Smoothies – blended beverages made out of fruit, vegetables and superfood – are a key ingredient of a healthy lifestyle. They are quick and easy to make but nutritious and full of energy at the same time. Especially in summer, when many of us loose the appetite for bigger meals because of the heat, smoothies are a welcome alternative. Sooner or later, every true lover of healthy life wishes to have a blender. But it may not be as simple as it sounds – so many blenders on the market, each of different size, shape and strength – which one is the right one?
First, we have to make clear what will we use our blender for. Will we only make fruit smoothies from time to time? If that’s the case, a lower quality blender will be strong enough. Do we wish to make green smoothies out of leafy greens and use the blender for making gourmet raw dishes as well? Only high-speed blenders are capable of making the smooth structure of a green smoothie with no spinach, chard or dandelion to be felt. The price of high-speed blenders is higher of course, but they are worth every cent. Not only we can rely on them for the next 10 years, they are also the ones who can turn green smoothies into a delicious treat and the only ones who can handle more difficult culinary tasks, such as grinding nuts, making ice-creams, dips, spreads and nut milks. So, when the decision for a high-speed blender is made, usually two of the most powerful blenders in the world come in the game. Vitamix and Blendtec are both the leading high-speed blender companies and differences between them are so small it often gets confusing when deciding between them. We gathered a few facts about Blendtec and Vitamix that could ease your decision.
Probably the most important question when choosing a high-speed blender is which one makes the smoothest drinks and which one grinds nuts more finely? When comparing Vitamix and Blendtec, this question looses most of its importance. Both machines are the strongest blenders available on the market and both do a fantastic job with any task you would expect from a good quality blender. While Blendtec has a slightly more powerful motor, it practically makes no difference. Well, maybe when blending more unusual things, such as iPad, but then again, we do not put these in a smoothie, right?
Vitamix is the winner when it comes to making thicker masses, because a tamper is included in the basic container. Tamper allows us to push the ingredients down to the blades while blending and makes it easier to make thick smoothies with lots of greens, nut butters, thick dips, spread and dough for raw desserts. When working with Blendtec, we need to stop the machine every now and then, scraping the mass from the side of container. Then again, Blendtec has a lot of additional containers to meet these needs. For making smoothies with lots of greens, a wider container is available so ingredients do not get stuck between the blades. For making thick spreads and nut butter a new »twister jar« was recently developed. It allows you to make the same things as Vitamix allows with its tamper.
You can buy a spatula from both companies as well, which allows you to scrap the mass from the bottom.
- Power/Speed- The power of Vitamix motor is 1000-1200 W, turning between 1000 and 37.000 rotations per minute, depending on the level set. The rotations per minute are the same with Blendtec, but its motor is slightly more powerful, 1560 W. In practice, the difference in motor power does not show. They both make smooth smoothies, grind any nuts, seeds and grains and make spread and dips of same quality.
- Price – A new Blendtec will cost you from 560 euros (for a 1,9 l container) to 624 euros (for a 2,7 l container), while a new Vitamix with a 2 l container will cost you around 649 euros. Note: the prices mentioned above are prices in Slovenia.
- Containers (shape, dimensions and materials) – Many people are not sure how big should be the container. For everyday use – let us say you make a daily smoothie for you and your sweetheart – a 2 or 1,9 l container will be more than enough. It should be noted that official Blendtec recommendation is to fill only a half of the container, which means half less smoothie. With Vitamix, you can fill the container to the fullest and it will still blend great.
Besides the 2 l container, Vitamix also offers 0,9 and 1,4 l containers, while Blendtec has 1,9 and 2,7 l containers. Vitamix also has an option for purchasing a container for grinding dry ingredients such as nuts and grains. Experience shows that such additional container is not needed so much, because the basic container grinds dry ingredients just perfectly, though it is true the dry ingredients container comes in handy when grinding bigger quantities of ingredients. Also, if using any container for grinding grains regularly, the sides of it get dusty.
