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Old 08-30-2012, 01:08 PM
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VitaMix??!!

Wife wants a high-end blender and friends raves the $400 VitaMix blender.

I am old school and got a $25 Warning blender 15 years ago (Glass Jar!!) Best Value per consumer report (which is the bible to a tight wad like me).

I don't have a problem spending the money is the stuff is indeed the greatest thing since sliced bread. Case in point the Big Green Egg.. It is the "Bomb" and worth every $100 bills

But We have a $200 Food Processor and I have my trusty old Blender for $25 (That I used 4 times a week making drinks and fruit smoothies for the past 15 yrs).

So what's so great about this thing?? I don't need to buy a "gucci watch" for the brand. Is there no comproble products out there for cheaper and "just as good" ??

Please help me out here..

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P.S. I have never bothered to stand in line at costco and watch the demo so .. no.. I dunno what's so great about it..
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Hi Bee, I think the 3rd one I forgot the name of is the Waring, but not what you have, I'm talking about the Waring Pro blender Waring Pro is the company that does commercial equipment for restaurants, bars, etc.

(Sorry guys, but Beewang texted me like 5 minutes before he started this thread.) I was saying that the Vitamix can only be put in the same league as the Blendtec and that there is a third one that I forgot its name - that's the Waring (I think!).

OK Bee, here's the skinny:

This is the one I have: https://secure.vitamix.com/CIA-Professional-Series.aspx but it is just like the 5200 I think.

Vitamix is not like the regular blenders you'd find at BB&B, because it is a commercial or professional model. It is built to be a work horse and to produce results that you can sell and customers will come back to your restaurant. It lasts forever.

Here's some points:

Blade speed is 37,000 RPM. What it means is that this is not a "blender", it doesn't just blend, it ... ah, what's the word for it???

It works better than a regular blender or a juicer or a food processor because when you put fruit or vegies in it, the high speed breaks the cell walls of the fruit/vegie and it releases all the nutrients, enzymes, and fiber from it and makes it all very smooth.

Juicer = you don't get the fiber and it throws away a lot of the nutrients that are still with all whatever the juicer expels.

Food processor = you get the fiber but it doesn't really breaks and juice them so you get 'chewy juice'. Bleh.

Blender = same as the food processor, it can't juice.

What you get because of the speed is that it is very silky smooth.

Just yesterday, I put grapes, a handful of raisins, 5 cubes of ice and turned it on. In 30-40 seconds I had a smooooth juice and you couldn't feel ANY pieces of raisins. Forget about how tasty it was!

For baby's food it's the best, it makes it so smooth and creamy, the baby loves it, it has such a good "mouthfeel". AND you get so much more nutrients for the baby. Well, for you grown ups too.

Speed is variable: you can "chop" or blend, or mix, or... what's that word again.. ??? Dammit!

Soups: I make it easier for me, I cook the soup 5-10 minutes and then I cream it 30 seconds in the Vitamix. That's instead of going strait to the blender and high speed it for 5-7 minutes.

Ohhh! Ice cream!!! I buy peaches, mango, bananas, stuff like that. Cut and freeze in a zip lock. Then whenever you want, take a few pieces, throw in the container, a few ice cubes. I put 1-2 dates, or some honey or Agave syrup. High Speed 30 seconds. You have sorbet. You can even put some milk. With the ice cubes and the frozen fruit it will freeze too.

You want to mix dough or whatever, it does. It does whatever a food processor does, without spilling liquids like my Cuisinart.

Put any whole spices in it, it will make them powder.

You get the point, it does what 4-5 different machines do.

Washing it is super easy. - That's why I stopped using my juicer.

You can even mix oil and water with it. It will emulsify it.

Power: It's 2.2 hp. 7 years warranty. It will last...

Oh, parts...

IF at any time some time something goes wrong, you can buy parts for it. Knobs, buttons etc. If you mixing container goes you can buy any part of it separately. Blades, cover, insert in the cover, bottom nut, gear, etc. So if something goes bad, you don't need to pay for the whole container for example. Remember it's a commercial blender restaurants don't want to throw $500 every year or $80 for a container. They only want what is broken.

The only "con" I see here is the noise level. At full speed 37,000 RPM it makes close to what my old Eureka vacuum cleaner does. I have sensitive ears so I bought ear muffs for $30 at HomeDepot. ... It also great when some stupid car alarm goes on and on on my street, or when the lawn workers start blowing leaves across the street.

