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Vitamix Venturist V1200 Blender Review

vitamix venturist v1200 blender

Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 blender is a bud­get Ascent series blender. It has sim­i­lar to oth­er Ascent mod­els tech­ni­cal para­me­ters, includ­ing smart self-detect con­tain­er sys­tem and wire­less Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­i­ty fea­tures but has a bud­get design.

It was ini­tial­ly cre­at­ed for Cost­co and is sup­posed to come in a bun­dle with addi­tion­al acces­sories. 20-oz sin­gle-serve cup, 8‑oz and blend­ing cups, tam­per hold­er, blade scraper tool.

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Vitamix Venturist V1200 Functionality

Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender is equipped with pow­er and ranges of speeds that will ele­vate anyone’s cook­ing to the next lev­el by allow­ing them to make the silki­est smooth­ies, soups, shakes, ice cream, sor­bets, and var­i­ous gas­tro­nom­ic sauces, purees, nut but­ter, and for grind­ing grain. It is the most dis­tin­guish­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of a Vita­mix; that is why most pro­fes­sion­al chefs use this machine.

Smooth­ie:

  • Make per­fect­ly smooth smooth­ie (with­out any tex­ture) from soft or hard ingre­di­ents, includ­ing such usu­al sus­pects as kale, spinach, car­rots, and pineapple;
  • Per­fect for green smoothies;
  • Liq­ue­fies any seeds (sun­flower, chia, flax) and nuts in the drinks with­out any graininess;
  • Oblit­er­ates any berries includ­ing straw­ber­ry, blue­ber­ry, and rasp­ber­ry with­out any seeds residues left in the drink;
  • Han­dles avo­ca­do seed.
  • Pro­cess­ing smooth­ies times will gen­er­al­ly be less than one minute (usu­al­ly 30 seconds).

 Juices: 

  • Make per­fect “whole juice”.
  • Do not expect the text­book juice, which sep­a­rates the fiber from a liq­uid, which is pos­si­ble only with a clas­sic juicer and not the blender.

Frozen ingredients/desserts:

  • Crush frozen fruit, veg­etable, and ice cube in the drinks;
  • Shaves ice into snow con­sis­ten­cy to pre­pare snow cones, ice cream, and oth­er frozen desserts;
  • Per­fect­ly suit­able for mak­ing frozen alco­holic drinks such as mar­gar­i­tas and others.

Nut milk:

  • Makes per­fect soy, nuts, or seeds milk;
  • It oblit­er­ates all ingre­di­ents so effi­cient­ly that you do not even need the nut milk bag to strain the liq­uid from the fiber.

Puree­ing:

  • Has enough pow­er for puree­ing just about any­thing, no dif­fer­ence if it cooked or raw vegetables;
  • Per­fect for baby food;
  • Makes var­i­ous dips and spreads, includ­ing hum­mus and pesto.

Soup/ hot ingredients:

  • Heats liq­uids via blade fric­tions and make boil­ing hot soup from cold ingre­di­ents with­in 5 minutes;
  • Process any hot liq­uids and purees hot ingre­di­ents for soup straight from the cook­er or stove;
  • Suit­able for mak­ing bul­let­proof coffee;

Chopping/food prep:

  • Chops veg­gies for sal­ad, mari­nades, sal­ad dress­ing, and mixes;
  • It blends per­fect sauces and mayonnaise.

Nut but­ter:

  • Make smooth nut but­ter from raw and roast­ed nuts with and with­out oils added;
  • Come with a tam­per to help process thick mix­tures and remove air pock­ets dur­ing blending.

 Grinding/milling:

  • Grind cof­fee beans, herbs, and spices;
  • Mills all types of grain, includ­ing the hard ones like rice or tiny like quinoa, into the bak­ing qual­i­ty flour.

Dough/batter:

  • Knead dough includ­ing bread dough;
  • Mix bat­ters. 

Base Unit, Motor Power, and Overall Design

The Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 base unit fea­tures a com­bi­na­tion of lega­cy and Ascent mod­els design ele­ments. The con­trol pan­el has a lega­cy G‑series look; the back pan­el of the base unit comes with the same Ascent mod­el large vent detail; how­ev­er, the front pan­el sides do not have the Ascen­t’s mod­el’s sleek curved bevel.

