Monday, June 2, 2014

Stiring Things Up: Dynablend vs Vitamix Smoothies

Summer Smoothies: One of the best ways to amp up your nutrition!
One of the best things about summertime is all the locally grown fruit and veg that's on hand! We have an organic garden and feast on fresh ripe tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and so much more through the season. Last year we had a bumper crop so my VitaMix was going full tilt every morning!

NEW Tribest Dynablend Horsepower Plus High Power Blender
Well, once this thing arrived, I could feel the VitaMix getting a bit envious. The VitaMix is the undisputed power-blender of the kitchen with it's 2 hp motor. However this NEW Dynablend has a 1.1 hp motor and comes with a beautiful lidded glass picture that is very easy to clean.

Kitchen Performance
I like the pre-programmed and Variable Speeds on the Dynablend, which I think are great when working on a recipe with set ingredient amounts. It offers:

60 second blend
60 second combo
30 second pulse

Adding Rainbow Light Protein Energizer to fresh ingredients
How Does it Compare?
Really the 1.1 horse power motor is more than enough ump to blend my smoothies, even when I'm using fresh, raw ingredients like carrots, celery and apples as seen here. The Dynablend also comes with a Utility Scoop and Blade Opener for when you need to change the sealing gaskets (which are included). Due to the Variable Speed dial and presets, the Dynablend is in fact a full on food processor. As I hinted before, the preset controls allow you to pulse or blend for set time periods and speeds so you'll get the same results every time.

This Dynablend unit is not as tall as the Vitamix 5200, so it fits under my low kitchen cabinets very well. I really like the clear glass picture on the Dynablend. The impact resistant plastic picture on the Vitamix is harder to clean and has become cloudy. However, the extra horse power of the Vitamix is great for grinding whole grains, making nut butters and cooking hot soups. The Dynablend did a super job of making my smoothies with added carrots, apples, celery and raisins but there were a few small carrot pieces that didn't get liquified. You may need to drop in smaller dried fruits like raisins and cherries while the machine is running to make sure they get chopped up. All the same, I think the Dynablend is an incredible value (at less than half the price of a VitaMix) and definitely gets the job done. Visit to learn more about the Dynablend.

So get the VitaMix 5200 if:
You are a hardcore foodie
Enjoy making nearly everything from scratch
Like to make roasted/raw nut & seed butters
Like to cook soups in your blender

Get the Dynablend DB-850 if:
You are new to making smoothies 
Have limited counter space
Like to use raw, fresh fruits and vegetables
Are looking for a value in a blender/food processor

Inside the Vitamix 5200 picture


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  3. I often use all the above ingredients but add a tsp of Almond Butter for extra protein.