Vitamix 5300 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 08, 2020 at 09:24 am
Vitamix 5300 Picture
8.8
Multi-Purpose
7.9
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.9
Ice Crushing
8.5
Soups
9.0
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,640 W

The Vitamix 5300 is a full-size blender with a large, 64-ounce main jar and a ten-setting speed dial. Overall, it has a versatile performance, and it has no trouble making spreadable almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. You can easily clean its components using hot water and soap, but unfortunately, you can't wash them in your dishwasher. It also struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale, which may be disappointing if you like to make smoothies and soups. Overall, this straightforward blender's performance can please many different users.

Our Verdict

8.8 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix 5300 is amazing for multi-purpose use. This premium-looking blender can easily crush ice, make spreadable almond butter, and it can hot blend ingredients, too. It's very easy to clean by hand, but its components aren't dishwasher-safe. It's satisfactory for making smoothies; however, it doesn't fully blend fibrous greens like kale, resulting in a leafy, grainy blend.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Large capacity main jar.
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
7.9 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Vitamix 5300 is very good for smoothies and protein shakes. This durable blender is easy to clean, and liquidy messes like smoothies easily rinse off using hot water and soap. It makes a decent smoothie; however, it struggles with leafy greens like kale, resulting in a grainy, leafy texture.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Large capacity main jar.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
9.9 Ice Crushing

The Vitamix 5300 is outstanding for ice crushing. Using its pulse mode, it easily crushes ice cubes into snow-like ice, which is ideal for making frozen drinks on a hot day.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
Cons
8.5 Soups

The Vitamix 5300 is excellent for soups. This well-built blender can hot blend ingredients, and its large capacity 64-ounce main jar is ideal for making big batches of your favorite soups. It's easy to clean using soap and water, too. However, it struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale, so your blend may have a leafy, grainy texture.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Large capacity main jar.
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
9.0 Professional Use

The Vitamix 5300 is incredible for professional use. This well-built, premium-looking blender has a durable feel, and its large capacity main jar is ideal for making big batches of food to feed multiple people at once. It can easily crush ice and make smooth, spreadable almond butter, and it can hot blend. However, it struggles to fully blend leafy greens, and it isn't dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Large capacity main jar.
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • 8.8 Multi-Purpose
  • 7.9 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.9 Ice Crushing
  • 8.5 Soups
  • 9.0 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.2" (43.7 cm)
Width 7.6" (19.3 cm)
Depth 9.0" (22.8 cm)
Weight
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Vitamix 5300 is a large blender. It's tall and heavy, so it's best stored on your kitchen counter or in a large cupboard. You can also remove the main jar for easier storage.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vitamix 5300 has an outstanding build quality. It's mostly made of metal and plastic, and these materials feel durable and solid. The power cable is long and thick.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
64.0 oz (1,892.7 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
No

The main jar has a 64-ounce capacity, so it's ideal for making large batches of your favorite foods. It isn't dishwasher-safe, so you need to hand wash it.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A

The Vitamix 5300 doesn't come with any additional jars. If you want a differently-sized jar, you can buy other C-Series compatible jars sold separately.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

This blender has four sharp blades that aren't designed to be removed from the jar when you clean it. It can be serviced thanks to its nut assembly, but removing the blades voids the warranty and isn't recommended by the manufacturer. The blades aren't dishwasher-safe, so you can only wash them by hand.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The two-part lid uses friction to stay shut, and it has two ears on each side that hook underneath the lip of the main jar to hold it in place. You can remove the middle of the lid to add ingredients while you're blending, or to use the tamper to push food closer to the blades. The lid can only be washed by hand.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
6.2 ft (1.9 m)

This blender comes with a long, thick power cord that can easily reach most outlets. The cord can also be stored away when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • Manual
  • Recipe book
  • Low-profile container and 2-part lid
  • Tamper

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
1,400 RPM
Max Speed
22,500 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
97.2 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Vitamix 5300 comes with a 10-setting speed dial. There's also a toggle to start and stop the blender, and a toggle for the pulse mode. It has the same controls as the Vitamix 7500, but it's a bit louder at max speed.

9.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 3 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Vitamix 5300 is fantastic for making almond butter. You may need to scrape the sides of the jar with a spatula to get all the nuts incorporated, but ultimately it makes a smooth, slightly sticky almond butter that's easy to spread in around three minutes.

7.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 3 min
Texture
Grainy

This blender is decent for making smoothies. While it can blend ingredients in the middle of the jar, it tends to push a lot of ingredients towards the walls. Even if you stop it and use a spatula to push the ingredients towards the blades, it still produces a grainy-textured smoothie in around three minutes. It really struggles to blend fibrous ingredients like kale, so you're left with different sizes of leafy chunks in your blend.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This blender doesn't come with any additional jars.

