Vitamix 5200 Review: What You Must Know Before Buying

If you are interested in buying a new blender the Vitamix 5200, could very easily be what you are looking for.

In this post, my goal is to tell you everything you need to know about the Vitamix 5200s so that you can decide whether this blender it is actually right for you.

Below you will find a full summary of the specs, accessories and, importantly, details of what real life users think of this particular model.

NOTE FIRST: The Vitamix 5200 is an older model, and it didn’t make our “Best Vitamix of 2017” list, as there is another model at almost the same price, that’s newer and with more features.

You can keep reading for a full review of the 5200, but it’s advised checking out that post first.

First thing’s first…

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What models are there in the Vitamix 5200 blender range?

standard-compressorThere are four versions in the range. Each blender package is designed to suit the needs of a specific user. They are the standard, super, deluxe and compact packages. Regardless of the version you buy you get the following items in the box:

  • The blender base and motor which comes with a built in cooling fan and thermal protection system and a retractable cord
  • The 64oz blender container, which is big enough to prepare family sized portions. It is fitted with a spill proof, vented lid (no more accidental blender fountains) and has laser cut, stainless steel blades
  • The whole food recipe cookbook
  • A getting started printed guide and a DVD version
  • A tamper to help you when blending products that tend to stick to the sides like peanut butter and frozen desserts
  •  A full 7 year warranty

All of those items listed above are what you get when you buy the Vitamix 5200 Standard package. Here is an overview of the other three more elaborate Vitamix blender packages:

The Vitamix 5200 blender Super Package

Screen-Shot-2015-03-20-at-19.41.44-copy-compressorThe super package is designed for people who are really serious about their healthy eating and/or have special dietary needs to cater to. As well as the basic items listed above, it contains the following:

  •  32 oz Vitamix dry grain blender
  •  Whole grain cookbook

 When I lived abroad, I used the grain blender a lot. It was far easier than going into the supermarket and trying to figure out the Spanish word for oat flour only to find out after a ten-minute hand-gesture conversation with an admittedly helpful shop assistant, that they had never heard of it let alone stocked it. I am sure that they thought I was making it up. Fortunately, the grain container on my 5200 saved me, because I was able to make my own rice, oat and nut flours and carry on enjoying homemade gluten free bread. If you or one of your family has a gluten intolerance then this might be a game changer.

The Vitamix 5200 Deluxe Complete kitchen set

deluxe-compressorThe Deluxe Complete kitchen set comes with everything that you get in the super set and then even more, you can expect these additional items:

  • A 32oz compact blender unit to allow you to make small smoothies and quantities of soup. This would be great for baby food too!
  • 4 Flexible cutting boards
  • An additional mini tamper
  • A customised 3 piece spatula set that manoeuvres around the blender blades for easy clean up.

 

The 5200 Compact

Screen-Shot-2015-03-20-at-19.49.38-copy-compressorThe compact Vitamix 5200 is the same as the basic set, but it comes with a smaller 48oz container instead of the standard 64oz container. It is short enough to fit under most kitchen cabinets, so is much more convenient especially for the neat freaks among us. If you have bought the standard or compact package, you can buy additional containers to suit the 5200s model.

What are the main features of the Vitamix 5200 s?

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Now we’ve covered all the accessories that you get with each package I’ll cover a little more about the features you can enjoy. The 5200s are robust blenders. They are built to handle repeated daily use, which is why they come with a full 7-year warranty that can even be extended to 10 years for a small fee. Many users have shared their experiences of using the blender 4 to 5 times a day and it standing up to this level of use over years. You’ll be surprised how versatile a blender this powerful can be in your day to day cooking. Smoothie for breakfast, soup of lunch, pesto to go with your roast chicken for dinner.

Another important feature is the built in cooling fan. This ensures that the unit does not burn out especially when churning through hot foods. It also means you do not have to pause between smoothies, so everyone in the family can eat at the same time – a must for a busy family mealtime.

What can I make with the Vitamix TNC 5200?

