So...I have a $50 Ninja blender. It works well for a lot of things, but is plastic (which I hate) and definitely can't get the smooth into a smoothie. So...I want to upgrade.
The price of the Vitamix scares me, but not enough to make me uninterested. However, I was just wondering if there was something high quality, preferably glass that would easily stand up to dates and greens.
I have a Vmix (actually an industrial VitaPrep 3hp), and it's awesome! If I was in the market again though I'd closely examine the new Blendtec, with the 4 inch blade and I think 96oz capacity.
But as far as glass goes, I'm not sure which high end company uses that great material.
I've got one of those old style ones two in glass, but it was just a $20-30 Walmart unit that leaves things a tad chunky, shall we say :)
This is what we have used for 3 years now and have been very happy with it for our daily multi-times a day use for mostly datorade and sometimes banana smoothies. http://www.oster.com/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=5553
We paid $100 and we picked it because it was made in Mexico and had a glass pitcher. We could not find anything made in the USA.
Honestly I am more concerned about what is in the metal blade than any plastic but you cannot avoid the metal so I just try to pour the entire smoothie out right away into another container. "They" are dumping toxic wastes out wherever they can and sometimes steel or other metals can be contaminated with toxic metals mixed in. Crazy but true.
The Oster has recently slowed down after 3 years, not bad at all me thinks. I would love to get a vitamix as it's quieter and much quicker to use. We'll have to settle for another Oster for now but I am saving my pennies for the vitamix.
edit: just found one of these Osters for $60, hopefully it is made with the same quality.