Who Makes The Better Blender? Vitamix vs Blendtec

When you’re shopping for a high-performance blender, you’ll likely find yourself comparing two well-known brands, Vitamix vs Blendtec. These are the top 2 brands in America and both have a long history of having the highest quality, best customer service, and most powerful blenders. This is a comparison that many others have had to make before purchasing their new blender, and it can be a little confusing.

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Both manufacturer’s offer the best blender money can buy, and they are all priced moderate to very expensive. This article will highlight the differences between each company and help you decide which is the best fit for your needs.

New Blenders in 2018

Vitamix vs Blendtec - line up

Blendtec Classic Series – Blendtec Fit

Blendtec released a new entry-level model blender for 2018. It belongs to their Classic series and is called the Fit. A full write-up is coming shortly and I’ll post a link here.

Blendtec Designer Series – Blendtec 650

Blendtec released another blender to compete with Vitamix’s Ascent Series. It’s a beautiful blender with the typical high horsepower motor. A full write-up is coming shortly.

New Blenders in 2017

Vitamix Explorian Series – E310

Vitamix E310

In October 2017, Vitamix released a new line of blenders called the Explorian Series. The first blender in that line is the model E310. The Vitamix E310 is very similar to the other full-size blenders Vitamix sells, and is very comparable specs wise to the Classic Series (C-Series) such as the ever popular 5200 (with the low-profile container).

What is significant about this model is the price point. It is now the new low-price leader for Vitamix and rivals the pricing of many of their Certified Reconditioned models.

Vitamix Ascent Series

Vitamix released their new line of blenders called the Ascent in early 2017. You can get all the details on this exciting new Vitamix Ascent in our new article. The quick answer, there are 3 big changes that have impacted the Blendtec vs Vitamix battle. They can be boiled down to two new features and one warranty enhancement:

  1. Multi-Size containers: The Ascents come with a standard full-size 64 oz container. But it can also be fitted with single serve sized containers, much like you get with a Ninja blender. So one blender base can be used like a traditional blender with a full-size container (like the 7500) and can also be used with a single-serve sized container (like the S30).
  2. Self-Detect Sensing Technology: The motor base has the ability to automatically detect the size of the container you are using and will then adjust the program settings and maximum blending times accordingly.
  3. Warranty: All Ascent blenders come with a 10 year warranty!

Warranty Changes in 2017

As mentioned above, Vitamix changed to a 10 year warranty as standard on their Vitamix Ascent Series of blenders when buying brand new. We’re not aware of any other changes to warranties offered by Vitamix.

On the other hand, Blendtec made a change on their Certified Refurbished blenders. They shortened their standard warranty on Certified Refurbished and they now only come with 3 years of warranty. Their brand new blenders still come with 8 year warranties and 10 years on the Professional 800 and Tom Dickson Extreme.

Best Blender On A Budget in 2018

RATING (5.0)
Explorian E310
Blendtec Fit
2 HP
3 HP
5 yrs
2 yrs

Longer warranty

Patented Tamper

More HP

Better Price
Less HP
Lack of tamper

Only 2yr Warranty
Get Vitamix E310
Get Blendtec Fit

The winner in 2018 for the Best Blender On A Budget is a tough one as both Vitamix and Blendtec make excellent blenders that will blend any ingredient thrown in them. Vitamix has really stepped up their game to compete at this entry level price range with their new Explorian E310 introduced in October 2017. And Blendtec has introduced their new Blendtec Fit as a direct competitor at a fantastic price.

There is no dominant blender in this decision. They each have strong features in different categories.

Winner On Price

If price is the #1 deciding factor, both the Blendtec Fit and Vitamix E310 blenders constantly battle each other for the lowest price. And depending on what month or day you check, one may be lower than the other at blendtec.com or from Vitamix.com directly. Check prices at both to be certain of the best price.

If you plan to blend thick ingredients most of the time, the Blentec has more HP, but the patented Vitamix tamper will be a huge timesaver and probably the best reason to buy the Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs blender.

If there’s no sales at the time of purchase, the Blendtec Fit will be the cheaper buy.

Alternative Blenders To Consider

We could just say it’s a draw and both are equal. But we feel there should be a winner picked. If you’re comfortable with refurbished blenders, the Blendtec Total Blender Certified Refurbished (TB621) is often a great price, and if they’re in stock, buy it! That is a terrific price for a blender of this caliber and quality.

The Winner For Best Blender On A Budget

Many of our readers are more comfortable with only a brand new blender. In our opinion, it boils down to the following:

  1. The Vitamix Explorian E310:
    1. has a longer warranty
    2. designed to use a tamper
  2. The Blendtec Fit has more peak horsepower

So … Our overall opinion, by a small margin, we recommend the Vitamix Explorian E310 Blender as the best blender on a budget.

Get Vitamix E310       Get Blendtec Fit

Best Value Blender for 2018

 Value blender is one of the most competitive categories in the high-performance blender market. High power and long warranties aren’t enough to win here. Other factors such as new technologies, flexibility, and container choices all at a great price make this a super tough category to win.


Winner On Price

Based on price alone, the Blendtec Designer 650 looks to be the winner with a savings of $20 over the Vitamix A2300.  But for a blender in the $400+ range, $20 is less significant than in the Budget Blender range. But if $20 makes a difference to you, yes, the Blendtec Fit is the winner.

Alternative Blenders To Consider

Looking at the blender landscape, there are two other blenders we’d seriously consider in this value category:

Both of these blenders are reconditioned by their factory’s, and are also great values. Both of these come with a plethora of Auto Programs and great warranties. They’re solid contendors in this category.

The Winner For Best Value Blender

The winner for the Best Value Blender is the Vitamix A2300. Both of these blenders are highly rated, loved by consumers and have similar prices. The Blendtec has more HP and Programs. The Vitamix is lacking Programs, and we really value Programs. So yet again, this is another challenging decision. No one blender stands out dominantly over the other. For day-to-day functionality, the Vitamix tamper rises the Vitamix Ascent A2300, along with an unbelievable warranty of 10 years, self-detect technology built into the containers, and the ability to add-on the single-serve to-go containers make it ultra versatilve. The A2300, in our opinion is the best value blender.

Get Vitamix A2300       Get Designer 650

Best Blender Overall in 2020

Vitamix Ascent A2500
RATING (5.0)
Designer 725
2.2 HP
3.8 HP
10 yrs
8 yrs

Longer Warranty

Single Serve and Full Size
More HP

Lower Price

Capacitive Touch Slider Screen
No Capacitive Touch Screen
Lack of tamper

Shorter warranty
Get Vitamix A2500
Get Designer 725

This category is when we start to care less about the price and more about buying a top-of-the-line or near top-of-the-line model. But not buying the most expensive blender available.

Winner On Price

We are huge fans of the Blendtec Designer 725, and even own one of those in our kitchen. But judging purely on price between these two titans of blenders, the Vitamix A2500 offers a lower price. So the winner just on price is the Vitamix A2500.

Alternative Blenders To Consider

Before buying one of these blenders, we’d seriously consider refurbished models. They offer tremendous value for a ton of features. Specifically, we like:

Yes, the Designer 725 shows up again as a refurbished model. It’s cheaper but has been fully reconditioned.

The Winner for Best Overall Blender

This is the sweet spot of blenders and where many of our readers shop for a blender. And again, it’s a tough one, but this time there are greater differentiators. It pits several new technologies against each of these blenders. But it is our overall opinion, with the Multi-Size capabilities and longer warranty that the Vitamix Ascent 2500 be awarded Best Blender Overall.

The A2500 balances value with Multi-Size flexibility. It’s like having a Next-Gen 7500 and a S30 all in one blender.


The Blendtec Designer 725 is a beautiful blender with a delicious illuminated capacitive touch screen interface. And it has a very powerful motor. If you find yourself blending extremely tough foods like nut butters, this would be a better choice.

Get Vitamix A2500       Get Designer 725

Best Blender – I Don’t Care About Budget! (2020)

The winner for the Best Blender is all about the best blender for a home kitchen. At this level, both blenders can basically make the same quality of blends. So we start looking at the smaller differentiators. And for many home cooks, noise is a big issue.

Winner On Price

This is probably the easiest one to make a judgement on. Both of these blenders are the best residential blenders offered by Vitamix and Blendtec.

The Vitamix A3500 tops out at $619, while the Blendtec Pro 800 eclipses $1099.

In this category, it’s less about price and more about buying the best-of-the-best. But if you were in the market to buy the best blender offered by Vitamix or Blendtec, the Vitamix A3500 wins hands down on price.

Alternative Blenders To Consider

At this level, there really aren’t any alternatives to consider. Vitamix doesn’t have Certified Reconditioned A3500’s yet, and the Blendtec Pro 800 has from time to time offered Blendtec Certified Refurbished Pro 800‘s, but they are offered infrequently.
So there really aren’t any real alternatives to consider at the moment.

The Winner For Best Blender

This is where Blendtec takes some of their restaurant grade innovations and brings it into the home. If you’ve ever been to a Jamba Juice, Starbucks, or another restaurant that makes serious smoothies, you’ll notice nearly all of them have their blenders enveloped in a plastic enclosure to reduce noise.

These enclosures work EXTREMELY well!

With the Blendtec Professional 800, you don’t need to embed the blender motor and mechanisms into the counter like they do in many restaurants. Instead, this blender is designed for a regular home kitchen, which means it is fully self-contained and portable.
This is about as close to a restaurant grade blender you can get for the home 
So we cap off this Best Blender competition with the winner being the Blendtec Professional 800.

Get Vitamix A3500     Get Blendtec Pro 800

Horsepower: Who Has the Most?

vitamix vs blendtec - Blendtec motor size comparison

When your blender is capable of blending an iPhone, you know you’ve got plenty of horsepower.

Both manufacturer’s offer blenders with incredible horsepower! Any of the models sold by either company has more than enough power to handle the ingredients you put in—and, yes, that includes smartphones.

The truth is, most people would have a tough time telling the difference between a smoothie made in a Vita-mix and one made in a Blendtec. They both produce a smoothie with a creamy consistency, and they both can heat up a soup using just the friction created by the spinning of the blades. Bottom line: you won’t miss out on much power no matter which model you choose.

