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Badandy538 356 111 November 14, 2012 at 07:21 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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I agree it's a lot of money. But don't take it so personal lol.
Be angry at those people that spent $100+ on the Ninja. shake head

I finally decided to make a SD account and wanted to respond to this...

I have a 1500 watt Ninja that I bought with tax and shipping for $180. I researched all different types of blenders/juicers/processors for what I wanted long before I made an investment (I consider $180 a lot of money!). I had a Magic Bullet which I liked for many things, but I would drink daily 1-3 green smoothies a day. No matter how much I shopped things, added water, etc, it was like I was drinking salsa. I had some fellow frugal green smoothie drinkers play with their's and many had similar experiences and ended up buying Blendtec and Vitamix with no problems at all. I just couldn't justify spending $400 (with taxes etc), for what I was looking for.

I do not intend to make my own soups, sorbets, or ice creams. Never been a soup drinker, hate sorbet, and only like ice cream from certain brands from time to time. I merely was looking for something that could make me green smoothies turning everything down to a liquid (my usual is chia seed, flax seed, celery, lemon, arugula, romaine lettuce, spinach, green apple, cashews, and water of course) so that I get all the vitamins and nutrition from the produce. I also wanted something to make almond milk, peanut butter, and almond butter. My Ninja does all these things well.

I considered the NutriBullet based on my budget and wants. Would have gone for this but I wanted something bigger so I got the Ninja. If I can find Black Friday ads for the Nutribullet, I would consider buying one merely because I travel frequently and it's the right "on the go" size.

Will the Ninja do all the things that a Blendtec and Vitamix do? Yes! Depends on the watts of course! The only people I really hear knocking the Ninja are the ones who paid extra for Blendtec and Vitamix who never gave the Ninja a shot, or Ninja buyers who paid less for less watts. I've known people who have had Ninja products for years too, so the long expectancy isn't crap.

Have had 0 problems with my Ninja. And no I haven't used it to make pizza or cookie dough LOL.
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I finally decided to make a SD account and wanted to respond to this...

I have a 1500 watt Ninja that I bought with tax and shipping for $180. I researched all different types of blenders/juicers/processors for what I wanted long before I made an investment (I consider $180 a lot of money!). I had a Magic Bullet which I liked for many things, but I would drink daily 1-3 green smoothies a day. No matter how much I shopped things, added water, etc, it was like I was drinking salsa. I had some fellow frugal green smoothie drinkers play with their's and many had similar experiences and ended up buying Blendtec and Vitamix with no problems at all. I just couldn't justify spending $400 (with taxes etc), for what I was looking for.

I do not intend to make my own soups, sorbets, or ice creams. Never been a soup drinker, hate sorbet, and only like ice cream from certain brands from time to time. I merely was looking for something that could make me green smoothies turning everything down to a liquid (my usual is chia seed, flax seed, celery, lemon, arugula, romaine lettuce, spinach, green apple, cashews, and water of course) so that I get all the vitamins and nutrition from the produce. I also wanted something to make almond milk, peanut butter, and almond butter. My Ninja does all these things well.

I considered the NutriBullet based on my budget and wants. Would have gone for this but I wanted something bigger so I got the Ninja. If I can find Black Friday ads for the Nutribullet, I would consider buying one merely because I travel frequently and it's the right "on the go" size.

Will the Ninja do all the things that a Blendtec and Vitamix do? Yes! Depends on the watts of course! The only people I really hear knocking the Ninja are the ones who paid extra for Blendtec and Vitamix who never gave the Ninja a shot, or Ninja buyers who paid less for less watts. I've known people who have had Ninja products for years too, so the long expectancy isn't crap.

Have had 0 problems with my Ninja. And no I haven't used it to make pizza or cookie dough LOL.
I appreciate this response. I haven't invested in a blender yet, I'll take a look at this product. Maybe you can provide a link of your exact model?
This thread ended up being pretty good, with several different views on blenders, thanks.
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I appreciate this response. I haven't invested in a blender yet, I'll take a look at this product. Maybe you can provide a link of your exact model?
This thread ended up being pretty good, with several different views on blenders, thanks.
This was the model I bought
http://www.ninjakitchen.com/products/ninja-mega-kitchen-system-bl770/ppc/ogiva/ogivappcint.shtml?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Offer4AFreeBookFSHBL7701994Pay&utm_term=ninja%201500&utm_content={campaign}

There is a coupon too REGISTER4 that I used. You can get it for a few bucks more with that 20% off coupon at BB&B though.

