Vitamix 6500 Review

When you purchase a Vitamix blender, you do not just purchase a blender. Vitamix blenders are built with such care and precision that they quite frankly become part of everything that you do in the kitchen. Vitamix blenders are so versatile and multi-purpose that some may say that when you purchase a Vitamix blender, you basically purchase a little kitchen.

The Vitamix 6500 is not any different in that regard. It is a multi-purpose machine that can quite easily become a part of your everyday kitchen use. But is the Vitamix 6500 the correct blender for you? IS the Vitamix 6500 actually worth the hype and price?

To help you answer those questions, I will be reviewing the Vitamix 6500 in great detail. I will dive deep into each feature and component. By the end of this, you would know whether you are on Team Vitamix 6500 or not.

Table of Features 

   

Vitamix 6500

Motor Power 1470 watts
Blades Laser-sharp Stainless-steel
Dimensions 17x 7.20 x 8.8 inches
Weight 12 pounds
Pre-set Programs Three Pre-set Programs
Variable Speed Controls Ten Variable Speed Controls
Pulse Technology
Accessories 64-ounce blending jar

Low-profile Tamper

Self-Cleaning  
Noise Level Noisy
Warranty Seven Years

 

Features Of Vitamix 6500

Motor

The Vitamix 6500 packs an incredibly powerful motor. It possesses a powerful 1470-watt motor that peaks at 2.2 hp while it is undergoing the blending process. The blender creates a strong vortex-like cycle that ensures that all the ingredients have direct contact with the blades. This ensures that each ingredient is finely pulverized to achieve an incredibly smooth texture.

You will be able to ensure the professional grade power that the Vitamix 6500 offers. The cyclonic effect that this blender creates can easily tear and break down any ingredient that you place inside your blender. You may place veggies, fruits, ice, or even nuts, the Vitamix 6500 will be able to handle them all.

The motor base is relatively big and looks quite stable as well. This is not a motor are that will shake on your countertop while you are making use of your blender. There are four corners that have little suction pads on them to ensure that the motor base is stable and does not slide across the countertop while the blender is in use. This blender, unfortunately, does not include the sleek modern design but it is sturdy and still pleasant to the eye.

Blades

These laser-cut blades offered by the Vitamix 6500, are 4 inches long and they are made from stainless steel. Each blade is razor sharp and can cut into soft and hard ingredients with great ease. The blades are designed in such a way that they create a vortex while the blender is in use. This vortex action ensures that your blend has a consistent texture.

Dimensions and Weight

The Vitamix 6500 is designed in such a way that makes it easy to store in any standard kitchen compartment. When the entire blender is put together, the blender stands at 17 inches. Several other Vitamix blenders are taller than 17 inches.

Since the Vitamix 6500 is considered to be a squat blender, it is 7.2” by 8.8 “at the base. You may have to make some extra space for the width of the motor base.

In terms of its weight, this blender is quite heavy. It is about 12 pounds. This blender is definitely capable of giving you quite the workout while you carry it around. The motor base is definitely the heavy part, the blending jar is reasonably light.

Pre-set Programs

The Vitamix 6500 includes three pre-set blending cycles. These pre-set blending cycles are smoothies, hot soup, and frozen desserts. The speed control dial can move in down directions, if you turn it to the left, you can choose from the three pre-set programs.

The pre-set programs are especially convenient because they allow you to make a perfect smoothie, hot soup, or frozen dessert without having to wreck your brain and undergo a whole lot of trial and error. The pre-set programs allow you to skip the thought process behind setting your controls when making certain blends.

Variable Speed Controls

The Vitamix 6500 features old fashion speed controls, which may not necessarily appeal to those who have grown accustomed to state-of-the-art digital controls. The Vitamix 6500 comes with a speed dial which you can use to control the variable speeds. This blender features 10 different variable speeds.

The speed control dial can move in down directions, if you turn it to the right, you can choose from the 1o variable speed controls. The variable speed controls, coupled with the pre-set programs allow you to have greater control over your blends. You are even able to change the variable speed while your blender is in use.

Pulse Technology

If you are seeking even more control over your blender, you would be happy to know that the Vitamix 6500 also includes pulse technology. Aside from the 10 variable speed controls that you can choose from, this blender has a switch that makes using the pulse technology quite simple. Pulse technology allows you to achieve a wide variety of textures with incredible precision. Irrespective of how fast or slow you want to blend your ingredients, the Vitamix 6500 gives you all that control.

Accessories

The Vitamix 6500 comes with a blending 64 ounce blending jar. The blending jar is made from BPA-free plastic. This means that the blending jar will not hold onto the odor of the ingredients that you blend in it after you have cleaned it. The blending jar is quite thick too, which significantly reduces the chances of it breaking or cracking.

The 64-ounce blending jar includes a wide bottom, which means that more ingredients can fit inside the blender. The Vitamix 6500 also includes a low-profile tamper which you can use to improve your blending experience.

