It’s the eternal debate between people who love blending their ingredients to smithereens: Vitamix vs. Blendtec. Both of these brands offer high-performance, easy-to-control blenders with excellent warranties and enough horsepower to transform just about any household item into a smoothie.
However, quality comes at a price. These blenders will loosen your pockets for you—so before you pull out that wallet, you want to be sure that you’re getting the best blender money can buy. Let’s tackle these brands line-by-line to see how they really stack up.
Horsepower: Who Has the Most?
When your blender is capable of blending an iPhone, you know you’ve got plenty of horsepower.
The good news: 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, yes, that includes smart phones. One word of warning: an iPhone usually doesn’t make a great smoothie ingredient.
Truth is, 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 they both can heat up soup using just the friction created by the spinning of the blades. Bottom line: you won’t miss out on much power no matter which you choose.
When comparing pure horsepower numbers, Blendtec has the 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.
Warranties: Making Sure You’ll Get Your Money’s Worth
Once again, the Vitamix vs Blendtec match here is a pretty even draw. 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 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.
We think both of these warranties are excellent, so we’re calling this round a tie.
Design and Practicality: The Art of Blending
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then it stands to reason that this matchup largely comes down to user preference. 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 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.
Who wins here? We have to give it to Blendtec simply because they have always been designed to fit under standard kitchen cabinets.
Price: The Bottom Line
We’re not going to mince words: both blenders have some of the highest-priced models on the market. The question is: who offers the better-quality affordable options?
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.
If that seems steep, consider that 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 offer affordable units, 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 Difference that Makes the Difference
Finally, some major contrast!
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 has taken a more high-tech approach to the controls by implementing either an illuminated touchpad or built-in buttons with presets and speed 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. Vitamix is good for simple household recipes, while Blendtec’s pre-sets can be good for when you need to handle multiple loads of ingredients—or when you just plain feel like getting fancy.
Vitamix vs Blendtec: Our Choices
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, full 7-year warranties and outstanding performance.
It’s easy to see why so many people side with Vitamix. Vitamix’s long, storied history of quality 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, the advanced, touchscreen controls and the ability to store any of their models on the countertop under standard kitchen cabinets make it a favorite of those looking for a more high-tech option. Our pick here is the Designer Series WildSide, with its 3 horsepower motor and flat touchscreen controls.
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