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It was the summer of 2019, and I had just developed the greatest smoothie recipe in the world. Well, to be completely accurate, I kind of ripped it off of a very expensive New York-based coffee chain by diligently watching the barista who made mine every single morning. But, what was I to do, continue spending like fifty bucks a week on this damn smoothie? Anyway, armed with the perfect smoothie recipe I went straight to the grocery store and bought the ingredients. I poured out my measurements and into my little blender, and after holding down the Blend button for no longer than ten seconds I smelled burning plastic in the air. And why was my blender shaking so much on the countertop? Just like that—the so-called perfect smoothie had destroyed my cheap, unworthy blender on the first try.

I’ve spent years looking for the right blender, ready to concoct my delicious smoothie and more. It seemed like the world was against me and my smoothies, and unready for whatever other blended-up recipes I could unleash upon it, if only I had the right tool. It wasn’t until recently that the right tool came to me, like Excalibur recognizing King Arthur, like Mjolnir deeming Thor worthy—the only blender up to the task is the Vitamix Propel Series 510.

For a blender that I got mainly to blend smoothies, it turns out that there’s nothing this thing can’t do, no task it isn’t up for. Long gone are the days of me patiently measuring almond milk and frozen berries into cups, only to be met with disappointment at the hands of a machine that can’t handle too many ingredients, or ice, or the most delicious smoothie concoctions in the world. Now, it’s just me, my Vitamix, and a world full of infinite ingredients at our disposal—what can’t we do?

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It does more than just smoothies.

Sure, I ventured into the world of blenders with a quest to recreate my perfect smoothie at home, and the first few blenders I tried didn’t offer me any more than that (and they barely offered that). I’d heard tales of high-tech, high-functioning blenders that could do more—multiple settings? Multiple speeds? I didn’t dare dream of it.

With the Vitamix 510, though, it feels like there’s virtually nothing that can’t be blended. The blender has three program settings—Smoothie, Hot Soup, and Frozen Dessert—and each one masterfully blends your ingredients to the ideal consistency of whatever it is your making. Every smoothie is perfectly blended, not too chunky, not too watery; every hot soup is smooth, rich, and creamy, with the friction from the blades bringing it to a hot, steaming temperature that’s ready to be served, no stovetop necessary; and every frozen dessert is thick and icy, the nuances between a gelato and an ice cream clear as day. It even comes with a juice presser attachment, so if that’s more your style, kiss that membership to your local juicery goodbye—fresh, delicious, chunk-free juices are now being served up right in your kitchen.

The settings are automatic, too, so you don’t have to stand around in front of your blender all day and make sure everything is being smoothly processed through the blades; trust me, they are. You can walk away with peace of mind that your bananas aren’t clogging up your breakfast smoothie, and if you ever smell burnt plastic in the air, look elsewhere—it certainly isn’t coming from the Vitamix, because this blender can handle everything you throw at (or rather, in) it.

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Every feature ensures precision.

Vitamix has been perfecting its technology since its founding in 1921—yeah, you read that right. The company has been dedicated to serving up blends since its first iteration, the Vita-Mix, hit the market in 1937. So if you think about it, the Propel Series 510 has been about a century in the making—and by the engineering alone, you can tell that each and every minute has counted.

With a knob that lets you dictate the speed of your blender (1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest) as well as a Pulse setting to coarsely chop over the blades (this is ideal for when you want a chunkier recipe, like a pasta sauce or some soups), you’re completely in control with this blender, but it still does all the work for you. Whether you want a thin juice, a super-smooth smoothie, or a thick, rich soup, all it takes is turning two knobs and maybe hitting the Pulse button a few times, and boom—in under 10 minutes, you’ve got yourself a culinary feat of any texture you want.

Don’t be shy when it comes to adding ingredients to the Vitamix, either. The container it comes with holds up to 48 ounces—and just so we’re clear, a restaurant serving of a soup or smoothie is about eight ounces. This is a tool you’re going to whip out for your next Thanksgiving feast. The base holds a high-performance, 2 HP motor, designed to work with tough, big ingredients that other blenders can’t handle…while still staying under ten pounds. How’s that for small but mighty?

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It couldn’t be easier to use—or clean.

You know those kitchen gadgets that require a bunch of smaller kitchen gadgets to be assembled? Yeah, this isn’t like that. The Vitamix 510 has three pieces: base, jug, lid. The lid does have a juice tamping accessory, I’ll admit, but to set the entire thing up takes literally less than one minute.

I hate when gadgets are overcomplicated, too. This appliance, with its glossy black exterior, is both sleek and simple—power button, Pulse button, speed knob. How much easier could it be? Cleaning it is even more hassle-free; you could go the old-fashioned route, and put some water and dish soap in the jug and then pulse it a little bit. I did that and it worked like a charm, but that was before I read that the Vitamix 510 is dishwasher safe and BPA free; have no fear about damaging the blades and metal components in the dishwasher, because it’ll be perfectly fine and come out shiny, new, and fresh.

I don’t care what it is you’re making—pancake batter, butternut squash soup, vanilla ice cream, a berry smoothie—, just know that the process and result is going to be made way better by the Vitamix 510.

To make things even better, the blender is 42 percent off on Amazon right now, and getting this thing for under 300 bucks is the steal of the century. And, okay, since you made it this far, I’ll even give you my smoothie ingredients so that you have an inaugural recipe to concoct in your 510. Throw in frozen blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peanut butter, cinnamon, granola, almond milk, and vanilla Greek yogurt or half a banana into the blender, and voilá. Watch what happens when you use your basic old blender to make this… and see watch how much better it is with the Vitamix.

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Photography by Joe Lingeman. Prop styling by Andrea Bonin.

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