Upon release, the Vitamix 5300 blender had created some confusion among shoppers. While it looked like the more advanced Vitamix 7500 it is not a Next Generation blender. The 5300, like the Vitamix 5200, is a Classic C-Series model.
Below is our Vitamix 5300 review and comparison of this hybrid Vitamix made exclusively for Costco (the Vitamix 5300C is the identical blender as the 5300) and available on Amazon. With the release of this unique model for a specific market segment, we’ve received a lot of customer questions. Below we answer them all.
The release of the Vitamix 5300 created stir because it came on the heels of the Next Generation (7500/750) release which introduced the new low-profile 64-oz blending container. With the introduction of this new container Vita-mix stated that the low-profile 64-ounce container can not be used with any C-Series models because the size and width of the compact container blade puts undue stress on the classic motor. Therefore, the new container could not be used with any of the C-Series models. The Vitamix 5300 is essentially a C-Series model with its motor having additional power to handle the added force of the wider container. This has allowed the use of the new blending container.
Vitamix 5300 vs 7500
How do they compare? The main difference between the two models is the motor base. We have confirmed with Vitamix that the 5300 comes with an updated version of the Legacy C-series motor. The external base is the same classic design. When the Next Generation G-Series, 7500, was released it was touted as the quietest Vitamix (40% quieter) made due to the redesign of the motor and its base. With a classic motor and a classic base the Vitamix 5300 does not include the same sound dampening advantage as the 7500. (See our complete Vitamix model comparison for additional model details.)
Both models come standard with the same, shorter, compact 64-ounce container which introduced a concern.
One other minor difference worthy of noting is that the 5300 comes with the getting started guide and cookbook all in one and does not include the tutorial DVD that comes with other models. Some people find the DVD a valuable addition.
Updated Legacy Classic Series Motor
Classic Base – without sound reducing technology
11.5 amp (2.2-peak HP)
Compact 64-oz Container
Getting Started Cookbook
2 color options
Next Generation Motor
Next Gen Base – with sound reducing technology
12 amps (2.2-peak HP)
Compact 64-oz Container
Simply Fresh Cookbook
Getting Started Guide
Getting Started tutorial DVD
3 color options
Regarding Sound Level
We participated with readers who have purchased the 5300 to do a sound comparison of the two models (You can read more in the comments below.):
This results in a sound level difference perceived as approximately double (more about decibels).
After further communication with Vitamix we have received the following information from their product development department:
“The 5300 machine has a different motor under the hood with more hp… The 5300 is configured under the hood very similar to our C Series and does not have the sound reducing components of the G Series“.
After months of putting the 5300 to the test we have concluded that it performs the same as the 7500. Ultimately the difference between the two is sound.
Both are Classic C-Series blenders without the advanced engineering to reduce sound like the G-Series 7500, 750 and 300. The 5300 does not have a hi/lo switch, but instead has a pulse switch in its place. The low-profile 64-oz container comes with the Vitamix 5300 and an advertised “more horsepower” base.
Essentially, the main difference between the Vitamix 5200 and 5300 is some slight tweaks to the motor design that allows for the use of the low-profile blending container with the 5300.
Vitamix 5300 vs E320
With the recent release of the Vitamix Explorian Series there have been questions about how the Vitamix E320 compares to the Vitamix 5300. Well essentially they are the identical blender. The E320 is the “new version” for Costco that replaces the 5300. The E310 is identical to the E320 but with the 48-ounce blending container.
There is a small difference in the style but the function of E320 and the 5300 is the same. Other than looks, the E320 does not have the on/off switch that the 5300 has, instead the start/stop switch has reverted to the on/off of the legacy series design. If you were to decide between the two, go for the one that cost less because otherwise they are the same.
While the 7500 is still our favorite classic model, after putting the 5300 through the test, if the sound level isn’t so important to you, we can conclude that for the price it is a good choice.
We feel the 40%, or so, sound reduction of the 7500 makes it preferable but cost is cost. Compared to the 5200, the benefit of having the low-profile container for a C-series can be beneficial and the sound level is about the same. Ultimately, it’s all about how you feel about a reduction in sound volume.
If you are wanting the proven power with quietness, and new technology of the latest Next Generation then you should consider the 7500 or an Ascent Series rather than a classic model.
If you are not needing, or wanting, the added costly features of the Next Generation or Smart System then a 5200 or the 5300 would likely be a more cost effective choice. If price is a major concern then we recommend a Reconditioned Vitamix 7500, when available, or any other reconditioned model, including the Vitamix 5300.