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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220 Responses to “Blendtec vs Vitamix”

  1. chaitea 12.3.2014 at 12:02 pm #

    I stumbled into your website after finding you on Pinterest. Love your recipes, and am seriously considering your challenge and cleanse programs.

    Here is my question. I started looking into home smoothies for my six year old daughter’s sake. She doesn’t like to eat fruits or vegetables, but will drink just about any smoothie I make. She’s not trying to be difficult, she genuinely gags and hates the texture of a lot of foods. I would like to make a deal with her – that if she drinks a smoothie a day and eats at least I few bites of a veggie at dinner time (to be polite) we’ll call a cease fire the rest of the time. Have you had any luck, or have any advice regarding smoothies for children?

  2. Willie 11.30.2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Hello I have had my Vitamix 7500 for a month now. I started out with a nitibullet, after using is everyday for two month it stopped working. I turned to the Nutri ninja which was better than the nitribullet, but sometime my smoothies are not completly blended. When I found out about the Vitamix and seeing a demonstration at Costco in West Virginia, I was sold. I uses my Vitamix at least two to three times a day since my wife has jumped on the ban wagon.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.30.2014 at 8:26 pm #

      Awesome, Willie!

      Thanks for blendin’ with us. I would suggest contacting Nutribullet, since you only used it for 2 months and it broke. It should be under warranty.

      Cheers!

  3. Beth 11.30.2014 at 11:52 am #

    Any opinion on which brand is quieter?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.30.2014 at 8:24 pm #

      Hey Beth.

      Personally, I think the Vitamix is quieter.

  4. Leena 11.28.2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Where can I buy a blendtec or vitamix at a good price?

  5. Amanda B 11.18.2014 at 7:24 pm #

    I just ordered the Vitamix 5200!! Thanks for the battle of blenders! You helped me make my decision and I can’t wait to blend some green smoothies :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.19.2014 at 5:10 am #

      AWESOME! Enjoy your new machine. :)

  6. Anne Walsh 11.5.2014 at 3:28 pm #

    I was wondering why you never mentioned the Vitamixs’ ability to create hot liquids. Can blendtec do the same thing? I’m looking into a new blender, and want one of these, but even with your pros and cons I can’t figure out which one I’d want to get.

    FYI: My current biggest smoothie problem is I tend to overfill the cup and not add enough liquid, so my smoothies come out nearly overflowing the top and super thick (like ice cream shake thick). I also don’t usually like making smoothies, even though I love produce, because I really hate having a chunky texture. I currently have a ninja professional, but I hate it. And I have a toddler, so the blendtec rocking may not be a good thing?

    Any advice girls? : )

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.6.2014 at 11:08 am #

      Hey Anne.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. You can’t go wrong with a Vitamix or Blendtec. (Both do heat) I enjoy them both for certain reasons. My personal opinion would lean towards a Vitamix. Especially with the deal they are running for a reconditioned Vitamix for $259!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/essentials

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk7ZuhdJMJg&list=UUeFdRxCuTs-AVvqary69fpg

      • Anne Walsh 11.6.2014 at 12:18 pm #

        Oh my gosh! $259!!!! That’s awesome! I’ll check it out then! Thank you so much!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.6.2014 at 6:26 pm #

        Yes. It is a great deal. :) My mother just bought one too and is loving it! :)

  7. Erin B 10.30.2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I notice there is no mention here of the Nutri-bullet? Ive just brought one so I can start making green smoothies. Are they any good? I have only made a few so far and find the smoothies to be quite thick and sometimes a little lumpy but all in all it seems very easy to use and cleaning up is a breeze!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.30.2014 at 8:52 pm #

      Hey Erin. We enjoy Nutri-Bullet too. http://simplegreensmoothies.com/essentials But Blendtec and Vitamix is what we normally use. :)

    • wayne 12.13.2014 at 4:30 pm #

      Nutri-Bullet is garbage, I have had it over a year and the blade only lasts about 4 months if you use it regular, the blade seizes up and eventually does not turn, its in storage now as we are frustrated with it, they don’t last long.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 at 7:06 am #

        What blender do you use now, Wayne?

  8. Mildred Garcia 10.16.2014 at 10:24 am #

    I would love to try the chalange of the green smoothie.
    Need to loose 20 pounds

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.17.2014 at 8:17 am #

      Hey Mildred.

      This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals during this challenge. We are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for you is to drink at least one 2-cup serving green smoothie a day in addition to your regular diet. If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

      If you want to take your health to the next level, we recommend checking out our Fresh Start 21 Cleanse. This is a step-by-step meal plan, with daily green smoothie recipes and whole food meal recipes created by a holistic nutritionist.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/early-bird-cleanse-cart

  9. tracy 10.14.2014 at 1:08 am #

    hi i have a thermomix how does it compare to the vitamix and the blendtec

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.15.2014 at 1:29 pm #

      Hey Tracy.