The base unit is equipped with the On/Off (Pow­er) switch on its right-hand side to con­trol the blender’s pow­er. It is handy and does not require tak­ing a plug out after each use.

The motor has 2.2HP at peak out­put pow­er, 120 V, 50–60 Hz, 12 Amps, the same as oth­er Ascent series mod­els. It also has sol­id blades-motor dri­ve cou­pling with all the met­al con­nec­tions for bet­ter blends and longer life. So, the Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender can be oper­at­ed for up to 10 min­utes with­out stop­ping; it is con­struct­ed to shut off auto­mat­i­cal­ly at the end of the max­i­mum cycle.

Besides, the motor has a radi­al cool­ing fan and ther­mal pro­tec­tion sys­tem to pro­tect it from over­heat­ing dur­ing use. The high­er speed max­i­mizes the motor cool­ing fan’s work­ing while the con­tin­u­ous low speed may trig­ger an auto­mat­ic shut-off.

Speed Settings and Programs

The Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 con­trol pan­el has 10 vari­able speed dials, PULSE, START/STOP switch­es, pro­gram­ma­ble timer, and LCD timer display.

Dial knob: The vari­able speeds are acti­vat­ed by turn­ing the dial knob to increase or decrease the speed from the low­est 1 to the high­est speed 10.

Switch­es: The Start/Stop switch starts or stops the blender run­ning cycle. Blend­ing can be inter­rupt­ed by press­ing Start/Stop at any time. At the same time, the Pulse switch blends as a short burst and is usu­al­ly used for chop­ping ingre­di­ents or elim­i­nat­ing air pock­ets in a mixture.

Pro­gram­ma­ble timer: Pro­gram­ma­ble timer allows you to set a run­ning time sim­i­lar to a microwave timer, so you can leave the blender and go away with­out the chance it will spoil your recipe. You can set the run­ning time by con­tin­u­ous­ly press­ing pro­trud­ed touch­able but­tons “+” or “-“ but­tons. With the timer, you can cre­ate your own pro­grams with this timer or use the Vita­mix Best Blend Apps.

Dig­i­tal Dis­play: The dis­play counts up if you use it with vari­able speed until you press START/STOP but­ton. If you set the timer to the required time, it will count down and shut off auto­mat­i­cal­ly at the end of the cycle. Dif­fer­ent Vita­mix smart con­tain­ers are set to run a spe­cif­ic max­i­mum time.

You can change the run­ning speed any time dur­ing the blend­ing by turn­ing the vari­able speed dial or stop the blend­ing by push­ing the START/STOP lever.

Container and Other Accessories

The Ven­tur­ist V1200 bun­dle, apart from the stan­dard for Vita­mix blender, a self-detect low-pro­file 64-ounces capac­i­ty con­tain­er, comes with a few acces­sories such as a self-detect Blend­ing Cup and Bowl Starter Kit, tam­per hold­er, and under blade scrapper.

All three con­tain­ers are made of high-qual­i­ty, durable BPA-free, shat­ter, and tem­per­a­ture-proofed Tri­tan copoly­ester mate­r­i­al. The self-detect smart sys­tem iden­ti­fies the con­tain­er, cup, and bowl and adjusts the max­i­mum blend­ing time for each container.

64 oz con­tain­er: The 64 ounces stan­dard Ascent con­tain­er has a wide bot­tom shape with per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt blades. It also includes the trans­par­ent Tri­tan copoly­ester lid so that you can observe the entire blend­ing process through it. The lid is also equipped with a trans­par­ent plug, adding extra ingre­di­ents dur­ing the blend­ing process with­out stop­ping the machine.

Tam­per: Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 blenders come with a cus­tom-made S2 Low-Pro­file tam­per. It fits into caps open­ing dur­ing blend­ing and helps to process thick mix­tures or remove air pock­ets with­out stop­ping the machine. Tam­per should not be used dur­ing blend­ing for more than 30 con­sec­u­tive sec­onds; oth­er­wise, it may over­heat the machine and trig­ger auto­mat­ic shut off.