10
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0.5 min
Ice Quality
Snow Like

The Vitamix 5300 is incredible for crushing ice. Using the pulse mode, it can easily make snow-like ice in around thirty seconds.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

This blender is very easy to clean. Its components aren't dishwasher-safe, but you can use warm water and soap to clean up most messes. However, you may need to use a sponge or a small brush to clean stickier messes like almond butter out from under the blades. If you're looking for something easier to clean, check out the Blendtec Designer 725.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
Yes
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

This blender doesn't have a lot of extra features. You can use it to hot blend ingredients like soups and sauces, which is convenient. There's also a tamper to help you push ingredients towards the blades while it's mixing.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Vitamix 5300 blender comes in two color variants: Black and Red. We tested the Black variant, and you can see the label for the unit we tested here. We expect the Red variant to perform similarly. If you come across a different variant, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Vitamix 5300 is a full-size blender with a durable build and an incredibly versatile overall performance. It's easy to clean, and it can hot blend ingredients. Unfortunately, compared to other Vitamix blenders like the Vitamix 5200 and the Vitamix 7500, it struggles to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale, so it may not be the best choice for making smoothies.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5300 and the Vitamix 5200 are full-size blenders with very similar performances; however, the 5200 is better for multi-purpose use. The 5200 makes a better-blended smoothie, and it doesn't struggle to fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale. Unlike the 5300, it also comes with two speed adjustment settings: High and Variable. That said, the 5300 can crush ice faster.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix 7500 and the Vitamix 5300 have similar overall performances, but the 7500 is better for multi-purpose use. The 7500 is better-built, and it makes a better-blended smoothie that fully incorporates leafy greens like kale into the mix. However, the 5300 does a better job making almond butter.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better overall blender than the Vitamix 5300. Unlike the 5300, the Explorian E310's components are dishwasher-safe. The Explorian E310 also makes a better-blended smoothie. However, some users may prefer the 5300's larger capacity main jar. It also does a better job crushing ice.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 is better than the Vitamix 5300. The A3500 makes better-blended smoothies and comes with a dishwasher-safe jar. Its controls include several preset modes and a timer in addition to a speed dial. It's also Bluetooth-compatible, which gives you access to more presets via a companion app.

Vitamix A2300

The Vitamix A2300 is better than the Vitamix 5300. The A2300 makes better-blended smoothies. It has a self-clean mode, and you can access a variety of presets through a companion app. On the other hand, the A2300 makes crushed ice with a better texture.

Vitamix A2500

The Vitamix A2500 is a better overall blender than the Vitamix 5300. The A2500 is dishwasher-safe, and it makes a better-blended smoothie. It also comes with more features. It's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access extra preset modes via the Vitamix Perfect Blend companion app, and it has a timer and self-clean program.

Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO

The Vitamix 5300 is better than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO for most purposes. The Vitamix is a full-size blender with a much better build quality and a speed dial. You can use it to blend hot ingredients, and it comes with a tamper as well as a two-part lid for the main jar. On the other hand, the DUO is a personal blender. It's more suitable for making single-serve drinks, since it makes  better-blended smoothies and comes with a pair of 24-ounce jars and matching to-go lids. 

KitchenAid K400

The Vitamix 5300 is better for most purposes than the KitchenAid K400. It has a much better build quality, a faster maximum speed setting, and it's much easier to clean. It makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter and crushed ice with a better texture. On the other hand, the KitchenAid takes less time to make better-blended smoothies.

Blendtec Classic 575

The Vitamix 5300 is better than the Blendtec Classic 575. The Vitamix is significantly better-built and does a much better job of making almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice. It has a speed dial and comes with a tamper. On the other hand, the Blendtec is much easier to clean, and its main jar has a bigger 72-ounce capacity.

Blendtec Designer 725

The Vitamix 5300 is better than the Blendtec Designer 725 for most purposes. The Vitamix makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter and blends decent smoothies more quickly. It comes with a tamper, and you can use it to blend hot ingredients. On the other hand, the Blendtec's main jar has a bigger capacity, and it also comes with a personal jar with a matching to-go lid.

Vitamix A3300

The Vitamix A3300 is better for most purposes than the Vitamix 5300. The A3300 has more speed settings, and it's Bluetooth compatible, which gives you access to a variety of presets through a companion app. It's also much better for making smoothies. On the other hand, the 5300 takes much less time to make smooth, spreadable almond butter.

Vitamix ONE

The Vitamix 5300 is better for most purposes than the Vitamix ONE. The 5300 has a significantly better build quality and makes smooth almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. It has a much bigger, 62-ounce capacity, and you can use it to blend hot ingredients. On the other hand, the ONE makes a much better-textured smoothie.

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