In the world of blenders, there have been two companies that have been battling it out for the title of best blender manufacturer for several years. The battle that I speak of is, of course is Blendtec vs Vitamix. How do these two blenders fare when placed against one another?
For this comparison I’ve selected the refurbished Vitamix 5200 unit as well as the refurbished Blendtec Total Blender. The reason for this selection is that these are both entry level, high quality blenders that are very comparable in price.
The base prices of these two units come in at under $300 with the Blendtec Total Blender costing $279.95 and the Vitamix 5200 costing $299. There is a less expensive refurbished Vitamix available for $259 but it really isn’t a fair comparison as that model only features two blending speeds.
The Blendtec vs Vitamix Smoothie Comparison
For this comparison, I decided to use the kale smoothie recipe from the post Kale Smoothies that Taste Good as it has multiple fresh ingredients and includes fresh kale, which some blenders struggle with.
Both blenders performed extremely well, making a very smooth and consistent smoothie with no chewable chunks detected.
Both blenders were able to handle the ingredients easily; however, I did have to use my tamper for just a second on the Vitamix as some of the kale became lodged on the sides of the jar.
With that said, the Blendtec has come out slightly ahead on this one due to the fact that it was faster and I did not have to use the tamper.
Winner: Blendtec Total Blender
The Nut Butter Challenge
One of the hardest things to make in any blender is nut butter. For this challenge, I decided to make peanut butter in both blenders.
Peanut butter can be hard to make due to the fact that it sticks to the sides of every blender. Both of these blenders performed very well by making smooth fresh peanut butter; however, one took significantly longer than the other.
Thanks to the tamper that’s included with the Vitamix 5200, it was able to handle making peanut butter very quickly and easily as I was able to push the peanut butter back down to the blades using the tamper.
The Blendtec, however, took significantly longer as I had to continuously stop the blender and scrape the sides of the jar with a spatula. I had to do this about five times and it took a bit longer to make the peanut butter in the included WildSide jar.
One thing to mention here is that you can purchase a Twister jar for the Blendtec Total Blender for just over $100 that will make blending any dry ingredients, including nut butters a snap.
You can find more information here on my Blendtec Twister jar review.
You can also purchase a dry ingredient jar for your Vitamix that allows you to make nut butters, flours, and more much faster than the included jar will.
In this test I simply compared the two units as they’re found straight out-of-the-box. This resulted in the Vitamix 5200 being the clear winner.
Aesthetics and Footprint
Both of these blenders are very aesthetically pleasing as they come in a variety of colors. They also both take up a very small footprint with the Vitamix 5200 being slightly larger by a fraction of an inch on both width and depth.
There is a slight problem with the Vitamix 5200 as it is very tall when the pitcher is sitting on the base. The Vitamix measures in at over a whopping 20 inches in height and will not fit under standard cabinets.
The Blendtec on the other hand measures in at just over 15 inches in height and will fit under most standard height cabinets. This allows you quick and easy storage of your Blendtec Total Blender when it is not in use.
Since both of these blenders are available in multiple colors and only the Blendtec will fit under your cabinets for easy storage, the Blendtec comes out as the victor here.
Ease-of-use and Speed Control
Many blender users enjoy having the ability to control the speed of their blender when using it. Others prefer the ability of having the blender use preprogrammed settings in order to make blended concoctions on its own.
This one truly comes down to your own preference but as this is my opinion on the Blendtec versus Vitamix, I have to choose the Vitamix as I prefer to be able to change my speeds at will rather than have the blender do it for me.
I will admit though that I do enjoy being able to simply press smoothie and have my Blendtec create a delicious fresh smoothie in seconds on autopilot.
Once again, this one comes down to user preference. However, with the Vitamix’s ability to manually select speeds, I have to give this category to the Vitamix 5200.
Customer Service and Warranty
Deciding to purchase either one of these blenders is definitely an investment. Having the manufacturers stand behind you with a solid warranty is very important. What are the warranties available on these two blenders?
