This video is the fifth 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: grinding whole grains into flour. The goal of the test is to determine if there is any significant difference in the textures of the flours made with brown rice.
This test incorporates the same amount of whole brown rice, 1 cup, in both blenders and is performed using the recommended jars for dry grinding by both manufacturers. With the Blendtec, the same jar that is used for every other function of the machine is used in this test as well. Vitamix, however, recommends a different jar – sold separately – for the specific function of dry grinding. It retails for $144. In this test both machines are run on their highest speed settings for exactly 50 seconds.
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We can conclude from this test that both blenders do an outstanding job of grinding the brown rice into a flour fine enough to bake with in under a minute. The texture difference in the two results is negligible, with only the slightest edge going to the flour made in the Vitamix. This stands to reason as the jar used in this test is designed specifically for this function by Vitamix.
Textures of flours made in either machine can be specifically determined by the user and are contingent only upon how long the user allows the blender to run. Obviously, the longer the flours grinds, the finer it will become.