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Vitamix 5200 Standard Blender Review

vitamix 5200 blender

The Vita­mix 5200 Stan­dard mod­el is a base­line of Vita-Mix Cor­po­ra­tion blender, and it was first released at the end of 2007. Its excep­tion­al qual­i­ty and dura­bil­i­ty were test­ed with time. Even though Vita­mix intro­duced many new prod­uct lines and mod­els since 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.

Are you also inter­est­ed in alter­na­tive Vita­mix blender options? Check our arti­cle Which is Best Vita­mix to Buy? – All Mod­els Com­par­i­son.

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Vitamix 5200 Standard Functionality and Versatility

Smooth­ie:  This machine eas­i­ly makes the per­fect qual­i­ty fruits and veg­etable drinks in only 15–20 sec­onds using a high speed. It dis­in­te­grates any hard ingre­di­ents, includ­ing leafy ones, cored pineap­ples, car­rots, cored apples, and is even able to pul­ver­ize the avo­ca­do seed with­out much effort. So the blender is not only per­fect for blend­ing green smooth­ies but also eas­i­ly pul­ver­izes any nuts, flax seeds, straw­ber­ry, and blue­ber­ry seeds added in drinks with­out tex­ture or residues left.

Ice crush­ing and Frozen treats: 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 and 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: 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.

Soup/ hot ingre­di­ents: This blender heats liq­uids via fric­tions 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 inbuilt into the machine; the tem­per­a­ture of the blend­ed liq­uid is deter­mined ONLY by the length of blend­ing time.

Chopping/food prep: This machine is equipped with an excel­lent range of speeds and very low RPMs low speed, so it makes with­out any efforts gua­camole, sal­sa, or any sal­ad dress­ings. It can also chop and minc­ing 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: Vita­mix 5200 Stan­dard mod­el makes 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 with­out any effort any herbs or cof­fee beans. It mills bak­ing qual­i­ty flours equal­ly well from hard grains like rice or the tiny like amaranth.

Dough/batter:  This machine kneads dough even with wet blades con­tain­er at low speed. How­ev­er, the dry blades con­tain­er is also avail­able to buy for those who will often use the machine for flour milling and dough kneading.

If you do a lot of food prepa­ra­tion or cook­ing at home – such as mak­ing baby food, prepar­ing break­fast in the morn­ing, bak­ing with self-made flour because you have gluten, aller­gic mem­bers in your house­hold — then you will ben­e­fit great­ly from hav­ing such a pow­er­ful machine in your kitchen. If your chil­dren love ice-creams, 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 has a very min­i­mal­is­tic design yet very func­tion­al. It has a High/Variable speeds option switch on the left, 10 vari­able speeds dial in the cen­ter, and an On/Off pow­er­ing switch on the right. So, in total, this blender has 11 speeds – 10 on a vari­able dial and 1 high speed on the switch.

The 10 adjustable speed dial is made of rub­ber and has a soft-touch rota­tion feel. In addi­tion, the 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 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, 1380 Watts (adver­tised 2HP) at peak. The motor rotates the blades with 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 mins before the oper­a­tion can be resumed.


vitamix 5200 pitcher

The blender comes with a high-pro­file 68 ounces, 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 that means it is free from oestro­genic (EA) or andro­genic activ­i­ty (AA). The FDA approves copoly­ester for food and drinks containers.

The con­tain­er has a mea­sur­ing of 68 oz. /8 ½ cups on one side and 2L/2000ml, it also indi­cates 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 parts lid is made of a mold­ed rub­ber with two tabs fas­ten­ing for secure fit­ting. The lid has a 2” in diam­e­ter hole at its cen­ter, which clos­es with the clear copoly­ester cap. The hole is designed to release the steam when pro­cess­ing hot ingre­di­ents or add extra food dur­ing blending.

Tam­per: The tam­per is made of plas­tic and designed for remov­ing air pock­ets when blend­ing thick ingre­di­ents. The tool is not need­ed for most of the 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 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 well large vol­umes of food and process­es equal­ly well small batch­es min­i­mum is ¾ cups for a liq­uid blend­ing min­i­mum of 2.5 cups for thick­er mix­ing like nut butter.

