Vitamix Container Compatibility

All (13!) current home Vitamix containersIn recent years Vitamix has greatly expanded their range of containers. (Each container in the photo above is different!) Here I will explain which containers work with which machines.

Are all Vitamix containers interchangeable?

No! (They used to be, but with more recent releases, that is no longer the case. Unfortunately, outdated information persists online.)

I will cover all household Vitamix machines sold since the early 1990s, based on hands-on experience. I do not have direct experience with the older metal machines, and for those I recommend checking with this seller on eBay.

Vitamix Container Compatibility Chart

Here’s a chart with an overview of compatibility:

Vitamix Container Compatibility Chart

*PCA = Personal Cup Adapter

Types of Vitamix Bases

Each Vitamix machine has one of three types of container interfaces (left to right below): “Space Saving,” “Classic,” and “Smart System.

The three different Vitamix base-container interfaces

Space Saving Machines

These models came out in 2014, and they are smaller than Classic machines. They can only be used with the two containers that they come with (20-oz and 40-oz screw-on blade containers). They have been alternatively called Personal Series and S-Series. There are three different models: S30, S50, and S55.

Classic Machines

Most models sold since the early 1990s fall into this category. These models include the C-Series, G-Series, and Explorian Series. The Classic machines can be used with all containers, but they require the Personal Cup Adapter to use the screw-on blade containers.

Full list (if your model isn’t listed and you’re not sure about it, please comment below): 4500, 5000, 5200, 5300, 6000, 6300, 6500, 7500, 780, Aspire, Aspire GC, CIA Creations, CIA Professional Series, Creations Elite, Creations Gallery, Creations GC, Creations II, Explorian E310, Explorian E320, Professional Series 200, Professional Series 300, Professional Series 500, Professional Series 750, Total Nutrition Center, Total Nutrition Center 3, TurboBlend Three Speed, TurboBlend Two Speed, TurboBlend VS.

Smart System Machines

Vitamix released these models in December 2016. They use NFC to detect that a container is in place, so they can only be used with containers that contain an NFC chip. Their containers are indicated with the phrase “SELF-DETECT.” These models include the Ascent and Venturist models: A2300, A2500, A3300, A3500, and V1200.

Types of Vitamix Containers

Space Saving Containers

Space Saving (S-Series) Vitamix containers

Integrated blade


Screw-on blade



Classic Containers

All Classic Vitamix Containers

Integrated blade


32-oz Dry Grains


Classic 64-ounce

Low-Profile 64-ounce

Screw-on blade

Personal Cup Adapter

Smart System Containers

All SELF-DETECT Vitamix Containers

Integrated blade

You can recognize these containers at a glance because they have clear lids.

Low-Profile 64-oz w/ SELF-DETECT

48-oz w/ SELF-DETECT

48-oz Dry Grains w/ SELF-DETECT

48-oz Aeration w/ SELF-DETECT

Screw-on blade

8-oz cups only w/ SELF-DETECT; or bundled with blade base

20-oz cup only w/ SELF-DETECT; or bundled with blade base

Interchangeability of Classic 64-oz Containers

I mentioned that all Classic containers fit on all Classic machines. One caveat is that Vitamix says that the Low Profile 64-oz container is not compatible with certain machines. They say that the wide container requires machines with 2.2 peak horsepower, and that the 5200 and similar machines only have 2 peak horsepower. However, I’ve made power measurements, and there isn’t a 10% difference in power between those types of models. The only significant difference is the airflow design on machines that look like the 7500 vs machines that look like the 5200. However, Vitamix started selling 5200-style bases with the wide container (5300 and 6500), so they must have decided that they can handle it. Just be a bit more mindful of not overheating the machine, and a wide container on a 5200-style base works fine.

One other thing to keep in mind with using a wide container on the 5200 is that all of the machines that come with a wide container have an electronic “soft start.” That means if you start the machine at maximum speed, instead of immediately giving it full power, the speed control will ramp up the speed over about two seconds. This is easier on the machine, and might be a reason that Vitamix doesn’t want people using wide containers on 5200-style bases. It’s always best practice to start on low and quickly ramp up the speed, but it’s even more important with the higher resistance faced by the longer blades in the wide container.

