Since you’re reading this article, I bet you’re wondering, “What’s the big deal about the Vitamix 6300?” Or maybe you’re just wondering what is it in the first place that makes it so expensive.
Don’t worry, you will find out more in this Vitamix 6300 review, including info on the black specks, which is my top concern that customers have complained about.
I’ve had the same questions as you, especially when I found out that the 6300 is one of the most popular Vitamix blenders, but consequently also one of the the priciest.
The 6300 model is so popular that the Vitamix company is temporarily out of stock of this item at the time of this writing. (But it is still available in Amazon.)
This knowledge caused me to research more on the topic, even though I had different duties to attend to. You see, I was in the process of preparing some crafts for our church’s summer Vacation Bible School this year. It’s quite the important task, but I put it aside for a moment because I had gotten this intense focus to find out more about the Vitamix 6300. It took me almost a week to get the whole thing done—from research to finalizing this article.
I hope that this article will be helpful and will save you the hours of research I had to go through.
Click the links below for quick access...
- What Vitamix Machines Can Do?
- Video Demo: Vitamix 6300 in Action
- What Series is the Vitamix 6300?
- What’s Comes in the Vitamix 6300 Box?
- Vitamix 6300 Review: Features that You Must Know Before Buying
- How Loud is the Vitamix 6300?
- What Happens if the Vitamix Blender Overheats?
- How Long is the Warranty?
- Vitamix 6300 How-to Use Guide
- Comparison: Which is Better 6300 or 7500 Model?
- Is the Vitamix 6300 A Good Buy?
- Is the Vitamix 6300 Worth the Money Invested?
- Why You Should or Should Not Buy the Vitamix 6300 Blender
- Conclusion: Best Price for the Vitamix 6300 Model
What Vitamix Machines Can Do?
But why get a Vitamix blender at all when there are other blenders available in the market?
You might be thinking that this brand of blenders can only make a few types of food. You’ll be surprised to know that these machines can do a whole lot more than just make smoothies.
Here’s what else a Vitamix blender can do:
- frozen desserts
- whole food juices
- nut butters
- dips and spreads
- food prep
A Vitamix blender is almost like an all-in-one kitchen machine. For some people, it is considered a must-have appliance on their kitchen counter top.
Video Demo: Vitamix 6300 in Action
Watch the video below and see the power of this model 6300 from Vitamix…
So now that we know about Vitamix blenders in general, let’s look closer at the 6300…
What Series is the Vitamix 6300?
If you are wondering what series is the Vitamix 6300, it belongs to the C-series category.
Since this blender is a more sophisticated model, you can expect it to come with a steeper price tag. It is a tad more expensive than standard models, as well as other alternatives in the market.
Thus, it is important to know if you are getting the best value for your dollar to spare yourself from any regrets along the way.
What’s Comes in the Vitamix 6300 Box?
The whole package contains five things:
- motor base
- 64 oz. container
Vitamix 6300 Review: Features that You Must Know Before Buying
Let’s hold off on the main attractions (the base and container) for now and take a quick look at the extras that come with the blender.
The cookbook and DVD accompany each other, giving you many tasty recipes that are custom-tailored for the Vitamix blender. Most of them use the 6300’s presets (which we’ll get into later), so it makes it easier for you by taking out the guesswork of blending time and power.
Lastly, the package comes with a tamper, which is a long and cylindrical piece of plastic that fits through a hole in the lid.
The tamper is mainly used for pushing down those pesky ingredients that stay at the top. It is very helpful for making your mixture equally blended.
The top portion of the tamper comes with a splash disk, which stops the tamper from coming into contact with the blades.
Moreover, it is advisable to use the tamper for a maximum of 30 seconds (consecutively) to prevent overheating.
If you notice that the ingredients are not circulating properly, it is possible that there is an air bubble trapped in the container.
You can solve this issue by removing the lid plug and keep the lid in place. Insert the tamper via the lid opening to release these air bubbles.
