The Vitamix 5200 is the world-famous line of high-performance blenders designed for the serious smoothie enthusiast.
It is a high end very high powered blender that can heat soups purely with the friction of the super fast blades! The smoothie enthusiast can enjoy super smooth smoothies in a fraction of the time of competing brands. Vitamix know how to make blenders so it is a brand that you can trust.
The Vitamix 5200 is assembled in America, but uses a Swedish-designed and manufactured motor.
The Vitamix 5200 system consists of a motor base in your choice of color, as well as a blending container with a fixed blade assembly, a two-part lid, tamper, first-time user guide as well as a recipe book and cooking class style DVD.
The motor base is 7 ½” wide and 9” deep, and weighs about 11 lbs. It stands about 20 1/8” tall with the jar and lid in place.
A wonderful feature of this machine is the grounded power cord that extends up to 6 feet from the underside of the base. The entire cord can be stored underneath the machine – that comes in particularly handy when travelling or storing the unit.
This blender features durable soft touch rubber dials, one for powering on and off and the other for variable speed control.
The new Swedish motor is an 11.5 amp, 1380 watt motor with 2-peak horsepower. This new motor is highly efficient due to the design improvements, particularly its ability to cool itself during operation. This features means that you both save energy and get improved motor performance.
With the 5200 model, Vitamix have made vast improvements to both the jar and lids. While the previous models had containers that were already strong they have been replaced with the more durable co-polyester called Eastman Tritan™. This system is significantly more chemical and heat-resistant, and importantly contains no Bisphenol-A (BPA) commonly found in many plastic food containers, bottles etc..
The jar volume is 2 quarts and is marked in ounces on one side, and milliliters up to 2 liters on the other. The Vitamix holds an impressive 10 cups.
The handle now features an ergonomic design with a indented thumb-rest on a rubber “soft-grip” that allows for better handling of the container.
The Vitamix has a stable base through the slotted blade assembly and the fitted drive socket. The drive socket is made with strong plastic and the four-sided, crisscrossed, stainless steel blades, they spin in a counter-clockwise direction. The rate per minute for the blade speed is rated at an impressive 37,000.
There is also a dry blade option for grinding and milling ingredients into flours and crumbs or making powdered sugars. This is sold separately from the standard package.
The most talked about feature is the tamper. This tool is made for pushing dense or large materials into the path of cutting blades. It is less than 13” long and has a handle and lid on the upper end which prevents it from slipping into the spinning blades itself. When not in use, you can easily store the tamper in the main container of the blender.
The Vitamix 5200 is part of a select club of blenders on the market made for home use that is also powerful enough to micronize whole fruits and vegetables.
This process allows for the maximum nutritional value of the whole foods to become available to the consumer in the form of smoothies.
Basically the micronutrients held in the pulp, fiber, skins, seeds, and cores of fruits and vegetables that would otherwise remain undigested because it is locked inside the cellular structure if left whole or not broken down.
This ability is extremely important to most buyers of high-performance blenders specifically those who plan to use it for their daily smoothies.
The Vitamix 5200 is significantly more diverse than standard blenders.
Choosing frozen ingredients like ice and frozen berries, combined with short blending times means you can create ice creams and sorbets. The textures and temperature for foods are determined by the speed and length of the blending process.
As the blending process is so intense, the friction of the blades can produce hot soup in about three minutes. There is no external heating system and the temperature is created solely by the length of the blending process.
This means with no other tool you can either have ice cream, a refreshing smoothie, warm syrups or a piping hot cup of soup. The free recipe book is included with purchase and is the best source to familiarize yourself with blending times, and provides detailed, step-by-step instructions on all the machine’s functions as well.
This blender is quite pricey, some claim it is worth every cent but you may not be willing to spend that kind of money for a cheaper and good all round blender you may want to look at the Jamba quiet shield blender.
There are some rumors that the special plastic that the jug is made out of is just as harmful if not more harmful than BPA plastic, there are very few complaints about this so it could be just rumors or competitors trashing their opposition but it is always good to do your due diligence before purchasing.