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Costco - Blendtec Total Blender $449.99 & Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre ($499.99)

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Mar 12, 2010
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Aurora
Torn which to buy, I like the reliability of the Vitamix everyone speaks about. Stating that the motor is more heavily built than the Blendtec. Don't like the Vitamix plunger, it's another piece you'd have to wash after every use. Also the size of the Vitamix is rather large, doubt it would fit under most kitchen cabinetry. Hmm... Vitamix or Blendtec...
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Nov 22, 2011
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The tamper/plunger is an optional tool. Handy if you need to grind down materials (like if you're making ice cream using ice cubes as one example), but for soft foods it's not necessary. I don't have one and don't need one at the moment. If I get into making nut butters, ice cream, etc. then perhaps I might get one.

I keep my station on my kitchen island due to how frequently I use it, so there's no cabinetry above getting in the way. Or, rather, it doesn't get in the way of any cabinetry I have. :lol: Their smallest jar, 32oz, fits under kitchen cabinets. But that's silly, because even Blendtec's large-capacity jars still allow the unit to fit under cabinets.
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Sep 27, 2009
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Vancouver, BC
dammit too tempting
with a baby on the way spending way too much money but I always wanted a blendtec or a vitamix
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Apr 23, 2008
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Markham
FYI. We just came back from US Costco, the Vitamax that we picked up is $350 or $375 US. Looks just like the one from OP's link.
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Sep 7, 2010
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Calgary
I chose a Blendtec because the Vitamix is one of the most hideous looking appliances I've ever seen. Blendtec offers the same warranty, so why not go in style?

The Jugo Juice near my office uses Blendtecs and they fill them with juice and rock hard frozen fruit hundreds of times a day. My wife does the same with ours at home. No issues.
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Aug 11, 2005
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itr452 wrote: dammit too tempting
with a baby on the way spending way too much money but I always wanted a blendtec or a vitamix
You can make fresh baby food with the blender
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May 14, 2009
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tyau wrote: FYI. We just came back from US Costco, the Vitamax that we picked up is $350 or $375 US. Looks just like the one from OP's link.
+1!
We are heading to Michigan on Friday and I even called ahead to see if they carry the Vitamix. The lady mentioned that they do have the 5200 model on the shelves for $379 so that will be on my to buy list!
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Jan 10, 2008
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itr452 wrote: dammit too tempting
with a baby on the way spending way too much money but I always wanted a blendtec or a vitamix
Guess it's a better excuse than mine explaining how the Mudslide " will be smoother " Oh and yes you can pulverize half a cow in it too for those lovely muddy baby meals
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Feb 26, 2005
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Good deal on the blendtec as it comes with both the regular and wildside jar. It is basically the same price in the US.
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May 19, 2005
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Markham
Blendtec, so I can play "Will it blend" at home. Who's got a spare iPhone or Galaxy S Note they want to lend me?
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Aug 12, 2012
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Richmond Hill
itr452 wrote: dammit too tempting
with a baby on the way spending way too much money but I always wanted a blendtec or a vitamix
I've got a baby on the way as well, I plan on using my vitamix to turn leftovers into baby food. Healthier for baby and my wallet. It also makes the best hummus I've ever had, so smooth.
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Nov 4, 2008
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I just got a vitamix and I'm in love. I use a blender 2 to 3 times a day. I make all my food from scratch, so I use it for more than just smoothies. It's way quieter than my juicer, which sounds like a freakin chainsaw.

