Vitamix Blender Comparison Guide

Vitamix Commercial Blender Comparison Guide

Machines that mix come in all shapes and sizes. Some are manual, plastic, and cost $10. Others are commercial steel, can mix 60 quarts of dough at a time, and cost $11,000. As with everything, what you buy will depend on how you need to use it. Blenders are no different. Some people prefer this brand, others prefer that brand. Some want 3 horsepower, others want 2 horsepower (others don't know what they want!). It can be quite confusing knowing what sort of blender you should buy for your bar, restaurant, coffee-shop, or home. Hopefully this blog will shed some light on that.

Here at Prima, we sell a lot of Vitamix blenders. Vitamix blenders are high quality blenders geared for commercial or home sales. At Prima, we specifically sell the commercial line of blenders, although they can just as easily be used in a home. It should be noted that the commercial line has a shorter warranty length, 3 year instead of the residential 7 year warranty, although this difference in length can largely be attributed to the fact that a commercial machine is designed to withstand multiple uses per day (dozens as opposed to just a handful). It should also be noted that commercial units purchased for home use will void the warranty, so if you value a warranty there is good reason to buy a residential unit for home use. Vitamix has revamped their commercial lineup for 2017 but no worries, your favorite blenders are still around, just in a new better form!

We have updated our top 5 Vitamix Blenders Buying guide to reflect these new changes.

Drink Machine Two Speed model 62828

Vitamix Drink Machine Two Speed (62828)

A versatile blender that packs a punch and won't bust your budget

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The Drink Machine Two Speed is the most cost-effective blender you can buy and consistently produces delicious, smooth granitas, margaritas, smoothies, milk shakes, malts, whole fruit and vegetable drinks, frozen coffees and teas, every time. Sporting a new 2.3 motor, the revamped Drink Machine Two Speed has improved thermal tolerances which reduces inconvenient shut-offs due to overheating in the middle of a busy bar rotation. The 64oz Tritan® pitcher and standard blade makes quick work blending iced drinks and juices. While the Drink Machine Two Speed is the most affordable blender that Prima offers it is a great all around machine without the "specialty" options included on other Vitamix blenders.

Drink Machine Advance model 62824

Vitamix Drink Machine Advance (62824)

A versatile blender that packs a punch and won't bust your budget

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The Drink Machine Advance is the ideal entry level blender for making delicious iced drinks at home or in a cafe. Though, with a 2.3 hp motor, "entry level" is somewhat of a misnomer. The Drink Machine Advance exceeds many commercial blenders and practically all residential blenders in power and is an excellent blender for the individual blending smoothies, iced drinks, or anything else that requires a lot of power. Six pre-programmed blending recipes allows for consistency between shifts. The Drink Machine Advance comes standard with a 48oz Tritan® Polymer pitcher with an advance blade designed specifically for blending iced drinks and smoothies.

Vitamix Kitchen Blender - Vita Prep 62827

Vitamix Vita Prep

Equipped with a variable speed motor for precise control

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The Vita Prep is the most common blender that we sell to residential users. While it is technically a commercial blender, it can be used quite successfully as a home unit and comes standard with a 64 oz container, heavy duty tamper, and a 2.3 hp motor. The Vita Prep is one of only two Vitamix machines we carry (the other being the Vita Prep 3) that comes equipped with a variable speed motor. This allows for more manual control over each drink and how it is blended. The Vita Prep comes with a standard blade and is ideal for a home user or shop owner with a moderate shop volume. It will blend anything from iced drinks to heavier smoothies and coffee drinks and is even used successfully for food processing, soup & salsa making, and other similar kitchen applications .

Vitamix Vita Prep 3 model (62826) Blender

Vitamix Vita Prep 3 (62826)

Kick it up a notch with this 3 horsepower, all-in-one blending machine

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The Vita Prep 3 is the supercharged version of its younger sibling, the Vita Prep. With a 3 hp motor, the Vita Prep 3 is built to last and is designed specifically to succeed in the normal wear and tear of a busy commercial setting. The Vita Prep 3 also has the handy variable speed setting on its motor and comes standard with a 64 oz container. This is a blender that can be used successfully at home or in most shop settings (although the 2.3 hp motor of the Vita Prep is generally plenty of power for residential users). Its ability to blend iced drinks as well as smoothies and ice cream drinks makes it a versatile and sought after machine in the restaurant and coffee world. Like the Vita Prep, the Vita Prep 3 is often utilized for food processing, soup and salsa making, dough kneading, and other similar kitchen applications.

