Blendtec vs Vitamix (the blender show down!)


THE BLENDER SHOWDOWN: BLENDTEC VS VITAMIX

 

blendtec vs vitamix

Read the WHOLE post—–there is a sweet Mother’s Day surprise for you at the bottom of the post. Happy Mother’s Day – you deserve it!!

We have said a few times that you can pull off a green smoothie without a super nice blender. But if you are serious about wanting to make eating more greens and whole foods a lifestyle, then having a high-powered blender is SO worth the investment.

There is a great debate out there between Blendtec and Vitamix. In my opinion they are the only two blenders worth investing your money in. The mid-range blenders will eventually break down, won’t preform near as well, and in the end you will be out the money spent, wanting to buy a higher-powered blender. Just use up your blender you got for your wedding gift and save your pennies for a high-powered blender.

And with Mother’s Day around the corner it is the perfect time to drop not so subtle hints-(husbands don’t get the really subtle ones)- that you really NEED this blender.  If he isn’t going for it, gently remind him of his ever so expensive power tools in the garage that he NEEDS.  Actually, I was the one who couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on the Blendtec, but coveted it for a year.   My husband surprised me and bought it for my birthday one year, best present I have ever received!

Here a little video here for you guys, a blender show down to be exact! The competitors: Vitamix, Blendtec, and Oster!

Blendtec vs Vitamix Blender Show Down from Desi Ward on Vimeo.

The Results from the Blender Show Down

The Stats:

Blendtec

Pre-programmed buttons
1580 watts of power
2 prong blade
15.5 inches tall
7 year warranty

Vitamix

2 speed switch and a variable dial
1380 watts of power
4 prong blade
20.5 inches tall (with basic jar on)
7 year warranty

blender show down

THE BLENDER SHOWDOWN: BLENDTEC VS VITAMIX

So between Vitamix and Blendtec what is the blender of choice? As you can see in the short video we put together, they both work ammmazingly well. Smooth. Tasty. Smoothies. No chunks here. So really it is really close between the two. As far as power, Blendtec’s motor has a slightly more powerful motor, but at the level they are blending at, it really doesn’t make a difference. But, I will say for me the Blendtec wins, with the Vitamix a close second…..and here is why.

Blendtec

My Blendtec is seriously the baby of my kitchen. Someone on the Facebook group wrote how they sometimes they loved their blender more than there children – I had to laugh, and agree. There is something so awesome about being able to put anything you want in the blender and have it pulverized to a nice, creamy smoothie!

One thing I love about the Blendtec is the size. For me this is the big seller. I am limited on space in my kitchen, so it is nice to be able to put the blender with the jar on under the counter top, and not have to worry about taking the jar on and off.

There are pre-programmed buttons which is also nice. So you can hit smoothie, walk off get your kids what they need and come back – smoothie done! Another big plus, you don’t have to watch it. The cool thing about the smoothie button is that it will go on low, suck the greens in, and then up to a high speed to start blending up the frozen fruit on top. The other variables are similar, they are calculated to blend soups the best way possible, or batters as well. I will even let my kids help me make them by pushing the button, which gets them involved and makes them more likely to drink it.

Sometimes I like to just hit the up and down button and control my own speed. So it is nice to have the option. I do like how fast the Vitamix speeds up though. You flip on the switch and it is moving fast. The Blendtec you have to keep hitting up and it will go from one to ten.

The one draw back for me with the Blendtec was the lack of tamper. I even made my own homemade tamper when I first got one, because it was so frustrating to have something thick that wouldn’t blend and you had to stop the blender and scrape it into the blade. Blendtec has fixed that problem now with one of my favorite features on the blender is the twister jar. Oh this baby is awesome. The jar has a lid that twists so it automatically pushes everything down into the blade without touching it. It makes the most amazing almond butter, hummus, and baby food for smaller batches.

Last thing I love (before I talk your ear off) is that it is easy to clean. Just put in some water and a little soap and blend it for a second and it is clean as a whistle.

