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.
Vitamix 5200 Blender
The blending jar seats atop the motor base and the front of the base features a simple control panel. The jars are spill-proof with lids and firm handles. The hole at the center of the lid comes in handy during blending. It is a simple and thoughtful feature. This allows you to add food stuff while blending. Equally important is that this hole allows you to use the temper. When you slide the included tamper through it, it helps 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.
Clear, BPA-free plastic is the material used to construct the pitchers for both blenders. You can read more about BPA and it’s potential toxicity here. Although some studies suggest it is benign. In any case, you don’t have to be concerned about that with these blenders.
Both jars are shatterproof. So, if on the off chance the jar slips from your fingers and hits the floor, you’re good. You won’t have to shell out cash for a new replacement jar.
The blending jar comes with permanently-fixed four-pronged blades. Made from hardened stainless steel, these blades cut through virtually any food stuff.
The fixed nature of the blades brings its own pros and cons to the blending business. On the plus side, there is no assembly required. However, cleaning the blades can be quite tricky. Food particles sometimes stick to them at awkward angles and positions.
The good news is that the solution is simple. Make sure that you wash the pitcher immediately after use. Better still, cleaning is super-simple. Just fill the pitcher about halfway with water, add a couple drops of soap, and turn to a blending cycle.
If that isn’t good enough for you, Vitamix offers customized spatulas. They 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 spatulas are also good for getting usable food from around the blades.
The coupling mechanism between the jar and the base is metal. This increases durability. Most customers report that both blenders are well constructed. They are. The bulk of the praise goes to the metallic construction all the moving parts of the blenders.
This is because a blender with plastic moving parts is prone to frequent breakdowns and repairs. There are exceptions, see Omega juicers, whose augers are made of tough plastic. But generally this is true. Metal moving parts for the win.
You can get both blenders in a variety of color options. These include 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 programmed settings. Nor does it come with a pulse function for quick blending and quicker cleaning.
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The 5200 is basic. Entry-level, if you will. With that, programmed features aren’t an absolute must. But they are convenient and appreciated.
So if you are looking for that convenience, the 6300 is the answer. You get pulse and 3 programmed settings; Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Soups.
My take is that the programmed features are worth it. It allows you to turn the machine on and walk away without having to babysit it. This is nice. But, it’s kind of like a one size fits all solution. Sometimes, if rarely, your smoothie may need more or less time that the programmed setting.
Variable Speed Control
Both blenders come with 10 speed settings. You can switch to any speed you like while blending by turning the speed dial to the desired speed.
Vitamix 6300 Blender
The speed dial of the 5200 is only 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.
Motor Design and Power
Both blenders come with a powerful 1380-watt, 2 HP motor for blender operation. This wattage isenought to power the blender to achieve a max speed of 240mph. It is not surprising that users report that these blenders can cut through anything.
That speed and brute force come with a few issues though.
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. Though it is sometimes available as a Certified Refurbished blender or 1891.
Both blenders are backed by Vitamix’s 7-year warranty. However, the certified refurbished version of the 6300 comes with a 5-year warranty.
Vitamix 6300 vs 5200 Pros and Cons
- Well-constructed and highly durable
- Powerful motor
- Comes with 3 preset functions
- Has a pulse setting
- No longer produced by Vitamix
- Powerful motor
- No preset functions
- Lacks a pulse setting