Which Vitamix to buy? Comparison of models

Vitamix comparison of S-Series, C-Series, G-Series, and Ascent blendersLast Updated November 13, 2023

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

    • E310 (short/narrow container for small to medium amounts)
    • Recon 5200 (tall/narrow container for small to large amounts)
    • Recon A2500 (short/wide container for medium to large amounts)

Money Is No Object

A3500 (I highly recommend the elegant metal bases.)

The November 2023 Vitamix shopping landscape

Almost all models are on sale for the holidays! Shop the sale.

Vitamix recently launched the A3500 with 48-oz metal container option. I’ve been asking them to offer container choice for years, and this is the first step in that direction. This combination is awesome for anyone who wants a premium machine and prefers a narrow container.

The recent release of the Food Processor Attachment gives more reason to consider Ascent and Venturist models, since it is not compatible with classic models. If you don’t care about the premium finish of the A3500, consider saving big on the Reconditioned V1200 (recent price drop, not sure if it is permanent).

If you are looking for the lowest possible price, I recommend choosing between the Recon 5200, the E310, and the Recon A2500. The most significant difference between these models is the container they come with, so use the following Venn diagram to pick the optimal container for you. There are trade-offs between the three container options. To put it briefly, “short, narrow, or large capacity: pick 2”: Venn diagram of Vitamix single container trade-offs

Note that I am linking to the Recon A2500 as the value wide container pick because there is a special discount. Via links from this site, the price drops $100 after adding it to the shopping cart.

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 models, Explorian, Premium Classic, and Ascent.


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.


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). 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.)

There is now also an Explorian E520, which comes with the wide 64-oz container and adds 3 preset blending modes. With the hidden discount that gets activated after clicking a Vitamix link on this site and then adding the Recon E520 to your shopping cart, it is an excellent deal.

Premium Classic and Propel

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 you might want to be able to use older containers (without NFC chips).

In 2023 Vitamix released a new Series, which they are calling the Propel. Similar to the Pro 750, these machines have preset modes and a secondary on-off switch. The Propel machines also have the subtly updated styling that was released with the Explorian series: Propel 510 and Propel 750.

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 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’re buying reconditioned, the A2500 is the lowest-priced model, and it has all the features of the A2300, including full variable speed control, and it adds 3 preset program modes.)  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:
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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 free 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.)


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, so don’t worry about the note on the Reconditioned Next Gen page that says that the label may reflect any of these models. The only difference is the name printed on it. One point of confusion is that the Creations Elite is sold new with a smaller container, but if you happen to get sent a Creations Elite as a Reconditioned Next Gen, it will come with the same low profile 64-oz container that the 7500 comes with.

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 my page about demystifying Vitamix presets. The 780 is identical, except that it has a touchpanel control interface. 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.


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, and 7500 for $439. 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 (or anything else on Vitamix.com over $50) 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 a spatula for getting the last bits of thick mixtures out of the container. For the narrow containers I recommend a long narrow spatula. For the wide containers, I recommend Vitamix’s under-blade scraper.

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 — 1,241 Comments

  1. I have noticed reviews saying the gear component is plastic and not that great .
    Which of the models have metallic gear? And narrow container to blend.

    • Unfortunately there are a lot of low-quality reviews online.

      All Vitamix containers have a metal “gear.” And all Vitamix bases have a metal female part that it fits into. That metal female part is embedded within a plastic part—the entire piece is called the drive socket. This is for a clever engineering reason. The metal-metal interface lasts much longer than a plastic interface would. Meanwhile, the plastic part of the drive socket is designed to fail if there is a major problem. I’ve never had one fail in 14 years of using Vitamix machines. If someone leaves a metal spoon in the container and the blades get jammed, you want that plastic part to fail. It makes the machine safer, and it is much cheaper to replace than having to replace the motor. You can get a replacement drive socket for $10–$15.

  2. I’m trying to figure out which blender but I get so overwhelmed looking at the options. All I really want is something powerful enough for masticating veggies and nuts OFTEN without the motor being overworked. I’m sure all the Vitamix blenders can do that but considering those are my only requirements the other features just cloud my decision making process. Please help!

    • Did you see the Venn diagram towards the top of this page? In your situation, that’s what I think you should focus on. The things to think about are, what range of volumes do you want to be able to blend, and do you care about how tall the container is?

  3. Adam, Loving every page of your site. Thanks for all the recipes and tips! The completeness of this page alone is amazing.

  4. I’m loving the thoroughness of your information. Thank you! You’re right, this is overwhelming. So, after reading through and pondering and reading some more, I’m debating between the 7500 (which you say at one point was your daily go-to) vs the A2300. You said you used the 7500 before going to the ascent series, so reading between the lines maybe you’re happier with the ascent series and won’t go back? I’m going with the A2300 because of your mention that the programmed controls aren’t necessarily worth it. And with the auto shut off, it’s already similar to being pre-programmed. They’re very similar, so I’m guessing I can’t go wrong with either. However, for being an advancement, the 2300 is cheaper (new vs new) than the 7500. Strange. However, I’d like to make the right choice, seeing as I’ll have this for years to come. I have 3 boys (2 are teens) and we make smoothies pretty regularly. We’re also just now delving into grains and other healthy items that I’m looking forward to this blender for! Thanks in advance!