 

Vitamix

Wow the  Vitamix machine is sturdy! This baby is not going anywhere. After we filmed the little video, I blended up the rest of the Oster’s smoothie in the Vitamix to try it out. It took me by surprise how fast the blade started moving. I do LOVE the tamper on the Vitamix and that is one definite perk with the Vitamix for hard-to-blend things. Although I do have to say Blendtec did address that with their new twister jar and also the wild side jar helps too with sucking it down better than the regular jar.  I have noticed a little bit of shaking with my Blendtec cranking it to top speed  blending really thick things. I haven’t seen that in the Vitamix.

Vitamix’s variable speed dials are nice and simple. You have two options faster or slower, and a pulse button. Nice and simple.

The Vitamix’s smoothie tasted really creamy, with the Blendtec it almost whips it. Just slightly different textures. Both good, just different.

Clean up on the Vitamix was not as seemless as the Blendtec, but still with not too much effort you are able to get it clean.

One draw back to the Vitamix is the height. If space isn’t an issue, then this is a non-issue. I did see however they are making a smaller jar. So that might help with the fitting underneath the counter top.

The bottom line:

Both blenders are going to do an amazing job of helping you get more greens into yourself, and your families (believe me if textures have been an issue, you need to try these blenders). If you want to make drinking your greens and eating other awesome whole foods a lifestyle, a high-powered blender is going to become your new best friend in the kitchen!

If you like clean design, buttons programmed for you (perfect for multi-taskers), and need to save space – the Blendtec blender is for you! (this one is my personal fav!)

If you want a bomb-proof blender, like simplicity and control, and want a tamper the Vitamix is the blender for you!

Want To Save Money?

Blendtec and Vitamix offer refurbished blenders on their websites for a discount! They still have the same awesome  7 year warranties and look brand new – my Blendtec is refurbished and I have never had a problem with it. It’s a great way to help out the environment, save money, and still get your hands on one of these awesome blenders, and couple it with the deal below and you are really going to get a steal!

BLENDER DEALS FOR MOTHERS DAY (SURPRISE!!)

(SORRY, THESE DEALS ARE OVER AS OF JUNE 2014)

Also, we have worked up some great deals for you guys in the spirit of the Love Your Greens 30-Day Challenge… and Mother’s Day of course!

BLENDTEC DEALS

FREE SHIPPING woot woot! To get your free shipping type in 292141 at the check out in the promotions box.

OR if you are dying for a Twister jar, seriously love mine, they are 30 dollars off right now.  Just type in TWISTER at the check out.

Note: Only one of these codes will work at checkout so make sure to choose the one you want most! And they will only work through the links on this post.  The free shipping is a special deal for our readers only!

VITAMIX DEALS

Our friend Brenda at Vitamix said that just for you guys, if you call to purchase a Vitamix for Mother’s Day, she will give you free shipping and cutting boards and spatulas to go with your new kitchen tool! How awesome is that?! Just call her at 800-848-2649 Ext. 2309 and she will set you up. Make sure you tell her the Unconventional Kitchen code: 06-008659.

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39 Responses to Blendtec vs Vitamix (the blender show down!)

  1. RESA says:

    I hate to say it, but I wasn’t empressed with your showdown. It looked like the girl with the vitamix didn’t know what she was doing and kept turning it down. I have a vitamix, and I know if she would have left it on high the entire time it would have done better. My moothies come out smooth every time.

    • Amy says:

      I agree! The Vitamix was not used properly.

      • Julieanne says:

        That was my impression, too. Also, the refurbished Vitamixes on their website said that they only have a 5-year warranty unless the customer pays $75 for an extended 8-year warranty.

      • I agree also. On the model that she was using, she should have started at a 1 and quickly turned the dial all the way up and left it there.
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      • CJ says:

        In her defense, I’ve never tried to operate my blender backwards in front of a camera. Yes, if the Vitamix was run longer on high the ingredients would have resulted in a smooth creamy silkiness. That’s what I get out of my Vitamix.

        • Sal says:

          Clearly she was looking at the Vitamix dials. She was putting this blender on Variable and High a bunch of times! Sometimes I wonder if Blendtec ” fan boys/girls” do this on purpose to out perform the Vitamix.

