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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

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


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.


image.guardian.co.uk
 
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  
farm4.staticflickr.com
 
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.
 
2013-10-21 02:52:04 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: 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.


I remember the CNC machines where I used to work would have a slight whine to them, but not incredibly loud

Might be H-B uses very cheap electric motors
 
2013-10-21 02:53:53 PM  

nocturnal001: 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.


You are

an electric motor can run an incredibly long time if it's well designed, see CNC machines, drill presses, hand held drills(not cheap ones) but they will get hot, and that's where you need something in the design to help cool the motor off.
 
2013-10-21 02:59:40 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: How is the noise level?


Loud enough that people pay $800 for relief from the aircraft-turbine sound of the blender that cost $400.

I am not kidding.

Vitamix The Quiet One®
Price: $1,298.65*
 
2013-10-21 03:00:11 PM  

nocturnal001: 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?


<shrug>  If you're happy with your current arrangement, then I can't tell you to buy one.  I do know I bought mine as a luxury gift to myself, and I love it.  I have yet to find the thing that won't blend in it.  My primary use is for breakfast smoothies, and it works like a champ.  It's incredibly reliable, so no - I don't think the motor will wear out.  It's not so much that any one function makes me love it - I just have been extremely happy with it in a way that I've not been with other blenders and/or juicers.
 
2013-10-21 03:04:32 PM  

jaytkay: Loud enough that people pay $800 for relief from the aircraft-turbine sound of the blender that cost $400.

I am not kidding.

Vitamix The Quiet One®
Price: $1,298.65*


That has a 3 horsepower motor, so you could also attach longer blades and use it to mow your lawn.
 
2013-10-21 03:06:19 PM  
The only thing about the Vitamix that baffles me are the commercials, which come off as like this :

"See all these great, delicious foods? Don't they look yummy? If you don't have a Vitamix, it won't be possible for you to make them. Trust me, you can't. Don't even try. Just call Jade Wang Wok for the 3rd time this week and order the crappy General Tso's Chicken that tastes like it was made when Chairman Mao was still alive."
 
2013-10-21 03:10:47 PM  

jaytkay: Quantum Apostrophe: How is the noise level?

Loud enough that people pay $800 for relief from the aircraft-turbine sound of the blender that cost $400.

I am not kidding.

Vitamix The Quiet One®
Price: $1,298.65*


So better isolation on the motor, probably some sound absorbing materials on the inside, and a cover to contain the blending sounds
 
2013-10-21 03:28:59 PM  
but what if you put a vitamix in a blendtec?

chrisheffer.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-21 03:35:27 PM  
What are you people using this thing for?

We make a few smoothies a week, and sure,some part of my male ego would love to have a blender with crazy power, but $400?

I'll spend some extra money for quality, but it better be high quality, with a legitimate warranty.

Is this just a really expensive smoothie-maker? Does it crush ice? Blend spices? Terrify Chunk? Clean easily?

I'm really asking.
 
2013-10-21 03:42:49 PM  
make sure to buy it at Costco, and use EAR PLUGS when you use it, i think my wife is going deaf!
 
2013-10-21 03:52:06 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.


Does it makes beets not taste like... you know, beets?
 
2013-10-21 03:55:09 PM  
One of my coworkers has one of those NutriBullet, or Magic Bullet whatever it is things.  The thing is noisy and assuredly garbage.  That, and every time he says "Off to use the bullet" I'm thinking he is talking about a sex toy or maybe drug paraphernalia.
 
2013-10-21 04:02:45 PM  

loonatic112358: So better isolation on the motor, probably some sound absorbing materials on the inside, and a cover to contain the blending sounds


Like line printers had 20-30+ years ago. This isn't new science.

I mean if they could make covers that silenced this:

upload.wikimedia.org

Why is a blender a problem now?
 
2013-10-21 04:04:20 PM  
Team BlendTec here, although I wouldn't turn down a Vitamix. Yes, a high-end blender is expensive. Buy one, you'll find reasons to use it at least daily.
 
