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New lower pricing on Blendtec refurbished Total Blender Classic Series!

Blendtec currently has some very attractive pricing on their refurbished models that took effect very recently.  You can now get a Factory Re-certified Blendtec Total Blender Classic Series for $279.95 and that includes a full warranty for 7 years!  (Note that you can get a $0.00 shipping option through the Blendtec link above, which provides free shipping.)  That’s substantially below the $300 mark, and is the cheapest quality blender with a 7 year blender option that I have ever seen.  There is nothing else at that price that competes with a Vitamix or Blendtec quality blender.

I do not know long this pricing will be good for, please let me know in the comments when the price goes back and I’ll update this post.

Vitamix S30 Now Available

There is a new Vitamix blender available, the S30.  Vitamix currently has a nice promotional page up for the S30, but I’m not sure how long it will be up.

Nine days ago the S30 was over at William-Sonoma’s website, where it’s still showing as both “NEW” and “Exclusive“, but was not on Vitamix’s website at that time.  Today I received an e-mail from Vitamix introducing the new S30 and it is now available on their website.

So how does the new blender compare to the other Vitamix offerings?  Right now, in my mind, the main options for people in the market for a Vitamix are a refurbished 5200 for $329 or the newer 7500 for $529, available refurbished for $449.

From a cost and size perspective, the new S30 is the smallest and least expensive Vitamix available.  But my first impression is that it is not a product I would recommend for many people.  It does not have as large of a container or as much horsepower as two larger Vitamix models mentioned above.  My initial impression is that it is a niche product for people who have enough disposable income to buy something like this regardless of whether they literally only use it for smoothies or use it a few times and relegate it to the back of a cabinet somewhere.

I think that the vast majority of people who would consider purchasing this should very strongly consider a 5200 or 7500.  That is my personal opinion has someone who has spent years using a 5200 and 7500 regularly for dips, mixes, peanut butter, soups, green smoothies, frozen beverages, etc.

For a single person who wants to bring their super-blender with them when they travel, maybe the S30 makes sense, but until I hear, read or experience something that changes my mind, I would strongly suggest people looking at this seriously consider a 5200 or 7500 instead.

$30 Off on the Vitamix 5200 Super Package at Costco.com

Costco is currently running a $30 off promotion on their Vitamix 5200 Super Package, which is a good deal for the right person:

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Personally, having owned and used the Vitamix 5200 and 7500 extensively, I prefer the 7500.  Whether you think the 7500 is worth the additional expense or not is up to personal preference.  I wrote a post about that topic that goes into more detail, but my personal opinion is that it is.

That said, if someone were more interested in the 5200 model, and they wanted the dry grains container, this could be a great deal.  Currently, Vitamix sells the very similar Vitamix 5200 Super – Healthy Lifestyle, the bundle they offered $50 of on Black Friday 2012, and I thought that was a good deal for someone who wanted the 5200 and dry grains container.

The value question to me would come down to three things:

First, do I want the 7500 or the 5200?  Again, having owned both, I do prefer the 7500.

Second, do I want the dry grains container?  Maybe I’m totally missing out, but I don’t blend enough dry grains to justify a dry blade container, but I absolutely recognize there are people who would use it regularly.

Third, do I want the new model, or am I happy to go with the 5-year warranty instead of a 7-year warranty and buy the refurbished 5200 or refurbished 7500 instead.  I’ve written about why I think a Vitamix is absolutely worth the price, and my fantastic experiences with Vitamix’s customer service team is both the biggest section of that post, and one of the most compelling reasons to buy a Vitamix, but even five years is an extremely long warranty, and as someone who watches his pennies, I tend to lean towards the refurbished models as the most bang for one’s buck.  (If you are ordering from Vitamix directly, they do include free shipping.)

Obviously this bundle isn’t a great match for me, but if you’d choose 5200, dry grains container and new as your answers to the three questions above, Costco’s got a great deal through the 18th of August!

How to get a Vita-Mix 7500 (for a great price!)

Admittedly that title is a play on my 2011 post:  How to get a Vita-Mix 5200 (for a great price!)

I’ve been asked, and written posts about, whether I’d recommend the refurbished 5200 Vitamix for $329 or the newer 7500 for $529.  The short answer to that question is that I did purchase a 7500, despite owning a 5200 (which I gave to my parents), but I recognized that not everyone could afford the extra cost of the 7500.

The extra cost of a 7500/Professional 300 model blender has now shrunk considerably.  The refurbished 5200 is still at Vitamix.com, but a refurbished 7500/Pro 300/Creations Elite is also available for $399!  I’ve written entire posts about why I love Vitamix, but the short answer is:  Customer Service.  Because of what a good job they do, and the fact that a 5-year warranty that comes with the “Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Next Generation Blenders”, I would have zero hesitation in recommending that as the Vitamix to buy if you’re in the market for a Vitamix and you can swing the extra $70 over the refurbished 5200.

To paraphrase/plagiarize my own 2011 post:  If anyone is interested in getting a Vita-Mix 7500 for the best possible price, assuming that Vitamix is still offering it, I highly recommend the refurbished 7500.  Also, just based on my experiences dealing with Vitamix directly, I do recommend purchasing directly from Vitamix.com.

This time around, I didn’t wait long enough to pick up the refurbished option, but if I didn’t have a Vitamix already, the refurbished deal is what I’d be getting.