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(Slate)   Let us now praise the Vitamix - the Ferrari of blenders   (slate.com) divider line 113
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2013-10-21 11:23:08 AM  
i have one, and it farking rules.
 
2013-10-21 11:36:26 AM  

FlashHarry: i have one, and it farking rules.



Agreed - I positively love mine.  It's one of the few small appliances I truly don't want to be without.  It does things nothing else can.  If I throw all the ingredients in the jar the night before, it takes me maybe 5 minutes to make my breakfast smoothie in the morning - which involves flipping one switch and leaving it to go while I brush my teeth.

I, too, winced at the price tag when I bought it, thinking "WTF am I doing?  Am I really about to spend $400 on a blender??"  It was a luxury present to myself.  And I have not regretted one penny of it.

That thing farking RULES.
 
2013-10-21 11:36:40 AM  
behold NINJA, the ninja of blenders

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2013-10-21 11:38:56 AM  

the801: behold NINJA, the ninja of blenders

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Good, but not a Vita-Mix.  Ninja is kind of the Cadillac of blenders - I'm more in the market for a Maserati.

I know, I know - vita-mix owners sound like a damn cult.  But the farking blender is Just. That. Good.  Seriously.
 
2013-10-21 11:44:17 AM  
you can friction-cook soup in it. seriously. think about that for a second... you can literally bring a liquid up to a near boil through pure friction. sure it takes about 8 minutes on high, during which time you'll think a 747 is landing on your roof... but it can be done!
 
2013-10-21 11:48:28 AM  

FlashHarry: you can friction-cook soup in it. seriously. think about that for a second... you can literally bring a liquid up to a near boil through pure friction. sure it takes about 8 minutes on high, during which time you'll think a 747 is landing on your roof... but it can be done!


And has been, by me, on winter nights when I haven't had time to cook soup.  Butternut squash, pumpkin or sweet potato, onion, some herbs and spices, almond milk... whiz it around on high for 5-7 minutes and it's piping hot soup.  *Good* soup.  Pretty amazing.

My vita-mix also makes the best hot chocolate ever, by the same method.

But I hear you about the 747 on the roof.  Since I moved into an apartment where I can't put walls between me and it, I use ear plugs.
 
2013-10-21 11:55:33 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: My vita-mix also makes the best hot chocolate ever, by the same method.


whoa. i hadn't thought of that!
 
2013-10-21 12:02:45 PM  

FlashHarry: Benevolent Misanthrope: My vita-mix also makes the best hot chocolate ever, by the same method.

whoa. i hadn't thought of that!


Try it.  You won't regret it. Bonus: spiced hot chocolate.  No more spices floating on top and not really infusing the drink.  Vita-Mix ain't got time fo' dat.
 
2013-10-21 12:11:48 PM  
We have a Vitamix. My wife uses it all the time, without issue, and it has never failed to work or need expensive repairs every few weeks use.

It's hardly the Ferrari of blenders.
 
2013-10-21 12:23:24 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: We have a Vitamix. My wife uses it all the time, without issue, and it has never failed to work or need expensive repairs every few weeks use.

It's hardly the Ferrari of blenders.


LOL. true that. perhaps the BMW of blenders.
 
2013-10-21 12:25:16 PM  

FlashHarry: Gecko Gingrich: We have a Vitamix. My wife uses it all the time, without issue, and it has never failed to work or need expensive repairs every few weeks use.

It's hardly the Ferrari of blenders.

LOL. true that. perhaps the BMW of blenders.


The Mercedes-Benz of blenders?
 
2013-10-21 12:36:08 PM  

FlashHarry: i have one, and it farking rules.


That's what everyone that I know that owns one says.  I think the wife has her eye on one.
 
2013-10-21 12:36:25 PM  

FlashHarry: you can friction-cook soup in it. seriously. think about that for a second... you can literally bring a liquid up to a near boil through pure friction. sure it takes about 8 minutes on high, during which time you'll think a 747 is landing on your roof... but it can be done!


That's not a small accomplishment, but it's not very efficient. If this thing truly runs at 1000+ watts, 8 minutes should be enough to cook several full meals in a microwave.

