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Posted by: ilovemycat, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2:15am
I am looking to start incorporating some whole foods smoothies into my diet using compliant fruits and veggies, and am looking for any recommendations on blenders to use for this...In a perfect world, I would order a Vitamix, but they are fairly spend, though I don't doubt their value; I have recently heard of some other blenders and am wondering how they stack up (i.e. The Ninja, NutriBullet, Blendtec, etc.) Thank you in advance for any advice or recommendations you may have!!  :)
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2:24am; Reply: 1
I just bought myself a Blendtec (as an early birthday present). It was pricey, but SO worth it! Easy to use, easy to clean, and does a great job! :D
Posted by: Joy, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2:38am; Reply: 2
I'm all for quality appliances and I agree if you can afford it (or see long term benefits for your health by all means get one of the best).

On the cheap side I just got a new Oster blender that has a number of buttons but I always use liquify to make my smoothies.  I can feel a bit of air whirling around as it spins but what do you want for $20 something dollars at Walmart.  My last Oster lasted several years and it certainly paid for itself.

Joy
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2:42am; Reply: 3
Before I splurged on a Blendtec, I've been using a Juice Lady blender for more than 15 years! Worked pretty well (though not as good as the Blendtec!).
Posted by: Joy, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 2:54am; Reply: 4
Well, if anybody, then I'd say you deserve a Blendtec (don't know anything about it but I'm sure it's a quality product).

And what's more, Drea, a very happy birthday (and year) to you!

Joy
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 3:45am; Reply: 5
Quoted from Joy
Well, if anybody, then I'd say you deserve a Blendtec (don't know anything about it but I'm sure it's a quality product).

And what's more, Drea, a very happy birthday (and year) to you!

Joy


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Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 3:44pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from ilovemycat
I am looking to start incorporating some whole foods smoothies into my diet using compliant fruits and veggies, and am looking for any recommendations on blenders to use for this...In a perfect world, I would order a Vitamix, but they are fairly spend, though I don't doubt their value; I have recently heard of some other blenders and am wondering how they stack up (i.e. The Ninja, NutriBullet, Blendtec, etc.) Thank you in advance for any advice or recommendations you may have!!  :)



In the past few months, there were other threads on this subject discussing NutriBullet and comparing it to Vitamix.  You might want to search the forum for this.

I have a Vitamix and NutriBullet.  If I were investing in just one I'd get a Vitamix.  Blendtec I know
nothing about although I'd consider it completely comparable to a Vitamix.  Ninja has some feedback on Amazon.com that is both good and bad.  If you don't screw on the NutriBullet cap correctly or if you overfill capacity even a little, it will leak.  And having both, I find I don't like
the upside down container as well as the rightside up.  You can't add additional ingredients into
a NutriBullet without opening it up....and it's not very easy to open the container after blending
as air builds up a tight pressure and sometimes requires brute strength to turn the cap.
NB is for personal use and not capable of making large batches nor is it capable of making soup.  My most used appliance is my Vitamix.  I use my Nutribullet for quick blended smoothies when
I'm just using a handful of veggies or fruit and some protein powder.   I do like this Nutribullet
but you have to realize it's not the same as a workhorse like Vitamix with a large capacity container.

Drea.....you totally deserve your Blendtec......Enjoy your birthday and your gift to yourself!  {{{{hugs}}}}
Posted by: C_Sharp, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 4:38pm; Reply: 7
When I decided to go from an inexpensive blender to something that would handle vegetables better, I debated quite a bit between blendtec and vitamix.

Being a technical person I appreciated the microprocessor in the controls of the blendtec instead of the potentiometer used on the the vitamix.  

If a person does not like programming vcrs, tv remotes, or microwave ovens, they might prefer a vitamix that does not need this type of programming.

Blendtecs are not hard, they do have standard cycle-but some people don't like any complexity between them and their food.



I want with vitamix on a price/repair history/guarantee issue. And a BPA issue that is no longer an issue.

The vitamix I got was rebuilt, but came with a ten year guarantee. Which was substantially more than the blendtec.

