Many years since the vintage VITAMIX-MIX 3600 blender used to have the stainless steel jar was discontinued, the consumers are waiting that Vitamix will release a new model with the metal container to replace it.
This is not surprising; the Vitamix is a top-rated blender among Americans and people worldwide for its exceptional quality, durability, and excellent customer support. While the health-aware consumer, who is intolerant to the fact that food is contacting plastic, was in a long search for a high-end blender with stainless steel or glass jar. Since the glass cannot withstand high stress, the high-end blender exposed to the stainless steel container is the only option for this category of consumers.
Finally, this happened, the most awaited Vitamix stainless steel container was just released (July 8, 2020), and you can buy it now for your blender.
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The good news, this container is compatible with all Vitamix full-size models, including the Classic Series – 5000, 5200 Standard, Standard programs, TurboBlend VS, Creation GC, Creation II, Pro 2000, CIA Pro, 6300, 5000, 5300 — the latest Classic models — Explorian E310 and E320, the former Next Generation Series 750, 7500, and 780, Creation Elite, Pro 300 — and the newest Ascent Series blenders — A2300, A2500, A3300, A3500, and Venturist V1200.
The new Vitamix Stainless steel container is 100% made of molded bent 304-grade stainless steel, also known as “18/8” stainless steel (includes 18% chromium, 8% nickel, and 0.08% carbon). The inside of this jar is also 100% stainless steel, including the bolt that connects the container and blade assembly, so your food will not come into contact with plastic elements during the blending. It has a 48 ounces capacity and is very similar in size and shape to low profile narrow bottom Vitamix Tritan copolyester 48 oz. WET blade optional container. The stainless steel jar has the same large no-drip pour spout as 48 oz. container and rather sharp edges, however, not so sharp that it can cut you.
It comes with an ergonomically designed and comfortable stainless steel handle. In addition, there is a grey plastic guard under the handgrip that is designed to protect your hand from hot or cold liquids. When you blend hot or cold ingredients, the container body becomes respectively very hot or cold due to the high thermal conductivity of the stainless steel material. At the same time, the plastic guard ensures the handle stays at a comfortable temperature.
The container has volume markings up to 48 ounces/6 cups/1400 ml on the jar’s inside walls that are coated in black material.
This stainless steel container is equipped with the transparent leak-proof seal BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester lid. It comes in two parts the top itself and the cap for venting while blending hot food or removable for adding extra ingredients during the blending process. And it is identical in shape and material to the standard Vitamix ascent container lids.
The transparent Tritan copolyester lid allows you to observe the blending process, which you cannot see through the opaque container walls.
Although the transparent lid makes life easier for many consumers, it could be a ply for the healthy-aware ones. While the lid does not directly contact the food, it could be reached by a few splash droplets that may fall back into the liquid and make the food into plastic contact (though negligible).
Ideally, Vitamix should come out with two options – the Eastman Tritan copolyester lid and the stainless steel one that would satisfy most health-aware consumers’ requirements.
The Stainless Steel Vitamix container comes with the semi-permanently inbuilt 3 inches WET blade that is typical for any other Eastman Tritan copolyster 48 oz. narrow-body container. It also has a durable all-metal retainer nut and gears. Semi ‑permanently blade assembly is not supposed to be removed for cleaning or other purposes. At the same time, it is still possible to detach them for replacement or other needs with a special Vitamix wrench.
This container is designed to perform all standard Vitamix Wet Blade Container tasks. Nevertheless, it handles a broader range of liquid temperatures. Additionally, it preserves hot or cold temperatures slightly longer than a plastic container.
Wet vs. Dry Blade Container
The Vitamix 48 oz. stainless steel container comes with the WET blade only, and as of now, Vitamix does not plan to produce stainless steel containers with the DRY blade.
However, the WET blade container perfectly performs dry tasks such as grinding baking quality powder and mixing dough. The WET blade is constructed slightly differently from the DRY blade. The Dry Blade is designed to push ingredients up, while the wet blade pulls food down. As a result, the copolyester WET blade container will develop scratches on the jar’s bottom part, while the stainless steel container will not have this problem.
Small Batches vs. Large Batches Recipes
48 oz., narrow bottom 3 inches blade container is better for making smaller food recipes than standard wide bottom containers that come with most Vitamix machines (excluding 5200 and Explorian 310 devices). So, the extra 48 oz. the container is an excellent option to buy if the machine owner with a wide bottom container often plans to prepare small batch recipes such as pesto, nut butter, and others. This stainless steel container is perfect for an extra container that performs small batches tasks and can be doubled for making flours without scratching your container.
This container comes with the custom-made S2 Low profile plastic tamper. Its size is similar to the mini tamper that is compatible with Vitamix 48 oz. Eastman Tritan copolyester container and only slightly differs in shape. No doubt, the S2 low profile tamper and mini tamper are interchangeable.
The plastic tamper is another issue that health-aware consumers who are very sensitive to food contact with plastic will pay attention to. Therefore, it would probably be a good solution if Vitamix could supply this stainless steel container with stainless steel tamper to satisfy the most demanding customer for whom the container was basically designed.
