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Part of the Venturist line, originally released specifically for Costco, the Vitamix V1200 blender is part of the Vitamix Smart Series which includes the Ascent Series. The Venturist Series V1200 is now available at a discount direct from Vitamix in the US and Canada (see below).
Below is our review of the V1200 and comparison of this hybrid Vitamix with other available models for US, Canada and United Kingdom. Feel free to use our promotion code links to activate your maximum savings at checkout.
The Vitamix Venturist V1200 is part of the Smart System blender release that delivers the high powered results expected from any Vitamix blender. Like all newer full-size models, the v1200 has a 12amp, 2.2 peak horsepower motor that won’t disappoint.
The Vitamix v1200 comes with the Variable Speed Control dial Vitamix is so known for which gives you complete control over all of your blends. You can make smooth, fine blends to chunky salsas.
The Pulse feature is also included. This provides you the ability to do more controlled chopping and blending to create just the right amount of chunk or smoothness you desire.
In addition, there are the two new features that come with the Smart Series release. The Vitamix v1200 comes with a built-in Digital Timer that counts up while you are blending. And of course includes the Self-Detect wireless connectivity that defines the Smart System Series which communicates with the container used.
The Costco v1200 bundle, in addition to the 64-ounce container sometimes includes a 20-ounce blending cup and 8-ounce blending bowl. In our view these two are the least useful of the available containers. If you desire a second container for more versatility we recommend the 48-ounce container.
The v1200 comes with the 10-year full Warranty like all other Smart System blenders which includs all Ascent Series blenders.
Vitamix Venturist vs Ascent
When Vitamix released its Smart Series blenders consisting of the four Ascent Series models, they shortly thereafter created the Venturist for Costco stores. The Venturist have some of the same features as the Ascent Series including Self-Detect and Digital Timer display as well as some of the look from the Classic Series like the 5200 and 5300.
While the both the Venturist and Ascent share the same main feature upgrades they do differ in several ways.
Design & Aesthetics
The Vitamix v1200 looks different than the Ascent models. It appears more like the legacy G-Series models with the knobs and switches which also feel and function more like a Classic Vitamix, bigger and bolder. It also lacks the sharp stainless steel plate on the front. If you prefer a more modern sleek design, you will find it with an Ascent.
The v1200 motor base has less sound dampening technology than the Ascent Series. The Venturist motor base without a container tends to average ~84 dBA while the A2300 averages ~78 dBA. Let’s face it, all Vitamix blenders are powerful and they can be loud when operating. Once you have ingredients blending in your container the difference is minor but for those more sensitive to noise this may be a consideration.
v1200 vs Ascent Models
The Vitamix Venturist blenders are hybrid models made specifically for Costco store. Part of the agreement is that they have to be somehow different than what Vitamix sells directly.
We have described the similarities and differences in general above. Broadly speaking, the Vitamix v1200 is like the A2300 with the a similar timer function of the A3300 in a Classic style and build. Below we highlight some specific differences between the v1200 vs Ascent models. For complete details on the differences among Ascent models see our Ascent Review.
v1200 vs A2300
The v1200 has the digital timer that can be set to countdown as well as count up. The A2300 digital timer only counts up.
v1200 vs A2500
The v1200 has the digital timer that can be set to countdown while the A2500 digital timer only counts up. The major difference is that the A2500 has three programmed blend cycle settings for smoothies, frozen dessert, and hot soup.
v1200 vs A3300
The major difference between these two models is that the A 3300 has a flat capacitive touch interface buttons for all switch and bottom operations while the v1200 has physical switches for on/off and pulse and push buttons for setting the timer. Both models have the digital timer that can be set to countdown as well as count up although it takes longer to set the timer on the v1200 with its raised buttons. The variable speed dial on the A3300 is the premium continues dial upgrade.
v1200 vs A3500
The differences between the v1200 and the A2500 are the same as above with the A3300 with the addition that the A3500 comes with five programmed blend cycles. In addition, the A2500 has the metal base option which adds a little more sound dampening when blending.
Vitamix v1200 vs E320 / 5300
The other model you are likely to find while shopping for Vitamix in Costco is the Explorian E320. This was the model that replaced the Vitamix 5300.
The main difference between the v1200 and Vitamix E320 and 5300 is that the v1200 has the newer technology including the timer and self-detect containers. Another consideration is that the v1200 comes with a 10-year warranty vs a 7-year for the E320. Both blenders can blend anything equally. Deciding which one is better is of personal choice and budget. If cost is a major factor consider buying either one Reconditioned at a large savings.
For the Costco fans the Vitamix v1200 is the newest model they carry and it is a great machine. For those wanting the latest and greatest or something with more features then we recommend an Ascent model over the Veturist model.