This really is one of the most versatile blending systems out there. It is sturdy and powerful, which means that there are few things you can’t make with it – ok, maybe not a juicy ribeye cooked to perfection but still, your options are broad!

Here is a list of the things that other Vitamix fans have made using the 5200:

  • Smoothies
  • Nut butters
  • Frozen desserts
  • Soups
  • Sauces
  • Whole grain flours
  • Beauty creams, scrubs and face masks
  • Frosted icing
  • Crushed ice
  • Juices – extra accessories required but it is possible.

How to use a Vitamix 5200?

If you are unsure of how to use the Vitamix 5200, you have several options for learning how to get the most out of your blender. First, of course, is the Vitamix instruction manual. This will give you step-by-step instructions on all the function of your new machine.

If, however, you need a more visual medium for instructions, Vitamix offers a wide variety of videos on their website and on YouTube that teach you how to make many different kinds of drinks. These videos can give you some great ideas of how to get the most out of your appliance.

Does The Vitamix 5200 Make Soup?

One of the biggest questions I’ve heard regarding the Vitamix 5200 is whether or not it can make soup. The answer is a resounding yes. Soup was always something my Mom slaved over the stovetop making for hours and hours in the winter but now it’s been made a whole lot easier.

With the Vitamix 5200 you can effectively “cook” soup with your blender. The sheer power of the blades can actually blend and heat cold ingredients into a hot soup in approximately 6 minutes. Reading some experiments across various health-food blogs, there are even some users that have achieved hot soup within as little as 3 minutes.

The other “non-cook” option is of course to blend pre-roasted warm veggies (my favorite is butternut squash or pumpkin) with chicken or veggie broth but why bother going to the effort of roasting when you can cook and blend all at once.

Here are a few popular Vitamix soup combinations:

  • Sweet potato (baked), apple, carrot, onion, stock cube and water
  • Red Thai curry paste, carrot, butternut squash, chillies and coconut milk
  • Broccoli, cheddar, garlic, stock cube and water.

Is The 5200 Dishwasher Safe?

In the age of technology its rare these days to own a kitchen utensil or appliance that you can’t chuck straight into the dishwasher at the end of the day.

Unfortunately the Vitamix 5200 is not dishwasher safe. However don’t picture that you’re going to spend each evening scrubbing the blender and trying not to catch your fingers on the blades.

To properly clean the Vitamix you simple add some water into the blender, a little squirt of detergent and then flick the blender on for 30 seconds or so to give it a thorough clean and rinse. There is no better way to get in behind the little blades than this.

While it isn’t dishwasher safe, give it 30 seconds on high and you’re done. Thankfully, it’s still a super easy clean up for you and the 5200.

How to pulse a Vitamix 5200?

If you are looking for a traditional “pulse” function as is found on most blenders, you’ll notice this is missing on the Vitamix 5200. However, you can still perform the same function by switch the Vitamix to the first setting quickly and shutting it back off. This has the same function as a traditional “pulse” button and will allow you to control the mixing function a bit more.

How much does a Vitamix 5200 weigh?

The Vitamix 5200 weighs approximately 11 pounds. This makes it a bit heavier than other models, but the weight is a reflection of its strength and power.

What about juicing with a Vitamix 5200?

If you are looking for a good juicer, the Vitamix 5200 can mix a good smoothie. However, if you are looking for a traditional juicer that will separate the pulp from the juice, the 5200 will not do that. This model is a traditional blender that will simply mix all material in the pitcher. You could blend all the foods together and then strain the pulp, but most people will prefer a traditional juicer.

What do the Vitamix 5200 reviews say?

Looking across the web, the reviews for the Vitamix 5200 are very very good. This model has high ratings across all of the review sites I researched, scoring between four and five out of five. This average scores higher than that of many other blender brands.

Good points

Screen-Shot-2015-03-20-at-19.52.33-copy-compressorVersatility – the flexibility of this unit is the thing that buyers liked most especially the fact one minute you can be making soup and the next frozen cocktails.

