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Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

I just heard that Vitamix just came out with a new blender in my email.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Here is the 500 series that I currently have:
https://secure.vitamix.com/Vitamix-Pr...

So far it seems that the 750 has the advantage of being 40% quieter which is a huge selling point because the Vitamix is freakin loud. Then it adds 2 more preset functions, puree and wash. I dont get why they didn't have the wash preset function in the first place though but thats a plus. It has 2 peak horsepower just like its predecessor but its motor is now 1200W rather than 1380W. Is this huge tradeoff or would I barely notice it? Its shorter and wider this time and I can see that as a reason for the blender to not need as powerful a motor but im just a little wary because only Williams-Sonoma is selling it, and they're not even selling it on the Vitamix website.

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  1. I saw the new blenders the other day in a WS store, and here's my take: Unless (a) you need to keep your blender under your cabinets and your old one doesn't fit, or (b) you simply cannot stand the sound level of your old blender, don't exchange it. My understanding is that the primary impetus for the new blender was the cabinet height issue. I'm keeping my 5200, and for anyone who wants a VitaMix but has always balked at the price, this might be a good time to get a 5200 for less than they used to cost.

    1. I watched the video and my opinion is that this is gimmickry. Not that the features will not work, and make the users task easier, but I doubt that it will make the task better. If there is a competing company with a blender having these features and its sales are denting VitaMix, then I reckon VitaMix had to do something. I have the 5200 and see no reason to upgrade. And how useful is a pre-wash cycle?

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      1. re: dcrb

        The thing is, my blender is still under the return period. It is exactly the same price as the 500 series so it makes sense to exchange it if this is the latest version. It seems better in all ways except im just worried about it having 180W less than the 500 series. Does that mean the motor isn't as good which is why im hesitant. The fact that this is exclusive to WS raises a red flag as they dont even offer it on Vitamix's website. I can understand there being no reason to upgrade had my Vitamix still not be in the return period but with it still being in the return period, this changes everything. Yes there are gimmicks but it seems nice to get more of your moneys worth even if its just 2 more preset functions. Plus its QUIETER and shorter. But that whole less watts thing is keeping me from making the exchange. Im not sure if its much of a difference.

        1. re: Eric_Cartman

          I'd say it would be a downgrade. Go with your intuition.
          Happy owner of a 5200 here

          1. re: Eric_Cartman

            Why don't you give VitaMix customer service a call and ask to speak to someone on the factory floor, or in their service (repair) section. You might get lucky and get some good nuts and bolts answers.

            I am not too sure whether 180 watts is a major difference or not. Mostly, you should go with what you are going to be happy with. We have the 5200, and it sits fine under the cabinet; with the jar next to it. Before we bought ours, I did call VitaMix, several times with lots of questions and even a couple of emails. It was a lot of money to spend so I questioned them on all manner of things. Then bought from the factory. If you are truly concerned about the power, keep what you have. If on the other hand, you want to keep the jar on the machine and like what amounts to a computer controlling function, then go for it. But try calling first. It could ease your mind. Oh, I don't grind meat or make bread dough in ours. That is for the Cuisinart or the Kitchenaid w/attachment. Good luck.

            1. re: Eric_Cartman

              Shorter isn't a selling point to me at all. Quieter, I rarely run it for more than a minute or two anyway.

              I'd take the 500 back and buy a 5200 not the 750.

              1. re: Eric_Cartman

                I just found out that Sur La Table should be getting the 750 this month. I also found out that they are discontinuing their lifetime warranty as of next month but they will honor that policy on any purchases bought before they discontinue it. If you would like to have the benefit of that coverage I would get one as soon as they are in stock from there.

                1. re: blondelle

                  Good to know. I think the change is only for electrical appliances so the time to stock up is now. :)

                  1. re: blondelle

                    The 7 year Vitamix warranty (with option to increase to 10 years) is amazing. Their customer service is outstanding so I would go with who has the best deal. Both WS and Sur La Table take off 10% if you buy on the day you take a cooking class. Sometimes the manager will give you the same deal without the class.
                    It is unfortunate they are discontinuing their lifetime warranty (as Williams Sonoma did a couple of years ago) I was considering buying an expensive espresso machine there for that reason.

                  2. re: Eric_Cartman

                    Sorry Eric, but you're information is wrong. WS does not have an exclusive on anything made by Vitamix. They're just trying to sell you something. Vitamix does give an exclusive -- to QVC (their biggest vendor) -- and the model numbers are sometimes different, the prices are lower and some of the colors are made just for QVC.

                    1. re: Elecktra

                      I'm assuming that those QVC colors are why there are such cool options for refurbs with 64 oz./2 l containers on the Vitamix site. (I want a blue one!) I just wish Vitamix hadn't reduced the warranty from 7 years to 5. And you're right about WS wanting to sell something. I was in a local branch the other day and an employee was really pushing a customer to go for a 750--the most expensive model they carry. It was a little nauseating.

                      1. re: MacGuffin

                        Yes, it appears to be the reason for so many more color options in Certified Reconditioned. They could only be coming from QVC. For instance the 7500 only comes in the 3 colors brand new but 5 colors are available in Certified Reconditioned. The only thing that baffles me is why are people returning so many of them on QVC? Who would go through the trouble of buying a Vitamix either on TV or online and then return it?

                        1. re: HLdan

                          I'm pretty sure they get lots of returns. Ya got impulse buyers, some may have been gifts whose recipients don't want them, people decide they want a Blendtec instead...you get the picture. And since Vitamix takes them back no questions asked, it's probably not a big deal. I'd also point out that the refurbs aren't always available.

                          1. re: MacGuffin

                            Oh yes, I know about the availability. I am Vitamix Affiliate so stock on reconditioned machines go extremely fast.

                            1. re: HLdan

                              Blue seems to go especially fast. I notice they're out of them again. I'm still toying with the notion of upgrading. The more significant (of two) sticking points is how much faster the lower speeds are on the new machines. I REALLY like being able to blend at a very low speed if need be, especially if I'm adding in ingredients for texture. I feel Vitamix really shot the upgrade's versatility in the foot with that decision.

                2. Have you looked at the BlendTec? They are supposed to be good although I have never seen or used one.

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                  1. re: dcrb

                    The Williams Sonoma description of the 750 claims "Its low, wide shape allows it to blend faster, finer and more efficiently" so that sounds like an improvement over the 500. The rated horsepower of the 500 is actually 1.85HP compared to 1.61HP of the 750. I don't know if that would make a big difference in reality. Maybe they had to reduce the power to get the 40% reduction in noise.

                    Also, remember that greater motor power and speed can actually become DISADVANTAGES because they tend to result in rapid formation of air pockets that halt your blending. More HP doesn't necessarily mean better.

                    1. re: 1marcus4

                      With the use of the custom plunger the is no issue with air pockets. Quieter is a plus,'a preset is not really an advantage and wash preset is silly.

                      1. re: scubadoo97

                        It's simply a matter of opinion and personal preference, and personal preference is unarguable.

                        1. re: 1marcus4

                          I agree with both of you. The presets leave me shaking my head but as I've mentioned, lots of users like them so clearly there's a market for them.

                          1. re: MacGuffin

                            Not to get too esoteric here, but from the view of a serious meditation practitioner (which I am), the primary reason I value the presets is that they allow me to eliminate mental steps in the process, to divert my focus and attend to other tasks in the kitchen in a highly efficient and effective manner.

                            In meditation retreat centers and monastic communities, cooking is one of the primary venues for concentration and mindfulness practice.

                            HAHA! And, besides, they work!

                            Mark

                            1. re: 1marcus4

                              They really do work-and I am a recent "convert" and quite surprised that they are so handy-yes, even the clean preset-just walk away..
                              .I believe they have used presets in some of the commercial vitamix machines (especially the drink machines) for some time.

                              1. re: sharanne1

                                That's true but those machines are pretty much one-trick ponies, i.e., they only mix drinks; I'm guessing the logic is that it leaves the operator more available to attend to customers without having to worry about whether or not the drinks will be properly blended to order (those units also have enclosures to save everyone's hearing). Neither of the commercial food-prep machines, which would usually be used behind the scenes, has presets.

                                @1marcus4, you indeed got too esoteric, at least for me. :O I would add, though, that walking away from an appliance that will turn itself off strikes me as requiring less concentration and mindfulness than overseeing and participating in the task at hand. Not being into meditation, it makes no difference to me either way and as we all agree, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. :)

                                1. re: MacGuffin

                                  Yes, sorry if I wasn't clear, but that was my point entirely. The ability to shift attention to other more complex tasks at hand while letting the presets resolve the simpler tasks is very, very cool. Let the machine handle the "dumb" tasks. I'm sure soon we will have user-programmable presets as well.

                                  1. re: 1marcus4

                                    I know what you meant; our cooking styles and personalities are undoubtedly different. For one thing, mise en place dictates that pretty much everything is measured and laid out prior to actual preparation, otherwise the likelihood of my screwing up goes through the roof. And I can't think of too many complex culinary tasks that can be completed in the time it takes for something, even a 4-minute soup or sauce (the only "dumb" task by my reckoning, and which will probably be the last thing I prepare anyway, going straight to table), to blend in a power blender, plus, after setting a timer, I'm going to leave the kitchen altogether during those four minutes to escape the not-conducive-to-my-well-being noise. And with that single exception and unlike, say, washing or drying clothes, I LIKE and require being involved in the process. You have great faith in the "little chips," I find what I perceive to be superfluous technology annoying as hell and prefer not only to be in the driver's seat but eschewing using cruise control as well. There are certain tasks I'm unwilling to hand over to technology; I don't think this makes me a Luddite. Different strokes (or RPM, if you will).

                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                      HAHA! Absolutely! You sound like an awesome cook!

                                      Mark

                                      1. re: 1marcus4

                                        I'm without a doubt okay but much of that's due to recognizing what an unorganized mess of a human being I am and imposing order on my kitchen routine, otherwise I'd be forgetting to add ingredients, setting the wrong oven temperature, etc. It really does help and once it gets to be a habit, it becomes part of the fun of preparing food. Now, if I could just afford to have someone clean up after me, life would be sweet. :))

                                          1. re: sharanne1

                                            Reassuring to know I'm not the only one of my kind here. :))

                                2. re: sharanne1

                                  I thought presets were silly until I learned more about the machine. I wondered how there could be one preset for a smoothie for instance, when some ingredients required more and some less blending power and time. Vitamix told me the machine can measure load and resistance and adjust itself to best process the ingredients. That was quite impressive.

                                  I was also told that the Pro 300 also has smart functions in that the machine guages the power needed for the task and that it won't ramp up if it doesn't need the extra speed. I thought there was something wrong with my machine until they gave me a test where I could see the power was there, but just wasn't needed for that task.

                                  I had no idea these machines were so smart. I have a black Pro 300 and as soon as Sur La Table gets the 750 I'm exchanging it for that one. I'm not crazy about the look of the black one and the 750 is prettier and understanding how the presets work, I now would like them. I wouldn't bother to change it though if I liked the look of the Pro 300 more. The red option is much too bright, and red and black too harsh for me, and the black is so heavy looking and dreary in a small kitchen.

                                  1. re: blondelle

                                    I'm not sure how the 750 is prettier than the 300--they look the same to me except for the indications on the dial unless you mean the color; I imagine there'll be choices soon. Again, that's a personal preference. While I love the look and durability of stainless (in fact, I paid a premium for my all-stainless Norwalk), it has to be real. My 5000 is red and when the time comes for my upgrade, it'll be red, too. I'm lucky that the model I prefer comes in my favorite kitchen color. :)

                                    1. re: blondelle

                                      "some ingredients required more and some less blending power and time." Yes, but the point of the smoothie is that it's smooth, i.e., the only blending time that ultimately matters is that of the ingredient that takes the longest to process completely, e.g. "frozens." Your liquids are already liquid and hence can't be "too smooth" or overblended (and are necessary to blend the "frozens"); non-frozen produce (which you want fully incorporated), flavorings, add-ins (seeds, nuts, etc.), and sweeteners also can't be "too smooth." Unless you're adding something at the end for texture (in which case, after the preset shuts off the machine, you'll have to turn it on again anyway at a lower variable speed), the final product has one consistency: smooth, and "separate" blending times for individual ingredients just don't figure into the equation. What is, and undoubtedly continues to be, important is the order in which the ingredients are placed in the container.

                                      As for the machine's determining how much power is needed, I agree that it's clever but nothing I can't figure out for myself, which is why, when the 5000 with its variable speed dial was introduced (not to mention its gasket-free lid), I thought I'd died and gone to heaven--I finally had infinite control over what I was doing and didn't have to keep a "normal" blender on hand for low-speed tasks.

                                      Again, it ultimately boils down to personal preference. I only continue to make my plug for the Pro 300 (and 5000 series--great machines) for the benefit of potential new owners who might be on the fence. As an owner since 1988, I think I'm qualified to state that one needn't feel one's getting the short end of the stick by opting for something other than a Pro 500 or 750.

                                      1. re: MacGuffin

                                        Smoothies are much more than simply liquids that can't be over blended - they certainly can be over blended which destroys the texture, even in a very smooth drink, and you wind up with a soupy bland drink. If smoothies started out as nothing but a mixture of liquids, there'd be no need for a VitaMix's power - any cheap blender would do. It's the very fact of pulverizing solids - and not just "frozens" but greens, nuts, berries seeds,etc. that require correct blending speeds and times, or they certainly can be over blended. VitaMix reps taught me that long ago and I've tested that myself, very systematically, and tasted the difference with a cheaper blender that required more time to process but it destroyed the texture. If you can't tell the difference, then you threw out your money on a VitaMix in the first place. And if you make ice cream with a VitaMix, it takes around 30-36 secs. to get the four mounds telling you it's done. Fifteen seconds more and you'll have a milkshake, not ice cream!!! So separate blending times for different ingredients and different kinds of applications - smoothies, soups, frozen desserts, certainly does make a critical difference, and automatically adjusting at each preset for different ingredients is brilliantly thought out.

                                        That doesn't mean you can't do that manually - of course you can, by adjusting the variable speeds withing each application, as needed. But don't say it isn't an important improvement as a feature, because it is, and there are many people who could make good use of it.

                                  2. re: 1marcus4

                                    I've never used my Vitamix for anything that I'd have the time to walk away from it. It is lightening fast at everything.

                                    1. re: 1marcus4

                                      The whole point is to be mindful, no matter WHAT you are doing. If you are diverting your focus, you're not being mindful about what's going on RIGHT NOW.

                                      Just another POV from a fellow traveler on the Middle Way ...

                              2. re: 1marcus4

                                I don't know where Williams Sonoma got those ridiculous specs from on both the 750 and the 500. The 500 is listed as 2 HP and 11.5 amps and the 750 is rated at 2.2 HP and 12 amps. This is from Vitamix's own site, not from ignorant sales people or catalogues. VitaMix's run at blade speed of max 37000rpms the 750 does NOT run at only 24000 rpms as was stated, supposedly, by Williams Sonoma, The fastest blade tip speed is 240 mph on both models. The 750 is rated at 1440 watts. They both are lower in noise, and both have cooling fans. That 24000rpm speed is actually the speed of most other blenders on the market and precisely why they CAN"T make ice cream or cook steaming soup, or pulverize strawberry seeds, and all the other things only a VitaMix can do.

                                The statement about increased motor power and speed becoming "DISADVANTAGES". This nonsense comes straight out of Cooks Illustrated's false assumption. More power certainly DOES make for better blending in those situations that REQUIRE it! Try making ice cream in 36 seconds with ANY other blender than a Vitamix - you can't and it's precisely the 3700rpm blades and 2 HP that enables it! As for "air pockets" - that's what the tamper is for!!! And for making ingredients and chopping, for example, you use a slower speed, but you can't use a higher speed that isn't available on a machine.

                                Both the 500 and the 750 have the lower, wider container, to make it easier to fit under a counter. I've had that problem myself with the Vita Prep and always wished the container were a little lower, though I definitely prefer the 64oz. size. The main difference is two extra preset program choices on the 750, for auto clean and puree, I think. I'm not clear if the 750 is quieter than the 500, because they're both supposed to be much quieter, but the 750 might be an improvement. I'll check with Vitamix on that.

                                The presets, lower, wider container and noise levels are not hype, they're real improvements if you feel you can take advantage of them.

                                1. re: Marathonracer

                                  "Both the 500 and the 750 have the lower, wider container, to make it easier to fit under a counter." You've confused the Pro 500 (the subject of this thread) with the Pro 300.

                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                    Thanks for pointing that out about the container heights. I added a correction earlier. I mistakenly thought that it was just a wrong photo on their site, and just assumed the 500 was the same new lower container because it was in the same Pro series, numerically and had some of the presets. But when you told me that about the height difference, I checked the specs ( which confirms what you said) and checked with VitaMix and it's all cleared up. It's the 300 and 750 with the new motor and lower container. Leave it to marketing to confuse people!

                                  2. re: Marathonracer

                                    I don't make it a habit of telling someone they are wrong but your information is in fact wrong. As MACGUFFIN said, you may be confusing the Pro 500 with the Pro 300 because the Pro 500 has the same body and container design as the VitaPrep you mentioned. The Pro 500 does have presets but it's not low profile and wider as the Pro 300 and Pro 750.

                                    Williams Sonoma does state the information in regards to the 750 correctly. The Pro 750 spins 24000 RPM's at top speed. Vitamix's new generation machines are designed to run quieter and cooler so they come equipped with a larger 4" blade (as opposed to the 3" blade in the VitaPrep and 5200) allowing for very efficient blending while running at a slower top speed to reduce noise and to keep the machine cooler.
                                    I bought the 750 and did an extensive amount of research including coming here before I made the purchase.

