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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?

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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

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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
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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.)
 
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