I know you’ve already heard I got a Vitamix – heck, everyone and their neighbour has heard. I seriously cannot shut up about it. I use it 2-3 times a day. I am becoming a blend-aholic. I wonder if there is a support group for this?? I can just see it now “Hi. My name is Myra and I’m a blend-aholic. It started out with just smoothies, once a day and now I’ve moved on to harder stuff like ice cream, dips and soup…I can’t stop! I need help!” Let’s call it a “healthy addiction” for now 🙂
Prior to acquiring this blender, I spent a lot of time researching them. This was going to be a big investment and I wanted to make the right choice (little did I know my boss surprised me with one!!) The top two commercial-grade blenders on the market are Vitamix and Blendtec. I wanted to share with you why I chose Vitamix. First, I will apologize because this review is slightly bias. I actually have not personally tested a Blendtec, I’ve just read/watched reviews. I’m not here to bash Blendtec (OK, maybe just a bit) it is still a really great blender; however, the Vitamix, in my opinion, came out on top and here’s why (click table to enlarge)… So yes, the Vitamix is more expensive, but really what’s another $100 or so when you’re already spending close to $500? It’s also a bit bulkier, but it blows away the competition in all the other categories and is totally worth the extra moolah.
What else can this blender do besides make incredibly awesome smoothies? Well it can make hot soup, yes, you heard me, HOT soup. You simply blend on high for 5 minutes and the heat from the powerful motor gives you piping, hot soup. It makes incredible nut butters from peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc. You can make dips, dressings, and smooth creamy ice cream! I made one the other night that tasted exactly like a chocolate frosty from Wendy’s only it was made with all natural ingredients – yes, I will post the recipe. This machine can also replace your food processor since it has dry and wet chopping capabilities. With the grain container you can grind your own flours, coffee, hard spices and even knead bread. It is a whole food juicer, which in my opinion is better than a standard juicer because a juicer extracts the pulp and fibres. In the Vitamix you can blend whole foods, skin, core, seeds and all. In fact, most of the nutrients are packed in the skin and seeds.
And yes, the Blendtec can do all these fancy things too. However, I’ll let these videos speak for themselves. If you can get past the utter cheesiness of these two guys you’ll actually see how Vitamix kills the Blendtec. It truly is an awesome machine! Also, here is a longer, in depth (non-bias!) review on both blenders.
So there you have it. Both blenders are incredibly powerful and will definitely suit your needs in the kitchen. I have just barely scratched the surface with mine. So stay tuned for some awesome recipes. Happy blending!!Where to buy:
Vitamix: website, Amazon, Costco (Canada), Costco (US)
Blendtec: website, Amazon, Costco (Canada), Costco (US)