Vitamix is the only blender trusted by the Culinary Institute of America to train its chef’s, so if it’s good enough for the professionals, it must be good for the average smoothie-making consumer right? Well, yes and no. Like with all products, my Vitamix 1363 CIA blender has its pros and cons, but fortunately, the good points outweigh the bad.
Let’s get started with the good points: the Vitamix is powerful enough to blend through fruits, vegetables, frozen food, and ice without issue. Even seeds from an apple or berries are completely pulverized, leaving you with a smoothie that’s just as good as something you’d buy at one of those expensive juice/smoothie stores. It has a BPA-free pitcher, a seven-year warranty, and includes a tamper, which is essentially a small stick that goes in the top of the blender to push down ingredients if they become stuck. The face of the blender has a dial which you can use to manually increase or decrease the speed of the blades.
The deal breaker for many people will be the height of the Vitamix. I believe they do sell smaller pitchers than the 64-ounce one that’s included with the Vitamix, but unless you purchase that one, the Vitamix will not fit under your kitchen cabinets. So your choices are to leave it on the counter, pushed out from the cabinets, buy the smaller pitcher, or put it away after each use. For those of us who use our blenders everyday, this is a bit of an inconvenience. Noise is also worth mentioning (the Vitamix is very loud!) but even less expensive blenders can be quite noisy.
Speaking of price, the cost may also be an issue. I touched on this previously in another blog post, but a Vitamix blender will cost anywhere from $350 up to $500 depending on the model chosen and where you purchase it. It may seem like an expensive investment at first, but a Vitamix can provide you with commerical-grade smoothies, puddings, salad dressings, ice cream, and even grind your coffee beans for you. Considering the versatility and the quality of the Vitamix, the cost certainly seems more reasonable.