The Vitamix Is Incredible If You Love Smoothies and Soups
I was able to talk my husband (and myself) into purchasing a Creations Elite Vitamix a little while ago because of QVC’s five-payment plan and decent price. I’ve used this little piece of awesome almost daily since, sometimes more than once a day.
I wish I’d never purchased the Ninja I used to adore so much; life and smoothies would have been so much smoother (pun intended) if I had just gotten the Vitamix long ago.
From what I understand, the actual Vitamixes aren’t very different from one model to another. They’re all incredibly powerful. The differences come in when you look at whether you’re getting a wet container, dry container, or both, and how big the container is. There are also some minor differences in the control.
Overall, I think the average user will be fine with any of the Vitamix blenders with a wet container. I do regret not getting the 64 oz container, though, instead of the 48 oz. one. I like to make smoothies for days at a time, and it’s difficult to make hot soups in there for more than one or two people without the larger wet container. (But yes, it does get them hot so you don’t have to chop and cook!)
The Vitamix has turned anything I’ve thrown at it—including greens—into smoothies that are actually smooth, with no chewing required. It’s amazing.
I thought the Ninja was good, but this is a whole different level. Clean-up isn’t much different from one to the other, but it seems easier to get the gunk out of the Vitamix with a little dish soap and warm water spinning around at the highest setting inside.
When I ordered the Creations Elite, it came with an inspiring cookbook that’s able to stand on its own so you can prop it up and cook from it. (Don’t expect it to be all about healthy food, though!) There are simple and more complex recipes to choose from.
The smoothie cup that came with it as well is also sturdy, good at keeping cold drinks cold (and probably hot ones hot, though I haven’t tried that yet), and doesn’t make what’s inside taste funny.
I can’t recommend Vitamix blenders enough, but I still recommend a model that has the 64 oz. pitcher instead of only the 48 oz one if you’ll be cooking soups in it (yes, you can run it until it heats up the food inside, too) for more than yourself and your husband or yourself and your child.
You can buy them on the QVC site where I got mine, but you can also find a good deal on them at Costco if you have a membership there, or you can pick up a refurbished one (still with a good warranty) from the Vitamix site.
The description on QVC says this little machine takes the place of a food processor, blender, juicer, stick blender, hand mixer, ice cream maker, ice crusher, meat grinder, chopper, cheese grater, peanut butter maker, and hot soup maker.
I can see it doing all of these things, though some additional steps may be required (like pouring the juice mixture through cheesecloth).
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