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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420 Responses to “Blendtec vs Vitamix”

  1. Deena Lorette 6.5.2016 at 12:54 pm #

    A big part of Vitamix is because you have control, you can leave it running and it will create heat making incredible soups and sauces… Love LOVE my Vitamix!

    • Deena Lorette 6.5.2016 at 1:01 pm #

      I should add that we use our Vitamix mostly for smoothies, making fresh salsa (on low speed of course), and hot cooked soups from raw vegetables (example: throw in carrots, a potato, an apple, couple garlic cloves, piece of ginger root, can of coconut milk, fresh chili, and some other spices like maybe curry – blend on high for 7 minutes and enjoy beautiful healthy tasty soup, sprinkle with chopped celantro – this is my basic ‘go to’ soup). I have purchased Vitamix machines for all my kids through the Shopping Channel (except the youngest, but he will be getting one as soon as he is on his own too) and we all use them daily.

      • SGS Rawkstar 6.6.2016 at 3:59 pm #

        Thanks for sharing, Deena! I love my Vitamix, too :). Making soups is one of my favorite things!

  2. Blendtech 4.28.2016 at 2:45 am #

    Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I in finding It truly useful & it helped me out
    much. I’m hoping to provide one thing back and help others like you helped me.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.28.2016 at 7:22 am #

      Hi Blendtech,

      YAY! We love the idea of passing it forward! Thanks for being an amazing part of our SGS tribe!

  3. Terry 4.15.2016 at 8:27 pm #

    For those looking for a deal I just found that bed bath and beyond has the red model of Blendtec 625 designer series on sale 25% off plus you can use their 20% coupon to bring it around 280$ pretty good deal considering most places have this for 479/499$.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.18.2016 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Terry,

      Rawesome! Thanks for sharing! We’re always looking for a good deal!

    • some guy 4.22.2016 at 4:30 pm #

      The coupon I found lists vitamix as excluded from the promotion

  4. Tami 3.23.2016 at 4:37 am #

    Just wanted to let you all know that you can currently get a Blendtec Classic 475 on Groupon for $199.99 plus shipping (about $12 for me). Enjoy!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.23.2016 at 8:19 am #

      Hi Tami,

      Thank you so much for sharing! We love hearing about a great deal! :)

  5. Robin 2.22.2016 at 12:38 pm #

    My healthmaster finally bit the bullet, and my old Oster wedding blender is driving me nuts… After reading reviews, I’ve finally decided to purchase a Vitamix 5200 (not 5300 as we will be primarily using for single servings). Do you have any current promotions/price savings on this model?

  6. Sandra 2.18.2016 at 3:18 pm #

    I have decided on the Blendtec but have concerns about “frothy” smoothies as you stated in the review. Is there not a way to make the smoothies creamy using the Blendtec? Should I reconsider the Vitamix if creaminess is high priority for me? Thanks for any advice.

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.19.2016 at 4:32 am #

      Hi Sandra,

      Blendtec is a powerhouse blender and that frothy consistency comes from the extra air that is added to your green smoothie. Not a fan? No worries! Simply set your blender to its lowest setting for a few seconds to help settle it down before enjoying. Adding a healthy fat like coconut oil will also help cut down on any froth.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

      • Sandra 2.19.2016 at 6:58 am #

        Thanks for the tip!

  7. Christy 2.10.2016 at 3:04 pm #

    Great post here. People are always arguing what blender is actually better. Can’t say that I have ever owned a blendtec blender, however, my friend has one and I wasn’t to impressed. I have always been a vitamix blender gal and would never change that for any better. I have the 7500 series and haven’t had a problem since I have bought it and still runs like it’s brand new!

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 8:13 am #

      Hi Christy,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + sharing your Vitamix love!

