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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.

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What makes Vitamix so popular?

Vita­mix is a 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 blade design. How­ev­er, com­mer­cial blenders are con­struct­ed for heavy use in bars/restaurants where they run 100 and more cycles a day. In addi­tion, some of them have pro­gram­ma­ble func­tions for most used bar/restaurant recipes. Thus, they usu­al­ly come with a 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 expand the unit’s tasks vari­ety. The home-use Vita­mix blenders usu­al­ly cost con­sid­er­ably cheap­er and have a 5–10 years Full warranty.

What are the cheaper Vitamix alternatives?

The major com­peti­tor of Vita­mix is Blendtec Com­pa­ny that pro­duces is not con­sid­er­ably cheap­er than Vita­mix blenders. How­ev­er, some­times both com­pa­nies Vita­mix and Blendtec, run spe­cial offers for some mod­els, 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 com­mer­cial types 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 are 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.

The hot soup takes 6–8 min­utes to blend the liq­uid up to 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 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. How­ev­er, nowa­days, it is not very pop­u­lar in the com­mer­cial indus­try to use stain­less steel jars and is not match­ing the cur­rent com­mer­cial blend­ing indus­try stan­dards. Besides, the stain­less steel con­tain­er does not allow you to observe what is going on inside the blend­ing jar.

How­ev­er, some brands such as War­ing still man­u­fac­ture 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 a more effi­cient grind­ing, milling, and knead­ing job.

Wet blade con­tain­ers are designed to per­form all stan­dard Vita­mix tasks such as blend­ing smooth­ies, nut milk, mak­ing nut but­ter, and frozen desserts. In addi­tion, 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 it will make the wet con­tain­er look cloudy if you do milling and grind­ing. So, it is nice to have the dry con­tain­er as an extra con­tain­er for more effi­cient milling, grind­ing, knead­ing, and keep­ing your jar look nice and clear for aes­thet­ic purposes.

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. How­ev­er, after the release of Smart Series Ascent Blenders, this becomes impos­si­ble because the Ascent series blenders con­tain­ers are equipped with a new self-detect sys­tem, while the old­er Clas­sic series mod­els con­tain­ers are not.

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

As a result, Vita­mix man­u­fac­tures a sep­a­rate range of con­tain­ers for Clas­sic Series mod­els and the Ascent Series mod­els. All clas­sic series con­tain­ers are inter­change­able between the Clas­sic Series Blenders. All the Smart Sys­tem con­tain­ers are inter­change­able between all Ascent Blenders, while the Smart and Clas­sic Series con­tain­ers are not interchangeable.

Does Vitamix produce a Personal Type Blender or Personal Blender attachment?

Vita­mix is used to man­u­fac­ture Per­son­al Blenders Series S30, S50, and S55 but dis­con­tin­ued those mod­els 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 is the Vitamix blender designed with the tamper (plunger)? Is Vitamix unable to process food without the help of a tamper?

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

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

How do you decide which Vitamix to choose?

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

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

Which Vitamix Blenders fit 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 buying 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 or horsepower (HP) the most important parameter for a high-end blender like Vitamix?

No. Wattage or HP is just a mea­sure that indi­cates the motor pow­er. How­ev­er, it does not guar­an­tee you 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 a 1380 Watts motor. How­ev­er, Vita­mix 5200 and Nin­ja Mega Kitchen blender per­for­mance are not com­pa­ra­ble. For exam­ple, 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, the Vita­mix blade does not lose sharp­ness over time, so they do not need sharpening.

Why the Vitamix container has no locking system? Is it secure when 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 the sock­et con­nec­tion. The con­tain­er also rests on a rub­ber mat and rub­ber stop­pers that also keep the jar secure.

Can the Vitamix Blender replace a Juicer?

It can, to some extend. For exam­ple, 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.

Is the Vitamix Blender 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 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 the con­tain­er in the first minute of blend­ing. If you blend­ed your recipe for less than 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 and one of the longest war­ranties in the indus­try. The Vita­mix cus­tomer ser­vice will repair or replace any part of the machine with­in the war­ran­ty peri­od free of charge and pro­vide free ship­ping both ways. The Vita­mix has a trans­fer­able war­ran­ty. It cov­ers your machine even if you bought it sec­ond-hand or trans­ferred it to anoth­er mem­ber of the fam­i­ly dur­ing the war­ran­ty peri­od. Still, in this case, your war­ran­ty starts from the ini­tial pur­chase day of the orig­i­nal own­er. The war­ran­ty (and usu­al­ly free ship­ping) applies 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. In addi­tion, Vita­mix will pay the ship­ping costs for you if you decide to return your machine.

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