A favorite of restaurants and professional chefs, Vitamix blenders are the gold standard when it comes to blending power, speed, and durability. They're some of the most expensive blenders on the market, but they're extremely powerful and built to last. With aircraft-grade stainless steel blades, they can do everything from grind coffee beans to puree chunky soups and liquefy fresh produce—including leafy greens—into perfectly smooth, clump-free smoothies.
We tested popular models in our Lab and also sent them to home kitchens to narrow down the best choices. Each Vitamix blender was assessed on ease of use, performance, noise, and ease of cleaning. Below are the results.
Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
Remarkable pre-programmed settings
Does more than blend
Doesn't include smaller pitchers
This blender makes things easy with five preset programs for cleaning, smoothie-making, frozen desserts, hot soup, and pureeing; When you don’t want to use a preset, you can choose your own speed or use the pulse feature for chunky blending (think chunky tomato sauce or salsa) or finer control. The low-profile 64-ounce container will fit neatly under most kitchen cabinets for easy countertop storage. The tamper, which is included with all Vitamix blenders, is designed to move food around without getting in the way of the blades, so it can be used when the blender is running.
This excelled in our Lab tests, blending an aerated smoothie with a very smooth texture. When it came to making peanut butter, our testers found that the wide and large container is best suited for larger batches. If you know you'll be frequently blending up small quantities, there is a compatible 32-ounce container sold separately that will be best suited for those recipes.
Our home tester was thoroughly impressed with its ability to blend smoothies, iced lattes, rice flour, and even whipped cream. She then used the blender to turn the whipped cream into butter, which turned out perfectly as well.
While it's not dishwasher-safe, it's simple to fill the blender jar with warm, soapy water and run the cleaning cycle. Peanut butter and other oily substances may require an additional scrub, but overall our home tester thought cleaning "couldn't be easier." This blender is on the louder end of the spectrum, but we didn't consider that to be a dealbreaker.
Price at time of publish: $630
Capacity: 64 ounces | Horsepower: 2.2 | Presets: 5 | Speeds: 10 | Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 17.25 inches | Warranty: 7 years
"I loved the ease of making cashew nut butter, vinaigrettes, granitas, and—using the pulse function—a large batch of chunky salsa." — Renu Dhar, Product Tester
Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Professional-Grade Smart Blender
Impressive smart functions
App instructions not included in package
One of the smartest of the Vitamix blenders, this blender has five pre-programmed settings to perfectly blend smoothies, make hot soups, puree baby food and frozen desserts, and clean itself. It also pairs with the Vitamix Perfect Blend app, which has 17 different programs and includes more than 500 recipes. The app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and can also work with the Perfect Blend Pro Smart Scale for precise measuring as you cook.
The motor base has wireless connectivity, so it can read the size of the container that is in use and adjust the program settings and blending times appropriately. It comes with a 64-ounce container, but other compatible containers are available separately. An integrated timer turns the blender off when time runs out, so you can walk away and know that you’ve blended for exactly the right time. The intuitive controls are a touchscreen for a sleek appearance and easy cleaning. Like other Vitamix blenders, this one has variable speed controls as well as a pulse button for ultimate control of everything you blend.
In the Lab, our testers loved that this made a frothy smoothie with very little grittiness and was able to quickly whip up a batch of smooth peanut butter. Our home tester put it through even more tests like making mayonnaise, cheesecake batter, and even cooking up chocolate pudding; it exceeded the tester's high expectations every time, and was also one of the quietest of the blenders we tested.
Price at time of publish: $650
Capacity: 64 ounces | Horsepower: 2.2 | Presets: 5 | Speeds: 10 | Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 17 inches | Warranty: 10 years
"While a blender is never going to be silent, this one is surprisingly less noisy than we’d expect, given its power."
Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
Easy to clean
More affordable than other models
Smaller pitcher than other models
Vitamix blenders are the cream of the crop, and and are priced as such. Even so, you can get their top-quality blending power for a little less money by choosing a model with fewer bells and whistles, like this one. Operation is easy, with a variable-speed dial, an on/off toggle, and a pulse toggle, so you can do your blending exactly the way you want.
The blender includes a 48-ounce pitcher that’s on the smaller side but still large enough for most recipes, and certainly enough for your breakfast smoothies or slushie cocktails. Even without a special setting, cleaning is easy since all you do is add a drop of dish soap in water and let it run for about a minute to clean the blades and container. In fact, when we tested this model in the Lab, this was one of the easiest to clean after making peanut butter. It produced a frothy smoothie with a very smooth consistency, and was middle-of-the-road in terms of noise. One downside our Lab testers noted was that the motor seemed overworked when processing denser foods.
