When it comes to blenders there is only one brand that stands out head and shoulders above other brands in the market when it comes to quality, power and versatility.
I’m talking about the Vitamix.
Competing brands have geared their marketing against it.
Brands like Blendtec and Ninja have produced videos saying that their products are superior.
And despite that Vitamix still remains as popular as ever despite the cost.
We’ll be talking about the best of the best Vitamix blenders in this comparison and break down each one’s strengths, weaknesses and their value-for-money proposition.
In short I’m going to show you the Vitamix blender that will give you the most bang for your buck.
There are two generations of Vitamix motors. The first generation motor has 2hp that spins the motor to a super car fast 240 revolutions per minute (or rpm).
With their 2nd generation motor, Vitamix made some signifcant upgrades. First, it got a slight boost in power from the original 2 horsepower output. The 2nd generation motor has a 2.2 horsepower output – slightly more powerful than the 1st generation motor.
Another improvement done is better cooling thanks to the bigger air vents. This means newer Vitamix blenders can run longer without overheating but the difference isn’t much to be honest.
What you can make on with the second generation Vitamix you can also make with the first generation Vitamix.
Vitamix has pretty much keep the status quo when it comes to the controls of their blenders.
From their first generation two speed blenders to the professional series product line have mostly used a combination of toggle switches and rotary dials as a means to control the speed of which the blades rotate.
But I’ve noticed a difference with their newer product line starting from the 780 to the latest Ascent series that they have started moving from analog to digital controls.
With the exception of the A2500 the rest of the Ascent series utilize a mostly digital interface to go along with a huge rotary dial in the middle.
The A2500 incorporates the interface of the 750 and added a digital timer right up in the middle to go along with the variable speed dial, 3 pre-programmed settings and pulse switch on the right.
Right now the A3500 is the most high-tech Vitamix with an all digital interface.
It also comes with a timer and 5 pre-programmed controls that you can use to set and forget. If you want to know more about these new series of blenders, just go to this article where I compare them in detail.
Again choosing one will depend on your needs and budget.
Once you’ve set a hard cap on how much you are willing to spend then choosing one simply would entail enumerating the features most important to you and matching it with the variant.
The type of pitcher you’ll get will depend on what generation Vitamix you purchase. If you purchase a first generation variant, you’ll most likely get a narrow and tall pitcher (64 ounce capacity) that has the three inch blade.
Most second generation (if not all) Vitamix blenders come with a wider pitcher that has a 4 inch blade. It will also have the same 64 ounce capacity.
All pitchers are made from Eastman Tritan Copolyester plastic (BPA-free). However, these aren’t dishwasher safe but it’s not really a big deal, washing them is pretty easy.
Vitamix instructs their customers to fill the pitcher with water (around three-fourths full), add a few drops of liquid dish washing soap and pulse on high for around 30 to 60 seconds.
The sheer speed of the blades should be enough to dislodge all the food residue. Make sure to rinse well.
Vitamix also sells specialty pitchers designed to blend dry ingredients.
Only buy this if you find the need to grind your own flax seed, nut butter or coffee beans.
Out of the 4 variants, I like the Ascent 2500 the most because it provides the best of both worlds – functionality and price.
Why is this number 1?
And it comes with the same functionality. This includes preset controls, variable speed and pulse. What this variant has over the 750 would be the digital timer and 3 years more with the warranty.
Honestly I cannot believe the current pricing of the Ascent series. Why this is cheaper than the 750 I don’t know and is a big reason why this is number one on the list.
Both the 750 and the Ascent 2500 have the same motor, blade and pitcher. These two will be able to make the same types of recipes.
The differences aren’t very obvious for the casual buyer.
This is your chance to take this deal of a lifetime if you want an all-around food mill that can not only make smoothies but also stuff like hummus.
What are the potential issues?
Perhaps the biggest issue with the Ascent 2500 or any Vitamix blender would be price. This blender costs around $500 (more if you buy direct from Vitamix) and not a lot of folks would be willing to spend that amount for a blender.
But consider this for a minute. This machine is not just a smoothie making machine. You can make all sorts of recipes like gourmet quality soup, hummus, salsa dips, sauces and even baby food!
Get the dry container and you can use it to crush all sorts of beans.
Bottom line: As of this moment the Ascent 2500 is the best Vitamix blender because of the price and feature ratio. Despite having a longer warranty than the Professional series 750 and better set of controls, it’s cheaper.
Surprising pick isn’t it? I bet you thought I’ll put the 5200 on top because of the sheer number of reviews but I did not for two reasons.
Consumer gripes about the 5200
These are the two biggest grips that consumers have against the 5200.
First complaint is the lack of a pulse feature that means you’ll have to use the on and off switch more often.
Not really a deal breaker but it can be a nuisance especially if you’re making recipes that require more precision like chopping veggies or making Mexican salsa.
