Vitamix 5200 Review

Vitamix 5200 - 7 YR WARRANTY Variable Speed Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor and 64-Ounce Jar Black

Vitamix 5200 - 7 YR WARRANTY Variable Speed Countertop Blender with 2+ HP Motor and 64-Ounce Jar Black Rating:
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  • Powerful 2 peak output horsepower motor propels blades up to 240 mph to blend the toughest ingredient
  • Includes the 64 oz. capacity BPA-free container designed to create a powerful vortex force ingredients up and back down the center for thorough processing.
  • Speeds Variable speed control, tamper, 2 part easy-to-remove lid, efficient 2 peak HP motor

What is it?

exactly the same thing as the Vitamix 5200

The current flagship model of Vitamix that serves as the foundation for their blender kingdom. This is currently the most popular Vitamix model, around which they have designed a host of other models. The blender can come under a variety of names, including the Vitamix Professional Series 200, the Vitamix 5200, or the Vitamix CIA Professional Series. These blenders are all the same except for the recipe book included and the color options. The different names are a result of vendors wanting a uniquely branded Vitamix model for their store.

It uses the standard 2.0 peak horsepower, 1380 watt Vitamix motor (rather than the 2.2 peak horsepower next-gen motor with wider blades) and a control panel with a variable speed dial without presets. The variable speed dial has 10 speeds, plus a switch that allows you to swap between using the variable speed that you set, or just using high speed. It comes with the standard 64oz container made of BPA-free Tritan copolyester and includes the standard Vitamix tamper that fits on the 64oz container. The electrical cord is 6 feet in length and can be stored underneath the blender if not needed.

Check out our Vitamix Model Comparison page if you have questions about the differences between Vitamix models!

Vitamix 5200What we like:

The powerful motor – as with every Vitamix, we love how it can handle any ingredients we throw at it. This is especially important if you’re planning on blending up hummus or nut butter, or using your blender to double as a food mill. It can also come in quite handy for any green smoothies (which often have tough leafy greens that you want completely blended), or for smoothies that use fruit with thick skin, such as apples. Furthermore, the motor power isn’t limited by the quality of the other parts inside the Vitamix. You should check out the actual press release Vitamix issued for more details on motor power and performance.

The variable speed dial – some other brands don’t come with variable speed settings, but if you’re a demanding foodie, it’s very nice to have the manual control over your blending so you can obtain results exactly to your liking. It’s also nice to be able to start the blender slow and ramp up to higher speeds. While Vitamix itself says that the motor can handle going straight to high speed, slowly ramping up to high will help prevent air bubbles from forming around the blades (called cavitation); these air bubbles prevent your ingredients from falling down to the blades, forcing you to use the tamper to push ingredients down.

The tamper – while some blenders claim that their blender design makes it so tampers are never needed, youtube videos have repeatedly shown this to not be the case. In fact, some users who purchased blenders without tampers have even took it upon themselves to create contraptions using wooden spoon handles that serve as impromptu tampers. Therefore, it makes tons of sense that Vitamix includes an actual tamper for us to use, and it definitely does not undermine the integrity of their blender design that a tamper will sometimes be needed. You definitely won’t be needing the tamper the majority of your blends, but as mentioned above, you can minimize the number of times a tamper is needed by starting at a slow blending speed, and steadily working your way up to high speed, thereby preventing air bubbles from forming around the blades. To furthermore minimize need of the tamper, you can also put your liquid and malleable ingredients on the bottom of the jar, while adding your frozen ingredients last. Vitamix even includes this tip in some of their recipe booklets.

The customer service – while we don’t yet have firsthand experience with Vitamix customer service, we’ve heard great things about how quickly they’ll address any issues you might encounter. The 7-year warranty goes hand-in-hand with this, as people know they’ll get a good return from their Vitamix, despite the high price tag.

What we don’t:

The unit stands pretty tall – with the container and base together, you’re looking at somewhere in the region of over 20″ high.  This is going to be taller than the average kitchen counter allowance, so expect your Vitamix to spend plenty of time out in the open, or count on needing extra storage space for it split apart.  The counter height issue is addressed in some of the newer Vitamix models, but this model is of the classic design.

As with most high-powered blenders, this Vitamix is loud. But you shouldn’t really expect otherwise with any blender at this power level. Take advantage of the tip that we’ve shared in other Vitamix reviews and place a rubber mousepad under the blender to help absorb some of the vibration noise.

Also, some users have commented that they always end up using the high blend speed anyways, so the variable speed is a bit extraneous (note: if you feel this way, definitely check out the Vitamix Turboblend Two Speed instead).

By: Stacy Spensley

Where’s it made?

Assembled in the United States with a Swedish designed and manufactured motor.

Should you buy it?

The first question is if you really want/need the performance of a Vitamix. If you’re often blending tough leafy greens, ice, nuts, or even just want your blender to double as a food processor, you’ll likely enjoy the performance and flexibility of a Vitamix. If you don’t picture yourself using your blender for many of those tasks, you may be able to get by with a cheaper blender.

If you’re still settled on Vitamix, it’s our opinion that a lot of the bells and whistles are not needed on the Vitamix machines. That’s why we like the Vitamix 5200 so much. More expensive Vitamix models that boast the upgraded control panel with presets and the next-gen motor also come with a drastic increase in price. If you feel likewise that these upgrades aren’t entirely necessary, then you can get away with saving some money by buying this model or the Turboblend Two Speed.

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