Loved by professional and home chefs alike, Vitamix blenders stand out from the rest for their superior quality and durability. They are among the most expensive blenders on the market, but they are high-performing and built to last for years. The aircraft-grade stainless steel blades and uniquely designed container are the perfect recipe for clump-free smoothies, soups, juices, dressings, frozen desserts, and more.
Since there are numerous Vitamix models, ranging from classic to high-tech designs, choosing the best Vitamix blender for your household is no easy feat. You have a lot of variables to consider, especially since it is so powerful.
"The different speed settings on the [Vitamix] blender can help you make something as easy as an omelet by whipping the eggs at a low speed or something as fancy as a strawberry basil margarita!" says Julia Chebotar, a chef in New York City. "When purchasing a blender, consider your needs, the features of the blender, and your budget."
That's why I’ve done the research, and the Simply Recipes Lab did the testing on what sets these options apart. With numerous useful settings and speeds, the Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender is our overall top choice.
Here are the best Vitamix blenders to consider for your kitchen.
Best Overall: Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
What We Love: 5 programs, 10 speeds, durable materials
What We Don't Love: Pricey
Anyone who uses a blender on a daily basis will benefit from investing in a Vitamix blender. If you’re looking for the best of the best, the Vitamix Professional Series 750 is the model to look into. It’s powered by a 2.2-peak horsepower motor that can blend the toughest ingredients. While the machine is pricey, it’s made with high-quality, durable materials, such as laser-cut, stainless steel cutting blades that are built to last.
Measuring 8.5 x 8.5 x 17.3 inches, this model features a 64-ounce low-profile container that will fit under most kitchen cabinets. This blender features five pre-programmed settings for handling smoothies, hot soup, frozen desserts, purées, and self-cleaning. To control the speed yourself, choose from 10 speeds or use the pulse button. In our Lab, those speeds allowed our testers to blend up a frothy and aerated smoothie, and the container was large enough for big batches of homemade natural peanut butter.
Price at time of publish: $630
Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.5 x 8.5 x 17.3 inches | Weight: 8.4 pounds | Capacity: 8 cups
Best Budget: Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
What We Love: 48-ounce container, affordable, powerful motor
What We Don't Love: Not the best for nut butters
It’s no secret that Vitamix blenders are pricey, but there are ways you can snag a Vitamix while saving some money. Choosing a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix is one budget-friendly option. If you have your heart set on a brand-new model, the Vitamix E310 Explorian has many of the premium features that Vitamix blenders are known for—with a lower price tag.
Like the more expensive models, the E310 has a 2-peak horsepower motor that pulverizes tough ingredients with ease and four laser-cut blades made from hardened stainless steel. With a 48-ounce low-profile container and measuring 11 x 8 x 18 inches, this is a more compact Vitamix blender that can fit under most kitchen cabinets. Our testers found that it also has a simpler design though there are still 10 speeds. During our tests, this didn't blend up the airiest smoothie or the smoothest peanut butter, but it was still better than most blenders.
Price at time of publish: $350
Dimensions (LxWxH): 11 x 8 x 18 inches | Weight: 11.5 pounds | Capacity: 6 cups
Best for Smoothies: Vitamix Ascent Series A2300
What We Love: Smart technology features, built-in timer
What We Don't Love: Expensive
While a Vitamix can be used to make hot soups, salad dressings, frozen desserts, and much more, one of the main appeals is its ability to blend clump-free smoothies and smooth juices. If your breakfast of choice is a fruit and vegetable smoothie, the A2300 should be on your radar. This model measures 17 x 8 x 11 inches and has smart features like self-detect technology, which recognizes your container size and adjusts program settings accordingly.
This blender has a dedicated pre-programmed setting just for smoothies, so you can walk away and come back to a perfectly consistent texture. Like an ice-cold smoothie? The laser-cut blades chop through ice effortlessly, and they are resistant to dulling, so you can look forward to years' worth of blending smoothies. When our Lab testers whipped up a smoothie on this, it had one of the best textures and stayed mixed post-blending. The testers also found that if you'll be blending small batches of nut butter with this, you'll need to pick up the smaller 48-ounce container.
