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64 oz. High Pro­file Nar­row Bottom
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64 oz. Low Pro­file Wide Bottom

The Vita­mix Clas­sic Prod­uct Line includes for­mer C‑Series, G‑Series, and cur­rent Explo­ri­an Series blenders. The clas­si­fi­ca­tion for the C‑series and G‑series changed from 1991 until now.

Here are the Clas­sic Series mod­els cur­rent­ly man­u­fac­tured by Vita­mix: Explo­ri­an E310, Explo­ri­an E320, 780, Pro­fes­sion­al Series 750, 7500, 6500, 5300, 5200, Stan­dard Pro­grams, Tur­boBlend Three Speed, Tur­boBlend Two Speed.

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There are the mod­els that were dis­con­tin­ued but are still owned by many house­holds: 5000,  6000, 6300, Aspire, Aspire GC, CIA Cre­ations, CIA Pro­fes­sion­al Series, Cre­ations Elite, Cre­ations Gallery, Cre­ations GC, Cre­ations II, Pro­fes­sion­al Series 200, Pro­fes­sion­al Series 300, Total Nutri­tion Cen­ter, Total Nutri­tion Cen­ter 3, Tur­boBlend VS.

All the Vita­mix Clas­sic blenders (exclud­ing the Space Sav­ing prod­uct Line) that are still pro­duced and dis­con­tin­ued come in a pack­age with three (3) types of containers:

  • 64 oz. high pro­file nar­row bot­tom with 3” Wet blades;
  • 64 oz. low pro­file wide bot­tom with 4” Wet blades;
  • 48 oz. nar­row bot­tom with 3” Wet blades;

Three oth­er option­al con­tain­ers are avail­able to buy for these blenders, but they do not come with the stan­dard pack­age (how­ev­er, some non-stan­dard pack­ages may include a few jars):

All blender pack­ages are equipped with wet blade con­tain­ers. The 5200 Stan­dard and Stan­dard Pro­gram mod­els come with 64 oz. tall nar­row body 3 inch­es Wet blade con­tain­ers, the Explo­ri­an E310 is equipped with the 48 oz. nar­row-body Wet 3 inch­es blade con­tain­er and the rest of the cur­rent­ly man­u­fac­tured mod­els come with the 64 oz. low pro­file wide-body Wet con­tain­ers.

All Vita­mix Clas­sic series con­tain­ers are made from the stress and tem­per­a­ture resis­tant clear as glass and light­weight East­man Tri­tan copoly­ester mate­r­i­al. They have mea­sur­ing marks in ounces, cups, and mil­li­liters are clear­ly marked with a nice pour spout. The con­tain­ers also come with black/gray rub­ber lids with clear plas­tic plug caps and tam­per, dif­fer­ing by size and design for dif­fer­ent containers.

All Vita­mix Clas­sic con­tain­ers come with an irre­mov­able semi-blunt stain­less steel blade system.

The Vita­mix con­tain­ers dif­fer by tasks or blade design (Wet vs. Dry blades) and their capac­i­ty and shape (64 oz. high pro­file, 64 oz. low pro­file, 48 oz., and 32 oz.). In addi­tion, dif­fer­ent size con­tain­ers dif­fer in the abil­i­ty to process large vs. small batch­es of food.

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Compatibility of Vitamix Classic Containers and Base Units

All Clas­sic con­tain­ers (64 oz. high pro­file, 64 oz. low pro­file, 48 oz., 32 oz. Wet blades, and 32 oz. Dry blades), in fact, are com­pat­i­ble with any Clas­sic machine.

How­ev­er, Vita­mix used to say that the 64-oz low pro­file wide bot­tom con­tain­er is not com­pat­i­ble with 5000, 5200, Stan­dard Pro­grams machines that come with 2 PH/1380 Watts base units because the low pro­file 4 inch­es blades con­tain­er is designed for the 2.2HP base units. And vice ver­sa, that high pro­file nar­row body con­tain­er does not fit the Vita­mix 7500, Pro 750, and 780 base units with 2.2HP motor.