2013-10-21 04:09:53 PM  
Got a Vitamix last year after finally getting pissed off at my old blender for leaking for the umpteenth time.

All I can say is... holy fark, why didn't I buy one sooner?

Everything that the old blender struggled with (or downright failed on), the Vitamix just mowed through them without even breaking a sweat.  Hell I make my own rice flour now, which was impossible with the old blender.
 
2013-10-21 04:11:13 PM  

the801: behold NINJA, the ninja of blenders

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


Not denigrating the Vitamix, but I have one of these, got it for under $100, and it does everything I've ever needed it to do. Bought it after a $30 Wal MArt special had some plastic part fail.


/drives a 1986 Ford Ranger.
 
2013-10-21 04:13:04 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: What are you people using this thing for?

We make a few smoothies a week, and sure,some part of my male ego would love to have a blender with crazy power, but $400?

I'll spend some extra money for quality, but it better be high quality, with a legitimate warranty.

Is this just a really expensive smoothie-maker? Does it crush ice? Blend spices? Terrify Chunk? Clean easily?

I'm really asking.


Chuckling at "Terrify Chunk" Good show, newsletter, gib, etc.
 
2013-10-21 04:14:50 PM  

the801: behold NINJA, the ninja of blenders

[ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


It's really good but it could be better about making smoother smoothies, especially those with vegetables.
 
2013-10-21 04:15:19 PM  
It took that lady over 2300 words to justify spending $400 on a blender.  She must have a severe case of buyer's remorse..
 
2013-10-21 04:15:47 PM  
hah, I'm sure it's a great product.. but the fact that these people need constant validation for the amount of money they blew on it is evidence that it is not worth the price.

sure it might be better than an average blender, but $400 better? a freakin order-of-magnitude-in-price better?? ridiculous.
 
2013-10-21 04:21:34 PM  
Since we're talking about expensive kitchen appliances, does anyone here own a Robot-Coupe?  Not a huge plan of my food processor but not sure I want to spend $500-$900 on a new one.

http://www.robot-coupe.com/en-usa/catalogue/combination-processors-b ow l-cutter-and-vegetable-prep,2/
 
2013-10-21 04:22:39 PM  
blogs.citypages.com
 
2013-10-21 04:24:25 PM  

Hella Fark: hah, I'm sure it's a great product.. but the fact that these people need constant validation for the amount of money they blew on it is evidence that it is not worth the price.

sure it might be better than an average blender, but $400 better? a freakin order-of-magnitude-in-price better?? ridiculous.



Yes, it probably is. I've seriously thought about getting one, just haven't pulled the trigger yet. I do, however, own a Dyson vacuum and can assure you that a $500 vacuum is worth every penny, so I don't see why a $400 blender wouldn't be.
 
2013-10-21 04:29:56 PM  
When I hear the phrase "you won't regret it", what I hear is "I regret it but I'm trying to convince myself otherwise".
 
2013-10-21 04:30:06 PM  
Unless you're plugging your Vitamix into an audio grade power receptacle you're missing out on a ton of extra flavor.
 
2013-10-21 04:32:34 PM  

Hella Fark: hah, I'm sure it's a great product.. but the fact that these people need constant validation for the amount of money they blew on it is evidence that it is not worth the price.

sure it might be better than an average blender, but $400 better? a freakin order-of-magnitude-in-price better?? ridiculous.


It is not an order of magnitude better.  It is, in fact, several orders of magnitude better.
 
2013-10-21 04:58:56 PM  
I'm sure the Vitamix is superior, but I have a Ninja and it does what I need it to do.  I don't need it to make soup or anything fancy, just protein smoothies, frozen drinks, and milkshakes and snow cones for the kids.  The Ninja is a good compromise if you don't want to spend $400 for a Vitamix and hate the performance of the shiatty $30 Oster or Hamilton Beach offerings.
 
