One of the most trusted brands in premium blending appliances, Vitamix has been delivering unmatched performance to professionals and home cooks since 1937. The Professional Series 500 features a pulse function and preprogrammed blend settings that put hundreds of recipes at your fingertips, whether you're blending, pureeing, chopping or mixing. Thanks to the machine's 2-peak-horsepower motor, the stainless-steel blades rotate at 240 MPH for commercial-grade power and speed. The stainless-steel finish complements the look of modern kitchens. Three pre-programmed settings for smoothies, frozen desserts and soups and an auto-shutoff feature allow you to start the unit and walk away while blending. 2-peak-horsepower motor provides the power and speed to mix ingredients completely and evenly. Extremely versatile machine can friction-cook hot soup and sauces from cold ingredients and whip up ice cream, sorbet and frozen drinks in seconds. Also great for making fresh, wholesome juices and nut butters, grinding grains into flour, emulsifying dressings and creating salsas, dips and spreads. Pulse function can be used at any speed and offers total control over texture and thickness. Variable speed operation is controlled with the turn of a dial. Includes patented tamper tool, cookbook and instructional DVD Hand built and rigorously tested by family-owned Vitamix at its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.