At the time I read some material that Blendtecs developed problems after several years of use (I do not recall what those problems were or how common they were)

Since my mother already owned a vitamix, I used a program that got me free shipping and extension of the guarantee from 7 to years and my mother a commission (I think this was around $60)

In any case I did a cost estimate over ten years and thought I came out ahead with the rebuilt Vitamix.

Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 5:30pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from ilovemycat
I am looking to start incorporating some whole foods smoothies into my diet using compliant fruits and veggies, and am looking for any recommendations on blenders to use for this...In a perfect world, I would order a Vitamix, but they are fairly spend, though I don't doubt their value; I have recently heard of some other blenders and am wondering how they stack up (i.e. The Ninja, NutriBullet, Blendtec, etc.)

I bought an old Vitamix from ebay and love it.  

I have had some neighbors that have had trouble with Nutribullet getting damaged and not being able to get the jar/blade assembly loose from the base - but I don't know more details, etc...  I know they went through 3 in about 3 months...
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10:35pm; Reply: 9
When it's time to replace my blender, I'll go with either a Vitamix or Blendtec (when I can afford the upgrade).

I'm presently using a Kitchenaid and really love it a lot.  It was priced around $100 and with my Bed, Bath and Beyond 20% standard discount, I paid $79 for it.  It's on the high end of the low-priced blenders and it has a very strong motor, makes smoothies that are as smooth as a milk shake.  But it doesn't liquify carrots and tough stems on greens.
Posted by: BCgal, Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10:57pm; Reply: 10
I have the Ninja.  Very reasonable price.  I got it on sale and also bought one for my daughter.  We both really like it.
Posted by: Spring, Sunday, May 12, 2013, 2:15am; Reply: 11
Quoted from ABJoe
I have had some neighbors that have had trouble with Nutribullet getting damaged and not being able to get the jar/blade assembly loose from the base - but I don't know more details, etc...  I know they went through 3 in about 3 months...

I think the Nutribullet would be having "trouble" with me if I had that much trouble with it. It would have gone back to the seller pronto! I bought another processor brand before I got the one I have now, and I had trouble with it. The blade made a nice slice in the bowl and nearly scared me to death. No way was I keeping that thing. It wasn't cheap, either, but a very poor design.
Posted by: Joy, Sunday, May 12, 2013, 2:27am; Reply: 12
When I first read this post I saw the word smoothie (and completely missed the whole foods part).

I now understand what you are trying to do for yourself and it is a very good idea.  Using whole foods in a quality blender to make smoothies is the way to get the most nutrients.  

I'm lucky my Oster liquifies the sliced avocado I sometimes put in the blender.  But as far as making it a smoothie for the price its great.  

So good luck with your search and I'm sure you'll find the best blender for your use.

Joy
Posted by: luvmyzoe, Monday, May 13, 2013, 9:07pm; Reply: 13
When I was shopping for a new blender, I was torn between a Vitamix and Blentec.  The reason I chose the Blendtec is because it would fit on my counter under the kitchen cabinets.

The Blendtec came with a 3-year warranty, and in the last month, it started to act up.  I called the hotline and they told me to send it in for repair.  A couple of weeks later, they sent me a brand new machine.  So they do honor their warranty!

The Vitamix is the Cadillac of blenders.  It all depends on what you are going to use it for.  I only use mine for making smoothies, don't need the ability to make hot liquids like the Vitamix. But if you want all the bells and whistles, the Vitamix is the one to get.

I've been very happy with my Blendtec and have not had any problems with the new one, and it has been two years now.

