My name’s Liz, and it may sound bold but… I know exactly where your life is at right now.
The feeling’s been bubbling away for a while, and now you’re finally sure. This is the year… this is the month… you’re finally going to buy a damn Vitamix blender!
That’s both a solution and a problem. There are so many of them now, you need to work out which one to buy.
I had the same feeling. That was 8 years ago now.
At a friend’s house, they made me a green smoothie in what seemed like seconds. They could throw whole strawberries & whole apples into the thing (seeds and all!), and out came health heaven.
On this page, I’m going to tell you what I feel confident is the best Vitamix blender you can buy in 2020, whether you’re dreaming of hot soups, cookie doughs, perfect green smoothies, or something else.
And not just because I’ve owned one for the last 8 years…
But because for the last few years, I’ve obsessively reviewed Vitamix blenders for this website. I’ve written about all Vitamix blenders that exist… even the ones that don’t exist (some just have different model names despite being the same blender).
What I’m about to tell you is the “don’t argue with me” definitive list of the best Vitamix blenders for a person to buy for their first time, in 2020.
The rankings are based on:
- What you get for your money
- Average customer experience & frequency of complaints
- Noise and versatility
Got that? Here’s a table of contents if you want to do a quick skip, otherwise keep scrolling to see number 1 blender on the list.
Table of Contents
- 1 #1: Overall Best Vitamix Blender: Ascent A2300 (Currently On Sale for $50 off at Vitamix.com)
- 2 #2: Ascent A3500 (Best of the Best. Rolls Royce. Red Carpet. You Get It.)
- 3 #3 Explorian Certified Reconditioned (Best on a Budget)
- 4 #4: Explorian E310 (Best Low Cost New)
- 5 Vitamix Blenders That Didn’t Make My Top 3
- 6 Conclusion: Your Own “Best” Vitamix Blender
Okay, here goes. Starting from the top:
#1: Overall Best Vitamix Blender: Ascent A2300 (Currently On Sale for $50 off at Vitamix.com)
The Ascent series A2300 is from Vitamix’s latest, most feature-packed range of blenders, but it’s far from the most expensive. It’s #1 on our list because it gives you the most features and the greatest capability for the money you invest, hands down.
Let me explain:
It Has The Newer Better Motor
The Ascent series 2300 has the newest motor of the Vitamix blenders, said to be the quietest and most powerful they’ve yet made. Maybe if you try to blend your previous blender in this blender, it’d stick a bit… otherwise, nothing will stop it 🙂
Even in the new Ascent range, none of the other blenders have a more powerful motor, so you really are at the top of the food chain with this.
Practically speaking, this means you’ll get your baby food in a puree and your green smoothies smooth in a bit less time.
It Has Dishwasher Safe Containers & Clear Lids…
Ascent is the first range of Vitamix blenders who’s containers you can put in the dishwasher. All previous models containers had to be washed by dropping in dish soap and running it on high…
Which is great, but any Vitamix user will tell you this doesn’t clean everything off. You’ll still end up, sometimes, with your dish brush in there, scrubbing away at sticky bits that didn’t quite lift.
Not with the A2300. You can still use this dish soap option for most things, but for everything else, you drop the container in the dishwasher and walk away.
Then the clear lids.
If you’re someone who likes to check on the progress of your blend, particularly with hot things or delicate textures, the clear lid is amazing.
You look down into the blender and see exactly what’s going on, without having to keep stopping it to open it up and peek in. You actually see it as it’s running too (rather than stop, lift lid, check, restart) so you can sense the progress of a blend better than with other models.
It Has the Big Container & the Digital Timer
64oz is the biggest container of any Vitamix model, and the A2300 has it, so you don’t need to worry about upgrading in the future.
And the Digital Timer? Yes, you can see, and set exactly how long any given blend runs for. This is only possible with Ascent blenders. No previous model had this. It means you can know the exact amount of time that gets your favorite recipes to the exact texture you prefer, and adds a layer of control and precision to your cooking that isn’t possible with other models.
The Ascent A2300 Has a 10 Year Warranty
Yep, they actually extended the warranty on these newer models out to 10 years. It’s crazy really. Already at 7 years, you knew this blender was going to pay for itself many times over. Now it’s reached the point of being ridiculous.
I Haven’t Even Mentioned Self Detect Containers & Wifi Capability
I’ll leave those for our full review.
The best part about grabbing an A2300 right now? This model also just came down in price.
To sum up, it means you get:
- 64oz container
- Digital Timer
- Dishwasher safe
- Clear Lids
- Self Detect Containers
- Wifi Capability
- Variable Speed Control
- Pulse feature
- 10 Year Warranty
It’s just an objective fact that there’s not a better value Vitamix blender for the money.
If you’re looking for a Vitamix that’s either cheaper or has preset programs (that you’re willing to pay more for) keep reading…
#2: Ascent A3500 (Best of the Best. Rolls Royce. Red Carpet. You Get It.)
If you really want the pinnacle of the Vitamix blenders, this is the option for you. This is the blender that cafes and restaurant kitchens choose.
Straight up: This one’s going to cost you another couple of bills. Let’s put that part first.
