Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix

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The Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix comes with a new, 64 oz. container. As of January 1, 2014 the option to receive a 48 oz. container with this model is no longer available.

For a detailed account of my industry experience with refurbished Vitamix models, click here.



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Available in your choice of White, Black, Red, Blue, Espresso, Platinum, or Brushed Stainless ($30 upgrade during sale) motor base finish, the complete Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix package includes:

  • Updated motor base including a custom-designed, Swedish-built high-performance 2-peak horsepower motor and soft-touch dial and switches (machine label may vary from image displayed above)
  • New 2Q/64oz BPA-free Eastman Tritan™ jar featuring no-drip spout and newly designed easy on/off lids
  • New tamper to assist with thicker, denser ingredients
  • Cooking class-themed DVD, manual, and “Getting Started Plus” recipe book

Occasionally Vitamix receives returns on machines that were given as gifts, used in photo shoots, or exhibited at one of their many live demonstrations across the country.  These machines are factory-refurbished, tested, and re-inspected by Vitamix-trained technicians, then passed along to the consumer at additional savings.  The warranty on the Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix, however, is the same as the one on their new machines.  Quite simply, if subjected solely to normal household use, Vita-Mix Corporation guarantees the entire machine will perform like-new for 5 years from the date of purchase, or they will repair or replace it free of charge. 

Every Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix is purchased from Vita-Mix Corporation and is shipped directly to you with a no-risk guarantee.  If at any point during the first 30 days of ownership you decide it isn’t the machine for you, simply return it for a full refund.  Vita-Mix will even cover the return shipping.




Questions? Comments? Let’s talk about it here!
  1. None of the comments are dated, so it’s tough to know which are current and which aren’t; however, I’m having the same issue as a previous post where the price on your site says $299 but the Vita-Mix site lists $329. I assume that means a sale has just ended, any idea on when another might begin? (Apr ’15)

    • bd

      Keely, yes, anytime you see a $299.00 price on the Certified Reconditioned Standard model it is a sale price. Vitamix traditionally has sales over the holiday period but will also have them randomly throughout the year. There is no way to know for sure when or for how long they will run. Once they end a sale, I do my best to update my site with the price adjustment accordingly.

  2. Hi! I’m finally going to buy a Vitamix as I find myself in a situation without a blender suddenly – so it feels like the right time, however, they’re expensive! LOL. My budget is tight so I’m trying to find the cheapest way to get one, as well I like the idea of not buying a new one (more eco I think). I live in Vancouver, BC Canada and have been trying to find a used one, but they rarely come up and when they do they are even more than the reconditioned ones in the US. Reading your forum here I understand VItamix does not send these models to Canada, and I do have a US address I can use – my Aunt – however, what I’m further wondering is once you do that what does it cost to get it to Canada still? They are heavy machines and I’m thinking by the time you have to ship it again from the US address home, all your savings are gone? I’d be shipping it from California up to Vancouver…..any ideas/thoughts? How do people navigate the second component, after finding a US address…LOL. THANK YOU!! Great site!

    • bd

      Melanie, thanks for the nice words about the site. Your reasoning in this case is sound. Most Canadians who elect to take advantage of free shipping to their U.S.-based addresses most likely come from Canada to pick it up and therefor save the additional shipping to Canada. I would tend to agree with you that if you had to then ship from the U.S. to Canada, by the time you add the actual shipping plus the import fees, you have eaten up a large portion of your savings. Just how much I cannot tell you as I have never actually performed any such shipping, myself. My guess is you would still come out on the plus side as opposed to buying a new Vitamix from Canada. But just how much, I couldn’t say.

      My guess is most Canadians who do this live near the U.S. border and have U.S. addresses solely for the purpose of having goods delivered there. I have also heard of them waiting until a visit to a friend or relative in the U.S. is planned, then arranging their Vitamix purchase to coincide with the visit. I hope one of these options might be available to you. I wish you the best of luck.

  3. Hi,

    I am going to get a refurbished Vitamix, but I am still confused at the differences in the models. What features do I miss out on if I go with the lowest priced Standard?

    • bd

      Nat, the main features of certain models which are more expensive are preprogrammed settings. Others feature a shorter, wider container which is more conducive to fitting underneath kitchen cabinets on your countertop. The differences in performance are relatively minor, if any exist at all. If you don’t mind starting and stopping the blender manually every time you use it, and aren’t too concerned with its size, the Certified Reconditioned Standard is a fantastic bang for the buck in my opinion.

