Which Vitamix to buy? Comparison of models in 2018

Vitamix comparison of S-Series, C-Series, G-Series, and Ascent blendersLast Updated June 18, 2018

The most common Vitamix shopper’s question is some variant of, “I want to make smoothies, soups, and frozen desserts. Which Vitamix blender is best for me?” The answer is that all Vitamix machines work great for those tasks; which one is best depends on whether you want to pay for extra features.

If you don’t want to go through the nitty-gritty, here are my quick Vitamix recommendations:

Which is the best Vitamix model?

Best Value

With current pricing, the best-valued Vitamix is the Recon 5300 for $269.

Latest Features

The new Ascent Series has a bunch of nice upgrades. I recommend choosing between these models:

(There’s an extra $20 discount on Ascent machines that will show up in the shopping cart if you follow this link.)

The June 2018 Vitamix shopping landscape

Start with these two questions to help find the right Vitamix for you:

  1. Are you looking for the lowest possible price for top Vitamix quality? If yes, pick up the Recon 5300 for $269. This machine blends just as well as more expensive Vitamix machines, and it comes with the same high level of customer service and warranty support.
  1. Do you want a machine with the latest technology? If you aren’t getting one of the value picks, for most people I recommend an Ascent machine. For more details, check out my Ascent Series Review. If you don’t want an Ascent machine, you can browse the rest of this page for details about the pre-Ascent models.

Vitamix is also running a summer promotion, where you can get an extra container for just $50 with purchase of a new or reconditioned machine (excludes Ascent 8-oz and 20-oz cups). This is major savings, since the containers are heavy duty, and normally cost $129 to $159.

Usually I recommend considering the following Venn diagram for choosing between the value choices (Recon 5300, Recon 5200, and E310), because the key factor is the differences in container. (Differences in the motor are insignificant.) To put it briefly, “short, narrow, or large capacity: pick 2.” However, the current combination of the Recon 5300 sale and the $50 container promotion means that you don’t have to make any compromises. For $319 (which is less than any of these Recon machines usually cost), you can get a Recon 5300 plus 32-oz container. That will give you the ability to easily blend small and large amounts, while fitting under standard kitchen cabinets.Venn diagram of Vitamix single container trade-offs

Note to visitors from outside the United States: The model availability described on this page is for the USA (and APO/FPO addresses). If you are shopping from Canada, check out my page about Canadian Vitamix models.

For most people, I recommend choosing from the following four categories: Certified Reconditioned Legacy models, Explorian, Premium Legacy, and Ascent.

Reconditioned

If you are looking for the lowest possible price on Vitamix, reconditioned is for you. Some people are hesitant to buy reconditioned, and that is a valid concern with some companies, but Vitamix’s reconditioned units are guaranteed to be top quality. The only reasons I would avoid reconditioned Vitamix are if it is for a gift for someone who won’t understand, or if you want some of the features not available on reconditioned machines.

Explorian

If you prefer a slightly smaller container, I highly recommend the new E310, which comes with a short and narrow 48-oz container (full review). Side note: the Explorian E320 is functionally identical to the E310, but it comes with a wide container. That makes it nearly identical to the 5300. (The E320 replaces the 5300 in the model lineup, and it is mostly the same, with a few changes: it does not have the on-off switch on the side, and it does not light up when on. I don’t think these differences matter much, but there they are for anyone wondering about E320 vs. 5300.)

Premium Legacy

If you want the most premium machine, but don’t want the new technology of Ascent, then the Professional Series 750 is for you. I think the Ascent machines are quite nice, but you might not like the look of their digital display, or if you might want to be able to use older containers (without NFC chips). You can get the Pro 750 with premium finish options of Brushed Stainless and Copper, which both have a solid metal shell on the base.

Ascent (Smart System Blenders)

If you want to buy into the future of Vitamix, the Ascent Series is the way to go. It’s priced in the same range as new Legacy models, but it comes with various upgrades (among them: longer warranty, timer display, can use small cups without bulky adapter, and soon a wireless connection to smartphone app).

