Vitamix Containers Explained (Which Jar Is Best for You?)

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Last updated: June 15, 2022

Vitamix containers come in different sizes and styles, so how do you decide which one is right for you? If choosing a blender isn’t challenging enough already, picking the right jar, large or small, can also be quite confusing.

They range in sizes from 32 oz to 64 oz. And then there are also dry and wet containers, not to mention low profile and classic Vitamix containers.

Let’s go through all of these different types of jars and their pros and cons, so you know which one is most suitable for your personal blending needs.

Dry vs Wet Containers

Dry containers are specifically designed for grinding dry foods such as coffee beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. For example, instead of manually kneading dough before baking, you can use a dry Vitamix container to take care of this process quickly and easily.

Wet containers (the usual containers) are typically designed for blending, juicing, food processing and also for preparing hot meals such as soups and gravy. Wet containers are designed to create smooth blends.

Vitamix dry blade container vs wet blade container
Dry blades vs wet blades

The left image shows the blades of a dry grains container and the image on the right shows the blades of a wet container. You can see that the blades of the dry one have two squared-off tips whereas the wet blades have four pointed tips.

Wet blades are designed to blend things together which creates a beautifully smooth texture. Dry blades on the other hand are designed to push the dry ingredients away from the blades so that things don’t get clogged up at the bottom of the container.

What Are Low Profile Containers?

Low-profile Vitamix containers are designed such that they can fit under the kitchen cabinet. One of the classic “frustrations” with Vitamix blenders was that they couldn’t be placed under kitchen cabinets. The containers were simply too tall.

The fix? A low profile jar with a more compact design. Low-profile containers are not necessarily smaller in size, they are simply lower than their classic counterparts. The low profile jars still have a 64 oz capacity, but they are much wider.

Vitamix classic vs low profile container
Classic vs low profile

This is very convenient when you blend regularly and want to place your Vitamix blender right on the kitchen counter under the cabinet.

Luckily my kitchen cabinets are high enough so that I’ve never had to buy a low-profile container. But I can certainly understand why people would choose to go for a low-profile jar for that specific reason alone.

Plastic or Glass Container?

The word plastic is often associated with poor quality but that’s not always fair. Vitamix containers are made with rock-solid, BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester, which is essentially plastic.

People often ask why Vitamix containers are not made with glass. Because glass is naturally more durable and doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals, right? While that may be true to some extent, plastic is actually by far the better choice for manufacturing blender containers.

Glass containers are very, very easy to break. You can easily drop them (yes I have dropped my Vitamix container several times) or accidentally hit them against something; they will eventually break. Glass containers are also a lot heavier which can be quite inconvenient.

The plastic Vitamix containers are BPA free, extremely durable, and very lightweight.

List of Vitamix Containers

Here is a list of all the different types of Vitamix containers currently available. It also mentions compatibility with Vitamix blenders, so you can be sure the container you’d like to buy fits on the blender you already have in your kitchen or are planning to buy.

At the very end, I’ve also included the containers from the Vitamix S-Series blenders. They’re a special kind of container that is not compatible with any of the other containers (such as the C- and G-series).

Blenders in the S-Series, or Personal Series, are blenders similar to the Ninja and Nutribullet models. They come with smaller jars (40 and 20 oz) and detachable blade bases, which are ideal for on-the-go smoothies.

All Vitamix containers are designed so that they will never leak anything into the motor base. This is very important because that type of leaking is the biggest cause of failure in cheaper, lower-quality blenders.

All containers also come with a clever spill-proof spout allowing you to serve your blends without spilling. Very useful!

1. Vitamix 32 Ounce Container

Vitamix 32 Ounce Container

The most basic Vitamix container is the 32-ounce wet jar. The quality is just as good as any other Vitamix container, but the 32 oz version is simply a bit smaller.

Just like with any other Vitamix container, cleaning is very easy. A drop of dish soap with warm water is all you need and the blender will clean the container all by itself.

This 32 oz jar is perfect for quickly preparing small batches of green goodness on the go, or dressings, frozen desserts, and nut butters.

Another benefit of a smaller-sized container is that the blades are easier to reach and therefore easier to clean and dry.

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Features:

  • Height: 9.8 inches
  • Capacity: 32 ounces
  • Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • Laser-cut, stainless-steel blades
  • Compatible with C-Series and G-Series blenders

2. Vitamix 32 Ounce Dry Grains Container

Vitamix 32 Ounce Dry Grains Container

The 32-ounce dry grains container has the same dimensions and capacity as the 32-ounce wet container, but this one is specially designed for grinding whole grains into fresh flours and mixing batter.

The blades in this container are designed such that they push away dry ingredients so that the motor doesn’t get blocked. They can simulate the – otherwise manual – kneading process to prepare dough for baking.

So if you enjoy making your own bread, for example, this affordable container could be a great solution.

Keep in mind that the dry grains container isn’t really suitable for creating green smoothies or other blends so you’re limited with what you can do with this jar.

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Features:

  • Height: 9.8 inches
  • Capacity: 32 ounces
  • Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • Laser-cut, stainless-steel blades
  • Compatible with C-Series and G-Series blenders

3. Vitamix 48 Ounce Container

Vitamix 48 Ounce Container

If the 32 oz container is just a touch too small, this 48 oz container is a great step up.

While the 48 oz is a bit higher than the 32 oz container, it’s still significantly lower than the classic 64 oz and would fit under most kitchen cabinets.

