The Vitamix 5200 Standard model is a baseline of the Vita-Mix Corporation blender, and it was first released at the end of 2007. Its exceptional quality and durability were tested over time. Even though Vitamix introduced many new product lines and models in 2007, the Classic 5200 remains the most popular Vita-Mix blender today in 2020 and the most popular high-end blender on the market.
Read the rest of the Vitamix 5200 review to understand the secret of the Vitamix 5200 blender’s immense popularity.
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Vitamix 5200 Standard Functionality and Versatility
Smoothie: This machine easily makes the perfect quality fruit and vegetable drinks in only 15–20 seconds using high speed. It disintegrates any hard ingredients, including leafy ones, cored pineapples, carrots, and cored apples, and is even able to pulverize the avocado seed without much effort. So the blender is perfect for blending green smoothies and easily pulverizes any nuts, flax seeds, strawberry, and blueberry seeds added to drinks without texture or residues left.
Ice-crushing and Frozen treat: This machine is perfect for crushing ice or frozen fruits in smoothies. It easily shaves ice for producing Margaritas, Pina Coladas, and others. It handles nice frozen ingredients even without any liquid added. It makes the most delicious snow cones, fruit sorbet, frozen yogurt, or ice cream by switching on high speed, blending it for less than 30 seconds, and using a tamper to push down the frozen ingredients.
Juices: The Vitamix 5200 Standard machine will not squeeze the textbook juice because it is a blender and does not include any juice-squeezing attachments. However, it is so powerful that it will easily blend any ingredients into the silkiest consistency smoothies, aka “whole juice.”
Nut milk: People on a non-dairy diet will greatly benefit from owning this machine as it can be used to make high-quality, dairy-free milk out of nuts or shredded coconut.
Pure and baby food: The blender makes fantastic velvet-like mashes, hummus, and other spreads and dips. It is also perfect for making baby food.
Hot soups/hot ingredients: This blender heats liquids via friction to the steaming hot temperature from room temperature in 5–6 minutes using high speed. People on a vegan raw diet may find this function very useful as it can warm any liquid to the allowable 100 F (or 40 degrees Celsius) in just 3 minutes or less.
It is also more than capable of producing bulletproof coffee, syrups, fondues, etc. There is no heating element built into the machine; the temperature of the blended liquid is determined ONLY by the length of the blending time.
Chopping/food prep: This machine is equipped with an excellent range of speeds and very low RPMs, so it makes with no effort guacamole, salsa, or any salad dressings. It can also chop and mince cabbage, onions, and carrots for coleslaw and other recipes. Of course, you have to run the blender at low speed for chopping tasks and drop the veggies over the cap opening.
Nut butter: The Vitamix 5200 Standard model makes the silkiest quality nut butter with the help of a tamper, which pushes down the ingredients to ensure that the motor does not overheat.
Grinding/milling: It grinds any herbs or coffee beans without any effort. It mills baking quality flours equally well from hard grains like rice or tiny amaranth.
Dough/batter: This machine kneads dough even with a low-speed wet blade container. However, the dry blades container is also available for those who often use the machine for flour milling and dough kneading.
Do a lot of food preparation or cooking at home, such as making baby food, preparing breakfast in the morning, and baking with self-made flour because you have gluten or allergic members in your household. You will benefit greatly from having such a powerful machine in your kitchen. If your children love ice cream, then Vitamix will certainly make them happy, as you can experiment with different ingredients and recipes to create some lip-smacking ice creams.
Control Panel and Speeds
The 5200 Standard model control panel is very minimalistic yet very functional. It has a High/Variable speeds option switch on the left, ten (10) variable speeds dial in the center, and an On/Off powering switch on the right. So, this blender has 11 speeds – 10 on a variable dial and one (1) high speed on the switch.
The ten (10) adjustable speed dial is made of rubber and has a soft-touch rotation feel. In addition, the ten (10) variable speed dial allows users a lot of flexibility on how finely the food needs to be blended.
