Vitamix Models: A Comparison Guide

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(updated December 9, 2014)

As you either already know or are now discovering for yourself, there are many options when it comes to high-performance blender manufacturers.  Talk to someone who’s been through the buying process and ended up purchasing a Vitamix.  He or she will likely tell you the hardest decision wasn’t choosing the brand.  Rather, it was selecting a particular Vitamix model in the company’s ever-expanding home line that ended up being the most daunting step of the process.  Help with sorting through these individual models has been solicited of me so often that it was the first issue I addressed in the Vitamix portion of my FAQ page.  Despite my response questions still continue to flood my inbox on the matter.  But I’m happy to do my best to help because – let’s face it – Vitamix isn’t exactly making this decision an easy one for most of us.

The reality is, though Vitamix provides you with numerous model choices in 2014 – almost all of them excellent – the differences in many of these packages are negligible and, in some instances, practically nonexistent.  In this article I’ll lay out the exact differences in every Vitamix model in their current home line – 28 at last count – hopefully making it a little easier for you to figure out which Vitamix to buy for you and your family.

Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind during your selection process is that there are basically only two different motors Vitamix will use for every blender in the entire line.  From the early 1990s with the introduction of the 5000 model, to early 2012 with the appearance of the Professional Series 750, Vitamix installed their world-class 2-peak horsepower motor in every blender they made (there is one exception, noted in the chart that follows).  The motor in older models was built in Cleveland, Ohio, but all of today’s 2 HP models are equipped with a new Swedish motor designed and manufactured exclusively for Vitamix.  In March 2012 the Pro 750 was introduced featuring a 2.2-peak horsepower motor.  Subsequently, a few other models using the same motor were developed, and are now commonly referred to as “Next Generation” models.

Here I will divide every model in the Vitamix home line into one of two categories, distinguished by the motor used in the blender – the 2 HP or the 2.2 HP. I’ll call them “Traditional” and “Next Generation,” respectively.***  A third category dedicated solely to Certified Reconditioned Vitamixes – all of which are derived from those in the first two – will then follow, as will a brief note about models you will not see mentioned.

***Edit: In April 2014 with the introuction of the S30 model, Vitamix reclassified their entire home line into three categories. The “traditional” line of models now officially falls under the “C-Series” umbrella. The “Next Generation” line is now referred to as the “G-Series.” As of today, the S30 is the lone model in the “S-Series” line.

C-Series (Traditional) Models

The majority of your options fall into this category.  These models are based on a tried and true design platform that has propelled Vitamix to the very top of the high-performance blender heap – a position unlikely to be relinquished anytime soon.  The blender with each of these models utilizes a 2 HP motor housed inside motor bases of identical shape and dimension.  Except for the model name stamped on the front of the control panel, and sometimes a color specific to a particular model, these motor bases are virtually indistinguishable from one another.  Following is a synopsis on other characteristics of the blenders and their respective package contents for models in the C-Series line.  As you will eventually discover, the alteration of any single characteristic or feature could very well be the only detail separating one model from another.

All but two models in the category feature a user interface implementing a Variable Speed dial in the center of the control panel flanked by levers/toggle switches on either side.***  On a few models the Variable Speed dial will also have 3 pre-programmed cycles (Smoothie, Frozen Desserts, and Hot Soups) to be utilized in conjunction with Vitamix recipes specific to them.  On these particular models the lever to the user’s left will be for pulsing, and the one to the user’s right is a Start/Stop lever.  If the Variable Speed dial does not contain pre-programmed cycles – as will most often be the case – to the user’s left is a High/Variable lever, and to the right, a Power On/Off lever.  Below is an image of the three different control panels that will be found on blenders in the C-Series line, the top being the most common.

***Edit: In October 2013 Vitamix introduced the 6000 model which has neither a Variable Speed dial nor lever. Instead, its center dial consists of timed cycles only. Like the 6300 and Professional Series 500, it also has a Pulse lever. It has been added to the image below.

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Unless otherwise noted in the chart below, all models in this category will be packaged with the universally-recognized standard 64 oz. BPA-free Vitamix container with four-blade assembly and two-piece lid attachment.  On most models the handle will be covered with an ergonomic soft-grip which contains a built-in indentation for the user’s thumb.  Otherwise the model will feature the exact same container minus the soft-grip.  Note the difference below.

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With few exceptions and despite the different names, the core collection of recipes in the Vitamix recipe books in this category are identical.  This core collection is designed for healthy, “every day” recipe blending with commonly available ingredients, though, as you will see, some models contain books with recipes tailored to raw/vegan/vegetarian diets and other models have those geared toward what you might find in a restaurant, or otherwise inspired by chefs.  The books are bound in one of two ways.  The first is by 3-ring binder with an “easel” style front and back cover, designed for easy upright viewing of the loose-leaf recipes on countertops.  The second is a more common “spiral” style binder.

Some models are simply packages put together by Vitamix which include the same exact blenders plus the addition of extra accessories such as different sized containers and tampers, spatulas, cutting boards, etc.  Color options will also vary from model to model.  Some models are available in every color Vitamix makes, but, depending on the current inventory, may or may not be available at the time of purchase.  Other models are available in only a few colors and, in some instances, only one.  Finally, Vitamix offers a 7-year warranty on some models and 5 years on others.

Now that you’ve been primed on what constitutes the basic differences amongst C-Series Vitamix models, it’s time to get into specifics.  In order to most efficiently compare the various options available, we’ll need a barometer.  Enter the 5200, the flagship model in the Vitamix home line.  It is by far Vitamix’s biggest seller, is the most reviewed model on the internet today (including mine), and is the basis upon which all other Vitamix models in this category are constructed.

In the following chart I have identified seven key features which comprise any given Vitamix model.  These are:  Motor, Interface (control panel), (primary) Container, Recipe Book, Accessories, Color Options, and Warranty.  Unless specifically highlighted in the chart as not part of the model package, minor inclusions such as the owner’s manual, warranty card, introductory DVD, start-up guide, etc. are not referenced as they are standard in all models.  At the top of the chart I identify the components of all seven features of the Vitamix 5200 model.  Then, for each successive model in the category, I highlight its features which differ from those of the 5200.  Click on the chart below to open it in a new window, where it may be re-sized to your personal viewing preference:

Vitamix C-Series Model Comparison Chart

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In order to remain relevant, this chart, along with information on any models discussed below, will be revised as needed to reflect additions and subtractions to the Vitamix home line.

G-Series (Next Generation) Models

There are only four models in this 2.2 HP motor category.  Three of them contain motor bases which are identical in every way except for color options.  The lone exception is the original model in the 2.2 HP line, the Professional Series 750.  It features 5 pre-programmed settings on its Variable Speed dial in addition to speed control:  Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Hot Soups – the same three found on the Pro Series 500 and Vitamix 6300 – plus the addition of Puree and Cleaning cycles.  The image below shows the two interface designs of the blenders in this category.

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The motors on these blenders have been equipped with what Vitamix calls “enhanced airflow management,” the result of which is slightly less motor noise during blending.  Company statements of noise reduction from those in the former category have ranged from 40% to 50%, although in actuality the differences in my experience appear to be less significant.

The Creations Elite model is equipped with the very same 48-ounce container included with several models in the C-Series category.  However, the 64-ounce containers included with the three other models in this category have a new design featuring a shorter, wider profile which makes a fully-assembled machine much more likely to be able to be stored on countertops underneath upper kitchen cabinets.  The standard installation height for upper cabinets is usually 18 to 19 inches above the countertop.  The total height of assembled G-Series blenders with 64-ounce containers is 17.5 inches.  Along with a wider container profile is a corresponding wider blade assembly on these models. The blades measure 4 inches across, tip to tip.  For these containers, a different sized tamper has been designed as well.  Like all Vitamix copolyester containers, these, too, are BPA-free.

In the following chart I have identified the seven key features for each G-Series model.  Again, clicking on the chart below will open it in a new window, where it may be re-sized to your personal viewing preference:

Vitamix G-Series Model Comparison Chart

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Certified Reconditioned Models

For various reasons Vitamix keeps models in its inventory which cannot be sold as new.  These include customer returns, blenders used for promotional or advertising purposes, or those used for display at home shows. Each makes the trip back to Cleveland where technicians, using a 17-point inspection process, re-certify it to the exact same specifications as their new blenders.  Whether the machine has been used previously or not, it is re-packaged with a new BPA-free jar, tamper, and accessory package including tutorial DVD and recipe book.  Vitamix then makes these Certified Reconditioned models available for re-sale at discounted pricing backed with the identical warranty attached to their new machines, for a period of five full years.  If you’ve spent any time reading the various Comments sections of this website, you’ve noticed that I am a strong advocate of all the Vitamix refurbished models.

A refurbished Vitamix package can be constructed from amongst the blenders of any original model in the entire home line, but will be re-sold as one of only three models:  Certified Reconditioned Standard, Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs, or Certified Reconditioned Next Generation.***  The Standard model will include a motor base from any C-Series model referenced previously in this article except for the Professional Series 500 or the Vitamix 6300 – excluded because of the pre-programmed cycles included on their Variable Speed dials.  Which actual blender the customer ultimately receives will depend upon availability per Vitamix’s current inventory, and occasionally by the color selected.  Getting Started Plus is the spiral-bound recipe book that comes with the Certified Reconditioned Standard model.

The Pro Series 500 and 6300 comprise the Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs models.  This package will include the spiral-bound Savor recipe book.  The last reconditioned model option, Certified Reconditioned Next Generation, will include a motor base from any of the four blenders in the G-Series line.  All will include the 64 ounce container with the shorter, wider container, newly designed tamper, and hardbound Simply Fresh recipe book.

***Edit: In July 2013 Vitamix introduced two additional reconditioned model options: the Certified Reconditioned Two Speed, comprised of the TurboBlend Two Speed and CIA Creations blenders, and the Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Programs, which is always a Professional Series 750.

Other Vitamix Models

Often I receive inquiries referencing Vitamix model numbers not mentioned in this article.  These are almost always an identification code representing a model’s specific color.  For example, a Vitamix 1364 is actually a CIA Professional Series model in Ruby (red) color, while the Vitamix 1365 is the exact same model in Onyx (black).  If you come across an unfamiliar Vitamix model number, chances are it simply designates the color of a blender you already know by a more familiar name.

Other times I’m asked about blenders in the Vitamix commercial line.  While also top-of-the-line in their own right, these blenders are designed and manufactured with commercial-grade cooling systems which allow the blenders to be used for hours on end, as you might expect to find in a restaurant setting.  Accordingly, they usually come with higher price tags and shorter warranty durations while producing similar actual results to the home line models.  In my opinion they do not represent the same overall value to the average consumer than does any model discussed above.

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  1. Thank you for taking so much time to post this information and answer all the questions. I am getting lost in all of it! I live alone in a tiny duplex apartment with a small kitchen and limited counter space. I don’t have a dishwasher. I want to be able to mostly do juices, smoothies, hot soups, pesto, nut butters, and hummus. Can you tell me what model would be the best one for me? I think I like the smaller containers so was looking at the 5200 with the compact container. Also…can you speculate as to why doesn’t Vitamix show the 5200 when you choose to compare models on their site? Thank you so much!

    • bd

      Robin, you’re welcome. For those particular functions, any model in the entire line will be an excellent option. The differences between most of them are generally size and pre-programmed capabilities. If you don’t mind manually controlling the blender in terms of speed and duration, then, yes, the 5200 is an excellent all-around option. I love mine. If space is an additional consideration of yours then the 48-ounce compact container is a great choice as well. Some people really like the combination of a large 64-ounce container along with the small 32-ounce, but that requires either an additional container purchase or the purchase of a package that already includes both containers. This means additional expense of course. What is important is to select a model with features you like and/or can’t live without. They will all take very good care of you.

      As for your last question, I’m not sure I follow. The 5200 model, both with the standard 64-ounce container as well as the 48-ounce container, can both be found on the Vitamix website. If you can be a little more specific on what you’d like me to speculate, I will do my best.

  2. What is the best most reliable model for smoothies especially using ice. Also I need something that will liquefy as much as possible the fruits and veggies I blend??

    • bd

      Matthew, all Vitamix models will be virtually indistinguishable for this function. If this is your main priority, you might want to consider purchasing on price, alone. Also, consider the Certified Reconditioned models for even more substantial savings.

      How “liquid” your blending results will be is determined much more by the liquid-content of your ingredients plus whatever straight liquids you add rather than the blender model. More high-liquid content fruits will of course yield a more liquid consistency. Blenders are not juice extractors. However, with the right combination of ingredients, plus perhaps the implementation of a nutmilk or filtration bag, you can achieve juice-like consistencies fairly easily.

  3. Hello and thank you for this informative site to help break down the confusion when choosing a Vitamix.

    After much research I have decided that the type of motor and other options don’t really matter to me, any machine will do in that regard.

    What I am hung up on is the containers. I am a bit torn between whether the taller 64oz or the shorter wider 64 oz is going to work better for my needs. I know I would get somewhat frustrated if it is difficult to scrape contents out of the tall version, but if I want to be able to make small amounts of something it sounds like the original 64oz is a better option? Or is this really a negligible thing to worry about?

    I would like to have at least one smaller container, perhaps that will help make my decision on what package to get overall. What is the design of the 32oz and 48 oz wet containers? Are they also skinny like the traditional 64oz?

    If I was to get one smaller container to accompany a 64oz would it be better to get the 32oz. I wonder if there would be much need to have a 48oz and a 64oz?

    Thank you

    • bd

      Audrey, for making small amounts in either of the two 64-ounce container designs, the difference is fairly negligible, although the taller container would technically perform slightly better in this regard. For amounts 8 to 10 ounces and higher they will perform nearly identically.

      If you wanted to add a smaller container to your package specifically for smaller recipes, I would recommend the 32-ounce container over the 48-ounce. The reason for this is the 48-ounce is the same width at its base as the taller 64-ounce container. Therefore, extremely small recipes will be equally as easy/difficult in either. The 32-ounce container is narrower at its base, however. This makes in even more conducive for effective blending of very small recipes. With a 32-ounce container and either of the 64-ounce containers, I foresee very little reason to need a 48-ounce as well.

  4. I am having a hard time choosing between the 6300 and the Pro 750 reconditioned models. What are the real differences. I have read some statements that the pro 750 had a sensing feature that adjusts the blend based on load. Does it really do programs better than the 6300 and give better results? I had gotten some feedback from the Vitamix customer service that programs are not really neccesarry, but I thought they would be nice especially for my kids. What are your thoughts? When is the best time to buy reconditioned units? A vitamix rep told me after the holidays they tend to have a lot of units. Will you see temporary price reductions after Christmas or is now the cheapest time to buy?

    • bd

      Goose, The Pro 750 is built with sensors that signal the motor to automatically adjust for specific optimal blending speeds depending on resistance to load. This is performed at the highest speeds. For example, if you were making a smoothie with frozen fruit and chose manual Speed 8, it is possible that the sensors would engage the motor at its maximum speed for the sake of efficiency. It is unlikely you would ever notice this effect. The sensors do not override manual settings that are clearly intended by the user. If you were blending intentionally on Speed 4, for example, the blender would not ramp up to High on its own. The Pro 750 has more preprogrammed settings than does the 6300, but this does not equate to “better” programs as you’ve stated. I do not personally believer that results are “better” from one model to the next. Equally amazing results can be obtained by any user who operates any blender model properly.

      Kids may find preprogrammed settings easy and fun to use. Of course, blending manually can also be enjoyable, too. The biggest sale Vitamix has had to date on reconditioned models ended in November. I am not sure if another will be forthcoming prior to the end of the year, but they have appeared 2 to 3 times a year for at least a month at a time for the past few years. I never receive much forewarning about the sales but try to make such information available as soon as I get it.

  5. I am confused which model to get. I do small amounts of meat and vegetable for every meal. So i need a small canister. Which model would you suggest. I would also,like the variable speed and maybe pulse. Thanks deb

    • bd

      Deb, the only models that come with an actual Pulse lever are the Professional Series 500, Vitamix 6300, and the Next Generation machines. All of these models come with 64-ounce containers, however, so you would be required to purchase an additional small container if that’s what you’ve concluded you need.

      Keep in mind, though, that any Vitamix model can pulse whether or not it has the actual lever. To achieve this with a model that does not have a Pulse lever, you would simply toggle the Power On/Off lever up and down. This would accomplish the same thing. With this in mind, you might consider a 5200 with 48-ounce container which would give you the smaller container and the ability to pulse, albeit without an actual lever.

  6. I have found your website and videos enjoyable and informative. You provide a great service to health-conscious consumers interested in high-speed blenders.

    I, of course, am one of those consumers. I feel confident and am familiar with the various Vitamix models and offerings. I also am well aware of my needs. I have narrowed my choices to two blenders: the 6300 in platinum with the extra 48 oz container and the Pro 750 in stainless. I like the pre-set options and the pulse functions of both machines. I need something that will fit under my cabinets but don’t particularly need the 64 oz size carafe. My dilemma concerns the size/scale of these two models in the configuration stated. I have a small kitchen and my house is on a small scale. I am concerned about the 750 having a massive look in my small kitchen. And, naturally, I also have concerns with price. The 6300 Reconditioned with the extra canister would cost about $468 including tax – no shipping charge. While the Pro 750 will cost $597 including tax – no shipping charge. An additional concern is that I will probably not use the tall 64 oz container that is included with the 6300.

    I really can’t decide which is the better option, or which model would look more “at home” in my kitchen. Can you help? What are your thoughts concerning my quandary?

    • bd

      WB, thanks for the kind words about the site. I’m glad you’ve found it helpful. To be blunt, both models will probably look big in a very small kitchen. The motor bases of both are very similar in overall size. If you’ve yet to see it, you can see them side by side in this video: Next Gen vs. Traditional. Given the fact that you both need something to fit under your cabinets and wouldn’t be inclined to use the taller 64-ounce container, I would recommend the Pro 750. This, of course, is a recommendation taking cost out of the equation. Only you can decide if the difference in price in these two models outweighs the practicality of the containers that come with the respective models. But, as far as the way either looks in your kitchen, I’m afraid one won’t noticeably improve your space situation over the other.

      • Thank you for your timely and thoughtful response! I took a look at the video, and I see what you meant regarding the sizes of the two blenders. I agree; either/both will look rather large and perhaps somewhat out of place in a small kitchen. If I make this purchase, then, it will not be based upon design and aesthetics!

        Additionally I realized that I will need to purchase a smaller container with the 750 as well. Although I can see utilizing the 64 oz Pro 750 container from time to time. As I would be able to store it on the machine under my cabinets, and would find it easier to prepare large quantity batches in it than in the tall carafe that comes with the 6300.

        Another consideration I had not originally focused on is NOISE. The 750 is noticeably quieter and that is important to me. In the end, I will end up paying about $220 more for the Refurbished Pro 750 Stainless Finish than a Refurbished 6300 Stainless Finish–with or without the extra container without any noticible increase in performance. Is it worth it simply for the aforementioned conveniences? I’m not sure. I’ll have to think about it.

        • bd

          WB, this is really what makes decisions like these personal. Myself, I can distinguish a slight noise variation in the models, and the decibel measurements certainly suggest one. But, to my ears, there isn’t a drastic difference. You, however, seem to be able to distinguish them easily, and that should not be discounted, especially if it is an important consideration for you. Do you best to assign a monetary value to those differences, weigh their importance, and then see how they compare to the actual differences in prices. Best of luck.

  7. BD I would like to purchase a Vitamix for Christmas. Has the “black stuff” issue been reported on or resolved? Is it safe to buy at this time? Thanks. Bob

    • bd

      Bob, as of this moment Vitamix has not yet issued their formal statement on the issue.

      • Thanks BD. I will wait for there response.

        • I need to add one last thing for you to check: I’ve seen black specks in a clear glass of water before, in fact, several times. Guess what? It did not come from our 5200 because we’ve see these mysterious black specks in our water long before we even got the thing. The specks were coming from the refrigerator water dispenser and it also came from the kitchen faucet aerator end washer which is black and becomes deteriorated over time. So you need to check these other possibilities before blaming your Vitamix Blender Canister. It is highly unlikely that the canisters’ cartridge bearing seal is disintegrating, especially when bran new. I think this information need to go to the Vitamix engineers for consideration and review because it is more likely the cause. The user can check this for themselves. Just briskly draw a (clear) glass of water from the spigot in the kitchen and inspect the water. If you have a refrigerator with a dispenser do the same thing.

          • bd

            Thanks again, Russ. Vitamix engineers are definitely investigating the issue and I’m sure are considering all possibilities. Anyone performing her or his own test should definitely take proper precautions to ensure that perfectly clear water is used for testing.

          • Russ, I have the black specks issue with two of my Vitamix containers and I have to say it is not the water source!! I took a photo of water from my tap in a white bowl and there were no black specks in it! Then I ran that water through my Vitamix and when I poured the water back into the white bowl there were lots of black specks in the water!! It is definitely a problem with some of the jugs and I would love to know just what it is before I can happily use my Vitamix again!!

      • I’m familiar with the construction of the blade assembly to these canisters. The only place I can think of where these black specks are coming from would have to be the cartridge bearing seal. The seal is black on most bearings of this type. You can see the bearing itself from the bottom side of the canister and the seal to the bearing being black in color. I would be curious to know if someone were to continue using theirs, with just water, will they continue to see these black specks. If they do, eventually the bearing will be compromised by water and freeze up eventually after making a horrendous noise. That would prove that the specks are coming from the bearing but I’m sure Vitamix suspects that already. There can be no other place or reason for it. It would help Vitamix determine the problem if someone would do this. The specks may be only temporary. I purchased the smaller container so I have two containers with my 5200. I have not noticed any specks and I’ve been using it quite often since last Feb of 2014. If I had specks in the beginning I didn’t notice them and I don’t see any now. The only other possibility I can think of would be the lid itself. Try it with the lid off and only water.

        • bd

          Russ, thanks for the insight. From what I have gathered Vitamix is aware of the cause and location of the problem. They prefer I not elaborate on it at this time but the lid is not the culprit. Your personal experience with not being able to detect black specks is not too dissimilar from mine, however. Hopefully they will release their statement shortly.

  8. Hi BD,

    I want to buy a Vitamix to use it in a raw restaurant, so is for industrial use, not domestic What you recommend me of all models taking into account the fact that being from Romania, electrical standards are European type
    Also, are you so kind to tell me where from to order it for deliver me directly to Romania
    Thank you so much

  9. I need a suggestion for a vitamix. My daughter wants one for Christmas and I’m just not sure which one would be right for her. She’s a beginner cook and it would be for home use. I did see one on QVC but there are so many models to choose from.

    • bd

      Mary, all the Vitamixes discussed on this site are for home use. So, it’s possible she might be happy with any of them. Price, size, and “bells and whistles” are the 3 most important factors to consider. If space in her kitchen and pre-programmed settings are not big issues, the Certified Reconditioned Standard is an excellent value at it’s current sale price. You would move up in model from there depending on her needs.

  10. Hi BD
    Thank you for all your work into this complicated decision!
    I apologize if I missed this Q&A….. I’m leaning towards the Turbo Blend VS but I wanted it to have color choices and it doesn’t so I’m going back and forth and I’m also trying to figure out if the “Dry Grains ” container on the Super 5200 are interchangeable w/ TB VS?

    Thanks again – Maria

    • bd

      Maria, yes, the Dry Grains container that comes with the Super 5200 will work on the TurboBlend VS as well as any other model. But, as you’ve discovered, the TurboBlend is only available in a black motor base finish. Good luck with the decision and let me know if I can answer any other questions.

  11. Hello, thank you for this very informative website and Q&A’s!
    I am from the UK where the Vitamixes are all very expensive but I am debating between buying the TNC and the Pro 300. I have heard the Pro 300 is quieter and I like the fact is is shorter and looks a bit nicer, but can you add a taller container on it if you need to? From what I understand, the benefit of a taller container is it’s easier to blend a smaller amount of ingredients. But are there any other major differences between the two models?
    Thank you very much.

    • bd

      Katherine, you could certainly use any container made for home use on the Pro 300. Although there would be some very specific instances in which a taller, more narrow container might make blending smaller volumes easier, in general, the differences are negligible. A better option for blending very small recipe volumes would be the 32-ounce wet-blade container. Other than the containers, the main differences between the two models you’ve mentioned are the 2.2 HP motor on the Pro 300 versus the 2.0 HP motor on the TNC, as well as a Pulse lever on the Pro 300. The TNC, on the other hand, will have a “High” speed on a toggle/lever whereas the Pro 300’s “high” speed would be represented by Variable Speed 10 on the main dial. Both machines will perform near-identically for the majority of your functions.

  12. Hi, so much information! Thanks for the rundown- just 2 questions from me:
    Which blender would you recommend for soups, smoothies and yoghurts as well as normal mixing/chopping? Personal use, as cheaply as possible as don’t care about the colour or cook book…
    Secondly, any chance you know where I can get one in Switzerland?

    • bd

      Kim, based on what you’ve told me I would recommend the 5200 or whatever its equivalent is in Switzerland. Here is the only dealer information of which I’m aware:

      Vitamix Switzerland

  13. Thanks for the very detailed reviews. You certainly know your stuff and thank you for sharing it all with us. It is making us feel much better about getting a Vitamix. I have been combing through the website and i haven’t been able to find anything that explicitly states that the 5200 models can heat soups too. It seems like they can, but what is the difference between the 750 and the 5200 when it comes to soups? Is that just a matter of how much time you have it on high?

    Ultimately what I am trying to determine is, What can the 750 do that the 5200 can’t do? What makes the additional cost worth it?

    • bd

      Ben, thanks for the nice words about the site. Yes, the 5200 will heat soups. Depending on the starting temperatures of your ingredients, anywhere from 4 to 7 minutes on High is usually what it will take. The Next Generation models have a shorter, wider container with a 4-inch blade which differs from the 5200’s taller container with 3-inch blade. The Next Gens also have a 2.2 HP motor compared to the 5200’s 2 HP motor. The Pro 750 in particular also has some pre-programmed setting which many customers enjoy for their convenience.

      The aforementioned design difference can have an effect on how long a particular blending task may take in isolated instances. However, the short answer to the question, “what can the 750 do that the 5200 can’t?” is – nothing. As for whether the price difference is “worth it,” this is a question specific to each individual after weighing the different bells and whistles on each model and assigning them a monetary value based on how much he/she feels they will be worth to him/her.

  14. Hi BD,

    Thank you for your reply regarding the black residue.

    Thanks to your wonderful website, I’ve learned much about the different kind of Vitamix. Now, I’m down to two models: Total Nutrition Centre (TNC) & Pro 200. My main goal once I own it is to make smoothies and puree/ soup. The following is what I’m weighing about and hope you can help me make the right decision.

    1. I know from one of your reply to other that Pro 200 is essentially 5200 in a CIA package. I also know from your comparison list that TNC has the same motor as 5200. Here in Ontario, Canada, the price of TNC directly from Vitamix.Ca is $579 before tax and Pro 200 from high end Department store (Hudson’s Bay) is $529.95 before tax. So apart from the different cookbook it comes from and other aesthetic differences (color), what are the differences in their performances, noise level, durability…? If I buy directly from Vitamix, I might need to pay for shipping cost (I’m not sure) so again, the price will adds up. But if the TNC performance significantly higher than Pro 200 than I don’t mind to go for TNC. What are your thoughts on this dilemma?
    2. Do you know how old is Pro 200 and TNC (when was it first came out)?
    3. Would you know if I don’t buy directly from Vitamix, do they honor the no-risk 30-days trial at home offer?
    4. Do you think a more quite blending, pulse dial and extra .2 speed worth paying the extra $80? Hudson’s Bay has Pro 300 which cost $609.95 before tax. I hardly chop anything that needs chopper. But I thought I’d like to ask your thought on the extra charges for the features.

