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Sorta OT - Interesting comparison between a $25, and a $600, blender

BotchBotch Posts: 13,706
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN6zJb_pwtQ
 
Done by a design engineer from Epicurious, no less.  
I have an old, rather expensive KitchenAid blender, which actually has a poorer coupling between the motor and the blades than either of these blenders.  I stripped it out a couple years ago, and fortunately someone on this forum (can't remember who) directed me to an obsolete parts maker on eBay and I was able to repair it.  It also, oddly, has blades that are squared off, not sharp at all.  This is nice when I wash it in the sink, but have no idea how it affects performance (it crushes ice just fine, does a good job on soaked chiles, and I don't make smoothies or homemade mayonnaise).  
I like having a matched trio of a white KitchenAid food processor, blender, and stand mixer on my counter, but if the blender goes out again I may be tempted by that Vitamix; hopefully the KitchenAid lasts a few weeks longer than I do.   
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 40,751
    edited November 16
    The “dull” blades create more friction as well as good cavitation.  That friction helps bust stuff up and allows you to actually cook food in it (friction generates heat).  I have a Blendtec that I use once or twice a day and I love it.
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  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 8,991
    I've had my Blendtec for about a decade. It has "squared off" blades, there are no knife edges like many blenders or a food processor uses. As @nolaegghead mentions stuff can get HOT.
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  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 1,509
    I bit on a Woot! offer for a Ninja and that thing is a freaking beast.  I sometimes just blend stuff that I don't even intend on eating.  It gives me the same feeling I had the very first time I bought a really nice power tool.  There's nothing like the first time, but this Ninja was close!
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 9,412
    Langner91 said:
    I bit on a Woot! offer for a Ninja and that thing is a freaking beast.  I sometimes just blend stuff that I don't even intend on eating.  It gives me the same feeling I had the very first time I bought a really nice power tool.  There's nothing like the first time, but this Ninja was close!
    Love my ninja, I only use it for fermented hot sauce , wanted the blendtec but wanted to try the ninja to see if I would be into "blending" ......what I would like is to find a blender with a large capacity container , thinking a heavy duty immersion would be my best bet 
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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 5,903
    I make and heat soup in the vitamix 
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  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 8,991
    This just popped up in my Twitter feed...


    They've got all their blenders on sale right now.

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  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 4,540
    HeavyG said:
    This just popped up in my Twitter feed...


    They've got all their blenders on sale right now.

    I may just get that. I'm on my second blendtec... First one is in the camper. It has over 9000 cycles on it. This second one I feel it's louder and the pre programmed smoothie button takes twice as long. It's loud. Yes it's pulverizing frozen stuff, but I'd appreciate it if it could do it in silence.

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    How many cycles are on your 10 year old blendtec?  Or is it pre screen? 

    I wanted one built in to the counter but I think they discontinued that. At the time of my last home build, no info could be found.
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  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 4,540
    Oh my! The rabbit hole!


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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 26,274
    Two grand for a blender, good Lord.  
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  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 8,991
    kl8ton said:
    HeavyG said:
    This just popped up in my Twitter feed...


    They've got all their blenders on sale right now.

    I may just get that. I'm on my second blendtec... First one is in the camper. It has over 9000 cycles on it. This second one I feel it's louder and the pre programmed smoothie button takes twice as long. It's loud. Yes it's pulverizing frozen stuff, but I'd appreciate it if it could do it in silence.

    @[email protected]
    How many cycles are on your 10 year old blendtec?  Or is it pre screen? 

    I wanted one built in to the counter but I think they discontinued that. At the time of my last home build, no info could be found.

    Haven't  used it in a couple years so I don't recall but I'm sure it's less than a thousand. A blender is not something I use as much as a food processor or just a stick blender.
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  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 4,610
    God I love overkill. You guys get me. Someone please get the $2800 blender
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 4,588
    When blender shopping, if you see one with sharp blades that's a red flag that the motor is too small.  Blenders are not there to cut/slice through food like a food processor......they are there to blend.  Blenders do that the fastest by slamming a flat surface in something so it liquefies into a million different molecules.  I've had my Vitamix for 14 years now.
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 3,684
    I love my Vitamix
    NOLA
  • MotownVolMotownVol Posts: 988
    How good of a blender do you need to make frozen margaritas?  That is what I have.
    Morristown TN, LBGE and Mini-Max.
  • GregWGregW Posts: 2,572
    I have a Vitamix Vita-Prep 3
    It is certainly a well built blender. I have the normal blade and also a container with the ice blades, it is really good for a frozen drink party.
    Birmingham, AL
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