                                    1. re: HLdan

                                      The height of the container on the 500 was already mentioned by MacGuffin and corrected by me and no, I wasn't confusing anything, I assumed that it was a wrong photo because is was the middle in the series, numerically, that's all.

                                      Second, your "correction" about what I said about Williams Sonoma needs correcting because there is a lot more to this than you explained. Good for you that you did an extensive amount of research before you bought the machine, but you were still partially misinformed about the max speed, although yes, technically it is 24000 rpms (I corrected that already).

                                      Here are the facts and a fuller explanation, directly from the techs at VitaMix, and three people in two different departments, as well as their technical page showing the same 240mph max blade speed as on previous models. And Williams Sonoma was dead wrong about the watts as well, which is 1440 and 2.2HP and 12 amps on the 750.

                                      VitaMix doesn't generally use the rpm speed numbers anymore because they can be confusing and a bit misleading, that's why they're not listed in the specs on their site. The rpm speeds of 37000 on previous models like the 5200 and the Pro 500 are measured withe an EMPTY CONTAINER. They always go down even at the high setting when the container is filled. The 750 and 300 (same new motor) runs more efficiently at 24000 rpms on high (10), but ONLY with an EMPTY CONTAINER. It's designed, as I said to run at the same approximate PRACTICAL speeds while actually blending because of the increased power and torque and longer blades, turning at HIGHER velocities at any given rpm.( I corrected the 37000 top speed I stated in my earlier comment). You're wrong when you say it can blend as efficiently at "lower speeds". No, it can't and it doesn't. There is no way you're going to make ice cream with a VitaMix with slower blade speeds. However, it' a moot point what the actual high speed is in rpms with the contents included because the blade tips actually spin FASTER because the blades are longer, so the practical speed is similar. This is the detailed explanation that Williams Sonoma doesn't understand and which your research didn't explain It's important, because it implies a negative tradeoff when, in fact, it's all positive about the 750, and although you're not saying that it's negative at all, the explanation is still misleading. The noise is reduced by the fact that it has a floating motor and a much thicker pad to muffle the noise, not by the blades turning slower alone.And If the rpms is lower, the tip speed is still the same as the other models - it has to be, so it's a mute point about the rpms, and VitaMix says that too.The increased power and torque in the 750 and 300 enables it to run more efficiently so it can't overheat as easily with heavy loads by being able to keep the speed up better than other models and also helps the efficiency by keeping the speed up so yes, that's part of why it might run at lower rpms, but with the same max 240mph.

                                      The max speed on the 750, referring to the blade tip actually is the exact same 250 mph. If it does that while running at lower rpms, because the blades are longer, it's irrelevant because the velocity is the same. This comes directly from the technical page ( not the specs page) on VitaMix's own site If you time "max blade speeds", you'll see it list the max as 240mph. But it IS certainly more efficient, as you said.

                                      This should clear up the confusion and misleading statement by William Sonoma, albeit technically correct about the 24000 max rpms.

                                      1. re: HLdan

                                        HLdan ... not to change the subject, but I'm wondering if you have unpacked your new 750 yet and have some culinary experiences to share with us????? You took a long careful road to buy it and I hope you are getting the chance to enjoy it.

                                        1. re: Canthespam

                                          Hi Canthespam. Changing the subject is something I would LOVE to do. I wanted to get out of that heated debate because I certainly didn't come here to fight with anyone.
                                          When I bought my 750 a few weeks back I was living with family for a short while so I had to pack up Dom (my 750's name, haha) and put him in storage. I just moved into my own home this week and I've been using Dom every single day for a week. In the past 7 days I've made Hummus via the Vitamix recipe. Came out quite well but I shortened the recommended blending time because I prefer a more texturized Hummus. I made a nice Black Bean soup from a recipe directly from the Vitamix website which came out amazingly well. The only mistake I made was neglecting to see in small print that the recipe was dedicated to the 5200 and while the soup preparation was the same for any Vitamix the recipe called for using Variable Speed 4 on the 5200 for 10 seconds to blend the chunky added veggies. Big Mistake. I should've just pulsed on Variable speed 1. My chunky veggies ended up being pureed into the soup. Still tasted amazingly great. Other than that, just the usual fruit and kale smoothies.
                                          Tomorrow I am going to search for bulk peanuts to make my own nut butters. I was very excited to buy this machine but I didn't think I would use it but once a week at best. I've used it everyday and I find myself shopping for so many more veggies and fruits at the market.
                                          As I get to know my 750 more and more, especially using the variable speeds I will post on any new concoctions I come up with as I generally like to create my own recipes or doctor up existing ones. Thanks for asking,. :-)

                                          1. re: HLdan

                                            I have made peanut and almond butters a few times... a real pain to get it all out. The Vitamix rep told me to make a smoothie right afterwards and it would clean up much easier. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds like a great idea.

                                            I am going to try your variable settings for my 'ice cream'.

                                          2. re: Canthespam

                                            Oh one more thing Canthespam, bananas no longer end up in the trash when they get the dreaded freckles. I was skeptical at first but after seeing many videos on YouTube of banana ice cream I tried it out on my 750. I put in about 4 frozen bananas and added a 4 frozen strawberries for a bit of added flavor and just a pinch of cinnamon and a small drop of vanilla extract. Turned it up to Variable speed 10 and tamped away. I thought all I was doing was just mashing bananas until I saw the 4 mounds appear. Best thing I ever tasted and I'm not sure what the science is behind frozen bananas but they don't seem to need any milk, eggs or cream to create "ice cream". I'm lactose intolerant so this was perfect for me and I'm trying to move away from soy milk....slowly, haha.

                                            1. re: HLdan

                                              Thanks HLdan... I was looking for feedback on the Vitamix hummus recipe - and most were negative. Now I have a recommendation that I know will be good ... thanks.

                                              We too have been making banana ice cream regularly. For two of us, but there is enough for three, i cut up one ripe banana into 1" pieces and freeze. I do that as soon as the bananas getting spotty.

                                              I use one banana and a few handfuls of frozen peaches, or strawberries and a bit of sweetener (Stevia). Really good and guilt free. I've used frozen raspberries to0, but they are very tart. I use the frozen dessert setting and the tamper. I make it in my 32 oz. wet container. Next time I'll add a bit of vanilla, as I have been meaning to do, but keep forgetting.

                                              I have yet to get the four mounds, but I keep hoping.

                                              One thing, a few weeks ago, we heard a weird sound coming from the motor, like a strain. The container kind of jumped and got cockeyed and the drive gear made a horrible noise. We stopped it, but probably should have done sooner.

                                              When we took the container off, my husband could see that the drive gear in the base and the blade gears (?) were ground down a bit, and had sharp edges. I called Vitamix and she said that this is not uncommon and stressed holding onto the container while you are tamping, so that the gears remains fully engaged.

                                              She sent us a new blade and a tool and gear for the base, free of charge.

                                              My 750 is only about 2.5 months old. I can't say enough good things about their Customer Service ... knowledgeable, friendly and very professional. They really do want to help you use and enjoy your Vitamix. This is not the first time that I have called them with various questions and they have always responded this way.

                                              I too am lactose intolerant and it is great to be able to eat 'ice cream' regularly and guilt free.

                                              Four bananas at once would be too much for me as I am also a diabetic 2... too many carbs. One banana and the fruit is plenty for the two us.

                                              1. re: HLdan

                                                Thank you Canthespam for that bit of info in regards to holding onto the container handle while tamping foods. I'm still getting used to understanding the Vitamix and the last thing I want to do is break it, haha. That's awesome to hear that Vitamix took care of your situation right away. I always hear of great experiences with them. I don't think Vitamix has anything to worry about in regards to Blendtec taking much of their business. Costco dropped the price on the Blendtec once again in the same year. During the summer it was $379 with an instant $50 rebate which brought it $329 and as of yesterday it's tagged at $299 regular price and showing the previous price as $329. Looks like Blendtec is having a hard time pushing their Blenders out into homes as Vitamix does. I did hear that Costco was also discontinuing their relationship with Blendtec which might also explain the price drops. Other than Costco or Sams Club there are no other local stores carrying the Blendtec Total Blender that I know of, plus most of the major smoothie chains and restaurants are switching to Vitamix.
                                                I'm not putting down Blendtec, it seems to be quite a good blender but it seems best suited for smoothies and not an all purpose food prep machine as the Vitamix.

                                                I received a bag of raw garbanzo beans from a friend today along with some tips on how to tweak the traditional hummus recipe. Once I soak the beans and allow them to sprout and make the hummus I will report back to you with the results.

                                                1. re: HLdan

                                                  Try the bananas with a little Nutella. Sinfully good

                                                  1. re: scubadoo97

                                                    Will do, SINFUL is the right word. I'm trying to stay on healthy side which is why I bought the Vitamix. :-). I honestly don't know how I got along all this time without it.

                                            2. re: Marathonracer

                                              Couple of corrections. The max rpm speed of the 750 is 24000rpms, but only with an EMPTY container, but it keeps the speeds up better with a filled container because of the increased torque and power from the new motor and the longer blades allow the tips to spin at a higher velocity, so the actual rpm speed is misleading. The max blade tip speed is the same 240 mph which is exactly the same as previous models like the Pro 500 and the 5200, and that 240mph is right on the VitaMix siite.

                                              The 500 does not have the newer motor, and it's not lower in noise and also has the taller container, not the newer shorter container, designed to fit under a counter.

                                            3. re: 1marcus4

                                              From the VitaMix Web site: https://secure.vitamix.com/Profession...

                                              The 750 is shown with 2.2 Peak HP.

                                              Hunt

                                          3. The Williams Sonoma description of the 750 claims "Its low, wide shape allows it to blend faster, finer and more efficiently" so that sounds like an improvement over the 500. The rated horsepower of the 500 is actually 1.85HP compared to 1.61HP of the 750. I don't know if that would make a big difference in reality. Maybe they had to reduce the power to get the 40% reduction in noise.

                                            Also, remember that greater motor power and speed can actually become DISADVANTAGES because they tend to result in rapid formation of air pockets that halt your blending. More HP doesn't necessarily mean better.

                                            On the other hand, the 750's 24,000 RPM is a substantial reduction from the 500's 37,000 RPM.

                                            Mark

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                                            1. re: 1marcus4

                                              I agree. But I think for most purposes, the standard VM is more than adequate, but if the OP wants to swap it out, that is a personal choice.. Noisy? Yes. Tall? Yes, so we have the jar sitting next to it on the counter. The 750 might be a better machine. Time will tell. It might also flop. Again, time will tell. The air pocket phenomena I have not experienced. That is interesting. Thanks.

                                              1. re: 1marcus4

                                                First, I would be skeptical of any sales pitch like the following: "Its low, wide shape allows it to blend faster, finer and more efficiently." If Vitamix made a mortar and pestle and shipped it out to Williams Sonoma to sell as the next best thing, WS would likely use just such a sales pitch to sell it. It's new, so they have to claim it is better, regardless of the reality.

                                                Second, I would imagine that the lower rpm is related to the substantially larger blades. They are larger because the pitcher is much wider at the base.

                                                  1. re: jljohn

                                                    In this case I don't think it's a sales pitch. Both the 750 sold by Williams-Sonoma and the less expensive 300 sold by SurLaTable use the lower, wider pitcher. Frankly, I like it and I think you'll be seeing it throughout their line. But I've been wrong before.

                                                    The new, quieter motor is also used in both the 750 and 300 models. The difference between the two units, as far as I can tell, lies in the presets and appearance treatments.

                                                    In any case, the longer it's out their on the market, the more likely we'll start seeing reviews on youtube and such.

                                                    Good point about the RPM. The BlendTech runs at 28,000 RPM by the way.

                                                1. were you planning to use a dry blade container for anything? as far as i can tell, they don't offer one (nor do they have a 32-oz wet blade container) for the 750...

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                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      Although the 750 doesn't ship with a dry blade container, the 750 specific owner's manual DOES mention the proper use of the 32oz dry container. This tells me that new 32 oz containers may be shipping shortly. Again, trying to be logical, but only an educated guess.

                                                      Also from the owner's manual, peak horsepower has increased from 2.0 to 2.2. Rated horsepower has never been listed. And there is no wattage figure in the manual as well. Although the Williams-Sonoma web site says 1200 watts, I'm not sure that's reliable given that their peak horsepower figure is wrong.

                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                        All of the containers (64 oz wet - tall, 32 oz. wet, 32 oz. dry, 48 oz. wet) that fit the 5200 series will fit the new base/motor. The new, squat 64 oz. container will fit the 5200 series motors, but will cause additional drag on it, therefore speeding up the day when your 5200 series motor "meets its maker" ;-)

                                                        I got this info. from my boss (the Vitamix South East Regional Sales Manager). Will be at the Vitamix home office in Cleveland June 18-20 and plan to get all of my questions asked if I can get ahold of an engineer while I am there. I've called Customer Service and can't get the answers I'm looking for... I especially want to know what the RPMs are at variable speed 1. Now I want to know how the motor is more powerful with less watts (it IS supposed to be slightly more powerful than 2HP) 2.2-peak HP (1300 Watts) motor vs. 2-peak HP (1380 Watts) motor (these figures came off of the Vitamix site with a Creation's Elite motor vs. the Pro 500 motor.)

                                                        1. re: agapemom

                                                          I don't think that's quite accurate. I have the 750 Pro and the manual states 1440 watts (12 amps x 120 volts). The 300 Pro should be the same. Both are rated @ 1200 "output" watts.

                                                          RPMs I don't have a clue.

                                                          1. re: 1marcus4

                                                            1marcus4 - on the 750, how often do you use the presets? I have a toddler and am thinking that to set it and walk away (even on clean) would be worth the extra $100, but I'm on the fence between the Pro 300 and 750 - any thoughts as a 750 owner?

                                                            1. re: jenhen2

                                                              At this stage of the game I ONLY use the presets. (I've only had it for two weeks or so.) On rare occasions I will use the variable dial to "finish off" something.

                                                              I also like the brushed nickel finish on the 750 much more than the black or red colored 300. Goes with my kitchen better.

                                                              Also, my philosophy about purchases may be unique, and goes something like this. If I can afford $550, then I can afford $650. Might as well get the top of the line as I'll have this blender for a long, long time. I've always used this approach with computers and it has served me well over the last 30 years. Over the long haul, I save money and am more pleased with my purchases.

                                                              Very happy with my choice.

                                                              1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                I totally know what you mean on purchasing philosophy, and I think along the same lines. I'm glad to hear you use the presets. I am thinking I would, too, and it is a handsome machine! One last question if you don't mind - did you get or do you plan to get the smaller container or the grain container? Thanks!

                                                                1. re: jenhen2

                                                                  I am definitely going to purchase the 32oz dry container in the next month or two as the 64oz container doesn't handle grains and nuts all that well. I don't really see the need for the 32oz wet container though.

                                                                  1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                    Thanks so much - your input is REALLY, REALLY helpful. Now I just have to convince hubby to pull the trigger on this awesome machine. Happy blending!

                                                                    1. re: jenhen2

                                                                      Should be an easy argument to make. It is a long term investment in your family, your toddler, your husband, and yourself.

                                                                      1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                        I got my 750 yesterday!! Wow! It is some machine and I am enjoying it tremendously! Thanks for all your input. Now, let the fun begin!!

                                                                        1. re: jenhen2

                                                                          Hey, that's awesome!

                                                                          Would love to hear your experiences with it as you move forward.

                                                                          Conratulations!

                                                          2. re: agapemom

                                                            I am having some trouble with the wide base of the 64 oz that comes with the 750 because I tend to make small batches. If it is a big batch - LOVE IT. Do you know if I can purchase the typical profile that comes with the 5200 (and is in all the raw food videos) and use it on my 750?

                                                            1. re: mittens73

                                                              For smaller batches it's best to purchase the 32oz wet blade container.

                                                        2. Okay, I found out today from Vitamix directly that the old containers (32oz dry or wet) WILL FIT on the Pro 750 and 300, but the new container won't fit on the older models.

                                                          According to sales, the Vitamix employees were told this last week in an internal meeting.

                                                          Please note this runs contrary to the Williams-Sonoma FAQs page which specifically states they WON'T FIT. Do these guys talk to one another? Go figure!

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                                                          1. re: 1marcus4

                                                            Ooops - guess I should have read further below before answering the question above - my bad ;-)

                                                            1. re: 1marcus4

                                                              I had heard they'll fit on the new ones too, the big difference though is slight differences in motors designed for those specific pitchers. There will be the slightest difference in performance but, it might not even be something people could notice

                                                            2. No

                                                              I think the 500 and the 750 are gimmicky. Why give up high setting for pulse? I don't see any real purpose for pulse in a blender. If I need pulse then I will be using my food processor. And preset drink settings? um no. I don't plan on replacing my 5200 unless it dies.

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                                                              1. re: rasputina

                                                                The high setting is redundant, right? Same as Variable speed 10? With pulse I get an additional function, finer manipulation of food material, more diversity. The 750 Pro fits under my kitchen cabinets, and is 10% more powerful as well. As an older cook, I appreciate the presets as they simplify the process, relieve stress on the brain, and they work!

                                                                1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                  The high setting in not redundant. It gives an rpm significantly faster than 10. SOP for the current Vitamix is to raise the speed from 0 to 10 rapidly, and then flip to high.

                                                                  1. re: jljohn

                                                                    I called Vitamix directly. The techs told me...

                                                                    The variable speed 8 on the 750 Pro is the same power as variable speed 10 on the 5200. The variable speed 10 on the 750 Pro is the same power as HIGH on the 5200.

