Updated 12 May 2017

Vitamix

Total Nutrition Center

Snapshot: The Vitamix Total Nutrition Center super blender has 10 speeds and comes with a plastic (BPA-free) jug. How does it rate?

Total Nutrition Center
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1095

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Test results

Overall score
84
Ease of use
?/10
Pureeing soft food
?/10
Crushing ice
?/10
Chopping carrots
?/10
Green smoothie
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent at pureeing frozen fruit, crushing ice, chopping carrots and grating parmesan cheese.
  • Excellent at making nut butter, sorbet and soup.
  • Very good at making a green smoothie and milling almonds.
  • Good at blending kale.
  • OK at making pizza dough.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Lightweight plastic graded jug (BPA-free).
  • Jug can be placed on unit in any position.
  • Motor cuts out if jug tilts off shaft during processing.
  • Tamper.

But

  • Jug is large (so can be awkward to wash in a sink).
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • No pulse function.
  • Difficult to scrape out load as narrow base area can trap food.
  • Small chute for main jug and narrow chute for dry blade jug.
  • Liquid can be pushed up into the lid, so can drip when being removed.
  • Unit can jolt on the bench when processing heavy ingredients or processing for an extended time.
  • Very noisy on high speed.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Pureeing, crushing, chopping, green smoothie, blending kale (60%) – regular blenders.
Pureeing, crushing, chopping, green smoothie, blending kale, nut butter, sorbet (60%) – super blenders.
Ease of use (40%)

For our tests we pureed soft frozen fruit (some older models pureed soup), crushed ice and chopped carrots. We made a green smoothie (a combination of English spinach, pear, kiwifruit, cucumber, mint, celery and water) and blended kale. For super blenders we also made nut butter, sorbet from frozen fruit, dough and almond meal, and grated parmesan. In the latest batch of super blenders we made hot soup from raw ingredients. The dough, parmesan, dry milling and soup scores don’t contribute to the overall score.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1095
Type
Super blender

More test results (/10)

Blending kale
7.9
Nut butter
9.0
Sorbet
9.0
Dough
6.0
Parmesan cheese
9.0
Raw soup
10.0
Dry milling
8.0

Specifications

H x W x D (cm)
51 x 19 x 22
Noise (dB)
83
Watts (W)
1200
Blender weight (kg)
5.4
Jug weight (kg)
1.1
Jug capacity (L)
2.00

Features

Blender construction
Plastic
Jug construction
Plastic (BPA free)
Number of speeds
10
Cord storage
yes
Pulse option
no
Removable blade
no

More Info

Notes
Dry blade jug to process dry ingredients costs extra.
Availability
-