Vitamix 5300 vs 6500 (Comparison & Which to Buy)

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Trying to figure out whether you should get the Vitamix 5300 vs the 6500?

You're in the right place!

In this guide, expect to the find the following...

  • An easy to follow chart with all the important features of the Vitamix 5300 and 6500.
  • What the features mean (in practical blending terms)
  • Which one you should buy based on our 7+ years of blending with the Vitamix brand.

Let's begin!

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Vitamix 5300

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Variable speed knob only.


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For more blender options, you may check out our article on the best Vitamix alternative.

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Further Reading: Vitamix 5300 vs 780 Comparison (With Easy Chart to Follow)

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Which to Buy

As you can see by the comparison chart, there aren't many differences between the 6500 and the 5300. 

The main differentiator is that the 6500 comes with the pre-programmed (hot soups, frozen desserts and smoothies) settings and the 5300 does not.

In my opinion, it's not necessary to pay more for them. Call my old-school, but I blend things at least 2 times per day and have never felt the need to have the blender do it automatically.

You can make all the pre-programmed blends manually with very little hassle.

So because the 5300 has a lower MSRP (and you can usually find it cheaper) - that's the one I would get.

Related Article: Vitamix 7500 vs 780 Professional (Which to Buy with Simple Chart)

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