Healthy fresh ice cream in minutes – Many users shared how easy it was to make ice creams using frozen fresh fruit and blended with a little milk. A tasty and health conscious dessert for the whole family to enjoy. My favorite is frozen banana with a splash of coconut milk and a couple of strawberries for color and flavor.

Ease of use – this is a very simple to use blender. Minimal food prep required, super competent blending and quick cleaning.

Great recipes – Vitamix want their customers to get the most out of their blenders, so they provide great recipes. And because of their popularity, Vitamix suitable recipes are splashed all over the web for you to try out.

Ongoing customer support – Vitamix provides great customer support  even for customers who have bought their blenders years earlier.

Bad points

Noisy – unfortunately many customers do mention the noisiness of the blender. However, many who had owned other blenders did concede that they had all been noisy as well. The reality is that with a blender this powerful, there is going to be noise. It is the trade off that comes with having a blender that can blend almost anything.

Fixed blades – the blades are fixed and cannot be removed, which can make getting all of the food out a bit tricky. Vitamix do sell special spatulas that are designed to get in between the blades, but for some thick foods, it is still an issue.

Speed variation – If you buy this product, do not be tempted to skip watching the instruction DVD. We say this because you cannot leave this blender running at slow speeds for long periods without causing damage to the motor. If you do not vary the speed, you will quickly burn out the motor. This is explained in the video, but some users didn’t realise and then wondered why they were having motor issues.

How does the 5200 compare with other Vitamix blenders?

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The Vitamix 5200 vs 7500

The 7500 is newer than the 5200, and is well worth looking at especially if you’re wanting the latest and greatest on the market. The 7500 has a similar sized container, but the base is wider. This makes it easier to get the blended food out of the container especially thicker liquids. It also has a slightly more powerful motor and is said to be quieter, but reviews show that it gets nosier over time, so that benefit might not stand the test of time. While it has some perks, the 7,500 is considerably more expensive than the 5200, and so if what you’re looking for is a stable and reliable family blending system you might not need to make the leap in price and features to the 7500.

The Vitamix 5200 vs 6300

There is very little difference between the Vitamix 6300 and 5200. The only notable difference is the 6300 has a preset function. The motor, blades and containers are basically the same, so there appears to minimal justification to spending more to buy the 6300.

The Vitamix 5200 vs 750

The Vitamix 750 series is designed for professional use in bars and cafes. It is definitely more quiet (designed that way to keep customers happy) and the fact you can choose a preset setting, turn it on and walk away is handy, but similar to the 7500 comparison, I’m not sure it is worth the average home user paying an additional $100 or more for that functionality.

For me the 5200 is the best option in the Vitamix range for regular family usage. It offers everything you need for daily use for a relatively low price. Given that the Vitamix motor strength is more or less the same across the board then you there is little reason to spend substantially more for fancier settings. If you’re still not convinced and think you might need a few of the more elaborate features then please check out our review to find out more about getting the Vitamix 750 at the best price.

Vitamix 5200 vs Vitamix pro 200

The Vitamix 5200 shares some common features with the professional series, while at the same time offering unique outstanding features to distinguish their capabilities. Some of the common features include the use of BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester material for their containers with the aim of boosting safety and durability. The material that makes the containers is shatterproof so they serve you in the long-term. They also allow for variable speeds, which plays a key role in boosting flexibility and creativity when they are in use.

They both come with 64-ounce containers but the professional blender has the addition of a dry grains container. The wet containers can hold different types of smoothies, soups, as well as sauces enough for a medium or large family. With the professional blender, you can mix dry grains to make flour and even stimulate your kneading process allowing you to prepare dough for baking. Both blenders come with two cookbooks so you can use your blender to the maximum. They both aim at meeting functionality as well as durability.

Vitamix 5200 vs Vitamix 6000

While the 5200 model allows for different speeds, the 6000 model takes this a notch higher with the addition of an automated feature. This makes the 6000 model easier to use as well as more reliable since you do not have to wait for it to complete the blending process to stop it. The different speed settings will allow you to take on different ingredient sizes. However, the 6000 model comes with a pulse feature that will size down larger chunks.

