There are blenders that will handle milkshakes and soup just fine, and then there are blenders that tackle just about every possible job under the sun with ease. When it comes to the latter, one name looms large: Vitamix. An industry standard, Vitamix blenders can grind up nut butters and flours, and even make hot soup without a stove. Similar models can run up to $600, but today you can get one for less than $300 on Amazon.
Vitamix 5200 Blender, $299
Typically priced at $400, this 25-percent-off deal only goes through today. The model on sale, Viatmix 5200, is an older member of the Legacy series of blenders. A newer model, the 7500, provides small improvements on the 5200, including a lower profile for easier storage and quieter motor. However, with nearly $100 in savings, the 5200 is hard to beat. It's also a classic model that many professional kitchens and long-time Vitamix fans are familiar with.
This model comes with a 10-speed variable control in addition to an on-off switch, meaning you can adjust the blending process at any stage during cooking. (In fact, that's one of the reasons one of our editors picked a Vitamix over a major competitor when she was comparison shopping a few years ago.) It also comes with a tamper to allow you to push down food as it blends.
And cleaning is easy, too — the blades are so powerful, you just need to add dish soap and hot water and blend that up for around 30 seconds.
Place your order and then start looking for inspiration. See some of our favorite smoothie recipes to get started.