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Blendtec vs Vitamix vs Ninja Can They Blend Berry Seeds?
Berries are essential in our daily green smoothie recipes, they not only add fabulous color but the antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and vasoprotective (alleviate certain conditions of the blood vessels) properties are a huge plus!
They’re also GREAT for healthy low sugar smoothies for those seeking to reduce their sugar intake.
Since we are asked how Vitamix and Blendtec handle berry seeds A LOT from our community, we decided a thorough testing of these popular blenders to find out which one can handle blending berry seeds best!
This was an interesting BLEND OFF!
These three high-powered commercial blenders have seriously strong motors, Blendtec spins at a maximum of 28,000 revolutions per minute (RPM) while Vitamix spins at 25,000 RPMs, and Ninja comes in third with 24,000 RPMs.
Blendtec has the most powerful motor, models range from 1560 watts and 3 peak horsepower in Classic and Designer series blenders while their Professional 800 model has 1850 watts and 3.8 peak horsepower.
Vitamix has a less powerful motor of 11.5 amps, 1380 watts and 2 peak horsepower; their newer models have an increased 2.2 peak horsepower motor.
The Ninja blenders motor varies between 1000 watts, 1200 watts and 1500 watts.
Any Blendtec or Vitamix will make the process of blending berry seeds a breeze; unfortunately we cannot say the same for the Ninja Professional blender (explanation below).
Dr. Oz Berry Protein Smoothie is the perfect smoothie to test in this demonstration, this recipe calls for 2.5 cups of berries (1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup blackberries, 1 cup raspberries).
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How to Blend Berry Seeds in a Blendtec
All Blendtec home models can blend seeds, however the length of time and power are important.
During our testing Blender Babes tested a few settings of the Dr. Oz Berry Protein Smoothie recipe.
We used the SMOOTHIE button (blends for 45 seconds at various speeds) the WHOLE JUICE button (blends for 50 seconds at a more powerful speed) and the SOUP button (blends for 90 seconds at the highest speed).
We then poured it through a sieve. In other words, sufficient testing was done to confirm our findings and provide you with the most accurate review.
The SMOOTHIE button in the Blendtec Classic or Designer models doesn’t sufficiently blend the berry seeds.
However, by simply using the WHOLE JUICE button twice OR just using the powerful SOUP button (be sure to include ice or frozen fruit!), we were able to obtain a smoothie with hardly any seeds pieces.
How to Blend Berry Seeds in a Vitamix
All Vitamix models blend berry seeds very well using either the traditional manual Variable Speed 10/HIGH setting OR the SMOOTHIE setting.
The Vitamix Pro 750 model passed every single of our tests with flying colors; the SMOOTHIE setting left hardly any seeds in our tests!
The HIGH setting was also tested with the same success.
After 50 seconds of the HIGH setting (stopped manually), there were hardly any seeds left in the mix.
How to Blend Berry Seeds in a Ninja
Although the Ninja total crushing pitcher has 6 VERY sharp blades, this blender jar and blade assembly does not blend berry seeds AT ALL.
Next we tried again for 90 seconds on Speed 3 (the highest speed) and again the seeds were 100% in tact.
The Ninja Ultima is the top of the line model made by Ninja Kitchen. It’s power in watts compares to the Blendtec and Vitamix and although it still has the sharp blades down the center, it also has blades at the bottom that offer “dual stage blending”.
There’s a $200-$300 price tag for the Ninja Ultima (made in China with only a 1 year warranty).
For the same price you’re much better off getting a lower price point Vitamix or Blendtec high power blender since any of their models will be able to blend berry seeds.
SO WHICH BLENDER IS BETTER? Blendtec vs Vitamix vs Ninja
During all tests, the Blendtec wildside jar and its blunt blade left a few tiny seed pieces (about twice as much as in the Vitamix); the consistency however was not thick enough to bother us.
WINNER OF THIS BLEND OFF?? VITAMIX!
Thanks to the sharp blades and powerful motor as well as design, with the any Vitamix model we achieved a perfectly blended berry smoothie, very small traces of the berry seeds were left.
When it comes to Blendtec vs Vitamix vs Ninja, both USA made high power blenders are capable of proficiently blend berries, whether using fresh or frozen berries.
A Vitamix will give you get a smoother consistency in your berry smoothies in less time.
With Blendtec to obtain a perfectly textured smoothie that includes berries you will want to blend longer than a typical soft fruit smoothie. Use the SOUP/HOT button or the WHOLE JUICE button twice and be sure to add ice or use frozen fruit. Minimize the texture or chance of seeds not being blended fully by adding more liquid.
We do not recommend the Ninja blender for smoothies with berries it them if you hate having partial or whole berry seeds in your smoothie.
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And as always, Happy Blending!