There are endless food choices to blend when mixing a healthy drink. The challenge you have is finding the right blender. Not every blender has the power you need to maximize on the foods we have access to today. Imagine adding fruits, nuts, and seeds into a blender but without needing water to liquefy it. This challenge is why I sought Vitamix.
My Vitamix 5300 review is a straight shot into the blender and with all of its features and benefits. This is one item that makes grinding natural fruits, veggies, and seeds a simple prospect. The blender lets you get creative, and you’ll see why it gets rated as a sure go-to for industrial kitchens. The world has fallen in love for good reason.
We’ll cover the details below.
Things To Consider Before Buying A Vitamix 5300
This review won’t tell you to go out and buy a product without you first understanding what you’re getting into. I do admit, the specs and features are quite awesome, but this product is still not for everyone. It’s a lot to handle. We’re going to discuss what you should consider before putting your money on the line.
The Vitamix 5300 is a substantial piece of machinery, and it would be a shame if it were to only collect dust on your kitchen counter. The benefits we saw were in its compact size that’s matched with a clearly powerful 2.2Hp internal engine. You’ll find the controls very simple to use and without the distractions of numerous toggles.
There is no confusion with this kitchen appliance.
Remembering What Vitamix 5300 Can Do
Recall that this mixer is for some heavy-duty blending. You want to consider this product when looking for a blender that stands the test of time. It has a wide, heavy base that’s unmistakable and sturdy. This design factor was made to let the blender sit in one place without toppling around. It takes a lot to move it around.
That same base holds a powerful motor. You have to consider how much you’re likely to use it. The 5300 is also enhanced with a pulse feature that brings your contents through a rapid whirlwind without notice. Some users we found revealed just how little they use the pulse option.
You have to make these considerations because the Vitamix 5300 remains powerful without it.
The horsepower under the hood is enough to grind roots like ginger and turmeric all at once. You might consider it too much power, and it’s fine if that’s the case. This review is going to help you gain a better outlook on everything that’s possible with the 5300.
Who It’s Ideal For
You’re the perfect candidate for the Vitamix 5300 — so long as you have a kitchen. Don’t worry about making a morning routine where you must use the blender. It’s perfect for all hours of the day and all kinds of events. I only suggest that you truly consider how you cook and what an efficient level of blending is to your personal needs.
These will differ for everyone considering this product.
There are other models on the market that you can consider.
These high-end machines are great for breaking down anything you have that’s edible. I say this because it means that you can use the blender for getting creative. This was the major takeaway from my review. You’re not limited in what you can blend — be it ice cream or almonds for a fine almond butter spread.
What To Consider Instead
Let’s now talk about some options on the market for those who believe this blender to be just a bit too much — whether it’s in price or horsepower capacity.
Here are some of the best alternatives to consider:
This blender comes with two Nutri Ninja Cups that make a quick blend possible through a clever attachment system, which these cups make directly to the blender’s blades. This model only has a 1,000 watt powered engine. Its main container has a 72-ounce capacity that’s enough to make smoothies an entire family can enjoy. This product is called the Ninja due to its six-blade setup that’s known for grinding veggies within 10 seconds flat.
Here’s a solid option on the market that’s considered one of the cheapest commercial blenders. The power of commercial models often enables a wider, more powerful application with a longer lifeline and resistance built in. This model has a surprising 3Hp, 1800-watt engine that grinds through a lot. Like the Vitamix, it uses a 46-ounce container. The container is completely shatterproof and is BPA free. This blender also has a manual speed dial that you’ll have to get comfortable with if you decide on this as your substitute to the Vitamix.
What To Cover Before Buying
This blender is setting standards for many brands and continues to be a professional go-to choice. I want you to consider just a few things before you make the ultimate decision to buy. This can be a life changer, and making your choice should be done with a clear head. This can be a big investment; it’s best to choose wisely.
Are You Sure That You Know The Difference?
