When you’re picking a Vitamix, it’s important to know about the container it comes with.
Because using your Vitamix container correctly is crucial for your success with a Vitamix.
It’s like getting a bicycle. You want to be sure the seat and handlebars are the right height. And if they’re not, you want to be sure they’re adjustable within a range that fits you (and whoever else will be riding it).
So we’re going to discuss the Vitamix containers.
But first, I want you to keep three things in mind:
- Pick your Vitamix by its features, first (not by its container). Why? Because…
- All Vitamix containers can do “all of the things”. You name it; it can do it.
- It’s easy to make adjustments to make the Vitamix you picked work for you.
Okay, let’s do a table of contents and then do an example.
Table of contents
- One good example
- Do I really need a second container?
- Narrow vs wide container
- What are my options for a low-profile container?
- Comparing a 48-ounce and 32-ounce wet (as second container options)
- Should I get one with the dry grains container?
- Vitamix container interchangeability
- Why are S-Series containers different?
- What’s up with the plastic? Is there a glass or stainless container?
- Is the black speck thing still an issue?
One good example
Here’s an example of how you may pick your Vitamix.
So you like the Pro 750 for its look, noise reduction, pre-programmed settings, and low-profile.
It comes with a low-profile, 64-ounce container. This is a wide container.
What does this mean?
Your wide container has a larger minimum batch size than the standard, narrow 64-ounce container that comes with the Pro 500.
Now, your smoothies will need to be at least two or three cups. And, your nut butters, frozen desserts, and other tamper-aided creations will need to be at least four or five cups.
If you think you’ll want to make frozen desserts for two, you have a couple of options.
- Make a fairly large (4-5 cup) batch. Then, pre-portion and freeze the rest. (Note, this is a great option; one we do often.)
- Invest in a secondary, 32-ounce container. (This baby container is great at making frozen desserts for two.)
Either way, you’ve picked a Vitamix based on features and adjusted to get your Vitamix working for you.
So let’s say you are considering investing in a secondary container. Let’s discuss that a bit more.
Do I really need a second container?
Vitamix machines are great because you only need one container.
But here’s the deal:
Having a secondary container can be nice, especially when you have a low-profile, 64 ounce container (a wide one). With a secondary, 32-ounce container, for example, you can easily make:
- Small batches of homemade dressings.
- Frozen desserts for two.
- Non-giant batches of nut butters.
In our house, we LOVE using our 32-ounce container for late-night frozen desserts.
Special diets, like kosher, are another instance where having a secondary container is nice.
So having a secondary container is nice when you have a low-profile 64. A wide one.
But what about when you have a standard 64? A narrow one?
Let’s talk about that.
Narrow vs. Wide Container
All full-sized Vitamix machines (C and G-Series)come with a full-sized, 64-ounce container.
There are two versions of this container:
The former is the the standard 64 and the latter is the low-profile 64.
The narrow container, because of its shape, can handle smaller batches. Because of this, it’s debatably easier to use.
But, the narrow container doesn’t heat soup as quickly, is sort of clunky with chopping / food prep, and almost never fits under the cabinets. (Not to mention, the machine it comes on, a C-Series, is significantly (40%) louder than the newer, quieter, G-Series.)
The wide container, because of its shape, requires larger batches. But, it heats soup more quickly, is better for chopping / food prep, and generally fits under countertop cabinets.
(For the record, we use the wide container (which came with our G-Series, Pro 750) daily with great success.)
This all make sense?
If I’m missing something, please ask it in the comments below or email me.
Now, we’ve mentioned low-profile a bit, but let’s dive a bit deeper.
What are my options for a low-profile container?
All G-Series Vitamix machines come with the low-profile, 64-ounce container. A wide one.
If you want a low-profile Vitamix, start there. Start with G-Series.
Yes, S-Series Vitamix machines are low-profile, too. But as I explain here, I do not recommend S-Series to friends under most conditions.
For the most part, C-Series machines are NOT low-profile. There is one exception, though: The Pro 200 with compact container. It’s a C-Series, so much louder, but overall a good pick if you’re looking to save a few bucks off a G-Series and don’t want reconditioned.
Okay, let’s say you do want a G-Series and DO want to invest in a secondary container.
How do you decide between, the 48 and 32?
Comparing a 32 and a 48 (as second container options)
Trying to decide between a 32 wet and a 48 for your second container?
Here’s the deal:
I had recently gone back and forth on this. But now that I actually have experience with the two containers, the answer is clear.
If you’re wanting a secondary container for small batches, go with the 32-ounce wet container.
