The Case for a Refurbished Blendtec or Vitamix

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The following article details my first-hand industry experience with refurbished Vitamix and Blendtec blenders.  To skip straight to details on available models from these manufacturers, scroll down to the section entitled, “The Specifics.”

(updated July 28, 2015)

 

Everybody likes something new.  No matter how fleeting, there’s a tangible level of excitement that comes with breaking a factory-seal, peeling away shrink-wrap, and breathing in familiar scents associated with something never-before owned. “Unboxing” just about anything is such a thrilling event for some that YouTube, for instance, has a catalog of nearly 20 million videos of just that – people sharing with the world their experiences tearing into the packaging of a product for the very first time.

I can’t imagine anyone not being excited over seeing a brand new Vitamix or Blendtec blender waiting on his or her doorstep. Opening one of these big boxes is the punctuation mark on the high-performance blender buying experience – usually preceded by days if not weeks of review-reading, video-watching, price comparing, and everything else involved in the due-diligence process.

The Idea

Along with the associated cost of the machine itself, this process is what makes the purchase of a high-performance blender a true investment into a healthier lifestyle for its new owner. But while just about anyone with internet access can perform the legwork that culminates in the choosing of a particular model to suit his or her needs, actually purchasing the blender is often a challenge in and of itself. Why? Well, in a nutshell, these things are expensive! Price-points for new Blendtec and Vitamix models begin at $400.00 and can go north of $1000.00 on the high-end. Though even the baseline models from either manufacturer are exceptional machines in their own rights, understandably not everyone can, or is willing to, shell out half a grand or more for one.

Fortunately there’s an alternative for anyone who might be suffering from Vitamix and/or Blendtec sticker-shock. This relief comes in the form of a refurbished model. Now, I realize the very term elicits varying degrees of skepticism from consumers, and, as it relates to numerous re-sold consumer goods, justifiably so. Manufacturers have even come up with clever alternative tags like “recertified” and “reconditioned” to deflect attention away from the implicit negative connotation of the word. I wouldn’t blame anyone for avoiding most refurbished products out of general principle. To a few specific items falling under this umbrella, though, I can speak with absolute authority that a refurbished Vitamix or Blendtec blender indeed meets the very definition of the term “good deal.” Let me explain how.

The availability of refurbished Vitamix blenders predates the launch of blender dude in 2009. However, although the opportunity to purchase one of these models existed, to the best of my knowledge there was not a single recommendation to consider this option to be found anywhere on the internet. Why was that? I suggest any explanation is rooted in the rationale discussed above concerning the general negative connotation associated with refurbished products. At the time, no high-performance blender “authority” was willing to put his or her stamp of approval on a refurbished model as there wasn’t a documented account anywhere on the internet of actual first-hand experience with one.

This all changed once I began paying closer attention to the return inventory of Vitamix and Blendtec blenders in Costco and Sam’s Club warehouses during my live-demonstration “road shows” that year. Prior to stacking any blenders which were returned between or during shows on pallets and sending them back to Blendtec’s factory in Orem, Utah, as was required per my regular end-of-show duties, I began methodically performing my own inspections of these machines, first. I would do this over the course of my 10 days in a given store at closing time and during lunch hours and other daily break periods of the road shows. What I discovered surprised me.

The Support

Prior to being sent back to their manufacturers, returns of all items to Costco and Sam’s Club stores are housed in the rear of the warehouses, in what are known as return “cages.” As a rep for one of these manufacturers I was granted access to the cages. Here I was able to unbox and inspect each and every Blendtec Total Blender brought back to the store. Not only would I visually inspect these machines, but I also developed the routine of plugging units into nearby electrical outlets where I could see via their control panels exactly how many “blend cycles” were run on them prior to being returned. Over the course of several months I discovered the majority of these returned units had fewer than 10 cycles on their counters, and a large proportion of them had zero! As well, at least once per show I would perform actual demonstrations with a returned unit specifically to satisfy a personal curiosity over whether or not something was actually “wrong” with it. At no time did any machine I used fail to perform to the exact same standards as did my regular demonstration blender.

