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How the Vitamix Stainless Steel Container Became a Flex for Wellness Outsiders

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It’s a blender upgrade for guys who drink lot of post-gym smoothies and are worried about plastic leeching into their food. 

How the Vitamix Stainless Steel Container Became a Flex for Wellness Outsiders

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The most intriguing part of the Tik Tok video where Paul Saladino lays out the recipe for his perfect post-surf smoothie isn’t what goes into the shake—it’s the device he uses to make it.  

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Better known as Carnivore M.D., Saladino is a doctor who promotes an animal-based diet (and sells freeze dried organ pills). And his smoothie is appropriately esoteric: he blends up kefir—fermented yogurt, made with probiotic grains—along with raw cream, honey, an egg, and some salt. The short video doesn’t have much narration, but it sits firmly in the sweet spot of his fitness worldview, which is based on darker concepts of health that aren’t quite mainstream: raw dairy is special, seed oils are poison. And, of course, so is plastic, which is why his Vitamix blender is a hunk of stainless steel. 

Stainless steel Vitamix container

Outsider wellness influencers often rely on luxury gadgets to project a vibe of bleeding-edge health innovation—you’ll see red-light arrays and custom-plumbed ice baths. So it seems about right that the upgraded pitcher, which doesn’t come standard with any Vitamix blender, makes an appearance. 

But avoiding plastic isn’t just a gimmick to Saladino, who points out in other videos that his raw dairy is delivered in glass. And in light of the news—studies have discovered microplastics in people’s bloodstreams, rainwater has become too filthy to drink, there’s something in the water causing declining sperm counts—the steel canister seems less like an extreme health move and more like self-preservation. In the context of Saladino’s skeptical (if cherry-picked, and inflammatory) approach to food, such an evolution feels almost logical. 

But it’s also about looks and a vibe. Vitamix has been the status blender for decades at this point, but the Ohio company’s competitors have closing the gap with blenders that offer a pretty good blending experience at a much lower price. Vitamix nerds reviewing the $200 upgrade say it resists the stains and odors better than the plastic container, and since metal retains cold, it’s ideal for making ice cream. It can heat up soup quicker, too, which means the recipes out there might need to be shaved by a minute or two. But new canister doesn’t offer anything extra beyond that, performance-wise, compared to the standard BPA-free jugs. A Vitamix’s power sits half in its motor, housed in the base, and half in the container’s blade—and the metal container’s specs are the same. 

But the metal jug is a way of being strict about plastic exposure and an expression of wealth. The jug is kind of demonic: There’s something foreboding about not seeing what’s being blended. But, like Saladino’s diet plan, it’s less about practicality than it is about being happily extreme about health. After all, who knows what we might hear about BPA-free plastic in a year? 

If you’re still OK with plastic, here are three great blenders. 

Vitamix 5200

The Levi’s 501 of blenders.

NutriBullet Blender

A great budget pick, and a good place to start if you’re not sure how many smoothies you’ll be making a day.

Blendtec Classic Fit Blender with FourSide Jar

Nearly equivalent to the Vitamix according to some reviewers, the Blendtec’s essentially a professional machine.

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