Update: This QVC deal is over. For the best deals right now, check out the Certified Reconditioned models.
QVC is running a one-day-only sale on the Vitamix 7500 13-in-1 Under Cabinet Variable Speed Blender today, August 17th, 2014. How does this “Today’s Special Value” (TSV) compare to other Vitamix deals?
If you want a detailed description of the differences between all of the different Vitamix models, check out my Vitamix comparison page.
Usually I recommend reconditioned models as the best deal, but this TSV gives the reconditioned units a run for their money. If you want a Next Generation machine, this deal is only $10 more than the Reconditioned Next Generation. QVC usually offers Vitamix machines with 5-year warranties, but this TSV comes with the same 7-year warranty that most new Vitamix models come with. (Reconditioned machines come with a 5-year warranty.)
For August 17 2014 only, here are my top shopping recommendations:
- If your budget is tight, skip the 7500 and get a Reconditioned Standard for only $329.
- If you want to go for Next Generation: go with the Vitamix 7500 13-in-1 TSV for $469.
- If you want truly top-of-the-line (with preset modes), go for the Pro 750 either reconditioned for $519 or new for $639.
You can read about the differences on my Vitamix comparison page, but I’d like to stress one important point: The wide container of 7500 does not work well for small volumes. The wide container starts to have problems when you go under 2 cups of blended product. You can go down to 1 cup, but it splashes a lot and can have trouble circulating ingredients. For these reasons, if you frequently blend under 2 cups, I recommend buying an additional narrow container to go with the 7500. Both the 32-oz container and the 48-oz container work for this purpose (I prefer the 32-oz container because it’s smaller, but some people prefer the 48-oz container for it’s versatility–they both have the same narrow bottom that works well with low volumes).
If you want to blend small volumes and don’t want to have to buy an extra container, go for one of the Standard Vitamix machines. As I mentioned above, my first pick is the Reconditioned Standard. However, if you have 18-inch cabinets and want your blender to fit under them, you might want to go for a Vitamix Creations II 48-oz model instead.
Note that Vitamix has a more generous return policy than QVC. They both have a no-questions-asked, 30-day, full-refund trial period, but QVC will charge you the return shipping, whereas Vitamix will pay return shipping so you are not charged a penny.
This TSV comes with two smoothie cups that are solid, but small (15 oz). I usually drink my smoothies in a single serving, but if I were to take one on the road I would want a bigger cup. The TSV also comes with an extra cookbook, but I wouldn’t value that too much given how many free recipes are available on sites like this one.
If you like quirky colors, QVC has a wider color selection than anywhere else. This time around the new color is a green “lemongrass.” QVC also has a better payment plan than Vitamix. QVC offers 6 equal payments at no extra charge, whereas Vitamix only offers 3 payments and charges an extra $15. (To use the Vitamix payment plan you must place a phone order)
If you’re wondering what “13-in-1” refers to; it is the number of appliances that QVC and Vitamix say that the Vitamix 7500 can replace. Here are the 13 appliances:
- Whole food juicer
- Ice cream maker
- Hot soup maker
- Cheese grater
- Meat grinder
- Ice crusher
- Peanut butter maker
- Stick blender
- Food processor
- Hand mixer
- Fondue maker