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 since 1991 until now.
Here are the Classic Series models that are currently manufactured by Vitamix: Explorian E310, Explorian E320, 780, Professional Series 750, 7500, 6500, 5300, 5200, Standard Programs, TurboBlend Three Speed, TurboBlend Two Speed.
There are the models that were discontinued but 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 that are still produced and discontinued come in a package with 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;
There are two other containers that are available to buy for these blenders but they do not come with standard package (however, some package may include few jar but those package are not standard):
- 32 oz. with 3” Wet blades;
- 32 oz. narrow bottom with 3” Dry blades.
All blenders come with wet blades containers in a package. The 5200 and Standard program models come with tall narrow body 64 oz. 3“ Wet blades containers, the Explorian E310 with 48 oz. narrow body Wet 3” blades container and the rest of the currently manufactured models comes with low profile and wide body 64 oz. Wet containers.
All Vitamix Classic series containers are made from the stress and temperature resistant clear as a glass and lightweight Eastman Tritan copolyster material, have measuring marks in ounces, cups, and milliliters are clearly marked and nice pour spot. The containers also come with black/gray rubber lids with clear plastic plug cap and tampers which are differ by size and design for different containers.
All Vitamix Classic containers come with irremovable semi-blunt stainless steel blade system.
The Vitamix containers differs by tasks or blade design (Wet vs Dry blades) and by their capacity and shape (64 oz. high profile, 64 oz. low profile, 48 oz., and 32 oz.). Different size containers differ by the ability of processing large vs small batches of food.
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Compatibility of 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 compatible with any Classic machines.
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“ blades container are 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 the 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 48 oz. and 32 oz. containers which are same in design as 64 oz. high profile narrow body container are compatible with the 2.2HP base units.
So, I assume the Vitamix change its vision and all Classic containers are all compatible within the Classic Series machines.
What concern 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.
The same way, the Air Disc Container is officially compatible with any Classic machine but it is originally come without self-detect system.
The Vitamix also produces a Personal Cup Adapter – a single serve Blender attachment that compatibles with all classic machines.
The tampers that came with all the containers are also not interchangeable. Vitamix produces 3 models of tampers.
Classic Tamper for 64 oz. high profile narrow container that is approximately 12-½ inches long.
Low Profile Tamper for 64 oz. low profile wide bottom container only that is approximately 9-¾ inches long.
And Mini Tamper that suits both 32 oz. and 48 oz. containers and it is approximately 11 inches long.
The main difference between the low profile wide bottom 64 oz. container and 64 oz. high profile, 48 oz., and 32 oz. narrow bottom containers that 64 oz. low profile one comes with 4” blades in diameter while the narrow 64 oz., 48, oz., and 32 oz. jars come with smaller 3” in diameter blades. During the processing tasks the blades must be covered with liquid completely in order to achieve best blending result. Obviously, the wide bottom and larger blades requires more ingredients and liquid to cover rather than narrow bottom and smaller blades. As a result, the wide bottom container handles the larger minimum batches of food rather than narrow bottom containers.
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 minimum 4-4.5 cups of nuts for nut butter;
- Good for kneading dough;
On another hand
- It splashes a lots with volumes of less than 4 cups;
- Not good for small recipes like sauces, marinades, pesto and etc.;
While, narrow bottom 64 oz., 48, oz., and 32 oz. containers excel at:
- Small recipes like marinades, mayonnaise, nut butter, require minimum batch of food is ¾ cups;
- Requires minimum 2.5 cups of nuts for nut butter;
- Good for making thick recipes like ice cream, humus, nut butter;
- Do not splash with 1-2 cups volumes;
- Not able to chop large batches of veggies.
Why you may want to buy extra Wet container?
If you buy the blender with low profile wide bottom container but you are the small household or use want to use your blender for making small recipes than it definitely worth to buy one of the narrow wet containers either the tall one that handles not only small recipes but also large ones or on of the smaller 48 oz. or 32 oz. containers if you want to use as single serve one.
Dry Vs Wet blades Containers
All Vitamix machines standard packages come with the wet blade containers – 64 oz. low profile, 64 oz. high profile, 48, oz., and 32 oz. – which are used for most of your recipes.
Wet design blades are made to push ingredients down to the blades for better processing. They are designed to process liquid and thick recipes for making smoothies, whole juices, frozen mixtures, sauces, hot soups, hot fondues, purees, nut butter, batters, dry and wet chopping veggies, and can also do the dry tasks like grinding and milling grain, coffee, spices, cheese, chocolate and knead dough.
However, when wet blade container perform dry tasks, they tend to
- Scratch the container wall near the bottom, that make it sometime smelly;
- Press milled flour or spices toward the corners of the container;
- Heat the flour during the milling.
The “dry” blade constructed to push ingredients up and away so the heavy unbroken pieces fall down 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 blades that tend to heat ingredients.
So, the Dry Blade Container is built specially for milling grains, cereal into baking quality flour, grinding coffee beans, spices, beans, nuts, seeds, crumble chocolate, dry cheeses and also used for kneading bread dough and dry chopping veggies.
Although, the dry blades can blend liquids but they are not very efficient:
- Liquid blends will never be as smooth as in the wet blade container.
Why you may want to buy extra Dry container?
So, if you grind herbs, mill flour and knead dough on a regular basis, you may will certainly benefited from purchase 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.