Warranty

The Vitamix 6500 offers a warranty that lasts seven years. How incredible is it that such an amazing blender that will become a significant part of your day-to-day kitchen use actually includes a warranty that lasts as long as seven years. You can use your blender with truly little weight on your shoulders. You can also rest assured that when your purchase the Vitamix 6500, you will be making a worthwhile investment.

Cleaning

Since this blender does not include many parts, it is easy to clean. One incredibly helpful feature of the Vitamix 6500 is its self-cleaning function. All you need to do is place a few drops of dishwashing soap in your bending jar, along with some water, then allow the blender to run. Your blending jar will be clean within a minute!

Noise Level

The noise level generated by the Vitamix 6500, is not a feature that sets it aside from conventional blenders. This blender generates as much noise as conventional blenders. The noise may be quite annoying, but it can also be seen as a reminder of the fact that your blender is in use, or it can signal you that your smoothie is ready for consumption.

Performance Of Vitamix 6500

Smoothies

The laser-cut blades are capable of slicing and pulverizing any vegetable or fruit. When you make a smoothie with the Vitamix 6500, you can expect incredibly smooth and consistent results each time. Whether you place strawberries, carrots, or even apples, the Vitamix 6500 will deliver a perfect smoothie. However, remember that when you place harder ingredients into your blender, you should allow it to blend for longer so that you can achieve a perfectly smooth beverage.

Juices

The Vitamix blender is not a juicer, so you should not expect the same results that you would get with a juicer. With that being said, I believe that it is worth noting that the Vitamix 6500 can produce juices that are near the standard set by typical juicers.

Hot Ingredients

The thick BPA-free 64 ounce blending jar is designed to be capable of handling hot ingredients. This means that you can cook your ingredients and place them, while they are still hot, into your Vitamix 6500. Aside from being able to handle hot ingredients, the Vitamix 6500 can also generate its own heat. This is done by making use of blade friction. The friction created by the blades creates heat which heats up your blend, resulting in a delicious hot blend.

Chopping

Chopping is an easy task for the Vitamix 6500. The chopping prowess of this blender can quite easily rival that of a sharp knife. You would be able to make salsa within minutes. The days of having to chop ingredients before making a delicious coleslaw are gone.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • No odor retention of the blending jar
  • Large blending jar
  • 10 Variable speed controls
  • Simple use
  • Self-cleaning functionality
  • Powerful motor
  • Laser-sharp stainless-steel blades

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Pricey
  • Quite large

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.) Does the Vitamix 6500 include a self-cooling system?

Yes, the Vitamix 6500 does include a self-cooling system. This feature comes in handy when you need to let your blender run for quite some time. It prevents your motor from overheating and becoming damaged. The blender includes a radial fan that cools the system when it is in use. It ensures that the motor operates well without overheating.

Q.) Does the Vitamix 6500 include noise reduction technology?

No, the Vitamix 6500 does not include any noise reduction technology. There is no such thing as a completely silent blender, but some include a feature that reduces the amount of noise emitted by the blender. Unfortunately, such is not the case with the Vitamix 6500. If you want to reduce the noise emitted by this blender, you could place it on a rubber surface. This will reduce the noise, not by much but you would be able to note the difference.

Q.) How well does the Vitamix 6500 make nut butter?

You would be happy to know that the Vitamix 6500 can make some exceptional nut butter. All you have to do is pick a speed you would like to use, by making use of the variable speed dial. You will be able to achieve the precise texture by using the variable speed controls. Remember that nut butter takes quite some time to perfectly process so be patient.

Q.) Would it be safe for me to place my Vitamix 6500 in the dishwasher?

No, you should not place your Vitamix 6500 in your dishwasher. Unfortunately, the Vitamix 6500 is not dishwasher safe. However, you can clean your Vitamix 6500 blending jar quite easily by hand. If you do not want to clean it by hand, you can also make use of the self-cleaning function. All you need to do is place a few drops of dishwashing soap in your bending jar, along with some water, then allow the blender to run. Your blending jar will be clean within a minute!

Conclusion

Again, I ask the question, is the Vitamix 6500 worthwhile or is it overly hyped up? This blender is impressively powerful and includes some laser-sharp blades that will cut through any ingredient that you place within your blending jar.

The Vitamix 6500 blender is an incredibly durable blender. It is made from high-quality materials and it includes seven years’ worth of warranty. One can argue that a brand that offers a warranty that lasts that long, is surely confident that its product is built to last.

The Vitamix 6500 is quite an expensive blender. However, if you consider the fact that this blender will last for decades, you cannot deny the fact that the price of this blender is a small price to pay for the years of benefits that you will rip from it.

If you are in the market for a worthwhile blender that is versatile, durable, effective, and you do not mind making this long-term investment, then I would urge you to purchase the Vitamix 6500. However, if you intend to use your blender for tasks that do not necessarily require a powerful motor and the added features offered by the Vitamix 6500, then you should look for alternative options.

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