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Premium Blenders for the Home User

The two blenders we will cover here are the Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre (TNC) and the Blendtec Total Blender as these are the most popular choices for raw food enthusiasts. Having personally owned and used both blenders for a number of years, we will try to give an isight into each machine. Both machines are availble for sale through www.juiceland.co.uk so we are more than happy to stock them both.

Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre (TNC)

This was my first power blender and boy was I surprised when I got it home. The original TNC had a 750 watt motor which has now in 2010 been increased to 1000 watts. Firstly, it is a big old beast weighing in at just under 5 kilos and certainly took pride of place on my worktop. Well, I never actually got it to fit anywhere on my worktop, as it was way too tall – the cupboards above prevented me from storing the blender with the 64oz / 2L jug in place. Luckily, my kitchen was quite big, so storing the jug alongside the motor wasn’t a problem for me but with less counter space available – I would have found it to be a pain.

After running it in with a few smoothies made from fresh fruit, I set it to work on my first batch of hummus, the recipe was taken from the Vitamix cookbook which came with the machine. At first I was unsuccessful at making the hummus, the blender kept roaring like a monster trying to grind the sesame seeds and chickpeas, billowing black smoke and basically getting nowhere. The smoke wasn’t a problem as I had been advised this would happen as it burns off the excess grease applied during manufacture. Then I decided to start over and add the ingredients in smaller batches which this time the TNC coped with admirably. After this initial setback, I applied the same logic when making large batches for any future recipe.

The Vitamix TNC is a simple beast, 2 switches – 1 for On/Off and the other for Turbo power, then you have a dial which has 10 speed increments to select – what more can you need? When operating the machine, you switch it on and gradually increase the speed to blend the produce to the desired consistency and then switch off when done. The Turbo button is mainly used when making hot soup, just flick the switch and leave it running for 4-5 minutes and hey presto – hot soup! To be honest, being a miserly northerner I wouldn’t be using this facility much as the power it eats up is enormous – plus, I like blending my soup in the pan with by Bamix hand blender.

I happily used this blender for 5 years, grinding seeds, making smoothies, soups, sauces, cocktails. There wasn’t much it couldn’t cope with, although blending things like buckwheat sprouts did cause it stress. I intended to upgrade to the Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 when finances allowed, this is the commercial model with a bigger motor. Then came along …….

The Blendtec Total Blender

This blender is in total contrast to the Vitamix TNC with a much smaller footprint and not as tall as its counterpart – allowing it to be stored in my kitchen with the jug in place. There’s no switches or dials here, just a LCD screen and touch panel – a blender for the modern kitchen!

The original model I received was the 64oz / 2L jug with 3″ blade and 1500 watt motor, that’s twice as powerful than the Vitamix. The jug is square in shape unlike the round Vitamix one. Apparently, this means you don’t need a tamper – although I never actually used the tamper with the Vitamix and means you don’t need an extra dry jug to process dry ingredients like seed – well I never needed the dry jug for dry ingredients with the Vitamix either.

Blendtec blenders work like no other blender, they use cycles to perform each task. A cycle is a set process which runs for a certain period of time and the speed can vary or remain constant during the chosen cycle. For instance, say the cycle is 30 seconds – the blender will start on speed 2 and increase up to speed 8 before decreasing again to speed 2 and then stopping at the end of cycle. There are 25 cycles to choose form to suit the particular task you are performing, these are selected via the menus which are viewed on the LCD screen. It also has up and down arrows with 10 speed settings so you can manually take control of the blender.

So how did it perform? … Well, fantastic really. You can feel the extra power in this motor as it worked its way through tougher ingredients easier than the Vitamix could. Although, on recipes like fruit smoothies – I honestly wouldn’t be able to say one was better than the other but when it came to the buckwheat sprouts and hummus recipe, this is where I noticed the difference.

Recently Blendtec released the 96oz Wildside 5 sided jug with 4″ blades which I set to use immediately. The performance from this jug is second to none, especially when blending green smoothies – check out the video demonstration from RawFoodWorld here.

I also like the fact you can set the Blendtec blender to go and walk away to do something else and come back to find it finished. This allows me more time to do other things without standing in front of the blender waiting for it to finish so I can switch it off.

All Blendtec blender jugs are no longer made from polycarbonate as more and more evidence suggest polycarbonate to be a toxic compound causing cancer. They are now classed as BPA Free (Bisphenol-A).

