In our 12 years of Vitamix customer support, the number one question/request we receive is for a non-plastic blending container. The Vitamix models of yesteryear came standard with stainless steel containers but they haven’t been seen since the 3600, released in 1969. Now it is finally back. » Order yours now
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Vitamix Stainless Steel Container Review Overview
The long awaited Vitamix stainless steel blending jar is back! The best part is that the container is compatible with all full-size Vitamix models. It is a compact 48 ounce capacity for all classic, full-size reconditioned and smart system Ascent blenders. It works for all applications – cold blending, hot blending, grain grinding, high acidic blends, and more. It is non-reactive and odor resistant.
Design & Aesthetics
The container’s design is based on the compact 48-oz container, which happens to be our hands down favorite Vitamix container. It comes with its own low-profile tamper and a BPA-free clear lid so you can keep an eye on your blend from above. The container has the same blade and design to handle all the blends you are used to – smoothies, frozen desserts, hot soup, flour, nut butters and the like.
Cold and Hot Blending
Being metal, the container will transfer heat more than the traditional plastic jars. The handle is also made of stainless steel and situated further away from the jar without connection at its bottom; this helps to limit the heat transfer to and from the handle.
We have had no issue with the handle getting cold when blending our tasty frozen desserts. While the handle can get a noticibly cooler, it does not get uncomfortably cold. On the other hand, when blending hot mixes and soups the handle does tend to get warm to the touch that might be uncomfortable for some – nothing a potholder or oven mitt can’t solve for comfort.
Over the past twelve years or so when talking with Vitamix about a stainless steel blending solution, the common delimiting factor has been cost. Basically the cost to produce one was estimated to make the sales price be around the same cost as a new blender with a plastic container. While cost has come down enough to make a stainless steel container available, it remains a pricey investment at $199 regular price.
We will be sure to keep you informed of any sales or promotions as they come around. In the meantime, at least you can take advantage of our free shipping promotion (applied in cart) with no minimum purchase requirement.
The stainless steel containers come with the same warranty as all other containers, a 3-year full use when purchasing separately. Once the container is included with blender purchases it will likely have the same warranty period as the blender.
While the choice to have your blending container be stainless steel comes at a considerable price, to many that price will be worth it. We know many people who continue to use their old Vitamix 3600, or other old school blender with a metal container strictly due to not wanting to blend in plastic. Plastic has its negatives, even “BPA-Free” plastics. Stainless Steel is the healthy blending alternative.
In addition to the cost factor, the only real “negative” of having a stainless steel container is the durability. While it is durable, the metal can dent and become misshapen through high impact contact so a little more care might be necessary compared to the traditional plastic.
Let us know what you think of the new Stainless-Steel Container by Vitamix.
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