Blendtec or Vitamix ?

by Betty Goodberry

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On March 15, 2014
Last modified:April 4, 2014

Summary:

Blendtec or Vitamix

 

If you are serious about finding the best blender to meet your needs and last for years of daily use then chances are you have at least heard that the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders stand head and shoulders above the rest. But you may find yourself wondering which of these blenders have the edge when it comes to performance and dependability. Perhaps this general comparison will help make your choice easier.

Functionality

When it comes to functionality, the Vitamix and the Blendtec are pretty much equal. Both of these blenders work as both a blender and food processor. They can knead bread, make frozen foods, dressings and salsa, hot soups and a whole lot more.

The Blendtec does use one container for both wet and dry ingredients while the Vitamix uses a separate container for dry than for wet ingredients.

Technology

The Technology on the Vitamix and the Blendtec are slightly different. Here are the most notable differences.

  • Horsepower- The Blendtec comes equipped with a powerful 3 horsepower motor, while the Vitamix tops out at 2 Horsepower. This may seem like a huge difference, but in actuality both of these blenders have enough horsepower to blend smoothly and efficiently carry out every function these blenders are designed for.
  • Programmed Settings- Here the Blendtec is more technologically advanced as most if not all blendtec blenders are programmed to give you consistent results each and every time, while there are only a couple of Vitamix blenders that offer programmed settings. However, while many people like the programmed settings and predictable results they get when using these settings, just as many people prefer being able to have complete control over their blending and prefer the the Vitamix’s non programmed blenders over the Blendtec. Which is better is going to be determined by your own likes and needs.
  • Operating Buttons. The Vitamix blenders rely mainly on simple toggle switches and buttons to perform their tasks, while the Blendtec has gone more modern with touch controls. Again which is better depends on which type of technology you are the most comfortable with.

Containers

Both the Vitamix and the Blendtec offer BPA free copolyester containers that are extremely durable and almost completely unbreakable. However, as mentioned before the Blendtec only uses one container (a choice of standard of wildside) for both wet and dry blending while the Vitamix uses a separate container for dry blending and kneading dough. In most cases, Vitamix does offer packages where you can get both containers. Vitamix also offers 48 ounce containers called “compact” instead of their standard 64 ounce containers. In addition some of the newer Vitamix blenders have changed their 64 ounce containers to be shorter and wider so that fit under the counter top better than the standard containers. (these revised containers are not available with all models)

Convenience and Aesthetics

If one had to choose a winner between the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders when it comes to convenience and Aesthetics then the Blendtec would have the slight edge here. The touch control panel on the Blendtec gives it a sophisticated look and makes it easy and convenient to keep the control area of the blender clean as there are no protruding buttons or switches. The Blendtec is also designed so that every one of their blenders fits under your cabinets easily whereas the Vitamix has several blenders that are too tall to sit under most kitchen cabinets.

Noise Level

When it comes to the amount of noise that these two blenders put out while in operation, here the Vitamix has the slight edge. While neither blender is whisper quiet or overly loud, the Vitamix blenders tend to noticeably more quiet than any of the Blendtec models.

Clean-up

When it comes to clean up the two blenders are virtually in a tie. Both of these blenders are easy to clean and both have self cleaning features that users love.

Warranty

Both the newer models of the Blendtec and Vitamix come with long 7 year warranties and the option of purchasing an additional 3 year warranty for a bit extra making them par when it comes to warranties offered. However, the Vitamix may still have a slight advantage in the warranty department, as they don’t charge shipping for replacement for repairs either way to their customers, and as longer running product, they have been able to earn a fine reputation for making good on their warranties. It isn’t that Blendtec doesn’t do a fine job of making good on their warranties, it is simply that they have less time to earn a good reputation in this regard.

Extras

Here again, depending on what package you choose Vitamix may have the slight edge when it comes to extras included with some of their blenders as they offer a wide variety of packages that includes instructional DVDs, Getting started guides, recipes including chef’s recipes, and even cutting boards and spatulas. However, while these extras cost less when including in a package then to purchase them separately they still are not completely free.

Price

While there is little doubt that both the Blentec and Vitamix blenders are expensive machines, here the edge goes to Blendtec which is slightly less expensive than the Vitamix. However, it should be noted that you normally get fewer extras with the Blendtec than with Vitamix blender so those extras may be worth the slightly higher price for some people.

Reputation

Both blenders have a great reputation for quality, but here the edge goes to the Vitamix as it has two blenders that are recommended by the Culinary Institute of America and is the only blender to earn such a recommendation. However, this may be due in part to the fact that the Vitamix has been around far longer than the Blendtec and that the Blendtec has not yet had the opportunity to earned it’s full reputation as yet.

In the final analysis, both the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are worth owning, and which one is best for any individual and household will depend entirely on your particular needs and tastes. If the truth be told most people would be thrilled to own either one of these blenders.

 

 

 

 

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