    Thank you very much,
    Maple

    • bd

      Maple, you’re welcome and I appreciate the nice comments about the site. I will do my best to tackle your questions in order. The performances, noise levels, and durability of both of these models is identical. They are the very same blender, built on the very same platform with the very same parts. The only difference is the model name stamped on the front of the motor base housing. You would still be entitled to free shipping to Canada buying directly from Vitamix by using my authorized affiliate code, which is 06-005956.

      The TNC model name predates the 200 but, again, this is essentially a non-issue as both blender models will be newly constructed with identical parts.

      If you buy from an authorized Vitamix dealer you will be subject to the dealer’s return policy. However, Vitamix will still honor the warranty for the full term. Buying directly from Vitamix entitles you to their 30-day no-risk return policy.

      Your final question is definitely more customer-specific. My blending needs might not be the same as yours. Hence, what is “best” for me might not be best for you. Personally, the noise-level differences in all of these models are relatively negligible. As well, you can pulse with any Vitamix model, not just the ones with a Pulse lever. This lever is very popular with many customers, though. The extra horsepower is somewhat negligible as well but there could be some peace of mind associate with knowing you have the strongest Vitamix motor out there. The 4″ blade and shorter, wider container that comes with a Pro 300 would probably be a bigger consideration for me, personally. But, ultimately, only you can put a price on how much these extra features will potentially be worth to you. Good luck!

      • Hi Jonathan,

        I finally purchased Professional Series 300 and very happy with its performance. I just wanted to share the reasoning behind my purchased because it might help others making theirs. I also would like to thank you for helping me making the decision.

        1. If I was willing to fork out a good chunk of money towards a blender, adding a bit more will get me the best. I don’t regret it at all. I knew it will last years and years and it is a wonderful investment for our health.

        2. After I watched Blender Dude’s video about Vitamix Containers: Small Recipes, I knew that I was one step closer to go with the Professional Series.

        3. The shorter (and wider) container won my heart. Kitchen faucet is kind of shallow so this height was perfect.

        3. The extra power on the motor and longer blades were what sealed the deal for me to purchase this G-series. I don’t really care for the pulse lever but it’s good that it’s there :)

        4. Noise-level is very loud when the variable is on 10. But It is to be expected from such a powerful motor.

        Ps. I ran the test for the black residue and it was non-existent.

        Happy blending everyone!
        Maple

        • bd

          Maple, congratulations on your Pro 300 and thank you very much for sharing everything that went into your buying decision. Happy blending!

  15. Hi,

    I’m finally decided to buy Vitamix but I also just discovered that some people experiencing black residue when they use only clear water and blend it in their Vitamix for a test. Do you experience this? What do you think of this issue? Apperently Vitamix ackowledges it and sent replacement to customer who complaint…

    • bd

      Maple, like Vitamix, I’m aware of the issue being reported by some Vitamix owners. It is not a common issue at this time but is certainly something which I will continue to monitor. I have performed the “white bowl” test with all my Vitamix containers and have never discovered any residue whatsoever. My advice to anyone concerned over this is to perform his or her own test. All Vitamix machines come with a 30-day no-risk money-back guarantee. And, if the issue is discovered after the warranty has expired, the containers, like the blenders, themselves, are guaranteed for 7 years (5 with certain models).

      Update (10/23/14): I have just returned from meeting with Vitamix management in Cleveland and had a chance to discuss this issue with them, including the CEO and COO. At this time I am permitted to tell you that they are definitely aware of the issue and plan on releasing a formal statement on the matter in approximately 2 weeks.

      • Thank you, Jonathan, for the update. I really appreciate it. I look forward to seeing the formal statement.

        Just to let you know that I have recommended your website in my blog for those who are contemplating about purchasing Vitamix :)

        Happy blending!

        • bd

          Thank you for the referrals, Maple. I appreciate it.

  16. Hi

    I’m from Australia and am having trouble finding information I’m looking at the vitamix TNC and Vitamix aspire and wondered what the difference is? and which one would be better I am just wanting it for home use, smoothies, soups, chopping etc

    any information you could help with would be great

    Thank you
    Gracy McMullan

    • bd

      Gracy, the two primary differences between these two models are the containers that come with the blender, and the duration of the warranty coverage. The Aspire comes with a 48-ounce BPA-free container. A 4-ounce BPA-free container comes with the TNC. A new TNC model has a 7-year warranty. It will be 5 years on the Aspire. The user interface, strength of motor, and quality of construction are identical for both models.

  17. i want to make ice pops at home and want to make sure my ingredients blend with out grittyness, what do recommend for home and for business? i am also in australia so the price doubles, id like to the right ones for me.

    thanks again

    • bd

      Tara, there is not any one Vitamix model that will be better than another in terms of the ultimate smoothness of your ingredients. This is largely a byproduct of how long you allow your recipe to blend. All models will do an excellent job of producing super-smooth results. If you intend to blend for extra-long durations and want to ensure your smoothies remain relatively cool, I advise you to start with a fair amount of frozen ingredients to keep temperatures down. If this is your sole or primary concern regarding which model to select, you will be just fine with the lowest priced model as prices in Australia are very high.

      If you intend to use the same machine for “home and business” I encourage you to explore the commercial models. Vitamix will not honor the warranty on their residential models if it is determined that an issue with one was caused in a commercial setting. Best of luck to you.

  18. I would like to buy model 6300 in india working on 240 volts,50 hzs. Where do I buy.

    • Comparative models to 6300

      • bd

        Jayshree, if I understand your question, the most comparable model to the Vitamix 6300 model would be the Professional Series 500.

    • bd

      Jayshree, in the Vitamix section of my FAQ page you will find Vitamix dealer contact information in India. Good luck!

  19. What is the difference between the Pro 300 and the 7500? It looks like just the color selection and the books. If this is the case, what is in each book?
    Love your insight into this confusing issue! Thanks.

    • bd

      Reba, you have pinpointed the differences. There is a very slight color variation between the red and black motor base colors on each model, and they come with different, albeit similar, recipe books. The Vitamix 7500 comes with the Simply Fresh book. This is a hardbound book focusing on what I would call healthy, every-day recipes featuring common ingredients, readily available in most grocery stores.

      The Pro 300 model comes with Create. This, too, is a hardbound book featuring many of the same recipes found in all Vitamix books, yet it also places an emphasis on restaurant-quality recipes, or those otherwise inspired or created by professional chefs. These are sometimes more elaborate recipes using less-common ingredients. Both are excellent, top-quality books.

  20. Awesome site Dude!

    I was leaning towards the Pro 750 + 32oz wet container as the ultimate combo for small recipes, but then I read a previous comment regarding the different RPMs of the new vs old motors (24000 vs 37000).

    Does that mean that putting the 32oz container on the new base would be the same as putting it on the old base on a speed of about 6½? (65% of 37000 = 24000)

    I imagine there is no way for the motor to know if it is spinning 3″ blades or 4″ blades. Or maybe it is smart enough to tell and will spin faster when it detects the 3″ blades?

    • bd

      Abe, thanks for the nice words about the site. Regardless of the Vitamix model, its particular RPM will not change no matter which container you use. What will change is the container’s blade speed (MPH). This will be determined by the overall length of the blade. The longer (4-inch) blade of the Pro 750 container will spin at a faster MPH than the 32-ounce container and its 3-inch blade.

      You are correct in that the Next Generation motors do not “know” which size blade is being used. It will not make adjustments based on blade size. It does have sensors that can detect load and resistance and might make minor speed adjustments accordingly. Again, though this might be influenced by the size of the blade, it wouldn’t be because a specific blade size has been detected.

      RPM and blade speed are just a couple of factors that determine blend performance. The RPM of any Vitamix model is sufficient to produce excellent results with any size container/blade.

  21. Hi there, really like this website. I would like to know if Vitamix will be introducing any new S-Series models in the near future. I’m looking for the compact size, perhaps with only a single container. Perhaps with fewer accessories they could offer a similar model with a lower price point.

    • bd

      Chaz, I’m glad you like the site – thanks! This is always a possibility but I would not get much, if any, lead notice on such new models. Right now there is nothing in the works that I know of.

  22. I want to start juicing. I have heard that Vitamix is the best and easiest to clean. I have also heard that the pulp is not wasted. What is the best model for me to buy for juicing and easy clean up?

    • bd

      Pat, the Vitamix is not difficult to clean and the process is virtually the same regardless of what it is you’re making in the blender. Getting the benefit of the fiber from your fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens is one of the primary benefits of high-performance blending, via a Vitamix or any other blender. For whole food juicing, any Vitamix model will be an excellent choice. If these are your primary considerations, I would suggest you capture all the value you can with a lower priced model. And if you really want to capture some savings, investigate the Certified Reconditioned models. They are a tremendous value in my opinion.

  23. I decided to purchase a high end blender. I recently bought a Blendtec for about the same cost as a Vitamix. It works great, the issue for me is it is so noisy even on smoothie mode I cant stand it, it sounds as if a jet plane is in my home. Smoothie mode starts out at a decent noise level then it ROARS and I run and cover my ears. I am going to return it and purchase a Vitamix, I have read that the Vitamix is a little less noisy. Do you have any experience in the noise level of Blendtec vs the Vitamix CIA series.

    Thank your for all of the information your provide!

    • bd

      Gen, The Vitamix you are considering will be, in general, less noisy than the Blendtec. Don’t expect it to be “quiet,” however. Vitamixes are plenty loud. Here’s a video that might be helpful. The 5200 in this video will produce identical noise output levels as the Vitamix CIA.

      Blender Noise Comparison

      • Thank you so much, a comparison is exactly what I wanted to hear!

  24. Hi. thanks for your response last night about the height of the C series. I was looking on Bed Bath and Beyond this morning and they had a 1978 Professional Series and a 1363 CIA Professional Series Blenders. Can you tell me how they relate to the C-series and the G-series. Thank you. Your website has been very informative.

    • bd

      Mary, both are C-Series models. The only difference between them is the size of the container. The main difference between these models and the 5200 you inquired about earlier is the presence of 3 pre-programmed cycles with which the blender will perform recipe-specific functions automatically without the user having to monitor it. In other words, via these settings the blender will stop on its own.

  25. In Australia, the only Vitamix models available are the Pro Series 500 and the TNC 5200. I’d love to invest in a Vitamix blender, but I want to do so in the newest available, G Series. Is there any way to purchase a G Series?

    • bd

      Nana, the G-Series is not yet available in Australia to the best of my knowledge. Vitamix as begun rolling out the Pro 750 model in select European cities in recent months, however. It is entirely possible they have plans to do the same in Australia, but I couldn’t tell you if, or when, with any certainty.

  26. Hi-I saw that the G-series is 17.5 inches tall when assembled. How tall are the 5200 series? Fitting under my cabinets would be a deciding factor for me.
    Thanks.

    • bd

      Mary, fully assembled, the C-Series models, including the 5200, stand 20 1/8″ tall. There’s a trick you can do involving flipping the container upside-down on the motor base which will save you another inch or so if that was to make a difference.

  27. I bought a vita-prep from overstock but saw the vitamin 6300 at costco for $499 vs the 569 I PAID. which is a better modal?

    • bd

      Sam, both are nice models. Which one is best for you depends on your needs. The VitaPrep has the stronger motor/fan assembly. It is designed for commercial use and for that reason comes with a 3-year warranty. The 6300 is part of the “home” Vitamix line. It has a strong 2 HP motor but is not designed to be used all day, every day, and comes with a 7-year warranty, accordingly.

      The 6300 comes with some pre-programmed functionality that the VitaPrep does not. This would also be something to take into consideration if these features are important to you. In terms of the quality of results, you should expect great performance from either.

  28. Hi, so very informative, and helpful. Can you speak to the mixing function / quality of the short, wider mixing containers and the tall narrower ones? I read a review somewhere that consumers found the shorter one to need more tamping, etc, and they preferred the taller one. I’m debating getting the taller (and/or the 32oz size container if it’s usable with that model, so maybe under the cabinet won’t be an issue?) model so the mixing is better. I plan to use it a lot, but also keep in on the counter. Suggestions or recommendations welcome! Thanks so much!

    • bd

      Joanna, whether or not one will need to use a tamper will always be recipe-specific regardless of the model being used. It may be true that the exact same recipe made in one will necessitate slightly more or less “tamping” than the other. But, on the whole, I find the models to be similar in this regard. I would not let this be a driving factor in my buying decision.

      The 32-ounce container will fit either model and, of all the “extra container” options, this is the one I would recommend highest as it is not only shorter for storage purposes, but also narrower at its base, making for an ideal container in which to make very small recipes. Between the larger 64-ounce container that comes with either model, and it, you will have the ability to make recipes of any size with relative ease. In general, though, I always recommend a new Vitamix owner start out with just the container that comes with the model chosen. You might just find out that all your blending needs are met with just the one container and can save the additional investment. An extra container can always be added down the road.

  29. I have a Vitamix that is 11 years old. It is a commercial one that says drink machine on it. It only has high/low speed. I want to buy the dry goods container but I’m not sure if it will fit the base and operate on the motor. At this point, is it best to just buy a food processor & keep the vitamix for smoothies?

    • bd

      Mickey, it will fit. However, given the age of your machine and (presumably) original container, and depending on what particular ingredients you have in mind to grind, I might suggest you try to get by with the standard container you already have. It will handle most dry ingredients fairly well. And, you won’t run the risk of a brand new container greatly outlasting an older model. If you think you’ll be grinding harder grains like corn, wheat, etc., on a regular basis, then investing in the Dry Grains container might make more sense.

  30. Thanks so much for all the information provided here!!! I am thinking about buying a Vitamix Creations II 48 oz. 12-in-1 that I found on QVC, I am a little confused because I don’t see this model on your article. I am willing to expend about $450 would it be better for me to buy a Certified Reconditioned Next Generation directly from the Vitamix website that sales for $439?

    • bd

      Maria, the Creations line was specifically developed by Vitamix for QVC. For them they will often create packages which are similar to those available directly through Vitamix, but with slight adjustments to features or inclusions in the model package so as to justify a slightly different (usually, lower) price point. This particular model is for all intents and purposes the same blender as a 5200 with Compact Container, yet with a spiral-bound recipe book instead of hardbound, 3-ring easel style. It also comes with a 5-year warranty as opposed to 7. These are a couple reasons why you will see it priced slightly lower. It is, in fact, priced the same as a 5200 with Compact Container directly through Vitamix which is why I don’t even list it among my options on this site. For the exact same price you can get the nicer recipe book and 2 full years longer on the warranty.

      Although I am more than happy to answer any specific questions you might have, ultimately I can’t tell you which model you should purchase. Only you can decide that based on your own blender feature “checklist.” All Certified Reconditioned Next Generation models have the 2.2 horsepower motor, Pulse lever, and shorter, wider 64-ounce containers with 4-inch blade assemblies that do not come on the Creations II. But, if you liked the Creations II because of its smaller container, you don’t have that option with a reconditioned Next Gen.

      • Thanks so much for your answer! to be honest with you I just want to get the best blender for the money that I am paying and I am not 100% sure so that is why I am asking for your help! I wish I could see and test the blenders but my only option for this 2 models is to buy online!
        if it was you buying which one would you choose?

        • bd

          The Next Gens are more popular and I am a big fan of the 64-ounce containers. But the quality of the motors, containers, and other components of both models are roughly equal. The warranties are also the same. You run no risk of selecting an “inferior” blender. That’s a good thing. It means you can focus on intangibles that might better suit your lifestyle and personal and/or family’s needs. Focus on the size of the container, whether or not a “pretty” recipe book is significant to you, and how important a Pulse lever might be. If you can, put dollar values on these features, then weigh the results with the actual price differences between the two models you’re considering. The one that has the most unique features you like is the “right” Vitamix for you, assuming you can justify its price versus the other model.

  31. I need some advise about vitamix models. In Australia they only sell TNC 5200 for $995 and professional 500 model for $1195. What are the differences between both the model? Is it worth to pay more for professional model if I don’t use the preset functions often? I don’t think I will use my blender to make soup or frozen dessert often (may be once a month) Also is it worth to buy a dry container for $185 ( I always like to make my own almond meal/ linseed meal and chick pea flour :) so do you think it is worth to buy?

    • bd

      Mitha, as the TNC is for all intents and purposes the same model as the 5200 sold in the U.S., the only difference between this model and the Pro 500 is the pre-programmed functionality. Settings for Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Hot Soups are found on the latter. The appears to be a 20% price difference between these two models in Australia whereas you will find a nearly 45% difference here in the United States. Regardless of the difference in price, though, I would not recommend the extra investment into a model with features you are not inclined to use. Based on what you’ve described, between these two models I would recommend the TNC.

      For almonds, linseed, and chick peas, the standard container and blade will be perfectly suitable for grinding your meals and flours. Unless you subsequently determine that the consistencies of the flours yielded with this container/blade combo is not fine enough for your liking, I would recommend saving the money you would otherwise invest into the Dry Grains container at this time.

  32. Hello!
    Thanks for providing so much useful information on your site! I’ve read through all the info on the Vitamix (those comparison charts are wonderfully useful!), but I can’t find any information about the frozen setting on the 750… is it really that useful? I’m assuming I’d be able to use the same recipes and get the same results without that setting because the motors are all the same. Can you provide any insight into this setting? Is it just a gimmick or really quite useful? Many thanks!

    • bd

      Alison, I’m glad you’ve found the site helpful. The “Frozen Desserts” setting on the Pro 750 does not actually “freeze” any ingredients. The blender does not implement a thermostat or any other component that will chill ingredients. This setting is designed to utilize the Vitamix’s powerful motor at specific speeds for a precise duration to yield a frozen dessert-like consistency ASSUMING you have loaded the proper ingredients into the container.

      Without the proper ingredients – both the actual ingredients and the correct ratio of them – none of the pre-programmed settings will yield desired results. With them, however, the setting works really well.

  33. My 5000 just broke a year after the warranty expired so it is 8 years old. This was used on the average of at least once a day for 8 years. I am well pleased. Many days it was used MANY more times. I am looking to replace. My question is will my old containers fit on the new Next Generation machines?

    • bd

      Nola, I am sorry about your 5000 but it does appear that you got a great deal of use out of it. Not every “old” container will fit on the Next Generations models, but any container that fit on your 5000 will. Good luck!

  34. Okay, I’m even more confused. I thought the Vitamix 7500 w/the 2.2hp was the same as the Professional series 300 but came with a diff.cookbook and face. Even the Pro 300 series on the Vitamix site says 2.2 hp. But…someone bought a VM Professional series 300 from Williams & Sonoma and there Pro 300 says 2 peak hp.and the W & S site says 2 peak hp. Why is their Pro 300 less hP and does it make a difference?

    • Blenderdude

      Vikki, you are correct. Every Next Generation Vitamix, including both the Pro 300 and Vitamix 7500, utilize the 2.2 peak HP motor. If the W-S site actually says 2 HP when listing specs for the Pro 300, it is incorrect.

      The more relevant question, is, of course, “does it make a difference?” In terms of the actual results of most recipes, my opinion is that it matters very little. I seriously doubt you could tell the difference in two smoothies made with identical results, one in a blender with a 2 HP motor, the other in one with a 2.2 HP motor. There may be occasions where the extra horsepower, combined with the longer blade assembly also found in Next Generation containers, result in a blended recipe that is completed slightly sooner than a similar one made in a blender with a 2 HP motor and 3-inch blade. In these cases we are talking about a matter of but a few seconds. Keep in mind that the Next Generation machines have a larger blade assembly. Commensurate with this design element it would stand to reason that a slightly more powerful motor might be necessary for “powering” it in order to achieve similar performance results.

  35. What are your thoughts on the Commercial Maxi 4000? I have the opportunity to get one used but am wondering if I should just wait until I’ve saved up enough for a newer model. Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Janice, just like today’s Vitamixes, those older models were built to last. It would not surprise me at all if you found one that was in excellent working condition. Keep in mind that the 4000 is no longer produced or serviced. So, if something goes wrong with it, Vitamix will not be able to help you with repair or replacement parts. Another caveat to consider is that the motor in the 4000 is not as strong as those made today.

  36. I have a Professional 300 Vitamix but I didn’t buy the DRY blade container that came with it at the time. There is a 64 oz DRY blade container from the 5000 series on Ebay that I would love to buy IF it will work on my 300 machine. It looks to me like the containers are very similar. Will the 5000 series DRY blade container work on my Professional 300 series Vitamix base? Please advise.

    • Blenderdude

      Melissa, assuming the blade assembly was properly installed in the 64-ounce container, there is no reason why it should not work on a Pro 300 or any other newer Vitamix model.

  37. Hi,
    I have a 3600 that works great still, but am contemplating replacing it with a refurbished traditional model with variable speed, but no preprogrammed settings. Will the new blender outperform the 3600? I do get small chunks of ice or veggie on the 3600, but perhaps this is due to my not using it correctly. (Bought the 3600 off of ebay, no user manual or anything.)

    • Blenderdude

      Patty, there is little doubt that any of today’s models, including the Certified Reconditioned Standard, will outperform your 3600. That said, before you give up on it, though, I recommend doing your smoothie blending on the highest speed for at least a full minute along with 6 to 8 ounces of liquid, minimum, in combination with your solid ingredients. If you are still getting chunks after doing this then it may be time to upgrade. If your smoothies come out with a texture that pleases you, though, you may just need to start adding more liquid to your typical recipes and/or changing your blending speed which might help insure a more consistent blend.

  38. Hi, I am looking to buy a blender to make nut butters etc can you suggest best one please. Thanks :]

    • Blenderdude

      Bev, any high-performance blender discussed and demonstrated on this site really will be ideal for nut butters. If this is the sole criterion for your buying decision, you may want to purchase the least expensive model you can find. However, my guess is there are probably other factors that are important to you, too.

  39. After comparing brands, I have now settled on the Vitamix. As you said, I’m finding that selecting a model is far more difficult. This will be my first high-end blender. As such, I’m really hoping to buy a model that will replace a need for a food processor and coffee/spice grinder. A separate review of the new series Vitamix 7500 suggested it could do just that. After skimming your review and comparisons, I think the new series is what I want, however, I find the presets on the Professional 750 very appealing based upon how I’ve used a blender in the past. Can you speak to the capabilities of the 750 with respect to grinding whole spices like nutmeg as well as whole coffee beans?

    The only other dilemma I face is purchasing a Vitamix online (direct from Vitamix) or at Bed, Bath & Beyond, where I can use a store coupon and save quite a bit. The problem there is that neither the 750 not 7500 are sold there. Instead I have the option of the CIA Professional Series or Professional Series (sorry, I don’t have the model numbers handy). Neither has presets. Do you know when retailers like BB&B are likely to start selling the new generation models? For about $100 savings, do you think I could get the hang of blending without presets?

    Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Ashley, any of the Next Generation models you like will be excellent “grinders” of whole spices and coffee beans. If you plan on doing this on a regular basis, however, you might want to consider an additional Dry Grains container regardless of the model you ultimately choose. This is not mandatory, though, as the container that comes with any Vitamix model will do this job satisfactorily.

      There are some retailers that carry Next Generation models. Williams-Sonoma is one example. Vitamix does not keep me in the loop regarding which models will be appearing where. I learn this through my own due diligence like anyone else would. I think you will quickly find that blending with a manually-operated Vitamix is not the daunting experience you might think. After all, they were making these machines with glowing reviews for 80+ years prior to the introduction of pre-programmed cycles. That said, if you have a natural predisposition toward using the presets, I suggest continuing to look for a model that has them. You definitely do not want to have any regrets over the model you ultimately purchase, as any of them will entail a significant investment.

      • Thanks for your response.

  40. Hi BD–This site is amazing…I have been researching Vitamix blenders and talking with friends and am ready to take the plunge, but was so confused by all the models. I am debating between the Vitamix available at Costco and the Professional Series 300. Thoughts? One consideration is the ability to fit under my cabinets…but it’s not a deal breaker. I know the Next Gen blenders haven’t been around as long. I am wondering if there have been any issues with the newer motor/blades that would lead you to recommend the Costco model as I think that has the older, tried-and-true motor/blade.

    Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      CM, thanks for the nice words about the site. The Costco model is a 5200s. It is for all intents and purposes a regular 5200 model, but it is only available in a Black motor base finish. It almost certainly will not fit under your upper kitchen cabinets when fully assembled. The only issue with the blade assemblies on the Next Gen models was remedied last September with a recall in which Vitamix replaced all assemblies in models sold prior to August 2013. Any Next Gen model sold today, new or Certified Reconditioned, will contain the re-designed blade. There are no significant motor issues with either model of which I’m aware.

      The Pro 300 has a slightly stronger motor and a larger blade assembly than the 5200. It can be argued that these factors combine for a slightly more efficient blend. This said, you are going to get excellent performance and results out of either model and, with proper care, I would fully expect either to last years if not decades. You can’t make a poor choice. Given what you’ve told me, along with the differences mentioned above you should weigh the importance of your size requirements with the difference in price and act accordingly.

  41. Hi! Which one do you prefer? 6300 or 7500?

    • Blenderdude

      Jaja, I own neither of these particular models so I can’t give you a direct answer from personal experience. Which one is right for you will depend on factors such as size requirements, preference for pre-programmed functionality, color, and, of course, price. In terms of the quality of the results they produce, the difference will be negligible.

  42. Hi, great info on this website! I would like to purchase a Vitamix, but unfortunately where I live in Europe (Romania) there is only one model available, marketed as the TNC 5200. I really love the appearance of the Vitamix 7500 (and would appreciate the convenience of the more compact and easier to clean container), but who knows when that will be available in Europe! Do you have any idea when that might be? I want to purchase a model as soon as possible, but given that it’s such a long term investment and its cost is really outrageous here (almost $850) I would hate to see a new model show up in a couple of months or so. But then again I can’t wait for too long, so I thought I would just go ahead and buy the TNC and maybe upgrade to a more compact container later on if I find it necessary. I know the new 64 oz container is not recommended on an older motor base, but how about the 48 oz one? Would that be suitable on the TNC 5200? I’d appreciate any suggestions! Thank you,
    Camelia

    • Blenderdude

      Camelia, thank you for the nice words about the site. I do not know about Romania in particular, but in certain parts of Europe the Professional Series 750 is now available. This is Vitamix’s most expensive model to date, but it has the shorter, wider 64-ounce container you are looking for. It also has the pre-programmed functionality that accounts partly for its hefty price tag. I’m not sure if these are features you need or not. The 7500 is not available anywhere in Europe to the best of my knowledge, nor do I know of any pending plans for its release over there.

      If you were to purchase a separate 48-ounce container, however, it would absolutely fit the TNC 5200 you are considering and would work well. Good luck!

      • Hi, thanks so much for the quick reply! I’ve done some research but the 750 doesn’t seem available for shipping to Romania. I wasn’t very impressed with the presets anyway (don’t really mind babysitting the blender for a minute or 2 until it finishes its job), and I would really want a white Vitamix, that’s why I thought about the 7500. Oh well, it seems I’ll be going with the TNC 5200 after all. I don’t mind getting an older model (after all it is still a Vitamix and I’m sure it’s great), but I just liked the look of the newer models a lot more. Thanks again for your help!

