There are plenty of blender models on the market these days. And by now you may have spent hours trying to decide which blender brand is better.
I GET IT!
However, after all the research, the majority of people seriously interested in blending ultimately realize that it’s a face-off between Blendtec vs. Vitamix.
So, whether you’re researching the best blender for smoothies, looking to improve your nutrition due to certain health issues, or just want to upgrade to a better blender - my goal is to share with you a REAL USER'S close comparison to help you determine which blender and model is better for your needs.
In this Blendtec vs Vitamix review (updated November 2019), I will explain all the similarities and differences between these two blender brands currently available, in terms of design, features, performance abilities, warranty and price. This will help you determine which blender is most beneficial for you, your family, and your lifestyle.
Throughout the article, you’ll also find some quick links to take you to what you’re most interested in.
However, if you’re still having a hard time deciding which model is right for you after this comparison review, I invite you to watch my comprehensive and FREE Blender Workshop - 5 Steps to Determine Which Blender (make and model) is Best for YOU.
(I) Blendtec vs Vitamix – Price Comparison
I’m going to start with the biggest (and pretty much only) con regarding these two blenders, which is their initial cost. No, these are not the $100 blenders that have probably broken down on you, conveniently just after their measly 1 year warranty ended. I want you to expect to pay $250-$500+ - either all at once or with a long term payment plan that both manufacturers graciously offer.
I want you to look at this purchase, however as an investment in your health. You will own this blender for many, many years to come. You will save money in the long run by making homemade versions of store-bought items and ideally, you will save on future doctor bills.
Please Note: Both Vitamix and Blendtec have less expensive refurbished options which are basically the same as new. The base housing, jars, cookbooks, tamper (Vitamix only) – everything is replaced and guaranteed to work as new . These are the blenders I recommend most and have purchased several of these (from each brand) for myself and as gifts.
Both companies offer a no-risk 30 day return policy to try out the blender. If you decide it's not for you within 30 days you can return for a full refund. Vitamix will even pay for return shipping, however Blendtec does not.
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B. The Cost of Vitamix Blenders and Payment Plans
All in all, most of the Vitamix models are a little more expensive than the Blendtec models, unless you get them certified refurbished. Here’s a more detailed discussion on their prices –
1. Vitamix Smart System Blenders – $449-$619
These are the top-of-the-line Vitamix blender models with high end design, Self-Detect containers and digital timers.
Until recently Vitamix Smart System blenders consisted only of their Ascent Series models until they came out with the Vitamix Venturist V1200, detailed below.
2. Vitamix Ascent Series – $469-$619
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 (predecessor) Next Generation blenders. They also feature wi-fi capability and for the first time ever, a digital timer.
2.1. 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 – sale price $499. Note: The $20 discount will be reflected at checkout for using our link – 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 – sale price $379. Note: The $20 discount reflected at checkout for using our link.
2.2. Vitamix Ascent A3300 vs A3500 vs A2500
If you’re ready to up your game from knobs and dials (like the A2500) but with the more modern look of the Ascent series, you can choose between 2 more advanced touchscreen options!
- The Vitamix A3300 is $519 – sale price $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 – sale price $599. Note: The $20 discount reflected at checkout for using our link – including 5 automatic settings + programmable timer + 10 speed variable control.
- Get a great deal on a certified refurbished Vitamix A3500 for $499 – sale price $479 Note: The $20 discount reflected at checkout for using our link
New Vitamix Ascent blenders also come with an industry-leading 10-year warranty. Other new models come with a 7-year warranty and refurbished Vitamix comes with 5 years.
3. Vitamix Venturist V1200 – $449-$629
The Vitamix Venturist V1200 was made specifically to be sold at Costco and is a budget-friendly version of a new Ascent Series model. It’s a cross between the Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A3300 in terms of design and features – with a 10 speed variable control, programmable timer, Self-Detect containers and wi-fi capability connecting to the Vitamix app.
- The Vitamix Venturist V1200 for $629 is only sold new at Costco locations.
- I recommend saving big with a certified refurbished Vitamix Venturist V1200 which also includes a 20 ounce personal blending cup for $449 – on sale for $399 and includes a free Reconditioned Perfect Blend Smart Scale (valued at $69.95). Note: The $50 discount plus smart scale will be reflected at checkout for using our link.
