The Great Vitamix Decision

Written by eroomdog on 2/22/2011 6:38 AM | COMMENTS (20)

Some of you may have noticed that I have posted on my wall and in other places about my deciding on whether or not to buy a Vitamix blender.

From what I have read in various places about this device, calling it a blender is considered by some to be a disservice. The machine is supposed to do everything for you in the blending arena of cooking preparation except go ahead and service up the results for you on the table.

Although I have been looking and doing some reading on this machine for about four to six months, the real question is my mindset about purchasing it. Part of me thinks that the price is ridiculous and what I already have does fine. Then, I remember how I came to rejoin Weight Watchers again. I think about the entry I wrote about what I could buy to maintain my highest weight ever for just one year. And, I ask myself if I spent money on that, why would I not buy something that will enhance my cooking and food preparation skills and, thus, enhance my weight-loss journey.

So, I have posed the request for opinions on my wall. I have done this in groups. I have done this in challenges. Now, it’s time to enter the blogosphere with the query. Here is what I have posted elsewhere:

“I would like some advice. I have been seeing and hearing about the Vitamix for a while now. I am thinking about purchasing one, but want to know before a plop down $300-500.00 that this is really a step-up from my $99.00 KitchenAid blender. Comments and suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, folks.”

There you have it. What do you think? What do you know about the Vitamix? Do you think it’s worth the investment? Your commentary is most welcome. And, if you have already dropped me some advice, please feel free to add here as well. As written above—Thanks, folks! :)

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  • Post Image chezlou

    11/15/2013 8:23 AM
    I absolutely do. I just bought one and LOVE it.

  • Post Image jrae444 (jacquelyn rae)

    3/2/2012 3:10 PM
    I have a vitamix and I swear it is made for someone who is watching what they eat and what they put into their body. Worth the money... How many times have you thrown away fruit or veggies because they are over ripe? Think about placing that too soft grape into your vitamix with spinach and ice cubes and getting two of your five servings plus a liquid? And how many points is that? Check YouTube for videos about how to use, but the vitamix comes with a DvD and so many recipes! Be fearless!

  • Post Image rpcvkatherine

    8/8/2011 12:52 PM
    I have wanted a vitamix for 10 years. I finally purchased one. It is not a blender, it does so much more. sometimes Costco has them on special. I purchased mine at a State Fair and got the machine and the dry container as a bonus (149 item). You will not regret it. I have a magic bullett. the magic bullet does not have anything on this machine. You can make soups, ice cream, juice, smoothies, knead bread, and so on. Best investment ever.

  • Post Image taragemma (joanne)

    2/24/2011 7:15 PM
    I must say that if I had the money to spend on it, I would do so. There really is no comparison to a blender, even a $99 blender. Some of my friends have it and the jobs that it tackles are really amazing. If one is not a cook, then it isn't really worth it. But if you like being in the kitchen, adore trying all different kinds of treats that include ice and frozen fruit, love trying new recipes, it is worth the money.

  • Post Image sacredme (lara)

    2/23/2011 4:46 PM
    I have to say that I don't know anything about the Vitamix and seldom use my blender anyway, but I can say how much I love my Kitchenaid Stand mixer which was pretty darn pricey, but so worth it. The thing is a trooper! My point is that I seldom splurge on big ticket items but the quality can make it a great value despite the initial cost. It sounds like the Vitamix would be a quality purchase. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do.

  • Post Image 7poodlemom (teri )

    2/22/2011 10:41 PM
    I have a Vitamix and I love it!! My hubby uses it even more than I do cuz he has to have his smoothie every day. I think you would be glad you got it. Just my .02 - Teri

  • Post Image beckley3 (kay)

    2/22/2011 8:25 PM
    Ms.D...If you want it and going to make use of it...Why not get it !!!

