Making a Banana Milk in the Vitamix 7500 and Vitamix 5200 side-by-side (with video)

One of the very first things I made with my 5200, and one of the reasons I bought it, was Banana Milk.  Basically, blend a frozen banana and milk.  It’s awesome.  Unfortunately, it will eventually (or quickly) break normal (weaker) blenders, and getting the entire banana blended so there are no chunks left takes time or a good blender.

Now, with the 5200, I got pretty good at learning how to use the tamper to quickly make awesome banana milks with no chunks, but I wanted to see if the 7500 could do the job in a reasonably similar amount of time without using a tamper.  I also just wanted to blend something in my 7500, and I knew my son would help me drink the second banana milk.

I made a video, which is below, but the summary is:  Yes, the Vitamix 7500 handles a frozen banana without a tamper better than the 5200, likely because of a combination of the larger jar circumference and improved power.  I would likely still use a tamper regardless, but who knows, maybe with the right mix of milk to banana, I might find myself skipping the tamper altogether for future banana milks.

Anyone interested in asking questions about the 7500, 5200 or the differences between the two?  Let me know in the comments!  Anyone interested either of the blenders in the video?  (The Certified Reconditioned Vitamix 5200 or the new Vitamix 7500?)  They’re both at and you can get free shipping with coupon code: 06-006651)

Update (3/23/2013):  In addition to the refurbished 5200 I mentioned, there is now a refurbished 7500/Pro 300/Creations Elite available.  I wrote a post about it, and I think it’s a fantastic option to consider for anyone thinking about picking up a Vitamix.

    • Michael
    • November 20th, 2012

    Nice Youtube videos! So is the 7500 significantly quieter than the 5200 at full speed? I currently own a 5200, and I briefly got to hear the the 750 (which I assume is identical to the 7500 but in a stainless steel finish with some additional presets on the dial) at my local Sur la Table. I wasn’t able to make a side by side comparison as they didn’t have a 5200, but my impression was that at lower speeds, it was significantly quieter, but at full speed, it was almost as loud as a 5200.

    Also, flipping the new container over, I noticed that the retainer nut appears to be made out of something different than the container I have, which has a metal retainer nut. But the drive socket is still metal.

    The new design is nice, but since I’m mostly blending smoothies at full speed and counter space is not an issue, I’m going to stick to my trusty old 5200 for the time being and wait for the next Vitamix upgrade.


    • Michael,
      The 7500 is definitely quieter than the 5200, even at full speed, and you’re right, at lower speeds, the difference is significant, but at it’s highest speed the difference is definitely not huge, and would be very low on the list of improvements the 7500 has that I’m appreciative of.

      As for the two containers (the low, fat 7500 and the tall, thin 5200), the bases look to use the same basic construction materials, and they’re both stamped with the same ASY172C part. More interesting, they both fit on the other blender, which, unless the instructions say something about not using one blender top on other blender base, is something I might try out and take videos of. (With different size blades, I definitely don’t think it would be a good idea to use the larger blades on the 5200 on a regular basis.)

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