Which Vitamix to Buy? Vitamix Comparison + Accessories


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Buying a Vitamix blender is an investment and you want to make the right choice. So today I’m comparing of several Vitamix models and giving you my review and tips on each one.

Once you’ve figured out the right blender for you, make sure to read my Vitamix Tips, Tricks and Hacks post. It’s loaded with information for the new Vitamix owner.

Which Vitamix should you buy? I'm comparing Vitamix blender models so you can decide which is best!

Buying my first Vitamix nearly 8 years ago was life-changing for me. At the time, I was a corporate workaholic having a myriad of health issues and wanted to adopt healthier habits (fast food and packaged food were my staples).

So I saved for months and months and finally invested in the Vitamix Professional Series 750.

As luck would turn out, a year later I was diagnosed with celiac disease and a handful of other conditions. It was a crazy time to say the least. But having my Vitamix was instrumental as I navigated a gluten-free world and opted for healthy green smoothies, nutrient-dense soups and wholesome, homemade sauces.

Since then, I’ve learned to make SO many more Vitamix recipes and it’s become the #1 most used appliance in my kitchen. I honestly use it daily. The versatility is unsurpassed in a kitchen appliance – because in addition to smoothies, soups and sauces, you can make nut milks, nut butters, pestos, frozen yogurt, puddings, salsas and so much more.

As we approach the holiday season I know many of you have a Vitamix blender on your Black Friday or Santa wish-list. And one of the most common questions I receive from this community is “Which Vitamix blender should I buy?” or “Which Vitamix is best?” So today I wanted to help you out and provide a comparison of three popular Vitamix models.

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Before we dive into the nuances of each model, let’s start with why Vitamix blenders truly are the best blenders in the world and worth investing in. And it should be noted that I do say “investing” rather than just buying. Not only are you investing in your health, but your investing in a product that you’ll use and enjoy for decades.

5 Reasons Why Vitamix Blenders are the Best Blenders

  1. Powerful Motor – Vitamix blenders have extremely powerful motors that can easily pulverize nuts into nut butters, create the smoothest of smoothies and finely chop basil into pesto. The motor is so powerful it can even create hot soups just from the friction of the blender blades – it’s truly amazing.
  2. Versatility – Due to the shape of the container, blades and tamper, Vitamix blenders offer unparalleled versatility in the kitchen. It’s like having multiple appliances in one. There are very few appliances I use daily – but I absolutely use my Vitamix daily.
  3. Easy to Use and Clean – Vitamix blenders are extremely easy to use and the variable speed control, programable settings and timer (on certain models) mean you can walk away from the blender while it does the all the hard work. To clean your Vitamix, just fill the container with hot water, add a drop of dish soap, turn the knob to the cleaning cycle and hit start. That’s it.
  4. Warranty – When you invest in a Vitamix you can rest assured your machine will work for a long time. The warranty spans 5-10 years (depending on the model) and covers parts, performance and return shipping both ways. But fun fact: less than 1% of Vitamix machines have every been returned for service. They’re just that darn durable and dependable.
  5. Customer Service – I’m a stickler for exceptional customer service and Vitamix has the best in the biz. Have a question about your machine? Give them a call. Want to buy another container? Give them a call. They’re friendly, knowledgeable and truly caring – the hallmarks of a family-owned business.

Which Vitamix should you buy? I'm comparing Vitamix blender models so you can decide which is best!

Vitamix Model Comparison

Vitamix blenders fall into two main categories: the classic blenders and the smart system blenders. If you’re not concerned with having the latest technology and whiz-bang features – you just want awesome blending power – the classic line is for you. If you love the latest technology, want touch-screen control, a programmable timer and the best warranty on the market – the smart system line is for you.

There are a few different models within each line, but today I’m showing you the models that I’ve personally used: the E310, Professional Series 750 and A3500. The A3500 is part of Vitamix’s Ascent Series and is their most feature-rich model. It’s also the one I love and use daily.

All of these blenders will expertly blend, puree, chop, grind, and warm any of the Vitamix recipes on my website. You can rest assured they’re all blazingly powerful. The nuance is more in the features, so let’s take a look.

Which Vitamix should you buy? I'm comparing Vitamix blender models so you can decide which is best!

Vitamix Explorian Series E310

Vitamix unveiled the E310 last year with a retail price of $350 – considerably less than other models. You can tell by looking at it that it has simple controls – and many of you may actually prefer that. There’s a simple start/stop button, a variable speed control dial and a pulse button.

The major difference between this model and the other models I’m showing you today is that the E310 has a 48-oz container and a 5 year standard warranty. It also has a slightly smaller motor – 2.0 horsepower vs 2.2 horsepower on the other models – and it’s available only in black.

Which Vitamix should you buy? I'm comparing Vitamix blender models so you can decide which is best!

Vitamix Professional Series 750

This was the blender that made me a Vitamix fan for life. My very first Vitamix! The Professional Series 750 is truly a classic and what you see pictured above is the machine I purchased myself nearly 8 years ago. It has a start/stop button, variable speed control dial with program settings for smoothies, frozen desserts, hot soups, dips and spreads and self-cleaning.

