Vitamix vs Blendtec – the Ultimate Comparison

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Vitamix vs BlendtecWhich is the Best blender? In our, THE ORIGINAL, Vitamix vs Blendtec comparison we reveal the detailed similarities & differences between these top performance blenders. Our complete 2024 review is based on over 15 years of performance blender education experience.

Blendtec vs Vitamix Overview

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

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Blendtec vs Vitamix Blending Performance

In Blendtec Vitamix comparisons, consumers report 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 green smoothies.

Which blender has more power? Blendtec makes blenders with more power. The newer Vitamix models, such as the 7500, 750, and Smart System Series are their most powerful at 12 amps, while the Vitamix classic models, such as the 5200, draw less power at 11.5 amps/1380 watts. This versus Blendtec’s Designer models with power up to 15 amps/1725 watts

* A note about Horsepower*
We choose to NOT put much weight on advertised horsepower of these blender for a couple of reasons.

1) Manufacturers advertise “peak horsepower” which is not a true indication of blending power. Peak horsepower is a measurement of a single instance of power output under a certain condition resulting in the highest power output possible.

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

3) True blending performance is dependent upon more factors than just raw power output. Compared to other blenders, both Vitamix and Blendtec have more power and torque to effectively break-down cell walls and blend any food product. For the most part differences in their power are negligible.

Speed: Vitamix variable speed control has a range of 500 to 37,000 Revolutions per Minute (RPM), allowing for more control at slower speeds. Most Blendtec blenders come with preset speeds, 6 to 10 depending upon the model; the Designer 725 has a 100-speed touch slider.

Chopping: Neither blender is designed specifically to be a good chopper. Although, in comparing Blendtec to Vitamix, the low speed variable control of the Vitamix does allow for better chopping results. The Blendtec 725 comes real close with its 100 speeds. Practice with the pulse feature can result in very satisfying results with any model you choose.

With power comes noise…
both blenders are loud. Some models are louder than others. As for which one is “louder”, it all depends upon the specific model as sound level can vary a lot. The » Blendtec Pro 800 is the absolute quietest.

Warranty and Durability

Both of these blender brands are built to last and have the best warranty of all household blenders to back it up. They go far beyond the typical 90-day or 1-year warranty of regular blenders that so commonly fail shortly after the warrant expires. Vitamix set the standard in the industry around 1999 with their 7-Year Full Use warranty. Blendtec’s warranty changed in 2014 to a full 8-year warranty (10-year for the Pro models), thereby becoming the best warranty in the industry. The new Vitamix Smart System blenders now have a 10-year warranty to match. Extended warranties are available direct from both companies at an additional cost and on occasion club stores such as Costco and Sam’s Club offer warranty extensions as a promotion.

The Vita-mix Corporation has been making performance blenders for over 80 years and Blendtec has been making blenders for the home for over 30 years. These blenders are made to last and it is not uncommon to learn about customers that have been using their blender for 10+ years without an issue. Both companies are US based and have the majority of their product manufactured and assembled in the USA.

Both Vitamix and Blendtec companies are known for excellent customer service and honoring their warranties without hassle.

Vitamix Containers & Blendtec Jars – Volume and Blades

Containers: All current blending containers from both companies 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 force generated by these blenders could easily break glass, and for their size, glass containers would be extremely heavy.

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Blendtec jar options include:Blendtec Jars

The Standard packages for each blender comes with a “64oz” volume container or in some cases a 48oz container. Both companies offer other options and packages. 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 necessarily, 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 counter-tops. Vitamix addressed this issue with the 48-oz container and a low-profile 64oz container that comes standard since the release of the Next Generation G-Series blenders. This new container is shorter (~10 inches) with a wider base that the tall 64-oz so it fits under most, but not all, cabinets.

All Vitamix containers are available for both classic and smart system models. The classic containers, with the black lid are compatible with the classic models such as the 5200,7500,750 & Explorian while the smart system containers are compatible with the Ascent and Venturist Series.

The Ascent Series and G-Series come with the more efficient low-profile 64 oz container. See our » Vitamix 7500 Review for more information.

Blendtec’s most popular blending jar offered is their 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. The 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. All Vitamix blending containers are UL rated to blend at capacity – their 64 oz container can blend a full container’s worth of food. The Blendtec jar can have difficulties operating at full capacity (WildSide Jar ~90 oz); Blendtec recommends filling their containers 1/2 full for optimum efficiency. Vita-Mix states you can fill them to the maximum volume and blend without issue, although it really depends on what you are blending. We have been successful running Blendtec with nearly full containers, with the WildSide that holds ~90 ounces that equates to about 64 ounces.

Blender 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.

Vitamix containers, except for Self-Detect containers, 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. (The new Smart System Self-Detect container lids no longer are rubber, they are clear plastic.) 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 presses in place. It also has a center plug for adding ingredients. A minor “flaw” in the Blendtec lid design is that it doesn’t stay on as securely. Some customers have complained that the lid pops off when blending if left unattended. This occurs most often when filling the jar too full.

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

Usability and Ease of Use

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

Vitamix C-Series Controls
Vitamix 5200 Interface

Vitamix G-Series Controls
Vitamix 7500 Interface

Vitamix Ascent Controls
Vitamix Ascent Interface

Speed Control:
Vitamix offers manual control over your blending pleasure with its variable speed dial vs Blendtec’s buttons, or slider, to cycle through their multiple speeds as needed (available speeds now vary with most every new Blendtec model – see our Blendtec Model Comparison). Blendtec is a microprocessor controlled machine with digital display to keep 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 sometimes 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. All Blendtec blenders also offer manual control as well for complete control. Higher cost Vitamix models such as the 750, and Ascent Series add program cycles to their operation. We find that the Vitamix program cycles are not as effective as Blendtec’s.

Your Vitamix will continue to run until manually shut off, when a cycle ends, 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 generally not needed for most applications but can be extremely helpful when chopping, making frozen entrees, nut butters and thick puddings. With the Blendtec blenders, sometimes additional liquid is needed to blend completely without stopping the blender to adjust the ingredients.Blendtec Twister Jar top

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

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Dry Blending. Grain Grinding and Making Flour

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

In our blender 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-grains” container) to find how they truly compare.

Blendtec and the Vitamix Standard container can blend dry ingredients.


Both blenders have no issue with grinding large amounts of nuts or 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 can grind wheat berries pretty well. The flour appears identical in texture and consistency. Our tests reveals that it takes slightly less time to grind the berries with the Blendtec if you are blending more than 2 cups at a time and the temperature of the flour is lower. Also, sifting the flour will reveal that the Blendtec does grind the flour slightly finer.

