Dorm Room Necessity

Have you ever wondered what a good gift would be for your son, daughter, niece or nephew to use at college and beyond? How about a quality blender. That’s right a blender.

Not just any blender. A quality blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec. The perfect multi use dorm room accessory. Think of all the money your student will save by making healthy meals and smoothies in their room. No more having to spend their hard-earned (or your hard-earned) cash at Jamba Juice or Starbucks.

Maybe if they are enterprising enough they can even make some extra cash selling smoothies or ice coffee drinks to their dorm mates. Many business started out in a college dorm room.

Quality blenders don’t just make Smoothies. They can make soups, sauces and dips better than you can buy in many restaurants. Can they make Mac N Cheese? Maybe not the Mac but they can make the cheese sauce.

Why choose a high dollar blender like the Vitamix or Blendtec? Because they are worth it. They last a long time and come with great warranties. They also have enough power to make Smoothies and blended frozen drinks just like the stores do. It’s like buying a blender with a college degree or even a Masters. It has the pedigree to do the job at hand.

Many of the less expensive blenders only last a few months or a couple of years at most. While that might be a month or two longer than a High School Dropout might keep a job a quality Vitamix can last a lifetime with proper care and a quick and cheap service or should I say a little continuing education once every decade or so.

So now for the age-old question. Vitamix or Blendtec? You would be surprised how many people ask this. Both Blenders are $400 or more. Both do pretty much the same thing. They make smooth creamy liquids out of frozen objects like fruit and ice.

What else do they have in common?

Both have pretty big motors that can get the job done.

Both make great Smoothies, Peanut Butter, Hummus, Soups and Almond, Soy or Rice Milks.

Both are really loud and easy to clean.

Both have at least a 7 year warranty and have extensive websites dedicated to how to use them and recipes galore.

Where do they differ? Looks, size and automation. It’s like Mac vs PC, Ford vs Chevy or for you aeronautical types, Boeing vs Airbus or Cessna vs Piper.

The Vitamix:

The Vitamix is pretty basic and functional. It has a large jar and will not fit on the counter with the jar on the base where you have overhead cabinets. It has Analog knobs and switches. There is a new model with a few preprogrammed settings but that’s as fancy as it gets. Because of that it has less failure points. It just might stay out of the repair shop more often and the web reviews pretty much back that up. Many of the people who have reviewed their Vitamix say they have had it for years and it’s never seen the repair shop or had need of the 7 year warranty. The best warranty is the one you never have to use.

The Blendtec:

It has a smaller jar so it will fit under most counters with overhead cabinets. It has really cool buttons with preset options for different uses like soups or smoothies. Set it and forget it. Sort of. Presets are never perfect unless you always use the perfect combination of ingredients. That’s why it also has buttons that let you do things manually as well. It has a cool LED display as well.

There is also a new model as well that has an inductive touch screen. That’s the kind of screen like your iPhone, glass and when you touch things the virtual buttons light up. How cool is that.

There is one draw back that many web reviews have mentioned about the Blendtec. It has had some issues in the past with the circuit board that controls the programmed cycles. There have also been some issues with the seal between the blade assembly on the jar. It has melted from the intense heat after only a few hundred cycles. This issue is supposed to have been fixed with newer blender jars.

It is my opinion that with anything that uses more switches and circuit boards you have a higher risk of breakdown. That is why I never buy an Apple Product without AppleCare.

So, which one should you choose. Well actually I have both so I would say if you can buy both and be the really cool geeky kid on the block then do it. That way if your cool looking Blendtec is in the shop you have your Vitamix as a standby so you never miss your morning Smoothie or fresh Almond Milk.

If you have to choose then here is how I would decide.

You like the old reliable and do not always need the latest most fashionable gadget. Vitamix, hands down.

You like the coolest, latest thing and don’t mind if every once in a while it needs a repair. You like buttons and lights and always have to have the best looking date at the party. Then the Blendtec is the one for you.

So now the final question since you’re now ready to buy one.

Where should you buy it from? Well if you really liked my article then buy it from one of the links on my page. I do get a piece of the sale and you will be forever in my thoughts. You will also get Free Shipping a $25 Value.

You can also buy one from a big box club store when they have them in stock or on their websites. That is if you are a member.

Either way you will be on your way to giving your college or grad student a gift they will be able to use not only for college and beyond but to help them live a longer healthier life as well drinking all those healthy veggie smoothies.


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Vitamix Green Smoothie Picture