Three best Vitamix blenders

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You can use the included tamper to push down ingredients while still blending. If you use it correctly, it won't touch the blades.

From smoothies and shakes to nut butters and creamy salad dressings, there's almost nothing you can't make in a Vitamix blender. Though they're some of the most expensive blenders out there, they cost a lot for a reason: they're extremely powerful and blend through even the toughest of foodstuffs without issue.

If you're ready to treat yourself to a Vitamix blender, you'll want to think carefully about choosing the right model for your needs. We've put together this concise but thorough guide to all things Vitamix so you can be blending your way to better health and tastier meals in no time at all.

Considerations when choosing Vitamix blenders

Types of Vitamix blenders

There are two main types of Vitamix available: full-size and personal blenders. Full-size Vitamix blenders are ideal for making large batches -- recipes the whole family can enjoy -- but aren't the best option when it comes to making smaller recipes and single servings. Personal blenders come with a cup-style container for making smoothies and other drinks, as well as a compact jug for dressings, dips, and other small blending tasks.

Size and capacity: Think about both the physical footprint of your chosen Vitamix blender (will it fit in the designated spot on your counter?) and the capacity of the container. It should be large enough to make recipes for your household.

Features

Power: Most Vitamix blenders have motors with either 2 or 2.2 peak horsepower, which equates to a whopping 1,400 watts. Personal Vitamix blenders are less powerful, with about 750 watts.

Controls: Some high-end Vitamix blenders have digital controls, but most feature simple analog dials. Which you prefer comes down to personal preference -- some people like the simplicity of switches and dials, while others like more high-tech controls.

Programmed settings: In addition to standard speed controls, some Vitamix blenders give you the option of using programmed settings to get the best results for specific blending tasks. The exact settings included will depend on the model you choose, but common options include Soup, Smoothie, Frozen, Puree, Dip, and Clean.

Vitamix blender prices: For all their merits, Vitamix blenders don't come cheap. Personal and basic full-size blenders start at around $300 to $400. Higher-end home models cost between around $550 and $750. Commercial models can cost over $1,000.

FAQ

Q. What can I make in a Vitamix blender?

A. You can make all kinds of things in a Vitamix. Standards such as soups and smoothies are a given, but Vitamix blenders are especially good at making green smoothies or smoothies out of harder vegetables that make other blenders struggle. Vitamix blenders can also make exceptionally smooth and creamy peanut and other nut butters, even with little to no added oil. You might be surprised to know that you can make cake or pancake batter in your Vitamix, and some blenders come with a special blade for kneading dough.

Q. Are Vitamix blenders worth the money?

A. If you're a regular blender user, a Vitamix is well worth the high price tag, especially if you often want to blend nuts or other ingredients that less-powerful blenders can't handle.

Q. Can I put the jug and blades of my Vitamix blender in the dishwasher?

A. Yes, your Vitamix blender's jug and blades are dishwasher safe, but we'd recommend putting them on the top rack of your dishwasher.

Vitamix blenders we recommend

Best of the best: Vitamix Professional Series 750 

Our take: Yes, it's expensive, but this is a true powerhouse of a blender that can tackle anything you throw in it.

What we like: Controls that are easy to use, 2.2-peak-horsepower motor, and a large BPA-free blending jug.

What we dislike: Only the price.

Best bang for your buck: Vitamix 5200 Blender 

Our take: While it might not be quite as powerful as the most expensive Vitamix models, it can do almost everything they can do for over $100 less.

What we like: Extremely simple to use, self-cleaning jug design, friction from blades can bring soup to serving temperature without a stove.

What we dislike: Some users miss the pulse feature and programmed settings.

Choice 3: Vitamix S-Series S55 Personal Blender 

Our take: This personal blender is perfect for smoothies, frozen blended drinks, and small-batch recipes like dips and salad dressings.

What we like: Can blend hot foods as well as cold, unlike many personal blenders. Offers a range of programmed settings.  

What we dislike: You might as well splurge on a full-size Vitamix unless you're sure you only need a personal blender.

Lauren Corona is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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