You have been thinking about it for a while and now you’re finally sure. You are going to bite the bullet and buy a Vitamix! The only problem now is figuring out which one to buy. Seriously. There are so many options! In this post, I put together a list of the best Vitamix blenders, so you can choose the most suitable one for yourself.
I have owned my Vitamix blender for over five years. I inherited it from my husband’s grandma (who had it for over 20 years) and use it at least once day. It blends frozen fruit into ice cream, crushes ice into a drinkable slush, makes steaming-hot soups, purees even the hardest vegetables, turns grains, legumes, and seeds into flour, and makes the smoothest nut butter.
So, if you plan on improving your diet, revolutionizing your meal prep, or upping your culinary game, then a Vitamix blender is a worthwhile investment. I have already written about how Vitamix pays for itself in a couple of months. (I personally save over $3,100 a year just by using Vitamix).
So, in this post, I’m going to tell you what I feel confident is the best Vitamix blender you can buy. Not just because I am a Vitamix owner, but because I have personally tried and tested Vitamix blenders from all 3 series.
Best Vitamix Blender
Choosing the best Vitamix blender can be a bit tricky. However, the most important thing for you to know is that all Vitamix blenders can make smoothies, soups, drinks, and frozen desserts. The question is whether (and how much) you want to pay for extra features.
Best for a Home Cook
The Vitamix 5200 is an excellent durable blender. It’s built to handle repeated daily use, which is why all new Vitamix blenders come with a minimum of seven-year warranty.
The Vitamix 5200 is the model I own and personally use – a smoothie for breakfast, soup for lunch, and pesto to go with pasta for dinner. You’ll be amazed how versatile a blender this powerful can be in your day-to-day cooking.
The blender comes with a 2.0 horsepower (1400 Watts) motor, premium 3-inch stainless steel blades, a 10-speed dial and a mode switch between high and variable option (it doesn’t have a pulse function). It has an overload safety function which enables the motor to automatically shut down to prevent circuit damage when the machine runs for too long or is straining too much.
The Vitamix 5200 comes with a narrow 64-oz container, which makes blending smaller batches of food easier than in a wide 64-oz pitcher.
The unit is quite tall (20.5 inches/52 cm) and doesn’t fit on the counter under an upper cabinet like a standard mixer. The common standard between the cupboard and counter is 18 inches/45.7 cm. Another complaint is that the container is not dishwasher safe. Vitamix recommends cleaning the container by pouring in water with a little bit of dish soap, and blend to let the parts clean themselves.
Best for a Professional
The Vitamix 750 is an incredible machine. It’s the most powerful yet quietest Classic models Vitamix has ever created.
This is the blender my local gym owns. I used it several times a week when I worked there as a fitness instructor and I mean, it’s powerful! I have actually considered gifting my old Vitamix to my sister (who doesn’t even have a blender) to justify buying this model!
The blender comes with a 2.2 horsepower (1640 Watts) motor, 4-inch stainless steel laser cut blades, a 10-speed dial and a pulse control, 5 pre-programmed settings for “walk away” convenience and consistency. Despite the very powerful motor and efficient cooling function, the 750 has a slightly better sound insulation than the 5200.
The Vitamix 750 comes with a wide 64-oz container (the entire unit is 17.4 inches/44.2 cm tall), which might be important to you if you’re conscious of space.
The drawback of the wide container is that it’s, well, wider, so it requires more volume to work properly. Single-serving smoothies or small amounts of food such as peanut butter or ice cream are difficult to make, as the volume is not sufficient and can get packed under the blade due to the larger base. Just like the tall 64-oz container, the container is not dishwasher safe. Vitamix recommends cleaning the container by pouring in water with a little bit of dish soap, and blend to let the parts clean themselves.
Best for a Gadget-Minded
The Ascent 3500 is full of interesting features. It’s one of the most convenient and “independent” blenders on the market right now. It’s used for both personal and commercial purposes. Ever wonder why blended drinks from Jamba Juice or Starbucks taste nothing like what you’ve tried to make at home? They’re all made in a Vitamix! I had a chance to test this model when Vitamix launched the Ascent series and one of their representatives sent me the Ascent 3500.
The Ascent 3500 comes with all the features the Vitamix 750 does, but on top of that it has a 10-year warranty, a LED touchscreen, built-in timer, self-detect technology (i.e. the blender knows what type of container you place on it, and automatically adjusts its output based on the container you are using), and a WiFi capability (to unlock 17 timed presets and 600 recipes). In other words, your blender detects the container size you placed on it, you choose the program, and it runs the program by itself, so you can walk away and do other things.
The Ascent 3500 comes with a wide 64-oz container (the entire unit is 17.4 inches/44.2 cm tall), which is dishwasher safe.
On top of 64-oz containers, Vitamix also sells 48-oz containers and 32-oz containers. The 48-oz containers are compatible with all Vitamix blenders. However, the 32-oz containers can only be used with C- or G- Series Vitamix blenders (you can see a classification chart with all Vitamix blender models below).
New vs Reconditioned vs Refurbished
If you really, really want a Vitamix blender but just can’t justify the price, you should consider buying a reconditioned model (which sells over $100 less than a new one).
Reconditioned and refurbished models are machines that get returned by consumers and were either never or only slightly used. Before reselling them, Vitamix inspects each blender and replaces any parts that don’t meet its standards. The process of reconditioning machines is a serious, formalized 17-step process. It includes testing all of the components to ensure that they work, fixing the ones that don’t, and replacing items like the container, lid and tamper, before re-boxing and selling as reconditioned.
You may notice that some Vitamix blenders are labeled as reconditioned and others are refurbished. Technically, a reconditioned product has gone through more extensive inspection, but the terms are used interchangeably. What is important is that it says that the product is certified by Vitamix and that it comes with a 5-year warranty.
The only reasons I would avoid a reconditioned Vitamix are if it is for a gift for someone who won’t understand, or if you want some of the features not available on reconditioned machines.
Vitamix Series and Models
If you’d like to make sense out of all the blenders Vitamix offers, here is a simple breakdown.
Believe it or not, Vitamix has only 12 different models. Three series, with and without programs, with and without touchscreen. The iconic Vitamix 5200 is categorized as a Classic C Series blender. The incredible Vitamix 750 falls under Classic G Series blenders. And the feature-heavy Ascent 3500 is a Smart System blender.
If you need further help deciding which model would best suit you, check out this handy blender recommender tool. It’s hard to go wrong here though – whichever model you buy, you’ll love it!
This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years) and contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own.