        • Hi, Camelia! I saw your post here and I wont to know if you have purchase the TNC 5200 from Romania. I am also from Romania and I will like to know from your experience with VM 5200. I am looking to buy 7500.

  43. Hey there! Thanks for such an informative guide.

    I’ve decide to purchase a refurbished next generations model. I’m interested in the blue color but am a little confused. In the refurbished next generations category, blue is a color option. However in the certified new section, red, white and black are the only options for the next generation models. How can there be blue in the refurbished section but not in the brand new ones? Is there only one model that has blue as an option? I’d ideally like to end up with the 7500. Which color should I choose to have the most likelihood of receiving that one (refurbished)?

    Thanks! Robin

    • Blenderdude

      Robin, yours is a good question. Originally, Vitamix constructed a package specifically for QVC called the Creations Elite which featured the exact same motor base as the 7500 and Professional Series 300, but with a 48-ounce container. It is/was available in a Blue motor base finish. Though you cannot request a specific original model when you order any Certified Reconditioned Vitamix, because Blue was only offered with the Creations Elite, this is the model you would most likely receive. A package for the 7500 has also been recently introduced on QVC, so there is a small chance you could receive it if you ordered Blue, also.

      Because Vitamix includes the exact same containers and recipe books with the blender regardless of the original model motor base, all Certified Reconditioned Next Generation models will be identical except for the name on the front of the motor base. But Black, White, or Red are still your best bets if you are really hoping to receive a 7500 included in your CRNG package.

  44. Hi, Great info. So I think I’m going to brake down and treat myself for the reconditioned 5200. I looked at the new 5200 at Costco and the rep there said the 5200 only comes in black. So does this mean the red reconditioned model would be named the Creations® II or one of the other names. I’m not sure if I want the black, red or Platinum. Is anyone a better choice? They are all the same 5200? Does one have a better cookbook? Thx

    • Blenderdude

      Vikki, the rep you spoke to at Costco was partly correct. The 5200s model that is sold there as a stock item is only available in Black. However, the 5200 is available in several color options when purchased through Vitamix or one of its authorized affiliates. There are numerous C-Series models which can be designated as a Certified Reconditioned Standard model. However, the accompanying containers, accessories, and recipe books are all identically packaged along with the motor base so that, regardless of which one you receive, you are getting the very same blender package as anyone else ordering a Certified Reconditioned Standard model. There is no difference in them in terms of build , features, or quality of performance whatsoever.

      • Great! Thank you for the great info.

  45. What is the difference between the CIA Professional counter blender and the
    Professional series 500? And which one should I buy? Thanks in advance

    • Blenderdude

      Kyla, other than some minor differences such as different instructional DVDs and motor base color options, the primary difference in these two models are the 3 pre-programmed settings found on the Pro 500. These settings allow you to load ingredients into the container, start the machine, and not have to manually turn the machine off. The programs will do this for you. One of the cycles is also devoted to cleaning. Which one you should buy all depends upon how likely you feel you are to really take advantage of these cycles. If you don’t feel like you would use them frequently, you would probably be better advised purchasing a model without them.

  46. Thank you for this site. I just purchased my first Vitamix and I’m stoked! I purchased the 7500 model. :) Thanks again!

    • Blenderdude

      Sara, congratulations to you! Happy blending!

  47. Hi and a big thank you for your very helpfull comparison guide .-). A question about the “Drink Machine”: I´m a little bit confused, because for the european market they are labeled (vm 0104 two speed model) with 220-240 V and 750-850 W. All the others like 5200 are labeled with 1000-1200 W. Do they have the same motor? Is the “Drink Machine” similar to the “TurboBlend Two Speed”?

    • Blenderdude

      Francois, Vitamix still makes a commercial blender for sale in the U.S. called the Drink Machine, model VM748. It is 2HP/120V/11.5amp, contains the exact same motor as today’s 5200 model, and is operated the same was as is the TurboBlend Two Speed. The VM0104 I believe is also called the Drink Machine but is 220V with 750-850 watts. They are technically two separate models although they share the same name and would definitely contain different motors give the respective wattages.

  48. Hi,
    I am looking at a Vitamix and your review has been really helpful but I have a question. I was looking at Williams Sonoma website and the Vitamix Pro 750 comes in a red color BUT when I go online to Vitamix, I see that it comes in ONLY one color and your review above states the same as well. My question are they both the same machines? If not is the one on Williams-Sonoma somehow different than the one on the Vitamix website? Also, what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a machine on Williams-Sonoma vs. the Vitamix website itself? I am tempted to order from the Williams-Sonoma because of their offer for a second container for only $50 offer :)! Thanks again!!

    Sam

    • Blenderdude

      Sam, the machines are identical. Vitamix will often produce certain motor-base finishes or otherwise create a model specifically for certain retailers they have partnered with. In the case of the Pro 750, Red and Black motor base finishes were originally made specifically for Williams-Sonoma, though these colors are now available through Vitamix.com and its affiliates, too. The quality of the blenders as well as the warranties are identical whether you buy it in the store or from an online source. The only exception would be if you were interested in a Certified Reconditioned model. In such a case purchasing through Vitamix or one of its affiliates is the best/only option.

      • Hi, Thank you for your reply. I went ahead and ordered the Pro 750. I do have another question and I tried to search for an answer online but couldn’t find it. I make two 20 oz servings of green smoothie every morning but I prep for that the night before i.e. I put all the ingredients in the blender and pop that blender jar in the fridge the night before then blend the next day (currently use a cheap Oster). Can I do the same with the VItamix i.e. put it in the fridge over night or will it cause any issues?

        • Blenderdude

          Sam, if you had already blended the smoothie I would not recommend you keep the liquid in the container any longer than necessary as this is not good for the seals or blade assembly components. As whole ingredients, however, I can’t think of any reason why this should be a problem. This said, I would not add any straight liquid ingredients until the next morning just before you do your actual blending.

  49. The recipe books and online recipes are specific to Vitamix model with a lot of recipes that are C-series with or without use preprogrammed settings. I am looking at the TurboBlend VS (C-series) vs the Pro 750 (mostly due to size and storage). Is there any guidance to converting recipes? Right now I am mostly looking at to be able to make smoothies, soups, nut milks, salad dressings, etc. I could not find any guidance on the Vitamix site.

    • Blenderdude

      Lorrie, any recipe not specifically designed for pre-programmed cycles is almost certainly interchangeable between the C-Series and G-Series models. In almost all cases I would alter neither the recipe nor speed settings from one model to the next.

      Almost all recipes designed for pre-programmed settings can also be replicated in machines that do not have them, too. They would require nothing but some careful observation and perhaps a little trial and error. The fact is, most high-performance blending, regardless of recipe or model, is done on the Highest speed settings. This would be true of almost all the smoothies, soups, and nut-milks you mentioned wanting to make. There are exceptions, of course, but keep this in mind whenever you are unsure about a what speed to use.

  50. Thanks for the very informative website. I am a Classic 500 owner [my second VitaMix after 20+ years with my original commercial version], and am thinking of donating my current machine to my office, and putting wither a 750 or a commercial unit in my home. I looked at the Blendtec Stealth, but did not care for it. Do you [or anyone[ know if the VitaMix Quiet One can actually create smoothies from raw fruits/veggies/nuts the way a home Vitamix can, i.e., can it really pulverize, or is it limited to less coarse material, The motor sure is powerful, but as we all know, that doesn’t tell the full tale. I am looking for something quieter, that doesn’t wake the family at 5 in the morning. Thanks and keep up the great work.

    • Blenderdude

      Greg, although it is designed specifically for frozen drinks, I would expect it to do an admirable job on fresh-produce smoothies, too. But I have never seen or used the Quiet One work in a capacity without lots of ice as an ingredient, so I am not able to give you expert insight into your specific question.

      • Thanks for the quick reply. And sorry for the “auto-incorrect” errors in my message. I am going to order a Quiet One from a restaurant supply place. I generally have some ice or frozen fruit in all my smoothies. Worst that could come out of it I suppose is that I have the world’s greatest frozen drink blender!

  51. Why are some models advertised specifically for soups, chopping dense ingredients, etc.? Do some models perform better in this regard?

    • Blenderdude

      Jeff, I’m not privy to the rationale behind the marketing approaches taken with various Vitamix models, but all models in the same series will perform identically to these extents.

  52. Would you kindly add me to your Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Programs Vitamix email list? Thanks in advance!

    • Blenderdude

      I sure will, Paul.

  53. Hi,

    Thank you, I was wondering if she was working off commission. Well I have a 5200S From Costco, a 5200 double container from Costco, and then the 7500 from Whole Foods. I understand that the difference is more speed and somewhat looks. I’m leaning towards the 7500, and feel hesitant at the same time…why spend more money when you can get two container and the blender and sooo what if it’s a little less fast. Is that a big deal in the long run? I know I have to make the decision in the end. But other thoughts pro’s or cons would be appreciated.
    Thanks again :~)

    • Blenderdude

      Stacey, the 7500 has a very slightly stronger motor than the 5200, 2.2 HP vs 2.0 HP. This does not translate to a faster blender, only one that is slightly more powerful as mandated by a larger blade assembly. Performance-wise, these two models are very, very similar. The main features you’ll want to weigh in making this decision are the price and the shorter profile of the 7500, which should enable you to store it fully assembled underneath your upper kitchen cabinets if that is important to you.

  54. Can a Vitamix be purchased in the UK? I live in Ireland, and would be almost certain they aren’t available there.

    Do you know a Vitamix ‘equivalent’ that can be purchased in the UK?
    Thanks.

    • Blenderdude

      Magster, for delivery to Europe you cannot order Vitamix models from the U.S.-based sites like Vitamix.com or via authorized affiliate sites like mine. However, the UK has its own Vitamix website: https://www.vitamix.co.uk/ .

      As well, certain models are available in UK retailers like Harrods. Good luck!

      • Oh, yay! Thanks very much. I’ll look into this.
        Cheers,
        M.

  55. BD

    First, thank you for the wealth of knowledge you freely give.

    my question is simple – i went on the vitamix website to purchase a reconditioned new generation 750.

    both the black and red models are out of stock – the have the brushed metal available for an additional $50.

    i would like to save the fifty dollars but i don’t want to eait weeks for them to restock.

    in your opinion how often do they have additional stock available?

    does out of stock mean a day, a week a month ??

    i know you can’t give me a specific answer, but if in your opinion the wait will be weeks and not days, i will bite the bullet and pay the extra 50 bucks –

    thanks in advance
    Mitch

    • Blenderdude

      Mitch, Vitamix doesn’t technically “stock” any of their Certified Reconditioned machines. They can only go through the recertification process if and when a given model is returned for whatever reason. History suggests that the wait time is usually not more than a few weeks at a time for most models. However, I’ve been keeping an eye on this one for awhile. Black has been unavailable for going on two months, and Red was available for only a day or two during that time. Not many of these models have been produced and they are only available new in a select few high-end retailers. That accounts for much of why returns have been few and far between.

      If you would like to send me your contact information, I would be happy to add you to my list of those wishing to be notified when they are available once again. I check daily.

      • wow!!!

        thank you for your very prompt response. If I am not mistaken you responded to my letter on Sunday – Easter Sunday at that.

        With customer service like that, you deserve all the success in the world…..

        I believe you have my email address but i will be happy to post it here so you can contact me.

        From what you said, 1 or 2 might become available at any given time and then there is a mad dash to beat out all the other people trying to get a unit.

        At this point in my life an extra $50 won’t break the bank so i might just order the brushed metal.

        Thanks again for your awesome customer service – of course i will use your promo code when ordering.

        • Blenderdude

          Mitch, yes, you are correct about the “first-come-first-serve” aspect of obtaining one of the available units from Vitamix. When I send out notifications of availability everyone on my list is blind-copied to the same email as I simply don’t have the manpower to create a true prioritized waiting list.

          You will really enjoy the Pro 750 – congratulations! Also, I truly appreciate your kind words and your use of my affiliate code when placing your order. Happy blending!

      • BD

        i believe i have an interesting story to share with you and your audience

        It has been about 3-4 weeks since i wrote a note to you telling you that i wanted to get a certified reconditioned new generation 750 but all Vitamix had availabe was a brushed chrome unit selling for $50 additional. I was going to buy it but i waited a few hours too long and when i got my credit card out the unit was sold and i got the dreaded “out of stock” message.

        boy, was i pissed but had no one to blame but myself….

        each day for weeks i would go to there site but was all greeted with the same message on all the colors…. UNTIL

        LAST NIGHT AND I WAS JUST GETTING READY TO SHUT THE LAPTOP AT 12:10AM (THATS RIGHT, 10 MINUTES AFTER MIDNIGHT) THAT I SAW A RED UNIT WAS AVAILABLE !!!! …. i nearly fell out of bed . I grabbed my credit card and bought the sucker – no more procrasinating ….

        as a funny side note i woke up this morning and realized that due to the late hour and the excitement I FORGOT TO USE YOUR AFFILIATE CODE – BAD FOR U AND ME.

        Nknowing if it was too late to do anything after the fact I called customer service and spoke with a great guy named Jeff. he sked me for some personal info and your affiliate code and made the change on the spot. You got the credit you deserved and i saved $25 on shipping

        I know this note is getting a little long but i just wanted to tell all your people if they are interested in a recertified unit to keep logging into the vitamix website often and at odd hours. the unit i purchased 10 minutes after midnight was not availabe a few hours earlier !!!

        on a slightly topic …. do you have your own smoothie cookbook for sale ?? if not, can you suggest to someone like myself new to the hobby your favorite 2 or 3 cookbooks ?

        thanks in advance – keep up thegrat work – Ihave stage 4 rectal cancer and i hope this will make a difference in my energy level and quality of life
        Mitch

        • Blenderdude

          Mitch, thank you very much for sharing your story and congratulations on getting the Vitamix model you were after. Your persistence really paid off and you got an awesome model.

          My favorite recipe book is “Green Smoothie Revolution” by Victoria Boutenko. Most of the recipes are simple and stick to a basic formula of leafy greens, fruit, and water. There are certainly much more elaborate recipes out there – both on my site and across the internet. In fact, you could spend hours going through all the available recipes online now. There is really very little reason to purchase books other than to have them right at your fingertips at all times. A quick Google search of “Vitamix recipes” or “smoothie recipes” will yield countless options.

  56. Thank you from Portugal.
    What I realized, here in Europe the name of models is different.
    This article clarified my doubts

    • Blenderdude

      You’re welcome, Jimmy. I’m glad you found it useful.

  57. Huge appreciate your analysis and comments!!!
    I’d like to get some advice from you to decide between pro 500 and 750.
    I’m going to make around 8 oz meal(drink) so I’ll use only 32 oz wet container.
    (I have injured shoulder, so can’t manage heavy and wide container like 64 oz.)
    Also, I’m early stage for blending something .. :-), so I think I need presets function.

    In your opinion, which model is better between 500 vs 750 for 32 oz container & presets user ?
    You mentioned about feedback sensors on motor about pro750. Then, 750 would be better over 500? Because 500 preset doesn’t have feedback sensor, so it would over-blend my small amount smoothy ?

    Thank you in advance for your advice!

    • Blenderdude

      Marie, “better” is probably not the optimal adjective to use for distinguishing between these two models. The Pro 750 gives you two additional options that the Pro 500 does not, but the smoothie cycles are for all intents and purposes identical. I doubt very much you’d be able to tell the difference between a smoothie made with this setting on one model versus the other. The Pro 750 has a very slightly stronger motor but, again, this does not necessarily translate to “better” results.

      The sensors you reference that come in some Vitamix models do not operate in the sense that they “know” when your smoothie or other recipes are complete. They exist simply to ensure optimal speeds are implemented relative to the load/resistance encountered during blending. They may temporarily override a specific speed setting with a slightly higher speed until the load is more easily handled by the selected manual speed, for instance. However, they do not “gauge” or “monitor” recipe consistency. It is possible to “overblend” a recipe with any Vitamix model. If this is a concern of yours, you may really enjoy the pre-programmed settings. However, these sensors should not really factor into your decision to any significant extent.

      • Hi, again, BD!

        Thank you so so much for your advice to me.
        BTW, I have another question about the container.
        The old tall container is lighter than new shorter one and my neighbor friends told me it’s because of the new material of the container. They mean, new container consists with stronger material, so it’s firmer and heavier than old one.
        Is this correct ???

        Thank you again for your ultra-super-knowledge! :-)

        • oh, I have one more important question, BD!

          Is tall 64oz container OK to use with pro 750?
          One thing I know is the short 64 oz container can’t be used in classic motor base.

          • Blenderdude

            Yes, you can use the standard (tall) container with the Pro 750.

        • Blenderdude

          Marie, both containers are made of the same material. The weight might be very slightly different but the composition is identical. Both are extremely durable and are able to withstand the toughest of blending tasks.

  58. I can see why Vitamix would not offer a glass container, but why not offer those who do not wish to use plastic in any form, a carafe made of stainless steel? Just because it says an item is BPA free, what about other plastic components, such as BPB, BPF, and BPS?

    Was about to purchase the Vitamix 750 but changed my mind when I read about the plastic container.

    • Hey BD!
      I share the same concern/questions as Inge regarding Vitamix’s use of plastic. What are your thoughts on this?
      Thanks!

      • Blenderdude

        Inge and Juli-Anne, I believe that significant research pertaining the chemical makeup of the copolyesters used in blender containers is still necessary. Of that I have little doubt. For what it’s worth regarding Eastman, the makers of Tritan which is used in all Vitamix containers, their claim is that this material is free of not only BPA, but all bisphenols.

        I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the major blender manufacturers providing glass and/or stainless steel containers in the future. There certainly appears to be an increasing demand for such a jar. This happening will be completely dictated by economics, of course – either when they discover a cost-effective way of producing them or when the market votes with their wallets to the extent where this decision is made for them.

        I do my best to stay on top of this particular subject and my personal feelings are documented throughout this site. Although I acknowledge the alarming results of several well-documented tests performed on certain plastics, I have little to no reservations about using BPA-free copolyester containers for my blending needs. The conclusions of every study of the effects of plastics on foodstuffs of which I’m aware have been formed based on either their prolonged exposure to plastics over significant time periods, or by their contact with plastics after being heated to extremely high temperatures. There is no study of which I’m aware that suggests that food or liquid’s mere incidental or temporary contact with copolyester containers is in any way harmful or threatening. Unless or until I read data suggesting otherwise, I won’t be concerned with using such containers for 30 to 90 second smoothie cycles or even low-temperature soups processed over 4 to 5 minute durations. This is simply my own informed conclusion, not a declaration that I’m absolutely right on the matter.

  59. Hey BD!Thanks for your helpful site for questions on Vitamix!!But I’ve yet to see a question answered I’m now asking for your help on.I previously(and still have a Ninja)was using until I saw several Demos on QVC.Decided it was TSV&the retro Turquoise color reeled me in!Its the GC creations model.Came with tamper,hardcover ring bound cookbook&spatula.Ive been using it for protein drinks made with dark chocolate milk&of course protein powder&few ice cubes once daily since I purchased in October 2013.Since I first used it until now it has a constant smell of wires burning or the electrical housing.I contact Vitamix directly& Customer Service told me it was normal@first to have that burning smell.Told them I was worried I might be doing something wrong?They said because I have the variable speeds&high/low features I should always start@low then right away ramp up to high to avoid excess wear or burning out the motor.Im still experiencing the burning smell&him afraid to even use it for light everyday protein shakes.I don’t dare try soups or ice cream for fear of totally ruining a investment of so much money.I contacted Vitamix(it’s now March 2014) and unfortunately I’m past the 30day return policy through QVC!Do you hav any suggestions or advise to give me?I went to a Williams&Sonoma that had Vitamix with preset for soups &smoothies etc& was impressed with them demoing preset smoothies that came out perfect.The models there had no burning smell whatsoever! Of course they were prob more elite&more expensive model but was sad I’d already purchased my burning smell Vitamix from QVC.Vitamix Customer Service suggests I more than likely don’t have a problem with my Vitamix.Please consider my question as I have no where else to turn!!thanks for any advise given!U Rock…BD!

    • Blenderdude

      ML, a burning smell on new electrical motors is not uncommon as the copper windings around it will emit this as they cure during initial use. If you have been using your machine daily since October 2013 your motor should be “broken in” by now. However, if you have been hesitant to use the highest speed settings this entire time, you might be delaying this process.

      Your return window may be closed but your warranty is still completely in effect. The only way to know for sure if your Vitamix is working properly or not is to give it a thorough testing using the highest speed settings. The machine is actually designed to be most efficient and effective on the highest speeds. Do not “baby” the machine. Make your protein shakes with as much ice as you like, but do the majority of your blending on High. Add soups and any other smoothies to your blending regiment but, again, implement the highest speed settings regularly as directed by Vitamix. After a few weeks of really putting your machine to the test you will know whether or not something is wrong with it. My guess is this burning smell will gradually dissipate. But, if it doesn’t, contact Vitamix and insist on having it inspected. They will take care of you and make you a happy customer.

  60. Thanks so much for all the detail you provide here. It confirmed that I made the right decision when I purchased the Creations Elite, in deep red. (Height, HP, 48oz, quieter, payment plan, etc.) I came here with two questions and one, regarding a dry container, you’ve answered. Grinding a few flax seeds to add to smoothies or an occasional cashew butter can be well served with my container. I offer advice to those having trouble with smaller batches of thicker items – invest a few dollars in a narrow, flexible spatula, (not stiffer silicone or traditional wide width) and you will have a much easier time getting things like pesto out from around the blades. My question is regarding blending at max speed of 10. My NG model doesn’t have a high/low variable so I’m assuming when I dial up to 10 that’s pretty high. Do I really NEED to blend at 10 (every recipe seems to call for it) when 6 or 7 seems to do the job? I love my machine, and know it’s sturdy, but I guess I’m not used to maxing things out on an appliance with good results. : ) Thanks for your opinion!

    • Blenderdude

      Ann, I recommend (Vitamix will, too) blending on the highest speeds whenever possible for maximum efficiency but you are certainly entitled to use whatever speeds work for you – it’s your blender! :-)

      Though it may seem counter-intuitive based on your own personal experience, blending on the highest speeds will actually generate the least amount of strain on the motor. In fact, the Next Generation motors have sensors that, depending on the load and resistance levels detected, may override higher speeds such as 7, 8, and 9, automatically incorporating the highest speed until resistance sufficiently diminishes to the point that any manually-selected variable speed may then be utilized.

  61. Hi BD,

    Wow your site has been so helpful already! Thanks for taking the time to post for everyone considering a Vitamix.

    I’m in Canada trying to figure out if (as a first time buyer use to using a Magic Bullet and getting frustrated each time) do I need the”TNC Ultimate” at $669.99 or would I be happy with the “TNC” at $469.99. Huge price difference!

    • Blenderdude

      JY, I’m glad you’re finding the site useful. Usually this type of decision is a matter of “want” as opposed to “need.” The TNC comes with everything you will need to perform every function of which the Vitamix is capable. The Ultimate package, however, comes with bells and whistles which may give you greater options or make your general blending experience more convenient. But the actual blenders that come with the models, themselves, are identical.

      Perhaps the most practical reason you might consider the Ultimate package is for the Dry Grains container. If plan on making grain-grinding for flours a regular part of your blending routine, this would be a perfectly legitimate reason to consider this package. If you think you might only occasionally need to grind grains, however, I would recommend the less expensive TNC package with which you can use your standard container on an as-needed basis.

  62. Hi Blenderdudue, Thank you for all the great information on your site! I just read Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Solution book and am looking to buy a Vitamix mostly for making glowing green smoothies. That being said, I still can’t decide which one is right for me, so I have some questions:
    1) Do any stores offer discounts for purchasing the blenders? (I’d prefer to buy in person than online if possible.)
    2) How important are the preset functions like “smoothie, soups, etc…” I just want to make sure that if I don’t have those settings, the dial won’t be too complicated to figure out
    3) What model would you recommend for under $500, without tax? (I would prefer to buy new, rather than refurbished)
    4) How easy are the Vitamix’s to clean? I have heard from some sources that you can clean stuff like peanut butter with just a little soap/water, then let the blender run…other sources say it’s harder than that, what is your experience?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Blenderdude

      Casey, I do not keep a close eye on the brick-and-mortar retailers but, as with online, I do not think discounts on Vitmaixes are common. Store-wide coupons which can be used on the blenders might be more prevalent, however.

      The pre-programmed settings on some Vitamix models are convenience functions. They are not mandatory. Many people really like them, but for decades Vitamix produced blenders that were exclusively manually controlled. The levers and Variable speed dial are simple to use.

      For under $500.00, new, you cannot go wrong with the 5200. It has been Vitamix’s flagship model for nearly a decade, and its preceding model was nearly identical as well. It is a fantastic all-around blender.

      The cleaning process for all Vitamix models is the same and is not difficult at all. If the standard cleaning process does not remove all the nut butter from the blades, a careful, quick wipe with a sponge or cloth will do the trick. Another great suggestion that has been shared on the site is to make a smoothie which calls for peanut butter immediately after making it. This will always remove any residue and the container can then be cleaned normally afterward.

  63. Hello, I just purchased a Vitamix wet blade 48oz container what motor(base) fits the container?

    • Blenderdude

      S., that container will fit any model in the entire Vitamix home line.

  64. hi, can you please give info/a table of containers that shows which containers fit which machines? (including XL & Vita Prep & traditional & new generation machines & their containers? And maybe even the commercial drink ones? It would be nice to buy one machine and different containers for different jobs…

    • Blenderdude

      Mary, that is a good suggestion and I will certainly consider putting together such a chart. The Vitamix XL has 1.5-gallon and 64-ounce container designed specifically for it. You would not want to use any “standard” containers with it. All standard containers are interchangeable, however, with the full line of home blenders as well as the Vita-Prep 3.

  65. Hi there, I bought a Total Nutrition Center 3 at the Costco Roadshow for $569, but then realized their website sells the Total Nutrition Center model for $469. Just wondering what is the real difference, and if these additional features of the TNC3 is worth the extra $100!

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.

    • Blenderdude

      Stephanie, these two models are the Canadian equivalents of the 5200 and 6300 models sold here in the States. They both contain the exact same motors and containers. The recipe books are slightly different but contain many of the same recipes. The biggest difference in the two models are the 3 pre-programmed settings that come on the TNC3. These allow the machine to blend and stop on its own when used with corresponding Vitamix recipes. Many people really like the pre-programmed functionality, but only you can decide if these programs justify the difference in price.

  66. Hi,

    I just know about Vitamix yesterday and from where I come from they only have 5200 model. Is this good enough for home use?

    • Blenderdude

      Selfridges, the 5200 is a great machine for home use. It is Vitamix’s all-time best-selling model.

  67. Regarding the Vitamix 1363 CIA Professional Series Blender, the Vitamix 1709 CIA Professional Series Blender, and the Vitamix 1978 CIA Professional Series Blender. I’ve read and reread the specs and cannot figure out how they differ (except that the 1978 comes with 48- rather than a 64-oz jar). Can you help? Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Jane, you are correct in that the 1978 comes with the smaller container. The finish on this model is Brushed Stainless. The only difference in the other two models are the finishes. One is Platinum, the other Brushed Stainless.

      • Thank you very much. That’s very helpful. Are the CIA blenders more or less equivalent to the New Generation, 200-750, Professional series (minus the pre-programmed settings)?

