When it comes to Vitamix blenders, I find that there is generally not much to complain about other than price. With a loyal following of passionate fans, the mighty gadget has become something of a cult phenomenon. There’s a good reason for that too, as the blenders, which start at $ 350 and go up (much more) from there, perform well in most performance tests and are built to last for years. Vitamix blenders are also easy and intuitive to use and look great on the counter.
- Easy to use
- Lightweight and compact compared to other Vitamix models
I do not like it
- No pulse function or mix settings
- Too easy to accidentally start the engine
- I had problems with the dense ingredients
- Too expensive for what it is
Not everyone can spend $ 400 on a blender, and even those who may not necessarily want to. There is a growing demand (and supply) for good mixers that don’t break the bank but still do a good job when put through the most critical tests. Vitamix is looking to secure that part of the market with the addition of a more “affordable” blender: a streamlined, streamlined blender called the Vitamix One. The One came out last month and retails for $ 250, a total of $ 100 less than the company’s model. previous entry level of Vitamix, the.
As someone familiar with and as a background to the brand, I wanted to give the Vitamix One a try to see how the latest model fared in some real-world blender tests. The one proved to be a medium sized solid blender with Vitamix gauge blending capabilities. But with a glaring design flaw and reduced overall horsepower compared to other Vitamix models and blenders in the same cost range, it’s hard to justify the still hefty price tag.
Design and features
From a first glance at the One, it is clear that this is a very different machine from any other in the Vitamix family. In fact, when my mom saw it on FaceTime, she blurted out, “Is that a Vitamix?” The one is simple, with a streamlined body and single dial for controlling motor and blade speed, with no mixing presets or even a pulse function, both of which are pretty standard on blenders these days.
The 32-ounce container that comes with the One is also smaller than any other Vitamix and the entire unit measures just 8 inches wide and 12 inches tall. Other Vitamix blenders are a few inches wider and some are up to 5 inches taller. The one is also lighter, at just over 6 pounds, compared to 10 pounds or more that most other Vitamixes weigh.
The biggest design flaw
I really didn’t like the single knob that turns the blender on and off and controls the speed – it has almost no resistance when you’re starting it up. If the blender is plugged in, even the slightest force on the knob, accidental or not, will cause the motor to start whirring, even if there is no mixing bowl locked in the base of the motor, and the blades will start to spin if the container it is locked in place. This happened to me a few times and I found the choice of design perplexing, annoying, and perhaps even a bit dangerous. A significant click to go from off to on or a main switch to turn off the machine would have been a great help to me.
Performance and usability
The One has a 1.2 horsepower motor, which is significantly less than the Explorian (2 hp) and therefore the brand is marketing the One as a blender for smoothies, soups, sauces and less for blender tasks. more difficult, although less common. . The difference in power was noticeable in some of the tests, especially when run alongside a Vitamix with more oomph.
How the One acted
Even though this is Vitamix’s cheapest model, it’s still a $ 250 blender and I was hoping it would do just about everything a high-end blender should do. At CNET, we have some standard blender tests that we like to run on each unit we review to gauge the potency, precision, and overall performance of the blend.
I also have an Explorian, the next closest Vitamix in price, so I’ve used that model for a quick comparison in some of my tests. As you can see from the photos below, the Explorian is larger and more boxy than the One, but it also has more substantial blades and blending capabilities.
Crushing two cups of ice took 18 seconds. There is no pulse function on this blender so you have to press manually by turning the knob or just let it run on high. I did the same test with the $ 350 Explorian and it crushed the same amount of ice to the same consistency in about 10 seconds.
I make a lot of shakes, so this is as important a test as any for me. I dropped a cup of frozen strawberries and two cups of orange juice into the blender. In about 15 seconds, the ingredients were blended to a perfect smoothie consistency. The Explorian did the job in just over 10 seconds.
Next, I wanted to see how The One handles turning raw almonds into almond flour. This took an impressively short 16 seconds without stopping or tamping to get a fine powder from the cup of raw almonds. The Explorian outscored the Uno by just 2 seconds this time.
The pancake batter test is designed to see how quickly and thoroughly a blender can mix wet and dry ingredients. In about 20 seconds, the cup of water and two cups of pancake batter were completely mixed together. I stopped once to hit it with the spatula when some annoying lumps stuck out, but the batter came out smooth and there was little unmixed dirt next to the blades.
Block of cheese
In what has been considered the ultimate torture test for our blender reviews, I dropped a block of chilled cheddar cheese on the One in hopes that it would crush it into something that could melt over nachos or a casserole. The blender beat some of the edges of the block, but it remained mostly intact. This is the hardest test we give blenders and the Vitamix One failed.
Cleaning and maintenance
The smoothie cup is as easy to clean as any you’ve ever used, although it’s not noticeable in any way. A good strong rinse in the sink with a spray nozzle usually got the job done. The streamlined base was easier to clean than most blenders, as there are very few knobs, switches, or tricky corners to deal with.
Other blenders in this price category
Blender ($ 200) gets consistent praise for its performance and has plenty of combination presets (nine to be exact) to help nail your recipe, and the motor packs a formidable 1,100 watts (1.4 hp), a hint more than the One. ($ 200- $ 260) has no presets but does it have a more powerful 1.5 horsepower motor and a click dial that won’t start without your blessing. The ($ 200- $ 280) is another option that provides a total of 2 hp of operating power and more features, speeds, presets, and blending programs than the Vitamix One. Ninja also makes several blender models in the $ 175 range. – $ 250, including ($ 200) with its heavier 2.09 horsepower motor, a 72-ounce smoothie jar, and plenty of accessories, including another 64-ounce round bowl that turns the blender into a food processor.
There is no question that this is a reliable blender with plenty of power and precision blending capabilities. It passed the shake test easily and made the walnut flour faster and finer than most blenders. If you Really want a Vitamix but don’t want to shell out $ 350, or have limited kitchen counter and closet space to work, this is a viable option. I don’t think you have many complaints about the results of the blender.
With that said, this is now the cheapest blender from Vitamix and at times, I could feel it. The problem for me is that at $ 250 it’s still not cheap and that made the design issues and less-than-stellar performance in some of my tests even more apparent. Having a knob to control everything felt limiting and clunky and I really hated how easily this blender turned on, often when not trying. The leap from the Ascent to the Explorian doesn’t feel as remarkable as the leap from the Explorian to the new Vitamix One, and that’s mostly down to the design and ease of use. There is also a noticeable drop in potency, but the one that still mixes like a Vitamix, which is very good to say.
I liked the One, but me. love meAnd if you have the coin and the kitchen space for that model, I think you’ll be glad you did. Vitamix’s new entry-level blender isn’t a bad machine by any means but, at that price, it’s just not the one. one for me.
Vitamix One is available in, and other select kitchen retailers.