The Good The Vitamix S30 offers quality construction and design, blends for drinking on the go, and recipes galore.
The Bad The S30 is expensive, has blades that are tricky to clean by hand, and isn't as powerful as bigger all-purpose blenders.
The Bottom Line Only consider the Vitamix S30 if personal to-go blending and quality are your objectives and saving money isn't.
A pricey but handsome way to blend on the run
In a nod to today's trend of mix-and-go blenders, the historic appliance maker Vitamix has thrown its hat into the travel blending ring. The Vitamix S30 blender is designed to tackle personal blending tasks and is a compelling solution for small-batch smoothie-making and single-person food prep. This is especially true if premium build quality and craftsmanship float your boat. Costing $409, though, it's hard to get over this kitchen gadget's sky-high cost of entry.
After the string of budget Hamilton Beach blenders I've reviewed recently, specifically theand machines, I must say that the Vitamix S30 is a welcome change of pace. Tipping the scales at a hefty 12 pounds, the first thing I noticed about this kitchen gadget is its imposing physical size and sheer girth.
Standing at a full 15.7 inches (with main 40-ounce jar), the S30 isn't technically any taller than its competitors. The blender's base, however, is significantly more massive. Even if you discount its staggering weight, the device's lower portion takes up almost two-thirds of its total frame. Indeed, the Vitamix's motor housing is practically monolithic in appearance. Furthering the S30's statuesque looks are a glossy-black piano finish, tastefully rounded curves, and impressively solid construction. Honestly, if you ever wondered what Darth Vader's personal smoothie maker might look like, this armor-plated monster is pretty darn close.