The High-speed mode regulated by the switch is designed to handle heavy-duty jobs such as breaking the ice and making ice creams, liquidizing smoothies quickly, making nuts and milk, or making hot soups.
This model does not have any Pre-Set Programs. However, Vitamix manufactures a very similar model with pre-set programs called Vitamix Standard Programs Blender. It does not have the Pulse mode either but can easily perform pulsing jobs with the use of the On/Off switch or the variable dial that can imitate the burst power.
Base Unit and Motor Power
The Vitamix 5200 base unit is made of durable and strong plastic. The base unit houses a powerful industrial-grade motor that was designed and manufactured for Vitamix in Sweden (while the Vitamix blenders are still completely designed and assembled in the USA). The motor features 11.5 amp and 1380 Watts (advertised 2HP) at peak. The motor rotates the blades at 37,000 RPM (revolutions per minute), which corresponds to a rotational speed of 11–240 MPH (miles per hour).
The blender motor has a ball-bearing design, which is probably much more important information than its wattage and RPM. This design lessens the friction of all the construction parts, increasing the motor’s efficiency and service life. In addition, all the motor parts are made of metal and thus have very high durability.
The Vitamix 5200 motor also has advanced cooling and automatic overload protection systems. The advanced cooling system cools it during operation, and automatic overload protection systems will automatically shut off the machine if the motor gets overheated to save it from burning. The machine is designed to cool for about 40 minutes before the operation can be resumed.
The blender comes with a high-profile 64-ounce, durable impact, and temperature-resistant Tritan copolyester container, which the USA-based Eastman Tritan Company produces. Tritan copolyester is a new and advanced bisphenol‑A (BPA) and BPS-free material, which means it is free from oestrogenic (EA) or androgenic activity (AA). The FDA approves copolyester for food and drink containers.
The container measures 64 oz. /8 ½ cups on one side and 2L/2000ml also indicate Max fill line. The total capacity of the jar is 80 oz. The container has a non-drip spout and an ergonomic and soft-grip handle.
It is worthwhile to mention that all commercial-grade blenders are designed with polycarbonate or metal containers. Therefore, the glass is not proofed for high-power loads to which the powerful blenders will be exposed.
The container seats on a rubber pad and four rubber posts help reduce vibration and ensure the machine’s stability during operation.
Lid: The Vitamix 5200’s two-part lid is made of molded rubber with two tabs fastening for secure fitting. The lid has a 2″ diameter hole at its center, closing with the clear copolyester cap. The hole is designed to release steam when processing hot ingredients or adding extra food during blending.
Tamper: The tamper is made of plastic and is designed for removing air pockets when blending thick ingredients. The tool is not needed for most general tasks but is very useful when processing nut butter and other non-trivial blending tasks.
Suitable for Small and Large batches of Food: The high-profile container that comes with the Vitamix 5200 or Standard model features a narrow bottom that fits 3 inches of blades. The narrow bottom, high-profile containers will not fit under the standard kitchen cabinet, but it is the most versatile Vitamix container type. This container handles large volumes of food well and processes equally well in small batches. The minimum is ¾ cups for liquid blending, with a minimum of 2.5 cups for thicker mixing like nut butter.
The low profile does not require you to waste your money by buying a separate 32 oz. or 48 oz. container to process smaller batches of food.
The Vitamix 5200 Standard blender came with the inbuilt container 3‑inch and intersected 4‑prong “wet” type, hardened aircraft quality stainless steel blade. The blade is fixed on the container’s outer side with a hardened plastic drive socket. The blade can only be removed with a special wrench (not included in the set) if needed. However, you do not need to remove it because the blade became blunt with use; the blade is as dull as a butter knife by design and does not require sharpening.
This “wet” blade is designed to accomplish both the wet and dry functions, including blending liquids, frozen ingredients, sauces, soups, purees, batters, wet chopping, dry grinding grain, and kneading the dough. However, you can buy a dry blade container if you do a lot of grinding/ milling or dough kneading.
Ease of Use and Cleaning
Operating: It is a very easy-to-use blender; you can pop the container (with the built-in blades) onto the base, fill the ingredients with the soft ingredients, first finish with the firm and frozen ones, fit the lid, switch it ON.
