Have you noticed how people who buy a Vitamix immediately fall in love with it? There’s no doubt Vitamix is the ultimate kitchen tool for professional chefs and avid home cooks.
But why exactly should you buy a Vitamix?
Why Buy a Vitamix
There comes a time in every home cook’s life when they need to consider which big-ticket items are right for them. Do you love to bake? You’ve probably contemplated the pros and cons of purchasing the pricey KitchenAid stand mixer. Are you into barbecuing? Chances are you’ve researched the world’s premiere Weber grills. A coffee connoisseur? You have likely grappled with buying the popular Breville espresso machine.
And if you’re a smoothie person…or a soup person…or a nut-butter person…then you’ve most likely looked at the Vitamix.
There’s no denying that Vitamix is a big investment. It’s expensive! Way more expensive than most other blenders. So, what can a Vitamix do for you that a regular blender can’t?
7 Reasons to Buy a Vitamix Blender
Vitamix – I use the A3500* – is a substitute for 13 different kitchen tools (touted as a 13-in-1 appliance). Besides a high-speed blender, it also performs the function of an immersion blender, food processor (with the food processor attachment), whole food juicer, mixer, grinder, chopper, grater, fondue maker, nut butter maker, ice cream maker, and ice crusher…
The marketing line is: It’s not a blender, it’s a Vitamix.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a Vitamix blender, here are seven reasons why buying a Vitamix might be the right decision for you.
*I also regularly use the 5000 given to me by my husband’s grandma, but that model is no longer in production.
Making the switch to healthy eating is quite simple. However, if you’re used to getting take-outs and buying pre-packaged snacks, this transition may be a bit intimidating.
Fortunately, a Vitamix blender is the perfect tool for your clean eating journey. The quintessential Vitamix recipe is the smoothie. You can fill the Vitamix container with fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables and quickly blend these nutrient-dense ingredients into a healthy smoothie. The core of transitioning into a healthy diet is building on the foundation of what your taste buds already like, so it’s important to choose the ingredients you enjoy eating. Not a fan of kale? Use Romain lettuce instead. Can’t stand avocados? Bananas are a wonderful substitute.
A Vitamix can blend far more than smoothies, though, from hot soups to frozen desserts. Granola? Check. Pizza dough? No problem. Cakes? Of course! With Vitamix, you can make clean versions of many processed foods you’d typically buy in the store.
Fast Meal Prep
Preparing food for the week ahead doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With a small amount of planning, you can cook delicious meals at home without spending hours in the kitchen.
If you’re a breakfast-on-the-go person, you’ll appreciate pre-made smoothie packs. Simply chop up your favorite fruits and veggies and place them into a small freezer bag with a handful of nuts, a scoop of your favorite protein powder, or any superfoods you like. Put the packs in the freezer, and when you’re ready for a smoothie, place the contents of one bag into your blender, add liquid, and blend.
Homemade dips and spreads taste great in lunch wraps and sandwiches. They’re also wonderful as a side dish with veggies, crackers, or pretzels. I have several Vitamix dips on rotation – hummus, romesco, black bean dip, guacamole, pesto, and ajvar. BUT if I’m too busy, I just whip up a large batch of classic hummus and then add flavors during the week – roasted red pepper-, caramelized onion-, and sun-dried tomato- hummus are some of our favorites.
Preparing a batch (or a few) of soup for dinner is another thing I do weekly. The Vitamix soups I make take about 30 minutes from start to finish. Some blenders require cutting ingredients to approximately an inch which consumes an absurd amount of time. Luckily, Vitamix is incredibly robust, so most ingredients only need to be rough chopped. I store the prepped soups in the refrigerator, but they can also be frozen if you still have leftovers at the end of the week.
Superior Blend Quality
There’s a reason high-end restaurants and coffee shops use a Vitamix blender. Have you ever wondered why blended drinks from Starbucks or Jamba Juice taste nothing like what you’ve tried to make at home? They’re all made in a Vitamix!
With a high-speed blender, you can make luscious smoothies without yogurt, creamy soups without cream, smooth nut butters without additional oil, and frozen drinks without crushed ice – yes, Vitamix can crush whole ice cubes just fine. But that’s only part of the story.
There’s a whole range of textures Vitamix can create – variable speeds allow for refining every texture with culinary precision, from the smoothest purées to hearty soups, chunky salsas, crunchy nut butters, and coarse flour.
There’s something to be said about owning an appliance that can handle more than a dozen kitchen tasks.
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of making a recipe and suddenly realized you were out of flour, milk, or powdered sugar? With Vitamix, you can easily grind grains into flour, blend nuts and seeds into plant-based milk, and turn granulated sugar into powdered one.
Some ingredients also stay fresh longer when purchased whole rather than ground, including coffee, spices, or flax seeds. Ground coffee beans tend to lose their fragrance, ground spices lose their potency, and flaxseed meal easily turns rancid. With Vitamix, you have the flexibility to grind ingredients as needed.
If you like to experiment in the kitchen, try new recipes, or introduce variety into your diet, a high-speed blender is a must.
