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New Vitamix models available reconditioned: 7500 for $399, 6300 for $379

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Vitamix has been selling reconditioned machines for a while, but they just made some new models available. I think these are a great deal, as they come with the standard strong Vitamix warranty, just 5 years instead of 7. If the warranty is an issue for you, you can extend the warranty to 8 years for $75, which is less than the savings. Reconditioned units are tested and repaired if necessary, and come with new containers and tampers.

The 7500 (aka Pro 300) is the new model that they released last year with the shorter/wider pitcher, longer blades, and more powerful/quieter motor. Sells for $529 new.
https://secure.vitamix.com/Certif...ation.aspx ($399)

The 6300 (aka Pro 500) has been around a bit longer and is the same as the older machines except it has preset modes. Vitamix is selling it for $649 new, although Costco sometimes has it for $500.
https://secure.vitamix.com/Certif...grams.aspx ($379)

If you're confused about all the different Vitamix models, check out this page:
http://joyofblending.com/which-vitamix-to-buy/

If you have an old Vitamix, they'll give you $100 for it with their trade in program:
https://secure.vitamix.com/Trade-In-Program.aspx
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Last Edited by song January 7, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Use Code 06-008426 at the checkout page for Free Shipping ($25 off)

I would like to give you all some insight into the reconditioned units. It took less than a week to get it directly delivered from Vitamix. I used the free shipping code provided in the Wiki (06-008426) and bought the reconditioned 5200.

It arrived today and came with the taper, sealed recipe book with DVD and other information that gives you all kinds of different recipes. The blender container itself is new as well as the taper, in fact everything looks new. The only reconditioned part is the blender unit itself that houses the motor. That part looked like it was never used. The quality for a reconditioned product is superb and if anything ends up broken or defective down the line i still have a 5 yr warranty.

Overall I am really impressed with the reconditioned unit I received. I also checked the back and found it was manufactured in October 2013 (as of January 6th 2013) which is fairly recently. A family member of mine had theirs arrive today as well and told me that hers was dated December 2013 (as of January 6th 2013) so these reconditioned units are pretty new.

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I thought it was the opposite. After my Blendtec cycles all of my food is up on the lid. Vitamix's look like they funnel downward.
I don't have a blendtec, but when making stuff with the vitamix I notice an initial "bounce up" when I start it and when I hit the high speed. Other than that it seems to spiral down.

The review video also shows your concern with the ice cream in the blendtec.

I also don't like the cover compared to the Vitamix, however I do like the slick touch screen it has.
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After performing my due diligence, watching video after video and reading many blogs, I've canceled my Vitamix order and am now going to holdout for the Blendtec.

Ideally, I would like the Professional Series (which is the classic model that mounts into your counter), but I did talk with the rep on the phone today at Blendtec and she went over the changes in the Designer Series. She knew I wasn't going to buy from her, but was still quite honest about the blenders.

I think if you have no desire to mount the blender into your counter, you should take a look at the Designer Series with the Wildside pitcher.

I have never owned either brand and my friends both own Vitamix and love it, but I've been swayed to Blendtec.
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After performing my due diligence, watching video after video and reading many blogs, I've canceled my Vitamix order and am now going to holdout for the Blendtec.

Ideally, I would like the Professional Series (which is the classic model that mounts into your counter), but I did talk with the rep on the phone today at Blendtec and she went over the changes in the Designer Series. She knew I wasn't going to buy from her, but was still quite honest about the blenders.

I think if you have no desire to mount the blender into your counter, you should take a look at the Designer Series with the Wildside pitcher.

I have never owned either brand and my friends both own Vitamix and love it, but I've been swayed to Blendtec.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5gB6ySM_00

Did u look at this review? I was split down the middle between the Vitamix and Blendtec until I saw this video and am glad I chose a Vitamix in the end. The thicker things such as ice cream and sorbets seem to have a hard time with the blendtec and am not a fan with the flat cover on top. I also didn't like the way it moves all over the place either. It seems like the only thing blendtec has over the vitamix is a more sleek touch screen and no need for wet/dry blades for kneading dough and dry foods.
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Did u look at this review? I was split down the middle between the Vitamix and Blendtec until I saw this video and am glad I chose a Vitamix in the end. The thicker things such as ice cream and sorbets seem to have a hard time with the blendtec and am not a fan with the flat cover on top. I also didn't like the way it moves all over the place either. It seems like the only thing blendtec has over the vitamix is a more sleek touch screen and no need for wet/dry blades for kneading dough and dry foods.
I did watch this video and something that was pointed out was that the reviewer was conducting test that went directly against the recommendations of the manufacturers. If you buy a computer with a crappy video card and try to play a graphics intensive video game, the game is not going to play very well because you didn't have the recommended video card.

Blendtec specifically says that if you want to perform lots of thick recipes, you should purchase the Twister Jar [amazon.com], which is arguably much better than the Vitamix. The reviews speak for themselves. Is it $100? Sure. But for $100 you have a jar that is made *specifically* for those tasks.

From what I've read Blendtec has shown that the tamper is not need for the vast majority of tasks if you follow the instructions. Don't blame either of the companies if you're trying to do something against recommendations. I think Vitamix tried to release a pitcher that copied the Blentec Wildside and didn't use a plunger, but they had to stop selling it.

Of all the videos and reviews I've watched, the blenders only walk around the counters when put under stress tests and not realistic uses. Stress tests should be taken with a grain of salt


TL;DR : Blendtec has a special Twister jar for thick mixes. Follow manufacturer recommendations and you're blender will perform as expected, you won't need a tamper, and the blender will not walk all over the counter.
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I did watch this video and something that was pointed out was that the reviewer was conducting test that went directly against the recommendations of the manufacturers. If you buy a computer with a crappy video card and try to play a graphics intensive video game, the game is not going to play very well because you didn't have the recommended video card.

