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Vitamix 5200 Blender, Black
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- The Vitamix 5200 is the universal tool for family meals and entertaining. Create every course of your home-cooked meal—from frozen drinks to creamy desserts—in minutes.
- The size and shape of the 64-ounce classic container is ideal for blending medium to large batches
- Easily adjust speed to achieve a variety of textures. The dial can be rotated at any point during the blend, so you're in complete control
- The power and precision of our patented designs are able to pulverize every recipe ingredient, including the tiniest seeds
- The blades in the Vitamix container reach speeds fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes
- Manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio USA
- Voltage- 120 V, 50/60 Hz, 11.5 Amps
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Variable speed control
Easily adjust speed to achieve a variety of textures. The dial can be rotated at any point during the blend, so you’re in complete control.
The size and shape of the 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches.
At least a dozen tiny details go into the design of our aircraft-grade, hardened stainless steel blades. All to give you the best morning smoothie possible.
Our motor maintains even torque and cool temperature to consistently deliver the power you need to process any ingredient.
Hot soup without a stove
Make steaming-hot soup without a stove—in under 10 minutes. The friction from our blades lets you bring soup to serving temperature, right in the container.
Frozen treats in seconds
Create chilled desserts—just add frozen ingredients to your machine and you’ll be enjoying ice cream, fruit sorbet and more in seconds.
Grind nuts, coffee and more
Homemade nut butter has never been easier or more delicious. Vitamix machines have the power to grind your favorite nuts into delicious nut butter, turn coffee beans into ground coffee, and more.
Mix batters and dough
Quickly and easily mix batters for pancakes, waffles, cookies, muffins, crêpes, and cakes. Vitamix machines can also knead thick bread and pizza dough.
Silky smooth purées
Vitamix machines have the power to pulverize even the toughest ingredients, so you can make silky smoothies and sauces, blend after blend, year after year.
Easy to clean
With a drop of dish soap and warm water, your Vitamix machine can clean itself in 30 to 60 seconds.
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|Color||Black||Black||Gray||Brushed Stainless Finish||Black||Black 1811|
|Item Dimensions||7.25 x 8.75 x 20.5 in||8 x 11 x 17 in||12 x 9.25 x 16.38 in||9.41 x 7.72 x 17.4 in||7.25 x 17.25 x 8.75 in||7 x 8.8 x 20 in|
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Create every course of your home-cooked meal-from frozen drinks to creamy desserts-in minutes. The Vitamix 5200 is the universal tool for family meals and entertaining.Blending too long at too low a speed setting will overheat the machine and cause the Automatic Overload Protection to turn the machine off. Use the High speed as often as possible to achieve the most uniform consistency. Blending on High speed also maximizes the motor’s cooling fan to avoid overheating.When making nut butters or oil-based foods, do not process for more than one minute after the mixture starts to circulate in the container. Processing for longer periods can cause dangerous overheating. The size and shape of the Classic 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches. The blades in the Vitamix container reach speeds fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes. With a drop of dish soap and warm water, your Vitamix machine can clean itself in 30 to 60 seconds.
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I was vitamix lover fit the past few months even though I never had one because I feel for it at the costco road show and watching all the positive reviews everywhere. Just before I finally decided to purchase one ( did lots of research coz of the huge price tag!!!) I came across the BLACK SPECK problem with the vitamix jars. I refused to beleive coz of all the ravishing reviews and decided to go for it.
As soon as i got the product from Costco, I tested for it. This is how: after the initial cleaning, I poured clan filtered water (1 cup) in to the jar and ran it for 30 seconds or more. To my disappointment I saw very few black specks floating when I emptied the water in to the white bowl. Why should I deal with this when I payed 500 dollars for this???? The next day I called the customer service. They acknowledged the issue and asked me to return for the full refund if I am not happy with it. But I spent lots of time reviewing this product and I was not ready to return yet. They also gave me an option of sending another new jar. I took that option and they sent it to me on two days. I eagerly tested the new one hoping and praying ( really!) that there shouldn't be any problem with this one.
To my great disappointment this one showed lots of black specks ( hundreds of them!) and I got so mad and went to the store immediately to return it.
Another think that I must add is that I heard that this problem is ONLY with the newly made jars. Looks like people who purchased it 2 to 1 and half years ago don't have this problem. I am not sure though!
