If you are a health nut or love to be in the kitchen you've probably wondered if the famous Vitamix lives up to the hype. I have to admit I was skeptical at first too but I'm here to tell you to stop wondering and BUY ONE ALREADY!
I still remember the day when the #Vitamix made its way into our lives (and hearts!) It was Christmas 2017, my husband and I had agreed on no large gifts, this is a usual tradition on ours...so I thought! I usually use this opportunity to gift him something silly like socks & underwear and we just enjoy the holiday season together. Christmas arrived and I gave him his usual, in return he gives me this big ass amazon gift bag, something told me it wasn’t socks and underwear! I unwrapped it to find a VITAMIX! I had so many mixed emotions, I was thrilled that I now had a Vitamix, felt cheated that I didn’t have a chance to buy him something better, and ALSO $700 on a blender how could that ever be worth it!
Like I said I was skeptical at first, was this dream machine really going to live up to its hype? But I know my hubby and I know he does his extensive research so I figured we were both in for a treat! We spend the next week or so blending to our hearts content! The first was a smoothie, coming off a Nutri Bullet, I can tell you WOW what a difference! Just try blending anything with tiny ass seeds (strawberries & raspberries) and you’ll immediately see the difference. The velvety texture was addicting! I’d like to take a quick moment here to rewind and discuss the #Nutribullet. It worked well for almost a year, after which it started to emit this horrible sound and leak black motor oil, thankfully not in my smoothies but still not ideal. Since it only came with a 1 year warranty they told me there was nothing they could do....great customer service. Alright back to the Vitamix, I basically went on a liquid diet for the next week! I blended anything and everything I could get my hands on. Nice cream aka vegan ice cream was by far one of my favourite things to put the Vitamix to the test! Blend together frozen bananas, cocoa powder and a little coconut milk and volia its like soft serve ice cream (no joke!) I blended nut milks, I blended hot soups, I blended my own flours, I BLENDED ALL THE THINGS!! All of which were just as creamy and delicious as the last! Anytime you have too much frozen stuff in it and you feel like you may have defeated this powerful machine, you just need to slide the tamper in and give it a little stir. Clean up is a breeze too, just fill it half way with water add a drop of dish soap and turn it on and watch it self clean, what a magical device!
Pro Blender Tip: Do NOT try to blend whey protein in here. First blend your ingredients to desired consistency, stop it and then add your whey, blend only on the lowest speed just until mixed through. We learned the hard way and had an explosion!
Here's why my hubby went with this model:
2.2 HP Motor - the most powerful for household machines
64-ounce Container - the larger capacity makes it the perfect size for entertaining and making a few days of smoothies.
Pulse Feature - allows you to pulse for a variety of textures.
Ten Speeds - allows you more freedom depending on what you are blending.
If I did have one small complaint it would be that with having such a large capacity you aren't able to blend smaller things like spices, sauces and salad dressings. We had to purchase the additional personal cup attachment ( Approx $130 CAN) which solved the problem and allowed us to finally throw away that NutriBullet! Our friends who recently purchased a similar newer model got these attachments included, so it looks like Vitamix takes feedback very well! Can I also mention that the 2 travel cups this package comes with provide a wonderful drinking experience! No leaking and the airflow just flows, I can't explain it better than that but this company KNOWS WHAT IT'S DOING FOLKS!
My FAVOURITE SMOOTHIE/JUICE RECIPE
Cucumber ( I use 1 whole one)
Celery (about 1/3 of a stalk)
Kale (1 or 2 handfuls)
Frozen Pineapple ( Approx. 1 cup but more if you want it sweeter)
Apples (2 or 3)
Lemon - peeled (1)
Fresh Mint (a small handful)
Fresh Ginger - peeled (Approx the size of my palm - I use a lot because I like it SPICY and the Vitamix eats through all the fibrous stuff and blends it smooth)
Organic Honey (1TBS or more to taste)
Put all the ingredients into the blender & fill to about 1/3 of the way with water, this allows for more of a juice with pulp type consistency. Depending on your blenders capacity you can eye ball the ingredients or pick and choose what ratio you like best. We have a large capacity so we fill it to the top and it is enough to last for 2 days, although sometimes it doesn't last that long!
Is it worth it? YES a thousand times YES! This particular model is very expensive but I do think any Vitamix is a solid investment. They also come with a 7 year warranty! If you break it down per year you could spend a little over $100 per year on a lesser blender or just purchase a Vitamix to last you 7 years! They also have refurbished models which can save you even more $$$. We use this machine daily so it's absolutely worth it for us, and I even swear it's actually saved my hubby's life (hmmmmmm maybe thats why he got it for me, the gift that keeps on giving!) He now actually consumes vegetables on a daily basis and a lot of them! TBH maybe its a good thing it's so expensive so you use it often and get your moneys worth. Smart marketing Vitamix, touche!