      Thermonix is a great option for blenders! We have many members of the SGS community blending with Thermomix. :)

  10. Keith 10.13.2014 at 12:01 pm #

    We also have both the Vitamix and the Blendtec. Although the Blendtec is 6 years old it has an electronic counter on it that counts the number of blending cycles it’s been through. Ours says 1089 which is a little deceiving since we use 2-4 cycles every time we make a smoothie. The first jar lasted a little over 3 years and 800 or so cycles before the bearing failed (for us only 250 or so smoothies). We tried to get it replaced under warranty, but the jar was only warrantied for 3 years. A new jar cost us about $90.Two years later and less than 200 blend cycles and the second jar has failed. To be fair, we have a big family and we fill the jar every time we use it. Blendtec has now extended the warranty on the jar and is replacing the jar for free.

    A year ago we had to set up a second household due to an out of town job, and bought a Vitamix for the second home. I like the manual control on the Vitamix much better. The Blendtec always seems to shut off before the smoothie is completely liquified. What we do now is blend the high liquid fruits first, then add the drier stuff like spinach and nuts, blend again, then add ice and blend for a third time. It is always a guessing game trying to pick the right cycle to use. With the Vitamix, we put the wet fruits in first, the drier stuff on top, start out on a slow speed and ramp up the speed and tamp the dry stuff on top down into the mix with the tamping rod. After the smoothie is liquified, add ice and blend again. For us the Vitamix does it in half the time. If you try to make too thick a blend in the Blendtec, or add too much ice, an air pocket develops and the blades stop mixing and spin freely. This requires stopping the machine and either shaking the jar,stirring the mixture, and usually adding more liquid. With the Vitamix you can make a mixture so thick it almost has the consistency of soft ice cream by using the tamping rod. Also, my wife won’t put high fiber fruits like apples into the Blendtec because of how frothy the mixture turns out. This is not a problem in the Vitamix. I don’t really think there is any difference in cleaning time. The inside of my Vitamix jar is as smooth as the Blentec jar.

    We were going to buy a second Vitamix when our Blendtec jar bit the dust for the second time, but since Blendtec is now standing behind their product and covering their jars with the same warranty as their bases, we will delay the purchase until our Blendtec dies for good and is out of warranty. For us, there is no question which is a better design. The Vitamix wins hands down.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.15.2014 at 11:30 am #

      Great feedback, Keith. Thanks for sharing your knowledgable insight into these machines! :)

  11. jen 10.12.2014 at 6:40 am #

    I’ve been comparing these two for a while now and still haven’t had my question answered. I make what I call press bars and I’ve killed a blender and a food processor. They are made with almonds, raisins and dates. The dates always slow the appliance and the blades stop turning. The food processor just stopped chopping completely. Which of these would be best for making these?

  12. Chrissy 10.4.2014 at 7:10 am #

    I have a ninja and I love it! It’s about two years old and I make a smoothie almost every day…. I have also used it to blend soups and stews and works great for that too. I bought it at costco for $99 bucks! I also like that it only has 3 buttons and is super easy to clean.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.6.2014 at 6:12 am #

      Great tips!

  13. Marje 9.30.2014 at 10:20 pm #

    I have a Blendtec and love it. I noticed one of the differences comparing the Blendtec and Vitamix was you turn it on and leave it. I don’t recommended doing that. Since it only takes a min. or two at the very most, I hold the lid down just in case it would come off. I bought the Blendtex because it fits very nice under my counter and I didn’t have to push the food down. l really liked the comments. Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.1.2014 at 8:57 am #

      Great tips!

  14. Nancy Ambrose 9.30.2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I own both of these blenders and love them both

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.30.2014 at 1:35 pm #

      Lucky woman, Nancy!!!

  15. Cathy 9.26.2014 at 6:52 am #

    I’m not sure how old my Vitamix is – at least 30 years at a guess. It’s still going strong!

  16. 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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.22.2014 at 10:35 am #

      Hey Janice.

      Great point. Vitamix does create a great creamy green smoothie! :)

  17. 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.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.22.2014 at 10:35 am #

      Hey Steve.

      Great insight into the Vitamix Pro 750. Glad you are enjoying yours, I will have to check out the dry blending container. :) Keep blending those leafy greens, Steve! Hope you will be joining us for our October 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. :) http://simplegreensmoothies.com/30-day-challenge

  18. Josue Jaime 9.20.2014 at 5:39 am #

    when is the app coming out???

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.22.2014 at 10:28 am #

      Hey Josue.

      Which app are you waiting for?

  19. 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?

  20. 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. :)

  21. 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

    • Suzanne Chickite 10.2.2014 at 7:01 am #

      No, I gave mine away. Got a newer version Vitamix.

  22. 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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