Battle of the Vitamix 5200 and Vitamix 5300: Which one deserves a Spot in Your Kitchen?
- 1 Battle of the Vitamix 5200 and Vitamix 5300: Which one deserves a Spot in Your Kitchen?
- 2 Some Quick Features of Vitamix 5200 and Vitamix 5300
- 3 Similarities and Differences in Functionality
- 4 Just what can it blend? Quality and Blade Sharpness
- 5 Pitcher Quality and Size
- 6 Just how loud is it?
- 7 Cleaning, Maintenance and Safety
- 8 Availability in your favorite Colors?
- 9 Pros and Cons in both the 5200 and 5300 series;
- 10 The Vitamix 5200 Series
- 11 The Vitamix 5300 Series
- 12 The Verdict and Final Thoughts
Be it your crazy juicing needs or cooking and meal preparations; you've definitely thought about one thing. A blender. But does just any type out there count? Not so, we must say.
If you’re keen, you must have noticed one brand that is giving the big boys a run for their money, and that is the Vitamix brand. It is a brand that has been in operation since 1921.
In this review, we are going to tell you all you need to know about the two C-series blenders that have been a darling to many kitchen cabinets.
First, you need to know that the two share a lot of similarities even though the 5300 series is an enhanced version of the 5200 series.
Some Quick Features of Vitamix 5200 and Vitamix 5300
Similarities and Differences in Functionality
Ease of Use: Control Panel and Speed
With the Vitamix 5200, you get a simple and easy to use user interface that comprises two toggles and a knob at the center. The first toggle controls the Variable/ High while the last toggle functions as the On/Off switch. On the other hand, you use the knob at the centre to select any of the 10 speeds available in this monster of a blender.
Similarly, the Vitamix 5300 series has a three-switch control panel with the speed control at the center and the On/Off toggle on the right.
Each of the blenders has a 10-speed setting, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest blending speed.
Additionally, you get a tamper with each of the models and that you can use to add ingredients into the pitcher, ensuring that they are evenly blended.
However, unlike its predecessor, the 5300 model has a ‘Pulse’ dial on the left of the speed control replacing the High/Variable in the 5200.
This 'Pulse' feature has become a game-changer in the Vitamix brands. With it, you can make that excellent smoothie, salsa, or puree.
Due to this additional feature, the 5300 model carries the day in this category.
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Base Unit and Motor Power
When it comes to packing power, both the 5200 and 5300 have very powerful base units. However on the details;
The Vitamix 5200 has a Swedish manufactured powerful motor that peaks at 2.0 horsepower. This powerful motor spins the blades up to an impressive 35000 RPMs, ensuring that your blending needs are well catered for.
When the Vitamix 5200 was released in 2007 with its 2.0-horsepower motor, it was one of the most powerful blenders in the market and quickly became one of the bestselling models in the world. Due to its high-power motor and functionality, this blender has remained a top choice for most users as it is still powerful enough to crush through any ingredients put in it.
On the other hand, the Vitamix 5300 comes with a more powerful upgraded 2.2 horsepower motor. You might think that the 0.2 horsepower difference is small but consider that in this model, you get the highest Horsepower every manufactured by Vitamix so far.
The 2.2 horsepower motor in the Vitamix 5300 is, of course, a big deal, but users report that the Vitamix 5200 .2 horsepower produces similar results and torque in blending. The difference is more evident in its capacity to blend and in its less noisy operation.
When it comes to Wattage; the Vitamix 5200’s motor is equipped with 1380 watts while Vitamix 5300 motor comes with 1640 watts. This gives the Vitamix 5300 a more powerful engine and higher blending power. Although the 5200 model comes with lower Wattage, it is paired with ball-bearing technology that improves the efficiency and durability of the machine.
Just what can it blend? Quality and Blade Sharpness
With the Vitamix brands, the blenders comfortably handle anything thrown at them. Despite other models being discontinued, the Vitamix 5200 has stuck around and posed real competition to its successor, Vitamix 5300, in the market.
