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We bought one last May at Costco and I have used it everyday since we bought it. I drink green smoothies everyday and have also used it to make fruit ices, coffee drinks, pureed soups, salad dressings, nut milks, nut butters and probably some things that I can't remember. We all love it and haven't regretted buying it for a second. I hesitated about four years because I thought it was too expensive and I already had a blender and a food processor. And I will now say that I was just wrong, wrong, wrong. Vitamix Rocks.
Does your Breville do a good job of squeezing all the juice out and leaving dry pulp? I have a Juiceman, and I like it but was thinking about a Breville, because 1) I like the idea of having a separate canister that separates the pulp, so I don't have to stop midway through to empty the bowl, and 2) I thought it might squeeze a little more juice out.
Originally Posted by wavyblonde
Yes, it does an excellent job of squeezing the juice out. I have not used soft vegetables in it, so I am not sure how it will work with them.

The canister is nice and big and easy to clean.
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oh and it's horrible with soft fruits. only really works with veggies and apples. The pulp is pretty dry though, so that's a plus
Originally Posted by scrills
I think I was trying to add mango to my juice. Maybe that was my fault and I should have used a blender.

I had 2 smoothies since I first bumped this thread. my tummy hurts (so full) but I must. keep. drinking. so yummy
I have a smoothie every day and I'm addicted. So addicted.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
We bought a ninja prep master. Works well when we do make smoothies and other things, but I don't use it daily.


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I don't make veg smoothies much, and I've revised my opinion about the Vitamix. Not because it doesn't work well --- it does --- but cleaning it is a friggin' bloody nightmare.

I returned the one my friend had lent me months ago.
Originally Posted by ninja dog
I find they're really very easy to clean. Everything comes off easily and when it doesn't, you just fill it with water and turn it on to swirl around anything that might be stuck. That's also how you clean an immersion blender easily.
Originally Posted by Saria
This. Just hot water and a squirt of soap, blend till frothy and rinse. Easy peasy!
Originally Posted by misspam
I had trouble with seeds sticking to the plastic sides like they were glued on, which in a sense they probably were, being flax, and all. The scrubbing drove me nuts.

I'm finding the Cuisinart sufficient for my needs, but it was fun to "walk amongst the blending clouds" for a while.
I've wanted a Vitamix for years now, but could never seem to justify the cost.

I have been eyeing up the Ninja Blender (yes, I am an Infomercial Junkie!) as of late, though. It's got some pretty solid reviews, and is like 1/3 the price.

I find they're really very easy to clean. Everything comes off easily and when it doesn't, you just fill it with water and turn it on to swirl around anything that might be stuck. That's also how you clean an immersion blender easily.
Originally Posted by Saria
This. Just hot water and a squirt of soap, blend till frothy and rinse. Easy peasy!
Originally Posted by misspam
I had trouble with seeds sticking to the plastic sides like they were glued on, which in a sense they probably were, being flax, and all. The scrubbing drove me nuts.

I'm finding the Cuisinart sufficient for my needs, but it was fun to "walk amongst the blending clouds" for a while.
Originally Posted by ninja dog
oh yeah, flax seeds can be troublesome one anything, LOL!
Ninja, I had the same problem with ground flax when I tried adding it to my smoothies. I'm able to make a smoothie every day because I'm lazy and only rinse the blender after I take it apart and only fully wash it once a week and the flax was thawarting my plans! I thought I'd have to use a jackhammer.

I keep seeing the Ninja blender and wondering if it's worth a flip. It's just got such a ridiculous name for a blender (no offense, Ninja, your name rocks).




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I would just like to say that this thread inspired me to make a green smoothie for lunch. It's been many months since I made one, and I forgot how much I them!

Thanks Vitamix thread!!
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There was a Vitamix demo at Sur La Table on Saturday and I missed it
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Ninja, I had the same problem with ground flax when I tried adding it to my smoothies. I'm able to make a smoothie every day because I'm lazy and only rinse the blender after I take it apart and only fully wash it once a week and the flax was thawarting my plans! I thought I'd have to use a jackhammer.

I keep seeing the Ninja blender and wondering if it's worth a flip. It's just got such a ridiculous name for a blender (no offense, Ninja, your name rocks).
Originally Posted by spring1onu
I'm not offended a'tall. Frankly, I feel they shoud be paying dues to our training organization if they want to use our name, but I'm too low in the ranks to have much influence.

Flax killed my love affair with Vitamix.
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There was a Vitamix demo at Sur La Table on Saturday and I missed it
Originally Posted by scrills
Between Sur La Table, Trader Joe's, and Anthropologie, I can't get out of Eton without spending far too much $.
There was a Vitamix demo at Sur La Table on Saturday and I missed it
Originally Posted by scrills
Between Sur La Table, Trader Joe's, and Anthropologie, I can't get out of Eton without spending far too much $.
Originally Posted by ninja dog
Don't forget Barnes and Noble and Penzy's. That place can be dangerous
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Is Penzy's the spice shop?
Yes. I'm in love with that place :-).

If you get their catalog mailed to you, you get a coupon for a free spice/set of spices with each catalog.
Ooooh, I love Penzeys! I order online because the nearest shop is too far. That reminds me, I need to place another order!
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That whole area of town is a money vacuum for me. I try hard to avoid it.
My jet engine...I mean blender... is still kicking.

I can't even bring myself to spend the money to buy a food processor (which I'd probably use) so I know I won't spend hundreds on a vitamix that I don't need.

Just nice to entertain a thought from time to time.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
Why did I type this? I ended up getting one, but I mainly blame Mr. Spring for being an enabler and practically forcing me to buy it. I just got it and my strict rule is that if I don't absolutely fall in love with it I'll return it. Honestly, I could probably fall in love with it and still feel the need to send it back because I feel so guilty spending that much. Oy vey. We got it for $379 (before tax, I have to ignore the tax or I feel even worse).

We'll see how it goes, I've got 30 days to decide. I will say using it today to make my smoothie was a breeze and so darn quiet compared to my old blender. Of course that's not enough justification to keep it. I wouldn't even let Mr. Spring facebook a picture of it I felt so guilty about it.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
Im on my way over!!!


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