I heard from my Vitamix contacts that a Vitamix Presidents Day Sale is starting on February 17th, 2017. It will have additional price reductions on two Certified Reconditioned models. I always recommend Certified Reconditioned machines, since they are significantly discounted and guaranteed to be as good as new. When they go on sale with an additional discount like this, they are an unbeatable deal. Here they are:
Reconditioned 7500 for $379.95 plus free starter kit
Note the payment plan options at checkout if you don’t want to pay the full price up front.
Starter Kit with Reconditioned 7500
The Reconditioned 7500 qualifies for the GreenBlender starter kit promotion. The free kit includes a filtration bag (for nut milk and filtered juice), fresh ingredients for five Vitamix recipes, and a $20 gift card for future GreenBlender purchases. They say it is a $49 retail value, which I think is a bit inflated, but I do think it is a nice introduction to Vitamix blending. (It’s not a trial subscription—there’s no commitment and you don’t have to give GreenBlender any payment information. You just enter a code that Vitamix will email to you after your qualifying purchase.)
The price reduction plus the starter kit make the Reconditioned 7500 particularly compelling right now. It’s been my machine of choice for the past couple of years.
Which one to get?
In deciding between the 5200 and 7500, there are two big differences: the base and the container. The 7500’s base has redesigned airflow for slightly better cooling and sound dampening. Advantages of the wide container include:
• less need for the tamper (ingredients fall into the blades more easily)
• better chopping capability (you can course-chop more ingredients at a time)
• easier to scrape thick mixtures out
• easier storage (17.5” tall container with lid on base fits under standard kitchen cabinets)
• faster processing time
• under some circumstances, marginally smoother blends
The one disadvantage of the wide container is that for small volumes of under ~2 cups it does not work quite as well as the 5200’s narrow container. This is a non-issue if most of your blends are over 2 cups. Or, if you are willing to spend a bit more, you can get a second 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.
If you don’t want to get a second container but want to easily blend smaller amounts, the 5200 is the way to go.
If you want to read more about the different models, check out my Vitamix comparison page.