Never hold the tamper in a straight position since this does not help in facilitating circulation of the ingredients. Instead, point the tamper sideways or at the corner portion of the container.
So you probably want to know what the 6300 looks like in comparison to other blenders.
The container itself is BPA-free plastic, so it’s lighter and less fragile than a glass container — but beware that plastic absorbs odors and stains.
As opposed to the 7500 model—short and wide container, the 6300’s 64 oz. container is tall and narrow.
This may actually be a problem for some people. The combined height of the container, lid, and machine is 20.5 inches, which may be too high to fit between your kitchen counter top and cabinets.
Some people like to have their machine ready for use, but with the 6300 you may want to keep the blender and the container with its cover separate until you need it. It’s definitely something to consider when choosing whether or not to buy the 6300.
Since the container has also a narrow opening when compared to a low-profile, wide container, you don’t have much room to move your hand around while scraping the food that sticks to the sides of the container after blending the mixture.
But a container with a narrow bottom allows you to blend a recipe with at least 1 cup of ingredients. Whereas, a container with wide bottom, you need to have at least 2 cups of ingredients for the container to work.
There’s also a neat feature about the lid on top which is the lid plug. You can open up the lid plug so that you can add ingredients while blending, or so that you can use the tamper to push the top ingredients down to be blended at the bottom.
The blade is 3 inches, four-pronged, and stainless steel. This blade will last for a long time, so don’t worry too much about wear and tear.
But if you do happen to drop something like a metal spoon in your blender while it’s running, the blade will snap itself off to keep the motor from being ruined. In case this happens, you can call the Vitamix company’s customer service, explain your situation, and they’ll cover you as long as you still have the warranty.
When you order a Vitamix blender, the container you receive has a “wet blade.” This type of blade is best at making wet mixtures like smoothies.
If you grind flours and coffee regularly, it would be best to get the shorter container also that has a “dry blade.” This “dry blade” is excellent for dry ingredients. The drawback is that you will have to order the dry-blade container separately; the dry container does not come with the package.
You can use the wet-blade container for grinding flours or coffee if you are using it occasionally. But if you use this container often for grinding it will shorten the lifetime of the wet blade.
And if you use the wet-blade container with some other dry ingredients, you might not achieve the results that you want. For example, if you want to make almond nut flour, the wet-blade container will produce almond nut butter.
The container with a dry-blade has the capacity of 32 oz. This has a shorter height and it’ll probably be easier to store on your kitchen counter top.
Now you also probably want to know what all the different bits and bobs on the front of the machine actually do.
1. ON and OFF
Let’s start with the light on the bottom left, which is actually a pretty handy feature… despite it being just a little white light. The little light shows whether the machine is on or off.
“But hold on,” you say, “wasn’t the switch on the right for turning the machine on and off?”
Well, not quite.
2. START and STOP
The machine has an extra switch just under the front for turning off and on the power flow, and the switch on the right starts and stops the motor for the blade—ready for quick and efficient use. It’s a great feature if you want to save time from plugging and unplugging the machine and if you don’t want to put it away.
3. PULSE CONTROL
Next, the switch or lever on the left side is for activating the pulse option for making a coarse texture or tossing the mixture, and the knob in the middle changes the blending settings.
4. VARIABLE 10-SPEED CONTROL
Although many blenders give you the option for high, medium, or low speed, the 6300 gives you precise control over your speed with settings between 1 and 10.
However, a lot of Vitamix blenders have these sort of exact speeds; the real magic is in the three little icons next to the ten numbers.
In addition to the integers of intensity of the variable speed control, the knob also includes the option to use a preset. The Vitamix 6300 has three presets:
- Frozen Desserts
- Hot Soups
You can simply leave the blender and allow it to do its job in mixing ingredients in the container, then just go ahead and attend to your other tasks as you let this kitchen appliance work its magic.
Vitamix 6300 Presetting Functions:
How about we go in-depth about these functions?
