Vitamix Standard Programs Blender, White (Certified Refurbished)
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- Three pre-programmed settings offer consistent results with walk-away convenience for Smoothie, Hot Soup, and Frozen Dessert recipes
- Ten variable speeds allow you to refine every texture with culinary precision, from the smoothest purées to the heartiest soups
- The size and shape of the 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches.
- With a drop of dish soap and warm water, your Vitamix machine can clean itself in 30 to 60 seconds.
- The blades in the Vitamix container reach speeds fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes.
- Three pre-programmed settings for automatic processing
- Easy to use Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature
This Certified Refurbished product is tested and certified by the manufacturer or by a third-party refurbisher to look and work like new, with limited to no signs of wear. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, inspection, reconditioning and repackaging. The product ships with relevant accessories, a minimum 90-day supplier warranty, and may arrive in a generic white or brown box. Accessories may be generic and not directly from the manufacturer. Only select sellers who maintain a high performance bar may offer Certified Refurbished products on Amazon Renewed. See all Certified Refurbished on Amazon Renewed.
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Variable speed control & programs
Easily adjust speed to achieve a variety of textures. The dial can be rotated at any point during the blend, so you’re in complete control. Three pre-programmed settings offer consistent results with walk-away convenience for Smoothie, Hot Soup, and Frozen Dessert recipes.
The size and shape of the 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches.
At least a dozen tiny details go into the design of our aircraft-grade, hardened stainless steel blades. All to give you the best morning smoothie possible.
Our motor maintains even torque and cool temperature to consistently deliver the power you need to process any ingredient.
Hot soup without a stove
Make steaming-hot soup without a stove in under 10 minutes. The friction from our blades lets you bring soup to serving temperature, right in the container.
Frozen treats in seconds
Create chilled desserts just add frozen ingredients to your machine and you’ll be enjoying ice cream, fruit sorbet and more in seconds.
Grind nuts, coffee and more
Homemade nut butter has never been easier or more delicious. Vitamix machines have the power to grind your favorite nuts into delicious nut butter, turn coffee beans into ground coffee and more.
Mix batters and dough
Quickly and easily mix batters for pancakes, waffles, cookies, muffins, crêpes and cakes. Vitamix machines can also knead thick bread and pizza dough.
Silky smooth purées
Vitamix machines have the power to pulverize even the toughest ingredients, so you can make silky smoothies and sauces, blend after blend, year after year.
Easy to clean
With a drop of dish soap and warm water, your Vitamix machine can clean itself in 30 to 60 seconds.
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Three pre-programmed settings for Smoothies, Hot Soups and Frozen Desserts automatically process recipes while you perform other kitchen tasks. The ultra-responsive Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature give you complete control over every texture, helping you prepare gourmet meals with the speed and precision of a professional chef.
Quickly and easily create home-cooked meals using nutritious, whole-food ingredients. With a powerful motor and responsive Variable Speed Control to create various textures, the Certified Reconditioned Standard Programs machine allows you to simplify meal preparation-from chopping to pureeing and more-making it a universal tool in the kitchen.This blender has been factory reconditioned to perform like new, offering the unmatched blending power of a Vitamix at an incredible price. All reconditioned Vitamix blenders are rebuilt by hand in the USA, certified via a rigorous, 17-point inspection process, and backed by a five-year warranty. Cookbook and DVD may vary
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The short version?
If you have an older model that still works, there really is no need to spend the money to upgrade. There are slight differences between the two, but each gives you the same results. If you've never had a Vitamix and are tempted, you would not go wrong with this model.
THE MINOR DIFFERENCES:
5000: Nothing happens when you plug it in.
6300: When you plug it in, a blue light comes on (see photos).
5000: The lid is a bit hard to get on.
6300: The lid style changed and it's much easier to get on/off.
5000: The container has a simple plastic handle.
6300: The container style has changed and it has a more molded hand grip (see photos) which makes it easier to handle.
