Vitamix S55

Designed with the true chef, connoisseur, and smoothie-lover in mind, the Vitamix S55 is la crème de la crème of blenders. It can prepare anything from dips to soups to ice cream and even chop up herbs and veggies if you’re feeling lazy. The size has been kept compact to fit into any normal kitchen, yet the power it holds is amazing. I’ve fiddled with a many different blenders in my life, but this one stays at the very top of my list. Here’s why.

Features/Settings

  • Comes with two containers – a 40-ounce and a 20-ounce that can transform into a to-go cup
  • Laser cut stainless steel blades
  • Interchangeable blade base
  • 4 pre-programmed settings (smoothies, dips and spreads, frozen desserts, power boost) with automatic shut off
  • 10 speed settings to fine-tune performance
  • Brushed stainless steel finish
  • 5-year warranty

Safety

The developers of the Vitamix S55 were well aware that the laser cut stainless steel blades would cause damage to vulnerable fingers and hands. To stop this from ever happening, they designed the base to have an interlocking feature which will turn off the blades if the container becomes detached or loose. That being said, you don’t have to worry about the safety of you or your family while using this thing. While the unfortunate event of the container popping off may make a mess (as with any blender), it certainly won’t hurt anyone.

My experience

I used the Vitamix S55 in a cooking class a little while back. Since it’s a top of the line blender that had a very steep price tag (my teacher said around $450USD), my expectations were certainly high. But I had heard great reviews from both chefs and people who just used it in their home, so I was sure that my experience with it would be good as well.

And boy, were they right. One of the things I first noticed about this blender is how amazingly versatile it is. The teacher of the cooking class I was in at the time had us use it for everything – dips, spreads, smoothies, and even ice cream. It’s not really a run-of-the-mill “smoothies only” blender, that’s for sure.

It takes a lot of power to be able to make so many different recipes too. I remember being a teenager and trying to make hummus in my mom’s 1980’s blender at home. In order for all the ingredients to blend together, I had to water the chickpeas down like crazy.

But the Vitamix S55 offered a pleasantly different experience. I remember watching the teacher of my cooking class use it to make her own hummus. She put the heaviest ingredients on the bottom (which shocked me) and then threw in some garlic cloves that she had only flattened, not minced. I cringed when she finally turned the blender on, but was surprised upon seeing that it literally ate all of the ingredients up. After about 30 seconds, her hummus was smooth and ready to eat. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Over the remainder of that cooking course I myself became very comfortable with the Vitamix S55. Since it’s such a high-power machine, I was honestly a little intimidated to use it at first. The easy-to-read controls that work off a dial made everything super straightforward though. And since it has an interlocking safety feature, I wasn’t scared of hurting myself. There were a couple times I hadn’t screwed the container into the blade base properly, but I didn’t get hurt since the interlocking safety feature sensed that. Super comforting.

The containers are also unique to the Vitamix S55. So much so, that I decided to do a little research on them. And apparently they’ve been 100 years in the making! Basically, they have four triangular indents pointing towards the center which create a sort of vortex. This vortex folds the ingredients into the center and downwards into the blade. It ups the efficiency of the blending process substantially. Every ingredient is accounted for in a very short amount of time. No lumps, bumps, or choking hazards are left behind! Reading up on that certainly explained why every single recipe I made in that cooking class came out so smooth and indulgent…

So, what exactly were the recipes we made using the Vitamix S55, you may ask? Well, a little bit of everything. But if an exact list is what you’re looking for…

  • Nut butters (almond & peanut)
  • Different variations of hummus
  • Green smoothies
  • Batter (French toast, pancake, cake)
  • Flours (buckwheat, flax, chia, oat, quinoa)
  • Ice creams and sorbets
  • Sauces (pesto, tomato, salsa)
  • Cream cheese
  • Soups (sweet potato, broccoli, tomato)
  • Jam
  • Salad dressing
  • And apple sauce (my all-time fav from that class)

So as you can see, there are really no limitations to what you can make with the Vitamix S55. And unlike other blenders, we didn’t have to constantly take the lid off to mix all the ingredients around. It came with a tamper. Or in other words, a fancy tool that breaks up air pockets and thick ingredients. There was a hole in the lid that you’d stick the tamper through to sort of move things around and make sure they kept smoothing out. It made the process super simple as we didn’t have to stop the blender, take the lid off, smoosh things around with a spatula, put the lid back on, and start the motor again. A real life saver, that tamper is.

I also remember that the shape of the blades was pretty unique. It kind of reminded me of a ninja star. There were only four – two facing upwards and two reaching straight out. The manufacturers claim that this shape “pulverizes the ingredients on a molecular level”. I know that seems like a pretty hefty claim, but I seriously don’t doubt them on it. The ingredients always came out unrecognizable. All of the different colours came together into one. I’ve never seen that sort of blending capability with any blender I’ve ever owned.

As for clean-up, the blade base and containers are all dishwasher safe. That being said, keeping the unit clean is super easy. And the brushed stainless steel is fingerprint and smudge resistant, so it always looks spic and span.

To this day I still dream about that blender. Actually, it’s for that reason I wrote this review! Maybe spilling my feelings of deep love for it will finally get it of my mind… lol.

But honestly, if I had the cash I would definitely splurge and get it to use alongside my Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender. Although that blender is great, the Vitamix S55 just has a thing for smooth, creamy, and absolutely dreamy consistency. If you have the money for it, it’s definitely worth buying.

My advice

The Vitamix S55 did such a great job on its own that the only advice I have is to use it for everything…

It’ll cut down on the amount of tools you need in your kitchen significantly, saving you space, time, and money. Again, if I had the money for it, it would be mine!

Overview

If you didn’t feel like reading the entire review, I’ve made a list of pros and cons for you to read instead. In short, here’s what I had to say about the Vitamix S55.

Pros:

  • Comes with a 20-ounce travel container
  • Comes with a tamper to simplify the process of blending thicker foods
  • Blade base and containers are all dishwasher safe
  • Easy-to-use pre-programmed settings with automatic shut-off
  • Interlocking feature to ensure maximum safety
  • Very versatile (makes a wide range of foods)
  • High-power meaning that produce needs minimal prep work
  • Container and blades have a unique design to ensure the smoothest blend

Cons:

  • Steep price tag ($450USD)

Needless to say, if you have the money to put towards this beast, it’s definitely worth it! It’ll cut down on your need for other kitchen appliances and just make your life so much easier in general. If you don’t have the cash for it right now though, feel free to check out my review on the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender. It’s not as fancy, but it gets the job done!

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