Vitamix has officially launched its new Propel Series. And while it may seem confusing at first these new models are going to simplify things, especially for people trying to figure out which Vitamix to buy.
But to see where these fit in, we first tested the performance. And they performed great!
- Our queso (to test the hot soup program)
- Green juice (using the smoothie program)
- Strawberry banana nice cream (using the frozen desserts program)
- Detox salad (to test the pulse button)
As expected everything turned out great. And you could really tell that these machines were well-built and are designed to be reliable for the long haul.
Just like every single full-size Vitamix model.
But with so many Vitamix models, the question persisted: Who are these for?
The Propel 510 has good specs, especially for homes of one or two people
The 510 has a dishwasher-safe 48-ounce container which is right-sized for many people. And its narrow shape makes it nice for making smaller batches of thick blends.
Plus, there are three programs to get you some automated blending.
Before the Propel 510, the Explorian E310 was usually the only pick for people wanting to exclusively make very small smoothies. Now there’s the 510, a slightly better model from a build-quality and a features perspective.
The Propel 750 is nearly identical to the Professional Series 750 (Pro 750)
The specs between these two models are nearly identical. Heck, the names are basically the same.
The biggest difference is the containers. Propel 750’s container is listed as dishwasher safe (while the Pro 750’s is not). This, in my opinion, is pretty valuable.
Other than the cosmetic differences and presumably better container, why does the Propel 750 exist? Signs point to Vitamix phasing out the Pro 750 and other “Legacy” models in favor of the streamlined Propel Series.
Why would one get the Propel 750 over the Pro 750? With performance being equal, it’d come down to price.
What is the difference between the new Propel 750 and the original Pro 750?
The Propel 750 and the Pro 750’s performance and features are basically the same. The Propel 750’s container is listed as dishwasher-safe, while the Pro 750’s is not. And there are some small cosmetic differences. There may also be some differences in noise output, though it’s hard to say. The Propel 750 certainly isn’t quieter than the Pro 750.
Are the containers from Legacy models compatible with the new Propel Series?
Yes. Propel Series comes with Legacy-style containers. These are the containers do not have a Self-Detect on them. So any container purchased in the last ten years should be compatible with the Propel Series with the exception of the Smart System-only containers The Cup-Bowl Kit and the Food Processor Attachment.
Are the containers from Propel Series compatible with original legacy models?
Yes. Propel Series uses the same containers that came with the original Legacy models. Nothing is new or newly restrictive with the Propel Series containers. They work with classic-style models and will not work with Ascent Series which requires Self-Detect containers.
Conclusion and recommendation
The Vitamix Propel Series, specifically the 510 and 750 are a big part of Vitamix’s future. In our tests, the machines are rock solid, efficient, performed very well. So, we feel comfortable recommending them to the right people at the right time.
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Here’s the video version of this early review: Vitamix Propel 510 & 750 Review: Who’d Get These?