Chefman Cordless vs Vitamix 5-Speed Side-by-Side Comparison

Tina Pham
Tina Pham
Reviewer
Nguyen Ntk
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Dec 1, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender In-depth Review
The Vitamix Immersion Blender Review
Blender type
immersion
immersion
Power
0W
625W

Our Verdict

8.0
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    7.7/10
  • Design (20%)
    7.4/10
  • Usability (30%)
    8.8/10
8.6
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    8.6/10
  • Design (20%)
    9.1/10
  • Usability (30%)
    8.2/10

Both the Chefman cordless and the Vitamix 5-speed offer their own distinct advantages. In our test, while the Vitamix 5-speed was better at processing frozen fruits and pureeing soup, the Chefman cordless provided us with thicker, creamier mayonnaise. 

Because they are two different blender types, however, the battle between them comes down to attributes that are hard to measure. As such, rather than comparing their performance, consider what kind of personality you want your machine to have. 

The Vitamix 5-speed has snazzy styling and a lot of advanced tech, but it comes at a price. As a cordless immersion blender, the Chefman cordless offers the best mobility. It is a good value for the money, but its overall build quality comes in fairly standard and is no match for the luxury, heavy-duty Vitamix 5-speed.

Performance

7.7
Performance Scores
  • Hot Soup Purée (35%)
    7.0/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    9.0/10
  • Mayonnaise (15%)
    8.8/10
  • Almond Milk (15%)
    8.5/10
  • Whipped Egg-Whites (10%)
    0/10
8.6
Performance Scores
  • Hot Soup Purée (35%)
    9.5/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    8.8/10
  • Mayonnaise (15%)
    8.3/10
  • Almond Milk (15%)
    9.3/10
  • Whipped Egg-Whites (5%)
    0/10
7.0

Hot Soup Purée

9.5
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Hot Soup Purée
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Hot Soup Purée 1
  • Pureeing Time: 30 seconds
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction:  Slightly

The Chefman managed to create a serving of hot soup in 30 seconds. The soup wasn’t puréed to perfection since there was still a considerable amount of food flakes left behind, but for the most part, we were pleased with its smoothness. If you prefer your purée to be smoother, blend longer.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Soup Purée
Vitamix Immersion Hot Soup
  • Pureeing Time: 30 seconds
  • Result: Exceptionally smooth
  • Suction: No

Pureeing hot soup wasn't challenging the Vitamix thanks to its powerful motor and razor-sharp blades. Although it wasn’t any faster than its counterparts in pureeing time, it warranted the higher cost by providing us with a nutrient-dense purée of silky smooth texture. It also stood out from the rest with a non-suction performance that helped keep splashing to minimal.  

Indeed, the Vitamix is the most suitable hand blender for preparing restaurant-quality soup at home. It’s a great bargain for any recipes that involve fibrous food, too. If you’re now looking for a tool that can consistently ensure the smoothest blends, we particularly love and recommend this blender.

9.0

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

8.8
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Smoothie
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Smoothie 1
  • Blending Time: 1 min 10 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

At the highest speed setting, our Chefman broke down all the ingredients quite easily — better and faster, in fact, than we expected from a blender in this segment. The test smoothie came out with a satisfying texture, combining smooth, pulverized fruits with the green of kale for a nice, chilled mouthfeel.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Smoothie
Vitamix 5-Speed Immersion Smoothie 1
  • Blending Time: 1 min 5 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

The Vitamix took only 1 minute and 5 seconds to complete this test. By comparison, its counterparts such as the UTALENT 5-in-1 and the Hamilton Beach 59765 required nearly double the time.

Regarding the smoothie’s texture, of all the blenders we tested, only the Vitamix could churn out a thick, creamy smoothie with almost no solids left behind. Plus, despite being longer and heavier, it operated well in our 24-oz blending jar while the BPA-free plastic bell guard helped prevent scratches on the jar’s surfaces.

