We’ve been off for the last several days calling friends and consulting a plethora of online information, reviews, and comparison videos.

Here’s my bottom line.  If you make a morning smoothie from yogurt and fruit juice with some powder or another in it, anything will do. If you are slushing up ice, you’re immediately up in the $100 range. And if you’re incorporating a lot of plant matter, it’s one of these two blenders.

Here’s what we recommend.  First, invest in a $50 Ninja Pulse or a comparable blender to make sure you like to juice things and drink the whole juice including the fiber.  That will let you know if you’re more a blender person or a juicer person.  Leaving the fiber in is definitely the way to go.  Now — if you like the whole juice but  don’t want any chunky parts at all, consider this:

1. If you have standard 18-inch kitchen cabinet clearance, or a small kitchen, score a point for Blendtec.  Whenever you read Blendtec here, think, Blendtec with the 4 inch Wildside jar.  The other one, not so hot.  The wildside jar replaces the need for a tamper quite well.

2. If you want a tamper, score one for Vitamix.

3. If you want to make nut butter it’s a wash.  Either the Vitamix plus the dry grind jar or add $119 for the Blendtec Twister jar, or learn to be patient with the stop/start/push down drill on the regular Blendtec.

4. If you like to set it and forget it,  Blendtec.  Though you may have to hold it down anyway, because any blender will walk around a bit when it’s chopping away.  If you like to play around with it throughout the process, Vitamix.

So our personal choice, since our cabinets are standard and I didn’t want to put it on our mobile island, is the Blendtec.

The real, real bottom line:  The real, utter bottom line is the end product you get is going to be identical and you’ll get many years out of this blender.  You can’t go wrong with either.

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