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 precise 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 significant 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 significant changes have made their way into the Vitamix 7500 that help to set it apart from the older models. You will find these innovations 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 lead 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 space to move around during blending, which leads to a smoother blend and also makes it easier to remove the finished recipe once blending is completed.

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 blend tough mixtures more smoothly, like nut butter, 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 full breakdown of all Vitamix models.

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

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Comments

  1. Ann G. says

    I have a Vitamix Model VM0103 that I purchased some time in the 90’s. We forgot about it in the back of our home’s storage closet until just recently. For some reason, it got very little use back when we initially purchased it.

    Once we rediscovered it, we were delighted in using it to make green juice about five times recently. Yesterday it made a loud, unhealthy-sounding grinding noise and stopped working.

    Is it worth the cost of having it fixed? How do I go about doing that? I heard of an upgrade program. Will they take a Vitamix that is older and quit working as part of an upgrade?

    Thank you for any help on this matter.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      The cost to have it fixed will certainly vary depending on what has broken. It might make more sense to trade it in if you’re interested in upgrading. The trade-in program will give you $100 towards the purchase of a newer model, whether your old blender works or not. Here’s a bit of information about that program if you’re interested in exploring it further – Vitamix trade-in program.

  2. Karen says

    We’ve had a Vitamix since 1998 and use it often. Every cook ought to have one, especially vegans. Don’t try to skimp with something cheaper. Our machine still works fine, except that it overheats now when I mix very thick recipes like millet pie filling, which thickens fast as it cools. It’s probably possible to replace parts and keep using the old one, but we have decided to upgrade instead. I can’t wait to get our new 7500 model. Whether you intend to create amazing vegan recipes or just want excellent fruit smoothies, Vitamix is the only way to go.

  3. Claire says

    I have owned a 5200 since 1997. I have made soups, nut butters, smoothies, and icees. It is used 4-5 times a week. Never disappointed when I invest in quality appliances.
    Had to replace the container 2 years ago- really do not put it in dishwasher – will rust out ball bearings.

    Bought a ninja – big mistake. Is louder, one container broke in first 6 months and to get it replaced have to ship WHOLE ninja – not just the one container – and cost was insane. Ninja is a courser grind- not a smooth smoothie. Don’t make my mistake, wait til you can buy the right tool the first time..

    And nutriblenders – ARGH – can’t even puree frozen fruit to make a smoothie.

    What are the problems in using the new container on the old base for smoothies? Does the .2 hp really make that much difference? Do they make single containers and grain?flour containers that you can buy separately?

    Thanks for detailed blog post.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Claire! I’ve heard countless horror stories about Ninja and Nutribullet. You really do “get what you pay for.”

      As far as using a new container on the old base, it will work because the connections are the same, but it may not work as efficiently. Since the blades on the new container are slightly larger, the extra .2 HP helps to drive those larger blades.

      Will you notice a difference? Probably not. But, will it make your 5200 work harder? Yes.

      If you’re looking for the containers that are sold separately, here’s a link to the containers on the Vitamix website.

  4. mailoha says

    What does this mean “Label may reflect the following G-Series machines: Professional SeriesĀ® 300, 7500, or Creations Elite”? I want the reconditioned 7500 but when I see that it makes me think I could end up with a 300 or Creations Elite. Is that right? Are they different?

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      For the most part, the interior components and exterior designs of the Professional SeriesĀ® 300, 7500, and Creations Elite are the same except for the name on the label found on the front of the blender base.

      The main difference between each of these different models are the items that are packaged with the new units for sale, for example, containers, cookbooks, and smoothie cups.

      All Certified Reconditioned Next Generation models go through an extensive process at the factory in Cleveland, Ohio to repair or replace any worn or defective parts, then are paired with a brand new container and accessories.

  5. Brian Perry says

    I have a 5000 super that I bought in 2000. When seeing this comparison I am thinking of upgrading to new one. It still works well only bad thing is both containers (wet/Dry) are leaking.

    Vitamix said something about delamination causing the containers to leak. I heard they have a trade in/up program so if it costs almost the same to upgrade as it does to replace the containers
    I will go for it.. replace containers would be around $300 and upgrade I think is around $350.

