Classic (C-Series) vs Next Generation (G-Series)

This is the main decision when deciding which Vitamix model to purchase. Keep in mind, all Vitamix models can make the same recipes of the same quality. What this means is, recipe-wise, you can't go wrong with any Vitamix model. 

You can tell the difference between the Classic and New Generation models by their physical design:

The three main differences that set the New Generation models apart are the height, sound, and the ability to do large amounts of thicker recipes. New Generation models have a shorter container; they stand at 17.5" tall, meaning they will fit under standard kitchen cabinets. The casing also has more sound dampening, and the motor is quieter, so it's not as loud as the Classic models. Lastly, the wider base and longer blades of the Next Generation container allows you to make the full 64 oz. container of the thickest recipes, such as ice cream, thick batters, and nut butters. With the wide bottom, however, most Vitamix users find that they have to make a minimum 2-3 cups when making thicker recipes.

Classic models will be able to do the same quality recipes as the Next Generation models, but in smaller amounts if you're making very thick recipes. What this means is the tall container with the narrow bottom of the Classic models really only allows you to make half the container (4 cups out of 8 cups) of the thickest recipes.  The narrow bottom of the tall Classic containers is actually one of its advantages - most Vitamix users will agree that it's easier to make smaller amounts (as little as 6 oz.) of any recipe in this container over the Next Generation container, which has a wider bottom. 

These two Vitamix models are made for customers that have different lifestyles; therefore, neither model can really be considered "superior" than the other. No matter which Vitamix model you choose, we know that you'll be happy and that you'll life will be changed for the better. Buying a Vitamix is a big investment decision, and we are here to help you make the right choice for you. We understand that everyone has different lifestyles and budgets, so here are our personal recommendations:

To save the most money - Reconditioned Standard model
Best machine value - Reconditioned Next Generation model
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NOTE: These recommendations are our own personal opinions based on our experiences in demonstrating, as well as from using these machines in our personal kitchens. We take into consideration cost and budget, usage, and recipe-quality when making our recommendations. 

We know that this was a lot of information; we are here to help and to give you HONEST answers and advice!

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Do I REALLY need the automatic pre-sets?

The short answer:

The only person who can answer this question for you, is YOU! The automated pre-sets mean you can walk away from your Vitamix and not worry about overblending/underblending your food. For some people, it means less of a learning curve, or extra time to get ready in the mornings.

Here are some questions to consider:
-Will using the pre-sets mean using your Vitamix more?
-Do you care about walking away and coming back to a finished product?
-Do you like following recipes in cookbooks?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then maybe you'll really enjoy having the automated pre-sets! 

The long answer:

Vitamix comes in different models with different names - but they are ALL able to make the same quality recipes. In my eyes, these different models are made for different PEOPLE with different LIFESTYLES, rather than making certain types of foods. Therefore, if you're wondering if the automated settings will help you be make extra recipes, the answer is no.

...so WHY the pre-sets?

The automated settings are timers, so each setting will always automatically shut off after the same amount of time. What this means to you is that you'll never have to worry about over-blending your smoothie into a soup, or melting your frozen desserts into syrups. If your someone who has a hectic morning, the minute long smoothie setting means 60 extra seconds to get something done! 

These timers are also perfected with many of the recipes included in the accompanying cookbook, meaning you can make all sorts of fancy drinks/desserts/sauces/soups and have them come out amazing, on the FIRST try! 

You can still make amazing drinks/desserts/sauces/soups in the other models, but it might take a couple tries, especially if you're not big on measuring and following recipes. In that case, we recommend just going with the manual models.

Why do I need the Variable Speed Control?

The Variable Speed Control is one of the many reasons why so many kitchen professional's love using the Vitamix in their kitchens. The Variable Speed Control is the 1 through 10 dial located on the front of the Vitamix. Sometimes it's confused for a timer, but these numbers are actually speed controls. This means more control over your food, as well as more possibilities of what you can create in your kitchen!

For most people, the highest speed will make the basics - your juices, smoothies, frozen desserts, and ice cream. But when you wanna get fancy and do some vegetable chopping or dough mixing or meat grinding...the lower settings will allow you to do ALL of that! Additionally, the classic knob design means you always have FULL control of your food's consistency, whether it's a course chop or a fine mince.

Will you always be using the Variable speeds every time you use your Vitamix? Probably not. But will they always be there for you when you need it? Definitely.