8.8

Mayonnaise

8.3
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Mayonnaise
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Mayonnaise 1
  • Emulsifying Time: 1 min 30 secs
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: No

Emulsifying with the blending shaft, this Chefman cordless blender passed the mayonnaise test within a minute and a half, which was slightly faster than average. The final mayonnaise looked smooth and was well emulsified, sharing a similar texture with those produced by a whisk attachment.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Mayonnaise
  • Emulsifying Time: 1 mins 40 secs
  • Result: Quite Thick
  • Suction: No

For the mayo whisking test, we initially whisked together two egg yolks and 150ml oil in a 24-oz vessel. Of the five blenders in the test, only the two two units with whisk attachments passed the test. The Vitamix (as well as the other remaining blenders) barely reached the egg yolks and left us with a jumbled mixture before oil was added. Its blending wand wasn’t designed for such a small volume of ingredients. We do suspect, though, that the results might have been better if we used a narrower blending container.  

At that point we decided to modify the recipe to include three egg yolks and 240ml oil. With this amount, all five of the blenders produced acceptable outcomes and only our culinary expert could tell the differences between them.

The Vitamix didn’t have the fastest performance, requiring about one minute and forty seconds to incorporate all the ingredients. This was nearly 30 seconds slower than the winner, the Cuisinart.

This is because when the mayonnaise emulsified and started to thicken, the blending wand generated a suction force, pulling itself against the container’s bottom. That made movement more difficult and slowed the whole process down. We don’t necessarily consider the time to be a deal-breaker. Since the blender itself is quite heavy, though, the longer the process takes, the more it will fatigue your hands. 

In conclusion, despite some drawbacks, the Vitamix is an acceptable alternative to a hand mixer for preparing mayonnaise or other emulsified sauces. Still, it is not the best hand blender for this job and ideal results may require extra effort.

8.5

Almond Milk

9.3
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Almond Milk
  • Grinding Time: 1 min 10 secs
  • Result: Very Fine
  • Suction: Yes

The Chefman cordless device may not be a bad option when you’re making nut milk. Just make sure to use a blending beaker with sufficient capacity. 

Our drink was creamy and packed with characteristic almond flavor so we think you will love it as much as we do. During our test, the blender did, unfortunately, suction itself to the beaker's bottom, causing the mixture to splatter every time we moved the blending wand. However, this wasn’t only about the suction — things would work better if we used a larger beaker.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Almond Milk
  • Grinding Time: 40 secs
  • Result: Fine
  • Suction: Slightly

Our nut milk was made with two ingredients: raw almonds and warm water. The nuts had been soaked overnight prior to blending, so the Vitamix took just 40 seconds to yield one serving of drinkable almond milk. Although it wasn't the most efficient blender in our testing, it was so good at drawing ingredients toward its blades that we didn't need to move it around much for an even blend.

That said, from start to finish, its crushing process didn’t go very well. The almond skins, along with peeled chunks, became lodged in the blade guard. We had to stop the blender temporarily and use a spatula to dislodge the food, which we didn’t have to do with other models.

Not only that, but because the Vitamix couldn’t create a consistent vortex, everything got close to overflowing when we increased the speed. 

Suction was a problem again as well. As a result, we got some almond spatter when we tried to lift up the wand. Most of the splatter-related issues could probably be avoided, though, if we blended it in a taller or larger jar.

0.0

Whipped Egg-Whites

0.0
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Whipped Egg-Whites
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Whipped Egg-Whites 1
  • Beating Time: N/A
  • Result: N/A
  • Suction: N/A

This machine’s blending shaft was unable to beat the eggs, but it shares this shortcoming with most blending shafts. If you want your machine to properly whip the eggs, we recommend choosing one that comes with a whisk attachment, such as the Braun MultiQuick-5. A whisk’s many thin wires will uncurl the protein strands of the egg whites and incorporate air into them. That way, stiff eggy peaks are able to form and stay stable.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Whipped Egg-Whites
  • Beating Time: N/A
  • Result: N/A
  • Suction: N/A

The Vitamix could be a great all-around blender if it included a whisk attachment. This is because, in our test, there was no way the immersion blender could beat egg-white with its ordinary blending shaft. Unlike a whisk attachment, the blending shaft can’t force air into the egg whites, which is the way to create an even, bubbly foam. Consequently, the result was a cloudy liquid with two separate layers of bubble film and eggy water. We awarded it no points for this test.

