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Vitamix Blender Frequently Asked Questions

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Vita­mix is a well-known brand but man­u­fac­tures very expen­sive prod­ucts. So, cus­tomers want to find the answers to all their ques­tions about this machine before decid­ing to buy it.

Here we address some of the most fre­quent ques­tions about Vita­mix blenders.

Table of Con­tents

What makes Vitamix so popular?

The Vita­mix is the fam­i­ly-owned busi­ness with a fac­to­ry locat­ed in Cleve­land, Ohio since 1921 and pro­duces blenders since 1937.

It has a long his­to­ry with patent­ed motor, blades con­tain­ers. Vita­mix pro­duced com­mer­cial blenders for many years before they have intro­duced com­mer­cial stan­dard blenders for home use.

It man­u­fac­tures now bench­mark blenders for com­mer­cial and house­hold usage.

What is the difference between the Vitamix commercial units and blenders for home use?

The blenders for com­mer­cial and home use both have the same motor and blades design. How­ev­er, com­mer­cial blenders are con­struct­ed for heavy use in bar/restaurants where they run a 100 and more cycles a day. Some of them have pro­gram­ma­ble func­tions for most used bar/restaurant recipes. Thus, they usu­al­ly come with short­er 1–3 years Lim­it­ed war­ran­ty.

While the home use blenders are engi­neered with ver­sa­til­i­ty in mind and often have pre-set pro­grams such as soup or dips/salsa that is expand tasks vari­ety of the unit. The home-use Vita­mix blenders usu­al­ly cost con­sid­er­ably cheap­er and have 5–10 years Full war­ran­ty.

What are the cheaper Vitamix alternatives?

The major com­peti­tor of Vita­mix is Blendtec Com­pa­ny that pro­duce is not con­sid­er­ably cheap­er than Vita­mix blenders. Some­times both com­pa­nies Vita­mix and Blendtec run spe­cial offers for some mod­el and if you are lucky you can grab the true high-end blenders for just a bit over $200.

The War­ing and KitchenAid also have the com­mer­cial type of blenders for home use that are com­pa­ra­ble in qual­i­ty with Vita­mix but they are also not cheap. All high-end blenders have approx­i­mate­ly the same price in a range of $350-$700 depend­ing on the mod­el.

Vita­mix has cer­ti­fied refur­bished mod­els that usu­al­ly 25–30% cheap­er.

How­ev­er, there is some cheap­er alter­na­tive, but they are cer­tain­ly infe­ri­or qual­i­ty to Vita­mix and often the Chi­nese dupe of the high-end machines from well-known brands. Among the most pop­u­lar mod­els are the Blendtec, Oster, and Dash blenders.

Check our arti­cle “Best Blender under $200 – Cheap­er Alter­na­tive to Vita­mix 2019 Guide” to find out more details about cheap­er Vita­mix alter­na­tives.

How does the same Vitamix unit can make ice cream and steaming hot soup?

The ice cream recipes are usu­al­ly made with­in 30–45 sec­onds and load the jar with most­ly frozen ingre­di­ents. The Vita­mix patent­ed blades can homog­e­nize the frozen food in sec­onds so they do not have time to melt away.

While for the hot soup it takes 6–8 min­utes to blend the liq­uid up to the 180–200F. It is pos­si­ble because of the very high speed of the Vita­mix blades, so high that the liq­uids inside of the jar are heat­ed from the blades fric­tions.

Are there any Vitamix models available with glass or stainless steel containers?

All Vita­mix mod­els come with BPA-free East­man Tri­tan Copoly­ester mate­r­i­al which is the USA pro­duced spe­cial heavy-duty plas­tic.

Glass: No such a glass can with­stand the heavy-duty impact that Vita­mix blenders are exposed to dur­ing blend­ing.

Stain­less steel: In July 2020 Vita­mix released a new Stain­less Steel Con­tain­er which you can buy sep­a­rate­ly.

The stan­dard for com­mer­cial blend­ing changed since the Vita­mix had the blenders with a stain­less steel con­tain­er. Nowa­days it is not very pop­u­lar in the com­mer­cial indus­try to use stain­less steel jars. The stain­less steel con­tain­er does not allow us to observe what is going on inside of the blend­ing jar. What is not match­ing the cur­rent com­mer­cial blend­ing indus­try stan­dards.

How­ev­er, some brands such as War­ing still man­u­fac­ture the com­mer­cial types of blenders with stain­less steel con­tain­ers.

What is the difference between the Vitamix wet and dry blades containers?

