Optimum versus Vitamix
It has been over 12 months since I purchased my first Optimum machine. A good friend of mine is a food enthusiast extraordinaire. Also, she is the queen of the kitchen gadgets. She had been going on about her Vitamix for almost a year and telling me that I needed one. However being cheap, I could not bring myself to pay the £500.00 to acquire one. So, in my research I stumbled on the Optimum 9200. There appeared to be very little difference between the two if you believe the websites and the youtube videos. The 2 obvious differences are as follows::
- American brand Vitamix retails in the UK for about £500 (Vitamix Aspire about £400)
- Australian brand Optimum 9200 online special of £300.00
Customer Service and Delivery
So after a very long decision period and research I decided to take up the 10 day money back guarantee for the Optimum 9200. Froothie UK were new to the UK market and they had some teething problems with their delivery. To cut the story short I received the first Optimum 9200 nearly 11 weeks after the original order and payment being made. I have to say the support team were very good to keep me from cancelling after such a period. My experience after another 2 machines being received is that their customer service is excellent. This includes needing a replacement part for a worn drive socket on the original machine and jug replacement on a subsequent machine.
After I received my first new pet the Optimum 9200, I took it over to play with my friend’s pet the Vitamix! We did a direct comparison. However, since then I have received 2 more Optimums, a new Optimum 9200 and Optimum 9400. You can review the physical features of the Optimums on this website. However, for a comparison of the performance against the Vitamix read on….
All 4 machines give a beautiful result; however the Vitamix and Optimum 9400 do so in approximately 6 minutes and the Optimum 9200’s took nearly 8 minutes. To review the recipe and full test with the Optimum 9400 click here.
The Vitamix took the roasted almonds and made them into a smooth butter in less than 2 minutes. However, after nearly 10 minutes the Optimum 9200 with the original square 1.5 litre jug provided a powdery substance as shown below. The problem for the Optimim 9200 was down to the quantity in the 1.5 litre jug with a broader base. If we do the test with the new 9200 and Optimum 9400, both with 2.0L jugs, I believe there would not be an issue. I will update when test has been completed.
This time I put more peanuts into the Optimum 9200 with a 1.5L jug and covered the blades. Both machines worked equally well. The Vitamix produced the peanut butter in about 1 minute. The Optimum took less than 3 minutes to get it to the same creamy texture as the Vitamix.
2 cans of chick peas into the Optimum and only 1 can into the Vitamix. Both machines made smooth hummous in less than a minute. The Optimum’s hummous looks smoother, that is down to the fact that the chick peas were a different brand and had more water content.
This raspberry melba sauce is delicious and so easy to make in either machine. It consists of frozen raspberries, redcurrant jelly, cornflour, lemon juice, sugar, and water. This time the Vitamix had an initial struggle and cut out while the Optimum’s performance was very good. This is probably because the raspberries in the Vitamix were frozen and the ones in the Optimum were pretty much thawed. For the melba sauce you blend until steam starts to form. The overall results was about 10 minutes for the Vitamix and 12 minutes for the Optimum 9200.
- Good Value for Money against the Vitamix – Given what I wanted to achieve with the Optimum 9200 it appears to be good value for money. For the £200 saved I am happy to wait a few extra minutes for my results. With the Optimum 9400 the differences are hard to find.
- I really prefer the Optimum 9200 Automatic settings of 20, 35, and 45 second. With one touch you get a performance where the Optimum 9200 starts out slow and speeds up to the set time.
- The delivery and presentation is good. I received an Australian plug with a UK adaptor on the first machine, but this issue has now been addressed. Customer service deserve 4 stars!