This 48 oz container is perfect for preparing medium-sized batches of smoothies or soups for small families.

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Features:

  • Height: 10.25 inches
  • Capacity: 48 ounces
  • Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • Laser-cut, stainless-steel blades
  • Compatible with C-Series and G-Series blenders

4. Vitamix Classic 64 Ounce Container

Vitamix Classic 64 Ounce Container

As the name suggests, the Classic 64 oz container is the most common Vitamix container that most Vitamix blenders come with.

Standing tall at 13.4 inches, the Classic prepares can prepare large batches but likely won’t fit under the kitchen cabinet.

Also note that the Classic 64 oz is not compatible with the newer and more expensive G-series Vitamix blenders. For a blender from that range, you’ll need to use the low-profile 64 oz container.

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Features:

  • Height: 13.4 inches
  • Capacity: 64 ounces
  • Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • Laser-cut, stainless-steel blades
  • Compatible with C-Series blenders

5. Vitamix Low Profile 64 Ounce Container

Vitamix Low Profile 64 Ounce Container

The low-profile 64 oz container was designed for G-series, 5300, and 6500 Vitamix blenders. The popular Vitamix 5300 blender is the successor to the 5200 that comes with a classic 64 oz container.

Just like the other Vitamix containers, the 64 oz low profile is clearly marked with ounces and cup measurements.

This 10.1 inches high container is considerably lower than the 63 oz classic but they can both hold just over 2 liters of liquid meals, perfect for families.

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Features:

  • Height: 10.1 inches
  • Capacity: 64 ounces
  • Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • Laser-cut, stainless-steel blades
  • Compatible with G-Series, 5300 and 6500 blenders

6. Vitamix Aer Disc Container

Vitamix Aer Disc Container

The brand new Vitamix Aer Disc (patented) container is a different kind of container in the sense that it acts very much like a muddler and cocktail shaker.

Rather than blending the ingredients into a liquid substance like a traditional Vitamix container does, the Aer Disc container is good at muddling, whipping, foaming, and emulsifying ingredients.

The blades in the Aer Disc are circular and oval cutouts, which help to abstract juice and oils from the ingredients you place in. This is the perfect solution for creating things like cocktails, dressings, and sauces.

The Aer Disc container is available in a 48-ounce size only and is made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester. As with most other Vitamix containers, it also comes with a tamper to press ingredients down toward the disc blades.

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Features:

  • Height: 10 inches
  • Capacity: 48 ounces
  • Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • Disc blades
  • Compatible with all full-size blenders

7. Ascent Series Containers

Vitamix Container Ascent Series

One of the reasons I’ve always been such a fan of Vitamix is that their blenders have always remained so old-school. The design, the features, Vitamix blenders typically look quite basic on the outside, but they are super robust. The quality is simply unbeatable.

With the new Ascent series, Vitamix is trying to go with the times. Fancy-looking machines with very modern features. I guess the market is demanding enough for Vitamix to come up with this new and modern range of blenders.

Luckily though, the quality of these new machines has not in any way been sacrificed. The containers in the Ascent range come with the brand new and patented Self-Detect™ technology. What this means is that the blender will recognize which size container it’s holding and will adjust its blend settings accordingly. This is achieved with wireless technology.

The containers come in 3 different versions: 64-ounce low-profile, 48-ounce, and 48-ounce dry. Please note though that the Ascent series containers are not compatible with blenders in any of the other series.

Check out my review of the Ascent A2300 and my review of the Ascent A3500 blenders to learn more about the popular Ascent series.

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Features:

  • Height: 10 inches
  • Capacity: 48-64 ounces
  • Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • Laser-cut, stainless-steel blades
  • Compatible with Ascent Series blenders

8. S-Series Containers

Vitamix Small Jar 20 Oz Container S-Series

The Vitamix S-Series (aka Personal Series) are different from the Vitamix blenders we’ve been used to over the years in that the blades are not fixed to the containers. This allows you to use the 20oz on-the-go drinking container straight from the blender and start drinking your smoothie.

If you don’t have a blender from the S-Series, you could just use this small jar as an extra drinking cup if you like. But honestly, while it may be a top-quality drinking cup, there isn’t much reason to pay more for this container if you’re only using it as a drinking cup. There are cheaper drinking cups available.

It’s worth pointing out that Vitamix has also released a personal cup and adapter that allows classic Vitamix blenders to blend directly with the personal cups from the S-Series.

Check out my list of best single-serve personal blenders for other, more affordable blender options in this category.

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Features:

  • Height: 8 inches
  • Capacity: 20 ounces
  • Material: BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
  • Compatible with S-Series blenders

Final Thoughts

It’s no secret that Vitamix blenders are my all-time favorite blenders. Buying a top quality blender is a big investment, but I like them so much because of their excellent performance, durability, and ease of use.

Most people who buy a Vitamix blender will simply settle with the default container that comes with it. This is perfectly fine of course, but it can be useful to experiment with other types of Vitamix jars depending on what types of foods you would like to blend.

Hopefully this guide gives you a good overview of available containers and what they can and cannot be used for.

Happy blending!

 

Vitamix containers explained

 
Donna Harrison

I created Healthy Food Tribe because I am passionate about discovering new foods and learning everything about them. I am also a smoothie fanatic and I document all my favorite recipes here on my blog.

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