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VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

Interesting comparison. I have a Jonsered 59cc chainsaw that, although higher in displacement than the model below it (and lower in horsepower), has far greater torque than that saw, and even some saws in the 65cc range. Torque is the name of the game. But here we're talking about electric motors and not tractor engines or chainsaws. Different dynamic, even though torque still applies. Electric motors are gauged by amp draw, horsepower being somewhat secondary insofar as an engine rated at 2hp that draws x-amps will provide less torque than another 2hp motor that draws greater amperage. The horsepower rating is the same, but torque is defined by the amps. Obviously this is different than internal combustion engines where the torque capacities of a given engine aren't so readily appearant.

Sep 03, 2012
pmadams in Cookware

VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

I forgot to mention that when I was a kid, my mom had one of the old (it was new then) stainless steel container VitaMix's and she used it constantly. This is the largest reason I bought one myself, remembering how well that one worked. I believe she still has it and know it was in use as little as two years ago. That's quite a track record.

And MacGuffin makes a good point about the components being US made. I'm getting rather tired of supporting the Chinese economy at this point...

Mar 04, 2012
pmadams in Cookware

VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

Ah yes, "needs"... Well, I'll have to admit that the VitaMix investment wasn't entirely need based, but compared to other investments I make like sailboat hardware for instance, the expense has been pretty low, all things considered. And unlike new blocks or a winch, I can make a pretty good cocktail with the VitaMix to soothe my nerves from the fleecing I took at the chandlery.

The $150. price I quoted was on VitaMix's webpage. I wasn't aware that Amazon sold their stuff. My interest was largely like yours I think, in that I want to make flour from beans and brown rice. Those two are very difficult to find in this area. I could probably go $107. for one. I've got an old ice cream churn, otherwise I might be making it with the VitaMix, too. It's great for pureeing black bean soup, although my attempts at making hummus turn out more like Sacrete than anything recognizable.

Thanks for the responses.

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Mar 04, 2012
pmadams in Cookware

VitaMix Blender, is it worth it?

The way I describe the VitaMix to people is to try and imagine a table saw motor with a blender on top, and you have it. I have a 5000 that's about eight years old and still going strong. I'm happy that I have one but don't think I'd spend the same money again. I'm not a professional chef and use mine only for making soup bases, chipping ice and some juicing. The latter is really euphemistic because it's not "juicing" in the strict sense of the word. Pureeing is really what it is, albeit pureeing on steroids.

What really bothers me about VitaMix is that when you need a part, they're going to well and truly gaff you on the price. The idea of paying $150. for a 32oz "dry" container is outrageous. You'd have to make ALLOT of flour to recoup that cost in savings over buying flour from the market. So too, you'll have to use the VitaMix allot to make up for the initial price hit. Yes, it's a very capable blender. That said, I've an Oster, glass container blender that's probably 30 years old that still crushes ice, can whip up a puree with ease and you could probably buy used for less than ten bucks. I'm just saying...

Feb 29, 2012
pmadams in Cookware