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Rated 5 out of 5 by Alro1 Life changing for the dedicated foodie
I hesitated over purchase as the cost is eye-popping and does make one wonder, ‘how good could a kitchen appliance actually be!’ A month into ownership I can confirm that, yes, it is a superb addition to my kitchen. Reviews I read before buying tended to focus on the speed of prep, "six minutes to hot soup” etc and while that is all true, the real revelation has been the flavor of the food I’ve made in it. So far I've made a wonderful variety of smoothies, nut butter, lots of hot soup (I can recommend broccoli and cheddar as the best to date), ice-cream, sauces and pastes for curry. If my children were still young it would be great for baby food.
I suppose my note of caution is that if you think you'll only make the odd smoothie or milk shake a moderately priced blender will suffice. However, if you are a cook and are prepared to try out its full repertoire it won't disappoint you.
General user advice:-
1) Don't be scared of the noise or the power of the motor. Yes it is deafening but the duration, unless it is soup you are making, is usually mercifully short.
2) It does take a bit of time to adapt to the controls and know when you'll need the tamper stick and not be afraid of using it! Getting the ingredients in the right order is key to this, and having enough liquid in the base helps the blades to work efficiently.
3) I bought this model (and paid extra) because I liked the idea of the presets for soup, ice-cream etc, and so far I've found them good because you can walk away and let it do its thing.
4) If space permits keep it on the counter as that way it’s easily accessible for all sorts of other kitchen tasks and it’s replaced my food processor/juicer/stick blender on several occasions. It is really easy to wash up.
JL delivered promptly to my local Waitrose for collection so I went from deciding to purchase to using it in about 24 hours. Talk about instant gratification! Thank you JL.
03 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Moofun can not live without this now
I want to firstly say -YES THE PRICE IS SCARY! But... It is so powerful that I have done everything from raw soup (whole uncooked veggies, including kale and whole(de-seeded) apples) and got a beautiful liquid soup... It does the most amazing puree for small kids, babies and amazing smoothness I could never get with my old blender or mixer.
The cleaning is just too easy- no taking things apart, no risk of cutting... youtube 'how to clean your Vitamix', and you'll see why I got one and ditched my juicer, also no pith waste, it smashes everything SO finely that there is NO need to lose those wonderful vitamins and minerals in smoothies, juices or soups/purees.
YES- things DO get hot, already done several soups, mashes all with brilliant success.
YES- things go cold/frozen and ice cream is out of this world, we are big fans of ice cream, but I hate giving my girls all those e-number additives, this was worth the cost just so I can feed them fresh no rubbish anymore. Will not cook without anymore, I need no juicer, and blenders, food processors anymore, all 3 of those come to about the same cost- so value when you look at it that way! Fresh, healthy food and easy to clean. Perfect!
10 June 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nikki1972 great product
fantastic blending results, great recipes in the book giving with it!!!!
17 March 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by KatAn A Kitchen Must
I normally put away all kitchen gadgets (except kettle & coffee maker), but due to the high usage is out & used daily. Smoothies, soup & sauces yet to do the ice cream all perfect & it's easy to clean. I debated over the cost to buying other blenders well worth it. I've not given it 5 as I've yet to invest in the dry blend container
04 March 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by edinabosnia Amazing Product
This is my 1st review ever and I thought I owe it to this product.
After a long re-search and reviews posted by other people, I had decided to purchase Vitamix Pro500. It was not a quick decision, I assure you but having weighed or pros and cons, I decided that this might be a worthy investment and I was not wrong.
Many people mentioned the noise level, but it is not noisier that most of the hoovers. When selected on low variable speed, it is hardly noisy at all.
I chose this product not only because I wanted a healthier lifestyle but also because I end up throwing away so many organic vegetable I buy, which end up going off on my fridge shelf just because I am too tired to start peeling and cooking after getting home. Often I end up with 2 products of different kind of vegetables which are not sufficient to make a meal, but with Vitamix, I now come home, drop them into my Vitamix and switch it on a hot soup setting (5 mins), then by the time I get changed, my dinner is ready. It really is as simple as that.
Believe you me, when you try this product, you will be so glad you made an investment because it is worth every penny, especially if you want to loose some weight, which we all do, and especially if you have kids and you would like them to eat more fruits and vegetables. Whatever comes out of this blender, it tastes absolutely amazing.
I was so impressed with this product, I have just bought another one for my mum who I am sure is really going to benefit a lot from, especially with her high cholesterol and many failed attempts of losing weight.
I hope this review will help you make up your mind as much as other people's reviews helped me. I would suggest you invest into a professional 500Pro as it has pre-set programs which are so useful, that you would be glad you paid a little extra in comparison to Home edition.
I wish you the best of luck!
22 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ligyuka AMAZING ALL THE WAY !!!
The best product I even own !!! LOVE Vitamix ! Go for it ! worth every penny ! Thank you !!
16 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mamamia4 VERY LOUD blender that gives excellent results.
This is the hands down king of blenders, soups are so smooth and creamy without adding any cream. Great results with smoothies and salad dressings too. I'm already over the kale and green veg craze, but this machine dealt with those no problem. Well made, tough and relatively easy to clean. Be warned however this blender it is loud, very loud. The children flee the kitchen, and I have noticed birds take fight in the garden every morning when I use it ! I find myself waiting for the right time to blend which is crackers but the results are amazing. I tried out my old blender again to compare; lumpy soup and pippy smoothies convinced me the Vitamix was a great investment.
12 November 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Delboy29 Best you could buy
So please I decided to buy this blender - the smoothies are out of this world - I had a try at a blueberry loaf from the recipe folder, which I have got to say is fantastic, not to mention the loaf. The DVD was broken when I unpacked the machine ,which was disappointing, but after speaking to JL customer service, a DVD was posted to me within two days, can't ask for more. Yes a lot of money, but you get what you pay for, yes the machine is loud, but it is so powerful you have to expect some noise, and so easy to clean. I really wish I bought this before paying out for a juicer which has been redundant for a long time now as it is so messy with the pulp and cleaning, Vitamix has an informative/interesting facebook page as well.
17 December 2012