Buying a used Vitamix?

magn1jesMay 17, 2014

I have my heart set on a Vitamix. I would love to have a professional version but will have to wait a while if I am going to fork over $400+ on one. I found an older version 5000 with wet and dry containers in my area for $300. Is this a good deal? They all seems to be going for about $400 on eBay. Would you recommend buying the older version, or wait on the professional? Thanks in advance!

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magn1jes

I should add that I do currently have a food processor (that I hope to use more than I do now) and a pretty poor Ninja blender. I don't know if the Vitamix would be overkill.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 4:22PM
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zzackey

We bought a Vitamix last year. We make soup in ours in just a few minutes. The motor gets so hot it cooks the soup. It will out perform anything you mentioned. IMO, I would buy a new one.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 4:25PM
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beaniebakes

Vitamix sells reconditioned units with 5 year warranties on their web site.
Search for "reconditioned" and a couple of choices will pop up. I just checked and there's one for $299. I would not hesitate to buy a used machine in working condition. Vitamix provides great customer service.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 5:14PM
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nyrgirl35

Another option is QVC offers payment plans if that works for you! I believe they have some you can pay off in 5 payments

Here is a link that might be useful: Vitamix

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 8:49PM
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joeboldt

Another thing that might help is to consider the machine options. My chef brother-in-law suggested going with the two speed model, rather than a variable speed. It works great and I can't see what purpose a speed in between the two I have would bring to the table for a couple of hundred dollars more.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 8:30PM
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adamp

Actually, currently if you buy reconditioned the variable speed is only $20 more. If you only make smoothies then the two speed is fine, but the added control of the variable speed is useful if you want to make things that are not completely liquified, such as pesto or salsa.

Here is a link that might be useful: Vitamix Model Differences

    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 2:40AM
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joeboldt

Adamp, Yes I would agree with you. I don't use my vitamix for that. I use my cuisinart.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 11:12AM
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adamp

Fair enough, joeboldt. I've got a one-machine kitchen.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 12:34AM
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gardenbobby

You should absolutely look into a factory refurbished vitamix. They are practically new (with new containers etc) and still come with a great warranty. Vitamix also offers a payment plan if you purchase directly through vitamix.com or by phone.As an added tip, you can get free shipping, and sometime other special deals, using a "promotion code" from an online affiliate like http://rawblends.com/vitamix-blender/

Here is a link that might be useful: vitamix promotion code

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 1:58AM
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