Not to mention, I like soup that has a little substance to it - thick chicken noodle or manhattan clam chowder..

But still, no understating the geek appeal of this thing. Since flash drives can't be securely wiped with my old EMP drive-killer, maybe I can expense a couple of these for... um... "security"?
 
2013-10-21 01:06:56 PM  

basemetal: FlashHarry: i have one, and it farking rules.

That's what everyone that I know that owns one says.  I think the wife has her eye on one.


Buy it for Christmas.  It's a big expense, yes, but you won't regret it.
 
2013-10-21 01:19:16 PM  
I also have one, and it also farking rules.
 
2013-10-21 01:20:25 PM  
No love in here for Blendtec.  I always wondered if anyone bought them.

Guess not!
 
2013-10-21 01:25:18 PM  
I make raw beet juice in mine- I peel the beets first, but the the thing liquifies raw beets like they were nothing. Its also easy to clean. Its amazing.
 
2013-10-21 01:29:22 PM  
I really want one, but ....
crave one....
MUST HAVE ONE!!!!!

/soon
// very soon.
/// on sale at Costco!!
 
2013-10-21 01:41:23 PM  

vernonFL: I make raw beet juice in mine- I peel the beets first, but the the thing liquifies raw beets like they were nothing. Its also easy to clean. Its amazing.


And that is saying something.  Beets are notoriously hard to get through a juicer or blender.  This thing just straight-up liquefies the farkers.  Seriously - a 2HP blender is pretty cool.
 
2013-10-21 01:52:55 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: No love in here for Blendtec.  I always wondered if anyone bought them.

Guess not!


They're pretty baller. There's a reason Vitamix stole the wildside design.

I make snow in mine. For snowcones Hawaiians can be proud of.
 
2013-10-21 01:53:12 PM  
My mom asked me about it and I was like "sure get it" until she mentioned the price. Can someone that has one tell me if it is really worth it and what makes it better than something at half the cost?
 
2013-10-21 01:53:22 PM  

FlashHarry: i have one, and it farking rules.


Me too. You could purée a farking brick in that thing (not that I'd try).
 
2013-10-21 01:54:58 PM  

FlashHarry: i have one, and it farking rules.


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2013-10-21 01:58:52 PM  

GBmanNC: Can someone that has one tell me if it is really worth it and what makes it better than something at half the cost?


A Vitamix works great.

So does my $50 blender.

Of course I missed out on the necessity of fooling myself into thinking a $400 blender is worthwhile.
 
2013-10-21 02:00:05 PM  
Blendtec for me.  Vitamix very good too. . .
 
2013-10-21 02:02:54 PM  
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2013-10-21 02:04:27 PM  

jaytkay: So does my $50 blender.


yeah, no.
 
2013-10-21 02:06:24 PM  
if a vitamix met a blendtec which one would blend?

I assume the blendtec since it has taken on Chuck Norris
 
2013-10-21 02:06:48 PM  
I was slightly terrified the first time I turned it on Max. The friction-heated soup was interesting. I made some with a can of cannellini beans, a can of chicken broth, and a block of frozen spinach.

I make hummus a lot and wish I could use the Vitamix for it so it comes out super smooth. The one time I tried, I wasn't able to reach whatever was underneath the blade at the bottom of the carafe (the carafe is one piece and the blade is non-removable) and wound up losing about four ounces' worth.
 
2013-10-21 02:07:02 PM  

FlashHarry: jaytkay: So does my $50 blender.

yeah, no.


Really? Can you tell me exactly how my blender is not working? Have you been using it?
 
2013-10-21 02:11:02 PM  

Flt209er: [farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x275]


Came for that.


And its really not the Ferrari of blenders until it burst into flames
 
2013-10-21 02:13:25 PM  

jaytkay: FlashHarry: jaytkay: So does my $50 blender.

yeah, no.

