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The Littles and I were lucky enough to get to review a Vitamix blender this week! I’m hesitant to call it a “blender” because it is so much more than that!The Vitamix is by far the most versatile kitchen appliance I’ve ever had the chance to use. We reviewed the Vitamix 5200 and the additional container with wet blade (perfect for baby food!). I’ve also included a comparison to the Ninja blender – which we have been using for almost a year now.
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The Vitamix 5200 comes with a 64 ounce container with wet blade (dry blades are slightly different), a base, a tamper (this is thing is super neat-more later), a tutorial DVD, a cook book, and a Getting Started Guide!
The Vitamix is an all in one machine for chopping, blending, grinding, crushing, pureeing, and more! This one machine will become a staple for all of your cooking needs! Kneading dough? Vitamix does that. Making a healthy smoothie? Vitamix has you covered there too. Batters, dips, speeds, soups, salsa, and baby food – the Vitamix does it all!
(Food Protein Induced Entercoilitis Syndrome)
My 13 month old son has a disease called FPIES. FPIES is a GI/allergy disease which severely limits his safe foods (currently 7 safe foods out of over 25 foods trialed). Because of this, I have been making all of his food for several months to avoid cross contamination and because a few of his safe foods are uncommon (bananas, pears, coconut, olives, eggs, kiwi, oatmeal, and avocado). The Vitamix is a LIFESAVER. When food and nutrients are limited, every calorie counts for our little guy and the Vitamix is allowing us the versatility we need to get him the best nutrition on a limited diet!
Originally, we started with the Baby Bullet. When that wasn’t meeting our needs, we invested in a Ninja. While an improvement on the Baby Bullet, I’ve since been searching for something better. And the Vitamix marks the end of my search.
Here are some of the things we made today:
After some baby food for my little guy,
he helped me make myself a smoothie.
Some more baby food for the little guy – kiwi avocado!
You can see here the Vitamix performed wonderfully with a thicker puree for him!
Vitamix Vs. Ninja Comparison
At first I was a bit skeptical about the Vitamix’s performance over the Ninja. The Vitamix has one blade piece at the bottom (with four blades), whereas the Ninja has a longer blade piece with many more blades from bottom to top. But I was wrong - the Vitamix far outperformed the Ninja!
Speed and Controls
Vitamix: The Vitamix has many speed options – going from 1 to 10, and variable and high.
Ninja: The Ninja has three speed options, and a pulse option.
Ease of Use/Quality of Materials
Vitamix: The Vitamix lid is very easy to put on. It’s a rubbery type lid that just pushes on. There’s a removable lid plug so you can add ingredients while the blender is running. Easily removable, the lid has two little holds to keep it snug while the mixer is in use.
Ninja: The Ninja lid is plastic and is a little difficult to use in my opinion. It also doesn’t have a plug to easily add ingredients while the machine in on. The lid has a release button and is basically vacuum-sealed, but it is hard to take on and off.
With both one the lowest setting, the Vitamix is significantly quieter than the Ninja.
Ease of Cleaning
Vitamix: To clean your Vitamix, fill the container half full with warm water and a few drops of soap and run the machine for 30 to 60 seconds. That’s it! The Vitamix was very easy to clean. One thing I love is there are no “wells” to harbor water and debris.
Ninja: This is the huge downfall for the Ninja, it’s poorly designed in terms of cleaning. The handles and base harbor water and it’s impossible to get down there and clean them! You can see in the photos below, there are food particles etc caught in the handles from washing. There’s a similar problem with the blades (which are removed before washing). They have a hollow center that again harbors water if it’s washed in the dishwasher. I also don’t like that the blades are removed because they’re extremely sharp.
Side by Side Food Test
Here’s a side by side comparison of the Ninja and the Vitamix. I put the same quantities and consistencies in each one. The Ninja looks like there is less in it because the container is wider, but I measured to ensure a fair comparison.
Here they are side by side. The Vitamix is on the left and the Ninja is on the right. What we’re mixing here is coconut pear baby food. I added a little of coconut milk and then two pears in one. I didn’t chop the pears up much at all. This is one thing that’s important to me for a blender, I don’t want to spend an hour chopping something before it even goes into the blender. So I cut the core out of the pear and then cut them into 4-5 big chunks before putting them in.
Vitamix: the Vitamix actually blended up the pears (and these weren’t super ripe pears either) on Level ONE. Yes, level ONE was all that was needed to completely puree two pears and some coconut milk.
Ninja – The Ninja not so lucky. Even though the blades on the Ninja were spinning much faster, the pears weren’t blending at all. The blades just are not strong enough to push past bigger pieces of food, which is really inconvenient when you’re (like I was today) making a month’s worth of baby food in one day. There’s just not time to chop up every single piece of fruit into pieces tiny enough for the Ninja (I mean, isn’t that why you bought a blender in the first place?). You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
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See what I mean?
I actually ended up putting the contents of the Ninja inside the Vitamix
and on level ONE it took less than a minute to finish the puree.
This is a great accessory! It’s a plastic piece (looks like a light saber per my 3 year old) and it’s used to push down or move around thick blends in the Vitamix. It can be used when the machine is on and there is a plastic catch that keeps you from hitting the blades. I actually found the machine worked so well I didn’t need this, but I can definitely see it coming in handy for batters and dough!
Vitamix has several accessories available including various containers, wet and dry blades, and normal and mini “tampers.” Cookbooks are also available.
The Vitamix comes with a great recipe book! It’s a nice binder and is already divided into sections. The possibilities are endless for your Vitamix and this cookbook is there to get you started! More cookbooks are available on Vitamix’s website.
Price and Options
The Vitamix 5200 retails for $449.00 and is available in black, red, and white. For an additional $50.00, platinum and brushed stainless steel colors are available.
Warranty and 30 Day Risk Trial
The Vitamix comes with a standard seven year warranty, with a ten year warranty available for an additional $75.00. The Vitamix also comes with a 30 Day Risk Free Trial. They’re so confident you’ll be satisfied with your purchase (and trust me – you will be) that they will let you try the Vitamix risk free for an entire month! They’ll even pay for return shipping if the Vitamix doesn’t meet your expectations! Now that’s standing behind a product!
The Vitamix is the most versatile thing in my kitchen right now. With FPIES and prematurity, my little guy will be on purees much longer than normal and I’m thrilled to have this amazing product to make all of his food with. I love that the Vitamix can blend ANYTHING and it’s proving to be a valuable time saver for this mom of four!