                                                                    The fastest blade tip speed on both units is 240 mph, HIGH on the 5200, and variable speed 10 on the 750 Pro. The 750 Pro (and 300) have 10% more torque as well.

                                                                    Mark

                                                                    1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                      Ok. That's a different matter. "Hi" on the 5200 is the same as 10 on the 750 (I didn't know that before, but thanks for the info). "Redundant" would mean that "Hi" is the same as another setting on the same machine. "Hi" is faster than 10 on the 5200.

                                                                      1. re: jljohn

                                                                        Totally see your point. I figured I'd just call Vitamix direct to nail down the differences between the models. I"m learning as I go.

                                                                    2. re: jljohn

                                                                      oops already said it, months ago apparently lol

                                                                    3. re: 1marcus4

                                                                      No high isn't redundant on the 5200 it's higher than 10 and it turns the fan on.

                                                                      1. re: rasputina

                                                                        What happened to the original poster?

                                                                          1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                            But which one? Maybe he couldn't exchange hi current one like he thought.

                                                                            1. re: dcrb

                                                                              HAHA! Well that would suck big time. Hmmmm! Now that I have this 750 Pro I've been looking at the Vita Prep 3? Thank God Williams-Sonoma has a 90 day return policy.

                                                                              1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                                You do NOT want a Prep 3. It's made for commercial kitchens in which it's expected to run nonstop, i.e., that extra horsepower is there to run the fan so that the overload protector doesn't get tripped. It has only a 3-year LIMITED warranty which is quite good for a commercial appliance but far inferior to Vitamix's home-use warranty. Don't make the mistake of thinking you need commercial equipment to prepare food at home. The 5200 and Prep 3 cycle at exactly the same RPM at both ends of the spectrum. You can confirm this with Vitamix's commercial division.

                                                                                1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                  I disagree. I have both Vita Prep 3 and 5200, so my opinion is based on my use of the machine over a salesperson. Vita Prep3 hands down faster & better than my 5200. I have to run the 5200 longer to get same results as Prep3. I'm not concern too much about warranty as my mother still uses her 20+ year old 3600 vitamix, but it does die, I will get the commercial version again

                                                                                  1. re: Funkalicious

                                                                                    I wasn't talking about a salesperson but rather Vitamix employees in the commercial division. Bear in mind they only sell to vendors from that division--they answer questions and refer callers to restaurant supply stores for actual purchases. In addition, most new users aren't professional food handlers and hence are more likely to need both home-use support material and a longer warranty. For those who don't care about the warranty and already know how to use the machine, I suppose it doesn't make a lot of difference but there have been many disgruntled buyers (usually raw foodists who've been told this was the way to go) who managed to screw up their Preps--often because they had no idea how to use them properly--and then complained on public forums (including the mercifully now-defunct Vita-Village that Vitamix sponsored), plus virtually no one at Vitamix buys Preps, even though they're entitled to at a discount. And I've been aware that eBay lists Prep 3's (and 2's, for that matter) for years now--I once played with the notion of getting one to replace my 5000 but ultimately decided against it. I'm shooting for a Pro 300 upgrade at this point although if my idea for a smoothie/juice bar comes to fruition it'll be Prep 3's and The Quiet Ones all the way--no way I want to be involved with anything other than Vitamix blenders in a commercial environment.

                                                                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                      This time I agree with you totally, but i just want to add one more thing I learned about the Vita Prep 3. I happen to have the Vita Prep 1 long before the Vita Prep 3's,, but I ONLY got it because I liked the look of it and got it at a much better price at a major restaurant supply chain. Giving up the 7 year warranty is not worth it and I wouldn't do it again. I've had a minor problem with the potentiometer, for example, on variable, and didn't realize the sounds were a little off until someone posted video with a similar ( but much worse problem on the mighty Vita Prep 3) problem but mine was long since out of warranty. Luckily, it's very minor and never got worse, but it taught me a lesson. That 7 year warranty is worth it, even if the initial buying price is retail direct and they don't sell them in restaurant supply stores.

                                                                                      But when the Vita Prep 3 came out I asked the commercial division what the extra HP got you. They essentially said absolutely nothing about improved functionality in terms of reduced blending times or anything else. It was only designed for very, very heavy continuous use in a restaurant or other commercial kitchen so it wouldn't overheat. So I really have no idea what Funkalicious is referring to about "hands down faster and better than my 5200", but I doubt it. Even if it is a few seconds faster, it's not worth it for home use, and especially not given the new Pro 300 and 750 with the same new motor and higher HP and noise improvements and efficiency improvements like higher torque and lower container to fit under counters ( try that with a Vita Prep 3).

                                                                                      1. re: Marathonracer

                                                                                        I've had two demonstrators tell me that they wanted to try out the Prep 3 for themselves, just for their own satisfaction (one said he thought maybe he could run up a bigger container of nut butter without the risk of tripping the overload protector). In fact, I wouldn't mind playing with one. But I wouldn't buy one because I really want that household warranty. I stupidly screwed up exactly once with my 5000 and even though it wasn't a covered fix, the problem it catalyzed WAS and because the machine was under warranty ("Year 6," and coming into the home stretch), the $100 replacement part (blade assembly), including shipping, was free. The first fix (gear sprocket) was only $25, so I got off cheap for my carelessness thanks to that fantastic warranty. As I mentioned, there were many disgruntled posts on that ridiculous Vita-Village site and elsewhere from Prep 3 users who managed to screw up their machines (I can't even imagine how since the motor kicks off before any damage occurs) once they were out of warranty. And speaking of appearances, I always had a soft spot for the look of the Prep 2, I guess because it looks pretty much the same as the machines in the 5000 series but more "butch" (for want of a better description). I think they should've opted for that look for the 3.

                                                                                2. re: 1marcus4

                                                                                  check out this comparison with VitaPrep 3.

                                                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHtAKn...

                                                                                  Also, I found a commerical equipment seller on Ebay, and got brand new VitaPrep 3 for under $400. Just gotta look around.

                                                                        1. re: rasputina

                                                                          IMO it was very confusing for some people who could not understand that the number on the variable speed control knob was irrelevant when the switch was on high. Many people did not grasp the concept of variable 1-10 and then high. Additionally, the fan does not kick on with the 5200 series until high, so it is easier to over heat the motor if you try a thick concoction (like hummus) on a lower variable speed (and if you have someone who doesn't "get" that variable 10 is not high, this can happen. The fan is always on with the new motor. I suspect that the reason they kept the pulse feature is: 1) because they would have less expense if they could use the old design (paddles on both sides), OR they figured that people would not "get" it if you tried to get them to pulse by flipping the on/off button. Just a guess. I am a Vitamix demonstrator and can't wait to get my hands on this new model to see how it works. I'm waiting for the version we will sell (but it's all I can do to keep from going to buy a Pro 300) I don't want the Pro 750 - I don't want or need pre-sets.

                                                                          1. re: agapemom

                                                                            Okay, one more time!

                                                                            I called Vitamix directly. The techs told me...

                                                                            The variable speed 8 on the 750 Pro is the same power as variable speed 10 on the 5200. The variable speed 10 on the 750 Pro is the same power as HIGH on the 5200.

                                                                            The fastest blade tip speed on both units is 240 mph, HIGH on the 5200, and variable speed 10 on the 750 Pro. The 750 Pro (and 300) have 10% more torque as well.

                                                                            Mark

                                                                        2. So, Eric, what did you decide to do?

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                                                                          1. re: jljohn

                                                                            Sorry fore the late reply. It turns out that the subway ride to Williams-Sonoma was definitely worth it. I didn't think that sound would be that significant, but it was. When I used the 500, it was horrifying and my family hated when I turned it on. Now I can use it, and no one has to complain and turn up the volume on the television in the living room. And it definitely blends better. The motor became MUCH less likely to stop or start emitting an odor due to overheating. With the 500, an odor was usually expected, especially if you were blending ice. I only got that once with the 750. I expected the opposite with the 750 being 180W less. Must be the wider face area the blade now covers then allowing it to blend more efficiently. A lot of people here dismissed this blender as gimmicky and find such functions like the Clean function unnecessary but in that short period of time its nice to be able to pour yourself a drink or wash some dishes. I lack patience and hated standing by the blender and slowly increasing the power to clean the Vitamix. I would often turn it off before completing the cleaning cycle on the 500 because the noise used to scare me into thinking the Blender would break. It was very hard for me to reach the highest setting as it felt like a jet engine. The preset Clean function on the 750 just makes me so much more comfortable. I dont see why many here see having preset functions is a bad thing so Im a bit confused why everyone here is complaining. You dont have to use them. But if you're going to get extra functions without any added cost, I just see it as getting more for your money. I have no idea why I even hesitated to get the 750. You may not use it, but others in your house might.

                                                                            1. re: Eric_Cartman

                                                                              Glad for you! Love my 750 Pro. Been blending everyday for 5 weeks, no complaints.

                                                                              And by the way, it's not 180 watts less, it's 60 watts more. 1380 watts input on the 500, 1440 watts input on the 750. Peak HP 2.0 on the 500, peak HP 2.2 on the 750.

                                                                              Mark

                                                                              1. re: Eric_Cartman

                                                                                "I dont see why many here see having preset functions is a bad thing so Im a bit confused why everyone here is complaining. You dont have to use them. But if you're going to get extra functions without any added cost, I just see it as getting more for your money."

                                                                                I don't know that anyone's complaining but a number of users, including seasoned ones like myself and agapemom, have no use for them (personally, I think they're like putting fur on a fish). And they're not "without any added cost"; the 750 is much more expensive than the 300. I've talked to several SLT employees (all with pro culinary backgrounds) who are also dismissive of the presets. To some of us, they're really not extra functions, and I live alone so others aren't a consideration for me. It's nice that some users like them but I'm glad I don't have to pay for something that interests me not a whit.

                                                                                1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                  MacGuffin,

                                                                                  I concur. And, if VitaMix keeps upping the "golly-gee-whiz" factor to attract more customers, sooner or later a lemon will turn up and tarnish their reputation. I like simple and look on the bad side: what if the pre-set over or under blends something? But for a lot of folks, it works. For me and mine, it would not.

                                                                                  1. re: dcrb

                                                                                    I also like simple and elegant and I've said it before: it's Vitamix's attempt to out-Blendtec Blendtec. Who needs that? As a SLT salesman said dismissively of "Will It Blend?" yesterday, "There's a reason why stores don't carry them" (to be fair, this was, until recently, also true of Vitamix). Still, some folks like presets. Me, I'm not one to walk away from what I'm blending (almost always <2 minutes) unless it's soup or gravy (4 minutes).

                                                                                  2. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                    I'm a professional caterer and haven't used either of the new ones, but have used both the 5200 and 500 to make sorbet. I thought the presets were useless until I used them. They are definitely handy when you need to use the plunger. The sorbet came together faster and more uniformly with the 500 because I only had to focus on one action. I also wasn't as worried about stressing the motor. I've only used the 5200 for almond butter, but I imagine the 500 would make it much easier using the frozen desserts preset.

                                                                                    As for the soup, smoothie, and clean functions? Not necessary. Personally I feel like walking away from such a powerful machine, no matter what the manufacturer says, is irresponsible and asking for something to go wrong.

                                                                                      1. re: MelissaMachete

                                                                                        I do walk away when doing soup (no way I'm going to listen to that thing at close range for four minutes) but I'm always nearby; my apartment's not very large. And really, I never worry about putting stress on the motor. In all the years I've been using Vitamixes, I've only once managed to trip the overload protector. :)

                                                                                    1. re: Eric_Cartman

                                                                                      OMG a preset clean function, that is hilarious. At if high didn't already do the job lol.

                                                                                  3. I had my 5000 since 1999 and picked up my 5200 about two months ago. After seeing the 750 series at WS a few days ago, I started my research. After reading this post I decided to go pick up a 750.

                                                                                    Simply put, I really liked and used my 5000 for 12+ years, I loved my 5200 for two months, and I am blown away by this 750 after one meal.

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                                                                                    1. re: JeanFam

                                                                                      Thanks for sharing your experience. Will you let us know more details? Do you think the 750 is worth the extra money over a refurbed 5200? What is it that blew you away -- is it really quieter? Does it blend better without needing to use the tamper? Thanks again!

                                                                                      1. re: erichalias

                                                                                        "Does it blend better without needing to use the tamper?"

                                                                                        YES! I make "Jamba Juices" every day with 90% frozen fruit, I am amazed that either the 'presets', 'wider container' or 'different motor' finishes our smoothies with no assistance from me. And about the tamper, that would be my only complaint, it is now made from the same material as a toddler's baseball bat made for plastic nerf balls ( http://goo.gl/M0KKX ). However, the tamper serves its purpose--when and if needed.

                                                                                        "Do you think the 750 is worth the extra money over a refurbed 5200?"

                                                                                        I returned my 5200 for a 750, there is hardly a comparison between the two--for me. It is quieter, but I don't think it is a 'night and day' difference. I now blend with the presets and originally thought that they would be unnecessary or useless. As it turns out, since I am not needing to babysit with the tamper I love doing other things knowing that it will turn itself off.

                                                                                        The bottom line: for what I do (smoothies and soups) my 5000 works great and the 750 is just a really nice upgrade. Best wishes!

                                                                                    2. With the 750 the fan is always running so you shouldn't get that motor smell you can get if you use it too long on a speed that doesn't activate the fan. It's supposed to have a better motor with better airflow too. I want the Elite model with the same base as the 300 but it's not available now. Sorry I missed the QVC deal on it. The Pro 300 is so darn ugly to me with all that black rubber. I prefer their darker cinnamon red over that too bright red on the 300 and the black is so dreary. At least the 750 is a bit prettier in the nickel.

                                                                                      BTW, with a machine this expensive you want to keep it looking nice. The thermoplastic rubber they use is so soft that it scratches and nicks so easily and then the darn thing looks beat up. I don't think it's one of those rubbers that heal themselves. Yeah, it's a stupid, small thing but it's annoying to me as a designer.

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                                                                                      1. re: blondelle

                                                                                        Exactly. I'm very visual as well. If you're going to pay that kind of money, it should look "new" for a while with normal use. It shouldn't look old before it's time.

                                                                                        Mark

                                                                                      2. The reason only Williams Sonoma has it is because it was an exclusive launch for them. They paid big money to be the only ones to get it for the first few months. It will start hitting more stores over the next few months(October I believe)

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                                                                                        1. re: BornEating

                                                                                          It is in other stores as well as the Vitamix website now.

                                                                                          1. re: BornEating

                                                                                            Sur la Table has the Pro 300 (no presets) in black and they have an exclusive on the red. In addition, they offer a lifetime warranty on everything they sell, including their Vitamixes.

                                                                                          2. Exchange it! The 750 has a more powerful motor and new design doesn't require the tamper as much. Handy for peanut butter etc. Smoothies are the same as in the 5000 or 5200. It is sold on the vitamix website along with numerous stores. I heard the "Create" cookbook is way better too.
                                                                                            I spoke with Vitamix, WS anad Sur La Table.
                                                                                            I don't know where the new motor is made (5200 motor is Sweden) both are assembled in the USA with USA parts. The new 64 oz container will not work on the 5200 model even though it appears to fit on the base due to new blade design and more powerful motor (source = Vitamix). I may give my 5200 to my son at college and get the new one.

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                                                                                            1. re: sharanne1

                                                                                              Love my 750.

                                                                                              But I had to laugh yesterday when I saw Costco carrying the NEW Vitamix 6300. There is always going to be something new around the corner.

                                                                                              Mark

                                                                                              1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                                                I do not see a 6300 Vitamix on vitamix.com or costco.com. Is this model only available in stores? Is is comparable to the 750 or the 5200? This feels a bit like buying a mattress! The manufacturer keeps changing the names on similar models so you cannot compare price or features easily.

                                                                                                  1. re: breve

                                                                                                    They guy doing the demo said the 6300 was a new hybrid. It looks likes a 5200, included the tall container, 3 presets, and pulse.

                                                                                                    Mark

                                                                                                    1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                                                      There're a number of them listed on eBay. It looks more or less like a Pro 500.

                                                                                                      1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                        I am getting ready to purchase my first (and hopefully last, for a very long time). I finally called VM today. I was advised the Costco 6300 IS the pro 500, except it doesn't come in the nickel finish, only the white, black or red colors. So, it's not the newer technology of the 300 & 750. I am strongly leaning toward the 750 and am planning a trip to my WS store in the next couple days to compare them in person. The comments here have only steer me more in that direction.

                                                                                                        1. re: nursenerd

                                                                                                          If you have a Sur la Table near you, check out the 300 (which you can also check out as WS, just not in red). As I mentioned, they give you a LIFETIME WARRANTY! (This was news to me but it's true.) In addition, we have more than one of each store in Manhattan and I invariably find the help at SLT to be much more enthusiastic and knowledgeable than the staff at WS (who inevitably suffer in comparison). I think they have a better selection as well.

                                                                                                          1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                            Thanks for the suggestion. The lifetime warranty is a HUGE incentive, but the red color isn't. I actually bought the 750 yesterday (at WS). It came down the 300 or the 750, since they both have the new technology (and supposedly quieter motor). In the end, if the 300 had been offered in the brushed nickel, it would have come home with me. Aesthetics tipped it for the 750, as it matches the kitchen and has earned a rarely awarded spot on the counter. I've now made 2 green smoothies, a sorbet, and an INCREDIBLE soup and LOVE the presets. Didn't think I would. Certainly don't think they are a necessity, but love them nonetheless. I didn't leave, but was able to prep other things while the soup was going and trusted the shut off. As for the OP, I don't know if the newer technology is that important to you or not. I don't typically go for the top of the line, but I chose to invest in this cadillac of a machine. And I should note, husband said, "It's nicer than our cars!" Yes, it's true.

