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Is it really worth the money

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I am really interested in buying the Vita Mix but of course its a little $$$. It looks like I can make all types of sauce soups and of course shakes with it. Been following the Paleo lifystye for a little while is this something I really need or can do with out for a while.

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on January 16, 2013
at 12:53 PM

That's great. Two Kitchenaid blenders and a Breville blender I had started leaking within a few months. I think perhaps blending hard items like ice and carrots was too much. But the Vitamix is a total monster. It can churn through anything.

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:48 AM

I make a green smoothie every other day, and I've used a $40 immersion blender from Target. It's still going strong with no problems, plus it's easy to clean- a rinse and I'm done.

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:06 AM

i thought about returning it but i was following a juicing/smoothie diet at the time and i just couldn't wait to get a new machine in the mail. now that i put a ton of water in it, i don't have problems. i just can't make things like nut butter, pesto, dressing with the blender dying after a few minutes. if i ever get another blender, it will be blendtec since i've heard better reviews for it.

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on January 16, 2013
at 04:25 PM

It all comes down to value vs. price and how much utility you will derive from something. We use our Vitamix multiple times per day and have more than gotten our money's worth from it. As others have stated, once you start using it you will wonder how you lived without it. We went through several blenders before just biting the bullet and spending the $$. If cost is a concern, Vitamix sells some reconditioned units on their website for a discount and I believe they have a 5 year warranty.

Matt
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on January 16, 2013
at 12:40 PM

been researching this for a long time. just five minutes ago ordered waring mx1000r blender on ama.zon for 300 bucks. I think it will work as well as a vitamix or blendtec - or at least i am hoping so. the only reservation i have is that the warranty for it is only two or three years which is half or a third of the vitamix. I bought it partly for the price and partly because waring is the only high powered blender company that offers a stainless steel pitcher. I have not purchased the metal pitcher yet because its 250 bucks which i think is outrageous. so i am going to shop around till i find a good price. till then i will use the plastic pitcher. or until i become so paranoid about the plastic that i just bite the bullet.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:40 AM

I went through maybe 4 blenders over a few years and was always frustrsted that they couldn't simply grind up ice. Truth is that i don't drink that many smoothies or daiquiris (more the latter than the former), but when i make one, i want to make it with no problem. The VitaMix might be worth it just for beach week.

I don't use it for things like soups or gazpacho or pesto because it blends too fine, for those i use a food processor. Generally i don't like highly blended food, which is really just processed food, and usually would rather eat whole foods. Saying the VitaMix is good for those things is just marketing hype IMHO.

The VitaMix might be the last blender you ever own and maybe the best. But if you aren't already needing a great blender I wouldn't bother getting it.

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on January 16, 2013
at 12:07 AM

Do you really need it? No.

Is it amazing and can it make all kinds of stuff and do I have a lot of fun using mine and love the hot soup function? Hell yes.

Having fun with food is worth something to me. I enjoy using mine and enjoying the preparation of food improves adherence in my opinion.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:08 AM

If you are like me and make green smoothies on a daily basis you will find that nothing less than a Vitamix or Blendtec will survive beyond a few months. I burned out 3 blenders before I bought my reconditioned Vitamix. It works great.

_Lazza

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

(2506)

on January 16, 2013
at 12:53 PM

That's great. Two Kitchenaid blenders and a Breville blender I had started leaking within a few months. I think perhaps blending hard items like ice and carrots was too much. But the Vitamix is a total monster. It can churn through anything.

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:48 AM

I make a green smoothie every other day, and I've used a $40 immersion blender from Target. It's still going strong with no problems, plus it's easy to clean- a rinse and I'm done.

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on January 16, 2013
at 01:04 AM

I had a vitamix, but I sold it when I had to downsize my apartment when I first moved back to NYC, but now that they have a smaller compact 48 oz container I am thinking of picking another one up. I first bought it when I was trying raw vegan (lasted a month on that lol) but then I loved it for soups, it makes everything smoother than an immersion blender could. I also used to make lots of nut milks, which isn't something I do anymore, so I am trying to figure out how worth while it would be for me. I do really miss making green smoothies with fruits, but now I tend to only cook my veggies now, except for carrots and beets, so it would be more likely to be just fruit or coconut concoctions.