The Vitamix Dry Grains container appears to do a better job of grinding. In a shorter amount of time the flour is a little finer with a more consistent texture, and did not clump in the corners like it does with the Vitamix standard container. The Vitamix dry-blade is designed to produce an “opposite vortex” which evenly pushes the flour up the sides as it grinds, rather than pull ingredients down to the center.

Conclusion: it doesn’t matter which blender you choose, 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 a great job. But, if you plan on doing a significant amount of grain grinding then the Vitamix dry grains container would be a wise investment, or having dedicated Blendtec Fourside container for flour is a good idea.

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.

Over time blending 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 one makes the best smoothie? 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 (they include a digital usage counter) and have found the program cycles alone do not always complete the blending to our satisfaction – but fear not, as every Blendtec offers manual speed control over your blending desires. For common blends and fruit smoothies the Blendtec program cycles are a great advantage. For specialty blends and green smoothies packed with greens it is sometimes necessary to do additional blending after running the Whole Juice cycle. We found the same results, even more so, 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, but it takes practice. Blendtec’s newer models do a much improved job of creating super-smooth green smoothies as compared to their older models.

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 blenders make incredible smoothies, it is important to note that they are not “juicers”. What they do make is what we call “wholefood juice“. The important difference is that Juicers extract the liquid from ingredients by removing all the fiber and blenders do not remove anything from the whole food so you get all the natural fiber – thus a “wholefood juice”.

If you 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 Blendtec nor Vitamix 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 easier.

The 2 prong blade and smooth square design of the Blendtec jars make it easier to 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 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 Blendtec customers tell us that their dishwasher had damaged their containers, which is NOT covered under warranty. If you risk it, place them on the top rack.

Comparison Chart

    Vitamix Classic & E320   Vitamix Ascent Series   Blendtec Total & Designer
Dimensions   20.5" x 7.25" x 8.75"
17.5" x 7.7" x 9.4"
  11" x 8" x 17"   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
0 to 5 Pre-programs
  Variable Speed and Pulse
0 to 5 Pre-programs
  8 to 100 speeds (plus Pulse)
4 to 6 Pre-programs
RPMs   ~500 – ~37,000 RPMs   ?   ~ 4,080 – ~28,000 RPMs
Green Smoothies   Super Smooth   Super Smooth   Super Smooth
Power   1380 watts
11-12 AMPS
(2.1 – 2.2 HP)
  2.2 HP
  1560 – 1725 watts
13 – 15 AMPS
(3.0 – 3.8 HP)
  64 oz.
Short 64 oz.
48 oz
32 oz
  SELF-DETECT Technology
Short 64 oz.
  75 oz. FourSide
90 oz. WildSide
37 oz. Twister
Mini WildSide
Grains   Yes   Yes   Yes
Blade   4 prong Stainless Steel   4 prong Stainless Steel   2 prong Stainless Steel
Variable Speed Dial
Program Buttons
  Switches and Buttons
Variable Speed Dial
Program Buttons
  One-Touch Buttons
Pre-program cycles
Warranty   5 to 7-year   10-year   8 to 10-years
  Black, White, Red, Blue, Expresso,
Brushed Stainless or Platinum
  Black, White, Red, Brushed Stainless or Platinum   MANY
Black, White, Red, Steel, Green, Blue, Purple…
Reconditioned   Yes   No   Yes
Starting Price   » $300   » $450   » $280


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 need a shorter blender
  • easier clean up is important
  • you travel a lot with your 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

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

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November 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm

What has your research on Teflon in the vitamix revealed. I am considering the vitamix but am concerned about the Teflon as it has been shown to be hazardous.
Do you know what the Blendtech uses as a “seal”?
Also, any reason these companies do not do a stainless steel container instead of plastic for those with these concerns (although plastics are proclaimed “”safe” evidence shows they really are not). Thank you

Got Greensreply
November 13, 2015 at 6:46 am
– In reply to: John

John, the black flecks are from a seal used in containers made of “a common non-stick composite material –PTFE –”. Vitamix released a statement that their “seal supplier and the FDA, other regulatory agencies such as the European Food Safety Authority, French Food Safety Agency (ANSES), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have taken the position that this non-stick material is safe for its intended use”. Vitamix also claimed that as of August 11, 2015, all full-size Vitamix containers produced contain a new seal that addresses the “black flecks” issue. There have also been reports from users that Blendtec has black flecks, although I am unaware of any official statement from Blendtec.

Since 2008 Vitamix products have been made with BPA-free Eastman Tritan™ Copolyester, Blendtec also currently uses the same. The industry considers this the safest food-grade plastic. I am not sure why they do not use stainless steel containers – I imagine it is due to cost factor and not being able to see into the container.

Let us know if you have any further questions.

B N Brockreply
October 6, 2015 at 11:56 pm

I bought the Blendtec and within a year the rubber gasket at the bottom of the jug deteriorated so that the jug leaked and was not useable. Blendtec refused to honour the warranty, first citing that since I’d bought the blender in the UK and now was in Ireland, the warranty was void, and then when I provided them a UK address to send a replacement jug refused, claiming that the vendor on Amazon I had bought the Blendtec from was an ‘unauthorized dealer.’ It’s the kind of runaround that you really don’t expect from a company from Blendtec. When you spend that kind of money on a product, you expect the company to stand behind their warranty and not try and wriggle out of it. ‘Sorry for any inconvenience,’ they said. I don’t call 100 euros for a replacement jug an inconvenience, I call that a week’s grocery money. Go with Vitamix, the customer service can’t be worse.

Got Greensreply
October 19, 2015 at 3:08 pm
– In reply to: B N Brock

I’m sorry to hear about your experience B N. Blendtec customer service is generally incredible.

The one thing they are tough on is unauthorized sales (Vitamix as well). This is why we always recommend buying direct or from a confirmed authorized dealer. If you are not sure about a dealer, you can call Blendtec to verify the seller.

October 26, 2015 at 8:12 pm
– In reply to: B N Brock

HA! Go ahead and try Vitamix customer service. Be on hold for an hour – who has time to wait an hour to talk to someone? Email them and wait a week or two… At least you got response.

August 24, 2015 at 6:45 pm

I have both the Blendtec 725 and the Vitamix 5000 and they are both great blender. It is very hard to chose which is better. They both perform and the results are always great.

