The time the Vitamix ate its own

I have a thing about keeping appliances out of sight when they’re not in use. The toaster is in a drawer, the coffee grinder & coffee maker are in a cabinet and the cheap ass blender is at the bottom of the pantry. But, the Vitamix? No, that bad boy lives in plain sight.

Nobody puts Vitamix in a cabinet!

Nobody puts Vitamix in a cabinet!

A few days ago, I went to make a smoothie for the Bodenettes and I. With all the ingredients in the Vitamix pitcher, I searched for the clear, little, plastic cap piece. I couldn’t find it. Impatient as I was, I used the black wand thing to plug the hole instead. I turned the dial to the smoothie setting and started her up. It was the loudest smoothie I had ever made. My kids ran into the kitchen, one of them in tears, both of them covering their ears, yelling, “It’s too loud! It’s too loud.”

Wow, it was too loud. Really, what the heck was up?

So, I turned it off, gave it a stir with the black wand, and started it back up again.

[Then, you say] “Sure, that aught to do the trick, smarty pants.”

But, the quick mix of the black wand thing did nothing to help. Again, it was loud as ever. We all jumped and the kids both cried. At this point, I thought it wise to turn off the powerful machine and back off for just a moment.

Then it hit me – the clear, little, plastic cap piece is in the flipping Vitamix!

I know. It took me way too long to figure that one out. Not one of my more brilliant moments.

Well, thankfully there is a warranty. But, since the deformed piece and my hand can tag team to plug the hole, I will likely put off replacing the part for months. Why? The best answer I can give is: because little stuff like that is such a pain in the ass! That’s it. That’s all I got.

Deformed plastic cap piece

Deformed plastic cap piece

Regardless, I love my Vitamix. It will remain on my counter, along with the deformed plastic cap piece, for the rest of my blending days.

Let’s say I were to actually replace the plastic cap piece, where should I start? It was purchased at Costco… should I start there? Does anyone have experience with a Vitamix/Vitamix component replacement?

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    Sue Cheek
    06/11/2014 at 2:33 pm

    You know what’s also nice about the Vitamix is that you can order smaller containers. I have a smaller one for most of my daily things. The one you get is really big and most people have cabinets that are lower than it’s height allows. I think it comes in 32oz and 48 oz that partners with the 64 oz that it originally comes with. You get my drift…….haha

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    06/11/2014 at 3:13 pm

    You’re not alone. I’ve done that too. Luckily it wasn’t as blended as yours, so it’s still in use.

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      06/11/2014 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks for making me feel better. You’re the second person to confess that!

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    06/11/2014 at 9:28 pm

    I’m like you, I generally like a clean counter. We have a Blendtec which is similar to a Vitamix-it sounds like a jet taking off! Even without any parts floating in it. Still, we use it a lot.

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    Lenny Gale
    06/18/2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Natalie,

    Your Vitamix should be under warranty, still. If you call Vitamix customer service and tell them what happened (and that you’re a blogger who will sing their praises), they should be able to send you a new topper.

    And if they still won’t take care of you, let me know, I might be able to help you out. 🙂

    Good things,

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      06/20/2014 at 9:34 am

      Hi Lenny,
      Thanks for the tip! A replacement part is on it’s way thanks to Vitamix helpful customer service people.
      Take Care,

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