Blender Review - Vitamix vs Blendtec
Vitamix vs Blendtec
If you're trying to get healthy this year, smoothies are one of the best ways to get all of the nutrients your body needs without spending all day snacking on veggies.
It should save you time, too. Once you've purchased all of the ingredients, making a great smoothie should be easy, right? After all, it's what a blender is designed to do. It doesn't seem like the kind of thing you'd need a top-of-the-line blender to achieve. Luckily, that's true...with a few stipulations.
Here's what you need to know: there's less prep-work to do if you have a higher quality blender (and usually better results, too). If you're really into smoothies, it might be time to bite the bullet and invest in a state of the art personal blender, perhaps even one with the capabilities of a commercial blender.
If you're ready to make that investment, a few of the best blenders you should consider are Vitamix and Blendtec. They're both fantastic machines. They have a lot of similarities, but also some important differences you should consider before deciding which one is right for you. Let's take a look at these two blenders.
- Height: 20.5"2-speed Switch with variable dial
- 4-prong blade
- 1380 watts
- 7-year warranty
Today we'll be talking specifically about the Vitamix 5200. It's a really sturdy, easy-to-use blender. Let's evaluate its pros and cons. Just for a change, let's start with the bad news:
- One immediately apparent downfall is its height; at 20.5 inches tall, it's a little much for the average countertop. (There is a shorter glass piece available online, so that would potentially help its overall rating.)
- You have to manually shut off the Vitamix.
- Compared to the Blendtec, it's difficult to clean. It definitely wasn't impossible, but a few leaves of spinach got stuck to the matte finish.
Beyond that, it's hard to find fault with the Vitamix. Here are some of the Vitamix's finer points:
- It really is easy to use; one dial, two switches. Hard to beat that. Even though the controls are simple, they offer complete control over the speed and length of time that you're blending.
- The end result is a creamier smoothie than the Blendtec, which had a foamier, frothier texture.
- Even at full speed, the Vitamix doesn't move around--it has a very heavy base for a personal blender.
- Height: 15.5"
- One-touch buttons
- Programmed cycles
- 2-prong blade
- 1580 watts
- 7-year warranty
For this review, we were looking at the Blendtec WildSide personal blender. A few potential issues were:
- It's a more complicated machine. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but there are more than ten buttons on this blender!
- The base isn't as sturdy as the Vitamix; it rocks back and forth quite a bit on the faster settings.
The Blendtec has a lot of great features though.
- It's shorter than the Vitamix, which saves more space
- Pre-programmed settings allow you to walk away while the blender is on.
- The Blendtec produces an airy, frosty smoothie (if that's your preference)
- Really easy clean-up
- The Blendtec Wildside has a higher wattage, comparable to a commercial blender.
Both of these are great blenders, but in the end it's a decision based on personal preference. If you like a creamier, thicker smoothie the Vitamix is probably your best option; the Blendtec produces a frothier smoothie. If noise and rattling is an issue for you, you're probably going to like the Vitamix better. The Vitamix is a simple, sturdy machine.
But if you're equally concerned with an easy clean-up, the Blendtec has Vitamix beat on that front. Also, if you're looking to save space. Or if you want an extremely powerful smoothie that pulls in more air. The Blendtec also wins in terms of features.
Personally, our favorite was the Blendtec Wildside, although we wish there was something to do about the noise! Between its more convenient height and how easy it was to clean, that gave the WildSide the advantage over the Vitamix 5200, which put up a great fight.
But, look at it this way: both machines offer a great 7-year warranty, so if you end up with a bad case of buyer's remorse, you could always see if you like the other blender better. Best of luck in your decision, and happy smoothie making!