The Total Blender has a motor base 7 inches wide and 8 inches tall. With the jar and lid on, the machine stands at 15 inches tall and weighs 7 lbs. For the jar, you have the option of the original FourSide Jar with a capacity of 64 oz. or the enhanced WildSide Jar (at a slightly higher cost) with a capacity of 88 oz.
As a sleeker and lighter machine, the Blendtec Total Blender has an advantage in terms of portability and as we shall see later, storage.
Conclusion: Advantage Blendtec
Comparison Factor 4: Ease Of Operation
Whether you prefer buttons or knobs on your blender ultimately comes down to personal preference. However, many users seem to like the preprogrammed cycle buttons on the Total Blender, as it can make the blending job very straightforward and easy. There are a total of 6 preprogrammed cycles and as long as you use similar categories of ingredients (e.g. for soup) to that recommended in the recipe book for each cycle, the Total Blender will automatically take care of the correct blending speed (which varies throughout the cycle) and duration. This gives the Total Blender the potential to become a one-touch, hands-off blender. Of course, the manual speed controls give you the choice of manual operation if you so prefer.
Furthermore, the pulse button on the Total Blender makes it easy to chop up (instead of blending them completely) ingredients in a controlled manner. This can come in very handy for example when you are throwing in the final bits of ingredients into a soup and want them to remain chunky.
The Vitamix 5200 comes with a tamper which is not found in the Total Blender. Some consumers have expressed a preference for the Total Blender because they want to go hands-off or multi-task while blending and not have to use a tamper. In response to this, we have to point out that it is not the case that you have to use the tamper with the 5200 everytime you blend. You use it if it is required or if you think it will enhance the blending.
tamper for vitamix
Because of the longer shaped jar and narrow base of the 5200, it may be necessary to use the tamper to push ingredients towards the cutting path of the blades. However, the tamper can also give the 5200 greater flexibility, and in some cases even a significant advantage over the Total Blender, for example when processing thick recipes as we will see in the next section.