After working for food publications for more than eight years — and being a home cook for even longer — I finally got myself a Vitamix. It's been such a game-changer, and not just because it's a Vitamix (often considered the gold standard of blenders) or because it's amazing (mine has a measuring cup in the lid, you guys!) — but because it's a new blender. Period.
The blender I had been using was a back-to-college gift a friend bought for me more than 11 years ago. A nod to my summertime obsession of frozen, blended party drinks, it barely crushed an avocado, let alone ice. The pitcher was a very flimsy plastic that I was convinced was going to shatter under pressure. Most of the buttons stuck and the ones that worked all seemed to do the same thing.
I wrote about and tested new blenders all the time. I knew how amazing blenders could be. I just didn't have a new or nice one at home. It was my blender and that's what I used. But now that I have this mighty-but-pricey gadget, I can't even understand how I ever made anything with the old guy.
Buy the one I have: Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender, $600 at Williams-Sonoma
Of course, you don't need to spend $600 on a blender to get one that can, you know, actually blend. There are tons of great ones on the market that put my old flimsy one to shame. People love a Blendtec. Ninja has a similar cult following, for a fraction of the price. Breville and KitchenAid make high-end versions. And Cuisinart and Hamilton Beach make good, less-expensive options.
And so, I want to hear from you.
What kind of blender do you have? When did you get it, and would you buy it again? Discuss in the comments!