If you are in the market for a blender and know the Vitamix range, you may appreciate my comparison on the Vitamix 5300 vs 7500.
If you have never heard of the range you may be interested to learn about some of the awesome features their blenders offer.
|MODELS||Vitamix 5300||Vitamix 7500|
|PERFORMANCE||2.2 peak horsepower||2.2 peak horsepower|
|FINISHES||2 colors||3 colors|
|COST||More expensive||Less expensive|
Initially my search for a blender meant that I wanted a product that was reasonably priced, simple to use, quick to clean (i.e. dishwasher safe) and could produce a tasty smoothie in a few short minutes.
Imagine my surprise when I found a blender that ticked all of the above boxes and then some.
After learning about the capabilities of the Vitamix blenders, my search came down to choosing between the 5300 and the 7500.
The experience changed my perception to view my purchase as an investment. In return for my capital out-lay on my investment I gained the ability to produce simple tasty meals (not just smoothies) that increased the fruit and vegetable intake of my family.
By my standards, a product that can literally eliminate the vegetable fight with the kiddies at meal times is priceless!
Security on my investment came in the form of a seven-year warranty and even though it is not recommended to clean the container of either blender in a dishwasher, washing of the blender and all its parts is just as quick and simple as loading it into a dishwasher.
Please do read on to see if you agree with me on my winner between the 5300 and 7500.
Vitamix 5300 Reviews
The Vitamix 5300 is a smart looking blender. Apart from the power switch, there are only two visible buttons and one dial (so you know it is not complicated to use).
The first switch is to start and stop, I should not need to say any more.
The dial offers 10 variable speeds from which to choose. When beginning your blending it is always advised that you start at the first speed and then increase to the desired blending speed.
The second switch is a pulse switch. This switch enables one to blend at a selected speed immediately and is useful for varying the textures of different blends.
The container that comes with the blender is for wet ingredients and is a 64-ounce low profile container. 64-ounces is more appropriate for the preparation of meals for 3 or four people so single servings may not be successful due to the height at which the blades sit in the container.
The low profile means that the container is designed to be shorter so that when it sits on the base the complete unit is not too tall and can fit comfortable on a kitchen counter that has overhead cupboards.
The blades sound rather fierce at 4 inches in diameter and laser cut from aircraft grade stainless steel. What powers these tough blades is a motor that produces 2.2 horsepower.
Due to the specifications of the 5300, one can calculate that the running output horsepower of the blender is 1.85. The output is impressive and combined with the tough blades it is no wonder that the 5300 produces consistent blending results.
The clever design utilises the power to create sufficient friction to prepare soups that are ready to eat, oh yes you had better believe it, steaming soup!
Whilst if you have a hankering for something cold and sweet, frozen desserts can be prepared without any fuss and even quicker.
The Vitamix 5300 comes in either a black or a red finish. For some people to many options can make a decision far harder so only having two color options is perhaps not a disadvantage.
Vitamix 7500 Reviews
The Vitamix 7500 is a sophisticated looking blender that comes in a black red or white finish.
The control panel consists of the same number of dials and switches and offers the same functions: pulse and 10 variable speeds.
The 7500 also comes standard with a wet ingredient 64-ounce low profile container. It stands about a quarter of an inch taller than the 5300 however this difference should not hamper any attempts to sit the blender on a counter top that has cupboards overhead.
The blades of the 7500 are an exact match to those of the 5300 so consistent results should not be doubted. The motor powering the blades has the capacity to reach 2.2 horsepower.
Because the motor offers peak performance it peaks to the 2.2 horsepower on start-up and an instance later the power reduces to the usual running power, which calculates to 1.93 horsepower.
Peak performance is a means to ensure smooth blending from the instance the blender is started. The extra power helps to tackle any tough ingredients, almost as a warning for the ingredients to behave or face the consequences.
On occasion watching my blender in action I have pondered if the ingredients disintegrate at the mere sight of the fierce blades heading there way!
The capabilities of the 7500 also allow for the preparation of hot soups and delicious frozen desserts.
Cleaning of the 7500 involves running the blender with some water and soup and rinsing the lid and tamper. The container and base will need to be wiped with a cloth but it is a rare occasion that a cloth will be required to wash the interior of the blender.
The cleaning process of the 5300 is the same as for that of the 7500. It really is a simple task!
Comparison of the 5300 versus the 7500
Even at a quick glance, it becomes evident that there are very few differences between the Vitamix 5300 and Vitamix 7500. Let us take a closer look to see who came out on top for me and why.
The 7500 offers peak performance and an operating horsepower of 1.93. By comparison, the 5300 does not have a peak performance motor and its operating power is slightly lower at 1.85.
Whilst the difference in operating power is not huge, I am a fan of power, the more the better.
An extra kick off at the start of the blending process with the peak performance of the 7500 is also an appealing feature for me so the 7500 comes out tops without a doubt.
The 5300 is a quarter of an inch shorter than the 7500 however this difference is very small and both are designed with overhead cupboards in mind so no additional points to either blender in this category.
The 7500 has white as one additional color option. Overall fewer options in finishes can sometimes make it easier to decide on an appliance for your kitchen.
Unless all your appliances in the kitchen are white, than either the 7500 or 5300 may be an equally desirable choice.
For me it came down to the slight difference in the face of the base in which the dial and the switches are placed. The 5300 has a section that is at an angle whilst the 7500 is flat.
I found the effect of the flat control panel of the 7500 to create a more sophisticated look. Aesthetics is a personal preference so I cannot speak for everyone however; the 7500 came out on top for me.
The pulse option and 10 variable speeds are the same for both blenders so there is no comparison here.
This category is another in which there is no comparison as both blenders retail for around the same price.
What is interesting is that you may purchase a certified reconditioned 5300 with a 5-year warranty for almost half the price.
So considering the similarities between the 5300 and the 7500 my top choice was the 7500.
As I mentioned my choice came down to more power and a preference for what I feel is the more sophisticated look. I should also perhaps mention that most of my kitchen appliances are black so having a white option did not feature in my decision. This may however not be the case for you!
If you are on a strict budget, I would by no means dismiss the option of the certified reconditioned 5300. Vitamix still offer a great warranty and at almost half the price for great power, you should feel secure in such an investment.