Why would anyone upgrade even further in price? Because…
a) You want preprogrammed settings (like hot soups and frozen desserts) and, as Vitamix says, “walk-away convenience.” More on that shortly.
b) You want the short container, a 10-year warranty, and the most powerful motor but…
c) You really, really, REALLY, don’t like noise.
That’s it. If those things are worth the extra cash to you, then the A3500 is the best of the Vitamix blenders for you.
Let me explain this more clearly, because the preprogrammed settings mean a couple of important things, practically speaking.
How Much Do You Like Preprogrammed Settings?
They mean you can press the button and walk away, certain of what will be there when you get back.
If you make your smoothies, dinners or hot soups in a hurry, and you really value the ability to multi-task in the kitchen, then – again, extrapolated over years of use – you’ll adore this Vitamix.
Also, if you value consistency… that is, the pleasure of getting exactly that same perfect smoothie/butter or whatever else, every time, you’ll also love the A3500.
Without preprogrammed settings, you have a bit more experimentation to do, and you can’t be confident of an identical output every day. For many people, that doesn’t matter, but this is a professional model for a reason: It’s made for professionals who need consistency because they’re selling the product that comes out of their Vitamix blenders.
The Noise Thing Again
Decibel tests show that, along with older professional models, the A3500 is quieter than any other Vitamix blender.
Yes: the quietest. Decibel wise, it’s around 90dB, where even some newer models (like from the Explorian range) can get well over 100dB.
The reason it’s quieter is because of the high-quality steel casing materials around the motor base. Because it’s a professional blender designed to be used in commercial environments, it has all the noise insulation features they’ve been able to invent.
Oh… And Everything Else
You also get the Ascent range’s:
- 64oz container
- Digital Timer and touchscreen display
- Dishwasher safe container
- Clear Lids
- Self Detect Container technology to swap back and forth between containers and have the preset programs adjust timings and speeds automatically!
- Wifi Capability
- Variable Speed Control
- Pulse feature
- 10 Year Warranty
It’s a ridiculous blender. When you’ve had this thing in your kitchen for years, churning out dessert after smoothie after cocktail after salsa, you won’t remember how much extra it cost on top of the other models. You’ll only remember what a great decision you made.
#3 Explorian Certified Reconditioned (Best on a Budget)
That’s right. Not the newest, not the fanciest, but if you want that 64oz container without missing any important features… and you want to save a LOT of money? I’m about to tell you why the Explorian Certified Reconditioned is better value than all your other options.
I know what you’re thinking. “Reconditioned”? Refurbished?! What does THAT mean? It’s second-hand? Someone owned it before??
Just stop. I’m going to explain to you why those things either aren’t true or don’t matter AND…
Why choosing this as your first Vitamix can (and prices can vary slightly, so this isn’t definitive down to the dollar) save you many bills compared to the other Vitamix blenders on this list.
Spend much LESS than you thought you had to, and still get one of the best Vitamix blenders that exist? Read on to see how and why…
What is a Reconditioned or Refurbished Blender Exactly?
Mostly, it’s when Vitamix has a test blender, a store sample, a demo blender, or something else, that they realize they can send back to the factory, service, clean, and sell again as new, and make money on.
A certified reconditioned Vitamix Explorian is an “as new” blender. The famous Vitamix technicians have re-tested it, reconditioned it, re-inspected it, repackaged it.
Want Further Proof That It’s Really “As New?”
Vitamix still offers a five-year warranty on the reconditioned blender. If it fails within five years, they’ve got your back. Would they do that on a “second-hand” blender? Or one they expected to be less than new?
I could go on, but I hope you’ll believe me when I say there’s no meaningful sense in which you’re getting something less than a new blender here.
But It’s Not Just the Price
It’s more than the cheapness, however.
The refurbished Explorian blender comes with the low profile container (important because it fits under your benchtop easier AND has more space between the stainless steel blades and the container edge, making it easier to clean), the same as the more expensive option #1 on our list.
It comes with the same 2.2HP motor as the more expensive option #3 on our list.
It will make your hot soups (all the Vitamix blenders can do this. It’s only ever a matter of increasing blending time so the stainless steel blades heat the ingredients). It will make your frozen desserts (but the same goes. It’s just that some have pre-sets to help with it. The Explorian refurbished doesn’t have those).
There are a couple of things it doesn’t have, which I’ll cover as I discuss number 2, but unless those things are really important to you, they aren’t worth the huge jump up in price.
People have told me that getting the Explorian refurbished blender felt like a cheat. HOW could THESE Vitamix blenders cost so much less? My guess is you will feel the same.
#4: Explorian E310 (Best Low Cost New)
Up until 12 months ago, there was no way to get NEW, fully equipped Vitamix blenders under 4 bills, unless you went refurbished. And we did go refurbished, as you saw earlier.
But then things changed with the release of the Vitamix E310 Explorian. Vitamix hit on a combination of features and price point that tipped the scales and made this the best value way to get started living the Vitamix life.
There’s only one BUT… and we’ll get to that below.
With the Explorian E310 you get the latest model Vitamix. No, not the most feature-packed, but still the newest one they’ve released.