When comparing pure horsepower numbers, Blendtec has the slight advantage here. Every Blendtec model that discloses their horsepower number is rated at or above 3-peak horsepower. Most Vitamix blenders are only rated at 2-peak horsepower, with the exception of Next Generation models like the Professional Series 750, Professional Series 300, 7500, and Creations Elite, rated at 2.2-peak horsepower.

In the horsepower battle, Blendtec is the winner. But good enough is sometimes all that is needed to provide similar if not the same results for smoothies, juice, nut butters, and the like. And they each produce food that has very similar results.

Warranties: Making Sure You’ll Get Your Money’s Worth

Once again, the Vitamix vs. Blendtec match here is a pretty even draw. Both companies offer seven year warranties with their new blenders that cover both the blender bases and the containers for normal wear and tear. A point to note is that the new Vitamix Ascent blenders come standard with a 10 year warranty.

For the other Vitamix models, the 7-year warranty with the Vita Mix, there is an option to add three years of warranty coverage at the time of purchase for an additional $75, bringing the total coverage to 10 years. You can also upgrade the Certified Reconditioned models from 5 years and add an additional 3 years, getting a full 8 years of warranty.

Blendtec also offers an additional three years of warranty coverage for $75 if you decide to upgrade when purchasing a new blender.

We think both of these warranties are excellent, so we’re calling this round a tie.

Design and Practicality: The Art of Blending

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then it stands to reason that this matchup largely comes down to user preference. Without question, the blenders produced by either company are quite large and bulky. They average between 15″-20″ in height, 5.75″-7.7″ wide, 7.5″-9.5″ deep, and can weigh up to 12.5 lbs.

vitamix vs blendtec counter height comparison

It’s important to note that the older model Vitamix blenders are quite tall due to the larger 64 oz container and the taller bases. These models are often too tall to fit under the standard kitchen cabinet if you plan on storing the container on the base.

However, newer models, like the Next-Gen G-Series Professional Series 750, Professional Series 300, Vitamix 7500, and Creations Elite feature a newly redesigned base and wider, shorter containers. These newer models should have no problem fitting under standard kitchen cabinets.

Looking at the latest Vitamix Ascent blenders, they’re even a little bit shorter than the G-Series. So kitchen cabinet height becomes less of a concern.

Let’s not forget that Blendtec has 3 jars for their blenders. The original Blendtec Four Side Jar, the Blendtec Wild Side Jar, and the latest Blendtec Twister Jar. The Twister Jar is only 16 ounces but it is also considerably shorter than the other 2 jars and is great for someone who usually makes a thick frozen smoothie for one person. Allowing this to be your main jar freeing up lots of cabinet height room.

Who wins the design battle? We have to give it to Blendtec only because they have always been designed to fit under standard kitchen cabinets.

Price: The Bottom Line

We’re not going to mince words: both blenders have some of the highest-priced models on the market. The question is: who offers the better-quality affordable options?

Vita Mix blenders range in price from $299 to $689 with an average price around $484. The factory reconditioned models are the cheapest of the bunch, starting at $299, but only come with a 5 year warranty.

If that seems steep, consider that Blendtec models range between $279 to $1035 with an average price of about $555, which is about MSRP for their very popular blendtec tb-621-20 with street prices in the $400 range. Their factory refurbished models are their most affordable offerings, starting at $279, for the Total Blender Classic Certified Refurbished.

I wish I could offer up a category of Best Blender Under $200, but there really isn’t one in a professional grade blender meant to last years and years, and blend almost anything a home cook can throw in it. In the price battle of Vitamix vs Blendtec, both Vitamix and Blendtec offer affordable units, with the lowest priced options coming from their fantastic Certified Reconditioned models for around $300. Blendtec has the edge here by offering the cheapest high-performance option, with full 7-year warranty, their Total Blender Classic Certified Refurbished.

Controls: The Difference that Makes the Difference

Finally, some major contrast!

Vitamix vs blendtec - 5200 base

Vitamix “legacy” blenders all use a fairly low-tech dial and toggle switch setup. The controls are intuitive and provide you with precise control over the speed with the twist of a dial.

The one exception would be the Next-Gen Series 780. That model was the introduction of the first capacitive touch screen by Vitamix.

In 2017, the Vitamix Ascent introduced digital screens, but still rely on knobs, either manual or digital. They do offer Auto Programs on some of their models just like the Blendtec’s.

Vitamix vs Blendtec - Professional Series controls

Blendtec has taken a more high-tech approach to the controls by implementing either an illuminated touchpad or built-in buttons with presets and speed controls.

Many prefer the Vita-mix for its simplicity.  But others are always looking for the latest in technology and are big fans of the more technical Blendtec controls. Vitamix is good for simple household recipes while Blendtec’s pre-sets can be good for when you need to handle multiple loads of ingredients—or when you just plain feel like getting fancy.


“Vitamix, it’s an awesome machine to have”, Andrew Volk

“Why Blendtec? Top to bottom, it’s the most advanced blender in the world.”

“Why Blendtec? Top to bottom, it’s the most advanced blender in the world.”


Vitamix Black Specks

In doing your research, you will find articles and reviews about the Vitamix black specks problem. This was a condition in which tiny black dots would be found in your blended drink, soup, or meal inside the pitcher.  It was commonly discussed as the Vitamix black specks 5200 problem or the Vitamix 7500 black specks issue, but it had nothing to do with those particular models. Those are 2 of the most popular models, so it got a lot of attention naturally.

There were even “container tests” done on new purchases to see if the one you bought suffered from the problem. Basically you poured water into your new blender container, ran it on the highest setting for a few minutes, then poured it into a white bowl. If you had the black specks problem, it was very easy to see them in a white bowl.

We reached out to Vitamix to get a definitive word on this subject. Basically, this issue started in 2014 and was popularized online in 2015. Although it was deemed to be due to teflon coming from the bearing seal, and no known health risks are associated with the ingestion of Teflon, or PTFE, Vitamix made modifications to the containers that were affected by this problem and completely resolved the issue. The solution was a new seal on all full-size containers.

Rest assured, Vitamix stands behind their products. As of August 11, 2015, all full-size containers coming off their production lines contain a new seal that addresses the issue. If there are any further questions or concerns about the one you bought, contact Vitamix at 800-848-2649.

We stand behind Vitamix and their products 100% with zero concerns about this problem. In fact we bought a new 780 back in May without even knowing the problem was fixed in August 2015. The one recommendation we do have, since inventories could still have blenders built before August 11, 2015, is to buy directly from Vitamix.com. There will be zero chance of you getting a blender without the fix if you buy direct from the manufacturer.

Blendtec vs Vitamix: Our Choices

If you’re looking for a high-performance blender, you really can’t go wrong with either Vitamix or Blendtec. Both make great blenders with excellent quality, full 7-year warranties and outstanding performance.

It’s easy to see why so many people side with Vitamix. their long, storied history of quality and the simplicity of the controls make the pick of many devoted followers and the choice of so many chefs. There is much debate on which is the better Vitamix blender, the 5200 vs 7500. In our opinion, the 7500 is our #1 pick. With its updated design, shorter container, and more powerful motor, the 7500 is THE BEST Vita-mix on the market right now for the money.

On the Blendtec side, the advanced, touchscreen controls and the ability to store any of their models on the countertop under standard kitchen cabinets make it a favorite of those looking for a more high-tech option. Our pick here is the Designer Series 625, with its 3 horsepower motor and flat touchscreen controls.

Still deciding for yourself who the winner is in the Vitamix vs Blendtec battle? Check out our Blender Comparison Tool. It has helped thousands of people look at the cold hard facts, color choices, and pricing to make their final decision.

Ninja vs Vitamix

It’s very common to also compare Ninja blenders. There are lots of infomercials on TV for the Ninja, and that is often many people’s first exposure to powerful blenders that are stronger than the common $25-50 ones you see in the big box department stores. So let’s do a quick comparison.

Power: One of the most powerful blenders Ninja has to offer is the Ninja Ultima which lists 2.5 HP.  Vitamix C-Series, like the popular Vita mix 5200, lists 2.0 HP. Based purely on power, one would assume that the Ninja is more powerful and better performing. Both are good at basic blender tasks, but when it comes to thicker blends such as ice smoothies, frozen fruits, nut butters, and the like, the Ninja struggles a bit. Winner = Vitamix

Blending: Both blenders blend very well. The big difference comes when you are blending thick ingredients. Ingredients like frozen fruits, that cavitate and end up creating an air pocket so that the ingredients are stuck above the blade, require the use of a tamper to shove the ingredients back down into the blade. Ninja doesn’t have a tamper that can be used with the blender running, requiring you to turn off the blender, remove the lid, scrape the food off the the sides of the blender, then put the lid back on, and turn on the blender again. Not too inconvenient if you only had to do it one time, but if you’ve ever blended a frozen fruit smoothie, you know you’d end up doing this several times before it’s finished, becoming a huge hassle. Vita-mix has their patented tamper, which allows you to keep the blender running while pushing the ingredients down into the blades. Winner = Vitamix

Functionality: The Ninja uses dual blade technology, with a fixed blade in the bottom of the container and a second set of blades that is inserted into the blender container. It also has a twist-on snap functionality to mating the container to the motor base, which isn’t easy to accomplish when you’re first learning how to use the blender. The lid is also a bit cumbersome with a handle that folds to lock it down and a requirement to make sure the second blade aligns with the lid properly. On any of the Vitamix models, they’re super simple to use. There is only one blade and it is fixed to the container 100% of the time. The lid is a simple press down to secure it. No doubt here, their’s is much easier to learn and has better functionality. Winner = Vitamix

Cost: The Ninja is available everywhere and has great pricing, commonly seen for the Ninja Ultima around $259. On the other hand, the best price for a Vita Mix is a reconditioned model for $299. Winner = Ninja

Conclusion: In the battle of the Ninja blender vs Vitamix, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Ninja, like their high powered Ninja Ultima, is a great blender that has many happy customers. It is not as easy to use, nor as powerful as a Vita-Mix, but you can get a brand new one cheaper than a Factory Reconditioned Vita-Mix. Important point to note, both provide much better results than the typical household blender and you’ll be very happy with the blended results from both.  Overall, for the 5  – 7 year warranties offered by Vita-mix, as well as the ease of use, power, longstanding history of reliability and being made in America, I think it’s worth the price of a nice dinner to spend more money on a Vita-mix that I believe will last longer and be more pleasurable to use on a regular basis.

