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
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?
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
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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Vita-Prep 3 by Vita-Mix Model 1005 Features & SpecificationsVitaMix Vita-Prep 3 1005 Commercial Variable Speed Blender – Extremely versatile machine! The Vitamix VitaPrep 3 (1005) boasts a powerful 3+ Horsepower Motor with 37,000 RPM. The unit has variable speed which is great for purees, grinding whole spices and grains, vegetables and more! While the cost on this blender is pretty high we feel that after you have used a regular blender, and then a Vita-mix you will see the difference!Thi
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