What else?
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This is the one I have: https://secure.vitamix.com/CIA-Professional-Series.aspx but it is just like the 5200 I think.

Vitamix is not like the regular blenders you'd find at BB&B, because it is a commercial or professional model.
This exact blender is for sale at BB&B and they will accept the 20% coupon even though it explicitly states otherwise. Don't knock BB&B... they rock!

As for the warranty... gotta love it...
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This exact blender is for sale at BB&B and they will accept the 20% coupon even though it explicitly states otherwise. Don't knock BB&B... they rock!
You're lucky the cashier didn't know? Or did she know and gave you anyway?

... hmm... I paid less than you did... don't kill me.


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Yes! That is the the thing, you get the whole package with this "expensive" machine. It is NOT expensive when you figure everything you get. 20 years service, huh! Other (consumer) brands will just tell you to go buy a new one.

When did you buy yours? It's only recently that they brought in the Vitamix CIA to BB&B. A few months maybe. No?
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I have a Vita Mix, it's great, but I don't use it enough. I guess I do smaller jobs more often, and I've a magic bullet for that.

Sorry for the hijack here, but it's kinda/sorta related, and I think I found at least a few of the resident foodies here . . . I'm looking for your recommendation on an immersion blender. I somewhat recently made some potato leek soup a couple or few times, and was thinking about how convenient it would be. I started vacillating big time between choices like the cheap Cuisinart (that some people swear by, others review it poorly for some critical part made of plastic), to the considerably more expensive Bamix, and choices in between. I vacillated so much, I just didn't get anything. I guess I don't really need one, and don't foresee using it very often, but maybe that would change once I bought one? Just go cheap and get the Cuisinart? Thanks.

Actually, now for an even better hijack, now that I'm at it. I'm also looking for mason jars with a good seal (do I want a reusable one, or not?). I don't need many, and a larger one might come in handy as well. Thanks for pointing me to good sources or deals. (Sorry OP!)
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You're lucky the cashier didn't know? Or did she know and gave you anyway?

... hmm... I paid less than you did... don't kill me.



Yes! That is the the thing, you get the whole package with this "expensive" machine. It is NOT expensive when you figure everything you get. 20 years service, huh! Other (consumer) brands will just tell you to go buy a new one.

When did you buy yours? It's only recently that they brought in the Vitamix CIA to BB&B. A few months maybe. No?
The cashiers don't care. If you ask them to honor a coupon, they'll do it without any issues. I've bought so much stuff there that's excluded, but they always fork over the 20%. Same goes with returns. Use your Vitamix for a few months and bring it back to BB&B... full refund.

I bought mine a few months back... maybe May or June. Already put more use to it than our prior blender saw in a year.
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It works better than a regular blender or a juicer or a food processor because when you put fruit or vegies in it, the high speed breaks the cell walls of the fruit/vegie and it releases all the nutrients, enzymes, and fiber from it and makes it all very smooth.
this is actually not a good thing from a nutrition POV.

Simply, you are better off just eating the fruit whole.





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Experts agree that we are eating too much sugar, which is contributing to obesity and other health problems. But in the rush to avoid sugar, many low-carb dieters and others are avoiding fruits. But fresh fruit should not become a casualty in the sugar wars, many nutrition experts say.

Dr. David Ludwig, the director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital, said that sugar consumed in fruit is not linked to any adverse health effects, no matter how much you eat. In a recent perspective piece in The Journal of the American Medical Association, he cited observational studies that showed that increased fruit consumption is tied to lower body weight and a lower risk of obesity-associated diseases.

Whole fruits, he explained, contain a bounty of antioxidants and healthful nutrients, and their cellular scaffolding, made of fiber, makes us feel full and provides other metabolic benefits. When you bite into an apple, for example, the fruit's fiber helps slow your absorption of fructose, the main sugar in most fruits. But fiber is not the full story.

"You can't just take an 8-ounce glass of cola and add a serving of Metamucil and create a health food," Dr. Ludwig said. "Even though the fructose-to-fiber ratio might be the same as an apple, the biological effects would be much different."

Fiber provides "its greatest benefit when the cell walls that contain it remain intact," he said. Sugars are effectively sequestered in the fruit's cells, he explained, and it takes time for the digestive tract to break down those cells. The sugars therefore enter the bloodstream slowly, giving the liver more time to metabolize them.
Four apples may contain the same amount of sugar as 24 ounces of soda, but the slow rate of absorption minimizes any surge in blood sugar. Repeated surges in blood sugar make the pancreas work harder and can contribute to insulin resistance, thereby increasing the risk for Type 2 diabetes.

