Vitamix blender reviews: the best in class

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Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series

It's common knowledge that Vitamix leads the way in terms of blender brand quality, so when choosing between their models, it's all about finding the best value for money that cater to the individual's needs.

We believe that the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Smart Blender has the best money-to-reliability-to-performance-to appearance ratio. With a healthy 64oz capacity pitcher, this appliance is capable, versatile, and full of features.

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1. Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender, Professional-Grade, 48 oz. Container, Black
  • Variable Speed Control: Ten variable speeds allow you to refine every texture with culinary precision, from the smoothest purées to the heartiest soups
  • Pulse Feature: Layer coarse chops over smooth purées for heartier recipes, such as chunky salsas or thick vegetable soups.
  • The 48-ounce container is ideal for blending medium batches for small family meals. Cutting blades measuring 3-inch diameter to ensure a consistent blend every time. Electrical Ratings-120 V

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This decent-sized blender is not going to win any modeling contracts, and it does have a fairly hefty price point, but the Vitamix E310 focuses on performance over appearance.

Its ten-speed motor, blade friction heating, and specially designed temper make this model capable of catering to almost all of your blending needs.

Pros

  •   Self-Cleaning
  •   Robust Blades
  •   Specially Designed Tamper
  •   Blade Friction Heating

Cons

  •   Bland in Appearance
  •   Expensive

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 18 inches
  • Jar Material: Tritan
  • Appliance Weight: 11.50lbs
  • Capacity: 48oz
  • Available Colors: Black & Silver
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1380W
  • Number of Speeds: 10

Looks

While E310 is the cheapest Vitamix product we’re going to review today, it is still somewhat expensive; in fact, Vitamix produces some of the highest-priced blenders on the market, so it’s disappointing to see that the aesthetics of this appliance do not entirely living up to the price point.

The materials used on this blender are good, solid, dependable plastics, yet they somehow look bland and lifeless. The simple switch/dial control panel on the front is pretty dull too. However, the pitcher is a little more interesting to look at, but not by much.

Score: 3/5

Capacity

Vitamix’s 48oz container is relatively modest too. It should be sufficient for serving small families or delivering a couple of drinks, but there’s not enough room for batch blending or preparing soup or smoothies for a large number of people.

Score: 3.5/5

Features

Ten Speed Settings: With a ten-speed motor, this appliance gives you all the precision needed to get the perfect consistency, texture, and smoothness in your smoothies, soups, and shakes.

Self-Cleaning: Despite the Vitamix E310 being dishwasher safe, this blender is self-cleaning. With a little dishwasher soap and warm water, set the appliance going, and it will clean itself with little fuss.

Blade Friction Heating: The blades in this blender can spin fast enough to heat up whatever is on the inside. Blending the ingredients for soup? You won’t even need to transfer it to the stove, just use the blade friction heating to make piping hot soup right inside the pitcher.

Specially Designed Tamper: Occasionally there’s no getting around ingredients sticking to the side of the container when blending. You just have to power down, and get in there with a spoon. Not with the Vitamix E310 as it comes with a unique tamper that is perfectly sized to scrape food and powder off the jar’s sides without ever touching the blades.

Score: 4.5/5

Performance & Cleaning

Vitamix is not a cheap brand, and the E310 is one of their least expensive models, but even then, it costs more than most other commercial models on the market, however, Vitamix pride themselves on quality, and this is where this model shines.

The aircraft-grade stainless steel blades can pulverize almost any ingredient into liquid form with minimal fuss, creating exceptionally smooth soups and beverages.

It’s easy to clean too with the “self-cleaning” mode that washes away all the remaining ingredients with a little soap and warm water.

Score 4.5/5

Should you buy the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender?

Vitamix claims their product is an investment; they know they aren’t cheap, so the selling point is quality and durability. If you’re looking for a well-built appliance that should stand the tests of time, then the cheapest of Vitamix’s blenders are worth your consideration.