        Thanks again.

        • Blenderdude

          No. The aesthetic design and motors are different than those of the Next Generation models. A much better comparison would be with the 5200 model.

  68. Hello. A commercial Vitamix XL was just purchased by a small cafe to be used for making almond milk, pesto, nut butters, dressings, smoothies, and so on. One staff person has a tendency to run the machine on low for long periods of time. Can this be wearing to the motor? Is it better to run on high for longer periods, or can this be harmful? What is the best formula for running the machine to help its longevity?

    Thanks kindly for your help,

    M.

    • Blenderdude

      Malini, the XL is incredibly powerful and it is highly unlikely that it has incurred any damage as a result of this particular employee’s usage. That said, none of the tasks you mentioned require this machine to be run on low for extended periods of time. In fact, these recipes, as with the entire home line of Vitamixes, are optimally prepared by running the machine on higher speeds for shorter durations. This will not only yield better results, but also extend the life of the blender. It is certainly okay to run the machine on the lower variable speeds for fine-tuning recipes. But operating at lower speeds continuously is not ideal for a number of reasons as mentioned.

  69. Hiya,

    Your site is amazing. i wanted to start a smoothie/juicer bar and i will be looking at purchasing one of the home use blenders. i’m looking at the pro 500 / aspire and the TNC (im uk based), i understand the implications in terms of the warranty. i will be looking to make smoothies/frappuchinos/juices , if i was looking to sell approximately 200 smoothies a day, which machine would you recommend and how many machines would you recommend to avoid overheating.
    thanks in advance

    • Blenderdude

      Felicity, thanks for the kind words about the site. You are already aware of my primary concern in your using a home machine for your business – that being the warranty coverage – so I will not go into the details of that caveat. The next biggest concern I would have is in the number of times in succession you will be hoping to use the machine.

      The primary benefit of a “commercial” Vitamix such as the VitaPrep 3 is the more powerful fan that comes with it. The smoothies made by the VitaPrep and the home models will be virtually indistinguishable, but the fan on the commercial model will cool the motor with greater effectiveness when used for multiple recipes in succession, one after the other. It is for this reason that the VitaPrep comes with a 3 year warranty as opposed to 7 or 8 with the home line models.

      I think the home models are certainly capable of making 200 high-quality smoothies a day. But the risk you run is, if one were to overheat even one time, the machine could be rendered unusable for up to 45 minutes while the motor sufficiently cooled. In such an instance it is unlikely you would be able to meet your daily quota.

  70. BD,
    I am considering the purchase of a Vitamix. I am looking at the Total Nutrition Centre listed at the Costco here in Canada. What is the difference between this and the 5200? Also, can you tell me whether it comes with a cookbook. The product summary just indicate that it offers a searchable database of recipes online.

    Thanks

    Gloria

    • Blenderdude

      Gloria, the TNC in Canada is the equivalent of the 5200 sold in the U.S. Everything about the motor bases, control panel, and containers is identical with these models. The TNC does include a recipe book.

  71. Hello BD, I am new to the world of Vitamix and thus am confused as to what I should get. I am eyeing a Creations Turbo because it is on sale, I can pay with installments and it comes with the dry container and frankly it is what I can afford at this point. It also comes in a nice berry color, which I like. I will use it for everything (nut butters, smoothies, almond milk, soups, ice cream, etc…). I have searched online for reviews and haven’t found any. The only thing I am on the fence is the fact that it doesn’t have the variable speeds. How important is it??? I don’t want to purchase it and then regret it because it doesn’t have variable speed and feel like I am missing out. Please help! Thanks and I look forward to your response. – Sandy

    • I am in the EXACT same dilemma and have the exact concerns! It’s a great deal; however, does not have variable speed. How important is that? I’ve already ordered it; however, could cancel it and upgrade if necessary. Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Sandy and Erica, all the reasons listed for leaning toward this particular model are completely legitimate, and it will perform all of the functions mentioned, too. Like every other feature, the importance of the Variable speed dial is relative to the needs/wants of the user. I use this dial for everything from “tweaking” recipes to rough-chopping veggies to removing air out of overly-foamy smoothies. That said, it is certainly not required to perform any of the primary blending functions of the machine.

      • Thanks for your quick response. I will purchase this Vitamix because it is a deal I can’t refuse and try it out. It is actually the best deal I have seen to date. I will try it out and if I still feel that the variable settings are a must, I will just return and upgrade. Now I just have to decide on a color. :)

        • So I placed my order for the Creations Turbo, just to cancel it an hour later. I really do want the variable speeds and went for the Vitamix 5200 Super 64oz Variable Speed Blender w/Dry Container. Its a splurge but I am now with my purchase.

          • Blenderdude

            Congrats, Sandy.

        • Blenderdude

          That’s the fun part!

  72. Hi i am looking into a vitamix, i want one with a variable speed.
    i want to make almond milk once a week, and flour possible once a week too.
    smoothies and soups everyday.
    noise is not a main priority, but smaller portions are.
    what would you recommend, i want something with a container that you can scrape everything out of easily, are the tall or short stubby ones better?

    Thank you!

    • Blenderdude

      Gina, depending on what types of grains you’ll be using to make your flours, you will be well-served investing in a Dry Grains container to complement the Vitamix you select. Any model will be an excellent choice for your nut milks, smoothies, and soups. Your real challenge comes in choosing a container. The shorter, wider 64-ounce containers found on the Next Generation models are the easiest containers from which to remove recipe contents. These containers are also slightly more tedious to use when making extremely small recipes of around 6 ounces or less. There is no single container that meets both of these requirements, unfortunately.

  73. Hi, Our local costco here in BC is currently demonstrating the total nutrition Centre 3. I cannot find any information online about it and was wondering which model this blender is the same as. It has the 3 presets as well as variable speed, pulse and a separate on/off switch on the bottom. Cost at Costco was $569.

    Thanks.

    • Blenderdude

      Mike, the TNC 3 is the equivalent of the Vitamix 6300 model sold here in the U.S.

  74. Hi BD

    I bought the Vitamix Aspire a month ago. I am very satisfied with the purchase. On a few occasions I have accidentally turned the blender on at full speed setting. It’s only been on “high” for maybe 5-10 seconds before I’ve switched it back to low and worked my way up through the different speeds as instructed by the manual. There seems to be many warnings against blending on the “high” setting straight away. Could my unit be potentially damaged now?

    I have checked the base unit by running the blender without the jug on it. There does seem to be a slight rattling sound that comes from the drive socket at low speeds. It’s only a very slight rattling sound. Also as I move up the speeds…..the blender seems to be more high pitched than it initially was. Everything is functioning as normal apart from these minor issues. Have you ever heard similar sounds from a Vitamix base unit? Is it normal?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Blenderdude

      Joe, I wouldn’t think you’ve damaged your blender in any way by starting on the high speeds. In fact, every Vitamix owner somewhere down the line will do the very same thing from time to time. I know I have. More than anything, starting on High/Speed 10 can be a bit startling as you’re almost never anticipating the maximum power and speed initially.

      I don’t have an explanation for the rattling sound. There could be numerous explanations for it. High-pitched sounds are of course relative but this is the way I would describe the sound on high speeds, also, with no container on the motor base. If this truly becomes worrisome for you, I’m sure Vitamix would be happy to examine your blender under warranty coverage at no cost to you. It would just mean being without your blender for a few days.

  75. hi bd, great site with lots of useful info. i’m wondering if i could get your input? i’m trying to narrow my vitamix choice down and have determined so far:
    – i don’t need presets
    – i do need it to fit under counters
    – i don’t need massive capacity (smoothies up to 48 ounces primarily function)
    – i don’t want to have to buy a second container, so i don’t want to own the big one and wish i had smaller, or vice versa
    – i would appreciate the quietest performance

    i’ve narrowed it down to the Pro 200 or 300. what do you think? am i on the right track? what’s your gut feel?

    thx in advance! pat

    • Blenderdude

      Pat, based on this I would recommend one of three Vitamix models for you: either the 5200 with 48-ounce container, the 7500, or the Professional Series 300. All three of these models will meet some of your criteria but each also has at least one caveat. None of have pre-programmed settings and all will fit underneath just about all cabinets. Both of the Next Generation models have large-capacity containers. I would consider 48-ounces of smoothie to be an extremely large recipe. If most of your recipes tend to be on this scale then the 64-ounce containers will be ideal, and might only be potentially problematic if you find yourself making exceptionally small-volume recips, as in, under a cup or so. The Next Generation models are also the quietest models for home use that Vitamix currently makes.

      The 5200 with 48-ounce container is very slightly more noisy than the two models discussed above, but also has a container that is slightly more conducive to very small recipes. If you find that very small recipes become a regular part of your blending regiment, then the 32-ounce container may just be an investment you’ll want to make regardless of which model you select. But if you don’t anticipate this happening, you should be pleased with any of these three models. The Pro 200 you mention has a standard 64-ounce container, so I would eliminate that from consideration simply because there is no way it will fit underneath your cabinets.

      • thanks for your recommendation bd! armed with the goal of seeing these in person i found a williams-sonoma and got to compare both the 300 and 750. another customer was walking through and raved about his 750; he said he loved the presets although agreed sometimes the cycle time needs extending. i surprised myself when i decided to buy the 750! it fits under my cupboard, looks like a snazzy red sports car, works like a charm and i think it will serve me well for a long time. i wish i could have purchased through you but i couldn’t bare to wait out the long vitamix shipping time. thx for your guidance!

        • Blenderdude

          Pat, congratulations. I can certainly understand your excitement! I wish you many, many years of healthy blending.

  76. just want to say how great this site is – you had answers to everything I was asking when shopping for my new vitamix today. extremely helpful!! my new one is on it’s way.

    • Blenderdude

      CW, I’m glad you found the site helpful. Congratulations on the Vitamix!

  77. Hi there! i was wondering if you can tell me the difference between the 6300 sold at Costco and 7500. the 7500 is selling on eBay for about 419.00 brand new and the 6300 is selling for $499.00 at Costco. I am planning to use the vitamix for a lot more than just smoothies. I will be grinding grains and chickpeas and rice.

    Thanks,

    • Blenderdude

      Dechatu, these two models are built on different platforms. The 7500 is a “Next Generation” model with a 2.2 HP motor and a shorter, wider 64-ounce container with a 4-inch wide blade assembly. It is entirely manually operated. The 6300 has a more traditional look with the taller, narrower 64-ounce container with a 3-inch wide blade assembly. It comes with a 2 HP motor but also has 3 pre-programmed settings which allow the user to start the machine on a particular cycle, and not have to monitor the blender for the duration of the blend.

      Both are very nice models and will produce what I consider to be near-identical results. They will both perform all the functions you desire, including grinding grains. The Dry Grains container will work on either should you eventually decide to make that investment, too.

      Keep in mind regarding purchasing off of sites like Ebay that (in addition to the normal due diligence you will want to perform as an informed buyer) although the warranty should be honored by Vitamix, you will almost certainly lose the safety net of the 30-day unconditional return policy that Vitamix offers. A return policy of any kind will be at the sole discretion of the seller.

  78. By far the most helpful vitamix website I’ve found! In reading reviews all my questions have been answered. However in reading the reviews on the professional series 500 and 6300 (which claim to be the same model) the 500 almost half the comments were about how loud it is which is never mentioned in the 6300.

    The only difference I can see on them is the 500 is brushed stainless– would that have anything to do with the noise?

    • Blenderdude

      Crystal, thanks for the nice words about the site. The blender motor base finish, Brushed Stainless or otherwise, has no sound-dampening qualities. The Vitamix 6300 and Professional Series 500 generate the same amount of noise, as the blenders themselves are in fact identical. Any comments specific to the blender on one model but not the other are purely coincidental.

  79. Hello –

    My sister just received the CIA Professional Series Vitamix for Christmas and she loves it. My friend also has a Vitamix and I think it’s a 5200 but with the compact container. I am seriously considering purchasing a vitamix now that I’ve seen how wonderful they are but I’m considering one of the 48 oz. compact containers. However, I noticed when I used my friend’s with the compact container, the container moved around a lot on the base and I felt like I had to hold it in place. A few times it seemed like air would get trapped and wouldn’t allow the mixture to blend well and I had to take off the container and stir around the mixture and then put it back on the base again. I saw a good promotion for the Creations GC on QVC with the compact container but there are a lot of negative reviews about the container moving around too much on the base. Do you know if this is something that only happens with the 48 oz. container or if it’s with certain models of Vitamix? I don’t remember the container moving at all with the CIA Professional Series – which has the slim 64 oz. container.

    • Blenderdude

      Hillary, all Vitamix containers have a little “play” when first placed on the motor base. This room allows the drive shaft and drive socket to align properly. With all containers you will also notice a very slight side rotation once blending on the higher speeds commences. Eventually the jar will come to rest against the support posts that extend up from the base. How much random movement you might see from that point on will depend on which ingredients you are using and how much of them.

      Obviously the 64-ounce container is larger than the 48-ounce and is correspondingly heavier. This alone might contribute to increased stability. But hard and/or frozen ingredients are likely most responsible for the movement you are seeing as they offer significant resistance to the blades, at least initially. I expect the movement you noticed gradually diminished over the course of the blend as the blades eventually won this battle against tough ingredients.

      The air pocket you are noticing is a common occurrence in all high-performance blenders called cavitation. Implementing the tamper designed for the particular size container you are using will almost always alleviate this condition. Next time try using it to keep the ingredients moving during blending instead of turning the machine off and using a spoon or something similar. My general rule of thumb is this: if I am going to be using the tamper (and experience will quickly teach you when this will be necessary and when it won’t) I always keep my opposite hand on top of the container. This not only provides extra stability for the container, but also provides more leverage with which to implement the tamper. After a few blends this will become second nature to you.

  80. Blenderdude, I have a question about a couple of models in your comparison chart. You split the models into two categories based on motor HP– “Traditional” and “Next Generation.” The Creations GC model is listed under the Traditional category, but says it has a 2+ HP motor. Is this the same motor as the Next Generation Series? (and if so, is it supposedly quieter than the traditional series?) Or is it the same as the Traditional series? Or is it maybe a third variation? I’m considering the Creations GC but was curious if it had the newer (quieter) motor.

    • Blenderdude

      Joey, the Creations GC is the sole member of the Traditional category that has a 2+ peak-HP motor, but it is not the same motor found in the Next Generation models. It is configured with an extra ampere of peak power (generally only implemented at startup, if at all) but all of the Traditional Vitamix models essentially sustainably cool themselves during use at the same wattages. As the airflow design around the motor of the Creations GC is the same as all other Traditional models, so too will the relative noise it creates be the same. The Next Generation models are slightly quieter. Also, because the Creations GC was initially created to be marketed by QVC, it carries a 5 year warranty as opposed to the traditional 7.

      • Thanks for the response. One more question– Are the reconditioned models easy to differentiate from the new ones in terms of condition, packaging, etc.? I’m considering giving one as a gift and was wondering if it’s obvious that they are somehow labeled or marked. (I don’t want to come across like I cheaped out on the gift and bought a “used” product.) Are they truly in “like new” condition?

        And is it true that the 48 oz. container is no longer available for purchase with the reconditioned models?

        Thanks, great site!

        • Blenderdude

          Joey, all Certified Reconditioned Vitamix models qualify, in my opinion, as “like new.” I would challenge anyone to tell the difference between them and new machines, either in performance or aesthetically. Depending on which reconditioned model you choose, it may or may not come in an original box with full-color Vitamix graphics. The models that don’t come in original packaging come in a brown cardboard box with large Vitamix logos printed on the outside. Inside the box the entire unit is carefully packaged with brand new accessories fitted in custom-cut Styrofoam. It is very attractively and professionally packaged, overall, and there is no indication on the packaging or unit, itself, that it is a reconditioned product. Vitamix does affix an invoice/receipt on the outside of the box, however. It is very likely that this will contain information identifying the model as Certified Reconditioned. You may want to take that into consideration.

          To your last question – yes, the 48-ounce container is no longer available with the Certified Reconditioned models at this time. Vitamix changed their policy on this option starting January 1 of this year.

  81. Dear Blender Dude

    I am considering buying a 5200 which comes with a 64 oz container, do I need to buy another container if I want to say grind rice, or hard seeds?
    I have read about “dry containers”, do I need this also?

    Many Thanks
    Jorj

    • Blenderdude

      Jorj, if you plan on making grain grinding a regular part of your Vitamix blending regiment then, yes, I would recommend investing in the Dry Grains container. If you just want to experiment with different flours, or make certain kinds only occasionally, then I suggest saving the additional investment and using the standard container that comes with your 5200. The Dry Grains container is certainly nice, and is the more effective grinder of the two containers as you would expect. But the standard container also does a perfectly adequate job of grinding, itself. Constant use of it in this capacity, though, will eventually take its toll on the blade assembly. This is not the end of the world, mind you, but is the main reason I recommend the Dry Grains container if grain grinding is or will become a common occurrence in your kitchen.

  82. I’m in the process of purchasing Vitamix and uncertain which is the better series. 5200 or the 1365 CIA Prof.
    Can you please let me know your thoughts?
    Thank you.

    • Blenderdude

      Ali, the blenders that come with these two models are for all intents and purposes identical. Exact same motors, exact same containers, exact same user interface. Their recipe books are slightly different and the “Getting Started” DVDs have different hosts.

  83. stumbled across your site when i was searching for info about how little (in terms of quantity) i could blend in my 64 oz. container… i’m glad i did, too, because there is some terrific info in these comments — wish i’d seen it before i bought the 48 oz. dry container! anyway, i’d like to know if there is a minimum amount that needs to be placed into the 64 oz. wet container in order to properly blend, say, a smoothie with fruit and/or greens (i.e., i’m not worried about blending something that is all liquid). for example, a minimum of 4 oz. of liquid and enough fruit to yield an 8 oz. smoothie? or is that too little? i haven’t found any recipe that came with it which yields anything less than 12 oz (if i’m remembering correctly), but sometimes i want to make a smaller amount, like say 8 or 12 ounces, just for myself. (thanks in advance!)

    • Blenderdude

      Patti, 8 ounces is generally the “magic number” for smoothie sizes which require little to no extra effort on the part of users with a Next Generation 64-ounce container. If yours is a standard 64-ounce container, I would lower that number to around 6 ounces. Of course, these are general estimations. Your ingredient makeup will ultimately determine how large or small your recipe needs to be, ideally. For small-volume smoothies, the more liquid you can add, the more it will “help” the blender, obviously. If your goal is an 8 ounce smoothie, 4 ounces of liquid should be more than enough to help your remaining ingredients be blended sufficiently. You could probably even get away with less provided the rest of your ingredients weren’t entirely frozen.

      Of course, if you are willing to periodically stop the blender and help out the ingredients from time to time with a spatula then there really is no practical minimum size you can make with either container. As well, once you start making serving sizes above 8 ounces, either container will be fine with nothing required on your part other than occasional use of the tamper. I couldn’t tell from your comments if you’ve seen it or not, but I did make a video demonstrating to some extent what we are discussing. You might find it worthwhile to watch:

      Vitamix Containers: Small Recipes

      • Blenderdude, I was wondering if the newly designed 64oz container are really much different than the standard (taller, thinner) one in terms of blending more efficiently, easier, etc. I read one review where it was easier to get the food out after blending because of being wider. What are your thoughts in terms of this being a plus for going with the next generation?

        • Blenderdude

          Becky, there is some truth to what you read about the Next Generation 64-ounce container being a little more conducive to the removal of contents. Not only is the jar wider at the base, but it is a shorter container which allows for more maneuverability with your spatula. However, the blade assembly is also correspondingly larger, too. So, the extra room around the base is negated somewhat by the blade.

          To a small degree, the newer containers are probably more efficient overall, also. The larger blade and slightly more powerful motor can combine to complete some blending jobs in a little less time than the same job performed in a standard container. In such cases the end result will not necessarily be any better in terms of the quality of the finished product, only a bit faster in terms of the amount of time it takes to blend.

          One potentially minor caveat with the larger container relative to the standard one is in regard to super-small recipes. I made a video highlighting it you may find useful: Vitamix Containers and Small Recipes

  84. After a bunch of reading, I’ve determined that the best vitamix for my family would be a refurbished traditional model with the smaller 48oz container. Your response to an earlier post suggests it is possible to obtain this despite it’s not being offered on the vitamix website. Could you tell me how to go about getting this or a similarly well-priced, simple, compact model? We will use it almost exclusively for fruit/veggie smoothies in smaller serving sizes. I just got a costco membership, but from their website it appears they only sell a big package centered around the 5200. I’d rather save my money and get only the features I think we’ll need. Thanks for your help in digesting all the info out there!

    • Blenderdude

      Mac, Vitamix made the 48-ounce container an option on the Certified Reconditioned Standard model online through early 2013, then available by phone orders only through the end of last year. Unfortunately starting January 2014 it is no longer an option with any reconditioned model. The only way to obtain a 48-ounce container with a Vitamix now is to purchase a new model. You also have the option to purchase the container separately but I understand this is not a very practical solution in your situation.

      I appreciate the due diligence you’ve committed to determining the best model for your needs and am sorry you were affected by the policy change by just a matter of days. I would be happy to try to help you decide on a different model if the new Vitamix with 48-ounce container doesn’t suit you. Please feel free to contact me directly.

  85. Hi BD, I was wondering whether you could help me find out whether the Vitamix Pro 750 can be shipped to Germany (I know I would need a decent transformer) or whether there are plans to market it in Germany in the future. Thank you for your help and kind regards, Ulrich

    • Blenderdude

      Ulrich, unfortunately there is no way to get one at this time. At least not through Vitamix or its affiliates. There may be an online dealer who would be willing to ship one to you. However, because of the power converting that will be necessary you are assuming great risk with both the return policy of anyone willing to ship it to you, as well as the manufacturer’s warranty from Vitamix. I have heard talk of Vitamix’s planned expansion of this line into Europe in the near future, though. I don’t have any dates for you but my understanding is it is in the works.

      • Thank you, BD, and you are right (of course): The Pro 750 will be presented at the “Ambiente” fair in Frankfurt next month.

        • Blenderdude

          Ulrich, that’s great news. You are much better off getting one built for the electrical specs of your country. It will be well worth the wait.

  86. Hi BD

    I’ve asked a similar question before and received a speedy reply. Thanks for that.

    I’m in the UK and have the choice between the TNC which is £459 ($753) and the Aspire which is £399 ($654) and the Pro-500 which is £599 ($982). I have contacted Vitamix and they have said that the Pro 750 will be available in the UK shortly which I imagine will be very expensive in the UK.

    The Vitamix is a considered and long term purchase. I do want the best machine but the pro-750 is likely to be £600 or more in the UK (definitely over the $1000 mark!!). It’s a helluva alotta cash for a blender!! I was just wondering with the 5200/TNC model….is it not every bit the machine that the pro-750 is? From your videos….the TNC looks to create a better vortex than the 750. The 5200 has been the standard model for many years which surely indicates something. With its industrial rugged build….it looks more stable/solid compared to next gen models.

    Look forward to your thoughts on this. Like many potential Vitamix customers…. I’m suffering from paralysis from over-analysis…lol

    Thanks in advance.

    • Blenderdude

      Joe, as do you, I would expect the Pro 750 to be the most expensive of the model options you’ve listed when it is eventually offered in the UK. As you are most-likely aware, there are some fairly significant differences between it and the 5200/TNC, but properly blended results from both of these models would be very difficult if not impossible to distinguish. They both work exceptionally well.

      To your specific points, the video you reference in which a more fully-formed vortex is created in the 5200 pertains to small-volume recipes only. The dimensions of the respective container bases are such that the same volume of ingredients placed in both will rise to different levels relative to the blades. Because the 5200 has a narrower base, a recipe of a volume of, for example, 6 ounces or less, will fill the container closer to the level of the blade assembly than will the same volume of ingredients placed inside the container of the Pro 750. It is this proximity to the blades which allows the vortex action to be successfully implemented. With more “normal” recipe volumes of 10 to 12 ounces and higher, the Pro 750 will create an equally effective vortex action as that of the 5200/TNC. Concern over this difference has been expressed to me often enough that I felt compelled to make the video. However, unless you anticipate very small recipes being a regular part of your blending regiment, I would not make this a primary factor in your buying decision.

      I don’t fully share your opinion on the physical appearance of these two model designs. While I agree the 5200/TNC has a sturdy, rugged look and feel, the same characteristics can be attributed to the Next Generation models. More, it could be easily argued that the lower profile of the Next Gen models lends itself to an even greater appearance of “stability.”

      With experience, a user will be able to produce exceptional results with any Vitamix. This is why, as a general rule, I encourage buyers to focus on “bells and whistles” when deciding on a model. Many features of these machines are specific to convenience and aesthetics, and have little to do with quality of performance. But there is certainly value in these features, which is why there is a “right” model for everyone.

  87. Hi there, I finally decided to take the big plunge and purchased a Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre. I’m still waiting for the unit to arrive, I purchased it through Costco on line. I was in about a month ago and they were doing demo’s in he store. I was quite impressed by everything it could do. Can please tell me what model is this comparable to? I see on your site you talk about the 6000 series and the 3000 series. Just curious what I can compare this to.My daughter is also interested in buying a unit so I gave her your website so she could do some research before making up her mind as to what she wants. She does want to be able to make soup and ice cream besides the smoothies. Thank you and look forward to trying out some of your recipes.
    Darlene Atwell

    • Blenderdude

      Darlene, the TNC in Canada is equivalent to the 5200 model in the U.S. If your particular TNC came with extra containers or accessories, it would be comparable to either a 5200 Super or 5200 Deluxe model we have over here. In the U.S., Vitamix demonstrators in Costco stores are currently featuring the 6300 model. The blender with this model is the very same one that comes with the Professional Series 500 model, also sold here. The Canadian equivalent would be the Total Nutrition Center 3, or TNC 3. This is most likely the model you saw featured in the demonstration, but I am not 100% certain of this as I am not fully up to speed on Vitamix’s current marketing strategy in Canada.

  88. Please provide details on major differences between 6000 and 6300; not just speed control. Which model is the newer model, why are warranties different but both are over $500.00? Which model does customers favor most? When a model fail, how is the warranty granted? I have purchased the 6000 model via QVC and is not sure I made the right decision; not much talk about the 6000. However, I have read that the life of the 6300 is about 3 years; please confirm. Please provide relavent information regarding differnces other than speed control, color and accessories. Thanks in advance, need help asap before product is shipped.

    • Blenderdude

      Dee, the 6300 is the newer model in terms of its introduction to the market. However, the internal components – namely the motors – are the exact same in both models. The containers are identical as well. Vitamix backs the 6000 with a 5-year warranty in order to justify the price at which QVC sells it. The difference in warranty is not indicative of a quality difference in the machines, nor is it a predictor of future issues with one or the other. Warranty service is always implemented by contacting Vitamix customer service, who will guide you through the steps for service.

      I’m not entirely sure what you mean by “life of the 6300″ being “about 3 years.” If you mean life-expectancy, this is entirely inaccurate. There is no reason to assume this model will not live up to typical Vitamix standards. A life-expectancy of a decade or perhaps much longer would not be unreasonable. Regardless, the 6300 has not even been on the market for 3 full years, so I’m not sure how anyone could legitimately make this claim.

      Were I deciding between these two models, I would focus on functionality, not quality. Even though it falls under “speed control” which you asked me to omit from the conversation, the lack of a Variable Speed dial on the 6000 is a fairly glaring omission on a high-performance blender in my opinion.