Within the Ascent Series, the A2300 is the lowest-priced model and it has everything you need. If you feel like upgrading, I recommend going all the way up to the A3500, because it has premium finish options. (I’m not saying that the intermediate Ascent models are a bad choice, they just wouldn’t be my choice.) See my Ascent review page for more details.

If you’ve been putting off getting a Vitamix because you’re saving up, you can get one right away with a payment plan. If you make on-time payments, there are zero financing fees.

You can leave a comment below or contact me if you are still having trouble deciding which one to get.

Comparison of pre-Ascent models follows

If you want to quickly see the relation between all of the different Vitamix models, you can jump ahead to my comparison chart.

I made an interactive tool to help explore the different features. Try playing with it to get a sense of which you are interested in. You can click any model to go to its Vitamix.com page, or you can read more about the different models below.

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Select the features that interest you. Hover over or tap feature names for an explanation. Don't hesitate to start selecting features—you can unselect them instantly without leaving this page. You can click any model to go to its Vitamix.com page, or you can read more about the different models below.

Blend (with ease) as little as:
Blend as much as:
Maximum Price: $849

(If you want the 32-oz container, you have to add it to your cart separately: 32-oz container link)

If you’re overwhelmed by the choices and just want to know my preference, I’ve used all of the different types of Vitamix blenders, and before I started using Ascent, the one I used on a daily basis was the 7500, with an extra 32-oz container for blending smaller amounts. (For the best deal, check out certified reconditioned.) All of the models are excellent, and I don’t think there is a wrong choice. (Plus, if you change your mind in the first 30 days, you can get a full refund, including covered shipping both ways.)

Summary of Differences

These are the five key decisions to make when deciding which Vitamix to buy:

  1. Personal Blender?
  2. Variable Speed?
  3. Preset Programs?
  4. C-Series or G-Series?
  5. Reconditioned?

The following comparison chart shows the relations between the different machines in the S-Series, C-Series, and G-Series. The machines within most boxes of the chart are identical, but they come with different accessories and cookbooks (the exceptions are the S50 and S55, where the S55 has 2 more presets than the S50, and the Pro 750 and Vitamix 780, where the 780 has a flat touchpanel control). Generally the differences in accessories/cookbooks are pretty marginal, so I’d recommend going for the lowest price model within the box.

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S-Series ModelsC-Series ModelsG-Series ModelsModels with PresetsS-Series PresetsC-Series PresetsG-Series Presets

(“+” indicates there are also more expensive options in addition to the price listed in the chart. The following machines are not shown because they do not fit in with the rest: the Vitamix Turboblend Two Speed and Three Speed lack variable speed control, and the Vitamix 5300 and 6500 are a hybrid of the 6300 and 7500—i.e. they have a 7500 container on a 6300 base, without or with presets.)

Personal Blender? (S-Series vs. C-Series and G-Series)

(Vitamix S30 and S55 vs. 5200, 7500, et al.)

Vitamix S30 Personal BlenderIn 2014 Vitamix released the Vitamix S30. It is smaller than the other Vitamix models, and also comes with a combination blending container/to-go smoothie cup. The Vitamix S50 and Vitamix S55 came out in 2015, and they are the same as the S30 but add preset modes. Since these models are significantly different from all the other models, I put up a detailed Vitamix S30 and S-Series review. If you are considering a smaller blender, or like the idea of blending in a to-go smoothie cup, you should check them out. Not surprisingly, the S-Series’ smaller size means that their maximum capacity is lower the other models (40 oz vs 64 oz).

Variable Speed?

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

Vitamix 5200 Variable SpeedThe variable speed control found on all Vitamix machines except for the Two Speed and 6000 is useful for when you don’t want to fully liquefy 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 quite as much control. The variable speed also makes the “bubble removal trick” more effective, although pulsing on low speed also works.

Preset Programs?

(Vitamix Two Speed vs. 6000, Vitamix 5200 vs. 6300, Vitamix Professional Series 200 vs. Professional Series 500, Vitamix S30 vs. S55, and Vitamix Professional Series 300 vs. Professional Series 750)

Vitamix Pro 750 PresetsThe preset programs on the 6000, 6300/Pro 500, S55, 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 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.

C-Series vs. G-Series (Next Generation)?

