Vitamix is a popular company when it comes to manufacturing A-grade blenders, and two of its best models are the Vitamix C-series 6500 and G-series 7500.
In this article, I’ll draw a comparison between the two models, going over their similarities, differences, pros, cons, and which of them suits whom. Without further ado, let’s delve into it!
Vitamix 6500 vs. Vitamix 7500: The Short Answer
Between the Vitamix 6500 and 7500, I’d pick the Vitamix 6500 for regular home use. The fact that it comes with three preset controls makes it easier to use, and it comes at a more affordable price.
However, if you get headaches easily and already know the ins and outs of using a blender, you could opt for the Vitamix 7500.
Although both blenders are of different models, they’re quite similar in many aspects. Both of them have 2.2 HP motors, 64-ounce pitchers, and operate using a 6-foot power cord.
Moreover, both are equipped with a pulse option, ten-speed variable control dial, and come with a 7-year warranty, a cookbook, and a tamper plunger.
As for the differences, the Vitamix 6500 comes with an older C-series design, and the Vitamix 7500 features the new generation G-series base. This is why you’ll find the 7500’s power supply switch at the back of the machine instead of the front like the 6500’s.
With three preset blending options, the 6500 definitely has the edge over the 7500. Yet, the latter comes with a noise-dampening feature to reduce the motor noise. Also, the 6500 is just slightly more affordable than its rival.
Vitamix 6500 vs. Vitamix 7500: In-Depth Feature Comparison
Now that I’ve given you an overview, let’s delve into their features in more detail.
Both the Vitamix C-series 6500 and G-series 7500 come with 2.2 HP motors, but the difference lies in the base station surrounding the motor. The 6500 uses the older C-series base that doesn’t feature noise-dampening insulation, while the more advanced G-series 7500 does. It makes a pretty noticeable difference as it reduces noise by up to 40 percent.
But come to think of it, the noise dampening feature is pretty much the only advantage that the 7500 has over the 6500, which isn’t worth paying extra for, especially when you consider the fact that crushing tough ingredients like ice would be noisy in all cases.
In addition, since the 6500 comes with presets, it can operate for extended periods of time compared to the 7500. But it’s worth mentioning that this increases its noisy operation.
Winner: The Vitamix 6500.
Taking a closer look at the presets and controls of each blender, you’ll find that the main power switch is found on the rear of the Vitamix 7500, which makes it slightly more convenient. Once you turn on the switch, the blades start spinning quite smoothly and sharply.
To the left of the power switch, you’ll find a variable speed control dial that you can use to toggle the speed at which the blades spin, ranging from 1 (being the lowest) and 10 (being the highest).
Moreover, on the left of the speed control dial, you’ll find a pulse switch. This switch is a single position one that you keep pressing to turn the feature on. The pulse feature really helps when you want to achieve quicker chopping and lighter blends. In other words, you should use it when you don’t want to blend your ingredients completely.
On the other hand, the Vitamix 6500 comes with the same toggles and switches. However, the main power button is located on the front of the blender, right beneath the control panel.
Another difference is that, though the 6500 comes with a speed dial with options from 1 to 10, it also features three preset options. These are super handy for different purposes, including making smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soup.
- Smoothies: The first preset speed works for a set period of time that blends the ingredients to the ideal consistency of smoothies. After that, the Vitamix 6500 automatically turns off to prevent the ingredients from blending too much.
- Frozen Desserts: Similar to the smoothies option, the frozen desserts option blends the ingredients for a predetermined amount of time that produces the perfect frozen dessert consistency.
- Hot Soup: This option runs the blender for around ten minutes to get the blades to heat the soup up to be of serving temperature by the effect of friction. So, you won’t have to transfer the soup to a pot to heat it on the stove. Though this is a very handy addition, it’s the one that really makes one realize how important a noise-dampening feature was necessary for this model.
Winner: The Vitamix 6500.
The Vitamix’s flagship blender, the 5200, used a tall and slender pitcher that received plenty of complaints. That’s why the company has given us the G-series design with a stout pitcher that easily fits under cabinets and doesn’t cause a hassle. It takes from the height and adds to the width, making the pitcher shorter but wider.
Both the 6500 and 7500 make use of the 3-inch shorter pitcher and measure a little over 17 inches tall, which is a considerable reduction from the 5200’s 20.5-inch tall pitcher.
If you’re looking for pitchers that fit below almost all kitchen cabinets, both options would work just fine for you. Not to mention, both blenders use wet pitchers, which makes them suitable for wet ingredients.
Whether you opt for the Vitamix 6500 or the Vitamix 7500, you’ll be getting a good set of extras. Firstly, both come with a tamper plunger, which you can use to push down bulkier or sticky ingredients to force them down to the blades for blending. This is also ideal for lighter ingredients like leaves.
Moreover, you’ll also get a 200-page cookbook with plenty of recipes that you can try out using your new blender. Not only that, but you’ll get some valuable information regarding the settings of the blenders, how long some ingredients need blending for, and how some settings like “hot soup” work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you definitely can. Vitamix makes plenty of pitchers that are shorter and have wider bases. Apart from the wet pitcher, they also offer dry ones with 48 and 32-ounce capacities. However, the taller pitchers like the 5200’s will not work with these two models.
It’s fine if you do that once or twice. However, if you’re going to make it often, I’d recommend buying a dry pitcher. Wet pitchers aren’t meant to withstand the scratching of dry ingredients.
After a while, you might start noticing “cloudiness” that doesn’t go away with washing. This is because your pitcher wouldn’t be dirty, it would be scratched, and those scratches steal the clear appearance.
No. You should never put your pitcher or lid in the dishwasher, not even the top rack. The proper cleaning method is filling the pitcher halfway with warm water and adding a couple of drops of dish soap and blending them on the lowest setting for about 3 minutes.
For stubborn residues, you should run the blender long and increase the speed of operation gradually. After washing, make sure to rinse the pitcher thoroughly.
Yes. With 2.2 HP motors, both blenders are capable of making thicker purees such as hummus ones. They even come out pretty creamy and thick.
Vitamix 6500 vs. Vitamix 7500:
Pros and Cons:
Three preset controls
More compact pitcher easily fits under cabinets
Robust blending ability
Three preset controls
Noise dampening features
Equipped with a pulse option for quick chopping and light blends
Doesn’t have preset controls
While, indeed, there are distinct differences between both blenders, they’re not core to their performance as either option works just fine.
I’d recommend the Vitamix 7500 for those who are seeking quiet operation, a sleek design, and pulse controls. It’s pretty robust and will blend just about anything you throw in it.
On the other hand, if you’re willing to tolerate some noise in order to save a couple of bucks, the Vitamix 6500 should be your choice. It has the same features with extra preset modes that make blending way easier.