                                                                                                            1. re: nursenerd

                                                                                                              Oh, yes--Vitamix does it right. And you'll love it more and more as time goes on. There's a reason why they have such a loyal customer base.

                                                                                                              1. re: nursenerd

                                                                                                                This might throw a wrench into everyone's reasoning! The Sunday QVC will have a Vitamix TSV which stands for today's special value. According to Vitamix it will be on the Creations Elite model which is the Pro 300 base with a 48 oz. container. If they don't change it at QVC before air time the price will only be $379 with free shipping and you can split the payments over 4-5 months. It will come in 4 or 5 colors. The Creations have a 5 years warranty, even when sold directly from Vitamix.

                                                                                                                At Vitamix I was told that they let customer service take all the machines home to try and the rep I spoke with said they would pick this one out of them all. If you aren't a large family the 48 oz. is better as you can make smaller amounts in it. The 48 oz. is plenty for most things and you can use it to the top. Who needs 2 cups of salad dressing at a time? I was told you need to make 2 cups in the 64 oz. container by Vitamix.

                                                                                                                This one is 40% quieter, has the fan on all the time, and has the 2.25 HP motor, and the lower container that fits under a counter. You can call QVC on Saturday for the item # and order before it airs. Will be 4 shows on Sunday. Vitamix told me they don't make a special machine for QVC. This is the same one they sell. They will be offering the machine in a new color called Espresso that's an exclusive for QVC..

                                                                                                                Go through Shop Dsicover and use your Discover card and you can get 5% cash back too!

                                                                                                                1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                  "If you aren't a large family the 48 oz. is better as you can make smaller amounts in it."

                                                                                                                  I apologize in advance but I'm about to throw a wrench into your reasoning. One can process as little as 4 oz. in the 2 l container (and I think this is true of the 48 oz. container as well) but what the 48 oz. container can't do is exceed its capacity. You'd be surprised at how much some soups and similar recipes yield and as long as they don't exceed a total of 2 l (which is actually almost 68 oz.), you're in the clear. I bought my 5000 back when there was only one container size available for kitchens (I seem to recall there were always smaller containers for the commercial drink machines) and having used it for years and living alone, I still would never go for a smaller container. The largest container processes very small amounts, self-cleans, and the newer ones are shorter with a wider base. Please consider all this before ordering your Vitamix. And BTW, the QVC-only color sounds wonderful. :)

                                                                                                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                    I use my VM 64 oz exclusively for me(one person). My husband also uses it but again he is mixing for himself. I'd not go smaller. I like my 64oz VM5000.

                                                                                                                    PLUS a wider base means more product is lower. A smaller base means the liquid measures higher so less even/below the blade.

                                                                                                                    1. re: coolavocado

                                                                                                                      With a wider base then that would mean more liquid would be required to float solids above the blades, which is required for some things, like crushing ice. I make ice cream with just frozen fruit, milk and a little simple syrup in my 64 oz all the time and use very little liquid.

                                                                                                                      I wouldn't want a smaller container for my daily use either, and I'm generally only making 1-2 servings in it at a time.

                                                                                                                      1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                        That's a point but it's my understanding the blade assembly's different on the new models--wider, longer blades and faster speed at the tips. It might sit a bit closer to the bottom of the container, too, but I don't know. I haven't been able to get a definitive answer on whether or not the 4 oz. minimum still holds but it might just be a bit higher (even if it's 8 oz., that's still a very small amount). I guess time will tell.

                                                                                                                    2. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                      Thanks MacGuffin. I'm surprised the Vitamix rep would tell me that. I also asked at Williams Sonoma and was told you need at least 1.5 cups to process in the 64 oz. I'm one person so the 48 oz. will be fine for me. The 300 Pro is $529, so $375 is a much better deal for me! I can always add the larger container if needed.

                                                                                                                      I didn't know the Vitamix needed water to process ice into snow. Strange the much cheaper Ninja doesn't and makes awesome snow with it's multi blades.

                                                                                                                      1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                        The recipe in the vitamix cookbook is ice and enough water to float the ice above the blades. It takes maybe 5 seconds, then you drain the water.

                                                                                                                        1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                          I'm not surprised, I'm skeptical that WS would know more than Vitamix; bear in mind that the bases of the 2 l and 48 oz. containers are probably the same size, i.e., they probably require the same minimum amount. I've found, at least here in NYC, that the Sur la Table employees in general are a lot more culinary-savvy than those at WS.

                                                                                                                          The Vitamix doesn't make snow--it makes crushed ice and it always requires some liquid to process frozen commodities, which reminds me to share my mantra--MAKE SURE YOU CAREFULLY READ YOUR MANUAL! Trust me, a small investment of time will save you a lot of future frustration. And don't forget that Sur la Table's price includes a lifetime warranty AND the larger container although I realize it's a bigger outlay of money up front.

                                                                                                                          1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                            it's so interesting to me how we all have such varying responses to/preferences for these appliances. i HATED the Ninja. i bought it in a last-ditch attempt to avoid shelling out all that cash for the Vitamix, but i was really unhappy with it. that blade is a PITA to clean, i couldn't stand that the lid has to be locked into place for it to work (that little corner opening with the flip cap is *so* not large enough to pour things in while it's running), and no matter what i put into it, how i layered the ingredients, or how i ran it, nothing - and i mean nothing - i ever made in that thing came out completely smooth. there were always little bits of unprocessed ice or solid food matter.

                                                                                                                            i gave up and returned it to Bed, Bath & Beyond today...and then bit the bullet & headed over to W-S to pick up the Vitamix 750.

                                                                                                                            oh, and a very important FYI for those of you who want to buy one of the less expensive Vitamix models at Bed, Bath & Beyond, i was informed by a manager at my local store that they WILL honor the 20% off coupons for it even though the fine print indicates that it's excluded!

                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                              Lots of users are liking those presets, including an owner I spoke to today at the Midtown Sur la Table. She's an employee and was demonstrating the Pro 500 (a first for me). I think she should've run the machine a bit longer and used the tamper more--her result wasn't quite as smooth as it should've been (of course I kept mum).

                                                                                                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                (of course I kept mum)
                                                                                                                                ~~~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                you have better self-control/restraint than i do ;)

                                                                                                                                i can't wait to start playing with my new toy. as a culinary professional, it's an investment i should have made a long time ago...but i'm glad i held off until after this new beauty was released.

                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                  Have you used a Vita-Prep in your culinary endeavors?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                    never had the pleasure. i've worked with the 4500, 5200 & Pro 500.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                      The 4500 has NEVER made sense to me and I always advise folks not to bother; I think it's the only dumb machine Vitamix ever made. Their sole reason for existence seems to be providing something that non-demonstrators can sell. I went from a 4000 (talk about LOUD) to a 5000.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                        well i wasn't responsible for any of those purchases/choices - i had to work with what was already there :)

                                                                                                                                        used the 750 for the first time yesterday to make a smoothie...i can't get over what an improvement they've made in the noise level - it's music to my ears!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: sharanne1

                                                                                                                                            i haven't used it for much beyond smoothies so i can't comment on performance yet - i'm still adjusting to it, trying to find the sweet spot so that i can get everything crushed & silky and still maintain a light whipped texture without going too far & pummeling the air out of it. hummus or black bean dip and nut butters will probably be next.

                                                                                                                                            but as i mentioned already, it's surprisingly quiet, which i LOVE (as do my newly adopted kitties).

                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                              I HATE Vitamix hummus. Too airy, whippy, buttercream frosting-y. That's not to say I like lumps in humus (blecch) or that it shouldn't be smooth but blending it into mousse just isn't the way to go for me. However, being that the new machines allow processing at lower speeds with the fan running (i.e. without tripping the overload protector), I just might be able to get a result that makes me happy.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                that's what the Pulse function is for ;)

                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                  no that is what food processors are for. I love my Vitamix but it's not a one stop appliance.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                    if you don't want to make hummus in a Vitamix that's your prerogative, but it's rather silly and presumptuous to tell me that i can't or shouldn't. i have before, and i will again. and for the record, the company offers a hummus recipe on their website, so yeah, i think it's a fine use for it.

                                                                                                                                                    the FP is great but it's also very heavy and tucked away in the back of a lower cabinet right now. so instead of getting down on the floor to haul it out, assembling it, cleaning it, and getting back down there to stash everything away again...i think i'll see how my right-there-on-the-counter-at-my-fingertips Vitamix handles a batch or two first.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                      I don't think rasputina was being presumptuous (and might have meant to respond to me being that I was so vocal), just adding her 2¢ and normally I'd agree with her although I'd like to try it in one of the newer machines at a lower speed. Since hauling out the food processor is something of a big deal for me, I actually ran my cooked hummus through my Norwalk and got a much more (for me) satisfactory result--smooth with no air. But to tell you the truth, there's so much stellar Middle Eastern food here in NYC that I pretty much leave it to the experts.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                        I said you couldn't make it in it? Where did I say that exactly?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                          "no, that is what food processors are for...it's not a one stop appliance."

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                          They also have a recipe for making ice cream in it, that calls for ice. Ice of all things in ice cream. I've never once made ice cream with water in the recipe. Their recipes are not always the end all be all. Since I refuse to dilute the flavor of my ice cream with water, I make mine with just frozen fruit, a little sweeter and a little milk.

                                                                                                                                                          They also have a recipe for kneading bread in it, I don't use it for that either. I love my Vitamix for what it is, an awesome blender.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: rasputina

                                                                                                                                                            i'm not debating the merits of the recipes, just whether or not it's appropriate or acceptable to use the machine for such things.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                      I've recently switched back to the food pro for hummus. I was cooking and blending them in the Vitamix while they were still hot. Was not liking the texture. Got kinda pasty. Now I'm cooling them down a day in the fridge and processing the next day. The texture although not ultra smooth is more to what I was use to growing up.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                  I kinda doubted you were; just sayin' that the 4500 has always left me scratching my head.

                                                                                                                                                  Do you think the motor runs more quietly on the newer machines or that they've managed to damp the noise better?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                    i'm guessing it's a bit of both. though this morning as i moved it back into its place on the counter where it doesn't *quite* clear the space under my spice shelves, i was thinking that they need to find a way to downsize the motor so they can use a smaller housing unit for the base. it's just too big! the squat pitcher is a good start, but...

                                                                                                                                                    of course i know we can't have it all. and since the quieter motor is such a pleasure to work with, i guess i shouldn't be too testy about the size!

                                                                                                              2. Just FYI: I bought my VM5000 in 1996 (+/- a year) and use it almost daily. I have replaced a $20 part and it keeps on working. I love my VM! I have the dry blade too but use that infrequently. I make mostly smoothies, soups, sorbet.

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                                                                                                                1. re: coolavocado

                                                                                                                  Mine's a little newer than yours but it also gets lots of use. Vitamix produces fabulous equipment and they (usually, anyway) have a lot of class. After 24 years, I can't imagine life without one.

                                                                                                                2. I just cancelled my order for the QVC Creations GC that I ordered on Sunday night and will be getting the 750 at WS - it's on sale for $40 less than on the VM website - I think through August. I am new to Vitamix but have done A LOT of research this week and I feel it is the way to go. The stainless finish, presets, extra HP (2.2), quieter motor and the shorter carafe for easier scooping, less plunging and easier storage make it a no brainer for me. I actually hated parting with $400 for the GC version and now I am happily parting with $300 more for the 750!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Boolie125

                                                                                                                    Good choice! LOVE my Vitamix 750 Pro! For me, still operating flawlessly since May!

                                                                                                                    Mark

                                                                                                                    1. re: 1marcus4

                                                                                                                      I gave my Vitamix 5200 to my son and bought the 750. LOVE IT!! Now we're both happy. I also like the Create cookbook. Made the great potato soup ,basil pesto (from the online recipe), chocolate frosting and herb dressing and found you use the tamper less with the 750. I also like the pre-sets which adjust speed to the contents. I too was surprised how handy they are. Results are excellent!

                                                                                                                      1. re: sharanne1

                                                                                                                        ...and I'll bet your son's happy, too!

                                                                                                                        1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                          He is delighted-he loves smoothies, frappes,pina colada's etc. think he can make his own peanut butter now instead of me??

                                                                                                                          1. re: sharanne1

                                                                                                                            As an incentive, you might pass along agapemom's tip: clean the container after nut butter by throwing in some smoothie fixins' and letting 'er rip. :)

                                                                                                                  2. okay, i have my first complaint about the 750...i don't like the way the pitcher pours. bad design of the lip IMO - it's not deep enough or tapered properly, so if you're not slow and careful, everything slops over. grrr.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                      Well, THAT'S annoying. You should make sure to call Vitamix and tell them.

                                                                                                                      1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                        i have to laugh at this statement i pulled from the company's website:
                                                                                                                        "The low-profile, 64-ounce, BPA-free container features a patented steel blade and wider base for faster, finer blending and an improved pour spout to provide a quicker, easier pour."

                                                                                                                        of course it's a quicker pour because it dumps/gushes right over the edge!! i am going to call them. and to be honest, if it continues to irritate me as much as it has thus far i may actually return it. this thing costs way too much money to possess such a basic flaw.

                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                          I pour from it everyday. Works fine for me! What food or liquid concoction are you having difficulty with?

                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                            They're very responsive so a call is definitely in order. Make sure to make the comparison to the older containers.

                                                                                                                            1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                              i called - it was a funny conversation. she told me mine is the first comment they've received about this, and went on to suggest that it's because the new pitcher is heavier and perhaps i need to get used to it and learn how to pour from it properly! i informed her that, in fact, the pitcher is lighter than the one from my previous blender and i figured out how to pour from that one just fine, and that i've never had a problem with other Vitamix containers, light or heavy.

                                                                                                                              anyway, she said she'd be sure to pass along the info.

                                                                                                                              i think i've figured out that it's really only a noticeable issue when pouring thick substances like my smoothies. with that consistency, too much of it clings together and the little dip/indentation at the lip isn't deep enough to funnel some of it away and into my glass. instead it all holds together and runs toward the entire edge of the pitcher at once. runnier liquids are faring better - unfortunately i use my blender for smoothies more than anything! we'll see.

                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                If you're going to return it, you should do so within whatever the vendor's return window is.

                                                                                                                                1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                  of course! i have 90 days to return it to W-S.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                    goodhealth ... I don't know how many smoothies you make at a time, but when making only one smoothie, I found the 32 oz. container much easier to handle and to pour from.

                                                                                                                                    I made their potato soup the other night, a bit bland and needed some doctoring, but overall pretty good and nice and thick. No way was I going to even attempt to pour that hot liquid, I used a soup ladle. Let's see if Vitamix does anything about your suggestion.

                                                                                                                                    I didn't have time to wait on the phone for Customer Support, I think my first few calls were at least 10 minutes ... so I emailed them from their site. The response was within an hour and I was very pleased.

                                                                                                                                    Since then I have sent several other emails with questions that were important to me.... NADA, no responses - going back 2-3-4 days ago. So much for customer service .. so far I am not that impressed.

                                                                                                                                    ??? I have been posting here for several years and I have never figured out if there is a way to follow threads without going back and checking each one individually. Do they email you if there are subsequent additions to a thread that I have posted on or I am interested it?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                      Do they email you if there are subsequent additions to a thread that I have posted on or I am interested it?
                                                                                                                                      ~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                      go to your profile page and click the "Settings" tab. under that, click on "Notifications" and select the box to "Enable Chowhound Notifications" - once you do that, you should receive an e-mail when someone posts to any thread in which you're participating.

                                                                                                                                      re: the lack of response from Vitamix, i'd cut them a little slack - last week was short because of the holiday, and they may have a backlog. the wait for them to answer my call was shorter than the estimated 9 minutes i was quoted, but i was still on hold for about 5 minutes. very grateful for speakerphone!

                                                                                                                                      and i doubt they'll do anything about my suggestion - i appear to be in the minority on this :)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                        You can request e-mails; it's through your profile if I'm not mistaken.

                                                                                                                                        I'm sure Vitamix gets many phone requests for assistance; don't forget that they also sell direct on the phone as well. Considering that it's their dime, try to be patient and not expect instant gratification. The support is here, not offshore, and the reps are nice people who know their stuff. I suspect they've always been better with the phone than with electronic communication so I'd stick with that--it's more personal anyway. It's certainly worth waiting for someone to answer the call (and for all I know, they might even offer the option of leaving a message for callback).

                                                                                                                                        As to Vitamix's doing anything about the suggestion, it seems unlikely that they're going to redesign the container based on one complaint. I'd add again that there's a window for a no-questions-asked full refund, and WS's is even more generous than Vitamix's. It doesn't get much better than that.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                          Thanks goodhealth & MacG - I followed your instructions about the thread notifications :-)

                                                                                                                                          I was more concerned about not receiving any response to my emails in over 4 days than the phone waiting time. I do understand that they get zillions of calls daily. Next week I will have more time and I will call them again and not mind the wait.

                                                                                                                                          I wonder if there is any chance that they will answer my emails over a week later, I just have to wait and see.

                                                                                                                                          ?????? Have any of you tried their recipe for margaritas made with whole fruits, an orange, a lemon an a lime - I have never made them like this before, but it sounds delicious. I am planning on trying it tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                          Permalink | Edit | Thanks for posting!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                            I'm the wrong one to ask because I don't drink (I'm almost allergic to alcohol). But you're right, it sounds like a delicious way to make mixed drinks.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                              I made it for guests last year and it was delicious-I liked it better than most Margaritas because of the fresh fruit. Purists may disagree ...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: sharanne1

                                                                                                                                                Thanks, I rarely drink, but this just sounded to good to resist. Fortunately there are no Pursit Police in my area, or I would have been busted long ago!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                  ?? ice size - if a recipe says 1-2-3 etc cups of ice, can you use whole regular sized cubes from your ice tray or do you have to break them up into smaller pieces when you measure them? I know it will take whole cubes, but I don't know if the measurement is the same depending on the size of the ice.