Tall/Narrow Container vs Short/Wide Container

Most standard Vitamixes come with a 64oz wet container, but, depending on which model you get, your container might not look like the container your neighbor got. So what's the deal?

C-Series Vitamixes, or the Classic Vitamixes, usually come with a tall, narrow container. This is the classic design that's been around for the past 20+ years, and it's probably the one you've seen in older cooking programs (Iron Chef, anyone?), which is PRETTY COOL.

But over the years, there was one, or two, or three more people who brought home a Vitamix and realized Whoa, this is kinda too tall for my cabinets! Vitamix heard the cries of the consumers, and G-Series Vitamix was created with the low-profile container.

Now, if you've already got a Vitamix, you already know how great it is, regardless of the shape and size of your container. Few people upgrade for the sake of container, but there are pro's and con's to each container, depending on YOUR lifestyle. If you've had a tall narrow container for years and love it without issues, then there's no need to put any more thought into it. If you're thinking about upgrading or purchasing a different model and are wondering which container is right for you, here's some basic information to help you decide!

Tall/Narrow (stands at 20.5 inches tall on base)
Classic design that will fit on all standard model motor bases. The narrow bottom of this container means it will be easier to make small, personal sized amounts with more tamper control. Since this container is so tall, it's more likely to overheat when making full 8-cup capacity batches of more viscous recipes, such as ice creams, doughs, batters, and thick sauces or dips. You can still ALL these recipes of high-quality at around half a batch (at 4-cup capacity). All other recipes such as juices, smoothies, soups, or thinner sauces and dips can be made at the full 8-cup capacity.

Short/Wide (stands at 17.5 inches tall on base):
New generation design that comes with a slightly stronger motor base; this container will NOT fit on C-Series motors, ONLY G-Series. The wider bottom means longer blades, which need more torque and power for this design to make the same quality recipes as the Classic models. This new design is will fit under most standard kitchen cabinets (the standard distance between the countertop and the bottom of the wall cabinets is 18 usually inches, although the minimum requirement between countertop and cabinet bottom is 15 inches). You'll be able to make twice as much of the hard stuff than the Classic container, but it will be a little more work (and a little more splash) to make amounts LESS than 2 cups. Not as ideal for making personal sized amounts, but will make most recipes in slightly less time (ie soups take 5 minutes vs 6 minutes in the Classic container).

If you have any more questions regarding containers, feel free to shoot us a message so we can better answer your question!

Wet vs Dry Containers/Do I need an extra container?!

Wet vs Dry Containers
All Vitamixes automatically come with one wet container that will fulfill all your blending needs. You can use your wet container for dry chopping, wet chopping, mincing, dicing, kneading dough, grinding meat or nuts, whipping cream, churning butter, etc. This is actually one of the things we LOVE about the Vitamix - you don't have to worry about keeping track of different attachments to make all sorts of different things. So that being said, what the heck is a dry container?

The dry container is the only other attachment made for the Vitamix, and it's sole purpose is for milling your own grains. It only comes in a 32oz capacity, but will fit on ANY standard model Vitamix (it will fit on ALL C-Series and G-Series motor bases). It's one of the best mills for under $1000, and you can grind whole grains into fine flours. The blade is slightly different from the wet container, and will push ingredients out towards the side instead of funneling down the center of the container.

A great example to illustrate the uses of each container is blending almonds. The wet containers will BREAK DOWN and EXTRACT liquids from ingredients, meaning the oil in the almonds will extract, and the best grind you can get will be a course almond meal before it turns into a creamy nut butter. In the dry container, the ingredients will PULVERIZE and GRIND, but the oils will stay intact and you can produce a fine almond flour.

Do I need an extra container?!
If you do a lot dry grinding in your kitchen and are interested in making your own flours, dry rubs/spices, granolas, and cereals, then the dry grains container would be a really great companion for your Vitamix. With the rising trend of gluten-free, many people find the dry grains container a considerably less expensive alternative to buying pre-made gluten free flours, and there are a lot of different resources on how to make your own flour mixtures online. However, if none of these things appeal to you, then there is no need to spend the extra money.

There are also additional wet containers that come in different sizes, but they aren't an absolute necessity since everyone gets a wet container by default upon their purchase. For anyone who has the Classic series Vitamix with the tall, narrow container, the 48oz and 32oz wet containers are available if looking for a container that fits under cabinets, without buying a whole new G-series Vitamix.