BLENDTEC VS VITAMIX REVIEW
By now you may have spent hours trying to decide which blender brand is best. I GET IT!
Whether you’re researching the best blender for smoothies or to improve your nutrition due to certain health issues – my goal is to help you determine which blender, Vitamix or Blendtec, is BEST FOR YOU!
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 vs Vitamix.
In this Blendtec vs Vitamix review, I will explain ALL the similarities and differences between the two of these superior high-speed performance blenders in terms of design, features, performance abilities, warranty and price of the two best blender brands currently available to help you determine: Which blender is most beneficial for you personally, your family, and/or your lifestyle.
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If at the end of this Blendtec vs Vitamix review if you’re still having a hard time deciding, maybe you’re not sure exactly which model is right for you, I invite you to check out my super comprehensive and FREE Blender Workshop.
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BLENDTEC VS VITAMIX REVIEW UPDATED September 2019
Table of Contents
1. Blendtec vs Vitamix – COST
– Payment Plans
– Free Gifts Offer
2. Blendtec vs Vita Mix – NOISE
3. Blendtec vs Vitamix – DESIGN
4. Blendtec vs Vitamix – BLENDING CONTAINERS/JARS
5. Blendtec vs Vitamix – PERFORMANCE
– SMOOTHIE MAKING
– ICE CREAM
6. Blendtec vs Vitamix – CLEAN UP
7. Blendtec vs Vitamix – WARRANTY and DURABILITY
I’m 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. They also both offer long term payment plans.
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VITAMIX BLENDERS COST
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VITAMIX ASCENT SERIES – $469-$619 (ASCENT SALE: Additional $20 off all Vitamix Ascent blenders for using our links – discount will be reflected at checkout).
In January 2017 Vitamix released their highly anticipated and more technologically advanced Vitamix Ascent Series, which range in price from $469 for the Vitamix A2300 and up to $619 for the Vitamix A3500.
All Ascent series blenders have the same 2.2 peak HP motor and low profile compact jar as their (previously newest)Next Generation blenders. They also feature wi-fi capability and for the first time ever, a digital timer.
Vitamix Ascent A2500 vs A2300
If you like switch and dial controls they look more modern on the Vitamix A2300 for
$469 – $449. Note: The $20 discount will be reflected at checkout for using our link – with 10 speed variable control.
The Vitamix A2500 is just $50 more at
$519 – $499. Note: The $20 discount will be reflected at checkout for using our link and is a step up with 3 automatic settings (smoothies, soup, frozen desserts) + 10 speed variable control.
Get a great deal with a certified refurbished Vitamix A2500 for $399. Note: The $20 discount reflected at checkout for using our link.
Vitamix Ascent A3300 vs A3500 vs A2500
If you’re ready to up your game from knobs and dials (like the A2500) but like the more modern look of the Ascent series you can choose between 2 more advanced touchscreen options!
The Vitamix A3300 is
$519 – $499. Note: The $20 discount will be reflected at checkout for using our link – with programmable timer + 10 speed variable control.
BUT… you can get it all with the Vitamix A3500 for
$619 – $599. Note: The $20 discount reflected at checkout for using our link.
Get a refurbished Vitamix A3500 for
$499 – $479 Note: The $20 discount reflected at checkout for using our link including 5 automatic settings + programmable timer + 10 speed variable control.
NOTE: Vitamix Ascent blenders also come with an industry leading 10 year warranty. Other new models come with a 7 year warranty and refurbished Vitamix come with 5 years.
VITAMIX LEGACY SERIES: Next Generation G-Series – $429-$719
Vitamix G-Series vs Ascent
Prior to the Ascent Series, the G-Series Next Generation models were the new kids on the block.
Like the Ascent Series, the Vitamix Next Generation have a more powerful, yet quieter 2.2 HP motor, as well as shorter compact 64 oz jars (which can fit under most kitchen counters).
However they have similar dials and controls of the older C-Series models (except the Vitamix 780).
