Vitamix Vs Blendtec – Which one is better?

Vitamix Vs Blendtec – Which one is better?

In the Vitamix vs Blendtec discussion, there are some definite advantages of one blender over the other.  Before being fortunate enough to own both blenders I was rather convinced that they were the essentially the same blender but that really isn’t the case.  Each blender has some advantages over the other that make it unique–you will have to decide for your self which apply to you.

Price

If you believe that both the Vitamix and the Blendtec blenders can equally perform the basic functions you need, then the Blendtec blender is the easy choice when considering price.  Vitamix blenders tend to be slightly more expensive than its Blendtec counterpart.  The Vitamix CIA Professional Blender costs around $500.  The Blendtec Wildside Blender costs about $475 and it is comparable to the aforementioned Vitamix model, although I won’t go into their similarities.  In each side-by-side comparison of these blenders Blendtec usually comes in slightly less expensive than the Vitamix.  Advantage: Blendtec.

Weight

While both blenders are heavy, the Vitamix is heavier overall than the Blendtec.  This includes what I consider the more important component–the pitcher.  The Blendtec pitcher weighs just over 1lb.  I think it came to around 1lb 1 oz to be exact.  The Vitamix pitcher weighs just under 2lbs.  If you have weak wrists or suffer from any level of arthritis then consider Blendtec because it’s pitcher is lighter. That 1lb difference can feel like like 25lbs if you are small in stature and/or lack arm strength.  Advantage: Blendtec.

Durability

Weight plays a role in the Vitamix vs Blendtec durability measurement.  Earlier I gave the advantage to Blendtec for being a lighter blender in general, especially for those who are weaker in strength.  As far as durability goes, the Vitamix blender and pitcher are more durable in my experience.  The Blendtec pitcher bearing assembly is permanently mounted on the pitcher itself and cannot be removed.  After you have worn out the pitcher and bearing you have to purchase an entirely new pitcher and bearing assembly.  With the Vitamix pitcher once the blade assembly is worn out all you need to do is purchase a new blade assembly which will save you money.  Advantage: Vitamix.

Noise

There is no getting around this one.  Both blenders are loud.  If you have a sleeping baby in the neighboring room do not operate these machines!  Having used both blenders for many years I can tell you that my Vitamix blender is less loud than my Blendtec blender.  I can’t speak to other comparable models but I have a feeling that because the Vitamix blenders are heavier by nature, they are more stable, and are therefore quieter than the Blendtec models.  Advantage: Vitamix.

Size

I can’t remember the actual required distance between kitchen cabinets and your counter tops but I believe most new households have a distance of around 15 to 16 inches.  The Blentec blender will fit under most kitchen cabinets at this length as the blender is around 15 inches long from the bottom of the base to the top of the blender cover.  Unfortunately, the Vitamix blender will not fit underneath.  It stands at over 20 inches tall!  Now that doesn’t mean you have to eliminate the Vitamix because it won’t fit under cabinets.  It simply means the Blendtec is a little more versatile since you can fit it nicely on most of your counter top surface.  Advantage: Blendtec.

Customer Service

Vitamix customer service is top of the line. Blendtec customer service isn’t bad, they are very good as well, but there is something about the folks at Vitamix that makes separates them from Blendtec. It might be the fact that all Vitamix customer service members are Vitamix owners and therefore understand better the issues that come with the machines they receive calls about. Whatever the case, I get emails on a consistent basis from readers who say that the pre-sales support and the post-sales support from Vitamix is simply outstanding. I tend to agree. Advantage: Vitamix.

There are definite advantages in the Vitamix vs Blendtec showdown that set each one apart from the other.  You will have to decide which advantages are right for you.

If the price is your biggest obstacle, I suggest going the Blendtec route.  I went to Williams & Sonoma to get a feel for the physical models and then bought them online direct from the Blendtec website.. You get incredible customer service along the the highest expertise.  The big box retailers aren’t specialized enough and have shady return policies making purchasing a blender there tough (especially if you run into an issue).  Ahh, the Blendtec vs Vitamix decision still rages on.

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