Vitamix TurboBlend 2 Speed 1782 (Formerly the VitaMix 4500 Blender)
- Product Review (submitted on November 19, 2011):
On several occasions I walked by the VitaMix at my local store, but I didn't spring for it, primarily because of the price. My neighbors have one, and they've made nut butters for me, which you can't do with a standard blender. My old blender recently bit the dust, so I needed a replacement quickly. I checked out the Cuisinart and KitchenAid models elsewhere online, and I read quite a few reviews, especially the one-star and two-star comments. I wanted to know what people didn't like, or what quality issues might be worth noting. Obviously Cuisinart and KitchenAid sell thousands of blenders to thousands of happy people, but I didn't like reading about leaking jars, motor problems, and returns.
I decided to go ahead and spring for a VitaMix, and I saw that this newer model was available. It's a very powerful machine, it has a new lid on the jar which fits better. It's not as noisy as my last blender,. The only thing I might criticize is the recipe book that comes with it — it's focused on fruity, sweet drinks. They don't tell you that you can puree roasted eggplant to add to chicken stock for soup, you can make superb pasta sauces, pestos, and savory dips. This is a tool for people who like to cook and make things with fresh ingredients. If your needs are very basic, like a morning smoothie, you may not need this much power.
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