Design

7.4
design Scores
  • Blending Shaft (30%)
    7.0/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    8.0/10
  • Battery (5%)
    10/10
  • Beaker (5%)
    0/10
9.1
design Scores
  • Blending Shaft (30%)
    9.5/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    9.5/10
  • Power Cord (5%)
    10/10
  • Beaker (5%)
    0/10

In the Box

The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender In the Box
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • Blade guard
  • Blade edge guard
  • Charger adapter & USB cord 
  • User manual

Beyonds the two main components, the Chefman also comes with a pot & pan guard to prevent scratches on your cookware and a blade guard so you can cover the blade entirely while your blender is not in use.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Hands-on Review
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • User manual

In the package, you will find a handheld motor section, blending wand, and owner’s manual. The lack of additional accessories like a blending jar or a whisk attachment did make us hesitant about the high price. Nevertheless, as soon as we had a hands-on go at this blender, its solid construction proved that it was worth the money.

Dimensions

The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Dimensions
  • Height:
    16.4" (41.7 cm)
  • Width:
    2.3" (5.8 cm)
  • Weight:
    1.4 oz (40 g)
  • Shaft Length:
    8.2" (20.8 cm)

This Chefman is the right size to fit comfortably in your palm. At 1.4 pounds, it is a bit on the light side, but so are most immersion blenders that are made of standard plastic.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Dimension
  • Height:
    17.5" (44.5 cm)
  • Width:
    3.0" (7.6 cm)
  • Weight:
    3.2 oz (90 g)
  • Shaft Length:
    9.2" (23.4 cm)

Compared with others, this blender is quite tall, measuring about 17.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 3 inches deep. That length may allow it to reach the bottom of deep pots more easily. At 3.2 pounds, it is also heavier than most — we were pretty shocked by its weight at first.

8.0

Build Quality

9.5
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Build Quality

The Chefman provides a medium level of quality at a very reasonable price. With a black-clad exterior all around, the motor looks charming and notably elegant. After a course of testing, we found a smattering of tiny scratches around this part, but they’re not too noticeable unless you look closely.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Build Quality

The Vitamix 5-speed is a simple, high-end blender. Mostly made of stainless steel, it is sturdy and appeals to us aesthetically as well. We’re confident when we say it’s among the few hand blenders on the market that provide the right balance of performance, quality, and value. Better built than most, we also believed its exterior is less likely to be damaged or succumb to basic wear and tear over time.

Speed and Controls

The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Speed and Controls
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Speed and Controls 1
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Speed and Controls 2
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Speed and Controls 3
  • Control Type:
    Press-button
  • Min Speed:
    10.500 RPM
  • Max Speed:
    14.333 RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    72 dB
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

You control this blender’s multiple speeds by varying the pressure on the trigger switch in front. The harder you press, the faster the blade will spin. There is also the safety lock button on the device’s rear. Both buttons must be engaged before the motor will turn. Fortunately, both of them are very sensitive, so you won’t need much pressure to get the job done. 

Your Chefman doesn’t have a pulse function, but you can still chop food evenly by pressing and releasing the buttons in short intervals.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Speed and Controls
Vitamix Immersion Blender Speed and Controls
Vitamix 5-Speed Immersion Speed and Controls
  • Control Type:
    Press
  • Min Speed:
    8,600 RPM
  • Max Speed:
    15,700 RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    85 dB
  • Digital Display:
    Yes
  • Pulse Mode:
    No

We particularly like this blender’s intuitive interface. You can get five different speeds out of it but there are only two buttons on the front. You won’t need much practice to operate them smoothly; we figured out how they worked before reading the user manual. As a visual aid, this blender also has an LED display on top indicating the speed.

