I wanted a fancy dancy high speed blender for two years, but I could never commit. I couldn’t figure out the difference between the main two competitors, and I couldn’t quite stomach the cost.
I solidly expected the Blendtec and Vitamix to be doggone similar in function and performance, so when a local blog colleague told me her opinion was otherwise, I had to make a side-by-side test happen.
I’ve been excited to share this video since last week! (Part three of the review, by the way, will tell you what happened when I made nut butter and flour – I decided to split what was going to be part two into two posts because it got so long.)
If you can’t view the video above, click Blendtec vs Vitamix Comparison Review to view it on You Tube.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s my slightly negative Blendtec review that I mentioned in the video.
If you hate watching videos, here’s a recap:
- I showed both containers for the Blendtec and explained our experiment: Vitamix vs. Blendtec, 4 c. coconut + 1 c. sunflower seeds (we also tried frozen banana pseudo-ice cream, photo above).
- The Vitamix made a creamy coco-sunbutter in about one minute.
- The Twister jar of the Blendtec, which is intended for recipes like this one, made a creamy coco-sunbutter too, in about 35-40 seconds, but we could only make 1/3 of the recipe at a time because it’s so much smaller. In my opinion, that = fail.
- I wanted to try the regular Blendtec WildSide jar, since I felt like that compared apples to apples pricewise. We put the full recipe in the Blendtec…and it stopped after 30 seconds and said “Overload.” I’d never seen that before!
Things I’ve Learned Since the First Review Post
- The reason the Blendtec and Vitamix are both plastic is that glass would break under the power of the motor. Old Vitamixes are made of stainless steel, which would be preferable in some ways, to me, but it would be odd not being able to see the contents of my blender.
- One can push any button to make the Blendtec stop, not just pulse…which is probably what a frantic rookie would be doing to try to make it stop when they couldn’t find the “stop” button, so that works out well. I still think it’s dumb that there’s no stop button, and our video demonstrates how counter-intuitive it is perfectly: My friend is trying to get the blender to turn off, and she looks around for a minute then jabs at the “level down” button, which takes a few seconds to come down from level 7. We had already discussed the “pulse for stop” ridiculousness, which reinforces just how backward it is.
- Some people recommend using the “whole juice” button for smoothies instead of the smoothies button. I tried it today, and I have to admit, it did a good job!
I hope I wasn’t too hard on the poor Blendtec in the first part of my review. It’s a cool machine, and it does some amazing things with whole vegetables, frozen fruit and whole grains.
My bottom line is that, for the price, a high-powered blender should truly knock your socks off. For me, that didn’t happen. My feet would get too cold anyway.
I’m sure I should branch out and try some more new recipes and techniques that really do require a high-powered blender for success. I’m sure there are many things my old blender couldn’t handle that are perfect for my Blendtec. I didn’t go nuts in the “new things” department, even though I’ve had the blender for a few months. Life gets away, you know?
How the Vitamix is Likely the Same as the Blendtec
I listed quite a number of features that were on my “negative” list when I reviewed the Blendtec. I think the Vitamix would have some of the same, including:
- Very, very loud.
You can’t take it apart to wash it.Yes you can! See comments for more… Not recommended for the dishwasher.(Vitamix is okay in the dishwasher, but you’re not supposed to use it often, I guess. See comments for more from VM owners.)
- Made of plastic.
- It always looks dirty. (The cleaning instructions are the same.)
- It can’t actually replace my food processor.
The Vitamix DOES have a pour spout and a stop button, so it wins there. From what I understand, in order to grind grains, you have to buy a separate “dry” container for the Vitamix. (But if you want to, the regular “wet” container actually grinds grains well too – see comments for great wisdome!) The Blendtec main container does grains, but it can’t do nut butter or bean spreads.
So…if you only have the funds for one container (the extras run between $80-120), you’ll have to decide what you need the high-powered blender for more.
The big question, the same one I pose in the video, is now this: Do you really NEED a high-powered blender? That will be the topic of the third and final part of this review.
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