Unbiased Vitamix 780 Review & Comparison [2018 Edition]

If you're trying to make your final decision on a blender, you might be wondering if the Vitamix 780 is the best pick.

In this guide, I'll do a full review and comparison of the Vitamix 780 to help you make that final decision.

I've owned multiple different blenders over the past 5 years (including a Vitamix which I love and use every day).

Based on my experience and research, my goal is to show you...

  • Why I like the Vitamix 780 but it's not my #1 pick.
  • How the Vitamix 780 compares to a wide range of other blenders (with comparison charts that are easy to follow).
  • My personal experience with Vitamix and their warranty.

Let's begin...

Vitamix 780 Review Summary

(Updated 4/8/2018)

I think the Vitamix 780 is great, especially because of it's easy to wipe down touch screen.

However, there were a few other Vitamix models in 2018 that I would pick over the 780...

Vitamix Ascent A2300

Vitamix Ascent A2300

  • Very impressive technology that's superior to the 780 with same power plus digital timer.
  • Lower MSRP and longer standard warranty by 3-years.

Vitamix Explorian E310

Vitamix Explorian E310

  • More budget-friendly option that's perfect for small families or singles.
  • Can blend all the same things as other Vitamix models.

Vitamix Refurbished 5300

Refurbished Vitamix 5300

  • An option to consider if you can get it at a lower price than the Explorian E310.
  • It's got a bigger container than the E310 - the same size as the 780.

Keep reading for the full guide and to compare all the blenders in greater detail -- or use the links above to check out the blenders for yourself.

Oh -- and if all these blenders aren't fitting your price range, be sure to see our best Vitamix alternatives.

Vitamix 780 Main Features Analyzed

Touchscreen Control Panel

As the newest edition of the Vitamix Classic Blender line, the big "upgrade" that the 780 has is the touch screen control panel. Rather than having a variable speed knob with pre-programmed settings on it, the touch-screen features a sliding speed dial.

You can also touch the numbers to select the speed.

Demonstration of the Vitamix 780 Touchscreen

At first glance, I was a bit hesitant about the touch screen.

I mean, I've always been find with the regular variable speed knob and I tend to prefer analog controls over the modern day digital ones.

But there is one aspect of the touch-screen control panel that makes it worth considering: ease of cleaning.

dirty vitamix example

Your blender is in your kitchen which means it's going to get dirty! As you can see by the photo above, the control panel on my older Vitamix is quite worn and has some debris on it.

Don't judge! I'm not the neatest person, but it's also not that easy to keep clean with all the crevices.

That said, having the touch screen that you can easily wipe down after use is a great if you want to be able to easily keep things looking shiny and new.

Tamper

The tamper is included in every counter-top Vitamix and is an important part of the unit. Blenders with tampers make heavy duty blending much easier.

No matter which blender you have, you'll run into a situation where the ingredients aren't coming in contact with the blades.

They can be stuck on the sides, floating at the top or something else.

By "tamping" them down you help your blender create a vortex and save yourself the trouble of having to stop and re-adjust ingredients.

It's extremely helpful for turning much needed fruits and vegetables into a silky smooth drink that's easy to consume.

It's also extremely helpful for blending cashew cream and nut butters.

Low Profile 64 Oz Jar

The classic Vitamix Jar is still 64 oz, but stands a few inches higher than the low-profile container that comes with the 780.

There are some positives and drawbacks to the wide container.

  • The positive is that the wider bottom makes it easier to chop larger amounts of food and prevents build up under the blades. This is because it allows for greater amount of weight distribution. It's is also easier to store and fits better under cabinets.
  • The negative is that it you tend to have to add more ingredients to it at a given time. A narrower/smaller container is more effective at blending smaller batches.
cramped vitamix tall container

Vitamix does sell different sized containers (such as a 32-oz) that are compatible with the G-series blenders such as the 780.

So if you find that you're having issues, the option is always there.

Warranty

As I always like to mention, I love the Vitamix warranty. It's one of the main reasons the company has been around for over 95 years.

The 780 comes standard with the 7-year warranty. This should give you peace of mind that it's going to be a staple in your kitchen for years to come.

Personally, I've found the Vitamix customer service team to be a joy to work with. They've done some fixes for me over the years and the process was absolutely painless.

