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Old 07-07-2013, 05:57 PM   #541
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It's only a matter of time. Might as well get it now.
My Costco shows these frequently. I need to check the schedule for the next one.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:18 PM   #542
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My Costco shows these frequently. I need to check the schedule for the next one.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:37 PM   #544
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Does anyone else have the older 3600 model? I just ordered one off Ebay. I hope I like it as much as you all do yours! My goal is to start making the green smoothies that I am hearing so much about lately.
I am going to try to read through this thread, but it's big!!
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You just can't beat a Vitamix, regardless of the model or how old it is. They're all great machines.
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3 words why you need a vitamix...Chocolate Nut Butter. I know I want to sound all healthy with the green smoothies and such but seriously Chocolate Nut Butter mmmmmmmmmm.

Glad to hear about another thumbs up for refurbished. I love the Costco roadshows but remember they are probably showing you the latest most expensive model. Thats why I would usually walk away with no Vitamix but with a refurbished they are more affordable. I'm getting the new generation in RED refurbished for $399 and free shipping. Plus the blender dude gives you a choice of a free gift if you link to vitamix through him. I got to choose between Nutiva coconut oil, agave syrup or a cookbook plus he gives you a nut bag for making nut milks. He also has really good reviews on the differant models. He use to demo them at roadshows.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:23 AM   #547
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The 3600 is the type I bought first, used, from a woman who had upgraded hers to a newer model. Mine was actually a Maxi 4000 but I think they're pretty similar. I always swore you could grind bricks with that thing! LOL!

I'm sure you'll love it. I upgraded because I wanted the total variable speed (mine had forward and reverse, and maybe a low/high - don't recall now, it's been years) and I wanted the container I could see through. Otherwise I'd most likely still be using that 4000!

BTW I sold that first one on eBay, with an extra container (it had the spigot container for liquids and the dry container for grains and nut butters and stuff) for nearly as much as I paid for the refurbished one.
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is ebay a good place to look for the differant size jars? or amazon? I know I'm probably going to wish I had bought some smaller sizes. I'm getting just the 64 oz that comes with the machine
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I got my 32 oz. container at a Costco Roadshow. It was less expensive than I could buy a new one elsewhere, and believe me, I looked!

THAT being said - I bought a used 64 oz. dry grains container off eBay for a great price - it looked a little used, to be sure, but it works perfectly. So if you're willing to bide your time, you might score a used one at a good price on eBay.
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I've never noticed that they sold the containers seperate at the Costco road show. Thanks for that info. we have one coming up at the end of this month.

Not sure if I could get the discounted price on the jars because I bought a refurbished one?

I will start looking on ebay. I'm pretty good about delayed gratification...after all I've been wanting a vitamix ever since I went to fairs and saw the demos...30 years or more LOL
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Costco has the 5200 (?) for $379. Is there any reason to purchase it while they are doing a demo or do they always carry it?
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Thanks Lilybell, Rose, and Char! Sounds like I made a good purchase even though its an older model. It sounds like I will need the dry container also (in the future) since mine came with the spigot.
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I believe at the Roadshow you get extras that aren't included in the regular box Costco sells - IIRC!

Yes, they do sell the containers separately, at least at all the Roadshows I've seen there - and I visit them all if I happen to be in the store, and loudly proclaim how I'd RUN OUT and buy another VitaMix if mine ever broke! I hope I've helped them sell a few that way!

jlp, you'll definitely want the "dry" container - things like grinding flax or coffee beans or stuff like that, will get caught in the spigot and it's a pain to clean. In fact, I rarely used that container - almost always used the "dry" container because it was just easier to clean and I never really felt the need to dispense liquids out the spigot!

I THINK you could/can buy a plug for the inside of the spigot though? Seems like I read that someplace. Might be worth a call to VitaMix to see if that's available!
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Oh Char what a great idea!! I'm going to look into that right now.......
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Let me know what you find out!
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Ah, found this on a blog --

"THANK YOU so much for suggesting calling the parts dept for the spigot plug! They are sending me one for free! This was the only objection I’ve had so far to my 3600 - cleaning that darn spigot was awful. Problem solved. You’re AWESOME. Found your blog through Google. Yay for you and Google!"

They say make sure you get the PARTS people, not the SALES people, to get the part taken care of properly.
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I'm thinking of getting that small one. They're on e-bay now.

I have been *drooling* for months at your recipes.
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Also bumping. I think this is going to be my next blender. I was also considering the Blend Tec

I have a commercial grade Waring blender that seems to be dying on me after 6 years which is about what the warranty is but I didn't even use it daily and sometimes went months without touching it. This would make more sense if I used it almost daily or abused it. It's basically along the same lines with the high hp and everything. I like blending greens and it's no longer doing it right. I mostly use a mini blender just for simple things like protein shakes, cream and ice so I'm set for now. I'm not looking forward to spending $500 or so on a blender again. My iPod and dog's surgery didn't even cost that.