August 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Was set to buy one or the other but I m so confused now. One has black Teflon specks in the food and the other doesn’t make small batches but can not be filled up half way. Think I’ll buy an Oster or Hamilton Beach and spend the rest of the money elsewhere

June 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

We have had 2 Vita Mix Blenders over the past 20 years (Total Nutrition Center and then the 5000) and enjoyed them very much. We use it mostly for smoothies which means frozen high viscosity of ingredients. The one gripe which I have not seen discussed here is that the blades push the ingredients up which almost always creates an air pocket around the blades resulting in having to try to push the ingredients back down. I often have to stop the machine completely and then push the product down, sometimes having to take the pitcher off the base and tap it on the counter a few times to get the ingredients to settle back into the blades. It often takes 5 or 6 times for just one batch.

I was in Costco yesterday and there was a rep from Blendtec selling the 575 Classic. His main selling point was that the blades on the Blendtec pull the ingredients down into the blades whereas the blades on the Vitamix push the ingredients up away from the blades and that is the reason you have to keep pushing the ingredients down. That really resonated with me because of my experience of over 20 years described above.

I was so impressed by that selling point that I bought a Blendtec on the spot even though our Vitamix is working fine.

I’m surprised you do not address this issue and now that I have read your review am wondering if I should take the Blendtec back. We have not used it as yet.

Do you have any input?


Got Greensreply
June 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm
– In reply to: Michael

20 years in the Vitamix family, how awesome Michael! I am happy to offer some input.

The Vitamix blades, the same as Blendtec blades, in all standard containers create a powerful vortex that pulls ingredients down into the center (the dry grains container is the only exception to this). What you have been experiencing is cavitation. Generally speaking you should not be experiencing this in a Vitamix when making smoothies with some liquid or ingredients that are not all frozen. (When making an all frozen blend like sorbet or ice-cream then use of the tamper is recommended – with the tamper you never have a need to stop the machine to push ingredients down.)

If you are experiencing cavitation while making smoothies one likely reason could be that you are turning your Vitamix to a high speed too quickly. Quickly turning your Vitamix to maximum speed can cause ingredients in the bottom at the blades to blend smooth very quickly thereby creating the air-pocket and inhibiting the vortex formation. How your blender is filled and the size of the ingredients can also effect it.

One thing to try in order to reduce and avoid cavitation is to use the variable speed dial to ramp up the speed. Slowly turn the dial to increase the speed to 4 or 5. Once you see the vortex begin you can continue to maximum speed. If you observe an air pocket beginning you can turn the speed down, but not off, then up again repeating as necessary – this will help to process more of the ingredients together to create the vortex. All of these steps should take about 2-6 seconds to get the vortex going.

Experiment some with using the variable speed dial as described above and let us know how it goes.

May 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Bought Blendtec 570 from Costco 2 weeks back, mainly for almond butter. Also got the twister jar. The twister jar did make the almond butter, but got quite heated up, which concerned me. I let it cool for a while and then turned it on again. Also had to add spoonfulls of almond butter to make a smooth paste. Now, I am wondering if vita mix will do a better job or it will be the same. As of smoothies, my old Oscar was making very satisfying smoothies, for much less cost. Should I return the Blendtec?

Got Greensreply
May 19, 2015 at 6:39 am
– In reply to: prakash

Hello prakash, congratulations on your 570 purchase. The twister jar does a great job of creating nut butters. While it will get warm when blending, it shouldn’t be getting “hot”. Go here for more information on the twister jar and making nut butters.

Vitamix also does a great job of making nut butters – this is one task where the tamper is very helpful. You will find that your Blendtec will make your smoothies smoother and more efficiently than your previous blender. I suggest you keep working with your Blendtec and feel free to call customer service for some assistance before returning it.

April 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm

With the Blendtech Pro 800 are you paying the high price for the housing to lessen the noise or is it a more optimal blender or is one of the designer series just as good. As far as Vitamix vs Blendtech goes I am divided. I’ve seen negative reviews for both, especially how they relate to black specs from bad seals to motor quitting after several uses. Can you enlighten me?

Got Greensreply
April 15, 2015 at 5:54 pm
– In reply to: Ann

Ann, the additional cost for the Pro 800 is mostly in the enclosure and base design to reduce the sound and it comes with a 10-year warranty.

It is basically a more powerful designer that is significantly quieter with a different control panel. We love ours and it has become our go-to for our regular blends simply because it is so much quieter than our Vitamix 750. If having a quieter Blendtec is really important to you then I believe the extra cost over a designer is worth it, otherwise the designer is a good choice.

You will always find negative reviews even for the absolute best products. The most important thing is: how does the company respond to the customer? Essentially both Blendtec and Vitamix have great customer service and repair/replace any of their warrantied products without issue.

Let us know if you have any other specific questions.

March 21, 2015 at 10:23 pm

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

Neither is degres Fahrenheit. Does that mean degree F doesn’t give confident comparable measurement?

Got Greensreply
March 21, 2015 at 10:51 pm
– In reply to: kevin

Kevin, I believe you are missing the point…

There is not one universally accepted definition of horsepower and no regulation of electrical horsepower claims. Most common formula is 1 horsepower=746 watts. But when looking at reported power of blenders this number is not used since 2 HP would be 1492 watts and 3HP would be 2238 watts (Vitamix claiming 1380 watts as 2+ horsepower and Blendtec claiming 1560 watts as 3 horsepower). For more info see horsepower

March 23, 2015 at 10:24 am
– In reply to: Got Greens

Got Greens,

Thank you for responding to me.

The point is not lost upon me. This section regarding power is well intentioned but misleading, especially to the consumer/reader who may already be overwhelmed by the wealth of technical specifications that exists in the market place. Some of the facts upon which you draw your conclusions are not facts. Here, I will address them point by point:

“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.”

Horsepower is a quantitative, objective measurement. Manufacturers report “peak” horsepower instead of “continuous” horsepower. Peak horsepower is the electrical power that can be drawn, albeit for an instant, when the motor is started. It is not a lie, it IS what is being drawn. Checking the Vitamix and Blendtec websites, they are explicit in labeling this power draw as “peak”. The information is all there for the consumer.

This is akin to automobile manufacturers that report peak horsepower and torque ratings. These ratings correspond to a certain engine speed. Certainly, they do not claim that the engine can achieve this output across the entire power band.

Caveat emptor.