Really? Can you tell me exactly how my blender is not working? Have you been using it?


apologies. i'm sure your blender "works great." i thought you were inferring that it works the same, which it does not.

i've had a cheap blender too (a $75 kitchenaid), and it "worked great" as well... well, until it started leaking. anyway, the point is, the vitamix doesn't just "work great," it works better than anything else out there. there is virtually nothing this thing can't blend. as a result, you can do a lot more with it.

the main reason i love it, though, is that it's built like a farking tank. it's made in the USA and has a 7-year warranty. i'm sick of replacing shiatty appliances. i'm guessing i won't have to replace this one for a while.
 
2013-10-21 02:14:55 PM  

FlashHarry: jaytkay: FlashHarry: jaytkay: So does my $50 blender.

yeah, no.

Really? Can you tell me exactly how my blender is not working? Have you been using it?

apologies. i'm sure your blender "works great." i thought you were inferring that it works the same, which it does not.

i've had a cheap blender too (a $75 kitchenaid), and it "worked great" as well... well, until it started leaking. anyway, the point is, the vitamix doesn't just "work great," it works better than anything else out there. there is virtually nothing this thing can't blend. as a result, you can do a lot more with it.

the main reason i love it, though, is that it's built like a farking tank. it's made in the USA and has a 7-year warranty. i'm sick of replacing shiatty appliances. i'm guessing i won't have to replace this one for a while.


so if Vitamix is the Ferrari, is Blendtec the Lamborghini?
 
2013-10-21 02:17:53 PM  

jaytkay: FlashHarry: jaytkay: So does my $50 blender.

yeah, no.

Really? Can you tell me exactly how my blender is not working? Have you been using it?


A Mercedes and a Yugo are both cars that work. If you only care about it working or can't afford the Mercedes, your Yugo is just fine and it does work.

Some people, unbeknownst to me until this thread, need industrial strength blenders for...friction heating soup I guess. They're going to spend a bit more for something that doesn't just work but gives access to the cool club of people who own $500 blenders. You'll never get that with a $50 blender.
 
2013-10-21 02:20:58 PM  
 (It also doesn't hurt that the 5200's blades can rotate at up to 240 mph.)

Does it bother anybody else when people report a rotational velocity as mph or any other unit like that?
It doesn't rotate even close to 240mph at the center. I want to know RPM, because ALL the blades rotate at the same RPM.

//farking pedants
 
2013-10-21 02:21:39 PM  

sprawl15: They're pretty baller. There's a reason Vitamix stole the wildside design.


That is simply hilarious.
 
2013-10-21 02:22:26 PM  
I have several coworkers who are vitamix evangelists.  My bafflement listening to them is the same as my bafflement listening to this thread.  I think my blender cost $20 and gets used about twice a year.
 
2013-10-21 02:22:31 PM  

jaytkay: FlashHarry: jaytkay: So does my $50 blender.

yeah, no.

Really? Can you tell me exactly how my blender is not working? Have you been using it?


It's a little like comparing a $20 electric toothbrush and a $300 Philips sonic toothbrush.

Until you use one, the entire idea seems absurd. My toothbrush is fine! Once you do, you can't imagine how you lived your entire life with grimy teeth, and will never go back.
 
2013-10-21 02:26:48 PM  

1000 Ways to Dye: (It also doesn't hurt that the 5200's blades can rotate at up to 240 mph.)

Does it bother anybody else when people report a rotational velocity as mph or any other unit like that?
It doesn't rotate even close to 240mph at the center. I want to know RPM, because ALL the blades rotate at the same RPM.

//farking pedants


I was wondering why the fark was mph used on a rotating device

it's RPM
 
2013-10-21 02:27:41 PM  

Best Princess Celestia: Flt209er: [farm4.staticflickr.com image 500x275]

Came for that.


And its really not the Ferrari of blenders until it burst into flames


If you can't have a Ferrari blender, a mid-life-crisis blender is the next best thing.
 
2013-10-21 02:28:10 PM  
How is the noise level? I mistakenly chose a Hamilton Beach blender through my CC points. The damn thing is aggressively noisy, I wear ear protection when I run it.

It baffles me as to what exactly is making that level of noise.
 