This setting starts out slow to pulverize the chunks of food, then speeds up to make the smoothie…well, smooth.
The run time for this preset is about 46 seconds.
A Vitamix 6300 user had a complaint that the result of her smoothie was too liquidy.
Here’s a fix if your smoothie gets too liquidy — you just add frozen fruit, especially bananas (they go with pretty much any fruit combination).
2. FROZEN DESSERTS
The run time for the Frozen Desserts preset is about a minute. Like the Smoothies preset, the blending speed starts out slow but then speeds up and runs on high until the minute is up.
3. HOT SOUPS
This preset has a much longer run time—about 4 minutes. The reason for this is that the motor must be kept on long enough to heat up, and therefore heat your soup.
A good reason for having presets on your blender is if you have a busy kitchen life… or just a busy life in general, I guess.
When you use a preset, you can leave your blender to do its work, and it’ll shut off when it’s done. You don’t have to sit and watch to see if your smoothie is turning out all right. Instead, the blender can “sit and watch” itself!
A problem that people might run into is that they would have to come back to use the tamper and push the ingredients down. Sometimes the ingredients won’t come down because of the air pocket that has formed underneath. Just make sure your ingredients are cut into pieces before you blend. Another important thing to do is to follow the order stated in the recipe of putting the ingredients into your blender.
Another thing to think about is that if you use less ingredients, it will take less time to blend. It’s best to use the presets if you have a fixed amount to blend every time.
Vitamix 6300 Motor: 2.0 HorsePower
The Vitamix 6300 has an 11.5 amp motor with 2.0-peak horsepower. What does this mean? It means that you can throw anything you want at this blender: fruits, nuts, ice, a rock. . . Okay, well, you probably shouldn’t throw a rock at your blender. 😉 But that doesn’t change the fact that the motor can handle the toughest of ingredients.
Just try to make peanut butter with it, and see for yourself!
Vitamix Blender Speed – Highest Setting
The blades can spin up to 240 mph at their highest setting—#10 in the variable speed control. But of course, there are other 9 settings under that if 240 mph is a little too intense for you.
But if you want to know a little secret—that crazy amount of speed can actually be healthy for you. It gives the blade the ability to break down your food and bring out the nutrients far better than your teeth can.
If you or your loved one has some kind of digestive problem, blended food is really helpful. My Vitamix blender has really been helpful for me in my food preparation since I also have struggles with my digestion.
How Loud is the Vitamix 6300?
There are two things to keep in mind about such a powerful machine: it gets loud, and it gets hot.
Here’s a Vitamix 6300 user who has shared her review at Amazon on how loud and noisy the machine is…
Of course, all blenders are loud, but the high-end ones such as the 6300 crank up the firepower. Some complain of needing ear plugs, but this blender shouldn’t be too loud to handle for most people.
In fact, it’s quieter than some other Vitamix models, like the 5200. A customer who owned both 6300 and another Vitamix model has mentioned that the 6300 is quieter than the other model that he has. At first he thought that his other model was broken because of the louder noise compared to the 6300.
If you’re having trouble with vibrations, there is a way to keep your house from shaking too much: just put a rubber mat under the base.
What Happens if the Vitamix Blender Overheats?
Now about the heat: a lot of power means a lot of friction, and a lot of friction means a lot of heat.
Don’t worry, though—it takes a while for the machine to heat up too badly, and it also comes with cooling system. But if it does happen to get too hot, the motor will shut off to keep itself from overheating. Just wait 10 to 45 minutes until you can turn the machine on again.
How Long is the Warranty?
For this particular Vitamix blender, there is a 7-year warranty and a payable upgrade of a 10-year warranty (but only for the US; it’s not global).
This is actually kind of a big deal because it means that you, the customer, would not have to worry about your machine for 7 whole years! If you like the quality, it’s definitely a better long-term investment than most cheaper blenders.