Using the control panel is easy, too. As a rule, the blender should start blending with the switch toggled at the Variable speed position and dial knob on speed 1. Then, after starting at a low speed, you can select the desired speed with the dial or, after rotating to the highest 10, push the High/Variable switch to the High position. The High speed is designed for processing smoothies, soups, or whole juices.
Removable plug seats on the lid make adding ingredients or liquid while the blender is running hassle-free. This function works particularly well with the Vitamix 5200. Other latest models with low-profile containers tend to spill out the liquid if you try adding ingredients while the blender is on turbo speed.
Cleaning: Generally, this machine is very easy to clean if you blend liquids or non-sticky ingredients. You have to add a few drops of soap into the half-water-filled container, blend it on High-speed mode for 20–40 seconds, and rinse with hot water. The vortex it creates will clean the blades and the sides of the container. To keep the container clear and uncloudy, wipe it dry with a towel or cloth after rinsing. You can also hand wash the jar with the dishwashing brush and soap.
However, the Vitamix 5200 narrow bottom high profile container is not the easiest to clean if you are processing thick ingredients like nut butter or hummus. The narrow bottom does not allow you to wipe out the sticky remains under the blades. Instead, you would need to use the under-blade scraper or soak the jug for 1–3 minutes in soapy water, then run the blender a few times at high speed until you get rid of all leftovers.
The container is not designed to be washed in the dishwasher.
Vitamix 5200 Standard Optional Accessories
Vitamix manufactures a range of optional accessories which are compatible with the 5200 or Standard model:
The Stainless Steel Container is a new 48 oz. container made of stainless steel and compatible with all full-size Vitamix blenders.
32 oz. or 48 oz. “WET” Blade Containers are designed to process small batches of foods. However, the 5200 or Standard model comes with a high-profile narrow bottom container that handles the same minimum food batches as 32 oz. and 48 oz. wet containers. So, the owner of 5200 models does not usually need to buy an extra 32 oz. or 48 oz. “wet” blade container.
32 oz. “DRY” grains Blade Jar is designed for milling, grinding, and kneading tasks. The “dry” blade is designed to push the vortex up, thus preventing the caking of flour and making milling and kneading easier. So it is worth investing in the dry blades container if you are likely to do a lot of milling and kneading of dough.
The Vitamix Personal Cup Adapter is a single-serve blender attachment for Classic 5200 or Standard Blender, which was released in 2017. The set includes the 20-ounce cup and the adapter tool.
Aer Disc Container is designed to make a range of special cocktails and other special tasks such as muddling, emulsifying, foaming, whipping, and making aquafaba.
Perfect Blend Smart Scale and Recipe App help adjust the Vitamix recipes to the desired number of servings, ounces, or calories. A free app lets you see nutritional information for every ingredient you use in your recipe.
Under Blade Scraper, you can reach the food stack in hardly accessible parts of your container.
Color: This model comes in three (3) colors: black, red, and white.
Certified Refurbished: Certified Refurbished Vitamix 5200 Standard machines (via Amazon) are available for those looking for the cheapest Vitamix option. It will cost $100 ‑120 less than the new one and comes with a five (5) year warranty. The certified refurbished blender has a brand-new container, blade, and lid with plug and tamper and comes with a user base that the manufacturer, under strict standards, has tested.
Operation outside of USA/Canada: All Vitamix blenders sold via USA retailers are equipped with a 110–120 voltage system and can be operated only with an appropriate voltage. The machine could be for a limited time via the voltage transformer. Still, extended use is not recommended as it can compromise the gadgets’ functionality and void the warranty. Thus, consumers from regions with the 220–240 voltage system are advised to buy this machine through local retailers. However, the best prices and choice of Vitamix 5200 220–240 volts machines are available via UK distributors.
