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Is a VitaMix worth it?

#1 Post by alan weinberg » September 13th, 2018, 5:22 pm

I don’t see myself drinking veggie smoothies, don’t use a blender often, have a food processor. What are other reasons to spend the $ for a VitaMix? What do you use yours for? What am I missing?

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#2 Post by Alan Rath » September 13th, 2018, 9:16 pm

Some sauces, soups, gravy, margaritas...
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#3 Post by Chris Freemott » September 14th, 2018, 3:32 pm

Buy a ninja. fraction of the price. if you find yourself using it, upgrade to the VM, they're beasts, but as you state, kinda require a use-case to justify the vig.

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#4 Post by Jason T » September 14th, 2018, 4:34 pm

I don’t know if it’s “worth it” because I lucked into mine for free whilst in college. But I have been beating the crap out of that thing for 16 years now and it hasn’t skipped a beat.
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#5 Post by Kenny H » September 14th, 2018, 7:33 pm

Alan it is worth it for the soups alone. Even skin and seed is pulverized to oblivion. I was pissed when Suzy bought it, then I used it and I was sold because it made my chinois irrelevant. Been going 10 years strong now and still kills with zero decrease in performance. It's one of those devices that is really good at what it does, but also makes your job easier and more efficient at the same time. That is a special category in my opinion.

Food processor is a different application, solids only. Vitamix is fluids. I still use my cuisinart all the time.
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#6 Post by Todd Hamina » September 14th, 2018, 9:10 pm

Think of it as a kitchen tool that will last decades. And then buy one.
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#7 Post by Curt Wood » September 15th, 2018, 12:59 pm

Bought a Breville for around $100.00. It was the choice of ATK and for the limited use it gets it does all we need it to do.

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#8 Post by Phil Smith » September 15th, 2018, 3:20 pm

It’s a great tool, no complaints at all, but if my wife (and occasionally me) didn’t make smoothies we would never use it.

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#9 Post by John Davis » September 15th, 2018, 4:38 pm

I love ours. I know we could do without it, maybe there are cheaper versions, but I would buy one again when it wears out. And after 7+ it shows no sign of wear.

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#10 Post by Steve Manzi » September 16th, 2018, 1:36 pm

I've had mine for about 4 years. It is a beast. I use it every morning, or just about every morning, to pulverize the massive amounts of Spinach and Kale that I stuff into my morning mix. Never juice again, because you take out all the fiber. I could never do without it.

Soups are unreal with it too.
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#11 Post by Victor Hong » September 16th, 2018, 1:51 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
September 13th, 2018, 5:22 pm
I don’t see myself drinking veggie smoothies, don’t use a blender often, have a food processor. What are other reasons to spend the $ for a VitaMix? What do you use yours for? What am I missing?
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#12 Post by Scott G r u n e r » September 18th, 2018, 8:04 am

Chris Freemott wrote:
September 14th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Buy a ninja. fraction of the price. if you find yourself using it, upgrade to the VM, they're beasts, but as you state, kinda require a use-case to justify the vig.
For as often as I use a blender- this is the perfect advice. Vitamix is better, but the ninja is a far better value for the occasional user. If I were doing a lot of Ice based drinks, I might reconsider though.
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#13 Post by TimF » September 18th, 2018, 12:02 pm

Chris Freemott wrote:
September 14th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Buy a ninja. fraction of the price. if you find yourself using it, upgrade to the VM, they're beasts, but as you state, kinda require a use-case to justify the vig.
I'm also happy with my Ninja. I make fruit smoothies almost daily.
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#14 Post by alan weinberg » September 18th, 2018, 7:12 pm

ordered a Ninja today.

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#15 Post by Justin B. » September 19th, 2018, 11:49 am

My wife swears by her Vitamix (she's a chef). That said, she very rarely lets me even touch it because it's so expensive (and, well, she generally thinks I make too much of a mess in the kitchen anyways). Not worth it for casual things but nothing beats it for soups, purees, etc.
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#16 Post by c fu » September 19th, 2018, 8:36 pm

get yourself a vitamix alan, return that ninja.
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#17 Post by Scott G r u n e r » September 20th, 2018, 9:26 am

c fu wrote:
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get yourself a vitamix alan, return that ninja.
Said the guy that has no experience with the ninja? ;)
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#18 Post by c fu » September 20th, 2018, 9:50 am

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
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get yourself a vitamix alan, return that ninja.
Said the guy that has no experience with the ninja? ;)
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#19 Post by alan weinberg » September 20th, 2018, 12:19 pm

thanks, Fu, but this will be fine for making the BEST chocolate shakes! Gonna pick my battles with the wife. A $500 blender isn’t one.