  89. I just stumbled on your info today while trying to surf for Vitamix recipes. We bought(on a whim) our 6300 about three weeks ago at COSTCO demo. I have tried it once for soup and twice for ice cream. My results have been less than stellar. Guess I have lot to learn. Your info is very good and wish I had read it before purchasing. I am now, today,wondering if I should return this model and get the other one(5200) that the saleman “steered” us from. Not so sure the extra money we spent for the pre-sets is worth it after reading all your and other folks comments. Another frustration for me is the recipe book instructions I got in the box does not use pre-sets, which, for a newbie like me, is quite intimidating to figure out (hence my not so good results referenced above). I would like to also use my VM for making fresh baby food for my now two month old granddaughters whenever they start eating babyfood. Do you have any specific advice for this? Appreciate your postings and information although my head is spinning with information overload!

    • Blenderdude

      Deb, if you don’t think you’d be inclined to use the pre-programmed settings – whether you feel comfortable using them or not – there is no reason to incur the extra expense corresponding to the models that have them. Some Vitamix recipes that do not specify a specific pre-programmed setting will turn out just fine using them. Others will not and will require significant “tweaking” on your part. Over time, experience would most-likely teach you to stop a cycle early or run another for additional time depending on the recipe. However, for many, this defeats the entire purpose of having these settings. That said, I’ve heard from hundreds of customers who absolutely love their pre-programmed cycles.

      My only advice for making baby food, or anything else for that matter, is to not be intimidated by the machine. Yes, it is very powerful. However, you already know the texture of baby food. Trust yourself! Put your bananas, peas, or sweet potatoes in the container and turn it on. Start on the slow speeds and gradually increase to the higher ones. Stop the blender as often as you need to until you get the texture you desire. The next time you do it the process will be simpler, and the time after that will be simpler, still. Again, experience is the best teacher. Good luck!

  90. I just got a Ninja blender for Christmas and started reading reviews, and decided to return it. I am interested in a Vitamix, but there are so many choices, I don’t know what to get. Your reviews are helpful, but I am left even more confused with the mass of information in this blog. If I am going to get a refurbished one, which would you recommend? I am mainly interested in it for smoothies, and the occasional frozen adult beverages….I would like it to fit under my counter….I don’t really know what else I need.

    • Blenderdude

      Tracey, yikes! The site, and this article in particular, is intended to help lessen the confusion over the high-performance blender buying experience, not add to it. I’m sorry you’re at a loss, still. I’m certainly not able to tell you which features you will or won’t need (only you can figure that out), but I can assure you that for smoothies and frozen beverages you won’t go wrong with any model you choose. So, feel good about that.

      Assuming you are looking at the Certified Reconditioned Vitamix models, you have two primary options when it comes to those that will fit under your cabinets (you said “counter” but I’m making another assumption here). The first is a standard model with a 48-ounce container. These are not available online but you may contact me for details on how to get one. It is the exact same model as the Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix except for the size container that comes with it.

      Your second option would be either of the two Certified Reconditioned Next Generation models – the Next Generation or the Next Generation Programs. These are identical models except for the pre-programmed cycles that come on the Next Generation Programs model. This is in fact a reconditioned Professional Series 750. Links for details on these options are below.

      As you continue to make your decision feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions you might have.

      Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix
      Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Vitamix
      Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Programs Vitamix

  91. Hi there,

    I just bought a vitamix base on Ebay – model number VM0100 – The Drink Machine 2 speed blender. From the pictures it has the square VM centering pad (for the container to attach?). My problem is that i now have to buy a replacement container, but I’m not sure if the newer models will work. Any thoughts :)?

    • Blenderdude

      Marie, your unit originally came with a standard 64-ounce container with an “ice” blade assembly. However, if you intend to use it as a “regular” Vitamix you may certainly use any size standard container with it. If by “newer model” you mean the shorter, wider Next Generation containers, these are not available for purchase separately at this time.

  92. Costco.ca sold a TNC 3 at one time. Would this be the same as a 6300.

    Thanks

    • Blenderdude

      Brenda, yes, the blender that comes with the TNC 3 model is the same blender as the Vitamix 6300. I’m not certain, though, that it was ever offered in a brushed-stainless finish.

  93. I’m trying to decide between the Creations GC, Elite or the 7500. I need it to fit under the counter for sure. I will be making the occasional container full of Margaritas or for soup, but otherwise, daily veggie/fruit smoothies for myself. Is the 7500 going to be too big for those daily uses? Thanking you in advance for your input.

    • Blenderdude

      Karen, the Creations GC almost certainly will not fit under your upper cabinets. The Creations Elite and the 7500 almost certainly will. Whether or not the 7500 will be “too big” for personal smoothies depends on what your typical size is, volume-wise, as well as the ingredients you’ll be using. As a general rule, 8-ounce and larger smoothies should be able to be made relatively easily with it. Smaller smoothies are still possible but might require a little extra effort on your part using a spatula from time to time.

  94. Thank you for your article. It helps with the confusion around the models. Can you clarify.

    Which vitamix models have the shorter base (not as big)? Are there 5200 models with the new shorter base?

    Looking for a vitamix for my brother. He lives in a condo.

    Looking for a vitamix that is small, powerful, not too noisy and has some variable speed features.

    What do you recommend?

    Thank you :)

    • Blenderdude

      KA, Vitamixes which have the shorter, wider 64-ounce containers are the Next Generation models: The Professional Series 750, Professional Series 300, Vitamix 7500, and Creations Elite. This particular container does not come with any other models, including the 5200. Nor is it available for purchase separately.

      The 5200 is available with a shorter container, but it would be the 48-ounce container, not the shorter, wider 64-ounce. All Vitamix models are extremely powerful and almost all of them have variable speed controls. Technically, the Next Generation models are the “quietest” but the difference in noise levels between them and other models is not drastic. Per your criteria I would probably recommend a Next Generation model, but keep in mind that any one of these may or may not meet your noise level criteria based on your brother’s personal living situation.

  95. Hi, I live in Germany and have it managed to get of the vitamix pro 750. When I asked the man in store about the dry and wet containers he said I only needed one. Is this correct? All the older models seem to have several types of containers.

    Thanks. Kristina

    • Blenderdude

      Kristina, although the Dry Grains container will fit on your Pro 750, it is not necessary unless you plan on grinding grains for flours on a regular basis. The standard container that came with your model will work just fine for most grains and, if you use it for grinding only occasionally, doing so should cause no premature wear on its blade assembly. If you do decide you want a container just for grinding grains, you would purchase the very same Dry Grains container that is used with all other Vitamix models.

    • Hi Kristina,

      could you please let me know where you managed to get a Vitamix Pro 750 in Germany? I’m looking for one, but I wasn’t able to find a store which sells it in our country.

      Best regards
      Katja

      • Blenderdude

        Katja, according to some posts I read on Vitamix’s Facebook page recently, the Pro 750 is due to be released in Berlin in late March. I don’t know this to be a fact, but if this is true, their German website should have more details. Good luck! http://www.vitamix.de/?REFER

  96. Hi this morning I hastily bought the 5200 Vitamix and now I am finding out there is a better model in the 750, shorter and fatter at the base and other various benefits that i think the 5200 is lacking, will I be able to love the 5200 or will I always be pining for the 750?

    • Blenderdude

      Victoria, “better” will always be in the eye of the beholder. It is true that the Pro 750 has features not found on a 5200. Many people find these features very beneficial. Each individual must decide for herself, though, whether these features justify the extra expense, which is not insignificant on a percentage basis. I can tell you that your 5200 will make anything a Pro 750 will, though, and just as well. There may be some noticeable difference in how a particular recipe is made with these two machines, but the final result, if made properly with each model, will be practically indistinguishable in terms of its quality.

  97. Our granddaughter has a feeding tube. I am looking for the best machine to adequately liquefy the food, so no chunks clog the tube. Please advise!

    • Blenderdude

      Evelyn, top-of-the-line high-performance blenders like Blendtec and Vitamix are more than powerful enough to blend food to consistencies that will easily pass through feeding tubes. However, because you’ll want to leave nothing to chance when it comes to textures, I would advise manually controlling any blender you ultimately choose at all times over operating it via pre-programmed settings. This way you are always controlling both the speed of the blades as well as lengths of the blending durations. Almost every model made by both of these manufacturers is fully capable of being operated manually regardless of whether or not it contains pre-programmed cycles.

      I might be more inclined to steer you toward a Vitamix given the fact that it comes with a tamper. This specific tool can only help when it comes to making sure your ingredients are always fully incorporated into your recipes. I would be hesitant to recommend a specific Vitamix model without knowing much more about your personal situation, but I can tell you that any model you choose will be fully capable of giving you extremely smooth textures with just about anything you decide to blend for your granddaughter. Please feel free to contact me directly with any additional specific questions.

  98. Hi BD. Just bought my first Vitamix yesterday and am so excited-I’ve wanted one for so long.
    Of course after plopping down a huge wad for it, I came home to make sure I wasn’t “overcharged” since I bought it in the store. So, when I arrived home, I googled Vitamix 7500 and found you-so glad I did too! You have an awesome site and I’ll be using it often. I appreciate the details you’ve included in your site as well as all these great questions everyone’s been asking.

    I actually thought I wanted the more expensive model that includes the various food settings (smoothies, soup, etc) but after speaking with the rep at the store, realized I didn’t need all that extra stuff and saved another $200.

    My question to you is this: I asked the rep if I would still need/want the extra dry container with this model since I want to start making my own flours and milks. He said no. I did read in one of these posts that you would still recommend buying one. Do you think it’s necessary with this newer container? If so, what’s the benefit to getting it? Thank you again for your awesome site-look forward to hearing from you~

    • Blenderdude

      TT, congratulations on getting a Vitamix! I recommend the Dry Grains container to anyone who will be grinding whole grains for flours on a regular basis. The blade assembly on this container is designed not only for better performance than the standard blade for this particular task, but also for increased durability. If one was to use the standard container for grinding grains repeatedly, eventually the blade assembly would need to be replaced.

      The standard container will do a perfectly adequate job with grinding grains and is definitely the container you will want to use for your nutmilks. I almost always advise customers to use the standard container for their initial grinding jobs. If and when you determine that you will be making flours on a regular basis, invest in the Dry Grains containers at that point.

  99. Hi BD. what a brilliant website, great work!

    I’m in the UK and where I am…I only have the option of purchasing the Aspire Black or the 5200. My inclination is to go with the Aspire Black. It’s the newer model, more compact and £60 cheaper. However are both machines practically the same in terms of power and quality? Also is there a 64oz jar available that is shorter than the standard 64oz jar?

    Final question. Both vitamix retailers here seem to really promote the dry container. Will the standard container still be used to blend almonds etc? Thanks in advance.

    • Blenderdude

      Joe, thank you for your compliment. If you like the idea of a more compact container, the Aspire is a great choice. Both it and the 5200 (or Total Nutrition Center, if that’s what it is called there) are built to the exact same quality and standards – no worries there. At this time a shorter, more compact version of the 64-ounce container is not available for purchase separately, however. For blending almonds, the standard container in any size will be perfectly fine. You will not need to invest in a Dry Grains container unless and until you want to grind whole grains frequently.

  100. After research & demo watching, we purchased 5200 on Black Friday & felt thrilled about the savings over an already great price. We haven’t used it yet (recovering from surgery & limited in kitchen prep right now). We were in Costco tonight near closing & missed demo of 6300. We chatted with demo rep. & he strongly recommended we would be much happier with 6300 performance & it was worth (in his professional opinion) the extra $150 over what we paid for 5200 for following reasons:
    1. 3 pre-set options VARIED motor speed for you to turn out “perfect, no guess-work” food items.
    2. Pulse option gave better, more precise control over using off-on switch to fine-tune food texture. “Smoother smoothies.”
    3. Larger cookbook with lots more recipes, incuding specific recipes utilizing pre-sets– (cost $60 to purchase it).
    4. He had both models & used ONLY 6300 now because the pulse & pre-sets gave better, more consistent product. Are differences worth extra $150? There is short performance history on 6300 & our experience has been, “more features doesn’t always mean better–just that more can go wrong”. I plan on using it daily for increased nutrition/ dietary needs necessitated by recent surgery. HELP! HYPE? Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Cheri, please disregard my initial response to this question. I misread it and was offering my opinion on the 6000 model, not the 6300 as you inquired about.

      The 6300 and 5200 have the very same profile and contain identical motors. They are distinguished by the 6300’s additional preset functionality as well as a Pulse lever versus the 5200’s Power On/Off lever which can also be used for pulsing. You would have the ability to create a brief burst at any speed with either model. This capability is not exclusive to the Pulse lever on the 6300.

      The recipe book that comes with Costco’s 5200s model is quite large in its own right. Yes, the book with the 6300 contains recipes specific to its pre-programmed settings, and it is with these recipes that the preset functionality of the 6300 really shines. These recipes and the blender’s programmed functions are designed to yield perfect results when used together. Keep in mind, though, that any recipe may be recreated with any model using only manual controls.

      If you think you and/or your husband would be inclined to use the pre-programmed settings, then the 6300 is a very nice option. For certain there is some peace of mind in following a recipe and letting the blender do all the rest of the work. Weigh the price difference in the two models versus how much you think you would use the additional features of the 6300 when making your final decision and purchase accordingly.

      • I don’t plan on grinding lots of grains, but would definitely use a dry container for blending bread & cookie dough & perhaps occasional grains. Can you also prepare smoothies & other foods usually prepared in wet container with good results in the dry container? It is also appealing to prepare smaller quanities & have smaller container when we travel in our RV. You mention using regular wet container that comes with unit for occasional grinding & dough. Since wet & dry container blades function differently & more specfically, I only want to invest on one additional container. Which would you recommend as the best choice for functions I mentioned above if I want a smaller container? I appreciate your knowledge, reasoning & explanations!

      • I don’t plan on grinding lots of grains, but woud definitely use a dry container for blending bread & cookie dough & perhaps occasional grains. Can you also prepare smoothies & other foods usually prepared in wet container with good results in the dry container? It is also appealing to prepare smaller quanities & have smaller container when we travel in our RV. You mention using regular wet container that comes with unit for occasional grinding & dough. Since wet & dry container blades function differently & more specfically, I only want to invest on one additional container. Which would you recommend as the best choice for functions I mentioned above if I want a smaller container? I appreciate your knowledge, reasoning & explanations!

        • Blenderdude

          Cheri, the Dry Grains container will outperform the standard container for grain grinding as it is designed for that specific task. Likewise, the standard container will outperform the Dry Grains container for every other function, including mixing your doughs and batters. For only occasional grain grinding, I recommend using the standard container that comes with your model. Based on what you’ve described it sounds to me like you’d get more use out of a 32-ounce container with a standard blade.

          • Thank you for speedy response & correcting response to my original inquiry on 6300. From what you said re: grains container, I deduct that it would not perform as well with wet products like smoothies because blades would be pushing ingredients “out” instead “in” to create a vortex, but wet container would be fine for occasional uses: powdered sugar, rice, bread & cookie dough . It would be nice to have 1 smaller volume container for smaller servings of smoothies, salsas, dips, bread crumbs batters, dressings, & as mentioned, traveling. I was thinking the smaller grain container would be a nice size since “small” wet container is larger–48 oz. vs. 32 oz. dry contaner. I’ not sure how full you can actually filll a container–using berries, fruit & greens, takes more vol. space.

            • Blenderdude

              Cheri, yes, your general understanding of how the respective containers perform is correct. Both will create a vortex-like action depending on the ingredients, but this is not entirely relevant to your question. The standard container would be perfect for all of the specific uses you reference above.

              In addition to the Dry Grains container, Vitamix also makes a 32-ounce “wet” container. If you are looking for a small container to complement your larger one, this is the size I recommend over the 48-ounce due to the greater disparity in size. You can confidently fill any Vitamix container almost completely with ingredients without worry. As they blend the amount of total space they occupy will reduce.

          • Thank you for the simple, easy-to-understand clarification! Unfortunately many demo people create customer dissatisfaction & confusion trying to meet sales on specific model they are demonstrating. Having been in sales off & on over last 40+ years, my personal sales motto has always been, “find customer’s need & meet or exceed it”–even if I needed to recommend a different product or something other than my sales “special”. I found that I was blessed with a loyal customer base, increased overall sales because even strangers saw I had THEIR needs at heart & a good feeling that I had represented my product line well & helped someone find what met their needs or desire. Thank you for providing an honest, helpful & informative site!

    • Since a 6300 runs program based on timer, wouldn’t you only get consistent “perfect” blending results if you follow more exact ingredient amounts? With just 2 of us doing daily smoothies & recipes for 2-3 much of the time would recipes be overblended or does motor kick down after optimum processing load & continue rest of timer on lower speed? Do you get same resulting product using timer program in the 32 & 48 ounce containers? We are concerned that in theory we like idea of using presets, with grandkids, but in reality not get optimal results & will therefore end up usually it only manually anyway.

      Thank you for your insight. Demo guy is set only on 6300 because that’s what he’s showing. He said even when he demos 5200 he will steer people towards 6300 because it is so much easier to use. He’s only confused us more last time we were in because he said it was “3 steps above 5200″ during demo.

      • Blenderdude

        Cheri, no, the blender will not adjust its speeds on the pre-programmed settings if you scale down a recipe. The cycles are designed for not only specific ingredients, but specific quantities of these ingredients. Assuming the quantity of ingredients called for will also fit inside a 32-ounce and/or 48-ounce container, corresponding results should probably resemble those made in a 64-ounce container fairly closely, although it makes sense that there could be some minor difference in textures in the 32-ounce container due to slightly different circulation patterns.

        If you like to experiment and/or use different ingredients other than what are called for it is possible to mimic specific Vitamix recipes in terms of both ingredients and ingredient quantities and still get good results from the pre-programmed cycles. I would not get overly-anxious about “ruining” a recipe made using the pre-programmed cycles just because you alter a recipe slightly here and there. The results, although perhaps not “perfect” per the design team at Vitamix, should still turn out reasonably well. And, like you said, they can always be tweaked manually to get them more to your liking. “Overblending” with the smoothie cycle, although possible, would not be a huge concern of mine either. This cycle is generally not long enough to inflict any significant nutrient loss via friction.

  101. I’m looking to buy my wife a Vitamix for christmas, along with making smootie’s and hot soups, she will also make flour’s and nut butters. I see that a dry grains container is required for the 5200 series, is it also required with the pro 500 or 750 models? If the pro models can do it all in one carafe rather than 2, I’d probably go with one of those

    • Blenderdude

      Joe, the standard container with any Vitamix model is perfectly capable of doing occasional grinding jobs, and doing them quite well. If your wife will be using her Vitamix for flour-making on a regular basis, however, the Dry Grains container will probably benefit her regardless of the model you purchase. Heavy use of the standard container for grinding will eventually take its toll on the blades. The worst case scenario from doing this is that you would eventually need to replace its blade assembly.

      No Vitamix standard container will do as good a job, nor have a blade which lasts as long as a result of heavy grinding, as the Dry Grains container. But for only occasional grinding I do not recommend the extra investment into one.

  102. how vital is the variable speed function?

    • Blenderdude

      Dave, it is useful in a couple of ways. Rough-chopping of fruits and vegetables is best performed on the lower speeds. This comes in handy when making something like a salsa, or adding some texture to a soup after getting it up to the desired temperatures. It also provides a nice gradual transition from the lower speeds to the highest as starting the blender directly on the High setting can be very traumatic for some :-). The low speeds are also somewhat useful in eliminating foam/air bubbles from smoothies and whole juices after having been blended on higher speeds. You might also find or create certain recipes that are blended more to your liking on one of the variable speeds as opposed to High. The Variable dial is not at all mandatory. It’s just another feature that can be quite handy on occasion.

  103. Hello! Very helpful sight by the way! So I’m driving myself crazy researching vitamix v blendtec and I just keep coming back to vitamix but am nervous about the price… So I have narrowed it down to the 5200 and the 750. I basically do tons of smoothies and will be using it for soups, nut butters, almond milk, and salsa and of course whatever else looks good! I believe I will be going with a reconditioned one to save money so just wondering which one you would recommend and if it’s the 5200 how does that work as far as recipes go… Such as soup would the recipe book tell me exactly how long to blend it in order for it to be hot ? Thanks!!

    • Blenderdude

      Danielle, a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix inclusive of either of those two models would be an excellent choice for all of the functions you mentioned. Decide on which one to purchase primarily based on factors other than performance, because either will yield consistently great results. In general, a recipe will instruct you on how long to blend for soups. But keep in mind, how long the blender needs to run to reach your desired temperature will always depend on two things: 1) how warm you personally like your soups, and 2) the starting temperatures of the ingredients you are using. The recipe will be your guideline, but ultimately you should be in control of the blending duration.

      As you are becoming accustomed to your blender, I suggest stopping it periodically during soup-making and checking the relative temperatures simply by sampling. You can always re-start the blender to make a recipe warmer. In my opinion this is preferable to over-blending then having to let a recipe cool down. Although doing so wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, in general, the higher the temperatures the worse it is for nutrient preservation. Over time and with experience you will develop an intuitive feel for how long your soups should blend. Never feel handcuffed by the recipe book.

      • Thank you! Yesterday I was sold on the blendtec deal from costco and today i am back on vitamix hah honestly i am kind of feeling the blendtec is too good to be true to not have to tamper the ingredients down into the jar and thats what scares me… I believe i would really like the vitamin 750 however i think for the money the reconditioned 5200 is probably going to be just fine. Pretty sure I might have to toss a coin here before my husbands tells me I can’t get one since i can’t make a decision ;)

        • Blenderdude

          The Blendtec is an excellent choice, too, but there will definitely be occasions while using it when you will say to yourself, “If I had something like a tamper, this job would be much easier.” This is, at least in part, why the Twister Jar was developed. The Pro 750 is simply awesome, and is available as a Certified Reconditioned model. But don’t in any way feel like you would be “settling” for a 5200. It is a truly great blender and is literally the model most responsible for Vitamix’s unprecedented popularity today.

  104. Hi can you please tell me whether the Aspire model is considered to be the traditional model or the next generation model?
    Im thinking about buying a vitamax blender but I have little knowledge about these blenders.

    • Blenderdude

      Adwoa, the Aspire is a model developed for Canadian customers and has a “traditional” design reminiscent of the classic Vitamix 5200 sold in the U.S. It generally comes with a 5 year warranty as opposed to 7, and a 48-ounce container as opposed to 64, but the blender, itself, is every bit as nice as the 5200 in terms of appearance and performance.

      • Hi BD, I am so glad that someone asked the question about the Aspire model as I just purchased the Aspire from the TSC in Canada! It comes with a 64-ounce container and a 32-ounce dry container among other goodies!! I can’t wait to get it…finally took the plunge after using Oster blender for years!! So excited!! Btw…love your website!!

        • Blenderdude

          Thanks, Laura. Congrats on your Vitamix!

  105. Hi BD,

    I’m loving your site, and I’m so happy I stumbled across it while searching the web for vitamix advice as it is sooo informative! I’m still having a hard time deciding which model to get and here is what I’d be using it for: Smoothies, nut butters, grinding wheat and pureeing soups and sauces. I’d probably be using it every day. I often make smoothies for myself and I’m a little concerned that the wide container that comes with the 300 and 750 would not puree very well and splash all around the sides. I don’t really care about all the bells and whistles of the 750 with the presets. I’m debating b.w the Pro 200, 300 or 500. Cabinet height is not really an issue and I’m not really sure about the noise either? I’ve read that I won’t be disappointed with any machine as they will all do just about the same function within seconds of each other. Any advice?

    • Blenderdude

      Jennie, I’m glad you’re finding the site useful. For everyday functionality such as you described, all three of the models you are considering would be great choices. However, given that you are not necessarily excited by the idea of pre-programmed settings, you can immediately drop the Pro 500 from consideration, as its higher price is largely explained by these programs. The consideration you’re making regarding the shorter, wider container might come into play if your single-serving smoothies are on the extremely small side – 8 ounces and under, perhaps. It is a challenge to make a really small smoothie in any blender regardless of container size for the simple reason that it doesn’t take many ingredients at all to yield a cup or so of finished product.

      As size is also not a big concern for you, you would save a fair amount of money going with the Pro 200, which is essentially a 5200 in a CIA package. Just make sure a black motor base finish is the color you really want. Based solely on what you described in your comments above, this would be the model I recommend for you.

      • Awesome – thank you BD for your advice! I really appreciate it and your awesome site!

  106. I already sent this question via your “contact” tab, but now I’m not sure that was the correct place to send it.

    First, thanks for this site! It’s a very useful resource for sorting through all the Vitamix models.

    Here’s my question: What exactly is the “brushed stainless steel finish” available on various Vitamix blenders? Is it really a steel housing? a steel cover over the plastic housing? the plastic housing with some kind of coating that looks like stainless? or just the standard plastic housing in a “brushed stainless” color? I read somewhere that if you scratch the stainless finish you will scratch through to the underlying plastic housing, whereas on the standard plastic housing, scratches don’t show because the plastic is the same color all the way through. Is this true? What are the pros/cons of the “brushed stainless steel finish”?

    Thanks.

    • Blenderdude

      Steve, yes, I received your question. The “Contact” form is always a great way to reach me. Thanks for the compliments on the site. The Brushed Stainless finish is a coating designed to replicate stainless steel that is applied on top of a plastic housing. It has a slightly different tactile feel and more “tinny” sound than the traditional plastic finishes. In my experience, normal/typical scratching does not penetrate through the finish. However, a deep scratch very well might. The Brushed Stainless finish has an elegant look and is a great compliment to other stainless steel appliances that you might have in the kitchen. Hence, the higher price.

  107. Amazing site! I’m deciding between the 300 and the 750. I spoke with someone at Vitamix today and she said the presets were really only timed presets, so if color did not matter to me, she was recommending the 300. Also, with presets only, one has less control, and I do not necessarily always want to have my smoothie the same texture. But, then I read later that the presets on the 750 actually do have sensors i.e. not just timers and I imagine this would mean it could tell so to speak if you were using more ice, harder fruit, softer fruit et.c and I see what U believe shows that the 750 actually does have the option of making it manual 100%. Is what I just wrote correct? I am not bothered to have manual control only on the 300, but if the preset options on the 750 really can tell when something needs more blending/higher speed, I suppose that would be cool.

    Advice please? i wanted to get started this week! :-)

    Thank you!

    • Blenderdude

      Helen, the pre-programmed cycles on the Pro 750 are timed cycles. I’m not sure why the rep recommended another model based on this fact, alone. Then again, I wasn’t privy to the entire conversation. Many Vitamix owners love the pre-programmed cycles. Along with these presets, the Pro 750 also has 10 manually-operated speeds on the center control dial. You sacrifice no ability to control the blender manually whatsoever.

      The pre-programmed cycles are generally recipe-specific. In other words, if you follow the corresponding Vitamix recipes, the cycle has been designed to give you fantastic results without your having to monitor the blender. Should you stray from the recipes that correspond to the cycles, yet still blend via the preset, you may or may not get the texture you desire. Of course, you can always “tweak” the recipe via the manual controls. In short, the same recipe made with the same pre-programmed cycle will yield the exact same result every time. But not every recipe will be of like consistency via the presets. It all depends on what it is you’re blending and how much of it.

