In 2011 the release of the Vitamix 5200 Compact Container created rejoicing in the world of high performance blenders, especially in the continued Blendtec vs Vitamix debate. More recently with the shorter/wider 64 oz container, the 48 oz container received more attention.
One of the only complaints against a purchase of a Vitamix blender has been that it does not fit under kitchen cabinets when left out on the counter. The standard space between the bottom of kitchen cabinets and the counter-top is typically 18 inches. The Standard Vitamix 5200 with the 64 oz container sits over 20 inches tall. With the new Vitamix compact 48 oz container the total height is less than 17.5 inches.
Another great benefit of a Vitamix with 48 oz Countainer is that its shorter and more stout stature makes it more accessible for removing your blended creations and cleaning it. It is also a more efficient container for small batch blending when compared to the newer compact 64 oz container.
One of the nice features of Vitamix in general is their containers are UL rated for the advertised volume while the majority of other blender containers can not operate at their advertised full volume. That means the Compact 48 ounce container can efficiently blend a full 48 ounces (that’s 4 12 ounce green smoothies at a time) as well as small batch blends 16 ounces and less.
Since few people have the need to blend 64 ounces at a time, the fact that you are getting a smaller container makes no difference. Yet you gain the benefits of choosing the compact container package.
How does it perform?
The Vitamix 48 oz container blends every bit as good as the 64 oz. We use our compact container with great joy. It has now become our most used of all containers, not only because it can stay on top of the Vitamix base and fit under our cabinets but also because we love efficiency and it is even easier to clean than the 64 oz. And when making small batch blends it performs better than the short 64 oz container.
It has always been a challenge of ours to not make a full container of green smoothie. For some reason we just have to fill it to the top. As much as we love our green smoothies we oftentimes find it difficult to drink the entire 64 ounces at one meal. Now when we use our compact container, and fill it to the top of course, it always seems to be the perfect amount for the three of us.
Vitamix was smart in the design of their 48 ounce container. It comes with a custom “mini-tamper” and the opening in its lid is smaller than standard lids. For classic models, its unique lid is a lighter color than the 64 oz lid. This might not seem like a big deal but with several Vitamix lids on the shelf it is easy to distinguish the compact container lid from among the others.