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

G-Series Container-150pxVitamix released the “Next Generation,” aka “G-Series,” models in 2012. 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 harder before it overheats. To go with the better-cooled motor, the updated pitcher has a 4-inch blade instead of the Standard/Classic “C-Series” 3-inch blade. The 4-inch blade is in a shorter and wider container that has the same capacity as the 64-oz C-Series container.

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)
easier to scrape thick mixtures out
Advantage of shorter design:
easier storage (at 17.5” tall, the container with lid on the base fits under standard kitchen cabinets)
Advantages of the 4-inch blade:
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 C-Series narrow container. The G-Series wider design causes two things to happen. First, there is more splashing up onto the inside of the lid and 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 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 an additional 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.

(The narrow C-Series Vitamix containers are compatible with G-Series models, but the G-Series containers are not recommended for use on C-Series models. The longer G-Series blades increase the load, and Vitamix does not recommend the C-Series cooling system for those increased loads.)

Reconditioned?

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

Continue on for more details of each model type…

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 over 30 different home models, but they are all variants of three main designs: “personal” (S-Series), “standard/classic” (C-Series), and “next generation” (G-Series). For each of these main designs there are a few different options, to make a total of 8 different machine types. The rest of the models have identical bases, but come with different containers and/or accessories.

S-Series Motors

If the smaller size, dishwasher safe container, and “to-go” blending container appeal to you, please read the full details at my Vitamix S30, S50, and S55 review. For quick reference, the size of the base is 8.3″ deep x 5.9″ wide x 7.7″ tall. With the 20-oz to-go container the total height is 14.55″. The height is 15.66″ with the 40-oz container. These models have lower power, but they are still capable of making all of the usual Vitamix creations, just in smaller quantities.

C-Series Motors (Standard/Classic)

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 and Three Speed)

Vitamix Turboblend Two Speed baseTurboBlend Two Speed ($399$349); reconditioned for $299. 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. 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.

In May 2016 Vitamix came out with a new no-variable speed machine, the TurboBlend Three Speed($499). It is exactly what it sounds like: it has three speed settings: low, medium, and high. It also has a pulse switch, which does the same thing as switching the start-stop button on and off. The pricing on this model is a bit strange, since for $50 less you can get a machine with fully variable speed. Plus, the TurboBlend 3-Speed comes with a 5-year warranty, instead of the 7 years on machines like the 5200.

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 (retired), CIA Pro (retired), Pro 200 ($499), Creations II ($449), and Creations GC (retired); reconditioned for $329. These machines are essentially identical. Some are available with a shorter 48-oz container instead of the 64-oz container. The smaller container is nice because it’s more compact (and fits under standard kitchen cabinets), but of course its capacity is lower. The aesthetics of the switches and dial are slightly different between the different models. 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). 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.

Sometimes these models are listed with their color-specific SKU. All of the following models are identical to the 5200, they just come with different colors and names: Vitamix 1709, 1363, 1364, 1365, 1709, 1723, 1732. They also sometimes go by VM0103. Vitamix 1978 is also the same, but comes with a 48-oz container.

Standard variable speed + presets (Vitamix 6300 and Professional Series 500)

Vitamix 6300/Professional Series 500 basePro 500 ($559) and 6300 (retired); 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 (retired). Released October 2013, this is more of a mash-up of existing machines than a truly 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.

G-Series Motors (Next Generation)

In 2012 Vitamix released a new generation G-Series base with improved airflow that makes it run cooler and quieter than the classic C-Series one. With the improved cooling, the G-Series 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 also process food faster and work better for chopping. The G-Series machines are compatible with the C-Series containers, so if you want to use the dry blade you can use the same classic dry container. Dimensions are 9.4″ deep x 7.7″ wide x 17.5″ tall (with new-style 64-oz container in place). For more details of sizes, check out the PDF footprints I made for my Vitamix S30 review.

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); 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 Vitamix.com specs for the Creations Elite have a typo: they say it has a 4-inch blade, but it really has a 3-inch blade.) The Creations Elite also comes with a 5-year instead of 7-year warranty.

