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Vitamix vs Blendtec

When you’re in the market for a high-performance blender, you’ll likely find yourself comparing two contenders, Vitamix and Blendtec. It’s a decision that many others have had to make before making their high-performance blender purchase.

Vitamix vs Blendtec

Both Vitamix and Blendtec offer one of the world’s top performing blenders and they all come at a pretty penny. This article will attempt to highlight the differences between each company and help you decide which is the best fit for your needs.

Horsepower

Blendtec motor size comparison
Both Vitamix and Blendtec offer blenders with amazing horsepower! Any of the models offered by either company have more than enough power to handle the ingredients you put in and some have even proven that they can handle blending an iPhone if you so desire.

Most people would have a tough time telling the difference between a smoothie made in a Vitamix and one made in a Blendtec. They both produce a smoothie with a creamy consistency and are both capable of heating up soup using just the friction created by the spinning of the blades.

But, when comparing pure horsepower numbers, Blendtec has a slight advantage here. Every Blendtec model that discloses their horsepower number is rated at or above 3-peak horsepower. Most Vitamix blenders are only rated at 2-peak horsepower, with the exception of Next Generation models like the Professional Series 750, Professional Series 300, Vitamix 7500, and Creations Elite, rated at 2.2-peak horsepower.

Warranty

Once again, the Vitamix vs Blendtec match here is a pretty even fight. Both companies offer 7 year warranties with their new blenders that cover both the blender bases and the containers for normal wear and tear.

In addition to the included, 7 year warranty with the Vitamix, there is an option to add 3 years of warranty coverage at the time of purchase for an additional $75, bringing the total coverage to 10 years.

Blendtec also offers an additional 3 years of warranty coverage for $75 if you decide to upgrade when purchasing a new blender.

So here, we have a genuine tie in the Vitamix vs Blendtec match.

Design

When it comes to the design in the Vitamix vs Blendtec debate, the ultimate winner comes down to personal preference. Each has a unique design and as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Blendtec and Vitamix counter height comparison
Without question, the blenders produced by either company are quite large and bulky. They average between 15″-20″ in height, 5.75″-7.7″ wide, 7.5″-9.5″ deep, and can weigh weigh up to 12.5 lbs.

It’s important to note that the older model Vitamix blenders are quite tall due to the larger 64 oz container and the taller bases. These models are often too tall to fit under the standard kitchen cabinet if you plan on storing the container on the base.

However, newer Vitamix models, like the Professional Series 750, Professional Series 300, Vitamix 7500, and Creations Elite feature a newly redesigned base and wider, shorter containers. These newer models should have no problem fitting under standard kitchen cabinets.

Blendtec models on the other hand, have always been designed to fit under standard kitchen cabinets which give them a slight advantage here when comparing the two brands.

Price

When it comes to price, both companies produce some of the most expensive blenders on the market.

Vitamix blenders range in price from $299 to $689 with an average price around $484. The factory reconditioned Vitamix models are the cheapest of the bunch, starting at $299, and come with a full 5 year warranty.

That may seem steep, but Blendtec models range between $279 to $1035 with an average price of about $555. Their factory refurbished models are their most affordable offerings, starting at $279, for the Total Blender Classic Certified Refurbished.

Although both Vitamix and Blendtec off cheaper options, Blendtec has the edge here by offering the cheapest high-performance option, with full 7 year warranty, their Total Blender Classic Certified Refurbished.

Controls

The controls are one part of the Vitamix vs Blendtec debate where each company take a firm stance on one side of the ring.

Vitamix 5200 base
Vitamix blenders all use a fairly low-tech dial and toggle switch setup. The controls are intuitive and provide you with precise control over the speed with the twist of a dial.

Professional Series controls
Blendtec on the other hand has taken a more high-tech approach to the controls by using either a illuminated touchpad or built in buttons with presets and speed increase/decrease controls.

Many prefer the Vitamix for its simplicity, but others are always looking for the latest in technology and are big fans of the more technical Blendtec controls. Again, this one comes down to personal preference.

Vitamix vs Blendtec: Our Choice

If you’re looking for a high-performance blender, you really can’t go wrong with either Vitamix or Blendtec. Both make superb blenders with excellent quality and outstanding performance.

But when it comes to picking a winner in the Vitamix vs Blendtec match, it’s easy to see why so many people side with Vitamix. Vitamix’s long, storied history and the simplicity of the controls make the pick of many devoted followers and the choice of so many chefs.

