Vitamix vs. Blendtec? Which is the better blender? For those of you out there looking into buying a high-powered blender and wondering which brand to buy, I thought it would be helpful to write a review, comparing the Vitamix with the Blendtec since I now have used both blenders extensively.
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At the beginning of the year I wrote a post entitled, Do You Really Need a High-Powered Blender?. I summed up the post by saying that your personal needs really dictate if you actually “need” a high-powered blender or not. If you don’t use a $30 blender now, you probably won’t use a more expensive one. But if you have food allergies in your family, or are trying to limit dairy or gluten in your diet, I would say a high-powered blender is a must since you can create so many dairy-free and gluten-free foods with the power of a super blender. If you drink smoothies multiple times a week, you’ll love a high-powered blender.
So if you have decided that you are going to invest in a high-powered blender, this may be a helpful post to help you make the right decision for you and your family as to which brand to buy. Here I am only comparing the Vitamix 5200 (the newer Vitamix may be more powerful) and the Designer Series Blendtec. Granted, it’s a limited Vitamix vs. Blendtec comparison, but from our personal experience. This is by no means exhaustive of all Vitamix and Blendtec models, though we hope it’s helpful.
- It has a 64 ounce container which is double the size of the Blendtec.
- It doesn’t automatically switch off every 50 seconds, so it’s easier to make a hotter soup.
- It makes a smoother smoothie.
- There is a flip switch to turn on the blender, so accidental explosions haven’t happened for us.
- It has a tamper, so we can shove the food into the blade safely to get the food blended if needed.
- It makes a soup hot in six minutes or less.
- You turn off the blender when you want (with most settings, the Blendtec turns off at 50 seconds).
Cons of the Vitamix Compared to the Blendtec:
- The base by the blade is smaller and harder to clean.
- Nut butters aren’t as smooth.
- The Vitamix doesn’t like sizable quantities of dates. I gave away my food processor when I first got a Vitamix because I thought it could do it all and promptly needed to get another food processor just for processing dates.
Pros of the Blendtec Compared to the Vitamix:
- The base by the blade is bigger and easier to clean.
- It makes awesome nut butters! They are smoother and quicker to make in the Blendtec with the Twister Jar.
- The Blendtec feels more powerful than the Vitamix.
- You see how many times you use the Blendtec every time you turn on the blender (which is a silly pro, but kinda fun).
- Overall it is faster than the Vitamix.
- Processing 1/2 cup + of dates is much easier in the Blendtec than the Vitamix. The Vitamix will automatically shuts off (a safety feature) because the dates are just too hard on the motor.
- I love how the Twister Jar scrapes down the sides of the little blender as you twist it while it blends. It’s kinda comparable to the Vitamix tamper, but the big Wildside Blendtec jar doesn’t have this feature.
Cons of the Blendtec Compared to the Vitamix:
- The biggest container is only a 32-ounce container (but does contain a lot of headroom, that is, empty space at the top of the carafe).
- There is no tamper, so every time we make a smoothie, there is a chunk of something left like a sizeable piece of carrot.
- Our Blendtec is so high tech with a digital control panel that it’s too easy to turn the blender on, and we’ve had a couple of explosions. Seriously it only takes 1/2 a second to make a HUGE mess. Accidentally touch the controls at the wrong time and you’ll be cleaning smoothie from the ceiling.
- It is harder to make a hot soup since the soup button only goes 90 seconds. You can have hot soup in six minutes with the Vitamix.
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Here are a few recipes I make in the high-powered blender.Powdered Sugar. I don’t buy powdered sugar anymore. Just blend away. I never add anti-caking agents, so this recipe is just one ingredient. I have always found it to be a bit gritty, though, and I only have experience blending evaporated cane juice. I don’t know about regular granulated sugar. Let me know if you’ve blended regular granulated sugar with excellent success. Since we hardly use powered sugar, this is the way I make it. You could re-blend the sugar and sift it for a finer sugar. I make Almond Milk now at least weekly (and usually more).
I love making my cashew-based non-dairy dressings in both blenders. Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing
Cashew-based cream pies also do very well in both blenders.
Hummus like Roasted Red Pepper Hummus works great in both blenders.
And we’ve made lots of Smoothies, of course. Vitamix wins the smoothie battle.
So, Vitamix vs. Blendtec: What do you think? Do you have experience using either or both? Which blender do you prefer? If you are going to buy one, which blender would you buy?