Price at time of publish: $350
Capacity: 48 ounces | Horsepower: 2 | Presets: 0 | Speeds: 10 | Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 18 inches | Warranty: 5 years
"Ten variable speeds allow you to refine every desired texture during testing. Really simple. Plus, it's small, making it super easy to manage and maneuver."
Best for Nut Butters
Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender
A bit more affordable than other models
Easy to use
Tall pitcher harder to store
This Vitamix 5200 comes with a tall, slim, 64-ounce container that’s perfect for smoothies, purees, and hot soups. It has a variable-speed dial that lets you change the speed as you blend, and a pulse button for chunky blending and precise textures. The on/off toggle rounds out the controls.
The blades of the machine go so quickly that you can even cook your food while you blend. In as little as six minutes, cold ingredients can get heated to steaming, so you don't have to warm up your ingredients beforehand to make a creamy pureed soup. Though we didn't attempt hot soup in the Lab, the testers found that this model outperformed all the others when it came to blending peanuts into peanut butter—the taller, skinnier jar was ideal for making smooth nut butter. The mess afterward was exceptionally easy to clean with soap and water, with most of the leftover nut butter concentrated on the blades. Our Lab tester noted that the noise level was about average.
Price at time of publish: $480
Capacity: 64 ounces | Horsepower: 2 | Presets: 0 | Speeds: 10 | Dimensions: 20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 inches | Warranty: 7 years
"There was such a huge difference in peanut butter texture, compared to what we made with other models. It wasn't crumbly or like peanut dust—it was actually smooth."
Best for Smoothies
Vitamix 5300 Blender
4-inch blade leaves no chunks behind
Easy to use manual controls
May not fit under all cabinets
With a classic, no-fuss design and straightforward features, the 5300 has an on/off toggle, a pulse toggle, and a variable speed dial to precisely control your blending. It comes with a 64-ounce, low-profile container that gives you plenty of space for blending and fits under most kitchen cabinets, so you can tuck it away in the corner of your counter if you don't have a lot of cabinet space.
Our Lab testers loved how much control they had over the power even though this isn't digital. During testing, they were blown away by how rich and frothy the smoothie came out, with very little need to scrape down the sides. Like with most models, the wide container caused some issues during the peanut butter test, so larger batches are encouraged.
The self-cleaning feature is convenient, although you'll still have to use some elbow grease to clean up after peanut butter and other sticky foods. This definitely wasn't the loudest blender we tried, but it wasn't the quietest either.
Price at time of publish: $560
Capacity: 64 ounces | Horsepower: 2.2 | Presets: 0 | Speeds: 10 | Dimensions: 17.25 x 8.75 x 7.25 inches | Warranty: 7 years
"The dial can be rotated at any point during the blend, so you're in complete control, and this made one of the smoothest drinks in our smoothie test."
Vitamix Ascent Series A2300
Most affordable Ascent model
Easy-to-use control dial
Similar to the Ascent 3500 model, this combines a variable speed dial with a digital timer and wireless connectivity that recognizes the blender jar size and adjusts the programs. It can also connect to the Vitamix Perfect Blend app and to the Perfect Blend Pro Smart Scale for precise measuring as you cook. More importantly, this has an impressive amount of power and can blend just about anything you put in the container.
In the Lab, our testers found the digital interface incredibly intuitive and easy to use. This model exceeded expectations in testing, yielding a smooth and aerated smoothie that was comparable to top-tier Vitamixes. For denser foods, you'll need to blend in large batches or buy the smaller container, which is sold separately. Some users do mention that all of the power puts this blender on the louder side, but our testers found it to be quieter than less expensive models. That being said, it was one of the more difficult to clean out of the models we tested.
Price at time of publish: $500
Capacity: 64 ounces | Horsepower: 2.2 | Presets: 0 | Speeds: 10 | Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 17 inches | Warranty: 10 years
"The built-in timer made everything so much easier."
Small countertop footprint
Easy to operate
Not for hot blends or dry grains
Slightly less powerful motor
This slightly more affordable blender is more basic than the flashier top-tier models, but it's perfect for small spaces. To make this 16-inch-tall machine more compact yet still powerful, Vitamix chose to simplify the usual blender controls in the design. First, there's no power button; it's powered on if it's plugged in. There's also no pulse button; there is a variable-speed dial that gives you full control.
Our home tester found that despite its simplicity, this is still a great blender worthy of the Vitamix name. The 32-ounce container has a curvier look than Vitamix's classic boxy design, and its rubber lid does come with an opening for adding and tamping down ingredients. The tester found that a frozen margarita, banana smoothie, and aioli came together perfectly, with the aioli staying creamy for a few days. Our Lab tests also confirmed above-average performance, easy cleanup, and simple operation. They cautioned that this was the loudest of the blenders they tested, however.
