Blendtec vs Vitamix Review

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Blendtec vs VitamixIn this ORIGINAL Blendtec vs Vitamix review, copied by many, we reveal the similarities and differences between these two excellent high-speed performance blenders. Our complete 2014 UPDATED, unbiased comparison is based on over 8 years of blending experience.
Performance   |   Best-Buys   |   Controls   |   Warranty   |   Smoothies   |   Grains   |   Containers

We use Blendtec and Vitamix blenders on a daily basis. We also give classes on improving your health through better nutrition and how to get the most out of your blender investment. Worth every penny, the high cost for either is pretty much the same. Both are great but which blender is better for YOU? – Blendtec or Vitamix.

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Blendtec vs Vitamix – Blending Performance.

In Blendtec vs Vitamix reviews, consumers report clearly that they both are incredibly powerful blenders. They both can easily crush ice, make hot soup, blend nut butters, grind seeds, puree fruit and a whole lot more. They are also the best blenders for making smoothies and green smoothies.

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Which blender has more power? The latest Vitamix Next Generation models, such as the 7500 and Pro 750 are their most powerful at 12 amps. While the Vitamix classic models such as the 5200 and TurboBlend VS draw less power at 11.5 amps/1380 watts vs. Blendtec’s 13 amps/1560 watts (Blendtec Designer, Signature and Classic Series have the same motor), we have yet to find anything a Blendtec can blend that the Vitamix can not (we only do food – no iPhones, magnets, or automobiles tested).

* A note about Horsepower*
We choose to ignore advertised horsepower of these blender for a couple of reasons.

1) Horsepower can be measured and reported using many different methods and is therefore not a good value for comparison.

2) It is not recognized as a standard for measurement in the International System of Units (SI). Therefore HP does not give a confident measurement for comparison.

3) True blending performance is dependent upon more factors than raw power. Both Vitamix and Blendtec have sufficient power and torque to effectively break=down cell walls and blend any food product compared to other blenders.

Speed: Vitamix variable speed control has a range of 500 to 37,000 Revolutions per Minute (RPM), allowing for more control at slower speeds. Blendtec blenders come with preset speeds (6 to 10 depending upon the model) with blade speed ranging from 4,080 to 28,000 RPM.

Chopping: Neither blender is designed to be a good chopper. Although, in comparing the the Blendtec to Vitamix, the low speed variable control of the Vitamix does allow for better chopping results.

With power comes noise – both blenders are loud but Blendtec is noticeably louder
(the Vitamix 7500 is the quietest)

Warranty and Durability

Both of these blenders are build to last and have the best warranty of all household blenders to back it up. They go far beyond the typical 90-days or 1-year warranty of regular blenders that so commonly fail shortly after the warrant expires. Vita-mix set the standard in the industry around 1999 with a complete 7-Years Full Use warranty. Blendtec’s warranty changed in 2012 to a 7-year warranty (but only if bought direct through Blendtec or an Authorized Blendtec Dealer). Extended warranties are available direct from both companies at an additional cost and on occasion club stores such as Vitamix Costco and Sam’s Club offer warranty extensions as a promotion.

Vita-mix Corporation has been making performance blenders for over 70 years vs Blendtec who has been making blenders for the home for about 17 years. It is not uncommon to learn about a Vitamix customer that has been using their blender for over 20 years without an issue.

Vitamix is “Made in the USA” and Blendtec is “Designed and Assembled” in the USA. Essentially, the difference is that Vitamix is made with more than 70% of its parts manufactured in the US while Blendtec is slightly less than 70%.

Both blender companies are known for excellent customer service and honoring their removing them but there is no such option for a Blendtec as the blade and container is essentially one piece.

Vitamix Containers vs Blendtec Jars – Volume and Blades

Containers: All current Blendtec and Vitamix containers are BPA-Free copolyester plastic with volume measurement marks. These containers are light-weight, very strong and quite difficult to break. Glass blending jars are NOT an option with these blenders. This is primarily due to safety; the power and speed of these blenders can break glass, and for their size, glass containers would be very heavy.

