Blendtec vs Vitamix

Blendtec vs vitamix

You have heard Jadah and I say many times that you don’t need a fancy-pants blender to make green smoothies.

And it’s true!

The difference is this: the better the blender, the less work you have to do. And that means less prep, less time blending and better results. This is what swayed me into getting a Vitamix and Jadah into getting a Blendtec once our wedding gift blenders finally kicked the curb.

Vitamix and Blendtec are both amazing blending machines and neither of us could lose. They both have insanely powerful motors that will liquify your apples whole, turn your spinach into liquid greens in a matter of seconds and cut your smoothie making time in half. So what’s the difference? Why is one better than the other? Well, that totally depends on your personal preference. You can watch our video below to see both blenders in action. Both are pretty awesome! I also broke down some pros and cons of each for you too.


 

Battle of the Blenders: Blendtec vs Vitamix

A few weeks ago, I invited some green smoothie lovin’ friends over and held a battle of the blenders to test these two blending beasts side by side. I’ve read reviews for both— lots of reviews, but I wanted to compare them myself— and in action. Well, I can tell you personally both these blenders make green smoothies like champs! They turned my spinach, berries, banana and water into fabulous green smoothies in a matter of seconds (for realzzz). Yet not everything was peachy keen— there were a few moments of shock. Read on for my personal review:

Blendtec

  • 15.5″ tall
  • Pre-programmed cycles
  • One touch buttons
  • 1580 watts
  • 2 prong blade

Vitamix

  • 20.5″ tall (with default container)
  • 2-speed switch + variable dial
  • Variable speed dial
  • 1380 watts
  • 4 prong blade

Blendtec

The Blendtec WildSide was a lot of fun for me to use since I am a Vitamix gal. I will admit, I was a little overwhelmed by all the buttons (It has 10 buttons, a pulse button, and a pre-programmed control so you can push a button and walk away). This was a lot for me to comprehend and decide what to do— and made me question if they were all really necessary for a green smoothie gal.

The Blendtec has some great perks: it’s also dramatically shorter than the Vitamix which makes it an easy winner for space savers. You can also push a button and walk away while your spinach and blended into incredible green pulp. It’s kinda got a mind of it’s own— which is convenient for the multitaskers out there.

Blendtec has some great perks, but one is definitely not a stable base. We were a little shocked at how much it rocked while blending. The motor is so powerful that it made the entire blender rock back and forth. The base of the Blendtec is much lighter than the Vitamix and we could definitely see the results of that when we had them both cranked at full power.

After we blended the smoothie, we tasted it and were impressed with how frothy it was — it was so light and airy. I have to emphasize this because I have never tasted anything like it with my Vitamix. There is definitely more air getting into the smoothie, which makes it frothy. And just like the Blendtec roadshows demonstrate, clean up was very easy thanks to the slick square-shaped plastic container. Click on any of our Blendtec links, and when you purchase, you’ll receive free shipping (it will be applied at check out once you enter your zip code).

 

Vitamix

The Vitamix 5200 is a simple and stable beast of a blender. I will admit— it’s height makes it a little awkward to store on the counter. I have to take the container off and set it to the side so it fits on my counter, which is annoying. Yet I did see online they make a shorter container now—so get that one and you will be very happy!

Yet that is the only downside I personally see to the Vitamix. My favorite thing about it is how easy it is to use— it’s a two-switch, one dial machine. Simple. This dial feature gives me total control over the speed variations and length of time I want to blend my smoothies for. The actual smoothie was creamy (not frothy like the Blendtec), which is totally a personal preference kinda thing.

When we turned the Vitamix on full speed, the base didn’t budge. It practically has a cinder block attached to its base. I couldn’t walk away and let it blend and automatically shut off— with Vitamix you are in control and have to shut it off yourself. So control freaks— this might be the one calling your name!

When it came to cleanup, the Vitamix container didn’t clean as easily as the Blendtec— it had a little leafy fiber residue after I “blended it clean”. We compared the containers to see why this was and the Blendtec has a slick film on the container to make it super slippery. The Vitamix container has a matte finish so it’s not as slick and leafy fibers like to stick to it.