4. Vitamix Classic Blenders – $399-$719
There used to be only one Classic Series (aka C-Series) Vitamix blenders, but over the years they came out with several new series of blenders, so they eventually grouped together the Next Generation, C-Series, Vitamix 780 and Explorian Series into what is now known as Vitamix Classic Blenders – detailed below.
5. Vitamix Next Generation G Series: $529 -$719
Prior to the Ascent Series, the Vitamix Next Generation G-Series models were the new kids on the block.
Like the Ascent Series, the Vitamix Next Generation has 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 classic models (except the Vitamix 780).
- Save $$$ with the refurbished Vitamix Next Generation (aka 7500 and Pro 300) option for $439 – sale price $279 an exclusive price for our community. Note The $160 discount reflected at checkout for using our link.
- You can also get the Vitamix Professional 750 for $599 – which also has 5 automatic settings (smoothie, soup, frozen treats, purees, and cleaning).
- There is a certified refurbished Vitamix 750 known as the Vitamix Next Generation with Programs and is $499 and it’s the one I have sitting on my countertop for testing recipes – no problems whatsoever in the last 5 years.
6. Vitamix 780 First Touchscreen Model – $399-$719
In September 2015 Vitamix released their very first 100% DIGITAL Vitamix 780 – a Next Generation model that features a touchscreen control panel (similar to all Blendtec Designer series blenders) with the same 5 automatic settings as the best-in-class 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 (I recommend the Vitamix Ascent A3500 over a new 780).
- Vitamix does, however have a certified refurbished Vitamix 780 which is a deal for $519 (dropped to $399!).
7. Vitamix Classic C-Series – $249-$449
7.1. Vitamix 5200 vs 5300
The most widely used and TOP RATED BY AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN is the original Vita Mix, the Vitamix 5200 for $449 – which thankfully also has a less expensive refurbished Vitamix 5200 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 certified refurbished Vitamix 5300 option for $359.
7.2. Vitamix 5200 vs 6300 vs 500
The 6300 and 500 models are available as the much less expensive refurbished Vitamix Standard with Programs option for $379.
8. Vitamix Explorian Series – $289-$449
NOTE: To see a thorough comparison of the Vitamix Explorian E310 vs E320 vs 5300 refurbished Vitamix Standard with Programs.
Vitamix recently released a certified refurbished Vitamix Explorian E320 for $289 – on sale for $269 Note: The $20 discount reflected at checkout. This is one of my top 5 recommended Vitamix models!
8.1. Explorian E310 vs E320 vs 5300
The Vitamix E310 comes standard with a 48 oz container (good for smaller batches), the same Classic body style with 2 HP motor, 10 variable speed dial and pulse. It is the most cost-effective NEW Vitamix available (unless there’s a good sale going on!) with a 5-year warranty
The Vitamix E320, on the other hand, has a 2.2 peak HP motor and a 64 oz low profile compact jar. The E320 also comes with a full 7-year warranty unless you get the refurbished E320 which has a 5 year warranty.
As for the refurbished Vitamix 5300 ($359) it features the same 2.2 hp motor, 64-ounce low profile container and 10 variable speed dial with a pulse switch. It performs the same as the E320 too. However, the refurbished Vitamix Explorian E320refurbished Vitamix Explorian E320 is a full $70 less.
Note: Brand new full-sized Classic Vitamix blenders come with a 7-year warranty while refurbished Vitamix and Personal Series Vitamix come with a 5-year warranty).
9. Vitamix Personal Series (aka Space Saving Blenders) – $249-$469
The Vitamix Personal Series blenders are single serve blenders that are their answer to popular personal blenders by Ninja and NutriBullet.
Note the new Vitamix S30 and both the and reconditioned Vitamix S55 are all retired products (which means something new may be on the horizon!).
9.1. Vitamix S30 vs S50 vs S55
The Vitamix S50 for $339 and is currently only available certified reconditioned (the new Vitamix S50 is also retired) and features 2 pre-programmed settings (smoothie and power blend).
The retired Vitamix S55 was $449 and had 4 pre-programmed settings (smoothie, power blend, dips and ice cream). For the price of a new S-Series blender, I would definitely recommend going for a full sized Vitamix instead.
If you think you want a Vitamix but aren’t sure which model is best for you, see my “Which Vitamix to Buy” review.
C. The Cost of Blendtec Blenders and Their Payment Plans
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.
1. Blendtec Professional Series – $599-$799
The Blendtec Professional Series blenders consist of 2 models, which have been discussed below.