According to information received from Customer Service, the Vitamix 5200 Standard model has a noise level of 92–86 dB (decibels). To give you a better idea of how much noise, here’s a quick comparison: whispering produces 15 decibels, a normal conversation — produces 60 decibels, and a lawnmower — produces 90 decibels. That means that the blender, at its loudest performance, will output noise just a little quieter than a lawnmower.
It is worth mentioning that turbo speed usually produces more noise than processing at low speed.
Bonus tips: A rubber mat placed under a machine’s base will help reduce the noise.
Warranty and Customer Support
It is a well-built machine and comes with a 7‑year FULL Warranty. The FULL Warranty means that the Company covers all issues (including shipping costs for repair) unless they are due to human misuse. The Vitamix warranty is transferrable and valid even on second-hand machines but starts from the initial owner’s time of purchase.
You can activate your warranty on the Vitamix website online or by ringing Vitamix’s Customer Support any time from the time of your purchase and providing the serial number located on the base of your machine.
I can vouch for Vitamix’s best in business Customer Support from my personal experience. They are quick to answer, always helpful, and very polite. If you have any problems, they troubleshoot it with you over the phone, and if the machine has to be sent in for repair, they provide free delivery to the service center and back. They even covered some of the issues that I faced due to my misuse, free of charge.
Vita-Mix Corporation has a 30-day money-back guarantee for all their products if you do not like them for some reason.
The Vitamix 5200 Standard model set includes:
- Base unit with 2Hp motor;
- 68 ounces soft-grip Tritan copolyester container
- Rubber lid with removable cap;
- Getting started guide;
- Recipe book;
- Warranty card.
The recipe book has folded format and sorted by color-labeled dividers into the following groups — Beverages, Soups, Dips and spreads, Sauces, Bread, Breakfast, Desserts, Dressings and marinades, and Recipes for Kids.
Each recipe includes detailed instructions on how to follow the recipe, preparation, blender processing time, and a set of nutritional data.
The Vitamix 5200 Standard machine has a footprint of 8.75 inches x 7.25 inches, and 20 inches is the height of the entire gadget with the pitcher and lid on top of the base. It weighs about 11 lbs. Be aware that this machine does not fit under the traditional kitchen cabinet.
This gadget’s standard 3‑pronged, 120-volt power cord is six feet in length, and the unused section of it is conveniently stored under the base.
The base unit has four rubber feet that make the unit stable and on the counter during processing.
The shipping weight is 16.1 pounds, including all the accessories, user manuals, and cookbooks.
Pros and Cons
- This machine is a very powerful blender and will break up anything that gets into the container.
- It is very versatile and performs many functions such as blending, grinding, milling, making frozen desserts, chopping, kneading dough, making hot soups, turning your food preparation, and cooking to rival a master chef.
- It is very easy to use and clean, with a 10-speed control dial and high speed, providing you with excellent control over your blending.
- This blender is a very sturdy and durable machine manufactured in the USA and comes with excellent Customer Support.
- This blender is powerful, capable of heavy-duty loads, and has a long service life. I know people who have owned the older model of Vitamix for 15 years, and it is still in perfect working condition.
- The Vitamix 5200 model can process small and large batches of food better than the latest model of the Vitamix products line. Whereas other models with low-profile containers might spill out the contents, the Vitamix model allows you to add liquids while the machine runs.
- There is a range of extra accessories available that are compatible with this model;
- Exceptional 7‑year Full Warranty (new models) and 5‑year Full Warranty (for Certified Refurbished);
- It is expensive when compared to other brands, but you can save some money if you opt for the refurbished version;
- This machine does not fit under the standard kitchen cabinets;
- This model does not have a Pulse function;
- This blender is not the newest model of Vita-Mix Corporation. Still, it costs $200–300 less than the latest model and performs to the same standard, with some additional benefits over the latest models.
Vitamix 5200 Standard Customer Reviews
It is a veteran model with many reviews from many customers; it has a predominantly very high rating, especially for such an expensive machine.
Although the Vitamix 5200 Standard model is a basic budget Vitamix model, it is not the cheapest; it is usually 15%-20% more expensive than other budget Explorian machines, and it usually offers FREE shipping for the majority of its products, no matter from which retailer you order them. Furthermore, you do not need to buy an extra Protection Plan because the Vitamix Full warranty is applied to all its genuine products no matter where you buy them from.