The Vitamix 7500 is our pick from the Vitamix lineup. With its updated design, shorter container, and more powerful motor, the Vitamix 7500 is a best Vitamix on the market right now for the money.

On the Blendtec side, our pick is the Designer Series WildSide. The base is beautiful with its flat touchscreen controls, which also makes it incredibly easy to wipe clean.

If you have any comments or questions, please post them in the comments section below. ↓

53 comments on Vitamix vs Blendtec
  1. Adam says:

    I think both blenders are great, I like the fact that vitamix has a much longer history. However, on a personal note for those Christians out there I strongly recommend to not buy the blendtec machine as the owner and creator is Mormon and the last thing that any Christian should want to do is line the pockets of someone who will further the aims of a false religion.

    • Erin Pack says:

      Thank you so much for all the useful information as I am trying to decide between a vitamix and blendtec. I appreciate and read all the comments and questions as well. As a personal note, I must also say that I am a Christian and a Mormon. There is lots of misinformation on the internet, newspapers and almost everywhere you look. I must say that I have read the Book of Mormon itself and have felt it draw me closer to Christ and my belief in Him, which I believe is what every Christian would want. I will not say much more as I know this is a discussion about blenders, not religion, but if you want accurate information visit http://www.mormon.org or http://www.lds.org – especially this link – https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/the-prophet-joseph-smith?lang=eng if you want to hear some of the most recent talks from conference. Blenders are important but my faith means everything to me.

  2. Davey says:

    I have used both many times, and the Vitamix is better in my opinion.
    The Blendtec always leaves chunks when making a smoothie with frozen fruit.
    It has something to do with the blade/pitcher design.
    The Vitamix pulverizes everything better.
    Period.

  3. Matthew says:

    I’ve been doing some research before making a purchase and this site has been super helpful. Thanks for compiling all of this information!

    The blender comparison tool has been especially helpful :)

  4. Amber says:

    I am wanting to purchase a blend tec, for making smoothies and soups, can you help me choose a model?

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Both the Designer Series and Total Blender models have preprogrammed settings for smoothies and soups. I’d definitely recommend taking a closer look at either of those models.

  5. Deanna Martin says:

    I really like the blendtec, especially the design. I’m not as knowledgeable about the vitamix, but I’m sure it’s a personal choice.
    I like the smoothies I make for my grandson. I can get a few veggies in and they don’t know the difference.

  6. Neil says:

    I recently purchased a refurbished Vitamix and couldn’t be more pleased with it. We had our last Vitamix for 30 years and it still worked great.Vitamix also gave me a $100 trade in on it. I have no doubt that the Blentec is also a great machine, so it’s a matter of personal preference. Horsepower alone shouldn’t be a deciding factor. Beyond a certain point, horsepower is more a marketing tool than a need. Great review. Thanx.

  7. D.H. says:

    Thank you Adam! I too am in the process of losing weight. I need a juicer/blender and I was wondering if I should get and Vitamix or Blendec. I was in one of the William Sonoma stores in my area and a sales lady recommended the Vitamix (7500).That particular make comes with a huge recipe book and there’s another recipe book put out by the Vitamix company that I’m going to purchase.Another customer came in the store and confirmed it was the best purchase she’s ever made. Thank you so much for the article!

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      The Vitamix 7500 is a great choice, as are all of the next generation Vitamix models (7500, Pro Series 300, or Pro Series 750). I absolutely love mine!

      Definitely consider the refurbished models as well. They can save you quite a bit of money and I can’t say enough about the quality!

  8. Gabe says:

    Can anyone recommend one a model in either brand that is somewhat quieter? I get that the HP/motor is why they are unusually loud but I can’t have that noise in my house in the mornings right now.

  9. Mary Jo says:

    Can anyone comment on the cleaning of the Blendtec jar? I was really sold on the demo of the Vitamix that allowed for some hot water, soap and a couple of on/off surges of the machine. I’m really hoping not to have to reach my hand into the jar with the very sharp blades if I can avoid it.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Mary Jo,

      The cleaning process for the Blendtec is exactly the same, fill it partially with hot water, a few drops of soap, and let it run on high for about 30 seconds. The blender will do most of the work for you.

      For stickier recipes, like peanut butter or hummus, it might be necessary to use a sponge to loosen some of the leftovers, but the larger diameter opening of the Blendtec container makes this pretty easy.