- You’ll get all the essential capabilities of Vitamix blenders: You can do blending and juicing; Smoothies and purees. You can do nut butter and hot soups. You can do ice cream and pizza dough.
- You get the variable speed dial with 10 options, a pulse feature, a tamper, and a 48oz low profile container (the better one for fitting under kitchen countertops).
- You get the patented 7-year Vitamix warranty too.
For most people, in most situations, the Vitamix Explorian E310 will make you happy for years to come. For value alone, it’s the best Vitamix blender you can get right now unless one of the following is REALLY important to you…
What DON’T You Get With a Vitamix Explorian E310 Blender?
Simple: You don’t get the bigger 64oz container. If you’re making meals for a family larger than 3, you’ll need a 64oz container, and you’ll have to buy it separately. Note that the 64oz container DOES fit with the Explorian series.
What else? You don’t get some of the newer tech that comes with the Ascent series (more on which below), like Wifi capability, pre-set functions for different meals.
You also don’t get a clear lid. This is a minor convenience but it makes a big difference to some people, being able to see “into the blend” as it’s running, to check for consistency and completeness.
What About the Noise?
Some reviews of the E310 said that it was louder than older Vitamix blenders. This is wrong.
The noise is something Vitamix has constantly tried to improve. Successive models have tended to get quieter, and while there’s no good “decibel for decibel” comparison between Vitamix Blenders out there, this one is certainly no noisier than the others.
If it sounds noisier, it’s because of the surface you’ve got it on… the position… whether it’s in a corner or against a wall, or on a kitchen island… how big your kitchen is, how high your ceilings are, and more.
So that’s all I’ve got to say about that.
Vitamix Blenders That Didn’t Make My Top 3
There’s nothing wrong with them as such, but just so you know, a couple that didn’t make my best Vitamix blenders list are:
For almost the same price as the 7500, the Vitamix 5200 blender has the old motor, and the taller, less convenient, less easily cleaned container. The Vitamix 5200 is not a bad blender at all. In fact, this is the model I have! It’s just that, since I purchased mine 8 years ago, Vitamix blenders have gotten so much better.
The Vitamix 5200 sometimes goes on sale offline, but other than that, there’s no great reason to consider it.
It looks amazing, that’s for sure. This is one of the newest Vitamix blenders you can get. Maybe it would have ranked number 5 or 6 on my list.
But it’s a huge jump up in price compared to the others in our top 3, and unless you’re using it commercially, I don’t think you’ll get that amount of benefit.
Sure you get a cool touch screen display, preprogrammed settings, AND variable speed control (rather than one or the other), a newer, supposedly quieter AGAIN motor… but that’s about it.
If you’re someone who wants the best of the best, the 780 blender is what you might buy. But overall, and as yet, I can’t see a good argument for why that makes it better value than anything in our top 3.
d) The Vitamix 6300
This is one of the old Vitamix blenders, discontinued by the company (not because of any fault, just because it was superseded, it seems), and even though you can still buy a 6300 blender some places, it’s sometimes even more expensive than each other blender in our top 3, for no particular reason.
e) The Vitamix S30 or S50
These are – I should say “were” since they’ve also been discontinued by Vitamix – really cool little blenders that are convenient and versatile. If all you’re making is your morning smoothie, you’ll still be really happy with these.
But if you need those salsas, nut butters, pizza doughs, and hot soups, you’re not going to get the best results with a “personal” blender like these.
While you can still pick these up at certain offline stores now and then, they’re priced such that you’re better off just getting one of the premium Vitamix blenders (like an Explorian or 5300 Reconditioned) anyway!
f) The Vitamix E320
Vitamix – I think – introduced the E320 to serve as an in-between price point blender in their range. It could make the cheaper options seem better value, and the higher-priced options more appealing.
It doesn’t have preset programs. You can’t switch containers. And it’s more expensive. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth that price for the amount of time you’ll have this blender.
g) The Vitamix 750 Professional
The 750 is an outstanding Vitamix, but the Ascent A3500 superseded it. They’re the same price, but the A3500 has the dishwasher safe container, clear lid, touchscreen, digital timer, self detect containers and more. Everything else is equal. I can’t see a good reason to choose this blender at the moment.
Conclusion: Your Own “Best” Vitamix Blender
That’s it… my “don’t argue with me” guide to the best Vitamix blenders of 2020 is complete.
To sum it up in three sentences: (all these links will take you to the product on Amazon)
If you want the most features and capability dollar for dollar, get the gleaming new Ascent A2300.
If you’re willing to pay a little extra to have the best of the best, get an Ascent A3500
If you want the best value, all the important features and a 64oz container, get an Explorian Refurbished.
If you want the most affordable new option, and it’s just for you and a partner, get a Vitamix Explorian E310.
Ok, that was 4 sentences.
There’s a tiny bit more to say that could help your decision-making, say a breakdown of all the options for each of the Vitamix blenders (dry containers, super packages, which cookbook?!), but I might leave that for another post.
I hope this helps you make your decision. If you have any other questions, just ask me here in the comments!
Happy blending 🙂