2013-10-21 05:13:07 PM  
The best part of the Vitamix is watching the guy at Costco demonstrate it.  He's continuously throwing fruit in the thing and handing out smoothies, so if you hang around, you eventually get all different types of delicious smoothies.

In fact, Costco is worth going to just for the ~15 free sample tables.  It's practically lunch
 
2013-10-21 05:20:15 PM  
It's a crazy nice blender.  Fresh fruit smoothies every night.  Wife mixes in the kids' powdered vitamins.

I once turned it on high with it full of soapy water and no lid.  It makes mopping the entire kitchen very easy.
 
2013-10-21 05:27:59 PM  

foo monkey: It's a crazy nice blender.  Fresh fruit smoothies every night.  Wife mixes in the kids' powdered vitamins.

I once turned it on high with it full of soapy water and no lid.  It makes mopping the entire kitchen very easy.


I do like that it's powerful enough to be its own dishwasher. makes cleaning up easier.
 
2013-10-21 05:28:45 PM  
foo monkey


Wife mixes in the kids' powdered vitamins.

Your kids sound malnourished.
 
2013-10-21 05:43:36 PM  

Random Anonymous Blackmail: foo monkey


Wife mixes in the kids' powdered vitamins.

Your kids sound malnourished.


If they're not, there's a good chance she's shortening their predicted lifespan.
 
2013-10-21 05:45:33 PM  

nocturnal001: 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?


The blendtec and vitamix are designed with the friction heating in mind so it doesn't burn them out. They can also do icecream from ice cubes and cream + flavour or frozen fruit and cream, grind up a whole cut pineapple into juice, make flour, nut butters (heh), strangely enough bread dough, and butter. The things are basically so overpowered that there isn't a lot you can't smash into a fine powder or liquid.
 
2013-10-21 06:00:25 PM  

Jormungandr: nocturnal001: 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?

The blendtec and vitamix are designed with the friction heating in mind so it doesn't burn them out. They can also do icecream from ice cubes and cream + flavour or frozen fruit and cream, grind up a whole cut pineapple into juice, make flour, nut butters (heh), strangely enough bread dough, and butter. The things are basically so overpowered that there isn't a lot you can't smash into a fine powder or liquid.


That's the other side of the coin, the amount of power usage. For those that it's not a concern, great! For those who are trying to bring the electric bill back under triple digits a month, it might be worth seeking out more economical blending solutions.
 
2013-10-21 06:01:46 PM  
Got the ninja, it can blend anything but I just don't have enough uses for a blender.

Damn silly wedding presents.
 
2013-10-21 06:12:58 PM  
It rocks.  Period.  I was might pissed when Mrs. Ebamit brought one home.  A fool and their money, yada, yada, yada....

Then I started using it.  The damn thing chews up and liquefies anything I put in it.  I've lost 25 lbs without really trying - just drinking a glass of liquefied fruit and/or vegetables once or twice a day.  Purely out of laziness.  I HATE cooking and used to eat 90% of my meals out.  Now I throw some stuff in the beast, splash some almond milk, and crank it to 11.

//SOLD!
 
2013-10-21 06:21:44 PM  

StupidFly: Got the ninja, it can blend anything but I just don't have enough uses for a blender.

Damn silly wedding presents.


something something mint chocolate baileys and ice cream
 
2013-10-21 06:45:09 PM  

Big Beef Burrito: What are you people using this thing for?

We make a few smoothies a week, and sure,some part of my male ego would love to have a blender with crazy power, but $400?

I'll spend some extra money for quality, but it better be high quality, with a legitimate warranty.

Is this just a really expensive smoothie-maker? Does it crush ice? Blend spices? Terrify Chunk? Clean easily?

I'm really asking.


It liquifies and blends everything.  I've used it to make smoothies, tahini, margaritas, soups, pasta sauces, and other stuff.  It's fast and very effective.  It will puree thick, fibrous (healthy) vegetables that would choke a $40 blender.  It's durable.  It's also very easy to clean up.  You put in soap, some water, turn it on, and it cleans itself.  Because it's effective and easy, you find yourself using it as one of your primary cooking implements, like your favorite skillet.