Price at time of publish: $550
Dimensions (LxWxH): 17 x 8 x 11 inches | Weight: 11.9 pounds | Capacity: 64 ounces
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Best Heavy-Duty: Vitamix 7500 Blender
What We Love: Can warm up ingredients, 10 variable speeds, variety of color options
What We Don't Love: Pricey, loud
Since a Vitamix blender is an investment, you want it to perform for years to come. The Vitamix 7500 features a newer, 2.2-peak horsepower motor that is designed for high performance. From frozen fruit, ice, powders, greens, and more, this motor, paired with high-quality stainless steel blades, can slice through a variety of ingredients with ease.
Measuring 17.5 x 7.7 x 9.4 inches, this model is small but mighty. It’s one of the more compact Vitamix blenders, but it doesn’t sacrifice performance, durability, and quality. One selling point of the 7500 is the blade friction heating feature. The blades reach speed fast enough to bring cold ingredients to steaming-hot temperatures in approximately 6 minutes.
Those blades performed very well in our Lab tests. This model's smoothie came out very smooth, with very fine fibrous grit and a nice aerated frothiness on top. The testers did find the 7500's motor to be extremely loud, so that's something to keep in mind.
Price at time of publish: $560
Dimensions (LxWxH): 17.5 x 7.7 x 9.4 inches | Weight: 12.5 pounds | Capacity: 8 cups
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Best for Beginners: Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade Blender
What We Love: Traditional tall blending container, 10 speeds, somewhat affordable
What We Don't Love: No pulse feature
New to Vitamix? Everyone starts somewhere, and if you’re upgrading from blenders that usually need replacing every six to 12 months, consider the Vitamix 5200 a great starting point for beginners. It doesn’t have any smart or digital features, so it’s much easier to use. Simply turn the machine on and select one of the 10-speed control settings, which can be rotated at any time during blending for maximum precision. Or, use the pulse button for quick bursts.
This model features a 64-ounce container, though it is not low-profile. The height of the container was beneficial during our Lab tests, though. It meant that peanut butter was focused around the blades and whipped up a consistently smooth texture. The test smoothie came out foamy and fine, perfect for refreshment. Measuring 8.8 x 7.3 x 20.5 inches, the height of the base with the container may not fit under some kitchen cabinets. For those who don’t plan on storing this on your kitchen counters, this may not be an issue.
Price at time of publish: $550
Dimensions (LxWxH): 8.8 x 7.3 x 20.5 inches | Weight: 10.6 pounds | Capacity: 8 cups
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Best High-Tech: Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Professional-Grade Smart Blender
What We Love: All the smart tech Vitamix offers, 5 programs, built-in programmable timer
What We Don't Love: Very expensive
For a Vitamix blender with all the bells and whistles, you’re looking for the A3500 Ascent Series. Equipped with a sleek touch screen display, this smart blender features five program settings that automatically detect the size of the container so that it blends according to volume and consistency. With a built-in programmable timer, you can set it and forget it. Say goodbye to monitoring the blender while in use because this smart model stops when it’s done.
Chebotar also recommends the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender. "The features allow you to choose the consistency and speed to meet your needs," she says. "It's more like an all-in-one appliance than a blender with only a single purpose."
Designed for efficiency, the container is made with a vortex in mind. The walls of the container rotate ingredients back into the blades for faster, more efficient processing. That procession worked wonders during our Lab tests. The smoothie came out smooth and consistent with extremely fine grittiness, and it only took 40 seconds of whirring to whip up smooth peanut butter. Measuring 11 x 8 x 17 inches, this intelligently designed blender displays beautifully on countertops and is easy to store.
Price at time of publish: $650
Dimensions (LxWxH): 11 x 8 x 17 inches | Weight: 14.9 pounds | Capacity: 64 ounces
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Best Handheld: Vitamix Immersion Blender
What We Love: Blade guard, 5 variable speeds, ergonomic handle
What We Don't Love: Pricey
Every home chef should have a handheld blender in their kitchen, and the Vitamix Immersion Blender is a strong contender. While some immersion blenders just don’t have the power to mix or purée, this model is consistent with the top-tier quality and performance Vitamix is known for, making it a breeze to blend directly into cups and bowls.