What did this mean? I suppose it is possible that the purchaser of a high-performance blender is able to determine in 10 or fewer uses that the product doesn’t meet his or her expectations. But what I ultimately concluded then – and remain just as convinced of today – is that most returns were the result of initial “impulse purchases” from customers who visited one of these warehouse clubs on a given day with absolutely no intentions of purchasing a $400.00 blender. Once inside they would watch my demonstrations and perhaps become convinced of the merits of the product, only to realize after taking one home that the sizeable financial investment required in owning one simply wasn’t feasible at the time. This conclusion of mine was both developed and reinforced by the personal testimonies of numerous customers who approached me during my events to confess making a return for just such a reason.

Having access to the cages allowed me to perform similar inspections on the returns of Blendtec’s primary “competitor” as well. And the story was no different with the Vitamixes. As these blenders don’t have digital displays I was unable to tell exactly how many times one was used prior to being brought back. However, visual inspections of the Vitamix returns were entirely consistent with those of the Blendtecs in that nearly all of these machines appeared to have been hardly taken out of their boxes before being put right back in. For all intents and purposes they were still brand new – the very ones that would subsequently be returned to their respective factories, re-inspected, re-packaged with brand new containers and accessories, and re-sold as factory refurbished models at tremendous discounts from their original prices.

It did not take me long to realize I would be doing a tremendous disservice to the readers of my website in failing to mention the value that could be captured investing in one of these models. And for years thereafter blender dude was the only site not just referencing the availability of refurbished high-performance machines, but also actually recommending them. In the years since I have periodically used many of these models personally on a daily basis, and my belief in the value they represent has only grown. To this day I have yet to receive a single complaint from a customer of mine who has bought a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix over the condition or performance of his or her unit. On just two occasions I have been informed by purchasers of Certified Refurbished Blendtec Total Blenders that the containers included with them had faulty gaskets around the blade assemblies. It is worth mentioning again, though, that containers included with all refurbished Blendtecs are brand new, meaning, these two occurrences were unrelated with the blender, itself, being pre-owned.

Today the word is out. There is hardly a blender review website to be found that doesn’t recommend a refurbished option from either Blendtec or Vitamix. How, exactly, can these reviewers so confidently advocate for these models? This is a minor mystery to me as I have my reservations over most of them having any significant first-hand experience with them. Whether they do or not, though, doesn’t change the fact that their proclamations of refurbished Vitamix and Blendtec models being great values are spot-on.  I strongly recommend anyone in the market for one who is also on a tight budget or otherwise deterred by the sizable prices of quality high-performance blenders give these models thorough consideration.

The Specifics

Vitamix currently offers four Certified Reconditioned models. Each is comprised of previously new blenders such as those discussed above which have been returned to its factory in Cleveland, Ohio, for reconditioning. Occasionally blenders from promotional photo shoots or home shows will be included in the pool of available units as well. Upon return to its factory, Vitamix performs a 17-point inspection to ensure that each blender meets the exact same quality and performance criteria as all of their new units. To these criteria, the Certified Reconditioned model warranty coverage is also identical to that of new Vitamixes with the exception of its duration.

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Whereas new Vitamixes most-often come with 7-year warranties, a Certified Reconditioned model comes standard with a 5-year warranty – very nice in its own right. However, options to purchase additional 3-year terms are also available with most models. In almost all cases, when added to the reduced cost of the blender, itself, the cost of an extended warranty on a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix results in a model with a longer warranty coverage than that of a new one – covered to the same extent, yet at a lower overall cost.

Returns of all new Vitamix models which feature identical motors and user-interfaces are grouped under the same Certified Reconditioned model category. After completion of the inspection process, Vitamix re-packages each motor base with a brand new 64-ounce container, tamper, and recipe book. This is how Vitamix ensures that each reconditioned model is identical to any other in its category with the exception of the original model name on the front of the blender. Regardless of the model name stamped on the motor base, the blender itself, warranty, and all associated contents of the package are exactly alike within the particular Certified Reconditioned category.

The Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix is comprised of blenders from any of 7 original C-Series models. These blenders feature 2-horsepower motors and user interfaces with Power On/Off and Variable/High speed levers and a center Variable speed dial. Regardless of which size container was included with the original unit, this model will come with a new 64-ounce standard BPA-free container with a 3-inch blade assembly and new tamper. Along with an instructional DVD, the spiral bound Getting Started Plus recipe book is included with all packages regardless of which book originally appeared with the respective new blender. The standard warranty for this Vitamix model is 5 years with an option to extend to 8. Normal savings off of standard pricing on new models in this category can be as high as 38%, and reach close to 45% during promotions.***

The Vitamix 6300 and Professional Series 500 are the two original models which represent the Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs Vitamix. These blenders also feature the same 2-horsepower Vitamix motor, new 64-ounce BPA-free containers with 3-inch blade assemblies, instructional DVDs, and new tampers. Original recipe books are replaced with new spiral-bound copies of Savor. The distinguishing feature of this model is the pre-programmed functionality on the user-interface panel. Settings for Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Hot Soups allow the user to load the container with corresponding ingredients and have the blender stop itself automatically with perfect results when recipes have completed the blending process. Savings of 41% off of normal new model pricing is standard with this option, and can reach nearly 50% during promotions.***

Four original Vitamixes combine to create the Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Vitamix model. Each features a 2.2-horsepower motor and the newly designed, shorter-profile 64-ounce BPA-free container with 4-inch blade. The control panel consists of Start/Stop and Pulse levers as well as a center Variable speed dial. A new tamper, the hard-bound Simply Fresh recipe book, and an instructional DVD complete the model package. Savings of nearly 25% off the price of new Next Generation models can be captured by purchasing a reconditioned equivalent.

Only one model makes up the Certified Reconditioned Next Generations Programs Vitamix. The Professional Series 750 is the only Next Generation model equipped with pre-programmed settings. Along with the 2.2-horsepower motor and Start/Stop and Pulse levers on the control panel, its Variable speed center dial also features settings for 5 pre-programmed cycles: Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, Hot Soups, Purees, and Clean. Like the C-Series Standard Programs models, via these settings users can elect for the blender to automatically select speeds and blend durations without being monitored. A new tamper, low-profile 64-ounce BPA-free container with 4-inch blade, instructional DVD, and hardbound Create recipe book come with the blender. The reconditioned Pro 750 models can save the customer as much as $120.00 compared to new versions.

Though arriving a little later to the game in offering refurbished machines, Blendtec has more than made up for it by backing their models with not only the same level of warranty coverage issued on its new blenders, but also for the very same duration. Every Certified Refurbished unit is given a comprehensive inspection, including service and testing, by trained technicians in Blendtec’s Orem, Utah, factory.  It is then repackaged with brand new accessories to go along with the aforementioned full 7-year warranty.

Blendtec’s Total Blender Classic Certified Refurbished model features a 3-horsepower motor, new BPA-free WildSide container with 4-inch blade, vented gripper lid, and Fresh Blends recipe book. The user-interface panel consists of touch-button controls including buttons for manual Speed Up and Down, Pulse, as well as 6 pre-programmed “blend cycle” options: Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt, Ice Crush/Milkshake, Soups/Syrups/Fondues, Sauces/Dips/Dressings/Batters, Whole Juice, and Smoothie. Via these cycles along with corresponding Blendtec recipes, users can achieve desired results with the press of a single button without having to monitor the blender. Regularly priced just under $400.00, new, the refurbished option at $280.00 represents a 30% savings.

The recently-introduced Designer Series model is also available as a refurbished Blendtec option. A savings of $70.00 can be captured from the $450.00 starting price of new units. The Designer Series Certified Refurbished model comes with not only the same 3-horsepower motor and blend cycle options as the Total Blender, but also capacitive-touch user-interface and re-designed airflow resulting in quieter blending. Brand new BPA-free WildSide containers, vented gripper lids, and Fresh Blends recipe books are included with this model as well.

