If you frequently check in with my site or have read any of my task-specific blender recommendation lists, you will have noticed a pattern emerge. I am a huge fan of Vitamix products.
I make no apologies for this. Vitamix is a great brand, and I have never been let down by one of their appliances. Two of my personal favorites are the 5200 and its slightly newer sibling, the 5300.
Vitamix 5200 vs. Vitamix 5300 – Which is Best?
It would be easy for me to say that both these blenders are great and leave it at that. I wouldn’t be fibbing, either. These are two top-of-the range professional-standard appliances that would be at home in any kitchen.
There are some differences, though. With that in mind, in a battle of Vitamix 5200 vs. Vitamix 5300, which model comes out on top? Let’s start with the tale of the tape.
- As the older model, the 5200 may be found cheaper. When comparing the RRP of the two blenders, however, the 5300 is the lower-cost model.
- The 5200 is available in black, red and white colors. The 5300 is only in black or red.
- The Vitamix 5300 has a slightly more powerful motor – 2.2 HP, as opposed to 2.0 on the 5200.
- This extra power gives the 5300 more consistency in when making smoothies, but it’s slightly louder while in operation.
- The 5300 has larger blades, which makes chopping of ingredients a little more efficient.
- The 5200 has a little more basic – and thus more user-friendly – interface. This could be important for a blender novice.
- The 5300 has a pulsing feature, which is lacking from the 5200.
- The 5300 is smaller than 5200, so it’s ideal for smaller kitchens.
- Both of these blenders are covered by a seven-year warranty.
On paper, reading the above, it looks like choosing the Vitamix 5300 is a no-brainer. That is not necessarily the case. There are plenty of reasons to continue to celebrate the 5200, especially if you are working to a lower budget.
Individual Product Reviews
Let’s dig a little deeper into each of these blenders. This should help you choose which model is better suited to your needs.
I have waxed lyrical about how much I adore the Vitamix 5200 for some time now. Frankly, I’ll sing the praises of this appliance to anybody that will listen – and even people that ignore me. Just what is it about this blender that inspires such adoration in me, especially now an upgrade is available?
Firstly, it’s robust durability. This is a professional standard piece of kit. Personally, I don’t make smoothies to sell, but my business relies upon near-constant blending. This appliance stands up to constant demands without any kind of complaint. It’s ideal for regular use, especially if you’re making multiple meals in a blender each day.
Now, I’m going to try to focus on the positives of the 5200 here and not talk about what the 5300 does better. It should be noted, though, that this is a big unit. It’s at least three inches taller than the newer counterpart. This means that it could be a struggle to squeeze under a kitchen cabinet.
The cable is six feet long, as least, so it’s comparatively mobile. It’s also very slightly lighter than the 5300. Perhaps more importantly, the Vitamix 5200 still performs to a high standard. It’s a powerful blender, and while there is no pulse function, it crushes and pulverizes ice in a matter of seconds.
I honestly think I will continue using my Vitamix 5200 until I’m physically unable to do so. That’s no knock on the 5300. It’s just a mark of how reliable and user-friendly this model is. If you find one at a reasonable price, I will continue to include it in my recommendations.
Having sang the praises of the 5200, I need to be realistic. The 5300 is an upgrade, in every possible sense. If you’re buying a blender for the first time, while I’m certain you’d be happy with the 5200, the 5300 is probably the way to go.
First thing’s first – this appliance boasts efficiency unlike any other. The 5200 is good, but the 5300 is flawless. The blades are around an inch longer than the previous model, so they’re even more ruthless when chopping tough vegetables. The slightly more powerful motor also ensures that every ingredient is pulped to within an inch of its life.
The 5300 also has a handful more features than its predecessor, including a pulsing function. This does mean that it’s slightly more complicated to operate. Once you get to grips with it, however, this blender will become your best friend. Its wholly versatile, capable of anything you’d expect from such an appliance and much more.
Another big selling point of the 5300 is the built-in fan. This prevents overheating, which is an obvious safety bonus. It will also aid your ingredients in retaining nutrition. That is important to anybody that wants to use their blender as a juicer, too.
This is not a cheap kitchen appliance, but when you consider performance and the lengthy warranty, it offers great value for money. The 5200 remains a lower-cost alternative (even though this device is cheaper on paper). If you’re looking for the best model from the finest manufacturer, you’re looking at it here.
Final Decision – Vitamix 5300 vs. Vitamix 5200
If money and availability are of no consequence to you, pick up the 5300. For a start, this is a matter of simple logistics. As the newer model, spare parts will be available for longer in the event of an issue. In addition, the 5300 is undeniably an upgrade in every sense.
All the same, this does not mean that the 5200 should be declared obsolete and ignored. There is still plenty to love about this blender. It’s powerful (especially for crushing ice), it has a simple to use and understand interface, and it’s a little quieter when in use.
I have confidently state that you’ll be happy with either of these blenders. I know that I still love my 5200. All the same, there’s a lot to be said about paying attention to new models from Vitamix. As industry leaders, any new appliance from these guys will immediately have my attention.