vitamix 5200 review

Vitamix 5200 Review | Compare vs. 5300 vs. 6300 vs. BL660

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If you’re addicted to smoothies, soups, nut butters, and all things soft, you should consider a blender that will stand you in good stead for many years. The Vitamix 5200 is designed to be a home blender that can withstand daily use for many years, and has been built with this aim in mind. As a result, although it does not have the raw processing power of many of its more expensive commercial counterparts, it does have a wide range of features designed specifically for home use and will exceed the needs of any home cook.

Vitamix products are known for their excellent build quality and high power, and this model is no exception. It brings an array of great features that can help you get the most out of your food. Proceed to our entire Vitamix 5200 review below.

Key Features of the Vitamix 5200

Reviewed Blender: Vitamix 5200

Vitamix 5200 Blender, Black

Build Quality

5/5

Design

5/5

Power

5/5

Cleaning

4/5

Noisiness

3/5

PROS

  • BPA-Free
  • Can make hot soup from sheer power and friction of the blades.
  • Reputable Vitamix Warranty 
  • Two Peak HP Motor (Very Powerful)
  • Ergonomic Controls Easy to Use
  • Built in cooling fan to prevent motor burn out.

CONS

  • Can't be washed in the dishwasher
  • May be disruptive and noisy
  • No pulse function

The Vitamix 5200 has a range of useful features that set it apart from its competition.

One of the major boons of buying this blender is the warranty: it comes with a seven-year warranty according to their website that can be extended up to ten years from the manufacturer (may vary by retailer). This is much greater than many of the commercial Vitamix blenders, which only come with warranties of three years.

The 5200 also has a built-in cooling fan, so using it heavily over a short period of time will not burn out the motor, as can occur with smaller and weaker machines.

Its two peak horsepower-strong motor can pulverize food very quickly, so it is known as one of the most effective blenders in the industry. An unexpected advantage comes with that strength: the blades can rotate so quickly in high-power mode that enough heat is generated to “cook” soup in the blender itself!

Obviously, this need not be the case – the 5200 has variable speed control, meaning that you have complete control over the results of its use, so it can be used for many different functions – smoothies, nut butters, spreads, ice cream, and soups, to name a few. This versatility means it can take over many of the roles of a food processor, which blenders typically cannot do.

The 5200 also has a large, 64-ounce container, which allows you to produce medium to large batches at once – saving time and effort, as many other blenders are much smaller and could require multiple batches to achieve the desired amount.

Finally, one of the features specific to Vitamix products is their tamper, which can be used to prevent blockages from forming during blending and help save time – especially when blending more solid foods such as nut butters or spreads.

Vitamix 5200 vs. 5300: What's the Difference?

Many people get caught up trying to decide between the  Vitamix 5200 and the Vitamix 5300. We think that the differences are subtle, so either way you're going to be getting a great blender. Both deliver the same power and reliability that makes Vitamix such a great brand (but more on that below). Let's examine the difference and similarities:

What's the Same Between the 5200 and 5300

  • Both come with the reliable 7-Year Vitamix Warranty when purchased new. This is one of the best warranties in the market and from our experience, Vitamix makes good on their warranties assuming the blender wasn't abused in any way.
  • Both have knob controls for accurately setting the speed of the blender, although the interfaces are slightly different (more on that below).
  • Both have tampers which makes doing dry or lumpy ingredients a breeze as you can push them into the blades with the tamper.

What's Different Between the 5200 and 5300

  • The 5300 comes with a low profile container. This is probably the most drastic difference between the two. If you'd like the blender to slide neatly under your kitchen cabinets then the 5300 is the way to go.
  • The 5200 has a HIGH Function while the 5300 has a PULSE function. The High function on the 5200 will switch the blender speed to the highest it can go and override the dial. The 5300 doesn't have this override function and everything is controlled by the dial. Most of our blending jobs are just done by getting the right speed and using the tamper - very quick and simple. The pulse feature can be used for course chops on certain foods, but we've done it just as good by just turning the 5200 on for just a few seconds. For the every day user, we don't think it will matter all too much.
  • The 5200 has a 2-peak HP motor which is slightly less powerful than the 5300 which is 2.2-peak. At the end of the day, both motors are extremely powerful and more than enough for the average user.

As stated, we think the major thing to think about when getting the 5200 vs the 5300 is the low-profile container. Not that the other features aren't important, but you're just going to be getting an awesome, reliable blender with either choice and unless you have very niche blending needs, you probably won't notice.

Build Quality and Design

The Vitamix 5200 comes with the high build quality that is associated with Vitamix products.

The container is sturdy, shatter-proof plastic, and has – assuming you don’t put it in the dishwasher – been found to be reliable and long-lasting. The container-to-base coupling is metal to ensure maximum durability and long life. The blades are stainless steel, and can pulverize hard materials such as ice, nuts, seeds, and coffee beans without coming to any damage. The container handle is soft and ergonomically-designed.

As mentioned above, the machine comes with a warranty of 7-10 years. Naturally, this long warranty represents the sturdiness and reliability of the machine, and it is known to perform well for years even with plenty of use.