I compare it to the $800 grill I bought 10 years ago.  The cooking surface is as good as the day I bought it.  100% of the time, it works 100% of the time.  The parts don't break.  Ten years later, I'm just now looking into replacing two of the four burner elements.  In that time, as much as I use it, I'd have gone through three $300 Weber grills.
 
2013-10-21 06:47:09 PM  
My brother and sister-in-law got a Vitamix about a year ago. They had just had a baby. She has Down syndrome and to this day struggles with liquids. At the time, she was struggling with solid food as well, so they had to feed her through an n-g tube. Mom could not produce enough breast milk to feed her everything she needed. The daughter also inherited the mother's lactose allergy (no, not intolerance, allergy), so virtually every single kind of supplemental formula on the market screwed with her digestion to the point that they simply could not feed her. Their only option was to make their own formula and push it through the tube.

Enter the Vitamix.

This thing made producing the two different kinds of formula they used with her a breeze. Literally all they had to do was toss the ingredients into the jar, flip the switch a few times to basically turn the mixture into a super-thin soup, and pour it into the syringe that connected to the feeding tube. It turned feeding from an impossible process to a...well, it was still pretty laborious, but they could at least feed her without spending the entire day making the formula.

/pro-tip: pour a bit of soap into the jar with some water and turn it on to instantly clean the entire thing
 
2013-10-21 07:21:05 PM  
no let's not.

if you think ""This machine is going to change my life." " , then have no life and need to get one.
 
2013-10-21 07:25:22 PM  

blender61: no let's not.

if you think ""This machine is going to change my life." " , then have no life and need to get one.


Given we spend about a third of our waking lives preparing and eating food, totally changing the way you prepare food can indeed "change your life", without being some sort of tragic weirdo.
 
2013-10-21 08:06:03 PM  
Wolf892, yes this blender will liquefy your celery and kale (2 foods that are very difficult for other blenders to blend well)

If you dump in a pile of honey roasted peanuts (and NOTHING else), you can make instant peanut butter.  Trader Joes make my favorite blend.  Mix with a couple bananas and milk, and you have a better peanut butter banana smoothie than any chain smoothie shop can offer.
 
2013-10-21 08:06:34 PM  

Wolf892: Would the Vitamix manage to blend this into more of a liquid and reduce the grain/chucks? Or is the big deal about this blender just the fact that it won't leak, and can blend a larger number of items in it?


I throw whole veggies into my Blend-Tec and make V-8 consistency juices. TBH I prefer it a biatchunkier, so I turn it down, but it can make powdered sugar out of sugar so really it's up to you.
 
kth
2013-10-21 08:22:34 PM  
I'm intrigued by the soup making ability. I make a lot of soups. But I wonder whether it misses out on the flavor melding?  Thoughts?
 
That said, I wants one.
 
2013-10-21 08:23:21 PM  

Wolf892: Thanks guys,

The peanut butter smoothie sounds delicious.
I'm not a fan of vegetable smoothies, so if I can make them easier to drink (by turning them into a straight liquid and downing them in a single dose) then that will be a big help to my diet. I'm not a fan of veggiess and sadly fruit all has sugar in it. :(


I actually just tried something you may like. It tastes just like potato soup.

Steamed cauliflower
A little chicken stock
Shredded cheese
A little butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Blend until smooth and creamy. It tastes delicious.
 
2013-10-21 08:34:11 PM  

kth: I'm intrigued by the soup making ability. I make a lot of soups. But I wonder whether it misses out on the flavor melding?  Thoughts?
 
That said, I wants one.


I will say, it comes remarkably close.  The soup I make most in it is always some variant of winter squash or yam bisque.  You don't want to simmer creamy soups to long anyway - and this is pretty darn amazing.
 
2013-10-21 08:39:07 PM  
Since it heats up food in the blender, can you make breakfast in this thing?  I was thinking about throwing in some raw eggs, cooked bacon, maybe a few sausage links, salt and pepper and making a breakfast smoothie.
 
