So I have read several reviews on the ninja vs vitamix debate and when the ninja was on sale for a substantial discount I elected to get one. All I can say is, some of those reviewers are crazy.
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Starting with the ninja, well it's not easy to hide and it's certainly not quiet, so why is it called a Ninja? Well it must be the blades, which no matter how careful you are -- WILL cut you! One reviewer at Amazon commented on this and I thought, "OK note to self be super careful." I cleaned it by blending soapy water rinsed the blades and put them in the dish drain and then after rinsing the pitcher managed to cut my finger putting the pitcher into the dish drain. There are 3 sets of blades going all the way up the center column, definitely why they call it a Ninja.
It's noisy, very noisy. and although this thing dissolves ice like nobody's business and makes a MUCH better smoothie than my old "regular" blender, berries came out a little too grainy and I never even tried to make kale into a smoothie as a result.
In all fairness this is a great blender. I would have kept it and given away the old "regular" blender in a heartbeat, although I was very nervous about letting my kids use it because of the blades. It's very noisy and barely fits under the cabinet. The childproof lid is actually adult-proof and I didn't find the smoothie as smooth as some other reviewers. It put the old blender to shame and I would have enjoyed it forever, had it not been for a friend who upgraded her antique vitamix offering me her old one.
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The vitamix on the other hand is just amazing. Now as I said I'm testing an obsolete, the book that I got with it is from 1993. It was also a well loved item that got much use in it's original home.
So it is rather large and also won't hide under my cabinet but the new model has a low profile,, so although big and taking up a lot of counter space, the newer model is better in that regard. This one has a spout that seems a bit silly and hard to clean but is gone in models you can currently buy new.
I figured worst case scenerio I spend money on postage to learn weather or not vitamix makes a product that lasts. Who on earth wants to spend $500+ on a blender that won't last forever. I like companies that make durable products and stand behind them. So I was happy to receive this blender. Worst-Case scenario, If i wasn't happy I would not spend the money on a new Vitamix, because I expect a $500+ blender to last -- forever.
So I heard vitamixes are noisy and braced myself, IT purrs like a kitten. I had the smoothest smoothie ever. Not a hint of a grain anywhere. This blended ice like it was nothing and it made the yummiest smoothie I've ever had in about 20 seconds. Then my daughter made a smoothie without a recipe just tossed ingredients in there and that came out delicious. She then proceeded to clean it herself (it's easier than my old blender and safer than the ninja) Pretty much blending soapy water will do the trick then you just rinse it out. If you make dough or something stickier I bet it takes a little longer.
You can get ice cubes in a smoothie, but pulsing the blades and reversing them works very well. I am not sure about the newer models but if Vitamix wishes to send me one to test, I'll be MORE than happy.
Overall The Well-used Antique Vitamix clearly put the Ninja to shame. So if spending that much money on a Vitamix sounds perfectly ridiculous to you. I'd try e-bay or craigslist before the Ninja. And I say that despite the fact that Amazon pays me when you click my links to shop, but E-bay or Craig's list do not.
Overall I have a few very important home improvement tasks and I don't use credit cards, so I'm going to have to wait for that shiny new model, it's on my wish list, and someday I'll get one when it won't interfere with my kids getting off to college, however I'm very confident that the one I am using is going to keep me happy for at least that long.
Are you making delicious smoothies? What do you use and how do you love it? I would love to hear your experience. Please leave a comment.