    • Diane says:

      I agree, the gal operating the Vita Mix was not doing it correctly. My husband & I watched a demonstration on the blendtec & Vita Mix at a store. We were very impress when we tasted the Vita mix smoothie compare to the blendtec. And we have owned the Vita Mix for a month now and we have it down pat on how to operate. We are not disappointed.

    • David says:

      But doesn’t that speak to the strength of the Blentec? I mean you just push a button and it does it all for you. Whereas with the Vitamix you have to constantly monitor the speed, tamper, repeat.

      I used to own a Vitamix and bought the new Blendtec (with Wildside and Twister jars) because I kept hearing about how it was superior. I also did not like the fact that Vitamix tried to straight out copy the Blendtec’s jar design. After a couple of weeks I returned the Vitamix and couldn’t be happier.

      Honestly they are both great blenders but I prefer the Blendtec.

  2. Rysa says:

    Does the Blendtec also grind wheat berries, corn, rice, etc for flours?

    • Heather Julander says:

      Yes! It works so good I was really surprised. I’ve only tried soft white wheat and spelt and it was awesome.

  3. Elle says:

    The close-up picture was the most valuable part for me, you can definitely see a big texture difference between the three. Thanks for the info.
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  4. Aaron says:

    Have you or your readers tried to the Ninja Mega system ( the 1500 watt version )? I bought mine for the challenge and like the blendtec it has one button options and it pulverized everything. Just curious if there have been any comparisons with these two blenders?

  5. Nikki says:

    I am so thankful you did this for us so we can see it in action! I am definitely going to be asking for a blendtec for Mother’s Day. Thanks for all you do to get all of us eating healthier! I am really enjoying this smoothie challenge!

  6. Negin Royaee says:

    So happy to see this showdown, as a happy happy customer of the newest Vitamix family member: th 6200, with pre-programmed buttons for smoothie, hot soup or ice dessert!!! And you have the option to buy big or small jar. My bottom line: Vitamix all the way!!

  7. Gailze says:

    Thank you for the blender video. Now I know what to ask for on Mothers Day…a BlendTec!

  8. Michelle says:

    I won’t deny that the Blendtec or Vitamix are superior blenders but as an owner of the affordable-for-beginner-not-sure-how-commited-I-am Oster I have to defend it a little. The gentleman went right into frozen drink mode, when if you give it a round or two of the food chop mode first then a round (and yes, maybe two) of the frozen drink mode you will get a smooth smoothie. Second for second it doesn’t compete but with a little extra time the Oster will perform. I’m enjoying this 30 day challenge and maybe come Christmas, should I still be as excited about it as i am now, I would swing for a more powerful and efficient model.

    • CJ says:

      Agree with you. I started challenge with my lower end Oster and was pleased. However, it’s about 2yrs old not fancy like the one in demo and the motor was burning by day 5. The user in video failed to run liquid and greens first. Had he done so, the consistency would have been much better.

  9. Doreen says:

    Also would like to know why the Nutribullet is never mentioned. I have had it since Jan 2013 and it is awesome and it only cost me $80 instead of the 500 or 600 dollars for the blentec and vitamix.

    • admin says:

      Hi Doreen! I have never heard of the Nutribullet so I can’t vouch for it, but I am glad it is working for you. The Blendtec you can get refurbished for 384 with a 7 year warranty. So not quite 500 or 600, and for me it has been worth every penny.

  10. Sabrina says:

    I had a Vitamix for 18 years — and it was still working great when I sold it for $225, which was about half of what I orginally paid. How many things can you do that with?

    I bought a new Vitamix that also has programmed settings and a few other features my first one did not. I am able to store mine under the counter by placing the base first, then angling the canister from the bottom, then moving it upright on the base. It fits fine!

  11. Sabrina says:

    Yes, the person on the Vitamix did not start the blender at the same time, but then stopped it at the same time before it was really finished. My new Vitamix has a smoothie mode, but with the old one, I didn’t stop it until I saw it was mixed completely from the top and pulling it down from the center.

