for this review – i really appreciate that it is so unbiased. I especially liked the last part where you just note the advantages of each one. Well done! Kudos!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thank you Bobbie! Appreciate your comment very much. We truly LOVE both blenders!! You can’t go wrong with either one – we just think EVERYONE should have one so they can more easily eat healthier – with our help of course!! :) xoxo ~Blender Babes

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      So happy to hear that Maureen! We really appreciate your comment and letting us know :) We are so excited for you to get one, they are so much fun!! Best wishes ~Blender Babes

  3. Jackie says

    I REALLY appreciate your breaking down each blender. I wanted the Vitamix for so long but cost was an issue. My hubby & I went to a big box store & they were demonstrating the Blentech. They were offering it with the Wildside jar for an amazing price. I bought it & then had the “what ifs” going through my head. Then I found your site & all I can say is “THANK YOU”. You made me feel so much better about my purchase. Oh, I am a Blendtech girl!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thank you for the kind comment Jackie! You literally just made our entire day! We know you will LOVE your purchase and we hope to help you make some amazing recipes! Feel free to share yours with us too or if you want to become a recipe tester we are always looking for them. :) Best wishes to you! xoxo ~Blender Babes

  4. Brian says

    We have had our vita mixer for 10 years and it has NEVER let us down, and loan it to friends and neighbors all the time. When invited to party’s (were a very social couple) we are always asked to bring it.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      That’s so funny, we do too!! These blenders do make amazing Margaritas – along with everything else – so we can see why. :) Please feel free to share your best blender recipes – if we put it on the website you will be credited. BEST WISHES ~ Blender Babes.

  5. Kim Lemen says

    I bought a professional grade Blentec blender 13 years ago. It has a sound cover like you see in the smoothie shops. I paid $1,100 for it, I'm ashamed to say. I suppose the prices have come down. We have used it almost every day to make smoothies and soup. The motor is just as powerful as it was the day we got it. We've replaced the container two times, as the plastic eventually cracks. But that's OK, because that way we get new, sharp blades. Everything comes out silky smooth at the push of a button. The only thing I don't like about the Vitamix is fooling with the tamper. I don't think I would like that.

    • Linda Kitchell Brizendine says

      I've done a lot of research on these two blenders and the review you've referenced is probably the best one I've seen. QVC seems to have about the best price on both of them. They have the Blendtec for $399 with a large capacity container. You can also read reviews on QVC for both blenders. The blenders on QVC are NOT professional grade, but the Blendtec does have a 3 hp motor.

    • Kim Lemen says

      Hi Linda! Fancy meeting you here. My Blentec is so powerful I worried that when Tyler was a teen, he would take the motor and use it in a go-cart. hahaha.

    • says

      Thank you for sharing Kim! We truly think one can't go wrong either way with Blendtec or Vitamix. Like everything it seems, prices have come down as the demand has grown – and $1,100 was probably a GREAT price for it 13 years ago! :) Always happy to confirm with our readers that these blenders still go strong years and years later! Please feel free to share your recipes with us! xoxo ~ Blender Babes

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      So happy to hear it! Thank you so much Martha, we appreciate it :) Feel free to share your recipes with us! xo

  6. Scott says

    while i havent tried the blendtec, i did tryout a vitamix 5200 for a few weeks. it worked great for my needs – green smoothies, ice cream & soup. while clean up is easy, the tall jar is a bit of a maneuver to get under my shallow sink faucet. while it does fit under my kitchen counter cabinets, i wasnt crazy about the xtra tall height.

    well i returned it for the new vitamix 750. even with the extra $200 more, it was just about perfect for my needs. its much shorter, jar fits into the sink perfectly for cleaning, its has dummy (that would be me) proof presets & full manual control, blends as well as the 5200 & is noticeably quieter (though by no means is it a quiet machine).

    the tamper makes a big difference IMO for blending frozen fruits & thick purees making it far more flexible in multi usage. its the perfect machine IMO – in for a penny in for a pound esp since lifetiime is 15-20yrs. im super stoked with my vitamix 750

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Wonderful comment Scott, thank you for sharing your experience with us! We had the same thing happen regarding clean up in our small sink with the taller standard 64oz jar, so we purchased the shorter 48oz jar. We have seen the newest Professional series 500 and 6500 (both with 3 automatic settings but with the taller jar) and the Pro 750 model with 5 automatic settings and shorter “next generation” 64oz jar and they are definitely the way to go if you want a Vitamix and the budget allows for it! :) Happy blending! Feel free to share your recipes with us or become a recipe tester. Luv, Blender Babes

  7. says

    Hi! Thanks so much for providing this comprehensive comparison! We already have a cheap-o blender that we’ve had for years with a very tiny food processor attachment. We use it 5-6 times per week for smoothies, but get very frustrated when it comes to the tiny food processor (have to make things like hummus in batches). We’ve also been interested in trying a juice cleanse, but we don’t have a juicer. So here’s our dilemma:

    Should we keep our blender (it’s not super high-quality or anything – just your basic blender) and purchase a separate juicer AND food processor? Or should we just get a Blendtec (I think I’ve decided on that over the Vitamix if we get one at all).

    I read in your review that neither is a “true” juicer, but I’m afraid that buying a true juicer will be a waste anyway because we won’t use it as often. That said, is there a difference at all on the Blendtec/Vitamix between the “smoothie” and “juicer” settings? It kind of sounds like the same thing.

    Also, it looks like you don’t recommend making too many thick dips and spreads with the Blendtec without buying the separate Twister jar. I’m already leery about spending $400 on an all-in-one blender, so I’m afraid over $500 to include that extra jar would just put us over the top and maybe we’d just be better off buying a separate food processor and juicer for right now! Argh I’m so confused. Your advice would really be appreciated! :)

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Katie, Thank you so much for the comment! Making the decision to purchase a high powered blender (although expensive) will be one of the best decisions you could ever make, we truly believe that. Traditional Juice extractors have their place, however they are usually a PAIN to clean and it’s a much bigger process than juicing with an easy to use/easy to clean blender… so typically people try them out, then they collect dust in an already crowded kitchen cabinet.

      A Blendtec can absolutely make thick dips/spreads with their regular jar, it just can take anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes. Not hard, just more time and not AS EASY as their twister jar. The twister jar, however is a smaller jar so you might still have to make in “batches” if you are trying to make large amounts at once a lot?

      The Vitamix and Blendtec are the same when it comes to smoothie and and wholefood juices. Most of the time we don’t use the tamper for making smoothies/juices and if we do it’s helpful for processing. The Vitamix IS a better food processor/chopper than the Blendtec. Based on what it sounds like you want to use it for, we would actually recommend the (cheaper) reconditioned Vitamix like the Next generation (all manual/compact 64oz jar) OR the newest Standard With 3 Automatic Settings (smoothies, ice cream, soup + 10 manual speeds/standard 64oz jar) our code gives you free shipping and link already applies it. :)

      Let us know what you decide! We are always looking for recipe testers and we would love if you shared your best recipes with us! If it makes it on the website we will credit and link to your site of course. Luv ~ Blender Babes

      • Katie says

        I notice on your recipe instructions for the vitamix many of them you turn it on then quickly up then flip to high. A lot of the newer machines (not the 5200) don’t have a high/low switch. Will this make a difference in the recipe instructions?

        • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

          Great question Katie and thank you for pointing that out so I can update my review and make it clear. :) No it will not make a difference, just get the Vitamix up to level 10 which will also be “high”.

  8. Becky says

    Great, helpful review, thanks! One question though. I have given up on finding a store bought mayonnaise that I like and is readily available (I love Duke’s but live in Wisconsin so that’s out). I’ve tried making mayo with my food processor but since I only make one cup at a time it doesn’t work well. So I’ve been using my immersion blender, but that’s a juggling act with drizzling oil with one hand, holding the blender with one hand, and steadying the bowl with…yeah, you get the problem. ;-) Which of these blenders would be better for making mayo in one cup batches? My guess from what I’ve read here is the Vitamix, both due to the availability of the smaller jar, and I gather that I could take the mayo out through the bottom of the jar because the blade is removable (?) rather than having to dig down into the jar. I’d really appreciate your expert assessment of mayo making with these blenders.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Becky! You are so welcome, thank you for reading :) Both blenders would be great for making 1 cup batches of mayo. See our Facebook post for Blender Mayo with both blender instructions. The Vitamix standard jars have a narrower base than the Blendtec Fourside or Wildside (however the blade is no longer removable like in much older models. ) but the Blendtec TWISTER jar is perfect for smaller batches/thick stuff, Both are wonderful! It’s what’s best for YOU! xoxo ~Blender Babes

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thanks Lynn! It pays to be a member! Blendtec in Costco is How Blender Babes was Born!! :) Here at Blender Babes, we think everyone should have either a Blendtec or Vitamix, how ever you need to get one, our goal is to help teach you how to use it, and provide great recipes :)

  9. JGrunewald says

    After countless hours over the course of several days (literally), I have finally solved the big question for myself: Blendtec or Vitamix? Before I began I was equally on the fence about them both, recognizing the overstated pros/cons and general differences of each. I made up my mind and got the Blendtec….and returned it the next day for the Vitamix. I didn’t really give Blendtec a fair chance per say, but all else considered there were a few deciding factors. 1. Based on my research and other reviews, Vitamix simply blends better and smoother. After all, that’s the most important function of a blender to me, and for these prices, the one I choose sure as heck better blend til it’s smooth as milk (which is how I would describe my first Vitamix green smoothie!) 2. Versatility. At first I didn’t like the fact of using a tamper. However, in further thinking, the fact that Vitamix has the tamper makes it so much more efficient and versatile at other tasks such as chunky dips (guacamole comes to mind). It’s true, many times you don’t need the tamper, but it’s a tool to use. When the Blendtec needs a little help, you’re stuck using a spatula or whatever else and digging around in there without a safety mechanism like you have with Vitamix’s tamper. Another advantage is being able to run the machine at a much slower RPM so you can get some chunks in dips, etc if you so choose, rather than immediately pulverizing everything. Not to mention, on the other end of the spectrum, the Vitamix runs at 9,000 RPM faster than Blendtec’s highest setting to get it so perfectly smooth. 3. Noise. No doubt Blendtec is noticeably louder. Period. 4. Overall feel of quality. Everything from the packaging to the unit and carafes themselves, I just got that good, solid, heavy duty feel from the Vitamix that I felt was lacking from Blendtec, especially for a comparable product in the same price range. 5. Recipe books. The recipe book included with the Vitamix blows Blendtec’s right out of the water. Sooooo many more recipes and every single one of them sound amazing. And better yet, they use simple, common ingredients readily available at any store. Blendtec’s is decent overall, but Vitamixs’ has a very sturdy three-ring binder that looks like an expensive, professional recipe book, not some cheap freebie thrown into the box (not saying Blendtec’s feels like a freebie). 6. Controls. I really like the manual control function Vitamix has. Sure it’s cool Blendtec has pre-programmed functions, but really, in a Vitamix you turn in on the lowest setting, immediately turn it from 1 to 10, then High, and by then everything’s already disintegrated. I much prefer Vitamix’s controls. Besides, Blendtec even says right in the directions you may have to run a second cycle to get the consistency you want, so really, you’re not guaranteed a perfect blend just because it’s pre-programmed. Sorry this was so long, but hopefully you find it helpful. I never would have thought I’d have such a strong opinion for one over the other, but I’m glad I settled the great debate for myself!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thanks for sharing Josh! We appreciate what you’re saying and glad you found the right blender for YOU! :) Truthfully, at first we didn’t like the tamper of the Vitamix either, preferring the automatic settings. That said sometimes we have really appreciated having that tamper! And now with the Vitamix Pro Series with Automatic Settings, if Vitamix is for you we recommend those models first.

  10. andrew schruers says

    after much research, i went with the vitamix. fact is, i’ve just seen it in professional uses much more. if restaurants, bars, etc. rely on it every day, than i can too. plus, the vm feels much more well constructed, nearly 2x the weight for a “less powerful” motor should give this away. as for the pre-programmed controls on blendtec, i only ask, how long does it take to make a smoothie? 45 seconds, 60 seconds? i can hang out and crank up the speed when i need to, which is in the 1st ten seconds. i just feel like the electronic controls will certainly wear out before a switch or knob. both are good products, but i am glad i went vitamix. i still use it every day too!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thanks for sharing Andrew! Very good points and we appreciate the comment :) We use our blenders everyday too…both of them. Please feel free to share your best recipe with us. xo ~Blender Babes

      • andrew schruers says

        my usual smoothie is, bottom to top, 1 large grapefruit, 1 apple, half an english cucumber,4-5 large kale leaves, 1 and a half bananas, 1/4c pumpkin seeds, sometimes frozen blueberries or frozen pineapple, and ice to fill. fill with water to the 1500mL line and blend 30 seconds. then I pour half into my liter nalgene. i blend the half full blender with 5 more cubes for 30 seconds, and pour into a second liter bottle. I then dump the reserved liter back in and add 1.5 scoops raw protein powder,(unflavored), and 5 more ice cubes. blend 30 more seconds. I split the mixture because it will blend faster and more smoothly without heating when half full. I am lucky enough to live in SWFL and grow everything except the bananas, apples, and pumpkin seeds. During the hot summers when I can’t grow kale or grapefruits, I will use a variety of organic greens and sub a lime or lemon for the grapefruit. ginger is good to add sometimes too, but can overpower the flavors. I also have been blending costco’s ancient grains cereal with unsweetened almond breeze, almonds, and 3T wheat germ for added minerals. have had a bum tooth for a while, so this is a great way to keep the whole grains going down. enjoy!

        • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

          We are so jealous of that you get to grow many of your ingredients Andrew! It’s on our Wish List :) That definitely sounds like a nutritious and delicious smoothie. Do you use the protein powder half for after your workout or as your morning smoothie? We will have to try the ancient grains trick, sounds awesome! Always testing new recipes :)

  11. Kinga Antoniu says

    I have a refurbished 5200 Professional from Costco. I bought it thinking I will need to ask for forgiveness as I don't usually ask for permission :) , LOL. Needles to say , before I told him how much I have spent I made him a perfect salsa and frozen margarita with the tortilla soup and I did not need to apologize. ;) We have been using it for the past 4 years every single day and loving every minute of it. I'm a bit of a control freak LOL, so I very much enjoy having the control over textures in dips and soups, juices and nut butters. I recently moved temporarily to Europe and find it difficult to live without the Vitamix. Still looking for a reputable dealer with the latest models.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Great comment, thanks for sharing! We totally understand. When we go anywhere we try to bring our blender!! Enjoy your time in Europe and hopefully you find a dealer soon :) xoxo ~Blender Babes

  12. noelab.com says

    I need to to thank you for this great read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it.
    I’ve got you book-marked to look at new things you post…

  13. Daniel says

    This is the best review I have found and I love that it talks about flour and soup and not just “makes snow from ice” like most reviews. Your coupon isn’t working. I ended up going with the Blendtec because it’s a bit lighter (we may not be able to keep it on the counter all the time), has a wider jar, and seems to get better reviews for how thoroughly it mixes ingredients without needing to be stirred. I also like that it uses blunt blades because I don’t want a blender that gets worse with time.

  14. Marci says

    Great review of both blenders! Thanks! I have one question though, I’ve read some reviews of the Blendtec that have stated that it has difficulty blending frozen fruits. Have you experienced this in your use of the Blendtec?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thanks Marci, we appreciate you and the comment! :) The Blendtec has no trouble with frozen fruits, it may move around your counter a bit but as long as there’s enough liquid it should pulverize frozen fruit no problem. Make sure you input ingredients soft to hard, so liquid first and frozen fruit or ice last. :) xoxo ~Blender Babes

  15. LMartin says

    I have a wonderful two year old son who happens to have Williams Syndrome & a Laryngeal Cleft which makes feeding difficult. He is on a feeding tube but we are working hard on teaching him to eat. He gets choked up on the puréed food I have been making with my current blender. Which mixer would be best for making small amounts of puréed food multiple times each day? I appreciate any help you can offer on deciding which blender would be best.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      We are happy to help! You have a couple of options. We would recommend either the Blendtec but you definitely would want the TWISTER jar which is especially designed for smaller amounts and thicker jobs like pureed foods. Your other option is the Vitamix, any size jar is good but we like the shorter compact jars. The tamper will help you with the smaller amounts of food and if you get the reconditioned ones they are a bit more cost effective. Hope that helps!! God bless. xo ~Blender Babes

  16. Jessica says

    Hi. I have been reading reviews about how the Blendtec wears down after a year or two and how the shaft fitting goes out and pieces of the plastic turn into powder or pieces in your smoothies … any comment on those things? Also people have been saying their customer service is awful and that when they call to discuss a problem with their blender, the most common response is “you’re doing it wrong?” Just looking for some more info before I make the plunge! Thanks!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Jessica,
      One of our testing blenders has over 2000 cycles on it and it’s still going strong, never had any of the problems you mentioned. Everybody gets a lemon I guess! ;) Thankfully you do have a 7 year warranty and beyond that their jars are not as expensive to replace as others. Our experience with customer service (even when we were just a customer) has always been excellent. We have no doubt you will experience the same! Hope that helps, you really can’t go wrong with either Blender. We’re excited for you to take one of the greatest plunges of your life!! xoxo ~ Blender Babes

  17. Jake A says

    Hi there, I’m happy I ran into this website. Like most of the others I am debating between the blendtec and the vitamix.
    I have recently just gotten into juicing and smoothies so I have been killing my old cuisinart blender(in fact I think it just died this morning). So i’m desperate to make a decision and purchase. A few points that will impact my decision:
    -Purchases from amazon will those have the same warrranties as if I purchased them from the manufacturer directly? how about costco( I have one local that I can go to)
    -in terms of ease and sending off to get replacements for warrenty, how expensive is a replacement? (im assuming you pay for the shipping back and forth?)
    -I looked on the blendtec website, there are literally dozens of different models. For my usage, I primarily will blend frozen smoothies, cooked meat and veggies, oatmeal/rice. I don’t think I need anything too fancy. Vitamix 5200 standard and Blendtec total classic are the most basic models correct?

    Thanks for any input you guys can provide. This really has been informative!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Jake! Glad you found us too! :) Purchases from Amazon and Costco will have the same warranties yes, however you will not receive the $25 free gift or free shipping from Blender Babes. You will pay tax at Costco. In terms of service under warranty, I believe Vitamix pays shipping each way, while Blendtec pays for return shipping to you. Vitamix actually has more models than Blendtec. The Blendtec total blender in either classic or designer series is the basic model, just either push button or slide. For Vitamix, yes the 5200 is their basic model however we recommend the models with shorter compact jar such as the professional series models. You can save money and still get a 5 year warranty with their refurbished ones. Let us know what you decide! xoxo ~Blender Babes

      • Jake A says

        Thanks guys! I think I will be going with the vitamix. but why the professional series other than the compact jar? Just better storage space?

        • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

          Great Jake! We are so excited for you!:) The professional series have a slightly more powerful yet quieter 2.2 HP motor. Believe us, you will like the compact 64oz jar more than the tall jar. Easier to clean and fits in most spaces better. Keep us posted how it goes! xoxo

      • Chel says

        Clicked on the Refurbished link out of curiosity…the reconditioned is $399 with only a 5-yr warranty. Yesterday I bought a NEW version of the same machine at Costco for only $374.99 with a 7-yr warranty. So I’m not clear how the reconditioned saves money or is a better choice? I just took the Vitamix out of the box. Haven’t tried it yet, but am freaked at spending that much money on a blender. I was attracted to many features of the Vitamix over the Blendtec, including the tamper, the 100% USA aspect, longevity of the product, etc. But yes, the height of this model is a bit much, as is the fact that it’s double the weight and aesthetically not as pleasing as the Blendtec with its square look. Still I’m going to give it a try for a few weeks. That’s the benefit of buying at Costco. You can use it for a month and if it’s not to your liking, EASILY return for 100% refund with no hassle, not having to re-pack and ship. Anyway, I’m curious as to why you’re recommending refurbished models which are more than NEW models at Costco? (And Costco has the even better model on its website with the dry goods canister included for only $499 plus free shipping.)

        • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

          Hello Chel, thank you for the comment and we hope to answer your question as best we can. Vitamix has several models and although they look similar, there are some with features that make certain models more expensive than others. The only Vitamix that sells at Costco for $375 (in store) or online with dry jar for $499 plus tax is the Vitamix 5200, which on Vitamix.com new is $449 and refurbished is $329 (no tax). The refurbished one for $399 that we recommend is their next generation models (7500 and Pro 300) which has a more powerful 2.2 HP motor (vs 2 HP of the 5200 model) and comes with the highly desirable 64oz compact jar (we LOVE it much more than the tall standard jar). Brand new these are $529-$559 and are not available at Costco. Here at Blender Babes we recommend getting whichever blender is best for YOU in any way you can :) The idea for Blender Babes was actually born while doing the roadshows at Costco! It does pay to be a member and we do note in the cost section of our review that these locations also carry these brands, so if anyone is a member they can check out what the current cost is. Thanks so much for your feedback and we appreciate you! With Love and Health ~Blender Babes

  18. Celeste says

    I am on a local natural family page on Facebook and everyone keeps raving about their Vitamix blenders. Last night I caught a Blendtec QVC infomercial and decided to do a Google search for a comparison between Blendtec and Vitamix. This was the first one to pop up in my search and I am so glad!! After reading this comparison, I am going with Blendtec!! I like that it has the extra safety features, comes with a variety of jars and they are dishwasher safe if needed. I can’t wait to get mine!!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Happy to hear it Celeste! Thanks for sharing! We are so excited for you to get your Blendtec! We hope to help you get started with some great recipes, and feel free to join our FB community as well :)

  19. bonnie swearingen says

    Being from the Cleveland, Ohio area where Vitamix is made, I must admit I am biased. I do prefer a machine completely made in the USA. Also, Vitamix has no plastic working parts in the motor which is probably why they last well over 25 years. More chefs prefer the Vitamix including Iron Chefs and the Food Network iron chef competitions. But in all fairness, I think the preprogramming in the Blendtec is a marvelous feature and a benefit for busy, chaotic lifestyles. It’s all a matter of preference and lifestyles.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      We absolutely agree Bonnie! Thank you so much for sharing :) We LOVE the newer Vitamix models that include preprogrammed settings. Best of both worlds! :) Happy Blending! xoxo

  20. Alex says

    Hi! I am ready to order one of these two blenders and I have a question that doesn’t seem to have been covered yet: in general, after blending anything thick (hummus, peanut butter, guacamole, etc) there always seems to be a lot of food that needs to be scraped/coaxed out of the container. In small batches, this amount can be significant. I noticed this issue when I test drove a friend’s vitamix and was surprised at ridges inside the container that made using a spatula rather difficult/time consuming (compared to the ease of blending), but I have not tried the Blendtec. Any thoughts of “ease of extraction” / scraping out food?

    Thanks for all the insight and thanks for any answers on this!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Alex! Thanks for the question!The Blendtec features a single blade/2 prong design which makes it much easier to scrape out almost every last bit with a spatula. We love this when we make nut butters and guacamole! :) Happy to help! xo

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Yes Pamalua, absolutely! :) From least noisy to most.
      1) Vitamix next generation models with quieter but more powerful 2.2 HP motors than earlier 2 HP predecessors. You can also get these models for less that are refurbished.
      2) Blendtec Designer Series is quieter than its predecessor the Blendtec Classic Total Blender
      3) It’s a toss up between Vitamix 5200 and Blendtec Classic Total Blender. It depends on the ingredients in the blender (frozen fruit, ice, etc.)
      The only blender that should be quieter are the commercial versions of these blenders that have cases which shut down over the blender to help mitigate the noise. Otherwise they are pretty equally noisy machines! Luckily most blends are 1-2 minutes :)
      Hope that helps! Thanks for asking and Happy Blending! With Love & Health ~ Blender Babes

    • says

      Yes Pamalua, absolutely! :) From least noisy to most.
      1) Vitamix next generation models with quieter but more powerful 2.2 HP motors than earlier 2 HP predecessors. You can also get these models for less that are refurbished.
      2) Blendtec Designer Series is quieter than its predecessor the Blendtec Classic Total Blender. We haven't used the newest Signature series, so this may be a tie with number 1, we should know soon.
      3) It’s a toss up between Vitamix 5200 and Blendtec Classic Total Blender. It depends on the ingredients in the blender (frozen fruit, ice, etc.)
      The only blender that should be quieter are the commercial versions of these blenders that have cases which shut down over the blender to help mitigate the noise. Otherwise they are pretty equally noisy machines! Luckily most blends are 1-2 minutes :)
      Hope that helps! Thanks for asking and Happy Blending! With Love & Health ~ Blender Babes

  21. Wyn says

    Hello Blender Babes, Thank you for this comprehensive review. I have been contemplating a blentec for some time and this has been helpful in my decision. I am seeing a lot of criticism, however, that blentecs do not break down carrots well (leaving chunks), do you guys have any comments towards that or have you had a similar experience?

    Thanks again.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      In answer to your question, Blendtec blenders have NO PROBLEM breaking down carrots! Here is a video for spinach carrot juice we did, and I use carrots in a number of our smoothie and juice recipes. Perhaps the criticism came from people who were using the Fourside jar and/or didn’t have enough liquid when breaking down carrots. With super fibrous vegetables, such as carrots or kale – I always recommend having at least 12 ounces of water/liquid to blend well. Also, cut the carrot in half at least. The advantage of the Blendtec is you do not need the tamper to push the ingredients (like a WHOLE carrot) down into the blade, however to help the process along and avoid having to manually do ANYTHING with the Blendtec, cut fruits and vegetables at least in half rather than tossing in whole. :)

  22. Wyn says

    I saw that too!!! Exactly why I’ve been contemplating a blendtec..!!! its a great price…i love costco.

    • Aaron says

      Overall, I appreciate a great review. Hands down, either of these two brands will out perform any other blender on the market and are well worth the investment. However, I don’t feel as though the article takes a true apples to apples approach to comparing the blenders. I wholeheartedly agree that the fully manually Vitamix 5200 would be a pain to use. Currently I own the 6300 which does offer some automatic options. A friend of mine owns a Blendtec. I would argue that the smoothies created in our Vitamix were smoother and more well blended than the Blendtec. The Vitamix (in this completely unscientific comparison) produced a smoothie that was completely smooth vs. the Blendtec’s slightly more chunky (I do say only slightly). Also, what I mean by well blended is that sometimes you have to add ingredients such as lemon to offset the strength of greens (such as Kale). I continued to find this the case with Blendtec. However, with our Vitamix, we do not have to do that and all the ingredients are thoroughly blended together. Either way, you can’t go wrong. I just felt the review compared too often the 5200 to Blendtec which is obviously Vitamix’s entry level model. But comparing more apples to apples (The Vitamix step-up with the automatic options), I would argue, based on my actual experience, that Vitamix produces better blended product. Agreeing with the review, if you do choose Vitamix, at least go the step above the 5200 so you can get the automatic options.

      • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

        Hi Aaron, thank you so much for the comment and WELCOME to Blender Babes! Yes we have had others tell us similar results regarding blending (apples to apples!). We are referring in comparison mostly the 5200 model but have updated our separate VITAMIX review to include the newer models – which we recommend and promote over the 5200 model. I’m sure you LOVE your 6300 model, automatic settings are our FAVORITE FEATURE! :)

  23. Conan Cocallas says

    I have owned a K-TEK Champ HP3 Blendtec for many years, and I like the way it works very much! I only use it once a day, or sometimes twice a day, so I’m not stressing it overly with my needs. However, I must disagree with your contention about the jars not leaking. Blendtec flatly says you must keep the bottom seal dry to prevent leaks, and I am scrupulous about doing so. Blendtec also says to gently turn the bottom jar shaft to free the seal before using the blender, and I am obsessive about doing this too! Nevertheless, I cannot get more than 1-1/2 years’ use out of a blender jar before I start seeing a dark black line appear around the jar’s inside base as the seal begins to spit out particles. Soon after that, the seal deteriorates, and I am forced to buy a new jar. Blendtec’s jars used to come with a 3 year warranty, but instead of making better seals, they’ve now changed to a 1 year warranty on the jars. And the jars are not cheap! At $90 plus shipping, I feel I’m renting this machine for the not-very-much use I get out of it! I understand all you’re saying about the Vitamix, and I don’t know if I’d go for that instead; I just can’t help but feeling there must be a better way to do things…

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hmmm Conan, I’m surprised. I’ve had jars 2 years with heavy use (1 to 2 times a day is a great amount!) but no leakage problem? I thought their warranty on jars was better than 1 year, let me check on that and get back to you. ~Blender Babes

      • Conan Cocallas says

        The warranty on their jars used to be 3 years, but I’ve received conflicting support from them on that. I bought a jar 2 years ago with a 3 year warranty, and when I called to get support for its leaking, I was told their warranty is only 1 year – despite what was said at the time of sale.

        These blenders and their jars are at work in Jamba Juice locations everywhere, and they’re getting used all day, every day. It is difficult for me to accept that 1 to 2 times a day of use is a ‘great amount’, given what these blenders are touted to be capable of. I understand the limitations of Vitamix blenders, but if I can change out the seal along with the blade, that’ll be my next direction – already my relatively new Wild Side jar is spinning its seal out. Since it’s not leaking – yet – they won’t consider replacing it…

  24. Wyn says

    Hello Blender Babes, Thank you for this comprehensive review. I have been contemplating a blentec for some time and this has been helpful in my decision. I am seeing a lot of criticism, however, that blentecs do not break down carrots well (leaving chunks), do you guys have any comments towards that or have you had a similar experience?

    Thanks again.

  25. Kim says

    I had a blendtec already, but found a good deal on a vitamix and bought it last week. My main issue with the blendtec is that it won’t completely blend citrus fruit. The section covering around the individual slices of orange or grapefruit do not ever blend completely with the blendtec. I was thinking that maybe I might get a new container…maybe the blades were dull. However, blending an orange/basil smoothie with the vitamix yesterday, I’m thinking maybe the blendtec has other issues. The vitamix orange smoothie is smoother. It wasn’t able to completely liquefy the section coverings either, but it did better than the blendtec. The main thing is that the vitamix orange smoothie is sweeter…for some reason it tastes better. I’m using the same oranges (I bought a case from the wholesaler), dressed out the same way (I cut all the peel off using a knife to remove as much of the outside section covering as possible. I used the “whole juice” setting on the blendtec and the “variable” setting while increasing the speed using the dial on the vitamix. The vitamix shake just tastes better. I also made one of Roger Haeske’s SVSs using the vitamix and even though I’m using the same ingredients as I used when I made the same stew in the blendtec, the stew made with the vitamix is better. The colors are brighter (the tomatoes blend a true red with the vitamix instead of this stale orange color with the blendtec; the spinach blends a bright vibrant green in the vitamix instead of this scary forrest green color with the blendtec) and somehow the stew itself just tastes fresher…like I’m getting more of the real flavor of each vegetable by using the vitamix. I’m going to have to go back through all of my old recipes and remake them in the vitamix. There have been so many recipes where I thought the recipe was just gross, but it may have been my blendtec instead. Has anyone else experienced this flavor difference between blendtec and vitamix smoothies and soups?? What accounts for the difference??
    Thanks.
    ka

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Welcome Kim! Thank you so much for the comment. Our recipe tester kitchens that have both the Blendtec & Vitamix testing the same recipe, often find that especially with smoothies/juices, that although the exact same ingredients, the blendtec makes it more of a liquid while the Vitamix is more of a thicker consistency. This is due to more power with the Blendtec. The only thing we can think of to explain the color difference is the power and the dull blade of the Blendtec vs the sharp Vitamix blade. It’s a great question, one we’ll have to research further. For the citrus fruits, are you blending the rind? Oranges rind has undigestible oils in it… a little zest is okay, but we don’t recommend blending the rind – just try to keep as much of the nutritious pyth as possible. :) We have many customers who had a Vitamix, then get a blendtec or vise versa such as yourself. Everyone has a preference and we just want you to LOVE your blender! xoxo ~Blender Babes

  26. Judy Jones Turner says

    I'm still deciding..but I think blentec might have a edge. It will be my early birthday present soon!!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      It can be a tough decision! If you have any questions we can answer to help you make your decision, please don’t hesitate to ask. Happy Almost Birthday Judy! :)

  27. Elle829 says

    Thanks for the comprehensive review, “BB”! I have a Blendtec, and simply love it. I waited a while to purchase it, as I was weighing the pluses and minuses of B. vs. V., but opted for the Blendtec, ’cause of its streamlined size and easy programming. I recently took advantage of the Blendtec offer on the Twister Jar, and am looking forward to making my first Pesto! I encourage everyone to sign up on the manufacturer’s site to receive regular email specials and weekly recipes. Blendtec recently won a lawsuit against Vitamix for breach of design copyright, and very generously offered 1 Million Wild Side containers for free (all anyone had to pay for was $12.00 or so in shipping). I took advantage of that offer, saved nearly $100.00 and now have two Wild Sides! I am very pleased with the blender itself, as well as the communication and pride the company has in their product.

  28. wry toast says

    i came so close to buying a vitamix at whole foods when they had a demo setup. the thing that stopped me was the plastic beakers. why the heck do you make a quality machine and then go cheap on the jar, as you call it? the other off-putting thing was that needed items were sold separately as accessories. my grandmother had a vitamix with a super quality stainless steel beaker.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello and welcome! We definitely like the BPA free almost-impossible-to-break plastic jars b/c we can see through them to what’s going on with our blend :) Vitamix will try to sell you the extra dry jar accessory, but if you don’t plan to do very much grinding you probably don’t need it. It’s pretty amazing when we hear people’s grandmother’s had a Vitamix! Such a long standing company with a great reputation. We hope you end up getting the best blender for you! :) xoxo ~Blender Babes

  29. Stephanie Petrone Antinore says

    After 1 week of making protein and green shakes, my blender is nearly burn out. I literally smell it burning and I've rarely used it. I swore that I'd never spend $400+ on a blender until I found this site Now that I am moving to a healthier lifestyle, it absolutely makes sense. I think that I may have to go with the Blendtec. Just showing my hubby everything these babies can do before I make my purchase! Thanks, ladies!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thank you so much for the comment Stephanie! So happy to hear that! We are certain this will be one of the best investments you EVER make and once your hubby tastes the recipes you blend up he will be sold on it too. :) Welcome to our community! xo ~Blender Babes

  30. Amoretto says

    Thank you for this article; it is extremely helpful in understanding both blenders. I purchased the Vitamix 6300, but am contemplating whether to switch to Blendtec. I am rather new to blending, but have enjoyed making smoothies and soups. I’d like to make pestos, guac, and sauces with the blender. Are the manual options difficult for these more advanced recipes? Based on your review, it sounds like it would be okay to use the wet container for chopping nuts and making nut butters? Will this dull the blade sooner?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Excellent question Amoretto and welcome! :) We love and recommend the Vitamix 6300 over some of their other models. You can make pestos, sauces, and try our skinny guacamole recipe, with either blender. The manual controls are not at all difficult with the Vitamix. :) You can definitely make nut butter with the wet blade, and we have had some customers tell us they use the dry blade to chop nuts, but either will work and should not dull the blade. We recommend the dry container if you plan to do a lot of grinding, to keep from dulling the wet blade. The great thing about both Blendtec and Vitamix, is they offer a 30 day money back guarantee so you can try/test the product. You will be able to feel which one works best for YOU. :) Happy Blending! ~Blender Babes

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Jim, thank you for the comment! We are actually working on a way to offer a special Blendtec jar that will fit on the Vitamix Base. Stay tuned and WELCOME! :)

  31. chris says

    I;m pretty sure you got some of the blade info wrong. You said The Vita Mix Blade is sharp and can be replaced when it gets dull ( not true,it’s made dull)…Not sure about Blendtec…I’ve had a Vitamix for over 25 years,still runs like new.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Chris! Thanks for the comment! Wow that’s a true testament of the longevity of Vitamix! I have heard the older jars were stainless steel but not that the blade was dull! The current Vitamix wet jars have laser cut sharper blades in comparison to Blendtec’s which are extremely dull. They are not RAZOR sharp like a high quality knife, but they are sharp none the less where I am careful while cleaning. ;) Although the blades are different for their dry jar, the blades pointing down are flat and dull compared to the blades pointing up. WELCOME to Blender Babes!

  32. Eddie Kinkar says

    How does the Vitamix compare to the Optimum, very curious. I recently got an Optimum blender and it seems to be the same when comparing to Vitamix and Blendtec on Youtube.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Eddie and welcome! We have actually heard good things about the Optimum as an alternative to Vitamix. The people we talked to were usually from other parts of the world – and it was in the top 3 contenders vs Vitamix and Blendtec. If the power is there, it seems like a good choice. Here at Blender Babes we encourage everyone to Live Healthier with a high powered Blender – whichever one people choose. Our recipe instructions should work similarly for you so… HAPPY BLENDING! :)

      • Eddie says

        Thanks for the reply! Optimum is very popular in Australia as it is an Australian brand, it is also sold in Europe but not the US. Would love to see a review comparing it to Vitamix and Blendtec :)

        Loving the content on your website, it’s great! Keep it up :)

        Thanks, Ed

          • Michael Bennetts says

            Get the 9400! I’ve got one, compared it to my mum’s Vitamix an cannot be any happier! Would love to see them side by side BlenderBabes! Such a great comparison you have, bravo!

            • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

              Thanks Michael! We are looking into a comparison! :) Thanks so much for sharing your experience, we appreciate it!

  33. says

    I am so glad I found this website. I have been doing research on both the Blendtec and the Vitamix. It was very confusing because the information on other websites seemed to be personal preference rather than how the blenders really compared to one another. You did a great job with this comparison.. I did read on one of the other websites that Blendtec did not last as long if you use it daily and the warranty was shorter. What is your opinion on this?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Rose and WELCOME to Blender Babes! Thank you for your comment, we appreciate your kind words. :) Blendtec provides a full 7 year warranty covering the motor/base and jar. We have heard it does last a long time, however since Vitamix is an older and more well known company – we have met and spoken with SO MANY people who have had their Vitamix for 20 years and it’s still going strong! It’s kind of like an automatic vs manual transmission. Manual usually lasts longer, however automatic is easier… Hope that helps with your decision! Let us know what you decide! :) xoxo

  34. Terri says

    Hi, I would like to purchase a blender that would liquify the tiny raspberry seeds or strawberry seeds when I make a smoothie. I love the Oster blender I have, and it pulverizes flax seeds, but it doesn’t accomplish this with the tiny raspberry/ strawberry seeds. What do you suggest? Also, are glass containers available on either brand? Thanks!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Terri and welcome! Either of these two blenders will be able to pulverize the seeds unlike what your Oster can do. We find strawberry and raspberry seeds aren’t noticeable, however sometimes blackberry seeds are hard to completely liquify. The beauty is with the power of these two blenders, the longer it runs it can usually break down EVERYTHING – so for tough jobs like these berry seeds or super fibrous carrots, celery, and greens, we just add more ice and run it longer to keep the friction from the blades from heating the produce and therefore killing live enzymes. Glass containers are not an option for either brand, they both use lightweight practically unbreakable BPA polycarbonate jars. Let us know which one you get and Happy Blending! :)

      • Vicki says

        You just answered part of my question, which was that having recently read that friction from the blades can heat and therefor kill enzymes of produce, I was wondering about how these blenders compensate for this problem. I would really appreciate more info on this, and also if you could discuss this problem with regards to juicers. I have heard that some juicers use a slow pressing technique, that uses torque to minimize the generation of heat. Also, when making hot soup in the blenders, is the temperature kept at such a point that it will not compromise the enzymes?
        Thanks for your help.

        • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

          Hello Vicki and WELCOME! If you are making something that heats beyond 112 degrees then you will start to kill live enzymes – but this usually only happens as intended with the soup setting – which runs for 90 seconds at the highest speed almost the entire time. For a RAW soup you can just use the soup setting once starting with cool water. Make it hot by running the soup setting 2 or 3 times. With smoothies and juices, you usually add ice or frozen fruit which will prevent it from heating, although this doesn’t usually happen in a 45-50 second cycle. I can’t speak for juicers since I’m not an expert on them but I know there’s LOTS of info on the web. :) Hope that helps with you decision! Happy New Year!

  35. PJ says

    Thanks for this excellent comparative review. It helped me decide between the two brands, Blendtec winning out in the end.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Awesome PJ!! WELCOME to Blender Babes and happy to have helped you with your decision! Best ~ Blender Babes

  36. Yuckus says

    I’ve had my Vitamix 5200 for 7+ years, often use it multiple times a day, and it’s still going strong. I sent it in for service once (I should have read the FAQ’s about the Automatic Overload Protection–they returned it sparkly clean too), and bought a $60 blender for the time mine was out. Knowing it couldn’t do what I was used to with my Vitamix, I tried to be extra gentle with it, but managed to destroy it in three uses. I recently used the 7500 making green smoothies at a Farmer’s Market all day, it was fun to compare to mine, but really there wasn’t a huge difference. I’ll never live without a Vitamix again.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Love it! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with our community :) Vitamix customer service is SUPERB and this is another example of how truly great they are. :) We like the 7500 b/c of the new shorter 64oz jar and quieter yet more powerful 2.2 HP. These are small improvements which people seem to prefer over the 5200 if given a choice. All models are great and going to last for quite some time, you really can’t go wrong! :)

  37. Jennifer Elder says

    One thing I have never seen a "lesser equipped" blender be able to accomplish is a seed-free berry smoothie. Will one of these or both pulverize strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry seeds?

    • Tarashaun Hausner says

      Welcome Jennifer! Thx for the question, we’ve actually been asked this a lot lately I need to do some testing as well add this to the FAQs. In our experience so far the only seeds that the Vitamix or Blendtec does not completely pulverize are blackberry seeds, they do well with raspberry and strawberries are easy. That said – the longer you run the machine the finer the fruits/veggies and/or grains usually get. My suggestion is to add a lot of ice, and run the machine longer than your standard 45 seconds to 1 minute or so (usually smoothie time). The ice is essential as it will keep the produce from being heated by the friction caused by the blade (which is how it makes a soup hot!) I did have a customer tell me she would blend the blackberries with liquid and ice FIRST, then add the rest of the produce, more ice and blend again as usual. This is something I will test soon and add my findings to the FAQs. Hope that answers your question! Happy Blending! xoxo :)

  38. Anna Bui says

    I saw a demonstration at Costco with the Blendtec and it did pulverize strawberry and grape seeds. The person also put in the leafy part of the strawberry and there was no leaf or seed parts in the smoothie!!

  39. Sharyl says

    I’m researching to make the decision— I like the VitaMix cookbook better, but the blendtec is shorter and we have low cabinets– so really torn, at this point I’m 60/40 Blendtec. Waiting to see who offers a better sale on it between now and Christmas. I’m sure I’ll be happy with either.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Sharyl and WELCOME to Blender Babes! YES, you will be happy with either! However with your low cabinets you will want to have a Vitamix with a compact 48oz or 64oz jar (tend to be more expensive). Vitamix has some great cookbooks but of course you can also review both our website and their website for recipes! Blendtec is so light and compact we tend to use it more. Let us know what you decide!! xoxo ~BB

  40. AshleyD says

    Hello Blender Babes! Thanks so much for a very comphrensive breakdown of the two blenders. For me, I make meals & smoothies for 1 and notice that with small amounts of food in a blender, it is much more of a challenge to break down. Which one do you recommend for processing small amounts (e.g. smoothies for one person). Thanks so much!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello and WELCOME Ashely! For one person smoothies I think any of the Vitamix models would work best, we especially love the newer models with shorter compact jars (48oz or 64oz) for a total height of 17.5″ vs 21″. We recommend the less expensive refurbished models to save some $$. :) The Blendtec is wonderful however for the smaller portions you would want the Fourside jar and they only sell it as a combo now.

  41. says

    I'm still unsure… Just bought a Vitamix 6300 at Costco for $500, plus the grain container for an extra $99. Was all stoked to come home and pulverize blackberry seeds into nothingness… but the blender won't disintegrate them! It's still seedy! They are broken, certainly, but there is still little hard textured chewy bits in the juice! Does anyone know if the Blendtec does a smoother job on seeds? Or any other tips?

  42. says

    MO, can you test it by throwing some blackberries and H20 in it and seeing if they disintegrate..? I know his is a way older model than the one I just got, but if it can pulverize blackberry seeds…. dang. I'm in luck….

  43. says

    Hello Lydia. Welcome! And congrats on your new Vitamix! We’ve actually been asked this question a lot lately and we plan to do some comparison testing specifically for this in an upcoming video shoot! In my experience so far the only seeds that the Vitamix or Blendtec does not completely pulverize are blackberry seeds, they do well with raspberry and strawberries. That said – the longer you run the machine the finer the fruits/veggies and/or grains usually get. My suggestion is to add a lot of ice, and run the machine longer than your standard 45 seconds to 1 minute or so (usual smoothie time). The ice is essential as it will keep the produce from being heated by the friction caused by the blade (which is how it makes a soup hot!) I did have a customer tell me she would blend the blackberries with liquid and ice FIRST, then add the rest of the produce, more ice and blend again as usual. This is something I will test soon and add my findings to the FAQs. Hope that answers your question! Happy Blending! xoxo :)

  44. says

    you wont get a super good job done with the one i dropped off. though it certainly does a good job. there are better ones out there. the trick i find it is to actually start off real slow and then increase in speed. when it comes to seedy fruits, honestly i dont know how much further you can get with blackberries. these seeds are sooo small. i do wonder if any blender can easily pulverize them into blissful onenes.

  45. says

    I have an old Vitamix and it doesn't get the blackberry seeds all the way. I've seen the newer models work better. I haven't used a Blendtec yet, but people swear it is wayyy better than the Vitamix. Definitely would be cool to do a side by side comparison.

  46. says

    Thanks everybody!! I really DO want to know more about this comparison before I decide what to spend my money on. Blender Babes, you gals ROCK! I can't wait to see more videos. My intuition is leading me more in the direction of the Blendtec… I just remembered that my friends Omar and Uzume Riverstone have one, so maybe we can do some text runs with both them and see what we think… :-) I have 30 days to play with the Vitamix and make my choice.

  47. says

    I'm actually really turned of by the Vitamix at the moment because the DEMO DOUCHE DUDE at Costco told us that you could "cook scrambled eggs" in the Vitamix, so we tried it and they foamed out the top before we realized he was LYING… I'm pretty offended that he would give us such a stupid suggestion and act like it was a real thing that the Vitamix could do. He stated that it could cook eggs like one can cook soup…!

  48. says

    (I have to admit it was pretty funny. And after we figured it out we just cooked the eggs in the pan and it was the fluffiest souffle-like omelette of my life…LOLOL!! ) :-D

  49. says

    Trying to raise the funds to purchase the Vitamix (thanks for helping me choose!) by selling some stuff I no longer need. I know it says its a multipurpose machine including a whole food juicer. I also know that wheat grass juice is super healthy, so we purchased a masticating juicer to be able to incorporate it into our diets. Can the vitamix completely pulverize wheat grass juice for use in green smoothies? I could sell my juicer if so and have most of the rest of the funds for this purchase :) thanks for the input!

  50. says

    Hi Katie and WELCOME to Blender Babes! Yes a Vitamix can absolutely pulverize wheatgrass. I buy the organic kind that looks like catnip at the store and usually snip off several inches to include in a green smoothie. I do believe juice extractors have a place/purpose – much more highly concentrated vitamins/minerals in juice without fiber so literally no digestion is needed. I have both and do both, however I use my blender WAY MORE than the juicer. If it's one or the other, however def go with the Vitamix model you like. Please let me know if you have any more questions! xoxo

  51. Lisa Wilkinson says

    I am deciding between a vitamix and a blendtec. The main thing I want it for is green smoothies but am also looking to use it for guacamole, baby food, and other dips. My budget allows for one of the more basic models. Which would you recommend for these purposes?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Lisa and WELCOME! Yes it can be a tough decision. Both blenders really are great for all the options that you desire. So for you I would recommend the Blendtec Total Blender in either the classic or designer series (same price). For the Vitamix, I recommend the less expensive refurbished models. Also I would check out our separate Vitamix review for a more detailed look at the different Vitamix models and their options. It really depends on if you like to manually control the blender or if you like automatic settings that occasionally need some manual help. Hope that answers your question well enough :) Happy Blending!

  52. says

    I am about to order my vitamix and have to do it over the phone for a package deal. Do you have a numerical code number for the free shipping so you get credit or just the link? I can't find a code anywhere and that's what I have to use for a phone order…

  53. says

    Theres a limited number of the vitamix professional reconditioned models for sale NOW! Just ordered the pro 300 in black and was told they only had 15 of that color. The 750 is only available in the brushed or stainless steel. Good luck!

  54. Dane Collette says

    Gotta tell ya, I love my Blendtec. Get from Sams or Costco when the Blendtec rep comes to do a demo. MUCH cheaper that way (we paid 360). More powerful, easier to clean (DW safe), programs work amazing and manual control is easy too. Also fits under the counter and looks nice. And the 90 oz. wild side jar (that Vitamix tried to copy) can seriously blend anything. That's my 2 cents, though.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Welcome Dane and thank you for the comment! We do offer Free Shipping and a gift with purchase to help create the same value as our favorite warehouse location :) We’re so happy to hear you love your Blendtec! Let us know what your favorite recipes are! xoxo ~Blender Babes

  55. says

    Hey Katie! Here is our free shipping code 06-007974 – I see that you already ordered, and the Professional 300 is a great choice! Vitamix has been out of stock of their next generation refurbished models for a couple of weeks now! SO FRUSTRATING! Oh well… you will LOVE your Vitamix. We are SO HAPPY FOR YOU! :)

  56. says

    Welcome Dane and thank you for the comment! We do offer Free Shipping and a gift with purchase to help create the same value as our favorite warehouse location :) We’re so happy to hear you love your Blendtec! Let us know what your favorite recipes are! xoxo ~Blender Babes

  57. laurie says

    I’ve used my Vitamix for quite few years and certainly love it. My one complaint is that it can be difficult to get all the stuff I’ve blended out of the container, so I feel like I’m losing a bunch of it. I looked at a Blendtec today and it looks like it might be easier to get everything out from the bottom and sides. Is that true?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Laurie and WELCOME :) That’s a very good point – I have had trouble myself getting everything out of the bottom of the Vitamix jar – the newer compact jars are slightly wider at the bottom so it’s a littler easier, but not as easy as the Blendtec. With the Blendtec you just need a spatula and b/c of the square jar and single blade design you seriously can get every last bit out. It’s especially noticeable with sticky stuff or small amounts such as nut butters or baby food. :) There’s pluses and minuses to both – it’s really whichever works best for your needs. Hope that helps and Happy Blending!

  58. Rosena Baumli says

    I bought a Blendtec Wildside. I'm on the 3rd base & the 4th or 5th jar BECAUSE the top of the base keeps getting a black coating. The coating is like a film with flecks in it. On every combination of parts that I've had, the issue starts immediately with the first use & continues to darken/thicken with every subsequent use. ***I'm guessing that the rubber seal on the bottom of the jar is disintegrating.*** The Blendtec reps are perplexed & have been sympathetic & very cooperative about sending new pieces to try, but…. My latest ensemble is accumulating the black "dust" & I've used it not much more than a dozen times in less than two weeks. I'm very concerned about what will be the condition of the machine down the road. Any thoughts or suggestions before I return this machine?

  59. says

    Thanks for this great article. My husband and I were trying to decide between the Blendtec and Vitamix, and I think we've decided on the Blendtec. I found a nice package deal from Costco in which you can get the blender with either the WildSide Jar and FourSide jar for $400, OR the the WildSide Jar and Twister Jar for $400. Which jar combo would you recommend? At first I was thinking the WildSide Jar plus Twister Jar would be the better option because it seems like the WildSide Jar and FourSide Jar have the same basic functionality (and are therefore redundant), but the Twister is somewhat unique. But on the Blendtec website they seem to suggest that the WildSide and FourSide are really better at doing different things. So now I'm not so sure. I basically want to have as diverse functionality as possible for the money, but need to ensure I can at least do all the basics: smoothies, soup, ice cream, and nut butters. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

  60. says

    Hello Megan and WELCOME to Blender Babes!! We are so happy you found us. DEFINITELY get the Wildside jar with Twister Jar combo. You can make anything in the Wildside jar that you can make in the Fourside jar, just more of it – and it looks like you will be making yummy green smoothies for those cute little ones in your profile pic! So much easier to do it 1x than 2x. With the Twister Jar, you can more easily make nut butters and other thicker combos, even ice cream (although smaller portions). See our Twister Jar review to better understand. We are SO EXCITED for you guys!! xoxo http://www.blenderbabes.com/blender-babes-101/blender-reviews/blendtec-twister-jar-review/

  61. says

    Hello Rosena, welcome and thank you for the question. I have seen this once, noticeably because I was demonstrating with a white based blender. It happened when I was doing A LOT of grinding, which was on the highest speed (10) for sometimes 2 or 3 cycles to show how fine the fresh cornmeal I was making – becoming corn flour. Luckily the plastic is only "dust" is only on the outside and can't get into your food due to the design of the jar. I’m surprised to hear how many times this has happened to you though. What are you mostly making?

