IT’S BACK! First introduced on QVC about a year ago, once again they feature the » Vitamix Creations Elite (K36346) as a TSV. It has also been called Vitamix GC Creations Elite or Variable Speed Blending Machine. There are a lot of questions and as usual, people are looking to us for answers.
What’s the difference between the Vitamix Creations Elite and the other Vitamix models?
We hope this Vitamix Creations Elite review will answer your questions. (Also available on » Amazon.) It is intended to clear up the Vitamix 5200 vs Creations Elite vs Creations II confusion as well as give you the info necessary to decide on which Vitamix is best for you.
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What’s the Same?
The Vitamix Creations Elite comes with the same 5 year warranty as other Creations models (the Vitamix 5200 has 7-years). It also includes the standard Creations recipe book. As usual, QVC has added a little goodie to go with it. This time it is a stainless steel travel smoothie cup. The package is slightly different on vitamix.com.
You will likely recognize the same 48 oz compact container that comes with the » Vitamix Creations II. The Elite comes with the same exact BPA-free Vitamix compact container and tamper. This is the shorter jar that is designed to fit under most kitchen cabinets.
Although it may look a little different than other Creations models and the » Vitamix 5200, the Creations Elite retains similar easy-to-use controls featuring the variable speed control dial that makes Vitamix so special.
What’s New and Different compared to other models?
The base has been redesigned. By looking at the picture alone, you can see there is something different about this new model Vitamix Creations. It is actually now bigger and heavier than before, but not by much. It has gained a little more than a pound, yet is only slightly larger in girth (less than half an inch in width and depth).
The redesign of the blender base is primarily to house a more efficient motor. The Vitamix Creations Elite draws slightly less energy, 1300 watts, yet produces a little bit more power at 12 amps, said to peak at 2.2 horsepower. (This compared to the other standard Vitamix Creations and 5200 models of 1380 watts, 11.5 amps.) The extra power is utilized to run a cooling fan consistently during operation.
Another difference is a slight change in how the easy controls function. The Creations Elite has done away with the high/variable switch and replaced it with a pulse switch. Now, the variable speed dial has the full range of speed and power. Other Creations models required the switch to high to reach maximum speed and power. Some think that a pulse feature is new to the Vitamix, but the truth is, all Vitamix household models have a pulse feature. You simply set the variable speed dial to the speed you wish to pulse and use the on/off switch to pulse the blender.
The most exciting change in the Creations Elite design is that the number one complaint has been addressed. It is much quieter than other Creations models. It is said to be 40% quieter! This is a significant difference which is easily discernible when operating the 2 side by side.
The less noise factor is reason alone to spend a little more. Add to that a more powerful and efficient motor with better user control and you have all the improvement you could want in a Vitamix blender. If you want the 48 oz compact container then the Vitamix Creations Elite is a good buy. It sold out quickly upon its introduction on QVC. It is now also available buying direct from » Amazon. Other models to consider: