This video is the third of five in a series comparing the Blendtec Total Blender and the Vitamix 5200. The goal of the video series is to help you, the consumer, select a high-performance blender that best suits your and/or your family’s needs. While the Blendtec and Vitamix are both excellent machines, there may be differences in appearance, operation, and/or performance that draw you toward one over the other. Hopefully, this series will shed some light on these differences and assist you in making the best possible decision.
In this video we run a test on a popular practical application of high-performance blenders: making peanut butter. The goal of the test is to determine if there is any significant difference in either the results or process required to make it.
This test incorporates the exact same amount of peanuts, 3 cups, in both blenders and is performed using the manufacturer’s recommended procedure for making nut butters in each machine. Because a tamper is included in the Vitamix 5200 package, it has been used in this test.
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We can conclude from this test that both blenders produce an equally smooth and delicious peanut butter with no noticeable differences in texture or flavor. The Vitamix, however, aided by the tamper that is included with the machine, did so in considerably less time (just under 1 minute compared to 6 1/2 minutes) and with less overall effort required than did the Blendtec.
It is worth noting, however, that what is not shown in the video is the process of removing the butter from the jars, themselves. Because of the differing blade designs on each machine, much less effort is required to remove the peanut butter from around the blade in the Blendtec than the Vitamix. Cleanup on both machines requires equal effort, including minimal “hand washing” around the blade areas on both.