  • Post Image fergiswife (micki)

    2/22/2011 7:36 PM
    I don't use a blender but use my magic bullet all the time (which does the same that these things do somewhat only in a lot smaller portion). It depends on what you like taste wise. But I do love my magic bullet ;)

  • Post Image 40+fab&fit

    2/22/2011 2:01 PM
    cont. #2 of the texture. So there's my more than two cents worth. (I think the Blendtec would be a good option as well...and it is less expensive.) Debbie

  • Post Image 40+fab&fit

    2/22/2011 2:00 PM
    cont. you have to count the points...or I do anyway. But last night I had a Green Smoothie for dinner and I was fine. I think it was 10 pts (with the flax oil) 2 cups fresh spinach, banana, orange, 1/4 beet, 1/4 frozen strawberries and pineapple, 1/2 cup ice and water and flax oil. I am totally a texture person and my Waring blender, stick blender, or food processor doesn't come CLOSE to the smoothie texture the Vitamix does. When I used to juice I'd have to strain the carrot juice because

  • Post Image 40+fab&fit

    2/22/2011 1:57 PM
    I LOVE MINE! I got one for Christmas and I debated between the Vitamix and Blendtec and finally got the Vitamix. I have a really good Waring blender and it won't do half of what the Vitamix does. I've made coleslaw (in about 2 seconds), soup (my hubby thought it tasted "too" healthy...I had to heat his more). I've made dressings for salads...I'm going to make ice cream when it gets warmer. I do make Green Smoothies though a lot! With WW though a smoothie with all fruit and veggies...

  • Post Image rhenna

    2/22/2011 11:16 AM
    Considering I own a $15 blender, I can't give any real advice. Except - I know the feelings of falling in love with something that I keep researching and researching and researching. Weighing the price vs possible gains. I know the lure that keeps me coming back to it. With all that said, if I were in your position, I'd get it! I'd treat myself to something I so obviously seem drawn to.

  • Post Image 1948sixty (cheryl)

    2/22/2011 10:43 AM
    I have a Vitamix and love it....recently also got the LaLanne powerjuicer and feel I have the best of both worlds. When I want a protein drink, I use the Vitamix...and get all the fiber as well. I've stopped using protein powder and use Greek yogurt instead...with oranges, celery, carrots, kale, apples, etc. many items a regular blender couldn't process. Oh yeah, great idea I got here online...instead of frozen fruit, I put in frozen chopped broccoli

  • Post Image juliebug1219 (julie)

    2/22/2011 10:05 AM
    I can't really weigh in on this one. My blender cost me all of 15 dollars at Wal-Mart. I only use it occasionally anyway. I am totally in love with my Cuisinart Food Processor, and I tend to turn to that one. Good luck with the decision though. I guess the only question to really answer is "Is it worth it to you to plop down a couple of hundred for the Vitamix?" That's really the only one that matters, in my opinion.

  • Post Image mjoycepaull

    2/22/2011 9:48 AM
    i don't have info or suggestions but i offer a couple of questions. are you finding that there are foods you would like to make/eat that you are not able to because you do not have the correct tools or equipment? how would the foods prepared with this implement ehance or change how/what you eat? how many tools/implements do you have in your kitchen that you no longer use or use very infrequently? there's no wrong answer...good luck....

  • Post Image kellieok1

    2/22/2011 9:46 AM
    I don't have one either. Maybe Craigs List? Someone that bought one and wants to get rid of one? I have a little inexpensive food chopper I use to chop stuff, an off brand of the magic bullet for mixing smoothies and a Food Processer that has never been out of the box. So I'm probably not the right person to ask......

  • Post Image daniel170 (dan)

    2/22/2011 9:29 AM
    I googled and found this site that you might want to look through: It's an awesome appliance to most folks who have it. One idea: check out ebay to see if you can get one at less cost. It looks like a 5200 that you're considering. Good luck.

  • Post Image infinger85 (christina)

    2/22/2011 8:24 AM
    I've never heard of a Vitamix blender before, but I nearly choked on my coffee when I read the price in your post. Ack! I hope, if you decide to go for it, that it is everything you hope for!

  • Post Image jaycee624 (jackie)

    2/22/2011 7:47 AM
    I have volleyed this same question in my mind. Had heard about it on a vegan website, and was wondering if the author was getting a kickback. It sounds too good to be true. How is it so different from our regular blenders?

  • Post Image michee57

    2/22/2011 7:16 AM
    I have one and love it. I don't use it every day, but do use it several times a week. You can make great soups that are fresh and healthy. Wonderful fruit drinks and you can use the whole fruit. Worth every penny.


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