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The Vitamix 5300 vs 6300 are both C-Series machines that have similar power, but have key differences. These two are from the same C-Series of Vitamix Blenders, but both the containers and the motor bases have differences – which is rare when comparing two machines from the same series. Find out which of these two machines are better suited for your needs & if the Vitamix 6300 is worth the extra money over the Vitamix 5300.
The Vitamix 5300 has a low-profile container, while the Vitamix 6300 has a taller "classic" container. If height, blade length or style isn't a concern for you - I'd call it a draw on containers. Both do a great job.
Even if you're new to the world of Vitamix, you can tell there are differences between these machines right off the bat. On of the biggest (or should I say tallest) differences are the overall heights of these machines, thanks to their different containers. Both containers have 64-ounce capacities, but he Vitamix 5300 features a low-profile container with 4 inch stainless-steel blades which is only 10.1 inches tall and the Vitamix 6300 has a "classic" 64-ounce container with 3 inch stainless-steel blades which is 13.4 inches tall.
For reference, the Vitamix 5300 is 17.25 in tall and the Vitamix 6300 is 20.5 inches tall. If you plan on keeping this blender out on your counter – make sure if fits under your kitchen cabinets! The Vitamix 5300 is only C-Series blender that has the ability to use the low-profile container. If you're on a budget with low-hanging cabinets the Vitamix 5300 might be for you!
Both of these containers do a great job of throwing your ingredients in a vortex and folding them over onto the blades throughout the blend cycle. If height, blade size or style isn't a concern for you - I'd call it a draw on containers and I'd go with whichever one is easier on your pocket.
The Vitamix 5300 is slightly louder but more powerful, but the 6300 has presets and a power switch.
The interfaces of these machines are very different, the Vitamix 5300 lacks dedicated presets, while the Vitamix 6300 has 3 presets (Smoothies, Frozen Desserts & Hot Soups). Both of these machines have a pulse feature and the same on/off switch.
Another advantage the Vitamix 6300 has over the 5300 is the on/off switch on the bottom/front of the interface. This is nice for another layer of security with these machines. Especially if you have little ones running around who like to make smoothies. I like to keep my master power toggle always off until I'm right in front and using it, then I switch it right back off again to avoid any accidental start/stop toggle presses.
As for power, both og these machines have strong motors, but the 5300 has a 2.2 horsepower motor while the 6300 has an even 2.0 horsepower. The 5300 has more power, but it is housed in the same motor base as the 6300 (and all other C-Series machines) – which makes it louder! (Side note, the G-Series 2.2 horsepower motors are housed in a noise-dampening motor base making them quieter than the 2.2 hp 5300)
Clean up setting is useful, but do still give it a quick manual scrub.
Both the Vitamix 5300 and the Vitamix 6300 are able to "clean themselves", by adding warm water and a small amount of dish soap to the container and turning the machine to low then gradually increasing the speed until the container is clean. Some Vitamixes have a "Self-Cleaning" preset that makes this easier, but I'd still advise giving it a quick scrub with a sponge. While running this preset or running the machine is a good way to break up large leftover contents in the container, it also could lead to the container becoming cloudy from minerals latching to the side of the container over time. The best way to prevent this, is to simply use a sponge and cleaning the inside of the container like you would anything else.
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3 – Smoothies, Frozen Desserts & Hot Soups
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The Vitamix 5300 is smaller and more powerful but louder than the Vitamx 6300 – but the 6300 features 3 presets and a power toggle.
The Vitamix 5300 and the Vitamix 6300 have their differences, but are both very capable of making the same foods at the same quality. The Vitamix 5300 is shorter with the low-profile 64 ounce container, and has more power with it's 2.2 horsepower motor. The additional horsepower also makes the 5300 louder than the 6300. The Vitamix 6300 is taller than the 5300, with it's "classic" container, has 3 presets for making blending an easier task and features an on/off toggle on the front of the machine for a nice added layer of safety.
For those on a budget, with counters than hang under 19 inches (a ~2 inches higher than the machine for room to move it under the cabinets) – I'd recommend the 5300. But if you can afford the extra money for the 6300, the presets and on/off toggle make this blender slightly safer and easy to use. With a 7-year full warranty, either of these blenders will see a lot of use for years to come.
My two cents: I like presets. But I use presets for blenders every time I blend a smoothie or butter.