Updated 12 May 2017

Vitamix

Professional Series 500

Snapshot: The Vitamix Professional Series 500 benchtop blender has 10 speeds and comes with a plastic jug (BPA-free). How does it rate?

Professional Series 500
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1395

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Test results

Overall score
87
Ease of use
?/10
Crushing ice
?/10
Chopping carrots
?/10
Green smoothie
?/10
Pureeing soft food
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent results in our frozen fruit-pureeing test.
  • Excellent results in our ice-crushing test.
  • Excellent results in our carrot-chopping test.
  • Excellent results in our green smoothie test.
  • Excellent results in our kale test.
  • Excellent results in our nut butter test.
  • Excellent results in our sorbet test.
  • Excellent results in our dry milling test.
  • Excellent results in our parmesan cheese test.
  • Controls with indicator light are easy to use.
  • Lightweight plastic jug (BPA-free).
  • Jug can be placed on unit in any position.
  • Has pre-programmed functions.
  • Has tamper.

But

  • Jug is large (so can be difficult to wash in a domestic sink).
  • Jug can be unstable when it’s heavily loaded and on the unit.
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • Difficult to scrape out load as narrow base area can trap food.
  • Liquid is pushed up into the lid so can drip when removing lid.
  • Unit can jolt on the bench when processing heavy ingredients.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Pureeing, crushing, chopping, green smoothie, blending kale (60%) – regular blenders.
Pureeing, crushing, chopping, green smoothie, blending kale, nut butter, sorbet (60%) – super blenders.
Ease of use (40%)

For our tests we pureed soft frozen fruit (some older models pureed soup), crushed ice and chopped carrots. We made a green smoothie (a combination of English spinach, pear, kiwifruit, cucumber, mint, celery and water) and blended kale. For super blenders we also made nut butter, sorbet from frozen fruit, dough and almond meal, and grated parmesan. In the latest batch of super blenders we made hot soup from raw ingredients. The dough, parmesan, dry milling and soup scores don’t contribute to the overall score.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1395
Type
Super blender

More test results (/10)

Blending kale
10.0
Nut butter
10.0
Sorbet
9.0
Dough
-
Parmesan cheese
10.0
Raw soup
-
Dry milling
9.0

Specifications

H x W x D (cm)
51 x 19 x 23
Noise (dB)
80
Watts (W)
1200
Blender weight (kg)
5.5
Jug weight (kg)
1.1
Jug capacity (L)
2.00

Features

Blender construction
Metal
Jug construction
Plastic (BPA free)
Number of speeds
10 - also has specific “task” buttons (such as smoothie, soup, ice crush)
Cord storage
yes
Pulse option
yes
Removable blade
no

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
-

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