After this state­ment, Vita­mix released 5300 and 6300 mod­els that match the 2HP base unit and low pro­file 4” con­tain­ers. At the same time, the nar­row-body 3” blades are 48 oz. and 32 oz. con­tain­ers that are the same in design as 64 oz. high pro­file nar­row body con­tain­ers are com­pat­i­ble with the 2.2HP base units.

So, I assume Vita­mix changes its vision, and all Clas­sic con­tain­ers are com­pat­i­ble with the Clas­sic Series machines.

What con­cerns Smart Sys­tem 48-oz and 64-oz con­tain­ers with SELF DETECT con­tain­ers could be run on Clas­sic units, but the self-detect sys­tem will not work with them.

In the same way, the Air Disc Con­tain­er is offi­cial­ly com­pat­i­ble with any Clas­sic machine, but it orig­i­nal­ly came with­out a self-detect system.

The Vita­mix also pro­duces a Per­son­al Cup Adapter – a sin­gle-serve Blender attach­ment that is com­pat­i­ble with all clas­sic machines.

Vitamix Classic Tampers Compatibility

Every Vita­mix Blender pack­age includes the cus­tom-made tam­per tool that comes in three (3) dif­fer­ent mod­els and is com­pat­i­ble ONLY with a par­tic­u­lar type of container:

  • Clas­sic Tam­per for 64 oz. high pro­file nar­row bot­tom con­tain­er ONLY with an approx­i­mate length of 12½ inch­es;
  • Low Pro­file Tam­per for 64 oz. low pro­file wide bot­tom con­tain­er ONLY that is approx­i­mate­ly 9¾ inch­es long;
  • And Mini Tam­per that suits both 32 oz. and 48 oz. con­tain­ers, and it is approx­i­mate­ly 11 inch­es long.

Vitamix Classic Wide Bottom (64 oz.) vs. Narrow Bottom (64 oz., 48 oz., 32 oz., and 48 oz. stainless steel) Containers

The main dif­fer­ence — between the 64 oz. low pro­file wide bot­tom con­tain­er and 64 oz. high pro­file, 48 oz., and 32 oz. nar­row bot­tom con­tain­ers — is that 64 oz. low pro­file jug comes with 4 inch­es diam­e­ter blades while the nar­row 64 oz., 48 oz., and 32 oz. jugs come with small­er 3 inch­es diam­e­ter blades.

This dif­fer­ence has its usabil­i­ty impact because, dur­ing the pro­cess­ing tasks, the blades must be cov­ered with liq­uid com­plete­ly to achieve the best blend­ing result. Obvi­ous­ly, the wide bot­tom and larg­er blades require more ingre­di­ents and liq­uid to cov­er it in full rather than the nar­row bot­tom and small­er blades. As a result, the wide bot­tom con­tain­er han­dles the larg­er min­i­mum food batch­es com­pared to nar­row bot­tom containers.

Vita­mix 64 oz low pro­file wide bot­tom con­tain­er is more suit­able for:

  • Pro­cess­ing large batch­es of food, the min­i­mum batch is 2 cups/16 ounces/480 ml;
  • Good for veg­gies chop­ping as wide bot­tom allows it;
  • Requires a min­i­mum of 4–4.5 cups of nuts for nut butter;
  • Good for knead­ing dough;

On the oth­er hand

  • It tends to splash around when pro­cess­ing vol­umes less than 4 cups;
  • It does not suit for prepar­ing small recipes like sauces, mari­nades, pesto, etc.;

While Vita­mix Nar­row Bot­tom 64 oz., 48 oz., and 32 oz. Con­tain­ers excel at:

  • Small recipes like mari­nades, may­on­naise, and nut but­ter require only a min­i­mum of ¾ cup of ingre­di­ents for effi­cient processing;
  • Requires a min­i­mum of 2.5 cups of nuts for nut butter;
  • Good for mak­ing thick recipes like ice cream, hum­mus, and nut butter;
  • Do not splash with 1–2 cups volumes;


  • Not able to chop large batch­es of veggies.