Even when our tester blended some cocoa nibs, which she did slowly with sugar and water, the Vitamix One was able to produce a smooth chocolate sauce. That last test was a little beyond what the manufacturer says this can handle, as the 1.25 horsepower motor is not recommended for blending dry grains, hot items, or nut butter. The narrow base also isn't as great for chunky foods, but it's passable if you layer the foods in.
Price at time of publish: $250
Capacity: 32 ounces | Horsepower: 1.25 | Presets: 0 | Speeds: N/A | Dimensions: 8.1 x 7 x 16 inches | Warranty: 2 years
"This compact blender doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the larger Vitamix blenders, but it does have the ability to make uber-smooth blends, just like its big brothers."
Vitamix Immersion Blender
Long run time
Won't damage nonstick cookware
Easy, one-handed button controls
Expensive for an immersion blender
If you don't have budget or space for a full-size Vitamix, this handheld immersion blender offers versatility and power in a compact form. Of course, it doesn't include a blending jar or pitcher, but it can be used in lots of vessels.
The handheld convenience means you can blend dressings in mason jars, smoothies in cups, and soups and sauces in their pots; it'll fit in any container that has at least a 3-inch opening. A blade guard helps prevent blades from scratching whatever you're blending it in, making this blender safe to use even in nonstick coated cookware.
Most stick-style blenders can run for only a minute at a time to prevent overheating. The Vitamix quadruples this time and can run for 4 minutes before shutting off, which is more than enough time to achieve the perfect blend.
Price at time of publish: $150
Power: 625 watts | Presets: 0 | Speeds: 5 | Dimensions: 18 x 3 x 3 inches | Warranty: 3 years
"The head of the blender fit perfectly in a pint jar and made a thick, smooth, silky mayonnaise in no time." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
The Vitamix Professional Series 750 is pre-programmed with five blending preset functions, taking all the guesswork out of perfecting various recipes. The exterior is sleek and comes with a low-profile 64-ounce container that can easily fit beneath most cabinets. If you don't need so many bells and whistles, the Vitamix E310 Explorian is a more affordable classic model. It comes with a smaller 48-ounce container and offers powerful blending with more basic controls.
How We Tested
We tested 10 of the top Vitamix blenders in our Lab by seeing how well each machine handled a kale smoothie and fresh-ground peanut butter. The testers cleaned each machine repeatedly and placed any dishwasher-safe parts through a few washing cycles. All of our reviewers evaluated the Vitamix blenders on ease of use, performance, noise level, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
We also sent a handful of Vitamixes to the homes of our experienced food writers so they could spend weeks testing their capabilities. They used the machines to blend a variety of drinks, sauces, and soups, tried out all their functions and features, cleaned them, stored them, and ultimately decided what their strengths and weaknesses were.
Testing the Best Vitamix Blenders for Capacity and Controls
Other Options We Tested
- Vitamix 7500 Blender: This is one of Vitamix's classic G-Series blenders that simply has a manual dial with 10 speeds and a pulse feature, and it makes a good blender for those new to Vitamix. But when we tested it in our Lab, we found that it didn't stack up against more advanced Vitamixes. After making a smoothie, our testers could feel the fiber grit while drinking. Meanwhile, it "painted" the inside of the blender with peanut butter, making quite the mess to clean up.
- Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Blender: The Ascent series is known for its smart technology, and that's the main highlight with the A2500. Incredibly similar to our Best Tech pick, this has all the same features as the A2300, with an additional 3 program settings. We tested the two against each other in our Lab and found that those program settings are its only leg up on the A2300. Unless you truly need more programs, you're better off with the A2300.
- Vitamix A3300 Ascent Series Blender: Here's another Ascent series pick, with a digital interface and easy touch operations. We tested this as an option for our Best Splurge category, except that it doesn't have program settings like our current pick, the A3500. It performed exceptionally well, but we still recommend the A3500 over this since it has five program settings, including the rare self-cleaning function.
What to Look for in a Vitamix Blender
The size of your blender totally depends on what you want to use it for. Will you mainly make big batches of smoothies, sauces, or soups? If so, you may want to consider a Vitamix with a large pitcher, and perhaps even some travel cups. If you make small-batch dips and sauces, just need something personal, or have limited counter space and storage, go for a compact variety.
If you want something simple for smoothies or sauces, a basic blender with knobs, buttons, toggles, or dials for speed control will likely work for you.
For something a little more high-tech, consider a touchscreen interface with programs for hot soups, dips, spreads, and frozen desserts. Some even come with built-in timers and wireless connectivity that reads container sizes to adjust program settings and maximum blending times accordingly. If you want to connect to your smartphone, there are options for that, too.