It's just silly how quickly people will run out at buy a Vitamix and Blendtec for the name (and of course all the reviews for them are high) when there are similar, lower end products that have the same watts or higher (granted the Ninja isn't as "en vouge" as the other 2 because it isn't as heavily indorsed by celebrities and chefs) ! If someone doesn't want to research, spend more money on the Vitamix or Blendtec. If you do want to research look into all similar products basing it off the number of watts and what it can do based on what you want. If I was into stews and food like that, maybe I would have invested in a Vitamix but again, I would never use it for that purpose nor would I use it to destroy an MP3 player which I think a 1500 watt Ninja can do.

Before I bought the Ninja I was considering also buying the Vitamix at the same time and then doing a taste and consistency test returning the one that wasn't as good. Because the Ninja did what I wanted, no need to return it.
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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. Not to mention about half the wattage of both VitaMix & Blendtec & 3 speed vs variable or programmable...& all that counter space! I
Couldnt agree more. Worth every penny.
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man you people make it hard to decide...i need a blender for some healthy 'smoothies' now. does seem like a ton of money for an appliance like this...maybe ill go with the refurb vitamix...

have seen the nutribullet commercials, but I have not much faith in trendy infomercial crap...seems to do what i want though...idk
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Why so expensive does it make gold?
When you buy these high end blenders, you're buying the motor horsepower.
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man you people make it hard to decide...i need a blender for some healthy 'smoothies' now. does seem like a ton of money for an appliance like this...maybe ill go with the refurb vitamix...

have seen the nutribullet commercials, but I have not much faith in trendy infomercial crap...seems to do what i want though...idk
If you know you will just be making smoothies though I personally think you will be wasting money for something a cheaper appliance would do for your purpose. It's like people who buy all the upgrades when they buy a new car. They either rarely use them, or never use them but like the idea of having them. I would also Youtube some videos of all the blenders you are interested in and watch people on them use the blenders. There was one I liked where the woman had 5 blenders and she just put into each one a whole orange and ice. The blenders ranged from $150 (Black and Decker I think?) to the Vitamix. The cheapest one did the same job as the Vitamix (maybe it was Blendtec), but the mid range ones weren't that good from what I remember.

I wouldn't knock the Nutribullet but your opinion seems pretty made up. I would love to get one and would have wanted one, but for daily use I wanted a larger size. For merely a smaller serving the Nutribullet is great value IMO.

With horse power, Vitamix 5200 with 1380 watts has 3 versus and the Ninja 1500 watts (the one I have) has 2 horse power. For most purposes it doesn't make a huge difference based on smoothies (however the difference between my Magic Bullet and a Ninja was night and day). Cannot speak for anything beyond juices and smoothies. If you have no idea what the hell you would do with a multipurpose blender/juicer/processor that I probably would spend extra money unless you know exactly what you would be using it for.

I had a roommate who had a huge, stainless steal commercial quality juicer that was $1000 or something. According to her, ANY appliance other than that is a waste of money.
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Vitamix and Blendtec both have a history of high quality and great warranties. I consider the slickest deals to be those of products that are good value and high craftsmanship with a company that backs it's product.

Vitamix and Blentec are both great, I'd go with either one. They are great if you are doing intensive blending. For many people it is overkill, but for many it's a better option than replacing the lesser blenders every year(and having continuous poor results from many cheaper blenders).

Juicers are great, I have an Omega masticating juicer, but if I had to choose 1, I'd keep my Vitamix(or Blendtec) over the juicer.
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This was the model I bought
http://www.ninjakitchen.com/products/ninja-mega-kitchen-system-bl770/ppc/ogiva/ogivappcint.shtml?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Offer4AFreeBookFSHBL7701994Pay&utm_term=ninja%201500&utm_content={campaign}

There is a coupon too REGISTER4 that I used. You can get it for a few bucks more with that 20% off coupon at BB&B though.

It's just silly how quickly people will run out at buy a Vitamix and Blendtec for the name (and of course all the reviews for them are high) when there are similar, lower end products that have the same watts or higher (granted the Ninja isn't as "en vouge" as the other 2 because it isn't as heavily indorsed by celebrities and chefs) ! If someone doesn't want to research, spend more money on the Vitamix or Blendtec. If you do want to research look into all similar products basing it off the number of watts and what it can do based on what you want. If I was into stews and food like that, maybe I would have invested in a Vitamix but again, I would never use it for that purpose nor would I use it to destroy an MP3 player which I think a 1500 watt Ninja can do.

Before I bought the Ninja I was considering also buying the Vitamix at the same time and then doing a taste and consistency test returning the one that wasn't as good. Because the Ninja did what I wanted, no need to return it.
Thank you. I'm happy you decided to make an SD account!! I thought my only options were the blendtec and vitamix...I'm going to with the Ninja BL771 (1500W). Hopefully they make smooth smoothies!! Smilie
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