Vitamix 5200 Review

Our Verdict

Has a Vitamix blender been on your wish list, but the price is getting you down? It does not necessarily cost less than other Vitamix models, but it does cost less than most other models. Professionals will love the Vitamix 5200. There’s no need to worry about it falling apart, as it is well-built and sturdy.

In addition, the machine can hold up to 64-ounces of powder. A smoothie, almond butter, and crushed ice of bar-quality can be easily made with it. Hot ingredients can also be blended with it.

However, it can still be easily cleaned by hand since it’s not dishwasher-safe.  Blend ice cream, smoothies, and drinks with ease with this blender. It’s slightly cheaper than other top-tier Vitamix models.

Pros
  • Hot blending ability.
  • Built well and easily cleaned.
  • Fibrous ingredients can be easily blended.
  • Main jar has extensive capacity.

Cons
  • This blender cannot be put in the dishwasher.

 

 Technical Specifications Of Vitamix 5200

Type Countertop Blender
Series Vitamix C-Series
Model No. 001372
Blade Stainless Steel
Ratings 4.1 out of 5
Cord Length 6 ft. (1.8 m)
Speed 10 variable speed settings
BPA Free Yes
Price $$$
Container capacity 64 oz container
sold separately:
48 oz.  pitcher
32 oz. container
20 oz. personal cup
Dishwasher safe No
Wattage 1400 Watts
Colors Black
Red
White
Dimensions 20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 in
Motor 2 HP
Application Home & Personal Use
Warranty 7-Years (an additional 3 years will have an extra cost)
Related Products Ninja HB152, Vitamix 5300, Ninja Mega Kitchen System, Vitamix 750, Vitamix 500, Vitamix E320, Vitamix A3500, Vitamix E310, Vitamix 7500

 

DESIGN

Dimensions 

  • Height: 20.2″ (51.4 cm)
  • Width: 6.9″ (17.6 cm)
  • Depth: 9.4″ (24.0 cm)
  • Weight: 11.2 lbs. (5.1 kg)
  • Shaft Length: N/A

Despite its size and weight, the Vitamix 5200 is an impressive machine. It may be difficult to store it if you store it on a kitchen counter or in a large cabinet. So you may want to pull out the main jar to make it more accessible.

Build Quality 

Vitamix 5200 is built with great quality. Almost all of its parts are made of metal and plastic, making it feel very sturdy and solid. As well as being long, the power cable is thick as well. All in all, it feels high-quality and premium.

  • Main Jar/Beaker 
  • Material: BPA-Free Plastic
  • Jar Capacity: 64.0 oz. (1,892.7 ml)
  • Beaker Capacity: N/A
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs. (1.1 kg)
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Large batches can be prepared in the main jar, which has a 64-ounce capacity. There is no dishwasher safety, so you may need to hand wash it.

Blades

  • Blades 
  • Blade Type: Sharp
  • Blade Count: 4
  • Removable: No
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Four sharp blades make up the blade assembly, which can’t be removed. The nut assembly enables it to be serviced, but removal of the blades may void the warranty. The only way to wash them is by hand.

Lid 

  • 2 Part Lid :Yes
  • Lid Closing Type: Friction

Push the top of the lid down onto the jar in order for it to seal into place. Two ears support its stability on each side. The middle cover can be removed during blending so that ingredients can be added or the tamper used. It is also not dishwasher safe, and should only be washed by hand.

Power Cord

  • Stow Away Compartment: Yes
  • Cord Length: 5.9 ft. (1.8 m)

Most outlets are reachable with the long and thick power cord on this blender. You can easily store it when it isn’t in use.

In the Box

You will get motor base, user manual, cookbook, classic 64 oz. container and lid, classic tamper.

Performance Comparison

  • Speed and Controls 
  • Min Speed: 1,400 RPM
  • Max Speed: 22,500 RPM
  • Speed Dial: Yes
  • Pulse/Turbo Mode: Yes
  • Noise @ Max Speed: 96.2 dB
  • On/Off Toggle: Yes

There are 10 speed settings on the Vitamix 5200. You can also select either ‘High’ or ‘Variable’ speeds. In the ‘High’ setting, the most rapid speed is selected, and in the ‘Variable’ setting it is selected with a variable speed, varying progressively. The on/off switch is provided as a substitute for the pulse mode, but the manufacturer advises using the switch to ensure consistency. It is louder than the Vitamix A2300 when it is set at maximum speed.

