by Garrick Dee
Updated February 27th, 2019
Vitamix is one of the best brands right now when it comes to blenders and today we’ll be comparing the 5200 and 5300.
In terms of popularity, the 5200 has been an Amazon bestseller for a long time.
If you look around juice bars, you’ll probably see something similar.
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Something that has a sturdy base with toggle switches on both sides. Plus a rotary dial at the center plus a tall pitcher for blending smoothies.
The 5200 uses the old 2hp motor while the 5300 is more powerful. And has the same motor as the “Professional” series 750 which is a 2.2 hp motor.
Currently the 5300 is slightly more expensive compare to the 5200. Which leads me to the question is the 5300 better than the 5200?
The Vitamix 5200 uses the old generation 2hp motor while the 5300 has the 2nd generation 2.2 hp motor
This new motor will produce more torque and when you combine it with the larger blade and better cooling.
Even if the 5300 is a larger motor and better cooling, the difference between these two is negligible when it comes to blending.
You may be able to blend longer with the 5300 with better cooling but really how long will you run this for?
Winner: 5300 (slightly)
Both the 5200 and 5300 have the same layout.
Toggle controls on both sides plus a rotary dial at the center to control the speed.
At first glance these controls look alike. But if you look very close at the left control you’ll see one very important difference.
5200 does not have variable speed
The 5300 has a pulse function that the 5200 lacks. This is one of the biggest downsides of the 5200 that a lot of consumers complain about.
If you want to pulse with the 5200, you will have to make use of the start/stop bottom located on the right side.
Only high/low speed options
Instead of a pulse button, the 5200 offers a high and variable speed. On the high setting, the 5200 will operate at maximum speed.
When you switch to the variable speed option, this enables you to use the rotary dial at the center to control the speed of the blades from 1 to 10.
This is great to use when making green smoothies or soups and gives you better control just in case you don’t really need all the power.
But the lack of a pulse option is a big negative for the 5200 and a big reason it loses in this criteria.
Since the 5200 uses a narrow but tall pitcher, it did not need as wide a blade diameter.
At three inches wide, it is wider than most blenders in the market.
And provides better performance against almost every brand out there in the market. But if you compare this to the 5300 it is actually 25% smaller.
One of the biggest complaints consumers had about the 5200 is how tall the pitcher is.
With the pitcher attached on the motor base, it measures over 20″ tall.
So Vitamix decide it was time to cut some vertical real estate when it started designing their next generation products.
The new container reduced the overall high of the 5200 from 20″ down to just a little over 17″. This is a substantial difference. Having a wider pitcher also necessitated a bigger blade. But performance should be about the same.
One of my biggest pet peeves with the 5200 is the pitcher size.
When you put it on the huge motor base it measures over 20” tall. It’s almost two feet tall! If your home has a low set of tabletop cabinets you’ll have to find other places to store it.
5300 has a shorter pitcher
The 5300 is a better alternative if you have this limitation and want something with a lower vertical foot print.
Thanks to the wider pitcher, Vitamix was able to shave around 2.5 inches off the tall pitcher but was still able to retain the same (perhaps better) blending performance thanks to the wider blade.
Ever since it debuted a few years ago the Vitamix 5200’s price has gone down to around $300 in Amazon.
The 5300 is slightly more expensive at just under $390. Interestingly, the red version is cheaper than the black so there’s a tip. It’s only a small premium to pay for the additional pulse feature and shorter container.
A refurbished 5300 is also available for around $40 less but it only comes with a 5 year warranty
Honestly both of these machines will perform roughly the same with a slight edge to the 5300 because of the stronger motor, better cooling and larger blade but the difference is negligible at best.
What the 5300 can make
Before I continue with my commentary let’s see some of the stuff that each of this machines can make.
Here’s a demo on a green smoothie with what looks like a few handfuls of spinach…
After a few pulses the 5300 was able to blend the almost full pitcher into a smooth finish. The last think you want from a smoothie is bits and pieces of leaves and the Vitamix will give you a consistent blend each time.
Here’s another green smoothie demo with spinach, kale, cucumber and celery as the main ingredients to go along with some fruits.
You will notice that it did not blend the first time. That’s because they didn’t add enough liquid to it. When making any smoothie recipe, make sure to add water (at least half the pitcher) to help get things going.
Of course you could use the tamper but if you don’t add enough liquid, you’ll end up with a really thick smoothie.
How about some homemade almond milk with almonds soaked overnight and a few cups of water…
Don’t forget to have a nut milk bag in handy to separate the pulpy part of the almonds from the liquid. This is a cheaper option than buying processed almond milk from the supermarket. If you live outside the United States, almond milk imported from the US can be expensive.
What the 5200 can make
Let’s now move over to the Vitamix 5200 and this first video shows you the different recipes that you can make with the 5200.
Homemade ice cream
Here’s some homemade ice cream with spinach. If you want your kids to eat healthy this is a recipe that you should try!
If you look at the feature and price difference, the 5300 will provide more value for money.
It has the more powerful motor, better cooling, pulse function and the shorter pitcher that’ll fit under more cabinets.
The clincher here is the price. Even though the 5200 is years older than the 5300, it’s less than $20 cheaper! So that makes the choice easier in my view. And makes the 5300 the clear winner in this comparison.
If you’ve tried both blenders, please leave a comment below on your experience with it.