It’s definitely possible to have a lot of kitchen gadgets. But if you can only have one, it probably should be a blender or a food processor. Or better yet, it could be a machine that combines both of those functions in one unit.
Starting with the Vitamix 7500, the perennial top-of-the-line all-purpose blender, juicer, and food processor and moving on to the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Maker, all four of the blenders we are comparing have the ability to make life in the kitchen easy and interesting.
What Is the Vitamix 7500?
The Vitamix 7500 is a newer Vitamix model that has the high power of other Vitamix models but is somewhat lower priced because it doesn’t have the preset blending settings. The presettings are a popular feature on the more expensive Vitamix models.
Fans of the Vitamix 7500 counter criticism about the lack of presettings by suggesting that they aren’t that important. Regardless of your attitude about presettings, this is a powerful machine capable of blending medium to large batches of food and tackling tough tasks like blending nut butter, crushing ice, and grinding whole grains into flour.
One of the new features in the Vitamix 7500 is a shorter—as in squattier—64-ounce container. This enables the appliance to fit in under-counter cupboards more easily. This shorter, stouter container gets some criticism for its difficulty blending small batches, but smaller containers that have the thinner shape are available to purchase and are handy to have on hand to make small batches.
The Vitamix 7500 has a 1500 watt 2.2. horsepower motor which produces its impressive blending power with its rotating blade speed of 37,000 rpm. It has 10 variable speed controls and pulsing functions. It has laser-cut stainless steel blades.
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Ease of Use
This is a hard one to score for the Vitamix 7500. Compared to machines with fewer features, it won’t win a prize for being the easiest to operate. But it is well worth the effort to read the manual, learn what the Vitamix 7500 can do, and then experiment and practice until it is easy!
The Vitamix 7500 has a very powerful motor, 10-speed variable controls, pulsing, and a large capacity container with measurement markings. The motor shuts off if the Vitamix 7500 starts to get overheated.
The Vitamix 7500 has a sleek modern design and has a shorter profile for easier storage that some Vitamix models. It is available in contemporary colors of red, black, or white.
The Vitamix 7500 has the outstanding Vitamix seven-year full warranty. It covers parts, labor, and round-trip shipping costs for all repairs. Consumers rave about Vitamix customer service and warranty service.
How the Vitamix 7500 Compares
We picked a few products that perform similar functions that are available on the market to see how they compare. All of them are available at Amazon.com.
- 7-Speed touch pad controls with LED indicators: off, on, pulse, stir, chop, mix, puree, food processor and ice crush....
- 3-Cup food processor attachment with Feed tube and pusher, slicing/shredding disc and chopping blade
- Powerful 500-watt motor
The Cuisinart BFP-703BC Smart Power Duet Blender doubles as both a blender and a food processor. The food processor setting provides the right speed for processing.
Ease of Use
This machine is easy to use with seven speeds plainly marked on the touchpad buttons.
The Cuisinart BFP-703BC has seven speeds, including one for crushing ice and one for the food processor. The food processor container has a three cup capacity and has a cover with a feeding tube. The blender container is a 40-ounce glass jar.
The Cuisinart BFP-703BC has a brushed chrome finish. Its design as a dual-function machine makes it a great value in a kitchen appliance and also means you can have the capability of both blender and food processor in a machine with a single footprint.
The Cuisinart BFP-703BC has a limited three-year warranty.
The Ninja Ultima Blender is Ninja’s venture into competition with Vitamix. This is a 1500 watt, 2.5 horsepower machine with professional blending capabilities including ice crushing and pureeing whole fruits and vegetables in seconds. At just under 16 pounds, this is a heavy duty appliance—about two pounds heavier than the Vitamix 7500.
Ease of Use
The Ninja Ultima Blender has tremendous capability. Like the Vitamix, it may take some time to learn the power of the speeds, to know the capabilities of the Ninja Ultima Blender, and to incorporate its new technology into your cooking patterns.
The Ninja Ultima Blender has Total Crushing Technology, with crushing blades at the top of the blender designed for ice crushing and handling whole fruits and vegetables while its High-Speed Cyclonic Technology, with blades spinning at up to 23,000 rpm at the bottom, purees food into a smooth, creamy consistency. It has 10 speeds plus a pulsing feature. It comes with two Nutra Ninja Cups with Sip and Seal lids.
The two-level blade action of the Ninja Ultima Blender is a unique technology that sets this machine apart. It has a low profile container which makes for easy storage and has a classic Ninja appearance—a high-tech look with black, glass and metal.
Euro-Pro Operating LLC, the company that produces Ninja blenders, offers a one-year warranty on all its Ninja products. During this period, the company offers the cost of repair or replacement of the product subject to some conditions. The warranty only extends to the primary purchaser of the appliance.
The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is a handy little machine for the single person or for making small volume smoothies, shakes, baby food, salad dressings, and marinades. While there are many things you can blend in this compact unit, its main purpose is to make smoothies and other beverages in batches enough for one person.
Ease of Use
This blender is very simple to use with its On/Pulse button. It is designed to be an easy, affordable, portable blender for use by a single person who wants to make a smoothie or other beverage and take it along for the day.
The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender has a 175-watt motor and stainless steel blades. Its 14-ounce blending jar also serves as a portable cup that fits most car cup holders. Measuring lines on the blender jar make it easy to follow recipes. Good instructions come with this blender, including tips on letting the blender cool down between blending batches so it doesn’t overheat and cutting recipes in half to fit the small size of the blender jar.
This is a compact, lightweight blender. At just under two pounds, it is easy to take with you. The blender jar doubles as a cup. It gets a high mark because it does exactly what it is designed to do.
This Hamilton Beach blender has a one-year limited warranty which seems more than adequate for an appliance and one that is likely to see a lot of steady use.
All four of the models that we reviewed are made by companies with well-established reputations in the blender world. The Vitamix 7500 is one model in a line of blender/food processors that have had the high end of the market cornered for many years. Its primary competitor has been Vitamix itself with its models having different features and different price points. All are expensive, high-quality machines.
The Ninja Ultima Blender, is a powerful unit that has an interesting dual level blade action.The Ninja Ultima Blender has a one-year limited warranty while the Vitamix warranty is seven years and covers parts, labor, and shipping. That in itself tells the story of how the company stands behind its product and clearly expects to be around in the future to continue servicing its equipment.
The Cuisinart Smart Power Duet Blender is a machine that combines both blending and food processing in one compact machine. It is one of a growing number of competing models in this price range. However, the power and features cannot be compared fairly to the Vitamix 7500 or the Ninja Ultima Blender. The Cuisinart model is one of many The Vitamix and Ninja models stand head and shoulders above the Cuisinart.
The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender stands alone in this grouping as unique in its own niche. It can’t be compared in terms of power or features. But it is a good example of a blender that meets the needs of a particular audience. Just like the high-end machines have their fans, this little machine has its enthusiastic supporters.
In terms of comparing it to the Vitamix 7500, there really isn’t anything to say, except that both are good examples of being very good at what they do. The Vitamix 7500 is a powerful machine with excellent features and has an exceptional warranty, but because it is so very good at what it does.