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#20 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » September 20th, 2018, 5:04 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 12:19 pm
thanks, Fu, but this will be fine for making the BEST chocolate shakes! Gonna pick my battles with the wife. A $500 blender isn’t one.
This is what asking people about a Vitamix for?

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#21 Post by Michae1 P0wers » September 21st, 2018, 6:36 am

I know your decision is made, but the Vitamix rules. I inherited mine, so the value proposition is difficult for me to comment upon, but like a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, I just can't see not having this in my kitchen or trading down to off brand.

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#22 Post by Scott G r u n e r » September 21st, 2018, 6:16 pm

My local costco has both. So try one and return if you dont like


I dont like the kitchenaid mixer analogy. Are there even other brands of stand mixer? Plus the price is not that much.

Maybe Le Creuset vs Staub is a better analogy
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#23 Post by Michae1 P0wers » September 22nd, 2018, 6:18 am

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
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My local costco has both. So try one and return if you dont like


I dont like the kitchenaid mixer analogy. Are there even other brands of stand mixer? Plus the price is not that much.

Maybe Le Creuset vs Staub is a better analogy
I meant it less of a price comparison analogy, and more just something that I wouldn’t do without in the kitchen. I don’t think the price difference between Le Creuset and Staub is actually that significant either.

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#24 Post by Scott G r u n e r » September 22nd, 2018, 7:52 am

I stand corrected. Apparently there are other brands of stand mixer. Still dont see blender as the same level of “must have” appliance in the kitchen though. Depending on usage, it isn”t necessary to have the top-of-the-line *everything*
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#25 Post by alan weinberg » September 23rd, 2018, 9:39 am

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 5:04 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 12:19 pm
thanks, Fu, but this will be fine for making the BEST chocolate shakes! Gonna pick my battles with the wife. A $500 blender isn’t one.
This is what asking people about a Vitamix for?
read the original post. I was asking what use it had and trying to decide if I needed one in my kitchen armamentarium. Based on responses and what I need, the answer became no.

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#26 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » September 27th, 2018, 7:20 pm

alan weinberg wrote:
September 23rd, 2018, 9:39 am
Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 5:04 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 12:19 pm
thanks, Fu, but this will be fine for making the BEST chocolate shakes! Gonna pick my battles with the wife. A $500 blender isn’t one.
This is what asking people about a Vitamix for?
read the original post. I was asking what use it had and trying to decide if I needed one in my kitchen armamentarium. Based on responses and what I need, the answer became no.
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#27 Post by alan weinberg » September 28th, 2018, 8:26 pm

great milkshake w the Ninja last night. Those blades scare me!

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#28 Post by Jason P1ckw1ck » October 19th, 2018, 5:33 am

Alan Rath wrote:
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Some sauces, soups, gravy, margaritas...
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#29 Post by Todd F r e n c h » February 1st, 2019, 12:44 pm

We're getting a Vitamix, but not sure which model. Prefer to buy from Costco but not necessary...just very strong preference.

Got the E320 model first, was told to turn around and return it because Jen wanted the one with the smaller containers for smoothies. Bought the 7500 with the to-go cups and smaller blender carton, but discovered that smaller one is for DRY stuff. Returning that one now. Reviews seem mixed, though each Vitamix on Costco's site is 4.5 stars or more, it seems (other than the cheapest one, the E320). They have a Pro 780 model, otherwise it's amazon for me.

Which models are best?
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#30 Post by John Webber » February 1st, 2019, 8:07 pm

For 8 years, we have had the Professional 500 Series that (or its equivalent) may be found here: https://www.vitamix.com/us/en_us/Shop/C ... uId=001888

We are about to order our 3rd container for it, but we put it through heavy use for green shakes. Outside of the containers, which are freaking expensive, they are built like tanks. They have short containers now that are not for grains, but you have to grab one of the newer style machines to accommodate them (those machines also available refurb). The only reason I would get the low-profile container is to easily fit under the cabinets. I have no problems/issues making shakes for 1 or 2 with the full sized 64oz container.

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#31 Post by T. Williams » February 2nd, 2019, 3:35 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 12:44 pm
We're getting a Vitamix, but not sure which model. Prefer to buy from Costco but not necessary...just very strong preference.

Got the E320 model first, was told to turn around and return it because Jen wanted the one with the smaller containers for smoothies. Bought the 7500 with the to-go cups and smaller blender carton, but discovered that smaller one is for DRY stuff. Returning that one now. Reviews seem mixed, though each Vitamix on Costco's site is 4.5 stars or more, it seems (other than the cheapest one, the E320). They have a Pro 780 model, otherwise it's amazon for me.

