The Vitamix 5200 is an outstanding blender, one of the top-selling and popular Vitamix models. All those are thanks to a durable construction that’s built to last for many years to come.
- Well-built and easy to clean
- Easily blends fibrous ingredients
- Multiple speed settings
- Large capacity main jar
- Loud at max speed.
- No pulse feature
The Vitamix 5200 is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a high-performance blender, that will get the job done and look stylish on the kitchen countertop. While Vitamix sells it as a commercial-grade blender, the 5200 is perfectly at home in a household package and will look great next to the coffee maker, the Instant Pot, and every other kitchen appliance.
With a powerful motor and durable construction, this classic blender is one of the best heavy-duty blenders on the market today. Released in 2007, the Vitamix 5200 has remained a flagship best seller in the C-Series (Classic) family for a good reason – solid construction, unmatched food processing, and value for money.
Since its release, Vitamix has released over 20 more models with newer features, including the latest Vitamix 750 blender, but the Vitamix 5200 remains a winner, offering killer value to households for years on end.
The only question to ask: Is the Vitamix 5200 still worth buying? Especially with newer models and lots of alternatives available. Let’s find out.
Here are some of the outstanding features of this classic blender:
- A powerful 2.0 HP motor
- Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
- 4 prong stainless steel blade
- Ten variable speed controls
- 64 oz high profile clear container, you can blend medium to large batches
- BPA-free Tritan Polyester material.
- Available in 3 colors – Black, White, and Red
About the Vitamix 5200 Blender
As mentioned, the Vitamix 5200 was released in 2007 as part of the company’s C-series family of blenders. At the time, it was released as an advanced version of the Vitamix 5000 mode, which was both bulky and a little dated.
Yes, in summer 2022 we’re reviewing a kitchen appliance that’s 15 years old. Despite the time difference, the Vitamix 5200 remains one of the popular blender options for folks looking for an easy-to-use blender with big blades and a powerful motor that will last many years to come. Up its sleeve, this blender packs a 2.0 horsepower motor, which is strong enough to crush the driest of grains and nuts. You can also use it as a coffee grinder, and without even saying it, you can use it to crush ice.
As with all consumer electronics, a few compromises here and there are common, and for a 15-year-old kitchen appliance, we aren’t surprised. Unlike modern blenders like the Blendtec Professional 800 Blender, it doesn’t feature a pulse setting; instead, it features a handy dial for switching between the 10 variable speed settings.
How tall is the Vitamix 5200? Well, this is another drawback of this blender, which goes down to storage and not performance. Measuring 8.8 x 7.2 x 20.5 inches, the 5200 is still a bulky appliance (at least by today’s standard), and it can be a little difficult fitting into small kitchen drawers, so it’s better left on the countertop. Not a bad idea, it looks great on your kitchen countertop next to other modern kitchen appliances.
What we Like:
A Self-Cleaning Blender
Like most Vitamix blenders, the Vitamix 5200 has a self-cleaning function, and that’s quite handy. All you have to do is fill the blender with warm water (not hot water) and dish soap, then set the motor to its highest setting.
It does the cleaning seamlessly, by creating a strong vortex that cleans the blades and the container. After 10 to 30 seconds, you can rinse it with water thoroughly and let it dry.
Powerful motor and stainless-steel blades
A high-end blender like this better be long-lasting. And the Vitamix 5200 doesn’t disappoint at all, thanks to very hardened stainless steel blades that will endure the tough blending functionalities you’ll want to do. No matter what you’ll be blending, may it be dry nuts or grains, this Vitamix blender is up to the task.
The stainless steel blades are rotated by a powerful motor, rated at 2 HP which is equivalent to 1500 watts. It powers the blades to rotate at 37000 RPM, thus crushing any ingredient thrown inside. The base is equipped with a cooling system and thermal protection system to automatically shut down the blender in case of overheating.
A versatile, easy-to-use blender
The Vitamix 5200 comes with useful control settings that include a dial to control the 10 variable speeds, a high/low variable switch, and a handy on/off switch. These controls are easy to blend various ingredients by using the high mode for heavy ingredients.
It can also blend smoothies and grind coffee beans, and even be used to make hot soup, making it one of the most versatile blenders around. The blender’s sizable pitcher also makes it good for blending both big and small batches.
What we don’t like:
High-performance blenders don’t come cheap due to their quality, efficiency, features, and durable materials. The Vitamix 5200 was released several years ago and packs solid features including durable stainless steel motors, which attracts a higher price tag than the average blenders in the market but it’s worth the price.
Bulky design and Noisy
Storing the Vitamix 5200 is a little more difficult than you could other blenders like the Vitamix E320 because it’s too tall to fit into-low hanging kitchen drawers. Yes, the large container with a 64oz profile allows for blending of large batches, but you sacrifice storage.
Elsewhere, being a little dated, it’s no secret that the motor produces a lot of noise while in operation. Its noise ranges from 89 to 95 dB depending on the ingredients being crushed.
Should you buy the Vitamix 5200?
The Vitamix 5200 is an outstanding blender, one of the top-selling and popular Vitamix models. All those are thanks to a durable construction that’s built to last for many years to come. Everything from the self-cleaning feature, durable stainless steel blades, safety during operation, and ease of use point to a versatile appliance that will make a good companion in your modern kitchen.
All that while, it comes with a few drawbacks including a high price tag, lack of a pulse start, bulky profile, and noisy operation, but all of these don’t affect the core functions of this blender. As such, they are more issues to keep in mind and fewer reasons not to buy this blender.
Overall, if you have the money to splurge on a powerful and versatile blender for your modern kitchen, we recommend the newer Vitamix Professional Series 750. However, if you’re on a tight budget and need something as versatile as it is efficient, you can’t go wrong with the Vitamix 5200. It’s an easy choice to recommend.
Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz Container, Black - 001372
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