View Poll Results: For smoothies and blended coffee drinks, do you prefer BlendTec or Vitamix?

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    BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    I need some advice. We are starting a franchise and are selecting quality equipment. We want the best of the best! After going to the Seattle CoffeeFest, I was sold on BlendTec blenders. Everyone seemed to be using them. Then after talking to a gentlemen who has been in the coffee industry for years and years, I may be swaying on this decision. It seems that he has had continuous difficulties with their customer service and getting replacement parts. Is is smarter to go with Vita-Mix who has been around for years and seems to have a great reputation. I know that BlendTec came out with some innovative technology but is it safe to say that Vita-Mix has caught up. I have also heard horror stories about having to replace the whole container rather than just the blade with BlendTec, but then again I heard they have lowered the cost of the containers to make up for this. I would like to make a sound decision based upon facts, rather than "he said, she said" but unfortunately I have to listen to my fellow consumers....who are more familiar with the products that I am. Can anyone help me out? I prefer the look of BlendTec but I know that it is not safe to go for fashion over function. Recommendations appreciated....Thanks!

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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    I would like to know your opinion of the vita-mix mixer. Do you think it is healthy like a juicer?

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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    I have used both, but currently we are focusing on Vitamix. Cosmetically the BlendTec machines are a little better looking...but if you judge just on looks alone, my wife would never have tied the knot with me! We have had very good support with Vitamix. The only technical problems I have had have been a loosened drive nut which comes after hours and hours of crushing frozen fruit! Easy fix, and one spare nut comes with all Vitamix blenders. BlendTec also is a solid brand...so I guess evetually the decision comes down to preference and (most importantly) local customer support
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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    BlendTec has one heck of a marketing campaign. I think that being said more people associate commercial blenders with that brand name. But having worked on Vita-Mix blenders in the past I can say without a doubt I prefer the ease of repair on a Vita-Mix blender.

    Vita-Mix could stand a few lessons from BlendTec on how to build a more durable part but at the same time BlendTec would be a better machine if they were to make their customer service and the replacement of generic parts easier.

    I would recommend Vita-Mix over BlendTec at this point in time.
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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    Well said CCafe. Vitamix 2 - Blendtec 0
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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    I have no experience with the BlendTec, but do use a VitaMix blender at work. I have no idea what the model # is, but that thing kicks a$$. I've never been around high end blenders like that, but that thing rips through anything and makes the smoothest frozen drinks I've seen yet and does so quickly. Our customers can't believe how nice the texture is. Extremely well built, being stainless, ball bearing construction, etc. I think they paid somewhere between $500-800 for it, but have never said for sure. Later!
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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    Have been using the Vita mix Blending station advance for about a year and a half. It has never given me a problem yet. It makes great smooth drinks or you and program it so can create different textures.

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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    Does anyone here use a Blendtec Smoother? It's in my price range and want to know if users are happy with it. Thanks.

    Matt

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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    I am on the fence also about a Blendtec and a Vitamix 5200, I have heard that while the Blendtec is great at coffee drinks and smoothies, they are NOT as good at making whole vegetable and whole fruit drinks, since they don't have the topper. I have read where smoothies come out with lumps in them from Blendtec and that they can't crush ice as well as the Vitamix. While I DO HEAR good things about the Blendtec, there has been NO MENTION of a single thing the Blendtec does better than the Vitamix other than the self starting and stopping mechanism. Whereas with the Vitamix, this machine tends to do EVERYTHING. Vitamix is priced at $488 with tax, and the Blendtec is $399 with NO tax or s/h charges. Vitamix also has a 7 year warranty, where Blendtec only has a 3 year warranty, except if you purchase the Connoseiur blender at $799 (you can buy at different sites for $549 though) which has a 5 year warranty. All in all the Vitamix has a BETTER REPUTATION and even with it not fitting under the counter is no reason to skimp on quality.

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    Re: BlendTec Versus Vita-Mix

    We had cafes where each store was doing a high level of business. Over 25000 a week. We had both kinds of blenders at certain points. I also vote for the Vita Mix it seemed to work very well, the kids liked it better and the support was better in my opinion from Vita Mix.
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