One of the most pertinent issues that shoppers face when looking for blenders is the brand to go for. In this respect, many are confused whether to choose Blendtec or Vitmax, both of which are of great quality. To deal with this dilemma, it is important to recognize that both brands are unique in their own way, and this explains, in part, the cost of getting either of the brands. Discussed below are some of the factors that you must consider when it comes to settling for a blender.
Vitamix features a plunger
The plunger is indeed an innovative design. For those who are not in the know, a plunger is a device that passes through the top part of the blender’s lid, and whose sole function is to help you mix viscous foods while the blender runs. In the absence of a plunger, one would have to repeatedly turn off the blender when working with thick foods, and then mix the ingredients manually. This is not only an inconvenience, in many cases it results in an uneven mixture. While the plunger is not used in preparing all foods, it certainly comes in handy when the need arises.
Vitamix has the capacity for fine grind
Vitamix not only allows you to obtain smooth blends, it also does a great job when it comes to grinding hard ingredients such as nuts. The resulting pulp is excellently free of lumps, allowing you to prepare fine nuts milk. The same applies to coconuts meat.
Compared to other brands, Blendtec has a very powerful motor; one that has more than 3 horsepower. This is, by far, a very strong motor; probably the best there is when placed side by side with other home blenders.
The pitchers found in Blendtec
Blendtec provides two distinct pitchers, both with different capacities. The first is a 3 qt one, while the second is a 2 qt one. The advantage of the different sizes is that one is able to make different preparations, particularly when it comes to using wet and dry ingredients. In addition to the pitchers, users also have the advantage of using the miller to get fresh home made flour. Whatever it is you want to grind, Blendtec will do an excellent job.
Blendtec has automated speeds
Speed is an essential feature of any blender, and when it comes to speeds, Blendtec is in a class of its own. There is an LCD screen that is linked to pre-set speeds for your convenience. This allows you to select what speeds and intervals you want the blades to work with. This varies depending on the food that you are preparing. For instance, the speed settings when preparing baby food will differ markedly from the settings used when you want to crush ice cubes. This makes up for the lack of a plunger in the Blendtec range of blenders, and consequently eliminates the practice of opening the blender to mix the ingredients up. Since the settings are pre-determined, the blender turns itself off automatically. This allows you to do something else even as blending is on going. Noteworthy too, is the fact that there is also the option of manual setting as well as pulse action. Here in lies the difference between the two brands since Vitamix does not have the pulse action option.
Cleaning the Blendtec
While the Blendtec models have just two blades, the Vitamix brand of blenders has four blades. This is probably the reason Vitamix prepares an ultra smooth pulp from nuts when preparing milk while the Blendtec pales in comparison in this respect. In contrast, the fewer number of blades makes the Blendtec blender easier to clean since there is adequate space between them to allow a scrub brush inside.
The affordability of Blendtec
When the costs of the two are compared, you will realize that Blendtec is more affordable than Vitamix. One of the options to explore when looking for wither of the two is online shopping. While this is convenient, it is advisable to go shopping physically since what you will get online may not meet the power requirements of operating the appliance in Singapore. For timely delivery at absolutely no cost, get in touch with a local representative.
What brand should you go for?
Having seen the Vitamix 5200 which uses a 2 horsepower motor, and the Blendtec blender which uses a 3 horsepower motor, it may be hard to decide which of the two brands to go for. In some aspects, the Blendtec is preferable for different kitchen setups since it has the appropriate height for many kitchen tops, alongside with the super cool designs. Given another opportunity, I’d probably go for the Blendtec brand of blenders, especially because of the horsepower in use.
The battle of the high end blenders as far as health is concerned.
Having read widely about the different types of blenders in the market, it is disheartening to find that none of the sites provided facts for the user to adopt when shopping for a blender. This is a common scenario, especially because most of the information is presented to sell a brand. Personal reviews and skewed opinions about given specifications are not one bit helpful. From all the brands of blenders in the market, Blendtec and also the Omega commercial quality Model:BL632 are touted to be the top favourites, with positive reviews from qualified chefs to culinary experts to professionals in the raw food industry.
Blendtec made a debut in the market, bringing in the concept of more horsepower. The fact that Blendtac can crush just about anything, even non edible items such as iPods, goes to show you the power of its motor. This brand has become quite popular with individuals who prefer pre-set functions.
