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My Vitamix Reviews – The Vitamix 5200 – Standard, Super, & Deluxe

by Brendon Thadeus on 2:02 am

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Vitamix 5200 Reviews

My new Vitamix 5200 with the compact container

Change is inevitable.

I’ve made a change recently that while not terribly earth shattering it is certainly different, and for the better.

I bought the Vitamix 5200.

If you have read the majority information on this site you now know that I own three (yes, three) high powered blenders -  two Vitamix blenders and one Blendtec blender.

Now I don’t plan on keeping all three -  I’ll be sending my original Vitamix to a proud new owner, but I have upgraded to the Vitamix 5200 after being given the chance to test drive it with a friend of mine.  I explain why I made the upgrade towards the bottom of these Vitamix 5200 reviews.

After using it for a few weeks now I think it is time to give those of you considering purchasing this blender my full review.  This review is going to turn out to be a few Vitamix reviews wrapped up into one because there are three package variations of the Vitamix 5200 and it’s important to know what the differences between those versions are.

The Vitamix 5200 Standard – What’s In The Box

The Standard version is the machine I purchased.  My wife picked the color (white) but it also comes in black, red, platinum, and brushed stainless, although you’ll pay $50 more for the last two colors.  White looks great.  Strangely enough (because white is the hardest color to keep clean) Sylvia also had a white 5200.  In addition to the standard version there are two additional 5200 series ‘packages’ you can purchase – the Vitamix 5200 Super and the Vitamix 5200 Deluxe.  I’ll explain the differences later.

A 64oz Pitcher

The Standard comes with one dry 64oz pitcher.  Because I also own a Blendtec blender I didn’t need an additional blender for wet ingredients.  There is also a smaller, more compact 48oz pitcher if you are concerned with fitting the machine on your counter top.  I opted for the smaller container.  It’s a space saving thing.

Recipe Book

In addition to the blender pitcher the Vitamix 5200 standard comes with a recipe book titled “Whole Food Recipes”.  It is a hard bound three ring binder that has full color pictures.

Despite having worked in commercial kitchens and upper level restaurant management positions in full service restaurants for 15 years I do not consider myself a culinary visionary.  I know how to follow a recipe and I am capable of making simple recipe tweeks to my liking that didn’t require a degree from the Culinary Institute of America to concoct.  That’s what is great about owning a mega blender – you can still create delicious soups, smoothies, salsas and more without being an expert.  If you can follow a recipe you’re ahead of the curve.  My point is this – if you buy this blender do yourself a favor and take a glance at the recipe book that comes with it.  You might actually enjoy one or two of them!

Tamper

For those of you who may not know a tamper is, it’s a device that fits through the hole in the top of the blender lid and stretches down through the middle of the pitcher and stops just above the blades.  You use the tamper to facilitate the movement and blending of the food that you are trying to blend.  In the event the blender blades aren’t pulling the contents of the pitcher down you use the tamper to push or ‘feed’ the contents into the blades.  There is a collar on the tamper that prevents it from touching the blades.  This tamper is especially important if you are planning on making things like peanut butter.

Getting Started Guide/DVD

The dvd is useful – it has some cooking class tutorials that you may benefit from.  The getting started guide is self-explanatory.

Warranty

I am entitled to a full service seven year warranty with my purchase so long as the machine is operated in a non-commercial manner, setting or venue.

 

The Differences Between the Standard, the Super, and the Deluxe

 

The Vitamix 5200 Super

The Super package differs from the Standard package in two ways:

  • It has an additional pitcher (a 32oz dry grains pitcher for dry ingredients)
  • It has an additional recipe book (for whole grains)

The Vitamix 5200 Super is the exact same machine and motor as the Vitamix 5200 Standard.  Don’t let the fact that there are three different 5200 packages confuse you because the machine and the motor are the same.

The Vitamix 5200 Deluxe

The Vitamix 5200 Deluxe comes with:

  • Two extra pitchers – the 32oz dry grains pitcher and another 32oz regular pitcher for a total of three
  • Four cutting boards
  • A three pack spatula set

Vitamix vs Blendtec warrantyYou also get the same two recipe books with the Deluxe as you do the Super.  The Vitamix 5200 Deluxe is perfect for the chef or aspiring chef that cooks primarily at home.  All three packages come with a full seven year warranty.