Hope this helps!
Posted by: gardengirl, Monday, May 13, 2013, 9:23pm; Reply: 14
Not here to recommend a blender but if you have an older style blender you can take the glass part off and use a mason jar on the blade as it is a perfect fit! I just thought this was best idea. Granted, you won't want to put ice in it as I think it would be too much for the glass but if you are making a smoothie (say spinach, pineapple juice and banana) you can drink it right from the jar!
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:07pm; Reply: 15
It really depends on your budget. If you can afford it, I think a good quality blender like the  Vitamix is a better value in the long run.  But if money is really tight and you just want to be able to start making smoothies, then I suggest  going to Target or equivalent and buying whichever cheap blender happens to be on sale this week. You can buy another one when it breaks in a few years- maybe you'll be able to afford something top quality by then.
Posted by: kitari, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 5:07am; Reply: 16
We have a Ninja Pro 1100.  It makes great smoothies and frozen desserts and that's all I need it to do.  Tonight I made a cherry chocolate chip frozen smoothie, 1 kinda green banana(you get the creamy without much banana taste) 10 large frozen sweet cherries, 1 cup of ice, about 10 chocolate chips and a little water.  mmm mmm good.  :P
Posted by: Jane, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 5:11pm; Reply: 17
I have a cheap blender and a Magic Bullet.  It's fine for most of the smoothies I make.  Maybe one of these days I'll invest in a good one like a Vitamix or Blentec.
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 2:09am; Reply: 18
I made an interesting concoction for lunch today in my Blendtec: whole carrots, water, lemon juice, sea salt, ginger root, and half a bag of organic: baby kale, baby spinach, baby collards, and ice cubes. It was okay; maybe not repeatable, I think the carrots are too old...but I got several servings of veggies in at lunch time! ;D
Posted by: 30200 (Guest), Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 4:31am; Reply: 19
I have used The Ninja for the last few months. It worked great for the first month, after that is just didnt work as well anymore. :-/
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 4:35am; Reply: 20
I'm happy to find out that my Blendtec is warranted for 8 years! That's more than any other appliance I've bought...
Posted by: Joy, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:24pm; Reply: 21
Drea,

Eight years!  I never heard that long a warranty for a blender.  

Now, you're going to have to name it!

Joy
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 11:27pm; Reply: 22
;D
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, May 17, 2013, 8:47pm; Reply: 23
How about "Blendy"?
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 12:47am; Reply: 24
That sparks an idea Ruthie...Blenda!  8)
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:21am; Reply: 25
Quoted from kitari
We have a Ninja Pro 1100.  It makes great smoothies and frozen desserts and that's all I need it to do.  Tonight I made a cherry chocolate chip frozen smoothie, 1 kinda green banana(you get the creamy without much banana taste) 10 large frozen sweet cherries, 1 cup of ice, about 10 chocolate chips and a little water.  mmm mmm good.  :P
:o :o (drool) (woot)
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Saturday, May 18, 2013, 1:50pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from BCgal
I have the Ninja.  Very reasonable price.  I got it on sale and also bought one for my daughter.  We both really like it.


I have a Vitamix. What I don't like about it is if the lid isn't on tight, and I turn it on low..the power surges at first from such a powerful motor and it will spill out some of the contents before it gets going, so I have to make sure the lid is on really well.

I've been looking at the Ninja's. It looks good for the price and does a lot of different things..except it doesn't make friction soup like the Vitamix does (I asked them). My only concern about the Ninja is how long does it last?  Like the Shark vacuums. I bought a Shark vacuum. It lasted about a year and then died.  These new companies.. you never know what kind of quality you're getting.  I won't buy another Shark again.
Posted by: Chloe, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 2:55pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from Drea
That sparks an idea Ruthie...Blenda!  8)


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I have accidentally set my Vitamix on in the highest setting and it nearly blew the contents out through the top of the not so greatly fastened lid....but I solve that by making sure I'm turning it on in the lowest gear so it's
sort of stirring rather than blending.  Do you have that ability on your Vitamix?

Watched a few youtube videos comparing Vitamix to Blentec for smoothness in consistency.  Most blended
fruits and veggies came out the same.

The difference was between the Vitamix/Blendtec and Ninja.  Ninja didn't fully blend the contents that the other
two did in a few instances.

One guy on youtube compared all three machines..  Vitamix came out first, Blendtec second and Ninja third.  But comparatively, Vitamix is the most expensive.

All my Shark products died too.  Good when new...don't last long.

Posted by: 815 (Guest), Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:36pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from Chloe

One guy on youtube compared all three machines..  Vitamix came out first, Blendtec second and Ninja third.  But comparatively, Vitamix is the most expensive.


Which proves the old saying: "You get what you pay for". (usually)
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