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Vitamix ONE Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jun 23, 2021 at 10:33 am
Vitamix ONE Picture
5.5
Multi-Purpose
8.5
Smoothies (Single Serving)
7.8
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
4.7
Ice Crushing
4.0
Soups
3.3
Professional Use

The Vitamix ONE is a small full-size blender advertised for making liquidy foods like smoothies, dips, and dressings. You can use its 32-ounce main jar to make a fantastic smoothie in under a minute. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel as premium as other Vitamix models, and you can't use it for hot blending or processing nuts and grains. It also fails to crush ice. However, it conveniently comes with a tamper as well as a two-part lid, and it's very easy to clean, although none of its parts are dishwasher-safe.

Our Verdict

5.5 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix ONE is poor for multi-purpose use. It's not intended to blend hot ingredients or make almond butter, and it fails to crush ice. However, it takes under a minute to make an outstanding smoothie in its 32-ounce jar. While none of its parts are dishwasher-safe, it's very easy to clean by hand. It feels reasonably well-built as well, but not particularly premium.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Makes fantastic smoothies.
Cons
  • Can't blend hot ingredients.
  • Not suitable for making almond butter.
  • Fails to crush ice.
8.5 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Vitamix ONE is decent for making smoothies and protein shakes. It can make an incredible, silky smoothie in less than a minute. It's also easy to rinse clean after making something liquidy like a smoothie. However, it's not able to crush ice on its own, which may be disappointing if you like to add it to your smoothies. Also, its main jar has a 32-ounce capacity, which is small for a full-size blender.

Pros
  • Makes fantastic smoothies.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
7.8 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
4.7 Ice Crushing

The Vitamix ONE isn't able to crush ice cubes.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
Cons
  • Fails to crush ice.
  • Build quality is just okay.
4.0 Soups

The Vitamix ONE can't be used to blend hot ingredients and isn't suitable for making soups.

3.3 Professional Use

The Vitamix ONE is poor for professional use. It doesn't feel extremely sturdy and has a relatively small 32-ounce capacity. It's also not very versatile since the manufacturer says you shouldn't use it to blend hot ingredients or certain harder ingredients, including almonds and grains. It also fails to crush ice cubes. It makes fantastic smoothies, and it's very easy to clean even if you're working with sticky ingredients.

Pros
  • Very easy to clean.
  • Makes fantastic smoothies.
Cons
  • Can't blend hot ingredients.
  • Not suitable for making almond butter.
  • Small capacity for a full-size blender.
  • 5.5 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.5 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 7.8 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 4.7 Ice Crushing
  • 4.0 Soups
  • 3.3 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Added the Ninja TWISTi as an example of another small full-size blender with a better ice crushing performance.
  2. Updated Aug 19, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Jun 23, 2021: Review published.
  4. Updated Jun 18, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Vitamix ONE comes in one color, 'Black', and you can see the label for the unit we tested here.

If you come across another variant or your blender is different, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Vitamix ONE is a compact full-size blender with a relatively small 32-ounce capacity. It's not as well-built as other models from this manufacturer, like the Vitamix Explorian E310 or the Vitamix 5300, and it's less versatile since it's not intended for blending hot food or tougher ingredients like almonds or grains. It's marketed for making softer blends like drinks, dips, and dressings, and it makes silky smoothies quickly.

If you want to see other options, check out our lists of the best blenders for smoothies, the best blenders for frozen drinks, and the best Vitamix blenders.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is better than the Vitamix ONE. The 5200 has a much better build quality and a more versatile performance since it can crush ice, blend hot ingredients, and make smooth nut butter. It's also quieter when it's running.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Vitamix ONE. Unlike the ONE, the Explorian can blend hot ingredients, make snow-like crushed ice, and produce smooth nut butter. It also has a bigger capacity and a significantly better build quality. 

Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender

The Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender is better than the Vitamix ONE for most purposes. The Hamilton Beach has a much better build quality, is quieter when it's running, and has a more versatile performance since it can make almond butter and crushed ice as well as blend hot ingredients. On the other hand, while both blenders make incredible smoothies, the Vitamix takes less time. It's also significantly easier to clean by hand.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is better than the Vitamix ONE. The NutriBullet has a better build quality, its main jar has a bigger capacity, and it comes with personal jars for making single-serve smoothies to-go. It's also quieter and easier to clean by hand.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is better than the Vitamix ONE. The A3500 has a much better build quality and a larger capacity. It's much more versatile, since it can make nut butter, snow-like crushed ice, and you can use it for hot blending. It's also significantly quieter when it's running.

Vitamix A3300

The Vitamix A3300 is better than the Vitamix ONE. The A3300 has a much better build quality and a more versatile performance since it can handle tougher ingredients like nuts and ice cubes. It's quieter and comes with a dishwasher-safe jar and lid. On the other hand, the smaller ONE is intended for making drinks like smoothies. It's easier to clean by hand.

Ninja TWISTi

The Ninja TWISTi is better than the Vitamix ONE. Both are compact full-size blenders, but the Ninja comes with a personal jar and a to-go lid for smoothies. It's also more versatile since it can make smooth nut butter and snow-like crushed ice. It has a significantly better build quality. However, it has only one speed setting. The Vitamix ONE has a variable speed dial that gives you more control over the blending process.