  4. How do I receive the free gifts you mentioned above when I buy through the Vitamix website?

  5. I live in Sweden and I am wondering if we have access to these rwfurbished machines in any way…….

    • bd

      Monique, unfortunately the Certified Reconditioned models are available only in the U.S. There is a workaround for some of our Canadian neighbors, but no other countries have access to them at this time.

  6. I am thinking about purchasing a refurbished machine. I was wondering if there is any upcoming sales like they had in June. Any amount of savings would be great!

    • bd

      Kelly, as the sale just ended a few weeks ago, I wouldn’t expect another one any time soon. Vitamix ran one in November through the holidays last year, though. It wouldn’t surprise me if they did it again this year, but I can’t say they will for certain.

  7. Can I still get the free coconut oil and nut milk bag if i order on the phone. i live in canada and cannot order online. i’ll be using the code listed on your site. thanks.

    • bd

      Nina, the bonus gifts I offer are always good with any order placed using my authorized affiliate code, phone or online. Keep in mind, though, that Vitamix will not ship a Certified Reconditioned model to any address in Canada. They will only do so to a U.S.-based address. If you have an address in the U.S. to where you can have a Vitamix delivered, contact me directly for more details and I will be happy to get you squared away.

  8. Does the Basic vitamix make nut butters?

  9. You have the Certified Reconditioned Standard model listed here for $299, when I follow the link the the Vitamix site, they price it at $329. Am I missing a key stop for the extra $30 savings?

    Thanks for the site.

    • Blenderdude

      Jeff, please accept my apologies. When the Vitamix sale ended last week, 3/5/14, I noted as much on my Home page, but did not adjust this page accordingly. I will make these changes immediately. Again, I’m sorry for the price mistake and I thank you for bringing it to my attention. Hopefully they will go on sale again here soon. ***Edit: The Certified Reconditioned Standard model is once again on sale as of 4/24/14. The sale runs through 6/30/14.

      • Thanks, still a good deal.

        • Blenderdude

          I agree and am a huge fan of the Certified Reconditioned machines.

          • Got a Nutribullet 900 recently. While it does s decent job of making puree, I’ve watched the reviews for the Vitamix and there is no comparison in the puree/juice it will make. Converted a family of 6 to to a plant based, whole foods diet. The Nutribullet is just too small and and I’m concerned, with multiple times a day use, likely 6 or more due to size, it’s just not going to hold up. The standard model looks like it will do the trick. Thanks for the info presented on your site.

            • Blenderdude

              As a long-term investment for a family of 6 that will surely see considerable use, you just cannot beat a Vitamix. The Certified Reconditioned Standard will definitely “do the trick” as you say. Fine choice.

              • Just Ordered mine, can’t wait. Thanks

                • Blenderdude

                  Yes, I saw that – you’re going to love it. Congrats to you!

                  • Vitamix on it’s way, super stoked. Been making green smoothies in the Nutribullet, hate making 2-4 batches for a multi-person meal. Been mixing some suspect combinations into my smoothies thus far, had no idea the book you were sending was such a resource. Green Smoothie Revolution is written by the women who’s family is so influential in the green smoothie movement. She has other books that are pretty important if you want to change your diet. Can’t say enough about that resource, superb addition to my knowledge base. Thank you for providing such an insightful source.

                    • Blenderdude

                      You’re welcome, Jeff. Yes, I’m a big fan of the work of the Boutenko’s. Best of luck to you!

  10. Hello BD. Just found this looking for a refurb unit. I am looking for a standard unit with a shorter 48 oz container.

    I live in Canada, have a US $ MaserCard through a Canadian bank. When address is an issue for ordering out of the US, I simply call MasterCard and temporarily change my BILLING ADDRESS to my US delivery address.

    That way, the requirements are covered for the US company. After the purchase has been completed, I make sure it reverts to my Canadian postal address. MC always makes the change valid only for the day or for 24 hrs at most as per my request.

    • Blenderdude

      Jenna, that sounds like a great workaround for the Canada/U.S. shipping challenge many Vitamix customers in Canada face. The only problem with your plan is that Vitamix no longer offers the Certified Reconditioned models with the 48-ounce containers. They changed this policy at the beginning of 2014. Today, the only way to obtain a 48-ounce container is to either purchase it separately, or buy a new 5200 with 48-ounce container.

