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Vitamix 2017 Black Friday/Holiday Specials!

I know I’m not the only person who has interest in finding those great Black Friday, Cyber Monday and general holiday specials in hopes of finding a great deal.

I just found out about two Vitamix sales that are going on now:

Vitamix – Up to $70 off all new blenders with free shipping!
Vitamix – $50 off the Explorian Series E310 Blender



If you’re looking for your Vitamix holiday sale details, there you go!

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Crazy good Black Friday, Cyber Monday Vitamix and Blendtec sales on now!

Vitamix and Blendtec were both running good sales leading up to Thanksgiving, and in years past, those have been the best deal on a blender that you’ve been able to find.  It looks like this year they are both kicking their sales up a notch and putting out some once-a-year level Black Friday specials.

Prior to today, Vitamix was already running the best pricing I have ever seen on their Classic model, matching their Mother’s Day pricing of only $299 for their
Standard Reconditioned unit, which comes with a 5-year warranty.  As of right now, the Standard Reconditioned unit is only $285 at Vitamix.com.  That is the best price I have ever seen for that model, and is both the first Vitamix I ever bought, and the model Vitamix is best known for.  I do not know if that pricing will be good through Cyber Monday, or if that is just a Black Friday special, or if it is only available for a limited quantity, but it is available as of writing this post.

This deal is only available from Vitamix directly, and you can get free shipping by visiting Vitamix through this link.

Blendtec’s sale similarly gives free shipping as well as an additional $50 off all the sales the were already running on their refurbished blenders.  In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, they were on sale for  $229.95, with free shipping and without tax in most states.  That price has dropped another $20, making it available for $209.95.  I believe that deal is good through Cyber Monday, provided they do not run out of stock.  The Blendtec does offer a full seven year warranty, instead of the still impressive five year warranty of the Vitamix.  (Which I have used on two separate occassions.)

The best deals on the Blendtec blenders are available at this link.  The best pricing on the Vitamix Standard and Next Generation models, as of this blog post, are:

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)
Standard refurbished (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

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

Certified Standard Vitamix Blender promotional pricing confirmed through Thanksgiving 2014

I wrote in this recent post about the current promotion pricing on the  Standard Reconditioned unit over at Vitamix.com.  Shortly after noticing the promotional pricing that’s currently in effect, I received this in my inbox, which confirms that the current pricing is good through Thanksgiving.

Now through Thanksgiving, enjoy additional savings off the already unbeatable prices of our Certified Reconditioned Standard machines. We've backed them with a 5-year warranty and reconditioned them by hand right here in Cleveland (to make sure they'll look great under a certain evergreen tree.)  $299 (was $329)  Add $50 for brushed stainless finish

Now through Thanksgiving…

As has been the case with promotional pricing in the past, you can combine that sale with free shipping when you order from Vitamix.com.

Hopefully that helps keep people on the fence from being caught off guard when the price goes back up after Thanksgiving.

The best deal on a Vitamix Blender in the 2014 holiday season

This is my 100th post, and this blog just celebrated its three year anniversary!  And to think I was concerned when I bought my first Vitamix that I might not get enough use to justify the cost!  Here’s hoping year four of this blog is as fun as the first three!

I actually got a message on my blog today asking me what the best deal on a Vitamix currently is, and if there’s a good deal coming up at some point in the Christmas season.  Before I answer that question, it’s important to be clear on what blender you want.  I do also have a Blendtec Designer Series in January of last year, but this message was asking specifically about a deal on a Vitamix, so I’ll stick with that.  There are a few model lines that Vitamix currently sells, and while there are a lot of ways they are rebranded and packaged, there are really three choices.  I wrote a detailed post, How to choose the right Vitamix model for you, and for the sake of this post, I’m going to assume a potential blender buyer is looking at the Classic series and/or Next Generation models.  (Confused?  Read through the link on choosing the right model.)

Regardless of whether you are looking at the Classic series or the Next Generation models, the best deal on a Vitamix currently advertised is from Vitamix.com directly.  I have posted in the past about deals at Costco and Bed Bath and Beyond coupons, and I’ve also seen some “deals” at hautelook that haven’t ever beat what you can find at Vitamix.com.  The vast majority of the time, the best deal on a Vitamix is available on Vitamix.com once you know what model you want and track down the best offer.

