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[Costco] Vitamix E320 Explorian Blender $349.99

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hkhorace wrote: Which is the better of the two
The Blendtec has a 3 peak hp motor, blunt blades (which are allegedly maintenance free), a taller profile container, presets and 8 year warranty, but lacks a tamping tool which is a huge selling point for me.

This vitamix has a 2.2 horsepower motor, sharp blades (that may go dull over time) a lower profile container, no presets, 7 year warranty, and comes with a tamping tool.

Having owned both blenders at one time or another I would probably take the blendtec over the vitamix. Though I generally prefer a vitamix, IMO the explorian is not $50 better than this blendtec. If this were a classic series vitamix for the same money, or even $100 more I would have it instead no questions asked.
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Feb 20, 2008
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I have a Vita-prep model Vitamix that is 18 years old and humming along.

I vote Vitamix, but it all depends on your budget and needs.....
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Holy comoly. Why are these things are so expensive?
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Bought one during the last sale and returned it after 3 months. This thing is L O U D. It's deafening!!!

The pulse button broke while never be used more than twice.

Bought a ninja and it's much better for our use. 85$ vs 350$ too.
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198886 wrote: Holy comoly. Why are these things are so expensive?
because people like to show off their fancy blenders to people who don't care.
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I have both a Vitamix, and a blendtec on the counter, I also use both regularly and love blenders.... . However if there was a fire, I would save the Vitamix. The tamper is the Bee's knees.
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We had the Vitamix e320 for several months (paid $349.97, but it ended up returned). We also have the Ninja from Costco (paid $79.97.)
We don't make drinkable smoothie, we just blend frozen fruits to make sorbet-style frozen dessert that should be eaten with a spoon.

Vitamix: one has to really work the tamper to get good results. But the result is really really smooth. The thing is deafeningly LOUD. The pitcher and the lid are not dishwasher-safe.

The Ninja: no tamper needed, but the result is not as smooth as with the Vitamix. But noise is much much more bearable than the Vitamix. The pitcher and the lid are dishwasher-safe.

Even without the difference in prices, we'd have kept the Ninja. Not dishwasher-safe is annoying, but the noise killed the deal.
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I would be buying this if I did not nab my Blendtec Fit for $125.

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