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May 17, 2014 01:09 PM

Buying a used Vitamix?

I have my heart set on a Vitamix. I would love to have a professional version but will have to wait a while if I am going to fork over $400+ on one. I found an older version 5000 with wet and dry containers in my area for $300. Is this a good deal? They all seems to be going for about $400 on eBay. Would you recommend buying the older version, or wait on the professional? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Vitamix sells refurbished units on their website, so my husband was able to get me a 7500 series for around $350 I believe. Cheaper than new and there is a warranty on it as well.

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    1. re: autumm

      I would LOVE the 7500, but it looks like the refurbished ones on the site are now $440. I would also like a dry container, so that is extra too. I wonder if they will be going down in price any time soon.

    2. Don't get too caught up with the word "professional" in the model number. If you look at certified reconditioned page it'll help you decipher the overlap between models.

      In most cases the difference between the pro and regular Vitamix is the faceplate, colors, and recipe cookbook.

      $300 is a good deal for what you get. Vitamix blenders are built to last. But unfortunately there is no way of knowing how much life is left in a used unit.

      I think Costco has the best everyday low price. They have a sale now the Vitamix and Blendtec at making their prices even better.

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      1. re: unprofessional_chef

        "Don't get too caught up with the word "professional" in the model number."

        AMEN, to which I'd add "ever." Manufacturers call certain goods "professional" because they assume--correctly, more often than not--that consumers think it's synonymous with "commercial." It rarely is and in the case of the Vitamix, it's not necessary. As long as you stick with a base that has a variable speed dial, you'll be fine with no matter which one you choose. If I had to have one container, I wouldn't opt for anything smaller than a full-size one (even as a single person) but that's just me.

      2. Currently on QVC
        Vitamix 64 oz. 12-in-1 Automatic Blender for $399
        VitaMix Creations GC is available for $460
        either on 5 "easy pay" payments.
        Would that make a difference towards your ability to get a new one?

        Mine was purchased refurbished and I've had it since 1996.
        And I still love Love LOVE it.

        1. Try this:

          I've used Vitamixes, and Warrings and I prefer this blender. More power, better container design, cheaper, and built way more bomproof than a Vitamix.

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          1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

            Thank you for sharing this! I have been watching youtube videos on the Waring and it is definitely making me rethink what I want!

            1. re: fancyshmancy

              I love my Waring, provides a tremendous value. Combine it with a pressure cooker and a fine mesh strainer and you can make some really incredible soups, and sauces among other things. I never figured I'd use my blender as much as I do. It is a bit loud, and since I live in an apartment I don't really like to use it after like 9 pm, but you can buy a sound enclosure for them if it's a big issue. Come to think of it, I don't really think it's much louder than a Blendtec or Vitamix though.

              1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                You really have me second guessing here! I was so set on a Vitamix with a dry container but now I'm not sure how necessary it really is (the dry container, that is). I just wish there were more reviews on the xtreme.

                Do you see your Waring lasting years and years?

                1. re: fancyshmancy

                  I see my Waring lasting a long long time.

                  Over on Chefsteps forums those Warings are what most people have. Never heard any bad things about them, I would not hesitate to buy it. Also, Webstaurant Store has incredible customer service so if you have any problems, they will probably take care of them quickly.

                  Don't know anything about the drymix container, looks interesting but I doubt it performs many of the functions as well as a stand mixer. I dunno if the Waring will make flour, never tried. What do you mainly want to do with the dry container?

                  1. re: fancyshmancy

                    If you plan to grind grain and legumes, powder your own sugar, etc., the dry container is a good investment. For one thing, it's optimal for such tasks because the blades toss its container's ground contents upwards rather than sucking them into the vortex (that's not to say the wet container won't grind such commodities, just that the dry container does a better job). In addition, processing such commodities will eventually scratch the inner surface of either container so if maintaining a non-cloudy wet container is a priority, bite the bullet and spring for both.

            2. You can get the 750 for 549.00 with its full 7 year warranty. Buy it new.