Which Vitamix to buy? A comparison of current models

Vitamix blender lineup of S-Series, C-Series, and G-Series modelsLast Updated November 24, 2015

Nov update: Vitamix is running a few holiday promotions. See my Black Friday Vitamix page for full details.

The most common Vitamix shopper’s question is some variant of, “I want a Vitamix to make smoothies, soups, and frozen desserts. Which model would be best for me?” The answer is that all Vitamix machines work great for those purposes; which one is best for you comes down to whether you want to pay for extra features.

I recently created an interactive tool to help explore the different features. Try playing with it to get a sense of which you are interested in. You can click any model to go to its Vitamix.com page, or you can read more about the different models below.

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Select the features that interest you. Hover over or tap feature names for a brief explanation. Don't hesitate to start selecting features—you can unselect them instantly without leaving this page. You can click any model to go to its Vitamix.com page, or you can read more about the different models below.

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  • If you want the 32-oz container, you’ll have to add it to your cart separately. 32-oz container link
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If you’re overwhelmed by the choices and just want to know my preference, I’ve used all of the different types of Vitamix blenders, and the one I prefer to use on a daily basis is the 7500 with an extra 32-oz container for blending smaller amounts. (For the best deal, check out certified reconditioned.) All of the models are excellent, and I don’t think there is a wrong choice. (Plus, if you change your mind in the first 30 days, you can get a full refund, including covered shipping both ways.)

If you are curious about a model name not shown in the tool, look in the comparison table below for the identical model. (Some Vitamix models go by multiple names.)

Quick Recommendations

If you don’t want to go through the nitty-gritty of the comparison, here are my quick Vitamix recommendations:

Note for visitors from outside the United States: The model availability described on this page is for the USA (and APO/FPO addresses). If you are shopping from Canada, check out my page about Canadian Vitamix models.

Summary of Differences

These are the five key decisions to make when deciding which Vitamix to buy:

  1. Personal Blender?
  2. Variable Speed?
  3. Preset Programs?
  4. C-Series or G-Series?
  5. Reconditioned?

The following comparison chart shows the relations between the different machines in the S-Series, C-Series, and G-Series. The machines within most boxes of the chart are identical, but they come with different accessories and cookbooks (the exceptions are the S50 and S55, where the S55 has 2 more presets than the S50, and the Pro 750 and Vitamix 780, where the  780 has a flat touchpanel control). Generally the differences in accessories/cookbooks are pretty marginal, so I’d recommend going for the lowest price model within the box. The main exception is if a vegetarian/vegan/raw cookbook appeals to you, look at the TurboBlend VS, which comes with one, as well as a juice/milk filtration bag.

 Vitamix Blender Model Comparison Chart(“+” indicates there are also more expensive options in addition to the price listed in the chart. The following machines are not shown because they do not fit in with the rest: The Vitamix Two Speed lacks variable speed control, and the Vitamix 5300 and 6500 are a weird combination of the 6300 and 7500.)

Personal Blender? (S-Series vs. C-Series and G-Series)

(Vitamix S30 and S55 vs. 5200, 7500, et al.)

Vitamix S30 Personal Blender

In 2014 Vitamix released a new model: the Vitamix S30. It is smaller than the other Vitamix models, and also comes with a combination blending container/to-go smoothie cup. The Vitamix S50 and Vitamix S55 came out in 2015, and they are the same as the S30 but add preset modes. Since these models are significantly different from all the other models, I put up a detailed Vitamix S30 and S-Series review. If you are considering a smaller blender, or like the idea of blending in a to-go smoothie cup, you should check them out. The S30 and S55’s smaller size of course means that they can’t blend as much as the other models, and they also have lower power.

Variable Speed?

(Vitamix Two Speed vs. 5200 and Vitamix 6000 vs. 6300)

Vitamix 5200 Variable SpeedThe variable speed control found on all Vitamix machines except for the Two Speed and 6000 is useful for when you don’t want to fully liquefy your blend. Examples are pesto, salsa, or chopping vegetables. If you don’t have variable speed, you can get away with quickly pulsing, but you won’t have quite as much control. The variable speed also makes the “bubble removal trick” more effective, although pulsing on low speed also works.

Preset Programs?