  12. Julieanne says:

    It would be nice to see the challenge also done with a KitchenAid blender. 🙂

  13. Amy says:

    I have a vitamix and love it, but I was wondering if the Blendtec is just as loud as the vitamix?

  14. I have a Vitamix recently purchased at Costco. It has a Smoothie Setting and Hot Soup Setting setting, you just start and walk away. You can purchase shorter canisters if you don’t have one or they have a model that comes with the shorter canister that will fit under the cabinet. My smoothies come out looking just as smooth and creamy as the Blendtec in this challenge.
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  15. Todd says:

    So far in my 2 weeks of greenie living I have come to the conclusion that buying a high powered blender is a crock. I am using a Hamilton Beach regular kitchen blender that has been sitting under my counter for years. You don’t just throw all the stuff in there and let it rip or it will turn out thick like salsa. 1)blend greens 2)add oats, nuts, protein powder-blend 3) cut up fruit small which takes all of a minute maybe? 4) add type of fruit one at a time-bananas-pineapple-orange for example-blend. Nice and smooth. So the motor might burn out sooner. Guess what? I bought another one at a yard sale for $3 Recycle and reuse. I will say this; if the motor burns out in the next month I will retract all of what I just said! I don’t know why everyone who has weight problems doesn’t get on the greenie smoothie plan. I just wanted to trim up my 32-33″ waist and my triathlete wife is already amazed how fast my stomach is becoming flat.

  16. WebPixie says:

    Not only am I saving up for a Blendtec, but Blendtec won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Vitamix who stole their patented square blender container. I’d rather give my hard earned money to an ethical company.

  17. Lea says:

    I saw a smaller size Vitamix pitcher at Costco last month, it was available as an add-on package for making something specific like flour or dough I think that needed a smaller volume space, but I liked it bc it was shorter and would fit under the cabinets!

    • admin says:

      HI Lea! Oh good to know, I didn’t know the new jar fit under the cabinets. It is so nice to have that extra space!

  18. Diane says:

    The gal operating the Vita Mix was not doing it correctly. First she needs to turn it on, then turn the dial from one to ten, then flip the switch to turn it on high. My husband & I got to see a demonstration at a store between Blendtec & VitaMix. After tasting Blendtec smoothie compare to VitaMix smoothie, my husband & I decided to purchase the VitaMix and we are not disappointed. Use it all the time.

    • David says:

      I like the simplicity of the Blendtec’s design, the ability to just push one button and watch it go and honestly to me the smoothies (I’ve tried both as well) are phenomenal in either blender. Just bought the Blendtec w/Wildside and Twister jars from Costco for about the same price as the 5200. It’s also nice to be able to fit it under the counter. It all comes down to personal preferences.

  19. Rich says:

    I have a Blendtec and yes the Vitamix was started late, and I think she was turning it up not down, then she also had the added advantage of the plunger to keep pushing the stuff down… but I think thet was the point. While the guy shook his Oster, and the Vitamix pushed the food down the girl with the Blendtec pushed one button and waited. Yes, if you want to have to push the food down with a plunger and start at one then go to ten, then full… or shake the Oster, get the other ones. If you want to push a button and get juice, a smoothie, or whatever get the Blendtec. You will see it more comercially than the others.

    • David says:

      I agree 100%. As someone who’s used both the Blendtec just rules! Especially with the new Twister jar.

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  21. Blendtec and Vitamix both are great machines but blendtec is more reasonably priced here in Singapore. The vitamix 5200 costs a few hundreds more..

  22. art nickel says:

    I bought a blendtec at Costco had it for less than 6 months and the rubber that holds the blade in place ended up in my smooth. They gave me a new blender but I am afraid that the next one will be the same.

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  24. Jenny says:

    I just got my blendtec blender I am excited to see how easy everything will be using it compared to my old ninja.

    • Desi says:

      Jenny! Let me know how it compares.

    • David says:

      It’s like night and day trust me. We used to own a Ninja and it really doesn’t perform anywhere near as well. Plus those Ninja blades are downright scary. In a family of Klutzes I have to say I love how dull the Blendtec blades.

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