This container is perfectly sized for dressings, frozen dessert for two, and small batches of nut butters.
If you want a secondary container for a separate function, go with a 48-ounce. Kosher houses come to mind here.
But what about the dry grains container?
Okay, let’s discuss.
Should I get one with the dry grains container?
Some people like to grind dry grains with their Vitamix. And this is great.
But the dry grains container can only do dry grains. You can’t really make a smoothie in a dry grains container.
Yet, all “wet” containers can grind dry grains. And they can make smoothies.
So until you find your current setup unable to satisfy your dry grain grinding needs, don’t bother with the dry grains container (even if you can get it for a great price).
To be clear: Costco sells a package where you can basically get the dry grains container for $50. I recommend saving your money (not buying this package even though it’s a good deal).
Want more analysis on this? Here’s my full, in-depth review of the dry grains container.
Otherwise, let’s move on.
Vitamix container interchangeability
Wow, that’s a lot of syllables. Good thing there’s a short answer:
All of the non-S-Series Vitamix containers are interchangeable between other full-size (C and G-Series) machines.
Both 32’s, the 48, and the 64’s work on all C-Series and G-Series Vitamix machines. And they all have blades that are fixed to the containers (translation: super easy to clean).
Think of them like the three bears. Basically the same thing, just different size and strengths.
So if you’re looking for the most container flexibility, a full-size Vitamix is your best bet. (Because they all work all different sized containers.)
The S-Series has a unique fitting which makes it only compatible with its 40 ounce and 20 ounce to-go cup.
Let’s talk about that.
Why are S-Series containers different?
S-Series containers have two special notches.
These notches activates the safety switch inside the S-Series motor base.
Secondly, the blades on S-Series containers are not fixed to the containers.
S-Series blade assemblies are designed to be twisted on and off both S-Series containers.
This way, you can blend with its conventional 40-ounce container. Or, you can blend directly its 20-ounce to-go cup.
This removability means you MUST remove the blade assembly to clean the S-Series. (Otherwise, food particles will build up on and around the seal.
Okay, let’s talk about that.
Because of its removable blade assembly, the S-Series containers have a rubber seal that needs to be cared for. Wash it, make sure it’s on straight, etc.
An upside to S-Series containers is that they’re dishwasher safe. But, because of this, you basically HAVE to wash them in the dishwasher to get them sufficiently clean.
Now, there are a few instances where an S-Series could be a good fit for you. They’re small and provide some flexibility. But, in my humble opinion, because of the removable seal (and lack of power in the S-Series machines) they’re not worth the extra effort.
Okay, so we’ve discussed full-size containers and S-Series containers, their differences (fixed blade vs removable).
Now, let’s talk about one thing all the containers (across all series) have in common: What they’re made of.
What’s up with the plastic? Is there a glass or stainless container?
All Vitamix containers are made of BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
It’s a fancy word for plastic, although I never think of these containers as that. Vitamix containers are what they are.
Now, let’s address glass and stainless questions.
- Glass. There is no glass Vitamix container. And from my experience, you don’t want one. I’ve broken several glass containers that came with cheap blenders. It wasn’t from being clumsy. Tapping it the wrong way is enough to break those things in half — major bummer. Plus, even when glass containers are in their unbroken state, they’re heavy.
- Stainless steel. There is no stainless steel Vitamix container, either. I’ve seen an aftermarket version, but can’t speak to it. Also, I’m pretty sure using aftermarket containers on your Vitamix makes your warranty null in void.
In my humble opinion, Vitamix containers are made of the perfect material.
To be fair, people did have a concern about the seal on the containers. It is resolved now, but let’s discuss those black flecks.
Is the black speck thing still an issue?
Nah. This concern has been addressed, 100%.
If you’re not familiar, here’s the background. A while back, a handful of owners reported that their container seals were shedding tiny black flecks into their blends.
This concern was investigated by independent 3rd party and yielded the following findings:
- It was impacting a tiny percentage (like less than 1%) of units.
- The material was not harmful if ingested.
Still, Vitamix updated its manufacturing process to use new container seals. Meaning, while there was a less than 1% chance new containers had a harmless defect, now, 0% do.
Disappointing that it happened in the first place. But, good to know the concern has been addressed 100%.
Wrapping your head around all of the Vitamix containers can be overwhelming.
So keep it simple.
Pick a machine, first. They can all do all of the things; the big difference is minimum batch size.
Then, ask yourself if you would like to invest in a secondary container.
In most cases, the 32-ounce wet container is a great pick.