Blendtec jar options include:Blendtec Jars

The Standard packages for both blenders come with a “64oz” volume container. Both companies offer other options and combo packages as well. Blendtec boasts a one blade does it all, both “wet” and “dry” blending in a single container. There is a 32oz Vitamix “dry grains” container available. Think you need a separate container to grind grains? You don’t, see our » Dry Blending Comparison

In addition to the dry grains container, Vitamix offers a 48oz container as well as a 32oz wet jar. The 64oz container that comes with the Vitamix Classic Series is 13.4 inches tall. The biggest complaint about Vitamix tends to be that this container is too tall to store the blender on their counter-top. Vitamix addressed this issue with the new low-profile 64oz container that comes standard with next generation Vitamix blenders like the 7500. This new container is shorter (~10 inches) with a wider base.

The Next Generation Vitamix 7500 comes with a more efficient low-profile container.
See our » Vitamix 7500 Review for more information.

Blendtec’s most popular blending jar offered is their “90oz” Wildside jar with a fifth side added to their square jar design and a 4 inch blade. Also offered is the small Blendtec Twister jar which is available only in the Signature Series package or separately. The Twister jar and NEW Mini Twister jar is by far Blendtec’s greatest improvement allowing for small volume blends. See more about the Twister jar.

Container volume: While both blenders’ standard containers are advertised as “2 qt”, there is a notable difference. As with all of their blending containers, the Vitamix 2 qt container is UL rated to blend at a 64 oz (2 qt) capacity. The Blendtec jar can not operate at full capacity; Blendtec recommends filling their containers only 1/2 full to operate. Vita-Mix states you can fill them to the maximum volume and blend efficiently.

Container BladesBlades: Blendtec blenders have a 2-prong, dull Stainless Steel blade. Vitamix blenders have a 4-prong Stainless Steel, 2 dull hammermill blades and 2 cutting blades. Both of these blades are engineered so they will not need replacing when used as recommended.

A unique feature to Vitamix is that you can remove the blade to replace the blending container but there is no such option for a Blendtec as the blade and container is one piece.

Lids: Vitamix containers all come with a rubber spill-proof vented lid with a center plug that can be removed to add ingredients while the machine is running and to make use of the tamper. These lids have a “locking tap” that snaps on the lip to keep the lid on securely for blending. Blendtec blending jars come with a square vented Gripper lid that pressed in place. It also has a center plug for adding ingredients. A flaw in the Blendtec lid design is that it doesn’t stay on securely. Many customers have complained that the lid pops off when blending is left unattended. This occurs most often when filling the jar more than recommended.

Every Vitamix container comes with a tamper. Blendtec containers do not have them (their claim is that “they don’t need them”. For more information please see tamper details.

Usability and Ease of Use

Both Vitamix and Blendec are easy to use but their controls make the difference. Operation is different depending upon which blender you choose.

Vitamix 5200 Controls
Vitamix 5200 Interface

Vitamix 7500 Controls
Vitamix 7500 Interface

Speed Control: Vitamix offers complete manual control over your blending pleasure with its variable speed dial vs Blendtec’s buttons to cycle through its 10 speeds as needed (8 speeds with the Blendtec Designer Series). Blendtec is a microprocessor controlled machine with digital display that keeps track of blending times and cycles.

Blendtec Classic Control Buttons
Blendtec Classic controls

Blendtec Designer Controls
Blendtec Designer Interface

Blending Programs: Blendtec is best know for its Smart-Touch Tec-nology™. This allows you to “push a button and walk away” to have the blender run through a hands free automatic program cycle that stops when completed. (We don’t recommend actually walking away from the blender). While the Blendtec program cycles are very handy for some applications, we often times find the need to continue blending after the program completes to finish the job to our satisfaction or the cycle runs longer than what is needed to do the job. Blendtec does offer some manual control with its ‘up’, ‘down’ and ‘pulse’. Higher cost Vitamix models such as the Professional 500 and 750 add program cycles to their operation.

