If you ever owned a Vitamix blender then you probably know what the fuss is all about. The Vitamix 6500 is another workhorse that is a mighty ally in the kitchen. It is extremely powerful, rich in a unique set of features to handle all kinds of ingredients and turn them into a number of textures.
In this Vitamix 6500 review, you’ll see that this blender is made for the home chef, mostly because it has three preset settings. However, its superb motor can handle the demands of a professional kitchen as well. An upgraded version of the already incredible Vitamix 6300, it certainly packs a punch.
Due to its versatility, it is considered one of the best blenders available on the market today. Made to meet – and exceed – the expectations of demanding parents, professionals, health enthusiasts, or just regular gourmets, the Vitamix 6500 is not just an appliance, but rather a friend!
Vitamix 6500 Review: Overview
As mentioned above, the Vitamix 6500 is an upgraded version of the previous Vitamix 6300 model. However, although similar in appearance and performance, there’s more to this blender than meets the eye.
Vitamix 6500: Design And Construction
The Vitamix 6500 belongs to the C-series of Vitamix blenders. It has the same elements as other blenders including a power cord, motor base, container, and although not every device comes with a tamper, this one does.
The 6 ft long power cord is extremely useful if you don’t have power outlets all around the kitchen. The length of the cord which you don’t use can be neatly packed underneath the motor base. The motor base is made of stainless steel and it is available in black, white, red, and platinum color. At a weight of almost 12 lbs, the base is rather heavy. However, the weight adds up to the overall stability of the blender.
The Vitamix 6500 has two buttons to the left and right, and a variable speed dial that also doubles as a pre-setting control right at the center of the base. The right switch is the start/stop and the left switch activates the unique Pulse control. If you turn the speed dial to the right you can select speeds from 1 to 10. Turning the dial to the left, you get to choose from three pre-settings: smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soups.
The base houses the powerful 2.2 HP motor. As a comparison, the Vitamix 6300 has a 2-peak HP motor, therefore in terms of motor power, the Vitamix 6500 is closer to Vitamix 5300. The 2.2 HP motor is constructed with ball bearing technology. It enables low load on the system and promotes higher efficiency and increased durability.
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Radial Cooling and Thermal Protection
As an added bonus, the Vitamix 6500 also comes with a radial cooling fan and thermal protection system. Because of these features, the blender is very unlikely to overheat, but in case it does, it will automatically shut down on its own!
The radial cooling provides a self-cooling system in this blender. It cools down the blender if used for a long time. If you run this blender for a long time, the radial cooling fan will provide more cooling to the motor through the bottom area.
The thermal protection system protects the blender from overheating. With these two systems, you can easily use the blender for a long time. There is no need to use it at a low speed. You can easily use it at high speed for a long time. It will not affect the motor of the blender, and you can use it years after years.
The blender is made up of BPA-free plastic. Most of the researchers found BPA plastic harmful to humans. It can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. But, with this blender, you are risk-free. It is made up of BPA-free plastic. Therefore, it is completely safe to use. It is made up of a strong plastic that doesn’t allow scratches or cracks on the blender.
Vitamix 6500 is of 17.25 x 8.75 x 7.25 in dimensions. The blender’s height is 20.5 inches with width and depth of 7.25 and 8.75 inches, respectively. As it is short in height, you can easily store it anywhere. The weight of the blender is lesser than other Vitamix blenders. As far as weight is concerned, the weight is nearly 12 pounds. It is slightly heavy. The major weight lies in the motor box rather than in the jar.
Vitamix 6500 Review: Container, Blade & Tamper
Aside from the motor, possibly the most visible difference between the Vitamix 6500 and Vitamix 6300 is the container. Vitamix 6500 uses a low profile, wide-bottomed, wet, 64-ounce container, and unlike the Vitamix 6300 tall, narrow bottomed container, it can fit under any kitchen cabinets.
At 64 ounces, it can accommodate the needs of families and even restaurants, but it performs equally efficiently even when dealing with smaller batches of food. The container is made of high-quality copolyester known as Eastman Tritan. The material is stress and temperature resistant, it is BPA-free, shatterproof, and comes with a two-part locking lid and attached blade assembly. On the other hand, the lid is spill-proof, and it allows you to add ingredients to the blender while working.
The blades are measured at 4 inches and a few Vitamix 6500 reviews that I came across online state that this design is quieter in operation and requires less tampering. To ensure optimal edge, the blades are laser cut, made of stainless steel.
The tamper is made to fit the low-profile container and it is shorter than the tampers used for tall profile containers. There’s a special opening for the tamper on the lid which can be used while the blender is running. In addition, it comes with a collar that prevents it from coming in contact with the blades.
You needn’t worry about cutting the ingredients into smaller pieces. Thanks to the superb motor, large container, powerful blades, and of course with a little help from the tamper, the blender can handle whole fruits, veggies, and ice cubes.
Vitamix 6500 Review: Operating
The Vitamix 6500 is beginner-friendly as it is very simple to use. There’s no special science behind setting it up either, you just need to plug it into a power outlet. To start blending, put the ingredients in the container starting at low speed and working your way up. Of course, there’s also the possibility to choose one of the three preset settings and let the blender provide you with the perfect smoothie, frozen dessert, or hot soup!
When using the tamper, don’t be tempted to use it without the collar or the lid on as you can damage both the blades and the tamper. As the system comes with an automatic shut-off system, it may turn off by itself if it overheats.
Vitamix 6500 Review: Accessories
In the box of the Vitamix 6500 blender, you receive 6 accessories which are:
The motor base will be of platinum color with the speed dialer functioning. The motor of the blender is very powerful and can blend vegetables, fruits, or frozen items. You can blend frozen-ice creams as well in it.