      • Well darn, I guess I may just have to get the 5200 or settle for a 64-oz container. Thanks !

  11. Hello BD. Can you please send me info on how to purchase a reconditioned model with the compact 48 oz container? Thank you!

    • Blenderdude

      Chris, as of the end of December 2013, Vitamix no longer offers this package. The only way to obtain a 48-ounce container now is to either purchase it separately or buy a new model Vitamix 5200 with 48-ounce container.

  12. Extremely well organized, informative website, Blender Dude. As a result of your site, I just ordered a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix 5200 as the unit will predominantly reside on counter space that doesn’t have cabinetry immediately above. We’ll be using it the same way the vast majority of users, predominantly on high speed for morning green/fruit smoothies. Thanks again for compiling all this great comparitive blender information on one easy website.

    • Blenderdude

      Mark, I really appreciate your kind words. And, congratulations on your Vitamix! You and your family should really enjoy it.

  13. Hey!
    As many others, I am wondering when will Vitamix make their refurbished models available for sale in Canada. I just thought of asking, thinking that if the demand is growing for it in Canada, the company might accelerate the process..
    Thank you 🙂

    • Blenderdude

      Josianne, unfortunately Vitamix doesn’t make me privy to that kind of information. All I can tell you is they are fully aware of the demand for them in your country. It is HIGH as you can imagine.

  14. Hi
    I am from Montreal Canada and would love to buy a refurbished vitamix. Is this possible?
    Thank you!

    • Blenderdude

      Amelie, unfortunately the Certified Reconditioned Vitamixes are not available for delivery to Canada at this time. If you happened to have a U.S.-based address to where you could have the blender shipped, please contact me directly and I will put you in touch with someone at Vitamix who can assist you.

      • Hi BD,

        I would like to purchase a reconditioned Vitamix, I live in Canada and I am aware that Vitamix does not ship reconditioned blenders to Canada, however I do have a U.S. based address to ship to, can you please put me in touch with Vitamix rep that can help me with this

  15. Please let me know how to get this Vitamix with the shorter 48oz. container.

    • Blenderdude

      CDW, unfortunately beginning this year Vitamix has stopped offering the 48-ounce container as an option with the Certified Reconditioned Standard model. The only way to get a 48-ounce container with a Vitamix now is to purchase a new model, or purchase the container separately. I am sorry for the timing of this policy change. You missed the cutoff by a matter of days.

  16. Happy New Year! Can you send me info on how to order with the shorter 48oz container?

    • Blenderdude

      Kelly, Happy New Year to you as well! Please check your email.

  17. Hi

    I looking at getting a refurbished vitamix but can’t seem to figure it out. I’m from Canada and wonder if the offer is available here.

    • Blenderdude

      Amanda, the Certified Reconditioned Vitamixes are not available for direct-delivery to Canada. If you have a U.S.-based shipping address, there may be a work-around, though. Contact me for details.

  18. Just placed a order for the refurbished 5200. It was $299 last week, anyway they will honor that price? Why do we pay tax for internet orders? How do we get the nut milk bag? Do you really need a dry container? If so what is the best price?

    • Blenderdude

      Vince, as the sale on their reconditioned models lasted the entire month of November, I doubt they will honor that price now. More and more online retailers have begun charging sales tax on internet orders. It is a trend I don’t expect to ever be reversed. Vitamix has been charging tax for several years. I recommend the Dry Grains container only if you are planning on doing a significant amount of flour-making. If the occasional grinding of grains is all you expect to be doing, even initially, the standard container that comes with any Vitamix model will work fairly well with almost all grains. I always advise start with just the container that comes with your machine – you can always add a Dry Grains container down the road if you feel like you’d really benefit from it. Occasionally Vitamix will run a sale on them, though they are not all that frequent.

      Vitamix sells a very nice hemp nutmilk bag on their website. I also offer a free cotton bag with the purchase of any Vitamix made via my site. Details are here: blender dude BONUS OFFERS.

  19. Thank you so much for the freebies you sent! Using your code got us free shipping on our standard reconditioned Vitamix, plus you were awesome enough to actually send the Green Smoothie Revolution book & nut milk bag! Thank you so much! You rock!