Keeping in mind that the Vitamix 5200 is already $20 more expensive than the Blendtec Total Blender, it comes with a shorter warranty at only five years. You can however upgrade the warranty for another $75 to cover your investment for up to eight years.
The Blendtec Total Blender comes included with a seven year full coverage warranty that also covers your jar out of the box without any additional investment. The Blendtec warranty trumps the Vitamix warranty hands-down. For additional information about Blendtec Blenders, please click here.
Another concern that I personally have after speaking with Vitamix customer service as well as Blendtec customer service departments is that Vitamix reserves the discretion to void your warranty if they suspect you have use your blender inappropriately.
The part that concerns me is the answer I received when I asked what “inappropriate use” meant. I was informed that if you use your blender for more than three cycles daily it can be viewed as commercial use.
While that sounds like a lot of use, this means that if you make more than one jar of smoothies per day and run the automated cleaning cycle as recommended, then you have already exceeded the three cycles per day limit.
I was told by Vitamix customer service that this is able to be detected by their technical department when servicing blenders that are still within warranty. The question that I have to ask here is how are their technicians able to tell how often you’ve been using your blender because it doesn’t have a digital record like the Blendtec does?
After seeing multiple customers across different websites recently stating that when they have tried to have their Vitamix unit serviced on warranty, they have been informed that they were using their blender inappropriately and their warranty has been voided.
This concerns me because a big reason for investing in one of these high end blenders is knowing that the manufacturer has your back down the road in case issues arise.
Blendtec on the other hand informed me that their warranty at one time did take into account how many blend cycles had been ran through the blender versus the time you have owned the blender.
Presently, however, Blendtec stated that they no longer take this into account when servicing your blender and that it is a full coverage warranty, meaning that even if you have used your blender extensively it is still covered by their seven year warranty.
Taking an in-depth look at the warrantees and customer service provided by both of these companies, Blendtec has come out a clear winner based on both affordability as well as overall customer support.
Cleanup and Care
The final category to cover is the ease of cleanup and care between these two blenders. The good news is that both blenders feature a self-cleaning option that lets you simply add soap and water and press a button while the blender cleans up. Do these self-cleaning modes actually work?
For the most part, the Vitamix self-cleaning option worked very well. A problem was observed if you have fruits or vegetables with very small seeds such as raspberries. Also, I noted that it was pretty difficult to get food particles out from underneath the blades sometimes on the Vitamix.
When this happened, I would find myself taking the sprayer on my kitchen sink and after several minutes of blasting the bottom of the pitcher with very hot water, the leftover food particles would finally come out. Keep in mind that you must clean your blender jars ASAP after using them so that those left over particles don’t turn into food cement.
The Blendtec self-cleaning cycle went about as well as the Vitamix’s as it would remove all but the very tiny left over particles. The biggest difference that was noticed is that it was much easier to get underneath the Blendtec blades.
Another importance difference that I noted while trying to clean both jars was that the Blendtec jars are dishwasher safe, while the Vitamix jars are not, meaning that when things get stuck on some you can simply toss the Blendtec jar into the dishwasher and wait for it to be clean. With the Vitamix, you can expect to be spraying for a bit.
Because Blendtec’s jar ability to be put in the dishwasher and the Vitamix’s slightly more difficult to clean blade system, the Blendtec Total Blender takes this spot.
Conclusion of the Blendtec vs Vitamix Battle
As you can see in the categories above, the Blendtec Total Blender took 4 of the 6 categories, making it the winner of this comparison.
With that said however, both of these blenders are great investments, it just happens that on an entry level, Blendtec provides a better value for your money spent in my opinion.
What are your thoughts on the Blendtec vs Vitamix battle? What is an important feature for you to have in a blender? Do you own either of these blenders personally? Please share your thoughts, comments, and stories below and thanks for taking the time to read this comparison.