This video is the second 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 longer test – making hot soup out of common vegetables – with a goal of trying to determine if there is any noticeable power difference in the two machines in terms of the temperatures generated over extended blending durations. Although the technical specifications in terms of horsepower, wattage, and amperage is slightly different on these two blenders, this does not necessarily translate to a practical difference on blended results. However, if after conducting an identical test in both machines one produces a higher temperature than the other, it may be possible to determine which of the two is more powerful.
This test incorporates the exact same ingredients in both blenders and is performed on the highest speed setting for each. The duration of the test is 3 minutes for the Blendtec and 3 minutes, 10 seconds for the Vitamix. The decision to extend the Vitamix duration an extra 10 seconds was based upon a delay in tamping the ingredients during the demonstration and is noted in the video, itself. Because a tamper is included in the Vitamix 5200 package, it has been used in this test.
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Both blenders produced a hot soup resulting from friction created by the blades and ingredients during the tests. A pre-cycle temperature of 77*F was recorded in both blender jars prior to running the test. After 3 minutes, the Blendtec produced a soup measured at 134*F while the Vitamix’s soup was measured at 118*F. The conclusion for this test is that both the Blendtec and Vitamix do an excellent job in creating sufficient friction required for cooking soups. The Blendtec, though, produced a 16*F hotter temperature over the course of the same blending duration. It might be fair to say that, in a practical application such as making soup, the Blendtec is a slightly more powerful machine.
One consideration to make when heating ingredients in high-performance blenders such as these is that research suggests nutrients in foods diminish significantly once they are heated above temperatures ranging from 105*F to 118*F. To keep ingredients “raw,” blending to temperatures below this range is suggested.