The low pro­file does not require you to waste your mon­ey, buy­ing a sep­a­rate 32 oz. or 48 oz. con­tain­er to process small­er batch­es of food.


vitamix wet blade

The Vita­mix 5200 Stan­dard blender came with the inbuilt into con­tain­er 3‑inch and inter­sect­ed 4‑prongs “wet” type, hard­ened air­craft qual­i­ty stain­less steel blade. On the out­er side of the con­tain­er, the blade is fixed with a hard­ened plas­tic dri­ve sock­et. The blade can only be removed with a spe­cial wrench (not includ­ed in the set) if it is need­ed. How­ev­er, you do not need to remove it because the blade became blunt with use, the blade is dull as a but­ter knife by design, and it 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 Using and Cleaning

Oper­at­ing: It is a very easy-to-use blender; you can just 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 and 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 with the dial the desired speed or, after rotat­ing to the high­est 10, select push the High/Variable switch to High posi­tion. The High speed is designed for pro­cess­ing smooth­ies, soups, or whole juices.

There are remov­able plug seats on the lid of the con­tain­er, mak­ing it has­sle-free to add ingre­di­ents or liq­uid while the blender is run­ning. 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 blend­ed liq­uids or non­sticky ingre­di­ents. You just 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, if you were pro­cess­ing thick ingre­di­ents like nut but­ter or hum­mus, the Vita­mix 5200 nar­row bot­tom high pro­file con­tain­er is not the eas­i­est to clean. 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

The Vita­mix man­u­fac­tures a range of option­al acces­sories which are com­pat­i­ble with the 5200 or Stan­dard model:

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 containers.

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 it to invest in the dry blades con­tain­er if you are like­ly to do a lot of milling and knead­ing of dough.

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 and 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 to adjust the Vita­mix recipes to the want­ed num­ber of serv­ings, ounces, or calo­ries. With a free app, you can see nutri­tion­al infor­ma­tion for every ingre­di­ent you use in your recipe.

Under Blade Scraper allows you to reach the food stack in hard­ly acces­si­ble parts of your container.

Special Features

Col­or: This mod­el comes in three (3) dif­fer­ent 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 it comes with 5 years war­ran­ty. The cer­ti­fied refur­bished blender has a brand-new con­tain­er, blade, 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 could 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 — 60 deci­bels, and a lawn­mow­er — 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 the base of a machine will help cut down the noise.

Warranty and Customer Support

vitamix full warranty

It is a well-built machine and comes with 7 years’ 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 and are always help­ful, and are 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 days mon­ey-back guar­an­tee for all their prod­ucts if you do not like them for some reason.

Vita­mix 5200 Stan­dard Blender, via Ama­zon

Packages Include

The Vita­mix 5200 Stan­dard mod­el set includes:

  • Base unit with 2Hp motor;
  • 68 ounces soft-grip Tri­tan copoly­ester container
  • Rub­ber lid with remov­able cap;
  • Tam­per;
  • 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 & Spreads, Sauces, Bread, Break­fast, Desserts, Dress­ings & Mari­nades, and Recipes for Kids.

Each recipe includes detailed instruc­tions on how to fol­low the recipe, prepa­ra­tion and 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 6 ft. in length, and the unused sec­tion of it is con­ve­nient­ly stored under the base.

The base unit has four rub­ber feet that 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 dessert, 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 not only pow­er­ful, capa­ble of the heavy-duty loads’ machine but 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. Where­in oth­er mod­els with low-pro­file con­tain­ers might spill out the con­tents; the Vita­mix mod­el allows you to add liq­uids to it while the machine’s still running.
  • There is a range of extra acces­sories avail­able that are com­pat­i­ble with this model;
  • Excep­tion­al 7‑years Full War­ran­ty (new mod­els) and 5‑years 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 Pulse function;
  • This blender is not the newest mod­el of Vita-Mix Cor­po­ra­tion. Still, it costs $200–300 less­er 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 and has many reviews from a large num­ber of 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. 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.

