As the health craze for green smoothies hits critical mass, blender manufacturers around the globe have seen their sales surge in response, and just as many new companies have come out of the woodwork in hopes they can catch the tail end of the trend. But one blender maker has been around since before many of those companies were even born, and will continue to live on after they’re all dead – Vitamix. The Vitamix 7500, a best blender pick, is the newest in a line of blenders from a company who is one of the most highly respected and regarded by professional and amateur chefs alike, but will that high praise alone be enough to justify its equally high cost?
Read on in my Vitamix 7500 blender review to find out!
Price: $528.95 on Amazon
Available: July 2014
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Easy to use and power beyond reason.
Summary: The Vitamix 7500 is a chef’s blender made for the home cook with all the power you’d ever need to blend everything in sight – but buyer beware, all that engine comes at a wallet-punching price.
What We Liked
- The most powerful blender we’ve tested so far
- Simple design makes for easy blending
- Fit under most cabinets
What We Didn’t
- High cost
- Lacks customization options
Vitamix 7500 Blender Specs
|Power||1500-Watt, 2 horsepower|
|Included Jar Size||1 64oz container|
|Loudness Rating||98.3dB dry, 41.0dB smoothie|
|Max Warranty||7 years|
Despite its high price point, the Vitamix 7500 looks anything but expensive. Vitamix first made its name as the go-to solution for chefs working in professional and production kitchens, an arena where the last thing you want to deal with is too many buttons that can break or wear down over time.
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As such, the Vitamix 7500 comes in a plain black rubberized shell, with exactly three controls: On/Off, Pulse, and a power dial. It’s simplicity in its purest form, and I couldn’t love it any more than I already do. The included 64oz “low profile” container may look a little short and stout to some, but this design also makes it perfect for fitting on countertops and sliding under cabinets with ease.
With a 2.2HP motor, the Vitamix 7500 is ever so slightly more powerful than the last blender we tested, the Nutri Ninja iQ.
As we mentioned in the previous section, there are no special settings or baked-in programs on the Vitamix, unlike the Blendtec Designer 725, just two buttons and a dial to give you ultimate control over how blended your food or smoothie gets. As someone who worked in kitchens for eight years I’m all too familiar with the nuances of how to lock in the perfect blend setting to get the right texture, but this is a skill I acquired over “buzzing” (kitchen terminology) literally thousands of gallons of soups during my stint behind a cutting board.
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For the average user this may be a bit more intimidating, which is why I recommend the Vitamix as a “professionals-only” type of blender. Though, all that said, it takes about a day to become a professional on this thing so don’t let that scare you away.
We blended a variety of different foods and drinks inside the Vitamix, including iced drinks, smoothies, soups, and even went to town on our own homemade apple sauce. As expected, the Vitamix shredded through everything in its path without batting an eyelash, which wasn’t too surprising when you consider the high cost. It quickly turned ice to the perfect, snowy texture that we love to see on blenders in this category, and every smoothie we made came out perfectly smooth thanks to the precision control afforded by the 10-speed dial.
During our performance testing we also ran a decibel meter about three feet away from the counter where the Vitamix was sitting, and the loudness of the unit varied pretty wildly depending on what we were whipping up. On the pure ice tests it screamed at an ear-splitting 98.3dB, while blending a full 64oz of soup was significantly quieter, at about 41.0dB.
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With all of this heavy praise in mind, the question still remains – is the Vitamix 7500 actually worth it? Undoubtedly at $528, the 7500 is one of the most expensive blenders on the market, and admittedly, you don’t really get a whole lot of extras to go with it.
But for everything it lacks, the Vitamix is here to do one thing and one thing only: blend the hell out of everything in sight. This is a powerful, durable, long-lasting blender that can put up with immense amounts of punishment and won’t go down without a fight. Is it overkill for most kitchens? Definitely. But if you’re someone who wants a blender that will last them well into the next century before breaking down or needing a blade replacement, the Vitamix 7500 gets the job done right.
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