|Vitamix 1710 Professional Series 500, Brushed Stainless Steel|
|Retail Price: $649.00|
|Amazon Price: $559.99|
- Variable Speed – I like the different speed settings that the Vitamix comes with, which is why I choose this model over the 1700. I like having more control than just high and low speeds because it allows for everything to get properly blended. I also love how simple the variable speed is to use, all I have to do is turn the manual spin dial to the required setting, and it even works while I am blending.
- Plunger – The plunger is a great idea because it allows me to constantly mix up the food while the food is blending. All too often food that is lighter stays sitting at the top, so it doesn’t get properly blended. In other blenders, I had to turn off the blender, push around the food, and turn it back on. With the Vitamix, the plunger doesn’t touch the blades so it can be left in while blending and used to move the food around without turning the machine off.
- Preprogrammed settings – The Vitamix comes with three programmed settings that allow me to simple push the button and the blender does the rest, from turning itself off to adjusting the blending speeds. The three preprogrammed settings include smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts. I have used all three quite successfully.
- Easy to clean – I love how easy the Vitamix is to clean, even when I take it apart to thoroughly wash it. However, the cleaning must be done right away for the easiest clean up. Clean up consists of adding hot tap water and a drop or two of dish soap and turning on the blender for about a minute. After the soapy water has swished around simply, pour it out and rinse.
- Lid is hard to remove – The worst thing to me is how hard the lid is to take on and off. I usually have to use two hands and quite a bit of force. However, to me that is also rather reassuring because I know that food isn’t going to go flying everywhere when I am using the blender.
One thing that consumers will notice is that the Vitamix 1710 and the 1700 are very similar in design, but there are quite a few differences. One of the biggest differences between these two models is the price. The Vitamix 1710 is a bit more expensive than the 1700, but well worth the price. The other difference between the 1710 and 1700 is that the 1700 only has two speeds, while the 1710 has variable speeds. The 1710 also comes equipped with preprogrammed settings and a pulse feature, whereas the 1700 model does not.
With all of the extra features that users get with the Vitamix 1710 the extra expense is worth the money, but only if you can afford it. I have owned my Vitamix for quite a while and I must say that I have never been happier I absolutely love it. Like all other Vitamix machines, the 1710 comes with a great warranty and the customer service just can’t be beat.
Price Alert: Right now Amazon.com is offering free shipping and a 8% discount for the Vitamix 1710 Professional 500 Blender with 2+ HP Motor and 64 Oz Jar. This means their current price is $50.05 cheaper than the usual retail price.