Which Vitamix to buy? A comparison of current models

Vitamix blender lineup

Last Updated July 1, 2014

2014 Update 1: When I first wrote this post over a year ago my goal was to clarify the differences between the confusing array of Vitamix machines. Since then I have done hands-on testing of the different types of Vitamix machines, and I have also fielded hundreds of questions from people deciding which model to buy. With this experience I am adding a section at the beginning of this post to highlight the key buying decisions.

2014 Update 2: Vitamix just released a new significantly different model: the Vitamix S30. I will eventually work it in to this page, but for the time being you can read my take on it in my Vitamix S30 post. The S30 does not eclipse the machines on this page, but if you are looking for a smaller blender you should check it out.

The most common buyer’s question is some variant of, “I want to get a Vitamix to make smoothies and soups and to help my family eat more healthy whole foods. Which one would be best for me?” The answer is that all Vitamix machines would 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 four main decisions to make:

  1. Variable Speed?
  2. Preset Programs?
  3. Next Generation?
  4. 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 Standard vs Next Generation is more of a toss-up: I recommend the Next Generation if you can afford it, but the Standard is also perfectly good.

Important note for visitors from outside the United States: The model availability described on this page is for the USA only. Vitamix does not sell refurbished machines outside of the USA, and they block web browsers based outside the USA from viewing them. However, if you have access to a USA shipping address (e.g. friends or family) you can place a phone order: the Vitamix phone number is 800-848-2649, and you can use promotion code 06-007021 for free shipping.

Summary of Differences

The following comparison chart shows the relations between the different machines. The machines within each box of the chart are identical, but they come with different accessories and cookbooks. 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 nutmilk straining bag.

Vitamix Blender Model Comparison Chart(“+” indicates there are also more expensive color options in addition to the price listed in the chart.)

Variable Speed?

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

The variable speed control found on all Vitamix machines except for the Two Speed and 6000 is useful for when you don’t want fully liquify 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, and Vitamix Professional Series 300 vs. Professional Series 750)

The preset programs on the 6000, 6300/Pro 500, 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.

Next Generation?

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

Vitamix released the “Next Generation” models in 2012. (These models are now referred to as “G-Series” at Vitamix.com.) 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 3-inch blade. The 4-inch blade is in a shorter and wider container that has the same capacity as the classic Standard container (64 oz).

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 Standard narrow container. The wider design causes two things to happen. First, there is more splashing up to the inside of the lid and the 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.

If you decide that you’d rather not spend the extra money on a Next Generation machine, but you still want to have a shorter container, consider a Standard 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?

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

The original post follows.

In my previous post I outlined some key differences between Blendtec and Vitamix blenders, and now I’d like to compare differences within the Vitamix line to help you make the best choice.

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 23 different home models, but (with the exception of the S30) they are all variants of two main designs: “standard/classic (C-Series),” and “next generation (G-Series).” For each of the two main designs there are a few different options, to make a total of 6 different machine types. The rest of the models are identical bases, but come with different pitchers and/or accessories.

Quick Recommendations

If you don’t want to go through the nitty-gritty of the comparison, here are my quick recommendations: tight budget: reconditioned Standard ($329)
mid-range: 5200 ($449)
latest & greatest: Pro 750 ($639)
UPDATE: I think my previous recommendations unfairly passed over the 7500, and I just noticed that Vitamix has dropped its price to $529. If I were buying a new machine now, this is the one I would be looking at. It’s not that much more than the 5200, and the presets are the only feature the Pro 750 adds. UPDATE II: The reconditioned 7500 is now available  for $439.

Standard Motors (aka Classic “C-Series”)

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), aka Vitamix 4500. 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). These machines are essentially identical. The aesthetics of the switches and dial are slightly different between the different models. Also, the handles on the TurboBlend VS and Creations II containers are not rubberized, while the others have rubberized handles. 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), and the Creations models come with a cookbook that I cannot find any details on. Given the shorter warranty on the Creations models, it does not make sense to buy these from Vitamix; QVC sometimes runs deals on them that make them more attractive. In my opinion the best Vitamix bang for the buck is the $329 reconditioned Standard, which comes with a 5-year warranty and unused 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). This unit is now 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). This is the most recent Vitamix model to be released (October 2013), but it’s more of a mash-up of existing machines than a true 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.

Next Generation Motors (aka “G-Series”)

This year Vitamix released a new base that is slightly more powerful and quiet than the standard one. With the extra power, the 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 reportedly process food faster and work better for chopping. The new machines are compatible with the old containers, so if you want to use the dry blade you can use the same classic dry container. These machines also have improved motor cooling so that they’re less likely to overheat. The standard design only cools efficiently when it’s on high, whereas the new models always maximize cooling. (All Vitamix machines have a thermal overload sensor that will turn off the machine before it gets so hot that it’s destroyed. I’ve never tripped it myself, but if you do set it off, it’s not the end of the world—you just have to wait for the machine to cool down before you can run it again.) Dimensions are 9.4″ deep x 7.7″ wide x 17.5″ tall (with new-style 64-oz container in place).

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 $439. 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. The presets are different from the standard presets in that instead of just being timed sequences of speeds, they use feedback from the blade resistance and a microprocessor to adjust the speed. So in principle these presets should work better because they can adjust to what’s happening in the pitcher. I haven’t found an objective source that evaluates how much better these work, but most of the opinions I’ve read of them are positive.

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

Vitamix certified reconditioned modelsI 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: Two Speed for $299, 5200 for $329, 6300 for $379, 7500 for $439, and Pro 750 for $519. 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. Alternatively, 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.

Recommended Accessory

These spatulas are helpful for getting every last bit of thick mixtures out of the container. I reviewed them here.

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 my 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 — 667 Comments

  1. Costco is selling the vitamix 6300. I had decided I wanted the 300. can u tell me if the 6300 has the new, quieter motor? what are the differences between the two models? thank you for your help! lynne

    • Hi this was my exact question to the rep at CostCo today. He said the pro300 was supposed to have the quieter motor. I was leaning towards that (the 300) until I learned that the shorter model aerates the mix more than the taller one. Now, I’m the confused one! I think I would like the 6300 now more than the 300, because of that.

      • I haven’t seen any evidence that the wider containers lead to more aeration. Any high-speed blender will aerate mixtures, and there are ways to minimize it (don’t over-blend, add foam-forming things last, and the bubble removal trick).

  2. The 6300 does not have the new motor. It has the classic motor, plus three presets (same as the Professional 500). Some of the salespeople at Costco selling the 6300 say that it has a better motor than the classic Vitamixes (5200 etc.), but I spoke with a Vitamix employee who said that there is no difference and that the salespeople at Costco are mistaken.

  3. Thanks for this article. I too just purchased the Vitamix Professional 750 and just love it.
    The only thing I would say is that I have used the 500 and this new 750 they claim is not as noisy but I would say that it is. That doesn’t bother me, nor did it with the 500 so to each his own but I have not found one con to owning this wonderful machine!

  4. The americans are so fortunate. Here in Toronto, I just paid $980 for a Vitamix 750 before tax and the 500 is $879 or so before tax. They sure seem to ding us on import duties for some reason ;-(

  5. Lynne, although in Toronto I do have the new motor with the 750 and I don’t personally find it any quieter than the one before, although they claim that it is.

    One thing my husband has noticed though, is with the 500 we tried beforehand, on a couple of occasions he noticed a funny smell, as if the motor was overheating. We were making smoothies using pineapple juice that they called for, a cup and a half I believe, but we were told not to straight from a pineapple but we were told we could burn out the motor and to buy pineapple juice and add it that way. We are now doing that and haven’t had that smell show up again. I don’t believe it was bad nor do i believe the motor was giving out but it was just working a bit harder than it might have needed to but in any event, no sign of it with the new motor but as I said it is not any quieter though, than the earlier model

    • That smell sometimes pops up during a new machine’s first few heavy uses, and is not a sign of a problem. Once the machine is broken in, you shouldn’t smell it unless you mix a very thick mixture for an extended period of time. The automatic thermal protection sensor will turn off the machine before anything burns out though.

      By the way, any Vitamix machine should have no problem blending whole pineapple.

    • Jenn, I’d personally choose the 7500, but I don’t know what’s best for you. If you tell me more about how you plan on using it I could make a better recommendation.

      7500 Advantages: 1) Shorter/wider container makes getting out thick mixtures easier and makes storage easier. 2) Longer blades/wider base make chopping slightly more effective and reduce need for tamper. 3) Better sound muffling, though depending on what you’re blending there may not be a noticeable change in sound.

      6300 Advantages: 1) Preset modes allow machine to automatically turn off after a set amount of time. (If you really want these, but want the advantages of the 7500, look at the Pro 750.) 2) Narrower container will work better for very small quantities (say, mixing up 1/4 cup salad dressing). (You could match this performance with the 7500 by buying a secondary 32-oz pitcher.)

  6. Thank you very much for your detailed analysis of the various Vitamix products. I’m trying to decide between the 6300 and the 5200 with extra 32oz Dry Blade pitcher. Given your analysis of the presets, and if I can live without the presets, does the 5200 package offer the better deal? Are there any other issues that I should take into account?

    Thank you!

    • Sounds like you’ve got it figured out. It’s just a question of which you value more: the dry container or the presets. Personally, I’d choose the dry container. The only other difference is the cookbooks they come with, but I don’t think it’s a significant difference.

  7. Hello!! i am in love with vitamix, i dont mind pay. but i dont know if i should get the vitammix7500 or professional series 750? i make alot smoothies, nut milks, and dressings, witch one you recomend? or maybe a different one? Please please help me!! =D

  8. I am considering a reconditioned, but the Vitamix customer service told me you won’t necessarily get the 5200, you might get a Creations. Considering that, is it still a good deal to buy the reconditioned? Or should I just do a payment plan model off of QVC?

    • The only difference between the 5200 and the Creations model that you might get is the name on the faceplate. Functionally they are identical. So yes, buying reconditioned is a great deal.

      If you’re interested in a payment plan, Vitamix also has a 3-payment option, which can be used on reconditioned units. You just have to phone in your order (800-848-2649, option 1), and to get free shipping tell the representative that you’d like to apply code 06-007021.

  9. Thanks for posting this — Vitamix should hire you or pay you a fee for such a clear explanation of the differences. A few questions:

    1. Not to be redundant, but I wanted to get any feedback on the value of the presets. I’m willing to spend the money for the 750 if it is worth it. It is, however, a significant cost difference from the refurbished 5200 or the 5200 package (w/ dry container). I’m guessing my wife will like the presets even though I’ll be good w/o them.

    2. What’s the value of the dry container? Is it basically only for making flour?

    3. Some 750 reviews say that it is difficult to pour some stuff out of the container (the older containers are better). Any thoughts on this?

    • Joe, I’m glad you found this page useful. To answer your questions:
      1. The value of the presets comes down to personal preference. They don’t allow you to do anything that you couldn’t do without them, but you may find them more convenient. They also can make the machine more accessible at first, but once you make a certain type of thing (smoothie, hummus, soup, etc) a few times, the manual control is easy enough.

      2. I’m planning a future post detailing the different containers, but for now I’ll give you a quick rundown on the dry container. First, you do not *need* the dry container for anything; the normal containers will make anything that the dry container will, just not quite as effectively. The main use for it is indeed grinding flour, but I’ve also used mine to grind spices and make powdered sugar. Reasons to get the dry container:
      a) It works better for grinding, which means that you will get a slightly finer result along with less heating.
      b) Blending hard items will scratch up the inside of the container, clouding it over time, so for aesthetic reasons if you’re doing a lot of dry grinding, your main pitcher will stay clear longer if you have a dedicated dry pitcher. (If you add nuts and seeds to your smoothies as I do, it will still get scratched over time, just not as fast as if you were doing a lot of dry grinding).
      c) Multitasking, say you’ve just made a smoothie, to grind grains the container needs to be totally dry, so you’d have to dry it very carefully; there are also some recipes where I end up using both the wet and dry containers (e.g. mega muffins).
      So the point is that there is value in the dry container, but only if you plan on grinding dry items regularly.

      3. The new containers are shorter and wider, which changes the pouring a bit, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. The flip side is that the new containers make it slightly easier to scrape out thick mixtures, and they also work a bit better for chopping.

  10. 1st vitamix user/owner. Newly owner of a Hurom juicer. Just wanted to known if I purchase vitamix 750 pro would I have to purchase a dry mix container? I am a lover of almond butter and was making sure if I purchased the 750, I wouldn’t have to buy extra container…just not sure too confused
    Trying to be healthy
    Mary

    • The standard 750 container will make nut butter just fine (and actually the “wet” containers are the containers that are best for nut butter, even if you have a dry container). You would only want to get the dry container if you plan on regularly making flours or grinding things like coffee beans.

  11. great blog! quick question. i saw the link you posted for the reconditioned 750 blender for $399. I saw this message on their site on that link

    “Certified Reconditioned Next Generation blenders may reflect one of the following labels: 7500, Professional Series 300, or Creations Elite”

    what exactly does that mean? i might be getting any of those 3 types of models? sorry–still trying to figure out the differences between all the models. thanks!

    • Those 3 models are all the same machine. The only difference is the text on the front. Vitamix is just warning you that that text may be any one of those three possibilities.

          • I have heard the rumor that the 750 has additional computer controlled speed variations. That is, it changes the speed during the preset programs: say, speed 4 for 15 seconds, then 6 for 20 seconds, then….( just an example). Is this true?

          • i have the pro 500 (which is the same as the 6300) when you go for the preset it does start out slow and then ramps up on speed (the pro 500 has 3 programmed presets). for the 4 seconds or 6 seconds or for how it is programmed. and it will run 45 seconds for one program, 55 seconds for the second, and soups is 5 1/2 minutes. don’t forget it also shuts itself off after the computer controlled preset has run its’ course. i would tend to think the 750 is the same way.

          • Yes, this is right, both the 6300 and the Pro 750 have microprocessor controllers that vary the speed—they start at lower speeds for more effective blending. The controller on the Pro 750 also reportedly senses the load on the blades and adjusts the speed accordingly. I am not sure how much practical difference that load-sensing makes.

      • I just ordered a Certified Reconditioned Next Generation blender thinking that, as you said above, “Those 3 models are all the same machine”, but taking a closer look at the specifications tab for each, the Creations Elite includes a 48 oz, 3-inch blade container instead of the 64 oz, 4-inch blade provided with the other models, and it seems like buying the 64 oz, 4-inch separately is not an option. Adam, please confirm this. This is a BIG difference for me as the 48 oz container will not suit my needs. Now I’m wondering if I’ll have trouble returning it if I end up receiving the 48 oz, 3-inch container since I purchased the Vitamix reconditioned instead of new. Please let me know about this as well. Also, a BIG thanks for all the information you have provided on this site. Other than the issue I just mentioned it has really been a great help in sorting out all the Vitamix products and is very much appreciated.

  12. i am a newbie. i just ordered my first vita-mix and i ordered the 500 pro reconditioned. i now want to get super healthy and turn my life back to what it was. i took care of my mother for 7 years who was terminal. i ran myself into the ground. i now have C.H.F. in the 3rd stage moderate (congestive Heart Failure). Let me add this. If you are disabled like I am go for the presets, also set it up where you can do this sitting down at your kitchen table, and where you can turn around to get to the refrigerator and not have to get up. I am getting this so this will all work for me. I have lost 70 pounds so far. I have another 100 to go. i don’t want to tell you how many pills i have too take. But, I want to get it down to none.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience. As you say, for some people the presets are very useful. Congratulations on your weight loss, and best wishes for your improving health.

      • Adam, thank you for your kind words in regards to my first post. good and encouraging words go far. best regards david

    • Wow David.. my heart goes out to you and your venture to get well again. I’m sorry to hear about your Mom and all you must have went through. Each day presents itself a chance to be happy and grow into a better person. Don’t look back only on the good and happy times. I love my Vitamix and no matter which one you get it will be the best thing in your kitchen, besides YOU! :-) Veg out.. in a good way

    • David,
      I’m so happy to hear your story. I’ve just received my 6300 and yet start using. Main reason I ordered it because of the pre-set. As the say goes, if you are not a pro, then take the help of a pro. So, 6300 is my pro for super healthy food going forward.
      Adam,
      Thanks for putting up such great info about vitamix blender. You are helping so many people who want to pursue healthy living. My best wishes and a million thanks for help newbies like me.

      • well, the other day when i hit the 90 pounds lostr mark i went out and i had a cheeseburger. mustard, catsup, pickle, and onion with no salt with a glass of water. i can now say i have lost 94 pounds and i am loving my vitamix smoothies and hemp shakes with chia. the other good news is i was taken off the blood pressure pill. i now only take metoprolol and furemoside (meto… slows the heart and fure…throws off the fluid. since i have CHF i doubt i will be taken off those two pills. but, hey at least i didn’t throw out my old clothes. i can fit them again. now i only have 50 to 60 pounds to go! oh nd my tele-health monitor has a vita mix and he knows what i am doing with great approval!

  13. Thank you for this insightful information!
    I basically am interested in making smoothies, soups, and nut butters. I use my cheap blender daily so if you can recommend what is a good model to look into thoughts would be appreciated!

    • The good news is any Vitamix will work great for those three tasks.

      In terms of a recommendation, it depends on how you weigh the factors of price, preset modes, and container size. If I were buying one now, I would go with the reconditioned 7500.

  14. Hi I don’t know which to choose! I would like one with presets because I feel like it would be easier because I have a 19month old running around and i get distracted easily. I don’t want to spend top dollar so maybe the refurb 6300? I would like a good recipe book because I don’t really know what to make. My thought process for purchasing is to have a healthier lifestyle for my whole family. I’m not sure if the dry container is necessary for what I want to do. Can you help make a recommendation for me? Thank you in advance!!

    • It sounds like you’ve figured out your choice; presets + wanting to not spend top dollar would indeed lead you to the reconditioned 6300. In terms of the dry container, it sounds like you should not get it now, since money is a concern, and you aren’t specifically planning on grinding a lot of grain. You can always get one later if you find yourself wishing you had it.

  15. thanks for the great tips on the Vitamix. Spent much of day doing research. Decided to go for new motor and ordered a reconditioned one. thank you!

  16. I am torn between purchasing the Certified Reconditioned Next Generation for $399.00 OR the Turbo Blend VS for $449.00. I am liking the Pro 300, but am not sure about the Simply Fresh Cookbook. I can’t find any info about it either on the Vitamix website or Amazon. I am vegetarian/vegan so am thinking the Turbo Blend VS with the Live Fresh Recipe book might be the better choice as far as the cookbook, but wish I could get the cookbook I want with the blender I want!

    • I can see your dilemma, although personally I wouldn’t worry too much about the cookbook. I found my Vitamix cookbook most useful when I was just getting started to get ratios right, but now I do not use it very much. (I am also vegetarian, so there were recipes I skipped over.)

      If you really want it you can purchase the veg/vegan Live Fresh cookbook separately here, in which case you could get your machine and cookbook of choice for $458. You could even consider selling the other cookbook on eBay; it looks like new Vitamix Cookbooks are going for $30-$50.

      I agree that it’s a bit weird that Vitamix doesn’t let you pick cookbooks. It seems like it would make more sense to be able to pick your base, container(s), accessories, and cookbook separately. It may be worth sending them some feedback, and maybe they will eventually update their policy. I suspect that their current policy is partly due to a carryover from when they really just had one consumer machine.

  17. Saw 6300 at costco roadshow and felt like buying but after doing lots of research now am confused which model to buy. Does the presetting in 6300 really should be taken in to consideration when you are a new vitamix user or should I go for 5200 with some extra accessories for the same price the 6300 is? Or should I wait for refurb pro 750 to come up?

    • It’s really personal preference. I don’t see any need for the presets but some people love them. I don’t know if Vitamix has plans to make the Pro 750 available as a refurb.

      • I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THE 5200 VS 6300 AS WELL. WILL THE 5200 ALSO MAKE HOT SOUP EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NOT A PRESET. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED THAT YOU COULD GO FROM SMOOTHIE TO HOT SOUP TO A SORBET. CAN ALL OF THE MODELS DO THIS?

        • Yes, all Vitamix blenders can make smoothies, hot soups, and sorbets.

          The only difference between the Vitamix 5200 and 6300 models is that with the 6300 you can set the machine to a preset and it will ramp up the speed for you, and then turn off after a certain amount of time. You can think of the presets as built-in timers.

  18. Conflicted on the 5200 vs 7500. I will want the dry container. The presets are not important. Is 2 hp a significant increase? The containers, is there really a significant advantage of one over the other? Suggestions? Comments?

    • The dry container will work on either. Between the 5200 and 7500 it’s actually a 0.2 increase in peak horsepower, which is not particularly significant. Advantages of the new container: better chopping/”food processing” tasks, easier to get thick mixtures out, less need for tamper, and shorter container may be easier to store. The old-style containers are better for small quantities (you can easily blend 1 cup, whereas the new containers it’s best to have at least 2 cups). You can use the old containers on the new machines, but you cannot use the new containers on the old machines.

      • I just bought a 5000 from a friend. It looks almost identical to the 5200. He has had it ten years, but probably used it five times. (He’s a hoarder, and has more than one) It is practically brand new. However, the container is not BPA free, so I ordered one from Vitamix. Now I see that you said new containers don’t work with old machine. Will this be a problem?

        • The only new container that is not meant for that style machine is the short/wide container of the Next Generation models with the 4-inch blade. There’s no way you could have bought it because it is not available individually. So the container you bought will be fine.

  19. Hi

    I very recently bought the 5200 Stainless Steel at a Whole Foods Sale. We are just trying it and so far love it. Yesterday I saw the 5200S at Cosco for less. I could not see any difference from the description on the box. What is the difference??? Is there any real difference in the models? Hope you can answer this. Thanks in advance

    • The only difference is the finish on the base. That’s it.

      Also, if you’re looking to save even more, check out the reconditioned 5200 direct from Vitamix for $329 with free shipping (only functional difference is the slightly shorter warranty).

  20. Thanks Adam. So if I understand right it is better to get the 7500 and if need be buy an old container if I need a smaller quantity. Now, are the presets… worth it? Having upper extremity injuries I understand not having to use the tamper as much but is the 750 a better option? Are the presents helpful? Or better to have control and do manually. I so wanted the 5200 because of the package, three containers but then the reviews on the 750/7500 seemed great too. Wish someone would just send me one and I will pay for it.

    • The presets are worthwhile to some people. It’s a personal preference. Note that the machines with presets also give you full manual control, so the only possible downside to the presets is the added cost. I know it’s a tough decision, but the upside is that they are all great machines, and they will all handle just about anything you can throw at them.

    • Dynamics …. Your comment of “wish someone would just send me one and I will pay for it” is exactly how I feel. I had to laugh when I saw that … I’m in the process of deciding which model. What one did you finally end up with? I do agree that Adam’s comments and assistance is unbelievable.

      • Christiana, TODAY, I have decided to buy the 750 Pro and add the smaller container. I will hold off on purchasing the dry container until I see exactly how much grinding I will be doing. If it is occasionally I will just use the container that comes with the 750. Waiting to sign papers. Once signed, I with place my order. I will post once I actually make the purchase and let everyone know what I ultimately bought. What model did you decided to purchase?

  21. What an awesome review! Thank you so much! I have been researching and researching trying to figure out the differences between the different Vitamix models. I was leaning towards the 750 but then saw the refurbished 300, etc on their website. In general, how much time does it take to make different items? Say smoothies, soups, ice cream. I have young children and I’m debating whether the presets are worth the extra money. If it only takes a few minutes to make things, I could easily sit by the blender to do it. But if it takes 5, 10 minutes or more of sitting there changing the speeds, I know I would be called away and distracted. ;-)

    • I’m glad you found this page useful. Thanks!

      Most things blend for 30–60 seconds. The main exception is if you want to use the Vitamix to heat/cook soups starting with room-temperature ingredients. In that case you would need to blend for 4–7 minutes. But you don’t have to sit there adjusting the speed while it’s heating—you’d just be leaving it at max speed. When I make soup I usually either heat the liquid beforehand or use hot ingredients (say steamed, boiled, or roasted vegetables), and in that case it doesn’t have to run for longer than 30–60 seconds. I’m perfectly happy without presets, but many people love them.

      • You’ve been so patient and I thank you for that and all the information you’ve provided.

        I have one last question before making a decision and it has to do with oxygenation. I have read every comment here and its all a muddle now LoL, but do remember someone talking about air, foam and losing nutritional value through longer blending.

        Is there a different between the narrow and the wide container for mixing and oxygenation?

        • I do not think that there is a significant difference in oxygenation between the different style containers. Any blender will mix air into the blending solution. I am interested in oxidation, but I haven’t found any reliable sources that have measured oxidation in different blending conditions. Also, some ingredients are more susceptible to oxidation than others, but again I haven’t found any good source that lists the different susceptibilities.

          If you want to minimize oxidation you can blend for the minimum necessary time and consume your right away. By the way, I don’t think oxidation is a major problem, but it is something that happens to some blended foods.

  22. I have the regular container and the dry grain container for a Vitamix 5000 (VM0103). Will these containers work on a model 5200 base unit? Thanks!

    • Yes, those containers will work. The Vitamix 5200 is very similar to the Vitamix 5000 and it uses the same containers. The only difference in the containers that came with the 5000 is the material they are made out of. The old ones are polycarbonate and are not BPA free, whereas the current containers are made out of Tritan Copolyester and are BPA-free.

  23. Thank you for this info! I am about a breath away from buying a vitamix but trying to discern the right one for our needs. We have burned through 2 blenders and they didn’t even fit all our needs! We are a dairy free, gluten-free family. We make almost all of our food, 3 times a day. I want something I can grind flours in, make nut butters and nut milks because this is what we eat a LOT of. Do you have a specific recommendation? I saw the 6300 at Costco, I like the presets because the kitchen is very busy (I am usually preparing 3 or more things at once). I debate about the Pro 750 because of the additional presets. But can I use a dry container on either of these? I need the functionality of both the wet and dry containers with a good motor (nuts are hard on motors). Thank you for any advice!

    • When you’ve burned through two blenders a Vitamix is the obvious next step, so you’re on the right track! To answer your question, yes, you can use a dry container on any current Vitamix machine, including the 6300 and the Pro 750. Of the uses you mentioned, for nut butter the Pro 750 has an edge in terms of the convenience of getting the nut butter out of the container, so that would be my recommendation. Other advantages of the 750 include less need for the tamper, better for chopping/food processing, and improved motor cooling. The shorter pitcher also can be easier to store, and the motor has slightly improved sound-dampening.

      If the Pro 750 is too expensive, then I’d recommend the reconditioned “Standard Programs” machine, which is the same as the 6300. It comes with a 5-year warranty, but you can extend it to 8 years for $75, and still end up paying less than a new 6300, which would come with a 7-year warranty. Normally I don’t recommend the extended warranty, but for someone who is planning on heavy use as it sounds you are, it might be worth it. Also note that the reconditioned machines come with brand new containers, so you don’t have to worry about dairy or gluten having contaminated the container.

      It sounds like you’ll get a lot of use out of a Vitamix, so have fun!

  24. Thanks again for the advice. I wanted to report that I got the Pro 750. It may not be worth the extra price but I don’t regret getting it. I probably won’t need, and may not use, the presets after another week using it, but I think they are good for my wife and house guests. I also like them so you can turn it on using a preset and then turn to something else (assuming you don’t need the tamper). Also, Vitamix claims that the 750 motor is quieter. This is my first one, so I can’t confirm or deny, but I can say that I don’t think it is much louder than my old standard blender. I certainly don’t think that there is any need for hearing protection while using it. If it is quieter, then it is worth every penny, especially with a 2 year old running around. Also, considering Adam’s thought of per/use price, it is not that bad. Last night I made a mixed drink (nice to just throw in a lemon instead of lemon juice), hummus, and milkshakes. Everything was great. So far, I haven’t need the dry container. So my bottom line recommendations thus far–(1) get a Vitamix, (2) if cost isn’t a big issue, get the 750, (3) if cost is more of an issue, get whatever one you can afford.

    • My understanding is that the new machines are more powerful, but I haven’t used a 3600. I’ve heard anecdotally that the new machines do a better job of blending. Then there are the unambiguous differences of having a clear container, having variable speed control, and not having the spigot. If you’re curious about the new ones, remember that Vitamix has a risk-free 30-day trial period during which you can send the machine back at no cost (they even cover return shipping), so you could easily try one out.

      • Thank you. Do you know what the horsepower or speed is of the 3600 compared to the 5200? My container doesn’t have the spigot. I had one with a spigot but didn’t like it. It just seemed like it was harder to clean. Now I am looking at a vm0103 Super Total Nutrition Center Vitamix and wondered if it was the same machine as the 5200? Can you shed any light on this question? And, thank you!

        • I do not know the horsepower of the 3600. Also, horsepower ratings can be a bit misleading; I’ve been thinking about making a post on the topic.

          I believe the VM0103 Super Total Nutrition Center Vitamix is the non-US version of the 5000, which is the predecessor to the 5200. The 5200 has a few minor motor improvements over the 5000, and its pitchers are BPA-free Tritan Copolyester instead of the polycarbonate pitchers of the 5000. If you’re looking to save money, I strongly recommend the Reconditioned 5200 purchased directly from Vitamix (unless you’re getting some sort of amazing deal on that Total Nutrition Center machine).