Overall Score: 15.5/20

2. Vitamix A3500 Ascent Smart Blender

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Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Graphite
  • Program Settings: Five program settings (for Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning) ensure walk-away convenience and consistent results. The A3500 pairs with the Vitamix Perfect Blend App: Unlock the Ascent Series A3500's full potential with 17 programs and 500+ recipes with the iOS + Android app.
  • Touchscreen Controls give the machine a sleek silhouette and are easily wiped clean.Electrical Ratings - 120 V, 50-60 Hz, 12 Amps. Cord: 4 feet. HP: 2.2-peak
  • You're in Control: Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe

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The Vitamix A3500 Ascent Smart Blender is a wonderfully designed kitchen appliance that looks great, has many functional, easy to use features, and blends almost any ingredient without any problem.

Be prepared to open your wallets and purses, though, because this thing is expensive.

Pros

  •   Looks Stunning
  •   Wireless Connectivity
  •   Touchscreen Control Panel
  •   Self-Cleaning
  •   Programmable Timer
  •   Five Program Settings

Cons

  •   Very Expensive

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 17 inches
  • Jar Material: Tritan
  • Appliance Weight: 14.92lbs
  • Capacity: 64oz
  • Available Colors: Graphite – Copper – Black – Red – White – Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1380W
  • Number of Speeds: 10

Looks

The Vitamix A3500 is a beautifully designed blender with a contemporary aesthetic that wouldn’t look out of place in almost any kitchen. The touchscreen control panel is slick and intuitive, while the silver trim adds a touch of class to an already superb design.

This model comes in 6 different colors, which all look amazing (especially the brushed steel options), giving you the chance to match the appliance to your kitchen décor.

Score: 4.5/5

Capacity

While the 64oz capacity is not the largest unit on the market, it is still a good-sized blender, which will be sufficient for most cooking/blending jobs.

Score: 4/5

Features

Wireless Connectivity: With a bunch of differently sized pitchers and accessories on sale, this appliance will automatically read the container’s size and adjust the speed and times accordingly thanks to the built-in wireless connectivity.

Five Program Settings: Get blending faster with five pre-programmed settings that can get you up and running within seconds. The settings are; Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, Hot Soup, Dips and Spreads, and Self-Cleaning.

Programmable Timers: This model has a programmable timer. When you find the perfect settings for your own recipes, you can set the appliance going and walk away, safe in the knowledge the blender will stop as soon as your beverage has been perfectly blended.

Self-Cleaning: Much like the cheaper E310, the Vitamix A3500 has a self-cleaning mode that makes the clean-up operation quick and easy with a little soap and water and a button’s touch.

Blade Friction Heating: Again, heat your soup as you blend with this time-saving feature.

Score: 5/5

Performance & Cleaning

Vitamix is one of the best blender manufacturers in the business, and the A3500 Ascent is no different in that regard. Okay, it is a costly appliance, but this unit’s performance is nearly perfect, while the self-cleaning mode once again takes care of the mess.

You could buy a similar appliance from another brand for a fraction of the cost, but this thing feels like it’s built to last.

Score 4.5/5

Should you buy the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Smart Blender?

If you have the money to spare and the need for a substantial blender, then this appliance from Vitamix is well worth a look.

In terms of appearance, it’s one of our favorite appliances, while at the same time being stocked full of features that make using this blender intuitive and straightforward. If that wasn’t enough, the A3500 Ascent blends like a beast, making light work of anything you can throw at it.

Overall Score: 18/20

3. Vitamix 5200 Blender

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Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz Container, Black - 001372
  • Variable Speed Control: Easily adjust speed to achieve a variety of textures. The dial can be rotated at any point during the blend, so you’re in complete control
  • Large Batches: The size and shape of the self-cleaning 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches. Design Feature : Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
  • Hot Soup: The blades in the Vitamix container reach speeds fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes

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The Vitamix 5200 is an extremely popular appliance, it has a 64oz pitcher and 10 speeds which ensures this blender is both capable and versatile.

It’s not the best-looking device on sale, but it does come with the usual Vitamix performance and reliability, but also their high price point.