(Vitamix Two Speed vs. 6000, Vitamix 5200 vs. 6300, Vitamix Professional Series 200 vs. Professional Series 500, Vitamix S30 vs. S55, and Vitamix Professional Series 300 vs. Professional Series 750)

Vitamix Pro 750 PresetsThe preset programs on the 6000, 6300/Pro 500, S55, and Pro 750 allow you to select a program, turn it on, and then the machine will automatically ramp up the speed and then shut off after a certain amount of time. There are a number of reasons that people appreciate this function:
You can start the machine and “walk away” to do something else.
If you strictly follow recipes the presets can yield more consistent results.
Presets can give new users more confidence with the machine.

However, the presets do not work perfectly every time. Sometimes ingredients require tamping to start circulating past the blades, so you can’t always “walk away.” Also, the preset time might not be the optimum blending time if you modify a recipe. You may find that your smoothie is not fully blended after the smoothie program runs, so you have to run it again. A commercial coffee or smoothie shop makes the same recipes over and over, so in that setting presets are extremely useful. If you constantly make new combinations and of differing amounts, as many home users do, the settings may be less useful. It’s not too hard to tell when something is sufficiently blended, and after a few trials anyone should be able to figure it out. For these reasons I personally would not pay extra for the preset settings. However I know many people who have the presets and love them. One thing to remember is that the machines with presets still have the variable speed knob for full manual control. If you don’t mind the added cost of presets, you can always switch back and forth to manual control.

Through Nov 30, the reconditioned 6300/Pro 500 is an additional $50 off, bringing it down to $329: the best deal you will see for a programs machine.

C-Series vs. G-Series (Next Generation)?

(Vitamix 5200 vs. 7500, and Vitamix Professional Series 500 vs. Professional Series 750)

G-Series Container-150pxVitamix released the “Next Generation,” aka “G-Series,” models in 2012. Both the base and the pitcher have an updated design. The base has slightly better sound muffling and also has better airflow which means that it can work a bit harder before it overheats. To go with the better-cooled motor, the updated pitcher has a 4-inch blade instead of the Standard/Classic “C-Series” 3-inch blade. The 4-inch blade is in a shorter and wider container that has the same capacity as the 64-oz C-Series container.

Advantages of the wider design:
less need for the tamper (ingredients fall into the blades more easily)
better chopping capability (you can course-chop more ingredients at a time)
slightly easier to scrape thick mixtures out
Advantage of shorter design:
potentially easier storage (at 17.5” tall, the container with lid on the base fits under standard kitchen cabinets)
Advantages of the 4-inch blade:
slightly faster processing time
under some circumstances marginally smoother blends

The one disadvantage of the new container is that for small volumes of under ~2 cups it does not work quite as well as the C-Series narrow container. The G-Series wider design causes two things to happen. First, there is more splashing up onto the inside of the lid and upper walls of the container, which means you lose a small amount of your blend unless you carefully scrape off the lid and walls. Second, you need slightly more volume to cover the blades and get good circulation going. The minimum volume to blend depends on what you are blending, and also on how much effort you are willing to spend pushing ingredients back into the blades. For example, for best results, the narrow containers can make nut butter easily by starting with 3 cups of nuts, whereas the wider Next Generation containers do best with 4 cups of nuts. For easier, more liquidy, blends, you can go below 1 cup in either container, but Next Generation containers will splash around much more.

This disadvantage is a non-issue if most of your blends are over 2 cups, or if you are willing to spend a bit more to buy a spare narrow container, which will give you the best of both worlds. I like the 32-oz container for this purpose, although the 48-oz container has the same narrow bottom so it works just as well. The 48-oz container is just a bit bulkier on the outside because it sits outside the centering posts instead of inside of them, and its top is wider as well.

Sale update: through Nov 30, extra containers are $50 off.

(The narrow C-Series Vitamix containers are compatible with G-Series models, but the G-Series containers are not recommended for use on C-Series models. The longer G-Series blades increase the load, and Vitamix does not recommend the C-Series cooling system for those increased loads.)

If you decide that you’d rather not spend the extra money on a Next Generation G-Series model, but you still want to have a shorter container, consider a C-Series machine with compact (48 oz) container instead of the full-size (64 oz) tall container. The compact container with lid on the base is 17.4” tall, whereas the 64-oz narrow container with lid on the base is 20.5”. This combination is currently only available new and is not available reconditioned.


Certified Reconditioned VitamixBuying reconditioned is a great way to save money. For more details on deciding about buying reconditioned, see my refurbished Vitamix page.

Continue on for more details of each model type…

The array of different Vitamix blenders is a bit confusing, but it turns out that there is a lot of redundancy between the different models. I am only discussing models made for consumer/home use. Their commercial blenders are not ideal for home use because they are generally more expensive and have shorter warranties (3 years vs 7 years for home use; they are warrantied for constant use—think of how many times per day a blender at Jamba Juice runs compared to at your home).

