When you are ready to purchase a high quality blender, the two biggest names on the market are Vitamix and Blendtec. Both companies make a superior product that will give you years of use, so the right blender for you is the one that has the features you covet. In the Vitamix vs Blendtec battle, which blender is better? As you read through the following information, think about what you and your family need in a blender to help you pick the right one.
Both blenders are designed to work hard, and both are very durable. The Blendtec has a three horsepower motor and thirteen amps of power. The Vitamix has a two horsepower motor and eleven and a half amps. Thanks to the heavy duty motors, both blenders are louder than the average kitchen blender, however the Blendtec is the louder of the two. Blendtec also has what appears to be the more powerful motor.
Both companies offer far better warranties than other blenders on the market. The Blendtec warranty now covers the motor and in some instances the pitcher for seven years, and offers a lifetime warranty on the blade. Vitamix offers the industry’s leading warranty covering the entire blender for up to seven years with certain models. Both companies are known to offer outstanding customer service, yet Vitamix customer service seems to provide support outside the scope of their normal responsibility on a routine basis.
Wet, Dry, or Both?
The typical Blendtec blender allows you to work with both wet and dry ingredients, while the Vitamix requires that you purchase a separate Vitamix dry blade pitcher. Both blenders have no problems crushing ice, making hot soups, grinding peanut or almond butter, pureeing fruits and vegetables, and handling most anything you can throw at them. The results of blending dry ingredients in the Blendtec pitcher and the Vitamix wet pitcher are similar, with both machines able to grind grains and nuts into flour. However, the Vitamix dry pitcher is the clear winner when grinding dry ingredients, so if you plan to do a large amount of dry grinding, the Vitamix (the Vitamix 5200 in particular) is the superior blender.
Both blenders make delicious smoothies with a nice even consistency. If you want to make juice using your blender, you should realize that no blender works like a juicer, so you will have a pulpy product that will need to be strained before use as a smooth juice.
The Vitamix gives you complete control over your blending options with a variable speed dial plus a high/low switch. The Vitamix will continue to run until you shut it off or the safety feature kicks in which prevents the blender from overheating. Blendtec uses “Smart Touch Tec-nology” on some machines which lets you push a button and the blender completes an automatic program that stops when the cycle has run its course.
The Blendtec has a digital display that shows you the blending time and/or cycles. Blendtec also offers some manual controls, allowing you to move through the ten available speeds along with up, down, and pulse buttons. The Blendtec will shut off after fifty seconds of blending or at the end of the programmed cycle. The Vitamix includes a tamper which helps to blend whole fruits and vegetables, nut butters, frozen foods, and thick pudding, but most users find that the design of the blender doesn’t require use of the tamper. The Blendtec does not come with a tamper, which means that you will need to cut large items into smaller pieces or add extra liquid for some items.
Size and Space
If you have limited counter space for your blender, the Blendtec is slightly smaller than the Vitamix. However, the Vitamix has a heavier, sturdier feel that looks very much at home in a kitchen with modern appliances. The Blendtec is smaller, which can be easier to handle, and does have a nice, sleek appearance. Both blender companies offer BPA-free containers made of copolyester, but not all Blendtec blender pitchers are BPA-free.
Cleaning these blenders is a little different than cleaning typical store bought blenders. Neither one has an easy way to remove the blade for cleaning (although the Vitamix will allow you to do so using a special tool). The Blendtec has a two prong blade and the jar has a rounded square shape which does make it fairly easy both to remove food and clean the pitcher. The Vitamix uses a four prong blade which requires a little more work to clean. However, both blenders can be cleaned simply by filling the pitcher with warm water and soap and then blending. Don’t put the pitcher for either brand in the dishwasher though. Like any other cooking implement, the real secret is to clean the pitcher right after using it.
So how do you decide on purchasing a Vitamix or a Blendtec model blender?
Purchasing a blender made by either company is an investment that you will be able to enjoy for many years. Like any high quality kitchen appliance, the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are more expensive than their department store counterparts, but they quickly earn their keep. Use this cheat sheet below to aid you in your decision:
- If lower price is your main concern, buy the Blendtec Fourside. It’s the least expensive model of both brands and it’s a workhorse.
- If you want less noise, purchase the Vitamix TurboBlend. It’s heavy and sturdy. It rattles less and isn’t as loud as comparable Blendtec models. I’ve used this blender in an industrial kitchen so I’m pretty familiar with it.
- If you want a full seven years on your warranty covering everything and them some, buy a Vitamix 5200. Secret: Vitamix has fixed issues with my Drink Machine on two occasions and I didn’t buy it through them nor is it technically in warranty.
- If you want a blender that can do the trick and looks amazing while it does it, buy any Blendtec, especially the Blendtec Wildside. It’s a ‘pretty’ blender that fits well under cabinets and looks great on the countertop.
- If BPA-free plastic is a major concern, go with Vitamix blender because not all Blendtec pitchers are BPA-free. The Vitamix 5200 is your best bet here.
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