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.

 

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344 Responses to “Blendtec vs Vitamix”

  1. Catherine Adam 8.1.2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi there,
    I am on the search for a high powered blender that can handle the likes of kale and ice. I am wondering if you have had any experience with the Personal Belnders: https://www.vitamix.com/Shop/S-Series What appeals over the 5200 (in writing) is that the containers are smaller (good for space saving) and they can go in the dishwasher. I look forward to hearing your advice if you have any experience with them. Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.1.2015 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Catherine,

      You can’t go wrong with Vitamix! The Vitamix S-Series are sweet and petite little machines. You get two blending containers with a smaller (but still mighty) blender, so you can blend up small batches of green smoothies at home or take ’em to go.

      Two thumbs up from us!

  2. Tommy 7.31.2015 at 3:53 pm #

    I bought a Blendtec and have used it for three years. It doesn’t have the power or smoothness of blending that a Vitamix does. I would strongly recommend a Vitamix over a Blendtec.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.31.2015 at 8:32 pm #

      Hi Tommy,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

  3. Karen Louden 7.2.2015 at 7:47 pm #

    I admittedly haven’t tried the Blendtec, Ninja nor the Nutribullet, but I love, love LOVE my Vitamix. It does so much more than smoothies but of course is great for them. I highly recommend it.

    Plus I feel extra cool when I use it, like the woman in that commercial who wins all of the cooking competitions because of her secret weapon Vitamix

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.3.2015 at 5:57 am #

      Hi Karen!

      We feel extra cool when we’re blendin’ with our Vitamix too! :)

  4. Penny 6.23.2015 at 8:10 pm #

    I want to know how you keep the Blendtec from hopping around the counter! I WANT to love the Blendtec because I have several friends who love theirs. But I have now returned 2 :( both for the same issue (silver metal shavings on the bases (outside of the jar- not inside). My blendtec hopped around on the counter which drove me nuts. I fear I will be moving to a vitamix. But I do have to say that I started with the nutribullet and it was fabulous…..until my family wanted green smoothies – so I needed something that was larger!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.26.2015 at 8:27 pm #

      Hi Penny,

      We’re so sorry to hear the issues you have been having with your Blendtec smoothie! While we haven’t experienced our Blentec hopping around, and we would suggest contacting their customer support again, have you tried placing a rubber mat underneath to help keep it in place?

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

      • Dominik 6.30.2015 at 5:59 am #

        … srsly? how can u give this as an answer?? … didnt u read ur own article??

        Quote: “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. ”

        So you basically say in ur own review, that the blendtec rocked around the table and u where not able to go away because of the motor power …

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.30.2015 at 7:06 pm #

      Hi Dominik,

      Thanks for reaching out! I appreciate your follow up to our answer, and I believe I should have been more specific in my response. I’m Amanda, I work here at Simple Green Smoothies with Jen + Jadah. While I am very aware that the power behind the Blendtec causes it to rock on the counter, I have not experienced silver metal shavings on the base, and suggested that a rubber mat may help with any excessive shaking beyond the norm, that may be causing their appearance. I appreciate you pointing out my answer, it reminds me to be more detailed when providing support!

      Cheers :)

  5. Laura 6.23.2015 at 5:58 am #

    After my husband saw a Vitamix demonstration he was hooked. Over a year ago he bought me a Vitamix Professional Series 750. I felt like we could’ve fed a small country for what he invested in it and I just let it sit on the counter until we did the Green Smoothie Challenge in April. Now I use it for green smoothies all the time. It combines the weight, power and walk-away option of both of your machines compared above. Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.24.2015 at 5:44 am #

      Hi Laura,

      We love hearing that, + thanks for sharing your experience with the Vitamix Professional Series 750. Will you + your husband be joining us for the July challenge?

  6. Philip 6.6.2015 at 11:09 am #

    Hi There! I want the most powerful blender that will last, extract the most nutrients from foods I use and is the most versatile as well.

    Could you please tell me if that would be the blendtech or the vitamix?

    Thanks for your time.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.7.2015 at 7:33 am #

      Hi Philip,

      You really can’t go wrong with either blender! If you like more features— I say go with the Blendtec.

  7. Matt 6.3.2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Thanks for these insights. I always store my blenders on the counter as a permanent “smoothie station”, and I really have no idea how many people store them after each use. The Vitamix is heavier and thus doesn’t vibrate as much, but many people complain about its big and bulky appearance, so it can be useful to just test them out and see which one works best for you.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.4.2015 at 5:05 am #

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your insight! We also like to keep our blenders out on the counter, IN A PLACE OF HONOR! :)

      Cheers!

