If we have to choose two high end blenders in the United States then Blendtec and Vitamix are the answer.
Both have tremendous experiences in building a high quality blender over decades. They also provide some models to various market segments.
Most of the time people who want to get a quality blender are confused to choose which brand to buy? To help you decide one for you, let’s dig more info about these two blender brands.
An Uptight Competition Has Begun
These two beasts in the blender market have been developing hi-tech blender machines for a long time. Since they did not initially sell blender machines, they have turned to be among the top-rated blender manufacturing brands in recent past years.
The quality and performance that these two brands demonstrate are astounding. These are fairly priced when compared to other common brands in the market.
The price also equals and targets the same audience, but how about the quality of these two blenders? Respect for the materials, performance, durability, and product warranty? Are they generally more or less similar?
To give you some ideas on Blendtec and Vitamix specifications, let’s check this table, which compares the Blendtec Designer 625 series and Vitamix 5200.
In-Depth Comparison between Vitamix and Blendtec
Let us discuss more detailed information about how these top-rated blender manufacturers compete based on quality and performance.
1. The machine – Is it true that Blendtec’s motor produces higher than Vitamix’s?
Regarding high-end blending machine brands, the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders come with a powerful motor. You can confirm this by the amount of power output generated by these respective blenders.
Let’s compare their standard blenders and their pro series blenders to get an idea of how these two blender machines can deliver power.
Blendtec 625 motor compared to Vitamix 5200’s
Blendtec Designer 625 is fitted with 1,560 watts power motor, and they claim it can produce 3HP speed on peak level.
Vitamix 5200 Standard has 1,380 watts power motor, and they claim it can produce 2HP speed on peak level.
If we refer to the above illustration, Blendtec seems to provide a higher horsepower motor level than Vitamix blenders. Nonetheless, we need to do our research through the calculation to discover the real maximum power output that they can provide.
Please refer to this article: how to calculate the exact horsepower output in blender machine to help you calculate the peak horsepower level based on the wattage volume of any electronic appliance, including blender machine.
As we have mentioned in this article, a good blender should have average 1HP real output. Blendtec and Vitamix provide blenders with a 2-3HP motor, making them popular and regarded as high-end blending machines.
- Both Blendtec and Vitamix motor can produce more than one horsepower power at a minimum. It may vary depends on the models.
- The easiest way to check whether a Blendtec blender model has better power output than Vitamix’s is by referring to the watts power consumed by the blender model. Bigger wattage volume results in a higher HP level that a blender can provide. Additionally, it also implies that electricity consumption will be higher.
2. The Blades – Both blenders’ blades are made by high-grade stainless steel but different in design
Quality of the material, strength, and thickness are all important factors when reviewing blender blades. Both Blendtec and Vitamix use full hardened high-grade stainless-steel for their blades material.
The only difference is on the blades’ design; while Blendtec uses two-prong blades straight with wingtips, the Vitamix’s is a four-tipped blade model like most other blenders.
The Blendtec manufacturers must have devised the two-prong blades carefully with a purpose. The reason mainly to make it pulverize any food ingredient using two blades without difficulty, similar to the Vitamix four blades design.
Both blenders’ blades are attached to the blender container. However, it is relatively easy to detach blades from Vitamix’s container. Blendtec blades are non-removable from the container.
3. Drive Socket – It’s all metal to metal connection for high durability.
Besides the motor and blades, the drive socket is the other essential part of a blender. It connects the motor (machine) and the blades and also helps in reducing the noise.
A major concern surrounding drive socket is often about the inability to spin the blades because they are wearing out efficiently. This is a common problem that occurs mostly on blenders that plastic material as the drive socket.
Significantly, Blendtec and Vitamix are fitted with a metal drive socket. It enables blender machines for these two brands to have a metal-to-metal connector between the blades and the drive. This is a plus because most common blenders use plastic drive socket.
What makes Vitamix an edge over Blendtec regarding the drive socket is that a fairly elastic rubber pad covers it. It makes the container firm on the machine and also reduces the noise level.
4. The Container – Both Vitamix and Blendtec Jars are high-end BPA free plastics
Blender container is the part that directly comes to contact with ingredients and food materials. Having BPA free blender container is unquestionable.
The fact that both Blendtec and Vitamix blenders have high-end BPA free containers indicates the product’s quality standard. Both manufacturers are aware of the issue and thus guarantee customers the safety of the blender containers.
Both blenders provide a standard size jar and low profile for the jar’s size, giving you an option depending on your need.
