Good deal on VitaMix
Posted 31 March 2012 - 02:36 PM
I am finally getting my high-end blender! It's a good deal, so I thought I would let the community here know, in case anyone is planning to get one soon.
Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:43 PM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:10 PM
The only non-commercial model that is different is the Professional Series 500, which has a couple of presets for soup and smoothies, etc., probably to compete with the similar settings on the BlendTec. But even the 500 has the same motor, just a couple more bells and whistles. And a substantially higher price tag.
The top end commercial model, the VitaPrep 3, has a bigger motor ("3HP, whatever that means in a blender) and a shorter (3 year vs. 7 year) warrantee. The carafe is polycarbonate (not BPA free). You can get it on eBay for just under $500.
Unless you go for the refurbished one from the VitaMix website, this is about as low a price as I have seen on these things, and I have been watching them for a while. The Costco price at a demo is $400, in black or white with a different cookbook and the same carafe. The current Costco deal (online order) is $500 but includes a dry carafe as well as the standard 64 ounce one and only comes in black.
I personally like the stainless a little better than black or white, and that is a $50 upgrade on the VitaMix website.
Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:16 PM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:16 PM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:20 PM
Well that sale was enough to push me over the edge. On order now, since I didn't feel like driving across town to Sur La Table.
Enabling is fun...
Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:32 PM
Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:42 PM
Opted for the refurbished one, been wanting one for a long time. Agar fluid gels, here I come! Between this, Modernist Cuisine, Sous Vide Magic and countless other books and tools egullet has proven rather deadly to my wallet!
No kidding. I'm still holding out on Modernist Cuisine but eGullet is responsible for my VitaMix and my SousVideMagic/FreshMealsMagic. Plus a whole bunch of chocolate molds and an airbrush (that was on clearance, but still).
Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:56 AM
The "official" line from VitaMix is that the extra HP (3 vs 2 in the 5200) is for driving the heavy duty cooling fan, but that's bunk. I've owned several VitaMix units over the years, and we use ours every day.
The 3HP Vita Prep (there is a 2HP Vita Prep as well), is definately stronger with thick mixtures. The Vita Prep 3 doesn't bog down nearly as much as the 5200 with the really tough stuff.
Better cooling, spare parts included (an extra mesh gear - the part on the mixer that the container connects to), and a very nice chef's cookbook geared towards restaurant, rather than home recipes make it worth hunting a Vita Prep 3 imho.
You won't go wrong with any of the models, but I like the extra bit of "heavy duty" in the Vita Prep 3. If you buy it from JL Hufford @ $484, you'll also get a case of 5 different iced coffee drink mixes...about 20 pounds, enough for several hundred drinks ;)
Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:55 AM