The Vitamix is also different from others in terms of its acceleration. Its speed steps up gradually rather than the violent torques others create. That went a long way toward preventing messes and should also prolong the motor’s lifespan.

7.0

Blending Shaft

9.5
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Blending Shaft
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Blending Shaft 1
The Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Blending Shaft 2
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Type:
    Sharp blade
  • Guard Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Blade Count:
    2
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

The whole blending shaft is made of standard stainless steel, but after several uses, we nevertheless found a small rust spot on the blade guard. We’ve tested a myriad of immersion blenders and noticed that rust is rare. We can’t say for sure whether the rust will spread, but if it does, the machine’s integrity and appearance will be severely impaired. 

The level of craftsmanship of the blade guard is okay overall but it could stand some improvements. The holes in the guard, for instance, look non-uniform and slightly misshapen. 

The blade has two prongs: one is sharp and the other is dull. It’s sturdy enough to puree nearly all kinds of soft foods. It can even make quick work of emulsifying, so you can prepare mayonnaise or any other sauce that needs a creamy, stable base.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Hands-on Blades
Stainless Steel Blade Housing with Plastic Guard (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
Vitamix 5-Speed Immersion Blending Shaft
  • Material:
    Stainless Steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
    BPA-free plastic
  • Blade Count:
    4
  • Removable:
    No
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    No

The Vitamix’s blade is constructed of hardened stainless steel. Featuring 4 prongs, this is a unique blade assembly found exclusively in Vitamix-brand hand blenders. There is also a permanent bell-shaped guard at the end of the blending wand. As advertised by its manufacturer, this blade guard can efficiently reduce suction. Made of BPA-free plastic, the bell’s rim should help protect the interior surfaces of your cookware or blending containers.

0.0

Beaker

Not Included
  • Material:
    N/A
  • Capacity:
    N/A
  • Measurements:
    N/A
  • Weight:
    NaN oz (NaN g)
  • Height:
    N/A
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    N/A
  • Tamper Included:
    N/A

The set doesn’t include a blending beaker, but you can purchase this add-on from any retailer.

  • Material:
    N/A
  • Capacity:
    N/A
  • Measurements:
    N/A
  • Weight:
    NaN oz (NaN g)
  • Height:
    N/A
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    N/A
  • Tamper Included:
    N/A

As mentioned above, the Vitamix immersion blender doesn’t come with a particular blending container, but we ensure you can easily buy an optional one of any brand on the market.

10

Battery

Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Battery
Chefman Cordless Immersion Blender Battery 1
  • Status Indicator:
    Yes
  • Full Charging Time:
    2 hours
  • Quick Charging Time:
    N/A
  • Charger Adapter:
    2-prong plug,  100-240 V input
  • Charger Adapter Pin:
    USB-C, 5.0 V output - 2.0A
  • Charger Length:
    3.6 ft.

After a full 2-hour charging session, the battery will hold enough power for 18-20 minutes of blending. The LED ring on the top shows the battery level or charging status. It will be a steady blue while the charge is above 50%, but when the battery drains down to below that point, it will turn orange or red before powering off. Note that you can also use your blender for a quick task without charging it to 100%.

Not Included

Extra Accessories

Not Included
  • Material:
    N/A
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    N/A
  • Removable:
    N/A

No extra blending attachments are included.

  • Material:
    N/A
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    N/A
  • Removable:
    N/A

There is no additional attachment included. If you want to use blending attachments other than the stainless steel shaft provided with this appliance, make sure they’re recommended or offered separately from the Vitamix’s manufacturers.

