If you’re in the market for a high-end blender that is capable of making awesome smoothies, nut milks, nut butters, soups, salsas, and much more, then chances are you have heard of both the Vitamix and the Blendtec. While the Vitamix is probably the more popular of the two, both of them are phenomenal blenders. They do have a lot of similarities, but they have some key differences as well.
In this Blendtec vs Vitamix article, I wanted to do a comparison of both blenders and highlight important features of each one. Hopefully by the end, you will know which blender is better for you. Fair warning: this article is pretty long because I wanted to make it as comprehensive as possible. When you’re done reading it though, you should have a clear understanding of which blender to buy.
Blendtec vs Vitamix
First off let’s start with comparison charts for each blender so you can see a nice detailed breakdown of all their models. Then after the charts, I will touch on each key point individually.
Now that you’ve had a look at the chart breakdowns, let’s talk about the cost for these two blenders. For purposes of this comparison, I’m going to use the prices from the Blendtec and Vitamix official websites which is where I would always recommend purchasing your machines from if you’re going to buy one. That way you know you’re getting the full warranty and all of the included accessories, recipe books, and guides for both.
Vitamix: The Vitamix models start out at $399 for the TurboBlend 2-speed model and go all the way up to $689 for the Professional Series 750. The most popular models are probably the Vitamix 5200 which starts at $449 and the Vitamix 7500 which starts at $529. There are several upgrades available for each package too for if you want to add separate containers or get more accessories.
Vitamix does offer refurbished machines which will usually save you $100-$150 off the price of a brand new machine. The refurbished ones are just as good as the brand new ones and you also get the same warranty. The only downfall is, they don’t always have refurbished machines available for every model, so you may end up having to buy the brand new one anyway.
Blendtec: The prices for the Blendtec blenders start at $454.95 for the Total Blender Classic and the Designer Series Wildside, and go all the way up to $649.95 for the Professional Series. Technically, you can buy the Tom Dickson Extreme Blender from Will It Blend for just over $1,000, but that’s more of a commodity piece than anything and is overkill for your average kitchen (unless you plan on blending cell phones, iPads, and video games).
Like Vitamix, Blendtec also offers a refurbished machine that will save you some money, but they only offer the Total Blender Classic in a refurbished model. All of the other models you need to buy brand new.
Also, both Vitamix and Blendtec now offer a 3-payment plan where you can pay off your machine in 3 smaller payments instead of one giant payment. This makes it easier for some people to afford one of these blenders.
Winner of the price category: I would have to give this round to Vitamix only because their refurbished models run a little cheaper than Blendtec’s, and Vitamix also offers more variety in their refurbished models. For example, you can buy a refurbished Vitamix 5200 for only $329 when it’s normally a $449 blender saving you about $120. Blendtec only offers their Total Blender Classic (now a dated model) for $384.95 – still a good deal, but not as good as the Vitamix.
In the picture above, you’re seeing the Blendtec Total Blender Classic next to the Vitamix 5200. As you can see, the Blendtec is noticeably shorter. However, Vitamix recently started offering their 64 oz. container (same size as the one in the picture above) in a shorter version on certain models so it’s more comparable to the size of the Blendtec. Vitamix also offers a 32 oz. and a 48 oz. jar as well that are more compact in size.
The sizes below are for the most common of the Vitamix and Blendtec models. Blendtec is fairly consistent with their sizes from one blender to the next, whereas Vitamix varies a bit depending on the model you choose.
Vitamix 5200 standard and TurboBlend VS models:
- 64 oz. container (tall)
- 20.5″ tall
- 8.75″ deep
- 7.25″ wide
- 10 pounds 9 oz.
Vitamix 5200 compact and most Creations models:
- 48 oz. container (short)
- 17.5″ tall
- 8.75″ deep
- 7.25″ wide
- 10 pounds 9 oz.
Vitamix 7500 and Professional Series 750:
- 64 oz. container (short)
- 17.5″ tall
- 9.4″ deep
- 7.7″ wide
- 12.5 pounds
Blendtec Designer Series Wildside, Total Blender, and Signature Series:
- 15″ tall with 90 oz. Wildside container attached
- 9.25″ deep
- 7″ wide
- 8 pounds
Blendtec Professional Series:
- 17″ tall with 90 oz. Wildside container attached
- 7.5″ deep
- 5.75″ wide
- 12 pounds
Winner of the size category: For this category I would have to say it’s a tie. In the past, before Vitamix came out with their more compact models, I would have given the win to Blendtec because theirs take up less counter space and can fit underneath cabinets easily. However, now that Vitamix offers compact models as well, I have to make them even in this category.