The Vitamix website currently lists over 30 different home models, but they are all variants of three main designs: “personal” (S-Series), “standard/classic” (C-Series), and “next generation” (G-Series). For each of these main designs there are a few different options, to make a total of 8 different machine types. The rest of the models have identical bases, but come with different containers and/or accessories.

S-Series Motors

If the smaller size, dishwasher safe container, and “to-go” blending container appeal to you, please read the full details at my Vitamix S30, S50, and S55 review. For quick reference, the size of the base is 8.3″ deep x 5.9″ wide x 7.7″ tall. With the 20-oz to-go container the total height is 14.55″. The height is 15.66″ with the 40-oz container. These models have lower power, but they are still capable of making all of the usual Vitamix creations, just in smaller quantities.

C-Series Motors (Standard/Classic)

There are three types of bases of the standard variety. The differences are in the controls. The dimensions of the base of these machines are 8.75″ deep x 7.25″ wide x 8.25″ tall. There are three different container size options: 32 oz, 48 oz, and 64 oz, which result in height of base plus container/lid of 16.9″, 17.4″, and 20.5″ respectively.

Standard, no-variable speed (Vitamix TurboBlend Two Speed)

Vitamix Turboblend Two Speed baseTurboBlend Two Speed ($399); available reconditioned for $299. This machine comes with a 5-year warranty and lacks the variable speed knob. Variable speed is useful for cases where you want to have finer control over the texture (i.e. if you don’t want a totally smooth purée). However, you can accomplish some non-liquefying chopping tasks by quickly pulsing the machine. Another task I use variable speed for is this trick to remove bubbles. While this is the most affordable new machine, I’d highly recommend looking at the reconditioned 5200, which has the same warranty and adds variable speed for $70 less.

Standard variable speed (Vitamix 5200 et al.)

Vitamix 5200 baseUntil recently this was Vitamix’s bread and butter, and they have a lot of models to show for it: 5200 ($449), TurboBlend VS ($449), CIA Pro ($529), Pro 200 ($479), Creations II ($449), and Creations GC ($499); available reconditioned for $329. These machines are essentially identical. Some are available with a shorter 48-oz container instead of the 64-oz container. The smaller container is nice because it’s more compact (and fits under standard kitchen cabinets), but of course its capacity is lower. The aesthetics of the switches and dial are slightly different between the different models. The Creations models come with a 5-year warranty, while the rest are 7 years. The 5200 comes with their “whole foods cookbook,” the TurboBlend VS comes with a vegetarian/vegan/raw cookbook and a nutmilk straining bag, the Pro models come with a cookbook with restaurant-oriented recipes (the CIA one—that’s Culinary Institute of America—comes with an additional recipe book). In my opinion the best Vitamix bang for the buck is the $329 reconditioned Standard, which comes with a 5-year warranty and brand new container/tamper. Note that if you buy reconditioned, you cannot choose which of the Standard models you are getting; Vitamix will choose for you based on availability, but remember that functionally they are identical.

Standard variable speed + presets (Vitamix 6300 and Professional Series 500)

Vitamix 6300/Professional Series 500 basePro 500 and 6300 ($649); available reconditioned for $379$329. These are the same model; the only difference is that the 6300 comes with the “Savor” cookbook, which has a broader range of recipes than the Pro 500’s “Create” cookbook, which focuses more on restaurant-style recipes that tend to be richer.) They have 3 preset programs that run the blender for a certain amount of time and speed for smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soups. Their switches are slightly different from the non-preset models. The non-preset models have an on-off switch, a variable speed knob, and a high-variable speed switch. The preset ones have moved the highest speed setting onto the knob and replaced the high-variable speed switch with a pulse switch. This is really a minor aesthetic difference, since you can achieve pulsing on the non-preset models by quickly flicking the on-off switch on and off. Some people love the presets because you can set it and walk away (assuming the mixture is circulating and you don’t need the tamper), and because they get more consistent results. However, the more consistent results will only hold if you always add the same quantities and types of items to the blender. For example, if you’re making a small smoothie, you can blend it for less time than if you were making a large one. One other thing is that you can set the non-preset machines and walk away—you just have to come back to stop them. I often use the blending time to rinse off the knife and cutting board that I used. You’re not likely to forget that the Vitamix is running because it’s loud enough to hear throughout the house. The variable speed knob goes to the same high speed as the previous models on high, but it’s lowest setting is a bit faster than on the 5200 et al., so you lose a tiny bit of fine control. Whether the presets are worth it is a personal question—I wouldn’t pay extra for them, but some people love them.