A final incentive worth mentioning to those considering a refurbished Vitamix or Blendtec is the respective return policies of these blenders. Just as with their new models, both companies offer no-questions-asked, full-refund, 30-day trials of their refurbished models. For anyone “on the fence” regarding the prudence of making such a significant financial investment into a refurbished product, this might be considered additional insurance into making certain one of these units meets every expectation placed upon it before committing to full ownership.

Feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns with refurbished Vitamix or Blendtec options not addressed in this article. Disclosure:  As an authorized Blendtec and Vitamix affiliate, commissions are earned on specific products purchased via links on this site.

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71 Comments
  1. You mentioned refurbished Blendtec blenders have the same full 7 year warranty as new blenders. This is incorrect. They have a 3 year warranty.
    http://www.blendtec.com/blenders/total-blender-classic-series-factory-reconditioned

  2. Just picked up a factory refurbished Blendtec Total blender on ebay for $189.99. It looked brand new coming out of the box. The Wildside+ jar and the recipe book were both brand new and sealed.

  3. thank you for the free ship. just order a refurbished personal vitamix. wanted to make this comment since some said it wouldn’t work.

    • bd

      Thank you, Deone. Congrats on your Vitamix and Happy Blending!

  4. Hello BD,

    Given that the Vitamix now has the black specs issue, and the Blendtec also can have some problems with the jar, what is the best choice?

    I don’t really want to ingest o-ring material even though Vitamix says it’s safe.. and I also don’t want the jar seal to explode.

    I tried the Salton Harley Pasternak which again had a jar issue where the food gets stuck underneath in the blade housing behind the plastic. I now have the Breville Hemisphere Control which is not powerful enough to blend nuts.

    What would you recommend to get? Would the Blendtec 4-side jar be the most reliable jar? Or is there another brand to consider with a better jar?

    • bd

      Chris, you are certainly on top of the issues with both Vitamix and Blendtec blenders at present. I also tested the Pasternak blender for a solid month and drew the same conclusions as you – decent blender with container design issues making content removal and cleaning a bit difficult.

      Either via good fortune or as a result of extensive use, I have experienced none of the present issues with any of my Vitamix or Blendtec containers. Above all other blenders I have tested I still recommend these manufacturers. Although the Blendtec FourSide is no more or less susceptible to potential gasket issues than either the WildSide or WildSide+ container, the company will back it to the full extent of the blender’s warranty. All else being equal, I prefer the WildSide containers to the FourSide.

      Likewise, although the design issue responsible for the black speck issue is universal across all models, Vitamix will replace any container discovered to be affected by it. My presumption is that between a new purchase made today and the end of its respective warranty duration, a permanent “fix” for both of these issues will be implemented by the manufacturers, and anyone affected by them will be included in the solution process. This is admittedly a leap of faith in both of these companies on my part.

      There are some other blenders on the market with user reviews suggesting the issues above are nonexistent. My requests to these manufacturers to review their products have gone unanswered, however. I am reluctant to advise or even mention products with which I have no first-hand experience.

      • Thanks BD.

        I think you used your Vitamix enough to wear all the flaky stuff off the seal. I checked the diagram of the blade assembly and it looks like it has a seal on top, one on the bottom and two bearings in between. The seals don’t have that much surface area, meaning it can’t be a lot of material that can keep coming out. Perhaps an aftermarket seal may be better than the original.. who knows. The whole kit with bearings can be found on eBay relatively cheap.

        If you had to choose between the Refurbished Vitamix 5200 or a brand new Blendtec Total Blender, which would you pick?

        • bd

          Although I have no way to prove or disprove that is what has happened, it is certainly well within the realm of possibilities.

          The answer to your question depends on which manufacturer you’ve determined you like better for yourself. Everyone has an entirely different set of likes/dislikes and requirements for their/their family’s situation. I am a big fan of the refurbished unit of both Blendtec and Vitamix and could strongly recommend either after you’ve determined which manufacturer is right for you. However, I wouldn’t recommend the refurbished version of the Vitamix over a new Blendtec if you prefer the Blendtec, or vice versa.

          In other words, at these price points I recommend first and foremost you select the blender your research and instinct tell you you’d like better. Both are admirable performers. You ultimately want the one you’ll be most inclined to use.

