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Vitamix Blender

I've done a bit of research on semi-professional blenders lately and am now looking to buy a vitamix for home use.
It looks really good, being able to make smoothies, peanut butter, sauces, soups and even do some hardcore food processing like grinding grain.

It costs around $500 in the US but 1000 CHF in Switzerland and about 700 Euro in Germany. Another problem is that if you buy it here, you get all the instructions and recipes in German.
The vendors I looked at in the US don't offer international shipping. Maybe someone here knows how to get one shipped out here to Switzerland or Germany? Even if the shipping were $100-200 USD it would be worth it compared to the Swiss/German prices.
Or if someone is coming back from the US in the next few weeks and has space in their luggage, I will pay them to bring one back for me.
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Honestly if it is 1000 CHF here I would get it here because then if it breaks down you have the warranty, think about it!
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True, but I might only be living here a year or so, then probably off the to U.S.
Also, its hard to bring myself to pay double for something!
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If you consider the shipping and the taxes you'll have to pay it really isn;t double
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Re: Vitamix Blender

Also, are you sure about the voltages? If not, you'll need a transformer on the US one or the EU one if you take it back.
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Re: Vitamix Blender

Well, if you might be moving to the U.S. do you want a 120v or 240v machine? (I have a 120v Vitamix I wouldn't mind selling... sorry for shameless plug ...)
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I've done a bit of research on semi-professional blenders lately and am now looking to buy a vitamix for home use.
It looks really good, being able to make smoothies, peanut butter, sauces, soups and even do some hardcore food processing like grinding grain.

It costs around $500 in the US but 1000 CHF in Switzerland and about 700 Euro in Germany. Another problem is that if you buy it here, you get all the instructions and recipes in German.
The vendors I looked at in the US don't offer international shipping. Maybe someone here knows how to get one shipped out here to Switzerland or Germany? Even if the shipping were $100-200 USD it would be worth it compared to the Swiss/German prices.
Or if someone is coming back from the US in the next few weeks and has space in their luggage, I will pay them to bring one back for me.


The Vitamix is fantastic, particually useful, if you figure out to make soups with it and heat them up using it. I miss mine dreadfully.
I have one in Ireland, which is just sitting there!
I used it for about year before moving, and it has already had the blade replaced, as I grinded a spoon.
It cost 500Euro new.
I can sell it to you ( at reduced cost), if you don't mind paying for shipping. ( I can find out how much it is)..........................
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Re: Vitamix Blender

The other thing I've just become aware of now is the 110V to 230V issue
The American Vitamix is designed for 110V power and would need a step down transformer for safe used in Europe

edit: just saw sygirls post, thanks for mentioning that
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Re: Vitamix Blender

For what it's worth, I love my KitchenAid blender, which cost an outrageous 300 Francs here. (They're $129 back in the States.)

I've broken multiple lesser blenders (even a Cuisinart piece of crap) making frozen cocktails, whereas this KitchenAid justs blasts through them with ease and quietness. <3
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The other thing I've just become aware of now is the 110V to 230V issue
The American Vitamix is designed for 110V power and would need a step down transformer for safe used in Europe
You would also need to check whether the motor can handle the different line frequency: US is 60Hz, Europe is 50Hz. Some motors don't care, but some have trouble with it. A transformer can change the voltage, but not the frequency!
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For what it's worth, I love my KitchenAid blender, which cost an outrageous 300 Francs here. (They're $129 back in the States.)

I've broken multiple lesser blenders (even a Cuisinart piece of crap) making frozen cocktails, whereas this KitchenAid justs blasts through them with ease and quietness. <3
Cool. Which shop did you buy your kitchen aid from?
How does the kitchen aid handle some tougher jobs, like grinding seeds or making peanut butter?
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Well, if you might be moving to the U.S. do you want a 120v or 240v machine? (I have a 120v Vitamix I wouldn't mind selling... sorry for shameless plug ...)
Thanks for the offer. However it seems a little complicated to get a transformer and be sure that its good enough, so I'll probably buy the blender off chocolate_raisins or get one off ebay.de/ebay.ch since I saw some decent deals round the 750 CHF mark just now
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Thanks for the offer. However it seems a little complicated to get a transformer and be sure that its good enough, so I'll probably buy the blender off chocolate_raisins or get one off ebay.de/ebay.ch since I saw some decent deals round the 750 CHF mark just now
Probably for the best- I just realized the wet pitcher (there's one for wet blending and one for dry grains) went missing in my move here, and replacements are ~130 USD. Poor thing hasn't been plugged in in 10 years...