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

Just because the unit of measure for HP is English/Standard instead of SI does not make it invalid! Feet, Fahrenheit, and Pounds are all English units of measure. They, like HP, are quantitative measurements. You risk belittling the life’s work of thousands of American scientists and engineers with this statement!

“3) True blending performance is dependent upon more factors than raw power consumed. Compared to other blenders, both Vitamix and Blendtec have more power and torque to effectively break-down cell walls and blend any food product.”

I agree that true blending performance is dependent on more than just power consumed. Motor power is one factor among many that characterizes the performance of an individual blender. However, it is a logical fallacy that just because HP is not the sole contributor to performance, it should be neglected, since if this was true; 1) kW would be neglected as well (however, this section only serves to discount HP) and more importantly, 2) ALL OTHER factors would be irrelevant since NONE of them are the sole contributor to performance.

Again, your point is not missed. I believe that the message you intend to send is that the often advertised “peak horsepower” is misrepresented to the consumer as a measure of blending power, and therefore, blending performance. However, this is not the case, since there are many factors that contribute to blending performance, power being one among many (blade design, jar design, blade speed, etc.) and even more that contribute to how happy one would be with his/her choice (ergonomics/user interface, aesthetics, etc.)

Got Greensreply
March 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm
– In reply to: kevin

Kevin, thank you for your input.

Indeed, you are correct, the consumer is overwhelmed by a wealth of technical information in the market place and the point is that advertised peak horsepower does nothing to bring clarity to the consumer when comparing blenders.

I believe you understand the goal is to help consumers to not be swayed by or mislead by advertised numbers that do not accurately represent a fair comparison. The HP information is not “all there for the consumer” – no methodology and no data, just a number. (As an aside for illustration, there is a different competing blender company who divulged that their advertised “3 HP 950 watt” blender was measured when their blender spiked to 2238 watts at the moment it shut down due to overload.)

It is our opinion that the “ours is bigger HP” marketing argument in the case of blenders is detrimental to the consumer trying to make an informed decision. If they were to use “quantitative, objective measurement” then there would be data included to support the HP claims and an explanation why advertised HP does not appear to follow the understood objective standard conversion of 1 HP = 746 W.

Ultimately, I am grateful for the relevant feedback you provided and have updated the presented information to be more helpful. Thank you.

Aqeel El-Aminreply
March 7, 2015 at 10:44 pm

I have observed the Costco Vitamx demonstrating on many occasions, and love the versatility of the Vitamix. The Vitamix uses all still blade construction, but I don’t know if you missed to inform what the Blendtec blade is constructed of. I have definitely a Vitamix fan, and will be purchasing the automatic speed version as soon as possible. Plus Vitamix is an American made product. Vitamix all the way!

Got Greensreply
March 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm
– In reply to: Aqeel El-Amin

Aqeel, both Vitamix and Blendtec blades are made of hardened stainless steel. Thank you for your feedback.

Jake in the Weedsreply
January 23, 2015 at 12:07 am

Several of my friends have or had vitamixs. On a whim I picked up a Blendtec instead. I’ve since got almost all my friends to switch. When you use them side by side the Blendtec pretty much wins every time for the most common uses.

Got Greensreply
March 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm
– In reply to: Jake in the Weeds

Glad to know you are enjoying your Blendtec Jake. Please do share why you feel Blendtec pretty much wins every time; in what ways does it win – which common uses did the Vitamix do better for you?

Janice Workmanreply
January 21, 2015 at 12:58 pm

I have the Vitamix 5000 and it still works beautifully.

Got Greensreply
March 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm
– In reply to: Janice Workman

Janice, the 5000 is an excellent blender. May it continue to work beautifully for you for many many years to come.

Avery McGinnreply
January 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Hello again! I am updating my question. I discovered that the Blendtec 800 is really a commercial product and that it is too costly for my budget. So my question is about the distinction between the Vitamix 750 and the 7500. I see that the 750 has presets which is good, in part because it allows one to leave the room while the blender is going (in case the noise is too much). Do you know if the 750 is less or more noisy than the 7500? Thanks again.

Got Greensreply
January 17, 2015 at 10:15 am
– In reply to: Avery McGinn

The 7500 and the 750 are both G-Series models and therefore are built with the same motor technology. In essence, they produce equal amounts of noise.

Avery McGinnreply
January 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Greetings and thank you for your thorough review and comparison. I have a question about noise as it is a big factor and has made us lean toward the Vitamix 7500 or 750. My partner has tinnitus and cannot tolerate high pitched noise. We bought a Blendtec Classic 570 at Costco for a good price but I was very surprised by the noise level. It gets super high pitched and loud toward the end of the blending of a smoothie. You mention that if less noise is important then Vitamix is a better choice. However, you also say “the Vitamix 7500 is the quieter but the Blendtec Pro 800 is the absolute quietest.” So, is the Blendtec Pro 800 quieter than the Vitamix 7500, or the Vitamin 750? If so, I am puzzled by why you say in your summary comparison that if less noise is important then choose Vitamix. Thank you for your clarification on this. Best Regards!!

Got Greensreply
January 17, 2015 at 10:12 am
– In reply to: Avery McGinn

Avery, you are welcome, it is our pleasure to asist. In general, Vitamix models are not as loud as Blendtec when in operation. The G-Series models, inclusive of the 7500, are noticeably quieter than other models. The Blendtec Pro 800 is the “absolute quietest” because it is the only residential model that comes with a sound enclosure. The enclosure of course adds to its cost but is very effective at reducing noise significantly. So, yes the Blendtec 800 is much quieter than the Vitamix 7500 or 750, but for a higher price.

December 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

excellent, unbiased, researched, and intelligent review. I posted it on Facebook’s Vitamix “support group” page, called “Vitamix Enthusiasts” and asked readers to comment on their experiences with both machines, and which they found best. I’m a VM owner and fan, but I can see how Blendtec is trying their best to compete.

Got Greensreply
December 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm
– In reply to: kathyberken

Thank you for your feedback kathy. I am happy to know our review was helpful.

December 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Blendtec is AWFUL. The plastic ring chipped off into our drink TWICE. They replaced the container but it didn’t solve the problem. And talking to the rep it seemed that we weren’t the only ones experiencing this as he went through a pattern of questions that seemed almost robotic. I felt awful giving my 2 yr old a drink that had bits of plastic in it as you don’t notice it until after cleaning. Perhaps a class action lawsuit might be around the corner for this company? Returned the unit to Costco and am happily switching over to a VITAMIX! Soo worth the extra money.

