Blendtec vs Vitamix Blenders: Who Will Win the War Between Two Titans?
- 1 Blendtec vs Vitamix Blenders: Who Will Win the War Between Two Titans?
- 2 How Do Their Motor and Base Compare?
- 3 What About Their Containers and Covers?
- 4 What Are the Differences in Their Blades?
- 5 Are Their Control Panels Different in Design, Too?
- 6 What Are the Accessories and Warranty for Each Blender?
- 7 Let’s Take a Look at Their Overall Performance
- 8 The Blendtec 675’s Pros & Cons
- 9 Vitamix 5200's Pro & Cons
- 10 Final Verdict
Blendtec and Vitamix are among the best-known brands in blenders for good reasons. Both brands sell durable, versatile and functional blenders – indeed, must-have kitchen appliances! Each brand has its own branding with Vitamix being touted as the blender for health-conscious people and Blendtec known for its “Will It Blend?” campaign.
The “Will It Blend?” campaign shows a Blendtec blender pulverizing into pieces iPhones and other items. Vitamix has yet to launch a similar campaign but we don’t expect it either. After all, the measure of a great blender isn’t in how well it pulverizes non-food items, especially ones that won’t taste great in frozen desserts.
We chose two similar blender models for comparison purposes – the Blendtec Designer 675 blender and the Vitamix 5200 blender. We compared them based on their motor, blade and container, among other features, as well as their overall performance. We also chose them because they have nearly similar features, capacity and power.
How Do Their Motor and Base Compare?
The motor is the heart of the blender and, as cliche as that sounds, it’s the first feature we look at when comparing blenders. The higher the horsepower and watts, the more powerful the blender. Power is something that we want in blenders.
But it isn’t the be-all and end-all either since we have to consider the blade, container and control panel, too.
The Blendtec 675 has a 1,800-watt motor with 3.8 peak horsepower, a powerful blender indeed. Its motor provides sufficient power to allow the blades to do their job. It doesn’t overheat quickly, too.
But its plastic base can become an issue for people who want a stainless steel base. With proper use and maintenance, nonetheless, it’s a minor issue since the plastic itself is thick and sturdy. It comes in three colors, too – champagne, dark roast and charcoal.
The Blendtec 675 has a low-profile base that make it easier to store in a standard kitchen cabinet.
The Vitamix 5200 blender has a 1,500-watt motor with peak 2 horsepower. But the Swedish-made motor generates powerful blending capacity that makes it among the best blender in our books. Again, it isn’t so much the motor but the sum of the parts and the Vitamix 5200 delivers in other aspects.
We like that the motor has a ball bearing design resulting in reduced friction. This means a longer lifespan and better efficiency. Every part of the motor including the base are made of metal so these are extremely durable. It also has an advanced cooling system that automatically shuts off the blender if the motor becomes overheated.
The winner: Vitamix 5200 blender because its motor and base can withstand years of regular use and generates plenty of power for a wide range of blending recipes.
What About Their Containers and Covers?
The Blendtec 675’s container has a lid made of flexible rubber forming a secure seal even when it isn’t completely pushed in. The lid is also easy remove and replace. The large opening in its middle allows for releasing heat and pressure during operation.
Its BPA-free container has four sides, known as the WildSide jar, for larger capacity and better blending. It has a sturdy handle and clear markings for measurement purposes. It doesn’t have a spout on its lid so pouring the blended beverage should be done with extra care.
We like that it’s a thick plastic jar that should withstand the impact of hard ingredients like ice cubes, apples and pears. It’s also easy to securely attach the container to the base, an extra safety feature. It’s also easy to clean since it can be disassembled and its parts can be placed in the dishwasher.
The Vitamix 5200, in contrast, isn’t as dishwasher-friendly. But it can be quickly cleaned by placing mild soap and warm water in the dirty jar, place it on the motor base and turn it on at the highest speed for a minute or two. While manual cleaning can be done, it can be challenging due to its narrower and taller dimension.
Its 64-ounce container is made of BPA-free plastic material, a large enough jar for mixing small to medium batches. It’s also fairly sturdy and like the Blendtec 675, it will last for years of regular and proper use. It isn’t impact-resistant though so care should be taken when using the container.
The winner: Blendtec 675 because of its large jar, an easy-to-clean, easy-to-use container. But the Vitamix 5200 gives it a good run for the money!
What Are the Differences in Their Blades?
The Blendtec 675 has laser-cut stainless steel blades that can cut through several food ingredients. When viewed from above, the blades form a four-pronged star that pulverize ingredients within a few minutes. These blades can cut through skin, too, so caution is a must.
The Vitamix 5200 also has 4-prong stainless steel blades. Take note that the standard package comes with the so-called wet blades, which are suitable for making soups and frozen desserts. There’s an option to separately buy the dry blade for kneading dough, grinding coffee and milling flour.
The winner: It’s a draw! Both blenders have sharp, sturdy and powerful blades that cuts, chops and pulverizes ingredients. Their main difference lies in the smoothness of the final smoothie, frozen dessert and nut butters.
Are Their Control Panels Different in Design, Too?
Where contemporary control panels are concerned, the Blender 675 is our clear winner! We like that it has an illuminated touchscreen display that shows the blend cycle count and a countdown timer. We also appreciated its quick response to a light touch on the controls, even with a wet finger, and its easy-to-clean surface.