  25. Great article! I just purchased the reconditioned 7500 per your advice. Thinking that if I earn it and drink my greens daily I may add the dry container in 3-6 months. Thanks again for a terrific blog.

  26. 1. Anyone know if the new style low profile containers work on the old style bases.

    2. Anyone know how to buy the 64oz low profile container?

    The Vita-mix site only goes up to 48oz with the low profile replacement and I haven’t been able to find one on line.

    • It was my understanding that the old containers will work on the new bases, but the new containers will not work on the old bases. I don’t have either yet to try it, but that’s what I read on some other blogs.

    • Heather is correct. The new 64-oz containers are not designed for use with the classic-style bases. The new containers have longer blades that put a higher load on the motor that the older models are not designed to handle. I think this is part of why they do not sell the low profile 64-oz container separately: they’re afraid people will use it on an old machine and overload the motor.

        • I have a creations elite and it is my understanding that the new container will work on that–will it be available for sale to people with new bases?

          • You’re right, the wide 64-oz container would work fine on your machine since the base is the same as the 7500/750, but I do not know the policy on selling the wide containers to Creations Elite owners. I’d recommend giving Vitamix a call to find out.

  27. Whew, so I FINALLY made my decision, just purchased a reconditioned 7500 through your website link. I added the dry container. A couple things to note, I did not get completely free shipping, I got $25 off the $38 shipping costs, probably b/c of the added container? Also, they did not offer me opportunity for the 3 payment plan. Which would have been a ‘nice to have’. Finally, the only thing I would be disappointed in is if I get the 48 ounce container rather than the 64 oz which the 7500 has which it says I don’t geta choice of which of the 3 models I will receive but with the refurb price + 3 yr warranty for a total of 8 yr warranty I still paid less than the new 6300 at Costco AND I have an extra year warranty. When I was watchng the demo at Costo on the 6300 a women told me she had her refurb for 12 years with no issue and loves it. One more note, with the 7500 I still get the pulse button which I wanted and as far as the presets – most of the peeps at the demo who own a Vitamix told me I wouldn’t need the presents after I learned to use my machine and they were not worth the extra $$$.

    • Congratulations on your purchase! Your unit should definitely come with a compact-style 64-oz container. It’s just that the faceplate may say “Creations Elite.”

      For anyone else reading this, the payment plan is available, but only for phone orders. The number is 800-848-2649 Extension 2305, and mention code 06-007021 for free shipping.

  28. Thank you for all this great info!
    I have a few questions. My mom just gave me a CIA Creations that she ordered through QVC. I have recently been transitioning to a vegan/raw food diet and I make a LOT of green smoothies and ones with a lot of frozen ingredients. I also have 4 kids who love to make smoothies. The CIA came with a 48 oz wet container and the 32 oz dry container. Can I use a larger wet container with this model base? The machine has only low/hi settings, is there any benefit to having the variable speeds? I’m not sure if this is the right model for our needs. I’d hate to return it, but it is more important to get the best one for our family.I appreciate any advice!

    • Yes, you can use the tall 64-oz container on that base.

      The variable speed control is useful, but not necessary. I use it for chopping, leaving texture in blends (e.g. pesto), and the “remove bubbles trick.” You can use a combination of pulsing and the low speed setting on your machine to do these things, but the variable speed will do them better. If you’re considering swapping out the machine, take a look at the new-style machines (7500, etc), as they have some improvements (discussed above in this post under “Next Generation Motors”).

      • Thank you for your reply! The 7500 looks awesome, and it is what I would buy if money were no object. I checked the Vitamix website for a 64 oz container and they are $149. The main problem with the one I have is that the container is small for my needs.I’d love the variable speed option, but I could probably live without it. I’m not sure if it will be better to just buy the 64 oz container rather than return the CIA creations machine my mom so generously gave me! I guess if the CIA is as durable and strong as the 7500, this would be the more cost-effective route. Thanks again for your great advice.

        • One other side note: if you get the 64-oz container, you’ll probably also want to get a full-size tamper to go with it. Your model with the 32 and 42-oz containers most likely came with the mini tamper, which will not reach the bottom of the taller 64-oz container.

  29. I can’t find any mention on the vitamin website to the refurbished models? I keep clicking on your links but it just takes me to the product pages and the names of the blenders are all different from your references…so confused!

    • I’m sorry to hear your frustration. It’s happening because the Vitamix website detects your browser location and if you are from outside the USA they will display a version that is specific to your country. I think that currently Vitamix only sells reconditioned units in the USA.

  30. Something to think about…
    If vitamixes are such amazing products and last forever…then where are all these refurbished models coming from?

    • My understanding is that most reconditioned models come from product demos or are returns from their generous, no-questions-asked, 30-day trial policy. A powerful blender isn’t for everyone, and also sometimes they get given as gifts to someone who isn’t so excited about having one.

  31. Just ordered the refurbed 7500. Hope it works out, very excited to use such a powerful and versatile machine. Thank you for all of the great information you have posted on this site. Without it I’m sure I would have had a much harder time deciding what was best for the family. Keep up the good work!

  32. My boyfriend and I are in the market for a Vitamix and your post has been INSANELY helpful. Thank you so much for doing the research and compiling it here!

    • …..and what is the Vitamix® 1803 and 1363 CIA Professional Series Blender equivalent to? It is being sold at Bed Bath and Beyond Canada.

      • I’m realizing that I’ve neglected my non-US readers on this post. When I first wrote it I didn’t realize that availability is different in other countries. When I get a chance I will either expand this post with non-US information, or add a new post. In the mean time, here’s a little info:

        My free shipping code (06-007021) works for Canadian orders, but it does not work for countries other than the US and Canada.

        Outside the US Vitamix uses some different names for the same blenders. The Total Nutrition Center is the same as the Vitamix 5200 (standard motor, no presets). The Aspire model is akin to the Creations II US model, in that it has the same base as the 5200, but it comes with a shorter 48-oz container and a 5-year warranty.

        Sorry, I do not know about availability of the 7500 and Pro 750 in Canada.

        You can find the CIA Pro model in my post above; it’s a Standard no presets model.

        • Thanks for taking the time to reply Adam. I decided to go with a newer generation motor but skipped out on the more expensive 750 (and equivalent) model. Instead I opted for a Pro 300 (7500) at Crate and Barrel for $549.99…best price around in the GTA from searching around. Also it is one of the few places that even sells this model (along with the Pro 500 and Pro 750). Williams Sonoma carries the Pro 300, 500 and 750 as well but priced way higher. Costco has a road show on now and selling the older Total Nutrition Center (5200) model for $499.99. I was willing to pay the $50 more and get the Pro 300 instead. Costco is also selling a smaller 48 oz container for $99 and the 32 oz dry grain container for $99 as a road show special. I will most likely end up getting those as well as I will most definitely be using the smaller container for smaller yields, and the dry container to try out more recipes. The cookbook that came with my Pro 300 is huge with over 200 recipes that I will most definitely be trying out. I made my first item today when I brought the blender home, a vegetable soup and it was amazing. I had my family try it and they too were impressed. Can’t wait to start eating healthy with this blender. Best part about it is how easy it is to clean! Warm water and a couple drops of soap, 30 second blend and it’s spic and span.

          • I’m researching for the best prices in the GTA now. I contacted Crate & Barrel and they mentioned the Pro 300 was selling for $629, did the price go up? Did you get yours on sale? I can’t seem to find any better prices for the next generation models here in Toronto.

  33. Great posts. I am getting ready to buy but can’t decide between the 750 Pro series or the 500. I read on Williams Sonoma site that it is hard to pour from 750. I make smoothies every evening using homemade yogurt and fresh fruit but I only make one serving and it is not 2 cups of ingredients and currently use immersion blender for that. I also make hummus weekly and want it smoother than my food processor gives me and I make fresh salad dressing. My concerns are over the 2 cups needed in the shorter container and my yogurt smoothies coming out heated. Please advise which model to select.

    • RE: blending under 2 cups — The short 64-oz container is indeed non-ideal for that, so with the “stock” container the Pro 500 would be a better choice. However, you could add a 32-oz wet container to the Pro 750, and it would work great for your small smoothies. In fact, the 32-oz container would also be a nice addition to the Pro 500 because it’s a little handier, especially with small quantities, but it is less necessary because the Pro 500 has the the same narrow bottom as the 32-oz container.

      RE: your yogurt+fresh fruit being heated — I don’t think the different machines will make a significant difference. If you are making smoothies without any frozen ingredients you will have to be careful not to over-blend them in any powerful blender. You can certainly do it, you just have to not run it for too long. This is why people often add ice or frozen fruit—then you can blend for longer until it’s ultra-smooth while keeping it cold. It also depends on what sort of fruit you’re using how long you would want to blend to get it totally smooth.

      RE: hummus — Any Vitamix will make a nice smooth hummus. The new style wider container of the Pro 750 will make it slightly easier to get the hummus out of the container.

  34. Thank you so much for all your time, energy and expertise in doing the reviews of the Vitamix models. Based on your information, I have just placed an order for the Reconditioned Vitamix 7500. My family has a green smoothie at least once a day and it is time to put the Osterizer out to pasture!! The process of purchasing a blender was seeming to be very daunting until I found your website. However, I am now feeling very confidant that I have chosen the right one for our needs. Thank you! Thank you!

  35. I just want to say a huge thank you to you Adam. With so many options, it’s a little confusing, and since this is an expensive purchase, many people, my self included keep asking the same questions over and over again. You are so incredibly patient and nice in your explanation. It’s just lovely.
    I’m buying the refurbished 5200 thanks to your advice.

  36. BTW, your shipping code for Canada…where does one go to use it? When you click on any of the links in your blog, it takes me to the Canadian site showing all models and not the specific model you are linking.

    • The shipping code is good for any model. (It’s not model specific.) So you would add one of those to your cart and then the shipping code should already be applied in your cart. If it’s not then you can enter it in the “Promotion Code” box.

    • I have not seen all the recipe books in person so I can’t really answer that. It’s on my long to-do list to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of the different cookbooks, and I may make a future post about it.

      One thing I’d say though is that I don’t think it matters too much. Having a recipe book is useful for figuring out starting points and ratios of ingredients, but many people quickly diverge from published recipes to suit their tastes and available ingredients. The thing about using a Vitamix is that most times you’re just blasting some ingredients together, and you can easily make last minute adjustments, so recipes are flexible and adaptable. Once you figure out the basics it’s mainly a question of finding inspiration, which I like to do online, and I share ideas on this blog.

  37. Hi Adam,
    Thanks for your detailed posting! I have a question…I wanted to buy the recondition 7500 with the new style 64oz container, but when I pressed your link to that model, it brings me to the Vitamix center and their names are all different. I do not see a model 7500. Please help! Thanking you in advance.

    • Sorry, the links in this post only work from the US. Outside the US Vitamix sells fewer models. If you’re in Canada your choices direct from Vitamix are currently the Total Nutrition Center, which is the same as the US 5200, and the Aspire, which has the same motor but comes with a shorter 48-oz container and 5-year warranty.

    • Most machines being sold as reconditioned were used as product demos or were customer returns within the 30-day return window, so they generally have not seen much use (note that the same 30-day risk-free trial also applies to reconditioned machines so you can send it back for free if you don’t like it).

      But regardless of how they were used, reconditioned Vitamix blenders are tested to perform as new, and if they don’t they are repaired or have components replaced. All reconditioned machines come with brand new containers/tampers. They also come with the same solid warranty/customer support as new machines, just for 5 years instead of the typical 7. (If you’re concerned about warranty length you can extend the warranty to 8 years for $75, less than the cost difference to a new machine.)

  38. We are planning to make a lot of ice cream and blend frozen bananas/fruit– like yonana’s. Any recommendations on the best refurbished model to purchase.. our ninja did an ok job, but did not hold up.

    • Any Vitamix will hold up to those jobs. Getting thick mixtures out of the container is a bit easier with the Next Generation models. On the other hand, the Standard container will do a better job with small quantities. It depends what you’re blending, but the general rule of thumb is the Next Generation works well down to 2 cups and the Standard container works well down to 1 cup (I’ve blended as little as a quarter cup in the standard container, but that was something easy like salad dressing). Note that you can use standard containers on the Next Generation models, so the ultimate combination would be a 32-oz container paired with the Next Generation machine, but that’s probably overkill for you.

      So which is best for you? I’d say probably the Next Generation, but the Standard would also work, and would save you a little money.

  39. Ready to buy a Vitamix! I’m reading about the longer blades, but not sure which models have these other than “new”. If I buy a new 5200S at Costco for $374 which blades are those? Thanks :)

    • The models with the longer 4-inch blades are the Next Generation models (7500, Pro 300, and Pro 750). The Vitamix 5200S is the same as the 5200, and comes with the standard 3″ blades.

  40. Wow. Thank you so much for providing all of this information! I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Vitamix model for me and this article answered so many of my questions. I’m very close to making my first Vitamix purchase (!!! so excited) and I think I’ve narrowed it down to a reconditioned 5200 or newer generation. Price is a concern (which is why I’m doing reconditioned), but I am willing to pay the extra $70 for the 7500 if it’s money well spent. I do like all of the upgrades, but there isn’t one in particular that helping me make my mind up. In your opinion, do you think the 7500 runs better than the 5200? Also, on the Vitamix website, if you buy a reconditioned 7500 or 5200 are you guaranteed that particular model? I’m an avid Consumer Reports reader and they gave the 5200 a score of 91 and the 750 (they only tested this newer generation model) an 81. I think 750 lost points in convenience and the the ability the blend an ice smoothie. I’ll be using this blender mainly for green smoothies, fruit smoothies, soups and occasionally blending nuts. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!

    • Either machine will do a great job of all of the things you mentioned. Remember that people have been loving their Vitamix machines for many years before the latest round of models came out.

      I don’t really have anything to add beyond what I put in the post in terms of if the upgrades are worth it. Only you can decide whether that $70 is worth it to you. If it were me I think I’d go for the 7500.

      I have not seen that Consumer Reports review. The one thing I can think of is that for small quantities (under ~2 cups), out of the box, the 5200 will do better than the 7500 because the narrower container means that the same quantity of ingredients will go to a higher level in the container and circulate better. I say out of the box because you could add a 32-oz container to the 7500 and make it match the low volume performance of the 5200; but that’s taking you out of the realm of lowest cost.

      Regarding whether you are guaranteed a certain model when you buy refurbished, you may get a model that is equivalent but has a different name. (e.g. you could get a Turboblend VS instead of a 5200, or a Pro 300 instead of a 5200.) But I keep stressing this point: there is absolutely no difference other than what is printed on the front of the machine.

  41. Hi Adam,
    I bought the 5200, unfortunately,we don’t have any other models here in Canada. The options is to select the dry container or not, the dry one is pretty pricey $699.99 plus tax in Canada.
    I have made hummus, you are right about not being able to scope the bottom of the container! A lot has been wasted there. I was thinking of investing in their spatula, do you think it’s worth spending on? Do you have their spatula?

  42. If I plan to make lots of nut milks, smoothies And almknd butter what would you recommend? The 5200 I can get at costco or the 7500? Is the 7500 industrial strength how does it differ from the 5200?

    • The 7500 is a newer model that has some nice feature upgrades over the 5200, which I described above in the post in the section titled “Next Generation Motors.” The biggest difference is the shorter/wider container, that makes the tamper less necessary, may be easier to store in your kitchen, and makes getting out thick mixtures like almond butter easier.

      I’m not sure how you would define industrial strength. The 7500 has a slightly stronger motor than the 5200, although it’s not a big difference. All Vitamix models have powerful motors that are comparable to heavy duty blenders used in commercial settings.

  43. Adam, thank you very much for your detailed replies. With so many choices and information provided, I’m now a bit uncertain which model to get.

    Ideally, payment options and lower price is preferred. With that being said, I am only interested in reconditioned models. Initally, I thought presets were needed, but after your input, I see its a nicesity versus a necessity. My only must have is in the container. I must have a 64 oz container. After reading your replies, I see that these containers come short/wide and tall/narrow. And one of the models come with longer blades. Amongst the Creations GC, 5200, 6300 & 7500, which should I get? Are all containers interchangeable amongst the bases? What is height difference between the two 64oz containers?

    • The height (with lid) of the tall 64-oz container is 13.4″, and the short 64-oz container is 10.2.” Add ~7″ if they are on the base, take off ~2.5″ without the lid. All containers are interchangeable, except the short/wide 64-oz container is not meant to be used with the Standard models because its longer blades could overload those motors.

      You mention preferring a lower price, so unless any of the features of the Next Generation models jump out at you, I’d say go for the reconditioned 5200.

      Vitamix offers a payment plan, but to use it you have to make a phone order: 800-848-2649, and you can still get free shipping by telling the representative that you’d like to apply code 06-007021. The Vitamix payment plan has a processing fee of $15 and is 50% cost up front, 25% in 30 days, and 25% in 60 days.

      • Thanx Adam,
        I like the fact that the older model containers can be used on the 7500 base. So I decided to invest a few more dollars and purchase the 7500….reconditioned of course. :-) If I find that I’m making smaller quantity smoothies, etc regularly, I will get 32oz container. I am beyond thrilled. Like another reader here, I too have the Omega V350. Now, I have the best of both worlds in my kitchen. Happy smoothe juicing folks.

        Thanx Adam, for your priceless contributions.

  44. RED HERRING ALERT!!!

    From a physics viewpoint the additional torque load the longer blades in the new short containers is negligible compared to the torque loads already successfully handled by the old 2HP bases with the short bladed containers. After all, the old motors were made to last for decades under the most torque onerous conditions. Lord knows how long the new motors are designed to last – I HIGHLY doubt they are engineered to last as long as the old machines.

    Notice the new 64 oz. container is not for sale, even on Amazon, and while I am supposing one can buy a replacement directly from Vita-mix, IT WOULD REQUIRE PURCHASING THE NEW MODEL as the manual (or any paperwork) is NOT available for download on their site.

    It’s pretty obvious it’s purely a marketing ploy, based, I presume, on the near indestructability of the existing machines out there. If a person could just buy the new UNDER COUNTERABLE container, why buy a new machine?

    I really really WANT the new shorter 64oz container, but at present would have to buy an entire new machine to get one. But I don’t NEED a new machine, so I’ll wait until the new 64oz containers does become available, hopefully sooner than later.

    Planned obsolescence Vita-mix style.

    BAD Vita-mix.

    • You raise an interesting point. It’s actually the first thing that went through my head when I saw the new models come out. However, for thick mixtures I’m not sure if you can just dismiss the added torque. Since you mentioned taking a physics viewpoint, I decided to do a quick/rough calculation. How much more torque should we expect from the 4″ blade compared to the 3″ blade for the same angular velocity? The details of the fluid dynamics inside a blender are too complicated to casually consider, but we can make an estimate based on a super-simplified system. Picture a simple rod, and lets calculate the torque needed to rotate it. It has to overcome the drag force, which at every point along the rod is proportional to v^2 (v is the local linear velocity). Now the velocity of a point on the rod is proportional to the radius, r. So the drag force is proportional to r^2. Meanwhile, torque is the product of the perpendicular force and the radius. So torque is proportional to r^3. Now to figure out the total torque for the summation of all points on the rod we integrate. Integrating r^3 yields a r^4 dependence. I don’t have time to draw a diagram or make the equations pretty, but I found this page, which has a diagram, explanation, and better laid out equations for an identical setup. So making the rod 33% longer increases the torque for a given speed by 1.33^4, or 3.1-fold. (A 210% increase in torque.) Now obviously, what’s happening inside the blender is a lot more complicated, since the blade is not a simple rod, and there are edge effects, turbulence, and cavitation. But a ~3-fold increase in torque sounds to me like it could be significant. (For thin liquids I agree that it shouldn’t matter, but I think it could be a problem for thick things that push the limits.)

      Since Vitamix has such a generous warranty, it would make sense that they wouldn’t want to sell containers that could break people’s machines even if that might only happen under certain heavy-load circumstances.

      There may also be something to your marketing theory. However, I imagine that the majority of Vitamix’s impressive growth (40-50% annually the past couple years) is driven by new owners, rather than repeat buyers. Regarding your doubts about the new machines, their continued success will largely be based on their reputation for quality, so I would guess that they would not want to compromise on engineering.

      I wouldn’t count on the short 64-oz container being available any time soon. Are you familiar with the 48-oz containers? They are approximately the same height as the short 64-oz containers, and use the standard blade.

      *edit: The math initially had a mistake: going from 3″ to 4″ is a 33% increase, not 25% as previously mentioned. So the difference in torque is 1.33^4 = 3.1, not 1.25^4 = 2.4. So it’s a closer to a 3-fold increase than to a 2-fold increase, as previously stated. The text has been corrected.

      • How hard is it to overload a old style machine? This illustrates the power of the 2hp machine vs. a 3 hp Vitamix. Essentially no difference for home use. Those motors are TOUGH and will take this level of abuse for YEARS. But on a home cycle, not a commercial cycle, which is what the 3HP machine does, uses that extra horsepower to cool the motor.

        For that matter Vita-mix could put a disclaimer on the new 64oz container stating it’s not recommended for use with the older machines. That covers their liability while allowing older machine owners that option.

        In any case, with the new machine becoming more prevalent, it’s only a matter of time before those containers become available.

        ps. I do know of the 48oz machine.

        • It’s possible that it is in fact very hard to overload the old-style machines, but I don’t see what comparing the commercial 3-peak-hp machine to the home machine has to do with it. I don’t know what the threshold is, but I know there is one because I’ve heard stories of broken drive-shafts when someone tried to blend a huge block of frozen fruit or a spoon. (Luckily drive-shaft replacement is not that big a deal.) Also, people do sometimes trip the thermal overload sensor on thick mixtures, which would presumably happen more often with a higher load.

          By the way, to anyone considering watching that video, I recommend skipping to the 5 minute mark. I don’t understand why he felt the need to show the whole unedited blending process, when at the end he’s just giving a subjective test that the viewer can’t verify—we have to trust him, so we could have just trusted him that he made the two smoothies the same.

          Your idea of a disclaimer sounds reasonable to me, but I’m guessing that Vitamix wouldn’t like it, since they tend to like to take a hands-on approach. You could write to them and suggest it though and see what happens.

  45. WOW. Just want to give you props Adam. You and your site on comparing the Vitamix blenders is amazing. Thank you for all of your knowledge and help. I think I’m going to get the 7500 refurbished!

  46. I am so happy I found this site…I just started juicing and doing smoothies and im useing a juicer for juicing and a blender for my smoothies..which take forever. My friend suggested I look into Vitamix..what do you recommend for me to get?? thx for the help..I so need it

    • I’d recommend either the 5200 (Standard) or the 7500 (Next Generation). The 7500 costs a bit more, but its wider shape reduces the need for the tamper, and its shorter height makes it easier to store in some kitchens. If you blend small smoothies (less than ~2 cups) the 5200 is better because its narrower container helps the ingredients cover the blades. If you want the best of both worlds, you can get an additional narrow 32-oz container for the 7500, but that’s overkill for most people. If money is tight, I recommend looking at the reconditioned versions of these machines (see links in the main post above).

      • Adam…someone is selling this one online..would you be able to tell me if its the 5200 or the 7500?? Vitamix Professional Culinary Series Model VM0103

        Thank you so much
        Tina

        • That model sounds like what I referred to as the CIA Pro in my post above, which is the same as the 5200.

          One side note for anyone wondering about the Vitamix VM0103 distinction: Vitamix used it on the older 5000 models, and for some reason continues to use it on the current 5200 models.

  47. Adam do you have any info on the vitamix 5000 series? I bought one used from someone online. It works amazing but I am curious how old it is and how it differs from the newer models? One thing I noticed is that the parts under the blender container are all medal and not plastic like the newer models.

    Thanks in advance!

    • The 5000 was released in the early 90s, and it’s replacement, the 5200 was released in late 2007. So your machine is 6-20 years old. It is very similar to the 5200, but there are a few differences. The first difference is the material of the container; with the 5200 they switched from polycarbonate to co-polyester, which is BPA-free. The container lid and handle were also slightly modified. Vitamix also states that the 5200 is slightly quieter and has a more efficient motor that runs cooler. However, ultimately they are very similar machines.

      If you want to know exactly when your machine is from, you can look for a date stamp on various parts. On plastic parts there is sometimes a small circle with a two-digit number in the center, and twelve numbers surrounding it, with an arrow pointing to the outer number. The center number is the year, and the outer number is the month it was made. You can look for this on the bottom of your container (though I think it may not be on the older containers), and I’ve also seen it on the bottom of the rubber centering pad (you can gently pull it up and take it off). I think you mentioned your container has a metal retaining nut; it may have two two-digit numbers stamped into it, one above the other. I believe that top number is the month and the bottom number is the year. Newer machines also have the date of manufacture on the back label, but I don’t think your machine will have that.

    • Machines with the pulse switch have moved the HIGH speed mode to variable speed 10. Also, the pulse switch is activated by pushing it down (it springs back up on its own).

    • The 5200 with 48-oz container is sometimes available refurbished, but the supply is a bit sporadic so they are not currently listing it on the Vitamix website. Last I talked to my contact at Vitamix, she had a few available. The best way to find out (and hopefully be able to order one) is to call her directly. Her name is Barb Hezel, and her number is 1-800-848-2649 Ext 2310. Barb is on vacation so for now call Brenda at 800-848-2649 Ext 2305. You can still get free shipping by telling her you’d like to apply promotion code 06-007021.

      • Thank you. We plan to primarily use the Vitamix to make smaller size smoothies, so from your previous posts, I learned that narrow containers are best. The 48oz size appeals to me because it will fit/can be stored on my counter, but I looked at photos and can’t tell whether the 48 oz has the same narrow design as the 32 oz.? Is the reason you do not recommend the shorter/wider 64oz containers for under 2 cups because it does not blend as smoothly?

        • At the bottom of the container, where it counts for small volumes, the 48-oz container is narrow like the 32-oz container (and the tall 64-oz container as well). It then flares out higher up to accommodate those extra 16 ounces in the same height container as the 32-oz container. I haven’t used the 48-oz container personally, but I believe it should perform as well as the 32-oz container for small volumes.

          Using a container with not enough ingredients (like the wide 64-oz containers under 2 cups) will lead to ingredients bouncing/splashing away from the blades. It may still be possible to blend them smoothly but it will require more coaxing in terms of pushing and/or scraping the ingredients back down into the blades.

          The 48-oz sounds like a great choice for you. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, a next generation machine plus a 32-oz container is another good option, but significantly more expensive.

          • Thank you again for providing so much helpful information and responding so quickly. I ordered my Vitamix today!

          • So Adam I’ve just bought my reconditioned 7500 and added the 32 oz dry container. Now I’m wondering if I should’ve bought the 32 oz wet container instead and just used it for the dry. I do make small batches although I’ve found that if you have enough liquid you don’t need to tamp and if you see things getting stuck to the sides if you slow it down and speed it up again the content will go back to the center of the container.
            What would you suggest returning the dry container and getting the wet or using the 64 oz for small batches and keeping the dry container?

          • Marty, I don’t think I can tell you what’s best in your situation. 32-oz wet vs dry really comes down to how much dry stuff you make, and if small batches are giving you trouble in the 7500. It sounds like you’re doing OK with the 7500, so my intuition would be to not worry about it. As you’ve found, there are ways of making small batches work–more liquid and modulating the speed both work well. I would say only get the 32-oz wet container if you’re frustrated with thick small batches not working in your wide container.

  48. A week ago I purchased a vitamix 6300. I love it however when I use it for smoothies, I have been using the smoothie setting and it starts blending and then stops mixing however the motor is still running. I try to use the tamper to push down ingredients and it doesn’t help. I then turn it off and use the tamper to move unmixed ingredients down and then turn it on again. Sometimes when I’ve done that it still doesn’t start mixing. I’ve added more liquid to see if it helps but it doesn’t. Am I doing something wrong? I’m thinking the settings are not really worth it if I have to manually intervene. I purchased it from Costco during a demo, but am thinking I should return it and purchase the less expensive model without the settings. Do you think something is wrong with the machine? Maybe I should return this one and buy another 6300 at the next roadshow as maybe something is just wrong with this one.

    • It’s normal to have to use the tamper with that machine, particularly for thicker blends. You can minimize need for the tamper by cutting ingredients into smaller pieces. You should also aim to put your wettest/softest ingredients in first, and putting hard things like ice on top. In my experience it’s not normally necessary to stop the machine while tamping ingredients down into the blades. You may just need to get the hang of tamping. I agree with you about the limited value of the presets though, because some blends will require manual intervention (especially on that machine—the Pro 750′s wider container makes tamping less necessary).

        • Adam since the 750 is more expensive , do you think I would be comparable to buy a certified reconditioned next generation for 399? Would that be a better machine than to keep the 6300? I used the 6300 again today and a piece of pineapple core was still under the blades.

          • I personally would choose a reconditioned Next Generation over the 6300, but it’s really up to you. That said, it should be possible to get the 6300 to blend pineapple without getting chunks stuck under the blades. My advice on that issue is to put soft and wet ingredients underneath the pineapple, or if you don’t want any soft/wet ingredients, cut the pineapple up into smaller pieces.