I’ve been asked about the potential for Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday specials, and if recent years are any indication of what to expect from 2014, you won’t get a better deal on just a blender by waiting.  Larger bundles have seen slight discounts and containers have seen discounts, but the various blenders themselves do not normally see a Black Friday or Cyber Monday discount.  That makes sense since Vitamix’s shipping tends to get backed up as you get closer to Christmas, which is likely their busiest season.

To add to that, Vitamix is already matching the best pricing I have ever seen on their Classic model, matching their Mother’s Day pricing of only $299 for their Standard Reconditioned unit, which comes with a 5-year warranty.

Now, you can save some additional money buying from Vitamix.com directly, you can get free shipping by visiting Vitamix through this link.) Once that free shipping is factored in, buying reconditioned models from Vitamix directly is most affordable way to buy a Vitamix, and usually means Vitamix.com is the best price on new models as well. So what are the best deals at the end of 2014?  I dug through, and as of today, the best pricing on the Standard and Next Generation models are:

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)
Standard refurbished (Reconditioned, comes with a 5-year warranty)

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

Find a better deal on a Vitamix blender?  Have any questions?  Let me know in the comments!

New Reconditioned Vitamix 5200 Photo

5200 Refurbished Vitamix PhotoI received this photo from a woman who read about the Reconditioned Vitamix Standard (An explanation of what “Standard” means is here) on this blog and purchased one. She’s thrilled with it, and I’m thrilled to see that the refurbished models now come with the new container with a nice rubberized handle. I bought my refurbished 5200 back in 2011, back when it came with the small plastic handle that connected to both the top and bottom of the 64oz. container.  The new container is a nice upgrade.

How to make sense of all the Vitamix container options

There are a lot of Vitamix containers available.  So many that I was a little confused around which containers can be used with which blenders.  I called and spoke with Brenda, the woman I purchased both my first blender from back in 2011 and my 7500 from back in 2012, and was pleasantly surprised to hear that she had answers to all of my questions.  I thought that information could be helpful for others, so I’ll share it here.

The good news is that most Vitamix containers can be used by both Next Generation blenders and classic blenders.    If you are looking at a container for one of those blenders, here are your options:

Classic Blenders

Next Generation Blenders

32-ounce Dry Grains Container

32-ounce Container

48-ounce Container

64-ounce Container

64-ounce Low Profile Container

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(Confused about which blender is which, or which would be good for you?  Read my guide on finding the right Vitamix model for you.)

The main take away is that the 32oz Dry Grains container, 32oz container and 48oz container will all work as designed on both the Classic and Next Generation Blenders.  The 64-ounce Container is the narrow 64-ounce container that comes with the Classic models.  The 64-ounce container page states it is compatible with the Classic and Next Generation Blenders, but speaking with Vitamix today, it was clear that the 64-ounce container was designed for the Classic Blender series.

Vitamix recommends that if someone is looking for a more narrow container to regularly use with a Next Generation blender base, the 48-ounce and 32-ounce containers are the most appropriate choices.

If someone is looking for a 64-ounce container for large mixes, they should use the 64-ounce Low-Profile Container if they have a Next Generation model.

If you look at Vitamix’s blender containers page, you will see there is no listing for the wide, 64-ounce Low Profile Container. (edit: there is now! See the link above)  There are a multiple reasons for this.  The Classic models are not designed to be used with the new container, which has longer blades than the containers mentioned above.  Vitamix stated that the low profile container does not work with the Classic models.  Vitamix confirmed that because of the container recall, anyone who has a Next Generation blender and 64-ounce Low Profile Container should still be under the 1-year warranty for the container.  That said, there are people with a Next Generation blender who want a second blender container.

As for the new S-Series Blender, the S30, that uses a totally different design, and cannot use any of the blender containers above.  It ships with a single blade assembly and a 20-ounce travel cup container and 40-ounce container that both screw into the same blade assembly.  You can purchase additional travel cup containers , but that is just the container, not the blade assembly.  As with the Next Generation blender containers, anyone who owns a S30 should be covered under warranty, though people who want a second blade assembly or 40-ounce container should contact Vitamix directly by phone at this time for those products.

I hope that is helpful.  If there is anything that is unclear, or more information that would help, please feel free to contact me or let me know in the comments!

 

Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Standard on sale for Mother’s Day weekend

A quick visit to the Vitamix website shows that they have the Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Standard (comes with a 5-year warranty) on sale for $299 over at Vitamix.com.  It’s normally $329, so that’s an extra $30 off the normal discounted price, and definitely a good deal!  You can also get free shipping with the links above.

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