Instead of having to purchase a new machine every few years as each gives out, you can be sure that this one will stand the test of time. This machine can stand in your kitchen for a decade and still be performing as well as the day you bought it. Getting a refurbished unit is also an option, but you may have to shop around to find one.

It should be noted that the 5200 is quite heavy and has been described as “clunky”, with many people opting to put it away when it is not in use for aesthetic or spacial purposes.. Depending on the space in your kitchen, this may be an option for you.

Noisiness and Power

The Vitamix 5200 is a truly powerful machine, capable of taking down hard objects like ice and seeds, and even producing enough heat through its spinning blades to heat up the objects inside it within a few minutes. There is a reason that Vitamix blenders are the frontrunners of the blending world: they can do practically everything you want them to do in no time at all.

But because it is so powerful, the 5200 is also quite noisy. This is to be expected, unfortunately, and could be considered worthwhile for its high processing skills. If you are living in a home environment, though, that shouldn’t be an issue, especially considering how short the blend times are.

Usability

The 5200 is very easy to use. It features a switch to turn it on, a variable speed control dial, and a switch that pushes it into high-speed mode. Turning the machine on is as simple as putting the container on top and flicking the on switch.

It should be noted, however, that the 5200 does not come with pre-programmed settings; so, unlike other blenders, you cannot push a button and leave it. However, considering the strength of its processing, that is not necessarily as big a drawback as it would be with a weaker machine: blend times are unlikely to be more than a few minutes at the absolute max.

The variable speed also gives so many different options for how you want to blend something ranging from rough chop to puree. As mentioned earlier, the blades can spin quick enough to turn veggies into a hot soup!​

Ease of Cleaning

Cleaning the Vitamix 5200 is somewhat more difficult than it could be – the container is not dishwasher-safe, and the fixed blades means that solid items can become stuck under them.

The recommended cleaning method is to fill the container with water and detergent and run it for about 30 seconds. Although this is likely to clean out most of the container, it should be done immediately after use to prevent food drying to the sides, and is perhaps unlikely to remove all the food stuck beneath the blades. As long as you're diligent about not letting things get too crusted up in the unit, this should do fine.

Is It Reliable?

The 5200 is very reliable. As mentioned above it has a special cooling fan, which means it is protected from overheating and will not die when in use – even heavy use. This makes it ideal for large batches or meal preparation, as you can prepare food for a number of people or components of a meal all at once, instead of having to wait for your blender to co-operate.

It should be noted that in the manual, Vitamix states that the speeds on this model should be varied over time; keeping it running at a consistent speed for a long amount of time will do damage to the motor, reducing its reliability.

Comparison: Vitamix 5200 vs 6300

The Vitamix 6300 is a great blender that could possibly serve your needs better than the 5200. Both models share the same tall container and the same 2-peak horsepower motor, and their differences mainly come down to the interface: while the 6300 comes with three pre-programmed settings and a pulse function, the 5200 does not.

At the end of the day, there's not that huge of a difference and it may make more sense to go with the 5200 depending on the deals you can find  at the time of your purchase. If you're interested in exploring different Vitamix models you can check out our article on that here.

Comparison: Vitamix 5200 vs Blendtec 475

The 475 could be seen as Blendtec’s equivalent of the 5200; it’s a slightly above entry-level model that lacks the bells and whistles of subsequent models and instead focuses on raw processing power and reliability. While the 475 has increased horsepower – 3-peak compared to the 5200’s 2-peak – and a larger container, it also suffers from only three speed settings compared to the 5200’s ten and is much more lightweight.

Because there is little difference in actionable performance, but usually a substantial difference in price (depending on current pricing and retailers), the 475 could be recommended to people who are looking for an excellent blender at a  usually great price (depending on when you buy), and don’t mind losing a little functionality to attain this. The 5200 is better for someone who wants to invest in the Vitamix brand and for whom variable speed control is important. If a Blendtec unit interests you, we've actually written an article that compares a bunch of there units here.

Comparison: Vitamix 5200 vs Ninja BL660

This unit has a larger container, 1100 Watts (around 1.4-HP) of blending power, and is usually more affordable than the 5200.(*prices vary by time and retailer). It can also come with accessories such as single serve cups. It comes with 3 pre-programmed settings and a variable pulse . It even comes with a single serve option that functions much like the bullet! This could be a huge plus for people who need multiple functions, but not as much power.

If you think a Ninja might be best for your budget, but want to compare more models you can read more about Ninja Blenders here or on our Nutribullet vs Ninja article.

However, the Ninja has a somewhat lower build quality than the 5200 (being that is a lower-tier model), and this is where priorities come in; the Ninja is better for someone willing to exchange some measure of build quality, while the 5200 is for someone unwilling to make that compromise and wants one of the top warranties on the blender market. 

We would recommend the Ninja if you're going to be doing simple and somewhat smalblend jobs (like daily smoothies) and any Vitamix if you want to really explore everything you can do with a blender.


About the Author Michelle B

Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.

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