NOTE: Vitamix 5200s is the same as the “Vitamix 5200 Standard“.
Greetings folks. I’ve spent the better part of the morning so far today researching and reading reviews and comparisons of multifunction blenders including the Vitamix, Blendtec, Ninja and Montel’s Living Well HealthMaster. Here’s a rating and summary of what I learned:
#1 – Vitamix – The best hands down with the best warranty (7 years standard) and customer service. Costs the most, but often on sale for less than $400 at.
#2 – Blendtec – Almost as good as Vitamix. Trusted byand smoothie shops world-wide. Can be noisy and uses presets so speed control is more limited.
#3 – Ninja – (NOTE: We are of course referring the Ninja Professional, not the earlier Ninja, which seemed like a more advanced Magic Bullet) – A
decent blender that can do most blending tasks including “…crush ice, blend fruits, blend vegetables, and make blended drinks…” (GotGreensRevolution.com), but only has 1 year warranty, not good for grinding grains or making hot soup.
#4 – Health Master – According to over 153/235 reviewers (65%) on Amazon.com this product is less than desirable. This blender has been around for a while now. Several reviews indicated worn bearings, rust, grease/oil leaking into smoothies, difficulty disassembling/reassembling multiple plastic components after cleaning, and many reports of overall failure within the first 3-6 months. Talk show host and now infomercial spokesman Montel Williams began hawking this blender in 2009, but many customers believe it is a reincarnation of the Jack LaLanne Health Master 100; unfortunately, this blender seems to have inherited most of it’s predecessor’s defects, much to the consumers’ dismay.
One reviewer said about the the Jack LaLanne:
Here is a review excerpt about the Living Well HealthMaster:
And here is a recent review of the latest version – The HealthMaster Elite II — written this year (2012):
Given the above reviews and many others that I read today, I don’t think I’d feel comfortable in recommending the HealthMaster to ANYONE. The manufactures apparently don’t care enough about their customers to make a decent product that lasts.
As to which blender is best I would have to agree with others who have said don’t waste your money on the pretenders — just buy the Vitamix, and if you live near a Costco you should be able to get a hefty discount (currently it’s mid-August and my local Costco is selling the Vitamix 5200s for $375 — that’s about a $50 savings of the cost of ordering it direct from the manufacturer!
Have you had any experience with any of these blenders? If so, comment below and tell us what you liked, what you hated, how much it cost you, and let us know which units you would recommend to your friends!
Blessings and Peace :)