All Vita­mix mod­els come with stan­dard 64 oz. high pro­file, 64 oz. low pro­file or 48 oz. low pro­file wet blades con­tain­ers. The vor­tex the wet blades cre­ate is designed to pull ingre­di­ents down to the blades to ensure their per­fect emul­si­fi­ca­tion.

The dry blades are engi­neered to push ingre­di­ents up for more effi­cient grind­ing, milling, and knead­ing job.

Wet blades con­tain­ers are designed to per­form all stan­dard Vita­mix tasks such as blend­ing smooth­ies, nut milk, mak­ing nut but­ter, and frozen desserts. The wet blades also eas­i­ly per­form the dry blades tasks such as milling flour, knead­ing dough, and grind­ing ingre­di­ents.

You do not need dry con­tain­ers but if you do milling and grind­ing it will make the wet con­tain­er look cloudy. So, for the aes­thet­ic pur­pose, it is nice to have the dry con­tain­er as an extra con­tain­er for more effi­cient milling, grind­ing knead­ing, and to keep your jar look nice and clear.

What is the difference between the Vitamix 64 ounces 48 ounces and 32 ounces wet containers?

The Vita­mix makes the fol­low­ing Clas­sic series con­tain­ers which dif­fer by the abil­i­ty to han­dle large and small batch­es of food:

  • 64 oz. wet blades high pro­file – han­dles large and small batch­es of food;
  • 64 oz. wet blades low pro­file — han­dles bet­ter large batch­es of food;
  • 48 oz. wet blades — han­dles small batch­es of food;
  • 32 oz. wet blades — han­dles small batch­es of food;
  • 32 oz. dry blades – designed for dry tasks such as milling, grind­ing, and knead­ing.

The Vita­mix makes the fol­low­ing Smart Sys­tem series con­tain­ers which dif­fer by the abil­i­ty to han­dle large and small batch­es of food:

  • 64 oz. low pro­file wet con­tain­er- han­dles bet­ter large batch­es of food;
  • 48 oz. wet blades con­tain­er — han­dles small batch­es of food;
  • 48 oz. dry blades con­tain­ers — designed for dry tasks such as milling, grind­ing, and knead­ing.

Are the Vitamix containers interchangeable between different blenders for Home Use?

The Vita­mix tries hard to make all its con­tain­ers inter­change­able but with the release of Smart Series Ascent Blenders this becomes impos­si­ble because the Ascent series blenders con­tain­ers are self-detect and Clas­sic series con­tain­ers are not.

Read “Vita­mix Ascent Series Con­tain­ers Explained” for more details about the Smart Sys­tem Ascent series con­tain­ers.

So, the Vita­mix man­u­fac­tures a sep­a­rate range of con­tain­ers for Clas­sic Series mod­els and the Ascent Series mod­els. All clas­sic series con­tain­ers are inter­change­able between its mod­els, all the Smart Sys­tem con­tain­ers are inter­change­able between all Ascent blenders but Smart series and clas­sic Series con­tain­ers are not inter­change­able between each oth­er.

Does Vitamix produce a Personal type of Blender or Personal Blender attachment?

Vita­mix used to man­u­fac­ture Per­son­al Blenders Series S30, S50, and S55 but dis­con­tin­ued at the end of 2019.

How­ev­er, it pro­duces a Per­son­al Blender attach­ment called Per­son­al Cup Starter Kit for Smart Sys­tem Blenders that are com­pat­i­bles with Ascent A2300, A2500, A3300, A2500, and Ven­tur­ist mod­els.

For the Clas­sic Series Vita­mix pro­duces Per­son­al Cup Adap­tor Kit that is com­pat­i­ble with all Clas­sic mod­els.

Why Vitamix blender is designed with the tamper/plunger? Is Vitamix unable to process food without the help of tamper?

The tam­per is a very con­ve­nient Vita­mix tool, how­ev­er, it does not mean that you are sup­posed to use it all the time. Most of the recipes the ben­der process with­out tam­per involve­ment. For exam­ple, blend­ing smooth­ies, whole juices, hot soups, grind­ing tasks, and oth­ers usu­al­ly do not require any tam­per help.

It is help­ful while blend­ing the thick recipes such as nut but­ter, hum­mus, or pesto when the cav­i­ta­tion and air pock­ets are most like­ly to occur.

How to decide which Vitamix to choose?

It is not an easy task as Vita­mix pro­duces cur­rent­ly 15 dif­fer­ent mod­els.

Look at our com­pre­hen­sive guide “Which Vita­mix Blender to Buy?” for more details.

Which Vitamix Blenders are fitting under standard kitchen cabinets?

