If we have to discuss anything surrounding top performing blenders in the market, then top of the line will arguably include Blendtec vs Vitamix brands.
As a matter of essence, we cannot disregard Ninja Kitchen brand which has shown “fierce rivalry” against Vitamix in this competition. However, but this time we are going to make an unbiased review regarding the quality and performance between Blendtec and Vitamix as the top-notch blenders.
- An Uptight Competition Has Begun: Blendtec vs Vitamix
- Material Comparison between Vitamix and Blendtec
- 1. The machine – Is that true that Blendtec’s motor produce higher than Vitamix’s?
- 2. The Blades – Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are made by high-grade stainless steel but different in design
- 3. Drive Socket – It’s all metal to metal connection for high durability
- 4. The Container – Both Vitamix and Blendtec Jar are made from high end BPA free plastics
- 5. The Switch Control – Futuristic vs Simply Elegant
- My Personal Experience When Using Blendtec and Vitamix
- Vitamix vs. Blendtec Durability and Product Warranty
- So Which Blender is the Best? Vitamix or Blendtec?
An Uptight Competition Has Begun: Blendtec vs Vitamix
Blendtec and Vitamix have been developing hi-tech blender machines for a long time. In as much as they did not initially start to sell blender machines, over the years they have turned to be among the top-rated blender manufacturing brands in the recent past.
The quality and performance that these two brands demonstrate are adorable. Actually, quite fair with the price that each costs when compared to other common brands in the market.
The price also relatively equals and target the same audience, but then how about the quality of these two blenders? respect to the materials, performance, durability, and product warranty? Are they generally more or less similar?
To give you some of ideas how Blendtec and Vitamix specifications, let’s check this table which compare Blendtec Designer 625 series and Vitamix 5200.
Table Comparison Between Blendtec Designer 625 versus Vitamix 5200
Material Comparison between Vitamix and Blendtec
Let us discuss more detailed information about how these top-rated blender manufacturers compete on the basis of quality and performance.
1. The machine – Is that true that Blendtec’s motor produce higher than Vitamix’s?
Regarded as high end blending machine brands, the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders definitely come with a powerful motor. This can be confirmed by the amount of power output that is generated by these respective blenders.
To get the idea how these two blenders machine can deliver a power, let’s compare their standard blenders and their pro series blender.
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 is fitted with 1,380 watts power motor and they claim it can produce 2HP speed on peak level.
If we refer to above illustration, Blendtec seems to provide higher horsepower motor level than Vitamix blenders. Nonetheless, we need to make our own research through calculation to discover the real maximum power output that they can actually provide.
As we have mentioned in this article, a good blender should have at least on average 1HP real output., The fact that Blendtec and Vitamix provide blenders with 2-3HP motor make them popular and regarded as high-end blending machines.
2. The Blades – Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders 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 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 Vitamix four blades design.
Blades in both blenders are attached on the blender container. However, Its 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
Beside the motor and blades, 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 inability to spin the blades efficiently because are wearing out. This is a common problem that occurs mostly on blenders that plastic material as the drive socket.
Significantly, Blendtec and Vitamix are fitted with metal drive socket. It enables blender machines for these two brands to have metal-to-metal connector between the blades and the drive. This is a plus because most common blenders use plastic drive socket.
4. The Container – Both Vitamix and Blendtec Jar are made from 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 a high end BPA free containers indicates the quality standard of the product. Both manufacturers are aware of the issue and thus guarantee customers of the safety of the blender containers.
Regarding the size of the jar, both blenders provide standard size jar and low profile which will give you an option depends on your need.
Vitamix standard jar size is 64-ounce with 10.1 in high while Blendtec WildSide jar is 90-ounce with 9.4 inches tall, that means Blendtec standard jar is ideal for large batches.
Vitamix also provide dry grains containers to help you grinds and blend dry foods while Blendtec also provide mini twister jar which I found really helpful when make my homemade peanut butter.
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 blade’s metal axis at the bottom part of the container. But Blendtec blade’s axis is covered with a rubber seal that tends to be shredded easily.
On the other hand, Vitamix uses metal for that part. That rubber seal also makes Vitamix container loose especially during the blending process.
5. The Switch Control – Futuristic vs Simply Elegant
If you compare the all Blendtec blenders with Vitamix Classic Series and Vitamix Profesional Series you will notice a big difference on the switch control interface.
Swipe and touch vs toggle switch
All Blendtec blenders come with futuristic touch control that allow you to operate the blender like when you operate your smartphone. You just need to touch the buttons on the screens or swipe to set the blending speeds.
While all Vitamix blenders however use slightly a sort of manual press dial and toggle switch to control the blender.
So if you are a gadget minded or a geek person you may more interested with the way to operate Blendtec, I myself prefer a bit old style and prefer with the dial and toggle since it gives me better feelings when I operate the blender.
All Blendtec blenders have pre-programmed settings to make you easier to set almost all kinds of end product, for instance, it provides switch control for blending smoothies, soup, sauce, whole juice, etc, and pretty easy to operate.
At the other hands, not all Vitamix blenders have pre-programmed settings. For sure they still have variable speed dial which allow you to maintain the speeds based on your preference.
My Personal Experience When Using Blendtec and Vitamix
1. When making green smoothie along with the frozen fruits
I personally love these two blenders, Blendtec with the two-prong blades designs that come along with huge powers seems to be the predominance things when I’m making a green smoothie along with the frozen fruits.
It just matters of seconds that you will find all the ingredients crushed into the tiniest part to become the super smooth texture of a smoothie.
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 in the bottom level.
For the end result, I don’t see any significant difference in regards of smooth texture for both green smoothie result 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 design of the two-prong blades seems to make the peanuts keep going to side area which makes it harder to make the butter. While with Vitamix, it as easy to use the tamper to assist all the peanuts again so it can be ground by the blades.
This is can be a little downside for Blendtec since the Twister Jar itself will cost you some extra money.
Vitamix vs. Blendtec Durability and Product Warranty
When talk about electronic product we like to have the long warranty which can be a good indication of the durability of the product plus so you can estimate how long the product can serve you until you need to find the new one.
All blendtec blenders are covered with 8-years and 10-years 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 warranty. Blendtec certified refurbished blenders are covered with 7-year warranty, and Vitamix certified refurbished blenders are covered with 5-year warranty.
To claim the warranty for both brands, you just need to contact the customer service by phone and verify your warranty, then they will explain how to get the replacement unit.
So Which Blender is the Best? Vitamix or Blendtec?
Choosing either Blendtec or Vitamix can be the ultimate choice for anyone looking for high-end blenders. They are both good investment given that they have ideal power, are versatile, durable and also reputable brands.
If you need to have more blending power and love the touch screen feeling when operating the blender, then Blendtec will be a suitable choice for you. But if you prefer to have more flexibility and variation, then you may find Vitamix blender more suitable for you.