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Vitamix 5200 Blender, Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz. Container, Black
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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.
- Large Batches: The size and shape of the self-cleaning 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches.
- Hot Soup: The blades in the Vitamix container reach speeds fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes.
- Hardened Stainless-Steel Blades: Our aircraft-grade stainless steel blades are designed to handle the toughest ingredients, so from the first blend to the last, you get the same quality results.
- Self-Cleaning: With a drop of dish soap and warm water, your Vitamix machine can clean itself in 30 to 60 seconds. What's in the Box: motor base, 64 oz. container, getting started guide, DVD, classic tamper
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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.
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|Built in Timer||Digital||Programmable|
|Available Colors||Black, Brushed Stainless, Red, White, Platinum||Black, Brushed Stainless Finish, Copper Metal Finish||Black, Red, White||Black||Black, White, Slate, Red||White, Brushed Stainless, Graphite|
|Warranty||7 Years||7 Years||7 Years||5 Years||10 Years||10 Years|
Vitamix fuels passions. It’s why we’re the brand most trusted by professional chefs. But you won’t just find us in restaurant kitchens. You’ll also find us in home kitchens around the world. Because whether you’re interested in the culinary arts, making healthier choices, or enjoying restaurant-quality smoothies at home—when you’re ready to move on and move up, when you’re ready to invest in your passion, you’re ready for Vitamix.
Built to Last A bargain blender's not a bargain if it doesn't last. We know purchasing a Vitamix blender is an investment. But Vitamix blenders are built to last, helping you buy dependable, not disposable.
Easy to Clean Just blend warm water and a drop of dish soap at your machine's highest speed, and watch it self-clean in 60 seconds or less - no disassembly required.
The Difference Is in the Blend Since the number-one reason people purchase a blender is to make smoothies, it’s important to get them right. Whether you prefer an icy blend or a perfectly smooth purée, nutrition-packed with veggies or a light, fruity treat, Vitamix smoothies give you a delicious, even blend in every sip.
Power We don’t aim to have the highest horsepower. You don’t need more horses; you need trained ones. The focused power of our complete blending system causes every component of the Vitamix machine to work together, creating faster, smoother blends packed with flavor.
The Universal Tool Make smoothies & juices, hot soups, flours & dough, nut butter, frozen desserts, batters, dressings & sauces, non-dairy milks, and more.
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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"]
It's been great with every recipe I tried. With my previous one I had to add extra water since the blender wasn't strong enough, but not with this one.
If you love cooking and can spend the money you wont regret it.
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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!