1.1. Blendtec Pro 800 vs 750
The uber quiet Blendtec Professional 800 is their most expensive blender option at $1,099 (on sale for $799!), has a 3.8 peak horsepower motor 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, my partner or my toddler 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!
Side Note: I have both the Blendtec Pro 800 and the Vitamix 750 on my countertop for daily use. Yes, I USE AND LOVE BOTH! (serious Blendaholic)
The Blendtec Pro 750 for $749.95 is unique in that it has the ability to be built into your countertop which can save space in your custom kitchen or outside patio. This push button model has 6 pre-programmed settings + 10 speeds and their standard 3 peak horsepower motor.
2. Blendtec Designer Series– $399-$679
The specialty of all Blendtec Designer Series blenders is that they have a beautiful touchscreen interface.
2.1. Blendtec Designer 675 vs 625
The Blendtec Designer 675 is $579 and features 5 pre-programmed settings + 8-speed capacitive touch slider + Add 10.
The Blendtec Designer 625, on the other hand, is priced at $499. This blender has the 4 most popular pre-programmed settings + 6-speed capacitive touch slider. It also features the most (super fun!) color options.
The Blendtec Designer 625 has a less expensive but-not-as-many-colors refurbished Designer 625 for $399.
2.2. Blendtec Designer 725
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.
3. Blendtec Classic Series – $279-$419
This series of Blendtec Classic Series blenders are special because they feature push-button settings and speeds.
4. 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.
4.1. 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, as well as 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) on the other hand, has very few features. They wanted to provide a less expensive option for consumers who are highly budget conscious.
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(II) Noise Comparison
The other only con regarding Blendtec and Vitamix 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, it’s been found that Blendtec is slightly louder at its highest speed and when blending ice and frozen fruit for smoothies or ice cream. But sometimes Vitamix is louder. Other than that they are both equally noisy machines with only 1-2 decibel differences.
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! Also, note that the Designer Series Blendtec models and the Vitamix Ascent Models are quieter than their predecessors.
If a quiet blender is important to you, you will want to seriously consider the Blendtec Pro 800 which is what I have on my counter since I blend while a baby is napping, early in the morning and late at night. With its sound enclosure it's known to be the QUIETEST blender in the world.
(III) Design Comparison
When we look at design we look at the base housing, size and containers and how they fit in your kitchen.
The "Classic" models from both Blendtec and Vitamix are the "older" body style however don't be fooled - these are still workhorses and tried and true to work just as well (sometimes even better or with more features) than their successors.
Vitamix improved on the original classic C-Series design with a bigger face and dial and adding a pulse feature. They further improved with their more high-tech Ascent Series.
Blendtec was the first to market with their all touchscreen Designer Series blenders and is the only one with a household version that has a sound enclosure (Pro 800) or can be built into the counter (Pro 750)
(IV) Power Comparison
Both Blendtec and Vitamix are much more powerful than a typical kitchen blender.
Vitamix blender models draw less power at 11.5 amps/1380 watts and 2 peak horsepower motor compared to Blendtec's 13 amps/1560 watts and 3 peak horsepower motor.
Blendtec even has a couple of models which have a 3.8 peak horsepower motor and all newer Vitamix models have a 2.2 peak HP motor.
However in our testing, whether they had 2 HP or 3.8 HP, all the blenders 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. Nevertheless the popular Will It Blend? youtube videos that demonstrate a Blendtec Total Blender pulverizing an iPhone, ipad, golf balls, marbles, etc. prove the Blendtec is a more powerful machine.
(V) Speed Capacity Comparison
All Vitamix models have 10 speeds and 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) as well as emulsifying.
Blendtec models have up to 10 speeds with a minimum of 4,080 revolutions per minute (RPM) and a maximum of 28,000 RPM’s. Several of their models have less than 10 speeds, however most types of blends use the highest speed so you won't usually notice.
That said, since various speeds will enable you to achieve different textures with a variety of ingredients, Vitamix does provide more control over your blend no matter which model you have.
(VI) Size Comparison
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 Blendtec Classic Series which has a sound enclosure is 17.25 inches tall which will still fit under most kitchen cabinets.
As for Vitamix Blenders, 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 Vitamix Ascent Series and Vitamix Next Generation 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 tilted 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.
(VII) Controls and User Friendliness Comparison
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.
