We are a very bustling, athletic family of seven and are all pretty health conscious (okay not so much the two youngest!). We are super tough on equipment, you name it and no matter what the warranty says on an item, we have destroyed it faster than you can imagine. In a span of 18 months, we had been through 3 blenders. Either we burned out the motor, dropped the lovely glass jar or both! After standing on the sidelines watching yet another Vitamix demonstration at Whole Foods, I just knew I had to have it. I put it in my cart and took it out several times before finally justifying the purchase, we were going to spend that much on replacement blenders over the course of the next 2 years anyways. After all I had heard someone in the crowd and I think it was genuine say they had owned their Vitamix for 20 years and it still worked!
I believe the Vitamix purchase was the turning point for me in really trying to embrace healthy eating habits. You just feel healthier looking through the beautiful full color recipe booklets. I bought the dry jar as well so we make peanut butter, bread and pizza dough, and ice cream in that one. The blender gets used several times daily especially with protein shakes for the teenagers in the house. It is amazing what you can do with this appliance.
One of the questions asked by those looking for a traditional juicer is “can it make juice?”. Both the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders are not traditional juice extractors, it is good to clarify they are still juicers. What they make is considered wholefood juice. The biggest difference is that traditional juicers extract just the liquid from whole foods, separating out the pulp, seeds and skin. Both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders do not remove anything from the whole food, leaving in all the nutrition that is found in the skin and seeds, as well as the natural fiber (pulp) which is liquefied – thus a wholefood juice. Another huge difference between a traditional "juicer" and a Blendtec or Vitamix juicer, is that a traditional juicer requires 4-10 times more produce to extract a tiny amount of juice. The resulting juice has a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than what a Blendtec or Vitamix juicer will contain but it can also have a higher concentration of sugar, especially in fruit juices or vegetables juices such as carrots. A Blendtec or Vitamix juice will use 100% of the produce which lowers your cost as well as give you more whole food nutrition. Some illnesses and digestive diseases require the high concentration of vitamins and minerals without the fiber or anything else that the body has to digest. If you want fresh squeezed fruit juices like apple or orange juice, you may prefer the juice from a quality extract juicer.