Vitamix G-Series – Next Generation
As well as the Next Generation Professional Vitamix 750 for $599 – which also has 5 automatic settings (smoothie, soup, frozen treats, purees, and cleaning).
There is a refurbished Vitamix 750 known as the Vitamix Next Generation with Programs and is $499 and it’s the one Blender Babes purchased!
Vitamix 780 – First touchscreen model
In September 2015 Vitamix released their very first 100% DIGITAL Vitamix 780 – a Next Generation model that features a touchscreen control panel (similar to Blendtec Designer models) with the same 5 automatic settings as the Vitamix 750 and Ascent A3500 (smoothie, soup, frozen treats, purees, and cleaning).
The Vitamix 780 is $719 and is their most expensive home blender option.
Vitamix does have a certified refurbished Vitamix 780 which is a great deal for
$519 (dropped to $399!).
VITAMIX LEGACY SERIES: Classic C-Series – $199-$399
Vitamix 5200 vs 5300
The most widely used and TOP RATED BY AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN are the Vitamix models in the C-Series standard models with full manual control such as the Vitamix 5200 for $449 – which also has a less expensive refurbished Vitamix Standard option for $329.
The Vitamix 5300 has a C-Series body style with Next Generation 2.2 HP motor and 64oz low profile jar, and is only available as a certified refurbished Vitamix 5300 option for $359.
Vitamix 5200 vs 6300 vs 500
These models are also available as the much less expensive refurbished Vitamix Standard with Programs option for $379.
VITAMIX EXPLORIAN SERIES
NOTE: To see a thorough comparison of the Vitamix Explorian E310 vs E320 vs 5300 click here.
The Vitamix Explorian Series consists of the Vitamix E310 for $349 and the E320 for $449.
Vitamix recently released certified reconditioned Vitamix Explorian E320 for only
$289 – on sale for $269 Note: The $20 discount reflected at checkout. This is one of my top 5 recommended Vitamix models!
The E310 is the most cost-effective NEW Vitamix available, with a 5 year warranty (brand new full size Vitamix blenders come with a 7 year warranty, and personal series and refurbished Vitamix come with 5 years).
The Vitamix E310 comes standard with a 48 oz container (great for smaller batches), the same Classic body style with 2 HP motor, 10 variable speed dial and pulse.
Explorian E310 vs E320
The E320 vs E310 has a 2.2 pk HP motor vs a 2 peak and comes with a 64 oz low profile jar 48 oz Vitamix container. The E320 also comes with a full 7 year warranty vs 5 years. Otherwise they have the same variable 10 speed dial and pulse setting.
Explorian E320 vs 5300
Both the Vitamix Explorian E320 and refurbished Vitamix 5300 feature the same 2.2 hp motor, 64 ounce low profile container and 10 variable speed dial with a pulse switch – however the refurbished Explorian E320 is a full $70 less.
In terms of their performance, they are exactly the same.
VITAMIX PERSONAL SERIES – $249-$469
Vitamix S30 vs S55
The Vitamix S50 is $399 and has 2 pre-programmed settings (smoothie and power blend) and the Vitamix S55 is $449 and has 4 (smoothie, power blend, dips and ice cream). The S55 also has a less expensive refurbished option for $379.
If you think you want a Vitamix but aren’t sure which model, see my Which Vitamix to Buy review here.
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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BLENDTEC BLENDERS COST
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Blendtec has 3 different classes of blenders – the Professional Series, the Designer Series and the Classic Series.
All Blendtec blenders are 100% automatic and digital – meaning you select a setting or speed and it will stop after a certain amount of time.
Blendtec Pro 800 vs 750
The Blendtec Professional Series blenders consists of 2 models.
Their uber quiet Blendtec Professional 800 is their most expensive blender option at $1,099 (on sale for $799!) and is a touchscreen model with 6 pre-programmed settings + 11 speed capacitive touch slider.
It’s totally worth it for those that need the massive noise reduction thanks to the sound enclosure.