  62. Rosena Baumli says

    Blender Babes Thanks for your reply! I am just making smoothies: water, yogurt, protein powder, frozen fruit & ice. I do not fill it above the 64 oz mark. I do not try to remove the jar before it has stopped. ???????

  63. Rosena Baumli says

    More: I run it on "ice cream" first (usually 2 cycles because it doesn't get it all the first time) & then 1 or 2 "smoothie" cycles to really get it crushed & mixed. It is often very thick & almost like ice cream, but that's the way I prefer.

  64. Abby says

    Hi guys,
    thanks for the reviews. I am so grateful for this info but I am absolutely tossing back and forth. I had been leaning towards the Blendtec but after Rosena’s comment I am unsure. I preferred Blendtec for the safety and dishwasher ability but not sure about longevity. Any help with the confusion? I haven’t seen anyone comment that Vitamix breaks as much as Blendtec. I just don’t like the idea of the narrow jar and being too tall but it seems to blend smoother than a Blendtec based on what folks say. I would love to order one soon (like tonight) but need help with this. I want to make smoothies, pestos, soups and ice creams. Thanks so much for the information!

  65. Abby says

    I also like that the box shaped of the Blendtec and it being light weight but the jar lid seems to have problems with suction, rubber seal issues? is this true? Is it just better to go with the Vitamix?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Abby and WELCOME to Blender Babes! Yes it’s usually a toss up between the two. As I told Rowena I have not noticed the problem she is having even after HEAVY use with several Blendtec blenders, and you should note that both blenders come with a 7 year warranty so you are protected for quite some time. That said, Blendtec’s lifespan is said to be 15 years – it IS digital – and I have met numerous people who have had their Vitamix for well over 20 years – it’s manual. Think of it like an automatic transmission vs a manual transmission on a car. The automatic is easier, the manual is a little more work but typically lasts longer. Vitamix also has newer models which not only have a few automatic settings but also wider/shorter compact jars. I do prefer the lid of the Vitamix over the Blendtec, it’s harder to put on and take off, but there is never any issue with the rubber seal – Blendtec ONLY has an issue with this if you fill it to the brim which is not recommended by them (for good reason!) I think they blend equally as smooth – so it’s really what works best for you and in your budget. :) Here is our Vitamix blenders review if that helps you decide on which model to get. :) xoxo

      • Abby says

        Thanks so much! I think I am going to go for the refurbished Blendtec Total with the Wildside Jar and add the Twister Jar in as well. I do hope it does well with chopping and making pestos and creams which is my biggest hope.

        • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

          Awesome Abby! I think you are making a great choice :) Pretty much the only thing that we feel Vitamix does a LITTLE better is chopping – because it has a sharp blade vs a dull blade – it depends what you’re chopping though. Checkout this dry chopping and wet chopping video. Other than that between the Wildside and Twister Jar you should be set to make everything! :) Don’t forget to email your purchase order to info@blenderbabes.com to get your Free Gift from Blender Babes. Have a great weekend! xx

      • says

        I LOVE your analogy of a standard transmission vs an automatic transmission. I’m kind of a standard transmission kind of gal, so I guess I made the right decision purchasing a Vita Mix. Nothing is ever perfect, but because of the free enterprise economy we live it, these two companies will always be pushing the envelope to make their product better than the competition’s.

  66. says

    Rosena Baumli When you are making smoothies, liquid and ice are consistency controllers. Usually for a smoothie we use 6-8oz of liquid and for a juice we use 12-16oz. You should be able to then just use the smoothie button for 1 cycle. It sounds to me like you might need to add more liquid to avoid having to blend multiple times (although we LOVE thick shakes too!)

  67. says

    Rosena Baumli Yes it must just be the plastic "dust" from the outside of the jar from normal use then – the machine is running at a 3 peak horsepower at its highest speed. Luckily the dust can't get in the food, and there is a 7 year warranty on the jar to protect you. You might want to try a Vitamix for comparison (they allow you to use for 30 days to test) and see which one you prefer? HAPPY BLENDING!!!! xo

  68. WiddoMouse says

    I bought a Vitamix from QVC in January, 2010. Paid $376…free shipping. I used it a lot and have had excellent results. I later purchased the dry grinder jar from Vitamix for $144.00, a 32 oz wet blade container from Vitamix for $129.00, and a Mini tamper for the 32 oz containers from Vitamix for $10.00. I love my Vitamix. The only thing I wish it had was dishwasher safety. Until reading this article I never even heard of the Blendtec brand . Could someone please tell me why the Blendec Tom Dickson Extreme model is so much more expensive than the other Blendtecs? $1034.95 is a lot of money for a blender so there must be something that makes it far superior to the other Blebdtecs and Vitamixes.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thank you and WELCOME! :) The Blendtec Tom Dickson Extreme model is the more powerful than any other blender for home use. The Total Blender models (Classic, Signature, Designer) are 1560 watts and 13 amps, where the Extreme model is 2400 watts and 20 amps. Plus it comes with a 10 year warranty. You also get an autographed photo of Tom! :) WE LOVE TOM! He’s actually one of the most genuine, kind, and brilliant people we have ever been blessed enough to meet. This is one SUPER blender!!

  69. says

    Hi I’m on the verge of the splurge..$$$. After reading your review, I think I’m leaning towards the Blendec. Only concern is that I’ve seen on Amazon that there have been some issues with the seals starting to leak. Would this be something they have rectified. I’m thinking of buying to make juices and soups and with new baby boy dues end of October (I’m the grandmother) I’m leaning to the Blendec for the twister container. But concerned about the seal…
    Judith

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Welcome Juidith and congratulations on a new grandson or daughter coming into your life! Very exciting to easily make homemade organic baby food, you will LOVE the Twister jar. :) We have never experienced a broken seal and we have demonstrated thousands of times with different blenders every show when we were doing roadshows with Blendtec. I’m sure it happened to those people though and I’m sure Blendtec’s excellent customer service took care of it quickly. You have a 7 year warranty which includes the motor and jar. :) Let us know how it goes! Happy Blending! ~Blender Babes

  70. pegmon says

    CAUTION!! Something going on with VitaMix. Called 1 800 # cause 3 yr old VitaMix 5200 burning rubber… only use occassionally (should use more) On a Tuesday afternoon I was 13 caller waiting on line !! Im wondering if there service department is overrun with breakdowns ??

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Yikes!!! They must be busy! They did recently have a recall for certain models of jars (7500, 750, and 300) due to some issues, so that may be why the customer service line was tied up. Usually their service is pretty on point though, hopefully they took good care of you and you back to blending (more!) very soon! xoxo ~ The Babes

  71. Kat Murray says

    I have the Vitamix 750 and I have to say, I LOVE IT!…it fits under my cabinets and it’s a sexy machine that I love to look at….I am a Vitamix girl…..it makes my soup hot on the hot soup function and makes my smoothies every morning….no need to cut up the veggies n fruits

  72. Diane Townsley says

    I bought a Blendtec maybe 4 years ago from a dealer I found online, and I have loved it up until recently when I noticed it getting ear-piercingly loud. I mean it's always been loud, but this is intolerable. I noticed the blade does not spin smoothly anymore, and I can see the rubber O-ring starting to harden and flake as other people have commented (lots of Amazon reviews about this problem). I've never put it in the dishwasher and always used it and cleaned it according to the manufacturer's instructions. I assume I will have to replace the jar. I have long since misplaced my purchase information, so I think I'm out of luck on the warranty. Given I've read about other people having similar problems, I'm not sure I would get a Blendtec if I had it to do over. I'm actually not even sure I want to spend the money on a new jar, since I anticipate I'll have the same problem a couple of years from now.

  73. says

    Hi Diane, There used to be only a 1 or 3 year warranty on the jar, but now it's 7 years, I believe improvements have been made. I have spoken to Blendtec about this and it sounds like there is something wrong and they may send you a new jar despite the warranty being over. Please send me your contact information (email and phone number) to info@blenderbabes.com We'll get you taken care of! xoxo ~ Blender Babes

  74. says

    I am sooo happy I found this website! I too have been trying to decide between the two and since this is a HUGE investment for me I wanted to make sure I didn't end up regretting my decision! You guys answered all my question that I had. Go Blender Babes!

  75. Susan says

    This is a great article. I appreciate how thorough it is, because I keep hearing people praising one or the other. I think I would more likely choose a Blendtec based on the information you have provided.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      So glad you found us Susan and WELCOME! :) WE are super excited for you to get your high powered blender of choice and more easily live a healthier lifestyle! :) Thank you so much for sharing! xoxo ~Blender Babe Tarashaun

  76. says

    It IS a big investment, but undoubtedly one of the best ones you will ever make in yourself and your health. We are SO EXCITED for you to get one!! :) Don't forget to join the fun on facebook! xoxo

  77. says

    BOTH ARE AMAZING!!! Blendtec is quickly becoming a household name the way Vitamix is. Let us know what you decide to get! Don't forget you get FREE SHIPPING and a FREE GIFT from Blender Babes. xoxo!

  78. says

    My husband and I read this site with great interest. We were indecisive about which one we wanted to buy until we read this site. It is an excellent site that provides us comprehensive information on these two brands. In our situation Blendtec works better for us. Thank you so much for the site.

  79. says

    I’ve had a Vitamix for over 20 years (long before it was the chi chi thing to make smoothies, etc.). I’ve just passed it on to my daughter and was in the process of trying to decide whether to get another Vitamix or BlendTec, This is an AWESOME site with extremely helpful information and you’ve helped me figure it out–BlendTec is my next purchase. Thank you over and over again!

  80. cammy benton says

    HI! they both sound great and thanks for the review. I am specifically looking to buy one of these two because I am making homemade baby formula- the meat based one on Weston Price website. I have been making it with the Ninja blender and I am having to filter out the liver sediment because it clogs up the nipples. She loves the taste but it doesn’t fill her up because I think I am straining out too much of the liver. I need one that will pulverize so I don’t have to strain. it is only two ounces of liver per 3 cups of broth. Do you think it will do better than my ninja. If not, then I can live with my ninja and just have to come up with another idea since she can’t do dairy. If it does pulverize it enough to pass through the bottle, does one do it better than the other?

  81. Anonymous says

    Do NOT order from Wheatgrasshome!!! I ordered the Blendtec based on reviews thinking it would be the best fit for our needs, but not having a tamper proved to be a problem even for smoothies! I borrowed a friends Vitamix and there was no comparison! The Vitamix was louder, but it blended things up SO much faster! And the tamper was awesome…rather than having to stop, stir, and go again. But, thanks to Whatgrasshome I just spent a small fortune on a blender that I am not pleased with! Had I purchased from Blendtec they would have taken it back no questions asked within 30 days! My vote is for Vitamix, with a strong caution against ordering ANYTHING from Wheatgrasshome!

  82. Anonymous says

    One thing that has confused me is the compatibility of the vitamix jars between the classic style blenders (5200) and the "new style" blender (Professional 500 series). The vitamix web site doesn't seem to sell the new style jars separately. Do the taller, narrower old style jars work with the new style blender if you need a replacement, or want a "dry" jar?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      This is a wonderful question and I’m so glad you asked. We will be updating our Vitamix blenders review with this information! :)
      Container Compatibility: The low profile 64 ounce container was designed specifically for use on the 7500, Pro-300, and Pro-750 units which have been built with a larger motor, larger cooling fan, and enhanced electronics to accommodate the larger blade. While this container will fit on other household units we don’t recommend its use on other platforms. The main reasons for this is an increased risk of overheating and possible premature motor ware.
      All the other jars – 32oz wet, 32oz dry and 48oz wet are compatible with all household units. However, the 64oz TALL one, if you use it on any of the new 2.2 HP machines described above, will not work AS EFFICIENTLY if you try to prepare more than 4 cups of food. The motor is too powerful and the design of the container is too high.

  83. Orv Neconie says

    Costco is running an online-only offer for the Blendtec Total Blender with WildSide Jar and Twister Jar for $369.00 which includes a $30 offer. Shipping and handling is included as well. The offer is good from October 30 – November 20, 2013. I also noticed the warranty period for the Total Blender Classic is 8 years limited and 3 years on the Twister Jar. How would you compare this offer to anything Vitamix is currently running?

  84. kellydmama says

    This review is awesome. Thank you so much for providing your insight! I was dead set on a Vitamix until my fiance came across a Blendtec coupon at costco and asked me if I knew anything about it, and I didn’t, so I found this online and after reading I think a Blendtec would better fit our needs!

  85. Victor says

    The Blendtec won for me due to the automatic features. It’s not worth it to stand in front of blenders that are this loud on a regular basis. I can press a button, leave, and come back when everything is silent.

    Aside from that, Vitamix tried to copy Blendtec’s jar design and got sued for it. The lost a $24 million lawsuit for patent infringement. (Google it) I wouldn’t buy a Vitamix for that reason alone. I don’t want to enrich the owners of the Vitamix Company knowing that they do business that way.

