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 Unfortunately, outdated information persists online.)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: 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, VM0101, VM0102, VM0103, VM0109, VM0197.

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 — 334 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I have an e20 and am finding that the base container width is too wide. Are there any other containers that are slimmer that are compatible? I don’t mind the length, just width is too much and doesn’t catch all the ingredients.


  2. Hi,
    I got a Drink Machine Advance from a closed restaurant. Besides the advance container, what other cointainers are compatible with this blender

    • Vitamix will tell you to only use that container, but really, it can use any of the containers that the classic machines can use, listed above. The shorter centering posts are maybe less optimal for stability of other containers, but they work fine.

  3. I have a G 780 series, is there a way that we can use the bol-robot with this model?
    Maybe, with the personal adapter!

  4. can I please ask some advise..
    I mainly make shakes.. when i use fruit i can use more than 4 cups but every day i make a mocha ice blended which is 2 cups of ice and 3 shots of espresso… that being said would you rec getting the 750 and buying a 32oz wet(wish I could use the dry that comes w the package deal but sounds like i cant) and pay $150 more for that? OR can i just buy the 5200 and bc its more slim i could utilize the 64 for ice blended? or will i need 32 oz wet regardless for such a small thing(barely 3 cups)? thank you!

    • You could probably make your ice mocha in a wide container, but you may be happier with a narrow container for small amounts. The bottom of the 5200 container is just as narrow as the 32-oz, so it blends small amounts just as well.

  5. I have a VM0103 blender purchased at Costco, contacted Vitamix and said I need a 15856 container because it’s a C-series blender. It is quite expensive. If I look for a C-series container it brings up a 1195 container that costs about 40% less. Would it fit?

    • Assuming you’re talking about this one, yes, it will fit. That’s the commercial version so it has a shorter and more restrictive warranty (possibly void for home use), and it doesn’t have the padded handle.

  6. So my significant other purchased extra bottles off of Amazon not realizing they won’t work with our Assent smart model. My daughter has the vitamin 5200, but how do I buy JUST the cup adapter w/blade since I already have the cups????

  7. Will the self detect cups and accessories from the ascent series mount on the classic series? It looks like they should based on the photo you have of the bases. Unless the center posts changed between the models. Thanks!

  8. What a great article. Spent so much time trying to figure out compatibilty across different models. Until found this resource. Huge thanks!

  9. Hi! I’m still a little confused. I have a 5200 that is starting to act crazy. Besides the tall 64oz container with black lid, I’ve purchased the 48oz wet container with grey lid and the Aer Disc container. Will these be compatible if I move to a A3500? Or should I be looking at another model to maximize the investment I’ve already made? Thank you- I truly appreciate your advice!

  10. Hello, If I’ve read this correctly, the Classic 64-ounce, TALL (narrow bottom) container will work OK with the PRO 750 series blender … I was thinking of getting the tall container if it will do better than the wide, shorter 64-ounce container for smaller amounts. Will it work on my Pro 750? Many thanks.

  11. Hi I see that you noted the blades for the 32 oz and classic 64 oz containers are the same….I was wondering if this is for the 32 oz dry container or just the wet?

    I have a 32 oz dry container but do not have a wet container at all for my C-series vitamix (Creations GC) Could I just purchase a wet blade and the wrench and switch out the dry blade for the wet blade? I will rarely use the dry container if ever and would like to save the $100+ on the new 64 oz wet container.

    • Aside from the blade shape, the 32-oz dry blade assembly is the same as the 32oz and narrow/tall 64-oz blades. So it could be swapped. Vitamix does not endorse home users doing this because it is possible to do it wrong (under tighten, over tighten, or cross-thread).

  12. Hi i love your blog! I did have a question. I have a pro 750 blender and i want to purchase a a3500 jar only without the base motor. Could i use the a3500 jar on the pro 750 base motor ? All i know is that they have the same horse power

  13. Hi I have a Vitamix Aspire model VM0109. The drive socket has worn and would like to replace it. I see that they can be purchased on line but I’m so confused as to which one to order.could someone please advise me which is the correct one. My machine isn’t under warranty!
    Thank you

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