Hamilton Beach 59765 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 Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Hamilton Beach Hand Blender Review
The Vitamix Immersion Blender Review
Blender type
immersion
immersion
Power
225W
625W

Our Verdict

6.0
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    5.7/10
  • Design (20%)
    6.0/10
  • Usability (30%)
    6.4/10
8.6
Overall Score
  • Performance (50%)
    8.6/10
  • Design (20%)
    9.1/10
  • Usability (30%)
    8.2/10

With its 650-watt motor, the Vitamix 5-speed is an impressive, all-around machine, outperforming the Hamilton Beach 59765 not only in terms of efficiency but also in usability and functionality. 

Our Vitamix 5-speed performed well in nearly all of the tests, as wasn’t the case with the Hamilton Beach 59765. And thanks to its simple design—and even though its blending shaft is not dishwasher-safe—cleaning up wasn’t particularly difficult either. 

The only shortcoming of the Vitamix 5-speed over the lower-priced Hamilton Beach 59765 is its lack of accessories, which seems unreasonable given its high cost.

Performance

5.7
Performance Scores
  • Hot Soup Purée (35%)
    8.0/10
  • Frozen Fruit Smoothie (30%)
    5.3/10
  • Mayonnaise (15%)
    0/10
  • Almond Milk (15%)
    6.8/10
  • Whipped Egg-Whites (5%)
    5.0/10
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
8.0

Hot Soup Purée

9.5
Hamilton Beach 59765 Hot Soup
Hamilton Beach 59765 Hot Soup
  • Pureeing Time: 30 seconds
  • Result: Smooth
  • Suction: Slightly

In this test, the Hamilton Beach produced an acceptably smooth puree, but the outcome wasn’t any better than those produced by other immersion blenders we’ve found for under $40. It was blended evenly but we still noticed a lot of tiny veggie chunks left behind after straining.

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.

5.3

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

8.8
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Smoothie
Hamilton Beach 59765 Smoothie
  • Blending Time: 2 mins 15 secs
  • Result: Chunky and Leafy
  • Suction: Slightly

Of all the blenders we tested, this Hamilton Beach took the longest to complete this task. It was such a poor performer that had a very hard time processing frozen fruits and couldn’t entirely liquefy kale. In the end, we were left behind with a lumpy icy drink and worse still, a bunch of large noticeable fibrous pieces remained unprocessed.

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.

0.0

Mayonnaise

8.3
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Mayonnaise
  • Emulsifying Time: N/A
  • Result: N/A
  • Suction: N/A

Making mayonnaise with this blender’s whisk attachment was a total failure. Even when we added the oil very slowly to the yolks, there was no way that the blender could form a proper emulsion. Instead of a smooth spread, we ended up with a watery mess. As such, we awarded it no points for this test.

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.

6.8

Almond Milk

9.3
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Almond Milk
  • Grinding Time: 1 min 40 secs
  • Result: Coarse
  • Suction: Tightly

Using this Hamilton Beach to make nut milk may not be such a good idea: In our test, it left us with a coarse grind and couldn’t pull all the ingredients into its blades without our intervention. That’s why we had to constantly stir with the blending wand to ensure everything was incorporated. This also meant that, due to the machine’s poor head suction, we would end up getting splattered with smoothie every single time our hand moved. 

At certain points, the almonds somehow even got stuck in the blade guard’s holes, requiring us to stop and dislodge them. This remains the most frustrating blending experience that we’ve ever had.  

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.

5.0

Whipped Egg-Whites

0.0
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Whipped Egg-Whites
  • Beating Time: 3 min 22 secs
  • Result: Stiff
  • Suction: No

Surprisingly, this blender’s whisk attachment did a good job of stiffening the egg white. When beating, it provided enough force to stretch out the egg’s proteins which then bonded with each other and formed a stable network around the tiny air bubbles created through the beating action.

However, strengthening that network for a good stiff peak can be a lengthy process. The Hamilton Beach took more than one minute - compared with others, that's longer than the average. Having to spend a few more minutes blending is no big deal, but the prolonged operation will cause the motor to overheat, thus impairing its durability and your cooking enjoyment. 

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

6.0
design Scores
  • Blending Shaft (30%)
    6.5/10
  • Build Quality (60%)
    6.0/10
  • Power Cord (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

Hamilton Beach 59765 In the Box
  • Motor body 
  • Blending shaft 
  • Whisk attachment
  • Food processor  
  • User manual

The Hamilton Beach 59765 set has five pieces, including a motor body, a blending shaft, a user manual, and two extra attachments (a whisk and a food processor). It doesn’t come with a beaker, but you can easily purchase a decent one for under $15.