Pros

  •   Excellent Performance
  •   Very Reliable
  •   Self-Cleaning
  •   Robust Blades

Cons

  •   Very Expensive
  •   Looks a Little Bland
  •   Vibrates So Much it Moves
  •   Loud

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 7.25 x 20.5 inches
  • Jar Material: Tritan
  • Appliance Weight: 10.56lbs
  • Capacity: 64oz
  • Available Colors: Black – Red – White
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Wattage: 1380W
  • Number of Speeds: 10

Looks

The Vitamix 5200 is very similar in design to the E310. The layout and switches are almost the same, but the 5200 looks marginally nicer, with just a little more detail making it look slightly higher-end.

But considering the more significant price point, the appearance is still nothing to write home about.

Score: 3.5/5

Capacity

Another improvement over the E310 is the pitcher’s capacity, and this time the improvement is substantial. With a good-sized 64oz capacity, the 5200 is much more capable of making larger beverages and meals than its baby brother.

Score: 4/5

Features

‘Variable Speed Control’: ‘Variable Speed Control’ is just a fancy way of saying this blending has a ten-speed motor. However, that does give the user full control over their blender to make sure their food and drinks are just the way they want.

Hardened Steel Blades: These sturdy steel blades are sufficient enough to make mincemeat out of almost all ingredients you can throw at them. Ironically, I don’t know how they’d perform against actual meat.

Self-Cleaning: Like all the Vitamix blenders in our review, this model also has the self-cleaning mode. We like it so much because we don’t like cleaning, so any feature that makes it easier is a bonus.

Specially Designed Tamper: Much like the E310, this Vitamix 5200 is fitted with the tamper to help get rid of the pesky ingredients that stick to the jar’s side. It’s perfectly adapted to avoid contact with the blades, so it’s usable while the appliance is doing its thing.

Score: 4.5/5

Performance & Cleaning

At first glance, the Vitamix 5200 appears to be the spiritual successor to the E310. Slightly better looking (and we mean “slightly”), has a larger capacity and a higher price point.

So you’d expect it to be a little bit better in performance. Sadly not.

While the overall blending performance lives up to the usual high standards set by Vitamix, this appliance tends to vibrate so much at high speeds that it ‘walks’ ever so slightly, and while no blender on the market is quiet, this one is louder than you would want.

As with all three of these models, the self-cleaning feature makes cleaning up after yourself a cinch.

Score 4/5

Should you buy the Vitamix 5200 Blender?

When you consider the rather high price point of this blender and compare the appearance, capacity, features, and performance against the other two Vitamix models we’ve reviewed today, it’s difficult to recommend this appliance.

It’s not a bad blender, far from it, but if you can live with a smaller sized appliance, you can save yourself a lot of money by going with the E310. If you need that substantial capacity, it might be worth spending a few extra dollars and going with the much better looking A2500 that has a ton of features and performs better too.

Overall Score: 15.5/20

Vitamix blender comparisons

Vitamix E310 vs E320

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Both blenders are part of the Vitamix Explorian series, which are high-performance appliances at a lower price. However, this doesn’t mean they are budget options, because they are not, but compared to other Vitamix blenders, they are more affordable.

  1. Capacity – This is the main difference between the two. The jar of E320 has a capacity of 64-oz (1.9L) container, unlike the E310, which has a capacity of 48-oz (1.4L).
  2. Power – The Vitamix E3010 features a 2.0 horsepower motor, so E320 is more potent, including 2.2 horsepower motor.
  3. Price – As we mentioned above, the  E320 has a larger capacity and a more powerful motor, so it is more expensive than the E310.
  4. Blades size – The E320 has a more spacious base, so it has four inches blades. On the other hand, the E310’s are three inches.
  5. Warranty – E310 has a 5-year warranty that covers all parts, performance, labor, and shipping costs (standard shipping). On the other hand, E320 has a 7-year warranty.

Vitamix E310 vs 5200

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The E310 is part of the Explorian series, and Vitamix 5200 is one of the C-series products. Users have remarked long durability in both of them; however, for larger batches of food, they recommend the 5200 because it has a superior capacity.

