We’ve Been Dating our Vitamix for 3 Weeks

After thinking about buying a high-speed blender for years, we took the plunge in August.  After weighing the options between a BlendTec and a Vitamix, we opted for the Vitamix and bought our blender:

Weve Been Dating our Vitamix for 3 Weeks

It’s only been a few weeks, but here’s a quick list of our initial observations:

  1. We love it.  We already wonder why we waited so long to get it.
  2. It has replaced two food processors; one that was mostly broken after only 2 years of use.
  3. It’s ability to blend ice leaves us stunned every time.  We often add ice to smoothies when blending – it chills the beverage and makes it smoother.
  4. It takes some getting used to.  When you turn it on you start on low and crank it up to the speed you want.  We kept getting warned to watch the DVD that came with it before using it and I understand why.
  5. We’ve been surprised at how often we use it.  It’s been great even for salad dressing.
  6. It’s a breeze to clean.  Add water and a bit of soap and blitz.  Rinse and you’re done.
  7. It’s loud – but not as loud as everyone warned me.  I expected it to sound like a plane.  It’s more like a Helicopter.
  8. Not everything works out – I made a brutal concoction with way too many ingredients and it came out particularly blegh.
  9. I have to blend things more (Dana has this one mastered).  I sometimes stop too soon, worried about heating up the food (you can actually make hot soup in the blender).
  10. The ‘tamper’ (it’s a wand that lets you push food into the blender) is awesome.

I’m willing to bet this is a long-term relationship!

Comments

  1. Hummus. Trust me on this one.

  2. Did you purchase it on- line or from a retailer? I have one and Love it. I purchased it on- line about 7 years ago. Now we want to purchase one for a wedding gift but have heard the retail ones are not as well built. And looking at them in the stores makes me agree. But since mine is a lot older, I am wondering if maybe the retail and the on-line purchases are the same. Any thoughts? Thank you.

  3. Are you troubled at all by the plastic container? Endocrine disruptors and stuff. Sure, they do studies that show that the low-levels of toxins released under “normal usage” won’t turn you into a woman until well beyond the average life-expectancy. Somehow I do not find my concerns allayed.

    • Great question Ben!

      I suppose I should start by saying I am marginally aware of the concerns around plastic in general. My knowledge starts with “avoid plastic when possible”, “almost always avoid plastic when heated” and BPA=bad. Not trying to be cheeky; my knowledge is fairly surface level and my main level of ‘protection’ from plastic is avoidance.

      I asked people I trusted with better knowledge than me (specifically friends Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis who know far more than me about these things and we comforted by their answers.

      We try to live in moderation and balance; I know that many of my choices are not ideal or perfect. I beleive the overall benefit of the blender and what it will bring into my life will offset the harm by a significant ratio. Then again, perhaps I’ll learn more and change my mind – if I do I’ll be sure to share it here! :)

  4. Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt says:

    First of all… I’m SOOOO glad you got one of these! I’ve had my Vitamix for over 5 years now and am in love with it, too. It makes one hell of a mayo. Seriously, dude. Make mayo. (If you need a recipe, email me.) And ice cream? Oh, man. Unbelievable! And don’t over-think the whole heating up thing. You really have to let it run for it to get to that point.

    And, Ben, re: your comment above re: the whole plastic thing… I called Vitamix to chat with them about this and have also had conversations with people well-versed in this type of issue. Bottom line is… with how fast this thing whips stuff around in the canister, there’s no way to make this into glass – unless the glass was super-thick. It would shatter in a heartbeat. Plus, food’s just not in this long enough to even worry about stuff like that. Also, you can’t put these in the dishwasher, so there is very little heat exposure to expedite plastic leaching.

    Have fun, Joel!

    • I’ve heard this about Vitamix blenders with regards to glass – I would prefer stainless steel, but I suppose most people want to be able to see through the material. My understanding (through extensive googling) is that Vitamix Blenders use a material called copolyester branded “Tritan” and manufactured by (or perhaps licensed from) Eastman Chemicals. Eastman is confident enough in the safety of their product that they sued (and won) over suggestions by rival PlastiPure that their products are not 100% safe. (I think those suggestions referred to this University of Texas study which finds that almost all plastics have estrogenic side effects, especially BPA replacements http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222987/ – a study which was partially funded by PlastiPure, I think)

      The containers are probably fine. For $400 to $500 I would prefer a different material, but it is what it is.

