A good blender is a must have for home cooks. Due to a serious smoothie addiction, I like to keep a quality blender under my counter so I can pulse hot soups and sauces to a creamier consistency and make great frozen drinks and desserts.
Family owned and operated since the 1940s, the Vitamix brand is considered a leader in blending technology, and they have quite a few models to choose from. Two great options are the Vitamix 5300 and the Vitamix 750, which are fairly similar at first glance, but have some key differences.
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With so many different models of blenders to choose from, it’s natural to not know where to start. I was pretty lost when I first decided to replace my 1990s blender, but a little research helped me figure out what I needed.
First, you should figure out the primary purpose of your blender. If you want to make drinks after dinner, you’re going to be better off with a counter-top model.
But if you want to quickly blend your tomato sauce, then an immersion blender might be right for you.
Consider the horsepower or wattage you require, as thicker liquids might burn out the motor of a weak machine, and factor in how often you’ll use your blender to determine if you need a heavy-duty model.
Are pre-programmed settings important to you? How about the material of the vessel, whether it be plastic, stainless steel or glass? Lastly, figure out your budget, as blenders can vary widely in price.
Vitamix 5300 vs. Vitamix 750
The Vitamix 5300 and the Vitamix 750 are both reliable counter-top blenders with a 64-ounce container that fits easily under standard above-counter cupboards.
They both stand up well to daily use for smoothies and frozen drinks, and the motors have the same amount of power. The main differences between these two models are the higher price point of the 750 and the presets that it comes with.
Both the Vitamix 5300 and 750 models come with a 2.2 horsepower motor that puts out 1,400 watts for 24 thousand rotations per minute. These blenders will crush nuts and seeds, whip potatoes and tackle other big jobs, like easily turning ice cubes into snow.
The Vitamix 750, being the newer model, has an upgraded motor that runs quieter and produces less vibration.
If you want to take all of the guess work out of blending, then the Vitamix 750 might be the model for you. With five pre-programmed settings, this blender gives you the right amount of speed for smoothies, purees, soups and desserts, as well as a setting for automatic cleaning to make your life easier.
The Vitamix 5300 does not come with pre-programmed settings, but it has 10 speed settings to keep you in control of your blending.
Both of these blenders are high quality, brand-name models with durable designs and strong motors, so they’re a bit pricey.
The Vitamix 5300 is usually the cheaper of the two options. Check price here.
The 750 is the more expensive of the two. If you’re looking to save money, consider purchasing a certified-reconditioned model for hundreds off the retail price. Check the price here.
Vitamix 5300 Pros and Cons
The Vitamix 5300 is a solid choice if you’re a home cook who wants to make a smoothie in the morning and improve the texture of your soups and purees.
It comes with a six-foot cord so you don’t have to move the unit around to reach an outlet, and it features a radial cooling fan and thermal protection system to prevent overheating.
The low-profile container design is great, because it makes it easy to tuck this blender out of the way, which is important if you have limited counter space like I do.
As a downside, it doesn’t feature any pre-programmed settings, but it does have 10 speed controls and a pulse button to help you achieve the consistencies you need.
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Vitamix 750 Pros and Cons
The Vitamix 750 is all the blender a home cook could ask for and is perfect for a professional, as well.
It has all the best features of the 5300 – the six-foot cord, protection from overheating, low-profile design, 10 speed settings and pulse – with the addition of vibration reduction, an illuminated control panel and five convenient pre-programmed settings.
The 750 is a solid blender with few cons, but it is a bit expensive and does not have a digital readout to indicate the time left in a pre-programmed cycle.
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Question: How much do these blenders weigh?
The Vitamix 5300 weighs 11.95 pounds, and the 750 weighs 12.6 pounds. The heavier weights help keep the machines stable and leads to less vibration and noise during operation.
Question: How do pre-programmed settings differ from speed settings?
The pre-programmed settings of the Vitamix 750 give you one-touch operation for making smoothies, purees and other dishes. You put your ingredients in the container, close the lid, and turn the blender to the setting you want. The 750 monitors blade resistance during operation to blend only to the consistency you’ve selected, and then it shuts off automatically when done. Conversely, speed settings keep blending at the selected speed until you manually shut the machine off.
Question: Can I crush frozen fruit in the low-profile container?
Yes. The low-profile container still has a 64-ounce capacity and can handle the same things that standard-profile containers can. Crushing frozen fruit has more to do with the blades and motor of the blenders. Since both the Vitamix 5300 and 750 have durable stainless-steel blades and heavy-duty 2.2 HP motors, they can handle frozen items easily.
It all boils down to the features you want in a blender and the price you’re willing to spend. If you need a quality blender that will let you make breakfast smoothies for the family and make your potato soup extra creamy, but you don’t want to break the bank, then the Vitamix 5300 might be for you.
However, if you’re looking for a more professional model with automated controls and you don’t mind shelling out the extra dough (or finding a refurbished model), then the 750 is more suited to your needs.