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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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