FAQ

This Frequently Asked Questions page is a work-in-progress.  If you have a question similar to one here, it might spare you from having to comb through hundreds of questions in the site’s various Comments sections to find my response.  Should you have a question and not find a suitable answer either right here or elsewhere on the site, though, please continue to use the Comments section of its most closely-related post or article.  Or, feel free to reach blender dude via email, [email protected], or the site’s Contact page.

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GENERAL FAQ

What happened to the question I asked you in the Comments section?

Rest assured, I didn’t ignore it. I try to respond to every question asked of me. If you no longer see yours where you asked it, I did one of three things. First, it could have been such a specific question that my answer most likely would have been beneficial to you, only. In that case I responded via email, to the address you provided. So, check yours (including your “Junk” folder if you don’t see it in your Inbox). Second, I might have moved it to a more appropriate place on the site where it can do the most good for the most visitors. I usually don’t do this immediately, however, in order to give you plenty of time to come back to check for my response where you are expecting it. Third, if it was a duplicate question, I may have created a FAQ related to it, and taken it off the Comments section entirely. In that case you should find your answer somewhere on this page.

I notice in your videos you have several blenders. Which do you use most often?

The very short answer is…my Blendtec. But it would be terribly unwise of you to use this fact as any kind of basis on which to make your own buying decision. There are numerous potential considerations you should weigh, and the importance of these on your blender checklist might not mirror mine at all were I back in the market for one. Size, weight, warranty, customer service, ease of use, accessories, performance, noise, and cost are but a few. I travel a lot and take my blender with me when I do, and have tens of thousands of cycles-worth of experience with the Blendtec. I like that it’s relatively light and, because I’ve demonstrated it so often, I don’t experience the frustrations with it others might encounter. It’s an awesome blender.

It doesn’t come with a tamper, though, like those from some other manufacturers do. And while that may be a “plus” to some who don’t like extra accessories, I think it’s actually a negative. Without going into explicit detail here, a tamper simply makes your high-performance blending life easier. The learning curve on a blender that comes with one is practically nonexistent. I’ve owned Vitamixes, for instance, since 2006 and could recommend them without hesitation to almost anyone.

Which is better for you, blending or juicing?

It’s my belief that both blending and juicing can play an important role in a healthy lifestyle. Fruit and vegetable fiber, alone, is important, and its presence aids in steady nutrient release and absorption into the body’s bloodstream. This is especially important when ingesting fruits that are high in natural sugars, and vegetables to a lesser extent.

In general, juicers require more effort to clean and produce more waste in the form of unused fiber, but vegetable juice, especially “green” juice, is great for you. If I could only have one or the other I’d select a high-performance blender. But I am a fan and proponent of both blending and juicing. It is not a right/wrong or good/bad issue to me. They can both benefit you tremendously.

Can I buy a blender from you for delivery overseas?

No. My marketing agreements with the manufacturers and distributors of all the blenders available for purchase on this site permit sales and/or delivery only to addresses within the United States and Canada.

Can a blender purchased in North America be used overseas?

Yes, but not without important caveats. First, the voltage will have to be either stepped up or stepped down via converter or transformer. Doing so will most likely result in less than optimum blending results – to what extent I cannot say as I’ve never actually attempted this. I have, though, received feedback from visitors to this site claiming over time this will cause irreparable damage to the machine.

As well, any warranty provided by the manufacturer or distributor on the blender will become null and void once it is used anywhere with a voltage different from that of the country for which it was designed. For that reason alone I don’t recommend trying to do this. But, at the very least, consult with an electrician in your country before carrying out such a plan.

 

VITAMIX FAQ

I’m confused by all the different Vitamix models now available. Can you help?

It’s easy to let yourself become overwhelmed with all the choices Vitamix has to offer these days. Don’t. What’s important to keep in mind is that, with a few exceptions, most of the actual blenders are basically the same. Vitamix will take the very same blender and mix in various accessories, recipe books, warranty durations, and sometimes even color options in order to create a new “model.” Sometimes they will rename a package for a specific institution or retailer with which they have a relationship (Culinary Institute of America and Costco, for example). But, except for the Next Generation line (Pro Series 300, Pro Series 750, and Vitamix 7500), and the Creations GC, the blender in every Vitamix model contains the exact same motor.  Some will have pre-programmed settings that you may or may not find appealing and there is one model, the TurboBlend Two Speed, that doesn’t have a Variable speed dial.

The bottom line is that there isn’t any such thing as an “inferior” Vitamix. You won’t be buying an “outdated” model no matter which one you select, nor should you concern yourself with one model producing better results than another. It’s simply a matter of which “bells and whistles” you want with yours.

EDIT:  Subsequent to this FAQ response I added a detailed Vitamix Model Comparison Guide to the website.  Find it under “Articles & Reviews.”

 

What is the total height of the 5200 with 48 oz. container and the Pro300/Pro750/7500 models?

The 5200 with 48 oz. container stands just under 17 1/2 inches tall and the models with the shorter, wider containers (Pro Series 300, Pro Series 750, and VItamix 7500) are every bit of 17 1/2 inches in total height. The “standard” installation height for upper kitchen cabinets is generally between 17 and 18 inches above the countertop. These particular models will fit underneath the cabinets in some kitchens, but not all. Definitely take the measurements in your kitchen first if where you’re going to store your blender will be an important buying consideration for you.

There is a storage trick I know with the short, wide 64 oz. containers that will buy you an extra inch of space if you need it. It involves simply removing the lid and inverting the container on the motor base, then placing the lid on the bottom of the blender, which will now be facing up. Make sure the container is dry, first. Total height will now be 16 1/2 inches.