Ninja vs Vitamix: Winner = Vitamix

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind Of Blender Do They Use At Starbucks?


Several years ago I recall seeing Blendtec blenders at Starbucks.

But for the past several years, all the Starbucks I’ve been to have been using the Commercial grade Vitamix blender called “The Quiet One”.

It’s an industrial grade blender with a fully-enclosed enclosure to reduce noise.

If you’re like me, you’re ready to go look at pricing for this one! Before you do, let me just add the following:

  1. It’s a Vitamix commercial blender. Warranty might be an issue for non-business use
  2. Finding a place to buy one is also a bit tough as a consumer. And list price on this bad boy is $1,299.95!
  3. It uses 120v, 15 amps. You’d most likely need a dedicated circuit and breaker to make sure you can feed all the power this blender needs.

Our opinion, stick with Vitamix residential blenders.

How much power does a Vitamix use?


Most of the Vitamix blenders are 120v, 12 amps.

It’s a power-hungry piece of equipment, but luckily, they don’t run very long to make your recipes.

Most homes have 120v, 15 amp breakers and circuits. Unless you’re really lucky and have 120v, 20 amp breakers. I’ve only lived in one home that used 20 amp breakers to all its circuits.

Either way, any of the Vitamix non-business blenders will run perfectly fine for most homes with up-to-code wiring.

Worst case, you may have to turn-off other nearby appliances (ie Microwave, coffee machine, etc) when you decide to use the blender.

What kind of blender do they use at Jamba Juice?


Jamba Juice is a franchise type of business.

Most if not all of the Jamba Juice stores are owned by a franchisee instead of by Jamba Juice corporation.

So selection and choice is usually decided by many individuals and not one company.

With that business model, you will see either a Vitamix or a Blendtec blender in that store.

They will also be using one of the manufacturer’s commercial grade blenders.

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175 thoughts on “Who Makes The Better Blender? Vitamix vs Blendtec”

  1. Hello,
    Both Vitamix and Blendtec make the best blenders on the market So, I recommended Vitamix.

  2. We have owned a Blendtec for about 12 years and the base unit still works fine, the only problem with them is if you use it daily the jar bearing will go out after about 2-5 years so expect to pay $100+ for a new jar since the bearing is not replaceable. The jars have a 3 year warranty and our current one failed about 2 weeks after the 3 years was up. I contacted Blendtec several times and sent pictures to see if they would cover it under warranty or offer a good discount on a new one and got no response from them at all. If that is the way they treat their customers I have a hard buying another one in case something in the main unit broke which I have read that alot of others have experienced motor failures. I’ll have to do more research but I think we will go with a Vitamix next time. Blendtec uses all these cute videos blending cell phones and rake handles, etc. and claim they have the toughest blenders but believe me they will break even if you are just using it for smoothies with some protein powder and a few pieces of frozen fruit and a couple of ice cubes, lol.. thats a big marketing scam if you ask me.

    1. Rick @ BlenderReviews.us

      Hi Mike,
      I had the bearing go out in mine as well. The symptom is the blade would stick, and it was stuck enough that upon startup the blender motor can’t turn the blade. I had read elsewhere a cheap fix, is to pour liquid (usually just water) in the container and manually turn the blade with your hand. It free’s up the blade and then runs fine. This might not be the same problem you’re having with the container, but if it is, give this a try.

      1. Hi Rick,
        The first jar bearing pretty much failed and there was a lot of play in the shaft and it made and awful loud sound like it was going to blow up so it was not really useable. The second jar actually still works but it leaks out the bottom pretty bad. ***Update: We just heard back from Blendtec (took over a month) and they said they would give a nice discount on a replacement so if there is any way I can edit the original msg (or let this be the update). I hate to give negative reviews but wished Blendtec would have at least responded promptly and said “we are reviewing your warranty claim” which would at least keep you in the loop instead of wondering what is going on. But anyway they made good on it.. It would be nice if they made a replaceable bearing/blade assembly because the jars hold up really well, it is a shame to throw them out.

  3. Richard Olivarez

    I bought a Vitamix in 2005, replaced it with a blendtec in 2016. Used the Blendtec for a year pulled out the vitamix from storage. Vitamix has slower blending speed of needed, does not shut off automatically. Made homemade V-8 in blendtec and the celery got stuck under the blade for the entire blending time. Will stick to my 12 year old Vitamix.

  4. Carol ann Napolitano

    Hi, I watched both make ice cream, using frozen fruit, with 4 cups of ice cubes on top. Both were turned on at the exact same time, the Blendec blended everything up almost instantly, while the Vitamix, needed the tamper to get get everything blended. I bought the Vitamix 2 years ago, and thought I got the best one out there. I didn’t realize that the Blendec doesn’t require a temper. I mean it just ate those ice cubes up! So now I’m wondering why was Vitamix made to need the tamper? Is it that it’s not as powerful as the Blendec? I have the professional series, with the tall top. I watched them test both on a YouTube video. I also bought my Vitamix at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, they let you return things anytime, plus they sell the Blendec, so I thinking about switching blenders, and also updating. the other day, I tried putting a whole apple in the Vitamix, I put quite a bit of water, turned it on, wouldn’t blend up the apple, it just took some pieces of the apple, but that was it, I didn’t try the turbo, maybe I should of, but it was late, didn’t wanna make so much noise. I was kinda mad, paying all that money. Maybe the amount of water wasn’t right, even with the tamper It wouldn’t blend up. I have a question. Why would Vitamix have a blender that needs a tamper, knowing that Blendec works great without one. Is there something good about a blender with a tamper? I don’t get it. Thank You.

    1. Rick @ BlenderReviews.us

      My first blender was a K-Tec blender. It worked great, no tamper, super powerful, and a couple of years later the company was acquired by Blendtec.

      I’ve had zero problems with that blender, except the blade bearing and slight cracks in the container. But nothing needing repair as of yet. And I should add it’s probably going on 10 years old now.

      What I have found with this older model of blender was that with frozen fruits or recipes with a high frozen mix (makes thick mixtures), it would constantly require me to stop blending mid-cycle, lift the lid, and use a bowl scraper to push the ingredients back down into the blades. And I normally had to do this several times.

      Granted, I am still using the original container without the benefit of Blendtec’s newer containers, like the Wildside and the Twister jar, which are wonderful with thick mixtures. I would wholeheartedly endorse a Blendtec blender with one of the newer jars.

      About a year ago I added a Vitamix 780 to my kitchen. With both my K-Tec and Vitamix I always cut my fruits and vegetables, so can’t compare on trying to blend an uncut fruit, but with the way I blend, I’ve never had a problem with either blender.

      I really like the Tamper. From what I understand, Vitamix still owns the patents on it, probably preventing other blender manufacturers from incorporating a tamper in their blender. The tamper works extremely well for me and it allows me to do uninterrupted blending.

      Both Vitamix and Blendtec make the best blenders on the market and there are many happy customers that own one or the other. I think if you look at what you blend most frequently (ie soups, sauces, frozen smoothies), and how you blend them (ie uncut fruit, frozen fruit, etc), you may find that using one over the other will be better for you.

      The key here is, which blender works best for how you use a blender.

      I’d say go ahead and give the Blendtec a try. It may be the best blender for you.

  5. I received a Vitamix 500 pro series for my birthday. It would shut off after a couple seconds when mixing anything thicker than water. Customer service seemed to be helpful at first but never came through with the return shipping or anything else. After days of trying to get this repaired or replaced, I’m taking it back to the retailer for a refund. I would avoid this highly priced piece of crap from this company with piss poor customer service.

    1. Wow. So this is uncommon and your judgments are so personal and unwarranted. I bought a used blentec years ago, they replaced the canister once for me and it works and works and works. Like a charm. Customer service is excellent.

    1. Rick @ BlenderReviews.us

      Blendtec and Vitamix make commercial grade blenders, using some of the industries most powerful motors, blades, etc. As a result, yes, depending on the model, they can be quite noisy. They are louder than the typical $60 household blender, but they can blend fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc that those other blenders just can’t handle.

      So alot of the noise depends on what you’re blending (ie frozen fruits are really loud until they get broken down). And with these 2 manufacturer’s, you can blend almost anything.

      I own both a Blendtec (actually a K-Tec that got bought by Blendtec) and a Vitamix. And my personal experience has been that the Vitamix G-Series (NextGen) models have more noise abatement and is much quieter than my old K-Tec. The newer Blendtec’s in the Designer and Professional series are much improved in the noise department, but still slightly louder than a Vitamix G-Series.

      My recommendation, if looking for a high-performance blender, and noise is your #1 concern, the Vitamix G-Series (ie Vitamix 7500) is a great choice. If budget is no concern, then a fully enclosed blender is ideal, like the Blendtec Professional 800, which you can also get at about $350 cheaper as a Certified Refurbished model.

  6. I bought a Vitamix 6300 in August and after some use (smoothies almost 100pct of the time, and maybe use 3 days a week max) it has failed. It’s the switch beneath the unit (with the blue light. Sometimes lights up, sometimes doesn’t and only turns on rarely, which is a short in the switch. I called Vitamix, they know about this defect. I’m returning it to the seller, as I don’t have the original box and the idea of this compromised unit going back and forth in shipping after it’s only 2 months old doesn’t thrill me. I’m annoyed enough that I have to pack it up and take it to ship it (not easy on me and my schedule.) I’m going to have to look to a more reliable unit, maybe an older model or a different brand. Very disappointed in the quality. It was barely used, used correctly and I didn’t do anything like run it dry or make peanut butter.

