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    Vitamix advice

    Looking to get a blender...everyone says these are the way to go.

    1. $379 for this TurboBlend 2 speed
    http://www.cutleryandmore.com/product_view.asp?id=21133

    2. $499 for CIA Professional
    http://www.cutleryandmore.com/vitami...lender-p115684

    3. $599 stainless steel professional
    http://www.cutleryandmore.com/vitami...lender-p120487

    Is it worth the jump in price for this next model? Will be using in professional kitchen mainly to puree soups and sauces

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    Then there is this costco set...http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...atchallpartial
    I'm so confused

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    I have the first one because i bought it off a friend for 100 bucks. It does everything you want, if what you want is blended drinks.

    At work i have the second one and i love the adjustable speed. If ours broke and the owner wanted to downgrade a replacement, I'd give him the difference in cash myself.

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    Was thinking blenders myself long debate for me vitamin vs blendtec. Good luck.

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    I've tried Costco versions of both the Vitamix and the Blendtec for a few weeks each. We currently own a Vitamix. The Blendtec was nice but we felt the Vitamix was better and it really wasn't a hard decision at all.

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    I went with a blend-tec a few years ago,a nd I love it. Especially the wide jar with the longer blade span. I have both jars and use them regularly.

    Tough call between blend-tec and vita-mix - there are pros and cons to both. Blend-tec has their machines in lots of commercial retail operations like Starbucks for blended drinks, and they work fantastically. The pre-programaed features are nice, but a bit gimmicky. I prefer the dial on the vita-mix. The pulse button on the blend-tec is a bit finicky. If I could combine the power and jar of the blend-tec w/ the dial on the vita-mix that would be ideal for me.

    I would definitely get a model that has a dial for variable speed control. Not of the difference between the top two models, but they appear the same in power and volume, which are the most important things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    I've tried Costco versions of both the Vitamix and the Blendtec for a few weeks each. We currently own a Vitamix. The Blendtec was nice but we felt the Vitamix was better and it really wasn't a hard decision at all.
    Good to hear. Guess I will go vitamix. Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckhand View Post
    Good to hear. Guess I will go vitamix. Thanks for the advice.
    We got the Vitamix at Costco. Like a month later, they had the Blendtec there so I bought that one, too. A couple of weeks later, I come home from work and my wife has this desperate look on her face. I asked her what the problem was. She said she returned the Vitamix and she wants it back. I told her I was sure they still had it right there and she probably re-exchange them. Less than an hour later, all was well and only the Vitamix remained. I kid you not. The dial and the plunger sealed the deal.

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    So seems like the dial is very useful! Can you explain a bit more about why though? Just some example of when it is useful? In the past if I want to blend something I usually just always do it on highspeed.

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    A couple of months after I got my blend-tec f/ costco the vitamix rep came through. I wish I had a chance to see the vitamix before I got the blend-tec. Not sure I would have made a different decision but I do think the vitamix is a nicer/better made machine. One thing I don't like about the blend-tec is it is EXTREMELY loud - everytime I use it the GF whines and says she wants to get a muffler for it. That alone is reason enough to get a vitamix. I'm on the fence about the plunger in the vitamix - that's one great thing about the deisgn of the blend-tec is it doesn't need one - OK occasionally if I make pesto or chimichuri I have to use a wooden spoon to push things down.

    Vitamix was just here a few weeks ago; when they come back in a few months I'll have to take a closer look at them... You won't be disapointed with it.
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