Vitamix 5200 Review
The Vitamix 5200 has been the best-selling Vitamix for 10 years, come 2017. As Vitamix has many different models, this statement boasts about the versatile capabilities of this unique and powerful blender.
New model after new model has been created in the past few years, but after this product debuted in the United States it was clear it would be fairly unbeatable in its blender category. It has a supreme motor, many customized capabilities in terms of speed control, speed settings, and container management. You can even pick out what color you would like the base of the blender to be.
What Comes With The Blender?
When you buy your Vitamix 5200, you’ll receive the customized base (in your selected color), the main blending body, otherwise known as the container, with the attached blade assembly, two-part lid, tamper, user guide, usage tips card, cooking class DVD, warranty information and certificate, registration card, and a Vitamix recipe book. It goes without saying that you get your money’s worth when you break out all of the items and see what you receive in your exciting package.
Features Of The Vitamix 5200
- The high-tech, uniquely designed Vitamix 5200 motor is Swedish-designed, though completely assembled in the United States, in Cleveland at the company’s headquarters to be exact.
- The motor base is a square shape, and weighs about 11 pounds. It is suggested to store your Vitamix 5200 on a sturdy surface that would withhold a bump by a running, energetic child or pet. An 11-pound base helps the blender stay firmly planted when it is powered and bulldozing through vegetables, fruits, and ice.
- The height reaches about 20 inches tall once the lit and jar are configured on top of the base.
- The cord that comes with the blender is about 6 feet in length from the bottom of the base.
- The blender comes with a handy storage feature for the cord for traveling or when operating at a short distance from an outlet.
The interface of the machine is on the front of the base. There are two levers with a dial in between that controls the speed, which can go as fast or as slow as you want. The switches on either side are for power, and the other is a speed control. This is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Vitamix 5200, not only from other Vitamix blender products, but from all other blenders out on the market today. It’s very customize-able.
Advanced Jar & Lid Technology
The jar and lid have been largely improved in the 5200, and stand out from the other Vitamix product line. Due to the 2007-onward partnership with Eastman Chemical Co., containers and lids for this model have more durable copolyster called Eastman Tritan™. It is more chemical and heat resistant, perfect for making things other than smoothies like soups. It’s also quieter while you are blending your smoothie or other foods, and has no Bispheno-A (BPA) commonly found in plastic and polycarbonate.
A New Large Container
Another special characteristics of the Vitamix 5200 is how much its new container holds. It easily can hold content up to 2+ quarts in volume. 68 ounces (cups up to 8.5), and 2 liters are the measurements that you will see marked up on the container for precise measurement. It’s very nice to not have to guess the amount of food that you are entering into your blender when cooking from a specific recipe, especially portions for large groups of people. Though the “max” line is at 68 ounces, the jar can actually hold 80 (10 cups). There is a spout at the top of the container, that is used for effective pouring and truthfully claims to be “no-drip”.
Incredibly Effective Blades
Back to the blades. Each blade is about 1.25 inches long. If needed, you can remove the blade assembly from the jar using a wrench that Vita-mix separately sells (not included in the package of the Vitamix 5200). The blade assembly paired with the secure base make for a stable machine during use. You do not have to worry about how fast you make the blades spin to crush your solid foods into liquids. That being said, you need to be sure to be extremely careful when handling the blades since they are so serious and sharp. Proceed cleaning with caution.
The Power To Blend Almost Anything
The Vitamix 5200 has proved to be superior at blending whole grains and beans into all different types of food products, like flour, sugars, bread crumbs, and more. This will help take your cooking or baking to a new level since you can create more obscure, and possibly healthier, ingredients in your own kitchen when specialty foods like this are often times overpriced in stores.
If you want to take up your grinding to another level, you could always buy the Vita-Mix attachment called the “Dry Blade” container which has a different blade assembly and configuration (sold separately). Most users don’t feel the need to purchase any extra accessories when it comes to the Vitamix 5200, however. It performs with excellence, and has many features that evoke conversation about how this machine is the best in its class.
Choosing The Right Vitamix 5200 Model
Knowing all that this blender is capable of, it is also important to know that there are four models in the Vitamix 5200 blender range: standard, super, deluxe, and compact. They all come with the aforementioned items. However, you can take a look at the extras that come with both the Super, Deluxe, and Compact below:
- 32 oz Vitamix dry grain blender
- Whole grain cookbook
- 32 oz compact blender unit (for smaller smoothies)
- 4 flexible cutting boards
- An additional mini tamper
- A customized 3-piece spatula
- Comes with a 48 oz container instead of the 64 oz container (short enough to fit under most kitchen cabinets)