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Choosing between Blenders and Juicers

For the last few months, I’ve spent quite a bit of time drooling over blenders and juicers. Website after website, sparkly machine after sparkly machine. Do you find all of the choices a bit overwhelming?

Since starting my Shaklee180 journey, I’ve been making lots of smoothies – like this delicious one with Kale – and I’m concerned that our three-bladed blender is going to give out. This morning I asked The Texan if we had a back up. He says there is another in the basement. Hmm…I wonder if that one has four blades. Like they all should.

The Vitamix looks like an amazing machine; have you seen one? They remind me of the blenders that we used way, way back when I was bartending. It seems that everyone who has one of those loves it to pieces. I saw photos of a few smoothies that came out of that machine, holy cow! Impressive!

After making smoothies every day for the last two weeks and researching juicers, I don’t know that I actually need one. While juicers seem great for juicing, I love the texture of smoothies. They’re like milkshakes without the guilt. Can a juicer make juice into a shake-like texture?

I’ve been eyeballing the Ninja mixer system, too. It’s similar to the Vitamix, but more affordable. The model that I am considering has a large pitcher (for mixing things like Margaritas) and two personal size tumblers. The personal size tumblers are a selling point for me. If The Texan and I had individual tumblers, we wouldn’t have to quickly wash the pitcher for the next person to use in the morning. That is a win-win in my book!

What type of blenders and juicers do you use?

About Emily

Emily is a rugby wife and modern mom to one active son. A former Fortune500 professional, she transferred the brand marketing and relationship building skills she learned into building a successful social media business.

Launched in 2010, her blog focuses on parenting tips, recipes, and easy crafts. When not online, you can find her training for her next half marathon, taking photographs, or sipping a Margarita while enjoying the beauty that Cape Cod has to offer.


  1. I’m so lame – I have a blender but never use it and no juicer here! Another place to research is another way to be sure you get the right one for you!
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    • I don’t think you’re lame, Maggie! I’ve just started twice daily smoothies, and think I might want a juicer. However, my research is showing that a Vitamix might be all that I need. Juicers sound like a PITA to clean, which is not a good selling point for me!

  2. Oh I’m just as lame. I don’t use a blender or a juicer 🙂 I have been wanting to invest in a juicer though~
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    • I can’t wait to get one. I’ve decided on a Vitamix – I think we’ll use it more often. Now, to save my pennies!

  3. Vitamix’s take my breath away. I would give anything for one. I try to add to my professional kitchenware at least once per year, and thus far-I’ve yet to get my hands on a Vitamix. I don’t a juicer, and my poor blender died a horrible death a few months ago when my husband attempted to make a milkshake without the top on. I haven’t replaced it yet 🙁

    • I am dying to get my hands on a Vitamix, too! Maybe I’ll give you my old blender when I do. 🙂

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  5. I love the Fairy Hobmother!!! Such a great inspiration! Good luck with the choosing 🙂
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  6. My husband and I are big smoothie fans. I would always choose a blender since we use ours on a daily basis. We just recently started using Kefir in our smoothies and it has that milkshake taste to me!
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