  5. Hi BD~
    I watched your series comparing the Vitamix and the Blendtec. It seems that Blendtec now has a nut butter jar. Do you sell the nut butter jar? Have you tried it and compared it with Vitamix?

    The Blendtec fits my small kitchen better, but I’m concerned about the container leaking. What’s your thoughts?

    • bd

      Shari, my guess is you are referring to the Twister Jar, which was not available when some of my videos were made. Yes, it is available through me. You can find it here: Blendtec Containers & Accessories.

      The container gasket issue that has caused some containers to fail over time still exists, although it effects a relative small number of containers. Keep in mind that the container is covered to the full extent of the warranty just like the rest of the blender is. Blendtec has an excellent reputation of honoring the warranty if and when a container were to fail due to this issue. Were it to occur, it would most likely do so within the 7-year warranty window, in which case you would receive a new container free of charge. Hopefully by the time that warranty period expires Blendtec will have implemented a permanent solution to the issue.

      • Hi BD,

        I bought the Vitamix but unfortunately it does have the black speck issue. The box was marked March 2nd 2015, so I was hoping it might have been fixed, but it is not. Additionally, the jar smells terrible to me. I have a sensitive sense of smell, but even my girlfriend says it smells bad. I ended up crossing my fingers and ordering a Waring HGB150 from Amazon. It has a stainless steel jar and it’s a commercial blender, but it’s only 1.5hp. The alternative would’ve been the Hamilton Beach HBF600s which I think would be absolutely amazing, but it is out of my price range.

        Maybe you can review some of these stainless steel Waring/Hamilton Beach blenders, as a lot of people are starting to ask for an alternative to the Vitamix plastic/black specks. I can definitely see how powerful the machine is, but the plastic Vitamix jar feels flimsy compared to my Breville Hemisphere jar.

        There is also a Waring CAC90 jar that people say fits the Vitamix.

        • bd

          Chris, I’m sorry for your unfortunate experience. What you described is actually a first for me. I’ve never heard of a Vitamix container being shipped with an odor issue. I hope you have better luck with your Waring. I have contacted several manufacturers about reviewing their high-performance models, including Waring. To date I have never heard back from them. Should they elect to have me perform reviews of their products, I would be more than happy to.

          • Hi BD,

            It’s the lid of the jar that smells. I assume the smell will go away in a week or two.. it’s fresh rubber that is offgassing.

            The Waring had a leaky lid so I returned it, and I’m back with a Vitamix..

            I ran the Vitamix 30 min with plain water and 1 min with water + coconut oil to lubricate the seal. I have no more black specs at all now, just slight smell from the lid. There were quite a few specks at the beginning.

            • bd

              Chris, thanks for the update. I believe you are correct about the smell of the lid dissipating in time. Thanks, too, for the tip regarding lubricating the seal via coconut oil.

  6. Hello Jonathan,
    Do you have statistics on how often the 7500’s are repaired under the extended warranty in years 5-8? I am wanting to purchase the Vitamix 7500, but buying the 3 year extended warranty almost prices it at the cost of the new unit for with a warranty for 7 years($15 difference). In your opinion, is the extended warranty worth it, or more of a money-maker for Vitamix?

    • bd

      Alex, as the Next Generation models, including the 7500, have only been around for approximately 2 years, there is no 5 to 8 year data to be collected as of yet. Relative to new machines, the extended warranty on a Certified Reconditioned until is a great value, as both machines are covered to the same extent and to the same set of standards. The extra year on the refurbished models therefore is a great deal on a relative basis. Whether the extended warranties are worth it on a stand-alone basis is a different matter. Given that the models are newer, the peace of mind may be worth it to avoid dealing with the uncertainty. On the other hand, the traditional models normally last much longer than 7 years, most without ever needing servicing. Yours is a good question but one I can’t give a definite opinion on, unfortunately.

  7. Hi Blender Dude,

    Does Vitamix delivery the refurbished models to Ontario, Canada?

    Thank you,

    Lukas

    • bd

      Lukas, unfortunately, no. Delivery of these models must be to a U.S.-based address.