Vitamix claims that the tall/narrow classic 64-oz container is incompatible with the 7500 and similar machines. However, the base-container interface is the same on the 5200 and 7500. Moreover, the bottom of the tall/narrow 64-oz container is identical to the bottom of the 48-oz container, which Vitamix says works on both 5200- and 7500-style machines. Bottom line: using a tall classic 64-oz container on a 7500 base works fine.

Space Saving 20-oz vs Smart System 20-oz

Vitamix S-Series 20-oz vs SELF-DETECT 20-oz front viewVitamix S-Series 20-oz vs SELF-DETECT 20-oz top viewOn first glance these 20-oz containers look the same, but they are not! They can both be used with the Personal Cup Adapter, but they are not interchangeable between Space Saving and Smart Series models. The difference is on the lips of the cups. The Space Saving one has two tabs, which both contain small round magnets. The Smart System one has a wider lip that extends all the way around the cup, and it has two elongated magnets.

Unadvertised uses of the Personal Cup Adapter

Vitamix does not advertise it, but, the Personal Cup Adapter uses the same threading/blade as the Space Saving 40-oz container and the Smart System 8-oz cups. Online Vitamix only sells the 40-oz container bundled with a Space Saving machine. However, if you call them, you can buy it by itself. Last I checked, it was $54.95.

Update: Some people have been unable to unscrew the 8-oz container from the Personal Cup Adapter. Vitamix has issued this statement “The 8oz Blending Bowls should not be used with the Personal Cup Adapter under any circumstances. Doing so can result in damages that may not be covered by your warranty.” That said, I, and multiple people I know, have used them together without any problems.

These containers are great for blending small amounts, and they can be a nice addition to the wide, low-profile 64-oz container. They are even narrower than the other narrow Vitamix containers, so they allow blending the smallest possible amount in a Vitamix. (Their blade is 2.5″ across, instead of 3″ for the other narrow containers, and 4″ for the wide containers.)

Interchangeable Blades

Vitamix does not intend for home users to ever remove an integrated blade assembly from a container. This is because you can run into problems when you reattach it if you screw it on too tight, too loose, or cross-threaded. For that reason, removing the blade assembly voids the warranty. However, for anyone who understands risks, I want to share this compatibility information. The only two containers that use the same blade assembly are the 32-oz container, and the tall/narrow 64-oz container. Even though the blade in the 48-oz container looks the same, the 48-oz blade assembly is not interchangeable with the 32-oz or narrow 64-oz containers.

Vitamix sells a wrench for removing the blades. In case you’re wondering why they sell the wrench when removing the blade assembly voids the warranty, I believe it is because the wrench is nominally for their commercial line. However, it also fits most home models. It does not work with Smart System containers, because they use a different retainer nut. If you need to make a repair and you are out of the warranty period, changing the blade (carefully!) could save you some money.

Tamper Compatibility

Vitamix makes three different tampers.

Classic Tamper

The Classic Tamper is mainly for the tall 64-oz container. Because of the intermediate flange, it also works with the rubber lid 48-oz and 32-oz containers.

Mini Tamper

The Mini Tamper only works with the rubber lid 48-oz and 32-oz containers.

Low-Profile Tamper

The Low Profile Tamper is for the 64-oz low-profile classic container, all of the Smart System containers, and the Space Saving 40-oz container.

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Vitamix Container Compatibility — 40 Comments

    • I know, right?? I just wrote to them asking that very question! LOL! I also request they’d put a list of compatible containers within each blender page (in their website). For the prices they charge, I feel it’s the least they’d do and would think about…it’s unbelievable that they don’t bother to put a simple list of compatible containers when there are so many…

        • Okay…thanks…but paying $150 for a smaller container for my A3500 is not sitting well w/me!!! I also think Vitamix can do a lot better than having consumers searching and learning about their products outside their website…how hard is it to list compatible containers in their own website?? I mean, don’t you think we pay enough money for these blenders?? I understand you make you share when we shop through your links here…and I find nothing wrong with that…my beef isn’t w/you…rather w/Vitamix! Thanks again!

  1. The tamper that came with my Ascent blender is slightly different than the one that came with my 48 oz Smart System containers. Is there any reason why? (I don’t remember which, but one of the styles has a more rounded shape where it widens out.)

    • Vitamix sometimes makes minor changes to various components without changing the part name (or compatibility). In the case of the low profile tamper, they recently started putting flat sections on the flange so that it won’t roll away if it’s laying on the counter.

