When it comes down to the Vitamix 5200 vs. 5300, how do you know which blender you should buy?

The Vitamix 5200 and the Vitamix 5300 are both classic C-series Vitamix blenders with Vitamix’s standard sleek design, simple controls, high-quality components, and powerful motor. They are both highly rated and loved by blender users around the world.

So what’s the difference between the Vitamix 5200 and 5300? And which one is better for you?

This article goes over the specifications of each blender, the comparison (similarities and differences) between them, buyer reviews, and how to decide which one is best for you.

Let’s get into it…

Vitamix 5200 vs. 5300 Specifications

Vitamix 5200Vitamix 5300
Cost~$480 USD ~$560 USD
Motor, Wattage2 HP, 1380 watts2.2 HP, 1640 watts
Dimensions20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 in17.25 x 8.75 x 7.25 in.
Weight10.56 lbs. 11.95 lbs.
Components-Motor base
-64-oz classic BPA-free plastic jug
-Stainless steel hammermill and cutting blades (3-in diameter)
-Lid with plug
-Classic tamper
-Getting Started guide, cookbook, manual
-Built-in radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
-Motor base
-64-oz low-profile BPA-free plastic jug
-Stainless steel hammermill and cutting blades (4-in diameter)
-Lid with plug
-Low-profile tamper
-Getting Started guide, cookbook, manual
-Built-in radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
Controls-Variable 10-speed dial
-On/off switch
-High/variable switch
-Variable 10-speed dial
-Start/stop switch
-Pulse switch
Main Pros-Cheaper than other classic models
-Powerful and versatile
-Very powerful and versatile
-Low-profile container is easier to store
Main Cons-Tall container can be hard to store-More expensive than other similar classic models
-Doesn’t handle small batches well

What’s the Difference Between the Vitamix 5200 and 5300?

The Vitamix 5300 is basically the upgraded version of the Vitamix 5200. As we can see from the specifications, these two models are very similar.

The similarities between them include:

  • Blender structure – Both are professional-quality, durable blenders with the same basic structure, compact motor base, and similar components.
  • Power/Versatility – Both have powerful motors that can blend pretty much all ingredients, including ice.
  • Use – Both can quickly whip up drinks, dips, sauces, purees, soups, and more.
  • Ease of Cleaning – Both can easily be cleaned by hand or using the blending method.
  • Operation/Ease of use – Both are easy and straightforward to operate with few controls and simple design.
  • Affordability – Both are very expensive investments.
  • Warranty – Both have full 7-year warranty.

So, what are the differences?

The following 6 main differences between the Vitamix 5200 and 5300 are important features to consider when deciding which blender is best for you:

1. Price

While still a hefty investment, the Vitamix 5200 is much cheaper than the Vitamix 5300.

These blenders are similar enough in capabilities and components, that if price is one of the major factors influencing your decision, the cheaper pricetag of the 5200 might make it the better option for you.

It’s also worth noting that these two Vitamix models have certified reconditioned versions. If you want to save a significant chunk of cash for a blender of apparently equal quality and condition as the new 5200 or 5300, consider purchasing Vitamix’s Certified Reconditioned Standard (aka the refurbished version of the 5200) or Certified Reconditioned 5300 (aka the refurbished version of the 5300).

The Certified Reconditioned Standard is currently priced at ~$330 (compared to the Vitamix 5200 which is ~$480) and the Certified Reconditioned 5300 is currently priced at ~$360 (compared to the Vitamix 5300 which is ~$560). These are huge savings, and actually make the 5300 seem like a better deal here!

Both of these Certified Reconditioned models come with a 5-year warranty.

2. Motor

The 2.2 HP motor of the Vitamix 5300 is slightly more powerful than the 2 HP motor of the Vitamix 5200.

However, both motors are so powerful that that extra 0.2 HP probably won’t be very noticeable. This small difference probably isn’t a dealbreaker, but might be a nice bonus if you blend ice and other tough ingredients frequently.

The wider blade diameter of the Vitamix 5300 is another feature that contributes to the greater power of the blender.

3. Container

The Vitamix 5300 has a low-profile container which is a shorter style than the standard Vitamix 5200 container.

This low-profile container is very appealing if you want to be able to store the blender in a cabinet or under a shelf more easily (while still handling the same 64-oz capacity) and find that the classic container is too tall.

However, there are also some downsides to this low-profile container. The wider base of the container makes for a more difficult time blending smaller batches and reaching the corners with the tamper. The narrower classic container is more beneficial for small batches.

Conversely, the narrow/tall classic container of the Vitamix 5200 may make blending large batches take longer. The low-profile container is great for handling large batches.

However, also note that the Vitamix 5200 is compatible with smaller container sizes too – it just doesn’t come with it initially so it would have to be purchased separately. Both the Vitamix 5200 and 5300 are compatible with parts from Vitamix’s Legacy series.

4. Controls

The Vitamix 5300 has a pulse feature, while the Vitamix 5200 has a high speed feature instead.

Which feature you prefer depends on what kinds of things you want to blend.

The pulse feature allows for greater versatility of blends, specifically more chunky blends – great for salsa or soups that you don’t want entirely pureed or liquified.

The high speed feature is just like a final high speed level to crank your blender up to when you want to quickly blend something very thoroughly.

5. Weight

The Vitamix 5200 weighs around 10.5 lbs, while the Vitamix 5300 is heavier at almost 12 lbs. Something to consider if you want your blender to be easier to maneuver, store, transport, etc.

6. Noise

Despite being more powerful, the Vitamix 5300 is actually a little quieter than the Vitamix 5200.

Vitamix 5200 vs. 5300 Reviews

According to customer reviews, especially those that have used both the Vitamix 5200 and 5300, the above-mentioned differences between the Vitamix 5200 and 5300 are some of the key reasons why someone might prefer one to the other.

Here’s why people prefer the Vitamix 5200:

  • Cheaper
  • Blends small amounts more easily (and easier to use the tamper) – better for smaller portions

Here’s why people prefer the Vitamix 5300:

  • Blends smoother, doesn’t leave any chunks or pieces when making nut butters, cheesecakes, or spinach smoothies
  • Low-profile container and overall shorter blender is easier to fit under cabinets
  • The lid is better quality and sturdier
  • On/off toggle acts as a safety layer
  • Easily blends large portions
  • Pulse feature is helpful for preserving chunkiness as well as cleaning under the blades.
  • A little quieter

Which Blender Should You Buy?

Overall, both blenders are sturdy, powerful, versatile, and reliable. You really can’t go wrong either way. However, they are also both quite expensive, so you want to make sure your choice is suited best for you.

The Vitamix 5200 is a great option if you:

  • want a cheaper but still high-quality blender
  • make small batches frequently

The Vitamix 5300 is a great option if you:

  • want a shorter, easier to store container/overall blender
  • make large batches frequently
  • want the option to make chunky blends


The Vitamix 5200 is a powerful blender with classic Vitamix features and quality. The Vitamix 5300 is the upgraded version of the 5200 with a slightly more powerful motor, shorter/wider container, and higher pricetag.

When deciding which one is best for you, be sure to account for the main differences between the Vitamix 5200 and 5300, which include pricing, motor/power, container size/shape, control features, and noise level.

That wraps up this comparison guide on the Vitamix 5200 vs. 5300. If you’re considering buying one of them, be sure to check out this Vitamix 5200 guide and/or this Vitamix 5300 guide first!

If you’ve tried one or both of these blenders, let me know in the comments below what you like about your blender or which blender you prefer and why.

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