Which models are best?
We have the Ascent A2300 model and love it. Its $399 on Amazon for the base and 64oz container. Then you can get the smaller 48oz (wet and dry blade versions), 20oz, and 8oz containers. But like everything in life, they really hose you on the accessories.

Here is a link to the Vitamix website for the model: https://www.vitamix.com/us/en_us/shop/a ... 506728576!
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#32 Post by Darin Kendrick » February 2nd, 2019, 5:50 am

Through a bit of gift giving error on my part, my parents have both. The ninja is a good old school blender if you will. The Vitamix is almost an entirely different animal. Smoothies and anything you drink being the biggest difference (vitamix far outperforms). Needless to say mom gifted the ninja to friends.
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#33 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » February 2nd, 2019, 7:21 am

I had a work colleague who found one that was refurbished, I believe through their website. You could possibly do that to save a few $ and then just buy a new container. We’ve had ours for a few years - I think the main difference from other brands is the powerful motor.

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#34 Post by Christine Huang » February 2nd, 2019, 8:52 pm

I have the Vitamix Pro 750 and I love it. I have two containers for it, both for wet blending, just in different sizes.

As everyone says, it’s a beast. It’ll make anything as smooth as silk. As a bonus, I discovered their Lemon Curd recipe and it’s my “go to” now. No more standing over it and continuously stirring, hoping not to curdle the whole thing. No straining needed, either. It’s so easy and good!

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#35 Post by John Webber » February 5th, 2019, 5:19 pm

Christine Huang wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 8:52 pm
I have the Vitamix Pro 750 and I love it. I have two containers for it, both for wet blending, just in different sizes.

As everyone says, it’s a beast. It’ll make anything as smooth as silk. As a bonus, I discovered their Lemon Curd recipe and it’s my “go to” now. No more standing over it and continuously stirring, hoping not to curdle the whole thing. No straining needed, either. It’s so easy and good!
You can't post something like that without a recipe. Do tell!

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#36 Post by Christine Huang » February 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm

John Webber wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Christine Huang wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 8:52 pm
I have the Vitamix Pro 750 and I love it. I have two containers for it, both for wet blending, just in different sizes.

As everyone says, it’s a beast. It’ll make anything as smooth as silk. As a bonus, I discovered their Lemon Curd recipe and it’s my “go to” now. No more standing over it and continuously stirring, hoping not to curdle the whole thing. No straining needed, either. It’s so easy and good!
You can't post something like that without a recipe. Do tell!
Here you go:
https://www.vitamix.com/mx/en_us/recipes/lemon-curd

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#37 Post by Scott Watkins » February 9th, 2019, 6:46 pm

Christine Huang wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm
John Webber wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Christine Huang wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 8:52 pm
I have the Vitamix Pro 750 and I love it. I have two containers for it, both for wet blending, just in different sizes.

As everyone says, it’s a beast. It’ll make anything as smooth as silk. As a bonus, I discovered their Lemon Curd recipe and it’s my “go to” now. No more standing over it and continuously stirring, hoping not to curdle the whole thing. No straining needed, either. It’s so easy and good!
You can't post something like that without a recipe. Do tell!
Here you go:
https://www.vitamix.com/mx/en_us/recipes/lemon-curd
Tried this tonight holy crap it's great and best of all super easy! Just another reason to love the Vitamix. Thanks!
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#38 Post by Elliot Steele » February 9th, 2019, 9:02 pm

Scott Watkins wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Christine Huang wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm
John Webber wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 5:19 pm


You can't post something like that without a recipe. Do tell!
Here you go:
https://www.vitamix.com/mx/en_us/recipes/lemon-curd
Tried this tonight holy crap it's great and best of all super easy! Just another reason to love the Vitamix. Thanks!
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#39 Post by Scott Watkins » February 10th, 2019, 3:47 pm

Elliot Steele wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Scott Watkins wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Christine Huang wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm


Here you go:
https://www.vitamix.com/mx/en_us/recipes/lemon-curd
Tried this tonight holy crap it's great and best of all super easy! Just another reason to love the Vitamix. Thanks!
Thanks for the invite, old man! I didn't know you were feeling better already. I would've stopped by with a hell of a lineup for you to break your fast with
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#40 Post by Elliot Steele » February 10th, 2019, 4:49 pm

Scott Watkins wrote:
February 10th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Elliot Steele wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Scott Watkins wrote:
February 9th, 2019, 6:46 pm


Tried this tonight holy crap it's great and best of all super easy! Just another reason to love the Vitamix. Thanks!
Thanks for the invite, old man! I didn't know you were feeling better already. I would've stopped by with a hell of a lineup for you to break your fast with
Well then that's my mistake, I just assumed that a young whipper such as yourself might have some kind of social life on a Saturday night [snort.gif]
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