Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:10 AM
I would love to try this at home but having paid upwards of $500 for my wonderful Vita-Mix, well, it isn't going to happen.
I investigated both the Vita-Mix and the Blendtec when I started shopping for my blender. I kept reading in reviews that the Blendtec was super noisy.
I had an opportunity to test both out at separate local demos at Costco.
To test them I brought the most difficult thing I could think of....roasted and skinned cacao beans. Could the high speed and heat of the blenders turn the cacao into a smooth chocolate liquor? That was the question.
Well, I can confirm to you that the Blendtec was painfully loud. You would really want to wear hearing protection with this unit. It was that bad.
The Vita-Mix was quieter. I really like it. I made peanut butter just this morning with it, 24 ounces of dry roasted unsalted peanuts and 3 tbs of olive oil. It took 3 minutes.
If you are wondering about the cacao experiment, well, the Vita-Mix does have an overheat thermistor, so it will shut off when the motor overheats, which was the case with the cacao. The Blendtec doesn't, but it did a lousy job of making the chocolate liquor.
Since then I had the luck to find a Champion juicer at a second hand store for $15, which is the way I make my chocolate now. I save the blender for the things it is best suited for.