It comes with a low-profile 64 oz container (to fit under cabinets) and a 7 year warranty. You can purchase it in black, brushed stainless or copper metal finish and it retails for $600.

If you love the look of the Professional Series but prefer digital controls, you can get the Professional Series 780 for just a little bit more money.

Which Vitamix should you buy? I'm comparing Vitamix blender models so you can decide which is best!

Vitamix Ascent Series A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is my daily workhorse blender. It’s what you’ve seen me use for the last year on all my Vitamix recipes on this website and my YouTube channel – and I’m completely smitten with it. Not only is the A3500 sleek and sophisticated, but it’s got every feature you could ever want.

The front interface has a one-touch start/stop button, pulse button, program settings for smoothies, frozen desserts, hot soups, dips and spreads and self-cleaning. It also has a programmable timer, which you’ve seen me use when making Almond Butter.

The A3500 has wireless connectivity and includes self-detect technology. That means the blender instantly recognizes when you use a different size container, like a 48 oz container, 20 oz blending cup or 8 oz blending bowl (watch my What I Eat in a Day video to see me use this). You can also pair this blender with Vitamix’s Perfect Blend Scale and App to unlock 500+ recipes on your phone.

It’s comes with a low-profile 64 oz container and 10 year warranty. You can purchase it in black stainless, brushed stainless, candy apple red, brushed copper, graphite metal or white and it retails for $550.

The A3500 is the top of the line in the Ascent Series, so you could opt for less features and save money with three other Ascent Series models. Just know that all Ascent Series blenders include self-detect technology, which is amazing.

Which Vitamix should you buy? I'm comparing Vitamix blender models so you can decide which is best!

Vitamix Accessories Worth Grabbing

You really can’t go wrong with whichever blender you choose. And it should be noted that Vitamix does offer refurbished machines at a discount as well. But once you do decide on the perfect Vitamix blender, don’t forget about these key accessories.

  • Food Processor – This is the ultimate accessory for extending the functionality of your Vitamix machine. It’s compatible with all Ascent and Venturist models.
  • Under Blade Scraper – This is a MUST have item! It makes getting nut butters, hummus and other thick sauces and purees out of your blender as easy as can be. I like to call it my little squeegee as you literally just scrape down the inside of the container and don’t waste any food. It’s life changing. Trust me.
  • Tamper Holder – This is a genius contraption for keeping your tamper within grabbing distance right next to your blender (and not rolling around in a drawer somewhere). Tamper holders are available for the E310, Classic Series and Smart Series.
  • 20 oz Blending Cup – If you love to make your smoothie and run out the door, the 20 oz blending cup is perfect for you. It fits directly onto the base of all smart system blenders and can be used on classic blenders with the personal cup adapter.
  • 8 oz Blending Bowl – A perfect accessory for small quantities of sauces, dressings, dips and spreads. It’s also perfect for homemade baby food! It fits directly onto the base of all smart system blenders.
  • Perfect Blend Smart Scale and Recipe App – If you love technology and favor step-by-step recipe instructions, the ability to prepare digital shopping lists and scale recipes to different quantities, this is the tool for you. It works with all Vitamix blenders sold in the US.
  • Aer Disc Container – A unique and versatile container that lets you whip, muddle, foam and emulsify – because it has a disc rather than a blade. The holes in the disc mean you’ll aerate liquid ingredients and agitate, rather than puree firmer ingredients, like ice cubes and fresh mint in a mojito.
  • Additional Containers of Various Sizes – I have extra containers for all of my models and I’m not gonna lie, they always come in handy. Whether that’s because you don’t clean a container right away or because you want to blend two recipes at the same time, it’s always a good idea to snag a second container.

I hope you found this post helpful in determining which Vitamix model is best for you. If you missed the video at the top of the post, make sure to scroll back up and watch that as I show each model and accessory mentioned here. And sometimes it’s just better to see.

I also have an entire category of Vitamix recipes on my website and a playlist of Vitamix videos on my YouTube channel. That should help get you started with your new machine! If you have any questions on the models I’ve shown today or other Vitamix models let me know below and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. Happy blending!

This post was created in partnership with Vitamix (a brand I’ve loved and used for years). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for the comparisons, recommendations and education :) You are amazing! My husband and I are working on eating heart healthy based on working with our Dr. and Nutritionist. Our nutritionist recommended the Vitamix Blender as one choice (her #1 as well) and by watching your video we were able to figure out which one we will purchase along with the accessories. I am grateful and inspired!


  2. I’ve been wanting a vitamix for sometime now and knew I had to do some research. Coming across this info you shared is G O L D E N ! ! ! !

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

    Now I know what I will be putting on my wish list!! The VITAMIX ASCENT SERIES A3500!!!!

