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Re: Vitamix Blender

ive heard you cant transfer the vitamix from states here bc of the voltage and and stuff...i also want one...maybe we can find a special 2 for 1 vitamix sale in germany
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We're in a similar situation. Want to bring my Vitamix 5000 but can't due to
the voltage difference.

I called Vitamix earlier today. I asked about purchasing the european
version of the machine in the US. They told me that it can be purchased
directly through them. Cost is $699 + tax + $25 shipping/handling. That
is a lot more than the regular US version of the vitamix.

Just for comparison, the regular 110V US version of the Vitamix for
sale at Costco stores here is about $400 + tax. They gave me some BS
reason for it being more expensive. Bah. It's the same machine they
ship to Europe, they just want to charge more for selling it here in the
States.

But $700 is still cheaper than the CHF900 prices I have seen. Or even in
Germany where I have seen prices of around 650 Euros.

I'm trying to find a cheaper one on the internet. I will definitely bring
one when we ship our things over.

DavidSJC
Have a look at the bottom/back of the base. It might say 120V 50/60 Hz.

I had a look at a US website that was selling them and some models were listed as 50/60 Hz (this is the most important part). Then, you just need to get a transformer (very inexpensive in the US) for 110V to 120V. The transformer needs to be bigger than the Watts number you see on the bottom of the base.

Your mixer would then work in CH.
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I did buy one from kunzvital.ch - it was chf 895, free shipping and I got both the wet and dry blending containers. I use it every day to make drinks, soups, chop vegetables. I like it a lot. I've even adjusted to hand washing the containers.

yeah, it was expensive, but if you plan to be here long term and expect to use it, it's worth it. to me, anyway.
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Re: Vitamix Blender

I buy things like this much cheaper from sources in Germany or other parts in Europe, have it shipped to one of the "Lieferaddresse" companies across the border in Germany (companies who you can use as your address, they will hold packages) and then go and pick it up. I saved hundreds on buying my vitamix, slow cooker, digital pressure cooker, etc this way. My boyfriend is great at changing it to a swiss plug.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Vitamix Blender

Amazon UK have English instructions and 230 volt European voltage,

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...x+%2Caps%2C388

Or check out another make, German instructions,

http://en.toppreise.ch/grp3_636_o0.html
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Re: Vitamix Blender

Frankly I don't see what a 1000 CHF Blender can do better than the 200 CHF (Swiss online order price I paid a couple of years ago) Kenwood KMix BLX that I have.

The Kmix has a 800W engine which so far has been more than powerful enough for everything I have thrown into it (including nuts and other hard dry stuff).
It grinds everything down effortlessly to smooth butter if you let it do it. Also I prefer that the Kmix uses a sturdy glass jug rather than a plastic container.

I have been using it almost daily for the last couple of years and it still works just like when it was new.

http://www.kenwoodworld.com/de-CH/Pr...ix-Standmixer/
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Re: Vitamix Blender

Bumping this thread, as I've recently heard wonderful things about these high-powered blenders and am interested in trying them out.

However, as one of the previous posters said, Vitamix is damn expensive if you don't use it daily.

To this end, I've done some research and found a few different alternatives. For half the price of Vitamix... I'm wondering if any EFers have any experience with:

Omniblend (galaxus)
Schwingerprinz.ch
Optimum Blender (frootie.ch)
or similar...

all Chinese OEM manufacture, but sure what isn't these days? (ok, perhaps not Vitamix)
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Re: Vitamix Blender

i love love my vitamix. it's a very powerful machine, so i 'd by a 240v if you are going to use it here, i don't thnk it's easy to find a transformer that is this powerful. can always sell it second hand when you move.
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Re: Vitamix Blender

My former flatmate had a Natureblend mixer, which looks pretty similar to the Vitamix from what I can tell. It is definitely powerful and sturdy, makes short work of pretty much everything we threw at it. Only downside - with the powerful motor came pretty powerful noise. Still, I would buy one if it did not clash so violently with my kitchen decor.
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Re: Vitamix Blender

I caved and went for the real deal and got a Vitamix Pro500 when they were selling off the end of the line at Keimling.

I'm still in awe at its soups and smoothies. And it made fantastic frozen drinks all summer.

"buy cheap, buy twice" is a phrase that's bitten me once or twice. So far I have no regrets with the vitamix.
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