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
- ICE CREAM
Blendtec vs Vitamix – CLEAN UP
Blendtec vs Vitamix – WARRANTY and DURABILITY
UPDATED MAY 2015
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. Unlike other Blendtec vs Vitamix reviews, ours 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.
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 $10 Amazon Gift Card for purchasing from Blender Babes (that goes for ALL Blendtec & Vitamix blender models!). Learn More.
Get the BEST DEALS (i.e. BETTER THAN COSTCO!) on Blendtec’s Refurbished model options (**GET THE TOTAL BLENDER CLASSIC with Fourside for $259 or with Wildside Jar for $279 OR THE ORIGINAL DESIGNER for $379) From the manufacturer website popular new Blendtec blenders cost anywhere between $649 for their newest Designer 725 model, $479 price for their Designer 625 Series model, and $379 for their Classic 575 model. Their uber quiet Blendtec Professional 800 model is a whopping $999. Expensive, but worth it for those that need the massive noise reduction.
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Vitamix blenders cost between $689 for their newest (with the most features) Professional 750 Series and $449 for their popular C-Series Classic 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 – (see their 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 G-Series 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). 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). Finally, the recent introduction of Vitamix’s S-Series Personal Blenders started with the Vitamix S30 for $399 (its refurbished option is $299) and they now have S-Series models with automatic settings (the S50 and S55). 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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**Vitamix DEAL! Vitamix offers 5 options for Certified Reconditioned Blenders!! Blender Babes recommends the much less expensive Vitamix Refurbished Standard for $329 and the Vitamix Standard with Programs for $379!! – LESS THAN WAREHOUSE PRICES!
Here are the THREE (3) main benefits from purchasing directly through the manufacturer – with Blender Babes’ FREE SHIPPING links + code, of course which also gives you a $10 FREE AMAZON GIFT CARD* from Blender Babes (CLICK HERE for more info and redeeming instructions)! Please keep in mind these are affiliate links and you MUST USE OUR LINKS LAST to apply free shipping upon checkout at either Blendtec.com or Vitamix.com, and to receive our FREE GIFT to you! Your purchase helps us keep our content FREE and we are SO GRATEFUL for your SUPPORT! ♥)
1.) FREE SHIPPING + ACCESS PAYMENT PLANS OR FINANCING: See below for free shipping codes. Vitamix offers a 3 or 5 Payment Plan Option at checkout, which you can order with a credit or debit card. Currently Blendtec has removed their payment plan option, however they will be REPLACING IT with a more robust financing plan that will allow even more flexibility and options for buyers and their budgets! (YAY! We are super excited for this and will update this as soon as it’s available!)
BLENDTEC INSTRUCTIONS: To purchase a Blendtec blender or accessories, use any of our links to Blendtec blenders (and MAKE SURE we are the last link you use before ordering!), add your desired item to your shopping cart and upon checkout use our special FREE SHIPPING + GIFT Blendtec Promo Code: BBGIFT. Once you add your ship to address you will see an option for FREE GROUND SHIPPING (in the USA & CANADA!).
VITAMIX INSTRUCTIONS: To purchase any Vitamix blender* or accessories use any of our links to Vitamix blenders (and MAKE SURE we are the last link you use before ordering!), add your desired item to your shopping cart and use our special FREE SHIPPING + GIFT Vitamix promotion code: 06-007974 which will automatically apply FREE SHIPPING (in the USA and CANADA!). To purchase a Vitamix with their 3 or 5 payment plan option, choose from the drop down menu on the payment screen during checkout.
2.) *BLENDER BABES FREE GIFT TO YOU! For a LIMITED TIME purchase of either Blender, ANY MODEL (EXCEPT the refurbished Vitamix 2-speed model which we don’t recommend), will give you a $10 FREE AMAZON GIFT CARD from Blender Babes! YOU MUST use our links last to purchase your blender, so we receive credit and you receive your free gift! When you receive your purchase order confirmation email from Blendtec or Vitamix, forward it to: Freegift@blenderbabes.com, and include “BBGIFT” in the body of the email, and you will get a $10 Gift card from AMAZON!
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).
Purchases at all other locations other than direct from the manufacturer DO NOT have the payment plan options or refurbished options and WILL NOT receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card from Blender Babes. Only purchases made using Blender Babes’ free shipping links and promo code, and confirmation email to us will receive our $10 free Amazon giftcard. THANK YOU AGAIN, WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!! ♥
See Blender Babes’ individual Blendtec Blender Reviews and Vitamix Blender Reviews as well as our How to SAVE BIG on Refurbished Blendtec vs Vitamix Blenders. :)
Here at Blender Babes we encourage you to find a way to obtain one of these blenders in the best way you can, you will NEVER regret it! :) Now that cost is out of the way, it’s time to get down to the real business at hand…
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 models and the Vitamix Next Generation Models 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 Blendtec Professional 800. 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
Power: 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.
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 Series, Designer Series or Professional 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 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:
•64 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:
•”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.
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 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 and 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.
“Which 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.
One 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.
Both 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!
Both 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.
After 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.
Another 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.
Who 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
We 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:
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:
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.
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