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Badandy538 111 November 14, 2012 at 08:21 PM in Home & Home Improvement (6) More Amazon Deals
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I was in Costco today looking for the Blentec total blender; but instead they had the Vitamix 5200 for $369.99. I guess they decided to run the Blentec promotion on the Vitamix instead. http://www.costco.com/Blendtec%C2...78504.html

Amazon has the Vitamix 5200 for $489.99. http://www.amazon.com/Vitamix-520...tamix+5200

Hope this helps someone Smilie

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#16
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Not burn out & make things smoothly.. I've had a lot of $100 or so blenders that simply didn't last.. Add up what I spent over the years & I should have just gotten the Vitamix from the get go..

if you use your blender a lot you'll notice a difference in the blend quality, power, & it just works. My wife & I use ours several times daily to crush ice & blend smoothies & protein drinks & she makes hot soup & other meals with it. We've had the Vitamix for several years & there's no hint of it dying, add up all the below blenders I had, I could have just bought the VitaMix.

There is also consistency.. The cheap blenders I had would struggle with ice or hard particles & you wouldn't get a smooth blend.. You'd get some ice chunks or fruit & veggie fibers or it just didn't create a vortex to pull everything into the blades & blend evenly so you'd have stuff on the sides of the jar unblended..

Previously I've had oster, cuisinart, black & decker, waring, Hamilton beach, magic bullet, & some other brands I can't remember.. Nothing like that burning smell from the motor permeating your kitchen & wasted ingredients when the thing dies & you're left with a jar full of half blended stuff.. protein powder, fruit, kale, Greek yogurt, ice, etc wasted..

It's kind of like going up a steep incline with an economy car 4 banger vs a powerful 6 or 8 cyl.. They both will make it up, but the 4 banger struggles (like my old 1.6 liter civic from college going up the I-5 grapevine) whereas 8 cyl is just so much smoother, powerful & faster. The cheap blended hiccup on ice or dumping in whole fruits & vegetables.. VitaMix just pulverizes it. We have parties with lots of guests & mix drinks with it,having it on several hours a night & it hasn't skipped a beat in several years.

Of course if you rarely use it, or just blend liquids, no hard solids or ice & easy stuff, then you probably won't notice much difference & can't justify the cost.

We also had a juicer before & hated 2 things about it.. The metal strainer basket was hard to clean & it took all the fiber out of the fruits & vegetables.. The Vitamix just breaks the whole thing down whether its ice, an apple, celery, carrots, beets, avocado, kale, etc.. Everything is smoothly blended together..

& 90 day warranty from some foreign company purchased off the Internet (even if its through amazon) vs like 7 yrs from VitaMix USA & from Costco (forever guarantee).. To each his own, but ill pay for the VitaMix.
Well said brother!worship
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#17
Yea this is usually ~370-380 at Costco I thought?
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#18
Ninja will do
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Love my Ninja.
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I used to be one of those people that wondered why would you ever spend so much on a blender (I'm still there with the Zojirushi rice cooker). If you don't cook a lot, or aren't interested in green smoothies, or are OK with buying replacement blenders every so often, this really isn't for you.

Basically a Vitamix does everything a regular blender will do, and for many things (i.e. a used it to puree a can of tomatoes the other night) it's certainly way overkill. However, using the same machine you can make hot soups (i.e. no additional cooking needed), ice cream / sorbet, almond milk, etc. It does sound like marketing material, but these are things that it really does, and it really does them well. On top of all that, because the motor is so powerful, it does these things fairly easily, so it's not going to die like some cheaper blenders most certainly would.

It really depends on what you are going to use it for, and how often you are going to use it.
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he's got a good point here. the typical use of blenders ("mixers" as they're referred to in india) in india is for grinding up grains into a fine consistency thick paste/batter (i.e. little water), and making chutneys (usually in the smaller jar) with crushed fresh ingredients (e.g. garlic, herb) that have little to no water. The typical use of blenders among americans is for making smoothies. Because grains are harder to grind, the indian blenders are built to run for a longer duration without motor burnout issues compared to the cheapie american blenders cannot typically handle the same load without motor getting overheated. Indian blenders also come with different interchangable blades for different types of grinding.