Power and Speed
This is where it gets really interesting with Vitamix vs Blendtec is their speed and power. Both of them are exceptionally powerful machines and will be able to handle any food item you throw at them. However, one does appear to have a little more power than the other. Let’s break it down:
- Ranges between 2-2.2 peak horsepower depending on the model.
- 11.5 amps/1380 watts in all models.
- RPM range between 500-37,000.
- 3 peak horsepower in all models
- 13 amps/1560 watts in all models
- RPM range between 4,080-28,000
Hmmmm, now isn’t that interesting? As you can see, while the Vitamix on paper (or screen in this case) does appear to be a little less powerful with only 2-2.2 HP and 1380 watts compared to the Blendtec’s 3 HP and 1560 watts, take a look at the RPM range. Vitamix clearly has much higher RPMs (revolutions per minute) than the Blendtec – by almost 10,000!
Another thing to keep in mind when looking at these RPM ranges is the Vitamix has a better overall range starting from 500, where the Blendtec only goes as low as 4,080. This means you will be able to have more control over blending and chopping ingredients at low speeds with the Vitamix that you won’t have with the Blendtec.
So what can we gather from this? As we all know, speed and power aren’t always a correlation of each other. While the Blendtec is probably the more “powerful” of the two, the Vitamix wins in the speed category which is equally important. Think of it like a heavyweight boxer vs a lightweight boxer. The heavyweight is certainly going to be more powerful, but the lightweight will be just as dangerous due to his speed.
Vitamix also put out this statement on motor horsepower a little while back explaining how even though Blendtec advertises 3 HP in their machines, that the numbers may be a bit misleading.
Winner of the speed and power category: I’m going to have to give it to the Vitamix on this one. Yes the Blendtec has more overall power and horsepower, but I really like how the Vitamix has a greater RPM range giving you more control at lower speeds and going as high as 37,000 RPM at full speed. Plus, if the Vitamix statement on horsepower is true, then the increased number in the Blendtec doesn’t really mean much anyway.
Design and Controls
Alright now let’s take a look at the design and controls of both of these machines and see how they compare.
For the Blendtec, I’m only going to do the Designer, Signature, and Professional Series because the Total Blender Classic is a bit dated now and the Tom Dickson is over $1,000 so is probably way out of most people’s budgets anyway.
Blendtec Designer Series:
- Whole interface is a touch-screen.
- 6 pre-programmed buttons: Batters, Ice, Smoothies, Ice cream, Juice, Soups.
- Touch-finger slider to manually control the speed.
- Countdown telling you how long until the blending cycle is complete.
- Pulse button.
Blendtec Signature Series:
- 5 pre-programmed buttons.
- 5 individual speed buttons.
- Pulse button.
- Not a touch-screen interface.
- Digital display on the front for speed and timer.
Blendtec Professional Series:
- 6 pre-programmed buttons.
- Plus (+) and Minus (-) buttons to control speed.
- Pulse button.
- Digital display on the front.
- Not a touch-screen.
Now for the Vitamix, I will be doing their Standard models and their Next-Generation models.
Vitamix Standard Models (5200, TurboBlend VS, and most of the Creations and Professionals):
- Variable 10-speed dial.
- High/Variable switch.
- On/Off switch.
- No pre-programmed buttons.
Vitamix Next Generation Models (Professional Series 500, Professional 750, and the 6300):
- 5 pre-programmed settings in the Professional 750: Smoothies, Frozen Dessert, Hot soup, Puree, Self-cleaning.
- 3 pre-programmed settings in the Professional 500 and the 6300: Smoothies, Frozen Dessert, Hot soup.
- Variable 10-speed dial on both.
- Pulse switch on both.
- Start/Stop switch on both.
- Power button on both.
My final verdict on the design and controls category: As you can see, you have quite a few options here. Blendtec has always been known for their Smart-Touch Tec-nology which lets you press a specific button depending on what you’re blending and walk away to let the blender do it’s job. The Vitamix up until recently didn’t have any pre-programmed buttons and was built more for those who like manual control.
I really like Blendtec’s new Designer Series with the futuristic touch-screen interface. It’s by far the coolest thing I have seen on a kitchen appliance. However, the Next-Gen Vitamix models are very nice too and I like how they finally incorporated some pre-programmed buttons but still kept the variable speed-knob to let you manually control your blending.
So there really is no outright winner in this category at the moment – it all comes down to personal preference. If you want more control over your blending and a simpler machine to operate, go with the Vitamix. If you like the pre-programmed buttons and futuristic design, go with the Designer Series Blendtec.