July 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm
– In reply to: Abby

Yes now you can enjoy Teflon instead. LOL

November 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm

I went to Costco today and they had a roadshow for the vitamix. This was the new 6300 model. It was on sale for 499 and I bought the grinder attachment for an extra $50. Have not used it yet, but curious is this a good decision as compared to blendtech. Most we will plan on using it for soups, juices, smoothies. I like that this has the three separate settings, I was debating between spending $350 for the reefer model, but then buying brand-new from Cosco technically cost me only $50 extra considering the discounted price of both the blender and the additional attachment.

How does the 6300 model compare to blendtec? I spent a total of $550.

Got Greensreply
November 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm
– In reply to: Bilal

Hello Bilal,

Congratulations on your decision to try a Vitamix. The 6300 is a re-branded version of the Pro 500 for Costco stores. It is a C-Series classic blender which is essentially their 5200 with a 3 pre-program blend cycles. The comparison above covers how it compares to Blendtec in general. Blendtec blenders have up to 6 pre-program cycles depending upon which model you choose, compared to the 6300, three cycles.

The reconditioned 6300, Reconditioned Standard Programs, available in 6 colors sells for $349 (the Reconditioned Standard is only $299).

Ultimately, the 6300 is an excellent choice if you know you are going to make use of the pre-programmed blend cycles, and if you are going to be doing a significant amount of grain grinding the xtra $50 is a great deal on the dry-grains container. The most important thing to look at when comparing models and price is a major consideration is whether or not you are really going to use the extra features you are paying more for.

Tracy E.reply
September 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I don’t think this review is biased at all. If you put aside your personal attachment to one particular brand – this review is the best, most complete and accurate on the internet. I find it so thorough and unbiased that I still can’t decide which one to choose because it didn’t say “this one is better, get it”. At least now I feel that I am well educated and clearly understand how they compare. Thank you!

Got Greensreply
March 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm
– In reply to: Tracy E.

Thank you Tracy. We are happy to know our review has been helpful. Please let us know if you have any further questions..

August 9, 2014 at 1:38 am

This review is definitely biased towards the Vitamix. Notice how they talk more about the benefits and advantages of one over the other. The author is obviously more well versed about the features and benefits of the vitamix.

Here are mistakes i saw.

The Blendtec’s longest blending cycle is 90 seconds not 50. ITS ON THE BOX!

The Vitamix do need blade replacements. Thats why have a service centers that will change them for you free of charge.

He compares vitamix’s company history at 70 years vs only the 7 years of blendtecs home machines. Blendtec has been making blenders for 30+ years. Guess what blender Jamba Juice started with?

And notice how he has a special “promotion code for the vitamix and not the blendtec? Hmm! Something to think about!

Got Greensreply
August 9, 2014 at 9:59 am
– In reply to: jester

Thank you for taking the time to read our review and to share your opinion.

It’s great to see you so passionate about Blendtec – we understand why, we LOVE our Blendtec blenders too!

After more than 80,000 blends, 7 years and 8 models we feel as though we are well versed in the features and benefits of Blendtec. You are correct, 90 seconds is the longest blending cycle on most Blendtec blenders. Vitamix blenders do not need blade replacements. You are correct that if there are any issues with a blade they will replace it free of charge.

Blendtec has not been making blenders 30+ years. Tom began making the Kitchen Mill, a grain grinder, around the mid 70’s under Ktec. It wasn’t until the mid 90’s that he made the Mix n Blend (a mixer/blender combo) and shortly thereafter began renting blenders to Zuka juice, which later became Jamba. “About 17 years” is more accurate than 30+ years, but it looks like we haven’t updated the number for a while – thank you for bringing it to our attention.

We offer discounts and free shipping when purchasing a Blendtec *OR* Vitamix. They are different companies and have different systems in place for applying the discounts. Vitamix attaches a promotion code to the offer while Blendtec applies it without the need of a code.

I hope that helps to clear things up for you. Please let us know if you have any further questions.


Krista Kreply
July 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

Love love love this review!!! Finally, one that tells it all. It is exactly what I needed to decide between these two blenders. I’ve decided to go with the Blendtec 725. I’m so excited to get it!! Thank you!

Got Greensreply
August 9, 2014 at 10:01 am
– In reply to: Krista K

I am so happy for you Krista. Enjoy your 725 – it is an amazing machine!

June 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I’m in cross shopping mode now, therefore I’d like to see a nice, comprehensive comparo on the Blendtec Wildside+ vs. the Vitamix 750 WITH the Blendtec Wildside+ Rebel VM jar.

Which would be more effective? Clockwise vs. counter clockwise? How does the Blendtec VM jar perform with the higher RPMs of the VM? How does the new 64 oz VM jar compare to the Blendtec WS+ VM?

Got Greensreply
July 23, 2014 at 9:41 am
– In reply to: Bence

Bence, I don’t believe there is any difference between Clockwise vs Counter Clockwise performance.

Again, it really comes down to personal preference in how you like to use your blender, any differences in performance or results with “jar mixing” will be negligible if even discernible to the user. But is sure is nice to have the option to use a WildSide on your Vitamix. We will soon be doing a complete review of the 2 Vitamix compatible, WildSide Rebel and XR WildSide, jars.

June 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

With the new Blendtec Designer 725 blender and its 100-speed touch slider, does this basically give you as much as much speed control as you would have with the Vitamix? Also, do you know the RPM range with the new Designer 725?

Got Greensreply
June 25, 2014 at 7:50 am
– In reply to: Sublett

The Blendtec 725 certainly does offer the best speed control of any previous model. Again, it ultimately comes down to personally preference; moving your finger along a capacitive touch surface is a different experience than turning a dial with your fingers. I feel there is better speed control and response with the Vitamix dial. The beauty and benefit of the Blendtec 725 over a Vitamix is the intelligent pre-sets and feedback that it offers.

Blendtec has not published the 725 RPM range although they state that with an empty jar, running at maximum speed, it is 29512 RPM. We are still waiting to hear back from them regarding a range.

June 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Excellent unbiased review. I prefer the vitamix . What is the best way to make almond butter with the vitamix? ty. panamakaz

Got Greensreply
June 8, 2014 at 11:42 am
– In reply to: james

James, I’m happy to know that our review was helpful.

Almond butter is easy in the Vitamix. We have found a great way to make it is by doing 3 cups at a time, increase the variable speed slowly to high then use the tamper to push the nuts into the blades until you reach your desired smoothness.

