You have heard us 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. If you're ready to take the plunge and make the investment, you're probably wondering which blender to buy. “Should I get a Vitamix or a Blendtec?” you may be wondering. (You can also check out our comprehensive Blender Guide.)
Vitamix and Blendtec are both amazing blending machines and either one is definitely worth owning. 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.
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. 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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