  49. Hey there Adam- I can’t tell you HOW wonderful and informative your review/blog is! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this site! I know this may be “beating a dead horse” but I just can’t decide between the 5200 and the pro 750 or 300. My husband and I are just starting on the “green smoothie craze” and we make individual smoothies for ourselves twice a day- about 20 oz each. I’m sure we’ll use it for all the other good reasons too but that is our main reason to buy one for now. Which one would be best for our needs? I like that the Pro versions are the shorter, more compact design- but I’ve also read that if we are just making smaller amounts, the 5200 would be better? Which one is easier to get all the smoothie out of? Thanks sooooo much for your time and information!

  50. 20 oz is over 2 cups, so I wouldn’t worry about that being too small a volume for the 750/300. If you’re making really thick smoothies, it’ll be a little easier to get it all out of the new models, but I wouldn’t worry about it too much. If you get a long narrow spatula (Vitamix has a nylon set that I reviewed here), getting thick smoothies out of the 5200 is perfectly easy. If you want to save money, consider the reconditioned units. A 5200 with 48-oz container may also be a good choice for you (see up a few comments, I just answered a question from Victoria about it).

    • It just so happens that these are the three models that I am considering. Is there one that heats better without having to pulverize vegetables into a cream soup?

      I like some chunks to chew as I find that psychologically you feel like you’ve eaten something more substantial. The demo I saw had small chunks and it was hot.

      Making organic veggie soup in a few minutes is really the reason that I’m looking at a Vitamix more than smoothies, but I will be making them as well.

      Thanks in advance!

  51. Thank you for this awesome website and all of your time answering questions! I get an alert with every question and it has helped me so much! I’m still debating which Vitamix to order when we have the funds pulled together. I’ll primarily be making smoothies, nut butters, ice creams and soups (at least to start). Due to allergies, I’ll probably make separate smoothies for each family member, so they’ll be under 2 cups each which would make me lean towards the old style. But I understand the new style is better for nut butters, correct? What would you recommend knowing I’ll make small quantities but still want to be able to make thick items (butters, ice cream, hummus, etc.)?

    • If you’ve been following the comments I don’t have too much to add, but I’ll try to answer your questions. For nut butters the main difference with the new-style containers is that they make it a bit easier to get the nut butter out. Getting it out of the old containers is perfectly doable though, particularly if you have a long skinny spatula. You can also use the trick of making a smoothie immediately afterword so that any left-behind nut butter is mixed into the smoothie.

      For anyone who is going to regularly blend under 2 cups I recommend getting either a standard style machine (5200 etc.) or a next generation (7500 etc.) plus an additional 32-oz container. So to make the final decision, the question is, do you want to save some money, or pay a bit more for added convenience (ease of getting things out, less need for tamping, shorter height).

      By the way, even with the standard machine, I’ve found the 32-oz container is a nice addition if you’re making single servings. The bottom of the container is shaped the same, so there’s no difference in blending, but it’s a bit easier to get stuff out, and it’s just a bit handier because it’s a smaller container.

  52. This site is wonderful, but I still can’t make up my mind! Seems like I am not the only one though. I thought I was all set to buy the Turboblend VS because I am vegan & wanted the cookbook (which is pricey to buy separate) to help me learn how to use the Vitamix. I do have concern about the height of the thing, however, as it will not fit beneath my cupboards in my small kitchen. Then I read that the new compact models might be easier for things like nut butter. Unless, of course, you are making small amounts. It’s just the two of us here and could be only me some of the time, so I might be making smaller amounts of nut milks and smoothies. Why, why, why, do they have to make it so hard to decide?!

    • You certainly are not the only one! See my answer to Heather just above, since I think it at least partially gets at your concerns. The ultimate would be a 7500 plus a 32-oz container. If you’re concerned about height, the 5200 with 48-oz container is another good option to consider (also possibly available reconditioned—see my reply to Victoria above).

      • Thank you, Adam, for your quick response. I am comparing the 5200 & 7500 as you suggested and have a couple more questions. The clearance between my cupboards and counter is only 16″, so it looks like none will fit with the container in place. So the main difference for me would be noise level and having a pulse control. Is it worth spending extra to get these two things? I use the pulse control a lot on my Osterizer, mainly to keep the contents from getting air-locked. Also, the reconditioned 7500 comes with a Simply Fresh cookbook, which is not listed under cookbooks you can purchase separately. Is this the same as the Live Fresh book that comes with the Turboblend VS? And finally, does the 32 oz container fit on the 7500? It appears to have a different base shape. I hope to make a decision soon and will definitely use the code you provided since you provide so much helpful information.

        • The advantage of the 7500 that you didn’t mention is the wider container allows for easier chopping, and in general requires less use of the tamper. I would rank those advantages above the ones you mentioned. You can pulse any machine by flipping the on-off switch, so I wouldn’t rank that feature so high, although again, some people think it’s an awesome feature. It depends on what you’re blending whether the noise level is actually significantly different. If you’re blending ice/frozen things on high, any high-powered blender is going to be quite loud, and the improved motor muffling won’t make much difference. If you’re blending softer things, especially below max speed, then the noise difference becomes significant.

          “Simply Fresh” is a different cookbook “from Live Fresh.” The various cookbooks have recipes that are optimized for the different machines, and also try to target different demographics. The “Live Fresh” cookbook is the only exclusively vegan/vegetarian cookbook.

          And yes, the 32-oz container does fit on the 7500.

  53. Hi Adam,

    I live in Canada and was going to order a reconditioned 7500. I spoke with Barb Hezel @ Vitamix and she advised that they will not sell this model to Canadian customers.

    I figured it won’t be a problem and advised that I’m planning on having it shipped to my US PO box and I’m buying with a US credit card (with US billing address).

    She told me that if I bring it into Canada that the warranty would be void. I understand that the literature isn’t printed in French and that they want to protect the interests of their Canadian partners but this sounds pretty ridiculous to me!

    Do you know why they are taking such a draconian stance on this?

    • Sorry, I don’t know anything about this. I only recently learned that Canadian Vitamix availability is different from in the US. I’ve since read about how Vitamix has different divisions for each country they sell in, and they take a hands-on approach for each country’s distribution. Part of that is presumably so that they can make sure they’re able to provide excellent support in each country, but I also suspect that it’s as you said—to protect interests of their overseas partners. For Canada I would think that NAFTA would mean that there aren’t tariffs, but for other countries tariffs are probably a factor, and there may also be different corporate tax rates. I could also imagine that their US operations are more streamlined/efficient, and it’s only worth it to them to sell to other countries at higher prices. I know it must be frustrating and I hope you can find something that works for you.

  54. Hi Adam,
    Thank you for having such a wonderful website. You have answered all my questions. I need your advice, If you have to choose b/w a vitamix blender and a juicer( omega vert 350HD), which one would you choose? The purpose will be to increase veg. and fruit consumption. Please help! Thanks!

    • Not Adam, but … I have both an Omega Vert HD and a Vitamix. Besides pure juicing, the Omega Vert makes a most marvelous strainer. The Vitamix does a marvelous job of chopping up nuts and stringy stuff like celery. Making an almond milk smoothie with dates and apples for example, I first blend them, then run it through the Vert. All three of those ingredients leave grainy, uncomfortable to swallow, bits even when heavily blended, but straining them in a fine mesh strainer or using cheesecloth is (very) time consuming somewhat messy process, but using the Omega Vert as a strainer is fast and easy and the mesh is far finer than any kitchen strainer you can buy. I used to make my nut milks ahead of time and store in the fridge for that reason, but now I just throw whatever in the blender, chop it up, and run through the Omega vert. I can toss in nuts, wheat or barley grass, celery or whatever into the blender, thru the Vert, fast, easy clean-up and extremely drinkable.

      The thing is the Omega Vert will crush,juice and strain whatever is put into it and blender pre-processing doesn’t require Vitamix quality, whatever you have at present can likely provide a sufficiently chopped up mix that the Omega Vert can ‘digest’ it without a problem. Not to say a Vitamix wouldn’t be more optimum, releasing more of the nutrients, and it will handle ice better, and LOTS of ice is better, the cooler the mixture stays throughout, the more nutritious the end product.

      The Omega Vert also provides for direct juicing without water, if that is a preference, including wheat grass, which a blender cannot do.

      But I also use my blender alone for various tasks where a Vitamix is the bees knees, so I would certainly recommend both when it is affordable.

    • Thanks psoomah for the perspective from someone who has both. As you can see from the rest of this site, I’m clearly biased—I would definitely choose a blender. Ultimately, the difference between blending and juicing is whether you are removing the fiber or not, so the real question is do you want to remove the fiber? My understanding is that it’s healthier to consume the fiber than remove it (it’s more satiating and it helps spread out digestion, avoiding glucose spikes), though I’m sure juicing advocates would disagree. Other advantages of a blender: less waste/more bang for your buck on produce since you’re not throwing away all the fiber (and juicers will leave behind some nutrients in the fiber as well), and blenders are also generally easier to clean—the Vitamix pitcher is a single piece that you rinse, run with soapy water, and then rinse again and you’re done. A Vitamix will also allow you to make a variety other foods as well. And if you sometimes want a juice, you can use a sieve,straining cloth, or nutmilk bag to filter the fiber out of a total juice. There are plenty of people who have both a juicer and a blender, but I’m happy just having a powerful blender.

      Regarding psoomah’s point of apples and celery, I really don’t have a problem with the texture of them in the Vitamix. I use apples in fruit smoothies a lot, and I use celery in savory blends, and I think they come out quite smooth. I also drink almond milk without straining it. I would say the almond milk is the one where the texture is most noticeable, but it does not bother me (lots of people choose to strain it though).

        • This is an interesting question that unfortunately I do not have a full answer for. Vitamix’s line is that the dry blade does not work well for wet ingredients, but I haven’t really tested it myself. My guess is that it would work fine for liquidy things (like emulsifying a salad dressing or a thin smoothie), but that it would not work so well for an extremely thick smoothie. At some point I’ll try to run some tests, but I don’t know when I’ll get a chance. Conversely, Vitamix says that the wet blade is OK for dry ingredients; I tested it and was surprised with how well it worked.

    • Sable … I have that exact juicer on my kitchen counter 24/7. That’s how much I use it. The VitaMix is standing beside it. The Omega Vert 350 is an outstanding auger juicer and you can easily adjust how much pulp you need/want or even take some out of the extraction bin and add to the juice if desired. It’s a superb juicer. I make veggie drinks using both but the Vitamix but use the VM more for the things a juicer isn’t designed to do. In terms of quality of results, both are equal as I’ve seen … its all in how much you want to use the product beyond juicing. Both are staples in my kitchen. Hope this helps.

        • The reason I use the Omega Vert Juicer in addition to the Vitamix is because I’m a senior and take a strong probiotic daily and use the Omega green juice for instant nutrient digestion and absorption into my system when I can’t manage all the fibre. My juices are 3/4 veggies and only 1/4 fruit so not meant to be a smoothie. I don’t use the Vitamix for juicing as much because they tend to be more frothy than I like. I want the juice and not the consistency of a smoothie for these particular drinks. It makes a difference. I honestly don’t know what I’d without these two workhorses in my kitchen. I just ordered the dry grain container because I’m getting into the flour thing for freshness and some grindings that will let me use my dehydrator for making crackers, etc. out of seeds rather than just flours.

          • Thank you so much, Barb. I really appreciate all the information you’ve shared with me. Thanks.

  55. I just wanted to say thanks for writing this review. I ‘test drove’ a 5200 equivalent from BB&B, and it was fantastic, but I wanted something that would fit under my cabinets. The clarification you gave about the differences between the bases of the models I was looking (none, except preset functions) at was invaluable. Also, I really appreciated that you pointed out the differences between the old and new 68 oz wet containers, besides the obvious height/width change.

    Just an all around great review. Thanks for taking the time.

  56. Hi Adam,

    What a helpful explanation of the differences between the Vitamix models. This will be my first Vitamix and I’m torn between the Pro750 and the 5200 Deluxe Complete Kitchen. The 5200 Deluxe includes 3 containers- 64 oz and 32 oz wet and 32 oz dry. Would you recommend spending the money on the next generation body of the 750 or on getting the extra containers with the 5200 deluxe? I’m not sure yet if I’ll need a dry container and also not sure of the quantities of wet ingredients I’ll be blending. We’re a family of 3 and I’m initially interested in making smoothies and frozen desserts/ drinks. Thanks for any direction you can provide on making this decision.

    • Sorry, I don’t have any additional advice to offer. They’re both great blenders that will be able to handle just about anything you throw at them. Personally, I like the value of the reconditioned Next Generation machine for $399. For someone who is not sure if they will use the smaller container or the dry container, it may be worth waiting to see if you really have a use for them.

      • Thanks for the suggestion- I’ll consider the reconditioned Next Generation as well. That would give me the option to add an extra container if I want to later and still not exceed the $649 I’m willing to spend. And if I don’t need the extra container, it is just a savings! So thanks.

  57. Hi Adam,

    What is the equivalent to the Vita Mix model 1364 CIA which is offered at Bed Bath and Beyond stores? Is it the 7500(Pro Series 300 or the 6300 (Pro Series 500)? Or some other model?

    Thank you.

    • That model is the model I refer to as the CIA Pro in my post—it is the same as the 5200 et al. (standard, no presets). The only difference between it and the 5200 is the cookbooks it comes with.

      You may be wondering, what is the 1364 number? Each Vitamix model and color combination is assigned a four-digit number, and they are not necessarily in any intelligible order. (The color numbers for the CIA Pro you mentioned are 1363, 1364, 1365, and 1709.)

  58. Thank you so much for the comparisons. I don’t know if Vitamix understands just how complicated their website can be given that most machines are exactly the same motor but just marketed with different containers/cookbooks. Whew. I just ordered a Next Gen reconditioned model but I thought I’d pass on something the sales rep told me about the cookbooks in case it would be useful to someone else. The Next Gen machine comes with a cookbook entitled “Simply Fresh” and when I asked about buying the raw/vegan/vegetarian cookbook as well, she said it’d be best for me to wait until I got used to the new, wider container and blade setup first. Evidently the new container design blending times are different from those that are in the cookbooks designed for the standard model containers. I can’t see that the difference would be that great but, I’ll just see what’s what before I spend any more money. I hope this helps someone who might be thinking along the same lines.

    • Barbara, this helped me since I’ve been wanting the Veg cookbook as well and am planning to buy the Pro 750. I couldn’t understand why that cookbook wasn’t recommended for the 750 and probably would have bought it if I hadn’t read your comment. Thank you.

  59. Do you have any idea why Consumer Reports would rate the 5200 higher than the 750 / 7500? It gave the 5200 a 91 out of 100 but the others 81 out of 100…

    • I do not know, but I have some guesses. I’ve only seen the print version of that article; I’m not sure if the online members-only section of Consumer Reports gives more details on their Vitamix Professional 750 rating. (If anyone has online access and if there’s any additional information about their rating of the 750, I’d be curious to hear.) The print version ranks the 750 slightly lower on two factors: icy drinks/smoothies and convenience. My speculation is that the icy drinks ranked lower because they were using a lower volume that the wider container doesn’t do quite as well with (unfortunately they do not say how much they blended, so we can’t be sure). Their convenience rating is based on “ease of cleaning, clarity of controls and jar markings, pouring ease, and jar balance.” I’m guessing that they either didn’t like the jar markings (which do not indicate the cup increments quite as clearly as the tall containers) or they didn’t like the pourability, which is a complaint I’ve heard occasionally, but that I do not think is a big deal for most people.

      They also ranked the Ninja very highly, which I think is because their tests were designed to test standard blenders, not high-powered ones, so they didn’t fully put the Vitamix blenders through their paces. Specifically, I suspect that a) their durability test wasn’t enough to really tax the machines, and b) they were not blending the more challenging things that Vitamix blenders excel at. Their smoothie test was a pina colada that didn’t have seriously fibrous things like carrot, apple, or kale, they didn’t make frozen desserts or nut butter, and they didn’t include ability to heat in their rankings—they do actually mention that only Vitamix and Blendtec models were capable of heating.

  60. We are subscribers to Consumer Reports, and I tried to figure this out. They don’t really give any more explanation for their lower rating of the 750 than what Adam surmised. Since the lower rating was for convenience, I too figured it was because of the way measurements are marked on the container and the shape of the pouring spout. At this point, I’ve read tons of user reviews which are 99% positive. They are actually what swayed me from going with the 5200 to save money and deciding to get the 750 instead. There are some great You Tube videos by a Henry PJ that also influenced my decision. He does not work for VM and is not an affiliate (he should be). He shows exactly what the 750 can do and puts it up against a Blendtec in one video. He loves his VM but does remark on the markings and spout as flaws in design. Overall, however, he has a very high opinion of the machine.

  61. I’m excited to report that I ordered my Pro 750 today. Barb, the salesperson Adam recommended, was very kind and helpful. When I asked her about the Live Fresh cookbook, she said it would be fine to use with a smaller container (apparently the amounts for many of the recipes are not suited to the 64 oz wider container. I forgot to ask her about the Consumer Reports issue. I was too nervous about spending so much money on a kitchen appliance. But I’m looking at it as an investment in my health and an opportunity to take my dietary choice of plant-based nutrition to a higher level. Now I wait… Up to 3 weeks before it arrives.

  62. Thank you Adam for helping me to decide on a Vita-Mix Blender. I was looking on purchasing a vintage V-M blender, but decided on the refurbished 7500. I ordered it yesterday. Now the only problem is waiting for it to arrive. Sales person said a week and a half ! Thanks again.

  63. Thanks for your detailed post. I have an aged Vita Prep that I inherited from a brother in the industry and I’m going to take advantage of the trade-in program (yay!) and pick up a reconditioned next gen. With the trade in program, I’ll stick with the standard warranty and revisit the trade in should I want or need something new in 2018. :) Cheers!

    • The Vitamix trade-in program is awesome, but I’m afraid it might not work for your blender. The Vita Prep is from their commercial line, and I think it might not be eligible. It’s worth a try though—you should call them and ask.

      • It is eligible. I called a few weeks back, to check on authorized repairs/warranties etc. and the salesperson mentioned the trade-in program as my best option at this point given the age of my Vita Prep. I just had to decide which machine to go with and it includes the reconditioned machines, so even better for me :)

  64. Hi, I wanted to bring to your attention that your measurements of the blenders up top seem to be incorrect. For example, the 750 and 7500 are 17.4″ tall with the container in place. Your graph shows under 17″. Not to be nitpicky but when I saw your chart I found it helpful until I verified it on the Vitamix website.

    • The line that the 750 and 7500 are under is the 18″ line (in between the 16 and 20″ lines). Upon closer examination of my graphic I see that the lines appear to not be perfectly evenly spaced, so I’ll have to fix that, but I still think that the heights of the machines are approximately accurate. By nature the graphic is a rough approximation, since there’s some perspective in the photographs of the machines. I also mention their actual heights in the post.
      edit: I fixed the spacing of the lines.

  65. Thanks so much for this blog; it’s been really helpful in narrowing the choices to three finalists! I’m hoping you can help with the final choice. I just lucked into a good annual bonus, and I can technically afford the new Pro 750 model if I wanted to blow the whole thing on a Vitamix. I hate to admit it, but I love bells and whistles. Second option is a split – either a refurbished next gen or a refurbished programmed one. Neither will fit under my cabinets, so that’s a toss-up, and would love your opinion on that also. Third option is a 5200 super package I found on an auction site, new, for $434! Awfully good deal, but I’m always wary of auction sites other than eBay, and not sure about the warranty, etc. Could you speak to these three (okay, four) options? I will primarily be making smoothies, nut butters, frozen desserts and general food prep (assuming I can just do some chopping to then throw in the skillet). Thanks so much!

    • Any Vitamix should work great for the tasks you mention, though in terms of food prep/chopping the wider (next gen) containers will work better. After that, it comes to questions of convenience: the wider container makes it easier to get stuff out and needs the tamper less; presets allow you to not have to think about how long to blend for. You say you love bells and whistles, so if you can afford it, it sounds like you’d be happy with the Pro 750.

  66. Hi,
    What a wonderful information. Thank you. After reading your posts and most comments, I think we will go for the 5200 model, since I do not care too much for the presets vs. the price increase to 6300.
    One question though. I do not need the dry one, but was wondering if the smaller wet jar would be better for making coconut butter and nuts butters. (Would it be easier to get things out from the bottom than from the tall 64oz jar?) I am wondering if it is worth investing the extra $ for the small wet jar. (I do not think that the compact 64oz jar for next gen models would help me, since I will be making smaller quantities). Thank you so much again.

    • The shorter 32-oz jar does make getting nut butters out of the jar a bit easier because you’re that much closer to the bottom of the container. Also, if you’re making 4 cups or less, it’s slightly more convenient to handle the container (in terms of holding, pouring, rinsing, etc.). So it does add some value; whether it’s worth the cost is up to you.

      • I would also think that the new Next Gen 64oz container base and blade design with the wider area would make getting out nut butters much better than the standard container shape. I hesitated to make things like the nut butters because of how difficult it was to get the finished product out. My Next Gen hasn’t come yet but the pictures at Vitamix show a more open area around the blades which look as if getting a narrow rubber spatula around the bottom much more convenient. That was my main purpose for choosing the Nex Gen … that new container design should work better for many of the things I make.

  67. Great site, thanks for all the info!

    I think I’m looking at the “Reconditioned Next Generation” plus both versions of the 32 oz jar, which all together costs just a bit more than the 5200 Deluxe.

    One question though…. A big part of my purpose behind the 32 oz. wet jar is to make mayo, which I make with just one cup of oil at a time as we don’t go through lots of mayo. But I’m really concerned about the Vitamix’s potential to heat foods. I know that’s a function of the high RPMs, but I look at that as one of few downsides of the Vitamix. When I make soup I prefer to cook it on the stovetop and then put it in the blender…I can’t imagine “cooking” it in the blender, but at least with soup the heat won’t damage it. Anyway, can the heating of cold (but not frozen) or room temp things be avoided by running the blender on a lower setting? If so, will things like pesto still blend at a lower setting? The idea of things like mayo or pesto getting even a little bit warm doesn’t seem good.

    Advice would be appreciated! Thanks again!

    • Great question. Heating in the Vitamix is only significant at top speed and for extended blending times. The soups that are “cooked” in the blender are done at top speed for 4-6 minutes.

      The variable speed control makes it easy to blend at lower speeds. I haven’t made mayo myself, but I know it’s possible with a Vitamix.

      I enjoy making pesto in my Vitamix. When I make it I don’t blend it for very long and I use medium speed—mostly because it’s nice to retain some texture, and delicate basil flavor is sensitive to over-blending. I’ve never had it heat up, although there was a time when I slightly over blended it (made it too smooth).

      The only time heating is an issue is when you start with room temperature ingredients that you want to blend for a long time. For example, if you want to make a smooth smoothie using fibrous ingredients like kale or carrots you’ll want to blend it for a while, which is why I always add ice or frozen fruit to something like that. Another situation is when I’m grinding whole grains, and want to get a fine flour. In that case I store the grains in the freezer so that they start out cold and then they don’t reach as high a temperature in the blender.

  68. thanks so much for your blog. I never would have purchased a Vitamix without your insights. Their web site is ridiculously confusing, insinuating that there are all these different machines, when in fact there aren’t. I just purchased a re-conditioned 7500 using your promo code

    • Rich … it was wonderful to read that I wasn’t the only person who found it difficult to slog through the different models outside of the obvious differences in dials, container size, addition of stainless design in base. I even opened several browser windows to do a careful comparison and when I couldn’t see the rationale behind the price variances (other than cookbooks, etc.) I finally phoned them and just came straight out and asked them. I bought a reconditioned NextGen eventually but the woman I had told me the machines were identical inside and were just marketed differently. I wonder if they realize how many people they turn off with this obfuscation. Such a wonderful piece of equipment deserves more than this. Glad to see I’m not alone.

  69. Adam, thank you for all the information on the Vitamix, but I am still confused as to which one to buy. My doctor suggested that I buy Dr. Fuhrman’s book “Eat to Live”, and add more high nutrient foods to my diet. Dr. Fuhrman also suggest the purchase of a Vitamix. I am familiar with these machines, as I have purchased the Creation GC model 64 ounce container on QVC 2 yrs. ago as a TSV on EasyPay for my oldest son. I also purchased the Vitamix 7500 model 64 ounce container on QVC last Christmas as a TSV on EasyPay, which included 2 smoothie travel bottles, a Simply Fresh Cookbook, a 101 Blender Drinks book, and a Get Started DVD for my youngest son.
    Adam, can you tell me if my son can use any of the 32 and 48 ounce containers on the Creations GC model?
    Now, QVC will have a Vitamix Creations Elite 48 ounce container with variable speed, which includes tamper, Getting Started DVD, Vitamix Creations Cookbook and a 15-oz stainless steel travel mug as a TSV (Today’s Special Value). I have a question on the handle of the container. Why is the handle made of the same material as the container on this particular model? This model also comes in 6 diffferent colors, and only a 5 year warranty. Can you give me your opinion on this model. Thank you!

    • The 32-oz and 48-oz containers are compatible with all Vitamix machines.

      The Creations Elite is a next generation base with a 3-inch blade 48-oz container. I think it’s a slightly weird choice, because the main advantage I see of the next generation machines is the new wider 64-oz container with 4-inch blade. If you’re looking to save money, I don’t think you can beat the reconditioned next generation model direct from Vitamix, which also comes with a 5 year warranty.

      • Adam, I thought you said that the new containers would not fit on the older models? Are you talking about the 64 ounce containers that would not fit on the Creations GC? I’m still a little confused! Thank you for your suggestion on buying a reconditioned next generation model directly from Vitamix. I will keep that in mind when deciding, which will take me forever!

        • To clarify, when I said “new containers” I was referring to the shorter, wider, 64-oz containers that come with the Pro 750 and 7500. (Note that there are two kinds of 64-oz containers: the classic tall ones, and the new short/wide ones.) The older machines are not optimized for use with the longer 4-inch blade in the wider containers.

          The 32-oz and 48-oz containers use the same 3-inch blades as the tall 64-oz containers, and are compatible with all machines.

          • That explains it!! Thank you for simplifying this for me. You are very helpful! Thank you so much!

  70. We are in uk. Only three models available here that i have seen, aspire, tnc (same as 5200 i think) and pro 500. I do lots of cooking but have limited budget. I think I can get away without presets and therefore save money for soups and smoothies but am concerned as to how to judge the timing for ice cream. Are the presets on 500 just time based or is there any sensitivity to quantity you are blending as we have 7 children and sometimes do smoothies for 2, sometimes 9?

    • Yeah, the Pro 500 does not have a way to sense quantity, so the preset programs always run for the same amount of time. That’s the main reason why I think they are of limited value.

      The Pro 750 can reportedly sense the blade resistance and adjust its speed, although even it still would not be able to tell how much is in the container.

    • Hi penny. Am in the UK also. Did you buy a Vitamix eventually, and if so, which one/how you getting on with it? Regards

  71. I’ve been going through the vegetarian recipes on the Vitamix site, all of which are written for use with the 5200 and say you will need to adjust for use with other machines. I am waiting to receive the Pro 750. Will I be able to simply use the variable setting dial instead of the presets and just disregard the “switch to high” instruction? Any other adjustments that may be needed?

    • Yes, for most things you would just disregard the “switch to high”, since high on the 750 is just speed 10. You may also find that things don’t need to be blended for quite as long. For recipes that are not blended at max speed, the conversion will require a little more finesse. I would recommend trying a few of the recipes from the cookbook that comes with the 750 to get the hang of it. I don’t know of any resource that has a table of equivalent speeds, so you’ll just have to play it by ear. Any recipe should be fully convertible, with the possible exception of low volume ones (under 2 cups), but if I remember right you said that you ordered the extra 32-oz container so you should have that covered.

      • Barb Hezel advised me to get the 48 oz wet container instead of the 32, as she thought that would allow me to make the smaller volume recipes but still have versatility. Are you saying that the speeds on the 750 are different than the speeds on the other models? Is that because of the different motors?

        • Yes, the combination of the different motor and control interface means that the speeds are slightly different.

          The 48-oz container is indeed more versatile than the 32-oz, but my opinion is that if you have a 64-oz container available, you would use that for recipes that were too large to fit in the 32-oz. But again, here it really just comes to personal preference.

    • The Creations models were branded specially for sale on QVC, and I think part of the discounted pricing agreement between Vitamix and QVC is that those models come with the shorter warranty.

  72. I just bought the Creation Elite from QVC thinking it was the machine (7500) I bought for my daughter’s family for Christmas. She LOVES her Vitamix and uses it 3x a day and puts everything in it for perfect smoothies, soups. Will I be able to do the same thing with the Creations Elite?

    • You can make most of the same things, but the 7500 has the wider container that allows for better chopping, easier access to removing thick mixtures, and less need for the tamper.

  73. Hi Adam-Thank you for all your wonderful information. It is very helpful. I purchased a 6300 yesterday at Costco. I couldn’t decide between that and a refurbished 7500. I’m kind of wishing now that I would have gotten the 7500 instead. I have not unpacked the 6300. What would you advise? Keep the 6300 or return it and order the refurbished 7500? Thanks for your help.

    • I personally would rank the wider container over the presets, so I would choose the 7500.

