Vitamix 7500 vs 750: Which One Would I Buy?
How Did Jeopardy Inspire Me To Write This Review?
I wrote this comparison because a single location did not exist where the differences between these two relatively new blenders were well explained.
Recently my wife decided to make some milkshakes while I tried to watch a guy named Robert hold on to his Jeopardy title for another night. By the time the milkshakes were done, I couldn't tell you if Robert was successful because the noise from the blender was so loud for so long. Our seemingly economical Farberware blender just couldn't chew through the ingredients without having to start and stop and manually mix repeatedly.
I viewed this as a personal challenge to finally upgrade our home blender. As Tim Allen from the television series "Home Improvement" would say - "More Power!" followed by a few guttural grunts.
How did I arrive at comparing these two blenders? Being an engineer type, I started with a review of motor power (see the 'More Power' paragraph in the "Common Features" section below). This led me to the newest releases of Vitamix blenders. Of these, I noticed that the highest and lowest priced blenders (new, not reconditioned) both look very similar, almost identical, even in name. At quick glance, the only difference is a zero in the name - 7500 as opposed to 750.
For a company as well respected as Vitamix, the difference had to be more than just a zero at the end of the model number for marketing purposes.
If you have also looked at these two blenders and want to get a summary of the differences in one place, you will benefit from the information that is gathered below.
To get more info on these blenders, I visited local stores that sell these models which the Vitamix website located for me (the site also locates the nearest live demo). Several of the pictures on this site were from those visits, including this photo above.
The Biggest Difference Between Vitamix 7500 Vs 750
A lot of people are asking what is the difference between the Vitamix 7500 and the 750? If you are like me, you couldn't see an obvious difference except the model number.
After researching this closer, the biggest difference that I have found is that, in addition to the 10 variable speeds and the pulse and constant settings that are found on the 7500, the 750 has 5 pre-programmed settings that includes cleaning and various levels of blending consistency.
These settings are being noticed by customers, even those that were initially skeptical of their value.
"I really researched to see which vitamix i was going to go with and I am so happy that i chose the 750. Wasn't sure how much i would use the presets and now i realize having the option is just a no-brainer" - From Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
These preset features allow you to set them and walk away to get other, more important things done.
When I am trying to prepare a meal or a dish, strategic placement of the blender on the counter used to be important so that the stove is within arms reach to perform the juggling act of stirring a heating pot while pureeing tomatoes at the same time. These buttons now give me the flexibility to spread out and relax a little more since I can put some tomatoes in, press the puree pre-set, and walk away to focus on the heating sauce. This model of Vitamix blender now senses when the puree is complete and then stops by itself. Add the demands of kids (notice that demands is plural, right?) while all of this is happening and it is even more important that the chef does not have to stand over the blender to hit 'Stop' for every step along the way. As you can tell, I am not exactly a gourmet chef who can really take advantage of every function, but there is still a lot of value to these pre-set buttons.
So without a doubt, this is a big time saver for people who have a lot of things going on in the kitchen at one time. Can anyone else relate to this? I certainly can.
This photo above is not the image of either of these Vitamix blenders, but the actual Farberware blender that was the inspiration and motivation for this review in the first place. I wanted to give it 15 minutes of fame before its pending retirement.
An important difference to see is the price. The 7500 is $529.95 ($529.00 + free shipping on Amazon) and the 750 is $599.95 according to the Vitamix website ($598.90 + free shipping on Amazon). The 7500 is now available on Amazon, along with the Vitamix site and occasionally QVC.com when in stock.
The other differences are not immediately obvious just by looking at the two blenders side by side, especially on line.
Being a 'Professional Series' product, the 750 was originally only offered in brushed stainless metal finish with some chrome trim around the front to go along with the extra pre-programmed settings on the dial. Now you can buy it in two additional colors - copper metal finish and black. The copper model adds $50 to the price for a total of $649.95, although you can find it on Amazon for the same price as the black and stainless finish models, $598.90.
The 7500 comes in black, white, and red and has a clean, basic control panel.
Also the recipe book and tutorial DVD that come with your purchase are different for each model. I am interested to see what info is actually provided on the DVD. If you have an idea, feel free to add that detail to the Comments below.
Photo above used under Creative Commons from Pamela Bates
Another Purchasing Option
A good way to get new or used Vitamix blenders at a reduced price is to watch for listings on ebay.com.
I have not seen very many discounts or coupons for these blenders, probably because they are a valued and prized purchase and also in high demand.
Checking the completed sales for this model on ebay, you can occasionally get a very good price.
This probably goes without saying, but always consider shipping charges when bidding on ebay.
Common Feature | Shorter 64 Oz Container
The Professional Series 750 is the top of the Professional Series line of blenders that the Vitamix brand offers. It is one of the newer releases from Vitamix, according to their website, along with the Professional Series 300, the 7500, and the Creations Elite.
A common feature among all of these new releases from Vitamix is the shorter, wider 64 ounce container.
This container is 3 inches shorter and at least 1 inch wider (at the base) than other Vitamix models which helps you in two ways.
