Thank you all so very much. I really appreciate the thought and questions (many of the you think the same way I do asking how much I will really use it); thank you for sharing your comparisons to even the good expensive blenders (ie-Kitchen Aid). I have been pondering this one for about 6mo.
I will have to agree with you all about expensive household appliances. 6 years ago we upgraded our hoover to a miele (and it was way more than the VitaMix). I will simply say night and day. I never realized what a bad job our previous vacuum was doing. At the time I was almost faint bc/ of the expense, now I think it was worth every, single penny.
Our espresso machine. $1000. We use it 4 times a week at least and have had it for 3 years now. It paid for itself after about 18 mos. We are at the point where people walk in our house and say hello and make me a coffee drink now......
Wolf stove/oven. WIth a stove like this who needs a man Well I would not go that far, but you get my point!!
Miele vacumn. I love playing with this!!! We bought this 4 years ago. I am almost at the point of convincing DH we need one for upstairs too!!
I bought my kitchenaid mixer in 99 after we remodeld our first kitchen. I use it all the time and love it!
So yes, I will own a vitamix and I know we will use it, but waiting for the right time to buy! FWIW, I have seen coops for them to get them a bit cheaper.
Any info would be appreciated!!
But, I make a good amount of smoothies, and, more importantly/relevant, I make bean dip in it - 4 cups of cooked pinto beans + spices and blend them up to smooth. The Kitchenaid could blend them up just peachy fine... but they both died after doing so only 5-8x. If your doing hard-core blending of some sort, a vitamix is totally worth it. If not, if your just doing the random bit of blending for a cocktail party or a smoothie every now and then, its probably not.
I use it several times a day so it has been well worth it for us. I make veg/fruit smoothies every morning and my old blender wasn't even blending everything anymore. I have also made soup, ice cream and playdoh with the Vitamix.
I've had mine for over a year now and love it. The Carafe is still plastic but its not like you store anything in it. I hesitated to buy one for years but you will not regret getting one. I use mine alot for smoothies, pureeing soups and I need to start making ice cream again.
We have the Blendtec and are so so so happy with our purchase. We use it constantly and it's the way I get DS to eat vegetables, he's 2 and oh so picky. He loves his smoothies. I've also made sauces in it, but mostly green smoothies. Delish. Sure it's a lot of money up front, but never having to go to Smoothie King again and pay those ridiculous prices? Worth. Every. Penny.
I wanted it for long enough and it's boosted our nutrition enough to justify the cost. Definitely money well spent, but then we use it a lot. Kale= hidden. Mommy= happy.
I've had a Vitamix for years and absolutely love it! It really is an incredible machine. I make a lot of smoothies, etc. and struggled through quite a few cheaper blenders before taking the plunge. They are a bit expensive, but they do come with a 7 year warranty, which helped calm my nerves about spending so much.
You can save some money ($70+) buy buying refurbished ones directly from the company, and they still come with the warranty.
If you are really going to use it, then a Vitamix is absolutely worth it! Every hard earned cent!
They are an amazing machine and I can honestly say since having one, it has changed my life. The Blendtec is up there as well, I have friends that absolutely love theirs. People often have difficulty deciding between the two. This Blendtec vs Vitamix comparison really can help.
Once you use a Vitamix you will understand. I had used several blenders in the past and really nothing compares if you are going to make use of it. As for deals and such, you should check with Vitamix Promotions where they have reconditioned, free shipping and the latest deals.
There really isn't anything you can't do with a Vitamix. If it's something you are going to pull out of the cabinet a few times a month, then it probably is not worth it - otherwise go for it! You will not be disappointed.