Which Vitamix to buy? A comparison of current models

Vitamix blender lineup of S-Series, C-Series, and G-Series modelsLast Updated August 20, 2015

The most common buyer’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 extra for various features.

There are five main 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?

Everyone has to weigh the options for themselves to decide which ones are worth it. If you don’t want to go into all the detail I recommend choosing a variable speed, no preset, reconditioned machine. The question of Vitamix C-Series vs G-Series is more of a toss-up: I recommend the 7500 if you can afford it, but the 5200 is also perfectly good. (And for the best deal, check out certified reconditioned.)

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

The following comparison chart shows the relations between the different machines in the S-Series, C-Series, and G-Series. The machines within each box of the chart are identical, but they come with different accessories and cookbooks (except for the S50 and S55, where the S55 has 2 more presets than the S50). Generally I would say that 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 as much control. The variable speed also makes the “bubble removal trick” more effective.

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.

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.

(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.

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.

Quick Recommendations

If you don’t want to go through the nitty-gritty of the comparison, here are my quick Vitamix recommendations:
tight budget: reconditioned Standard ($329)
personal/”to-go” blender: S30 ($399, or reconditioned for $259)
the one I use: 7500 ($529, or reconditioned for $429)
most features and $$$: Pro 750 ($639, or reconditioned for $519)

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. 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). Now available 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)

Vitamix Professional Series 750 basePro 750 ($639). Now available reconditioned for $519. This machine has 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 Vitamix 5300 and 6500

Vitamix-53005300 ($529) and 6500 ($599). 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 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 otherwise, I don’t see how it makes 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. 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.

Warranty

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, 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 — 846 Comments

  1. Such a helpful article. Personally, I think Vitamix makes it more confusing than it needs to be, especially since the end result is basically the same.

    I was leaning toward the new S55 just because it is less intimidating. I like pre-sets (over the S30) and feel it would make a first-time user more comfortable with using the machine on a daily basis.

    Then I had second thoughts; I read reviews, watched videos, etc. I was wondering to myself if I would be making a mistake not getting a full-sized model, despite the fact that I don’t think my needs require the full-size.

    Anyway, for another 100-plus-something-dollars, I’ve decided to get the Pro 750 (stainless) reconditioned. It’s a lot of money any way you look at it, but I feel the G-Series (vs. S-Series) will be a better investment, especially if I end up discovering that I use it more than planned.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to taking the plunge. It’s been a long time coming. And thank you again for such an informative breakdown.

  2. I’ve been wanting a Vitamix for a number of years now, but can’t decide on the model. When it comes to kitchen appliances I probably overbuy in most situations. I was looking to get a refurb 5200 until I saw the new Next Gen models. I also just saw the newest 5300 model at Costco. Which would you suggest? Your comments on the 5300 leave me a little skeptical but it looks like it has all the same motor specs as the Next Gen for less cost. Any help would be appreciated.

    Glenn

    • Hi Glenn,
      The 5300 is a bit different from the Next Gen models. The base of the Next Gen models is a different shape, which aside from looking slightly sleeker, does two things. 1) It allows more air to cool the motor, which means it is less likely to overheat, and may extend motor life. 2) It has better sound damping, which makes the machine a bit quieter. So if you want the better machine, I say go for the Next Gen.

      On the other hand, if you want to save some cash, the Standard reconditioned is currently on sale, making it an even better deal than it usually is. If it were me buying right now, I would probably go with the Standard reconditioned unless the taller container was an absolute deal-breaker. (And even if the tall container is an issue, you may want to consider a secondary small 32-oz container to go with either a Standard or Next Gen — I love the 32-oz container for daily use making recipes for 1-2 people. You can keep a 32-oz container on the machine, which will make it slightly shorter than a Next Gen with the wide 64-oz container, and then keep the 64-oz container packed away to bring out when you want to make bigger recipes.)

  3. This info is only useful so much as you already know all the main things about vitamixes. It kept talking about c series, g series, etc., but never said exactly which models fall in each category. So I had to leave this site and Google other info to figure it out.

    • Thanks for sharing the constructive criticism. It’s a lot of information and I know it can be confusing.

      Did you see the chart towards the beginning under the heading “Summary of Differences?” I believe that explains “which models fall in each category,” but if it was unclear to you, I’d like to know.

      Did the chart not display for you? Or did you not notice the chart? I could look into making more references to it, because it is central to understanding the differences and similarities between models.

      • Where I am still confused is the CIA Professional Series falls into which of the three categories of Vitamix you have listed? The Vitamix website is not even able to give me information about all of the blenders made in the CIA Professional Series? For ex, the CIA Professional series all have numbers before them like 1363 etc….I’m trying to find side by side comparisons of all the CIA Professional series….side by side of all the specific models under each of the other three series listed above and on the vitamin website.