Find here the best deal for this gadget that is regularly updated. I also advise you to check the Certified Refurbished Vitamix 5200 model’s price, which could be a good budget solution.
The quality of this USA-made brand is unparalleled. No doubt, the 5200 Standard machines are built to last, and they could easily be your last blender if you do not decide to upgrade to the new and fancy models. However, even in such an event, you will most likely pass your old machine to your friends or family fully functional. The only difference between the 5200 machines and the newly realized model is in the “bells and whistles range.” The Vitamix 5200 is still up to date and performs all the new and fancy Vitamix model functions.
This machine is perfect for small and large households as it handles small and large batches of food equally well. It well suits people who do a lot of home cooking or have special diet requirements — gluten-free, allergies, or vegan raw diet. It is a perfect option for those who wish to buy a versatile and powerful commercial-type blender but are not keen on splurging on the latest model of the Vitamix brand. So, the 5200 Standard model is worth every penny you pay.
Finally, it should be mentioned that there is a learning curve to master the Vitamix machine capabilities; you definitely will not be able to use it to the full extent from scratch. The great recipe book included in the set will help you tremendously familiarise yourself with all the “secrets” of this machine. It will give you an insight into how to understand the readiness of the combined ingredients by their look or what the different sound pitches of motors can tell you about the blending process.
Vitamix 5200 Standard vs. Vitamix Explorian E320 and E310 Blenders
The Explorian blenders were released in 2017 after the new and advanced Ascent product line. Still, Explorian E320 and E310 machines were marketed as the budget Vitamix models that had the lowest price among all the models. At the same time, in 2017, there was information that the 5200 Standard model was going to be discontinued soon. Now it is 2020, and the 5200 is still on the market and still the Vitamix bestselling model. Nevertheless, the Explorian machine is also very popular.
The Explorian line comprises two models, E310 and E320, that are identical but by containers only.
So, what is the difference between the 5200 and Explorian E310 and E320 models?
Functionality: Both blenders can perform the same tasks.
Base Unit and Motor: The Explorian E310 and E320 model base unit has an upgraded design and is a fusion between the older Classic models and new Ascent machines. The Explorian motor has 2.2HP while the 5200 is 2HP; the difference is insignificant and does not influence performance.
The control Panel: The 5200 has 11 speeds, ten (10) variables, one (1) high, and no Pulse functions. The Explorian has only ten (10) variable speeds and a Pulse function.
Containers: The 5200 comes with a high profile narrow bottom (3 inches blade), 68 oz. containers. While E310 Explorian has a 48 oz. low profile narrow bottom (3 inches blade) jar and E320 low profile wide bottom (4 inches blade) 68 oz. container.
Warranty: The 5200 machine comes with a 7‑year full warranty; the E320 has the same 7‑year warranty, while the E310 features a shorter 5‑year warranty.
Price: The main difference is that the Explorian is priced at approximately $100 less than 5200 machines.
|Vitamix 5200||Vitamix Explorian E310||Vitamix Explorian E320|
|Controls||10 variable speeds, high speed, Start/Stop||10 variable speeds, Pulse, Start/Stop||10 variable speeds, Pulse, Start/Stop|
|Container||64 oz., soft-grip, high profile, narrow bottom.||48 oz., narrow bottom||64oz., wide bottom.|
|Blades||3 inches inbuilt||3 inches inbuilt||4 inches inbuilt|
|Color||black, red, white,||black, slate, red||black, red|
|Warranty||7 years||5 years||7 years|
|Dimension||20.5″ x 8.75″ x 7.25″/cm||11 x 8 x 18 in. / 28 x 20 x 46 cm.||11 x 8 x 18 in. / 28 x 20 x 46 cm.|
|Cord||6ft||4.5 ft / 1.37 m||4.5 ft / 1.37 m|
Summary: The Vitamix 5200, Explorian E310, and E320 blenders are budget machines. The 5200 comes with a high profile narrow bottom 64 oz. Although it does not fit under a standard kitchen cabinet, it handles large and small batches of food equally well. The E310 and E320 models fit under standard kitchen cabinets; however, the E320 does not handle small batches of food, and the E310 does not have the capacity for large batches.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Vitamix 5200:
What is the horsepower of the Vitamix 5200?
