How does the Vitamix 300 or 750 do at chopping?
Would using the pulse and a setting of 1 or 2 let you chop onions or do a chopped salad without making mush? I had wanted the model with the 48 oz. container instead of the 64 oz, but then I was thinking that because the 64 oz. has a wider base it would be better for chopping. The wider base might also make it easier to get food out of the container. Would those be accurate assumptions? I'm trying to decide between models too.
I tried the Ninja Pulse and while it's an awesome machine it didn't get carrots or kale smooth enough when blended. It did spinach great though. Blended it very smooth. It's comparable to the Vitamix if you just want fruit smoothies, and want to use softer greens and veggies in your green smoothies. And it works like a champ with ice or frozen fruit.
BTW, Consumer Reports tested blenders again in their upcoming Oct. issue and Vitamix 5200 came out on top with a model of the Breville Hemisphere blender behind it. The Ninja was a 1/2 point behind the Vitamix on fruit smoothies but rated a 1 compared to the Vitamix 3, on green smoothies. I'm just going by what someone posted.
I had never given any thought to using the VitaMix for chopping produce for a salad since it is a blender. While we have the 5200, and use it frequently; we generally use a knife, or a box shredder or mandolin for certain salad making operations. For large quantities of say, carrots or onions, we use a food processor and pulse for rough chopping. I tend to believe that the blender would over process or liquify the produce, although I have no experience in using the VitaMix for that purpose. Hopefully, someone else may have some first hand experience in doing what you ask and can answer this better.
I'd imagine they do very well because they have a pulse function; of course, you can do this with earlier machines by just flicking the power on and off. And the Vitamix does a good job of both wet and dry chopping IF you read the manual/watch the DVD and know when to use each technique. If you familiarize yourself with the instructions, you'll have no problems.
FWIW, the variable speed function was introduced with the 5000 series and it's a HUGE improvement over the previous models because it allows the Vitamix to double as a "normal" blender, i.e. one that doesn't immediately liquefy anything that it processes--you can have texture if you're so inclined. And CR doesn't take longevity into account. No way a Chinese-made appliance can compare to the Vitamix, especially not in the long run.
Thanks Jenhen. On the Vitamix QVC presentation today which is a souped up 5200 I think as they said it ran at 2.25 HP, they added water to chop the carrots and cabbage. I was hoping I could just add the veggies to the container of a Pro 300 and just pulse a few times. Did you have to add water? Sounds like a pain to have to drain it.
Just used the pulse on speed 3 for chopping cranberrries for my cranberry nut bread. The chopping is perfect! What a great time saver and my fingers aren't all red! (: