If you’ve ever wondered why the smoothies you buy are so much better than the smoothies you make, the answer could be as simple as one word: Vitamix. The Vitamix brand has been used professionally for years by kitchens and cafes to create the perfect blend – its models can take on anything quickly and effectively, and last a long time doing it. Nut butters, smoothies, soups, crushed ice – none of these are a problem with a Vitamix.
So if you’re looking to spring for a top-of-the-range product, this round-up should help you decide where your priorities lie – and what the best Vitamix Model is to you.
There are so many reasons why Vitamix is known as the ‘gold standard’ of blenders. They are intensely powerful, effective, reliable, and versatile – plus the company is known to be good at honoring its warranties and providing great customer service.
Where Vitamix truly beats out its competitors is in the phrase ‘it just works’. Vitamix models are known to do anything you want them to do, without problems, without air blockages or splattering, without breaking down, without struggle. If you want a truly top-tier blender, a Vitamix is the way to go – for performance as well as for peace of mind.
There are a couple of differences between the models. Since the entire Vitamix range is known for its high horsepower and build quality, these are not necessarily important distinguishing factors; some models have 2-peak horsepower, some have 2.2-peak horsepower. All have roughly the same noise level, although I don't think anyone's ever officially measured it in decibels.
For this reason, differences between the models generally come down to their design elements and to their ease-of-use settings.
Early models tend to have a higher container and reduced color options, as well as a simpler design. Later models have a reduced-height container, a requested option from users that allows it to fit better under kitchen cabinets, more color options, and improved design. If these elements are important for you – so if you’re looking to keep your blender displayed at all time – you may want to consider a later-model Vitamix.
In addition, there are some added features with later models that make them easier to use. The earliest models have no defined pulse function and no pre-programmed settings. The latest models feature up to five different pre-programmed settings, including a cleaning setting. Depending on how often you use your machine, and what you’re planning on using it for, these may be important elements for you when it comes to time-saving and ease-of-use.
The most important thing to determine when looking at getting a Vitamix is your priorities.
If you’re looking at a Vitamix, you already know that you are willing to make an investment for a great machine. However, the degree to which you invest is an important consideration: earlier models can be found at a lower price point than later machines, and correspondingly have fewer functions – but if you’re on a budget, this is an important consideration.
The degree to which you appreciate pre-programmed settings will also determine which model is best for you. If you’re planning on using your Vitamix for a daily smoothie, having a pre-programmed smoothie cycle will be very advantageous for you. Likewise, if you’re planning on using your machine regularly and would prefer the blender to clean itself for you, the in-built cleaning setting will help you save time and make you more inclined to use your machine.
The Vitamix 750 is the “gold standard” of the Vitamix range, representing the top end of the brand. So, while it comes with the features standard to the Vitamix range – a variable 10-speed dial, a 64-oz container, and a pulse function – it also comes with a number of great elements that may make the greater monetary investment worthwhile, dependent on your priorities. As with any Vitamix model, it comes with a rock solid warranty from authorized retailers.
It has a 2.2-peak horsepower motor, some great color options (may vary by retailer), and five pre-programmed settings: smoothies, frozen desserts, hot soups, puree, and clean. It also comes with a metal base and slightly sturdier design than other models in the Vitamix range. You can also read our full review of the 750 for more information.
The Vitamix 7500 is a simpler machine than subsequent models, but still with the same powerful engine. It comes with a pulse function, variable 10-speed dial, and low-profile 64-oz container, as well as simple color options available at some retailers. It is almost identical to the 7500 except for the exclusion of the five pre-programmed settings. As per their reputation, the manufacturer's warranty is also excellent.
Like the other models, the 7500 is quite noisy, and the lack of these pre-programmed settings may be disadvantageous for people who are looking to use their machine regularly, and would prefer their blender to do most of the work rather than having to adjust settings.
The Vitamix 6500 represents a great jump from earlier models in terms of design and ease-of-use elements. Like other Vitamix models, it has a variable 10-speed dial and a 64-ounce container. It also has a pulse function and three pre-programmed settings – smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soups. It benefits from a powerful motor that should be able to handle any job that you give it.
Unlike earlier models in the range, the 6500 has a sleeker design and more color options that you may be able to find, as well as a shorter container that means it fits more efficiently into both your kitchen’s space and color scheme. It should be noted that the increased horsepower of this machine means it is also quite noisy.
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The Vitamix 5200 is designed to be a home blender that delivers the classic Vitamix specs at the most affordable price point of the Vitamix range. It has a 2-peak horsepower motor, variable 10-speed control, and a switch to flick the machine into high-power mode. Unlike other models, it does not come with pre-programmed settings, it does not have a defined pulse function, and it is too high to fit under the kitchen cabinet.
Like the 5200, the Vitamix 6300 is ideal for a home environment. Like the other models in this range, it has a variable 10-speed dial and a large 64-ounce container. However, it also benefits from the increased horsepower of the Vitamix’s later range at 2.2-peak, a designated pulse function, and three pre-programmed settings: smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soups.
However, this model is still quite noisy and somewhat bulky, too tall to fit under the kitchen cabinet and with a less attractive design than other models in our opinion. It is still a great option though if the price is right for your budget.
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.