    • Lynne says:

      I have the Blendtec and the jar is cleaned in the same manner as the Vitamix. So you don’t have to worry about reaching your hand in and touching the blade. Happy blending!!

  10. Nancy C. says:

    This information has been very helpful. I will go with the Blendtec.

  11. TERRI says:

    i just want to make sure i can make juice in the Blendtec. or do I need a separate juicer for that?

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Terri,

      The Blendtec can make juice, but it is not the same type of juice you’ll get from a traditional juicer. It’s typically referred to as whole juice because it contains more nutrients than the juice you’ll get from a normal juicer. For a more in-depth look at the difference, take a look at this article by Blendtec, Traditional Juicing vs. Whole Juicing.

      Hope that is helpful!

  12. Flora says:

    What’s so special about Blendtec Stealth model? Why would any household need a $1500 blender?

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      The Stealth is definitely targeted to the high-end market. It would fit perfect in a kitchen with other high-end appliances like a Viking range, which can cost upwards of $6,000. It’s definitely not for everyone, and I think that is the point.

      One thing that makes it special is the sound enclosure lid. Currently, you won’t find that on any other high-end household blender on the market.

  13. Joe says:

    Have a Vitamix and thinking about a new one or a blendtec. Not sure what would do best for everything I want it for. Have spent a lot of time on reviews but to be honest it almost seems like a draw right now. Any help would be great. Thanks.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Joe, when it comes to price, performance, and warranty, Vitamix and Blendtec are nearly equals. It is a tie in many areas and for a lot of people, it comes down to personal preference.

      The design and controls are the two big differentiators that usually help people break the tie. Also, if you’re thinking about grinding your own fresh flours, I’d say go with Blendtec, since it doesn’t require a separate container.

  14. Linda says:

    Which would be the best to mill into flour? And, would I have to purchase special blades?

    Appreciating your input,
    Linda

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Linda, I’d recommend a Blendtec in this case since it doesn’t require a separate blade or container for dry blending. Take a look at the Designer Series WildSide.

      • Michael says:

        I bought the Blendtec so that I could grind my own fresh flour and it works great. Highly recommend.

      • Jenn says:

        I have read/seen on a couple places (even vitamix.com) that you do NOT need a dry container.
        It is recommend for those who will be using it for dry ingredients primarily, but you can indeed use the wet blade container lol. The reason they made the container is that it pushes the dry ingredients up instead of pulling the ingredients down (like the wet blade does.) they also suggest using a dry container because hard ingredients will scratch up the container after awhile. There’s nothing wrong with using the wet container.

  15. Laura says:

    It really seems like a toss up from what I’ve read in most of the online comparisons. Basically just comes down to personal preference.

  16. Robin Wilson says:

    Undecided between the Blendtec certified refurbished and Vitamix certified reconditioned. Both have models priced at $279, but it seems that the Vitamix version only has two speeds.

    Would Blendtec be a better deal if I want variable speed?

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      If you’re looking for the best deal with the variable speed controls, the Blendtec Total Blender Classic Refurbished is going to be the cheaper package, but the Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Standard is currently on sale for $299 (it is normally $329). The Blendtec also comes with the full, 7 year warranty.

  17. Trudy Shuman says:

    Vitamix also has a model that shuts off automatically.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      You’re right, any of the models that come with the preset settings will turn off automatically at the end of the cycle. Thank you for calling that out!

  18. Jason Johnson says:

    Sams club is now offering the blentec for $399 and also comes with the Wild side jar and the mini twister jar. Normally the mini twister option is $120 so this is by far the best bang for the buckI bbelieve. I also like the ability to set and walk away where it’s quieter, lol.

  19. Stella says:

    I’m torn between the two. Once upon a time, I would have said blendtec hands down. Then I found out about something extremely horrible that the owner did, and in good conscience I don’t know if I can stomach giving money to someone who would do that. But it’s significantly cheaper (at costco), smaller, and due to medical concerns I am on a nearly completely liquid, fiber-free diet. The only way I’m going to be able to consume whole foods is to liquefy them.
    Do you think it’s worth paying several hundred dollars more for the Vitamix if your very soul bleeds at the thought of in any way contributing to the riches or continued existence of the Dickson family?

  20. matt says:

    I just purchased a vitamix 5200 ultimate edition from costco, it was around $780 after taxes, i am just wondering how this compares to the blendtec tom dickson extreme and if it is worth the $1035, will the tom dickson be better for doing everything or is it just un-needed power for more $$ ? does the blendtec do anything my vitamix won’t?