The Vitamix 5200 boasts a 2.0 HP (1380 Watts) peak output. Notably, the Vitamix 5200 outperforms other blenders with similar motor power due to its highly efficient motor design.
What is the noise level of the Vitamix 5200?
The noise output of the Vitamix 5200 ranges from 82 to 98 dB, depending on the ingredients it is processing. For instance, when blending an icy smoothie, it can reach 98 dB due to the crushing of ice or frozen ingredients. On average, it operates at 85–90 dB, which is roughly equivalent to the noise level of a standard lawn mower.
What sets the Vitamix 5200 apart from the Vitamix 5300?
The Vitamix 5300 has a second-generation 2.2 horsepower motor, while the Vitamix 5200 features an older 2 horsepower motor.
The Vitamix 5300 comes with a wide-bottomed 64 oz. container, while the Vitamix 5200 has narrow-bottomed containers. Thus, the Vitamix 5200 is able to process smaller batches of food efficiently and handle large batches, as well as the Vitamix 5300 model.
There are more discrepancies between them, such as the pulse feature and the height difference, but both models deliver similar performance and quality results.
Is the Vitamix 5200 still a recommended blender to purchase?
Absolutely, the Vitamix 5200 is still a very popular and reliable blender that has remained the standard for pro chefs and blender enthusiasts. Even though, it may not have all the modern features of newer models, the Vitamix 5200 shows absolutely identical performance and versatility as the newest Vitamix models.
Why is the Vitamix 5200 still considered the best blender for 2023?
It is one of the cheapest Vitamix models, yet it performs similar functions and blending quality as the newest Vitamix models. Besides, it excels in processing smaller food batches, a task for which newer models are not designed.
Which Vitamix models closely resemble the Vitamix 5200?
The Vitamix Explorian 310 model is closest to the Vitamix 5200 in terms of specifications. Both models feature a minimalist design and excel at processing smaller ingredient batches. However, the 5300 model was specifically designed for Costco and Amazon and has a shorter warranty period.
How old is the Vitamix 5200?
The Vitamix 5200 model was initially introduced in 2007. Nonetheless, it is still the most popular Vitamix model due to its outstanding performance.
What can I create with the Vitamix 5200?
The Vitamix 5200 is probably the most versatile blender available today. It can prepare a wide range of recipes, including smoothies, hot soups from cold ingredients, sauces, dips, nut butters, frozen drinks and desserts, and more.
Is it suitable for making green smoothies?
Absolutely! The Vitamix 5200’s powerful motor and sharp blades can effortlessly blend leafy greens into smooth and creamy green smoothies.
Can it handle ice and frozen ingredients?
Absolutely! The Vitamix 5200 is the best blender for crushing ice and can easily prepare cocktails, slushies, and other icy beverages, including ice cream and frozen desserts.
Can I use it to make hot soups?
Yes, the Vitamix 5200 can blend ingredients at such high speeds that it can heat up soups through friction alone. Simply blend on the highest speed for a few minutes, and your soup will be hot and ready to serve.
Is it suitable for grinding coffee beans or making nut butter?
Certainly, the Vitamix 5200 can grind coffee beans and create nut butter. Its powerful motor and durable blades can tackle these challenging tasks.
How do I clean the blender? Is the container dishwasher-safe?
Yes, the 64-ounce container of the Vitamix 5200 is dishwasher-safe. However, even without dishwasher cleaning, the Vitamix 5200 is straightforward. Fill the container with warm water and add a drop of dish soap, then blend on high for a minute. Rinse thoroughly.
Does it come with a warranty?
Certainly, the Vitamix 5200 comes with a 7‑year full warranty and is supported by the best Customer Service in the industry.