                                                                                                                                                  Also, if I rinse out the container between uses, do I have to wait for the underneath blade mechanism to dry first or can I just wipe it off and use immediately after washing?

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks - you guys are a priceless source of info.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                    You're making too big a deal out of it. Just dump some cube in the container to approximately the level needed and you're good to go. And no, just empty the container, shake out the water, and you're good to go unless you're making nut butter or flour (which is best made with the dry container anyway).

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                      'Just dump some cube in the container to approximately the level needed' - without knowing what the approx. level is, when reading a recipe and making something for the first time it is difficult to know what that level would be.

                                                                                                                                                      I see on various videos, Vitamax etc.... that some use smaller cubes, like bar ice cubes, and some use regular cubes, and I wouldn't want to use too much or too little ice. That's why I asked.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                        But the sides of the container are marked, both in standard and metric--it's the one solid advantage over stainless steel. Don't drive yourself nuts with this stuff. It's not like baking where there's a possibility of using the wrong leavening or some such. If you want to get extremely anal, measure 3 cups or whatever of water into empty ice cube trays and then use them all when they're frozen but even that's taking things too seriously. You'll probably have to tweak the results to your personal liking anyway so think of the recipe proper as a template. If you find there's too little ice, add more. If you think there's too much, adjust the other ingredients and make note for next time. I'm guessing that your recipes aren't one-offs that you intend to make one time only, so expect to make mistakes, learn from them, and never lose sight of the fact that this is supposed to be FUN. And remember that sometimes mistakes turn out better than the original recipe.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                          It's like when your mother gives you a recipe and you ask about her exact measurements she says 'a pinch of this or that, maybe a cup or more of flour .. you'll know when it looks right'. RIGHT, if you have never made it before so how do you know how it is suppose to look.

                                                                                                                                                          The first time I make a new recipe, I following it pretty closely. Then after that I improvise to my tastes... and boy do I improvise.

                                                                                                                                                          With an iced drink, I wouldn't want it to end up too watery.. my time and the small cost of the ingredients, and mainly my expectations are important to me.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                            I understand but the container is a measure. And you can always deliberately err on the side of caution with the amount of ice, then add more if needed--the machine can handle it easily.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                              Yes, that is a good option. I have never seen a blender pulverize ice the way this one does - in seconds. It is amazing.

                                                                                                                                                              I don't know about the containers for the other models, but the 750 64 oz. container is not marked in black and the measurements are impossible to read (which has nothing to do with my question about ice).

                                                                                                                                                              The 32 oz container is clearly marked in black and is very easy to read.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                I've never actually seen a container marked in black (but then, I've never seen the 32 oz. or 48 oz. containers) but the markings should be easier to read once there's stuff in them. And you fill the container to the "whatever" mark with ice--the cube size really doesn't matter.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                  I was just speaking generally about the black marked container. Personally, I find the 64 oz. container impossible to read, with or without ingredients. The 32 oz markings are clear as a bell - the way all measuring cups or containers should be.

                                                                                                                                                                  I have never seen a 48 oz so I don't know if they are also marked.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                      They are clear markings and as others have stated, very very difficult to read. They are ridges with absolutely no color.

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks MacGuffin - I think I have all the answers and then some, that I need. I'm ready for a new topic.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks - I'm not gone yet, there will be be more questions later about my 750, which incidentally after 8 days of more than normal use, is performing even better than I had expected.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                            I bought the 32 oz. container at WS for about $140 incl. tax. They told me that I could use the 750 tamper with it.

                                                                                                                                                                            WRONG... it is too wide to go through the lid hole. I called Vitamix and was told that the 750 tamper was redesigned for the shorter container and that I had to use a mini tamper.

                                                                                                                                                                            They connected me to sales, JP, ext 2303, and he graciously sold me a 32 oz container and threw in a free tamper and free shipping and a discount because my Vitamix was new (I think 30 days old might be the cutoff).... all for $108.50 - a $31.47 savings!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                            After 2 weeks of constant use, I LOVE my 750 more each day :-)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                              That was pretty stupid of WS. But the story had a happy ending anyway!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                                I found this online and thought it was funny -

                                                                                                                                                                                "if i may indulge - we got our Vita-Mix for free. My IL's have several rental units and about 10 years ago rented to this "nice young couple with a baby" (MIL's words). they turned out to be inter-state bank robbers! (probably not the baby!) the feds trashed the apartment and confiscated the firearms (thank goodness they apprehended them outside the place), electronics and anything else "of value". guess no one thought that a blender could cost the same as the electronics 'cause they left the Vita-Mix! MIL already has one (the same one for almost 30 years, in fact) so we got it.

                                                                                                                                                                                in summary, Vita-Mix: the criminals choice! :)"

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oy! I feel bad for whoever lost it--I hope they were insured although I suppose the robbers might have bought it.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                                    I imagine that they bought it .. can you see them going into a bank, guns drawn, saying " Give me all of your money and your Vitamix!'

                                                                                                                                      2. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                        just boxed it up - it's going back to W-S tomorrow. i *SO* wanted to love it, but i don't.

                                                                                                                                        my "issues":
                                                                                                                                        - something about the material of the lid and pitcher makes it really hard to get truly clean, so i keep finding residue clinging to it even after a good scrub with hot water.
                                                                                                                                        - the base emits a funny odor after running for more than 60 seconds.
                                                                                                                                        - despite the "quietness" of the motor, i can hear a high-pitched whine when running it between dial settings 2 & 4. not pleasant to my ears, and it scares the crap out of my kittens.
                                                                                                                                        - it's not doing the stellar job of pulverizing & liquefying ice that i expected it to.
                                                                                                                                        - the aforementioned pouring issue.

                                                                                                                                        all in all a big fail for me, and IMO not worth the premium price tag. oh well! back to the drawing board...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                          I think I'm returning my 750 too. I was seduced by it's good looks but it has very little substance. Reminds me of some of my old boyfriends...LOL! I was interested in the preset for soup but it just runs 7 minutes no matter what. I started with hot liquid and it was boiling in about 4 to 4 1/2 minutes. The preset would have ruined the soup. Vitamix suggested starting with cold liquid and letting it run for the 7 minutes, but I'm trying to cut down on the noise as I'm in an apartment house so that preset is useless. The smoothie one is also set as to time and no biggie that I need it for. Just stop it when you no longer see pieces spinning around. The wash preset runs longer than I need and the frozen dessert one still needs you to be there with a tamper. The puree one doesn't seem useful either as you want the purees to be different textures.

                                                                                                                                          I'm not impressed with the machine other than the way it looks. Going to keep my 300 instead.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                            :(=)

                                                                                                                                            I shall live vicariously through your 300 until I can fit one of my own into the budget. And really, it's quite a savings. I think Sur la Table still has the lifetime warranty happening for the rest of the month and if you ask them to ship it, shipping's free and it's only half the usual sales tax.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                              What do you mean by 1/2 the usual sales tax. Don't they by law have to collect the full amount of state tax?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                Apparently, "Nanny Mike" (I'm not a Bloomberg fan) actually came up with something good prior to protecting us from our gustatory excesses. This half-tax automatic rebate was his doing and it applies to items actually shipped from NYC. IOW, it doesn't apply to Internet-only items like SLT's Bamix Superbox offer which I don't think even ships from a SLT warehouse. Considering that Vitamix has to collect sales tax on orders shipped through them and both they and SLT offer free shipping, SLT seems to be the way to go, especially if one orders before the end of the month.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, but I'm still confused. My Vitamix was shipped from NY. How does one get that tax rebate? You say it's automatic? I was charged full NYS sales tax as I am on most of my orders.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                    Maybe you have to buy it in the store and have it shipped? That's where I was told about it, and in more than one SLT store, too. And again, it's only on things that are stocked in the stores (unlike the Bamix Superbox). And Internet-only items like the Superbox aren't eligible for free shipping although if you have SLT order it online for you in the store it's possible they can try to get the shipping reduced--certainly worth the visit, I think. It kinda reminds me of old movies and TV shows set in NYC when, during the course of a transaction, the customer asks the clerk to ship it, even though it's only a matter of a few blocks. So elegant! :)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks! I saved $84.50 on it buying it online through Ebates so I guess I came out better than 1/2 the tax but I will call to check on it.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                              blondelle
                                                                                                                                              I just received an email from VitaMix announcing their new 7500. No presets, but does have a pulse. No reviews.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: dcrb

                                                                                                                                                The 7500 is the same EXACT machine as the Pro 300. Also comes in more colors such as white. It will be sold only through Vitamix, at least for now they said. I would rather get the 300 from Sur La Table because of their lifetime warranty and cashback offers though Ebates. The SLT lifetime warranty goes away in 5 days though.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. If we didn't already have the 5200, I would be truly tempted. And I did not notice any actual difference in features except for the price with the 7500 being less.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dcrb

                                                                                                                                                    How much did you pay for your 5200 and how long ago?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                      MacGuffin - I really do not remember what I paid. I did order the dry and the smaller container to augment the 64 ounce and did it on the payment plan. I seem to remember that the extra containers were discounted. VitaMix was kind enough to waive their fee for monthly payments since I was buying so much. I also increased the warranty to 10 years. We have had it for a little over a year with no problems whatsoever.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dcrb

                                                                                                                                                        I ask only because you can use your present machine to trade up to a new one but under the circumstances, that would be pretty extravagant. And the 5200 really IS a great machine. Between you and me, even though I want an upgrade, I'd hang on to my 5000 for awhile to see if I really prefer the new one.

                                                                                                                                            3. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                              Hey, not everything's a fit for every person and your return will make someone happy as a refurb!

                                                                                                                                2. Here's a comparison of the 300 with the 5200 by a first time user - note that she didn't realize speed 10 wasn't the same as "HIGH" so it LOOKS like the 5200 takes a little longer to make snow out of ice cubes, but its not a good comparison since she had the 300 on HIGH but not the 5200.

                                                                                                                                  FWIW.

                                                                                                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rBvr1...

                                                                                                                                  Because she wasn't really running them at the same speed, her spoken conclusion that the 300 was the more powerful/faster isn't necessarily supported by the test, something she acknowledges in the comments.

                                                                                                                                  She kept the 5200, BTW.

                                                                                                                                  9 Replies
                                                                                                                                  1. re: KitchenBarbarian

                                                                                                                                    Whatever makes her happy; the 5200's a great machine and I can't imagine anyone's not being thrilled with it. I've never quite understood why people think VARIABLE 10 and HIGH are the same on the 5000 series but then I've never understood why people don't bother to read the manuals that're included with expensive appliances they buy either.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                      FYI - on the 750, variable 10 and HIGH are the same, according to Vitamix customer service. There is no separate high setting.

                                                                                                                                      I totally agree about reading manuals, no matter what you buy.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                        Yes, I know that--ditto the 300. I was referring to VARIABLE 10 vs. HIGH on the 5200, which aren't the same. The person in the video didn't realize that 5200 VARIABLE 10, HIGH, and 300/750 10 weren't identical to each other. She's not alone, hence my admittedly rather snarky reference to reading manuals; I know of any number of 5200 owners who'd try to run thick mixtures on VARIABLE 10 and then wonder why the overload protector would trip. It's not only slower than HIGH but the fan doesn't kick on either (unlike the newer machines). Those who take the time to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the operating instructions are aware of this.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                          I prefixed my comment with FYI .... it had absolutely nothing to do with the contents of your post, it was strictly for owners of the 750.

                                                                                                                                          I re: MacGuffin because it was the last post made.

                                                                                                                                          Fini...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                            Ah, but you see, it's tagged in response to my post so I think I can be forgiven. Regardless, I didn't take offense.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                        Not sure what your gripe is - she ended up KEEPING the 5200, and acknowledged her mistake. It's a simple one to make and she did correct herself, so why beat her up over such a trivial issue?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: KitchenBarbarian

                                                                                                                                          I'm not sure why you think I didn't understand that she kept the 5200 but I stand by what I posted--the time to read a manual is before turning on the machine and I really don't understand why people don't do it. No gripe (after all, it has no potential to affect me), just mild bemusement.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                            "Whatever makes her happy; the 5200's a great machine and I can't imagine anyone's not being thrilled with it."

                                                                                                                                            Actually she was thrilled enough with it to keep it over the 300, and made that pretty obvious in the actual video.

                                                                                                                                            As for a simple mistake like mistaking speed 10 for equivalent to HIGH on the other machine, she DID have TWO of them at the same time - missing a minor detail like that doesn't make her careless or an idiot and is absolutely no indication whatsoever of whether or not she read the manual. It's a simple misunderstanding.

                                                                                                                                            You know, kind of like the one you made when you misunderstood the point Canthespam was trying to make.

                                                                                                                                            NBD, in either case.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: KitchenBarbarian

                                                                                                                                              I don't think I misunderstood anything given that Can's response was tagged to my post and included agreement with my "manual" observation but you're right, it's NBD either way. And we're just going to have to agree to disagree on the subject of instructional material, regardless of how many appliances one has at a time. And yes, it's obvious that the person who kept the 5200 is thrilled with it--that was the point of my comment. She was the subject of the post and was included under the rubric of "anyone." We agree on this, I've been aware from the get-go that she kept it (in fact, I was directed to that video not long after the upgrades made their debut last spring), so I'm not sure why you keep mentioning it. How about we agree that it's run its course?

                                                                                                                                    2. Hi all, I just signed up to say that I just made my very first (and hopefully last for many years) Vitamix purchase. Like the OP I wasn't sure what I should do. I have been back and forth between the Pro Series 500 and other models, drove multiple times to Williams Sonoma checking them all out, contacted Vitamix customer service and looked at every Vitamix video on YouTube until I was blue in the face. I was also very torn between getting a Vitamix or a Blendtec. Many people on YouTube swear by the Blendtec but the funny thing is I hardly see any professional establishments using them nor have I ever seen any chefs in large restaurants using them, it's always been the Vitamix.
                                                                                                                                      Here's the thing for me. I liked the Blendtec's larger/wider cup and it does allow for the smoothies to blend better without manually pushing the food down with a tamper....but it's certainly not perfect. I've seen a few videos with the Blendtec getting "cavitation" and requiring the user to stop the machine and use a spatula so I felt that the Blendtec company is over-blowing the truth about not needing a tamper. I did like presets however and the lower profile of Blendtec.

                                                                                                                                      What I didn't like about the Blendtec was that it's 100% automated operation. Even the pulse, ramp up/down controls are done by an automated keypad so there's no real manual control and I've read about people having problems getting that precise blend because there was no way to do it properly with the Blendtec controls.

                                                                                                                                      When I saw the Vitamix Professional Series 750 that addressed about everything I was hoping for in a blender. It had the presets, wider cup and lower profile like the Blendtec but it still has the great manual control of the legendary Vitamix blenders. I would prefer having both than just one or the other especially after spending a king's ransom which applies to just about every Vitamix. I did see that the Pro 750 also has a nice backlit panel on the controls so that's a nice touch.

                                                                                                                                      I actually almost bought the Vita-Prep 3 but Vitamix is hellbent on not recommending a commercial blender for home use and they gave me some compelling reasons why.

                                                                                                                                      Anyways, I don't have it yet, I just placed the order after reading through this thread which was very helpful in making my decision. Still have that sticker shock which is a tough hill to climb but I got a very good deal. In fact, other than an employee discount I can't imagine anyone getting a better deal than this online. I have checked around, believe me. Got a 10% discount plus no tax and free shipping. I'll report back once I receive it with my initial thoughts.

                                                                                                                                      25 Replies
                                                                                                                                      1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                        HLdan - I hope that you enjoy your 750 as much as I do mine. I have had it almost a month and I have no complaints. I use both the presets and the variable settings and I love it more every day. Like you and almost everyone else, I pondered over the price and checked everything I could, WF, online, Vitamix customer service, etc, and I knew from Day 1, that I made the right decision.

                                                                                                                                        I do have a suggestion - if you are making one smoothie at a time - I bought (thru Vitamix) the 32 oz. container, after a few days of making my daily smoothie in the 64 oz. container. I got a much better price ordering directly from them on the phone, ask for JP, Sales, and since your 750 is new, he will probably give you a much better price than you can get at WS or Amazon. I got the 32 oz, a mini tamper, and free shipping for $108.50 ($31.00 less than WS).

                                                                                                                                        If you get the 32 oz. you CAN'T use the 750 tamper, it is too big, you have to have the mini. WS told me that the same one worked in both of them.. WRONG.

                                                                                                                                        If you like margaritas, check out the whole fruit recipe in the book that comes with it. There are only two of us, so we halved the recipe and cut back on the sugar and then started using Stevia instead ... a killer margarita.

                                                                                                                                        Enjoy ....