  20. Hello.

    I want to buy a reconditioned vitamix but i cant find them on the site. The links dont tame me there. Are the sold out? Im from canada and am looking for the 299$ option.


    • Blenderdude

      Marc, please check your email. The November Vitamix sale is still going on with plenty of blenders left. However, it is going to be a challenge for most Canadian customers to acquire one as Vitamix no longer delivers the reconditioned units to Canada.

      • Hi,

        I would really like to buy a refurbished vitamix 5200, however when i click on the link you have provided, I am unable to find them on the site (similarly to Marc). If I can get it shipped to a US address can you please tell me how much it will cost and if the refurbished option is still available? Thanks! (i want to know if it’s still worth doing the work around to get it from the US even though it is no longer shipped to canada refurbished. Thank you! btw…great informative site!!

  21. Hi BD, thanks for the great info. I’m also interested in knowing how to substitute the shorter 48 oz. container for the taller 64oz one. Thanks!

  22. Hi!
    My husband and I are looking into getting a certified reconditioned standard Vitamix. It states the various model bases you could receive. I assumed they were all the same base, just labeled differently. However, in the pictures on another blender reviews website, there are 2 in the color scheme pictures shown that are different than the 5200 style we want (particularly the blue & brown ones shown without the center speed dial.)
    Is this just an error that website made? Do all the standard reconditioned series have the same base? Also, if that’s the case, when purchasing brand new, why does the 5200 cone w/ a 7 yr warranty, but the Creations II comes w/ a 5 yr warranty? They’re priced the same, and if they have the exact same inner workings/base, then why the discrepancy? Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Gretchen, all blenders sold as Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix models will come with the center Variable speed dial regardless of which color you select. All come with the same motor base save for the model name that appears on the front of the control panel. Any model depicted on a website as a Certified Reconditioned Standard that does not contain the Variable speed dial is erroneous.

      The Creations II was originally created for a specific retailer in partnership with Vitamix. To justify allowing it to be sold at a lower price than other specific models, Vitamix cropped two years off of the warranty.

  23. How do I get a Vitamix 5200 with a 48 oz. container? Could the 30 days start after Christmas?

    • Blenderdude

      Sherry, please check your email. I have sent you instructions on how to get this Vitamix model. Unfortunately, though, the 30-day trial period begins the day the blender is delivered to you.

  24. Thank you for providing such an informational web site.
    Please let me know how to get the Vitamix 5200 with the shorter 48oz. container.

  25. Hi There!
    I’m writing from Australia and looking for a reconditioned Vitamix that can handle Australian voltage and has the appropriate plug for Australia. I would LOVE your input! We are on the chase!

    • Blenderdude

      Cristina, currently Vitamix only offers their Certified Reconditioned models to its North American customers. I do not know if or when they plan to change this policy. Because a new Vitamix is terribly expensive in your country, you may want to investigate the Optimum 9400 out of Australia. I have been reviewing it over the past few months and think it’s an excellent alternative for Australian customers.

  26. I am from the Chicago area and fell in love with Vitamix when my parents purchased one about a year and a half ago. I study in Vienna, Austria and live on a tight budget as most students do, but could probably find a way to invest in a reconditioned vitamix since I know I would use it multiple times every day. Unfortunately, the voltage is 230 I don’t trust that transformers work as well as they are supposed to; I get the feeling that some electronics I have used here (like a hair straightner) burn out faster than they would have even if I use a voltage transformer with the adapter. Do I need to give up my dream of owning a vitamix over here in Europe? Have you heard of anyone bringing their American vitamix to Europe or any 230V country successfully? Have you ever heard of foreign countries that offer the refurbished blenders?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Blenderdude

      Braidy, I would not advise you give up your dream of owning a Vitamix. However, I don’t recommend you use a converter or transformer. In addition to affecting performance to some degree, which it surely will, it could potentially harm your blender in a variety of ways, none of which would be covered by warranty as a result of your decision. Your instinct on converters is spot-on. I do not think any reconditioned models are currently available in Europe – just the new ones. There are several dealers in Europe if you can arrange the finances. I wish you luck!

  27. Could you send me instructions on how to order the 48 ounce? Thank you!

    • Blenderdude

      Alix, please check your email. Information on the Vitamix with 48-ounce container has been sent.

  28. Hey BD!
    Thanks for providing such great insight on the Vitamix blender. You have convinced me this is the blender for me. My major concern, however is the height of the container. If there is a way, please let me know how to get the reconditioned standard Vitamix with the shorter 48oz container.