The first and biggest advantage is the 4 inch diameter blade in the container instead of the 3 inch blade on previous Vitamix containers. This may not sound like much, but that extra inch means that the outer portions of the blades reach higher speeds and 33% more cutting surface which both result in more thorough and consistent cutting and blending.
The second is that now under the counter and refrigerator storage is much easier with three less inches to take up space. Vitamix blenders are typically among the tallest blenders out there, so this helped to address the problem of storage and also makes them more pleasing to the eye for most people.
This photo taken by the author on a recent visit to a local retailer.
Vitamix 750 Demonstration
Common Benefits For The Newer Vitamix Blender Releases
All of the new Vitamix releases have a 2.2 horsepower motor which is the most powerful motor I have seen on blenders for home use. It is a 10% increase over the motor in previous releases (2 horsepower). This equates to 1641 watts. The Blendtec brand Professional Series offers a motor with 1560 watts and the Oster Versa model has a 1400 watt motor. So you can see that the Vitamix
The Vitamix website claims that the new releases utilize a quieter design. There has been much discussion about this claim. If you have used a Vitamix blender before and then use one of these new designs, you should notice a reduction in the noise level. This is a result of vibration dampening technology that Vitamix has introduced on these blenders. If you have not used a Vitamix blender, you may not be used to the sound level which is a result of the powerful motor that is used. This is probably comparable to me trying to cut down a tree with kitchen knife or a chain saw. The kitchen knife will get the job done much quieter, but the chain saw will get it done now, like before the kids can bother you with their request for Goldfish crackers. Louder, but in a fraction of the time.
Clean Up Is A Breeze
Once your masterpiece is complete, you just add a couple of drops of dish soap and warm water, turn the dial to clean, and walk away. That is, you can walk away if you have the pre-set buttons on the 750 and the blender will automatically stop. With the 7500, you will have to turn it off manually. When you come back, rinse out the container and it is ready for storage. Or display, as some proud owners have admitted to leaving their 750's out since they use them so often and they can be great conversation starters when guests arrive.
Don't Forget The Health Benefits!
What really excites me about the Vitamix Professional Series 750 is how it seems to simplify the effort needed for people to stick with healthy eating patterns. By using the pre-set buttons to quickly and consistently blend just about anything that can fit in the container, this blender does a great job of making it enjoyable to prepare these healthy concoctions. One of the most popular excuses for not eating healthy is the hassle and time of getting all the ingredients to blend consistently. It is easy to see why many people actually look for reasons to use their Vitamix blenders. And they are always looking for new and interesting recipes or ways to use their blenders more often.
"Once you start using it, you can't live without it, I bring it along on vacation." - from terry w goulet on Amazon.com
This is my photo of the Vitamix line up at the local retailer. Notice the height difference of the two on the left (Professional Series 300 and 750) compared to the taller older models on the right (5200 and 500).
Vitamix 7500 Vs 5200 Demonstration
4 Inch Diameter Blade in New Design Containers
You can see how the larger blade fits in the new container. Also notice the profile of the container and how much easier it will be to use a spatula or spoon to scoop your mixtures out of the corners.
I took this photo to see if it really compares well to a similar image on the Vitamix website.
Pro Series 750 Control Panel
Notice the Pro Series 750 has the 5 pre-settings on the left side of the center dial. That is the real difference between this and the 7500 or Pro Series 300.
Special thanks to this blender which posed patiently for all my photos.
Pro Series 300 Control Panel
You can actually expand the capabilities of these Vitamix blenders further with the Dry Grains Container. Make flour, cereal, and knead bread dough.
Since Costco is the only local retailer for the 7500 and I do not have a membership, I had to settle for taking this photo of the Pro Series 300 control panel, which is a twin of the 7500 for all practical purposes.
Vitamix Recall In 2013 Involving 64oz Low Profile Containers
This recall only applies if you purchased certain Vitamix blenders in 2013.
Back on August 28, 2013, Vitamix issued a recall for the 64 ounce Low-Profile containers. These containers have been sold with the following new generation blender models:
*Professional Series 750
*Professional Series 300
There have been several incidents where the mixing blades have come loose.
If you have recently purchased one of these models, click here.to visit the site that the manufacturer has set up to distribute more info and describe how they will provide an updated blade design for your blender. ONLY the blades are being replaced, not the whole container. Vitamix sends the new blades once you contact them.
I have also read that Vitamix is extending the warranty for those affected by this recall.
You can also call customer service at 888-350-4386 to speak to a representative. Their hours are 8am-8pm EST on Monday thru Friday, 8am-5pm EST on Saturday, and 11am-6pm EST on Sunday.
The biggest complaint I have seen online so far has been that some people will not be able to use their Vitamix blenders multiple times a day like they are used to until the replacement blades arrive.
This blender just got a very good review from Consumer Reports. As they will tell you, it is not a Vitamix, but is much easier on the budget!
When Purchasing A Vitamix Blender, Consider These As Well
I like these add-ons.
If you have a recipe book that you would like to recommend as well, please leave a note in the comments below.
I wouldn't buy a recipe book without the word 'Delicious' in the title or description, especially for green smoothies.