All Smart Sys­tem Vita­mix Blenders and Pro Series 750, Vita­mix 7500, 5300, 6500, and 780 Clas­sic mod­els will fit under your kitchen cab­i­net. The only blenders that will not are Vita­mix Clas­sic 5200 and Stan­dard pro­gram units.

 Is it worth to buy Vitamix Certified Reconditioned blender?

Cer­ti­fied Recon­di­tioned Vita­mix machines are a good option if you want to buy a high-end machine at a dis­count­ed price.

Read our arti­cle “Vita­mix Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished Blenders – Are They Worth to Con­sid­er?” for more details.

Is a blender’s wattage/horsepower the most important parameter of a high-end blender like Vitamix?

No. Wattage/Horsepower is just a mea­sure that indi­cates the motor pow­er, how­ev­er, it is not guar­an­teed you the high-end blender per­for­mance.

For, exam­ple a few blenders on the mar­ket like Nin­ja or Hamil­ton Beach mod­els have a motor pow­er of 1500 Watts and more, while the clas­sic Vita­mix 5200 mod­el has only 1380 Watts motor. How­ev­er, the per­for­mance of Vita­mix 5200 and Nin­ja Mega Kitchen blender are not com­pa­ra­ble, the Vita­mix 5200 can make a steam­ing hot soup just via fric­tion while Nin­ja Mage Kitchens is not.

The Vita­mix has a world-class motor, ball bear­ing blades assem­bly tech­nol­o­gy, patent­ed con­tain­er, and blades that allow the blender to deliv­er top qual­i­ty blend­ing results.

How can I remove the Vitamix blades for sharpening?

You can use the spe­cial Vita­mix retain­er nut tool to remove the blades. How­ev­er, its blades are not los­ing sharp­ness over time, so they do not need sharp­en­ing.

Why the Vitamix container has no locking system? Is it secure that the container moves slightly during the blending?

Yes, it is secure. The con­tain­er has a lock­ing mech­a­nism that is not very obvi­ous. It is locked via cou­pling to dri­ve sock­et con­nec­tion. The con­tain­er also rests on a rub­ber mat and rub­ber stop­pers that also keeps the con­tain­er secure in place.

Can the Vitamix replace a juicer?

It can to some extent. The Vita­mix will not make text­book juice that sep­a­rates the fiber from the liq­uid. But Vita­mix will homog­e­nize all ingre­di­ents to such a degree that you may treat it as a juice or so-called “Whole Juice”. The whole juice even health­i­er option than a text­book juice because it has valu­able fiber.

Will the Vitamix blender be suitable for vegan, gluten-free, or/and raw-food recipes?

Veg­an/g­luten-free: The Vita­mix is a mul­ti­task­ing machine. It is designed to pre­pare a wide range of recipes from healthy smooth­ies to steam­ing hot soup. It can even mill any grain into bak­ing qual­i­ty flours that make the Vita­mix blender an indis­pens­able tool for any gluten aller­gic per­son. It is cer­tain­ly a per­fect addi­tion to the veg­an and/or gluten-free kitchen.

Raw: The Vita­mix blender heats the liq­uid inside of con­tain­ers via the fric­tion. The steam­ing hot soup (up to 200F/94C) is heat­ed with­in 6 min­utes in the jars with 4“ blades and with­in 7.5 min­utes in the jars with 3” blades. The blender will not notice­ably increase the liq­uid tem­per­a­ture inside of the con­tain­er in the first minute of blend­ing and if blend­ing under 3 min­utes it should main­tain the tem­per­a­ture with­in the raw food allowance of 118F/48C.

So if you blend you ingre­di­ents under 3 minute than any of your recipes will abide by the raw food stan­dard. Thus, the Vita­mix machine is per­fect­ly suit­able for prepar­ing a range of veg­an raw recipes.

What shall I do if the Vitamix blender will have performance issues or I decide to return the blender?

The Vita­mix has the best cus­tomer ser­vice in the indus­try and one of the best length of war­ran­ty. The Vita­mix cus­tomer ser­vice will repair or replace any part of the machine with­in the war­ran­ty peri­od free of charge and free ship­ping both ways. The Vita­mix has a trans­fer­able war­ran­ty and it cov­ers your machine even if you bought it sec­ond hand, but in this case, your war­ran­ty starts from the ini­tial pur­chase day of the orig­i­nal own­er. The war­ran­ty (and usu­al­ly free ship­ping) apply to any autho­rized retail­er.

If you buy your Vita­mix blender and do not like it for some rea­son, you can return it with­in 30 days of pur­chase no ques­tion asked. The Vita­mix will pay even ship­ping costs for you if you decide to return your machine.

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