  7. I own VITAMIX machine now two years …..I read all comments above negative and positive ……some don’t make any sense …..if you guys can’t use little soda bicarbonate to clean your VITAMIX container then even if u have glass you won’t have clean glass either …..my VITAMIX container looks like brand new after two years and I use it for everything from chopping walnuts to cooking asparagus soups and other …was afraid of asparagus cause leaves odor NO ODOR …..but Ofcourse if u leave container for several hours not washed might make difference …next NO GLASS CONTAINER PLEASE people waiting to sue everyone on earth …SAFETY FIRST ….and no I don’t work for VITAMIX but followed these guys at state fairs for years ….FINALY two years ago bought it …DONT BUY ANYTHING FROM COSCO it’s rejects …buy from representative or manufacturer direct …..my two cents for what is worth

  8. Ordered brand new S30 using coupun, but got a reconditioned product. Returned it back and customer service said they will send brand new one but still sent reconditioned one.

    Waste of time

  9. I was looking into purchasing a Vitamix but I’ll just stick to my Omega Juicer, which comes with a 10 year warranty, and Farberware smoothie maker after reading a lot of comments from different websites. They both work great. I know what some people are probably thinking about the juicer. What does she do with the pulp.I give it to my dogs who like it and it’s healthier for them then just eating the dog food. I only give them the fruits and veggies that won’t harm them.

  10. I had my Vitamix for a little over 2 years before it started giving me problems. I use it primarily to make smoothies with spinach and frozen fruit, and for those first two years, it worked effortlessly! I was blown away by the power of this machine. However, over the past couple months, I noticed a grinding noise whenever I tried to blend something that wasn’t mostly water (frozen fruit smoothie, hummus, etc). The machine seemed to REALLY struggle with those types of jobs, and would make the dreaded grinding metal-on-metal sound. I called Vitamix customer service and they were great – seemed to interrogate me a bit, almost making it seem like it was my fault the blender was doing this, but ultimately were very helpful and sent me a shipping label to ship the machine to them to be fixed. I got the machine back about 2 weeks later, and they told me they fixed something with the blade, and tightened something else in the base, and gave me a new container. Which was all well and good. Until I went to use the machine again. It is STILL making the metal-on-metal grinding noise, and acting like blending frozen fruit is mission impossible. I’m frustrated. I don’t follow Vitamix recipes, but I do follow their suggested order of ingredients (liquids first, then softer items, then more solid items), so I know this shouldn’t be happening – especially not after they “fixed” it. Thankfully my machine is still under warranty for the next 4 years, but I read stories of people saying they’ve had their Vitamix for 20 years and it runs just as well today as when they first bought it and I’m JEALOUS. Ha ha. All this being said – I love this machine. Aside from the past couple months, it’s been wonderful. But these machines are quite pricey, so if this issue can’t be fixed (or Vitamix doesn’t fix it) it’s unlikely that I will purchase another when the warranty runs. I want a machine that ultimately WORKS – and not one that I have to keep sending back to the manufacturer.

    1. We have a Vitamix for over 5 years. After two years or so we also started hearing a grinding noice. Vitamix send us a new container. It works fine. We use it to grind some very difficult mixes fro dosa ( an Indian pancake with lentils and rice), many hot and spicy curry mixes, some dry powdersof toasted lentils and spice. The new container has withstood all our “abuses”! Also we make smoothies everyday. We bought this after we heard good long time use from other people who use a lot of grinding of lentils, rice, coconut and spices.

  11. Aibek Zhaxybekov

    I have successful smoothie and soup business. I had Blendtec from Costco but it was too noisy and I bought Blendtec Stealth from the dealer ($1500). After the first year the socket was broken and I waited for 2 months to fix it. Blender worked for 10 months and was still under 3 years warranty. But when it stopped working properly again dealer told me that they won’t accept my bender because their branch in my city was closed. Fortunately, I have bought another Stealth online but then my headache started with jars. I bought more than 10 jars within 2 years. Blendtec announce everywhere that they give 1 year warranty for the jars. According to their words you just need to send the number printed on the bottom of the jar and purchase proof. I have sent few times this information to their dealership but was totally ignored. Then I bought Vitamix. I find it more reliable but it blends longer to the required consistency. Also I have good blenders Omcan and Ninja but they are noisy.
    Now I have to buy 2 commercial blenders and can not take a decision. I like Blendtec for the functional features but it is not reliable in terms of service and warranty.

    1. I saw the blendtec at Costco, I liked that I s really made the smoothie very liquid and not grainy. I have the vitamin bit does not breakdown good enough for me.
      Anyone else notice this?

  12. purchased the Vitamix 5300 at Costco…I use frozen fruit and veggies…it is getting returned because I have to use far more water and the motor has a burning smell. I don’t want my morning smoothie to taste like water… purchased a Blendtec 625, as soon as it comes the Vitamix is being returned!

    1. Same here. I purchased a Vitamix 7500 and not only do I get a burning smell when trying to blend anything heavy such as ice cream but it makes a loud grinding noise like gears stripping and vibrates. Returning it to Costco tomorrow.

      1. Also, I don’t buy into all that “we have to use plastic jars for safety” garbage. Other high power commercial blenders use glass. In any event what’s wrong with stainless steel? Originaly Vitamix used that before they jumped on the cheapo plastics bandwagon! In fact the blender base was metal and built to last.

      2. In the book that came with vitamix the first thing i saw was that they tell you to not worry about the burning smell for the first few times you use your new machine. The motor is getting primed or something. Then it will go away in a few uses.

  13. I returned my Blentec to Costco yesterday after I made two cups of tomato soup (in a 8 cup container!) and the lid leaked and soup spewed all over my kitchen. It looked like a murder had occurred in my blender. Even with holding the lid down, the soup still sprayed. It was only on it’s 300th cycle too, so it didn’t fail from overuse.

    Now I’m looking to replace my blender and it’s hard to find information on this issue. I’m thinking of replacing my Blentec with a Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre (again, from Costco). Does anyone know if the Vitamix’s “spill-proof” lid truly is spill-proof? Is there really a teflon bit issue with this model?

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      I haven’t heard of this happening before. Is it possible you didn’t have a vented lid with your Blendtec? It should look similar to this one.

      1. Yes, that’s the type of lid the Blendtec had. It sealed okay for smoothies and cold mixtures, but not at all for hot soup.

      2. We originally bought a Blendtec, but it sounded like a 747 taking off and bounced around the counter as it blended. We returned it to Costco and got a vitamix instead.

        We love our vitamix blender and use it at least once per day. It easily blends ice, makes ice cream and soups and blends tough green smoothies into silky drinks. Check out my vitamix in action as I make a delicous strawberry green smoothie:


    2. Yelena Polyanskaya

      I had the same problem. The first day I got blendtec 725 it blended 4 times and then the lid flew off the jar making my kitchen an abstract painting. Plus blender stopped working. Ok, exchanged it for a new replacement. That worked for about 4 days and again the same thing: soup all over the kitchen and stopped working showing an error message. Well I was really dissapointed with presumably the best and the most expensive blender on the market. Returned it and got a simple Ninja auto IQ smooth boost 1100wt 3 cups and one 48oz jar.. Payed 6 times less and am 6 times happier with safety and design. I can leave it on its own to do the job, it is simpler programming and less headwords. Smoothies are very moth and blends work great too!!! I don’t care now who made it-if it is safe and easy no mess to clean does the job as it supposed to do – I will be enthusiast of the company. Viva Ninja!

  14. Hi

    why arent any of blender companies making jars in glass. Even the new jars are made of new material that we dont know so much abt, they havent been studied long enough to know it s sideeffect. But we know glass is safe, so why arent any of the producers making the jars in glass?


    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      That’s a great question! Vitamix has been asked to make a blender with a glass container for many years but has not done so, yet. On their website, they do state the following: “Our Research and Development Team is continuously researching product development. Currently, they have not found a suitable glass container design to meet the strict safety and performance requirements Vitamix places on its products.”

    2. it’s a security issue. the power of the motor can break the glass, they have tried it and it did not work. if they do it then you can sue them for the injuries etc…they did make a good glass container with very hard glass but the blender will cost another $500 at least extra just for the container…technology and safety sometimes they do not work walk along together….!!!

    3. You are right, plastics are not good.
      Preferred Glass.

      My personal experience is plastic jars stains faster and erodes faster.
      Dry container stained not able to clean and I couldn’t clean.

      Returned the Vitamix because of above reason.

      I know they think glass jars may break and not safe and people can drop and break. Well health is important than jar.

      After couple years I bout another Vitamix
      Problem is same and they haven’t solved the issue.
      But I am trying hard to clean every time. as best as possible.

      In both blenders they have to rethink on jar material
      Also redesign internal surface to get better performance and efficiency.

      Both companies supply plastic jars and not good for health

    4. Rebecca Abbott

      Check out the dynablend db950!!! I have one and it’s amazing and no plastic except for the lid! (and apparently they’re working on a silicone lid)

  15. I am looking to buy my first high-performance blender as I make smoothies/juice everyday with frozen fruit & vegetables. As a secondary use, I want to begin using my blender for soups & nut butters. I am not as worried about price as I am about finding a blender that I will keep & enjoy for a long time. I have narrowed it down to the Vitamix 780 & Blendtec 725 blenders – I know they both would be great blenders but I’d love to hear some peoples thoughts on why they like one vs the other.

    Also..for anyone who has used both or is more familiar with high performance blenders than I am.. wondering if you could give your insight on a few questions I have:

    (1) Is the difference in peak horsepower of 2.2 for Vitamix vs 3.8 for Blendtec notable?
    (2) Vitamix has 4 blades & Blendtec has 2 blades – how does that affect performance?
    (3) Does one handle frozen fruit & vegetables better? (“better” meaning: ease of use, time to blend, consistency, etc… noise is not a concern for me)
    (4) In terms of cleaning – they both seem pretty straightforward of just using the pulse feature after filling with water + a drop of dish soap… is there anything else to be aware of?
    (5) In terms of additional costs – the only thing I have noticed is that people buy other container sizes or containers for specific uses (i.e. nut butter for Blendtec) – is there anything else additional you would potentially want to buy?

    I’ve been researching my own via reviews, videos & about anything else I can find but would appreciate any help or thoughts!

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us


      I have used both the Vitamix 780 and the Blendtec 725 and posted detailed reviews of each. In my opinion, these are two of the best blenders you can buy.