  86. Dr. David Sternlight says

    Bought a Vitamix 5200 at Costco at good price for juicing. Made juices with noticeable fiber grit. Tamper a nuisance and tall jar hard to reach to tamp. Watched Blendtec demo at Costco. Demonstrator made green juice. Had several cups. Silky smooth. Returned Vitamix, got Blendtec Classic $349.99 with new Wildside Jar. Made Joe’s Green Juice. Very smooth.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thanks for sharing Dr. Sternlight and WELCOME! :) Everyone must decide what works best for them. In case you have any friends interested, Blendtec is offering a special holiday price on ALL their refurbished models, you can get the Classic with Wildside jar starting at $279! :)

  87. Blender BabesBlender Babes says

    Thank you Tim and WELCOME to Blender Babes! Yes a lot of our community members tell us they stand the jar next to the base, no big deal – others however like to be able to put it under the cabinet with the newer next generation short 64oz jar like on the Vitamix 300. Just to let you know Vitamix is having a sale on ALL of their refurbished blenders, they start at $299. Let us know which one you decide to get! HAPPY BLENDING!

    • Tim says

      Well, I went to Costco and saw a demo of the Blendtec Total blender. Talked A LOT about the models and some more folks stopped by and were curious and thinking about getting a Blendtec. Three were Vitamix owners and re-thinking their next purchase. Personally, I don’t think you can go wrong with either. Picked it up for $299. Already have used it and so far, I’m excited about rebooting my lifestyle! Off to the produce aisle for tonight and tomorrow’s elixirs. Keep up the great work!

      Tim

  88. Vicki says

    Extremely helpful. Love the organizational breakdown of information. This

    Great information . For those of us “ordinary home cooks”, with “ordinary home budgets” the comparisons of what both machines can do, has been extremely helpful.

  89. Wayne Risley says

    Both are amazing. I purchased the 5000 and upgraded and gave to my stepson and bought a blend tech at Costco for 329. Both are awesome.

  90. Todd says

    Great review of the two blenders! Thank you. I think I lean towards the Blendtec, however I have used the Vitamix a lot at work and it does a great job as well. I do although have a question. I am interested in the “grain mill” function of these blenders and I have researched specific grain mills, but not too extensively. One of the topics that was brought up in the reviews and is of concern for me with using a blender for grain milling is the heat production that is caused by such a high rpm. It is said that the heat production will kill some of the essential nutrients and enzymes. Do you have any insight, knowledge and/or experience with this concern?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Todd! Thank you for the message! We didn’t forget about you, we are actually testing this and will get back to you ASAP. :) HAPPY BLENDING!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Todd,
      We have done some testing on rice, corn and wheat berries and found the following:
      Rice – Speed 8
      o Temperature after 1 cycle- 84 ⁰F
      o Temperature after 2 cycles- 92 ⁰F

      Popcorn – Speed 7
      o Temperature after 1 cycle- 86 ⁰F
      o Temperature after 2 cycles- 108 ⁰F

      Wheat Berries – Speed 9
      o Temperature after 1 cycle- 96 ⁰F
      o Temperature after 2 cycles- 102 ⁰F

      Many raw foodists are concerned about enzymes breaking down once the temperature exceeds 104-120 ⁰F. There may be some nutrient losses during the cooking process as well. If you are very concerned about exceeding a certain temperature, we recommend blending only one time or selecting a cycle and then allowing the product to cool before blending a second time. :) THANKS AND HAPPY BLENDING!

  91. says

    We’ve got a Vitamix 5200s at home and we love it. Cuts our green smoothie prep time from an hour (we make one huge batch at the beginning of the week) to ten minutes because we can skip all the chopping and chuck whole vegetables in there with a little water. Love it!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thx for sharing Jack and WELCoME! Do you freeze your green smoothie batches? It’s such a difference going from a “regular” blender to a turbo power blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec. Makes it SO MUCH easier and less time consuming to eat healthier! :) HAPPY BLENDING!

  92. Sören Kriegermann says

    Hi, I`m from Germany! Vitamix is a great and famous product of the USA. Many raw-eating germans buy this mixer. We call it Hochleistungsmixer or Standmixer. BYE!

  93. Kim says

    This is a great review! I’ve been considering a refurbished vitamix but I just can’t get myself to order it. This review made me excited and I just might do it. Do you know if you can do the 3 payments on a refurbished model? Thanks or the review!

  94. Red says

    Hi! I think I’m leaning towards a reconditioned 6300 Vitamix and was wondering, do you know if either Vitamix or Blendtec usually do Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales? Part of me has been holding out to buy a blender until then since I figure someone has to have a big sale on these, whether it be Costco, QVC, Amazon, or their actual manufacturer sites since they are a higher price point to begin with, right?

    Also, since I already have a food processor my only goal is to get a smoothie king consistency green smoothie without having to do any chewing of kale leaves or berry seeds. Do you think a 6300 is my best option?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Red and WELCOME! We highly recommend getting the reconditioned 6300 since it’s on sale right now for $349 – which NO ONE can beat, even Costco’s Vitamix roadshow sells the 6300 for $499. Yes, a 6300 is going to give you smoother than smooth green smoothies, you will LOVE IT! :) Plus you have the pre-programmed settings for smoothies, frozen desserts, and soup. :) Make sure to forward your confirmation email to freegift@blenderbabes.com to receive your $25 FREE GIFT to iTrain Fitness.

  95. Ash says

    Would love to see a similar comparison with the Optimum blender, as both these blenders are very overpriced in Australia. Your thoughts BlenderBabes? Any new reviews in the near future?

    THanks! Ash

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Ash! Yes I have been looking into the Optimum blender – have heard good things! We are always looking for the best healthy living products to review. I’m not sure when but definitely I think in 2014 this will be something we do for our Aussie Blender Babes! :)

  96. says

    Hi. For those concerned about the Vitamix’s plastic container, there is a petition up on Change.org asking the company to bring back the stainless steel pitcher as an option for those people who don’t feel comfortable blending at high speeds in plastic. Yes, even BPA-free plastic can leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals in our food. I’d be happy to provide a link to a study if anyone is interested.

    Here is the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/vita-mix-please-bring-back-the-stainless-steel-pitcher

  97. Blender BabesBlender Babes says

    GREAT CHOICE! I loved the 3 pre-programmed settings on the reconditioned 6300 which is actually less expensive than the Costco roadshows for the 6300 at $499 AND the reconditioned Vitamix Standard (i.e. 5200) is also less than Costco! :)

    Don’t forget to forward your confirmation email to freegift@blenderbabes.com to redeem your $25 FREE GIFT to iTrain Fitness from Blender Babes! This also works for their new 6 week body makeover program. Stay healthy! xo ~Blender Babes

  98. April Jett says

    Thank you for the review! After using the vitamix for the past 7 years, and taking it with us to live out of the country several times, we are in the process of upgrading. It is only a choice between the newer Vitamix & the newer Blendtecs.
    ?/comment: We have loved the lower speeds & gradual increase of power via the Vitamix's 500 mph starting speed (8xs slower than Blendtec) & high speed of 37,000mph compared to 28,000 of the Blendtech. Several recipes & chopping requirements are performed nicely. We also mill a ton of flour from oats & wheat as well as milling powdered sugar & spices.
    HOWEVER: the extra power in the Blendtec is what intrigues me. Is my need of slow start speeds, good chopping, & fine dry grinding going to be satisfied with a Blendtec as it is with a Vitamix.
    Does the Blendtec wet/dry jar grind as finely as the specific "dry" jar of the Vitamix?
    I don't mind having two jars just as the Blendtec folks don't mind having 2 or even 3 jars. I just want to know which one actually grinds/mills better.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello April and thank you so much for coming to us with your question! :) You will definitely notice that the slower RPM’s and sharp blades provide a better chop than the Blendtec’s dull blades and bigger RPM at the slowest speed. In terms of grinding, the Blendtec is the same as the Vitamix dry jar in terms of fineness for flour. We use a jar specifically for grinding so it pits/clouds only one jar, the same as it does for the Vitamix dry jar. For grinding spices in particular, which can leave a stain as well as odor, I have had an easier time using the Vitamix dry jar with its smaller base than the Blendtec Fourside Jar – although grinding spices works better with my Blendtec Twister Jar since it’s smaller and it has the tines – I don’t want the potential odor for other blending. Hope that helps answer your question!! :) HAPPY BLENDING!

  99. Kris Ta says

    Hi there,
    I live in Canada and am looking to order the Blendtec. I don't see how I get your $25 shipping discount. When I click on your link provided it still lists a $30 shipping fee, but there is a spot to put in a promo code. What should I be adding in the promo code box to get the shipping deal?
    Thank you.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Kris Ta and WELCOME! :) When you input your ship to address, you will see the shipping calculator regenerate and you will see the $30 expedited flat rate shipping fee which includes $25 OFF the normal CANADA shipping price. However you will probably still pay add’t duties. A workaround others have done is to have the item shipped to friend/family with a USA address (FREE) and pick it up or have them bring to you. Hope it works out! :)

  100. Rachel says

    Just a note, on the refurbished models, Blendtec does not offer the 3 payment option. I was so excited when I saw that and then found out it doesn’t apply.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      THANK YOU for pointing this out Rachel! I have spoken to Blendtec about this and thanks to this amazing company they are having their IT department fix this asap! You WILL be able to purchase a refurbished model with the payment plan shortly, hold tight! :)

  101. Graciela Emerson says

    I just found out about Vitamix this past weekend. I cook every day so it really seemed to me like something I might use often. I googled it, watched videos in you tube. I went to Costco to inquire about them and they not only had them but they had a Vitamix guy doing a demonstration. He made from scratch a tortilla soup. Amazing. I’ve been inquiring with my friends. I’ve had all kind of opinions. I’m from Ohio so I guess Vitamix wins (SUPPORT TO LOCAL BUSINESS). Great site, very well done comparison.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Graciela. Thank you and welcome to Blender Babes! I’m so glad you got to see a demonstration, that’s how I got started and Blender Babes was born! :) Glad you decided on the blender that’s best for you. Not sure which model you wanted from Costco, however it’s the Vitamix 6300 you can get a refurbished one for $379 compared to the new costco roadshow price of $499. The standard model (like the Vitamix 5200) is only $329 vs $375 at Costco as well. Plus when you buy using our FREE SHIPPING code 06-007974 you also receive a $25 FREE GIFT to iTrain Fitness. :) I think you’re going to LOVE your new blender! HAPPY BLENDING!!

  102. Christine says

    Great informational website. Still reviewing which one of these blenders I will buy. I had thought it would be a juicer but have almost surely changed my mind from that.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Thanks for sharing Christine! I prefer a blended whole juice over traditional extracted juice for many reasons. :) Let me know what you decide or if you have any questions! xoxo

  103. says

    Hello lovelies, and thank you, babes for all your work. Something's puzzling me and I can't find a satisfying answer anywhere: Are Blendtec/Vitamix/OmniBlend V's jars interchangeable (apart from the newer Vitamix model's)? Has anybody out there tried to fit a Twister jar on a Vitamix or an OmniBlend V?? Cheers for your replies!

  104. says

    Hello Epee – GREAT QUESTION! No the jars are not all interchangeable. However, Blendtec IS offering a Wildside Rebel Jar that fits on all Vitamix models from the last 20 years. We will be offering it soon on BlenderBabes.com and will let you know as soon as it's available.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Dianna and WELCOME! No our link automatically applies free shipping. Once you go through checkout and input your address/zipcode the free ground shipping option will become available. :) Don’t forget to forward your purchase confirmation to freegift@blenderbabes.com to claim your $25 free gift! :)

  105. says

    Please everyone watch earthlings and gary yourofsky on youtube please and please go vegan it's better for us it's better for the animals and it's better for the planet that we live on and be careful sugar is not vegan because of the bone char just search online for vegan sugar brands or just call the company or e mail them and ask them if they use bone char and be careful with the products that contain sugar just read the ingredients btw beet sugar and evaporated cane juice are vegan

  106. Anonymous says

    I have the 750 pro vitamix. It's an amazing blender. I also have the dry jar for my own costom rubs, and flour's. My dad has never been a healthy eater and neither was I while growing up. I fry him chicken in my homemade flour made from gluten free oats and farm fresh chicken fried on the stove with olive oil and it's his absolute favorite! I prefer the vitamin to the blendtec. That's a personal preference though after having a blending competition with a buddy of mine that has the blendtec. I saw that it did just a little better job on smoothies than the blendtec. I could make out some discernible seeds and such in the blendtec. Both are amazing machines. My only complaint about the Vitamix 750 and 64 oz jar is you have to make large portions to get good blends. Not to mention the blade will dull if you use it a lot and you will know b/c it will not blend very well at all. I'm 6 months into mine and having to replace the blade. Also don't attempt to make a bbq sauce with it either unless it has a ton of liquid in it. Mine is usually thick and all it did was turn my bbq sauce into froth and I got cavitation while using the soup setting. The cavitation might be why I'm having to change out my blade as well. It's spinning so fast it's possible that it threw the balance of the blades off. That would also cause my smoothies to be incomplete blends. I like them both plenty of ups and down but, when the vita mix is on point it's an amazing machine! :D

  107. Tom says

    Vitamix hands down. In a commercial environment where we make 50-60 ice and fruit smoothies per day, we have 2 Vitamix (vm100a) blenders. After 15 years of this we just had to replace our first motor (and it cost us $180 to have it done, including parts) We briefly tested out a Blendtec (loaner) while our Vitamix was down, and quickly found that it was not nearly as good at providing the consistency our customers have come to expect. On top of that, we managed to trip the motor protection 5 times in the week that we had it. Sure, it has pretty buttons and a backlit display, but for constant and consistent use, it just isn’t up to the task.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      They both make great flour! If you plan to make A LOT of flour, you might want to look into a Blendtec’s Grain Mill which is made specifically for flour and is finer than either Blendtec or Vitamix. But both do the job very well for typical flour grinding needs. :)

  108. Abby says

    Hi,
    i am ready to buy a new blender today but with regards to the Blendtec models, is there a difference in performance/ability to blend with the Total Classic versus the Designer Series model or is it just a look thing?