"If we take a nutrient-centric approach, just looking at sugar grams on the label, none of this is evident," Dr. Ludwig said. "So it really requires a whole foods view."

Fruit can also help keep us from overeating, Dr. Ludwig said, by making us feel fuller. Unlike processed foods, which are usually digested in the first few feet of our intestines, fiber-rich fruit breaks down more slowly so it travels far longer through the digestive tract, triggering the satiety hormones that tend to cluster further down the small intestines.

Another nutrition expert, Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, who has called sugar "toxic" at high doses and fructose the most "actionable" problem in our diet, is still a fan of fruit. "As far as I'm concerned, fiber is the reason to eat fruit," since it promotes satiety and the slow release of sugar. He adds a third benefit from fiber: it changes our "intestinal flora," or microbiome, by helping different species of healthy bacteria thrive.

Neither doctor favors certain fruits over others. But Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, said that "to maximize the benefit, you actually want a variety" of fruits. He advises "eating the rainbow," since different colors signal different types of antioxidants and nutrients.

All three experts caution against choosing juice over whole fruit. While the best juice has nothing added, nothing subtracted, some important changes take place when you turn fruit into liquid. Chewing the whole fruit slows down consumption, Dr. Katz said, compared to when you "take an 8-ounce juice and just pour it down the hatch," which not only makes it easier to ingest more calories, but releases fructose faster into the bloodstream.

Plus, he said, with juicing, "you reduce some of the metabolic benefit of the fiber by pulverizing it so fine; it changes the physical structure."[/B] Commercially produced juices are particularly concerning since they are often filtered, removing fiber altogether. If you opt for juice, tossing whole fruit in a blender rather than squeezing it offers the best chance of retaining most of the fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Dried fruits also hold one of the main disadvantages of juices: volume. Dried fruit essentially concentrates the calories and sugar into smaller packets, making it easier to consume excess calories. But dried fruit is better than juice, Dr. Katz said, because it preserves the fruit's cellular structure, along with the health assets that provides. And since dried fruit travels easily and does not rot, it can make the difference in eating any fruit at all.

Dr. Katz's hierarchy? Fresh fruit, followed closely by dried fruit, with sweetened dried fruit a distant third, and juice in fourth place.

He said we should remember "a law we all learned from Aesop" and judge fructose "by the company it keeps," fiber and all.
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Good article. I'm familiar with the POV.

On the other hand, the VitaMix blender is not a "juicer". What it produces is not a "juice" but a smoothy.

All the fiber is still there.

I don't get the "blending fast is not good" because it pulverizes the cells. That's what chewing your food suppose to do. Breaking the cell walls and pulverizing the food. That's why they tell you to chew your food more than you think you should. The stomach does not suppose to work that hard.

But people should pay attention to how much fruit juice they drink. Too much sugar too fast is not that great.
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Good article. I'm familiar with the POV.

On the other hand, the VitaMix blender is not a "juicer". What it produces is not a "juice" but a smoothy.

All the fiber is still there.

I don't get the "blending fast is not good" because it pulverizes the cells. That's what chewing your food suppose to do. Breaking the cell walls and pulverizing the food. That's why they tell you to chew your food more than you think you should. The stomach does not suppose to work that hard.

But people should pay attention to how much fruit juice they drink. Too much sugar too fast is not that great.
I think the point is the fruit is locked into the fiber and gets released slower into your body - as opposed to all at once when it is blended.
Of course, you don't eat the peach whole. You bite it into chunks small enough to swallow it. But you don't pulverize it in your mouth nor is that necessary - even though your mom told you to chew your food.

That being said, the photos of the stuff you made look great.

And I do have a blender and make smoothies occasionally.
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BlendTec and Vitamix are the same thing or at least in the same category and are probably comparable in price.

If you go with a Vitamix, don't throw away your blender because they each have their own uses.

Vitamix is more for completely pureying your food to liquid. A blender will still leave chunks of stuff and won't get it to a complete liquid. So all in all they have differnet uses. If you don't care about getting your smoothy or other things to completely liquid form, then don't buy a vitamix. If you do then get one. I have a Vitamix and a blender. For things like ice cream smoothies (oreo + vanilla ice cream + milk) I use the blender because I still like chunks of oreo and chunks of vanilla in the smoothie.

