7500 vs 5200
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My 7500 machine arrived today and all I can say is WOW! (you can see my new baby in this picture): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VitamixEnthusiasts/photos/album/162076466/pic/762462081/view?picmode=medium&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc
The 7500 is everything I hoped it would be!
I am drinking the first creation out of my 7500 machine and am blown away. I specifically made a Blackberry Green Smoothie (Black Smoothie would be more accurate ;-)) because blackberry seeds are some of the most difficult seeds to blend (except for some grape seeds) and I wanted to see how well it did at smashing up those tough seeds.
First I placed some frozen blackberries in the container (about a cup and a half), added water to the level of the blackberries, and then blended to get the seeds smashed up. I taste tested (to look for texture) and was amazed that the seeds were much more “pulverized”, and in less time, than I used to achieve with my 5200.
Then I added a very large hand full of beet tops, half of an avocado, some Stevia, and blended again. Where I expected to need to use the tamper (I almost always do when I have a lot of greens at the top) the beet greens got sucked down right away and I never needed the tamper! The vortex is really powerful with the longer blades on this container! Also, the wider container makes it easier for foods to get “sucked down” as opposed to the tall/narrow 64 oz container which requires more use of the tamper.
The smoothie was finished in half the time that I would have run the 5200. When I tried the smoothie it was a “touch” to warm for me – I expected the frozen blackberries to keep it cool, but the blades in this container are so powerful that it must have heated things up a bit, so I added a cup and a half of ice and blended again, and once again the blending/processing happened so fast I was AMAZED! (I judge how well the mixture is blending by looking at the particle size of my smoothies through the container as it blends. I could hardly believe how fast the bigger ice particles disappeared)!
I will make ice cream and nut butter tomorrow – just to make some of the thicker recipes so I can see how FAST this baby makes them! I bet nut butter is done in a flash!
(Update – I’ve made both, and the wide-bottomed container is my go-to container whenever I want to power through really thick recipes like nut butters, ice creams, pureeing cooked squashes, hummus, mock Larabars, etc.) The only caveat is that you need to make a full four cups of whatever you are making, because you need to fully cover the blades and have enough food in your recipe to reach at least the four cup line so that you don’t form air pockets repeatedly. If you want to make less than 4 cups, the 32 oz. wet container is the perfect container to use. (see list of 7500 Pros and Cons below).
Then I rushed to see how those long blades would work as a dry chopper. I chopped 1/2 of an onion, and a large carrot… BEAUTIFUL results, and because there is so much room at the bottom, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VitamixEnthusiasts/photos/album/162076466/pic/898777393/view?picmode=medium&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc there was no packing into the corners, and with the bigger, wider bottom, I will be able to chop/process probably double the volume of what I would have been able to chop in my narrow bottomed 5200 container. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VitamixEnthusiasts/photos/album/162076466/pic/1655206744/view?picmode=medium&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&dir=asc
I am SO HAPPY that I have my new 7500!
7500 Model Pros:
- EASY To Get Food Out of the container! (there is so much room in that huge, wide container to get a spatula in there and scrape out the food)
- SUPER FAST processing (blackberry seeds smashed to tiny bits – quickly)
- More POWER to process thick dense recipes and smoothies.
- Easy Controls – the machine is either on or off, and variable goes from 1 to 10 (10 = high). There is a pulse switch and an on/off switch – very easy to understand.
- A FABULOUS food processor/chopper – really great! HUGE improvement over the 5200 for chopping foods because the wide bottom allows for you to chop more food in one batch, and there is so much room for the food particles to circulate! The longer blades tend to “toss food up” more in the container, and when dry chopping, this is a good thing, because it keeps food from packing into the corners.
- QUIETER – different “pitch” and slightly quieter than a 5200 (still a loud machine on high though)
- Easier to clean the top of the motor base. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VitamixEnthusiasts/photos/album/162076466/pic/1951171449/view?picmode=&mode=tn&order=ordinal&start=1&count=20&dir=asc
- Packaging is extremely high-end – the cookbook is like a Coffee Table book!
- Sleek new design (looks prettier)
- Full 64 oz. in a “fits-under-the-cabinets” container.
7500 Model Cons:
- Food seems to splash around in the container and all over the lid much more than in the 5200.
- Adding a 32 oz. wet container would (IMO) be a Very Good Idea, because there are times a person will want to make 1 cup recipes like mayonnaise, salad dressings, pesto, and marinades, and these will process much better (with less splashing) in the narrow bottomed, smaller container. Having a wide-bottomed 64 oz. wet container AND the narrow bottomed 32 oz. wet container is IMO the PERFECT (and in my opinion necessary) combination (but I listed this as a con because it requires an additional purchase). If you have 7500, and would like to order an extra container, please contact me at LeaAnn@BlenderLady.com I’ll get you Free Shipping.
I didn’t want a Pro 750 because I didn’t want pre-sets (that I wouldn’t use) cluttering up my blender “user interface” aka control panel so the 7500 (aka the Pro 300) is my DREAM VITAMIX MACHINE! I’ve known about this model for two years (one year before it became available through William’s Sonoma). It’s been a LONG wait, but for me, well worth it.
I only upgraded because as a demonstrator, I wanted to be able to say from first hand experience how the Pro 300/750/7500 motor and container combo compared to the 5200 (and all of its variants). The 5200 is still the AMAZING machine that changed my life.
To see a Chart that explains the features of all of the residential Vitamix models, visit: www.BlenderBuyingHelp.com
Lea Ann Savage
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