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A favorite of restaurants and professional chefs, Vitamix blenders are the gold standard when it comes to blending power, speed, and durability. Yes, 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 that can do everything from grind coffee beans, puree chunky soups, and liquefy fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, into perfectly smooth, clump-free smoothies.
You've really got to try a Vitamix to believe its power for yourself. Rest assured your investment is protected since all new Vitamix blenders are backed by a full 10-year warranty, and the brand's customer service is legendary. There are a lot of Vitamix models to check out, from classic designs to tech-savvy options that can pair with a smartphone app. Luckily, we've done the homework for you and narrowed down the best choices. Here, the best Vitamix blenders.
Powerful 2.2 HP motor
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. This blender has a low-profile 64-ounce container that 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.
To clean, all you have to do is add a drop of dish soap and some water, and run the cleaning cycle to completely clean the blades and jar. A quick rinse and a double-check of the lid and jar rim, and you’re ready to blend some bananas to make a smoothie.
The 2 horsepower motor in each Vitamix is designed to stay cool so it won't overheat or stall out processing tough ingredients, like thick batters and doughs or nut butter, 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.
Affordable compared to pricier models
Not available with low-profile blender jar
Let's be honest: Since Vitamix blenders are the gold standard, they carry high price tags. You can still get Vitamix-quality blending power while saving a chunk of change by choosing one of the pared-down, non-digital classic models, called the Legacy Series, over more expensive models from the Ascent Series.
The TurboBlend Three Speed is more affordable than advanced models. It features simple to use manual controls with toggles for on/off, pulsing, and a dial to select low, medium, and high speed. It comes with a 64-ounce container, which offers plenty of capacity for pureeing a batch of butternut squash soup and making smoothies jam-packed with fruits and veggies. The container isn't the low-profile model offered on other Vitamix blenders, so you'll want to measure if you plan to store it beneath a cabinet.
Bit more affordable than other models
Tall blender jar may not fit beneath all cabinets for countertop storage
This Vitamix 5200 comes with a tall, slim, 64-ounce container that’s perfect for your 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 or to get a precise texture when you’re making salsa or mirepoix. 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.
Even the shape of the blender jars have been designed to contribute to superior blends: The angles of the jar help create a vortex that folds ingredients down toward the blades so every bit of a recipe is blended smooth. 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.
Smart function is impressive
App instructions not included with documentation
One of the smartest of the Vitamix blenders, this blender has five pre-programmed settings to help you perfectly blend smoothies, hot soups, puree baby food and frozen desserts, and clean your blender. It also pairs with the Vitamix Perfect Blend app that has 17 different programs and includes over 500 recipes. The app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and it can also work with the Perfect Kitchen 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 containers are available separately that work with this system. 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 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.
4-inch blade leaves no chunks behind
May not fit under all cabinets
With a classic, no-fuss design and straightforward features, the 5300 does everything you need from a basic blender. It 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 for storage.
Simple manual controls
Powerful 2.2 HP motor
Low profile blender jar may not fit beneath all cabinets
Smaller recipes may not blend as smoothly as large batch
This professional-grade blender is designed to be a kitchen workhorse, with hardened steel blades, ten variable speeds, and a pulse button. The low-profile, 64-ounce container is sufficient for blending soups, smoothies, and sauces in sizable batches. Even with heavy use, the radial cooling fan keeps the motor from overheating, which will keep this blender in top shape for years. The machine is even exact enough to process coffee beans into grounds or make nut butter.
Most affordable Ascent model
Easy to use control dial
This Ascent model combines a variable speed dial with a digital timer, wireless connectivity that recognizes the blender jar size and adjusts the programs, and the Vitamix Perfect Blend app that includes 17 programs and over 500 recipes, so you’ll never run out of ideas for what to cook. The app is available for iOS and Android and works with the Perfect Kitchen Scale to make measuring a breeze.
Some users do mention that all of the power makes this blender on the louder side, some going as far as to refer to it as "scary" loud. But all of that noise trades off to an impressive amount of power that can blend just about anything you put in the container.
Fits in tight spaces
Attachable travel cup
Easy to clean
Small blending container
Has been known to overheat while blending thick ingredients
The slim design of this Vitamix gives you plenty of power with a smaller footprint. It has one dial for the controls, with two pre-programmed settings for smoothies and power blending, along with variable speed control and a pulse button so you get exactly the results you need every time.
This blender comes with a 40-ounce blending container that’s a little smaller than the usual Vitamix blender jars, but it’s still big enough for pureeing batches of hummus or soup. It also includes a travel cup that you can attach to the blender base, so you can make your morning smoothie without ever getting the main container dirty. A cookbook with personal blending recipes is included.
Easy to clean
Still considerably expensive
Vitamix blenders are the cream of the crop—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 it.
The blender includes a 48-ounce container that’s on the smaller side but still large enough for most recipes and certainly enough for your breakfast smoothies or after-work slushie cocktails. Even without a special setting, cleaning is easy since all you need to do is add a drop of dish soap and water and let it run for about a minute to clean the blades and container.
The Vitamix Professional Series 750 is pre-programmed with five blending preset functions, taking all the guesswork out of perfecting the blending speed for various recipes. The exterior is sleek and it 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 TurboBlend Three-Speed is a more affordable classic model. It comes with a tall 64-ounce container and offers the same powerful blending but with more basic controls.
What to Look For in a Vitamix Blender
Capacity: The size of your blender totally depends on what you want to use it for. Will you mainly be making big batches of smoothies, sauce, or soup? If so, you may want to consider a Vitamix with a large blending container, and perhaps even some travel cups so your family can enjoy their breakfast on the run. If you just need something personal or have limited counter space and storage, go for a compact variety.
Controls: If you just want something simple for smoothies, 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 and 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. Want to connect to your smartphone? There are options for that, too.
Cleaning: All blenders have sharp blades, which can sometimes make cleaning quite dangerous. Do you prefer handwashing or would you rather have something that can go in the dishwasher? Some blades are fixed, while others are removable, making them a bit easier to clean. However, sometimes cleaning the jar is as easy as filling with warm water and a drop of dish soap and letting the blender do its thing.
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