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The commercials really look good but the huge price difference has me worried.

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  1. We have both a Ninja MasterPrep and a Vitamix. The Vitamix is definitely much more robust and versatile. You could blend dinosaur bones with that thing. But I use the Ninja more frequently for every day light-duty tasks.

    I wouldn't buy the Vitamix myself -- but my wife bought it when she was on a smoothie diet fix.

    Just today I saw this article... so the smoothie diet fad continues:
    http://www.eonline.com/news/468861/mi... Miranda Kerr and JB Bannister? Sounds like a good pair.....

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    1. re: drongo

      Can you make nut butters in the ninja?

    2. Nothing is as good as a Vitamix. But you will pay through the nose...

      1. We recently purchased the Ninja at BJ's. I love it. Not only is it much more powerful than any blender I've had before, but it has the small, individual mixer bowls that have blades fitted in. These are perfect for pureeing small quantities, or hard to process things like basil for instance.

        1. Chow Mods. Suggested I look at the reviews for both of them. I did and I think the NINJA wins for what I want to do.

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          1. re: JB BANNISTER

            I hope you read the replies to the accompanying threads because the Chow review of the vitamix was highly inaccurate as to it's capabilities.

            1. re: rasputina

              After being exposed to the handful of Chow reviews I've read, I wouldn't make any purchasing decisions based on them.

            2. re: JB BANNISTER

              The Ninja will NEVER be able to produce a fine texture like Vitamix and Blendtec blenders. #never

              These videos show the inedible gritty lumpy soups and smoothies from the Ninja:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWb413...

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko4DVw...

              There are cheaper alternatives like the OmniBlend that is almost as good:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7GdMZ...

            3. I've never used a Ninja but wanted to throw my two cents in on a VM. I've had one for years. It's a tank. But, it is overkill for most of my needs. At one point I was eating raw and it was a godsend. Now? I only use it every 6 months or so. I have a generic blender that gets more use for the every day stuff. I don't regret owning it but it doesn't get used much. It's good you read through everything and decided the Ninja would be better---you are probably a blender user like I am that just doesn't NEED the amazing talent that a VM has.

              That said, you'd have to pry it out of my cold dead fingers. ;)

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              1. re: eperdu

                I am an "over kill" kinda guy but the price on a VM is a over kill to me.

              2. They sell both at Costco -- I'd say the famed Costco guarantee might be a good hedge on the Ninja. If it dies prematurely, swap it for the VM.

                1. i'd go to you tube and check some video comparisons.

                  I think you're trying to compare apples and oranges. I need my blendtec (comparable to the vitamix) just for sheer volume alone. We use it anywhere from 3-5 times daily.. My daughter's needs are different - just smoothies, for 1 person. She could probably manage with a ninja for a while.

                  ...until it dies.. and then she would buy the vitamix...

                  1. You might want to take a look at the "Breville The Hemisphere Control". At $199, it's more than some Ninjas, half the price of the VitaMix, and highly recommended by America's Test Kitchen.