It is like no other blender ever, though I haven't tried the blendtec, and I understand they are pretty similar. I think I am going to bite the bullet because there is a good deal on qvc now, better than the brand's website, and with the compact container so it should fit in my kitchen better. It sucks to have something so awesome like that and not use it, so I think that is the big consideration - how much will you use it. If you eat higher carb or lots of fruit, then you might actually get daily use out of it. Or if you happen to have soups a lot, it is pretty awesome.

One of the best things I ever made was watermelon juice - I blended the watermelon flesh, and then strained it through a fine sieve (yes, eating the whole thing would probably be best) but it was seriously one of the most amazing juices I have ever had. So in the summer, I would probably use it even more.

If you just want a blender for coconut milk, egg, concoctions like that, which start off kind of liquidy, then a nice cuisinart immersion blender with a blend cup would probably be perfect, and those are pretty good for soup bisques too, and way cheaper. The vitamix's strength is in tearing up whole solid fleshy foods.

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on January 16, 2013
at 12:52 AM

Yes! I have a blendtec. Once you buy one you will wonder how you ever lived without it. It grinds almonds to perfection for almond flour. Same with flax and coffee. All particles are even. If you love crushed ice you will love the way it crushes ice into snow. My regular blender would never blend lemon rinds or garlic for my smoothies like my blendtec does. I recommend it! You can get a reconditioned vitamix for half the price. The reviews look good. If you have a costco membership you can save some money too.

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on January 16, 2013
at 12:47 AM

I've had a Vitamix 3600 (the old style with the chrome base) for ages, and I more recently purchased a Blendtec... you really can't go wrong with either. If money is too tight to buy either of those brand new, consider buying an older Vitamix off ebay.

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on January 15, 2013
at 11:33 PM

I've owned a Vitamix in the past but bought a Blendtec a couple years ago and it's been awesome, very worth the money in my opinion. The only thing I haven't been able to make in it so far has been pesto. I had to use my food processor for that. But I use it for smoothies, "ice cream", gravy, batter, whatever I can think of, really.

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on January 15, 2013
at 11:24 PM

i've had a vitamix for a few years now. the first few months i got it, it burned out about 5-6 times. the motor just stopped working and i'd have to wait a few hours for it to work again. that was REALLY annoying since i'd be in the middle of making food.

i learned later that it really can't blend things if there isn't a substantial amount of liquid. if you don't add some liquid, the motor stops. it gets stopped up really quickly if things aren't chopped very tiny.

i'd say you could get a regular blender and you'd be fine. i had a normal walmart blender for a few years and it was when that died that i got a vitamix.

whatever you do, don't get a ninja. they SUCK. the texture of everything is so grainy and unappetizing.

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on January 15, 2013
at 11:35 PM

I am a Vitamix affiliate so of course I am going to say it's totally worth the investment- and that is 100% true. To address the post above- if you bought your Vitamix from Vitamix corporation than you would know that it comes standard with a 7 year warranty. I have never heard of anyone having any problems with their machines, that's why there are still machines around from 30+ years ago. The motor will never just "stop" because your food doesn't have water in there. The container that the Vitamix comes standard with is meant for "wet" foods- but this does not necessarily mean it has to be used for only liquids. I make almond butter in mine weekly with nothing but whole, raw almonds and absolutely nothing else. If you are going to grind grains (which no Paleo person is) then there is a dry-blad container available as well.

I use my Vitamix for everything from soups, smoothies, nut butters, coconut milk, and more!

They are an investment but you can actually purchas factory reconditioned machines from Vitamix.com for about $350 which will save you almost a hundred and fifty dollars from brand new ones. And the refurbished ones come with 5 year warranty. I say go for it! And if you do decide to purchase one my code is 06-006499 for free shipping at checkout!

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 16, 2013
at 02:06 AM

i thought about returning it but i was following a juicing/smoothie diet at the time and i just couldn't wait to get a new machine in the mail. now that i put a ton of water in it, i don't have problems. i just can't make things like nut butter, pesto, dressing with the blender dying after a few minutes. if i ever get another blender, it will be blendtec since i've heard better reviews for it.

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