  5. Hi Joel!

    I got a Vitamix about a year ago. As a teen and young adult I use to go to the grange fair and stand for an hour watching the Vitamix man create all kinds of wonderful things in that blender-on-steroids and long for the day when I could afford one. This was w-a-a-a-a-a-y back before anybody even thought of coining the word “smoothie”! Last September I was at the Mother Earth News Fair and ended up acquiring one at the “Fair Special Price” which included the dry grinder container. That accessory, my friend, is a revelation! Fresh ground grains do make an incredible difference in the bread! For that use alone it’s worth the purchase. So if you don’t have it, start saving your pennies!

  6. I’m glad you guys are stoked on it. I remain pretty skeptical of them: not to their quality or usefulness, but rather, to the majority of home-users need for one (and more particularly, the pressure a would-be “foodie” feels to get one).

    I’ve used Vitamix, BlendTec, and other commercial-grade appliances while working in a restaurant. There is no doubt, they are better-made than home-use versions. By which I mean, these things can blend rocks at full-throttle for HOURS a day, without concern for them crapping out. Which is why pros buy them. If your blender dies mid-service, and it’s a key tool to your food prep, you’re screwed. On balance, most home users will generally use them for a few minutes per day, maybe up to an hour (but certainly not continuous-use), blending black kale and almond milk and chia seeds.

    Of course, I’ve read the claims that it blends “better”. Doubtless, it’s speed will chop things up more quickly, but I’ve never had a problem with my one-speed Osterizer successfully blending something, and it was like $70 at Walmart, and maybe I’m just not in that big a hurry. There’s also the claim that you can make soup in it (like, cook it and all). I have no doubt this is true, mind you, I’ve never had a problem with a pot and a $30 immersion blender. The dry container is interesting, in that you can certainly process a lot more grain than in a $50 spice grinder, but again, for the average user, I just don’t see the fuss.

    To me, these are like high-end sports cars. I know one person who actually races his Porsche, everybody else with a high-end sports car has it because it’s a nice-to-have. They never really put the car to it’s actual use (although one might argue that now it’s actual use is as a symbol; for many the same is true of high-end blenders, etc). I know for a fact that a Vitamix is a pleasure to use, but I hate hearing people longing to have one, when most — if not all — of their high-speed chopping needs could be met with a few decent home-user appliances.

    I’m not calling you guys out (or anybody else who owns a commercial-grade appliance). I know that they last forever, and I’ve gone though two blenders in ten years (using them a whole lot), so perhaps there’s an argument to be made there. I also don’t care how people spend their money (actually, this isn’t true; I think in general Westerners should buy a lot less “stuff”, but that’s a completely different rant). I just seem to have had a lot of conversations in the past few years telling people that they are doing just fine with a “regular” blender, and they needn’t feel inadequate because they don’t have a killer blender. At the end of the day, the tool is only a means; they cannot make food “better” than the ingredients you put in them, and the skill with which you wield them.

    Oh, and as an aside, because of their relative bullet-proof-ness, if you simply must, these appliances (and others, like a Robo-Coupe food processor) are excellent used purchases, particularly from food-service businesses closing (sadly, it happens a lot).

  7. Glad to hear you like it! I’ve been on the fence for a bit, even though I know I would put a Vitamix to good use.

  8. Been wanting to comment on this for the past month, but my comment was missing one thing: An image of spoon that was attached to a blog post I’d written that I wanted to point you to called “A cautionary tale: Kids, don’t do this”. The image went missed when I changed servers and I couldn’t find it in my photo stream until the 3rd or so time I looked.

    I love my Vitamix. I use it daily and occasionally consider buying the smaller blender container at Costco. If I did it again I’d go Blendec because it has some features I like.

  9. I LOVE my vitamix! In fact when we go to the lake for the summer, it’s the first thing to get packed. If there’s no room for the kids after we pack the Vitamix, then tough cookies. Take the Vitamix, leave the Children.

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