    • It sounds like you did a good job of reading my info and that you’ve pretty much made up your mind. I do slightly prefer Ascent, though I’m also happy to blend with the non-Ascent models.

      FYI, if you’re open to reconditioned, the Recon A2500 is scheduled to go on big discount starting tomorrow.

      • But if you had to pick, say that price was virtually the same or similar, would you pick the A2300 vs the 7500? or vice versa?

        Thanks for the heads up on the potential sale of the A2500.


  5. Thanks for all the great information. Do you know if you can use the aer disc container on the 5200?

  6. I wish I’d read your website first! Thank you! I’d like to order using your links, but some aren’t working.
    I’m torn between the first two links you’ve posted (Recon A2500 and Recon Next Generation 7500). I don’t care too much about WiFi and the machine autodetecting my jar, but I do like the timer. Why did you switch to the Ascent? Any particular thoughts on deciding between these two? Please let me know and then share updated links to both so that I can purchase through you.

    • Please let me know which of my links are not working. As far as I know, they should all be current, and I want to fix anything that isn’t!

      Yes, both of those are great deals. And I also don’t care too much about the Bluetooth capability, and find the timer as a nice-to-have feature. In addition to the timer, I like being able to use the 8-oz blending cup, and there’s also the potential for more accessories to be Ascent-only in the future. (It’s possible to use the 8-oz cup with the Personal Cup Adapter, but Vitamix recommends against it because it can be hard to unscrew. And given the choice, the Ascent blade base is nicer than the Personal Cup Adapter because it’s much less bulky.) The main advantage of the Next Gen 7500 is the ability to use older containers, but for most people that’s not relevant.

      Also, if Vitamix hadn’t sent me the Ascent machines to try, I would probably still be happily chugging away with my 7500 (or maybe even my 5000).

    • For anyone else reading this, the problem was that Melissa had somehow ended up on the international Vitamix page where those models are not available. If this happens to you, you can click “Change Location” in the lower right of the Vitamix page and then click my link again. Alternatively, you can click my Vitamix US, Vitamix Canada, or Vitamix UK link here, or in the sidebar of my site to change countries. (Most of the links in the body of my site do not include the country code so that they will take you to whichever country your IP address is in or, if you’ve already visited Vitamix.com, they will take you to whichever country site you were on last.)

  7. Your information is so detailed and informative. I have learned more on your site than from the Vitamix site. I like how you review and compare all of the different models!

  8. Hello Adam, as to Vitamix Heritage 750 you write “The upper shell is now metal on the Heritage models and this solid metal is more durable.The Heritage metal is available in brushed stainless and copper finishes.” Can you please clarify, what is the exact material of the bodies? I have bought and will receive within the next days the copper finished Pro 750 /Heritage. The official German importer claims, the body is of real copper metal. Hard to believe. Your description hints at something like aluminium with stainless steel finish respectively copper finish, e.g. by anodizing the surface. Can you confirm, the body is in my case of real solid copper or only some other metal with copper finish – thank you for your checking and reply in advance and also thanks for all the information I find on your site. Regards, Wulf /Germany

    • I do not know what metal it is, just that it’s metal. My understanding is that the copper is indeed a copper finish, not solid copper. (I believe the copper finish does contain real copper.)

  9. Hi Adam. Amazing site. Thank you. Is there a 32 or 48 oz container for the Ascents? Do the Ascents only work with the self detect containers?
    I am looking to make super smooth smoothies, super smooth cashew cream as well as soups, hummus, chopped veggies, nuts, ground spices, etc. Maybe I would try nut milks and grinding flour.
    I can afford the Ascents but am not sure if I would use the smart phone app.
    I also would like to get the least loud model.
    Any advice would be appreciated!

    • There is a 48-oz container for Ascent machines. There is no 32-oz Ascent container. (Minimum blend volume is the same for the 32-oz and 48-oz containers, the 48-oz is just a bit more bulky.) And yes, Ascent machines require self-detect containers.

      The differences in loudness are minor, but the quietest ones are the ones with a metal base, so that includes the metal options on the Pro 750, the A3300, and the A3500.

      Those are all on sale (or will be) over the next few days, so which one to get is up to personal preference. If it were me, I’d get the A3300 on Cyber Monday, because I appreciate various Ascent features (even though I don’t use the app). If you’d like me to send a reminder when the Cyber Monday deal goes live, drop me a line on my contact page. The other ones are fine choices as well.

      • Thanks! What are the Ascent features you like that makes you choose it over the 750 or 780?
        What does the Ascent line have that the Venturist 1200 doesn’t?

        • Ascent features I like: more secure lid, timer display, ability to use current and future Ascent-only accessories, sleeker styling.

          Ascent features not on the Venturist: sleeker styling, metal base option, slightly quieter, more premium-feeling timer buttons and dial on A3300 and A3500.

  10. I am trying to choose between the Prof.Series 750 and the 7500 with Aer disc. Are you aware of any notable differences between the machines?