Usability

8.8
usability Scores
  • Ease of Use (60%)
    8.8/10
  • Blade Assembly (10%)
    9.5/10
  • Handling (20%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleanability (10%)
    8.0/10
8.2
usability Scores
  • Ease of Use (60%)
    8.4/10
  • Blade Assembly (10%)
    8.0/10
  • Handling (20%)
    8.5/10
  • Cleanability (10%)
    7.0/10
8.8

Ease of Use

8.4

Maneuvering the Chefman is particularly easy and usually doesn’t splatter ingredients around. With the exception of the almond milk test, we didn’t have much trouble with our blending motions; this blender suctioned itself only lightly to the beaker’s bottom. 

Most of our testers also praised its pressure-sensitive speed controller, though a few got frustrated trying to switch between mid-range speeds. Either way, it does take some time to get a feel for the speed controls. 

The removable plastic guard covers the metal blade housing to minimize scratches on your pots and pans. With it in place, you can be less timid with your motions.

Despite the relatively heavy-weight, The Vitamix is comfortable to hold. It even allows for one-handed operation since there are only two control buttons. Not only that, but this blender is also different from others in terms of its acceleration. Its speed steps up gradually rather than the violent torques others create. That went a long way toward preventing messes and should also prolong the motor’s lifespan.

That being said, we noticed that this blender can cause spattering when operating at the highest speed setting if the container’s sides are not tall enough. This isn’t the case with all immersion blenders (for example, the Braun MultiQuick 5 — a mid-range blender — allowed us to start low and increase as we went without any risk of spattering). 

On the bright side, the Vitamix doesn’t create as much of a mess as the Cuisinart Smart or the cordless KitchenAid. With the bell guard, it doesn’t suction to the pot’s bottom as much as its counterparts, either. As such, you won’t have to simultaneously lift and stir the wand around. Overall, that meant faster blending times and fewer food splatters.

9.5

Blade Assembly

8.0

The shaft-release button not only helps reinforce the connection between the motor housing and the blending wand, but it also allows for easier disassembly. Simply press this button and pull the blending wand to separate the two parts. Setting up the blender is straightforward as well; align the motor body housing with the blending shaft and push them together until you hear them click.

Like most immersion blenders, the Vitamix breaks down into two parts that connect with a simple twist. Given how heavy the thing is, though, it may be tougher to get the job done if your hands are greasy.

9.0

Handling

8.5

Our Chefman let us blend in comfort thanks to the ergonomically designed handle. It didn’t get slippery even when our hands were oily during the mayonnaise test. The stable grip it provides is meaningful, especially if your hands fatigue quickly.

The Vitamix Handling
The Vitamix Handling 2
The Vitamix Handling 3

We’re really impressed with the Vitamix’s ergonomically designed handle. It’s not just about modern looks; this handle is coated with a rubber layer to ensure a comfortable grip, which makes it practical for processing large batches of soup. It’s nice to have that comfort, especially given how heavy the motor is.

This coating is also very handy when you have sweaty or slippery hands. You can focus on your prep work instead of your grip.

8.0

Cleanability

7.0

All removable parts are top-rack dishwasher safe, but we prefer to clean them by hand since it’s faster and practically effortless. Following each test, we scrubbed away the food tailings with a soapy sponge. Most of the residue rinsed off easily, including the bits stuffed up behind the blades.

The removable blending wand is not dishwasher-safe, so after each test, we had to clean it by blending water with dish soap and letting the blades clean themselves. Along the way, we noticed a few extra differences between the Vitamix and its competitors which mainly stem from the blending wand design. 

Although both the soup and smoothie tailings rinsed off easily under the tap, the Vitamix was the most difficult to clean after making mayonnaise. As an oil-based substance that is both sticky and insoluble in water, we couldn’t remove mayonnaise by blending in warm soapy water alone. A lot of gunk remained until we resorted to a bottle-cleaning brush and specialized cleanser.

But the real problem was cleaning the blades. It was a real challenge to scrub the backsides of those blades. And since the 4-pronged blade assembly is razor-sharp, we had to clean it with extreme caution. What a time-consuming and frustrating process that was!