What’s a Vitamix Blender?

What is a Vitamix Blender
What is a Vitamix Blender

Last updated on August 22nd, 2023 at 02:07 pm

We might think that Vitamix Blenders are the coolest kitchen gadget to grace this fine Earth, but surprisingly not everyone knows what a Vitamix Blender is. So here’s a little history and information to help you choose the right Vitamix, including their mission of the Vitamix Foundation!

In 1937 W.G. “Papa” Barnard developed the first Vitamix Blender. Twelve years later Papa Barnard took his invention to a TV studio to create the first infomercial.

The original 1949 Vitamix Infomercial – Papa Barnard

The commercial ran for several years which helped make Vitamix a household name. The company’s mission is to “nourish our world by crafting superior solutions that empower people to improve their health and wellbeing”.

How to choose the right Vitamix blender. Vitamix makes 3 different types of blenders to appeal to the wide variety of businesses- a Beverage/Bar Blender, a Food Preparation Blender and Drink Mixers. Each machine also comes with different options and there is a commercial line as well as residential line.

Types of Commercial Vitamix Blenders

The Vitamix 62825
Red Drink Machine Advance 48-oz Bar Blender

The Vitamix 62825 Drink Machine Advance 48-oz Bar Blender provides consistent blending inside a 48-ounce high-impact, clear/stackable Advance® container, complete with Advance blade assembly and lid. This blender features 6 programs and an automatic shut off, which is great for counters with heavy, fast-paced traffic. From fruit smoothies to thick shakes, this blender is an essential tool for any server’s beverage menu!

Features, Benefits and Specifications

  • 48-oz Drink Machine
  • 6 optimized programs
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Pulse control quickly refreshes drinks for efficiency
  • Advance container creates faster, smoother pouring
  • Long blade life
  • Advanced motor is designed to resist overheating when blending extra-thick ingredients
  • Weight: 12.2 lbs.
  • Volts: 120
  • Amps: 11.5
  • Horse Power: 2.3

Vitamix 62826 Vita-Prep 3 64 oz. Food Blender

Beautifully designed with a black base and red face, the Vitamix 62826 Vita Prep 3 Food Blender has a clear polycarbonate container with a wet blade, and a 3 HP variable speed motor. From chopping delicate ingredients to blending tough purees, the Vita-Prep 3 is the ideal tool for supporting the demands of high-volume kitchens and processing even the most difficult of back-to-back blends.

Features, Benefits, and Specifications

  • 3 HP motor, which features improved thermal capabilities.
  • Advanced cooling fan provides optimal reliability even during the most heated rush hours
  • Polycarbonate container with blade assembly is BPA free and comes with a removable lid plug to easily add more ingredients while blending
  • Manual speed controls deliver a full range of precise textures. The start/stop switch automatically returns to neutral to prevent unintentional starts
  • Volts: 120
  • Amps: 12.5
  • HP: 3
  • Weight: 12.2 lbs.

Vitamix Mix’n Machine 0580
Advance Single Head Countertop Drink Mixer

Serve delicious frozen desserts with The Vitamix 0580 Single Head Countertop Mix’n Machine Advance! This machine can incorporate candies, cookies, and other yummy add-ons to your ice cream or frozen yogurt for fun and unique frozen treats. With a small countertop footprint and programmable features, this blender will keep you and your customers satisfied.

Features, Benefits, and Specifications

  • Small countertop footprint
  • Permanent soft ice cream agitator
  • Programmable functions
  • Weight: 27 Lbs

Vitamix Containers

Vitamix Blender Containers are essential to have around, allowing you to quickly switch out the container for a clean one, or replace it if something goes wrong.
It always helps to have spares, especially with blenders. Choose from models with and without blades built in. Vitamix blender containers come in the widest assortment of colors out there, so you’ll be sure to find a blender that suits your style. Check out the variety of Vitamix blender containers and find one that fits your blender.

Vitamix Foundation

The Vitamix Foundation was established in 2014. According to the Vitamix Foundation website, shaping a nation where diet-driven illness does not exist is their focus.

The VISION of the Vitamix Foundation is to enhance health and wellness through plant-based whole foods.
The MISSION of the Vitamix Foundation is to collaborate and partner with others to further the knowledge, consumption, and enjoyment of plant-based whole foods.

Three focus areas help them fulfill their mission:


The current and future health and wellbeing of both mother and child are impacted by dietary choices during preconception, pregnancy, and lactation.

First 2,000 Days

Food preferences and habits are established and solidified early in life, and thus have a significant impact on the child’s development and future health status.


Further evidence-based medical research is needed to understand and demonstrate the impact of plant-based whole foods on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Frequently Asked Questions About Blenders

Can I Use a Bar Blender for Food?

Generally, no. While bar blenders are able to blend soft fruits like strawberries and bananas, it is best to avoid using any harder foods as it can wear out or break the blades. For more heavy duty food blending abilities, shop our food blenders section.

Are There Quiet Models of Bar Blenders?

Nobody enjoys the sound of a loud blender. While there are some units that can be quieter than average, the best option is to add a sound enclosure to your blender. Some units come with them built in, but we also have a selection of sound enclosures that you can easily add to your blender to reduce the noise.

How Much Horsepower Do I Need in a Bar Blender?

If you need to crush ice, it is ideal to have 2 or more HP. If a blender has less than 2 HP, the ice may not be fully crushed. If you are simply mixing drinks without ice, a lower horsepower model is perfectly suitable. Just remember, while more horsepower does mean a stronger blending power, it also means a louder sound.

What Is the Difference Between a Glass, Plastic, and Stainless Steel Blender Container?

Glass and plastic blender containers are break-resistant and easy to clean and are the most popular choices for bar blenders. They allow you to see your ingredients while they are being blended to easily add your ingredients and see when it is done blending. If you require a stronger container, stainless steel is your solution. These are more durable and ideal for heavier ingredients, but they do not allow you to see inside while you are blending.

What Kind of Container Should I Choose for My Food Blender?

Stainless steel containers are extremely durable and easy to clean. They can handle all kinds of foods at all temperatures, but they are not transparent. Polycarbonate containers are see-through and extremely durable, but the material is not ideal for use with hot ingredients.

What Horsepower Do I Need in a Food Blender?

All food blenders have a high enough horsepower to blend solid ingredients, but the higher the horsepower, the more blending power it has. But keep in mind that the higher the horsepower, the louder the sound that it makes as well.

How Can I Reduce the Noise of a Food Blender?

The noise of a blender can be obnoxious, especially if it’s in a customer facing kitchen. Blenders with lower horsepower motors are a bit quieter, but when you need high horsepower that isn’t something worth sacrificing for noise. Select models include a sound reduction pad or sound enclosure. If it is not included, we have a selection of sound enclosures to match your model of food blender.

What Kind of Drink Mixer Agitators Are There?

Agitators come standard in two types, soft ice cream and hard ice cream. The hard ice cream style agitator is more durable to be able to mix hard ice cream. The soft ice cream style agitator is more flexible and spherical for the ideal mix of soft ice cream.

Are Drink Mixer Agitators Removable?

Whether agitators are removable or permanent depends on the model drink mixer. Removable agitators are great for alternating between hard and soft ice cream mixing. If you need additional agitators, we have them available as well!

Does a Drink Mixer Need to Be Mounted?

Many models of drink mixers are made to be wall mounted, but if you prefer there are also countertop options that can be easily placed and moved anywhere.

Although considered a high end product, Vitamix is definitely an amazing blending machine and worth the investment.

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