Pulse

Vitamix blenders didn't always have a pulse feature, but the 780 does.

On some of the older Classic models like the 5200, you have to actually flick the blender on and off to pulse it.

Not a huge deal, but the addition of a dedicated pulse function is a lot more convinient.

It's also probably better for the health of the motor and electrical components.

Pre-Programmed Functions

The 780 comes with five pre-programmed functions:

  • Smoothies
  • Frozen Desserts
  • Soup
  • Purees
  • Cleaning

As I've said in the past, these are nice to have, but I don't find them 100% necessary, just an added convenience. With the variable speed control and tamper, you can achieve all the same results without any pre-programmed functions, especially once you get some practice using the blender.

Vitamix 780 Accessories

The Vitamix 780 comes standard with a tamper and cookbook.

There are several other compatible containers that you can use on the G-Series 780, but they're sold separately.

As of writing this, you can get a...

  • 32-ounce dry grains container.
  • 48-ounce container.
  • Regular 32-ounce container.

It may be worth considering one of these smaller containers if you're a single person blending smaller batches.


Vitamix 780 vs 5300

Vitamix 5300

Comparison Chart

Feature

Vitamix 780

Vitamix 5300

Horsepower

2.2 HP

2.2 HP

Jar Style

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Low Profile 64-Ounce

Pulse Feature

Yes

Yes

Controls

Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Variable speed knob with no pre-programmed functions

Wireless Connectivity

No

No

What's Included

  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Getting Started Plus Guide
  • Tamper
  • Container

Dimensions

17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in

17.25 x 8.75 x 7.25 in

Color Options

Black, Red

Black, Red

Standard Warranty

7-Year

7-Year

Weight

12.5 lbs

11.95 lbs

Cord Length

6-ft

6-ft

Pricing

Vitamix 780 vs 5300: Summary and Author's Opinion

The differences between the 780 and 5300 are the control panel and pre-programmed functions. 

The Vitamix 5300 has your standard variable speed knob with no special programs while the 780 has the touch screen and the 5 settings that I've already mentioned: smoothies, frozen desserts, soups, purees and cleaning.

Now, the MSRP according to the Vitamix website for the 5300 is much lower than the 780.

This means you can usually get it for much cheaper -- especially if you go with refurbished.

So out of the two, which one would I pick?

It's really a toss up -- but just know that the features on the 780 are merely a matter of convenience (in my opinion). 

You'll still be able to create all the same stuff in the 5300 as you would in any Vitamix, but with the 780 you'll have some extra functionality and an easier to clean interface.


Vitamix 780 vs 5200

Vitamix 5200

Comparison Chart

Feature

Vitamix 780

Vitamix 5200 (Standard)

Horsepower

2.2 Peak HP

2-Peak HP

Jar Style

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Classic 64 Oz

Pulse Feature

Yes

No

Controls

Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Variable speed knob without any pre-programmed functions.

Wireless Connectivity

No

No

What's Included

  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Getting Started Guide
  • DVD
  • Container
  • Motor Base

Dimensions

17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in

20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 in.

Color Options

Black, Red

Black, Brushed Stainless, Platinum, Red, White

Standard Warranty

7-Year

7-Year

Weight

12.5 lbs

10 lb 9-ounce

Cord Length

6-ft

6-ft

Pricing

Vitamix 780 vs 5200: Summary and Author's Opinion

The three main differences between the 780 and the 5200 are the following:

  • Touchscreen controls (780 only).
  • Pre-programmed functions (smoothies, frozen desserts, soups, purees and cleaning) (780 only).
  • Container size (see below).

The 5200 has the classic tall and narrow 64 ounce container while the 780 has the wider low-profile one.

As mentioned, the narrower container is better at smaller jobs, while the wider one excels at processing lots of ingredients at once.

You could always purchase a narrower and smaller jar for the 780 separately, but the opposite is not true. The separate wide 64-oz low profile container that Vitamix sells isn't compatible with the 5200 at the time of writing this.

You can get a compact 48 oz jar for the 5200, though.

I've never had any issues with my narrow container doing large batches, so I think you'll be fine either way, but it's really a matter of preference...

Do you want the 780 with all the bells and whistles or the no frills 5200?

