There are some important differences between these two blenders that make each stand out in its own way. One is heavier than the other; one is more durable, one is smaller and easier to transport...it depends on your needs. Vitamix Vs Blendtec does a nice job of explaining some of the differences and the benefits to owning each blender; it isn't just a matter of preference.
I purchased a reconditioned Vitamix at their factory in Cleveland about a year and a half ago. I have been very pleased with it. I use it at least once a day for my morning smoothie. I also made cashew cream for the first time in it today for Tal Ronnen's tomato soup recipe. It came out very creamy and rich. Sorry, I don't have any experience with the Blendtec to know how it compares.
I've had several blenders through the years, and can't recommend the Vitamix highly enough! No other brand has even been comparable. One blender broke after 2 smoothies, one didn't even start (it just smelled like smoke when I pushed the "start" button)...
Our Vitamix can literally handle anything you can throw in it. It's really a blender, juicer, food processor, and grinder in one. We use ours several times a day (we're raw food vegans): smoothies, juices, soups, sauces, nut butters and milks, guacamole, frozen desserts...etc. and have never had a single complaint. They also come with a free 7 year warranty in case you somehow manage to break it. (But it's built like a tank, so I doubt you could.) You can also do a 30 day risk-free trial, if you want to test one out.
HA! The boat was SO crowded that I jumped and bought a normal mixer! I wavered over Vita-mix and Blendtec for months and finally got tired and bought a Breville blender. It was around $200.00 and has done everything I've asked it too. I grind ice, nuts, hard veggies like carrots, all the veggies and fruits (cut up in pieces first). I use it mostly for smooties and green drinks. It does everything I want it too. Someday I may get the BIG boat to make more vegan things....but for now the small boat is fine for me.
The reconditioned Blendtec is currently on sale for $250!! It has a 10 year warranty and includes both the Basic and Wildside jars. See: https://www.blendtec.com/sxsw
I've been debating about which machine to buy and bought a VitaMix over the phone earlier this week, but since seeing the deal on the Blendtec, I think I'm going to go with it.
I just can't justify spending an extra $200 to get the VitaMix at this point in my life (a full-time law student with limited cash). From the reviews I've read, both blenders have their advantages and both seem to be phenomenal machines. I think it comes down to personal preferences.
Hi Straycat! I'm glad you posted your situation. I actually have the Breville blender and love it. However, I've never tried it with veggies for fear that it wouldn't be able to take it. I usually just use it with frozen berries, bananas, almond milk, flax smoothies. Good to know that you use it for green smoothies as well. I'm actually considering getting another juicer because my son who eats absolutely ZERO veggies will chug down a green juice from Blossom in minutes! Unfortunately, this is a very $$$ habit. I'm just not sure if a green smoothie would do the trick though. I feel like whenever I see recipes for green smoothies they're very fruit heavy with a small amount of greens vs. juice recipes are 100% greens. Any opinion on that?