So in conclusion, I now find myself with the Blendtec Total Blender in my kitchen as I just find it suits my needs more then the Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre. This is not a personal assault on the Vitamix, on the contrary I was 90% happy with it for over 5 years. Blendtec have moved with the times and produced a blender for the 21st century whilst encompassing consumer demand for less toxic products.

Juiceland is a family run business which exists to promote a healthy lifestyle through carefully selected products.They believe in selecting great products with high reliability and here you can buy your Blendtec Total Blender or Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre.

Vita-Mix 5200 vs. Vita-Prep3 – Side by side comparison (finally) and motor cooling test. Detailed explanation of both units and their differences. Should be helpful if your torn between the 5200 and the Prep 3
Video Rating: 5 / 5

More Vitamix Prep 3 Articles

www.blenderjuicerdepot.com This shows the Vita Mix Vita Prep 3 makinga green smoothie blended salad.

the Vita Mix 3 hp commercial blender is the all-time favorite blender. It is more powerful than the Vita Mix 5200 and also the Blendtec HP3A blenders. The blackberry seed test… same result, still some kernels from the seeds like with the OMNI and the Blendtec blenders as shown in other video. I actually found the problem… the seed pieces were sticking to the side of the container wall inside. When then serving the blackberry smoothie, the fragments were washed into the glass by the smoothie, thus ending up in the drink not blended up completely. The solution, use a spatula, scrape the ingredients spilled on the wall, or use more ingredients, much more to prevent sticking to the wall
Video Rating: 3 / 5

Question by ahernster: Vitamix-prep 3 Blender from USA work in the UK?
Hey people!

Im going to the USA in a cople of weeks, im thinking about buying a blender there to bring back to the UK (its so much cheaper) Just wondering if it will work here? I know i’d have to get some kind of adapter etc…just wondering if any performance would be affected! :S

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Best answer:

Answer by Norm
You can buy a step down transformer 220 Volts to 110 Volts but the cost of the transformer may negate the savings you make on the blender.

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31 Responses to Premium Blenders for the Home User-Vitamix Prep 3

  1. txnrobin September 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    lots of good information, thanks for the demo.

  2. MySpeedVision September 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    You’re entitled to your opinion, but I would suggest that you avoid giving examples that disprove your own statements. Velocity, CFM and concentration of air are the factors moved the cup.

    You can blow the cup off the counter, I’ll take your word for it… Now, open you mouth wide and try to use the air in your lungs to force the cup off the counter, you’ll probably pass out before the cup hits the floor.

    The base designs were the same, so the movement of the cup was CFM and velocity…

  3. mccarlson September 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    The Dixi cup test is so irrelevant it just stupid. You can’t use this test unless you know all the factors involved. I can blow that cup right off the counter, but does that mean I’m moving more air through my mouth than the motor of one of these blenders could move?

  4. Symmm September 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    Thanks for the information and the sound comparison was great (we don’t have a CostCo here)

  5. rush20002000 September 13, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    nice comparison! super thorough!

  6. MySpeedVision September 13, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Also, for the record, I tried a Blendtec style carafe and ended up sending it back. Why? The lid leaked. The drips after pouring would run down the side and make a mess. The food would bridge requiring the tamper more often.

    Outdated? Irrelevant? You’re entitled to your opinion, but this is a blender, not a Mac vs. PC debate…

  7. MySpeedVision September 13, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    Super, enjoy your $1000 blender. Now back to comparing two blenders that are still more money than most want to pay, but great performing products nevertheless.

    BTW, my VP3 has been making nearly 64 oz of fruit and veggie purée (ok, smoothies) daily since I posted this video and I’m very happy with my choice!

  8. g1981c September 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    also i forgot to mention that i got my blending station advance this week and i love it. it has all the niceties of 5200 like the new lid design and BPA free carafe and it has all the cooling of vita prep and more – 15 amps. anything else is a compromise.

  9. g1981c September 13, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    that’s great but the blender to get is Vita-Mix Blending Station Advance. the carafe on the vita prep and 5200 is the old-style or “standard” vita-mix carafe. the new vita-mix carafes ( XP and Advance ) are wider and shorter – like those on Blendtecs. The “standard” carafe isn’t used by any smoothie chains. the new carafes require more torque so you need an “advance” blender model to use them safely. between 5200 and vita-prep you’re splitting hairs – they are both outdated and irrelevant.

  10. g1981c September 13, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    besides u can’t really get 3 horsepower from standard 120V outlet anyway. if the two units had the same warranty and both had bpa free jar it would be an easy win for the vita prep 3 but as it is i think 5200 still wins. when they market the same unit for commercial application they HAVE TO slash the warranty. but why should i get stuck with lousy commercial warranty when i only will use it at home ?

