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.

 

184 Responses to “Blendtec vs Vitamix”

  1. Janice Rounsaville 9.21.2014 at 11:14 am #

    I agree completely. I have had my Pro 750 for over a year and love it! One of the things that makes it a standout over the Blendtech is that it presents a smooth and creamy product; not such a frothy and full of air product like its counterpart produces.

  2. Steve Johnson 9.21.2014 at 9:18 am #

    Any perceived advantages of the Blendtec over the Vitamix disappear when you do the comparison with the Vitamix Pro 750 model. The most conspicuous difference, when compared to earlier (and lesser) models, is that the container is shorter, wider, and more square, just like the Blendtec container, with no loss of capacity.

    But my favorite feature is the built-in program capability: the unit retains the two simple switches and speed dial, just like the unit that you reviewed, but the speed dial has been souped-up to include about five automatic programs when turned counterclockwise. These are “set-it-and-forget-it” programs: simply turn the dial to a program, press the start switch, and walk away. The blender runs the blades at various speeds in succession for specific durations appropriate to the selected program (like smoothies), and then turns itself off when the program is complete.

    I do not have praise enough for the one that I have owned — and used daily — for over a year. And recently, I even invested in their optional dry blending container, ideals for grinding spices, coffee, seeds, nuts, and even grains (for making flour).

    More expensive? Yes, but the difference less than a dollar a day, over a year. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made for my kitchen.

  3. Josue Jaime 9.20.2014 at 5:39 am #

    when is the app coming out???

  4. Lynne S. 9.19.2014 at 10:23 am #

    Uh Oh, now I am really confused, I just went on the Vitamix site, and they have so many different versions! Do they all work the same way?

  5. Lynne S. 9.19.2014 at 10:19 am #

    I have a Ninja and do not like that it does not blend the greens well. They are grainy. I am torn between blendtech and vitamix. They are both expensive and I actually would prefer to buy something cheaper but concerned the green smoothies would not be fine/not grainy. Your comparison was very helpful. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.19.2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Glad it could help, Lynne. :)

  6. Wanda 9.12.2014 at 6:06 am #

    Hello, my question is what about the Ninja mega kitchen system. Does this particular system compete with the Vitimix 5200 and Blendtec blender systems.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.12.2014 at 8:04 am #

      Hey Wanda.

      Ninja is similar to a Blendtec and Vitamix designs, with its wide base and a large pitcher, it is less powerful, but has those extra blades to get your green smoothies creamy at an affordable price. :)

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/essentials

    • UL 9.12.2014 at 6:31 pm #

      If you look at their infomertial, it totally does!!! But in all reality, you are better off getting a Blendtec or a Vitamix. I have friends who have the ninja and in the past 6 years, they have replaced it twice… they don’t last, and their warranty is meaningless! The ninja can still be pricey, maybe not as pricey as Vitamix or Blendtec, but over time, it will become even pricier as you replace the unit! I am not sure on Blendtec, as they are not as old a company as Vitamix, but many people still have a Vitamix running that they got 20 years ago, some inherited from a grandmother.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.15.2014 at 6:48 am #

        Great points, UL. My aunt has had her Vitamix for 15+ years and they have helped fix hers when it had an issue, with no problem. :) I personally don’t know first hand how Ninja warranty is, but there infomercial is tempting. :)

    • Carin Ikenberg 9.13.2014 at 2:23 pm #

      I have a ninja, and I like it. It is awesome with frozen foods/fruits, but I am looking to get the Blendtec or the Vitamix. It does not get food blended fine, my girlfriends nutribullet does a better job with leafy greens than the Ninja does. If you are looking at it for price, def. go for the refurbished ones here. I can’t wait for one of these :)

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.15.2014 at 6:50 am #

        Hey Carin.

        Thanks for the comment. Yes, the refurbished Vitamix is a great deal, right now the 2-speed is $259 + free shipping. :) http://simplegreensmoothies.com/essentials

  7. Corri Montgomery 9.9.2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I have been wa tung a Vitamix for quite awhile but now I am torn between it and tge Blendtec. Would love to win it.

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