Be sure that you fully understand the difference you get with this blender. It’s a professional, commercial grade appliance. This item is used in culinary schools and many top kitchens across the world. Chefs and culinary students all swear by this blender and for its ability to smooth the texture of many foods.
Does Cost Level-Out Overtime?
Think about what you’re going to use this blender for. You might be a huge advocate for green smoothies and don’t want to visit the store every day. This pricing factor should weigh in on your final decision. If you consume enough drinks over time to justify the cost, why not start your purchase today?
Is It Best New Or Refurbished?
The Vitamix is so durable that people rarely throw them away. You can get your hands on a refurbished model at any time. You can save a bit on a refurbished model, but you might not have to. The choice is entirely yours for the taking; just consider your options.
What Is The Vitamix 5300 Really?
Description: The private Barnard family manufactures the Vitamix as a high-performance mixer for the service and food industries. The model began in 1984 and has led its industry since. There are three series to the blender as produced by the Barnard family, and they include the Personal Series, the Legacy Series, and the Ascent Series. The agency has a line of food products that are complementary to the mixer and include frozen beverages and other options primarily for commercial use.
Promises: There are many promises you can look forward to as an owner of a Vitamix 5300. Butternut squash is a favorite choice for soup with this blender. The velocity of the blades is precisely engineered so that soups are actually heated while being blended in the container. This isn’t a myth or exaggeration. Professionals can often finish their meal with salt and other seasonings for a ready-made soup after blending.
You’re also promised complete control over the machine’s speeds and blending capacity. It’s often called the “Superman of blenders,” with the ability to blend whole fruits. There’s no need to dice or cut. Taking off the peels and rinds are simply a matter of taste and choice. Another aspect that’s not spoken of often is its durability.
This is a heavy machine that’s made to sit wherever it’s placed. It will feel indestructible once you hold its full weight of 12, solid pounds. That durability is why you have the option of choosing a refurbished model.
What Comes With It: There are a few items that the Vitamix 5300 comes with. There’s a tamper tool with each package. This tool helps to push down solids like fruits and ensures that everything is packed down into the blades. The drive socket is part of the blender and attaches to the motor at the base. These, along with a container, a lid, and a base, are part of what you’ll get with the Vitamix 5300.
A Quick Comparison To Others Or A Previous Model
The Vitamix 5300 vs 7500:
The 7500 has:
- Sound reducing base
- 12 amps
- Fresh Cookbook
- 3 colors
The Vitamix 5300 vs. 7500:
The 5300 has:
- Classic series motor
- No sound reduction
- Starting Cookbook
- 2 colors
Features & Benefits
Feature: 2.2Hp Motor With 1640 Watts
We get a great deal of power under the hood of the Vitamix 5300. This is important to ensuring that your blending is a smooth and easy process. You also want to decide on the types of blades you’ll need depending on whether you’re mixing dry or wet ingredients. The motor is set for a number of different settings that will allow you variety.
All you need to do is plug it in as it comes with a 7-year warranty and a 6-foot cord.
How It Works:
The high-performance motor works on a dampening feature. This enables the motor to work fairly quietly. The energy source is adaptable and relies on your standard 120-voltage outlet. This will generate 50/60Hz of frequency while using a special ball bearing technology for rotation.
The ball-bearing feature ensures that your Vitamix doesn’t start spinning out of control. There’ll be minimal vibrations apart from what you might expect from the spinning blades.
This motor works to give Vitamix the ease of use that it’s known for.
That use will also last over time. Simple veggies can even clog up in a standard blender. These are issues that are bypassed by setting a standard 2.2 horsepower engine along with a measured watt capacity of 1,640. These powering systems ensure that the blender can shred through everything you put into it.
This model is prized by professional chefs due to the level of smoothness and the right creamy textures it makes. Soups are also heated through the engine’s friction system, which provides an all-in-one benefit. The textures come out smooth because everything gets evenly ground through 4-inch long blades.
This is true for seeds and nuts as much as it is for ice creams and spreads.