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The bottom line: 

Both blenders are great choices if you want to become a hard core, green smoothie drinking machine like Jadah and I. No leafy chunks with either blender and the smoothies were made in easily under 2 minutes.

If you like more features, care how it looks/fits on your counter and like frothier smoothies— I say go with the Blendtec.

If you prefer creamy smoothies, a simple look, and a super solid blender— go with the Vitamix.

Both have 7 year warranties, blend like kings and will make your green smoothie days even more exciting.

Save some money and help the environment!

If you need to save some money, you can buy the refurbished version right through Blendtec and Vitamix. They still come with the rockin’ warranty and look brand new— it’s really a great way to save some money!

I love throwing a whole apple in and watching it disappear into the green abyss.

 

169 Responses to “Blendtec vs Vitamix”

  1. Courtney 9.1.2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Has anyone ever had trouble with the Blendtec leaking out of the bottom of the container while blending?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.1.2014 at 6:31 pm #

      I have not had that problem, I would contact Blendtec and see if they can help. :)

      http://www.blendtec.com/company/contact

    • UL 9.1.2014 at 6:51 pm #

      I’ve heard of this, it sometimes has to do with you maybe overfilling it, and if it is not that, then it is best to contact blendtec and get it replaced

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.2.2014 at 7:03 am #

        Thanks for sharing UL! :)

  2. nellie 8.19.2014 at 5:44 pm #

    can both blenders make hot soups?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.20.2014 at 8:05 am #

      Hey Nellie!

      Depending on the model you purchase. :)

  3. Mya 7.23.2014 at 10:23 am #

    I’ve been wanting to try this ever since I started following you guys on instragram seven months ago but I didn’t have a blender lol. Winning would be awesome. I’m all about trying new things. Hopefully I will start soon and maybe influence some of my family members along the way lol

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.26.2014 at 5:17 am #

      Wonderful! :)

  4. Salvador 7.22.2014 at 3:55 pm #

    The reason that I ma looking for a better blender de vitamix is because i bough a refurbish one about a year ago and is not working properly, crapy piece of machin, I need a blender but can not afford to much money.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.23.2014 at 6:04 am #

      Hey Salvador!

      Vitamix has a lifetime warranty, call or email them and let them know your issues.

  5. Danny 7.21.2014 at 10:00 am #

    GREEN SMOOTHIE AMBASSADOR

    I’ve bought 2 Vitamix machines in the past 20 years. The first one still working, but I wanted the new design as much as someone else wanted my old Vitamix.

    Anyway, I find myself always stopping to watch the demonstrations to pick up new tips and ideas.

    This past weekend I was the one giving the tips and pointing everyone to come check out simplegreensmothies.com.

    I gave them the simple formula, 2 cups greens, 2 cups fruit and a liquid base.

    We talked about the different types of smoothies that can be made. It was a fun afternoon getting to tell everyone about this great site and the great community we have.

    Thanks,
    Danny

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.21.2014 at 10:45 am #

      Hey Danny! Thanks so much for sharing the simple green smoothie love! :)

  6. Lakisha Scott 7.20.2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I loved your battle of the blenders. You two are so adorable=).

  7. VJ 7.6.2014 at 9:06 pm #

    I am trying to figure out the difference between juice and smoothie when using a vitamix. On their website they have a video for both, but for both products they just put all of the fruits and/or veggies in the blender and pulverize it to a liquid. So…what’s the difference between a juice and a smoothie when using a vitamix?!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.7.2014 at 8:23 am #

      Hi VJ. I believe it is the difference in the power of the Vitamix settings. Hope that helps. :)

      Juice in the Vitamix:
      Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
      Select Variable 1.
      Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
      Blend for 1 minute or until smooth. Serve immediately.

      Smoothie in the Vitamix:
      Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
      Select Variable 1.
      Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
      Blend for 35-40 seconds or until mixture is smooth.

      Less time in the blender will cause it to be a little bit thicker.