    • Gerry 2.12.2016 at 5:52 pm #

      The only part you left out is that Vitamix, which I have owned as well, stole their best ideas from Blendtec, and was successfully sued for 24 million dollars for their underhanded dealings. Also, you are blending very simple ingredients. Mostly high water content items. So even a $25. blender could mix them. And, you use ingredients without saying that unless they are organic, you are really getting very little of the nutrients you read on the internet are in there. Also, frozen fruit loses much of its taste when frozen, because freezing is really about shelf life, not quality. You also mentioned the tamper as a positive, when it is only included because the blender can not blend well enough without it some times. Its a crutch, not a plus. In the video, the one girl was surprised by the fact that the Vitamixer was nearly done before the Blendtec kicked in, this is better tech, where the motor doesn’t come on full power all at once, it cycles, which is much easier on the motor, and leads to a longer life. And the drink was frothy, because the motor has more power, and you used mostly water-bearing items. I never put an apple in a blender, skin only, unless you love all that excess sugar. You also talked about how the ability to turn it on and walk away was a negative, because control freaks will want to have more control. So I guess you never use cruise control on your car either ? Automation is the hallmark of good tech. It isn’t a positive to have to stand there and hold the lid down because the blender is just blasting away, and has no automation to stop it. Plus, the Blendtec is much quieter. I have used both blenders extensively, and just residentially, and I don’t work for either company. You just left out soooo many things here that a longer review seemed necessary. I use about 25-30 ingredients in my daily smoothie. And just blending some frozen fruit, and high water content fruits that are filled with sugar is a long way from a healthy lifestyle (not to mention that all those nutrients that the girls talk about in spinach, are really only there when you cook them – so if you are using non-organic spinach, raw, it has very little nutrient value). I’m sure all those sugary fruits taste good, sugar often does, but it’s a kindergarten view of nutrition – not too mention the acids are bad for your tooth enamel.
      Sorry, not trying to be mean, but there are so many great things you can add to a blender drink, and it can truly be a meal replacement instead of a glorified desert. If you are not put off by my comments, and I don’t mean them to be nasty at all, I’d be glad to tell you what else you can add that is truly healthy. Start with Organic only, more veggies than fruit (which is full of sugar, high in acid, and needs to be organic too) and throw in some Spirulina and you’re headed in the right direction. Also, fresh, organic peach and ice cubes would have been a much healthier choice, and you still get the cold benefit.
      Many people btw, today won’t even buy Vitamix because of the lowlife stealing they did from Blendtec. Something to think about. Plus, my Vitamixer burned out long before my Blendtec did.

      • SGS Rawkstar 2.14.2016 at 11:32 am #

        Hi Gerry,

        Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts + experience using the Blendtec blender. We tried to provide our audience with a balanced review of both blenders. A lot of our philosophy here at Simple Green Smoothies is to help guide our community to determine what’s best for them + their body, including which blender they decide to use whether that’s Vitamix, Blendtec, or another type.

        We hope you will explore our website further! Simple Green Smoothies are meant to be the one step in improving your health + wellness. We provide guidance in adding additional veggies, protein, healthy fats, and superfoods to further the health benefits of our recipes.

        And again, whether you’re keeping your smoothies SIMPLE or adding 25-30 ingredients, it’s all about reaching the same goal! Improving your health, wellness, + how you fuel your body!

        Cheers :)

      • Justin 5.19.2016 at 12:55 pm #

        I am interested in learning about your smoothie recipie where you use 25-30 ingredients. Care to share?

  8. Theresa 1.25.2016 at 6:46 am #

    Hi,

    I’ve been following your website and participating in your challenges since January 2013. I’ve only recently made a Blendtec purchase and have a question about the smoothie recipes. I want to know if it is necessary to still blend the greens and water first when using a blendtec. I’ve noticed that when I try to store in my fridge in an air tight container or if it even sits for a little while, the liquids seperate and the pulp rises to the top. Am I doing something wrong? I’m following all the same recipes.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.25.2016 at 7:32 pm #

      Hi Theresa,

      Thanks for reaching out! When you have a rawkstar powerhouse blender like a Blendtec, no need to blend separately. Simply toss in all of your ingredients + enjoy!

      Seperation is completely natural! There’s no preservatives or stabilizers in our recipes, so we suggest giving your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying. You may notice more separation when blending with your Blendtec, because all of that power adds additional air to your green smoothie. To help settle down your smoothie, set your blender to its lowest speed for a few seconds before enjoying or saving for later.

      • Theresa 1.26.2016 at 7:39 am #

        Thanks for responding! I made a smoothie today adding all the ingredients at once on the smoothie setting and the texture was amazing. The ingredients did not separate and if it does when I store it for a few hours, I’ll just shake it up.

      • SGS Rawkstar 1.26.2016 at 8:42 am #

        YAY! Happy we could help! :)

  9. Becky 1.20.2016 at 11:51 am #

    You can buy a Vitamix at Cosco and books, a second blender that’s shorter (fits under cupboards) and it will save you some money too. Sorry Vitamix.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.20.2016 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Becky,

      We love Costco! It’s a great place for blenders, frozen fruit, + leafy greens!

