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Vitamix 5200 Variable-Speed Blender

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Container made of Eastman Tritan copolyester is virtually unbreakable, chemical resistant and contains no BPA. This see-through, no-drip-spout, container lets you witness the processing from start to finish, and it features raised calibrations so that … see full wiki

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1 review about Vitamix 5200 Variable-Speed Blender

Buy A Cheaper Model And You Will Be Better Off.

  • Mar 28, 2009
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Rating:
-3
Pros: This is state of the art and holds more food.

Cons: You are money ahead if you buy a cheaper model and get the same results.

The Bottom Line:

Save your money buy a cheaper model and go out to dinner.  You will get the same results.  Even though this one will still do the job.



Over the years my wife and I have purchased several different types of blenders.  We always chose to cheaper models, so this time we decided to purchase a more expensive type, thinking that it would be better than the cheaper models.  The Vitamix 5200 variable speed blender is supposed to be state of the art when it comes to blenders.  Just like any other blender this one makes just as much noise as the other ones and will cost you three times the amount.  We purchased ours from Costco and paid just under $400.  The reason that we chose Costco was because of their return policy, no matter what you purchase from them, you can always take it back because they have a record of it.
Description
The top container that sits on top of this two peak horsepower motor, has a removable lid plug specifically made with measuring markings and that sits on top of a 64 ounce no drip dispenser.  The top pitcher container is made of a copolyester material and is unbreakable.  The motor that sits underneath runs very cool and is a high performance motor made specifically for vitamix.  On the front of the base there is a variable speed knob that you can rotate which will set your blade speed from 11 miles per hour to 240 miles per hour.  This also has a safety device that will automatically shut down if it overheats.  The base is made up of a very heavy duty fire retardant plastic.  The blades are made up of a hardened stainless steel with two different cutting surfaces that will break down anything that you have a mind to stick inside of this container.  This is also 100% safe to put any kind of food inside.  I have dropped this pitcher on the floor and all it did was bounce, it did not crack or shatter I found this to be very outstanding when it comes to durability of a product like this.
Experience
We have been using this for quite awhile and since this is made up of a high strength plastic we have not had to worry about how hot something is when putting it inside of this container.  It is a relief on my mind the fact that this is impact and heat resistant and you can very easily put it inside of your dishwasher.  Even though we have found this to be taller than most, in our blender, we have put everything we can think of inside of this, such as orangeand grapefruit and tomatoes, and my daughter loves making smoothies and my wife is always grinding up nuts for ice cream.  This has come in very handy in the kitchen for making soups, sauces and even when making ice cream.  We have found that the easiest way to clean this up, is by putting it inside of the dishwasher, or you can just throw some detergent inside with 6 cups of water and run it for a few minutes and it will come sparkling clean.  But, I prefer to have it sanitized in the dishwasher, this way there is no food particles stuck between the two blades or in the little cracks or crevices that you cannot see.  There is a reason for this being taller than the rest of the regular blenders and that is because the top container is a 64 oz container and that is the equivalent to a two liter container.  Usually the regular blenders do not had that larger of a top container.
Warranty
Vitamix has an excellent warranty on their products.  This one has a seven year warranty, and if you ever need it repaired they will repair it free of charge.
Conclusion
If I had to do it all over again, I do not believe that I would have purchased one this expensive.  I have found that this one is very nice, but there is no real big difference between this one, and the one that only cost a couple hundred dollars.  This one is just as noisy as the cheaper models, the only difference is, the fact that this has a larger container to hold your processed food in.  So I would highly recommend that you save your money, purchase a cheaper model, I do believe you would get the same results.

Recommended:
No

Amount Paid (US$): $400

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