All prices being equal, I would obviously take the 780, but it becomes a question of how much more you're willing to pay.


Vitamix 780 vs Pro 750

Vitamix Pro 750

Comparison Chart

Feature

Vitamix 780

Vitamix 750

Horsepower

2.2 Peak HP

2.2 Peak HP

Jar Style

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Pulse Feature

Yes

Yes

Controls

Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Variable speed dial with 5 pre-programmed settings built in.

Wireless Connectivity

No

No

What's Included

  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container

Dimensions

17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in

17.5 x 9.4 x 7.7 in

Color Options

Black, Red

Copper Metal, Brushed Metal, Black

Standard Warranty

7-Year

7-Year

Weight

12.5 lbs

12.5 lbs

Cord Length

6-ft

6-ft

Pricing

Vitamix 780 vs 750: Summary and Author's Opinion

The two differences between the Vitamix 780 and 750 are the touchscreen display (780) and the different finishes that they come in.

The 750 is designed with a bit more aesthetic in mind with the copper metal and brushed stainless finishes while the 780 is only manufactured in black and red.

Other than that though, the blenders pretty much have the same functions. 

They even have the exact same pre-programmed settings, it's just that the 780 is activated by a touchscreen while the 750 requires turning a knob to get to them.

Honestly, I would take the 780 over the 750 simply because ease of cleaning the interface. 

The MSRPs on these units aren't too far apart, so you're unlikely to save a bunch by going with either one.

That's why I feel going with the easier to clean one is worth it.


Vitamix 780 vs 7500

Vitamix 7500

Comparison Chart

Feature

Vitamix 780

Vitamix 7500

Horsepower

2.2 Peak HP

2.2 Peak-HP

Jar Style

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Pulse Feature

Yes

Yes

Controls

Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Variable speed knob with no pre-programmed functions.

Wireless Connectivity

No

No

What's Included

  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Cookbook
  • DVD

Dimensions

17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in

17.5 x 9.4 x 7.7 in

Color Options

Black, Red

Black, Red, White

Standard Warranty

7-Year

7-Year

Weight

12.5 lbs

12.5 lbs

Cord Length

6-ft

6-ft

Pricing

Vitamix 780 vs 7500: Summary and Author's Opinion

The difference between the 780 and 7500 is the fact that the 7500 has the "original-style" Vitamix bare-bones interface. This means it has the variable speed control (without any pre-programmed functions), but still comes with a low-profile 64-oz container.

The 780 has the same motor power and same container style as the 7500, but includes it's unique touch-screen interface.

The difference in MSRP from the 7500 to the 780 is pretty substantial. 

If I were buying it at their prices advertised on the Vitamix website, I would probably pick the 7500.

To me, it wouldn't be worth paying a substantial amount extra for the touch screen or extra programmed functions.

Just give me a powerful Vitamix plus a tamper and I'm off to the races!


Vitamix 780 vs Ascent Series

Vitamix Ascent A2300

Comparison Chart

(Mobile users can scroll left and right on the comparison chart)

Feature

Vitamix 780

Vitamix A2300

Vitamix A2500

Vitamix A3300

Vitamix A3500

Horsepower

2.2 Peak HP

2.2 Peak HP

2.2 Peak HP

2.2 Peak HP

2.2 Peak HP

Jar Style

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Pulse Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Controls

Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Variable speed dial with digital timer.

Variable speed dial with digital timer and 3 pre-programmed cycles.


Variable speed dial with digital timer.


Variable speed dial with digital timer and 5 pre-programmed cycles.

Wireless Connectivity

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

What's Included

  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container

Dimensions

17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in

11 x 8 x 17 in

11 x 8 x 17 in

11 x 8 x 17 in

11 x 8 x 17 in

Color Options

Black, Red

Black, Red, Slate, White

Black, Red, Slate, White

Black Diamond, Pearl Gray

Black Stainless Steel Metal, Brushed Stainless Steel Metal, Candy Apple Red, Copper Metal Finish, Graphite Metal Finish, White

Standard Warranty

7-Year

10-Year

10-Year

10-Year

10-Year

Weight

12.5 lbs

11.86 lbs

11.86 lbs

11.86 lbs

14.92 lbs

Cord Length

6-ft

4-ft

4-ft

4-ft

4-ft

Pricing

Vitamix 780 vs. Ascent Series: Summary and Author's Opinion

The differences between the Vitamix 780 and the Ascent Series blenders comes down to technology. The Ascent series units are really built for the modern age of smart phones with their Bluetooth capabilities.

