What is the difference between a Vitamix 7500 and a Vitamix Professional Series 300?
I am now the owner of a new Vitamix Professional Series 300! My company has a rewards program that allowed me to get a Vitamix Professional Series 300, and it was far more interesting to me than any of my other options. Now, I had just recently purchased a Vitamix 7500, but I called Vitamix and confirmed that they would allow me to return my Vitamix 7500, which means I could get essentially the same blender I bought in October, without spending money on it!
Now, before talk about the similarities of the 7500 and Professional Series 300 in any detail, I want to say again how impressed with Vitamix I am. They have seriously impressed me in the past, and returning my Vitamix 7500 was another example of service where I could not have been more impressed.
In addition to allowing me to keep the cutting boards and spatula they sent as gifts with the Vitamix 7500, they even sent me a return label, which means I paid nothing, not even shipping when buying or returning the 7500. (I used coupon code 06-006651 when I bought the blender, which gave me free shipping.) And my return experience is not nearly as impressive as my earlier experience that I linked to above, but it’s yet another case where I could not have asked for better service at any point in dealing with Vitamix. (More specifically, it was Brenda Kilbane at Vitamix who made buying this and returning this a breeze. Here’s her information, if anyone is interested in speaking to her: 1-800-848-2649, extension 2305, and use the 06-006651 coupon code for free shipping.)
Now, on to talking about the similarities of the Vitamix 7500 and the Professional Series 300. They are, for all practical purposes, the same blender base, container, tamper and lid. The faceplate itself comes in different colors, and the name written on the faceplate is different, but that really is it as far as I can tell.
The only meaningful differences between the two are what you get with the blender, and even that’s very similar:
Honestly, I never opened the cookbook for the 7500 because I already had the 5200’s excellent Whole Food Recipes cookbook, and I didn’t want to open the shrink wrap once I knew I was returning it. That said, a simple visual comparison shows that the Professional Series is a larger book:
Yes, the Professional Series 300’s cookbook is larger (354 pages), and it is a nice hardcover book, complete with both a jacket, and nice silver embossed text under the hardcover jacket, but I don’t know that I would recommend spending the extra money on the 300 unless someone really wanted the nicer cookbook.*
As for the existence of two extremely similar blenders sets under two different names? That doesn’t seem to be anything new for Vitamix. The precursor to the Professional Series 300 was a Professional Series 200, which looks identical to the Vitamix 5200, and when I first bought my first Vitamix blender (which I later gave to my parents), it was then sold as a reconditioned 5200, but was actually had the “Creations II” name on the blender body faceplate. (Today that reconditioned option is still available, but it’s now called the Certified Reconditioned with 64-ounce Container, and I still think it’s the best bang for your buck if you’re looking at getting a Vitamix blender, especially if you’re only looking at the 5200 anyway.)
I hope that’s helpful for anyone who, like me, was wondering what the differences were. My 7500 is in a UPS truck on it’s way back to Vitamix, and aside from the difference in faceplate color, I don’t anticipate noticing any differences with my new Vitamix Professional Series 300.
*The price difference is based on the difference in price at Vitamix.com, with the assumption that you’d be ordering from Vitamix.com directly. Using the free shipping coupon code (06-006651), Vitamix.com is the most affordable way to order a new 7500 that I’ve found.
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.