        • The CIA Professional Series is a variable speed, C-Series model, functionally identical to the 5200. (It’s listed as CIA Pro in my chart with all the models.) The different numbers for the CIA Pro refer to different color options for the base.

  4. I have a few questions, not comment.

    1. Does Vitamix 7500 have same horsepower as Vitamix 750?

    2. Is the container made out of glass (breakable)?

    3. Is the container light?

    4. Does Vitamix 7500 or 750 make lot of noise when blend?

    • 1) Yes, the Vitamix 7500 has the same HP as the Pro 750. (The only difference is the presets on the Pro 750.)
      2) The container is not made of glass. It is Tritan copolyester, which is essentially shatter-proof.
      3) The container is not exactly light. It weighs 2 lb 10 oz or 1190 g.
      4) The Vitamix 7500 and Pro 750 make a fair amount of noise. Less noise than many other blenders, but still loud enough that I prefer to wear ear protection.

  5. Thank you so much for prompt response as well as detailed response.
    I am 60-yr old and my wrists aren’t strong enough to lift up and down the container. It would be nice if the containers are made lighter for weak wrist people and elderly people.
    Thank you very much again.
    Sincerely,
    Jeannie

    • Here’s a further clarification since the weight is a concern to you. The weight I listed previously is of the container with lid and lid cap in place. You could remove the lid before lifting it, which would bring it down to just under 2 lbs, or 900 g.

      The smaller containers are also a bit lighter. You can get a 32-oz container, which is just under 2 lbs with the lid, and 1 lb 8 oz (675 g) without the lid.

  6. Thank you for kind info. I will consider the 32 oz container.
    Thank you again for all your feedback.
    It’s been nice of you in giving me informative info.
    May your business be prosporous and wish healthful life for you and your family.

  7. can you process more ingredients in the tall container vs the smaller same volume container because of the splashing?

    • I’m assuming you’re talking about the tall 64-oz C-Series container and the shorter (and wider) 64-oz G-Series container. The short answer is that the maximum amount to process is the same in those two containers. They’re both rated for 64 oz, and you can blend the full 64-oz capacity in them. Their lids prevent splashing from being a problem. The lids are dome-shaped, going above the top of the container, which allows you to have pre-blended ingredients that go above the 64-oz line. It’s not recommended, but I have successfully blended up to ~72 oz of blended liquid in the tall 64-oz container. I have not yet tried going over the 64-oz capacity of the shorter/wider G-Series container, so I’m not sure if it would stay sealed as well as the tall container (the lid seal is slightly different).

  8. I am choosing between the 5200, Pro 750 and Prof 300. I have a high priced juicer but it literally takes every fiber of fruits and veggies & pulp out and leaves pure liquid. I like the smoothie consistency and I wonder which is best for that type of blending. I don’t think I will use it a lot as the juicer went under the cabinet after about 4 uses as I didn’t like the end result. I want a new one and am using credit card points to buy it so which would you choose? I hope to use it more and more over time…

    • All Vitamix models will give you a great smooth consistency. If you want to pull out all the stops, go for the Pro 750 with an extra 32-oz container. Otherwise, the question is whether you want to pay extra for presets and the G-Series container. To help you decide, you can read the sections on presets and G-Series models above.

  9. Thank you for the detailed information. I had no idea there were so many different Vitamix models to choose from. So my dilema… I am now really confused. I am looking for the model that makes the hot soup, smoothies and ice cream. I don’t want to spend over $450. Which one do you recommend?

    • All Vitamix models can make the things you listed, so that does not really narrow it down. At your price point I would recommend a reconditioned 7500, unless you anticipate frequently blending volumes under 2 cups, in which case a Classic machine with a narrow container would be preferable. (I like having a 7500 plus a narrow 32-oz container, but that will run over $450.) I’d say go with a 5200, reconditioned if you want to save some cash.

  10. the promo code u mention for free shipping doesn’t seem to be calculating it when i attempt to order online. Should i call instead?

  11. Hi,

    thank you for all the work you do to help people like me! We already purchased the 5300 since it had the smaller container and the dial and found a great price.
    I saw on vitamix website comments that the label on the base 2.3 hp and the manual lists 2.1 peak hp and on web 2.2hp.In your opnion Which label is mostly the true indicator and why are these vitamix printed specs all different for the same machine?

    The other question is the pulse feature on the machines the same as the ‘high and variable” switch in the same area on other vitamix models?

    Finally, from your amazing analysis, is the concern of the 5300 that because it probably has the newer motor with the microsensor (like the gseries models) but has the base of c series, the motor might not last the typical length because of the cooling design..is that the only difference?