    To anyone looking to get a Vitamix I say get it. Blows away ANY blender. It does what they say and more. Have had this one for 15 years and still love it. One of the reasons it cost so mush is because it is comercial grade made not cheaply made. How many blenders work for 15 + years????

    One happy vitamix owner.
    Brian Perry

    P.S. Does the new containers not delaminate like the old ones do of is that issue been resolved. Containers held up for 13 years before problem with leaking.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      Hi Brian! Sorry to hear about the containers. I have heard of the older ones starting to leak, but 13 years is a pretty good run.

      You’re right on about the cost of replacing the containers versus upgrading to a newer model. Trading in your old 5000 will get you $100 rebate that you could then put towards a newer model. Here’s some information about the trade in program.

      You might also want to try your luck at selling it yourself. Ebay has a few 5000 models for sale right now and prices seem to be quite a bit higher than $100.

      As far as the newer containers, there have been some reports of issues with leaks but I haven’t experienced it myself.

  6. Teresa says

    Thank you for the comparison. This article has helped clear up a few questions I had. One more question. The Vitamix website shows optimum batch sizes for each series and shows a Large batch size is optimum for the G-series. I was pretty much sold on the G-series Professional series 750 and after reading your comparison it helped seal the deal. However, I’m just starting out blending and will probably be making personal drinks for myself to start out. Will the 750 work for my smaller 12-20 oz servings as well? I’m that worried about the extra $100 or so, as I want to get the best blender I can so it will last us into the future.
    Thank you for your help.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      For smaller batches, the G-series container won’t give you the best results. If you can afford it, I’d recommend purchasing an additional, smaller container. The 32 oz wet container would be perfect for smaller recipes.

      • Teresa says

        Wow, that was quick! Thank you.
        Would the 48 oz wet work okay as well? Or should I go with the 32 oz. I’ve read some customer reviews that the 32 oz container was ‘wobbly’.

        • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

          Yes, the 48 oz wet container would work great for smaller recipes, also. Both of these containers are the Classic design, so they have more narrow dimensions.

  7. Keep it real says

    This may make you laugh, but, since I have never updated, what can these new ones do that my old vitamix with the reversible blade can’t do? Still running strong!! :) I have the 3600 plus unit.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      First, I have to say that this is awesome! I’ve heard many stories about Vitamix machines that have been passed down from generation-to-generation, and it’s great to hear yours is still running strong.

      I’m not terribly familiar with the 3600, since it is a fairly old model, but I’d venture a guess that it can do much of the same stuff that the new models can do. However, I would bet that the newer models are a bit quieter and have larger containers from what I’ve researched online.

  8. RK says

    Hi,

    Right now I am using 6300 Model and is there a huge difference between 7500&6300.

    Do you suggest to go for 7500? Any advise is appreciated.

    Thank You in advance, RK.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      The differences between the 6300 and the 7500 would be similar to what I’ve outlined above, with the 6300 being a classic model (similar to the 5200) but with the preprogrammed settings.

      If you’re happy with the 6300 and find the preprogrammed settings useful, I’d suggest you stick with that.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Robin Lynne says

    Thank you for sharing this info. It has helped me make a decision and, like you, I am ready to make a change in the way I eat and I can’t wait to get a Vitamix to help me do that. I appreciate your time in doing this. Thanks and good luck to you in the future!

  10. Choimin says

    The Vitamix 750 does have more advantage over the 5200. But for folks in Australia like me, it’s not a good deal at all. The Vitamix 750 is sold here in Australia at $1499, compared to $995 for the 5200. Not to mention that if you go to ebay you might find a great deal of the 5200 which is around $750-800. So people in Australia like me have to pay nearly double for the 750 version. It’s not really worth it!

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      Yes, you can. All of the Classic series containers (both wet and dry) compatible with the 5200, TurboBlend, or Creations models are compatible with all Next Generation series Vitamix blenders, like the 7500.

  11. 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.

    • Adam @ BlenderReviews.us says

      Yes, the 7500 can grind wheat or other dry ingredients in the standard container.

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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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