      Alternatively, if the presets of the 6300 are appealing to you and you want to save money, you could get a reconditioned version of that machine (“Standard Programs”) for less than the Costco price.

  74. I was considering the Creations Elite on QVC today. It looks like it is the same height with the 48 ounce container as the regular 7500 with the 64 ounce container. Is that correct? The 7500 will not fit on my counter and I was hoping the 48 ounce container would. Do you have any comments on the pros/cons of getting the Creations Elite? I know the reconditioned 7500 is a better deal, but my husband is adamantly against purchasing reconditioned items… Thanks!

    • Yes, the Creations Elite with 48-oz container is just about the same height as the 7500. The difference is the container width, so pros of the 48-oz (Creations Elite): better for minimum volume blends, pros of wide 64-oz (7500): better chopping, easier access for removing thick mixtures, and less need for the tamper.

      I hate to open a whole new can of worms, but if fitting under cabinets is extremely important to you and your cabinets are on the low side, it might be worth checking out Blendtec machines, which are 15″ tall.

      I understand generally wanting to avoid reconditioned items, although in the case of Vitamixes I don’t think there’s any reason to be concerned. The units have very little use (demos or home trials), then they are fully checked over, and just in case there is a problem, they come with the same strong type of warranty as new machines. And the parts most likely to have cosmetic wear (pitcher, tamper, cookbook) are replaced with brand new ones.

      • Thank you once again for your informative and quick reply! Fitting under the cabinets would be a big plus, but it isn’t a deal breaker for me. My older daughter is extremely texture sensitive and I understand the Vitamix blends smoother smoothies. I also read online that with the Blendtec digital controls, it takes longer to move from one speed to another. Have you heard anything about those? Thanks!

        • The new Designer Series Blendtec has a touch slider interface, so you can quickly change the speed (the Classic Blendtec you would have to punch the up/down arrows). I personally like having the physical knob Vitamix offers though.

          Another thought on fitting under your cabinets is that a Vitamix may fit without the lid, or with the lid or container inverted. If you invert the container and put the lid on top, it’s a little less than 17 inches tall.

          • Good to know about the new Designer Series Blendtec. Thanks! I’ll look into that.

            My plan is to store it with the lid inverted. I borrowed my friend’s Pro 300 when she went out of town for a week and saw that it fits perfectly if I store it like that. Thanks again!

  75. Thanks for your reviews on the Vitamix. I recently bought a 6300, which I love, but am/was consideirng the 750 as well as the 7500. With regards to the 750, the person running the roadshow stated that the motor was 40% quiter? Have you or anyone found that to be true? I was also considering buying the 32 or 48 oz containers, would these work with my machine? I assume that the 6300 uses the older style base so…

    • The 750 and 7500 (“next generation”) have improved sound shielding of the motor. It’s most apparent when running the motor at less than top speed, although even at top speed the next generation motors are quieter. However, the improved muffling of the motor does not affect the noise from ingredients bouncing around the container, so if you blend something really hard like ice, it will still be loud. The short answer is, yes they are quieter, but depending how fast and what you’re blending, the difference may not be very large.

      The 32 and 48 oz containers work on all models.

  76. Hi Adam, first of all, I am really thankful to you for having written this article and tirelessly answering people’s questions. I have a few questions of my own if you don’t mind. I bought a 5200S from Costco today. I love the thing! It pulverized the small seeds in my smoothie (blackberry seeds, chia seeds etc).
    However, it’s ridiculously noisy and I live in a small apartment. I am contemplating returning it and ordering a reconditioned 7500. Here are my questions:

    1. Is the 7500 really 40% quieter in real life? I know you said that it won’t really matter much at top speed.

    2. Will the 7500 liquify the small seeds as well? I am concerned due to the larger base of it’s container.

    3. There is no high switch on the 7500. Is the ‘variable 10′ on the 7500 equivalent of the ‘variable 10 + high’ on the 5200?

    4. What is the average life span of a Vitamix? I am concerned for having only 5 years of warranty vs 7.

    5. Out of warranty, how expensive will it be to get something repaired?

    6. Lastly, will they pay return shipping if I order the 7500 but decide against it within 30 days? Also, do they provide free two way shipping for warranty repairs?

    Sorry for the long post. Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Great to hear you’re enjoying your machine. I’ll try to answer your questions:
      1. It depends; see my answer to the previous question above yours. Also, depending on the acoustics of your kitchen, a foam pad under the blender can help dampen noise a little bit. I like to use ear protection.
      2. Yes. The wider base only becomes an issue at the lower limit of blending volume.
      3. Approximately yes. (Note on the 5200 when on high the variable speed setting does not affect speed.)
      4. I do not know the hard numbers, but anecdotally I know many machines that are still going after 15 years.
      5. Depends on what breaks. Drive shaft can be replaced for $10-15, motor repairs I think start at $150 and go to $250 for a complete machine overhaul. (At which point you’re probably better off using their $100 trade-in credit for a new machine.) You may also be able to get it fixed at a local appliance repair shop for cheaper.
      6. Vitamix pays for return shipping on 30-day trial returns. And they provide free two-way shipping on warranty repairs. (They’ll send/email you a prepaid shipping label.)

      • Thanks a lot Adam! Ordered the reconditioned 7500 this morning. Will get those earmuffs you recommended as well. Found them on Amazon.

  77. Got my Pro 750 yesterday, and I’m a little intimidated by it–afraid I’m going to do something wrong and blow it up!

    I made peach soy sherbet tonight, but I didn’t use the tamper from the start, and then everything stopped circulating and it seemed like the machine was starting to overheat. So I hit stop and we ate chunky peach sherbet. It still tasted good.

    The cookbooks are a little overwhelming too. I don’t want to make gourmet meals; I just want to make healthy food. Too many of the recipes call for ingredients I don’t have and/or wouldn’t ordinarily buy. I would like to throw in a bunch of what I have on hand and make a smoothie. Can I do that, or do I have to follow the recipes?

    It’s going to take some getting used to!

    • It’s natural to want to protect your precious new investment, but the machine is tough, so you shouldn’t worry about babying it. In the situation you described it would be fine to start using the tamper, even though you weren’t using it from the start. In fact, it’s natural to only start using the tamper if the ingredients are not circulating.

      New machines can have a slight burning rubber smell the first few times they are run at high load, but that’s normal, and it should go away after a few uses (there’s a coating on the motor windings that cures). Also, remember that if your motor does happen to overheat (it’s relatively unlikely to happen) the thermal overload sensor will kick in and turn off the machine to protect the motor. It’s a bit of an inconvenience because you have to wait for the motor to cool before you can run it again, but it shouldn’t do any serious harm.

      I’m not that big a fan of a lot of the cookbook recipes, which is part of why I was inspired to create this site. For the most part I aim for simple and healthy so I hope you’ll find some ideas by poking around here.

      You should absolutely experiment with throwing in whatever you have on hand for smoothies. The thing about smoothies is you can adjust them really easily. (Too thick? Add liquid. Too warm? Add ice. Flavor not quite right? Add something sweet or sour. etc.) The only time smoothies are not easily adjusted is if you have already added a lot of something with a really strong flavor (like maybe a ton of ginger or a bitter vegetable). If that happens you just have to remember to add less in the future, but it’s not really that big a deal. As you make more smoothies you’ll learn what sort of things you like so that ultimately you rarely have to make adjustments.

      One other side note about creating your own blends: one guiding principle is to think about if something would taste good outside of the Vitamix. The Vitamix can turn just about anything into a smoothie, but that doesn’t mean it will taste good. For example, you probably don’t want to just throw in every vegetable you have in your fridge. (I do like a nice well-balanced savory blend though.)

      If you have any other difficulties or challenges with your machine, I’d be like to hear about them because I’m realizing that it may be useful to make a “getting started” post. I realize it’s intimidating at first, but it’s a little tricky for me to get into the mindset of a new user, since I’ve been Vitamixing for over seven years.

      • Adam, thanks for understanding my anxiety and for the calming assurances. Besides blowing up the machine, I’m worried that if things don’t turn out right I will feel like I made a bad decision to purchase the VM. So that gives you another insight into the mind of a somewhat obsessive first-time user who has just spent a ton of money on a kitchen appliance. ;) I’m sure that once I have a few smoothies under my belt, I will begin to feel more confident.

        A getting started post from you would be very helpful. What VM provides is really just a chef zipping through everything that can be done with the machine.

        Today I am tackling almond milk and perhaps a smoothie.

  78. Adam, I think you said you are vegetarian, so you know how time consuming it can be to prep everything for meals. Do you do most of your chopping in the VM? That would sure make life in the kitchen easier! Any tips for when to use dry/wet methods?

    • I haven’t used the Vitamix for chopping as much as I could. When I first got it I was too worried about liquifying ingredients, but I’ve now learned that chopping can work well. I hope to try it more in the near future. I did make a post about chopping ingredients for coleslaw a little while back. I’m still learning what works best for chopping, so I don’t really know anything beyond what’s in the Vitamix manual/getting started guide; they have some good information there. (Briefly, dry chopping is usually used for smaller quantities. The main things I’ve seen wet-chopped are cabbage and potatoes.)

  79. Hi Adam,
    I returned my vitamix 6300 and ordered a certified reconditioned new generation. I wanted one that would fit under the counter and was having some issues with food or ice not mixing and didn’t want to have to mess with the tamper so much. This one mixes really well, I was just noticing that the consistency of my smoothies is more frothy instead of icy with this machine. Do you think it’s because of the wider base and more air is getting in? I’m using basically the same ingredients as I did with the 6300. Do you have any ideas on what I could do to make the consistency less frothy? Thanks for the time you take to help everyone with our questions!!

    • You mentioned that your blends are coming out more frothy and less icy, so the first thing to try would be to blend for less time. The longer blades may process the same ingredients faster, so you may be slightly overblending them if you’re using similar times as you had been with the 6300. You could also add more ice or frozen fruit to make it more icy. Finally, you can try the “remove bubbles trick.”

      I’m happy to answer questions because I want everyone to be able to get the most out of their blender. Also getting the questions helps me understand what people have trouble with and gives me new ideas for future directions on the blog.

  80. Hi,

    I plan to buy refurbished 7500. Before I place order, I just want to check with you one thing.

    From the latest consumer report(issued May 13). 5200 is rated higher than 7500. It indicated two areas 5200 is slightly better.
    1. Ice drinks(smoothies)
    2. Convenience(the explanation for this says, it includes ease of cleaning and replacing blade, clarity of controls, and jar markings, pouring ease, and jar balance makes up the “Convenience” score).

    I don’t trust consumer report much after I tried the one rated top. It put Ninja Master Prep as the top 1. I bought it from Kohls with 20% coupon. Good deal. However, it really cannot break small pieces, the small piece from strawberry(not even seed). So, I returned.

    Now, I am ready for the Vitamax. Can you make comments in the two areas. Is 5200 better than 7500 in the above 2 areas ?

    Thanks,

    Leland

    • Please see my response above to Heather on April 7 for a discussion of the consumer reports ratings. The short answer is that I wouldn’t give them much weight because their tests are geared to test standard blenders and don’t really put the powerful blenders through their paces.

      • Sorry, I didn’t realize the consumer report issues have been discussed before. I just went through all the discussion. I guess your right. Consumer report staff may not put enough volume to test.

        The Ninja master prep is completely a joke after I purchased, used and returned it. My 10 years old son immediately feel it’s not smooth for the strawberry.

        Anyhow, I started having more doubt about Consumer Report test. Last time I followed its review to purchase a top rated LG washer. It turned out not that good. I am really not sure how they do the test.

  81. Hi,

    I’m super excited that I found your site.
    What is the difference in the motors?

    Which is the most powerful?

    Creations Elite: 2.2-peak HP motor
    Creations II: 2-peak HP motor
    Creations GC with Compact Container: 2+ peak HP motor

    Where can I find the WATTS of the base?

    Thanks.

    • The differences in the power ratings are minimal. The biggest difference between those models is that the motor in the Creations Elite is designed to handle higher loads of the 4-inch blade (which comes with the 750 and 7500).

      The power ratings of those three models are 12, 11.5, and 12.5 amps respectively. To get watts, multiply by the voltage, which 120 volts (standard US/Canada mains), so that yields 1440, 1380, and 1500 watts respectively. So the Creations GC is the “most powerful,” but it’s not a significant difference.

      The Creations GC is the only Vitamix with that motor rating, which sort of makes me suspect that it’s a marketing gimmick that Vitamix created for QVC, so they could call it “the most powerful Vitamix we’ve ever sold.” I’m not aware of any tests that compare performance of the Creations GC to the other models, but I really don’t think it’s significantly different.

  82. Hello, Adam. I have to say Your comments, review and posts are amazing. Thank you for your hard work, time and patience with all of us asking the similar questions ;)
    Thanks to all your posts that I have been reading for last hour I m about to place order. So far I am thinking about reconditioned 5200 or 7500. I am going to make a 1 serving green smoothe at the beginning and looks like your recommendation would be to purchase 5200 for a smaller portions (less than 2 cups). Since Vitamax are such great blenders and can be at great work for decades I was thinking that later I will might need to do the larger servings for my family. Should I get 7500 and it will be still ok for now for smaller portions ? Or i better stay with 5200 ? Which size of cup would your recommend? Could please provide the link again for refurbished 5200 or 7500. Thank you for your time. I am so excited for my first Vitamax. Can’t wait to make some green smoothes. Sincerely, Olga

    • A few thoughts: 1) To me, 2 cups is a reasonable single-serving smoothie. 2) The 7500 wide container can make smoothies under 2 cups, going down to about 1 cup, it’s just that it’s more likely to require you to coax ingredients into the blades. The narrower containers will work a bit better for the low volumes. So the point is that you could just get the 7500, and it should work for your single-servings, but if that’s the main thing you’re doing it’s not optimal.

      So which should you get? It sounds like a 5200 would be a good choice for you, but it depends a bit on your finances now. For maximum versatility, you’d get the 7500 with an additional small container, but that will cost a bit more. If your main use is blending small smoothies, the 5200 will work just as well, and will save you a bit of money. I would recommend the 5200 with compact container (48-oz) for your single-serving use, which is sporadically available reconditioned. The ordering details are available above in a comment reply to Victoria on April 2. Links to the other refurbished machines that you can buy online are in the main post in the section reconditioned machines.

      This page is getting a bit long, so I’m going to try to stop repeating information. If you’re looking for something and don’t want to read the whole thing, try a text search. To do that press Ctrl+F (PC) or command+F (mac) and type the word you’re looking for. If you’re on another device, figure out how to “find on page,” it will save you a lot of time. iOS Android

      If in the distant future you want to upgrade, you could take advantage of Vitamix’s $100 trade-in program (assuming it’s still around), or you could always gift your old machine.

  83. I purchased the Vitamix 750. I used it to make smoothies, hummis, sorbet and really liked it (e.g., the presets), but found it to be too noisy. Do you have any suggestions for another Vitamix model (e.g., commercial grade withe cover) or another blender that would be less noisy, but produce similar results? Or is there a cover or something else I can get to reduce the noise on my Vitamix. Thanks

    • That’s the quietest high-speed blender. Many people don’t have a problem with the noise, but it can be an issue for some. My solution is to wear earmuffs, which I described a while back. I recently got a second pair, so if someone else is nearby they can pop them on. Depending on the acoustics of your kitchen, a foam pad (like a mouse pad) under the blender may help a little.

      Vitamix does not make sound enclosures for their consumer models. There are some 3rd party ones, but Vitamix is concerned about them impeding airflow for cooling, so the 3rd party ones will void your warranty. There are commercial Vitamixes that come with enclosures, but they are quite expensive, have short warranties, and are optimized for frozen beverages, so they are not ideal for the home kitchen. It would be nice if Vitamix offered a consumer sound enclosure, but I think the reason they don’t is because it would be bulky and would get in the way of adding additional ingredients and tamping.

      There is one brand of high-speed blender (Omni) that does offer sound enclosures for home use, but they are not in the same class as Vitamix. You can find them here.

  84. First, thank you for your efforts in answering so many questions and your patience. I have read the above several times and all of my own questions have have been noted. At first, I was all set to buy the reconditioned 5200, but then after noting the height differences of the 7500 I am set to purchase it. The reason is one not mentioned directly. With the lid inverted the container seemingly will fit in the refrigerator. This is important to me because my wife has health problems and can usually not drink the smoothie until a little later. Thus being able to store the drink briefly is an advantage!

  85. Adam – You are so patient and kind and detailed in your post and replies. Thank you for the time you invest in helping others.

  86. It seems you can’t trust a lot of the information given by the “salespeople” at the places like Costco and places like State Fairs. I also received a bunch of misinformation at the Minnesota State Fair last summer so that I would buy the particular model that guy was selling. Except he was also really rude when I tried to ask questions about other models, so I walked away.

  87. Does anyone with a Pro 750 or Pro 300 use the 32 oz or 48 oz container on their machines? If so, how do you feel the bending ability is compared to the 64oz standard container?

    • Nik,

      I have a 7500 and recently added a 32-oz container. I’ve only made frozen yogurt in it so far, so I can’t really speak too much to the blending ability compared to the standard 64-oz container. But conceptually, the 32-oz only has 3-inch blades vs. 4-inch blades on the 64-oz container, so I would think it simply cannot do as well.

      That’s the one and only downside of the 7500 if you are willing to add a smaller container (which I did thanks to Adam’s comments) compared to the 5200 — that since the 7500 can only go up to 24,000 RPM vs 37,000 RPM on the 5200, when you use containers with 3-inch blades the performance at the highest setting is likely to be worse on the 7500.

      But since I’ve had my machine for only a month, I’d like to hear Adam’s thoughts or others that have owned the combination longer.

      • Ken, you raise a good point about blade length/speed that I’ve thought about a bit myself. Unfortunately at this point I haven’t done testing so I can’t comment on the practical implications (I hope to do direct tests at some point). For most things I don’t think the difference in max speed will make much difference. (The speed is more complicated than just the advertised max speed: it also depends on load, and I think the two motors respond differently to load.) I think the main difference will be the one I’ve previously mentioned: that low volumes stay in better contact with the blades with the narrower containers.

      • Ken
        Thanks for the reply. In my experience blending with the 48 oz container on the Pro 750, the consistency of the blend is definitely not as smooth as the 48 oz on the 6300 (or the new 64 ox on the Pro 750). This is unfortunate because I really like using the smaller container. At this point, Im not aware of any plans to make a smaller container with 4″ blades for proper use on the Pro 750. I’ve heard talk of there being a microprocessor in the 750 that can detect the mix and control the blade a little, Im not sure how much of that is true. To me the extra 0.2 HP on the new machine while still spinning at a lower RPM doesnt seem to make much sense.

  88. Does Vitamix sell a refurbished commercial ones? Just looking to set up one at my store for smoothies. Probably no more than 20 a day. Thanks for your help

    • I do not think so, although I’m not sure since I’ve only dealt with their home sales division. For light commercial use you could use a home machine, but remember that the warranty would be void.

  89. Update to earlier post. What I meant to say was that I wanted to be able to fit the 7500 under my cabinet. I am hoping that by inverting the lid etc. it wiil allow this, since my my cabinets are only 16 and 3/4 inches above my counter. Do you think this will work? Also, the refurbished 7500 is currently out of stock, I am hoping they will have more available soon! Thanks for your helpful info.!

    • I think you’ll be able to fit it with an inverted lid and/or container. The reconditioned 7500 is still in stock in red (though they could sell out at any time). I’m not surprised that they’re running out of stock of these machines since they’re such a good deal.

  90. I have recently purchased a Vitamix creations elite. Now, I am looking for the weight loss smoothie recipes I can use. I bought this machine because ppl said it is the best. Pls recommend either a website or where I can get weightloss recipes for smoothies/soups. There are so many recipes, I am not sure which ones will help me lose this weight. I do have over 100 lbs to lose. Thank you for your help. My health is at stake.

  91. Adam, I think I read 90% of your post looking for the answer to my question. I’ m wanting to do smoothies and juicing. I know vitamix is great for smoothies, however, I didn’t see much mentioned about juicing. Should I buy a separate juicer or would the one machine do both? Thanks so much

    • There was some discussion of this further up in the comments (text search for “juicing” or look for the replies to Sable on April 6/7). A Vitamix can easily make “total juices” that retain the fiber of the produce, and you can thin the total juice out with liquid or juicy produce like grapes. If you want to make a traditional juice with no fiber, you can use a Vitamix, but it will require a second step of straining (with cheese cloth or a nutmilk bag). People who want to regularly drink fiber-removed juices often like to use a juicer, but I personally like to retain all of the fiber so I just use a Vitamix.

  92. Does anyone have a feel for how often the recertified blenders go in and out of stock? I’d like to grab a recertified 7500 right now but they only have the red in stock and my wife says that’s a no-go. Will I be waiting forever for a black one?

    • I don’t think anyone knows. This was the first time that they sold the next generation models reconditioned. My guess is that it will be some months, and even then it’s not certain .

      • Confirmed, the Next Gen models are back in stock… just ordered one (with the promo code from this article). I’ve been using a Nutri-Bullet for months, and it works fine, but is just too darn small.

        • I have the NutriBullet too and I LOVE it. However, I eat a lot, and sometimes I have to make my smoothie in several steps to get the volume I want. So I have decided to get the refurbished Vitamix 7500, but they are out of stock right now :-( grrrr… not sure how much patience I will have to wait, or to get a new one. Do you still use your NutriBullet for something on the side of your Vitamix?

          • Yes, Adam, I noticed early this morning. Went to look at the vitamix website and saw it, so I quickly snatched a blue one :-) now I can’t wait for it to arrive and start experimenting.

  93. I inherited a Vitamix from my sister. She bought the machine in 2003 or 2004. I moved years ago and have not been able to find the base for the life of me. I still have the 2 containers, but no base. Have the bases changed over the years or will I still be able to use my older containers with a newer base? Can you tell me what bases should work with a machine purchased in this time frame so I can purchase one?

  94. Adam you are amazing! I spent a lot of time this afternoon reading all the questions and your very helpful answers/comments/suggestions. This week I had planned on going to Costco to purchase a Vitamix! Ha! Whoa! Now that I am better educated thanks to you, I plan to slow down my purchasing process and think this through. I may even order the red reconstructed 7500. I have a friend who has red appliances in her kitchen and they look marvelous in both her house in Phoenix and her condo on Maui. I will let you know what I decide and how I am doing with it after it arrives. I am total newbee with blenders but excited to get back into the kitchen! Until I retired my husband did most of the cooking!

  95. thank you for such helpful information.
    i am interested in a blender for making coconut milk from fresh coconut. i have a tree in the backyard. which blender would you recommend for this. i think it needs to be more powerful than one for making smoothies.

    • I’m jealous of your coconut tree! Any of the machines on this page (or really any powerful blender) should work for coconut milk. If you want a really smooth coconut milk you’ll want to strain it through something like a nutmilk bag.

  96. I am able to get a reduced price/ free Vitamix through my company’s Wellness program. Employees get points for working out, having annual checkups, not smoking, healthy weight, etc. The points can be traded in for products. There are several Vitamixs avaliable. One is listed as “Vitamix (PSA) Professional Series 300 Blender” Any idea what the PSA stands for? Several of the other models list “64 oz” rather than “PSA”. There is a “Vitamix 64 oz Professional Series 300 Blender” listed but it requires more points/ cost more. I’ve googled Vitamix PSA and gone to the Vitamix websight but I don’t get any clarrification and was hoping you might be able to help me uravel what “PSA” is.

    • I’ve never heard of PSA Vitamixes. My guess would be that there’s no difference and that “PSA” is an indication that that model was designated to a program like yours rather than retail. The fact that they require fewer points sounds weird, and my guess would be that it was some sort of mistake. If you’re really concerned your best bet would be to call Vitamix (prepare to wait on hold for a while though).

      • Thanks so much for your suggestion to call Vitamix, Adam. As you said I was on hold for around 25 minutes give or take. But in the end the manufacturer confirmed that PSA simply stands for Professional Series. I was able to purchase a 300 Pro model for $100.69 shipped (along with 3 years of working out, having annual physicals and enduring physical and testing and blood work to prove I am staying in shape). I’m so phsyced! Wouldn’t have been able to figure out which model to get without this post. I so appreciate it that you take the time to keep it update, too.

  97. The smell coming from the motor under heavy use and especially when new is coming from the magnet wire insulation used on the stator and/or rotor parts of the motor. The insulation is typically a varnish and the heat generated under use is baking the varnish more. When you smell it then you will very slightly decrease the life of the appliance. If you really bog it down so there is smoke coming out from the vents then shut the appliance off before you burn it up and/or severely reduce the life. Again, the slight periodic smell from the motor is normal and of minor concern. How do I know? I spent 5 years working with Underwriters Laboratories when doing safety evaluation of motors with a major international power tool company.

    • We can’t be absolutely certain, but I do not think they will. I think the best option for discounted pricing is a reconditioned unit.

  98. We are moving to China for 2 years. Thinking of buying the 7500, my question is the vitamix compatible with 240v 50hz, will this have any impact on warranty? I can use step down transformer for 120v. Thank You in advance.

    • Vitamix does make 240 V machines, but as far as I know they have not started making next generation ones yet. The 120 V machines sold in the US, including the 7500, are not compatible with 240 V. I think you could use a transformer, but you would have to be very careful to ensure that it could handle the high loads of Vitamix blenders. My understanding is that using a transformer would void the warranty because the transformers do not always work as advertised, and that is out of Vitamix’s control.

  99. Allo from Montreal !
    All this is really helpful but now that ive made a choice, I find it difficult to know where to buy it from Canada and not getting to pay crazy amount of fees and shipment :(

    Can you help me on that ?
    Merci

    • Sorry, I do not know what the best Canadian deals are. All I know is that my free shipping code (06-0070201) will still work for direct Vitamix purchases for you guys.

  100. Adam: I’m a little confused by the pricing structure for VM’s reconditioned program. E.g. They are asking less for reconditioned 6300s / Pro 500 ($379) than for reconditioned 7500s / CElite / Pro 300 ($399). Yet the 6300s/ Pro 500s have a higher retail price.
    Any ideas why?

    BTW a great website. Very helpful. Thank you.

    • Yup, one of the mysteries of Vitamix. My only explanation is that it’s related to their targeting of different machines to different markets (which is also related to how they have different model names for identical machines).

  101. hello – my daughter sent me this link and I love it…so much valuable information…now to make a choice! I have just a few questions. I found the code for free shipping but I am unable to find the promotion code – would you be able to provide this code? I need help deciding which of the following: Vitamix 5200 Deluxe Complete Kitchen(comes with 3 containers,cookbooks, start up dvd,set of spatulas and cutting boards not bad for the price) the 6300 or the 7500. Also unsure of purchasing recondition models 6300 and 7500. I was on the Vitamix web site. Again thank you for all of the time that you have dedicated to this link !!!

    • The promotion code is the same thing as the free shipping code.

      As far as choosing a machine, which one is best for you depends on how much you’re willing to spend, what types of things you’re planning on making, and which features are appealing to you….

  102. Thank you for this post! I was on hold with Vitamix for over 15 minutes the other day and when someone finally got to my call, I asked my question and they put me on hold again! I finally hung up, very frustrated. You just answered all of my questions – thanks again!

  103. Please advise which model would be the least heavy & easiest to lift, as I have some strength and grip issues with my hands. Thanks much.

    • There are two weights to consider: the pitcher weight and the base weight. Most people leave their Vitamix on their counter so they do not lift the base regularly. The difference in weight between Vitamix models is minimal (the standard models are 11 lbs and the next generation models are 12 lbs). If you’re concerned about grip issues, I would recommend one of the smaller containers: either the 48-oz or the 32-oz. The 32-oz container is only available as an accessory, while you can purchase a machine with the 48-oz container—they call it the “Compact Container.”

      If you are concerned about the weight of the base, I would recommend looking at the Blendtec machines, which are lighter than Vitamix blenders. (7 lbs vs. 11 or 12lbs)

  104. I wonder if you would care to comment on this video comparison of blenders (including the 5200). My wife recently bought an Oster that worked great for smoothies at first. Now it takes minutes, including stopping to manually stir the contents or un-jam them. I don’t want to spend the money for a 7500 if it will have the same problem.

    • I’ve seen that video, and I can’t stand it. I do not understand how it ranks so highly in YouTube searches. I don’t think blending a whole unpeeled orange with a tiny bit of liquid is a reasonable test.

      That said, the wide style of the 7500 will make manual intervention less necessary. And if things do get stuck, you don’t have to stop the machine and open it up; the included tamper is designed to reach to just above the blades without hitting them (it has a stop that hits the lid to keep it from going into the blades). Also, in the unlikely event that you’re unsatisfied, Vitamix has a money-back guarantee with a 30-day trial period that even covers return shipping.

      • Fair enough. Do you know how well do they handle frozen fruits? My wife freezes fruits (usually strawberries and banana pieces) that are too ripe for her fresh and uses them in smoothies. Her current blender now takes almost 10 minutes to blend them and requires a lot of stopping and manual stirring, hence the search for a new blender.

        • Vitamix blenders will handle frozen fruits with ease. Frozen fruit will be totally blended in 30-60 seconds.

          One thing to look out for is that if you use all frozen fruits you’ll get more of a sorbet than a smoothie, and you would need to use the tamper to circulate it. But as long as you have something non-frozen (likely some liquid), you’ll get a nice smoothie.