In the warranty category, both the Blendtec and Vitamix are even. They both offer a full 7-year warranty on the entire machine including the blades, motor, jar, and parts. Vitamix offers an optional upgrade to a 10-year warranty (currently for $75), but I’m not sure if Blendtec offers an upgraded warranty or not. Either way, 7 years is a very long time and shows how much these companies stand behind their products.
This is another category where they are both going to be even. Both blenders are extremely powerful, and therefore a bit louder than your standard store-bought blender. The good thing is, you normally aren’t using the blenders for more than 1-2 minutes at a time (unless you’re making hot soup) so you won’t have to worry about the noise for long.
For reference, the new Blendtec Designer Series and the new Vitamix Professional Series 750 are both advertised as quieter than the older models. So in this Blendtec vs Vitamix category, we have another tie.
There are some pretty big differences in the jars that both blenders use. Let’s take a look.
Vitamix currently has 5 different jars depending on which model you buy:
- 32 oz.
- 48 oz.
- 64 oz. (tall)
- 64 oz. (short)
- 32 oz. dry grains container for making flours, bread dough, etc.
(The shorter 64 oz. isn’t pictured here because I couldn’t find an image with all 4 jars in it, but it’s about the same height as the 48 oz. container, just a little wider so it can hold more.)
All of the Vitamix containers are BPA-free and are made out of Eastman-Tritan copolyester which is a very durable material. They are more square towards the bottom and are circular at the top. All of the jars have measurement markings up the sides so you can measure your ingredients right in the jar.
The tall 64 oz. jar is the only one you will have a problem with when trying to fit the machine under a cabinet with the jar attached. That is why they came out with the more compact containers, to help you save some counter space.
As you can also see, Vitamix offers a dry grains container that is useful when making flours or bread dough. It’s the same thing as their standard 32 oz. container, except the blade is different.
The lids on all of the Vitamix jars have a removable plug in the center so you can add ingredients while you’re blending. The plug also doubles as a mini measuring cup since it has markings on the side of it as well.
Lastly, there is an included tamper with every purchase (see below) which is used for pushing the ingredients down into the blades while blending. It’s designed so that it will never come into contact with the blades, so you don’t have to worry about chopping it up on accident while you’re pushing the ingredients down.
Blendtec uses 3 different jars:
- FourSide – 2 quarts or about 64 oz.
- WildSide – 3 quarts or about 90 oz.
- Twister Jar – 32 oz.
All of Blendtec’s jars are also BPA-free and are made out of Triton copolyester, which again is a very durable material. The FourSide jar is used on most of their older models, but the WildSide has pretty much replaced it now. The difference is the WildSide adds a fifth side to the container to help create a better blending vortex and push the ingredients down into the blades better.
The Twister Jar is a really cool idea in my opinion. It’s basically the alternative to using a tamper like the Vitamix has. This jar is meant for when you’re blending thicker, non-liquid ingredients like nut butters or flour or something of that nature.
Generally what happens in a normal jar when you’re blending thicker ingredients is the blades will keep whipping the ingredients away from them and they will start to accumulate on the sides of the jar instead of coming back down into the blades like they need to be in order to get fully blended. With the Twister jar though, you can just keep rotating the handle at the top whenever the ingredients start to get stuck to the sides, and it will automatically scrape them off and knock them right back into the blades.
This saves you a ton of time and hassle so you don’t have to keep stopping the blending cycle, scraping the sides, and starting over again. There is also an included spatula so that you can easily get everything out of the jar when you’re done blending.
Winner of the jar/container category: I’m gonna give this one to the Blendtec. I really like their WildSide jar with the fifth side added to it, and I think their Twister Jar is a great idea as well. Plus, I like how the WildSide jar holds up to 90 oz. yet is still small enough to fit under your cabinets and not take up too much counter space. Lastly, the WildSide Jar comes standard now on most of their models, so it’s not an upgrade that you have to pay more for.
With the Vitamix, only a handful of their models come with the shorter 64 oz. container, so if you don’t want to pay for that specific model, you’re stuck with either a jar that is a bit tall, or you have to go with a smaller capacity jar like the 32 or 48 oz.
Next up in our Blendtec vs Vitamix debate we have the blades. Each of them have very different designs for their blades as you can see in the image above.
Blendtec’s blades are made out of cold-forged stainless steel and are only 2 prongs. They also feature a “wingtip” design where the edges flare up which is much different from what you see on most blenders. In the new WildSide Jar, the blades are 4″ across, whereas they were only 3″ in the older FourSide Jar. This was a nice upgrade in my opinion as it gives them a bit more blending power.
The Vitamix blades are made out of a laser-cut stainless steel so they too are very durable. They are about 3″ in diameter with each blade measuring approximately 1-1/4″.