Standard no variable speed + presets (Vitamix 6000)

Vitamix 60006000 ($599). Spring 2015 update: it looks like this model may have been discontinued. Released October 2013, this is more of a mash-up of existing machines than a truly new one. It’s a sort of blend between the Two Speed, and the 6300. It does not have variable speed control, but it has six preset timed blending settings. These settings will automatically ramp up the speed, and then turn it off after a specified time of 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 4.5 min, or 6.5 min. Like the 6300, the pulse control is spring-loaded so that it only stays on as long as you hold it down, and it blends at a medium-low speed.

G-Series Motors (Next Generation)

In 2012 Vitamix released a new generation G-Series base with improved airflow that makes it run cooler and quieter than the classic C-Series one. With the improved cooling, the G-Series base can use a new pitcher design that is wider and has longer blades. This design makes the tamper less necessary, and makes it easier to get thick mixtures out. The longer blades also process food faster and work better for chopping. The G-Series machines are compatible with the C-Series containers, so if you want to use the dry blade you can use the same classic dry container. Dimensions are 9.4″ deep x 7.7″ wide x 17.5″ tall (with new-style 64-oz container in place). For more details of sizes, check out the PDF footprints I made for my Vitamix S30 review.

If the model/color you want is out of stock (as has been happening lately), you can sign up for in-stock notifications on my availability notification list.

Next generation motor (Vitamix 7500, Professional Series 300, and Creations Elite)

Vitamix 7500/Professional Series 300 base7500 ($529), Creations Elite ($557.50), and Pro 300 ($559); reconditioned for $429–$449. These are all the same machine, but the Creations Elite comes with a 48-oz, 3-inch-blade container, while the other two come with the new-style 64-oz 4-inch-blade container. The Creations Elite also comes with a 5-year instead of 7-year warranty.

Next generation motor + presets (Vitamix Professional Series 750 and Vitamix 780)

Vitamix Professional Series 750 baseVitamix 780 touchpanelPro 750 ($639$629), 780 ($719); reconditioned for $519–$569 [sign up for in-stock notifications]. These models have 5 presets: smoothies, frozen desserts, purées, hot soups, and self-washing. If you want to see more details of exactly what the presets do, check out this page about demystifying Vitamix presets. The 780 has a newly-released touchpanel interface, which, combined with the smooth styling of the G-Series base, makes it the most futuristic-looking Vitamix. See my Vitamix 780 review for more details.

The Vitamix 5300 and 6500

Vitamix-53005300 ($529) and 6500 ($599). Just released: reconditioned for $359. Vitamix does not sell the new models online, only the reconditioned one. If you want to buy new, you can look on Amazon.com. These are “new” models for 2015, although they are actually just slightly strange mash-ups of previous models. They appear to be a hybrid between a 6300 and a 7500. They use the wide Next Gen (G-Series) container but they have a Classic (C-Series) base. The 5300 has variable speed and a pulse control switch, and has no presets. Meanwhile, the 6500 has the same three presets as the 6300.

The reconditioned 5300 is the most affordable option for a machine with the short/wide container.

The strange thing about these models is that previously Vitamix stated that Next Gen containers should not be used on Classic bases because they do not have the updated airflow design that cools the motor more effectively.

I strongly suspect that the 5300 has the same microprocessor speed control as the 7500, Pro 750, and 6300, just without the presets. (You can read about the speed control of the different machines on my Vitamix RPM measurement page.) The microprocessor speed control should help protect the motor when using the wide container at high loads and very low speeds, but at maximum speed it shouldn’t make a difference. The marketing copy for the 5300 says that it comes “with a faster, yet quieter, motor,” but I am skeptical of those claims [Update: interestingly, Vitamix removed that phrase]. Also, the G-Series bases have sound-dampening technology not present in the C-Series bases. And finally, note that the 5300 and 6500 are the only models other than the 2-Speed and S-Series that does not come with a tutorial DVD. For these reasons, I would prefer the 7500 (reconditioned, if price is a concern).

Satisfaction Guarantee

Vitamix has a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so if you have second thoughts you can return a machine within the first 30 days for a full refund and they even pay return shipping.