In the Blendtec brand, there is a big pitcher with a capacity of 3 quarts, in addition to the big blade that measures 4 inches. The size of the pitcher is quite crucial especially for those who love to host parties for many people. The smaller pitcher is however, more common since it sufficiently meets the needs of many people. This is what makes it a tad difficult to determine which of the two brands is better. Blendtec definitely has an upper hand when it comes to power, yet Vitamix has quicker blades. In some scenarios, the blender’s power is the ultimate desire, while in others; the speed of the blades is top priority. As a result, the choice of what brand to take home with you is largely a matter of what your needs are. The two blenders work on different platforms, and this is what makes each of the brands befitting in their own right.
My personal experience with different blenders made me realize that the core point of consideration when choosing a blender is one that meets your needs. One brand of blender, for instance, would take almost double the time just to get a smoothie ready. Right from ingredient preparation, to the actual blending process, this was an arduous task. This also inhibited my health options since it meant getting rid of the fibrous part of most fruits. This would entail eliminating seeds from fruits or throwing away the core part of pineapples, much to my chagrin. With a powerful motor blender today, all that is history.
All I do now is mix up the ingredients and wait for a fine, nutritious smoothie. Forget the lumps with the use of previous blenders. In essence, cheap blenders not only waste the food’s nutrition, they are also costly in the end and waste a lot of time. For health freaks, getting a high powered blender is the only solution to wasting nutrition. For this sole reason, the whole idea of getting a blender that is worth USD$1000 or more starts to make sense.
So, how does such a costly blender provide smoothies with better quality?
When looking at the functionality of a blender in terms of raw foods, you do realize that a blender does not just mix up different types of foods. A high end blender will do this and much more, especially considering that such a blender can be ten times more powerful than the conventional blender. With such exponential power, the blades of the blender chop just about any food to release the nutritional value and unique flavors of each ingredient. This would be harder for your digestive system to handle even if you were not accustomed to junk foods. With a traditional blender, the effect is watered down with the presence of unsightly lumps.
With both the Vitamix and Blendtec brands, specs comparison does not provide a holistic approach to help determine which of the two is better. To put this into perspective, while many people are of the opinion that a 3 horsepower motor is better than one with two horsepower, this is not necessarily true when you add other variables. With this new approach, you will get to discover that the two are not rival brands per se. As a result; the blenders will be appealing to different categories of people. The question you would need to ask yourself is what blender meets your kitchen needs?
Comparison of Features
Speed versus power
Vitamix has a long rich history, and all those who have been using this brand can attest to the quality behind the appliances. Preferred by culinary experts who prepare many recipes daily, Vitamix is loosely referred to as the chef’s accompaniment. Typically, a commercial kitchen has lots of procedures, and as a result, many chefs have an inclination towards appliances that allow for manual control. Using the Vitamix Tamper Tool, the chefs are able to achieve the desired consistency of the mixtures.
The 4 blades of the blender are extremely sharp, and will cut through the food content at an impressive 39000 RPM (rounds per minute). The design of the carafe is also suited for this purpose; it is long and resembles the shape of a flute, in effect, directing the foods to the bottom for effective blending. For this reason, the ideal power is just about 2 horsepower. The irony here is that power in excess of 2 horsepower will reduce the blender’s efficiency.
The Blendtec manufacturers opted for a slightly different take, and instead took to instilling greater power and more automated processes, with less speed (rounds per minute). This was to address individuals who preferred to operate at the touch of a button. The motor with 3 horse power steers the blades at approximately 28000 RPM, significantly lower than the speeds of Vitamax blender. The carafe is quite different from that of Vitamax with a wider base.
This design is meant to create a force that pulls the ingredients to the bottom when the powerful motor is switched on. One can use a pre-set button to let the appliance work for you. For those who would still like a manual feel to the Blendtec blender, there is the option of pulse action. The Blendtec pitcher has a capacity of 3 quarts, and this is meant to cater for the large blades. If you prefer to host many people frequently, this is definitely the blender to go for.
Detailed outlook of both blenders
The least authorized cost of the blenders
The blenders belonging to both brands are high-end appliances. The Vitamix blender goes as high as S$1318, while the Blendtec sells fixed price at S$1,150. The difference in cost arises from the fact that the latter has a separate pitcher which shoppers can make use of to grind grains as well as other dry foods. Both brands have a warranty period of 7 years.