The touchscreen controls features five pre-programmed settings, namely, Smoothie, Frozen Treats, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, and Clean. This takes the guesswork out of the task. It also has eight variable speeds controlled via a slider.
It has an extra “+10” feature for adding 10 more seconds of blending cycle. It also has a pulse feature for pulverizing hard ingredients before proceeding to the main blending cycle.
As for Vitamix 5200, it doesn’t have the advanced control panel of Blendtec 675. But if you’re familiar with the analog blenders, then you will find it easy to use.
The control panel consists of a dial for the 10 speeds, the on/off switch and the high/variable switch. While these aren’t digital controls, the switches and knob are clearly labelled. The controls are then easy to use. There’s no pulse feature but the 10 variable speeds can be used for this purpose.
We recommend using the high setting for heavy-duty blending jobs, such as breaking ice cubes and pulverizing fruits and vegetables. Then switch to the variable speeds to achieve the desired smoothness of the frozen dessert, smoothie or nut butter.
The winner: Blendtec 675 because of its intuitive, user-friendly control panel as well as the pre-set programs and variable speeds.
What Are the Accessories and Warranty for Each Blender?
The Blendtec 675 comes with an 8-year warranty and it is proof that the company stands behind its product over the long-term period. It also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee; terms and conditions apply. The package also comes with a 16-page cookbook with 230 recipes and a user’s manual.
The Vitamix 5200 has a 7-year warranty. It come with a tamper and a user’s manual, too.
The winner: We have to say that both blenders are equal in terms of their accessories. Blendtec and Vitamix are both known for their satisfactory customer service, from answering questions to replacing parts.
Let’s Take a Look at Their Overall Performance
When all is said and done, every blender is judged based on its overall performance. This includes what it can be used in making, how well it can make blended food, and how fast it can do the job. We then take a look at the types of food that modern blenders are used for - from smoothies, frozen desserts and hot soups to nut butters, dough and coffee grounds.
1. Which blender gives the better smoothies?
When making smoothies, the ingredients can create dense mixtures resulting in air pockets forming around the blades. This is where a tamper becomes essential in blending thick smoothies. While a ladle or large spoon can be used as a substitute, these can damage the blades.
Blendtec 675 doesn’t come with a tamper but the Vitamix 5200 has one. If you want to stir the thick smoothie, you have to turn off the Blendtec 675 and use a ladle to do the job. You may find it inconvenient but it’s necessary since the blades cannot whirl efficiently unless the mixture has been stirred well.
In contrast, there’s no need to turn off the blender with the Vitamix 5200 if you want to stir the blended mixture. Just use the tamper, which should be inserted into the hole on top of the lid, and stir the mixture to disperse the air pockets.
The Vitamix 5200 also makes smoother smoothies partly because of its jar’s design. Its tapered container efficiently pulls the mixture toward the twirling sharp blades creating a steady and powerful vortex. But it isn’t so with the Blendtec 675’s flat-bottomed jar that pushes ingredients away from the blades’ vortex.
2. Which do we prefer for frozen drinks and desserts?
We preferred the Vitamix 5200 because it took only a minute or two for it to pulverize ice cubes and other ingredients into a fine mush, such as in pina colada and margaritas. With the Blendtec 675, it took twice the time and the resulting mush still contained gritty ice bits.
There’s also the matter of noise. Where Vitamix 5200 had a low-level hum even at high speeds, the Blendtec 675 had a high-pitched squeal.
3. Will both blenders make hot soups?
Keep in mind that making hot soups on a blender has its safety risks including the jar becoming overheated from the friction. As such, it’s best to start with the lowest possible setting and then progress to higher speed settings to create a smooth soup.
With this in mind, we preferred Vitamix 5200’s controllable speeds over Blendtec 675’s fast and furious speeds. The former’s speed has a more nuanced feel to it. In contrast, the latter’s speed can be compared to a cyclone in a jar. While the cyclone effect is nice, it isn’t so nice when making hot soups in a blender.
4. Which blender is best for nut butters?
The Blendtec 675 also makes peanut butter with a grittier mouth-feel than the peanut butter made on the Vitamix 5200. In this case, it’s a draw since your personal preference is the deciding factor here. You may like a chunkier peanut butter, for example, so the Blendtec blender makes more sense.
The winner: Vitamix 5200 because it produces finer, smoother blended beverages and butters in half the time it takes for the Blendtec 675.
The Blendtec 675’s Pros & Cons
Vitamix 5200's Pro & Cons
With all these features considered, we have to say that we liked the Vitamix 5200 blender better than the Blendtec 675. While the former doesn’t have fancy touchscreen controls and a fancy four-sided jar, it’s an efficient blender that can be used for nearly all tasks! It cuts, chops and pulverizes hard and soft ingredients in lesser time and produces finer, smoother, and even yummier results.
Of course, Blendtec 675 has its merits, too, which makes it among the best blenders we’ve used so far. It’s also a reliable and durable blender suitable for use in a wide range of blending jobs.
In the end, your personal preference will be the deciding factor! You must then carefully consider your unique needs and wants in a blender – and don’t forget the price aspect – before making your decision.