    • Blenderdude

      Erica, I’m glad you like the site. Please check your email for information regarding the Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix with 48-ounce container.

  29. If I go with the reconditioned standard model, is it possible that I would get the VC shipped, as opposed to the 5200 type base? It seems like the VC is on the list of possible machines, although I’d prefer the 5200 type base.

    Also, aside from it possibly fitting under the counter, is there any reason why I would go for the 48oz vs 64oz? I feel like bigger is better.

    Finally, can you (re)confirm that the 64oz is the standard shipment (unless you pull some back door strings)?

    Many thanks.

    • Sorry..make that the Turboblend VS (not VC as I mistakenly stated above).

    • Okay…now is see that the Turboblend VS is the variable speed model…same base as the 5200, etc… I think I’m about ready to jump in…

      • Blenderdude

        Jeff, yes, the Turboblend VS is one of the motor bases you might get with this Vitamix model but it is the exact same base in every way as the 5200. To your other questions, space consideration is the primary, if not only, reason to consider dropping down to the 48-ounce container in my opinion. Also, the 64-ounce container is what will come with your unit unless you go through specific additional steps with Vitamix to get the 48-ounce instead.

        • Okay… I just bought one! Got the reconditioned standard.. white. I should see it in 8 – 15 days (thanks for the shipping!)

  30. I am interested in getting a certified recondition vitamix for $329 but I would prefer the 48 oz container. I think the 64 oz. would be a little big since it would be mostly for myself but sometimes for two. Do they still offer this? Your site has been most helpful in my decision to choose a vitamix.

    • Blenderdude

      Debbie, I’m glad the site has been of some assistance to you in your decision to purchase a Vitamix. Yes, the particular combo you want is available. I have sent instructions to your email address on how to get it.

      • I am torn between getting the certified recondition with a 48 oz. container for 329 or waiting and getting the next generation with the shorter container for 399. It would be for me and sometimes for my husband also. I alone usually have at least a 16 oz serving by the time I add everything. Do you think the shorter 64 oz would be too much for me and I would be better off with my first choice? I presently have a 16 oz single serve ninja. It is handy and easy but its a too small and is so cheap. Decisions. I may want to try some soups and I think the 48 oz should be okay. My other concern is getting thick mixtures out. Any input would be appreciated.

        • 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 and soups 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. 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 a major consideration, I would steer you toward it. You won’t regret it.

  31. One of the possible Certified Reconditioned Standard blenders Vitamix could send you is the Creations II.

    But if you order a new Creations II it comes with a 48 oz container.

    If you order the Certified Reconditioned Standard blenders you are supposed to get a 64-ounce container.

    So how can they send you a refurbished Creations II? Does the 64-ounce container fit on the Creations II?



    • Blenderdude

      Martin, Vitamix doesn’t simply re-ship returned blenders. Before the reconditioned units go out, they are reinspected, certified, and then re-packaged with brand new containers and accessory packages. This way you can be certain that, regardless of the actual model you receive, it will be identical in every way (except for the color and model name on the front of the motor base) to every other blender in its particular Certified Reconditioned Vitamix model category.

      Yes, any Vitamix motor base that works with a standard 64-ounce container will also be perfectly compatible with a 48-ounce container (and vice versa), including the Creations II.

  32. If you return a refurbished Vitamix within 30 days do you have to pay for shipping?

    • Blenderdude

      Martin, no. If you are dissatisfied with your Vitamix for any reason in the first 30 days of ownership, Vitamix will pay for the return shipping and give you a full refund.

  33. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer everyones questions here. I usually shy away from buying anything refurbished but these things are so expensive that I’m actually considering it thanks in no small part to your endorsement. You are providing a great service.

    • Blenderdude

      Em, thank you for the kind words. Should you decide to go with a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix, I think you’ll be very pleased with it.

  34. Hello there, I would like to know if I can get the extended warranty on the refurbished Vitamix and if you feel like its worth it?

    • Blenderdude

      Summer, yes you can purchase 3 additional years of warranty coverage on any Certified Reconditioned Vitamix model. There are two ways of assessing the value of doing so, but only you can decide for yourself which makes the most sense. The first way to view it is you would be getting a Vitamix with an even longer warranty than one that comes on a new model, yet for less money, still. The other way to look at it is, by the time you spend the money on the extra warranty, you are close enough in price that you could easily justify buying a new unit.

