Reviews indicate that this blender is a champ at pulverizing whole fruits and vegetables, turning ice to powder, and even crushing wheat berries into flour. The Vita-Mix is also capable of turning room-temperature ingredients into hot soup in minutes. The only complaints we read center on its large size, cost, and noise. If you can afford it -- and you have room for it -- reviews say that this is among the very best blenders you can buy.
The Vita-Mix 4500 has not been included in professional reviews, but its sibling, the 5000, has. In addition, more than 20 consumers have posted reviews of this model to Amazon.com and Epinions.com.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors call the Vita-Mix 5000 a superb smoothie maker that stands out because of its large size and "huge" jar. They like the built-in stir stick.
Review: Sizing Up Souped-Up Blenders, Editors of Cooks Illustrated, July/August 2006
Editors whipped up frosty drinks, banana bread, salsa, ice cream and pancake batter in this blender's sibling, the Vita-Mix 5000. They also crushed ice in it. This blender earned high scores in all tests, but editors say it's noisy.
Review: Blenders, Editors of Consumer Reports, Aug-07
The Vita-Mix 4500 has garnered 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) in 18 owner-written reviews.
Owners say that this blender can handle just about any food processing task.
They also praise Vita-Mix's customer service. The few complaints we read center on noise and cost.
Review: Reviews of the Vita-Mix 4500, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2008
The Vita-Mix 4500 earns 5 stars (out of 5) in 2 owner-written reviews posted here. Owners like the large capacity and superior performance of this blender. One owner notes that this blender is noisy.
Review: Reviews of the Vita-Mix 4500, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of February 2008