2013-10-21 08:41:37 PM  

Wolf892: Vitamix owners, a quick question.

I already own a regular blender and I make a typical smoothie out of Kale, Beet, Red Cabbage, Celery, Carrot, and Parsley. The concoction blends into a grainy but still fairly liquid like drink.

Would the Vitamix manage to blend this into more of a liquid and reduce the grain/chucks? Or is the big deal about this blender just the fact that it won't leak, and can blend a larger number of items in it?

Any help would be appreciated!


Yes, it will blend kale. Wife puts kale in drinks all the time. My dysentery-farked intestines can't handle it, but yeah it blends kale. She makes smoothies every night with baby spinach and kale. There are absolutely no grainy chunks.
 
2013-10-21 08:44:52 PM  

Ambivalence: Wolf892: Thanks guys,

The peanut butter smoothie sounds delicious.
I'm not a fan of vegetable smoothies, so if I can make them easier to drink (by turning them into a straight liquid and downing them in a single dose) then that will be a big help to my diet. I'm not a fan of veggiess and sadly fruit all has sugar in it. :(

I actually just tried something you may like. It tastes just like potato soup.

Steamed cauliflower
A little chicken stock
Shredded cheese
A little butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Blend until smooth and creamy. It tastes delicious.



Even simpler:

I take some broccoli and boil it until it's just soft enough to be cut with a bit of effort on a butter knife. Pull it out and dump it in the blender, then add some boil water (enough to get a decent consistency). Blend lightly, you want it a bit grainy or it'll get slimy.

That's it. You can garnish it with a bit of creme fraiche or goat cheese (the latter with a bit of walnuts is fantastic), but it's not really needed.
 
2013-10-21 09:40:50 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Beets are notoriously hard to get through a juicer or blender.


I make beet juice all the time in my Omega VRT350 juicer. No harder to juice than an apple (except you have to peel the beet first.)
 
2013-10-21 10:47:10 PM  

MrEricSir: Benevolent Misanthrope: Beets are notoriously hard to get through a juicer or blender.

I make beet juice all the time in my Omega VRT350 juicer. No harder to juice than an apple (except you have to peel the beet first.)


I'm impressed.  Truly.  I have destroyed juicers with raw beets.
 
2013-10-21 11:51:34 PM  
There is a middle ground.

I have the 3600, it wasn't 400 bucks it was 10 at a yard sale. No it wasn't a once in a lifetime either, I have 3, my parents have 5, we grab them anytime we see them, never paid over 45 dollars for one.

And the 3600 is almost entirely metal, I like it better than the plastic container.
 
2013-10-21 11:55:48 PM  

Magnanimous_Spirit: There is a middle ground.

I have the 3600, it wasn't 400 bucks it was 10 at a yard sale. No it wasn't a once in a lifetime either, I have 3, my parents have 5, we grab them anytime we see them, never paid over 45 dollars for one.

And the 3600 is almost entirely metal, I like it better than the plastic container.


How does it work?  There's one on eBay for 60 bucks.  I was thinking that was a fair price for an experiment.
 
2013-10-22 12:05:55 AM  

Lsherm: Magnanimous_Spirit: There is a middle ground.

I have the 3600, it wasn't 400 bucks it was 10 at a yard sale. No it wasn't a once in a lifetime either, I have 3, my parents have 5, we grab them anytime we see them, never paid over 45 dollars for one.

And the 3600 is almost entirely metal, I like it better than the plastic container.

How does it work?  There's one on eBay for 60 bucks.  I was thinking that was a fair price for an experiment.


I'd almost bet you could put water and gravel and get concrete. I've used it every morning for years making smoothies. I freeze the yogurt so I don't have to add ice. It can break up a whole frozen yoplai.

It's the only motor I've ever seen you can repeatedly jam it in reverse and then back to forward and it doesn't slow it down at all. Had a relative do that with his bronco and it never ran right again.