May 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm

I puree food for my son and need something that will puree meats. I like to puree roast beef, hamburgers, chicken, etc and make it close to the texture of pudding. Which of these do you recommend. Thanks Karen

May 27, 2014 at 8:14 am
– In reply to: Karen

Hello Karen. I used my Vitamix 5000 for pureeing meat without any problems. It wasn’t the main function of the blender but it did an amazing job making pâtés. Shopping for a new blender now – I think I’m going to stick with the ultimate control I have in the Vitamix.

Got Greensreply
June 8, 2014 at 11:39 am
– In reply to: Karen

Yes Karen, as Jessica said Vitamix can easily puree meat. The Blendtec also can puree meats but we have found that you need a larger volume to get it smooth.

Tom Rreply
March 3, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Thanks – One of the better, unbiased reviews I’ve seen. I bought both the Vitamix and Blendtec to do my own comparison. I’m keeping the Vitamix and sending the Blendtec back. It blends OK, but feels less substantial than the Vitamix and actually vibrates all around the counter, especially with ice or frozen fruit. what good are preset programs if I have to stand there and hold it in place. The Vitamix just powers through whatever I put in it and doesn’t bounce around at all. I also agree that the Vitamix makes smoothies and green juice smoother than the Blendtec. The Vitamix still doesn’t fit under my counter (even with the shorter 64oz jar), but that’s OK. Maybe Vitamix will come out with a low profile lid.

Got Greensreply
June 8, 2014 at 11:44 am
– In reply to: Tom R

Thanks so much for your feedback Tom! Enjoy your Vitamix!

Billy Berryreply
July 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm
– In reply to: Tom R

Wow, you could have at least posted the models you bought for your own home comparison. People often buy 1 of each product but not equal models.

Got Greensreply
October 25, 2016 at 7:52 am
– In reply to: Billy Berry

Hello Billy, we’ve been educating about blenders for about 10 years now and have tested/compared most consumer Vitamix and Blendtec models.

The Vitamix models include: 3600, Total Nutrition Center, 5000, 5200/CIA/200, TurboBlend/4500, 500/6300, Creations, Creations GC, 6000, 7500/300, 750, 5300, S-30, and S-55. As for Blendtec, models include: Total Blender, HPA3A, Designer Series, Professional, Extreme, Signature, Express, 475, 560, 570, 575, 625, 725, and professional 800.

Let us know if we can help with any additional questions.

February 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Thanks for the comparison articles.

You have great information. I bought my Vitamix some time ago(used it 3 times but want to use it more now- I have specific requirements that keep me from using almost any recipe I have seen and I am not one to experiment) from QVC and now I know I have to watch which products are compatible with it. Thanks again! You provide a great service and I will check your site first when I am looking to purchase anything. I thank all reviewers as I learn a lot from them since many give extra details.

Billie Mitchellreply
January 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

Thanks for the awesome review. I checked some other comparison sites couldn’t find an answer on grain grinding. asked a question about it and they never responded. But your comparison review answered my question. Thank you so much.

Got Greensreply
January 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm
– In reply to: Billie Mitchell

Billie, you are welcome, it is our pleasure to help. Thank you for the feedback.

January 10, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Great review! Are there any options for glass containers in these 2 brands of blenders? Trying to stay away from all plastics.

Got Greensreply
January 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Tam, neither Blendtec nor Vitamix offer glass blending containers. Both companies assert the reason is due to glass designs failing to meet safety and performance requirements. Supposedly, because of the speed and power generated by these blenders, glass would not be safe.

I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the review – thank you for your feedback.

December 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

A clear and concise review, thank you!

Question: Which series, or model, of Vitamix is best for commercial use in my busy coffee shop? It was mentioned as being excellent for home/personal blending but not otherwise.

Now, I have had much use with both the Blendtec and Vitamix; professionally the Vitamix is most consistent, not as loud, and more durable. If you ask me, those are the defining factors for any appliance. Quality has its price!

Thanks for answering my question. Heids

Got Greensreply
December 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm
– In reply to: Heids

Heids, thank you for your input. This comparison is specifically for Blendtec and Vitamix residential models. For commercial use, the same principles apply, the model best for you would depend upon budget and your intended use. In general, for drinks and food prep consider the Vita-Prep or XL. If your use is almost exclusively drinks then consider the Drink Machine, Quiet One or the Blending Station.

Lauri Petersenreply
November 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I read a review by a woman who made the comment that when making nut butters, hummus, etc. — things that didn’t automatically slide out of the blender container easily on their own, that she found that it was hard to remove all of the nut butter or hummus and had had to purchase a special spatula to use to get it out with and lost about 1/4 of what she had made because she couldn’t get it out of the blender container. Did you find this a problem like she did?

Got Greensreply
December 2, 2013 at 9:53 am
– In reply to: Lauri Petersen

Lauri, it is more challenging to get thick blends out of blending containers – as the saying goes, “it’s the nature of the beast” and it’s true, they won’t slide out. While a spatula is quite helpful, any long, narrow one works and you should not have any problems getting almost all of your creation out.

One thing we do when making nut butters in order to capture every bit of the creation is to immediately blend a smoothie after scraping out the nut butter.

Linda Dimitroffreply
November 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I have the Vitamix, and want to make almond milk. Is the wet blade okay to grind nuts?

Got Greensreply
November 10, 2013 at 10:11 am
– In reply to: Linda Dimitroff

Yes, Linda, absolutely. The standard wet-blade container can grind nuts for making nut milks – that is the container we use.

October 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I have owned both Blendtec and Vitamix for years. Hands down for me is the Vitamix. I much prefer the tamper and total control over my blending. Just my opinion…….

Maggie Glodowskireply
October 16, 2013 at 9:34 pm

the first thing I would make in my blender would be a great smoothie.

Lynda Phippsreply
September 30, 2013 at 9:29 pm

If I had the Blendtec blender, I would start off with making a margarita

September 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

I often do small amounts of nuts and water to make sauces. I suspect that I would have to do larger quantities in the Blendtec because of the larger base, is this accurate?

Got Greensreply
September 12, 2013 at 8:35 am
– In reply to: Dawn

Yes, Dawn, that is accurate. In general if you want to do small amounts in a Blendtec you would need to add water or more ingredients UNLESS you have the smaller Twister jar.

