Vitamix 5200 RED - 7 YR WARRANTY Variable Speed Countertop Blender with 2 HP Motor and 64-Ounce Jar
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- Vitamix 5200, 2-peak HP (1380 Watts) motor 120 volt, 60 Hz 11.5 amps (North America) 7 Yr Warranty
- 64-Ounce Container with Wet Blade and Lid
- Whole Food Recipes cookbook. Let’s Get Started DVD
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Vitamix 5200 RED - 7 YR WARRANTY Variable Speed Countertop Blender with 2 HP Motor and 64-Ounce Jar
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If smoothies are the only thing that you are thinking about making... or other concoctions that are thin and slide easily on their own out of the blender jar, then go for this product. If you are going to be making anything that requires you to coax it out, then think again. I expanded my useage of my Vita-mix to include making Hummus, nut butters, bean dips and pureed dates for use in other raw snack recipes. The amount of frustration that I experienced trying to fish out the contents was very aggravating. I had to purchase a special spatula to get past the blades and even then I lost about 1/4th of every batch of whatever I made due to not being able to get it out of the jar. The ridges up and down the sides make it very difficult to scrape anything out as well. Since I am now using my Vita-mix just as much for these types of recipes as I do smoothies, I wish I got another brand with a more user friendly jar. The Blendtec perhaps? I am attracted to their square, smooth-sided jars.
Another deficit is the unbalanced way the blender jar sits on the base. I always feel compelled to hold onto the jar when I am blending chunks of frozen fruit. When the motor/blades are working really hard it has a tendency to rotate on the base just a little until it is stopped by the square rubber holder. This doesn't seem very secure. Also, the fact that the jar is narrow at the base and gets wider as it gets taller makes it feel top heavy and prone to easy tipping. I always felt that I couldn't step away from it while it was on because it might topple over.
When making thick concoctions, it is hard to get it clean under the blades. This is what happens when I make pureed dried fruit or nut butters. I end up wasting a lot of food this way.
One of my biggest complaints about the operation of the Vita-mix is the necessity of having to use the tamper. 98% of everything I make in this blender requires me to use the tamper. This seems like a design flaw. I have to work really hard to get everything down into the blades and even then the bottom items are much better blended that the stuff at the top. When switching to the high speed setting the blades just rotate extremely fast while nothing gets blended, unless I am forcing everything into place with the tamper.
These experiences have made me not want to use the Vita-mix for anything but what will easily pour out of the jar. This defeats the purpose of such an expensive and powerful machine. I will be returning my Vita-mix because of this.
As for how it makes smoothies... FANTASTIC! It blends anything to a smooth consistency (as long as you use the tamper!) The fruit and spinach smoothies (with added walnuts and flax meal) are a big hit with my kids. SUCCESS! Also, I make the best banana walnut "ice cream" in the Vita-mix. You will not be disappointed if this is your primary use.
Just to clarify juicing vs blending for other reviewers... They are VERY DIFFERENT. You will be discarding pulp when you juice because the point is NOT to have fiber. This makes the nutrients in the juice instantly absorbed into your body, which is the goal...as opposed to blending, which keeps the fiber of the food items and demands digestion to break down the food to make the nutrients available to your body...a much longer, slower process. One is not is better than the other...just entirely different.
I am going to purchase the BlendTech blender when I return my Vita-mix. I hope I am not disappointed. Perhaps my expectations are too high for a small kitchen appliance.