    I am worried we bought a vitamix model that might have long term problems…would Vitamix release a model that is confusing in specs and in their message of new jars on their c series bases but yet they sell a whole model with exactly that? What should we do?

    THANK YOU

    • Vitamix has made this confusing. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

      Vitamix (like most other consumer appliance manufacturers) does not explicitly state their definition of peak horsepower. It’s a bit nebulous, and not particularly meaningful.

      I am skeptical about Vitamix’s labeling of different peak HP ratings on their different home models because of some measurements that I have made. At a variety of loads, the a C-Series 5200 and a G-Series 7500, which Vitamix rates at 2 and 2.2 peak HP respectively, delivered identical power (at least to within a few percent—well under the 10% stated difference). So, while I haven’t tested a 5300 yet, I would be surprised if it has different power from both the C- and G-Series models.

      The pulse switch is in the same place as the high-variable switch on other models, but it serves a different function. The pulse switch is like the on-off switch, except it only stays on as long as you hold it, whereas the on-off switch will stay on without you holding it. For models with a pulse switch, speed 10 is more or less equal to “High” on models with the high-variable switch. (It’s slightly more complicated than that, if you want to get into the subtleties, you can check out my speed measurement post.)

      The concern about the longevity of the 5300 is that it draws a higher load than C-Series models because it has the 4-inch blade, but it does not have the updated airflow design of the G-Series. How much of an issue this is remains to be seen. So, what should you do? Your machine is probably fine. Swapping it for a 7500 may give you a motor that lasts longer, and the 7500 also has the updated sound-dampening design.

  12. Just FYI about the 5300:

    On the Vitamix site, it shows the 5300 motor is 2.2 HP (same as 7500), and the 5200 with 2 HP max. While the 5300 says it has 3-inch blades, it lists the 64-oz wide container, and they only make one with 4-inch blades.

    Conclusion: the 5300 definitely has same power motor as 7500 and uses same 4-inch blade 64-oz wide container as the 7500.

    Both the 5300 and 7500 are the same price on their site, so it’s definitely an odd duck. Since the price is identical, you’d think they’d discontinue the 5300.

    • I just wrote a discussion of the HP issue in a response to the comment directly above yours (I wrote it after you commented, so no worries).

      You are correct that Vitamix.com has some of the specs wrong. The 5300 does indeed come with 4-inch blades. (Another page that has a similar, but opposite mistake is the Vitamix.com page for the Creations Elite, which says that it comes with 4″ blades, when it actually comes with 3″ blades.)

    • Same quality from the same factory. Although of course different models have different features, and also the Costco models often come with fewer accessories (e.g. no DVD and much shorter cookbook on the 5200S and 5300S…).

  13. Is there a disadvantage of the shorter, wider 64 oz container that now come with the 6500 vs. the taller 64 oz. that come with the 6300? It seems nut butter will be better but would smoothies (in smaller quantities) not work as well with a wider base? Thanks for your helpful and informative blog post!

    • You are right that smaller quantities (under ~2 cups) in the wider container do not work as well as in the narrow container. For that reason, I use a 32-oz container on my 7500 when I want to blend small amounts. You can read my full thoughts on the subject above in the C-Series vs. G-Series section.

  14. Questions: I need a vitamix that will cream veggies fruits into smoothies, cook veggie cream soups and make almond butter ice cream. I also prefer one that is quiet, and long lasting as this is a dedicated blender for my child with 23 food allergies and has swallowing texture issues…(i.e. i blend a lot but nothing is blending creamy enough), hoping to also add a safe homemade ice-cream to her diet with this blender,…suggestions of models etc are appreciated. Im overwhelmed on the vmix website.

    • From what you said, I would recommend any C- or G-Series model. That still leaves a lot of options. If you want a quick recommendation, I’d say go for a 5200 or a 7500. If you get a 7500, consider getting a spare 32-oz container for blending small amounts, since the 7500 has a wider container that is non-ideal for blending volumes under ~2 cups. (7500 + 32-oz container is what I use daily.) If you want more details, pretty much everything I have to say on the subject is up in the buying decisions sections at the top of this page.

  15. I am looking to purchase 4- 7500 Vita Mix blenders as gifts. Refurbished (with 32 ounce containers as well) Any chance I can receive a discount for purchasing 4?

    • Last I heard, you can get a 5% discount if you buy more than one machine at once. To get the discount, you must place your order by phone. Lately their phone lines have been pretty busy, so to minimize wait time, I recommend calling as early in the morning as possible. They open at 8am EST weekdays, and 9am EST Saturdays. Their phone number is 800-848-2649. And don’t forget to mention code 06-007021 for free shipping.

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