Every single Vitamix blender will have a variable 10-speed control dial (except their two-speed models which we don’t recommend).
The older C-Series models, including the Vitamix 5200 or reconditioned 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.
2. 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 what controls would work best for you, see our “Which Vitamix to Buy Review".
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.
1. Blendtec Touchscreen Control
The Blendtec models with the most features in terms of the 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 Blendtec Pro 800.
- The Blendtec Pro 750.
Every model other than these has fewer numbers of pre-programmed settings and manual speeds – with the least amount of features/options of all being the Blendtec 570 (only available at Costco).
2. 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 programmed 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.
(VIII) Containers/Jars Comparison
The biggest difference between Blendtec and Vitamix is container compatibility. With Blendtec every type of container fits and work on all of their models. With Vitamix certain models only work with certain containers, so if you upgrade you may also need to buy new additional 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. We recommend using a smaller/additional jar for spices.
1. Jars/ Containers
1.1. Blendtec Containers
Blendtec models usually come standard with the large 90 oz “Wildside+” container that is widely believed to be “the best” with its larger capacity and superior blending performance. (Note: Blendtec won a 24 MM lawsuit against Vitamix for patent infringement for this particular jar - it works that well!).
The only other jar you really should get is the “Twister jar" which was designed especially for nut butters, frozen treats and other thick/smaller blends. It’s a game-changer and honestly the Wildside+ jar alone can't do these types of blends very well without a tamper.
1.1.1. Types of Blendtec Jars to Consider
If you grow to LOVE your Blendtec and want to easily make all-the-things, 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 a bigger 4-inch blade. This is the must-have jar and should definitely be the one purchased over the Fourside Jar option.
- ”2 qt” 64 oz Fourside Jar – The original container before they invented (the better) Wildside + jar. This is a good additional jar to have if you plan do a lot of grinding which will pit/cloud the jar or if you blend something that stains.
- 46 oz. Mini Wildside Jar – Performs as well as the regular Wildside Jar but only good for single servings. We like the new latching lid to prevent any accidents. However for single serve to-go we recommend the Blendtec GO Jar instead.
- Twister Jar (Standard) – This container was made specifically for thick dishes/purees such as nut butter, hummus, baby food and for small amounts. This is the MUST HAVE additional jar for the ultimate Blendtec set up to be able to blend everything.
- Blendtec GO Jar - Allows for single serve blending with a to-go jar and cup. Perfect for busy mornings and multiple family members making different types of smoothies. You can get one GO jar with blade or two jars.
- The Wildside+ Rebel/XR Jar - This jar was made to fit on Classic and Next Generation Vitamix models. Part of the lawsuit they won. Don't worry about this jar unless you have an older Vitamix.
1.2. Vitamix Containers
Most Vitamix models come with a 64 oz capacity container. The compact Vitamix Next Generation and Ascent Series 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 from the Vitamix brand in order to blend smaller portions or single servings, especially if you get the 64 oz compact jar is the much smaller Vitamix 32 oz jar, or recently introduced Vitamix 48 oz container.
A Vitamix wet jar can perform hot, cold, and wet, however for blending dry goods, they have a special Dry Grains Container (which you probably don’t need, see grinding in the performance section).
Note: We have found Vitamix Containers on Amazon.
1.2.1. Types of Vitamix Jars
Vitamix container options include:
- Vitamix 64 oz Container – a standard container used by most – totals 20.5″ tall
- Vitamix 64 oz Low Profile Compact Container – compact 64oz container with a 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 the 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).
2. Container Capacity/ Volume
Both blenders offer a variety of containers to match your needs. However, 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 64 oz 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.
3. Container 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 measurement 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 (which I really hate) that are harder to see and only in oz & cups.
4. Container Blade
The patented Blendtec single blade design is blunt, which is why it can pulverize anything you throw at it, including golf balls and lighters, and won’t break. It's is 80% thicker and 10 times stronger than a standard kitchen blender.
Vitamix has a standard 4 blade design. It's not razor sharp like a Ninja blender blades or food processor but it's sharp enough to chop through ingredients.
In any Blendtec jar, its single blade will do it all: hot, cold, wet, and dry grinding. With Vitamix they encourage you to use their special dry grains container for grinding as its blade is different and meant only for this purpose. See my Vitamix containers review for more detail about whether you need the Vitamix dry container or not.
For both blenders, you cannot remove the blade as the blade & container is essentially one piece (not including the Vitamix S-Series).