Larry and Brenda Alexanderreply
September 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

On August 23, 2013 we saw a demonstration of Vitamix at Costco. We were very impressed and bought it. Our only regret was that a smaller container was an additional $100 on top of the base price being more than we wanted to spend. We used it every day for a week. On September 8, 2013 we saw a demonstration of a Blendtec at a home show. It seemed to at least equal the Vitamix and included a smaller container in addition to the large container – for a lower price. Using it for a few days revealed that while it is an excellent unit, it is not equal to the Vitamix. The Vitamix is heavier and quieter. Neither would be a deal breaker. We have, however, decided to keep the Vitamix and return the Blendtec. Deciding factor – the Vitamix made smoother smoothies. The Blendtec left small pieces unprocessed. Tomorrow it will be returned. Next month we may order a small container. Suggestion, buy both and keep the best performer.

Got Greensreply
September 12, 2013 at 8:40 am
– In reply to: Larry and Brenda Alexander

Thank you Larry and Brenda for sharing your experience. We agree – if at all possible, you have the means to have both Blendtec and Vitamix to try side by side it would be best. Enjoy your Vitamix!

Paul Johnsonreply
August 24, 2013 at 7:23 am

Nice review and I was fortunate to have had both products and for me I kept the Vitamix due to noise levels. Both did what they say they can do, but the Blendtec was very loud to be smaller in size and that didn’t sit well with my wife.

Got Greensreply
August 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm
– In reply to: Paul Johnson

Thank you for your review Paul! Indeed it is fortunate to have both blenders in order to compare the noise as well as which one works best for you.

July 23, 2013 at 7:29 am

I was told that the Blendtec blades were better because they were blunt, not sharp or razor like… and therefore smashed apart the food instead of cutting the food and in doing so, making the food more bio-available to the body for absorption. Is there any truth to that?
Thank you,

Big Jimreply
July 23, 2013 at 9:43 am
– In reply to: David

That’s got to be the most ridculous thing I’ve ever heard. Who told you that?

Got Greensreply
July 25, 2013 at 11:22 am
– In reply to: David

David, while it is true that the Blendtec blades are blunt, there is no evidence to support that they are able to make food more bio-available because of it. Also, you should note that the Vitamix has 2 blades that are blunt as well, in addition to sharper blades (not razor sharp, more like a butter knife that is not serrated).

Janice Rounsavillereply
July 23, 2013 at 7:05 am

Vitamix has introduced the Professional Series 750 machine which has a compact jar and five of the most popular preset programs. This machine offers the best of both worlds as to having a tech savvy pre-programmed option or a manual control. It is excellent and is much quieter than the other Vitamix machines and a total difference from the Blendtec.

July 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm

want to make my own nut flour and nut butters. Which one will be the most fine/smooth? Need no pieces or chunks of nuts. Also, does the smoothness depend on the type of nut? (peanut, almond, cashew)

Got Greensreply
July 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm
– In reply to: Linda

Both blenders can make smooth nut butters and flour without chunks. If you go with the Blendtec, the Twister jar is best for making butters.

The smoothness doesn’t necessarily depend upon the type of nut but what does make a difference in the result is how much oil the nut contains and whether or not the nuts you use are raw or roasted.

June 7, 2013 at 12:43 am


Got Greensreply
June 7, 2013 at 7:51 am
– In reply to: BP

Thank you for sharing your experience and expertise BP!

May 19, 2013 at 1:14 am

This is a great review and comparison of the 2 blenders.
Would be also possible to let consumers know where Blendtec is manufactured? Desinged and assembled in US what about the place is manufactured………
thank you

Got Greensreply
May 21, 2013 at 6:20 am
– In reply to: DL

Thanks DL! – I am happy to know that you have found our Blendtec vs Vitamix comparison helpful.

About a year ago Blendtec changed their labeling from “Made in USA” to “Designed and Assembled in the USA”. They did so because California law prohibits companies from labeling Made in USA if parts of a product are manufactured in any foreign country. While Blendtec blenders continue to be built in Utah with minimum 70% Domestic Content, they do contain parts made from outside of the US. Blendtec has not disclosed from where or which parts of their blenders are foreign manufactured.

April 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

Great reviews!!! on both products…thanks for some real help!!!

April 8, 2013 at 11:35 am

Good review. Seems inline with what others say. I would add that the Blendtec is generally cheaper. Now on Costco it is $100 cheaper and comes with a second pitcher.

I also note that you wrote “super smooth” under the Vitamix and only “smooth” under the Blendtec, but then don’t really elaborate much on it later. I’m confused by the “smoothness” because some places say that the Blendtec makes smoothies faster but other places disagree. It seems there is a little skill in packing the Blendtec to make sure it pulls everything down, but that once you have it figured out not needing the tamper is helpful. (though I don’t see why the Blendtec doesn’t still include one anyways)

Both of the blenders are reviewed highly just about everywhere. For me I wanted the Blendtec because it can sit on my counter under the cabinets with pitcher on. Seems like a minor issue but that was the only “tiebreaker” I could come up with.

Vitamix base is built more sturdy obviously becasue it is heavier despite using a lower wattage/HP motor. However, the Blendtec has a lifetime warranty on the blades while the Vitamix requires new blades when the old ones get dull (apparently it takes a long time to dull the blades, but they will go dull before the base motor gives out).

Got Greensreply
April 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm
– In reply to: Jake

Thank you for the feedback Jake. Of the, literally, thousands of green smoothies we’ve made in both the Blendtec and Vitamix, it is our experience that those made in the Vitamix are smoother. Can’t say exactly why but my guess is the container and blade design.

The tamper is almost never used for the Vitamix, but for those few exceptions like making frozen sorbet without adding any liquid it is a life-saver. I imagine Blendtec doesn’t include a tamper due to patent protection and because their big marketing slogan is “we don’t need a tamper”.

As for the Blendtec “lifetime blade warranty”, I have not seen that claim from Blendtec for many years. In fact, the blade assembly is not separated from the jar which is explicitly warrantied for 7 years (3 if purchased separate). Nowhere in the current Blendtec warranty documentation will you find “lifetime”. I don’t believe it matters for blender comparison anyway since I’ve never heard of any cause for replacement of either blade because of “dullness”.

March 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

All other things being equal, I choose Vitamix over Blendtec just because I like the heavier commercial look and feel of the Vitamix.

Lydia Munoz-Clarkreply
March 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I purchased the blend tec after a demo at a local Costco store. I am VERY UNSATISFIED. During the demo, they made juices, smoothies etc without having to put the lid on. NOT the case in reality!! We not only have to put the lid on because contents come up to the very top, but we have to hold it because it Shakes badly!! Almost to the point where it’s about to fall over. I got a replacement from the company but it isn’t any better. This is the last time I trust demos!!! I’ll be my own judge in the future. Working on getting a refund but that may be easier said than done.