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I'm thinking of getting that small one. They're on e-bay now.

I have been *drooling* for months at your recipes.
What's a small one?
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The older version; 4000 or so.
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The 4000 is NOT small - the picture might look like it is but trust me, it's a big machine! JUST so you know!

The container might not be QUITE as tall as the new lexan ones but it's not a shrimp either.
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The 4000 is NOT small - the picture might look like it is but trust me, it's a big machine! JUST so you know!

The container might not be QUITE as tall as the new lexan ones but it's not a shrimp either.
There are so many sizes and shapes, I just don't know which one to get. I have no use for the 64 oz container or the spigot container, either. I have friends that have the 4000 and it does the job just fine for them. The 4000 is smaller than the pro serious, the 7500, right?
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Just my two-cents worth, but I personally would not want any Vitamix older than the 5000. I wouldn't want the stainless steel container because I make a lot of things that I need to see during the blending process... like nut butters. Because of the clear container, I can see the texture and consistency. The same goes for frozen desserts and chopping veggies. I need to see what I'm doing. The new containers are made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan® copolyester.

Beginning with the 5000, the containers are clear, the machines (with the exception of the two-speed models) have a variable speed control dial that permits one to go from a speed that's equivalent to gentle stirring, all the way up to an astounding number of RPMs, and everything in between. Personally, because I also use my Vitamix for chopping meat, cheese, and vegetables, as well as for mixing batters and such, for which a variety of the slower variable speeds are used, I wouldn't be interested in a two speed machine.

The new second generation machines cost more, but they have more power, a container with a wider bottom, a four inch blade and a feature that earlier Vitamix machines do not have: The cooling fan on the second generation machines runs at all speeds. On earlier machines, the fan does not run when variable speeds are used. Therefore, the second generation machines are less likely to overheat. They are also quieter than earlier machines.

I have not priced the 3600 or the 4000, but I can imagine that they're not cheap. More importantly, they will not come with a Vitamix warranty. They may or may not come with some sort of warranty from the seller, but it will not be something that's covered by Vitamix.

The container on the 3600/4000 is not small. It is a 72 oz. container.

Everyone has their own set of needs. I just think it's important to gather as many facts as possible prior to making a purchase, so that we end up with something that really does suit our needs.
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I'm not familiar with the size of the Pro series, although you might be able to get the dimensions on the VitaMix website.

The 3600 and the 4000 (I had the Maxi4000) are not small machines. I think the containers held 64 oz. also, IIRC. And the base is big and very heavy. They have on/low/high and a reverse switch which instantly reverses the blades - scared the crap outta me the first few times I used it because it causes a quick little spark that you can see between the base and the bottom of the container. I got used to it finally, and I can tell you those puppies will grind up just about anything. I mean, when you've got a blade going that fast in forward and you suddenly flip it to go the other way - whatever is in its path stands no chance! LOL!
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Would the VitaMix blender be able to get a LC Nutella type recipe as smooth as regular Nutella? Or would it still be a little grainy? If it'll get it perfectly smooth, I'll buy one lol. We're finally getting a Costco.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:31 PM   #566
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Beth, I'm betting it would work - I can make very smooth nut butters in it. I think the trick is having enough volume to keep everything moving into the blades.

Gee, IS there such a thing as too much LC nutella?!
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Well, I have 2 blenders that will get nut butters *fairly* smooth, but definitely not the texture of creamy PB or Nutella spread.

I'd probably just stick with those if the VitaMix isn't going to produce exactly what I'm after. I wonder if they'd let me take one for a test run? LOL...I'd provide my own nuts.
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Well, I have 2 blenders that will get nut butters *fairly* smooth, but definitely not the texture of creamy PB or Nutella spread.

I'd probably just stick with those if the VitaMix isn't going to produce exactly what I'm after. I wonder if they'd let me take one for a test run? LOL...I'd provide my own nuts.
At qvc, you have a 30 day money back guarantee. You have easy pay option too. That is why I got mine from there, just 1 payment and 30 days to see if I like it enough to go through with the purchase.

You must be in my area as we are rumored to be getting a Costco soon
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VitaMix also has a good return policy when purchased directly through them, and I have no doubt you could easily return one to Costco if purchased from them.

But I bet you won't want to return it!
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VitaMix also has a good return policy when purchased directly through them, and I have no doubt you could easily return one to Costco if purchased from them.

But I bet you won't want to return it!
I can't imagine Costco not accepting a return. I saw someone return toilet paper. One thing Costco does is back their stuff. I bet you could easily return it to Costco. On-line it says 90 days for anything not electronic or cameras.

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