\Do the 5600 have a reverse? No one has brought that up yet, the 3600 does.
\\plus the steel container can be used for protection in a home invasion, and you can liquidfy the evidence afterward to avoid pesky lawsuits!
 
2013-10-22 12:30:27 AM  
I just need a blender that can deal with ice cubes.

The current Kitchen Aid blender will chop the cubes to a point, only to push the cubes out of the blending area.  The blades just end up spinning.  You either have to pop the top and shove a spoon in before trying again or you have to add a lot of liquid.
 
2013-10-22 12:40:26 AM  
It's no Bass-o-matic.
 
2013-10-22 01:36:28 AM  

Dinjiin: I just need a blender that can deal with ice cubes.

The current Kitchen Aid blender will chop the cubes to a point, only to push the cubes out of the blending area.  The blades just end up spinning.  You either have to pop the top and shove a spoon in before trying again or you have to add a lot of liquid.


A vita-mix will turn them to snow. No joke.
 
2013-10-22 01:54:19 AM  
Well popular Mechanics wasn't too impressed. Link
 
2013-10-22 02:09:06 AM  

Tellingthem: Well popular Mechanics wasn't too impressed. Link


Next time I'm too lazy to follow instructions and need to blend a whole apple, I'll choose the KitchenAid that craps out after a year.
 
2013-10-22 02:47:03 AM  
Could a vitamix owner run this experiment and report back. A little background. I drink chocolate milk fairly regularly. The problem is I don't care much for 99% of the liquid or powdered mixes on the market. I've made my own liquid mix, it's good but it's a bit of a hassle. I'm on a phone or I'd post links but you can't make your own powdered mix at home. You'd think it would be easy, just cocoa and sugar right? But it doesn't work that way. However if a vitamix makes it possible to just add cocoa powder, sugar (or powdered sugar) and milk and have a decent glass of chocolate milk I'd consider it.
 
2013-10-22 10:05:04 AM  

Werepig: Could a vitamix owner run this experiment and report back. A little background. I drink chocolate milk fairly regularly. The problem is I don't care much for 99% of the liquid or powdered mixes on the market. I've made my own liquid mix, it's good but it's a bit of a hassle. I'm on a phone or I'd post links but you can't make your own powdered mix at home. You'd think it would be easy, just cocoa and sugar right? But it doesn't work that way. However if a vitamix makes it possible to just add cocoa powder, sugar (or powdered sugar) and milk and have a decent glass of chocolate milk I'd consider it.


Post the mix and I'll try it. I use it in my coffee yeah it can't be just powered coco and sigar takes powder milk or ceeamer too I think
 
2013-10-22 01:58:58 PM  

Werepig: Could a vitamix owner run this experiment and report back. A little background. I drink chocolate milk fairly regularly. The problem is I don't care much for 99% of the liquid or powdered mixes on the market. I've made my own liquid mix, it's good but it's a bit of a hassle. I'm on a phone or I'd post links but you can't make your own powdered mix at home. You'd think it would be easy, just cocoa and sugar right? But it doesn't work that way. However if a vitamix makes it possible to just add cocoa powder, sugar (or powdered sugar) and milk and have a decent glass of chocolate milk I'd consider it.


Consider it.  I do it all the time.  It's my favorite way to make hot chocolate.  Milk, sugar, cocoa, flip the switch.  As a bonus, you can turn it on high and let it heat itself up with friction.

That said, I dont think you need a $400 vita-mix just for cocoa.  Try the KitchenAid that costs $150.  Or a Magic Bullet.

And the secret to cocoa mix is powdered milk.  Link
 
2013-10-22 02:45:23 PM  
One of my friends had jaw surgery that required his jaw to be wired shut for 2 weeks. He could only drink liquids through a straw for that time. His wife continued to make regular meals (pasta, hamburgers, chicken, steak, etc.) and just blended them into liquid using the Vitamix.

It literally liquified everything they put in it and he was able to consume it easily. Granted, he said the liquified meats didn't taste very good, but this thing worked like a charm.
 
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