Brenda Finchreply
February 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Why would I choose do whole juicing over just juicing? I understand that juicing extracts pulp, but why would one want to do that when there are so many nutrients removed?

Sarah Lreply
May 6, 2015 at 9:10 am
– In reply to: Brenda Finch

A true juicer produces a drink with highly-concentrated nutrients. You can get the benefits of a half pound of carrots in one glass. Of course, that also means you have to oay for half a pound of carrots to make one glass of juice! Additionally, when using a true juicer, you lose fiber; in addition to being important to your intestines, fiber reduces the surge of blood sugar. Personally, I think fruit is best consumed the way it is designed—whole—but I can see how a juicer might be beneficial for times when you need to really pack on the nutrients: cleanses, illnesses, etc.

Got Greensreply
May 6, 2015 at 9:27 am
– In reply to: Sarah L

Thank you Sarah, well said.

Doug Freidlreply
February 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Great review, I own both the Vitamix and the Blendtec. I end up using the Blendtec more for smoothies and the Vitamix for soups and chopping up stuff. The Blendtec is also easier to clean.

February 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Great review, Thanks alot now am more confuse of which blender to buy.. I will have to do coin toss.

February 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I liked learning that vitamix was made in the usa ( for the last 70 years) .

February 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I have a Vitamix and I’lll tell you what, if this is quieter than ANY other blender then I’d be amazed because this thing is EXTREMELY LOUD!!! The first time I used it, it scared my 3 year old and he covered his ears. He won’t even stay in the kitchen when I use it.

January 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

Can you compare the length of time the blade assembly lasts on each? I have used the Vitamix and the Blendtec. I find your review very accurate. Thanks so much! If I were buying one product again I would also look at the L’Equip RPM blender which is in the same league.

Bob Sreply
December 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

reviews or not, the consumer is the best tester because we are using something seen demonstarted on live TV yet i’ve see vitamix always demoed…but it makes much noise and sometimes they use protective noise makers when i see it demoed on QVC by Jan who makes everything from his head ..i have not seen Blendtec on QVC maybe more then twice and not more then once in 2012 so QVC is telling you something when Vitamix is being sold no matter what size,style and colors… i like price but i also think performance is the best policy…

December 20, 2012 at 3:53 am

WOW! What a thoughtful, unbiased, specifically and narrowly detailed – while undeniably broad and comprehensive, review. A tremendous quantity of high quality information and insights to allow each reader to reach his or her best decision based on needs, circumstances, and preferences. I am leaning slightly, but now I have decide.

The VitaMixer that my grandparents had for the rest of their lives – which lasted them decades – purchased over 50 years ago, was probably discarded – still working, along with their bottom drawer Fridgedaire due to being “ARCHAIC” – was probably replaced by a more modern concept lasting a year or two. I wish I had it, today. Those home-made soups and ice cream were great! Thank you! It is a wonderful review and walk down memory lane right back to the future!

Debbie Chapinreply
December 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Thank you for reviewing these in an unbiased forum. I was wondering which one I should buy and I am going with the Vitamix.

miss ninareply
October 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

FINALLY and UNBIASED REVIEW!! I own a Blendtec and it is still running but I think when it poops out I will get a Vitamix and see what the difference is myself. It is true that you need to run the smoothie twice for a real nice silky consistency in the regular jar but not the 5-sided jar with the 4″ blade. That jar pulverizes ANYTHING, so I think the consistency is directly related to the size of the blade.

Maybe do a test with the Blendtec 4″ blade 5-sided jar against the VitaMix

October 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

There’s a Blender Arms Race going on. BlendTek has upgraded its warranty period to 7 years (to match Vitamix). Vitamix is adding models that feature pre-programmed settings and pulsing.

My local Costco has what it called the 6300 — it’s functionally equivalent to the Vitamix Pro 500 — preprogrammed for Smoothies, Ice Desserts and Hot Soup. If your stuff isn’t quite finished, a pulse will spin the blades for however long you hold the switch down.

There are people on eBay who are trying to sell the Costco 6300 for a few dollars more than they paid. (The Costco price is $499. The Vitamix retail for the Pro 500 is 645(or so). The Pro 500 is just a few dollars less than the 750 (which has a few more presets).

It seems to be useful to have some preprogrammed settings — I may be able to walk away from my machine while it’s making soup and do something else – like throw together a salad or something.

MJ Shearsreply
September 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

DH purchased the Desugner series Wildside combo by BlendTec – like many men, after he shopped & studied & researched, sending it back would hurt his feelings, but, know this: when they say only fill the jar half full, they mean it. It might as well be a smaller jar, forcing me to blend my green smoothie in several batches. Additionally, you can’t just hit a button & walk away. The cover design is flimsy and doesn’t snap or screw down; on 3 occasions the cover has blown off during use sending the contents splattering everywhere within a several foot radius. I have learned to under fill the jar, chop all Ingredients prior to adding them, and hold the lid in place during operation, so the “hit the button & do something else” feature is inaccurate. The mess is unimaginable and. I would strongly suggest BlendTec reengineer the cover. My Kitchenaide screws in place, my Cuisinart cover fits deeply and snugly into the jar- never an issue, and I expect more from a $500 blender. Additionally, the Blendtec blender dances about, vibrating crazily on the countertop , an issue Cuisinart does not have due to solid large rectangular rubber feet hidden beneath the base. Smoothies are smooth, clean up is easy, but the small usable capacity of the jar, the failure of the cover to stay in place, and the vibrations during use make this a very disappointing machine.

December 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm
– In reply to: MJ Shears

MJ Shears needs more help than a blender can reasonably provide.

This review, although biased towards Vitamix, was very helpful. I bought the Blendtec Pro at Costco for and got an 8 year warranty and extra jar. It works beautifully and I can keep it on my counter or mount it into it!

August 19, 2012 at 4:22 am

I have to say that I absolutely love my Blendtec. I was at a store that a demonstration was going on. There was a lady who was there to replace her 2 year old Vitamix and saw the demo, she went for the blendtec instead. It comes with a recipe booklet, but the different options for juice, soup, smoothies, dough,ice cream from fresh fruit are endless. This is my pick.

July 24, 2012 at 7:27 am

As good as both these blenders are, I can’t fathom spending almost half a months rent on either one. There has to be a cheaper alternative. Although I guess you get what you pay for, any recommendations?

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