Summary: I researched between the blendtec and vitamix for 2 years. It's sufficient. But for that price... I wanted BAM! Pros- It's better than the crap blenders. The cycle buttons are great. The display is pretty and I like to see how many cycles it has gone through. I like the heavy duty cord. It is a beautiful blender. Looks gorgeous in the kitchen. It costs less than the vitamix.
Summary: I bought the Blend Tec based on the positive reviews, ratings in some magazines, and advertisements. It is a good blender overall, and the preprogrammed settings are convenient; but it has one significant problem and a couple frustrations. I most often used it to make smoothies. I liked it until I used fresh fruit that had larger seeds like raspberries and, in particular, blackberries.
Summary: I wish there was another way for me to contact the seller and ask this privately, and not making it look like a definitive feedback on the item, but I cannot find that option anywhere; so here it is: We received this blender about two weeks ago. It worked perfectly and fulfilled our expectations and the maker's claims. It is the best blender we've had so far, outdoing the Vitamix in many ways.
Summary: Overall a good blender vs a Vita Mix. Is it worth $475??? I bought the wildside 96 oz container to make large volume mixtures of "stuff" The one Major drawback is the vented lid. I use this blender for cold applications and if you fill the container 3/4 or more of the way up and don't cover the top with a towel, guess what happens? This happened a couple of times making salad dressings.
Summary: I was impressed with the Blendtec's power, but it fell short of my expectations in versatility. It works great for smoothies and juices which is the main reason we bought it, but when I've tried using it for something like mayonnaise which requires a slow steady blend, I could find no suitable setting, even on the lowest speed setting the Blendtec pulsates.
Summary: I had a vitamix for 20 years. It was truly a work horse. When it finally went out and I saw a demo at Costco, I decided to switch and get the blendtec, which I've had now for a little over six months. What I like about the blendtec more: size, it really makes a difference that it fits under my cabinets, so I keep it out all the time and use it more often. Both machines make a perfect smoothie, even a green smoothie, which is what I mostly use the machine for.
Summary: I'm a smoothie guy, at least 4 times a week I make a OJ, yogurt, frozen berries, and banana smoothie. I've used a Hamilton Beach Bar blender for the past ten years and it did a great job. Once in awhile I had to reblend the smoothie to get a frozen strawberry completely blended but other than that, it did the job. So, when the Hamilton Beach finally died, I wanted to get a more powerful blender to really make a smooth smoothie.