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Vitamix Immersion Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Nov 30, 2020 at 09:53 am
Vitamix Immersion Blender Picture
6.2
Multi-Purpose
5.8
Smoothies (Single Serving)
6.4
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
4.1
Ice Crushing
8.9
Soups
7.3
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
625 W
Hot Blending
Yes

The Vitamix Immersion Blender is designed for blending hot ingredients into soups, purees, and more. It's decently well-built, and its long shaft can help you blend ingredients in deep dutch ovens or pots. However, like most immersion blenders, it can't crush ice and it struggles to make almond butter, and its motor can actually get very hot while struggling to process tough ingredients like nuts. On the upside, a quick rinse of soap and water should remove debris after making liquid blends like smoothies, resulting in an easy clean-up.

Our Verdict

6.2 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix Immersion Blender is middling for multi-purpose use. This immersion blender is intended for blending hot ingredients for soups or purees. However, it can't crush ice, and it struggles to make almond butter or a silky smoothie. It's decently well-built, but it may overheat while trying to blend tough ingredients like nuts.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Can struggle with fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Motor body can get very hot.
5.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)
6.4 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
4.1 Ice Crushing

The Vitamix Immersion Blender is poor for ice crushing. Ice gets trapped under the blades, which causes it to jam. Ultimately, it fails to crush ice.

Pros
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
8.9 Soups

The Vitamix Immersion Blender is good for soups. This decently well-built immersion blender can blend hot ingredients, and it has a long shaft to help you blend in deeper pots and pans. It's very easy to clean off liquid messes by hand, too. However, it may struggle to fully process fibrous ingredients like kale, resulting in a blend with a somewhat grainy texture.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
  • Decently easy to clean.
Cons
  • Can struggle with fibrous ingredients like kale.
7.3 Professional Use

The Vitamix Immersion Blender is sub-par for professional use. It's decently well-built; however, it can overheat while attempting to blend tougher ingredients like almonds. It's inadequate for making almond butter, it can't crush ice, and it makes a mediocre smoothie. While it's decently easy to clean, you may need to use a brush to clean stickier messes out from underneath the blades.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Can struggle with fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Motor body can get very hot.
  • 6.2 Multi-Purpose
  • 5.8 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 6.4 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 4.1 Ice Crushing
  • 8.9 Soups
  • 7.3 Professional Use
  1. Updated Jul 28, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Feb 25, 2022: Retested 'Almond ฮ’utter' and 'Crushed Ice'.
  3. Updated Feb 16, 2021: We've updated the Speed Dial test results.
  4. Updated Nov 30, 2020: Review published.
  5. Updated Nov 24, 2020: Early access published.

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Stainless Steel Immersion Blender
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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.9" (45.5 cm)
Width 3.0" (7.6 cm)
Depth 3.8" (9.7 cm)
Weight
2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
9.2" (23.4 cm)

The Vitamix Immersion Blender has a long shaft that can reach the bottom of most dutch ovens. You can easily store it in a kitchen drawer when it's not in use. Also, the shaft is removable for easier storage.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

This blender has a decent build quality. Its mostly made of stainless steel, with a rubberized handle on the motor body. While these materials seem durable and solid, the plastic transmission feels cheap and may show signs of wear and tear easily. The matte plastic bell guard doesn't feel very premium, either. Also, the stainless steel part of the motor can become extremely hot if you try to process tough ingredients like almonds.

10
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
N/A
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
No Jar Included
Dishwasher Safe
No
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
6
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

There are four sharp horizontal blades and two smaller vertical blades at the end of the shaft. They aren't removable, and they aren't dishwasher-safe. Take a look at the Cuisinart Smart Stick Cordless Hand Blender if you're looking for an immersion blender with dishwasher-safe blades.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
No Lid Included
Lid Closing Type
No Lid Included

This blender doesn't come with a lid or a beaker.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
4.9 ft (1.5 m)

The power cord is long and should be able to reach most outlets on your kitchen counter.

Design
In The Box

  • Manual
  • Motor
  • Blade shaft
  • Recipe book

Performance
6.0
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Standard 1000 mL Beaker
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
6.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
6.0
5.6
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Standard 1000 mL Beaker
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
6.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
5.5
0.7
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
0
Crushed Ice Texture
1.0

Update 02/25/2022: This blender's ice crushing performance has been retested. If you move the blender up and down during the process and work with only three ice cubes at once, it can make crushed ice. The score changed from 0 to 4.5.

This blender is poor for ice crushing. It can make crushed ice if it's working with three ice cubes at once, but it takes a long time, and the ice doesn't have a uniform or snow-like texture.

6.6
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
3.0
Nut Butter Texture
9.0

Update 02/25/2022: The blender's almond butter performance has been retested. The results are better if you move the blending arm up and down in the jar during the process, and the score has changed from 5 to 6.5.

