Countertop blenders usually cost less than $100 but high-end blenders from Blendtec and Vitamix are both high-performance and expensive. They range from $400 to over $1,000. Vitamix and Blendtec offer both household and commercial blenders. This is an unbiased comparison of the two brands.
Blendtec typically uses a 1560 watt motor with 3 peak horsepower. This means that it uses more electricity to run than Vitamix, making it more expensive to use. However, it maintains its blade speed even in thick mixes, while the Vitamix blade may slow down.
Vitamix typically uses a 1380 watt motor that works at 2+ peak horsepower, with 240 mph blade speed.
Some models of Blendtec, like the Designer Series, cannot always blend frozen or uncut fruits successfully, but a Twister jar can be purchased separately for this effect.
Blendtec has a 2-prong, stainless, fixed blade that is non-replaceable. The two prongs allow it to have versatility in blending wet and dry ingredients.
Vitamix has a 4-prong stainless blade than can be replaced. Because of this, users must buy an additional jar with a different blade if they wish to blend dry ingredients, such as wheat or coffee beans.
Vitamix is known for its durability, with some models still in use after decades.
Blendtec has a smaller RPM range, allowing for less precise control. It comes with 10 buttons plus a pulse button, as well as preprogrammed controls. Vitamix has a manual dial to control the speed and length of time of the blend.
Product line and prices
The cheapest Blendtec, the Total Blender Classic FourSide, has a starting price of $434.95. The Designer Series WildSide Color and Total Blender Classic Wildside are both $454.95, while the Connoisseur costs $649.95, and the most high-end blender, the Tom Dickson Extreme Blender, costs $1034.95.
The Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend costs $479.99, while the 1732 TurboBlend VS Blender costs $549.99, the 1723 Professional Series 200 costs $549.99 and the 1363 CIA Professional Series costs $599.99.
A good place to check popularity of various Blendtec and Vitamix blenders would be the Amazon best sellers list. However, there are no Blendtec blenders on the list and only one Vitamix blender: the Professional Series 750.
The best-rated Vitamix and Blendtec blenders on Amazon are as follows:
- Vitamix CIA Professional Series ($470)
- Vitamix Professional Series 750 ($650)
- Blendtec Total Blender 621-20 ($500)
Here is a comparison of the Blendtec product line:
And here is a similar comparison of the Vitamix product line for homes:
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Patent dispute and lawsuit
In 2001 Blendtec introduced the WildSide jar, designed with a distinctive fifth side. When Vitamix introduced a similar jar, Blendtec sued and was awarded an $11 million judgment by the district court. The judgment was upheld in an appeal to the federal circuit court.