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- Heavy-duty, 2+ peak horsepower motor with 2-speed control
- Virtually unbreakable, 64-ounce, polycarbonate container
- All stainless steel enclosed blade assembly with sealed ball bearings
- Metal-to-metal driver, thermally protected motor for optimum performance
- Measures 20-1/2 by 7-1/4 by 8-3/4 inches; 5-year warranty
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Vita-Mix TurboBlend 4500 is a heavy-duty, commercial-quality blender that delivers optimum performance and power. Superior engineering strengthens each part, ensuring a product that will last.
Top Customer Reviews
In 2004, a couple weeks after the 7 years were up, I was very upset when it broke down. I thought, "Isn't that just the way these things tend to go with warranties?" I searched for Vitamix on the web (the URL is their name, and there is a link on this page, to them, too). I clicked on the button for service, got their 800 number, and called them at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, and they were there. The service rep was friendly and knowledgeable. She asked me to describe in detail the symptoms of my ailing Vitamix. She then said, when I asked about it, that even though I was past the window period to do so, the company would still allow me to buy a three-year extended warranty for $120. I jumped at that, and found out that I could use it to cover the parts (and shipping) to fix the problem. She said I needed an "assembly piece" that sold for $75 without a warranty, a "drive socket" worth $12.00 and the shipping of $9.95 would be no charge to me. She said she was including a small wrench and instructions and I can fix it myself. So right off the bat I used most of the $120 to fix my first problem.
I've never seen anything like this kind of service. When our tabletop water distiller broke, we had to send it in for warrantied repair, which cost $50 shipping (we paid), and weeks to get back. I think shipping the Vitamix to the company might have cost nearly that much, so I was delighted to have this option of getting the parts in 10 days to fix it myself and have my beloved Vitamix back working within a week and a half.
If you are ever in the market for a food processor that is professional quality that works great with amazing customer service, this is it. The price is very competitive for what you get, and the product itself is fabulous. (Only one tiny little caveat--which is true for =any= blender--wear earplugs when you do the very high speeds or you could hurt your ears.)
Update March 23, 2009: I've owned the Vitamix 12 years now, and I still love it! See my comment to this review with today's date which contains information on my experiences with the sales personnel of the Vitamix company today.
Update May 17, 2013: My Vitamix is still going strong--16 years and counting!
Two great things about this blender. First, it is so easy to use: no assembling to use and disassembling to clean. It is one piece. I find myself using it in place of my food processor also because I don't have to go through the hassle of putting the pieces together.
Second, I have become hooked on "green smoothies." I can put anything in this blender and it purees it into a smoothie consistency. I put spinach and raw carrots in and then add whatever fruit I want with some cold water and the blender can make it into the consistency of thick juice. I'm experimenting with broccoli next. My whole family is eatting tons more fruits and veggies and that makes it worth the price to me.
We found that both machines had their advantages and disadvantages. The BlendTec is smaller overall and fits well on the counter. The design of the container makes it easier to get all of your food out of the container (for eating) and to clean out thick or sticky foods. The blade is not sharp, making it safer and easier to clean if needed. Both machines are easy to clean for liquid recipes). I did find that a bottle brush made cleaning thick or sticky foods out of the VitaMix to be pretty easy, but it doesn't help when trying to get these foods out for eating.
At first, I liked the preset buttons and the built-in timer on the BlendTec. What I don't like about these, though, is that if you have to interrupt a cycle (to scrape down ingredients or add something) you can't just resume where you left off. So you either have to start the cycle over, which doesn't always make sense because of the variable speeds built into the cycle, or you have to use the manual speed up/down buttons, which I didn't find to be very effective, especially at lower speeds. I do, however, like the built-in timer feature and wish the VitaMix had this to keep track of how long I've been blending something.
Both machines claim to be able to make yeast bread and neither is particularly good at it. I will say that the BlendTec probably has the advantage on this one because it's easier to get the dough out when you're done, but I went back to hand kneading rather than trying to use either machine for breads. I do, however, like grinding my own flour in the dry container for the VitaMix. I have never ground my own flour before and now I prefer to do so rather than use store bought flour.
Both machines are very loud, especially with thicker recipes (such as ice cream, which we make a lot). For free-flowing liquids, the VitaMix seems less loud, especially at lower speeds. The power difference (2HP vs. 3HP) is nominal in terms of what the machines can accomplish. We found that by placing a mouse pad upside down under the VitaMix (as recommended at the demo), the noise and vibration was reduced considerably. The BlendTec has a greater tendency to jump all over the counter and it overheated once when I tried to make bread.
I also discovered that while both machines will make soup, the soups end up foamy after running long enough to puree them well and heat them up. We found that the demos do tortilla soup for a good reason: mixing in additional ingredients at a low speed after the soup is done helps to cut the foam. Even just running the VitaMix at a low speed after the soup is done (regardless of whether you add additional ingredients) helps cut the foam. It's hard to get the BlendTec to run at a low enough speed to accomplish this.
The stick on the VitaMix is indeed a handy tool that allows you to incorporate ingredients while the machine is running. We find this especially helpful with ice cream, so ingredients get mixed in before the machine is running so long that everything starts to warm up. Running either machine too long is counter productive to making good ice cream.
There is a huge difference in the quality of the cookbooks that accompany each machine. The main thing I like about the BlendTec book is that it is spiral bound and therefore lies flat while using up half the counter space of a typical cookbook. Otherwise, the VitaMix book is far superior. The instructions are more complete for each recipe, including helpful general information at the beginning of each section. It has tabbed dividers for each section, and the cover is designed to stand up, making recipes easier to read. Also, since it is a 3 ring binder, a recipe could be removed and clipped to a cupboard or somewhere else for easy access. All the accompanying documentation for the VitaMix fits in a 3 punched pocket that gets stored in the cookbook itself.
In the end I felt like I was choosing between two high quality machines, but for us the scales definitely tipped in favor of the VitaMix, which we kept. Thankfully, the BlendTec was purchased at Costco making it easy to return.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes great smoothies and is built to last.
It is simple and good. I'd recommend it.