The Definitive Guide to Figuring out Where to Get Your Vitamix
Buying directly from their website is the best place to get a Vitamix, for most people. There, you’ll find the best prices and latest deals on Vitamix blenders and accessories. You can browse the exclusive, limited quantity reconditioned lineup. Plus, you can use their easy, interest-free financing. Overall, this is a nice alternative to retail.
Of course, you can find genuine Vitamix blenders in several retailers. In those stores, Vitamix offerings vary by:
- Models sold.
Let’s discuss all of our options for where to buy a Vitamix, as well as what else to consider when choosing the right place.
Why you should trust me
People know me as the Vitamix Guy. Using, teaching, and thinking about Vitamix is how I make a living. That work is best found on this very site, Life is NOYOKE. Moreover, I seek out Vitamix blenders everywhere I go. At big box stores like Macy’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Costco, or at trade shows, state fairs, and Whole Foods demos. I’m constantly looking to see what Vitamix blenders are available for sale where and at what price.
People ask me all the time, “How do you, Life is NOYOKE, a Vitamix affiliate, compete with Costco or Bed Bath and Beyond or Amazon? The simple answer is this:
“Selling is not my goal. Helping people buy and use their Vitamix is.”
In most cases, the best prices and best deals are available directly from Vitamix on their website. But Costco negotiates packages. And Bed Bath and Beyond marks up so you can use a 20% coupon. And Macy’s shows an absurdly high “regular price” next to the “sale” price (which is actually just the regular price). Same with William and Sonoma and Sur la Table and Best Buy and Target. And sometimes, people have gift cards to use. And sometimes, people have zero patience and want a Vitamix in-hand yesterday. I get it. These retailers hold inventory and are entitled to your business.
Ultimately, the more people that have and love their Vitamix, the better I’ve done my job. The hope is that all Vitamix owners, no matter where they bought, become part of the Life is NOYOKE community by subscribing to our popular weekly newsletter and spreading the word.
Price shopping: Bed Bath and Beyond? Costco? Amazon? QVC?
Here’s what you need to know about the deal-friendly retailers.
Bed Bath and Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond sells a couple of Vitamix models in their stores.
- The 5200, which you’ll see branded as one of the following:
The 5200 is identical to the above aside from the sticker on the front (a C-Series without pre-programmed settings).
- Turbo Blend 3-Speed
This is a version of the Turbo Blend 2-speed. (A C-Series with out pre-programmed settings.) For this price, I’d rather get a model with ten speeds and pre-programmed settings (a recon Pro 500, probably).
Bed Bath and Beyond does not carry the Vitamix Professional Series 750 or the 780. But, they have the S30 and its accessories available online.
Bed Bath and Beyond will not accept their 20% off coupons for Vitamix. Read the fine print; it’s one of the listed brands they cannot discount.
The Certified Reconditioned Line
They’re available here for U.S. shoppers (and here for Canada shoppers). They’re much cheaper than Bed Bath and Beyond, even if you could use a 20% off coupon. Plus you would never know the difference. Even the packaging and cookbook are brand spanking new. Read more »»
Verdict: It’s basically standard pricing unless you can trick the salesperson into letting you use a coupon. Probably not worth it unless you returned all of your wedding gifts and have tons of store credit.
Costco is a fine place to get a Vitamix.
Especially if a demonstrator is there showing you what it can do.
Important note: If you’re with a demonstrator right now, and you’re not sure if you should pull the trigger, read no further.
Tell that demonstrator, “Lenny Gale from Life is NOYOKE gave me the thumbs up. I want to take home a Vitamix today.”
Now, if you’re not at Costco as you read this, there are a few things you should be aware of.
1) Package deals
Costco creates packages giving you stuff you don’t need. Extra for the sake of “more” delivers extra “value” for the price. This makes it seem like a good deal. But, if a good deal is really what you want, go for a reconditioned unit. They are a much savvier buy, assuming you can get your hands on one (see current reconditioned inventory).
2) Frankenstein models
Costco sells a custom-built, mashup model. The 5300 and 6500 are C-Series models with some G-Series parts. The result is a significantly louder than normal machine.
On paper, they seem like a great deal. But in reality, they may not be what you’re expecting. You can read more about these Frankenstein models right here.
3) Return policy
It’s true. Costco has a lenient return policy.
But you can only take advantage of their flexibility so many times. I’ve heard of people having their Costco memberships cancelled for abusing their return policy. (Is it fair to use something for five years then simply return it?)
I get it if you want the piece of mind when you make this investment. Just know that there’s a 30-day full refund and 7-year full warranty with free two-way shipping on all new machines (no matter where you buy).
Verdict: Consider more than sticker price, either way. If free samples and a good demonstrator push you over the edge, go for it if you aren’t concerned about extra noise.
But Amazon is neither an authorized retailer nor a certified affiliate.
Verdict: Proceed with caution. Not sure I would want a drone delivering my Vitamix.
QVC sells a handful of models.
They sell a version of the 5200 called “Creations.” These are the same as the 5200 except for the sticker on the front.
They also sell a 7500 (G-Series without pre-programmed settings). QVC does not sell the Pro 750 or 780.
You can find decent deals when they do telethons featuring Vitamix. Those happen every year or so. Just note that those heavily discounted models generally only come with a 5-year warranty (as opposed to the normal 7-year).
