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!
That’s both a solution and a problem because there are so many of them now, you need to work out which one to buy.
I had the same feeling. That was 6 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-value-for-money Vitamix you can buy, not just because I’m a Vitamix owner…
But because for the last few years, I’ve obsessively reviewed blenders and juicers for this website. I’ve written about every Vitamix that exists, even the ones that don’t exist (some just have different model names despite being the same machine!).
What I’m about to tell you is the “don’t argue with me” definitive list of the best Vitamixes for a person to buy for their first time, in 2018.
That is 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 on the list.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Vitamix 5300 (Certified Refurbished)
- 2 2. Vitamix Ascent 2300
- 3 3. Vitamix 750 Professional
- 4 Models That Didn’t Make My Top 3
- 5 Conclusion
Okay, here goes. Starting from the top:
1. Vitamix 5300 (Certified Refurbished)
I know what you’re thinking. 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 anywhere from $120 – $250 compared to the other Vitamixes on this list.
Spend hundreds of dollars LESS for your Vitamix than you thought you had to… Listening now?
Mostly, it’s when Vitamix has a test model, a store sample, a demo machine, 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 5300 Refurbished is an “as new” machine. The famous Vitamix technicians have re-tested it, reconditioned it, re-inspected it, repackaged it.
Here’s a guy unboxing one, to show you that what you take out of the box is just like if you bought one of the more expensive ones.
Want Further Proof That It’s Really “As New?”
Vitamix still offers a five-year warranty on the machine. If it fails within five years, they’ve got your back. Would they do that on a “second-hand” machine? 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 machine here.
But It’s Not Just the Price
It’s more than the cheapness, however.
The certified refurbished 5300 comes with the low profile container (important because it fits under your bench top easier AND has more space between the blades and the container edge, making it easier to clean), same as the more expensive option 2 on our list.
It comes with the same 2.2HP motor as the more expensive option 2 on our list.
And it comes with the same controls as the more expensive option 2 on the list: 10 speeds plus pulse feature.
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 5300 refurbished felt like a cheat. HOW could THAT Vitamix cost so much less? My guess is you will feel the same.
2. Vitamix Ascent 2300
The reasons you would consider the Vitamix Ascent 2300 instead of the 5300 refurbished are:
a) You find the idea of “refurbished” unappealing, even despite what I said above.
b) You’re fine with a slightly higher price.
c) You really REALLY don’t like loud noises.
For a small increase in price over the 5300 you can get a brand new Vitamix from their latest range, with a host of what I call “new luxuries” that you can read about in my full review of the thing. (Note: Amazon’s price changes sometimes, and for the most current price, you have to click here).
When the new Ascent range came out, I actually couldn’t believe the pricing they chose. I thought surely it would have been higher.
Without keeping you all day, let me try to explain why for the small bump in price, the Ascent 2300 beats the competing models for the average user.
The Ascent 2300 has the newest Vitamix motor, 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.
Is the Ascent 2300 Loud?
Loud is subjective. As I’ve written elsewhere, I’ve never been annoyed or put out by the sound, even with two babies now in our house (which have come on to the scene SINCE our Vitamix purchase), but if someone else felt differently, I would understand.
You’re not going to find the Ascent “quiet” either. It’s still a blender and it’s still pulverizing your food in the blink of an eye… It will make a sound. You’ll just find the Ascent makes less sound than any other Vitamix.
And for years and years of use… years and years of a bit less noise, the extra spend is worth it for a lot of people.
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 machine was going to pay for itself many times over. Now it’s reached the point of being ridiculous.
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 it and see exactly what’s going on, without having to keep stopping it to open it up and peak 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.
There’s even more with the Ascent 2300 too, but suffice it to say, this thing has well and truly earned it’s number 2 spot in our vaunted top 3.
3. Vitamix 750 Professional
Straight up: The Vitamix 750 will cost you about another $100 again, according to the Vitamix website (but again, prices on Amazon vary, and you have to click here to see today’s price).
Why would anyone upgrade ANOTHER $100 in price? Because…
a) You want preprogrammed settings and, as Vitamix says, “walk-away convenience.” More on that shortly.
b) You really, really, REALLY, don’t like noise.
That’s it. If those things are worth an extra $100 to you, then the Vitamix 750 is your best bet.
Let me explain this more clearly, because the preprogrammed settings mean a couple of important things, practically speaking.
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/whatever in a hurry, and you really value the ability to multi-task in the kitchen, then – again, extrapolated over years of use – you’ll probably love 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 this Vitamix.
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 as the name states, the 750 is made for professionals who need consistency because they’re selling the product that comes out of their Vitamix.
The Noise Thing Again
Vitamix states that the 750 has its “quietest motor ever.” This has to mean that it’s quieter than the 7500.
This claim stands up to plausibility too, because the 750 is a “pro” model, meant for commercial premises where noise levels among chatting customers are paramount.
But I haven’t found a meaningful comparison of the decibel output of each of these models, and there’s nothing about the difference in the motor or the casing that suggests it should create SO much less noise (different to the 5300 and 7500, where there was a huge upgrade in motor and casing).
So I say, you buy a 750 for the convenience of preprogrammed settings and place a decent bet on further noise reduction.
Does that make sense?
Models That Didn’t Make My Top 3
There’s nothing wrong with them as machines, but just so you know, a couple that didn’t make my top 3 are:
a) The Vitamix 5200
It’s not a bad machine at all. In fact, this is the model I have! It’s just that, since I purchased mine 6 years ago, Vitamixes have gotten so much better.
For almost the same price as the 7500, the 5200 has the old motor, and the taller, less convenient, less easily cleaned container.
b) The Vitamix 1891 Standard (Refurbished)
For almost the same price, you can get the 5300 refurbished, which has the low profile container and the newer design.
c) The Vitamix 780
This is the newest Vitamix you can get. Honestly, this would have been number 4 on my list.
It looks amazing, that’s for sure.
It asks you to jump up in price again (about another $80, depending on the day) for a cool touch screen display, preprogrammed settings, AND speed control (rather than one or the other), a newer, supposedly quieter AGAIN motor and… that’s about it.
If you’re someone who wants the best of the best, the 780 is what you’d buy.
But overall, and as yet, I can’t see a good argument for why that makes it better value than our number 2 or 3.
d) The Vitamix 6300
It’s an old model, discontinued by Vitamix themselves (not because of any fault, just because it was superseded, it seems), and even though you can still buy a 6300 on Amazon, it’s (at the time of writing) more expensive and an older model than the Vitamix 7500, which is our number 2.
e) The Vitamix S30 or S50
These are really cool little machines that are convenient and versatile. If all you’re making is your morning smoothie, you’ll still be really happy with these.
But they’re only a tiny bit cheaper than the 5300 refurbished! For a tiny jump up in price, you might as well get all the features and all the extra power.
That’s it… my “don’t argue with me” guide to Vitamix for 2018 is complete.
To sum it up in three sentences:
- If you want absolute best value for money, get a 5300 refurbished.
- If you want great value but a quieter motor and two years of extra warranty, get a 7500.
- If you’re willing to pay a little extra for perfect consistency and added convenience, get a 750.
There’s a tiny bit more to say that could help your decision-making, like a breakdown of all the options for each Vitamix (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 🙂