      Each has some things I love about it and some things I’m not so fond of. I will admit that currently, the Vitamix 780 is on my countertop and the Blendtec is in storage.

      Three things that influenced this decision: 1. I like the look of the Vitamix better. It just seems like it fit in better with my kitchen design. 2. It’s quieter. I haven’t tested the exact decibel level, but the Vitamix is definitely easier on my ears. 3. I make a lot of nut butters and the Vitamix tamper makes this easier.

      To answer your questions, yes, the difference in horsepower is noticeable. The speed at which the Blendtec 725 heats up soup is scary. The preprogrammed setting takes just 90 seconds to blend and heat up soup! The Vitamix setting runs about 5 minutes.

      As far as the different number of blades, I have found that the Blendtec can manage large chunks of fruits/vegetables. The Vitamix sometimes struggles with bigger chunks since there’s not as much space between the blades.

      For frozen ingredients, the same is true. You’ll want to use smaller chunks of fruit in the Vitamix. The wingtip blades on the Blendtec seems to do a better job of breaking down the big pieces into a manageable size.

      Cleaning in both is relatively easy. Sometimes the Vitamix container can be a little bit trickier to clean, especially with thick recipes like peanut butter, since there’s not a lot of space to get a sponge or brush between the blades and container walls. Also, the Vitamix container isn’t completely flat, so you’ll need to scrub a bit in the crevices.

      As far as additional items I’d recommend, definitely pick up a good quality, smaller spatula. This is invaluable when it comes to getting every last bit out of the container.

      Hope this helps!

  16. Madeleine Innocent

    It isn’t just about the blender itself. It is also about after sales care. Vitamix, I have belatedly discovered, have a TERRIBLE after sales support. Don’t answer emails, don’t seem to care. I would NOT recommend this product to ANYONE.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Sorry to hear about your experience with Vitamix’s customer service department. I’d be happy to try to help if you have a specific question.

    2. i’m sorry that you had a bad experience! usually the customer service at vitamix is top notch, but the company has been doubling every year and i guess it’s getting tougher for them now. if it helps, i am a direct rep so any time you have any problems, you can contact me at email@blenderbrain.com :) we are always here to help.

      1. I found Vitamix to be extremely solicitous. They shipped me a new container immediately, no questions asked (my original started leaking). I have no complaints whatsoever about Vitamix customer service.

    3. I believe it was nearly 7 years ago we bought our Blendtec. It is a great machine and we use it every day. We have had to replace the jar. Any time I have called the company, they were wonderfully accessible, and promptly took care our our need. We give Blendtec and A+. We looked into Vitamix, but it seemed much bulkier than Blendtec, which fits well under our cabinets.

    4. I had a completely opposite experience with Vitamix, Madeleine. I bought mine at Costco many years ago. Two weeks before the warranty was up, I put cooked Fava beans in it and didn’t add enough liquid I guess. The motor strained and started to smell like it was burning. I called them, they gave me instructions to send it back. They paid for the shipping. I sent it back the next day. They replaced the motor with a new one, and sent me a brand new pitcher as well. It took approximately one and a half weeks from the time I mailed it, to the time I received my repaired/refurbished Vitamix. It has now been about 12 years and the blender is used constantly and still going strong.

    5. Just upgraded my vitamix 5200 with 6300 after 11 years using Mother Day special. The main reason I stayed with the Vitamix is not only because of the product but because of their customer service.

  17. I’ve read pretty much every review in the world and peoples comments. It seems that Blendtek has a good design with the wildside jar. However with the tamper the Vitamix works 100% of the time although sometimes not as quick as with the wildside jar. But with Blendtek you have no tamper so sometimes you may need to stop the machine to scrape. You can buy a wildside jar for the Vitamix if you really want one. Most people tend to prefer the tamper because it’s there if you need it.

    Blendtek works great 80% of the time, and not as good 20% of the time. Vitamix works good 100% of the time, and what’s the big deal if you have to blend for 20 seconds more 80% of the time compared to Blendtek. It still works all the time with the tamper.

    Blendtek offers the twister jar which works good. But the capacity is small and it’s not sealed. I’ve heard many people say it does work good but it does have it’s flaws. Vitamix on the other hand has the tamper so you can make full batches of nut butter in the regular jar. It may not work as quick as the twister jar, but who cares. It still works and it doesn’t have the limitations of the twister jar.

    As for reliability. Vitamix uses the analogue controls because they just plain work. Just like a good commercial machine they are designed to last 20+ years and there are lots of 20+ year old Vitamix blendrs in operation. Blendtek uses the digital control which is nice and all, but who needs a pre-programmed setting for a smoothie or soup. Turn the blender on and let it spin till it’s done and turn it off. Who’s to say every smoothie in the world takes the exact same time. I’d rather have just a speed setting, on/off, and pulse. I’ve heard many horror stories with Blendteks not lasting but tons of how the Vitamix lasts forever.

    In the end both are good blenders. But I think of it like a Corvette vs a Porsche. Blendtek is like a Corvette. Yes it may have more power, better specs, etc… and that’s not bad for a $100,000 car with the specs of a Ferarri. But I’d rather drive the Porsche. It’s a more comfortable ride with better traction control and all wheel drive. It can drive in the snow. It works all the time. Vitamix may not work as good as a blendtek sometimes, but it works great all the time and for a long time. That’s why restaurants use Vitamix, they just plain work.

    1. You clearly have never owned a Porsche if you think they are good in the snow, and, worse, if you think they never fail.

    2. That’s all well and good; but I don’t think you have ever rode in a Porsche! I am not a Chevy fan. Though, I would would rather ride in a corvette than a Porsche any day. Porsche sells a brand not a product. Some would rather look rich than be efficient.

      Blend tech is made here in the states and has an outstanding warranty. Whether you but new or refurbished.
      Say what you will about vitamix.
      Blendtec is a better company.

    3. Your comments are showing the mentality of a person who still thinks the world is flat & that a plunger is needed to create smooth results-
      Each consumer decides for themselves what makes most sense for their life.
      Both machines are the best of what we humans are currently capable of….
      If you do your due diligence you will see
      Vitamix has followed & attempted to COPY
      Blendtec engineering for decades
      That’s a compliment to Blendtec

  18. I’m still at a loss on which blender to buy! My nephew is a DO & they use Vitamix 750 & love it. Both Blendtec & Vitamix seem to be equal in quality & cost, still can’t make up my mind!! HELP.

    1. Find a Costco warehouse
      Watch both company demos
      Decide what’s best for YOU
      Pay attention to which company has reps that don’t know company history
      Trash their competitor
      You might find yourself
      A lifelong
      Blendtec owner
      Research & Development
      Wrapped in customer satisfaction

      1. Funny you say that. I was at Costco and the Blendtec Demo Person said he owned a Vitamix and preferred it. LOL At least he was honest.

  19. Hi there,

    Pretty sure I’ve narrowed it down to a Blendtec in wanting to purchase a new blender. But, my problem is what model should I choose? What would you recommend? As I its the Designer series, which model? Ah tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,


    1. Until you get into the 700 Designer Series
      You still have the industry leader in warranty & power-
      Tap screen vs touchscreen
      Price & value depends upon the look you might want in your home-
      Bed Bath
      Have designer series
      Costco has the straight ahead powerhouse of the industry

  20. Thank you for the comparison. I recently purchased a Vitamix (Professional Series 200). Right out of the box the unit left significant amounts of black, Teflon shavings throughout the 3 normal wash cycles I put it through. Not to mention the lid immediately leaked. Vitamix is well aware of this problem (see online articles, consumer complaints, youtube videos, posts to Vitamix’s own Facebook page, etc.). The “solution” seems to be for Vitamix to send you another jar and hope it works. Otherwise, they’ll continue to sell the defective design while planning to release a new jar at the end of 2015. Needless to say, I have zero faith in Vitamix’s quality. I will also not eat Teflon (and there is a lot of it after only 30 seconds). After years of weighing Blendtec vs Vitamix reviews, I finally pulled the trigger and bought the Vitamix. I am sorely disappointed. The Vitamix will be returned tomorrow and hopefully I’ll have better luck with a Blendtec.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us


      I’m sorry to hear you had such a negative experience with your Professional Series 200.

      I’ve been seeing fewer reports of the black particle issues over the past few months, so I have confidence that Vitamix is working hard to resolve the problem with a permanent solution. That said, it is possible that the unit you purchased was produced a few months ago, but was sitting in inventory at the store you purchased it from, which is why it hasn’t been replaced with a newer container, but I can understand your frustration.

      I hope you have better luck with your Blendtec!

      1. Per Vitamix on Facebook: “we are working toward possible modifications to the seal that we hope to have in place later this year”. This is the same response I have received via telephone. The manufacturer’s sticker on my unit says “07-JAN-2015”. The below Buzzfeed post about the issue is from last month and comments that Vitamix has been receiving complaints about the Teflon shavings since Spring of 2013. Instead of actually solving the problem in a timely manner, they’re taking all of 2015 to “hopefully” find a solution while continuing to sell the defective blenders. Your justification that the unit might have been made earlier but sitting in inventory (as if that’s an acceptable excuse) is interesting. Earlier you argued the safety of the Teflon due to Dupont’s phasing out of PFOA by 2013. [If you review their website, the plan is to phase out by 2015]. What’s to say the Teflon parts weren’t made prior to PFOA phase-out, just sitting in inventory, prior to making it into my Vitamix? Speaking of your previous comments, as well as comments made by other scientists, toxicologists, etc. to this article (pretty much any negative comment about the shavings) where did all of these comments go? Interestingly it appears as if they’ve all been deleted?


        1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

          Thank you for the update on the manufacturing date. It is sad to hear that this continues to be a problem.

          I can’t speak to the comments on the Buzzfeed article, but I can say that I haven’t deleted any comments on the issue from this post.

          I really do hope that they fix this issue as soon as possible.