- Size – Blendtec is significantly smaller – its height is about 40 cm, while Vitamix’s is 51 cm. Blendtec therefore fits better under small kitchen spaces. Other measurements are about the same. Vitamix’s weight is 5 kg and Blendtec’s is 5,4 kg.
- Design – this is of course a matter of personal taste, though Blendtec is more often praised as more stylish and modern. They both come in three colors: red, white and black. Vitamix also offers a stainless steel model.
- Managment – One of the main differences between the blenders is the regulation of the blending. After 70 years, Vitamix still swears to the classic buttons and switches, while Blendtec has more modern approach. Speeds in Vitamix can be set with a single button from 1 to 10 and an additional button for turbo speed exists. The advantage of Vitamix is an easy use, for those who are not fond of modern technology also. With Blendtec, you work with touch keys and different programs, each of them intended for another task. The advantage is you do not have to stand and wait by your blender while blending, because it turns itself off when done.
- Noise – Both blenders are powerful and therefore pretty noisy – you will have to have a bit of luck with patient neighbors, if living in an apartment – but Vitamix is slightly quieter. Blendtec Company offers a special model with a noise reduction enclosure though, but it is a blender made for bars and it costs almost twice as much as the basic one.
- Cleaning – Both blenders are easy to clean. Just use some water (about a cup) and blend it at medium or high speed until the stains disappear from the sides of container and blades.
- Materials – Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are made out of quality materials and containers have a »BPA free« title, meaning they do not contain toxic bisphenol-A.
- Tradition and origin – Both blenders are made in the USA. First Vitamix was made in 1937 and as such has a few decades longer tradition as Blendtec, which was found in 1975.
- Warranty – Both blenders have a warranty of 7 years.
What can I make with my blender?
|Grinding nuts and seeds||yes||yes|
|Nut butters||yes||yes, with a twister jar|
|Ice cream from frozen fruits||yes, with a use of tamper||yes, with additional liquid or a twister jar|
|Fruit pastes (date paste, apricot paste etc.)||yes||yes|
The differences between Vitamix and Blendtec exist, but they do not affect both blenders’ ability to make incredible smoothies and other raw treats. A slightly cheaper Blendtec has a more elegant look, while Vitamix has a longer tradition and a benefit of using only one container for many tasks (while with Blendtec, we need different containers).
PlanetBIO co-workers own both Vitamix and Blendtec and none of us would exchange our blender for the other one. No matter which one will you decide for, you will definitely not regret your choice.
Another brand of blenders has been introduced to the market lately; named Omniblend V. We haven’t tested it yet, so it would be unfair to equally compare it with Blendtec and Vitamix. According to experiences from its users, Omniblend is capable of making the same raw treats as the above mentioned blenders, such as green smoothies, dips, spreads, nut milks and so on. Probably the biggest advantage of Omniblend is its relatively low price. A machine with 2 l container will cost you only around 330 euros (in Slovenia). On the other hand, Omniblend lacks tradition, as it has only been around for a few years and no one knows how it will work over many years. Different than the other two blenders, Omniblend V is made in China. Its appearance is a mix of both blenders compared above – it borrowed the tamper from Vitamix and touch key tehnology from Blendtec. Its motor power is slightly weaker, 950 W, while it has even more rotations per minute, but in practice, this does not show or make a difference.
|Motor strength||1000-1200 W||1560 W||950 W|
|Number of rotations||37.000 rotations/minute||37.000 rotations/minute||38.000 rotations/minute|
|Dimensions||18.5 x 21 x 51 cm||17,8 x 20,3 x 40 cm||23 x 18 x 41 cm|
|Warranty||7 years||7 years||7 years|
|BPA free container||yes||yes||no|
|Technology||buttons and switches||Smart-Touch technology (touch keys)||touch keys|
Written by Eva Žontar