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Vitamix 5-Speed vs Braun MultiQuick 5 Side-by-Side Comparison

Vitamix 5-Speed vs. Braun MultiQuick-5 comparison: The winner of this showdown lays claim to the title of best immersion blender overall.

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Vitamix Immersion Blender

Braun MultiQuick 5

Vitamix 5-Speed vs Braun MultiQuick 5

Overall Verdict

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If you are after a well-rounded machine, don’t mind some extra heft, and can afford the high price, the Vitamix is the best one to buy.

Otherwise, you should consider other, more affordable options like the Braun MultiQuick 5. Although this blender isn’t as powerful, it gave us consistent blends and was more versatile thanks to the included whisk attachment.

In terms of overall build quality, the Vitamix is impressive, given its sleek and durable stainless steel finish. The Braun, on the other hand, doesn’t look as fancy or innovative, with its main body mostly made of plastic. But that doesn’t mean it’s ugly or less durable. And to be honest, it isn’t fair to put these two blenders into a design comparison. The Braun is a budget-focused midrange blender, so it’s meant to be of average quality.

Pros & Cons

  • A great tool for recipes that involve fibrous or frozen food
  • 4-pronged heavy-duty blade promotes speedy blends and consistent results
  • Intuitive interface makes it easy to switch between speed settings
  • Ergonomically-designed handle offers a secure grip
  • Blade Guard prevents scratching 
  • Stainless steel body ensures optimal durability
  • Consistent performance with minimal splashing
  • Nearly as efficient as the higher-priced Vitamix 
  • Ergonomically-designed handle ensures a confident grip
  • Doesn’t get hot even under heavy-duty use
  • A generous set of accessories means greater versatility
  • Expensive
  • Relatively heavy
  • There aren’t any extra accessories included
  • The metal blending shaft and whisk may damage non-stick coatings

Key Specs

Dimensions HW
17.5 x 3 inches
W2.2 x H15 inches
Weight
3.2 lbs (1.5 kg)
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Number of speeds
5
2
Pulse/Turbo option
No
No
Min speed
8,600 RPM
12,200 RPM
Max speed
15,700 RPM
13,700 RPM

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$146.87
$62.87

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.6
8.8

Hot Soup Purée

9.5
8.5
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Soup Purée Video
Draining the pureéd soup with a stainless steel mesh strainer to inspect solid chunks.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Scooping a spoon of pureéd soup from the plastic beaker to check its smoothness.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Soup Hot Soup Purée
Draining the soup with a stainless steel mesh strainer to inspect solid chunks.
Pureeing Time
30 seconds
30 seconds
Result
Exceptionally smooth
Smooth
Suction
No
No

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

8.8
8.8
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Vitamix immersion blender had completed the test in 1 minute and 5 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Vitamix immersion blender had completed the test in 1 minute and 5 seconds.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Smoothie Video
After finishing blending, the green smoothie was spread evenly throughout a white paper on a gray table to check for solid chunks.
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Braun MultiQuick-5 Vario Hand Blender had completed the test in 59,99 seconds.
Scooping a spoon of smoothie from the plastic beaker to check its texture after the Braun MultiQuick-5 Vario Hand Blender had completed the test in 59,99 seconds.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Smoothie Test
After finishing blending, the green smoothie was spread evenly throughout a white paper on a gray table to check for solid chunks.
Blending Time
1 min 5 secs
1 min
Result
Smooth
Smooth
Suction
No
No

Mayonnaise

8.3
8.3
Blender and beaker containing mayonnaise next to smartphone timer
Blender and beaker containing mayonnaise next to smartphone timer
Vitamix Immersion Blender Mayonnaise
A little bit of mayonnaise was sticking on the blender whisk attachment when it was removed from the full batch emulsified in a 24-oz plastic beaker.
A little bit of mayonnaise was sticking on the blender whisk attachment when it was removed from the full batch emulsified in a 24-oz plastic beaker.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Mayonnaise Test
Emulsifying Time
1 mins 40 secs
1 mins 54 secs
Result
Quite Thick
Smooth
Suction
No
No

Almond Milk

9.3
9.3
A bunch of almond shells gets clogged in the Vitamix immersion blending wand which is resting on a beaker full of almond milk.
A bunch of almond shells gets clogged in the Vitamix immersion blending wand which is resting on a beaker full of almond milk.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Almond Milk Test
Grinding Time
40 secs
45 secs
Result
Fine
Fine
Suction
Slightly
Tightly

