This video is the fourth 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, fun practical application of high-performance blenders: making ice cream. The goal of the test is to determine if there is any significant difference in the textures of the strawberry-banana ice cream made by each blender.
This test incorporates the same simple ingredients in each blender: milk, banana, sugar, strawberries, and ice. This recipe was created by me and cannot be found in either recipe book that comes with its respective machine. I elected to use my own recipe so that identical ingredients could be placed in both jars for the purpose of comparison. The Blendtec features a pre-programmed “Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt” blend cycle and it was selected for this test. The Vitamix comes with a tamper to help guide ingredients into the cutting path of its blades. It was used in this test.
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We can conclude from this test that both blenders do an outstanding job of making ice cream. The texture difference in the two results is negligible, with only the slightest edge going to that made in the Vitamix. This is possibly because the duration of the blend in this particular instance using the Vitamix was 9 seconds longer than the pre-programmed cycle on the Blendtec. As always, the Vitamix is completely manually controlled and, as such, a range of textures in ice cream may be achieved simply via the user controlling the duration of the blend.
It is possible to extend the blending time of the Blendtec, too, by using its manually-controlled, Speed Up/Down buttons. Keep in mind, however, that extended blending times from either blender will introduce increased amounts of friction, thereby creating the counter-productive effect of melting the ice cream.