Vitamix recently introduced a new variation on their Classic Series blender called the Vitamix 6000. This new consumer model is a slight variation on the very popular Vitamix 5200 that was first featured on QVC as the “Today’s Special Value” on October 27th.
The Vitamix 6000 is 20.5” tall when the 64 oz container is sitting atop the motor base and the base itself measures 7.25″ wide, 8.75″ deep and weighs in at 10.5625 lbs. The combined height is typically a bit taller than standard cabinet height. This motor has a standard 3-pronged power cord and measures in at 6 feet, but can be wound up and stored beneath the motor base allowing you to leave out only as much as you need.
This new model is available through the Vitamix website in only one color, Black, but is available through QVC in eight colors (red, cinnamon, cobalt blue, creme, black, slate, turquoise, or white).
The Vitamix 6000 package also contains a Creations a flip-top beverage bottle, the Creations cookbook, and the patented Vitamix tamper.
The Eastman Tritan™ container
The Vitamix 6000 comes with the classic, 64 ounce BPA-free Eastman Tritan™ copolyester container. It is fitted with an ergonomic soft-grip handle that makes pouring easy. The lid for the Eastman Tritan containers is Vitamix’s patented easy-off 2-part vented lid and features a removable twist-off lid plug to prevent any spillage when adding ingredients during blending.
This classic container design is taller and more narrow than the newer, Next Generation container.
This Vitamix 6000 comes with a new control configuration that has not been used on a Vitamix machine previously. Instead of the variable speed dial, made popular by the Vitamix 5200 or the preprogrammed settings found on the Professional Series 750, this model comes with a dial setting with preprogrammed time settings and a pulse toggle.
The settings are only labeled as times, and the cookbook will tell you which timed settings are best for which recipes. Here’s a quick breakdown of the times and recommended uses:
:20 Milkshakes, frozen cocktails
:30 Frozen desserts, fresh fruit smoothies
1:00 Nut butters, dressings, marinades
1:30 Whole food juices and smoothies
4:30 Creamy hot soups, fondues
6:30 Thick hot soups and sauces
Pulse Grate, chop, crush ice
This limited speed control setup makes it a bit more difficult to create some recipes, like salsas or guacamoles which require lower speeds. The blender essentially has one speed, high, so is a bit hard to create recipes with texture.
With only a 5 year warranty and limited speed control settings, I’d recommend taking a look at the certified reconditioned lineup. They are an excellent value and you can get the Certified Reconditioned Standard package for only $329, $70 less than the Vitamix 6000 offered through QVC, for essentially the same blender with the variable speed control settings.