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Vitamix 5200 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 18, 2020 at 08:26 am
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9.1
Multi-Purpose
9.0
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
8.8
Ice Crushing
9.3
Soups
9.1
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1491 W

The Vitamix 5200 is a full-size blender with an incredibly versatile performance. Its 64-ounce main jar is suitable for making large batches of your favorite foods, and it comes with a ten-speed dial and two different speed adjustment settings: 'High' and 'Variable'. It can easily make bar-quality crushed ice, almond butter, and smoothies, and it can even hot blend. However, this blender is pretty straightforward, and it doesn't have a Pulse mode or any preset modes. It also isn't dishwasher-safe, but it's still quite easy to clean by hand.

Our Verdict

9.1 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix 5200 is outstanding for multi-purpose use. This well-built, premium-looking blender does a fantastic job making crushed ice, smoothies, and almond butter. It can also blend hot ingredients, so you can use it for soups and sauces. On the downside, it isn't dishwasher-safe, though it can be easily hand-washed.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Easily blends fibrous ingredients.
  • Multiple speed settings.
  • Large capacity main jar.
Cons
  • Loud at max speed.
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
9.0 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Vitamix 5200 is excellent for smoothies and protein shakes. This blender is solid and durable. It can make a well-blended smoothie in around a minute, and it doesn't struggle with leafy greens like kale, so you get a smooth blend. It isn't dishwasher-safe, but liquid messes like smoothies are easy to clean by hand.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Easily blends fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
8.8 Ice Crushing

The Vitamix 5200 is amazing for crushing ice. You can simulate a Pulse mode by switching the blender on and off while set to the 'High' speed setting, which makes bar-quality crushed ice in about two minutes. You can only put in a few ice cubes at a time to ensure there aren't any chunks in the mix, however.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Multiple speed settings.
Cons
  • No pulse mode.
9.3 Soups

The Vitamix 5200 is incredible for soups. It can hot blend, and its large capacity 64-ounce main jar is suitable for large batches of soups and sauces. It can easily blend more fibrous ingredients like kale, so you don't end up with a grainy or chunky blend. While this blender isn't dishwasher-safe, it's easy to clean with soap and hot water.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Easily blends fibrous ingredients.
Cons
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
9.1 Professional Use

The Vitamix 5200 is fantastic for professional use. It's solid, well-built, and durable, and the 64-ounce main jar can be used for large batches. It can easily make smoothies, almond butter, and bar-quality crushed ice. It can also blend hot ingredients. Unfortunately, it isn't dishwasher-safe, but it's still easy to clean by hand.

Pros
  • Hot blends.
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Easily blends fibrous ingredients.
  • Large capacity main jar.
Cons
  • Not dishwasher-safe.
  • 9.1 Multi-Purpose
  • 9.0 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 8.8 Ice Crushing
  • 9.3 Soups
  • 9.1 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
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 (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Vitamix 5200 is a large, heavy blender. It's tall, so you may need to store it on your kitchen counter or in a large cupboard, though you can remove the main jar from the base for easier storage.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vitamix 5200 has a remarkable build quality. Like the Vitamix 7500, it's mostly made of metal and plastic, which feels very solid and sturdy. The power cable is long and thick, too. Overall, this blender feels premium and high-end.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
64 oz (1892 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
No

The main jar has a large, 64-ounce capacity that makes it ideal for large batches. It isn't dishwasher-safe, so you need to hand-wash it.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A

This blender doesn't come with any additional jars. If you prefer a different size container, you can buy additional C-Series compatible jars sold separately.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
No

The blade assembly is made up of four sharp blades that aren't meant to be removed. It can be serviced thanks to its nut assembly, but removing the blades likely voids the warranty. They can also only be hand-washed.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

This two-part lid seals into place when you push it down on top of the main jar. There are two ears on the sides that help hold it into place. The middle part of the lid is removable, allowing you to add ingredients or use the tamper while blending. Like the jar, the lid isn't dishwasher-safe and should only be hand-washed.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)

This blender comes with a long, thick power cord that can reach most outlets. It can also be stored away when not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • User manual
  • Cookbook
  • Classic 64 oz container and lid
  • Classic tamper

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
1400 RPM
Max Speed
22500 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
96.2 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Vitamix 5200 has a 10-setting speed dial. There's also a 'High' speed setting, which activates the highest speed available, and a 'Variable' setting, which activates the lower variable speeds. While there isn't a pulse mode, the manufacturer advises that you use the on/off switch until you get the desired consistency. Also, this blender's louder at max speed than the Vitamix A2300.