      • I just sold my Kitchenaid on Craigslist. All the smoothies had lumps of ice and frozen fruit pieces and all the seeds collected at the bottom. Not appealing. I got a 6300 this past weekend. It’s a whole different machine. Smooooth smoothies, frozen adult beverages without ice lumps, the guacamole was wonderful and fast. But the very best thing is the easy cleanup. It makes all the difference in bothering to use it or not. The presets are great, always busy, I know I would forget to shut it off and turn smoothies into hot fruit soup. How the Kitchenaid rated so highly here is a puzzle.

        • i have the same one and i am loving it as well. the 6300 is a real nice workhorse (blender actually). i went to the nutiva site and got their hemp shakes, chia seeds, and coconut manna (i am retired i do not work for them in any capacity) and it is really doing wonders with my vitamix diet.

  105. I just received my reconditioned 7500 and used it for the first time. What a difference! Previously we were using a popular high end blender (C) and it was alright, it left our smoothies with bits of greens and seeds to chew. Our first taste of a smoothie from the Vitamix 7500 was amazing! The texture was completely smooth with no little bits of seeds or anything else. We were not sure of spending that much money initially but after using it we are wishing we had purchased a Vitamix blender sooner! We are confident of using this blender for a long time, with its obvious quality and heavy duty construction. If anyone is still undecided about purchasing one of these machines, please take my advice and wait no longer!

  106. Hello,
    I live in Costa Rica, and do a lot of cooking here. I am coming up to the States next month, and plan to bring home a Vitamix. I would like to save the money by purchasing a reconditioned model, and am looking for your advice on which model will be best in my situation.
    First, we have lot’s of brown outs (electricity) here, which can easily damage electronics if you forget to unplug them when not using. So, I imagine that the less “bells and whistles” the better, so the less electronic/computerized it is the better .
    Other then daliy smoothies using fresh and frozen fruit, my main use will be for grinding coconut to make coconut milk. This will of course only be the white flesh, but I have burned out the cheap blenders doing it already.
    Will the most economical model be just as good as the rest for this?
    I really can’t see myself using any presets, so I imagine the most basic will best, but thought I’d run this by you first.
    So, no bells and whistles and can grind coconut “meat”
    Thanks very much, your articles are great!

    • I agree with your assessment: the Standard/5200 sounds like the right choice for you. It will handle the coconut meat, and it does not have an electronic microprocessor controller.

  107. I have the 6300 and was wondering if the new shorter container for the 7500 would fit my blender? I would love to be able to get it all under the cabinets on the counter! Thanks for your time. Loved your help w model differences.

    • Vitamix does not recommend using the next gen container on the standard machines because the longer blades require higher torque. Possibly for this reason, they do not sell the next gen container separately. However, the 48-oz container would work on your machine, and it’s about the same height as the next gen container.

  108. We also wanted to thank you for the very useful, detailed posts and comparisons. In fact, we used your free shipping code, thank you! The story was, we were misinformed and told that the only place to buy the 6300 was on the roadshow; for some reason we were also under the impression that it came with the low profile container. So we ran to Costco on the first day of the roadshow and stood by the demo table for about two hours… They were selling the 6300 and the 5200 (ok, they were pushing the 6300 and really hemming and hawing about the 5200). They made it seem like it was the newest model out, too. We finally bought the 6300 despite the fact that the presets turned us off; it seemed like it could be the first feature to go. We also bought the dry blend container. When we got home, instead of unpacking it, we actually called up Vitamix and found out about the refurbished 7500, with the short container, which apparently doesn’t quite fit the older models; and in Red!! We kept the dry container and took the whole unopened 6300 back to Costco. Today we got our beautiful new (to us), refurbished, Red!, 7500 and we think we made the right choice. We unboxed it while taking pictures every step of the way (which we will post on our blog in a couple of days, nothingbutgoodstuff.wordpress.com). Both containers fit beautifully and honestly, it looks and feels like a brand new machine. There are no external indications that this is not a new machine. It came with the shrink-wrapped books in a nice white box; a feature we hadn’t noticed before is that it has a nice long electrical cord, which in our old, outless-challenged kitchen is a blessing. It actually wraps very neatly on the bottom, away from sight, and it there’s ample room to wrap the entire cord there. We weren’t so much into storing it under cupboards so much as in the cupboard, which has fairly low shelves, and it all fits great (separating the base from the containers). We also thought the switches felt a little loose, though we’ve never used a Vitamix before so we can’t compare. We figured, if it ends up being a problem the manufacturer will resolve it one way or another. It’s beautiful and it will get its first spin first thing tomorrow morning. We couldn’t be more thrilled. We got a great machine at a great price, made in the USA, with excellent service and warranties. It’s gonna be a good while before this smile comes off our faces.

  109. I had the 500 for about 2 years and the only issue I had was it was loud, besides that…perfect (besides the normal blender needs I make protein shakes regularly). I had been eying the 750 since it came out because it was quieter (it is but not by much). Anyway I eventually got the 750 and gave the 500 to my sister.

    I started making my shakes again with the 750 and found that it left a lot of ice chunks (about 5-8 per 32oz) – my typical shake is 1/2 oatmeal, ice, water and about 1/2 protein, sometimes some fruit added in there.

    Anyway I called Vitamix and they said that should not happen and sent me a new one. Well the 2nd one left less ice chunks (about 1-3 per shake), oh by the way I never had 1 ice chunk with the 500.

    So I was happy that it did a better job with the ice but disappointed it did not perform up to the 500. Now though I focused on the taste rather than the chunks. Another big disappointment, the 750 did not blend as well and left the shake with a gritty taste. (it also doesn’t blend strawberry seeds like the 500 did, when whole strawberries were placed in the 500 even the seeds were blended, not so with the 750.

    Another call to Vitamix and this is what I found:

    750 – 2.2hp 24000rpm
    500 – 2hp 29000rpm

    For my application I believe that the higher RPM 500 is MUCH better.

    I personally believe that Vitamix sacrificed blending ability for noise reduction…the 750 blends well compared to an average blender but for $650 I would call it junk compared to the 500.

    My replacement 750 has been used about 5 times now….and is for sale – shipped in the US for $500 if anyone is interested.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your disappointment. That sounds strange, as every other 750 I’ve heard of blends things like strawberry seeds as well as or better than the standard models (which includes the 500).

      I don’t quite follow your shake recipe, but it sounds like it may be pretty thick, and running it a bit longer would help make sure that there are no chunks of ice left behind. (I’m assuming that you’re already running it at top speed, but if not that would be something to try.) The other thing that may help is to put the most liquid ingredients in first.

      Regarding the rpm values of the different models, the difference in blade lengths means that they are not directly comparable. I’m not sure if those rpm values are exactly accurate*, but assuming they are, the Pro 750 has 33% longer blades, which means that at the blade tips the 24,000 rpm would correspond to 32,000 rpm in the Pro 500.

      *The standard Vitamix machine top speed is often quoted as 37,000 rpm. I’ve been working on a way to make my own speed tests, so if anyone is interested keep an eye out for a new post on that subject sometime in the next couple months.

      • Thanks Adam, the blade RPMs were quotes from Vitamix when I called about the issue.

        I do run the 750 a lot longer than I did the 500 for making the same shake (1/2 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup protein, water and ice) and yes it is “thicker” but I still drink it. And yes I run it at max speed, the oatmeal is just grittier so it doesn’t taste as good.

        I don’t know whether to shift back to the 500 (which I know is awesome) or go with a Blendtec.

        • The only other thing I can think of is if you are running small volumes, then the wider container of the 750 will not process them as efficiently as that of the 500. However, you previously mentioned 32 oz, which is not too small, so it sounds like you’re having an unusual problem. I know of many, many people with those machines that have no problems getting smooth smoothies.
          If you’re still within 30 days you can get a full refund.

          • I believe the issue might be that the older 2 HP Vitamix motor ( on the 500 and other ’5200′ era models) was optimized for the smaller blades of those tall 64 oz containers – where they reached speeds of 37000 RPM. Those same motors whipped the 32 oz container blades at a similar speed. The Next Generation motors on the 7500/300/750 were designed to optimize the new compact 64 oz jars with the longer blades – therefore, the max RPM was reduced to 24000 to get the similar blade tip speed. Where the problem might be is that the 32 oz containers with the shorter blades on the 2.2 HP base may need more blending time at the lower speed compared to the higher speed of the original 2 HP base of the 500. I think Vitamix wanted to go to a shorter under-cabinet design of the newer compact 64 oz jar, so it redesigned the jar and motor speed to optimized the performance of that container. The performance of shorter bladed containers is not optimized, but it just means a slightly longer blending time than the presets in those smaller containers.

          • And if you go to the Williams-Sonoma site (where i first stated reading about VitaMixes) has the blade speed fo the Professional 500 at 35,000 rpm.

          • Brad is right on the money. I’ve gone through many of these same issues with the new Pro750 that I did not have with the older generation model. I called Vitamix on the issue, and they said explictly that the Pro750 is optimized for the new short 64oz container. If you use a 32 or 48oz old school container, you need to manually blend for longer to get the same results. Also, they smoothie setting on the Pro750 runs for 45 seconds, compared to 60 seconds on the 6300/Pro500. I was also on the fence about getting a 750 because of this same reason. The difference in noise is really negligible, so is the addition of the Puree and Cleaning settings. I believe if you can get over the mental hurdle of not having the ‘latest and greatest’ youre better off with the older machine!

  110. What is the CSA pro series?
    What model # is compareable?

    Great site, although my head hurts with all the different models, blade lengths, containers!!

    • I’ve never heard of a CSA pro series. There’s the CIA Pro Series mentioned in my post. And a previous commenter mentioned a PSA model, which turned out to be the same as the Pro Series described above.

      Where did you come across this CSA model?

      • Isn’t the CSA the Culinary Snobs of America line? *wink* Seriously, IMO the Create cookbook that comes with the CIA series has recipes that might be interesting to prosumer cooks ( lots of baking/ stovetop cooking involved), but not to the consumer who is seeking some easily prepared creations that mostly use the blender.

  111. What is the maintenance required on the blades? Obviously harder or more fiberous products will dull blades faster but after reading most of the posts this is never discussed. My second question is if I plan on making “smoothies” for on the go in the Am in the morning consisting of steel cut oats, fruit and carrots with yogurt and ice then go for any of the refurb models? Sounds like this would be easy for all models. Only question is about the oats as one thread seemed displeased vs older 500????

    • The blades do not require maintenance. They are actually not sharp like a kitchen knife, so they don’t really dull (they’re maybe the sharpness of a table knife). I’ve seen a few references online to sharpening them, but I think those references are misinformed. You’d have to blend something really hard to actually mar the blades. I’m not even sure what would do it; possibly some types of spices. Or rocks.

      Yes, any of the refurbs would work well for your smoothies. I think the previous comment about oats and the 750 is an isolated case, and I wouldn’t worry about it.

  112. morning:) I am looking to make mainly soups and smoothies from leafy greens , vegies and fruit. Which model would be best for me?

    • This is a common question, and I’m thinking I should make a post that more simply/clearly describes the buying considerations. In the meantime I’ll try to answer your question.

      Any Vitamix model will work well for soups and smoothies.

      When choosing a model it’s mainly a matter of balancing various factors of convenience and price.

      A few questions to get started with:

      1) Do you care about height of the container on the machine? (Some people like to store it under cabinets.)
      2) Do you want preset modes? (These will automatically ramp up the speed and then turn it off after a certain amount of time.)
      3) What range of volumes of ingredients do you think you will want to blend?
      4) Would you value a machine that has less need for using the tamper to manually push ingredients into the blades?

      • thank you for such a quick response.
        1) no
        2) doesn’t matter
        3)not sure trying to eat healthier (enough to make a soup for 2 or healthy smoothie for one)
        4)the tamper is not necessary : can I turn off the machine and push ingredients down?

        also I see Costco has a machine that has a dry cup and wet cup? Vitamix 5200 Super Package. I was so hoping to have one in the next few days

        • It sounds like a Standard 5200 would be a good option for you.

          The dry container is useful if you want to grind spices or flour from whole grains regularly. Since that wasn’t one of your main uses, I would probably hold off on buying the dry container.

  113. Hi Adam — first I want to thank you for having a quality blog (there’s so much nonsense out there) and for your real investment in replying and creating original content.
    And now my question.. I’m kinda stumped. So I finally broke out the new (well, refurb) 750; my first concoction was a simple smoothie (OJ, strawberries, banana, protein powder) and it was great — I did let it run for a while but If ound the strawberry seeds were completely crushed – it was entirely smooth; the only slight grittiness came from the PP.
    But I freaked out on my second attempt. I was mixing the ingredients for a chocolate treat which I’ve always made with my $20 blender with no issues at all. It consisted of a good amount of coconut oil, raw cacao powder, maple syrup, protein powder again, and almond butter. It looked very nice for a minute so I let it run for another minute at which point the motor emitted a smell and the whole machine just stopped running. It was actually scary. I don’t know if it was the heat that the Vitamix generates, but the dry ingredients balled up and just sat there in a pool of the oil and syrup. It didn’t blend, and it stopped the machine (I thought I broke it but it did start up again the next day). It also looks to me like one of the two straight blades is bent, bending slightly downwards (of the four blades two point upwards which I’m sure is the original orientation, but the other two I think should be straight and now one is bent downwards.) Anyway, I will call the factory but I wonder what you think about this, and should I have used the dry container then? Should I request a replacement? I’m weirded out, and of course my first thought was that it failed because it’s refurbished. I also don’t know how to make it work because as I said I’ve made this recipe with both a cheapo personal blender and also with a hand-held bamix type wand with the whisk attachment. Just in case you have some thoughts, I thought I’d ask. Cheers and have a great day.

    • I think everything is actually OK. The blades are meant to be like that (1 of the horizontal blades bent slightly down). I remember thinking it was weird when I first noticed it, but then I’ve seen it on other brand new blades, and I think it has something to do with optimizing the blending flow.

      Your machine tripped the thermal override because the load increased too much. The thermal override protects the machine from being seriously damaged, so it’s not a problem.

      Regarding your concoction, it sounds like you somehow over-mixed it and/or over-heated it. If it worked well in a less powerful blender, my suggestion would be to blend it for less time, or to reduce the speed if you want to blend it for longer. (SIDE NOTE: to anyone who has a classic-style base, you should not blend thick mixtures for extended periods on the low speeds because that will lead to overheating. Actually even on high speed, if you are mixing something thick enough, you shouldn’t blend it for too long even on high speed. You can tell when something is overloading the motor because the pitch will become lower and turn into more of a growl.)

      I have never seen this sort of curdling happen myself, so I’m not exactly sure what is going on with it. My first thought is maybe it has something to do with heating the protein powder. I’m wondering if it could be something like what happens when you cook an egg where the proteins denature and coagulate.

      The upshot is it doesn’t sound like anything is wrong with your machine.

  114. Great site and very informative. I used it in deciding to get a refurb’ed next gen, which just came in (Creations Elite) and I’m really happy with. I was worried about the CE machine because I didn’t want the smaller container. However, it appears that all of the next gen refurbs come with the 64 oz container, regardless of what model you get. I just thought it might be worth mentioning.

  115. I want to buy the refurbished 5200. The website say’s “Grips on Certified Reconditioned Standard units may vary”. I would like to get the container that comes with the 5200 “64-ounce, ergonomic “Soft-Grip” handle”. Rather than the container that comes with the TurboBlend VS “Conventional handle”. Do I have a choice or take what they send me?

    • You do not get that choice when you buy refurbished. I personally don’t think the grip makes much difference, but if you want to be certain that you get a rubberized one you’ll need to buy a new one.

  116. After waffling back and forth forever about which model to get, I finally decided on the Reconditioned Next Gen….only to find out it’s out of stock. Is there any pattern as to when the next gens go in and out of stock? I see people commenting in May 2013 that they got one. I will check back like you suggested. Any other advice? Dying for my vitamix!!

  117. I couldn’t resist the immediate gratification of getting the 6300 at Costco. But, FYI to anyone else out there looking at them, they do have refurbished ones at the VM website for $379 and the sales rep Brenda was super nice EXT 2305. I wish I could have bought through Adam but if I need accessories I will. And, I will be back to this site for recipes. I have already used it twice and have only had it for a few hours. LOVE IT! And, I am thrilled with the presets, by the way.

  118. Costco is selling the Total Nutrition Centre, Model: TNC VM001729.

    I can’t figure out what this is comparable to on your blog. Help plz?

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  120. One of the possible Certified Reconditioned Standard blenders Vitamix could send you is the Creations II.

    But if you order a new Creations II it comes with a 48 oz container.

    If you order the Certified Reconditioned Standard blenders you are supposed to get a 64-ounce container.

    So how can they send you a reconditioned Creations II? Does the 64-ounce container fit on the Creations II?

    Thanks!

    Martin

    • yes, i did pay tax on my refurbished 6300 vitamix. do you think this country is going to let me slide not paying a tax on something i paid for that was already taxed once when it was bought new by someone else? go to an auto dealer and buy a used car. did you pay tax? of course you did!

        • i live in california the land of the highest pay out for welfare, food stamps, and the like in the united states of america. california has to tax everything just to give it away to those who don’t do anything for a living. i am referring to 3rd and 4th generation welfare squatters. california threatened amazon, ebay and others with court lawsuit if they didn’t tax and send it to california.

          • Can we please not go there? This is a blog article about blenders, not a political site.

            OP – Generally, if a company has a physical presence of any kind in a state, the company is required to collect the sales tax appropriate to the purchaser’s location at the time of purchase. However, taxpayers are expected to pay the appropriate sales tax (in this situation, it would be termed “use tax”) to their state for all purchases, even if the seller didn’t collect it. People are supposed to keep track of out of state purchases where no tax was charged, report them, and pay the tax with their state income tax return (or whatever method the state where they live uses). Whether anyone actually complies with this is another matter of course.

            In my state there is a specific line on the state tax forms for paying tax on out of state purchases, and if you don’t fill in a number you are required to check a box stating under penalty of law that you didn’t make any out of state purchases.

            Chances are this will all be moot soon anyway as it’s looking like all sellers will be required to collect sales tax on all sales.

          • Vitamix has collected sales tax in every state that has sales tax since well before this recent move to make online retailers to collect sales tax. The reason is that Vitamix has a “presence” in every state because of their demos at Costco and State Fairs.

  121. I want to purchase a refurbished Vitamix unit (thank you Adam for the most comprehensive site out here) – but my concern is this: it appears, if you select the $329 model, there is a list of potential units that could be shipped to you ranging from the Turbo VS to the Professional series 200, creations II or GC, etc. Whereas if you spend a bit more for the unit, $379 will give you either a 6300 or a Professional Series 500. Is this correct? Because if so, the $379 is a way better value. If someone can clear this up for me, I will be able to make a final selection – and I WILL be purchasing it through this site.

    • I’m glad you like my site. You are correct that when you buy reconditioned they may send you any one of those listed units. However, the machines themselves are identical, other than the name. There is another slight difference, which is that if you get the $329 Standard unit, your pitcher may or may not have the rubberized handle. I don’t think it makes a significant difference, but some people really like that rubberized handle. Both of the possibilities for the $379 model come with the rubberized handle. The main difference between the $329 and $379 units is that the $379 units come with preset modes.

      • Thank you for the feedback – I just ordered the $379 reconditioned VitaMix. I’ll let you know how it goes! I believe the presets will be helpful since I will likely use it for more than just smoothies and it sounds like it is the best value in terms of having a better idea of which unit I will actually end up with.

        • I ended up with the 6300 model – reconditioned and couldn’t be happier! The pre-sets are worth their weight in gold. Thank you for making the selection process much less stressful! I have wanted a vitamix for years and it wasn’t until I actually did the math calculating how much $$$ I was spending on my favorite green smoothies ($7 each) throughout the week that I realized it would pay for itself in a very short period of time. Since unpacking it I have made smoothies, hot and cold soups, hummus, and a few frozen beverages – and I can say it is likely my ‘most utilized’ food preparation appliance in the kitchen. Just the nutrient boost alone with having the full vegetable liquefied an assimilated by my body is reason alone to have one. Since purchasing my unit, I have referred everyone I know considering a vitamix to this site for any residual questions they may have as well as the free shipping code. Thank you again for the service you provide!

  122. Can Vitamix be used like a food processor to chop veggies and such. Would the newer model be better for this due to the wider container? And can you really make soup in this thing…from raw veggies?

    • My favorite “snack” is shredded carrots with shredded apples and raisins. Now I chop my carrots and apples in Vitamix (Pro 300) and it works great! It is just matter of seconds to chop a pound of carrots and a pound of apples. And yes, you can make cold soups and hot soups in your Vitamix too.

    • Thanks Suzanna for your reply. I’d like to add:

      The wider container does allow you to chop more vegetables at once, but the Standard containers also work for chopping (see my coleslaw post—that was done with a standard container).

      The friction of the high-speed blades can be used to heat (and lightly cook) vegetables in a soup if you let it run for a few minutes. When I make hot soup I usually add hot water to reduce the blending time.

      • Thank you both for responding! So excited to get my vitamix. Will be waiting for a bit to see if the refurbished next generation comes around (I am on the alert email list). If I can’t stand the wait, I may just buy the standard refurbished. This website is GREAT for info and recipes. I’ve already recommended it!

    • No. The Pro 750 has never been available reconditioned, and I don’t know of any plans to offer it. If you’re buying reconditioned you can get the Next Generation container/motor or the presets, but not both.

  123. I would like to grind coffee beans to extra fine grounds to make expresso. does the vitimix do that … and if so, what would be the best model/container to use?

    • You can certainly use a Vitamix to grind coffee beans, although I’ve never done it. The dry container would work best for it, and you can use it with any model. I am not sure about using the ground beans for espresso though. I’ve heard espresso aficionados use a burr grinder for a more even grind.

  124. Adam, thanks so much for your review! I have to say it’s quite in depth and you have been so gracious to answer everyone’s questions. I have read this page I don’t know how many times. I have waffled over which model to buy but FINALLY decided on the reconditioned 7500. Of course I have checked daily and it’s never in stock!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on one! I’m so excited :)

    • If it’s okay, I’d like to chime in here and say that what I personally would recommend is getting a Vitamix and skipping the juicer.

      I received a juicer as a gift and used it a number of times, but throwing away all the best parts of the fruits and veggies really bothered me. Like, a lot. In addition, every juice I made came out with a very thick layer of foam on top.

      The truth is, getting the juicer was one of the things that prompted me to get a Vitamix! I learned that I could blend whole fruits/whole veg in the Vitamix, keep all that good fiber etc., and it’s just as drinkable as what came out of the juicer. The Vitamix juice even has less foam (it does have some) than the juicer juice. The only caveat really is that I find some ice or other frozen matter should be included in the blender jar or you may end up with a drink that’s warm.

      • Thanks for sharing your experience B. Jones. As you can tell from this site, I’m a strong Vitamix partisan as well. Jini, there was a bit more discussion of juicers vs. Vitamix above in the comments on April 6-9 (or search for “juicer” on this page).

  125. Wow, you weren’t kidding about how fast the reconditioned units sell out! I saw your email 45 minutes after you sent it and they had already sold out. I’m dying to get one of the 7500′s for my wife and will keep a close eye on my email until I can get one. This price is too good to pass up.

    Thanks so much for setting up the email link and telling us about this great deal. My wife has a specific anti-inflammatory diet and we have been using an ancient juicer to get by but she really needs to be getting all the goodness, not just the juice the juicer extracts.

  126. Thank you Adam for devoting so much of your time into this site! I was happy to be able to order our new 7500 through you as you certainly deserve the credit. Also happy to have a wife who reminded me of the two “commercial” blenders from our restaurant supply store we have gone through. The “customer support” person at Waring informed me that their “commercial bar blender” was never intended to be used with frozen fruit – only ice. Too bad they left that out of their owner’s manual.
    If this fails, I will have to give up of fruit/veggie smoothies and go back to beer!

    Thanks again.

  127. Thanks for the informative and I interesting site! I have decided on a reconditioned 7500 and might add a 32 oz. wet container for smaller servings. I do have a question for you… can this vitamix “liquify” carrots and beets like a juice? (I’m hoping to do it all with one machine.). I would appreciate your thoughts, Adam, and others too if you have experience with thi question. Thanks again for cordial and complete comments!

    • It depends what you mean by “liquify.” I’d say any Vitamix can liquify carrots and beets. However, unless you strain the blend, it will still include the fiber. If you blend carrots alone without any added liquid you’ll get a pulp that’s about the consistency of applesauce. If you’re wanting to drink it, either you can add some liquid, or you can strain it—either with a strainer or a nutmilk bag (personally, I do not strain my juices). If you want to make a simple carrot juice in a Vitamix without filtering, you may want to add some lemon and/or ginger in addition to water and ice, because if you just add water it can end up a bit watery. Note that retaining the fiber is one of the big reasons people choose to use a Vitamix instead of a juicer.

      • and i finally got it why organic is so important. the vitamix breaks down the vegetables all the way. we are ingesting the whole vegetable with the vegetable juice. that means we are also ingesting all the pesticides/herbicides/and whatever. if we were just going to go for the juice and get rid of the pulp then it wouldn’t be that important since 70 percent of that is passed off. where with the vitamix we are getting the whole dose. am i correct in that thinking?

        • Is this your personal theory, or do you have some scientific evidence to back this up? If you are so concerned about pesticides, why not wash your veggies before processing them?

        • With a Vitamix total juice we are indeed ingesting the whole fruit/vegetable. However, I wouldn’t necessarily expect this to mean that we are getting a higher exposure to pesticides compared to juicing. If there is a difference I would think it would be from the peel and not the fiber in general.

          • Hello :)
            It sounds like you might be curious about the differences between organic produce and conventional produce. I invite you to watch these videos and read the info on this site http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php it has been very helpful to my family and I in our path to better nutrition.
            I think this quote may help to clear things up as well, so I will include it.

            “What if I wash and peel my fruits and vegetables?

            The data used to create the Shopper’s Guide™ are from produce tested as it is typically eaten. This means washed and, when applicable, peeled. For example, bananas are peeled before testing, and blueberries and peaches are washed. Because all produce has been thoroughly cleaned before analysis, washing a fruit or vegetable would not change its ranking in the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide™. Remember, if you don’t wash conventional produce, the risk of ingesting pesticides is even greater than reflected by USDA test data.

            EWG has not evaluated various produce washes for efficacy or potentially toxicity. However, since some plants absorb pesticides systemically, a produce wash would have limited effect. The safest choice is to use the Shopper’s Guide™ to avoid conventional versions of those fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues.”

            I hope this helps. Thank you for all of your wonderful research on the Vita-mix’s I look forward to when the 7500 comes back in stock, so we can try many of your recipes!

            Thanks again,
            Steph

  128. First off, we just wanted to say thank you Adam for your time on this site and the notification e-mails. We just received our Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Vitamix today! It is a Creations Elite but with the 64oz container and a cookbook! Everything looks new even the base! What a great buy. We just washed it and can’t wait to start using it!

  129. OK so if I put tomatoes in the VM and let it run for 6 minutes I get tomato soup.

    If I put potatoes in the VM (cut them up first) with some milk and butter and let it run for 6 minutes will I get mashed potatoes?

    Or is this asking to much?

    • Tomato soup yes, mashed potatoes not so much. If you blend potatoes more than a little bit, they get a glue-like consistency because their starch gets released.

  130. Hi Adam,

    I’m a Chef in Canada and I’m adding a soup business to my current business and I’m looking at a vitamix for the puree ability primarily.
    I’ve been looking at the 500 and the 750- is there a huge difference between the two?
    I’ll be using the unit for about 3 hours 5 days a week.
    I can get a 500 for $660 inc tax and shipping I havent checked the 750 yet.
    Cheers

    • I think you should look at their commercial units. If you use one of the consumer units in your business you will void the warranty. Also, if you’re running three hours a day, five days a week, I think you should look at the Vita-Prep 3, which has a more powerful fan to keep the motor cool during sustained operation. I’m not sure about commercial Vitamix availability outside the US, but it’s worth looking into. To answer your question, there is not a huge difference in pureeing ability between the 500 and 750. The 750 will process food a bit faster, but not by much.

      • Just looked at the vita prep 3 and I’m confused why its so much cheaper $500 than the 500 and 750 is it just for the shorter warranty? 3 yrs over 7
        But if so thats great for a commercial product.

        • It’s also that the 500 and 750 are premium models with preset modes.

          For any home users reading this, I do not recommend the Vita Prep 3 because it has a more limited and shorter warranty, and because the extra fan power makes it considerably noisier than the home models. But for continuous use in a commercial setting I think it’s the way to go.

          • It seems very hard to find a Canadian supplier of the vita prep 3 and the ones who do are charging $850+ not the $500 I thought.
            I might just go the route of the 500 and be done with it, its about $660 all in and even if it lasts three years I’d be happy with that.

  131. I am looking to purchase a refurbished 6300 but wonder if there will be a refurbished Pro 750 in the near future as I like the preset options. Is there much a difference in the motors between New Generation and “old”? Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

    • I do not know if Vitamix will ever offer a refurbished Pro 750. My guess is that they will not, but I can’t say for certain. The 750 came out around the same time as the Pro 300 (which is offered reconditioned), so it’s not an issue of it just being a more recent model. They may be reserving it for sale as new-only since it’s their premium model.