Check here the Vita­mix Stain­less Steel Con­tain­er Review article.

Why May You Want to Buy an Extra Vitamix Classic Wet Container?

Sup­pose you buy the blender with a low pro­file wide bot­tom con­tain­er, but you are a small house­hold or intend to use your blender for mak­ing small recipes. In that case, it is def­i­nite­ly worth buy­ing one of the nar­row bot­tom wet con­tain­ers, either the tall one that han­dles not only small recipes but also large ones or the small­er 48 oz. or 32 oz. one if you want to use it pre­dom­i­nate­ly for sin­gle portions.




Vitamix Classic Dry Vs. Wet Blade Containers

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All Vita­mix machines’ stan­dard pack­ages come with wet blade con­tain­ers — 64 oz. low pro­file,  64 oz. high pro­file, 48 oz., and 32 oz. – that is used for most of your recipes.

All “WET” BLADES that are inbuilt in 64 oz high pro­file, 64 oz. low pro­file, 48 oz, and 32 oz con­tain­ers are absolute­ly iden­ti­cal in shape and design and dif­fer ONLY by the blades’ pro­por­tion­al size. Wet blades are designed to push ingre­di­ents down to the blades for bet­ter pro­cess­ing. They are made to process liq­uid and thick recipes for mak­ing smooth­ies, whole juices, frozen mix­tures, sauces, hot soups, hot fon­dues, purees, nut but­ter, bat­ters, and dry and wet chop­ping veg­gies. They can also do dry tasks like grind­ing and milling grain, cof­fee, spices, cheese, choco­late, and knead­ing the dough.

How­ev­er, when the wet blade con­tain­er per­forms dry tasks, it tends to:

  • Scratch the con­tain­er wall near the bot­tom, which over time can result in accu­mu­lat­ed smell from gar­lic and oth­er food;
  • Press milled flour or spices pow­der toward the cor­ners of the con­tain­er which could result in imper­fect­ly milled pow­der and may be dif­fi­cult to get the milled flour or pow­der out of the jug;
  • Heats the flour dur­ing the milling.

The “DRY” BLADE has dif­fer­ent from to “WET” Blade design. It is con­struct­ed to push ingre­di­ents up and away; the heavy unbro­ken pieces fall to the blades for fur­ther pro­cess­ing while the processed flour/powder cir­cu­lates at the top of the con­tain­er. So, the processed flour/powder is not packed to the cor­ners of the con­tain­er and stays cool­er because it is kept away from the blade that tends to heat ingredients.

The Dry Blade Con­tain­er is built espe­cial­ly for milling grains, and cere­al into bak­ing qual­i­ty flour, grind­ing cof­fee beans, spices, beans, nuts, seeds, crum­bling choco­late, and dry cheeses, and is also used for knead­ing bread dough and dry chop­ping veggies.

Although the dry blades con­tain­er is still able to blend liq­uids, it is not as effi­cient in these tasks as a wet blade con­tain­er. In addi­tion, liq­uid blends will nev­er be as smooth as in the wet blade container.

Why may you want to buy an extra Vitamix Classic Dry Container?

So, if you grind herbs, mill flour, and knead the dough reg­u­lar­ly, you will ben­e­fit from pur­chas­ing a sep­a­rate dry blade con­tain­er. You will not only get the extra con­tain­er and will save your main wet jar from scratch­ing but also will be able to process per­fect qual­i­ty flours and oth­er dry blades recipes.



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For those who are look­ing for glass or stain­less steel Vita­mix con­tain­ers, check our review about the new Vita­mix Stain­less Steel Con­tain­er.

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1 Comment

  1. Veni

    Thank you. Your arti­cle is very help­ful. It is help­ing me make some deci­sions about which con­tain­ers to have on hand. The blade mech­a­nism on my nar­row 64 ounce con­tain­er has worn out so I’m look­ing for a replace­ment container.

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