I highly recommend this blender! I absolutely LOVE that I no longer torture my neighbors or partner with my early morning and late night blends! 😉 Plus it has been really great for when I share my daily blends and tips on our Instagram!
The Blendtec Pro 750 for $749.95 is unique in that it has the ability to be built into your countertop, saving space in your custom kitchen or outside patio. This push button model has 6 pre-programmed settings + 10 speeds.
BLENDTEC DESIGNER SERIES – $399-$679
All Blendtec Designer Series blenders have a beautiful touchscreen interface.
Blendtec Designer 725 vs 675 vs 625
This super advanced touchscreen blender has 6 pre-programmed settings + 100 (yes I said one hundred!) speed capacitive touch slider + Add 10 (can add time to blends!) + bonus rewards. Oh, and it also has an uber powerful 3.8 peak HP motor.
Note: The Designer 725 is my 2nd FAVORITE Blendtec model (after the quiet Pro 800), due to all the advanced features and bells and whistles. If you’re a tech nerd (like me!) you will not be disappointed.
It’s the most advanced blender I’ve ever tested and you can see my full Blendtec Designer 725 review here.
Blendtec Designer 675 vs 625
The Blendtec Designer 675 is
$579 $449 and features 5 pre-programmed settings + 8 speed capacitive touch slider + Add 10.
This blender has the 4 most popular pre-programmed settings + 6 speed capacitive touch slider.
BLENDTEC CLASSIC SERIES – $279-$419
All Blendtec Classic Series blenders feature push button settings and speeds.
Blendtec Total Blender Classic
The least expensive and oldest Blendtec model is the refurbished Blendtec Total Blender Classic for $279.
This model has been discontinued and is only sold refurbished. It features the older Classic body style and includes 6 pre-programmed settings + 10 speeds.
Blendtec Classic 575 vs Total Blender vs 570
A new Blendtec Classic 575 blender is
$419 (on sale for $399) and has the top 4 most used pre-programmed settings + 5 speeds and has several color options. I recommend saving $100 and getting the refurbished Blendtec Classic 575 for $319.
Note: For the Classic 575 the 60 second cycle is equivalent to Whole Juice and the 90 seconds is the same as the Soup cycle on other models.
The Blendtec Classic 570 (only sold in a few select locations) has very few features. They wanted to provide a less expensive option for consumers who are highly budget conscious.
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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, usually Blendtec is slightly louder at its highest speed and when making ice cream. But sometimes Vitamix is louder.
Other than that they are both equally noisy machines with only 1-2 decibel difference. 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! 🙂
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 Pro 800.
We have to say it’s everything the other Blendtec blenders are except that it’s definitely quiet – for more than a pretty penny – however if quiet is REQUIRED, you might want to check out our Blendtec Pro 800 review.
Vitamix’s Classic C-Series models draw less power at 11.5 amps/1380 watts and 2 peak horsepower motor vs Blendtec’s standard 13 amps/1560 watts and 3 peak horsepower motor (they have a couple models which have a 3.8 peak horsepower motor!).
However in our testing, whether they had 2 HP or 3.8 HP they had enough power and torque to easily blend any food product.
The only difference we really found might be how fast a recipe was pulverized or made hot (such as soup).
The truth is, you will not find virtually any foods the Blendtec can blend which the Vitamix can’t.
Blendtec vs Vitamix Speed Capacity
Blendtec has 10 speeds with a minimum of 4,080 revolutions 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 in our performance tests).
The various speeds on both the Blendtec blender & Vitamix blender will enable you to achieve different textures with a variety of ingredients.
Blendtec vs Vitamix Size
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.)
Even the refurbished Blendtec Pro 800 which has a sound enclosure is 17.25 inches tall which will still fit under most kitchen cabinets.
The standard Vitamix Classic C-Series models are approximately 13 pounds and 21.5 inches tall – making them harder to fit under a cabinet.
Vitamix’s newer models such as the Ascent Series and Next Generation and have a more desirable 64 oz compact jar making them 17 inches tall, to compete with this particularly desirable attribute of their biggest competitor.
