Vitamix 5200 vs 780 - which one should you buy? Well, this guide makes that decision easy!
Below you'll find...
- An easy to follow comparison chart.
- The best option between the 780 and 5200 based on years of blending experience.
Vitamix 5200 (Standard)
2.2 Peak HP
Low-Profile 64 Oz
Classic 64 Oz
Touchscreen panel with 5 pre-programmed functions and variable speed slider.
Variable speed knob without any pre-programmed functions.
17.25 x 8.8 x 9 in
20.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 in.
Black, Brushed Stainless, Platinum, Red, White
10 lb 9-ounce
Which to Buy?
The three main differences between the 780 and the 5200 are the following:
- Touchscreen controls (780 only).
- Pre-programmed functions (smoothies, frozen desserts, soups, purees and cleaning) (780 only).
- Container size (see below).
The 5200 has the classic tall and narrow 64 ounce container while the 780 has the wider low-profile one.
As mentioned, the narrower container is better at smaller jobs, while the wider one excels at processing lots of ingredients at once.
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You could always purchase a narrower and smaller jar for the 780 separately, but the opposite is not true. The separate wide 64-oz low profile container that Vitamix sells isn't compatible with the 5200 at the time of writing this.
You can get a compact 48 oz jar for the 5200, though.
I've never had any issues with my narrow container doing large batches, so I think you'll be fine either way, but it's really a matter of preference...
Do you want the 780 with all the bells and whistles or the no frills 5200?
All prices being equal, I would obviously take the 780, but it becomes a question of how much more you're willing to pay.