  109. Abby says

    Hi, I am thinking of buying a Blendtec this weekend but wanted a little more info on the difference between the Designer Series and the Total Classic and also any cautions to buying a refurbished to a brand new Blendtec. Many thanks!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Abby – great question! We explained it well in a video here, however need to finish the post that goes with it! :) The main difference is the look/design and touchscreen vs buttons. In terms of refurbished – they are LIKE NEW!! I have a couple refurbished blenders, can’t tell the difference – and many in our community have also purchased refurbished with the same results! Get refurbished and either save the extra money or use it to also get the Twister Jar :) Don’t forget to forward your confirmation purchase order to freegift@blenderbabes.com to receive your $25 free gift to iTrain Fitness. :) HAPPY BLENDING!

      • Abby says

        Thanks for the response. However I can’t see the link to your video? Where can I see that? Many thanks. I am very excited to order.

        • Abby says

          And yeah I plan on adding in the Twister jar to the order. But essentially in your video you show the performance is the same with both and it’s just an esthetic thing? Or are there some slight upgrades in blending performance? Ie. noise, blending abilty/time etc. ?

  110. Lacey says

    There is a lot of information about these blenders out there, but your review was one of the most comprehensive I found, and helped me make my decision. Made sure to use the referral code when ordering :) Thanks again, very helpful!

  111. says

    Hey Tony and WELCOME! Do you mean making acai bowls from frozen acai puree? Or getting acai berries and pureeing them? For either situation, both blenders do a fine job! :) What are you making???

  112. Katie says

    I’ve spent over a month comparing and reading reviews on your site and many others. You guys had the best balanced review which of course made my decision even more difficult. Budget is one issue. I would have loved to the 750 series but just can’t afford it right now. Decided to buy the refurbished vitamix 6300 via your site and still worrying I made the wrong decision in choosing vitamix over the blendtec. But I’m a little old fashioned and new technology makes me nervous :) I’m a gal that still believes VHS tapes are better than DVDs because hold up better over the long run so that is why I ended up choosing vitamix lol can’t wait to get it and try it out! Also read several comments where people have to switch out blades often… If I’m using it daily for smoothies at home how often should I plan on replacing the blades???

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Katie and WELCOME! You are going to LOVE your Vitamix 6300 :) It’s SUCH a great deal right now, I don’t think you will regret it. With daily smoothies your blade will be just fine for several years – you may not even need to send in under your 7 year warranty – beyond that you will probably just buy another jar (and use your old one for grinding!). Don’t forget to forward your confirmation email to freegift@blenderbabes.com to redeem your $25 free gift to iTrain Fitness. HAPPY BLENDING!!

  113. says

    Hi Blender Babes, thanks for the reply. I'm making frozen acai puree and I live in Brazil. The blenders we have here aren't strong enough for the job so I'm considering one of the two blenders.

  114. says

    Tony Wong What an amazing place to live, this year should be wild with the World Cup! :) Yes BOTH of these blenders will puree acai no problem. Which one are you leaning towards.

  115. Jackie Lewis says

    Hmm, I am glad I found this website and it is WONDERFUL the time and information that I found in it!! I am leaning towards the VitaMix as my SIL loves her 5200. I just am trying to decide if I should go Reconditioned and what model as we are really getting into smoothies and making our own food as I have a garden and I am tired of replacing blenders that cannot do what these two models can!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hello Jackie! Def go reconditioned and SAVE $$$ :) That’s what we did and highly recommend since they are LIKE NEW and are so much less than the brand new options. Since they are having a sale, I would get one soon. The standard 5200 is only $299, but if you want automatic settings get the standard with programs for $359. If you need a shorter jar though to fit your kitchen you will want one of the Next Generation options :) You can see them all here: http://www.blenderbabes.com/all-refurbished-vitamix Let us know which one you get! HAPPY BLENDING!

  116. Scott says

    Thank you for this comparison. However – my question goes beyond these 2 and encompasses the rest of the ‘comparable’ blenders. Have you tried them all? Any other comparisons? I am thinking Ninja, Nutribullet, Omni, and even high end blenders from Hamilton beach, Krupp, etc etc. Or are Blendtec and Vitamix the highest quality to compare? Thanks for any info!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Scott and WELCOME! Yes we are working on reviews for the Ninja, Nutribullet and Omni actually. We try to test as many blenders as we can. The Blendtec and Vitamix are the two top ones however (further proven by tests we have done so far) and definitely the highest quality with the most versatility in what we have found thus far. Stay tuned for the reviews, they will be coming out over the next several months :)

  117. Diane Trudeau says

    Thank you, it’s so helpfull ! Bought a Blendtec few weeks ago and wondering if it was the right decision… motivate by the price. Now I can stop to be anxious ! I will keep it. It seems to do almost the same work than the Vitamix . Important point for me is the easier cleaning (without cutting my fingers…)wich encourage to use it and the fact it’s little bit smaller, I let it on the counter. (excuse my english)
    Diane de Montréal

  118. penny says

    my head is spinning with soooooooo many different opinions and comments, I feel dizzy!! So now I am even more confused and would really really like to know if the Blendtec, or Vitamix (think I’m liking the Blendtec a bit better right now) juices without the addition of water as right now I have an Omega juicer which is amazing but quite an effort although gives the best nutrition. SO….if one of these blenders is capable of juicing just the veggies (I don’t use fruits at all) WITHOUT additional water, and does NOT make it hot, which is another big concern of mine, I do not like the idea of adding ice either, then that’ll be the deciding factor whether “to buy or not to buy”!! A very straight, honest answer would be much appreciated!! Can’t wait!!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Great question Penny! Both blenders make whole food juices and need some sort of liquid to blend into a juice consistency. Sometimes you can use A LOT of grapes to gain enough liquid, however some liquid is usually necessary. The ice keeps the produce cold as well as prevents these powerful blenders from heating the produce and therefore killing the live enzymes. It sounds like you are more of a traditional juice extractor gal! We like the blended whole juices because it keeps all the fiber and nutrition in the skin/seeds and is cheaper since you use so much less produce. Plus these blenders are way easier to clean. Hope that helps make your decision! BEST WISHES AND HEALTHY HAPPINESS! xo ~ Blender Babe Tarashaun

  119. Juan Gutierrez says

    Great review! In looking for recipes between these 2 blenders (and ninja as well) I noticed a lot of vitamix almond milk recipes mentioning no need to strain the grain. Either because it's completely pulverized in the vitamix or it's minute enough. Personally I wouldn't mind the extra rustic graininess if there and it would also be easier/cheaper (without need for milk bag).

    So, do you know compared between the blendtec and the vitamix if making almond milk if one is more grainy than the other? I would preferably be using raw (soaked and sprouted) almonds.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Juan and WELCOME! I’ve made almond milk with both of these blenders, and no one is not grainier than the other. If you are making a small amount of almond milk, say only 1/4 cup of almonds – we find there’s not much need for a nut milk bag – the little pulp that’s there isn’t very noticeable. However if you make larger batch, using 1 cup of almonds for example – I find the nut milk bag removes quite a bit of almond pulp leaving a silky smooth milk behind. But if you don’t mind the extra rustic graininess you won’t have a problem! P.S. The Ninja can’t make nut milk. HAPPY BLENDING! :)

  120. Albert says

    Thanks for your amazing comparison! After careful consideration, I’ve decided to get the Blendtec for a more handy, easy blending experience to make healthy smoothies in the morning. Just bookmarked, looking forward to seeing new recipes from you!

    • Leslie Williams says

      Hi Albert, and WELCOME to Blender Babes! If you want the first go at all of our newest recipes, be sure to Subscribe! I LOVE my Blendtec – you will NOT be disappointed! Have fun getting to know it and let us know what you think of each recipe. Happy Blending!

  121. Tina Kegley says

    I have been researching the Vitamix and the Blendtec for hours and days, and a few weeks! This is the best, most thorough review thus far. I do have a question regarding the seal on the Blendtec- have they improved it, or is it still a problem with leaking and breaking down? Also, I cannot buy a new blender and will be going with a refurbished. What is the point of saving money on the Blendtec when it seems the jar must be replaced every year or two? Also, what is the latest news on the wildside jar to fit the Vitamix? And lastly- which of the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders do you recommend? Oops! One more ? I just saw the “Mix and Blend” from Blendtec. As I also need a mixer, what do you think of the blending capabilites of the mix and blend? Especially concerning green smoothies. Thank you for a great site!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Tina! THANK YOU AND WELCOME! :)The Blendtec jar has a 7 year warranty on it – they have fixed the seal problem they had several years ago as far as we can tell, which is why they bumped the warranty of their jars up from 3 to 7 years so the entire blender is covered top to bottom. :) The Wildside Jar which fits the Vitamix has been released and we just made a fun video about it!! You can learn more about it here. Got your email about the Mix and Blend and emailed you back. :)

  122. says

    Hi Juan and WELCOME! I’ve made almond milk with both of these blenders, and no one is not grainier than the other. If you are making a small amount of almond milk, say only 1/4 cup of almonds – we find there’s not much need for a nut milk bag – the little pulp that’s there isn’t very noticeable. However if you make larger batch, using 1 cup of almonds for example – I find the nut milk bag removes quite a bit of almond pulp leaving a silky smooth milk behind. But if you don’t mind the extra rustic graininess you won’t have a problem! P.S. The Ninja can’t make nut milk. HAPPY BLENDING! :)

  123. Michelle Hyatt Sneathen says

    Thanks for this breakdown. I am leaning toward a refurbished Blendtec (I like the shorter size that will fit under the counter). I make my own granola bars several times a week. I need to gently pulse my oats first, I don't want them pulverized completely. Would the Blendtec be better for that? Also for making say… felafel, which I used to do in my now dead food processor. and of course smoothies. I am looking something that I can use for many uses.

  124. Jessica Muise says

    I was wondering what the difference between the Classic and the Designer is? Is there an advantage to the designer vs. the Classic?

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Jessica and WELCOME! Take a look at our Blendtec review for a more detailed comparison between the Classic and Designer. Currently the Designer and Classic have the same features, however the Designer is an updated sleek look and feel with a touchpad vs buttons. That said, Blendtec is in the process of UPDATING their blender lines and the current Classic as we know it (and which is a crazy good deal at $279 right now refurbished!) is going to be discontinued and the NEW Classic will have fewer features as well as a less expensive (new) price point. I use the Classic on my kitchen countertop. Hope that helps! HAPPY BLENDING! :)

  125. Ashley Erin says

    I confess myself disappointed in your review. You claim to be unbiased and have this as a “comprehensive” comparison. Yet I found myself wondering if you worked for Blendtec because the majority of what you’ve written has backhanded comments mainly towards Vitamix. Why don’t you have the machines perform side by side on video? At the risk of getting pummeled by everyone who thought this was a good article, I must say that I did not find this useful in the slightest.

  126. says

    Hello Michelle and WELCOME! Yes both blenders are extremely versatile and can gently grind, process, and make the best smoothies! You control the consistency with the power and time. :) SO EXCITED FOR YOU, you are going to LOVE it!

  127. says

    Jessica Muise Take a look at our Blendtec review for a more detailed comparison between the Classic and Designer. Currently the Designer and Classic have the exact same features and power, however the Designer is an updated sleek look and feel with a touchpad vs buttons. That said, Blendtec is in the process of UPDATING their blender lines and the current Classic as we know it (and which is a crazy good deal at $279 right now refurbished!) is going to be discontinued and the NEW Classic will have fewer features as well as a less expensive (new) price point. I use the Classic on my kitchen countertop and the Vitamix 5200 and 750 for testing. Hope that helps! HAPPY BLENDING! :)

  128. Craig says

    I just bought the Vitamix 6300 and I want to make smoothies! Can I just use the ice from my freezer to make them smooth or will I need to buy a different type of ice? Thanks!!

