Both blenders imbibe the traditional design style found in all older Vitamix models. Though some users claim the 6300, produced after the 5200, looks more modern and durable, there really is no distinguishing difference between the design of both blenders.
The Vitamix blending jar seats atop the motor base and the front of the base features a dial and a couple of levers for operating the machine. The jars are designed with spill-proof lids and firm handles. The hole at the center of the lid comes in handy during blending as you can slide the included tamper through it to dislodge stuck foods. To prevent food from splashing out of the jar through this hole, a clear plastic stopper is used to cover it up until the need for a tamper arises.
The blending jars of both blenders are constructed from BPA-free plastic, meaning you can freely use them with your edibles without worrying about toxic poisoning down the line. It is also designed to be shatterproof, so on the off chance that the jar slips from your fingers and hits the floor, you don’t have to shell out cash for a new replacement jar.
The blending jar comes with permanently-fixed four-pronged blades. These blades are made from hardened stainless steel and can cut through virtually any food substance placed in the jar. The fixed nature of the blades brings its own pros and cons to the blending business. You spend less time assembling and attaching the blades to the jar and can quickly start blending. However, cleaning the blades can be quite tricky especially when food particles stick to them at awkward angles and positions. Vitamix provides an effective way to ease this arduous task with its customized spatulas that can maneuver along the blades and clean them properly. Depending on the version you purchase, you either get these spatulas free or have to buy them separately.
The coupling mechanism between the jar and the base is wholly constructed from metallic materials for increased durability. Most customers report that both blenders are well constructed, with the bulk of the praise going to the metallic construction of virtually all the moving parts of the blenders. This is because a blender with plastic moving parts is prone to frequent breakdowns and repairs regardless of the thickness of the plastic, but one whose moving parts are made from metal rarely suffers from wear and tear.
You can get both blenders in a variety of color options which includes black, white, platinum, red, and brushed stainless.
Preprogrammed Settings and Pulse Function
This is where you would find a very significant difference between the 6300 and the 5200. The 5200 blender is quite old and traditional as it doesn’t come with preprogrammed settings or a pulse function for quick blending and quicker cleaning.
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After the 5200 hit the market and users were dismayed at its lack of preset functions and a pulse button, Vitamix ensured the next model, the 6300, met users’ expectations. With the 6300, you get a pulse setting and 3 preprogrammed settings; Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Soups.
Variable Speed Control
Both blenders are designed with 10 speed settings. You can switch to any speed you like while blending by turning the speed dial to the desired speed.
The speed dial of the 5200 is designed to be solely used for selecting your blending speed. On the other hand, the speed dial on the 6300 performs a dual function. The right-hand side of the knob features the 10 speed settings while the 3 preset functions can be found on its left-hand side. So, if you want to manually dictate the speed, turn your dial rightwards. If you would rather select a timed setting to do the job, turn the dial towards the left.
Motor Design and Power
Both blenders are fitted with a powerful 2 HP motor capable of providing 1380 watts for blender operation. This wattage is sufficient to power the blender to achieve a maximum speed of 240mph. It is therefore not surprising that users report that these blenders can cut through anything.
You can choose from 4 available versions when purchasing these blenders: Compact, Standard, Super, and Deluxe. In the Compact version, you get a basic package consisting of a 48-ounce blending jar, motor base, recipe cookbook, instructional DVD and printed guide, and a tamper. The Standard version is the same with a bigger jar of 64 ounces. The Super version has everything included in the Standard package plus a 32-ounce dry jar for blending dry grains and a whole grain cookbook. The Deluxe version is the most comprehensive set as it features everything in the Super package along with a 32-ounce jar for blending smaller quantities, a mini-tamper, 4 flexible cutting boards, and 3 spatulas.
The price of the blender depends on the version, with the Deluxe and Super versions being the most expensive of the lot. It is important to note that Vitamix no longer produces the 6300, therefore it is sometimes available as a Certified Refurbished blender.
Both blenders are backed by Vitamix’s 7-year warranty. However, the certified refurbished version of the 6300 comes with a 5-year warranty.
Pros and Cons of the Vitamix 6300
- Well-constructed and highly durable
- Powerful motor
- Comes with 3 preset functions
- Has a pulse setting
- No longer produced by Vitamix
Pros and Cons of the Vitamix 5200
- Powerful motor
- No preset functions
- Lacks a pulse setting