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page updated on May 02, 2016
Serious chefs know they need serious equipment to handle anything. This is the blender for you.
The Vitamix Professional 750 bundle comes with a 32- or 64-ounce container, a top, and a tamper. That's all the moving parts you need to deal with—no removable blade, no washers or gaskets. What could be easier? (Okay, many bundles include a great cookbook with recipes for things like nut butters, spreads, smoothies, baked goods, and more.)
We first bought the 750 in April 2013 as a birthday present. (We knew a family member would have oral surgery which meant no solid food for at least a few weeks, so this made a lot of sense.) Despite the price tag, reviews raved about it.
We weren't disappointed.
We've been delighted with our purchase. Our blender may be the most used of all of our kitchen appliances—more than the toaster, coffee machine, electric can opener. (It still loses out to the fridge, microwave, and stovetop, but it's close). That Christmas, we bought models for family members.
Everything you've heard about the amazing Vitamix motor is true. A cheap $39 blender might struggle to turn a container full of fruit and veggies into a delicious smoothie. The Vitamix spins right through it.
Cleanup is easy. There's nothing to take apart; you don't have to unscrew a cap, remove a rubber washer, and disassemble the blades to put things in the dishwasher and hope. Instead, rinse your container with hot water, add a drop or two of dish soap, and use the special cleaning setting on the Vitamix itself.
We've experimented with many types of recipes, including soups, sauces, and frozen treats. The 750 performs admirably on all of them. While the built-in settings on the 750 are incredibly useful, you can emulate that behavior with careful timing and one hand on the speed dial.
While we love the self-cleaning cycle, sometimes we have to take apart the little cap and run a scrub brush to get every last bit of food out. (We think that's because someone doesn't run the cleaning cycle every time.) If you're gentle about making smoothies—don't overfill, don't turn on at high speed—you won't get food in the little plastic crevice around the cap. Otherwise, get out a pipe cleaner or food brush occasionally and run it around in there until it's clean.
You might notice that the machine is noisy. That's the price of the incredible blending power. You can ameliorate this in a couple of ways. As you expect, the noise increases with blender speed (and the hardness of ingredients). A standard smoothie of bananas, yogurt, juice, and strawberries blended to a chunky state could use only low power. Second, you can put a no-slip kitchen mat beneath the base unit.
Be aware that the unique design of the blender blades can cause air bubbles while blending certain foods. If you neglect to put a little liquid in to fill in those gaps, use the provided tamper to push your apple quarters or whatever into the blending area.
Our blender sees almost daily use. It's more than paid for itself. With the fabulous Vitamix warranty, its powerful motor, devoted fan club, and the sheer number of delicious recipes you can make with it, we'd buy the Vitamix 750 again given the chance. It quickly became an indispensable tool in our kitchen.
If anything, this blender makes life a little too easy. Where before we might have cracked some eggs in a bowl and whisked in milk or water by hand, it's just as easy to mix everything in the blender before making a fabulously fluffy omelet. It's easy to see why a restaurant has multiple containers it can swap in and out after a quick rinse.
The industry's best warranty and the industry's best power combine in one amazing tool for home chefs. You've heard of Vitamix quality, and you've seen what the consumer-level blenders can do. This is the blender you'll use every day for everything from desserts to drinks to soups to entrees.
Vitamix Professional 780
In the time since this article was written, Vitamix has released the Professional 780 bundle as a successor.
The biggest change is to the control panel; it's been simplified (fewer presets) and switched from a manual dial and switch to a touchscreen interface. The difference between the two models is mostly one of preference and availability. For a serious home cook, you can't go wrong with either model.
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