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                          Hi Canthespam, thank you for the advice. The whole fruit margarita is just one of the things I will be using it for mostly. I do sincerely hope I made the right choice. You were mentioning that I should purchase the smaller 32oz container if I plan to make one smoothy at a time? Well I most likely would as I am a single guy but I generally make larger quantities of my protein drinks after my workouts. The only other container I was considering is the dry grains because I am a big flax seed lover and I would prefer to use the grains container. As I'm now officially tapped out I will have to make do with just the larger container out of the box for my smoothies. I also plan to do a lot of nut butters with the 750. This is why I was considering getting the commercial Vita-Prep model as I was concerned about nut butters causing the motor to overheat and the auto-stop mechanism constantly kicking in. Thankfully Vitamix assured me that this new model has a different motor, larger blade and new cooling system that would greatly reduce any chances of overheating as the commercial blenders do so well due to their more powerful running fan. Have you experienced the auto-shut off feature happening much? I would really like to know. If so it wouldn't make me change my mind about the 750, I'm set at this point but I would just like to know what to expect.
                                                                                                                                          I'm super excited about getting this marvel of a blender. I'm sure that it will get lots of great reviews once it's in more people's hands. I've found that over time it will greatly save me money because month after month I am constantly throwing out overly ripe bananas, broccoli, onions, garlic, carrots and strawberries because they all went bad and I realize I could've used a Vitamix to make a nice soup or frozen desert rather than throwing the food out before the end of their life.

                                                                                                                                          I bought mine at JL Hufford online. Couldn't pass up on the deal. :-)

                                                                                                                                          1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                            HLdan - I haven't had any problems with the motor overloading. I have only made almond butter once, a small amount and it was delicious. I was told afterwards by Vitamix to add a bit of oil to the almonds as they don't have as much oil as peanuts and other nuts. Mine was a bit dry, but still sooo good.

                                                                                                                                            It is a pain to get it all out as it 'hides' under the blade. It took a bit of doing and I felt that some, but not much was wasted. The rep said to make smoothie right afterwards to clean the container. Since I only made it once time, I haven't tried that yet.

                                                                                                                                            I read that if the motor does overheat and stops, to put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to cool down. Maybe others can help you on this as I have never felt that it was working too hard.

                                                                                                                                            To impress yourself and others ... fill it up with ice cubes, and enough water to make the ice rise above the blade... turn it on high (variable 10) and in about 5-10 seconds you have a container full of crushed ice .. amazing. Great for sno cones or ice to put under oysters.

                                                                                                                                            I think there was a recipe in their book or on their site, for a V8 type of juice. It is thick and I love it and have been making it a few times a week. I like the sherbets too, frozen strawberries, frozen sliced banana, a cup of frozen milk (made into very small ice cubes) and about 1/3 of a cup of liquid milk.

                                                                                                                                            I put some fresh spinach into a few fruit smoothies .. aside from the weird color, it wasn't bad at all, I couldn't even taste it.

                                                                                                                                            You'll get the feel for it in no time and wonder how you ever lived without it.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                              Wow, Canthespam, lots of great recommendations. Really glad I came here. I've been watching this thread for weeks actually and have had a bit of fun on the debates between manual operation vs. presets. That's exactly why I wanted the 750. It has the best of both worlds. There are times where an automated operation just makes sense over manual control, especially when it comes to like making Margaritas for parties. You may want to designate someone as the "Bartender" and have them make the frozen drinks. Rather than having to explain how to start the blender on low then crank it up to 10 and then explain to them how long to blend the drinks, it's better to just tell them to keep it the smoothie setting and press start. I under the recipe book for the 750 is top notch and the included DVD with Michael Voltaggio is suppose to be a nice add on?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                For my margaritas I don't use the variable 1-10 setting - I use the puree setting as instructed, as there is whole fruit in it .. orange, lemon and lime. I don't use the full time on the setting, again - play it by ear. If you blend for too long it gets too thin. I like to serve them a bit slushy. They do melt and thin down, so I prefer to start with a thicker drink.

                                                                                                                                                We are having 4 guests next week (for a total of 6 people) so I will be making them in the 64 oz container and serve them immediately and will make a second batch and put it in a pitcher and keep in the fridge until they are ready for seconds. The most time consuming part of the recipe is peeling the fruit, which of course I will do in advance.

                                                                                                                                                I serve them in large martini glasses with little straws. I have margarita glasses, but I like the look of them in the martini glasses.

                                                                                                                                                HLdan.... you will discover new ways to do things as you go along - blending times, settings, ingredients etc... Everyday I discover something new, either by using it or finding something here or online.

                                                                                                                                                Yes, it is a great recipe book, the DVD is so-so, although I love his colorful tattoos.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                I saw a demonstrator make almond butter without adding oil and even more interestingly, the room was quite cold (it helps immeasurably if the nuts are, at coldest, room temperature). However, the butter was almond-pecan and pecans tend to be very soft as well as oily, so that might have helped although the almonds were closest to the blade assembly (the butter, BTW, was sublime). I seem to recall that agapemom makes almond butter in her demos without oil; maybe she'll chime in.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                  I liked my almond butter that I made without oil. It was a Vitamix rep who told me to add the oil, which as I said, I haven't tried yet. Possibly for less strain on the blender or maybe just to make it smoother or both.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                    I'm with you--why add oil if you don't need it? (Even if I did, I'd use almond oil.) Almonds, though, tend to be a challenging nut to process into butter--even with Champion and Norwalk juicers--despite their high fat content. My guess is that Vitamix recommends this because almond butter looks not-so-hot until it doesn't, which takes more time than other nuts. I don't think it's a problem with the motor if one tamps properly--as you know, it kicks off long before it can be damaged by overheating.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                            I have a Vitamix 5200 and a Blentec Total Blender. The Blendtec does need a tamper for frozen or thick items and does trip often when doing these tasks where there is not a lot of liquid

                                                                                                                                            The VM5200 is a way better and more powerful blender

                                                                                                                                            Was just at Costco and they had the 5200 for $374.99 if
                                                                                                                                            anyone is interested

                                                                                                                                            1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                              Thank you Scubadoo97, at least you're giving a real unbiased response. The Blendtec owners on YouTube are very protective of their Blendtecs over the Vitamix and their main argument is the Blendtec doesn't need a tamper at all and I've seen some videos first hand where that wasn't true. Blendtec presses that argument pretty hard too on their website. What's interesting is Blendtec now sells the Twister Jar for nut butters and other thicker blends and it's an expensive add-on. That's all but admitting that they really need a tamper. When I see a company pressing really hard to sell a feature over the competition I tend to get turned off.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                And I should add, when you need a tamper what are going to use? You have to turn off the machine and use something to break the void from the cavitation. It would be pretty dangerous to use a tamper while the machine is running. This is a really nice feature with the Vitamix machine. The tamper is made to be used while running. Perfect length to reach just above the blades and with the collar at the top it seals the lid very well so nothing escapes. Very well thought out

                                                                                                                                                1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                  Blendtec really seems to favor the dog-and-pony approach to salesmanship which I find a real turnoff. And I saw that add-on, too. Isn't it about $100?

                                                                                                                                                2. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                  Hi Scubadoo97, may I ask why you have both a Vitamix and a Blendtec? Sometimes I read online that people have both blenders and I've always wondered why?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                    I had just broke down and bought the Vitamix 5200 after thinking about it way too long.

                                                                                                                                                    The next month BlendTec had a refurb sale. The BlendTec Total Blender with a 10 yr warranty and two jars, The regular and the wide mouth for $250. They sold a bunch of them. More than I can imagine were refurbs.

                                                                                                                                                    Couldn't pass up a good price and figured I'd use them both, figure out which one I like best and pass one on to one of my kids. Well I still have them both in the kitchen. I actually just used the BT to grind a bunch of dried peppers. There are things I like about the BT but for general use the VM wins hands down.

                                                                                                                                                3. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                  Good for you for not opting for the Prep 3. Given that Vitamix makes money regardless of which machine they sell, they have no financial incentive for offering one over the other, especially since they probably are called upon to honor the much longer home warranty on a more frequent basis; also, for those to whom such things matter, the Prep's container isn't BPA-free because such containers don't hold up well to the needs of a commercial environment. And to repeat my mantra, don't blend until you've gone through all of the included material/stick to recipes in the book for a while. Also, give your included container a shot for awhile. It has the newer blade technology (which is one of the reasons one opts for the upgrade) and truly, the large containers are extremely easy to clean, even those used with the Prep/5000 series. The dry container, on the other hand, is a worthy investment if you think you'd make use of it. However, be aware that once flax seeds are ground into meal, the oils start to deteriorate and you probably need more seeds than you'd use at one time in order to process properly (unless, of course, you're planning to bake with them or some such). The wet container, on the other hand, will cheerfully incorporate the whole seeds into the liquids you're blending if you plan to use them as an add-in for smoothies and such.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                    I am only replying to MacGuffin's last post because I don't know how to make a new post, not related to anyone special. How do I do that?

                                                                                                                                                    Also, does anyone have 'Delicious Blends - The Vita-mix Professional Demonstrator Recipe Guide'? I can get it online for $16.95 incl. shipping. Is it worth it and can the recipes easily be adapted to the 750?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                      I am only replying to MacGuffin's last post because I don't know how to make a new post, not related to anyone special. How do I do that?
                                                                                                                                                      ~~~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                      reply to the *original* post.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks ... does the new post appear above near the original post or as the last one on the page?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                          Should come up as the last one but I'm not sure. Don't worry, though--it'll show up as a new post in members' notices and if they go their profile, a "new post" notice will be there as well. As you play with Chow and Chowhound, you'll become more familiar with its quirks.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                        All you have to do is reply to the original post.

                                                                                                                                                        I do have "Delicious Blends" and it's a nice book but very unimpressive looking. Lots of good recipes and ideas, though, so I'd say it's worth it. Did you check Amazon? "How to Make the Ultimate Power Smoothies" is pretty much the same book, earlier edition and from what I see at this moment, you can pick up either one there for a lot less. Here's one source for the book if you're set on a new copy (I think I bought mine from them): http://www.vita-recipes.com/RecipePro... . And BTW, $16.95 is the list price so DON'T PAY MORE (say, on eBay). I happen to know that one eBay seller bought up pretty much everything from the publisher and now attempts to gouge on the price (jacking up the price on smoothie paperbacks...well, I guess it's one approach to get rich). Believe me, there are plenty more copies out there, regardless.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                          Yes that is the site where I saw if for $16.95 incl. postage. The cheapest price I've found.

                                                                                                                                                          Lew, the guy on the cover, who calls himself Vitamaxman, has it on Ebay $19.95 plus $6.00 shipping and on Amazon for $23.90 plus $3.99 shipping. $6.00 postage.... where is he sending it from - Mars! I assume that this is the seller that you are referring to.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                            Behold (and act fast now that this is posted): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos... . And BTW, that's not Lew (who's not a demonstrator) on the cover and that, in addition to my previous comment about buying up copies (which I got straight from the publisher), is all I'll say on the subject. ;)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                              I corrected the prices on my previous post.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                As I said, an interesting strategy for navigating the road to riches. Buy a used copy. Under no circumstances should you pay more than list.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                Addendum: BTW, he's now using "blenderguru." So be aware--brand new handle, same "low" prices. One of my friends has him blocked on eBay to keep him from buying her stuff and reselling it (for more money, of course).

                                                                                                                                                    2. Hi everyone, I have been a creeper (lol) on this page since this thread was started and finally pulled the trigger on the 750. Well let me start by saying I originally bought the Vitamix 6300 at Costco about 3 weeks ago for $499 plus tax. The Vitamix rep says this is the exact same model as the Vitamix Professional Series 500 but it was $100 cheaper than the Vitamix site and was a "Different" model number for Costco exclusively. I was so excited and had a little buyers remorse bc of high price tag. I get home and pulled out the Vitamix and the rubber and glue was peeling on the very front of the Vitamix (like it had been used and beaten up some). Disappointment sunk in bc I planned on keeping on the countertop. Back in the box it goes and I exchanged it. The second one looked much better. Long story short, I tried to make one of the frozen desserts on the preset and it overheated and wouldnt start back up. Super frustrated. The other bummer was that it was def too tall for my counter space. Yes I know I can set the container next to it, but that takes up additional real estate on my tiny tiny counter and i need it out so I will use it. :) So I keep coming back to this thread and thinking super hard about 750 and decide to return Costco one and pull trigger on 750. I go to Sur La table on Sept 16 and ask the sales manager about the lifetime warranty. They said we no longer have this, only 1 year on electrics. i then asked her when did that become effective and she said Oct 1. i couldnt get a straight answer on this if the lifetime warrantly applied to anything before Oct 1, even though I asked her a few times while trying to be polite at the same time. I think they arent allowed to say the lifetime warranty was still in effect until Oct 1 bc of maybe getting in trouble? Anyways I bought it there. First thing I do is take out and its fits beautifully under my counter. Score! Next I try a milkshake. Guess what, the presets do not work. The dial 1-10 did but no presets. WHAT?! Could this be?! I just unloaded $700 on a blender and the presets dont work. I called vitamix the next day to make sure it wasnt an operator error and sure enough, I was doing everything right, liquids were plenty and no worky. Back to Sur la Table for an exchange. I am really starting to feel like maybe the Vitamix was not in the cards for me. We got the new one last week and it has worked beautifully since. A few of my personal dislikes... I am not super impressed with the cookbook. I liked the spiral bound "Savor" cookbook that came with Costco one. I also dislike the spout. It def doesnt pour as nice as the tall skinny containers on older models. If you dont pour carefully, you can make a mess. I made tortilla soup in it Sunday night and I cleaned the container and lid twice, but the lid retained the smell of the soup after scrubbing. These are all minor things I know and I am being a nit pick but when spending $700, I feel like I can be. This is like the Ferrari of the Vitamix models right ? lol! Does anyone else get a layer of thick froth on top of their soups ? So sorry for long post, but i wanted to contribute my 2 cents since this thread has been so helpful to me. I do not have plans on returning it and I do love love that fits under countertop and sooo easy to clean.

                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hapakolea

                                                                                                                                                        WOW - you have really paid your Vitamix dues in full and then some - and in such a short period of time. At least you were lucky enough to be dealing with real stores and not online and returning them, albeit a real disappointment and nuisance, was relatively easy.

                                                                                                                                                        I've had my 750 for almost a month now and haven't had any problems and the only soup I have made is the potato soup. You are a very patient person and I hope that your patience pays off and that with future use, you will love and enjoy your 750 hassle free.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hapakolea

                                                                                                                                                          Boy, I've never heard of anyone having such problems with a Vitamix! However, it sounds like things are finally settling down for you.
                                                                                                                                                          I'm going to repeat that you really need to, if you haven't already, absorb any instructional material you received. And if Vitamix hasn't by this time included the means of eliminating foam in said material, shame on them (my own stuff's old). Courtesy of agapemom: lower the speed to 1, then gradually increase it until a tight vortex forms. Keep the machine running for a minute or so; this will pop the bubbles.
                                                                                                                                                          BTW, did that first machine ever recover from the Automatic Overload Protection's tripping?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                            i feel like the vitamix story was just my luck..sometimes i get the bad apple outta the bunch (i.e. just got a brand new 64gb ipad...didnt open it for 3 weeks due to travel..play with it finally and as im browsing the web, i touch a spot where my screen pops (in and out) so i look on the side of the ipad and its bulging out. SMH, i just went to apple this weekend to show them and i guess this has happened before (not often, but it does) so my luck in high end toys have sucked lately lol but i am enjoying my vitamix, however, i havent had near enough time to play with it....its so pretty sitting on the counter....but i still think about how i spent $700 and i kinda cringe...i could have spent $350 on a refurb lol

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: hapakolea

                                                                                                                                                            Looks like with these newer generation Vitamix machines like the VM7500 and Pro 300/750 since they have a newer container and the high/variable switch has now been combined into the dial, there's some adjusting of how to use it, especially if you're a former VM owner. Change is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the changes offer a quieter motor, larger and shorter container making it easier to scoop thicker ingredients out and an updated system that runs cooler combined with the fan running constantly to help reduce shutting off. This leads to a better experience overall. I noticed from videos that Vitamix designed the spout on the newer machines to match their commercial Advanced Container drink machine spout. Can't comment if it's better or worse but I'm sure it will be easy for people to get used to. I'm counting the days before mine is delivered. It's being shipped out today. :-)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                              How do you figure? I don't think I'm going to need much adjusting; I'm assuming one walks the machine up, like before, except that there's now no separate switch for HIGH (which I think of as switching into overdrive). I doubt I'll be using "pulse" much but you never know.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                Oh, don't misunderstand my post. It wasn't directed just at you, nor did I mean to offend you if you took it that way. There were a few people including other sites on the web that were stating that they weren't crazy about the new designs of the latest Vitamixes. It's not about understanding how to use it, it's more of familiarity. Some people on this thread said they didn't care for automated controls and they wouldn't buy a blender with them as they prefer the traditional manual controls and high switch on the older Vitamixes as this is what they have become accustomed to. Another member like you said they didn't care for the new pour spout on the container for the 7500/Pro300/750. To someone like me who's never owned a Vitamix I probably wouldn't think about any of it, I would just use the machine as normal. I don't know if you mentioned if you had a Vitamix before but something new does take some adjusting as like the new pour spout.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh, I wasn't offended--never fear.
                                                                                                                                                                  I'm one of those who has no interest in the presets but that's why there's a 300. I do think, though, that having read the comments I'll be a little careful of the spout when I upgrade. :)

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                  "I doubt I'll be using "pulse" much but you never know."