I found this review at Amazon from a 6300 customer who decided to invest in something better because Vitamix has a 7-year warranty…
Vitamix 6300 How-to Use Guide
The 6300 owner’s manual gives you the precise instruction on how to use your machine. You should follow the instructions from the manual. To give you an idea about how to use the Vitamix 6300, here’s a brief guide.
When you first receive your machine, it’s a good idea to give it a good clean before the first use.
Unless you purchased your machine directly from the Vitamix company, you need to register it at Vitamix.com so that they can replace your machine if you break it.
Clean Up Guide (Before First-Time Use)
You only need to clean the machine this way one time—before you even start using it. Not only will this process clean your machine, it will also break in your motor too.
Fill up the container half-way with warm water and put a couple drops of dish soap in.
Fasten the lid and the lid plug on, and turn on the motor with the speed set to 1, slowly raising it to maximum speed. Keep it on the highest speed between 30 seconds and 60 seconds, then you can turn off the motor and rinse and dry the container.
After this cleaning process, you need to sanitize the container. Fill it up half-way with warm water again, but this time put in 1 ½ teaspoons of liquid bleach.
Fasten the lid and the lid plug, then start the machine with the speed set to 1 and slowly raise it all the way up to 10, then leave it there for about 30 to 60 seconds.
Turn the machine off, and let it sit with the mixture still inside for about a minute and a half.
Pour out the bleach and air dry the container, but you do not have to rinse after sanitizing. And that’s it! Your container is ready to be used for the next… however many years!
…I think I will rinse my container after sanitizing, though. I hate the smell of bleach.
Wet Blade Container Guide
First, plug in your machine, then when you turn it on using the switch just under the control hub, make sure your speed setting is set to 1 in variable speed control.
Put your ingredients in the container before placing it on the base. The best way to put your ingredients in the container is in this order: liquids, soft foods, solid foods, then ice.
When pouring liquids into the container, never go beyond two-thirds of the jar.
Put the lid and the lid plug on securely to prevent any issues during the blending process, especially when you’re making hot foods like soup. While the machine is off, insert the bottom container snugly onto the landing pad.
I probably don’t have to tell you this, but it’s really not a good idea to put the container on the motor while it’s running.
Start the machine by flicking the on/off switch facing up, then you can slowly turn up the variable speed to whatever you want.
Be extra careful when making hot mixtures like soups and sauces! It’s highly advised that when you are using hot liquids, always start the speed on 1, in case you didn’t put the cover tightly, so that the liquid doesn’t fly everywhere and get you burned (or anyone else, for that matter).
If you prefer to use the variable speed control and you’re not used to the machine, it’s probably a good idea to count the seconds of your processing time so that you don’t over-blend your ingredients. I don’t know about you, but I prefer that my smoothies don’t end up too thin.
When you turn off the blender, wait until the blade stops running before you take the container off of the base.
Dry Blade Container Guide (If Purchased)
Just like before, set the programming dial to 1 before starting.
Fasten the lid nice and snugly, place the container on the base, start the machine, increase your speed slowly, and wait for the blades to stop spinning when you turn off the machine.
Pretty much the same process. There are a few precautions to take when using the dry blade container, though.
Grinding dry ingredients for longer than two minutes could seriously mess up your machine, and using it too often might damage your container and also make the blade’s performance poor .
Also, grinding herbs could release oils that might stain the machine or give it a bad odor (which is really not good for the other foods you plan to make in the blender). Lastly, certain herbs and spices have the nasty habit of dulling the blade or cracking the container.
Comparison: Which is Better 6300 or 7500 Model?
6300 vs 7500
If you are torn between these two models, then you may want to take a look at the different features that these machines have.
1. Container Style
The Vitamix 6300 and 7500 both have a 64-ounce container, which is large enough to fit in large batches of drinks or dishes.
However, the main difference is in the width and height of the pitcher. Here are the details of the containers:
The 6300 comes with a classic tall container with an overall height of 20.5 inches (including the motor) while the 7500 is about 3 inches shorter at 17.5 inches.