      The motors are different between the Pro 750 and the 6300, as the Pro 750 is designed for use with the 4-inch blades. The 6300 motor is perfectly capable though.

  132. Will the next generation Pro series 7500, 750, or 300 be available to Australians with different electrical standards/adaption?

    Thanks
    Rob

  133. First off, thanks so much for taking the guess work out of a very complicated product line-up! So, I think I’m sold on the 7500 but being that its a redesign I’m just a bit concerned that it might not hold up as well as the standard motor. Have you heard of any problems with the new style motor? Is there any reason to think something like the creations gc might be a longer lasting addition to my kitchen?

    • I have not heard of any problems with the new units, although it’s true that these models have only been around for a bit more than a year. In principle they should actually last even longer than the old ones because they efficiently cool the motor at all speeds, not just on high like the standard ones. And of course there is the long warranty in case anything happens.

      • Hope you don’t feel like your beating a dead horse here (these message boards tend to get repetitive) but I think I saw something about the microprocessor in the 750 having occasional problems. Does the 7500 have the same microprocessor or only next gen w/ presets?

        • This is an interesting question. I have heard that the 7500 is microprocessor-controlled, but I do not know if it is for certain. I can try to find out.

          However, a microprocessor is not necessarily more likely to have problems. The biggest difference I see would be if you are a DIY-type and want to make your own repairs many years down the road after the warranty is expired. Note that Vitamix does not condone making your own repairs, but it is possible if you know what you’re doing. If you did it yourself, replacing the potentiometer (variable resistor attached to the speed-control knob) of the classic machines would be much easier than replacing a microchip. But this is a pretty big hypothetical because we don’t know that the microprocessor control would ever need replacing.

          • Wow! You certainly got my number… I didn’t even think of it in those terms but makes perfect sence. All doubts are alleviated and will be shortly purchasing a new 7500. Thank you so very much for such a helpful message board! I have always over researched new purchases but this page makes me feel a little less nerdy (at least when it comes to kitchen stuff) and alot more confident in plunking down $500+ on a blender.

  134. I have seen the EWG list, but I have mixed feelings about it. On the plus side, it is very accessible and clear, and it is the only list of its kind. On the other hand, their methodology seems a bit shaky to me. My main problems are: 1) they weight all pesticides equally when some pesticides could be much more dangerous than others, and 2) they also heavily weight detection of a pesticide (which is set by the somewhat arbitrary sensitivity of the test) over the actual amount of the pesticide detected.

    Organic vs Conventional is a big can of worms that I don’t really want to get into here. But briefly, organic growers use toxic pesticides as well (e.g. copper)—they’re just from “natural” sources. Ultimately, I think the pesticide risks from eating produce are low, and you’re better off eating lots of conventional produce than avoiding produce. Whether organic is better for you than conventional has not been proven.

  135. If I went with the 7500 instead of the 750, which has the presets, are there instructions on how to achieve the “preset” result using the variable speeds? Ex… Blend at speed 5 for 30 seconds, the speed 2 for 30 seconds to achieve the result of “preset soup” or another mix for the preset cleaning feature. I like the idea of not having to think about speeds and just using the preset, but that’s a pretty expensive jump if the result can be achieved another way. Thank you!

    • Controlling the speed is easy and it shouldn’t take long to get the hang of it. There are only a few different things that you might do with the speed control, and if you start by following a few recipes they will tell you what to do. Of the recipes on my blog, the majority of them don’t need precise speed control—they are generally just blended on high. That said, the variable speed is quite useful. Here are the main things that the speed control is used for:
      1) Keeping the speed low to allow items to get chopped and start circulating before turning up to high. (If you immediately start on high ingredients can get pushed away from the blades and get stuck, requiring more use of the tamper.)
      2) Preventing ingredients from being over blended. In some recipes you don’t want a totally smooth puree, so a lower speed will help you retain texture (for example the pesto I just blogged). In these cases you just increase the speed up to a certain level specified in a recipe, or you can slowly ramp it up and stop when it looks good.
      3) For the “bubble removal trick.”

      Off the top of my head I can’t think of any other things you would do with the variable speed control. None of these things are very complex, and I think anyone can figure them out quickly. I see the presets as useful for people who want to be able to “walk away” and do something else while blending, or for situations where a lot of people who have never used a Vitamix before are using it.

      • Thank you! You have been so helpful. I hope to buy one in the next week or two. I was planning on going to cosco, but read some reviews that the ones they sell there (during their traveling road demos) are not the same quality as the others, and tend to appear beaten up. Need to do a bit more investigating.
        Thank you again!

  136. i currently live in Germany. Can you tell me if the Vitamix comes in duel voltage? I would require 220 over here but eventually when I return the US I would want to continue to use it which would require 110.

    Thank you

    • Sorry, I don’t know. Next time I talk to someone at Vitamix I’ll try to remember to ask them, but if you want an answer sooner your best bet would be to call them yourself. (Or talk to your local dealer.)

  137. Hi Adam, I’m contemplating what Vitamix to buy. I’m looking at the 5200 and the Pro 200 and 300. My uses are:

    1. primarily fruit & veggie smoothies (i’ve made one daily for years and usually kill my nutribullet every 6 months and have to replace it)
    2. I’m intrigued by the idea of soup – especially the hot option.
    3. I’ve also used it to make icecream with frozen bananas, etc for treats for my kids.

    I wouldn’t consider myself a culinary artist by any means and don’t see totally changing my habits other than to occasionally try one off recipes other than those listed above. I see many reviews saying that the Pro 200 is worth upgrading to the Pro 300 for the pulse option and also that the 5200 needs the use of the tamper to get things right and also does not have the pulse option. Are these valid concerns in your opinion for my uses?

    Thank you!

    • First, note that the 5200 is the same is the Pro 200, except that it comes with a different cookbook.

      Any Vitamix will work great for the uses you mentioned, and if you’ve been regularly burning out NutriBullets, I think a Vitamix is a very wise investment.

      I wouldn’t put too much weight into the pulse feature, because you can do basically the same thing by flicking the on-off switch up and down on the Pro 200/5200.

      The less-need for the tamper on the Next Generation models is a nice feature, although in my opinion using the tamper and rinsing it off while the blender finishes running is not a big deal.

  138. Is the VitaMix available with a glass jug rather than a hard plastic/acrylic one? Seems I have become allergic to some acrylics…

    • There is no glass container for Vitamix, although I’ve heard that the Vitamix engineers have tried or are trying to make one. The issue is safety—what happens if someone accidentally puts a metal spoon in the blender and turns it on?

      The Vitamix containers are made out of a copolyester, which is not an acrylic. However, there is another option if you want to avoid the plastic containers. Waring makes a stainless steel blender container that is compatible with Vitamix.

    • There’s a manufacturing delay for all Next Generation units, and last I heard they won’t be shipping until early September. In the meantime there are other retailers that still have them in stock. There are a number of sellers on Amazon that still have them.

      • Thanks Adam, It seems QVC has stock for 7500. So wondering if QVC is an authorized dealer for Vitamix ? Just making sure that I don’t have any warranty issues with from Vitamix. I tried to call Vitamix, and gave up after being on hold for 30mins. Thanks.

        • QVC is an authorized dealer, however I just took a look at their site and I don’t see them selling the 7500. Until Vitamix starts stocking them again, I am recommending that people look on Amazon, although they are now down to only red at standard prices (black is going for more in the marketplace).

  139. Hi Adam,

    Great site – thanks for all the info.

    So here’s my question: just bought a Vitamix from Costco in Canada – model is called Total Nutrition Center. I live in South Africa so I brought it over in my luggage, along with a 3000 watt step down/step up transformer (so that I could plug in the 110 V Vitamix into 240 V). I unpacked the beauty, and plugged the Vitamix cord into the transformer. Then I set out to clean it according to the instructions by putting warm water with a drop of dish soap on high. I don’t have a hot water tap in my kitchen so I boiled water, and waited a couple of minutes so it wouldn’t be super hot. Then I poured in cold water along with the hot water – maybe a cup and a half. Then I squirted in a bit of dish soap, put on the lid, turned on the transformer, and turned on the Vitamix. I first noticed that the Vitamix was not that loud (not as loud as the ones owned by my Mom and Mother-in-law). I started on 1, waited a few secs, and increased the speed to about 8. Then turned the switch on to high. I noticed a smell (!) and immediately turned off high, turned down the speed, and turned off the Vitamix. It’s made me concerned. I read that a smell is normal if there is something heavy in the Vitamix but there was nothing heavy – just water and dish soap. I’ve scoured Vitamix’s books and online support site and just keep getting the same info – motor may smell if overheated. But I don’t think that’s the case. Any suggestions? At present I now have a call into an electrician for him/her to come and make sure the electric outlet can take that much Amp at once. But that doesn’t seem to account for the motor smell (it’s faint but I tried again to wash the main container and same smell came out). Thanks for your help in advance, Susan in Pretoria

    • A slight burning smell on first use isn’t necessarily a sign of trouble, although you are right that that smell usually comes with the first heavy use. I don’t have experience with those sorts of transformers, but my concern would be not that it’s overloading the outlet, but that the transformer might not be adequately stepping down the voltage. My understanding is that Vitamix does not warranty machines used with transformers for this reason. On the other hand, I have heard of plenty of people who successfully use transformers with a Vitamix.

      You could probably keep running the machine and see if the smell goes away, or if it gets worse. There’s a thermal override that should protect the machine from permanent damage. That said, getting an electrician to check it out sounds like a reasonable idea if you want to play it safe.

  140. Hi Adam,
    OMG…thank you so very much for this blog!
    I’ve thought about getting a Vitamix for a while but every time I go to do it I get overwhelmed by all the choices and then just put it off. I’ve spoken to folks at Vitamix and frankly that didn’t really help so much.

    So I was thinking of buying the 17500 but I see they are not currently being manufactured. I had reservations because I feel it’s like buying a new model car….always wait a while until all the “bugs” have been ironed out.

    Which brings me to my first question…Why are they not being manufactured at this time? Is there a problem?

    As a result, I’m trying to decide between a refurbished 5200 or a refurbished 6300.

    The 6300 has presets and a “pulse” button while the 5200 has “High/Variable” button. What is the difference between those two buttons?

    And can I do everything with the 6300 that I can with the 5200.
    For example, if a recipe is for the 5200, can I just ignore the preset on the 6300 and make the recipe?

    I think since the 5200 has been around for so long most of the recipes are tailored for it, correct?

    Thank You again,
    Linda

    • Vitamix has not released details on the manufacturing delay, but I think it has something to do with supply/tooling rather than a defect with the machines themselves, because I have not heard of any significant problems with the machines.

      The pulse button is not a major functional difference, since you can effectively pulse with the 5200 by flipping the on-off switch up and down.

      And yes, you can use the 6300 without presets to follow 5200 recipes. The numbered variable speeds are not quite identical, but they are close enough.

      And finally, yes, most recipes are tailored for the 5200, but converting them to a different machine is not difficult.

  141. Thank you so much for a great site, and alerting me to the reconditioned models available at vitamix.com.

    I’m very much torn between the reconditioned 64 oz standard and the 48 oz Creations GC on QVC today. My main concern is whether it will fit on my countertop, since so many people seem to bring that up when talking about the 48 oz. Will a 64 oz fit under regular kitchen cabinets? I’m in the middle of building a new house right now and I have no clue what the clearance height will be. Or is 64 oz simply overkill for a family of 4?

    • For a family of four I would generally say that a 64-oz container would be the way to go. The standard 64-oz container when placed on the base will not fit under most cabinets, but many people just store the pitcher next to the base. There are of course also the Next Generation shorter 64-oz containers, but those machines are currently out of stock and you may have to wait a few weeks before being able to order one.

      • I’m heading out to a nearby Costco that’s having a roadshow right now tomorrow to see what they’ve got. Otherwise I think I’ll wait for the reconditioned new gens to come back in stock. I prefer the updated styling and I’d really like to be able to leave it on the counter. Thanks again!

          • They had the 5200S for $375, or the 6300 for $500. I decided to get the 5200 as I had a credit to use at Costco. I’ll give it a few weeks and see if I can live with it being so big in my tiny kitchen!

  142. AT 1:30 in the morning I found a pro series 300 at amazon for $479 it was through a company called everythingforsale and it had a shipping fee of $14.50 but I paid another $12 to have it expedited, which I know was silly but I just couldn’t wait! I wanted to wait for the reconditioned 7500 but when I saw that it was available new for a pretty good price, I decided to just buy it so I wouldn’t have to wait a few weeks until they are back in stock. Upside is I’ll get a new one, with 2 more years of warranty and it will come sooner! I think there is still 1 left if anyone wants in!

  143. In my search for a new blender, I am considering a Vitamix, I’ve read most of your useful comments and I’m wondering if the vitamix ‘aspire’ which is available in the uk from http://www.lakeland.co.uk at just under £400 is a ‘next generation’ model or not. I think I noticed that you are a vegetarian, so forgive the next question, can I use it to mince raw or cooked meat?

    • The Aspire is a Standard model. Vitamix has not started making the Next Generation units for 240V power yet. I don’t have any experience of Vitamixing meat, but I have heard of people using one to shred cooked chicken.

  144. I might buy a pro 500 from somebody, but i was wondering since there is no option for it…Can we make puree with the vitamix pro 500 ?

    • Getting closer to finally purchasing one but more question! My husband is buying me one for my birthday and said just get the new 7500 and don’t worry about waiting for a reconditioned one to become available. I had thought about a standard reconditioned 5200 one with the 48oz top so it would fit under my cabinet. Here is my question. There is just the two of us so often times we don’t need the 64oz container but when making soups or something I think I might want it. But my biggest reason for getting this is to make daily green smoothies for myself. Do I need to purchase a smaller container for this? Will it hurt the machine to make 1-2 smoothie servings on a daily basis in the 64oz container? Thanks for all your information. I have learned so much. This is such a big purchase I want to make sure I get the right one!

      • We have the 6300 with the standard 64oz container and make two medium size smoothes with no problems. Note that the 7500 comes with the new wider 64oz container. I don’t think that you can hurt the machine the only question is how well does it blend a small amount in the wider container.

        • I used to have the NutriBullet for my smoothies, but eventually got the 7500 (refurbished) and absolutely LOVE it. I am making the smoothies just for myself and I am so happy about the 64 oz container—you just dump all your stuff in, without trying to organize it so it would fit. I don’t feel the container is too big. My smoothies are about 16 oz, sometimes a bit more because I added too much water. I think you should go for the 64 oz, you will use it for smoothies, soups and other stuff, it’s definitely not too big.

      • Yeah, it definitely will not hurt the machine to make small servings. I agree with Suzanna—for me a single smoothie serving is about 2 cups, which is fine for the wide container. If you are regularly using it to make less than 2 cups, then you might consider getting an additional narrow container (32 and 48-oz containers are compatible with the Next Generation base), or just going with a Standard model.

  145. Your blog was the most useful to us. Brenda is great, very courteous and polite. She stayed late to return my call.

    She explained the three-payment option and got us a 6300!

    Thanks for your help. We look forward to using our Vitamix.

  146. Hey Adam,
    As a few others have said, I FINALLY ordered my Vitamix.
    I did it over the phone with Brenda. And of course because your website was so very helpful in making things clear I used your promo code … 06-007021.
    I went back and forth between the 5200 and the 6300. I went with the 6300 since I think I’ll enjoy the presets.
    Thanks again for your great web site and I’ll let you know how it goes when I receive my mean machine. :)

  147. Hi Adam
    Your website is AMAZING! I spent several hours comparing and studying the Vitamix website to figure out which one to order and your simple and honest comparison chart was a godsend! I just ordered my very first reconditioned Vitamix and can’t wait to start using it! Thanks again for helping so many folks figure it out!!

    I’ve bookmarked your site so I can refer to it in the future and share with my friends and family.

    Taylor

  148. I saw on the website that the reconditioned comes with a new “container shell”…what does that mean? Is it a whole new container? The shell part has be confused ;-). I’m a little nervous about buying used.

    • The “container shell” is the plastic part of the container. The blade assembly is not guaranteed to be new. When containers come back they remove the blade and put it through a rigorous cleaning/sterilization process. If the blade does not have any problems they put it into a new “shell.”

  149. Hi there, great work, and I praise your patience with this, must get tired of answering the same questions a gazillion times, people should read before asking, dont you think?
    cheers to you for sticking with it though.

    So I read all the info here, again great stuff! I’m ready to purchase a 7500/Pro300 (not the CE since I obviously want the 64oz, unless I buy refurb but currently OOS and apparently sellout instantly so tough option).

    My question is regarding the warranty, when does the coverage start?, manuf-date, sale-date (store reported) or the date when the warranty card info is sent to vitamix???
    I’m considering ebay and want keep that in mind in case theres no box or warranty card, also wonder if the outlet prices are the same as the reconditioned models online?

    • I think I need to make a FAQ for this topic so that it’s easier for people to read through already asked questions. I don’t mind answering questions, but a FAQ would probably make it easier for everyone. It’s on the to-do list!

      The warranty should start on the sale date, although I don’t know the particulars of how it works. I know that it’s not the date the warranty card is sent in though, because the warranty starts regardless of that. If a machine is bought direct from Vitamix, then they of course know the sale date, but I’m not sure that other stores would report the sale date. The manufacture date is usually pretty close to the sale date, so if a unit is sold by a retailer other than Vitamix and the warranty card is not sent in, Vitamix might default to the manufacture date plus a little grace period.

      Last I heard the outlet prices are indeed the same as the online reconditioned units.

  150. Hi Adam,
    I went to the Vitamix website “frequently asked Q’s” to see the definition of the variable control. It was a poor explanation & then directed you to video links where the demonstration was with a 750 model that does not have the variable control only the pulse control. The older models seem to have the variable control switch and the newer ones have the pulse control. What’s the difference?

    • The Pro 750 does have variable speed control, but it does not have the high-variable switch of the older models. I agree that this is confusing, but I will try to explain.

      The older variable speed Vitamixes have (going left to right across the front) the high-variable switch, the variable speed knob, and the on-off switch. The variable speed knob controls the speed when the high-variable switch is set to variable. To get to max speed, you switch the high-variable switch to high, and then the variable speed knob does not impact the speed.

      On newer models the max speed has been moved onto the variable speed knob. So on the new models a variable speed of 10 corresponds to setting the high-variable switch to high on the older models. I think having all the speeds on the same knob makes it more intuitive, so I can see why the switched to this.

      Since the new models don’t need the high-variable switch anymore, Vitamix decided to replace it with the pulse switch. The pulse switch does essentially the same thing as flicking the on-off switch on and off, but some people find it more convenient.

        • If you want a Vitamix to gradually speed up you would start the variable speed knob on 1 and then gradually turn it up. Or for models with program modes they will ramp up the speed for you.

  151. I have a 5000 series Vitamix. It’s @ least 10 years old & lately, when I run it, @ the beginning of the run it produces a very loud high pitched screaming/squealing sound like 2 pieces of metal rubbing on each other. After several seconds it stops.

    Is it likely this sound is coming from the base/motor or the container ? Planning to buy a new Vitamix &, am curious about what’s happening.

    Thank you for such a VERY helpful site !

    Linda

    • I don’t know what the problem is. Vitamix customer support can sometimes troubleshoot over the phone (they will listen to your machine). To determine if it’s the container or the base, the best test would be to try a different container, but I’m assuming that you don’t have one. That said, if you’ve checked the container to make sure that it doesn’t have any loose parts, my guess would be that there is a problem with the base. If you do end up getting a new machine, you should take advantage of their $100 trade-in program.

  152. Hi Adam, I am guilty of reading about the first 20 responses and then skipping down to the last 20, so please forgive me if this is a repeat.
    I wish I’d found your blog last week before refurbished prices went up, but the Vitamix options were so many and so mindboggling I gave up. Your info has made it all so much more understandable!
    I’m torn between the refurb 7500, refurb 750, and a new Creations Elite from QVC. If the presets for the 750 have a microprocessor, should I be concerned that this is just one more thing to break?
    If I order the refurb 7500 and wind up getting sent the Creations Elite, it seems like it’s worth it to just buy it new for $40 more on QVC and get free payment options. (I believe you have to pay $15 extra for this option on Vitamix’s site.) BUT, you only get the 48oz pitcher on their site. The picture does show it’s 4 blades though. Is getting food out of the 48oz pitcher a problem, I think I read that, but I’ve read a lot!
    And is the 750 any quieter than the 7500, 300, or Creations Elite? On the Vitamix site they only say the 750 is quieter but I believe I read here that the 750, 7500, 300, and Creations Elite all have the same motor? Have I got that correct?
    Again, thank you for all of this info. I’ve been on quite a few sites and your blog was definitely the most clear and helpful!

    • I wouldn’t worry about the microprocessor on the 750. I don’t think it’s any more likely to have a problem than the other models, and even if it does, it still has the long warranty to take care of you.

      I personally think the 48-oz container is a waste of the Next Gen motor. (Note that all Vitamix containers have 4 blades, but only the 64-oz Next Gen has 4-inch blades.)

      Getting thick mixtures out will be slightly easier with the wider container of the 7500/Pro 300.

      The 750 is not quieter than the other Next Gen models. All of the Next Gen models are quieter than the standard models.

      • I did it! I took the plunge. I ordered the 750 through Brenda this morning. Thank you for the free shipping code! And thank you again for your help, I couldn’t have made a decision without you!

  153. Soooo excited because I just got off the phone with Brenda. Ordered the 5200 refurb & rec’d free shipping -thanks Adam! I, like many others, did not know what I wanted so I finally settled after a month of hard core research. Tall & narrow base or short & wide base? pre-sets or no pre-sets? Mine won’t sit on countertop so that wasn’t an issue. I did want the option of making smaller batches without having to purchase a 32 oz. container which is why I chose the tall & narrow container. I guess I won’t miss the pre-sets because I have no idea what it is like to use them- ignorance is bliss! My mom & sister have the 5200 model & both love it. I plan on using it for soups, smoothies & nutbutters. I made a fruit smoothis in my Ninja yesterday with apples & pears &left the peel on. It did not cut the peel into a smooth silkiness that I know the Vitamix will do. Can’t wait to get it! Good luck to all of you confused shoppers out there like I am. Whatever you end up with will be worth it!

  154. Adam,
    I have a question that you may or may not be able to weigh in on… I recently picked up a vintage vitamix (3600) and am wanting to use a newer style container with improved blades, do you have any thoughts as to what I might be able to do to adapt the newer container to fit the older style base?

    • Vitamix sells a clear tall/narrow 64 oz container for use with those older units for $150. If you already have a container, you can buy the blade assembly only for $85. The only way to order these parts is on the phone, as they are not listed online.

      Could you make the adapter yourself? Maybe if you are really handy and are willing to take a risk. The challenge is that the new containers and the old bases both have male connectors…. Note that I am not recommending this and have never seen someone do it. Proceed at your own risk!

      • Thanks so much, as always, you’re a wellspring of information! Interesting idea about making an adapter, I’ll let you know if something materializes.

    • I generally do not recommend it for home use, but I can see how some people might want one. The first thing to keep in mind is that because it is a commercial unit its warranty is much shorter than the home units. It is also quite expensive, and less versatile than the home units in that it is not designed to be used with a tamper. It’s made to excel at making the same blended drinks over and over again at a smoothie or coffee shop. If money is no object, you just want to make blended drinks, and you are extremely concerned about the noise, then it would be a great choice. Otherwise, I’d say stick with one of the home units and if you’re concerned about the noise, pick up some ear protection.

  155. I have a question…since the vitamix pro 750 have a better horsepower motor than the older ones, do i still need a dry container for this model?

    And also does the wet container on the 5200 able to make almond butter without damaging the blades/container? Or i should get the dry container?

    • Thanks for answering, Dave. That’s basically what I would have said. I’ll add:

      You don’t *need* the dry container for any model, as the standard wet blades can blend dry things. However, the dry blades will do a slightly better job. Also dry ingredients will quickly scratch up the container, so it’s nice to have a dedicated container. You don’t have to worry about damage, as the scratches are mainly just an aesthetic concern, although scratches can increase the chances of the container retaining odors.

      Nut butters are best made in the wet container. On the other hand, nut flours are best made in the dry container.

  156. I have a couple of questions for the experts. I have the Pro 300 and loving it.

    1. I want to make almond “milk” and am wondering how long and on what settings to eliminate as much residue as possible? I soak the almonds overnight, pour off the water, rinse and use fresh water. I use one liter of water per 100 gr, a little over a cup, of almonds.

    2. I want to pulverize flaxseed and chia seeds, before putting it my morning smoothies. I have nota tried this in my Vitamix yet. Is there a safe and simple way to do this, like a cup at a time, separately of course, then save in airtight containers until used?

    Thanks

  157. Hi Adam, I just got my 7500 delivered. Without you and your website I would not have scored the 7500. Many thanks to you. Opening it up and looked through everything. I tried to place the container on the centering pad and there seems to be nothing that holds the container to the pad. I’m afraid there is something wrong. Usually for other blenders etc, you twist the container to the base to lock the container firmly to the base. Is that no so with Vitamix ? I’m afraid it will fly if I blend something in it ?

    • That is a very common worry for people using a Vitamix the first time, but that’s the way it’s designed. The container just stays on with gravity and the four rubber posts keep it from rotating.

  158. Hi Adam,

    Thanks to your helpful site I was able to make a decision and ordered a refurbished 6300. I know with a 6300 refurb my machine would either be a 6300 or Pro 500 (same machine).

    However the label on the on the front of my machine is “Total Nutrition Center 3″.

    My understanding is that the refurbs are first quality blenders that have been sold and returned or else ones
    that have been previously used in demos.

    As far as I know there are no “Total Nutrition Center 3″ models that are available to purchase.

    I have several concerns:

    1) That the “Total Nutrition Center 3″ are not first quality machines but perhaps seconds. Similar to a factory outlet store.
    2) If I ever try to sell in the future there is no model by that name so still more confusing as to whether it’s a 6300 or Pro 500.

    3) When I search refurb on Vitamix web site it does say that when you order a standard without presets you may receive any one of 7 labels ….5200, Turbo Blend Vs etc. including “total Nutritional Center 3″.

    However, for the pre set machines it says your label will be either 6300 or Pro 500.
    Now I know it’s obvious that the machine does have pre sets but room for still more confusion.

    After all my research and finally deciding on a machine it’s really frustrating to get a machine with yet another name.

    I was going to contact Vitamix, but I trust I will get more straight forward and honest answers from you.

    Thank you for your help.
    Linda

    • I understand your concern, but I have good news for you. The Total Nutrition Center 3 is the label they’ve started selling the Standard with Presets machine as in Canada. This is a relatively recent name, which is why it is not mentioned on the product page you bought from. I’ll have to update this page as well.

      If you look closer at the models listed on the Standard without Presets page, you will see that the one listed there is the Total Nutrition Center (but not the Total Nutrition Center 3). Confusing, I know.

      You can rest assured that the Total Nutrition Center 3 is the same machine as the 6300 and Pro 500.

  159. Well Adam … you have another sale ;-)

    While the refurb Pro 750 was out of stock (gotta move quick people when you get the email they are in stock!!), I just feel it is going to be well worth the wait! The ONLY issue is that I don’t want to wait ;-)

    Patience, grasshopper … patience.

    Anyway … thanks again Adam for this site and all the commentary you have provided.

    Take care

  160. Adam, I thought your blog and website was the best source of information available when I was doing research. Appreciate your detailed responses to everyone’s questions. I have friends who make great smoothies whenever I visit. Your website convinced me to get off the fence and buy not one but two. Brenda was so patient and helpful regarding my questions and pondering over model and color choices! One will go to my parents who have everything but a Vitamix machine.

  161. H,
    So I received my vitamix and have made a few smoothies. I made one with frozen raspberries and was surprised to find that there were still seeds in the drink. I had read that with the vitamix there were no seeds left at all. I followed the instructions to the letter and set it on the specified preset button. When I still had seeds I did another 10 seconds on high.
    So my question is…. is it normal to have seeds in the smoothie and unrealistic to expect no seeds at all?
    Just want to make sure my machine is ok.
    Thanks,
    Linda

    • Raspberry seeds (and to a greater extent, Blackberry seeds) are hard enough that it’s normal to not have them totally disappear into a smoothie. When I use raspberries there’s usually a detectable slight grittiness.

      There is one trick I’ve heard of that I haven’t tried myself yet, but I’ve been meaning to experiment with it. You can put the raspberries in first, along with a little water (or ice if the raspberries are not frozen). Then run them by themselves for maybe 30 seconds. That should get the seeds maximally broken down.

  162. Hi
    I’m in the market to buy a vitamix but was wondering which model would be best for me. Relearning to swallow due to oral cancer and radiation, I presently can eat pureed baby food and want to make my own and need to know which machine will do the best job
    thanks
    Jeff

    • All of the Vitamix machines will puree equally well, the differences mainly come down to convenience and personal preference.

      You’d do fine with a Standard 5200, but you might opt for a Next Generation model if you wanted to not need to use the tamper quite as much. Some people find the machines with presets more convenient, but whether they are worth it is a personal question.

      Best wishes for your recovery.