5. Lid Characteristics
5.1. Blendtec Lids
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 using a Blendtec, 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 and almond milk (once we attempted a double batch!) ALL OVER THE KITCHEN.
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.
5.2. 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 butter.
(IX) Performance Comparison
In this Blendtec vs. Vitamix comparison, we have tested each of these machines (including all of their models) making all-the-things that each company says they can do. In addition to making amazing smoothies and margaritas (the essentials!) they can also be used to make hot soups, nut butter, grind seeds and grains into flour, make bread dough, puree fruit and do a whole lot more.
I love doing these types of "blend-offs" because it truly showcases the strengths and weaknesses these blenders have.
Please Note: While I love other blend-off tests and videos, what I have found from other reviewers such as the popular wirecutter blendtec vs vitamix review, is that they don't test all the models AND certain types of blends require different accessories - such as a smaller container or twister jar (for Blendtec). So I will do my best to share the results I have found after constant testing with all the newest models and any recommendations I have below.
1. Smoothie Making Powers
“Which blender is the best smoothie maker?” is one of the most popular questions I receive. But in the Blendtec vs. Vitamix debate, there is no need to be concerned about whether or not either blender can result in a silky smooth smoothie.
There is no question that both blenders do an excellent job at turning out delicious fruit and vegetable smoothies. The fact that 90% of smoothie shops use one or the other of these two commercial-grade machines, should be reason enough to convince you of their power and longevity.
I honestly can’t say either one is the best smoothie maker. This is because they’re BOTH phenomenal smoothie makers!!
1.1. The Blendtec Blender as a Smoothie Maker
With our extensive recipe testing, Blender Babes has used our Blendtec blenders literally thousands of times. We can say this with confidence by its digital counter and because many of our customers themselves have experienced long life cycles of their Blendtec - so we’re not alone!
However, we have found that when using the fourside jar instead of the Wildside+ Jar (which is sometimes sold that way making the price cheaper) the vortex created isn't as strong and ingredients can get stuck. Since there's not tamper to push the ingredient down you would have to stop the machine and do it manually and possibly add more liquid to get it going.
Another thing we found is that 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. 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.
That being 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 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.
1.2. The Vitamix Blender as a Smoothie Maker
Compared to the Blendtec, 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 have the ability to 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.
2. Juicing Abilities
One of the most common questions asked by those looking for a traditional juicer is “Can Blendtec or Vitamix make juice?”
Well, we have your answer. While both the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders are not traditional juice extractors, it is important to note that they can make juice and that too, very well! But instead of the normal juice, what they really 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. But 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 Blendtech or Vitamix would yield.
However, it can also have a much higher concentration of sugar, especially in fruit juices or vegetable juices such as carrots. A Blendtec or Vitamix juice, on the other hand, will use 100% of the produce (making your juicing costs much lower) and give you more whole food nutrition.
Some illnesses and digestive diseases actually require such a high concentration of vitamins and minerals without the fiber or anything else that the body has to digest. But if you want fresh-squeezed fruit juices such as apple or orange juice, you might prefer the juice from a quality extract juicer.
3. Mixing Abilities
Another unique application of these blenders is using them as a mixer. You can quickly create batters, quick bread, and yeast bread with either blender.
The Blendtec has a specific Batters/Sauces/Dips button on many of its models, and both easily blend up the 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, 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 bread 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!
4. Chopping Abilities
Chopping may sound like an impossible feat for blenders, but both these brands claim to be food processors or choppers.
While neither blender is designed to be as good as a chopper or can handle as large a quantity as a separate food processor, both have the ability to chop smaller quantities of food.
However, the low variable speed control of the Vitamix allows for cleaner, more precise chopping results than the Pulse feature of the Blendtec. Whereas the Blendtec has a blunt blade, so although it doesn’t allow for aesthetic chopping, it can get a simple job done.
Blender Babes have used 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. While both work very well, if you need to chop large quantities of food, we still recommend a true food processor.
5. Grinding Abilities
Some other common questions we get are “Does this blender really make flour?” and “Is it necessary to get a Vitamix Dry Container?” Well, we’re happy to say that both blenders definitely make flour and are considered to be “grain mills”.
