Vita-Mix 1363 CIA Professional Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor, Platinum

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$499.00
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Vita-Mix

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Vita-Mix and the Culinary Institute of America have partnered to bring you the CIA Professional by Vita-Mix. The CIA has trained more than 37,000 chefs and foodservice professionals, including many celebrity chefs. Ordinary blenders can't begin to approach the speed nor the results you'll enjoy while using the powerful CIA Professional by Vita-Mix machine. Like no other kitchen appliance available, the CIA Professional by Vita-Mix multi-tasking appliance will unlock the deep rich flavor treasures hidden in all your select ingredients. You can create dishes the way professional chefs do. It easily handles the work of many appliances so you can blend, puree, chop, juice, grind and more, all in this one versatile machine! Included is an exclusive new recipe book, "Recipes and Techniques from the CIA Master Chefs". The book features more than 20 recipes developed by the CIA's Certified Master Chefs. The CIA Professional by Vita-Mix also comes with "Create", an easel-design recipe book which saves counter space and is packed with over 300 easy-to-prepare recipes from some of the country's top professional chefs, including Joanne, Weir, Michael Symon and Hugh Carpenter. Instructional DVD and owner's manual included. "It's not a blender - It's a Vita-Mix!"

Details

Binding
Kitchen
EAN
0703113013638
Label
Vita-Mix
List Price
$599.00
Manufacturer
Vita-Mix
Product Group
Kitchen
Product Type Name
ABIS_KITCHEN
Publisher
Vita-Mix
Studio
Vita-Mix
Title
Vita-Mix 1363 CIA Professional Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor, Platinum
Feature
Measures 8-3/4 by 7-1/4 by 20 inches; 7-year warranty
UPC
703113013638
Brand
Vitamix
MPN
1363
Height
20 inches
Length
7.25 inches
Weight
16.8 pounds
Width
8.75 inches
Model
1363
Color
Silver

Latest reviews

Design
5.00 star(s)
Value
4.00 star(s)
Ease of Use
5.00 star(s)
Purchase Date
2012-04-16
Purchase Price
$300.00
Pros: Amazingly Incredibly Good For Everything But Milkshakes
Cons: Pitcher Too Tall; Doesn't Do Thick Milkshakes Well
Our old blender, a Waring BB180, was more than adequate for everything.  I gave it a very positive review a couple of years ago.  However we -- you're not going to believe this -- misplaced it and needed to replace. 

We started looking at Vita-Mix because of the reputation and a "why not the buy the best?" philosophy which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. 

It's not that I can't explain the bargain I got at SLT, but it would take too many words.  Suffice it to say that the price for a new machine with all of the accessories was a unique stroke of good fortune at the time.  However, if you're considering this blender consider also that it's either discontinued and replaced or about to be replaced. 

The new top-line home kitchen blenders add some useless gimmicks, the real "improvement" in the replacement models is a redesigned pitcher. 

The current pitcher is too tall to fit under most kitchen cabinets.  That's not much of a problem with us because our top cabinets were mounted too close to the counter, and NOTHING fits. 

A bit more problematic is that the geometry of the old, tall pitchers does not promote the right vortex for efficient blending of a very few types of ingredients with a very few others.  As a practical matter, that means that the machine transfers too much heat before blending a lot of ice cream with a little bit of milk. 
So, you can forget smooth, thick milkshakes.  Slightly thinner milkshakes, no problem. 

One design quirk which actually promotes better blending is the recommendation to start almost every task with the switch set to "adjustable," and the dial at low speed, then crank the rpms until you get the right speed -- which is always "10."  Sorry, no 11.  The slow start prevents hydrostatic glugs and promotes more even mixing. 

Speaking of which, the top is vented, so combined with the slow start and ramp-up, no steam pressure explosions.  Nice!  Go ahead, try to make an argument for a stick blender. 

Ice?  Like buttah.  It's so fast there's no melting from environmental temps and no heat transfer either.  It's not quite Rocky Mountains powder, but it's as close as any blender will get you. 

For every other purpose other than thick shakes and malts, and I mean every darn one of them, this thing is beyond perfection.  Amazingly powerful, amazingly well designed, amazingly rugged, amazingly turns ice into dry snow; amazing bar blender; amazingly secure top, amazing with hot purees, amazingly does everything, amazingly and so on.

I'm not sure if any blender is worth $500 for a home kitchen.  The four star value rating is expressly limited to the "such a deal price," and includes the caveat that no blender is worth even $300 unless your significant other really wants one.  What's a few bucks extra if it makes someone happy?

All I know is we love our Vita Mix and if you want one you'll have to buy your own.

BDL

PS.  We found the Waring and gave it to The Daughte,r so don't ask.

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