Father of two, recently moved from Japan, and also recently bought a very powerful blender, moved from Japan to New York in 2011 and almost immediately bought a very powerful blender (Vitamix 5200) that I enjoyed blending things in so much that I started this blog.  I liked the blender so much that I gave it to my parents and the bought newer model (Vitamix 7500) at the end of 2012.  Through a bit of serendipity, I’m now using a Vitamix Professional Series 300 and Blendtec Designer Series.  This blog is about the experiences I have with my blenders.

    • Cindy
    • January 30th, 2014

    I am highly considering getting a Vitamix. One concern I have – I am very much a recipe-follower. It seems most of the recipes on the internet are for the 5200, but if I buy the reconditioned-next-gen (7500/pro300) then I won’t get the “Whole Foods” cookbook. I am interested to make soups, pancakes, sauces, smoothies, sorbet, ice cream, and even chop onions, carrots etc. I’m not a good one to “convert” a recipe made for the 5200, to make it work for the 7500. I don’t even see the option to BUY the Whole Foods cookbook on Vitamix’s website. Please advise – surely it isn’t worth it to get a 5200 just for the cookbook, when all other factors I’m seeing point to the reconditioned-7500. Help?

      • Cindy
      • January 30th, 2014

      Ok, now I feel dumb. I DO see the Whole Foods (for $50 yikes!) on Vitamix’s website after all. My question still remains though – is it worth it to get the 5200 just for that cookbook, or should I get the 7500 AND the cookbook? I like the idea of the shorter container – I’ve read it makes sauces & pancakes easier, with the wider base at the bottom, plus a bit quieter…

  1. Cindy,

    Most of the recipes on the internet are for the 5200 because that’s the model that’s been around the longest. Similarly, the Whole Foods cookbook is written for the 5200. That said, there is a great cookbook that comes with both the Pro 300 and the 7500, I wrote a post about the differences during the brief period that I had my hands on both. Although I can’t be sure what cookbook comes with the reconditioned 7500, I would say that if the cookbook is a major point of concern, you can call Vitamix and ask them about the cookbook when you place your order. Both the 7500 and Pro 300 cookbook are great, so I would expect you would be fine without needing to purchase an additional cookbook. 🙂

    I highly recommend speaking with Brenda Kilbane at Vitamix. I’ve spoken with her about every one of the three Vita-Mixes I’ve owned, and she is fantastic: 1-800-848-2649, extension 2305. If you do speak with her, remember to mention coupon code 06-006651 for free shipping.

    I’m sure she’ll answer any questions you might have about the specific cookbook that comes with the reconditioned next-gen and you options for additional cookbooks. I hope that helps!

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