If your machine has any problems during the warranty period of 5 or 7 years they will repair or replace it, and they cover any shipping costs both ways.

Reconditioned Vitamix

Certified Reconditioned VitamixI know I already mentioned reconditioned machines, but I want to restate what a great deal I think they are. These factory-refurbished machines offer the best prices you’ll find on Vitamix: S30 for $259, 5200 for $329, 6300 for $379$329, 5300 for $359, 7500 for $429, and Pro 750 for $519. If the model you want is out of stock, you can use my reconditioned Vitamix availability notification list. For more details, see my refurbished Vitamix page.

Free Shipping

Clicking on any Vitamix link on this page will automatically apply a promotion code, which gives you free shipping on your order of a Vitamix machine in the U.S. or Canada. If you order via phone you can get free shipping by telling the representative that you’d like to apply promotion code 06-007021. For more details, see my page about the Vitamix promotion code.

Available Payment Plans

Vitamix recently improved their payment plan offerings. You can now opt to use a credit card to automatically make three or five monthly payments, with no added finance charges or interest. So, for example, you could get my recommended budget pick for as low as $65.80 per month for five months, or the most expensive Vitamix for $127.80 per month for five months (plus applicable local sales tax). Orders are shipped after the first payment. The payment plan options are available on the payment details step of the checkout process.

Recommended Accessory

I highly recommend getting a long narrow spatula, which is helpful for getting every last bit of thick mixtures out of the container. Vitamix sells these nylon spatulas, which are pretty good, but I now prefer this silicone spatula. I reviewed the nylon spatulas here, and the silicone spatula here. (I do not really like the silicone spatula that Vitamix sells.)

Dry Container

If you’re wondering if you should get a dry container, this new post is for you: Is the dry container worth it?

Phew… so that completes the Vitamix model round-up. I’m looking forward to getting back to describing some actual recipes!

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Which Vitamix to buy? A comparison of current models — 874 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this info !!! I have been wanting one for a long time but cannot decide on which…it always comes down to 5200 or a 7500… I would probably make soups and stuff like that so, based on your info, the 7500 would be best?
    thanks for your time !

    • Yes, I think the 7500 would likely be best for you, with a caveat: if you want to regularly blend less than 2 cups, you’ll likely want to get a spare 32-oz container. (The spare container is much less necessary with the 5200, because the 5200 has a narrower container.) The 5200 is still very capable.

      (For people who would like program modes, or a smaller blender that allows them to blend in a to-go cup, there are other “best” choices. And then there’s the question of price. The right Vitamix will be different for different people. That’s why I put together the interactive tool that you can expand near the top of this page.)

  2. I’m torn between the S30 and the 5200. I’m a one person household and plan to use this for sauces, smoothies and frozen desserts. With that in mind, would it be a better choice to buy a certified reconditioned 5200 and then invest in the 48oz or 32oz container? I worry that if I get the full size, I’m going to have to make too much of something just to ensure the big container handles it well. Any recommendations? Great post by the way.

    • Here’s a quick summary; I hope it’s helpful. To get my full opinion of the S30, check out my S3O review page.

      S30 Pros: blend in to-go cup, blending slightly smaller portions, dishwasher safe container
      S30 Cons: have to unscrew blade assembly from container to clean, less power means really tough things won’t get quite as smooth (but they do get pretty smooth), smaller capacity

      The inside of the bottom of the 5200 64-oz container is essentially the same as the 32-oz container, which means that it blends small amounts just as well as the 32-oz container. The real difference is in how handy it is: the 32-oz container is just less bulky, which can be nice, and it’s also a bit easier to scrape things out since the container isn’t as tall. One other thing that’s nice about having a smaller container when blending for one person is that there’s an aspect of portion control. With the 64-oz container, it’s tempting to keep adding more ingredients, resulting in a huge smoothie. You can of course store leftovers in the fridge, but in my opinion, smoothies are best fresh.

      I personally would choose the 5200 over the S30, even if it was just me using it, but that doesn’t mean that’s what you should do. Also note that if you get one, and then decide you wish you had gotten the other, you can do a free exchange within the first 30 days.

  3. Hello Adam,

    I have one question for you and I would love if you know the answer:
    Is there like maximum temperature of the product I am gonna pour into the Vitamix BPA container? For example, I make a soup or a sauce and I want to make it super-smooth using a Vitamix blender. Is a temperature like 212 F (I am from Europe, for me it is like 100 C) still ok? I was not able to find any info about this topic anywhere.

    Thanks man and have a great day.