      As a reviewer and the Executive Chef for the Food Channel USA
      I have tried both the Vitamix as well as the Blendtec.
      My opinion as well as others has been documented that The Vitamix is a far more inferior Product .
      Reasons and Studies:
      1. Blendtec 3.0 horsepower vs 2.5
      2. Blendtec 40,000 rpm’s vs 20,000
      3. Blendtec certified surgical # 5 Blunt Blade vs A blade that releases Teflon from there cross-blades.
      4. Blendtec actually builds a cyclonic aversion which pulverizes Skins, Seeds, Stems and pits vs ” A PLUNGER ”
      5. Blendtec pulverizes From the top to the bottom vs The Vitamix GRINDS from the bottom to the top.
      6. Blendtec Cooks soups in 2 minutes vs 4 minutes and 35 seconds.
      7. Blendtec’s Wildside jar was copied by Vitamix and lost Millions of dollars in a recent law case, which provided Blendtec to sell there Wildside Jar to VITAMIX.
      8. Blendtec Warranty is 8 years vs 6 -7 years
      9. Blendtec has zero recalls vs Vitamix = Many
      10.Blendtec New Blenders are $ 200-375 less expensive then Vitamix.

      The FDA Blog
      Fuel / Nurture / Create
      September 10, 2012 BY Bruce Carlson / 29 Comments
      Federal Circuit Court Upholds Blendtec’s $24M Patent Infringement Award
      Utah-based blender company grateful for resolution in 7-year dispute.

      OREM, UTAH – September 10, 2012. The Federal Circuit of Appeals on Thursday upheld Blendtec’s $24 million willful patent infringement award, rejecting Vita-Mix Corp.’s appeal of the damages that a Utah federal court ordered Vita-Mix to pay its rival for selling blenders that infringed two of Blendtec’s patents.

      “This decision sends a strong message to those who would attempt to profit from the labor and ideas of someone else. Truly it’s a win for America’s visionaries, innovators, and entrepreneurs, who build dreams, create jobs, and positively impact the economy,” says Tom Dickson, founder and CEO of Blendtec, who invented the revolutionary WildSide™ jar, which was the subject of the case.

      “As we close this chapter, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the many individuals—patent examiners, judges, jurors, attorneys, and many others—who devoted their time and effort to protecting intellectual property rights and produced a fair and accurate outcome.”

      In the ruling issued September 6, Federal Circuit Judges Pauline Newman, Alan Lourie, and Sharon Prost affirmed the US District Court’s earlier ruling that Vita-Mix had knowingly and irreparably harmed Blendtec by intentionally copying the company’s WildSide* jar—a five-sided container that blends more quickly and completely than other containers.

      The affirmation should bring to a close the protracted legal efforts by Utah-based Blendtec to protect its intellectual assets, upholding the lower court’s $24 million damages award—one of the largest patent infringement awards in the history of Utah.

      Innovator versus Imitator

      Tom Dickson, Blendtec founder and CEO, as well as inventor of the WildSide Jar

      Since 1991, Blendtec has pioneered high-powered blender technology for use in commercial and residential settings. In 2001 Blendtec introduced the WildSide jar, designed with a distinctive fifth side. Competitor Vita-Mix noticed. After attempting—and failing—to devise a competitive jar of its own, Vita-Mix decided to willfully copy Blendtec’s design.

      District court documents cite former Vita-Mix employees, such as Scott Hinckley, Vita-Mix’s marketing director at the time, who wrote the following in an email about a customer: “They absolutely LOVE the new Blendtec container. This is an example of how it stacks up to ours: In our machine: 2 drinks take 30 seconds. 3 or more are impossible. In Blendtec’s new container: 4 drinks in 15 seconds.”

      Jonathan Katz, the director of engineering at Vita-Mix at the time, testified that “although Vita-Mix considered other, design-around concepts, it ultimately chose to continue its infringing design.”

      An Appeal without Merit

      Throughout the legal process, the evidence was reviewed by numerous individuals, including the trial jury, seven federal judges and four patent examiners—all of whom were unanimous in their support of Blendtec’s case.

      The Federal Court of Appeals concluded, “We have considered Vita-Mix’s remaining arguments and conclude that they are without merit.…The judgment of the district court is affirmed.”

      For the full text of the opinion of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, see http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/11-1244-1484-1512.pdf.

      Chef Gregory Adams

      1. That’s the best comment here. Why couldn’t the article itself have laid out everything you just did. Thank you very much for contributing a more comprehensive comparison than the article. I think you sold me as well…. although the black flakes issue alone is enough to send me to blend tec

  21. This discussion has been very helpful. My experience has been primarily w/the Blendtec. I had mine for 2 years, it broke, & I returned it to Costco in Dec. Bought the new version at Costco & hated it!! Shockingly loud!! Loud enough that I feared we would have damaged hearing. I’m very surprised there is not more discussion about the decibel levels of the 2 brands. I took the Blendtec back & bought the Vitamix 5200 at Costco. What a huge, huge difference. The Vitamix was super quiet. Who cares that the thing is taller? It won’t make me go deaf from the harsh loud noise!! ! We’ve used the Vitamix almost every day & all 8 of us prefer it over the Blendtec.

    1. Hello Elaine,

      just checking in to see how your Vitamix is working for you? I have owned a Blendtec for four years and have replaced three units and numerous jars due to the bearing issues they seem to have. Even though I still have four years left on my warranty I am tempted to buy a Vitamix.

  22. Interested in purchasing Vitamix but I recently read post regarding “black shavings- like pepper in drink”
    Vitamix claims there Okay to ingest.
    Any knowledge of claim?

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      I have heard some reports of this on various sites, but haven’t experienced it myself. My understanding is that it was a limited batch of containers that had the issue and Vitamix has been working hard to replace them.

      Vitamix has always been very easy to work with on any return or replacement issue and will always pay for shipping both ways.

    Thanks to Adam, for his excellent knowledge along with link to comparison tool, and to all those who posted previous comments, my final decision is… Blendtec with Wildside jar. As this will be a gift from my daughter, she put serious pressure on me to get the Vitamix. I held my ground based on the following: I am a baby boomer (64 yrs. old, 110 lbs.) with a history of torn discs in my lower back; I am not growing younger/stronger. My kitchen has *non*-standard cabinets with only 15.75″ clearance where I want to park this; the S30 is the only Vitamix that will fit there. Using the comparison chart it was a no-brainer… do I want to have to bend down to a lower cabinet to *lift* 12+ lbs. of a bigger, better Vitamix vs. S30, and return it every day from/to its storage, or have the luxury of leaving an equivalent (if not better) Blendtec on the countertop? Learning that Vitamix “lost” a 7+ yr. patent infringement case to Blendtec over the 5-sided (Wildside) jar, obviously affirmed that jar/design has merit and Blendtec is considered serious competition. The only negative I’ve read is that because of the lighter weight, the Blendtec may try to *walk* with certain ingredients. I intend to use the pulse button for a few zaps before hitting the program button to circumvent that issue. This decision was approached the same way I view purchasing a computer… first determine what your needs are and how you intend to use it before deciding on the make and model. Yes – I have a wonderful daughter!

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Sounds like you certainly did your research and I’m happy that you found the information and comparison tools on this site to be helpful!

      I’m positive you will enjoy your new Blendtec!

  24. No one refers to noise levels between vitamix and blentec. I purchased a blendtec and find it extremely loud. Is the Vitamix comparable in this aspect also? Is the new Vitamix S30 only good for expensive smoothies ?

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are going to be very loud because they pack a lot of power into a small package, but some Blendtec blenders are a bit louder than the average, specifically, the Total Blender.

      The S30 is definitely good for more than just expensive smoothies! The S30 comes with both the travel size, 20 ounce container and a larger, 40 ounce container, so the amount you’ll be able to make it somewhat limited.

      I have used it to make all sorts of recipes and it does very well with single servings of soup.

    2. I’ve owned both a Vitamix 5200 and the Blendtec Total Blender and can say from experience that the Blendtec was louder.

        1. I agree with you, I mean, you can just push the preprogrammed button and walk out of the kitchen for a minute right? You don’t have to stand there to bear the noice. Blendtec is louder mainly because it has more horsepower, like a sports car.

  25. After using both the Vitamix and the Blendtec, I prefer the Vitamix. I found that the Blendtec jumped around the counter while the Vitamix doesn’t. I also found that the contents splash up the sides of the Blendtec a lot more than they do in the Vitamix so more is lost. I realize I could use a spatula to scrape it out, but I don’t need to with the Vitamix. As someone else said, I did find that there’s more air in a smoothie and it’s more frothy in the Blendtec than in the Vitamix. I’ve heard of the trick to get the air out, but it’s not necessary in the Vitamix. I also like that in the tall (non low profile) container of the Vitamix that it’s possible to make smaller portions of smoothies and nut butters than it is in the Blendtec wildside jar. Lastly, I sometimes found that I wished I had a tamper for the Blendtec.

    I do love the mini twister jar for the Blendtec for making nut butters, hummus, and sorbets! That little jar rocks!

    All that said, I do think they’re both excellent blenders!

    1. I’ve often wondered about the wider container on the Vitamix, if it made it harder to make smaller portions. I’m guessing that the Blendtec has similar problems since those containers are also really wide.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      You sure can! Blendtec will heat up soup using only the friction created by the blades spinning, just like Vitamix does and will take about 5 minutes.

  26. I read in a couple of places that the Blendtec adds more air to the smoothie, making it frothier than the Vitamix results, which are described as creamier. I’m not sure I have a consistency preference but I would prefer to reduce the amount of air that goes into my digestive tract! Can you please comment? Thanks!

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Both Vitamix and Blendtec will add a bit of air to smoothies or soups due to the high speed blending action. But, there is a fairly simple tip that you can follow to remove much of that air though.

      Once you’re finished blending, just turn the blender to its lowest speed setting and slowly increase the speed until you can see the top of the liquid start to turn (usually around speed 3 or 4, but it depends on the thickness of the liquid). Let it run at this setting for a few seconds, then turn it off and you should see a bunch of bubbles rise to the top once it stops. You can repeat this trick a few times to get even more air out of the mixture and have a smoother consistency.

  27. I’m thinking about buying the Blendtec with the wildside jar, but I’d like to know if it would be worth it to buy the twister jar as well, since we make alot of nut butters?

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      I would absolutely recommend getting the Twister jar if you’re going to be making a lot of nut butters. The Twister lid has tongs on it that scrape the walls of the container while blending and push thick mixtures back down into the blades.