      Cheers :)

  10. Sarge 1.5.2016 at 7:12 pm #

    Hi,
    My I’m Sarge (Wayne Baxter).
    I’m a retired US Marine MGySgt
    Disabled Vietnam Veteran and wondering where I can get your book ‘Simple Green Smoothies’? Please send me where and how much to purchase.
    Thank you,
    Sarge

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.6.2016 at 4:48 am #

      Hi Sarge,

      Thanks for blendin’ with us and for your service to our country! We can’t wait to share our book with you! You can pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble, Sam’s Club, Whole Foods or Target or online at Amazon.com. Learn more here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/book

  11. Farin 1.3.2016 at 12:24 am #

    Love you two!

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.3.2016 at 6:20 am #

      We love you! Thanks for blendin’ with us, Farin!

  12. Duy 12.31.2015 at 8:53 pm #

    Wanted to share my Blendtec experience: it’s been about six years of ownership with my Blendtec; I am still in love! Main reason I bought Blendtec was compactness and the safer dull blades. The motor is still running like a beast after regular use, and the only issue I’ve ever had was the gear of the container got rusty (most likely from my improper washing of it). But Blendtec immediately sent me a brand new container no charge thanks to the crazy 7 year warranty.

    One thing I do wish Blendtec had that Vitamix does is the tamper. I know Blendtec tries to sell the notion that their engineering means you don’t need one, but seriously sometimes I do when it’s super thick guacamole.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.1.2016 at 5:00 am #

      Hi Duy,

      We love hearing your review! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with our community!

      You rawk! And it sounds like your Blendtec does too! :)

    • Hezal 2.11.2016 at 10:33 am #

      Thank you
      I just got a blandtec with great price. Under $300 from samsclub.
      And was confuse should I keep it or not but now I am definitely keep it.

      • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 12:07 pm #

        YAY! Enjoy your new blender! We love picking up a great deal at Sam’s Club!

  13. Mori Lague 12.30.2015 at 6:24 am #

    I worked in restaurants for decades, and i’ve tested blendtec, Vitamix, Waring, etc…
    I prefer the Vitamix because it stays in place, even on wet stainless counters, it’s less likely to get slapped by accident and fall, cause it’s heavy and strong. Now, the jar fell once on our blendtec and broke at the base, the vitamix did break too, but after like 20 falls. Either we got unlucky, either the Vitamix plastic jar is better.
    Also, Vitamix has one single sealed button. When an imbecile overfill the blender and it leaks, it won’t do anything. On the Blendtech, the plastic seal over the buttons got eventually used and water got into it and broke the controls.

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.30.2015 at 1:07 pm #

      Hi Mori,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + taking the time to share your experience using several blenders including the Vitamix + Blendtec. We greatly appreciate it!!

      Cheers :)

  14. Jeff 12.25.2015 at 8:53 am #

    Hi Jen/Jadah!

    I decided last month my Christmas gift to myself would be either a Vitamix or a Blendtec, and have been exhaustively researching both. Your review was very helpful in determining which to use. The Blendtec jar sounds better than the Vitamix, and the “will it blend?” videos are impressive, although I have no need for blending my cell phone currently.

    The Vitamix’s sturdy base and ease of use, plus the fact Booster Juice (here in Alberta) use them, are points in its favour.

    In the end though, I think I have to agree with Jen – the Vitamix has the edge. The reviews of the Blendtec on Costco.ca all say the same thing – the blade stops working after a year or so. Granted, Costco is amazing with returns, but its still a hassle.

    Thanks again for your honest and informative review. I look forward to future weight loss, better health, and pulverizing vegetables.

    Jeff

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.27.2015 at 8:26 am #

      Hi Jeff,

      Thank you so much for sharing your decision with us! And we’re happy you will not need to blend your cell phone in the near future!

      Cheers :)

  15. Rosalind Wright 12.20.2015 at 3:40 pm #

    What is the code to get 20% off the vitamix? Thank you

  16. Chandana 12.15.2015 at 8:48 pm #

    I love all simple green smoothies recipies :) I am planning to get vitamix 5200 blender. Can you please share the promotion code for getting simple green smoothies book for the purchase of vitamix ? Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.16.2015 at 5:12 pm #

      Hi Chandana,

      We’ve got you covered! We just reached out to Vitamix + they let us know if you buy your Vitamix through http://simplegreensmoothies.com/vitamix-deals, your copy of our Simple Green Smoothies will automatically be added to your cart!

      Cheers :)

  17. Roberto 11.20.2015 at 12:37 am #

    Good recipe and great show:) Personally I prefer Blendtec, I just love my new kitchen star Blentec Designer 725. Have you try to make any smoothie with this new blender yet and publish result?
    It is just perfect!

    • SGS Rawkstar 11.20.2015 at 12:31 pm #

      Hi Roberto,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. We haven’t done a review of the Blendtec Designer 725, but we will definitely look into it. Thank you so much for sharing your Blendtec love! :)

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