I have a baby due in April. I think it was worth it if only because it keeps me on the straight and narrow health wise. Oh yeah, but I got mine brand new in the box sealed off kijiji for $280 :D
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Nov 22, 2011
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jmcx wrote: Oh yeah, but I got mine brand new in the box sealed off kijiji for $280 :D
Awesome price! Why did the seller part with it?
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Mar 4, 2009
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Ottawa
Blendtec all the way!!!! It will destroy a Vitamix, plus, as has been stated, the Vitamix looks like it was made in the early 70s, it's enormous. I got mine last year through Costco.com since they weren't carrying it up here, it's the best! If you're deciding between the two, just watch some of the youtube videos comparing them, the Blendtec is definitely superior (e.g., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO7bkHxiQEM - bunch of fools, but pretty good comparison of the blenders).
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Dec 27, 2011
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HAMILTON
i have a blendtec ICB3 and I will never, ever, look back.

It's amazing, I have a kale shake every morning and add to it a whole blender full of rock solid frozen fruit. It eats them in one cycle (40 seconds) and the finished product is completely liquefied.

You cannot go wrong with a blendtec. FYI the refurb ICB3 is $200 (retail $1500) at vminnovations.com (there's a thread on it somewhere) - they only ship to the US but the shipping is free.

If anyone is interested, here's the recipe:

1-2 stalks Fresh Kale
Costco Frozen Superfruit (Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Pomegranate)
Costco Fresh Medley (Apricot, Peach, Strawberry, pineapple)
1 Banana
1 Apple
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
r3-4 tbsp vanilla yogourt
1 pinch hemp hearts
top up with a bit of milk


40 seconds later, breakfast is served :)
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Jan 21, 2010
525 posts
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Brantford
I got a Vitamix at Costco when they were in Etobicoke. It's awesome. Liquefies everything. No little leftover bits of kale or seeds. You get all of the nutritional value of the food as well as the fibre.
I also got the dry container which I don't believe the Blendtec has. It pushes the contents up as opposed to sucking them into a vortex and it has a hammermill blade, so it handles dry contents much better. I've been using it to make chickpea flour that can be used in all kinds of recipes and is way more healthful than wheat flour. It takes less than a minute to turn 2 cups of chickpeas into flour. You can also make rice flour, oat flour, etc.. It can also be used for nut butters and to knead dough. You can look at it as an investment in your health.
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Mar 13, 2011
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Heartbreak Ridge
I didn't like the idea of jerking a black phallic plunger into the Vitamix to unjam stuff from their blade, probably more for the women. The Blendtec along with the Wildside jar pretty much destroys everything on it's own. The jar design is so great infact, Vitamix tried to copy it and lost millions in court.

Vitamix is probably a tad sturdier, less electronics. But the Blendtec is far more aesthetically pleasing, shorter profile along with the vortex designed caraffe, made it a no brainer. I don't have to ramp up the speed manually. Just one button and it starts and stops on it's own. Super easy to clean too. Throw some water + soap then hold the pulse button for a few seconds.
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Mar 12, 2010
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GunnyHighway wrote: I didn't like the idea of jerking a black phallic plunger into the Vitamix to unjam stuff from their blade, probably more for the women. The Blendtec along with the Wildside jar pretty much destroys everything on it's own. The jar design is so great infact, Vitamix tried to copy it and lost millions in court.

Vitamix is probably a tad sturdier, less electronics. But the Blendtec is far more aesthetically pleasing, shorter profile along with the vortex designed caraffe, made it a no brainer. I don't have to ramp up the speed manually. Just one button and it starts and stops on it's own. Super easy to clean too. Throw some water + soap then hold the pulse button for a few seconds.

Here is a YouTube channel which compares the two pretty well I think: http://www.youtube.com/user/blenderdudeTV. Also if you're planning on making peanut butter the Vitamix+plunger seems to work much better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMnOqQFZ ... =plcp&hd=1
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Oct 20, 2004
639 posts
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Ottawa
The Blendtec has disappeared from the Costco.ca website. It is $30 off on the Costco.com website so maybe it will reappear tomorrow in time for the 3X Aeroplan points.

Edit - It appears that it is out of stock online and so doesn't come up in searches but it is still there if you look at the featured blenders...
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Dec 30, 2010
86 posts
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North York
does anyone know is Blendtec online price the same as in-store or cheaper?

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