  35. hi im trying to get a refurbished vitamix in australia but im have the same problems as the canadian fellow, anyways shoot me a e-mail if you know how i can buy one either through you or someone else cheers sam

    • Blenderdude

      Sam, unfortunately, Vitamix will not allow orders placed through my site to be shipped anywhere other than the U.S. and Canada. I’m sorry and wish you well in getting the blender you’re after.

  36. Hi! I’m interested in getting the refurbished model with the 48 oz container. How do I do it? Thanks so much for this informative page!

    • Blenderdude

      Tracy, instructions have been sent to your email address.

  37. Do you have any idea what these blenders look like in terms of appearance? I guess what I’m asking is will they be pretty or banged up? 🙂

    • Blenderdude

      Noel, obviously I can’t guarantee what every reconditioned Vitamix will look like, but I can tell you that in my experience every one that I have seen has been immaculate and indistinguishable from a brand new unit. This is not a Vitamix “scratch and dent” sale item. These are blenders that have been returned – almost always within 30 days of purchase – for a variety of reasons including many completely unrelated to performance and appearance. I’ve seen several that were never even used at all.

  38. bd, if I order a refurbished 5200-type standard model, is there any way to get it with the lower profile container so it will fit under my cabinets? Thank you.

    • Blenderdude

      Warren, if by “lower profile” you mean a 64-ounce container, then, no, you cannot get a Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix model with this container (although you could with a Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Vitamix model). However, if you wanted a 48-ounce container with this model, then, yes, this option can be accommodated with the standard model. This should have no trouble fitting under your cabinets. Let me know if this is the Vitamix combination you think you’d like and I will email you instructions on how to get it.

      • Thanks bd. One other question: is the noise level for the next generation (7500 type) blenders significantly lower than the 5200 standard models? I have read some reviews that said it was and others that said the difference was negligible.

        • Blenderdude

          The noise level on any given “blend” is always going do be dependent upon what and how much of it is going into the container along with the acoustics of the room in which you’re doing the blending. That said, the noise reduction between these two Vitamix types is generally evident, but I would describe it as “negligible” before I would “significant.”

      • bd, I am ready to buy the standard reconditioned vitamix with the 48 ounce container. Can you send me the information I need to order? Thanks.

  39. Hi. How would I get the 48 oz container with the reconditioned standard?

    • Blenderdude

      Jennifer, I have sent instructions on how to get this Vitamix to your email address.

  40. Very Helpful site, Thank you! Definitely helped me make up my mind.

    I decide to purchase a refurbished 5200 and just ordered it through your site. Thought I would let you know that the promo code you provide for free shipping only gives me $25.00 off of shipping. $50.00 for shipping seems a little excessive. I live in the US (Colorado) and I chose the longer shipping time to keep the cost down. (it’s like $70.00 for the 3-5 business day rate) Anyway thought you should know it’s not free shipping just a discount on shipping. Which I do appreciate.

    • Blenderdude

      Tamlyn, let me start by thanking you for using my authorized affiliate code when you purchased your Vitamix. I very much appreciate it. I advertise free shipping on the purchase of any Vitamix model delivered to the U.S. or Canada and to date standard shipping charges for them have never exceeded $25 U.S. or $35 CDN. Did you by chance order anything additional on top of the Vitamix model, itself? If so, Vitamix will charge shipping fees for the entire purchase and then credit you $25 for using my code. If you ordered the Vitamix model, only, please let me know and I will be glad to investigate this on your behalf.

      • Thanks for looking into it. I only purchased the blender nothing extra. The shipping was $50.00 minus the $25.00 from your code which made it a $25.00 charge. I wanted to get it much sooner but frankly the $70.00 for a 3-5 business day was just ridiculous.

        I appreciate you’re looking into this.

        • Blenderdude

          Tamlyn, please check your email. I am having my account manager at Vitamix correct this for you.

        • Jonathan
          Thank you helping me get this figured out. It was my misunderstanding and everything is ok now.
          Looking forward to getting my blender!


