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Vitamix 5200 vs 7500

We’ve gotten quite a few questions about the winner of the Vitamix 5200 vs Vitamix 7500 debate, so we decided it was time to put together a clear comparison between these two popular models.

The Vitamix 5200 was first introduced in October 2007 as a replacement for Vitamix’s flagship model, the 5000. The updated 5200 model came with several important improvements over the older model; a more efficient motor and a shatterproof BPA-free container.

5200 colors

But, it has been over six years since the introduction of the Vitamix 5200 and quite a bit has changed in the world, so it was time for Vitamix to make some major improvements to their flagship product.

In January 2013, Vitamix released a newly redesigned blender, the Vitamix 7500 to the public and it has grown in popularity ever since.

A few major changes have made their way into the Vitamix 7500 that really help to set it apart from the older models. These innovations can be found on both the exterior and under the hood of the new model, so let’s take a minute to review them all.

Vitamix 7500 colors

Appearance

The most apparent difference between the two models is the appearance. The overall design of Vitamix 5200 is tall and skinny, while the Vitamix 7500 appears shorter and wider. The redesigned container of the newer models makes up for the majority of the height difference, but there are some noticeable differences with the motor bases as well.

Vitamix 5200 and 7500
It’s difficult to find out exactly when the style of motor base used on the 5200 was first introduced (Vitamix has been selling blenders since 1937), but similar designs can be found as far back as 1992, used for the Vitamix Total Nutrition Center. After 20+ years, the Vitamix was due for a fresh look, and the Vitamix 7500 was the first of the main product line to feature this new design.

These differences in design leads to a clear advantage for the 7500 when it comes to fitting in your kitchen space. The Vitamix 7500 is a full three inches shorter than the older Vitamix 5200, meaning that you should likely have no problems storing it beneath your kitchen cabinets.

Container

The redesigned container of the Vitamix 7500 is a significant advancement over the 5200. The wider, shorter container of the 7500 allows more room for the blade and results in the blade diameter being a full one inch larger than that of the older model.

5200 and 7500 blades

The additional room at the container base gives ingredients more room to move around during blending, which leads to a more consistent blend and also makes it easier to remove the finished recipe once blending is finished.

Horsepower

The next major difference between the 7500 and the 5200 is the increase in horsepower found in the Vitamix 7500. A slightly more powerful motor was added to the new model that adds an additional .2 horsepower to an already powerful 2 peak-horsepower motor.

This difference may sound small, but this 10% increase is a significant addition. It means that you’ll be able to more easily blend tough mixtures, like nut butters, hummus, or thick smoothies and shakes.

Noise

With the Vitamix 7500, there have also been some advancements in noise reduction. Special vibration dampening technology was used to make this new model 40% quieter than older models.

This difference is significant, especially if you have a home with small children or pets, who are understandably agitated by the loud noise that a high-powered blender typically produces.

Cost

So far, it seems that everything is in favor of the new Vitamix 7500, but when it comes to total cost, the 5200 has the advantage here.

Since the 7500 is a newer model, it does cost more than the older, Vitamix 5200. The comparable 5200 package will save you $80 over the cost of the new Vitamix 7500, and this can be quite a bit of money for most people.

Our Conclusion

If the extra money isn’t a factor in your purchase decision, I’d recommend going with the Vitamix 7500 without hesitation. The advancements of this newer model are a massive improvement over the six year old 5200.

However, the money part of this equation can be a big hold up for some people. Spending an extra $80 on an already expensive appliance can be a bit hard to stomach. If that is the case, our recommendation is to take a look at the Vitamix Certified Reconditioned Next Generation model.

This certified, factory refurbished package contains a nearly brand-new Vitamix 7500, Professional Series 300, or Creations Elite, all of which are essentially the same base model. You’ll also receive a brand new container, tamper, and recipe book set. The difference here is that reconditioned Vitamix models only ship with a five year warranty, instead of the standard seven.

A factory refurbished package can save $90 over the cost of the new Vitamix 7500, which for most, is enough to justify the purchase of the next generation model.

Still not sure which Vitamix is right for you, read our post on topic here.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to add them in the comments section below.

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20 comments on Vitamix 5200 vs 7500
  1. Toni says:

    Will Vitamix send a refurbished blender to an APO address on a military base?

    I’m really would like to purchase a 7500 model.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Toni, Vitamix should have no problem shipping to a military base, but I would recommend calling them directly to place your order for a refurbished 7500. Since their website detects what country you are located in, you may not be able to order from their website.

  2. Emily says:

    Wondering if the Vitamix 7500 can grind wheat?

  3. Emily says:

    I am wanting to buy the new model in Australia. Do you know when it will be available here?

  4. ria says:

    can I buy vitamix 7500 in australia?

  5. Phyllis Driver says:

    I have the vitamix 7500 sitting in my shopping cart. However, I noticed that there is a payment plan that I can use. Can you please send me the details for this. Also, if I ship to Delaware, do I still have a tax bill to pay. And why is it going to take 2 weeks to receive the product? Its only coming from Ohio.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      Phyllis,

      The payment plan is only available if you order by phone. You’ll need to call 1-800-848-2649 to speak with a customer service representative to set this up.

      The taxes will be based on where the product is being shipped to, so in your case, you’ll be charged Delaware tax rates. This is due to Vitamix having demonstrators in every state, so tax is required to be charged.

      As for the shipping time, it’ll likely take less than a week since it’s not going far, but Vitamix only quotes a general time for all orders. Hope that helps!

  6. michael says:

    Decided to buy the 7500 based on your review and couldn’t be happier! Great product, thank you!

  7. Dennis says:

    I’m looking to purchase vitamix 7500 my wife cooks Mexican food its her birthday march 10th I’m whats the best way to purchase and get sufficient amount of products for the money?

  8. Diane Lesesky says:

    just bought 6300 machine is so nosiey cannot hear. diane lesesky

  9. Jim says:

    Will the old narrow containers work on the new wider base models?

  10. Smiley says:

    Hey does the new ‘short and fat’ container work on the 5200 blender ?

    .. want to know if I can get the new jug without having to buy the whole new blender. Would you mind trying it out ??? :)

    thanks!

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says:

      I’ve spoken to Vitamix customer service about this when the new container was first introduced and they’ve told me that the new container will fit the older models, however, it is not recommended.

      Since the new container is wider and has a larger diameter blade, more power is required to spin it, and this could cause older models to overheat.

  11. Michelle says:

    I’ve seen the 5200 demonstrated at the Whole Foods near me and was sold the first time I saw it, but I’m glad I didn’t buy it right there and did my research.

    The 7500 looks like a much better model! Can’t wait to get mine!

  12. Matt says:

    I’ve owned a 5200 for 6 years, but finally decided it is time to upgrade. Been doing lots of research on the best blender and I think I’m going to go with the 7500.

    It’s pretty similar to the 5200, but basically the next generation. I’m super pumped to get my new Vitamix and can’t wait to try it out!

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