  1. Jar capacity – The E310 has a 48-oz jar, while the 5200 has a larger container (64-oz).
  2. WeightThe 5200 is a little heavier. It weighs 13lbs, while the E310 weighs 11.5lbs.
  3. WarrantyThe Vitamix 5200 has a 7-year warranty, while the E310 has a 5-year warranty.
  4. Pulse features The E310 is easier to use with its pulse features, unlike the 5200, which lacks this setting.
  5. ValueEven though both products are quite pricey, the 5200 is more expensive due to its higher capacity and more extended warranty.
  6. NoiseMany users have stated that the 5200 is not as loud as the E310.

Vitamix 5200 vs 5300

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Both blenders have a container of 64-oz., can make a wide range of foods of different textures, and have a 7-year warranty.

  1. Size of the lid – The 5200 has a very tall lid. The total height of the blender with the lid on is 20.5-inches, while the 5300 is 17-inches.
  2. Quality – Many users have remarked that, even though the 5300 is the newer model, the 5200 lasts longer.
  3. Pulse switch – The Vitamix 5200 doesn’t have a pulse switch, unlike the Vitamix 5300.
  4. Cost – The 5300 model has a horsepower of 2.2 instead of 2.0, and it is more expensive.

Vitamix 5200 vs E320

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The two machines have a container of 64-oz, a 7-year warranty, and excellent user feedback regarding the performance.

  1. Motor power – The E320 is the most powerful unit with a 2.2 motor, while the 5200 has a 2.0 one. However, many customers have pointed out that the difference is only in the paper because both can blend exactly the same foods easily.
  2. Container size – The container of Vitamix E320 is more discrete, so it fits easily under any cabinet; on the other hand, the 5200 has a taller jar.
  3. Value for money – Users have mentioned that if you are looking to save money, E320 is the best option because it costs less, but it offers the same blending results. 
  4. Jar quality – Unlike the 5200, the E320 is Tritan made, which is more resistant than conventional plastic.

Vitamix 5200 vs 7500

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Each model includes a 7-year warranty, ten-speed options, and a container of 64-oz.

  1. Motor horsepower – The 5200 has a 2.0 horsepower motor; the 7500 has a 2.2 one.

  2. Pulse option – The 5200 does not have a pulse option, and the 7500 does.

  3. Height of the container – The 5200 has a taller jar than the 7500.

  4. Vibration dampening technology – The 7500 has a sound dampening that reduces the noise, while the 5200 does not.

  5. Value – The 7500 is a more expensive model; however, users state that it is worth it.

  6. Color options – The Vitamix 5200 comes in a wide range of colors, unlike the 7500, which only comes in red, black, and white.

Vitamix 5300 vs E320

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These units have a jar of 64-oz., ten speed options, and long durability.

  1. Blending power – The 5300 has a 2.2 HP motor with 1640 watts, while the E320 has a weaker motor. It has 2.2 HP with 1580 watts.

  2. Noise level – Many users have stated that the E320 is extremely loud, while the 5300 is a quieter unit.

  3. Weight – The E320 is heavier (13lbs) than the 5300 (12lbs)

  4. Dimensions – The E320 has a design that measures 11 x 8 x 18 inches, while the Vitamix 5300 is 17.25 x 7.25 x 8.75 inches.

  5. Colors – The 5300 is only available in black. The E320 comes in black and red.

  6. Cutting surface – The E320 has 3-inch stainless steel blades, while the 5300 has bigger ones (4-inch blades).

  7. Price – The 5300 has better settings and is more expensive than the E320; however, the price difference is not that big.

Vitamix 5300 vs 6500

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Both are C-series blenders, with 4-inch blades, and positive feedback regarding the results of the blending.

  1. Container thickness – The 5300 has a narrower base; even though it has the same volume, there is less room for ingredients. On the other hand, the Vitamix 6500 has a wider jar; therefore, you can blend more ingredients at once.