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      If you’re looking for the best that money can buy, the Tom Dickson Extreme is it! The warranty on it, a full 10 years, is the longest I’ve ever heard of on a kitchen appliance and the motor is more powerful (and probably louder) than my lawnmower.

      All that said, it really is a lot more power than you’ll probably ever use. If you’ve seen the “Will It Blend” videos (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=will+it+blend) you’ve seen what a 3.5HP blender can do and unless you’re blending iPhone smoothies, you probably won’t come close to using most of its power.

      But, if you have the extra money and don’t want to worry about buying a replacement blender for at least the next 10 years, I’d say it is the one to buy. Otherwise, you’re already guaranteed to be very happy with the 5200 for at least the next 7 years.

  21. Sheri Cresswell says:

    Which is better for leafy greens like kale and collards?

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      I haven’t tried blending collards, but both Vitamix and Blendtec can handle leafy greens without any problems. The green smoothies I’ve made in either blender are silky smooth with no chunks of kale left.

      • Sheri says:

        Thanks for your reply. Do you have to pull the leaves off the stems or can you put the whole thing in? Thanks.

        • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

          I typically pull the stems off, because they tend to have a pretty strong flavor, but I have blended kale with the stems on before. The smoothie does get pretty thick when the stems are blended, because of all of the fiber, but adding a little extra water balances it out just fine.

  22. Terri says:

    I’m really torn about which one to buy, I love the controls of the Vitamix, but I’d like the bigger motor of the Blendtec.

    Do you think I really need a 3HP motor?

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Terri, I wouldn’t get too hung up on the horsepower numbers. The Vitamix is perfectly capable of blending just about anything you can throw at it, except for maybe an iPad or iPhone, but hopefully you aren’t putting those in your smoothies. :)

  23. Terri says:

    i have vitamix creations elite. i am thinking of ordering the blendtec. which one would you recommend over the other?

    thanks

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Terri, the Creations Elite is a great blender, but if you’re looking for something with more preprogrammed and automatic settings, a Blendtec might be a better fit.

      The preprogrammed settings on the Blendtec allow you to start the cycle, then walk away knowing that the machine will shut itself off once the correct time is reached. If this is something that seems useful, a Blendtec may be a better buy.

      • Terri says:

        Thanks Adam. I appreciate your input. I have ordered the Blendtec.
        But, i also heard that its hard to shut off. Is that true?
        But i like the fact that it is programmable.
        Thank you again.

        • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

          Some of the older models can be a bit confusing to turn off. For instance, the Classic Series has a power switch located on the back of the base that can be used to turn the motor off at any time, but you can also hit any of the programmed settings buttons during a blend to halt the motor.

          Newer models feature a power button or switch on the front of the base making it a bit easier to turn off before the end of a preprogrammed setting.

          Hope that helps!

  24. Heather says:

    Even though the Blendtec is a little more powerful and has fancier controls, I decided to go with the Vitamix since everyone I know with one just raves about them. I can’t wait to get mine!

  25. Jake says:

    Tough decision overall. They are both very good options and both very expensive. I went with the Blendtec for a few different reasons.

    No matter what you choose, but from Costco in store or online. They have absolutely the best prices for blendtec, vitamix, oster, and ninja blenders. Though keep in mind that they do not offer all options of each. Just one option of each.

    1) Blendtec’s are on average $100 cheaper compared with Vitamix (25%). This is a pretty big difference in my books and the Vitamix didn’t seem to justify being that much higher. Both have the same length 7 year warranty, though Blendtec includes a lifetime warranty on the blades and an 8 year warranty to Costco members.

    2) Blendtec can fit under a cupboard. Even the new, expensive, Vitamix 750 can’t fit under most cupboards unless you first put on the pitcher, then slide it in. And for the more affordable 5200′s you can’t get them under a cupboard period. I use my blender daily and don’t like the idea of manuevering a 12 pound piece of equipment around. This was the reason I went Blendtec.

    3) Blendtec is a little more hands free. You have to learn how to pack them right but you’ll find that a Vitamix requires tamping more often than a Blendtec. Though Vitamix does include a tamper where Blendtec requires you to basically break their rules and use a spatula…

  26. Tony says:

    I did a lot of research before settling on the Vitamix and ultimately bought the 7500. It’s a step up from the older 5200 and the newer design looks great in my kitchen.

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