This is a huge deal if you have minimal space under the kitchen cabinet, although you can always set the container right next to the motor base to solve this issue.
The 6300 has a 2-peak HP motor, which is powerful enough to perform a number of functions such as blending, grinding, and chopping.
As for the 7500 model, the motor is far more superior at 2.2 HP, which can blend whole food items in a snap.
3. Programmed Settings
The good thing about the 6300 is the convenience of preparing recipes with the pre-set programs. You can choose from three different settings, then walk away to do your other tasks and let the blender work its magic.
The 7500, however, lacks this feature. Instead, it only has the pulse feature that allows you to layer your coarsely chopped ingredients over smooth pureed mixture for your veggie soups or salsas.
This can be a slight drawback for those who prefer the convenience of having preset programs for their blender.
4. 6300 & 7500 Best Price – Is the Vitamix 6300 Worth the Extra Money?
Now, for the price… Well, there is a big difference between the cost of these two models, which can be a significant deciding factor for some customers.
The Vitamix 7500 costs $479 (selling price may change without prior notice), mainly because of the absence of preset programs, in spite of the lower profile for the container and higher HP motor.
The 6300, on the other hand, costs $599 (selling price may change without prior notice) since there is greater functionality and convenience with the three programmed settings.
So, if what you look for is convenience, the 6300 is your practical option. Just be prepared to pay a higher price for this machine.
Although one machine is more “expensive,” the blender with the best price is the one that would serve you best. If you don’t care for presets, then get the 7500, but if you love presets, then the 6300 is the blender for you.
5. Which Model is Louder – Vitamix 6300 or 7500?
Now that you know more about the differences between the two, there is one more issue to consider – how loud is the Vitamix 6300, anyway?
Well, the 7500 model is 40% quieter.
When you turn the dial to the maximum setting, the loudness can be rather significant. Nevertheless, this is usually the issue with any blender, although the sound is more tremendous with higher end models.
Is the Vitamix 6300 A Good Buy?
If you’re considering whether or not to buy the Vitamix 6300, there are some things you need to consider. There are a lot of good things about this machine that we will go over, but there are also a few bad things that may make you hesitant about buying it. Let’s go over these pros and cons.
Pros: Model 6300 Impressive Features
Good Points: Presets, On/Off Switch, BPA Free, Easy Clean-Up, Warranty, Customizability
A lot of Vitamix customers love the 6300’s addition of presets. It saves time, and it makes it easier to follow the recipes in the accompanying cookbook.
The On/Off Switch:
This has been a recent addition in the Vitamix series, but a handy one. Again, this isn’t the start/stop switch that activates your motor, this is the on/off button that turns on the power flow to your machine.
No worries about contaminated plastic here! Anything made in a Vitamix blender is safe from the BPA monster.
Speaking from experience, blenders are usually pretty hard to clean, especially when it comes to the 6300’s old-style container. But there’s a cool solution for that!
From what I’ve seen, there are two ways to clean the blender, but they both have the same sort of method.
1. Fill the container with warm water and a drop of soap in the container, and blend on high for 30 seconds.
2. Fill half of the container, put a few drops of soap in, and pulse it using a setting of 8 to 10 for about 30 seconds.
Both are pretty easy, but it’s no problem if you have your own way of cleaning blenders. It’s probably a good idea to give the inside an actual scrub once in a while.
Again, there’s a 7-year warranty for this blender. That’s a pretty long time, and it gives you a safe reason to buy it.
Vitamix blenders come in a variety of colors: black, cream, platinum, white, and red. If you want your blender to decorate your counter top in addition to being a kitchen tool, then you definitely have some options.
Cons to Consider with the 6300
Bad Points: Non-Dishwasher Safe, Height, Black Specks, Cost
While this blender has its own version of easy clean-up, it is not safe to put in your dishwasher. As long as you keep these two machines separate, you won’t have any troubles.
As I said before, this blender is pretty tall. It probably shouldn’t be your first choice if you want your blender to be ready-to-use and a snug fit between your counter and your cabinets.