With Vitamix, there are actually 2 different blade options: you have a “wet blade” which is the one you will be using most often. It’s used for making any liquid or wet ingredients like smoothies, soups, sauces, ice creams, and so on.
Then there’s also a “dry blade” which is the one you should use for things like nut butters and flour. The dry blade has it’s own 32 oz. container as I mentioned above in the jar section. If you think you will be making a lot of nut butters or grinding a lot of grains into flour, then you will probably want to consider going with any of the Vitamix packages that comes with the dry blade/container.
You can use the wet blade for making flour and nut butters, so it’s not 100% required that you purchase the dry blade container, but you will just experience better results if you do. If you check out the image below, you will see the blades are actually pretty similar:
Winner of the blades category: This is a tough one. I like the overall design of the Vitamix blades better – how they are 4 prongs and sharper than Blendtec’s. It seems like they would be better suited to blend up the ingredients more smoothly due to the design.
However, I like how with the Blendtec they don’t require a wet and dry blade and you can make everything in the same jar. This saves you from having to spend more money if you plan on making lots of flours and nut butters. Although, they do have the Twister Jar which while it uses the same blades, it does help make the blending of dry ingredients much easier, so you may end up buying it anyway.
I think I’m going to go with the Vitamix as the winner here though because in the majority of scenarios, you will be blending liquid ingredients, so the wet vs dry blade issue doesn’t really come into play. I like the overall design of the Vitamix blades better than the Blendtec’s.
Both blenders are very simple to clean up when you’re done. Just throw some hot water and a few drops of dish soap in the jar, and run them on high for about 30 seconds. Rinse all the soap out and you’re good to go. It’s not recommended to put either one in the dishwasher as the heat can actually warp some of the parts and cause them not to have as good of a seal.
For tougher ingredients, you may have to hand-wash the jars after doing the auto-cleaning to get the rest of the residue out. In these situations, the Blendtec is a little easier to clean due to the square jar and the duller blades so you don’t risk cutting yourself. Since most Vitamix jars are taller and more narrow, it’s sometimes hard to get your hands in there and give it a good clean.
However, the situations where you have to hand-wash either jar don’t come up often, so I wouldn’t let that be a determining factor in which blender you buy.
Honestly, for making smoothies, soups, nut butters, nut milks, salsas, sauces, baby food, frozen drinks, bread, or whatever other recipes you want to, you can’t go wrong with either blender. There’s a reason why almost every cafe and smoothie shop in America uses one or the other, and why there’s such a big Vitamix vs Blendtec debate, and that’s because they are both extraordinary machines.
As for how smooth they blend the ingredients, there’s really not much difference here either. Both of them make extremely smooth and creamy smoothies that taste great.
I like to use the comparison of a Lamborghini vs a Ferrari – most people would take either one and be completely happy with them, but they still each have their own loyal followings.
As you can see from this particular Blendtec vs Vitamix review, there were a lot of categories where both blenders were even, and then they each had a few sections where they were slightly better than the other. Your best option is to look at the small differences between both, and decide which one has more features that you like.
As for me personally, I use both and if I absolutely had to pick one, I would probably go with the Vitamix because I like the manual controls and greater RPM range.
So to Sum Up This Vitamix vs Blendtec Review
You should go with the Vitamix if:
- You prefer more manual control over your blending (the newer models have the pre-programmed buttons too, but still offer that nice manual control).
- You want a bigger RPM range – remember the Vitamix goes as low as 500 RPM and as high as 37,000 RPM.
- You plan on buying refurbished – Vitamix has many more refurbished options than Blendtec does and they end up being cheaper too.
- You don’t mind potentially having to buy the dry-blade container to make certain recipes.
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You should choose the Blendtec if:
- You like the futuristic design with the touch-screen interface (Designer Series).
- You like all of the pre-programmed buttons and want to let the blender do the work for you (you can still manually control it too of course, but I think the Vitamix is a little better for manual controls).
- You want a jar and machine that holds up to 90 oz. but can still easily fit under your cabinets to save counter space (only a few of the Vitamix models come with the shorter 64 oz. container, and none go as high as 90 oz.)
- You prefer the design of the WildSide and Twister jars over the Vitamix jars.
- You aren’t buying refurbished (Blendtec currently only offers one refurbished model and it’s their now-dated Total Blender Classic).
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I really hope this article was helpful and gave you a lot of information on both the Blendtec and the Vitamix. Hopefully by now you have a much better understanding of them and you know which blender is perfect for your needs. If you are still looking for more information, you can read our in-depth reviews on each blender individually. Click Here to read our Vitamix review or Click Here to read our Blendtec review.
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