    • Leslie Williams says

      Hi Craig and WELCOME to Blender Babes!! You can use any ice – if you’re making ice cream or something similar that may change, but for smoothies you can use any kind of ice. We like swapping out frozen bananas or fruit, too. Happy Blending!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Lindsay!
      I hope people take this with a grain of salt as this is obviously one unsatisfied consumer. This woman has received a defective jar, and it is covered under their 7 year warranty. The gasket does NOT continually have issues – we have tested recipes THOUSANDS of times with the same jar with zero problems. Only when using a jar FULL of ice or frozen fruit, will the Designer blender sometimes “travel”. The newest Designer Series (the 725, not even out yet) has a heavier footprint which solves this issue, which was the one thing we were not thrilled about regarding the first Designer (note this doesn’t happen every time, and we LOVED the touchscreen and look/feel) The new 725 is also even more powerful, with a 3.4 horsepower motor. The refurbished Total Blender Classic, which is less expensive – is definitely the BEST DEAL going, and it doesn’t travel like the Designer series. It’s what I have on my counter top. It’s only 6 pounds too, so when it “travels”, it’s in my suitcase! HAPPY BLENDING EVERYONE!! :) xoxo ~The Blender Babes

  129. Jamie Kong says

    Hi, I stumbled upon your website when trying to find a comparison article between the 2 top blenders. I’M SO GLAD I DID!!!!! Thank you for such in depth comparison. I was leaning towards one and after reading it sounds like the one that I was leaning towards is actually what will fit my needs. I have signed up for the emails and am excited to start reading more on your website!!!! Thank you!!!

  130. says

    Hi, I'm trying to order a Blendtech Blender (switching over from our ancient and burning out Vitamix – a hand me down that has served us well over the last 5 years) and followed your link, but I am not seeing the free shipping option. Has this expired or is there something else I should be doing. Your help, and this entire site, is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  131. says

    Hi Veronica and WELCOME! So excited for you!! After using any links from our website (www.blenderbabes.com/blendtec) When you go through Blendtec's checkout and input your zip code, the shipping calculator will then show the $0 ground shipping option. Let us know if you still have any problems. And don't forget to forward your purchase order to freegift@blenderbabes.com to redeem your $25 gift to iTrain Fitness from Blender Babes :)

  132. Torrie Hicks Schultz says

    Like Veronica, I am trying to order a Blendtech Blender. I followed the directions you gave her, but the shipping calculator is still showing $20 for ground shipping. Thank you for such a great site!

  133. Karrie Thornitt says

    I still don’t know what to choose and we want to order tomorrow. We are a family of 2 adults, 13 yr old, 10 yr old and 2 babes…we currently have a dying and frustrating nutribullet that is getting used 10+ x/day for smoothies, dips, baby food…what would you suggest for us? Almost went for the vitamix 5200 demo’d at costco, then the 7500 demo’d at whole foods, then the 750 we found online, and now seeing this wondering if we should be going for a blendtec? or a vitamix 750 with the large blendtec jar?? ahhhhhh choices!!!!

      • Leslie Williams says

        Hi, Karrie & Molly! If you’re looking for the best blender for an everyday smoothie for the whole family, either Blendtec or Vitamix would easily do the job. The Blendtec will be slightly more affordable, depending on which model you’re looking at – but the refurbished Vitamix 750 is also pretty affordable. Hope this helps, but let us know if you have more specific questions for your lifestyle and family! Be sure to send “BBamazon20″ to freegift@blenderbabes.com to get a $20 Amazon gift card when you buy through Blender Babes!

  134. says

    Hi! I, too, am trying to purchase a refurbished Blendtec through your site. I have used every link I have found on your site, and never get the $0 shipping option. I am in New York. What should I do?

  135. Anonymous says

    Everything is very open with a precise description of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your site is very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

  136. ty says

    this was amazing. thank you! the more i read between these two the more confused i am as to which one i should get. i saw a vitamix demo at costco the other day and was super impressed. we used blendtecs when we worked for starbucks and that may be tainting my opinion of blendtec because while great, after making thousands of frappuccinos the things would not always be the greatest.

    i like the ability to multitask, which leans me to the vitamix 6300 (which is what was demoed at costco) or a blendtec. but it bothers me that the vitamix can’t sit anywhere on my counter and i’ll have to reorganize my kitchen to make room for it. but it SEEMS like the vitamix is the thing everyone compares everything to. is this just because of marketing or age of company or is it really the best?

    at this point i’d be using it for almond milk, almond butter, smoothies, and nondairy sorbets. any further recommendation? i want to know that my hesitance about blendtec is all in my head because it’s a bit cheaper, has the presets, has a longer warranty on reconditioned ones, and fits on my counter.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Ty and WELCOME! Yes we understand your confusion! :) BOTH are great! You will LOVE either one – since they can both do the things you want to blend the most! If you do get a Blendtec, I recommend also getting the Twister Jar, as it’s the best for nut butters and thicker blends. You can get the refurbished Classic for $279 plus the Twister for an add’l $119. If you want a Vitamix, I would recommend getting the Refurbished Vitamix Next Generation with Programs (Vitamix 750) for $519 as it has the automatic presets AND shorter compact jar OR make room for the refurbished Vitamix 6300 because it’s on sale right now for $349 down from $379:) Either way you can’t go wrong – it’s whatever meets your needs and your budget. Either way you will receive free shipping and forward your purchase order to FreeGift@BlenderBabes.com to redeem your free gift! HAPPY BLENDING!

  137. Tabytha Howell says

    I briefly read through some of the comments to see if anyone put anything about the blade difference, but I didn’t see any. I am a new owner of the vitamix, I have had it for 2 months now and I absolutely LOVE it, I have not heard of the Blendtec until today. As far as views go I like both blenders, obviously I like Vitamix more because I own one. But my whole reason for this comment is to correct a false review. I mentioned the blades, they are NOT sharp on the vitamix and they never have been sharp. They are dull JUST like the Blendtec. I bought mine new and I showed my best friend how awesome it is. I stuck my hand in the container, grabbed the blades with a super firm grip and shook my arm around, the same way the guy had demonstrated it when I saw it. The blades are dull. Also another false view is it doesn’t fit on the counter under the upper cabnit? Yes it does you just have to experiment. Instead of it standing straight up, turn it on its side. It fits perfectly and the rubber-type base holds it in place. Overall I love my vitamix and I think both blenders are equally amazing, neither is better than the other.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Tabytha and WELCOME. Congrats on your new Vitamix! :) The Vitamix blades are not as sharp as others, the Ninja for example, however they are not dull like the Blendtec. The blendtec is 10x thicker than the Vitamix blades and are 100% dull. As for fitting it under the cabinet – very creative! Thanks for sharing! :) HAPPY BLENDING!

  138. Nicole Siegel Levine says

    Hi! For the Blendtec Total Classic – do you think it matters if I have the Four Side jar (vs. the WildSide)? What are the advantages to the WildSide jar? Using mostly for smoothies and baby food…

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      We started with the Fourside before the Wildside became the standard jar. The four side is actually better for smaller portions such as baby food. I also use it for grinding grains. Usually we recommend getting the Twister Jar if you want to do thick blends (and smaller portions) such a baby food or nut butter since the Wildside jar comes standard which can make larger portions of smoothies, soups, etc. and has a bigger blade. :)

  139. says

    We started with the Fourside before the Wildside became the standard jar. The four side is actually better for smaller portions such as baby food. I also use it for grinding grains. Usually we recommend getting the Twister Jar if you want to do thick blends (and smaller portions) such a baby food or nut butter since the Wildside jar comes standard which can make larger portions of smoothies, soups, etc. and has a bigger blade. :)

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Unfortunately the refurbished blenders can only be shipped to the USA & Canada. The only workaround is if you have a USA address you can ship to and pick up or have sent to you from there.

  140. Gary says

    Great article! This and many others really helped me get informed. I bought the Blendtec TotalBlender Classic three weeks ago and have a question that I can’t seem to find much discussion about: the Blendtec seems to mix a lot of air into the liquid so I get a light, foamy mix. This is probably less so for smoothies but much more so for soups. I think I would prefer less air in my blends, don’t really care for those foamy soups that much. I am experimenting now on running slower and longer, say at speed 4, to get a less-foamy result. BenderBabes, do you see a difference between the Vitamix and the Blentec when it comes to how foamy/frothy/air-entrained the liquids are? Do you have any advice on how to control this factor with the Blendtec? Would I be better off with the Vitamix with this preference of mine? I still have a week left in my 30 day unconditional trial to trade it in. Thanks!

  141. Monica Wagner says

    Wow!!! Thank you for this awesome and very thorough review! I’ve just spent an hour reading it (and giving my husband more info about blenders than he ever wanted to know). Ha! I’m leaning toward a refurbished Blendtec. What is the downside to purchasing a refurbished model? Warranty? May not last as long? I’m thinking there must be something, right? Why spend so much more for new if you don’t have to? Thanks again. I’ve learned so much!!!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hey Monica and WELCOME! So glad you and your husband are making one of the best decisions for your health! :) I don’t think there’s any downside to the refurbished Blendtec. You get the same 7 year warranty and it’s literally LIKE NEW. You just save a bunch of money and get an amazing blender! We highly recommend refurbished Blendtec and Vitamix blenders to make owning one more affordable, and have only heard positive reviews from community members who purchased one. :) HAPPY BLENDING!

  142. Katie says

    On the side bar, it says that the vitamix 5200 is $299, and the 6300 is $349. But when I click on it, it takes me to the vitamix site but it’s regular price ): Am I doing something wrong? I would LOVEEE to buy a refurbished one.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hi Katie – the refurbished Vitamix are only available in the USA – otherwise their website redirects you to the regular priced page. If you are in Canada and have a USA shipping address you can send it to, you can call them directly at 1-800-VITAMIX to order the refurbished model you want and give them free shipping code 06-007974. Hope that helps! :)

  143. Tracy says

    Have a Blendtec and love it for my daily mango-spinach smoothie and for banana “ice cream.” Would love to win one for my sister.

  144. Mike says

    I’ve been needing a really good blender and after reading your review I’d leaning towards the Blendtec.

    • Mike says

      If I were to win this contest I’d christen my new blender by trying to make Cherry – Chocolate chip Ice cream

  145. Kathleen says

    Thanks for all the great info. Just a note blendtec also has a grain mill for just over $100 if you are gluten free and grind chickpeas or other legumes. Using the normal jar will degrade the blades over time. Another thing to consider blendtec vs vitamix is that the blades are not as thick or strong on the vitamix and resulted in multiple safety recalls.

    I saw a demo at costco and was pretty impressed. After working at Williams and Sonoma I thought I was sold but I was wrong! These are the blenders you see in Starbucks used for your frappachino. For the more realistic price and quieter motor I think im sold.

  146. steve says

    Re: B twister: does it make low temperature/cold pressed equivalent nut butters/salsa/mayo and so on?
    What is the largest quantity that can be made per use?
    Who sells it for the least price?
    …Great site!
    Steve

    • Leslie Williams says

      Hi Steve and WELCOME to Blender Babes! I use my Twister Jar to make nut butters and I’m sure you could make those other things as well. Especially with the nuts, though, it does get warm during the process, produced by the friction between the nuts and the extremely fast blades. The Twister Jar really only makes about 8oz at a time easily, but for less solid things (i.e. mayo) you could make large quantities in the WildSide or FourSide jar. You can get a Certified Refurbished Blendtec starting at $279 right here at BlenderBabes, which is the best deal available, especially if you use our code to get free shipping + $20 Amazon Gift Card! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Blending!

  147. Krista F says

    Great review! The first thing I would make in my new Blendtec is a green smoothie. I make them each morning and struggle with my regular blender. It’d be great to have to the smoothie smooth and not have to do so much prep on the greens!

  148. Vesteen Blackman says

    I plan on making a green smoothie with spinach, kale, cucumber, wild orange essential oil, and probably mango with my blender if I win.

  149. christine says

    If I could get a machine to help make vegatable/fruit smoothies I just know I will be healthier and properly get a handle on my diabetes and chron’s disease. Oh how I wish.

  150. Nicole D says

    I would make a smoothie with Romaine Lettuce, Bananas, Pomegranate Seeds, Raw Pecans, Hemp Seeds, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Fresh Ginger Root, Almond Milk, and ice. Sounds yummy doesn’t it.

  151. Diana Smith Hill says

    The first thing I would make would be a nutritious veggie drink! I don’t get enough vegetables and I tried to make them in my blender and it ruined the blender so now I don’t have one. Regular blender’s are not made for this, the motor isn’t strong enough. So I would get back on my veggie drinks that I miss so much. I like to make the apple, spinach, mix. It’s so great! Full of vitamins! Next would be soups! Fresh veggie soups. So healthy and filling and perfect for this cooler fall weather!

  152. Lin Price says

    I have a few things on my menu when I get a BlendTec Blender starting with Pina Coladas and Fresh N Spicy Guacamole to show off my new blender to my girlfriends. Then I am going to make my own rice milk. I’ve been drinking rice milk for a while and would love to be able to make it without the trip to the grocery store.

  153. Shea says

    I make yuca dough frequently and lately my food processor has been struggling to keep up. Thanks for the awesome reviews on the blenders! You’ve done a lot of the research for me :)

  154. Julia says

    I’m so glad I found this review! I have been struggling between the two. Some people swear by the Vitamix and some swear by the Blendtec.. very hard to get perspective from an objective point of view. Thanks!

  155. AmyC says

    First thing I’d make is a cashew cream – I just can’t get it smooth enough in my cheap blender or food processor. I need some Blendtec power!

  156. Mary Beth Elderton says

    The first thing I would do with this blender is grab handfuls of my frozen fruit and make a smoothie.

  157. Uriel says

    I would do my very own Vitamix vs Blendtec comparison! Then I would probably still have to keep the blendtec, because I doubt my mother would give up the Vitamix… :P

  158. laurie says

    Thanks so much for sharing this comparison – it is incredibly helpful. The first thing I’d make would be my favorite juice – apple/carrot/ginger/beet. I used to have a juiceman but it was sucha pain to clean – I won’t miss that!

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