This con has been a pretty big deal for the brand new 6300’s customers. A few reviewers have found that while using this blender, black flecks would show up in their food.
Upon asking Vitamix about this, the answer was given that these specks belonged to a non-stick seal in the blender that was wearing off.
The substance is safe to consume according to the FDA, but, needless to say, people just don’t like pieces of Teflon in their food.
Vitamix has reported that this phenomenon only happens to about 1% of the blenders they produce, and by now it has supposedly been fixed. Since the start of 2016 I haven’t seen any review posted in Amazon about the black specks.
But if you ever come across this problem, you can always send your container back to Vitamix and have it replaced.
A Vitamix 6300 owner has posted his review at Amazon about the black specks. Here’s the review…
Cost: Why is the Vitamix 6300 Price so High?
And now the point of this whole article. The Vitamix 6300 is one of the more expensive blenders. The brand new Vitamix 6300 costs a whopping $600, which a lot of people probably aren’t willing to pay for just a blender.
What I have noticed is that the latest Vitamix models are expensive, especially when they include modern technology such as presets.
But who knows, maybe the pros far outweigh the cons in this case, and maybe you’ll decide that this is a sweet deal after all.
If you’re still not sold on paying $600 dollars for this blender, Vitamix offers a plan where you can pay installments over a period of time.
In case the brand new 6300 is too much for your budget, you always have the option to go for the reconditioned machine, which is more economical.
Aside from having all the features that a brand new 6300 has, a reconditioned unit is backed by a 5-year warranty for your convenience and peace of mind. It’s cheaper and it has the same quality as the new blender.
Before the reconditioned Vitamix blender is released from the warehouse, it has undergone rigorous checks and evaluation by the manufacturer to make sure it is in excellent quality.
Also, be wary that if you are trying to order a reconditioned Vitamix 6300, you may instead receive a Professional Series 500, 6300, 6500, or Total Nutrition Center 3—which are all basically the same machine. The accompanying cookbook and DVD may also vary. You will receive whatever is available at the time.
Is the Vitamix 6300 Worth the Money Invested?
So is it worth it to buy the a Vitamix 6300 with presets?
Any other Vitamix machine can still make smoothies, desserts, and soups without the need of any pre-programmed setting, but if you’re the kind of person who multitasks, then this is the machine for you.
Other customers have shared their experience in buying cheap blenders that they have to replace yearly. But with Vitamix machines, these people are no longer replacing their blenders yearly—so it saves them money in the long run.
A Vitamix 6300 customer / user has shared his review at Amazon on how well-worth the investment is. He says. . .
Why You Should or Should Not Buy the Vitamix 6300 Blender
A customer had finally decided to buy the Vitamix 6300 and here’s his reason that he shared in his review at Amazon…
Conclusion: Best Price for the Vitamix 6300 Model
At the time of this writing, Amazon reviews have given the Vitamix 6300 an over-all rating of 4 ½ stars, while the reconditioned version has 5 stars.
Either way, the customers seem to love this blender, and they think it is well worth the steep price. After all, it is a high-end blender.
The main selling point is the presets, which allows ease-of-use and is incredibly time-saving.
Costumers are also notably amazed at how smooth their mixtures seem to turn out, probably due to the powerful 2 HP motor.
However, some people do run into problems with the presets. As mentioned before, the tamper may still be needed while using a preset, so sometimes you couldn’t necessarily walk away from your machine as advertised.
Some say that drinking a smoothie made by the 6300 is like drinking juice instead—because the smoothie came out so smooth.
But, since the overall reviews are still overwhelmingly positive, the Vitamix 6300’s customers must be pleased by the results they are getting, and it certainly looks like a healthy investment.
With everything in mind, I would say that the best price would be the reconditioned Vitamix 6300 model. It still has the quality of a brand-new blender, but for a cheaper price. Personally, I would seriously consider buying the reconditioned model over a new one.