For things like strawberry smoothie (strawberries + ice) I use the vitamix because it turns it in to a true strawberry drink with no chunks of strawberry and no chunks of ice.
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BlendTec and Vitamix are the same thing or at least in the same category and are probably comparable in price.

If you go with a Vitamix, don't throw away your blender because they each have their own uses.

Vitamix is more for completely pureying your food to liquid. A blender will still leave chunks of stuff and won't get it to a complete liquid. So all in all they have differnet uses. If you don't care about getting your smoothy or other things to completely liquid form, then don't buy a vitamix. If you do then get one. I have a Vitamix and a blender. For things like ice cream smoothies (oreo + vanilla ice cream + milk) I use the blender because I still like chunks of oreo and chunks of vanilla in the smoothie.

For things like strawberry smoothie (strawberries + ice) I use the vitamix because it turns it in to a true strawberry drink with no chunks of strawberry and no chunks of ice.
I think you have a different model? There are the Vitamix with the three knobs on the front: Off/On. High/Variable. 1-10. Picture below, in a minute...

1-10 is from a slow blender speed to 25,000 RPM. Then you flip to High and it goes to 37,000. There are other Vitamix models that don't have the variable knob. I guess that's what you have?

But there's no need to keep a blender. It does all of these speeds.
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I have the vitamix and without hesitation will recommend it to anyone. The thing is amazing. I've never had a smoother smoothie. We've cooked soup in it and we've also ground up peanuts to make peanut butter. The warranty on the vitamix is top notch as well. Having been through a number of cheap blenders over the years, I'm planning on the vitamix being the last one I'll buy.

You can pick it up at Costco if you want. I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond and they still honored the 20% coupon even though it states on it explicitly that vitamix is excluded.
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We bought a KitchenAid blender after our cheap-o one died a few years ago. It think it was about $100 and kind of higher than I wanted to spend on a silly blender, but it has been fantastic. The plastic canister is one piece, so no taking the bottom blade off and having a leak between the o-ring and the blade casing, etc. It can also handle cold and hot liquids, which was important to us since we blend a lot of soups. Cleanup is super easy (just stick it in the dish washer) and it has worked flawlessly for two years. I have not come across anything I wanted to blend that this fella couldn't take care of.

I'd buy another one if this one breaks, but I figure it'll last a few years longer.

I guess the real question is, do you really NEED the best blender in the industry or will a very good one suffice.
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I just got 1 thing to say about this VitaMix thing..

HOLY $H!tz!!! This thing is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!

If you are "fat bastard" (PH are you listening ) and need to lose weight but don't have the time to exercise.. GET THIS!! Make fruit and veggie shakes 3 time a day and you will cut down on your regular meal intake. I can see that I will lose ALOT of weight w/ this thing.. DAMN!!
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Anyone with a good VitaMix recipe? POST HERE NAU!!!!

I just made this and it's super yummy (and ubber healthy).

Very simple:

1 handful of raisins
1 banana
5-7 almonds (un-roasted)
Water and Ice cubes.

Put the raisins in the blender's container with about 1/2 cup of water to cover the almonds.

Mix on "10" for a few seconds to break the raisins into small pieces and let stand for 15-30 minutes to soften.

Then add the banana and the almonds, mix on HIGH until the mixture is smooth. Add 4 ice cubes and mix again at HIGH until smooth. Add 4 more cubes and mix again to smooth the ice with the drink.

That's it.

You get a heavy creamy smooth drink that is naturally sweet. About ~20oz.
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VitaMix??!!

The BB&B vitamix is 529. Sams club has vitamix - more expensive, but appears to come w more stuff. http://m.samsclub.com/ip/vitamix-del...chTerm=vitamix

Who else sells this thing? ...are there better deals out there?

We joined a co op and are looking forward to making juice w our fresh veggies often. ...Felt we weren't getting what we needed out of using my old juicer (and omg clean up was a nightmare). My blender is nice, but not vitamix quality...


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Check out their website to clear out the marketing confusion of the various retailers. https://www.vitamix.com/

You can also take a look at their certified recondition selections https://secure.vitamix.com/Certified...-Products.aspx
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The BB&B vitamix is 529. Sams club has vitamix - more expensive, but appears to come w more stuff. http://m.samsclub.com/ip/vitamix-del...chTerm=vitamix

Who else sells this thing? ...are there better deals out there?

We joined a co op and are looking forward to making juice w our fresh veggies often. ...Felt we weren't getting what we needed out of using my old juicer (and omg clean up was a nightmare). My blender is nice, but not vitamix quality...


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