Vitamix 5300 Blender Review

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The Vitamix 5300 is an incredible blender that has features of the classic Vitamix 5200 and 7500. It comes with a 64-ounce container, a big 4-inch blade, and a powerful 1,640 watts (2.2 HP) motor.

The Vitamix brand is famous for manufacturing high-quality blenders, and the Vitamix 5300 is no different. The blender is versatile, with plenty of blending power, and even capable of self-cleaning.
 
Generally, the Vitamix 5300 outshines other comparable blenders within its range, but many customers may have an issue with its price.
 
In this review, we’ll look at the Vitamix 5300 in more detail so you can decide if the blender justifies the cost of having one.
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Quick Overview

Included in the Box

  • 1,640-watt (2.2 HP) Motor Base
  • Low-Profile 64-ounce Container
  • Low-Profile Tamper
  • Getting Started Guide

Product Code

  • Vitamix C-Series 5300

Product Dimensions

  • Height: 17.25 in. 
  • Width: 7.25 in.
  • Length: 8.75 in.
  • Weight: 11.95 lbs.

Colors Available

  • Black
  • Red

Blender Base & Technology

Motor

  • The Vitamix 5300 is equipped with 1,640 watts (2.2 HP) of peak power and effective power of 1,380 watts.
  • The power base is designed with ball bearing technology for high efficiency & durability, a radial cooling fan, and an automatic shut-off system that cuts the blender’s power when it starts overheating.

Containers

  • Comes with a wide-bottom 64 oz container that easily fits in most kitchen cabinets.
  • Made from top-quality polycarbonate, known as Eastman Tritan Copolyester.

Blades

  • A 4-pronged blade that is 4-inches in diameter
  • Wet blade
  • Dry blade

Plug

  • 2 feet in length power cord
  • US/Canadian configured polarized plug

Care & Cleaning

  • Container

    • Fill the jar halfway with water, add some liquid detergent.
    • Manually set it high and run it for 30-60 seconds.

    Blender Base

    • Clean the surface with a soft damp cloth or sponge using a mild solution of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Dry all surfaces and polish them clean with a soft cloth.

Warranty

  • 7-year Standard Full Warranty. Includes parts, performance, labor, and two-way shipping.

Manufacturer

  • Vitamix - designed and assembled in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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Product Dimensions

The Vitamix 5300 blender has a height of roughly 17.25 inches with its container mounted on its motor base. It also has a length and width of  7.25 and 8.75 inches, respectively
 
Its massive base gives the blender stability making its total weight of 11 pounds and a shipping weight of 11.95 pounds. Every Vitamix 5300 blender also comes with a 2 ft. power cord.

Functionality

The Vitamix 5300 has a powerful blender motor that makes it capable of handling whatever ingredient you throw into it. It is great for making smoothies, crushing ice and frozen desserts, puréeing, chopping, and even making steaming hot soups.

Smoothies

The smoothies come out with a smooth, silky texture, and all tiny seeds get pulverized with ease. When it comes to crushing ice and handling frozen ingredients, the Vitamix 5300 does a perfect job regardless if you add any liquid or not.

Purée

Purées come out perfectly smooth within just the first two minutes of blending, thanks to its laser-cut, stainless-steel hammermill cutting blades.

Mince

The Vitamix 5300 can also mince fruit and vegetables, pulverize nuts for milk extraction or butter making, grind, mill, and knead dough.
 
The blender was designed to handle medium to large amounts of ingredients at once, as some users have complained of leftover chunks of ingredients after blending a small batch. However, you can easily take care of this by adding more ingredients or a little bit of liquid to your blend.
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Controls

The Vitamix 5300 has a control panel that features a 10-speed dial knob and two switches; the pulse switch and the start/stop switch.
 
The ten variable speed knob and the pulse function offer you the ability to prepare or blend different types of food and create any texture you want. With the pulse mode, you can control the exact consistency of your desired output.
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Motor and Blade

Motor

Vitamix has always fitted its blenders with top-quality, highly durable motors that are built to last for a long time. The Vitamix 5300 is equipped with 1,640 watts (2.2 HP) of peak power and effective power of roughly 1,380 watts. The Vitamix 5300 wattage is an upgrade from previous models and is superior to other blenders in the same category.
 
The motor base is designed with ball bearing technology for high efficiency and durability. It is also fitted with a radial cooling fan and an automatic shut-off system that cuts the blender’s power when it starts overheating. Once the shut-off system is activated, you may have to wait for about 45 minutes before using the blender again.

Blade

The Vitamix 5300’s motor powers a non-removable blade built into the blending jar. It is a 4-pronged blade that is 4-inches in diameter. The blade is made of high-quality hardened stainless steel. The edge is intentionally dulled and is safe to touch during cleaning.
 