  11. g1981c September 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    i duno. bpa free jar and twice the warranty for $75 less and only about 10% less power as per your temperature measurement.

  12. MySpeedVision September 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

    Blades are identical. IMO, any temp difference is relevant. As always, you’ll have to draw your own conclusions with the info provided.

  13. starbuck680 September 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    When you did the test to see which blender heats the water quicker I think you should have done the test again with the pitchers switched. Who’s to say that the difference between the two isn’t a factor? Not to mention that the blades may be slightly different.

  14. MySpeedVision September 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Yes, either fit.

    Container sits right in the base perfectly every time, so no worries there. For school, you’ll likely need a sound enclosure because these blenders make a lot of noise!

  15. eatmoreraw September 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm #

    Thanks for the video. Does the prep3 blender jug fit on the 5200 base, and visa versa?

    Also, do either of them have any safety cut-out so that if the jug isn’t fitted the base won’t start? I’m helping out in schools, and need a machine that is as safe and powerful as possible.

  16. MySpeedVision September 14, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    Lids – I do like the new lid style of the 5200 better. Unless the blender is really full, I rarely lock down the lid anyway. I wouldn’t make it part of your buying decision unless you have any medical problems with your hands…

  17. stallen5 September 14, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    Thanks for the video. I was torn between the two blenders. Since the price difference is negligible, the only thing the Vita-mix has going for it is the 7 year warranty. I think I’ll choose more power over a long warranty. Besides, the Vita-PREP was built for more abuse and theoretically should outlast the Vita-MIX 5200 when used in the same environment (commercial or residential).

    One question. What do you think about the lids. Did you like one over the other? Why?

  18. MySpeedVision September 14, 2010 at 1:43 am #

    TonyaTko – No and yes… More horsepower + bigger fan = better cooling and the commercial vs. consumer rating. I was amazed at the VP3 air flow.

  19. 121miki September 14, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    thank you very much.

  20. TonyaTko September 14, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    So are you saying you’re choosing your blender based off of how much air it blows out of its base? I dont think I’m understanding. Does the air being blown out truly show that the motor is being kept cooler?

    -Tko

  21. Ceraphinas September 14, 2010 at 3:47 am #

    Thank You for your test, I found it very helpful. I don’t always buy things because they’re more expensive (better) but at a $75 difference, with higher power & a better cooling fan, I’d rather go with the Prep 3! :)

  22. rachlmh September 14, 2010 at 4:20 am #

    Good comparison. I thought it was a lot more informative than the popular mechanics comparison, which was subjective!

  23. jawarren09 September 14, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    its not aluminum… its steel..

  24. pazios2002 September 14, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    @sn9696 User name 3blenders has quite a few comparisons on the different blenders. Including the VP3, 5200 and the Blendtech.

  25. sn9696 September 14, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    Im looking to buy a vitamix 3,i guess its a little better then the 5200 ? Any problems with the 3 ?

  26. Symmm September 14, 2010 at 6:03 am #

    The guy is entertaining to watch

  27. Bob H September 14, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    Review by Bob H for Vita-Mix Vita Prep 3
    Rating:
    The Vita-Prep is really a chef’s dream come true. This thing is a workhorse. We’ve had it for 2 years now, and it still works just like the day we bought it. We love it. Smoothies are a breeze, and it will chop up stuff so efficiently that you could make juice out of just about anything. Whole Carrots = Carrot juice. Cabbage = Cabbage juice. Old laptop? No problem, laptop juice. This thing grinds up anything – Nuts into dust, ice into gelato. If money is an issue, the regular vita-mix is almost as good and the difference is not that significant. I decided to spend the extra money over the regular Vita-Mix because I figured that I’d have it for a long time (7 year guarantee) and I didn’t want to look back on the purchase and wish and wonder about the nicer model. And, while 30-50% more money than the regular Vita-Mix, I wouldn’t say it is really 50% better, but noticeably better for sure. I’m happy that I spent the extra money, but probably would have also been happy with the regular vita-mix. If money isn’t an issue, or if you’re somebody who just really appreciates the best, go ahead and buy this and you’ll enjoy it for many many years. Whatever you do, make sure that the vita-mix model you buy has a variable speed control – don’t buy their cheap one.

