Last year I was considering purchasing a Vitamix blender and then was shocked to see how expensive they were when I visited the website. I was so naive about the price! I wrote about it on Honey We're Home, asking people if they thought the Vitamix was worth it and got a lot of responses, mostly people encouraging me to make the splurge and others saying blenders that sell for much less will do the job fine. I was still on the fence when I was at Costco one day and they had a Vitamix 5200s on sale (but now I can't recall the exact price) so I went ahead and bought it. Amazon sells a Vitamix5200s for $449.99 ($100 less than the Vitamix website).
I have to say I love it! I mix protein smoothies in it almost daily and they contain ice and frozen fruit, which blend up perfectly. Perhaps a less expensive blender would also work, but I'm confident this one will last a very long time- it comes with a 7-year warranty.
I will say, the downside of my Vitamix blender is it's height- it won't fit on the counters under our cabinets because it's too tall. We tend to keep ours out near the kitchen sink because we use it so often, and store it in a lower cabinet where it fits fine. I just rinse it with hot soap and water right after each use, and lay it upside down to dry.
One feature I really like is that it's not that loud compared to other blenders I've heard. Now, I want to venture outside of just making smoothies. I know you can make soups, dips, salsa, and have even heard of chicken salad and dough.
Do you have a Vitamix? I'd love to hear what you are making in your blender besides smoothies.
I'm considering pureeing up some veggies to sneak into my son's food (maybe into his blueberry muffins or something like that). Any recommendations? He's the pickiest eater I've seen!
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