Montel Williams Healthmaster vs Vitamix: Which is Better?
For a long time I’ve depended on the Vitamix blender for making smoothies and juices but recently a few other powerful blenders
have hit the market. One of these is the HealthMaster blender by Montel Williams and I thought it would be interesting to do a detailed comparison to see which one comes out on top.
First let’s take a look at the options and models that are offered by each brand.
HealthMaster vs Vitamix Blender Models
Vitamix offers quite a wide selection of models from consumer to professional grade. Since there are so many different ones, I will choose the Vitamix 5200 because this is the model with which I am most familiar and it also seems to be the most popular consumer model. We’ll put that up against the Classic version of the HealthMaster.
One thing you will notice right off the bat is that the HealthMaster blender line does not provide quite the number of options when it comes to choosing a machine. There are really only two: HealthMaster and HealthMaster Elite, while Vitamix offers four main product lines and quite a few options within those categories.
Here is a short list showing the available options in each blender line.
- Vitamix Professional Series 750, 500, 300, 200, Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
- Vitamix 5200 and 7500 Standard – Here’s a link to the Vitamix 5200 owner’s manual
- Vitamix Creations II, Creations Elite, Creations GC
- Vitamix TurboBlend, TurboBlend VS
For more information on any of the specific models above, you can get full details at the official Vitamix website on their product page right here.
- HealthMaster – Here’s a link to the HealthMaster owner’s manual
- HealthMaster Elite
|Vitamix 5200||HealthMaster Classic||HealthMaster Elite|
|Dimensions||20.5" x 7.25" x 8.75"||21" H x 12.75" W x 16.5" D||19.5" H x 8" W x 8" D|
|Power||1380 watts / 2HP||1100 watts / ~ 2HP||1200 watts / ~ 2HP|
|Speeds||High/Low and Variable Speed||8 Variable Speeds||8 Variable Speeds|
|Pitcher Type||BPA Free Copolyester - Available in 64oz, 48oz and 32oz||Polycarbonate - 70oz||BPA Free plastic - 70oz|
|Blade Type||4 Prong Stainless Steel||4 Prong Stainless Steel||4 Prong Stainless Steel|
|Dry Use / Flour||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||7 year||60 money back guarantee. Lifetime warranty on motor||60 money back guarantee. Lifetime warranty on motor|
|Colors||Black, Red, White|
Brushed Stainless, and Platinum
|Black, Red, White||Black, Red, White|
|Price||$449.00 - new|
Refurbished models available for less
|3 payments of $49.99||4 payments of $49.99|
- Size –
Right off we can see a big difference in the size of the machines. The HealthMaster while not much taller, is significantly wider and deeper. Not good if you have limited counter space.
However, the HealthMaster Elite is much slimmer and trimmer and even a little smaller than the Vitamix.
I would have to say if you are limited on space this one would have to go to the HM Elite or Vitamix.
Winner: Tie - Vitamix and HealthMaster Elite
- Power -
The units are pretty evenly matched in the power department with the Vitamix motor being slightly more powerful than either of the HealthMaster models.
All three machines are evenly matched and provide incredible powerful. They can emulsify just about anything you can throw in them. However, with the slightly more powerful motor, we will give this one to the Vitamix.
- Container -
This seems to be a pretty easy victory for the Vitamix with the optional size of containers. The standard 64oz or a small 48oz or an even smaller 32oz blender pitcher size.
The HealthMaster does come with a 70oz container and bigger than any size offered by the competitor. So if you need a little extra room then Montel’s machine does offer it up.
No doubt the optional containers will come in handy so this one has to go to the Vitamix.
- Price -
The HealthMaster blender series is significant less in price than the Vitamix and comes with an easy payment plan with payments of only $49.99. This makes this blender/emulsifier much more affordable to the average person or family. It’s tough shelling out over $400 for a blender but I will tell you, it is absolutely worth it.
Vitamix does offer refurbished models at a discounted price in the range of $329 – $379.
Nevertheless, the HealthMaster provides more affordability and is a great option for those wanting a powerful blender on a tight budget.
- Overall -
With all things considered, these are both really great machines that can be used for a variety of kitchen applications. Making smoothies and juices is only one of the many things that are capable of these high powered blenders.
When it comes down to it, many features are very comparable between the 5200 and the Health Master Elite but the variety of containers and slight power edge gives this victory to the Vitamix for me.
You simply can’t go wrong with the Vitamix 5200 with years of history and reputation behind it. It’s the one blender trusted for the intense and inventive applications in the kitchens of the Food Network and will surely be able to handle anything that you can throw at it in your kitchen.
Have an experience with the HealthMaster or Vitamix blender that you want to share? Post a comment below and let us know.