UPDATE! I purchased (and then promptly returned) the Blendtec. I returned it within a week. I put it through the same paces as above with the Vita-mix. It failed the same tests. The straight sides of the Blendtec did not make it unnecessary to use a tamper, as was implied in their sales pitch. It did make it easier to scrape thicker recipes out of the jar though. I had to stop the machine and use a spatula to incorporate the heavier recipes I was making to make sure it was all blended together well. I won't go into any more detail except to say that for my purposes, the Blendtec was not an acceptable alternative to the Vita-mix. So, what was I to do? I really wanted a high power blender! Due to its reputation and longstanding high quality reputation, I went back to researching the Vita-mix. If only they had a different jar!!! Well, guess what?!! They DO! I purchased the Vita-mix Professional Series 750. It cost me a pretty penny more, but I can say without a doubt that it is absolutely worth it! I LOVE THIS MACHINE! The jar is shorter and wider, the sides are so accessible to scraping EVERYTHING out. I can honestly say that I can get all of the food out with a narrow spatula with no extra effort. Smoothies are a breeze and don't need the tamper most of the time. One of the features on the Blendtec that I loved was the automatic settings. This Vita-mix has it! I just dial the setting I need for what I am making and flip the start switch. I can go about my business in the kitchen and the thing turns off when it is finished blending. 95% of the time is is perfect. Pretty good percentage! I could go on and on about the different settings make this so much more functional, how the shorter jar is so much easier to use, that there is no rotation or instability of the jar and I am not afraid it will tip over,how it is way quieter than any other blender, etc... but the bottom line is, I found my blender! I have had it for over a month now. I use it everyday. Smoothies in the morning, prep cook in the evening. I blend, chop, puree... it can do everything I need except shred. I am so happy I bought it and have the piece of mind of buying a trusted, quality product with a great track record and exceptional warranty. (the Blendtec was questionable to me in this area. Also, it felt cheaply made...I didn't have confidence in its' construction and it was LOUD!! My kids would cringe when I pulled it out of the pantry. Not a good sign!)
I hope this helps! Happy Blending
March 2013 UPDATE I still LOVE my 750. I am adding this update for those of you who have asked how I still like it. I DO STILL LOVE IT. I rarely have to use the tamper, but when do it is totally appropriate for the items in jar and not because something isn't blending as it "should". When loaded correctly, making smoothies NEVER need any tamper encouragement. I find the sides extremely easy to remove food from. You have to have a small spatula for this to be easy, but just go buy the right size and you will have no problems scraping everything out of this jar. I am so happy with this purchase and continue to find new things to love about it. I AM NOT A VITAMIX Employee! Just a happy vegan mom of two, always on the lookout for ways to make cooking healthy easier!
I cannot believe how affordable it is to make fresh soups. Please go make the tortilla soup in the recipe book if you haven't yet! We love to add 1 can black beans and about 1/3 can of corn at the very end (10 seconds). Even my two toddlers loved it.
You can make so much with just frozen fruit & fresh veggies. Smoothies, juices, soups, sauces. So far we have liked every recipe we have tried from the recipe book. You can also find plenty on Pinterest.
This was an investment for out family and so far it is paying off. I am feeling so much more confident about our purchase than when we hit the buy button. I will update with a fuller review in a few months.
Huge savings on groceries --the produce goes a long way!
Encouraging healthy eating --my kids have been loving the ACTUALLY SMOOTH smoothies!
^^It blends ridiculously well. I have made a smoothie almost every day the past 1.5 years and this DOESN'T COMPARE to the new Ninja we had bought.
Not just a blender - you can make nut butters, milk (my husband loves making rice milk in it), salsas (while still hot), IT WILL COOK SOUP <!!!!, margaritas ;) and so much more I haven't even tried yet.
It's easy to use. It looks a little intimidating, but I think I mastered it the 1st try.
It is very loud. My ninja was quiet in comparison. I don't like running it after 8pm because I live in an apartment. I asked my neighbor if she could hear it & she said she hasn't noticed it. But to give you an idea, it's hard to hear someone trying to yell at you in the same room. It's a powerhouse.
BUT it doesn't last that long. Most things blend in under a minute. So that's that.
It is really big. This is both a pro and a con because I can make enough soup & smoothies for the four of us (including seconds) but the tall blending cup doesn't fit in any of my cabinets so it is stored kind of awkwardly on top of the fridge.
Overall, I love it so far and I wish we got it a long time ago.