The advantage Blendtec has over Vitamix is that 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 that they use their standard wet jar to blend dry goods (such as flax seeds and wheat berries). We have tested this and yes, the wet jar can grind grains. That said, if used repeatedly for dry grinding, the sharp blade will become 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 specifically for creating an opposite vortex. This pushes the dry goods against the jar, circulates differently, and provides a slightly finer grind than the wet jar as well.
The 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 flour, consistently), then you should probably purchase the dry goods jar if you have a Vitamix.
But 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. In that case, 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 alterations are not covered under warranty.
6. Making Soup
"Does the Vitamix make hot soup" is a question I get asked a lot. The answer is yes.
When these two top blenders battle it out to make hot soup, they each can do so in mere minutes due to the friction the blades cause when spinning. Literally, steam will be coming out the top when you take the lid off!
Since both blender containers have vented lids that are designed for pressure release, it is safe to blend hot liquids, unlike Ninja blenders for example.
Due to the Blendtec being a more powerful machine, when starting with cold water or broth, it takes slightly less time by pressing the Soup button (or 90 second button) 3 times, taking a total of 4.5 minutes to get super hot. The Vitamix, on the other hand, takes takes 6-7 minutes on manual control on the highest variable speed or by using their automated 6 minute soup setting on 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 is often extremely high in sodium. We have many Blendtec and Vitamix soup recipes and are constantly adding new ones because it's one of the healthiest types of recipes you can blend!
7. Ice Cream
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 or the Vitamix Frozen Treat button!
Aside from yeast bread, ice cream is probably the trickiest thing to make. But once you have made it a few times, especially using either one of these blenders it’s a piece of cake- er, 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 re-blend.
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 Vitamix usually takes a few seconds longer, but they both equally make fabulous fresh and healthier ice cream. 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.
(X) Vitamix vs Blendtec – Cleaning Up
We have to say that hands down, one of the best features about both of these blenders is their SUPER EASY CLEANUP!!
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 don’t have to remove the blade from the jar, which results in faster and easier cleanup and prevents leaky or broken seals as well.
When it comes to cleaning, both the Blendtec and Vitamix are considered SELF CLEANING (Yup, that’s what we said!) To clean up after 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, and then rinse.
This will remove any gunk around the blade. That said, stickier jobs such as nut butter and bread doughs usually require additional scrubbing after first self-cleaning.
In these cases, we do find the Blendtec slightly easier to clean. This is because there’s no risk of cutting oneself on its blunt 2 prong blade. Also, 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), on the other hand, are more narrow and all their models have a super sharp 4 prong blade. This requires more care when handling or doing any additional cleaning.
Another point to consider is that 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). Although, it is recommended that you do not put older Blendtec containers that are not BPA-Free in the dishwasher.
However, for both, not having to disassemble and reassemble the jar & blade is definitely an easy time-saver that adds to the cleaning points.
Pro Tip: Always make sure to clean right after blending for the best results. Follow this and you’ll surely thank us later!.
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(XI) Warranty and Durability Comparison
In our experience and from numerous member reviews, both blender companies have exceptional customer service and make it easy to fix or replace under warranty without a headache. You can feel safe in your purchase with either blender.
One of the greatest advantages of owning either one of these commercial blenders is their superior product warranty over the typical 1 or 2 years “regular” blender warranties (you know, the kind that almost always burns out right after the warranty ends).
The quality construction for both of these blenders means you will use these blenders for years without any problems. The average life expectancy for each is 15 to 20 years.
1. Vitamix’s Warranty Offer
For added peace of mind, Vitamix 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. This includes an added 3-year warranty for purchase.
And if that’s not enough, Vitamix also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for a full refund, no questions asked. What’s more, they will also pay for return shipping (Pretty phenomenal, if you ask me!).
2. Blendtec’s Warranty Offer
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 your own return shipping.
3. Where are these Blenders Made?
Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are Made in the USA. However, both Vitamix and Blendtec’s products do contain some foreign-made components.
This is why both brands are required by law to say it is ‘designed and assembled in the 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.
(XII) Making the Ultimate Choice
Blendtec vs Vitamix – SO… Which of these two blenders is better for YOU? Here’s a final summary to make things easier 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 the most used automated controls, while 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. Blendtec also 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.
Hopefully, this review has cleared your doubts and given you an idea of what you need. Before you start comparing and worrying about the prices though, I want you to look at your purchase as a positive investment toward your own health.
These blenders end up paying for themselves in typically 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 you can.
The price is in the (chia) pudding! I am sure you will see it for yourself!