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Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

Thanks for pointing that out about the container heights. I added a correction earlier. I mistakenly thought that it was just a wrong photo on their site, and just assumed the 500 was the same new lower container because it was in the same Pro series, numerically and had some of the presets. But when you told me that about the height difference, I checked the specs ( which confirms what you said) and checked with VitaMix and it's all cleared up. It's the 300 and 750 with the new motor and lower container. Leave it to marketing to confuse people!

Nov 19, 2012
Marathonracer in Cookware

Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

The height of the container on the 500 was already mentioned by MacGuffin and corrected by me and no, I wasn't confusing anything, I assumed that it was a wrong photo because is was the middle in the series, numerically, that's all.

Second, your "correction" about what I said about Williams Sonoma needs correcting because there is a lot more to this than you explained. Good for you that you did an extensive amount of research before you bought the machine, but you were still partially misinformed about the max speed, although yes, technically it is 24000 rpms (I corrected that already).

Here are the facts and a fuller explanation, directly from the techs at VitaMix, and three people in two different departments, as well as their technical page showing the same 240mph max blade speed as on previous models. And Williams Sonoma was dead wrong about the watts as well, which is 1440 and 2.2HP and 12 amps on the 750.

VitaMix doesn't generally use the rpm speed numbers anymore because they can be confusing and a bit misleading, that's why they're not listed in the specs on their site. The rpm speeds of 37000 on previous models like the 5200 and the Pro 500 are measured withe an EMPTY CONTAINER. They always go down even at the high setting when the container is filled. The 750 and 300 (same new motor) runs more efficiently at 24000 rpms on high (10), but ONLY with an EMPTY CONTAINER. It's designed, as I said to run at the same approximate PRACTICAL speeds while actually blending because of the increased power and torque and longer blades, turning at HIGHER velocities at any given rpm.( I corrected the 37000 top speed I stated in my earlier comment). You're wrong when you say it can blend as efficiently at "lower speeds". No, it can't and it doesn't. There is no way you're going to make ice cream with a VitaMix with slower blade speeds. However, it' a moot point what the actual high speed is in rpms with the contents included because the blade tips actually spin FASTER because the blades are longer, so the practical speed is similar. This is the detailed explanation that Williams Sonoma doesn't understand and which your research didn't explain It's important, because it implies a negative tradeoff when, in fact, it's all positive about the 750, and although you're not saying that it's negative at all, the explanation is still misleading. The noise is reduced by the fact that it has a floating motor and a much thicker pad to muffle the noise, not by the blades turning slower alone.And If the rpms is lower, the tip speed is still the same as the other models - it has to be, so it's a mute point about the rpms, and VitaMix says that too.The increased power and torque in the 750 and 300 enables it to run more efficiently so it can't overheat as easily with heavy loads by being able to keep the speed up better than other models and also helps the efficiency by keeping the speed up so yes, that's part of why it might run at lower rpms, but with the same max 240mph.

The max speed on the 750, referring to the blade tip actually is the exact same 250 mph. If it does that while running at lower rpms, because the blades are longer, it's irrelevant because the velocity is the same. This comes directly from the technical page ( not the specs page) on VitaMix's own site If you time "max blade speeds", you'll see it list the max as 240mph. But it IS certainly more efficient, as you said.

This should clear up the confusion and misleading statement by William Sonoma, albeit technically correct about the 24000 max rpms.

Nov 19, 2012
Marathonracer in Cookware

Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

This time I agree with you totally, but i just want to add one more thing I learned about the Vita Prep 3. I happen to have the Vita Prep 1 long before the Vita Prep 3's,, but I ONLY got it because I liked the look of it and got it at a much better price at a major restaurant supply chain. Giving up the 7 year warranty is not worth it and I wouldn't do it again. I've had a minor problem with the potentiometer, for example, on variable, and didn't realize the sounds were a little off until someone posted video with a similar ( but much worse problem on the mighty Vita Prep 3) problem but mine was long since out of warranty. Luckily, it's very minor and never got worse, but it taught me a lesson. That 7 year warranty is worth it, even if the initial buying price is retail direct and they don't sell them in restaurant supply stores.