      Hope that helps. :)

    • UL 8.25.2014 at 6:28 pm #

      Hey VJ, smoothies are meant to be cold, usually remaining like a blended coffee drink you get from starbucks. Vitamix and Blendtec are not real juicers, they are WHOLE juicers, meaning that you use everything in the juice, pulp and fiber are in it, so they are a bit heavier in consistency then what you get from a juicer. Usually less Ice is used or no Ice at all to make a whole juice, just the liquid base and fruit. Hope that helps

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.26.2014 at 5:17 am #

        Thanks UL. :)

      • Kathleen 8.29.2014 at 6:31 pm #

        Thank you for explaining that! I have been confused about the juice/whole juice thing too. Now it makes sense.

  8. Danielle Taylor 6.5.2014 at 9:22 am #

    You guys are adorable! Its awesome to see you two in action!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.7.2014 at 8:28 am #

      Thanks Danielle! :)

  9. christina 6.4.2014 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for all the advice! Quick question girls – you mentioned how the smoothie with Blendtec was light and airy and a little bit frothy. I had a vitamix at work and have grown accustomed to the thick non airy non frothy smoothies – can Blendtec make smoothies like that if less liquid is added or a different setting is set? I’m leaning towards the blendtec for reasons like space and price, but wanted to see if you thought it could produce similar smoothies in thick textures like the vitamix? Thanks for your input :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.6.2014 at 9:35 am #

      Hi Christina!
      Blendtec blenders still tend to be a bit more frothy, but some of the newer ones may be slightly different. This “test” was taken with a Blendtec that’s a bit older.

    • starpilot 7.5.2014 at 4:54 pm #

      Please try the Ninja Ultimate- same specs as both really- and quite a bit less expensive!

  10. christina 6.4.2014 at 10:28 am #

    Love the site ladies! Quick question – I too have found the blendtec to make more airy and frothy smoothies but, I was wondering if you added less liquid if it could be thicker and less frothy like the vitamix. I am leaning towards the blendtec but I’m obsessed with the thick smoothies I’ve had from the vitamix and just wanted to see if with a different setting or less liquid if the consistency could be more similar to that of the vitamix.

    Thanks for your opinions :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.7.2014 at 8:26 am #

      Hi Christina! I have both blenders and I enjoy them both for different reasons, and one of them is they make totally different textures. I haven’t tried using less liquids to get it thicker. I am sure it can be done. Hope that helps. :)

  11. Juliet 6.1.2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Does anyone use a Sunbeam brand blender? I can get this brand at a heavily reduced price and need a blender. Not yet a green smoothie convert due to lack of blender :(

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.2.2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Go for it, Juliet! Reduced prices are great!

  12. Karen MacKay 5.21.2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Ladies – Love your website and mission! Just a quick question about blenders. I really try to avoid using plastic when it comes to food prep and storage. Do you have any blenders that you would recommend that come with glass pitchers and have metals blades? Thank you for any guidance on this!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.23.2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi Karen!
      You can check out our favorite options here :-)

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/blenders/options

      • Karen 5.26.2014 at 9:37 pm #

        Thanks Dan! I had checked out the list and was looking for more specific recommendations for glass pitchers over plastic. Any suggestions?

      • SGS Rawkstar Dan 5.27.2014 at 6:55 am #

        Hmm… I believe the Oster is the only blender from that list with a glass pitcher. We love the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders, but their pitchers are plastic—though they’re completely BPA-free.

  13. Maxie 4.5.2014 at 3:10 pm #

    Just found your site. Love, love it. I am not new to green smoothies and have been using kale and other greens with my blendtec for over a year.. BUT.. your prepping ideas and recipes are so awesome. And I must complement you, your site is beautiful to look at and beautifully organized. Wonderful job!! I am so impressed with your presentation and depth of information. BRAVO!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 1:58 pm #

      Thanks for all the kind words, Maxie :-) So glad you’re here!

  14. Nicole 4.1.2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Jen and Jadah! :) I’m currently thinking about purchasing a Vitamix, but I’m wondering if it does a good job at blending kale (both adult and baby). I have a nutribullet and it doesn’t do a good job at breaking down the kale fibers… Personally it feels like I’m drinking tiny worms. :( Is the vitamix great at breaking down kale?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.2.2014 at 10:14 am #

      Hi Nicole!
      Absolutely. I have a Vitamix, and I never have any kale bits leftover, unless I don’t blend it for very long. It’s great! Even pomegranate seeds turn smooth.