What I Like Most About It:
It was clear that the engine is storing a great deal of power. You can easily assess this power by the weight of the base, which sits sturdily on my countertop. You’ll soon find operating settings that give you a chance to manage the expansion of power. You can apply that raw power for different food preparations.
Feature: 10 Speed Settings And Only Three Knobs
I think we can all agree; you shouldn’t have to be tech savvy to use this product. Nevertheless, there are many brands on the market that provide intricate knobs and levers with different settings that work with other complicated settings.
You’re likely to power on these blenders and have them achieve certain things that you didn’t intend. Simplicity is the key with the Vitamix 5300. There are only three knobs to concern yourself with, yet you get up to 10 different speed settings. The raw power we discussed plays a major role in how this blender is used.
That raw power is managed by a pulse option, a 10-point dial knob, and a simple start and stop button.
How It Works:
The pulse gives you a boost of blending power in a moment’s notice. This is just one setting that can be adjusted by others. The pulse feature acts as a quick jet stream of power that’s best used when initially breaking down thick or hard foods. Once those foods are smaller in size, a different setting is then applied.
The 10 point-speed dial allows you to set just how much power your pulsation carries. This is also the setting used to dictate how much power and speed is used when running the blender consistently. You have 10 different points to choose from that can help you find just the right amount of power.
Just because you have a wide spectrum doesn’t mean you have to use it. Also, be aware that some settings will change the texture of the spreads, soups, and creams you make, so use accordingly. You will need the start/stop button to begin your blending and to then shut it off when your contents are ready.
The major benefit of this setup is variety. Vitamix was clever in how it presents this variety. Being an industrial grade appliance means that Vitamix lives up to just about every condition you can think of. Getting accustomed to the settings is your first step, and you’ll see how power is applied for each setting combination.
What I Like Most About It:
The biggest takeaway for me is the simplicity. The 2.2Hp engine really does pack a punch, but it’s even better that the controls are limited to just three knobs. It doesn’t take a scientist to operate this system, and you don’t need any special culinary degrees. You can manage the Vitamix 5300 with or without experience.
Another thing I found was the stability of each setting. The base is a firm and sturdy portion of the blender, so the knobs don’t shake and change settings on their own. Once you’ve set your power level, it remains right where it is.
Feature: A Marked 64-Ounce Container
It took the company some time to get their container sizes just right. The changes throughout the years come from consumer complaints. You guess right if you see short as better than tall. Vitamix changed its prior 20-plus inch height down to a comfortable and manageable 17-inches.
This gives the entire appliance more flexibility in where it can be placed and used. The saving grace for many kitchen owners is that it can be placed right under cabinets without disabling the cabinet while opening and without the container being knocked off its base when a cabinet door does open.
How It Works:
It surprised me that this container is only 17-inches in height when connected to the blender. Prior models were much taller, yet Vitamix remains with a 64-ounce container. This means that the container you get is wider, which has shown to be a tremendous benefit for new blades that extended from three to 4-inches now.
The entire appliance has a comfortable, low profile with everything measuring at 7.2 x 8.8 x 17.2. The manufacturer uses a polycarbonate material from Eastman Tritan copolyester. This material has the same feel and look of glass. It’s dishwasher friendly and doesn’t permanently stain.
The rubber lid fits snuggly atop the container, which keeps your contents inside at all times. This top does have a special entry point that you can open and close for both food and the added tamper you get with each package.
The major benefit of this container is that it saves space. Despite the downsizing, the Vitamix manufacturer has found other ways to provide more blending power. This is made possible through the manufacturer’s wide blade extension. The wide base that a 5300 container has is made to allow a powerful whirlwind effect.
What I Like Most About It:
It was immediately clear to me that I could handle the shorter, wider container better than a tall, slim option. Even pouring was easier due to the 17-inch option’s low center of gravity. I didn’t get the sensation that everything would just tip over. The contents I blended also seemed to get in motion faster as they were spread out and not entirely stacked on top of each other.