  41. Please let me know how to get this Vitamix with the shorter 48oz. container.

  42. I am seriously interested in purchasing a vitamix. It is a major purchase for me given the price. The refurbished 5200 looks like the best deal. Key feature for me is that it fit under my cabinets so I can keep it on my counter and use it often. Is the 64 oz container on the refurbished units the wider compact one or the older taller one? If its the latter than I definitely want the 48 oz container. Yours is the only site that I have seen where you mention giving directions on how to order the 48oz refurbished unit. Please let me know how to order the 48 oz or compact unit. Thank you for your assistance.

    • Blenderdude

      Kathy, the container that comes with the Certified Reconditioned Standard Vitamix is the traditional, taller 64 oz. containers and, unless you have unusually high custom-set cabinets, it won’t fit under them. So you will definitely want the 48 oz. container if that is one of your top priorities. I will put you in touch directly with my account manager at Vitamix and she will make sure you get the right model. Please check your email for her contact information.

  43. I am interested in buying a refurbished Vitamix but I am not sure on which one to buy. Should I purchase the next generation with the newer motor or the one with the pre settings? Which one do you recommend? Thanks

    • Blenderdude

      Sheri, both of these Vitamix models are great and I recommend either highly. You will be using either for the exact same purposes and the results will be equally good from both. In this case you will need to decide if the slightly stronger motor and shorter profile of the Next Generation model is worth the price difference to you. You won’t go wrong no matter which one you choose.

  44. Hi, Blender Dude,
    I really appreciate all the information you disseminate. I am absolutely convinced that the reconditioned 5200 is for me, and I will buy it from you because you deserve the sale. However, when I click on to the reconditioned model page, I don’t know if I’ll be getting a 5200 because it doesn’t give a model number. I understand from earlier posts that one doesn’t necessarily get a 5200 when one buys the reconditioned model. Is there any way of determining if, in fact, the recon model that I order will be a 5200, or do I just have to take my chances?
    Thanks for any further info you can provide.

    • Blenderdude

      Marilyn, no, there is no guarantee that the Certified Reconditioned Standard model will be a 5200. Vitamix does not offer a reconditioned 5200 by name. However, the motor and operating levers and dials on the 5200 are identical to any other machine that may come. They are all identical blenders in that regard. In some cases availability will determine which model you receive. In others, the color might. You are, in effect, “taking your chances” on which specific model you’ll get, but you aren’t taking any chances on one model being different from the others in any way. The accessory packages are identical as well.

  45. Thank you so much for your most informative reviews and comments. I thought I wanted a Vitamix but didn’t want to pay $500 or more for it. I found the many listings on eBay confusing with so many different model numbers and features. You have helped me decide that the best option for me is a factory reconditioned Vitamix 5200. Now I can order it and relax!

    Blessings to you for your public service.

  46. What is your opinion in purchasing a Certified Reconditioned Standard or Next Generation Vitamix? Is that a smart purchase or would you purchase new? The obvious differences to me are: 1. Reconditioned…duh! 2. 5 yr. warranty as opposed to the 7 yr. warranty.


    • Blenderdude

      Terri, I am a big fan of all the Certified Reconditioned Vitamixes. I have personally seen numerous examples of these blenders that have been returned to stores for various reasons. The majority of these I would challenge anyone to distinguish from brand new machines, having been used little if at all. Also keep in mind that the containers and accessory packages that come with all of them are, in fact, new.

      That said, these are still technically reconditioned machines so they come with the inherent risk that anything sold as such does. And some people simply feel more comfortable buying new when making such a large investment, which I completely understand. Vitamix, though, feels strongly enough to guarantee these perform to the exact same standard as their brand new machines for 5 full years. To me that speaks volumes. I can also tell you that I have yet to have a customer who has bought one of these through my site inform me of a single issue. In short, I feel very comfortable recommending them.

  47. Do you have a price incentive for buying two Vitamix 5200 refurbished units?

    • Blenderdude

      Mark, as an authorized affiliate of Vitamix I am only permitted to offer free shipping, not multi-unit discounts.

  48. BD, I’m interested in also having the dry container…is there a refurb package that comes with that? Also, if you opt for the 48 oz instead of 64 oz jar, is it less expensive? Thanks.

    • Blenderdude

      Jenny, the only packages that include the Dry container are the 5200 Super and the 5200 Deluxe. Neither of these packages are available refurbished. Also, the Factory-Reconditioned Vitamix package is the same price regardless of which size container you select.

