Category Archives: Why Vitamix?

Stained Containers

Anyone’s Vitamix container looking like the first two pictures?  Don’t worry.  It’s not dangerous.  I blend lots of fruits and leafy greens and I only recently started having this problem.  Normally this is my routine after blending:

  • Rinse the container thoroughly
  • Fill 1/2 way with warm water and 2 drops of dish soap
  • Run the machine on high for 1 minute
  • Rinse and dry upside down in a dish rack

The container can be put into the dishwasher but, I use mine so much that it I need it ready at all times and you can’t beat a 1 minute wash cycle.  So why is my container looking like this now?  I began using peppermint and chamomile tea as the base for Matthew’s green smoothie instead of plain water.  The film is a build up of oils and minerals from the tea. So, now when the container starts looking like that I:

  1. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar for 32oz containers and 1 cup for 64oz containers.
  2. Add hot water until the container is half full.
  3. Turn the machine on with it set to Variable 1.
  4. Quickly increase the speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  5. Blend for 15 seconds to mix the water and vinegar.
  6. Let sit for about 15 minutes.
  7. Pour the vinegar and water solution over a clean sponge or dish cloth then dump the rest down the sink.  Use the sponge or dishcloth to clean any tough stains that might be left behind.
  8. Rinse the container then refill half way with fresh water.
  9. Repeat steps 3-5.
  10. Empty and let stand upside down to dry completely.
Clean Container (2)
Clean Vitamix Container

If you have let your container build up a thick film or if you are a stickler like me, you may want to put a little baking soda on the cloth or sponge and give the inside another go.  This is totally optional.  It you are on a tight time schedule, this step is not necessary.  FYI, if you are thinking of short cutting by using the baking soda and vinegar from the beginning, DON’T!  Remember that active volcano replica you made back in grade school?  No?  Ok, I may be dating myself.  If you do you will end up with:

Ooops!
Oops!

Vitamix: Engineered to Last

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So why is the Vitamix the only blender I will endorse?  It is the Vitamix engineering. Vitamix has an extensive history and warranty that backs their claims.  And why not?  This company has been going strong since 1921!  Mine has been running strong since 2011 and I use it daily.  There isn’t another appliance in my house that I can say that about.  It is an investment into the health of my family.

The Vitamix Warranty

32oz container
32oz container

Yesterday felt like Christmas here at the Barton home.  My new 32oz Vitamix container was delivered!  The story begins like this:  Last week my daughter was making almond milk in the Vitamix and she heard a high pitched sound we don’t usually here when running the machine.  She let me know and I check it out right away.  I heard what she heard so I switched containers to see if it happened again.  When the sound didn’t return I turn my attention to the blade assembly on the 32oz container.  Sure enough the blade was not turning as freely as it usually does.  So we switched to using the 64oz container and called the company to let them know what was going on.

When we purchased the Deluxe Complete Kitchen it came with a 7 year warranty .  We added an extra year because we have a large family.  That gives us coverage until 2019!  I have never had any company back their product like that!   I ended up speaking to a very nice customer service representative who not only placed the order for my replacement container but also gave me great tips on nut butters easier to blend and remove from the container.  It was like talking to an old friend rather than a rep just trying to get off the phone to get to the next call.  This family owned company really knows how to take care of their customers. 

Now Their new machines come with an automatic 10 year warranty!  I know of no other company that stands behind their products like that.  I’m sticking with Vitamix!  For free shipping and handling, Shop Vitamix! here.

Vitamix Verses Jamba Juice

I was able to find this information on hackthemenu.com:
Jamba Juice Smoothies Prices:
Item                                            Sixteen Original Power
Classic Smoothies                 $4.29     $4.99       $5.69
All Fruit Smoothies                $4.69     $5.39       $6.09
Fruit & Veggie Smoothies    $5.69     $5.39       $6.09
Pre-Boosted Smoothies       $6.69     $5.39       $6.09
Fit ‘n Fruitful Smoothies      $4.99     $5.69       –
Creamy Treats                        $4.69     $5.39       –

Now let’s do a little math. Say “Average Joe Smoothie” was to buy his favorite classic smoothie 5 days a week. In the course of a week he would spend (drum roll please) an average of $27. Now let’s stretch that out to a month: $108. If “Joe Average Smoothie” were a diehard smoothie fan and he were to do that for 1 year it would be about $1,300! He could have bought the Vitamix 5200-Deluxe Complete Kitchen TWICE!  We bought that package because of all that it could do and it was less expensive than buying it a piece at a time.  Also the machine replaced my blender, mixer and food processor for most of my recipes.  Goodbye counter clutter!

