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Vitamix and Blendtec Blenders: a Comparison
Vitamix or Blendtec? Most of our readers are familiar with, or have at least heard of, both the VitaMix and Blendtec home blenders and their amazing blending capabilities. But which brand is better for what tasks? It's a question we get asked constantly here at Everything Kitchens. This article’s purpose is to illustrate the differences between both the Blendtec and VitaMix home blenders so you, the consumer, can make an informed decision and purchase the blender best suited to your needs. So take off that giant novelty foam finger, seek neutral ground, and try to keep an open mind as we attempt to answer the question: is a Vitamix blender better than a Blendtec blender?
- Technology & Engineering - Possibly the most important factor when comparing the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders is technology and engineering. The Blendtec, with its various pre-programmed blending cycles, is designed to provide you with very consistent results and very specific blends based on ingredients and desired end results. This helps take the guesswork out of your blending and reduces the inconsistency that can occur with a manual operation. On the other hand, the Vitamix, with its manually-operated variable speed dial, offers the user more control and allows for specific changes to be made during the blending process. This is especially helpful with food processing.
- Price - In most cases, the Blendtec home blenders are the more economical option. The only exception at the time of this writing is the Vita Mix Turbo Blend 4500 blender, which is slightly more affordable. All Vitamix and Blendtec products purchased through Everything Kitchens include free shipping in the price, and no sales tax outside of Missouri, so price shopping on our site is a reliable comparison.
- Power - Which is more powerful, the Vitamix or Blendtec? The Blendtec Designer has a slight advantage here with a whopping 3 HP/13 AMP/1560 Watt motor. Not far behind is the VitaMix’ 2 HP/11.5 AMP/1380 Watts, which could only be described as inferior when compared to a powerhouse like the Blendtec. Both the Blendtec and VitaMix possess enough power to easily blend ice into snow, blend whole fruits and veggies into a healthy, wholesome smoothie, make nut butters, grind grain/seeds (w/ the dry blade container for the VitaMix), blend soups and sauces, and process almost everything in between.
- Design & Size - If space is a factor, the more streamlined, compact Blendtec is the winner here: measuring 15.5” tall (carafe included)—a good 5” shorter than the Vitamix—the Blendtec is the perfect height to fit under most standard cabinets. The VitaMix home blenders' dimensions are 20.5” x 7.25” x 8.75”, while the Blendtec home blenders are 15.5” x 7” x 8”.
- Carafe - Both the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders come packaged with a blending carafe. The Vita Mix is packaged with a UL-Approved 64 oz, BPA-Free, copolyester carafe with a 4-prong stainless-steel blade. The Dry blade container, sold separately, is necessary for grinding grain and kneading dough in your VitaMix. The Blendtec comes equipped with a nearly-identical 64 oz, BPA-Free, copolyester carafe, the 96 oz WILDSIDE carafe, or the new Twister jar depending on which package option you choose. No additional carafe is needed to grind grains or knead dough with a Blendtec. Factor the need for accessories into prices as you compare the two. Blendtec carafes have a two-prong, stainless-steel blade which measures 3” or 4” depending on which jar you get.
- Warranty - Vitamix has a definite lead here, boasting the industry’s best home-blender warranty at an unprecedented 7 years of coverage. In addition, the VitaMix 5200 blender has a 30-day, money-back trial period through VitaMix. Blendtec Home Designer Blenders have a 7 year warranty on the motor and a 3 year warranty on the home jars. In our experience, both Blendtec and Vitamix are very good about honoring their warranties.
- Cosmetic - Aesthetics may not be a top priority when one compares blenders of this caliber, but it is certainly a factor. The Blendtec Designer has a sleek, modern design with an easy-to-clean touchscreen, making it the more eye-catching of the two (in our opinion). The VitaMix has a classic, industrial feel with its toggle switches and dial controls. Both the VitaMix and Blendtec are available in black, white, and red. Blendtec occasionally offers limited-edition like Coffee and Beige Marble. VitaMix also offers the CIA Professional Series Blender in the premium color options like Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Brushed Stainless-Steel.
So the big question: Vitamix vs. Blendtec—which is right for me?
The Blendtec may be a better choice if:
- you prefer a pre-programmed, computer-controlled blender with the option of also changing speeds manually
- you are limited on space and need a blender which is more compact
- you like being able to push a button, walk away, and come back to a finished job
- you are on a budget
- you prefer a blender with a strong visual thumbprint
The VitaMix may be a better choice if:
- you prefer complete control over the speed and time of your blending
- you prefer a more-solid, industrial blender
- you prefer more mechanical switches and dials
- you are in the market for a blender which does not draw attention
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