Blendtec vs Vitamix: A Complete Comparison

When I first got into blending, like most people I started out with smoothies. But then I got more experimental with iced teas, milk shakes, margaritas (only on the weekends), fresh fruit sorbets, and some sauces, salad dressings & salsas to spice up home cooked meals. I used to cut the veggies by hand before I got into blending, but pretty soon I needed a serious blender that could handle everything I threw at it.

Blendtec or Vitamix

When looking for a commercial quality blender with staying power, it is really a two-horse race of the Blendtec vs Vitamix. Specifically, the Blendtec Total Blender and the Vitamix 5200 Blender models are the right products for people who seriously like to blend. These are the largest, most feature-packed blenders available, made principally for the consumer market (can be used in business commercial locations too, but usually will void the 7 year warranty that comes with each blender).

Blendtec Review


The Blendtec Total Blender series of blenders comes in a variety of colors and configurations. This four-sided blender has a solid industrial grade polycarbonate base which tapers upwards in a dome-like shape.

On the front are the touch-pad controls and the LED display. The electronics are all solid-state with no electronic moving parts which reduces the chances of an electronic malfunction later.

The convenience of the Total Blender is the Smart-Touch cycle button. This can speed up the blending action for a limited time, before it cycles back down again and then shuts off when the program is complete. This saves both time and money. The Total Blender has six different cycles to allow full flexibility.

Other Blendtec reviews do not always highlight the sheer ice-crushing power of the 4″ stainless steel blade driven by 1560 watts. Capable of turning frozen ice into a snow-like substance (complete with an Ice-Crushing Guarantee no less), there is no doubt that this blender has power to spare.

The BPA-free Tritan co-polyester 2-quart jar is more rectangular than tall and thin. This allows for packing in a good volume of ingredients, layering each separate ingredient in stages from the bottom of the jar to the top.

The vented gripped lid makes it easy to grip it and remove at the end of the blending process. Pouring is easy to do also with no spillage. An owner’s manual and a recipe book with over a hundred recipes to try is included.

A seven-year guarantee also ensures that any faulty models are covered.

Vitamix Review

vitamix-5200-standardThe Vitamix 5200 Blender is the other great blender option when considering Vitamix vs Blendtec. As the worthy successor to the Vitamix 5000 blender that came before it, the 5200 packs in many useful features.

The thick black base with added feet gives the blender a sturdy feel, with branding logos and then manual controls section situated above that. The 64 ounce tall jar stands above the controls section, with an extremely thick black handle that is easy to grasp. The jar itself is slimmer at the bottom, and gradually widens out as it reaches the top where the black lid firmly sits.

The black tamper is an extra hand-held device that can be used to push ice and other tough to crush items down towards the blade at the bottom of the machine. Just lift the clear section of the lid away, add fresh produce at the top of the jar and then use the tamper to push the contents down hard.

The 2-peak HP motor which delivers 1380 watts of power is powerful enough to crush ice and tough uncooked vegetables with consummate ease. A radial cooling fan ensures the machine does not overheat and there is a thermal protection system included in this model for good measure.

The 5200 comes with a whole foods recipe book, with CD.

A 7 year full guarantee is also included which gives peace of mind with this major purchase.

Cons of the Blendtec Total Blender

blendtec-front-panelFor many professional chefs, they will not touch a blender unless it is a Vitamix model. Most chefs in the States have used the Vitamix range in the many restaurants that they have worked in and they trust it. For the home user however, they are more open to considering the Blendtec Total Blender.

The Blendtec model lacks the black tamper which is used to push produce further down into the jar to where the blades are. This ensures that the toughest frozen items and raw food can be blended effectively.

The Vitamix Whole Foods recipe book, complete with CD, is a better package to help new buyers get started with blending, juicing and creating sauces of their choosing.

Cons of the Vitamix 5200 Blender

The Blendtec Total Blender has a 3 peak horsepower motor with a higher wattage that can power their rotating blade to up to 300 mph. The Vitamix 5200 only has a 2 peak horsepower motor which only gets a fraction of the miles per hour with its rotating blade.

The Vitamix 5200 is a good deal taller than the Blendtec model. This means that storing the blender when it is not being used can be a problem if the usual storage places is under the kitchen counter top. Often the Vitamix cannot fit, whereas the shorter and squarer Blendtec can.

Which Blender is Best?

When it comes to a choice between Blendtec versus Vitamix, it can be a tough decision. There is a lot to recommend both blender brands.

The Blendtec Total Blender is the better option though because the electronic LED display and modern controls make it easier to use. By comparison, the rotating dials to control the Vitamix seems to be a decade out of date; younger customers especially will expect more from a blender priced up in the hundreds of dollars. The 3 peak motor is more powerful and with the additional purchase of a separate tamper, the Blendtec will deliver on every level that a commercial-quality blender is expected to.

When wanting a best-in-class blender for your kitchen, you cannot go wrong with the Blendtec Total Blender.


Category: Blenders, Reviews

3 thoughts on “Blendtec vs Vitamix: A Complete Comparison

  1. John on said:

    The Vitamix has a 2.1 Peak HP motor, but the SPEED of the spinning blades is considerably faster than the Blentec. It’s like comparing a plow horse to a thoroughbred. The plow horse is stronger, but the thoroughbred is faster. The faster motor speed is exactly the reason that chef’s prefer a Vitamix. Additionally, the blades in the Vitamix are far better at producing a smoother product. That is why Starbuck tried Blentec for a year and went back to Vitamix the following year.

  2. Sarah on said:

    While both of them are awesome blenders, I’d have to say I prefer the Vitamix as well. I sort of like the rotating dial as opposed to an LED interface as I feel it gives me more control. Plus like John said, even though the Blendtec has a more powerful motor, it doesn’t necessarily mean it blends any better.

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