When you purchase the blender, you get the wet-type blade by default. The wet blade was designed for liquid ingredients but can also handle milling, grinding, and kneading. If you blend dry ingredients most of the time, it is advisable to purchase the one with the dry blade.
 
Some users suggest that it is not advisable to use the wet blade for dry blending all the time because the blender’s motor could get overloaded, and the container may get scratches from prolonged dry blending.
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Container and Accessories

The Vitamix 5300 comes with a wide-bottom 64 oz container. This low-profile container is an upgrade for the C-Series machines.
 
All the containers were manufactured from a top-quality kind of polycarbonate known as Eastman Tritan Copolyester. This material looks like glass, but it doesn’t break easily. It is highly durable and is temperature and stress-resistant. However, it is not recommended that they be put in dishwashers.
 
The containers are marked for easy measurement. The blender jar has a high-quality flexible lid that is easy to use. The lid is held in place by two latches on the side, so you don’t have to hold on to the blender while you operate it. The lid also has a removable plug for adding extra ingredients while you blend.
 
The Vitamix 5300 also has a couple of other accessories:
 
  • 48 oz. stainless steel container,
  • 32 oz., 48 oz. wet blade containers,
  • 32 oz. dry blade container
  • Personal cup adapter
  • Spatulas

Care and Cleaning

The Vitamix 5300’s blender design makes it very easy to set up and disassemble because it only has a few removable parts.
 
In terms of cleaning, you don’t have to worry about doing so much. You could easily rinse the blender with warm or hot water, or you could use the self-cleaning system.
 
Self-cleaning is simple: fill the jar halfway with water, add some liquid detergent and start the motor for a minute. Also, food particles hardly ever get stuck in between the controls.

Warranty and Replacements

The Vitamix 5300 blender has the standard 7-year full warranty, and a certified refurbished model has a 5-year full warranty. These warranties cover the cost of repairs, replacements, as well as shipment.
 
The warranty is currently the best one you can find on the market because not only does it cost you nothing for repairs and shipping, but it also covers second-hand machines.
 
The Vitamix 5300 also has a 30-day money-back guarantee. So, if you’re not satisfied with the product, you can still return it with free shipping.
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Set Inclusions

The Vitamix 5300 blender set includes the following:

  • A 1,640 watts (2.2 HP) motor base
  • A 64 oz low profile container
  • 11 inches low-profile tamper
  • A Getting Started Guide book

Vitamix 5300: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Great design, versatile, and durable.
  • Powerful motor and sturdy blades.
  • Self-cleaning capability.
  • Multiple speed control and a pulse function.

Cons

  • As with other Vitamix blenders, it is pricey.
  • There had been reports of malfunction from several users.
  • Not recommendable for blending smaller batches.
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Vitamix 5300 - FAQs

What is the difference between the Vitamix 5200 & 5300 models?

  • The Vitamix 5300 is more powerful than the 5200. It is also quieter and fits under a standard kitchen cabinet easily. The 5300 also has a pulse function. Other slight differences have to do with their containers and other accessories.

Are the 5300’s containers BPA-free?

Does the Vitamix 5300 blend frozen fruits well?

Other than price, what is the difference between 5300 and 7500?

  • The 5300 performs just as well as the 7500. Most customers consider them to be essentially the same. The only significant difference is its accessories and motor power.

Does it grind coffee beans well?

  • The Vitamix 5300 could definitely do that, but if you will use it for that sole purpose, a coffee grinder makes more sense.

How can I use the 'PULSE' button?

  • The pulse button acts as a quick on/off switch. You would have to toggle it repeatedly to grind to your desired texture. It gives you more control than a constant blending.

Its blades are dulled. Do I have to sharpen them or buy a new one?

  • The Vitamix 5300’s blades were intentionally dulled. If you try to sharpen them, you could damage your unit.

Does the 5300 come with multiple blades?

  • It only comes with a wet type blade designed for liquid ingredients, but it still processes dry ingredients well. However, you can purchase a dry blade separately.

What does the Vitamix 5300 package include?

  • It includes a low-profile 64 oz container with variable speed setting, a recipe book, a 2.2 HP peak motor, a wet blade, 7 years warranty, and a power cord.

Is the unit loud?

  • It is not a particularly loud machine, but as you increase the speed up to 6, the noise increases, and it becomes very loud when the speed is set to 10.

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Vitamix 5300: Final Thoughts

The Vitamix 5300 is an impressive machine that comes from a long line of high-quality, durable blenders. It has some great features like variable speed control and aircraft-grade blades. The major downside to this blender is its price. However, it offers so much value that makes it worth every penny.

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