How to choose the right Vitamix model for you

It’s easy to look at the Vitamix website and wonder how you’re supposed to know what the Vitamix model differences are, let alone which model is best suited for your needs.  It’s actually substantially less confusing than it looks at first glance, and I’ve put this post together to help walk people through the main differences.

There are two main options, which I’ll describe as the older, tried and true model, and the newer, quieter and slightly more powerful model.

Older Models Vs. New Models

Vitamix started selling the Professional Series 300 in 2012 and has since released several other blenders models based on that motor base.  All of the other Vitamix models are a variation of the 5200 model.

So what are the differences between the two blender types?  I owned both a 5200 and a 7500 (a variant of the new motor base), and I wrote a post in 2012 listing the differences, but I’ll summarize the pros of both below:

Older Model:
Vitamix refers to these as Classic models
Less expensive

Narrower 64oz container handles smaller mixes better

Newer Model:
Vitamix refers to these as Next Generation models
Quieter (but still loud)

Simpler controls
Handle thicker and challenging mixes better
Fits under standard cabinets

I prefer the newer model, but as made clear in my first blog post comparing the two blenders, the new models are still loud.  My Blendtec is also very loud.  The press release for the Pro 300 claims the new model is 10 decibels quieter than it’s predecessor, but high end blenders are very loud, so know that the new models are quieter, but not quiet.

The newer models also use a variable dial from speeds 1-10 for all speeds, while the older models have a variable dial from 1-10, and then a switch that puts the blender in high gear, equivalent to what you get by simply dialing up to 10 on the newer models.

The newer model does have a shorter, wider jar, which has the negative side effect of not being as well suited to smaller mixes as the older models, but the upside is that the newer model handles large, thicker mixes, like peanut butter, better than the older model.  I have had the 5200 turn off automatically under strenuous mixes, while those same mixes have never given me a problem with the 7500 or Professional Series 300.

The newer model does fit under my cabinets, while the older model did not, but I never had a problem with my 5200 living on my kitchen counter due to it’s height.

Obviously the price depends on exactly what model you are looking at, but the older models tend to be less expensive.

Hopefully that’s enough for you to grasp your first important decision in choosing the right Vitamix for you.  I’ll now break down your choices for both Older (Classic) Models and Newer (Next Generation) Models:

Older Models:  Two-Speed, Standard and Standard Programs

Two Speed, Standard and Standard Program Blenders are the category names Vitamix uses when selling their factory refurbished models.  The names are very fitting, and describe what you’d likely expect.

Two Speed:  The Two Speed forgoes the variable dial completely, having simply a low and high speed.  Two speed models include the TurboBlend Two Speed and the CIA Creations.

Standard:  The Standard models have the variable speed dial as well as the high speed switch.  Standard models include the 5200, CIA Professional Series, Creations II, Creations GC, Professional Series 200, Total Nutrition Center and TurboBlend VS.

Standard Programs:  Identical to the Standard, except the speed dial includes three pre-programmed settings for smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts.  Models include the 6300 and Professional Series 500.

Newer Models:  Next Generation and Next Generation Programs

Next Generation and Next Generation Programs are the category names Vitamix uses for the newer models.

Next Generation:  The Next Generation is the standard newer model.  It has a variable speed dial similar to the older models, but the high speed switch has been replaced with a pulse switch, and turning the variable dial to 10 is all that is needed to use the blender on it’s highest speed.  Models include the 7500
, Professional Series 300 and Creations Elite.

Next Generation Programs:  While the Standard Programs models include only three pre-programmed settings, the Professional Series 750 includes five presets:  Smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, purée and wash cycle.  Currently, the only model sold with these programs is the Professional Series 750.

