Welcome to the world of dream blenders. Have you been eyeing up the Vitamix 5200, or one of the better Blendtec models, but haven’t found that they have all the features you’re looking for? The often overlooked Vitamix 5300 comes with almost everything you could need for basic, effective blending in an attractive package.
With a powerful motor, variable speed control, improved design elements, and a long warranty, if you’re looking for a simple blender with an excellent lifespan that can churn through ice, nuts, green smoothies, and everything in-between – the 5300 might just be your best bet. Keep reading our entire Vitamix 5300 Review to learn more about this reliable powerhouse.
Reviewed Blender: Vitamix 5300
Ease of Blending
When it comes to effectiveness, the 5300 is looking good. The model comes with 2.2-peak horsepower and thicker blades than many of its competitors, including other Vitamix models, which means it’s more effective at churning through hard objects quickly. And there need be no concern about the machine’s health doing this: the 5300 comes with an inbuilt cooling fan that’s known to be highly effective, preventing any damage from coming to the motor even with heavy use. This is a powerhouse machine, with the strength to create any sort of blend you could imagine.
This model’s interface is very simple: it has two switches and a variable speed dial, which allows you to change the blade speed to any of ten settings. This is massively helpful when it comes to creating things that require a high amount of specificity when blending – nut butters or flours, for example – and means you can create just about anything you want. Models that run only on one speed have nothing on the 5300.
Importantly, this model also comes with a pulse function, so you can control your blender absolutely. This was a highly-requested feature for this model’s forerunner, the 5200, and so its inclusion in the 5300 represents a step upwards in terms of design.
One of the most important elements of the 5300 compared to other blenders, and earlier Vitamix models, is the low-profile container. Other blenders tend to have containers that are high and thin – for some reason, this is the standard, despite it being difficult to fit these sorts of containers under your kitchen cabinets and in small spaces. The 5300 comes with a shorter container that can fit in many more parts of your kitchen, while still maintaining a large 64-oz size; plus, the wider base means that the blades are thicker and stronger, so this machine’s efficiency is improved, too.
If you’re looking at the 5300, you’re already considering a Vitamix model – and you should know why. Vitamix is one of the top brands on the market, and it backs up its products incredible reliability with long warranties. The 5300 comes with a seven-year warranty that can be extended to ten years, much longer than the usual 12-month warranties of other blenders. Reliability is important in a machine, especially if you’re looking to drop a lot of money on it: consider investing in something you know is going to last.
Vitamix is known for their build quality, and this is just as true for the 5300 as any other of the brand’s models. There are very few criticisms of this model’s build quality on the market, and any issues that may arise are more often than not covered by the company’s warranty – so there’s less to worry about there.
The 5300’s container is shatter-proof plastic, although it is not dishwasher-safe – so it should be washed manually. The container-to-base coupling is metal, as are the laser-cut stainless steel blades, while the container handle is ergonomically-designed for comfort.
It comes with Vitamix’s standard beautiful design, with clean lines and a minimalist interface. The 5300 comes in two colors – black and poppy (availability varies) – so you can choose something a little more funky than standard black if you’re so inclined. As mentioned above, the container is low-profile, and this means that the 5300 avoids some of the bulkiness problems of other blenders – it’s smaller, and tidier, and attractive enough to keep on your counter all the time.
The 5300 has the maximum strength that can be found in Vitamix’s home blenders, at 2.2-peak horsepower, and it is a truly powerful machine. It can take down nuts, seeds, and ice, and produces enough heat through its spinning blades to completely heat up soup inside it. Although other blenders on the market have higher horsepower motors, at some stage increased power has little effect on blending ability – Vitamix blenders are known as the most powerful on the market, and perform excellently every time.
Because it’s so powerful, the 5300 is somewhat noisy – however, it should be noted that many users have reported that it is less noisy than other blenders with similar power, including the earlier 5200. The exact reason for this is unknown – Vitamix didn’t introduce their newer sound-tamping cases until later models – but whatever the cause, the 5300 is quieter than many other similar models on the market.
