You’ve decided to buy a Vitamix blender? I mean this seriously: congratulations. Your life is about to be bifurcated, clearly definable as the time before you had a Vitamix (BV) and after (AV)—with the latter era featuring significantly better smoothies.
Vitamix is the top name in blenders for good reason. The winner of our product review year after year, the brand uses extremely high-powered motors and well-designed containers—not to mention an intuitive, straightforward interface—to build appliances that more than earn a spot on your kitchen counter. I count myself among the nonbelievers turned disciples; I thought a blender was a blender until I used the classic Vitamix 10-speed dial for the first time, seamlessly ramping up from a slow rumble to a full pulverize. Now I pull out my Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender (scroll to the bottom to read about it) a few times a week to make pesto, puréed soups, nondairy milk, big batches of emulsified dressings, and more.
Scroll down for more information about why Vitamix is the best blender brand to shop and a primer on each of the ten models available today.
Why buy a Vitamix?
The main reason to drop some serious cash on a blender is, obviously, because you plan to use it a bunch. If you are just an occasional smoothie maker, you could certainly level up to the best blender on the market, but you won’t be getting the most out of your high-powered machine and could probably make do with a less expensive appliance.
With a Vitamix blender, you get what you pay for. Each model is high-quality, engineered to blend tidily (no explosion the second you turn it on—seriously), cut through even the toughest ingredients, and last a very long time. With the plastic tamp included with every blender, you can adjust and press down on the ingredients you’re blending without cutting the power or lifting the lid, which means you don’t have to add as much liquid to get things moving. You can opt for a streamlined version or one with all the bells and whistles if you’re the kind of person who wants to operate their blender via their phone; no matter what model you buy, you’ll get the oft imitated, never replicated high-powered motor that the brand is known for.
Should you buy new or refurbished?
“Reconditioned,” “refurbished,” and “renewed” blenders are available from the Vitamix website and some certified sellers like Amazon. These previously owned machines are returned to the company, tuned up, and resold at a discount. Usually the fixes involve things like repairing the motor or attaching a new container, so you can be sure you’re getting a blender that looks and performs just as well as a new one. I got my first Vitamix blender as a refurbished model and found it worked identically to the ones I’d used at work, just with a couple of scratches on the body. If you want all the same power for a fraction of the original price, certified reconditioned is the way to go.
The Vitamix Legacy is the traditional, tried-and-true blender with a classic look and premium performance. All models under the Legacy umbrella come with a 64-ounce container and plastic tamp, and seven-year warranty, plus the intuitive three-switch interface that Vitamix is known for.
This is the classic Vitamix model, the one you’ve probably seen the most, and the winner of our annual blender product test year after year. The control options are what set the Vitamix 5200 apart: It features variable high- and low-speed controls that give the operator some serious precision when choosing a power level. Use this blender to make silky sauces, hot soups, and more.
This is the first Vitamix blender I owned, and it made for a perfect starter machine. Instead of a speed dial that runs from 1 to 10, the TurboBlend offers a simplified low-medium-high dial as well as a lever for pulsing. Even without the specific numerical power offerings, I found that the three speeds gave me more than enough precision for making nut milk, smoothies, and even mayonnaise.
The Vitamix 7500 model includes a more compact container—still with a 64-ounce capacity, but slightly shorter and wider to fit more easily onto shelves and on the countertop under kitchen cabinets. It’s available in a few color options (rare for Vitamix) and features a 10-degree speed dial and the pulse lever. Most notably, this is the household (i.e., not professional grade) Vitamix with the most powerful motor, at 2.2 horsepower.
Available in black and gray, the Vitamix Professional Series 750 is the only model in the Legacy series with preprogrammed settings that allow you have a “set-it-and-forget-it” relationship with your blender. Right on the 10-level speed dial are specific presets for Smoothies, Hot Soups, Frozen Desserts, Purées, and Self-Cleaning (the company claims that with a drop of dish soap, the blender can clean itself in under a minute—helpful in a busy restaurant kitchen). The 2.2 horsepower motor and low-profile container are also present here.
Vitamix blenders in the Ascent series got a design and tech upgrade; they’re sleek, impressive looking, and have a ton of power to boot. All four models in the series feature built-in timers, wireless connectivity, 10-year warranties, and a sensor that detects the size of the container and adjusts the blender settings accordingly. Though each comes with a 64-ounce container, they are all compatible with any container that has the “self-detect” blade base. Also, every blender in this series comes in a choice of colors.
The Vitamix A2300 is the basic model in this series. It comes with all the standard features, like the variable speed-control dial and pulse feature, plus all the fancy stuff that makes Ascent what it is. It hooks up easily to the Vitamix app, which means you can use your smartphone or tablet to “unlock” 17 programs and over 500 recipes. Buy it in black, gray, red, or white.
Leveling up to the A2500 means you get all of the features of the A2300 (including the four color choices), plus three program settings: Smoothies, Hot Soups, and Frozen Desserts. The wireless connectivity means that this blender can adapt to include new updates that Vitamix rolls out in the future.
Available in metal and black, the A3300 features a sleek touchscreen interface and a programmable built-in timer, so you can customize settings to meet your exact specifications. It looks less like a Vitamix and more like a futuristic space blender—especially the brushed stainless metal version.
The Vitamix A3500 is the top-of-the-line Ascent model, and the most expensive Vitamix product for sale today. Choose among black, white, red, and three possible metal finishes (matte black, copper, and brushed stainless), and enjoy the same features as the A3300 (touchscreen controls, programmable timer), plus five built-in settings—for Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning.
The Explorian Series is what Vitamix describes as an introduction to high-powered blending—straightforward, simple controls for less money than the Legacy 5200. There is only one model in this category, but it checks all of the boxes for basic Vitamix usage, comes with a five-year warranty, and makes a great addition to any home kitchen.
I am biased because I have an E310 at home and totally love it, despite working with more expensive and fancier models for most of my career. The smaller container size (48 ounces) sits shorter on the base, which makes for easy storage, and doesn’t faze me when it comes to actual cooking—I rarely find that I need to work in batches. The pulse function and 10-degree speed dial gives me all the precision I need to make nut milks, sauces, blended desserts, and more. For the price, I think it’s the best Vitamix a home cook could own.
Interested in a Vitamix blender, but hesitate to pull the trigger thanks to the price tag? The new Vitamix One might be for you. Released last summer, the One is the cheapest of all the Vitamix models. Note: This lower price does come with some compromises. The blender is smaller and has a lower horsepower (1.2 compared to 2 horsepower in the Explorian Series). And we did find in our testing that this model didn’t deliver the same oomph as other Vitamix blenders when it came to certain tasks, like crushing ice. However, it is extremely easy to use: Simply turn one dial on the front. Overall it’s a great starter blender for cooks on a budget.
Vitamix sells a variety of attachments and accessories to extend their blenders’ functionality. Extra containers in varying sizes allow you to make personal-size smoothies or double batches of blended soups. Tamper holders make for compact storage. An aerating disc container makes whipping and emulsifying a cinch. A grains container can be used for grinding whole grains into flours. And a food-processor attachment makes your blender two appliances in one. Find a few favorite attachments below. Note that attachments are not compatible with all Vitamix models.
Note: You can buy an adapter to make the personal cup compatible with the Legacy and Explorian Series
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