New Blender

Our old Cuisinart blender finally gave up on us, so it was time for a replacement. We tried a Ninja, but I was very disappointed in the results when whipping up my bulletproof coffee in the morning – did a very poor job producing the nice creamy textured coffee that I was used to. I found our Oster Immersion blender did a better job than the Ninja, although not as good as our old blender.

So the search continued. A friend suggested checking out the Vitamix line – which I had seen in the past, but who would every spend that much on a blender! Well, as it turns out, we had enough Air Miles points to get one without laying out any cash at all, so why not! I ordered the Vitamix E310.

About 2 weeks later, the new blender arrived. I was very impressed with the solid build, and very surprised at the noise level. I think our old blender was louder, even with the Vitamix cranked up to full speed!

Vitamix E310

I followed their First Blend guide in the owners manual, and made a Golden Berry, Banana, and Lettuce smoothy. In less than a minute, I was amazed. I should have gotten one of these years ago!

This morning I made up my first bulletproof coffee in the Vitamix, and I was very pleased with the results. I think I’ll be trying a lot more with it – hummus, and mushroom soup are next I think…

Over-rated

dc46-failOur old vacuum was on its last legs – a canister type Kenmore, and after hearing from so many people how much they loved their Dyson’s, we bought one.   Crazy expensive they are – the model we purchased was $550.
In the 3 months that we’ve had it, it’s been a frustrating machine to use – the power head keeps stopping, and with a couple hairy pets, the canister seems to fill up in no time at all.
The power cord is only about 15 feet long, so in our average sized 1950’s era home, we have to unplug, and plug it in 3 times to complete the main floor.
There is an assortment of attachments for the vacuum, but unfortunately, none are attached to the vacuum – we keep them all in a rubbermaid that is stored in a closet.
hoover-winSo, after 3 months of frustration, I decided to buy a new vacuum – this time it was a Hoover WindTunnel model – it was on sale at London Drugs for $130.  This one has a 25′ cord, so only  have to move the plugin twice to complete the main floor.  It came with a couple attachments, that clip right to the upright vacuum, so they are always handy.  The power head hasn’t stopped once yet – and the canister is at least twice as large, which is great!
The Hoover is a little bit noiser, and weighs a couple pounds more – but I think the pro’s far outweigh these cons – and the price is 1/4 the cost of the Dyson!