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Vitamix Immersion Blender 5-Speed In-depth Review

Tina Pham
Reviewer
Lap Vo
Test Lead
Tuyet Pham
Professional Chef
Nguyen Ntk
Visual Specialist
Updated
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Unboxing the Vitamix immersion blender, from left to right: an owner’s manual, a recipes booklet, a red receipt, the Vitamix 5-speed with a stainless steel motor body and an immersion blending wand, and a paper carton box.

Vitamix Immersion Blender Specifications

Price at publication $146.87
Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions H17.5 x W3 inches
Number of speeds 5
Pulse/Turbo option No
Min speed 8,600 RPM
Max speed 15,700 RPM
Max noise 85 dB
Accessories No
Dishwasher-safe wand No

Overall Verdict

The Vitamix 5-speed received positive reviews from most of our operators, particularly for its practicality and premium-quality build. 

In our tests, the lack of a whisk attachment made it fall short in the test of beating egg-white, but the blending wand was flexible enough to create consistent results of mayonnaise. It also produced a home-style soup packed with a restaurant-quality texture and a non-dairy milk that was impressively rich in almond flavor. Its heavy-duty motor, together with the solidly-designed blades, allowed a smooth combination of frozen fruits to develop as well. 

Overall, the Vitamix 5-speed is by no means an all-arounder, but it does offer high blending performances and a suite of advanced features at a reasonably upscale price. Not to mention its 3-year warranty package, which is more than double what most other models offer. If you’re willing to spare no expense, you won’t go wrong with this blender.

Things We Like

  • 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

Things We Don’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Relatively heavy
  • There aren’t any extra accessories included
  • Updated Mar 09, 2022:

    Review published.

handheld blenders, like the Vitamix, are a bit different than your standard countertop blenders. Rather than a pitcher built around a blender blade, the blades of immersion blenders are attached to a handheld wand. You immerse the blade into a container of your choice.

For the most part, we’re of the opinion that affordability means little if the machine doesn’t perform well. However, to see whether cost is related to the blender’s efficiency, we tested the high-end Vitamix against other immersion blenders from different price ranges. This also helped give us a more comprehensive picture of how well the Vitamix performs, how it stands out from the rest, and whether it’s a worthwhile investment.

Performance

With 625 watts of power, the Vitamix is more powerful than most hand blenders on the market and does its jobs quickly without involving too much physical effort. Once activated, it draws almost everything toward the blades, creating a homogeneous mixture. Still, you’ll need to move the blending wand around in the ingredients to promote an uniform texture.


9.5Hot Soup Purée

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.
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.

8.8Frozen Fruit Smoothie

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.
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 2-speed 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.

8.3Mayonnaise

Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise emulsified by the Vitamix immersion blender from a white bowl to check its creaminess.
Scooping a spoon of mayonnaise emulsified by the Vitamix immersion blender from a white bowl to check its creaminess.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Mayonnaise
Emulsifying Time
1 mins 40 secs
Result
Quite Thick
Suction
No

In this test, most of the blenders produced acceptable outcomes and only our culinary expert could tell the differences between them. However, the Vitamix didn’t have the fastest performance, requiring about one minute and forty seconds to incorporate all the ingredients. This was around 30 seconds slower than the winners, including the Cuisinart Smart Stick, KOIOS 4-in-1, BELL 10-speed, and Chefman cordless

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 this drawback, 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.

9.3Almond Milk

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
Result
Fine
Suction
Slightly

The Vitamix took just 40 seconds to yield one serving of drinkable almond milk.  

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, such as the Braun MultiQuick-5.

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.

FailedWhipped Egg-Whites

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.
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

During our testing, we noticed that balde friction from a prolonged operation would cause the motor to overload. That’s why it’s best to avoid using this blender continuously for more than four minutes. The Vitamixt cannot protect itself from overheating, though it is designed to flash a pattern of LEDs to indicate when your motor is over temperature.


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.
Height
17.5" (44.5 cm)
Width
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Weight
3.2 lbs (1.4 kg)
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.

9.5Blending Shaft

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.
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.

9.5Build Quality

Vitamix Immersion Blender Review: The motor body and blending wand of the Vitamix lie flat on a gray table.

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.

10Power Cord

The Vitamix hand blender on a gray table with its power cord rolled up next to it.
Vitamix Immersion Blender Hands-on Power Cord
Cord Length
4.9 ft (1.5 m)
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.

0.0Beaker: Not Included

Material
N/A
Capacity
NaN fl oz (NaN ml)
Measurements
N/A
Weight
NaN oz (NaN g)
Height
NaN" (NaN cm)
Dishwasher Safe
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.

Extra Accessories: Not 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.

In the Box

The Vitamix Hand Blender is shipped with a carton box, an immersion blending wand, a motor body, and owner’s manuals.
  • 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.

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.
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.

Usability

Initially, we assumed that the Vitamix’s weight would cause it to be less user-friendly. However, after a course of testing, we realized that our assumption was entirely wrong.


8.4Ease of Use

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.

8.5Handling

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.

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.

8.0Blade Assembly

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.

7.0Cleanability

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!

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Tina PhamReviewer

Tina Pham is a staff writer and reviewer, with five years of experience in the industry. As a passionate amateur home cook, she loves to discover practical cooking solutions, and has made it her mission to bring her findings to every kitchen. Her ultimate goal is making cooking more of a pleasure for all.

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Lap VoTest Lead

Lap Vo is head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (the RTR) at Healthy Kitchen 101. He is responsible for designing and overseeing the testing of kitchen tools and appliances.

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Tuyet PhamProfessional Chef

Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.