People who are not aware of this problem with the jar will never know it because you will not able to see it juice or smoothies they make. They are so tinye and should be watched carefully! That's is why there are lots of positive reviews about the product. I personally think that the performance of the blender is very good but what is the use if the jar is not usable???
PLEASE PLEASE TEST FOR THIS PROBLEM AS SOON AS YOU PURCHASE THIS MACHINE BEFORE YOU START USING IT! Also look for you tube vedio " vitamix black specks problem " and watch yourself!
This is the last time I am wasting my valuable time ( the time taken to write this) for this product. I am motivated to write because anyone who is spending 500 dollars for a blender has a right to know this!
Finally what surprises me is that being such a reputed company from so many years why is there not a recall on this jar??? When you call customer service and ask them about this problem ( everyone who is planning to buy vitamix should do this) they say " we are aware of this issue and our technicians are looking are doing their best to solve this "......DAMN YOU VITAMIX FIX YOUR JAR BEFORE YOUR ALL YOUR BLENDER!!!!
Aside from making nut butters, ice creams, hot/cold soups, flours & smoothies, the 5200 does a decent job juicing. If you use a base of watery veggies like cucumber or celery and blend half of the pitcher first, they will create enough liquid such that you needn't add much water. To give you an idea, I blended a full pitcher of only kale, adding only 1 1/2c of water. Once strained, the end result was 6 cups of liquid, 4 1/2 of which was pure kale juice. This will vary depending on the vegetables. So, if you're on the fence as to whether you'll get a juicer or a blender but can't afford both, go w/ Vitamix because you can do both.
Once blended, strain the smoothie through a 'nut milk bag' ($9) or an old pillow case/tee-shirt, if you're really pressed for cash; just squeeze it into a large bowl. An Omega or a Breville juicer might be more ideal, but chances are you'll have a lot more to clean, take up more space & be out an additional $150+. So, if you're concerned with cost, space or ease of cleaning, the 5200 is a good alternative for juicing.
"Isn't fiber good for you? What's the point of juicing?" Although fiber is good for you, the air & fiber in smoothies is quite filling. I can only drink so much at a time. By juicing, I can ingest a greater concentration of minerals & enzymes, instead of so much air & fiber. If you have digestive issues, juicing is a sure way to make sure those nutrients get into your system. I do prefer smoothies for fruits as that fiber regulates the absorption of sugars. This is why I love the Vitamix. I can do juices as well as smoothies, butters, etc. If you look at it this way, the Vitamix is both convenient & affordable...ish.
Once juiced, there's not much nutritional value in pulp fiber, but if you want to stretch your dollar, you can put the flavorless pulp to good use. You can use it as a flour-type base to bake with, make pizza with or throw into a dehydrator to make raw cookies, crackers or crust. I flattened & dried mine, added sesame seeds & spices, then baked them. Made some delicious, healthy crackers for the hummus I made the day before. Tons of recipes online. Try 'liferegenerator' on YouTube.
WHY 5200 IN PARTICULAR?
Unlike the cheaper 2-speed TurboBlend, the variable-speed 5200 allows me to blend at the exact speed I need for a salsa or hummus, for example. The 5200 has no presets, but I've noticed that the time I blend a smoothie depends on the amount & type of smoothie I'm making. There is no preset time that's best for all smoothies. I prefer to manipulate each dish. Most times you'll only blend for a minute or so, so I doubt you'll have time for laundry in between. Of all the variable-speed Vitamixes, this is the most affordable.
This exact model is available at Costco (not online) for $375. Comes with nice recipe book & DVD. Save your money. Some Costcos only carry the 6300 which costs as much as Amazon's 5200, but comes w/presets. Costco's *online* offerings for the 5200 usually cost more than what is found in stores because they include a second pitcher.
The only model I'd consider, other than the 5200, is the Professional 300 (aka Professional 7500, not to be confused with the more expensive 750 w/presets). It runs a bit more quietly, has a shorter carafe, wider blade & wider base so it blends more efficiently and is easier to clean and remove thick contents. If you prefer the next generation Pro 300, Vitamix has the refurbished model on offer w/a 5-year warranty for $399. Go to VM site & click 'Specials'. They only have so many available every month or so. They also have a $330 refurbished, variable speed model w/like warranty. Bottom line, you needn't pay over $400 for a good Vitamix.