Whipped Egg-Whites

0.0
10
The Vitamix blending wand is immersed in a plastic beaker containing failed beaten egg-white with a smartphone displaying the total beating time ( 2 minutes and 17 seconds) next to it.
Putting the 24-oz plastic beaker containing testing beaten egg-white upside down on the gray table.
Putting the 24-oz plastic beaker containing testing beaten egg-white upside down on the gray table.
Braun MultiQuick-5 Whipped Egg-Whites Test
Looking down at stiff peak egg whites in the 24-oz plastic beaker from above.
Beating Time
N/A
1 mins 56 secs
Result
N/A
Stiff
Suction
N/A
No

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.1
8.1

In the Box

The Vitamix Hand Blender is shipped with a carton box, an immersion blending wand, a motor body, and owner’s manuals.
The package, motor body, blending shaft, plastic beaker, user manual, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 Immersion Blender on a yellow table.

Dimensions

The Vitamix stainless steel immersion blender stands on top of its blending shaft on a gray table, with the length of the blending shaft being noted to the side as 9.2 inches, and the total length of the unit as 17.5 inches.
The Braun MQ505 standing on top of its blending shaft on a yellow table, with the length of the blending shaft being noted to the side as 6.7 inches, and the total length of the unit as 15 inches.
Height
17.5" (44.5 cm)
15.0" (38.1 cm)
Width
3.0" (7.6 cm)
2.2" (5.6 cm)
Weight
3.2 lbs (1.4 kg)
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Length
Shaft Length
9.2" (23.4 cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)

Build Quality

9.5
8.0
Vitamix Immersion Blender Review: The motor body and blending wand of the Vitamix lie flat on a gray table.
The motor body, blending shaft, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lie flat on a yellow table. The motor body, blending shaft, and whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lie flat on a yellow table.

Speed and Controls

A close-up of the Power button and Variable Speed Control button of the Vitamix immersion blender.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Speed and Controls
A close-up of the Power button and Variable Speed Control button of the Vitamix immersion blender.
Five speed indicator lights on top of the Vitamix’s motor body.
The Two Speed Settings of The Braun MultiQuick-5 Immersion Blender
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Speed Settings (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
Activation
Press
Press
Min Speed
8,600 RPM
12,200 RPM
Max Speed
15,700 RPM
13,700 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
85 dB
65 dB
Digital Display
Yes
No
Pulse Mode
No
Yes

Blending Shaft

9.5
7.5
The blade assembly of the Vitamix immersion blender features 4 sharp stainless steel prongs.
Stainless Steel Blade Housing with Plastic Guard (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
The blade assembly of the Vitamix immersion blender features 4 sharp stainless steel prongs.
A close-up of the sharp stainless steel blade of the Vitamix immersion blender.
The blending assembly of the Braun MultiQuick-5 features 2 sharp prongs.
The Braun MultiQuick-5 Blending Wand (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless steel
Type
Sharp Blade
Sharp Blade
Guard Material
BPA-free plastic
Stainless Steel
Blade Count
4
2
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
No
Yes

Beaker

0.0
10
The hand is holding a 20-oz plastic beaker with a green plant background.
Material
N/A
Plastic
Capacity
NaN fl oz (NaN ml)
20.0 fl oz (591.5 ml)
Measurements
N/A
Yes
Weight
NaN oz (NaN g)
3.2 oz (91 g)
Height
NaN" (NaN cm)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
Yes
Tamper Included
N/A
No

Power Cord

10
10
The Vitamix hand blender on a gray table with its power cord rolled up next to it.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Hands-on Power Cord
The Braun MultiQuick-5 on a table with its power cord rolled up next to it.
Cord Length
4.9 ft (1.5 m)
4.9 ft (1.5 m)
Type
No
2-prong plug
Detachable
2-prong plug
No

Extra Accessories

The whisk attachment of the Braun MultiQuick-5 lies flat on a yellow table.
Material
N/A
Stainless steel
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
Yes
Removable
N/A
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.2
8.7

Ease of Use

8.4
8.6

Handling

8.5
8.5
The handle of the Vitamix stick blender being held at an angle with 4 speed bars is lighting up.
The handle of the Vitamix stick blender being held at an angle with 4 speed bars is lighting up.
The handle of the Vitamix stick blender being held at an angle with 4 speed bars is lighting up.
Someone is holding the Vitamix immersion blender with a top-down perspective.
A close-up of the Vitamix’s handle being held from a front view.
A close-up of the non-slip handle of the  Braun stick blender.

Blade Assembly

8.0
9.5

Cleanability

7.0
9.0

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