    Thank you Lisa ;)

  3. I am on the fence about which to buy – pro 750 & a3500 practically have the same price now. While for most the a3500 seems like a no brainer, what with all the bell & whistles, I am just not convinced yet, largely judging by reviews of which the main takeaway is that it is too large for a couple, even after getting the extra 48 oz container. I don’t mind to splurge but the lack of 32oz container for a3500 seems like a huge flaw imo. Does it seems weird for someone to be spending $600 just to get an older model (the pro 750)? Do u often use a3500 to make single batch of food? If so, do u do it in 48 oz or 60 oz container? How do u find it, especially on the need to accommodate to the larger minimum amount of food needed to fit in there? 

    1. I am one person and use the 64 ounce container 99% of the time for smoothies, soups, almond butter, hummus, etc. Yes, you do need a minimum quantity to fill the container, but if I have leftovers I just freeze and meal prep them. I much prefer that as it’s less dishes and cleaning. ;) If you are a couple, I think the 64 ounce container is perfect.

    1. Hi Chinelo – this is something you will need to reach out to Vitamix for as I’m not sure about any international products.

  4. I have a question. I am about to buy a Vitamix blender so I’ve read many articles about blenders and I’ve seen a technology called vacuum blender. They claim that vacuum blender save more vitamins and minerals, which could be degraded during blending process, comparing to normal blender. I’m not sure if there’s a Vitamix blender with this vacuum technology. If it’s not too much to ask, could you compare Vitamix blender and vacuum blender of any brands for me please. Thank you!

  5. Wonderful vid and know vitamix is quality and absolutely will invest in one ..three I’ve used of other brands in a minute or two can hear and smell the motor overtaxing so vitamix speaks loudly and one to have!!!

  6. I’m 61 and pretty fit.  I need to eat better.  I am pretty much a vegan except for salmon and maybe trout and like the coho and other salmon you mentioned.  I recently was critically low in potassium and sodium and had to have drips.  I have been through an emotional traumatic past 11 months.  Finally coming out of the dark, with lots of support.  I want to get back to eating anti-Inflammatory.  So thank you for being my light today.

    1. I’m happy you’re feeling better! Hopefully my recipes will continue to inspire you along your wellness journey. :)

  7. Dear Miss Bryan, I’m with you on the fact that Vitamix is an investment in your health I have the E310 and make our all time favorite cashew nut milk regularly, my question is you make all your recipes with the new A3500 so how do I make nut butter in the smaller container, and can the 64oz container fit on the E310?
    I mostly make soups and protein shakes and sauces now. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi David – yes, you can make the nut butter in the 48oz container as well (just not the smaller blending cups and bowls). And not sure if the 64oz container can fit the E310, but I’d definitely reach out to Vitamix customer service and ask them that. :)

  8. I am new to your blog and absolutely love your videos! would die to have the 3200 series…..maybe after I finish my degree?

    1. Thanks so much Chrissie! And yes, a Vitamix is an investment but I think it’s a worthwhile one for the long-term. :) x

  9. I am new to your blog and absolutely love your videos! would die to have the 5200 series…..maybe after I finish my degree?

  10. Hi
    I have the old 5200 model.
    I can’t blend frozen ingredients to make nicecream nor to do but butters like you show with the almonds. The motor stops and I need to wait at least an hour to try again but adding liquid.
    According to Vitamix customer service, all Vitamix work the same. I am doubting it.
    I don’t see you adding liquid to the almonds. Could you do the almond butter in the oldest models? Thought? Thank you.

  11. Hi, thanks a lot for your review.
    I’m considering the buy of a vitamix but I’m kind of overwhelmed with the choices and maybe you could help me out.

    I should start by saying that I live in France, and here is not possible to buy directly from vitamix.
    Second, prices are definitely not the same as in the USA (and they’re not even proportional).
    Third, the choice is limited as official local distributors do not sell all the models available in USA or UK.

    Here, we have two of the new ascent models a2500 in 4 colors (€699) and a3500 brushed stainless steel (€899), the pro 750 in white (€899) and copper (€949), and the s30 in and assortment of colors (€499 and €599 if in metal).
    I would like to say that according to your analysis I should go with the pro 750, but I’m not sure if it’s better to save a couple hundred and get the a2500, or if the a3500 would be a better option.
    Personally, I would like to be able to make smoothies for me and my husband, 4 portions of soup, but also small portions of baby food.
    I’m also kind of worried about the warranty, as here there’s not an option to repair the blender. All distributors have told me they provide a full reimbursement if the blender is malfunctioning or broken and I send it back. So technically I could get a new one (if prices do not evolve to drastically) in case of a failure.
    On our local Amazon is possible to find other models (at about the same prices) but are not official distributors, so I do not trust they could honor the full length of the warranty.
    What would you do in my case?
    Thanks a lot!

    1. Hi Chio – it can definitely be a bit overwhelming deciding which model is best for each individual person. The 750 is a wonderful machine and can definitely do everything that you’ve indicated you’d like it to do. I think if you bought the 750 you’d be happy for years and years! So it’s really up to you on if you’d like the bells and whistles of technology on the A3500. Are there any stores in France where you could see the models in person, before purchasing? That might help you make a decision. :)