 

Performance – The Apple Skin Test

If you read Silvia’s Vitamix 5200 review as well as my take on the blender at the end of her review you know that the Vitamix 5200 passed my ‘apple skin’ test.

An apple’s skin is very tough and hard to shred to a pulp.  Even the strongest motors and blades struggle with annihilating an apple skin completely.  The Vitamix 5200 blades do not struggle with an apple skin.

That happens to be the reason I bought one myself.  The Vitamix 5200 pulverizes an apple skin in the true sense of pulverization.  It shreds the skin completely leaving virtually nothing but pure liquid.  After speaking with the great folks at Vitamix they have confirmed that the ‘smoothness’ of the liquid was a main focus when reformulating the design and operation of the machines motor.  The Vitamix 5200 produces the smoothest, creamiest smoothie of all of the high powered blenders I have used.  The smoothies taste and feel like perfect smoothies.  I am a happy camper.  I can’t wait to test it out on soups.

Performance – Noise

Two and three horsepower motors packed into a small, confined space weren’t meant to be unheard.  This didn’t stop Vitamix from seeking to create the markets least loud blender – and in my opinion they succeeded.  The Vitamix 5200 produces the least amount of noise per cycle than all of the blenders I have owned and used in my culinary career.

Conclusion

These were the major differences between this machine and the ones I used to own, both Vitamix and Blendtec.  They are the only two factors that I considered when deciding to make the upgrade.  I still have to put the machine away after every use because it won’t fit in a snug position on my kitchen counter top but it would only clutter the area more than it already is anyway.

 

Who Is the Vitamix 5200 Right For?

If you have made up your mind that you want to make even the smallest commitment to eating healthier or cooking more at home then give this blender a try.  It doesn’t really even have to be about health either.  I think people unfairly link these types of blenders to the raw food or the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle movement and it isn’t like that at all.  You can make delicious ice creams and sorbets at home with this blender.  You could refine and perfect your pasta sauce, whip up some delicious alcoholic treats, even make some delectable pancake or waffle mixes.  I do it all the time.

It’s Just Fun To Use

Quite simply – the Vitamix 5200 is right for the individual who wants some sort of change in the way food appears in your everyday life.

It doesn’t need to be any more specific or complicated than that.  If you have become bored with your everyday food routine, get this blender!  It’s a ton of fun to experiment with and it’s mind numbingly easy to use.  Owning one almost forces you (in a fun, enjoyable way) to search for neat new recipes and it takes very little effort to recreate the recipe yourself with a blender when you find one.  You may come to find that you actually enjoy the hunt for something new to create so you will benefit directly from other people’s expertise!  I do it a lot and I am just as lazy as the next person.

If you are a fan of the Chopped’s and the Iron Chef’s of the world, take a look at the blenders used in those kitchens.  Do you recognize them?  It’s the Vitamix 5200.  Giada de Laurentis was on a Holiday segment of NBC’s ‘Today Show’ making a fatty delicious New Year’s feast using guess what? The Vitamix 5200.  They.Are.Everywhere.

If you managed to read all the way through these long winded Vitamix 5200 reviews of mine than I have to congratulate you – sometimes I talk a lot.  Please don’t forget to email me at support@blenderbattles.com if you have questions.  I receive lots of email but I will try my best to answer your questions or concerns just as quick as I can.

Lastly – for those of you who would rather order over the phone – keep code 06-007258 handy.  Call Vitamix at 440-782-2303  or 800-848-2649 (ext 2303) and ask specifically for J.P. Minard.  He will take your order securely over the phone and give you free shipping when you use that code.

Enjoy!

-Brendon

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linda April 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I do not thank the blendtec is worth 3oo or more im seeking a refund and looking to try the vitamix. This blend tec can not blend up raw beats or frozen vegies the thing slows and sounds bad. ITs a wast. I am not likeing it.

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