Feature: Four Inch Blade With A Wide Bottom
The 4-inch blade is a noticeable upgrade from the earlier 3-inches. This also makes a difference with the torque that comes directly from a 2.2Hp engine. These blades are all tested and made dull-proof through a 7-year warranty. The agency has a variety of blades to choose from.
How It Works:
The entire base of the Vitamix 5300 weighs just over 12-pounds with a 6ft. power cord. This should be enough extension to plug in where you need to work. Both the red and black color options provide blades that are laser cut. Being laser cut enables stainless steel to gain a very fine point that the eye couldn’t achieve alone.
Wet blades and dry blades are both optional as each blade can crush, blend, smoothen out, and grind depending on your needs. You can even go for a special attachment that kneads dough.
It’s hard to argue against the effectiveness of laser-cut blades. Everything that I’ve put into my container gets blended into a fine dust. Putting in a few nuts and seeds didn’t wear down the blades, retaining its laser sharpness from out of the box.
What I Like Most About It:
It was clear that the blades were tested for quality standards, but what I liked most is that I could wash them. I could easily detach the blades from the base of the container. This makes them easy to clean, to replace, upgrade, or to change the type of blending I was doing. I’m glad I didn’t need to stick my hand inside.
Feature: Included Tamper
The tamper fits through a provided opening within the rubber lid for the container. This object pushes down all of the veggies, fruits, nuts, and soup ingredients directly into the moving blades.
How It Works:
The tamper is an additional piece that you get with a number of other extra items. There are three 11-inch spatulas and a popular “Getting Started Plus” pamphlet with 70 different recipes to try.
We haven’t found any stories of professionals getting this blender clogged, yet the tamper is a great starter tool. At the beginning of your blending, it helps to push the contents down as much as possible. You also want to ensure that the newly submitted items get right to the blades as soon as possible, and the tamper helps.
What I Like Most About It:
I like that I could use my blender with a cookbook and with a few recipes I didn’t know of before.
The refurbished Vitamix gets a lot of attention as users don’t know exactly what they’ll be getting, but these are just feelings. The refurbished process for a real Vitamix 5300 requires many steps that ensure what you’re getting is the real deal. It has to live up to the highest standards by the manufacturer’s regulations.
The big takeaway for a refurbished model is that you’ll pay less.
The Vitamix 5300 is undoubtedly a professional grade appliance, and this rating also relates to the overall cost. You get greater insurance in knowing that a 2017 standard brought into effect the Certified Reconditioned Blenders. This means that you don’t buy one unless it has a stamp of approval.
You can expect to pay more or less one hundred dollars for this blender.
There’s a 17 point checklist that each certified refurbished model goes through. This covers many broken pieces that are replaced to bring everything back to factory standards. This makes each certified refurbishing almost brand new. These also continue to come with a warranty that stands for the first five years of operation.
Expect all of the traditional features of the Vitamix 5300. This includes four-inch wide blades, three power settings, a 6-inch power cord, a 64-ounce container, an included tamper, a recipe cookbook, a rubber lid, a 2.2Hp engine, and two-color options of black or red.
- Certainly, a usable model with a lower cost threshold.
- Variable speed dials.
- All of the power output that you can expect from a brand-new model.
Don’t hesitate to save a few bucks, and get the same operational function with a warranty that gives you some security. You’ll find the power housed in a refurbished model as “brought up to speed” for your daily or occasional use.
Vitamix 5200 vs. 5300
The Vitamix 5200 comes with a DVD to really maximize on how you use this model. You’ll also find a few similar characteristics that you have with the 5300. This motor, however, only has a 2Hp engine, but it can still bring the temperature of your soup up to a warm, edible level. Another difference is the sound factor.
There’s a lot of power under the hood, and it will make some noise without the dampening components like those found within the 5300. The blender’s removable lid can act as a measuring cup should it suit your taste and style. You might find the speed variables to be a bit confusing at first, but you will, at least, get a quick on/off switch. Recall that this model stands at 20 inches as opposed to the 5300, which stands at only 17 inches.
You have the option of a brand new or refurbished Vitamix 5200. A brand new model will cost roughly $400.00 and more depending on the warranty you opt for.