    • Hi Jeff,
      Good luck with your recovery. I went thru the same stuff but in my throat, so 16 radiation points per day, 5 days a week for 8 weeks. I am good to go now. Gracias a Dios.

      I have the Pro 300 and love it. I make an antioxidant breakfast smoothie each day and it blends things so completely, as compared to my perfectly good Oster. I grind certain seeds and grains and the Pro 300 turns them into powder easily.

      If you want to puree things, it does the job. Keep it on long enough on high speed and it evens heats them up.

      Best of luck with your recovery. Thank God and keep the faith.

  163. I bought a reconditioned one after lots of research & thanks to this website(!) It was the $329 one ($352.03 after tax). I ended up with the CIA Professional Series. Looks brand new! I had a Ninja & this machine is 1000 times better & worth the money in my opinion. I make smoothies in the morning with oatmeal, chia seeds & flax seeds along with fruit. The Ninja could never break up the oatmeal & seeds. The VM pulverizes them & it comes out smooth like pudding! I am so happy with my purchase & strongly recommend the reconditioned models.

    • So it’s been a few months since I’ve had my VM. A reconditioned is definitely the best deal out there (not Costco, QVC, Whole Foods or BBB) if cost is a concern for you. I ended up with a CIA $299. Use it daily for breakfast smoothies. First thing that goes in is oatmeal. It turns it into powder. Then flax, fruit, Amazing Grass Green super foods & almond milk. I also make batches of soups. My husband loves to make PB, banana, cocoa powder almond milkshakes a few times a week. Kale, celery, apples & nut butters -I wasn’t able to get the smooth consistency in the Ninja the way the VM does. Don’t be fooled by consumer reports like I was.

    • You would need a transformer to convert the voltage. It would have to be a very heavy duty one because Vitamix machines draw a lot of power. I do not have experience with any specific transformers, so unfortunately I can’t recommend one.
      Also, last I heard from Vitamix, using a transformer will void the warranty, because sometimes transformers fail and can damage the machine. Vitamix also seems to like to keep distribution separate for different countries, and I think it may be partially due to wanting to provide better local service.

  164. Hi Adam,
    Thanks to your help, I was able to purchase a reconditioned 7500 a couple of months ago. I have come to realize that I am going to need a smaller-sized wet container than the 64 oz. wide one which came with this model, as I often find myself making small batches of salad dressing, pesto, etc. I was all set to order a 32 oz. container until I read one reviewer’s comment on the Vitamix website that this sized container does not come with a tamper, whereas the 48 oz. sized container does. Do you happen to know if that is a true statement and if so, do you think it matters whether or not I get a tamper along with the 32 oz. wet container? Many thanks in advance for any light you can shine on this subject!

    • As far as I know, that reviewer is correct: for whatever reason Vitamix is including the mini-tamper with the 48-oz container but not the 32-oz one. I would say that it would be nice to have the tamper. You likely wouldn’t need it for liquidy things like salad dressing, but it may come in handy for things like pesto.

      However, I wouldn’t let that be the deciding factor between those two containers, because you can get the mini-tamper separately for only $10, which is the price difference between the 32-oz and 48-oz containers. Since you already have a 64-oz container, I think the smaller 32-oz container is a better choice.

      One side note for others: if you have a Standard-style machine (5200, etc.) your tamper is likely compatible with the 32-oz and 48-oz containers. You’ll see that it has a step change in its width, that stops at the smaller opening of the shorter containers. (If you have a really old style tamper, it might not have this step, so double check first.) Note that this tamper is not compatible with the wide Next Generation 64-oz container.

  165. hello im thinking of getting this model from QVC Vitamix Creations II 48 oz. 12-in-1 Variable Speed Blender.

    Is this a good Vitamix to purchase?

    • That is a perfectly good model, but you can save $70 by buying it reconditioned from Vitamix. The QVC models have 5-year warranties, and reconditioned machines have 5-year warranties. The reconditioned machines that I’ve seen have mostly been indistinguishable from new ones. (The few ones that I could tell weren’t brand new had a few scuffs on the rubber pad that the pitcher sits on—totally invisible when the pitcher is there, and it will naturally get scuffed with use.)

      That machine is the same as the Standard models on the Vitamix site, except that it comes with the 48-oz container instead of the 64-oz container.

      If you want that machine with the 48-oz container, the way to order it reconditioned is on the phone. Call up Brenda at 800-848-2649 Ext. 2305, and for free shipping mention my code: 06-007021.

  166. Very informative article. I referenced it many times. One comment about the reconditioned models. You said the container is new. Yes, the glass part of the container is new but the blade is not … got this info directly from http://www.vitamix.com.

    • Right, the blade is not guaranteed to be new. What I referred to as the container, Vitamix calls the “container shell,” it’s not glass BTW, it’s copolyester. Guaranteed new are the container shell, lid, tamper, cookbooks, and DVD—basically the parts that are most likely to get slightly scratched or marked up. Note that the blade is removed and sterilized, and if it shows any sign of wear it is replaced.

  167. Just wanted to beat a dead horse. Had a blendtec and it made a grinding sound when it starts up so I returned it. Bought the 6300 at Costco, and after reading you blog, realize e salesman made a few false statements. Trying to decide between the 6300 and the 7500. I like the newer quieter motor and think I should get the newest technology in stead of 6 year old tech, as well as the 4 inch blade but dont want more froth. On the 6300 Kinda like the presets because I mostly make green smoothies. Haven’t even open the 6300 because of my dilemma but need to decide cause I can’t go long with out it. Just lookin for help pulling the trigger. Thanks for all the great info.

    • I’d say the top reason to get the 7500 would be the wider container and longer blades because it makes blending some things easier.

      In practical use the difference in sound at maximum speed is very minimal. I haven’t seen a difference in frothiness.

      Personally, I wouldn’t worry about losing the presets. As you come up with your own recipes, preferred amounts, and preferred degree of blending, you would probably end up tweaking the blending times, so the presets become less useful. That said, some people love them, and having them doesn’t take away from being able to fully control the machine–it’ll just cost a bit more up front.

  168. Hello! I just got my reconditioned one today! Super excited. We had borrowed my parents Pro 200 for a couple of weeks as a trial run. Loved it. My mom originally bought the under the counter model and returned it for the Pro 200. The force of the motor was blasting everything up into the lid which made a pain to clean up, plus you’re losing part of your smoothie. The taller carafe is better. We decided to order the model with the 3 presets, figuring it will save me time in the morning when I’m trying to get the kids and hubby out the door. When I opened the box it actually isn’t a Pro 500 or 6300! It is the “Total Nutrition Center 3″……which according to the Vitamix website under manuals lists this model as(Canada). Interesting! Here’s to good health!

  169. I love my 7500. I did have a question about smoothies. Most recipes I see use almond or soy milk, or juice or even yogurt. Very few use regular milk, which is what I have on hand. Is there a reason for that?

    • Just chipping in my two cents on this one. When I make drinks in my Vitamix, 99% of the time I don’t use any of the above. I just put in whatever fruits I want (usually cut into chunks or at least cut in half or quarters or whatever seems reasonable), some water, and some ice cubes. The only exception I’ve made to that so far is a peanut butter/frozen banana thing, and in that I use milk and ice cubes. I don’t like store-bought juice much, like but don’t typically buy almond or soy milk, and the organic yogurt I buy is precious (i.e. too expensive to buy a lot of) so I prefer to enjoy it as a standalone thing. So for me, water or regular milk work great. Sometimes in cooking it’s vital to follow rules and recipes, but I think it’s good to go a little crazy with Vitamix drinks! :-)

      • With your new Vitamix you can easily make your own tasty almond milk. It is fast and easy and cheaper than buying Blue Diamond Almond Breeze or Silk Pure Almond at the store.

        Soak one cup of unsalted almonds, and a broken up cinnamon stick in a quart of water overnight.
        Using the same water, pour everything into the Vitamix.

        Add 1 tablespoon of Agave syrup or Agave nectar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I have also tried honey and jarabe natural but the Agave is just right.

        Blend on high speed for one and a half minutes. The Vitamix should completely pulverize the almonds. If not, let it settle and blend for another 30 seconds.

        Keep refrigerated.

    • There is a fair amount of overlap between people who avoid milk and people with Vitamixes (especially the people who write smoothie recipes). They’re generally avoiding milk because they can’t digest it or because they’re avoiding animal products. However, there’s no reason why you can’t put cow milk into your smoothie instead of soy milk.
      Personally, I often add nuts or chia seeds and water.

    • Yes, that’s right. I’ve still been meaning to add a page about the names of machines outside the US. In the meantime:

      Total Nutrition Center = 5200
      Aspire = Creations II (same as 5200, except w/ 5-year warranty instead of 7)
      Total Nutrition Center 3 = 6300/Pro 500

      • We just got the reconditioned 3 pre set model. It came with the label Total Nutrition Center 3. We’re not in Canada, close…Buffalo, NY. Until I looked it up I wasn’t even aware of that label. We love it!

  170. Dear Adam,

    Thank you for your exhaustive research. I had attempted to read this entire blog before pulling the trigger myself so as to not feel the need to post on here and have you respond. But it is a lot of money – although it is also an investment I am committed to making – and I don’t want to take that much of your or anyone else’s time. I am on the verge of buying hopefully my first and last Vitamix!

    So, from all that I have gathered thus far, this is what I have come up with and I would just love your opinion, Adam, as to whether it seems like I’ve got it right and am making the best choice all at once.

    Money is not really an issue with this product for the reasons stated above, but I love good deals and would love to save where I can. Without further ado, here’s what’s in my basket / cart:

    Red Reconditioned 7500, The three spatulas, Filtration bag, Live Fresh recipe book & The 32oz dry grains container. Does all that seems silly? I have read the post on the “Is the dry grains container worth it” and I believe it is. But could I just as easily get the regular 32oz container and dedicate that as my dry grains container and forgo the Whole Grains Cookbook, or do you think that cookbook is worth it? And if not, then should I just opt for a larger dedicated dry grains container like the 48oz for even less, or the 64oz for just a little more?

    Sorry if I went on too long, just want to do this right the first time and be done with it. I, and I think everyone who has visited this blog & commented or not, thank you, Adam, for your time and attention to detail and the smallest silliest questions, ideas, comments, etc., now including my own I regret to admit.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you (in advance, for me),
    gabo

    • I understand wanting to get things right for this big one-time investment. It looks like you’ve got a reasonable plan.

      Regarding the dry grains container: it comes down to what you’ll primarily be using it for. As I showed in the dry container post, you *can* use a wet blade for dry ingredients, but if you are getting a dedicated container and are going to grind a lot of dry ingredients you’d likely be better off with the dry blade. Without knowing what you’ll be making, I can’t say what’s best, but it sounds like you’re significantly interested in dry grinding, so I would say go for the dry container.

  171. Hi Adam — thanks so much for your website. It was incredibly helpful in making the decision to purchase a refurb 7500. I used your link. :)

    I apologize in advance if this question has already been answered, but the comment section on this page is a little daunting (though I tried to read as much as I could). The recipes on the Vitamix website are for the 5200 — the refurb 7500 has the same size container, so I imagine quantities would be the same, but I don’t know about speed/processor size. Are the recipes for the 5200 equivalent to the 7500?

    And how about the ones on your website?

    Thank you!

    • Yes, I know, too many comments to read all of them. I’ve got to make a FAQ!

      This is a good question, and really deserves a whole post. It’s strange that Vitamix hasn’t issued any guidance on converting recipes. I haven’t done enough testing myself to come up with detailed guidelines yet, but the general rule is that the 7500 will process things slightly faster, so you blend for slightly less time. The low speeds on the 7500 are also slightly faster than on the 5200, so you would generally select a slightly lower variable speed. Here’s a rough guess: subtract 2 from the variable speeds, and shave off 20% of the processing time.

      Most of the things I make I just blend on high until it’s smooth (after ramping up the speed gradually to get things circulating).

      • I forgot to also say that the minimum amount to blend easily is slightly more in the wider containers. For example, with peanut butter Vitamix recommends using 3 cups of nuts in the narrow containers, and 4 cups in the wide ones. You can go a bit below that, but it will start to get more tedious, since it is harder to get it circulating.

      • I’ve been looking at that for the last several days, and think it may be incorrect. While the 750 comes up at 519, the black and red aren’t available and the price increases to 569 when the stainless is selected. It’s not that hard to miss. Did yours check out at $519?

        I went with a Professional 300, though. Even at the reduced price, I couldn’t see spending an extra 20% just to get the automatic settings. I wanted to (shiny, shiny), but decided that the 300 was a better value for me.

  172. Adam, kudos for a great blog.

    I’m probably just missing it, but where on the Vitamix website are the height specs for each blender? I need to make sure the one I buy will fit beneath our kitchen counter!

  173. Adam, thanks SO much for all of your insightful info! I think I’ve been reading and bouncing back and forth between here, qvc, target and vitamix sites for 3 days now…and I’m still not sure which one to purchase. I want one of the new refurb models, but I’m thinking of the smaller size smoothies I will be making. Is the better blending “2 cup thing” for the new 64oz containers meaning 2 cups of everything, or 2 cups of liquid?

    Also, I see that the refurb 7500 could be a Creations Elite. Is that model a New Generation? Do you think it would come with a 48oz or a wide 64oz?
    Thanks!
    Karin

    • The “2 cup thing” may have been overstated. And it’s not a strict cutoff—it’s just that as you get down below 2 cups, the narrower container may make it easier to blend. When we say 2 cups, we’re generally referring to the final blended volume. So, that could be 2 cups of liquid, or it could have started as ~4 cups of loosely packed produce.
      I have made 2-cup (final volume) smoothies in the wide container, and it’s perfectly doable. For smoothies the biggest difference is that more of it will splash up onto the sides and inside of the lid.
      You are right that the refurb Next Gen they send you could be a Creations Elite, but if it is, they will still give you the wide 64-oz container.

      • Hi Adam!
        After alot of comparing, a couple of Costco demos, and information overload, I finally decided on a Reconditioned 6300 (using your code!). It arrived today, and it’s a gorgeous Red color that fits under my counter if the lid is off! No indication at all that it was reconditioned and I can’t wait to make my green smoothie tomorrow morning. This morning I was telling my husband how much I’m looking forward to not chewing (kale) smoothies made with the Magic Bullet anymore! Thanks again for all your helpful information :)

  174. Hi Adam, First I want to thank you for all the helpful information – I actually did read it all! We bought the 5200 stainless steel at the fair with the 64 oz, 48 oz, and 32 oz dry container before reading your website. Then I started researching to make sure we had make the right purchase for our needs. We have 2 more days to make any exchanges should we decide to do so. My first question is about the smaller wet container. When we purchased the 48 oz container it was presented to us as the smaller container which would be easier to get smaller amounts and thicker food products out of such as ice cream, hummus, and nut butters. Now I have been reading more about the 32 oz container as being the smaller container. As the 48 oz widens as it goes up more than the 32 oz does, would that make the vortex not quite as good in the 48oz vs the 32 oz? In other words, will the 32 oz blend a bit better for smaller amounts? Also, can you blend a full 24 or 32 oz in the 32 oz container without it flying up into the lid? Or how much can you blend in the 32 oz container before it would be an amount that it would fly up into the lid and you’d be better off using the 64 oz container? And what about the 48 oz container (same questions)? I’m leaning towards swapping the 48 oz for the 32 oz and haven’t used it yet. Although on the flip side, because it does widen more as you go up, can you get thick mixtures out of the 48 oz easier than the 32 oz? I’ve also debated on whether we want to keep the 5200 or get the 6300 for the presets or even the 7500 or 750 for the wider 64 oz container. Roadshow rep at Costco presented that the 6300 has like an intuitive motor that will speed up and slow down based on what’s needed for what’s being blended and that not having presets is much more complicated and takes a while to learn especially for things like ice cream where you can easily over-blend and get a smoothie instead. When I asked if the 6300 came in stainless steel he said no, but that vitamix made the platinum color as a replacement for stainless steel as stainless steel gets all spotted up and looks bad after a while. When I asked about the 7500 and 750 he said they were not needed for home use and were more for commercial use. I knew he was wrong and and using those machines for commercial use would void the warranty, but I chose not to argue with him about it. It just made me know I couldn’t trust him on his claims or to answer any of my questions as everything he said was geared towards selling the 6300 even if it meant being less than honest. He presented it as the newest, latest, and greatest vitamix machine out. Is that even true? So, a question I still have is this – if we were to trade in our 5200 and get the 7500 or 750 instead and were to use either the 32 or 48 oz (whichever one we end up deciding to go with) for blending a smaller amount (say 2 cups or less), would that be less powerful blending than using the 5200 because the RPM’s would be quite a bit less as those machines are optimized to work with the 4 inch blade as is on the shorter 64 oz as opposed to the 3 inch blade? Because of this I’m thinking to probably stay with the older style if my thinking is correct. So what are your thoughts on this and the other points I’ve brought up? Sorry for so many questions, but we need to decide by this Friday (2 days) what we want to do, and this is a big purchase! Plus your answers will no doubt help others as your answers to others questions have helped me. If anyone else also has answers to any of my questions I would really appreciate the input! Thank you so much!

    • Wow, epic set of questions! I think you may have set a new record in comment length. FAQ is coming soon so that this information will be easier to process.
      For clarity I rephrased and numbered your questions:
      1) Does increased width of 48-oz container (compared to 32-oz) negatively affect the vortex and blending quality? In my experience, no. The important thing is that the part near the blades is the same width.
      2) What is the maximum volume for blending in the 32-oz and 48-oz containers? You can blend to capacity, plus a little extra if you’re careful about spilling. I’ve blended 40 oz in the 32-oz container before, although ideally it’s best to stick to the rated capacity to minimize chances of spilling.
      3) Is it easier to get thick mixtures out of the 48-oz container because it is wider? Very slightly, but not enough that I would give it much weight.
      Note: If you already have a 64-oz container, I’d favor the 32-oz container over the 48-oz because it has less bulk, which makes it just a bit handier (it sits inside of the centering posts, instead of going around them—look at a picture if that isn’t clear). If you’re blending more than 4 cups, I’d say you might as well use the big container.
      4) Costco rep says the 6300’s motor is “intuitive.” Is it? This is a bit of a stretch. I’ve done tests on that motor that I will publish soon that demonstrate the kernel of truth in his statement, but for the time being the main takeaway is that the presets are essentially timed programs.
      5) Is it hard for a beginner to blend things like ice cream without presets? I don’t think so. You might overshoot the first time you do it if you’re not careful, but I think it’s easy to figure out.
      6) Is the 6300 the latest and greatest model? No. The latest model is the 6000, and the “greatest” model is 750.
      7 ) Does a narrow container on a Next Generation machine yield inferior results due to lower RPM? This is a question that astute readers have raised before. In the past month I’ve been doing some tests, and so far I haven’t seen a difference. I’ve made measurements of speed that show that with no load/resistance the 5200 indeed spins faster than the 7500, but as you start loading it they actually start to spin the same speed. They start overlapping in speed when you blend 2 cups or more of water. A smoothie is thicker than water, so they would start spinning the same speed at an even lower volume. So for almost any smoothie it won’t make a difference. I can think of only one case where it might, and I haven’t run this test yet: for blending things with hard gritty seeds like raspberries and blackberries, you can break down the seeds a little extra by starting blending the berries alone with a little water or ice. The reason I haven’t run this test is I usually just blend the raspberries or blackberries along with everything else, which does a good enough job in my book. I don’t expect there to be a detectable difference, but even if I do find a slight difference in this one case, I don’t think it would be enough to avoid a Next Generation machine.
      I can’t tell you what to do, but I hope I answered all of your questions.

      • Dear Noel,

        Return your Costco purchase and call Brenda at Vitamix now! She is fabulous! That’s all I’m gonna say, you won’t regret it. I got a reconditioned 7500 with other goodies. Call call call. You can find her number up several posts from Adam (again, thank you, Adam, you’re a terrific help!).

        Good luck,
        gabo

    • Vitamix does not recommend using the low profile 64 oz container from the next generation blenders with the 5200 or other non-next generation bases.
      You can use the older 64/48/16 oz containers with both the traditional and nextgen bases, just not the new 64 oz.

  175. I have read through all of the comments and again, thanks for your thorough evaluation and explanations. I am leaning toward the reconditioned standard with programs, especially now that the price is even lower for November! I just can’t get over the fact that it just seems like a better value than the reconditioned next gen (since it is currently $90 less although the new units cost more) and I am somewhat interested in the programs.
    My question is do you know what the difference is between the platinum and brushed stainless finish? Any of the pictures I can see look pretty similar but wanted to see if I’m missing anything obvious. Not sure if you’ll know the answer but figured it was worth a try. Thanks!

    • If you want presets, it’s hard to argue with this November price! I’d say the biggest difference between the platinum and the brushed stainless is that the brushed stainless has that brushed texture. The brushed stainless is also a little shinier. Note that they are all made of the same (very durable) molded plastic—it’s just the aesthetics that are different. Update: I talked to my contact at Vitamix, and there is a manufacturing difference as well: the platinum is just injection-molded plastic, whereas the brushed stainless actually has a layer of nickel metal applied, and then it is brushed to create the texture. So that explains why the stainless is shinier.

  176. Sounds like either the reconditioned 750 or 7500 would be great choices, depending upon whether or not i decide the presets are important. My question is, do both the 750 and the 7500 have the next generation motors that are quieter, and are they significantly quieter? Are there published decibel ratings? Thanks!

    • Yes, the 750 and the 7500 have the same motor. They are quieter, but only a little bit quieter. I’ve made some sound measurements that I will publish soon, but I can tell you that the difference is minor. It depends on what’s in the container, but in my tests the Standard vs. Next Gen were only a few decibels different.

      • “A few decibels different” is a significant difference. On the decimal scale, each 3 decibel increase is roughly a doubling of volume. 90 decibels is twice as loud as 87 decibels. 93 decibels is twice as loud as 90, and four times as loud as 87.

        • It’s not quite as simple as 3 decibels being twice as loud…. There are different ways of looking at it, and I am going to try to explain them all when I make my full post with sound measurements.

  177. Hello and thank you for such a thorough comparison of these machines. And an update to boot!
    I am leaning toward the 750 only because of the quieter motor. I have tinnitus and loud noises make the ringing even louder. This will be my first Vitamix. I will be using it for vegan items only, although I do not follow a raw diet. Is the vegan cookbook directions compatible with the Professional 750-which has the program preset buttons.thank you.

    • You can certainly use the vegan “Live Fresh” cookbook with the Pro 750. However, that cookbook is not optimized for that machine, so it will not take advantage of the preset modes. The 750 does have full manual control, so you can still follow the recipes. For most recipes the different machine/container should be fine. If it says increase speed and then blend on high, you can just do that. When it calls for a medium or low variable speed, you can make an adjustment of blending at a slightly lower setting on the 750 (1 or 2 less), or by using the pulse switch. You can also reduce blending times slightly (~25%). Finally, for thick blends like pesto, sorbet, or nut butter, the wider container makes it more difficult to get small volumes to circulate, so you should increase the quantity by ~35% unless you opt to buy and use an additional narrow container, such as the 32-oz container.

      • The Red 750 is currently exclusive to Williams-Sonoma, but I have no idea where the black ones are coming from. I’ve only seen the stainless everywhere else. I’m liking my Professional 300.

    • I’ve been surprised to see that the red 750 has been staying in stock. I think I will update my pricing info on this page to reflect the $519 price. Hopefully I don’t jinx it!

  178. Which additional wet container [32 oz or 48 oz] would provide the greatest flexibility if I purchase the 750 which comes with the new wider 64 oz container. I understand that the 64 oz is not useful for smaller quantities. Thank you. This site is unbelievably helpful!

    • I would choose the 32-oz container because its smaller size makes it a bit handier (it’s significantly smaller and lighter). That said, the 48-oz container is more “flexible,” in that it can handle larger quantities. For small quantities the 48-oz and 32-oz containers perform essentially the same.

  179. Thanks for the tip concerning the Dry Container. I went ahead and got it. I’ve read that the normal container that will come with my Pro 750 is hard to use in situations where I want to blend small quantities (i.e. a glass of green smoothie). Can the dry container be used for this purpose? Or is it limited to flour etc. Great site.

    Frank

    • The dry blade *can* be used for smoothies, but it won’t work as well as the wet blade. If it’s an “easy-to-blend” mixture the dry blade will be fine, but for optimum blending the wet blade is better. I plan on running some more detailed tests, but so far I did a side-by-side comparison of blending pomegranate seeds (an example of a challenging ingredient) and found that they were noticeably less blended with the dry blade compared to the wet blade.

  180. I believe special Vitamix spatulas were recommended for use with the high profile 64 oz container because of the narrow bottom. I’m ordering the 750 with the wider 64 oz container and I am wondering if special spatulas are still recommended or needed. Thanks!

  181. Thanks for the info is amazing help, they save a lot of money and headaches trying to figure out which to buy, once again thank you very much for the time and effort you spend to publish this. :)

  182. Hi Adam, thank you for the useful information. I was eyeing for Vitamix for a long time, every time when i go to Costco and saw the demo, i would like to just own one but it is just too much to spend on it…
    anyway, i just received my b’day gift from my husband yesterday (yeah!! ), he bought me a 5200s from costo and i was so excited. i saw the comment that the container will not smell no matter what you choose to blend in it …so, I’d tried a little experiment with my new machine last night – I was blending red hot pepper, then follow by red onion and shallot, after that, I followed the cleaning instruction, to fill water to ½ of the container and 2 drips of soap and let it run on high for about 1 min. after 1 min is up, I rinse it with hot water, however, the onion/pepper smell is still quite strong. I then hand wash it again and today, I can still smell onion from the container. I let my Mother-in-law smell it awhile ago as well (thought maybe I was too sensitive), and she too, smell onion although it is not too strong anymore(after 2 times of hand washing). The Lid is very smelly right now as well…
    Does anyone has experience the same as I have experience? Or is it something that I have done wrong? What should I do to get rid of the spice or bad smell? Could you please provide some feedback?

    • I have noticed this happen a few times. It doesn’t happen if I put some garlic into a soup or hummus, but if I blend something that’s mostly onion or garlic, the odor can linger a bit. In my experience the odor wasn’t enough to get into anything else I made, but I could smell it in the container. For me it stopped smelling after a few uses. The first thing to prevent it happening is to clean it with soap right away, but it sounds like you did that. At this point I would recommend using some vinegar (try diluting 50-50 with water) or a few drops of bleach in water. Run it, then let it sit a while, run it again, and then rinse it well. You can also soak the lid in the diluted vinegar or bleach.

  183. It’s good to know I can use bleach in the container. I make turmeric tea every night with cinnamon and my container is a permanent shade of yellow/green and smells of cinnamon. When I make fruit smoothies they are completely different color in the glass vs in the container as it is so tinted from the turmeric. Maybe bleaching it will lighten up the color?

  184. I just purchased the Vitmix 6300 at Costco, i have not used it yet.After reading the comments, i wonder if i should return it and get the 5200S instead, for $150 less .My question is: what is the difference between the 5200 and the 5200S? I need it for maintaining liquid diet.Thanks.

    • The 5200 and the 5200S are the same machine. The difference is that the 5200S is sold at Costco, and it comes with a smaller cookbook. There’s nothing wrong with the 6300, but if you’re considering returning it, you should also consider the reconditioned units direct from Vitamix. Especially for the month of November, they are an excellent deal (through the end of the month, reconditioned 5200 is $299, 6300 is $349).

      • I appreciate your fast response. I have one more question:Is it a fact or a myth that the 6300 model is quieter(less noisy) than the 5200S?I will need to stay in a hospital hotel/facility for 2 weeks after an upcoming surgery,(due to surgery out of town)I will need to maintain ONLY liquid diet and i will need to use the Vitamix also during the night time, without disturbing the other guests/rooms.I was told at Costco that the Vitamix 6300 is significantly less noisy than the 5200S. Thanks for your comments.What is the return policy on the reconditioned models in case they have a problem?

        • Myth. The quieter models are the Next Generation ones (7500 or Pro 750), although they are not that much quieter.
          The return policy on reconditioned units is the same as new units sold by Vitamix. That is, they come with a 30-day no-questions-asked trial period during which you can get a full refund, including return shipping. Beyond the trial period, they come with 5 years of the robust Vitamix warranty, so if the machine has a problem, Vitamix will replace or fix it for you.

  185. I purchased the 6300 from Costco, but I can’t figure out how to get the cord undone from the bottom of the machine. It is attached with metal clips that don’t seem to move. No tool and no instructions came with it. Also – why does Vitamix have so many reconditioned machines?

    • The clips are flexible, so you just need to work the cord out. There’s no secret, just know that the clips are sturdy enough that you aren’t going to break them.
      Some of the reconditioned machines are from demos, but my guess is that the majority of them are from Vitamix’s generous 30-day trial policy.

      • Thanks Adam. The clips were pretty tight. I was afraid I might break them so I did nothing until my husband came home. He was able to get them to move. We made our first smoothie. We will try the soup setting tomorrow. Glad I found your website. If I need to order additional items, I will link up from your site.

  186. I purchased a Vitamix 5200 at my local state fair in 2012. Unlike so many kitchen gadgets I have purchased over the years, I actually use my Vitamix and love it! I don’t think a person cannot go wrong buying any of the Vitamix models. I have never seen a Vitamix commercial and I think I know why. They don’t need to advertise, people like me are always talking about how awesome they are. Thanks for making a great product!

