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16 thoughts on “Vitamix 5300 Review: The Little Secret That Shoppers Miss”

  1. Thanks for this through review. I would use it mainly for wet ingredients, but would a different model be better for making nut butters and flours?

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    • Hey Laura – This model is as good as any for making nut butters and flours. If you’re really making a lot of those however, you’ll get enough value of out buying the extra dry goods container to make that worth the extra investment. Hope this helps!

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  2. Fantastic information, I just love the way you wrote this. So informative, you’ve covered everything. I’ve been reading many posts, reviews and YouTube videos about this model. I’m finding it really hard to make a decision, I didn’t want to make the wrong one. My preference truly is the 750 professional, however I just not able to make that investment right now. So when I came across the 5300 reconditioned, I was contemplating it. I’ve never bought anything reconditioned/refurbished and was really always told not too for that matter. However, it is a really great price and more than half the price of the 750 on sale. Your article has really helped me make up my mind. So I can’t thank you enough. I’m feeling pretty confident in my decision to buy it now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to invest in the 750 in the future. I personally love the stainless steel look too. Many thanks.

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  3. Can you still make hot soup with the 5300? Is it just a matter of how long you let it run? So the preset settings can be done manually?

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  4. One thing that bugs me is this doesn’t have a 2.2 HP motor.

    I can say this with confidence and wish they couldn’t lie like this. All of them do it, from tool makers to appliance makers.

    A HP is 746 watts, meaning 1492 watts is 2 HP.

    Well it lists it used 120v at 11.5 amps.

    120 x 11.5 = 1380 watts. That means it’s roughly a 1.85 HP motor.

    Moreover appliances are generally limited to 80% of the capacity of a circuit. 15amps * 120vols might equal to 1800 watts but are mostly limited to have a max average operating wattage of 80 percent that or 1440 watts.

    Now don’t get me wrong Vitamix is still good, but it gets it’s actual results due to a power motor, design and shape of the container, blade design and actually using metal parts allowing more torque while other blenders don’t, Vitamix is purely function over form. Other blenders are form over function for the most part.

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  5. Thank you for your review; I have been perusing all of your articles over the past couple of weeks because I greatly regret trading in my regular Vitamix (ordinary TNC model from 2013) for a Ninja (needed the extra cash) and the Ninja can definitely not handle anything like the Vitamix can. Especially not leafy greens (does anyone really enjoy chewing their smoothie?!)

    So I am considering going for this refurbished model!

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  6. Thanks for caring enough to make this available to strangers like me trying to make an educated decision about a product I’ve only seen advertised. Your thoroughness is truly appreciated. I have always wanted to love my Waring cherry red blender, but is so inferior, and often inadequate for the job I need done!

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  7. The vitamix 5300 & 6500 have the same exact 2.3 hp motor, only difference is the preset programs.
    The ninja can not make sorbets or hot soups & the sharp blades of the ninja are prone to chipping.
    Other than that, great review.

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    • You know your blenders Danny! You nailed it with the Ninjas; I think the main reason they step down is price so much is that for heavy duty blending, you can’t expect them to last anywhere near as long as a Vitamix.

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  8. Thanks for your explanation and review of the Vitamix 5300.
    It seems to be faster and easier to clean than a masticating juicer
    like the Omega 8006.
    Henry Stern

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    • Absolutely right on that one Henry. Even good juicers can be an absolute pain to clean, but I’ve never had an issue cleaning my Vitamix despite having blended countless ingredients. People who make the change over are always happy with this part in particular.

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