How do I purchase the Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix with a 48 oz. container?

Since January 1, 2014, Vitamix no longer offers this combination. Today, the only way to get a 48-ounce container with your Vitamix is to purchase a new model.

Does the shorter, wider 64 oz. container have more difficulty blending small amounts than the taller, narrower 64 oz. container?

In theory, the more narrow a blender container is at its base, the less volume it will take to reach the point where the blades can perform adequately. And this is true to a certain extent with regard to the Vitamix containers. However, the difference is negligible. A lot will depend on what is being made. The more liquid the recipe, the lower the minimum amount of ingredients is required. I’ve made as little as 3 ounces of salad dressing in the narrow container, and 5 ounces in the wide. But the overwhelming majority of my recipes are much larger, and as such I would not make this difference a huge factor in my buying decision. Also keep in mind this minor trade-off: smaller amounts, especially of thicker recipes, are slightly more cumbersome to remove from the narrow container than the wide due to the fact that the user has more room to maneuver a spatula in the wider container.

Will the Dry Grains container fit on the Vitamix models that come with the shorter, wider 64 oz. containers?

Yes. Any Vitamix container designed for home use dating back to the Vitamix 5000 model (introduced in the 1990s) will fit on all of today’s models, and vice versa. This includes the 48 oz. and 32 oz. containers. Pertaining specifically to the Next Generation models (Pro Series 300/Pro Series 750/Vitamix 7500), although any container – including the Dry Grains – will fit on them, Vitamix recommends their containers be used only on other Next Generation models. This is the one minor exception to the one-container-fits-all rule.

Do I need the Dry Grains container?

I recommend the Dry Grains container if you plan on doing more than just occasional grain grinding, or if you want the absolute finest flour texture achievable by a high-performance blender. In my experience the Dry Grains container will produce a slightly finer texture than that produced by the standard container when allowed to run for the same period of time. However, for occasional grinding jobs, the standard container will work well enough to produce flours suitable for baking without causing adverse wear and tear on the blades.

Do you know why the Vitamix I’m looking at has a model number that doesn’t appear on your site or Vitamix’s?

You are most likely looking at a model that can, in fact, be found on one or both sites, but is instead being referred to by the model number which designates its particular color. For instance, model #1829 is actually the Professional Series 300 in Onyx (black), while #1830 is the very same blender in Ruby (red). If you purchase via my site you will not have to know these individual model numbers. You will simply select the color you want when completing your order.

Can you provide contact information for Vitamix dealers in India?

Kaapi Machines India Pvt. Ltd.
# 3320, 7th Cross, 12th A Main
H.A.L 2nd stage, Indiranagar
Bangalore, 560008
Karnataka
India
(+91) 80.41724151
www.kaapimachines.com
[email protected]

Mittal International
7 Netaji Subhash Marg
Darya Ganj
New Delhi 10002
India
(+91) 11.23271810
www.mitalin.com
[email protected]

 

BLENDTEC FAQ

Should I be concerned that the push-button technology and/or digital display won’t hold up over time?

The only definitive response I can offer is to share my own personal experience. I have, literally, tens of thousands of blend cycles-worth of experience with the Blendtec spread out between two machines – one of which I own and another used for my demonstrations. I’ve yet to encounter a single hiccup with a button failing to operate exactly as it was intended. Nor have I ever experienced a glitch with the digital display on either blender. Non-issues, both.

I hear Blendtec has had issues with container failures in the past. Is this true and, if so, is it still the case?

Prior to 2009 when I began demonstrating blenders for them, Blendtec dealt with several complaints of leaks and/or parts failures with the containers. At the time the warranty on their containers was 1 year. Since then they have invested significant resources into R&D and have come out with a vastly improved jar. I have never experienced an issue with a personal container of mine. Twice over my demonstration tenure I’ve needed to replace containers with gasket failures. In both cases the container had over 5000 cycles-worth of hard and heavy use prior to incident.

Personally, I don’t consider 5000 uses a short life-span, and I still have containers that are in perfect working order with well over that amount of use on them. Occasionally these days I will hear from a customer who references a faulty container. However, it’s worth mentioning that Blendtec now backs those that are sold with their blenders for the full 7-year duration of the warranty. And, even those sold individually today are covered for not 1 but 3 years.

Is it easier to make small quantities in the FourSide container than it is the WildSide?

As is true with any blender, the more narrow the container, the less volume is required in order for ingredients to reach blade-height. I generally recommend a minimum of 3 1/2 ounces of ingredients when using the FourSide and 5 1/2 ounces for the WildSide. Of course, much will depend on how thick the final result is expected to be.

With thicker recipes it might be necessary to start with larger amounts and/or in some instances to stop the blender and “help” ingredients back into the cutting path of the blade. This is not a huge issue with the Blendtec as its blades in both containers allow for fairly easy maneuvering with a spatula. For all practical purposes this difference in minimum required volume is not significant enough to warrant the purchase of one container over the other in my opinion.

Will grinding grains discolor the container and, if so, will this be permanent?

Grinding grains does not discolor the container but over time doing this will create a “cloudy” effect inside the jar. This is the result of countless minute indentations from grains being thrown around the container at high speeds. This does not affect the container’s performance in any way. However, the “cloudy” look is permanent. For most, this is a non-issue. I have met several Blendtec owners, though, who have purchased a second container – one to do the grinding “dirty work” and another to use for “wet” blending which stays looking nice on the countertop.