(Closed) Vitamix – info, please! Do you love it? use it often? what model recs, etc!

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@oracle:  I have a couple of friends who have a Vitamix, but I have a Blendtec. We’ve been wanting to do a test (mostly for double the ice cream!). My husbands cousin got a vitamix because she wanted to be able to adjust her speeds and not just have presets. Now she’s kind of wishing she’d gone with the blendtec because she doesn’t like having to use the plunger to get things to enter the vortex. The newer blendtecs have adjustable speeds as well as presets. I love both. Our favorites are ice cream I think, it’s so smooth and fast and delicious. I was telling another friend who has a vitamix about our ice cream success and he asked how long it took, guessing 5 minutes or so. But, it’s actually 45 seconds. It is a bit loud, but I love being able to make things that I would otherwise buy. I feel really connected and in control of what I’m eating. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

My Boyfriend or Best Friend and I were torn between a Blendtec and a Vitamix 5200. In the end we went with the Vitamix, because I know some people in the food industry (restaurant chefs, caterers, etc) and they all adore Vitamix. Not saing Blendtec isn’t awesome, maybe it just doesn’t have enough exposure yet? 

I’m pretty happy with it so far. Vitamix is loud, and you have to use the stick thingy it comes with, to push the ingredients down onto the blades to help it along sometimes, but it’s never disappointed me. I’ve made pestos, sauces, soups, smoothies, slushees… everything turns out great.

Oh and you do NOT have to buy a separate “dry blade” unless you REALLY want to make your own flour or something. (Vitamix comes with the “wet blade” and they try to tell you that you need buy the “dry” blade also. You don’t. I promise.)

HOWEVER, I’d recommend getting a separate 32 oz container. The one it comes with is 64oz. That is A LOT of ounces. Sometimes a girl just wants a couple smoothies, not 8, lol.

With any major kitchen appliance, no matter whic brand you go with, please read the instructions. A lot of people just assume they know how to use a blender and then they get pissed because it didn’t turn out like they had expected. There’s a certain way to use things properly to get the maximum results.

Happy shopping! πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have the Vitamix; love it! Got it when they did a roadshow at Costco.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My mom uses her vitamix everyday. She makes green smoothies; it is by far the healthiest diet she has ever tried and she has been maintaining it for 3 years now. I think her most confusing moment with the vitamix was ‘how do I clean it?’ because it doesn’t come apart. (you just put water and a drop of soap in and turn it on). It is really loud and you can hear it in any part of the house when it’s on, but it works great and there’s a lot of different things you can do with it. My mom makes the fluffiest pumpkin pie with it, it can also cook scrambled eggs, make applesauce, and so many other things.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@oracle:  You might be interested in the “will it blend” youtube video series. It’s crazy! The owner actually makes them himself (the videos, not the blenders πŸ™‚ Of course, you’d never want to blend any of those things, but it’s pretty entertaining. 

 

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We have a Vitamix, the one from Costco a couple of years back. It works great for smoothies, pureeing soups, making tomato sauce, etc. Honestly, we don’t use it that much, but it’s nice to have around when you do want it. It’s super easy to clean, but we have limited counter space, so it’s stored away most of the time.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I got one years ago as a present. It sat in a cabinet for almost 10 years unused. I recently sold it via craigslist.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a 48oz Vitamix and I use it almost every day.

I use it for: 

– smoothies

– baking mixes/batters (instead of a mixer)

– ice cream

– making my own flour (oat flour, nut flour, etc)

– soups

etc

I love it!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got a vitamix a few years ago and LOVE it! I use it mainly for green smoothies but have also made soups, ice cream, pesto, and used it as a food processor. Mine isn’t their newest model they just came out with-my friend has it and the only difference are preset buttons from smoothies-mine has a dial to turn up the intensity. Would definitly but again! πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I adore my Vitamix and I use it almost every day! I use it mostly to make green smoothies (it liquifies veggies in a way that can not compare to a regular blender, it is amazing) and I have made soups and guacamole and pesto in it as well. I love it!! I got it on sale at Whole Foods. I think it is the 5200 model. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@oracle:  We have a designer series with a Wildside jar. I love the touch pad, because it’s so easy to clean, and also it looks really cool. The Wildside jar is cool, bigger than the four sided jar I think. This is good for some things (bigger batches), but a lot of the recipes call for the four side, so we’re thinking of getting one of those as well. We haven’t had any issues with using 4-side recipes with the wildside though. All blendtecs as far as I know come with a nifty recipe book that I love. It’s pretty easy to use, but I like to have the recipes to give me a base that I can use to swap out for different ingredients (you know, strawberries instead of peaches, etc.). My blender has both the levels (1-8 or something like that) as well as several presets for smoothies, juice, soup (I don’t love blended soup, but it is pretty impressive that it’ll make it. I just like my soup chunkier, so I prefer to use the pulse, which it also has to do those), ice cream (like we talked about before, to die for) etc.

Like pp said, I love being able to make my food out of whole ingredients. It probably sounds silly, but I just feel so connected to my food now πŸ™‚

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