                                                                                                                                                                  One of the features I like is the pulse. It helps before using the tamper to redistribute the ingredients and if you are going to do a bit of dry chopping it gives you more control. Also, it gives you more control over the chopped size of the ingredients for things like salsa and chicken and egg salad. Things you want to keep more chunky in texture. On the lower speed with the pulse it's very useful.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                                    Agreed, the pulse feature is one of the things I'm looking forward to. One of the videos on Vitamix's website shows the lady using the pulse feature on the Pro 750 while making soup. She adds corn and some other chunky ingredients and just does a light pulse to do a fine chop of the ingredients into the soup already finished in the blender container.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, but that's something I've been doing for years on a low variable speed (usually 1). No need to pulse--just turn down the machine, add what you want, let it run a few seconds, then turn it off. This was the beauty of the 5000 series for me when I upgraded from the 4000--an infinitely variable speed dial that allowed me to use the 5000 like a mainstream blender instead of a beast that immediately pulverized everything.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                        Well this is why I like the newer machines because they offer choice. I liked the Blendtec for some of it's automation and I liked the Vitamix for it's manual control. For me at least, the Pro 750 has everything. I wouldn't be annoyed if I had one of the older models without the Pulse feature, but having it available just gives more users choice in how they want to use their machine.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                          I understand but the presets aren't new to the 750; the Pro 500 has them as well. What I'm saying is that one pulses just by flipping the on/off switch on the older models; it's not as though a "pulsed" result can't be achieved with them or couldn't even with the 3600 and 4000 (which also ran in REVERSE!!!). Pulse is a function (if not a dedicated button) that has always existed; running at a very slow speed didn't. I guess I want to emphasize to those considering a 5000 series Vitamix that they can certainly pulse with it but it requires two or three fingers instead of one--not a big deal.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                            I had asked Vitamix that very question about pulsing with the on off button on the earlier machines. They said the pulse button gives you much more control than the on off button. I'm not sure if that degree of control really matters but that's what they told me. There's nothing really you can't do with the older machines that you can with the new ones, but they have just made things more convenient, and sometimes faster.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                                              Truly, it's just a matter of toggling the switch. Yes, it's easier to use the new button (one finger!) but my point is that toggling the old button was already almost trivial so even easier than almost trivial isn't that big a deal to me.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                                I dunno man. I have to respectfully disagree. I went to my local Sur La Table today and while I was there I just took another look (even though I already ordered my 750) at the Pro 300. I was playing with the on/off switch vs. the the pulse. Nite and Day to me. I have to be honest, you're certainly making quite a case over an added pulse switch, haha. People need choice and to force people to do it only one way such as either manual-only controls (Vitamix) or automated-only controls (Blendtec) takes away choice and also reduces a person's control on how they want to use their machine. Can't knock having choice. If you choose to buy one of the newer model Vitamixes you can still run it the way you like and ignore the pulse.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                  You're certainly entitled to disagree; I'm not trying to talk you out of your purchase (nor am I a man). But I think you're missing my point and bear in mind that I've been an owner since 1988 and if I understand you correctly, your first machine hasn't arrived yet. I know what I'm talking about from long experience and can accurately reassure someone who's on the fence about a 5200 (i.e. not you) that there's no reason to think they HAVE to buy one of the upgrades--the 5200 is a stellar machine that will do everything a 300/7500 will with, at times, fractionally more effort (e.g. toggling rather than tapping a switch) and will turn out an identical result to a model with presets. That's the choice I'm targeting and if I can help someone make an informed one, I'm gratified. If I were a prospective first-time owner and could comfortably afford it, I'd go for a 300/7500 because it has some improvements I like and I tend to favor cutting-edge technology if I think it's useful. For first-timers on the fence with less to spend, my advice is a refurb 5200 with an extended warranty or, if a deal presents itself, a brand new one. Largest container, regardless of which base and size of household (you can always make less in it; you're potentially limited with a smaller size).

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry to have assumed you were a man. Not easy to tell which gender based on your username. Haha. No worries, you obviously have more experience using a Vitamix than I do.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                      No offense taken and very soon you're going to be an experienced user on your own although not of the previous generations of machines. Believe me, I KNOW you're excited. Trust a seasoned owner: it's justified. You'll soon learn for yourself. Just be sure to get your "book smarts" before "getting behind the wheel," as it were. You're going to have a lot of fun!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                                Oh I knew about the Pro 500. I originally considered it last year. Yes, "last year", haha. I've been spending over a year considering this purchase as it's very large for me as I don't have much money. My philosophy is if I can't afford to lose money I will spend more money on something better, meaning if I were to buy a $100 blender or a $100 vacuum and they break down soon like many of them do I would've saved money and time just buying a better one in the first place that would've lasted longer.
                                                                                                                                                                                Sorry to have gotten off on a tangent but it leads me to my point of going for the Pro 750 over the Pro 500. Honestly I just hate the tall flute-style container on the traditional Vitamix blenders. Funny though, I like the way they "look" (and I actually love the traditional base much better than the newer Vitamixes) but they are just too tall to reach down and get food out and that would've just driven me nuts. Also the newer 7500/Pro 300/750 have a newer cool running motors and a larger blade the spins slower giving a more efficient blend without overheating the blender and that was a big concern for me as I would be making but butters and thicker concoctions.

                                                                                                                                                                                Now this leads me to the pulse feature you're highly arguing against, haha. I looked at the Pro 300 but the price difference was very minimal between it and the Pro 750, plus I just didn't care for the Pro 300's look. The black or the red color just looked a bit on the cheap side to me. IMO, the Pro 750 just looks amazingly better but on some level I still like the overall look of the traditional Vitamix blenders better. As I mentioned earlier I would rather spend more money upfront so I won't regret not doing it later which is why I decided on the 750 over the 300 model. I wanted the presets and the pulse feature.

                                                                                                                                                                                To each his own because like you, some people would prefer to operate their Vitamix 100% manually. I do feel however that turning the dial to setting 1 and turning the machine off and on to simulate a pulse is too much work and while I don't know how many people do that like you that would become annoying to me. The pulse button is a much smoother flow. That's perfectly fine if that feature doesn't appeal to you but I think Vitamix's M.O. for the newer generation of their blenders is to offer more simplified operations and choice to the consumer and Blendtec may have helped to push them in that direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                  It's a good thing you waited!

                                                                                                                                                                                  It's not a matter of argument for or against; presets just don't interest me, never will, but clearly interest others which is fine. I'm very hands-on in the kitchen and almost nothing the Vitamix does takes very long regardless (unlike, say, dehydrating). And believe me, to the extent I've pulsed at all in my 24 years as a Vita-Mix owner, it's not a big deal to use the on/off button, nor is it in any way a not smooth function, even back in the 4000 days--the only difference is that the button is spring-loaded on the new models. I happen to know that Vitamix has no plans to discontinue the 5000 series and people who're considering those machines might very well find their way here. I want them to know that in spite of the upgrade, the previous generation performs the same functions just as well albeit more noisily and possibly a bit more slowly. And I definitely agree that the presets are a response to Blendtec. I call it "trying to out-Blendtec Blendtec."

                                                                                                                                                                                  BTW, I'm in the minority here but I've never had a problem with the tall container. I guess I have long enough spatulas that its height isn't a problem for me. Still, I think it'd be nice to have a shorter container with the same capacity although I'm really hoping it doesn't affect the minimum amount that can be processed due to its wider base. That's a trade-off that would make me unhappy.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                                    Where did you get that information that Vitamix has no plans to discontinue their 5000 series? The 7500 is already a replacement for the 5200. When I spoke to Vitamix over the phone last week the guy stated that the new generation of Vitamixes is the direction the company is going as far as design and he recommended that I consider the newer models unless price was a major consideration. He also said the 6300 at Costco was the same as the Pro 500 and while the Vitamix rep at Costco states that it's a "new model", he said they are actually phasing this series out and they are moving them at Costco under this new model number. He said he's been at Vitamix for several years and he wasn't trying to sell me anything. He wasn't trilled how the VM girl at Costco was trying to push older technology as the latest and greatest because she's on commission.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                      I agree that the new machines are the direction they are going in but that would make $529.99 their entry level price for a new machine. That's too high, and they are cutting out a large market segment that might want one of their machines. It makes sense to keep the older model at a better price. They won't compete with it's new ones because of the older features and the lower performance over the newer ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree that $530 is a high entry level price ---- but that is exactly what Vitamix is .. a high entry product. Almost every new buyer, here and online in store and product reviews, start out saying ....'I finally bite the bullet, or broke down, and bought my first Vitamix. I have been longing for one for years but couldn't justify the high cost ......"

                                                                                                                                                                                        The prices may prolong a purchase, yet still they still sell plenty of them. Is it a status thing, a quest for the perfect blender that won't have to be replaced in a few years, a miracle blender that will do everything - all and more. A lot are sold through Costco demos - hard to resist a good sales pitch and a grinding motor!

                                                                                                                                                                                        I bought my 750 and a week later my husband was unexpectedly (read that as shockingly) laid off. One of the first things I asked (half joking) was 'do I have to return MY Vitamix?"

                                                                                                                                                                                        He said, 'only if it is standing in the way of us going to debtors' prison, which it isn't, so you can keep it'. Of course he knew that after using it for a week, he would have to pry it out of my hands with a crowbar!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                        I spoke directly to Vitamix and was told they had no immediate plans to discontinue the 5000 series; that was in the summer. My eye is catching blondelle's comment as I'm typing and that would be my impression as well.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                                            After bringing my 750 home and actually using it, I too thought that I would probably not use the presets and that they were just another 'gimmick' to add to a new model. However, I did and still do, use them for smoothies, frozen deserts, soup and puree daily and after a few days of familiarizing myself with the 750, I told my husband that I could get the same results using the variable 1-10 and probably could have done without the presets.

                                                                                                                                                                            He pointed out that when using the presets, and I don't know how to put this in words...the speed etc. automatically increases and declines and the stuff shoots up to the top of the container. Since then I have been using them regularly, although occasionally I do use just the variable 1-10 or the pulse.

                                                                                                                                                                            I never had the intention of using the presets so that I could walk away from it - why would I need to walk away for a few seconds or a minute and leave things to chance. I still stand there as I would do with any blender.

                                                                                                                                                                            I could do without the 'wash' preset. I have been washing all of my blenders, including the $25 ones from years ago, by doing this exact same thing, water and a drop of soap ... I laugh when posters rave about this fabulous feature :-) and make it sound like it's a clever and new innovention.

                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't used the pulse much, but it is a good feature and I know that it will come in handy. I appreciate that is is there when I need it.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                                              I don't do much chopping in my Vitamix.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: hapakolea

                                                                                                                                                                          @hapakolea, i have to confess, though i'm sorry you're having difficulty, i'm glad i'm not the only one with issues regarding how the new pitcher pours! the woman at Vitamix customer service sounded as though she thought i was nuts when i called them about it :)

                                                                                                                                                                          i hope you adjust to it and end up enjoying your new toy - i returned mine.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, it could be improved and you do have to be a bit careful when pouring more viscous things. I don't think though with all the great benefits the machine offers that I would return it because I had to be more careful when pouring.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                                              With my soup, I ladled it out rather than pour it. No biggie. I think that is a minor concession.

                                                                                                                                                                              The one thing I have against The Vitamix company itself, is that they have so many model numbers, which are apparently duplicate machines in various colors, etc.. You need a score card if you are new and looking in various stores and online sites and it is very confusing. Different stores have specifically numbered models, or making you think that they are new and made exclusively for them .. ie: Williams Sonoma who pay extra and do that with a lot of products .. Breville etc..

                                                                                                                                                                              Not everyone is lucky enough to find forums like this to asked questions and get valid current suggestions.

                                                                                                                                                                              Purchasing a Vitamix can be like purchasing a mattress.... I wish they would that they would simplify the process with only a few, models giving the buyer a choice by price, features and finishes. I know this won't happen, too many selling sources are involved. It looks like they all buckle down to 4-5 blenders but you have to sift through them.

                                                                                                                                                                              With Vitamix's reputation and price point, all of these models (the same, but different) make the company look schlocky, which they certainly aren't.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                I have to agree with you about all the various model names, etc. for the same machine although I can understand the exclusivity factor of certain colors for particular stores--it's just too much. But then, I didn't like when they Vita-Mix to Vitamix, introduced presets, and started selling to China (and I'm not even so sure that selling in stores is cool). What can I say? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                BTW, I also ladle my soup from the container. It always has "stuff" in it; I want to ensure that it's evenly distributed!

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                                                as i said in my post last week, the pitcher wasn't my only reason for the return. if that had been it, i would have adjusted.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                  Did you end up getting a different machine? If so which one?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                    A word of advice from a fairly new 750 owner - one month today, with lots of use already. Before you, me, anyone, buys a Vitamix, especially if you/we have done a lot of research online or in a store, we all have preconceived notions about features, using it, what we need or don't need, etc... Those notions change or are add to with every new piece of info we see or find. Until you actually have it plugged in in your own kitchen, you really have no idea what you are getting.

                                                                                                                                                                                    My advice - meant in a very friendly way, I know you are excited, and personally I would be in blender hell waiting for it to arrive from the vendor (I bought mine in a store and was using it within an hour), but ... RELAX , read the posts here and yes, continue to check YouTube etc..., but reserve your opinions about features and their uses and if needed or not needed, pros and cons - comparisons, on/off vs toggle, large container vs.small, pouring vs ladling, etc...until you actually use them yourself. You will drive yourself and maybe a few others nuts with your anticipation and speculation.

                                                                                                                                                                                    In a few days, you will actually plug it in and learn how it works and sounds in 'real life'. When you hear that motor take off ... you will be a true resident of Vitamix Land. Your opinions and personal needs and uses will change and of course you will have a lot questions about using it, ingredients, recipes, etc..

                                                                                                                                                                                    It's like looking at pictures of a BMW (or in my case an Alfa Romeo) and dreaming about driving one. Until you turn the key in the ignition - you ain't seen nothin yet!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                      You're spot on with my anticipation. I will reserve any further posts of opinions until after mine arrives. Now, it's not the first time I've used a power blender. My family tried out a Blendtec and I asked to borrow it for a bit. I didn't care for it much but when it was time for me to buy my own I was still undecided if the Vitamix was going to be any better. I also am no novice to cooking. I have a great set of All Clad stainless and a very good Kitchenaid stand mixer as well as other great culinary products. I came from a family owned and operated restaurant for the past 15 years so I am not new operating equipment in the way an experienced person would use it as I am very much used to using commercial equipment. Thanks for your post.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                        You're a good sport HLdan, thanks for taking my post the way I meant it. We have the same taste in cooking equipment... love my All Clad and my copper pots and pans. In a short time, you will be giving us informed Vitamix tips ..recipes etc...

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                      actually i did. well, it's not a *true* replacement for the Vitamix because nothing else compares in terms of power, but i bought the new Calphalon XL9 blender, which was just released a few weeks ago. so far, it's actually great. i love that it has a glass jar that you can completely disassemble for thorough cleaning, and it's perfect for my smoothies. this thing does in 45 seconds what neither the Vitamix nor the Ninja could do after running for 3 straight minutes - churns out a perfectly smooth & silky consistency without a trace of ice remaining. i still have to test it out for nut butter, hummus, and all that other good stuff, but if it's not powerful enough for all that, i have the large KA Die-Cast food processor anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                      i may revisit Vitamix down the road, but i think i can do without it for now.

                                                                                                                                                                                      oh, and the bonus on the Calphalon -it only cost me $113 with tax. i bought it at Bed, Bath & Beyond with a coupon.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                  i think more people will complain about the spout as more people buy it....there is still a lot of reviews on this even though its been out for a while now...but i guess i will just deal haha

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: hapakolea

                                                                                                                                                                                  Call Vitamix about the warranty, please. I've always been told that VM creates the warranty time you should register it with them anyway. I think the Sur sales person might be wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                                4. Has anyone made Vita-mix hummus - canned garbonzo beans, garlic, lemon juice, salt & olive oil? I'm having company and I don't want to serve it unless it's good ' DUH! If this is not the best recipe, any suggestions?

                                                                                                                                                                                  6 Replies
                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                    I loathe Vitamix hummus but regardless, I had a hard time seasoning it to my satisfaction. And I personally would never used canned chickpeas. Also, don't forget you need tahini as well and the olive oil is a dressing, not part of the hummus proper.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks I have used Tahini but don't have any now. Some recipes call for putting the olive oil over the top, as a dressing as you said, others put it into the blender.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I was looking for something quick and easy, but don't want to spend the time and money on a bad recipe. If it is that bad or difficult to season correctly .. I'm going to pass.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                        If you have any sesame seeds that will work just the same as that's all Tahini is.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: MacGuffin

                                                                                                                                                                                        I made hummus from the Vitamix recipe and didn't use tahini.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Chick peas, olive oil, raw sesame seeds, garlic, lemon, etc. Only problem was the texture. Followed the receipe exactly, but it was a little too smooth, and a bit too thin. Also too warm. Next time, I'll have to watch my time, and use the tamper. I've been hoping that if I bought the 750 the presets would solve the problem, but I'm beginning to have some doubts.

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                        MacGuffin is right, don't forget to add Tahini and drizzle the olive oil on top and not during the blending. So yesterday I received my VM Pro 750 via Fedex. I have to say the experience of just opening the box and packaging was like opening something exciting from Apple. :-). The materials including the Create cookbook, DVD and Getting Started material were all very nicely packaged, although I was a bit surprised the motor base and container were not packaged in plastic.
                                                                                                                                                                                        I did like the Getting Started DVD because it was hosted by Michael Voltaggio and he's quickly become one of my favorite chefs....although his acting skills weren't very good in the video. It was more than obvious he was reading cue cards or a teleprompter.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The Pro 750 is beautiful to say the least and it gave my kitchen such a nice culinary look. I used the wash cycle to clean it first and it does actually go through cycles to clean the container and lid rather than just a start and stop action, then just put some leftovers in the fridge and some fresh veggies and created a nice soup mixture. This is exactly one of the reasons why I wanted a Vitamix because I end up throwing away so many fruits and veggies that end up going bad. I used the hot soup setting and I will say that the power in this machine was much more than I expected. I does have a new cooling system so you could see the wind blowing my paper towels from the fan's powerful jet. This is very good because I was concerned about overheating.
                                                                                                                                                                                        At the end of the soup cycle the soup came out piping hot, not very warm but piping hot and was delicious to say the least. Depending on how my activities go I may just use the Vitamix to create the soup mixture and then place the soup into a saucepan and simmer it on the stove as going through 6 minutes of noise just to make hot soup may not always be ideal.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sadly I had to put my new beauty back in it's box because I'm currently moving and I just wanted to test it out to make sure it's working fine which it is. Shame because I had some garbanzo beans in the cupboard and I would've loved to try some Hummus before packing it up. The Create cookbook along with the DVD will give me some amazing recipes to try I'm sure but I will be popping back here often for help as there is always room for another recipe idea. Thanks to MacGuffin and you Canthespam for all your help. I'm looking forward to unpacking my baby again once I'm moved into my new place. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                          I could sense your excitement ...