Both feature a 64-ounce BPA-free container that is strong and durable to serve you in the long-term. The difference in the containers lies in the spill proof vented lid that comes with the 6000 model. This plays a key role in preventing spills, thus retaining all the content and preventing waste. The 2500 model has fewer features as compared to the 6000 model though they meet on functionality and the ability to blend all your ingredients.

Vitamix 5200 vs Vitamix 500

Other than sharing the same brand, both of these models are safe thanks to their BPA-free material that ensures that you are not intoxicated. Their containers can both hold 64-ounces of liquid content. The series 500 features a spill proof lid to prevent any wastage of your content as well as prevent you from dirtying your countertop. In addition, the lid comes with a removable plug making it convenient when in use.

While both offer variable speed controls, thus boosting flexibility depending on your ingredients, the series 500 comes with three pre-programmed settings with the aim of boosting accuracy. With the aim of boosting efficiency as well as performance, it comes with a pulse feature to take on larger ingredients. The series 500 comes with a powerful motor to produce faster results. While both aim at delivering on quality and durability, the series 500 is powerful thanks to its powerful motor.

Vitamix 5200 vs Vitamix 300

While both blenders have similar motors, the 5200 model is designed to meet more moderate blending requirements whereas the professional series 300 model is designed to meet more demanding needs thanks to its powerful motor. This contributes towards blending a larger variety of ingredients ranging from fruits to grains in order to blend a smooth consistency. They both come with 64-ounce containers that are BPA-free, and they are also easy to store away when they are not in use. The size of the containers makes it ideal for use even with larger families.

Despite having multiple speeds, the professional series 300 model comes with ten variable speeds allowing you to choose the texture and consistency you need. The 300 also comes with a pulse feature that allows you to gain full control when blending especially larger chunks of ingredients.

Vitamix 5200 vs Vitamix 5300

These two blender models may be easily confused as they share many of the same features. Other than coming from the same manufacturer, they offer variable speed controls allowing your results to have the textures you desire. In addition, they will both allow you the ability to rotate the dial for precise control. This ensures that you are always in control of the outcome.

The similarities do not stop at this as they also come with a 64-ounce container that is ideal for use in a family setting. The difference lies in the motor capabilities, with the 5300 model offering a more high performance motor. This means it can give similar results in a shorter time as compared to the Vitamix 5200. The design may also carry similar traits, the 5300 comes in a more compact design that takes up less space when storing.

Vitamix 5200 vs Ninja 1200

The Ninja blender 1200 is designed to make the blending process easier so everyone can obtain the best results without having to go through cookbooks and other blending material. This is due to its Auto-IQ technology that allows you to time the processes so the consistency is just right. Included are intelligent blending programs that serve the purpose of perfecting the experience as you will not have to guess on what settings you need or how long you will need to blend.

Whether you want a smoothie, puree, or frozen drink, all you have to do is select your desired button and insert the ingredients. It also comes with a more compact design to help minimize on the space required when in use as well as when storing it. They share the similarity of meeting great safety standards and functioning with high performance. They are both BPA-free to prevent and their blades are strong and durable.

Vitamix 5200 vs Nutribullet

These two blenders vary in both the design and performance capabilities from these two brands. Concentrating the performance, functionality, and design, these two brands may have a few similarities; they come with quite a number of differences to remain competitive in the market. Comparing the designs, the Nutribullet has a more compact design with smaller dimensions making it easy to store away when it is not in use.

It also comes with a powerful 1700-watt motor to meet the functionality of the Vitamix. As an added advantage, it comes with hands-free SMART technology that makes it easier to use as compared to the Vitamix 5200. For those who would love to prepare soup, it also provides a heating cycle so your soup and sauces do not go cold after preparation. Despite the diverse differences, they are both strong and durable.

Vitamix 5200 vs Ninja ultima

Shark Ninja is giving the Vitamix 5200 a run for their money. They are both designed to handle all the ingredients you put in them but with a more competitive edge, the Ninja Ultima has the added advantage that it can also crush ice to help you make some cold beverages. You can throw in whole fruits without the risk of congesting your blender. Whereas the Vitamix 5200 comes with one container, the Ninja model comes with two cups that have sip and seal lids to keep your beverage intact.

