Which Blender for a Tubefed Blended Diet?

So Wriggles is definitely going to be on a blended diet, decided. Before we begin though, we need to buy a super-whizzy high-powered blender to whizz up all her food!

There are a few obvious choices in the Vitamix and the Thermomix but they’re by no means alone, though they are both much more than a simple blender.

I decided a direct comparison was needed on the most important things for a blended diet for tubefed babies and children (tubies).

Vitamix TNC Black


  • RPM: 37,000

  • Power: 2 horsepower
  • Capacity: 2 litre (wet); 0.9l (dry via optional extra container)
  • Dimensions: H52 x W18.5 x D22.3cm
  • Best price: £459.95 (+£120) from John Lewis
  • Manufacturers warranty: 7 years
  • Other: Also cooks and freezes (makes ice-cream in 30 seconds)



  • RPM: 10,200
  • Power: ?
  • Capacity: 2 litre (for blending)
  • Dimensions: H30 x W28.5cm x D28.5cm (H40 x W38.5cm x D28.5cm with steamer)
  • Best price: only available to buy direct @ approx. £1000
  • Manufacturers warranty: 2 years (for home use)
  • Other: Also cooks, weighs, steams and lots more, this is not just a blender


BlendTecBlendTec (Total Blender Wildside)

  • RPM: 28,000
  • Power: 3 horsepower
  • Capacity: 1.9l
  • Dimensions: H38.1 x W17.8 x D20.5cm
  • Best price: £499 on Amazon
  • Manufacturers warranty: 7 years
  • Other: Will only work when the lid is on to prevent injury

Oh ‘eck, I think I’ll stop there. Thermomix does lots and lots of other stuff, Vitamix does lots of other stuff, BlendTec is a blender. Thermomix has a steamer and scales and is essentially a replacement cooker, we have a cooker, scales and a steamer already, though the space saving element is attractive. Vitamix freezes stuff, I like this.

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