  28. Hi Adam.

    I have a vitamix for making pet food, and it overheats in about 10 seconds, and shuts down from just grinding raw meat [no bones]. I then must wait approx 15 minutes for the motor to cool down to be able to function for another short burst, and this cycle repeats until I am done. It can take hours.

    I really need a machine that can grind raw chicken with bones for pet food. Which Blendtec machine, if any, can do this? Thank you.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us


      I’ve never tested any Blendtec by grinding raw chicken with bones, but I recommend taking a look at either the Stealth or the Tom Dickson Extreme models. Both of these models pack motors that are 3+ horsepower and were originally engineered for commercial settings.

      Blendtec has shown they’re able to blend much tougher things in their Will It Blend videos.

  29. Just want to say that I’m a long time Blendtec owner (8 years) and I’ve never had a problem. The thing is built like a tank and hasn’t let me down since day one.

    1. Which blendtec do you have and do you make alot of smoothies and ice cream… I also heard the blendtec doesn’t stay seated on the counter very well?

  30. I bought my blendtec combo total blender nov 2012 from Costco.com for my birthday. It has been only 18 months and my blender motor started making weird noise and wildside jar would not blend. Not sure the problem lied with the jar blade along with the motor going out. But it was making loud cranking noise with blender blade not moving or blending. Thank god I had purchased it from Costco so I returned it with full credit.

    My huge disappointment with Blendtec after spending $400+ it stopped working within first 18 months of 8 yrs warranty. When I went to return the blender there were 3 more sitting at the customer svc desk as return item. Quality may have gone down who knows. May be parts are made in china and assembled in US. I used to swear by blendtec and now I will NOT recommend it to any one. I have to start my research all over again to see which blender I should buy and whether I should buy something inexpensive or invest larger sum.

    Disappointed customer :(

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      I’m not sure I’d jump to conclusions about why those other 3 blenders were being returned. Some returns are simply people who decide they aren’t using them enough to justify the high cost and would rather return them than have them take up space on their countertop or store them in a cabinet.

      That said, the fact blenders from either manufacturers carry a 5, 7 or 8 year, full warranty means that both companies strongly believe that they produce a quality product and are willing to stand behind the products they build. In today’s market, where cheaply made products with little-to-no warranty are popping up all over, having a company back a product like this is rather rare.

      1. by saying “lets not jump to conclusion” you are surely jumping to conclusion abt those 3 returns. You don’t know the conversation I had with the customer service when I had to return mine.

        One of those 3 blenders sitting there was retuned by my neighbor-friend. A brand new blendtec she bought for a party she was having that wknd to blend all sauces and soups. Guess what? She was excited and set it up to use it and it would not work. None of the lights-tabs work. Lights were flashing. It was inoperable period. So w/o knowing facts do not call someone “Jumping to conclusion” by saying that you are doing exactly what you are trying to preach. Everyone has a right to opinion derived from their experiences..Be it happy or disappointed.

        Live and let live. Cheers!!

        1. VP, I think you are being unreasonable and just saying things because you are not happy with your experience. Surely, some people return things because they are broken, but you are assuming that all Blendtec’s are junk and this is not the case.

          I have owned one myself for 5 years without any issues and am now researching other options because it is time to upgrade. I hope you find the right one for you.

      2. I have had a similar experience with Blendtec. I have went through three units and multiple jars due to the bearing leaking oil. I have not complained in the past because I would call customer service and two days later I would have a new (refurbished) blender sent to me. Today I called and they stated I had to fax a copy of my receipt (from four years ago) before they would send a replacement unit. Then they said I would have to send my blender to them before they would send a replacement. They always tend to blame the user for the blade having issues. Now to be fair my first jar I would wash in the dishwasher and I never hand spun the blade prior to using. Once I was told about the dishwasher and spinning the blade I still have had issues with the blade seizing/hard to spin or leaking oil and or plastic into my food. Im seriously considering purchasing a Vitamix.

    1. Love my Blendtec Designer Series, great product! Highly recommend it for anyone looking to get started on a healthier diet.

  31. I purchased a Blendtec in 2011. I had the wildside jar replaced last year due to the nut seal under the jar was leaking oil which I assumed it must be coming from where the jar connects to the machine. It’s happening again and I was wondering if this is a normal problem or should I send it back again. I love my Blendtec, I use it 4-5 times per week.

    Any other owners have this problem??

    1. I’ve had similar problems with my older Vitamix in the past, so it sounds like it could just be a result of using it so much. The good thing is that the containers are covered under warranty so I just sent it back and got a new one within a week.

      1. I bought a Blendtec in 2009 and I had the jar replaced do to what i thought was excessive wear.
        I did have to send it to them first ok, but within a week I received a new container.
        Recently I have noticed an odor under the blade unit. I told Blendtec and they said I have 8 years from the time i bought it to return it for a replacement at no cost to me.

    2. I love the Blendtec… but I’m now on my third Wildside jar because the bearings/blade keep failing. Does Vitamix have these issues?

      1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

        Over the years, I’ve personally never experienced any issues with either Vitamix or Blendtec bearings or containers, but I have heard of people having issues with both over the years. Recently, there seems to be an increase of issues with Vitamix related to leaking bearing grease.

      2. This problem happens to me all the time. Running a juice bar with blendtec blender. The last two years I have more than six blendtec jar with this problem. Two jars with the blade wing broke off. At least with vitamix jar you can change the bearings/blade part. The blade wings broke off is kind of dangerous so I changing to vitamix for the juice bar.

  32. Hi! I’m completely torn. I don’t know whether to get the Vitamix 7500 or one of the Blendecs? I was all set to order the 7500 when I read a review that if you do alot of heavy vegetables (I’m hoping to make alot of beet, kale, etc. smoothies) and it said that the Vitamix you have to constantly use the tamper. The Blendec you don’t need a tamper…it just chops and smoothes it right away. Do you know if that’s true? Any help would be so appreciated! Thank you so much.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      The need for the tamper really depends on the ratio of solids/liquids in the container. Both Vitamix and Blendtec do really well if there is a good amount of liquid in the recipe (like with juices or smoothies), but both will still struggle if you’re making thicker mixtures, like hummus or peanut butter.

      In these cases, the tamper is really essential and it’s good that Vitamix comes with one. With the Blendtec, you’ll probably end up having to turn of the motor and scrape/push the ingredients back down towards the blades.

    2. I hardly ever use a tamper in my Vitamix. Had it 12 years and use it 2-6 times a week–including with beets, carrots celery & etc.

  33. What about the Blendtec being able to do dry in the same container versus the vitamix needing a separate container to do this work? Can you speak to that point?

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us


      You’re right, Vitamix does sell a separate container that is specifically engineered for dry blending while Blendtec does not, but there is certainly nothing stopping you from blending dry ingredients in the normal Vitamix container.

      The blade and shape of the Vitamix dry container are designed to direct the ingredients in an upward motion instead of the typical downward motion of the normal container. This difference helps to keep the dry ingredients cooler during the 60-90 seconds of blending and helps prevent the container from being scratched and pitted by the dry ingredients, which causes it to become cloudy and more likely to retain smells.

      For occasional dry blending the Vitamix container does just fine, however, if you plan on doing a lot of dry blending, you may find it helpful to buy the separate container.

  34. Dixie Lundquist

    Do either blender have a screw-off bottom or do you have to access the ingredients from the top? I had a blender before my Vita-Mix that I could screw off the bottom and scraping out nut butters and other sticky stuff was much easier that it is with my Vita-Mix.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us


      The only blender from either manufacturer that has a removable bottom is the Vitamix S30. One set of blades are shared between both containers, 20 ounce and 40 ounce.

  35. Thanks so much for all the information here! After a few hours of research, I decided to go with the Blendtec refurbished because of the longer warranty.

    Can’t wait to get it and start blending healthy smoothies and soups!

  36. I have used both many times, and the Vitamix is better in my opinion.
    The Blendtec always leaves chunks when making a smoothie with frozen fruit.
    It has something to do with the blade/pitcher design.
    The Vitamix pulverizes everything better.

    1. I agree love my Vita-mix my sister bought a blend tech and she returned it for a Vitamix. She said my Vita-mix is better by far.

    2. My mom has a Vitamix and I have a Blendtec, and neither leave chunks. Both make very smooth smoothies. If you’re not following a recipe, or at least using the same proportions of wet/fruit/ice that the recipes use, you might need to manually pulse a time or two after using the “smoothie” setting, because the automatic setting assumes those proportions.

  37. I’ve been doing some research before making a purchase and this site has been super helpful. Thanks for compiling all of this information!

    The blender comparison tool has been especially helpful :)

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Both the Designer Series and Total Blender models have preprogrammed settings for smoothies and soups. I’d definitely recommend taking a closer look at either of those models.

  38. I really like the blendtec, especially the design. I’m not as knowledgeable about the vitamix, but I’m sure it’s a personal choice.
    I like the smoothies I make for my grandson. I can get a few veggies in and they don’t know the difference.

  39. I recently purchased a refurbished Vitamix and couldn’t be more pleased with it. We had our last Vitamix for 30 years and it still worked great.Vitamix also gave me a $100 trade in on it. I have no doubt that the Blentec is also a great machine, so it’s a matter of personal preference. Horsepower alone shouldn’t be a deciding factor. Beyond a certain point, horsepower is more a marketing tool than a need. Great review. Thanx.

  40. Thank you Adam! I too am in the process of losing weight. I need a juicer/blender and I was wondering if I should get and Vitamix or Blendec. I was in one of the William Sonoma stores in my area and a sales lady recommended the Vitamix (7500).That particular make comes with a huge recipe book and there’s another recipe book put out by the Vitamix company that I’m going to purchase.Another customer came in the store and confirmed it was the best purchase she’s ever made. Thank you so much for the article!

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      The Vitamix 7500 is a great choice, as are all of the next generation Vitamix models (7500, Pro Series 300, or Pro Series 750). I absolutely love mine!

      Definitely consider the refurbished models as well. They can save you quite a bit of money and I can’t say enough about the quality!

  41. Can anyone recommend one a model in either brand that is somewhat quieter? I get that the HP/motor is why they are unusually loud but I can’t have that noise in my house in the mornings right now.

