I had been after a blender that could do everything for ages and spotted this in a local John Lewis on demonstration. It claimed to make boiling soups in minutes, ice cream in seconds, perfect dips and amazing smoothies!! Really?!?....well yes :) After feeling hesitate at spending £450 on a blender, 3 years later it is the best ever item i have ever purchased in my kitchen. Throw in fruit whole, seeded, leaves and all and you get the most delicious nutritious smoothie, perfectly smooth baby purees, dips and my all time favourite for dinner parties ice cream in 30 seconds! Its a great end of dinner "wow"
Best of all when its winter i chuck in a load of vegetables and make great thick soups....totally amazing.
I'd be lost without my blender and wouldn't hesitate in a second to recommend it to anyone it simply is an essential for any kitchen.
I had been eyeing up Vitamix blenders for years after seeing a demonstration at my local Costco. I can still recall that demonstration today, as well as my initial reaction when I saw the price tag! The thought of spending more money on a blender than I had spent on my annual holiday left me feeling pretty cold.
I did a little more research online and discovered that Vitamix offer a full 7-year warranty, now that's confidence in your product! Being the sceptic that I am, or 'negative nelly' as my husband likes to call me, I contacted Vitamix regarding this warranty. I was informed that the warranty covers both parts and labour costs of repairs, and if a repair is not possible, the machine will be replaced. This is providing the machine has been used for ordinary domestic use and is maintained according to the instructions, nothing sinister here folks.
So I bit the bullet, I coughed up enough money to buy a VERY nice pair of Louboutin's. I then took a couple of anti-emetics to combat the nausea related to spending such a gastronomical amount on a glorified blender. I didn't regret it!
Five years on, my Vitamix still takes pride of place on my countertop. It is used daily, and has meant I've been able to get rid of various other items cluttering up my kitchen, food processor, juicer, ice cream maker and this silly little grinding implement that I never actually worked out how to use. Turns out, not only does the Vitamix do all that stuff, it does it a million times better. I'd say it has changed the way we eat, and definitely for the better.
Downsides? Ah, there's always a few. Although this beast makes mincemeat of anything from chickpeas, to whole grains, to chunks of frozen ice, it doesn't do it quietly. The two horsepower this machine harnesses become very apparent when it audibly transforms your home into a airport runway. Don't think you'll be able to whip up a nice healthy smoothie at 6am to take to work with you, you'll be served a noise pollution order by your entire neighbourhood.
Vitamix advertise the machine as having the ability to make peanut butter from whole peanuts. Now I've tried this, and I wouldn't recommend it. Vitamix has a thermal protection system to prevent overload and burnout, which is a good thing, mostly. Not so good when you're trying to make peanut butter. The machine inevitably gets really hot and cuts out... It cuts out constantly. I would strongly advise not bothering attempting peanut butter in this machine.
Other than that, no more bad points from five years of use. I would strongly recommend anyone who's thinking about buying a Vitamix to bite the bullet and go for it. You will not regret it, it's been my very best kitchen purchase of all time, and I have a range cooker!
We bought the Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre from a food fair in Hampton Court on the back of a demonstration that showed ice-cream, smoothies and hot soup all being made at the flick of a switch. Now being cynical (and having a kitchen full of gadgets that rarely see the light of day) I watched the demo three times before I convinced myself that I would actually use the Vitamix at home.
Six months later - was it worth the price? Definitely, we've got rid of our ice-cream maker, juicer, blender and I don't think we've used the food processor since the Vitamix took up residence in our kitchen.
The best thing about the Vitamix is its ease of use. There are just three switches - on/off, speed and turbo and with these it can perform wonders.
Here's the science bit. The secret to the Vitamix is the speed that the blades revolve at (the blades themselves are blunt - no chance of cut fingers!). Ice cream is made by quickly blending frozen ingredients together with fresh, whilst hot soup is made blending ingredients together for a longer time and allowing the blades to generate the heat due to the speed with which they move through the liquid.
The best thing (number 2) about the Vitamix is that it's easy to clean - hot water, washing up liquid, put it on turbo for a few seconds followed by a quick rinse out and wipe round. So simple even I can clean it!
Ease of use and ease of cleaning means that it is always in use. Breadcrumbs? Blitz a slice of bread for a few seconds. Grated parmesan? Put a block in and blitz it. Cookie dough? Add all the ingredients and run it at speed 6/7. Blueberry ice cream? Frozen blueberries, sugar, milk, vanilla essence. Blitz for 30 seconds and serve.
Of course nothing in this world is perfect and the Vitamix does have its faults -
Noise - the Vitamix is seriously loud, you can't run it and have a conversation at the same time. If you share a house and fancy making some ice cream in the middle of the night you're going to be in trouble.
Serving - the blades in the Vitamix are fixed and this means that getting solid mixes (such as cookie dough) out of the blender is difficult. I haven't yet found a way of easily getting to the mixture that sticks under the blades.
Even taking these points into account however I would recommend the Vitamix to anyone who enjoys cooking and wants to make their lives a little easier!
It is expensive but you will use it and you will enjoy it.