Home-and-Family You often wonder where factories make the big money. Is it on the blenders or on the accessories. Vita Mix, Blendtec, Waring, and Health Master Blenders are all considered rather expensive high performance blenders to start, if you .pare apples with apples. Of course, whether the Health Master blender with its 1.75 hp motor at $ 200 starting price is really a high performance blender is another questions. All of the above blenders are ranging from $300 plus upwards over $500 and even nearly $1000 dollars, depending on what blender with what features you consider. The Blendtec containers are $60, the Waring cost $120, Health Master $50 plus shipping, and the Vita Mix containers cost $110. Each of these containers has different pros and cons. The 9 pounds light Blendtec HP3A 3 hp blender (about $350) is the best deal for travelers and in respect to horsepower, but it appears also flimsy to some consumers. The BPA-Free 64oz container weighs little less than 2 pounds. Blendtec has also a 96 oz container, both 64 oz and 96 oz sizes are marked with 32 fl oz. The blade is not replaceable by the consumers. We have often wondered what it would take to rebuild the blade or bearing when worn out. The 64 oz container costs as much or as little as the Vita Mix wet blade assembly alone, about $60. And the 96 oz Blendtec container is about $150. The 2 hp Vita Mix 5200 blender (about $450 + sales tax) weighs all together about 14 pounds, it is much weaker than the HP3A 3 hp blender at $ 350 and the Vita Mix 3 hp blender at $ 500). The BPA-Free 64 oz container costs $110 when replacing it. The only other size, a 32oz container, is available with a dry blade (ice blade assembly also) that is marketed as a wheat blending or grinding accessory. The Vita Mix container is extremely sturdy. It is so sturdy that 10 monkeys could jump up and down on it without breaking it. This is of course not normal kitchen use. It is an over-engineered piece of qualitative Vita Mix accessory. The 64 oz container weighs about 3 pounds. As mentioned before, the Vita Mix container wet blade assembly costs about $60 dollars. The container replacement kit (including container, new lid, and wrench) costs about $40 dollars plus shipping. The idea behind this is that consumers can save money when only the blade or the container needs to be replaced. The retention nut for the bottom that holds the blade assembly in (for tightening) costs about $20 dollars if it needs to be replaced and it is not part of the kit. The .mercial 3.5 hp Waring blenders have containers that are interchangeable with Vita Mix containers. This means, when the Waring containers are more costly than the Vita Mix containers, it may make more sense to just buy the Vita Mix containers for replacement. If you need a tamper, make sure you get the original accelerator tool from Vita Mix. Some people believe that the Vita Mix blades and container engineering is little better anyway than the Waring containers. The Health Master blender with its 1.75 to 1.85 hp blender motor still needs more time to tell how well it really .pares to the rather superior 80 years old Vita Mix engineering, the 60 years old Waring blender experience, and the 30 plus years Blendtec blenders innovation. A Health Master 64 oz container costs only $50 plus shipping. It is made from Polycarbonate material and unlike the Vita Mix and Blendtec 64 oz container, it is not BPA-Free. So far the Health Master container sounds good when considering replacement cost. We are expecting our test model in soon and are hopping to have a full review published by end of October 2009. This review will be in .parison with all other 3 major blender brands, Vita Mix, Waring, and Blendtec blenders. Consumers in today’s market demand customization. You can logically expect that the Vita Mix factory would not like the idea that consumers bought any of their 2 hp or 3 hp Vita Mix blenders and then an adapter to use a container from Blendtec, for example. And can you imagine that Blendtec Corporation would not opose the idea that their containers be used on a Vita Mix blender? These two .panies have now fought over trademarks, patents, and marketing concepts and strategies for a few decades. And why would a consumer even consider using a Blendtec container on a Vita Mix Blender or visa versus? We are not suggesting that Blendtec containers are better or worse than the Vita Mix containers, or any others. There is however a price point at which consumers and smoothie bar owners either enjoy a purchase or shy away from it. Some people like the Blendtec HP3A blender better because of its lower price, electronic blending cycle program features, and the 3 hp motor, either because of all reasons together, or one or the other features. To the other hand, some other consumers prefer the manual operation the the Waring and Vita Mix blender .panies have focused on. The motivation for the purchase depends on strategy and abilities to predict the future in respect to longevity and future need. After all, it is not expected that a high performance blender technology will change as quickly as the Information Technology any time soon. A restaurant that can predict having to go through lots of containers a year could either buy 10 or 20 etc. containers from Blendtec (if they have a Blendtec EZ blender for example) and just swap out containers as they wear out or the material fogs up in time and subject to usage. Or, if another shake bar has the Vita Mix 3 hp blender, and its $120 dollar containers, it could just stock up a few extra spare parts kits, extra replacement containers, some lids, and a few replacement wet blade assembly kits and replace what ever is needed. While the Vita Mix container costs about twice as much as the Blendtec container to begin with, the blade assembly for replacement in a Vita Mix container costs the same as the entire Blendtec container. One question is yet to be answered: Which blender used at the same job really will outlast the other one? A consumer of course thinks about this issue little different. A consumer is unlikely to use 10 containers or more per year. Perhaps a consumer will have to replace a Blendtec container about every 2 years and a Vita Mix container every 3 years. The beginning purchase price is much less in a Blendtec blender over a Vita Mix blender. One is not necessarily better than the other if you .pared apples with apples. After all, for about 20% cost less than the Vita Mix 2 hp blender, you can get a 3 hp Blendtec blender. Then you could even easily afford a second Blendtec 64 oz container with your purchase. This extra container could be used as a replacement or you could use it alternately to slow down the wear and tear on each of the containers and for the same amount of investment outlast in theory the Vita Mix blender package. Now, what if there was a Vita Mix 2 hp or 3 hp blender (does not really matter), that would give you the option to put a Blendtec 64 oz container on it? As you may know, the blades of a Vita Mix container are rather different than with the Blendtec Container. All, the Vita Mix, Waring, and Health Master blades are machined star-type blades with 4 prongs. The Blendtec blade for the HP3A, Total Blender, Connoisseur Blender, Smoother Series and EZ Blender is a dual wing-tipped blade. It is a flat two-directional piece with a little wing bent up at each end. The Blendtec blade is engineered, so one and the same blade can either blend dry or wet ingredients and you do not need to exchange blades or containers for ice or wheat grinding. And the Vita Mix Dry-Blade container issue is put in serious question anyway. It may just be a gimmick marketing campaign. For example, the result of selling the Vita Mix 4500 Turbo 2 hp blender without its 64 oz Tritan container could be a price reduction of about $110 from about $340 to $230. Then adding, hypothetically speaking a Vita-Mix to Blendtec container converter tool for $20.00 and the Blendtec Container for $50.00, this would mean the total high performance purchase price would be about $300. If the blending experience was the same as with the Vita Mix container, this would make a great deal. Some more questions to answer could be following: oIs the Vita Mix container operated on the Blendtec HP3A blender better than with the HP3A container? oWhich one works better, the Vita Mix container on the Vita Mix blender, or on the Waring blender, or the Waring container on the Vita Mix container, or the Vita Mix container on the Waring 3.5 hp blender. oIf the Health Master Container can be fitted to work on the Vita Mix blender, would it make more financial sense to use the Health Master container on the Vita Mix blender and/or on the Waring blender? About the Author: 相关的主题文章:


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