Let's run through a few things that all the Ascent Series models have that the 780 does not...

  • Digital Timer: The digital timer on the Ascent blenders shows you how long you've been blending for. It's useful for making your recipes consistent.
  • Self-Detect Containers: The Ascent Series can use a wide range of separately sold containers that excel at blending smaller amounts of ingredients and certain kinds of chopping. The Self-Detect part means that the blender is smart enough to know which container is on there.
  • Smartphone Pairing: You can pair the blenders with your smart phone and do all sorts of neat things. You can access pre-programmed functions for certain recipes (even if the Ascent model you bought doesn't have them built in).

See the video above to learn more about the technology behind Ascent.

Another pretty substantial difference is the warranty - the Ascent's come standard with 10 years while the 780 comes standard with 7 years.

While a 3 year difference may not seem like much, having an entire decade of protection adds significant piece of mind.

The differences between the various Ascent series models come down to different ON/OFF mechanisms, variable speed knobs, color availability and preset programs.

These are more easily visualized in the comparison chart above.

So here's the thing -- the Ascent models all have a lower MSRP than the 780. 

For everything that you get with the Ascent models, plus the longer warranty, I would pick them any time.

If you're on a budget, I'd just go with the A2300. It's got everything you need.


Vitamix 780 vs E310/E320 Explorian Series 

Vitamix Explorian E310

Comparison Chart

(Mobile users can scroll left and right on the comparison chart)

Feature

Vitamix 780

Vitamix Explorian E310

Vitamix Explorian E320

Horsepower

2.2 Peak HP

2.0 Peak HP

2.0 Peak HP

Jar Style

Low-Profile 64 Oz

48 Oz Container

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Pulse Feature

Yes

Yes

Yes

Controls

Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Variable speed knob

Variable speed knob

Wireless Connectivity

No

No

No

What's Included

  • ​Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  •  Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  •  Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container

Color Options

Black, Red

Black

Black, Red

Warranty

7-Year

5-Year

7-Year

Weight

12.5 lbs

10.5 lbs

10.5 lbs

Dimensions

17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in

11 x 8 x 18 in.

11 x 8 x 18 in

Cord Length

6 - ft

4.5 - ft

4.5 - ft

Pricing

Only available locally

Vitamix 780 vs E310/E320: Summary and Author's Opinion

The difference between the 780 and the E310/E320 is that the Explorian has a more bare-bones interface and slightly weaker motors.

Additionally, the E310 has a shorter standard warranty and smaller container than the 780 (at 5 years) while the E320 comes with the standard 7-year warranty and 64 oz low profile container.

If you're single, living an apartment, or sure you're only going to be blending for yourself, I would for sure pick the Explorian E310 over the 780.

Even though it has a lower amount of horsepower, it's still more than enough to make all the great Vitamix staples: Smoothies, soups, nice cream, etc.

At the time of writing this, I also found the price difference between the 780 and E310 to be pretty substantial.

So even with the shorter warranty, I think the E310 is a better choice unless you're going to be blending for a lot of people and need the 64 oz container.


Vitamix 780 vs 6300

Comparison Chart

Feature

Vitamix 780

Vitamix 6300

Horsepower

2.2 Peak HP

2 Peak HP

Jar Style

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Classic 64 Oz

Pulse Feature

Yes

Yes

Controls

Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Touchscreen panel with 3 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Wireless Connectivity

No

No

What's Included

  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container
  • DVD

Dimensions

17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in

20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 in

Color Options

Black, Red

Black

Standard Warranty

7-Year

7-Year

Weight

12.5 lbs

10 lb 9-ounce

Cord Length

6-ft

6-ft

Pricing

This product is retired.

Vitamix 780 vs. 6300: Summary and Author's Opinion

The difference between the 780 and the 6300 is that fact that the 780 has two more pre-programmed settings and the touchscreen interface.

The 6300 also has a slightly weaker motor by 0.2 HP and comes with the original 64-ounce container (not the low-profile).

