If you start browsing the Vitamix website, you will almost immediately see that between their commercial offerings and blender models for home use, they feature ten of their most popular models, and you can easily access information on any of them.
You won’t find the other fifteen plus blenders that aren’t featured or any easy comparison of what motors each has. The other Vitamix models have to be searched for individually and you have to take notes or have an excellent memory to actually compare what motor is in each of the available models.
This can be a little frustrating, to say the least, but we are here to help.
This article will explain whether all Vitamix blenders have the same motor, what motor each Vitamix blender has, and What the most powerful Vitamix currently on the market is.
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So, Do All Vitamix Blenders Have the Same Motor?
No, all Vitamix blenders do not have identical motors. Vitamix uses a variety of motors in its blenders ranging from a smaller 650-watt motor in its stick blenders to a 3-horsepower beast offered in two of its commercial rated models.
As best as we can determine, the motors used in Vitamix blenders are 650-watt, 1-horsepower, 2-horsepower, 2.2-horsepower, 2.3-horsepower, and 3-horsepower.
Here is a quick reference to Vitamix motor power by series:
Classic Models, also known as Legacy Models or the Explorian series, use two different motor sizes. These are 2.0 and 2.2 horsepower units. In addition, they all have 3-inch blades and use the legacy series blending containers which have a narrower base than the newer blenders in the Vitamix family.
The 2.0 is the most common of these, with the only exceptions still being offered to be the now out-of-production but often refurbished 5300.
All of the G-Series models use the Next Generation motor, which has ten percent more power than the older C Series models yet runs quieter and cooler than even the S-Series. At the same time, the motor was updated to 2.2-horsepower, the blade diameter was increased to 4-inches, and the blending pitcher was redesigned.
These are the same base size as the S-Series, and jugs for each are interchangeable. The main advantage of the wider jar is that it allows the same volume in a shorter blending jug, making it easier for it to fit under kitchen cabinets.
The Series is Vitamix’s line of personal blenders. There are three models in the line. The S30, S50, and S55. All use the same basic 650-watt motor base and safe dishwasher containers, with the addition of preset programs being the only difference between models. The S50 has two pre-programmed settings, while the S55 has four. The S30 has no presets.
The S-Series motor may seem slightly small for a Vitamix blender, but these come with a 40 oz blending container as the largest offering and really work best with the supplied 20 oz container.
The Vitamix Ascent Series blenders are the Cadillacs of the Vitamix family designed for the electronic age.
They are intelligent blenders with a newly designed 2.3 horsepower motor, an all-metal drive train, the ability to recognize what blending jar is placed on them and adjust blending cycles accordingly.
One of the best features is offering up to 17 programs and 500+ recipes when paired with the Vitamix iOS or Android app.
If you need a Vitamix machine for business use, you have three options to choose from.
All three of these blenders are specialized machines that come with a 3-horsepower heavy-duty motor intended to stand up to the strain that a commercial setting can involve.
The Vitamix One stands alone among the other models Vitamix has to offer. It was created in honor of the company’s 100th Anniversary and was intended to be an introductory model for people new to blending.
It is driven by a 120-watt motor coupled with a unique 32 oz Tritan BPA-Free container. Excellent for green smoothies, frozen desserts, and most other blending tasks, The One punches well above its weight class and is surprisingly compact for a Vitamix machine.
Do All Vitamix Models have the Same Power?
Whether or not all Vitamix blenders have the same power will depend on how you define the word. In terms of motor output, no, they do not have the same power ratings. If you are talking about blending power, then things are a little less clear-cut.
Actual blending power involves many factors beyond motor. A few of the elements that impact blending power are:
- Blending container sizes
- Blending container design
- Blade assembly geometry
- Blade size
- Drive assembly efficiency
Due to the physics of how blenders break down foods, it is possible for a 2-horsepower blender to perform on a par with a 2.2 or even a 3-horsepower motor housing. If the smaller blender uses a 48 oz container and the larger blender uses a 64 oz container of a different design.
This makes it difficult to gauge true blending power, but there is no such thing as an underpowered Vitamix model. All Vitamix machines perform above and beyond anything comparable on the market.
Which Vitamix Blender is the Most Powerful?
Undoubtedly the most powerful model offered by Vitamix is the Vita-Prep 3. Its a combination of a powerful motor (3-horsepower) coupled with a narrow bottomed blending container to concentrate all that power, making it a true blending beast.
The only issue is that it will cost you about the same as a top-of-the-line member of the Ascent Series and have few to none of the bells and whistles. It is hard to consider a pulse function and variable speed control as real features.
For the average home chef, we would have to suggest any member of the Ascent Series as the top of the heap in terms of power and performance, or if you prefer a more traditional machine, the Vitamix 7500.
Hey, I’m Joey. I’ve been cooking since I was a little kid and love everything about it. You can find my writing about food, kitchen appliances (such as blenders) and much more. Thanks for stopping by!