vitamix 6300 review

Vitamix 6300 Review

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The Vitamix 6300 is the little brother of the Vitamix 6500, with a smaller motor, taller container, slightly reduced specs, and reduced price tag (*prices subject to change). It’s ideal for a home environment: its three pre-programmed settings, large 64-ounce container, and powerful blending ability make it able to tolerate anything you throw at it. If you’re looking for a great blender that's affordable - this unit may be for you. Read our entire Vitamix 6300 review below to learn more.

Reviewed Blender: Vitamix 6300

Overall Thrive Cuisine Rating:  4.2

Vitamix 6300: Featuring 3 Pre-Programmed Settings, Variable Speed Control, and Pulse Function . Includes Savor Recipes Book , DVD and Spatula. (WHITE)

Build Quality

5/5

Design

4/5

Power

5/5

Ease of Blending

4/5

Noisiness

3/5

PROS

  • Rock Solid  Warranty
  • Powerful Motor at 2 HP (Peaked)
  • Extremely Easy to Use
  • Pulse Function
  • Large 64 Oz Container

CONS

  • Tall pitcher - Can Make Storage Difficult
  • Can't be Washed in Dishwasher
  • Can be Bulky

Key Features

One of the most important features of later-model Vitamix blenders is the variable speed function, and the 6300 is no exception. The blender is capable of being used at 10 different speeds, meaning it’s easy for you to customize exactly what it is you are making – and you can even use the pulse function for more controlled blending.

When used at high speeds, the 6300’s built-in cooling fan will prevent it from overheating; a massive advantage considering that other blenders on the market tend to shut off under the same conditions.

A feature that sets the 6300 apart from many other blenders is the tamper, which fits into a hole in the container’s lid and can be used to tamp down food while it is blending, helping to break up air gaps that can cause food to stick and not blend properly. Instead of having to open up the blender and stir things around, you can create things right the first time. This is one of the main features that makes the Vitamix stand out from Blendtec units which don't have tampers.

The 6300 has two other features that distinguish it from its competitors: a powerful engine and three pre-programmed settings.

The powerful motor is one of the 6300’s greatest strengths, and why many people are drawn to this model. It has a peak horsepower of 2, stronger than most of the home blenders on the market, and this enables it to perform much more powerfully when it comes to blending.

The 6300 is one of the only models in Vitamix’s C-Series range to feature pre-programmed settings, a massive advantage for anyone who plans on using their machine regularly. The settings are smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soups – simply fill up your container, press the button that represents what you’re making, and let the Vitamix do all the work.

One of the most important features of the 6300 is the warranty. Unlike most other blenders, which typically only have warranties of 12 months, Vitamix gives most of its home use blenders a seven-year warranty (based on the manufacturer's website)that can be extended up to ten years. There’s no need to be concerned about your machine giving out after a year and a half; you can be assured that the 6300 will keep going for up to a decade, and potentially much longer.

Design of the 6300

The 6300 benefits from Vitamix’s build quality, which is known to be excellent. The company specializes in creating high-quality products that can stand the test of time.

The 64-ounce container is one of the biggest on the market, and made of durable shatter-proof non-BPA plastic. The blades and couplings are metal, ensuring reliability, and the container’s handle is ergonomically-designed to make it comfortable even with heavy use.

This attention to durability is reflected in the 6300’s warranty, which – as mentioned above – can last up to a decade. If you’re planning on using the machine regularly, the peace of mind you get from knowing your machine will last you is invaluable. Vitamix’s machines are designed to stand up to extensive daily use for many years – so if you’re someone who’s planning on using your blender for everything from morning smoothies to dinnertime sauces, this is an important benefit to keep in mind.

The 6300 is heavier than most other blenders – it is 11 pounds – and has a simple black interface. It is not attractive as later Vitamix models and has not yet benefited from their shorter 64-ounce container, meaning that it is too tall to fit under many kitchen cabinets. Most users tend to keep their 6300 out of sight in a cabinet and take it out when they need to use it.

How Powerful and Noisy is this Blender?

The 6300 features a powerful 2-peak horsepower engine, which makes it much more powerful than most other blenders on the market. Smoothies and nut butters tend to be smoother, quicker, and better textured; items that tend to prove problematic for other models of blender are no issue for the 6300. This means that our favorite Elvis smoothie recipe comes out delectably creamy with no annoying chunks.

With that said, it is marginally weaker than other machines in the Vitamix range, which have increased horsepower of 2.2. This improved motor power correspondingly increases blending time and the quality of the final product – however, the 6300’s blending power is still more than capable of tackling whatever you care to throw at it.

