I’m so excited to dive into the age old debate from smoothie drinkers everywhere: Blendtec vs Vitamix!
While you don’t need to invest in an expensive blender to get started drinking green smoothies and making healthier choices, you might want to upgrade to one of these top of the line blenders eventually for ease of use and performance reasons.
When you start looking for a high-quality blender, you quickly realize there is an overwhelming amount of options available. After doing some research and reading, most people end up narrowing their choice to the Blendtec or Vitamix. This is because both of these blenders are high-quality, way above the standards of a traditional blender, and they offer users a wide-variety of features that go beyond making a typical smoothie. We’re providing a breakdown of both blenders here to help make it easier for you to determine which blender is the best choice for your kitchen and lifestyle.
Blendtec vs Vitamix: Cost
Let’s face it, cost is usually the most important factor in choosing any new item. When it comes to the Blendtec and Vitamix, pricing is competitive. Both blenders require a small investment, but in the long run, the cost is well worth the high-quality performance offered by both appliances. We’ve listed a range for each brand.
- Lower cost: The Total Blender Classic and Signature Series run around $400
- Moderate cost: The Designer Series runs about $450-$500
- High cost: The Professional Series costs about $550
- Premium – highest cost: Recently, the commercial model (called the Stealth) was released for residential use. This blender is priced at $1,500, but its insane blending power, and vast array of features are the reason it’s such an expensive model. While you may find this price to be way above your budget- which most people do, it is a premium product and is known for its incredible performance. If you do have $1,500 to spend, you may want to opt for a lower priced option to see if you like the brand, before making the splurge.
- Lower cost: The Vitamix 5200 and TurboBlend VS both cost around $449
- Moderate cost: The Vitamix 300 and 7500 series are both priced at $529
- High cost: The newest series on the market, the Professional 750 series, costs $689
Both brands put on promotions when they offer $50.00 or more off their products’ regular prices. You can save a lot by looking into these promotions.
Both the Vitamix and Blendtec offer high power blending. While some feel they are equal in terms of power, the Blendtec gets the job done faster when in a hurry. The popular video series “Will it Blend?” shows the Blendtec ripping iPhones, iPads and even marbles to shreds. Now that’s power!
Speed Options for Blendtec vs Vitamix
Both blenders offer a wide-variety of speed options, which some may find to be a con. With all these different speed settings, each blender creates different results when blending particular items. The Vitamix has sharp blades with an RPM from 500 to 37,000- making it the perfect device for chopping. On the other hand, the Blendtec can turn peanut butter into a soft puree in seconds.
The Vitamix has more interior space available, with a height of 21.5 inches. The extra space makes this blender ideal when you want to make large quantities at one time.
The Blendtec is much more compact at 15 inches high. However, the smaller size of the Blendtec makes it a great choice for those who want something they can travel with and fits easily under the cupboard.
If you have a big family or plan to make big batches of things to freeze or prepare ahead of time, then in this category of Blendtec vs Vitamix, then you’ll want to go with the Vitamix… But if you’re short on space the Blendtec is your friend.
Both blenders offer control panels that are easy to operate. The Vitamix has a dial control that has 10 different speed settings. In addition, the newest model, the Professional 500 series, has 5 pre-programmed buttons for smoothies, soup, frozen desserts and self-cleaning. (A quick frozen drink on a hot summer’s day without any clean up? Can you can say bliss?) Many Vitamix users have stated they prefer the pre-programmed designs, which includes the 500 and 4300 series, both offering 3 pre-programmed buttons.
The Blendtec includes smart-touch technology which allows you to simply press a button, walk away while the blender speeds up and slows down as needed and turns off when done. Smart-touch also makes it easy to diagnose any problem that might come up. The blender will detect the issue (e.g. a jam) and alert you so the problem can be fixed. There are also programmable buttons on the Blendtec that can be set up to suit your often-used mixing types.
When deciding on a blender, performance is really what it all comes down to. And as you might expect, performance for each blender is entirely dependent on what needs to be done. Both devices are known for their exceptional smoothie making abilities- then again so are several $100.00 no-name blenders. While they do make one great smoothie, their performance goes above and beyond.
Both blenders are also known for making amazing homemade soup. The best part about making soup in one of these advanced units is that not only do they mix the ingredients to the perfect consistency, they also warm the soup during the mixing process. When making soup this way, you can have ready-to-eat hot soup in less than five minutes.
When it comes to chopping, Vitamix has Blendtec beat. The Blendtec has strong, dual blades, which doesn’t make it the best unit for chopping up delicate items. Whereas the Vitamix can slice through a delicate fruit without causing any damage. When it comes down to it, both get the job done, but differ in force. In addition, they both have a pulse feature, which offers precision chopping.
Both blenders have superior blending performance. Of course you would think with a blender that great blending is a no brainer. But you’d be surprised at how many blenders simply do not do a good job blending. That’s not the case with the Blendtec and Vitamix. They do differ in their blending techniques. With the Blendtec, you can throw everything inside- wet or dry, and it will blend them perfectly. With the Vitamix, it’s recommended that you mix wet and dry products prior to putting them inside of the blender. With the additional cups and containers offered with the Vitamix, this isn’t a difficult task, but an extra step in the process.
Also, the Blendtec has buttons specifically for blending so you can use this handy feature to blend to perfection. It’s easy to make ice cream with the Blendtec, and this particular blender goes above and beyond when it comes to whipping up an icy dish. Once all the ingredients are added, you have homemade ice cream in just 45 seconds. While the Vitamix does take longer to create the a tasty ice cream dish, they both do a superior job in making great ice cream, and many other dessert dishes.
When you invest in one of these blenders, you not only get a multi-tasking machine that can create a variety of dishes, desserts and the like, you’re also making an investment in your health with the health conscious capabilities they offer.
So I hope this Blendtec vs Vitamix review was useful to help you make your next kitchen buying decision, and I look forward to sharing laughs over a cold smooth, green smoothie someday!