Many of my readers ask me what blender I recommend and my answer is a Vitamix.
Of course, some people ask me if there are any less expensive blenders that I recommend. The reason I don’t have a list of blender recommendations on my website is because there aren’t any sub-$400 blenders that do what a Vitamix can do. And I feel strongly about the health benefits of a high-end blender.
When I was sent a JTC OmniBlend V 3 HP blender (model TM-800A) to try out a while ago, I was quite impressed with it. For a $250 blender, it’s a capable machine that I found performs better than just about any blender that you’d get at a department store for under $250 (yes, even the famous Ninja and NutriBullet).
In the following review, I will talk about my experiences with the OmniBlend V and the pros and cons of this blender.
What Is The OmniBlend V 3 HP Blender?
The JTC OmniBlend V 3 HP blender boasts a powerful 950 watt, 3 peak horsepower motor. Of course, horsepower specs for blenders are pretty much marketing hype, but nevertheless, the motor specs on the OmniBlend put it in Vitamix/Blendtec territory (at least on paper).
The OmniBlend V has a fairly typical six-blade assembly. (Two additional, downward-angled blades are located beneath the four blades pictured.)
It also comes with a large, 64-ounce square pitcher. The pitcher and blades are appropriate for both wet and dry ingredients.
A nice accessory that comes with the OmniBlend V is a tamper tool, which is a rare but often needed accessory for most blenders. A tamper gives you an easy shortcut by allowing you to push ingredients like leafy greens down while your smoothie is blending.
The blender has a simple button interface panel that allows you to select “slow”, “medium” and “high” speed settings as well as a “pulse” button. It has three timed blend cycle buttons, 35 seconds, 60 seconds and 90 seconds.
The Omni V has a wide, steady base. The blender (with pitcher) stands about 16 and 1/2 inches tall, 7 and 1/2 inches wide and 9 inches deep. There is no digital display. There is convenient cord storage beneath the blender base.
The blender comes with a 7-year warranty.
The Omni V 3 HP blender retails at $249, which includes free shipping to the USA. That’s almost a $200 savings from the top two blenders on the market right now.
My Experience Using The OmniBlend V 3 HP Blender
The OmniBlend V outperforms any department store blender – including the famous Ninja and NutriBullet. In my tests, I found that it quickly and easily handled large chunks of fruit, whole leaves of kale, and liquefied hard items such as raw carrots and pineapple core. There’s no “sipping and chewing” your smoothie like you do when using cheaper blenders.
The texture of each green smoothie that I blended was creamy and smooth. The consistency wasn’t quite as smooth as my Vitamix and Blendtec blenders, but pretty close if you blend it beyond 30 seconds or so. I didn’t get any chunks of fruit that didn’t blend and I didn’t get large bits of leaves in my smoothies either. I was very happy with the smoothie quality.
I found the timed buttons are of no use when making a green smoothie. The 35-second automatic blend cycle started too slowly and didn’t effectively pull the ingredients into the blades. You would need to use the tamper, effectively negating the hands-free convenience of a pre-programed blend cycle.
The best procedure for making a green smoothie was to hit the “High” button, count to about 30, then turn it off (hit the “High” button again to turn off). That worked much better than the timed cycles.
While you can purchase an optional sound enclosure, the Omni blender isn’t that loud. It’s quieter than my Blendtec and about the same loudness as my Vitamix. Of course, this is all my own impression as I didn’t use a meter to record actual decibel levels.
How The OmniBlend Compares To A Vitamix
I found the OmniBlend V 3 HP blender was very close in quality and power to my Vitamix 5200 blender, however, my Vitamix does blend more thoroughly and efficiently. I get a better quality green smoothie out of my Vitamix in under 20 seconds than I do with a 35-second blend in my OmniBlend.
Both the OmniBlend and Vitamix come with a tamper tool, but the Vitamix tamper is more robust and comfortable to use. The Vitamix lid also locks onto the pitcher while the OmniBlend does not. The OmniBlender’s lid tends to float upwards while blending. You’ll probably feel safer holding down the lid on the OmniBlend.
Vitamix blenders provide much more precise speed controls than the Omni’s simplified button options. You won’t be able to fine-tune your blends with the OmniBlend V beyond the basic low, medium and high settings.
As far as the timed preset buttons on the OmniBlend, I find them to be of limited use, and due to the non-locking lid and required use of the tamper when blending smoothies with lots of leafy greens, they don’t lend to hands-free operation anyway.
The OmniBlend will fit under your kitchen cupboards. The Vitamix classic series blenders (5200 and 6300) are much taller, although the next generation Vitamix blenders (7500 and 750 Professional Series) will fit under standard kitchen cupboards.
Both the Vitamix and the OmniBlend come with a 7-year warranty. I frequently hear about 20-year old Vitamix blenders still going strong, so I know that Vitamix has a reputation for longevity. I can’t say with any certainty what the life expectancy of an OmniBlend that has been used daily would be.
Vitamix is made in the USA and based in Cleveland, Ohio. OmniBlend is made in China.
Overall, the OmniBlend is not the prettiest or sexiest of blenders. It has a somewhat industrial look to it. It lacks the sophisticated look of a Vitamix.
As for price, a Vitamix 5200 blender will start at $449 while the OmniBlend sells for about $250. The $200 difference in price tag is significant until you realize that a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix costs only $50 more than an OmniBlender – and includes free shipping to USA and Canada.
Is The OmniBlend V A Good Buy?
The OmniBlend V is not a less expensive Vitamix. You do get much more from a Vitamix than you will from an OmniBlend.
If I was in the market for a blender right now and the OmniBlend V was within my price range (and the Vitamix was not), I’d invest the additional $50 and get a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix.
A certified reconditioned Vitamix gets you a new-condition, high-end, USA-made blender with warranty that provides precise control and higher efficiency (less time blending). This all translates to higher nutrient extraction, better flavor and smoother green smoothies.
For my Canadian readers, a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix might be a better deal since the shipping is free to Canada, but will cost $35 more to ship a OmniBlend. At that point, the price difference between the two blenders is only a mere $15!
Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.