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Old 02-21-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Is it as great as I read about and see videos? Can it really make soups/juice, desserts, dips, butters, and all without breaking within a couple of years?
I know it's very pricey so I need to do research before buying one.
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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They sell this in Costco and the free samples of ice cream and soup are wonderful . It is kind of expensive, though.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I bought one in 1981, it still works although I rarely use it and just as a blender.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I have an old one I bought at an auction. I don't use it very often--mainly for grinding/milling grains like whole wheat flour. I ground up some whole flax seed recently and it worked great for that.
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:38 PM
 
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I have one and use it quite often, Raven1976. I bought it about 7 years ago, and it has to be said that blenders and immersion blenders have come along way since then (especially with the ability to make smoothies). I will tell you that this has lasted the test of time and through some good steady, use. It is still working as well as when I bought it. Just give some thought to what you are going to use it for. While I use to use it for making soups, I have instead fallen in love with me immersion blender!
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"While I use to use it for making soups, I have instead fallen in love with me immersion blender!"

Oh my... NOT going to go there...

I remember Vitamixes from the 1970s. You could buy a Studebaker for the same price.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:31 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Yes these new Vitamixes look amazing. I was watching demonstration videos. I would use it at least twice a day if I had one. I just have to investigate whether it's any cheaper on Costco or buying it from them directly.
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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My sister bought one last year about this time. We have used that machine alot. We mill grains for breads, corn for cornbread, made soup, etc. We have a huge veggie garden and used the vitamix to help process veggies for canning and freezing.
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Old 03-23-2010, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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If this is what I saw being demonstrated at Costco yesterday, it's over $300. Seems like the guy made some fruit-freeze-ice cream in just a few seconds....said the blades won't cut you....and then made some kind of vegetable juice, (it was brownish-greenish and looked nasty but he said it was healthful---maybe it had beet greens in it, I can't remember, but even little kids were taking it from him and drinking it).....and then he hit an empty one with a hammer and said it was like bullet proof glass....

I had no idea they'd been on the market for that long........wow!
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:28 AM
 
Location: USA
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Interesting.

How would you guys compare the Vitamix to the Health Master (Montell Williams endorsed)?
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