While the Vitamix Tritan copolyester containers usually do not have the problem with developing stains and odor, over time, they still accumulate some scratches, and smell and stains can become a problem for older jugs. Stainless steel containers certainly will not develop any odor, scratches, or stains over time. The stainless steel container is also easier to clean after blending the thick recipes like nut butter or pesto that usually stack at the copolyester container’s bottom.
Generally, all Vitamix containers are easier to self-clean. The good news is that this stainless steel container is also top-rack dishwasher safe.
This stainless steel 48 oz container has an identical 6.5 x 8 x 10 inches size to the Tritan copolyester container. At the same time, it is heavier, the 48 oz. stainless steel container weighs 3.75 lbs compared to the 2.63 lbs weight of the 48 Tritan copolyester container.
The stainless steel container releases the same noise level as a plastic container. However, the Vitamix model and the blend ingredients can vary from 92 to 104 dB.
This container (including tamper and lid) is equipped with three years Full warranty, similar to any other optional Vitamix container. However, while the container that comes with the Vitamix machine is covered with the same full warranty length as the entire machine, 5200 models have a seven-year full warranty. In contrast, Ascent models come with a 10-year full warranty.
Country of Production
The Stainless Steel 48 oz. Vitamix container is manufactured in the Vitamix Ohio, USA Factory. All Vitamix blenders are constructed with over 70% USA-made parts. No Chinese parts are used for any Vitamix machine.
Container Pros and Cons
- 100% stainless steel inside and outside of the container;
- Has clear volume marking;
- Transparent lid to see thru the blending process;
- The long-awaited container by many health-aware consumers;
- It will not 100% satisfy the most demanding health-aware consumer because of the plastic lid and tamper.
- Stainless Steel 48 oz. Container;
- Eastman Tritan Copolyester Lid with removable cap;
- Custom made tamper;
- A Welcome Guide;
- A Getting Started Booklet;
- Owner’s Manual.
Although this stainless steel container seems expensive, it is only 30–40% more expensive than the standard Vitamix optional and replacement copolyester jars. Therefore, the budget or refurbished model plus buying a stainless steel container may cost less than a premium model with a plastic jug. At the same time, the customers who intend to own a high-end blender with stainless containers only quickly can sell the new copolyester container on eBay to recover some cost.
Is this stainless steel expensive Vitamix container worth buying? Certainly, yes. The consumers who were looking to buy an additional 48 oz. container for processing small recipes can get the stainless steel instead. It is not only a more durable jar that will perform all functions of 48 oz. In addition, the copolyester container may double the dry container as it will not develop scratches and odor overtime after frequent use.
Is it also an excellent option for health-aware consumers seeking a high–end blender with stainless steel that may eliminate the food to plastic contacts. Although it comes with a plastic lid and tamper, it has minimum contact with food, while a tamper is almost unneeded for most Vitamix tasks and used chiefly for nut butter and other thick mixtures. Besides, this is the best stainless steel container that is available with a powerful high-end blender.
Thanks for a great and informative article.
I came across here trying to learn what a dry container can do — was planning to get one for occasional flour grinding and almond butter making as I was concerned that the hard particles of dry ingredients would cloud damage my wet container interior wall.
Just thinking perhaps it might be better to invest in the stainless steel container instead of a dry container as there’s no worry about damaging the container with the stainless steel. also I could double the use for when blending hot food.
It is a great question….
It depends on the Vitamix model you have. If your blender comes with the 64 wide bottom container the Stainless steel narrow bottom 48 oz container probably the best option. The flour grinding will certainly scratch the wet type containers. While the almond butter will hardly cause any scratching in a higher degree than smoothie making. However, the narrow bottom containers are better at making almond butter (it can handle small and large batches of ingredients).
If you have a Vitamix 5200 or Explorian E310 model with a narrow bottom container then I would buy the dry container only. The dry container is designed for grinding and it does the job better. And the narrow bottom container is perfect for making small and large batches of almond butter perfectly. And the dry container will cost about $60 less than Stainless steel container.
Thanks for this informative review. I own a stainless steel container for about 4 months now. The container started leaking a little at the bottom. It’s not really obvious.. maybe just some tiny droplets, but it is annoying especially when I have thicker blends. Any advice on how I could tighten the retainer nut? It looks different from the usual container bottom. I purchased this on Amazon from outside of the US so sending back to Vitamix would probably not be an option. Thanks
I have to contact Vitamix customer service and ask them for the retainer nut wrench for the stainless steel container. You can also ask the customer service about the problem and how to fix it. Most likely they will help. If it will not work the first time try again, it depends on the representative, You better explain to them that you are not in the USA and cannot send the container for replacement or repair.
Unfortunately the container is made in China and that’s a deal breaker for me. 🙁
From Vitamix customer service:
“Vitamix sources products from around the world for our products. The stainless steel container is manufactured in China. The blades and blade assembly are manufactured in the USA.”
Is this 48 oz stainless steel container compatible with the older vita mix +3600 blender?
Unfortunately, the new 48 oz stainless steel container is not compatible with Vitamix 3600 blender. The Vitamix 3600 model has the socket located on the container instead of the motor base, so the container will not fit onto the base.