Blend­ing Cup and Bowl Starter Kit: The kit includes one 20-ounce sin­gle-serve cup with a spill-proof lid, one 8‑ounce bowl with a stack­able lid, and blade assem­bly that pairs with both sin­gle-serve cups and bowl. The sin­gle-serve cup is designed for blend­ing per­son­al smooth­ies or small amounts of sal­ad dress­ings, and the bowl will process baby food or grind a small num­ber of spices. These bowls are not suit­able for pro­cess­ing thick mixtures.

Oth­er acces­sories: All types of con­tain­ers, the Ven­turis V1200 mod­el pack­age includes tam­per hold­er and scrap­per acces­sories. The tam­per hold­er is fas­tened to the blender motor base’s side to keep your tam­per eas­i­ly acces­si­ble at any time dur­ing the blend­ing. Under blade scraper is designed to remove dense food such as nut but­ter, hum­mus, and ice cream from the con­tain­er after blending.

Small vs. large batch­es: The stan­dard wide bot­tom 64 ounces Vita­mix con­tain­er is designed to process medi­um to large batch­es of food. Essen­tial­ly, it will han­dle at least 16 ounces of liq­uid ingre­di­ents or 4.5 cups of dry food.

The includ­ed in a pack­age starter kit with small­er con­tain­ers as not designed to process thick mix­tures such nut but­ter or hum­mus. So if you plan to process small recipes of dense ingre­di­ents, you bet­ter look for the addi­tion­al nar­row bot­tom con­tain­er or anoth­er blender model.

Blades

The Ven­tur­ist V1200, sim­i­lar to all Vita­mix Ascent series machines, comes with 4 inch­es in diam­e­ter and 4 prong wet blades that fit into a stan­dard wide bot­tom 64 oz con­tain­er. All the blades’ assem­bly is made of impec­ca­ble qual­i­ty stain­less steel. The blades are dull by design and thus have no prob­lem loos­en­ing sharp­ness with time. The blade assem­bly is per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt into a con­tain­er but could be removed (but not rec­om­mend­ed) with a spe­cial wrench when needed.

Despite the fact that Vita­mix stan­dard blades are iden­ti­fied as wet, they effi­cient­ly process wet ingre­di­ents and could also do milling, grind­ing, and dough knead­ing tasks.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

Oper­at­ing: The Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender with per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt blade assem­bly is always straight­for­ward to assem­ble for use and func­tion. It just requires fill­ing the jar with ingre­di­ents, set­ting the secure lid in place, pop­ping it on the base unit, and being ready to run. The blender could be oper­at­ed for up to 10 con­tin­u­ous min­utes at a time and will shut down if it runs longer.

Clean­ing: All Vita­mix machines are designed to be cleaned with a self-clean­ing pro­ce­dure. All you need is just fill it halfway with water and a few drops of dish soap and run for 30 seconds.

Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender, via Amazon

Optional Accessories and Attachments

48 oz smart SELF-DETECT con­tain­er wet blades: The jar fits all Ascent series blenders and is designed to per­form the same job as 64 oz. wet blades con­tain­er, which comes in the pack­age with every Ven­tur­ist V1200 mod­el. How­ev­er, these small­er-capac­i­ty con­tain­ers will process small batch­es of ingre­di­ents more effi­cient­ly than the wide bot­tom stan­dard container.

48 oz. smart SELF-DETECT dry blade con­tain­er: The dry blades are designed to han­dle dry ingre­di­ents such as grains, cere­als, cof­fee, and knead­ing the dough. They have a slight­ly dif­fer­ent to wet blades design and direct the blend­ing vor­tex up while the wet blades direct it down. Thus per­form more effi­cient­ly the milling and knead­ing job. Yet, the dry blades can­not process liq­uids efficiently.

The dry blade con­tain­er is not cheap; thus, it is worth buy­ing only if you are an avid bak­er and intend to do many milling and knead­ing tasks—otherwise, the stan­dard 64 oz. On the oth­er hand, the wet blades con­tain­er is per­fect­ly capa­ble of occa­sion­al­ly pro­cess­ing grain and knead­ing the dough.

 48 oz stain­less steel con­tain­er is com­pat­i­ble with Ascent and lega­cy Vita­mix mod­els; how­ev­er, the smart fea­tures do not work with Ascent blenders (includ­ing the V1200 mod­el). The con­tain­ers are made of stain­less steel, so it is durable, non-reac­tive, and odor-resis­tant. Besides, this jar has a nar­row bot­tom, thus able to process small recipes bet­ter than the stan­dard con­tain­er includ­ed in the package.