9.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 3 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Vitamix 5200 is fantastic for making almond butter. It takes around three minutes to make a smooth, spreadable almond butter. You may need to use the tamper to incorporate all the almond chunks into the mix.

9.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Smooth

The Vitamix 5200 is outstanding for smoothies. It makes a smooth, well-blended smoothie in about a minute. There aren't any grains or residue in the final product, which is nice.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

9.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
2 min
Ice Quality
Bar Quality

The Vitamix 5200 is incredible at crushing ice. With the blender on the High setting, you can switch it on and off to simulate a Pulse mode, creating bar-quality ice in around two minutes. You may need to put in only a few ice cubes at a time to ensure there aren't any chunks in the final product.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

This blender doesn't come with any programs or modes. You need to watch the blender and manually turn it off when you reach the desired consistency.

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Vitamix 5200 is very easy to clean. It isn't dishwasher-safe, but you can easily clean up messes like smoothies and almond butter using hot water and soap. With stickier messes like almond butter, you may need to use a brush to clean around the nut assembly of the blades, but the residue still comes off easily.

Ease Of Use
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

This blender doesn't have a lot of extra features or accessories. It can hot blend, so you can use it to make soups and sauces. There's also a tamper to help you move the food within the blender while it's mixing. However, this is a pretty straightforward blender.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Vitamix 5200 comes in three different color variants: Red, White, and Black. We tested the Black variant, but we expect the other models to have a similar performance.

This blender is compatible with other containers in Vitamix's C-Series line of products. For example, you can purchase a 48-ounce container, a 32-ounce container, a 32-ounce Dry Grains container for blending flour and other grains, a 20-ounce cup container, and a scraper attachment, all sold separately. As these containers are different sizes, they may perform differently.

Compared to other blenders

The Vitamix 5200 is a pretty straightforward full-size blender with a very versatile performance. It doesn't have any preset modes, and it isn't Bluetooth-compatible like some of Vitamix's other models including the Vitamix A2300 and the Vitamix A2500. However, it has an outstanding overall performance that makes it suitable for crushing ice and making soups, smoothies, and almond butter. It also comes with a ten-speed dial, and you can choose between its 'High' and 'Variable' speed settings.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix 5200 and the Vitamix 7500 are very similar blenders, but you may prefer one over the other. The 7500 comes with a pulse mode, unlike the 5200, but the 5200 lets you choose between "High" and "Variable" speed settings. The 5200 can blend a slightly silkier smoothie in less time than the 7500, and it also makes a smoother, less grainy-textured almond butter. That said, both blenders have a very versatile performance.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Vitamix 5200 are very similar blenders. They're both pretty straightforward but have a very versatile overall performance. The Explorian E310 comes with a Pulse mode, while the 5200 comes with two different speed settings: 'High' and 'Variable'. The Explorian E310 can make bar-quality crushed ice in less time than the 5200. However, it's easier to clean up the 5200 after making stickier blends like almond butter.

Vitamix A2300

The Vitamix A2300 has more features than the Vitamix 5200, both overall, both have a very versatile performance. The A2300 is part of Vitamix's Ascent Series, so you can get different-size jars sold separately that use Self-Detect technology to automatically adjust the blender's settings based on their size. It also comes with a Pulse mode, a self-clean program, and a timer, and it's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access preset modes using a companion app. However, the 5200 does a better job blending fibrous ingredients, so it's better for making smoothies. The 5200 also comes with 'High' and 'Variable' speed settings, unlike the A2300.

Vitamix A2500

The Vitamix A2500 has more features than the Vitamix 5200, but overall, both have a very versatile performance. The A2500 is part of Vitamix's Ascent Series, so you can get different-size jars sold separately that use Self-Detect technology to automatically adjust the blender's settings based on size. It also comes with a Pulse mode, preset modes, a self-clean program, and a timer, and it's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access additional preset modes using a companion app. The A2500 crushes ice quicker than the 5200, but the 5200 does a better job blending fibrous ingredients. The 5200 also comes with 'High' and 'Variable' speed settings, unlike the A2500.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 has more features than the Vitamix 5200, both overall, both have a very versatile performance. The A3500 is part of Vitamix's Ascent Series, so you can get different jars sold separately that use Self-Detect technology to automatically adjust the blender's settings based on their size. It also comes with a Pulse mode, preset modes, a self-clean program, and a timer, and it's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access extra preset modes using a companion app. The A3500 crushes ice quicker than the 5200, but the 5200 does a better job blending fibrous ingredients for smoothies. The 5200 also comes with 'High' and 'Variable' speed settings, unlike the A3500.

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