    • Boiling water should be OK for the container. (Note that the container is made of BPA free Tritan.) You do have to be careful when blending liquids near boiling though—they are more prone to “erupt.” And the container does have a maximum temperature. I think it’s around 230–250°F, or 110–120°C. The way I’ve seen people go over that maximum temperature is if you roast nuts to make nut butter, and put them into the container without letting them cool, then the container can start to melt. I also heard from someone who had the container next to the burner on the stove when it was on, and the container melted.

  4. Went to the Los Angeles County Fair on Saturday, September 12th and was so dazzled by the demonstration that I bought a red 5200 that came with an extra dry goods container. Now that I’ve done more research, I wonder if the 7500 might be a better choice. Both blenders appear to be the same…just one is shorter and wider than the other one. Right now I’m a blender newbie who is interested in making smoothies, soups, cold desserts, and salad dressings…as I get more comfortable with the Vitamix I would like to expand my repertoire. Since this is an expensive and long-term investment, I just want to make sure I chosen the correct model.

    • I slightly prefer the 7500, but both are great machines. For the absolute best blending experience, I recommend a 7500 plus an extra 32-oz container. For the full discussion comparing the 5200 and 7500, see the section above on C vs. G-Series models: C-Series or G-Series?

  5. Hi,
    I am from India and we grind lot of spices(some are hard),wet grains and dry grains for our cooking apart from the veggies and fruits. Which one do you recommend?I am hearing about this since long time but not able to decide.Please suggest. Also what is the best place to buy.


    • Any of the C- or G-Series models should work well for you. If you are going to do a significant amount of dry grinding, you should probably get the dry container as well. The best deal right now is probably the sale that is running on the Certified Reconditioned 5200. This sale is only available direct from Vitamix.com. If you really don’t like the idea of buying reconditioned (even though they are guaranteed as good as new, and that’s what I’ve bought), you can of course buy the 5200 new.

  6. Hi,
    My food processor broke and I usually used it to make the pie crust. Do you think I can use my Vitamix 5200 to make the pie crust? I dont want to brake my Vitamix.

    Thanks for advise!

  7. helpful information.
    which vitamix model would be the best for making daily smoothies , nut butters, pesto , salsa, dry grind grains .

    • For a fast recommendation, I’d say get a 7500 with a spare 32-oz wet container plus a dry grains container. Unless that is too expensive, in which case go for a reconditioned 5200.

      All Vitamix machines can do the things you listed, except for grinding dry grains. If you want to regularly grind dry grains you should get a dry grains container, which cannot be used on the smaller S-Series models.

      That still leaves plenty of options. The choice really comes down to what features you want and how much you’re willing to spend. Did you see the model selection tool at the top of this page? Let me know if you have any questions about choosing.

  8. I need to grind smooth small chunks of raw coconut for Indian receipes, also to grind spices , dry lentils & grains
    Which blender do you recommend go the above mentioned

    • I would recommend any C- or G-Series machine, plus a dry container. Which model is best for you depends on how much you want to pay and how much you value the various features. I recommend playing with the model selection tool at the top of this page to see what you would like. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

  9. Very thorough reviews but I’m still not sure which one is best for me other than
    I’m totally comfortable with reconditioned. I would be the only user and it would be primarily for smoothies and soups using a variety of fruits and veggies mostly on a single serving basis. I like to keep things simple and don’t need a lot of “bells & whistles”. What would you recommend ?

    • The things you mentioned help narrow down the choices quite a bit. Since you said you’re OK with reconditioned, will be making mostly single servings, and don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, I think your choice is between the reconditioned standard 5200 and the reconditioned S30.
      S30 Pros: ability to blend in the to-go cup, takes up less space.
      5200 Pros: more power (the 5200 will break down very tough ingredients to a slightly smoother consistency), larger capacity if you ever need it.
      There is also a difference with cleaning: the S30 container/blade is dishwasher safe, whereas the 5200 container is not. On the other hand, if you are not using the dishwasher, the 5200 container is slightly faster to clean, because you do not need to unscrew the blades. Between those two models, I would choose the 5200, but if you like the S30 features, I think it’s a perfectly good choice. (see my S30 review for more details.) Let me know if you have any further questions.

  10. Thanks for providing such detailed information about the Vitamix machines. I just used your link to order a reconditioned Next Generation (equivalent to the 7500), and can’t wait to get it! I already own a Waring Xtreme blender, which is fabulous for making smoothies, but now I want something that can do more than just smoothies.

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