The Vitamix 5200 and it’s counterpart the 5300 are two of Vitamix’s most popular blenders – and for good reason.
These classic blenders offer the high quality performance and durability that Vitamix is known for, but at a more affordable price than the next generation models.
*EDIT: I now recommend the Vitamix E320 as the most affordable option
That’s why they made my list of the 5 best Vitamix blenders.
But when it comes to actually comparing the Vitamix 5200 vs 5300, which model comes out on top?
Vitamix 5200 vs 5300 overview
|Price:||$329.00 - $449.95||$359.95 - $529.95|
|Speeds:||10 Adjustable Speeds||10 Adjustable Speeds|
|Size:||20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 in.||17.25 x 8.75 x 7.25 in|
|Motor:||2 HP||2.2 HP|
|Colors:||Black, Red, White, Brushed Stainless||Black, Red|
|Warranty:||5-7 Years||5-7 Years|
Interface and Settings
The controls and the base layout of the Vitamix 5200 and 5300 are almost identical. There are however a few key differences that need to be highlighted before deciding which blender is best for you.
But first lets go over what each of these switches and dials do:
- High/Variable Switch – Switches between high speed (max speed) or variable speed (using the dial)
- 10 Speed Dial – 10 different adjustable speed settings so you can get the perfect blend and texture whether you’re blending soft leafy greens or hard frozen fruit
- Pulse Switch – This button is exclusive to the 5300 and is used to pulse your blender (quickly start and stop the blades)
The major difference between the 5200 vs. the 5300 is that the 5300 comes with a built in pulse switch. Pulsing is great when you want to achieve a chunkier texture for something like a salsa, or to roughly chop vegetables for soups.
While you can still pulse on the 5200, you have to do it manually by flipping the on/off switch which isn’t ideal.
The Vitamix 5200 and 5300 both have large batch 64-oz pitchers. These are perfect for family sized portions or for making multiple servings at once.
Both blenders are also compatible with Vitamix’s medium 48-oz pitcher and personal 20-oz pitcher, but these are sold separately.
Although the pitcher capacities are the same, the dimensions are different. This is where Vitamix made the biggest improvement from the 5200 to the 5300 models.
One of the most common complaints with the 5200 is that it doesn’t fit under standard kitchen cabinets. Most kitchen cabinets are 20″ above the countertop while the total height of the Vitamix 5200 is 20.5″.
To fix this issue, Vitamix made the 5300 with a total height of 17.25″ and widened the pitcher to maintain the 64-oz capacity.
The Vitamix 5300 is the clear winner here thanks to its shorter pitcher. This allows it to be used and stored on standard countertops while simultaneously making it an easier fit for dishwasher cleaning.
Motor and Blending
Technically the Vitamix 5300 at 2.1 horsepower has a stronger motor compared to the Vitamix 5200 at 2 horsepower.
In practice however, this difference is negligible. Both blenders have commercial strength blending capabilities and can blend everything that you would expect from a Vitamix.
Here are just a few examples of what you are able to make with a Vitamix 5200 or 5300:
When it comes to the pricing of a Vitamix 5200 vs 5300 you have a few options.
You can buy your blender brand new (not recommended, you can get a next generation Vitamix 7500 for the same price) or you can get a Vitamix ceritified refurbished model. Buying a Vitamix 5200 or 5300 refurbished is definitely the way to go but I’ll explain why in a minute.
First, let’s do a cost comparison of the models:
Brand new Vitamix 5200 – $450 (check lowest price)
Brand new Vitamix 5300 – $520 (check lowest price)
Certified Refurbished Vitamix 5200 – $330 (check lowest price)
Certified Refurbished Vitamix 5300 – $360 (check lowest price)
Buying refurbished will save you anywhere from $100-$200+ on a Vitamix blender. But how does the quality compare?
Vitamix Refurbished Quality
As far as quality goes, a Vitamix refurbished blender can be considered as good as new (only much cheaper)! Each refurbished blender has to pass the exact same inspection process that a brand new Vitamix blender goes through.
Refurbished blenders consist of lightly used returns or display models. Any worn or visually marked parts, as well as the lids, pitchers, and tampers are all replaced with brand new parts.
Each blender is then repackaged in the same packaging that a brand new blender comes in along with the recipe book. Refurbished blenders also come with a 5-year warranty, so if it’s defective in any way you can send it in for a replacement free of charge. The only difference between new and refurbished is the price tag!
Here’s a video unboxing of a refurbished Vitamix 5300 to give you an idea of the quality and what you’ll get :
Vitamix 5200 vs 5300 conclusion
Overall, these blenders are very similar. Ultimately though the 5300 is the better blender. It is the next generation model of the 5200 and Vitamix did a great job of keeping what was working on the 5200 while improving what wasn’t.
The biggest drawback of the 5200 was its cumbersome pitcher height and this was fixed on the 5300. The 5300 also comes with a pulse feature and has a slightly stronger motor. Although it isn’t strong enough to really notice a difference, it definitely doesn’t hurt.
The Vitamix 5200 is slightly cheaper than the 5300 but at only a $30 difference you are better off spending a little extra and getting the improved 5300 instead.