Almond Butter 

  • Preparation Time: < 3 min
  • Texture: Smooth
  • Spread-ability: Great
  • Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks: No

Almond butter can be easily made using the Vitamix 5200. Making a spreadable almond butter doesn’t take more than three minutes. To incorporate all of the almond chunks, you may need to use a tamper.

Smoothie Test

In order to test how the 5200 performed with multiple recipes, we chose four common smoothies: green, fruit, oat, berry and Oreo. In terms of performance, the Vitamix 5200 performed very well, and it tied for top spot overall with the Hurricane Pro from Cuisinart, and the A2500 from Vitamix.

The 5200 produced a great green smoothie which poured through the sieve with no problem.

No chunks or flakes of greenery were present in the drink throughout its duration, and the flavor was strong throughout.

I found a berry smoothie to be equally as good, free of fruit chunks and a consistent texture.

Further, the seeds were crushed completely by the 5200, and the resulting mixture passed through sieve beautifully.

The oats and fruit smoothie were a bit difficult to blend, needing to be tamped a lot to help it blend. In the end, the mixture was a little gritty, compared to the others. Even so, the blender’s performance still rebounded with the Oreo malt. It produced a luxuriously creamy  and smooth and milkshake. Although the mixture took a little time to blend and the blade missed a couple of ice cream clumps, the shake turned out to be excellent.

Crushed Ice

Two tests were conducted: mixing a fantastic crushing ice and margarita . A very good performance was again achieved by the 5200. In less than 20 seconds, it crushed an entire pitcher of ice without any liquid.

Compared with the KitchenAid Diamond, the 5200 performed approximately at the same level during the margarita blending process. It took a bit longer to blend this mixture and we had to shake pitcher periodically in order to keep it from sticking.

Convenience

When it came time to clean, we had some trouble with the 5200, since the dishwasher was not recommended. Having a narrower and taller pitcher makes this model slightly more difficult to clean by hand compared with other Vitamix models.

There are no preset functions or digital timer on this blender, making it slightly more challenging to use. There are, however, clear and intuitive labels for the controls.

It is slightly louder than the others in this pack, but it can be removed easily.

Pureeing

This pureeing metric includes three assessments that evaluate how well the blender mixes soup, heats it, and turns peanuts and almond into nut butter. It did an excellent job, only a hair behind the best of the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro, Vitamix A2500, and Vitamix Pro 750.

With under 6 minutes to pour the soup through the sieve, this model blended tomato soup into a silky-smooth texture.

Upon completing its blending cycle, the 5200 raised the temperature of the soup over 153°F, which was hot enough for serving.

Despite this, this blender had great difficulty turning nuts into butter. While the other Vitamix models produced a creamy and smooth  mixture, this one remained grainy and thick.

The motor also reached a temperature where we felt it needed a rest. No matter how much oil we added, we failed to achieve the desired results.

Grinding

Each blender was judged based on its ability to grind hard foods. In our test, the 5200 performed well. Corn flour milled using this appliance passed through the sieve almost entirely, only leaving a few residue left behind.

Additionally, the 5200 was able to match the performance of the top models when it came to making powdered sugar. Though it couldn’t compete with the Cuisinart and KitchenAid, the 5200 finished solidly in our test of parmesan cheese makers. The product produced pretty good grated cheese, but not quite as good as what you’d find in a pizza parlor shaker.

Ease Of Use

  • Programs / Modes 
  • Crushed Ice: No
  • Self-Clean Program: No
  • Single Serve: No
  • Timer: No

Neither modes nor programs are available in this blender. When you have reached the desired consistency, you must manually turn off the blender.

Cleaning 

Smoothie Cleaning: Simple

Almond Butter Cleaning: Simple

There are no complicated cleaning steps with the 5200 Vitamix. Although it can’t be put in the dishwasher, you can easily clean it with hot water and soap after consuming smoothies or almond butter. The residue is still easily removable with a brush, even with stickier messes like almond butter.

