About a year ago I bought my first high speed blender. They are expensive, so I did a bit of research before making the purchase. If you are also considering such a purchase or just wondering what people are talking about, I thought I would share what I learned with you.
There are a variety of blenders out there and some, such as the Ninja, are very good. However, there are two brands that are considered high speed blenders and they stand above the rest in both price and performance: Vitamix and Blendtec.
I read a lot of reviews about these two blenders, and my conclusion was that both brands are excellent. I also by chance happened to become acquainted with a young man who used to work for both companies (at different times). He calls himself a blender snob, and he confirmed that both companies make excellent blenders.
So, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with either one. What it came down to for me was a matter of preference on a few issues. And in case you don’t remember from previous posts, I decided on a Blendtec very similar to the one pictured above.
I’m not going to give you all the information possible here but rather some things to consider and look into more yourself.
These are a few features that were significant to me.
Blade – The Vitamix blade is sharp but the Blendtec blade is blunt. I know, it seems odd that a blunt blade could make a great blender but it does, and I prefer not worrying about the blade becoming dull or cutting me while I’m cleaning it. In their words, the blade pulverizes rather than chipping away.
Height – The classic Vitamix blender is taller than the Blendtec and does not fit under cabinets while the jar is sitting on the base. The Blendtec does. However, in preparing this post I went to the Vitamix site and saw that they now have a lower profile G-series blender, but it is also more expensive than their classic series.
Tamping – The Vitamix comes with a tamper that you use to push foods down towards the blades. The Blendtec does not come with a tamper because it does not need one, at least not with the wild side jar. Food moves down towards the blade on its own.
Other Jars – Both blenders have optional jars you can purchase or they may come as part of a package. The Vitamix has a dry grains container for making flour. Since I have a grain mill, that was not important to me. I did however like the Blendtec twister jar (the smaller jar in the picture above) which is great for making things like nut butters, fruit cream (blended frozen fruit), and smaller batches of foods like hummus. Food such as these are thicker and turning the twister lid with prongs down the side keeps the food moving while it is blending.
Reviews – Amazon has a lot of reviews which I found very helpful.
Video Comparison – 100 Days of Real Food has a video comparing the Vitamix, Blendtec, and Ninja side by side in action. I found the video after I made my purchase, but it confirmed my decision.
Do You Need One?
So now that you have more information about high speed blenders, the question is, do you need one? Well that depends. Do you need one to make a smoothie? No. Do you need one to make a super smooth smoothie with hard to blend ingredients like kale? Yes. Things you would do with a high speed blender can be done with other blenders or food processors but they won’t be done as well or as fast.
Things that a high speed blender can do with ease are often hard on the motor of a traditional blender. It also requires more scraping down of the sides, much longer time, and the end result is never as smooth.
A high speed blender can get just about any food smooth and creamy. When I first started making mashed cauliflower, I used my Cuisinart immersion blender, which I love for making creamy soups. But one day I put the cauliflower in my Blendtec, and I’ve never gone back to the immersion blender. Especially since I can’t use creamy dairy products, I love the creaminess that the blender provides. Even my son noticed and asked what I had done differently.
The thing I probably use my Blendtec for the most is making smoothies. I love that I can put any vegetables or fruit that I want in there and know that even the toughest leaves and hardest frozen chunks are going to get blended smooth, and it will take less than a minute. I eat smoothies almost every day, year round.
Other things I use it for regularly include making cashew milk and cream, coconut butter, fruit cream, hummus, and the mashed cauliflower I mentioned above. I’m sure there is more I use it for, but these are the things coming to mind right now.
Where to Purchase
Once I made my decision to go with Blendtec, I started price shopping. I ended up buying mine at Kohls.com. At the time, the blender/twister jar combination was on sale. I also had a discount coupon (I think 30%) and Kohl’s cash. It was still not a small purchase, but it was a very reasonable price for what I was getting.
Here are places to consider looking, but keep in mind that other than the company web sites, what stores have to offer is usually limited and it changes.
- Company web site – Blendtec and Vitamix
- Amazon – Blendtec and Vitamix (affiliate links)
- Warehouse stores like Costco and BJs
- Other department stores
What Do You Blend?
Whether you have a high speed blender or not, what are your favorite uses for your blender?
- This is not a sponsored post, and only the Amazon links are affiliate links.