  187. I am looking at purchasing the Professional Series 500 or 6300. Do you know if Amazon ever sells them reconditioned or if I have to buy them directly off the Vitamix site? I have a gift certificate on Amazon and would love to use it to buy it.

  188. Hello.
    I’m looking to get a vitamix for Black Friday. Any suggestions?
    I’ll be making green smoothies, hummus, soups, possibly blending nuts. I’ve also want to make a raw pumking pie.

  189. Wow. Thanks for the website. I just bought vitamix that a group of us bought for our trainer. I saw one 6300 left and I thought the newer the better. Now I am disappointed have done the research and realizing that the 5200 may have been better and could have saved me asking everyone for more money.

    Do you think I should trade in to get the 5200? Is it a better machine than the 6300 since it is manual? I thought I was walking away with the top of the line. Then I saw a you tube comparing both and the 5200 came out smoother. Is this true ???

    I don’t have time to wait for a refurbished machine. Should I take it back for the 5200?

    What do you think Adam?

    • The 6300 has manual control in addition to the presets, so you aren’t really losing anything compared to the 5200. (Actually, the 5200 does have a slightly wider range of speeds, but for most purposes it doesn’t matter.)

      I don’t believe that in comparing the 5200 vs 6300 that either one would repeatedly yield smoother results. Both machines are fully capable. Whether the presets are worth the added cost is something that each person has to decide for themself. (As I’ve said before, I wouldn’t pay extra for presets, but plenty of other people find them valuable.)

      • Yeah, thanks Adam!!!! Yeah, it seemed like it had a wider range of speed (the 5200).

        Amen! The you tube video was pretty interesting though how the 5200 was smoother, but they also blended it on high the whole way through.

        One more question, is the pulse like the high and low switch?

        Adam, Vitamix needs to hire you on their team, since it seems like you may know more about their product than most employees (assumption all to say) YOU KNOW YOUR STUFF!

        Thanks for doing this.

        • As you can tell from the pictures, the pulse switch on the 6300 is in the same position as the high-low switch on the 5200. The high of the 5200 is approximately the same as the variable 10 on the 6300, so that’s why the 6300 doesn’t need the high-low switch. The pulse switch acts as a quick on-off switch—it is identical to flipping the on-off switch of the 5200 back and forth. The only difference is that the pulse switch is spring-loaded so that it only stays on for as long as you hold it down, whereas the on-off switch stays on until you flip it back.

          • Got it! I finally looked at the box of the 6300 and realized what you were saying when you said it had manual too.
            I am glad I went with this one since it does give more options which is cool, why not?
            Thanks again. Happy holidays!

  190. Hi Adam! You’re THE Vitamix expert and we’re very happy to have you! I’m gonna buy the 750 but I was wondering if it’s ok to grind sesame and flax seeds in a small quantity. Until now, I was using my Soyabella as a grinder (and to make nut milk, never soy), but I sold it as I think the Vitamix will do the same. I know the Vitamix can grind but is it ok to grind just a hand of seeds? Do I need the dry container for that? Thank you thank you!

    • I have never tried to do that, so I’m not certain how it would work. Usually I blend seeds like that in a smoothie or something so they are mixed along with a significant amount of liquid. For a dry grind I think it would work—I’ve ground small amounts of granulated sugar to make powdered sugar, and it worked fine. I suspect that flax seeds would work better than sesame because I think sesame seeds are more oily, and so my guess is that as they get broken open they would start to stick to the walls so you wouldn’t get a very fine grind.
      For a small amount of those type of seeds my guess is that the dry container wouldn’t make much difference. The only other thing to keep in mind is that grinding seeds will scratch up the container faster than typical use, so some people like to have the dedicated dry container for that reason.

  191. Hi Adam! One question before the big jump… I’m gonna buy the 750, I was wondering which extra container would be the best. Maybe the dry one but not very usefull if I understood or the smallest one? What do you think? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

    • If you don’t have specific uses in mind for the dry container, I recommend the standard (“wet”) 32-oz container as a second container to go with the Pro 750.

  192. One question. Did I read it somewhere that 48oz container is a square one? Anyway, my question is, if I purchase a model with compact container (48oz), is this like the new 64oz (wider base but difficult to blend small quantity) or is that like the classic 64/32 oz containers that is better for small quantities? thanks.

    • All Vitamix containers are approximately square (the base is square with rounded corners, but then the top is round).
      The 48-oz container base is the same width as the 64/32 oz containers, so yes, it will be a bit better for small quantities than the new-style wide 64-oz container.

  193. After reading your blog, I went back to VM site and compared prices. Please list below (with rounded up prices).
    Product Retail Refurb Difference
    5200 (or similar) $450 $300 $150
    6300 (or similar) $650 $350 $300
    7500 (or similar) $530 $440 $ 90
    Pro 750 $690 $520 $170

    This makes me wonder if there’s more to the design improvement between 6300 and 5200 than just the additional pre-set? Also it would seem to me 6300 is a better buy from the discount standpoint of view?? Why such a large price difference for 6300? I’m interested in knowing your view on this. Thanks.

      • I just ordered a reconditioned 6300 with your code. I wonder if the big difference come from the quality of 6300, does 6300 easy to break so they give big discount to get rid of the reconditioned ones? Do you have any idea how long takes for vitamix to ship the item after placed order? Will i get the color i chosen for sure? Thanks

        • Don’t worry about the quality. I haven’t seen any reason to believe that reconditioned 6300s are any lower quality than other Vitamix machines. And in the unlikely event that there is a problem with your machine, Vitamix will fix or replace it for free. Unless you pay extra for expedited shipping, Vitamix will generally send out your machine within a week, although it can take up to two weeks. I have never heard of anyone not getting their color choice.

  194. DONE! I’m part of the Vitamix’ family now! Just bought my 750 (in red!!!) with the small container extra.
    Happy like a 5 year old girl in Disney Land! I’m going to study and practice the whole week-end! Thanks a lot Adam for your very helpful website!

  195. Thanks for all the great 411 and time you put into this site! Bought a reconditioned 7500 after learning of it in your November post. One thing I’m wondering about: Do you know of any table for translating between the variable speed numbers for 5200 etc and 7500? 10 is top speed for 7500 but not for the other models. Further complicating things is the larger blade diameter of the 7500–linear velocity at the blade tip will be much higher with the larger blade for the same angular velocity, so we have three Vitamix-approved variable speed combinations: traditional model/traditional blade, new model/new blade, and new model/traditional blade. I won’t be using recipes often, but do have some with very specific variable speed settings for traditional models I’d like to try…

    Thanks again!

    • Excellent question. There is no translation table that I know of. I have been working on making one, but I haven’t finished yet. It’s a tricky conversion because it depends on what you are blending. The good news is that for most things the exact speed is not super critical, and you can generally adjust things by eye. I’ve been telling people that an approximation is to subtract 2 from the variable speeds, and shave off 20% of the processing time when using a Next Gen machine with a Standard recipe. (That is with the new model/new blade; with the new model/standard blade I’d start with subtracting 1 from the variable speed and not changing the time.)

      • Thank you, Adam. That is helpful. Forgot to ask my other question in my prior post, so here goes: I’m wondering about the “start at Variable 1 and gradually increase” element of the Vitamix instructions. I have seen reasons for this ranging from protecting the motor to preventing splashing. I’ve also noticed that the Vitamix folks ignore the “gradually” part and crank it to 10 as fast as they can. The reason I’m pondering this issue is following the instructions literally would seem to eliminate the benefit of the Pulse button. So, what is your feeling of using Pulse with the speed dial set to 8 or 10 or whatever is convenient?

        I appreciate the input!

        • This is another interesting subject that I’ve been meaning to address in more depth at some point. You are right about the reasons for ramping up the speed. The main thing is to minimize splashing. I am not sure if ramping up the speed is easier on the machine, but there are plenty of people who think it is. My suspicion is that it doesn’t actually make much difference, but I haven’t found a good source to back that up yet.
          The pulse switch is identical to flipping the on-off switch, it’s just more convenient. I’ve noticed that the Next Gen machines actually do a slight ramp-up of speed when you start on a variable speed of above ~3 (whereas the Standard models immediately start at whatever speed you have it set to). I presume they implemented this to reduce chances of launching the contents of the container.
          I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking about the pulse switch, but I don’t think you should be afraid to use it.
          If you’re wondering about the utility of the pulse button, (i.e. why would you want to start fast without ramping up gradually), it depends on what you’re blending. There are some things where having a more violent start can help get the blending going more easily. Also, the pulse switch can be convenient for when you only want to blend for a very short time.

          • Thanks once again; sorry I wasn’t entirely clear. I was thinking of making something calling for brief, high-speed pulses (e.g., pesto) wouldn’t work so well starting each pulse at 1 and ramping. In such cases I’ll just be sure the lid is on tight and pulse at target speed.

  196. Hi Adam,
    Thanks a lot for your great website and for this very useful discussion. I have a question regarding the 48Oz Vs. 32Oz (wet) containers. You state at multiple places in the discussion/responses that the base of those two containers are the same. But I have read different information on some other websites (e.g. http://www.vegancoach.com/vitamix-container-sizes.html), where they describe having better results with the 32Oz container. Could you verify this information and state really whether those two 32 and 48 Oz wet containers have or not the same diameter and blade length/design at the basis? Thanks in advance.

    • The blade shape/length is identical between the 32-oz and 48-oz containers. (Side note: the way they attach to the container is slightly different so they are not interchangeable.) The bottom of the two containers on the inside near the blades is almost identical—close enough to not make a difference. The major differences between the 32 and 48-oz containers are the outside of the bottom (as you can see from pictures the 32-oz container is designed to sit inside of the rubber centering posts, whereas the 48-oz container sits over and around the posts), and the upper part of the container where the 48-oz container is wider.
      The outside of the bottom of the two containers looks quite different, and if you don’t look closely it can make the 48-oz container appear wider. However, I have poured liquid from one into the other, just enough to cover the blades, and it comes up to the same level on the blades in the two containers.

      • Thank you very much Adam, that was incredibly useful. That’s the clearest description about those two containers I could find on the web so far! And thanks for doing the pouring test with liquid covering both blades. Very much appreciate that! Since I was after a smaller container to do also humus/nut butter, I guess I will go for the 32Oz then. Thanks!

  197. I am totally stuck (and a bit overwhelmed) – I want to order a vitamin for Christmas. Can you recommend which is best for Margaritas? Does the pitcher size matter on this? (I can’t seem to find info on making frozen cocktails on this site). Our other uses will include smoothies, milkshakes, and some cooking (soups, dips). I am open to reconditioned but really just want to make one purchase. Thank you for this amazing site!

    • All of the Vitamix machines work great for frozen cocktails. If that’s your main use, you could get the most basic one, the Two Speed. However, having the variable speed makes the machine more versatile. Of the things you mentioned preparing, dips can benefit from the variable speed control. So that would be the 5200 or equivalent. Another step up from that would be one of the Next Generation machines, which are slightly quieter, and their wider container/blades make some processing more efficient. And finally of course there are the machines that have preset modes that some people love.
      For you, it sounds like a reconditioned Standard machine would be a good choice.

  198. I’ve decided to go with you your above recommendation of the reconditioned next gen – for $439. Fingers crossed that it is in wonderful condition for gifting. Again, I appreciate your quick feedback. Last question, is there a recipe book or online resource that you find helpful for getting started with some intro recipes?

  199. Great page you have! I’m looking to buy a Vitamix (I think) because I plan to make many smoothies but also nut butters regularly (mainly almond butter). I’m inclined to go with the Standard models with no presets, but if you do have further advice or recommendations, I’m all ears!
    PS: Sorry if this is a repeat question. You have a huge number of people of who have made comments!

    -Hayley

    • That is a good choice that should serve you well for many years.
      The presets and Next Gen container can add some convenience factor, but there’s really nothing wrong with the Standard machine. Personally, I do not find that the presets add much. The biggest difference in convenience with the Next Gen containers is that when you make smoothies you can often make them without needing the tamper, whereas you usually need the tamper with the narrow containers. That said, using the tamper isn’t a big imposition. The Next Gen container can make scraping thick mixtures out easier, but if you get a long narrow rigid spatula like the Vitamix spatulas, scraping out of the classic container isn’t a big deal, especially if you make a “clean-up” smoothie with the remainders. The flip side is that if you regularly make small blends of under 2 cups, a narrow container is best, and if you get a Next Gen machine that would be an added cost to buy a secondary narrow container.

  200. Dear Adam,

    Happy Holidays!! I’m so impress with your site, and I would like to know:

    1.If you know anything about the Vitamix 750 Recall. Is it safe to get it now?

    2. If I would like the latest and greatest model, which one should you recommend. I had read all of the review, and I still confuse on which one I should get. Love to hear your advise ASAP.

    3. Also, what retailer might offer the best price, like Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy usually have 20% coupon that you can use.

    Thanks so much, Adam.

    • 1. Machines currently sold have the strengthened blades, so you don’t have to worry about the recall unless you are looking at a second-hand machine that was sold before August.

      2. The Pro 750 is the “latest and greatest,” and if you want the ultimate package, also get the 32-oz wet container for blending small amounts of ingredients.

      3. Those coupons are YMMV (your mileage may vary), since Vitamix is excluded from them. I’ve heard that sometimes you can use them, but not always. Also, I don’t think Bed Bath and Beyond or Macy’s carry the 750. If you’re looking for a good deal I recommend the certified reconditioned [https://secure.vitamix.com/Certified-Reconditioned-Products.aspx?COUPON=06-007021] machines direct from Vitamix. They are functionally as good as new, and the ones I’ve seen are cosmetically identical to new machines as well (unless you look very closely at the rubber pad that the container sits on—I have seen light scuffs on that, but those scuffs will show up as soon as you use the machine a few times anyways).

  201. Dear Adam,

    Please advise what is the different between Model Professional 500 vs 750? Which one do you recommend over?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Sorry, Adam, I just read more about the Professional 750 , it has low profile container, which had been a recall problem a few months ago which scare me.

      750 model cost $650, while 500 professional model cost $600. I was going to get the 750, but I was concern about that. Do you recommend the 500 model instead? Thank you!!

      • As I think you’ve seen the 500 does not have the updated design of the base and container. So generally I would recommend the 750 over the 500 (and as I mentioned above, you do not have to worry about the recall, since they’ve fixed that issue). The one thing is that for small volumes of under 2 cups, the 500 will be a bit nicer to use. It’s not a big deal, but there is a noticeable difference. If you are usually blending more than that, then it is a non issue. And if you want to have the best of both worlds, you can buy a narrow 32-oz container to go with the Pro 750 for when you want to blend smaller amounts.

  202. Hi, im looking at the vitamix CIA Pro models in bed bath and beyond and it looks like i can get the model number 1363 or 1709. Im having a very hard time determining the differences in these. Any features in the other ones that are a MUST HAVE? Im sooo excited to start makinmg soups and smothies and almond flour to start with!! Thanks!

    • The only difference between those model numbers is the finish. The stainless finish (1709) actually has some metal in the coating and has a brushed texture, whereas the platinum finish (1363) is plastic only.

  203. First of all, I’d like to THANK the author for this wonderful resource. Such a product is a big investment for the layperson, and this website made the decision easier and clearer. In particular, I also appreciated the fact that the author debunked / explained all the differences between all the VitaMix variations so I could feel that I was making the most informed decision possible when making a purchase. (It can be confusing trying to figure out which model has the same motor as what, etc.)

    I picked up a Vitamix 6300 unit (Model #VM0102B) myself.

    The quality of the smoothie’s (and sorbet!) and the ease of the soup making is pretty awesome.

    This items has 3 great intrinsic benefits:
    -it will typically save you a lot of time on your cooking (I never thought I could put together such delicious recipe’s in minutes!)
    -many dishes are simple to make and very cheap to put together (e.g. saving your a lot of money in grocery bills)
    -and most important of all, you can make tastier and healthier dishes then you can find in most places.
    It really works well for even those who are culinary challenged (e.g. me).

    Bottom line, these Vitamix blenders (or any similarly working commercial-grade type blenders) are a great long term investment and it will save you time and money in the long run. I really think this product is the cliche appliance no family can afford to live without.

    Glad I finally bit the bullet and got what is becoming a life changing appliance…

  204. Thank you so much, Adam, for your thorough overview of Vitamix models. It’s hard to figure out which of 14 different models to buy, but when you break it down, the decision becomes 4 questions/6 machines/much easier! As for me, I chose a refurbished 750 and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Until then, I’ll start reading your blogs, determining which recipe to make first…

    • Yes, all Vitamix blenders will do an excellent job of emulsifying veggies. Note that compared to a traditional blender the result will be significantly thicker because it retains the fiber. (Many people view this as a positive because there’s less waste, and the fiber is healthy.) You can of course take an extra step to strain it through a cloth so that you are left with a more traditional juice.

  205. Just wanted to say thank you a million times for this informative article. I had been wanting to upgrade to a Vitamix for a while, but every time I sat down to compare the models it was overwhelming! With your clear and comprehensive breakdown I was finally able to decide on a refurbished pro 750, which I purchased via your link. At some point I will be purchasing a dry grains container as well as I do a lot of grinding/milling – do you have an affiliate link for that as well? I’d like to support your site before adding it to my Amazon cart. :-)

    • Thanks for the positive note. I do in fact have an Amazon affiliate link. If you click the Amazon button on the right side-bar of my site, anything you buy in that browsing session will give me referral credit. If you are on a mobile device, it might not be there so you can find the Amazon link on my Shopping Links page (which you can also get to from the top menu). And here’s an affiliate link directly to the dry container at Amazon. Thanks for supporting the site!

  206. Adam, thank you very much for this wonderful article, the most exhaustive of its kind online! My wallet also appreciates the free shipping option for purchases on the Vitamix site – I need whatever discount I can get. Have a good day.

  207. Hi Adam,

    I bought my first (and only) Vitamix at the Wisconsin State Fair almost 15 years ago. It was the 5000. I LOVED it, and used it religiously to make all 4 of my kids baby food when they were younger, and breakfast smoothies as they got older. Last year we had an unfortunate incident where someone left a baby spoon in the container and well, it broke the gear thing in its attempt to grind it into my smoothie. The closest certified repair shop is about an hour away, and getting it fixed has always been on the bottom of my to-do list. HOWEVER; I work at Target, and lo and behold, in our monthly employee magazine, there was a coupon for 30% off a Vitamix through Target.com. I didn’t even know they were on there! With my other discounts combined, I could get 45% off, so thought I’d treat myself to a new one, since I’m more than double the warranty on the original anyhow. Phew. That was a lot of info! :) Anyhow, here’s my dilemma: the 3 models they offer are the Pro 200, Pro 5oo and TurboBlend Basic. I was leaning more toward the Pro 200, tho it only comes with the 48oz container, I believe I can still use my container from my 5000 since nothing is wrong with that one. But am wondering if it would be worth it to go with the 500 instead since I’d be getting such a good deal. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! :)

    • Michelle, you actually probably don’t need a new machine. The gear that broke is called the drive socket, and it is designed to break if something metal like that jams up the blades. It is a replaceable part, and you can buy a new drive socket for ~$16 or less. Here’s a replacement drive socket on Amazon. Changing it is relatively straightforward—you just need a hex key that usually comes with the replacement socket. If you want a shiny new machine, that’s fine, but don’t throw out that old base—give it away or sell it. It likely has many more years of use in it!

      Regarding the Pro 500 vs Pro 200, I’d go with the 200, but that’s just me. Did you read my section above about the preset programs? (Preset Programs)

  208. Hi,

    Thanks for this great website! I recently purchased (and received) a reconditioned Next Gen blender (7500). I have an observation on speed “blips” and wanted to know if you (or anyone else) has experienced the same thing, or if I should see about getting it replaced.

    Observation #1 —
    With the speed set to a 1 and I start the blender with an empty pitcher installed, the blades spin up, slow down for a moment, and then speed back up.

    Observation #2 –
    With the blender on a higher speed (and an empty pitcher installed), I turn the speed up down to a 1. The blades slow down, come to a stop, and then start back up again at the low speed.

    I asked the Vitamix guy at Costco and he didn’t think that was normal, and said the 6300 he was demoing didn’t do that. I have also searched for an answer, but this topic doesn’t seem to come up much.

    Being that the motor *might* be microprocessor controlled, and that it’s a reconditioned unit, I am concerned there could be a problem in the control circuitry.

    Anyone else see this on their 7500 blender?

    Thanks,
    wyatt

    • Yes, both of those things are normal. I just double checked with my 7500, and it does both of those things exactly as you describe. I no longer have direct access to a 6300, but my guess is that that machine would do them as well. It’s just that the things you described are pretty unusual in the course of normal use, so that’s probably why the Costco demo guy didn’t think his machine did them. I have a post that I am working on that investigates the speed control on these machines, so keep an eye out, as I think that will shed a little more light on what is going on. In the meantime, don’t worry about your machine—it sounds perfectly fine.

      • That’s great to know these things are normal on the 7500. The demo guy didn’t think his own 7500 did these, but the 6300 he was demoing, definitely did not do these things. I even tried. He pointed out that it’s a different motor in the 7500, so that could be a reason.
        If these units are microprocessor controlled, I would wonder if this is some kind of speed self-calibration the micro does each time it starts up.

        Thanks again for checking it out!

  209. Hi Adam,
    Last week I bought a 5200 via your site. Thank you so much for the informative review! Amazing to me why manufacturers with a bizillion different models never tell you enough information to actually make a good decision. Thanks for the free shipping.

  210. I am looking at the Vitamix super 3600. I do not see this model number listed in your comparisons. Could you give me a brief analysis of this model?

    cheers!

  211. Thank you for this review! My husband and I have been considering purchasing a Vitamix and when I checked the website I was too overwhelmed by the choices to look too much. I appreciate you breaking it down this way and it definitely helps us make our decision.

  212. I wanted to buy vitamix so that I could starting juicing. Is that a bad idea? I also make smoothies but I also want to start making green juices and similar mixtures. Would you recommend I buy the vitamix, if so which one? I am looking at the 7500. Also I know this blog is about vitamix but if you say no to the juicing, what juicer would you recommend? Thank you.

    • As you can see by this blog, I’m a big fan of Vitamix machines, so of course I think you should try one. Remember that they have a no-risk 30-day trial period, during which you can send the machine back for a full refund (including covered return shipping). So you can see if it works for your needs, and if it doesn’t you haven’t lost anything.
      If you want to make a traditional juice (with the fiber removed), you can do that with a Vitamix, but you will need a filtration bag.
      I do not have enough experience with traditional juicers to make a recommendation.

  213. Hi Adam,

    This is an absolutely awesome page!Thank you!
    I am lamenting over the choice between the Pro Series 500, or the Pro Series 300. Airmiles has both, and I have saved up enough for either! So excited, but do not want to make the wrong choice.
    The 300 has the shorter container, but the 500 has the presets, if the 750 were an option, I’d do it!!
    Just how convenient are the presets?
    How easy is it to make soup, and ice cream, without them?
    Which one would you choose? I figure I’ll mostly make smoothies and soups, with occasional frozen dessert, salad dressing, nut butter, and ground nut flours.
    Help!

    • Anything you can make with the presets is perfectly easy to make without them. Some people appreciate added convenience of the presets, but personally I don’t find them to make much difference.

    • Hi Amy, I have used both the pro 300 and the Pro 500, I would go with the pro 500 if you have the money for it for a few reasons they last forever why not choose one that has a few more features? Also, the presets are more convienient especially when you are busy in the kitchen which I find is usual, the larger capacity container comes in handy when making a large batch of smoothie or soup, especially if you have a more than one person to make for, I never use the smaller container when made for more than just me. If it is only you then consider the smaller container due to convince that it fits under most counter tops. I hope this helps!

  214. Have you seen or used the vitamix s30? What are your thoughts on it? Is it just another way to get more money out of us or is it worth the purchase?

  215. hello, and thank you for all the great information I will read through it all later. we have a very small house and I want to ditch the blender, food processor, and cheap smoothie maker ( all kept in cabinets) and have one machine on the counter so I can make smoothies, fresh salsa, chop veggies to cook and for salads, and I hear you can cook soups? wondered if you have a suggestion. thanks, have a great day

    • All of the Vitamix machines could work for you, but since you mentioned chopping veggies and making salsa, a Next Gen like the 7500 would be a nice choice because of the wide container. For more details about the choices between models you can read the first sections of this page up at the top.

  216. I am planning to ask my brother to buy one for me and bring back to my country. I just wanted to know if Vitamix are autovolt. We are using 230 V here in my country. Thanks a lot .

    • Vitamix blenders are not autovolt. Vitamix does make 220-240 volt models, but those are different from the ones sold in the U.S. If you get a good transformer you could use one of the U.S. models, but if the transformer does not work well enough you could damage the blender and it won’t be under warranty.

  217. Thank you SO much for this post! I read every word and ALL the comments before deciding on a reconditioned 5200. Eagerly awaiting the email saying it’s shipped! I used your free shipping code and I hope you get a kickback for the great service you’ve provided ;)

    I wanted to get the Vitamix spatulas too, but was a little disappointed that they added $5 to the shipping cost and it was no longer free. And since I already had to pay $23 in tax, I decided against it. (Yes, I know I just bought a $300 blender, but one has to draw the line somewhere!) I know you liked the spatulas when you reviewed them, but have you come across anything available elsewhere that works well, too?

    • I’m glad you found this useful!

      Regarding spatulas, the Vitamix spatulas are still my favorite, but there’s no reason you couldn’t find something else. Properties to look for are: long, narrow, relatively rigid, and ideally with a relatively flat edge for scraping.

  218. Thanks for the very informative post… i just used the links from this post to purchase a refurbished 6300 model. Really wished the SS color option but its OOS so went with black.

    Bought the same from Costco earlier this week which I will return without even opening the box. $150 cheaper for a refurb seemed like a good bargain though I’ll be losing out on 2 years of extra warranty and some freebies like dvd etc., Hope I made a good choice.

  219. Good morning, great info, very usefull for someone looking to buy a vitamix. I have questions regarding the new Pro 300 (same as the 7500 if I am not mistaking) and Pro 750. I went to William & Sonoma and I was told that the Pro 300 made more noise than the Pro 750. They told me that Vitamix have put everything in the Pro 750 so it is better built than the Pro 300. Since they are both next generation, is it true ? My concern about the Pro 750 is the presets. Are they more likely to cause problem / stop working or stop the manual variable speed to work if the microprocessor fail on the long term ? Is it better to get the Pro 300 with no bells and whistles and do everything manually ? Thank you for helping me choose my future VM. Have a nice day !

    • It sounds like whoever told you that did not know what they were talking about. The sound of the Pro 750 and Pro 300 is the same. Also I do not think that a Pro 750 would be more likely to have problems. For thoughts on whether the presets are worth paying for, you can read the section near the top of this post.

  220. I am thinking of buying the 1782 Turbo Blend. Is this a good model? I will mainly be using it for smoothies and almond milk. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • The Vitamix 1782 is the same as the Two Speed mentioned in my post. It will make smoothies and almond milk perfectly well. I usually recommend paying a bit more for a machine with variable speed, but you do not need it for smoothies and almond milk. I also recommend the refurbished line for people looking to save money.

  221. You are right, I just talked to Vitamix and they were extremely helpful. My question to you: there are just two of us, and we are retired. You recommend going for the newer G series, but the blender container is wider and needs more liquid. Even tho it is a “better” machine, is it the right one for us? Just like everyone else, I plan to use it daily for smoothies, and sometimes for soups. In the fall I’ll make pesto with the basil from the garden. Oh, and tomato juice with the extra tomatoes. The money issue is a consideration, but not a major one. When you spend this much, you want to make the right decision.

    • I would say don’t just buy a G-series because it’s “better.” Did you read the section towards the beginning of the post about deciding if you should buy Next Generation? ( http://joyofblending.com/which-vitamix-to-buy/#Next_Generation ) If you want to be able to blend small quantities optimally you can either get an additional small narrow container to go with a G-series model, or you could save money and just go for a C-series model.

  222. Thanks for useful informations here. I live in Asia where using 220V. Can we order Vitamix with 220V in USA to bring along to Asia? And how long is it to order it, to deliver around USA ? And how much % it will cost more than regular 110 V ?
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  223. You put it perfectly. That’s my dilemma, I’ll get 2 containers with either the 5200, or the 7500. I’ve checked different websites to buy them and there is $90 difference. For me it isn’t the money, it’s the performance. Will the 7500 be enough quieter, or make bigger batches of soup more quietly, or will I see no big difference.

    Thank you for all your help. This should be my last post!

    • I went through hours of research trying to decide between the 5200 and the 7500. Ended up purchasing the 7500 (reconditioned) along with an extra 32 oz. container. There are just two of us but I have not yet used anything but the wider container. I guess my decision was based on several factors. The 7500 fit under my counter; it is a bit better at making chunkier items like salsas, I was told it was quieter and though I can’t compare, I don’t find it very loud at all; I was told it is less likely to heat up on lower settings; and I figured the extra small container would take care of very small amounts. I love it! It is the best appliance I have ever owned. Took me years to bite the bullet and spend this much money but I’m so glad I did. All this being said, you will probably be happy with either machine. Vitamix is so cool.