Made with a scratch-resistant guard and stainless steel blades, the Vitamix immersion blender is equipped with five variable speed settings and an LED light display for easy use. At just 3 x 3 x 18 inches and 2.9 pounds, this lightweight immersion blender tucks away nicely into kitchen drawers or under cabinets. Its ergonomic handle is ideal for one-handed operation.
Price at time of publish: $150
Dimensions (LxWxH): 3 x 3 x 18 inches | Weight: 2.9 pounds
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With a 64-ounce low-profile container, high-performance motor, and laser-cut blades, the Vitamix Professional Series 750 is our top choice. For those on a budget, the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender is a great affordable starter model that still offers the Vitamix experience.
What Are the Other Options?
Vitamix One: This new model from Vitamix was in the running as our Best Budget pick since it's insanely affordable for a Vitamix. We tested it in the Lab and found its design exceptionally easy to use. The downsides of a weaker motor are that this isn't as versatile as many other Vitamixes. It's not recommended for nut butter, dry grains, or dense foods. Our testers also found it exceptionally loud. We feel you're better off purchasing a more powerful model.
Vitamix A3300 Ascent Series Smart Blender: If you want smart technology in your Vitamix, you'll be checking out the Ascent Series. The A3300 is comparable to the A3500. They performed equally as well when testing out smoothies and peanut butter. But it's the additional features on the A3500 that give it the edge.
How We Tested
To test our list of Vitamix blenders, we brought 10 of the most popular models to our Lab. Our editors examined and measured each one, noting the different features, settings, and containers. Then the testers made kale and pineapple smoothies and poured the final purée through a sieve to look for any leftover chunks. They sipped each to test for grittiness, aeration, and consistency. After thoroughly cleaning the blenders, the second test was for making peanut butter from raw peanuts. The testers noted how the motor handled this task and the creaminess of the final nut butter.
Our testers rated each one on the following qualities: ease of use, noise, performance, and ease of cleaning. Learn more about how we test products.
What to Look for When Buying a Vitamix
Ascent vs. Explorian vs. Legacy Series
Vitamix blenders have been around for decades, and they’ve been updated over the years. While they may look similar, the Ascent, Explorian, and Legacy series have some key differences, mainly in their features and price.
If you’re looking for a classic Vitamix, take a look at the Legacy series. These Vitamix blenders have the power and look of a Vitamix without some of the newest bells and whistles that are nice to have but not needed.
The Ascent series is considered the latest and greatest. There are fewer Ascent models to choose from, but they all feature modern designs, control panels, and more powerful motors. They come at a premium price, but they are premium blenders.
To get your hands on a Vitamix on a budget, the Explorian series is for you. These are the most affordable Vitamix blenders that have the basic features: 10-speed settings, pulse button, stainless-steel blades, and more.
Some Vitamix blenders have pre-programmed settings for foods you might make frequently, such as smoothies, hot soups, and frozen desserts. If you want to take the guesswork out of using a Vitamix blender, which can be intimidating in the beginning, preset buttons are nice to have.
Unlike other kitchen tools like stand mixers, you don’t need a lot of attachments or accessories to use a Vitamix. The base, container, and lid are all you need to get started. However, all Vitamix blenders include a tamper, which can be helpful to push around food to ensure all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Additional accessories can be purchased, such as a personal blender cup and adapter.
How long do Vitamix blenders last?
Vitamix blenders are considered the gold standard, and they are expected to last for many years. Many Vitamix blenders have a seven-year warranty, but some consumers have maintained their unit for over a decade. Proper care and maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your Vitamix blender.
Can you sharpen Vitamix blades?
Vitamix blades can be sharpened with a sharpening stone, but this is usually not necessary. The blades are intentionally blunt. Though you may assume otherwise, the blending power comes from the motor, not the sharpness of the blades. If you choose to sharpen your Vitamix with a sharpening stone, be sure to wear thick gloves to protect your hands.
Why Trust Simply Recipes?
Lacey Muinos is a health and wellness writer who specializes in food- and drink-related topics. Among her impressive collection of kitchen, gadgets is her beloved Vitamix blender, which she has used nearly every day for three years.
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