Please discuss the pros and cons of a Vitamix vs a good food processor.
I dont understand what a Vitamix can do that a food processor can't- a food processor would make smoothies too, right?
This would be to make food for myself and I need to make baby food.
Hi Anne ~
I have never had a Vitamix, but I do have a Cuisinart. I find that my food processor blends like a bomb, does a really great job. Lots of options. Shred, chop, blend, puree, etc. I reckon making baby food in a processor would be quite easy, as well as raw sauces & soups ~ no need for the high end blender.
But ... I would love to have a Vitamix myself (just because I've always wanted one :) ), so would love to hear what others have to say about the pros & cons.
I have a decent food processor (Kitchen Aid, I believe), but ever since I got my Vitamix, the food processor stays in the cupboards.
I LOVE my Vitamix. It's *powerful*. That's the biggest difference. Perhaps a con is that if you don't know how to finesse it, it might be "too" powerful? The difference in the power is that a food processor may blend but the Vitamix PULVERIZES. And once you have a smoothie made in the Vitamix, you'll never go back. It's so smooth and creamy. It does blend things very quickly though so if you tend to make things with a more chunky consistency, then a processor is the way to go.
But another plus? Clean up! After I use my Vitamix, I rinse it out, drop a few drops of soap and fill it halfway with hot water and put it back on its base and blend on high for 45 seconds - 1 minute and it cleans itself! When I'm running late in the morning, I know I definitely would not have time to mess with a processor.
Plus, the Vitamix has a great warranty. I've read stories about people owning their Vitamix for 20+ years using them 2-3 times per day and never having any issues with it. I've never heard of someone keeping a processor that long without it breaking down or having problems. People may be scared of the initial cost, but it's worth it. Put away $20 a week and you'll have your Vitamix before you know it! You can also find it cheaper at some stores like Costco or with local non-profit organizations (for example, you can buy one through my local co-op at a discounted price).
Hope this helps some!
We just got our Vitamix! It is super easy to make smoothies, I like that I can add parts of fruit and greens that I couldnt in my other blender and it handles it just fine- even lemon rind!
I want to get the most of it though, so I'm interested in savory recipes I can use it for.
I have a Cuisinart Blender/Food Processor combo. I got it from Costco in Washington for less than $100 bucks and I love it.
I use the blender attachment for smoothies and....well... just smoothies :)
I use the food processor attachment to make chunkier dips and dressings. The food processor attachment also comes with a grater/slicer attachment that takes about 3 seconds to thinly slice an entire cucumber or shred a carrot. I like my veggies finely shopped so it is perfect for my salads.
I probably wouldn't use the food processor to make my smoothies or juice-type drinks, and would recommend getting a setup with both attachments. I have never had a vitamix because I have never needed one.