View Full Version : What type of blender do you have?
08-08-2007, 10:15 AM
I am about to purchase a new blender and I thought this would be the quickest way to get some reliable reviews.
What type do you have? What is the HP and rpms? How much did you pay for it?
Are you happy with it? Anything you would change?
Any type of review of your blender would be great!!
(btw I am looking to buy one that grinds seeds and would be great for green smoothies)
08-08-2007, 10:20 AM
Vita-Mix 4500 - not sure of the specs. But I love it! It does grind seeds and everyday makes my green smoothies. Wouldn't be without it! I got it when I supported a run raw team to help out w/their fundraising. Think I paid about $310.00 for it.
08-08-2007, 10:42 AM
KTec. I think it's 3 HP? Gosh I can't remember. Anyway it has been a wonderful blender and it fits under my cabinets. I think I paid a little less than $300. Not much less though. :)
08-08-2007, 10:44 AM
Stats on the 4500
TurboBlend 4500 maximizes nutritional intake: whole foods for nutritional synergy, health promoting photochemicals, a balanced supply of vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients, disease lowering fibers and natural sugars. Kids enjoy "health smoothies" and after school snacks.
Athletes make "instant" energy foods.
Bodybuilders maximize nutritional intake with complex carbohydrates.
Health conscious moms make natural baby food.
Men who want healthy hearts consume cholesterol lowering soluble fiber.
Women eating to lower risk of cancer get fiber in and fat out.
2+ peak horsepower
speeds up to 218 miles per hour
64 oz carafe included
5 Year warranty for home use
Two speeds (No Variable Speed)
7 1/4" x 8 3/4" D x 20" H
Note: This is so tall, it will not fit under normal cabinets in kitchens.
120 Volts 50/60 hz 11.5 amps
08-08-2007, 11:00 AM
vita mix 4000 comercial got it on craigs list for $200
its pretty awsome
I went to a friends house to show him how to make green smoothies.
he had an ostersizer oster brand it was impressive and not real loud.
i would recomend it if your on a budget
08-08-2007, 11:16 AM
I have a silver black and decker one that I got at Target for around $30. It seems to be holding up pretty good, but I hope to get a vitamix soon.
08-08-2007, 11:53 AM
I have been using the blenders from local stores. The last one i got is only a few months old and already smells hot when i try to blend a smoothie. I made the fudge using the coconut oil with the honey and cocoa and could not get it to blend. I used my blender, then the processor and then a hand held blender. Nothing would blend it right. I finally gave up and poured it in a pan to set so now when i eat it it is pretty as it has little circles of white in it and a white frosting but I am sure if i made it with my new Vita mix it would blend better as it sure does up a smoothie quick. I love it and think it is worth the money. I paid $360 for it with free shipping but nothing is free so if i could have found it cheaper with shipping it would prob have been the same price. I do a search and compare and this was the best price i could find.
I am taking all my store bought blenders and giving them away. I dont even want them in the house taking up space so if u can afford a decent blender get it as it is worth it.
08-08-2007, 12:25 PM
I have a BlendTec. http://www.blendtec.com/productDetails.aspx?id=27
I really like it. It makes quick work of blending smoothies. It grinds nuts and seeds, too. It has a 1500 watt motor.
I have a super vitamix 5000 that comes with the wet blade, dry blade and an extra smaller container/wet blade. if you wanna go with the vitamix, which i LOVE, id get the wet and dry blade because using the wet blade wont grind seeds and other grains as well. i dont think id change anything about it. i really do love it. it has exceeded my desires thus far.
08-08-2007, 01:23 PM
I have a Vitamix, and I love it - but I think there is a better blender out there, it was on the news etc for the "Will it Blend?" segments...I think it's faster, and has a better motor.
Blendtek? I think that's it.
08-08-2007, 06:32 PM
You might want to read this article and then decide whether you are happy with your VitaMix decision or not:
I absolutely have no regrets with my 4500 and 5000 VitaMix purchases. They both serve me very well.
08-08-2007, 06:40 PM
I got a cheap one at Walmart that works great. Didn't cost much and it blends everything I want to blend.
08-08-2007, 08:08 PM
Cuisinart ..paid about 80.00 good value and it is a work horse.
08-08-2007, 09:04 PM
I have a Blend Tec and a cheapie Sunbeam I got from Macy's on sale several years ago.
The Sunbeam is good for nut milks, dressings, dips, creaming cashews, and other soft foods.
The Blend Tec is great for smoothies, especially green smoothies and fruit smoothies because I use ICE in my fruit and coconut smoothies. It blends much faster than and smoother than the cheap one. I would not be able to blend ice in the Sunbeam blender and the ability to blend ice is a requirement for me.
08-08-2007, 09:05 PM
You don't want a blender like mine....
http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s43/FireStar_830/dancing-9.gif .... sigh.... ;) :D
08-08-2007, 09:21 PM
I totally recommend the K-Tec/BlendTec "Total Blender." The thing is amazing -- computer-controlled, you don't need to be nursing it while it blends, perfectly smooth blends, easy cleanup. It's around the same price point as the Vita-Mix but I see no reason to get the Vita-Mix over the BlendTec.
08-08-2007, 09:41 PM
I totally agree with mikeshafer. I have a Blendtec & LOVE it!!!!
08-09-2007, 05:52 AM
I just watched some interesting online videos about the "Blend Tec" blender and it does look like a real powerful blender. I am impressed but they are a lot more spendy then my cheap Walmart blender. Here's the link to the videos:
the videos are listed under "Additional Resources"
08-10-2007, 07:27 PM
Sammijane- As I'm sure you figured out at this point, there are 2 high end blenders out there- BlendTec and Vitamix. Both cost anywhere between $300and $400. Alissa sells the Vitamix at her store. You can also do an internet search to try to find the lowest cost BlendTec if you go that route.
Some people feel very strongly about the blender they have (i.e. Vitamix vs. BlendTec). If you do a search on Alissa's site, I'm sure you'll find some of the discussions regarding this.
I have a BlendTec. I've had an (older version) Vitamix in the past (back when it was the new version!). They're both good machines. Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with either one. There are other people who have higher end blenders that can be purchased in a dept. store, and are perfectly happy with those.
Cost can definitely be a factor. It took me a long time to get past the $320.00 price tag on my BlendTec. However, I have no regrets as I use it at least once daily (it's already more than paid for itself as I've had it for over a year and a half), and is 3HP. (Almost as much as my Mom's lawnmower, as she says!)
Best of luck to you with whatever choice you make!:)
08-10-2007, 07:46 PM
Krups for $150 on sale at Macy's --> http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=216532&CategoryID=7565&LinkType=EverGreen.
I absolutely LOVE it! It blends everything, chops ice great, is pretty darn quiet, it's easy to clean and has a glass mixing jar. It's stylish and not too big and ugly like some of them, if that's important.
08-10-2007, 08:03 PM
Wow I think I might get the blendtec, very nice. I'll have to checkout the Krups blender..
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