For a heavy job with lots of frozen ingredients (such as making ice cream) sometimes the light Blendtec Classic models 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:
Both Vitamix and Blendtec have simple to operate controls however their functionality is different. Vitamix is mostly knobs and dials – only very recently introducing touchscreen models while Blendtec is the pioneer for flat, easy to clean automatic buttons and touchscreens.
VITAMIX REVIEW – Controls
Every single Vitamix model will have a variable 10 speed control dial (except their two speed models which we don’t recommend).
Vitamix Variable Speed Control ONLY.
The older C-Series models, including the Vitamix 5200 or refurbished Vitamix standard (most of the others have been retired), have a variable 10 speed dial with a Hi/Lo switch and no separate pulse button (however you can still “pulse” by turning the machine on and off to equal 1 pulse).
Newer variable speed dial only models (pictured above which include the Vitamix S30, Vitamix Pro 300, Vitamix 7500 and the Ascent Series A2300 and A3300) include a pulse setting.
Vitamix Pre-Programmed Settings + Variable Speed Control
Vitamix models which include pre-programmed settings (which we LOVE) and a pulse setting are typically more expensive (but totally worth it).
The combination of Pre-Programmed Settings plus Variable Speed Control offers the ultimate in versatility. They are easier to use, saving you time in addition to giving you total creative control of the blend.
Depending on which model will determine how many pre-programmed settings you have and what they are.
For a more detailed look at at what controls would work best for you, see our Which Vitamix to Buy review.
BLENDTEC REVIEW – Controls
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.
There is also a pulse button which is great for 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 manual speeds, which also automatically shut off after 50 seconds of continuous blending.
Which model you get will determine how many automatic settings and manual speeds you have.
Blendtec has two types of control pads, push button and touchscreen.
The Blendtec models with the most features in terms of number of pre-programmed settings (6), manual speeds (10 to 100) and even additional high end features include:
- The refurbished Blendtec Total Blender Classic
- The Blendtec Designer 725 and the Blendtec Designer 700 (both have 100 manual speeds and additional features such as Add 10 + bonus rewards.
- The refurbished Blendtec Pro 800.
- The refurbished Blendtec Pro 750.
Every model other than these have fewer numbers of pre-programmed settings and manual speeds – with the least amount of features/options of all being the Blendtec 570 (only availble at Costco).
Blendtec Push Button Control
The automatic programmed cycles are our favorite thing about Blendtec blenders! The program cycles are perfect for most applications, however on occasion we need to continue blending after the program completes to finish the job.
For all models that don’t have the “Add 10” time feature, we just use our manual SPEEDS or hold down the PULSE setting as needed, or we’ll use a programed cycle a second time. No big deal.
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. 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.
BLENDTEC vs VITAMIX 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.
That said, spices and their strong odors have been known to leave a scent and/or discolor jars a bit.
Both blenders’ standard package comes with a “64oz” container, however other options and combos are available.
Blendtec models all come standard with extra large 90 oz “Wildside” container that is widely believed to be “the best” with its larger capacity and superior blending performance.
The ONLY OTHER JAR you really need in addition is the “Twister” jar for thick and smaller blends, and WE LOVE IT! It’s a game changer.
The Twister jar is specifically designed to quickly blend your thickest recipes, such as nut butters, hummus, baby food, dips, thick shakes, dressings and more! It can also make smaller portions, much faster and easier than the other Blendtec jars.
Note: We prefer the standard Twister size over the mini twister jar.
Recently the mini Wildside jar was released. At first I thought it was silly but then I saw it I couldn’t get over how cute it was! 😉
If you grow to LOVE your Blendtec as much as I do, you may consider adding one of these additional jars to your wish list.
Blendtec container options include:
•”3 qt” 90 oz. Wildside Jar – largest capacity with bigger 4 inch blade.
•”2 qt” 64 oz. FourSide Jar – container
•46 oz. Mini Wildside Jar – Performs as well as the regular Wildside Jar but good for single servings. We like the new latching lid to prevent any accidents.
