Post # 1
We have a credit to use from our wedding registry and we’re torn between slurging on a Le Creuset set and a Vitamix. They’re both wants, neither are needs because we have a set of pots (not enamel cast iron but decent pots) and we have a basic blender.
My husband is a chef and we cook at home significantly more than we eat out. We also love smoothies and have a baby on the way and plan to make baby food.
Which would you splurge on?
Post # 2
your husband is a chef and you don’t have any cast iron pans?? i would go with that.
i have a food processor and a ninja which both work much better than a standard blender. i didn’t think the vitamix was worth the money, if i recall,, that one was over $300.
Post # 3
Le Creuset. With proper care, they’ll last you a lifetime.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
Well, the Le Creuset set is more of a splurge than a Vitamix. So, I would probably say Le Creuset set because you can always replace your blender at anotehr time down the road. If you really want the blender, maybe look at Ninja as it’s in the $100+ range and Vitamix are $300+ I love my Ninja blender!
Post # 5
I’m a huge fan of le creuset, but I think a good blender (I don’t know about vitamix specifically because I don’t have one) will get more use, if you already have good pots and pans, you enjoy making smoothies, and are going to make your own baby food. I’m in the baby-food-making stage right now, and I would love a great blender/food processor (ours is crappy).
Post # 6
I vote Vitamix. I love making soup, homemade almond butter, smoothies… If you plan to make baby food, it will defninitely come in handy!
Post # 7
I say Le Creuset. I think in a few years the Vitamix will come down in price or there will be something similar you can use.
Post # 8
Le Creuset all the way! Vitamix is a nice perk but not necessary – a Ninja, immersion blender, etc can do the same job. Le Creuset will last a lifetime and enamel cast iron is a dream (especially for a chef!).
Post # 9
Vitamix!! Anyone saying that a Ninja can do the same job definitely has not owned a higher end blender. There’s a huge difference in the outcome of what you make with a better blender (we have a Blendtec instead of Vitamix, but they’re similar in quality)…plus you can make hot soup IN the blender. Although Le Creuset is excellent quality as well, the price is definitely partially the brand name you’re paying for in my opinion.
Post # 10
Le Cresuset will last a lifetime, Vitamix will not. So I’d go Le Creuset even though a Vitamix sounds awesome too.
Post # 11
lol totally agree about the ninja
Vitamix is life!
Post # 12
I would have normally said le creuset hands down, because Im such a fan, but my Future In-Laws gave us a vitamix and I love it so much too! I buy le creuset pieces as I see them on sale (also available at winners/tjmaxx sometimes), so I don’t have a full set, but I don’t mind because I buy the pieces that I’ll actually use. So that might be an option for you as well.
I have no idea what I’d choose in your position lol. Good luck!
Post # 13
I absolutely adore my Vitamix and I will never buy another cheap blender. I would rather save and buy a new one if this one dies. A Ninja or Bullet will NOT do the same job. The only real competitors you have are blenders in the same price range, like a Blendtec. I can’t wait to use it for baby food, it sounds like it would be best suited for your needs.
Is your credit a cash credit or a specific store credit? QVC/The Shopping Channel and Costco often have great deals on Vitamixes. You may come in under budget.
PERSONALLY if it were me, I would not buy a whole set of Le Creuset. I managed to snag a very small pot at a garage sale this past summer for $4 and while it is nice, I am not reaching for it and would be upset if I spent what they retail for. It doesn’t “eliminate scorching” any more than a good standard stainless steel pan and a good eye, and I don’t think those are worth the price. Same with the roaster, my stainless steel one for $20 works just as well.
I think a French oven IS worth it, because of the way it heats and holds heat in the oven. I just don’t think you NEED the whole set. Most people I know who own a Le Creuset just leave it on their stovetop and use it. They don’t interchange much because they’re heavy and cumbersome.
Buy the benchmark piece, but don’t feel like you need the peripherals.
Post # 15
Le creuset as it will last longer.