  15. Maggie 4.1.2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I would like to thank Jada and Jen for sharing their
    RAWsome experience (yes, I just went there)… I am so Happy I found your site last year!! I stated green smoothing last year off and on but have been pretty much loyal since the last 30 day challenge we had in January!! Let me tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE these girls for all they do. I did miss out on the 21 day cleanse but will get to it some day :).. OK so about the Blenders…. Let’s just say Blendtec hands down. If you want a heavier base they have it but its going to cost a bit more… I am happy with my Blendtec my sister owns the vitamix 6500 they both do the same job.. but Blendtec is stronger about 3 Horsepower…1,560 amps, a whopping 13 watts and a direct drive motor and you ask why it moves while blending at only 7 pounds of base. I see this as maybe just a little set back on tile counter tops like mine… other than that I can blend a whole 64 oz. of green goodness in 49 seconds!! How is that for power!! I’m sure my sister loves her Vitamix as well ;) I got an awesome deal on set that includes an
    exclusive mini twister jar for making nut butters (that’s my next challenge) Oh can’t wait to make FRESH

    • Maggie 4.1.2014 at 12:29 pm #

      peanut butter…. Sorry I pressed the wrong key… got over excited I see… contact me if interested a good deal.. save a little money and invest in more fruits and veggies..

      • Jessica 7.16.2014 at 10:16 pm #

        Do you have a discount for the blendtec?

  16. Janice Rounsaville 3.27.2014 at 12:58 pm #

    I have a Vitamix Pro 750 that has preset speeds plus the variable speed drive. I LOVE IT! However I recently purchased the new Jutribullet Pro 900 series for travel which I also love. When I use my Vitamix, I make a full 64 oz. Container full and get 3 smoothies out of it. The Nutribullet Pro 900 has a 32 oz. cup as well as two 25 oz. cups and one smaller one. If I am making one Shakeology with fruit! almond milk and ice, I use the Nutribullet. If I am making green smoothies for myself, my husband and an extra for the next day, I use the Vitamix.if you can only spring for one less expensive product, I recommend the Nutribullet Pro 900. It’s motor is stronger than the original; it comes with more goodies and it is retail $149.95. At Bed, Bath and Beyond they will accept their 20% off coupons.

  17. Audrey 3.27.2014 at 11:54 am #

    What about the nutra bullet?

  18. emi 3.16.2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I just purchased the blendtec and made a low sugar green smoothie (apple instead of bananas or other fruits) & while I liked the smoothie, it separated into juice & foam. Is this because of the lack of sugary fruits or should I use the whole juice button instead (of smoothie)?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.17.2014 at 8:28 am #

      Hi Emi!
      It’s not necessarily sugary fruits that are needed to make it less foamy. A lot of times this happens when there is a bit too much liquid and leafy greens… Apples, too, aren’t the best at holding a smoothie together.

      Maybe try apples and strawberries? Strawberries are lower on the “sugar” level, but do a decent job of making a smoothie creamy.

      Hope this helps!

  19. Janice Rounsaville 3.7.2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I don’t have personal experience, but the vast majority of comments I have read from many different sites are negative with regard to the Ninja.

    • Wendy 3.28.2014 at 12:38 pm #

      I LOVE my Ninja! I ‘ve had it two years and use it almost every day

  20. Nancy 3.7.2014 at 6:12 pm #

    By chance have you tried the ninja ultima blender plus? does that do the same things the vitamix? i.e. make soup, ice creams, dips and anything else

    • Jadah and Jen 3.10.2014 at 10:14 am #

      We have not tried that specific Ninja, Nancy… :-( Sorry!

    • Lisa 5.1.2014 at 8:00 am #

      I have the Ninja (the one with the removable center blade) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I bought a VitaMix on QVC and then the next day saw the presentation for the Ninja Ultimate Blender. I quickly returned the VitaMix and got the Ninja. The only thing the Ninja cant do is make warm soups, from what I’ve seen. I use mine every single morning to make a green smoothie and if I don’t want to make a full pitcher and only use a single serving cup, the power behind it blends it perfectly smooth as well.