Picture of The Quiet One On-Counter Commercial Blender

The Quiet One Blender

Includes 6 program buttons, letting you make up to 34 programs for precise beverage production

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The Quiet One takes into account all the best attributes from Vitamix blenders and fuses innovative technology with these features, creating an almost unbelievably quiet, consistent blend. Clearly, noise reduction was the reason Vitamix invented this remarkable machine. The Quiet One is dramatically quieter in tone and volume with smoothies, milkshakes, or salad dressings. As a blender is running, a great deal of noise comes from motor vibrations. The Quiet One’s motor is surrounded by intricately designed gaskets which prevent vibrations from reaching the rest of the blender. The motor then “floats” on these gaskets, while the magnetized seal reduces vibration and noise from the high powered rotation of the blade. The Quiet One’s patented seal on the noise reducing cover allows for simple, quick cleaning. No screws, bolts or hinges are used for attaching the cover to the base of the machine, as it is sealed with high powered magnets.

The Quiet One received first place at Coffee Fest 2010, won awards from Star Chefs Contest and Kitchen Innovations 2011, and was a National Restaurant Association winner. The bottom line is that if you are any type of front-of-house store, such as a coffee shop, smoothie store, or bar, you should seriously consider investing in a machine that uses similar sound proofing and sealing technology to what is found in a Lexus or Mercedes-Benz.

In conclusion, it should be noted that the overall differences between these blenders are somewhat minimal. The important thing to remember is that the basic design and motors are generally identical in all of these blenders with the exception of certain programming and operating differences. All containers are made of Tritan polymer which means you can wash the containers in quat sanitizer without taking the printing off the container or causing discoloration.

Vitamix has always been known to make exceptional blenders and their revamped commercial lineup for 2017 is no exception. New, thermally efficient motors with more horsepower and sturdier containers that can hold up to the abuse of a busy cafe or restaurant makes Vitamix a great choice for anyone looking to take their smoothie making or food processing to the next level. To see a quick comparison between these blenders, check out this comparison chart:

Blender Model # Application Motor Timer Pulse Variable Speed Pre-programmed Settings Included Container Compatible containers 3 year warranty Blade Type Included Tamper Included Sound Dampening In-Counter Option
Drink Machine Two Speed 62828 Iced drinks, smoothies, etc. 2.3 hp No No Yes No 64 oz 64, 48, 32 oz Yes Standard Yes No No
Drink Machine Advance Black OR Red 62824 OR 62825 Iced drinks, smoothies, etc. 2.3 hp No Yes No Yes 48 oz 32 oz Yes Advance No No No
Vita Prep 62827 Purees, Grinding, Chopping 2.3 hp No Yes Yes No 64 oz 64, 48, 32 oz Yes Standard Yes No No
Vita Prep 3 62826 Purees, Grinding, Chopping 3 hp No Yes Yes No 64 oz 64, 48, 32 oz Yes Standard Yes No No
Touch & Go 2 Blending Station 34013 Iced drinks, smoothies, etc. 2 hp Integrated Yes No Yes 32 oz 32 oz Yes Advance No Quiet Yes
Blending Station Advance 36021 or 40010 Iced drinks to heavy smoothies 3 hp Integrated Yes Yes Yes 48 oz 48 oz Yes Advance No Quiet Yes
The Quiet One 36019 or 40009 Iced drinks, smoothies, etc. 3 hp Integrated Yes Yes Yes 48 oz 48 oz Yes Advance No Ultra Quiet Yes
Portion Blending System Advance 5132 Iced drinks to heavy smoothies 2 hp Integrated No Yes Yes 48 oz 48 oz No Advance No No No
XL Capacity Blending System 5201 Iced drinks to heavy smoothies 4.2 hp No Yes Yes No 192 oz and 64 oz 192, 64 oz Yes XL Wet Yes No No

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Hi Deanna, The Advance does not have a tamper because it is so powerful compared with other blenders. Vitamix has not found the tamper to be necessary since you can crush and blend 32 ounces of ice in a few seconds. The Advance is perfect for smoothies and should work just as well with making soups. The Barboss Advance works best with the given blade set, but you can order other containers with different blade assemblies.

Why does the Barboss advance not have a tamper? Does it not need one? Also, I primarily use my blender for smoothies or blending soup. Would the barboss advance be appropriate? I assume there are no other blades for that one?

Thanks a lot for your prompt and excellent response Warren!

Ju - Yes, you can interchange the wet and ice blade assemblies. Because it can be dangerous and time consuming to fiddle with changing the blade assemblies, many of our customers just purchase an additional container like the The price difference between the blade assembly alone and the container with the blade assembly is minimal and your time and safety are worth it! If you do opt for changing out the blades, please be careful, tighten the new blade properly, and follow all manufacturer's instructions. --Warren K.

Hello, can i switch the ice blade type to wet blade type as i please with the Vitamix drink machine? Thanks

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