The Container is transparent with a black silicon lid over it. This blender comes up with a low-profile container. You can wash its exterior with either with hands or wipe it. It is suitable for both small and large batches. The container is 64 ounces.
It is suitable for multiple works in small places even. It fits perfectly whether in the kitchen or cupboard or counter. You can store it easily. The container is made up of thick plastic. It prevents the jar from cracking, scratching, or denting.
The container consists of blades, which are of laser-cut stainless steel of 4-inch diameter. These blades are so sharp that it allows you to blend any item in the blender, whether it’s hard or soft. It can blend any item and can convert it into juices or smoothie.
Quick Start Guide
To assist you with the start of the blender, Vitamix gives you the quick start guide in the box, including every detail of the blender. In the quick start guide, you will get the details about the placement and the blender’s features. The guide also includes the instructions for cleaning the machine and what to do if it gets a break.
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Low Profile Tamper stick allows you to blend an item without using water. Even there is no need to cut the vegetables or fruits into small pieces. You just have to put them into the blend and start the blender. Slowly push the item with the tamper stick.
It will convert the fruit or vegetable into juice without any water. The blender is so powerful that it can convert fruit into juice or peanuts into peanut butter without water use. The Low-Profile Tamper ensures that all the ingredients are mixed well to give a smooth and good texture. It also avoids messy blending.
In the box of the blender, you also receive a cookbook in it. The cookbook includes the recipes of smoothies or juices that can be prepared using this blender.
In the box, you will also find a lid plug. When you don’t want to use tamper for your recipes, you can use a lid plug for the blending process. You can add ingredients to the blender by removing the lid plug.
Vitamix 6500 Review: Power and Speed
The Vitamix 6500 blender comes up with a powerful motor. It owns a 2.2 HP motor that gives a professional experience to the user. The blades are highly efficient. It can easily tear every food item, such as vegetables, super-foods, and fruits. With the 2.2 HP power motor, you can easily blend everything in minimum time. The blender takes 1470 wats for its functioning.
Further, like other blenders, you get a speed dialer in this model with the speed aspect. You can control the speed of the blender as per the item you are blending with it. For instance, if you want a delicious smoothie, the blender gives you a perfect mixture with low speed.
But, if you want a smoother blend, you can increase the speed to a level that will provide you the perfect mixture. This model gives you 10 number of speed levels starting from low to high. You can adjust the speed as per your requirement.
Vitamix 6500 Review: Cleaning and Maintenance
The Vitamix 6500 blender can be cleaned in two ways: either remove all the jar components separately or clean them in one go. You can remove the jar components separately and can wash them by hand. But, when you want to clean the jar without disassembling, in that case, you can use detergent water for it.
Pour the tap water to the three-fourth level of the jar. Add dishwashing detergent to it. Place the jar over the base unit and turn it on. Increase the speed from 1 to 10 and then high. Then, turn off the blender after 30-60 sec. Remove the water and clean it with fresh water. Now, let it dry.
With these simple steps, you can clean the jar very easily. Another way to clean the blender is to pour 4 cups of cool water into the container. Add white vinegar to it and leave it for about 4 hours. Remove the content from the jar and wash it thoroughly. Then follow the same steps as that of dishwashing detergent cleaning. This will give a deeper cleaning of the blender.
For the base unit, you can use a soft wet cloth. Just clean the base unit with it. To keep the blender in a good state, clean the blender after every use.
Tip: Do not place the lid or container in the dishwasher. Placing them in the dishwasher can harm the components of the blender.
Vitamix 6500 Review: Other Features
There are a number of other features that make the Vitamix 6500 a great blender.
The pre-programmed setting is one of the best features of this blender. With this setting’s help, you don’t have to stay beside the blender until its completion. It gives you walk-away convenience. In this blender, the pre-programmed setting is available for making a smoothie, hot soups, and cold desserts.
It is a good choice for the smoothie lover. For instance, if you choose to make a smoothie today, you just need to pour all the recipe elements and then push the smoothie button. After that, you need not hold it or change the speed. The blender will do the rest of the work. You can stay away from the blender even when the process is going on. The blender will automatically get stopped when the smoothie is ready.
Perfect for Nut Butter
The blender allows you to make nut butter with this blender. You can make natural, preservative-free nut butter without any scraping, twisting, or attachment. With the use of just one single ingredient, you can make natural and preservative-free nut butter.
Pulse functionality is very common and can be seen in many blenders. In this model, Vitamix retains this functionality and provides full control to the user. If you want to have full control of your hands over the blender, then the pulse switch gives you this full control. Besides the 10 speed dialers, there is a pulse switch in this blender, which gives you full control over the blender.
The blender allows the user to crush the ice as well. It is so powerful that you can easily crush ice in it. This will not harm the blades or the container. It will create little sound, but it is completely safe.
Seven years’ warranty
Vitamix 6500 blender gives you a seven-year warranty period. During this warranty period, you can either get your blender repaired or replaced. The replacement condition is there only when the problem is irreparable. The warranty period can be extended by 3 years after paying an amount.
Vitamix 6500 Review: Final Thoughts
Praised by thousands of satisfied customers as the best investment they have made, the blender is certainly worth the high price tag. Although some may argue that the blender is a bit noisier than what you may be used to, given that it comes with a 2.2 HP motor, the noise is well justified. Since it is extremely powerful though, it will take a few seconds before your blend is ready.
With three preset settings and 10 variable speeds, it handles every food processing with ease. After reading this Vitamix 6500 review and if your budget allows it, you won’t regret buying this amazing blender!