QVC also offers payment plans which makes the deal seem more attractive. These same plans are offered directly from Vitamix on a daily basis.
Verdict: Good for people who already shop with QVC. Or for people who have a hard time pulling the trigger and need a limited time offer to finally take the plunge.
Other retailers: Target, Sur La Table, Best Buy, William & Sonoma
Williams-Sonoma sells a variety of Vitamix models using the retail price model.
They list a “Suggested Price” next to “Our Price.” And for a “Limited time only!” you can save lots of money.
Classic retail selling tactics. But, even if you know they’re doing it, it still is appealing.
Admittedly, you can sometimes find better pricing than on the Vitamix website for some of the newest models, like the Pro 750 and the 780.
Registering for a wedding? Do not be shy; the Pro 750 is the only way to go.
Verdict: Good for people who already shop or are registering at W&S. It’s the perfect group gift for your coworkers go to in on.
Target sells Vitamix machines at standard prices.
Verdict: If you’re at Target now, there’s probably a Ninja blender in your face. Stop now and watch this before making a choice you’ll regret.
Sur La Table
Sur La Table, at the time this was published, had a Vitamix Pro 750 on their front page. They sell Next Generation and S-Series models in-store and online.
Pricing is the same or higher than other retailers.
Verdict: Pretty much same story as William and Sonoma. Go for it if you like to shop there or have store credit.
Other other: Craigslist, eBay
“I saw a Vitamix on Craigslist. I think it’s a great deal. What do you think?
You might want to be a little careful.
What model is it? What’s left on the warranty?
Keep in mind that people rarely sell their Vitamix. And they last forever and are a daily part of most users’ lives.
Is someone offering a commercial machine? Warranties on commercial Vitamix machines (ones used in places like Starbucks), don’t transfer if ownership changes.
Verdict: Don’t roll the dice on such a big investment. Check out the easy Vitamix payment plans instead.
You may be able to find a Vitamix at an awesome-looking price on eBay.
But here’s the deal: Vitamix blenders are not computers or sports memorabilia. They’re kitchen appliances.
Verdict: I wouldn’t. You don’t know where it’s been or how it’s been used.
Buying Direct: An alternative to retail
There are a lot of benefits of buying direct from the Vitamix website. But before we discuss them, you should know the only downside of getting your Vitamix direct.
When you buy direct, you’ll need to wait a few days for it to arrive on your doorstep.
Of course, one could argue it’s better to have a few days to prepare for its arrival. Grocery shopping, watching some YouTube tutorials, meal planning, etc. would be good preparation.
Still, ordering at Vitamix from their website means you would not be taking a Vitamix home immediately after paying. And if that’s what you need, you should skip down to the next section.
But if you’re not in a hurry, shopping their website is the best place to get a Vitamix for most people. Here are 12 reasons:
1. Best Prices
Vitamix.com and Vitamix.ca have the best prices? Why? There are no middle men.
2. Best Deals
Vitamix runs limited time, factory-direct deals exclusively available through its online store.
3. Free Standard Shipping
While this is pretty standard among retailers, orders from Vitamix via any of our links to their website (and by using promo code 06-007938) qualify for free shipping.
4. Expert Buying Help
We can help you compare Vitamix machines side-by-side. Or, you can talk to a Vitamix sales rep (all of whom are Vitamix owners) and get one-on-one help making a decision. The number is: 1-800-848-2649.
Related: Watch this 2:39 video before you call Vitamix Customer Service.
5. Best Support
When you buy direct with one of our links to their website, you qualify for our new owner starter kit. This comes with an ebook, a shopping list, and priority support from us.
6. Zero Interest Payment Plans
7. Easy Exchange, Upgrades, and Downgrades
Every Vitamix comes with a 30 day guarantee. If you’re not satisfied, you can return, upgrade, even downgrade. (Side note: dozens of people have emailed me saying they just upgraded to the Pro 750.)
8. Access to Reconditioned Inventory
9. Best Selection
On their website, you have exclusive access to full customizations.
- Accessories, etc.
Aesthetics are important. Find the Vitamix that will live on your counter.
10. Automatic Registration
When you buy direct, your Vitamix warranty is automatically registered. No paperwork required.
11. Option to Extend Warranty
Only on their website, you’re able to add three years to your warranty. To get your warranty to total ten years for just $75 is pretty cool.
12. Shop local (sort of)
One last benefit of buying directly from Vitamix? You get to support the Vitamix blogger of your choice. (Here are 16 of them.) Buying via a link to Vitamix from an affiliate (like me) helps them continue to provide content and support and is greatly appreciated.
“LINY, I need some Vitamix guidance. I saw a Vitamix for cheaper at Costco. Should I buy it? Is it the best deal? Is it really a Vitamix?
Verdict: I’m biased, of course. But if you can find a tiny bit of patience, buying direct is a great way to get a good price and get a lot of extra benefit.
Latest and greatest Vitamix deals
Here are the latest and greatest, limited time Vitamix deals for USA and Canada shoppers. (You can find more in our guide for where to buy a Vitamix.)
Figuring out where to buy a Vitamix is great. It means you’re getting one!
And buying a Vitamix at a retail store is totally cool. Just be sure you’re considering the model, price and included warranty.