  2. I have a Venturi model and would like to make the smaller dessert portions (1-2 servings ideally). What container do you recommend? Is the 32 oz compatible? Or do you recommend the 40 oz space saver with the personal cup adapter? Or can I make super small portions with a 48 oz because of the narrow bottom? I just want to whip up a late night just for me, but currently if I want to use a tamper I have to use the low profile 64 oz!

    • By “Venturi” I presume you mean Venturist. Venturist indicates Smart System, which means the only container you mentioned that is compatible is the 48-oz. The good news is that the 48-oz has the same inner dimensions at the bottom as the 32-oz, so it will be a big improvement for blending small amounts.

      • Is it worth getting? How small a dessert will it do. I saw a YouTube where they did 2 servings, say 2 cups of straight frozen banana and frozen strawberry in the 32 oz. I thought that was a good test since it had no liquid. Would the 42 oz require more?

  3. I have a classic elite. Is there a wider based container I can get? trying not to bring another appliance into my kitchen aka food processor.I was trying to follow the list above and way too confusing

    • Which part was confusing?

      If you look at the chart, you can see that your model is compatible with all containers, except to use the small screw-on blade containers you would need the Personal Cup Adapter. So yes, you can use the wide container with your model.

  4. Can I use a commercial 64 oz classic container which looks just like their 5200 64 oz container, in a household 5200 base? Actually I have a 6300 base.

  5. I am buying myself a personal cup adaptor for my old machine and Im just curious about the 8 oz cup, is there a limitation toward the speed to use?

    • There’s no limitation on speed. The only thing to keep in mind is that it’s unvented, so you shouldn’t blend something for so long that it heats up a lot. Vitamix’s official recommendation is to not blend for longer than 75 seconds at a time in those sealed containers.

  6. We have a nutrition centre.. i think 2015 model. Are there any small cups that are compatible?
    Ive seen the ascent cups but need to know if they or similar cups will work!

    • Yeah, Amazon has lots of inaccurate information about Vitamix. However, in this case it’s not really Amazon’s fault, because Vitamix will say it’s not compatible since it is a commercial container and the 5200 is a home model.

  7. I’m still unsure of the 32-ounce vs 48-ounce wet container for classic systems. I have the Pro 750 and the 64-ounce low profile container is too big for a single person like me. I want to make pesto, hummus, salad dressings, salsa, sauces, and smoothies, but for only 1-2 people. I haven’t been able to do this without wasting food with the 64-ounce container. Would getting the 32-ounce be of any benefit over the 48-ounce? I’m guessing the 48-ounce is simply taller and maybe wider at the top? Would this make preparing small batches more difficult over the 32-ounce, or is it not that big of a deal?

    • Either of those containers will work well for your purposes.

      In that situation I prefer the 32-oz, just because it is a bit less bulky than the 48-oz. The advantage of the 48-oz is that it has a larger capacity, but I use the 64-oz container for blending 32 oz or more. For small batches, the 32-oz and 48-oz containers are identical, as they have the same inner size in the space near the blades. (The 48-oz container is slightly taller, and is also wider towards the top.)

      For someone who doesn’t want to keep the 64-oz container handy, the 48-oz container would be better.

      • Thank you for the help. It’s not that I don’t want to keep the 64-ounce container so much, it’s just too big for most jobs for 1-2 people. I decided on the 32-ounce since I can make really small batches, that I may not be able to with the 48-ounce. If anything is needed above 32-ounces, I’ll just grab the 64-ounce. Thanks again for the help.

  8. Hello. I have a European (240V) Vitamix 3500 model. Would the Self-Detect containers purchased in the US work on the non-US-purchased Vitamix model? I have seen different responses. Thank you.

      • Dear Adam, Thank you very much for the clarification!
        Generally, the selling sites (internet-based stores) do not put the warning about the incompatibility of the machines’ accessories built for the different (US vs. European) markets. I am cautious about relying on the “customers comments”, as, in many cases, they might be based on the customers’ own mistakes or the products’ mishandling. It is a pity that even non-electrical parts are non-compatible. Thanks, again, for your response.