Your Vitamix will continue to run until manually shut off or until the thermal protection kicks in to prevent overheating. Blendtec will automatically shut off after a maximum of 90 seconds of continuous blending (or when the chosen program cycle ends whichever is less).


Vitamix TamperTamper: For such a small part of the blender, the tamper has created a lot of discussion and debate regarding Blendtec vs Vitamix. Every Vitamix blender comes with a tamper to assist in blending solid and whole (uncut) foods without stopping the blender. The tamper is NOT needed for most applications but is extremely helpful in making frozen entrees, nut butters and thick puddings. With the Blendtec blender, sometimes additional liquid is needed to blend completely without stopping the blender and pushing ingredients into the blades (this need is somewhat reduced when using the larger WildSide Jar).Blendtec Twister Jar top

The recent introduction of the Blendtec Twister Jar gives Blendtec owners the ability to make thick purees and dishes. With its unique “twister lid and tines”, that function similar to the Vitamix tamper, food can be directed into the blades while blending.

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Dry Blending. Grain Grinding and Making Flour.

Which blender does dry blending? Do you need a Vitamix Dry Grains Container?

In our Blendtec vs Vitamix reviews and demonstrations we get a lot of questions about what the difference is in how these two blenders grind grain and make flour. We have done a lot of seed and grain grinding using all blending containers (Blendtec Fourside/WildSide, Vitamix standard “wet-blade” and Vitamix “dry-blade” container) to find how they truly compare.

Blendtec and the Vitamix Standard “wet blade” container blend dry ingredients the same.

Dry Blending REVIEW RESULTS:

Both blenders have no issue with grinding large amounts of seeds, such as flax or sesame, although we generally prefer our dedicated coffee grinder for those tasks.

The Blendtec jars and Vitamix standard “wet blade” containers grind wheat berries pretty much the same. The flour appears identical in texture, consistency and temperature. We do notice that it takes slightly less time to grind the berries with the Blendtec if you are blending more than 2 cups at a time.

The Vitamix Dry Grains container does do a superior job of grinding. In a shorter amount of time the flour is noticeably finer with a more consistent texture, did not get as hot in the process and did not clump in the corners. The Vitamix dry-blade is designed to produce an “opposite vortex” which evenly pushes the flour up the sides as it grinds.

Conclusion: it doesn’t matter which blender you chose, no additional container or blade is required for either blender. If your plans include occasional grain grinding, both the Blendtec and Vitamix Standard will do an adequate job. But, if you plan on doing a significant amount of grain grinding then the Vitamix dry grains container (Vitamix Super or Vitamix Deluxe) would be a wise investment.

Or… as Blendtec recommends:

To get a very fine grind and to keep the nutrients, always use the Kitchen Mill.”

The Blendtec Kitchen Mill is designed specifically for grain processing and does a superior job compared to any blender we have experienced.

Note: over time these containers become cloudy and more opaque from grain grinding. Both Blendtec and Vitamix recommend a dedicated jar for grains for this reason, because of aesthetics.

Smoothie Making

smoothie textureWhich blender is the best smoothie blender? Both blenders do an excellent job at turning out delicious fruit and vegetable smoothies. There is no question about that. In the great Vitamix/Blendtec debate, there is no need to be concerned whether or not either blender can perform.

We’ve used our Blendtec blenders thousands of times (it includes a digital usage counter) and have found that the smoothie program cycles alone do not always complete the blending to our satisfaction – but fear not, as every Blendtec offers manual speed buttons for control over your blending desires. For common blends and fruit smoothies the Blendtec program cycles can be a blessing. For specialty blends and green smoothies packed with greens it is often necessary to do additional blending after running the Whole Juice cycle. We found the same results with the Vitamix Professional Series program cycles. They work okay for simple smoothies but they tend to run too long and do not have a satisfying result with green smoothies.

With manual control, Vitamix (both the 5200 and 7500) consistently makes creamy, super smooth green smoothies without the need of the tamper no matter how much greens we pack in the container. It is our experience that Blendtec just can’t make them as smooth.