While the Vitamix 5200 comes with variable speeds to help leave you in control, the boosting flexibility and creativity of the Ninja Ultima features high-speed cyclonic technology to blend all types of ingredients and leave you with a smooth puree. The speed variables are better with the Ninja model with the availability of 10 speeds as well as a pulse feature so you are always in control.

Vitamix 5200 vs Blendtec total

These two models vary in that the features they offer have a few similarities but also have significant differences in their design. They have powerful motors to help enhance their performance so you can have your beverage ready in no time. With the advancement in technology, the Blendtec Total blender beats the Vitamix 5200 as it comes with a digital touch pad that outlines all the controls. This provides pre-programmed blending cycles to ensure that you have perfect beverages. However, both will allow you to produce different types of beverages such as juices or purees with the difference of how fast each can complete the process.

While the Vitamix 5200 can crush right about all ingredients including grains, the Blendtec model will meet this objective in addition to crushing even ice so you can enjoy a cold drink. In an effort for the Blendtec to boost safety, it comes with an auto shutoff feature so that when it is not in use it will automatically shut off; thus also saving on power.

Can you buy a Vitamix 5200 at Macys?

You cannot buy the Vitamix 5200 at Macys currently. However, they do sell the following five Vitamix models:

The returns policies

Amazon, Macys and Costco all offer a free returns policy. However, it depends to some extent on the reason behind the return, but most of the time all three will take care of the shipping. They each offer the option of pick up by a courier or if you prefer you can take your package to the post office. However, you can also return goods to Macy and Costco stores if that is more convenient.

Remember that your Vitamix blender is covered by a full warranty. If you machine breaks down a few weeks down the line normally you will be asked to deal direct with Vitamix.

What are the most common problems with the Vitamix 5200?

When reviewing the various issues that consumers have had with the Vitamix 5200, a few common concerns do arise. First, we should point out that these have nothing to do with the performance of the blender itself. The vast majority of users rave about the 5200.

So, what concerns do people have? A few consumers have found the 5200 somewhat bulky. It isn’t exactly an “under the counter” model, unless you have high cabinets. For this reason, most people prefer to store the Vitamix when not in use. The other issue that a few people have had with the 5200 is that it can be fairly loud. If you are concerned with waking someone up when used early in the morning, then you might have some issues with the Vitamix 5200. Other than these two issues, users love the Vitamix.

My Verdict

You won’t be unhappy having purchased a Vitamix 5200, unless you get caught up in “what else is available” syndrome. It didn’t make our “best Vitamix of 2017” list because of the bulkier container, older motor and slightly higher noise, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a valuable addition to a household. I own a 5200 that’s now 6 years old and it’s been life changing to say the least.

Vitamix have a reputation for making great kitchen appliances. And most importantly, they have a reputation for honoring their warranties and providing good quality and long-term customer support. These blenders may appear to be expensive, but they work and work well for years, so they actually represent great value for money. Consider it an investment in the health of you and your family for years to come.

Where to buy

You can buy this blender in the shop, but it is also available on Amazon. They are a reliable retailer with a great reputation, so our recommendation is to look for a Vitamix 5200 on Amazon. Normally, Amazon usually offers a competitive price for Vitamix 5200 blenders. They regularly run blender sales so keep an eye out for those.

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1 Comment Vitamix 5200 Review: What You Must Know Before Buying

  1. Tim Dopson

    We have had a 5200 for about 10 years. We love this thing. But I have found the one thing that needs to be replaced about every 5 years to protect your investment. The drive bushing on top started slipping but we didn’t no it. The allen screw that hold it in place failed and rounded off the motor shaft. We are purchasing another 5200 now, as we are very satisfied with it. But I recommend replacing the bushing every 5 to 7 years to be safe. The bushing is fairly cheap, around $10 on Amazon. Hope this helps.

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