•Twister Jar (Standard) – small container made specifically for thick dishes/purees such as nut butters, baby food and for small amounts.
•Mini Twister Jar – half the size of the standard Twister Jar. Same as above but cannot make as much. We recommend the standard Twister over the Mini.
Most Vitamix models come with a 64 oz capacity container.
The compact low profile Vitamix 64 oz container 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 (the 64 oz standard being too tall so people put away and therefore don’t use it as much).
THE ONLY OTHER JAR you really need in order to blend smaller portions or single servings, especially if you have get the 64 oz compact jar is the much smaller Vitamix 32 oz jar, or recently introduced a Vitamix 48 oz container.
A Vitamix wet jar can perform hot, cold, and wet, however for blending dry goods, they have a special 32 oz dry grains container (which you probably don’t need, see grinding in performance section).
Note: We have found Vitamix containers for less on Amazon.
Vitamix container options include:
•Vitamix 64 oz Container – standard container used by most – totals 20.5″ tall
•Vitamix 64 oz Low Profile Compact Container – compact 64oz container with 4 inch base that totals 17.4″ tall on base. Fits under most kitchen cabinets. Should only be used with all Vitamix G-Series models and Vitamix C-Series models with 2.2 horsepower motor* (Vitamix 5300 and 6500)
•Vitamix 64 oz Low Profile Ascent Series Container – this is also a shorter 64 oz container that makes the unit 17″ tall on base and fits under most kitchen cabinets. Due to the “Smart Detect” technology used in the Ascent Series, you cannot use any container on an Ascent base other than those made for the Ascent Series. This container also has an improved spout and transparent lid which locks in place.
•Vitamix 48 oz Compact Container – smaller capacity compact container -totals 17.5” tall
•Vitamix 32 oz Container – smallest wet jar
•Vitamix 32 oz Dry Grains Container – made especially for grinding
•Vitamix 20 oz Travel Container – blend-and-go style cup. Use removable blade to flip over and blend then add the flip cup lid and take on the go – fits all S-Series models only for blending – but can be purchased separately as a to-go cup for any use.
•Vitamix 40 oz Container – removable blade and gasket for cleaning – fits all S-Series models only (only the blade can be purchased separately).
BLENDTEC VS VITAMIX CAPACITY/VOLUME
Both blenders offer a variety of containers to match your needs.
While both blenders’ have similarly sized containers the Vitamix containers are UL rated to blend at capacity.
Due to its serious power and jar designs, Blendtec jars are not recommended to operate when at capacity (ie. filled to the brim!). For Blendtec to operate best you should fill it no more than 2/3rds full.
In contrast Vita-Mix jars can be filled to the top since 1) they are not as powerful and 2) the lid on the vitamix containers offer a little extra room.
Blendtec’s larger “3 qt/90 oz” wildside jar and Vitamx’s 64oz low profile jar both have a longer 4 inch blade, and we find these jars not only emulsify ingredients faster than their predecessors but are ideal for larger capacities.
They also more easily make bread dough and other baked goods.
Blendtec vs Vitamix Volume Markings
Of course each jar is marked with easy measuring volume units in oz & cups. (I’ve been known to use my jar as a giant measuremtn cup!)
All of the Blendtec jars have their capacity measurements marked in black and EASY TO SEE. In addition to oz & cups, the newest jars have ml, and cl.
Vitamix jars have clear markings that are harder to see and only in oz & cups.
BLENDTEC VS VITAMIX – CONTAINER BLADE
In all Vitamix containers you can send in your jar to Vitamix and they will sharpen their stainless steel 4 blades if they become dull over time, especially if you do more than the occasional grinding in your wet blade.
The Vitamix dry container blade is different and meant only for grinding and kneading bread dough.
The patented Blendtec single blade design is blunt, which is why it can pulverize anything you throw at it, including gold balls and lighters, and won’t break.
In any Blendtec jar, its single blade will do it all: hot, cold, wet, and dry grinding.