Next generation motor + presets (Vitamix Professional Series 750 and Vitamix 780)

Vitamix Professional Series 750 baseVitamix 780 touchpanelPro 750 ($599–$649), 780 ($719); available reconditioned: 750 for $519–$569$499, and 780 for $519$399. These models have 5 presets: smoothies, frozen desserts, purées, hot soups, and self-washing. If you want to see more details of exactly what the presets do, check out this page about demystifying Vitamix presets. The 780 has a newly-released touchpanel interface, which, combined with the smooth styling of the G-Series base, makes it the most futuristic-looking Vitamix. See my Vitamix 780 review for more details.

Vitamix Heritage 750 vs. Original 750?

In late 2015, Vitamix released a new version of the Pro 750: the Heritage line. The Vitamix Heritage 750 is functionally equivalent to the original Pro 750, but it has two differences on the exterior of the base. The upper shell (see diagram below) is now metal on the Heritage models. The Vitamix website doesn’t put Heritage in the model title, but it’s there in the description.

Vitamix-Heritage-750-vs-750-shellThe original 750 came in a brushed stainless finish option, but the upper shell was plastic with a thin metallic coat that could be scratched or scuffed. (When I tested the original 750 for a couple of months, I did not see any problems, but I have heard that some people have noticed scratches/scuffs.) The solid metal of the new Heritage models is more durable. Also, the metal shell muffles the the motor a bit more than the plastic, making the Heritage models a bit quieter.

Copper Heritage Vitamix 750The other minor difference is that the Heritage models’ front panel has fewer backlights: Heritage models light up the indicators above the pulse and start-stop switches, whereas the original Pro 750 has backlights around the central knob as well.

The Heritage metal is available in brushed stainless and copper finishes. (Currently on Vitamix.com, the Heritage options are listed on the main Pro 750 page, and the old brushed stainless finish is discontinued.)

I believe it is called Heritage because it is a throwback to the original Vitamix models that had all-metal bases. The plastic that Vitamix has been using for their bases for the past 25 years is extremely durable, so this change won’t affect functional longevity. That said, the elegant finish of the Heritage models will now likely stay unblemished for longer. It’s also nice that Vitamix did not increase the price for this upgrade.

The Vitamix 5300 and 6500

Vitamix-53005300 ($529) and 6500 ($599); reconditioned for $360. Vitamix does not currently sell the new models online, only the reconditioned one. These are “new” models for 2015, although they are actually just slightly unexpected mash-ups of previous models. They are a hybrid between a 6300 and a 7500. They use the wide Next Gen (G-Series) container but they have a Classic (C-Series) base. The 5300 has variable speed and a pulse control switch, and has no presets. Meanwhile, the 6500 has the same three presets as the 6300. (Further evidence of equivalence between the 5300/6500 and C-Series models is on the Reconditioned C-Series 6300/Pro 500 page: it says its base may be a 6500.)

The reconditioned 5300 is the most affordable option for a machine with the short/wide container.

The strange thing about these models is that previously Vitamix stated that Next Gen containers should not be used on Classic bases because they do not have the updated airflow design that cools the motor more effectively.

I strongly suspect that the 5300 has the same microprocessor speed control as the 7500, Pro 750, and 6300, just without the presets. (You can read about the speed control of the different machines on my Vitamix RPM measurement page.) The microprocessor speed control should help protect the motor when using the wide container at high loads and very low speeds, but at maximum speed it shouldn’t make a difference. The marketing copy for the 5300 says that it comes “with a faster, yet quieter, motor,” but I am skeptical of those claims [Update: interestingly, Vitamix removed that phrase].

The 5300 and 6500 are a bit louder than the G-Series bases, which have sound-dampening technology not present in the C-Series bases. At the same price point, I would prefer the 7500.

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, Vitamix will repair or replace it, and they cover shipping costs both ways. For more details about warranties, check out my Vitamix Warranty page.

Reconditioned Vitamix

Certified Reconditioned VitamixI 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: 5200 for $329, Pro 500 for $379, S55 for $379, 7500 for $439, and 780 for $519$399. For more details, see my refurbished Vitamix page.