This blender is okay for making almond butter. It can produce a smooth, easy-to-spread butter, but it takes a bit of effort and force since you need to move the blending arm up and down in the jar constantly. You may also need to pause the blender and use a tool like a knife to clean the blades a few times. Unfortunately, by the end of the process, the motor base can get very hot, which can cause damage to the motor over time.

6.7
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
95.0 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
6,800 RPM
Max Speed
13,900 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

Update 02/16/2021: We've updated the Speed Dial test result from 'No' to 'Yes' to better reflect its capabilities. The blender's speed can be adjusted by using the variable speed control button.

This blender has a variable speed control button that lets you cycle between five different speeds. Once you've set the desired speed, hold down on the power button to blend. You can also simulate a pulse mode by pressing and releasing the power button multiple times.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
No
Speed Presets
5
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
No
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No
8.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

This blender is decently easy to clean. You can rinse off liquid messes with soap and water easily. However, for stickier messes like nut butter, you may need to use a brush to clean debris from under the blade assembly.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Vitamix Immersion Blender comes in one color: 'Stainless Steel'. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Vitamix Immersion Blender is a decently well-built immersion blender with a long shaft to help you blend directly in your pots or pans. It's ideal for turning hot ingredients into a smooth blend to make soups or purees. Like most immersion blenders, it struggles with tougher ingredients like nuts, and it can get very hot while trying to process almonds into smooth, spreadable nut butter. It's also not dishwasher-safe. See our recommendations for the best blenders, the best immersion blenders, and the best Vitamix blenders.

Braun MultiQuick 9

The Braun MultiQuick 9 is better than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The Braun has a much better build quality and makes significantly better almond butter. It comes with a 20-ounce beaker you can use for blending and a whisk attachment, although we don't test it currently. On the other hand, the Vitamix makes a better-blended smoothie.

All-Clad KZ750DGT

The All-Clad KZ750DGT is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. Unlike the Vitamix, the All-Clad can crush ice, it makes a better almond butter, and it's easier to clean. However, the Vitamix is better-built.

Braun MultiQuick 7

The Braun MultiQuick 7 is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The Braun is better-built, and it comes with a jar, unlike the Vitamix. It also makes a better almond butter and is easier to clean. However, the Vitamix makes a better smoothie.

Bamix Mono M133

The Bamix Mono M133 is better for most purposes than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. It has a significantly better build quality and comes with a jar you can use for blending. It's much easier to clean and makes bar-quality crushed ice. On the other hand, the Vitamix has a detachable blending shaft, which some may prefer, and it does a better job of incorporating leafy greens like kale into smoothies.

Braun MultiQuick 5

The Braun MultiQuick 5 and the Vitamix Immersion Blender have similar overall performance, so depending on your usage, you may prefer one. The Braun is better-built, and it comes with a beaker, unlike the Vitamix. It's also easier to clean. However, the Vitamix makes a better smoothie.

Breville Control Grip

The Breville Control Grip is better for making soup than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The Breville has a better build quality, comes with a jar you can use for blending, and does a better job of incorporating kale into smoothies. It's also much easier to clean by hand and comes with a food processing attachment, although we don't test it currently.

NutriBullet Immersion Blender

The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The NutriBullet makes better smoothies and better-textured crushed ice. It's also significantly easier to clean, especially if you're working with sticky ingredients. The Vitamix has a slightly longer blade shaft, which could be helpful if you want to blend ingredients in deep pots, but it's not a very big difference.

Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender

The Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. Unlike the Vitamix, the Cuisinart comes with a beaker and can crush ice. The Cuisinart also makes a better almond butter, and it's easier to clean. However, the Vitamix is better-built.

Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100

The Cuisinart EvolutionX RHB-100 is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The Cuisinart makes much better smoothies. It's also easier to clean and comes with a beaker you can use for blending. On the other hand, the Vitamix feels significantly better-built, and it's corded, which you may prefer if you don't want to worry about battery life.

KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender

The KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is a better blender than the Vitamix Immersion Blender for most uses. The KitchenAid makes a much better smoothie and can crush ice. It also comes with a beaker and lid. On the other hand, the Vitamix has a better build quality and a longer blending shaft.

Smeg HBF02

The Vitamix Immersion Blender and the Smeg HBF02 have different strengths, and you may prefer either, depending on what you're looking for. The Vitamix has a sturdier build and is better-suited for blending hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan. On the other hand, using its chopper bowl accessory, the Smeg is better for making almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice. It's also easier to clean by hand.

Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender

The Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender and the Vitamix Immersion Βlender have different strengths. The Hamilton Beach is a full-size blender with a more versatile performance since it can make smooth almond butter and crush ice. It also makes better-blended smoothies. On the other hand, the Vitamix can blend hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan. It's also easier to store since it can fit in a kitchen drawer.

Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System

The Ninja Foodi Power Mixer System is better than the Vitamix Immersion Blender. The Ninja has a better build quality, comes with a jar you can use for blending, and makes a smoother puree of fibrous ingredients. It's also easier to clean by hand and comes with beaters, so you can convert it into a hand mixer.

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