Extra Features 

  • Hot Blending: Yes
  • Additional Jugs: No
  • Juicer Attachment: No
  • Food Processing Attachment: No
  • Heating Element: No
  • Noise Dome: No
  • Tamper: Yes
  • Vacuum Pump: No
  • Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size: No

No additional features or accessories come with this blender. Using the hot blend function, you can make soups and sauces. It also has a tamper, unlike the KitchenAid Diamond, for helping you move the food inside the machine while it is working. It’s still an easy-to-use blender, though.

Value

Vitamix is a good choice, if you can live without presets, the Vitamix 5200 is a good value option. If, however, you’re all right moving outside the Vitamix brand, there are many other brands that offer similar or better performance.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

Among the available colored variants of the Vitamix 5200, there are red, white, and black. We tested the Black variant, but we expect the other models to have a similar performance.

Among Vitamix’s C-Series products, this blender is compatible with others. Several different sizes of containers are available for purchase, such as 48-ounce containers, 32-ounce containers, dry grain containers for blending flour and grains, and 20-ounce cups with scrapers. Different containers have different performance characteristics, as they are different in size.

Blenders like the Vitamix 5200 perform quite well for a broad range of uses. Still, it is very expensive, however it is much more affordable than other Vitamixes, so it will appeal to those without a lot of preferences and those on a budget who want to buy a Vitamix.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ’s:

Would it be worth it to buy a Vitamix 5200?

There’s no doubt that the Vitamix 5200 blender is a good blender that does a good job of most things that it’s used for. In spite of its still-relatively high price, it is significantly less expensive than other Vitamix models, so it is a good choice for people looking for a Vitamix on a budget who will put up with the lack of presets.

Which Vitamix model is better, the 5200 or the 7500?

Compared to the 7500, the 5200 has a 2.0 HP motor. A pulse option is available on the Vitamix 7500 but not on the Vitamix 5200. On the 5200, there is only a high-speed toggle; on the 7500, there isn’t. In comparison with the 7500 pitcher, the pitcher on the 5200 is taller, and more slender.

Are there still 5200 blenders made by Vitamix?

Older models like the Vitamix 5200 are more difficult to find. It’s around 10 years old. The average price is $449. Vitamix.com currently sells one of their newest models, the Ascent A2300, for LESS than the previous model with that many features.

How does a Vitamix e310 compare to a 5200?

The containers are one of the most noticeable differences between Vitamix E310 and 5200. With the E310, you get a smaller, yet more accessible storage container with a 48-ounce capacity, while the 5200 comes with a taller, more versatile container with a 64-ounce capacity, but adds 2.5 inches to the E310.

Does Vitamix 5200 make a lot of noise?

Overall, for a machine of this magnitude, the noise level is impressive. I don’t know of any blender that does better than 82 dbA, but that’s still too loud for me. The body of this device is plastic, and it is a new model. It is possible that your Vitamix is different from mine.

How did Vitamix 5200 get replaced?

Ascent blenders were released by Vitamix in early 2017. Although 5200 vs 7500 is still on the minds of many, new rivalries are also forming over the new Vitamix Ascent.

What is the material of Vitamix 5200?

Eastman Tritan Copolyester, a plastic equivalence known as Tritan, is used in Vitamix containers. Glass containers are not made for Vitamix containers much to the surprise of some people. I mean, glass contains no nasty chemicals and is naturally more durable, right?

How does Blendtec compare with Vitamix?

Tests have shown that Vitamix is the best choice. The Vitamix 5200 won every test we ran before comparing the Blendtec Designer 675 to it. Blending smoothies, soups, and nut butters with Vitamixes is more effective than using a standard kitchen blender.

Does the Vitamix 5200 Pulse?

PULSE functionality is not available on the Vitamix 5200 standard blender, but it is available on the newer G-Series and the standard models offered with programs.

Conclusion

For the vast majority of uses, the Vitamix 5200 is a reliable blender. Still, it is very expensive, but its cost is lower than that of other Vitamix models, so it will appeal to those without a lot of preferences and who want a Vitamix on a budget.

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