  2. Automatic settings – The Vitamix 5300 doesn’t have pre-programmed options, unlike the 6500, which has three pre-programmed settings: soup, frozen desserts, and smoothies. Users have stated that this feature allows them to select the option and walk away while they automatically blend.

  3. Cost – The Vitamix 6500 has improved settings, and it is more expensive than the 5300.

Vitamix 5300 vs 6300

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The two units are perfect for creating smoothies, soups, vinaigrettes, and more. They have the standard 7-year warranty and have a thermal protection system.

  1. Motor power – The 6300 has a 2.0 HP motor, while the 5300 has a 2.2 one.

  2. Countertop space – The 5300 has a low profile design that doesn’t take much countertop space (17.25 x 8.75 x 7.25 in), unlike the 6300, that is more spacious (20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 in)

  3. Pre-programmed settings – The Vitamix 6300 has three pre-programmed settings that automatically process smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts.

  4. Expense – The Vitamix 6500 is significantly more expensive than the 5300. Users have stated that, if you are a novice in the kitchen, the 5300 will work for you.

Vitamix 5300 vs 7500

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The units are low-profile, have a 7-year warranty, and positive users’ reviews.

  1. Blending performance – The 7500 has superior blending performance due to its next-generation motor (2.2 HP), and the 5300 has a classic motor.
  2. Cost – There is a significant price difference between the blenders. The 7500 is the pricey one; however, buyers have mentioned that it is worth it because of the superior motor.
  3. Noise – There is some negative feedback regarding the sound of the Vitamix 5300. On the contrary, the 7500 is quieter, so it is more pleasant to use. 

Vitamix 7500 vs 750

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The Vitamix 750 and 7500 are some of the newer releases of the Professional Series. They both have a next-generation motor and larger blades to mix many ingredients with ease.

  1. Less monitoring – One of the perks of Vitamix 750 is that it comes with five different preset settings, so you can select them and not worry about monitoring the blend. These settings are smoothies, frozen desserts, soups, purées, and cleaning cycles.
  2. Look – The Vitamix 750 comes in stainless steel, copper metal finish, and black, while the 7500 comes in black, white, and red.
  3. Price – They are both pricey units; however, being 750 the newer model with advanced preset settings, is more expensive than the Vitamix 7500.

Vitamix 7500 vs 6500

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The models have the Vitamix 7-year warranty, ten-speed settings, and 4-inches blades for a consistent blend.

  1. User’s flexibility – The Vitamix 6500 includes three preset blending settings (smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts), so it gives the user more flexibility to do other tasks while the ingredients are blending. On the contrary, the 7500 doesn’t have preset settings.
  2. Design of the base – The base of the Vitamix 6500 is the same as the C-Series, so it has an older look. Customers like the new G-Series base better.
  3. Sound dampening technology – Both models have noise-dampening; however, buyers have remarked that the 6500 is quieter.
  4. Value for money – The price difference is not that significant, but the 6500 has some advantages above the 7500, which gives it more value for its cost.

Vitamix 7500 vs E320

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The two units are powerful, with long blades for excellent blending, and easy to clean. Also, their container is 64-oz., spacious enough to mix many ingredients.

  1. Noise level – Users have described the Vitamix  E320 as a very noisy unit, unlike the Vitamix 7500, which has vibration dampening technology to reduce the noise level.
  2. Price – The E320 is a more budget-friendly model.

Vitamix 7500 vs 6300

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Both blenders can crush large amounts of ingredients in little time, have long durability, and include a 7-year warranty.

  1. Switch controls – The 7500 has a pulse switch control, unlike the 6300.
  2. Height – The 6300 is taller than the 7500 (20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25’ vs. 17.5 x 9.4 x 7.7’). Users have mentioned that the 7500 can fit under any standard size cabinet.
  3. Power of the motor – The Vitamix 7500 has a more powerful motor than Vitamix 6300 (2.2 HP vs. 2 HP).
  4. Preset automatic settings – The 7500 doesn’t include pre-programmed settings, while the 6300 has three of them (smoothies, hot soup, and frozen desserts).
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