Breville the Fresh & Furious

The Breville the Fresh & Furious is better than the Vitamix ONE for most purposes. The Breville has a much better build quality and can make almond butter and crushed ice, unlike the Vitamix. It's also much quieter when running at maximum speed and much easier to clean by hand. On the other hand, the Vitamix makes silkier, better-blended smoothies in its 32-ounce main jar.

Smeg BLF01

The Vitamix ONE and the Smeg ΒLF01 have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and makes silkier smoothies in its 32-ounce jar. It's also much easier to clean by hand. However, it's not intended for crushing ice on its own, while the Smeg BLF01 can make snow-like crushed ice.

KitchenAid K400

The KitchenAid K400 is a better multi-purpose blender than the Vitamix ONE. The KitchenAid is sturdier and more versatile since it can hot blend, make nut butter, and crush ice. It's also quieter. 

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix 5300 is better than the Vitamix ONE. The 5200 is better-built and more versatile since it can hot blend, make snow-like crushed ice, and produce smooth, spreadable nut butter. Its jar has a larger capacity. On the other hand, the ONE is a more compact blender and it's somewhat better for making single-serve smoothies if you don't mind its small capacity.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Height
16.1" (41.0 cm)
Width 8.1" (20.5 cm)
Depth 10.0" (25.5 cm)
Weight
6.2 lbs (2.8 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Vitamix ONE blender is a tall blender with a smaller footprint than other Vitamix models like the Vitamix Explorian E310. It doesn't weigh very much for a full-size blender. However, while the base is advertised to be seven inches deep, measured from the back of the blender to the front speed dial, it's a few inches bigger than that, including room for the power cord at the back.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

This blender has an okay build quality, but it doesn't feel nearly as well-built as other Vitamix models, like the Vitamix A2500. The motor base is sturdy, but the rubber material doesn't feel as premium. The gears are metal, but the rubber gasket that sits on top of the motor body moves around easily. You can also remove it if you want to clean beneath it. The speed dial is also a little flimsy, and you can easily pull it off the motor base. On the plus side, the underside of the base has vents and two handle-like grooves to help make the blender easier to pick up.

4.5
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
32.0 oz (946 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
No
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

This blender has four sharp blades that can't be removed from the jar. Similar to the jar, the manual doesn't indicate that the blades are dishwasher-safe.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid has a similar design to the one that comes with the Vitamix Explorian E310. The circular middle part is removable, so you can use the tamper or add ingredients without stopping the blender. There are clips on either side that hook onto the lip of the jar to hold it in place.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
2.6 ft (0.8 m)

The power cord should be long enough to reach most outlets near your counter, although it's much shorter compared to other Vitamix models' cords, like the Vitamix 5200. There's also no way to stow the cable when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Vitamix ONE blender
  • 32-ounce main jar
  • Two-part lid
  • Mini-tamper
  • User guide

Performance
10
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
10
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10

This blender makes a fantastic smoothie in its main jar. It takes roughly 30 seconds to process the ingredients using a medium-low speed setting and the tamper to push the mixture towards the blades a few times. The result is a very well-blended, great-tasting smoothie.

10
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
10
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10
4.5
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
5.5
Crushed Ice Texture
4.0

This blender isn't able to crush ice. Even when blending six ice cubes in two batches instead of all 12 at once, it can't process most of them. Most other full-size blenders that we've tested can crush ice. However, the small size of this blender's jar may be part of the reason why it can't. Try the NutriBullet Rx or the Ninja TWISTi if you're looking for a small full-size blender that can crush ice.

0
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
N/A
Nut Butter Texture
N/A

According to the manufacturer, the Vitamix ONE blender isn't intended for blending almonds, other nuts, or grains, and using it for that purpose voids the warranty.

5.6
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
98.2 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
18,200 RPM
Max Speed
29,000 RPM
Power
840 W
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

The Vitamix ONE blender has a dial that increases the speed as you turn it clockwise. ฮ—owever, it doesn't have any fixed increments for specific speeds and doesn't offer much feedback, except for a soft click when you turn it on and at the maximum speed setting. There's no on/off toggle, and if the blender is unplugged when it's running, it comes on at the same speed setting when you plug it back in. Also, unlike some other models like the Smeg BLF01, there are no preset modes on the dial, but you can simulate a pulse mode by turning it on and off repeatedly.

This blender's max speed is very fast, but its lowest setting is quite quick as well, so it doesn't offer a very wide range of speeds like most Vitamix models that we've tested. Also, at top speed, it's one of the loudest blenders we've tested. If you're looking for a blender that makes less noise when it's running, try the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
No
Speed Presets
0
Speed Dial
Yes
Hot Blending
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
No
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No

Similar to the Vitamix Explorian E310, this blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The Vitamix ONE is very easy to clean. Blending some warm water and soap in the jar cleans away liquid foods like smoothies. Although it's not intended for making almond butter, we added some that were processed by another blender to the ONE's jar. We then ran the blender for a few seconds to get an idea of how easy it is to clean sticky ingredients from the jar and blades. A rinse takes care of most of the almond butter. You may need to use a brush to completely clean the blade assembly, but overall it's a simple process.

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