5000: There are two toggle switches--one to switch from variable to high speed and one to turn the machine on/off.
6300: There are two toggle switches--one for pulse and one to start/stop the machine (the machine is ON when you plug it in).
5000: When making a smoothie (juice, yogurt, protein powder, frozen whole strawberries), I just use high speed and it works fine.
6300: When making a smoothie, there's a smoothie setting. It wasn't as powerful as the high speed setting on the 5000 but it did get it mixed it just took a bit longer.
Overall, it's a great machine. That said, I personally don't see the need for the specific settings (smoothie, frozen desserts, soup) but they don't hurt anything. I've also never had a need for the pulse setting, but now that I have it, I will try it.
I checked with customer service and was told no matter where the blender is purchased the extended warranty (an additional 3 years for a total of 8 years) can be added from their website for seventy-five dollars if done within 30 days of purchase. The serial number and a copy of the receipt are necessary. Additionally, the original warranty can be extended anytime before it expires but the price is increased to one hundred and twenty dollars.
I struggled with a basic blender and extractor juicer trying to healthy green smoothies but neither would properly liquefy tough greens, something this machine does effortlessly. I spent close to two hundred dollars on a juice extractor, and faithfully used it for about a month before I finally donated it to charity. Between the cost of the large quantities of produce needed to create a small glass of juice, refrigerator space appropriated for storage, the waste and the clean-up time it had to go.
There is no comparison between this machine and that one. Cleaning alone (fill the container half full with hot water and add a drop or two of dish detergent and run for a minute, rinse and drain to dry) is effortless. There is little waste because nothing is being extracted. The machine is powerful enough to pulverize fruits and vegetables so by simply adding a little water or ice to thin and cool the concoction the beverage is ready.
There is virtually no waste because where a pound of carrots were required to produce a small glass of juice, now one or two will do the same job. I do not need to fill the refrigerator with produce. So, life is easier, more manageable and I can have the healthy morning drink I want along with the bonus aspect of occasionally making soup or ice cream, etc.
To minimize surprises, here are the obvious differences I noticed between the new and reconditioned model, Both the product box, and the back of the machine are labeled "reconditioned," but the blending container, lid, lid plug and tamper are all new. The blades, if in use less than a year are sanitized and installed in the new container - if used longer than a year new ones are installed.
The container, lid and motor base are secured in molded Styrofoam. There is a sealed package of new materials unique to each reconditioned category. With this machine there is a large spiral bound recipe book "Savor Recipes" which is organized by Beverages, Soups, Dips and Spreads, Sauces, Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, Dressings and Marinades, Raw Foods and a section of Chef's Recipes that go way beyond the basics.
There is also a 35 minute long instructional DVD hosted by Chef Steve Schimoler who walks the viewer through an entire meal preparation along with some extras like peanut butter, chocolate espresso fondue, making powdered sugar from regular, etc. Finally, there is an Owner's Manual and information about the reconditioned Vitamix machines.
I particularly appreciate that the materials (DVD and cookbook) are specific for this category of machine, not some one-size-fits all guide that adds to possible confusion by trying to instruct using generalities. There is no question which type of Vitamix machine this material is designed for or how to use the controls found on this unit. All instructions are clear and specific.
The part that is reconditioned is the blender base that contains the motor. I checked closely, but there was not a scratch anywhere on it -- it is absolutely perfect. According to the material provided by Vitamix, the reconditioned motor receives a 17 point inspection to certify that it will perform with the same solid level of quality as a new machine. To further eliminate problems, before shipping, the machine receives two more quality control inspections.
The reconditioned machines are not designated by model numbers, but rather by categories - in this case the Standard Program category. Various model numbers and names fall within this group, specifically, the 6300 and Professional 500 Series all with the same 2 peak output horsepower motor that spins up to 39,000 rpm, 240 miles per hour.