But when the Vita Prep 3 came out I asked the commercial division what the extra HP got you. They essentially said absolutely nothing about improved functionality in terms of reduced blending times or anything else. It was only designed for very, very heavy continuous use in a restaurant or other commercial kitchen so it wouldn't overheat. So I really have no idea what Funkalicious is referring to about "hands down faster and better than my 5200", but I doubt it. Even if it is a few seconds faster, it's not worth it for home use, and especially not given the new Pro 300 and 750 with the same new motor and higher HP and noise improvements and efficiency improvements like higher torque and lower container to fit under counters ( try that with a Vita Prep 3).

Nov 19, 2012
Marathonracer in Cookware
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Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

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Nov 19, 2012
Marathonracer in Cookware

Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

Couple of corrections. The max rpm speed of the 750 is 24000rpms, but only with an EMPTY container, but it keeps the speeds up better with a filled container because of the increased torque and power from the new motor and the longer blades allow the tips to spin at a higher velocity, so the actual rpm speed is misleading. The max blade tip speed is the same 240 mph which is exactly the same as previous models like the Pro 500 and the 5200, and that 240mph is right on the VitaMix siite.

The 500 does not have the newer motor, and it's not lower in noise and also has the taller container, not the newer shorter container, designed to fit under a counter.

Nov 19, 2012
Marathonracer in Cookware

Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

Smoothies are much more than simply liquids that can't be over blended - they certainly can be over blended which destroys the texture, even in a very smooth drink, and you wind up with a soupy bland drink. If smoothies started out as nothing but a mixture of liquids, there'd be no need for a VitaMix's power - any cheap blender would do. It's the very fact of pulverizing solids - and not just "frozens" but greens, nuts, berries seeds,etc. that require correct blending speeds and times, or they certainly can be over blended. VitaMix reps taught me that long ago and I've tested that myself, very systematically, and tasted the difference with a cheaper blender that required more time to process but it destroyed the texture. If you can't tell the difference, then you threw out your money on a VitaMix in the first place. And if you make ice cream with a VitaMix, it takes around 30-36 secs. to get the four mounds telling you it's done. Fifteen seconds more and you'll have a milkshake, not ice cream!!! So separate blending times for different ingredients and different kinds of applications - smoothies, soups, frozen desserts, certainly does make a critical difference, and automatically adjusting at each preset for different ingredients is brilliantly thought out.

That doesn't mean you can't do that manually - of course you can, by adjusting the variable speeds withing each application, as needed. But don't say it isn't an important improvement as a feature, because it is, and there are many people who could make good use of it.

Nov 19, 2012
Marathonracer in Cookware

Do you think I should exchange my Vitamix Professional Series 500 for a Vitamix Series Professional Series 750 blender?

I don't know where Williams Sonoma got those ridiculous specs from on both the 750 and the 500. The 500 is listed as 2 HP and 11.5 amps and the 750 is rated at 2.2 HP and 12 amps. This is from Vitamix's own site, not from ignorant sales people or catalogues. VitaMix's run at blade speed of max 37000rpms the 750 does NOT run at only 24000 rpms as was stated, supposedly, by Williams Sonoma, The fastest blade tip speed is 240 mph on both models. The 750 is rated at 1440 watts. They both are lower in noise, and both have cooling fans. That 24000rpm speed is actually the speed of most other blenders on the market and precisely why they CAN"T make ice cream or cook steaming soup, or pulverize strawberry seeds, and all the other things only a VitaMix can do.

The statement about increased motor power and speed becoming "DISADVANTAGES". This nonsense comes straight out of Cooks Illustrated's false assumption. More power certainly DOES make for better blending in those situations that REQUIRE it! Try making ice cream in 36 seconds with ANY other blender than a Vitamix - you can't and it's precisely the 3700rpm blades and 2 HP that enables it! As for "air pockets" - that's what the tamper is for!!! And for making ingredients and chopping, for example, you use a slower speed, but you can't use a higher speed that isn't available on a machine.

Both the 500 and the 750 have the lower, wider container, to make it easier to fit under a counter. I've had that problem myself with the Vita Prep and always wished the container were a little lower, though I definitely prefer the 64oz. size. The main difference is two extra preset program choices on the 750, for auto clean and puree, I think. I'm not clear if the 750 is quieter than the 500, because they're both supposed to be much quieter, but the 750 might be an improvement. I'll check with Vitamix on that.

The presets, lower, wider container and noise levels are not hype, they're real improvements if you feel you can take advantage of them.

Nov 19, 2012
Marathonracer in Cookware