Over a year ago, my wife started bugging me about getting a Vitamix 5200 blender. She said someone she knew had one and couldn’t stop raving about it. So, I indulged her and bought a Vitamix from cost a year ago last December.
If you have never heard of Vitamix, the machines are used by major chains such as Jamba Juice. They are supposedly commercial grade blenders. At the price they charge, they sure had better be!
My wife started using it like crazy to make smoothies and using it to prepare dinners. She went as far as putting chicken in it to make chicken enchiladas! There seemed to be no end to the uses for the machine. What struck us as the best thing about the blenders is that it could blend frozen strawberries and everything we threw at it, it chopped up without a problem.
Fast forward a year. Over the past year, we started using it less, but then in order for my wife to get all the nutrients into my son (he’s a very picky eater), my wife started making him smoothies every morning. Now all 3 of us have smoothies every morning; banana, strawberry, rice drink (and some other good stuff).
The Vitamix makes it quite easy to blend the frozen strawberries and blend up the smoothie. One of the things I hated about blenders is how hard they are to clean. The instructions for the Vitamix say to rinse it out, fill it half way with water and put in 2 drops of liquid dishwasher soap. Then run it for 30 seconds at full speed. This works fabulously and cleanup is super easy.
So while this blender will set you back a bit of change, if you like to have fresh smoothies and hate fighting a blender that can’t chop up frozen ingredients, then the Vitamix is a perfect choice.
- Chops frozen fruit without a problem.
- Super easy to clean.
- Very expensive.
- Dry container isn’t very useful for us.
The investment in the Vitamax has really started to pay off as it is helping get our son to eat his fruit and get his nutrients. In addition, it is making it easier for my wife and me to get more fruit in our diets. So much so that we’re going through 5 pounds of frozen strawberries and 2 bunches of bananas a week! I’m quite pleased with the purchase and would do it over again.
On the surface the Vitamax looks like a very overpriced blender; however, it is a tool that I believe will stick around our kitchen for years to come.