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!