Vitamix Immersion Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 30, 2020 at 09:53 am
Vitamix Immersion Blender Picture
5.5
Multi-Purpose
5.4
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
3.1
Ice Crushing
7.7
Soups
5.5
Professional Use
Blender Type
Immersion Blender
Power
625 W

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

5.5 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.
5.4 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Vitamix Immersion Blender is disappointing for smoothies and protein shakes. This decently well-built model can make a mediocre smoothie with a thick, airy texture, but there may be some grains of unprocessed kale left in the mix. It's easy to clean after making liquid blends like smoothies, but you can't make frosty blends since it can't crush ice.

Pros
  • Decently easy to clean.
Cons
  • Can struggle with fibrous ingredients like kale.
  • Can't crush ice.
3.1 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.
7.7 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.
5.5 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.
  • 5.5 Multi-Purpose
  • 5.4 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 3.1 Ice Crushing
  • 7.7 Soups
  • 5.5 Professional Use
  1. Updated Feb 16, 2021: We've updated the Speed Dial test results.

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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.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
No Jar Included
Jar Capacity
N/A
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

This blender doesn't come with a jar.

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

This blender doesn't come with any jars.

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.

Design
Lid
2 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
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
6800 RPM
Max Speed
13900 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
69 dB
On/Off Toggle
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.

5.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 5 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Ok
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

This blender is inadequate for almond butter. It makes a dry, chunky almond butter, with lots of unprocessed almonds left in the mix. It can also overheat while attempting to process almonds, making the motor body too hot to touch for over 30 minutes.

6.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Standard 1000 ml Beaker
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Grainy

The Vitamix Immersion Blender makes an acceptable smoothie. It makes a thick, airy smoothie, and the texture is slightly grainy as it doesn't fully process fibrous ingredients like kale. You may need to move it up and down to fully blend ingredients towards the bottom of the jar. If you want an immersion blender that does a better job of processing kale, check out the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender.

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

There are no additional jars.

0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0 min
Ice Quality
Failed To Crush

This blender can't crush ice, as the ice jams under the blades.

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.

7.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Difficult

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.

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
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

This blender doesn't have a lot of extra features; however, you can use it to blend hot ingredients.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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