      The Next Generation models are equipped with sensors but these are not “auto-pilot” mechanisms that will simply find the right speeds for you regardless of what you do. They are predominantly there to implement the highest speeds when resistance indicates that maximum power is warranted and the user is closing in on Speed 10. The vast majority of your recipes should be blended on the highest speed (Speed 10 on the Variable dial). For example, if you are blending a smoothie using frozen fruit and you start the machine on Speed 1 with the intention of gradually turning the dial up to 10 – as you should – given the load these sensors might engage the highest speed for optimal blending even though you have only reached Speed 8 on the dial, manually. Once the load has decreased in resistance, the sensors might then permit the motor to revert back to Speed 8 if you haven’t manually turned the dial to Speed 10, yourself. If resistance does not indicate to the sensors that a maximum speed is required, the blender will run at the Variable speed you select. These sensors do not “override” the user except as described above. I hope that makes sense.

      • Thanks so much for the quick and through reply. I think the rep was saying not to spend the extra money because the presets are only timers, and one can decide when something is done for oneself.

        Re your point about using the same recipe each time one will get the same result with the same recipe, if I were to make a smoothie, for example, I believe I am more likely to throw in my desired veggies and fruits and ice without measuring, so it is possible the smoothie preset could “over blend” or not blend enough, and then I would use manual function as you suggest.

        Your explanation as to what the sensors do is truly the only explanation that I now trust. But, I must admit I am confused about for example, 8 vs 10. I thought the higher the number the higher the speed. If I go from 1 to 10, but I only really needed an 8, the blender will stay at 10. Is that correct? if I am at 10, but I only need 8, will it overheat so to speak? Also, as for the not-auto pilot, I understand that the manual settings are not auto pilot, but aren’t the presets essentially that in addition to truly being timers, e.g. if i make a smoothie only of protein powder and very soft fruit, will the preset smoothie function have the blender be on for the same amount of time as if I used denser foods, but the motor would know to use lower settings? OK to turn off the blender from a preset mode before its time is up?

        Thank you thank you. You are an excellent writer.

        • Blenderdude

          Yes, in your example where you are making a smoothie with your own recipe (or no recipe at all) it is quite possible the pre-programmed Smoothie cycle will give you the exact texture you desire, but it is at least somewhat likely that it will not and will thus be either “over-blended” or in need of additional manual blending. If your “recipes” are not similar to the Vitamix smoothie recipes that correspond with this particular preset in terms of both ingredients and ingredient quantities, the textures of your smoothies are likely to be different than those made from the Vitamix recipe book when using this pre-programmed cycle.

          The higher the number on the Variable speed dial, the faster the speed. You are not confused in this regard. Against an ingredient load that offers little to no relative resistance, the blender will always run on the exact manual speed you select. In such a case, per your next example, if you only “needed” Speed 8 but turned the dial to Speed 10, the blender would run on Speed 10. It will not “dial itself down” if you have selected a higher speed. What it will do is engage the highest speed if you have manually selected Speed 8 or 9, for example, and the sensors have detected that the resistance to the load is sufficient to the extent that the highest speed would be more effective and, hence, more efficient. In this case they may engage Speed 10 even though you have the dial set to Speed 8. Once sufficient blending has taken place such that the sensors detect an adequately-decreased resistance, Speed 8 would once again engage if that is where you have left the dial.

          These sensors work on both the manually operated and pre-programmed functions of the machine. The pre-programmed cycles are timed and will run for the exact same length of time, every time, regardless of what you put into the container. And, yes, you have the ability to manually stop and/or restart the pre-programmed cycles anytime you wish.

          • I am in the market for one of these bad boys and just wanted to add how much I appreciate your thorough responses to all the questions on your site. You rock dude!

  108. Im choosing between 5200 and 6300, Can you advice me which one is better

    • Blenderdude

      Muriel, in my opinion neither one is “better” than the other. In fact, the only significant difference in these models are the 3 pre-programmed cycles that you will find on the 6300 but not the 5200. If you are drawn to the idea of pre-programmed cycles then you should really enjoy the 6300. However, the 5200 will make everything the 6300 will, and just as well. If you don’t think you would be inclined to use the presets often enough, I would probably advise you to save a little money and go with the 5200.

  109. Hi,
    I was comparing the 300 and 750 pro models at a retail store this week and one salesman told me that the only difference between the 2 was the timed cycles/settings. Another salesman told me the 750 had a slightly different transmission as well and would be better at the low speed high torque applications, which is how he suggested nut butters should be made. Is that accurate?

    thanks

    • Blenderdude

      Scott, the difference in the two models is the presence of the pre-programmed settings on the Pro 750. Optimal blending operation, including the making of nut butters, occurs at the highest settings with these models. This is why the electronics on these models include feedback sensors on the motors – to engage the highest speeds when appropriate. I don’t believe there is any difference in the motors but I will verify asap.

      • Hi,
        I was just curious if you had been able to verify that there was no difference in the motors between the pro 750 and the pro 300.
        thanks!

        • Blenderdude

          Scott, Vitamix has not yet responded to my inquiry, which doesn’t surprise me given how busy they are this time of year. I’m fairly certain, however, that the information you were given by the salesperson is incorrect. These motors do not have gears as you would find on a transmission. With these motors high torque is not directly commensurate with low speeds, and, in fact, optimal results with almost every application is found on the highest speed settings.

          I will continue to solicit Vitamix for their official response, though, and will post here as soon as I get it.

          • thanks a lot. I went with a pro 300 model anyway but I am still curious.

  110. BD, thanks so much for this info. You probably addressed this, but have you found any difference in performance between low profile 64oz (300) containers and taller 64 oz containers (5200) when both are packed to the top with veggies or fruit for instance?
    Thank you,
    Marc

    • Blenderdude

      Marc, very little. Because the shorter, wider 64-ounce containers come with a slightly larger blade than do the traditional 64-ounce containers, with every revolution these have an extra inch or so of blade surface area going to work. This might result in a very slightly shorter blending duration in comparison to the traditional container when blending identical ingredients. This difference, if it exists at all, would literally be a matter of but a few seconds. The actual quality of the finished blended results between the two would be virtually indistinguishable from one another with most recipes.

  111. Hi, I’m so glad I discovered this site and your videos. That being said, I feel more confused than ever!

    I do want the VitaMix because having the smoothest possible green drink and smoothies is important to me. I want to grind my own flour and make my own bread. I want to make soups. I want to blend cake batter. I like to control speed and so don’t need the presets but probably would use them sometimes – they are not essential. Height is not important. It doesn’t seem that the wide or narrow container matters. I would want at least the 48 oz and maybe the 64 oz because that would be better for making soups. I want to use the blender as just a blender as well. I don’t have a space limitation in the kitchen. Refurbished is OK too.

    I hope I have given you enough information for you to let me know which one will best meet my needs. It looks as though I need to use your site to order in order for you to be paid a commission so please let me know how that works too. I appreciate you.

    Thank you so much,

    Sandy

    • Blenderdude

      Sandy, based on your detailed checklist I see no reason why a Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix would not be perfect for you. Vitamix is running a great sale on them this month and this particular model will meet every single need you presented for a fantastic price.

      Should you decide to order any model from my site, the “Buy Now” button will redirect you to complete your order at Vitamix.com. My authorized affiliate code will be pre-entered for you at checkout which will entitle you to free shipping and, yes, Vitamix will credit me for assisting you with the sale. So, thank you very much, too.

  112. I really appreciate the detailed information, as it is helping me make a decision on the “right” Vitamix blender for me. I know you have indicated that all are great blenders. I am single and at least initially I will be using it mainly for myself and for making green smoothies. You may have answered this already, so forgive me for asking again. I’ve been researching and notice the Creation models with a 5 vs 7 years warranty. Why the difference? And it would be nice to have a blender that sits under the cabinet. I see there is a 48 oz jar and a 64 oz jar — both that sit under cabinets. How does jar size impact blending? Thanks again for such an informative page and for being so responsive.

    • Blenderdude

      Elise, anytime you see a Vitamix offered with a 5-year warranty as opposed to 7, it is strictly for pricing purposes. Shortening the warranty is one way Vitamix justifies a particular model be priced versus another. Another example might be whether or not the container comes with an ergonomic soft-grip handle. They will plug all these variables into an equation which allows them and their retail partners to sell specific models at specific prices. A 5-year warranty versus a 7-year warranty is not in any way indicative of the quality of the machine, itself.

      The impact container size has on one Vitamix model compared to another is negligible except to the obvious difference in volume each will hold. Those with larger blades may complete certain tasks in a slightly shorter blending duration than others, and containers with narrower bases might perform a little better on extremely small-volume recipes. You may be interested in the video I made illustrating this particular scenario. A link to it can be found a few posts down from this one. See “Vitamix Small Recipes.”

      • Thanks so much BD — for the reply and for being so prompt. I will check out the video and then make my final decision! Your information is EXTREMELY helpful and easy to understand.

        • Blenderdude

          You’re welcome, Elise. Feel free to contact me should you need any further assistance.

          • One last question: the handles? Has anyone experienced any issues with the non-ergonomic soft grip handle? I think I prefer that, but I’m leaning towards the Creations GC with 48oz container and it does not have the ergonomic handle.

            • Blenderdude

              The ergonomic soft-grip is simply more comfortable to hold. In my experience the lack of the soft-grip does not hinder one’s ability to use the container in any way.

              • Hello BD, I just wanted to check back in and say “thank you” again for the information you provide. It made the comparisons so much easier. So, I finally decided on the Vitamix 7500 and it was delivered on Tuesday (the day before my birthday)! A gift to me from me! Thank you again, BD!

                • Blenderdude

                  You are very welcome, Elise. Congratulations and happy birthday!

  113. BD,I am a reference librarian and I am thrilled to find your well-organized, easy to comprehend guide to the various models. All of this info, so hard for us customers to make sense of, you have compiled in logical format, with the similarities and differences clearly described. And you have incredible patience, answering the same questions over and over from people who have not read through the other Qs and As. You clearly know your Vitamixes and I, like many or most, have never owned one, only seen a few Costco demos. I now have some solid info with which to make my decision on the model to buy, thanks to your superior comparison guide. Thank you.

    • Blenderdude

      Chris, I am extremely appreciative of your kind sentiments. I consider them high-praise coming from someone in your line of work. I wish you well in making your buying decision and, of course, would be happy to assist you in any way possible.

  114. Thank you for such an incredibly informative site. I just purchased a Vitamix Elite model and I love it but after reading your site a couple of questions came up for me. My Elite has a 5yr warranty and the other model that I was debating on, the 7500, has a 7yr warranty. Also a 64oz container as opposed to 48oz. I had read that if a person was just making smaller batches of smoothies, etc. the 48oz would be better than 64oz. Could you tell me your thoughts on both of those things? The 2yr difference in warranty and the size? I’m still in the 30day trial and there is not too much difference in price. Thanks so much and thanks again for this great site. I’ll be sending friends here BEFORE they make their purchase.

    • Blenderdude

      Georgia, I’m glad you’re finding the site useful. If you haven’t seen it, you may find the following video to be of some help with your dilemma: Vitamix Small Recipes

      The 48-ounce container has the same blade and container dimensions at its base as does the standard 64-ounce container shown in the video. You can expect similar results with your current container. Keep in mind that the video demonstrates recipe volumes in the 6-ounce range. Once your recipes go to 8 to 10 ounces and above, the shorter, wider container like the one that comes with the 7500 performs every bit as well if not slightly better than the others. The extra 2 years on the warranty is always nice, too. For what it’s worth, Vitamix values the 3-year extensions that they offer on most models at $75.00. I mention this in case you were attempting to extrapolate how much those two years might be worth to you in dollars and cents.

      • Thanks for such a quick reply. I apologize for asking the questions I did when you have so fully covered what I asked on other areas of your site such as FAQ. I do appreciate that you took the time to reply ‘once again’. Namaste’

        • Blenderdude

          No worries, Georgia. You are quite welcome!

  115. I love the Vitamix. We’ve got a 5200 at home to help us with our green smoothie routine. It used to take almost an hour to make the pitcher of greens base (having to chop up the cucumbers, kale, carrots, etc. in to small pieces so the motor on our old blender we wouldn’t overheat), but with this one we can just toss in whole vegetables with a little water, use the tamper on high speed, and we’re done in 10 minutes including cleanup.

    • Blenderdude

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Jack.

  116. Hello
    Thank you for the charts and throughout information. I wanted to purchase a 750 but I get redirected to the Canadian site (I live in Canada) which does not offer that model. Do you know why?
    Regards,

    • Blenderdude

      Maria, this is intentional on the part of Vitamix. I have not been told when, or even if, Canadian customers will have online access to purchasing either Next Generation or Certified Reconditioned models. I’m hoping they will soon because there is tremendous demand for them from your country. If you have a U.S. billing and/or shipping address, there may be some hope for you. Contact me for details. Otherwise, you will most-likely have to make alternate purchasing arrangements.

      • Not sure when the initial question was asked, but just FYI I have seen the Professional models (300 and 750) at Williams Sonoma stores here in Canada. I’ve seen the 7500 at Whole Foods during Vitamix roadshows as well. Hope that helps anyone in Canada looking for a next generation model.

        • Blenderdude

          Thank you, Jen.

        • I’m a Canadian as well. I ordered through amazon.com and had it shipped to a Kinek.com checkpoint on the US-Canadian border.

  117. Wow that’s a very informative article and I like the charts. It’s amazing how literally the difference between some VM models are the colors, accessories, and that’s it. Quite honestly, I don’t know what to think about these “options” that Vitamix has. Seems like they can be sneaky and sell, say, a VM CIA for $50 more or so than a TurboBlend VS and the lay customer will be thinking that they are getting a significant difference in the machine, but they really aren’t. But at the same time, it’s nice to know that if you want to get the cheapest model (minus the two-speed… seems like there is nothing good about that one) then you’re not missing out on too much.

    • Blenderdude

      Joseph, thanks for the kind words about the article. You are correct – very minor differences are often the only things separating one Vitamix model from the next. One reason I wrote the article is to help consumers distinguish these differences so that they can assign their own values to them, which hopefully then leads to a determination of the best model to suit their individual needs. I would also agree with you that the lower-priced models are excellent performers in their own right.

      • BD, sorry if you’ve already answered this. But is there a noticedable difference between the old Vitamixes and the “next generation” Vitamixes? I realize the new ones are 2.2 HP but that seems negligible.

        Also, a thought just occurred to me, since the Omniblender uses a tamper as well, does it handle stuff like peanut butter and “thick” blending projects as well as the Vitamix? Would it be a really bad idea to use that Omni tamper on a Blendtec? (Sorry if that sounds really dumb, but I’m curious).

        • Blenderdude

          In terms of performance, the Next Generation machines may perform similar tasks slightly faster than the traditional models. This would be due to the slightly stronger motor and larger blade. The quality of the results, however, would be negligible and nearly impossible to detect. As the Next Generation models are relatively new, only time will tell if the stronger motor lends itself to any significant prolonging of the life of the machine. It will be very difficult to surpass the durability of the traditional Vitamixes over the long haul. But I would expect them to be just as reliable.

          I would not recommend using the OmniBlend tamper in the Vitamix. It is too narrow to be stopped by the Vitamix lid during use and you run the risk of it reaching the blades if you aren’t careful. And, if you were to be sure not to let the tamper extend down any further than its “lip,” the bottom would not come close enough to the blades to yield optimal performance. I just don’t see much upside in attempting this.

  118. We have an old Commercial Vita Mixer Maxi-4000. It has old stainless steel containers. The seals on the lids have fallen to pieces. Is there a way to order replacement seals? Is there a newer blender container that will fit the old machine?

    • Blenderdude

      Kate, unfortunately Vitamix no longer services this model. Nor will any of their containers currently on the market fit your machine. Occasionally you may find the containers for sale on a site like Ebay. It also might not hurt to give Vitamix customer service a call and see if they have any suggestions. I wish you luck.

  119. Thanks for your response to your bubble tea question. Do you have preference for entry level commercial blender? and do you sell any on your site? Thanks

    • Blenderdude

      Jose, there are no commercial blenders available via this site. The VitaPrep 3 is probably the most popular commercial high-performance blender in the U.S today. Vitamix and Blendtec have both recently introduced new commercial models, both significantly more expensive than the VitaPrep.

  120. What is a 1710?

    • Blenderdude

      Paula, 1710 refers to the Professional Series 500 model in brushed stainless finish.

  121. Heating of the plastic is another concern with my problem of detoxing. That is one reason I want the blender, so I want it to be effective, not work against me at all. Sorry!…hope you can combine these 3 notes I sent! I promise, no more! :)

    • Blenderdude

      Paula, no worries. All your concerns are legitimate. As I stated in a previous response, though it is capable of heating ingredients via friction to potentially dangerous temperatures, those at which I prefer my soups are well under anything I consider significant in this regard.

  122. About the stainless container on a Vitamix again, would using another company’s container void the warranty at all? It is supposed to be compatible from what I read, as I said earlier. And I would think that I would not have to be concerned about scratching or pitting especially as I grind dry ingredients with it. Have you compared at all with the Waring commercial hi-power blenders? I assume the warranty is not as good. 3.5 hp motor! Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Paula, the Vitamix warranty states that a failure to follow its safeguards and instructions represents a misuse of the blender which could void your warranty. Among these safeguards is a statement that the use of any non-authorized Vitamix part or component is potentially dangerous. Connecting these dots, you would be in a technical violation of the warranty by using a competitor’s container.

      I have used various Waring blenders over the years and have seen several demonstrated at home shows, too. I have never performed a comparison test between a Waring and model I have, though. There are many reviews of them online, including several that find it to be lacking in many regards to the Vitamix. Horsepower is relatively important, but, as I state in other articles and videos on this site, is only one of the factors that goes into the making of a quality high-performance blender.

  123. Thank you for your very informative site! I have some concern about the plastic containers, and have read that the Waring Commercial CAC90 Stainless Steel Container, 64-Ounce is compatible with a Vitamix. I really want to own and use a Vitamix soon, but want to get the right item for my household. I have a condition that makes is harder for me to get rid of toxins, thus the concern with plastic, even non-BPA (what will they find next?), and especially since I read that they get pitted and scratched over time (tiny plastic bits coming off?). Have you heard of this other container fitting and working just as well? I wouldn’t be able to see the mixture without opening the lid, but do you think that will matter? Also, I am still deciding between a New Generation and Traditional. Neither will fit under my present cabinets anyway, but the ease of removing thick ingredients sounds like it is better with the NG’s, and also they are quieter. Thank you!

    • Blenderdude

      Paula, I am in agreement with you that there is reason for concern with potential toxins in today’s plastic food and beverage storage containers. I have looked into it a good deal, myself, and am comfortable with the relative safety of quality BPA-free materials such as the Vitamix containers considering my ingredients neither remain in contact with the co-polyester for significant durations nor reach significant temperatures while inside the jar. I do not make claims that my conclusions are scientifically proven or even correct. They are merely somewhat-educated guesses. In short, I do not worry about leaching as it pertains to my Vitamix containers.

      What you read about the jars becoming marked over time is accurate. As they accumulate more and more use, they will begin to take on a “cloudy” effect. Again, my conclusion is that this effect results from pitting more-so than scratching – tiny indentations caused from the force of very hard and/or frozen ingredients being driven into the container walls at very high speeds. I do not think it “scratches,” meaning, leaving behind tiny shards of plastic that can potentially find their way into your recipe. My observation of this effect over tens of thousands of blending cycles leaves me with very little personal concern over this condition.

      There are several containers made by other manufacturers that will fit on a Vitamix motor base. I have no experience with the particular stainless steel Waring container you mentioned, so I cannot speak to it directly. Were I to put it on my Vitamix and find that it fits, however, it would not surprise me in the least. I think you bring up a valid point regarding not being able to see your ingredients as they blend. Though it probably wouldn’t be a “deal killer,” especially in light of any peace-of-mind you may want to attribute to it regarding your concerns with plastics, I do think there is a lot to be said for the visual indications you receive as you blend, including that your recipe is blending as it should and/or is blended to the point where the machine should be stopped. It’s not something to which I give a lot of consideration as I currently don’t blend in anything but transparent containers. Take away my vision, though, and I can easily imagine blending becoming more difficult.

      To your last point, I would agree that removal of thick contents with a spatula is slightly easier with the shorter, wider Next Generation containers.

      • Thank you so much for all your time to answer all my questions, and so quickly! I am amazed at the quality of your site, and have already recommended it to a couple of friends who expressed interest in getting a Vitamix-type machine. I will study a little more and hopefully make a decision soon! Can hardly wait to use one to help me get lots more good healthy veggies, etc. in me and my family. God bless you for your great work, and thanks again!

        • Blenderdude

          You’re very welcome. And thank you for the referrals.

  124. I am looking at the 5200. Does costco sell the unit with the 64 AND 48 ounce or 64 and 32 ounce units? I like the smaller size flexibility and the cabinet fitting size too. If not do you just buy the second blender pitcher?

    • Blenderdude

      Jack, the 5200s model that Costco carries does not come with either the 48 or 32-ounce containers. Just the 64-ounce. On the occasions when a particular store hosts a Vitamix roadshow, the reps will have various containers available for sale individually. They are always available for sale individually online, however:

      Vitamix Containers

  125. Hi BD,

    Thank you for posting this informative website! I recently bought the Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre from Costco (same as 5200 I believe). Soon after this purchase I went to the Calgary Home Show (in Canada) where the Vitamix 7500 was being sold. The Vitamix representatives claimed that the 7500 is a much better machine than the 5200 b/c of it’s shape, larger blades, greater horsepower and quieter motor.

    I had assumed the model being sold at Costco was the latest and greatest, but now I’m wondering if I should return the 5200 and buy the newest model; I plan to keep the blender for its lifetime! I currently use a blender to make lots of smoothies, but I want to buy the best quality Vita Mix machine available with the ability to serve multiple purposes now and in the future. Do you think the 7500 would generally be the better machine for the long haul, or do you think the salespeople at the Home Show were undeservedly knocking the 5200 in order to boost sales of the 7500? Do the larger blades and greater horsepower = a better machine overall? Thanks so much for your help with this blender dilemma … I’m looking forward to your response!

    Joan

    • Blenderdude

      Joan, yes, for all intents and purposes, the Total Nutrition Centre is the Canadian equivalent of the 5200 model. The sales reps you spoke with did give you some accurate information. The 7500 has a different container profile with larger blades, and a motor with slightly more horsepower and airflow design which makes for a little less-noisy blending. Their claim that it is a “much better” machine than the 5200 is completely subjective, however, and your hunch about them wanting to “boost sales” is likely valid – that’s why they were there, after all. My guess is they did not emphasize the fact that the 5200 is less expensive than the 7500. This is likely a major factor in any buying decision, and is a big reason why I stress that you as a customer shop not just for the “best blender,” but also for the “best blender for you.” If the two blenders were equally priced, the 7500 would seem to be the more logical choice. But, as we know, they’re not.

      To your question about longevity, the 7500 is a fairly recent addition to the Vitamix line. The model simply hasn’t been around long enough to speak with certainty about how long it will last. It is built to the exact same quality standards as the 5200, though. This is a model that has stood the test of time since its introduction. I would fully expect either model to last decades if properly cared for.

      To the differences in these models, only you can put a value on a machine that might fit under your kitchen cabinets (like the 7500) versus one that most certainly will not (5200). Likewise, how much a slightly quieter blending experience is worth is completely up to you. Is the idea of a slightly stronger motor appealing to you? If so, how much is it worth – in real dollars? What I can tell you is the 7500 is an awesome blender. I feel very confident in predicting that you would love it. I can also tell you that any smoothie of yours that the 7500 will make I can replicate with a 5200 to the extent that nobody would be able to tell the difference in the two. The quality of the end-product will be virtually identical with either blender. The blending experience in reaching that stage, though, is what might vary slightly. This is what you will have to weigh – and place a real-dollar value on – when making your final decision.

  126. Hi great site! I am doing homework for a client. All the reviews I see are more complicated than the actual need for the blender to do. Can you tell me which would be the best blender for commercial use for a bubble tea business please.

    Thanks

    :)

    • Blenderdude

      Jose, I have been in restaurants which serve bubble teas made from both Vitamix and Blendtec. Both will do a great job for this task, but keep in mind that none of the blenders shown and/or discussed on this site are commercial machines. Regardless of how likely either manufacturer is to know for certain how their blender is being used, technically the terms of the warranty for either a Blendtec or Vitamix will be violated if it is used in this capacity. Make sure your client understands this and its potential ramifications before suggesting one of these blenders.

  127. What are the main differences between the Pro 300 and Pro 500?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Blenderdude

      Barbara, in addition to price, the biggest differences between these Vitamix models are probably the size of the containers/blade assemblies and the user interfaces. The Pro 500 comes with a standard, 64-ounce container with a 3-inch blade. The Pro 300 comes with a shorter, wider 64-ounce container with a 4-inch blade. Because of this design, the Pro 300 model will fit fully-assembled underneath many upper kitchen cabinets (though not all). The Pro 500 also comes with 3 pre-programmed cycles with which the user can set to have the blender start, blend, and stop on its own when the function has been performed. The Pro 300 does not have these settings, though it can still perform the same functions.

      Other differences include slightly different recipe books and introductory DVDs, tamper sizes, and color options.

  128. I purchased & I am waiting for a VitaMix Creation Elite to arrive. I was at a fair last night and watched a VitaMix demo & they were selling the VitaMix 5200 for $449.00. Which is the best VitaMix? What’s the difference? Thanks for your informative site.

    • Blenderdude

      Vickie, there is no “best” Vitamix. Only the best Vitamix for you. Specifically, your Creations Elite has a 2.2 horsepower motor and a 48-ounce standard container. The 5200 has a 2 horsepower motor and a standard 64-ounce container with a 3-inch blade. Both machines will work wonderfully and produce virtually identical results. Which one is right for you might be determined by numerous factors including, but not limited to, price, color, overall height and size of the machine and, of course, the size container you prefer.

  129. I just purchased a reconditioned Next Generation unit from the vitamix wbsite; they indicate it is the Pro 750 model. Doesing some research I found that they have recalled all the next gen containers – is this correct? Having bought a reconditioned unit just now, do you think it will come with a container that has been recalled or an updated one? Much thanks for such an informative website!
    Regards

    • Blenderdude

      Bob, you are correct in that the containers of many Next Generation models, including the Pro 750, were recalled by Vitamix as a precaution against potentially defective blades. If by “just purchased” you mean you bought your machine in September 2013 or later, you should be fine. Any model that was manufactured during or after August of 2013 already has the new blade assembly. If you want to be completely sure, check the part number on the top of your blade assembly. Under the Vitamix logo it should be etched with part number 104602 A. This is what you want to see. Containers that have been recalled have blades marked 103208 A.

  130. Hi – Thanks for this informative site! I would like to check if the VitaMix Pro 750 which comes with a 64 ounce container is the same as the 64 ounce ‘low profile’ container which has been recalled? I am living in Singapore and the shops which sells VitaMix only have the 5200 for sale… And I am unsure if the ones on Sale on Amazon are OK for use or not. Also, I am curious as to whether VitaMix has the Pro 750 made for British electrical standards (220volts) which is what we use here in Singapore. Many thanks and appreciate!!!

    • Blenderdude

      Sancia, I’m glad you like the site. The Vitamix containers that have been recently recalled would have included those that came with the Pro 750 model. However, any blender that has been sold since September 2013 contains the new blade and will not be affected by the recall. I do not think any Next Generation model such as the Pro 750 is available outside North America as of yet. Vitamix may intend to introduce these models elsewhere in the future, but I am not aware of any such plans.

