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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.