Aer Disc Con­tain­er: This ver­sa­tile jar is designed for prepar­ing restau­rant-like whip­ping, mud­dling, foam­ing, and emul­si­fy­ing tasks at your home kitchen.

Food Proces­sor Attach­ment: This 12 cup Food proces­sor attach­ment is paired with Only Ascent series mod­els and will expand your Vita­mix blender ver­sa­til­i­ty by per­form­ing all the pro­fes­sion­al food proces­sor tasks such as slic­ing, chop­ping, dic­ing, and more.

All replace­ment parts (includ­ing jars, blades, lids, tam­per cen­ter­ing pad, and oth­ers) are always avail­able to buy from the Vita­mix web­site or oth­er online retail­ers. How­ev­er, you hard­ly will need them to buy while your blender is under the war­ran­ty because the Vita­mix war­ran­ty cov­ers all reg­u­lar wear and tear and replace them free of charge.

Special Features

Col­ors: The Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 is avail­able in 4 col­ors – black, red, white, and slate.

Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished: Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished units are avail­able for the Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 mod­el. The Refur­bished Ven­tur­ist V1200 pack includes only a 20-oz blend­ing cup with the blade as addi­tion­al acces­sories. It is usu­al­ly avail­able at an attrac­tive price, though.

Use in coun­tries out­side of USA/Canada: The Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 sold in the USA has a 110–120 volt­age sys­tem and is suit­able for use in the USA/Canada and oth­er 110–120 V regions such as Japan, Tai­wan, Cen­tral, and South Amer­i­ca, Sau­di Ara­bia, and oth­ers. The machine could be oper­at­ed occa­sion­al­ly via a volt­age adapter but not rec­om­mend­ed for an extend­ed time as it could com­pro­mise the func­tion­al­i­ty of a gad­get. How­ev­er, a 220V-240V Ven­tur­ist V1200 ver­sion is also sold in Europe and Australia.

Set Includes

  • 2HP Motor Base
  • 64 oz. self-detect Tri­tan copoly­ester con­tain­er with trans­par­ent lid;
  • S2 Low-Pro­file Tamper;
  • SELF-DETECT 20-ounce con­tain­er cup;
  • SELF-DETECT 8‑ounce bowl (not includ­ed in Refur­bished mod­el pack);
  • Blade Base;
  • Tam­per Hold­er (not includ­ed in Refur­bished mod­el pack);
  • Under Blade Scraper (not includ­ed in Refur­bished mod­el pack);
  • Sim­ply Blend­ing Cookbook;
  • User Man­u­al;
  • War­ran­ty information.

Warranty and Customer Service

The Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist comes with a 10-years FULL WARRANTY for new mod­els and 5‑years FULL WARRANTY for Cer­ti­fied refur­bished blenders, and the best Cus­tomer Ser­vice in the indus­try. The full war­ran­ty cov­ers replace­ment, repair, both-way ship­ping, and nor­mal wear and tear of all blender parts, includ­ing the jar, blade assem­bly, base unit, and 2‑parts lid.

The war­ran­ty could be reg­is­tered online, by tele­phone, or by send­ing return­ing the prod­uct reg­is­tra­tion card includ­ed in the pack­age any time from the day of pur­chase. The cus­tomer does not need to keep the receipt of the orig­i­nal pur­chase but has to pro­vide the ser­i­al num­ber that is locat­ed on the back of the base unit. Besides, the full war­ran­ty is trans­fer­able to any new own­er over 10 years from the orig­i­nal pur­chase date.

The war­ran­ty and free ship­ping are only valid in the coun­try of orig­i­nal purchase.

The Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 also has a 30-days risk-free tri­al and could be returned for a full refund and with free ship­ping if you did not like it for many reasons.

Noise

The noise is a sub­jec­tive fac­tor and depends on many para­me­ters when mea­sured (for exam­ple, angle or dis­tance from mea­sur­ing units). The man­u­fac­tur­ers usu­al­ly quote the blender noise out­put with an emp­ty con­tain­er. How­ev­er, the hard­er food is blend­ed, the more noise it outputs.

So, accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er, the Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender with emp­ty con­tain­er out­puts around 83 deci­bels while with ingre­di­ents it ranges between 86 to 90 deci­bels.

Dimensions

Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender has an 8 inch­es x 11 inch­es foot­print. With a pro­file of 17 inch­es, the gad­get will fit under stan­dard kitchen cab­i­nets if you intend to leave it on the counter. The unit is quite heavy, and the weight of the assem­bled machine (with the base unit, jar, and lid) is about 11.98 lbs pounds. How­ev­er, the device is very sta­ble and usu­al­ly does not move across the counter dur­ing operation.

The Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender is also equipped with a con­ve­nient 4 ft. cord with wrap-up stor­age under­neath the base.

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Per­forms all Vita­mix func­tions — pro­cess­ing liq­uids, includ­ing juice, frozen mix­tures, ice shav­ing, sauces, soup, purees, wet chop­ping, grind­ing, milling, and knead­ing — to the top-notch degree of quality;
  • Equipped with 10 vari­able speed, pulse func­tion, and pro­gram­ma­ble timer what allow a lot of flex­i­bil­i­ty over blending;
  • Equipped with a smart self-detect con­tain­er sys­tem, that helps iden­ti­fy the con­tain­er type for max­i­mum run­ning time;
  • A wide range of extra acces­sories avail­able to buy for the blender, includ­ing the semi-pro­fes­sion­al Food Processor;
  • Low-pro­file, BPA-free, 64-oz. con­tain­er fits under most cab­i­nets;
  • Comes with 20 ounces sin­gle-serve cup, 8 ounces bowl, and mini blades that allow expand­ing Vita­mix function;
  • It comes with remark­able 10 years FULL war­ran­ty for a new blender and 5 years FULL war­ran­ty for recon­di­tioned one that reas­sures its durability;
  • It is man­u­fac­tured in the USA by the com­pa­ny with an excel­lent rep­u­ta­tion which pro­duces the prod­ucts that last for over 10 – 30 years.
  • It has a wire­less Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­i­ty fea­ture for con­nect­ing the blender to smart­phone best blend app and smart scale to add the 500+ recipes and many more;

Cons:

  • Expen­sive;
  • Does not han­dle small recipes well.

Consumer Reviews

The Ven­tur­ist V1200 has excel­lent reviews with a pun­gent ratio from a few online retail­ers. How­ev­er, a few peo­ple reduce the blender rat­ing, not because of the per­for­mance but because they are not ready to use new tech­nol­o­gy blender.

Vitamix Venturist V1200 Blender Price

Although the Ven­tur­ist V1200 is a bud­get mod­el, it is a rather cost­ly Vita­mix pack­age because it comes with few extra attach­ments. How­ev­er, the Cer­ti­fied Recon­di­tioned Ven­tur­ist V1200 mod­el is avail­able at a very rea­son­able price, and it is cer­tain­ly worth con­sid­er­ing if you are keen on this model.

Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender, via Vita­mix US

Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200 Blender, via Vita­mix CA 

Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished Vita­mix Ven­tur­ist V1200, via Amazon

Summary

All Vita­mix blenders are pri­cy, but they are worth every sin­gle pen­ny. They per­form many tasks no reg­u­lar blender will do, like mak­ing sor­bet or soup, and the qual­i­ty of all blend­ing jobs they per­form on a high pro­fes­sion­al lev­el. Fur­ther­more, the Ascent series intro­duces new tech­nol­o­gy into the Vita­mix blend­ing world. So, this machine is worth buy­ing if you are look­ing for a com­mer­cial-type blender for home use, have a house­hold of more than three peo­ple, and are like­ly to use the tech­no­log­i­cal options the lat­est Vita­mix blenders offer.

The Ascent series comes with low-pro­file wide bot­tom con­tain­ers, and like­ly you find them under­per­form­ing if you plan to use them for small recipes on an every­day basis. In this case, you bet­ter look for bud­get clas­sic mod­els with a nar­row bot­tom con­tain­er designed to han­dle bet­ter small batch­es of ingredients.

 Check here our arti­cle Which is the Best Vita­mix Blender to Buy? – All Mod­els Com­par­i­son Guide 2021 if you have not decid­ed which mod­el suits your needs best.

 

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