      Regarding Amazon, there are so many dealers/other sellers on that site that I could never make a blanket statement about the safety of buying from it. Like most reputable sites, my guess is the majority of its sellers conduct legitimate business. I also have no doubts they deal with their share of bad apples, too. Unless you are purchasing directly from Amazon, however, the return policy will be that of the actual seller.

  131. I’m just waiting for my 750 to arrive and noticed Costco has the 48oz wet and 32oz dry containers on sale. I read that the 64oz container on the 750 will do what all three containers did on the previous models, is this true? I will also be using it for single smoothies and wonder if the 48oz container would work better for this since it’s smaller or should I look for a 32oz wet.

    • Blenderdude

      John, if I’m reading your question correctly, you are asking if the 64-ounce container on the Pro 750 will perform all of the functions of all previous Vitamix containers. The answer is yes….and no. Your container will certainly perform the same functions as all other Vitamix containers that also have “wet” blades. It has the same design, albeit with longer individual blades. As well, it will do dry grinding to the same extent the other “wet blade” containers will, too. However, it is not intended to be a replacement for the 32-ounce “Dry Grains” container. This is still the container of choice if you do a lot of grinding as it has a blade assembly designed specifically for grains.

      If I were looking for an additional container for single-serving smoothies to complement the Pro 750 jar, I would select the 32-ounce over the 48-ounce. Though they have the same size blade assemblies, the 32-ounce container is slightly narrower at its base, and would therefore require fewer ingredients in order to reach a sufficient capacity for satisfactory blade performance.

  132. Thank your for your site. I have found the answers to most of my questions by reading the comment section.
    But, I do have a question about the use of the on/off switch vs. the use of the pulse switch. Which method of pulsing is safer for the machine? I was under the impression that using the on/off switch to pulse could be harmful to the machine and that the pulse feature uses an additional part – an internal pulse switch – to enable safe pulsing.

    • Blenderdude

      Nita, although the Pulse lever is a relatively new advancement on some Vitamix models, I don’t know that it should necessarily be considered any “safer” for pulsing. For models that don’t have the lever, Vitamix has advocated the Power On/Off method of pulsing for decades. I’ve been “pulsing” this way for almost 8 years and have never experienced any ill-effects on any of my machines. That said, Vitamix would certainly cover such a problem under warranty should it ever occur.

  133. BlenderDude!! You bring order out of chaos!! I woke up this morning with an impulse purchased Pro 500 in a box in my apartment, but after lots of morning-after research I think what I’d *really* want is a Pro 300 with a 32 oz wet jar additional. I will be doing primarily single-serving smallish smoothies with frozen ingredients, green smoothies, soup-blending and salsa chopping.

    My questions: (1) in the store I tried a 32oz wet jar on the Pro 500 and it didn’t seem to sit as firmly into the base as the usual jar. Is there any realistic potential for the smaller jar to tip or fall/jump off the Pro 300 base? (2) If a jar (of either size) should be knocked to the floor would it affect the seating of the blade in the jar?

    • Blenderdude

      Shavro, both the Pro 500 and Pro 300 will be great for the types of smoothies, soups, and salsas you’re looking to make. But, as you may have read, I always recommend consumers get the Vitamix model they really want, as in your case.

      The 32-ounce (and 48-ounce) containers do seat themselves a bit differently on the motor base pad. However, the drive shaft in each of them aligns identically to the coupling as do those of the 64-ounce containers. They may appear to make a slight “shift” upon startup, but you can be assured that the drive shaft and the four posts of the pad will keep the containers secure during blending. If I’m making a recipe that requires use of the tamper, I’ll always keep one hand on the container during tamping, as this not only seems natural to me but also provides an extra measure of security.

      It is tough to speculate on your second question without guessing at the severity of the “fall.” I can tell you that I’ve dropped empty Vitamix containers on the floor of my kitchen on numerous occasions, and have never experienced even the slightest un-seating of the blade assembly.

  134. What is the difference between the 1709 vs 6300

    thanks

    • Blenderdude

      Darlynn, the 1709 is simply the CIA Professional Series model in a Brushed Stainless finish. It does not have the pre-programmed settings that you will find on the Vitamix 6300. Otherwise, the blenders are very similar.

  135. Hi, I have been enjoying your website. Thanks for all the great information. I am considering purchasing a Vitamix Creations GC with a 48 oz container or a Vitamix Creations Elite with a 48 oz container. I realize that the former is a traditional model and the latter is a next generation model. Will the RPM’s be the same for both of these models using the 48 oz container? Thank you.

    • Blenderdude

      Neil, good question. The Next Generation models are designed to operate a container featuring a 4-inch blade. Because of the longer diameter of the blade, the RPM will be correspondingly lower than that of Vitamix models that use a 3-inch blade. I do not know that Vitamix has tested the 48-ounce container with its 3-inch blade for RPM on the Creations Elite base. If they have, they haven’t advertised the results to the best of my knowledge. However, given the .2 stronger horsepower of the motor, I would surmise that RPM would be at least equal to, if not very slightly higher than, that of the Creations GC.

  136. Hi, I wanted to buy Vitamix 6300, but here in canada they sell only Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre, which is same as Vitamix 5200. Any suggestions. Please help.
    Thanks

    • Blenderdude

      Chitti, unfortunately for Canadian customers, Vitamix has made it increasingly more difficult over the past year to purchase the models sold on their .com website outside the U.S. Now, I believe it requires a credit card with a U.S. billing address to make such a purchase, in which case a phone order may be placed. Otherwise, all attempts at online purchases will be re-routed to their .ca website which offers the model you mentioned.

  137. At Costco, the sales rep compared the 5200 to the 6300 and said besides the interface and the preset functions, the dial scale of the knobs correspond to different speeds. On the 5200, the hi speed switch sends it to highest speed which is the same for both blenders with the 6300 at 10. But that 1 through 10 on the 5200 are each 1/20th of the max and therefore position 10 is only half the max speed, which again can only be reached by the high switch being on. But on the 6300, each number from 1 to 10 is 1/10th of the max speed as there is no high speed switch. Dos this all make sense? Is this true?

    • Blenderdude

      GW, yes, I fully understand what you are saying. The Vitamix rep is correct when he says Speed 10 on the 6300 is equivalent to High on the 5200. He is also right regarding each of the 10 speeds on the 6300 increasing by approximately 1/10 up to Speed 10. I believe the individual speeds on the 5200 to be higher than 1/20 the max speed, because Speed 10 is significantly faster than 50% of High. In theory, however, much of what he has told you is accurate.

      • Excellent, thank you for the near instant response!

  138. Can you add me to your alert list for when the new generation reconditioned comes available?

    Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Tom, I sure will.

  139. Really torn between the pro 750 and the pro 300 models. Is there any significant difference between the two models? A lot of the reviewers on amazon rave about the 750 but my husband does not deem it necessary (even though I really want it)…

    • Blenderdude

      Mari, the only difference between the two Vitamix models you mentioned are the 5 pre-programmed settings found on the Pro 750. The Pro 300 does not have these. Many people really enjoy these settings. However, it is important to note that there is nothing these settings do that can’t be performed manually with the Pro 300 also. They are strictly a “bells and whistles” feature.

      My advice is this: at these price points, if you feel you would really enjoy and/or be inclined to use the pre-programmed settings regularly, then go with the Pro 750. The last thing you want to do is spend a significant amount of money on a Vitamix yet still have feelings of regret that you’re missing out of something. If you view them as more of a novelty then, of course, there’s no reason not to save a few pennies and go with the Pro 300.

  140. Hi, thank you for your very informative website. After months of research, I am about to bite the bullet and purchase a Pro 750 and I would like to know which specificate 32 0z wet container will fit the 750, as the Vitamix website does not reference any 32 oz. container for the 750 but I do know some will fit. (as stated in a previous post on this site) What part number container or which replacement blender container will fit. For example, will the 5200 32 oz. container fit and what is the container part number? I thank you in advance!

    • Blenderdude

      Richard, both the Standard 32-ounce wet-blade container and the 32-ounce Dry Grains container will fit your Pro Series 750 Vitamix. The Standard container is Vitamix part 15842, and the Dry Grains container is Vitamix part 15845.

      • Thank you so much for the info!

  141. Hi! Thank you so so much for this site. It has been amazingly helpful.
    I was pretty much set on buying a Reconditioned Next Generation Programs machine, but as you know, those are hard to come by. I’m wondering what you think the tradeoffs might be if I went for the in-stock Reconditioned Standard Programs machine. I’ve read your reviews and have been looking at the comparisons. Here are the factors I’m weighing, if you have any advice on which way to go, I’d appreciate it!
    -I’m a terrible cook and am looking to the Vitamix to help me eat more fruits and vegetables in smoothies and soups. I’d be excited to branch out, but right now, mainly smoothies and soups.
    -I’m a terrible cook and will likely make use of the pre-sets. I would love to be able to stick ingredients in the blender, walk away and get ready for the morning, and come back to a completed smoothie. Would like to do the same with cleaning the machine. (This is mainly why I was considering the reconditioned 750 – the “sensors” in the blades that I’ve read about seem to make the presets much more effective. What do you think?)
    -I live alone, so will be making small batches of daily smoothies
    -I have thin walls, so don’t want to drive my neighbors crazy with noise
    -Lower-height would be nice, but not required. (I’m also very short, so how important is being able to see the top of the machine?)
    -I could spend the money on the 750, but would prefer not to waste the money if the older machines would suit my needs
    -I’d love to get started as soon as possible since i have the momentum and excitement going now.

    I’d be grateful for any tips you might have!

    • Blenderdude

      KMS, I’m glad you’ve found the site useful. If you feel you will benefit from pre-programmed cycles than either the Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs Vitamix or Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Programs Vitamix would be an excellent choice. Both models will be ideal for the smoothies and soups you wish to incorporate into your diet. The Next Generation model comes with a shorter, wider container, a slightly stronger motor, and is, in general, very slightly quieter. Both models can be cleaned manually or by using a pre-programmed cycle even though only the Next Generation has a cycle dedicated to cleaning. There are no sensors in the blades of the Next Generation models. What you read sounds like pure salesmanship. All Vitamix models have a thermal protection system which will detect overload and shut down the motor to prevent damage.

      Since cost appears to be a large factor in your buying decision I think your consideration of the Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs Vitamix is wise. Keep in mind you are entitled to take advantage of Vitamix’s 30-day return policy if you find that the height of the unit is inconvenient for you. I have many shorter friends who have used this Vitamix design for years without issue, but everyone is different. You would not be sacrificing quality of performance in the least should you choose this model.

      • Thank you for such a thoughtful response. You have greatly reassured me! I just ordered the Reconditioned Standard Programs Vitamix and am so so excited. And thank you for the reminder about the 30-day return policy. That helped me pull the trigger. Many many thanks!

        • Blenderdude

          You’re welcome and congratulations to you. I think you’ll really enjoy it.

  142. Hi BD! Thanks for an amazing site. After reading all the reviews we have decided on a Vitamix. We just need to decide between tall and narrow or short and wide. Regards, Mb

    • Blenderdude

      MB, thanks for the compliment on the website. You will enjoy the Vitamix regardless of which model you choose. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance in helping you decide on one.

  143. Are there any accessories, such as containers, that only work on the next generation models and not the traditional models?

    • Blenderdude

      Matthew, the only Vitamix accessory exclusive to the Next Generation models is its specially-designed tamper. All others, including the 32-ounce dry container, are interchangeable between model styles.

      • Great info…exactly the same question I wanted to asked and have answered!

  144. thank you for this amazing and comprehensive resource! debating between the 6300 at costco (same as the 500, correct?) and the 750. only considering the 750 so it will fit under the counter (i don’t think i need the extra puree and wash presets).

    any thoughts on the performance of the wider vs. taller containers?

    also, we make homemade pizza weekly, so i’m hoping this would also replace our bulky bread machine. the demo guy said doughs can be made in the wet container, but vitamix says the wet blade “will not do an adequate job of kneading, and it will potentially cause the machine to overheat.” any experience?

    finally — do you have any sense of how long it will be until costco has their version of the 750? willing to wait (but not too long!) for a good deal. :) thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      MomOf4, yes, except for the recipe books, the Vitamix 6300 and Professional Series 500 models are identical. The Professional Series 750 Vitamix stands right at 17 1/2″ tall with the container in place. It will fit under most standard upper kitchen cabinets, but I would recommend you take a measurement just to be on the safe side. The performance of both the standard/tall and wider/short containers are excellent. The blade size found in the wider container may enable certain blending tasks to be completed a few seconds sooner, and the wider base may allow for slightly easier removal of thicker recipes from the container. On the other hand, slightly smaller size recipes are potentially more manageable with the taller, more narrow container. This said, I don’t think any of the above differences should qualify as the primary factor in a buying decision.

      I don’t do a ton of bread-making at home but I have on numerous occasions successfully made pizza doughs in both the standard and short/wide 64-ounce containers. The amount of time the machine is required to run to make these doughs is relatively short, and I’ve never had a machine come close to overheating. If a dough is left to knead in a continuously-running blender the experience might be different, but in my experience most recipes don’t call for such. I’m curious as to where you found that Vitamix advice. The wet-blade containers have always done an adequate job for me.

      I would not look for the Professional Series 750 equivalent in Costco anytime soon. Of course, I have nothing to do with such decisions, but for years the 5200 was the only Vitamix model available at Costco roadshows. The 6300 was only recently introduced, and I don’t see Vitamix trying to pit the pre-programmed models against one another.

  145. I have read on various sites that the Pro Series 300 has a 1200W motor (2HP). I know you’ve stated otherwise, but I had to ask; is that true?

    • Blenderdude

      Kyle, the Professional Series 300 Vitamix, as well as all other “Next Generation” models, contains a 2.2 peak-HP motor rated at 1440 watts.

  146. Tell me please, whether the Vitamix Pro 750 work of 120V, 50Hz? Write on sites 120V 60Hz and 120V 60/50Hz. Please see our specifications.

    • Blenderdude

      Audrey, yes, the Vitamix Pro 750 is rated to work, and is fully covered under warranty, at 120v with either 50Hz or 60Hz frequency supplies.

  147. I have read reviews that the new 2.2 HP vitamix blenders have a slower top speed than the older models. Is this true and how does this affect performance? Thanks Tony

    • Blenderdude

      Tony, the blade speed of both model types you’re referencing is the same according to Vitamix. What often confuses people is the difference in revolutions per minute (RPM). Keep in mind that the Next Generation models feature a container with a 4-inch blade, while the jar included with most traditional models has a 3-inch blade. If both blades are turning at the same speed, the 3-inch blade will complete a single revolution sooner than will a 4-inch blade, simply because it has a shorter circumference to travel. Therefore, measured RPM will be higher on the shorter blade.

      That said, RPM is but one of numerous factors that determine how well a blender performs, and, in my opinion, not an extremely high-ranking one. Motor horsepower, torque, blade design, container design, etc. are all equally if not more important. Both of these Vitamix container types perform wonderfully, and I’d wager few if any could tell the difference in smoothies I made out of the exact same ingredients with either.

      • Sorry for the long post .. I’m a bit of a nerd and I like to put numbers to things.

        “If both blades are turning at the same speed, the 3-inch blade will complete a single revolution sooner than will a 4-inch blade, simply because it has a shorter circumference to travel.”

        This would be correct if worded:
        “If both blades are turning at the same speed, the 3-inch blade would be traveling at a higher RPM than the 4-inch blade”.

        One revolution is one revolution regardless of blade size. Think of it like a clock; one revolution of the second hand is one minute (ie 1 RPM) regardless if it’s a wrist-watch or Big Ben (assuming Big Ben had a second hand).

        From what I understand, the max RPMs of the motors are:
        The 2hp (ie 5200) motor is max 37,000 RPM
        the 2.2hp (ie 7500) motor is max 24,000 RPM

        A 3″ blade is 25% shorter than a 4″ blade, so 37,000 RPM (max 2hp rpm) with a 3″ blade has the same tip speed as a 4″ blade at 27,750 RPM. So the next gen motors with the 4″ blade will max out (24,000 RPM) at about a 15% slower blade tip speed.

        This also means that putting a 3″ blade container on the 2.2hp motor would have a significantly slower max blade tip speed, about 35% slower than the 2hp motor with.

        Additionally, the Blendtec has a max RPM of 28,000 and does also offer 4″ (Wildside) and 3″ (Fourside, Twister) blade containers.

        Despite the numbers, in reality what’s being blended probably has a significant role as to what RPM numbers are hit during blending and as BD says similar results can be had regardless of which is being used.

        • Blenderdude

          Chris, yes, it would also be correct stated that way. Perhaps I should have added “tips” after “blades” in my answer to avoid confusion. In my opinion what gives people the most trouble with these numbers is Vitamix over the years has bounced back and forth between RPM and MPH when reporting blade speeds of their respective machines. Yet the numbers seldom seem to line up. A 3″ blade traveling at 37,000 RPM against no resistance would have a tip speed of well over 330 MPH, yet I’ve never seen such blade speeds ever referenced in MPH. Likewise, Vitamix’s reported 270 MPH tip speed of its 4″ blades doesn’t equate to 24,000 RPM either.

          I think the important thing to remember is that blade speed, no matter how it’s measured, is but one of several factors in determining how well a blender will perform. And as you mentioned, what is actually being blended is certainly another.

  148. Hi, BD. What a great site you have, with very clear, well-written, exhaustive information. My only problem: there’s so much info. and so many different models that my head is spinning. I watched your video in which you compared 2 blenders by making peanut butter and was very impressed with the Vitamix. Since raw almond butter is one of the main things I want the blender for, and probably the most difficult thing I’d ever ask it to make, is there any chance you could recommend the least expensive Vitamix model that would be up to the task of making almond butter?

    Also, do you have anywhere on your site the current prices of the various models or even a listing of models from least to most expensive? If not, I suspect the best source of that information would be the Vitamix website.

    Thanks, in advance, for your reply.

    • Blenderdude

      Debra, I appreciate your nice words about the site. Every Vitamix in the entire line is up for the task of almond butter, with the least expensive model being the Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix at $329.00. The prices of the various Vitamix models are listed on their individual pages in the “Blenders & Accessories” section of my site, but I do not have them all consolidated on one page. Although not arranged from least to most expensive, you can, however, see the respective prices of all new Vitamix models together on this page from Vitamix.com:

      New Vitamix Blenders

      As well, all Certified Reconditioned Vitamix models and their prices can be found on this page:

      Refurbished Vitamix Blenders

      • Thanks very much. I think the reconditioned standard is the one for me and will definitely order it through your site.

  149. Well, in reading this article and all of your replies, I feel like I need to pay you for this information, or at least give you a hug! :) Thank you so much!

    I was at a demo today at Costco for the 6300, and I also looked at the 5200 that was on the shelf. There’s a $120 price difference. I asked the demo guy what the difference was between the two models, and one of the differences he said was the pre-programmed functions on the 6300. He also mentioned that there are sensors in the 6300 that can know whether the motor needed to speed up or slow down depending on the ingredients (like if you had nuts in, it could sense that), and this function would help the life of the motor last longer….does that seem plausible? I haven’t seen anything on this page about sensors, and I know your chart says that there is no difference in the motor of these two models. I’d really like to know if I would just be paying $120 for the pre-programmed function.

    Thanks again!

    • Blenderdude

      Jennell, what you were told about the pre-programmed functions is correct. The rest is salesmanship. The motors in the two models you mentioned are identical. They do have a thermal protection system to prevent overheating which should, in theory, increase the life of the blenders. But, again, this is a feature found in both models, not just the 6300.

  150. hi, I’m thinking about trying out a vitamix with the 30 day trial period. I’m just wondering whether the 30 day trial starts from the date purchased or the date received? I’ve heard it can take weeks for a Vitamix to ship so I’d like to know how much time I actually get to test it out for.

    • Blenderdude

      Emma, the 30-day in-home trial begins the day you receive the machine from Vitamix, not the date of purchase.

  151. Hi there,
    Thanks so much for your article. I’m about to take the plunge with Vitamix and found a Vitamix Total Nutrition Centre model on the costco.ca website for $500 but couldn’t find this among the models you reviewed. Do you have any thoughts on the Total Nutrition Centre and what a good price for it would be?

    Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Shelly, as far as the blender, itself, is concerned – both motor base and container – assume everything you’ve read here about the 5200 applies to the Total Nutrition Center as well. Vitamix has always charged significantly more for their models in Canada. In light of this, the $500.00 price you mentioned is not much higher than the $449.00 charged here in the States.

  152. I want to purchase the Pro 500. What I wanted to know is can I use the 32 ounce dry container, 32 ounce wet, and/or the 48 ounce container on this machine as well? Thanks!!

    • Blenderdude

      BusyMom, yes to all of the above.

  153. i dont see the vitaprep 3 on the comparison chart

    • Blenderdude

      Gabe, the Vita-Prep 3 falls into the “Other Vitamix Models” section of this article. It is designed and marketed as a commercial blender, built with a cooling system that permits it to be operated constantly and in rapid succession like restaurants would typically use a blender. Because of this, it carries not only a higher price tag but a much shorter warranty as well. This is why I don’t generally recommend it to those looking for a Vitamix for their home – I just don’t think it represents the same value as the consumer line. That said, I know several people who have the Vita-Prep as their home blender and are quite pleased with it.

  154. Thank you so much for all of your info! It has really helped me narrow my decision. I thought i was set on the Creations Elite until reading the good things about the Certified Reconditioned Models. I had orriginally decided on the Creations Elite, but am now considering one of the RCM Next Gen. Which leads me to my question. The RCM comes with the new shorter 64 oz canister which I like, but have heard some reviews saying it was not the best when making individual smoothies because sometimes the fruit & veggies wld get stuck under the new wider bladed 64 oz canister & not get chopped up so they had to purchase an additional 48 oz one. Have you found or heard of this being a viable problem w/ the new shorter 64 oz container? Thanks much!

    • Blenderdude

      Courtney, this phenomenon with very small servings is going to be true of any high-performance blender. It is true of all Vitamix containers, though to a slightly greater extent with those that come with the Next Generation models. Yes, regardless of which container you use, you will need to add sufficient ingredients into it such that the blades can “do their job” without much extra effort on the part of the user. However, with a spatula and a little patience, even the smallest of recipes can be made satisfactorily in these wider-base jars.

      Personally, I’ve yet to make a smoothie so small that this has ever been an issue. When it comes to recipes, I always err on making them larger because I have no problem storing any unused portion in the refrigerator in a glass jar for consumption later in the day or even the next morning. If I was convinced I needed to purchase a separate container for extremely small recipes, it would be the 32-ounce instead of the 48-ounce. Despite its size, the 48-ounce container still has a rather wide base relative to its blade size (about the same ratio as the standard 64-ounce container). The blade size of the 32-ounce container is the same, but with a slightly narrower base.

  155. what is the biggest difference between quality of the pro 350 and the pro 750? i know price but they seem about the same?? thank you

    • Blenderdude

      Kimchi, the only difference between the Pro Series 300 and the Pro Series 750 is the 5 pre-programmed settings found on the 750. These correspond to specific Vitamix recipes and functions found in the Vitamix recipe book and manual: Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, Hot Soups, Puree, and Cleaning.

      • Thank you for your help, I kinda thought that must be the case when checking them both out…your the best! kimchi

  156. Great article! I am still having trouble deciding which Vitamix to buy. Suggestions? It will be for our home, we want to be able to make juices and smoothies utilizing the whole vegetable and fruit.

    • Blenderdude

      Thanks, Dinora. It really isn’t practical for me to recommend any one Vitamix model, specifically, without knowing an individual really well. What I can tell you is that any model Vitamix makes will be excellent for making whole juices and smoothies out of veggies and fruit. If this is your sole consideration, I might suggest that you focus on price.

  157. GREAT website, BD! I used your website link to go to the Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Programs and set up an account to order a 750 model but discovered all 3 colors are out of stock. Do I need to check back daily or will Vitamix email me when stock arrives? I.e., does Vitamix maintain a wait list for this model? Is a month wait realistic or could it be more? Thanks. Dave

    • Blenderdude

      Dave, thanks for the compliment on the site. The demand for all Vitamix products, new and reconditioned, is really unprecedented at this time. I’ve never seen them out of stock on so many models at once. They are literally selling as fast as they’re being made right now. I have emailed you instructions on how to get on a waiting list for a CRNGP. Vitamix will contact those on this list as availability occurs. However, this notification will be simultaneous to these models becoming available to the general public on their site as well. In other words, the list will help you get notified as inventory remains unsold. Over the past few months, though, I’ve witnessed all reconditioned Next Generation models selling almost as soon as they appear on the site.

      What I do, in addition to providing you information on how to get on the list, is maintain my own contact list. I check inventory several times a day and would be happy to notify you as I see machines for sale on the Vitamix site. I have already put you on my list for the CRNGP. There is no way to know if or when reconditioned units will become available, or how many will be listed for sale once they do. It is a testament to the Vitamix quality that their reconditioned machines have become so scarce. With a little persistence and a some help you’ll get one, though. Just have some patience and be prepared to act quickly.

      • Hi! I’ve been reading your sight for awhile and have also been anxiously awaiting a reconditioned “next generation programs” model. I check the site regularly, but never seem to find any stock. Would you be able to help me get on the vitamix wait list as well? Thank you so much!

        • Blenderdude

          Kate, please check your email. Hopefully your patience will be rewarded with the Vitamix you want here in the next few weeks.

    • Could you please add me to your email list to be notified when a CRNGP is available – and also the instructions on how to get on Vitamix’s list? Thank you for all the great information that you provide!

      • Blenderdude

        Jill, I would be happy to put you on my notification list. Please check your email for further instructions regarding Vitamix.

  158. I want to add my thanks for your wonderful website. After MUCH research and talking to reps at both Vitamix and Blendtec I ordered a re-certified Vitamix 6300 (or Pro 500). Much of my decision making process came from reading various articles and charts on this site.

    Wanting some programming for my kids and their smoothie adventures and having decided I wanted a tamper made this unit a great option for me. The 6300 they are demoing at my local Costco (same package) is going for about $550; I will put the $150+ savings to good use … likely a 32 oz dry blade container once I learn my machine and my needs.

    Perfect! Thanks again blenderdude.

    • Blenderdude

      Mike, thank you for sharing your buying experience. I always enjoy hearing from customers who have done their due diligence in selecting the right high-performance blender for themselves and their families. I’m glad you found the site useful in this regard. Enjoy your Vitamix!

      • Received my Vitamix earlier in the week and have been busy playing with it. Planning to blend up my first avocado pit tomorrow if they ripen enough over night – a bit nervous but excited to try it and taste it. Thanks again … I do love my machine!

        • Blenderdude

          Mike, your Vitamix will handle the avocado pit. Whether you will be able to handle drinking it is another story. :-)

  159. BD, When do you think they will offer the Certified Next Generation 750? Is that in the pipeline? Should I wait for it?

    • Blenderdude

      Dianne, if you are referencing a reconditioned Professional Series 750, as of today Vitamix has given me no indication at all that this model will be available as a refurbished/reconditioned option.

