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Blendtec vs. Vitamix: Which Is the Better Blender?

We here at VeggieShake know that a good blender is invaluable when it comes to taking control of your diet and health, but divining the best blender for your needs before you buy can be tricky. That is why we've done a comprehensive review of two top blender brands to help you decide: Blendtec vs. Vitamix. Read to the end to learn which one we recommend.

What to Look for in a Blender

Beyond making sure that a high-quality brand comes with a multi-year warranty ensuring durability, buying a blender can be pretty basic. You're probably looking for the following features.

  • The number of variable speeds: You need peak horsepower when it comes to blending thick ingredients like nut butters and rock-hard ice cubes into a smooth puree, but also gentler settings for liquid ingredients.
  • Ease of use: An easy-to-understand touchscreen or button speed controls are a must if you don't have time to study your blender's various codes and combinations.
  • Jar capacity: A single-use cup a la the NutriBullet for your morning smoothie or a gallon-like pitcher for bulk prep? You may only need one or want both if you have the available space in your kitchen cabinets or on your countertop.
  • Cost: You may not be afraid to spend real money on the right blender, but you don't want to waste money on bells and whistles you'll never use when making your average green smoothies.
  • Cleanability: Can you just toss your blender and its stainless steel blade into the dishwasher, or does it need special care? If time is of the essence, the ability to clean up quickly matters.

Let's find out how the Blendtec and Vitamix models perform when they're compared head-to-head.

What to Look for in a Blender

Blendtec vs. Vitamix: Which Is the Better Blender?

You're in the market for a new Vitamix or possibly a Blendtec designer series model, and you know you can find both easily at Costco, Amazon, or even at your local supercenter store right next to the food processors and other kitchen appliances. Blendtec and Vitamix offer basic and professional series blenders, high-performance machines that for all their similarities are far from identical. Check out these specifics between the Vitamix 5300 and the Blendtec Classic 575 to get an idea of which brand you'd prefer.

Speed Control

Blendtec Classic 575

The Blendtec Classic 575 has a 3 horsepower motor, 5 manual speeds (plus a pulse setting), and 4 pre-programmed cycles. Those cycles include two that are timed (at 60- and 90-second blending times) to offer hands-free blending perfect for prepping bread dough, making homemade ice cream, salsas, or even creating hot soups along with the standard smoothie, mixed drink, and fresh hummus recipes. It even has a clean cycle, but more on cleanup and maintenance below.

Blendtec also has an 8-year warranty in case anything goes wrong.

Vitamix 5300

Similarly matched in strength with a 2.2 horsepower motor, Vitamix nevertheless has 10 manual control speeds, so if you're looking for a high-speed product, you'd probably prefer the Vitamix. User reviews state that Blendtec machines tend to need stirring as thicker mixtures, frozen fruit, and tough veggies get stuck among its prongs. Vitamix, on the other hand, can be dialed up to higher speeds and power through all your ingredients, thanks in part to the design of the jar and the inclusion of a tamper (more on the Vitamix container design below).

The Vitamix 5300 has a 7-year warranty. 

Ease of Use

Blendtec Classic 575

The pre-programmed cycles of Blendtec Total Blenders can be appealing because they're designed to remove the guesswork from blending all while preventing overheating. The buttons are relatively clear and take only about 30 seconds to explore and understand. 

Don't worry, the programmed cycles of these modern new models don't take a simple blender and turn it into a space mission. You'll probably be able to figure it all out even without reading the manual.

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix controls are even easier and simpler than the Blendtec's. There are only 3 components: a start-and-stop switch, a pulse button, and a speed dial. No muss, no fuss, and no calculations required.

Jar Capacity

Blendtec Classic 575

The Blendtec Classic 575 comes with a 32-ounce Fourside jar that is BPA free and has a vented latching lid. With Black, Poppy, Caribbean, Orchid, Polar White, and Slate Grey options, the base also comes with a much wider color variety than the Vitamix.

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix 5300 comes in Black and Red only with a 64-ounce low-profile container that makes for easy storage under countertops and in cabinets. For some users, the low and wide jar leads to better blending functionality because it's easier to whip up large batches of multi-ingredient recipes.

Cost

Blendtec Classic 575

The cost of the Blendtec Classic 575 according to their website is $379.95 USD. They have the far cheaper $199 option for a Ninja-style personal blender, and Designer and Pro Series options that are much higher in price.

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix 5300 is $529.95 direct from the manufacturer. The Vitamix 5200 has a lower price tag with many of the same guarantees, but even newer models like the Vitamix 7500 have a comparable price range between $400 and $550. The Vitamix Ascent Series gets higher in price (above $600) but comes with a 10-year warranty for more security when buying.

Cleanability

Blendtec Classic 575

Blendtec jars are dishwasher safe (top rack only) and have an easy-to-clean touchpad base in case of spills or unexpected food explosions. It also has that clean cycle pre-programmed into it, so you can just add warm water and dishwashing soap, tell the blender to clean itself, and then simply rinse thoroughly and dry.

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix's tamper adds another item that needs to be cleaned sometimes, but even so, it too is a pretty simple item to wash. It is also dishwasher safe on the top rack but is so easy to clean even without a special clean cycle that it may never see the inside of your dishwasher machine if you're in the habit of cleaning your blenders as soon as you're done using them (before food can really cake on). 

Blendtec vs. Vitamix: Which Is the Better Blender?

Battling Blenders

At the end of the day, you have to weigh each of these variables against your own personal needs. We've found that Vitamix—for its power, simplicity, larger blender jar, and tamper—edges into first place, but cost considerations and pre-programmed features may sway you towards Blendtec blenders. Whichever you choose, check out our unique All-in-One Superfood Shake blends to break in your new machine with a huge helping of natural, nutritional ingredients.

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