  8. I’ve purchased and returned 3 Blendtec blenders from Costco due to sticker shock, yesterday I bought it again for the last time. I love my Blendtec. My only complaint is the Blendtec I had brough home was obviously re packed, it had been double taped and one side looked to have been attempt to open, when I did open the box there was paper stuffed in the box, one recipe book wasn’t wrapped as both should be, the jar and lid were already attached together and the jar was scratched and dirty and the lid was dirty. A no name ziploc bag had been placed over the lid and had and put back into box. I was not impressed, having 3 previous I knew what to expect and it was obvious this had been opened and repacked. Funny thing I purposely grabbed a box in the middle of the pallet thinking it would’ve been a unopened box and it wasn’t. I went back and returned the blender telling Costco I have reson to believe it had been repacked and I went back and found a box that had not been double tapped and opened the box to make sure it all looked brand new. I used it this morning and it seems louder than I remember but I’m sure it’s fine. Anyways is it common practice for the manufacture to send Costco new orders of blenders that have been repackaged and essentially preowned in a sense?

    • bd

      Amanda, no, that is not common at all. Based on what I know from working with the company, that is a box that “slipped through the cracks.” There are any number of explanations for why that might have happened, but the least-likely is that Blendtec did this purposely. I’m sorry you were inconvenienced with it but am glad you took it back for an exchange. That’s exactly what I would have recommended you do.

  9. Tremendous resource! Thanks for helping me navigate my Vitamix purchase!

  10. I purchased one through you and have never looked back! It’s awesome and I love it!!

    • bd

      Awesome, Julie. Glad to hear it. Continued happy blending with your Vitamix.

  11. Thanks for the info!

  12. It’s really a no brainer. Thanks for clarifying the details of the refurbished warranty!

  13. Thank you for this article! We just got a refurbished vitamix for my in-laws for Christmas after reading about them here. Without this article, I would have been afraid to risk it, but think they’re going to love it!

    • bd

      I think so too, Ashlee. Be sure to let them know they are welcome to contact me with any questions they might have of their Vitamix. Great gift!

  14. This post gives me a lot more confidence in buying a refurbished model. A much better deal!

  15. I really want one of these. Still can’t make up my mind which way to go, but thanks for all the great info!

    • bd

      You’re welcome, Carolsue. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

  16. Looking for a recommendation on a refurbished Vitamix. Juicing and smoothies will do most of the duty. Quiet as possible, I know it’s subjective but you have used them all. Probable use 3 times/day.

    Thanks in advance and your site is extremely informative!

    • bd

      Dave, thanks for the nice words about the site. Any Vitamix model will be ideal for whole juicing as well as smoothies, regardless of price or how many times a day you plan on using them. You can’t go wrong with any of them for these specific functions.

      Technically the Next Generation models are quieter on average. Some people claim a noticeable difference between them and the traditional (C-Series) models. Personally, I find the difference negligible. I have also made a video comparing the two model types regarding noise. You may find it useful: Noise Comparison

  17. Great option for future Vitamix owners!

  18. are these referbs available in europe aka: Ireland?

    • bd

      Jason, at this time they are only available for delivery in the U.S.

  19. Thanks for all the good info BD. I found your site a tremendous help in deciding what blender to purchase. Thanks for the discount code on shipping and the other gifts too!

    • bd

      You’re welcome, Jason. Enjoy your Pro 750 – it is a phenomenal blender!

  20. I think Vitamix is going on my wish list for Santa. Great blenders and good for so many things. Eating whole foods isn’t so hard, especially when you have the right tools in the kitchen.

    • bd

      I agree completely, Joanna, and hope Santa is very good to you this year! 🙂

  21. I bought my refurbished Vitamix (using your code) and I LOVE IT!!! If you would not have told me it was refurbished, I would have never known. Works and looks like new 😉 Anyone interested in getting a Vitamix should think about getting refurbished!!

    Thanks Blender Dude

    • bd

      Christian, thanks for the feedback. I’m glad you love your Vitamix and wish you many years of happy blending with it.