"May not be organic, but at least I'm ingesting more veggies." Mmmmm....Yeah-NO. Consider that, if you blend to increase your intake of vitamins, minerals & enzymes, but you're not using organic produce, you'll also be giving yourself direct, concentrated shots of harmful pesticides & other genetically modified material. Spinach is one of the more popular green juice/smoothie ingredients. Spinach, along w/ celery & apple, is some of the most sprayed & treated produce if not organic. (Do a Google image search for: dirty dozen organic). Pesticides are known to cause a host of neurological diseases, like Parkinson's... which my dad had.
Don't fret. You don't have to break the bank as there are many options for organic produce than overpriced, gourmet Whole Foods, or those three items at your local store. Check local farmer's markets, warehouses, co-ops. Some online stores will deliver. I just got a 10lb bag of organic carrots for $5 & about 12 organic apples for $8 at Costco. If you're in So Cal, 'Better Life Organics' is a great place for a huge variety of goodies. Google 'organics' for your area. Don't be discouraged by the high prices and little variety at your local market. Of course, you can always start growing your own.
The shorter, wider carafe & wider blade create a better vortex to suck down ingredients of a full pitcher, particularly the Blendtec with Wildside jar. So, for making a full pitcher of smoothies, you're less likely to need a tamper. However, you simply need a tamper to make nut butters and ice creams. Blendtec doesn't have a tamper, so you must keep stopping, removing lid, stirring, replacing & restarting. Gets real old, real quick. (Search YouTube for "Blendtec Total Blender vs. Vitamix 5200, Part 3 of 5 - Peanut Butter"). Blendtec does offer a "Twister Jar," but it costs over $100 extra & it still doesn't work as well as the tamper. If you don't make nut butters or ice creams, then you might consider a Blendtec as you can use the same pitcher for dry blending. The 5200 *can* make flours from hard items like popcorn seeds, but VM suggests buying a separate jar to keep the blades sharp. (Blendtec uses blunt blades and more horsepower in regular pitcher whereas Vitamix uses sharper blades that might dull w/lots of hard/dry blending. Blendtecs are a bit louder, but they do fit under most cabinets. Blendtec looks more slick and pretty, w/animations and flat buttons. Vitamix looks more industrial and 'hardcore'. It looks like it means business. Vitamix has been around much longer than Blendtec & lots of raw vegans seem to prefer VM, so there's a bit of snob appeal for some. Make no mistake, you can't go wrong with either.
Yes, you can easily clean your blender with a few drops of soap & switching it on high. However, if you wish to keep your pitcher from turning cloudy, I suggest using a soft sponge on it a couple of times per week. Most importantly, *dry it immediately*. Letting the blender drip-dry will cause clouding. It will also turn the black top grey.
The tall, skinny carafe. If I'm blending a full load of a thick smoothie, the vortex created by the narrow jar doesn't always recycle the mixed contents at the top w/o a bit of prodding. Minor annoyance because it will ultimately blend it all if I blend half of the mixture first, then add the other. Here is where the Next Generation Vitamixes and the Blendtec's w/Wildside Jar excel. The wider blades, wider bottoms and shorter profiles recycle a full pitcher more quickly and efficiently. The 5200 will get the job done just fine, though, with a few extra pushes from the tamper stick. On the other hand, if your making nut butters, the narrow pitcher comes in handy.
In summary, you don't need a juicer & a blender to have it all. You needn't pony up extra cash for presets. The 5200 does everything you'll need. You needn't pay over $400 when Costco & Vitamix' site have reasonable options. Blendtec simply needs a tamper, costs more & is louder, but creates a better vortex, thanks to the shorter, wider profile carafe. Affordable organics are available if you look hard enough & buy in bulk. If you live alone, consider that my neighbor & I go in on bulk items together. Where there's a will...
I've made dishes I've never thought of - Brazil nut milk... dandelion green juice (hardcore)... raw vegan pizza w/my pulp... mango/mint smoothies... coconut/almond yogurt... raw vegan cookies... pistachio ice cream. (Banana or coconut or avocado all work wonderfully for a creamy ice cream base.) All of these recipes take only minutes to make.
In the end, the 5200 is the best price/value Vitamix. It will front as a blender & juicer. Vitamix is simply the best all-around blender for most uses, but don't spend over $400 when you don't have to. [YouTube: "Equipment Review: Best Blenders"]