  28. Larry Siegel September 14, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Review by Larry Siegel for Vita-Mix Vita Prep 3
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    Vita-mix blender was reported to be the best for Vegans, Raw Food and challenging food stuffs. After using the Vita-Prep 3 for over a year, its still going strong with daily use atomizing ice cubes to wheat grass. The extra cost for the commercial grade 3 HP motor has paid its way by muscling through thick fruit smoothies without smoking the motor. A useful improvement was a newly designed lid that locks to the container with easy to use ‘ears’. Our version will occasionally pop off during use if the lid is not pushed down hard.

  29. JunLee September 14, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Review by JunLee for Vita-Mix Vita Prep 3
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    But I got my first Vita Mix in the late 1970′s — the 3600 (which they claim wasn’t made till early `80′s but I know where I lived when I had it — and I’m 98% certain it was 1979). It was a 3+ HP and it did smoke when I abused it (by kneading bread dough at the high setting — didn’t read the directions). I used it off and on for years, sometimes stored it in garages or basements for a few years and forgot about it. It was exposed to bugs, animals and the elements for long periods, but when I decided to use it, it always worked. This past year I used it a lot for green drinks, smoothies, and sorbets. I like sorbets a lot and the frozen fruit is hard on the machines if they don’t have enough horse power.

    The green drinks and sorbets became part of my daily diet (I liked the Raw Family’s “Green for Life” program) so I needed another Vita-Mix at my boyfriend’s house. I bought the 5200 thinking it would be like my 3600. The 5200 is fine if it is your first Vita-Mix and you haven’t experienced the 3600′s higher HP, or if you don’t really need the HP. I liked the metal container of the 3600 better — I could toss it in the dishwasher anytime. It was easier to get a vortex going in the 3600 than in the 5200; I attributed that to the smaller size of the 3600 container. The 5200 worked OK, just seemed less effective, slower — something a little dissatisfying when I filled it with frozen fruit and a bit of yogurt, or kefir, and/or fruit juice. Then one day, the 5200 went DEAD in the middle of a sorbet preparation. I was NOT happy: the 3600 has gone for 30+ years, and the 5200 died in less than a year, and was never quite doing it for me. I wanted my sorbet!

    Fortunately I figured out that maybe it was like a hair dryer and had overheated from trying to grind too much frozen fruit, and I guess I didn’t read the directions again, so maybe I overfilled the container. I waited 10 minutes or so, and it started up, and I’ve been nicer to it, babying it along, not overfilling, putting liquid in first, etc. So I guess the 2 horse power Vita-Mix works fine if you don’t mistreat it. But I want to do what I do without being so careful, so I looked to see if Vita-Mix made a 3 HP and found this, and wanted it, but the money!

    My 3600 lost a part — maybe a washer and a nut — 2 weeks ago and was leaking and the blades wouldn’t turn and just fell out when I examined it. I don’t know if I can get a replacement part because I don’t know what I need. The power base is still working fine. I ordered the Prep 3 and it came today. I made sorbet. I can tell the difference. It may be subtle, but I’m happy paying the extra money for that difference. I’m back in business — I can eat good food again. If you have a 5200 and like it, I don’t think you would be happy to be talked into spending the extra money for this one, but if you are like me and are used to the extra power, you might want it. If you really like extra power, check out the Vita-Mix XL — it has 4+ horse power. If only I could afford that!

  30. H. Clark September 14, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Review by H. Clark for Vita-Mix Vita Prep 3
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    It’s a blender. If it breaks and it will, there is a 3 year

    warranty. The labor cost under warranty is $125.00 + tax.

    You pay the shipping costs. So it’s a minimum of $150.00

    to get it repaired under warranty.

    I’ve only used it at home one year during the summer months in

    New England and have to send it in for repair already.

    Now what kind of commercial blender is that. Buyer beware!

    It may cost you over a thousand dollars for your occasional

    smoothie.

    I could never recommend this blender. I am truly sorry I

    ever purchased this machine, sadly I’m stuck with it for

    a little while longer. I just want to spare any potential

    buyers away from this machine. Sadly it’s too light for a

    boat anchor, quite useless in many ways.

  31. kathleen a. grilli September 14, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    Review by kathleen a. grilli for Vita-Mix Vita Prep 3
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    This Blender is amazing! I have had mine for 4 weeks now and have used it at least 4 times a day! So glad I went with the 3 hp motor on Vita prep 3 over the home model with 2 hp. I did not buy it on Amazon because it was not the cheapest price. Do your research to find this model cheaper … at least $70.00 cheaper with free shipping and 5 huge bags of Big Train coffee/smoothie mixes free with mail in rebate! That made all the difference in affording this blender over the home model.

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