Ask Away Wednesday: What’s So Great About A Vitamix {Review}

by TaylorR

Happy Wednesday! I hope your day is going well. Mine has been better… maybe you have some suggestions?

Zoe is my 9 year old silky terrior (mine because I had her before Dan was in my life and he’s not a fan). To say she is set in her ways is an under statement, she’s old so of course she is set. She is stubborn and though she is incredibly sweet and I love her, right now we just don’t know what to do. For the past few mornings she has been peeing on our living room rug.

I get home, scrub the rug while Dan complains (rightfully so) only to get a text the next morning from Dan gripping that she did it again. And the cycle repeats itself.

This is now the second carpet she has completely ruined! Any tips? 

I know she doesn’t need to go out, I take her out first thing each morning, about an hour before Dan is up and discovers what she has left for him.

Okay, enough pee talk let’s move on to Ask Away Wednesday!

Ever since I announced that my in-laws got us a Vitamix for Christmas, I have received a lot of questions asking about it. Is it really worth it’s price? What’s so great about it?

So that’s today’s topic… my Vitamix Review!

What’s So Great About A Vitamix? 

Let’s rewind back 6 months… we went to a friend’s house for dinner and she started going off on the awesomeness of her Vitamix. To prove it, she made us a shake and instantly, Dan was in awe of it’s powers.

So we decided that would be our anniversary present. Except that I am cheap and when we went to Costco (who carries them), I had a mini-panic attack at the pricetag and convinced Dan that the Ninja would do.

The Ninja was great, but NOT the vitamix. Whenever we would make shakes and there would small particles floating around, and bites of whatever I tossed in. And not to mention Dan would always drink he shakes and follow it up with:

“This is NOT the Vitamix…. we should have spent the extra money.”

Being a foodie, I agreed with him. If I want to make the best recipes, it’s clear I need the best stuff.

So Christmas time came and Dan mentioned to his parents that “I” wanted the Vitamix (though it was his idea to ask for it). So Ta Da…

I expected the traditional version, however Dan’s mom understands my passion for good kitchen gadgets and shares my love for cooking, so she surprised us with the Professional 750 Series Vitamix.

It came a really impressive hardback cookbook (not a small paperback book like most). Both my mother-in-law and I started folding down recipes to experiment with.

So far I have made: 

  • Soup (Hummus soup and it was awesome)
  • Veggie pancakes (for dinner appetizers)
  • Vegan cashew cheese dip
  • Asian Pesto (for stir fry)
  • And of course shakes (my new breakfast)

What Makes The Vitamix Better Than Other Blenders? 

For one, I can toss in a TON of fruits and veggies to make a shake, set it on the “shake” setting and after about 30 seconds, it goes from this:

To this:

There are no chunks, not even reminents of kale leaves… nothing. Just smooth, smoothie perfection.

Two, it cooks soup! Remember last week when I wasn’t feeling 100%? Well, I decided to try out the soup setting on the Vitamix. I tossed in everything I needed for a hot bowl of soup, turned it on and walked away.

When the setting was done, I took off the lid and the soup was BOILING!

The right side is manual power, the left side are pre-set options. Turn it on and walk away. It shuts itself off. From top to bottom: Shakes; Ice cream; Soups; Puree; Self-clean.

The motor is so strong that it heats up liquid. I was AMAZED! Of course I called Dan in to show him then followed that up with a call to my mother-in-law who I knew would be just as amazed.

Third, nut butters. All healthy foodies make nut butters, right? In my food processor, turning nuts into a smooth spread took about 10-15 minutes. In the Vitamix… 90 seconds!

I would show a picture, but we ate it all… oops. But I made it was a cashew butter that we spread on veggie burgers, stir into pasta sauces, and eat with pita wedges.

And last… it cleans itself. Okay, kinda. Like an oven, it has a self cleaning setting. Just add water and it boils it to disinfect the inside. I love this because it can be hard to get under the blades with a sponge.

What I don’t like? 

