In this article, we’re going pit two of Vitamix’s most popular blenders against each other: the Vitamix 5300 and 6500. While both these blenders are comparable in terms of power, functionality, and durability, there are a few small (but important) differences that set them apart.
We need to make something very clear straight away: these are high-end blenders and therefore priced accordingly. If you’re looking for a cheap, entry-level device then neither blender is the right choice for you.
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What does each blender have to offer? Which is more suited to your household? These are the questions we’re going to be answering in this article.
Vitamix 6500 vs 5300: A Summary
Before we go into detail about these Vitamix blenders, here is a brief summary of their features. This way, you can have a good idea of the pros and cons of both the Vitamix 5300 and 6500 before we proceed.
- The Vitamix 5300 has a motor that’s capable of reaching peak 2.2 horsepower. In comparison, the motor in Vitamix’s flagship C-series 5200 peaks at 2.0 horsepower
- Together with the pitcher, the Vitamix 5300 is 17.2 inches tall. It’s perfectly-sized for storing on kitchen countertops, and beneath overhead kitchen cabinets
- It comes with a wide-base 64-ounce pitcher
- The Vitamix 5300 has a variable speed control and a pulse feature. This allows you to make anything from silky smooth purees to thick soups
- You can purchase the Vitamix 5300 in both black and red
- The Vitamix 5300 comes with a five-year warranty
- You can buy a renewed Vitamix 5300 at around $350.
- The Vitamix 6500 also has a 2.2 horsepower motor
- The Vitamix 6500 is also around 17 inches tall
- It comes with a wide-base 64-ounce pitcher
- The Vitamix 6500 has a variable speed control and pulse feature, just like the 5300. In addition, it has 3 blending presets
- You can buy the Vitamin 6500 in Platinum, white, black and red
- The Vitamix 6500 comes with a seven-year warranty
- The Vitamix 6500 is more expensive. You can get one for $500 to $600 from Amazon.
In this section, we will take a closer look at the aforementioned features in each blender. By the end, you’ll know which blender is for you.
Both Vitamix blenders have 2.2 peak horsepower motors. This means that either can blend pretty much any hard ingredient you throw into its pitcher.
Here are some of the things you’ll able to make with this much power:
- Hot soups
- Nut butter
- Ice creams
- Green smoothies
While both are capable of the same amount of power, the Vitamix 6500 is actually quieter than its rival. This is to due to the next generation suspend housing that its motor is encased in. Because of this, the noise output is around 40% less than the older Vitamix model.
This is where the differences between the two blenders become most apparent. Both the Vitamix 5300 and 6500 have a variable speed knob and a pulse button. The latter allows you to get chunkier textures by making the blades move in a fast chop maneuver rather than a pure blending action. However, the 6500 has something that the 5300 doesn’t: three presets for hands-free blending.
These three presets are:
Hot Soup – when this preset is selected, the blender will automatically run for ten minutes or so. Not only will this give you the fine consistency of soup, but the resulting friction will heat up the blend as well. This means you can make hot soups that are ready to be eaten straightaway.
Smoothies – once you select this preset, the blender will run for 45 seconds at the speed required for a silky smooth consistency. Afterwards, the blend will switch off automatically.
Frozen Desserts – This will cause the blender to run for almost a minute. Use this preset if you’re making ice cream or sorbet.
Both the Vitamix 5300 and 6500 come with low-profile, wide-base pitchers. They can hold 64 ounces of food at a time and their height makes them perfect for under-cabinet storage. The wide base is absolutely perfect for housing the 4-inch diameter stainless steel blades that each blender comes fitted with.
The only downside with these containers is that they’re not ideal for smaller servings. With the wider base and greater cutting area afforded by the large blades, they’re better suited for larger households.
The default pitchers that come with both models are more suited for blending wet ingredients. However, you can buy separate dry pitchers from Vitamix if you wish.
Ease Of Use And Cleaning
Both blenders are easy to use thanks to their powerful motors and the versatility of both the variable speed control and the pulse feature. However, the 6500 is more convenient due to the three pre-programmed settings. All you need to do is load the ingredients, select the preset and wait until the process is complete.
Both the Vitamix 5300 and 6500 are capable of self-cleaning. Just load the pitcher half-way with water and add one or two drops of dish cleaner. Then turn the dial to the lowest speed setting and turn on the blender. Gradually increase the speed until the froth reaches the top of the lid. Keep the blender running at this speed for a couple of minutes.
Of course, you’ll have to clean them manually after heavy use. But this is easy because their wide-based pitchers allow greater reach for your hands.
Both the Vitamix 5300 and 6500 come with the same low-profile tamper. Sometimes lighter ingredients like leaves may get stuck in the upper parts of the container. You can use the tamper to keep all of the ingredients pushed down to the base and thereby get a more consistent blend.
Both blenders also come with a ‘Getting Started’ Guide.
The Vitamix 5300 comes with a five-year warranty while the 6500 has seven years. Each one covers both labour and cost. Vitamix will also cover all shipping costs if you have to send in your blender for repairs.
As mentioned before, these blenders don’t come cheap! A refurbished Vitamix 5300 will cost you around $350 while you’ll have to shell out $150 to $250 more for a 6500.
Unsurprisingly, both blenders have received a rating that’s greater than four stars on Amazon. Users all over the world continue to rave about everything from build quality to the versatility that these blenders provide.
Our Verdict: Vitamix 5300 vs 6500
While either blender would satisfy the average user, we think the Vitamix 6500 is better overall. It’s 40% less noisy than your average blender, has three presets that will let you make a wide variety dishes at the press of a button, comes in two additional colours and lastly, it’s got a seven-year warranty.
In Conclusion: What Blender Should You Get?
Even though we consider the Vitamix 6500 to be the better blender, we wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. If you don’t feel comfortable spending an additional $150 for a 6500, then the 5300 will serve you just fine. In fact, you could get a Vitamix 5300 and an additional appliance for the amount you’d spend on a 6500!
However, if you absolutely must have those presets, then we recommend that you save up and get yourself a 6500 instead.