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Does a Vitamix replace a food processor and blender?

arielleeve Sep 2, 2013 09:10 AM

We're trying desperately to figure out ways to downsize in our tiny NYC kitchen, which is bursting at the seams. I've been meaning for a while to replace our old food processor as well as our blender, and was wondering if splurging on the Vitamix (which isn't THAT much more than getting a high quality new blender and a high quality new food processor) would mean that I can replace two appliances with one. So my question is, can the Vitamix replace a food processor? We certainly use both appliances often in our kitchen, particularly the food processor for chopping and shredding vegetables. So if the Vitamix can't do that kind of thing, it wouldn't be worth it for us, we'd still need a food processor. Anyone have any thoughts?

  1. monavano Sep 2, 2013 09:14 AM

    You don't need another blender, but do get a "dry jar" with the Vitamix.
    Yes to the food processor. The Vitamix with not shred and process in the same way.

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    1. re: monavano
      arielleeve Sep 2, 2013 09:17 AM

      Darn. If I have to get a new food processor AND blender, I'd rather spend less on the blender. I know Cook's Illustrated had a few highly recommended ones that were close to $200. I thought if it replaced the processor, I could justify it...

      1. re: arielleeve
        monavano Sep 2, 2013 09:28 AM

        I love my Vitamix, but a good quality blender will fit most any need for the home cook.
        I find a FP more of a "necessity' than a Vitamix.
        Don't sweat it and have fun picking out your equipment!

    2. Candy Sep 2, 2013 09:26 AM

      I use my food processor frequently. My blender not so often. I do have a stick blender too. This spring I bought the Cuisinart Elite processor. It has 3 work bowls of different sizes, no leaking issues and a number of reversible blades for multiple uses. I would recommend it and suggest that you keep your blender and invest in the food processor. CR rated the new Breville ($400) fp highly. I've seen them but have not had a chance to use one. I am very happy with the Cuisinart Elite.

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      1. re: Candy
        Georgia Strait Sep 2, 2013 11:39 AM

        i have an old robot coupe (spell?) - like cuisineart - it works perfectly - my only concern is how heavy the base is - and maybe the newer designs chop better (and don't leak over the spindle area where the blade is attached)

        anyway - i realize that the weight of the base hold the entire device to the countertop - but are the newer ones any lighter?

        how much cupboard space?


        hot liquids like soups ok?

        i make hummus often in mine - works fine.

        thank you

        1. re: Georgia Strait
          Candy Sep 3, 2013 08:52 AM

          I have a large kitchen with plenty of counter space. My Cuisinart lives on the counter with my KA mixer. It is larger than many other Cuisinarts. But, It does the jobs of 3 food processors. I don't have my blender, hand-mixer, or hand blenders out. I don't use them often enough to give them counter space.

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        Susangria Sep 2, 2013 09:48 AM

        I would say the Vitamix replaces a blender but not so much a food processor. The Vitamix WILL chop things but it's rather haphazard and the results mimic handing a knife to a seven year old and having him or her do the fine chopping.

        I use my Vitamix to grind wheatberries (in the dry container), make peanut butter from fresh roasted peanuts, smoothies and frozen coffee drinks, grind meat into hamburger, etc.

        Good luck on downsizing your appliances. I feel your small kitchen pain!

        1. Chocolatechipkt Sep 3, 2013 05:48 AM

          I have a tiny kitchen, and with the recent purchase of a Vitamix, I'm getting rid of my old clunky food processor with too many parts. And the mini food processor as well, actually. As someone else mentioned, the Vitamix doesn't have the same kind of precision that a food processor does--you're not going to get nice slices, for ex. But mostly what I use a food processor for is rough chopping and grating, and I'm fine with using the Vitamix for that (or just the box grater.) It sounds like you use your food processor more than I do, though.

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          1. re: Chocolatechipkt
            CookingForReal Jan 17, 2014 07:46 PM

            Consider a Borner V-slicer - the classic version is my preference. It takes up about 5" x 2" of space at the back of my counter (in its holder) and it handles all my slicing and matchsticking needs (I think they call those blades "julienne" blades actually). I got several of the separate graters/curly slicer/etc (the ones with the metal blades) and I never use my FP any more. I don't even know where it is! It takes me less time to slice an onion on the Borner than it takes me to get it peeled. If I want a chop, I run it through one of the matchsticking blades. The "fine julienne" cutter I bought (separate stand-alone tool) makes THE best hash brown strands.

            Just never ever ever NEVER ever use it without the safety holder. You'll have a fingertip off before you even know you're getting close to the blade. It is THAT sharp and in 3 years of heavy use, mine is STILL that sharp.

          2. PinchOfSalt Sep 3, 2013 06:12 AM

            Watch a Vitamix commercial or presentation and they will tell you that a Vitamix replaces a food processor, a blender, and a bunch of other things. The truth is, it is a powerful blender, powerful enough that it can grind dry ingredients, powerful enough that it actually can heat whatever it is blending or grinding. I love my Vitamix, but IT IS NOT A FOOD PROCESSOR. The difference between a food processor and a blender is that a food processor can slice and a blender can't. Yes you can run a Vitamix briefly and get chopped up whatever-you-put-in, but a Vitamix does not do slices. Since in my book a shred is actually a form of slice, I would not say that a Vitamix can shred, either.

            Bottom line, get a Vitamix for blending, not for slicing or shredding. It can't chop any better than your old blender can.

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            1. re: PinchOfSalt
              monavano Sep 3, 2013 06:15 AM

              Yes, harness the powerful motor for blending and making flours/butters, but it's not a chopper.

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              quddous Jan 17, 2014 07:55 PM

              A vitamix does not work as a food processor at all. It is just a very, very powerful (and awesome) blender.

              What do you use your food processor for?
              What do you use your blender for?
              How often do you use each for these tasks?

              I can help you based on your answers.

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