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It’s not easy to find Vitamix blenders on sale, so we were shocked to see a renewed model that’s 29 percent off. Now before you get all up in arms thinking a renewed blender isn’t as good as a new one, read on: These models have been inspected and tested and pored over by technicians so sometimes they’re even BETTER than brand new. The blade is always less than a year old and sanitized. And each blender is backed by Amazon’s 90-day guarantee.
Vitamix blenders are known for making incredibly smooth smoothies and incredibly soupy soup. But seriously, their aircraft-grade stainless steel blades slice through frozen fruit and ice for thick, luscious shakes with nary a chunk. You can make soup in less than 10 minutes, and friction from the blades means it comes out at the perfect temperature for serving. Just pour away!
Add frozen ingredients to create ice cream and fro-yo in seconds. Homemade nut butters are a snap, and no need to take out the coffee grinder—the machine pulverizes those beans.
In addition to morning smoothies, you can make batters for pancakes, waffles, muffins, crepes and more. The machine can also knead thick bread and pizza dough.
The 64-ounce low profile container is a great size—it makes large batches while fitting under most kitchen cabinets.
Cleaning your Vitamix is easy too — and you don’t even have to take it apart! Blend warm water and a little dish soap on high, and it’ll self-clean in less than a minute.
Shop it: $250 (was $353), amazon.com
“What a great blender!” raves a fan. “Six months in, I can heartily recommend it. It's a smoothie-making beast! After 15 years, our KitchenAid blender was still going, but left a lot to be desired in terms of its ability to turn fruit into a smoothie — seeds and other similar items tended to survive even the highest setting. After shopping around, we settled on the Vitamix 5300. Clearly something went wrong with the release of this product because refurbished units are available at multiple merchants online, in plentiful quantities. Great for us, because it brought this high-end blender down to a price point we could stomach. I'm pleased to report that the blender looked brand new and has had no problems. In this instance, refurbished is a terrific bargain...As far as its quality as a smoothie-maker, it's an enormous improvement over the old Kitchen Aid. Seeds are pulverized. Fiber disappears. Nuts are drinkable...Bottom line: I recommend this model (refurbished and all) to friends and family. If you are looking to upgrade to a monster blender, you can't go wrong with the Vitamix 5300. It has already joined our family's hall-of-fame products.”
Shop it: Vitamix 5300 Blender (Renewed), $250 (was $353), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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