  8. Monique 6.3.2015 at 6:50 am #

    I enjoyed my first green smoothie today. Kale, strawberries, bananas, peaches, chia seeds and water. It was delicious. Looking forward to enjoying many more recipes from here to reach my goal in weight loss. 50 more pounds to go.

  9. Alayna 6.1.2015 at 6:37 pm #

    Hi gals,

    Which machine boasts about having dull blades that pulverize whatever it comes in contact with?

  10. Mariah 5.23.2015 at 9:43 am #

    Great comparisions on the blenders but which one
    has a glass container? I prefer glass, much healthier than plastic and doesnt stain. I had a plastic one once but it would stain, it was hard to clean and very unhealthy for the environment and people. So which small Vitamix has a glass container? Also have you heard of the Ninja and can you review that one! Thank You.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.25.2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Mariah,

      Thanks for reaching out! Both the Blendtec + Vitamix blenders have BPA-free plastic containers. The high speeds of both blenders don’t make glass the safest option. We love the Ninja blender! Ninja has a knack for producing blenders that are fast, razor sharp, and secure. Buying this blender is money well spent. Read our review of the Ninja NJ600 Professional Blender + other blender options here:

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/product-reviews/cheap-blender

  11. Deborah 5.13.2015 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Jadah,
    I just started today newbie, I drank my first green smoothie this morning, around 10:30 am edt. I felt a difference in my digestive systems immediately afterwards, but I also felt refreshed. I have a Premium Multi – Blender, Mixer , and Chopper and an Oster Blender which will do for now.!! have 75 lbs to loose ;but once goal (weight-loss) has been reached I intend to continue drinking green smoothies as part of my new healthy living life-style. Used fresh collard, I whole apple, 1/2 cucumber and 8oz spring water in my first smoothie awesome!!! Green for Life.!! Loving It. Thanks -A- Million

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.13.2015 at 12:41 pm #

      Hi Deborah,

      We’re so excited to hear you enjoyed your first green smoothie!

      Cheers :)

  12. Ken Johnson 5.6.2015 at 10:10 am #

    I retired at 59 1/2 and I was at 450 and something, I started working out bought a vitamix used for 100.00 loved the machine it was real old supper 5000 and the people used it everyday for 10 years by the whole house hold 5 of them. i am having a little problem with low speed but found the fix , a new switch on the varible speed. I lost 125 lbs in less than a year my blood pressure got in control my sugar is in control. but i went off it started eating wrong not working out, my blood pressure went up and now started today first smoothie , love them, my goal is to get down to 180 to 190 lbs. I now I can do it.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.6.2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Ken,

      We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Keep us updated on your journey, + let us know how we can help along the way!

      Cheers :)

  13. Jan 4.24.2015 at 3:53 pm #

    I’m from England, have just found your fantastic web site. I have a blender called the Nutribullet (www.buynutribullet.co.uk).
    Is this machine ok to use

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.27.2015 at 4:29 am #

      Hi Jan,

      We love the Nutribullet, especially when traveling! Just make sure and half our recipes so they’ll fit perfectly when blendin’ with the Nutribullet.

      Cheers :)

  14. Phyllis 4.13.2015 at 11:19 am #

    Hi There Ladies,
    Just brought the new Vitamix blender 5300s. Love it already. No problems so far. It is worth the money.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.14.2015 at 4:53 am #

      Rawsome, Phyllis!!

  15. Taam Yu 3.30.2015 at 11:42 am #

    Hi my main question/observation would be the tamper tool for the vitamix. For such an expensive machine and professional grade, why do you need the tamper tool vs the blendtec? I feel like it’s an added inconvenience to have to use and clean. I keep wanting to go to the vitamix bc of its name and power but it really is a bulky machine.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2015 at 4:56 pm #

      Hi Taam,

      I don’t think the tamper tool takes away from the Vitamix’s efficiency, it simple is an additional tool used to assist in removing air pockets while blending. I often come across air pockets when I haven’t added enough liquid to my smoothies.

  16. Clara 3.29.2015 at 9:04 pm #

    Hi!

    Thanks for that great comparison!
    How about the plastic in the Vitamixer can? I know that it supposed to be BPA-free, but do you know of any other toxins?
    I read the first comment on Teflon, do the Vitamixer contains Teflon?
    And do you know anything about oils leaking (as with a lot of hand mixers do?)
    Big thanks!!!

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