      Edit: As of July 12, 2013, the Professional Series 750 Vitamix model is now available as a reconditioned model. It can be found here:

      Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Programs Vitamix

  160. BD – I’m interested in a refurbished 6300. My wife wants to know if this unit ca be used as a “juicer” as well. What are your thoughts on this? I haven’t seen juicer ever being mentioned on the vitamix site or in your forum. Thx

    • Blenderdude

      Syd, any Vitamix can be used as a juicer, but not via the traditional extraction method where the liquid is separated from the fiber. Instead, it produces what I refer to as “whole juice.” Because the fiber is being incorporated along with the liquid, the result is always much thicker than if you were to simply extract the liquid. Many people prefer this over straight liquid because the fiber will help regulate the absorption of the liquid’s sugars and other nutrients.

      Of course there are those who prefer a more liquid consistency, though. A more “traditional” juice can be accomplished with the Vitamix by using predominantly high-liquid fruits and/or adding straight liquid like water or another fruit/veggie juice along with it. Yet another way is to blend your ingredients thoroughly and then strain the results through a filtration tool such as a nutmilk bag. The bag will catch the fiber while allowing the liquid to filter through into your container. This requires some extra work but the result from the Vitamix used this way will be much more consistent to that which a traditional juice extractor produces.

      • BD – thanks for your prompt response. That helps a lot. One more question- the space I have from the countertop to the bottom of the cupboard above is only 17-3/4″. I’d like to place the unit w/ the container & top on the counter. What are my options? There are a couple of models w/height dimensions of 17.4″ & 17.5″. I just want to make sure that this dimension includes the top w/ the removable cap in place! Thx!

        • Blenderdude

          Unfortunately there is no way the Vitamix you mentioned in your first question is going to meet your height requirements. The Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs Vitamix (of which the 6300 model is included) is simply too tall to be stored fully-assembled. You would have to keep the container next to the motor base. However, assuming you are still interested in a reconditioned model, you have a few options with a 17 3/4″ cabinet clearance. You could elect to go with a Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Vitamix, or a Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix with 48-ounce container. Both of these will fit fully-assembled under your cabinets assuming your measurements are correct. Even if you’re off by a little, there are a few other “tricks” which will allow you to store your Vitamix on your countertop.

          Keep in mind if you elect to go with the CRSV with 48-ounce container, you will not be able to find it online. Just contact me via email and I’ll be happy to let you know how to get it. It is still the same price as the Vitamix with the standard 64-ounce container ($329.00).

          • BD – just to be sure, so a 48 oz container (for an overall height of 17.5″) won’t fit on a 6300 Vitamix?

            • Blenderdude

              Syd, a 48-ounce container will fit on a 6300. However, neither the 6300 nor any Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs Vitamix is available with a 48-ounce container. This model only comes with the standard, tall 64-ounce container. If you purchased this model and wanted a 48-ounce container, you would have to purchase the container separately. The only reconditioned Vitamix model that has a 48-ounce container option is the Certified Reconditioned Standard.

  161. Hi there ! Thank god for the info on this site !
    My wife wants to buy a Vitamix after she tried one at her cookingboot camp in May. I found a model that says Vitamix TOTAL NUTRITION CENTRE with 64oz container + 48oz container and 32 Dry grains container. They says 2-peak HP motor BUT from the site, I can’t find info about the model (5200-750-…).
    So my question is..do you know what TNC stand for as model wise and do you think it is a reliable product ?
    Thanks a lot for your help ! I would love to surprise my wife.
    NAT

    • Blenderdude

      Nat, Vitamix has given the blenders they sell in Canada their own unique model names. For all intents and purposes, the blender, itself, on the Total Nutrition Centre (TNC) is the exact same as the one that comes with the 5200. Because it is literally the same blender, it is every bit as reliable as the 5200.

      • WOW ! You are fantastic ! And so quick !
        Thank you very much for the information.
        TNC it will be !

  162. Blender dude,
    Hi, I was told to go to you for this question. I read your reviews despite your efforts to explain I still need a little help deciding. We just came into money we were not planning on, so I am willing to part with what is needed to buy the best bang for the buck. Sometimes it is only $50 to $100 separating models so I am wondering if given whatever finances needed what would you buy if you had the funds? We won’t have the money to re-spend but since we didn’t have it before we are buying a vitamix & nice road bikes so help please! thanks much! kimchi

    • Blenderdude

      Kimchi, if you haven’t already seen it, I would point you to my FAQ page where, in one of my answers under “General FAQ,” I try to explain that the right blender for me is unlikely to be the right blender for someone else. For instance, I’m single and thus generally only making “recipes for one.” I also have no space limitations in my kitchen, do not generally use pre-programmed functions on my blenders, don’t rely on recipe books, am not partial to any particular color, do very little grain grinding, and am always budget-conscious regardless of my level of discretionary income. If this describes you, also, then perhaps you’d like the same models I do. But you might be buying for a family, want your blender to sit in a certain spot in your kitchen, like pre-programmed functions, really enjoy bread-making, and prefer a stainless steel finish. Everybody is different and every buying decision is likely to be based on different but equally sound variables.

      That said, I’m assuming you’re in the market for a Vitamix specifically because you asked your question here. The “bells and whistles” are what generally separates one Vitamix model from the next. There is very little difference, if any, between the majority of the actual blenders, themselves. I’ve said this elsewhere on the site, but there really is no such thing as an “inferior” Vitamix. Every single model features a top-of-the-line machine. To get the most “bang for the buck” for you and your family, decide which features and/or accessories you need and which ones you can live without, and eliminate models accordingly. You should be able to narrow your choices down considerably doing this.

      Also, if you have an open mind toward refurbished/reconditioned products, I have always been a big advocate of those that Vitamix sells. The price cuts on them are considerable and the quality of the blenders as well as the backing of them by Vitamix in the form of warranties is excellent.

  163. I am undecided on the reconditioned 5200 with 48 oz jar for 329 and the reconditioned next generation for 399. Main concerns are size to fit under my cabinet. I want to be able to get the finished product our easily and clean up as easy as possible and of course convenience. Also I usually make about a 16 – 20 oz. for myself and sometimes about 32 oz. for two. I would like to try and make soup on occasion. Make almond milk and nut butters once in a while. Would one be better suited for me than the other.

    • Blenderdude

      Debbie, if your normal size smoothie is 16 ounces or more, then either of the models you’re considering will be fine. The Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix with 48-ounce Container will do everything the Next Generation Vitamix will. Smoothies, soups, and nut butters will be no problem in it and you will be pleased with how well it performs relative to your Ninja.

      Because it has a wider base, removing contents from the Next Generation’s 64-ounce container may be slightly easier, but, in my opinion, not enough to make it the lone factor in your buying decision. Regardless of which one you go with, I suggest investing in a spatula with a narrow head. This will be the best tool for removal of your thicker recipes from the container. Vitamix makes them but one from any manufacturer should work just fine. If you find yourself already leaning toward the Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix with 48-ounce Container and feel like price is one of your major considerations, I would steer you toward it. You won’t regret it.

      • I now have the refurbished 5200 with 48 oz container. I do like it. I still have another week or so to return it. I am wondering if the 7500 would be better. I like to blend frozen fruits and vegetables without too much liquid. I do not like my drinks runny. I do have a bit of a problem now, which could just be a learning curve. I was wondering if the 7500 might be better for this type of blending. There is also only two people in my household. I was given a 7 year warranty because the refurbished model was two years old (I was told it was not used and was a return from QVC) and I was also sent another 48 oz. pitcher because the one that came with it was not packed correctly and had several deep scuffs and scratches on it. They really gave me such a great deal for $330. Do you think it would be worth it to upgrade to a 7500 or pro 300 or do you think it is just a learning curve. Would value your opinion.

        • Blenderdude

          Debbie, blending frozen ingredients with little or no added liquid will always be the biggest challenge for any high-performance blender, not just the Vitamix, and not just your particular model. Liquid not only helps the blade assembly circulate ingredients, but also helps create the vortex effect by which ingredients are drawn down into the cutting path of the blades while circulating. Without these effects, blender blades act similar to fan blades, blowing ingredients out and away instead of down and in. This is why the tamper Vitamix includes with all its models is so invaluable in my opinion.

          Yes, there is a learning curve with a high-end blender. It takes some getting used to as the power alone is so much greater than most people are accustomed to with household blenders. The more you use your Vitamix the more in-tune with it you will become. Experience is a great teacher. However, you should always expect to have to exert a little extra effort with your tamper and, in some cases, even stopping the machine and using a spatula, if you never want to add liquid or high-liquid content ingredients to your recipes.

          In my experience there is always room for liquid in smoothie recipes. You will eventually learn the precise ratio to add to your recipes such that the results have consistencies to your liking. Changing models is going to have little to no bearing on your results, and certainly not enough to warrant a switch in my opinion. However, your peace-of-mind with your purchase is what is really important. If you feel like you’ll always be second-guessing yourself over not getting the model you really wanted, then I recommend you make the switch. Keep in mind, however, that Vitamix is currently out-of-stock on the 7500 and other Next Generation models as well.

          • Thank you for the detailed reply. I use my Vitamix 2 times a day. I add a little more liquid and am getting the hang of it. The power of the blender is a little intimidating at first. I think I have a great blender for the money. Instead of buyer’s remorse, if I return it, I will have returner’s remorse. The 48 oz. pitcher is the perfect size for my household. It is small enough for one serving and big enough for more. I also like the fact that it is a little wider which makes it a little easier to get ingrediants out and it fits under my counter. I am satisfied with my purchase and I also have peace of mind with the warranty. Thank you for your honest and knowledgable site. I do appreciate all of your help. I do love my Vitamix.

            • Blenderdude

              Debbie, you do have a great blender. And every factor you mentioned about the 48-ounce container is certainly true. Enjoy it!

  164. Hi, thanks for your awesome comparison guide!

    1) If my only requirement is space (very small kitchen), is the Certified Reconditioned Next Generation the way to go? To get the shorter container?

    2) Do some models not have the “pulse” capability? Is it considered superfluous? When do you pulse?

    Thanks again!

    • Blenderdude

      Anne, The Next Generation would be an excellent choice for you, but you have other options in either a new Vitamix 5200 with 48-ounce container or a Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix with 48-ounce container. Both of these also meet your space requirement and will do everything the Next Generation will.

      Any Vitamix that does not have the designated Pulse switch can still be used to pulse via the On/Off or Start/Stop lever, depending on which one it has. I would not call the pulse feature superfluous – many people get a lot of use out of it. Fine-tuning recipes that need just a little extra blending, as well as “chopping” ingredients when making chunky salsas or soups, are a couple of examples of when you might find it convenient. But, again, any Vitamix can be used to pulse whether it says Pulse next to the lever or not.

  165. I have been doing so much research on blenders. First it was Blendtec versus Vitamix, and then it was which Vitamix to get, which was even harder to decide than the first debate. I have spent half a week during research off and on and getting discouraged, because I couldn’t decide. And then, I came across this. Thank you so much for doing such a great job differentiating between the models. Seriously, Vitamix should include this on their website, seeing how their site is actually no help whatsoever. Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Mai, you’re very welcome. I’m glad you’ve found the article helpful. Best of luck with your decision – I’d be happy to try to help with any remaining questions you might have.

  166. I have seen the vitamix demonstrated at a home show and they claim to have better prices if you purchase there. I think they even throw in an extra container. Is it really a better deal to purchase there? I think I’ve decided I want to get one but wondering if I should wait until the next home show to get the best deal.

    • Blenderdude

      Cindy, it all depends on the show and the particular Vitamix model being demonstrated there. These events are a little different than roadshows at wholesale clubs where prices and packages are consistent across the board. In the case where an extra container is “thrown in,” you can be fairly certain that Vitamix has already factored it into the price to a certain extent.

      This is not to say that you can’t get a good deal on a Vitamix at a home show. It’s just that, without knowing exactly what you’re getting and for what price, I’m not going to be doing much more than guessing for you, which won’t be of much help. If and when you come across a specific model/package, contact me with the price and I’d be happy to share my thoughts with you.

  167. I can buy a refurbished standard for 330 or a new 5200 for 375. What one should I get?

    • Blenderdude

      Martin, I cannot make that decision for you but will point out what you should consider. Both sound like excellent values. What you are getting in this instance for the $45 price difference is 2 extra years of warranty and the fact that one machine is brand new. Otherwise they are virtually the same.

  168. Amazing sight..just wished I would have found it sooner to save valuable time. My question pertains to using the Vita Mix to make bread (simulated kneading process). I don’t see myself grinding my own grain, but I am interested in making bread dough with purchased flour. Is it possible to use the Professional Series 300 or 750 for that process without the additional dry grain container? I will be using the Vita Mix for many other things but just didn’t know if I needed to purchase a second container for bread. Thank you for your advise!

    • Blenderdude

      Linda, thanks for the nice words about the site. You most certainly can prepare your bread doughs in the standard container.

  169. I was looking at your charts and saw that some of the cookbooks are described as easel-style….can you tell me what that means exactly? thank you

    • Blenderdude

      Dawn, these types of Vitamix recipe books have hard covers with creases in them. The purpose of the crease is to allow you to partially fold the cover back, allowing the book to “stand” on your countertop like an easel would. This makes for convenient reading of the recipes while you’re working with the ingredients. You can get an idea of what one looks like if you scroll about halfway down this review of the Vitamix 5200:

      Image of “Easel-style” Vitamix recipe book

  170. Although our kids want no wedding gifts, when I sent them your article, they decided a Vitamix would be great. They selected the Professional 500 or 750.

    It seems the only one of those two available as a reconditioned unit is the 500 (Certified Reconditioned Standard Program). Or would you recommend one of the Next Generation models instead?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Blenderdude

      Darlene, you are correct, the Pro 500 model is included in the Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs Vitamix offering, but the Pro 750 is not available as a reconditioned option. The Certified Reconditioned Next Generation models are identical to the Pro 750 in every way except that they do not include the pre-programmed settings. If your kids prefer a Vitamix with pre-programmed settings, then the Next Generation is not going to be the model to get. Otherwise, it is an excellent value, in my opinion.

      • It turns out that our future son-in-law prefers the Pro 500 model because “I like the pre-programmed settings (fun!) and the fact that one of those settings is specifically for cleaning (smart!).

        So if I select the Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs, and can receive either the 500 or the 6300, they’ll both have the same pulse lever and 3 pre-programmed settings on Variable Speed dial as well the same Savor cookbook, right?

        (Thanks for your patience.)

        • Blenderdude

          Darlene, that is correct.

          • Thank you!

  171. This site and your answers to some previous questions I asked enabled me to finally decide on a Next Generation Vitamix. I just ordered a reconditioned unit, using your code to save on shipping. Thanks so much for all the help you have provided.

    While I’m waiting for my Vitamix to arrive, I have a few questions:

    I know that I could receive any one of three models: the 7500, the Pro 300 or the Creations Elite. The Creations Elite, when purchased new, ships with a 48 oz. container, while the other two models have a 64 oz. container. Vitamix’s website states that the reconditioned package includes a 64 oz. container. Can I be confident that I’ll get the larger container, even if Vitamix send me the Creations Elite model?

    I occasionally grate large quantities of a hard cheese like Pecorino Romano for parties and other events. Can I do that in the container supplied or would I need to have the dry container for that?

    • Blenderdude

      Jeff, first, congrats on selecting a Vitamix. The Next Generations are incredibly popular. I think you made an excellent decision.

      Yes, you can be 100% confident that you will receive the newly-designed 64-ounce container that comes with the Vitamix 7500 and Professional Series 300 models. After Vitamix reinspects and certifies the reconditioned blenders, they repackage them with identical new accessory packages and containers. This insures that every Certified Recondition model is identical, save for color and the model name on the front of the motor base.

      You would not need the Dry Grains container to grate cheese, regardless of how hard.

  172. Just one other question before I order a reconditioned 5200. Do you recommend either of these spatulas? Are they necessary? If so will they be included with the free shipping code for the reconditioned Vitamix?

    https://secure.vitamix.com/Spatula-Set.aspx

    https://secure.vitamix.com/all-purpose-spatula.aspx

    • Blenderdude

      Martin, the Vitamix spatulas are nice. Are they necessary? Well, I do recommend you get a long spatula with a fairly narrow head. It will help with extracting thick recipes from around the blades. But it does not have to be these, specifically. If you order them with your blender Vitamix will charge shipping fees for the spatulas. Only the blender, itself, will ship free of charge using my affiliate code, 06-005956.

  173. Awesome article. Thank you for putting it together. I have a question that I think I already know the answer to but I just want to make sure prior to making a purchase. I am interested in making smoothies only, that’s it. After reading this site it is my understanding that any Vitamix model will be just as good as the next for this so I am focusing on price unless I am mistaken and you recommend a specific model for just smoothies?

    • Blenderdude

      Sebastian, I’m glad you found the article helpful. Yes, any Vitamix model will be an excellent choice for smoothies. You won’t go wrong with any of them. In light of this, your rationale which focuses on price sounds perfectly legitimate to me.

      • Thank you sir.

  174. Hi BD, are Vitamix 6300 from Costco and CIA professional series the same? Do you know if it comes with all the same goodies from both stores? Again thank you so very much!

    • Blenderdude

      Kevin, the Vitamix 6300 is equivalent to the Professional Series 500 which you can find on this website. It comes with a slightly different recipe book, but the blenders are exactly alike. The Vitamix CIA models do not come with pre-programmed settings found on the 6300/Pro 500. Otherwise, they are the same blenders, too.

  175. Thx for all infos, very helpful! I’m thinking of purchasing vitamix, but my friend bought a refurbished Blentect that was made for Starbucks ($200). He loves it. As far as power, quality, quality of food, how much different are they? I will be using it to make smoothie, veggie dish…..and don’t mind paying extra for new unit but just want to buy the right blender or the last blender I will buy for the next 10 yrs :-) thx

    • Blenderdude

      Kevin, the Blendtec model you reference has the exact same motor in it as the Total Blender model, however it comes in a much larger housing which will take up much more room in your kitchen – just something to keep in mind. Depending on where you buy it, those units also come with either a 1-year warranty or none at all. They are pre-programmed for smoothie/frozen drink settings that Starbucks used in their restaurants. This may or may not require re-programming depending on if you like those cycles or not.

      It is a nice, powerful blender but will not result in a better finished product than any Vitamix model on the market today. I would even consider the Vitamix more versatile and, of course, any Vitamix model would come with a much longer warranty, too. I would fully expect any Vitamix you might purchase to last 10 years if not longer with regular use and proper care.

      • Thx BD for quick answer and I do appreciate your knowledge on blenders. How do you compare Vitamix to Blendtec? For your money which brand should you get? And which model? Vitamix 6300 at Costco has my interest at the moment. I will be using it for smoothie, veggie……don’t mind paying extra and do value your opinion very much. Thanks a ton!

        • Blenderdude

          Kevin, I have several videos on the site comparing the Vitamix to the Blendtec. I also own multiple blenders from each manufacturer. What I can tell you is that both are excellent machines, regardless of model. I suggest you use the resources on this site to compare features and price points of each. See if you are drawn to a particular size, function, included accessories, or even color. One model is not going to produce a better finished product (smoothie, soup, whole juice, etc.) than the next. They are all equally comparable in that regard. It’s the package inclusions and price points which separate one model from the next, and which one is preferable in that regard is a decision only you can make.

          The Vitamix 6300 you are looking at is an excellent blender and comes with some pre-programmed functions that some people really like, while others find them a bit unnecessary. If you don’t think you’d be inclined to use the pre-programmed settings, you might find a better value out of a different model. If you do think you’d like those settings, then it is an excellent choice.

          • Again thank you so much BD!!!! Never found a website/source as reponsive and in depth as this! Thx. I think I will mostly use preprogrammed functions at first….so 6300 and Pro 750 are my choices. The difference in price is about $85. I have not see the pro 750 in person yet……any advise BD :-) or anyone one here please. Never knew I could be this excited about a blender, thanks BlenderDude!!!

            • Blenderdude

              Kevin, the Pro 750 has a couple additional pre-programmed settings than the Vitamix 6300 which you expressed you might like. It also has a very slightly more powerful motor at 2.2 HP as opposed to 2 HP on the 6300. However, this will have negligible if any impact in terms of blending ability and the textures of your recipes. Perhaps the biggest difference is the container. Both are 64-ounce capacity but he Pro 750 is shorter and wider which may mean it will fit under your upper kitchen cabinets, while the Vitamix 6300 most certainly will not. These are all factors that matter to some and not to others. Only you can weigh the differences and determine the value of the price difference in models. Good luck with your decision – you’ll get a great blender either way.

              • Thank you so very much!

  176. In analyzing your next generation chart it appears the only difference between the Professional 300 and the Vitamix 7500 is the recipe book but there is a $30 price difference in the two. Am I missing something?

    • Blenderdude

      Benji, no, everything you’ve noticed is accurate. The “Create” recipe book that comes with the Pro 300 is organized slightly differently than the “Simply Fresh” book that comes with the Vitamix 7500. It also has some restaurant and chef-inspired recipes not included in the other book. The DVD that comes with the Pro 300 is also hosted by a celebrity chef. But, except for slight color differences, the two machines are identical in every way.

  177. I have heard that the new, wider jars with the 4” blade will work on my Vitamix (I have a 5200). I am looking to buy another container so that it will fit under my cabinets but would rather have the 4” blade than the shorter one with the 3” blade. Is it available for purchase and if not do you know when it will be?

    • Blenderdude

      Alec, the shorter, wider 64-ounce Vitamix containers are not as of now able to be purchased separately. I do not know when, or even if, Vitamix plans to make them available.

    • Do all models pulsate? Can you make soups with all models? What are the pre-programmed settings used for?

      • Blenderdude

        Diane, all Vitamix models can pulse, whether or not they have the actual Pulse lever. Any Vitamix model without this lever can pulse by simply flipping the Power On/Off of Start/Stop lever up and down. All Vitamix models are capable of producing enough friction to create soups, also.

        All the pre-programmed settings are labeled on the front of the blenders corresponding to their functions. The available functions, depending on the particular Vitamix model, are: Smoothies, Frozen Deserts, Hot Soups, Puree, and Cleaning. With each of these settings the blender will perform the selected function then stop on its own once the cycle concludes.

  178. Hi BD, I just found your website and it’s fantastic. We just bought the Vitamix Pro 750. It was a difficult decision as to which Vitamix to get and your website would’ve helped make it easier, but we are glad to have it now. We are, however, having one major challenge. Almost all of the recipes that I see online are for the Vitamix 5200. Our question is: how do you convert the recipes from the 5200 to use with the 750 model? There are many aspects of the recipes that are unclear and I would love to have your help figuring this out. We look forward to following your site and learning more every day. Thanks so much.

    • Blenderdude

      Bonnie, you really should not have to do much, if any, adjusting. For these types of recipes, I would recommend you manually control your Pro 750 instead of using the pre-programmed settings. This will give you a little more control over the blending speeds and duration. Your blender has a very slightly stronger motor and a different blade to container size ratio than the Vitamix 5200. What this means is that you may be able to stop the blender a few seconds earlier on some recipes. You might also occasionally want to increase the amounts of all called-for ingredients by 10% to 20% to insure sufficient blade coverage.

      Again, though, I would expect to have to make the aforementioned adjustments rarely. Most recipes designed for the 5200 can be made in your Vitamix as written. Feel free to contact me if you have issues with any recipe in particular.

  179. Hey BD, great website and thanks a lot for your research and your efforts. You certainly saved me a lot of time. I just wanted to ask for your opinion on the following: If you were to open a Smoothie Franchise, which blender would you recommend to go for? 3 Blenders per location. I appreciate your feedback.

    • Blenderdude

      Mishari, thanks for the nice words about the site. Keep in mind that although any Vitamix covered in this article will make fantastic smoothies worthy of any smoothie shop out there, these are all from the Vitamix “Home” line of blenders. Using any of these models in a commercial capacity will immediately void its warranty.

      That said, if I were going to attempt to use the Home line of blenders in a smoothie-shop setting, I would be fine with any of the models, including the Certified Reconditioned Vitamixes. But I would make sure I had enough of them to rotate throughout the day so as to spare the motors from constant workload which would increase their likelihood of overheating. I would also employ a variety of containers including the 32, 48, and 64-ounce standard containers to complement your specific serving sizes. Since all your recipes are most likely going to be custom-designed, I would probably save some money and not select a Vitamix model with pre-programmed settings.

  180. Hi there, great site. Question – when you state “Same” in your chart regarding 2hp motors in the different Vitamix models, do you mean they have the exact same motors or just the same strength motors. In other words, is there any difference at all in the motors? Where they’re made, materials, construction, etc.

    • Blenderdude

      RJ, the motors are identical in every way. All the 2 horsepower Vitmaix motors are designed to go into any of their models. Motors are not model-specific. They are all the same.

  181. Thanks, BlenderDude! Your information has been super helpful. Now, I am ready to take the plunge, I’m so excited to buy our first Vitamix. On your recommendation, we’re going to get a reconditioned next generation, but right now the only color available is ruby with a note to check back later for the other colors. How long will I have to wait? Do they restock often?

    • Blenderdude

      Emily, thanks for the nice words. Keep in mind that since these are reconditioned machines that Vitamix doesn’t actually “stock” them. But they definitely make them available as soon as they get them re-inspected and certified. It’s a testament to the Vitamix quality that they are occasionally unavailable for purchase. The Certified Reconditioned Next Generations are worth the wait, though. They represent a great value in my opinion. I hope you get yours soon – I would check back with them daily.

  182. Research done and order placed – I can’t begin to tell you how useful this site and especially this article was to me. I am sooooooooo excited now -thanks a ton blender dude.

    • Blenderdude

      Sarah, thanks for the kind words and congratulations on your Vitamix!

  183. Your charts in this article are incredible resources for shoppers. Made my decision so much easier . Thank you very much!

    • Blenderdude

      Daniel, you’re welcome. I’m glad you found them helpful.

  184. confused as ever with all the models… I would just like to start juicing with fruits, and vegi’s …. which is the best one for me? anything else is just a bonus.

    • Blenderdude

      Laurie, any of the blenders you read about on this site are more than capable of providing excellent fruit and vegetable smoothies and whole juices. The differences lie in the “bells and whistles” that come with the various models, not in the results they produce. Give me the most expensive and least expensive blender on this site along with the same exact ingredients to put into each, and nobody will be able to tell the difference in the smoothies they’ll produce.

      That said, as you specifically mention “juicing” fruits and veggies, keep in mind that most people associate juicing with what is actually juice extraction – the separation of liquid from fiber. Blenders do not do this. Instead, they incorporate the entire fruit or veggie into the result. Blended “whole juice” is not the same product as juice that has been “squeezed” from its pulp, seeds, and skin. For that you need a juice extractor, not a blender. I am a proponent of both juicing and blending, but I only consider myself somewhat well-versed on blenders. If you decide a high-performance blender is what you want, I suggest you focus on factors such as price, size, and other aesthetics. Again, the actual performance differences between the models are going to be negligible.

  185. What is the difference between the 1364CIA and any other Vitamix machines?

    • Blenderdude

      MP, The CIA Professional Series model is the same machine as the 5200 with the addition of a few recipes that were created by several restaurant chefs. “1364” designates the color of the blender, in this case Onyx (black).

  186. what is the difference in the different models. what is diff.between Creations 11 and 5200…?

    • Blenderdude

      Carole, the motors in both blenders are exactly the same. The 5200 comes with a 64 oz. or 48 oz. container. The Creations II comes with a 48 oz. container. The recipe books are slightly different, also. There are a couple of different color options between the two and, as you have already discovered, the 5200 comes with a warranty that is 2 years longer.

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