  11. Hello, and thank you for your in-depth review of Vitamix’s palette of blenders. I’ve spent way, way too long narrowing down a good option. I’d decided on the Next Gen blender but have seen enough videos to appreciate the Classic 64 oz container capabilities for handling small thru large volumes. I my cart it says the Classic 64 is not compatible w/the G series… yet I thought I read somewhere that it would work just the same. Your thoughts, please? Thanks in advance for your time.

    • The classic 64-oz works perfectly well with the Next Gen G-Series. I do not understand why they say it’s not compatible. The coupling is identical, and I’ve used that combination with zero problems.

      • Thank you so much for your reply… my Vitamix decision is as good as paid for. :0)

  12. Great blog! This is probably not a desirable feature to your main sponsor, but It would be great to have an “ancient history” section where you talk about the pre-classics like model, the Vita Prep. More than 25 years later it’s still going strong! Admittedly the plastic container looks kind of dull… on second thoughts, a section like this would actually be a positive for Vitamix as it would prove how durable they are! I recall paying $250+ for it way back then so they are great value now. It was worth every penny.

  13. Thanks for all your info, so helpful.
    I am in Ireland and would like to buy the 7500, but no where stocks it?
    They only have e310 or asent 2300 or s30 or pro 750.
    I don’t want preset, just simple dial.
    We use 230v 50Hz in Europe, so American voltage would not work here.
    Do you have any idea where I could get one shipped?
    Or if I had to buy what we stock in Ireland, what would be most similar to 7500. Thank you and stay safe x

    • Vitamix doesn’t ship internationally, and they discourage their distributors from doing so because they like to control distribution. If there’s some way for you to arrange pick up or forwarding from the UK, you could get the Recon Pro 300 (which is identical to the 7500). If you do that, any warranty service would have to happen in the UK. Otherwise the E310 is the simplest of the ones you mentioned, though it comes with the smaller container. If you don’t mind spending more, the Pro 750 is identical to the 7500 aside from adding the preset modes.

  14. Hi Adam, my question is very simple – As a beginner (in a single household), I am in the market for a blender to make mostly smoothies, frozen drinks, and possibly juices to start. Would you recommend the E310 and then upgrade when I am ready to level up? I have been researching these exhaustively and want to make the right choice. I’m just mad that I missed out on the sales of last weekend.


  15. I am a retired professional chef I have wanted a Vitamix for 20 years and I’ve never owned one I have worked with them but I really want one for I need is the 7500 I’m wondering if you can help me find that with $160 discount you were talking about and possibly with a smaller 32 amps slim jar please let me know how you can help me I have been looking for 20 years for the right one and I am buying very soon I need it today are my particulars down below

  16. Hi Adam, thanks for this site, it’s really helpful. The spatula you recommend was out of stock on Amazon when I just clicked it.

    I’m looking for a Vitamix to grind chicken with bones for my cat’s food. A video from Cat Lady Fitness shows using a Vitamix to do this but there is no model number below the start button. She links to a 300 model.

    Can any of these grind bone in chicken?


    • I have heard of people blending chicken bones before, but I’ve never tried it. All of the current models should perform the same with bones.

  17. I would like to purchase a really good new Vitamix for my daughter for a gift. She would mostly be using it for smoothies and soups for her family of four. I am totally overwhelmed by all of the choices. What would your suggestions be?

    • Honestly any new Vitamix will be great! Blending for a family of four means it’s probably worth getting a 64-oz container. If you want to “future proof” the purchase for additional accessories, get an Ascent model. I’d recommend choosing between the A2300, which does everything you need, and the A3500, which looks fancier and is more expensive.

  18. Hi,
    whats the difference in the base/motor for the 5200 vs the E310?
    Also does the 64oz wide base container fit both these models? Does the small 32os and 48oz container also fit the 5200?
    I have a Vitamix Pro 750 already with a 32oz dry container and a 48oz container but because my husband will need to move away for 1.5year (for work) he needs his own Vitamix and I am second guessing I I should go for a E310 or the 5200. Both sold only in new condition in my country. I would consider the 5200 because this is a container I dont have yet and since it will only be used on another location for 1.5year. After that we will have the 2 blenders in one location and we will use them for workshops.

    Many thanks,

    • The base is basically the same. They have slightly different styling and controls, but blending performance is the same. (Both have the variable speed dial, but the 5200 has start-stop and variable-high speed switches, while the E310 has start-stop and pulse switches. The 5200 controls are slightly less intuitive, but they are easy to learn.)

      All of those containers fit on both models.

      If you like the idea of the classic (tall/narrow) 64-oz container, it sounds like you should go with the 5200.

  19. Hi Adam,

    Thank you for providing so much information on this site!

    I need to be able to make fruit smoothies and purees with absolutely no trace of seeds. I’ve been told that some Vitamix blenders can do that. Do you know if that’s true? If it is, would the E310 be an appropriate model?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Yes, and yes. Just make sure you blend for long enough. Probably ~60 seconds, maybe 90 seconds to be really sure everything is super well blended. You’ll probably want to add ice or frozen ingredients so that it stays cool.