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:


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


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


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).



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.


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.



368 Responses to “Blendtec vs Vitamix”

  1. Loren 9.26.2015 at 4:52 pm #

    I currently have Magic Bullet and I noticed that it has been leaking. I don’t know if this means that I need to buy another blender. Had you encountered something like this with the Bullet? I had never used it much but when I make green smoothies it seems to leak.
    I am debating between purchasing the vitamix or blendtec and I’m leaning more towards the viamix. However, I recently read about a problem with black flecks in the food. Have you experienced something like this? Do you know much about it?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.28.2015 at 1:49 pm #

      Hi Loren,

      Thanks for reaching out! I love blendin’ with my NutriBullet + have found that if I overfill my blender it has the habit of leaking. Next time you’re blendin’, add a little less leafy greens + fruit and see if you still experience the same issues. If you do, we suggest reaching out to the manufacturer.

      We love Blendtec + Vitamix, you can’t go wrong with either blender, they’re both powerhouse green smoothie machines! We personally haven’t experienced black flecks, + suggest reaching out to the specific blender manufacturer with any questions.

      Cheers :)

  2. kate t 9.21.2015 at 8:00 am #

    I have 2 blenders and cannot afford to buy a new expensive one. any suggestions on how to get the frozen spinach to blend up better? I tried one this morning and it was really just a congealed mess. Its sitting in the fridge now. Perhaps its not enough liquid to frozen ratio. Any insight?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.21.2015 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi Kate,

      Any blender can make delicious green smoothies! Powerhouses like Blendtec + Vitamix just make it a whole lot easier. Here are our top tips for blendin’…

      -Avoid leafy chunks by blending your leafy greens and liquid base first. Then add your remaining ingredients and blend again.

      -Defrost your big frozen fruits in the fridge the night before (like mangoes and strawberries).

      -Look for the “blender vortex” to know you have enough liquid inside. Add a little more liquid to your blender if the motor seems stuck (water, your favorite nut milk, etc)

      Hope these help!

  3. Kate Barzdo 9.17.2015 at 10:51 am #

    I’ve had a Blendtec for a few years now and it has never jumped around on the bench or even come close. It’s very solid. I’m concerned they’re getting a bad wrap here!

    I wonder if you’re using the cycle intended for making smoothies which is pre-programmed as number four on mine. It takes about 30 seconds to start slow and move up through the gears. If you were to have a lot of chunky stuff and put it straight on high then it might jump around because the motor is very powerful, more powerful than the vitamix I believe.

    I’d be interested to see if you used the smoothie cycle whether your Blendtec jumps around on the bench like it did the first time? Rubber mats etc should not be needed.


    • SGS Rawkstar 9.17.2015 at 4:55 pm #

      Hi Kate,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! We definitely didn’t intend to give Blendtec a bad wrap, we love Blendtec (A LOT!!). Jadah even travels everywhere with hers! We were simply giving a 100% honest review of our experience + comparing the two blenders. Both are amazing blendin’ powerhouses!

      Thank you for sharing your review!

  4. Kim 9.17.2015 at 10:35 am #

    Regarding the height of the Vitamix container I just place the lid upside down in the container and then it fits perfectly in my counter.

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.17.2015 at 4:55 pm #

      Hi Kim,

      Great tip! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Cheers :)

  5. Tracey 9.14.2015 at 10:46 am #

    We have had a BlendTec for almost a year. Love the way it blends but it is incredibly loud. My husband has hearing loss issues and has to walk away and cover his ears when blending. I go in another room and close the door. :(

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.14.2015 at 6:55 pm #

      Hi Tracey,

      We love to hear you’re enjoying the way your Blendtec blends, we agree all of that power can make it noisy. Blendtec offers containers to help cutdown on noise, but they can be pretty pricey.

      • Tracey 9.17.2015 at 8:40 pm #

        It was beyond noisy. And now the motor has burned out. Not even a year old.

      • SGS Rawkstar 9.18.2015 at 8:37 am #

        Hi Tracey,

        Oh no, seems like there might have been a greater issue! We suggest reaching out to Blendtec directly. Here’s their contact information…

  6. Karen 8.30.2015 at 11:38 am #

    I just completed the 21-day cleanse (an AMAZING experience) and my Vitamix made things so, so easy. I got mine about 6 months ago when I found the Simple Green Smoothies website and have used it almost every day since. Having the right tools just makes everything easier. With Vitamix, my smoothies come out very smooth with no annoying pieces. My only regret is that I didn’t buy it sooner!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.31.2015 at 7:50 am #

      Hi Karen,

      Yay!! Congrats on being a FreshStart21 RAWKSTAR! We’re so excited to hear how much you love your Vitamix + how it’s made healthy living that much easier for you.

      Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens!

  7. Thomas 8.24.2015 at 7:02 am #

    Huh, soooooooo does this mean both blenders are 100% as good? I’m so confused.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.24.2015 at 5:14 pm #

      Hi Thomas,

      We love Blendtec + Vitamix, you can’t go wrong with either, it’s all about finding what works for you!

      Cheers :)

  8. Lisa 8.19.2015 at 11:26 am #

    I bought 2 Vitamix’s at Costco. The motor is the first one began to burn within a year. I replaced it at Costco, and one of the switches broke off that one in under 2 months.

    I returned that one yesterday and went with the Blendtec. Hopefully, it will be a better experience!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.20.2015 at 4:28 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      Oh no, we’re so sorry to hear about your trouble with Vitamix. Thank you so much for sharing your experience + we hope you enjoy your new Blendtec!

      Cheers :)

  9. Alysia Rowan 8.6.2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Help! I want to eat healthy and not have a sudden urge for candy and Donuts

  10. Dawn Zenkner 8.3.2015 at 8:29 am #

    I bought a Blendtec and after a year of use, I turned it on and it began smoking. I totally burned it up. I bought a Vitamix and was told that everyone was returning their Blendtec for a Vitamix. Plus, I much prefer creamy over frothy!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.3.2015 at 7:19 pm #

      Hi Dawn,

      Oh goodness, that’s never good! Hope you’re enjoying your new Vitamix!

  11. 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: 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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! :)

  14. 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?

      • 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 :)

      • Kate Barzdo 9.17.2015 at 10:52 am #

        try using the intended smoothie cycle which takes about 30 seconds to ramp up to full speed – my blendtec doesn’t move at all

      • SGS Rawkstar 9.17.2015 at 4:57 pm #

        Thanks for your tip, Kate!

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

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