  42. Can anyone comment on the cleaning of the Blendtec jar? I was really sold on the demo of the Vitamix that allowed for some hot water, soap and a couple of on/off surges of the machine. I’m really hoping not to have to reach my hand into the jar with the very sharp blades if I can avoid it.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Mary Jo,

      The cleaning process for the Blendtec is exactly the same, fill it partially with hot water, a few drops of soap, and let it run on high for about 30 seconds. The blender will do most of the work for you.

      For stickier recipes, like peanut butter or hummus, it might be necessary to use a sponge to loosen some of the leftovers, but the larger diameter opening of the Blendtec container makes this pretty easy.

      1. I have a brush for cleaning baby bottles from Babies R Us that I got especially for getting the sticky stuff out of the bottom of my Vitamix. It’s fast and easy.

    2. I have the Blendtec and the jar is cleaned in the same manner as the Vitamix. So you don’t have to worry about reaching your hand in and touching the blade. Happy blending!!

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us


      The Blendtec can make juice, but it is not the same type of juice you’ll get from a traditional juicer. It’s typically referred to as whole juice because it contains more nutrients than the juice you’ll get from a normal juicer. For a more in-depth look at the difference, take a look at this article by Blendtec, Traditional Juicing vs. Whole Juicing.

      Hope that is helpful!

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      The Stealth is definitely targeted to the high-end market. It would fit perfect in a kitchen with other high-end appliances like a Viking range, which can cost upwards of $6,000. It’s definitely not for everyone, and I think that is the point.

      One thing that makes it special is the sound enclosure lid. Currently, you won’t find that on any other high-end household blender on the market.

  43. Have a Vitamix and thinking about a new one or a blendtec. Not sure what would do best for everything I want it for. Have spent a lot of time on reviews but to be honest it almost seems like a draw right now. Any help would be great. Thanks.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Joe, when it comes to price, performance, and warranty, Vitamix and Blendtec are nearly equals. It is a tie in many areas and for a lot of people, it comes down to personal preference.

      The design and controls are the two big differentiators that usually help people break the tie. Also, if you’re thinking about grinding your own fresh flours, I’d say go with Blendtec, since it doesn’t require a separate container.

  44. Which would be the best to mill into flour? And, would I have to purchase special blades?

    Appreciating your input,

      1. I have read/seen on a couple places (even vitamix.com) that you do NOT need a dry container.
        It is recommend for those who will be using it for dry ingredients primarily, but you can indeed use the wet blade container lol. The reason they made the container is that it pushes the dry ingredients up instead of pulling the ingredients down (like the wet blade does.) they also suggest using a dry container because hard ingredients will scratch up the container after awhile. There’s nothing wrong with using the wet container.

  45. It really seems like a toss up from what I’ve read in most of the online comparisons. Basically just comes down to personal preference.

  46. Undecided between the Blendtec certified refurbished and Vitamix certified reconditioned. Both have models priced at $279, but it seems that the Vitamix version only has two speeds.

    Would Blendtec be a better deal if I want variable speed?

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      If you’re looking for the best deal with the variable speed controls, the Blendtec Total Blender Classic Refurbished is going to be the cheaper package, but the Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Standard is currently on sale for $299 (it is normally $329). The Blendtec also comes with the full, 7 year warranty.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      You’re right, any of the models that come with the preset settings will turn off automatically at the end of the cycle. Thank you for calling that out!

  47. Sams club is now offering the blentec for $399 and also comes with the Wild side jar and the mini twister jar. Normally the mini twister option is $120 so this is by far the best bang for the buckI bbelieve. I also like the ability to set and walk away where it’s quieter, lol.

  48. I’m torn between the two. Once upon a time, I would have said blendtec hands down. Then I found out about something extremely horrible that the owner did, and in good conscience I don’t know if I can stomach giving money to someone who would do that. But it’s significantly cheaper (at costco), smaller, and due to medical concerns I am on a nearly completely liquid, fiber-free diet. The only way I’m going to be able to consume whole foods is to liquefy them.
    Do you think it’s worth paying several hundred dollars more for the Vitamix if your very soul bleeds at the thought of in any way contributing to the riches or continued existence of the Dickson family?

    1. Hi Stella. Can you share some information, or a link to information, about what you have found out about what the owner did. I’m deciding if I should get a Blendtec or not, and I too do not like supporting certain companies, if they have questionable ethics behind them. Thanks so much.

    2. Stella, I have no idea if you’ll see this, but I am wondering if you are on a low-residue diet. My mom is on this; she can’t have hardly any fiber and it is working for her, but I”m trying unsuccessfully to find folks on low-residue to see if they can tolerate pulverized veggies, in the form of smoothies or “ice cream”. If this applies to you, I’d sure appreciate hearing about your experiences. If my edress doesn’t show up you can reach me at bzribee at yahoo dot com.

    3. Thank you for reminding me to do one more step in my research. I am going with a Vitamix 7500, as I don’t buy from people with certain affiliations.

      1. DLH,
        I’m trying to decide between the Vitamix and the Blendtec. I try to support those that I would stand behind. Can you say what is the questionable affiliation of the Blendtec people. I’m not trying to judge, I just want to be able to live with my choice.
        Thank you and God bless. Lorrie

    4. I’m torn between the Blendtec and the Vitamix. I weigh the balance of who I support, so could you please reveal a link or website that would let me know what Tom Dickson did. I would appreciate knowing very much, so I can make a decision on which blender to go with. Thank you, Lorrie

  49. I just purchased a vitamix 5200 ultimate edition from costco, it was around $780 after taxes, i am just wondering how this compares to the blendtec tom dickson extreme and if it is worth the $1035, will the tom dickson be better for doing everything or is it just un-needed power for more $$ ? does the blendtec do anything my vitamix won’t?

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      If you’re looking for the best that money can buy, the Tom Dickson Extreme is it! The warranty on it, a full 10 years, is the longest I’ve ever heard of on a kitchen appliance and the motor is more powerful (and probably louder) than my lawnmower.

      All that said, it really is a lot more power than you’ll probably ever use. If you’ve seen the “Will It Blend” videos (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=will+it+blend) you’ve seen what a 3.5HP blender can do and unless you’re blending iPhone smoothies, you probably won’t come close to using most of its power.

      But, if you have the extra money and don’t want to worry about buying a replacement blender for at least the next 10 years, I’d say it is the one to buy. Otherwise, you’re already guaranteed to be very happy with the 5200 for at least the next 7 years.

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      I haven’t tried blending collards, but both Vitamix and Blendtec can handle leafy greens without any problems. The green smoothies I’ve made in either blender are silky smooth with no chunks of kale left.

        1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

          I typically pull the stems off, because they tend to have a pretty strong flavor, but I have blended kale with the stems on before. The smoothie does get pretty thick when the stems are blended, because of all of the fiber, but adding a little extra water balances it out just fine.

          1. I have had my vitamix for years and love it for making smoothies, it has never given me any trouble, except one time the blade assembly broke but vitamix took care of that. One question, does anyone know how to get the brown stains out of the container that leach into the plastic.

  50. I’m really torn about which one to buy, I love the controls of the Vitamix, but I’d like the bigger motor of the Blendtec.

    Do you think I really need a 3HP motor?

    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Terri, I wouldn’t get too hung up on the horsepower numbers. The Vitamix is perfectly capable of blending just about anything you can throw at it, except for maybe an iPad or iPhone, but hopefully you aren’t putting those in your smoothies. :)

    2. I heard in a lecture by Dr. Tom Wu on his health protocol that the higher the horsepower the better because it will be able to free up the phytochemical locked in the fibers of fruit and vegetables. He likes the Waring 3.75 HP blender.

  51. i have vitamix creations elite. i am thinking of ordering the blendtec. which one would you recommend over the other?


    1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

      Terri, the Creations Elite is a great blender, but if you’re looking for something with more preprogrammed and automatic settings, a Blendtec might be a better fit.

      The preprogrammed settings on the Blendtec allow you to start the cycle, then walk away knowing that the machine will shut itself off once the correct time is reached. If this is something that seems useful, a Blendtec may be a better buy.

      1. Thanks Adam. I appreciate your input. I have ordered the Blendtec.
        But, i also heard that its hard to shut off. Is that true?
        But i like the fact that it is programmable.
        Thank you again.

        1. Adam @ BlenderReviews.us

          Some of the older models can be a bit confusing to turn off. For instance, the Classic Series has a power switch located on the back of the base that can be used to turn the motor off at any time, but you can also hit any of the programmed settings buttons during a blend to halt the motor.

          Newer models feature a power button or switch on the front of the base making it a bit easier to turn off before the end of a preprogrammed setting.

          Hope that helps!

  52. Even though the Blendtec is a little more powerful and has fancier controls, I decided to go with the Vitamix since everyone I know with one just raves about them. I can’t wait to get mine!

  53. Tough decision overall. They are both very good options and both very expensive. I went with the Blendtec for a few different reasons.

    No matter what you choose, but from Costco in store or online. They have absolutely the best prices for blendtec, vitamix, oster, and ninja blenders. Though keep in mind that they do not offer all options of each. Just one option of each.

    1) Blendtec’s are on average $100 cheaper compared with Vitamix (25%). This is a pretty big difference in my books and the Vitamix didn’t seem to justify being that much higher. Both have the same length 7 year warranty, though Blendtec includes a lifetime warranty on the blades and an 8 year warranty to Costco members.

    2) Blendtec can fit under a cupboard. Even the new, expensive, Vitamix 750 can’t fit under most cupboards unless you first put on the pitcher, then slide it in. And for the more affordable 5200’s you can’t get them under a cupboard period. I use my blender daily and don’t like the idea of manuevering a 12 pound piece of equipment around. This was the reason I went Blendtec.

    3) Blendtec is a little more hands free. You have to learn how to pack them right but you’ll find that a Vitamix requires tamping more often than a Blendtec. Though Vitamix does include a tamper where Blendtec requires you to basically break their rules and use a spatula…

  54. I did a lot of research before settling on the Vitamix and ultimately bought the 7500. It’s a step up from the older 5200 and the newer design looks great in my kitchen.

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