  9. I have the Vitamix model 7500. I primarily use the 64 oz tall wet containers as well as the 48 oz and 32 oz wet containers every day given I am not that crazy about the 64 oz low profile container. I read that you said those above containers were perfectly acceptable with my 7500 machine. As a result of mostly using the 64 oz tall container every day for the past couple of years, the bearings wore out. Found Black grease on the underside of my container. I called Vitamix about it and the customer service rep I spoke to confirmed the bearings wore out. So I am getting a new 64 oz tall wet container sent to me. What I am curious about is are there different kinds of 64 Oz tall wet containers? Also have all the previous older Vitamix containers made free of BPA? I gather the newer containers are BPA Free which is very important to me? Thanks.

    • To be totally accurate, there are currently two kinds of 64-oz tall wet containers. Functionally they are identical, and the only difference between them is whether the handle is rubberized or not. The non-rubberized handle comes with the TurboBlend Two Speed and the commercial VitaPrep models. The container Vitamix sends you will most likely have a rubberized handle.

      All current Vitamix containers are made from BPA-free Tritan copolymer. Vitamix switched to Tritan in their home models around 2008 with the release of the 5200. Previous models, including the 5000, came with polycarbonate containers, which contained BPA.

  10. I’m puzzled about your lists of compatible containers because when I visited Vitamix website and placed a Smart series blender in the cart plus an extra container, there’s a link there for “compatible containers” and there were plenty of the other containers compatible w/the Ascent series (in this case the A3500). So I don’t get your lists…you also say that no container w/rubber lids are compatible w/the Smart blenders…not according to Vitamix! They list a ton of other containers that are quite older but work with the self detect, Smart blenders…either they’re wrong about their own products or you are… no offense intended. I think you did a great job here…I’m just confused about Vitamix blender containers compatibility/interchange and feel it’s mind boggling they haven’t listed compatible containers in each blender model webpage!

    For the price we pay, I think it’s outrageous that Vitamix hasn’t bothered to provide consumers w/simple lists of compatible containers!

    • Which rubber lid container showed as compatible? I am 100% confident that a container needs to have “Self-Detect” to work with the A3500. The only containers that have Self-Detect are the ones with clear lids, plus the Ascent Blending Cups/Bowls. has had errors, but, in this case, I am not seeing the issue you described. I added every type of rubber lid container to the cart along with an A3500, and they all showed as incompatible. This is what I see. Do you see something different?

      Also, you can filter the product listings to only show the Ascent-compatible containers. (Side note here: for people who are shopping for a Classic Container, the filters on the Vitamix site are overly restrictive, because they claim that you can’t use a tall/narrow 64-oz container on a G-Series, when you definitely can.)

      Certainly confusing, but I hope I can help you get to the bottom of it.

  11. Hello, can you help me? I have a Vitamix 5000. The base is white with black letters and the all clear 64 oz plastic canister is cracked. I can’t tell what replacement would work with my old machine. Also–I see a discounted container only (no blade) on Amazon. Can my blade be removed? It’s still in good condition. Thanks for your help–I haven’t made a smoothie in years!

  12. Hi,
    I have a Vitamix model VM0197. Thanks to your website I think it belongs to the E310 or E320 series. I am looking for a small container. Ideally I would have liked a 16 ounces size but Vitamix does not support that. The 8-ounce belongs to the smart series.
    Therefore, I think the choice narrows down to the 32-ounce dry grains container. (Yes, I would like to use it for dry grinding of grains and pulses).
    Do I have other options? Also, I’m guessing the 32-ounce dry can be occasionally used for wet grinding with compromises on the texture.

    Thanks for your advice,

    • If you plan to do dry grinding, then the dry grains container does indeed sound like the right choice. And yes, you can do wet blending in the dry container—the blade shape is just not as optimized for that.

      If you just wanted a smaller container, the personal cup adapter is compatible with your machine.

  13. I have a 5300 Vitamix. I was told by a demo person while Vitamix stopped selling them right after they were introduced (for safety reasons because of the exposed blade) the Blending Bowl Starter Kit would in fact work on my machine. Is this true? We got the adapter for the smoothie cups but would also like to be able to use the 8 ounce cups.

    • I don’t know what the demonstrator was talking about, as Vitamix has not stopped selling any Blending Bowls. The 8-oz bowls were never released for use on non-Smart blenders. The 8-oz bowls do fit in the personal personal cup adapter, but Vitamix advises that you’re not supposed to use them that way. I have more details above.

      The blade base that comes with the Blending Bowl Starter Kit will not fit on your machine.

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