The 5200 is very easy to use. It features a switch to turn it on, a variable speed control dial, and a switch for pulsing. Turning the machine on is as simple as putting the container on top and flicking the on switch.
It should be noted, however, that the 5200 does not come with pre-programmed settings; so, unlike other blenders, you cannot push a button and leave it. However, considering the strength of its processing, that is not necessarily as big a drawback as it would be with a weaker machine: blend times are unlikely to be more than a few minutes anyway.
Cleaning the Vitamix 5200 is somewhat more difficult than it could be – the container is not dishwasher-safe, and the fixed blades means that solid items can become stuck under them.
The recommended cleaning method is to fill the container with water and detergent and run it for about 30 seconds. Although this is likely to clean out most of the container, it should be done immediately after use to prevent food drying to the sides, and is perhaps unlikely to remove all the food stuck beneath the blades.
The 5300, like most other Vitamix models, is known for its great reliability. Because of the 5300’s inbuilt cooling fan, it is designed to be more reliable than other models on the market – there’s little chance of it giving out when you’re using it heavily and need it most. The model’s high horsepower also means that there’s little chance of taxing the engine to the point of failure, even when engaging in highly stressing blending tasks.
The Vitamix 5300 and 5200 are very similar in a lot of ways: they have the same design aesthetic, including the same two color options, the same interface, and around the same range of affordability. However, the 5300 can be considered a step above the 5200 – it comes with a bunch of features requested by the 5200’s users that make it an all-around better buy.
As well as a stronger motor, at 2.2-peak horsepower compared to the 5200’s 2-peak, the 5300 comes with a stronger motor and better cooler, which give it much better blending performance. It has a pulse function, something highly sought after by many of the 5200’s users. It also has a low-profile container; despite the containers of both models being 64 ounces, the 5300’s is shorter and so can fit better in your kitchen space, as well as improving the blending ability by increasing ingredients’ exposure to the blades.
Because of all this, the 5300 is definitely recommended over the 5200; they are often found at the same level of affordability, but the 5300 has plenty more benefits that make it worth your while.
The Classic 475 is one of Blendtec’s simpler models, as a slightly above entry-level machine that exchanges bells and whistles for affordability and power. Compared to the 5300, the 475 has a higher 3-peak horsepower, a larger 75-oz container, a pre-programmed smoothie cycle, and a longer warranty of eight years according to the manufacturer (may vary depending on retailer or if you get a refurbished or used unit). However, it also suffers from only three manual speed settings, a lighter and less sturdy base, a taller container, and increased noise levels.
Because there are benefits and drawbacks to both models, it’s worth considering what is important to you. If you drink smoothies every day, the 475’s inbuilt smoothie cycle might be just what you need; if you’re planning on making nut flours, the improved manual speed control settings of the 5300 are what you need. It’s also worth considering brand reputation and price: Blendtec produces great products at an affordable price, while Vitamix is top-of-the-range (prices vary*).
Either way - you aren't going to go wrong with a Vitamix or a Blendtec, both are arguably the most reputable blender brands you can find.
If you're interested in learning more about this unit, we wrote a full review on the 475.
The Ultima Blender is Ninja’s most similar model to the 5300, although it can consistently be found at a much lower price (*prices vary). Both have a pulse setting and variable 10-speed dial, as well as a similar design, but there are also a number of important distinguishing features. The Ultima’s container is taller and its warranty is only two years, but it comes with the option of attaching single-serve containers and a higher 2.5-peak horsepower.
Which model you’d prefer depends on your budget and the importance of design elements and warranties. The Vitamix has a greater cost, a better design, and a longer warranty – the Ultima is simpler, with a similar processing power but plenty more criticisms regarding its reliability and overall longevity given the length of the warranty. However, it is still a very viable alternative
Just like the 475, we did a review on the Ultima Blender here.
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.