This is considered a highly professional blender.
- No sound reduction.
- A taller profile.
- Components of industrial grade blending.
Look toward what you can always accomplish with a different approach to the same brand that the world has fallen in love with.
Vitamix 5300 vs. 7500
You’re going to get a powerful 37,000 revolutions per minute (RPMs) with the top setting of the Vitamix 7500. The special spill-proof opening creates an impressive seal that can be slightly opened to enable steam from your soups to escape through. The laser cut blades are made from stainless steel and extend up to four inches like the 5300. The 7500’s container is made from durable BPA free materials that are also shatter-proof. Expect to turn almonds into butter, blend pesto in minutes, and combine your pancake mix for a quick pour afterward.
The Vitamix 7500 is more expensive compared to 5300.
The low profile and six-foot cord are the same as the 5300, which also comes with a tamper and a “getting started” cookbook. You’ll find it with variable speeds that are easily controlled with a three-button setup. The cool-running motor feature helps to maintain consistent torque and horsepower.
It has the:
- Same low profile.
- Additional tamper included.
- Different color schemes that include black, red, and white.
You have an option between a brand-new model and a refurbished item that can be sent right to your doorstep. Consider the 5300 features without simpler controls or noise reduction.
Where We Make Our Conclusion:
Let’s Be Reminded Of What The Vitamix 5300 Can Do
Time is saved when you’re blending with the world’s leading mixer. The Vitamix 5300 is a stunning representation of what an industrial grade blender can do. The raw power of this mixer has given it a reputation for being able to get through just about anything.
More importantly, this Vitamix has become a go-to for kitchens around the world. Making soup in your blender might be unheard of, but you won’t have to boil or heat it in an oven. It can all be done right in the 5300’s container. The new and sleek design of the model fits in your kitchen without hassle.
Each of the three power settings works together and make overall controls an easy prospect. Vitamix comes with a 7-year warranty that’s worth considering seeing as though its weight helps a great deal in stabilizing the machine. That weight comes from a solid base portion that has sound reduction built in.
Why You Can Solve Your Blending Needs With The Vitamix 5300:
- Making Tomato Basil Soup: Don’t set your oven or turn on your stove. All of the ingredients go directly into the Vitamix. Friction heat will enable your soup to cook and rise in temperature. This recipe requires two cups of cold water, a few whole tomatoes, carrots, celery with its leaves, green onion, garlic, chili, bell peppers, cabbage, and even cashews. Don’t forget the basil. Pulse the machine on and off to slowly get your mixture liquified. Turn it on for higher revolutions once you have the ingredients smooth, and then let it run. Chopping is easy. You now want to run it on high speeds for roughly five minutes for the temperatures you need.
- Trying These Great Smoothies: Put your smoothies together by starting with kale and spinach. Add a few pieces of broccoli, celery, and cucumber. These are just the vegetables for this recipe. Now consider apples, grapes, bananas, oranges, melon, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pineapple. These ingredients also require chia seeds, flax seeds, and almonds. Should you like, you can add some protein powder. You then blend them all. You’ll end up with a pretty mixture, thanks to the power of this machine.
- Getting Nutritious With Nuts And Various Seeds: Almond butter and peanut butter will require the same process each. Roasted nuts are the best options for blending. You now want to clear your container of any moisture, for moisture will slow the process when attempting to a get a creamy, smooth texture. You can start with roughly three cups of almonds or peanuts. Grinding these require that you start with a low power output before reaching the highest setting. You only need the tamper to keep the grounds blending between the blades. The result is a progressively smooth, buttery texture. Keep mixing into a full cream, and enjoy.
You know what this blender can do and why it’s gaining attention all across the world. The industrial effects of this machine can sit right on your kitchen counter with ease and can be used with a 7-year warranty. Be sure to factor in the shipping costs, and start collecting all of the ingredients you’ll need.
The Vitamix 5300 is sure to live up to its name and give you a great deal of power when blending.