Payment Plans

Want to start blending right away, but don’t want to pay the full price up front? Vitamix offers payment plans with zero interest and no fees if you make payments on time. For more information, check out my payment plan 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 in the U.S. or Canada. For more details, see my page about the Vitamix promotion code.

Extra Bonus

If you order via a link on this site, Joy of Blending can get a commission. I deeply appreciate your support, and, to thank you, I want to help you get the most out of your new machine. I try to answer all questions from everyone, but sometimes I get swamped. If you order through one of my links, I will give you a private way to contact me so that I can answer your questions before visitors who are not on the special list. Please make sure my link is the last link you click before placing your Vitamix.com order. Then just forward your order confirmation to thanks@joyofblending.com.

Recommended Accessory

I highly recommend getting a long narrow spatula, which is helpful for getting every last bit of thick mixtures out of the container. Vitamix sells these nylon spatulas, which are pretty good, but I now prefer this silicone spatula. I reviewed the nylon spatulas here, and the silicone spatula here. (I do not like the silicone spatula that Vitamix sells.)

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 the Vitamix model round-up. I’m looking forward to getting back to describing some actual recipes!


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Which Vitamix to buy? Comparison of models in 2018 — 1,112 Comments

  1. Hi…your review is The Most Informative…buy I could not still decide…so please help… I can not decide between E10 & Professional 750…The 48 ounces ‘ narrow shaped’ container are attractive features of E10 but professional series looks more popular and sounds attractive…and is it more powerful too…this is a big ‘One Time Purchase’ for me and I can not makeup my mind at all… certified refurbished is a good option but I don’t know how to find the link so I can get maximum benefit price wise…appreciate your response please…Thank You : )

    • The difference in power is not significant, so I wouldn’t take that into account. If you are happy with the idea of the 48-oz container, I recommend going with the E310.

      Refurbished Vitamix links are at the top of this page, but the refurbished Vitamix machines are all 64 oz….

      • Thanks for your reply…I am new to this so it took a while to find out the relevant question/answer section…Thanks once again : )

  2. I have the Ascent 3300. I used it for the first time. Filled it full of lentils and the machine bounced around very badly. There is no way I would set a program and leave it. My other Vitamixer was very stable. I gave my 5200 to my son. Any idea what’s going on with my new machine? I’m thinking of returning it.

    • Varying degrees of vibration are normal for heavy loads, and a container full of lentils certainly qualifies. You can get the same sort of vibrations in the 5200 (or any blender). The solution is to keep a hand on the machine for that sort of blending. If your machine were bouncing around when making a regular smoothie, then I would say there might be something wrong with it, and you could get it exchanged.

      • You could also put a placemat or even shelf liner under your machine. Especially if you have granit counter tops or something like it.

  3. Hi, I am wondering what containers the Ascent 3500 machine can use? Also is this machine quiet like the Professional series Pro 750?

    Thanks for your reply.

    • Ascent machines can use any of the containers with self detect. Right now, there are five different ones: 8oz, 20oz, 48oz, 48oz w/ dry blade, 64 oz.

      And yes, Ascent machines have the same noise dampening technology as the Pro 750. The metal A3500 options are a little quieter than the non-metal ones.

    • Yes, you can use the Perfect Blend scale with any blender. The only thing you can’t do is send programs from the app to the blender—that’s something that only Ascent models do.

  4. Hi,

    After reviewing all the great information, I was set on getting a 7500. I notice that the 5300 is available as a certified refurbished unit from Vitamix at more than 200$ less, 419$ CND.

    I understand the 7500 is a better choice but given the difference in price, should I snag that 5300 now?

    How often are other models such as the 7500 available as refurbished?

    Thank you!

    • At these prices, I do think the 5300 is the better buy. The 7500 is quieter, but once you are blending real ingredients, the difference is so minor that you may not even notice it.

      Vitamix has never sold the 7500 reconditioned in Canada. Currently it is not available in the US either. I don’t know if it will ever be available again in the US, and I highly doubt that the reconditioned 7500 will ever be available in Canada.

  5. If I understand correctly, the Explorian E320 and the Explorian E310 are the same motor and base with different sized jars. As much as I have read about the pros and cons of the sized different jars, I can’t figure out if one or the other of these models’ jars (low profile 48 oz. vs low profile 64 oz.) will ultimately be more useful. Please help! Thanks!

