Top rated Blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec are used by professionals in restaurants because of their blending results, versatility, high performance and long warranties.
Starbucks and Jamba Juice are famous for their smoothies and both companies use Vitamix blenders.
Restaurant-grade blenders will perfectly blend ingredients resulting in a smooth texture but why would you spend $484 on a top blender? I’ve asked myself this question several times!
I’ve already bought 3 blenders, and for the past 14 months I’ve been using a Ninja Professional Blender (BL660), you can find my recommendations for the best blender for Smoothies under $200, until it had a burnout. The warranty was for 1 year, so I had to buy a new one. As a result, I decided to go that extra mile and bought a Vitamix which comes with a 7 year full warranty.
I went from a mid-range ($120) blender to a top model, the Vitamix 1709 ($499, available on amazon.com). And was there any difference?
It was hard to pay all that money for a blender but, after I tried it first time, I was so amazed with the results that I have to say yes, it was.
- The smoothies were amazingly smooth – no more fruit seeds
- Green smoothies had no bitter green bits left
- I can blend hot soups (The Ninja Blender container is not rated for hot liquids)
- Fresh and soft quality sorbet is easy to make
- I can make frozen drinks like margaritas and other icy cocktails with no icy chunks
- Crushing ice is no problem for making fresh smoothies
- It makes perfect texture hummus
The blender I use and my recommendations
I use Vitamix 1709
A strong and powerful motor with 2-peak horse power, this blender goes up to 240 mph. With it I can create professional-quality smoothies, hot soups and frozen desserts quickly and easily.
It comes with a 7-year full warranty. I use my blender several times a day and it has never stopped or let me down. Plus it comes with a thermal protection sensor to avoid any chance of burn out.
The pitcher has a 64 oz. capacity (8 cups) making it big enough for when you have family and friends around.
The Vitamix, at amazon.com, perfectly chops and blends frozen ingredients for all my smoothies. By buying frozen ingredients I save money, have to make fewer shopping trips and there is no need to add ice. It pulverizes seeds which means no more green bits left on my green smoothies or fruit seeds on my fruit smoothies.
Because I don’t need to pre-cut anything, I can add whole ingredients directly into the pitcher so I can make my smoothies much faster. With better, cheaper, and quicker smoothies I am more motivated to try different recipes and I end up drinking more smoothies per day which means I have more fruit and vegetables in my diet.
As a welcome bonus, it’s also very quick and easy to clean. I just have to partially fill the pitcher with hot water, add a drop of dish washer soap and run on high speed for 30 seconds and it’s completely clean. Available on Amazon.com.
Blendtec Total Blender
Before buying my Vitamix I had the chance to try the Blendtec Total Blender, available on amazon.com, at a friends’ house. Both are top models and will deliver very similar results so choosing between this and the Vitamix is down to personal taste. That being said, I’d like to share the differences that I’ve found between this Blendtec model and my Vitamix 1709.
The Blendtec warranty is 3 year motor-base warranty, 1 year for the jar and lifetime for coupling and blade. In contrast, Vitamix gives you a full 7-year warranty which obviously I prefer.
The Blendtec Total Blender has more horsepower. When I was at my friend’s house, who owns this model, we had a smoothie challenge and the results were both very good. Despite the horsepower variance, I didn’t notice any difference between the smoothness of the smoothies.
The Vitamix container is 64 oz. where the Blendtec is only 32 oz. so the Blendtec container is smaller and may be easier to store. In my case I prefer a bigger pitcher, but if you prefer a smaller, more portable blender, the Blendtec may be a better choice.
The Blendtec model has pre-programmed blending cycles going from low to high speed automatically. You only need to hit a button and then you can leave the kitchen to avoid the noise. When you get back it’s done. The Vitamix controls are manual so you have to be there to change time and speed manually so here, the Blendtec wins.
Both blenders come with recipes books but Vitamix has a much better organized and detailed recipe book than Blendtec. The same thing applies to the user manual; the Vitamix one is much more detailed.
Blendtec costs $399, Vitamix 1709 price is $484.
If you want to dry blend, with Vitamix you’ll need to buy an extra dry-container while Blendtec can dry blend in the jar that comes with this model.
Both models are similarly quick and easy to clean. Just add some dish soap and hot water and run at high speed and they’re clean in 30 seconds. Blendtec Total Blender available on amazon.com.
How I found the best blender for smoothies?
I’ve bought several blenders and, every time, I’ve done lots of research. As you’ve seen in my other guides, I always create a must-have feature list to help me pick the winners. Not all blenders cost the same, and the results from one blender to another can vary a lot. If you go for a top blender you’ll get better results, durability and versatility but spending a few hundred dollars for a blender may not be an option for some and might not be the best option for your needs. Whether you need a top-rated, a mid-range or low-end blender, there are some features to look for before you decide which blender to get.