What’s there not to like? Just kidding, I can think of a few things.

Getting the last bit of the finished product out from under the blades can be difficult. I feel like I end up tossing out a few spoonfuls because I can’t get under the blades well enough. Those things are sharp!

It’s loud… really loud. I make my green breakfast shakes at night before because I don’t want to wake up Dan or our neighbor (we live in a condo). But that’s expected with a blender I suppose.

We are nervous about broken parts. Even though it has a 7 year warranty, what if something breaks? Or what if we crack the bowl, how expensive will it be to replace? Fingers crossed we will never have to find out!

But the pros outweigh the cons BIG time. We are in love with this thing and it has become my #1 used kitchen appliance already.

What’s The Cost? 

Okay, so I’ve made it clear that it’s expensive but if you’re new to this Vitamix thing you might be wondering… “just how expensive?

Keep in mind that we have the Pro edition, but it costs right at $600. The standard edition (that is available at Costco) is around $500.

Is it worth it… yes! Especially after having a “good” blender and then using this. To see the difference is astounding.

What’s your favorite kitchen appliance? 

What goes into your favorite smoothie? We are in need for some good ideas!

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda @ Run Principessa December 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hopefully when I get married, somebody with a $600 to spend on my gift comes. :) I would LOVE to have one of these! Thanks for the review! I always head everybody rave about them, but not an actual breakdown. Which is what I love!

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TaylorR December 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

Heck yea! That would have been nice on my registry. Our big wedding gift was a new mattress which I am thankful for each night.

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Adam @ Gourmet Blender December 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

What an excellent review! The Vitamix is so much more than a blender and will absolutely change the way you think about food. It’s the choice of most professional chefs for that reason.

Don’t worry about it breaking, they’re built like a tank, and if anything does break in the next 7 years, they’ll replace it free of charge. I’ve heard stories about people who have had the same Vitamix machine for more than 30 years!

They are expensive, but I would argue that they’re worth every penny, especially if you’re going to be using it a lot. You definitely bought one of the more expensive packages, but Vitamix does offer more affordable models and even has certified reconditioned blenders which are about half the price.

Oh, and for the stuff stuck under the blades… they make special spatulas to help get in there scoop it out. They sell them on their site and they’re totally worth the $7.

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TaylorR December 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

Thanks for the info Adam! I agree, it has changed my cooking life already and yes after having a “good” blender and then getting this one, it’s definitely worth every penny! I will have to check out the spatula, that would help out a lot.

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Holly December 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I have a regular ninja (non Pro-grade) and I love it, but I already broke one of the blades and they tried sending me a replacement and apparently they don’t make that size of blade anymore. Very frustrating! We’ve talked about getting a new ninja, but all this rave about the Vitamix has me wondering if we should splurge!

One thing I like about the ninja is that I use the small bowl to chop up things and use it as a food processor. Do you still do that with your Vitamix? I also like how the blades come out on the ninja. But if you’ve had a ninja and think Vitamix is far superior, then perhaps it’s worth it! Thanks for the review!

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TaylorR December 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

We liked the Ninja for the processing part as well. I actually never used the larger bowl at all, always used the smaller one. But when compared to the Vitamix there really isn’t a contest. I wish I had blended the same thing up in each of them to compare before we gave our Ninja away. That is frustrating about the blades! If I had known, I would have mailed you our bowl!

And yes, I use my vitamix as a processor too. Sometimes when I don’t want to pull out the actual processor, it’s nice to just dump everything in the blender and give it a pulse.

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SusanF December 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I know that now that I have a Vitamix, I will never be able to live without it. It is used for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts year round.

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BlenderReviews February 27, 2013 at 3:01 pm

They can be a bit expensive, but if you purchase a refurbished model, you can save a lot of money over the cost of a brand new one.

http://blenderreviews.us/vitamix/certified-reconditioned-blenders/

The reconditioned ones only come with a 5 year warranty, but that’s still a lot longer than any warranty you’ll find on a blender sold at Walmart :)

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