Blendtec specifically says that if you want to perform lots of thick recipes, you should purchase the Twister Jar [amazon.com], which is arguably much better than the Vitamix. The reviews speak for themselves. Is it $100? Sure. But for $100 you have a jar that is made *specifically* for those tasks.

From what I've read Blendtec has shown that the plunger is not need for the vast majority of tasks if you follow the instructions. Don't blame either of the companies if you're trying to do something against recommendations. I think Vitamix tried to release a pitcher that copied the Blentec Wildside and didn't use a plunger, but they had to stop selling it.

Of all the videos and reviews I've watched, the blenders only walk around the counters when put under stress tests and not realistic uses. Stress tests should be taken with a grain of salt


TL;DR : Blendtec has a special Twister jar for thick mixes. Follow manufacturer recommendations and you're blender will perform as expected, you won't need a plunger, and the blender will not walk all over the counter.
It all comes down to preferences. Overall they both have their pro's and con's. I personally wouldn't want to buy $100 jar to make ice cream and sorbets and I find I rarely use the tamper at all. The only time I ever had to use it was when making sorbet. The cool thing about the tamper is when I do use it, I dont have to worry about it hitting the blades because it is measured just right so when you put it through the top of the cap it can go all the way into the rubber ring around it to prevent it from being blended up.
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can the prices drop any further with these beat down refurbs?
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I would like to give you all some insight into the reconditioned units. It took less than a week to get it directly delivered from Vitamix. I used the free shipping code provided in the Wiki (06-008426) and bought the reconditioned 5200.

It arrived today and came with the taper, sealed recipe book with DVD and other information that gives you all kinds of different recipes. The blender container itself is new as well as the taper, in fact everything looks new. The only reconditioned part is the blender unit itself that houses the motor. That part looked like it was never used. The quality for a reconditioned product is superb and if anything ends up broken or defective down the line i still have a 5 yr warranty.

Overall I am really impressed with the reconditioned unit I received. I also checked the back and found it was manufactured in October 2012 which is fairly recently. A family member of mine had theirs arrive today as well and told me that hers was dated December 2012 so these reconditioned units are pretty new.

I have attached a picture of what was included and will add this post to the wiki. If you have any other questions about the blender just ask.
So you're saying these relatively new blenders have all sorts of problems from the beginning that they had to get repaired and be sold as refurbs?
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Dont costco sell them for the same price
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Did u look at this review? I was split down the middle between the Vitamix and Blendtec until I saw this video and am glad I chose a Vitamix in the end. The thicker things such as ice cream and sorbets seem to have a hard time with the blendtec and am not a fan with the flat cover on top. I also didn't like the way it moves all over the place either. It seems like the only thing blendtec has over the vitamix is a more sleek touch screen and no need for wet/dry blades for kneading dough and dry foods.
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So you're saying these relatively new blenders have all sorts of problems from the beginning that they had to get repaired and be sold as refurbs?
That might as well be the exact opposite of what he said. Sounds like a lot of these were purchased by people and returned because they were too expensive or they didn't see themselves using the blender enough to justify the cost.
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can the prices drop any further with these beat down refurbs?
These are NOT beat down refurbs. They are reconditioned and are like new. In all honesty if I didn't know up front that these were reconditioned I would think they are new. They are also the cheapest way you can get a Vitamix.
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So you're saying these relatively new blenders have all sorts of problems from the beginning that they had to get repaired and be sold as refurbs?
These blender units are all used 30 days or less and are sent back due to the 30 day money back guarantee. In fact the only thing that comes reconditioned is the bottom motor part of the blender. The blender container, tamper, recipe book are all brand new.
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That might as well be the exact opposite of what he said. Sounds like a lot of these were purchased by people and returned because they were too expensive or they didn't see themselves using the blender enough to justify the cost.
Exactly.
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That might as well be the exact opposite of what he said. Sounds like a lot of these were purchased by people and returned because they were too expensive or they didn't see themselves using the blender enough to justify the cost.
HOw are returns being refurbished? arent they suppose to be defective somehow to be restored to factory conditions?
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HOw are returns being refurbished? arent they suppose to be defective somehow to be restored to factory conditions?
Clearly you are trolling and just being a jack@ass, but here you go:

"The main difference between "refurbished" and "used" products is that refurbished products have been tested and verified to function properly, and are thus free of defects, while "used" products may or may not be defective. Refurbished products may be unused customer returns that are essentially "new" items, or they may be defective products that were returned under warranty, and resold by the manufacturer after repairing the defects and ensuring proper function."

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Clearly you are trolling and just being a jack@ass, but here you go:

"The main difference between "refurbished" and "used" products is that refurbished products have been tested and verified to function properly, and are thus free of defects, while "used" products may or may not be defective. Refurbished products may be unused customer returns that are essentially "new" items, or they may be defective products that were returned under warranty, and resold by the manufacturer after repairing the defects and ensuring proper function."

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well said
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Clearly you are trolling and just being a jack@ass, but here you go:

"The main difference between "refurbished" and "used" products is that refurbished products have been tested and verified to function properly, and are thus free of defects, while "used" products may or may not be defective. Refurbished products may be unused customer returns that are essentially "new" items, or they may be defective products that were returned under warranty, and resold by the manufacturer after repairing the defects and ensuring proper function."

Move on wave
How am i trolling? I thought these refurbished models were heavily used by companies? My bad. I guess it only for 3rd party refurbished models.
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How am i trolling? I thought these refurbished models were heavily used by companies? My bad. I guess it only for 3rd party refurbished models.
they aren't heavily used and in fact in like-new condition. You wouldn't get a unit that was in the hands of a customer for more than 30 days for a steep discount.
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