The 2-horsepower motor in each Vitamix is designed to stay cool so it won't overheat or stall out while processing tough ingredients, like thick batters, doughs, and nut butters, or during long blending times. The motor can handle running for several minutes at a time and produces enough power to actually puree and heat soups and sauces from the friction of the blades. Seriously, they'll be steaming and ready to serve straight from the blender jar for fast, easy meals.
Having designated functions for smoothies, soups, desserts, smooth purees, and cleaning can be incredibly helpful, as these functions modulate the blending speed at different intervals of time in order to achieve best results. Some high-tech models even offer wireless compatibility and a function for precisely measuring out ingredients.
More basic Vitamix functions include a variety of different speeds (and depending on the model, you can usually transition seamlessly between speeds using a round dial) and a pulse button. Many people are perfectly happy with just those basic functions, but the extras can be very worthwhile if you'll use them.
Vitamix blenders come with a high price tag. The more tech and features a Vitamix has, the higher the cost. Choosing a basic or Legacy model with simple manual controls is one way to save some money when shopping for a Vitamix.
Vitamix also sells certified reconditioned blenders, which may help you save more over purchasing brand new. The certified reconditioned blenders are backed by either a three- or five-year warranty.
Why choose Vitamix over a regular blender?
Vitamix blenders are some of the most powerful and versatile on the market. They're known for being able to blend any recipe you can dream up, from basic smoothies to batters, frozen treats, thick nut butters, sticky doughs, and more. Even the shape of the blender jar has been designed meticulously: The angles of the jar help create a vortex that folds ingredients down toward the blades, so every bit of a recipe is blended smoothly. In case the vortex power isn't enough, a tamper is included with each Vitamix to help move ingredients without having to pause and scrape the sides of the jar.
Regular blenders tend to lack power and leave unblended chunks of ice cubes in your recipes. The motors also overheat or wear out. Vitamix blenders are extremely durable, designed to resist overheating, and backed by extensive warranties as well as the company's stellar customer service.
Are Vitamix blenders worth it?
For better or for worse, blenders are one kitchen item where you really get what you pay for. Even if you don't use it often, a lower-quality blender can be extremely frustrating because you often have to stop the blending process frequently to scrape down the sides or add liquid, and the end results still don't get fully smooth. Not to mention the huge difference in durability, longevity, ease of use, ease of cleaning, and versatility. Between reviews from our home testers, our Lab testers, and from users all over the world, the very resounding opinion is that Vitamix blenders are very much worth their sticker price.
Can a Vitamix blender be used as a food processor?
It depends—some traditional food processor recipes turn out beautifully in a Vitamix, including dips, dressings, salsas, and batters. You can also use a Vitamix to rough chop vegetables or nuts or pulverize grains into flour, as long as you use slow speeds or the pulse function. One big difference between a food processor and a Vitamix blender is that Vitamix blenders lack the slicing and shredding discs that food processors come with, so it can't be used to shred cheese or thinly slice vegetables. That said, the blenders can handle more liquid-heavy recipes that make a huge mess when attempted in food processors.
Vitamix recently launched a food processor attachment, which resembles a traditional 12-cup food processor bowl with a multiuse blade and two reversible shredding/slicing discs. The attachment only works with the more tech-savvy Ascent and Venturist blenders, though.
How do you clean a Vitamix? Are Vitamix blenders dishwasher-safe?
To clean the blender jar, all you have to do is add a drop of dish soap and some water and run on high speed, or select the cleaning cycle on programmed models to completely clean the blades and jar. A quick rinse and a double-check of the lid and jar rim, and you’re done. The blender base can be wiped clean with a cloth. Some Vitamix blender jars are top rack dishwasher-safe, but in the name of your blender's longevity, washing them in the dishwasher is not recommended.
What is the best way to clean a cloudy Vitamix blender?
Vitamix pitchers are prone to a cloudy appearance—which is mineral build-up from fruits, vegetables, and hard water. Vitamix recommends soaking the pitcher with 1 cup of white vinegar and hot water overnight then using a non-abrasive scrubber to remove any remaining residue.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Donna Currie is a cookbook author as well as a writer and product tester for The Spruce Eats, specializing in all the latest kitchen gadgets. She's tested over 90 products for the brand, including the Vitamix A3500. The Spruce Eats Editor Siobhan Wallace updated this roundup to reflect our Lab testing data.
This roundup was updated by Katya Weiss-Andersson, a writer and editor who has nearly a decade of experience as a professional chef. Katya has been a huge fan of every Vitamix blender she's used throughout her career, and aspires to have one of her own one day. This roundup was also updated by Sharon Lehman, a home cook who happens to be a registered dietitian nutritionist.