After hundreds of smoothies, our BlendTec is no more. Over a month ago it breathed its last. But it was a blessing in disguise. Now we have a Vitamix, which I like even more. And because our BlendTec was under warranty, we basically got to switch it out for free. You can’t beat that. So here’s my two cents on the Vitamix vs. BlendTec debate.
Why I prefer the Vitamix:
Vitamix has manual controls, which Pete says are less prone to malfunctioning. I just never found BlendTec’s digital, pre-programmed settings particularly useful. Vitamix also offers pre-programmed settings on its upgraded model, but I was glad to get the Vitamix with manual settings, which can be adjusted as necessary.
The Vitamix pulls everything down towards the blades for more efficient processing. Dates for my skinny vanilla smoothies puree in an instant. The BlendTec tossed them around awhile before actually getting down to business.
I don’t have to wear earplugs. Yes, I kept earplugs in my kitchen to protect my ears from the high pitched sound my BlendTec made, especially when pureeing dates. It was that loud. It sounded a little like an airplane takeoff. I figured that couldn’t be good for my hearing on a daily basis.
Vitamix has a tamper, which is indispensable for blending chunks of frozen fruit. No more opening the lid to stir up the ingredients.
My sister has been bragging about the watermelon sorbets she makes in her Vitamix. Actually on her last visit she tried it with my BlendTec and it didn’t work. Even with continual prodding, the chunks of frozen watermelon got stuck while the blades just kept whirring. Eventually everything thawed enough to be pulverized, but by that time it was more like a slushy (also good, but not what we were aiming for) and less like a sorbet.
Before summer is over, if I can ever manage to freeze the watermelon before it disappears, I’m making my own watermelon sorbet. In the meantime I’ve been making fabulous vanilla peach frozen yogurt with our surplus of ripe peaches. (Vanilla yogurt and frozen peaches — that’s it!)
One possible downside is that the Vitamix blender jar (BPA free like BlendTec’s) is tall.
On the base it’s too tall to fit under a standard wall cabinet. I love the large capacity and don’t store my blender jar on the counter, anyway. But if this is an issue, a shorter blender jar is available as a separate purchase.
More detailed, feature by feature comparisons are all over the internet, like this one which happens to favor BlendTec). I’m just mentioning the features that made me fall in love with the Vitamix. I think you’ll love it, too.