Unless you only need a Two Speed model, or really, really want a blender with preset cycles, you should probably be looking at one of the standard versions of the older or newer Vitamix blenders.  I also own a Blendtec Designer Series blender, which is better designed for presets, offering six different cycles, and a large, bright display that counts down how much time is left in the cycle it is using.  Even with the Blendtec, I am not a big fan of presets, and have found that only the soup setting works well consistently.  I definitely prefer my Vitamix to my Blendtec, and I would rather use the Vitamix with manual controls, using the tamper when it helps, than use pre-programmed settings.

I know which of the five choices I am interested in, now what?

Once you’ve identified which of the five options above is most suitable for you, you just need to identify which model you’d like to order.  Note that the difference between models in the same category are limited to things like the face plate and accompanying cookbook.  I had both a 7500 and Pro 300 for a brief period of time, and I wrote a blog post, with photos, showing the similarity and differences between the two blenders.  If you are concerned about what cookbook your blender comes with or whether your blender has a stainless steel faceplate, then you’ll need to look at all the models for that category to find the one that is the best match for you.  However, if you’re most interested in which blender offers the best bang for your buck, I have identified the best priced blender for each of the five categories.  The best priced option, which I list below for each of the five variations, includes Vitamix’s standard 7 year warranty, with the exception of the Two Speed, where all models offered have a five year warranty.

If you want to save a bit of money, Vitamix offers a refurbished version of each of the five options, which includes a five year warranty.  The warranty experience is phenomenal regardless of whether it is the five year or seven year.  I have had very good warranty experiences, and received the same stellar support with my refurbished Creations II, my first Vitamix, that I did with the 7500 I purchased new.

Two Speed:
TurboBlend Two Speed (New, comes with a 5-year warranty)
Two Speed (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Standard: 
5200 Standard – Getting Started (New, rubber handle and Whole Foods cookbook, comes with a 7-year warranty)
TurboBlend VS (New, plastic handle, filtration bag, vegan and vegetarian cookbook, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Certified Reconditioned Standard (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Standard Programs:  
Professional Series 500 (New, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Certified Reconditioned Standard Program Blenders

Next Generation: 
Vitamix 7500 (New, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Certified Reconditioned Next Generation (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

Next Generation Programs:
Professional Series 750Stand (New, comes with a 7-year warranty)
Certified Reconditioned Next Generation ProgramsStand (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

I have bought two of my three Vitamix blenders from Vitamix directly, and I definitely recommend purchasing from Vitamix directly if possible.  Whether you are interested in purchasing online or by phone (1-800-848-2649), Vitamix offers free shipping, which makes a reconditioned model from Vitamix.com
the most affordable way to buy a Vitamix, and usually means Vitamix.com is the best price on new models as well.

I’ve written in the past about why I would spend so much money on a Vitamix blender.  Hopefully, with those post, I’ve helped make sure that anyone else who is buying one can do so knowing they’re buying the right Vitamix blender for their needs.

Edit: Since writing this post, Vitamix has improved their website and naming to refer to the new models as Next Generation blenders and the older models as Classic model.  I’ve updated this post to reflect that nomenclature.  I’ve also written a helpful post on what blender containers are available for each blender.

    • Douglas Fedele
    • March 16th, 2014

    I am looking for the newer 64 oz low profile container to replace the tall one, but cannot find it anywhere. I would be grateful to know where I could buy one.

    • Great question, Doug. I have not seen the new 64 oz low profile container available since the blender container recall. The low profile container has longer blades and is designed for the new 7500/Pro 300 motor base, not the 5200. Both the low profile and traditional 64 oz. blender containers will fit on any current Vitamix model. It should be no problem to use the traditional tall 64 oz. container on the new model, as it uses shorter blades and needs less torque as a result. However, I would guess that the longer blades on the low profile container make it unsuitable for the older blender models, as they were not designed to support the additional torque required to maintain the same RPMs with longer blades, and Vitamix is not currently selling the 64 oz. low profile container separately to prevent people from using an unsupported blender container/base combination.

      If you do have the newer 7500/Pro 300/Pro 750 base and are looking for a new container, I would recommend calling Vitamix directly, I am sure they will either replace your current one under warranty or sell you a new one.

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