Speed versus Power
The Vitamix blender has a motor whose power is 2 horsepower, at a speed of 39000 RPM, while Blendtec has a motor with 3 horsepower at a top speed of 28000 RPM. In spite of this, the reduced horsepower in the Vitamix blender occasionally slows down the speed of blending especially with very viscous mixtures.
There is no difference between the two brands as far as warranty is concerned for the simple reason that both offer a 7-year warranty.
How durable are the blenders?
Considering that the pitchers of both blenders are manufactured from BPA-free material, it is easy to see why the blenders are as durable as they are. The blades are cut out from stainless steel with a sturdy base. Both will crush hard content such as ice cubes, nuts, coffee beans as well as frozen fruits. For the dry foods, it is important for the buyer to know that they would have to get a separate blender from the Vitamix brand.
The Blendtec blender is slightly shorter than the Vitamix one with a height of just about 15.5” (with the pitcher fitted) while the Vitamix ones measure at 20.5”. This makes it tricky to fit the Vitamix blender in many traditional kitchen cabinets. You would also need more working space with the Vitamix blender.
Features of the pitcher
In both brands, the pitchers are made from long lasting and break resistant plastic material. In the Blendtec blender, the blades are attached to the base of the pitcher and are not detachable. In case either of the two requires replacement, it would require complete removal of the pitcher. With this info, it is also good to take note that the pitcher is guaranteed for a lifetime, and thus the user would not incur any costs. The shape of the Blendtec pitcher also makes it simple to pour out the smoothies, as well as eliminate thicker mixtures such as peanut mixtures. It is also relatively easier to clean than the Vitamix pitcher because the latter has a narrower design.
Features of the controls
Vitamix controls are manually handled, with the option of a dial interface that allows accurate control of the blending process. The problem with this is that the controls are a tad harder to clean when compared to the Blendtec’s button-interface which you wipe clean easily.
The tamper device
The Vitamix blender has a tamper whose use is to force the ingredients down to the base of the pitcher, thus granting the user control of the blending procedure to a certain extent. The Blendtec blender however, creates a hollow space that pulls the ingredients downwards, hence eliminating the need for a tamper. As a result, if you have thicker mixtures, you may want to use the pulse action.
How much noise is produced?
Both brands produce minimal noise, unless of course you sit there with the intention of tapping the noise produced. Some however, believe that the Vitamix produces a little more noise as a result of the manual operations.
Both blenders are simple to clean-all you need to use is mildly soapy water, and then turn on the pulse action for a few seconds. You may require a scrub brush for detailed cleaning. With a wider pitcher, the Blendtec blender presents less cleaning challenges.
Vitamix has four sharp blades with a unique tip whose design enables them to cut through the ingredients. Blendtec blenders on the other hand, have two blunt blades which work by hitting the cell walls of the food, powered by the 3 horsepower motor.
Design of the blenders
Vitamix has a subtle classic design, and is only available in black, while Blendtec blenders have a sleek looking suave design available in a number of colors, including red, white and black.
After purchase support
Blendtec manufactures opted for a visual campaign with their “will it blend” Youtube video, while Vitamix has a rich website packed with information to enlighten the prospective user. Generally speaking, Vitamix is more health oriented with the numerous recipes on offer. This however should not be a selection criterion since there are many sources, both online and offline where one can find healthy recipes.
Both blenders are excellent in the output, whether you are looking to make smoothies, purees, fruit juice or fresh flour. Ultimately, the difference between the two boils down to whether you prefer manual settings or pre-programmed settings.
Which of the two is better?
This is a catch 22 situation, considering the specs of both blenders. The reason for this is that both blenders have outstanding performance. The answer to this question, in the end, is all a question of tastes and preferences. Anyone with a Vitamix has their own reasons for choosing the brand; the same applies to users of the Blendtec blenders.
The size of the blenders is also a factor to be considered in tandem with the space in one’s kitchen. At the end of the day, one’s choice should be influenced by all the factors discussed above. Whichever blender you buy, you will not regret your decision. Make a timely investment and get ready to enjoy healthy foods and smoothies.
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