Food Processor in Storage
Food Processor in Storage

To make a smoothie at home it would cost about $1 and that is not factoring in the gas to get to Jamba Juice. Since the Vitamix is so much more than a smoothie maker, you will really be saving a whole lot more. As for the nutritional differences…Well that’s another blog entry. I’ll be getting to that one soon.

Vitamix History

What the Vitamix can do is why we bought it.  It’s history is why it is the only blender I will endorse and promote.

Vitamix Company History

A Letter from our President

When I was asked to become the President of Vitamix in 2009, the company was already recognized as the market leader in blending technology. I realized that I was not just accepting a new position, but agreeing to steward a legacy. It is incredibly humbling to know that the successes we experience today have been made possible by the foundational leadership, passion, and commitment of the generations before us.

I wish I could give you a personal tour through the halls of our company, show you the family photos that hang here, and let you touch the logs of the home and office that my grandfather built by hand in the 1940s, while keeping his business afloat, supporting the war effort, and raising a family. Some of my fondest memories took place inside these walls, including family reunions and listening in fascination as my grandfather would talk to customers on the phone, helping them knead bread dough in their Vitamix machines, which was very popular at that time. Our customers are still the center of our world. As the fourth-generation President of Vitamix, our history is very personal to me, as it is for the hundreds of employees who continue to work right here in Olmsted Township, Ohio—designing, perfecting, and building the hundreds of thousands of Vitamix products that are made every year. Join me as we walk through this almost century-long, true American success story.

Our story began in 1921 when my great-grandfather was facing challenging economic times that would soon lead to the Great Depression. William Grover Barnard, affectionately known as “Papa” to all of us, began traveling the country selling modern kitchen products. It was by helping a friend through his illness that he began connecting the value of whole-food nutrition to health and well-being. Papa changed the name of his business to The Natural Food Institute, and became a pioneer in the health food industry, studying and teaching people everything he knew about food and health. In 1937, Papa was introduced to a new product, the blender. He immediately saw the value of blending to quickly and easily prepare healthy foods that taste delicious. He focused his attention on selling this new product, which my other great-grandfather named the “Vita-Mix,” because vita means life.

In 1949, my grandfather, Bill Barnard, convinced Papa to take his live demonstration to the newest form of advertising, the television set. Papa overcame his doubts that the TV was a welcome addition to the family and went down in history as the creator of the nation’s first infomercial. Grandpa inherited the business a few years later in 1955, officially changing its name to Vita-Mix Corporation in 1964 when his son, Grover, joined the company. Knowing the benefits of whole foods, Grandpa was determined to make healthy food preparation even easier and more delicious. The Vitamix became more powerful and versatile, setting it apart from any other product on the market. In 1969, he introduced the Vitamix 3600, the first blender that could make hot soup, blend ice cream, grind grain, and knead bread dough. My grandmother created hundreds of recipes for healthy alternatives to the foods we loved.

Thirty years later, my father, John Barnard, and his brother used their engineering backgrounds to make significant improvements to the performance and durability of the Vitamix product line—further developing the technology that allows families to pass their cherished Vitamix machines from one generation to another. In 1985, they developed the first Vitamix commercial blender, the Mix’n Machine. My dad’s vision then established us as the first high-performance blender in the food-service industry—where our quality, performance, and value continue to set the bar. Today, a full line of commercial Vitamix machines can be found in gourmet restaurants and leading chains around the world.

Some of the lessons we learned along the way are still with us today. We continue to persevere to create the highest-quality product through customer input and advanced technology. We are steadfast in creating a better future through family values and healthy, delicious food. And we are committed to improving the vitality of people’s lives.

What Papa Barnard realized decades ago is now common knowledge: the world can be a healthier and better place through whole-food nutrition. It is not just our torch—it is a passion held by many. Please join us in changing the way the world thinks about food, quality products, and customer service. We can make a bigger difference—together. You, too, can be a part of our story.

To your health and vitality,

Jodi Berg
President