                                                                                                                                                                                          I think I will pass on the hummus for now, lots of other dips, salsas etc.. I can make. My favorites are olive tapenade and roasted tomato tapenade.

                                                                                                                                                                                      4. Of course you should do it. After all the 750 is 250 better than the 500. It's a no brainer.

                                                                                                                                                                                        ...I can't believe no one else pointed this out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                                                                          After a few days of researching I decided to buy the 750 today online from amazon for $648.95. Free shipping and no sales tax.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I know the 750 is expensive. But like another poster said earlier that its only a little bit more for the 750 than the 300. If I'm already spending $529.99 to get the 300, I might as well go ahead and spend the extra $120.00 to get the best they have to offer (Amazon prices). I look at it as a lifetime investment.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm definitely going to put it to use with my culinary knowledge as best as I can.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm a young chef in Dallas and wanted to treat myself to something nice for Christmas :)

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Not to burst your bubble but unless you used an Amazon credit card or had some special rewards points you could've gotten the 750 for cheaper. I know they are currently on short supply and even Vitamix is currently sold out but I bought mine from JLHufford.com for $584.05 out the door with no tax and free shipping. They sell it for $648.95 but they offer a 10% off coupon which is a $65 savings and they don't charge tax for most states and free shipping on orders over $49 for most states.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                              I couldn't find it any cheaper. I even tried through said website. They offer 20% on selected items but of course the vitamix 750 wasn't included.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know how to get the 10% off. How would one do so?

                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the reply.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Edit- I found the 10% off, coupon code blender10. Thanks. But it says its backed ordered and you have to pre pay! Ugh! :(

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, that's the correct coupon, "Blender10". I always Google for coupons before I make any online purchases as there's always a coupon :-). Also if you were to call JLHufford and ask them for coupon deals they will give you the Blender10 coupon code without hesitation. Yes I was lucky and bought mine while stock was still available. It's sorta nice to buy something around the holidays that is basically sold out most places. I never expected such an expensive blending machine to be out. As I mentioned, even Vitamix is sold out and few others so I guess you were lucky to find one on Amazon. Not sure if Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table still has them in stock. Yes you would have to pre-order but unless it's something you need right away $65 savings is still $65 and JLHufford's free shipping is much faster than Amazon's. I got in 4 days after it shipped. Maybe you could contact Amazon and tell them that another online competitor is offering 10% off. They've been known to price match.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah! Next time I'll make sure to search for a coupon online, thanks for the tip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was also surprised that vitamix themselves was sold out of the 750. I guess all the retailers had to get their hands on them! I'm buying it through a third party seller on Amazon. But I did send them a email stating that I found one with a 10% off coupon and since they haven't shipped it yet if they could match it. We'll see...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the reply and tips HLdan, I'll let you know how it goes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok so they contacted me back pretty quick and said they cannot match any prices unfortunately. I did noticed that they only have 2 more left in stock and when I ordered mine the other day they had 7! But they did offer me free 2 day shipping, and told me it would be here Saturday! At least they offered me that!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh well, was worth the try!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well at least they did speed up the shipping which is great. Amazon's free shipping is notoriously slow. You'll be so happy when you get it, I love it!! I bought over 5 weeks ago but didn't use it until 3 weeks ago since I just moved. In 3 weeks it's been quite life changing. So much food finally doesn't go to waste such as veggies and fruits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I know, I can't wait to make my first green smoothie with it. Then maybe some tomato basil bisque with grilled cheese croutons?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh man dan, I bet that killed you to have such an appliance and couldn't use it. How did you sleep at night?! Saturday will be like Christmas for me lol, I'm very excited.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          You are so spot on. Yes I was living with family when I ordered it and since it was my kitchen appliance intended for use my forthcoming home it did nearly "kill me" (haha) keeping it stored away in boxes until I moved which wasn't until a month later. I watched all sorts of Vitamix videos keeping me sane until I received it. It is truly a great machine. That tomato bisque sounds like an amazing idea tonight and I have the ingredients for it. I was already going to make a good Vitamix soup since it's really storming here where I live. Please report back when you get it and keep us informed how you like it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL! I definitely am doing my fair share of the vitamix "porn" the past few days. I think I've seen every 750/300 video they have to offer, two or three times more than needed! Haha we are such food nerds!? Hope the bisque turned out great! Bisque + cold rainy nights = win

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will report back when I get it in my hands and use it for the first day. But I'm guessing that will be monday when I'm off. We will be very busy at the restaurant. I'll have to go to the grocery store and get stuff to blend with it though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              At the last minute I changed my mind last night and went on the VM website and grabbed the mexican Black Bean Soup recipe. I had garbanzo beans and black beans in the cupboard plus I had jalapeños,limes, peppers, onions and scallions in the refrigerator and some cumin spice. I followed the recipe verbatim and used the Soup setting on the 750. After blending, the recipe called for adding additional black beans, gabanzo's and peppers in and pulse to get a chunky texture. I did that and also added a diced chicken breast I saute'd on the stove and man ole man, that was the yummiest Black Bean soup ever. It was perfect for a rainy night. I know the recipe is suppose to be Vegan but adding the chicken at the end just topped it off nicely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sounds hearty and delicious. I'll make a batch and freeze what's left over. Do you think the beans will freeze well?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tips and recipes are going to get lost in this looooong thread. Is there a separate one for things like this specifically? I am going to check now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is there a separate one for things like this specifically?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi Canthespam, nice to hear from you. I'm not sure if the beans freeze well or not as there's never much left after a couple of days, haha. I can easily eat large bowls of good soup. I put the left overs in the refrigerator but as I mentioned the leftovers last a couple of days at best so freezing them wouldn't be beneficial for me. In terms of them freezing well, I don't see why not? Yes, if you can post a link to where we can continue sharing recipe ideas for the Vitamix (especially the 750) that would be great. I'm still very new to the Chowhound forums.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just googled freezing bean soup - and it seems like it is OK - for about three months. One answer said to bring the soup to a boil when reheating - not sure why.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For the two of us - I make BIG batches of soup, stews, lamb shanks, etc.. and freeze in my FoodSaver bags.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep, beans freeze really well. You might have to add a little water (or chicken stock is yummier!) to loosen things up a bit. Add a very small pinch of salt if you do. You could also drop that foodsaver bag straight into simmering/boiling water and reheat the soup like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They recommended to heat up the bean soup to a boil because it will kill any kind of bacteria that has accumulated in the cooling process after you cooked and cooled it. This is also a good idea on frozen stocks also.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never been sick from not heating up my frozen stock before I use it, but its a good idea. I always freeze my stock in cupcake tins then put all the small portions in a freezer bag. Works great for when you need smaller portions for sauces and what not.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A good tip on cooling soups and stocks is to fill a ziplock bag full of ice and drop it in the stock itself to help it cool faster. Never put hot food in the fridge!!! Always let it cool first!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I find that it is easier for me to cut slits it the FoodSaver bag and place in a soup bowl in the microwave until it thaws enough either for one or two servings rather than put them in boiling water.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was just curious why they wanted you to boil it as I had ever heard that before. I guess that would be the procedure for all sealed and frozen foods????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have a big container of thick, hearty barley/vegetable/meat soup made with marrow bones - love that stuff, all ready to be frozen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mmm...sounds great Dan. You sound like you keep a well stocked pantry like I do most of the time! haha. So you do use the pulse function, thats great to hear. I can't wait to make my first soup out of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vegan shmegan! I would have done the same thing. Will have to try out YOUR recipe with the chicken added! ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haha, yes I've always believed in buying more than just the essentials such as milk bread and eggs but even more so now that I have the Vitamix, I'm at the market buying spices such as cumin, I got some raw chickpeas to make hummus and I keep a nice stock of green leaf veggies such as kale and spinach. I'm still amazed on the fact that I can now make a soup at the last minute for a party or when I get home from work without hours of simmering. I have always bought veggies to make soups but they ended up going bad in the fridge because I was too lazy to cut everything up and create a soup on the stove that would take at least 2 hours before it simmered enough to be edible. Now I can put together something really awesome in my 750 with a small amount of prep work in under 30 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                I didn't want to say anything as I didn't want to make you feel bad about your purchase but I did post here about a fantastic offer of 13% cashback using Ebates and then another 5% off your purchase using a Discover card on any online purchase. 18% off of $650 is a nice chunk of change!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You didn't. I checked ebates and the best I could find was 5% cash back from a couple of online stores, and those stores charged the sales tax so it wasn't worth it. I also don't have a discover card. Thank you though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the reply.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I replied to ChefJM's post as it is on the bottom of the thread and I still haven't figured out to how to make a new post there. If I click on 'reply to original post' I think it goes under the original post ...way up there??? Any advice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyway ... the reason for this post - I have started a new thread -

                                                                                                                                                                                                    VITAMIX RECIPES AND TIPS

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I couldn't find an existing one on CHOW and things like this get mixed in with longer threads. I would love to get some of your recipes for any models and they are really O.T. on this thread - although by following it, I have learned quite a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've been on so many forums that end up going OT so let's just stay here. In a way it's sort of still on topic as most of us that are still chatting are VM 750 owners talking about recipes and blending tips. Even if some people here aren't 750 owners as long as we are all still talking about Vitamix in general I think it's still on topic. Heck we could take this thread way OT and start talking about the awesome Blendtec Total Blender. I know, I know, "bit your tongue".

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hey Canthespam, today I made raw pesto hummus in the 750. Came out perfect but only because I used raw chickpeas. Last week I whipped up a batch of hummus using canned chickpeas which is the standard recipe and the flavor was good but the only issue I ran into was getting the texture I wanted. Another member here mentioned that they didn't like Vitamix hummus due to the texture being over processed. I ran into the same problem using canned chickpeas because they already very soft from being pre-cooked from the factory. A friend of mine gave me a bag of raw chickpeas which I soaked for 24 hours and then allowed them to sprout for another 24-48 hours. I did cheat a little and got some pre-made pesto from my health food store, which is still raw for the most part. I placed the sprouted (uncooked) chickpeas into the 750 and used the recipe in the included cookbook. I used two parts water instead of just one from the recipe book since I had to pour off the soaking liquid from the chickpeas. It smells too awful to use in the recipe, haha.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I did have to use a lot more salt since raw chickpeas can really soak up the seasonings. I blended on the puree setting but the texture was still very "mealy" which is good but I wanted it a little smoother. Decided to use the variable speed and slowly cranked it up to high and tamped away until I got the texture and taste I wanted. Now it has a nice texture and not overly smooth. I spooned it into a container and then added about 4 good tablespoons of the pesto sauce and stirred it up. Best thing I've made to date on my 750. Came out perfect. It will even be better after sitting in the refrigerator overnight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds good - will try it next time I want hummus. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ok so I received my 750 yesterday as the seller said I would. First things first, wow she is a beauty!!! In the videos it never seemed to look this elegant. Also it has a very nice weight to it that I didn't expect, which is a good thing! Feels like it will last me a loooong time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was at the restaurant working all day yesterday so I didn't get to be the first to use it. My girlfriend made sure (I gave her the OK!) to make the first smoothie out of it lol :( . I'm not sure what kind she made but she did enjoy it enough to call me and rub it in!!! "Oh my god, your going to love your new vitamix blah blah". When I got home I rushed to my 750 and admired her for a good moment before I put her to work. My girlfriend was joking and said "I remember you use to run and do that to me when you got home". I made a green smoothie that was incredible. Coconut water, kale, frozen banana, apple, mint and cucumber and ice. Couldn't believe how it demolishes everything so quickly. Results were fantastic as expected, it actually made me smile a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This morning we both made some different green smoothie combos. This time I added some whole organic flax seeds and to my surprise didn't even feel any bits of the seeds in my smoothie. Loved it! I also brought it over to our family dinner/gathering today and made a raspberry peach sorbet. My three sisters were jealous as could be and my mom was AMAZED! Everyone loved the sorbet and my niece and nephew want me to make ice cream next Sunday with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Over all I love it so far. I'll defiantly have to try out that pesto hummus this week dan, sounds amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone ever tried making the "soft serve" ice cream with the vitamix? Does it turn out gooood?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Love the idea of exchanging tips and recipes for the 750 (or tweaking the vitamix ones).

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sharanne1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I started a new thread yesterday -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vitamix Recipes & Tips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                So far some good ideas have been posted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Spam what a great idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Could you please give me the direct link? I can't find it when I search for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -Edit- Nevermind, I found it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: ChefJM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hi Chef, well I can actually FEEL your excitement. It was the same way I felt when mine arrived from UPS. I have to say you're a very very very nice guy to have let your GF be the first to unbox and her make a drink with it first without you being present. I'm not so sure I could be that generous, haha. My All Clad, my Apple stuff and even my Miele vacuum cleaner were not to be opened by anyone but me. I'm already thinking if I were to get married in the future my wife would have to have her own Vitamix, haha.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Keep your new baby at home, looks like your family is going to commission you to bring your 750 with you during the holidays for the family dinner. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyway I'm really happy for you. I still can't get enough of watching Vitamix videos on YouTube. Yesterday QVC was selling the VM 7500 on a multitude of colors and they actually had a great deal. I watched the segments all day because it's really enjoyable watching people make concoctions, especially on the new generation Vitamix machines.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your green smoothie sounds awesome. Will definitely try that. I love coconut water.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As far as soft serve ice cream, you should try the frozen banana "ice cream". Just make sure your bananas are freckled and brownish, then remove the skin break them in half or quarters and put them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After they are frozen solid give them at least 10 minutes to slightly thaw and then put them directly in the blender. You can either put it on the frozen dessert setting or just start on variable one and increase to 10 and use your tamper. Just continue to press the bananas and swirl your tamper around and you'll have soft serve. It really does seem like you're eating ice cream. I like to add 2 to four frozen strawberries, a teaspoon of vanilla and a dash of cinnamon. Unless you hate bananas it will be the best guilt free ice cream you've ever had. You can fool a lot of people into thinking they are eating real ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I received the 750 for Christmas and I've been blending up a storm for the last few days. It's my first Vitamix machine so I can't speak to the 500, but I did my homework and choose the 750 because of some reports from 500 users regarding some design limitations. I can confirm the 750 is shorter and will therefore fit nicely under my cabinets. The fact that the container is short and wide does allow me to get everything out of the bottom very easily. The self clean feature is a miracle... I tell my friends that angels wept the first time I made a smoothie, start to finish, including clean up in under 5 minutes. It's about as loud as my last blender... no more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dferrara

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope that you love and use your 750 as much as I do mine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That being said .. I have a major pet peeve.....'The self clean feature is a miracle'. Vitamix touts this feature as do many users.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have been cleaning my blenders, cheap and expensive, this way since 1971 when a friend told me about it. The washing preset in the 750 is not really a special washing speed, any high speed will work just fine - as users without this preset can tell you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is nothing magical about it ... speed, soap and water, any brand, any model regardless of cost, will clean exactly the same way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Canthespam

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I bought the 7500 from QVC when it was the days special but I also have the 750 which I'm returning. I feel the self clean function is much too long on the preset. All you need is 15-20 seconds. Most of the time I just rinse out the container with a bit of dish detergent. I don't find the presets to be that useful or needed on it. Any blender can be cleaned like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I sell kitchen equipment and appliances. I see no reason to have a Vita-mix, yes I sell them. They are over priced and are no better than many other blenders.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I disagree wholeheartedly and I don't think a single person who's owned one would agree with you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: HLdan

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course you feel that way. If i paid upwards of $600 dollars on a Vitamix, i'd never admit that it was not much better than an Oster, or whatever you could get for $75 in your local Target.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know I just opened myself up for serious criticism here, but anyway...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I know I have replaced about $600 in Oster and other brand blenders in my time when they crapped out. None have been as powerful as the Vitamix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                No joke. You must really use the blender a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well that's over 40 yrs of using a blender. Most blenders died in the service of making frozen drinks over the years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Candy, do you own and use one or just sell them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. I'm curious if you made the "switch" to the pro 750? Am torn between the 6300 at Costco (with tax $542.66) vs. the 750 for additional $41.39 more? I feel they are probably both capable machines but is the 750 that much more quiet? Also thoughts on shorter container (sometime stated the spout was different making pouring a mess) vs. taller version? Any tips are appreciated. Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hartntex

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am not familiar with the 6300, but I have had the 750 Pro for about five months and use it at least twice a day. I use both the presets and the regular numbered speeds, all with great success. I can't attest to the noise difference, but even though the 750 is loud, I am used to now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, I like the wide container. I think it is easier to scrape things out of, compared to my old Breville container which appears to be about the same size as the other model Vitamix containers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also bought the 32 oz. container, for my daily smoothies and smaller recipes and I am so glad that I did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The 750 is $649.95 at Williams Sonoma, $648 from Amazon and $689 from Vitamix, so with tax, that would bring the prices to around $700 - that's quite a bit more than $41.00 - closer to $160.00 more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have you found it elsewhere cheaper?