  6. I am very interested in the Professional Series 750, but I keep seeing S, C & G Series. Which series (letter) would the 750 be? Also, could I prepare almond butter (raw) with the 750 or I would have to buy the 32 ounce dry grain container?

  7. Awesome review, thanks for the information! I am looking at the 750 and 780 refurbished models, and am trying to figure out the better buy. From your reviews it looks like the main difference is the touchscreen on the 780. Do you have a recommendation/preference between the two?

    • Also, the price difference is roughly $30 less for the 780 refurbished but $150 more for the new models. Any insight into why this might be the case?

      • The reconditioned 780 used to cost more than the reconditioned 750, but they dropped its price. I can only speculate on why, but presumably it comes down to supply and demand.

        The pricing on the new 780 is pretty weird, and I’m not sure why they haven’t dropped its price. It’s strange to me that costs more than the A3500. Part of it is that Vitamix seems to rarely change the price of new machines, whereas it’s not that unusual for them to adjust pricing of reconditioned machines. The rigid new pricing may be partly tied to their price agreements with retailers.

    • This may be a moot point because the reconditioned 750 is out of stock, and I’m not sure if it will ever come back in stock. You are correct that the difference between them is the touchscreen. I slightly prefer a knob to a touch-slider, but I used the 780 for a while and was perfectly happy with it.

  8. Adam, thanks for the prompt response. Any thoughts/recommendations on the 780 and the E310? Also how crucial is it to have a dried container?

    • In my opinion, the most meaningful difference between those models is the container. The question is, do you want the short/wide 64-oz container, or do you want the short/narrow 48-oz container? If you aren’t getting a second container and you want to blend smaller amounts, the E310 would be preferable. Also, hard to argue with the price on the E310! On the other and, for some people the wide container is better, and some people really like the touchpanel controls of the 780.

      The dry container is useful if you will regularly grind flour. Plenty of people don’t have much use for the dry container, but I’m glad I have one.

  9. I would like to get a vitamix that’s quiet and can make small amounts of very smooth smoothies that contain parsley, cilantro, dill, collard greens, kale, kirby, apple etc.
    Id also like to be able to make chocolate mousse made of avacado, cocoa, and dates.
    I’d also like to be able to make nut butter, but this feature isn’t a must.
    I’d also like to make ice cream out of frozen banana and strawberries. This feature isn’t a must either.
    These are the foods i usually prepare around here.
    I can spend any amount.
    Quiet machine is important to me. And a machine that won’t heat up the food as it makes the smoothie.
    Which machine/s would you suggest?
    Thanks so much!

    • The key things you mentioned are small amounts and very smooth. So that means you want a full size machine for maximum smoothness (not one of the S-Series Personal size ones), and you want a narrow container for the small amounts. It sounds like a good fit would be the E310, though right now the Reconditioned Standard Programs is on sale, and that would also work.

      As far as quiet and not heating the food up go, those don’t affect the decision as much. No Vitamix is super quiet, and the differences in noise between models are pretty minor. The quieter machines are the G-Series (7500 & 750) and the machines with a metal base (750 & A3500). But those machines come with a wide container, so you would probably want to get a narrow container to go with it. For maximum quiet, you can get a sound enclosure, but they are bulky and a bit expensive. (Whisperblend makes the best ones, if you get one, please put in the order comments that you were sent by Joy of Blending.)

      All high-power blenders heat food as it blends (through friction). To keep smoothies cool, you add ice or frozen fruit, and you don’t blend for super long durations.

  10. Hello,

    I hope you’re still responding to inquiries regarding this excellent comparison article. I had the 5200 for years and loved it – I recently had an opportunity to exchange it due to the ‘black fleck’ class action suit and purchased a 7500 model instead, mostly because me and my child were really hoping it was quieter (I have sensitive hearing) and because I like the pulse feature. Unfortunately, my experience in the two weeks I’ve had it is not great – I mostly cook for myself and my son, and the low profile 64 oz container just doesn’t seem to blend nearly as well as the 5200. I’ve been frustrated that Vitamix is run by marketing people, and are producing the low profile containers even though they know the tall, 5200 style is the best blender shape. For the money I’m paying, I want the absolute best blender – not one that fits in a certain space. Should I go back to the 5200 or do you think getting the wide 48 or 32 oz containers would return the quality blending to my 7500? Alternatively, could I use the 5200 tall 64 oz container on my 7500? You seem to say it’s compatible, but Vitamix has repeatedly told me that’s not the case. Thanks so much!