2013-10-21 02:28:11 PM  

you have pee hands: I have several coworkers who are vitamix evangelists.  My bafflement listening to them is the same as my bafflement listening to this thread.  I think my blender cost $20 and gets used about twice a year.


If our blender only got used twice a year, a $20 one would have suited us just fine. As it stands, our Vitamix get used - on average - 10 times a week.
 
2013-10-21 02:30:16 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: How is the noise level? I mistakenly chose a Hamilton Beach blender through my CC points. The damn thing is aggressively noisy, I wear ear protection when I run it.

It baffles me as to what exactly is making that level of noise.


what sort of noie, is it the same noise when you run it empty?

Could be the motor, could be cavitation in the liquid

you can always put in a cabinet, or a box when you run it
 
2013-10-21 02:30:56 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: FlashHarry: you can friction-cook soup in it. seriously. think about that for a second... you can literally bring a liquid up to a near boil through pure friction. sure it takes about 8 minutes on high, during which time you'll think a 747 is landing on your roof... but it can be done!

And has been, by me, on winter nights when I haven't had time to cook soup.  Butternut squash, pumpkin or sweet potato, onion, some herbs and spices, almond milk... whiz it around on high for 5-7 minutes and it's piping hot soup.  *Good* soup.  Pretty amazing.

My vita-mix also makes the best hot chocolate ever, by the same method.

But I hear you about the 747 on the roof.  Since I moved into an apartment where I can't put walls between me and it, I use ear plugs.


So is this the application that makes it superior to having a regular old blender and/or a stick blender? Based on other comments I really can't figure out the why of this thing. For soups I dump my ingredients in a pot and use the stick blender for 1min and it's smooth as silk. For smoothies and frozen drinks my $100 kitchenaid does a damned near perfect job.

Wouldn't using it for friction cooking wear out the motor prematurely?
 
2013-10-21 02:31:59 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: How is the noise level? I mistakenly chose a Hamilton Beach blender through my CC points. The damn thing is aggressively noisy, I wear ear protection when I run it.

It baffles me as to what exactly is making that level of noise.


Our old blender was a combo blender/food processor thing made by Cuisinart. It had this gear reduction unit that sounded like it was failing since day one. I couldn't stand to be on the same floor as it when it was running. Compared to that the Vitamix is whisper quiet.

In all honesty, though "loud", it's quieter than the vast majority of other blenders I've heard run.
 
2013-10-21 02:33:55 PM  

1000 Ways to Dye: (It also doesn't hurt that the 5200's blades can rotate at up to 240 mph.)

Does it bother anybody else when people report a rotational velocity as mph or any other unit like that?
It doesn't rotate even close to 240mph at the center. I want to know RPM, because ALL the blades rotate at the same RPM.

//farking pedants


That is pretty stupid. RPM should be the important measurement.
 
2013-10-21 02:38:18 PM  

nocturnal001: Wouldn't using it for friction cooking wear out the motor prematurely?


probably not unless it's a poorly designed blender housing that doesn't allow the motor to cool
 
2013-10-21 02:38:48 PM  

loonatic112358: what sort of noie, is it the same noise when you run it empty?


A screeching sound. And I went to see Rammstein with no earplugs. I'll have to find my sound level meter and my microphone and look at the spectrum this thing puts out.

And yes, same noise even without the jug on it.

I'm just trying to understand what is coupling this energy into the air. I mean I have been around large quadcopters and 700 class helicopters with LARGE electric motors. They are very quiet.

Is it the brushes? I can't believe it.

I just can't understand why companies sell quiet refrigerators and quiet washing machines but hey, the blender puts out so much sound energy that my ears tickle inside.
 
2013-10-21 02:40:13 PM  
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Praisth be to Vitavitaveggamither.

All hailth the Ferrarith of blenderth! *hic*
 
2013-10-21 02:51:18 PM  

loonatic112358: nocturnal001: Wouldn't using it for friction cooking wear out the motor prematurely?

probably not unless it's a poorly designed blender housing that doesn't allow the motor to cool


I don't know much about electric motors so maybe I am just applying internal combustion logic to this then.
 
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