Blendtec vs. Vitamix

Blendtec vs. VitamixIn this article, we’re going to discuss the often debated topic of Blendtec vs. Vitamix. While both Blendtec and Vitamix blenders are known for their exceptional utility in the field of food processing, the question remains: which one is the best blender? Read on as we take a closer look at both of these popular appliances and attempt to determine once and for all which is most deserving of the title, “Best Blender”…

Blendtec vs. Vitamix – So, Which is the Better Blender?

As far as simple statistics can illustrate, the Blendtec has the upper hand: Blendtec blenders peak at three horsepower compared to the Vitamix’s two, and thirteen amps to the Vitamix’s eleven and a half.  The Blendtec pitchers are also shorter and wider, so they fit under cabinets better and store much easier.

The Blendtec Total Blender can be used for both wet & dry material, while the Vitamix 5200 requires you to buy a separate dry pitcher, which also adds expense.  So while initially the cost of a Blendtec and Vitamix are roughly the same, with the addition of a second pitcher, the Blendtec becomes the more affordable blender.

Blendtec’s construction has some distinct advantages, as the motor does not heat up as fast as a Vitamix motor and also has an automatic shut-off feature (which really comes in handy if you are an absent-minded cook like me!).  Blendtec Smart-Touch Tec-nology™ is an extension of this feature, which allows you to push a button and walk away, having the blender run through a hands-free automatic program cycle that stops when completed. While the programs can come in handy for some applications, continued blending is sometimes needed after the program to finish the job. The Blendtec blender is also microprocessor controlled and made of 100% solid state electronics, a more dependable variety.

Both blenders are heavy duty and do a great job at blending just about anything. Both the Vitamix and Blendtec easily crush ice, make nut butters, hot soup, grind seeds, and a whole lot more. The Vitamix 5200 is bigger, having a more heavy-duty and industrial feel while the Blendtec Total Blender is smaller and seems slightly more brittle. Both blenders now come with BPA-free containers.

As far as warranty goes, both offer excellent warranties that will provide ample peace of mind for the buyer. Vitamix currently offers a 7 year warranty, while Blendtec guarantees their blenders for 3 full years.

Blendtec vs. Vitamix – Blending Speed Comparisons

The Vitamix blender offers complete manual control over blending with its variable speed dial in addition to a Hi/Lo switch. Blendtec also offers manual control with its ‘up’, ‘down’ and ‘pulse’ buttons to manually cycle through its 10 speeds as needed for special applications.  The Vitamix also comes with a tamper, which is used to push solid and whole (uncut) foods down into the processor, which the Blendtec does not offer. The tamper is not needed for most applications, but is extremely helpful in making frozen entrees, nut butters and thick puddings. In our tests, the Blendtec WildSide (with the 3 quart pitcher) outperformed the Vitamix 5200 blender by a wide margin in tests where no tamper was used — producing smoother blends in less time.

Perhaps the two greatest selling points for the Blendtec, however, are ease of cleaning and noise level.  The Vitamix blenders, while not difficult to clean, can in no way compare to the simplicity of a Blendtec- simply put two cups of water in the canister, pulse for 10 seconds, and rinse.  Additionally, Vitamix blenders are all very, very loud, while Blendtec machines manage to keep noise to a reasonable decibel level so you won’t wake up the entire house if you are craving a green smoothie at 2 AM.

Blendtec vs. Vitamix – The Outcome

All in all, the price savings from a combined wet and dry canister and the easy of use for the Blendtec makes it the better machine in our opinion.  While it’s true that both brands will serve a picky cook well, the Blendtec has several high-end features like pre-designed blending cycles and automatic shutoff which simply make life easier.

Winner: Blendtec

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