This model could be described as middle-of-the-range when it comes to noise; it has the Vitamix’s non soundproofed C-Series case, but because its engine is also weaker than similar models like the 6500 this is not such an issue. This is definitely a loud blender compared to others on the market, but given the speed and power of the motor, this is a necessary evil. And, given how quickly the 6300 works, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to put up with the sound for long anyway.

Ease of Use

The 6300 is very easy to use. It has only two switches and a variable speed control dial on its front face, meaning there is little to be confused by. The speed can be changed to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for in your final product.

Because the 6300 is so powerful, you don’t even need to prep your ingredients like with other blenders – just throw them right in, and watch it do all the work. If anything happens to get stuck, simply use the tamper and press them down into the whirlwind of blades.

One of the features that makes the 6300 more easy to use than most other blenders are the three pre-programmed settings that it hosts: smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soups. This makes the entire process of blending a whole lot easier, as all you need to do is fill your container and press the corresponding button. When you return, voila – all you have to do is clean up. No accessories or extra items needed to get the job done.

Cleaning the Vitamix 6300

Because the Vitamix 6500 is not dishwasher-safe, cleaning it is potentially more difficult than it could be.

The narrow container has been known to cause food to become stuck underneath the blades, which could potentially provide a cleaning problem when creating thick products like sauces or spreads.

Vitamix’s recommended method of cleaning is to fill the container with warm soapy water and run the machine on high for 30 seconds – this should be done immediately after use, to prevent food from drying on the sides.

Reliability 

Because the Vitamix 6500 is not dishwasher-safe, cleaning it is potentially more difficult than it could be.

The narrow container has been known to cause food to become stuck underneath the blades, which could potentially provide a cleaning problem when creating thick products like sauces or spreads.

Vitamix’s recommended method of cleaning is to fill the container with warm soapy water and run the machine on high for 30 seconds – this should be done immediately after use, to prevent food from drying on the sides.

Value for the Price

Because it features a slightly weaker motor and less impressive design than subsequent Vitamix models, the 6300 usually benefits from being usually more affordable (prices subject to change) than other units of a similar tier. It still has all of the standard features of a Vitamix blender – high power, large container, great build quality – but lacks many of the bells and whistles that come with later models, and as such will set you back a little less. Refurbished items are available, but may be difficult to locate. If you do go this route, be sure to check with the retailer to verify the type of warranty you'll be getting.

Although it’s among the cheaper models in Vitamix’s home use range of blenders, it is still in the upper price range compared to all blenders. This is to be expected, however – there are so many benefits to this machine that set it so far above competitor brands that the price is justified. The warranty alone is enough to justify the price – depending on how much you value peace of mind, the 7 year guarantee could be worth the 6300’s cost. Check the current price on Amazon using the link below:

How Does it Compare?

Vitamix 6300 vs Vitamix 7500: The Vitamix 7500 (full review over at that link) is a more up to date version of the 6300. It has a more powerful motor at 2.2 peak HP and a bunch of manual speed settings. It's great for making smoothies, soups, nut butters, etc. Anything you can think of that should be smooth and blended!

It also comes standard with the shorter container (but still 64 oz) which makes it easy to store under cabinets. This makes the unit less intrusive and provides for easier storage. It's an excellent choice if you have the budget for it. 

Vitamix 5200 vs Vitamix 6300: The 5200 is a more entry-level design than the 6300, although not by much. They share similar specifications – both have the same container shape, general design, and 2-peak horsepower motor. The primary difference between the two models is the presence of pre-programmed settings on the 6300, which the earlier-model 5200 does not have.

These three pre-programmed settings may be important to you, depending on what you seek to do with your machine. If you’re someone who drinks a smoothie every morning, the pre-programmed smoothie and cleaning settings might be worth the upgraded unit. If you’re planning on using your Vitamix mainly for sauces and spreads, which require manual use, it may not be worthwhile. You can also purchase it as a package which we've linked above providing you with multiple containers and cookbooks. Check out our full review of the Vitamix 5200 here.

Blendtec Classic 575 vs Vitamix 6300: The Blendtec 575 is a powerful machine that comes with four pre-programmed settings and 3-peak horsepower, as well as a range of color options to help it blend seamlessly into your kitchen’s color scheme, and comes at a lower price point than the 6300. Its manual five-speed setting and giant container may also provide important benefits to you. However, given that it doesn't have a tamper, blending certain items can be more of a hassle. It has also reported to be difficult to clean. We did a full review of the 575 here.

When looking at the two models side-by-side, it appears that the primary consideration is one of price: the Blendtec is much cheaper than the Vitamix (prices vary*), and so would be best for someone on a budget who still wants a powerful machine and is willing to put up with a few bumps in the road to get the best bang for their buck. It also still boasts an excellent warranty. The Vitamix is best for anyone who’d prefer to invest a little more in a machine that works perfectly.


About the Author Michelle B

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.

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