Vitamix 5300 REVIEW
Noisy – Fred in his Vitamix 5300 review admits of not being thoroughly convinced with the product. Though it effortlessly makes juices, smoothies, soups, protein shakes (minus the banana lumps); it’s the loud noise of the Vitamix 5300 that is unbearable. For the health-conscious, it is a good buy, much better than his 15 year old Kitchenaid. As for value for money, Fred is not so sure because the Vitamix 5300 does not come equipped with a nut bag which is a must for making any kind of juice.
Expensive – Lexi in her Vitamix 5300 review expresses her concern over the highly expensive price tag. Undoubtedly the blender does its job, in fact two times better than her old KitchenAid whose blades broke after 6 years of light use.
Lexi also points out some other issues that she has been facing with Vitamix 5300. She doubts whether the spout was tested on any real life application. The excessive width makes pouring a cumbersome task as the blended content gets collected on the lip and spills over the outer edge of the spout. Pouring into a narrow glass or container makes it even harder and bottle for a smoothie on the go is a complete no-no. Though the power dial ranges from 0 to 10, on real-time application it does not go beyond 7.5. Plus, the Vitamix 5300 gives off a peculiar odour of burning tyres, more like a carcinogenic scent that one would expect in a garage and certainly not in a household kitchen. Lexi hopes that continued usage might ward off the smell eventually. It is not dishwasher-safe, thereby increasing the chances of water wastage.
In a nutshell, Lexis finds Vitamix 5300 rather disappointing. For a product that costs nearly as much as a dishwasher, it doesn’t quite deliver as much. Lexi believes that had it been half the current price, it would have been a great valued product. Though assembled in the USA which would mean superior quality, but there is no clarity as to where all the parts sourced from. Lexi firmly believes she would have seriously considered a repeat purchase otherwise.
Teflon Issue – Jared in his Vitamix 5300 review says that he had bought the Vitamix 5300 from Costco. He wasn’t interested in a top-notch product but still went with the Vitamix 5300 instead of Oster Versa. His use has been mostly restricted to making extremely smooth margaritas. While blending ice he came to know about the black fleck issue. It’s a Teflon coating under the blade that tends to scrape off while blending ice. This is due to a very tight clearance. When the blade hits the ice, it gets deflected thus hitting the Teflon. Though the FDA has approved the Teflon flaking is safe for human consumption, Jared is not too keen. Vitamix 5300 will resolve this issue in their next launch later in the year. Jared is hoping to buy that preferably under warranty.
Besides the fleck issue, Jared is very satisfied with the product. The low profile container easily fits on the counter under the cabinet. Moreover, he can remove and install the container while it is still under the cabinet. It’s very easy to clean as well. Just add warm water, a drop of soap and let it spin for 30 seconds, followed by a quick rinse. Though expensive, he decided to splurge on Vitamix 5300 which is Made in USA and he has no regrets whatsoever. Plus, the added bonus of 7 year warranty makes Jared an extremely happy customer. He promises to update the review if and when he changes his opinion.
Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 REVIEW
Unreliable – Angela in her Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 review says that she purchased it on 6/27/13 and it became an instant favorite. Within 5 months, the rotor of the base unit broke. On contacting the customer service she was informed that there was no warranty service since it had been purchased from Amazon without clarity on the product being new or used. A new motor unit from the company would cost $59.95 or Angela could spend minimum $40 shipping to check if it was repairable. Any place besides Amazon would ensure full warranty service. Total spends of $219.95 plus $60 didn’t seem fair. Angela rates Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 a minus 1 star.
Burning Smell – Patty in her Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 review expresses a complete disappointment, never to buy anything from them. While operating there was a burning smell and the cups were not getting released. She returned it and another Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 was sent. The same problem persisted especially when making smoothies. On calling the customer service, she was instructed to use Rubber Gloves, indicating that the company was well aware of the issue.
Vibrations – Dave in his Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 review praises about the product being excellent for making smoothies. The problems he faced was the loud noise and a rather odd vibration irrespective of the pitcher ingredients. Dave believes that this will soon lead to the wear and tear till it eventually breaks down in about a year.
Very Loud – Sindee in her Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 review admits that she is not really satisfied. Though it blends fruits and vegetables into a good smoothie, it is very loud. At times she has issues with the fibres in fruits like mango and even the protein powder gets stuck to the sides and bottom. She says that the Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 is as good as a less expensive brand and certainly nowhere close to VitaMix.
Difficult to Clean – Tracy in her Ninja Mega Kitchen System 1500 review says that she replaced it with a VitaMix. The single serve makes fantastic smoothies but the large container doesn’t. The main blade(s) of the larger container has too many grooves, thereby collecting debris making it difficult to clean. She has to use a small brush and clean every grove. Tracy hopes the company will fix it in the next design change. However she is happy with the food processor.