For both blenders you cannot remove the blade as the blade & container is essentially one piece (not including the Vitamix S-Series).
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BLENDTEC VS VITAMIX – 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 tribe. 🙂
We chalk it up to Blender Babes Bloopers, and now for larger batches of product, we stick with Blendtec’s larger wildside jar.
With Blendtec blenders, 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 Tamper and Vitamix Lids
Every Vitamix blender comes with a perfectly sized patented tamper, to assist in blending solid and whole (uncut) foods without stopping the blender.
The Vitamix Tamper fits through the top opening of the container lid to push solid particles back down into the blender blades, for a faster, smoother and more uniform blending.
The Vitamix tamper is not always necessary but is extremely helpful with super green smoothies, and making frozen treats and thicker dishes such as nut butters.
In this Blendtec vs Vitamix 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 counter 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 JUICE 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.
Both the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders are not traditional juice EXTRACTORS, it is important to note that they can make juice!
What they make is “whole food 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.
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 Vitamix models with programmed settings.
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.
Both blenders claim to be food processors or choppers.
While neither blender is designed to be as good a chopper or can do as large of quantities 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 blunt blade, so although it doesn’t allow for aesthetic chopping, it can get a simple 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.
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 Container?”
Both blenders definitely make flour and are considered to be “grain mills”.
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 Vitamix dry container 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 occasionally 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 Vitamix dry container, 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/SAUCES/DIPS button on many of it’s models, and both easily blend up pancake and waffle batters.
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 64 oz container from either brand then easily pour it directly into your baking dish!
With both Vitamix and Blendtec 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.
Blendtec says you can blend the wet ingredients in the larger Wildside Jar and then PULSE in the dry ingredients.
We’ve done this before which some success… however it can very easily become dense, and we find it safer to just add the wet to a bowl with dry and hand mix like with our Vitamix.
When it comes to yeast breads and dough 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. See our Vitamix pizza dough how to here!
Well, it takes that short of time if you use the Blendtec ICE CREAM or Vitamix FROZEN TREAT 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.
6. 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 blunt 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 (except the Ascent series and S-Series containers). 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.
7. Blendtec vs Vitamix – 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 right after the warranty ends)
The quality construction for both of these blenders means you will use these blenders for YEARS without problem. The average life expectancy is 15 to 20 years.
For added peace of mind, Vita-mix comes with a complete 7-Year Full Use warranty on new Legacy Series models, 10 years on the new Ascent Series, and 5 years for the S-Series and certified reconditioned Vitamix blenders. They also offer an additional 3 year warranty for purchase.
They both offer a 30 day money back guarantee for a full refund, no questions asked. However only Vitamix will also pay for return shipping. (Pretty phenomenal!).
Blendtec’s warranty is an industry leading 8-year warranty (3 years for certified reconditioned Blendtec blenders)
Blendtec offers a 30 day money back guarantee for a full refund, no questions asked. However if you return or send in under warranty, you must pay for return shipping.
Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are Made in the USA, however both are 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 their blender comes from a foreign country and both Vitamix 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 (Note: Vitamix now offers a shorter low profile compact jar for some of its models)
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 have more manual control over all aspects of blending
(Note: The Vitamix Professional 750 series has most used automated controls, the Vitamix Professional 780 is 100% digital)
You need the greater RPM range for very specific recipes (especially low RPM)
You prefer a heavier blender
You blend A LOT of small volumes and thick purees (Note: you will need a 48 oz jar or 32 oz jar if you get a Vitamix model with Low Profile 64oz compact jar since it has a wider 4 inch base and can’t blend small amounts)
(Note: Blendtec offers TWISTER jar with built in scrapers)
You believe manual vs automatic controls is more reliable.
If you know you want a Vitamix but aren’t sure which one, see my Which Vitamix to Buy review here.
I want 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 between eating healthier and preventing doctor visits.
Of course you must USE the blender to do that, and my goal with our hundreds of how to’s and recipes is to show you exactly how to do that. 🙂 The price is in the (chia) pudding! I am sure you will see for yourself!