Both the Blendtec and the Vitamix process food sufficiently to break down plant cell walls. This makes more nutrients available for use in your body.

Juicing with a Blendtec or Vitamix

A common question by many is “can it juice?“. While both the Blendtec and Vitamix make incredible smoothies, it is important to note that they are not “juicers”. What they do make is “wholefood juice“. The important difference is that Juicers extract the liquid from whole foods separating out the fiber and blenders do not remove anything from the whole food so you get all the natural fiber – thus a “wholefood juice”.

If truly want to make juice without the fiber in your Vitamix or Blendtec, you need to take an extra step after blending. You have to strain the wholefood juice to remove the fiber and pulp. While not as effective as a juicer, you can accomplish this using cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.

If you plan on juicing a lot then you should consider a quality juicer – see the juicers we recommend.

Clean Up

Unlike general kitchen blenders, neither the Vitamix or Blendtec have an easy option to remove the bottom blade housing to access the jar for cleaning. They both are easy to clean but Blendtec is somewhat easier.

The 2 prong blade and smooth square design of the Blendtec container makes it easier remove your blended goodness and clean than the more narrow, 4 prong blade Vitamix design. The Vitamix New Generation low-profile container is wider and results in easier access than the taller containers but is still not quite as easy to clean down near the blades as Blendtec jars.

Clean up is easy by putting in some hot water with soap and blending. A little hand washing can finish up the job if necessary. The most important factor for easy clean up is to wash your container immediately after use. Blend, wash, and done.

*Dishwasher machine use: some readers have shared that they put their containers in the dishwasher to clean. Blendtec states that it is okay to put their jar in the dishwasher while Vitamix states that you should not. We recommend that you don’t put either Blendtec or Vitamix containers in the dishwasher – continual dishwasher use will compromise the seal and bearings of the blade housing over time due to extreme temperatures and detergents If you have older containers that are not BPA-Free they will out-gas. We have had several Blendtec customers tell us that their dishwasher had damaged their containers, which is NOT covered under warranty.

Comparison Chart

    Vitamix 5200   Vitamix 7500   Blendtec
Dimensions   20.5" x 7.25" x 8.75"   17.5" x 7.7" x 9.4"   15.5" x 7" x 8"
Height   20.5 inches high
17.25 (with Compact container)
  17.5 inches tall   15.5 inches high
Speed Controls   High/Low and Variable Speed   Variable Speed and Pulse   10 or 8 speeds (plus Pulse)
RPMs   ~500 – ~37,000 RPMs   ~500 – ~37,000 RPMs   ~ 4,080 – ~28,000 RPMs
Green Smoothies   Super Smooth   Super Smooth   Smooth
Power   1380 watts   1380 watts   1560 watts
Containers
Available
  UL Approved
64 oz. BPA Free
48 oz BPA Free
32 oz BPA Free
  UL Approved
Short 64 oz. BPA Free
  "2 qt." BPA Free
"3 qt." BPA Free
"32 oz." Twister
Grains   Yes   Yes   Yes
Blade   4 prong Stainless Steel   4 prong Stainless Steel   2 prong Stainless Steel
User
Control
  Switches
Variable Speed Dial
  Switches
Variable Speed Dial
  One-Touch Buttons
Pre-program cycles
Warranty   7-year Full Use   7-year Full Use   7-years
Colors
Available
  Black, White, Red,
Brushed Stainless or Platinum
  Black, White, Red   Black, White, Red or Champagne

Bottom Line – Which blender is better for YOU?

Blendtec may serve you better if:

  • you prefer high-tech computer controlled – digital display blenders
  • you like to push a button and have your blender control your blends
  • you are space limited and you need a shorter blender
    (consider Compact Vitamix as well as Vitamix 7500 for shorter options)
  • you travel a lot with your large blender

Vitamix may serve you better if:

  • you prefer total control over the speed and time of blending
  • you like a more solid, industrial feel blender
  • you prefer simple mechanical buttons and dials
  • you blend small volumes and thick purees
  • less noise is important

No matter which blender you chose to buy – you will own a top quality blender!

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