Vitamix standard jar size is 64-ounce with 10.1 in high while the Blendtec WildSide jar is 90-ounce with 9.4 inches tall, which means Blendtec standard jar is ideal for large batches.
Vitamix also provides dry grains containers to help you grind and blend dry foods, while Blendtec also offers a mini twister jar, which I found helpful when making my homemade peanut butter.
What you can notice when compare the bottom of the jar of Blendtec vs. Vitamix
Something I would like to let you know is, there is something that attracted my attention when I looked at the bottom of the jar of those two blenders.
Both blenders have a blade’s metal axis at the bottom part of the container. But the Blendtec blade’s axis is covered with a rubber seal that tends to shred easily.
On the other hand, Vitamix uses metal for that part. That rubber seal also loosens the Vitamix container, especially during the blending process.
Update: Vitamix Ascent Series blenders (the new models) are using a different type of containers which now supported SELF-DETECT™ which will recognize the container and automatically adjust blend settings for its smaller size
5. The Switch Control – Futuristic vs Simply Elegant
If you compare all Blendtec blenders with Vitamix Classic Series and Vitamix Profesional Series, you will notice a big difference in the switch control interface.
Swipe and touch vs toggle switch
All Blendtec blenders come with futuristic touch control that allows you to operate the blender the same way you use your smartphone. You just need to touch the buttons on the screens or swipe to set the blending speeds.
However, all Vitamix blenders use a slightly manual press dial-and-toggle switch to control the blender.
So if you are a gadget-minded or a geeky person, you may be more interested in the way Blendtec operates; I prefer a bit of an old-style dial and toggle since it gives me a better feeling when I use the blender.
All Blendtec blenders have pre-programmed settings that make it easier to set for almost all kinds of the end product. It provides a switch control for blending smoothies, soup, sauce, whole juice, etc. It is pretty easy to operate.
On the other hand, not all Vitamix blenders have pre-programmed settings. Certainly, they still have a variable speed dial, which allows you to maintain the speeds based on your preference.
Note: Vitamix also provide some blenders series which have pre-programmed settings like in Vitamix Professional Series 750 and
Update: Most Vitamix Ascent Series blenders (the latest version) now have pre-programmed settings like Blendtec.
My Personal Experience when Using Blendtec and Vitamix
1. When making a green smoothie along with frozen fruits
I love these two blenders; Blendtec, with the design of the two-prong blades that come with huge power, seems to be the predominant thing when making a green smoothie with the frozen fruits.
In just a matter of seconds, you will find all the ingredients crushed into the tiniest particle, which, combined, becomes a smoothie’s super-smooth texture.
While when I used Vitamix for the same scenario, I found I need to utilize the tamper to assist the blending process by pull all the ingredients to the nearest part of the blades at the bottom level.
For the result, I don’t see any significant difference with regards to the smooth texture for both green smoothie results from Blendtec vs. Vitamix.
2. When making peanut butter
Here is where I started to think Vitamix is a better choice. I found that you have to use the twister jar from Blendtec whenever you want to make your homemade peanut butter or almond butter.
The two-prong blades’ design seems to make the peanuts keep going to the side area, which makes it harder to make the butter. While with Vitamix, it is easy to use the tamper to assist all the peanuts again so the blades can grind it.
This can be a little downside for Blendtec since the Twister Jar will cost you some extra money.
The Durability and Product Warranty
When talking about electronic products, we like to have a long warranty, indicating the product’s durability. Additionally, you can estimate how long the product can serve you until you need to find a new one.
All Blendtec blenders have eight years and ten years of the standard warranty, depending on the model.
While all Vitamix blenders are covered with 5-years and 7-years warranty also depending on the model. There is a 3-year extended warranty (optional with some additional charge) for both of them.
Both brands also provide certified refurbished blenders that are also covered with a warranty. Blendtec certified refurbished blenders have a 7-year warranty, and Vitamix certified refurbished blenders have a 5-year warranty.
To claim the warranty for both brands, you just need to contact customer service by phone and verify your warranty; then, they will explain how to get the replacement unit.
Which Blender is the for you?
Choosing either Blendtec or Vitamix can be the ultimate choice for anyone looking for high-end blenders. They are both good investments, given that they have ideal power and are versatile, durable, and reputable brands.
If you need to have more blending power and love the touch screen feeling when operating the blender, Blendtec will be a suitable choice. But if you prefer to have more flexibility and variation, you may find the Vitamix blender more ideal for you.