  49. BD…great site! It’s been so helpful as my wife and I are ready to take the plunge and get a Vitamix. The refurbished deal seems very enticing. I read some other blogs, and a couple folks mentioned they received the TurboBlend instead of a 5200/CIA. Do you know if there is anyway we can verify what reconditioned model we’re purchasing?

    • Blenderdude

      Dan, the reconditioned Vitamixes are a great deal but the company does not guarantee you a specific model. What they have in inventory, as well as what color you choose, will determine which one you get. What they do promise is that all units will contain identical motors, containers, and accessory packages. In my experience this is always either a 5200, Creations II, or a TurboBlend VS. However, until your email I had never heard of anyone receiving a standard TurboBlend (Two Speed) unit. These people making the comments you read were more likely referring to the TurboBlend VS, which is a comparable blender to the 5200 and Creations II. The standard TurboBlend, although a nice blender in its own right, is not the same blender as the other two. So, I appreciate your concern.

      All I can tell you is that in the years that my site has been active I have yet to receive any notification from any customer indicating that a standard TurboBlend model was received instead of one of the aforementioned models. I could recommend that you call Vitamix directly to place your order but my suspicion is that the customer service rep will tell you he/she has no control over filling the order – which is probably true.

      Vitamix advertises their reconditioned units as having “variable speed control.” Since the TurboBlend VS – not the standard TurboBlend – has this function, I feel certain that this is more likely the model you might receive of the two. If by chance you got the standard TurboBlend, you will have grounds for a return with full refund.

  50. Hey, I wanted to check in to make sure that this is a 5200 model that is refurbished with the compact 48oz jar before making the purchase.


    • Blenderdude

      Dom, Vitamix does not guarantee you will receive any one particular model on the reconditioned units. It may be the 5200, or it may be another model like the Creations. However, all the reconditioned models will contain the exact same motor, 48oz container, recipe book, and accessory package. Other than aesthetics of the motor base, there is no difference in what you will receive. And, of course, you are able to select the color you want.

  51. So is the $329 the price to any usd address? What about to canada for refurbished. ? When I click this $329 price it takes me to vitamixer website it shows a price of over $500.

    • Blenderdude

      Brandy, yes, $329 is the price of the Factory-Reconditioned Vitamix in the U.S. only. The blenders are more expensive in Canada. If you are in Canada when you click on the Buy Now button, it will direct you automatically to the Canadian site.

      • So if I get shipped to my USA address it will be cheaper? How do I order that way without it going to cnd site instead. How do I still get your bonus offers as well?

        • Blenderdude

          Brandy, if you are in Canada and want it shipped to a U.S. address, I advise calling Vitamix directly at 800-848-2649. You can place your order over the phone and still use my affiliate code which will entitle you to free shipping of the blender. My code is 06-005956. Vitamix will send you an order receipt via email (be sure to request this). Forward the receipt to me at bd@blenderdude.com and I’ll get your bonus gifts on the way to you!

          • I tried to order a refurbished Vitamix 7500 this morning from Canada and I was told they do not accept Canadian credit cards for reconditioned models. J.P. (the CSR) said the only way is to have someone in the U.S. with an American credit card place the order and have it shipped to an American address.

            I have an American address, but that apparently is not enough.

            It’s too bad. I wanted to order two 7500 models but no luck. 🙁

            • Blenderdude

              Bill, yes, in the last 6 months or so it has become increasingly more difficult for Canadian customers to get their hands on a Vitamix listed on the Vitamix.com site. Canadian customers can no longer even access Vitamix.com from a Canadian ISP. Any attempts to do so are redirected to the Vitamix.ca site. They have made the requirements for buying one from Canada and shipped to a U.S. address more stringent as well, as you discovered. I’m sorry for the unfortunate circumstances and hope you are able to eventually get the machines you want.

              • I have found this unfortunately to be true, and Google led me here on a quest to block my location so that I can access the website and have a blender sent to my US address. I think this is a pretty ridiculous rule…if we want to pay with a Canadian credit card in US dollars and pick the item up in the States (no additional shipping cost for them), what’s the big deal to Vitamix? For me, the big deal is saving a couple hundred dollars. I guess they don’t want my business that badly. Very frustrating and disheartening.

                • Blenderdude

                  The last I heard Canadian customers now needed a U.S.-based credit card billing address in addition to the shipping address. I am not sure why Vitamix has implemented this policy, but I certainly understand the frustration it creates.

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