The Vitamix 6300 is currently retired as of 4/8/2018, so it's unlikely you'll be able to find it anywhere.

That being said, it's not really a viable option to consider unless you're getting a great local deal on it.


Vitamix 780 vs 6500

Comparison Chart

Feature

Vitamix 780

Vitamix 6500

Horsepower

2.2 Peak HP

2.2 Peak HP

Jar Style

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Low-Profile 64 Oz

Pulse Feature

Yes

Yes

Controls

Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.

Variable knob with 3 pre-programmed functions.

Wireless Connectivity

No

No

What's Included

  • Tamper
  • Cookbook
  • Motor Base
  • Container


  • Tamper
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Motor Base
  • Container

Dimensions

17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in

17.25 x 8.75 x 7.25 in

Color Options

Black, Red

Black, Platinum, Red, White

Standard Warranty

7-Year

7-Year

Weight

12.5 lbs

11.95 lbs

Cord Length

6-ft

6-ft

Pricing

Available locally.

Vitamix 780 vs. 6500: Summary and Author's Opinion

The main difference between the Vitamix 780 and 6500 is the touchscreen interface on the 780 and the 2 extra pre-programmed function. The jar size and motor power are the same.

If I had to pick one or the other, I'd probably go with the 780 for the easier-to-clean interface, but I wouldn't necessarily choose either.

If you've seen my Vitamix 6500 review and comparison, you'll notice many similarities. I have similar feelings about the 6500 as the 780. There are better options in 2018.


Vitamix 780 vs Blendtec

Blendtec Total Blender Refurbished

Vitamix 780 vs Blendtec: Summary and Author's Opinion

Compared to the Vitamix 780, there are some Blendtec models that I would prefer.

Namely, I would want to get a Refurbished Total Blender Classic. 

It doesn't have as long of a warranty is the 780 (comes with 3-years because it's refurbished).

However, it has a ton of power (3-Peak HP) and it can do pretty much anything a Vitamix can do.

In my experience, though I do wish the Blendtec had a tamper. I've had many instances where the ingredients had issues touching the blades when using my brother's Total Blender.

BUT…Blendtec's Twister Jar solves that problem. It’s Blendtec’s version of a tamper and actually works extremely well from the demonstrations I’ve seen.

The Blendtec's Twister Jar Making Nut Butter

The only problem is that it's sold separately. 

All in all, I'm not biased towards Vitamix or Blendtec either way. I've used both and think they're both great at blending stuff up.


Where to Buy the Vitamix 780?

There are a large number of online retailers that you can get the Vitamix 780 from. This includes Vitamix themselves.

Other retailers like Amazon, Crate and Barrel, Sur La Table and Sears also carry the product.

Personally, I like to shop around for the best price, so be sure to do your due diligence and check all around if that's what you've decided on.

Also - be sure you're buying from the retailers themselves or an authorized third party merchant.


What's the Price of the Vitamix 780?

The MSRP of the Vitamix 780 according to the Vitamix website is $719.95 at the time of writing this (4/8/2018). However, you may be able to find it cheaper from other online retailers.

For the refurbished, the MSRP is $399.95 on the Vitamix website.

As always - these costs are subject to change at any time.


Should You Get a Reconditioned or Refurbished 780?

Going with a reconditioned 780 can potentially save you a few bucks. Just make sure it's Vitamix certified reconditioned and not just "used".

It comes with standard 5-year warranty instead of a 7 and that's the only real difference. It's really just up to you if you want to make the trade off.

It passes a rigorous 17-point checklist to make sure it works the same.


Final Decision on the Vitamix 780

As I’ve already made pretty clear, I wouldn’t get the Vitamix 780 in 2018. Instead, I would go for these two other options… 

For someone on a budget who doesn’t care about fancy new technology, I would get a Refurbished 5300. It’s still got a great 5-year warranty and you’ll probably be able to find it at an extremely affordable price. With your tamper and variable speed controls, you’ll be able to blend anything your heart desires.

If I wanted the latest and greatest with the newest technology, I’d get the Ascent A2300. It’s got much better features than the 780 and a longer warranty. What Vitamix has done with the Ascent line is a huge step toward the future of blenders.

Best of luck on your blending adventures!

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