Almond milk does the job in a morning cereal, but what about making your own blend using almonds and hemp hearts to increase the protein content? Peanut butter tastes great, but pecan butter – let me tell you – is heavenly. Homemade caramel espresso frappe prepared exactly how YOU love it doesn’t even compare to the generic, middle-of-the-road flavor frappe you can get in Starbucks.
If you have little kids, you’ll also appreciate the versatility of pureed food you can prepare. When my son was little, he loved this pear mango avocado puree. The best baby food doesn’t come from a jar or pouches; it comes from your kitchen!
There are also things you might not have even known you could use your Vitamix for. For instance, did you know you can temper chocolate in the Vitamix blender?
One of the reasons I use Vitamix several times a day (and that’s not an exaggeration) is that I don’t mind cleaning it.
Cleaning my old blender was a pain. I had to really want to blend something to motivate myself to go through the cleaning process. I first had to twist the blade assembly to remove it from the pitcher. Then separate the blade holder, the blade, and the seal and wash each component separately, ideally with a toothbrush because all those components had tons of nooks and crannies (and sharp blades!). Finally, wait until all the components are completely dry before reassembling the blender. Who has time for that?
By comparison, cleaning the Vitamix blender is a breeze. It doesn’t require taking any components apart. None. The blade is fixed in the container. All you need to do is fill half of the blender container with warm water, followed by a couple of drops of dish soap, and blend for a few seconds. Remove the soapy water, give the blender a quick rinse, and voila – a clean blender. The newer Vitamix models are even dishwasher safe, so it’s a complete hands-off cleaning.
My Vitamix blender paid for itself within the first year I owned it. Homemade staples are just so much cheaper than store-bought.
Let’s do a quick math with just three staple foods most people regularly use – nut milk, nut butter, and hummus.
1 (1 qt/946 ml) jar of homemade cashew milk (using 1 cup/137 g of cashews): $3.00 CAD
1 (1 qt/946 ml) carton of store-bought cashew milk (Elmhurst*): $8.49 CAD
Savings: $11.00 CAD/week = $572 CAD/year
*I understand there are cheaper alternatives to Elmhurst, but Elmhurst is the brand I buy if I go for store-bought nut milk. Elmhurst contains only cashews and water and is the cleanest brand I have found.
1 (365-g) jar of homemade almond butter (using 3 cups/435 g of almonds): $6.00 CAD
1 (365-g) jar of store-bought almond butter (Nuts to You Nut Butter): $11.99 CAD
Savings: $6.00 CAD/week = $312 CAD/year
1 (482 g) container of homemade hummus (using 1 cup/200 g dried chickpeas + tahini): 2.50 CAD
1 (482 g) container of store-bought hummus (Sabra): $6.49 CAD
Savings: $4.00 CAD/week = $280 CAD/year
So, if you consume 2 qt/1.9 l of nut milk, 1 small jar of nut butter, and 1 container of hummus a week, you can easily pay off your blender in just a few months.
Is Vitamix Worth the Money?
Besides the practical reasons to buy a Vitamix, there are many “technical” reasons why Vitamix is a smart buy. I won’t be going into details because I have an entire blog post dedicated to Vitamix features, but here are a few key points:
- Cool-running motor: a well-engineered motor is the most impressive hallmark of Vitamix. This is the main reason a Vitamix blender can easily handle tough kale leaves, stringy parsley stems, and fibrous celery that are often hard on the motor of a traditional blender. Vitamix motor maintains even torque and cool temperature to deliver the necessary power to process any ingredient.
- Metal gear coupling: Vitamix uses metal for the gear coupling on the blender container and the drive socket on the base. This is yet another big reason these blenders last so long – the metal won’t wear down like plastic does in cheaper blenders.
- Stainless steel blades: Vitamix blades are made with hardened aircraft-grade stainless steel designed to handle the toughest ingredients. Even more importantly, the blades are dull and, therefore, long-lasting – they won’t get dull over time. Vitamix doesn’t rely on sharp blades to crush ingredients but rather a powerful motor and a unique vortex action.
- Uniquely designed container: every angle of the Vitamix container is designed to create our uniquely controlled vortex, systematically folding ingredients back to the blades for faster, smoother blends. And in case the vortex power isn’t enough, a tamper is included with each Vitamix blender to help move ingredients without having to pause and scrape the sides of the container.
- Intuitive Controls: all Vitamix blenders come with a variable speed dial, which allows you to refine every texture with culinary precision, from the smoothest purées to the heartiest soups, and a pulse feature, which gives you a quick burst of power to chop ingredients or refresh drinks. Some blenders also have pre-programmed settings for walk-away convenience and consistent results for various recipes.
- Warranty: Vitamix offers the longest warranty in the industry – 5-10 years, depending on the model. The warranty covers not only parts and performance, but also shipping both ways. According to Vitamix though, less than 2% of Vitamix machines are sent in for repairs.
As you can probably tell, I am 100% confident that Vitamix is worth the high price. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and a healthier, whole-food lifestyle, Vitamix can help make the transition easier. The only question left is – which Vitamix blender is the best?
Note: I am an affiliate for Vitamix, so my opinions are not unbiased. However, I’m passionate about the product and what it can do for you (as you can tell from the many articles I’ve written about Vitamix on this blog).