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

Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Dimensions
  • Height:
    14.3" (36.3 cm)
  • Width:
    2.6" (6.6 cm)
  • Weight:
    1.7 oz (49 g)
  • Shaft Length:
    6.9" (17.5 cm)

This Hamilton Beach looks compact on our counter and takes up less space than any of the full-sized blenders we’ve had. Its blending shaft and main motor body can be separated so you can easily store them when not in use. It also feels balanced in our hands with an ideal weight for most home cooks. For the most part, we agree it is quite easy to maneuver this machine in a mixing beaker.

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.

6.0

Build Quality

9.5
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Build Quality

Compared to other low-range blenders we purchased, this Hamilton Beach is similar in features, operation, and capabilities, but it isn’t as good on every front due to its poorly-built construction.

Made of low-range plastic, the motor body takes on food stains and discoloration over time while the inner core is very breakable. The two thin plastic tabs that help connect the blending attachment to the main housing also leave much to be desired. With use, they will possibly snap, thus rendering your blender useless. Another word of caution: this machine has a tendency to overheat like it is burning up. 

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

Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Speed and Controls
  • Control Type:
    Press-button & speed dial
  • Min Speed:
    15,680 RPM
  • Max Speed:
    17,330 RPM
  • Presets:
    No
  • Noise Level:
    96 dB
  • Digital Display:
    No
  • Pulse Mode:
    Yes

The machine has two buttons: the power button operates the blender at the normal speed and the turbo button provides a temporary speed boost. Both buttons are unresponsive to gentle presses requiring considerable pressure to be activated. During the more prolonged procedures, we experienced challenging and painful blending.

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.

6.5

Blending Shaft

9.5
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Blending Shaft
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Type:
    Sharp Blade
  • Guard Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Blade Count:
    2
  • Removable:
    Yes
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes

At only 6.9 inches, the blending shaft is quite short and may not be suitable to immerse in your deep pot. With a sharp, metal blade guard, it seriously damaged our beaker and was incapable of reducing head suction in all of its tests. The 2-pronged blade is designed flimsily. It looks inferior and has a shorter length compared to other low-range blenders. This results in quite coarse blends and longer working time.

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.

Not Included

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

  • 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

Power Cord

10
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Power cord
  • Cord Length:
    5.1 ft
  • Type:
    2-prong plug
  • Detachable:
    No

This blender has a 2-prong, 5.1. feet power cord that plugs into any standard power supply rated to 120V AC. 

Vitamix Immersion Blender Hands-on Power Cord
Vitamix Immersion Blender Hands-on Power Cord
  • Cord Length:
    4.9 ft
  • Type:
    No
  • Detachable:
    2-prong plug

The Vitamix features a polarized power cord whose one pin is slightly wider than the other. As a safety feature, you can only insert its plug into a polarized electrical outlet in one direction. Should the plug doesn’t fit in your receptacle, make sure you will not force it or try to trim down the pins. Instead, you should contact a qualified electrician for a proper solution.

Whisk Attachment

Extra Accessories

Not Included
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Whisk Attachment
  • Material:
    Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    Yes

After two rounds of testing, we found this attachment is completely inefficient. Measuring only 4.3 inches long, it is comparatively short and its wires are too stiff to provide enough ‘bounce’. We certainly wouldn't recommend using this whisk. 

  • 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.

Food Processor

Extra Accessories

Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Food Processor
  • Material:
    Plastic and Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher Safe:
    Yes
  • Removable:
    Yes

We haven’t tested this attachment on a specific recipe, but upon activating it without any contents, we found it to be laced with excessive rattles and vibrations, which fatigued our hands over time. 

Usability

6.4
usability Scores
  • Ease of Use (60%)
    5.8/10
  • Blade Assembly (10%)
    8.0/10
  • Handling (20%)
    6.5/10
  • 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
5.8

Ease of Use

8.4

The Hamilton Beach 59765 is not easy to use;  it often feels a bit brittle during even simple tasks, and that isn’t indicative of all low-priced immersion blenders. It is also more of a pain to use with a violent shaking motor and unresponsive controls. 

Furthermore, we found our machine got extremely hot when it was working at high speeds toward an extended blending time. It is unclear if this issue is likely to shorten the blender’s lifespan, but it will surely bring you a

few minutes of discomfort.

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.

8.0

Blade Assembly

8.0

To set up this blender, the attachment must be rotated to a specific alignment to lock into place with the main housing. So far, we haven't found any difficulty in doing so, since both these two pieces are clearly marked with padlock icons, eliminating our guesswork for the correct alignment.

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.

6.5

Handling

8.5
Hamilton Beach 59765 Immersion Handling

Compared with others, this handle is smaller and less comfortable to hold. While it fits okay in our small hands, it cannot ensure a stable, secure grip due to its slippery surface. 

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

Removing all the food tailings from the blades’ backsides was pretty frustrating. Due to the restricted space between the blade and its guard, we couldn’t get our fingers in for scrubbing. 

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!