This machine is most easily identified by the three programmed setting on the left side of the middle dial for - Hot Soups, Frozen Desserts and Smoothies. It is possible to make those same items without the programmed settings but using them adds a level of convenience.
On the lower left side of the front panel is an on/off switch. A small blue light appears when the switch is turned on. The right side of the dial indicates speeds from 1 through 10. The center of the dial has a triangle icon indicating Stop. This is where I leave the dial when the machine is off - or waiting. There is a switch to the left of the dial for Pulse and a switch to the right of the dial for Start/Stop. And Again, within this reconditioned category, these basic controls with the same two output horsepower motor should all appear.
Selections can be made as to color, but not model number. For this reconditioned Standard Program category I was shipped a model 6300, but again, this is not something that can be selected. Any model number within the Standard Program group may be shipped.
Empty, the machine weighs twelve pounds. The container has a well-designed, soft-grip handle with an indentation for the thumb that makes grasping even a full container as secure as possible. Obviously, the vast majority of the weight is in the base of the machine, which may be a factor in where or how it is stored.
The height on this unit measures 20.3 inches with the lid on. With the lid off and the container turned upside down (or right-side up) it fit between my counter top and upper cabinet. The lid can be stored next to or behind the blender. Clearly this is not relevant if it is to be stored in a cabinet or pantry, or on a counter without an upper cabinet above. If counter space is plentiful, the container with the lid on can rest horizontally on the base unit.
The included recipe book is a good place to learn the basics. It helps with the learning curve to try out a recipe or two, if not more, in each category to get a feel for the machine, the proper order to load the container and general proportions that work best.
Like all blenders, this one is loud, although not as loud as other brands I have owned, but using those got me in the habit, just to be safe, of using ear protection particularly when running the blender at high speeds.
It is obvious, but I am mentioning it because it is easy to do - while the blender is running, only use the included tamper with the lid on through the lid plug hole. The tool is made from relatively thin plastic so the blades probably may suffer minimal damage, but the tamper and contents of the container will be ruined.
The blender does not contain heating or cooling elements. The heat for making hot dishes is caused by the blades turning at such high speeds that the friction causes the contents of the container to heat up. This is why ice is added when making a smoothie. Whether there is no desire to drink it ice cold, or overly dilute the blend, the ice keeps the ingredients from heating up during processing causing a warm smoothie and heat can cause the loss of vital nutrients.
Ice cream, sherbet and sorbet recipes use ice and semi-frozen fruits, etc. and running the machine only as long necessary to bring the ingredients together in a delicious frozen combination. While frozen, the end result may be a bit softer than desired and may require additional time in the freezer if a firmer texture is desired. Running the blender longer will only heat up the mixture and make it softer, not harder.
The container is not locked down on the base, so it is possible to lift the container up when the machine is running. Never, never do this because damage may be occur to the groves in the drive socket.
And, as obvious as this is I actually grabbed the handle while the blender was running when I heard an unusual sound. Thankfully, I stopped before lifting up, and just turned the machine off. Oh, and always put ice cubes in last, and softer foods in first so the softer foods can quickly form a vortex to suck down the harder items.
The programmed settings allow a user to start the process and walk away, although I never feel comfortable wandering too far from the blender. The blue light on the front of the machine starts to blink when the program is nearing completion to alert the user. And, a program can be stopped by flicking the start/stop switch but it is not possible to start the program where it left off, so if possible the cycle should not be interrupted.
If indicated by a recipe, speeds on the center dial can be set to start at a number above the first one - like three or five - but be careful, particularly if the container holds hot liquids, that the lid is properly secured to avoid inadvertently spraying hot liquid.
To become comfortable with the blender as quickly as possible, read and watch all the material. The machine is quite astounding in its capabilities and it is an fun journey to explore them. And, visit the Vitamix website. It has a wealth of information provided by both the users and the company where questions are answered and new ideas presented.
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I will not grind small seed from things like strawberries or raspberries. Nothing will.