  22. Is 3 years the limit on extending the warranty for refurbished Vitamix’s?

    • bd

      Alex, as of this time, yes, 3 years is the maximum warranty extension for both new and Certified Reconditioned Vitamix models.

  23. Do the refurbished Vitamix blenders come in their original box and if not can you request it?

    • bd

      Naomi, any Certified Reconditioned Vitamix will come safely packaged in original interior packaging. However, the exterior box will be a brown cardboard box with the Vitamix logo and other information stamped on the sides. I would consider it attractive packaging. However, Vitamix will not re-package one back into its original box.

  24. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your website. Who knew I could spend hours reading about blenders, lol! I found this article especially helpful as like a lot of your readers I need all the help I can get price wise but still want top quality. You have made me feel better about going with a refurbished model. I hope they’re really as good as you say because I am close to getting one but you might be getting some questions from me first, haha – thanks in advance!

    • bd

      Lori, I appreciate your nice words and am glad you like the site. Feel free to send any questions my way, either in the Comments sections or directly via email. I am still as big a proponent of the refurbished Vitamix and Blendtec models as ever. They continue to be great values.

  25. Are there any Vitamix models that are not available as refurbished?

    • bd

      Becca, almost every Vitamix model has been included in one Certified Reconditioned category or another. The exceptions would be any model which includes extra containers, the S30 that was recently introduced, and the Creations GC.

  26. Trying to hold out for a sale. Not sure I’ll be able to 🙂 thank you for the great advice.

    • bd

      Lynda, if you decide to get one of these models, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Holiday season is your best bet for a sale but there are no guarantees, of course. Good luck!

  27. Are there plans for refurbished Vitamix to be available in Europe?

  28. Wow I would have never thought about going refurbished before reading this. The thought of spending so much on something that isn’t new still scares me but I’m seriously considering it now lol. Thanks for the detailed article. Kat

    • bd

      Kat, there are a lot of products about which I would share your reservations. I went into great detail explaining my experience with the reconditioned models in order to relay how confident I am in their value. I truly don’t think you’d be disappointed if you purchased one.

  29. Not that its bad or anything but is there a reason why the warranty on a refurbished Vitamix is only 5 years instead of 7?

    • bd

      Kenneth, the fact that the warranty on a reconditoned Vitamix is two years shorter than that of a comparable new model is not in any way indicative of the life expectancy of the machines. Vitamix simply does this as one means of justifying a reduced price on refurbished models. As well, if you weren’t already aware, on almost all refurbished models Vitamix offers an option to purchase a 3-year warranty extension. This works out to an effective 8-year warranty, which covers the machine to the exact same extent as it will new models. The cost of the warranty extension added to the price of the reconditioned Vitamix still falls under the price of a new unit in almost all cases.

      • Checking out the purchase of reconditioned VITAMIX . If you are Blender dude get back to me…Please. electricity is different in Ireland so we must keep that in mind. Thanks

        • Wow . You really are real. Do you sell this wonderful equipment.? Noelene

          • bd

            All models available for delivery to the U.S. and Canada are available for purchase via my site. I am not permitted to sell to any other countries.

        • bd

          Noelene, at this time reconditioned Vitamix models are available only in the U.S. It is also possible for certain Canadian customers to obtain them. Outside of North America, however, I’m afraid this isn’t an option at this time.

  30. Do either of these brands ever go on sale? Thanks in advance.

    • bd

      Kimmy, the standard price for the Certified Reconditioned Vitamixes and the Certified Refurbished Blendtecs are already significant price reductions from the standard price of comparable new models. However, they will occasionally go on sale. Last November Vitamix ran a sale on certain C-Series refurbished models that lasted through the holidays. There is no way to know for certain if they will repeat this sale but it wouldn’t surprise me.

      To the best of my knowledge Blendtec has not run similar sales, but they have made several price reductions on their refurbished models which are now the respective permanent prices.

  31. Well you certainly have me convinced on a refurbished Vitamix. Now where to come up with the money. 🙂

    • bd

      Micah, lol. That is the rub isn’t it? Expensive, yes. But worth it. I wish you well in getting one!

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