    • Yes, I’m still here. Your experience with problems blending small amounts in the wide container is common, and it is a central part of my recommendations on this page. A 32-oz or 48-oz container should solve your problems. I think you’ll find it preferable to the tall 64-oz container, because it’s just generally handier. That said, you can definitely use the tall 64-oz container on the 7500. I do not understand why Vitamix says you can’t.

  11. Having a hard time deciding. I have a small family so considering recon 5200 or E310. Both of these will help in smaller quantities right? Concerned about which will keep my options more open. Currently do not do flours but am looking to a gluten free style in the future. For now, mostly for green smoothies and frozen desserts and curious about more soups. I’ve listened read compared still would love a best recommendation. Thank you!

    • Yes, both of those models come with a narrow container, so they do equally well with smaller quantities. The significant thing to consider is the trade off between the larger capacity (64 vs 48 oz), and having a more compact container. If you would rarely go over 48-oz, the E310 is more convenient. For occasional blends where you need to blend more, you can always do it in two batches. But if you frequently want to make a full 64-oz pitcher, then it’s nice to have the bigger container. You can always get another container in the future (neither one of those is going to narrow your options).

  12. I just bought an Explorian E320 from Costco. I have an older model at our other home and didn’t t want to transport that one. I thought that the 4 cup and larger grain containers would fit this new base: the E320 is wider and yet my other Vitamix fit under my cupboards here and this one is too tall. The older model was purchased at a state fair and came with a cookbook and two extra containers and the tamper.
    Question: What are the differences that I should be aware of? Is there a difference in quality? Are the newer models just as well made?

  13. I had the original all stainless steel Vitamix and loved. Eventually solid it a few years ago as I liked the idea of seeing what was happening to the mix, blend. Purchased the 5200 and it’s a great machine. For large loads it can struggle so was thinking of buying a new machine with the eider 64oz container. I blend both large and small batches from full to under 2 cups. What’s the best selection?

    • It’s not officially sanctioned by Vitamix, but you can use the wide container with the 5200. If you’re blending full loads in it, I recommend checking out my page about how to minimize motor heating.

      If you want a new machine, the key question is, do you want the extra features? (program modes, timer display, Bluetooth connectivity, etc.) If you want a machine similar to what you have, the Reconditioned 7500 is a great deal right now. And you would be able to use your existing 5200 container with it.

      If you want the modern features, I recommend choosing between the A2300 and A3500.

  14. Thank you for all the helpful information. Is the Ascent 2500 considered a “G”series (this is what I have)? So I understand, does the smaller 48 oz container option actually have a smaller base, thereby helping with the problem of needing to make a double batch of certain recipes when using the standard Ascent 2500 64 oz container (or is just shorter)?

    Also, would the “wider” ISI spatula work better for this 64 oz container (as you mention that the slim version is a little too narrow)? I noticed there is a wider version also on line.

    • Technically the A2500 is not a G-Series, but its container is essentially the same as the G-Series 64-oz container. So the things I wrote about the wide G-Series container apply to it. I suppose I should update that section.

      And yes, the 48-oz Ascent container is narrower, so it will help with blending small amounts. (In fact, it uses the same 3″ blade as the Classic 32-oz and Classic 64-oz containers.)

      I have not tested the wide version of the iSi spatula. For the wide containers, the new Vitamix blade scraper works pretty well.

  15. Hi! Thank you for all of this information! I am still a bit overwhelmed. At the end of the day, what is your personal favorite or top three you recommend. We just want to do smoothies, soups, etc.

    • I know it can be overwhelming. That’s why I have the green box at the top with the current best deal for price-concerned shoppers, plus two more for people who don’t mind paying for more features.

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