Second complaint is the sheer size of the 5200 in terms of height.
It measures over 20 inches tall and if your home has standard sized counter top cabinets that measure less than 20”, this could be a problem is terms storing it.
You basically have to take off the pitcher from the base taking up even more space. Not a problem if you have a big kitchen but when space is a premium, this is a problem.
750 to the rescue
It has the same rotary dial for the variable speed setting as the 5200.
On the left side of the control panel, you have the pulse button that solves the issue that 5200 owners have – the lack of a pulse option.
The great part of this is you don’t have to pay a whole lot for these upgrades if you buy in Amazon. You’ll only have to pay around $40 more to get this all around food mill capable of making smoothies, soups and much more.
Bottom line: When we talk about value-for-money, the 7500 has go to be at the top of your list. The only thing missing is preset controls but this saves you around $100 compared to the 750. It’s got a shorter pitcher which helps you store this under standard sized counter top cabinets without having to remove the pitcher plus it has a pulse function.
The TurboBlend VS isn’t as popular as the 5200 but I think it actually provides better value. At first glance these two machines look exactly the same.
When you put these two machines side by side you’d have to be really observant to spot the difference.
The crazy thing is the price difference. If you check in Amazon the 5200 costs around $400.
Can you guess how much the TurboBlend VS is?
Did you say $400? Well close but not close enough.
The TurboBlend VS costs less than $360 and if you ask me this is a no-brainer. If I had to pick between this and the 5200, I’d go with this.
And what’s the difference between the two?
If you look really closely at the pitcher, the 5200 has a rubber sleeve on the handle that adds to the comfort and grip while the TurboBlend VS’s handle does not have that feature. The whole pitcher has a plastic finish.
For me this is really a minor difference considering the potential savings I could get.
Bottom line: You basically get a Vitamix 5200-esque performance blender for around $90 less. If that does not convince you to buy this, I don’t know what will.
But if you’re a restaurant or a juice bar owner who prefers something with pre-programmed settings, then give the 750 a long look.
What are the improvements?
The Vitamix 750 shares the same roots as the 7500 as both of these variants share the same upgraded motor found in all new Vitamix blenders – a 2.2 peak horsepower motor.
Each one uses the same wide base but low profile 64-ounce BPA free pitcher with the wider 4” stainless steel blade.
But there’s one key difference…
This blender comes equipped with 5 pre-programmed settings to help make your life easier when prepping recipes.
These settings include a smoothie, frozen dessert, hot soup, puree and even a cleaning setting so that you can just set and forget.
Here’s the catch…
All of these will cost you at least $40 more depending on the color you’ll buy.
Here’s a pro shopping tip for you – if you don’t really have a preference in color usually there is a small price difference between one over the other.
In this case for the 750 the brushed stainless option is around $30 cheaper than the black variant and we’re talking about the same machine here. So it does pay to shop around.
Bottom line: Restaurant owners who need some consistency would benefit from the pre-programmed settings of the 750. This machine has everything you need to make homemade gourmet recipes at home. It’s what the chefs use and you can too.
Prior to the release of the 780, all Vitamix blenders used a combination of toggle switches and rotary dials.
These controls are easy to use and built to last – a big reason why the Vitamix is so popular.
Consumers say it gives them a lot of control with the recipes they are making – especially the rotary dials.
Vitamix goes digital
But in an interesting move, they went away from the traditional control panel that most of their previous generation blenders had and made something all digital.
Let me introduce the Vitamix 780 – the first all-digital blender manufactured by Vitamix.
Consumer feedback has been mix in terms of the digital controls. A lot of folks actually like the digital layout but longtime Vitamix customers aren’t fans of it.
But for new consumers looking to buy their first blender or upgrade from a weaker one to a professional grade, this is a welcome sight.
I guess Vitamix has to adapt to the competition in the market, namely Blendtec that uses digital controls in nearly all their blenders.
Here’s a close up of the digital controls…
You will basically get the same options as the 750 but in a digital format. You will get the same 10 option variable speed setting, 5 pre-programmed settings and a pulse button.
The preset options are on the left. On the right is the variable control setting that you slide up and down.
The neat thing about the control panel is that it is waterproof. If there are spills or messes, all you need to do is get a clean towel and wipe it off.
Bottom line: If you don’t mind the extra for going digital this is a great investment. The screen is fully water proof and you spill anything on there all you need to do is wipe it down with a clean towel. Tech-savvy folks who use their smartphones a lot will love this.
The 5200 is the most popular Vitamix variant in terms of media exposure.
America’s Test Kitchen put it through its paces in their torture test and it scored high marks.
If the 5200 is good then why does it rank this low?
The issue isn’t blending performance which the 5200 does well.
It lacks a one important feature that other variants in this list have.