Quote from iluvusorin View Post :
Unbelievable, people are spending $400 on electric motor (and no it is quite different from Dyson, Vaccum cleaner is far more complex appliance in general) Any substandard blender from India can match this POS in terms of durability and power. Go to any store that sells Indian appliance (e.g. Edison) and you can get similar performance for around $100.
e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Sumeet-Dome...meet+mixie
Spending $400 on mixer trumps even $100 jeans as shameless depiction of excess..
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Vitamix or Blentec?
Blendtec all the way!!!! heartheartheartheartheart
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#23
Vitamix > Blendtec from personal experience.
I saws Blendtec put something on their facebook page about a lawsuit they had with Vitamix... it lacked class. I had to deal with their customer service a while back, and they we not helpful.

My vitamix changed my eating habits, as now there are MUCH more fresh fruit and veg in the house. Sicne getting it 2 friends and 2 family members have also taken the plunge into the Vitamix world. Everyone is happy.
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Bought mine about 3 or 4 months ago and use it several times a day. Other blenders I only used several times a year and didn't hold up. If you make smoothies or any other kind of juices/drinks, there simply is nothing better and WELL worth the money. It does so many other things, makes soups, ice cream, peanut butter, etc. Is it a lot of money for a blender for some people? Sure. However, is it worth the expense for people who blend frequently? ABSOLUTELY!! I say a couple times a week how glad I am that I bought it.
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Quote from iluvusorin View Post :
Unbelievable, people are spending $400 on electric motor (and no it is quite different from Dyson, Vaccum cleaner is far more complex appliance in general) Any substandard blender from India can match this POS in terms of durability and power. Go to any store that sells Indian appliance (e.g. Edison) and you can get similar performance for around $100.
e.g. http://www.amazon.com/Sumeet-Dome...meet+mixie
Spending $400 on mixer trumps even $100 jeans as shameless depiction of excess..
Quote from garycoleman View Post :
what can a $370 blender do that my $30 blender can't do?
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Ninja will do
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Love my Ninja.
Quote from amlukutty View Post :
he's got a good point here. the typical use of blenders ("mixers" as they're referred to in india) in india is for grinding up grains into a fine consistency thick paste/batter (i.e. little water), and making chutneys (usually in the smaller jar) with crushed fresh ingredients (e.g. garlic, herb) that have little to no water. The typical use of blenders among americans is for making smoothies. Because grains are harder to grind, the indian blenders are built to run for a longer duration without motor burnout issues compared to the cheapie american blenders cannot typically handle the same load without motor getting overheated. Indian blenders also come with different interchangable blades for different types of grinding.
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General consensus seems to be that this isn't much of a deal; at most $5-$10 less than the usual Costco price. I guess i'll wait for a better deal; although this one ain't shabby.
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I heard it makes ice cream!
Yes it does! Icecream gets ready in less than a minute and I have tried making Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, Fig, Mango, Pistachio, etc flavors. Basically you can throw anything at it and it will blend everything.
We have even tried whole grains as Wheat to make flour - use a dry jug for that. Its an expensive item but comes with 7 years of warranty. So you are covered for a long time and I am sure its more than worth each penny you pay.
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General consensus seems to be that this isn't much of a deal; at most $5-$10 less than the usual Costco price. I guess i'll wait for a better deal; although this one ain't shabby.
You are right, it is about $5-$10 less than normal at Costco, however, Costco's NORMAL price is well below what you will find any place else. I had shopped them for a while before picking one up a few months ago. I'm not trying to tell you what you should or shouldn't do, but if you DO plan to purchase one, and have the funds to do so, I don't recall seeing them any cheaper.
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#29
Thanks for posting OP. My dad has always liked Vitamix even though I never heard of it before. Then I saw that Jamba Juice uses them.

I figure if they can be used almost non-stop everyday, they should be pretty good and durable. Smilie
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#30
To those that ask why the vitamix is so expensive...7 year warranty on a extremely durable American made machine that many people have and use regularly for 20+ years.

Sure, it's expensive. If you need a blender and think this is too much, by all means buy a $180 (brand-name) that you quite likely will have to replace several times.

Or you could buy a $50 blender at Target, but if this is you...I would have to wonder why the hell you even want a blender.
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