I can say it lives up to the claims though. It will make "soup", though it takes a while and is so loud I preferred just cooking soup normally. They do claim that it's the only blender that will pulverize strawberry seeds when making smoothies for example- and it does! As for juicing, they are right that their juice is healthier than from a classical juicer, as nothing is extracted, but I still made most of my juice as well as nut butters in a Champion juicer. It's not quite the panacea of kitchen gadgets but is a good product worth the price.
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True, but I might only be living here a year or so, then probably off the to U.S.
Also, its hard to bring myself to pay double for something!
I've always wanted a vitamix but I don't spend $500 on stuff unless I use it A LOT. I use my blender every couple weeks to make smoothies.

If you only need it for a year, how about a different brand? I got a Breville for $150 or so and it works pretty good. I may be able to survive quite a few years without a vitamix.

Maybe they sell there?
http://www.brevilleusa.com/blending.html/
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Probably for the best- I just realized the wet pitcher (there's one for wet blending and one for dry grains) went missing in my move here, and replacements are ~130 USD. Poor thing hasn't been plugged in in 10 years...

I can say it lives up to the claims though. It will make "soup", though it takes a while and is so loud I preferred just cooking soup normally. They do claim that it's the only blender that will pulverize strawberry seeds when making smoothies for example- and it does! As for juicing, they are right that their juice is healthier than from a classical juicer, as nothing is extracted, but I still made most of my juice as well as nut butters in a Champion juicer. It's not quite the panacea of kitchen gadgets but is a good product worth the price.
Your comment about making nut butters with a juicer inspired me to do some youtube searches. From what I could see those side-on low-speed crusher type juicers are meant to make a higher quality juice because its less aerated and colder. I also saw some videos where they make sorbet ice cream out of frozen fruit and nut butters as you mentioned.
From what I gathered the Omega 8006 Nutrition Center was very highly rated. Some users complained that the Champion juicer wasn't that good for wheatgrass and leafy greens.
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Old 26.04.2011, 09:56
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Re: Vitamix Blender

my understanding is that you need a specific type of juicer for wheatgrass, althought i have a champion and i use it for leafy greens (dandelion, spinach, etc) just about every day- it's fine you just need to cut the greens into smaller pieces, but i don't honestly think that making juice from greens with a blender is any easier, i tried it before my juicer and it was a real pain- a lot more work!
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Re: Vitamix Blender

We just received our Vitamix from the dealer in Zurich. If you email them and order it direct, they will include the English manuals.

My husband feels we should use it for everything since it was 1000 CHF, but I love it. It makes the smoothest hummus in the world and I need my hummus!

Here is their email - info@kunzvital.ch
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PS - she shipped it to me Priority, so I received it next day (Easter week and everything) no extra charge for shipping.
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Cool. Which shop did you buy your kitchen aid from?
How does the kitchen aid handle some tougher jobs, like grinding seeds or making peanut butter?
I got mine from at the Fust inside Jelmoli, since they carried the entire line of colors. (Presumably they still do.) I think smaller Fusts will order them for you. That said, I've since discovered that lovely little kitchenware shop, Sibler, in Zurich by the Fraumünster (see also: Need Kitchen Appliance Store in Zurich). I'd order it there if you don't need it the same day.

I've never done peanut butter, but seems to do OK on the couple of tablespoons of cumin seeds I've ground to make chile verde sauce. (That said, I'm never doing that again, because the cumin oil stuck to the plastic lid and it took MONTHS for that smell to go away despite repeated washings!)

Ice is no problem at all, and it had no trouble grinding a whole bag of coarse sugar to dust. It has some kind of electronic motor control, so it'll start slow and won't ramp up the speed until the contents are kinda broken up. It works brilliantly.
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Re: Vitamix Blender

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.

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