  21. Lourdes 3.4.2014 at 5:11 am #

    I’m new to the green smoothie world and I found your website very helpful. I’ve prepped my first smoothie for tomorrow using 1 cup spinach, 1 cup kale, 1 cup of strawberries and blueberries combined and 2 cups of bananas and apples combined. I will also be using 2 cups of coconut water. I’ve never tasted a green smoothie, so…wish me luck. Thank you ladies and I can’t wait to start your 30-day challenge, as well! :)

    • Jadah and Jen 3.4.2014 at 4:50 pm #

      Woohoo, Lourdes! Hope you enjoy it!!! ;)

      • Lourdes 3.7.2014 at 4:05 pm #

        YAY, the smoothie was a success and delicious!! I was able to make almost 3 cups and 13 year old took one cup to school—he LOVED it!

  22. Danny 3.1.2014 at 3:21 pm #

    They have a smaller container you can get that solves that problem.

  23. Janice Rounsaville 2.27.2014 at 7:25 pm #

    I would never use anything but the VitaMix, however, they do make a 32 oz jar. I just can’t see buying another appliance. Just gave away a $500 mixer. Don’t need to keep doing that type of thing.

  24. Jacqueline 2.27.2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Just want to say that Jadah has THE most beautiful smile. Thank both of you lovely ladies. But I must say, I don’t think I’m ready to leave my Vitamix for a Blendtec. But I do want a smaller, powerful blender for when a Vitamix is a bit too much for the small amount of what I’m working with.

  25. Erika 2.18.2014 at 10:14 am #

    I’m new to your site this week and LOVE it. Was able to get my semi-picky 8-year-old son to eat 2 cups of spinach for breakfast, masquerading as bananas & berries, so thank you! On the subject of blenders, I am lucky to have a VitaMix Professional 750, and while it is a major investment, its a dream for smoothies (and I never need the plunger). It has the shorter carafe, 2 dials (1 for presets, including “smoothie”; 1 manual), and a slick-coated carafe that cleans up very, very easily. I cook everyday, and use it for soups, nut butters, sauces, hummus, and more. Thanks again so much – excited to have found you!!

    • Jadah and Jen 2.19.2014 at 8:18 am #

      So glad you’re enjoying green smoothies, and that your 8 yo is joining you, too!

  26. Tevin 2.18.2014 at 8:50 am #

    I tried both Blendtec and Vitamix and ended up going with Blendtec. I found the cleanup to be much faster with the Blendtec. I hated the messy plunger that came with the Vitamix and did not want to deal with the hassle of figuring out the perfect solid-to-liquid ratio to blend without the plunger.

    The base of the Blendtec is much lighter than Vitamix, but I don’t have any trouble with rocking. I have mine on a wooden table, and the rubber feet are sticky enough to prevent any movement.

  27. Janice Rounsaville 2.12.2014 at 7:56 am #

    I have the vita mix professional 750 series. Five preset functions as well as the variable speed dial. You can set it and walk away, and it doesn’t rock on the counter.

  28. Nancy 2.12.2014 at 7:07 am #

    I’m on the fence between the blenders what else do you use yours for? I like the idea of turn on and walk away being I have 4 children 6 and under. but not too keen on the idea of it rocking when I turn it on.

    • Jadah and Jen 2.14.2014 at 8:12 am #

      Hi Nancy! You can use it for lots of things!

      As a food processor

      To make ice cream

      To make soup

      So many more things!

  29. becky 2.7.2014 at 5:13 pm #

    After going through 3 “standard” blenders in the last 18 months, I just ordered my first blendtec. I can’t wait for it to arrive! Thank you for the vitamix/blendtec comparison, as well as the free shipping. Much appreciated!

    • Jadah and Jen 2.11.2014 at 12:04 pm #

      Hope you enjoy the Blendtec, Becky! Let us know how you like it!

  30. Lynn 1.28.2014 at 9:28 pm #

    I use an Oster blender to make my green smoothies and it works beautifully. I add my liquid, either homemade almond milk or coconut milk, my spinach and blend until it is a gorgeous smooth green and then add the other ingredients and blend till all ingredients are liquified.

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