When it first came out, nothing came close to the 5200 in terms of blending performance. It used a very torquey 2 horsepower motor that’s almost second to none.
Not only is it powerful, it also has enough power to handle the toughest recipes that has very little or even no liquid in them with the help of a tamper – another Vitamix innovation.
Why the 5200 is still a great option?
Aside from the powerful motor built to last, Vitamix was the first to offer a 7 year warranty.
The 5200 was so good that even commercial establishments use it to make gourmet meals that include soup and sauces aside from making the smoothies shakes you will ever taste.
Despite the accolades there are two flaws that have doomed the 5200 in my book, I’ve already talked about this earlier but I’ll say it again.
The lack of a pulse option is a big nuisance for a lot of users who use this feature a lot.
Another big con would be height. At over 20 inches tall, it may not fit under counter top cabinets without removing the pitcher.
With newer Vitamix blenders having more features and a stronger motor not costing far too much from this classic, it is hard to recommend this.
Bottom line: The bestselling blender in their product line falls short because it lacks the pulse feature and the pitcher is too tall. With the TurboBlend VS available at around $80 less, it is hard to recommend this blender to you.
It is no secret that these machines are expensive hovering between $360 and $600++ depending on the model and color.
But fear not, you do not have to pay the full retail price to own a Vitamix. If you’re patient enough to look around, you can find great deals in Amazon.
I’m talking about refurbished blenders here.
What is refurbished?
The term refurbished refers to items (usually returned for any specific reason) that are restored to nearly brand new condition that meets the quality standards of the manufacturer.
A lot of brands do this, namely Breville and Blendtec. The reason is obvious, they don’t want anything to go to waste so rather than throwing away their product. They just repair it, give it their seal of approval and sell it again at a lower cost.
Another term for refurbished is re-manufactured which I think is the proper term.
The process involves repairing or replacing defective parts. In most cases the pitcher and other wear items are brand new.
Vitamix also stands by their refurbished blenders with a minimum of a 90 day warranty to a maximum of 5 year warranty depending on the seller you buy it from Amazon.
It also comes with a 30-day guarantee (you have to carefully check though before buying).
A great deal on the 6300!
One of the best deals I found would the Vitamix 1890 (or the 6300). It has the pulse, variable speed and 3 preset cycles for around $380.
When you compare it to the 5200, the two additional features is almost a deal breaker for most consumers and if you buy it second hand you’ll save more than half!
5200 for close to $120 less
Another deal to look at is this refurbished 5200.
A brand new one will set you back around $450, this one would you believe it will cost around $120 less!
It will give you the same performance as a brand new 5200 but 2 years less on the warranty side of things.
Make sure to put this through its paces because it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. If you don’t like it, just send it back for a refund.
5300 for $80 less
Just in case the 5200 or 6300 is too tall or you can’t afford the 750 or 7500, have a look at a refurbished 5300 for much less.
The 5300 is similar to the 5200 in terms of functionality with the addition of a pulse feature.
It uses the wide base 64 ounce pitcher that reduces the height from close to 21” down to around 17 inches.
Again this solves the two issues plaguing 5200 – no pulse and height.
Most of their variants have a 7 year warranty. The warranty covers the whole blender. This means if anything breaks within the period, Vitamix will take care of it for you.
The new Ascent series now comes with a industry leading 10 year warranty.
Refurbished blenders will get a maximum of 5 year warranty – make sure to double check first before you buy.
Just make sure to buy the proper variant for your need.
If you’re using it at home there’s no sense buying a commercial grade variant. However if you have a business then by all means get one that has a warranty for commercial use.
If you buy that direct, you will have to pay full retail price but in Amazon, if you’re a Prime member, you can get it for around $80 less!
Another reason to buy from Amazon would be the availability of an extended warranty just in case the 7 or 10 year warranty isn’t long enough.
Don’t be afraid to shop around but the two best places definitely would be from Vitamix themselves when they have promos or in Amazon.
These blenders are the best in my opinion if you factor in the features and price.
Take note that all of the blenders I featured here are geared towards the non-commercial user. Vitamix also has a product line for aspiring chefs and commercial establishments and have warranties for those.
You will notice that their products either will have a 2 hp or 2.2 hp motor. The former represents the previous generation variant and will most likely have refurbished options available.
The latter represents the newer generation variants. You’ll notice that some variants have “Professional” tagged on it.
This does not mean better build quality.
Having that label simply implies that it comes with a cookbook with gourmet recipes that chefs use in restaurants .
Another difference would be the controls. Vitamix’s professional series blenders have preset controls while non-professional series extractors would only have variable speed and pulse options.
So you will have to choose one based on your needs. Hopefully I’ve explained to you the strengths and weaknesses so as to help you pick one based on what you need.
Even though Vitamix blenders are expensive, they give you a lot for your dollar in terms of what you can make and geared towards the homemaker who likes to make their own meals.
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