Both models come with high-quality laser-cut aircraft-grade stainless steel blades, and that quickly obliterates anything in the mix. However, the 5200 model is equipped with 3” blades while the 5300 model has larger 4” long ones.
These combined with the high-performance horsepower motors give put these two blenders at the top of most sought after. Furthermore, you get hot soup within 7 minutes just from the touch of a button. The sheer power of the spinning blades can quickly heat up cold ingredients to make that much delightful soup.
Coming up with a winner in this category would be not possible as it depends on an individual’s needs. If you are a single user and are into a short time blending, the 5200 would be ideal.
However, the 5300 would be ideal for large batches of blending and targeted at larger groups.
Pitcher Quality and Size
With the Vitamix 5200, you get a 64 oz narrow but tall glass pitcher. This Classic Container comes in very hand, especially when you want to blend tiny particles that you do not want to spread across the pitcher.
When fully assembled, it towers at 20” tall and is ideal for single users. However, this has often made it difficult to store or fit in most kitchen cabinets.
On the other hand, despite the 5300 featuring a 64 oz pitcher like its predecessor the 5200, it is wider Low-Profile Container from the G- Series and is more convenient for storage in the kitchen cabinet. When fully assembled, it stands at 17” tall, making it the winner in this category as it easily fits in most of the standard kitchen cabinet tops.
Just how loud is it?
Owing to the powerful motors that these tow models feature, you would most obviously expect some noise. This can be irritating, especially if it is too loud.
Ironically, and despite the advancements made on the Vitamix 5200 to gift the world the 5300, it is noisier compared to its predecessor. This is so owing to the larger horsepower motor.
Thus if you were looking for a blender that is not that much noisy between the two, our best bet would be the Vitamix 5200.
Cleaning, Maintenance and Safety
With whichever of the two you pick for your kitchen, Vitamix has ensured that it is equipped with the Self-Cleaning feature. With this, you do not need to struggle to try to clear the mess by yourself.
You only need to add some detergent into the pitcher, fill halfway with water, and run the Self-Clean mode for 30 seconds. Ensure that you thoroughly rinse with water and dry before net use.
If you were worried about the maintenance of either of the two, you would need not bothered. Their simplistic design ensures that they require very minimal maintenance. Additionally, each of the models comes with a 7-year full warranty on parts and labour.
By default, the Vitamix 5300 comes with a wet blade for the classical blending needs, however, should you be planning to blend dry ingredients more frequently, and then you will need to get extra dry blades.
As for safety, both models have radial cooling fans and that cool off the blenders whenever they overheat. As an addition, they also have a thermal and overheating insulation to protect you from electric shock and the heat.
Additionally, both the Vitamix 5200 and 5300 are BPA-free. This means that they are made of non-toxic material, and that is ideal for handling food. Thus your health worries are sorted with this in mind.
On this, the Vitamix 5200 and Vitamix 5300 models tie as they both share these salient features.
Availability in your favorite Colors?
Nothing is more fulfilling than having just the right type of blender, and of the right color that blends with your kitchenware. With the 5200 model, you get three different colors to choose from, that is; red, black, and white.
On the other hand, the more advanced 5300 model only comes in two colors, black and red. Thus if you want more varied color options, the Vitamix 5200 would be ideal for you, making it more appealing.
Pros and Cons in both the 5200 and 5300 series;
As we have stated in this review, this was the predecessor to the Vitamix 5300 and shared most of the features with it.
The Vitamix 5200 Series
The Vitamix 5300 Series
The Verdict and Final Thoughts
From our review of the features and advantages of each of the models, you note that the two models are almost competing at neck and neck despite the 5300 is an advanced version of the 5200. Both can easily handle any types of foods and ingredients, and can easily be operated by all including beginners.
However, on making the urgent call, we would highly recommend the Vitamix 5300 to rule your kitchen. With it, you get a much more powerful motor, an additional Pulse functionality, and it easily fits in your cabinet, among other advantages we have tackled in this review.