Vita­mix 5200 Stan­dard Blender, via Ama­zon

Vita­mix 5200 Stan­dard Blender, via Vita­mix


The qual­i­ty of this USA-made brand is unpar­al­leled. No doubt, the 5200 Stan­dard machines are built to last, and they could be eas­i­ly your last blender if you do not decide to upgrade it for the new and fan­cy mod­els. How­ev­er, even in such an event, you are most like­ly to pass your old machine to your friends or fam­i­ly ful­ly func­tion­al. The only dif­fer­ence between 5200 machines from the new­ly real­ized mod­el is in the range of “bells and whis­tles.” 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 the 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. And it is a per­fect option for those who wish to buy a ver­sa­tile and pow­er­ful com­mer­cial-type blender but is not keen on splurg­ing on the lat­est mod­el of the Vita­mix brand. So, the 5200 Stan­dard mod­el is wor­thy of every pen­ny that you pay for it.

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 reed­i­ness of the com­bined ingre­di­ents by their look or what the dif­fer­ent sound pitch­es of motors can tell you about the blend­ing process.

Do you want to find out which Vita­mix blender suits to you best? Go to our Vita­mix Blender Guide arti­cle and reviews:

Vitamix 5200 Standard vs. Vitamix Explorian E320 and E310 Blenders

The Explo­ri­an blenders were released in 2017, soon 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 across all the mod­els. At the same time, in 2017, there was infor­ma­tion that the 5200 Stan­dard mod­el is going to be dis­con­tin­ued soon. Now 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 mod­els 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 5200 is 2HP; the dif­fer­ence is insignif­i­cant and does not influ­ence performance.

The con­trol Pan­el: the 5200 has 11 speeds, 10 vari­ables, and 1 high, and no Pulse func­tions. The Explo­ri­an has 10 vari­able speeds only 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 7 years full war­ran­ty; the E320 has the same 7 years war­ran­ty while E310 fea­tures a short­er 5 years warranty.

Price: The main dif­fer­ence is the price of the Explo­ri­an is priced at approx­i­mate­ly $100 less than 5200 machines.


Vita­mix 5200


Vita­mix Explo­ri­an E310 Vita­mix Explo­ri­an E320
Motor 2HP 2.2HP 2.2HP
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
Recipe Book yes yes yes
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: Basi­cal­ly, the Vita­mix 5200 and Explo­ri­an E310 and E320 blenders are the bud­get machine. The 5200 comes with the 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 both fit under stan­dard kitchen cab­i­nets; how­ev­er, E320 does not han­dle small batch­es of food, and E310 does not have the capac­i­ty for large batch­es of food.

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    • lucy

      Hi Mar­i­on,
      The instruc­tion for Vita­mix con­tain­er deep clean you can find in the user man­u­al or on the Vita­mix web­site here, which says:

      “The min­er­als from fruits, pro­duce, and leafy greens can cause a film on your con­tain­er. We rec­om­mend pour­ing one cup of white vine­gar into the con­tain­er and fill­ing it half-full with warm water. Let the con­tain­er soak in an upright, stand­ing posi­tion for sev­er­al hours, then pour the con­tents out and use a soft pot scrub­ber to clean the inside of the con­tain­er. Be care­ful while clean­ing around the blade assem­bly as the blades are sharp”.

      For the every­day rou­tine, you bet­ter to dry the con­tain­er with the cloth just after you clen it, so the jar will not accu­mu­late the scal­ing build ups over the time.

  1. Sudhir modi

    I need some help with the repair of the blender 5200 which I pur­chased from Cost­co where should I send it so it can be fixed and give the blend­ing prop­er­ties it needs to have

    • lucy

      Hi Sud­hir,
      For cus­tomer sup­port you should con­tact Vita­mix Cus­tomer Ser­vice direct­ly regard­less where you bought it from, their con­tacts are here or 800.848.2649
      +1.440.235.4840 (Inter­na­tion­al) Mon — Fri 8am-8pm (EST) Sat 9am-5pm (EST). Make sure you have your machine’ ser­i­al num­ber ready before you con­tact them which you can find on the back of the Vita­mix base unit.

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