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The Vitamix Juicer - Blender
First off this is not some review written by someone who has no experience with the Vitamix or Blendtec blenders and is just trying to promote something. I have owned a lot of blenders because I am a big advocate of nutrition. I've owned the $30 cheapies and the very best you can buy for your home.
I have owned all the blenders reviewed in this article. I currently own the Vitamix 5200 Blender.
After years of using an ordinary blender and never realizing the potential of juicing I began to investigate both blenders and juicers. I purchased a Champion Juicer and an Omega Juicer... but I will leave that review for another time. I then realized that I needed more than just a juicer so I decided to drop a few dollars on a high end blender. Good decision.
First off the Vitamix Juicer claim doesn't really hold true. The Vitamix blender can not create real juice because it does not extract and separate the juice from the solid materials. It can create "pulpy" juice because it blends fruit and vegetables into such a fine liquid. Think "V8" type juice.
Whereas a real juicer simple extracts juice and separates the solids into a waste container. So the vitamix is not a juicer you need both if you want real juice and powerful blending. The Vitamix will blend so smoothly however that you can drink just about anything after you blend it. One word of caution: The Blender is so powerful that it will heat whatever you are blendign after a few minutes, which is good for soups, but bad for smoothies!
High End Home Blender Comparison - Vitamix and Blendtec
Vitamix 5000 - The Vitamix 5000 was my first hi-end home blender. This is commercial quality. What I found out is the commercial units are essentially the same except they have heavy duty wiring to withstand the extra load that is placed on them when used in a commercial environment. They also have different warranties. Moving on. The 5000 was a great blender but a bit noisier than I would have liked. The container also had a built in flaw in that the metal base was not sealed very well and would throw grease, not into the food but out of the bearings which resulted in premature wear. The 5000 container also did not have the nice new handles like the 5200. I actually sent mine back because of the bearing problem. Good blender... bad flaw.
Blendtec Total Blender - Because I was unable to find a replacement for my Vitamix 5000 I purchased a Blendtec. I had seen the viral video of the Blendtec blending an ipod and the claim that they were more powerful, short enough to fit under a cabinet on a counter top, and well just the all that of blenders. At first I liked the fact that the container was shorter and wider and the blade was 2 pronged and not 4. Cleaning the Blendtec is easier than the Vitamix. The blendtec is more powerful (On paper anyways) and it does a pretty good job, but it had its own flaw. Blendtec claims yo0u don't need a tamper. And that's great if you are blending foods that are not frozen, but if you make smoothies you often blend frozen foods, and the Blendtec doesn't pull frozen foods down into the blade. The other disadvantage to me is the Blendtec is push button, whereas the Vitamix is analogn twist knobs. The push buttons are pre-programmed for specific blending tasks, but I found them more annoying than useful. Seems like I would always be using the same button then having to press it over and over. So back to the store it went.
Vitamix 5200 - Fortunately by this time I was able to locate another Vitamix and they had just updated to the 5200 model. The 5200 is not only quieter, it's more powerful, and has a new redesigned container. The bearing problem has been fixed, and a soft hander and new lid design are included. Much better design, and in my opinion the best hi end home blender you can buy! Don't hesitate to get a Vitamix. I know they are expensive ($400 and up), but well worth the investment. You just can't understand how useful they are in the kitchen until you own one. The Super Vitamix versions just have extra containers, and cost more. And while I like the size of the smaller container I still find myself using the blender only a couple times a week so it's not justifiable to me. Keep in mind the container also includes the patented blade built into the base. FYI: The new Triton Material used in the container is safer for your health and more durable.
Where to Buy Your Blender?
You can buy direct from Vitamix Online, you can buy through a local store or online retailer, but I bought mine at Costco. It was the cheapest place by far. Unfortunatley Costco does not always have these in stock. Sometimes you can buy them from Costco Online, but if not you have to wait for the "special event". A couple of times a year the Blendtec, and or Vitamix Representative will visit your local Costco Store. That's when you want to buy. Costco has a great no hassle return policy, very worth it if something goes wrong.
Cleaning Your Vitamix Blender
The container is quite large and you do not want to put it into the dishwasher. You need to clean the container by hand. And don't wait for the blended material to settle in and harden. Do it right after you use it. If you do it's pretty easy. The bottom blade does not come off. So here is how you clean it. You put a little over a cup of warm water into the container. You put a few drops of dishwashing liquid (Not the automatic kind of course) and you simply run the blender for a few seconds. Vitamix recommends about 8 seconds, sometimes I'll run it a bit longer. You rinse, and repeat if really messy... but if you do it right after you blend it won't be messy. Then you rinse, wipe it off and put it away.
My Favorite Simple Fruit Smoothie Recipe
You may or may not like this... but it is packed with nutrition.
- 1 apple cored
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup oatmeal for texture and vitamins
- 1-2 Scoops Protein Powder (I like Jay Robb Vanilla Egg protein)
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (You could use almonds or other nuts too)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- half cup plain unflavored yogurt
- half cup ice optional
Blend it all together and it tastes like a milkshake. Some people will want to try chocolate powder mix or chocolate whey protein. Works fine. If you use vanilla you can try different fruits like pineapple, mango, blueberries, or whatever you like.
What you want is fruit, a little bit of fat (coconut oil, peanut butter, etc.) to help your body absorb all the vitamins, and a protein source to make the meal complete. I will sometimes use raw organic eggs in place of the protien powder. Your change of salmonella from a raw egg is 1 in 10,000, but if you use Organic Eggs where the chickens are free to roam and healthy those numbers drop drastically.
The Specifications of the Vitmix 5200
High performance, new container, new look: The new standard for high performance blending. This model is perfect for those who don't plan to grind grains.
Wet blade container: Tough, durable, state-of-the-art 64-oz. container made from Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is designed to deliver consistent results every time.
Consistent processing every time: Perfectly smooth whole food juice and smoothies, steaming hot soup from fresh produce, low-fat frozen treats.
Cooler, more efficient motor: Custom-designed for Vita-Mix, a new standard in blender performance.
Easy-to-remove 2-part lid: Features a twist-off lid plug, conveniently marked with measurement—perfect for adding ingredients while machine is running.
More elegant, updated package: Soft touch switches, designer label, beautiful shell, all new DVD and cookbooks!
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